Saturday, 24 September 2011

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray... My thoughts

I wan't  impressed by this book I have to say...I really enjoyed the first in the series, looked forward to the second, was a bit dissapointed, semi looked forward to the third... and was simply unimpressed with it. I felt the first book in the trilogy, A Great and Terrible Beauty was a fantastic read and built up the potential for such a good trilogy but it just didn't happen.

It had been a long time since I'd read the first or second book, but I presumed I didn't need to re-read them-to understand the third- big mistake. The 'magic' and the 'realms' in this book simply weren't explained at any point, I couldn't remember how it all worked and was hoping in the first few chapters that it would be re-explained but it never was, in fact there was barely any summary of the first two book at all which I feel massively let the book down. I would need to have the prequels fresh in my mind to understand 3/4 of what happened, it seemed to flow straight on from the previous book but gave zero mention to any events that has already happened, so I was struggling to remember what had happened and who all the characters were. I was just confused and subsequently irritated throughout the magority of the book.

Not only this, but anything new wasn't made at all clear either. There was a very confusing storyline based around 'The tree of all souls' which frankly I just didn't understand, it simply wasn't explained. I also felt the story dragged on far too much and just wasn't interesing enough. The only few things I was interested in weren't explored in enough depth, in my opinion. Namely, the relationship between Gemma and Kartick and the revealed relationship between Pippa and Felicity- this could have been such an interesting area to explore, sexuality in the very constrained setting of the victorian finishing school where 'young ladies' had to conform to the expectations of society- but oh no, it was just glossed over and Gemma hardly seemed affected. If I discovered two of my friends been having a secret relationship I know I'd have more to say!

Overall, I didn't enjoy this at all, between the prequels not being summarised, nothing new being explained and the story dragging on and on and on, I was just put in a bit of a bad mood every time I picked the book up. I kept on hoping it would get better but it never did. When I got to the end- which in tune with the rest of the book, made no sense to me- I was just extremely glad to banish it to the back of my mind, return it to the library and never pick it up again.

Sorry not to have reviewed this very well, I realise it's more of a rant than a review, in my defense, I couldn't summarise the story even if I wanted to, I couldn't for the life of me, give you any indication of what on earth was going on. I'd be interested to hear anyone else's opinion though as I'm wondering if it's just me, I very rarely dislike books so much and don't think I've ever told anyone not to bother with a book (with the exception of Just in Case!) but that's what I'm saying here, it didn't feel worth the effort of reading.

Heather xx

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

No 7 Exceptional Definition Mascara Review

Hiya folks :) So this post is a little different, I thought I'd try my hand at a beauty post, I probably won't do another soon as I have several book rewviews coming up but I may well do some more in the future- let me know what you think :)

Recently, my favourite mascara: The Body Shop Divide & Multiply Mascara ran ran out completely, the only other one I could find after digging through all of my make up bags was Rimel London Volume Max Bold Curves, which I cannot stand, I got it for christmas and loved the green tube, but the content was so dissapointing, it just clumps up my eyelashes and is awful, I certainly didn't get Lily Cole's perfect lash look from the adverts! Of course I could have just bought another Divide & Multiply but I like to try new products...

So I was on a mission to find myself a new mascara. Step one: research... or put plainly, spend half an hour hunting round the internet ;P Pricewise I wasn't too fussed, I don't mind paying a lot for a really decent mascara but then the highest price doesn't mean highest quality so I wanted to read some reviews from beauty bloggers to get real opinions on what would be best to buy.

