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Book Review: My not-so Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: My not-so Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella.

Thank you to Becky Short at Transworld Books for my copy of My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. Sophie Kinsella was the Author that got me into adult reading, she is my ‘go to’ Author that will be guaranteed to write a good book that will make me laugh. So, I was over the moon to receive this copy.

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Description:

Cat Brenner is living the dream – she has a flat in London, a job in creative branding, and her Instagram feed is full of all the amazing things London has to offer: delicious food and beautiful sights and lots of fun. Ok, so the crappy truth is that she rents a tiny room in Catford with no space for a wardrobe, spends most of her days engaged in tedious admin on the other side of the city, and posts photos of food she could never ever afford to eat. But it’s all just about worth it.

Until her bright and shiny life comes crashing down: her demanding boss Demeter gives her sack, and with no means to live in London any more, Cat has to move home to Somerset. Now she’s plain old Katie Brenner again, helping out her dad and her stepmum as they attempt to launch a glamping business on their farm. (They think she’s on sabbatical from her job, and she can’t quite bear to tell them the truth…)

With Katie’s creative branding experience, the glamping is soon a big success. So much so that Demeter and her family book in on holiday – and Katie sees her chance to get revenge on the woman who ruined her dream. So long as Demeter doesn’t see beyond her disguise and give the game away to her parents, of course.

It’s time to see who’s the boss…

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Published February 9th 2017 by Transworld Digital

My Thoughts:

When I picked up the newest Sophie Kinsella book, I just knew it was going to be a  5 star read! Because Sophie’s books always are. I have read all of her Shopaholic ones, and all the other stand alone books. My Not So Perfect Life was no different, it is a 5 star read that made me laugh, gave me great escapism and truely got me involved in Cat’s life. I find that Sophie’s main characters become like friends when you read her books. You can understand them and their actions, and although they often make ‘oh no!’ mistakes and get themselves into sticky situations, but you can always rely on a Kinsella character to brighten your day.

I was laughing right from the start as we hear about Cat’s life in London, a tiny flat, a dreadful commute, and strange flatmates. Motivational Dave made me laugh straight away with all his whey powder!!! (If you read, look out for that bit, though you will be laughing anyway). As many people do these days, Cat displays her wonderful life on Instagram with sneaky photos of other people’s expensive coffees, and the “glamourous oh so fun London life” that she lives. I really enjoy books that talk about social media at the moment because it’s so current and relevant to today’s society. 

But Cat gets let go from her job and has to return to Somerset where she reverts to Katie, and agrees to help her Dad and Step Mum Biddy with their new Glamping business. But what happens when her old super successful, super brilliant boss Demeter arrives, the boss that is the last person Katie wants to see??

My Not So Perfect Life is easy reading, fun and of course has a book boyfriend added in for extra warmth. In my opinion, Alex is not on the same scale as Luke Brandon, but we have had a lot more Luke in the Shopaholic books, and only 1 of Alex, but he is still there, in Katie’s mind, making her do some laughable antics. 

I always knew before I even received this book that Sophie Kinsella’s book would be a 5 star, laugh out loud book, and it totally lived up to my expectations. If you haven’t read a Kinsella book! Where have you been???And if you have, then you will know what to do. Read ‘My Not So Perfect Life’, and cosy down with Cat and her ‘perfect London Instagram’ and Katie with her Somerset Glamping and ….. blue hair!! 😉 

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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in Books

 

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Book Review: Mixing It Up, by Tracie Bannister.

Book Review: Mixing It Up, by Tracie Bannister.

This is the second book I have read by Author Tracie Bannister, the first one I read was Twin Piques, I really enjoyed it. You can see read my review of Twin Piques: HERE!

So, after hearing that Tracie had a new book out that was a foodie and comedy book, I was very keen to read it. Here are my thoughts on it.

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Description:

Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?

The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.

Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a sauté pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamor for more.

As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?

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My Thoughts:

This book was deliciously good, with its array of wonderful eclectic characters, the plot and sub plots, it was a hoot. 

Cecily is a Cordon Bleu trained chef who works on tv show called Serving Romance, her boss however decided that the show needs some ‘Mixing Up’, and here we meet Italian chef Dante Marchetti. He is big headed (probably with plenty reason), handsome with many ladies swooning over him and he owns his own restaurant. The relationship between these two is just one of the plot-lines to this tale.  We also read about the relationship between Cecily and her very persuasive boss, and Cecily and her ex fiance. Who will she end up with? Any of them or none of them?

