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.

The Text by Claire Douglas Review

I have never really thought about reading a short story before but I was intrigued by this one. The Text is has been described as a thriller and yes I would agree with that but I would also say it was a disappointing read for me.

I liked the beginning of the book, I found the introduction of the characters really good. The domestic violence side of things was great for the author to explore because it happens so often and people may feel they can speak up after reading this. However as we found out more about the characters and what was happening, it just faded out.

I was finally getting into the book because I wanted to know who had sent the text, who had sent the letter and what had happened to Andrew. It was building up so well until the twist was announced. Boo. Boring. Annoying. For some reason the book just suddenly ended – why?!

In my personal opinion this could have easily been a longer book with more of a thought process to extend the story. It was such a shame it ended in a short time because at the start I couldn’t stop reading it.

Unfortunately I would give this a two star rating.

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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

I Hate That You Bloody Left Me Book Review

This is Heather Hill’s second novel and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I Hate That You Bloody Left Me is about three widows who embark on a journey to the Scottish Highlands. They all have their own story within the book and I think that is important when including more than one main character.

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IHTYBLM is aimed at a more senior audience rather than a 23-year-old female but I have to say I didn’t care that I may be too young to read it. I liked it.

The characters are called Joanna-Rose, Fleur and Cathy and they meet through a group for widows. I am so pleased they met Fleur because she is a fantastic character, she adds so much to the book and makes me want to meet her in real life. I want a friend like Fleur!! The females are very different to one another but soon become great friends as they take a trip to Islay – I am not telling you why they go there.

For me the book was funny and it wasn’t predictable at all, I think this is one of the rare occasions with a book that I haven’t thought ‘oh well I know what is going to happen next.’ Bonus points for Heather Hill! Also, the research put into the book is greatly noticed. By having this knowledge it makes the book seem more real and you can visualise the surroundings.

One of the most important parts of the book focused on one of the main characters and us discovering something about her. The issues highlighted by Heather Hill within the book really portray people’s behaviour in today’s society. Reading it frustrated me but it is an opinion so many have and one I think Heather has tried to put out there to change. Thank you for doing this.

Yes in parts I did feel it could have been a little shorter because it dragged on but I still continued to read the book as I wanted to know what the outcome was. After finishing the book, I was left with a smile on my face and it ended exactly how I wanted it to end. I was not disappointed!

I highly recommend downloading this book from the Amazon Kindle store. It is currently free from 15th – 20th October so let me know if you have downloaded it!

I Hate That You Bloody Left Me