Thursday, 2 February 2017

Good afternoon



Hi everyone, 

Hope you're all well? 

First off, I would like to say a big HAPPPY NEW YEAR 2017! I know it's a bit late and I apologise, though so much stuff has been happening recently that I've just not had the time, though I will be making more of an effort this year. 

As you know, last year I didn't read much, if you follow me on here or on Goodreads you will know that it was a low year for reading. I think I read a grand total of 5 which is shocking when you think of previous years! 

But, I'm back on it and reading my books every month, I'm still busy so I'm aiming for  at least one book a month, I've logged out of FB, well rather much deleted it so I'm de-cluttering my mind and getting back to reading. 

At the moment I've nearly finished my January read, though sadly it has gone a bit over and overlapped into February but not much. Hopefully there will be a new review up by the end of the week, if not the week after. 

I shall bid you adieu but shall be back soon, 
promise.  

Much love as always, 




Me Before You * Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. 

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Louisa Clark likes the simple things in life, her little job at The Buttered Bun, her little family home and living close to the castle. 

Though when she arrives at work one day to find out she isn't needed anymore and that there's a bit of financial trouble at home, she decides it's time for a change whether she likes it or not. 

Though going through the torture of the Job Centre, is the last thing she wants right now. After meaningless interviews of "What skills do you have?" and "Have you been looking for work?" Lou is starting to come to the end of her tether, until an advert pops up for a stay in career. 

Will Traynor on the other hand really is having a bad time, what with once being a high end business man, travelling around in first class and going on skiing trips, though things drastically take a turn for the worse when he suddenly finds himself in a fatal accident. 

Now living on his own and slowly becoming a recluse, will Louisa be able to shake him of his past and get him out there to live life to the full one more time? And will he be able to  make Lou see herself, for who she really is? 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, is one of the most beautiful and heartfelt books I have read in a long time, I think it comes close to To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell.  

The story itself was so beautiful and the characters we're lovely and charming. I fell in love with Louisa from the get go, her bubbly personality and they way she doesn't give up at all was inspiring. I even own a pair of bumblebee tights which made me smile. 

I'll be honest, this is the only book where I have literally cried my eyes out, I was sat in the bath for christ sake crying away! It's such a beautiful read and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is needing a new romance book this summer, or just an inspiring - book that makes you smile unconditionally read. 

Moyes does not disappoint with characters, I know I've said that they are great but it really doesn't do the book justice. She has taken so much time and investment in each character and it really feels like you know them personally. You can relate to each one on some level and I think that is such a hard thing to do as an author. 

I will definitely be checking more of her work out in the near future. 

I will be giving this book 10/10



Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The Day We Disappeared * Lucy Robinson

The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson 

Annie has a secret. But if she's not going to tell, we won't either. 


Kate has run away. But she's not going to tell us why - that would defeat the point of running, wouldn't it? 



Annie Mulholland is not like your average girl. She has a troubled past, that she has fought long and hard with and nothing will get in the way of her remembering it. 

Throughout the years Annie slowly but surely starts to learn how to live life like everyone else, though not without some bumps along the way. Being in Le Cloob has helped over the years, what with her sex obsessed sister Lizzy, her gracious yet obnoxious french friend Claudine, and of course her slightly insane friend Tim. She feels like she can take on anything, apart from men.  

Until the beautiful and charismatic Stephen Flint shows up one evening in the massage room and her world is slowly turned upside down. He has it all, the dream cars, the house, money and not to mention a lovely resort out in sunny France. But once Annie begins to scratch beneath the surface, she becomes terrified. 

Kate Brady used to work at a high flying IT centre, but now she's running from something. Needing to get as far away as possible, she arrives on the doorstep at a farm but not just any old farm, it's only Mark Waverly's. One of the top horse riders in the country, and when Kate brags her way through the interview, she finally starts to feel safe.  

But things aren't what they seem, when she's thrown in at the deep end with not an ounce of knowledge about horses or even the rider himself. Though when she befriends Becca, a tough gordie girl and Joe, a deprived sex "god", things start to slowly turn around, though she hopes that her past will too. 

As both girls cope with their past, their future hangs in the balance. Will Becca and Annie be able to live normal, safe lives? Or will they always be on the run?

The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson, was wonderful! I don't know what else I can say!...No, wait I do! As always, Robinson's books are brilliantly witty and full of surprise. So when I heard that she was bringing out a new book last year, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, and now I know she's on with her fifth  novel! Ahh the excitement, I can't contain it!! But we'll get back to the review.  

I honestly thought that this book would be about romance, but I was wrong, totally wrong. I mean, don't get me wrong it does have some level of romance, but it's more on the line of a comedy thriller. Which I just love, it's different and there we're so many page turners and twists, I finished it within a week! (Though that's because I've been at work) But I haven't read a book so fast in a while, it was a lovely feeling to be able to briskly read all the way through! 


