Monday, 31 August 2015

Deal Breakers by Laura Lee

Love deeper and laugh harder than you ever thought possible.  Never settle for anything else.

A big thank you to NetGalley and Lan Fiction LLC for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book had me all kinds of confused as to whether I really liked it or not. It was a very quick and fun read but at times I had a hard time getting through some parts. I liked Devyn and Riley but think the story may have benefited from say another 100 pages so that things didn't feel so rushed. I felt like every time we started getting into the story especially at the start we were pulled forward by a year or 5. 

The standout character for me was definitely little Nathan. The things that came out of his mouth my goodness he had me rolling around laughing. If I ever get around to having kids, I have a feeling they will be saying the exact same things. All the characters actually were quite well done. I can't really say that there were any characters that I didn't like. Funny story I finished reading this last night but was leaving the review for this morning. I actually had some bizarro dreams where I had a baby to an ex who then came back all angry at me. Which is why I always have to be careful when I read something before bedtime. I swear I dream about 50% more than the rest of the population and it is so easily influenced by what i've done that day. 

Anyways back to the book. I think my main problem with this book was the language at times which is funny cos i'm terrible when it comes to language control. I felt at times that it was a little too much in the book. Don't get me wrong I drop f-bombs all day without realising but I think it was overused as were the words tits and dick. I dunno, I liked the story and I feel like it was a nice quick and funny Sunday read but I'm not sure if I will continue on further with the series.

3 out of 5 Stars!

Saturday, 29 August 2015

September TBR Pile

Hello to all my favourite guys and gals. Look at me being organised and getting my TBR list up early. August was quite a good month for me. I didn't read as much as I had wanted to but I did read some really great books. The standouts were definitely The Institute by Kayla Howarth, Criminal by Karin Slaughter and Evil Games by Angela Marsons. I have quite a few things going on in September so i'm not sure how much reading will be getting done but we shall see. I have some birthdays, fathers day, a hens night and the office at work is getting renovated. We have only had two days of renovations at the office so far but considering those two days have included fights with the owner and site supervisor I can see it being a very long couple of months. The previously mentioned fights are also why not much reading was done during last week! Anyways enough of the negativity and let's look forward to what I will be reading in September :)

  • Series Read: This month I will be finishing the Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter by reading the seventh and final book which is titled Unseen. I've really enjoyed this series and i'm really sad to see the end of it. Reading the synopsis for this one I'm a little worried about it but we shall see.

  • Husbands PickEach month I get my husband to pick out a random book for me from my TBR List and this month he chose Confess by Colleen Hoover.I have shockingly not read many Colleen Hoover books but I know that a lot of people love her writing so i'm excited to give this one a go. I have been meaning to pick up more of her books so here is my chance. 

  • Take Down That TBR: Each month I pick up the first book that is listed on my TBR list and this month it is What If by Rebecca Donovan. I admit I was 50/50 about reading this one so fingers crossed that i'm not disappointed. It certainly sounds like a very intriguing read. 

  • September Book of the Month: This months book of the month is going to be Soulmates by Nicole Dykes. I picked this book up for free a while ago and have been meaning to get to it but keep putting it off. I think my problem is the title of the book. I just don't believe in soulmates. Every time I read the synopsis though I want to read this so it's time to get it out of the way.

  • Wildcard Book: I knew what I was picking as my wildcard this month ages ago because I kept meaning to buy this book but would then forget. This is one of my most anticipated releases of the year and it is You by Caroline Kepnes. I have heard a lot of amazing things about this book and how creepy it is. 

I must say it is a very mixed bag for September and I can't wait to get started on it. What are you guys going to be reading in September?

Resistance by Kayla Howarth

In this world, lies are a necessity for survival.

I'm not gonna lie it is late people so be prepared for some possible ramblings. I just had to get this book finished. I am loving this trilogy and although this book was not quite as good as the first it was still fantastic and I just had to stay up late tonight to finish it. The last I dunno let's just go with 20% of this book was just crazy and absolute madness. My heart can't even begin to process the major loss of a certain character and that vision that Allira had at the end WTF!

