Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ladies of Letters by Carole Hayman and Lou Wakefield .Review

This was one of the funniest books I have read this year. The lives and letters of these two ladies is filled with sarcasm, wit and acid dripped humour. Vera and Irene meet at a wedding and from there they begin a friendship that is mostly based around their letters to one another telling each other about their lives and families. These are often stomach achingly funny and there is more then just a few bitchy remarks throughout the book. These two ladies share the up's and downs of life and we get to come along for the ride being backseat passengers in this hilarious tale. Witty and wonderful!!!!! Go get it!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin


This a very creepy little story about a young man that every woman would hope to avoid. The story is not full of sentences that will make you look over your shoulder in fear , but it will make you feel very uneasy. The main character has issues...oh boy does he! Murdering someone comes as easy to him as having a cup of coffee. One thing he was not expecting though was to have relations belonging to a dead girl come to his stomping ground to investigate for themselves why and how she died. This is definitely a page turner !!

Kindle Haul Part 2

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
                                                  A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin
                                                        Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
                                           The Detective's Daughter by Lesley Thomson
                              Murder on The Ghost Walk by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter
                                               New Atlantis by Nhys Glover
                                                       Invitation To Die by Helen Smith
These books can be found on Goodreads if you would like to know more about them.

Kindle Haul Part 1

The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones
                                                  Ladies of Letters by Lou Wakefield
                                                McQueen's Agency by Maureen Reynolds
                                                   Indian Summer by Maureen Reynolds
                                     By The Waters of Liverpool by Helen Forrester
                                              Midnight Train To Paris by Juliette Sobanet
                                                 Behind Every Cloud by Pauline Lawless
                                              A Better World Than This by Marie Joseph
                       The Library Ladies and The Body Behind The Library by Marie Green
                                                           Buzz Kill by Teresa Trent
                                                Cocoa and Chanel by Donna Joy Usher
If you would like to know more about these books you can find them on Goodreads.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

It's been a while since I read The Devil Wears Prada so I did not know if I would immediately get back into the story and the lives of the characters, I need not have worried as I jumped right into the story again and was just as sucked in as I was before  with book 1. Andy is back and there is a lot of changes happening in her life right now. People that she thought were in her past are making surprising reappearances and a magazine career looks like it is what she was destined for. You can see big changes in Andy in this book, she is a lot more confident and has more faith in herself which is what is making her such a success in her job.
Emily is back too and just as blunt as ever(see what I did there hehe)...I have to admit I think she is great fun! She is as sharp tongued and a quick thinker as she  ever was!
The great and powerful Miranda ,the all seeing and terror inducing magazine editor is back too scaring the living daylights out of everyone that has to come into contact with her....I was glad to see that little has change with this high heel wearing she devil.
It looks like Andy and Miranda are meant to meet again in this very moreish read and it was with great pleasure that I read every single cringing moment.
If you were a fan of the first book then you will enjoy this a lot but even if you have never read it then you will still enjoy it a lot. Personally I would pick up book 1 first.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Currently Reading

I have a few books on the go right now that have me gripped. I am literally reading a few pages of each one and then on to the next and back again. I really should read one at a time but they are all so good!!
First up is :



Pelican Bay by Jesse Giles Christiansen

This was the perfect read for me at this time of year when time spent near the seaside is a must in the hotter weather! If you enjoy books based around the sea and it's history and fables etc then there is every good chance you will enjoy this. This is a mystery based around an old man called Captain Shelby and a cemetery that our leading character Ethan Hodges comes across . The story is based in South Carolina and I really enjoyed the descriptions of the area throughout the story. You get a real sense of history there. Captain Shelby is a very enjoyable character to read about, he is like a rough edged grandfather figure that is just what Ethan needs. Ethan and Shelby's bond is very close and I really enjoyed reading about it ,you got the feeling that they both needed it, Ethan maybe more so. There is a darker feel to the story at times which builds tension and keeps you on the edge of your seat.I could not guess the ending , it really has you guessing until the end which is lovely and really keeps you on your toes. All in all a very enjoyable read esp if you enjoy a setting beside the sea. Wonderful!

