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.

Eclectic Mini Reviews
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 23: Best Book You’ve Read in the Last 12 Months.

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Well originally I was going to use The Hunger Games Trilogy for this day, but as that ship has sailed far past the area of twelve months, I guess I will be thinking again! Although this year started slowly in terms of reading due to settling into University, I have sure been making up for that this summer by racing through many books! I’m happy to say there have also been a few five stars handed out in my reviews which I love being able to do because it doesn’t happen often. 😀 Within the last twelve months I have given out five five stars, (ohh how poetic) and that’s pretty good going for me. But how an earth do I pick which of these elite is my favourite?  Continue reading

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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