Blog Tour

BLOG TOUR- Not Ok, Cupid by Anna Kaling

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Hi Guys!

Welcome to my stop on the Not Ok, Cupid blog tour!

Thank you so much Headline Eternal for sending me this lovely book and including me on this blog tour!

Love doesn’t always follow the rules…

Ally Rivers has three jobs, a disastrous dating record, and her gran won’t stop talking about sex with eighty-year-old Melvin. Now her best friend Sam confesses his whole family think they’re engaged. The longest relationship she’s ever been in is fabricated, and her intended is gay.

Playing Sam’s besotted lover at a family party, Ally discovers the hot gardener she’s been flirting with is Sam’s dad, Marcus. She even sucks at fake relationships. But Marcus is on to them and embroils Ally in another scheme – encouraging Sam to come out.

Scheming is not Ally’s forte and, worse, she and Marcus are falling for each other. After years in an unhappy marriage, he’s not letting Ally go without a fight, but she’s torn between the best friend she’ll ever have and the only man she’s ever been in love with. Either choice will leave two broken hearts, and Gran will still have a more successful love life than her…

I have an extract of the book for you all! Hopefully it will peak your interest as it did mine! 

CHAPTER ONE

Ally Rivers narrowed her eyes at the woman’s moustache.

One remaining black hair moved up and down as she talked, waving like an antenna.

Ally readjusted the lamp to get it in focus. ‘If you just keep still for a moment, Mrs McDonald, then we’ll be done.’

Just as she wrapped the thread around the hair, it moved. Mrs McDonald cocked her head to peer up from the massage chair.

‘You look tired. Are they working you too hard here?’

‘Oh, no, Mandy’s doing me a favour with the extra hours. I’m saving up for a holiday so I want as many shifts as I can get. If I just remove this last hair . . .’

As Mrs McDonald nodded, the hair glinted in the light. With her tongue poking out the corner of her mouth, Ally leaned in for the kill.

Mrs McDonald frowned and cocked her head the other way. ‘It was Ibiza you went to last year, wasn’t it? Where this year?’

Ally sat up, trying not to look at the clock. Mrs McDonald had described the office she worked in, where she was the only woman and all the men sat in silence. It sounded nothing like the salon, with its constant buzz of chat and people coming and going.

Making small talk with her was the least Ally could do while she ripped her facial hair out at the roots.

‘If I win the lottery, the Caribbean,’ Ally replied. ‘But probably Ibiza again on a late deal. I’m not very good at saving.’

‘I bet you’re not.’ Mrs McDonald grinned and the hair disappeared into a wrinkle. ‘I was like you once, always out partying, always . . .’

Ally’s mind drifted as she flexed her aching feet on the tiled floor. After fourteen days of extra shifts at the salon, the café and the bar, she’d seriously considered wearing her fluffy cow slippers to work.

This afternoon she was finishing early. Once the moustache was vanquished she could clean her station, collect her tips and top up her tan in the park for the rest of the day. That’d be kind of like a holiday– sun, sea (there was a lake), sand (in the children’s play area), and . . . well, no sex, but there was an ice cream van. She could get one of those cider lollies that tasted like Barcelona.

And maybe on her way to Mum’s she’d buy some prawns so they could cook a paella together. With a glass of white wine and dinner on Mum’s patio, it’d be like an evening in Spain. Sort of.

She blinked back into focus when she noticed Mrs McDonald’s moustache had stopped moving.

‘Sorry, what did you say?’ she asked.

‘I asked if we could speed it up a bit. I have a meeting at two thirty.’

Ally flexed her feet and showed her teeth. ‘Sure. Just keep still for me and I’ll finish up.’

‘Ooh!’ said Mrs McDonald, as Ally leaned over her. ‘That’s a lovely necklace. Where did you get it?’

Not OK, Cupid by Anna Kaling is published by Headline Eternal. Available now as eBook and Paperback.

Abbie ❤

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You, Me Forever by Jo Watson – Spoiler Free Review

 

 Hello everyone! First review post I’ve done for a long time! Hope you enjoy!

