Book Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

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Hey Everyone,

Today I have a review for you for The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel.


Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

What I Thought About The Book.

I had seen The Roanoke Girls dotted about on Instagram posts but I didn’t really know much about it. I discovered it on offer on Kindle for 99p so I quickly jumped on it.

I decided to read a quick chapter one day when my toddler was sleeping, without any intention of actually reading it fully yet. Needless to safe that didn’t go to plan.

Before I knew It I was 5 chapters in. I couldn’t put it down. The seamless flow of chapters blended the story perfectly. I enjoyed reading about Lane, this is a girl who has many issues and flaws and doesn’t apologise for it. As the book continues we have the occasional chapter from another of the Roanoke Girl’s perspective.

The story is dark and compelling, although it becomes evident early on what is occurring you find yourself drawn in, still needing to know…what happened to Allegra?

Each of the characters we are introduced to have a unique and appealing personality, whether it is to hate them or to love them.

I would 100% recommend this to any reader. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Dark, Compelling and Utterly Unique.

If you think this book could be for you then you can get a copy here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

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Book Tour: Kiss Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt {Extract}

Hey Everyone,

Today I have an extract for you from Kiss Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt.

This is a book in a continuing series but can be read as a stand alone.


Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

After her husband unexpectedly dies, Ava moves to Willoughby Close, trying to keep her chin up and herself to herself as she’s always done—not answering questions, not making friends, and not seeing much of a future. Her marriage was far from perfect, but it offered her a much-needed security that has now been ripped away. She’s not sure what to do now that she’s thirty-five, widowed, penniless… and unexpectedly pregnant with her late husband’s child.

Jace Tucker is the over-the-top sexy caretaker of Willoughby Manor, and he can see beneath Ava’s glamor girl act to the hurt she’s been hiding for so long. She has secrets for a reason—and so does he. The last thing she needs right now is a fling with a man who hides a past as regrettable as her own.

But with a baby to think about, and neighbors determined to be her friends, Ava finds herself starting to change and even more alarmingly, beginning to hope. Can Willoughby Close work its everyday magic on a woman like her? And when the past comes calling for both her and Jace, will they have to answer for their previous mistakes?


Are you all right?” he asked in a low voice.

    His kindness made her want to cry. Again. Ava managed somehow to shake and nod her head at the same time. She let out another ragged-edged laugh. “I… I don’t know.”

    “Let’s get you inside.” Still holding her arm, Jace guided her into number three. Ava let him, so glad someone was taking over, caring enough to see she was okay, that she couldn’t even pretend to be strong.

    Jace guided her over to the velveteen settee and she sank onto it, her legs feeling so weak she wasn’t sure she would have been able to stand another second.

    “Tea,” Jace said decisively. “Strong, sweet tea.”

    “Is that what you prescribe for a situation like this?”

    “Shock,” Jace answered as he filled up the kettle at the sink, looking at ease, and just as masculine, at the kitchen as he did everywhere else. “Isn’t this what everyone prescribes for it?”

    “Maybe.” Ava leaned her head back against the settee and closed her eyes. She heard the kettle click off and then what felt like only seconds later she heard him cross the room.

    Ava opened her eyes to find Jace crouched in front of her, his face, and his body for that matter, disconcertingly close. He pressed the mug of tea into her hands and Ava took it with a murmured thanks.

    She couldn’t make herself look away from his face, the stubble on his jaw, the look of sympathy in his usually amused eyes.

    “Ava?” he prompted, his voice still sounding like chocolate over gravel and so, so gentle, and Ava, abandoning all common sense, blurted,

    “I think I might be pregnant.”

To read more from Kiss Me at Willoughby Close then you can get a copy here.

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x 

Book Review: Flashfall by Jenny Moyer


Recently I won a Giveaway hosted by the lovely Book_Roast on Instagram. As well as the candle Calm Yo Tits from her Burning Fiction store, I also won this copy of Flashfall by Jenny Moyer.

What’s Flashfall About?

This story is about a girl called Orion. Flashfall is a dystopian novel. Orion is a caver, who is sent to mine Cirium. Cirium is the only material to protect people against the Flash curtain which causes radiation. However, things are not as they seem and Orion learns more about life on the other side of the Flash curtain and takes actions to secure her freedom.

What did I think of Flashfall?

