Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Lavender's Diary Guest Post!

Today I am super excited to have Lavender appearing here on The Book Corner, she is here to share with you a day from her diary. 

So I would like to say welcome Lavender!

Lavender’s Diary

6.00 am: My alarm usually wakes me with loud and happy music. That way I will start my day with a positive feeling. I put it far away from my bed, so I have to get up immediately. It’s early and I can hear the birds whistle. I take a shower first, so my head won’t feel sleepy anymore. Then I write as much as I can in the limited time I have.

8.00 am: It’s time to get ready for work. I’m getting dressed, do my makeup and choose my accessories for that day. Sometimes I’m packing lunch as well. I always think that I have a lot of time, but I often end up being late, because it’s an illusion.

9.00 am: The library opens and there are people who are waiting in front of the building, so they can get in immediately. If I’m on time I open the doors and talk to them. Especially when there’s a regular visitor it’s nice to catch up. Usually there’s an old man named Herman. He looks a bit scruffy, but he’s really nice. He’s travelled a lot and he is a great story teller.

10.00 am: My boss, Edward, sends me to the coffee bar for his morning shot of caffeine. It gives me a chance to chat with my friend Zoe, who’s standing behind the counter. I’m ready for a nice cup of tea. I’m not much of a coffee drinker. Edward and I drink our hot beverages together and we talk. I like my boss, we get along very well and we also see each other privately. He’s a bit of a father figure and his wife, Victoria, is an amazing cook.

11.00 am: I officially have a morning break at this time. I often use it to check up on my friends and family. It’s also my snack moment. I like to bring homemade cookies to work and need to pack a lot of extras, to hand to some of the visitors and my colleagues.

12.00 pm: Mothers come in with their children at lunch hour. It is my favourite time of day. I read stories for at least an hour. I love picture books and can never get enough of them.

1.00 pm: I’m having a lunch break. Sometimes I spend it with Edward or Zoe. My friend Gina works next door at the art library and we have lunch together at least once a week. Preferably on Friday when it’s market day.

14.00 pm: It’s time for a visit of another one of our regulars. Mrs. Peterson is a real lady. She donates money and comes to the library to socialize. She asks me which books she should read and she talks to Edward for at least half an hour.

15.00 pm: I often use this time to do some chores. I walk around and check if everything is in order, before a lot of people will be storming in soon.

16.00 pm: The schools are out and a lot of parents send their children to the library. Some come here to study and others for fun, because they genuinely love books. There’s also the odd child who’s here because there’s nowhere else to go. Especially in the winter months that’s heartbreaking. I try to give them as much attention as I can. Not all children are sweet and adorable though, so I have to keep my eyes open to check if they are behaving themselves.

17.00 pm: We get some last minute visits at this time. A lot of people aren’t very punctual with the returning process of their books. This is fine time, we receive most money at the end of the day.

17.30 pm: The library closes and I have half an hour to help our volunteers who are stacking the shelves. It’s a nice and peaceful time and I love that I’m able to talk aloud, without disturbing anyone, now. I like walking around and checking our books. It’s the best time of day.

18.00 pm: Time to go home. I often spend my evenings with friends, family or my boyfriend. I also like to curl up on the sofa while reading a book. My passion for books doesn’t stop when I leave the library, I think about them every minute of the day.

Lavender has a wonderful blog, where she blogs about many different things. She of course has a love of books and regularly recommends brilliant books so make sure you check out her blog here

She is also on twitter and loves to connect with others you can find her here

I would like to thank Lavender for taking the time out to appear on the book corner and we have really enjoyed having her! 

Thanks again!

The Library of Unrequited Love - Sophie Divry

The Library of Unrequited LoveThe Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One morning a librarian finds a reader who has been locked in overnight. She begins to talk to him, a one-way conversation full of sharp insight and quiet outrage. As she rails against snobbish senior colleagues, an ungrateful and ignorant public, the strictures of the Dewey Decimal System and the sinister expansionist conspiracies of the books themselves, two things shine through: her unrequited passion for a researcher named Martin, and an ardent and absolute love for the arts. A delightful divertissement for the discerning bookworm...

I am a big fan of short stories and this is exactly what this book is. It is every short, just over 90 pages which makes it perfect for you to be able to read in a single sitting. I took the book along to an appointment I had to attend and I finished it while I was there. This makes it great for reading in a lunch time at work or during a train journey. This book is very different to anything I have read before.