One of my favourite relationships was Cecily and her cousin Dina who is an astrologist. Although they are cousins and best friends, they are so different. Dina kept telling Cecily about what lies in the stars for her, and with Cecily being a Scorpio (the same as me), I found it quite interesting. I asked the Author where she got her Scorpio knowledge from and she told me that she has always had an interest in Astrology, and did research on it for this book. Tracie is an Aries like Dante and her oldest friend is a Scorpio like Cecily (and me!). 

Scorpio’s are..”…fiercely loyal, hard-working, love home and hearth, and are good with money.”

Anyone who has followed ChocolatePages will know I am a total foodie, I love food and I love books that talk about food. So a book of two chefs who have cook offs. (See my hashtag #DuckWar on Twitter!) is one I will enjoy. We hear much talk of Cecily’s French food, and how her thoughts wonder to food and recipes while she should be concentrating on other things. Dante’s Italian food sounds good too, but I was won over by the Cordon Bleu. Cecily even uses food as metaphors.

“I’m as happy as a clam being steamed in Sauvignon Blanc …”

This book has everything I would ask for in a chick lit book; fun, food, romance. It is enough to get your taste buds tantalised and your imagination tickled. The cover of the book is a very good reflection on the type of read this is, and I love the cover!  It was a brilliant book, and I eagerly await Tracie’s next book…

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Posted by on February 4, 2017 in Books

 

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Book Review: Love Me Tinder, by Nicola May.

Book Review: Love Me Tinder, by Nicola May.

When Author Nicola May asked me if I would like to read and review her new book, Love Me Tinder, I jumped at the chance. The title itself, just oozes comedy. I was sure it was going to be good. I have read only 1 of Nicola May’s books before and that was The SW19 Club. I loved the way that this was written, and it was a book that made me both laugh and cry. I was hoping Love Me Tinder would just make me laugh…..and it did. I loved it. I am also happy to know that there are quite a few more books by this Author that I have yet to read. Always a good thing after enjoying one of a talented Author’s books. 

Description:

Dull security or risky freedom – which would you choose?

With her marriage in pieces, shy Cali Summers is faced with this decision and hits the world of fast love on an internet dating app.

Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating ‘lair’, she opens herself up to a world of sex, lies, deception, as well as personal discovery and passionate love.

With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards.

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Published July 31st 2016 by Accent Press

My Thoughts:

Well, this book was a bit of a eye opener for me to the world of online dating! Cali was cheated on by her Husband and decides to put herself out there on Tinder. Before I read this I knew nothing of Tinder, after reading this I can see how it could bring love and it can bring laughter, mix ups, disappointment and fun! For Cali , it brought a novel load of laughs and a few experiences that she won t forget! 

There was a brilliant side line character called Lady P, who is an African Grey Parrot. He would say the most inappropriate things at every opportunity and you can just imagine the things a fictional parrot could say when a young lady enters the world of Tinder. It’s brilliant.

Nicola May’s writing style flows easily and well. I think this Author  must have a brain full of imagination as she has written quite a few books and all get amazing reviews. She writes fictionally  about characters that you can empathise with, you can laugh and cry with. She writes stories that could be true, but you are glad you are not embroiled in all those mix ups and  craziness. 

Will Tinder work out for Cali?? You will have to read to find out. But prepare for a good read, some laughs and some cringes along the way. 

Cali enjoys her Tinder fun in Room 102 .  If I ever stay in a room 102 again, I will always think of Cali and Nicola May. This is definitely a  book I recommend to all chick lit lovers and especially anyone who has any experience of Tinder. If like me you haven’t then I still recommend this book to you for the amusement it will give you. 

A funny easy read with great characters and a lot of Love Me Tinder- ing! 😉

Links:

Goodreads

Twitter/NicolaMay1

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

NicolaMay.com

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Blitz: Mixing it Up, By Tracie Bannister.

Book Blitz: Mixing it Up, By Tracie Bannister.

There have been shouts of glee and excitement that Tracie Bannister has brought out another fabulous new book. I, for one can’t wait to read it. It sounds amazing.

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Mixing it Up, by Tracie Bannister.

Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?

The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.

Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a saute pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamour for more.

As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?

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Isn’t that the best cover, you can just tell its going to be food, drama and laughter! Brilliant. ♥ ♥ ♥    Tracie is also hosting a fantastic giveaway, see the details below!

