The House of New Beginnings

Summer means it is time for the release of Lucy Diamond’s latest book in paperback, and I was so excited to get my hands on her latest one “The House of New Beginnings”. I don’t think my summer is complete without a Lucy Diamond book! πŸ™‚

In “The House of New Beginnings” we meet Charlotte, Rosa, Georgie, Margot and Jo, all living in the same house in Brighton. All of whom have their own story for being in SeaView House. All five of the ladies have experienced sad stories, and now thrown together in SeaView House they begin to confide in each other, building new friendships and watching each other fall in to happier, new chapters of their lives.

I enjoyed this book, like I have all of Lucy Diamond’s other books and it was great watching how the story unfolded and how each of the ladies lives were all twisted in to each other in some way. Plus there were parts of the story that weren’t predictable which is always good in a chicklit book! It was a lovely, heartwarming story of watching people so sad rebuild their lives into something new, so I really enjoyed going on the adventure with each one of the characters in this book.

My only problem with the book was that I sometimes forgot who was who. I think that is one of the problems with books like this were you have a lot of characters in a situation like this. Like I kept getting Rosa and Charlotte mixed up. I loved them both, but sometimes I had to flick back to remind myself which background story belonged to each character. But that said it was a great book with truly loveable characters, and I really can’t wait for Lucy Diamond’s next book! πŸ˜€

Class A (CHERUB 2)

I’m back with another book review. I’ve been re-reading the CHERUB series and can’t wait to grab the next couple of books to bring back with me while I’m home! πŸ™‚

I think with the CHERUB series it’s one that makes most sense if you read the series in order and not just pick up one of the books, which is sad. I mean they do make sense as stand alone books but I think they are best read in order πŸ™‚

So “Class A” (or as it used to be called “The Dealer”) is unsurprisingly about some of the biggest drug dealers that the police and MI5 are trying to shut down. So that’s where the CHERUBS come along. To befriend the children of the man in charge of the drugs operation and attempt to gain evidence that will help MI5 and the police shut the drug dealing down for good.

In this story we join James Adams on his second mission, along with some of his friends. We also get to meet another character, Zara who becomes a huge part of the series later on! (why it pays to read them in order). πŸ™‚

From this story I mean who wouldn’t love these kids as your friends? They know what they’re doing and can stick up for you. These books are fantastic young adult reads mostly aimed at boys, but I know plenty of girls who enjoy reading them too. They’re written in such a realistic way that actually you could imagine this all happening somewhere out there. Plus the ending to this book is great! And definitely that action packed ending that you’d hope after the whole mission! πŸ™‚

Have you read any of the CHERUB series? Have I persuaded you to do so? πŸ™‚

The Recruit (CHERUB 1)

I’m back with ANOTHER book review. Can you believe it?! 3 book reviews in a row! I told you I was doing lots of reading at the moment! πŸ˜€

This is another re-read of one of my favourite books. I first came across “The Recruit” when I was in year 9, when we read some of it in an English lesson. I don’t remember what we were studying about it, but I loved it! I then remember going to the library with my dad that week to go and borrow it. I read it so quickly and then started reading the rest of the series. I absolutely love it! πŸ˜€

I’m giving you the blurb for this book because I don’t want to ruin it too much!

The first title in the number one bestselling CHERUB series! James hits rock bottom before he’s offered a new start in an intriguing organisation …

A terrorist doesn’t let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn’t know that one of these kids has bugged every room in her house, made copies of all her computer files and stolen her address book. The kid works for CHERUB.

CHERUB agents are aged between ten and seventeen. They live in the real world, slipping under adult radar and getting information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail.

For official purposes, these children do not exist.

This is a young adult book, but it is great! It’s such a little action and adventure book. I don’t think I’d usually pick up a book like this, but this series is an exception. The characters are so great and relatable (mostly) as well as having a really good plot line. The only thing I noticed this time round is that the mission at the end isn’t actually that long. But as we go through the series we do get some much longer missions, so I think this book is more of an introduction of what is to come.

I really love this book, and it is full of action and adventure! I really recommend it to anyone! πŸ™‚ Don’t let the fact that it is for young adults put you off! πŸ˜€

P.S. If you’ve read any of my other reviews of the CHERUB books or Henderson’s Boys stories this is the first one that was written that is linked to all of them! πŸ™‚

I Heart New York

I feel like I’m on a bit of a book spree at the moment πŸ™‚ I adore Lindsey Kelk’s books, and this was the first one of her’s that I read. In fact it was the first book I read when I finished my A-levels and was trying to get back in to reading!

With Lindsey Kelk’s new book (I Heart Forever) coming out in September and Lindsey Kelk having announced a little book club I couldn’t resist having a re-read.

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Angela has been with Mark a long time. Until at her best friend Louisa’s wedding she walks in on Mark doing it with another girl, only to find out that he’s been having an affair for ages. And the worst thing is everyone already knew.Β Angela then runs off to New York, where she meets Jenny Lopez and begins to re-build her life.

I absolutely adore this book and it was great reading it again. I definitely loved it just as much this time as the first time I read it! πŸ™‚ There is something about Angela and Jenny that just grabs you. I think they’re both so incredibly different, yet they are both just thrown together and they just work!