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Library Sale Haul

I had been trying to get these first two books below for ages and was going to order them soon on line but then I came across these at my local library sale and I sure was a happy girl. Armistead Maupin is a wonderful writer!

 I was a huge fan of point horror as a teen but it's only now that I am getting around to reading/collecting these books.

 I have never read any of Noel Streatfeild's books but I am looking forward to seeing why everyone loves these books.
                                  I read it as a child and shall be re-reading it soon again.
                                I just loved the cover. I know nothing about the writer or the story.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall . Review.

 I picked this up  because of the simple summer feel to the cover. I have found many gems this way thankfully. This was one of those gems. The Book of Summers is the story about a young woman and her summer holidays spent with her mother in Hungary. The story is told over many summers giving us a real feel for this young woman growing up and changing into the person she becomes. I was surprised to feel more attached to the people surrounding the young woman then to her own personality, there was times I wanted to hug her for being such a nice character and at times I was shaking my head in disappointment ,I have real mixed feeling about her as you can see.
The story flows seemingly effortlessly and I loved every minute of it. It is intriguing and engaging and the main characters are all interesting and I found myself imaging actors to play them. It was one of those books that really is perfect to daydream about while reading. Hungary is where the young woman's holidays are based and it is not somewhere I have read about often so it was a lovely change to read a little about the country and the people and it made me want to find out more about it.
This is a book for anyone who would enjoy a book based in the summertime with a twist to it that you really do not see coming ( Well done Emylia Hill!!, that was awesome).

Monday, July 15, 2013

July Glossybox 2013 Seaside Splash Edition.

Hi guys!! Well it is that in the month again...yep ..Glossybox Delivery Time
This month's box is themed around the seaside and all the beauty things you might need while there.
Below is the outer box which I think is perfect for this time of year.
Well done Glossies on the packaging.
 Inside the box the seaside theme continues with the paper ,ribbon and sticker all having the same colours and patterns as the outer box. Beautiful !
     Below is the Glossy mag which as you can see by the title is themed for the Seaside.
                  This box has put me in a very summery mood let me tell you!
 Okay if things were not exciting enough I opened it up to find all these goodies. Yep it was jam packed with fabulous products that I could not wait to try out.
 First up are these Essie Stickers for nails. I am huge Essie fan anyway but these made my day as I love trying out new Essie products. The entire range is great quality.
 Below is a product by Alterna, this boho waves spray promises to give great tousled waves to our hair. It also smells delicious and very fresh.
 Spray Misty For Me by Anatomicals is a lovely refreshing spritz for the face that smells of Lavender primarily. Very relaxing and cooling. This might be even better fresh out of the fridge on hotter days.
 Pout Paint by Sleek Makeup comes in two shades that can be mixed. Peachy Keen on the left 156 and minx 161 on the right.
 Last but not least below is this 7ml sample of SPF 20 mineral sunscreen tinted moisturiser by COOLA. It is organic, has a very pleasant scent and sinks in the skin fast

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Is it just me ? by Miranda Hart

This is probably one of the funniest books I have read in a long time!!!!
I have never watched Miranda's TV show but after reading this I will definitely be getting it .
Miranda has a way of talking to the reader that is similar to having a nice chat with an old friend while that old friend has a not so sneaky fart every so often.. If you have read the book you will know what I am talking about. Every page will have you smiling and  many of them will have you rolling around the floor laughing gasping for breath as she produces another hilarious corker of a story from her life. I could not put this book down as it just got better and better the further it went on and you just wish that Miranda was your pal to have a laugh with and perhaps do some galloping..(Those who have read the story will understand). I recommend this twice daily to everyone in need of some giggle treatment xxxxxxxxxx