Thursday, 8 November 2018

Book Review: Absolute Proof by Peter James

I must admit that this wouldn't usually be the type of book I would pick up and read, but I am glad that I gave this one a go as it was really good! 

Ross Hunter is in his mid-thirties, and is an investigative reporter.
His job has seen him expose some dangerous activities, including criminal operations, as well as reporting on the Taliban in Afghanistan. 
He is married to Imogen, who is pregnant with their first baby. Their relationship isn't a very trustworthy one after Ross caught Imogen cheating on him in the past. 
One day, Ross receives a call from an elderly gentleman named Dr Harry Cook, who was once an Art History professor, and ex-RAF.
He tells Ross that he has absolute proof of God's existence and insists that they meet so that he can show him a manuscript, of which there is only one copy of.
Th manuscript includes the information that supports Dr Cook's claims, in the form of three compass coordinates.
Although Ross is very skeptical, he agrees to meet with him, and is given the information. Ross hopes that this will be his hit story if it can indeed be proven that God does exist.
As Ross takes on the challenge of cracking the coordinates, he is put in some very dangerous predicaments, and Imogen tries to get him to abandon the case.
However, Ross persists, and when he discovers that Dr Cook is found murdered, he knows that there must be some element of truth to his claims.
With the help of Dr Cook's solicitor, Ross is taken on a journey of epic proportions, and whilst I don't want to elaborate too much on the details so as not to spoil it for others, I can say that this story is very well told, fast-paced, and I actually really enjoyed it. 
There were a few little things that could've been omitted (at over 550 pages, some of the details weren't all that necessary), and I felt that some of the religious references got a little tedious in parts, but having said that, it was a highly-engaging story and one I would recommend.

Absolute Proof is available now through Pan Macmillan Australia. For further information on this title, head here

Monday, 5 November 2018

Cluck - A Book Of Happiness For Chicken Lovers

When I was a young girl, we would visit my grandmother quite often, and I recall that she had lots of chooks in her backyard.
I used to be delighted when she would allow me to go into their coop and collect eggs. I was fascinated by the chickens, and marveled at their quirky and clever nature. And I have liked chooks ever since!

So when I was given the opportunity to read and review this book, I was definitely up for it!
Cluck is filled with beautiful photos of chickens, alongside a collection of quotes and proverbs. 

It celebrates hens, roosters and adorable chicks.

This book would make a lovely gift, especially as it is becoming more popular to keep backyard chickens, not only on rural properties but urban environments as well. 

Cluck is available this November through Exisle Publishing, and has an RRP of $29.99
For further information on this title, head here 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Beauty & Lace Book Club Read: Make Or Break by Catherine Bennetto

I've read Catherine's first book (titled How Not To Fall In Love, Actually) and after reading it, I knew that I would automatically look for and read any future works of hers as I really enjoyed it.
So when I was given the opportunity to read her newly released second novel, Make Or Break, thanks to the lovely people at Simon & Schuster as part of the Beauty & Lace Book Club, I was happy to be a part of it, and Make Or Break didn't disappoint!

The main character is 29 year-old Jess, who lives in London, works full-time, and has quite an anxious nature.
She is in a committed long-term relationship with her boyfriend Pete, (he is a PE teacher's assistant and loves partaking in various fitness-related adventures).
Jess is very close to her family - her loving parents, and her sister Annabelle, who is a single mum to two adorable children, Hunter, and Katie.

When Jess is invited to her best friend's last-minute wedding in South Africa, she is excited to go along with Pete, and even toys with the idea of proposing to him..
But unfortunately for Jess, the holiday doesn't go according to plan, and she is faced with quite a few dilemmas in her personal life.
There are a lot of things that happen and some really nice characters that enter the scene at this stage, and I am struggling to provide a review without elaborating too much as to what occurs...
I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that this is a really fun romantic comedy, but with some serious topics thrown in to the mix.
I adored Jess, she's totally relatable; I found myself nodding along in agreement on several occasions with the decisions she makes. She is very funny and sweet, and she cares a lot about her family.
The settings of Cape Town were described really well and allows the reader a real sense of the lifestyle and surroundings of South Africa. 
The title of the book has a second story behind it which I wasn't expecting, and I thought that it was quite clever.
I would gladly recommend this book. It is a really fun and easy read.

For my original review on this title, head here 

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Fizz Boom Bath! Book Review
Learn to make your own bath bombs, body scrubs, and more!

Are you one of those people that enjoy bath bombs? If so, then this book is ideal for you!
This step-by-step guide is simple to follow, and contains over 100 body-friendly recipes for you to create in the comfort of your own home.
You can try the basics to begin with, and then move on to the more challenging ones as you pick up the techniques.
There are also recipes for body scrubs, lip scrubs and face masks.
Perfect for your next night in filled with pampering!

Fizz Bath Boom! is available now through Allen & Unwin.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Children's Book Review:
Follow Me - Around The World

Roger Priddy's passion for teaching children in an entertaining and engaging manner has led him to produce some of the most successful non-fiction books for young readers.
Follow Me - Around The World is the latest title in the Priddy Books collection.
It takes children on a journey around the world - each page features a different destination; North America, South America, Africa and Australasia.
The reader is able to trace the grooved paths on each page as they follow Fox on his journey around the world, making this a fantastic interactive story. The thick pages in this board book are durable, and the illustrations are colourful and feature landmarks for your child to recognise along the way.

Follow Me - Around The World is available this now and has an RRP of $9.99

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Children's Board Book Review: Peppa Pig At The Zoo. A Lift-The-Flap Book

Peppa Pig is off on a trip to the zoo with Madame Gazelle and her friends.
Lift the flaps as they travel through the zoo, meeting lots of different animals before enjoying lunch together.
There are lots of flaps which your young reader will enjoy opening to see what hides behind!
And the thick pages are ideal for little hands to flip.

Peppa Pig At The Zoo is available now  and has an RRP of $14.99
For further information on this title, head here

Monday, 10 September 2018

Lego Disney Princess Build Your Own Adventure (DK Books) 

My two younger daughters are big fans of both Lego and Disney Princess, so there's no need to say that this will be much loved in our household!
The pack includes a Build Your Own Adventure book, and a separate box which includes a Disney Princess mini figure (we received Cinderella), an exclusive Lego carriage for your child to construct, and princess bookmarks and a poster.
The book features instructions to build the carriage, as well as many ideas to create more buildings and vehicles using your own Lego.
It is recommended for ages 6+, and has an RRP of $39.99
Available through DK Books this July.
For further information on this title, head here