I wouldn’t say the plot is that special in this book, but as a series it’s great. It’s very Sex and the City if that’s your thing. It is just a great summer holiday chick lit, romance read and you’ll probably fall in love with the characters just as I have. πŸ™‚

 

See Me

It feels like ages since I last wrote a book review, and ages since I last finished a book! I’ve been reading another Nicholas Sparks book, and the problem is, he often writes really long chapters and sometimes the books are a bit difficult to get in to! But I’ve finally got through another book of his!

That sounded like it was a bit of a chore, it honestly wasn’t! I did enjoy the book, it just took a little while to get in to it and see where it was going. πŸ™‚

At twenty-eight, he’s focused on getting his teaching degree and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his past. The last thing he’s looking for is a serious relationship. But when he crosses paths with Maria Sanchez one rainswept night, his carefully structured life is turned upside down. And when Maria, a hardworking lawyer, meets Colin she begins to question every notion she has ever had about herself and her future – and what truly makes her happy.

Before the couple has a chance to envision a life together, menacing reminders from events in Maria’s past start to surface. And as the threat of violence begins to shadow her every step, she and Colin will be pushed to breaking point.

Firstly if you love romance and chick lit books then you should really give this a read. I often find Nicholas Sparks books to be a bit hit and miss, for example the last book of his I read (The Longest Ride) I wasn’t overly fussed about. But “See Me” was great, it was more like Safe Haven (the best book of his I’ve ever read) πŸ™‚

The plot did become slightly predictable towards the end, but that didn’t stop me enjoying it. I loved the relationship that Maria and Colin formed too, because Colin just seems like someone Maria would usually avoid, but they were great together. Not forgetting Lily and Evan!

All in all, “See Me” was a great book, which I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys Nicholas Sparks books, romance and chick lit πŸ™‚

Christmas With Billy and Me

After finishing Billy and Me a couple of days ago, I decided to read “Christmas With Billy and Me” straight after so I could continue Sophie and Billy’s story while it was all fresh in my mind, plus I wasn’t ready for their story to end!

“Christmas with Billy and Me” is a short novella set in the lead up to Christmas. Sophie now owns the little tea shop in the village in which she grew up and she gets an anonymous email asking whether “the proposer” can use Sophie’s tea shop to propose to his partner on Christmas Eve. Of course Sophie says yes, and this novella leads up to Christmas and tells the story of Sophie, Billy, Sophie’s mum, Colin (Sophie’s mum’s partner), and Colin’s children as they prepare for this mysterious event of the year. But who is “the proposer”?

“Christmas With Billy and Me” as a great little book. It was much shorter than I remember it this time through though! But I still really enjoyed it and it was nice to have some more story with the characters I’d grown so fond of in “Billy and Me”!

All in all this is a great little book and I love it. My only complaint is that is isn’t long enough! XD

Billy and Me

The chances are you’ll have heard me talk about “Billy and Me” before. If I’ve told you what my favourite book is, or I’ve recommended a book to you, I may well have recommended this. Since I read this before I was blogging I decided it was time to pick it up again and read it so I could share it with you on here.

“Billy and Me” is written by Giovanna Fletcher, wife of Tom Fletcher from McFly/also an author himself. Many people think that Gi just gets her fame from who her husband is, but they’re wrong. She actually writes great chick-lit books. OK, some of them haven’t been as great as others, but the “Billy and Me” series (Billy and Me, Christmas With Billy and Me and Always With Love) is definitely her best.

I was first recommended Billy and Me by a friend who had also read and enjoyed it, I had a look on Amazon, loved the sound of it so ordered it.

Sophie May lives at home with her mum in a quiet little village where everyone knows everyone. She works in the little teashop in the village with her friend Molly, until one day a filming crew turns up to film a new version of Pride and Prejudice. Sophie goes about her day as usual, when Billy Buskin (the star of the film) walks in and befriends Sophie, and before long they’re going on their first date and have fallen for each other. But after time Billy has to move back to London for his next project and Sophie moves with him. But will Billy stay by Sophie’s side or will the fame get to him?

I absolutely adore this book. It is one of the cutest, soppiest, easiest books I’ve ever read. Gi does such a fantastic job of shaping the characters making them all incredibly lovable and easy to relate to. Yes, OK many people think it is just your typical silly boy meets girl love story but I love it. I think there is so much more to it than that. You see the perceptions of a “normal” girl as she enters the world of fame, as well as Billy trying to stay down to earth for Sophie, as well as all the negative press that goes along with someone “famous” dating someone “normal” if that made any sense?!

Billy and Me hasΒ a lovely storyline and yes some may say it is a little predictable but aren’t all chick lits?! Billy and Me is just a wonderful book where Gi has tried to create a really down to earth, caring Billy who isn’t phased by Sophie and her anxiety, which I think is fantastic to see!

Basically I think everyone should read this book, and the sequels that go with it! If you do decide to give this a read, please do let me know what you think of it as I’d love to see if other people love it as much as I do! πŸ™‚