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Review: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

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I was initially skeptical about this book. Mostly, that was because my mum recommended it and the cover didn’t inspire my imagination. Once I got past my misgivings though I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s fairly long, and it proceeds at a measured pace (not exactly fast, but there aren’t any slow boring bits either). Kate Morton’s detailed and vivid descriptions drew me into the world of 1940s London and Laurel’s quest to uncover her mother’s secrets. I feel like I could read this book again and enjoy it even more the second time. Now, how to review it without giving too much away?

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Review: Bravely Default for the 3DS

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So I finally finished Bravely Default! It’s a pretty long game, and you could easily spend 60+ hours on it. The game mechanics (Brave and Default) are pretty fun to use and work really well, the plot is engaging, with unexpected twists and turns, and most of the characters (particularly the enemies) are interesting as well. All in all, I really enjoyed this game and if you like RPGs, I would highly recommend it!

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Review: Symphony of Eternity

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I bought ‘Symphony of the Origin’ and ‘Symphony of Eternity’ for android at the same time. ‘Eternity’ was made first, and ‘Origin’ is the prequel, and you’ll find some of the same characters appearing in both games. I preferred ‘Eternity’ to ‘Origin’ (though I know some reviewers disagree). Overall, ‘Eternity’ is a fun little RPG, with lots of customization options and a decent (but familiar) plot.

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Review: The Silversmith’s Wife by Sophia Tobin

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‘The Silversmith’s Wife’, set in 18th century London, starts off quickly, with the murder of silversmith Pierre Renard. The reader soon discovers that Renard had many enemies, including in his own home. As the story moves along more of his character, and the secrets of those around him, are revealed. The story never really builds tension, as there isn’t much effort on the part of any of the characters to discover who the murderer is. I don’t read crime novels often, but I found it to be a decent enough read.

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Review: Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik

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So I finally got around to reading the 4th book in the ‘Temeraire’ series by Naomi Novik, ‘Empire of Ivory’. In the fourth installment of the series a terrible illness sweeps through the English aerial corps, rendering England vulnerable to attack by Napoleon, and Laurence and Temeraire and friends travel to Africa in search of a cure. The story moves quickly, and all in all I found it quite enjoyable.

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