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      07.12.2011 08:05
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      This book continues the story of Becky Bloomwood in the Shopaholic series. Becky is now married to Luke Brandon, so will she have calmed down her spending - in a word, No.

      This book gets to the story quite quickly. Becky knows that her parents are acting funny and keeping something from her, but she isn't prepared for the secret that the know. Becky has a half sister. This is from before her mum and dad got together and is her dad's daughter. Becky is happy at this prospect. Although being an only child was good, she now has a real life sister to share things with. In Becky's mind things will just be like what you see on the Television and films - sisters who love each other and get on, but will reality be different to what Becky expects?

      Her sister is called Jess and is the total opposite of what Becky is. Jess hates shopping and is not interested in clothes or fashion. Jess is Frugal and saves every penny that she can. There is quite a comical bit when Becky and Jess go shopping. Becky is getting into the spirit of things whereas Jess is totally bored. Things aren't exactly going to plan for Becky.

      In the usual way of the Shopaholic series some things seem a bit over the top. Becky ends up following Jess to where she stays and there is some kind of stretched storyline at this part. I have to think that if Becky is really this savvy lady in her late 20's then she should have a little bit more common sense than she shows, but nonetheless the book is entertaining enough.

      So will Becky and Jess become friends as well as sisters? You'll have to read and find out.

      I have read all the books in the Shopaholic series and they are all good enough books. I wouldn't say that at this book which is the 4th in the series that the series is getting boring, as it's like a continuation of Becky's life, so everything is getting covered, but this book is a little weaker than the previous 3 to me.

      If you have read the previous books then I would recommend reading this one and the rest in the series as well and Becky is possibily a character that some of us can identify with (but perhaps with not so much drama).

      A good book but certainly not the best in the series.

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        22.02.2011 14:22
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        Becky's back, and as funny as ever

        Although I love Sophie Kinsella, I don't think the Shopaholic series as a whole is her best work. This is mainly because I find the character of Becky Bloomwood (Brandon, by this book) slightly irritating, though likeable.
        You can guess what the series is about from the title. Becky Bloomwood is a financial journalist who also has something of an addiction to shopping. Bit of a contradiction, you could say. In fact, in Shopaholic and Sister Becky is married to Luke Brandon, and is no longer working as a financial journalist.

        She discovers that she has a long-lost half sister- the result of a relationship her father had before he married Becky's mother. Of course, being an only child, Becky is thrilled by this news. She can't wait to meet her new sister and do all the things she's always dreamed of- share her love of shopping, drink cocktails and watch soppy romance films, dress up and do karaoke. Actually, these are all things she already does with her best friend, Suze. However, she's in for a shock, as Jess is basically the exact opposite of Becky- she's frugal, completely uninterested in fashion or make-up and has a love of geology and the outdoors.

        I'm sure you can imagine where this leads, and there are some very entertaining situations between the two of them, although in many ways this is also quite a touching story. Sophie Kinsella is brilliant at creating likeable main characters you can easily relate to and empathise with (ignoring the fact that essentially all her main characters are the same person!)

        According to Kinsella's website, this book marks the welcome return of Becky Bloomwood / Brandon, as she had thought she was saying goodbye to her at the end of Shopaholic Ties the Knot. In think it's safe to say that most people who started the Shopaholic series are relieved that she continued.

        Like I said, I find Becky's character slightly irritating. When she goes into a shop and loads up her basket with hundreds of pounds worth of purchases you just know she's never going to need, it makes me wish I could somehow climb into her fictional world, snatch the basket from her hands and talk some sense into her. I feel a similar way whenever she decides to put off a particularly pressing issue until a time when she feels like dealing with it. However, perhaps these weaknesses of hers just make her more human and therefore likeable.

        Unfortunately the same cannot be said of her husband, Luke Brandon. To be honest, I wasn't keen on this character when Becky first met him back in Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (the forst book), but he doesn't seem to have mellowed. There seems to be an inevitable pattern of him working himself solidly, being ridiculously secretive and refusing to tell Becky anything, and then offering Becky no support whatsoever when she is in the most dire need of it. I can only assume aspects of his character are based on Sophie Kinsella's real-life husband, and that she finds this reserved, controlled type of character attractive. However, I still find it hard to see what on earth Becky is doing with him some of the time.

        What's good about the sheer number of Shopaholic books though, is that Becky's character keeps developing. There's never a book where you feel the plot has stagnated, and that means that each one is as funny and entertaining as the last. Long may it continue!

        So, entertaining plot, likeable, if sometimes infuriating main characters and an easy-to-read style. What's not to recommend?

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        09.11.2010 10:53
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        If you have read my previous reviews you'll now that i'm crazy for the shopaholic series.
        Having read shopaholic ties the knot and finding it to be my favourite book out of the three i'd read I was slightly doubtful that this would be as good.

        This is my review for Shopaholic and sister by Sophie Kinsella.

        Recently married, Rebecca Brandon nee Bloomwood, Is enjoying her around the world trip with new Hubby Luke.
        They've been on holiday for nearly a year and Becky never wants it to end, Luke however is longing to get back to work.
        Having decided that their honeymoon should finally come to an end Luke goes on a business trip to Milan, Becky having discovered this is eager to go along with him for a bit of shopping.........
        .......Unfortunatly this is Becky Bloowood were talking about.
        Meanwhile back home Becky is unaware of what is going on with her parents and when Luke and Becky have finished in Milan they decide to go home and surprise them, but it turns out that Becky is the one that is going to get the surprise of her life.

