Book Review - 50 Silk Scarves

by Melanie Brummer (Metz Press) ISBN: 9781920479848 


As the title succinctly describes it, 50 Silk Scarves shows you how to go about creating the most gorgeous patterned silk scarves. 

This book is perfect for anyone looking to make something fun, functional and fashionable. With stunning pictures, easy-to-follow instructions and comprehensive notes on the processes involved, it is truly a great kick starter for anyone who enjoys crafting. 

The instructions are clear, and the step-by-step illustrations and use of everyday household objects to make the intricate patterns on scarves only add to the charm of this book. The best part of this book is that even a novice can get stuck into any one of the projects and achieve a stunning outcome. 

50 Silk Scarves is an ideal to any crafters collection, and an inspiration for many birthday gifts. 

Merissa Himraj
www.writerswrite.co.za
3.5/5

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Book Review - Our Kind Of Traitor

by John le Carré (Penguin Books) ISBN: 9780241975015 


Perry Makepiece and his girlfriend Gail Perkins embark on a holiday to the Caribbean, where they meet the enigmatic Dima, a Russian millionaire with a dark past. An unlikely friendship develops between Perry and Dima, and when the holiday is over, Perry finds himself tasked with assisting Dima to get protection from British Intelligence in exchange for crucial information Dima holds around money laundering operations he once ran. 

Perry enlists the assistance of British Intelligence, and Hector Meredith and Luke Weaver are assigned to manage the operation and ensure no embarrassment comes to higher up officials who might be implicated by the information Dima holds. Dima himself is a marked man, anxious to secure safe harbour and protection from “The Prince” a vicious criminal eager for Dima’s contact list and information. 

What follows is a taut, intricate dance of deception as Perry and Gail find themselves entangled in espionage, plots and schemes to get Dima and his family to relative safety. Never too sure who to trust, Perry finds himself in the middle of a quandary with trying to protect a dear friend and doing the right thing for his country. 

Merissa Himraj
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4/5

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Book Review - The Girl Who Came Back

by Susan Lewis (Century) ISBN: 9781780891835 


Three years ago, Amelia Quentin destroyed Jules Bright picture perfect life. Jules has spent the past three years rebuilding herself from the ruins and memories of her losses, now her life is about to be turned upside down once again. Amelia Quentin is being released from prison. 

Amelia had always been a troubled young woman known to Jules and her family. A spoilt rich brat, Amelia’s obsession with Daisy, Jules beloved daughter becomes dangerous and eventually takes a tragic turn.  With all the money in the world at her disposal, Amelia is able to slip the bounds of a long prison sentence. Once freed, Amelia sets out to reconnect with Jules. Despite her friends and family rallying around her to protect her from Amelia, Jules is determined to ensure the truth about what happened to Daisy be revealed. She will stop at nothing to expose Amelia for the dangerous psychopath she is, even if the law is against her. 

This is a well-balanced story that is part murder mystery, part psychological thriller that delves deep into the nature of crime and the people left behind in its aftermath. Cleverly weaving between present and past, The Girl Who Came Back delivers a thrilling, satisfying read.

Merissa Himraj
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4/5

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Book Review - A Summer At Sea

by Katie Fforde (Century) ISBN: 9781780890869


After a particularly difficult experience where her very profession is belittled and called into question, Emily, a trained mid-wife, needs an escape. She decides to embark on a summer holiday aboard a steam boat on the Western Isles of Scotland.  

Working as a cook aboard the “puffer”, Emily meets the lovely Rebecca and James, and James’s brother Alasdair, the rather handsome local GP. Looking to just have fun for the summer, Emily is determined not to become a cliché, but life has other plans. 

As she works aboard the boat, she is drawn more and more into the world of this lovely family and becomes firm friends with Rebecca, as well as the welcoming island inhabitants.  To make things complicated, she also finds herself drawn to Alasdair and his delightful daughter Kate as well. 

When summer passes, Emily is faced with a terrible dilemma. Could she return to the city, where her dream job now awaits her, or sacrifice all her hard work for a different kind of life to the one that she had planned. 

Merissa Himraj 
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3.5/5

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Book Review - 15th Affair

by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Century) ISBN: 9781780892900 


15th Affair is the latest in the Woman’s Murder Club series from James Patterson. 

Detective Lindsay Boxer is the lead investigator on a quadruple murder at a luxury hotel in San Francisco.  She uncovers a web of deceit and deception that interjects with the previous life of her husband Joe, a life he promised he had left behind. 

As Lindsay works at tying the pieces of this puzzle together, a second calamity befalls her beloved city - an atrocious act of terrorism that impacts thousands of people. When Lindsay discovers that the two incidents are linked, she sets in motion a series of events that put her directly in the sights of an unknown enemy. Adding to her stress is the fact that Joe has disappeared and seems to be implicated in both events. 

While Lindsay works with her friends to unravel the lies and expose the true criminals, she fears that she is also unravelling her own marriage as Joe begins to seem more and more like a suspect. 

Riveting and compelling, with a realistic portrayal of human relationships and betrayal, 15th Affair is a well-written story masterfully told by Patterson and Paetro. 

