Bringing Down The Duke by Evie Dunmore.

Ok, how to convey that I loved this book! Like proper loved this book I reckon I could write a dissertation on this book pulling out all the different bits that I spotted and loved about this book!

I was sending a friend of mine gushing texts about this book and telling her that she NEEDs to read it, oh and I also stayed up till 2am reading this book! I couldn’t put it down; I finished it less than 48 hours after getting it.

Read More »

Kate’s 2020 Reading Challenge – Update 3

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas –

PLEASE NOTE THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!

If the rest of the books that I read so far this year were the warm up act, this is the main event! At 799 number of pages long this is a big meaty book which I wished I purchased on kindle as well as carrying this in my bag and reading in public was not easy to do. After concluding her Throne of Glass series over a year ago this is Maas next trilogy, and her first adult one at that, Crescent City House of Earth and Blood. Now I am a HUGE Maas fan, and if Corona hadn’t happened, would have been in Birmingham to see her on tour a few weeks back, so it pains me a little to say that so far – this book didn’t quite do it for me.

For starters, it was too long. I love big books – but this was overly long for the amount of story that happened in it. I get that Maas is building a new world here and she’s trying to get back story, personal history and political alliances in but oh lordy sometimes I was reading it and felt as though the story hadn’t actually developed.

Read More »

Kate’s 2020 Reading Challenge – Update 2

Hey Everyone, Happy Monday or is it Tuesday…. Thursday??

Whatever day it is today I hope you and your loved ones are all safe and sound at home, eating chocolate and finally reading that book you have always meant to.

Or making a start on the to be read pile.

Or ignoring the book you always meant to read and the TBR pile and are reading an old favourite for the hundredth time.

Read More »

Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

“The book was falling… I was reaching for it, and …. your lips were in the way” – I loved this line, it made me laugh so much.

Ah the joy of buying random books from Amazon for my Kindle. I saw this book initially on Goodreads and thought ah well, give it a go. I downloaded the sample chapter and had to download the rest of the book immediately. Now when I say I had to download immediately it was more to do with me being intrigued as to what was actually going on.

Read More »

First Impressions – Drunk Elephant – The Littles Collection

Hey Everyone, now I am sure you have heard about Drunk Elephant as it is very much the hot new brand going round on Instagram skincare posts – which I spend far too much of my time looking at.

Very briefly,as I am sure you have heard it all before, Drunk Elephant is the brainchild of Tiffany Masterton who as she says ” I wanted something that didn’t exist…. So I made it myself.” Drunk Elephant was originally only available in the United States so while it was something that I would see Americans ,or those lucky enough to have been over the pond, posting on Instagram it wasn’t something I could get my hands on so I wasn’t that fussed about it. Of course that is until it launched over here at Space NK and Cult Beauty late last year and all us Brits went slightly bonkers for it. DE is free from what Masterson calls the ‘suspicious six’ which are essential oils, fragrance/ dyes, silicones, sodium laurel sulphate, drying alcohols and chemical screens, as someone with sensitive skin, but that doesn’t know what the cause of the sensitivity is, I am loving how free these products are of the most common irritants. By the way the company is called Drunk Elephant as one of its hero ingredients, Marula, is known to have an intoxicating effect on elephants if they consume it, which always makes me smile an its great un to imagine tipsy elephants.

Read More »

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

20180613_1213262105822390.jpg

Ah the book that seems to be everywhere and that everyone is reading and saying how much they loved it, well not me!

This book actually benefits from me having a few days between finishing the book and writing my review as when I was reading the book I was not enjoying it.  It really does seem that everyone seems to love it but it all just seemed a bit obvious to me and that I had heard or read this story before. By the time I finished this book I was ready to throw it in the pool ( I was on holiday) as I had already seen the ending and the ‘twist’ coming a mile off.Read More »

The Little Book Café: Tash’s Story – Georgia Hill

img_20180730_232726_425892170358.jpg
I adored this book! It starts off as seemingly sweet and charming but there is a darker undercurrent running through it.
The story is set in the charming town of Berescombe which sounds like heaven and I would love to move there – so maybe as our main character is the local estate agent she can sort me out with a deal 🙂

 

The main protagonist of the story is Tash, and it is mainly about her seemingly perfect relationship with ‘Mr Right’ Adrian. However, it quickly becomes apparent that while she seems to have the ideal life that many of us dream of ( Fancy Car, Lush house and Perfect Partner) that appearances are deceiving and all is not as it seems.

Read More »