Reviews: Books and Magazines

 

The Bone Season

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The Bone Season is set in a parallel world with a lot of similarities to ours but where clairvoyance is real and being discovered as clairvoyant is a death sentence. Paige is a member of the Seven Seals cohort run by Jaxon Hall a criminal group that uses their extra sensory skills to make money illegally.

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Don’t Think about Purple Elephants

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Sometimes Sophie worries — not during the day when she is busy with family and friends, but at night when everything is calm and quiet. Her family all try to help, but somehow they just make her worries worse. Until her mother thinks of a new approach …

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99 Stories from the Bible

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This is a brightly illustrated, robust hardback title that retells 99 Bible stories. Each is featured in a single or double page spread and through simple text that would suit the 4-7 year old age bracket.

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The Zumbo Files

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For those of us who are avid Adrian Zumbo fans, his latest book The Zumbo Files will not disappoint! The master patissier Adriano Zumbo (nick named the Sweet Assassin) has released his third cookbook, which is filled with over 50 new recipes and for the first time provides photographic step-by-step instructions for the master recipes in each section. This gorgeous, bright cookbook is sure to thrill any pâtisserie-lover or creative home cook.

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Peas in a Pod

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Pippa, Pia, Poppy, Polly and Peg are quintuplets. Since birth, they’ve done everything the same — cry, eat, sleep, sit. But as they get a little older, things start to change. Now they want to do things differently — very differently. Can Mum and Dad keep their little girls as matching peas in a pod, or will those five very individual personalities win out in the end? Find out in Peas in a Pod!

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Who Knows Tomorrow

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Lisa Lovatt-Smith gave up her highfalutin career in fashion to volunteer at an orphanage in Ghana in the mid 2000s. Little did she know that she would find an entirely new world in which to operate – one where she was needed and could make a substantial, life changing difference. She sold everything, started the aid organisation OAfrica and put her skills to use changing the lives of countless orphans.

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La Boca Loca: Collected Recipes from the Tacqueria

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La Boca Loca is Wellington’s renowned Mexican restaurant, and here in this new hardcover title you can find some of their well-cooked, well-loved recipes that have made Mexican a staple part of the NZ cooking landscape. You’ll also find an introduction to the techniques of Mexican cooking and a guide of everything required to achieve authentic Mexican flavour.

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Where is Pim?

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Pom is playing with his special friend, Pim. Pim gets misplaced, much to Pom’s dismay. Pom enlists the help of his dog, and they look everywhere for little Pim. This is a gorgeous story with lots of potential for many repeat-reads.

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Powerful Living

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Michelle Bridges, best known for her role coaching individuals on The Biggest Loser Australia, has recently released her new health and fitness book: Powerful Living – Mindset + Exercises + Recipes. The focus of this title is to remind the reader that they alone are in charge of their choices surrounding food and movement, and exercising power over these choices is the key to success.

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Seven Letters from Paris

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Once upon a time, a woman went to Paris in the 80s, met a sexy Frenchman in a cafĂ©, went back home to the States, received seven lovely love letters from him… and didn’t reply.

Samantha VĂ©rant (the fact that she has a French surname is a bit of a giveaway about the ending!) tells the story of of what happened twenty years later, when she was 39. She had no job, a sad marriage and financial difficulties. However, she had very supportive parents and a great friend called Tracey, who takes her out for a drink and, to cheer Sam up, reminded her of their trip to Paris twenty years ago, and the two Frenchmen they met.

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