Get to know me – 20 facts

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I realised that people/companies may like to get to know the person behind the blog, so here goes 20 facts about me.

Instead of just rhyming out 20 random facts I’m going to explain a little about each one.

(All photos used from here throughout this post are my own)

Here we go…

I would like to start by simply introducing myself.

Hi, I’m Emily, 22, Belfast born and raised, crazy but lovable blue eyed bitch xo

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1. I have an older brother, Craig, he is 25 and I truly believe he is the greatest brother anyone could have.

2. I’ve always been creative – since I was a little girl I always had a love for art, photography etc… and it has stuck with me all my life.

3. I have a disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which is basically ‘brittle bones’. Brittle bones is when your bones are very weak and will break very easily, growing up my mum was always taking me to the hospital for broken bones and it wasn’t until I was 14 I broke my knee in a spot that is apparently quite difficult to break (but I of course managed it), once that happened I was sent for multiple tests and was finally diagnosed with the disease aged 14. I currently have a broken back, which happened when I was 16ish, there is no treatment I can have for it so unfortunately I’m stuck like this.

4. I am a fully qualified nail technician (acrylics) and a qualified beauty therapist.

5. I used to be an Art student (links with fact number 2) and I was also a fashion student, and got diplomas in both courses. The dress I created for my final piece in fashion was featured in a fashion show! (Very proud moment)

6. Fun fact: Monkeys (well the primate family in general) are my all time favourite animal, again since I was a little girl I have always loved them. (Pic included is me at Blackpool zoo at the monkey enclosure)

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7. This fact kind of ties in with number 6, Blackpool is one of my all time favourite places. When me and my brother were little my mum, Nan and grandad used to go there every year for our holidays, some of the best memories are from there. Now me and my mum go every Halloween. It feels like home.

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8. I have actually had my art work displayed in a gallery, and ontop of that I had a few people want to buy my piece that was on display but instead of selling it I brought it home for my mum to have. Wish I had a photo of it in the gallery.

9. I was born on Christmas Day, 1994 in Belfast Northern Ireland. I was the first baby born that Christmas and was labelled the peace baby (I was the first baby born on Christmas Day 25 years after the troubles). Me and my mother dearest had our photo on the front page of the Belfast telegraph.

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10. I have 2 dogs. My baby girl is called Dottie (black and tan) and my baby boy is called Bailey (tan). It’s crazy how much these 2 little rescue dogs have helped me in their short lives, and they don’t even realise it.

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11. I hate having boring hair. I have had my hair a shit tonne of colours, lets see… red black, bright red, blue, orange (unintentionally), bright purple, darker purple, crazy extreme blonde, pastel pink. Yano just to name a couple.

12. I love taking photos, I am the only one in my family that does. I love it simply for the memories, at family events etc.. I’m the one taking the pictures, I live for them everlasting memories. (Part of my art course we had to take photography).

13. My life goal is to become a bridal and occasional wear designer, it’s my absolute dream. I want to be able to create one of a kind pieces for all different shapes and sizes of women without them feeling insecure about themselves, if I can help atleast one woman boost her self confidence with the help of my creativity then sign me up.

14. No one really knows this, not even family but.. I suffer quite badly with social anxiety. Being out in town with crowds of people completely freaks me out, the thought of having to talk infront of people makes me want to physically pass out.

15. I was pretty badly bullied in school, even as a child and teenager. Because of me experiencing bullying, I cannot stand to see anyone being picked on etc, if I see it I have to step up and say something even if I don’t personally know the person, I physically cannot stand by and watch it happen. Bullying really messed me up, my self esteem and self confidence was really effected and still is to this day because of it. So, if anyone reading this is experiencing  bullying or anything of the sort, physically, emotionally or mentally please, please I beg speak to someone, do not suffer in silence like I did. If you don’t have anyone in your personal life then please do not hesitate to message me, I’m always here to listen.

16. If I was too have an alcoholic drink (I’m not really a drinker) but I would always choose a Malibu and lemonade.

17. My mum is my best friend.

(Photo included is my Nan, me and my mum a few years ago at a wedding fair)

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18. My work and work station has to be tidy at all times. I simply cannot get work done if the place I’m working at is messy, all my college coursework has to be neat and coloured coded.

19. Currently my favourite band is Walking On Cars, Patrick’s voice is beautiful. (He could sing to me all night…)

20. For my final fact about myself I will let you all know who some of my absolute most man crushes are… please feel honoured. It’s hard to think of the top of your head, but I have loads more, these are the few that pop into my mind for now.

Dominic Sherwood

Ed Westwick

Heath Ledger

Bon Jovi

Alexander Skarsgard

Bam Margera

(I’m prone to liking bad boys…)

 

So, that’s the end of all the facts I have to share for now, I hope you enjoyed getting to know me slightly better, if I remember anything to add I may come back to edit it in.

