Sunday 31 March 2019

March 2019 Wrap Up

So I cut March short a little just because of travel plans again. The leftovers from my March TBR will roll into my April TBR since they are April releases anyway. I am happy with my reading progress for March as well as what I read up until the 24th March.

As always I will divide my wrap up into ebooks, audiobooks and physical books and leave links to any reviews I may have already posted. 


Physical Books


Saturday 30 March 2019

Blog Tour: Extract from The House at Greenacres by Darcie Boleyn

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The House at Greenacres by Darcie Boleyn. I have an extract from the book to share with you and if you like what you read, you can click here to order your copy now! Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour for more exclusive content, reviews and extracts. 

Here's what it's all about:

All roads lead home… 

When Holly Dryden fled Penhallow Sands nearly a year ago she was determined to put the past – and Rich Turner – behind her. But now an unexpected loss and financial trouble has led her back to the family vineyard and it’s time to tell Rich the truth – he’s a father. 

Surrounded by the memories of what they once shared Holly’s anger fades in the glow of Rich’s undeniable love for their son and the way he selflessly steps in to help the vineyard out of trouble. As Holly watches Rich flourish in his new role as father to baby Luke, she realises that though they can’t change the past, the future is still theirs to write… 

Holly entered the kitchen at Greenacres with her granny holding onto her arm. Her father was in front of them, carrying Luke in his car seat, and she was relieved that her son was sleeping soundly after the car journey to the vineyard. She needed some time to take stock and found it hard to concentrate on anything else when Luke was awake and in need of attention.

Two women from the catering team bustled around them, offering polite smiles as they removed trays from the oven and set small pasties and pies onto large trays that they carried through to the dining room.

‘I’ll pop the kettle on, shall I?’ Bruce asked, and Holly noticed his eyes wandering over her granny’s face. She had turned very pale.

‘Granny? Are you all right?’ The question seemed ridiculous in light of Glenda’s loss.

‘I’m fine, dear. Except … it hit me that Grandpa is never coming home again.’ She sighed, long and low, seeming to hunch over with the weight of her knowledge. ‘And yet the strangest thing is that another Morton heir has just entered our home. Little Luke has come to fill the void your grandpa left behind.’ She blinked hard, and Holly looked away, her own vision blurring at her granny’s sentiment.

‘Yes, you’re right.’ Bruce smiled down into the car seat. ‘Luke has come to help us through our loss and to take us into the future. Nothing like a baby to keep you moving forward.’

‘I could do with that cuppa now, Bruce, please.’ Granny released Holly’s arm, then removed her black wool coat.

‘Your room’s ready for you,’ Holly’s dad said. ‘I got your old cot down from the attic and cleaned it up, and Granny insisted on ordering a few things to make it comfortable for Luke. Since she learnt how to shop online, we’re always having deliveries!’ He shook his head. ‘Anyway, everything should be there, but let me know if you need anything else. I can always pop into town.’

‘Thanks, Dad. I’m sure it will be fine.’

‘I’ll get the kettle on, then bring your suitcase up from the car.’

Holly took the car seat from him and walked through the kitchen and the dining room. She smiled at some of the mourners who’d come for the wake but gestured at Luke in his car seat to let them know that she needed to take him upstairs. She suspected that more people would arrive within the hour, having stopped off at home or even the pub first, and that some would already be in the cosy lounge. 

Entering the house had been an assault on her senses as familiar sights, smells and sounds rushed to greet her, but she’d tried to maintain her composure for her grandmother’s sake, although when Granny had made the comment about Luke taking Grandpa’s place in the household, she had struggled not to break down completely.

The big old house hadn’t changed a bit in the months she’d been away, but then she hadn’t expected it to be any different. The same aroma of woodsmoke and baking hung in the air, the house still creaked and groaned as the wind moved around it outside and sneaked through the gaps around the white sash windows, and the decor hadn’t altered since Holly had first entered the house in her mother’s arms, fresh from hospital – she’d seen the photographs to prove it. Only … it was different now, because Grandpa was gone. His deep voice used to echo through the hallways, his loud laugh bounced up the stairs, and his anger caused the floorboards to vibrate when he unleashed it. Which wasn’t often, thankfully, but he had been a strict man with old-fashioned values, as well as unrelenting in his pursuit of what he believed was the right way to raise a family and conduct his business. 

