Book Review

Book Review : Oh! What a Pavlova by Isabella May 

Recently I had the privilege of reading this amazing book by Isabella May. What a treat for me and I must say I wasn’t disappointed! 

The Blurb 

Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy. 

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation. 

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future. 

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom… 

But will she escape before it’s too late?

My Review 

Isabella has an amazing writing style. I could tell that the day I read her guest post here on my blog, which made me more eager to read her novel. It definitely didn’t disappoint! It’s a story filled with interesting characters, hard topics, delicious food and exotic locations. 

This book sheds light on the gut wrenching topic of domestic abuse in a way that draws you into the whirlwind that is Kates’ life. I loved the fact that Kate herself is flawed and far from perfect, which made her relatable and had you wanting to drop some sense into her a few times. 

This really is a great read that will keep you glued as it twists and turns and takes you on an amazing adventure! 

About the Author 

Isabella May lives in Spain with her husband, daughter and son. She is the co-founder of the popular online woman’s magazine ‘The Glass house Girls’ and is a known Book Fairy. 

Oh! What a Pavlova was her debut novel, with her second novel ‘The Cocktail Bar’ hot off the press. 

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Book Review

Book Review : The Carrero Effect by LT Marshall 

Synopsis:

Emma Anderson has everything in her life worked out, the perfect job in a Manhattan empire allowing her to live a quiet organised and safe existence. A necessity to her. That is until a promotion sends her straight into the presence of her young, super hot, playboy billionaire boss, and stuck as his right-hand man every waking moment of every single day. Like chalk and cheese, two people with no longing for love or complication, this unusual pairing may either be just what she needs in her life, or the absolute path to disaster. He’s everything she’s not. Compulsive, confident, laid back, dominant and fun, with an ability to steamroller over her manicured ice maiden exterior. New love, overwhelming emotion and heartbreak. This tale will take you on a rollercoaster begging for more. Love-able sexy characters and deep emotional topics. Contains some mature, adult content and language.

My Review :

What an emotional roller coaster of a book! I didn’t know whether to love or hate Jake. In fact I’m still not sure whether I love or hate him and that is what makes this book so brilliant. It keeps you hooked until the last page and then leaves you wanting more! 

Being part of a Trilogy I didn’t know how LT Marshall would make a love story want to make you reaching for Book two, but she did a phenomenal job! Now all you want to do is reach for the second one in the series, to see if what you want to happen,  will actually happen. 

The dynamics of the relationships are definitely intense and left me wondering about Emma’s state of mind and why she is the way she is. 

For those who love Romance that deals with real issues, then these are definitely the books for you. There is love and lust and heartache and pain. There are friendships and relationships that can give you a check of your own reality. 

So now I’m off to read book two, so I can decide if I’m going to be #TeamJake or #TeamArry 

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Book Review

Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Recently I had the pleasure of reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

Synopsis :

In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the Wilds who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

To start off I must say I absolutely love the cover! This revised cover edition is much better than the original and really caught my eye.

Besides loving the cover, I absolutely fell in love with the book! Dystopia novels are not something I usually read, but the concept of Love being declared a dangerous disease, definitely made me explore further.

Lauren Oliver has an amazing talent. She almost writes in a style devoid of love in this book, to emphasise the theme. I found myself so drawn to this world as I could feel it and imagine it in every word, every description and the lack of emotion in her way of writing.

The idea that Lena was about to have her procedure made you start hoping for some way out for her from page one. Being a hopeless romantic myself I definitely was of the school of thought that, should I be in their position,  I would have definitely wanted to go to The Wilds instead.

Discussion Points :

This book definitely raises some interesting points and I thought I would list some things I found myself discussing with others, that I would love to discuss with you too.

1. If you had to choose between living a life incapable of feeling love, or living a life devoid of any luxuries in order to at least feel love. What would you choose?

My view to this was that I would really struggle living in the Wilds without water and electricity etc, but if I was with someone I loved it would make it all worth it. 

2. Do you think that this Dystopian novel hints to the fact that we are currently being controlled by our governments to think or feel a certain way?

My view is that mass media seems to lead our thinking on certain topics in particular directions. So to an extent I think how we view things is being influenced. 

3. Were there things about the novel that seemed far fetched or not believable?

My View: Yes I felt that if a breakaway society existed, they didn’t necessarily have to be nomads or jungle dwellers. I’m sure they would have been intelligent enough to create a good comfortable society. I would have loved their world to sound better than the current controlled world, but in some aspects it sounded worse.

Overall I must say I loved this book and I went on to read the next one in the series.

Although it’s classified as a Young Adults novel, I think it raises some real interesting concepts that we will all love to explore.

My Rating 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Definitely a must read for me
This book is available on Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle Formats.

There are also more books in the Series that you will love to explore. Each written in its own unique style and adds more pieces to the puzzle.

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Book Review

Book Review: Clipped Wings by Jennifer Gilmour

This book had my heart beating wildly in my chest as I read each real life account from survivors of domestic abuse.

Synopsis:

The silent chorus. Just imagine you thought that you had met the man or woman of your dreams. This person was charming and you thought they were the one or perhaps that this was fate; it was just meant to be. But as the months go by things start to change. Their behaviour towards you isn’t the same, they are more critical, more particular about your appearance, what you do, how you do it, who you see. Time goes by and you feel isolated from your friends and family because that behaviour has now changed to threats, maybe violence and you feel that your identity is all but gone. But still you stay. Where would you go? Who would help you? You are not worthy. But you are. A group of survivors have spoken about their own experiences. In their own words they show that survivors do have a voice and that it needs to be heard. They show that abuse isn’t unique or strange but that it is, unfortunately, a surprisingly common problem in today’s society. The message of this book is one of courage, as with courage comes awareness and an ability to understand what has happened to you and take the steps needed to become a survivor yourself.

My review :

My heart ached for each person who told their story. Parts of me wished this book was a fiction novel because the pain you read is tremendous.

Each person’s story pulled at your heart strings making you not want to stop reading.
They each give you warning signs to look out for as well as strategies of how to leave if you are in an abusive relationship.

Hearing the stories written by survivors makes you understand why they stay, and makes you realise how desperately they need your help.

I would like to commend the Author for ensuring the stories were written by each survivor in their own distinctive voice. I want to commend her for writing a book that gives a voice to those suffering. I would also like to mention that even though the book speaks mainly of woman’s accounts, but there are countless men experiencing the same pain daily, and the shame they face to speak out is even harder.

To all men and woman who have survived abuse, make your story heard so that someone else who is suffering can find their voice and find their freedom.

I would highly recommend this gripping book to people experiencing abuse and also to family and friends who suspect their loved one is being abused. Let’s spread the word and put a stop to this inhumane act in society.

My Rating:

🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This book deserves 5 Stars for its ability to tell these stories in the voices of the people who experienced the horror of them. It was brave of each person to tell their story and even more brave of Jennifer to openly share hers. Beautifully written. Gripping and honest. A must read. 

About the Author :
Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business. From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write her first novel Isolation Junction. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again. Since the publication of her debut novel, Jennifer has continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through her blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed. Jennifer also gained a qualification in facilitating a recover programme for those who have been in abusive relationships. Jennifer continues to publicly support those who are isolated and struggle to have a voice. Jennifer hopes that Clipped Wings give’s a voice to survivor’s experiences and raise’s awareness further of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse

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