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First of all I have to say that I am a fan of Jane Austen and especially like Emma and Pride & Prejudice but I also love modern romance. When I was looking on Amazon's website for a new book to read I came across The Importance of Being Emma by Juliet Archer. This book is a retelling of the novel Emma but updated to modern times.
I downloaded this book to my Kindle and it is priced at £1.79 and the file size is 498KB or 416 pages.
Brief Plot Description:
Emma Woodhouse loves being a matchmaker and after a successful match she believes she can do it again. However this time round things don't go according to plan and Emma finds herself in all sorts of situations. Then the arrival of her childhood crush Mark Knightley begins to add to her troubles.
I really like Jane Austen's Emma and I was a little wary about buying this book and then being disappointed but I read through the reviews and the book was very well thought of. I was interested in how the author would modernise the storyline and make it relevant in the modern world.
The plot of the book does have quite a few similarities to the plot of Emma however there are some differences that help bring the book up to date. The storyline flows really well with no boring bits and the story doesn't veer off course too much and sticks pretty much with the characters of Emma and Mark.
I found that once I started this book I couldn't put it down and ended up finishing this in one day. Even though the story is Emma by Jane Austen I think that the author managed to inject some of her own ideas into this book. Making this retelling of Emma her own and putting her stamp on it without me thinking it was an exact copy.
I liked how certain chapters were given from either Emma's point of view of Mark's this made the book even better as you got the story from two different angles. The only downside was that if you forgot to read which point of view the chapter was coming from you could get a little confused and then have to look back and see who it was.
Emma - This character could be annoying, manipulative and at times a little on the mean side but this is all down to how she was brought up. However at other points in the book she can be likeable and kind with a fun attitude. For the most part you are on her side and even though she can be manipulative she believes she is doing it for all the right reasons. To be honest I don't think this character is ever supposed to be completely liked but is supposed to have flaws. The story is based on her growing up and through the choices she makes she has to then cope with the fall out of her actions.
Mark - This character is one of my favourites and along with Emma has a few character flaws but his main one is that he holds Emma to a high standard. He sometimes expects too much of her especially given the fact that she is a little spoilt due to her upbringing. The struggle you see Mark go through with his feelings makes the story really interesting.
Flynn - I liked how his character wasn't changed too much and that he still came across as selfish but at the same time playful. This character works well at putting a spanner in Mark's plans and also to bring a bit of competition for Emma's affections.
I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed this book it was a lovely change to reading the original Emma. The story was just different enough to keep my attention and there were a few twists that helped to separate this story from the original. The characters were all good and all helped to make this story really readable. I liked how Juliet Archer integrated the original characters from Emma into this book so that they all fit in to the storyline perfectly.
Product Name: Nestle Munch Bunch Drinky +
At work after having my lunch I really like to have a yogurt, so i'm always on the lookout in the supermarket for a new product to try. On my last visit to Tesco I noticed that they had this Munch Bunch yogurt drink on offer for a £1 so I thought why not.
This drink is free from artificial colours, sweetners and preservatives it is made from real fruit puree and cultured milk. The 90g bottle contains 76 calories, 0.9g fat & 123mg of calcium. You get six bottles in a pack of these and as I said they were on offer in Tesco for £1 or they stock this product in ASDA for £1.48. I only saw the Strawberry flavour on sale.
I first tried this drink mid morning as I couldn't wait until my lunch and I found that it was really nice to drink at this time as it broke up my morning at work. The bottle is covered with a silver foil lid which is easy to tear off and then you are met with a lovely strawberry smell. The taste isn't that sweet which surprised me and you can taste the milk as you drink it it. There are no strange after tastes which you can sometimes get with these yogurt drinks. Texture wise it is very smooth with no bits of fruit which is a bonus for me as I hate bits of fruit in yogurt. Stange I know! I would have to say that it has just a slightly more thicker texture than milk.
The bottle of the drinking yogurt is quite colourful with pictures of strawberries in milk with red and blue colours decorating it. It is very easy to hold as the bottle curves inward slightly at the center making it easy to grip. I'm not sure how a child would fair holding it but with it being a small bottle I would think they would manage. I do have one problem with the bottle the lip is smooth on the outside but it curves inward and the inside part is a little rough and is a little annoying if you catch your lip on it. It is also impossible to get every drop out because of the design at the top of the bottle.
