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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney. Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection... but can you pay the price? Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession... more»»
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by Carol Burgess Hobbs
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
Paul has sent in a review for Zombie Queen by Carol Burgess Hobbs. With an ordinary accident everything changes. A new life in the form of a virus is set free and brings about the end of life as we know it. The government, in its great wisdom, falls back on their favourite philosophy, "Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste." They step in to save mankind. Unfortunately, their idea of a solution involves letting the virus work its magic, getting rid of two-thirds of the population. A woman starts with the worst life, from abandonment after adoption to abuse. The woman is given a child. Not only must her child be born from a virus, this child must "Die" to defeat the ultimate enemy - the new undead. Trained by her Special Forces Father, the child is soon forced to fight death alongside veterans in an attempt to save citizens from becoming who she is. The child from a new world that learns you must fight death with death... more»»
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Review -  Megge of Bury DownMegge of Bury Down
by Rebecca Kightlinger

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Molly has sent in a review for Megge of Bury Down by Rebecca Kightlinger. In 13th-century Cornwall, on a sheep farm in the shadow of Bury Down - known for a thousand years as the land of the second sight - a healer has vowed to face flames rather than fail in her one task in this life: to bring her young daughter to vow to protect 'The Book of Seasons', an ancient grimoire whose power sustains the spirits of their ancestors. On the night of her vow-taking, wanting only to become a woman of Bury Down like her mother and aunts, and drawn by an inexplicable yearning to possess her mother's book, Megge reaches for it. But when she touches its cover, it burns her fingers and she hears a whisper. Murderer! Although the book is her legacy, she refuses to touch it again. If she does, she is certain she will be the death of those she loves. But seven years later, events conspire to force her to once again to accept her responsibility. If she refuses to take up the task, who will ensure the Book’s ancient wisdom survives, safe from the hands of those who would use it for evil... more»»
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Review - Tesla for BeginnersTesla for Beginners
by Robert Sutherland-Cohen
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Paul has sent in a review for Tesla for Beginners by Robert Sutherland-Cohen. The father of modern-day electricity and considered by some to be the ultimate "mad scientist," Nikola Tesla filed nearly 300 patents in his lifetime. Many of these patents resulted in functioning inventions; others were little more than wide-eyed dreams - or still await possible development. Tesla for Beginners examines the man behind the alternating current and wireless technologies who travelled from Serbia by steamship to arrive in the United States with only four cents in his pocket. It was in the early 1880s, at the tail end of the Industrial Revolution and the beginning of the Second Industrial Revolution, that America beckoned him. Nikola Tesla - a poet of invention - left behind a vast and intriguing legacy. He was a scientist, physicist, mathematician, electrical engineer, and extensively published author who spent his last decades scraping for funding for celestial projects and living out his final days in penurious solitude with a pigeon... more»»
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Review - Scaredy-Cat, Splat! Scaredy-Cat, Splat!
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Review - Terminal City Terminal City
by Trevor Melanson
Average Review Rating Average Rating [9/10] (1 Review)
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Paul Lappen 30th November 2018 [9/10]
Review - Jailbait Jailbait
by Lesléa Newman

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Nigel 12th August 2018 [9/10]
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