Huge props to Kayla for not being afraid of killing off characters. I always, always admire an author who's not afraid to tear us to to shreds with a huge death in the story. This book was a little slower than the first but once it get's going you better hold on. I can't believe how horrid Chad's mum Belle was and how sleazy and gross Cyrus was. Drew, I don't know where to start with him I really don't. The same could also be said about Paxton. I want to trust both of them but I just can't. I totally saw the whole Shilah relationship coming and had actually mentioned it in my review of the first book.

I loved Ebbodine and Licia and I hope that we get to see a lot more of them in the final book. I honestly have no idea how everything is going to go down in the next book but I do know that I can't wait. I'm dying to know who the betrayer was at the end of the book especially if it turn's out to be a main character. Thank goodness we don't have long to wait til the release of the next book.

4 out of 5 Stars!

Friday, 28 August 2015

He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Lena Diaz

You can't change the past, but you can damn well change the future.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one and I must admit I was quite surprised by it and in a good way. I always feel nervous when I start a new series by a new author but I think this is definitely a series that I will continue on with. It was very easy to read and the story flowed nicely. I can't say that there were really any surprises with this one but that didn't bother me because the story still held my interest. I really liked Amanda/Mandy as a character because she still had the characteristics of a victim but she also had that braveness and courage that shone through. Logan was the perfect hero who was very charming but also had a little inner darkness as well. The story was helped along by some lovable smaller characters like Madison and Sadie Whitman and all the other main character's held up well too. Like I said before there was no real surprises and it was only a matter of time before they found out who the killer was but all in all still a great book.

I love the idea of the Deadly Games series and I think the titles are very clever. Not to sound too demented or anything but I like the idea of the stories revolving around childhood games. It makes for a nice change and the next book Simon Says Die sounds like a must read. I figured that Madison would be getting her own story but I really liked her and Pierce so definitely keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks for that review.

3 out of 5 Stars!

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Undertow by Leigh T. Moore

You can't make somebody love you if they don't.

This book was set out quite differently to your normal standard book. Undertow is about three journals that belonged to 3 different people and at the end of each journal Anna offers her thoughts. I really enjoyed the way that it was set out and getting the three different versions of what happened all those years ago and why nobody else can know the truth. After reading the journals you kinda have to agree that sometimes some secrets should remain just that, a secret. My heart broke for each of the characters and the positions that they were in. Whilst I obviously don't agree with someone cheating on their spouse it also seemed inevitable when it happened.

I don't want to speak ill of the dead but I really didn't like Meg and I admit I really struggled through her journal. Meg came across as being very immature and spoilt and some of her decision making was just horrendous. I also wondered the entire time that I was reading Meg's journal if Leigh T. Moore wrote the character of Meg like she did so that we wouldn't be so angry at the cheating later on. I wasn't sure what to think about Bill and his journal. I understood where he was coming from on a lot of things but also found him to be quite frustrating at times. I definitely preferred him with Alex compared to Meg. Alex's journal was easily my favourite and although she made mistakes she was the character that I most liked.

Sometimes when I'm reading a series I decide to stop part way through the series and I think this is one of those cases. I'm quite happy with the ending of this book and for me all the loose ends have been tied up. I know that if I continue on with this series that there is going to be heartache for Julian and just frustrations for me. By ending it here I know what happened in the past and I can live with the fact that Julian and Anna are happily trying a relationship together and that he may or may not find out who his father is in the future. I enjoyed this series.

3 out of 5 Stars!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

The Institute by Kayla Howarth

I go to shut my door when I hear Chad say, "Oh, I just banged your wife." He turns to me and winks, and I burst into laughter.

And that was the exact moment that I decided that I loved Chad. The comment is aimed at Drew and as much as I want to hate Drew there is still a part of me that keeps been drawn to him (damn them bad boys).This book had a wonderful cast of characters and I loved them all and thought that they were all very well done. I loved Tate and hope that they are going to be able to get him away from the institute. I don't know why but I kept wondering if Tate and Shilah were going to get together. I dunno just a thought maybe it will happen, maybe it won't. Can I just say that I would love to have Allira's ability. I mean she is pretty much unrestricted on what she can do and she is able to try out so many cool powers.

