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Title: Kvinden de meldte savnet (Louise Rick #9) (The Woman Reported Missing)
Author: Sara Blædel
Genre: Crime
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 314
Date read: January, 2015

When a woman is murdered in England, it turns out that she is from Denmark, and was reported missing 18 years ago.

The police in England has no leads to find the unsub, and instead look for a motive to the crime. They therefore ask Louise Rick to find out why a number of Danes have deposited large sums of money to the woman's bank account.

This sends the investigation in a direction that is as controversial as it is unexpected, and it puts Louise's relationship with her partner Eik to the test.

It's always good to be back together with Louise, Camilla and the others :) This wasn't the most suspenseful book in the series, as for once the more personal aspects of the series took center stage. This might disappoint some, but I was happy to get to go "behind the scene" so to speak, and learn more about Louise and Eik's personal lives.

I guessed some of the twists relatively early on, but that in no way subtracted from my general enjoyment of the book. Plus, it made me think, which is always a good thing.
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Title: Dødesporet (The Death Trail) (Louise Rick #8)
Author: Sara Blædel
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 314 pages
Date read: October, 2014

The Death Trail is an almost overgrown trail in a forrest close to Roskilde. It got its name from olden days where people used it to transport their dying friends and family to the large sacrificial oak to offer some of their blood to the old Nordic gods, in the hope that they would welcome them when they died.

But now it looks as if somebody is using the Death Trail again - or so Louise suspects when she comes across it during the search of a lost boy who's hiding in the forest close to her childhood home.


Unlike some of Sara Blædel's earlier books, this one took off right away and threw the reader right into the action from the word 'Go'. I had a hard time putting it down, and finished it much faster than I had expected.

Just as I had assumed, a lot of the loose threads from the previous book were picked up and neatly tied together in this one, and I think she did a terrific job of mixing Louise's past with her present in order to get everything sorted out.

As always the book ended sooner than I would have liked - i.e. with the arrest rather than the outcome of the arrest. I always want to see people brought to justice for what they have done, so I hope Sara Blædel will at least refer to that in her next book.
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Title: Grønt støv (Louise Rick #1) (Green Dust)
Author: Sara Blædel
Genre: Crime
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 355 pages
Date read: May 2014

One weekend, two murders. A young girl is found strangled in a park and a journalist has been killed in the courtyard behind the Royal Hotel

Detective Louise Rick is put on the case concerning the young girl, but quickly becomes involved in the other case as well, when it turns out that her best friend, Camilla Lind, crime reporter at Morgenavisen, knew the victim and is determined to solve it herself.

Louise tries to keep her friend from hedding into deep water, but Camilla isn't the type who listens to advice when she's on the trail of a good story... especially when people from the drug scene suddenly approach her.

Quite an interesting read, especially since it describes the life of a Danish police officer quite thoroughly and, according to a friend of mine who works for the police, rather accurately.

Reread in 2014 and weirdly enough liked this a lot more than on my first read-through, so I've upgraded my rating from 3 to 4 stars. Quite amusing to read this after having gotten addicted to CSI and discovering how many things are much the same (like AFIS) and how many absolutely aren't (CSI are playing a bit fast and loose with how long it takes to get results from a DNA test).

I did think the friendship between Louise and Camilla was a bit more tell than show in this book unfortunately. It wasn't always entirely obvious why they were friends, but if I recall correctly this improves in the later books.
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Title: Tiger Eyes
Author: Judy Blume
Genre: YA
Rating: 2.5/5
# pages: 222
Date read: June, 2013

Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead - shot in a holdup - and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover. Climbing in Los Alamos Canyons, Davey meets mysterous Wolf, who seems to understand the rage and fear she feels. Slowly, with Wolf's help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind?

Slightly disappointing... although I don't know why, as I seem to remember being disappointed by it when I read it as a teen as well, but guess I'd somehow built it up in my mind anyway.

But the thing that got me is that it starts out really strong, so for most of the book I had high hopes about the outcome... but then it completely fell flat. To be fair I don't quite see how else it could have ended, but the way it was done seemed more than a little rushed.

