Thursday, 27 February 2014
Monday, 24 February 2014
The boys take it in turns to tell the McFly story throughout Unsaid Things which makes for a pacey read and I defy anyone not to laugh as they read it. Fans have always known they were exceptionally funny and this book just proves it. Honestly, for a band that is made up of four very different guys (I want to say boys, but they are men now...so I'll stick with guys as a happy medium) they are all hugely entertaining-different enough to have their own identities but similar enough to share the same daft humour and wordplay.
I was close to tears at numerous points whilst reading. Each member has gone through their own difficult times and the pride that I get as a fan seeing how genuinely happy they appear to be at the moment is immense. On a personal level I was especially touched by Tom's descriptions of depression. This is something I have gone through, and will probably always be going through, myself and his descriptions of the feelings he experienced really resonated. The 'alien at the window' is something I can understand- my own depression and anxiety is worse at night- and the fear of bed because of the emotions you know are going to haunt you is something I can empathise with completely.
Reading Unsaid Things has made me even more excited for the McBusted tour and I cannot wait to be at the Sheffield gig on 19th May jumping around like a loon.
And Danny, for what it's worth I can forgive you your playboy antics. Even though I wish I had been part of them ;)
Unsaid Things is out now, published by Bantam Press.
Released on 27th February 2014.
I received a review copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
Friday, 21 February 2014
Bella and Andy have escaped the rat race for the sun-drenched, relaxed lifestyle on the island of Ibiza. But with a run-down house to make habitable and a distractingly gorgeous neighbour, is their island idyll all that it seems?
Tamara Gold has been Hollywood’s most notorious car crash since she was a child star. Now clean and sober, and engaged to Tinseltown’s hottest leading man, it seems like she’s finally conquered her addictions, if not her bratty behaviour. But a summer in Europe with all the hedonistic lures of Ibiza beckons…
Summer Larsson has always known Ibiza as home: a haven of hippies, yoga and healthy eating – and loneliness. But in Bella, she’s found the friend she always needed, and when Bella’s glamorous Hollywood friends come to visit, it looks like she might have found true love as well…
Now, Nicole has to track down Dylan in time to play a charity gig tomorrow. Half a dozen groupies, a haunted hotel, a tattoo parlour, a reality show runner-up and a crazy bed-hopping, sleepless night later – will she find him before the tour bus leaves town? And when she does, is it time to head home? Or to jump on the tour bus and go along for the ride!
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
This time it is Sophie's turn to have a brush with romance. When she is left a trail of clues to lead her to a secret admirer she has high hopes that it may be her crush...could he possibly be trying to woo her? Or are some of our dreams never destined to come true?
Verbier never fails to excite and delight, a perfect escapist setting full of romance for anyone who needs their heart warming up. I never really wanted to go skiing before, but after reading these books I am itching to go!
Lorraine Wilson creates fabulous, believable characters, and I feel this is one of her major strengths as a writer. I could empathise with Sophie, especially some of her self doubt and lack of confidence, and I'm sure many other readers will be able to see some of themselves in her.
Secret Crush of a Chalet Girl is humorous, romantic, touching and heartfelt, and in true Lorraine Wilson style manages to touch on some difficult issues which adds an edgy, darker feel to her romances. However, if you are looking for the traditional hearts, flowers and steamy scenes you won't be disappointed- there is plenty of that too! The setting is glorious, the dates glamorous- all in all it is an opportunity to see how the other half live!
I feel this is Lorraine Wilson's best novella yet, it has pretty much everything I look for in a book!
Secret Crush of a Chalet Girl is available in ebook format from 27th February 2014, published by Harper Impulse. Available to pre-order now here.
With thanks to Lorraine for giving me the opportunity to read this book before release in return for my honest opinion. I am honoured to be able to consider you a friend.
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I was incredibly excited to delve into The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson, Paige's first young adult book, convinced it would be an entertaining and gripping read. I wasn't wrong. From the first page I was hooked and although I had a very busy week I devoted as much time as possible to reading it as I was so keen to find out what would happen! This book travelled with me on buses, to work, into the kitchen whilst I cooked tea... I couldn't put it down!
Jessie Jefferson is an ordinary girl, from an ordinary suburban town in Britain, part of an ordinary family. Yet when her Mum dies leaving her living with her stepfather, Jessie decides it is time to find out the truth about her biological father. Imagine her shock when she finds out it is none other than rock star Johnny Jefferson...
Although written for a YA audience, there is plenty in this book for the NA or wider adult audience to get excited about. Firstly, it is written in a way which is highly accessible without being patronising or belittling. The pace is quick which allows the reader to become quickly immersed in Jessie's life, and for those who have read Paige's other books you will love finding out a bit more about your favourite characters (although this is a stand alone read there is an overlap with characters from the Johnny books). I adored Jessie-she is the typical teenager-full of selfdoubt one minute and sass the next.
This is a perfect book for anyone who has ever fallen out with their best friend/fallen in love/lost someone they love/wished they had a celebrity lifestyle...so pretty much a perfect book for everyone.
Oh, and One Direction get a mention. If you know me, you know that's a bonus. Zayn and Harry get namechecks. I can forgive the omission of Louis's name check just this once, seeing as it's Paige.
The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson is out now.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. It sounded part romance, part dystopia, part fantasy, part futuristic sci fi...almost as if it was a book with a split personality which didn't know which genre it wanted to be.
