Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Review of Rainbow Beauty: Strawberry Summer

Title: Rainbow Beauty: Strawberry Summer
Author: Kelly McKain
Series: Rainbow Beauty (book 2)

Blurb:

Abbie's life is one big whirlwind as she juggles the booming business at Rainbow Beauty with her blossoming romance with heart-throb Marco. The second in a heart-warming series full of lush lotions, fabulous friendships and teenage crushes from best-selling author Kelly McKain.

My Review:

I recently read the first book (review here) and I really enjoyed it, so I went and purchased the 2nd book on Kindle. This book follows on from the last. It's now the summer and Abbie's brain is bursting with ideas for Rainbow Beauty. The business is booming and Abbie's all loved up with Marco, everything seems great. However, Abbie longs to see her dad again, whilst everyone else think that he should just be left. Throw in a bad review in the local paper and business starts to fold. Abbie and her sisters need to come up with an idea and fast before they have to close down...

I'm really enjoying this series and can't wait to read the last book. They're just really nice, easy reads. I love the sound of all the products, they just sound so appealing and relaxing.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book and series if you're looking for an easy read! :)

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

NEW BLOGGING SCHEDULE

Hi guys!

I have a new blogging schedule, instead of posting randomly, I'm going to try and post weekly, this might not always happen. I may not have read a book in a week, but I'm going to try and stick to this. I've been neglecting this blog for a while but I'm going to try and kick start it 2014!!


Friday, 17 January 2014

Review: Rainbow Beauty: Peppermint Kiss



Title: Rainbow Beauty: Peppermint Kiss
Author: Kelly McKain

Blurb:

When Abbie's parents split up, she and her mum move away and set up a homemade cosmetics business against all the odds. The first in a heart-warming series full of lush lotions, fabulous friendships and teenage crushes.


My Review:

Abbie's world is turned upside when her parents split up. They're forced to leave their big house, happy life and plenty of money for a crummy flat and barely any money for the rent. They become miserable. 

The main character Abbie is fun, pretty, creative and has a passion for making products. I really liked her as a character, she was very relatable. Her sisters were also very cool, they all had such differing personalities which made them all very real. I loved Ben, Marco and Summer. Ben's the loveable friend, Marco's the hunk who nearly every girl is after and Summer is the fun, kind friend.

The story is easy to follow, the relationship between Abbie, her sisters and her mother is lovely to read about - you can really tell that they will stick together through thick and thin. 

I really liked Kelly McKain's writing style and I really loved the book, (I'm already half way through the second). 

Overall, I'd definitely recommend you check out this book, it's a great, fun, easy read!


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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Author Interview: Kate Maryon

Hello everyone!

Today I have an incredibly exciting blog post to share with you all. Today I have an interview with author Kate Maryon!!!! I'm so excited, I've always loved Kate's books and I'm really happy that she agreed to answer some questions for my little blog! So without further ado here they are... enjoy!  

1. Have you always wanted to write? 

Yes, from when I was about 2 years old. I used to write pages and pages of squiggles at first. Then I went on to letter, then words, then sentences and on and on until I started writing books!


2. Were you encouraged to go down the writing route at school or was it something that happened later?

Yes, I was. English was my favourite lesson and I always did well in it. I hated Maths so I used to sit right at the back of the class and write poetry under the table.


3. Who/ what first inspired you?

I had a very, very troubled childhood and writing became my way of expressing all the difficult, painful feelings swirling around inside me.


4. How long did it take you to publish your first book?

It was all really quick. I decided to take writing seriously in 2009 and in 2010 Shine was published.


5. Are any of your characters based upon people you know or yourself? 

No, they're all fictional.


6. What do you do when you have writers block?

I just stop and go for a walk or out for a coffee or something. I never feel it's worth struggling through because anytime I have what comes out is pretty rubbish so I end up scrapping it anyway!


7. How does it feel to get a finished copy of your book in your hands?

OMG - it's the best feeling in the world. It's so amazing to know that you've written every word and been lucky enough to have had someone turn it into a book for all the world to see.


8. How do you get started with a story? 

A character jumps into my head and then I ask them lots of questions about themselves and the story starts from there. It's much less hard work if you let the characters tell their own story.


9. When you get an idea how many hours will you spend on it?

That's impossible to know. If I'm busy with an idea it will pop into my head a thousand times a day - it'll creep into my dreams, crawl right under my skin. But it's a wonderful feeling.


10. Any tips for an aspiring writer? 

Write from your heart - don't look outside and wonder what people will want, write what you know - write from your emotions and your book will shine.