Friday, 31 October 2014

Horrorstor - Grady Hendrix

HorrorstörHorrorstör by Grady Hendrix
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's a classic old-fashioned haunted house story - set in a big box Swedish furniture superstore. Designed like a retail catalogue, Horrorstor offers a creepy read with mass appeal-perfect for Halloween tables! Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Bracken glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofabeds-clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-til-dawn shift-and they encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new 21st century economy. 

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of contemporary fears), Horrorstor comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalogue, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories.

This is a very different type of book to the genre I usually read, however I was looking forward to a change and as it is October and Halloween isn't too far away I thought this was an ideal time to begin it.

Horrorstor is a book like no other I have ever read, as a rule I don't enjoy horror; this book I feel slips into other genres not just horror. I loved the humor in the book and the whole lay out of it. This type of book proves that ebooks will never replace actual books. There is so many quirky aspects to this that just wouldn't come across correctly on a screen. I feel so lucky to have had a physically copy to review.

The book looks and feels like a catalogue from a well know furniture store, throughout the book there are different furniture types that are available to buy. I love the detail and the effort that has gone into the book to create it. Dimensions, product descriptions and colour variations.

The novel is extremely easy to read and I read it in just a couple of sittings, the writing flows very well and you are hooked right from the beginning. You are only in a chapter or two and the action starts.

I loved the development of the characters and felt I was with them in Orsk that night, (wishing I wasn't) I began to really care about the characters and my thoughts on them grew the further I got into the book. The whole idea and concept of this book is a good one.

It was brilliantly clever and I loved the ending, although I felt it wasn't completely wrapped up I felt satisfied I have never read a book like this and would recommend it to everyone. Even if you don't like horror, you will enjoy this, make sure you buy the paperback copy though as I don't think you will have the same experience reading an e-copy.

This is a book that will be staying with me some time, I would love to read more from Hendrix and hoping there will be a sequel some time soon.

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

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Lily Does L.A - Nicola Doherty

Lily Does L.A. (Girls On Tour BOOK 2)Lily Does L.A. by Nicola Doherty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

Lily is an actress. At least, that's what she tells people, even though she's currently working in a call centre and her last big part was an ad for Sofa Warehouse. So when she's invited to her cousin Alice's wedding in LA, it's a dream come true. Alice's fiancé Sam is actually a Hollywood agent; how can Lily fail to get talent-spotted? There's only one problem; not only is Lily banned from mentioning acting, parts or producers to Sam, she's expected to spend the entire week doing wedding-related prep (read: chores) with Sam's boring groomsman Jesse. But Lily firmly believes that rules were made to be broken ...

Girls on Tour is an irresistible series of interlinked stories about four friends, 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...

This is the second installment of the 'Girls on Tour' series and I have to say that this one, Lily does LA is my favourite so far.

I love Nicola Doherty's writing, it is humourous, fun and just pure chick lit, this short story is everything her full length novels have to offer.

This is about Lily, she is a British actress, but other than having the odd commercial, ends up paying the bills by working in a call centre; waiting for her big break. Lily decides enough is enough, she can't take working where she is any longer and after being sacked for putting on accents, (which she is sure actually helps sell the product) she decides to go to LA to help her cousin plan her wedding.

Although this is a short story, so much happens in it, I felt completely satisfied reading it and loved Doherty's writing style. It is so smooth and enjoyable. For me I really enjoyed it and loved the wedding planning aspect of the story. I felt I was with Lily and fell in love with her right from thje start.

Jesse is also a bit hit with me and I adored the day they spent together, Jesse helping her run errands. I particularly love the interaction that happens between Lily and Alice's best friend, I had my mouth wide open while reading it as I could not believe what she was doing.

When writing a review for a short story it is really hard not to give the whole plot away, this is certainly a series you need to read, especially if you lobe Lindsey Kelk or Sophie Kinsella.

I cannot wait to read the third in the installment. I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Cover Reveal - After the Storm by Jane Lythell

Head of Zeus 
Published 1st December

A man who had no voice. A woman who helped him find it.

Rob and Anna have just met Owen and Kim. Now they've chartered their handsome old boat to take them to a far off island in the Caribbean.

With only the four of them on board, Rob dreams of lazy afternoons snorkelling. Anna looks forward to the silence and solitude of the sea.

But why does Owen suffer acute insomnia and seem so secretive about his past? Why does Kim keep a knife zipped into her money-belt? Anna, a speech therapist, can usually get people to tell her the truth... but does she want to this time?

To pre-order a copy of this book click here

Follow a Star - Christine Stovell

Follow a StarFollow a Star by Christine Stovell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes your heart’s the only navigator you need
May Starling’s had enough of her demanding career and even more demanding ex. Responding to a ‘crew-wanted’ ad, she follows her dreams of escape only to find herself at sea with red-haired Bill Blythe.
Bill warns May that close-quartered living can create a boiling pot of emotions, but even May is surprised by the heat building up inside the vintage wooden boat. And when May and Bill tie up at Watling’s Boatyard in Little Spitmarsh, May’s determined to test her new-found feelings on dry land.
But May’s dream of escaping her former life is in danger of being swept away when several unwelcome blasts from the past follow her ashore, all seemingly hell-bent on reminding her it’s never that easy to clear the decks.