        In true Rebecca Bloomwood fashion this revalation causes an excited, over the top Becky to try to hard to make her long lost sister her best friend, but Jess, (her sister) just doesn't want to know.

        There is loads more that happens in this book but obviously I'm not going to spoil it.
        This book was just as good as the last one, it is full of surprises and shock revelations that just had my mouth open all the way through.

        Like the last book theres the main story but there's also other little stories going on within the plot, that keep you gripped on every page.

        There are a few new characters in this book, one of them being Jess.
        Jess is Becky's father's daughter from a previous relationship.
        She is so completely different to Becky in everyway that it's hilarious to read.

        I have to say that I did get slightly frustrated at some parts when Becky was trying so hard to impress her sister and her sister just totally dismissed it.
        I felt that I was gritting my teeth a bit through these parts, but i think that maybe that was the intent of the author when it was written to purposely annoy the reader.

        Again it had everything humour, drama and romance.
        Another brilliant book that will have you laughing and crying at the same time.

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        18.07.2010 23:33
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        Does shopping run in the Bloomwood family?

        Shopaholic & Sister is the fourth in a series of soon to be six Chick Lit books about a Shopaholic, written by Sophie Kinsella - and coincidentally my fourth review about the series. I have never really been a huge fan of Chick Lit; I prefer fantasies like Lord of the Rings and historical novels. However, I can honestly say that I love this series, and it is one I go back to again and again.

        Now as the fourth book in a series, I did wonder what else Sophie Kinsella could write about whilst keeping the series interesting. When I saw the title I was rather confused, as throughout the other three books there has never been any mention of a sister (or any siblings) of Becky (our Shopaholic). The title itself did instantly have me puzzling over the book - and picking it up and taking it to the till.

        The book begins with Becky Bloomwood (well, Brandon) returning from a 10 month round the world honeymoon with her husband Luke. At first she is excited to be back, but when she sees her parents they act oddly around her arousing her suspicions slightly. Things go from bad to worse when she finds that her best friend Suze has made a new best friend, Lulu, whilst she has been away. On top of this there are already problems occurring between her and Luke when he finds out exactly how much she has bought whilst on honeymoon, and when she tries to rectify all her spending. When Becky's parents reveal the source of their odd behaviour, Becky cheers up considerably - it turns out she has a long lost older sister. Now it doesn't matter that Suze has someone else because Becky now has a sister to have fun with & go shopping with. But will the sister's have as much in common as Becky dreams, or is there only one Shopaholic in the Bloomwood family?

        I, as always, have nothing but praise for this book - and this series. By now the basic plot has the same format; Becky has a problem, it gets worse, but with a few little twists it all gets sorted out in the end (well, for the past three anyway). This doesn't detract at all from the story because I found myself kept guessing right until the end of the book.
        Becky's shopping habit does come back to more of a fore-front, but only as a source of conflict between her & Luke, and also her sister, rather than seeing her overcome a major overdraft. This book also allows us to get more of an insight into both Becky & Luke - the honeymoon period of the relationship is over and you get to see them fighting a little and more of an idea of how their relationship works, and also shows the reader that it's not a perfect storybook relationship. The issues in Becky's marriage as well as the discovery of a sister lets us see a deeper side to Becky, one that we haven't seen before as the issues she has previously faced have never been so emotional. I did find myself feeling so sorry for her, and almost putting the book down because I hated to see her so distraught and there didn't really seem like there was any way to make everything right. However, I'm not one to give up on a book and so persevered, just to see if Becky would be alright in the end. I'm glad I did, but whenever I read this book I do find myself trying not to skip the worst points just so I don't get as upset for Becky. The fact that Kinsella has made me feel this way about a character is brilliant; I love that I have felt so involved in Becky's life that I find myself getting upset along with her.

        As always, most chapters begin with letters from bank managers or store's offering cards. However, in this book some of the letters are to Becky's sister, almost like a comparison between the sister's. I've always loved these being used as they are a different way to start a chapter, and also break up the story a little.

        The book is really well written, and I never find myself getting bored when reading it - rather the opposite. There have again been some new characters added - Becky's sister, as well as Suze's new friend who in my opinion is worse than Luke's mother (who we met in the previous book), something which I never thought would be possible. As always the old character's are never forgotten, with most being continuously developed as the books go on and 'smaller' characters making almost cameo-like appearances throughout the book.

        This, and the entire series, are something I always recommend to my friends. I love to read them, picking them up off my shelf every couple of months. Even though I have read them so much they still keep me guessing and I love all the little twists that go on. This is definitely a must-read - I would suggest reading the first three before you go onto this one, but I imagine that if you just wanted to start from this book there are enough references to past events to ensure that you don't really miss too much

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        22.06.2010 21:16
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        Another Shopaholic book review

        Shopaholic and Sister is a Modern Fiction (Chic Lit) book written by Author Sophie Kinsella - who has also written other books using the name Madeline Wickham. Kinsella is probably better known for her Shopaholic Series of books.

