Movie Awesomeness for Abbi Glines’ “While It Lasts”!

Found out some awesome news today … Abbi Glines’ “While It Lasts” has been optioned for a movie. How freaking awesome is that?! I love it when my favourite books get turned in to movies! I just hope they can do it justice.

You can read the article about it here!

Wool is Cruel!

Secret Lives of Fiction Lovers:

Feeling a bit down tonight. Possibly because I’ve been reading articles about animal cruelty. The most recent being this one about sheep sheering and how it isn’t as harmless as we believe. I don’t understand how people can be so careless and inhumane. I just don’t get it. It’s so unnecessary.

Originally posted on Leila Lina:

As we near November, warm sweaters, cozy socks, and fuzzy boots are all the rage. When imagining how wool is obtained, an idyllic pasture and gentle shearing often comes to mind. However, the reality is much darker and crueler. Whenever animals are exploited for their bodies, they are bound to suffer.

Here are some common misconceptions about wool:

Sheep need to be shorn.

Naturally, sheep grow just enough wool to keep them warm in the winter, and then shed it in the springtime. Sheep are not meant to be humans’ wool machines! Sheep have evolved to grow just enough wool to suit their environments perfectly, without the need for human intervention.

However, humans breed sheep to grow unnaturally large and bulky coats in order to maximize profit. Merino sheep are bred to have wrinkly skin so they produce more wool per individual animal. Unlike wild sheep, they do not shed…

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All for animal cruelty free cosmetics.

I’m really against animal cruelty so always, to the best of my knowledge, buy cruelty free products.

Today, whilst having a nose on Instagram, I discovered a new (to me) cosmetic brand called Wildly Natural Cosmetics.

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They are cruelty free and some of their products are even vegan friendly!Which, awesome! After checking out all their products, I ended up purchasing several sample pots of different pigment colours. They look so vivid! I love that you have the option of buying sample pots ($2 each) because it means you can try several colours at a fraction of the cost so that you can find out which colours you do/don’t like and can then purchase the full-size version next time. I’ve just popped on to their site again and noticed that samples of their foundation are free (grr wish I’d known that before I made my order). They don’t have much in way of Lip products but I’m sure they will have in time to come.To say the brand is based in the US, postage to the UK was very reasonable, too (I paid $7 and purchased 7 pigment samples)!

If you love your makeup and you love your animals then definately check this brand out.

Oh, side note: If you’re not sure what to click on to view all their products and not just the nail polish, click on the menu symbol which is the two white lines in the black banner above the pic of the nail polish. – I had to explain this to my friend when she said all she could see was nail polishes.

A Step Too Far.

I feel a little disturbed after reading an author’s article about her stalkerish antics. Whilst I sympathise with her that she was attacked by a catfishing troll who wrote hateful reviews and also beat down anyone who disagreed with her (the troll, that is), I don’t condone the author getting all obsessive compulsive about it all, stalking the troll online and suspecting that a Facebook page under a different name was also the troll. The author even went to such lengths as to pay for a background check on the woman! This then shockingly lead to her going to the troll’s house! And THEN tracking the troll’s workplace phone number down and calling her to out her as a catfish! That’s just crazy! Who does that?! She has balls, though, I’ll give her that.

The moral of the story is: If you get a hateful review that is in no way constructive criticism, ignore it! It is a pointless review that doesn’t need a moment’s more of your time. They’re just put there by idiots who like to hurt and upset people just to try and get a rise out of them because they get off on it.

My blog post is just a brief run down of what happened, you can read the actual article here.

Back to normality … *sigh*

It’s back to normality after spending a week in Wales with my boyfriend (who lives there) for my birthday. I honestly didn’t wanna leave him but *sigh* I had work and family to get home to. I had a great birthday and went out for a meal with my boyfriend and his family.

My boyfriend got me these amazing gifts:

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A close-up of Elena’s locket which is real silver. I’ve also put some vervain in it. ;)

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He also gave me some birthday money so we spent the day in Swansea shopping and went to see Dracula Untold at the cinema which we enjoyed though would have preferred more story than action. I bought these amazing Superman Cons with my birthday money:

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And I just had to buy this top:

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When I got home from Wales I opened my presents from my sister and this small but awesome “The Mortal Instruments” jewellery box was my “main” one:

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Inside the lid it reads:

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My sister and my boyfriend know me so well!

Ohhh and I also treated myself to a birthday present:

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And of course I had to buy the purse, too:

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Time to go eat pizza. I hope everyone’s ok and having a lovely evening.

Take care.

An awesome book lover’s find…

Today, on my last day of spending time with my boyfriend in Wales, we went to a huuuge shop called Vincent Davies (in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire). I love this shop. There’s all kinds of nicknacks and little treasures to be found here.

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I came across these amazing book bookends. They would look fab on my bookcase. I really wanted to buy them but I wouldn’t be able to fit them in my weekender bag. :( I also love the steampunk style cupboard that the bookends are sat on. I don’t think the shop makes deliveries outside of Wales which is such a shame as I really wanted that, too! Hmmm if only I could store it somewhere at my boyfriend’s house ….

Friends turns 20: 20 episodes you need to watch

Secret Lives of Fiction Lovers:

Wow! I can’t believe it has been 20 years since the first episode of Friends was aired on our TV screens! I would have been 11! That makes me feel old lol! Friends is one of my favourite shows ever! I love the “WE WERE ON A BREAK!!” ep. Also the ep where Monica, Phoebe and Rachel wear the wedding dresses. My best friend and I wanted to recreate that ep on the night before her wedding lol! The one where Joey speaks “French” always has me in stitches and, to this day, I still cry when Monica and chandler propose to each other. Awww it was so romantic! And , of course, the last ever ep has me crying, too. She got off the plane! I was on holiday in Blackpool with my now ex boyfriend when that aired and I told him we weren’t leaving the hotel for the evening until we’d watched the last ever ep of Friends hahaha! The show had such an impact on my life and there always seems to be a moment in Friends that mirrors something going on in my life hahaha.

