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

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Hey everyone,

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

Blurb…

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?

Extract…

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 Tour: Find me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

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Hey Everyone,

Today I have a review for you. Find me at Willoughby Close is the 3rd book by Kate Hewitt.

Blurb..

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

Harriet Lang had a perfect life, so she’s left reeling when everything is taken from her in one fell swoop. Suddenly, Harriet learns her beautiful farmhouse in the Cotswolds is double-mortgaged, her husband Richard’s been unceremoniously fired—and he’s become a little too close to his young, sexy assistant.

Harriet moves into Willoughby Close with her three children, trying to hold her head up high. With the help of her neighbour and newfound friend Ellie Matthews, Harriet starts to rebuild her life–but dipping a toe in the dating pool feels strange and meanwhile, her children are struggling in different ways. She wonders if starting over is really possible…

Then Willoughby Close begins to weave its healing magic on both her and her children, and Harriet begins to see a way forward. She even starts to date sexy local vet Tom Roberts–but when Richard reappears in her life, wanting to make amends, Harriet must make the painful decision about how much of the past can be forgiven—and what kind of future she is fighting for.

Review…

I read the book previous to this and really enjoyed it. It was a no brainer for me to pick this one up as well.

The story is well written and again a lovely read. I sympathise with Harriot and it is really nice to see how her story unfolds and the choices she makes. It has a good vibe about it, and the story is relatable to the sorts of problems that we may face on a daily basis.

It was also nice to see a glimpse at Ellie and Abby’s lives after the previous book.

Would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a bit of a down on her luck type story with romance.

Rating: 5/5

You can find a copy of this book on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

To read more about Kate you can visit her here.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette.

Book Review: Sweetpea by C.J Skuse {Spoilers}

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Hey Everyone,

Today I have a book review for you. I was sent a copy of Sweetpea via Netgalley in exchange for my review. My opinion of this book is in no way biased by this fact.

Blurb….

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcoholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always manhandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

Review…

Right from the start of Sweetpea, you get an insight into the mind of Rhinannon. The book is set out in dates like a diary format. In the first entry, we see Rhinannon cut off a man’s penis and leave him to drown. Now Rhinannon doesn’t really kill for the sake of it, because of the urge to, she kills as an act of vengeance or justice. Not for her but for victims of paedophiles, child abusers, rapists, murders and anyone else that has done something which she feels they have not served the appropriate time for. Rhinannon also kills for self-preservation. The killing urges are always linked to her partner Craig’s infidelity.

As we continue through the book we see the highs and lows of Rhinannon and her temperament, which does hit a point where it does look like her mind is unravelling and she loses grip of her mental stability and we see her kill an innocent taxi driver.

However, after this she manages to grasp herself again and ends up falling pregnant and starts to see things differently, losing the urge to want to kill.

However, it all goes a bit wrong when AJ the man who is the baby’s father demands to be part of it. AJ is a young man of 19 who Rhinannon has been having an affair with behind her partner Craigs back, this started because she admitted that she had killed someone and wanted to keep him quiet.

Rhinannon kills AJ as she feels backed into a corner. Things have been going well for her and Craig, he has stopped his affair and is giving her and her bump all the attention she has been craving. AJ threatens to ruin all that.

Things then take a bad turn as Craig is arrested abroad during a football match for bad behaviour and ends up been a suspect for all Rhinnnon’s murders as she was setting him up prior to them getting back on track.

Rhinannon goes away for a hen party and gets a call from Craig saying he has been arrested and that the police may go to their home, this panics Rhinannon as she hasn’t moved AJ’s body. She immediately goes home to try and dispose of him. During which she actually admits she loved AJ and it’s pretty obvious she realises she has made a mistake and Craig isn’t who she wants.

The book ends as there is a knock on the door before Rhinannon has the chance to move AJ.

I found the book really enjoyable. You couldn’t tell from one entry to the other how things were going to go, how Rhinannon’s mental state would be and how far she would go. AJ was such a shame as he really did love her and she could have had the life she wanted with him.

I will be picking up the sequel to this if there is one as I really want to find out what happens to Rhinannon now she is pregnant.

Rating: 4/5

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

 

 

 

 

TSG Book Club Review: Wintersong by S Jae-Jones (Spoilers)

Today I bring you a review for the monthly TSG bookclub book, Wintersong by S Jae-Jones. 

Blerb…

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Review…

Well let me just start with. I love this book! 

I was so unsure of using this book for the bookclub as the synopsis read a little like the story of Labyrinth and I know that for many it is a love hate situation with it. I however, love Labyrinth and I have never read a book about Goblins so I just had to take the risk and I’m so glad I did.

The story focuses on Liesl (Elisabeth) and her sister Käthe. It took me a good chapter or two to get use to the setting in another country and the whole musical atmosphere but I soon found my step with it.

I really liked Liesl as a character, she didn’t come across as anything other than what she was. 

I really felt for the Goblin King, it was clear he was only doing what was necessary for everyone’s survival including the world above.

The ending was so sad, I really hoped they would find a way to stay together as it was clear they loved each other. I thought that she would die down there if I’m honest so I wasn’t expecting her to end up free.

I also think the first bride that has managed to leave was Liesl’s grandmother Constanze.

I felt such affinity to this book I truly loved it and was so sad when it was over. I enjoyed it so much more than I had expected and I will definitely read this again and again for the sheer magic of it.