Not Judy Blume's best work.
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Title: De glemte piger (The Forgotten Girls)
Author: Sara Blædel
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 4.5/5
# pages: 315
Date read: November, 2011

In the woods close to Hvalsø, a forester finds the body of a woman, but who is she? According to the coroners she has been dead for about a day, and a large scar across one side of her face ought to make it easy to identify her. But nobody has reported her missing, nor is she to be found on the police's list of wanted people.

After four days Louise Rick is still at a loss. It isn't until she decides to release a photo to the public that she gets a lead: An older women identifies the woman as Lisemette, whom she took care off many years ago at a center for the retarded.

But when Louise tries to get hold of Lisemette's journal, she is in for a surprise. Because the past turns out to have an unexpected connection to the future, and Louise has to work fast to figure out what happened before it is too late.

Probably the best Louise Rick story since "Kald mig prinsesse" (Call Me Princess). I read it in one sitting, and got to bed far too late yesterday as a result. The book was full of unexpected twists and turns, as well as a more thorough peek into Louise's past. I wish I could remember if that past had been hinted at in previous books though - otherwise it's a tad too much to introduce this late in the series.

As usual I felt the book ended too quickly, so I am glad that I am familiar enough with Sara Blædel's writing that I know that it is very likely the loose ends will be picked up again in book 8.
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Title: Dødsenglen (The Angel of Death)
Author: Sara Blædel
Genre: Crime
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 306
Date read: June, 2011

"The Angel of Death" - an ancient and valuable icon - has been in the possession of the rich family Sachs-Smith for generations, but always as a well-kept secret. So it is a shock to everybody when it suddenly disappears one day... even more so when the police are able to tell the family that their mother's death some months earlier wasn't suicide, but is now investigated as a murder case.

Meanwhile, Louise Rick from Copenhagen Police is involved in a case about a woman who has gone missing during a vacation to Spain. One of the theories the police has is that she wanted to start a new life, but when a well-known movie instructor shortly after disappears without a trace in the same area, Louise no longer has any doubts: the two women have been kidnapped or killed.


A terrific continuation to the Louise Rick series. Sara Blædel clearly improves by each book - her writing is ever tighter and the plot more detailed. This one included a twist I had not seen coming, but which turned out to be completely believable in the scope of the novel.

My only complaint with this novel is that there was too little about Louise's private life and especially one huge (and important!) thread concerning her foster son was left hanging. I hope this is merely in order to pick it up in a later sequel - otherwise I think she made a huge mistake in not tying it off properly here.

But excellent entertainment regardless. Definitely one of the best in the series.
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Title: Deenie
Author: Judy Blume
Genre: YA
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 128
Date read: February, 2011

Thirteen-year-old Deenie is destined for a modeling career, but learns she has a medical condition that will make her wear a brace for years. The story is about how she responds to this situation as well as to just growing up.

Thanks to Jeff Dunham I can no longer take the word 'scoliosis' seriously, which made me feel really awful while reading this book, as it's absolutely meant as a serious book! Drat that comedian!

That aside I really liked the book. Judy Blume approached a serious subject that not many people know anything about, and made it accessible for her readers. It's hard not to feel sorry for Deenie - first because of her mother, then because of her condition and her mother's reaction to that condition. At least she had an understanding dad, sister and friends, when her mother went off of the deep end.

I'll admit to not knowing the first thing about scoliosis (other than it having something to do with the state of your bones), and had to google "Milwaukee brace" to get a proper idea of what it actually looked like. I can't even imagine what it must be like for a young teen to be told she has to wear that for the next 3 years.
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Title: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Author: Judy Blume
Genre: YA
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 93
Date read: February, 2011

No one ever told Margaret Simon that eleven-going-on- twelve would be such a hard age. When her family moves to New Jersey, she has to adjust to life in the suburbs, a different school, and a whole new group of friends. Margaret knows she needs someone to talk to about growing up-and it's not long before she's found a solution.

I've read this more times than I can count, but the last time was at LEAST 15 years ago - if not longer - so I actually remembered very little of it. It was a lot shorter than I remembered though, and I distinctly remembered a scene which turned out not to be from this book at all!