I am impressed with the overall flavour of this drink and even though it is aimed at children I really do like the taste. There is enough fruity taste to be enjoyed but the flavour isn't really that strong. Maybe it is better suited to children but it's great for me as a snack after my sandwich at work.
The only downside is that because it's so small it doesn't last very long, maybe they could do a slightly larger bottle for adults?
Product Name: Loreal Paris Studio Curl Power
My hair is naturally straight however I now have my hair permed, it is shoulder length and the curls I have are fairly loose. So it helps to spray my hair with some kind of product to make the most out of my curls and to get rid of any frizz. I have tried numerous sprays with varying results some not even working at all.
One of the best ones that I have tried is this Loreal Studio Wave Defining Spray.
This is a wave defining spray which promises to give definition and also be free from frizz for 24 hours.
The spray formula protects hair from humidity, giving shape and accentuating waves.
On damp hair spray over your entire head from the usual distance of 15cm then mess up & work the product into each curl for maximum definition.
Now I have followed the stylists advice on the back of the bottle but I have also tried this on my dry curly hair too. Both ways work well and on dry hair it still creates a really good effect, my curls have shine and definition without any dreaded frizzy bits. My hair is left feeling fairly soft and there is still a decent amount of movement within my style. This is great as I prefer a more natural look but preferably without any frizz.
Once I have spritzed this onto my hair my curls are instantly transformed giving a much more shinier and healthier appearance. If you do overdo it with the spray the odd bit of hair can look a bit too solid and there won't be as much movement. This is only a slight problem and if you add a bit of water the curl will relax and look a lot better. Another point I wanted to make was that this spray has a really lovely fragrance to it and was one of the things that impressed me straight away.
Even though this spray is designed for use on wavy hair this really does a great job at revitalising my curls. It adds definition to my style without making the style look heavy and unnaturally sculpted. The spray bottle is easy to use in all directions and hasn't got blocked yet.
I am very happy with the overall result that this spray gives and my hair manages to look nourished and healthy instead of dry and brittle. There is still movement throughout my style and my hair even feels nice to the touch. My hair has much less frizz than if I didn't use this product and it really helps to calm my hair down so it doesn't become too wild. I also used this on my recent holiday and after using this product I think my hair coped really well with the humidity.
I highly recommend this product and will be buying another bottle soon!
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Product Name: Tesco Cocoa Butter Body Lotion
I am a little lazy when it comes to applying body lotion I always seem to forget to apply it, which isn't good. So I only ever seem to end up applying lotion to my legs after shaving or if my shoulders and arms are looking particularly dry. So when I do apply I need to have a decent body lotion to clear up any dry areas that I might have.
The bottle I purchased is like the picture however Tesco have changed the bottle and it's label to look more attractive. The body lotion is a 400ml bottle and is currently priced at £1.30 on the Tesco website.
First of all I have to say how happy I am with the consistancy of this lotion it has a fairly thick feel to it and is very smooth. The colour is of a pale cocoa colour and is actually quite a nice change to using white body lotion. Once applied it spreads evenly across the skin, I find that I don't have to really rub this into my skin as it soaks in really well all by itself. This could be down to any dry skin I have but to be honest my skin isn't overly dry. I love the fact that this lotion soaks into the skin really easily as I can be dressed fairly quickly without having to stand around waiting.
The fragrance is not too overpowering and has a rich cocoa butter smell to it and even though it isn't a strong fragrance the scent does linger on my skin for quite a while. Although I can apply perfume and the lotion doesn't interfere with it which is also helpful.
My skin does feel moisturised and when I apply the lotion to my legs after shaving my skin is left feeling very soft and smooth. On the plus point there is no irritation to my skin at all so no stinging etc.
I am very happy with this body lotion and it's effects especially on my legs which feel great and very moisturised. I am left with no dry patches after using this lotion and I love the fragrance of this particular cocoa butter scent.