RELEASE WEEK GIVEAWAY

Purchase a copy of Mixing It Up between October 19th, 2016 and October 25th, 2016 and you could win this fantastic prize pack inspired by the book’s heroine and her love of French food!

This prize pack includes:

Garnier-Thiebaut Oh, La La, Chéri French-themed 4-piece Kitchen Linens Set

(Apron, kitchen towel, pot holder, and oven mitt.)

 Kate Spade Deco Dot Recipe Box with 8 tabbed dividers and 40 recipe cards

 The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano

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Pretty good stuff eh? ! And here is how you could win it all….

To enter this giveaway, simply e-mail the author at traciebanister@gmail.com with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 26th, 2016 when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys Mixing It Up within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!

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I am reading Mixing it Up at the moment and I am loving it, its just my kind of book. Food, fun and comedy. There will be plenty of raving reviews out very soon for Tracie’s book. Mine will be among them. I have read Tracie’s books before and loved them. If you want a fun foodie book, this is the one for you. Tracie has a talent, and it is one for us to enjoy. 

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Author Bio.

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favourite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Mixing It Up is her fourth Chick Lit release, and in it Tracie finally got to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.

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Posted by on October 24, 2016 in Book Spotlights., Giveaways

 

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Book Review: Novelista Girl, by Meredith Schorr.

Book Review: Novelista Girl, by Meredith Schorr.

Thank you very much to Author Meredith Schorr for my copy of this book. ‘Novelista Girl’ is the sequel to ‘Blogger Girl’. It can be read as a stand alone, however the first book is really very good, so I would recommend reading that first. I did a Buddy Read for ‘Blogger Girl’ with my bookish friend Irena, you can read about that HERE!

You can read my review of ‘Blogger Girl’  HERE!  

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Description:

Readers first met sassy Kimberly Long in Blogger Girl, and now the feisty New Yorker is back in a sequel packed with quick with, friendship, heartache, and, of course, romance.

Kim runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream to become a published author. At first glance, her life is five-pink-champagne-flutes worthy.

But is there more to the story than meets the eye?

After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.” As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog Pastel Is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar.

This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will the story have a happily ever after, or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone?

This novel can be read as a sequel or as a standalone and is best accompanied by a cocktail, preferably a pink one.

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Published January 6th 2016 by Booktrope Editions (first published January 4th 2016)

My Thoughts:

I am going to start this review with something very unusual…. I actually liked ‘Novelista Girl’ better than ‘Blogger Girl’! This is quite strange to prefer the sequel, but it was really very good. Meredith Schorr continues the story of bookblogger Kim, her relationship with Nicolas and how Kim is striving to become a chick lit Author. We share her ups and downs as she goes about trying to attain her dream of becoming a published Author. If you haven’t read ‘Blogger Girl’, you are easily caught up with the story, but not in a way that repeats itself for those that have read the previous book.

I was drawn to this series because of the main characters love for reading and bookblogging. In Novelista Girl, this continues and is taken a stage further as we hear more about Kim’s attempts at becoming published. I loved how we were lead through this process, and lived Kim’s highs and lows with her as she deals with agents and her old frenamie Hannah who is already a published Author! I enjoyed this part of the book so much, that I did consider how great it would be to write a book! (Although sadly, I don’t think I have the talent for that).

The characters in this book are brilliant. I love the relationship between Kim and her best friend Bridget. Always there for each other, always supporting each other. But realistic as they have a silly girlishness about them.

“Bridget covered her ears with her hands. “I don’t hear you. LALALALALA”.

I love how this book is so current. Kim has late night binges with Orange Is The New Black, and in true Chick Lit fashion, Kim compares herself to Carrie in Sex and the City…

“..it didn’t compare to the likes of Big or Petrovsky. Who was I kidding? My life would never resemble an episode of Sex and the City.” 

As part of Kim’s attempts to become published, we hear a lot that ‘Chick Lit is dead’. It is so not dead, and this book is a prime example of how brilliant chick lit can be. I loved this book, I read it in a few days, every time I had a spare few minutes I was back with my nose in the book to see what happens next.

