Monday, 29 April 2019

Let’s Talk About… My relationship with romance in books


Hello Readers, 
Today’s post is about my relationship with romance in books I’m not trying to spill the tea or have an unpopular opinion and most importantly I am not trying to offend anyone.  I just tend to find I have issues with some romance in books and I thought I would share some of my views with you guys.


Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare  
Romeo (18ish) believes that he is in love with Rosaline in the beginning, however she is not interested in him at all, and Romeo thinks he will never love another. He goes to a party and Romeo instantaneously goes from love sick to total infatuation. Juliet is a 13-year-old who has just been told that she is to marry an older man she is to meet for the first time at the party which is messed up as it is. Poor Juliet is clearly the rebound sorry to say. Lets just check the vast timeline of this romantic tale oh wait.... Romeo and Juliet knew each other for a day! On Sunday night, Romeo goes to the Capulet’s party. He and Juliet lock eyes and fall in love. They get married the next day and die a few days later. The end. I apologise for being blunt but pretty much everyone dies because of two kids’ infatuation with each other and a bad rebound.  

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer  
Bella and Edward did not have a healthy relationship. One of Edwards’ hallmark characteristics is his control over Bella and his attempts to isolate her from others.  Edward is quick to get Bella alone and during the series, he constantly shields her from any other, including from her father and friends and consistently forbids her from seeing Jacob.  Also, let’s not forget he follows her to Port Angeles (first movie). Okay, yes Bella was saved from an attack by random dudes, but that’s not really the point. Another extreme is that when Edward thought that Bella had died, he went to out his kind with the intention of signing his own death warrant.  Oh, and how could I almost forget breaking into her house to watch her sleep!! 

Faults in our Stars by John Green  
I am sorry but I do not like Augustus (Gus) Waters. I didn’t like him in the book and I didn’t like him in the film. I think what he did to Hazel was beyond cruel by constructing her heartbreak. Gus’s fear of oblivion makes him focus on establishing a name for himself, whenever that the deadline may be. Gus is obsessed with doing something heroic and is able to complete his heroic act through his relationship with Hazel, and in the end, their relationship prevents him from fading into oblivion.  

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (film) 
Noah is an obsessive creep with a fondness for dramatic, unwanted gestures and has an inability to take no for an answer. Eventually, Noah scales a Ferris wheel and threatens to throw himself off the top if Allie doesn't agree to go out with him. She obviously agrees. Allie and Noah fight constantly, openly argue in front of others and even get into physical altercations. The film pairs each fight with upbeat music and subsequent shots of them making up, so it appears the fighting is romantic. (Its not!) There are two extremely problematic moments the book and the movie share: Noah's persistent letters to Allie, and his decision to buy her dream house without her. At first glance, it seems thoughtful and deeply romantic, but at their core the actions are unhealthy and unwanted obsession from Noah. For years, he writers to her nonstop (every day in the movie, and every month in the book) without ever getting a response. I hear you scream Allie's mother kept the letters hidden from her, but Noah didn’t know that and kept writing.  

Bonus  
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks 
 I would like to say thank you to my friend Hannah for suggesting this book for the list. Safe Haven is about an abusive relationship and how she gets out of it and he stalks her. She moves and changes her identity and what makes it more interesting is that he’s a police officer. So, he puts out a wanted sign using her face as a murderer (wanted for) and at this point, she’s in a new relationship and he finds out. She goes on the run again and her new guy goes after her and she tells him the truth. 


Thank you Geeky Melts for making heart wax melts and making the photo possible 
L x

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison

Hello Readers,

Today we have an audiobook this time we have Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison. I listened to this book for the first time at uni because I remember catching the odd episode while I was growing up as my mum watched the girls next door TV show and I watched Holly’s World when Holly got her own show.

I’ll be honest I was fascinated with the behind the scenes look into Holly's life at the mansion so I was thrilled when I found out she had released a tell-all book about her time at the mansion. I was  curious to hear about the real story behind all the glitz and glamour and I wasn't disappointed. However, It was refreshing to read an honest perspective on the Playboy mansion and its sadly not all glitz and glam like others would have you believe. Holly explains why she seemed so Icey in Girls Next Door. Throughout the book, its her truth, a little Hefs truth, a little of the other playmates' truth and then reality somewhere in the middle of it all (if that makes sense it's all a little blurred). I loved the Alice in Wonderland quotes throughout this story and it is nice to read about what Holly has achieved.