I think the answer to that question is..AMAZING! Honestly, I absolutely loved it. I had seen this book about a lot before I got a copy, and I didn’t really know much about it. I challenged myself to not read the blurb so I actually thought it was a sci-fi book.

I really loved the character of Orion. I loved her spark, how she didn’t give up despite everything they threw at her and everything they tried to take away. It wasn’t one of those generic ‘Yay they did’ it journey’s. Every time one thing good thing happened, three bad things happened. As the end of the book approached I didn’t think there was going to be a good end at all.

There is an under current of a romance with Dram, a lifelong friend and Orion’s counterpart in the caves. Dram tries to play the hero to Orion but more often than not they save each other.

The writing flows so well and eases, chapter to chapter before you know it you’ve read about 5 chapters and didn’t even notice.

It’s safe to say I will be getting the sequel to Flashfall. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Flashfall is fresh, different and not your typical heroine’s journey.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

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Planner Girls Collective: Scrapbooking Tips

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Hey everyone,

Today’s PGC post is Scrapbooking Tips.

There is only one tip for me to really share as I don’t really scrapbook, more so I journal.

My tip would be ‘to see everything through scrapbookers eyes’ by this I mean to see everything as potential decoration. This could be leaflets that you can use, magazines you can cut up, leaves, newspapers, tickets, tags, pretty much anything that can be stuck down.

I have used a plethora of items in my journaling, leaves from my local Priory, twigs, cut out letters from newspaper articles etc.

They really do enhance the joy I get from journaling. They make it such fun to figure out uses for them.

If you have any scrapbook tips I would love to hear them, feel free to pop them in the comments below.

To see the tips the other ladies have, please visit their blogs below.

Kerry-May Makes

Ugly Bug Plans

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Tour: The Many Colours of Us by Rachel Burton {Extract}


Hey everyone,

Today I have an extract for you for the novel The Many Colours of Us by Rachel Burton.


What if your life was built on lies?

Julia Simmonds had never been bothered about not knowing who her father was. Having temperamental supermodel, Philadelphia Simmonds, as a mother was more than enough. Until she discovers she’s the secret love-child of the late, great artist Bruce Baldwin,  and her life changes forever.

Uncovering the secrets of a man she never knew, Julia discovers that Bruce had written her one letter, every year until her eighteenth birthday, urging his daughter to learn from his mistakes. As Julia begins to dig deeper into the mysterious past of her parents, opening up a history she’d never have imagined, but as she discovers the truth she needs to decide if she is willing to forgive and forget?


He’s waiting for me when I get to the Tate Modern, I’m the one who’s late for once. I was so wrapped up in more clothes designs that I missed the tube stop and I’ve had to run across from St Paul’s. It’s still extremely hot and I’m aware that I’m very sweaty.

“What are we doing here?” I ask, as I catch my breath.

“There’s something I want to show you,” he says. “Come on.”

He leads me into the building and we turn immediately right, leaving the giant spider sculpture behind us. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never been further than that before. A love of modern art clearly didn’t come down through the gene pool.

We walk through room after room of paintings, sculptures and installations some of which, quite frankly, are bizarre. The huge collection of dismembered dolls is particularly creepy. I stop to look at it, but Edwin insists we keep moving. He’s walking very fast with his back to me.

At the end of the corridor, we come into a room that is slightly more dimly lit than the others. Edwin stops suddenly in the doorway. I peer around him to look inside. The paintings in here are softer than some of the others we’ve passed, most of them painted in a palette of reds and browns and greens; what my mother would call “cool Autumn”.

“These are the paintings that made up your father’s final exhibition,” Edwin says. “The Tate dedicated this room to him when he died. Some of the work was bought at the exhibition, but those paintings that aren’t privately owned are here.”

This must be the exhibition Graeme was talking about. The one called Lost Daughters. Slowly I start to walk around the room. The paintings are huge, some of them floor to ceiling, most of them much bigger than any of the ones I’ve seen at the studio, much bigger than the ones we’re hoping to display when we open the Art Salon. They are very abstract, acrylic on canvas, which Frank has told me was my father’s favourite medium, and I’m not sure I understand them at all. But as I walk around and read the labels underneath each piece of art I start to get a sense of who my father was. It’s nothing solid, just a feeling, like a wisp of smoke just at the edge of my vision, but it’s a start. I try to remember what Graeme said about this exhibition; paintings of children on their own, ignored children, lonely children. Graeme had described it as haunting, but to me it has a more familiar feeling than that. As though I’ve been here before, even though I know I haven’t.

