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Book Review: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella.

Sophie Kinsella has been one of  my favourite Authors for many years. Even now, when I rarely read chick lit, (with a major preference for crime thrillers) if Sophie Kinsella publishes a book, I will get excited for it and read it as soon as I can. So, when I Owe You One came out, I knew I wanted to read it. 

Did it reach all my Kinsella expectations? Read on to see! 

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Description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants? 

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My Thoughts:

Within the first chapter of this book, I could tell it was Kinsella’s words, I was chuckling away to myself and indulged in the fact that I had the new Sophie Kinsella book in my hands and it was going to be good. 

The main character Fixie, nicknamed because of what she calls her flaw, she has to “fix” everything. In that first chapter, we are given tales of her fixing things that made me chuckle. Knowing Kinsella’s writing, these personality traits are going to be quite a thing in the book. They were, Fixie meets a man in a coffee shop, and does him a favour. This is where the title ‘I Owe You One’ comes from. 

Pretty soon on, we meet Fixie’s long time crush Ryan. I guess with most chick lit, easy reading books you can kind of tell what kind of person he will be and how the relationship will develop. Chick lit for me is easy reading, fun, light hearted and escapism. Therefore this predictability was not a problem for me. There were a couple of unexpected things that happened within Fixie’s relationships and the plot kept me reading page after page wanting to finish and see where Fixie ended up. 

The side line characters are interesting. Particularly Fixie’s relationship with her best friend Hannah. They are the perfect match for each other. This is one thing I do love about Kinsella’s books, there is always a brilliant best friend supportive role. Did you read Shopaholic? With Becky’s best friend Suze! Fantastic.  There is also the flakey character too. Fixie’s sister Nicole was exasperating, and I applaud Fixie for being so patient with her! Throughout this book, we read about fictional characters that play a movie in your head. The ‘hot’ guy, the ‘hot’ girl, neither of whom are particularly likable, then the girl you root for……and the happy ever after??…… not saying anything, but what do you think?

As with all of the Sophie Kinsella books that I have read, ‘I Owe You One’ is light hearted, fun and had me chuckling to myself. It wasn’t my favourite of her books, but I think that is probably down to my preference for thrillers at the moment. The younger me would have given this 5 stars, whereas the ‘present’ me is more 4 stars. So either way, highly recommended! 

 


Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/@KinsellaSophie

www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

 

 

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Posted by on April 20, 2019 in Books

 

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New Year and New Books! #BookLover #BookBlogger

New Year and New Books! #BookLover #BookBlogger

Belated Happy New Year to my readers. I haven’t done a book haul for a long time, but over the past few weeks my incoming books have all sounded so amazing and I’m excited to read them all, I thought I would share what new books I have gained.

If you have read and can recommend any of these to keep high on the list order then let me know your thoughts.

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Some I recieved as Christmas gifts, some free or bought from Amazon, some from Authors / Publishers and some from Netgalley.

I recieved ‘One Day in December’ by Josie Silver, from my lovely bookish blogger friend Irena 

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Irena’s review of this was so amazing and she rated the book so highly that she generously thought of me and that I would love it too. You can read Irena’s review HERE

Description.

A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.


 I downloaded 2 books free from Amazon.

Meet Clara Andrews by Lacey London

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Meet Clara Andrews… Your new best friend!

With a love of cocktails and wine, a fantastic job in the fashion industry and the world’s greatest best friends, Clara Andrews thought she had it all.

That is until a chance meeting introduces her to Oliver, a devastatingly handsome American designer. Trying to keep the focus on her work, Clara finds her heart stolen by lavish restaurants and luxury hotels.

As things get flirty, Clara reminds herself that inter-office relationships are against the rules, so when a sudden recollection of a work’s night out leads her to a gorgeous barman, she decides to see where it goes.

Clara soon finds out that dating two men isn’t as easy as it seems…

Will she be able to play the field without getting played herself?

Join Clara, as she finds herself landing in and out of trouble, re-affirming friendships, discovering truths and uncovering secrets.


 

Anxiety Girl by Lacey London.

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One in four people will be affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives, but it couldn’t happen to you, could it?

Sadie Valentine is just like you and I, or so she was…

After a series of unfortunate events in her life, Sadie finds herself in a dark hole that seems impossible to crawl out of.

Once a normal-ish woman, mental illness wasn’t something that she really thought about, but when the three evils, anxiety, panic and depression creep into her life, Sadie wonders if she will ever see the light again.

