When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Posted on 5 July, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Published: 1st June 2017
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Waterstones

Summary:
he arranged marriage YA romcom you didn’t know you wanted or needed…

Meet Dimple.

Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.

Meet Rishi.

He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans…

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.


When Life

There is always a fear when a book starts to receive a lot of hype that it will never live up to the expectations that have been placed upon it. I had these very concerns over When Dimple Met Rishi but after many of my blogging friends urged me to read it, I decided to push the concerns aside and just get on with reading it. And I cannot be more grateful that I did. In the end, I fell head over heels in love with this book. There is so much to love about it but I don’t want to spoil it too much for you – or over-hype it! But essentially this is a book that has gone instantly on to my favourites shelf and is one that I am certain I will be reading time and time again.

Gives You

When Dimple Met Rishi is the story of a girl who feels trapped in her circumstance and just wants some freedom from her parents and tradition. It’s a coming of age story both for her and the absolutely wonderful Rishi too. Sandhya Menon has done a truly marvelous job of creating characters that are believable, and easy to fall in love with. They’re three-dimensional and adorable. Strong but also weak. On top of all that, this is a character driven storyline and it as an exceptional one at that. It shows that we don’t always get the life we planned but that is okay. It has amazing themes of acceptance, feminism, family love, friendships and perseverance. Last, but certainly not least, Sandhya has created a story that is intensely cute.

Lemons, Just

With a diverse and fascinating cast of characters who are all well thought-out and realistic, Sandhya Menon makes it difficult to choose just one to love. Thus I want to tell you about the two main characters in this book. First, and definitely my absolute favourite, is Dimple. Dimple is strong-willed, passionate and fiery. I loved reading about her and I ultimately loved her journey in the book. Next up is the ever-wonderful Rishi. Rishi is artistic, funny, adorable and caring. The perfect balance for Dimple, of course.

Make Lemonade

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was incredibly cute, wonderfully addictive and filled me with lots of heart-warming feelings. It also had me quite emotional towards the ends – seems I was quite invested in the characters. The storyline may have been a little predictable but to me, that’s totally okay. This book is perfect just the way it is. It’s diverse and it celebrates that so well. It reads well and is just a wonderful story that I will definitely re-read at some point. It is a book that I would highly recommend, especially if you’re looking for something to fill your heart with hope and love.

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 5 July, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment


One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton

Posted on 26 June, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment

One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton

Title: One Italian Summer
Author: Keris Stainton
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: 4th May 2017
Pages: 245
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Waterstones

Summary:
It’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was …

With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time? What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more.

Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had?


It’s Time

I’m not going to lie, I absolutely adore Keris Stainton‘s books. I love her writing and the subject matter that she tackles. Her books are always quick, easy to read and still feel my soul with many emotions. This is no different to One Italian Summer but I honestly think this is probably her best book yet. I was instantly transported into this story and from the very first few chapters I was already crying. Keris has created a novel that really makes you feel but as well as hitting you in the heart, it is also full of fun, hope and happiness. Reading it was like watching a wonderfully moving film in the cinema that leaves you feeling raw but hopeful.

To Start

One Italian Summer follows Milly, her two sisters and her mum as they go on their annual family holiday to Italy, for the very first time without their father who suddenly passed away. At the start of the novel, the family and Milly especially, are not dealing with this too well – as you would expect. The book shows how they work their way through many issues and it is executed exceptionally well. I felt for every single character in the story and loved how everything was separate but also interlinked at the same time. Also, can I please just take a moment to gush about how amazing the sisters in this family were? They were as close as best friends and I absolutely loved that. It’s so refreshing to read about such a close family unit. Not all sisters are enemies!