The price is really reasonable as in the past I have paid up to £5 on moisturiser and yes the effects have been good but not really any better than this lotion. I definitely recommend this body lotion as an alternative to the slightly more expensive brands available.
Product Name: Barry M Instant Nail Effects Nail Paint
I love trying out different nail colours whether the colours are bright & vibrant or pastel & subtle. I had seen a couple of reviews on this product by Barry M and I was intrigued as to how it would work. So off I went to my local Boots unfortunately they were out of stock along with Superdrug. So as soon as I got home I went on the net and had a look on the Boots website and luckily for me they had some in stock and I received it within 4 days.
The product is available in Black from Boots and the lid shows an example of the crackle effect otherwise it looks like an average bottle of nail varnish. There is a small ball bearing inside the bottle which helps mix the paint up. I did wonder why they had included this in the bottle but I soon discovered why.
First of all make sure whatever colour you choose to wear underneath has dried completely otherwise it will not work so well. I find that vibrant colours look the best however lighter pink shades also look quite nice. I really like to wear red underneath or for a bolder look I use a gold/orange colour as it kind of gives a tiger effect look to it.
The brush isn't the best shape for me as I end up applying quite a bit of the polish and this can ruin the crackle effect. It is best to apply in thin strokes, if you go over the same area the crackle effect isn't as good and you get more black patches. If the brush was more rounded I think it would be much easier to apply especially for me.
The polish dries very quickly but this is both a good and a bad thing it's great that it dries fast as the crackle effect appears straight away. However the bad point is that due to drying quick it goes very gloopy around the top of the bottle and also if you apply too much to the nail. This is why the ball bearing is inside as it really helps to return the varnish back to a normal consistancy. So you may have to shake the bottle a few times during application which is a bit annoying when you just want to carry on painting your nails.
Once dried and you have the full crackle effect it has quite a matte appearance and the effect has quite a raised bumpy feel to it. I found that due to this it does chip quite easily but I found if you apply a clear top coat the overall effect lasts much longer before chipping.
For the price I paid I am very happy with this product it makes an interesting change to just using one colour on my nails. Up close the effect looks good but I have to admit from a distance it does look much better. The overall appearance gives the impression that my nails have been professionally done. Even though up close it isn't perfect it still looks good. I have had quite a few nice comments regarding my nails and when I was on holiday in Florida and a woman asked if they had been done in a salon. She was surprised when I explained how I had done my nails and thought they looked good.
The application of the product can take a bit of time getting used to if you aren't confident in painting your nails or if like me you are a little heavy handed. However with a bit of practice you can achieve a really good finish. I have been using the nail paint for just over a month and I have found it to be a really effective product. I have a few grumbles with it like the fact it gets gloopy but I am still very happy with the overall effect.
I would like to try some other colours rather than just sticking to black as I would also like to have a more subtle look. I know that Boots only stock black but you could always try the official Barry M website as they have four colours to choose from.
These are: Black Magic, Pink Fizz, Blue Print & White Frost
I would have to recommend Barry M Nail Effects as it is a really effective product and can have a really great looking finish to it.
My husband and I recently got back from a holiday to Florida and I thought I would share my experiences about the hotel we stayed at. The name of the hotel is the Fairfield Inn & Suites on Vineland Avenue.
Hotel Lobby & Reception Area
The hotel lobby is very light and has quite a comfortable feel to it there are a few tables and chairs along with a nice sofa style seating area. On checking in we were greeted by friendly and helpful man on reception who told us some places we could go nearby if we wished to eat. He explained what time our complimentary breakfast was which was very helpful we were also given a leaflet with the info on too.
We needed to get a safety deposit box so the next morning we asked about obtaining one, the boxes were free but they are kept behind reception. We had the choice of either a small or large security box, we opted for the larger one so I could keep my Kindle in it.
There was a tea and coffee making facility in the lobby which was complimentary this was very handy and I thought a nice touch.
We were given a room with a pool view however there was no balcony but then none of the rooms had balconies. This is only a minor thing as after all we didn't go all that way just to sit in the hotel room all day. When I first walked in I was shocked by the very large flat screen TV along with a fridge and a microwave. There were also coffee making facilities with plenty of coffee with a choice of Decaff or Original. If you required teabags they had them down at the coffee station in the lobby.
