Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Catch me if you Cannes -Part 4 -Lisa Dickenson

Catch Me If You Cannes: Part 4Catch Me If You Cannes: Part 4 by Lisa Dickenson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The final part in this hilarious four-part romantic comedy, from the author of You Had Me at Merlot and The Twelve Dates of Christmas - winner of the Novelicious Debut of the Year award.

Just one week ago, Jess was safely tucked away in her quiet seaside home, running her cafe and not really doing much of anything. So what on earth has happened between then and now that has her stealing a superyacht from Cannes marina?

Leo. Leo happened.

Jess doesn't want to believe what everybody is saying about him. He's her Leo, with his lazy smile, soft kisses and firm hugs, and she knows he's a good man. But she can't deny that something isn't quite right so she just needs some time to figure things out. All Jess did was fall in love with a boy who liked Nutella. How has it come to this?

Unfortunately the Catch me if you Cannes series has ended and what a great final part.

I felt that in this part I really got to know Leo and Jess, Bryony also got her story wrapped up and I loved every minute of it.

Finally I got to find out exactly what was going on, what was so secretive with Leo and Harvey. Jess' parents added a little to the mix too which I liked.

It is ever so hard to write a review for this part as I don't want to give it away being the ending of a fabulous series! All I can say is that it was just perfect and if you haven't read the series why not?

I think this is a perfect series for the summer, I really bought into the story and felt I was in Cannes with the characters. I loved the ending and thought it couldn't have ended better. Although maybe I would have liked to have known the outcome from Bryony...

Anyway you just need to go and make sure you read this, this summer.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, 25 May 2015

The IT Girl - Katy Birchall

The It-GirlThe It-Girl by Katy Birchall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hilariously funny and deliciously romantic 'clean teen' fiction for teens. Perfect for fans of Geek Girl and Louise Rennison.

Everybody wants to be a famous It Girl. Don't they?

Anna Huntley's aims in life:

1) Must keep my two lovely new (and only) school friends by not doing anything in usual manner of socially inept dork and outcast.

2) Train Dog (my labrador) to high-five. This is probably the most ambitious life goal on this list.

3) Do not set the school's Deputy Queen Bee mean girl's hair on fire (again).

4) Work out whether 2) and 3) constitute being socially inept or outcastish.

5) Go to Africa and give out rice.

6) To hide in a cupboard FOR LIFE with Dog now Dad is engaged to one of the most famous actresses EVER, the paparazzi want to spash my face all over the papers and everyone in school (and The World) is soon to discover the level of my social ineptitude.

7) Is rice a bit done now? Maybe I can give out chocolate in Africa too. I do like chocolate. Must work out how to do it from the cupboard...

When I saw this book pop up in the book blogging community I knew I wanted to read it. I haven't read a light hearted YA for a while and was really looking forward to it.

When I began reading the book it become obvious that it was aimed at younger teens - Anna is 14 and I feel the book is very well suited to this audience. Even though I am a lot older I did enjoy reading it, I found it a fun and quick read. The story is primarily about friendship and accepting who you are. I feel that this is a brilliant topic for this age group. When I was 14 I also wanted to just fit in or be in the popular crowd, reading aspects of this book as an adult I could see what was going to happen a mile off, this though has come with experience.

I really liked the format of the book and its layout. The book has series of emails, voicemails and lists in and I particularly enjoyed reading these. They broke the book up and gave it a fun element.

Anna lives in London with her dad and dog, her dad mixes with celebrities for his job, but Anna has never met any of them, that is until he brings Helen home to meet her. She is a model and has an older daughter, who is a socialite. - Completely the opposite to Anna. When she meets them, they both surprise her with the news they are engaged, this doesn't go down well with either daughter.

I really enjoyed reading about the relationship between the daughters as well as Anna's friend. After being seen out together Anna is the latest thing and the press promote her as the next 'IT' girl. This causes a stir at school and suddenly all the popular kids want a piece of her.

This is similar to books like Geek Girl and anyone who loves them will love this. I really liked Anna as a character in the story and I felt I could relate to her, even though the main character is only 14 don't let this put you off.This is a super quick, fun and cute read that you must get your hands on, you won't be disappointed. It has everything that a good light hearted read needs, the boy, drama and celebrities. I think this is a great debut by Birchall and I think she is a YA author to watch out for! I can't stress how much I did enjoy the book and I can't wait to get my hands on The IT Girl 2!

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Weekly Wrap Up - 24.5.15

This week has been really busy at work and towards the end of the week unfortunately I have come down with a dreadful virus, it has been so bad that I haven't even been able to read, I have slept for hours! I am slowly beginning to feel a little better and I have next week off work. I am going abroad for a few days but I am hoping to try and catch up with my reading. While I was poorly this week I treated myself to some new books...