Holly seemed to have it all beauty, money fame and  the kind of life most girls would have killed for so I found it surprising to see the other side while reading her memoir at just how trapped Holly truly felt by everything. I feel like Holly was telling the truth, and it was a little suffocating joining her for the ride. By the time she decided to leave, I was right behind her and lets be honest there’s only so much a person can take. Holly comes across as a compassionate but slightly two dimensional in places. obviously, there are 2 sides to every story but Holly appears to be painting herself to be a little whiter than white but it's her autobiography. I had seen a few accounts from “spurned” bunnies in the past and took a good portion of it with a grain of salt. How Holly managed to endure the daily negativity of living in the Playboy mansion and then turning it into a positive outcome is remarkable let alone making a success for herself outside of the playboy walls.

Holly’s fairy tale ending was heart-warming and there were a couple of important messages to young women that were unfortunately obscured a little by drama. Poor self-image is something a lot of us struggle with and Holly bringing to the forefront of this book is important and the little bit about men (Hugh Hefner and Criss Angel) belittling you is not love or a healthy relationship. Holly learnt this the hard way and It's slightly heartbreaking to read.

This book was an eye-opening account of the  behind the scenes, the manipulation, the strange bedroom arrangements and how much is fabricated for publicity and the cameras! A wonderful listen.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Let’s talk about… Manning up


Hello Readers,

Today’s post is titled manning up this post will be about men mental health and being told to “man up” and the harm these two simple words can cause. This post will be focusing on male mental health I know mental health isn’t gender specific but men are three times more likely to take their own lives than women and less likely to seek help. If you don’t think this is an issue let me break it down
·         Globally, every minute, a man dies by suicide.
·         In the United Kingdom, 75% of suicides are men.
·         suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35
·         Men have measurably lower access to the social support of friends, relatives and community
·         1 in 40 men think about suicide over the course of a year.

Mental health problems can affect anyone but discrimination and stigma can make people uneasy to open up about their experiences and seek help. I know talking about mental health is tough and remains both a taboo subject for men and women and on average more women are diagnosed with common mental health problems than men. However, men are three times more likely to take their own lives than women. Before researching and writing this post I wasn't aware of how horrific the statistics were. 

I know every year that men have Movember where men across the world, take the opportunity in November to raise awareness and tackle the issues of men’s health by not shaving for 30 days. Part of the stigma that still exists around mental health for men is that men have greater difficulty talking about their own struggles than women do.

The social stereotypes that men should be “tough” and “fearless” complicate issues further as many men feel they are not a “man” if they show any sign of weakness. This is something that has been drilled into boys from a young age, by terms such as “Only girls cry”, “Don’t be a wuss” and “Man up”. That expression “Man up” is still often used for the wrong reasons and even the concept that mental health can be conquered by simply acting more “like a man” is mind-blowing that’s not how it works! It’s important to recognise the signs and encourage each other to speak about how we are feeling there’s no shame in feeling vulnerable, lost or sad; everyone experiences these emotions in their life. We need to raise awareness by creating conversations and removing the taboo around men’s mental health and suicide prevention.

In my opinion “Man up” has outlived its usefulness, assuming it was ever useful. We need to remove the taboo around men talking about mental health. Even the taboo that surrounds mental health all together it is okay not to be okay. It okay to talk about how you feel and most important of all it is okay to reach out and say you are not okay. You are not weak or invalidated for seeking help in my opinion you are braver than you think it takes a lot to speak out and seek help.

You are not alone
To speak with someone immediately, contact Samaritans on 116 123.

Facts and figures

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

A Time of Blood by John Gwynne


Hello Readers,
Thank you, Jamie and Pan MacMillan for sending me an eBook copy of A Time of Blood by John Gwynne for free in exchange for an honest review.
Spoilers (Just in case any jumped in)
Publication Date: April 18th 2019

This is the second book I have read by John Gwynne and I still have his previous series Faithful and the Fallen on my to buy pile (Larger than my TBR pile still). However, I was extremely lucky back in November as I was able to read A Time of Dread, the start of Johns new trilogy Of Blood and Bone. Now here we are in April and I have been lucky enough to get book two from the lovely Jamie. 