Emily, xo

 

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Most recent charity shop haul

So, I thought I would share with you all my most recent charity shop book haul! One of these books I purchased off amazon and I will start with that one to get it out of the way, I just wanted to include it because I did get a used copy for a cheaper price.

(All photos used are my own)

Forever the bargain hunter…

 

Merciless by Danielle Vega 

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RRP: £12.99

Bought for: £4.92

ISBN-10: 1595147268

ISBN-13: 978-1595147264

Released: 2016

Dark flame by Alyson Noel

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RRP: £6.99

Bought for: £1

ISBN-10: 033052061X

ISBN-13: 978-0330520614

Released: 2010

Gale force by Rachel Caine

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RRP: £7.99

Bought for: £1.50

ISBN-10: 0451462238

ISBN-13: 978-0451462237

Released: 2008

Local missing girl by Claire Douglas 

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RRP: £7.99

Bought for: £1.50

ISBN-10: 1405926392

ISBN-13: 978-1405926393

Released: 2016

In a dark dark wood by Ruth Ware 

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RRP: £7.99

Bought for: £1.50

ISBN-10: 0099598248

ISBN-13: 978-0099598244

Released: 2015

The Elite by Kiera Class 

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RRP: £7.99

Bought for: £1.50

ISBN-10: 0007466706

ISBN-13: 978-0007466702

Released: 2013

Beautiful darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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RRP: £7.99

Bought for: £1.50

ISBN-10: 0141326093

ISBN-13: 978-0141326092

Released: 2010

Shopaholic & baby by Sophie Kinsella

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RRP: £11.99

Bought for: £1

ISBN-10: 0552772755

ISBN-13: 978-0552772754

Released: 2007

 

Well that concluded my little haul from the weekend, as always if you have read any of these books or have any thoughts on them please leave a comment I would love to hear your opinions!💞

Love always, Emily xo

 

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Current TBR

Sorry that I am only able to post at night, it is the only second I get to sit down and write. I also hate scheduling posts, I like to post them right away so I know there are no problems.

Tonight I am going to share a few books that are currently on my TBR list that are main priority, unfortunately I only own one of these books which I will mention when I come to it. All the information used in the this post has been used from amazon, if any of the information given is incorrect I sincerely apologise.

I hope you enjoy seeing what I’m hoping to dive into next and maybe my reasons why I’m so eager for this set of books. Like always I would love to know what books are on your TBR piles.

Lets get started with the first book…

Vernal by Randi Cooley Wilson

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Like mentioned above this is the only book on this list I currently own, but unfortunately haven’t had time to pick it up yet.

Serena has a bright future etched in stone. Tristan has a dark past that haunts him. Together, they have a love that can never be. Sheltered, and unable to escape her bloodline, Serena St. Michael has spent the last two years training at the Royal Protector Academy. Struggling with a dark past, Tristan Gallagher’s current assignment is to protect a lifetime of secrets. One chance encounter will change everything. Serena must decide if she will follow her heart, forsaking all she’s ever known and risking a future worse than non-existence. Tristan will break every rule to save Serena, even if he can’t keep her. In their world of darkness, one love will ignite an ancient war. When pasts collide with the present, and secrets are revealed, will love be enough? Or will one lie destroy it all? When you’ve hidden behind a mask for so long, would you reveal yourself for love?

 

Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae

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I have heard some amazing things about this book, or this author in general. I knew I’ve always wanted to pick up Cameo Renaes work again unfortunately I have never had time, so that’s why I’ve made it a priority.

What happens when Darkness and Light collide?

Seventeen is a life changing age for Emma Wise.
As her family’s sole survivor in a car crash, she is left with a broken arm, and a few scrapes and bruises. But these are only outward marks; inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered.

Whisked away to Alaska, to an aunt she’s never met, Emma starts over. Secrets unveil themselves and now…she doesn’t even know who or what she is.

A centuries old prophecy places Emma in the heart of danger. Creatures of horrifying and evil proportions are after her, and it will take Emma, her aunt, and six, gorgeously, captivating Guardians to keep her safe. But, if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday… things will change.

Merciless 2 by Danielle Vega

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Ahhhhhh, so I read the first Merciless book recently and I am well and truly OBSESSED I need to read the next instalment as soon as I can. It is at the very top of the list, I know there is also another one coming out in a few months which I am freaking out about!

Sofia is still processing the horrific truth of what happened when she and three friends performed an exorcism that spiraled horribly out of control. Ever since that night, Sofia has been haunted by bloody and demonic visions. Her therapist says they’re all in her head, but to Sofia they feel chillingly real. She just wants to get out of town, start fresh someplace else . . . until her mother dies suddenly, and Sofia gets her wish.