Letting Go

My favourite character by far was Milly but it was always going to be, I seem to have an affliction for falling in love with the protagonists in books! Milly was not coping very well at all but she was also caring and loyal, she was funny and strong underneath it all. Basically, everything that I love in a protagonist. She went on a really heart-warming journey and I just connected with her so much. But while Milly was an incredible character to read about, she fortunately didn’t overshadow the other characters. I absolutely adored Leonie. She was so confident and vibrant. She was also rebellious and stressed. A wonderful balance – as all humans are. Of course, another reason to read this book is Luke. He is a wonderful character. Funny, charming and totally lovely. He was protective and sensitive and he was absolutely lovely to read.

And Start Living

Overall this book was a fascinating, heart-warming and heart-breaking read that is literally the perfect summer read. It’s a dose of Italy but it’s also a dose of family, friendship, love and hope. It is a book that deals with so many issues, and big ones such as greif and coming out of the closet, and it does it with sensitivity and compassion but also realistically too. Not everything goes to plan and we say things we don’t mean and this is shown so honestly in this book. Honestly, I could gush about this book all day. It was truly wonderful and a book that I would probably read over and over again. If you’re a fan of Sarah Dessen or Morgan Matson, definitely make sure you add this book to your reading pile this summer!

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

five stars

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Posted on 26 June, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment


Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 6 April, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Hello All!

Today I have a bit of a different post. I have a review of my favourite book of 2017. Yes, I just said that. And to go along with it I have a little guest post from the author; Brigid Kemmerer too!


3 words to describe…

By Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost: Emotional, Hopeful, Romantic

Declan: Dark, Loyal, Frustrated

Juliet: Grief-stricken, Lost, Thoughtful

Yourself: Kind, Motherly, Caffeinated


Letters to the LostTitle: Letters to the Lost
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 6th April 2017
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Waterstones

Summary:
Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they’re not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet.


Sometimes You

If you’ve been following this blog a while that you might know that Brigid Kemmerer is one of my most favourite authors that I have discovered since I started blogging. I fell in love with her first series, Elementals and found that every single book just got so much better than the next. So when I found out that she was publishing another book and that it had gained rights in the UK, I could not wait to get my hands on it. And fortunately, Letters to the Lost has lived up to all of the expectations I put upon it. It was, quite literally, worth the wait and is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I would not say that it was Brigid’s best book but I think my heart is just too much in love with the Merrick brothers to let that happen.

Just Need

There is one thing that Brigid Kemmerer does in her writing that always makes me envious of her talent because she always manages to make you fall hard for her characters. No matter who they are or what evil they do, she gets inside of their head so succinctly that you cannot help but understand and empathize with the characters, to the point that you just want to hug them and tell them that everything will be okay, even if it won’t be. This is something she has once again managed in Letters to the Lost. All of her books are essentially character focused, which are my favourite kind of books. This book is even more so. Essentially it is the story of two people and how their lives change once they start to intertwine. It is a book where two characters grow because of each other and it is absolutely wonderful to read.

Someone To

Honestly, I am not entirely sure how she does it but somehow Brigid always makes me fall in love with the worst of her characters – probably because her characters are not actually bad but simply misunderstood. She lets their voices come alive and allows you to become well and truly attached. This is why Declan is my favourite character in Letters to the Lost. While both characters go on a journey that strengthens their character, I feel that Declan went on the biggest journey. He had a bad reputation, he acted like he didn’t care and he did not get along with his Step Father. He was stubborn, full of fury and seemed to believe the world hated him. But underneath all of that he was also caring, protective, gentle and incredibly clever. I felt that he went on the biggest transformation but also, he just managed to let all of his anger and fears melt, allowed the people in his life a chance to see him as he truly was and not how the world portrayed him.

