Before I Go To Sleep – SJ Watson

Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle- aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories.

But it’s the phone call from a Dr. Nash, a neurologist who claims to be working with Christine without her husband’s knowledge, that directs her to her journal, hidden in the back of her closet. For the past few weeks, Christine has been recording her daily activities—tearful mornings with Ben, sessions with Dr. Nash, flashes of scenes from her former life—and rereading past entries, relearning the facts of her life as retold by the husband she is completely dependent upon. As the entries build up, Christine asks many questions. What was life like before the accident? Why did she and Ben never have a child? What has happened to Christine’s best friend? And what exactly was the horrific accident that caused such a profound loss of memory?

Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more un- believable it seems.

This book is so inspirational.  On a writing level as Watson wrote this book as part of  a course he was attending and also on a story level.  I really enjoyed this, not my usual Chick Lit genre but I was gripped from the beginning and throughout the book.  My one disappointment was the ending I wont give it away but I left me with some questions and feeling that the book was unfinished.  Other than that I cant see much fault in the book – it’s well written the Watson has avoided each day getting repetitive.

The characters aren’t complex at all – there is no depth to them, but that is what makes this book work.  It’s written from Christine’s point of view so the lack of complexity makes you sympathize with her condition and makes you think what it would be like if you were in her situation.

I’m rating Before I Go To Sleep as a Good Read.

I Heart London – Lindsey Kelk

Angela’s back on home turf – and in her biggest romantic scrape yet…

Angela Clark has fallen in love with New York – and it’s starting to love her back.

But when she’s summoned home to England, she’s at risk of losing her shiny new life to rain, warm beer and bad memories. Talk about stepping back in time

There’s Mark, the ex-boyfriend – who she ran to New York to get away from.

There’s Louisa, her best friend, with her terrifying new baby.

And there’s her mum, still talking to her as though she’s fifteen.

Now there’s a wedding in the offing – and everyone remembers how well Angela behaved at the last one. . . Can the arrival of boyfriend Alex and best friend Jenny save her from a re-run of her old self?

This book is a must for anyone who’s been reading the I heart… series.  Never have I read a series so religiously.  First with I Heart New York and then Lindsey treated us with LA, Paris, Vegas and now London (with a Jenny novela slotted in for the ebook readers)  The latest edition doesn’t disappoint.  Its got lots of funny bits, witty humor and drama you’d expect from Angela, Jenny and Alex.  Such an easy read which is hard to put down, this book took me just two days to read – and thats just evenings after work!

The only downside is this book makes me want to have a Mark Jacobs Satchel and to go shopping!  Such is a hard life, I hate being poor!

It has also helped me plan my wedding – well I was paying attention whilst I read I Heart Vegas as that is where we’re going but we’re going to have a garden reception when we get home at my parent’s place.  I’ll learn from Jenny and Angela and perhaps not invite my ex, or try to plan it in a week!!!

I’m rating this book as a Must Read

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, Fifty Shades of Grey is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever.

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.  Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view .

OMG I am back in the world of the living.  It’s alright, don’t panic it’s just I spent the past week reading these bloody books and now I think my brain has been tainted for the rest of my life.  I’m not too sure if that is a good or bad thing.  On the plus side I haven’t been on facebook/twitter for a week as all my spare time has been spent reading these books.  On the down side I’ve been left feeling cheated and a little bit cheap for what I have read/been exposed to.  Don’t get me wrong I like a saucy book just like the next girl, however even reading first sex scene which was quite tame compared to the rest I was like WTF?  It just isn’t realistic enough – it’s very fantasy.   But to me the appeal of fantasy is that there is some element of it could, maybe if I don’t step on the cracks in the pavement for the rest of the week happen to me.  There is no hope in hell am I going to find myself a Christian Grey – although lets face it we’re all more attracted to his money, penthouse suite and good looks than the fact he like to tie up small brunette women and beat them seven shades of Sunday with his twitchy palm?  Show me a girl who wouldn’t want a Audi R8, staff at their beck and call and a yacht?  I am no feminist – shoot me now!