        If you have read any other of my Shopaholic reviews you will know that I love this series of books as they are quite funny and have a great range of characters and a simple plot which is enjoyable to read. As the name of the book suggests extravagant Shopaholic Becky Bloomwood has a Sister; in the previous three books there was no mention of Becky having a Sister, as far as Becky Bloomwood and the reader are concerned Becky Bloomwood is an only child, finding out she has a sister is a huge shock to Becky. Becky and her husband Luke have just returned from a 10 month honeymoon travelling the world and visiting lots of exotic places. Becky and Luke are already having problems so very early into their marriage as Becky has told Luke a little fib, she told him she only bought one or two small souvenirs on their travels however when they return home from their honeymoon they can't even get into their home as there are lorries and vans everywhere filled with stuff Becky has bought on her travels, as expected her husband Luke is livid with her. This isn't the start of Becky's problems though she finds out her Best Friend Suze has a new best friend and then she finds out she has a long lost sister.


        Like all of the other Shopaholic books I have read this one was a rather enjoyable read as well; mainly because we get to see a different side to Becky's husband Luke. We get to see an angrier Luke mainly because Becky has spent a fortune on stiff they don't need on their honeymoon and Becky has lied to Luke about the amount of money and things she has purchased. We also have the return of Becky's extravagant spending habits in this series where as the previous book was more focussed on Becky's wedding dilemmas so it was a nice to read about Becky and her big spending habits again. Another refreshing change to the plot is that we have another character to find out about whom is Becky's long list sister, surely one shopaholic in the same family is more than enough....... Or is Becky's sister the complete opposite of her.


        Introducing a long lost sister for Becky was a good idea in my opinion as we see Becky going through a tough and emotional time in the first few chapters as she adjusts to finding out about her sister. After all as far as Becky knew she was the one and only child in the family so you get the impression that she isn't too happy about having to share her parents with another Sibling. You really do feel for Becky somewhat in this book as there are a lot of emotional things happening in her life and I don't think she knows how to adjust to them. You get the feeling that she is on some sort of emotional rollercoaster, the strong emotional factors in this series are a nice change as the previous books were quite humorous and light hearted so it was nice to have this emotional factor in the book as it was a lot different to what you are used to and a nice change for the reader.


        You really do feel sorry for Becky in this book, mainly because she has had a bombshell dropped on her by finding out she has a long lost sister and no one in her family has ever mentioned it to her before. If this happened to me I know that I would get the feeling that my family was lying to me for years and also get the impression that there was other things they were hiding. Being able to relate to a lot of the things in this book makes it a lot more enjoyable to read.


        As I have mentioned in my previous Shopaholic reviews I really like the way Kinsella constructs these books as there is a diverse range of characters and the plot is very simple and easy to read. However I would say that Shopaholic and Sister is a little more complex than the previous three Shopaholic books as the plot has a little more depth and there are some twists to the plot which you would not expect; I would say that it is the twists in the plot is what makes this novel more enjoyable and satisfying to read and the fact that it isn't all about Becky's spending habits the plot focussed more on Becky's emotional state and how she deals with emotional stresses and big changes in her life.


        At 336 pages long Shopaholic and Sister isn't a long book and you will find yourself whizzing through it in no time (like I have done with all the Shopaholic Books). I seem to fly through the Shopaholic books really quickly because as soon as I pick it up I can't put it down until the full book is finished, this may be partly because of the way each chapter seems to end; you just want to keep on reading to see what happens next. Another good thing about this book is there are a lot of references to the previous three books throughout; this is particularly good as it gives the reader a refresher of the previous two books.


        I highly recommend The Sophie Kinsella Shopaholic Series as they are totally girly, funny and over the top and will have you laughing out loud at a lot of the events which occur throughout the series. You may also find that some of the emotional chapters in this book will leave you feeling a little sorry for Becky. You may even find yourself relating to the characters or you may know some people who are like them in one way or another.


        Copies of Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella can be bought from any good book store and on line prices will vary depending on where you purchase from and the Hardback and Audio formats will be more expensive than the paperback copy. You can also get the book for free from your local library.


        If you would like more information on Sophie Kinsella, any of her other books or you want the latest news about her please have a look at her website which is www.sophiekinsella.co.uk . Sophie Kinsella fans may be pleased to know that there is another book in the Shopaholic Series to be released later this year; the book is called Mini Shopaholic.


        Thanks for reading

        © Butterfly-Wings / just.bcoz
        2010

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          21.05.2010 11:13
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          Gimme a husband like Luke!!!

          Shopaholic and Sister is actually my favourite book in the series- and one that I must have read about fifty times so far. Thing is, it presents a delightful blend of fluffiness, shallowness, albeit some more profound thematic features- especially in comparison with the previous books. Those who have been reading the books in order will be quite acquainted with Becky by now and I have to say that the construction of this character was quite nicely done indeed: Becky is definitely the sort of character that automatically draws you to her, and you care about her quite a lot (especially after three books!). Which is why the happenings in this book really managed to draw me in and enclose me in iron-clad grips until I reached the very page!


