Kim is a legal secretary with a love for chick lit and a wildly successful book review blog called Pastel Is The New Black. Luckily her boss is understanding of her passion and allows her to blog as long as her "real" work is done. Kim does her day job well but without any real passion, and that doesn't go unnoticed by her office crush, Nicholas, who encourages her to get out of her comfort zone and follow her dreams.
When Kim finds out that Hannah, the woman who made her life hellish in high school, has written a chick lit book and wants Kim to review it on her blog, Kim is torn. She doesn't want to give the girl who tortured her for so many years a positive review, but the book actually sounds good and Kim is, after all, a chick lit blogger.
As Nicholas and Kim become closer outside of the office, and when Nicholas makes some painfully honest but surprisingly accurate observations about Kim's life, she begins to question if she is taking the path that she was meant to in her life and she questions whether or not it's time for her to make some changes.
Blogger Girl is an irreverently hilarious story and a must read for any chick lit blogger or fan! Not only was it fun trying to guess which chick lit authors Meredith Schorr was covertly referring to, but I could see so much of my personal blogging journey reflected in the pages. I think that many people don't realize what a labour of love blogging is. There are very few of us who are doing it for monetary gain, and quite often we simply do it for the love of the books and the love of the chick lit genre. I know that I started my blog many years ago because I was the only person in my personal life who loved the same kind of books that I do, and I wanted to discuss my favourites with someone! I'm so glad that I started The Book Chick Blog and I have made many great virtual blogging friends along the way!
The romance between our main character Kim and leading man Nicholas was sweet and, although predictable, a lot of fun to watch unfold. I also enjoyed getting to know Kim's best friend, Bridget, who is incredibly loyal to Kim and Kim's "friend with benefits" Jonathan. Surprising to me was the unexpected twist involving Kim's former torturer, Hannah! That may have been one of my favourite parts of the book!
This short and funny novel is a must-read for anyone who believes that chick lit is, most definitely, not dead! I laughed out loud, I cringed at times, and I thoroughly enjoyed this quirky story. My thanks to the author for providing me with a copy for review!
Annabel isn't quite sure why she even decided to go to her high school reunion in the first place. Formerly a fat, spotty teen, no one will likely recognize or care about reuniting with the girl that they tortured back in high school.
When Jack, the guy that she had a crush on throughout high school, says hello, Annabel is floored. However she realizes why he bothered to say hello when she realizes that he has mistaken her for Christy Blake, his ex-girlfriend and her chief tormentor throughout high school. Caught up in the moment initially, Annabel finds herself falling for Jack over the next few weeks but is faced with the problem that he still thinks that she's Christy. Will she be able to tell him the truth without losing him for good?
I am definitely a fan of Michele Gorman's books. I have yet to read one that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed! This short story was the perfect bite of romantic fiction. I read it in one sitting, thoroughly enjoyed it, and was left wishing that her next book (The Curvy Girls Club, out in March 2014) was out already!
I especially appreciated that Gorman touched on the idea of teenage bullying and how it can continue to affect people long after the bullying has stopped. Having been bullied myself as a child I could really relate to Annabel's feelings on the subject.
Any fan of women's fiction should be buying a copy of Weightless! This short and sweet story is the perfect remedy for the winter blues!
The mystery product line that I reviewed earlier this month has been revealed! I was trying (and loving!) the Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser line of hair care products!
I really had no concrete guesses as to which product line the shampoo, conditioner and split end serum would be from. My only guess was that it would be something high end. I have been using this product for about two weeks now and I can't believe how much softer and shinier my hair is already! I have only experienced similar results in the past when using the pricier shampoo products found in drug stores. My hair is often thrown up into a ponytail when I go to work or the gym or flat ironed on the weekend, so "damaged" is a word that I would definitely use to describe my hair up until this point. Since I have started using Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser products I have been thrilled with the improvements that I've noticed. My hair is shiner, smoother, softer, and it definitely looks healthier! I'm glad that such a simple tweak to my daily routine can make such a difference to my hair!
