Monday, 16 January 2017

What is Romance? A Valentine's panel discussion on this timeless genre!

On Monday 13th February four romance writers will get together at Tottenham Court Road Waterstones and discuss the Romance genre; how it has evolved over time - the impact of feminism and Self-Publishing - and where it is heading now. Audiences will also be offered a free glass of wine upon arrival!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day… Romance authors Sarah Morgan (Puffin Islandseries, Mills & Boon), Nicola Cornick (The Phantom Tree, HQ Stories), Jean Fullerton (East London Nursesseries, Orion) and Isabelle Broom (My Map of You, Penguin) will come together to discuss the Romance genre. 

How has is evolved? Where is it heading? How has feminism impacted the genre? How has Self-Publishing changed the way we read it? 

The event is moderated by author and journalist Fanny Blake, books editor for Woman & Home magazine. Come and join in the discussion with a glass of wine at Tottenham Court Road’s classy basement bar!

The event starts at 6:30 and tickets are £5. 

Friday, 13 January 2017

Infinitive Beauty Deep Cleansing Black Mask Blackhead Removing Peel Off Mask For Face & Body 50g

Infinitive Beauty Deep Cleansing Black Mask Blackhead Removing Peel Off Mask For Face & Body 50g £9.99

  • Deep Cleansing Black Mask
  • Blackhead Removing Peel-off Mask
  • Restore a Youthful Glow With This Powerful, Deep Pore Cleansing Mask That Purifies Skin by Removing Dull Surface Cells, Blackheads and Impurities.
  • Reduce the Appearance of Enlarged Pores- Eliminate Excess Oil Right Away
  • Use it on all problem areas including the nose, chin, forehead and back

I have been seeing and hearing about these black face masks for ages now and I have been impressed with all the rave reviews.

When I received this it was sealed but didn't seem to have a full amount of product in, saying this it seems to last a long time. The instructions were printed on the tube, which was really handy when applying it.

I have used this a few times now and each time I have tried to apply a thicker layer as it hasn't seemed to work as it should the previous times. You know when the mask has dried as it changes from a glossy to matte look. This removed a few black heads but to be honest I did expect it remove more.

I will continue persevering with this product as perhaps I just haven't applied to correctly yet. Due to this I would only give this product 3*.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik blog tour

The River at Night (Hardcover)The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Win Allen doesn't want an adventure.

After a miserable divorce and the death of her beloved brother, she just wants to spend some time with her three best friends, far away from her soul-crushing job. But athletic, energetic Pia has other plans.

Plans for an adrenaline-raising, breath-taking, white-water rafting trip in the Maine wilderness. Five thousand square miles of remote countryside. Just mountains, rivers and fresh air.

No phone coverage. No people.

No helpÂ?

This story is about four women, each year they go on a trip together, this year they have chosen to do something different. They are going on an adventure, white water rafting, something that they have never done before but for Wini, she thought the change would be good for her. Stepping out of her comfort zone and proving she could survive outside. Thing is they are in a remote area of Maine, have no connection to the outside world, loose their guide and after an accident are left on their own. Things are not looking great for the women at all. 

This is a relatively short book for a thriller, it is an easy read and not as heavy as some others I have read lately. Throughout the book we get to see an insight into the women and who they really are, there are times you question why they are friends. The book was well paced but at times I felt it lacked 'something' I am not sure what that something is but if felt it could have been better in places.

It was beautifully written and the description of the setting really drew me in as a reader. It make me not want to put the book down due to the suspense present in it. I felt myself racing to the end of the book. Although this is not my favourite thriller it was certainly a great one to read and I would recommend it to others.

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

Monday, 9 January 2017

How to Get a (Love) Life by Rosie Blake

How to Get a (Love) LifeHow to Get a (Love) Life by Rosie Blake
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nicola Brown doesn't like to lose control. Her flat is always meticulously tidy and her weekly meals carefully planned; Nicola keeps her life in order. When her carefree colleague Caroline challenges Nicola to find a date for Valentine's Day, it's a surprise to them both when Nicola agrees.

As Nicola's search for a man begins, she is thrown in at the deep end - sometimes quite literally - of the dating scene. From men more likely to sell their mother than open their wallet, to those who are determined to find a girlfriend who shares their passion for extreme sports, Nicola has to run the full gamut of dodgy dates. But as the deadline looms closer, Nicola realises it isn't so bad to lose control. It turns out that trying to get a love life can be rather a lot of fun...