Sofia is sent to St. Mary’s, a creepy Catholic boarding school in Mississippi. There, seemingly everyone is doing penance for something, most of all the mysterious Jude, for whom Sofia can’t help feeling an unshakeable attraction. But when Sofia and Jude confide in each other about their pasts, something flips in him. He becomes convinced that Sofia is possessed by the devil. . . . Is an exorcism the only way to save her eternal soul?

Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher

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Okay okay, I recently watched the TVs adaption of this book and let me just say I have ALOT to say about it. I actually have so much to say I am considering a full post dedicated to it. Of course before I consider writing a post about the series I would love to read the book and see how they compare and if I have the same feelings for the book and the TV adaption or are my feelings solely for the series. I guess we will find out in due course.

You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school one day to find a mysterious box with his name on it, outside his front door. Inside he discovers a series of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush. Only, she committed suicide two weeks earlier. On the first tape, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she did what she did – and Clay is one of them.

If he listens, Clay will find out how he made the list – what he hears will change his life forever.

Bad Mommy by Taryn Fisher

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Again with this book I have heard amazinggggggg things that I simply cannot ignore it any longer, it needs to be read. If the cover and title doesn’t draw you in immediately then maybe the description will.

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it’s not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It’s because everything she desires is next door: The husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else.

 

That is all for my current TBR list, obviously I have millions of books I desperately want to read but for now these are my priorities. I hope you enjoyed seeing this list and like stated above I would love to know yours.

Xo, Emily
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Most beautiful book covers

I wanted to try something a little different, and create a ‘series’ were each month/few months I feature some of the most beautiful covers I have came across. These are just my personal opinions so if you do not consider these covers ‘beautiful’ that is okay.

Like I mentioned I am hoping to do this every month or couple of months depending, please feel free to let me know your personal opinion on the covers I have chosen and if you have a cover in mind you think I would like please let me know.

I want to mention that all photos used are my own, but the information about the book IBSN etc.. I got from amazon/Goodreads/google so I apologise if some information may be incorrect.

 

 

First up is ‘happy birthday’ by Danielle Steel, this book is not owned by me but is owned by my mum. My mum is a massive Danielle Steel fan, when we were organising her collection recently I seen this book and honestly couldn’t get over how beautiful it is. I have to apologise that these photos do not do justice but if you own this book of know someone who does, please pick it up and admire the cover (especially the back) it truly is stunning.

Released: 2011

RRP: £7.99 (paperback)

IBSN-10: 059305685X

IBSN-13: 978-0593056851

 

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My second pick is ‘Beautiful broken things’ by Sara Barnard. When you hold this book and a sliver of light hits it, it shines a beautiful metallic gold, I love when a cover catches your attention before you know anything about the book.

Released: 2016

RRP: £7.99

IBSN-10: 1509803553X

ISBN-13: 978-1509803538

 

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Down to my last 2 books in this post and they are book by Cecelia Ahern, I’m leaving my favourite for last.. but ‘A place called here’ gets a spot on this list simply because I love how the design contrasts with the black background and white/pink lettering. I also love how the design of the cover is placed only on one side and works it’s way over in one simple gold vine.

Released: 2012

RRP: £7.99

ISBN-10: 007198914

ISBN-13: 978-0733320736

Now for my favourite cover… 

 

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AHHH?.. is this cover not just amazing? For myself being a pink and bright colour lover this cover screams me! You cannot tell from the photo but the section of the cover that has the silhouettes is actually a cut out and the silhouettes are on a different page. Come on, you have to agree it gorgeous.

Released: 2012

RRP: £7.99

ISBN-10: 0007233698

ISBN-13: 978-0007233694

 

This concludes my first ‘beautiful covers’ post, I really hope you enjoyed having a little peek at some of the covers I consider to be beautiful.

xo, Emily

 

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Perfect Imperfections by Taryn Leigh review.

Perfect Imperfections

TARYN LEIGH

Published: Olympia publishers  

Release date: 30/03/17

Format: Paperback

RRP: £8.99

ISBN: 978-1-84897-845-4


*Personal rating:
5 stars*

Available to purchase from:  

Barnes and Noble

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com


WOW! That is the first thing I have to say about this book, I was kindly sent this book for review purchases and I have to admit, it’s not the normal book I would reach for but I’m so glad I did. 

About the book:  

Sarah Lewis desires nothing more than to begin again after a failed marriage and a tragedy so terrifying, it forces her to leave her life in London to stay with her best friend a world apart in South Africa. Despite immediate success in her business, she struggles to understand who she really is and where she belongs in the world. So begins a journey of discovery as Sarah re-unites with Katy in the land where she was born, where the air is lavender scented, and weekends are spent cycling on the beach. Until the day when she has to return to London to face the ghosts of her past and confront a situation that has grown more complicated in her absence. As Sarah’s story is slowly revealed, her intriguing tale will keep your interest every step of the way.

