Monday, 26 January 2015

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick Trio

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick Trio

What Birchbox say:
We can’t help but think of our beloved childhood crayons when we use these creamy eye sticks. And, truth be told, the oversized liners are so easy to use that even a little one could master them. These limited edition shades are only available at Birchbox. Each crayon in this trio pairs dense, vibrant pigments with a retractable twist-up applicator. You can glide them on as a thick liner, or smudge them to create a shadow (they go on opaque but blend easily for a sheer look). We love how they make getting a smoky eye as easy as a finger-painting project. This set of rich, ultra-wearable shades includes: Gilt, a universally flattering metallic, Smoke, a charcoal-tinged shade that’s perfect for a smoky eye, and Satin, a luxe, shimmering taupe.

My Review:
I was really impressed with this product. Before it arrive I was hoping I would get the 'smokey' in my box from Birchbox this month. I was over the moon when this was the product I received. This goes on really smooth and is really durable. I was a little worried that the product would crease on the eyes after a while but it didn't, which I was impressed about. 

I really love that the end of the pencil you can twist, which will reveal more eyeliner. This is a product that so far has had a firm place in my make up bag. 

Will I be buying this product again?
Yes, I am really impressed with this and it completely fits my needs. What makes it more exciting is that it comes in a pack of 3, and at £16 this I feel is really good value. I have had loads of compliments about my eye make up and it continues to come back to this product.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Weekly Wrap Up - 25.1.15

I got off to a good start this week by reading a book before the end of the weekend! I also was lucky enough to be invited to attend the book launch for After the Storm by Jane Lythell in Brighton, which I attended with my mum, we had an awesome evening, I would like to thank Jane and the publicists at Head of Zeus.  O.K lets get back to the books...

This week I have been sent:

This week I have bought: 
I went into a charity shop on the look out for some children's books to excite my class. I managed to pick up a range of different books that I think the boys as well and the girls will like. While i was there I also picked up rough guide to India, we are looking into visiting there soon. I also got Falling and The Book of You. These I am very excited about. 

Books I have read this week:

Maggie does Meribel - Nicola Doherty - Watch out for the review coming soon
After The Storm - Jane Lythell 

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, 23 January 2015

The Headmasters Wife by Thomas Christopher Green

The Headmaster's WifeThe Headmaster's Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Arthur Winthrop is a middle-aged headmaster at an elite prep school in Vermont. When he is arrested for an act that is incredibly out of character, the strait-laced, married headmaster confesses to a much more serious crime.

Arthur reveals that he has had a passionate affair with a scholarship student called Betsy Pappas. But Betsy is a fickle and precocious teenager. When she switches her attentions to a classmate, Arthur's passion for Betsy turns, by degrees, into something far darker. Now Arthur must tell the truth about what happened to Betsy. But can Arthur's version of events be trusted - or is the reality much more complex and unnerving?

The Headmasters Wife, for me was a relatively quick read and bein under 300 pages. Saying that I couldn't believe the journey I had been on with the book, the author managed to really pack everything into those pages, if felt a lot longer and at the same time it whizzed by.

This story is told through th perspective of Arthur for at least half of the story, personally this was the part of the story I enjoyed a lot more. I felt it was action packed and had very good pace. The reader learns about how he got himself into the situation where he is caught walking through the snow naked.

The story was beautiful and cleverly written. The reader can clearly slip in and out of thoughts with Arthur and vividly see yourself in the same room, along with the police who are questioning him. You start to feel like you are judging Arthur at times and question the truth.

As I was reading this I kept wondering why the story was called The Headmaster s Wife when we hadn't even been introduced to her! This makes your mind go wandering, wondering how she is going to make an appearance and why. During the second half of the story all becomes clear, I found this a story of constant twists and turns. At times I was a little unsure of the genre of this book as it seems to cross into a few. I think this would appeal to a large audience.

Personally I didn't enjoy the second half of the book as much as the first. It felt like I was reading two separate stories. I also was a little disappointed with the ending of the story, I felt it could have ended a lot better, it seemed like such an anticlimax.

Due to the pure enjoyment and pace of the first half I have given the story 4 stars.

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

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

New Book Covers from Belinda Jones with GIVEAWAY

This is a very exciting post, I can reveal to you that Belinda Jones has 're released her books with some fab New covers. 3 of her books have also been given new names.

Out of the Blue is now Summer in Greece 
Living La Vida Loca is now Dancing Girls
California Dreamers is now Hollywood Calling. 

These e-books will be released today with Random House so grab yourself these fab covers!

