A Street Cat Named Bob Book Review

I hadn’t come across this book until the film was released in cinemas and I didn’t C8aWmPOXYAA3L2A.jpg-largeget chance to go and see it. I often do a charity shop book raid once a month to see what little gems I can pick up and this book was one of them. This title made me curious so I had to buy it.

The Goodreads and Amazon reviews for this book are a little hit and miss due to the copy and people commenting on its repetition. Just shut up. How can you expect someone who has had a difficult life since their teenage years to be an expert writer. That’s it, you’ve realised that it is quite unlikely.

I wasn’t sure what to expect and had no idea what the book was going to be about but I got into it straight away. Yes I do judge the way things are written but with this book I didn’t, I carried on and ignored what errors I’d just read. The way James introduced himself and his new best friend Bob was great, it was the perfect way to start a story.

It was very important for James to highlight how the homeless and vulnerable have to live on a daily basis. I have never been in this position but from walking the streets of London and seeing people on the street desperate for food, money and a home is heartbreaking. This book gives you a very good insight into that lifestyle. I felt happy when James came across Bob, I knew things would work out for them in the end! They are such an inspiring pair that go through a hell of a lot together but still walk around with smiles on their faces.

When James wrote about taking on the role as a Big Issue vendor – my way of thinking changed forever. Firstly, I was shocked. I have never known anything about the Big Issue Magazine but knowing its how the homeless and vulnerable get back on their feet will make me think twice about saying no when walking past. The vendors have to buy their magazines in order to make money – this made me sad.

I think everyone should give this book a read. After reading this I really do feel differently towards choosing to ignore those that are trying to change their lives.

 

The Wedding Singer Musical – The Curve

When I first saw that The Wedding Singer Musical was touring, I didn’t know what to think. Will it be as good as the movie? Will they pull the characters off? What songs are they going to sing? So I asked for tickets for Christmas – thanks dad!

My mum and I went on the last showing at The Curve, Leicester on Saturday 18th February and it was sold out. I won’t give too many spoilers away because the cast are still touring around the UK.

At first I can’t say I was enjoying it because I was constantly comparing it to the film as it is one of my favourite films. To be honest the start was quite slow and I had my fingers crossed that it wouldn’t be like this the whole way through. Well it definitely wasn’t!!!

I thought the acting and singing was incredible. The notes were pitch perfect and the songs made you clap along which is what going to a musical is all about. However, I expected a few more solos from Ray Quinn and I was sad he wasn’t singing as much (big fan). One HUGE disappoint for me was George didn’t sing ‘Do you really want to hurt me?’ – WHY NOT?! Why was this not key, everyone knows the scene and I was waiting for it throughout the whole performance.

Now I’d never heard of Cassie Compton but what a beautiful voice, she is very very talented. Her portrayal of Julia was fantastic, very ditsy but it was cute and she researched and observed her character – I could tell. Robbie Hart and Holly were also bloody brilliant. I can’t fault the cast at all, they work so well together.

My two favourite characters were George (of course) played by Samuel Holmes and Grandma Rosie, played by Ruth Madoc. They had a scene together that had me in stitches, it added a great twist to the show! I can’t say too much because this scene was so unexpected and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone else.

If this musical is in your area please do go and see it, support these upcoming actors / actresses. Just to pre warn you, you won’t be able to sing along to many of the songs!

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The Longest Holiday Book Review

The Longest Holiday is written by British author Paige Toon. I had never come across this author before but this book popped up on my Amazon store as it was available to download for free so I thought why the heck not? It turns out I’m glad I did download it because I was hooked from day one.

Laura is the main character who discovers an awful secret which means she needs to escape. I connected with Laura, I thought she was a well thought out character and you instantly sympathise with her. In a way, I wanted a friend like Laura because she’s interesting. The way it was written made me want to be there for her and embark on her next adventure to America with Marty and Bridget.

There were parts of the book where I got frustrated with Laura because I wanted her to make up with Matthew and for it to be all hunky-dory. I was rooting for her to go back to England and forget everything ever happened but that didn’t happen at all.