 A Time of Blood is the second book in John Gwynne’s Of Blood and Bone trilogy and the story picks only a few days after A Time of Dread ends. Since this is a sequel, I will try not to delve into details of the plot and I won’t be dwelling on the characters for fear of spoilers. However, Like the first book, this book follows multiple perspectives.  Following on from the catastrophic finale of A Time of Dread, this is a high action, high tension read. We the readers are dropped straight back into the action and it doesn’t let up for the rest of the book. John has a wonderful talent for making his book page-turners, both books in this series are large (500 pages I think) however I start running out of book very quickly.  There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the readers glued to the pages and to keep you guessing.

John has built upon the foundations he established in the first book to implement a fast-paced and brutal sequel full of revelations, engaging dialogues, and bloody warfare. While following the standard sequel rules: bigger, bolder, bloodier we get the added bonus of all kinds of monstrous creatures being chucked in. Being the second book in a trilogy some might question whether A Time of Blood might have second-book syndrome, but John smashes this question with an epic character-driven tale of love, loss, hope and hate. John elegantly used this book as a platform to prepare the story for the concluding third and final book while making sure this book doesn’t feel at all like filler.

In A Time of Blood John has heightened the stakes and worsened the odds, and the peril deepens with every turn of the page while the plot comes at you thick and fast. Once again John showcases his skill as the battle sequences are epic without being bogged down by too much detail and are gripping to read. What you get is chapters ending in a cliff-hanger, scenes being built up, and terrific action scenes written with such brilliant precision. Even when there is a break in the action, the story remains engaging, because these sections are used to develop characters and their relationships.

John continues to build on a wonderfully vivid world, and it was great to see more of it in this instalment. Politics continue to play a part in the story, giving you more of an understanding of the world and how it works.  If you’re familiar with John’s work, you know by now that he’s brutal with his characters and he’s not afraid to torture or kills them off. This is also why I utterly LOVE his books because you know no one is safe and his work isn’t predictable. The characters are extremely well-written which means the atmosphere of danger in the battle scenes is tangible and the characters’ motivations for their actions felt realistic. You can’t help but feel a slight twinge of fear for the fates of the characters as you turn every page.

Overall this was a profound second book in a trilogy, and I cannot wait to see how things develop in the third and final book.
Lx

Monday, 15 April 2019

Happy first blog birthday to me!


Hello Readers,
Happy first blog birthday to me, Happy first blog birthday to me!

This post marks one year since I started blogging on the 15th of April 2018 and I want to say thank you to every single person who reads my posts, retweets my post and just for the support I have received since I started.  I love being part of the bookish community and it has been a lovely part of my life for the last year. Thank you again, too all the PR people, authors and bookish friends that have made this possible. I will be honest I thought my blog would disappear and no one would actually want to read what I have say and here we are.

In honour of a year, I asked some of my friends and family what their favourite post was.

I have my top three then I will share others
Was the first review I published, I remember being so worried that no one would actually read it and when it got to 10 views, I messaged everyone who knew I had started a blog like “guys people are reading my review”

Was the first book I got sent Thank you Jamie again) and it might be a little shameful to admit but I still have the envelop it came in. It has my name and from Pan Macmillan on it, it will be treasured for a while in my memory box.

This is the best review I have ever done because P. C. Cast replied to my tweet, 9 year ago me lost her mind! P. C. Cast is in my twitter DM’s and I combusted into a ball of glitter and I promise again that is that last time I am going to mention it.

Now on to my friends and family’s top picks
Mother Goose’s favourite is my Smear test post because “it needs to be in your face it’s a silent killer”. This post was also one of the first post I shared with people I knew because I knew it was close to their heart and I got messages saying “I hope who ever reads it will take their first steps into a doctors and do it.” And “Omg bloody fantastic. you hit the nail right on the head!  well done you make me proud young lady”

My Aunt’s Favourite was my bullying post because It reminded her of when she was bullied.

One of my friends’ favourite was my Coppafeel post because it reminded her of comicon and to check her boobs.


