The Easy Way Out [review]

The Easy Way Out - Steven Amsterdam

Title: The Easy Way Out
Author: Steven Amsterdam
Publisher: Quercus Books

[Synopsis]

If you could help someone in pain, would you?

Evan is a nurse, a suicide assistant. His job is legal . . . just. He’s the one at the hospital who hands out the last drink to those who ask for it.

Evan’s friends don’t know what he does during the day. His mother, Viv, doesn’t know what he’s up to at night. And his supervisor suspects there may be trouble ahead.

As he helps one patient after another die, Evan pushes against legality, his own morality and the best intentions of those closest to him, discovering that his own path will be neither quick nor painless.

He knows what he has to do.

In this powerful novel, award-winning author Steven Amsterdam challenges readers to face the most taboo and heartbreaking of dilemmas. Would you help someone end their life?

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[My Review]

The Easy Way Out is certainly a unique novel; it addresses serious issues and makes you really think but also written in a lighter tone and/ or with a good dash of humour at some points – but not all. This humour is sometimes quite subtle, but it’s definitely there and adds a sort of playful feeling to the novel. However it should be noted that, due to the topic of this novel, it’s definitely not an easy, carefree read. There were some emotional parts which really made me consider how I’d feel in many of the character’s situations – Evan, his mum Viv, the people he assists with and their families – and what I’d expect from my family and friends if I were the one who desperately wanted to die, for whatever reason, and euthanasia was legal here.

Evan is quite a strange character – conflicted at times but with a really good heart, and a quite unusual relationship with both Lon and Simon. I thought the dynamics between the three of them were really heartfelt at times and liked them as a group. I have to say that Evan’s mum I found harder to like, just because it felt like she was making things harder unnecessarily for Evan in the way she behaved sometimes – but then none of us know how we’d actually behave if we were in her situation.

I found that some of the exchanges between characters and incidents that take place have an almost dream-like quality to them, in that they don’t seem quite rooted in the real world. Now I’m aware that this novel seems to be set in Australia (I think!) and euthanasia definitely isn’t legal there last time I checked, so the whole novel can’t be rooted in the real world as such anyway, but there was something else about it that gave it a bit of a surreal touch; an almost dream-like quality.

As it centres on such a controversial topic, I feel the author is qualified to write about this subject as he has a background in palliative care, and must really understand what it’s like to care for people whose quality of life is so poor that they don’t want to carry on. This book was very interesting to read and learn more about this side of illness that we don’t necessarily think about every day. I always like reading novels that take me out of my comfort zone a little bit -keeps things interesting.

Ultimately I felt that The Easy Way Out was a thought-provoking, intriguing read and a great novel from Steven Amsterdam.

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to Quercus Books and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

The Easy Way Out will be released in hardback and ebook on 3 November.

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Between Sisters [review]

Between Sisters - Cathy Kelly

[Synopsis]

Cassie has spent her married life doing everything right – making sure her children have the perfect life, being a devoted wife to her husband and a dutiful daughter-in-law to his mother, even when her patience has been tested. Although it has left her so exhausted that ‘wine o’clock’ comes a little earlier each afternoon. But she wouldn’t change a thing, she’s certain, until temptation comes her way…
Her sister Coco runs a vintage dress shop and sure, she’s shied away from commitment over the years. It’s just that Coco believes men complicate things more than necessary, and she’s got enough to contend with looking after her business and her staff, who seem to rely on her more and more for relationship advice. But who is she to give advice, when her own life is so simple?
Watching over them is grandmother Pearl, tucked away in her little house in Delaney Square with her chickens, busy with her poker club and a secret lover. But something is keeping her awake at night. Was she right to do what she did all those years ago? Surely, if she were right, she wouldn’t be thinking about it so often now…?
And then there’s Elsa, the polished face of daytime TV, who’s battled demons of her own in the past and come out on top. Now Elsa faces one final battle – but this one will require more bravery than anything that’s come before.

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[My Review]

I haven’t read any books by this author before, but have heard good things, so I was looking forward to reading Between Sisters.