          Becky is perfectly serene on her around-the-world honeymoon with her new, handsome and wealthy husband Luke Brandon. The two of them are harmoniously doing yoga in Sri Lanka when Becky spots a street vendor and literally crosses hot coals to stop him and make a few purchases! Soon, the pair decides that they've got enough of nomadic life and they head back to England (with Becky's huge cargo of honeymoon purchases to follow soon) where more than a few surprises await them. Suze has found a very close friend in the form of snooty, arrogant Lulu....and Becky's parents have something of a rather shocking announcement to make...


          As I previously mentioned, this is the most profound book so far- despite the occasional shallowness. I have to say that there were certain happenings in this book which nearly got me crying at some scenes. I never could have imagined Kinsella writing penning such emotional instances but she certainly did it. Having said that, this book is definitely far from being an intensely emotional novel. It actually even got me howling with laughter at some other places. In fact, I would say that the author managed to reach the perfect balance and perfect blend of emotions in this book. Shopaholic and Sister is definitely the sort of book which makes you feel like you're watching a movie; the descriptions and imagery are so accurate that your mind's eye will not have an ounce of trouble to replay the scenes in your head. Kinsella gives just the right amount of detail and leaves the rest up to your imagination, which I personally love in books.


          There's this particular scene, for example, where Becky bought two lorries' worth of furniture to be delivered to her place in London, and the look of utter stupefaction in Luke's face was so, so ardently described and vivid that I couldn't stop laughing- and literally had to place the book down to get some air! In fact, despite the teary bits, the odd laughs scattered over the pages kept the novel quite lively in true Kinsella fashion. This also meant that the pace was quite right (for me, at least.) I really admired the manner in which the book was kept light and fluffy despite the somewhat powerful sentiments evoked. It is however, just a tad less fluffy than the previous books.


          Another thing which I like was the manner in which Shopaholic and Sister portrays somewhere we've all been at some point of our lives: the pain and jealously that hits us hard when our best friend gets too close to someone else- and the insecurity and awkwardness which emerges when we try to look for someone else to make the best friend jealous (welcome to the complicated world of females!). But the point is, I think that Kinsella was very down to earth and realistic in depicting such emotions and happenings. There were no extreme dramatization, or extreme artificially (well, maybe just a teeny-tiny bit of artificiality, but it was quite entertaining!).


          After having read the book about fifty times or so, what I can say is that I will definitely reach for it again. I'd taken to reading the book during revision breaks while taking my finals and I think that the marvellous world painted by Kinsella provides some delightful escapism for those who love chick lit. All the characters are extremely well developed, with just the right amount of detail; the pace is really nice and the happenings definitely kept me entertained till the very end. Overall, I will most definitely recommend this book. However, I will rather advise those of you who are not at all familiar will the shopaholic series to start with the first book so that you can genuinely comprehend the essence and overall atmosphere of this one.


          ~Thanks for reading~

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            03.01.2010 22:50
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            Forth installment in the Becky Bloomwood Saga

            I have read a few books by Sophie Kinsella and really liked them. I started reading the shopaholic series early in the year, but I misplaced the copy of Shopaholic & Sister that I bought from the charity shop ages ago, and as I always have a massive stash of books on the go, forgot all about this one until a recent sort out brought it to light!

            If you haven't read any of the Shopaholic series then I would recommend that you start with the earlier books, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Abroad & Shopaholic Ties the Knot. It gives you a bit of background into the extreme shopaholic tendencies of our heroine Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood, but also tells the story of how she met hubbie Luke. However, if you really want to you can read Shopaholic and Sister as a standalone book, and still really enjoy it.

            We catch up with Becky at a Yoga retreat 10 months into her honeymoon with Luke. They were meant to be travelling for a year but when Becky receives an invite from best mate Suze to the christening of her twins, Becky suddenly realises she is homesick, and they return back to blighty. Deciding to keep their return home secret, Becky is upset when she doesn't get the warm welcome she was expecting. However Becky soon discovers that the dynamics in her family have changed, she has a long lost sister!! At last, a true shopping partner!! But Jess is not at all like Becky expects - she is not interested in fashion, she is frugal, and worst of all she hates shopping!!

            Like the earlier books in the Shopaholic series, the books are written in first person from Becky's perspective. They are a real light hearted read, and although they are completely unrealistic, they always make me feel better about my spending, which in comparison to Becky's, is tiny!!

            Although sometimes you want to grab hold of Becky and give her a good shake, you can't help but love her! Her thirst for shopping is insaitiable!! You also see an insecure side to Becky in this book, as she struggles with the differences between her and Jess. Some parts of the book are laugh out loud funny - I had to empathise with her discovery of Ebay, especially when she was setting alarms so not to miss her bids - thought I was the only one who did that!!

            The chapters are scattered with letters to Becky, normally from various financial institutions that Becky has done business with. This is something that has been done in all the Shopaholic books, although there are some in this book to Jess as well which are a contrast to Becky's, and are really quite amusing.

            I really like the Shopaholic series - they are a bit of light relief from the hassles of real life. Yes they are predictable, and they won't take you more than a couple of days to get through, but sometimes that is all I want from a book! Yes, they are predictable chick lit, but they are impossible to read without cheering you up! Don't be put off if you didn't like the recent Confessions of a Shopaholic film - the books are a million times better than the film - but then they always are!!