Whilst Laura is in America, she meets a man called Leo. Now Leo in my mind is quite a good-looking fellow and I want to see him on film just to say ‘holy moly’ ha. I don’t know why I became obsessed with Laura and Leo but I needed to know more so I kept on reading whenever I had the chance.

As I always say, I will NOT give away any clues as to what happens in this book because I want you to support the author and go buy their book. I just want you to know that the twist towards the end will shock you, well it shocked me. It made me carry on reading until the end, I couldn’t put it down!!

For me I give this book five stars and I am really looking forward to reading more from Paige Toon.

I Never Gave My Consent Book Review

I have got to say, what an incredible and heartbreaking read by Holly Archer. This book is based on a true story written by a lady called Holly Archer from Telford, West Midlands. The book consists of 275 pages, at first I thought hmm that’s not a lot, you can’t tell a true story in that length but my word she did it and she did it well.

When I came across this book on Amazon I was extremely intrigued as I had never come across the story before. I Never Gave My Consent is a gripping read and some of the events that went on in Holly’s life is shocking. I was reading this in the car on my way to Paris and on several occasions I had to cover my mouth in shock, I was horrified that people could do such a thing.

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What kept crossing my mind whilst I was reading this is ‘She is a flipping child, what are you doing to her?!’. In some parts which may sound really bad from me but I have never been brainwashed was why didn’t she just run away or get out of the car. Then you realise that you have no idea what it was like to be used for sex by many different men.

The story is a brutally honest account of her teenage years living in Telford and being used as a prostitute within an Asian community. Holly’s account was so clear, it was as if I was there and knew her personally which is why I thoroughly enjoyed the book (not in a sick way). I even got angry and wished I was friend’s with Holly and Carly to help them, to pull them away from the vicious so-called men WHO HAVE CHILDREN?!?! Perverts with children, ergh just awful.

My hatred for those men, for Mr Khan, Kev and Andy (plus the many others) hasn’t settled still. I would have liked to read a little about the case and how long the seven men went to prison for, it was a really interesting read.

I hope now Holly has peace just like she said at the end and can continue to work with children to avoid this happening to more people. I highly recommend this book and it is a five star read for me. Please read this and tell the story to your children, to avoid grooming and having to go through the same or similar experiences.

I Hate That You Bloody Left Me Book Review

This is Heather Hill’s second novel and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I Hate That You Bloody Left Me is about three widows who embark on a journey to the Scottish Highlands. They all have their own story within the book and I think that is important when including more than one main character.

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IHTYBLM is aimed at a more senior audience rather than a 23-year-old female but I have to say I didn’t care that I may be too young to read it. I liked it.

The characters are called Joanna-Rose, Fleur and Cathy and they meet through a group for widows. I am so pleased they met Fleur because she is a fantastic character, she adds so much to the book and makes me want to meet her in real life. I want a friend like Fleur!! The females are very different to one another but soon become great friends as they take a trip to Islay – I am not telling you why they go there.

For me the book was funny and it wasn’t predictable at all, I think this is one of the rare occasions with a book that I haven’t thought ‘oh well I know what is going to happen next.’ Bonus points for Heather Hill! Also, the research put into the book is greatly noticed. By having this knowledge it makes the book seem more real and you can visualise the surroundings.

One of the most important parts of the book focused on one of the main characters and us discovering something about her. The issues highlighted by Heather Hill within the book really portray people’s behaviour in today’s society. Reading it frustrated me but it is an opinion so many have and one I think Heather has tried to put out there to change. Thank you for doing this.

Yes in parts I did feel it could have been a little shorter because it dragged on but I still continued to read the book as I wanted to know what the outcome was. After finishing the book, I was left with a smile on my face and it ended exactly how I wanted it to end. I was not disappointed!

I highly recommend downloading this book from the Amazon Kindle store. It is currently free from 15th – 20th October so let me know if you have downloaded it!

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The Sound Book Review

So I have previously written about the start of a book called The Sound by Sarah Alderson and yesterday I finally finished it! It would have been sooner if I hadn’t of lost it down the side of my bed – messy moo. I always say I will never give away the plot because it is unfair to read spoilers, I bloody hate it.

