Friday, 24 October 2014

Endgame: The Calling - James Frey & Nils Johnson-Shelton* | book review

Endgame: The Calling - James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton cover
Title: Endgame: The Calling
Author: James Frey
Genre: Dystopian, young adult, science fiction, fantasy, thriller
Pages: 477 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: October 7th 2014

Description from Goodreads: Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame. 

The description is quite long so I cut it short, you can read the rest on Goodreads though. 

I picked this up because the blurb made it sound a lot like The Hunger Games and a lot of reviewers on Goodreads said it was a rip-off, so I was curious to see how it compared.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Love, Rosie - Cecelia Ahern | book review

Love, Rosie - Cecelia Ahern book cover

Title: Love, Rosie (Previously published as Where Rainbows End)
Author: Cecilia Ahern
Genre: Romance

Description on GoodreadsRosie and Alex are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex gets the news that his family is leaving Dublin and moving to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to see each other in a more romantic light. Devastated, the two make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges in the U.S. 

She gets into Boston University, Alex gets into Harvard, and everything is falling into place, when on the eve of her departure, Rosie gets news that will change their lives forever: She's pregnant by a boy she'd gone out with while on the rebound from Alex. 

Her dreams for college, Alex, and a glamorous career dashed, Rosie stays in Dublin to become a single mother, while Alex pursues a medical career and a new love in Boston. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel, structured as a series of clever e-mails, letters, notes, and a trail of missed opportunities, Alex and Rosie find out that fate isn't done with them yet.

Love, Rosie comes out in UK cinemas today so it seems like the perfect time to tell you about the book it's based on. 

I picked this up after seeing the film posters everywhere in Dublin. When I discovered that the book is set in Dublin and that the writer was Irish, I knew it was meant to be. 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Barry M Gelly autumn in Chilli and Mustard | review

It's been a fair few months since I bought nail polish and to be honest it's not like I need any more but I love autumn colours. 

I saw a swatch of all of Barry M's autumn shades on Lucy's Stash and loved the look of Chilli and Mustard. Not just because they're autumnal but also, Gryffindor colours. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

6 things that made me happy this week

Things That Made Me Happy This Week October 18th

Last Saturday I forgot to do this, so this post will actually be about things that have made me happy over the past two weeks! 

Dublin; Last week Tom and I went to Dublin for a few days. It was so nice to have an actual holiday and Tom definitely deserves one as he's working ridiculous hours at the moment. Dublin is a beautiful city that I instantly felt at home in. We had so much fun and I'd love to go back. 

Bewley's coffee; I was never one of those people who really cared for a particular brand of coffee. As far as I'm concerned, if it's coffee I'll drink it. There is now a special place in my heart, and mouth, for Bewley's coffee now. I might have to move to Dublin just so I can get it easily. 

Books; I love the feeling you get when you read a really good book and it puts you in a good mood, don't you? Last week I ploughed through Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern. It was such a good book, I felt all fuzzy after putting it down. Keep an eye out for a review over the next week or two. 

Christmas shopping; That's right, I've started my Christmas shopping. I am always organised when it comes to Christmas shopping and I aim to have it done by the end of December, I can't be doing with going to shopping centres in December or wondering whether or not something will arrive in time. 
I get really excited about giving people gifts so the downside to starting your shopping so early is that you have to wait ages to give them their presents. 

Feeling inspired; Earlier this week I gave myself a kick up the ass and set a goal to finish my sports journalism course by the end of the year so I can start the NCTJ next year. I've also started to learn shorthand now since it's so time intensive it's worth starting ahead. 

My Nan's birthday + Miranda Hart; This Wednesday was my Nan's birthday. For her birthday we got her to see Miranda Hart in Birmingham on Friday. We all thoroughly enjoyed it, especially my Nan. I saw on Twitter earlier this week that Miranda said it might be her last stand up tour, which is a shame because she is brilliant, so I'm glad we got to see her. 

What made you happy this week? 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Eylure Brow Shapers | review

My Mum recommended Eylure's Brow Shapers to me a few of weeks ago and they are so useful and brilliant. (Is it bad when your Mum hints that you need to sort 'dem brows out?) 

I hate getting my eyebrows sorted and I always forget about it so the idea of being able to shape them and tidy them up at home was music to my ears.

These brow shapers are idiot proof; I was really worried I would muck it up but I think you'd have to try hard to get it wrong. 

You get three sheets in each packet which in total gives you 12 applications.  

At the bottom of the sheet are rectangular stickers which are for the old monobrow. Then you have a shaped piece for the tops of your eyebrows and another one for the bottom of your eyebrows. 

If you put it in the wrong place, pull in the direction of hair growth and it won't remove any hair, so you can fiddle around until it's in the right place. 

Once they're in place, pull against the direction of hair growth (there's a diagram on the packet if you get confused) et voila, tidier brows. 

I find the top piece and the rectangular pieces to be pain free but the one for the bottom of your eyebrows I found to be quite painful and I'm too wuss to pull it. 

Your skin is quite thin and sensitive around your eyes and I hate having that part waxed so I find it easier to pluck the bottom part of my eyebrows. It takes longer but I find it to be less painful. 

In short: A brilliant product which makes tidying up your brows at home quick and easy. 

Are they cruelty free? After doing a bit of research I believe that Eylure are cruelty free. 

Price: £2.69 at Superdrug

Would I recommend / repurchase? Absolutely to both.

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