Find You

I always try my hardest not to get too gushy in reviews as I know that sometimes it can feel a little biased and hard to make someone else want to pick up a book if all you’re screaming at them is “READ THIS BOOK, READ IT NOW.” But honestly, that is exactly how I feel about this book. It was an emotional roller-coaster (spoiler: as all Brigid’s books are), it touched my heart (spoiler: as all Brigid’s books do) and it made me think just a little differently about people and how they don’t always show who they truly are on the outside; how sometimes you have to probe a little further to find out what people are really like. But mostly I loved this book so much because it is an addictive, heart-wrenching and heart-warming book that I will happily re-read time and time again. So if you haven’t read this book, I urge you to do so. (Or well… any of Brigid’s books…)

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 6 April, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment


The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Posted on 2 February, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Title: The Breakdown
Author: B. A. Paris
Publisher: HQ
Published: 9th Feb 2017
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…


Initial Thoughts

After reading and falling head over heels in love with B. A. Paris’ first book, Behind Closed Doors (Review Here), I had high expectations for The Breakdown. However there was also a little bit of trepidation too – what if this book was a let down? Fortunately I needed not to have worried. I flicked through The Breakdown quickly because I was addicted and simply had to know what was actually going on. Needless to say this book is one of the best books that I read last year.

Plot

One of the absolutely brilliant things about this book is the narrative. The main character is forgetting things but they’re also not in the narrative which leads you to a unreliable narrator as you try to piece together everything that is going on. The plot is incredible clever and well-written and I was quite literally blown away with it. I thought the ending was absolutely fantastic as well. B. A. Paris has written yet another strong and intense book that is sure to become very popular.

Characters

I’m not going to lie, I really liked Cass. I was worried about her and for her and wanted to make everything okay for her. She was a strong but fragile character and I could feel her conflicting emotions so well. B. A. Paris has created some very strong and powerful characters in this novel and they’re all very interesting to read about. I am actually a little in awe of how well she creates such believable characters that you feel so much empathy for.

Summary

Aside from yelling: READ THIS BOOK, I’m hoping this review dictates how wonderful and brilliant this book is. It’s a rollarcoaster of a read as you feel your way through the storyline and try to work out what is happening and how it will all end. It is addictive, fast paced, and very intense too. If you loved Behind Closed Doors or are just a thriller fan, definitely make sure that you do not miss out on this next stunning book by B. A. Paris!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 2 February, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment


Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Posted on 1 January, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

wing-jonesTitle: Wing Jones
Author: Katherine Webber
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: 5th January 2017
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Wing Jones

Summary:
Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.


Sometimes You

If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you may know that I really like running. I’m not any good at it, not by a long shot but I like it and have really missed being able to run this year due to my physical limitations so, when I heard about Wing Jones, I knew it was a book that I simply had to read. It was about running! Thus, I picked up the book after hearing many high recommendations for it and am happy to inform you that I really, really enjoyed the book. It was so much more than I was expecting and I just loved it from start to finish.

Just Have To

Katherine Webber takes you on a very inspirational and emotional journey in this book. She doesn’t shy away from the dark and scary topics that arise and she doesn’t sweep everything under the carpet as though it is nothing. She has created a marvelous book that really makes you think while also making your heart swell with pride and happiness by the end of it all. Which is basically everything I love in stories all wrapped up in one neat little bow. (I am trying really hard not to just gush about this book, is it working yet?)

Open Your Wings

One of the biggest things I love about this book is that it is truly character-driven. This story is about Wing Jones and how she learns who she is and grows into someone she loves. It’s a truly wonderful journey that really filled my heart with hope, happiness and pride. I felt so much for Wing Jones and was so glad when things ended the way they did. I also really loved Aaron and Eliza. I thought they were wonderfully strong characters too who helped to shape Wing and mold her journey. But the biggest thing I loved about the cast of this book was how diverse all of the characters are. Katherine Webber has not shied away from creating a realistic society in this book and I truly loved that. This is the kind of book we need in YA right now.