Not one of the best chic lits I have read but also not one of the worst. It did have its humorous moments but I felt that it lacked order.
The story was about Nicola Brown a girl who is orderly, organised and enjoys her work but because of a previous failed relationship she has decided she is not interested in men. Her colleague at work Caroline has become a good friend and she is worried that Nicola is only living half a life which is boring so she dares her to get a date for Valentines day and eventually after much pressure Nicola agrees.

In order to do this they both start looking for suitable men and Nicola even joins a carpentry class in the hope that since it will be predominately male she might find a suitable partner. There follows some disastrous dates and some funny parts to this book but there didn't seem to be any time frame and I was constantly wondering how long she had to go before the deadline date. It was also a bit predictable in places especially who she does end up with so that there was just no surprises for me. No real chemistry between Nicola and the man she gets but I did like her brother Mark and her friend Caroline whose characters were much more realistic. I didn't really connect with Nicola, she lacked warmth and her character was not developed enough to make me care about whether she managed to get a man or not.

Can only give this book a 3 star rating I'm afraid, not up there with the greats but an OK holiday read to pass the time on a plane.

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

Friday, 6 January 2017

Lying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman

Lying About Last SummerLying About Last Summer by Sue Wallman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Skye is looking for an escape from the reality of last summer when her sister died in a tragic accident. Her parents think that a camp for troubled teenagers might help her process her grief. All of the kids at the summer camp have lost someone close, but is bringing them together such a good idea? And can everyone at camp be trusted? When Skye starts receiving text messages from someone pretending to be her dead sister, she knows it's time to confront the past. But what if the danger is right in front of her?

I have seen this book around for a while now and it is one that I have wanted to pick up. I had the perfect opportunity when I was at the airport waiting to go away. I almost finished this on the flight, it is a quick and easy read but unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations.

There are so many thrillers out there at the moment and it is a genre I enjoy a lot. I particularly like YA thrillers and I feel there are quite a few out there right now. Some are better than others and those that are written well are excellent.

Skye has been sent to a bereavement camp for teens, throughout the book we jump back into the past and find out why she is there and what happened. I really love books that return to the past or show 'flashbacks' I think you can get so much through character development. These chapters are really important in the story and help to understand what has happen with Skye. While at the camp we get to know some of the other teens staying there and some are more secretive than others with why they are there.

Skye begins to receive texts from her dead sister, which begins her to question who it could be, the story takes on a mystery 'who dun it' there are a few other twists in the story, however the main one I had guessed. For me this was an O.K debut not one to write home about, however if you are looking for a quick and easy read, give this a go.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

2017 Reading Challenge

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I have been joining in with the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the last 3 years and have really enjoyed them. They encourage me to read more but also keep a detailed record of all the books I have read, which is brilliant.

Most years by goal has been 60, the main reason for this is that I work full time and it is hard to fit in reading after work and spend most of my weekends reading. I do tend to read more than this, which makes me feel excellent. I am a person who works better with a smaller target and perhaps exceed it than not being able to meet the target. Every year, except 2013 I have managed over 100 books which I think is a brilliant achievement. Due to this I have decided to up my target but only to 80, this way I can up it if I need to. 

I am also looking for other reading challenges to follow this year, so far I have found the  POPSUGAR challenge, which I have linked below. 

I have also found the reading challenge below that has come form pinterest 

Yapalim mi? @mervesaltik:

Let me know if you are doing a reading challenge this year and what it is as I am struggling to choose from these two. 

Good luck to all of you with your reading this year and Happy New Year. 

Monday, 2 January 2017

The Reading Group: December by Della Parker

The Reading Group: DecemberThe Reading Group: December by Della Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'Brims with laughs, love, family and friendship. You will love this heartwarming read!' Trisha Ashley. Meet the Reading Group: six women in the seaside village of Little Sanderton come together every month to share their love of reading. No topic is off-limits: books, family, love and loss . . . and don't forget the glass of red!

Grace knows that the holiday season is going to be different this year. No turkey, no tinsel, no gorgeously wrapped gifts under the tree . . . how on earth is she going to break it to her little boys that Christmas is effectively cancelled? And can she bear to tell anyone her embarrassing secret? Enter the Reading Group: Grace's life might have turned upside down but there's no problem they can't solve.

This is the beginning of a series, at around 17 pages I was a little apprehensive that I would be able to get into it before it was over. I shouldn't have been worried. It begins with a reading group, Grace is on her way there, but the reader quickly learns that she is struggling in more ways that one and didn't want to attend the group in case she ruined her friends evening. After spilling all at the group, her friends offer to help her out.

This is such an easy read, I couldn't believe that the story was over so soon, I can't wait however for the others in the series, although short and sweet I feel this is going to be a series I devour quickly. This installment is currently free so make sure you download it in time for Christmas.