Set in the glitzy and glamorous Cheshire village of Alderley Edge, Anxiety Girl is a story surrounding the struggles of a beautiful young woman who thought she had it all.

Lacey London has spoken publicly about her own struggles with anxiety and hopes that Sadie will help other sufferers realise that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The characters in this novel might be fictitious, but the feelings and emotions experienced are very real.


I was very happy when I was alerted to a bargain buy for a start of a series by a good blogging bookish friend Meggy.

The first three books in the Detective Kay Hunter series. The first 3 books were on sale on Amazon for only 99p, so I grabbed a bargain with those. Meggy has brilliant reviews of all of the Kay Hunter series on her blog, which you can find HERE – chocolatenwaffles.com

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A serial killer murdering for kicks.

A detective seeking revenge.

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.

With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun…

Scared to Death is a gripping fast paced crime thriller from author Rachel Amphlett, in a new series introducing Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…


Book 2 – Will to Love , by Rachel Amphlett.

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Reputation is everything.

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…


Book 3 – One to Watch, by Rachel Amphlett.

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Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.

Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside.

A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.


 

From the Author, DJ Swykert, I recieved a copy of his book:

Children of the Enemy by DJ Swykert.

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I have read quite a few of this Author’s books and enjoyed them all. So I was happy when DJ Swykert offered me this book to read.

Description.

Jude St. Onge is a man on the run. He is an addict who has stolen a large cache of drugs from Detroit drug kingpin Mitchell Parson, who is determined to retrieve the drugs and take his revenge on Jude. After the torture slaying of Jude’s wife, and the kidnapping of Jude’s daughter, Angelina, the last thing Mitchell Parson expected to hear when he picked up the phone was: “I have your sons.” Raymond Little, with a murder conviction in his past, and newspaper reporter Ted Rogers have become unusual allies with Jude in an attempt to rescue his daughter. Together they kidnap Parson’s two boys, hoping to secure Angelina’s release. Risks for both hostage-takers skyrocket as the two sides square off, while Detroit Homicide Detectives work the case unaware of all that is at stake in the investigation. Only Ray and Ted can save the endangered children in Children of the Enemy.


I was also lucky enough to win 2 books via Twitter from the Authors / Publishers. One I have recieved already and one is on its way in the post.

Tell Me A Secret by Jane Fallon.

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I have read and loved Jane Fallon’s other book ‘Sweet Revenge’. So I was looking forward to reading ‘Tell Me A Secret’. Then I read some great reviews for the book, and saw the giveaway on Twitter. I was as you can imagine, rather pleased that I won a copy of the book. I hope it arrives soon.

Description:

Holly and Roz spend most of their days together. They like the same jokes, loathe the same people and tell each other everything.

So when single mum Holly gets a shot at her dream job after putting everything on hold to raise her daughter, she assumes her friend will be dying to pop the champagne with her.

But is she just imagining things, or is Roz not quite as happy for her as she should be?

As Holly starts to take a closer look at Roz’s life outside their friendship, she begins to discover a few things that don’t add up. Who is the woman who claims to be her ally?

Perhaps it was a mistake to tell Roz all her secrets.

Because it takes two to forge a friendship.

But it only takes one to wage a war . . .


I entered another giveaway on Twitter. This is the first book that I have by this Author, and the cover and blurb sound great. I am looking forward to reading it. As an extra special bit, the Author Cara Hunter signed the book for me.

No Way Out by Cara Hunter.

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DID YOU SEE ANYTHING ON THE NIGHT THE ESMOND FAMILY WERE MURDERED?

From the author of CLOSE TO HOME and IN THE DARK comes the third pulse-pounding DI Fawley crime thriller.

It’s one of the most disturbing cases DI Fawley has ever worked.

The Christmas holidays, and two children have just been pulled from the wreckage of their burning home in North Oxford. The toddler is dead, and his brother is soon fighting for his life.

Why were they left in the house alone? Where is their mother, and why is their father not answering his phone?

Then new evidence is discovered, and DI Fawley’s worst nightmare comes true.

Because this fire wasn’t an accident.

It was murder.


And finally my glorious selection from Netgalley. While I do love this site, it is very addictive as all bookbloggers will know. I have been accepted for 2 books and I have 2 pending and I’m fingers crossed hoping to be accepted for.

 

The Couple by Sarah Mitchell.

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Actually I have just finished this book, and it was very good. So review for ‘The Couple’ coming up next week.

Description.

Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home.

But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose.

As Claire finds herself irresistibly drawn to Mark and crosses lines she never thought she’d cross, Angus’ behaviour becomes increasingly suspicious. Soon Claire doesn’t know whether she can trust Mark, Angus… or even herself.


 

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh.

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The first book I read by this Author was Thirteen, and it was my book of the year last year. Amazing,gripping and so unique. I was so excited when Netgalley approved me for this. I really hope it is as good as Thirteen. 

Description:

BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.

After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…

 


Then the 2 books I have requested, but are still pending are:

Death comes to Call by Clare Chase.

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I have read a few of Clare’s books before and loved them all. For some reason I have missed the previous two in this series? But I’m hoping if I get approved for this book, reading it as a standalone won’t make a difference. Based on Clare’s previous books, I’m pretty sure I will love it.

Description:

Tara Thorpe may be Cambridge Police’s youngest detective, but that doesn’t stop her from cracking its most dangerous cases. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, LJ Ross and Joy Ellis.

When a promising local artist disappears, the victim’s brother begs Detective Tara Thorpe to take the case. It seems there’s no evidence of foul play… he simply disappeared without a trace.

Tara agrees to do some digging… never mind that her unorthodox approach to policing has got a few of her colleagues’ backs up. Amongst them is her former supervisor Detective Patrick Wilkins… he’s had enough of Tara calling the shots and will do anything to knock her down. She must be careful.

At least she has an ally in their boss, Detective Garstin Blake. He’ll always back her hunches. If anything, they work together too well… at least, that’s the rumour around the station these days.

When a body of a young woman is found frozen near the fens, Tara’s evidence suddenly becomes key to solving a high-profile murder. Is their missing artist still a victim… or in fact a clever murderer with a deadly plan?


I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella.

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My old favourite Sophie Kinsella, the Author I have been reading for decades! Another book is due out, and I wanted to read this before I even knew what it was about. I have loved all her books, so am really really hoping I get approved for this. If not I will just have to acquire this from the library when it comes out. I just know it will be amazing.

Description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” But since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will? It’s simply not in her nature to say no to people.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. Turns out the computer’s owner is an investment manager. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, Sebastian scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. But Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

Then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. She wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. And Seb agrees, until the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?


 

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So, as you can see I am totally spoilt for choice on the reading horizon for the next while. I hope all the books will engross me, and raving reviews for them will follow.

What are you reading right now? Have you read any of these books, and if so which were your favourite? Share your thoughts on my bookish choices in the comments.

 

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2019 in Book Spotlights., Books

 

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Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella.

Thank you to Becky Short and Penguin Random House for my copy of this book. Sophie Kinsella was my first favourite adult book, and I have loved all her books so far. I was very much looking forward to getting stuck into Surprise Me.

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Published February 8th 2018 by Transworld Digital

 

Description:

After being together for ten years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, beautiful twin girls, and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other’s sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together and panic sets in. They never expected “until death do us part” to mean seven decades.

In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting: they will create little surprises for each other so that their (extended) years together will never become boring. But in their pursuit to execute Project Surprise Me, mishaps arise and secrets are uncovered that start to threaten the very foundation of their unshakable bond. When a scandal from the past is revealed that question some important untold truths, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other after all.

 

My Thoughts:

I have loved all of Sophie Kinsella’s books and I was sure I was going to love Surprise Me too. In fact, I did love it! I started to read this book in the waiting room of a hospital!! It was perhaps a little inappropriate for me to chuckling to myself about the things that Toby was doing in the first few chapters. Toby is a sideline character but he was my absolute favourite. He was so funny, and it was Toby that got me engrossed into the book rather than the main characters Sylvie and Dan. 

This was not my favourite of Sophie’s books, but when you write so many brilliant books, you set your standard so high. If this was the first Kinsella book I had read, I would be raving about how I had found another amazingly, funny, talented writer. In fact Kinsella is just that. The plot flowed, but not obvious in the way some chick lit stories are. There is definite character development as we see Sylvie and Dan surprise each other and how their marriage is affected by these unexpected events.  Along with that, the end was not at all what I was expecting, which is unusual for a chick lit book. There were a few parts of the story that I did not see coming, which was good. 

If I had read this and didn’t know the Author, I would have a good guess at Sophie Kinsella. My only request would be that Toby play more of a part because he was hilarious. I definitely recommend this book to Kinsella lovers, but if this was to be your first Kinsella book I would suggest reading her earlier ones first. 