The book doesn't have any chapters in it, which for me I personally didn't like. Although I was intending to read this in one sitting, when I had to stop say to go to the loo I found it had to find a place I could stop in. There weren't even any line breaks I could use as a guide to where I was in the book and this was a disappointment for me.

The other thing about this book is the narration in it. The story is about a librarian who turns up for work and discovers someone in the library and who has been there all night. It is a one sided conversation she has with them. I would have liked to find out about the 'squatter' in the library but unfortunately we never hear their voice. I can't even tell you their name as we don't ever find out. There is a lot of mystery surrounding the person in the basement for me anyway! I want to know who they are, why they are there and whether they are male or female? These points to me make the story an unusual one.

We do however learn about the narrator and as time goes on through the book we can discover her personality. There are times when she is very funny. Anyone who has a love for books would be able to connect easily with the narrator as she describes her love of books and how they make her feel, which I am sure fellow bookworms would easily agree with her.

I don't want to say a lot about the plot as it is so short and wouldn't like to give much away.

This is a book to pack away with you for your journey or just in your bag for while your are working, I would say remember to take a bookmark though as it does have no chapters! Personally I did enjoy the book but not as much as I had expected and I think this was down to the lack of chapters and how little we know about the other character. It is however an interesting read and I would say give it a go.

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

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Searching for Someday - Jennifer Probst

Searching for Someday (Searching For, #1)Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'Kate has given up on love—at least for herself. She is both blessed and cursed with the ability to sense a romantic connection between two people—a gift that her family passed down for generations. When Kate launches her own matchmaking company, Kinnection, with her two best friends in a cozy New York town, she has to put aside her own romantic disasters to make her business a success.

But when a furious man stalks into her office and accuses her business of being a scam, Kate is given the ultimate challenge to prove herself. Slade puts himself in her hands and asks Kate to find him love. Enraged at his arrogance but stubbornly eager to prove herself, Kate agrees, dedicating herself to the journey of finding him love... only to find herself falling for him along the way.'

Searching for Someday is the first in the searching for series.

I have heard that Probst is known for her very steamy reads, I was a little apprehensive about reading this book as I am not a fan of erotica novels. This book however I did not get this ‘erotica’ feeling, there was not a lot of steam in it and for me that was perfect!

Kate is a successful business woman who has her own match making agency. This match making agency is one with a difference, Kate has the ability to tell if the person you are with is your soul mate.

Slade is one of the top divorce lawyers of the state and is a little bit of a protective brother. His sister is using Kate’s agency to find herself a partner, Slade however wants to identify to his sister that the company is a fraud and sets out to prove it. In order to do this he decides to register with Kinnections as a client to show her the company is a bit of a joke.

Searching for Someday is an easy going read, if you are looking for a deep big plot this is not for you. If you are looking for a cute and fun romance this hits the nail on the head. It is perfect for a holiday; the story is told in two perspectives which makes it really nice for reading. The only negative I would have about this book is that I thought it took a while to build the tension in the beginning, but then I found it to be at a good pace.

I particularly enjoyed the magic element of the story, this to make made it different and stand out from other books in this type of genre. After reading this I would definitely be interested in reading the others in this series.

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

Monday, 28 July 2014

Summer Feature 2014

Welcome to a brand new feature, here at The Book Corner! 

Over the next few weeks many book bloggers have agreed to participate in this Summer feature bringing you inspiration for your summer reads, so I just want to say thanks again so much for participating, it really means a lot! I was overwhelmed by the response I had so thanks once again! 

So I thought I would begin with my own post, to get the ball rolling! I have decided to chat about books that either remind me of certain places or I think are brilliant reads for different destinations! I have tried to make sure the books I have chosen are set in the summer and in a different destination. I just love books that are set abroad, it really gets me in the holiday mood, here are my top 5!

So the first book I have chosen is Too Hot to Handle by Katie Agnew

I first discovered Katie Agnew when I was reading last years Sunlounger book, I read her short story and I lapped her up! I loved the way she wrote and her destination was brilliant.  

I decided that I would love to read more from her and so grabbed a copy of Too Hot to Handle, I haven't actually got round to reading this yet, but I intend to very soon as I know it is going to be such a great summer read! Here is the blurb:

Ever dreamt of escape? That's what Paradise promises: an ultra-exclusive hotel on the Caribbean island of St Barts. There, a retired actor from Hollywood's golden age has brought together a glittering selection of guests. But why are they there...and what are they hiding?