And Fly

In case you’re not entirely sure yet, I completely and utterly loved this book. I devoured it quickly and greedily because I wanted to stay with Wing. I felt so many emotions while reading this book from sadness, to pain, to hope, to happiness. I swung in so many directions and I felt this really made the book that much more exciting and entertaining. I felt like I was in the story and more than anything else I just wanted to make Wing feel happy and safe. I wanted her to be okay more than anything else. Ultimately, I am surprised that this is Katherine’s debut novel and I will definitely be keeping an eye on her from now on!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Posted on 7 November, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last WordTitle: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: 16th June 2015
Pages: 368
Format: Hardback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK

Summary:
If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


Often All

Sometimes when you start reading a book, it captures your soul in a way that no other book has done before. This is what happened to me when I started reading Every Last Word. It spoke to me in ways that very few books have done in recent months. There was just something so wonderful about this book that I truly related to and found exceptional. I could fully connect and appreciate the main character of the story and the journey that she finds herself on. I also feel this book would be brilliant for anyone wanting to understand just a little more about OCD and how it can affect a person’s life.

You Need

This book follows Sam as she deals with slipping away from her friends. It’s a brilliant, addictive, and stunning book that really pulls the reader in. I became enamored with the secret poet society that she stumbles across, love the way she slowly opens herself up and was absolutely floored by the ending. Tamara Ireland Stone has written a very hard-hitting and intense book that really gets down in to the dark crevices of mental health, being a teenager and learning to deal with the world, one step at a time.

Is To Believe

I cannot describe enough how much I absolutely adored all of the characters in this book but I really, really loved Sam. She was portrayed so well, written beautifully and was wonderfully flawed to boot. I loved how her confidence grew and how she learnt to open her world to other people. I admired her strength as she battled her OCD many times over and how she learnt to deal with overcoming the boundaries that her mind gives her every single day. She is a strong, inspiring and heartfelt character that I will look up to for many years to come.

In Yourself

Every Last Word was a spellbinding read that stole my heart – in case you didn’t quite get that yet. It was hard-hitting, realistic and just brilliant. I’m really trying hard not to gush too much but this book well and truly stuck in my heart like glue. It is a powerful, emotional, lovely read that just really puts forth a strong message of hope, strength, love, friendships and relationships. It is a book that I will definitely be reading again and one that I would highly recommend others read!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Blog Tour: My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

Posted on 26 October, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

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Hey All!
Today is my stop on the My Sister’s Bones blog tour and I am here today with a review, which will hopefully be more than just READ THIS BOOK, but we’ll see. First, here’s some information about the book!


About the Book

my-sisters-bones Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped their father. Her younger sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.

But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.

At first Kate tells herself it’s just a nightmare. But then she hears it again. And this time she knows she’s not imagining it.

What secret is lurking in the old family home?
And is she strong enough to uncover it…and make it out alive?

Amazon UK. Goodreads.


My Review

In the Dark

When I first heard about this book, I was instantly intrigued. A fish hook had landed and I was curious to see where it was going to take me. Now that I have finished the book, I am struggling to find the words to explain just how immaculate, powerful and intense this book was. From the very first sentence to the very last, I was absorbed by the words on the page. It took me on an exceptional journey that I may never forget.

In The Light

The problem about reviewing is that I don’t want to gush too much and put you off or put too much pressure on you to read this book but it also the worry that you will give too much away. And in the case of this book, I do not want to give anything away. A large part of what made this book so gripping and thrilling was not knowing what would happen or where the book was leading me. Thus all I want to say here is that this book was intense, thrilling and an emotional rollercoaster that leaves you breathless.

How Do You

What really captured my attention was how intricate and detailed all of the characters were. I was pulled into the story by Kate whose story tugged at my heartstrings. And I swayed along with Sally as life plodded along. All the characters were dark, deep and full of life. You could see where things fitted and fell apart, could understand the feelings and thoughts from all sides and it just made the book that much more intense and powerful.