Merissa Himraj
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4/5

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Book Review - Better Nate Than Ever

by Tim Federle (Walker Books) ISBN: 9781406361537


Nate Foster doesn’t quite fit in. With his love of all things theatrical, a voice made for musicals and a hankering to be on stage, he doesn’t meet the expectations of his traditional sports-mad father, jock of an older brother and always stressed-out mother. Nate is bullied at school for being different and every day is a lesson in survival. Until the day Nate decides he has had enough.

Nate plots his escape with the help of his best friend Libby, when his parents are out of town on a break to repair their marriage. Heading from backwater Janksburg, Pennsylvania Nate heads out into the great unknown of New and gets on a bus to audition for ET-The Musical in New York City. What follows next is an epic adventure story as Nate gets a chance to live his dream, meet some crazy characters and even repair a long standing family rift.

Better Nate Than Ever is written from Nate’s point of view, and is a witty, mad cap adventure of acceptance, family drama and a brilliant portrayal of performance anxiety. Buy it for a tween, but be sure to read it as well. It's inspirational.

Merissa Himraj 
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3/5

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Book Review - Bodyguard Target

by Chris Bradford (Puffin Books) ISBN: 9780141359496


Bodyguard Target is the fourth book the Bodyguard Series featuring the fierce Charley Hunter. Charley has always been a bit of a rebel, haunted by an event from her past she is driven to be dangerously competitive and a very capable athlete.

It’s only a matter of time before Charley is on the radar of the Bodyguard programme. In order to escape her frequent brushes with the law, she is given the opportunity to join a specialised training programme. After completing her training, Charley is assigned a project that sees her and her team protecting Ash Wild, the most popular teen rock star in the world. Ash has attracted the attentions of someone who is determined to hurt him. Charley and her team are all that stands between him and fifty thousand screaming fans, one of whom wants him dead.

Fast-paced, action-packed and gripping, Bodyguard Target has an unforgettable and realistic heroine, who leads the pack with a determination and grit usually reserved for male heroes. It’s great to see a girl in the driving seat, and with the climatic ending, I cannot wait to read the next instalment of this series, and see what awaits Charley.

Merissa Himraj 
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3.5/5

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Book Review - The Swan Book

by Alexis Wright (Constable) ISBN: 9781472120571


The Swan Book is set in a distant future Australia, centres around Oblivia Ethylene. Oblivia is a mute girl living in a brutal and harsh world under the effects of severe climate change.

Oblivia’s life unfolds as she learns to survive the most difficult conditions, supported by memorable characters like Aunty Bella Donna, Rigoletto a talking monkey and three genies with doctorates to name a few.

The story tracks Oblivia’s life from being a victim of a vicious attack, living in a swamp filled with rusting boats and thousands of black swans to meeting Warren Finch, the first Aboriginal president of Australia. Her subsequent marriage to Warren moves her from one place of desolation to another. Oblivia, despite being made First Lady is confined to a tower in a flooded and lawless southern city, as Warren goes about his campaigning, and she waits for his return.

This is not an easy read but it an intriguing, darkly humorous look at the plight of displaced people who often don’t have a voice.

Merissa Himraj 
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3/5

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Book Review - To Catch A Star

by Romy Sommer (Harper Impulse) ISBN: 9780008108168


Teresa Adler is the epitome of poise, elegance and privilege, content to live her life in a perfectly planned and inevitable manner. Working on her wedding plans to the very suitable Stefan, Teresa has no idea about the whirlwind headed her way. Christian Taylor is the ultimate bad boy, with a questionable past and the world at his feet, he arrives in town determined to uncover this past and discover who he really is.

Christian and Teresa get off to a rocky start but soon become allies as she helps him navigate the intricacies of Westerwald politics and societal norms. Soon both Christian and Teresa can’t deny the growing attraction between them, but will the expectations and pressures of their respective circles keep them apart.

To Catch A Star is well-written romantic escapism, with an intriguing storyline guaranteed to keep you interested until the end. Great for a long weekend or holiday read.

Merissa Himraj 
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3/5

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Book Review - Orphan X

by Gregg Hurwitz (Michael Joseph) ISBN: 9781405910712


Orphan X, is a complex and clever novel that introduces us to the highly dangerous and well-trained, Evan Smoak. Part of an elite group of orphans who were trained by the US government in black operations, he is a lethal machine. 

However behind that hard facade lies a decent human being. A trait so strong that it forces him to break with the programme he belongs to and live life on his terms, after the only person he cares about is killed.

Now he lives a life away from the prying eyes of technology, helping those in need with his enigmatic catchphrase “Do you need my help? So far he has managed to stay undetected by his former employers, but this soon changes on his new case. Someone is on to his identity despite all of his efforts to stay under the radar.

This book sets the scene for a new action hero and is written in a fast, punchy style with a tight, believable plot. I can’t wait to read the next instalment in what is sure to be a franchise along the lines of Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne.
 
Merissa Himraj
www.writerswrite.co.za
4/5 

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