Read for the first time as a tween as undeveloped as Margaret herself, it's definitely a book that resonates with young women - even if sanitary pad technology has come a long way since then, and thank you for that! I'm not sure how much I would have liked it, if I'd read it for the first time as an adult, but I think I would still have been able to see its appeal to a younger audience. It's definitely one of those books I hope don't go out of fashion anytime soon.

...even if I was incredibly amused by the notion that a school would send home letters to 'warn' parents that they'd teach sex ed - I'm pretty sure it's a mandatory part of the syllabus here ;-) Oh, and the completely free assignment would have been completely unheard of at any school I've attended.
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Title: Glimmerglass
Author: Jenna Black
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: 294
Date read: November 2010

Dana Hathaway doesn't know it yet, but she's in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she's had it with being her mother's keeper, so she packs her bags and heads to stay with her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl - she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Soon, she finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone wants something from her, even her newfound friends and family. Suddenly, life with her alcoholic mom doesn't sound half bad, and Dana would do anything to escape Avalon and get back home. Too bad both her friends and her enemies alike are determined not to let her go...

Good, but with reservations. I had issues with it and felt that it could have been a lot better of certain aspects had been handled differently.

It was a fast read, and I surprised myself by how quickly I got completely caught up into it. I loved the premise and the universe, where the magical world was well known, but kept apart from the human world, and the two only interacted in Avalon - and even more that Avalon wasn't reserved for those with magic, but that people actually went there as tourists on vacation! Fascinating idea! I love book placed in "our" world / time where magic plays a part.

I really liked Kimber and Finn, but hated Aunt Grace. She reminded me too much of Prof. Umbridge from Harry Potter - and that is NOT a good thing. Dana herself... well, I mostly liked her, but I did think some of her actions were hopelessly naive taking her rough childhood into consideration. She accepted things far too quickly and without any real questioning.

Most of all, however, I really disliked the ending. Dana's father's ruthlessness was appalling, and he has yet to prove to me that he cares more about Dana herself, than the power she'll give him. I hope the next book will prove me wrong.

Also, I didn't like the cover much :-/ That's very much a minor issue though ;)
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Title: Hævnens gudinde (Goddess of Revenge)
Author: Sara Blædel
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 4/5
# pages: 420
Date read: July 2010, August 2014

While questioning a young widow whose husband had rocker connections, Louise Rick receives a phone call from her foster son, Jonas, who asks her to come immediately - a call party has been crashed by a group of bullies who wanted booze, and attacked the only adult there when they found none. 12-year old Signe tries to run away to get help, but one of the bullies ran after her, and chased her out in front of a car. She dies from her injuries later that night.

After the death of her only child, Signe's mother no longer feels there's any reason to live. But is her apathy due only to sorrow, or does she wish for revenge? A fire which ends up killing two of the bullies, suddenly makes everybody look at the distraught mother differently, but not everybody is as they seem.

Just like many of Sara Blædel's other books, Goddess of Revenge is slow to start, but once it picks up, it's well worth the effort. This one especially because I loved the secondary plot-line of Louise's issues with getting used to having a foster son.

Sara Blædel is good at introducing believable twists to the story that neither seem forced nor are spotted a mile away (not by me anyway!). Her writing is tight, and any small detail is likely to be picked up again later in the book.

The book very obviously paves the way for a 6th book in the series which would be fine by me!
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Title: Aldrig mere fri (Never Again Free)
Author: Sara Blædel
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 8/10
# pages: 374
Date read: July, 2008


Summary: In inner Copenhagen a woman is found murdered one night. The scene of the crime is very bloody, as her throat was cut in an uncommonly violent fashion.

Police officer Louise Rick has been put on the case together with some colleagues when she receives a phonecall from her friend Camilla Lind who's the crime reporter on Morgenavisen. She is deeply disturbed by an experience her 11-year-old son had the same morning when he on his way to school found an abandoned infant.

All clues in the murder case point towards the hooker environment of Copenhagen, but when another beastly murder is committed it's clear that new players are a field - players who ruthlessly abuse and punish others if it'd help their own lucrative business.

