Review: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a religious fanatic mother Jeanette had. She was crazy! The father doesn’t appear at all in the book, which is weird. The mother is narrow minded and intolerant and believes she is the centre of the universe and doing Gods work. Growing up as a future missionary, Jeanette was messed up and considered fatalistic and upsetting to other children at school, and that was about the time she started to realise her mother was not normal and nor was her own behaviour…

I like the second book, ‘Why be Happy when you can be Normal’ better. It’s more emotional. This book is funny and the fairy story portions were distracting.

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Review: The Watcher in the Shadows

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The Watcher in the Shadows
The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A young adult horror story set in Normandy about a creepy toy maker who collects poor children’s shadows in exchange for their hearts and a promise of a better life. Of course if you make a bargain with the devil there are consequences…

This story reminded me of his book Marina which also had a crazy inventor creating monsters.

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Review: Son of No One

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Son of No One
Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable read about the Welsh demigod/demon Cadegan (or Cardigan as I like to pronounce it) who is trapped in the mythical world of Avalon/Glastonbury (long after King Arthur and Merlin are dead) which is behind an enchanted mirror in a haunted house in New Orleans – of course and not in the UK! 🙂

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Review: The Great Zoo of China

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The Great Zoo of China
The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fun adventure story like Jurassic Park. Not realistic at all, but a quick page turner. China tries to create a cultural revolution with the world’s biggest zoo with some interesting exhibits. Soon the carnivorous animals escape and murder and mayhem ensue till obliteration and peace is found.

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