If you have read Wintersong I would love to know your thoughts on it, did you enjoy it as much as I did? 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

My Top 10 Books of 2016

As 2016 draws to an end I like to reflect upon the books which I have read and the ones which have captivated me the most.
I will start at 10 and work down to 1.

10) Intercrossed by Milly Li

This was a book I was asked to read for a review and I enjoyed it immensely,  really looking forward to the sequel.

9) Alice by Christina Henry

Dark and twisted, this was by far the most disturbed book I had read but I was gripped all the way through. 

8) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

This is my favourite Gillian Flynn book so far, so much better than Gone Girl. 

7) This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab 

I really liked the concept of this book. August won me over, I felt for him so much. It was a great read.

6) Fate of Perfection by K.F Breene

This one will be reviewed on here next week sometime. Admittedly it took me a couple of chapters to get it but once I did I was hooked. The storyline was fantastic. 

5) Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

I really enjoyed this, the characters were likeable and the writing was really good, I could visually imagine each scene as it unfolded.

4) A Shade of Vampire (Book 1)

I picked this up on a whim stuck in hospital and with nothing to read. I devoured it within a couple of hours, I really really enjoyed it.

3) The Shanari Series (SandsStormsSkies) by Kevin Nielsen 

I was given the 3rd book in the series to review so I purchased the previous 2 to read beforehand. I got through all of them within 4 days. Absolutely fantastic! I am desperate for the next book.

2) Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

I really really liked this book, it’s one.I could read over and over. I loved the main characters. Can’t wait to get on with more in the series.This will be reviewed in the next week.

1) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

Ahhhhh Kaz Bekker….need I say more. I love love loved this book. I am so desperate to read the next one which I received for Christmas. 

So there we go. I would really like to see your best reads of 2016, are there any you would recommend for 2017? 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

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TSG Bookclub Box: What’s It About?

Hey:)
The aim of this post is to inform you what the TSG Bookclub Box is and why it is!

The Why!

I’ve always loved reading,  ever since I was a child I adored the fact I could tuck myself away into another world.

I also love bookish goodies and surprises. I know there are other book boxes out there but I wanted to do something that would appeal more to a lower budget and that was a little more unique. Now don’t get me wrong I love the other boxes and have subscribed them previously but when money got tight I wished there was something out there that was more within my budget. This is when TSG Bookclub was born.

So what is it? 

TSG is a monthly book box. There are different boxes you can order that range from £10 to £22. I will list the types of box available;

Standard Box – £15 – contains a paperback version and a minimum of 3 items.

Kindle version – £15, this comes exactly the same as the standard box but with a kindle voucher instead for those who prefer an E-Reader. In the event that the book is cheaper than the paperback the value of the box will be made up with extra items.

Deluxe Version – £22, this comes the same as the standard box however there will be EITHER a hardback version of the book OR extra goodies (minimum of 5).

One the 2nd of each month I will issue invoices to those have signed up. This will require payment before the 13th of the month. You can cancel your subscription anytime between the 14th and 1st of each month and I will not issue an invoice. You can request to restart your subscription at any time and will be added to the next available box subscription.

If you would like to purchase a subscription or one-off box you can do so by contacting me via my Facebook group or replying to the corresponding album.

For more information you can contact me via;

TSG on Facebook

TSG on Twitter 

TSG on Instagram 

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Publication Date: August 2013

Pages: 368

Rating: 5/5

The Blerb:

The story of Jacob, a moody teenager who discovers, over the course of a series of increasingly dangerous adventures, that his grandfather’s stories of monsters and children with strange powers are actually true. As it flips back and forth between past and present, and as Jacob learns old truths about his grandfather and new truths about himself, the narrative pays thematic attention to the question of what constitutes individual identity, and also explores the differences between appearance and reality.

Review: 

I had heard mixed things about this story so didn’t know what to expect when I bought it. Straight away I was in love with the concept of the book, the added visuals in the photo inclusions. It really added to the depth of the story for me.

Emma was my favourite character by far, there was something about her I could relate to. The heart ache she felt made her normal and more human. Jacob plays the moody teen well and it’s certainly interesting how the story develops. 

I am looking forward to reading Hallow City, the follow on from this novel. I want to know what happens. This book was over before it felt like I’d even started as it flowed so naturally. 

I am intrigued by what the film version will hold and whether it will compare to the greatness of the book.

Definitely one I’d recommend if you like something a little bit out there 🙂

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

TSO: Bookclub Box Launch

Hello and Welcome!

I have some really exciting news to share with you all today.

Monday 1st August sees the launch of my new business. 

A Bookclub monthly box will be available to pre-order.

There will be 10 boxes to start with and available only within the UK to start with.

Each box will come with a book and a minimum of 3 accessories that follow the same theme.

The boxes will be available on Etsy and are priced at £15 each excluding postage. There is also an add-on option for customers to purchase signed for delivery. 

Boxes will be shipped between the 27th of the current month and the 1St of the following month, this is to give flexibility with any weekend shipping dates.

I have set up an Instagram account: tsg_bookclub_box and a Facebook group where I will post sneak peeks, shop info and have a monthly book discussion on the featured box book.

I have two wonderful reps to work with who will post updates and reviews on the boxes.

Kelly Vizma, owner of A Beautiful Plan

Here are Kelly’s social media details.

Blog: A Beautiful Plan

IG:  Kelly Vizma Instagram

YouTube : Kelly Vizma YouTube 

Chloe Murray

YouTube Chloe Murray YouTube 

IG: Chloe Murray Instagram

Blog: Chloe’s Thoughts

I am really excited to start this venture! 

Stay tuned for more information. 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x