I’ll start by saying that this book definitely keeps your interest peeked the more you read. I didn’t think I could emotionally connect to a book as much as I did this one, it took me on such an unexpected emotional journey, there were times I had to put the book down and collect my thoughts to be able to continue.  

Parts of the book hinted at similar events/emotions that I too was experiencing and dealing with in my personal life, reading about Sarah taking a break from her artwork (which she loves) left me screaming ME TOO!!!!!!!

Sometimes life just gets in the way of things and you fall into a dark place, even getting out of bed becomes a struggle never mind taking time to create something beautiful, so I truly understood how Sarah was feeling. When reading about the struggles in Sarah’s life I completely forgot she was a fictional character and viewed her more as an actual human being.

Let’s just talk about good old Edward for a moment! From the first interaction these characters shared in the book I just knew someone was bound to have feelings for the other or at least eventually develop feelings for each other! The way Taryn described the art class ‘date’ Edward had arranged just completely melted my heart, I was secretly wishing someone would spoil me like that! Haha.  

Now, with Edward comes… Jasmine… cough this woman annoyed the hell out of me at times, she left me wanting to pull my hair out, the way she turned up to the cabin unannounced to ‘surprise’ Edward, or the way she got completely wasted at the cabin causing embarrassment to Edward as well as Sarah and Katy. I was just wishing she would disappear so Sarah and Edward could get it on.
I could physically feel myself cringing with embarrassment. 
I have to give praise to Taryn Leigh, she wrote this book so beautifully and so captivating the reader will not be able to put the book down, the more you read the more you just have to find out with is going on and what tragedy/secrets Sarah is running away from. When the mystery reveals itself you will be truly shocked.  

Taryn describes locations from South Africa in such great detail I actually googled all the places mentioned so I could visually put words into picture.

One of my favourite locations would be, Indigo Fields, the description of the spa and the scenic views were so vivid and detailed when I researched the spa for myself it was exactly as I imagined.

As this is my personal review/opinion I would like to mention a love/hate relationship I encountered with how much detail was used to describe certain scenes. The reason it was love/hate was simply because there were a few times I didn’t think so much detail was necessary but on the other hand I loved the amount of detail given to certain aspects of the story as it allowed me to envision what the characters must have been seeing as if I was personally there with them. 

 
If I had to say something to a person that isn’t a fan of romance novels, I would explain that this isn’t just a romance novel it contains a whole array of emotions from love to heartache, including the hints of mystery thrown in. 

I highly recommend Perfect Imperfections to readers of all genres.

To end this crazy long review I would like to conclude this by saying I truly hope Taryn Leigh releases more novels in the future so I can fall in love with them as much as I did Perfect Imperfections.

Taryn, thank you so much for allowing me the chance to experience a piece of your work, I enjoyed every second I got to read this amazing story of Sarah’s journey to self discovery and her journey to finding peace in her life. 

Much love, Emily xx 

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Book Haul 4 (The last)

This is the last couple I have to haul, but in a few days, I will be posting my review for Claudia Grays Evernight series book 2 ‘stargazer’. Feel free to come back and check out my previous post and my upcoming posts, Thank you.

If you have enjoyed my book haul and would like to recommend books you think I would personally like, then please leave your suggestions. They would be greatly appreciated.

*All pictures used are my own*

 

Pamela Palmer – A Warrior’s Desire

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published: 2012

Pages: 283

RRP: £2.99

 

John Connolly – The Lovers

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Published: 2009

Pages: 341

RRP: £7.99

 

Charlaine Harris – Grave Secret

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published: 2009

Pages: 306

RRP: £12.99

 

A.K. Benedict – The Beauty Of Murder

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Published: 2013

Pages: 394

RRP: £16.99

 

*If you have enjoyed my post and would consider letting me review one of your books or your book related products, please contact me at: emily.louise15@live.co.uk.*

Thank you, Emily xo

Book Haul 3

More books to haul, this is my second to last haul I have to show! After these haul posts, I will be publishing my review for Claudia Grays second book in the Evernight series ‘Stargazer’.

*All pictures shown are my own*

Alyson Noel – Everlasting

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published: 2011

Pages: 336

RRP: £6.99

 

Victoria Aveyard – Red Queen

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published: 2015

Pages: 416

RRP: £7.99

 

Kiera Cass – The Selection Stories

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published: 2014

Pages: 227

RRP: £7.99

 

Daniel Waters – Dead Kiss

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Published: 2011

Pages: 816

RRP: £7.99

 

*If you have enjoyed my post and would consider letting me review one of your books or your book related products, please contact me at: emily.louise15@live.co.uk.*

Thank you, Emily xo