There were two queen size beds which were very comfortable with lovely plump pillows. The bed had a very thin duvet and sheet for covering and the bedding was very clean and the sheets were of good quality and weren't scratchy at all.
The bathroom had a great power shower which felt great after a long day in one of the many theme parks. It was a very clean bathroom with no marks or mould etc. We were given four towels between my husband and myself which was ample. This impressed me as the most you normally get is 3 max, there were also hand towels and flannels at the sink area. The amenities that we were given were Pantene shampoo and conditioner along with facial soap and hand soap.
I know when they say free breakfast it has already been calculated into the price you pay so I never expect miracles when you are told something is free. However I was very surprised with the quality of the breakfast on offer. There was plenty of choice such as bagels, bread, yogurts, corned beef hash, beef patty's, scrambled egg and fresh fruit etc. There was also tea, coffee and various fruit juices to choose from. The breakfast area did get quite busy but we could always find a free table to sit at and you never had to queue to get to the food. The other great thing about the breakfast was that there was a waffle station so you could make your own waffles with maple syrup. YUM!
The pool area was located through the main lobby and you needed a room key to access this area which I thought was a good idea to try and keep the pool area a little more secure. There were plenty of sun loungers available and there were also a few table and chairs some of which were in the shade. The hotel provided towels for use in the pool area and these towels were of fairly good quality, they were very comfortable to lie on and were not scratchy. There was a nice environment around the pool area as there were no litter or debris and the pool was very clean.
The pool itself had wide steps that led you into it and even though it was a little bit cold to begin with it soon warmed up and swimming was very comfortable.
Restaurants In The Area
There is quite a bit of choice in the surrounding area for restaurants many are within 10 minutes walking distance. If you like to walk then the Downtown Disney area is quite a bustling place to be at night but it is a 35-40 min walk from the hotel. The Crossroads Dining and Shopping Area is about a 15-20 min walk and you will find TGI Fridays and McDonalds etc along with a supermarket called Goodings. With this being nearby it is a perfect place to come at night as it is a nice place to walk to. There are also a few restaurants within 5 minutes of the hotel like Bahama Breeze and various steakhouses.
Below are a couple of theme parks we went to and I have wrote down roughly how long it takes to get there and the prices.
Universal Studios is about 20 minutes away by car and we used a Mears shuttle bus which was $38 return for two people.
Discovery Cove took about 10-15 minutes by taxi and cost $15.
Bush Gardens offer a free coach transfer but you do have to walk a good 30 minutes to the pick-up point outside Publix Supermarket.
The hotel offers a free shuttle to the Disney parks just inquire at Reception.
This hotel is in a fairly decent location for dining choices and also quite central to get to all the theme parks in the area. If you are not too bothered about the theme parks then the pool is a great place to spend your day. The reception staff are both helpful and friendly, the rooms are clean and fairly spacious with great amenities such as a fridge and microwave.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to people wishing to stay in the Orlando area.
I am always on the lookout for a new author or genre to read and thought I would have a look at Dan Brown. I have seen the film versions of Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code but have never got around to reading the books. However before I bought any of them I stumbled across Deception Point and thought it sounded like an interesting read. So I thought why not give it a try!
I downloaded this book to my Kindle and it is priced at £4.30 and the file size is 1349 KB.
Brief Plot Description:
Rachel Sexton works for the government and is called in to verify the authenticity of an object found in the Arctic. Once the verification has been done Rachel and a small group of scientists find themselves in extreme danger from people who will stop at nothing to hide the truth.
There are plenty of twists and turns within this book so this means the story moves at quite a decent pace. The story has plenty of action and the characters tend to be in peril quite a bit especially at the end of chapters. This is slightly annoying as one chapter will be following Rachel then end on a cliffhanger and then the story will follow someone else. So you are pretty much left hanging there this did create tension in the story and to be fair you were only left for one chapter before it returned to the main characters.
There are definitely no dull moments in this book which makes for an exciting read. The book does have quite a few political and scientific references but I still found it easy to read and understand. Even though the plot heads off in different directions I was still able to guess who might be behind the whole scheme. However there are a few red herrings thrown in to try and throw you off the trail.