Holly had grown up well aware of these facts. She had loved him – how could she not, when he had such a good heart? – but she had also feared him, and the idea of letting him down. The fact that she had been conceived before her parents married had been a family secret, as if it was something to be ashamed of, but Holly had been aware of it from an early age. She’d heard her mum and grandpa arguing one day, Grandpa ranting about his daughter disappointing him. Her mum’s reply had been sharp and quick: she had given him a beautiful granddaughter; how could he claim to be disappointed with that? Holly had loved to hear her mum debate with people. She had been so intelligent and articulate, and even Grandpa had been forced – on more than one occasion – to swallow his words. Holly didn’t think she was as brave as her mum had been, which was one of the reasons why she’d run away. She hated conflict, and in that way, she was more like her dad than her mum. Bruce tended to bite his tongue and walk away rather than get involved in an altercation, but Holly found that just as admirable; sometimes it took more strength of character to walk away than to stand and fight. Her parents had been so different and yet so perfectly matched, and she loved them both dearly.

If only her mum hadn’t passed away when she was so young. Too young to lose her. Too young to know how to cope with saying goodbye.

She climbed the stairs, then turned left and walked along the wooden floorboards of the corridor, passing the closed door of her dad’s bedroom and the door to the right that led to one of the two family bathrooms. At the other end of the landing, directly opposite Holly’s room, was her grandparents’ bedroom, and next to it, their bathroom.

She turned the handle and pushed at her bedroom door, expecting it to groan on its hinges as it swung inwards, but it didn’t make a sound. Another thing to thank her dad for, no doubt – he’d had the foresight to oil the hinges in order to avoid them disturbing her son.

She set Luke’s car seat down on the floor at the end of the double bed. Her room was as she’d left it, a mixture of teenager and twenty-something, with band stickers all over her built-in wardrobe doors – from Madonna to Whitney to Bryan Adams – and posters on the walls featuring Leo and Kate in that iconic pose from Titanic, and Sarah Michelle Gellar in her classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer stance. The shelves on the wall still held her books, and she gazed at their spines, reading the familiar titles: Pride and Prejudice, Salem’s Lot, volumes on business law that she’d bought back in her teens when she was considering a career in that direction. She shook her head at her younger self, at the naïve girl she’d been before her mum had died, before life had changed for ever. 

Growing up, Holly had been filled with a zest for adventure that her mum had nurtured, and had believed she’d travel far and become a successful lawyer. But when her mum died, it was as though the spark in Holly was doused, and the idea of straying from Greenacres suddenly seemed terrifying. It was, she knew now, a perfectly natural reaction to her loss, but at the time, she had thought fear would rule her life. Time had helped her to overcome her grief, of course, but she had never been the same. Her plans to go away to university to study business law – which she aimed to use to help her family and other small businesses – were abandoned. She sat her GCSEs and A levels, achieved good grades and had unconditional offers from three universities – in London, Bath and Cardiff – but when it came down to choosing one, she decided not to go. 

Her dad and grandmother had tried to encourage her to leave and experience a different life, to expand her horizons, but her grandpa had been happy to keep her close. He’d told her once, not long after she’d declined all three universities, that he was glad she’d stayed at Greenacres. He’d lost his daughter and didn’t want to lose his granddaughter. Holly had been happy to have his approval, as it made her decision feel justified. Instead of leaving, she had focused on running the shop at Greenacres and helping out in the vineyard, on being a good daughter and granddaughter and on enjoying a simple life near the village of Penhallow Sands. It had taken something big to make her leave her childhood home, and when she had made the decision to go, she hadn’t known if she would ever return.

The large bay window in Holly’s bedroom overlooked the rear garden and the fields that lay beyond. It was a beautiful view and one that she had spent hours gazing at. Her heart fluttered as she looked at it now. Eight months away and such a lot had happened in the meantime; the view was the same, but the family had changed. It would never be the same again.