I am going to give Meredith Schorr a big compliment here. For those of you that follow ChocolatePages, you will know that Sophie Kinsella is my favourite Chick Lit Author. It was Sophie that inspired my love of adult reading. Meredith Schorr has now become my favourite Chick Lit Author on a par with Sophie Kinsella! I love Becky Brandon from Shopaholic, and I love Kim Long from Blogger / Novelista Girl! 

In honour of Kim’s blog Pastel is the New Black, I am awarding ‘Novelista Girl’ 5 Pink Champagne Flutes.

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 Have you read any of Meredith Schorr’s books? What did you think? Do you like the sound of Novelista Girl? I would love to hear from you, so let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you and happy reading book lovers. 

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Posted by on June 12, 2016 in Books

 

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Treachery of Trains Blog Tour. Book Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!

Treachery of Trains Blog Tour. Book Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!

 

Welcome to my stop on The Treachery of Trains Blog Tour. I am currently very excited about this book, and it is next on my to be read list. Today, I am spotlighting the book for you. You can see the rest of the blog tour hosts many of whom have written great reviews for the book. My review will be up in a few weeks. Also, one lucky reader will win an ecopy of this fab book. Just enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post.

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The Treachery of Trains

By author – Sylvia Ashby

Description:

Sky has made an abominable mistake at work. Something so awful she doesn’t dare stay in the HR office of XIM Technics for fear of being lynched by her colleagues.

So she gets on a train…

What happens when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year?

Sky Candy is about to find out……

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Author Information and Links:

Sylvia Ashby’s first book ‘Pot Love’ is about food and love.

Her second ‘The Treachery of Trains’ is about finding love in unlikely place. Sylvia lives in Belgium with her family.

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Check out the rest of the tour hosts and read some great reviews here.

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TheBelgiumReviewer.wordpress.com
SteamyBookMomma0.Blogspot.co.uk
JudgingMoreThanJustTheCover.Blogspot.co.uk
AroundTheWorldinBooks.ca
CancerSuckscouk.com
Tasz1976.wordpress.com
HelloChickLit.com
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Itapixie.blogspot.co.uk
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And now for the giveaway, just click the link and enter to win an ecopy of this book. The competition is open internationally. Good Luck!

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Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Book Spotlights., Giveaways

 

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Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin.

Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin.

I was taken by this book just by the title! I love bookshops, and this one sounded so quaint, I just knew it was going to be good.

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Description:

Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!

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My Thoughts:

This book was just comfort reading at it best, curled up on my sofa with a cup of tea and a supply of chocolate I just devoured it.

The main character Sarah is just a darling, I want her to be my best friend. She works in a bookshop, loves her books, her friends and her village. The book is based in the village of Ashford, which is where Rebecca Raisin’s other books of ‘The GingerBread Cafe’ are based. I haven’t actually read any of these yet, but they are on my tbr list. The books all speak of the same characters as far as I know, so I am positive that they will all be fab books too. 

Anyway, back to this book, it is short story based around Sarah and her friends. Sarah is contented with her life and her bookshop, believing that she has her romance in her books, but then comes along Ridge. Wow, now he is my new book boyfriend!! ♥ ♥

The descriptive work of Rebecca Raisin really puts you in the life and heart of Ashford and Sarah. The way Sarah speaks of books, it was so captivating. This is a book that I think all booklovers will relate to.

“….my theory was that books chose us, and not the other way around.”

“Some stories consumed you, they made time stop, your worries float into the ether…”

Sarah even starts a book blog! Now you see why I want her to be my best friend, I’d even move to Ashford!!! ♥ Sarah’s blog gets a lot more followers faster than mine, she gets over 3000 followers within a month!!! Wow, she must be good. I would like to read her blog too. The way she speaks of her blog, you can tell the Author is a fan of bookblogs too.

“…a community of bookbloggers who were supportive and funny, and felt like real friends”

There are so many quotes I would like to tell you from this little tale, it is wonderful, captivating, takes you to another world of book loving heaven. Read it, love it and then come back and tell me you agree its fantastic and Rebecca Raisin is an Author who can transport us to a land of enchantment and bliss….with the addition of a new book boyfriend!! ♥

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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

Thanks to Rachel at ConfessionsofaBookGeek for my copy of this book. I won it as a celebratory giveaway for her blogerversary. I have taken quite a bit of time to getting around to reading it, but finally I did. Here are my thoughts.

Description:

Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?

