Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Baby Be Mine // Book review.


Today I thought I'd throw a book review at you as it occurred to me that I haven't been doing as many as I would have liked, so what better way to do this than review the most recent book I've read.

Baby Be Mine by Paige Toon.

Due to summer now having kicked it I wanted to read a more light hearted book with a bit of romance and this book was just that. Recommended by my mum who has read it multiple times I was looking forward to diving into it and I certainly did! Just by looking at the cover I knew the book would be quite cheerful and fun to read as you can see it is a mixture pinks and blues.

'He's not mine, is he?' That's the question I fear the most. You see, I have a secret. My son is not fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the most famous people that ever lived. And he doesn't even know it. 

One-time celebrity personal assistant to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg Stiles is now settled and living in the south of France with her doting boyfriend Christian and son Phoenix. But they're living a lie - a lie that will turn their lives upside down and inside out. Because Meg's son doesn't look like Christian, he looks like his rock star father and, sooner or later, the world is going to realize ..
Baby Be Mine is the second in the 'Johnny Be Good' series and no I did not read the first book but luckily there wasn't a need to as the books do not link, however I will be reading the previous book soon.

On to the review; this book was definitely a quick and easy read  and is perfect for reading in your garden as the sun sets. The main character Meg is easy to connect to straight away and Paige Toon truly represents Meg's frustration and confusion in a perfect way. Toon also helps you engage with each character showing both strong and vulnerable sides.

When I first saw the book had 49 chapters I slightly dreaded it but the chapters are all very short and snappy and the constant flow of drama, romance and mystery keeps you turning the pages for hours, which I did as I finished this book after around two days. 

After reading a few chapters I started to guess the ending and found the book somewhat cliche but I was happy to find that the ending took a different turn and was so sweet it brought tears to my eyes at 2am. There is a wonderful mixture of romance, real-life scenarios and pain which makes this book to fabulous to read, and makes me want to read more from Paige Toon; which I will!

You can find Paige Toon's Goodreads page here!
You can also find my Goodreads page here and stay upto date with what I'm reading or what I desire to read next!

Hope you enjoyed this review!
Until next time,
Shannon xx

Friday, 25 July 2014

Happiness // Creating Your Own.


Goodness I really shouldn't promise any blogs because it seems I ever keep them! But after months;yes months of consideration and thorough planning I have finally decided upon making this specific blog post!

As previously mentioned I have finished high school now which has led to me having absolutely no sleeping pattern which I think shows due to the fact that as I am writing this it is 12:14am and I am eating chocolate...however this is meant to be the best summer of my life but this will only be if I make it the best summer! 
This means actually bothering to make plans and do things that might be a bit new to me. A few months ago I got sent this photo by someone very close to me and I've looked at it A LOT because I think it can be great motivation to do something new and t make the best out of every situation! (God how cheesy does that sound?!)

What have I actually done that has been different for me?

Well, I am currently in the midst of ticking things of my "summer to-do list" so I thought I would tell you about the things I have done so far this summer!

My summer started off with a BANG as I went to Thorpe Park for the first time! If you didn't already know Thorpe Park is basically just a massive theme park with amazing roller coasters and the odd water ride here and there. This wasn't a particularly big deal for me as I think I'm okay with big rides but there were a few I thought about chickening out on (SAW being one of them) but I pushed myself and by the end of it, you can't believe how worried you were. Although I did believe I was going to actually die at one point when I rode Stealth. How is it legal for a roller coaster to go from 0-80mph in 2 seconds?! Someone please tell me, I was actually petrified but in the end, I pushed myself and I can be proud of that.

I've also been to various places in London including Stratford and Camden. Camden was actually the one of the best places I've been to but I will elaborate on that on another blog post;) Venturing out to new places can be a scary experience but I think the key thing is to make sure your with people you're comfortable with which will make the experience even better.

The biggest part so far was performing in a dance show in an actual theater. Previously the thought of performing absolutely terrified me so much but the build up of endless rehearsals and extra lessons made it seem somewhat less daunting. This didn't however stop me from being extremely scared on the first night and shaking tremendously! Its now been nearly two weeks since my weekend dance show and I wouldn't have missed it for the world! The buzz of performing was just spectacular and I would definitely do it again next year, I of course couldn't have done it without the support and push of my fellow dancers but they know that.

Finally! The biggest part of my summer was getting a job! In a previous blog post (here) I said that I was hoping to get one and I did...after applying for hundreds! I am now a sales assistant in a well known drugstore in the UK and although it's still new I am extremely happy doing it...even though it is slightly nerve wrecking but it will be a confidence boost, especially after not being accepted by many many many jobs!

The main thing is that after a whole lot of drive and determination can go a long way and can change your life for the better, even if it is more comfortable staying in your shell, you're not really going to get anywhere by doing that. Small steps at a time and before you know it, you might be in stage in front of 600 people...who knows?!

I hope you enjoyed this blog, I spent some time planning it. Don't forget to share and comment if you like these sort of blogs as I personally like doing them:) FEEDBACK IS FAB!

Until next time!!
Shannon xx