Review: Slow to start, but it quickly picks up and becomes very interesting. It touches upon one of the most despicable crimes around - human trafficking. It's something I feel very strongly against and therefore had a hard time stomaching the book which as always was very well written. It ends rather abrupt and with an unexpected twist, but unlike some of her other books the abruptness doesn't mean any threads are left hanging... or rather they are, but not in an unsatisfying way, but rather because it couldn't be any different.

I don't know if she's planned any more Louise Rick books, but I hope so.

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Title: Knife Edge
Author: Malorie Blackman
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 8/10
# pages: 365
Date read: June, 2008


Summary: Persephone (Sephy) Hadley, now an 18-year-old single parent, is raising her biracial daughter in a sharply divided alternate England, where black Crosses suppress the white Noughts. She faces pressure from both her less-than-understanding Cross family and her disintegrating Nought family, and everyone in between. When her brother-in-law's violent behavior leads to murder, Sephy provides a false alibi to save Jude, but doing so irreparably damages other lives.

Review: This sequel to Noughts and Crosses is a lot slower moving, a lot darker than the first book in the series, and ends with an even bigger cliff-hanger. I'd already ordered the last book in the trilogy before reading this one, so it's not too big a deal, but it's always bothered me when books don't have a proper ending on their own. I don't mind threads being left hanging for the next book, but it should be possible to read each one without having to have the next around.

That pet-peeve aside, I did enjoy the book and had a hard time putting it down once I got properly into it. The racial issues handled in it are interesting, although I wonder if Malorie Blackman would have gotten away with it, if she hadn't been a black person herself (or whatever the PC, non-offensive term is these days). It did annoy me that Sephy was so quick to believe Callum though. I thought it was pretty obvious he was just trying to protect her. Perhaps that'll be brought up again in Checkmate.

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Title: Tithe
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 8/10
# pages: 323
Date read: December, 2007


Summary: Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.

Review: I added Tithe to my wishlist solely because it was on my list of Amazon recommendations. A bit of a gamble, as I hadn't heard about it from anywhere else, but it paid off fortunately. A bit more YA than most YA fantasy books I've read recently, but I still really enjoyed it, and it provided a new interesting take on faeries. I'd recommend it to anybody who enjoys YA fantasy.

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Title: Noughts & Crosses
Author: Malorie Blackman
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Rating: 9/10
# pages: 445
Date read: November, 2007


Summary: Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society.

Sephy is a Cross -- a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought -- a 'colourless' member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that's as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don't mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum -- a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together?

In this gripping, stimulating and totally absorbing novel, black and white are right and wrong.

Review: I came across Noughts & Crosses purely by coincidence while in London two months ago, read the first chapter and was captivated. However, I could see it was the first of a trilogy and didn't know if it could stand alone, so I wanted to wait and check that out first. I never did though, because I kept thinking about it, and wanted to read it, so shortly after returning from London I logged onto Bookmooch, and by an extreme stroke of luck found it there! (It'd just been added that very day).

Yesterday I finally had the time to read it, and absolutely LOVED it! It was everything I'd expected it to be and lots more. While certainly a very exaggerated view of racism I still think it raises some very valid points well worth exploring. I highly recommend it.

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I've been on a "Famous Five" kick lately and have managed to finish the original series (with the exception of #20 which I've unfortunately been unable to find). So here is a review of the final 10 books.

Author: Enid Blyton
Genre: YA, mystery

Review:
11. Five Have a Wonderful Time
The Famous Five are having a brilliant time - on holiday in horse-drawn caravans - and they've discovered a ruined castle nearby! The castle looked deserted from a distance, but is that a face at the window? Or is it a trick of the light? Just who is hiding in the castle?

12. Five Go Down to the Sea
Who would deliberately lure somebody on to treacherous rocks on the Cornish coast? Somebody is flashing lights from the old tower on stormy nights - and the Famous Five sense danger. But can they solve this mystery safely?

13. Five Go to Mystery Moor
Mystery Moor is aptly named, as the Five discover! There's something dangerous out there, but gang need help to find out what it is. The travellers camped on the moor are unfriendly, so the Famous Five have no other choice but to risk the treacherous mists and follow the trail.

