Friday, 24 June 2016

The Dress Shop Of Dreams Book Review

I was originally drawn to the book because of it's beautiful front cover, I am a sucker for a pretty book cover. I found it whilst scrolling through the 3 for £5 section of The Works website and thought I may enjoy it as it is a romance but with a twist. So when I saw it in the shop, I instantly picked it up and bought it. 

I found that it was a really intriguing and interesting story and that it wasn't just your typical romance. It had elements of magic from Etta and mystery from Cora investigating her parents mysterious death in a house fire. It is definitely a good twist on a romance and a beautiful read. The fact that it wasn't just your standard romance, and that it had elements of magical and mystery, made the book more enjoyable and unlike anything I have ever read. I also found that it was a little funny at times with little witty comments made from some of the characters.

I really like the unique names of some of the characters - Etta, Cora and Walt - and how all the character's lives are intertwined with each other. 

Do you like romance books?

Friday, 17 June 2016

An Updated Bucket List...

Back when I first started my blog I did a bucket list post, however I was new to the whole blogging thing, so it wasn't that good. So I wanted to do a new and updated version. 

1. Own Over 100 Books
I am quite a big bookworm, and so it's no suprise that this is one on my bucket list. I think it would be such an accomplishment to own that many books.

2. Live In A Different City
Although I love my home city of Sheffield, I want to exlore other cities and see what they are like to live in. 

3. Conquer All My Fears
I have by far the weirdest fear. I mean arachnophobia (spiders) and acrophobia (heights) are pretty normal, but fear of hoovers/vacuums? I definitely need to conquer that one.

4. Try Oysters
I have never fancied giving an oyster a go, but I have the rest of my life to do it. They just don't look that appetising.

5. Go To The Ballet
I am not a big fan of ballet, but I don't see how I can make that judgement since I have never been, so I want to give it a go.

6. Do A Colour Run
They look so fun and I really want to go and sign up for one.

7. Go To University
I really want to experience what the student life is like and then come out with a degree after, I'm just not sure what degree I should do. Also, it is a great way for me to cross off goal number 2 on my bucket list if I go to a university in a different city. Two birds, one stone!

8. Run 2.5km
I am not a big runner and when ever I go running, they are only short ones. So I wanted to give myself this goal and see if I can achieve it.

9. Go On The London Eye
I have been on the Sheffield Eye, when it was in the city centre, and quite enjoyed, but it was a lot smaller that the London Eye. So I want to go on the London Eye, especially with the veiw you see.

10. See More Of The World
I love travelling and going on holiday abroad, so this definitely had to be on my bucket list.

11. Learn How To Ride A Bike
I am nearly an adult and can't ride a bike. There I saidf it! I can't ride a bike. One of the ost basic things you can learn when growing up and I can't do it. However I really want to learn as I think I may like it.

12. Learn How To Sew And Knit
For once I want to be able to sew my clothes when they get a whole in them, and I would love to be able to knit my own scarf etc.

13. Learn How To Salsa
When watching Strictly Come Dancing, I love seeing all the performances but especially the salsa routines and always wish that I could do it.

14. See The Eiffel Tower
I have never been to Paris, or France in general, and when ever I see photos of the Eiffel Tower I wish I was there. Also, it would help me tackle my fear of heights if I went to the top.

15. Go To An Art Exhibition 
I'm not the biggest art fan, but I want to become more cultural and art seemed the easiest way to do it.

16. Publish An Article In A Magazine
I love writing and have slightly fallen in love with feature writing this past year of college since working on a Journalism course. So I would love to have an article published!

17. Work For A Charity
I have always wanted to do charity ever since my grandad died in 2011 of cancer. I would especially love to work for Cancer Research or St Luke's Hospice.

Whats on your bucket list?

Friday, 10 June 2016

The Percy Jackson Book Series Review

Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief
"Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. Now I spend my time battling monsters and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one here Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea."

Percy Jackson And The Sea Of Mosters
"You can't tell by looking at me that my dad is Poseidon, God of the Sea. It's not easy being a half-blood these days. Even a simple game of dodge ball becomes a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giant - and that was only the beginning. Now Camp Half-Blood is under attack and, unless I can get my hands of the Golden Fleece, the whole camp will be invaded by monsters. Big ones...."

Percy Jackson And The Titan's Curse
"It's not every day you find yourself in combat with a half-lion, half-human. But when you're the son of a Greek God, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a godess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster. Oh and guess what. The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive."

Percy Jackson And The Battle Of The Labyrinth
"Honestly, blowing up another school was the last thing I wanted to do. As the son of a Greek God, I've had my share of near-death disaster - and now my arch-enemy Luke wants to invade our camp via an ancient labyrinth. If he succeeds, thousands of bloodthirsty monsters will attack. So it's goodbye sunshine, hello darkness as four of us descend into the terrifying underground and beyond..."

Percy Jackson And The Last Olympian
"Most people get presents on their sixteenth birthday. I get a prophecy that could save or destroy the world. It happens when you're the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. According to an ancient prophecy, I turn sixteen and the fate of the entire world is on me. But no pressure. Now Kronos, Lord of the Titans, is beginning his attack on New York City. And the dreaded monster Typhon is also heading our way. So it's me and forty of my demigod friends versus untold evil."

For Christmas my sisters got me this book series and I was so excited to read them. My friend and fellow book blogger,Ashleigh, recommended that I should read this series since I have seen the first two films and loved them. To be honest, I just thought there were the two films and that was it, I didn't know they were based on a book series. With that been said, I absolutely loved the books and thoroughly enjoyed reading them. Even though I kind of knew what happened in the first two books, I still found myself super excited to read them. 

The author, Rick Riordan, is known for being the 'myth master' as he has written many books based on Greek and Roman myths. I would definitely agree with his nickname as I think he really nailed this book series. The series made me feel all kinds of emotions, from happy to sad to shocked. When I finished the final book I actually cried.
I really hope they carry on making more film adaptations of the rest of the books because I love them so much!

Have you read the series?

Friday, 3 June 2016

What's In My Bath

Have you ever been doing something and suddenly a light bulb goes off in your head. That happened to me when I was running a bath and I came up with the idea of doing a 'what's in my bag' post but for your bath.  I love having a bath and just relaxing with music and a book. What makes the bath even better is throwing all kinds of products in the water to make it look magical. 

The first think I put in my bath was some of The Body Shop mango soap. I ran it under the tap for a while to create some bubbles. I then poured some of the Derma V10 rescue oil into the bath to moisturise my skin. To add more bubbles, I poured in some of The Body Shop grapefruit shower gel. This shower gel smells amazing and is so refreshing. I also wanted to add a bath bomb, so I picked out the Avobath bath bomb from Lush.

What is your favourite bath bomb to use?