When I’ve done a full circuit, I go and sit with Edwin on a bench in the middle of the room. For a moment, we sit in silence.

Author Biography

Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk, prodigiously early. In 2013 she finally started making one up that was worth writing down.

She has a BA in Classics and an MA in English and has never really known what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a legal secretary, a yoga teacher and a paralegal. She never quite made it to law school.

She grew up in Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

You can purchase The Many Colours of Us here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

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Book Review: Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M Sullivan


Hey everyone,

Today I have a review for you for the book Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M Sullivan. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this which is released today 16th May.

What Is Alice About?

Alice is a horror retelling of the famous Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. We follow the story of Alice who is trying to find an antidote for the deadly Momorath virus her sister, Dinah, has contracted. Set in a time where the Momorath (Un-dead) roam the lands making Alice’s journey perilous. Alice encounters many people on her journey some which hinder and some which help.

What Did I Think of Alice?

I have read a few different retellings of Alice and each has been written really well. However, I have to say this version is excellent. It is so different from any other retelling that I have read. It is ingenious, intriguing, thought provoking and entertaining.

Alice is a likeable character, she is a simple girl who loves to read and keep herself at peace. As Alice finds herself thrust into the Wanderland she finds parts of herself that she didn’t know existed. Her focus…to save her sister, the only person in the world she has.

On her journey she meets the charismatic Chess and techno geek Bug. Chess helps guide her through the city but never seems to be around when Alice needs him.

Chess is quite a cool guy, despite his disappearing act he is easy to like. He is cheeky and seems to try and make the best of a situation.

As the story continues we also meet Nate, Ace, The Red Queen and the Jokers.

At times the story is quite brutal but it is so well done, the scenes easily unfold in your head.

The Red Queen is as dislikable as you would imagine. It appears she not only is protecting her people but up to something else, something that will benefit her.

I really liked the way that the original elements of Alice were put into this novel. Matt Hatter for example as the mad hatter, a crazy Doctor, the roses for Aunt Rose, especially the ‘Off With Their Head’s’ scenes. Everything was very well thought out.

Sullivan’s writing style flows easily, making this book not only enjoyable but immersable. I would definitely be in the queue waiting for the sequel.

I would give this book a 5 out of 5 rating. What is better than a twisted retelling with blood, gore and a whole bunch of crazy?

You can purchase your copy here on Amazon UK

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Review: Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole

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Hey Everyone. Today I have a review for you for a book I was given in exchange for my honest and unbiased review from Online Bookclub. I had been looking forward to reading this since I received it but due to illness I didn’t get to start it as soon as I had wanted. However, now I have read it and I am ready to tell you all about it.

What is Raven’s Peak about?

Raven’s Peak is a paranormal thriller/mystery. It centers around a young woman named Abigail and a young main named Haatim. The two are thrown together in unlikely circumstances. Abigail is a demon hunter and Haatim is the son of a religious man and has lost his faith. They take a journey together to get answers which they both seek for events in their lives they haven’t yet recovered from. This leads them to the old secluded town of Raven’s Peak where not everything is as it seems.
What Did I think Of Raven’s Peak?

The book opened with a prologue set prior to when the main story starts. With a character called Authur who is highly reglious and a member of The Council. Authur clearly has a mysterious past which we don’t get into but his dealings with a demon open up the book for the story about to unfold.
All in all I did like Raven’s peak. I liked both the main characters but there was something special about Haatim’s edge of naivity that made him especially likable. Both of them were strong in different ways which made them both interesting to read.
The book was action packed from quite early on which made for interesting reading. It didn’t take me long to read the book once I got into it. The story itself was interesting and there were some unique aspects about it.
However, overall I did feel it was somewhat predictable. Predictable in the way that the majority of books involving demons often are. Standard possession of a human. The demon which took over this particular human (a child) was different from the ones I have read previously, this more than made up for the more predictable elements of the story.
The story is the first in the series and the sequel is available now and I will buy and read it. The writing style flowed well and made me, the reader able to understand parts that may have been confusing.
I did especially like the way that the environment felt real, felt normal just as we would expect to see it. This really helped imagine the scenes play out in my head.
The whole idea of The Council vs The Ninth Circle is quite intriguing. I definitely want to read more about them and their history. I have found an ebook available as a novella for The Ninth Circle which I’m hoping to delve into as well
I would rate this book a 4/5 and for those who enjoy paranormal thrillers it is defintely worth a read.
You can find a copy of Raven’s Peak and all subsequent books here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 


Stationery Store Spotlight: Planner Montannah 

Hey Everyone,

Today I have the lovely Suzanne telling us all about her Etsy Store, Planner Montannah.