Thanks to Influenster and Garnier Canada I have now had the opportunity to try the Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser shampoo, conditioner, split ends bandage serum and strength reconstructing butter. I love the smell of the products which is definitely a pro, and I love the results so far! Since the unique formula promises to reconstruct hair strength 90% from root to tip, as well as prevent future damage, I am looking forward to stronger hair as I continue to use it! Another pro of the product is the price. Garnier is known for being reasonably priced, so now great hair is affordable for everyone!
I tried hard to think of a con of the product, but I came up with nothing. It smells good, is easy to use, and it actually does what it says, so I can confidently recommend it to anyone looking to erase everyday damage from their hair and prevent damage in the future!
After dating (and being dumped by) a string of unsuitable men, Ashley has had enough. As her friends get married and have babies, and she remains no closer to those goals herself, Ashley despairs that she will ever find "the one". When her best friend and Yoga instructor, Ray, convinces her to come along to a New Age workshop about making good things in your life happen, Ashley is reluctant but has nothing to lose, so she goes along. She spends the weekend visualizing what it would be like to have a man in her life who not only loves her, but cherishes her.
The next thing that she knows, Ashley's has left her comfort zone and is planning a wedding to take place in only six weeks time. The catch? Ashley hasn't met the groom yet. As her friends attempt to be supportive about a whirlwind wedding when they haven't even met the groom yet, Ashley finds that her lies about the man that she is supposedly going to marry have gotten out of control. In fact the whole wedding planning process has gotten out of control. As Ashley tries to figure out how she will get out of the mess that she's gotten herself into, Ray convinces her that if she thinks positively, her groom will come in time. But will he?
I definitely enjoyed the plot of Where's the Groom?. Sure, the premise is a little silly, planning a wedding when there's no groom in sight, but sometimes it's fun to suspend your disbelief for a little while and just enjoy a story. I like the fact that the laws of attraction were brought into play in this story. I've always believed that being positive will bring positive things into your life, and in this case I liked that Ashley tried to believe that a suitable groom would come to her if only she focused on bringing him into her life. She wasn't without her share of reluctance, but at least she gave it an attempt!
I did have a few small problems with Where's the Groom?. I really didn't like Ashley's set of friends. Other than one of them they seemed self-centered and pushy, always out to figure out how something could benefit them. They didn't seem like people that I would want to be friends with. I also thought that the dialogue felt forced at times. The voices of the supporting characters often didn't seem authentic. Finally, I didn't like the ending. I thought that there could have been more explanation, or a different choice for an ending altogether. It seemed abrupt to me.
All things considered, Where's the Groom? is an interesting debut from a promising new author. I would just like to see her future books developed a little further, or perhaps professionally edited. My thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy!
I always look forward to Jill Mansell's latest release. I know that I can count on her for a fun, romantic, enjoyable read and I have yet to be disappointed! The Unpredictable Consequences of Love is the latest in Mansell's line of bestsellers and I devoured it quickly.
Sophie Wells is living in St Carys and is making a living as a photographer. Her business means the world to her and she isn't interested in having a man in her life. She also has secrets from her past that make her unwilling to get involved with anyone but she isn't ready to share those with anyone. Josh, newly returned home from America to run the family hotel, can't understand why Sophie keeps turning him down when clearly there are sparks between them, but he is determined to find out why one way or another.
Tula, Sophie's best friend, can't believe that she's been fired just for calling in sick one time, but she has. Luckily Sophie's couch is always available to crash on and Tula lucks into an even better job in St Carys. Lazy and carefree surfer Riley can't get Tula off of his mind, but unfortunately his feelings are unrequited.
As the drama unfolds and secrets are revealed in idyllic St Carys, a few people are going to get far more than they bargained for.
The Unpredictable Consequences of Love was just as much fun to read as I was anticipating. Mansell's characters came to life on the page and the reserved and serious Sophie was just as interesting to get to know as the carefree and vivacious Tula! As is typical in Mansell's books, the stories of the supporting characters were just as interesting as those of the main characters.