Thank you again everyone

Saturday, 13 April 2019

A Dangerous Act of Kindness by LP Fergusson Blog Tour Spotlight

Hello Readers,
Thank you, Ellie and Canelo for sending me a free eBook copy of A Dangerous Act of Kindness by LP Fergusson in exchange for a spotlight.

Today is my stop on the Trapped Blog tour grab a biscuit and a cuppa, I’ve got a spotlight and a miniature review. just for you This post contains links to buy the book, I do not profit from the sharing of these links. 

Title: A Dangerous Act of Kindness
Author: LP Fergusson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 28th March 2019
Cover Image:

Book Blurb:
What would you risk for a complete stranger?
When widow Millie Sanger finds injured enemy pilot Lukas Schiller on her farm, the distant war is suddenly at her doorstep. Compassionate Millie knows he’ll be killed if discovered, and makes the dangerous decision to offer him shelter from the storm.
On opposite sides of the inescapable conflict, the two strangers forge an unexpected and passionate bond. But as the snow thaws, the relentless fury of World War Two forces them apart, leaving only the haunting memories of what they shared, and an understanding that their secret must never see light.
As Millie’s dangerous act of kindness sets them on paths they never could have expected, those closest to them become their greatest threats, and the consequences of compassion prove deadly…
A Dangerous Act of Kindness is a beautiful, harrowing love story, perfect for fans of Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore

Links to Buy the Book:

Author Bio:
LP Fergusson grew up on the borders of Wales in a Tudor house on the banks of  the River Wye. As a child she longed to go back in history. Now she does, through her writing. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University and won the Blackwell’s Prize for MA Creative Writing. Her stories have made a number of shortlists for competitions run by the Orwell Society, Oxfordshire Libraries and Flash500. Her psychological thriller reached the final three of a Quercus/Psychologies Thriller competition and her wartime novel A Dangerous Act of Kindness was Highly Commended in the Caledonia Novel Award 2018. She edits the historical blog With Love from Graz which was featured on BBC Radio Wales, Radio 2 and BBC4’s A Very British Romance with Lucy Worsley. She now lives in an Oxfordshire village beneath the chalk downs where her debut novel is set.

Author Photo:

Authors Social Medias:  

Miniature Review
I was completely captivated by this beautiful book and in my opinion, is historical fiction at its finest laced with love and courage amidst the backdrop of war. Millie Sanger is a young widow struggling to keep the dairy farm that had been in her husband’s family for generations without having the war adding to her troubles. Millie’s polite is made worse by the War Agricultural Executive Committees (War Ags) wanting to take the farm off unless Millie ups its production. With men and women across the land doing their duty for their country, the war has touched and changed the lives of everyone.

One evening just before a blizzard cuts off her farm from the outside world, Millie is out checking her farm when her dog runs off. She goes after him and ends up by one of the remote unused barns that just happens to be the same barn her husband killed himself in. Millie has known plenty of anguish and upheaval in her life already, however, the war which seemed so far way comes shockingly close when she finds an injured pilot on her farm. Not just any pilot, but the pilot from the Messerschmitt, a Lukas Schiller. He appears to be injured and struggling to keep his gun raised at the dog. Millie becomes consumed with pity for the injured pilot despite knowing that if they were discovered, he would be killed on the spot, so the kind-hearted widow decides to offer him shelter. All the while the blizzard has started to set in. Millie and Lukas might be on opposite sides, but thrust together by fate, they find themselves drawn to one another and forming an unexpected bond.

LP Fergusson makes you feel every aspect of the second world war from the beauty of the changing English landscape, the comedy and bleakness of the evacuees and the way their lives brush up against the people of society. The narrative was woven beautifully and pulled at the heartstrings. The love story acts as a beacon of hope, whilst the ravages of war played on around them. A Dangerous Act of Kindness is a compelling and evocative tale that will plunge the reader into a world of risk, jeopardy and bravery that will leave them breathless. When the war ends will they ever see each other again and overcome any hurdles that may come their way or are their lives on a different unchangeable path?

Don't forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour
Lx

Friday, 12 April 2019

What's in My Wonderland Candle Review


Hello Readers,
Before we get into my review, I would like to say thank you to Georgia for gifting me one of her Strawberry Scented candle for free in exchange for an honest review.