On my hunt for the perfect mascara there were three things on my check list. Firstly I expect a lot, I want volume AND length, I don't like settling for one or the other. Curling mascara's I've never been inclined to try as I have naturally curly lashes and curl them manually before mascara anyway so I usually go for definition mascara's. Secondly absolutely no clumps, I was so dissapointed with the Rimmel mascara and dertainly didn't want another like it. The last thing I was looking for was a standard shaped brush. Anything like this

 or this

I've always thought is not for me, for some reason I've always preffered a straightforward  basic brush. However after seaching for reviews of loads of mascara's I kept coming across really good reviews about the No 7 Exceptional Definition Mascara. And so I decided maybe it was high time to stop discriminating against differently shaped brushes, since it sounded like a really good mascara that would give me length, volume, definition- and no clumps :)

The brush may well look pretty standard to you, but it's more unusual for me than anything I've tried before, I've always stuck to completely standard brushes!

Using my friends staff discount card at boots ( very bad of me I know) I bought this for cheaper than the normal £12.50 but I feel even that price is fairly reasonable. The tube is a dark green colour which I really love, and a nice shape, it looks rather sleek and classy I think. It doesn't stand out in my make up box but I personally like the design. As for the mascara itself... I've fallen in love with it and am very glad I chose it. The brush is almost perfectly designed and tons better than a standard brush, I'm glad I overcame my prejudice :P

One side is used to apply the mascara, which gives plenty of volume and length, the other has very fine little bristles and is used to comb through the lashes preventing any clumps and seperating the lashes to provide- yep you've got it... exceptional definition. This side is also fantastic for bottom lashes if like me you want to apply mascara to them but in a much subtler way than the top lashes. It allows you to apply a small amount and you can build on this... a normal brush just makes the bottom lashes stand out too much in my opinion. The end of the brush is rounded with tiny little bristles and is ideal for reaching the smallest lashes in the corner of your eye without getting black marks on your nose- or is it just me who does that?

Have I found the perfect mascara?... maybe not but I do love this mascara, it ticks all the boxes for me, and is suitable for any occasion, one coat gives a lovely daytime look while two or three is perfect for evening. Oh and it's also a nutrient enriched mascara which earns it even more brownie points.

Has any-one else tried this mascara or have another favourite mascara?

Heather xx

Monday, 19 September 2011

Follow Friday #4- let's pretend it's not Monday!

Q. It's that pesky magic book fairy again! She has another wish: What imaginary book world would you like to make a reality?

A: Okay so I'm just going to go with the first answer that comes to mind, even though I'm sure loads of other people will have chosen it and I'll look really unimaginitive I honestly can't think if a book world I'd rather live in-  yep it's the world of Harry Potter, I would absolutely love to go to hogwarts and study magic, I'm not the only one who secretly hoped they'd get a hogwarts through the post at age 11 right?

Happy Friday Folks :P

Heather xx

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows!



and Rainbows

This song has been going round and round in my head lately and I'm constantly huming it. And I have to say I love it- well I love the few lines that I actually know :P

Anyone else have a song they can't get out of their heads?

Heather x

Monday, 12 September 2011

Some Holiday Pics and my Upcoming Book Review List

Howdi :D  long time no see- entirely my own fault of course, keeping up to date with a blog turned out to be harder than anticipated, time managed to fly by this summer with very few posts. I did actually write some posts and set them to publish in the future- but that turned out to be a complete fail, probably due to my shockingly bad IT skills. Anyhow I've neglected this blog for too long, so I'm back and hoping to post more regularly from now!

So onto some pictures from my lovely holiday to a caravan park in Wales- I should point out I am interested in photography but have no talent so these aren't at all impressive, I just felt like sharing :)

Our Caravan for the Week

 A lovely garden onsite :)

 Pretty Local Shops

 Beautiful Beaches

 The Lovely Village of Portmerrion

 Pick and Mix :P

The difference between the tan my brother got and the tan I didn't get!

This pic sums up the holiday, lots of visiting the beaches in mega windy conditions- this is Britain after all :P

Anyhow... as for book reviews, I've recently read the following and will be posting reviews very soon
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
  • The Wind In The Willows ( yes I know it's aimed at children 10 years younger than me!)
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Kite Runner
Has anybody read these and/or have an opinion?

Much love and a happy monday to all

Heather xx