Rachel is a likeable enough lead character and comes across as resilient and strong especially when you see her interact with her father. Michael is another interesting character with quite a good back story and along with Rachel has a need to discover the truth even if it means risking their lives.
The characters could have had a bit more depth to them but on the whole I think Dan Brown wrote them quite well. I found myself easily drawn into the story and the characters did seem to come to life, the story could easily be developed into a film.
This is the first Dan Brown novel that I have read and to be honest I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. It managed to keep my attention with plenty of action and suspense it was a gripping read from start to finish. I read this book in two days and I was impressed with how the story and characters developed.
Product Name: Maybelline Forever Strong Nail Varnish 10ml
Colour: Golden Brown 19
My Experience: I purchased this nail varnish from Boots for £4.09, you collect 16 advantage points with this item and there is currently a 3 for 2 offer on Maybelline products.
As I applied the first coat I noticed that it gave quite an even coverage and at a push would look ok left at one coat. However it does look much better after applying the second coat as it looks a bit smoother. This nail varnish has a curved brush which really helps with application. Especially for me as I tend to get the colour everywhere I haven't got very steady hands.
The varnish dries fairly quick too and I was able to apply the second coat fairly quickly. After wearing the varnish for a day I didn't really notice any wear and tear but then on the second day I did notice a slight chip on one of my nails. Fast forward to about 4 days and this is when I noticed quite a few more chips. Although with me choosing a fairly subtle colour you couldn't really see the chips unless you looked closely. I have to admit that I do alot of typing and washing up etc so I was quite impressed that there weren't alot more chips on my nails.
Overall: It was easy to apply and was fairly long lasting in my experience, the price isn't cheap but because of the good quality it is worth paying a bit extra for. It is very durable and I was impressed with how long it lasted without any major chips. On my nails the varnish didn't last 7 days but I find it impossible to find a varnish that does. The finished result is quite professional a look and it helps that this varnish has a strengthing aspect to it as it contains Iron and Calcium.
There is also quite a good selection of colours to choose from in the range, probably around 26 shades and I am tempted to get a more vibrant colour to use for a night out.
I would have to give this item 4 Dooyoo stars!
I have to admit I'm quite a fan of romantic comedies (don't hold that against me) and even though you can always tell what is going to happen at the end I still enjoy them.
I first came across this film when I was trying to decide what to watch at the cinema but my first thoughts were that it was an American version of Love Actually. I really like Love Actually and was afraid because of this I wouldn't like this film, so I gave it a miss and saw something else.
Then one day while looking for something to watch on Sky I noticed the film was starting so I thought why not give it a go this time.
~~ Starring ~~
~~ DVD and Film Info ~~
Available from Amazon for £4.79
The classification for this film is a 12
Release date was 15th June, 2009
The DVD is Region 2
Running Time of 125 minutes
~~ Idea behind the film ~~
I remember very clearly watching an episode of Sex and the City in which Miranda Hobbs used the line "he's just not that into you" that phrase was then turned into a book and then eventually this film.
~~ Brief Plot Description ~~
The film follows the lives of nine characters as they either struggle to find love or struggle to hold onto it.
~~ Characters ~~
The main character is Gigi played by Ginnifer Goodwin, Gigi is slightly obsessive in her quest for love and tends to come on too strong. On one such obsessive impulse she meets Alex played by Justin Long and they become friends as he tries to teach her how to stop being so needy with men and to secure dates. Gigi and Alex are my favourite in this film they interact brilliantly and I was always waiting for their next scene together. Justin Long was perfect as a commitment phobe who goes through women like water. Both Ginnifer Goodwin and Justin Long portray their characters really well and their chemistry is really good.
Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck play Beth and Neil, after being together 7 years Beth feels they should marry but Neil doesn't believe in marriage which causes tension in their relationship. I like the pairing of Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck they work really well together and I was impressed with Jennifer Aniston in this film role. Some of her other films have been mostly a miss rather than a hit but in a supporting role she shines through.