This week I have been sent:
Keep the Home Fires Burning - Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
The Mountain can wait - Sarah Leipciger (Won)
Just one Day - Gayle Forman (Trade)
Just one Year - Gayle Forman (Trade)

This week I have bought: 
The Au Pair - Janey Fraser
Power Games - Victoria Fox 
The Accident - C.L Taylor 

Books I have read this week:
I am currently reading Always the Bridesmaid - Lindsey Kelk

The books I have read all have reviews and they will be on the blog soon so look out for that!

Thanks for stopping by at The Book Corner, I loved  hearing what you have got this week so please leave a comment to let me know

Friday, 22 May 2015

The Girls Take Manhattan - Nicola Doherty

The Girls Take Manhattan (Girls On Tour BOOK 5)The Girls Take Manhattan by Nicola Doherty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The fifth instalment in this hilarious, romantic and unputdownable five-part series. Perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk's I Heart... novels.

Join Poppy, Lily, Maggie and Rachel as they jet to New York - and face a big secret in the Big Apple.

When Lily invites the girls to attend a VIP event in Manhattan, they all jump at the chance. Poppy especially is thrilled to escape her impending 30th birthday with a weekend of Cosmos and red carpets. But none of them have any idea what Lily is really planning. Or how a single weekend can turn your life upside-down ... With non-stop fun and flirty frolics, this is a girls' weekend not to be missed.

Girls on Tour is an irresistible series of interlinked stories about four ordinary girls who have extraordinary fun in faraway places. Expect the unexpected, the utterly hilarious and unforgettable, on this rollercoaster ride of love, laughs, surprises and sparks. You have a VIP pass to join each girl's adventure, so pack your bags and buckle your seatbelts, because just about anything is possible...

The Girls on Tour series has finally come to an end with 'The Girls Take Manhattan' being the last in the series. I must say I am sad that this is the last one. I have grown to love the girls and their adventures over the last few weeks of reading the books.

In this part of the series the girls are all off to New York, Lily has managed to get the girls free accommodation in New York. (Anyone who has been there will know how fab this would be! The hotels are stupidly expensive and even then you would be lucky to be staying in the city centre!) They are all off for some BIG surprise from Lily, brushing with celebrities in her day job the girls believe its a red carpet event and can't wait!

The novella begins with the girls being upgraded on their flight over to New York. I was able to relate to this and really enjoyed reading this part of the book as when I went to New York I was lucky enough to be given a free upgrade. So I could totally understand the excitement from the girls. Even from the free breakfast and coffee, yes, I was just as excited!!!

Once over in New York the girls are just the same as everywhere else, eager for adventures and excited by what the days and nights might bring. The girls are in for a big shock at Lily's surprise for them - I don't want to say anymore to not spoil it for you. If you have read the others in the series then you must continue with this one.

I loved every minute of this series and think it was a great idea from Nicola. This novella was a perfect was to finish the series off, just like the others the story is face paced and the characters are believable, this time though I think I enjoyed it more as we had all the girls in the novella so I felt like I knew them a lot better.

I raced through this series and would encourage everyone to get it, it is perfect if you are on holiday or like me just dreaming that you were.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Saffron Trail - Rosanna Ley

The Saffron TrailThe Saffron Trail by Rosanna Ley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once, there was a girl who loved saffron. She loved its secrets, its mystery, and best of all, she loved its hint of magic.
After the death of her beloved mother, Nell travels from rural Cornwall to the colour and chaos of Marrakech. Her marriage may be on the rocks, but exploring the heady delights of Moroccan cuisine could help her fulfil her dream of opening her own restaurant. 
It's there she meets Amy - a young photographer trying to unravel the story behind her family's involvement in the Vietnam War. The two women develop a close friendship and discover a surprising connection between their own pasts. 
This connection will take Nell and Amy on a journey to find their own 'saffron trail' - from the labyrinthine medina and bustle of Moroccan bazaars all the way back home to Cornwall and to the heart of their families' origins.

The Saffron Trail is a lovely written book, it's full of descriptive passages both of the country of Morocco and of Moroccan cuisine. I would have thought I'd love it and in parts I did but it was just too much descriptive content for me. The book could have been half the length without it and a much better read. I found the endless descriptions of every chapter distracted me from what was happening and in the end I skim read this missing out these passages and getting down to the conversation and what was happening.

Overall the story line was good but as I said pace was obstructed for me. The story has two main characters, Nell and Amy both of whom at the start don't know each other. They come together for the first time when they meet in Morocco. Nell has been given a birthday present from her husband Callum of a Moroccan cookery experience and Amy is visiting Morocco for a photo shoot to promote a Moroccan event for her gallery in Lyme Regis. Nell is recovering from the sudden and unexpected death of her mother and Amy is searching for her cousin Glenn. Amy is taking photos and including the Moroccan cookery course as part of her exhibition photos and meets with Nell. They seem to have an immediate bond with each other and become good friends over the week of the trip. Secondary characters are introduced over the course of the story and it flows along nicely bringing the lives of the two main characters together.

