Update: Character Writing, Hectic Work Schedule and My Tonsillectomy

…Is this thing on?

I’m sorry! I know it’s been a while since I have written any book reviews but my life has been super busy (sometimes not by choice) lately and I haven’t really had much time to read any books, never mind write about them.

Not that I’m making up excuses, but we’ve had a few problems with some employees at our family business and so I’m pretty much doing everybody’s job until we get someone new to help out. So my work schedule is out of control and by the time I get home, I’m ready to go to sleep and never wake up again. Thankfully, we hired a new girl to help me out so all that stress has been lifted off my shoulders (my chiropractor is very pleased hear this, haha!)

On top of that, two weeks ago I underwent surgery to remove my golf ball sized tonsils and I don’t care what anyone says, it was the worst week of my life. I’ve had tonsillitis on and off every 5 weeks for the last 10 years and never have I ever felt pain like it, but on the plus side I lost around 10lbs on my ice pop and toddler pasta diet so I guess that makes it a little better. Even though I still can barely eat and I have terrible earache, I’m so glad that I’m finally starting to feel better, that sucked dude.

Last but certainly not least, I’m writing my own story! After weeks of researching and taking notes on how to improve my writing, I’m finally put it to some good use and I have started creating my characters for my story Grace. I’m going to post a summary to the story in a few weeks time and I may post character profiles also.

So stick around people, I have so much to show you :)

Love Beth x

Book Review: ‘Bombshell’ by Jody Gehrman


Let’s start off by thanking Cosmo for advertising this little gem by Jody Gehrman!

It’s not very often I read short stories, simply because I feel like I can’t connect with the characters like I can in a novel. However having said that, sometimes you come across books like ‘Bombshell’ that are just so fun to read, you forget it’s a novella and have a tiny panic attack when it ends!

Our main character is Ruby Sugars, curvy and hiding herself behind boring clothes in hopes to blend in with the crowd. You could blame ‘The Stick’ a.k.a. her size 0 creative director for Ruby’s boring wardrobe and timid attitude, filling the office with model like 20-somethings and constantly putting Ruby down, who is essentially her best worker as it is.

Incomes Ruby’s best friend, introducing her latest scheme ‘Fantasy Dating’ which is basically a blind date but without the possible committed relationship that could come from the date. Her best friend finds a ‘client’ who is into 1950’s pin-up girls and it just so happens that Ruby has a closet is full of her grandmother’s 1950’s club singer’s outfits and a Bettie Page-esque look.

Ruby reluctantly agrees to go on this fantasy date for her friend but then goes on to have the most incredible (read HOT!) night with ‘Lancer’. Little did Ruby know that when she walks into work the next day she’d meet Lancer who is actually Colin, one of three partners who run her advertising firm. Ooo, drama!

I really liked this book and I was sad when it ended, I felt like many women who read this book could probably connect with Ruby with her fuller figure and witty demeanour, and who wouldn’t love their own Colin? ;)

This is definitely a hot read and a good book for the summer!

So, it just goes to show a good story doesn’t need 300 pages right? :)

You can find Jody on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jodygehrman

Love Beth x

Book Review: ‘The Best of Me’ by Nicholas Sparks

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If you’re anything like me, you probably melt at every one of Nicholas Sparks’ books. ‘The Best of Me’ is no exception either.

In a Romeo and Juliet-esque type love, we have Dawson Cole and Amanda Collier. Amanda, from a family where appearances mean everything and Dawson from a family of criminals in their small town in Oriental, North Carolina – their young love is doomed from the beginning.They are separated and live their lives for over 20 years before they are reunited by the death of their mutual friend and brought back to each other in their hometown. Maybe this could be their second chance at happiness?

