I am a huge fan of The 100 television series and an even bigger fan of the original book on which the show is based so I was extremely eager to get stI am a huge fan of The 100 television series and an even bigger fan of the original book on which the show is based so I was extremely eager to get stuck into the sequel. I devoured it in one evening and enjoyed it immensely. Kass Morgan has kept the pace fast, the plot intriguing and the characters interesting and I enjoyed this one as much, if not more than the original. If like me, you are hooked on the show then I would definitely recommend getting your hands on the books.
It's twenty-one days since the hundred landed on earth and they have discovered that they are not alone. As the characters struggle to get along together and survive in their new environment, there is an even bigger threat to their safety lurking on the periphery.
The narrative once again alternates between Glass, Clarke, Wells and Bellamy. I love all four characters and I enjoyed getting to see their differing perspectives on events. Wells has always been one of my favourites and I liked him even more this time around as he tries to be a strong leader to the rest of the group. Glass really grew on me too and I was gripped to her part of the story which takes place back in space. The people who remain behind on the ships are in even more danger than the hundred but I thought that Glass handled the threat with real courage and bravery. She is determined that nothing will come between her and Luke and is willing to fight for their love.
I really liked the introduction of some new faces too, particularly Sasha who Wells gets on with extremely well. I was never keen on the love triangle between him, Clarke and Bellamy, so I'm glad Kass Morgan has introduced another female to the mix.
'Day 21' was sheer brilliance and definitely got me out of my reading slump. The only problem is that because it was so fantastic, I ended up reading it really quickly and now have a long wait for the next instalment. I'm going to be on tenterhooks until then!
Part memoir and part-guide, Nicole explores her own reasons for giving up sugar and the health benefits that this led to. I was particularly interestePart memoir and part-guide, Nicole explores her own reasons for giving up sugar and the health benefits that this led to. I was particularly interested in the fact that she suffered from tonsillitis (as did I which led to me having a tonsillectomy as an adult) but after giving up her sugar consumption, states that she no longer suffered from repeated bouts of this. As this is my main reason for wanting to quit sugar, I found this truly inspiring.
I loved reading all of Nicole’s anecdotes from her childhood about her love of sweets and puddings, as I used to have an equally sweet tooth before completely overhauling my diet. Although I struggle with the absence of some foods, I’m gradually learning to live without chocolate and have tried to turn all of my previous chock-full of sugar cake recipes into healthier alternatives.
I found myself nodding along to many of the sections in the book where eating out is the main focus of the chapter. It’s all very well only having the right foods in your cupboards at home, but what about when your friends ask you to meet them for your usual Saturday morning tea and cakes? There is some handy advice in the book about how to deal with situations such as these, as well as useful tips about always being prepared with some sugar-free snacks of your own when you’re out and about.
There are some brilliant recipes in the back of the book which I will definitely be having a go at making, as well as a handy guide to which foods you should be avoiding. A lot of things are obvious, such as cakes, chocolate, fizzy drinks and sauces but then there are all the those items which contain hidden sugars and which aren’t so obviously bad for you.
As Nicole states, she is not an expert or a nutritionist but just someone that decided one day she was going to change her life around by giving up sugar. I admire her determination and her commitment and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone facing a similar situation. It has definitely inspired me and it’s a book that I will be reaching for again and again to keep me on the right path. ...more
This is the third book in the Beautifully Broken series by Courtney Cole. I've enjoyed both of the previous two titles in the series but I wasn't sureThis is the third book in the Beautifully Broken series by Courtney Cole. I've enjoyed both of the previous two titles in the series but I wasn't sure about this one because it focuses on Gabe's sister Jacey who I wasn't a big fan of previously. However she really did win me over. I came to see that yes, she had made a lot of mistakes in the past but she was strong enough to realise that and to make a conscious decision to try and put her life back on track and build a better future. She learnt to respect herself and to not take any crap from anyone else.
As Jacey is trying to turn her life around, handsome actor Dominic Kinkaide is still haunted by a traumatic event in his past. Although he may be broken inside, Jacey could be just the one to put him back together again. I love Courtney Cole's characters. They are not perfect but that makes them much more real and human. They slip up a lot and sometimes I didn't like the decisions they made, but they always keep on going and that is an admirable quality to have.
Sexy Dominic wasn't necessarily my kind of guy in the beginning but he opens up a lot as the story progresses and I came to see quite a different side to him. Some of his lifestyle choices are questionable but when you begin to find out more about him, I began to see why he had closed parts of himself off.
'Before We Fall' turned out to be another great instalment in what is a thoroughly enjoyable series about men and women finding love against the odds. Although it wasn't my favourite, I still found it a great read and I loved hearing titbits about Gabe and co.
I would love to read a book about Gabe and Jacey's friend Brandt in the future. He is definitely boyfriend material! ...more
'Eversea' is set in Butler Cove, South Carolina which is like my dream seaside town. It is small enough that everyone knows each other, with sea, sand'Eversea' is set in Butler Cove, South Carolina which is like my dream seaside town. It is small enough that everyone knows each other, with sea, sand and romance right on the residents' doorsteps. The main character Keri Ann has grown-up in Butler Cove and it is the only place that she has ever called home. With her older brother away at school and both her parents dead, she only has her best friend Jazz to rely on, until Jack Eversea - a gorgeous and famous actor, walks into her life and sets her heart spinning.