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My Thoughts:

I was lucky to receive a lovely hardback copy of this book, which made it very pleasant to read. The story is a young adult love story. It is written over 24 hours mainly about the two characters Hadley and Oliver. The story is about how Hadley is going to London to her father’s wedding and is dreading it. She misses her flight by 4 minutes and meets Oliver. Their story continues from there.

I found the story a little bit bland actually, it was a little too slow for me. I guess the fact it was written over a time scale of 24 hours meant that you could imagine in real time as things were happening, but it was just too slow paced for me with not enough excitement.

I think one of my main problems with the book is that I couldn’t identify with the characters. Hadley’s Dad divorced her Mum and moved to another country to be with another woman! To me, that is pretty awful. If I were Hadley, I wouldn’t want to go to the Wedding either. I think what her Dad did was fundamentally wrong, his daughter should always come first. If it were my Dad, I couldn’t forgive him. But hey maybe that’s just me!? It made uncomfortable reading for me. I think it was saved only by Oliver being rather sweet and cutesy to Hadley. I liked the way he spoke to her, took her mind of her problems and was so incredibly sweet to her. We even learn a few factual things, as Oliver tells Hadley that “cumulus clouds” are the best kind of clouds. If you read it, look out for his reasoning, its very sweet.  

The Author is great with her descriptive words as the novel painted great pictures in my imagination,  See the way she describes Hadley’s thoughts:

“It’s like licking a camp fire”

Says Hadley about her first taste of whisky, I could just imagine this taste in my mouth for the goodness and the badness. The burn of the whisky and the comfort of the camp fire.

There was also another lovely quote about love:

Hadley’s very understanding Mom says:

“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world”, The Author speaks the truth through Hadley’s Mom here for sure!

My concluding thoughts are that this was a well written book, with great descriptions and some lovely quotes. For me however, it was just a bit to slow paced.

Have you read this book, or any other books by this Author? What did you think? 

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Posted by on September 19, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review: Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic To The Stars.

Book Review: Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic To The Stars.

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Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is in Hollywood! It’s as if all her life has been leading to this moment. She’s hanging out with the stars….. or at least she will be, when she finally gets to meet movie superstar Sage Seymour, whom husband Luke is now managing. There’s so much to see and do! And getting Minnie through the hurdles for her A list Hollywood pre-school will require some… er…help.

Becky sets her heart on a new career – she’s going to be a celebrity stylist. Red carpet, here she comes! But Becky soon finds it’s tough in Tinseltown. Luckily her best friend Suze comes over to keep her company, and together they embark on a Hollywood insider trail. But somehow…..things aren’t quite working out as they’d hoped. 

Then Becky’s big chance comes, and it’s an opportunity that money can’t buy. But will it cost her too much?

What I Thought:

I have so been looking forward to reading this book, ever since I heard it was coming out. I have read all of the previous Shopaholic’s and Becky is fabulous in all of them. If you haven’t heard of Becky Bloomwood before, then google her and devour all the series of Shopaholic books. They are my favourite.

As always in this book, Becky was laugh out loud funny, she gets herself into all kinds of fixes and quite a lot seems to do things without thinking through the consequences.

Becky has always been the type to dream of fame, designer clothes, being spotted in designer clothes on the red carpet, and now her dreams could come true!

We hear about all the characters in the previous books, its a great bookish family. All the characters remain as I remembered them. Luke, Becky’s husband is the best fictional husband you could find. He supports Becky through everything, all her stupid decisions and mess up’s, he is there. We love Luke!

There is a funny part when Becky’s daughter is befriending Becky’s arch enemy’s daughter (Alicia Bitch Long Legs’ daughter Ora). Becky is telling Suze about it and Suze says:

“What is this, the Montegues and the Capulets?”

Although I did love this book, I was a little disappointed with the ending. It really doesn’t sit well with me writing this, but I have to be truthful in my thoughts! Sophie Kinsella is absolutely my favourite author and the Shopaholics are my favourite books. Never before have I been disappointed but in this one I was. I can’t really say why without giving a spoiler, so I won’t. But if you read the book or have read it, I would like to discuss it with someone! Why why why!!!???

Aside from that little matter, I still loved the book and still always rooted for Becky throughout her escapades in Hollywood. I would definitely recommend this book. For Shopaholic fans, read it. For those who don’t know Becky, if you love chick lit, start at the beginning of the series and you will be addicted!

Thanks for reading my review, let me know if you have read this book what you thought, I really would be interested in your thoughts of this book.

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Posted by on December 20, 2014 in Books

 

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