Like any Nicholas Sparks book, you fall in love with the well-developed characters and their angst-y romance and you are more than likely going to scream “Are you kidding me?!” more times than once during the novel. Although my hopeless romantic heart wanted more romance between Dawson and Amanda during the story, I particularly liked to realness to their situation – Amanda was a grown woman now, with a husband and children – she couldn’t fully succumb to her feelings towards Dawson which probably would’ve have happened in any other romance story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book however I would have preferred to not have all of the point of view changes that we experience towards the end – it can become confusing. Sparks is still an amazing storyteller and this book is just another one I can add to my ‘Nicholas Sparks Favourites List’!

What is your favourite book by Sparks? Do you have any books you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

Beth x

Book Review: ‘Cinder & Ella’ by Kelly Oram

I recently found this book in my recommends on Kindle and I’ll just start by saying LOVE IT!

This book isn’t your average modern day re-telling of the classic fairytale Cinderella (favourite princess, btw). Our main character Ella’s life is flipped upside down after she is involved in a car accident where she loses her mother and is left scarred and handicapped. After over half a year in hospital recovering, she is forced to move across the country to live with her father that abandoned her, and his family – an inconsiderate stepmother and two evil stepsisters.

I love Ella, she’s not your typical main character – flawless, quiet and intelligent good girl – no, Ella is a bookworm, a blogger(!), hilarious, witty and sometimes a character you can relate to. Then we have Cinder, not Prince Charming but sort of. Ella fights her own battles (you go girl!) but it’s Cinder that keeps her sane through it all. Totally adorable.

The two have been best friends for three years having met through her blog, though they are yet to meet in real life. They haven’t revealed their true identities to each other but they have told each other everything…or so Ella thought. They unexpectedly meet at an event and Cinder’s true identity and all the drama that comes with it is revealed.

I can’t even explain all the emotions I felt whilst reading this story but I could probably bet money if you think of an emotion, I felt it. ‘Cinder & Ella’ is a heartbreaking yet heartwarming story of love, angst and acceptance. I love how Kelly created such lovable characters but didn’t let them fall into the stereotypical roles of a romance story. It’s an art!

I’d recommend this book to anybody and if you are somebody who loves a classic story but with a refreshing and totally unexpected twist, what are you waiting for? Hurry up and read it!

You can find Kelly on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/kellyoram

Beth x

P.S. I’m thinking of starting a post series, Saturday Book Reviews? Let me know what you think in the comments :)

Book Review: ‘Slick’ by Kristi Pelton

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Do you ever come across a book where you can’t put it down and you just want to hug the author for writing a book so good that you feel whatever the characters are going through? I want to hug Kristi Pelton right now!

If you’re a fan of hot and mysterious musicians who wear their ball caps backwards, hilarious best friends and an innocent main character then Slick is definitely for you.

Our main character is Tessa Ashby, a pearl wearing rich girl from Boston trying to escape her stuffy boarding school, no show parents and all round lonely existence. She is spending her summer in Southern California with her wild and crazy cousin, Elle and her friends. Maybe this summer is looking up.

In comes, Bodhi. Bodhi. The ball cap wearing, guitar playing and mysterious hottie who has taken a liking to Tessa. It took me two days to read this book and two days to fall in love with this man, ho-ly shit he is just a dream!

Tessa and Bodhi know they only have the summer, before she goes back to Boston and to her boarding school. Geographical locality isn’t the only thing that makes things a struggle for them. The two are faced with her dad, the police, deception and the calendar.

Kristi has a way of writing in a way where you can literally feel the heat coming off the page between Tessa and Bodhi, truly remarkable and well developed characters. I loved them. They are sweet and willing to sacrifice everything for each other, Bodhi gives Tessa all the experiences she has missed out on whilst being cooped up in a dorm room in Boston.

All the angst, love, fun and hotness from Bodhi are enough to make your toes curl in excitement. I highly recommend this book and a massive well done to Kristi Pelton for yet another amazing book.

You can find Kristi on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/kristipelton

Have you read any books recently that you would like to recommend? Feel free to send me a message about it and why you like it and I will add it to the reading list I am creating this summer :-)

Beth x

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