The book never slowed down gradually picked up the pace, like a snowball down a big mountain, but it was good and such a brilliant read. They way that Robinson kept me hooked form beginning to end and made me gasp with shock as joyous, as I don't gasp that much at books!


Without giving too much away about the plot and story, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm not just saying that because of the author. She genuinely is a wonderful story teller and her stories and writing style are different from anyone I know. It's fun to read her books and I can't wait for the next one to come out. Wonderful and beautiful writing skills. 


(I wanted to give this a really good review, but I'm a bit out of sync what with my last review being in July last year!)


I would seriously recommend this book, and Lucy Robinson. 


I will give this book 10/10 

  

Monday, 30 November 2015

Wow..


Wow, 

Hey everyone how are we all doing? 

I can't believe that the last time I did a book review was in July, that's so crazy! I used to post one or two up nearly every month! 

Life has been so busy recently, what with my new job, the cakes, college and all the crochet I've got to do, there's just so much for me to do and I hardly have the time to do it, do you ever feel like that too? 

I promise that there will be a book review up soon, certainly before the end of the year. I think that I won't be beating my 2014 reading challenge this year for sure, and I know for a fact that I haven't logged onto Goodreads in so long, I don't even know what my last read was! 

Thank you to everyone who has still been coming onto the blog, either to see updates, read past reviews (I hope they help in your choice of reading, let me know!) or whether you're just passing by, you're always welcome!

I've not been every well over these past months, and if I'm honest I'm still trying to figure out what's wrong with me. They say that you know your own body and when there's something wrong with it and that's what I'm trying to do. So when it comes to the wind down of the day, I just want to snuggle up with Netflix under a blanket and chill, not read which I am so sad about. 

Though hopefully, I will start to feel better soon and there will be more posts on this dusty old blog, I mean I do love it to pieces and I do love blogging. So why not do more of it right? 

I hope to post soon and to see you all back online looking for reviews and suggestions on what to read next. 

Until next time (not too long though) 

Much love, as always.



Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Long time no speak


Morning all, 

how are we all doing? 

Just a quick one to say Hi, and that I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth and that I am intact still alive and well! 

I have been so busy over the past few months, I don't know where to start! I haven't read so much which I am gutted about, I've got about 5 blankets to make and only just nearly finished one for next month - ahh! I also have been so quiet on my cake page which I am not too happy about either. 

In-between doing all this, I've been visiting family members, looking after family (my dad recently had a sinus operation so he's not been too great, but is slowly not he mend now) Looking for jobs, going to interviews, going to college and catching up with said college coursework! 

It's been hectic! But hopefully I will be able to relax a bit soon and get some reviews up! I'm halfway though The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass, which I can't wait to get back into - If I can remember what is happening in it. I also want to be able to find some new book series's to read, anyone have any ideas let me know!

On the other news, as you know - I like to read books by set months so: 

Spring - Anything that comes (usually some YA) 
Summer - Romance and chick lit
Autumn - Halloween / Crime / Horror
Winter - Christmas Romances

So when it came to my Halloween reads - Immediately I thought to re-read The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. But when I went to find it, I couldn't place it anywhere, I've looked high and low frantically and i just have no idea where it is, I am so sad as it was an original too. Damn, I shall have to see If I can find another to replace it - I'm so gutted though, I love Ray Bradbury! 

I do have another Bradbury book that I haven't read yet though, so I can give that one a go and it's only a short read so hopefully there should be a new review up at some point this week! Hoozah! 

For now though, 
I must get off as I have college coursework, update another two sites and some projects to finish! 

Much love as always, 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

A Walk In The Park * Jill Mansell

A Walk In The Park by Jill Mansell 

It's been a while, but Lara Carson's back in Bath and lives are set to change as a result. 

Because Lara left her family and boyfriend Flynn eighteen years ago without a word to anyone. Why has no one heard from her since? 

Things have changed since Lara last left Bath, but returning eighteen years later hasn't changed her mind on what she has to do. She wouldn't have come back if the solicitors hadn't asked for her to be there at her late fathers funeral. 

Sitting at the back of the church, it seems like not everyone has forgotten that she left home when she was eighteen. Especially not her evil stepmother, if she had to be in any Disney film, she would place herself in Cinderella. 

But not everything is as bad as it seems, when she bumps into her oldest and best friend from school Evie, they act like as if Lara had never left. Evie has waited all her life to be able to see Lara again, and to ask her one simple question: Why did she leave Bath, and not tell her? 

Things are looking up for Evie, as far as Lara can see. She's getting married and Lara couldn't be more thrilled! But things aren't what they seem when Evie receives a distressed call from the hairdresser and make up artist for the big day, only to find out that her loving fiance Joel has been sleeping behind her back, could she of found out at a worse time? 

Lara never thought this would happen, but bumping into Flyn eighteen years later was like a kick to the chest, all the air was sucked out of her lungs and she felt like fainting. He still recognised her and he still looked as beautiful as ever, if not more handsome since he was eighteen. So when Evie grabs her hand to make a dash from her wedding and for her to follow, Lara couldn't be more thrilled. Though now she had to tell Flyn that he had an eighteen year old daughter, and nothing could be more complicated if she tried. 

