Thursday, 31 March 2016

Wedding Crashers

Here I was, standing in the church I had always wished I would. The intricate details in the stone and glass that surrounded us was truly magnificent. The white dress wasn't much, itwas in fact a strapless dress, it fitted nicely to my body which I was thankful for it doing. At the hips it split into two fabrics, the same as the rest of the dress and then chiffon over the top. It reached my feet which stood bare because the thought of standing in heels was hell yet alone walking down the Isle.

Thankfully I met my husband go be on the other end in front of both of our families. Little was I to know that someone objected to our big day. A very old clingy ex. He burst through the doors sending a small gust of wind throughout. 

"I object" he screams at the top of his voice as he runs up the Isle,  the witnesses letting out sounds of shock and disappointment.

"It should be me." He pleads as he stands on my left as my to be husband holds my hand.

"I don't wish to marry him, please continue." I say trying to forget the intrusion of my big day. Yet it became incredibly hard as he begun tugging at my arm, trying to pull it free of the hand of the man I wanted to marry. 

"This should be me" he cried again, he was clearly beginning to choke back tears when I finally looked to him.

"You were a one week relationship when I was 16, nothing more than a rebound." I mutter, he looks hurt by the comment but it was the truth. 

He pleads again that it should be him but this time my partner turns to him clearly no longer willing to let me be pestered by this man 

"But it's not." He growls and with a smooth movement lands a heavy punch into my ex's nose. He stood shocked for a moment before clenching to his nose where blood begun to drip.

"Get him out of here." He says turning back to me, handing a red and slightly swollen hand back to me. Thankfully two of my lovely cousins took him under the arms and dragged him up the Isle and out of the church.

The ceremony continued just after they took their seats once more. Happily married we walk out of the church for photos, standing in the blood trail he had left on his way out. 

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Definertley Dead - Charlaine Harris

Dead As A Doornail - Charlaine Harris

Dead To The World - Charlaine Harris

Both Of Me - Jonathan Friesen

Risen - M.T.Miller

The Dean Machine - Dylan Lee Peters

Will Grayson Will Grayson - John Green

The Humans - Matt Haig

Itch - Simon Mayo

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Everyday - David Levitan

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. 

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Eyes Like Lighthouses When The Boats Come Home - Dane Cobain


Eyes Like Lighthouses is Dane Cobain’s first book of poetry, distilled from the sweat of a thousand memorised performances in this reality and others. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

“I’ve never seen anyone do a stream of consciousness piece as talented as that. Very impressed.” – Mark Allard-Will, author of Saskatch-A-Man and co-founder of Cuckoo’s Nest Press

“Dane’s poetry is a multi-layered spiral of the macabre, quirky humour and disjointed imagery. Not only does he make you think, he captures the small forgotten moments of everyday life.” – Nikki Dudley, co-editor of Streetcake Magazine

“…[Dane] combines concrete detail with socioeconomic concerns.” – Lorna Wood, associate editor of Gemini Magazine


So here I am again with a poetry read, it was a great break from my usual young adult and fantasy reads. Dane contacted me with options of works to read. I chose all of them after finding out I was able to.

Eyes Like Lighthouses When The Boats Come Home was a refreshing read, truthful, uncensored raw poetry. Each piece an insight into a topic of the world.

The poems were pure and powerful, I fell in love with several pieces, I could relate to them easily and that was one thing I loved so much when I was reading these pieces.

One piece named; Like A Landlocked Light-house had been one I had loved a lot, so much I went back to re read it a few more times before writing this review.

I can say that some people will not like the truth written within the read, or the language which is used but I found that both of them really made the collection of poems all that more of a need to read.

I can say it's a clear 5/5 frim me, and a definite read for anyone who wants to see everything in a truthful brutal poetic light.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Fist Bump Feeling

The undeniable feeling in your stomach, the butterflies, the fear.
You bounce your feet, your whole body shaking
The clock ticks down, the end coming quick
Stomach turning, churning.
Chills running up and down your body
79:59, 80:00, your heart lightens, the urge to cry washing over you, you won, they won.
You dance a little, pride coursing through your veins, you feel the way they do, patriotic, overwhelmed and utterly speechless.
You watch them celebrate, hugs, pats on backs, piggy back rides.
Its just that fist bump feeling.