This is a really lovely story about a family – well, about a whole community really – and their relationships with various members of the Reynolds family. There’s sisters Cassie and Coco, who have never quite got over their mother walking out on them, and their grandmother Pearl, who was like a surrogate mother to them. Cassie has a family of her own now, with its own problems, whilst Coco has never quite got over an ex boyfriend. There’s also Phoebe, an art student who’s just moved to the area, and Elsa, a TV presenter in London.

The whole book revolves around fairly normal family problems and everyday life. Yes, there are some more unusual incidents which add a bit more excitement to the narrative, but overall you can imagine most of the story actually happening to people you know. It’s a reflection on real life, and that’s one of the reasons I really enjoyed this novel – it feels quite real.

The characters also feel authentic, in their own ways – of course, some are much less likeable than others, and some you know mean well but can be a bit clueless (Shay, I’m looking at you!) but it’s not a black-and-white, “you’re-a-bad-person-and-you’re-not”situation. In real life there are few people, in my opinion, who are truly horrible; most people are just a little lost or haven’t had the best upbringing, so I hate it in books when the author makes out that one person is the ‘baddie’ (gritty crime novels the exception). Luckily, Cathy Kelly seems to be really skilled at creating great characters that you want to find it more about. I also loved that there were different strands and characters that came together at the end – I find it rather satisfying when this happens and enjoy being a little surprised sometimes!

I wouldn’t say this is a fluffy, lighthearted read; nor would I categorise it as ‘chick-lit’ (nowadays a seemingly hated name for a genre, apparently!). This is more serious at times and, though it does have many lighthearted moments, overall it conveys a deeper feeling within its pages. There are some emotional points and there are also times when I felt really irritated with characters and the way they were behaving / reacting – but hey, that’s quite like real life, isn’t it?

[Rating: 4/5]

* Many thanks to Orion and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review *

Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery [review]

Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery - Jenny Colgan

[Synopsis]

It’s Christmas in the Cornish coastal village of Mount Polbearne – a time for family, friends and feasting. When Polly’s not creating delicious treats in the Little Beach Street bakery, she’s cuddled up with her gorgeous boyfriend, Huckle. But when a storm cuts the village off from the mainland, can the villagers work together to save Christmas for everybody?

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[My Review]

I’ve read (and loved) a few of Jenny Colgan’s novels, but only one of the Little Beach Street Bakery books so far. I  was  looking forward to getting back into this series, aware this is supposed to be the last book following Polly, and eagerly anticipating a feel-good, fun story.

Polly is a great character, and and easy one to like, as is Huckle (most of the time, though there are a few times when I wanted to bang both his and Polly’s heads together!), and of course Neil the Puffin is still very adorable! However (and here comes a bit of a rant, so I’ll try not to give anything crucial away)… most of the other characters seemed pretty unlikable in my mind! For example, I despised Reuben! He was rude, irritating, self-centered and, though he may have his moments when he comes through as a nice guy, mostly seemed like a pretty crap friend and husband. He does redeem himself slightly at the end but I really didn’t like him, which was a shame – maybe this would be different if I’d read Summer at the Beach Street Bakery, too?

Reuben’s family were all quite horrible too, so I suppose you can see where Reuben gets his personality from! And Polly’s great-grandmother (so her estranged dad’s parents) sound pretty horrendous too, judging by the way they treated their son’s wife because of her ethnicity. I know that Polly knows all their faults, so you do still feel like you can empathise with her and still enjoy the story, but it made the novel a little more tense, which I suppose does add to the heightened tension.

The rest of the story is fairly slow-paced but entertaining, with some humour thrown in and the odd drama (of course!). As with the first novel, I could just imagine what it must be like to live in Mount Polbearne; Jenny Colgan really paints a strong picture in the reader’s mind and makes you want to go and visit for yourself, if only it were a real place! It certainly evoked a real sense of what Cornwall must be like in my mind, and I enjoyed reading about Polly’s escapades in this magical place, especially the rather lovely incident that happens at the end.