We all know how much I love my candles, wax melts and supporting small businesses so I jumped at the chance when I saw Georgia asking for people to review her candles.

Georgia’s blogs and sells her candles on What's in MyWonderland. I'll leave an active link so you guys can check it out (her blog is pretty cute).

Georgia’s candles are 100% vegan wax and are made with recyclable materials. The price for the large mason jars and the little jars that contain two miniatures have the postage and packaging included which I don’t think is too bad. However, Georgia’s products are currently only available in the UK. Currently, Georgia’s shop has two candles available Karma Vanilla and Strawberry both are mason jar candles with a screw on lid for when the candle is not in use. I can’t wait to see what other candles she will make in the future.

Now for the actual review for The strawberry candle
In all honesty, I’m usually a little apprehensive when getting a strawberry candle because sometimes I find that the artificial smell is that strong it usually gives me a headache. However, this wasn't the case with Georgia’s candles the strawberry is subtle and surprisingly real. Not overly sweet or fake and for me it is the perfect summer scent. I loved the scent and the fact it didn’t give me a headache was a bonus (even when I was sat next to it typing). Even though it is a mini scented jar it has a good long-lasting scent that stays after the candle has blown out.

I will honestly be keeping an eye on Georgia and will be making order in the near future. If like me you love to support small businesses, you may be interested in taking a look at Georgia’s shop.

L x

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Lets talk about... ODDBALLS!


Hello Readers,
Today we are talking balls! Testicles! Goolies! And good old-fashioned family jewels!

Disclaimer I was gifted two pairs of oddball pants for asking permission to do a blog post.
First I’m going to look at The OddBalls Foundation then I will look into Testicular Cancer.

The OddBalls Foundation was set up to raise awareness of Testicular Cancer. The oddball foundation is not only a charity but an underwear company (originally) aiming to raise money for and awareness of testicular cancer.

OddBalls hopes to make a difference to male health around the world by fitting as many ‘check yourself ‘guides into male toilets and changing rooms across the country so that men will remember to check themselves regularly and detect any problems early. As Oddballs is supported by their volunteers and run with no overheads or costs 100% of all money donated to the Foundation is used to raise awareness of Testicular Cancer. 

As you can see my family are fans, Thank you again for the photos 

Testicular Cancer is around 95% curable so early diagnosis and regular checking is beyond important guys. Tragically, about half of men with testicular cancer do not seek treatment until cancer has spread.

While doing research I came across a post by Justin Birckbichler that I found helpful and enjoyable (so here's a link).

Typical symptoms can be painless swelling or lump in one of the testicles, or any change in shape or texture of the testicles. It's important to be aware of what feels normal for you. Get to know your body and see your GP if you notice any changes. If you read my Coppafeel post you’ll know that women don’t like checking their own boobs so I’m guessing it’s the same argument with men and their balls.  Don’t get your partner to check You need to check yourself!!!! You know your own balls!!!
Let’s break this down a little you should see your doctor when:
·         an unusual lump or swelling in part of one testicle
·         a sharp pain in the testicle or scrotum
·         an unusual difference between one testicle and the other
Your symptoms are unlikely to be cancer but it's important to get them checked by a doctor.

Facts
·         Every year 2,400 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer, but it is curable when detected early
·         If detected early, testicular cancer is over 95% curable.
·         Over the last decade, testicular cancer incidence rates have increased by a tenth (10%) in males in the UK.
·         Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer
·         Testicular cancer is on the rise – twice as many British men get it now as they did in the mid-70s.

I did an Instagram live unboxing and explained a little more about Oddballs in that Video so I’m going to add it here (why not I’m feeling brave)




Lx
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Monday, 8 April 2019

Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell


Hello Readers, 
Thank you, Jay, for sending me a copy of Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell for free in exchange for an honest review.

This is the third book I have been lucky enough to receive from Mike Russell and I honestly couldn’t wait to jump back down the rabbit hole that Mike creates through his writing. I have previously reviewed Strange Medicine and Strange Secrets.

Everything is strange and it’s absolutely marvellous. The stories range from tales of quirky characters and a collection of very short stories. I have always found with Mikes work that his stories are not strange just for the sake of being strange and are also funny and thought provoking. As each story can stands on its own, it’s a great book to pick up for a bit of in-between reading however I found myself sitting down and reading several stories at a time.