Know The Truth

In case you missed it, I have fallen head over heels in love with this book. I devoured it from beginning to end and really struggled to put it down. It was an emotional book that struck my heart when I least expected it. With an absorbing narrative, this book is sure to pull you out of this world and into an entirely new one where things aren’t quite what they seem…


About the Author

nuala-ellwood-credit-justine-stoddartNuala Ellwood is the daughter of an award-winning journalist. She was inspired by his experiences and those of foreign correspondents such as Marie Colvin and Martha Gellhorn to secure Arts Council funding for her research into PTSD for her debut psychological thriller MY SISTER’S BONES.

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Book Review: The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne

Posted on 30 September, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne

puppet-masterTitle: The Puppet Master
Author: Abigail Osborne
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: 30th August 2016
Pages: 228
Format: Ebook
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Author
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK

Summary:
Manipulated by fear and love…could you cut the strings and take back control?

Billie’s hiding from the world, believing it to be the only way to take control of her life as she lives in fear of the man who nearly destroyed her. But what she doesn’t realise is that she’s exactly where he wants her; isolated and afraid. A chance meeting with budding journalist Adam sparks a relationship that could free her from the terror that controls her. But will Adam be able to see the real Billie buried under her terror and pain?

Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives she ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him but as unwanted attraction and feelings blossom between them, Adam is forced to realise that all is not as it seems.

Most of their lives have been unknowingly governed by the desires and needs of someone who considers himself their master. He has influenced and shaped them for years, meticulously weaving a web of lies and control around them. Can Billie and Adam survive the betrayals in store and cut the strings that bind them?

One thing is for sure. The master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.


My Review

This is one of those books that even when I was only partway through it, I already wanted to recommend it to people. I was already enamoured with the book that I was thinking of the best ways to push it on people. Abigail has written a very sensitive topic with incredible skill. She’s captured the essence of all the emotions people can go through in a truly magnificent way. Her main protagonist Billie has been through a lot and it shows how talented Abigail is that she has created such a believable and truthful character in Billie. I was awed by how realistic everything was and how Abigail really got to the bottom of every single emotion.

One of the things that I am well aware can make or break a novel is how well a sensitive topic is handled and Abigail has shown that she can handle it perfectly. Repulsion flew off me in waves as I read the story as well as anger and sadness but also jubilance and hope. Abigail has not romanticized or trivalised anything but left it raw and open, like it should be represented. The bare and disturbing truth of it all.

I cannot express how much I loved this book. It was intense, powerful and full of raw emotions. It showed the world as it can be both dark and light, showing that the world isn’t just black and white too. It was just a wonderfully brilliant book and I cannot urge you enough to pick it up and read it. I am 100% sure that you will not regret it.

*please note* There are triggers in this book as it contains violence, manipulation, sexual, domestic and emotional abuse. It also contains PTSD, anxiety and depression.

five stars

** I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Film Review: Hell or High Water (2016)

Posted on 9 September, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

hell-or-high-waterTitle: Hell or High Water
Director: David Mackenzie
Screenwriter: Taylor Sheridan
Published: 9th September 2016
Main Cast: Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham
Format: Cinema Screening
Source:: Unlimited Viewing at Cineworld
Add It: IMDB

Summary:
Chris Pine and Ben Foster play two brothers on the run from the law in this gripping drama.

Toby (Chris Pine, Star Trek) is a divorced father who only wants a better life for his kids. With both him and his ex-convict brother, Tanner (Ben Foster, 3:10 to Yuma) facing the foreclosure of their mother’s West Texas farm, they decide to take justice into their own hands by robbing the bank they believe robbed them. But after the robbery they find they have two West Texas rangers (Gil Birmingham and Jeff Bridges) on their trail…

This modern Western is directed by British director David Mackenzie (Starred Up) and has been lovebombed by American critics. Variety called it “a thrillingly good movie – a crackerjack drama of crime, fear, and brotherly love set in a sun-roasted, deceptively sleepy West Texas that feels completely exotic for being so authentic,” while The Playlist described it as “if No Country for Old Men were remade as a heist movie.”