1) Tell us a little about you, who is the person behind the shop?

I’m Suzi, I’m 35 and have a degree in photographic art and a foundation degree in art, media and design. I’ve always loved arts and crafts, making things and designing my own items! My Etsy store was born from this need to create and be crafty as my job (I’m a payments officer) doesn’t let me tap into this so this is the perfect outlet.

2) What does your store sell?

My store sells planner charms though I am thinking of branching out into bag charms and key rings along with a few stationery items in the near future!

3) Is there an item which you have made that you have loved above all others? not only because it was so fun to make and came together how I imagined but because I feel like it was the piece that taught me so much!

4) What is your most popular seller?

I don’t really have a popular seller but the pieces that seem to get a load of likes are these robots

Robot Charm B


Robot Charm A


5) What inspired your shop name?

I love plays on words and names that sound similar to other things, I had also been described as a bit of a Planner Montannah before now and so the name kind of stuck!

6) What planner do you use?

I have recently been using a Filofax Malden in Kingfisher Blue, personal sized but have discovered Bullet Journaling and currently am using a leuchturm 1917 dot grid book (in azure blue) A5 format! I love that it can be more expressive and accommodating than traditional planner calendars.

7) What is your planning style?

Messy and creative! I love colour and being able to put my own mark onto a page!

😎 What are your social media channels? (Please Link)


And blog over at (though I’ve recently had a break for personal reasons) but will be back soon!

I also have a Facebook page “Planner Montannah” 😀

9)What is your planner ‘unicorn’?

My planner unicorn was my Malden which was a birthday present but I have a terrible habit of flicking between planners and planning styles! At the moment I’m lusting over dot grid hard backed notebooks (no particular brand!) I love a good notebook!

10) What is the link to your shop?


Thanks for Reading.

The Stationery Geeekette x


Book Tour: Trust Me {Excerpt}

Hey Everyone,

Last week I posted a review for Trust Me which you can see here.

Today I have an excerpt of the book. Enjoy!


Lana’s Story, 24 December 2014

I paced up and down the living room, intermittently stopping to plump up a cushion and wipe away specks of dust with the sleeve of my jumper. I checked my watch and silently prayed he would hurry up. It was Christmas Eve and I wasn’t sure how long the shops would stay open for. I mentally wrote a shopping list as I looked out of the window for the umpteenth time that hour. There was no way I could replace all of Amber’s presents but perhaps I could at least buy another bike and the Lelli Kelly trainers. Hopefully the pound shop up the road would still be open and I could load up on cheap plastic crap to stuff in her stocking. The cheap doll’s leg would no doubt fall off before we had even carved the turkey but at least she would have things to open. Feeling the tears prick at the backs of my eyes, I swiftly forced them back.

Why did Benji have to do this to us? He’d seemed genuinely fond of Amber. We hadn’t seen him much in recent years but Amber had clicked with him instantly and I was happy she had a man in her life, someone who could throw her high up in the air and blow farting noises on her belly, making her squeal like a lunatic. Just how long had he known what he was going to do? Was he planning the whole thing when he had struggled home on the bus with me a few weeks previously, carrying her bike under his arm and sweating with every step? Did he know that he would ruin his niece’s Christmas when he had watched The Grinch with her just a few days previous and made her laugh with his Jim Carrey impressions? Or had he simply got too desperate, as addicts often do, and felt there was no other option?

It was then that I noticed the silver-framed photograph on the mantelpiece, a picture of Benji, Amber and me at a local ice rink a few weeks prior. Striding over to it, I grabbed it and flung it with force against the wall. It crashed to the floor but didn’t appear to break. Instead, it lay face down on the carpet, as if it was ashamed at the false scene it depicted.

I jumped backwards as a fist connected with the window pane.

‘Lana!’ shouted a man on the other side of the glass, while knocking on the window again. ‘It’s me, Pat.’