Links:

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter-@KinsellaSophie

www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2018 in Books

 

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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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Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/KinsellaSophie

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in Books

 

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Book Review: Shopaholic to the Rescue, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Shopaholic to the Rescue, by Sophie Kinsella.

Anyone who knows about my love of books, will also know my love for Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood and her lovely Husband Luke. I have been waiting for a long time to read this book, as if you have read the last Shopaholic book, you will remember the ending…… 

You can read this book as a standalone, but I would recommend reading all of the Shopaholic books, as they are fantastic.

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Description:

Becky Bloomwood and a hilarious cast of beloved family and friends (plus one enemy!) set off in a van to find her missing father, last heard from in Las Vegas.

Becky’s father Graham and her best friend’s husband, Tarquin, have disappeared from Los Angeles saying simply they have “something to take care of.”

But Tarquin’s wife Suze who is Becky’s best friend, and Becky’s mother Jane, are convinced the two men are hiding something and are in danger—their imaginations run wild. They must track them down!

Hijinks ensue as husband Luke drives Becky, daughter Minnie, Jane, Suze and other favorite Kinsella characters across country from LA to Las Vegas in search of the missing men.

Becky feels deeply guilty about ignoring her father while he was in LA, in addition Becky feels her enemy Alicia is threatening her friendship with Suze.


 

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My Thoughts:

Well, as usual Sophie Kinsella has not let me down. This is the follow up from the last book that I have been waiting so long for. Sophie brings back all the usual great characters that I know and love. Becky is her usual quirky, lovely funny self. There are a few changes in her within this book which make the story more interesting. You would think that after so many Shopaholic books that the Author would run out of ideas to make the story fun and a page turner, but I can say that I enjoyed this one and as soon as I finished it I was hoping for the next one.

I liked the beginning of the book, where we catch up with Derek Smeath, (Becky’s old Bank Manager). He has been quite a feature in Becky’s life. So I thought this was a really clever way to give readers a quick update of where we are, and also to include Derek. (Who I love a little bit more after these events in Becky’s life).

There are some parts of this book that I never would have predicted within Becky and Suze’s stories, so I am happy yet not at all surprised that Sophie Kinsella has told them in this book.

Becky goes to Las Vegas in this book, and she is her usual funny self making me chuckle as I read about her escapades. Becky Brandon is the only person I ‘know’ who will compare shoping to gambling! After a go in the casino, she says:

“There should be more ceremony to gambling,…like when you buy something expensive and they hand it to you in a nice bag and say ‘Good Choice!”

We also see some different and some older dimensions of Becky and Suze’s friendship. Without giving any spoilers, they have to come up with a code word! To which they choose “potato” ……the reason being, because they can’t think of anything else.

I loved this book, as I expected that I would. I still love Becky, Luke and Suze and hope that Sophie Kinsella will continue to tell us about the lives of my beloved Shopaholic and her clan.


 

Have you read this or any of the Shopaholic books? What did you think of Becky and Suze’s escapades this time? I’d love to hear from you as always, so please leave me a comment below. I love to chat books, and particularly books that I love!

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Happy Reading!

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Posted by on January 17, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella.

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite Authors, I love her Shopaholic series. Becky and Luke Brandon are the perfect literary couple. I have also read Kinsella’s other chick lit books, like Twenties Girl, The Undomesticated Goddess, and lots more. I love Kinsella’s writing style, she always makes me laugh.

When I heard a new Young Adult book was coming out, I was surprised and also very excited. I was even more excited to get it BEFORE its been published!!! Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House UK Children’s

This is my review of Finding Audrey.


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Book Description:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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My Thoughts:

I love this book!

The cover of this book is made more relevant when you read the first few chapters and find that Audrey wears dark glasses all the time, she has been through some hard times with bullies in school and since then has been absent from school, in therapy and unable to leave the house. (except to see her therapist Sarah). Audrey has a severe anxiety disorder.

I found in this book that Kinsella wrote the anxiety descriptions extremely well. I’m not saying that I have ever felt like Audrey felt, but the way Kinsella described Audrey, I can imagine the way she felt. I think this book will be a great and helpful read to any teenagers who struggle with anxiety, I think Kinsella did so well to empathise and put herself into a 14 year school girls head! Talented writing as always!