I won't spoil the story by giving anything away suffice it to say that there is a nice twist and it's not entirely predictable which was a nice surprise. As I said it was just too wordy and too long for me, I was in danger of not finishing it which would have been a shame as it deserves to be read to the end. I can give this 3.5 stars but it would have been more if it had been shorter - descriptions of saffron are lovely but really once was enough without labouring the point and endless passages of descriptive narrative on cuisine smells were for me overkill.

I have rounded it up to 4 stars for goodreads and Amazon. I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Catch me if you Cannes: Part 3 - Lisa Dickenson

Catch Me If You Cannes: Part 3Catch Me If You Cannes: Part 3 by Lisa Dickenson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The third part in this hilarious four-part digital romantic comedy, from the author of You Had Me at Merlot and The Twelve Dates of Christmas - winner of the Novelicious Debut of the Year award.

Things could not be going better between Jess and Leo. Every moment they spend together is lovely and sunkissed and full of anticipation. Jess hasn't felt like this in a very long time and she doesn't want it to end. Sure, Leo is a bit vague about certain areas of his life but that doesn't mean anything . . .

Suddenly Jess's perfect holiday romance isn't looking so great and she has a choice to make - should she ignore what Bryony is telling her and keep living the dream, or should she run the risk of losing Leo in order to prove her friend wrong?

Lisa has done it again, another part and another cliff hanger!!!

This particular part of the story has felt more serious to me, we really start to get deep into backgrounds of the characters, although we still don't know exactly what is going on with Leo and Harvey we know something is definitely up. I have everything crossed that I find out exactly what in the final part. I am sure I will!

Jess and Bryony have been in Cannes a week now and things are beginning to hot up, Bryony has finally had an interview with a celeb for the magazine and she is desperately trying to keep her job. With a story like this there is every possibility she will be keeping it. The only issue is the celeb thinks they are staying at a very expensive hotel, after some negotiating with the hotel Bryony manages to secure it for a few hours.

Jess gets an unexpected visit, which almost blows her cover and Leos and Jess takes matters into her own hands. There is so much drama going on in this part of the story it is insane, the pace has picked up and now I am dying to find out what is going to be happening in the final part.

Again I don't want to give much away so I apologise if my review for this part is a little vague and short but I really don't want to spoil it for you. Just go out and grab yourself this book, you won't be disappointed!

I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, 18 May 2015

The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter by Kate Winter blog tour

The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter by Kate Winter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you're dead.

When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she's still here.

Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .

In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter's afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order)

To be honest I am finding this book a little hard to review. I have not read anything like this before so I was unsure what to expect. Although it is chick lit and an extremely easy read, it was a little darker (due to the topic) and had a different twist.

Rosie shares a place with her friend Jenny, they always have been friends and when Jenny moved to Dublin Rosie missed her a lot. When she found out she was coming back she was delighted, they moved in together and their friendship became stronger than ever. Reasons to why Jenny moved back so suddenly are a little unclear and what happened in Dublin she never talks about. That is until a hunk starts work at the pub Rosie works in, Jack. From the first moment Jenny seems to have a problem with him and tries to warn Rosie off him, claiming she knew him in Dublin and that he is trouble.

I found this very easy to read and read pretty quickly. There are a few issues I have had with the book, the main one is on discovering Rosie's death and the authorities informing her family. There is not a lot of emotion from her parents and they seem to carry on as normal, this to me I felt was strange. They didn't seem to be in floods of tears or anything and I would have thought they would have been.

The other negative I have about the book is that it didn't seem to be going anywhere at times and around the 180-200 page mark I felt myself drifting away from the book as not a lot seemed to he happening, that said it picked up shortly after.

This is a 'whodunit' with a difference and I certainly didn't see the ending coming. This book offers something different in the chick lit market and it is very clever. I really enjoyed the epilogue as it rounding things off nicely for all the characters we had met throughout the story. I also really enjoyed the way the story was told, it seemed to go forward and back in time, I enjoyed reading about Rosie from different viewpoints and angles from the book. I really felt for Rosie especially when we found out about her boyfriend as if felt she had wasted what little time she had.

I really loved Charles and although Rosie was dead there is still romance in this book which is a classic trait of a chick lit. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes chick lit and a light read, don't let the title put you off, this is certainly not a book full of doom and gloom.

I would love to read more from Kate Winter and I think this is a strong and original debut that will do well this year. It is certainly one to look out for.

I would like to think the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.