'Eversea' is a gorgeous romance which weaves a beautiful story about love against the odds. Keri Ann wasn't expecting to have her heart stolen by the handsome stranger who appears in her bar one night, but this is a love which although against the odds, will be hard fought for and cherished.
I really liked Keri Ann who is somewhat of an old soul. She is scared of opening herself up to anyone after having suffered terrible loss but Jack seems to wear down her resistance and makes her want to start living again and taking chances. She has settled for a life which she believes she must accept but he shows her that there is so much more out there for her to experience.
Handsome Jack Eversea is definitely my new boy crush! Phwoar, he is hot, hot, hot! I fell head over heels for him from the start. Although he is a famous movie star, he is incredibly down to earth and the sparks between him and Keri Ann are off the chart. I loved the way that the tension simmered away between them and built to a real fever pitch.
I was captivated and swept away by 'Eversea' which was impossible to put down. I would highly recommend this book to fans of the New Adult genre and I am utterly desperate now to read the sequel 'Forever, Jack' so that I can revisit my two favourite characters. ...more
Dewayne Falco has been a permanent fixture in Sea Breeze since the start of this brilliant series. Always in the background and usually drunk, with aDewayne Falco has been a permanent fixture in Sea Breeze since the start of this brilliant series. Always in the background and usually drunk, with a different woman on his arm every night, he's been somewhat of an elusive figure. Part of Preston, Cage and Marcus's group of friends, not much has been revealed about his own past...until now.
I love the way that Abbi Glines can take a character who you think you've made up your mind about and then get you to completely change your opinion of them within a couple of pages. That's exactly what happened with Dewayne, who I thought I wasn't going to like, judging from what I'd seen of him in previous books, but whom I absolutely ended up loving. If you think he's just a shallow, egotistical ladies man then think again. There's much more to Dewayne Falco than first meets the eye.
As well as hot, swoonworthy men, Abbi Glines also writes wonderful female characters and Sienna was no exception. The love she has for her son shines out from every page and it's evident from the start that she will do anything to try and give him the happiness he deserves. She puts aside her own feelings to welcome the Falco family back into their lives and she is totally selfless when it comes to Micah. He, of course, is an absolute cutie and impossible to resist.
It's obvious from the beginning that Sienna and Dewayne should be together but seeing them work out the mistakes and misunderstandings of their past is what makes this such an enjoyable read. They have to get past the ghost of Dewayne's brother Dustin first but I loved seeing them rediscover each other again.
In my opinion, Abbi Glines never puts a foot wrong and I adore each and every one of her books. She is on my auto-buy list and I know I'm in safe hands when I read one of her stories. She never disappoints! ...more
This book left me feeling giddy with joy! It's a wonderfully imaginative reimagining of what happened after Dorothy saved Oz and helped to ensure thatThis book left me feeling giddy with joy! It's a wonderfully imaginative reimagining of what happened after Dorothy saved Oz and helped to ensure that the Tin Man got a heart, the Scarecrow a brain and the Lion his courage. I love The Wizard of Oz. I've seen the musical countless times and my heart always feels lighter after I've watched Judy Garland skip along that yellow brick road. I'm also a huge fan of Gregory Maguire's Wicked books, so anything to do with Oz lore and I'm your girl. I adored every page of Dorothy Must Die and I never wanted it to end. This is a book which I will be picking up to read over and over again and it's one of my top reads of the year.
The main character Amy Gumm is swept away to Oz by a tornado, only to find that everything she had assumed about Dorothy and co from the books and movies is completely wrong. Dorothy is sucking the magic out of the land and the boundaries between good and wicked have become blurred. Amy doesn't know who she can trust and soon finds herself becoming embroiled in the politics of Oz as she is recruited to be the girl who will kill the famous Dorothy. Wow, if that plot doesn't make you want to immediately run out and the door and grab yourself a copy of this book then I don't know what will. The storyline was amazing and brilliantly combined so many of the elements of Oz that were familiar to me, while at the same time, turning everything on it's head.
There are some truly wonderful characters in the book. I loved Ollie the monkey and the kindly witch Gert who is a member of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I also thought Amy was fantastic and such a likeable heroine. Prepare yourself though for finding out what Glinda is really like and get ready to run and hide when the Lion, who is now quite frankly terrifying, arrives on the scene.
I was enthralled in the story from start to finish. I can't believe Danielle Paige left readers hanging at the end where she did but this has only fuelled my desire to read the sequel even more. There is also an e-book prequel novella called 'No Place Like Oz' which I will definitely be buying.