Overall I think something about the story just fell a bit flat for me unfortunately. Most of Jenny Colgan’s novels that I’ve previously read (The Little Beach Street Bakery, The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams, The Good, The Good, The Bad And The Dumped, West End Girls & Operation Sunshine) have been very enjoyable and reinforced my view that Jenny Colgan is a great feel-good writer, but some are better than others. I think my favourite is Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams.

For fans of this series, and anyone who enjoys a lighthearted and easy read, this is a good pick, but I personally prefer some of her other series – but it’s still an entertaining read and was a nice break for me among the many thrillers I’ve read recently.

[Rating: 3/5]

Many thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

Have you read any of this series, or any other of Jenny Colgan’s books – and if so what did you think?

Dark Water [review]

Dark Water by Robert Byndza

[Synopsis]

Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years but above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.

When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.

The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago.

As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.

Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.

From the million-copy bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker, comes the third heart-stopping book in the Detective Erika Foster series.

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[My Review]

Time for the new instalment of the DI Erika Foster series, one of my favourite new crime series – I always look forward to a new novel featuring Erika, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint|! It really carried on the high quality I’ve come to expect from previous books.

As always, the characters featured are so well developed and great to read about – even the horrible characters are really interesting! Despite now working in a slightly different location, Erika is just as feisty as usual, continuing to be a really strong female lead – and I was very pleased to see a few familiar faces return this time too! There was even an element of romance slipped in there – not too cheesy or overdone but just to remind us that Erika needs some ‘comforting’ too, despite still being nowhere near over Mark.

Erika’s sister features for a good portion of the story too, and it’s always interesting to have her back in the narrative though sometimes she doesn’t provide as much moral support for Erika as she should (and she got on my nerves a bit, I’m afraid!) but one thing she does do is bring Erika back to earth when she’s completely absorbed in the case, which she really needs. Erika’s determination make her such a brilliant Detective and a great character to read about, and I really liked that Robert Bryndza doesn’t make her perfect. There are plenty of opportunities where I thought “she could have been a bit more calm” or “she could have handled that better” (not, obviously, saying I could do any better myself, but simply from that high horse that us readers like to sit on!) and so the fact that she isn’t perfect makes her more human and a much more engaging character.

As always I love the mystery and police procedure elements of the story, eagerly enjoying every word and, as always with these novels, not wanting it to end! Highly recommended – but if you haven’t read any of this series before the start from the beginning, so you know all the back story. A really absorbing and fun read – can’t wait for number 4!

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review!

Have you read any of this series? If so what did you think?

Buy your copy of Dark Water – it’s out today (20 October).

WWW Wednesday [19 October 2016]

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Sam at Taking On a World of Words.

Visit her blog to take a look, and get involved too if you can, even if you don’t have a blog yourself – as she says, you can leave your answers in the post comments – and I’d love to see your answers too!

It’s been a little while since I’ve last posted a WWW post… that’s an understatement actually – I haven’t posted one since 13 July! I looked back at the last one and couldn’t believe it! So I’ll pick a selection of books I’ve finished reading instead of listing every single one!

The three W’s are:

  1. What have you finished reading?
  2. What are you currently reading?
  3. What will you read next?

What have you finished reading?

The Empathy Problem – Gavin Extence

The Perfect Girl – Gilly MacMillan

Death at the Seaside – Frances Brody

101 One-Dish Dinners – Andrea Chesman

A Boy Made Of Blocks – Keith Stuart

Magpie Murders – Anthony Horowitz

What are you currently reading?

Dark Water – Robert Bryndza (almost finished this and LOVING it – though I knew I proboably would enjoy it as I love the rest of the series)

Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery – Jenny Colgan – just started this, love being back deep in a lovely Jenny Colgan story 🙂

What will you read next?

Between Sisters – Cathy Kelly

The Muse – Jessie Burton


What have you been reading recently? Any exciting books you’re looking forward to reading next?

If you do your own version of this tag please let me know in the comments below, I’d love to read your answers too!