This post is all about the winning and winners of 2016 RBS Six Nations, the emotions I felt and others felt as the clock ticked over to 80 minutes and we knew we had won the Grand Slam not only this years Six Nations.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - : Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven't Talked About Enough/In A While

If I Stay - Gayle Forman

Hell's Horizon - D.B.Shan

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

An Abundance Of Katherines - John Green

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

The One Thing - Marci Lyn Curtis

Geek Girl All That Glitters - Holly Smale

The Dean Machine - Dylan Lee Peters

Memphis Hoodoo Murders - Kathryn Rogers

Everything Everything - Nicola Yoon

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Reasons To Stay Alive - Matt Haig


What does it mean to feel truly alive?

This is the true story of how Matt Haig came through crisis, triumphed over mental illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. Moving, funny and joyous, Reasons To Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.


Well what can I say? It took me a little while to finish this book, I had barely any time to read physical books from my shelves as I found myself taking on more and more Review requests but when I bought this book it took me a week to find the courage to open up the covers. I was not scared to read it as such, I guess I was just scared that I could understand everything Matt Haig spoke about.

To myself I have a right to feel scared about understanding every word Matt had written, because to me in my own mind, no one had ever suffered those things I had, but reading Reasons To Stay Alive, I became aware that I was never alone in the things I had suffered, and than my feelings and situations that I had experienced were in no way unique to me, they had been felt and experienced somewhere else too.

Like the synopsis says, the book is moving, funny and joyous, I could not agree more. The book covers so many areas throughout the struggle Matt faced with hid Depression and Anxiety, to read chapters like Things Depression Says To You left me feeling somewhat light in the chest, to know that someone truly understood, and not only that but to know that readers out there who may not be suffering from either Depression or Anxiety can now have an insight and help by offering out a hand to those who need it.

There are pages and phrases which really struck a chord with me which will cause me to re visit the book whenever the time is right to, reading this book felt like a warm hug offered from an understanding being, a warm hand to hold extended from the support of others.

There is a lot that could be said about this book, I could write a 6 pages 10 sized font essay about the book, its contents and Matt and I will resist that urge as much as I can. To Matt, a man to whom I extend a warm understanding hand to, an offer of support and encouragement through the days. To Andrea who with the power of love, support and friendship, guided, supported and encouraged Matt to the stage he is at.

A no doubt rating 5/5 a work of pure honesty and emotion. A recommendation to anyone, and I mean anyone, its a needed read to increase the understanding and break down the stigma of Anxiety and Depression alongside other mental illnesses that exist. I hope those who have read, are in the process of reading or will read this book will understand and enjoy this book as much as I did having passed the fear of  understanding everything it speaks of.

Thursday, 17 March 2016


His curled nails scrape against the slabs as he charges backwards and forwards in the pursuit of a single and unclaimed Christmas sock. Backwards and forwards he goes, each time taking the sock back to a single person who in amusement, throws it into the distance before watching him closely as he darts off after it.

"Get in, the heating is on and the windows and the door is open." A voice echoes from the close by building.Climbing to her feet as the sock ends up in her possession once again. Soggy from its few minutes use she doesn't hold it too hard in the prison of a hand.

Inviting warmth hugs her, the small being taking off out of view into other company. The door closed and the windows too, the room begun to warm quickly, the cool outside was gladly welcomed in times like this.

She tosses the sock aside in front of the washer and takes a drink before straightening up her dressing gown which seemed to hold her together. It was a comfort for her,  the purple fabric was still soft but after its years on her, was worn but functioning as a comfort.

