Month: April 2016

Monthly Round-up! April 2016

Posted April 30, 2016 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm / 0 Comments

Monthly feature, linking everything that has happened in the last month, posted on the last day of said month. Currently reading:   Reviews: The One You Really Want  by Jill Mansell The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood The Second Love of My Life by Victoria Walters Fellside by M. R. Carey Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli Relativity  by Antonia Hayes The Secret Lore of London  edited by John Matthews with Caroline Wise Cruel Crown  by Victoria Aveyard Breaking Dead  by Corrie Jackson Way Down Dark by JP Symthe Life Swap by Carol Wyer HEX  by Thomas Olde Heuvelt Blog Tours: So Corrie Jackson was on the blog to discuss From fashion to crime: writing both ends of the spectrum which was really intriguing to read and it was fascinating to see how something so different can actually be similar. The blog tour for Relativity consisted of my review. If you haven’t yet checked it out please do! I participated in a sampler blog tour for Jill Mansell’s book The One You Really Want which included a giveaway… I wasn’t on the blog tour but feel that it is appropriate to put here, I hosted a giveaway for a copy of the brilliant The Second Love of My Life by Victoria Walters and let me tell you this book […]

Review: HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Posted April 29, 2016 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: HEX  by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt Series: Standalone Published by: Hodder & Stoughton on 28th April 2016 Genres:  Fantasy; Fiction; Horror; Thriller Pages:  Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: **** About: Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay until death. Whoever comes to stay, never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Blind and silenced, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s beds for nights on end. So accustomed to her have the townsfolk become that they often forget she’s there. Or what a threat she poses. Because if the stitches are ever cut open, the story goes, the whole town will die. The curse must not be allowed to spread. The elders of Black Spring have used high-tech surveillance to quarantine the town. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break the strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiralling into a […]

Review: Life Swap by Carol Wyer

Posted April 27, 2016 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 3 Comments
Review: Life Swap by Carol Wyer

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.   Life Swap by Carol Wyer Series: Standalone Published by: Bookouture on 22 April 2016 Genres: Chick-lit; Fiction; Humour Pages: 285 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: *** About: Take a chance on a new life and maybe you’ll find your happy ever after. Because true love is always worth the risk… Handsome prince, beautiful house, fabulous job? Polly has none of these. All she has to her name is a string of failed relationships and she’s up to her ears in debt. She sees herself as a hopeless case and would do anything to change her luck. Simon is approaching the big 50. He’s off his game at work, his kids don’t seem to notice he exists and his wife seems to think he’s made of money. As for sex …what’s that? So when the opportunity comes for both of them to swap their lives for a life of luxury, they jump at the chance. For Simon a life of helicopters, fast cars and hot babes beckons. For Polly, it’s all diamonds, spa days and celebrity parties. What more could they want? Trouble is, […]

Book vs. Film – How I Live Now

Book vs. Film – How I Live Now

Be warned! Spoilers may occur! The Book: I adore this book. When I first read it in 2004 I wasn’t exactly enamored with the book.  But over the years this book has grown on me to become a firm classic of my childhood reading. The major theme of the book is survival-ship and how love can conquer all, war, separation and expectations. And I thought it showed the confusion of war really well. It’s not clear who the enemy is or what their motive is. I liked that the book is told from Daisy’s perspective, what she knows we know everything else is lost to us. So we do only get half the picture but that is the only picture that matters here. The writing is puzzling and limited, but this is necessary due to what is going on. Despite my initial feeling about this book, it clearly captured my heart and has left me talking about it for over a decade. The Film: So this film is pretty good right? I thought that the casting of the film, with Saoirse Ronan playing the lead Daisy and the others, suited the film. Daisy’s character is so much more bitchy here than I remember but it makes […]

Guest Post: From fashion to crime: writing both ends of the spectrum by Corrie Jackson, author of Breaking Dead

Guest Post: From fashion to crime: writing both ends of the spectrum by Corrie Jackson, author of Breaking Dead

Today I am delighted to be part of the Blog Tour for Breaking Dead by Corrie Jackson. I loved this book (check out my review), it was so much better to what I was expecting and I was hooked. And I cannot wait to see what happens next. Below Corrie talks about how she moved from fashion to crime and its a fascinating piece. And don’t forget to check out other blog stops for more exclusive gossip 🙂 Over a decade on women’s magazines has given me a front-row view of the fashion industry in all its Technicolor glory. I’ve interviewed Kate Moss while Alexander McQueen pinned clothes onto her post-baby body. I’ve watched seamstresses craft couture dresses that cost more than my car. I’ve spent 24 hours in Milan with an Italian style icon who owns two apartments: one for her…and one for her wardrobe. Fashion really is the stuff of dreams. But, like any billion-dollar industry, skeletons lurk in its closet. I was at Grazia when an anorexic model dropped dead of a heart attack during a fashion show, sparking off the whole size zero debate. I was at Glamour when Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen committed suicide; when […]