Jennifer Connelly and Bradley Cooper play Janine and Ben who are married and have been for quite a while and the spark has somewhat left the relationship. Then Ben meets Anna played by Scarlett Johannsson and is very tempted to stray. I found this storyline a little annoying, Ben was quite selfish but Janine was also not without her flaws. I really liked how Jennifer Connelly portrayed her character, one minute being angry to then calmly tidying up the mess she made.
Kevin Connolly and Drew Barrymore play Connor and Mary, Connor is smitten with Anna (Scarlett Johansson) but she just sees him as a friend. Mary is Anna's friend and is trying to meet men but finds that the only way to do so is to meet them through electronic means such as social network sites etc, which doesn't really work out for her. Mary is also helping Connor to advertise his real estate business in a series of newspapers. There isn't as much screen time for the characters of Mary and Connor but they are still watchable but they don't have a big part to play in the film unlike some of the other characters.
I really do enjoy this film and have now seen it many times even though it may not have the charm of Love Actually it is still a very enjoyable and easy to watch film. The characters are all interesting and on the whole they manage to share quite a bit of screen time between them. I do wish that maybe a little more screen time could have been given to Alex and Gigi as they were my favourite but then the other characters would then have been sacrificed.
The plot flows well and I like how the characters are intertwined such as Gigi, Janine and Beth working together and Ben and Neil being good friends. This film is funny at times especially with Gigi and her attempts to meet men and her attempt at leaving a voicemail for a man she likes. However it is also a little sad at times as some relationships just can't seem to work.
This film has become a favourite of mine I know that some people may not like this film as it is a little bit fluffy and sweet. However I think it's nice once in a while to sit back and watch a film that puts a smile on your face.
The soundtrack to the film is quite good with a few romantic songs thrown in, some of the songs featured are:
Don't You Want Me - The Human League
You Make It Real - James Morrison
Smile - Lily Allen
Friday I'm In Love - The Cure
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
With great characters that interact really well together this all goes into making a really good film.
First of all I have to admit I am not a massive fan of instant hot chocolate drinks as I prefer to make them with milk and not water. However I decided to give Maltesers Instant Hot Chocolate a chance. At my local ASDA they were on offer with 5 sachets for a £1 which I thought was quite a good deal.
There are 99 Calories per serving with 2.4g of Fat.
The weight of this instant drink is 25g.
The allergy advice given on the back is that the product contains Milk, Soya and Barley Gluten.
Packaging wise it is very eye catching with the usual bright red background and white lettering, it really managed to catch my eye on the supermarket aisle.
These are very, very simple to follow - just empty the contents of the sachet into a mug and mix with hot water.
However I like to mix mine up a little, I empty the sachet into a mug and then to improve the taste I add a little bit of milk I then mix the dried powder and milk into a kind of paste. I also add a teaspoon of sugar to make it a little sweeter. I then add the hot water and keep stirring until the mixture has fully dissolved.
To be honest even though I add milk and sugar it isn't actually needed as this drink tastes pretty good on its own without any additions. With me having a sweet tooth I just like to make it taste even nicer as it gives it a really creamy and sweet taste. The malt flavour comes through slightly but the dominant flavour is the chocolate. It tastes better than the Horlicks Hot Chocolate but it is so much tastier than any of the Options Instant drinks. It is definitely one of the better instant drinks on the market and has become a favourite of mine.
Another great thing about this drink is that the powder seems to dissolve extremely well. This could be due to the fact I mix it into a paste first but even when I make this drink as normal it still manages to dissolve really well. The calorie content isn't too bad either that is until you start adding milk and sugar!
I tend to keep a few in my drawer at work and if I get a bit peckish in the afternoon I will have one of these, they tend to put me on until I get home. The taste is lovely, creamy and is very easy to make with no dreaded lumps of dried chocolate powder at the bottom! I can't stand it when you finish drinking and there is a mound of undissolved powder.
Maltesers instant hot chocolate drink is great tasting with a good price especially if you can get them on offer like I did.