Walking through the rooms, pressing a single kiss to her earlier companions nose before leaving his company like he had hers. Climbing a hill to another comfort, a place where the minutes of sock throwing could replay in her mind, calming her, comforting her, the emotions soothing the aches both on the surface and deep within her.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Eyes Like Lighthouses When The Boats Come Home - Dane Cobain

Gravedigger - Michael Israel Jarvis

Mistwalker - Saundra Mitchell

No Rest For The Wicked - Dane Cobain

Tales Of Blood And Sulphur - J.G.Clay

The Art Of Being Normal - Lisa Williamson

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

Vampire Diaries 1and 2 - L.J.Smith (this totally counts as two books)

Reasons To Stay Alive - Matt Haig

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke And The Bookish

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris


Since Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has so few living relatives, she hates to lose one - even her cousin Hadley, undead consort of the vampire Queen of Louisiana. Hadley's left everything she has to Sookie, but claiming that inheritance has a high risk factor. Some people don't want her looking too deeply into Hadley's past, or Hadley's possessions. And they're prepared to do anything in their power to stop her. Whoever it is, they're definitely dangerous - and Sookie's life is definitely on the line...


Local Bon Temps barmaid and telepath Sookie Stackhouse is shocked when weretiger Quinn comes to see her in Bon Temps.the vampire queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne Leclerq, has requested Sookie’s services, the same services that Eric had requested before for a summit. It also happens that Quinn would like to start seeing Sookie romantically, and she agrees. She also needs to go to New Orleans to clear out her dead (vampire) cousin Hadley’s apartment, who was amongst the top on the Queens favouritesml.

The family of Debbie Pelt, the shifter that Sookie killed in self defence in the new year, is still looking for her, and are hooked on seeing Sookie to hear what she knows. Sookie however just wants to move on.

Sookie also has problems when she goes out with Quinn, leaving a furious Eric Northman behind. While on her date with Quinn, they are attacked by a pair of freshly bitten weres, both high on drugs. Neither has any idea why.

Leaving for New Orleans when the queen’s emissary, Mr Catialades, collects her, they learn that his niece Gladiola,a half demon, was killed to prevent her from delivering the message to Sookie about the queen sending to have her collected.

Bill accompanies Sookie and upon arriving in New Orleans Sookie finds that a talented young witch named Amelia Broadway has cast a stasis spell on the apartment to keep it from smelling bad. Things go terribly wrong when Sookie opens the apartment, considering the next night an unknown vampire rises, who was trapped by the spell, attacking both Amelia and Sookie.

Hadley had changed the man, who becomes known as a were named Jake Purifoy. Eric then visits Sookie in the hospital, and has an argument with Bill, who has also turned up. Eric then forces Bill to reveal his true agenda with Sookie which leaves her heartbroken.

After the narrow escape there, Sookie learns from Amelia that she can get some witches together to magically recreate the evening of Jake’s turning. Naturally, Sophie-Anne is interested, and attends the ritual.

Sophie-Anne also confides in Sookie that Hadley had stolen a bracelet from Sophie that was given to her by her new husband, the king of Arkansas, Peter Threadgill, and that she has to produce it on the wedding night, and that Sookie must help her find it.

Sookie obliges of course as it's in her nature to help,because there will be major issues if Sophie-Anne cannot show it. Quinn assists Sookie with the sorting and packing of the apartment, and there they are savagely attacked and kidnap them both.

The first thing i should say is that there is a short story called One Word Answer that can be read before this, apparently if you dont this book makes no sense but I didn't read it and I managed to understand every part of this book so reading One Word Answer is a choice not mandatory.

Although reading these books and reading a lot about Eric has been kind of amazing, to have him not so massively involved in this book was a kind of nice break? It gave room to learn more about Quinn who has my interest at every moment I see his name. He seems to be such a mystery, which makes me even more interested in his character.

I must say that these books are pretty addictive which you guys probably already guess from my reviews.

There was a lot of things that happened in the book and it was nice to have several things to concentrate on and remember. It was action packed and there was never a dull moment for me.