This aside I enjoyed the story.  Enjoying finding out why Christian is like the way he is, reading how he deals with his demons and seeing that eventually he can be a hearts and flowers kinda guy.  Which then goes to make him even more unbelievable.  Maybe I need to stop reading fiction???  But for a good book to be enjoyable like I said before even fiction needs to have some kind of realism to it.  FFS I found LOR believable – why on earth did I have trouble with this?  I think my issues is having read them, finding out that it’s Twilight FanFiction.  It was a like a DOH! moment when I read that on the internet once I’d finished the trilogy.  Obviously Ana is so Bella and Christian is morning over his dark lost soul.  This does not compare to Twilight – I still hold a torch for Twilight, because it is believable right?  All I need to do is move to Forks and I’ll be introduced to a load of Vampire’s and native indians that shapeshift into Wolves.  Simples!  No, sorry Twihards, I’m a fan, but maybe not that much of a fan – I enjoy the escapism.  Lets just leave it at that.

Because of this I’m rating this as a good read – make of it as you will, but I will leave you with this…

All you people dissing this trilogy – don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.  The reason you haven’t read it is because you have some misconceptions on what it’s really like.  Read it, read all three books.  Then you can either feel enlightened or slightly cheap like I do.

Wonder – R.J Palacio

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WONDER is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. The thing is, Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Through the voices of Auggie, his big sister Via, and his new friends Jack and Summer, WONDER follows Auggie’s journey through his first year at Beecher Prep. Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, WONDER is a book you’ll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

I really enjoyed this book. Yes it’s a bit different from the usual chick lit I read and review but it’s good to explore out of you literature comfort zone once in a while! It was moving. I was crying at numerous points in the book. It was funny and it was also really really entertaining. It brought back my memories of how cruel school can be. It brought back memories of my grandmother and family dog

I’m rating this a my June Book of the Month. It’s fantastic

I’m so excited

Oh get me two blog posts in one day.  But, dont panic I’m quite alright;  I’ve just started reading Wonder by RJ Palacio – review to come when I finish it 🙂

There is some news I have for you all which I’m very excited about.

I follow a few authors on Facebook and Twitter the like – its good to get the release dates for new books and such.  I saw Friday evening that Freya North had posted on FB about a How To Get Published Tour she is speaking at with Marie Claire magazine.  So this is combining my favorite magazine with one of my favorite authors in a fabulous event across the country!  (Think maybe the nibbles, drink and goodie bag sealed the deal for me)  So I went to www.marieclaire.co.uk/howtogetpublishedtour and booked tickets for the London leg.  Lets just hope I can be spared from work!  It’ll also be in Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester over four days starting in London on Monday 30th July.

I’ve been a Marie Claire reader for ten years now – I even designed a front cover and point of display stand as part of my Graphic Communication A-Level.  So I hope I can take a lot away from the event; which will inspire me with my writing and help me with working out exactly what I want from my career.  I’m going to be very busy after the summer – I’m starting a English Language and Literature degree (so my reviews may be very based on what I’m reading for my degree).  I’m going to be studying with the OU as I need to hold down my full time job in order to pay the bills!

OOOO what an event. I’ll be there in my heals with my zebra notepad and pen ready, just need to work out how to get there and get over my tube phobia as I’ll be traveling alone in that big bad London!

Pillow Talk – Freya North

ImageThe warm and sexy novel from the bestselling author of Love Rules and Home Truths.

Petra Flint and Arlo Savidge were teenage sweethearts in a chaste, old-fashioned way. They never really told each other how they felt.

Now, years later, Petra is a jeweller by day but by night she is a sleepwalker, never fully able to rest. Arlo is living in North Yorkshire, teaching at an eccentric boys’ boarding school. Like Petra, he carries with him something that makes it hard to sleep at night.

In an ice-cream shop one rainy day Arlo and Petra stand before each other once again. Is this their second chance? Isn’t old gold as good as new? However, for love to blossom, they must finally put their pasts to bed. A past Petra can’t quite remember. A past Arlo wants to forget.

Another Freya classic – I just cant seem to put them down!  Beautifully written.  Some of the story was predictable what would happen but you never knew just how and when it would which kept me interested throughout.  Isn’t Arlo such a nice guy?  I really enjoyed it especially how Freya describes the places Petra visits in Yorkshire.  Freya has definitely done her research for this book.  And I love how some of Arlo’s naughty schoolboys are based on Horses Freya knows!

I’m rating this book as a must read

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