Category Archives: Reviews: Books

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: THE MINDFULNESS COLOURING BOOK, BY EMMA FARARONS

I haven’t coloured in since I was at school. What a disappointing thought. I remember when I was younger and used to love colouring in – I’d totally lose myself in the process of creating the perfect picture, as well as heeding the perpetual quest to Stay Within The Lines. (Or, if I was feeling wild, I’d purposefully go out of the lines. #YOLO)

Anyway… So now, as a 20-something-year-old, caught up in an endless whirlwind of life’s daily stresses and pressures and with half-a-dozen to-do lists on the go at any given time, the idea of a colouring book helping me to realign and get my focus fixed-up is rather exciting. Continue reading REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: THE MINDFULNESS COLOURING BOOK, BY EMMA FARARONS

REVIEW: THE MINIATURIST BY JESSIE BURTON

I’m a little late to The Miniaturist party – the book was first published in July 2014 and has been met with endless acclaim, including being crowned Waterstones’ Book Of The Year in December.

The story centres on 18-year-old Nella Oortman, who has arrived in Amsterdam to live with her new and barely-known husband, the successful sugar merchant Johannes Brandt. The marriage is affectionate but loveless, despite Nella’s best attempts to seduce her husband – for reasons that become clear as the novel progresses. Continue reading REVIEW: THE MINIATURIST BY JESSIE BURTON

2015 in books: 12 months, 12 exciting releases coming to a bookshop near you

Hurrah! A new year means a whole new host of literary, movie and music releases: and trust us, 2015 is something to very excited about. We’ve rounded up the 12 releases we’re most excited about this year… Continue reading 2015 in books: 12 months, 12 exciting releases coming to a bookshop near you

REVIEW: Girl Online, by Zoe Sugg

Girl Online has been at the centre of endless controversy: YouTube superstar Zoella – AKA Zoe Sugg – wrote the book with the help of a ghost-writer. No big deal, right? Wrong: the small issue of the ghost-writer – whose existence was only confirmed after the book’s publication and record-breaking sales – saw endless debate sparked, outrage from some of Zoe’s hardcore fanbase and even resulted in her ‘quitting’ the Internet for a few days. Eek. Continue reading REVIEW: Girl Online, by Zoe Sugg

REVIEW: The Fault In Our Stars (book and movie)

I almost ruined watching The Fault In Our Stars for myself. I finished reading John Green’s book two days before I watched Josh Boone’s adaptation of the story – and had Boone’s filming of the funny-sad novel been anything less than spot-on, I could easily have found myself in TFIOS overload.  Continue reading REVIEW: The Fault In Our Stars (book and movie)

REVIEW: The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith

Cormoran Strike fans, rejoice! After his debut outing in The Cuckoo’s Calling, J.K. Rowling’s gruff private detective is back. (Robert Galbraith, in case you didn’t know, is the pen name Rowling has adopted for her series of crime novels.)

Summoned by the wife of author Owen Quine – who has mysteriously disappeared – to find her husband, Strike quickly finds himself immersed in the literary world of London, where feuds, tensions and creative catfights bubble endlessly. Continue reading REVIEW: The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith

REVIEW: The Wrong Knickers, by Bryony Gordon

It’s unusual for me to laugh out loud whilst reading. I’ve got a Sahara-dry sense of humour, and tend to find overly-obvious jokes and puns almost… Embarrassing. Kind of desperate. So that’s why I LOVE it when I come across a book a la Bryony Gordon’s new memoir, The Wrong Knickers, which had me spluttering with lolz throughout. Continue reading REVIEW: The Wrong Knickers, by Bryony Gordon