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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops - Jen Campbell Absolutely brilliant! This book literally had me almost dying of laughter. Like Gaiman says on the cover "So funny, so sad..read it and sigh.". A must-read for every book-lover, librarian and bookshop owners!
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick Actual stars: 3,5
A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett I really have to say something about this edition. This Barnes & Noble Leatherbound is exceptionally beautiful, filled with illustrations and a lay-out style that is just too cute for words! Definitely a value for money edition (just $10.80...O__o)!
Twined (Volume 1) - 'A L Collins',  'A. L. Collins' Thanks to goodreads and A.L. Collins for providing a copy!EDIT 01/08/12: changed it from 4 to 3 stars after comparing it with a lot of other 4 star books I've read this yearI was quite surprised by this book, since I honestly didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It was very fast-paced from the get-go and as a reader you never really stop being interested in the story. The main characters were also very engaging. I especially like the tomboyish you-see-what-you-get-smartass female protagonist Avalin, who depite some whiny moments is really strong overall. The male protagonist Albert (I have to agree with the other reviewers that I am not a fan of the name...) is also very likeable and what you would want out of a YA male protagonist. Albert is caring and strong-willed and more importantly, he respects Avalin’s wishes and decisions. As far as the other characters go, other than Lyle, the 200-odd pages were just too little for them to have really come alive, but there is definitely potential for character development in the sequel.I was really glad that the supernatural portion of the book wasn't based on anything related to vampires, werewolves, fairies, angels etc. which has become too much of a cliché in the supernatural YA genre. And though there isn't much lore in this book as of yet, I can appreciate the initial outlook. I actually really liked the twined as a concept and I hope that in future instalments I will get to know more about them, their history and how this world came about. As the problem with most YA novels I've read is that they don't sufficiently explain the world the novels are in. Maybe I'm just too spoiled by epic fantasy novels, but I really like world-building and it's still something I'm missing in current YA novels, no exception here.The storyline is quite good, the mystery element really works. There were no real shocks and some things were predictable, but there was still enough mystery in there to keep me going. The ending was quite abrupt and probably the only thing that really took me by surprise (yeps, it ends with a cliff-hanger people…be prepared). The writing is engaging, but I must confess I did have some problems with the general prose. Things like "My heart sunk like Titanic" just did not sit right with me. Also, I feel the book needs to be re-edited, as there are still some lay-out and mistypes here and there (e.g. pg. 241: “come one” is supposed to be “come on”).Overall I think Twined is a quite a good read, especially comparing to other books in its genre. I mean, despite the above flaws, I still devoured the book within a day, thus giving it four stars in the end (instead of three, which is objectively speaking a more accurate rating for this book in my opinion). I am excited for the sequel, and will surely pick it up when it’s out. Overall, Twined is definitely recommended!
The Name of the Wind  - Patrick Rothfuss 3,5 stars. A very hard book to rate. The writing is excellent, the world and magic system are well thought out and interesting, the whole narrative structure of the book is brilliant and the overall prose is very accessible...so why am I not giving it five stars but three instead? Honestly I'm not sure, I really wanted to be mad about this book, but I was disappointed instead. Perhaps it's because my expectations of this book were just too high. With all the raving reviews I expected it to be next best thing in fantasy, and it turned out to be just solid fantasy but nothing mindblowing. I also had problems with the pacing of the story, I feel like the 660-odd pages could have been less and the book would have been better for it. The first 150 pages and the last 50 were exciting, but in between there were events that were unnecessarily dragged out (e.g. the draccus thing). Many events were also highly predictable and nothing really managed to surprise or shock me.Also, for some reason I did not seem to find a connection with Kvothe. I usually like these hyper-intelligent-arrogant-stubborn type of character, but I couldn't care less about Kvothe (the teenage one, I love the old and child Kvothe though). I think it's because he has his character faults (impatience etc.), which is usually not a bad thing and is usually overlooked most of time, but throughout the 660-odd pages he does not seem to have any character development, which I desperately wanted. Also, side characters like Wilem and Simmon didn't really come alive, as I didn't feel the bond between the three, which had me guessing at why they were friends with Kvothe in the first place. All in all, it is definitely not a bad book and I must say I enjoyed it on some level, and maybe if I didn't have such high expectations it would have been 4 stars instead of 3 (thus my rating of the 3,5 in the end). It's just that it did not have me raving at the end of it, which is of course something that differs from person to person. I think the main thing to keep in mind is to avoid developing such high expectations for it as I had, and I think the book will prove to be quite an enjoyable read.So in the end, do I want to read the sequel? Yes, but it could wait for another year... Would I recommend it? Yes, certainly (I have many friends who did find it mindblowing)! Did I absolutely love it? No, but you just might...

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Enthusiasm - Polly Shulman Basically an ode to Jane Austen (especially P&P) so enough reason for me to have liked it. However, if you take all that away, the main character can feel a bit superficial and to be honest, I did not particularly like her (personally I think she tends to complain a lot). Ashleigh or Ned are actually much more interesting. Also, the story was very predictable. I kept on hoping that Julie would eventually end up with Ned (much more interesting than the handsome, talented, i-can-pretty-much-do-everything-dreamguy Parr), however after the first 25% of the book it was clear that it was not gonna happen. Also, usually I devour books like this within an evening, but somehow it still took me more than a week to finish the book. Overall a nice quick read, just don't expect fireworks, butterflies and rainbows, if you catch my drift;)
I'm Nobody: My Mother Said It; I No Longer Believe It - Erma Steppe I just received the book! Thanks to goodreads and Erma Steppe for providing it!...Review forthcoming!
Flipped - Wendelin Van Draanen Perhaps somewhat predictable at times, but nevertheless one of the cutest and funniest books I've read!
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) - Cassandra Clare Actual stars: 1,5