14. Five Have Plenty of Fun
George is not pleased when Berta, a spoilt American girl, turns up at Kirrin Cottage in the middle of the night dressed in disguise! But George hasn't got time to be jealous. Berta is in hiding from kidnappers, and she needs help. The Famous Five must risk danger to help out this stranger.

15. Five On a Secret Trail
Camping again! This time the Five have pitched their tent near an old ruined cottage, which looks as though it's been abandoned for years. When Anne hears strange noises at night the others don't believe her...until they see ghostly lights. Could the cottage be haunted?

16. Five Go to Billycock Hill
Hurrah! It's holiday time, and the Famous Five are spending it at Billycock Hill. Most exciting of all, they've made a new friend - a real pilot! But when he disappears with top secret equipment, the Five are puzzled. Could their new friend be a spy?

17. Five Get Into a Fix
The Famous Five are having lots of fun in the snow! But who is living in the mysterious house near the chalet they're staying in? The caretaker says nobody has lived there for years, but the Five are sure they've seen a terrified, haunted face at one of the windows.

18. Five on Finniston Farm
There is a ruined castle on Finniston Farm, but only the dungeons remain and no one knows where they are! The Famous Five are determined to find them, and whatever else is hidden inside, but someone else wants to find out too. Can the Five get there first?

19. Five Go to Demon's Rocks
The Five have heard the stories about treasure on Demon's Rocks, but they never thought they were really true! When they discover a very old, valuable gold coin, the myth becomes real. Who does the treasure belong to? The gang are determined to find out...but so is someone else.

21. Five Are Together Again
The Famous Five are having fun camping near the home of a famous scientist. But they might have known there'd be a mystery to solve. When the scientist's important research papers go missing, he needs the gang's help to get them back! But how can the Five work out who took them?

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Title: Kun ét liv ("Only One Life")
Author: Sara Blædel
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 8/10
# pages: 350
Date read: July 2007, July 2014


A young immigrant-girl is found murdered and Louise Rick joins the team working on the case. Shortly after the team have another murder case on their hands, but is it the same killer?

Samra is from Jordan and attends 9th grade in Holbaek. She has Danish friends, but otherwise lives according to the guidelines set by her family.

The police is immediately put on the case of finding Samra's killer, and they spend a lot of time pressuring her family as they fear it may be a case of 'honour killing' as Samra is suspected of having a Danish boyfriend, and often sneaked out of the house to meet her Danish friends.

Samra's father and brother are arrested, but it's only when Samra's mother starts talking that the case starts to move forward.

The third book in the series of the female detective, Louise Rick. Fast-moving and fascinating story, and full of twists and turns where half are believable and the other half unfortunately a tad too far-fetched. Still, it's an interesting book, especially because of the insight into so-called "honour killings".

It took me a surprisingly long time to read this the second time through. I enjoyed it well enough while reading it, but it was just far too easy to put aside. Finally I got stubborn and decided just to push through and finish.
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Title: Kald mig Prinsesse
Author: Sara Blædel
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 9/10
# pages: 320
Date read: July 2007

Summary: "Call me Princess" The homocide department of Copenhagen police station receive news that a young woman has been raped, and detective Louise Rick is put on the case. The woman was raped by a man she met on a dating site, but the identity he stated was false. Looking through unsolved rape cases, Louise finds more following a similar pattern and when a young woman is shortly after found choked while raped by the same man, all resources are put into finding the serial rapist who operates in the shadows of the anonymity of the internet. But all leads turn up cold, and Louise Rick realizes that they need to turn to untraditional methods. So she creates a dating-profile herself.

Review: I could not put this book down! It was fascinating and chilling, because it could so easily happen. I could not stop thinking of the Danish TV series "Anna Phil" though, because Louise Rick was SO similar to Anna Phil. I wonder if one was inpsired by the other, or if all female detectives just are like that ;-)

My only beef with the book was that it ended too soon. I doubt I spoil anybody by revealing that they catch the guy in the end ;) but the book ends right when they arrest him. I would have appreciated another 20 pages or so - perhaps as an epilogue - wrapping things up. There were too few reactions to the identity of the rapist.