You Belong To Me
Mary Higgins Clark
Brief Plot Description:
Susan Chandler is a psychologist with her own radio show, one night she has a guest who has written a book on women that have disappeared. Susan remembers a particular woman who had disappeared three years earlier and decides to mention her disappearance on this show. Regina Clausen had gone on a cruise alone and one day suddenly vanished. Determined to find answers Susan starts digging but this opens a can of worms and the killer will stop at nothing to protect his identity.
The plot flowed well with not too many slow bits and it managed to have a few twists and turns along the way. I was very intrigued as to who the killer could be and throughout the book you were given a few hints and also a few red herrings to try and confuse you. I liked how the killer became more desperate to try and protect his identity but the more he tried to cover his tracks the more trouble he found himself in.
The characters are interesting with some good back stories, Susan is likeable but I did find her at times annoying. The main reason being was the way she acted with her family her sister had done something horrible to her and she accepted it. She even made excuses for her behaviour I thought who needs enemies when you have a sister like that.
There are two love interests for the character of Susan and they were both interesting characters both had good and bad points and I did wonder for a while who she would end up with. For probably the first time I didn't instantly guess who the killer was. I tend to guess who it is after the first couple of chapters but with this one it took a little longer. So this was definitely a good thing which is probably why I enjoyed it a little bit more than some of her other books.
Price & Book Information:
£6.29 for paperback at Amazon, this book has 384 pages.
I have to say this is one of MHC's better stories I found it to be a good read with quite an interesting plot. The reason behind the killings was a fairly good reveal and the suspense as to the killer's identity was maintained through to the last couple of chapters.
This book would be perfect for a lazy afternoon or by the pool on holiday, just sit back and relax!
Sudden Death by Michael Balkind (this review is for the Kindle version)
Brief Plot Description:
Reid Clark is about to take part in one of golf's most famous tournaments but he keeps receiving death threats. All of these threats say that if he wins the competition he will die. Not one to be easily scared he hires a group of bodyguards along with a Private Investigator to get to the bottom of who is behind the threats.
The plot is very simple, easy to follow and direct with no twists and turns. To be honest nothing really thrilling happens. I always try to find some good in everything and I suppose if you like golf you may find aspects of this book interesting. The reviews that I read before downloading stated that you didn't have to be a fan of golf to enjoy this book. I would have to disagree, I didn't mind the bits of golf jargon etc but some of it I didn't understand as I don't follow the game myself.
I did continue reading as I was curious as to who was sending the death threats and I always hate to leave a book half read. The plot only really started to pick up around the last quarter of the book and even the ending seemed rushed especially the big reveal as to who was behind the threats.
The main character Reid Clark isn't very likeable he is rude, arrogant and throws his money at everyone. Especially his family so he can make up for not being with them enough and for his behaviour. However as the story progresses Reid did grow on me slightly as he tried to improve himself and become a better person.
A love interest was introduced for Reid just after half way through the story, I felt this character was introduced too late to make any impact on the story. I didn't really find her likeable she happily took any money he wanted to spend on her. Reid instantly fell in love with her before he had even got to know her just because she was beautiful. It felt quite a rushed and forced relationship and I think the author could have made a better job of it.
There are quite a few characters in this book which help to improve the story as it means there are a higher number of suspects. Therefore there is a little bit of mystery over who is sending the death threats to Reid.
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Price: Free to download
For a free book this is an ok read but I have downloaded other free books and they had a lot more content and plot. The plot was simple and it could have been a lot better, there wasn't much suspense and I found the ending a little disappointing especially as I had the patience to continue reading it. Perhaps a person with a basic knowledge of golf may enjoy it more so they could at least get into the story when he is taking part in the tournament. I'm afraid to say it's not a hit for me!
My Experience: The bottle states that it is long wearing and chip resistant which is what I look for most as I don't want to be reapplying every day. This polish boasts that it gives a professional finish and lasts 10 days, so the question is did it?
The one thing that intrigued me about this polish was that it comes with new maxi brush that promises mistake free application. This brush is quite wide, thick and curved at the bottom so it does look a little different to the average nail polish brush. So I started to apply the colour and to be fair it does actually improve application. Which did surprise me as I thought the thicker and wider the brush the more messy the application would be. I often find it difficult to keep my hand steady and often end up with the odd bit of polish on my fingers. I found that with this brush I made fewer mistakes and it was much simpler to use.