Each story starts off with a brief introduction, there is a quirky sense of humour throughout that had me chuckling (as always).  Full of stories of awareness, humour and wonder. I have started to reread some of Mikes work and I find that each time I take away something different. Mikes' world is strange but it’s also extremely realistic when you put thought into the the matters being discussed. Mike has such a brilliant of exploring our reality through dream and metaphor, I can’t recommend this collection enough. The efficiency of short phrases and chapters is good although at times I wished the story to go on.

If you’ve seen my previous reviews of Mikes work you know that I loved his writing style. His ability to create such intense imagery in so little words still leaves me speechless. I recommend you to try Mike’s work if you think short stories aren’t your thing it’s different from anything else, I’ve read. I know I shouldn't be as blown away having previously read his work but it’s not the point he is a brilliant writer and deserves the recognition. 


L x

Friday, 5 April 2019

Popcorn Shed (Product Review)


Hello readers,
I was gifted this product by Popcorn Shed through Delivered Social for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are truthful and my own.



Popcorn Shed is the UK's first premium gourmet popcorn brand, mixing the nation’s love of popcorn with new and inventive flavours and textures. Popcorn Shed incorporates texture into each packet through the form of nuts, chocolate and dried fruit to create a unique taste and texture. Popcorn Shed is run by cousins, Laura and Sam. I do love the shed packaging its recognisable and clever branding each shed has its own theme and stands out. Call me what you like I love when brands aren’t afraid to do something different and stand out from the crowd with their packaging. The presentation box makes the popcorn perfect to be given as a gift (and easier to wrap). One thing I can say about Popcorn Shed popcorn is there are hardly any bits that get stuck in your teeth and this is because Popcorn Shed popcorn is made with Mushroom Popcorn Kernels.

I usually see Popcorn Shed around Christmas time and usually pick up a couple of the shed packets as stocking fillers but always forgot to grab a packet for myself or me being as organised as ever it is a wonderful hamper filler.  So, when the opportunity to sample and review some of their delicious popcorn, I jumped at the chance and here we are. Popcorn is one of my go-to snacks either sweet or savoury I’m not that picky whether I’m at the cinema, binge-watching my favourite show or catching up with friends it’s a go to. The 80g Packet on the website is £3.50 a pack while the Snack Pack Bundle the variety box contains two snack packs of the following: Berry-Licious, Say Cheese, Sweet Cheesus!, Pecan Pie, Butterly Nuts, Salted Caramel and Pop 'n' Choc and is £18.00. Here's a list of the stockist

I was lucky enough to receive two 80g packets, in Berry-Licious and Sweet Cheesus! I also got a selection of some of their smaller packets in Berry-Licious, Say Cheese, Sweet Cheesus!, Pecan Pie, Butterly Nuts, Salted Caramel and Pop 'n' Choc


Berry-Licious
This was Mother Gooses favourite to the point where she actually kidnapped the 80g box. She isn’t normally a fan of dark chocolate so I wasn’t sure if she would like it but surprise. Berry-Licious has a subtle raspberry tang to it, It’s just the right balance of both flavours.

Say Cheese
This is definitely one for the cheese lover in your life meaning me! I will take it off your hands! Despite the popcorn being softer than the others, the tangy mature cheese flavour works quite well! It’s a strong cheese flavour but it isn’t too overpowering it’s not like a blue cheese taste.

Sweet Cheesus!
Caramel and cheese, I know what you’re thinking but give it a chance. I may sound really daft but I was thinking it would be like normal sweet and savoury where you get one taste followed by the other. Nope, these two where kept separate. That’s how it tasted to me anyway and I’m not going to lie I did a bad thing a pinched most of the cheese popcorn. It’s not what you would expect however it is nice. I was also stupidly happy I got a large box in this flavour.

Pecan Pie
The pecan pie flavour tastes like a toffee popcorn but with a nutty aftertaste which is lovely. There is almost a roasted taste to it and the chunks of pecans add a lovely crunch. it was absolutely delicious! I think Mother Goose actually kidnapped the rest of this packet for her after work snack.