I thought the story was quite well paced and was really well written. I have to admit I read a few chapters yesterday but spent pretty much all of today reading this. I found it really hard to put down and it was just so easy to read. I loved all the interactions between the character's especially between Allira and Tate. The ending was fantastic and it makes you want to pick up the next book right away. Resistance, oh yeah that just has my name written all over it. I am a little concerned about how the return of a certain character will change the dynamic between Allira and Chad but I guess we will just have to read on to see how it all pans out. A huge thank you to Kayla Howarth for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can not wait to pick up the next book, Resistance so keep an eye out for that review in the next couple of weeks.

4 out of 5 Stars!

Friday, 21 August 2015

Free Book Friday - Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford

Hi guys and gals to be honest I am exhausted so this is going to be short and sweet. I picked this book up for free a few days ago but I can still include it as my free book Friday pick right?! right. I used to love reading vampire books but it's been a long time since I've read a good one so I'm hoping that this will be the book to renew my love for all things vampiric. It seems to have very mixed reviews on Goodreads so who knows what I am in for. I'm thinking I might start this one next week cos now that I'm thinking about vampire books I really want to get back in to them.

Goodreads Synopsis
If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it's to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn't hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora's life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she's a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job... by hand.

Now Aurora's only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Criminal by Karin Slaughter

Angie loved taking things away from other people. She was a temptress. She was a siren. She was a thief.

Ladies and gentlemen that is Angie Polaski. Honestly she is the most infuriating character that I have ever come across. I say it in every review I know but this woman just really get's under my skin and after the ending of this book I have a feeling that she isn't going anywhere, anytime soon. I honestly can't believe that I am nearly at the end of this series with just one more novella and one full book to go. Criminal was set out a bit differently to the previous books in this series and although I enjoyed it immensely I would've preferred to have had one full book for everything that happened in the past rather than chopping and changing from the past to the present and back again.

I was really looking forward to reading Criminal because the whole series has hinted at Will's past and that there is a deeper connection between Amanda and Will to what we've been seeing. This book was amazing and I didn't realise in the previous books how instrumental Evelyn was to Will's history as well. It was very hard to see that softer and much more vulnerable side to Amanda. I kept feeling like I was intruding and looking at things that I had no right seeing or hearing about. I loved seeing Evelyn and Amanda working together and their continuous struggle with equality. I would love to read more about those two working together. It made me laugh cos every time they were together or driving around I just imagined their theme song being Run The World (Girls) by Beyonce. 

We didn't really get much of Will, Sara and Faith in this book but what we did get was quite well done. I don't know how Sara is able to deal with Will being so hot and cold all the time. Then to have Angie heckling her from the sidelines as well, nope, I don't think that I would be able to handle it. I'm not impressed that there is another novella and I may just skip the novella but i'm definitely excited for the book after it which will sadly be the last book in the series. I think once I finish up with this series I might need to go back and give the Grant County series another try.

5 out of 5 Stars! 

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Friday, 14 August 2015

Shift by Em Bailey

Do something that scares you. Because it scares you.

Okay so that was one very, very strange story. I still can't decide if there was a paranormal aspect to Miranda as suggested or if the girl was simply psychotic. Em Bailey did a fantastic job with the characters from Olive herself to Katie, Miranda and Lachlan. Each character certainly had their own solid personalities and you were able to develop relationships with all of them equally. Miranda was absolutely crazy and I loved it. I felt like Katie played her role in the story very well and I felt so sad for her. The writing was beautiful and was very easy to read. This book was hard to put down and it definitely kept you interested the whole way through.

Shift did have it's problems though. The whole Ami story was very obvious from the start but that wasn't what really bothered me. What did bother me was the complete turn that Olive took half way through the book. The first part of the story was the manipulation of Katie and then the second part of the story was the manipulation of Olive. Now why after Olive seeing everything that Miranda did to Katie did they become the best of friends in like the shortest amount of time. It's ridiculous people. You don't go from calling someone a murderer and completely hating them to then sharing clothes with them and spending every waking minute with them. Gah it made me so angry and did wipe a full star off my rating. 

Besides my major frustration with the book it was still a very good read. I would definitely pick up more book's by Em Bailey if she chose to wrote and publish more.

