Accepting the Unexpected by Mollie Jo Joseph

As the title says, you really don’t know what will happen in this book. I hadn’t heard of Mollie Jo Joseph before but I came across her Instagram post looking for reviewers so I introduced myself to this author. Mollie was kind enough to send me the PDF version of Accepting the Unexpected for free in exchange for an honest review.

Leila is really interesting character and we’re taken on such an emotional rollercoaster with her. The story has been developed really well because it doesn’t have loop holes. Some stories you read you are looking for where they got that information from or is that made up?!

Leila decides to pack her bags and leave Cornwall for the ‘Big Apple’ but is this the right decision? What made me like this book is how Mollie Jo has really researched about the areas discussed within the book, I was able to imagine the main park and New York and I’ve never been there before.

I would say this is a personal development story. When Leila moves to NYC, we as the reader encourage her to tackle the bumps in the road and she eventually finds herself and what she wants. By the way, I love that there’s a dog in this story and he’s a main part!!

It was nice to see what goes on behind the scenes of Sleek magazine, the photoshoots, the description of the characters and how difficult it is in that sort of business. I always envisioned one day of working for a magazine so this is an eye opener.

If you’re after a little raunchiness then this book is certainly for you. There are a few interesting boy characters within this story and I don’t want to give it away by saying who’s the bag egg. I finished the book within a few days because I needed to know what was going to happen. It is a short read but one I highly recommend.

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Letters to Eloise by Emily Williams

Letters to Eloise is a heart-wrenching story that is extremely well written and had an unexpected ending. The style of the book was unusual as I’ve never read a book that’s written as a diary/letter entry before. I thought it was a nice touch to be honest and makes you as a reader connect with the book more.

I don’t know where to start with how much I enjoyed this book because I think it has such high potential with character development. Flora is a great character and you seem to be willing to learn more and more about her with every page turn.

The back story between River and Flora made me envy their relationship in a way but they are also extremely normal. We all have our fallings out with one another but River didn’t give up, he believed in what they both had. Tate however really grated on me. He was written exactly how he needed to be so you grow mixed emotions towards him. For me, he was as horrible and I disliked his character more than I do cheese and onion crisps.

It was important to have various main characters in this book especially because Emily writes about real situations during pregnancy. Everyone needs a friend like Brooke and what happens between them might be expected to happen between two friends in the real world.

There were some parts which I thought could have maybe been shortened but it didn’t make me dislike the book in any way. I think I struggled the most with trying to understand Flora and Tate’s relationship and what Tate was trying to get out of it – especially with the skiing part.

I have always said in my book reviews that I hate giving spoilers away so I tend not to speak about the book too much but this is a must read. I was finishing the book on the train and as soon as I read what I did I put my hand over my mouth. Please make sure you read this all the way through as you will not be disappointed.

*Emily Williams gave me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Is doing too much damaging my body?

My life is up and down at the moment because of my health. One day I’m fine and the next my joints feel like they might snap or my mind thinks I haven’t slept for days. It definitely is a weird one and I never know how to describe it when someone asks but my problem is I have taken too much on and it’s making me ill.

What do I do each week?

As I’ve mentioned before I am in a theatre group on a Monday evening, I work Monday to Friday 08:30 – 5pm, I’m learning to play the ukulele, I also work for Avon and have many customers across my town, I’ve joined the gym this week (been twice so far) and finally I have to squeeze Michael (boyfriend) into my ridiculous schedule. I rarely have time to see my friends because I dedicate my time elsewhere and never think of myself.

Being bored is a huge thing I try to avoid. I am not one for staying it, it absolutely infuriates me because it’s such a waste of life however how much is too much? Well at the moment I certainly think it’s too much and I’m disappointed with myself that I’ve sacked off reading books and blogging. It’s kind of like you forget what is important to you but going to theatre and the gym makes me forget about the stress at work. These are my places to zone out and be free.

What’s happened?

I am just an idiot that doesn’t plan days very well but I used to be extremely good with this but since working full-time I feel like I’ve flopped on everything. Blogging and reading was always my number one thing when I was working part-time (plus Michael) and I was so excited to keep doing it. Ideas would pop into my head and I would interact more with the blogging community but I just don’t anymore.

My friends haven’t seen me in weeks because I just don’t have the time or if I have a night free, I just want to be alone. My next trip away is next weekend in Wales with the besties so that’ll give me a chance to chill out and rethink what’s right for me.

Do you take to much on? How do you deal with it?

One Perfect Summer Book Review

Ah now where to start with this book, well obviously the beginning but I just want to say I highly recommend and you’ve not even read what it’s about yet!

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For me I thought it was a little slow at the start and did take me a bit of time to get into but I am pleased I carried on because I didn’t regret it. I originally thought oh no here is another girl I’m going to get annoyed it (she reminded me of me) but Alice is quite the character. Alice does what a lot of young girl does, finds a boy she’s completely smitten with and can’t get enough of.

Joe is portrayed as that secret dark horse that you want to find out more about but he annoys you at the same time. Why? One of the silliest reasons I can think of – I kept trying to picture him in my head but couldn’t quite work him out! Although the eyebrow piercing is gross.

Once Alice ventures off to Cambridge I didn’t know what to expect, I wasn’t sure if Joe would turn up or if she’d meet someone new. To be honest I’m pleased she met so many people whilst she was living there because I think if that was me in that situation I would be very upset and lonely. I like reading about the different characters that walked into her life, they seemed like great friends.

The German twist was fantastic, I really liked that and I envied the first date but as I got to know Lukas a bit more, I hated him. The more I read, the more I wanted to punch him but I can’t really punch my Kindle. You’ll see for yourself why I got a little aggressive towards him (I love how he’s not even real yet he still bothered me).

It was definitely a well written piece by Paige Toon as I was intrigued throughout the whole book and I needed to know how it ended. If I couldn’t finish the book due to my Kindle breaking I would be on edge haha. There were definitely some twists in there that shocked me (I can’t reveal or you’ll be sad I did) but very well thought out. The links between the locations and how the characters developed worked very well.

I did read this book in a matter of days and it got to the point where I was even reading whilst walking around the house. Please do consider purchasing this book because you will be gripped by the characters and probably frustrated at the same time. Paige Toon is an incredible writer and one that I admire.

One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon

The Longest Holiday Book Review

The Longest Holiday is written by British author Paige Toon. I had never come across this author before but this book popped up on my Amazon store as it was available to download for free so I thought why the heck not? It turns out I’m glad I did download it because I was hooked from day one.

Laura is the main character who discovers an awful secret which means she needs to escape. I connected with Laura, I thought she was a well thought out character and you instantly sympathise with her. In a way, I wanted a friend like Laura because she’s interesting. The way it was written made me want to be there for her and embark on her next adventure to America with Marty and Bridget.

There were parts of the book where I got frustrated with Laura because I wanted her to make up with Matthew and for it to be all hunky-dory. I was rooting for her to go back to England and forget everything ever happened but that didn’t happen at all.

Whilst Laura is in America, she meets a man called Leo. Now Leo in my mind is quite a good-looking fellow and I want to see him on film just to say ‘holy moly’ ha. I don’t know why I became obsessed with Laura and Leo but I needed to know more so I kept on reading whenever I had the chance.

As I always say, I will NOT give away any clues as to what happens in this book because I want you to support the author and go buy their book. I just want you to know that the twist towards the end will shock you, well it shocked me. It made me carry on reading until the end, I couldn’t put it down!!

For me I give this book five stars and I am really looking forward to reading more from Paige Toon.