Butterly Nuts
This was another one of my favourites from the box. Mixing peanut butter with popcorn is the best idea ever. I love peanut butter and couldn’t wait to get to this packet but Mother Goose and I promised we would keep it till we were both off. It’s quite a strong peanut flavour and again another very moreish flavour.

Salted Caramel
The Popcorn Shed Salted Caramel was a lovely combination of chocolate and caramel with a slight hint of saltiness. The caramel is sweet, but not being sickly or sticky to touch. The flavours are balanced so well as we’ve seen in most of the other products too

Pop 'n' Choc
Pop ‘N’ Choc has the right balance of sweet and bitter to compliment the popcorn. I have a slight confession with this one this was a little too much for me, however, Mother Goose loved it so I think it’s a personal preference on this one.

I honestly would recommend Popcorn Shed popcorn as mentioned I’ve previously used the 80g shed box as a stocking filler or hamper filler and never had a complaint. Here's a link to The Popcorn Shed shop in case you've been tempted. It was so lovely and a little mind-blowing for me to be sent these amazing flavours of popcorn to review and I will definitely be recommending them to others.
L x

Thursday, 4 April 2019

The Tesla Legacy by K.K. Pérez


Hello Readers,
Thank you, Jamie and Tor Teen for sending me an eBook copy of The Tesla Legacy by K.K. Pérez 
for free in exchange for an honest review.
Spoilers
Publish date: April 1st 2019

The Tesla Legacy follows an intelligent young scientist named Lucy Phelps.  Lucy has been home-schooled most of her life because of a seizure disorder. Since convincing her overbearing parents to let her attend high school, she's been keeping a low profile and is getting ready to graduate. I love that Lucy is a shameless geek, into STEM, while being fearless to display her intelligence and is never discouraged from her passions. I also loved Lucy's numerous pop culture references to Star Trek, etc. Until one day she discovers a hidden message in a photo and an ill-fated encounter in the Tesla Suite of the New Yorker Hotel causes her to question her medical diagnosis when she begins developing strange abilities with electricity and magnetism.  

As Lucy struggles to understand her new abilities through scientific experimentation, she is thrust into a centuries-old battle between rival alchemist societies. Unfortunately, only one of those rival groups is concerned about her survival however both sides believe she is the next step in human evolution. Lucy is quickly drawn into a murky world of secret societies and alchemy as she deals with her newfound power, parents who might be lying to her and high school drama. Lucy begins to uncover the tales of historical rivalries, while trying to understand her genetic mutation. The things she discovers are terrifying and exciting all at the same time.

The Tesla Legacy was such a fun read mixing real science with science fiction, which in my opionion was done pretty perfectly. The books also features a brave heroine, plenty of action and unexpected twists all the while, slipping in a surprising amount of real science and history of science. We learn about electricity, magnetic fields, conductivity, and the history of Tesla oh and a sprinkle of alchemy. One of the best parts about this novel is the positivity it shows towards STEM especially Women in STEM. I loved the modern setting for this book, and it’s a fantastic take on the ‘chosen one’ idea.  The plot quickly progressed from this teenage curiosity to a full-scale conspiracy in the blink of an eye. However, It makes a lot of sense, once you start poking large organisations you’re going to get the wrong type of attention very quickly. The Tesla Legacy is a brilliant read that connects science, ethics, history, humanity and growing up and making choices.

Lucy’s character made it easy to become invested in the book. She's just a teenager trying to find her way in life She’s pretty average with a mediocre boyfriend and overprotective parents, but she stands out because she’s smart and isn't afraid to show it.  She’s is driven and loyal to a fault and occasionally turns a blind eye to what is happening around her. She desperately just wants to be a normal teenager and fit in, but her seizures make her feel like an oddball. Yet she still manages to be feisty and quick-witted, smart and strong and is fiercely loyal to those she loves. She’s incredibly intelligent in a way that feels so natural, and she’s always applying science and scientific technique to her real-life situations. Throughout the book, we explore Lucy’s complicated relationship with her parents and the relationship she has with her lesbian best friend all while feeling Lucy's sense of betrayal and confusion of who she should trust. The characters are all really well developed and interesting.

The Tesla Legacy is an intriguing and unique book and perfect for science fiction and fantasy readers. I honestly don’t think I could recommend this book enough and I really hope we get a second book.
L x