Thursday, 24 July 2014

You're The One That I Don't Want * Alexandra Potter

You're The One That I Don't Want by Alexandra Potter

How do you know he's the one? Are you getting butterflies just thinking about him?

Have you dreamt of marrying him? Do you just know?

Nate was the one for Lucy,but after ten years they've lost contact,then New York brings them together; how is she to lose him.

When 18 Lucy Hemmingway makes the trip of a lifetime, she's gone to Venice to spend the summer at Art college, a perfect dream for her which has just come true in such a beautiful city. Though when she meets Nate, everything changes.Soon though couple become inseparable, spending their free days eating galato and moping around in bed then walking around Venice centre in the evening.

But when a loved up Lucy and Nate encounter an old man who lets them in on the story about the legend of the bridge of sighs, the couple soon think it's a great idea and with their split coin pendants, a trip on a gondola under the bridge of sighs, with the sunset going down and the bells chiming in the background. They both kiss, and if anything the old mad said is true, they will be together for eternity. 

Fast forward ten years later and Lucy is 28 and living in New York with her new flat mate and hippie chick Robyn. Though even though it's ten years on she is still hung up over Nate and every small detail reminds her of him. Maybe the legend of the bridge of sighs wasn't so true after all. But when she's helping take a delivery of paintings to a penthouse in New York for the gallery where she works. She can't believe her luck when she bumps into Nate ten years later and snooping around his house no doubt!

Soon Lucy and Nate become inseparable and it's like nothing has changed between them, apart from Nate still wearing the pineapple boxers his ex-girlfriend bought him because they we're to precious for him to get rid of. But everything isn't as it seems as the couple seem to be arguing more about trivial things than having lovely, passionate sex according to Lucy. Plus Nate has changed so much, gone we're the days of shovelling pizza into their mouths in Venice, now it's exercise and state of the art juicing machines! Plus an iPhone which seems to be glued to his ear constantly. 

Being in love with Nate isn't as good as what she can remember and Lucy soon wants out, don't get her wrong, the sex is amazing! But he's a total obsessive nut! With Nate and Lucy rowing too soon into their precious relationship, she goes off to look at art and bumps into Adam - a lovely film student. But things are as good as they seem in Lucy and Nate's relationship isn't it? 

Wrong - Lucy bumps into Nate, again and again and again.

Everything couldn't be worse! Soon Lucy starts to believe that Nate is The One, but not the one she wants, he's The One she wants to get rid of, for good. But all that is a bit impossible since he is everywhere she goes! On a trip to the Vineyards - He's her double booked room mate. Sharing a taxi - Think again, it's with Nate. Out on a dinner with her uptight sister - Guess who's sitting next to her? 

It's almost as if Lucy Hemmingway is stuck in a nightmare and not a romantic love affair, there's no way of getting rid of Nathaniel and she wants him GONE. Her kooky, hippie and spell loving room-mate Robyn believes it's the Legend coming to life back in Italy. But is she is right, then what is Lucy going to do and how will she get rid of Nathaniel? 

One things for sure, you can't play with Fate

You're The One That I Don't Want by Alexandra Potter, is the second book and I have read by this author and I loved it to pieces! I admit that at first I was a bit unsure and thought that the book was a bit slow at the beginning. But I carried on reading it and I loved it! I really liked the story line and thought it was a great romantic, summery book. Lucy's character was hilarious and I really did feel for her as she could never get away from her Ex-boyfriend. I thought their antics we're funny and it was just great!

I really loved Robyn's character, I have a friend just like her and it really did remind me of my friend and her sense of humour and care free look on life was beautiful. She had no worries or stress and I wish I was like that haha. I liked all the characters honestly, I thought they we're all very well written and their story lines we're great. Potter really went the extra mile to give each character a detailed part and life within this book.

Really great and I would recommend it if you're looking for a lovely little summer read!

I will give this book 8.5 out of 10

Monday, 21 July 2014

Share Me * Olivia Cunning

Share Me by Olivia Cunning

After a benefit concert, Lindsey longs to spend an amazing Christmas Eve with her favourite band, Sole Regret, to thank them for their generosity.

Even though she followed their tour bus up a slick mountain pass during a blizzard, she never expected to spend an entire snowy night with two generous rock stars who love to share their gifts. 

Trapped on a tour bus with her best friend, a rock band, and the bus driver, what can these naughty ladies possibly do to keep warm? Perhaps a better question is what won't they do?

Lindsey and her best friend Vanessa are about to have to time of their lives. They have just witnessed Sole Regrets benefit concert in their hometown, for the sake of a little girls life. Both think that it couldn't get any better than this, but when Lindsey's desires get the best of her, both girls soon find themselves to be behind the bands tour bus, following there every move. 

It's winter and that means it's Christmas time for the boys of Sole Regret. They all have places they wish to be, but it's never that simple when you're in a band and travelling around the world. Shade wants to be able to see his little girl on Christmas, Gabe and Adam want to be able to see their woman, Kellen can't get over the death of his late wife and Owen. Well, he doesn't mind one bit, he just wants to have Christmas wherever he is, though it would be good if he was with his family, but he's easy. 