Fans of Oz MUST get their hands on this book. I can't recommend it highly enough. The writing is lush and original and the narrative just carried me away. I now have a desire to dye my hair pink and get a plucky rat sidekick. Sheer brilliance in a book! ...more
Set in 1989, this series was originally published in the eighties. Janet Quin-Harkin was a huge favourite of mine when I was a teenager and so I was tSet in 1989, this series was originally published in the eighties. Janet Quin-Harkin was a huge favourite of mine when I was a teenager and so I was thrilled at the news that the Heartbreak Café series was being republished for a whole new audience of readers. I thought that the story might feel a little dated considering it's over twenty years old but it didn't at all. It deals with so many universal themes which will resonate with teens today, such as trying to become independent and find your own way in life, juggling the demands of school and friends with a part-time job and facing the trauma of parental divorce, that it still feels as fresh and new as when it was first written.
'No Experience Required' centres around Debbie, whose parents have just split up. Finding it hard to cope with a mother who has decided to go back to school, Debbie decides to get a part-time job. When she stumbles across the Heartbreak Café her mind is made-up that this is where she's going to work, even though she has never flipped a burger in her entire life. She begins to work alongside the gorgeous Joe and they develop a bit of a love/hate relationship. But with sparks flying between them, could their wisecracks mean something more?
I adored the Heartbreak Café gang. There's cool Joe who all the girls are head over heels in love with, Ashley and her penchant for chocolate, plus geeky Howard and carefree Art. They are such a great gang that I wanted to scoot over on a stool, with a dish of chocolate madness in front of me and join in with all their fun.
If you're looking for hot and sizzling then you won't find it here but what you do get is a sweet, clean teen series where the romance is innocent and you won't catch the characters using any expletives, not even when things get steamy in the kitchen. It's such a refreshing change that I enjoyed kicking back and delighting in a wonderful slice of nostalgia.
I can't wait for the rest of the series to be published. Next up is 'The Main Attraction'. Will Debbie and Joe ever become a couple? You'll have to wait and see. ...more
I don't review many non-fiction books on my blog but anyone that knows me, knows that I am a huge baking fan and am absolutely hooked on the Great BriI don't review many non-fiction books on my blog but anyone that knows me, knows that I am a huge baking fan and am absolutely hooked on the Great British Bake Off. I was extremely excited to get my hands on Cathryn's new book as I was rooting for her to win Bake Off season 3. It's great to see the success she's had since appearing on the show and I couldn't wait to have a go at making all of her lovely recipes.
'Let's Bake' is aimed at encouraging baking with your family. There are recipes to suit all levels of bakers, from those just starting out to those who feel more confident in the kitchen. The book is divided into four sections, each one encompassing a different season and incorporating some gorgeous seasonal recipes. For example in Autumn when the blackberry bushes are straining under the weight of all those ripe, juicy berries, why not have a go at making Cathryn's drop scones with bramble butter and fresh blackberries. I know I'll be trying this one out!
Each recipe is very easy to follow and the layout is extremely clear with handy step-by-step photos to lend a helping hand. Even the more challenging recipes look achievable with some handy tips to ensure that your all your bakes turn out perfect.
Some of my favourite recipes so far include the malty moon custard biscuits, the gorgeous easy feta cheese triangles and the sweetcorn and chorizo cornbread muffins. I would recommend following Cathryn's advice on the latter and eating them warm straight out of the oven. I also can't wait to make the beautiful white rabbit cake, as well as the cheese and chive biscuits in the shape of little mice. I think children would love these.
A round of applause to Cathryn for writing such a wonderful baking book. My copy is already splattered with flour but isn't that always a sign of a well-used and well-loved recipe book. I'm looking forward to whipping up lots more of these delicious looking recipes and I'm sure my family will enjoy eating them! ...more
Abbi Glines can do no wrong and with 'Rush Too Far' she treats all of us Rosemary Beach fans by taking us back to the beginning of Rush and Blaire's rAbbi Glines can do no wrong and with 'Rush Too Far' she treats all of us Rosemary Beach fans by taking us back to the beginning of Rush and Blaire's romance. We get to see events unfold from the point of view of Rush as he meets Blaire for the first time and falls ridiculously head over heels in love with her.
I have to say that at no point did the story feel repetitive, even though I already knew what the outcome was going to be. There were some new scenes featuring Rush which I loved and I particularly enjoyed the fact that even when he was trying to make Blaire dislike him, he was secretly already falling for her and falling hard. It was great to see how much he changes to become a better person for Blaire and the type of person that she can be proud to stand beside. He hasn't always made good decisions in the past but he determines that he will do better and be better and he really manages to turn his life around.
It was such a treat to see of my favourite scenes again from Rush's perspective. I am obsessed with the infamous 'peanut butter' kitchen scene which causes him to constantly want to watch Blaire eat (so sweet!) and I also love it when he sees her in her cowboy boots for the first time. No one else can leave him lost for words like Blaire can. It was also great to see how sweet and caring Rush was towards Blaire. Although he has been a big womaniser and has a chequered past, he comes such a long way in managing to put that firmly behind him.
Although I was already a big Rush fan, I think this book definitely gave me a greater understanding of his character and I ended up liking him even more than before. Although I don't agree with a few of the things he does in the first part of the book, I found that I was able to more easily put that to one side this time around. He and Blaire are such a wonderful couple and I loved getting to read their story again. It was truly magical! ...more