Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Review 5/5

Overall Impression: A touching, emotional, yet ultimately uplifting story about an unlikely relationship.Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I was very suspicious about this book. In fact, I was sure I wouldn’t like it.
It wasn’t my normal genre AT ALL and its horrendous chick-lit cover (not the one you see pictured, I like this one better) was so cringe-inducing I barely had the willpower to pick it up. BUT, I knew it was a popular bestseller with an upcoming movie, and the book was bought for me by one of my best bookish friends and she had only glowing things to say. So, I took a deep breath, tried to keep an open mind, and settled down with a cup of tea and a blanket.

Lou Clark knows lots of things.
She knows how many footstepts there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

I wasn’t converted by Me Before You straight away, and everything about it seemed unremarkable initially. However, Moyes slowly drew me in. Continue reading

I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk Review 1/5

Overall Impression: Selfishness runs riot in this lackluster installment of one of my favourite series.I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk

‘Ohh dear’ is pretty much the phrase I would use to sum up this book, perhaps with an ‘exasperated’ or ‘deflated’ on the side. Seriously, Lindsey Kelk, what the heck happened with this book? Over the past year the I Heart series (of which I Heart London is the 5th book) has become my go-to for when I’m in the mood for something lightweight, fun and romantic that is farfetched but in the best possible way.
Unfortunately, this installment didn’t deliver on any of the above, and instead left me fuming and disappointed. In other words: I has a sad. And an angry. (This will probably be more of a rant than a review.)

Home is where the heart is. Right?
Angela Clark has fallen in love with New York – and it’s starting to love her back. But when she’s summoned home to England, she’s at risk of losing her shiny life to rain, warm beer and bad memories.
Talk about stepping back in time.
There’s Mark, the ex-boyfriend – who she ran to New York to get away from.
There’s Louisa, her best friend, with her terrifying new baby.
And there’s her mum, still talking to her as though she’s fifteen.
Now there’s a wedding in the offering – and everyone remembers how well Angela behaved at the last one…
Can the arrival of boyfriend Alex and new best friend Jenny save her from a re-run of her old self?
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Eclectic Mini Reviews: Atonement, It and I Heart Vegas.

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Hello, bookworms of the blogosphere! Today I bring you three for the price of one, aka, mini book reviews. Woohoo! These novels all told very different stories in contrasting genres, but all of them have one thing in common, I had somewhat conflicted opinions about them. Do you ever have that problem when there are some aspects you LOVE intensely about a book, but there are so many other things that get in the way of you being able to rate it as high as you want? These are all books that meet this criteria. So without further ado…

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DAY 13: A Book That Disappointed You.

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Well this is a depressing topic if ever I saw one. Why did I pick this as one of my questions again? Oh right yeah, BECAUSE I IS BITTER Y’ALL. There are some books out there that have really disappointed me over the years…and I was all ready to love and covert them too! 😦 Therefore I thought this would be a good question to tackle, because maybe, just maybe, I can prevent you from suffering the same fate as me! That being said, just because I don’t like these books I am about to waffle on about, does not mean that you won’t like them because everyone’s tastes vary, (spot the disclaimer) but these are my own personal book disappointments.

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I Heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk Review 5/5

Overall Impression: Boundless summer fun. I can’t get enough of Lindsey Kelk!

(To read my review of the previous book from the I HeartI Heart Paris by Lindsay Kelk Series, I Heart New Hollywood click here.)

I love that I am loving chick-lit right now! I never thought it would happen. After trying it several times and always coming away underwhelmed, not to mention my general disdain for the genre, I turned to a little book snobbery. (Shameful, I hate book snobbery.) But this just proves that you only need one good experience to change your mind about a genre. 🙂
I was worried this series might fizzle out as it went along but I Heart Paris pulls out all the stops, taking it up another notch. It twists and turns its way through one hilarious scene after another, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Please note: For those of you that haven’t read the previous books in the I Heart series skip the blurb as it contains spoilers about previous plots and characters from those books. The rest of the review is entirely spoiler free. 🙂

Angela is in the city of love – but romance is taking a nose dive.
When Angels Clark’s boyfriend Alex suggests a trip to Paris at the same time as a hip fashion magazine Belle asks her to write a piece, she jumps at the chance.
But even as she’s falling for the joie de vivre of Paris, someone’s conspiring to sabotage her big break. And when she spots Alex having a tête-à-tête with his ex in a local bar, Angela’s dreams of Parisian passion all start crashing around her.
With London and her old life only a train journey away, Angela can’t decide if she should stay and face the music or run away home…

I think this was Kelk’s best writing yet. She had such a simple flirty and fun style, but there was something so warm to it. Everything she wrote was endearing in one way or another, whether she was describing the landscape, Angela’s insanity or a passer by on the street. Continue reading

I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk Review 4/5

Overall Impression: Lighthearted, flirty and fun.I Heart Hollywood

(To read my review of the first book from the I Heart Series, I Heart New York click here.)