However, I was totally wrong to try and judge it. The Name on Your Wrist is one of the most truly original books I have ever read. Set in the future, where life is lived within a strict set of rules, the major development within the human race is that everybody has a name permanently inscribed on their wrist. It is hidden beneath a wrist guard and must remain a secret. The name on your wrist (carpinomen) is that of your soul mate, the person you must search for in order to find love and happiness.
Corin doesn't want to be found. She is cynical about love, about life, about society. She's an angry teenager and hates the restrictions she is bound by. Can she find a way to live happily within the expectations of her family and community?
Honestly, I was blown away by this book. Marketed for the YA audience, there is definitely enough meat to it to appeal to a wider market and I really hope adults will read this book too as it has so much to offer. There aren't enough books out there which are 100% original, but The Name on Your Wrist most certainly is. It is also written in a way which draws the reader in, I honestly struggled to put it down as once I started it I could think of little else! The only downfall for me was that the ending seemed a bit rushed, although there is the possibility of a follow up, which may (or may not) have been in Helen Hiorns' mind.
I just wish the YA genre had been so vibrant when I was the target audience. This generation are totally spoilt with excellent reads!
The Name on My Wrist is out now, published by Random House.
With thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Yes, I came here for a quiet week after the stress of the wedding, but we’re definitely going to be coming back on a regular basis. Willow Cottage is beautiful. Thanks so much for making us so welcome.
Friday, 14 February 2014
I'm not always a huge fan of short stories, but must admit that a bitesize romance always warms my heart. This new collection from Harper Impulse was no exception. There is something for everyone as Nikki Moore, Brigid Coady and Teresa F Morgan explore love in all its guises. There is heartache, there is sweetness, there is romance.
Whilst I enjoyed all of the stories, I particularly liked Nikki Moore's The Love Letter and A Day in the Life -her voice as an author really resonated with me and I can't wait to read more of her work.
Be My Valentine is a great way to inject a bit of romance into your life this Valentine's day, and the perfect opportunity to try some new authors to boot.
Be My Valentine is out now, published by Harper Impulse. You can find out more by clicking on the banner above.
With thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
Thursday, 13 February 2014
I have always been a big fan of Rowan Coleman. Her writing is exquisite, emotive, tender. She isn't afraid to tackle difficult subjects. Her characters are beautifully shaped, her plotlines are fresh, she writes with pace. It's fair to say I had been quite excited about The Memory Book and it turns out I had good reason to be.
Claire is an ordinary woman. She has two daughters. A husband. A sometimes overbearing mother. She also has early onset Alzheimers. Claire compiles a memory book full of memories and mementoes so her family will have something to remember her by. The Memory Book tells not just Claire's viewpoint, but also that of her family, and it is this which makes it a captivating read.
There were moments when I laughed and (many) moments where I cried, right from the first page to the final crescendo. Huge, gulping sobs, not just a silent tear which I could quietly dismiss. I felt like my heart had been trampled on. My stomach was churning. I could barely swallow for the lump in my throat. Rowan Coleman evoked all these emotions and physical responses in me through her wonderful storytelling. Her characters were so real and true that they felt like friends, and the pain I felt for their situation was real.
It is a poignant, thought provoking and absolutely heartbreaking read, yet also incredibly uplifting. The Memory Book is a reminder to treasure every moment with those you love. It is incredible. Go and read it.
The Memory Book is out now, published by Ebury.
With thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
Monday, 10 February 2014
Saturday, 8 February 2014
|Me and my boy meet 'Page Two'|
Friday, 7 February 2014
I was absolutely thrilled when Quick Reads sent me Blackout to review. I'd not read anything by Emily Barr since Cuban Heels, and I couldn't wait to try this one.
The blurb said...
You wake up in a strange room, with no idea how you got there.
You are abroad, in a city you have never visited before.
You have no money, no passport, no phone.
And there is no sign of your baby.
What do you do?
Without giving too much away (which is especially hard when reviewing a short book!) this psychological thriller had me gripped. It had twists and turns and I never knew what to believe. In some ways I do wish it had been a full length novel, purely because in just over an hour I had finished it. There was definitely a sense of disappointment that it was over, it was exactly the kind of book I enjoy, full of intrigue and suspense.
I'd recommend Blackout to anyone, but if you have read and enjoyed books by Paula Daly or enjoyed TV shows such as Broadchurch, this may well be something you'll love.
Find out more about Quick Reads at their website, and watching this beautiful video about books. It totally encapsulates how I feel about reading.
Blackout is out now.
With thanks to Quick Reads for sending me a copy of this book to review in return for my honest opinion.
Thursday, 6 February 2014
But then English aristocrat Alexander Hunt walks into her life and everything changes. Handsome, brooding, and with his own dark past to escape, Alexander is exactly what Lauren doesn't need - but she finds herself helplessly drawn towards him.
Both Alexander and Lauren know that they should stay away from each other... but sometimes desire is so powerful that it conquers all else.
The First Time We Met is the first novel in Pippa Croft's Oxford Blue Series. Fans of Sylvia Day, E L James and Beth Kery will love this compelling romance series.
You can also watch the promo trailer for this book (including my own fair self!) talking about the first time they met inspirational people in their lives. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRr8pJ18pk4