Mal and Lexi, popstar newlyweds, have the world at their feet - if they can stay married for more than 48 hours. Then there's Grace, the glamourpuss cougar who lives at the hotel and has her eye on the male guests. For Lauren and Sebastian, it's a final chance to rekindle their marriage, while for the rumpled-looking novelist at the bar, it's time to face his writer's block.

And while the guests get plenty of sun, sea and scandal, the staff at the hotel see everything. From the cocktail-king with a heartbreaker's smile to the Irish chambermaid far from home, behind the scenes at Paradise life is far from quiet..

To grab your copy of this fab book for your summer please click here 

The second book I  have chosen is About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk 

Well what can i say about this book? I absolutely loved it! This is set in Hawaii, a place now since reading this book I want to visit ASAP! 

This book I finished it in one sitting, I just fell in love with everything about it! The destination for me was  the hook, I could just see myself there in Hawaii along with Tess. I have yet to read What a Girl Wants, however I have just bought it off Amazon and it should turn up very soon!  So here is the blurb: 

Tess Brookes has always been a Girl with a Plan. But when the Plan goes belly up, she’s forced to reconsider.

After accidently answering her flatmate Vanessa’s phone, she decides that since being Tess isn’t going so well, she might try being Vanessa. With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa’s photography assignment to Hawaii – she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can it be? Right?

But Tess is soon in big trouble. And the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her, who is making it very clear he’d like to get into her pants, is an egotistical monster. Far from home and in someone else’s shoes, Tess must decide whether to fight on through, or ‘fess up and run…

If you haven't read this book all I can say is where the hell have you been? No worries thought to grab your copy click here

The third book is Save the Date by Allie Spencer

This was one of my favourite summer reads from last year. This book is set in Italy and again the description of the setting is amazing! I wanted to be right there in Italy going to the family wedding! I just loved everything about it and it was written beautifully! Since then I have purchased Summer Nights also by Allie Spencer, but not got round to reading it yet. I am hoping this will be one for my suitcase this year! Here is the blurb: 

Family weddings can be hell.

...and, marooned in Italy for her cousin's nuptials, Ailsa can be forgiven for thinking that this one is worse than most. With the bride and groom at loggerheads and the guests in uproar, it is a million miles away from the rest and relaxation she'd been hoping for.

And then suddenly, in the middle of the mayhem, she comes face-to-face with Nick, the man she walked out on just a few months earlier.

How can Ailsa help get the wedding back on track when she and Nick can't stop arguing? But if they do, she might remember why she fell in love with him in the first place - and then there really would be trouble.

Make sure that this is one firmly packed in your luggage this year! Grab your copy by clicking here

The fourth book I have chosen is Deep Blue Sea by Tasmina Perry 

I was introduced to Tasmina Perry late last year when I read The Proposal this was the first book I had read by her, I must say that this was completely different. I did enjoy The Proposal; however this was more up my street. 

This is a wonderful mystery/thriller type book that also crosses over into the chick lit/women's fiction genre which I really enjoyed. I have yet to find another author who does this. This is set on a Thai Island and is truly exotic, if you have not read this yet, you need to!! 
Here is the blurb: 

Passionate. Explosive. Impossible to put down. Tasmina Perry is back with her most spectacular novel yet.

Beneath the shimmering surface lies a dark secret...

Diana and Julian Denver have the world at their feet. With a blissful marriage, a darling son and beautiful homes in London and the country, Diana's life, to the outside world, is perfect. But nothing is as it seems...

When Julian dies suddenly and tragically, Diana is convinced there is more to it than meets the eye. She calls on the one person she had never wanted to see again - her sister, Rachel.

A former tabloid reporter, Rachel appears to be living the dream as a diving instructor on a Thai island. The truth is she's in exile, estranged from her family and driven from her career by Fleet Street's phone-hacking scandal.

For Rachel, Diana's request opens old wounds. But she is determined to make amends for the past, and embarks on a treacherous journey to uncover the truth - wherever it may lead...