Huzzar! I’ve finished the second book in the I Heart series. It may have taken me a while due to the fact that my university fiction reading pace is the equivalent to a snail trying to slither up hill, but it’s the journey not the destination right? Or something like that…
I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the first, but it still has the same elements of charm, wit and fun to make it a good read, and I will definitely be continuing with the series. 🙂

Please note: For those of you that haven’t read the first book I Heart New York this review may contain spoilers about previous plots and characters in the series. However, for those of you who have read the previous book, this review will not contain any major spoilers about the book I Heart Hollywood.

Angela Clark can’t believe her luck…she’s living in New York with a dream job and a sexy boyfriend.
Sent to Hollywood to interview hot actor James Jacobs, she’s in at the deep end amid the thin and beautiful of Rodeo Drive. The only person who seems genuine is James, despite his ladykiller reputation. But then the paparazzi catch them together at Chateau Marmont, and Angela finds herself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons…
Can she convince her boss, her friend and – most importantly – her boyfriend not to believe all they read in the papers? And will Hollywood ever win Angela’s heart?

The writing in I Heart Hollywood is very similar to its former incarnation, I didn’t really notice any improvements or growth in comparison to the last book, so my thoughts are pretty similar. Kelk’s prose are so easy to read, I could enjoy this book whether I was reading it for two minutes or two hours. It was so easy to sink back into it’s pages and get lost in Angela’s whimsical adventures,  Continue reading

I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk Review 5/5

Overall Impression: This book takes escapism to a whole new level! Ridiculously I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk unrealistic yet fabulously entertaining.

Like. Candy. To. A. Baby. SERIOUSLY.
Although wait a minute, candy to a baby? Wouldn’t that be a bad idea? Anyway…
My friend who blogs sporadically over at Escaping Reality with Books lent me a tonne of literature, perhaps you remember? Yeah, it seems forever ago now but guess what? I still haven’t read most of them. 😛 When looking through her shelves she pushed this mysterious I Heart series (of which this book is the first) towards me with unrepressed excitement. I sort of turned my nose up a little bit unimpressed because hey, chick lit.
Wow I feel like such a snob, because it’s the best chick lit I’ve ever read! Like I said, candy to a baby. 🙂

Fleeing her cheating boyfriend and clutching little more than a crumpled bridesmaid dress, a pair of Louboutins and her passport, Angela jumps on a plane – destination NYC.
Holed up in a cute hotel room, Angela gets a New York makeover from her NBF Jenny and a whirlwind tour of the city that never sleeps. Before she knows it, Angela is dating two sexy guys. And, best of all, she gets to write about it on her new blog (Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out). But it’s one thing telling readers about your romantic dilemma’s, it’s another figuring them out for yourself…
Angela has fallen head over heels for the big apple, but does she heart New York more than home?

This is one of those books that if you look at it with your brain there is sooo much wrong with it, but if you go purely on your heart and the enjoyment factor it’s excellent, and isn’t it good to just go with your heart sometimes?
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The Guy Next Door by Meg Cabot Review 4/5

Overall Impression: A very fun and lighthearted read. Meg Cabot works her magic again.

Now I am not normally a chick lit person. I find most of them don’t have enough plot for me, and I freely admit that I’m much more interested in dragons and hobbits than I am in how a woman will get her dream guy. That being said, I have actually acquired a heck of a lot of it from various family members and and friends, mostly just because as hard as I try, I can’t say no to a book. But also because occasionally, you do come across a good one that really surprises you.

  Melissa Fuller is late for work.
She is always late but this time she has a serious excuse.
She’s just rescued her neighbour from a violent intruder and in the process become the sole-custodian of Paco, the Great Dane – not the ideal accessory for a New York city girl.

Now Mel needs help, but she won’t get it from her neighbour’s only relative – ice-cool womanizer Max Friedlander. Max hasn’t a compassionate bone in his body and he isn’t about to give up on his vacation with a supermodel just to help his sick aunt’s annoying neighbour.

Mellissa Fuller is your typical chick lit lead. She’s a small town girl trying to make it in the big city. She works for a newspaper, but is stuck writing the celebrity gossip column, and she’s been unlucky in love and just broken up with her boyfriend. But when  Continue reading

Book Haul: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.

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First off, how awesome is that title? I’m quite proud that my little brain came up with that, and it totally fits as well! 😛 Much more interesting than just book haul don’t ya think?

Ok, so the book ban is well and truly desecrated. How long did I last? *checks blog* Well I announced it May 19th 2012 so that’s *counts on fingers* not even three months!!!! *hangs head in shame*. And since the ban I’ve only gotten three books off my TBR pile so ummm…..yeah, the Maths doesn’t add up, I’m actually worse off than when I started. But you know what? I’ve never been all that fond of Maths.

So errr, ignoring my pathetic failure, lets move on to the books, because we all love the books! That’s why we’re here right?

Something Old:
I went into town with a bookish friend of mine and we spent about two hours just looking around Waterstones. After a thorough rummage (in which I found a beautiful hardback copy of The Complete Sherlock Holmes but made myself put it back because of the price) he told me about these two second hand book shops a short walk away. So of course, I had to go and investigate! Continue reading