This room had seen so much as Holly grew into a woman: tears, anger and laughter, excitement and love. She flopped onto the bed and ran her hands over the patchwork bedspread that her mum and granny had made for her before she was born. Soft and worn, it had been a constant in her life even when other things had changed. She’d wrapped it around her to keep warm on frosty nights, sobbed into it when she’d been grounded as a young teenager for going night swimming with a group of friends, and later on, when she’d lost her mum. Then, last year, when she’d known that she’d lost Rich too. The bedspread had stayed here when she’d left, almost as if it were waiting for her to return. It might only be a blanket, but her mum had helped make it, and had done so with love for the child that was growing in her belly. Holly knew now how it was to love a child, and how awful it would be to have to leave the world before that child was fully grown.

The fluttering in her chest grew into a pain so red hot that she gasped and sat upright. She couldn’t do this at the moment, didn’t have time to grieve for her mum right now. She was home and she had a responsibility to be there for her granny and her dad. Today of all days. But coming home with her own child made her wish more than ever that her mother was here to greet them. Mum would have loved Luke, and knowing that she would never see him was devastating.

She stood up and walked around to the cot that her dad had placed on the other side of the bed. It was pine, with a drop-down side, crafted by her talented grandfather. She’d heard the story numerous times about how Grandpa had worked late into the night in the weeks before she was born. He’d been determined to get the finish right, to ensure that no rough edges remained to hurt his precious grandchild when she arrived. The beautiful elaborate carvings on the outside of the cot were of vines and grapes, representative of the business that he would one day pass on to the Morton heir. Grandpa had been dedicated to his family, expecting no less of everyone else than he did of himself. Whether he had expected to have more grandchildren after Holly was something he never mentioned; Holly knew that her parents had wanted more children but it had never happened. So she had remained an only child, adored and showered with love and attention.

The cot was already made up with a new mattress, a clean fitted sheet and soft wool blankets. Holly lifted Luke gently from his car seat and laid him on the bed. She removed his jacket and deftly changed his nappy, holding her breath when his eyelids flickered open and a frown passed over his smooth forehead, worried that she’d wake him. When he was dressed again, she placed him in the cot and covered him with a blanket. She watched as he tried to settle himself, but the smells and the mattress were unfamiliar, so she fetched his soft bunny from the car seat and tucked it in next to him, knowing it would be of comfort.

There was a quiet knock at the open door and her dad came in.

‘Your suitcase,’ he whispered, placing it on the floor next to the car seat. ‘I’ve put the pram base in the cupboard under the stairs.’

‘Thanks. I’ll be down once he’s settled properly.’

He nodded, then tiptoed over to the cot and gazed down at Luke. A wave of love swept over Holly. Bruce Dryden was such a big man and yet so gentle; he had been a kind and caring father and she knew she was lucky to have him. He had been her grandfather’s polar opposite in many ways: the calm to his storm on numerous occasions. Holly had never clashed with her father over anything; instead, it had been Grandpa who’d evoked the teenage angst and rebellion in her. It had been Bruce she’d told about her pregnancy, and who’d come to see her and Luke, bringing what he could spare to help them out, offering love and support and trying to encourage Holly to return to the vineyard, though not before she was ready, of course. He had been supportive and never judgemental, understanding and never expectant.

Now she stepped closer to him and hugged him tight, wanting him to know how precious he was and how grateful she was for his love. When she released him, he kissed her forehead, then quietly left the room. 

Holly pulled the baby monitor from her suitcase. The first one she’d bought had been a video monitor, but then she’d watched a documentary about people who knew how to tune into the unsecured video links and were able to spy on babies and their families. It had scared her into binning it and replacing it with an audio one. Even if someone could hear her and Luke, at least they couldn’t watch them.

Once the monitor had been plugged in and the receiver tuned, she closed the curtains and left the room, pulling the door behind her. If Luke woke and needed her, she could be with him in seconds, but she had a feeling that the train journey and the busy morning had tired him out, and that he’d sleep for a while.

Author Bio

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

Twitter: @DarcieBoleyn

Thanks so much to Darcie for stopping by and sharing this extract with us today. Don't forget to go and visit the other stops on the tour!

Friday 29 March 2019

Blog Tour: Extract from Oopsy Daisy (Wildflower Park Part 3) by Bella Osborne

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Oopsy Daisy, Wildflower Park part 3 by Bella Osborne. You know I have been loving this series so far and you can read my review of this particular part by clicking here. This part is out now and you can click here to order your copy now. 

