Friday, 31 July 2015

Hot Spring Sauna Face Mask

Hot Spring Sauna Face Mask

What they say:

Bursting with nutrients, the feisty ground Volcanic Spring Powder and chopped Ginger in our gentle self warming sauna mask opens up pores for a deep cleanse. The exfoliating Bamboo gently removes dead cells and polishes, leaving your skin sparkling. (Taken from My7thheaven)

What I think:

This was the first time I have used a self heating mask before, I have always been a little worried by them, not knowing how hot it was going to get. I decided to give it a go and I am so glad I did. From taking this out of the packet I found it quite globby and it began to heat straight away. From rubbing it onto my face I noticed it was quite gravelly, this gave my skin an exfoliation as well as a deep clear. I was really impressed with this. 

When I removed the mask my skin was left feeling soft. I would use this face mask again. 

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Cover Reveal - The Day Of Second Chances - Julie Cohen

The Day of Second Chances will be published on 28th January 2016.

Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?

Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.

Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.

Lydia’s secret could bring her love - or the loss of everything that matters to her.

One summer’s day, grandmother, mother and daughter’s secrets will collide in a single dramatic moment. Is it too late for second chances?

This looks awesome and I cannot wait for this to come out!

Monday, 27 July 2015

The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro

The Stereotypical Freaks (Forever Friends, #1)The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Four disparate high school seniors come together to compete in their school's battle of the bands. Sharing a love for playing rock and roll, the members name the band "The Stereotypical Freaks" because they feel stereotyped by their classmates - smart kid, geek, star athlete and quiet weirdo… when in fact they know they are much more than those labels that have been placed on them.

When one member reveals life altering news, winning the competition takes on more of a meaning to each member. Scared and angry, upset and yet still with a lot of resolve they set out to win one for the good guys… will they?

This was the first graphic novel I have read. I have been wanting to get into this genre for a while, but I have been unable to find something that I thought would like. This sounded more like me.

As soon as I began to read this, I loved the songs that were suggested for each chapter, I thought that this was a really nice touch and the author had obviously thought long and hard about what song would suit that part of the story.

This was extremely easy to read and I read it in one sitting. To begin with I found it a little hard to work out what type of characters they were, after reading further into the graphic novel this became clear. Although I would say this novel is aimed at older teenagers, I think that it would be suitable for younger viewers. There are parts within the graphic novel, where there is no text, I didn't think you actually needed it as the images were able to carry the story by themselves.

I thought this was a good graphic novel and if you are like me and haven't red any before, a good one to start with. It covers sensitive subjects in 'real' ways and with a lot of respect.

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

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Weekly Wrap Up - 26.7.15

I have finally made it to the end of term! I'm off on a new adventure, new house in a few weeks and then on to a new school in September! I have spent this week moving all my things into my new school and trying to get all that set up before then new term. I am looking forward to spending a lot of the summer holidays reading in between packing and unpacking!

This week I have been sent:
Between Sisters - Cathy Kelly
A game for all the family - Sophie Hannah

This week I have bought: 
The Mindfulness colouring book - Emma Farrarons

Books I have read this week:
Sunshine and Spaniels - Cressida McLaughlin
Why we broke up - Daniel Handler

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, 24 July 2015

Lisa Ballantyne - Redemption Road blog tour.

It is my stop on the Lisa Ballantyne's blog tour for Redemption Road, I have been lucky enough to have a guest post from Lisa. She has stopped by with her top five father daughter books. Make sure you stop by soon to check out my review of this books too. 


1) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 
Atticus embodies masculinity while encouraging fairness, independence and equality. 

2) Amongst Women - John McGahern - 
The oppression is stifling in this novel, as a brooding and volatile father tyrannises his daughters on their secluded rural farm after their mother has died. 

3) We Were the Mulvaneys - Joyce Carol Oates 
This novel has stayed with me for years. The father's heartbreaking refusal to forgive Maryann is bound up in his failure to see his daughter as an independent woman. The father is the true villain of this piece as his grief at his daughter's loss of innocence destroys the whole family.

4) Empire Falls - Richard Russo 
For me, Miles's relationship with his teenage daughter, Tick, was this novel's heart. 

5) The Child in TIme - Ian McEwan. 
The child Kate is ever-present but indistinct in this wonderful novel about a father's longing and grief and the relative nature of time. 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Wellies and Westies (A novella) by Cressida McLaughlin

Wellies and Westies (A novella) (Primrose Terrace Series, Book 1)Wellies and Westies (A novella) by Cressida McLaughlin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hilarious, touching and fun, Primrose Terrace will appeal to dog lovers everywhere and fans of Lucy Diamond, Cathy Bramley and Trisha Ashley.

Catherine ‘Cat’ Palmer realises, too late, that bringing an adorable puppy into work at the local nursery was a bad idea, especially after the ensuing chaos gets her the sack.
Determined to turn a negative into a positive, Cat decides this is the perfect opportunity to get her dog-walking business off the ground with the help of her flatmates, Polly and Joe. After all, Primrose Terrace where she lives, is full of home-alone hounds…

Wellies and Westies is the first part of a serialized novel told in four parts – all set in Primrose Terrace.

When I found out this was going to be a series of novellas I knew I had to read it. By now you will know my love with novellas, they are perfect for busy days and when you can only give yourself half an hour to read. This is perfect for those occasions, you get to feel satisfied after a short period of reading and cannot wait for the next installment of the series.

The first think that I thought when I saw the cover for this series was, how beautiful! Each and every installment has a beautiful cover, which just makes me want to read it even more!

I love how easy this novella was to read, only after the first few pages I was in love with Cat, who works in a nursery but makes a huge mistake when she takes her puppy to work with her one day. Unfortunately for Cat the day goes from bad to worse and she ends up fired. After feeling sorry for herself and a chat from her best friend she decides to become a dog walker and begins to set up her own business. I think it is ever so hard to build relationships between the characters and the reader in such a short space of time but McLaughlin manages to pull it off and have you the reader rooting for Cat from the first few pages.

I love how the book is set round a small community and I would love to like in Primrose Terrace, I began to love all the characters that were introduced to me and through development they all have separate stories that mix together.

This is a must summer read this summer, perfect for those moments in the garden or lazing by the pool, it is funny, light and lovable. I really cannot wait for the others in the series.

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

Monday, 20 July 2015

Art History Paper Dolls by Kyle Hilton

Art History Paper DollsArt History Paper Dolls by Kyle Hilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Get a hands-on art history lesson with these giants of the art world, shrunk down to paper-doll form. Illustrator Kyle Hilton expertly captures the essence of such masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock and more. Educational trivia and unique accoutrements accompany each artist. Art history has never been so fun!

When I saw this I knew I wanted a copy. This for me has many uses, I love art, history and I am a teacher. This book is brilliant for making art history for kids fun. There are interesting facts and quirky parts to cut out and stick on the dolls.

I love the fact that this books takes you through art history, with the art movements and famous artists. I honestly cannot say a bad word about this book and it makes it fun for kids too. Even as an art fanatic there were a few artists I was unsure of, this book encouraged me to find out more about them and research their work.

I would love to get more of these books to help teach history.

This is a well and truly awesome book, it is great for any age. I will be recommending this to other teachers and my friends. My review can not do this book justice, you just have to get it to see for yourself.

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