I appreciated that there was a serious aspect to this book as well. While the story was fun for the most part there was one part that was more serious. It added depth to the story but it didn't weigh it down if what you were looking for was more of a light book.
As long as Jill Mansell writes books, I will read them- it's that simple. I've enjoyed every one of her books to date in one way or another. Sure, they're predictable, but that's one of the things that I love about them. They are sure to please, every time!
In Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, we find that Bridget is now a parent in her 50's. A widow and the mother of two young children, Bridget is dealing with the grief over the loss of her husband as well as her friends' insistence that she re-enter the dating scene. As she tries to navigate those tumultuous waters she encounters the baffling issues of skinny jeans, Twitter followers, wrinkles, being on time for the school run, and trying to lose the same weight that she's been battling for years. She's the same Bridget that we all know and love but she's older, even though she's not necessarily wiser!
As she navigates the dating world and single parenting, Bridget soldiers on bravely and she does it all in her signature, lovable style.
I'm aware that the release of this book brought with it a lot of controversy! Many, many loyal readers were appalled at the path that Helen Fielding chose to take with Bridget Jones, and many people wondered if there weren't different options. I chose to treat this book as a stand-alone novel. I have read and enjoyed the previous two offerings in the Bridget Jones series but as far as this one went I decided not to take the previous plots into account. As a result, I enjoyed it immensely. She's the same Bridget that we know and love, and she's as quirky and messed up and lovable as ever! The key now is that she is trying to date and parent and keep up with technology, and it often all becomes overwhelming! Sure, she's still trying to lose weight and quit smoking like she was back in her 30's, but when are we ever done self-improving? As a woman who has always struggled with her weight I'm sure it won't be something that I stop struggling with as I hit a certain age. In fact I'm sure that I will struggle even more!
I found Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy to be a fun and lighthearted look at the life of an adorably flawed woman in her 50's. I loved the addition of young children to the story, and as a mom myself I found that I could easily relate to most of the child-related issues that Bridget dealt with. If you're not too attached to what you think should happen after the second book leaves off (and I understand if you are, it's amazing how attached we can become to certain characters and their storylines!), then I would strongly recommend that you pick up this book. It's fun and funny and entertaining and it highlights some of the more confusing things about modern life and I'm glad that I picked it up!
I'll admit it- as a busy working mother of three young boys, my beauty routine is often short, sweet, and to the point. Despite the fact that I would love to be able to fit more time into my schedule to take care of my hair, I often find myself reaching for whatever kid's shampoo products are in the shower. As a result my hair does not usually look its best. Add to that the fact that I flat iron my hair a few times a week and the end result isn't pretty.
I was thrilled when Influenster qualified me for a mystery hair product testing program! The idea behind the program is this: L'Oreal Canada, a manufacturer of over 25 global beauty brands, is releasing a new product line. The line is so secret, however, that even the testers don't know what brand it is! The testers have each received an unbranded sample of the shampoo, conditioner, and a split-ends serum to try for a week, at which point the testers will receive full-sized, branded products. All that the testers know is that the product is specially formulated to repair hair's strength by 90%from root to tip, as well as prevent further damage.
I received my mystery box last week and I couldn't wait to try the new products. I've tried them four times each and I can say that I love them! Since I usually throw my hair back in a ponytail during the work week I wasn't expecting to notice the difference so quickly, but I have! My hair feels much softer and smoother, especially with the addition of the split-ends serum. Although I am loving the shampoo and the conditioner, I feel that the serum is improving my hair the most. You apply it to towel-dried hair and leave it in to work its magic. I flat-ironed my hair on the weekend and usually when I do that I have a lot of problems with flyaways, but I noticed the difference there as well.
Even though I don't know exactly which product this is yet, I'm excited to find out! It has made such a difference to my damaged hair in a short period of time, and I think that I will keep seeing a difference as I continue to use the product. I've also learned my lesson- no more using my kid's shampoo!
Just for in case you missed it earlier I want to make it clear that I received this product as a result of being a member of the Influenster team! I do not receive monetary compensation for reviewing these products and my opinions of the products that I test and review are honest and completely my own!