The Little Book of Colouring: Into the Deep

It may seem a bit random me writing this post, but before I buy any adult colouring book I like to be able to get an idea of what the images inside are like. I don’t know if that’s just me?

Anyway, before I went on holiday to South Africa I decided I wanted to take some colouring with me but all of my colouring books are quite big and I didn’t want anything too bulky to carry around with me. After some searching around I came across several colouring books that were smaller and more “travel friendly” than the ones I have. The only problem was the two that I liked didn’t have many images online about what they were like inside. So I took a bit of a risk and bought two books from the “Peace in your Pocket” range.

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These books are probably both the same sort of size as a standard paperback book (just not as thick), and actually have really good quality pages. I just thought I’d share some of the pictures from inside the “Into the Deep” book for other people who, like me, like to see what the pictures are like before buying.

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I really like these books, they’re nice to use and pack away nicely in a rucksack/handbag for travel. They also have a good combination of more detailed pictures and less detailed ones.

I’ll leave it there for today, I don’t want to make this a long post πŸ™‚Β Do you have a favourite adult colouring book? Do you have any to use for travel?

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Some Kind of Wonderful

I’ve finally got round to writing this review! πŸ˜€ I read this back in November/December, but with Blogmas I didn’t get round to writing/posting it before. “Some Kind of Wonderful” is Giovanna Fletcher’s latest novel and this time, released in hardback. My friend bought me a signed copy of “Some Kind of Wonderful” for my birthday and I was so excited to read it.

When the love of your life says you’re not The One, who are you?

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together,Β everyoneΒ thinks they’re about to get engaged. Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancΓ© and no future.

Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ideal ‘better half’. But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him?

Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .”

This book was a great read, and I enjoyed every single page. Most romance/chick-lit books tend to be boy marries girl and they all live happily ever after. But not in this book. This is kind of an alternative where Lizzy finds a new happily ever after away from her old happily ever after.

I think this would be a great book for people going through breakups and would help them see the light, while not being too depressing. The story is enjoyable with some great characters.

I’m keeping this post short today, because I don’t wait to ruin the story for anyone else who is going to read this πŸ™‚ But I really do recommend this book πŸ™‚

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Highland Fling

So not that long ago I was recommended Highland Fling by An Historian About Town. I’d never read any books by Katie Fforde before so I was quite excited to give it a go!

In Highland Fling we join Jenny as she heads up from home in Surrey up to Scotland to work on a project for her boss. Working with a family in the area Jenny must fight to save the local clothing mill battling both her feelings and family in the process.

I absolutely loved this book and was so glad that I was recommended it to read! It was such an easy read and definitely a feel good, kind of Christmassy chick lit book. I loved all the characters and I especially loved the love/hate relationship between Jenny and Ross…. and Lady Dalmain!

All in all this was a fantastic book and I really really enjoyed reading it! πŸ™‚ Do you have any other Katie Fforde books that you can recommend me? πŸ™‚

I’m sorry it is such a short post today! 😦 But you should all definitely go and check out this book!

The Sleepwalker (CHERUB 9)

So following on from my latest read of Mad Dogs I decided to read “The Sleepwalker” straight away. With books like this that are part of a big series I like reading them while the other story is fresh in my mind πŸ™‚ Plus, as I’ve said before they’re really quick, easy reads so reading these helps with my new challenge of reading 52 books this year πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€

An airliner explodes over the Atlantic leaving 345 people dead. Crash investigators suspect terrorism, but they’re getting nowhere.

A distressed twelve-year-old calls a police hotline and blames his father for the explosion. It could be a breakthrough, but there’s no hard evidence and the boy has a history of violence and emotional problems.

Only CHERUB agents can unearth the truth. They’re trained professionals with one essential advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them.

For official purposes, these children do not exist

I’ll start of by saying, “The Sleepwalker” definitely isn’t one of the most exciting books in this series, but it was still an enjoyable read with plenty of action!

This book mostly centres around James’ sister Lauren and her role in befriending someone who MI5 believe to know something about the plane crash. We don’t really see very much of James or the other main characters in the book- well we do, but they aren’t part of the mission!

I think this book is a good book to see the upcoming CHERUB agents and see new faces appear, so it is good if you’re getting fed up of James and the other main characters! Plus it brings back beloved Ex-Chairman Mac, who has sadly lost 4 members of his family in the plane crash, and sees him take a key role in heading up a mission.

The Sleepwalker was a really enjoyable read and definitely a must read if you’ve read/are reading the CHERUB series!

Mad Dogs (CHERUB 8)

In an attempt to make it to 52 books read again this year I decided to continue my CHERUB book re-reading. The CHERUB books are great reads that are pretty quick to get through, because they’re easy reads, but also because the stories are so gripping!