3 out of 5 Stars!

Free Book Friday - The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Hello to all my wonderful and beautiful readers. My goodness the time is flying by and it will be Christmas before we know it eep. This morning I woke up feeling adventurous so I decided to find a free book that would be out of my comfort zone. Generally if I am reading a paranormal book you can bet your sweet ass that it's going to be about vampires or werewolves. If I come across a book and see that fairies are involved in the story I generally skip over it. In fact the only fairy books that I remember reading and enjoying is the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike and the Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White (links will follow at the end). The cover for The Forgotten Ones caught my eye and when I read that the girl is only doing what needs to be done to bring her mum back from the darkness it sealed the deal for me. Also who doesn't love Irish people. My TBR pile is growing out of control like probably everyone else's but keep an eye out as the review for The Forgotten Ones should be up in the next couple of weeks.

Goodreads Synopsis
Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Violet Box - July 2015 Unboxing

Not long ago we all received the devastating news that this will be the last box that we receive from Violet Box. I only just received my box today so it was quite late but I guess that they have been very busy with everything that is going on. Violet Box was in my opinion the best of the monthly subscription boxes so it is sad to see them closing down. I only started receiving Violet Box earlier this year and I was never disappointed. I've also ordered from their online store on a number of occasions and have never had any problems.

This month we received the following products:

Mr. Bean Coconut Coffee Scrub: This was the featured product for this box and you could get coconut or mandarin. To be honest I wasn't fussed which one I got but was leaning towards the coconut so I was happy when I received it. I'm fairly new to the whole scrub trend so I am interested in giving this a go.I opened it up to have a bit of a sniff and couldn't pick up the coconut smell but there was definitely a strong as hell coffee smell. Lesson 1 in scrubs, they are messy, very very messy. Recommended Retail Price is $17.95

Starlooks Lip Pencil: I think it was last month that we received a starlooks lip gloss and I really liked it so i didn't mind seeing another starlooks product. I don't really like lip pencils though so this product is a little on the useless side for me. Recommended retail price is $9.95

Urban Skincare Co Resurrect Hair Wash: I don't mind receiving hair care products in these boxes but Urban Skincare Co has just been through all the subscription boxes the last couple of months so i'm a little sick of seeing them. In saying that though I gave this shampoo a go tonight and it was a good enough shampoo. I wouldn't pay that price for the full size product but as a sample it's not bad. 35ml sample. Recommended retail price for 500ml is $26.95

Urban Skincare Co Recovery Conditioner: As per the above i'm a little sick of the Urban Skincare Co products but will use this up as it is quite nice. I forgot to mention that these products do have a very strong and interesting smell to them. I've never been able to work out if I actually like all their products scent's or not. 35ml sample. Recommended retail price for 500ml is $26.95

Tarocco Body Wash: I love receiving body wash because we go through so much of them in our house so I generally have to stick to cheap bulk body wash. I wasn't really a fan of the smell of this product but it is nice enough that I will use it up. 45ml sample. Recommended retail price for 253ml is $18.00

Etat Libre D'Orange: I had to suppress a groan when I saw this sample. This is the second sample from this brand that I have received and like the last sample that I received this has also gone straight in the bin. I'm sorry but the smell of this one and the one that I received last time is just so masculine. It doesn't suit me at all. 1.5ml sample. Recommended retail price for 100ml is $199

I hate to say it but Violet Box has not gone out with a bang. I expected so much from this with it being the last box and instead I just feel a little disappointed. 2 of the products are no good to me and 3 others I will use up but only because they are there. Definitely not because I am excited for them. The coffee scrub was the stand out product for me but even after using that and realising how messy it is i'm not sure how much use I will get from it.

Goodbye Violet Box 

Monday, 10 August 2015

Dragonfly by Leigh T. Moore

Julian drifted into my mind. He was different, and I was different with him - not desperate. Calm and smart. But my insides didn't work that way. They were torn and obsessed, and I still wanted Jack He was a bad drug that left me craving more even when it hurt me. Maybe I was the idiot.