            Paperback 379 pages, by Black Swan

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            08.10.2009 10:38
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            Just as good as all the other 'Shopaholic' books

            This is another volume in the continuing 'Shopaholic' line by Sophie Kinsella - a series of books featuring the (mis)adventures of Becky Bloomwood, a young career(ish)-woman who's seriously addicted to buying stuff - any kind of stuff at all, as it turns out.

            'Shopaholic and Sister' picks up where the previous novel in the series ('Shopaholic Ties the Knot') left off; with Becky and her new husband Luke on their round-the-world, belated gap-year-style extended honeymoon holiday. This was a nice surprise in terms of continuity, because the impression I had at the end of the last book was that the two characters had basically 'ridden off into the sunset,' having abandoned their old lives and bad habits, and that was going to be it for the series. But no - the holiday has to end and at some point the happy couple have to resume some version of their old lives - which is what this book is largely about.

            There's also a home-coming surprise for Becky in the form of a relative that neither she nor her family previously knew about - a half sister, who resulted from a youthful fling of her Dad's. Jess, the sister, is quite a novelty in the world of 'Shopaholic', for unlike any other (sympathetically portrayed) character in any of the books, she seems (at first) to be completely immune to Becky's considerable - yet scatty - charms. They don't get on, in short, and it's interesting, reading - through the home-truths that Jess tells Becky during their many rows - a bit about the 'dark side' of Shopaholic, as this isn't something we've really seen or been encouraged to think about in the previous books.

            Still, 'Shopaholic and Sister' is at heart a frothy, not too serious piece of fiction, so of course everything is guaranteed to turn out all right in the end. It's a fun, engaging and very easy read - an excellent addition to the ongoing series.

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              A good light hearted read!

              Recently I got back into one of my all-time favourite hobbies ; reading. I always read as a child ; I was never seen without a book , and it is something that I still love several years on. I don't have a particular favourite author ; I like a few ; Paige Toon , Katie Price (if you can call her an author?!) and Sophie Kinsella to name a few. My favourite genre is the 'chick lit' catergory , and I also love reading celebrity autobiographies.

              The book I am going to review today is called Shopaholic and Sister and is part of the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella.

              First of all , let me tell you a little bit about the author. Sophie Kinsella , real name Madeleine Sophie Wickham was born in London on December 12th 1969 ; she is currently thirty nine years of age. She is most famous for the 'Shopaholic Series' of novels , which are a huge success , and this year a film was released based on the books. Her sister Gemma Townley is also an author. Sophie began her career as a financial writer although later on turned her hand to fiction. She has been married for seventeen years and lives in London with her husband and three sons.

              The Shopaholic series is a very popular series with five books under it's name; The Secret Dreamworld of A Shopaholic , Shopaholic Abroad , Shopaholic Ties The Knot , Shopaholic and Sister and Shopaholic and Baby. The books follow a character named Rebecca who as you might have already guessed is a massive shopaholic. The book from the series which I am going to review , is the fourth book in the series ; Shopaholic and Sister which was published by Black Swan in 2004. This book has three hundred and eighty four pages.

              Becky Bloomwood , a massive shopaholic , and her successful business man husband have just returned from their ten month long honeymoon , where they travelled The World. However , their marriage is already on the rocks ; while they were away , Becky told Luke that she had only bought a couple of things for their home , however when they do actually arrive home after ten months ; they can't actually get to their home as easy as they usually could because there are lorries everwhere , containing all the things Becky secretly bought while they were away! As if that's not all , her best friend has gone off and found a new best friend , but there is some good news when Becky's parents break the news , that she has in fact got a long lost half sister. Becky is so excited as she has always wanted a sister , and can't wait to take her shopping! However , what will happen when she discovers that her sister in fact hates shopping and is anti-spending money ? Read Shopaholic and Sister to find out!

              At first I wasn't sure what this book meant by the title ; I thought , perhaps Becky had a sister who was also a shopaholic ; that was my idea of what the book was about , although with a title like that , so simple , yet effective , it could have meant anything. I like title , mainly because it follows the same as the other books , for example , 'Shopaholic and Baby' , although I also like the title because it leaves the reader guessing and grips the reader instantly with it's unique title. I also think the cover is an interesting one ; it consists of a light green background ; Sophie Kinsella written in large capital letters on the top , and then below quite a large illustration of lots of bags , suitcases and bundles , with the title written below this in a large purple font.

              If I am honest , at first I didn't really enjoy this book , although after a couple of chapters I was hooked! There are a lot of 'unrealistic' moments in this book , which at first I couldn't get used to and thought 'how are we supposed to believe this?' (yes , I know it's fiction , but still!) , but the writer's way of putting things make it seems so normal and part of everday life , which I thought was funny! Once I got to know the character a lot better , the things she did were indeed believable considering what a crazy character Becky is. Becky is so comical ; one part which I laughed out loud at was during the scene which involves an Angel bag! So hilarious!

              In the beginning , Becky's character really annoyed me. I wondered how someone could be so 'out of control' and also wondered why her husband would put up with such crazy behaviour ; wern't the signs there before they got married ?! Although once the book got going , I came to love Becky as she is such a cute and really quite a sensitive soul! When things start to go bad for her , you just have to feel sorry for her , and want to give her a great big hug! I found it quite interesting to see how her ten month trip around the world and how married life had affected her spending habits.

