Wednesday, August 31, 2016

REVIEW - BILLY AND ME by Giovanna Fletcher

Billy and Me (Billy and Me #1)
by Giovanna Fletcher
Publisher - Penguin 
Release Date - May 23rd 2013
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Sophie May has a secret.

One that she’s successfully kept for years. It’s meant that she’s had to give up her dreams of going to university and travelling the world to stay in her little village, living with her mum and working in the local teashop.

But then she meets the gorgeous Billy – an actor with ambitions to make it to the top. And when they fall in love, Sophie is whisked away from the comfort of her life into Billy’s glamorous – but ruthless – world.

Their relationship throws Sophie right into the spotlight after years of shying away from attention. Can she handle the constant scrutiny that comes with being with Billy? And most of all, is she ready for her secret heartbreak to be discovered and shared with the nation?

 My Review

I stumbled upon this book when I saw an interview with McFly's Tom Fletcher not really knowing that his wife Giovanna was an author and I guess I was very much intrigued to see what this was like. Then I saw this book on Zoella's WHSmith Book Club picks and although I'm not really a massive fan of her generally, it made me even more curious and it quite simply is unputtadownable. 

In a small village of Rosefont Hill, Surrey Sophie May is incredible shy, after a very emotional ordeal in her childhood - her grief over her father and problems with her mother at home, she has felt very reserved and basically held off all of her dreams of travelling and going to university because of it. However a small, quaint little tea shop of the hill saved her more than she could ever imagine. When Billy Buskin, teen heartthrob actor ends up in Rosefont filming as Darcy in Pride and Prejudice he really didn't know what to expect of a small town. Probably something very boring to everything else he has in London or LA. But when he enters the little tea shop, he didn't know that a slice of lemon drizzle cake is the only thing he was going to enjoy but also the person who served it. 

I loved Billy and Me, have I said that!? You really are drawn right fro page 1 and you can't put it down. Fletcher has such a way with words but also how infectious the types of characters their were. I adored Billy and Sophie, it was how a passion for something else both drew them together but also filling the void that they've lived with all their lives. They were literally suited each other two a tea. Despite all the "famous stuff" it was evident that their would be trouble ahead but nothing that a cup of tea and a slice of cake won't help. But for me, Molly was my favourite character, owner of the Tea on the Hill, she has literally saved so many lives including Sophie's, mending Billy's and influencing so many other villagers including Sophie's mum at finding love. Molly is just such a character really, she is the town's gossip as well as being the most loving, caring, vibrant personality of the entire book. It's what every village and ever novel should have. Molly is basically the Guardian Angel of Billy and Me! Her shop Tea on the Hill is where love begins, thrives and has infinite possibilities. 

It's been a long long time since I read anything like this and it was such a refreshing change. What I loved about it was the innocence of it. It was just your simple, heart-stopping and beautiful romance between a girl and a boy who quite simply found each other.  I really did love it. The characters, the story and also the setting it really was a sweet and cute romance that you can't help but curl up with. Oh and some tissues maybe in order to sob into at the end. It's your perfect escapism.

Rating - 5

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

HOT NEW YA COMMUNITY by Simon & Schuster called...

Twitter: @hashtagreads

Hello Everyone, I haven't been around much as I'm enjoying my time off. But Simon & Schuster asked me to post about their wonderful community for the fans of YA just like me. So don't stop reading when you hear about competitions and big authors such as Cassandra Clare on your screen. 

YES YES YES!!!! If you haven't heard of it already then now you have - right now! It’s a great place for readers to find out about the latest YA reads, hear more from their favourite authors, read exclusive material and enter the hottest competitions.
If you love the Shadowhunter series by none other than Cassandra Clare, the romantic musings of Morgan Matson, Going on a Royal Journey with Amy Alward or enjoying the horror that is Darran Shan's Zom-B series which has recently gotten a makeover, then this is the place for you. 

You can get all this in your inbox like right now people - #Hashtag Reads are launching their brand new newsletter and you can even win your height in books!!! How awesome is that!!! All of these authors straight to your inbox. 

What about the likes of hearing about new releases like Nerve that has recently been released as Motion Picture as well talking about a The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid which I really can't wait to read myself. 

 
If that doesn't convince you then I've have just finished reading Claire Furniss's How Not to Disappear  and can I say how amazing, emotional and raw that book was. It really opens your eyes to seeing the world and making decisions and choices in a new light. Discovering a life's journey. 