With a hand over my heart, I let out a relieved half-laugh. ‘Hang on, Pat, I’ll just let you in.’

Pulling open the door a moment later, I noticed how small he was, no more than around 5’ 2”. He beamed up at me, his face holding a broad smile, packed with pearly-white teeth. He was classically handsome. Studying him closer, I realised he was much older than he looked at first glance, late thirties, early forties, perhaps. His olive skin and dark hair contrasted perfectly with his sharp, green eyes, which were looking at me expectantly.

‘What’s a man gotta do to get invited in around here?’ he quipped, raising his eyebrows.

‘Sorry,’ I stuttered, stepping back and gesturing for him to enter. The heat flushed to my neck and I knew without looking I had turned beetroot.

‘Ah, I’m just kidding, so I am,’ he joked, as he stepped inside and patted away imaginary dust from his long, cashmere coat. I noticed the Irish twang in his voice for the first time, not broad like his mother’s but clearly noticeable.

‘Here.’ He thrust an expensive-looking doll towards me. Beady black eyes stared up from a white, porcelain face. It was kind of creepy but a lovely gesture. ‘From my mammy for the babby,’ he continued. Taking it, I smiled at him for the first time and felt my body start to thaw.

‘Tell her thank you ever so much. Amber will love it.’

Pat followed me into the living room, where I offered him a cup of tea.

‘I won’t bother if you don’t mind, dear. Got quite a lot on with it being Christmas and all.’

‘Of course, sorry,’ I flapped. ‘I guess you have your own family to get back to and here’s me keeping you.’ I tried to laugh but it came out as a squeak. What on earth was happening to me?

His eyes fell briefly downwards. ‘No family – well, unless you count my dear mammy that is.’ He looked back up at me and smiled lazily. I suddenly felt sorry for him. ‘But you know what, Lana?’ he added, having gained his composure, ‘you’re not the only one who is struggling around this time. I blame Dodgy Dave. Margaret Thatcher in trousers that one.’

‘Hmm,’ I offered, having no idea what he was really going on about. ‘I guess you’re right.’

‘So you see,’ he continued, much more jovially, ‘it falls to people like me to help out at a time like this. Like a real-life elf, so to speak.’ He laughed while pointing a finger towards his own face. ‘Now how much do you want to lend?’

Feeling suddenly thrown off by the question, I scratched around inside my brain for an answer. The silence fell upon the room like a giant boulder and I mentally urged Pat to give me a bailout by offering a suggestion. I hated talking money with people at the best of times.

‘How much do you need, Lana?’ he asked again, his tone slightly tighter than a moment previous.

‘Maybe one hundred?’ I asked, my voice meek. I twiddled the sleeve of my jumper with my thumb and index finger as I waited for a response.

‘ One hundred,’ he gasped, his words breaking up into a laugh. ‘Sweet Jesus, Lana, it was hardly worth the visit.’

‘Oh,’ I replied, flustered. ‘I don’t know what the going rate is; never done this before.’

He looked at me for what seemed like an eternity, a look of what appeared to be sympathy, or pity, etched on his face. Walking over to me, he placed his hand on my arm, which sent my heart racing again.

‘I’ll tell you what,’ he whispered into my ear. ‘I like you, Lana, you’re a sweet girl. Take two hundred.’

I tried to object, opened my mouth to speak, but he placed his finger on my lip, rendering me silent in a matter of seconds.

‘No extra interest because it’s Christmas,’ he added. ‘We got ourselves a deal?’

Nodding my head in a trance-like state, I looked down into his eyes.

‘Yes, Pat, we got a deal.’

‘Excellent,’ he beamed, patting me lightly on the cheek. ‘Merry Christmas, sweetheart.’
If you would like to read Trust Me then you can purchase a copy here.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

Your World of Colour New Releases


Yesterday I was asked by the lovely Carlyann if I would like to be part of the Your World of Colour PR Team, of course, I said yes.

Today is a big new release day for the store so I thought I would do a post to show you some of the new sticker sets and link you the shop along with my discount code for you all.

If you are like me, constantly trying to eat better and lose weight these No Junk Food stickers are perfect.


Just look at at this beautiful monthly overview kit, perfect for Spring.


If you would like to check out the selection at Your World of Colour then you can do so on the Etsy store here.

You can use Stationerygeek15 to get yourself 15% off your order.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x