To celebrate Belinda is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a signed postcard with a California postmark. All you need to do is fill in the raffle copter below to be entered. Good luck!

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Kiss Before Midnight by Sophie Pembroke

The Kiss Before MidnightThe Kiss Before Midnight by Sophie Pembroke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heading home to Liverpool for Christmas, Molly Mackenzie isn’t just looking forward to the mulled wine and mince pies – she’s got high hopes for who she’ll find under the mistletoe this year!

Unable to forget the delicious near miss with her brother’s best friend, Jake, last New Year’s Eve, Molly’s got a new resolution at the top of her list: seduce Jake and get this crazy chemistry out the way before it has serious repercussions on the rest of the Mackenzie family.

Only Molly has underestimated the magic of the holiday season… The more stolen moments in the snow that she shares with Jake, the more determined she is to make it a whole lot more than just a kiss before midnight.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the festive warmth of a heart-meltingly romantic novella from Sophie Pembroke!

I am a sucker for a beautiful cover and when I saw this on Netgalley for review, I knew I had to request it.

Lately I have been in a reading slump. I think my busy life has got to me and I have found it hard to keep my focus when it comes to reading, this is not great when you read lots of books! I have read many stories set at Christmas time this year, but I think this is one of my favourites. What I loved about it is that it is classed as a novella, it is relatively short at just over 120 pages, but I found that helped me keep focus and actually I shouldn't have been worried. I was completely hooked from the beginning.

This story is about Molly, she recently has moved to London, to prove she can stand on her own two feet! It has been going well so far, a flat, job and a friend. However there is one thing she cannot seem to move on from, that kiss with her brothers best friend (and adopted member of the family) Jake, last New Years Eve.

Molly is heading home to Liverpool for the holidays and goaded by her friend and that one New Year's resolution she never managed to tick off is determined to put Jake to bed literally so she can move on with her life back in London.

This is all I want to say about The Kiss Before Midnight as I don't want to spoil it for you. I know the holidays are now over, but that is not a reason to miss this little beauty of a story out. I think no matter what time of year you read it, it will bring you a roller coaster of emotions. Yes, at one point I actually started to dislike Molly!

This is a sweet romance that will have you racing through it. It is told through both Molly's and Jake's perspective, which is something else I feel made this story so perfect, it allowed the reader really get to know both of them. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone who loves a sweet romance.

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

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Weekly Wrap Up 18.1.15

This week has been ridiculously busy to do with work and its made it quite stressful. I have found myself just going to bed really early with the intention of reading but I have been that tired I have fallen asleep.  I would like to announce though Lynsey from has agreed to help me out by guest posting a few reviews, so watch out for this! It is very exciting to have you on board, thanks again Lynsey!

This week I have been sent:

This week I have bought: 

Books I have read this week:

Just Desserts - Emma Bennett. Review coming soon. 

I am sorry it has been such a boring weekly wrap up this week. I will try and get back to reading more I promise! 

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.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Summertime by Vennesa Lafaye with GIVEAWAY

I am very excited  to be part of the book tour for Sumertime.

Today I am hosting an extract from the debut novel Summertime by Venessa Lafaye. Please follow the link to read an extract.

I have also been lucky enough to host a giveaway for this fab book- I am sorry this is for UK only. All you have to do is comment below telling me what you will be doing this summertime. I will then pick someone from random. Good luck!

Tensions simmer as a small town, already divided by race, is torn apart by the deadliest of hurricanes.

Florida, 1935. Heron Key is a small town where the relationships are as tangled as the mangrove roots in the swamp. Everyone is preparing for the 4th of July barbecue, unaware that their world is about to change for ever. Missy, the Kincaid family's maid and nanny, feels that she has wasted her life pining for Henry, whom she has not seen since he went to fight on the battlefields of France in WWI.  Now he has returned with a group of other desperate, destitute veterans on a government works project, unsure of his future, ashamed of his past.  When a white woman is found beaten nearly to death in the early hours, suspicion falls on Henry. Old grievances and prejudices threaten to derail the investigation. As the tensions rise, the barometer starts to plummet. The residents think they're ready, and so do the soldiers. They are wrong. Nothing in their experience could prepare them for what is coming. For far out over the Atlantic, the greatest storm ever to strike North America is heading their way...  

Based on real events, Summertime is a stunning debut novel, a glorious love story and a mesmerizing account of survival.  It evokes vividly what happens when people in a small community are tested to the absolute limits of their endurance.Summertime is Orion’s biggest commercial debut of 2015.