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To round off my post here are some of my favourites from Simon & Schuster that I've adored over the years, they include Waiting for Callback - I absolutely love this mother/daughter authored book who created the musings of Elektra and can't wait for book 2! After binge reading Morgan Matson last year she is my "go to" author every year. And destined to be more than friends, Emmy and Oliver was a great contemporary of 2015!


Oh and did I mention a competition such as winning your height, yes your height in books!!! 
So I would look no further and sign up right this second!! Like right now so GO GO GO!!! and Don't forget to stop by their media channels and website to see that I'm really not kidding. 

Twitter: @hashtagreads


Happy Reading and Speak to you all soon. 

Monday, August 08, 2016

REVIEW - WHAT'S A GIRL GOTTA DO? by Holly Bourne

What's A Girl Gotta Do? (The Spinster Club Series #3)
by Holly Bourne
Publisher - Usborne
Release Date - August 1st 2016
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

HOW TO START A FEMINIST REVOLUTION:

1. Call out anything that is unfair on one gender

2. Don't call out the same thing twice (so you can sleep and breathe)

3. Always try to keep it funny

4. Don't let anything slide. Even when you start to break...

Lottie's determined to change the world with her #Vagilante vlog. Shame the trolls have other ideas...
My Review
And so the third book of the most inspiring, kick ass, and quite simply unforgettable trilogy has ended. But this is what we've all been waiting for, this book right here, as Lottie would say is at the tip of the pyramid because Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? is the layers that have propped up this novel to the very top also with some cheesy snacks. 

What's A Girl Gotta Do? is Lottie's story - One moment changed her life, just a flick of a switch which started her own revolution. Her feminist revolution. When Lottie finds herself trapped between two guys on her way to college, sexually harassed on the street she knew she needed to fight back, not just for herself but to those who feel victimised on a daily basis. So she decided to call out every single sexist thing for a whole month. How you may ask... with a clown horn. You can't get more louder than that. Starring in her own video channel revolutionising gender equality and actually believing in yourself. 

Lottie is a girl who quite simply wants to change the world... oh and be prime minster! But what she really want is to speak up and to be brave and to be strong for others, but not necessarily herself. This book in a way is her ego gone waaayy out of control, as she isn't always afraid or aware of what she says which can land her in a bit of trouble. I think this is what makes me laugh and cry, her character is quite simply bonkers but that in itself is brilliant because she makes us realise that we are only human. I mean take cameraman Will for example, the romantic interest, he is totally an Anti-Feminist, absolutely the WRONG type of guy by feminist standards yet she can't stop her 'loins' for getting closer. She is totally a hypocrite especially in her ideals but then its her hypocrisy that makes her realise that not everything is all black and white either. 

What I felt was so poignant and uplifting is how much these ladies have grown, Evie and how she is controlling her OCD and how just a little nudge here and there can really put her the right direction especially with Oli. Oh Oli and Evie, they are just adorable... Then there's Amber how she is accepting herself and her insecurities as well as dealing with a very long distance relationship with Kyle. It was Lottie's ranting, vocals and that she is never not quiet that made me love her in the previous books. These ladies are like the feminist versions of Charlie's Angels.... They are Holly's Angels. - fighting for their own rights. 

Throughout these books the evolution of feminism has sparked through the Spinster Club, a private club of Evie, Amber and Lottie but then it ignited into FemSoc, an extra curricular team that sparked over 20 memebers all extensively filled with cheesy snacks. Their own private meetings became another way to explore feminism in a way that a new campaign could be created for everyone, by as Lottie said: 
"highlighting things from their experience, and together we can all sew a beautiful duvet made out of our different voices and drape it over the world..."  
Feminism will mean different things to different people and my experience as a woman won't be the same but these books have made me believe in more myself and also makes me realise that every day there is some elements of feminism that needs to be fought for. Holly's books are a phenomenal reality of the life of teenage girls but also the awareness of feminism and standing up for your own rights. At the beginning I was like 'what is feminism?' and it's such a vast topic and there is so much to explore with it. Feminism in YA has become a movement just like Lottie's because that is what Holly Bourne has achieved. She is revealing the strength and the bravery this is already there but we never gave us the chance to fully accept and relish in it. 

This is a 'turn of the century series', it has sparked such passion, honesty and strength. At the end of this book I felt strong and I felt proud to be who I am. I believe that I am a feminist - will you honk your horn of feminism with me?! - Then read Holly Bourne's Spinster Club series. We have a voice and Holly Bourne's books are reason of that! Spinster Club forever!


Rating - 5 CLOWN HORNS!
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The cat ladies are out of the bag' Holly's final special novella ...And a Happy New Year  is out in November to reunite and see where these ever loving feminists will go. 
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