Synopsis / Description: 

It all started with faulty elevator – and a love letter…

Writer Becca Thorne needs an idea – fast! She might have a huge bestseller to her name but, with the deadline for book two approaching, Becca knows she’s in danger of losing the career she cares so much about. But Fate has other plans for her when she almost plummets to her death with two strangers in a faulty elevator.

Although Becca emerges in one piece, her precious vintage handbag doesn’t, and that’s when she realises that inspiration has been with her alll along. Hidden inside the bag’s now-torn lining is a set of beautiful love letters.

It might not be her story, yet Becca can’t seem to get the romantic words out of her head and feels compelled to discover who wrote the letters. But there’s more waiting for Becca than the tale of a romance from long ago – it might be the chance to live her own love story and follow the path Fate has always intended her to…

My Thoughts: 

*Disclaimer, I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review which in no way affects my opinions* 

Where to begin? I absolutely loved this book. I finished it a few days ago but I needed a while to process my emotions before I could properly write something down haha

This book was everything. It was similar but also so different to Jo’s other books. It was so deep and interesting and seeing parallels of modern day and the past relationships in this book. I loved the element of fate bringing people together, and the historical elements too.

The descriptions were amazing and I really felt like I was there in that small coastal town in South Africa and I desperately want to go now haha. I loved the characters too, as I always tend to do with Jo’s characters, but these might have been my absolute favourites!

This book was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I laughed and I cried.

Honestly if you enjoy Rom-Coms or Adult Romance, I would 100% recommend this book!

Easiest 5 stars I’ve given a book in a while!

PS thank you so much to Headline Eternal for sending me this wonderful book aka my new favourite ❤ 

Hope you enjoyed my review! Abbie ❤

Top 5 Friday, Wrap Up's

2019 Wrap Up!

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I posted a proper blog post! Although I have been active on instagram for the last few months, and tumblr, it’s been a while since I wrote something. But rest assured, I was still reading a lot and around in the community! I’m ready to get back into blogging now I’ve finished uni and life has settled a little.

2019 was a great reading year for me, I managed to read 77 books and delved into a few different genres and try to diversify my reading a little, although, I still read a lot of fantasy and romance of course.

I was originally going to do a few smaller posts with my top 5’s of the year, but I decided to do one big wrap up at the beginning of the month instead! So to start it off:

5 Favourites of 2019 

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  • Ninth House was my absolute favourite of 2019, and is one of my all time favourite books now! I can’t wait for the second book to be released. It’s gonna be a long wait for 2021 😦
  • Finale was amazing, it was a great ending to one of, my favourite YA  trilogies
  • A Good Girls Guide to Murder was wonderful, suspensful and kept you guessing. I expected to enjoy it, but I was surprised just how much, probably the best YA crime/thriller I’ve read! Another sequel I can’t wait to get my hands on!
  • Tunnel of Bones. What can I say? Victoria has done it again. I love her writing, her characters, the atmosphere, everything. I really want to visit the catacombs asap, even more so than before I read this! Hyped for the next book! (Also, for a middle grade book, this did actually scare me and I had to stop reading it a few times so I could calm down before sleeping haha)
  • The Places I’ve cried in public was such an important book, and even though I’m 24, it taught me stuff. I think it’s something all young people should read tbh, as it’s something a lot of people are likely to experience to some extent in their lives. Holly just writes such eye opening and important books.

 

Now for my 5 least favourite books of 2019 

I’m not going to say much about these, just what rating I gave each of them aha

  • The dark descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kierstan white🌟🌟
  • Wrong by Jana Aston 🌟
  • That’s not what happened by Kody Keplinger 🌟🌟
  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power – DNF
  • 99% Mine by Sally Thorne 🌟

 

5 Most surprising books

These books suprised me but in a good way, I expects that id probably like them but they exceeded my expectations and I loved them!