              Throughout the book , I hated Becky's sister , Jess . She seemed so stuck up and 'weird' , and I wondered why Becky was so keen to impress her , but then again I suppose she is her sister! By the end of the book , I had grown to like the sister though! I prefer reading a book , where I like the character , rather than if I don't like them!

              I loved this book ; it certainly had me hooked! Like the other Shopaholic books , it got me giggling at really silly things in certain parts! I found as the book went on , I began to like Becky's character much more than I had at the beginning of the book! I felt as though she was my best friend by then end of the book ; she's so honest , silly and good fun that it's impossible not to like her. It's a real girlie book and perfect for bed-time reading! It has a real 'feel good' thing about it.

              I hadn't read the previous Shopaholic books before this one , so I had wondered whether I would find it easy to get into. Looking back , I'm sure you would have a better understanding of the characters had you read the other three books , but I managed to understand it well enough. One thing I liked about the way it was written was the fact that although , this is the fourth book in the series , and follows on from the previous three , the author had an impressive way of introducing the characters to the book ; for example , readers of the previous books would obviously know about the characters and what had previously happened etc, but the reader writes about these things in a way that allows previous readers to recall what happened , yet is detailed enough to give new readers an understanding of previous happenings , which I thought was great , because I hadn't actually read any of the other books from the series and so , this helped me.

              This book was written in a truly exceptional style ; the writer certainly knows how to keep the reader interested. I also find it interesting , that the author used to be a financial writer and so has a good understanding of the topic , but also Becky was also a financial writer at once point which makes me wonder whether Sophie Kinsella has based some tales on her own true experience ; perhaps she is also a shopaholic , or maybe she is a slight shopaholic and uses these books to 'do what she really wants to do'...(ok I'm rambling on now and probably not making any sense! hehe!)

              If you loved the other books in the series , then you'll like this! Also , if your a chick-lit fan and are looking for something light hearted and fun , then this is perfect!

              Thanks for reading!
              October 3rd 2009!
              xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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                I have finally finished the fourth instalment of the "shopoholic" series of books from Sophie Kinsellas, and have found that this is one of the funniest books so far.

                The book I will now review is "Shopoholic and sister".

                The book starts with Becky and her now husband of 8 months Luke surrounded with beauty and tropical settings and 8 months into her travelling honeymoon.

                Married life is bliss and her honeymoon has been incredible but both are getting a little too ready to get back to normality, so when they finally get home Becky is gob smacked to see how much everyone else has moved on with their lives....... Without her!

                Her best friend Suze has since had twins and found a new "best friend" called Lulu, Becky immediately feels pushed out which results in an argument, and a big falling out.

                Luke reverts from his laid back self, happy to have braids in his hair and doing yoga on the beach, and goes back to his former self...work obsessed, anal and stress out individual that is seemingly pushing Becky out of the picture.

                And finally assuming her mum and dad would be over the moon to see them she decides to surprise them, but has the tables turned on her.
                After catching them with a young woman she has never seen before it transpires that she has a long lost sister....a sister, how wonderful she thinks, someone to go shopping with....or will things work out that way?

                This is a really funny book, the under current of Becky's wanton spending still being a main element of the story, there is a particularly funny part when all the things turn up that she has brought on their honeymoon, and it has to be brought in two lorries!

                There is also a lot of heartache within this story, Becky's relationship breakdown with Suze, and her over the top efforts to try and get her away from her new friend Lulu, she nearly breaks her neck horse riding, then discovers there are shops in the Scottish village where Suze lives. The scene where Becky and her horse turn up at the stables with bags of shopping tied onto every available space on the horse bridle and seat is particularly funny.

                There is the also added dimension of Becky's new and long lost sister, who doesn't actually turn out to be what you would expect a sister of Becky's to be like, after a really big fall out within the family this leads Becky on one of the biggest adventures to she has gone on so far.....and all in her Jimmy Choo's!

                This is another fantastic offering from Sophie Kinsella, funny and clever with Becky always stealing the limelight, though in this book a little self awareness of herself, whether this will change her character in the long run is debatable, but definitely adds a little more to the story.

                This books R.R.P is £7.99, but is available for pennies from www.amazon.co.uk

                Thanks for reading x

                Pages - 384

                ISBN 978-0-552-77111-5

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                  03.07.2009 00:16
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                  A good follow on to the dissapointing Shopaholic ties the knot

                  After being somewhat disapointed with Shopaholic ties the not, I was eager to move onto to the next book in the Shopaholic series. At the end of the last book we left Becky and Luke planning a round the world trip which I thought would take up the majority of the book. So where does the sister angle come into it?

                  SYNOPSIS
                  Becky Brandon (ne Bloomwood) has traveled the globe on her honeymoon with her husband Luke. He's learned the art of yoga and relaxtion but Becky remains a shameless shopaholic, whose global trip was more like a global shopping spree!
                  Becky gets homesick when she recieves a christianing invitation from her best friend back in London, Suze. So the couple decide to return to London, Becky anticipating to be welcomed back with open arms. However, her joy is short lived as it appears Suze has a new best friend in the form of snobby Lulu and that her dad has secretly fathered another daughter, her half sister Jess. Becky is convinced that in her long lost sister she will find a soulmate, what will happen when the sisters meet?
                  Meanwhile, Becky and Lukes new marriage is put under strain yet again when items she's shipped from all over the world begin to arrive at her and Lukes London penthouse and Luke sees the extent of his shopaholic wifes purchases!

