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‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green: Book Review

Sixteen year old Hazel has had a traumatic life, first getting diagnosed with cancer at just aged twelve. Sadly, it has got to the point in which her cancer is incurable and she knows that she doesn’t have much time left so she has to live everyday as it comes. Whilst taking drugs to help keep her tumour under control, and carrying an oxygen tank around daily to control her breathing, Hazel knows that soon enough she will be leaving her loved ones behind.

Along comes cancer survivor, Augustus. Hazel and Augustus meet at a cancer support group meeting, in which Augustus is in remission after losing his leg to the disease. Soon enough, Hazel and Gus hit it off and slowly but surely fall in love. Little did Hazel know just how much her life was going to change…The-Fault-In-Our-Stars-easy-living-1july13_b_426x639

Despite the fact I adored this book, I have to be completely honest and say that I was slightly disappointed by it. For weeks, even months, I have constantly read reviews and tweets emphasising just how amazing this book was and how it was a huge “must read”. Therefore, due to the huge hype that surrounded it, I feel as though I set my expectations too high which disappointed me in the long run.

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My First Book Haul

So today, I popped into WHSmith because I needed some more revision cards, and what happens? I find myself in the book section instead. I was looking through all of the books and mentally noting down the ones that caught my eye so that I could put them on my Kobo e-Reader. However, I slowly made my way over to the “clearance” section, and guess what the offer was?!

4 books for £2.

Two pound?! That’s basically 50p each… How could I refuse such a fantastic offer like that?

After lots of decision making, I finally narrowed my choice down to these four books:

‘Is This Love?’ by Sue MoorcroftPhoto 08-05-2014 17 57 27

First of all, the cover of this book really jumped out at me. I thought the design on the front of the book with the “heart tree” kind of thing was really quite a beautiful feature. I haven’t read any of Sue Moorcroft’s books, and as with all of these four books I chose, I hadn’t read any reviews about them because they were a spur of the moment buy! However, the story line sounds really interesting so I’m looking forward to giving it a go. As you may be able to tell on the picture, the very bottom of the novel has a slight mark on it which is a bit disappointing, but for the deal that I got the books for, you can’t really go wrong can you?

 

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‘A Jersey Affair’ by Georgina Troy: Book Review

I was really lucky to win a signed copy of A Jersey Affair by Georgina Troy on Jenny in Neverland’s blog, and I am so thankful that I did. I absolutely loved reading this book. So thank you very much to both Georgina and Jenny! 🙂

Paige Bingham, a shoe designer in Jersey, decides to go on her honeymoon to Sorrento alone after getting jilted at her wedding by her husband to be. Whilst on the honeymoon alone, Paige meets Sebastian Fielding – A handsome, successful entrepreneur who is also visiting Sorrento. After spending so much time together there, Paige and Sebastian become extremely close, but it was soon time for them to head home.

When Paige arrives back home in Jersey, she finds out that Sebastians company is taking over De Grays; the store where her shoe business is located. Confused why Sebastian never bothered to tell her this, considering how close they had become, Paige feels as though she has been deceived, so tries to ignore her feelings for him as much as possible. Paige has no choice but to put her professional life as her main priority and try to save her shoe business from falling apart. However, can she forgive the handsome Sebastian after he lied to her?jersey aff

First of all, I absolutely adore the cover of this book. The silhouettes against the lovely deep blue sky completely drew me in immediately. It reminds me of warm summer evenings where you go for a romantic walk along the beach, which I think is so beautiful.

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‘Can You Keep A Secret?’ by Sophie Kinsella: Book Review

This was the first book of Sophie Kinsella’s that I had read, and I was not in any way disappointed. I absolutely loved this book, and after reading a couple of pages I was completely hooked.

What would you do if you accidently spilt all of your juicy (or, not so juicy) secrets to a random man on a plane, and then it turns out that he was actually your boss?

The book follows the story of Emma Corrigan – a typical young woman. Although Emma is desperate to get a promotion and for her parents to be proud of her, she is pretty satisfied with her life. She has a gorgeous long term boyfriend, Connor, and she lives with her best friend of twenty one years, Lissy. However, on the return home from a business trip, Emma experiences an extremely turbulent plane journey which was about to change her life. can_you_keep_a_secret_UK

To keep her mind off the journey, Emma can’t help but spill all of her secrets to the handsome, American business man sitting next to her. Every little secret she had – from lying about her grades on her CV, to finding G-strings unbelievably uncomfortable – rushed out of her mouth and into the ears of this stranger.

Once the plane had landed, Emma was feeling rather embarrassed, but what did that matter? It’s not like she would ever see this man again…

Well, at least that is what she thought. Emma was absolutely mortified when this handsome man, Jack, turns up at her work place. It turns out, he wasn’t a stranger at all… he was the big boss of the company she worked at, who had come to pay a visit at her branch! Throughout the story, Emma tries really hard not to let this bother her, and to act as though the plane incident never happened, but Jack wasn’t having any of that.

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“University life through a mothers eyes” – Guest Post by Karen

Today, I am lucky enough to share with you a fantastic guest post by Karen. KD Forsman is an avid ebook reader and reviewer.  Recently she has been reading chic lit, weight loss, fitness, mystery & thriller, Sci fi, project management, books on self help, blogging, big data and erotica… after all what middle aged woman hasn’t had her nose in 50 shades of something?!  She hopes to make a start on her own novel one day soon; but procrastination is an awfully big word that keeps getting in her way.  Her guest post is all about University life, through a mother’s eyes.  Please enjoy and head over to her blog afterwards…


University Life… through a mothers eyes…

It goes without saying that my son, all 6’4” of him, is the apple of my eye.  He’s intelligent, kind, funny and despite a tendency to spend most of his time glued to a computer screen, is actually quite a sociable young man as well.   At 19, I think he’s the perfect catch for any young women around his age – but then what do I know, I’m completely biased of course!

As we lived for many years in a remote rural location, Steven went to High School as a weekly boarder.  This meant that he went to school each week and boarded in town but would be home most weekends.  After five years of boarding, you would think that the transition (for me) of him being a boarder to being a fully fledged Uni student would be a walk in the park.  Hmmm, not so much.

The first year of university wasn’t so bad as he went into the ‘halls of residence’ providing that assurance and comfort that he had a roof over his head and three square meals a day.  But it was the second year of university, when Steven went flatting, that reality hit.  My little boy was growing up!mykindlereviewsthumbnail

Flatting has given Steven a whole new level of independence and responsibility.  He has to budget, make his own meals, get on with his five other flatmates – yep there’s six of them flatting together and spend his money wisely.  Another really important thing is that he has to manage his time well, between study, work and of course, that all important socialising.

University life has given Steven an opportunity to reinvent himself.  At high school he was always known as the ‘non-sporty’ kid, wearing the ‘computer geek’ badge with pride.  I have seen a real shift in this, particularly now he’s flatting, the latest thing is that he and a mate have bought some sound mixing equipment and are DJ’ing at clubs and house parties, of all things!  Like, when did that happen?

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