Where to begin? Well the book is just over 300 pages and it was read in a couple of days. I love that I can finish a good book in a few days, I enjoy them much more. This one is definitely something different for me but the front cover of the book actually made me buy it as well as the blurb.

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From day one I fell in love with Ren (the main character), she reminded me a little of myself as someone who wants to pursue writing as a career. She is a nanny from the UK currently like me (an au pair in France) and is getting ready to start university. Nannying in Nantucket seems like a great thing to do.

Ren works for the Tripps looking after two children with Carla and Mike. From the descriptions in the book, the children seem really sweet but I’m sure Ren has her bad days with them. Brodie sounds like a child you would love to look after, she is kind and quite a funny little character.

You are later introduced to several characters, Parker, Jeremy, Matt, Tyler, Eliza and Sophie – there are many more. Some you think pfft don’t be friends with them Ren but when Ren starts to get close with Jeremy, you can’t help but fixate on their relationship. Well if you didn’t, I certainly did. It is still a better love story than Twilight.

Every page made me want to keep finding out more about the individuals and what Ren was going to get up to. Things get closer with Jeremy and more is uncovered about another main character called Jesse. Jesse is the ‘bad boy’ of the book and Ren must stay away from him. Does she stay away? Of course not and that’s where the book gets gripping. WE LOVE JESSE!!!

Without going into too much detail because you need to read this book, the twists for me were quite unexpected. You learn more about the characters and get more involved, it feels like you are part of the friendship group. With certain books I can never imagine the scenes but with this one I was able to imagine characters, scenes and the voices. It was a strange feeling but I loved every minute of it.

Although I did enjoy this book, I did feel the ending was a little rushed. We are informed about a murder in the previous year and there was no focus on the serial killer. Within the last few pages you are completely hooked because it all changes and you find out who it is. There was no build up or answer as to why this character was the serial killer but nevermind I wanted to finish the book.

I highly recommend this book, it is a great read and you will not be disappointed. Sarah Alderson is now one of my favourite authors and I will be purchasing further books written by her.

 

Daredevil series review – AMAZING

Where do I start with this series? Marvel have out done themselves this time, I was completely hooked. I have never seen the film so I can’t comment on the similarities but this is one of my favourite series yet!

It starts off with Matt Murdoch’s (Charlie Cox) story of how he became blind and the relationship between him and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson). A great pair of characters and I love the build up between them both. When they meet Karen Page (Deborah Woll) the story gets really interesting, she is one of my secret girl crushes. I am not a fan of reviewing things and giving everything away so I am keeping everything very basic so you go and watch.

Season one is intense, very intense due to the large characters within each episode. Once you are introduced to Wilson Fisk, you will never grow to dislike him – he is in control. Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk) is a fantastic actor, I love his body language when he’s acting and his facial expressions.

See here: Wilson Fisk meets Matt Murdoch

It is very well written and everything is consistent which is one thing I like in a series. The martial arts and filming is great, you really do see everything (sometimes a little too much) and get a feel of the pain and suffering the character endeavours. I think this is what keeps season one interesting because your eyes are darting everywhere and if it ends on a cliff hanger, you need to know what is next!!

Season two I finished quite quickly well as quick as I could anyway because I could not resist. I would say season two is a lot darker and you see much more blood (squeamish ah) and martial arts oh and death. You begin to learn a lot more about the characters and see their relationships differ, it hooks you, believe me. I love the connection between Daredevil and Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung), it is the hottest love story.

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One of the main characters in season two is a bad boy crush for me. I absolutely adore Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) in this, his voice is so darn hot and I could listen to him all day. His whole appearance throughout season two kept me addicted to the screen because you uncover more and more about Frank in each episode. His back ground story is sad and what he does is bad but his whole presence makes this season. Thanks to the writers that made him, you did good.

I could go on and on about how good Daredevil is but that means giving the story away and that is not happening on my blog. You will have to go somewhere else if you want to know spoilers as I hate it when someone does it to me.

GIMME SEASON 3 ALREADY!!!!