Sunday, 14 August 2011

To The Moon And Back * Jill Mansell

To The Moon And Back by Jill Mansell

When Ellie Kendall loses her husband Jamie in an accident she feel s her world come to an end. But life has to go one and eventually she's ready for a new start - at work, that is. She definitely doesn't need a new man, not while she has a certain secret visitor to keep her company...

Entrepreneur Zack McLaren seems to have it all, but the girl he can't stop thinking about won't give him a second glance. Why can't she pay him the kind of attention she lavishes on Elmo, his time-share dog?

Having moved to an exclusive flat in North London, Ellie becomes friendly with neighbour Roo who's harbouring a secret of her own. Between them, can both girls sort out their lives? Guilt is a powerful emotion, but a lot can happen in a year at Primrose Hill.

Ellie and Jamie we're what you would call, uptown star-crossed lovers. They fought over the most silliest of things, enjoyed each others company very much, and loved to be around Jamie’s long time friend Todd. They were the three musketeers.

But everything changed one night, when Ellie and Jamie went their separate ways for the evening. Ellie going off to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with some of her work colleagues, and Jamie popping off to an old school reunion with Todd.

After that night, the missed calls and text from various people on Ellie's phone and the funeral later in the month. Ellie had it an all time low.
What was she supposed to do without her husband?

Ellie soon starts to go through all the grieving process, she blames Todd for not getting the tube down in London, rather than driving on ice, and crashing the car. She wishes horrible thoughts that Todd was dead instead of Jamie. Everyone treats her like she's fragile and like there walking on eggshells around her, and she hates it.

Ellie decides that she needs a change, she doesn't like the work she's in now, and the way people treat her. Her boss is a bit strange, and she has to travel miles to actually get to the job. So with help from her father-in-law Tony, he rents her a new uptown flat, and so Ellie begins to a fresh start.

During her first day, she has no friends, well apart from Tony. Until one day the woman next door leaves her key in the door and runs off into a cab, without question where she put it. Ellie pops down to the door to keep the key safe until she returns home and leaves her a note on the door on where to retrieve it.

Soon Ellie and the girl called Roo, hit it off and become friends in an instant, learning things about each others roots and what's happened in their lives so far, to get them where they are today. Though Ellie is desperate that she needs a job soon, otherwise she will just be depressed all the time about Jamie.

So when Roo seeks her a job working for Zack McLaren, one of the highest Entrepreneur's. Ellie doesn't know what to say, and decides to leave it for a while, but later on she decides to take the plunge for the job.

Primrose Hill soon has a romantic side bubbling in which every character finds happiness and love, sooner than they think. Tony meets Martha, a lovely artist who has captured his heart and there is no way of letting go. Roo is in a tricky situation with a married man and is starting to question herself on whether it's right and if she needs to change? Todd is in a heap over two women and doesn't know what to do with himself.

And as for Ellie, well she is forced between different men who she does like, but aren't exactly her number 10. And with things bubbling up working for Zack McLaren being his PA. What will happen in romance for Ellie, and Zack?

To The Moon And Back by Jill Mansell, Is one of the most beautifulest books I have ever read in my life. The book is filled with so much emotions, that you can actually feel them until you start to know how Ellie is feeling. The first page grabs you by the words used and makes you want to read more. I am actually quite proud of myself, since I finished the book in a week or so, but no longer than two. Which is something I haven't been able to do in a long time.

I'm very glad that I picked this one up out of all the others. And I'm also glad that Jill Mansell was my first choice in Romance and chick-lit novels. I really don't think I could of picked up a better author to start with. Jill Mansell's work made me laugh a lot, and always smile. And not until the very end, did it make me shed a few tears. I love the way how she has wrote the book and chose the right words for it.

So I am glad to say that I will give this book 10/10 because it was just a beautiful read, and to let you know that I will be buying more of her books.

Hope you enjoyed the review, Emma x

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Upcoming reviews and other news.


So thought I would do a quick update, to let you guys know what's happening! Even though this never gets read by anyone but me. But anywho, I like doing them haha.

So anyways, I would like to draw your attention to the top photo where I am holding a new book, which I bought recently today :) If you can't see it well, he book is called, There Is No Dog, And it's by Meg Rosoff.
I have never read any of her books before, but saw the particular one a week back and added it to my list of books to buy.

Now a week later and I have swiped it off the shelf (I have bought it, don't be fooled) It's about God. Well, God is a young teenage boy, and be became God when his mother won the world in a game of poker and decided she didn't want it. So she passed it down to her son.

I bought it cause I thought it would be a good and funny read, which soon I will let you know with a book review and when I get round to reading it. Which brings me onto my next photo.