So when Lindsey and Vanessa turn up in the parking lot of a closed cafe where the boys have decided to take camp for the night. And when Lindsey gets hit in the face with a snowball, things start to get heated up as both girls are taken for a ride of their lives. 

Soon things are warming up and everyone on the bus is put through their paces as they go on one big ride. Quite literally with everyone, much to the boys happiness. 

Share Me by Olivia Cunning, is the first / 4th instalment in the Sole Regret erotic series. I say this because on her site, it is at the start of the series and numbered at 0.5. Though Cunning's herself has stated that this was a Christmas novella and was brought out separately, but she decided to add it into the series at a later date. So when I went to purchase the next book, it said that is is best read before the actual 4th book. It's complicated I know.  

Anyway! On to my opinion, what can I say? I don't really know what to say to be honest, I'm quite disappointing with this book and sadly the last one before this! Which is such a shame and I know I said it in the last review I did on this series but it is! I really enjoyed the first two, but the ones after it have been quite a let down. 

I found once again, that this book didn't have any story line to it really, much like the one before it: Take Me. Though that one had more of a story line than this one. This was just pretty much about an orgy (If I'm going to be honest and frank with you) The book then started to get a bit weird, too weird for my liking. Though I will continue with the series and I hope that it does pick up! 

Once again, I know it's not a long review but because they are such short books, I can't really write about a lot other wise there would be no review! Hope you enjoyed the review thought!

I will give this book 3 out of 10

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

July Update

Hey everyone! 

How are you all doing? 

Just a quick update to say what has been happening recently, and I feel I owe an update seeing as I haven't done one in a while and just been posing book reviews, let, right and centre. But that's a good thing I guess! Haha 

I recently took a little trip to The Works, an amazing cheap bookstore (for those of you if you don't have one near you) And I picked up some books for £5 - Such a bargain! 
(Again if you don't know about The Works, it's simple - Books are £1.99 each or 3 for £5!) Once again, such a bargain!!

So I picked up the three books below, some of which I've been wanting for a while. 

So I got... 

Miranda's Big Mistake * Jill Mansell - Miranda is overjoyed when she meets Greg at a cocktail party. Greg is handsome and funny, but he has not told Miranda everything about himself, such as the pregnant wife he has just abandoned. From the author of PERFECT TIMING, MIXED DOUBLES and HEAD OVER HEELS.

HEARTSIDE BAY SERIES - The New Girl * Cathy Cole - Life, love and everything in between...Lila Murray is determined to leave behind the drama of her old life and make a fresh start in Heartside Bay. But when she falls for Ollie the hottest boy at Heartside High, she makes an instant enemy of Eve, the school's Queen Bee. Eve wants Ollie for herself and now she will do anything to keep them apart...

Take a Look at Me Now * Miranda Dickinson - How far would you go to make a new start?

When Nell’s on-off boyfriend Aidan calls her into his office, losing her job is the last thing she expects.
Heartbroken and unemployed to boot, she makes a radical decision to blow her redundancy cheque and escape to the untested waters of San Francisco.But is the glamour of the city too good to be true? And can Nell leave her past behind?

So there you have it! That's the book update for July! 

Now onto other things! I have recently been accepted back into college (Not that I flunked out, I didn't really want to study music anymore but I did finish!) At Sheffield this time, not Rotherham. And I will be studying Cake Decorating Level 1 ABC. Which I cannot wait for!

I am so stoked! And for this, I DO have a Facebook page for my cake decorating and things, as well as a new blog (After much messing around trying to find the right blog, I ended up coming back to Blogger. Cause I do love it and I'm building my cake blog to make it feel nice and homey like my book review page! 

So if you wish to have a little look at the blog (Sprinkle, Sparkle and Magic) Here is the link! 

Think that's it for now! Hope you're all well, speak soon! 

Happy Reading! 

- Much love, Emma xxxx 

Friday, 11 July 2014

The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me * Lucy Robinson

The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me by Lucy Robinson

Sally is an incredible singer but she sings only in her wardrobe where nobody can hear her. She'd rather join a nudist colony than sing in public.

That is until she ventures to New York where a wild and heady summer of love and loss changes her forever. No longer able to hide in the shadows, Sally must return home to London to fulfil a promise she cannot break - to share her voice.

But just as she's about to embark on her new life, a beautiful man turns up on Sally's doorstep bearing a sheepish smile and a mysterious hand-written message.

Sally Howlett has a secret, a secret she has kept since she was a young girl. She loves to sing, and not just any singing. Opera singing, and she's been singing ever since she was seven. Something that her mother and father really don't want to be doing, since a tragic death in their family. 

Since then Sally has been sworn to secrecy by her parents that she will never sing again, though that won't stop her. She just sings in her wardrobe, to no one else in the world apart from her teddy bear Carrot. But when her cousin and best friend Fiona hears her sing, her whole world comes crashing down.  

But whilst she's a wardrobe mistress and working as close to being in opera as she can, she's in a dream come true. Working with her friends Barry and Bae and even her freckle, Fiona. Though when she bumps into the handsome Julian Bell, after he opens the door on her stealing his candle. Her whole world flips upside down and she is on top of the world. 