That's right people it's a good old fashioned love triangle. I also can't help but think that Anna summed herself up perfectly in the above quote. I know, I know that's a little harsh of me but seriously Anna annoyed the crap out of me something wicked. I nearly broke my phone, my tablet and my computer screen while reading this and it was all because of bloody Anna. Alright let's calm down and back it up a bit. Dragonfly was my Free Book Friday book a couple of weeks ago and it is still free on Amazon so I will just wait here while you go and pop on over to Amazon and pick it up. 

 The story itself was interesting enough and did make for a good weekend read. It wasn't a knock your socks off book and could be frustrating at times but was still a good read. I will start with Julian as he was a favourite of mine. Usually I am torn when there is a love triangle involved but I just adored Julian and would love to have my own dragonfly ring. This poor guy had the patience of a saint when it came to Anna and it devastates me that so many people are keeping secrets from him. Julian deserves so much better than what he was getting in this book. The second guy in the love triangle was Jack and i'm sorry but I can not stand that guy. Seriously just wanted to smack him around a few times. I don't understand how someone can be so caring, loving and supportive of their sister but then be a complete jackass to others. The times where this book most frustrated me was whenever Jack was around. Anna as I have previously mentioned just frustrated the crap out of me as well. Girl needs a personality booster and needs to stop going back to the guy who only treats her like crap. She was obsessed with Jack and it was so far from healthy that it just wasn't funny.

As I have previously mentioned a few times now this book was immensely frustrating but I feel like it really started to hit it's stride towards the end. Anna was still making some questionable decisions but I was less frustrated and the journals piqued my interest as did Mr Kyser. I would like to point out that the whole drink driving thing about half way through the book raised my eyebrows and I had to re-read that section to check that I had read it correctly! The book did pick up towards the end say from about 70% of the way in so I will be picking up the next book at least just to see how the story is going to be resolved and to see what happens when all the secrets are unleashed on the world.

3 out of 5 Stars!

Friday, 7 August 2015

Modern Monsters by Kelley York

Sometimes that's all I need: a reminder that the world isn't going to implode if I take a few extra moments to formulate each word as I speak.

I was so excited to finally be able to read this story and unfortunately that initial build up just led to me being a little dare I say disappointed. This book had a fantastic idea. There are a lot of books out there that deal with the sensitive issue of rape but usually the story is told from the victims point of view. In Mondern Monsters however the story is told by Vic, the boy who is wrongly accused of being the rapist.

I should start by saying I did enjoy this book I just also had a few issues with it. The first main issue I had was with Vic. I couldn't form any kind of a connection with him. For me he wasn't a character that I really liked and I didn't really get what Autumn saw in him. I'm sorry but that's just how I felt. I did feel bad for him and everything that he went through but I was more sad about his situation not Vic himself.

The other main issue I had with the story was the predictability. From the get go it was obvious why his mum was how she was and I also picked who raped Callie from the start as well. Sometimes in a book you don't mind the predictability but I spent most of Modern Monsters just waiting for the characters to catch on.

Like I said despite it's issues I did enjoy it as a read. I felt that Autumn was definitely a stand out character and she really made the book for me. I also quite enjoyed the Amjad appearances and would've liked to have seen him play maybe a more fatherly role to Vic. They touched on it a little bit especially towards the end but I feel like it could've added something a little extra. I shouldn't have built this up in my mind so much before reading it but it is what it is. The story had a lot of potential and was a good book I was just wanting something a little more from it.

3 out of 5 Stars!

Free Book Friday - The Enemy We Know by Donna White Glaser

Hi guys, I hope you have all had a fabulous week. I can't believe it is Friday again which means it's time for another round of Free Book Friday. This week has been a very crazy one for me which sadly saw a family member in hospital but don't fret she is at home and doing well. I haven't been able to do much reading this week so i'm hoping to get lots of reading done over the weekend. This weeks book is The Enemy We Know by Donna White Glaser. The Enemy We Know is the first book in a 4 book series. There is also a novella in between books 3 and 4. This book sounds really creepy and I love a good creepy story. It's also meant to have some humour in it so it will be interesting to see how it all comes together. I've got a lot of books to get through in the next couple of weeks but I am hoping to squeeze this one in somewhere so keep an eye out for the review.