To grab your copy of this sizzling book click here

My final book I have chosen is The beach hut next door by Veronica Henry

This is a book I have been very excited about. Veronica Henry writes some awesome books, I have The Beach Hut  also written by her and am currently in the middle of. This although has a similar title does not have to be read after The Beach Hut, as it is a stand alone. Saying this I really wanted to read The Beach Hut first before picking this one up. I have this on my TBR pile and I am hoping to get to it soon. This is a new release this summer. 
Here is the blurb: 

Summer appeared from nowhere that year in Everdene . . . and for those lucky enough to own one of the beach huts, this was the summer of their dreams.

For Elodie, returning to Everdene means re-awakening the memories of one summer fifty years ago. A summer when everything changed.

Vince and his brother are struggling to come to terms with the death of their father - but they have very different ways of coping.

And for Jenna, determined to put the past behind her, the opportunity to become 'the ice cream girl' once again might just turn her life around.

But this summer is not all sunshine and surf - as secrets unfold, and some lives are changed for ever . . 

To grab a copy of this fab summer read click here

So there you have it! These are my 5 top summer destination books that I would recommend to everyone!! Over the next few days and weeks you will be able to find other book bloggers talking about their top summer reads, what they are going to be taking on holiday and loads of other great things about reading in the summer. I do hope you will keep checking back to view all these fab guest posts! 

Keep an eye out on twitter for up and coming posts about The Summer Feature 2014 and you never know there maybe a Winter one... Oooh I love a good Christmas book!!! Let me know below if you think you maybe interesting in taking part in that and I will draw up a list and contact you regarding it. 

Thanks again for checking this post out and we love comments here at The Book Corner so please let me know what you are going to be reading over the summer or if you have read any of these and enjoyed them as much as me. 

My Sort-of Kind-of Hero - Emily Harper

My Sort-of, Kind-of HeroMy Sort-of, Kind-of Hero by Emily Harper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

'Etty Lawrence is a bestselling romance author. At least- she would be if she could just get someone to read her books. Apparently, Amazon doesn't consider the 500 books purchased by your mother to be bestseller material.

When Etty's given some simple advice from a friend- write what you know- she takes it to heart. But she's never been in love before, and she doesn't really have time to fall in love and write a novel at the same time. So, she convinces her slightly unwilling lifelong friend, Travis, to let her follow him around and witness real love, first hand. A third person memoir, if you will. Travis is the perfect hero for her story: he's funny, smart, and good looking; only there's one problem. He says all the wrong things. Does any girl really want to talk about the NHL trades? And his jokes would make a kindergarten class roll their eyes.

But the worst part is, Travis's dates laugh at his corny jokes; the jokes he told Etty first. They touch his sweater; the sweater Etty bought him. And the way these women swoon and gush over him...they obviously aren't leading lady material.

Now Etty has to take this love thing into her own hands if she has any hope of writing a bestseller that people other than her mother will buy.'

When I was contacted by Emily offering me her book to review, I jumped at the chance, this sounded just up my street. Emily is a new author to me and since reading My Sort of Kind of Hero I would definitely want to read more from her.

This is a brilliant chick lit book, it is light and fun. I love the story line of this book, I could visually see it all coming together and the characters were brilliant. This is a story about Etty, she is a struggling writer who has been knocked back several times by publishers and every time she goes to a book signing she hopes there are more people there than just her parents.

The scene in the book store is actually one of my favourites in the book. I love it! I could see it all happening and I felt sorry for Etty waiting for customers to come and ask her to sign her book. I love the glimmer of hope she gets from a boy and later finds out it’s just her friend being kind and trying to support her. This is such an easy read; it was perfect, it had such a good balance of humour, romance and seriousness.

They way the story is written it is predictable but I didn’t mind that in the slightest, I enjoyed reading the story and was racing through the pages, I wanted to see Etty’s relationship develop and want to see her career become a success. I felt that I was able to connect well to Etty, she is my age and trying to create a career for herself of something she has always wanted to do and just needs a break.

Although this is a chick lit book, it is a chick lit with a difference, romance is evident in the book but not in the conventional way.

I would strongly recommend this book to slip into your suitcase this summer for on your holiday, its light, fun and a quick read. After reading this you are going to want to discover more from Harper. I am just sad that it has taken me this long to discover her and that this book is over!

I would like to thank Emily for supplying me with this copy, this has been exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Weekly Wrap Up - Week 10

Welcome to this weeks wrap up!