Here's what it's all about:

Escape to Wildflower Park with Part Three of a brand new four-part serial from bestselling author Bella Osborne.
Life’s not always a walk in the park…
When Anna is dumped by her fiancé, she moves in to her own place on the edge of the gorgeous Wildflower Park and pledges to stay off men and focus on her career, but a handsome new colleague seems to thwart her attempts at every turn. And when she receives an accidental text from a mystery man, could it be the new start she needs? Or someone she really shouldn't be falling for?
Anna’s neighbour Sophie is a stressed-out mum-of-two with a third on the way. Her husband is a constant frustration, and their children are a regular source of newly-invented swear words and unidentifiable sticky surfaces.
Luckily, Anna and Sophie have each other – and Wildflower Park proves to be a sanctuary as they map out a path to find the happiness they both deserve…

And here's that extract for you-happy reading!

Anna made chicken Caesar salad for dinner and they ate it in silence, interrupted only by the pitiful begging mews of Maurice trying to snag a little chicken. He’d already wolfed down his own meal of Ocean fish in a light gravy but some days it was hard to fill him up. Anna was still smiling to herself about the bra. She had no idea why Sophie had hung it in the window unless it was purely to wind up Mrs Nowakowski. Sophie no longer looked amused. She was violently spearing croutons, making her current mood very apparent.
‘What’s up?’ asked Anna.
‘I had to say goodbye to the kids and I know they’re going to have an amazing time on holiday with Granny Kraken and it means I don’t have to go to Butlins but it still felt horrid.’
‘Were they okay?’
‘Oh, yeah. I think that made it worse. Arlo had a strop because we made him get out of the car to kiss us both goodbye and Petal happily waved and blew raspberries as she was driven away. They couldn’t have cared less. It was horrible.’
‘Kids take things in their stride. How was Dave?’
‘He wound me up. I came back here to escape and got hijacked by Mrs Nowakowski and bra-gate. I thought she was nice but today she really put the cow in Nowa—’
‘Now, now. She might have had a point. What did Dave do to wind you up?’
Sophie dropped her fork and it clattered onto her plate. Maurice gave her a haughty look at the disturbance. ‘Arlo brought home all his schoolbooks and I was looking through them. When I was away on the team event, Dave had to check Arlo’s homework. It was one sodding line, that was all, and he never bothered to check it.’ She was shaking her head.
‘What was wrong with it then?’

‘Arlo had written, “I love cock!” with an exclamation mark at the end. Which to be honest I thought was really advanced for his age …’

Thanks so much to Bella for stopping by and sharing this with us today. Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour for more reviews and exclusive content and remember to order part 4, out very soon!

Thursday 28 March 2019

Review: The Princess and The Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Today, as well as my review, I have some news about, The Princess and the Fangirl. This book comes out on 2nd April and Quirk Books are running a pre-order campaign. 

Everyone who pre-orders The Princess and the Fangirl will receive . . . 

  • An exclusive short story about Elle and Darien's first date written by Ashley Poston
  • A gorgeous piece of fanart by Margaret Owen, starring Elle and Darien from Geekerella, that's perfect for your laptop or desktop screen

Here's the link to find out more:

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston. 

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year's ExcelsiCon isn't her last, she'll consider her career derailed. 

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That's easier said than done when the girls step into each other's shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these "princesses" race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

Review: Oh I absolutely loved being back in this world again. I loved being among the fandoms and at the convention again and I loved seeing Elle and Darien, the Magic Pumpkin and Sage again. This time though, we get to meet even more wonderful friends. This book introduces us to another side of the Starfield fandom. A fan and blogger and another star of the movie. I loved seeing yet another side to the fandom and the convention and I loved the new characters that we are introduced to. 

Jess is a fab character to begin this book with because you think she's a bit of an entitled brat but when you start to get to know her and see what she's actually dealing with on a daily basis, wow there is so much more to her than meets the eye. The teacher and grown up in me spent a lot of time over the course of the book worrying about her and I still want to do something to help her with her social media stuff but... And then we have Imogen, a blogger (yey!) she is fabulous because she is feisty and she thinks she's got it all figured out, but we know the truth don't we. I loved getting to know her and seeing her grow and change as this novel progresses. 

If you thought the romance in Geekerella was cute, you are going to love the romance in the one. I definitely said 'aww' out loud on more than one occasion while I was reading this. I read it with a friend and it was absolutely torture stopping at one of the agreed stopping points until we had both caught up and could discuss because I needed to find out what was going to happen next, whether something romantic was actually going to happen. Just so cute!