Julian has a heart of gold and a vice like silk, he also makes Sally feel wonderful about herself. She has found her man! But Fiona starts to take a turn for the worst with alcohol and drugs and is soon off the rails,so Sally doesn't know what to do. She doesn't know who to trust anymore and what to believe, she's spent her whole life being a friend, a sister, cousin and a mother. But now that the tragedy has happened, how can she move on? 

Stepping into the Royal College of Music in London was a big move on for her. How can she sing in front of people when she's only sang in a wardrobe? Nothing could be worse than this, but when she soon finds out that Julian is her singing coach, the same man she fell in love with and soon fell back out of love with him. She wants a big black hole to open up and swallow her whole. She also wants nothing to do with Julian ever again and wants him out of her life.  

But when things slowly start to change is Sally's little bubble of a life, what will she do? Could this be a new act in her life waiting to unfold into something wonderful? Or could it be a disaster on wheels going at 100mph? 

The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me by Lucy Robinson, is the third book to be released by the author and I honestly cannot get enough of her work! I've been waiting for ages for this book to come out and nearly passed out when it did! It's smart, creative, hilarious and just down right laugh out loud. I feel I can always connect with Robinson's books as he writes about real life problems, and the little feelings that every woman gets and feels like that at some point in her life. 

I feel some books don't really put much humour into their books, such and putting things in that would never happen in a million years to someone, such as yourself. But with Lucy Robinson's books, half of the embarrassing things that happen in her books, you can count on has happened to you or someone you know and you can really sympathise with the characters which I think is great! 

I really loved the story line for this book, I thought it was very well written with the right amount of drama, comedy and romance. I loved Sally's character and can totally understand how she feels with not wanting to perform any music, because that's how I feel with playing the drums. I liked Helen's character and think I liked her a bit more than Fiona. I was torn between Julian and Jan as I couldn't make my mind up on who would be better for Sally in the end.  

The story line was really good and had many twists and turns in the plot that I thought we're great. At some point's I did think that the book was a little slow on places, but soon picked it's pace back up! All in all I think this is a great book, and do really enjoy Lucy Robinson's books,  probably a bit too much! She's bringing another one out soon!! I can't wait!! 

I will give this book 9 out of 10 

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Midnight * Jacqueline Wilson

Midnight by Jacqueline Wilson

Violet has always been in the shadow of her mesmerising, controlling brother Will -- by turns delightful and terrifying. Now that Will has learnt a shocking secret about his own past, things seem to be getting worse. 

Violet retreats further into her fantasy world built around the fairy characters created by her favourite author, Casper Dream. The arrival of Jasmine, a new girl at school who immediately befriends Violet, seems like it might change Violet’s life for the better and allow her to break free of Will’s spell. But is Jasmine a true friend?

Violet can't seem to understand why her brother Will is always nasty too her, making her join in on scary games, making fun of her fairies and always telling her that she has no friends. She can't understand this because when they we're little, they used to be so close, inseparable. 

Until one Christmas when there Grandma had got fed up of Will being ungrateful, so she blurted out a horrible truth and no one in the family can ever forget. Especially not Will. 
As soon as he's old enough, he's leaving for good and doesn't care what happens when he's gone. 

Though Violet does, and she wishes things could go back to normal, how they used to be when they we're little and how they seemed just like brother and sister, but Will didn't believe that anymore. Worst of all their mother was a coward in Violet's eyes. Never standing up for herself and her dad just walked all over her, and didn't really like Will either. 

But when Violet becomes good friends with the new girl Jasmine, things slowly start to make sense and come into place. Violet wishes she could just live with Jasmine and her cool, trendy father who lets her drink wine and who is in plays. Though Jasmine wishes that she could have a family like Violet's where everyone was still together. 

Then one night, Violet finds something in the attic whilst playing one of Will's spooky games that changes everything for a second time. How can this be? Violet soon finds out that there are more secrets that need to be uncovered, especially if  she wants to get her older brother and best friend back. All she needs to do is make one little wish. 

And there's only one person who can help her there. 

Midnight by Jacqueline Wilson is a great book! I found this whilst digging around in a box filled with old photo's and it's the exact same book that I bought when I was around twelve years old. It felt great to find it and I felt a big sense of happiness when reading it as I have good memories with this book. I remember going to see the play adaptation with my school and friends and because I had loved it so much, I asked my mum to take me to see it again before it finished. And she did, and I loved it. 

I find that Wilson's books have a great depth and meaning too them, one in which you can only relate to either whilst your young or have the memories of those feelings that the characters have, are the same as what you had when you we're growing up. 

Though that said, I do think her audience is based around young girls through the ages of 12-15 who are still finding themselves and what is happening whilst growing up. Boys, womanly things,s family, friendships etc etc. 

I think her books are fantastic and enjoyed reading it the same as I did when I was twelve. To which I am twenty in two months haha. I do recommend giving her books a read, whatever your age, because I am sure we can all relate to one book or another. 

I will give this book 6 out of 10