“My chest is starting to rise in panic. Tears have already started to my eyes. My throat feels frozen. I need to escape…”

The characters in this book were great, we heard about all the members of Audrey’s family and as a lot of the book takes place in Audrey’s house, we see what family life is like for her and her two brothers. I found it quite amusing when we hear about Audrey’s Mum believing everything that The Daily Mail tells her, which is where her problem with Audrey’s brother Frank comes in. He is a total gamer and loves his computer game Land of Conquerers (LOC). Audrey’s Mum thinks this is awful and we see many amusing ways that she tries to make Frank understand that computers are bad!!! 

The best point about Frank’s computer obsession is Linus. Linus is Frank’s gaming buddy, and it is Linus that helps Audrey. As we see Audrey and Linus’s relationship develop, it is so sweet and gentle. Kinsella wrote about teenage love so well, and to add in an extreme anxiety disorder into this pool too, it worked brilliantly.

“I wish I was at home right now, ….I do not wish I was at home. I’m out with Linus!”

For a book which is primarily about anxiety disorders and mental health, Kinsella did a fabulous job of making me laugh along the way. The book makes you feel sad for Audrey and her family, but this is in no way a doom and gloom book. I heard an interview with Kinsella, whereby she said “I can’t help writing comedy..”, and that is certainly the case for this book.

I wanted to keep reading this book to find out what happens next with Audrey and Linus, what funny things her Mum says and does, how Frank wangles his way to play games again, and eventually how these experiences end up affecting Audrey’s whole family. It really is a brilliant read. I always loved Sophie Kinsella’s books, from the very first one I read. This is no exception. A brilliant book, that I totally recommend. I look forward to Kinsella’s next book even before this one is released!!


Hardcover, 288 pages

Expected publication: June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

(first published June 4th 2015)


Have you read this? Are you going to read it?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Happy Reading.

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Book Review: Shopaholic On Honeymoon, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Shopaholic On Honeymoon, by Sophie Kinsella.

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What a lovely surprise I had when I saw Sophie Kinsella had released a short story that I wasn’t expecting…. and it was FREE! (on Amazon Kindle).

It is a very short story about how Becky and her Husband Luke have arranged to go on honeymoon for a year. Becky has planned the whole trip, and Luke  is going along with Becky’s plans.

It has Becky’s usual Shopaholic issues, she just has to buy these Murano glass goblets! and she just has to get souvenirs from here there and everywhere.

There are the lovable bits of Becky that all Shopaholic fans must love, Becky completely overreacts and makes some rash silly decisions. But that’s what makes these books so great. We love Becky and dreamy forgiving Luke too.

Its a very short story, but if you are a Shopaholic lover, then you will want to read it. If you haven’t read any Shopaholic books before, then this is a great little taster.

I loved it, and look forward to the next Shopaholic book……

If you liked this review, see my review of Shopaholic to the Stars here. http://wp.me/p4CHeD-8Z 

Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts if you have read or are intending to read this book.

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Posted by on December 24, 2014 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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The Chocolate Book Tag.

The Chocolate Book Tag.

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                                            THE CHOCOLATE BOOK TAG.

I saw this tag on http://www.Confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com by Rachel and just knew this was the perfect tag for me. So, thank you Rachel for introducing me to this one. I hope you all like my choices.

If anyone would like to join in, feel free and please send me your links after you have written it so that I can read your choices too.

So, lets get started.

DARK CHOCOLATE: a book with dark content or theme.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold was a great book that I really love. However, it does have a dark theme as the story revolves around Susie who is a young girl who was murdered. Susie watches from her heaven as her family attempt to deal with her death.

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WHITE CHOCOLATE : a light hearted read.

My favourite light hearted author to read is Sophie Kinsella, for this topic, I will choose ‘Undomestic Goddess’. Samantha Sweeting makes a big mistake at work, so she leaves work, gets on the first train she sees and ends up being mistaken as an interviewee for a job as a house keeper. The story is light hearted and creamy – just like white chocolate.

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MILK CHOCOLATE:  a hyped popular book that you really want to read.

Well, I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and she has just released a new book called ‘Shopaholic to the Stars’. Lots of people have been talking about this on Twitter and everyone seems so excited by it and those that were super lucky enough to get a pre copy to review gave it glowing reports. So, I really really want to read this soon.

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CHOCOLATE WITH A CARAMEL CENTRE: a book that makes you feel goey inside.

I think for this one, I will have to go back to my childhood favourite. My favourite then was The Folk of the Faraway Tree, by Enid Blyton. I also really like a new children’s book called The Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury This makes me feel all goey because I read it to the autistic children in my class at school. They all love it so much, know all the words and all the actions to it. I love that the book can give them so much pleasure.

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A WAFER FREE KITKAT: a book that surprised you.

Well, for this one I am going to choose a book that I have written a review on. ‘The Kabul Beauty School’ by Deborah Rodriguez. This is about the author herself who goes to Afghanistan to help out, she opens up a Beauty School to help the women of the war torn country. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. I usually prefer chick lit and expected this to be quite heavy with political references. The book spoke of the problems of the country and the hard lives that the women were enduring, but the author also wrote of the strength and courage of the women. I really enjoyed it and will be reading more of Rodriguez’s books.

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A SNICKERS BAR: a book you’re going nuts about.

Well, this will be an old favourite of mine called ‘The Food of Love’ by Anthony Capella. After I read this book, I bought a further FOUR copies and sent them to all my friends and family who had birthdays coming up. They all loved it too. It is about Laura who is on a trip to Rome, she is looking for sensual food and a sensual man. Laura meets Tommasso who introduces her to the amazing food of his restaurant, and behind the scenes loving Laura from afar is Bruno. Its BRILLIANT.

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HOT CHOCOLATE WITH WHIPPED CREAM AND MARSHMALLOWS: a comfort read that you turn to again and again.

For this I am going to choose “Bridget Jones’s Diary” by Helen Fielding, the first one. The first one is most definitely the best. I love the way this book was written in the diary form. I can read a few extracts and then put it away again, because I know the story so well. I love Bridget.

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A BOX OF CHOCOLATES: a series that has lots of things that many readers will like.

Well, I thought and thought about this one and can’t really think of a series that I have read that would have lots of things for many different readers. Maybe perhaps, Roald Dahl’s books???? He has written a lot of different stories?? I’m not really sure about that one. I would love to hear your choices though, so please carry on the Chocolate Book Tag and share your answers.

Chocolate and Books – How Perfect!!

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Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Books

 

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The Seven Deadly Sins.

The Seven Deadly Sins.

 

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The Seven Deadly Sins.

With much thanks to Kristal and Charmaine at http://www.onceuponabookblog.com

The girls tagged me in this post and it looks lots of fun. I want to tag any other bookbloggers in this post that would like to follow it up.

Here are the deadly sins questions and my answers.

GREED.

1. What is your most expensive book?

I don’t think I actually own any expensive books! I buy most of my books from charity shops. Plus I get them given as gifts, or I borrow them from the library.

Probably, my only expensive books are my travel guides.

WRATH.

2. What author do you have the most love/hate relationship with?

I had to think about this, but I decided on William Shakespeare!

I love to watch his plays in theatre, but didn’t enjoy his books when I had to read them in school. The language is ok to listen to and watch in theatre, but I found it difficult and not enjoyable to read.

GLUTTONY.

 3. What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

Actually, I don’t read many books at all more than once. There are so many good ones out there and my to be read list is so long (and continually growing), that I feel it would be a shame to read the same one again.

However, I did devour The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella. I read the first one, and then read all the other ones straight away. I loved them. Go Becky Bloomwood!

SLOTH.

4. Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Well, I have to guiltily admit to this one!…..

The whole Harry Potter series! I have never read any of them. Initially they never really interested me, but since becoming a blogger I have heard so many people rave about these books, calling themselves ‘Potterheads’ etc. I have felt and said that I really should give them a go and see what all the hype is about. But, I haven’t…… yet!

OK, I will……. soon……. 😉 

PRIDE.

5. What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

Actually, I don’t think I am an intellectual reader. I much prefer chick lit and easy reading. I have read plenty of Paulo Coelho books, so I guess they would be my ‘intellectual’ ones. I think they are quite philosophical, and I did enjoy them. 

LUST.

6. What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?

Well, as you know I prefer chick lit, so I love a happy romantic ending. But for the characters have to be real to come across as attractive, they have to seem human. So mistakes are natural, as long as they have kindness, loyalty and humour. A tall dark and handsome leading man doesn’t go amiss either! Thinking Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver!

ENVY.

7. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

 Well, the latest Sophie Kinsella is due out soon, Shopaholic to The Stars. I’d love to receive that. But I do have quite a long wish list, I love being given books as gifts, so I would be grateful for any! 

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So, that’s all my answers. I hope you found them interesting and if you want to follow the tag then please let me know as I would love to read your answers too.

Thanks again to Charmaine and Kristal.

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Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Books

 

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