In Mad Dogs we join James (and Bruce) on their latest mission. Using James’ previous work as an agent in the book Class A, it is his mission to help infiltrate the gang Mad Dogs who specialise in drug dealings. The only thing is, there are two other gangs in the area who also deal drugs. When things get weird, James must uncover a huge plot that is going down, the only trouble is he is caught between gangs who are turning violent.

Mad Dogs definitely isn’t my favourite of the CHERUB books, but is by no means a bad read! It also definitely makes more sense if you read it after Class A. If you ever wonder if Cherubs take up roles as the same person again, then your answer is in this book… Yes they do, and sometimes it plays a huge advantage. In Mad Dogs we also see what happens when a mission goes wrong. Although most of the books do show how dangerous the missions are (like The Fall), this book shows the real possibility of someone dying during a mission… So things do go badly wrong sometimes!

My only real gripe with this book is that although we see James reunited with Junior again, we actually see very little of Junior. It seemed they only really bought Junior back in to get James back in to the “gang” – it makes sense if you read it!

But again, as with all the other CHERUB books this was a great read, and I really love these young adult/action/spy books.

 

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights

Sooooooo I said a while ago I wasn’t sure if I’d get this book while it was only out in hardback because it doesn’t fit so well on my shelves! BUT I couldn’t not get it and it dropped right down in price…. and I mean it’s not Christmas without a new Christmas chicklit book!

I LOVE Carole Matthews books and I adored “The Cake Shop in the Garden” when it came out. So when I realised this was another book with Fay in I couldn’t resist, plus it’s set at Christmas and it features lots of cake! What could be better? πŸ˜‰

So in “Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights” we catch up again with Fay as she travels the canals of Britain with Danny. However, a phone call from Lija calls Fay home to what used to be her cake shop. Poor Stan is ill and Lija and Fay, along with new employee Rainbow slowly see him better. But that’s not the only drama happening at the Cake Shop this Christmas! Throw in a baby, Fay’s sister and a major downpour, this Christmas is definitely one that Fay will remember!

I absolutely adored this book! I couldn’t stop reading it. The only thing is, I wish I’d read “The Cake Shop in the Garden” again before picking this up as I had a little trouble remembering some things, but Carole Matthews does a fantastic job of catching you up with the story as you read, so in fact this could be easily read separate from “The Cake Shop in the Garden”! πŸ˜€

The characters are all just as loveable as I remembered them to be… Where can I go to meet Danny?! πŸ˜‰ And new character Rainbow is just brilliant. She’ll probably annoy you a lot to begin with but she definitely grew on me through the book! And her nan sounds brilliant! I want to meet her!

This is a great little story which I loved to bits and it really got me in the Christmas spirit… and made me want to make lots of cake! πŸ˜€ If you love a Chicklit book and are looking for a new one this Christmas then Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is a must! πŸ™‚

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The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding

So this is the last book (at the moment) in the Chocolate Lovers’ series and having read the rest of the books recently I decided to finish the series while it was all still fresh in my mind πŸ™‚

So Lucy is finally getting married, but things keep getting in the way… Lucy loses her job, Nadia feels unsafe in her home and moving to the Lake District to be with her new love seems more than appealing. Chantal is faced with some devastating news, while Autumn is building a relationship up with her daughter. Everything is getting in the way, and Lucy starts to doubt she’ll get the happily ever after she so desperately wants.

In the “Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding” we are in the build up to Lucy finally marrying Aiden (Crush), however life is getting in the way and Lucy’s selfless nature means she gives her wedding away to someone who needs it more. Throughout the story we start to see characters getting their happily ever afters, which makes me believe that this may be the last we see of the Chocolate Lovers’ Club. This story was surprisingly not predictable. Some chicklit books can be quite predictable, but this one wasn’t which surprised me, and everything I kept thinking didn’t actually happen. Plus it definitely wasn’t “and they all lived happily ever after” at several times in the book!

“Whatever happens, this won’t be the end of the Chocolate Lovers’ Club. We might be heading off in different directions but there are strong ties that bind us. We are true friends, and true friendships endure for a lifetime.”

The Chocolate Lovers’ Club series is a great series demonstrating friendship at its best, where the girls stick together through thick and thin and are always there for each other. I couldn’t not put in those final two sentences of the book because they are really heartwarming and are definitely what the whole Chocolate Lovers’ series is all about.

All in all, this was a great book (and an enjoyable series) where even if this is the end of the Chocolate Lovers’ series it was a lovely book to go out on, where I think all lose ends from the series were tied. If you’re looking for a gentle, but enjoyable read about friendship this is definitely a great series for you! πŸ™‚

You can find my reviews for the other books here πŸ™‚

The Chocolate Lovers’ Club

The Chocolate Lovers’ Diet

The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas