Monday, 11 December 2017

Primrose Terrace Series #1

Title: Wellies and Westies 
Author: Cressida McLaughlin 
Published: 30th April 2015
My Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes

Catherine ‘Cat’ Palmer realises, too late, that bringing an adorable puppy into work at the local nursery was a bad idea, especially after the ensuing chaos gets her the sack.
Determined to turn a negative into a positive, Cat decides this is the perfect opportunity to get her dog-walking business off the ground with the help of her flatmates, Polly and Joe. After all, Primrose Terrace where she lives, is full of home-alone hounds…

Wellies and Westies is the first part of a serialized novel told in four parts – all set in Primrose Terrace.

O-M-G I really really loved this book so much, again it is part of a short series so it was relatively short but I honestly loved this storyline so much. I have never read animal lover based books before so it was refreshing to read it (I think I have but I can't remember the name of the book for the life of me!).

Cat makes a huge mistake, only she realises it too late. She brings a puppy to work and she knows she is not supposed to yet she does it anyways (her boss also doesn't like animals) so she gets fired from her job. However, this turns out to be a very good opportunity for Cat as she decides to open her own dog walking business with the help of Joe and Polly.

I absolutely adored Polly, not only is she a very good friend to Cat but she is training to be a vet so it turns out to be a very good business proposition as she also joins the business. And Hot Joe? He can come across as a bit harsh sometimes but really when he gives you his full attention you might just end up being dazzled. I for one cannot wait for the next book!

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Blog Tour: Christmas at Butterfly Cove

Title: Christmas at Butterfly Cove
Author: Sarah Bennett
Published: 6th October 2017
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: YES!

All she wants for Christmas…

When talented artist Nee Sutherland returns to Butterfly Cove for her sister’s wedding, it’s only a matter of time before she has to face her own bridegroom – Luke Spenser – the man she impulsively married, then left in the middle of the night.

Nee hasn’t picked up her paintbrushes in months, a part of her is broken. She knows Luke might never forgive her, leaving him was the biggest mistake of her life – but could coming home for Christmas be the best decision she’s ever made?

Maybe all she needs is a little Christmas miracle…

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review thank you to HQ Digital

As some of you may know I am currently about 5 and half months pregnant. Pregnancy is not what I expected it to be, I haven't been able to read as much as I would like to. I know it might sound cliché but you know one of those feelings where you wish for a miracle to drop out of the sky well this is one of those moments. Unexpectedly, the lovely people at HQ Digital dropped it in the form of this fabulous book (thank you Anna!).

I love the month of December, not just because everyone is very festive but some of the most strangest and magical moments seem to happen in this month (and well also because I happen to turn 24 in a matter of days). I have read a lot of Christmas theme books throughout the years, I don't just enjoy them in this month but I love to read them throughout the year, this book was so unexpected I can't stop gushing about how much I am in love with Nee and Luke.

Nee is becoming an enigma in the art world, specifically in sculpture. She doesn't have the best family life with her mum becoming an alcoholic and a father locked in his study but she does have the best sisters who care and nurture her in to a confident young woman. That is until she meets Luke, he loves and recreates those moments she missed out in childhood. Those magical months turn in to a happy marriage so what exactly goes wrong for Nee when it seems she has everything? Only one way to find out 😉

Luke is a sweetheart, he has a good relationship with his parents and a very strong bond with his brother Aaron. With the love of his life vanished from his fingers he becomes angry and a little bitter towards the mention of Nee (but that is only a cover up as he still loves her).

I particularly enjoyed finding out the twists in each of the family members life especially with Aaron and his mother it is one I never saw coming but it kept me hooked to the book.

Sarah Bennett truly does a tremendous job at creating such loveable and true to self characters, not only do you see yourself in each of them but at some point of your life, each of us had made that mistake on the turn of the moment without actually realising the consequences only in the end you seem to have lost a piece of yourself. My reflection with Nee was exactly like that, I could see myself making those mistakes today where you wish you could turn time around and change your decision.

I haven't read any of Sarah's previous novels but I enjoyed this one so much I will definitely be on the lookout for more thoughtful and festive stories. 

Be sure to checkout other great reviews in the blog tour!

Let's talk: How is your December turning out so far? Have you read any great books lately? Be sure to recommend me some in the comments below!

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Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here

Title: Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here
Author: Anna Breslaw
Published: 19th April 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend:  Yes/No

Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her weed-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.

When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. And if they ever find out what Scarlett truly thinks about them, she’ll be thrust into a situation far more dramatic than anything she’s ever seen on TV…

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review, thank you to the publisher

*Please note: I have only read a few chapters in the book, kind of like a chapter sampler provided the publisher*

Scarlett is absolutely obsessed, and I do mean like worshipping fanatic type obsessed with her favourite tv show Lycanthrope, like every fan she too becomes devastated by the end of it (kind of reminds me of The Vampire Diaries which recently ended, which I am yet to watch). But for Scarlett it was more than a tv show, at the online community she has a close knit group of friends who she talks with on a daily basis, she finally feels like she belongs.

I found Avery kind of a bit annoying, although she tries to understand Scarlett's obsession I feel like she isn't a very good friend to her. She doesn't seem to understand the concept of why a tv show ending is so important to Scarlett that she feels like she has no life now that it has ended.

So I only got to know a bit about Ruth, the 73 year old neighbour but oh my world I absolutely love her! Her sense of humour and wisdom is something I admire in a friend, I feel like she is more understanding and compassionate towards Scarlett than Avery is.

Since I didn't get much in to the plot, I can't really give a fair decision but I will definitely pick this book again at some point!

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Case for Jamie

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: The Case for Jamie
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Series: Charlotte Holmes #3
Release Date: 6th March 2018

The hotly anticipated final book in the New York Timesbestselling Charlotte Holmes trilogy, in which Charlotte and Jamie finally face their longtime enemy…and their true feelings for each other.

It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken. Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for. Until strange things start happening to him. Strange things that might mean nothing at all—or that someone is after him again.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex. Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows that her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but there is someone who wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time. Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

In this final explosive book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Holmes and Watson face the ultimate test: they must unravel the case of their lives without unraveling each other.

I love this gif so much!

Woahhhh, I never realised that I would see this coming, I really loved the first two covers. Each cover has an exceptional colour but I think the first cover is my favourite. I am still yet to read this series but I am sure this book is also phenomenal!

Let's talk: What are some of your favourite colours you like to see in book covers? Let me know in the comments below!

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