BOOK REVIEW: RESTLESS BY WILLIAM BOYD

BOOK REVIEW: RESTLESS BY WILLIAM BOYD

Restless was recommended to me by the lady I live with so I dove into it with high expectations. A spy story set in Oxford… It sounded exactly like the sort of book I would enjoy, but alas, in the end, Restless fell short of expectations.

This book is told from the alternating perspectives of Eva Delectorskaya, a spy during WWII and Ruth Gilmartin, Eva’s daughter, a single-mother and student at Oxford University in the 1970s. Ruth has grown up completely unaware of her mother’s turbulent past but finally in 1976, Sally Gilmartin (née Eva Delectorskaya) is ready to talk. She thinks someone is trying to kill her. She thinks she is being watched. She needs Ruth to help her find someone from the past and so she begins to write her story down, starting in 1939.VIEW STORY »

RED QUEEN BY VICTORIA AVEYARD IS NOT ONE TO MISS

RED QUEEN BY VICTORIA AVEYARD IS NOT ONE TO MISS

Red Queen, one of the most hyped books of 2015, still indeed in 2016, is undoubtedly the newest craze in the world of young adult literature. First published on the 10th February 2015, this book is still making waves on bookstagram and still drawing in new readers and rereaders. I absolutely hate hyped books, afraid to read them in case they fail to live up to expectations, but also afraid to miss out on something great. In the case of Red Queen, I regret to say that I missed out on something great.VIEW STORY »

GOODBYE 2015, HELLO 2016…

GOODBYE 2015, HELLO 2016...

I can’t believe it’s already 2016, but here I am, back in Paris after a much needed 2 week break at home in London. In 2015 I finished my second year of university and then pretty swiftly packed up and moved to Paris. There, I completed a five and a half month internship at a social media company, which is the longest I’ve ever worked full time and learnt a lot. I’m still not sure if the world of social media is for me, but it’s certainly an interesting area to work in and be a part of at the moment so overall I’m still pretty happy with the outcome of my first six months in Paris. My French has improved considerably but not quite as much as I would have liked but hopefully the next 5 months will sort that out (fingers crossed). I made a grand total of two French friends though I’m still not sure whether I should be proud or ashamed of that figure. My second internship starts tomorrow (eek!), and I’m hoping it’ll be more stimulating than the last. This time I’ll be an assistant social media consultant so I should have more responsibility than at the last and as the company is a lot bigger, the projects may have greater reach. I’m both really excited and really nervous about this new job as I have absolutely no idea what to expect – I just hope my French holds up! Wish me luck…VIEW STORY »

MOËT MOMENT FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION TO WIN $25,000

MOET MOMENT FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION TO WIN $25,000

Moët and Chandon has been the official champagne of the Golden Globes for 25 years. Now, the luxury champagne brand is taking this partnership to the next level by offering film enthusiasts the opportunity to win a film grant worth a whopping $25,000. Alongside this, the winner will also win two tickets to the Golden Globes in 2016 as Moët’s special guests and receive exposure on all Moët US‘s social channels!VIEW STORY »

CHRISTMAS PRESENT HAUL 2015

CHRISTMAS PRESENT HAUL 2015

For some reason, I haven’t felt particularly excited about Christmas this year and I just haven’t been able to get into the Christmas spirit. Despite listening to Christmas songs and watching Love Actually, I just wasn’t in the mood.

I had just assumed I wasn’t getting a Christmas present this year because my parents bought me a Canon 100D in the summer for blogging as a very early ‘Christmas present’ but a few days ago my mum asked me where my Christmas list was and my hope was renewed…

In the end I got a pretty good Christmas haul, almost entirely made up of items that I had actually wanted beforehand, which has never happened to me before! Now I’ve never done a haul on my blog before so I don’t really know what how to proceed but here’s what I got…VIEW STORY »

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR BOOKISH PEOPLE

Christmas is TOMORROW and I’ll bet that a lot of you still haven’t bought all of your Christmas gifts. If you’re buying for someone that loves books this year, why not get them something other than, well, a book. Here are some slightly more interesting bookish ideas so you don’t just have to pick up whatever is being advertised as Waterstones ‘best seller’ this week.

1. Funko Pops

Perfect for film, television and book lovers, funko pops have taken the world by storm over the past year. There’s a POP! doll for pretty much every series out there so you’re sure to find something for your bookish friend. From Harry Potter to the Minions to Game of Thrones to Disney Princesses, there’s something for everyone. Both adults and children seem to love these and some people have amassed huge collections of these tiny dolls. They cost around £8-£15 each so they’re not exactly cheap, especially given their size, but you can’t deny that they’re cute!

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR BOOKISH PEOPLEVIEW STORY »

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR THE INSTAGRAM LOVER

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR THE INSTAGRAM LOVER

Christmas lights at the Galeries Lafayette

Less than one week to go! Christmas is fast approaching and I’m sure there are lots of you out there who still have not done your Christmas shopping. I am notoriously bad at Christmas shopping, I always leave it to the last minute and end up having to grab what’s available instead of what I wanted to buy – but not this year!

This gift guide is for the young woman who loves fashion, spends most of her time on Instagram and is an all-round #basicbitch. Sound like someone you know? Keep reading…VIEW STORY »

4 OF THE STRONGEST CELEBRITY ROLE MODELS FOR YOUNG GIRLS

The life of the celebrity isn’t all glitz and glamor. Okay, that makes up a fairly large chunk of it, but it’s also about responsibility. As a society, we tend to hold celebrities up to, at times, unreasonable expectations. That’s when they crash and burn, and we latch onto it. But what about the other side of the celebrity? I’m talking about the role model. The ones that we’re perfectly okay with our children looking up to.

There is a lot of bad press around the A-Listers for one reason or another, but I think it’s time to make some acknowledgments. Here are, as far as I can see them, the best celebrity role models.

4 OF THE STRONGEST CELEBRITY ROLE MODELS FOR YOUNG GIRLS

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Angelina Jolie

There was a time when Angie was perhaps the most recognized woman on the planet, but she hasn’t let that go to her head. Following the drama of how her relationship with Brad Pitt unfolded, she’s been nothing short of an inspiration. Angelina is known for having adopted children from deprived countries and championing refugee programs. In addition, both her and her husband have been long time proponents of same-sex marriage. Keep doing you, Mr and Mrs Smith.VIEW STORY »

ILLUMICRATE UNBOXING: THE SUBSCRIPTION BOX FOR BOOK LOVERS

ILLUMICRATE UNBOXING: THE SUBSCRIPTION BOX FOR BOOK LOVERS

So subscription boxes have been gaining more and more popularity in recent months and there are lots of fabulous (and weird) things that you can sign up for each month. I love the idea of getting a surprise package in the post each month so I couldn’t have been more excited when Daphne from Winged Reviews revealed that she was setting up Illumicrate, a quarterly bookish subscription box. Each box will include a new release as well as bookish goodies such as bookmarks, jewellery, stationery etc. There will be 3-5 items per box.

Here’s what came inside my box..VIEW STORY »

CHRISTMAS BOOK REVIEW: LET IT SNOW BY JOHN GREEN ETC.

CHRISTMAS BOOK REVIEW: LET IT SNOW BY JOHN GREEN ETC.Title: Let It Snow
Authors: Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 5th September 2013
Goodreads Summary: Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.VIEW STORY »