So these are all the books I have to read, and I can't wait to get stuck into them. Some, I have had for a while and I really need to get round to reading them. So from now on, I have made a pact to myself not to buy anymore books until! I have finished reading all these! Wish me luck.

If you can't see the names of the books, I shall make a list from top to bottom of the books...

Beneath A Darkening Moon by Keri Arthur
Beneath A Rising Moon by Keri Arthur
Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
Drummer by Jan Page
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Bite Club by Rachel Caine
There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
Keith Richards by Keith Richards

So I hope you enjoy reading my reviews and look out for one very soon!
Bye x

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Torment * Lauren Kate

Torment by Lauren Kate


Love Never Dies...

It took Lucinda an eternity to find her beloved angel, Daniel. But he waited for her. Now they are forced apart again, to protect Luce from the Outcasts - Immortals who want her dead. During their separation, Luce learns about her mysterious past lives. But the more she discovers the more she suspects that Daniel is hiding something.

What if Daniel's version of the past isn't true?
Is it really their destiny to be together?
Or is Luce actually meant to be with somebody else?

Fallen by Lauren Kate, is the second book in this thrilling series. The book picks up right where the last book (Fallen) left off, and is soon picked into the motion and chaos of Luce Price's life.

When we last left Luce, terribly things had just happened. The death of a friend lays deep within her heart and she has the feeling that if she never came to Swords & Cross Reform school, this would have never happened.

The battle that is currently happening with a mix of angles, demons and outcasts is still on the agenda and Daniel is forced to move her to a whole new different school.

Shoreline is different from Luce's last school Swords & Cross. The lovely Californian sun shines down on Shoreline constantly as the school is located just on the coast. Luce begins to like the place fast, and tries to start fresh to try and get away from the problems that had happened at Swords & Cross.

At Shoreline Luce meets Shelby. A tough looking, bossy and yoga loving chick. Shelby doesn't take to kindly to Luce's new appearance in her dorm room and wishes that she would find somewhere else to crash. But Luce decides to stick at it to see if she can make some type of friendship blossom between them both. While at Shoreline, Luce is put into the 'gifted' group with the Nephilim students.

Here she meets trustworthy and good looking Miles. He's charming, kind, loveable and just a happy person to be around, causing both Luce and Miles to be friends instantly.

Although the curriculum in Luce's classes, taught by and Angel and Demon (Which Luce finds it a little hard to get her head round) are a lot more different than the classes that were taught at Swords & Cross. Luce soon learns how to glimpse into the shadows that have bee following her round for all her life, and soon see's what they hold. Memories of her past lives.

Startled by the fact, Luce becomes more curious and goes on a hunt for the shadows in the woods to find out more about her life, where she came from, other parents she has had. And finds out that she had siblings.

Though with finding out her past, it still doesn't let the aching feeling go that she doesn't see Daniel as much as she would like to, and when she does. He's mean and too over protective for Luce's liking. Daniel doesn't tell her much about her past lives, which Luce soon starts to get mad about, and starts to question if she really loves him. And if there's any future for them both.

Luce realises that Daniel is holding her back, or so she feels that way. And starts to seek comfort from Shelby and Miles.
Which soon leads to Miles falling for Luce. Hard.

But the battle isn't over yet, and with so much to fight for: Daniel, her life, family, friends and Luce herself. Will Luce finally live to tell the tale of her life this time? Or will it be another past life put onto the shelf and inside a memory?

Will Luce ever be with Daniel again?
And will the battle ever end?
Will Luce come back?

Fallen by Lauren Kate, is an amazing book that made me dive straight into the first page, after reading the first book. A friends mother loaned me them and I’m so glad that she did. Because otherwise I wouldn't have had fun reading these books. Although I did find that the second book was a bit slow in places, and thought that the first book was still best out of the two. I stopped reading it after a while because I didn't want to take it on Holiday with me, since it's not mine and picked it straight back up when I arrived home. Though I did feel the struggle to read it, and found that it was a bit of a force to get me going again. But nonetheless, I am glad that I picked it back up and finished it to the very end.

My emotions were fixed with sad, happy and a little frustration at some of the characters. Not because they were not written well, but because of how they acted as a person. But that was part of the story. Also I nearly cried, because some parts are just cute, but then again I’m a sap for 'mushy' things haha.

All in all, I enjoyed the book very much and can't wait to read the third book in the series. I hoped my review helped anyone wishing to read or buy the book, and hope you have a good read. I would recommend this book for readers of any Vampire books e.g. Morganville Vampires or Twilight. And Angel books like Kissed By An Angel. And like always, someone who may wish for a change :)

I would rate this book at 7.5/10 :)
Enjoy, Emma x