Second book in the series, follows Turning the Tide.

Follow a Star is the second in a series of novels around Little Spitmarsh; I had not read the first Turning the Tide but felt that it was a capable stand alone novel.

The main character May Starling responds to a 'crew wanted' advertisement and finds herself helping to deliver a boat to Little Spitmarsh crewing alongside Bill Blythe on the Lucille.

May is trying to escape her past which is slowly revealed over the course of the novel. It has some nice rounded characters and of course the ubiquitous love interest expected in such a novel. Right from the start you feel that May and Bill are meant to be together although Bill sometimes misreads or over thinks with his judgments of May which was a bit annoying.

Lovely feeling of scene setting, I could almost taste the salty sea spray and feel the wind and mist in my hair as they took to the sea together on the lovely Lucille. It had a Cornish feel about it for me, wild, reckless and a race for May to stay one step ahead of her past following her ashore.

Nice lighthearted read, all the elements of a satisfactory novel, nicely rounded up and thoroughly enjoyable - good job Christine I am off to read 'Turning the Tide' now.

Easily a 4 star book for me, predictability prevented me giving it 5 stars but a good read nevertheless.

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

Monday, 27 October 2014

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream

Benefit It's Potent! Eye cream

From Birchbox website:

Thanks to this powerful cream, even stressed-out workaholics can cheat eight hours of sleep. The thick caramel-coloured refreshment works to preserve the elasticity of the delicate under eye area while protecting skin from free radicals. A team of actives, including cocoa extract, boosts microcirculation to help fade the look of dark circles. With apple extract to up the collagen count and loquat extract to fight free radicals, you’re covered.


I was a little disappointed with the size of this sample. The packaging was gorgeous, but the pot was seriously on the small side, (I could barely fit my finger in it). The cream itself is lovely, it really feels luxurious and smooth. When applying it to my eyes it felt silky smooth and didn't dry tacky or sticky. 

As for the result, I don't think I have used it long enough yet in order to see any benefits, I will continue and finish the sample size. 

 So will I purchase the product when the sample runs out?

I am a little unsure on this one at the moment, I think it is because I haven't used it long enough yet to see any difference. I am a big fan of the way it feels on the skin, so if it continues to feel this way, I may well be making this a permanent fixture in my make up bag. 

If you are impressed with this product or wish to try it, you can purchase it from the Birchbox website for £25.50

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Weekly Wrap Up week 23 26.10.14

So we are now in the last week of October! I have no idea where this year has gone. So we all enjoyed an extra hour in bed this morning, which was great for me. It also marks the start of half term. I am hoping that I can really pick up my reading this week as I have many review books to read at the moment. 

This week I have been sent: 
The Great Christmas Knit Off by Alexandra Brown
The Informant by Susan Wilkins 
Hold On Tight by Abbi Glines 
Wonder by RJ Palacio 
It Started with Paris by Cathy Kelly 

This week I have bought: 

Books I have read this week:
The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson

All these books I have read I have reviewed, look out for the reviews on The Book Corner soon.

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!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Poppy does Paris - Nicola Doherty

Poppy Does Paris (Girls On Tour BOOK 1)Poppy Does Paris by Nicola Doherty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

Paris. City of love, city of romance. The last place you want to go to on a work trip when you're in the middle of an epic dry spell. But that's where Poppy is headed, along with her colleague Charlie, who's shallow and annoying but very, very good-looking. During a white-wine-fuelled session with her friend Alice, Poppy concocts the perfect plan: work by day, and have some no-strings fun with Charlie by night. Of course, it might prove a little more complicated than that, but it's nothing Poppy can't handle - or is it?

Girls on Tour is an irresistible series of interlinked stories about four friends, 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...

I fist discovered Nicola Doherty last year when I read her novel, If I could turn back time. I absolutely loved this and when I found Poppy does Paris was also written by her, I jumped at the chance to read it.

This is a series of short stories which feature interlocking characters. Each story centres round a different character, these are all set around the world. personally I love stories that are set abroad as I have the travel bug and when I can't afford to be abroad I need to read about it!

Poppy does Paris is about Poppy, she works in publishing and she is sent to Paris to meet a famous author and hopefully clinch the deal for him to sign up to use her company. Poppy is sent along with a younger, male colleague. Poppy goes along with the intention to mix business with pleasure, when it comes to her colleague Charlie. unfortunately for Poppy, things don't quite go as she expects.

for a novella, it is a quick read, personally I thought it was long enough. I do enjoy reading novellas in between longer novels. This being the first in a series is also a great thing.

I enjoyed the story, however I was not blown away. personally I didn't think it was quite up the same standard as Doherty' s full length novels, saying that, I will be reading then others in this series.

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