I have to say that I did find this polish durable and maybe even one of the better ones on the market. However I still didn't find it perfect but I do quite a bit of typing along with the washing up so obviously those things won't help in sustaining perfect nails. After two days I did have the odd chip at the tip of the nail but normally after two days with other polishes I tend to have a lot more chips. I have tried this with only one coat and it still manages to perform very well. Obviously not as good as if you apply two coats but if you don't have the time to reapply it will do for a day or so.
You can purchase this nail polish from Boots for £4.59 which gives you 16 advantage points. However I managed to find this nail polish in my local Poundland so this was a great bargain. For £1 this polish is brilliant and I would be tempted to buy this at full price.
Overall: I wouldn't agree with the 10 days of wearing but it definitely lasted a few days. If you take better care of your nails the 10 days may be true but for me sadly this isn't the case. The colour is vibrant and looks very stylish and the polish does a have a professional look to it. There is also a good selection of different shades in the range which is also great.
I would have to give Rimmel Lycra Pro a thumbs up, it is a fairly long lasting polish and has a great brush for applying to the nails!
I am always on the lookout for a snack to have mid morning at work and when I was in Asda I noticed these yogurt slices.
The only flavour I could see was Apple & Raisin flavour so I popped a pack in my basket, you get 6 packs containing 2 slices in each. Each slice has a vine fruit and apple filling covered on one side with a yogurt flavour topping.
Contains Gluten, Milk, Wheat, Oats, Soya and Sulphur Dioxide.
May contain traces of Nuts, Peanuts & Sesame Seeds.
Per slice there are 153 Calories.
The slices are free from artificial colours and flavours and the Asda website states that this product is suitable for vegetarians.
I really like the yogurt topping on these slices it is very creamy and really adds to the apple and sultana filling. The overall taste is quite sweet but I wouldn't say they were too sickly though. The apple filling is tasty but not too overpowering but there is enough flavour within the slice.
They are a great snack and I tend to have a pack around 11am with a cup of tea, I find that I am then ok hunger wise until my lunch at 12.30ish. The wrapper is a little flimsy so once you open them you have to eat both slices.
I have had the Go Ahead equivalent of these slices and to be honest these slices by Asda are just as good and are half the price. They are only £1 as opposed to £2.19 for the Go Ahead bars it is just a shame that Asda only produce one flavour.
I would definitely recommend this product, they are perfect as a snack whether it is at a desk or out and about. For £1 I think these yogurt slices are good value for money and are great as a delicious snack.
I have read quite a few of Jane Green's novels so when I saw this book in a charity shop I thought why not give it a go.
Book Title and Author
Jemima J - Jane Green
Brief Plot Description
Jemima J works for the local paper The Kilburn Herald, she doesn't really have friends or a social life as she is overweight. She feels ignored, Jemima knows she needs to do something about her life but can't find the motivation to make any changes. The only light in her life is her colleague Ben who she has a major crush on but even he doesnt see the real her.
Will Jemima get her life on track and will Ben ever really notice the real Jemima and see past her weight?
The character of Jemima is an interesting one, she is very likeable especially as she goes through her transformation in the book. You feel sorry for her as she feels invisible due to her weight and it is interesting how people treat her.
Ben is a great character he makes a perfect lead opposite Jemima and his story throughout the book is a great addition to the plot. I thought it was interesting how he was treated in a certain way because of his looks just as Jemima is for hers.
Geraldine is also a good character as at the start of the book she is the exact opposite to Jemima but over time they become very close.
I have to admit that this isn't my favourite book by Jane Green but it is still a good read with a decent plot and interesting characters. The plot is at times a little far fetched and in the real world it may not be completely accurate but as a story it works ok. Jemima is a great character with some good attributes which make the story more compelling. In the end the book gives out a good message about being healthy and finding your ideal weight. It also highlights the fact that as a society we are more likely to give the slim attractive person a chance or opportunity rather than an overweight person. I would definitely recommend this book it is an entertaining read which is very easy to get through. If you like this story you will definitely like Jane Green's other books.