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Magpie Murders [review]

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horrowtiz

Title: Magpie Murders
Author: Anthony Horrowitz
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group

[Synopsis]

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She’s worked with the revered crime writer for years and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It’s just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway…

But Conway’s latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript there lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder.

From Sunday Times bestseller Anthony Horowitz comes Magpie Murders, his deliciously dark take on the vintage crime novel, brought bang- up-to-date with a fiendish modern twist.

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[My Review]

I’m a big fan of Anthony Horowitz, having read all of the Alex Rider series as I was growing up, so I was looking forward to reading Magpie Murders as what appeared to be a more ‘adult’-orientated Detective novel.

The story has dual narratives in that we start by hearing from Susan, who is the editor of the well-loved Detective stores featuring Atticus Pund. We then read almost the entire manuscript of author Alan Conway’s most recent novel, Magpie Murders, set in the 1950’s. It’s therefore structured in a really interesting way, as a novel within a novel, and after reading the story the author has wrote we then follow Susan in the present day as she tries to work out whether Alan Conway did indeed kill himself or was murdered – and where on earth is the end of his manuscript?

Both stories are interesting and fun to read; Atticus Pund is a charming and interesting character whilst Susan is also really likeable and we learn more about her relationship with Andreas, which is also entertaining. Though at times the switch between the two narratives could feel a little disjointed, as I’d be fully absorbed in the current story and didn’t necessarily feel ready to be pulled back into a different one, I still felt it was wonderfully constructed. I also felt that the characters were so full of life and depth that this could be the latest in a long series, where they’ve been thoroughly developed into well-rounded people, instead of a stand-alone novel.

I really enjoyed reading about the publishing world and the descriptions of characters and places were brilliant. Horowitz really is such a skilled writer – he manages to make both the world within Conway’s novel, Magpie Murders, and the present-day narrative, equally absorbing. It’s a very self-aware book, as Horowitz certainly brings the tropes of classic Detective fiction (which have become so well-known) to life whilst, as the synopsis says, adding a “modern twist”.

It’s quite a long book but you are effectively getting to enjoy two almost-separate stories in one. Both the modern day narrative and the story telling the tale of Atticus Pund’s adventure really do read very well, and I really enjoyed this novel.

[Rating: 4/5]

* Many thanks to Orion Publishing Group and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest reviews *

101 One-Dish Dinners [review]

101 One Dish Dinners by Andrea Chesman

Title: 101 One-Dish Dinners
Author: Andrea Chesman
Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC


[Synopsis]

One-dish is a winning formula for today’s busy families. In 101 One-Dish Dinners, Andrea Chesman shows off the versatility of Dutch ovens, skillets, and casserole pans. Classic baked dishes like ham and potato gratin, chicken potpie, and vegetable lasagne go head-to-head with diverse stovetop suppers like jambalaya, seafood paella, and pad Thai. For those looking for something a little lighter but still filling, there are plenty of meal-in-a-bowl salads and timeless soups. Serve up a nourishing meal tonight with little fuss and fewer dishes!

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[My Review]

This is an easy to follow and very useful cookbook which requires minimal pots and pans because pretty much all of each recipe is made in one post – hence the name!

I’ve made quite a few of these dishes now and can honestly say they’re super easy to follow and tasted really good. My favourite section so far has been the oven-cook dishes as they’re super easy and I love just being able to shove it in the oven and go off and do something else until it’s ready! The vegetable lasagne in particular has been a real winner with everyone I’ve made it for – but there are plenty of non-veggie recipes too, of course! Plus a lot of recipes look like they could easily be adapted to add or remove meat, if that’s what you fancy.

There are a good amount of photos to accompany recipes (something which I always finds encourages me to make that recipe, if I can see the end result – and I’m sure many other people are the same!) and they don’t require lots of crazy ingredients that you’re never going to have in the cupboard. Some recipes are a lot more basic than others, which is great as there’s a good range you can pick from depending on  A) your cooking skills and B) how lazy you’re feeling. This is an essential part of cooking for me – most of the time I’m really excited to try something fancy, even if it doesn’t work out, but sometimes I just want something quick, easy and requiring minimal effort.