So this week saw the breaking up of schools all over the country - hurrah! We now can enjoy the summer! I do have some work to do before going back but I am hoping to spend a few days solidly on it so I can then enjoy the majority of the holidays. 

I had the most awesome surprise this week and that was that I won 'A girls night it' Novelicious competition, which was a huge shock!!! It is the most amazing thing I have ever won and I am still smiling to myself now about it ha ha! So thank you guys so much!!!

So it has been the week for readathons, yay! I wonder if what I have read this week is going to match up with that....hmmm

So let's find out about this week:

This week I have been sent:

The Story of Us by Dani Atkins (sent to review)
Confessions by Kanae Minato (sent to review)
The 100 by Kass Morgan (sent to review)
Boys don't Knit by T.S Easton (sent to review) 
With a Friend Like You by Fanny Blake (sent to review) 
In the Summertime by Judy Astley audiobook comp prize
Hidden Treasures by Fern Britton 
Don't Tell the Groom by Anna Bell
Confessions of a Wild Child by Jackie Collins

Books I have read this week:

The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry 
I am still on Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

As you can see this has not been a very good reading week at all for me! I have decided because I was working a lot and trying to organise things for September this is why. Because of this I am going to continue the readathon this week coming. Hopefully I will manage to read a lot more. 

If you have also decided to extend the readathon into next week I would love to hear from you below with what you are hoping to read. 

All the books I have read, I have reviewed, look out for the reviews on The Book Corner soon. I would love to know if you participated in either readathon this week and how you got one. Did you achieve your TBR list? 

What have you received/bought this week?

How much reading have you managed to get done? Leave me a comment below to connect. 

I hope you all had a great reading week and thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, 25 July 2014

The Fever - Megan Abbott

The FeverThe Fever by Megan Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'Her hands flying up, she grabbed her throat, her body jolting to one side.

Then, in one swoop, her desk overturned, clattering to the floor.

And with it Lise. Her head twisting, slamming into the tiles, her bright red face turned up, mouth teeming with froth.

“Lise,” sighed Mrs. Chalmers, too far in front to see. “What is your problem?”

The Nashes are a close-knit family. Tom, a popular teacher, is father to the handsome, roguish Eli and his younger sister Deenie, serious and sweet. But their seeming stability is thrown into chaos when two of Deenie’s friends become violently ill, and rumours of a dangerous outbreak sweep through the whole community.

As hysteria swells and as more girls succumb, tightly held secrets emerge that threaten to unravel the world Tom has built for his kids, and destroy friendships, families, and the town’s fragile idea of security.

The Fever is a chilling story about guilt, family secrets, and the lethal power of desire.'

The Fever is a book I knew nothing about, I have never read a book by Megan Abbott and after reading the blurb I was excited to get started on this book.

Deenie has two best friends, Lise and Gabby. The story starts really interesting and really draws the reader in from the beginning, with Lise suffering a seizure in the middle of her class one morning. She then is taken into hospital with what is seen as a mystery illness. Lise begins going from bad to worse where she falls into a coma and has everyone including the medical team confused about her illness.

Meanwhile back at school, other girls begin to develop symptoms of a mystery illness and panic starts to spread though the school; along with parents who blame it on a vaccination the girls had. The members of the community continue to ‘freak’ themselves out by watching videos on the internet and watching the T.V.

I love the style that this story has been written in. We read through the point of view of Deenie, her brother Eli and their father Tom. I love this, it is very cleaver and although you may think confusing, it was easy to read and not at all confusing. All these characters come across as three dimensional and believable. Tom is regularly worrying about his parenting and about keeping his children safe and what is best for them. Eli comes across as a caring brother but also has his own issues going on which he needs to deal with, and Deenie is carrying a secret along with her friends.

I really enjoyed the story and found that it hooked me in right from the beginning, I would say that I did find the story a little slow in the middle and I felt that it times some of the points covered were being dragged out a little. Saying that towards the end the story picked up again and I was racing through to the end. This is a very intense read and at times I felt I was so tense I needed a break, at times it felt a little heavy, due to it being so tense I think.

This is a cracking YA story and although I am not in my late teens or early twenties I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is scary in a sense of who you know and makes you look at people differently. I loved all the red herrings in the story and I didn’t guess the ending. This being my first Abbott book has made me want to read more from this author. I think it was a brilliantly written and intriguing book that YA or not will enjoy.

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.