Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover - Book Review


When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly




This isn't so much a review, as it is an explosion of feels. I read this book back in December 2014, and it's taken me a while to even approach talking about it properly simply because every time I have tried to write this post I have become a rambling mess, a girl incapable of containing herself at the mention of the name Miles Archer. 

Now, before I explain why I fell head over heels with Ugly Love, let me just start of by mentioning a few things. Number one, I am not a huge reader of New Adult. Number two, I did not, and I mean really did not like one of the most popular NA books, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I also have no desire to read Fifty Shades of Grey. I love me a fictional bad boy, I do - they make me go gooey inside and if I've said it once I've said it a hundred times - redemption is sexy. But there's a line, and so many New Adult books cross that line for me, and in my opinion (and yes, it may be different to yours, and that's okay!) they dress up emotional abuse with a happily ever after, and I cannot stand it. 

Why is this relevant to my review? Well, not only do I want people to know that I adored Ugly Love, I also want them to know that I am probably not the books target audience. This book often features on goodreads lists that contain the other books mentioned, and for me, this is head and shoulders above the rest. So yeh, I think it's relevent. But now, the actual review.

I loved everything about this book, it was exciting, intense, and at times, ugly. It isn't a glossy, sugar coated romance - and it doesn't try to be either. At times the book became quite dark, it pulled me under and I really felt for both of these characters. I liked Tate, I liked her a lot, mostly because she wasn't naive about what she was getting in to, she's very aware what Miles is offering her isn't enough, yet she feels too much to walk away. Miles is so broken, he's a shattered man who thinks he is incapable of love. This book keeps you guessing as to why he is the way that he is, and having some of the chapters from his point of view, but six years in the past made it all the more devastating, because you wanted to know what changed him. What broke him. 




This book also has a lot of sexy time, it's absolutely not a Young Adult book. If you're looking for a YA Colleen Hoover, I recommend Hopeless. Ugly Love is exactly what it says on the tin, it isn't pretty. But it's a book I can't stop thinking about, and is hands down my favourite Colleen Hoover book. (I've read many more since reading this one!)

I read this entire book in one sitting, it was addictive, intense, painful, and heartbreaking. But it still had a satisfying end, and I love it so much. 

5/5 Stars all the way for me. 
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You can see me gush about Ugly Love in my video review on Youtube:




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Monday, 9 February 2015

A Robot in the Garden By Deborah Install - Book Review



What would you do if you found a robot at the end of your garden? Thirty something stay at home husband Ben Chambers finds Tang the odd bod robot in his garden, and takes on the task of fixing him up and finding where he came from. 

Ben is in a bit of a rut, jobless, childless, and living in the house of his deceased parents with his marriage on the rocks. Soon Ben and Tang only have each other, and Ben takes it upon himself to find out the robots story, even if it means getting on a plane, with an over excited, childlike robot. 

Now, let me start off by saying this book is not my usual read. It's so far from my usual read that I honestly don't think I would have picked it up under any other circumstances. Penguin Random House very kindly sent this book to me for review, and seeing as I am trying to open up my reading to other genres, I said yes. (Plus, you know, PRH! Squee!)

While I didn't connect much to Ben Chambers, I found myself absolutely charmed by Tang the robot, if it's sociable acceptable (forget it, I don't care how acceptable it is) to find a robot adorable, I did. He was delightful, with the innocence and mind of a child, he helped show Ben what kind of man he could truly be, and I loved that.

The story is sweet, charming, funny, and I found myself really enjoying it. And if it ever get's made into a film, I'll say I said it first! A Robot in the Garden would make a fantastic film, think, modern day Pinocchio meets About a Boy = priceless.

I've also filmed a video review of this book, which you can check out on my channel The Book Life.



A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install is out in April 2015!



Sunday, 8 February 2015

Social Media Links


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When you're on social media, you naturally assume that your followers know how to connect with you, how to find you on the various platforms that exist across the internet. Not true. In fact, we have so many different types of social media that it can be almost impossible to keep up. People often ask me which forms of social media are the most important, and I always answer with 'the ones you want to use', and it's true.

I've always been into social media, but since starting The Book Life it's been my little space of the internet where I can obsess over books - and I love it. But admittedly, it is hard to keep up. So, here's a breakdown of all the ways you can find, follow, and keep up with The Book Life.


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And the occasional bookish selfie.
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Twitter. 
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