Most disappointing books

This doesn’t necessarily mean I hated these books, but I didn’t love them as much as I thought I would or they didn’t live up to the hype unfortunately 😦

  • Vengeful by VE Schwab – this one hurts to say because vicious is one of my all time favourites, and although I did enjoy this, it didn’t live up to vicious for me, while vicious was and ultimate 5🌟, this was only a 4.
  • Sorcery of thorns by Margaret – I loved enchantment of ravens, but this one, I almost DNFed a few times but powered through cos I know so many people loved it, but it was just flat to me, the characters were okay, the world building needed work, and the plot was kind of predictable. It was just all kind of okay. 🌟🌟🌟
  • 99% Mine by Sally Thorne – The Hating Game is one of my favourite rom-coms ever, so when I read this, I was so disappointed. The writing was so different, and seemed very rushed and I found myself cringing through most of the book 😦 🌟
  • Serious moonlight by Jenn Bennett- another I expected to love because I love everyone of Jenn’s books, and although I did like this, I didn’t like it nearly as much as her previous books unfortunately. 🌟🌟🌟1/2
  • The Flatshare – I heard so much hype and so many good things about this. Although I didn’t find it bad, I wasn’t wowed by it either, it was just okay 🌟🌟🌟

 

I know this post is a little late as we’re already 10 days into January, but I hope you all enjoy it! 😀

What are your favourites / least favourites of last year? What books surprised you and disappointed you? I’d love to hear 🙂 

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Update

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all well!

I’ve had a bit of a hiatus from blogging and whatnot while i finished my degree, and to deal with my mental health. But in the new year, I’m hoping to get back to posting regularly again because I do miss it!

I’ve eased myself back into bookstagram and enjoying it so the blog is next!

I hope everyone enjoys what I have planned and I hope those who were celebrating enjoyed the holiday season!

Happy new year, see you soon

Abbie ❤

reviews

It Ends With You by S.K Wright – Review

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Publication: September 6th 2018

Description: 

Everyone loves Eva. Beautiful, bright, fun, generous – she’s perfect.

So when her dead body is found in a ditch in the local woods the only thing anyone wants to know is: Who could have done this?

It has to be Luke, her boyfriend. He has the motive, the means, the opportunity and he’s no stranger to the police.

Even though the picture is incomplete, the pieces fit. But as time passes, stories change.

Told from six narrative strands, this cleverly woven and utterly compulsive novel challenges preconceptions; makes you second, third and fourth guess yourself; and holds an uncomfortable mirror up to the way societies and systems treat those they perceive to be on the outside

Thank you so much to Atom Books for sending me this proof!

Thoughts:

I’ve not read many YA thriller/crime mysteries but this is probably one of my favourites out of the ones I have read.

I’m not sure why, but I was really expecting this to be set in the US but I was pleasantly surprised when I realised it was set in the UK!

I loved the format, it’s told in various POVs, as well as diary entries and text exchanges. It keeps you guessing until very close to the end!

I feel like some of the characters could’ve done with being a bit more developed and a bit more fleshing out though. Getting to know them a bit more, other than how their lives revolved around Eva.

I honestly couldn’t put this down. It kept me wanting more and I couldn’t go to sleep until I knew who had done it! I finished the book at 2am because I could not stop reading haha

The pacing was good and more kept getting revealed at a steady pace, enough to not feel rushed, but also not too slow that you’d get bored.
It kept me on my toes the whole way through!

This book made me so mad though! I need closure!!

A solid 4 stars!

  • Writing: 4/5
  • Plot: 4.25/5
  • Characters: 3.5/5

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Thank you for reading!

Abbie ❤

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – Review

Pages: 368

Release: 31st July 2018

Description: 

Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain

My thoughts: 

*I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review by the publisher* 

Thank you so much to Harper Collins 😀 

This was a really interesting take on a classic fairytale!

I quite enjoyed the characters and their relationships and seeing how things all linked together through them. Everything was not quite as it seemed with these characters and I loved watching them develop and reveal more about themselves.

The story is told in the present tense with flashbacks to what happened in the past which was really cool because as you’re seeing how the story unfolds in the present, you get to see what happened to lead up to these events. I enjoyed how this set up feeds you bits of information, slowly piecing together the mystery.

I did enjoy the story, however it progressed rather slowly in the ‘present’ sections. Not much seemed to happen over the span of ~200 pages. It took a while to get into tbh. The sections focussing on past events were the best parts. I think it would’ve benefited from picking up pace a bit. All of the exciting parts seemed to happen in the last 50-100 pages.

Overall it was a nice read, and a really unique twist on the little mermaid story, but the pacing was a little slow for me personally.