Goodreads Synopsis

Psychotherapist Letty Whittaker, a professional secret keeper, has a secret of her own. When one of her clients slips free from an abusive boyfriend, Letty becomes the target of his violent rage. Wayne invades Letty's life, slithering his way past the barriers erected between her personal and professional lives, leaving gifts of dead rats, mutilated dolls, and freaky Shakespearian sonnets. Worst of all, Wayne uncovers Letty's deepest shame, infiltrating her AA group and threatening to expose her to the state licensing board. 

And then--good news--Wayne is murdered. The bad news? The police suspect Letty. Worse yet, the sonnets and bloody souvenirs keep coming. Someone else has been watching Letty. Someone eager to drop bodies at her feet like a cat offering dead mole trophies to his mistress. 
Someone willing to kill again.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Evil Games by Angela Marsons

Just as some people learn to live without a limb, a sociopath must learn to live without a conscience.

Well that was a very interesting and intense story. I actually bought this book a few days after it was released and then completed forgot that it was sitting there.Shame on me because this book was fantastic. Usually when you reach the second book in a series it doesn't live up to the first book but that was so not the case here. Evil Games was a million times better than Silent Scream and that's saying a lot considering Silent Scream was a fantastic book. The characters were all back and just as great as before. In fact this time instead of just being a hostile and tough as nails detective we also got to see a softer and more vulnerable side to Kim. Bryant was the fantastic sidekick yet again and i'm not sure how I feel about Dawson.

This book had a number of cases on the go at the one time but it was easy to keep track of what was happening. Angela Marsons has the gift of making her writing so intriguing while also making it flow nicely. I love a book with short chapters and the only problem with the small chapters was that I continuously found myself playing another round of the just one more chapter game. The stand out character in this book besides Kim was of course Alex. That woman terrified me and it scares me to think that there are people out there in the world that would be like her. The things that she could get people to do without any second thought just sends shivers up your spine. 

It was very interesting to read about sociopaths and Alex was a type of villain that I have not come across too often. This book was just amazing and I can't wait to see what Angela Marsons will be releasing next. I dare say that I will be stalking her until a third book is released.

5 out of 5 Stars!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Bellabox - July 2015 Box

Bellabox is an Australian monthly subscription box which costs $17.95. The boxes can be very hit and miss and can be rather skin care based. I really enjoy getting this box and it has probably been the most successful box in regards to me purchasing products after trying them. They also offer samples of brands that you don't have to break the money bank for. There is often a good balance of expensive to inexpensive products. This box came a little bit late this month. I collected it on the 3rd August which is a little disappointing but that was completely forgotten after I opened the box and saw what I got.

This month we received the following samples:

Modelco Shadow Stick: From watching and reading other unboxings it would appear that this is the product that everybody received in their box. I love the modelco brand I use a lot of their skincare and their mascara's. I received the Portofino shade which is actually a shade that I would've picked for myself. With the exception of mascara I don't wear a lot of eye makeup but will definitely give this a go. A four piece gift set retails for $39.00

Essenzza Fuss Free Naturals Facial Treatment Mask: Wow that was a mouthful. I love using masks and have a bit of a mask addiction. I generally use one a week so to receive one in a subscription box made me very happy. I love the packaging on this one and actually have today off so I will be giving this one a whirl this afternoon. Recommended Retail Price is $4.95

Proactiv Complexion Perfection Hydrator: I was excited to see this in my box as I've always wanted to try the Proactiv products but could never justify the price. I've got a few products on the go similar to this so it might be a little while before I try it but I am definitely excited about this and will definitely be giving it a go. 29.5ml sample. Recommended Retail Price for 89ml is $60.00

Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub: I realise I am in the minority when I say this but i'm actually not a huge fan of Neutrogena products. I know a lot of people rave about the brand but my skin always seems to have a bad reaction to the products and I break out. This is a very small sample though so I might still give it a go but based on previous experiences I may give this a miss and give it to my husband to use. 15ml sample. Recommended Retail Price for 125ml is $12.99