At What Point

I didn’t know much about this film before I decided to go and see it which is more or less how I prefer it. Thus I walked in with no expectations and no theories on how the film was going to play out. Whether this increased my enjoyment or not, I don’t know but I do know that I thoroughly enjoyed this film. From the beginning until the end, I was fully enraptured by this story.

Do You Bend

This drama was packed with emotion and I felt so much watching it. Every single character stole my heart and I was at a loss for who to support which was such a fascinating experience. This was due to the wonderful acting but also because the incredibly strong screenplay with witty and brilliant dialogue. I just loved it all.

The Rules For

Along with vibrant characters, the cinematography and plot were also very well done too. The plot was gripping and tense and the cinematography really pulled that atmosphere out of the screen too. From dusty, secluded and empty Texan towns to funny moments in diners and banks. This film was just full of amazing moments and just worked so well. It is the kind of film that I love to watch.

A Better Life

A film that makes you laugh one minute, feel tense the next and finally has you near to tears, this is nothing but an emotional rollarcoaster. I was fully transfixed on the screen and couldn’t wait to find out how it all came to an end. I was blown away by the film as a whole and will definitely be re-watching this film at some point in the future. I would highly recommend giving this film a watch.

five stars

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DVD Review; Huntsman: Winter’s War

Posted on 14 August, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

The_Huntsman_–_Winter's_War_posterTitle: Huntsman: Winter’s War
Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron & Emily Blunt
Release Date: 15th August 2016
Format: DVD & Blu-Ray
Source:: Review Copy
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Summary:
Freya the Ice Queen (Emily Blunt) brings her sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron) back to life, and the powerful evil siblings plan to conquer the Enchanted Forest. Only the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and his secret lover Sara (Jessica Chastain) can stop them in this sequel continuing the inventive twist on the Snow White fable.


When You

When I first watched this film in the cinema, I was a bit unsure what to expect. Having seen Snow White and the Huntsman previously, I knew that it would be a magnificent film but there were parts of that film that film that I disliked. Fortunately, this film was a lot better and I ended up liking it a lot. So when I was given the chance to receive the DVD and review it early, I jumped on the chance. Watching the film for a second time just made me realise how much I really enjoyed this film and I am certain that I will continue to watch this film over and over again. The exact thing you want when purchasing a DVD or Blu-Ray!

Lose Everything

I’ve always been enamoured with the Snow White story and I love that in this film they dive deeper into the background of the story. This is different to the normal story that we all know and love. This is the prequel story, how the Huntsman became the Huntsman. It was thrilling, addictive and intense. I thought it was full of brilliant twists and turns and I found myself riveted in my seat both times that I watched the film. My favourite characters of the film, aside from the Huntsman himself, were the dwarves. They were the perfect characters to bring comic relief to such a dark film and I just thought they were absolutely brilliant.

Do You

The one thing about this film that cannot be missed out of this review is the stunning cinematography. This film is absolutely beautiful. Every colour has been carefully planned and plotted to bring out the right essence of this film. From the cold, snowy scenery to the vibrant colours of the forest. It has all made this film a masterpiece to watch. It made the atmosphere just right and just makes me want to re-watch it over and over again to witness the beauty all over again. It is absolutely stunning and I am in awe of everyone who worked on this film to make it what it is.

Give Up?

Overall this film is a spectacular movie that will keep you entertained from start to finish. It is interesting and fascinating and you will become engrossed in the storyline as the film progresses. It is full of charming characters that you can’t help but love and villains that you will want to destroy. It’s storytelling and filmmaking at its finest and it is easily re-watchable too. I absolutely adored this film and I know that I will be re-watching it myself too. This film is intense, emotional, and has comic relief moments too. The perfect film to watch with the family. So, if you haven’t yet seen this yet, I highly recommend you go out and buy it tomorrow!

five stars

** I received this copy in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 14 August, 2016 by Faye - No Comments