There is a great diverse mix of characters in this book as well. The diversity isn't just there for diversity's sake, it actually makes sense for the plot of the book and to make it true to real life. I loved the different likes and wants of everyone and I love the fact that we have a bit of a girly girl with short pink hair in here who still loves nothing more than a pair of converse on her feet-great job on that one Ashley Poston.

Just like Geekerella, there are lots of fandoms represented in this novel, not just Starfield. There are plenty of Easter eggs for fans out there and for fans of Geekereall, like me, there are lots of character cameos from the first novel so watch out for them. I definitely recommend adding this book to your TBR now, it is so cute and so on point your life will be a happier place for reading it-trust me!

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Guest Review: One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan

One charming bookshop, two unlikely friends, and a summer in Paris that will change their lives forever…
Grace can’t believe it when her husband of twenty-five years announces he doesn’t want to join her on their anniversary trip to Paris – instead, he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock, Grace makes the bold decision to go on this holiday of a lifetime alone.
Audrey leaves behind heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no knowledge of the French language, her summer adventure seems doomed to fail. Until she meets Grace, and everything changes…
Living in neighbouring apartments above the bookshop, Grace and Audrey form an unlikely friendship. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding each other might be the best thing that's ever happened to them.

One Summer In Paris: The new uplifting and feel good summer read from the Sunday Times bestselling Sarah Morgan by [Morgan, Sarah]

Review: I always look forward to reading a new novel by Sarah Morgan. They invariably have such great settings. When I found that this story takes place in Paris, my imagination went immediately to romance, music, amazing food and wonderful scenery. That’s what I found, encasing a beautiful story of a most unlikely friendship and enduring love.

The story revolves around two strong women from very different backgrounds. Grace finds after twenty-five years of marriage that her husband no longer wants to be with her. Instead of accompanying her on their anniversary trip to Paris, he wants a divorce. Eighteen-year-old Audrey has been living a lie for most of her life, hiding the fact that her mother is an alcoholic and that she herself is dyslexic, and wants to escape to a new life. The two women find themselves brought together when Grace takes her carefully planned trip to Paris on her own and Audrey travels there to work for the summer. They end up neighbours in apartments above a bookshop where Audrey has been employed despite her complete ignorance of the French language and difficulties in reading. Thus begins an amazing friendship that you know will last longer than just that summer. They help and support each other in ways that they could not have imagined, and each discovers new possibilities for the future along the way.

I loved this book right from the start and would put it up there with my favourite Sarah Morgan novels. The two main characters were believable and also likeable; they might have been anyone you could meet in your day to day life. Each has been dealt a blow, but has the determination to carry on nonetheless. I admired them both. I found myself laughing and crying along with them as they struggled to find their way through the various situations they found themselves in in this foreign place. They were acquaintances brought together by chance who became the firmest of friends, sharing their deepest, darkest secrets and healing in the process. I think this heart-warming tale set in such a wonderful location will make a lovely summery read, but with tissues at the ready.

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Audiobooks I've Read This Year 26/3/19

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

You know I love an audiobook so doing a top ten of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far this year-such a pleasure! These are great because the narration was great or they were amusing or the story just gripped me. Most of these I couldn't stop listening to so... highly recommend!

Monday 25 March 2019

Review: Wildflower Park Part 4 (Rooting for You) by Bella Osborne

Escape to Wildflower Park with Part Four of a brand new four-part serial from bestselling author Bella Osborne.
Life’s not always a walk in the park…
When Anna is dumped by her fiancé, she moves in to her own place on the edge of the gorgeous Wildflower Park and pledges to stay off men and focus on her career, but a handsome new colleague seems to thwart her attempts at every turn. And when she receives an accidental text from a mystery man, could it be the new start she needs? Or someone she really shouldn't be falling for?
Anna’s neighbour Sophie is a stressed-out mum-of-two with a third on the way. Her husband is a constant frustration, and their children are a regular source of newly-invented swear words and unidentifiable sticky surfaces.
Luckily, Anna and Sophie have each other – and Wildflower Park proves to be a sanctuary as they map out a path to find the happiness they both deserve…

Review: Well it certainly all kicks off in the last part of this wonderful new series from Bella Osborne. I can't believe just how much stuff happens over the course of this short amount of reading. I was gripped every step of the way as I flew through the final dose of Wildflower park. This made for an excellent end to the series and will make for awesome final chapters when the entire novel comes out in June!