This is a great do-it-all book, so however you’re feeling, 101 One-Dish Dinners should have you covered!

[Rating: 4/5]

* Many thanks to Storey Publishing, LLC and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest and unbiased review. *

The Perfect Girl [review]

The Perfect Girl - Gilly Macmillan


Title: The Perfect Girl
Author: Gilly MacMillan
Publisher: Little Brown Group (UK)


[Synopsis]

To everyone who knows her now, Zoe Maisey – child genius, musical sensation – is perfect. Yet several years ago, Zoe caused the death of three teenagers. She served her time. And now she’s free.

Her story begins with her giving the performance of her life.

By midnight, her mother is dead.

The Perfect Girl is an intricate exploration into the mind of a teenager burdened by brilliance. It’s a story about the wrongs in our past not letting go and how hard we must fight for second chances.

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[My Review]

This book has a way of drawing you in from pretty much the first page onwards. I was intrigued – to find out what happened to Zoe’s mother, what had happened in the past with her mother’s new husband and her step-brother, what was going to happen… it was all a mystery, and an interesting one at that!

The Perfect Girl has an interesting narrative structure: it introduces the reader to a scene in which Zoe’s performance at a concert is interrupted by a man shouting about her – though we don’t know why – and then we find out that by midnight Zoe’s mother will be dead. All very dramatic and intriguing! The story then rewinds back to the days leading up to this day, told from several different perspectives which helps to build the story, and it includes plenty of memories of the many years before. I often really enjoy novels that jump around like this; I know plenty of people who don’t, but I do and I think Gilly Macmillan has crafted this novel really well.

The characters are all interesting and feel convincing, though some we find out more about than others as get their side of the story and therefore ‘see inside their head’. It is really interesting to see how everyone reacts in different ways to a crisis, and the way people can start to suspect one another. Of course, one of the main mysteries in the book is surrounding who killed Zoe’s mother – there are only a limited number of people it could be, so who is lying and who’s being completely honest? I love books which make you question everyone, and this book does it so well.

Though it is tense at times, the story doesn’t really make you feel on edge as such; it’s more of a slow burning unease around some of the characters and the way that someone’s past mistakes can come back to haunt them, even if they’ve ‘started again’ – and can you ever really ‘start again’?

The Perfect Girl has its fair share of surprises but they all feel well within the realms of possibility, and some parts you can imagine happening all too well, unfortunately. It is emotional and upsetting at times, but never overly so; the author gets the tone just right, in my opinion. I didn’t really want to stop reading and zipped through it. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it!

[Rating: 4/5]

* Many thanks to Little Brown Group (UK) and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest and unbiased review. *

Death at the Seaside [blog tour + review]

death-at-the-seaside-by-frances-brody

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Title: Death at the Seaside
Author: Frances Brody
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

[Synopsis]

Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there.

Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma’s daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma’s current gentleman friend.

Kate can’t help but become involved, and goes to the jeweller’s shop to get some answers. When she makes a horrifying discovery in the back room, it soon becomes clear that her services are needed. Met by a wall of silence by town officials, keen to maintain Whitby’s idyllic façade, it’s up to Kate – ably assisted by Jim Sykes and Mrs Sugden – to discover the truth behind Felicity’s disappearance.

And they say nothing happens in August…

[My Review]

Death at the Seaside is a fun, witty novel that ticks the mystery / crime box without being too shocking or gruesome – and which makes quite a change from some of the novels in this genre I’ve read recently! I haven’t read any of the novels in this series (Kate Shackleton) so I didn’t really know exactly what to expect, but love these kind of mystery stories that are set in a bygone era – and the 1920’s is a great choice so I was really excited to start reading!

The characters in Death at the Seaside are all really well crafted; I particularly liked Kate who was such a strong and interesting character. She took all the mayhem in her stride – no fainting at a dead body here! I found the fact it was set in the 20’s really interesting partly to see how Kate would react and be treated by others, due to the restrictions on her, and the expectations of others.