                  ADVANTAGES

                  The same obvious advantages apply for this book as they do for the previous books in the series. It's funny, uncomplex and therefore easy to ready and lighthearted.

                  I don't really like the character of Jess (Becky's long lost sister) because I find she's quite a boring character. However after getting so irritated with Becky's behaviour in previous books, Jess makes Becky a far more likeable character in comparision. It's Becky who makes all the effort to form a bond with her sister and Jess who rebuffs her every attempt. This meant I sympathised with Becky in a way that I had struggled to do in previous books. She's still over the top and irresponsible in this book but the majority of that behaviour seems less selfish as it is directed at trying to win over her sister. I regained some of my affection for her as a character as I found this an endearing side of Becky and it gave her something else to do rather than having the majority of the book focussing on her shopping habits.

                  Jess is just as extreme as Becky but in a different way. Whilst Becky is obsessed with spending money, Jess is obsessed with saving it. This contrast makes for some hilarious situations like Jess educating Becky on the value of potatoes and an ill fated sisterly shopping trip. When Jess snaps and confronts Becky about her excessive shopping and spending, it's a relief that Becky's finally facing some criticisms for her actions! It's also heartening when Becky begs for her sisters help on how to be more frugal. She inevitably fails but at least it finaly feels like some character development for Becky at last as she throws herself into the lifestyle of an enviromentalist.

                  Unlike previous books, I didn't find this story quite so predictable and I liked the fact that I wasn't able to see everything that was going to happen before it did happen!

                  DISADVANTAGES

                  Becky comes across as very insecure, which some would argue is a loveable character trait. It also means that the minute her and Luke argue, she immediatley assumes that he's going to leave her and doubts his love for her even though it's clear to the reader that Luke does love Becky alot and will never leave her. This happens in several of the books and so becomes a tedious cycle of Becky and Luke argueing, Becky doubts their relationship, Luke reassures Becky. It also makes Becky come come across as selfish as Luke is actually incredibly understanding and restrained when dealing with Becky's spending habits. There is no tension for the reader over whether the couple will split because you know they wont, which is unfortunate as the couples marriage problems take up a large proporsion of the book.

                  Jess and Lulu are the two main character adittions in this book and they are both quite irritating. Jess has her advantages, as stated above but Lulu serves little purpose but to be an annoying snob.

                  Once again, chosing to end on a happy ending is contrived and predictable but I suposse I cant complain too much about this as it sets up the next book in the series.

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                    Becky learns of a secret sister and seeks to form an emotional bond

                    This was the last Shopaholic book I had to read and had been told it was the least favourite of many of my friends but, as I had been challenged to read the complete series, I was determined to give it a go! I'm glad I did as I actually enjoyed it much more than Shopaholic Ties The Knot and found it a very humourous read that kept me entertained throughout as Becky Brandon returns to the real world after her honeymoon and is forced to take stock of her life!

                    It all begins when Becky and new hubby, Luke, decide to finally return to their former lives after ten months travelling the globe on honeymoon. Both parties find it difficult to slot back in to the real world especially when it becomes apparent just how much Becky has spent on their honeymoon shipping "presents" from their travels back to their luxury apartment. Then Becky discovers two things; one of which is Ebay, the other is a half-sister she never knew she had!

                    Becky throws herself in both feet forwards as always and becomes determined to form a bond with her new-found sibling. Jess, her half-sister, is less than enthusiastic as she realises she and Becky come from very different lifestyles and have absolutely nothing in common. For one thing Jess is extremely spendthrift; Becky, on the other hand, is spending just as much money buying on Ebay as she is selling off her hoarde of unnessecary Honeymoon souvenirs. And when Becky and Jess finally lose patience with each other in a blazing row of cross words, it soon becomes clear that once again Becky has let her shopping obsession lead her straight into the arms of potential destruction and this time it may take Luke's craftily constructed career with it!

                    Can Becky resolve all her issues and straighten out the mess she has made of Luke's business ideas? Can she and sister Jess reach any kind of understanding? The answers to these questions come after a series of comedy mis-adventures which once more had me laughing out loud! This is easily one of the funniest of all the books with Becky going on both a spiritual and emotional journey that leads her far into the outer reaches of Cumbria and encountering a fact of life she has never before had to learn; sometimes siblings don't always get on!

                    Once again, this is a light bite of a read that is as insubstantial as it is entertaining and witty! It's not long or heavy-going in the slightest and I managed to finish this in just a few days. It's not just chick-lit either though that is obviously where the target audience has been highlighted. With the release of the recent Shopaholic film, these books are most likely going to copme back into the public eye and if you are looking for something to distract you from the pressures of every day life, you could do worse than pick these up! Like a naughty, secret chocolate treat, these books are a guilty obsession that won't put on the calories and, as sequels go, this one does exactly what it says on the tin!