We left part 3 on a cliffhanger and so I knew things were going to get exciting for Sophie and Anna in part 4 but boy does everything happen to them. Its so hard to talk about things without giving any spoilers but we do know that Sophie is going to be having a baby at some point and we're going to find out what happens between her and husband Dave. We get to see if Anna decides to conquer some of her fears and how things pan out in the advancement of her career. We also get to find out which path her heart is going to take-all so exciting. 

I have to say there were some very tense moments in this novella.m There were moments where I feared for these women's safety and their were moments where I wanted to be able to jump in the book and give them some advice. You'll be pleased to know we get to hear from all of the supporting characters again in this instalment. Anna's parents appear, as does Maurice and of course Dave's mum Karen-wonderful!

I so enjoyed this and whether your are going to read all four parts separately when this part comes out or wait for the complete Wildflower Park novel, you're in for a treat. I have loved spending time with Sophie and Anna and definitely recommend this book/series. This would be a great addition to your summer TBR.

To order part 4 now, just click here.

Review: Race Me in a Lobster Suit by Kelly Mahon

This collection of prank Craigslist ads and the real email exchanges that followed is the perfect gift for fans of offbeat humor.

When New York City copywriter Kelly Mahon started posting fake gig ads online as a creative outlet, she was surprised to find that there was someone interested in every bizarre job offer she dreamed up. Race Me in a Lobster Suit collects Mahon’s funniest posts, along with the improvised email exchanges with would-be cocoon knitters and lobster racers. Some correspondents became suspicious, while others seemed willing to play along. The result is good-natured comedy gold and a kind of collaborative entertainment that could only exist in the internet gig economy. Irreverent illustrations by cartoonist Graham Annable (creator of the Harvey Award nominated Grickle comics) ensure that this small book offers outsize laughs. A quick, hilarious read, Race Me in a Lobster Suit is perfect for anyone who needs a bit of absurdity to brighten their day.

Review: This was just a fabulous read. I read this in one sitting chuckling to myself one evening and I would definitely recommend this book. This would be especially good if you were looking for a gift or something different to give someone, they will definitely thank you for it. 

Some of the adverts that this writer posted are just about beyond belief but then when you read about the replies that she gets, you get even further beyond the realms of what is actually plausible in this world. The titular advert, Race Me in a Lobster suit is one of the funniest in the book. I love the specific detail that goes into everything and the way this writer tries to either avid or cause more conflict in the correspondence with each respondent. 

Another ad which actually features on the back of the book is about being knitted into a cocoon and the person responding to that ad takes it so seriously they even resume talking again after the conversation has been initially terminated. I love just how far some people are willing to go and just how easily this writer managed to manipulate them into thinking they were replying to a real ad. 

I so enjoyed this book, I am sure you will too and I will definitely be gifting this to some worthy recipients as the year goes on-hilarious!

To order your copy now, just click the link: UK or US

Sunday 24 March 2019

Movie Reviews: March 17th-23rd

Another Sunday, another lot of movie reviews. As always, I go into more detailed thoughts on my movie reviews video over on my BookTube channel which I will leave at the bottom of this post once it is live so if you want a little more detail, give that a watch please and thank you!

I ended up seeing this in 3D. it was OKAY but not great. Some parts felt a little bit trippy and the storyline with the mom getting ill was really really sad! Not a recommendation from me...

I went to see this again because I loved it so much the first time. I laughed just as much and I still really recommend going to see it!

This was another one that was just OKAY. The acting in this film left a lot to be desired and whilst this storyline had potential, the execution dragged a little and was spoiled by the last of acting. I don't really recommend this one either!

Obviously I have seen this before, but this was a special release for the 20th anniversary of the film. It was great seeing it on the big screen for the first time having just watched the video and the DVD before. It was also good seeing it with an audience, although I had forgotten just how much overt sexual activity was in this. I love this movie!

As always, if there is a particular film you would like to see me review over on my channel or a book vs movie video you would like to me make just leave me a comment on here or over on my video and I will gladly make that happen!