Originally posted on Metro:

TV PROGRAMME 'FRIENDS' - CAST SHOT (LtR) ; Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow and Matt le Blanc.. FREE OF CHARGE FOR CHANNEL 4 PROGRAMME PUBLICITY FRIENDS YEAR 4....USED IN W/E 3/7/1999

Friends is now 20 years old (Picture: Channel 4)

Prepare to feel old – Friends turns 20 this month.

It’s been two whole decades since we were first introduced to Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe yet we’re still quoting the show.

236 episodes were aired across the show’s ten-year run and the sitcom has had an incredible cultural impact. Trying to choose just 20 must-watch episodes is no easy feat, but I’ve had a go. Here are my choices, which episodes would you choose?

1. The One With The Baby On The Bus

Phoebe sings a song about a Smelly Cat for the first time. We’d hear it many more times over the next ten years.

2. The One With The Prom Video

Ross sports a dodgy moustache as an old video reveals his true feelings for Rachel.

3. The One Where No One’s Ready

This bottle episode…

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I NEED to visit: Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

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At the end of November my mum, sister and I are going to London for the day. One of the places my mum and I want to go to is Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. It is a café for cat lovers! Not only can you sit down with a cup of tea and have a chat, or read a book, but you can also befriend the cute furry kitties who live there. These are rescue cats who have been taken in from the bustling busy streets of London. I think this is a fabulous idea! It gives a warm, safe place for the cats to go but also those who love cats can go and visit them. It is especially good for those who aren’t able to have cats in their own home!

I really do hope we’re able to pop in during our day trip.

Visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium to find out more!

Happy Book Release Day: The Winter People by Rebekah L. Purdy

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Yippeeeee! The release day for The Winter People is finally upon us! I’m currently reading it at the mo and I’m loving it so far. Shall post my review once I’ve finished reading. :-D

Here’s some more info on the wonderful world of The Winter People:

Blurb (Goodreads):

“An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.
 

Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.”

Go onnnn you know you wanna buy it:

Goodreads

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barns & Noble

iTunes US

Review: Bluebell Cottage

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Title: Bluebell Cottage
Author: Heather M.J.L. Watson
Published: 21st Oct 2010
Publisher: HandE Publishers
Format: Paperback

Blurb:

Keely McCree needs to escape a painful memory, so she traces her family back to Ireland.

Her idea of relaxation and going on lots of walks around the park with her dog Tina are unexpectedly shattered as she tumbles head first into a world unknown. Before long Keely becomes the unwitting cause of a great war between the Irish and Welsh Fairy tribes.

A meeting with a dark handsome stranger, a deceitful friend and a journey into a mythical land could leave Keely with the hardest decision to make of her life.

Follow Keely as battles between different worlds commence, choices need to be made and fantasy stories become real life.

Considering it is only just over 200 pages long, I thought I’d finish it in no time at all and thought it the perfect companion for my 7-8 hour train journey to Wales last Friday. Turns out, it took me a lot longer to read as it was slow going and didn’t really pick up the pace.

It is written in first person from two people’s point of view, which I like -mostly Keely’s, though Rob has a brief spot- but my problem is, they are both written in exactly the same way! If it hadn’t stated that Rob was talking about Keely then you wouldn’t be able to tell the two apart. If it is going to be written in first person from two people’s POV then at least inject a little personality so that the reader can tell the difference between the two. Ugh! The romance between Keely and Regan (a handsome Irish Sidhe prince) was developed too quickly, as was Rob’s unrequited love for Keely – and he fell out of love just as quickly. I felt that the characters conceded far too easily. This happened many times throughout the book which got really annoying. For example, Rob is being held captive by Mab, the Welsh Sidhe queen. He hadn’t made a decision about becoming her slave and demands to see Keely who is being held captive elsewhere. Mab simply replies, “Robert, if I agree to let you see Keely, afterwards you must make your decision. Is that clear?” To which he replies, “Crystal!” I was expecting more of a fight, you know? More of an argument. Speaking of “fight”, there was meant to be this big showdown between the Irish and the Welsh sidhe but you don’t get to see any of this as both Keely and Rob are safely tucked up back home in the human world. Instead, this is very briefly recounted by Keely’s love interest, Regan, upon his return from fighting in the battle. I was gutted by this as it was so anticlimactic. I was expecting to be right in the thick of it, experiencing what the characters were experiencing throughout the fight, but nope, it was nothing like that.

I really, really wanted to like this but I didn’t. :( I was so disappointed. I thought the idea behind the story was great and was really looking forward to reading it as I love reading about the Sidhe, but the content was weak and bland. Reading it was kinda like reading a first draft of a story before the author then goes back through it to pad it out and add more depth, detail and character development to the story. So much more detail could have gone into this. Especially the mythological background of the Sidhe. I was looking forward to that more than anything else. It’s such a shame the book was a letdown because there was potential there for it to be amazing.

I would also like to add that for some strange reason, the bookshop I bought this from had put it in the 9-12 years section. Now, yes there’s mild romance, there’s no sex, not really any violence, and no swearing BUT that does not make it a book aimed at children aged 9-12 years when the characters are in their late 20s to mid 30s! *sigh*

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