The story is fun and enjoyable to read. As I mentioned before, it’s quite different to many of the Detective/ crime novels around today in its approach to the crime (obvious lack of DNA testing and other investigative methods at that time!), and although I do love those other kind of novels, I also hugely enjoyed this one! It kind of feels like a warm blanket – comforting and easy to read, with likeable characters and an interesting plot – give it a go! I’d definitely read others in the series too!

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to Little, Brown Book Group for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review and for including me on the blog tour!

About Frances Brody:

Frances Brody is the author of the Kate Shackleton mysteries, as well as many stories and plays for BBC Radio, scripts for television and four sagas, one of which won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Nottingham Playhouse, and Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award.

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A Few Of My Favourite Things!

Here’s a roundup of some of my favourite things from the last few months – lots of books, but also some beauty, fitness – whatever I’ve been loving, basically! I don’t do these posts very often but I LOVE reading other people’s, so I feel like I should post them a bit more regularly.

[BOOK] The Empathy Problem* by Gavin Extence was a great read – emotional but humorous and never cheesy. My review is here.

[BOOK] The Night Stalker* by Robert Bryndza is the second in a series that I really love, and I’m already hugely excited to read book 3! Here’s my review of the first book, The Girl in the Ice, and my review of The Night Stalker.

[BOOK] Again, a second book of a series that’s become one of my favourites: The Killing Files* by Nikki Owen. I loved The Spider in the Corner of the Room (renamed Subject 375) – read my review here – and this novel was just as good! Check out my review of The Killing Files.

 

[FITNESS] I’ve been going to the gym a lot but at home I find using resistance bands to exercise with really enhance any workout. I have the 50-125 pounds (green) band from Almondcy which is REALLY strong and great for assisting pull ups – though I need a less strong one now, yay! – and this green one from RISING*, which is 15-25 pounds, and ideal for exercises like face pulls etc.

 

[BOOK] I am really into spiralising things at the moment and love trying out new recipes using spiralised veg. Inspiralized & Inspiralize Everything by Ali Maffucci are just brilliant! I have tried out lots of the recipes and really enjoyed them all so far!

 

Liquid Lipsticks

[BEAUTY] I have become a little obsessed with buying liquid listicks, and can’t seem to stop! I really wanted to find a cheaper (and actually available) dupe for some of the Kylie Lip Kits, and just wanted some more colours in general. I’ve kind of ended up with 4 different lipsticks that kinda look similar though…oh well! Here we have (from L-R): NYX Lingerie in 03 Lace Detail, Ofra liquid lipstick in Laguna Beach, NYX Liquid Suede in Sandstorm, and LA Splash velvet matte liquid lipstick in Romance (seems to be a pretty good dupe for Kylie Lip Kit in Maliboo – it’s pretty cool-toned).

 

[SHOP] I swear that the majority of my wages this month have gone on eBay finds! There are just so many cool things to buy on there, and some things are so CHEAP if you don’t mind waiting ages for them to arrive from overseas. Yes, there’s plenty of crap, but I feel like I’ve become a bit better at sifting through the rubbish! Need to stop buying any more bits and pieces I don’t really need though…

 

NutrientWise Detox Tea

[FOOD] This Detox Tea*, from Nutrient Wise, are very detoxifying and have helped me feel less bloated. There’s a tea for morning and a tea for evening, each with different ingredients in. They have lots of great review on Amazon and they taste really good, too, which is an added bonus!

 

Cookbooks by The Happy Pear

[BOOK] Continuing my ever-increasing love for cookbooks, these were another winner (again, two recipe books by the same author!): The Happy Pear: Healthy, Easy, Delicious Food to Change Your Life & The World of the Happy Pear, both by David Flynn and Stephen Flynn. These recipes are so tasty, vegan simple recipes that don’t require a million ridiculous ingredients for each meal. I reviewed both of these here.

What have you been loving this month?

Products marked with a * have been received at a discount or for free from publishers or other companies.