Abbie ❤

Blog Tour

Theatrical Blog Tour

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Hey Guys!! Welcome to my stop on the Theatrical Blog Tour! I’ve been looking forward to this for so long! I feel so honoured that Stevie @ Usborne asked me to be a part of this! So thank you so much! ❤

The book is out now btw! And here’s the synopsis: 

Hope dreams of working backstage in a theatre, and she’s determined to make it without the help of her famous costume designer mum. So when she lands an internship on a major production, she tells no one. But with a stroppy Hollywood star and his hot young understudy upstaging Hope’s focus, she’s soon struggling to keep her cool… and her secret. 

My Thoughts: 

I read this book back at the end of last month, and I enjoyed it so much! The characters were so wonderful and I loved seeing their journey’s through the book. The Main characters Hope and Luke are so cute, and it was lovely to see their relationship develop and grow, and it seemed really natural, like how a normal new teen relationship would be. However was expecting the romance aspect to play a bigger role in the book than it ended up doing. I wanted more of them being cute together and getting to know each other more, I wanted more mush haha

The book gives such an amazing insight into the backstage of theatre productions, which is something we don’t really get to see very often in books! Books that have a centre around theatre / productions seem to mostly focus on the actors rather than production. It showed me how much work and effort actually goes into big productions and it was so lovely.

My Experiences 

I haven’t really been to many plays/ theatre productions but I remember being part of a musical production of We Will Rock You at school back in the day! It was honestly one of the most fun things I’ve ever taken part in, and I would honestly love to do something like it again! It brought everyone together and we all had fun and enjoyed ourselves, and it was a great way to end the primary school era.

I didn’t play a major part or anything, but it was just so fun to be part of it, and sing the songs and dance on stage. I don’t know if i’d be brave enough to do it now that I’m in my 20’s though! Even though it happened about 11 years ago, I still have fond memories! I think I have a cast photo around somewhere in my house too! If I manage to find it, I’ll have to upload it sometime! haha

Maggie’s experiences of school productions (written by Maggie):

So many actors say the first time they felt they wanted to act was when they were in school productions: I can completely understand this because something very similar happened to me. It was school productions over the years that taught me the very last place I ever wanted to be was on a stage.

In my head, you see, I’m a brilliant and talented natural actor.

In person, I am… not. And I’ve had ample chance to prove it.

Every year, my school put on what was called the “Easter concert”. Really, it was more of a variety show than a concert, and the whole school took part. Over the years I was Hyena in “How the Camel Got His Hump”, Grendel’s Mother (don’t ask), a Victorian girl who no boys wanted to dance with – talk about typecasting – and a village leader in something I don’t quite remember because I got hit by a car two days later and fractured my knee, giving new meaning to the phrase “Break a leg”. Then there was the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes” in which I played the starring role of Goldilocks – in head to toe black, DM boots and a blonde wig. I had about two lines, and had to fall off a chair on cue. It was not, shall we say, my best moment.

And then, a couple of years later, just as the running order to that year’s concert was being set, the drama teacher wasn’t paying attention one day and I’m ashamed to say I took complete advantage of her. Which is how I ended up writing and directing a short scene about a group of friends being attacked by a vampire, and how we put that on in front of a theatre full of teachers and the whole school’s families. Actually, I’m probably not quite as ashamed as I should be, and the only reason I’m ashamed at all is because the vampire was called “Darktooth” – which struck younger me as the perfect vampire name. Anyway: there I was, with a script I’d written in my hand, standing at the side of the stage and looking out at it – not on it, looking out at the audience – and for the first time I felt okay about being in that theatre. I felt like I knew what I was doing.

I didn’t, by the way. The whole thing was a complete shambles, and everyone was confused (the friends I’d cast and the audience) and Darktooth the vampire tripped over a mic stand on the way offstage… but I still remember what it felt like when we all bundled together in the wings, and felt like we’d made something. Because we had. Nobody – us included – quite knew what… but whatever it was, it was ours.

And I hadn’t even had to fall off a chair.


 

Thank you all for reading my post! 

Were you ever part of a school play? If so what was it? 😀 

I’d love to read some of your experiences 😀

Abbie ❤