The Versatile Blogger Award

versatile blog.pngI was nominated for this by Emma @ AfterButterflyRain – Thanks so much! I love tags and these award thingys are just so nice.

The Rules:

  • Show the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person that nominated you.
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 9 bloggers of your choosing.
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.

7 Facts:

  1. I am 21 (almost 22) and about to enter my final year studying English Language at Cardiff University. I love my course and I love my uni girls and I don’t want it to end (although I’m not totally buzzing about doing my dissertation soon).
  2. I took a gap year after school when I travelled by myself to Costa Rica to live in a camp in the jungle and carry out wildlife conservation work and some research on butterflies, turtles and monkeys. I both loved it and hated it, but it was an undeniably fantastic experience.
  3. I love film and TV almost as much as I love books. I guess I just love fiction (more than reality). My favourite big programmes are Orange Is The New Black, Game of Thrones, and American Horror Story. However, nothing will ever beat Gossip Girl. But I also love slightly more low-key programmes like Poldark and, though I hate to admit it, Made In Chelsea.
  4. I can play the piano. I used to be pretty good – decent grades in practical and theory – but I’ve gotten a little rusty since I didn’t take my keyboard to uni with me. One day though, I aspire to own my own proper piano.
  5. I have a black Labrador called Lola and she is the cutest little thing ever. She’s 5 years old but still looks and acts like a puppy.
  6. My essential cosmetic accessory is nail polish. I regularly leave the house wearing no makeup, but I hate leaving my nails unpainted. I used to bite my nails until I got braces and couldn’t bite them anymore, and since then I’ve kept my nails long and neat and brightly coloured. It’s just such a small and easy thing to keep pretty!
  7. Finally, I am obsessed with giraffes. They’re my favourite animal and I love them. I think they’re beautiful, elegant creatures and it would be a dream come true to go on safari and see them in the wild. I’m pretty short, so I think I feel an affinity with them, because they’re so tall.

I nominate:

 

 

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Teaser Tuesday (6th September)

ttTeaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted on Books and a Beat. I saw it on The Tattooed Book Geek’s blog and thought it looked like a fun idea.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

A Proposal to Die For (A Lady Alkmene Callender Mystery, Book 1) by Vivian Conroy:cover96350-medium

Loc 2767 (Kindle edition):

“Among the graves beside the church something took shape in the gloom. A dark silhouette moving among the tombstones.”

Book Description:

A murderous beginning

With her father away in India, Lady Alkmene Callender finds being left to her own devices in London intolerably dull, until the glamorous Broadway star Evelyn Steinbeck arrives in town! Gossip abounds about the New York socialite, but when Ms Steinbeck’s wealthy uncle, Silas Norwhich, is found dead Lady Alkmene finds her interest is piqued. Because this death sounds a lot to her like murder…

Desperate to uncover the truth, Lady Alkmene begins to look into Ms Steinbeck’s past – only to be hampered by the arrival of journalist, Jake Dubois – who believes she is merely an amateur lady-detective meddling in matters she knows nothing about!

But Lady Alkmene refuses to be deterred from the case and together they dig deeper, only to discover that some secrets should never come to light…

The twenties have never been so dangerous.

Sunshine on a Rainy Day – Bryony Fraser

30826797One month after her wedding to Jack, Zoe is not happy. She doesn’t want to become just ‘someone’s wife’, and the two of them have started arguing over the tiniest things. The result: Zoe wants a divorce. However, marriage laws state that a divorce cannot be granted before one year of marriage, so Jack and Zoe must spend the whole year still married, still living in their flat because neither can afford to move out, still at each other’s throats, but are they still in love, too?

Okay so, the first thing I have to say is that I don’t understand why Zoe and Jack got married in the first place. Zoe is 100% against marriage, and makes that abundantly clear throughout the book. So why did she agree to marry Jack? Why did she go through with the wedding when she knew – had always known – that marriage wasn’t what she wanted?

Aside from that, the story is pretty good. There’s a bit more to it than most chick-lit books, with other things going on besides the turmoil in Zoe and Jack’s relationship, and it’s well written and very smooth. Unfortunately, I struggled to get over the ultimate question of why Zoe got married at all when she clearly didn’t want to, because this kind of spoiled the premise of the whole book. The second they got married, everything fell apart and that appeared to be purely down to Zoe’s negative mindset. If she’d given the marriage a fighting chance, they probably wouldn’t have had a problem.

Positives though: the characters were witty and, apart from Zoe, realistic and likeable. It was predictable but in a nice way, and thoroughly engaging. An easy, fun, and humorous read. Plus I absolutely adore the cover – it’s so cute! Definitely caught my eye.

I received this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sample Review: Cartes Postales From Greece – Victoria Hislop

14212795_10154086831417881_1577678702306334573_nI was fortunate enough to receive a mini proof copy of Cartes Postales from Greece from the publisher. It contained a sample of the story (the beginning and two short stories based on photos) and gorgeous coloured photos inside.

The description: Week after week, the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A.

With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself.

On the morning Ellie leaves for Athens, a notebook arrives. Its pages tell the story of a man’s odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, A’s tale unfolds with the discovery not only of a culture but also of a desire to live life to the full once more.

The book is illustrated with photographs from around Greece, each of which tell their own individual story. Adult illustrated fiction in full colour – a rarity.

I loved the beginning of the story and am desperate to know who A is and why Ellie is receiving the postcards! Buzzing to read the whole story – will definitely be buying this when it goes on sale (September 22nd, 2016)!