Palmolive Body Polish Shower Gel: Yay for shower gels. We go through so much shower gel in our house so i'm always excited when I receive them in a subscription box especially because we normally just get the 1 litre bottles that are on special so not much variety there. I have previously tried the strawberry shower gel from Palmolive and wasn't a huge fan of the smell. I received the Acai Berry shower gel this time though and this one smells amazing. I used this last night and it was definitely a winner. 48ml sample. Recommended Retail Price for 400ml is $6.79

The bonus item in this box was a Compeed Blister Patch which I was really happy with.Whenever I buy new shoes I always get a blister in the first few wears so these blister patches are always handy to have around. I know a lot of people were a little disappointed with this month's box and I must admit mine did look a little better then some of the other boxes. I loved my box this month and would have to say based on my preferences it is the best box that I have received in a long time. I tend to gravitate towards skincare more than makeup anyway so Bellabox is generally always a good box for me. I'm excited to try all of the above items with the exception of the Neutrogena Scrub but my hubby will be more than happy to use it so no wastage there. A definite winner this month and I can't wait to see what will come next month.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Getting Lei'd by Ann Omasta

I'm going to give that snot-nosed little wiener a piece of my mind

Oh my goodness grandma Baggy had me laughing throughout this entire book. I wish I had a crazy granny just like her cos you can guarantee that life would never be boring. Thank you Ann for providing me with the opportunity to read this book. Here in Australia it is the middle of winter so I was dying to get lost on the shores of Hawaii. You could almost taste the yummy cocktails and feel the sun shining down on you. Seriously though where can I sign up to get a Kai of my own. That boy was just all kinds of amazing. When he dropped his big secret about half way through I nearly spat out my lunch. My reaction was exactly the same as Roxy's with the how....why....what. 

Getting Lei'd was such a sweet and funny book and honestly the time just flew by while I was reading this. I found myself laughing at the antics but then was nearly in tears when the sad part came along. Ann Omasta has done a brilliant job with not only the story line but the character's as well. It was hard not to like all of the character's and I loved how Roxy helped out Honi and Leilani as well. Some aspects of the story were a little crazy and far fetched especially towards the end but like Roxy you found yourself just throwing caution in to the wind and thinking yup you know what let's just roll with it. 

This was my first book by Ann Omasta and it certainly won't be my last. This was such a great weekend read and it makes me want to go out and do something crazy. 

4 out of 5 Stars!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

August TBR Pile

I can't believe it is August guys. This year is flying by and I feel like it's only been days since I posted my July TBR! I had a very mixed reading month in July with some really great books and a few that weren't really up to scratch. I'm really looking forward to some of the books that I have picked for August so let's dig in and see what I will definitely be reading in the month of August.
  • Series Read: This month I will be continuing on with the Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter and I will be reading the sixth book which is titled Criminal. Apparently this book will take us back in to Will's past which I can't wait for. Will Trent is such an intriguing character and it is no secret that he has had a tortured past so i'm expecting this to be a very emotional read.
  • Husbands Pick: Each month I get my husband to pick out a random book for me from my TBR List and this month he chose He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Lena Diaz.This book was so, so cheap on Amazon like $2 cheap! This is another mystery thriller which is awesome cos I just love my mystery thrillers.
  • Take Down That TBR: Each month I pick up the first book that is listed on my TBR list and this month it is Shift by Em Bailey. I am so excited to finally be reading this one. This has been on my TBR list since September last year and I have been meaning to get to it for ages now. It sounds so creepy which is right up my alley. 
  • August Book of the Month: This months book of the month is going to be A Pleasure and a Calling by Phil Hogan. Can we just take a minute to appreciate how creepy this book sounds. I mean we bought our house 5 years ago and I still panic that someone has keys to the house and will come in at any moment. No doubt this book will scare the crap out of me and make me even more paranoid than I already am haha.
  • Wildcard Book: I knew weeks ago what my wildcard book was going to be for this month. I've chosen Modern Monsters by Kelley York because I remember everyone on youtube getting this as an arc and me sitting here devastated because it sounded like an amazing read and I wanted it badly. 
I have to admit guys I am super pumped for my books in August. I'm dying to start the last two so expect to see reviews for both of them fairly soon. What are you looking forward to reading this month?