Overall the book gets a 5/5 and I bet that isn't too much of a shock to you. The series has gotten my attention and I hope someone out there is itching the read this series. Part of me didn't enjoy this book as much as I have the rest of the series but it seems that I still adored it that much I gave it a top rating.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Paparazzi For Good

A sausage maker is getting paparazzi to re focus their cameras onto the real stars of the world, those who do good for others.

Amateur photographers can also have a shot at getting paid the big bucks for these kind of snapshots, earning $500 for capturing the best weekly picture of someone committing an act of kindness.

Jimmy Dean launched this refocus, now named "Paparazzi For Good" to use professional celebrity photographers at their going rate to capture these moments of everyday people helping out others.

Paparazzi For Good, part of Jimmy Dean’s “Shine it Forward” campaign, which was extended to the general public last Friday and the company says it will choose the best photo of the week and pay $500 for the submission.

Paparazzi For Good

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Characters I Love But Others Seem To Dislike

Unfortunately due to my lack of book reading friends and such I actually can't make this list. The few friends I have who are into books, tend to have the same opinion on characters as I do.

It does make me a little sad that I haven't been able to do its list even though I tried so many times. I hope you all forgive me.

However Top Ten Tuesday is bought to our by

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Dead As A DoorNail - Charlaine Harris


Small-town cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has had more than her share of experience with the supernatural—but now it’s really hitting close to home. When Sookie sees her brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time—a transformation he embraces more readily than most shape shifters she knows. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population, and Jason’s new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks—unless the killer decides to find her first…


So this is yet another gripping instalment of  the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, the telepathic cocktail waitress from Bon Temps.

When you look back at all of the regular characters that we've seen so far in the series, they're all here in this single book. With a few more editions to those characters is Charles the vampire doorman and Quinn the mystery shifter who the werewolves have hired as their host to their leadership contest.

Sookie seems to have a large romantic following from the shifter and vampire community,  The vampire romance coming from the obvious Eric and Bill, the shifter romance from Alcide the were, Calvin, Sam and now in this book even Quinn seems to shows interest. I find Alcide and Sam the more matching of the Shifter community in the book, Clavin seems to be too much of a far fetched love interest, in my eyes he doesn't suit Sookie well in any way, but hey what do I know?

The book has Three plot lines, yes you heard, THREE. But don't worry they all wrap up nicely and work along with each other throughout the book, There is the usual concoction of mystery and the supernatural which Charlaine Harris makes work well.  Harris has her own unique way of blending extraordinary supernatural rituals with the ordinary mundane routines of every day small town life and making it work so well.  

I do have to admit this book was slightly more gripping than the last, maybe it was down to the mix of plot lines I'll never know but with me saying that I'm still completely in love with this series, Charlaine has done a great job in getting me hooked. I give this book a rating of 5/5 and I'm definitely going on to read the rest of this series.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Ball Boys With A Difference

Shelter dogs from Sao Paolo's slums were centre court for an exhibition tennis match at the brazil Open. Four Pups, Frida, Mel, Isabelle and Costela  were trained to be ball Boys , they managed to prove themselves at retrieving stray shots but not so good at returning the tennis balls.

There were plenty of delays as Players, Coaches and god trainers on the side lines tried to coax the Dogs to five up the bright coloured balls. The match was made to raise awareness of rescue dogs nationwide who need people to adopt them. Competitors Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena and Portugal’s Gastao Elias, played along but the dogs were definitely the big winners of the game.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For Feeling Good

Matilda - Roald Dahl

Dumplin' - Julie Murphy

Why Not Me - Mindy Kaling

Where'd You Go Bernadette - Maria Semple

Among The Ten Thousand Things - Julia Pierpont

Little Failure Gary Shteyngart A Memoir

Self Inflicted Wounds - Aisha Tyler

Everything Everything - Nicola Yoon

Still Life With Woodpecker - Tom Robbins

How Stella Got Her Groove Back - Terry McMillan

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke And The Bookish