Flyn can't believe his eyes, Lara was just standing in front of him, his Lara from eighteen years ago and she was still just as beautiful. But questions needed to be answered and he needed to find her and soon before he lost her again, his love for her was still strong and he's never been able to forget about her ever since.  

Join Evie and Flyn on their journey as they go from the past and into the future. Will Lara ever be able to love him again? Can Flyn really trust her and will Evie ever be happy ever after? And of course, the most important question on everyone's lips...

Why did you Lave Lara? 

A Walk In The Park by Jill Mansell, is the 23rd novel by the wonderful Jill! Now if you've been following this blog for a while, you will know how much of a Jill Mansell fan I am. I just adore her books and he writing! The first ever book review I did of one of Jill's books, was To The Moon And Back - and even though it was one of her newest books at the time, I just loved it, and since then I have reviewed many of her books and still reviewing them to this day! (Please take my apologies for the book review, it was a few years ago and not up to the standard of the reviews now) 

I had a bit of a thing the last time I read a Jill Mansell book, and although I love her, the last book I read I didn't really find enjoyable. I found it was a bit repetitive compared to some of the other books and you could tell what was going to happen. So I didn't read any of the books for a while and then I just decided I wanted to read a good old Chick-Lit this summer and I am so glad that I picked up one of Jill's books on my shelf because I loved it so much! This is the 5th book I have read by this incredible author and I will always continue to read the books as I just can't get enough!

I loved the storyline of this book so much, on how they we're just teenage sweethearts but it was so much more than that, it was a bit like a modern Romeo & Juliet but with a child into the equation. I loved Gigi's character and Flyn's the most, Flyn sounded devilishly handsome and Lara was just too cute. I found Evie was the heroin out of all the other characters in the book. I felt like she had to deal with so much more and my heart went out to her.  

Such a brilliant book and it has been added to my re-read list. 
Fantastic Jill! Keep up the brilliant work! 

I will give this book 9 out of 10

Broken * K. Webster

Broken by K. Webster

Andi has the perfect life. She is about to graduate with an Architecture degree and marry her-All American baseball star-fiancé. Her world is soon turned upside down.

Left to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, she takes on a new persona—a promiscuous one. This new role protects her heart from ever being broken again. 


Andi had it all, with finishing college just around the corner and an All-American, baseball loving fiance who she is destined to marry, things we're starting to look up for her. 

So when she decides to surprise her finance with an early visit, she wasn't expecting her world to come crashing down around her feet and her heart to be broken into a million shattered pieces. He had only gone and slept with another woman. 

Since then Andi has taken on a new persona, she meets a new guy every weekend and only sees them for three nights, doing whatever tickles there fancy. Her best friend Pepper, doesn't agree with what she is doing and doesn't like this new life that Andi is living, but what can she do or say to stop her? 

That was before Andi met Jackson.

But she can't shake the feeling off that there is something about Jackson, something more than meets the eye, and she's going to find out what that something is. Even if she has to play a bit hard to get.

Jackson has skeletons, and baggage, lots of it. But when he first sets his eyes on Andi, he instantly feels alive again and it's not only his mind that's springing to attention. He likes that she's not like all the other girls, and he likes a woman that knows what she wants. So when the chips are down and the tables are turned in his favour, can he stand up to the test that's in front of him? 

Broken by K. Webster, is the first instalment in the Breaking The Rules series, but not the first book by Webster. The book has been been written in past tense and the present, flicking from stages in Andi's life whilst with her ex and what happened after the break up. I wasn't too sure on this when I first started reading the book if I'm honest, but after I got into it a bit more, I loved the idea of it. 

Let me just get this out of the way before I carry on with the verdict. You all know that I have been trying to find a great series like, The Knight Trilogy, and I searched high and low for some books to come up close but always failed. So let me tell you now, that this is it. Yes, ladies and gentlemen; I have finally found a book that is just as good if not better! 

Broken, was such a great read! It has so many twists and turns in the book, the plot was brilliant and the characters we're amazing, I'm telling you now, that if you have read The Knight Series and thought that Lucien was hot, then you've got another thing coming until you read about Jackson cause my god! What a smoker he is! 

I loved the book more on it's terms of the plot, there was never a dull moment in the story from when it kicked off up until the very end, I was constantly turning those pages and finished it within about 3-4 days. I could not put it down! 

I am a little disappointed that the next books don't follow on from Andi and Jackson's relationship as I would Love to read more about them. From what I have gathered, the books go on to talk about the relationships of the other characters in the book, which is also like the Knight Series. I would definitely re-read this books and possibly the series once I have got my hands on it. I loved the authors way of words and once again, the plot was amazing and very creative! 

All in all, I loved this book and I can't wait to read the rest of this series! 

I will give this book 9 out of 10