Unfortunately this book hasn't been translated to English yet, but when it does, do check it out!

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I've been on a "Famous Five" kick lately. However, the books are too short for me to do a seperate review of each one, so I'll do them in batches of ten instead. I really enjoy "Famous Five" books (though some more than others obviously), but always get so HUNGRY when reading them. They're constantly eating! ;-) Anyway, they're comfort books and always good for whiling away half an hour.

Author: Enid Blyton
Genre: YA, mystery

Review:
Five On A Treasure Island, 8/10
The very first Famous Five adventure featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, and tomboy George along with her beloved dog, Timmy. There's a shipwreck off Kirrin Island, but where's the treasure? The Five are on the trail, looking for clues... but they're not alone and time is running out.

Five Go Adventuring Again, 7/10
There's a thief at Kirrin Cottage! The Famous Five think they know who it is, but they need to prove it! Where can they find evidence? The discovery of an old map and very unusual hiding place is all they need to get to the bottom of this mystery and uncover the true culprit!

Five Run Away Together, 10/10
Who's been on George's island? What is locked inside the the mysterious trunk hidden on Kirrin Island? The Famous Five think they're on the trail of smugglers- until they hear a child scream... Probably my favourite Famous Five book.

Five Go To Smuggler's Top, 7/10
Can there still be smugglers at Smuggler's Top? The Famous Five go to stay at the large old house, and discover lots of brilliant hiding places, even underground tunnels! Then they catch people signalling out to sea - who are they?

Five Go Off In A Caravan, 9/10
On their caravan holiday, the gang are thrilled when they stumble across a circus troupe. Unfortunately some of the circus people have more sinister plans than just clowning around. Another of my favourites.

Five On Kirrin Island Again, 6/10
What is Uncle Quentin up to, all alone on Kirrin Island? He won't let anyone visit, not even George and the rest of the famous Five. But Uncle Quentin isn't really alone on the island - someone is watching his every move.

Five Go Off To Camp, 6/10
Spook trains in the middle of the night! And they seem to vanish into thin air - but where do they go? The Famous Five are on to it. But the discovery of an unusual underground tunnel system, and a train-service, has them puzzled. If they follow the tracks, will they solve the mystery? I'm not too fond of this one. Julian takes charge too much and leaves Anne and George out of things, despite repeatedly saying that George is "as good as a boy", he obviously doesn't mean it.

However, I love the fact that the Five actually AGE in these books. It's not like BSC where they're 13 forever. In the first book Julian was 13, now he's 16 which fits!

Five Get Into Trouble, 7/10
The Famous Five are distraught! Dick has been kidnapped - mistaken for somebody else! The gang finally track him down to a lonely, abandoned house but then they too are seized and held captive. How will the intrepid Five get themselves out of this mess?

Meh... Okay, but not much more.

Five On Adventure, 7/10
Julian, Dick and Anne are really worried - George and her devoted Timmy have just disappeared! Not only that, somebody has broken in to Kirrin Cottage. Could there be a connection? The Famous Five think so, but it's going to be tough getting to the bottom of this mystery.

Five On A Hike, 8/10
Famous Five are on a hike together, but Dick and Anne get seperated from the rest, when they get lost during a rainstorm. Dick is puzzled when he's woken by aman handing him a note and passing on a mysterious message? And when the Famous Five hear of an escaped convict in the area, they are on red alert. The police won't help, so the Five have no choice but to solve the mystery alone.

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Title: Nina's Secret
Author: Brigitte Blobel
Genre: YA
Rating: 7/10
# pages: 168
Date read: September, 2006

Review: A book I read often as a young teenager. Nina's secret is that her step-father sexually abused her as a child. He hasn't touched her since she turned 14, but still has a lot of control over her. When Nina gets a boyfriend she finally dares to tell somebody about it. It's a depressing book that doesn't pull any punches. I found it especially hard to read this time, as I've recently discovered that one of my good friends was abused as a child by her father. I simply cannot understand how anybody could make themselves do something like that.

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