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                      Shopaholic finds a sister!

                      I've been reading the series of Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella, and a couple of days ago read the fourth book in the series which was 'Shopaholic and Sister'.

                      ~The Plot~

                      The book starts whilst Becky Brandon, who we met in the first three books, still on honeymoon with her new husband Luke. As we learned in the last book, Becky had booked a year long round-the-world trip for their honeymoon. We meet the couple in Sri Lanka where Becky is still spending like it's going out of fashion.

                      They're only ten months into their trip when they start to feel a bit homesick and return to Britain. Although it's only been ten months away from home, things don't seem quite right when they get back. Firstly, Becky's parents seem to be acting a bit strangely, and then she discovers that her former best friend Suze, who is now a mother of three, has found a new best friend in Lulu, who is also a mother, and Becky struggles to compete.

                      Even bigger shocks are in store though when Becky's parents drop a bombshell...she has an older sister who she didn't know about. Once Becky gets over the shock, she's delighted to have someone to go shopping with! What will happen when Becky's sister turns out to be not quite what she was expecting?

                      ~What I thought~

                      I have enjoyed all of the shopaholic books so far, but must admit I was not as impressed with the third book 'Shopaholic ties the knot' as I had been with the others. I'm glad to say though, that this one was great throughout, and I actually managed to read it all in one go, which is almost unheard of for me!

                      Becky is still as warm and amusing as ever, but I think in this book we see a little bit more of her husband Luke, and see his warmth coming through a lot more than it has in the past.

                      Like the others this book was fast paced and easy to read throughout, and is light and funny at the same time. This is by no means heavy reading, and is not filled with the huge amounts of drama and suspense some people may enjoy, but if you're looking for something light and fluffy, then this really is chick-lit at its best and I would thoroughly recommend it.

                      Available from Amazon for £4.99

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                        An enjoyable read for all you shopaholics out there

                        I am a massive fan of the shopaholic series since I first got introduced to it. The author of these books is Sophie Kinsella who has also written a number of other books. The books are chick lit, and are a very enjoyable light read. I have re read all of the series a number of times.

                        This book is the fourth in the series. For those who have not read any of the other books in the series, the stories are a bout a girl called Becky. She is a lovely girl who works as a financial advisor but has a bit of an addiction...to shopping. She literally cannot help herself buying items from books, to clothes. The previous series have seen her try to overcome her shopping addiction to no avail until she ends up selling everything she owns. Through her work in the financial sector she meets her husband to be Luke, who doesn't at first notice her shopping addiction but learns more as time goes on. Becky moves to New York and becomes a personal shopper, which means she can fulfil her love of shopping without the spending. She also has a massive wedding to plan, which causes its share of problems but thats another story.

                        Anyway this book starts at the end of Becky and Lukes honeymoon. They have been travellling around the world and she is now a yoga expert that is free of any materialistic thoughts...well not quite. The lure of shopping has still been big and she has bought quite a few items. Last and not least she has purchased the must have bag as featured in vogue the 'angel bag'. When they decide to cut their honeymood shorter than originally planned she can't wiat to surprise her family but when she gets to her parents street , they seem shocked to see her and go back round the corner with a woman. Becky is a bit upset they aren't so thrilled to see her but she lets it go. Not only do her parents seem distant her best friends Suze seems to have got a new best friend.

                        Becky is thrilled and excited when she finds out that the reason her parents backed away when she first came back was because she has a half sister she didn't know about. With her best friend being so distant Becky can't wiat to spend time with her sister doing girly things and best of all shopping. The bad news is when she meets Jess it becomes apparent the two girls are very different and worst of all she doesn't like shopping! This difference causes lots of problems not only with her sister but with Luke as well.

                        This is a really enjoyable read for those who like a bit of a lighthearted story. The main character Becky is very lovable and makes lots of mistakes which it is refreshing to see. It also makes you feel much better about any little shopping trips you may have made recently as she is bound to have done worse. The other characters help to ass to the story such as the parents who are quite funny, especially the mum who you can see is where Becky gets her shopping addiction. Luke adds a serious element to the books, as you see how important her relationship is with him. It is also nice to have the love story that runs through the books.

                        The book also has a nice surprise at the end which leads on to the next book.

                        If you like shopping and a good story then this is one for you.

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                          love the other 4 you will love this too-just as good if not better

                          This is the fourth book in the hugely successful 'shopahlic' series by the talented Sophie Kinsella and what a welcome return it is to have becky back. We start the book with the two newlyweds becky and luke on their honeymoon planning to return to the uk and back to 'normal' life. They decide to suprise their friends and family by just turning up and becky has visions of everyone been really excited and shocked; but she's the one who is in for a shock when her parents reveal she has a half sister! Becky accepts this news and thinks her and her new sis will forge a bond over shopping and have sleep overs(and eat peppermint creams sitting on each others beds?!) but her and jess(said sister) are very different-jess hates shopping and is frugal to the extreme where as becky is..well becky!The book follows becky attempting to be more like jess and their eventual bonding(on a mountain of all places) with a fantastic 'can't wait for the next book' type of ending. I must admit to being biased as there is'nt one of the shopaholic books I don't like-long live becky bloomwood nee brandon!

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