Friday, July 6, 2018

Five Friday Favourites

I've had a great first week of break, catching up with friends, relaxing and binge watching whatever. I have also been slowly easing out of my moon boot, at this stage I tend to just wear it when I am out and know I will be doing lots of walking.

Moving onto Friday Favourites:

The Hate U Give movie trailer - I really loved the Hate U Give book, it was just an amazing insight into the black American culture and what happens over there. The movie trailer has just come out and looks really good and it will hopefully be a good tie in to the book.

Tarte Hydrate and Glow Beauty Getaway Set - I LOVE Tarte, it is honestly one of my favourite make up brands. I had been eyeing off this set for ages so when a 30% coupon landed in my inbox I had to buy it. I love the eye shadow palette and find the colours are perfect for everyday wear, they are also amazing quality and blend amazingly. I have quite a few palettes (most of them Tarte) that are quite dark so it's great to have a light one to throw into the mix. I have yet to use the face cream, setting spray or lipstick in the kit but I am looking forward to using them and they are the perfect sizes for travelling.

Planet Shoes Base Black Pump - I saw these shoes online and really liked them, my mum has got me onto Planet Shoes and the brand does amazing leather shoes that last. So when Myer had a 30% off midyear sale on Planet Shoes I tried them on (or one on as I was in my moonboot) and they were so comfy. When I tried them both on at home I found they supported my ankle well and I couldn't believe that not only could I walk in them but I didn't feel unstable on them at all and it was almost like wearing flats.

One Small Thing by Erin Watt -
Blurb reads:
Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.
Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…
Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.
Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again
This book really surprised me in a good way. I was drawn to the characters immediately and just loved how the story evolved. I really wanted to give Beth a hug throughout the book and also liked the way how Chase was represented. Both Beth and Chase had their issues and while they didn't want the labels they got they had to acknowledge them in order to move forward. I liked how their paths kept crossing and despite Chase's hand in killing Beth's sister, Beth just couldn't seem to hate Chase and wanted him to forgive himself. This was a good YA read and while I did find it dark in places the story flowed really well and I didn't feel like there was any gaps missing (or when I did wonder about things there were answered within the next few chapters)

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord -
Blurb reads:
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

Another book that surprised me, this was a bit of a longer read but I loved the characters and didn't want it to end. It had lots of layers to the story and just when I thought I had it figured out something else would be uncovered. Dee (or Lilah as is her stage name) and Reagan were the definition of BFFs and it was great seeing just how much their friendship meant to each other. Matt was a great addition to the duo and it was great how his storyline intertwined with Dee and Reagan's. It was also great in showing that no matter what your background is we all go through struggles and moments of change that we don't like but have to go through. This book reminded me of early Taylor Swift songs and a long summer road trip which was a perfect escape from the wet Winter weather we have been enduring lately!

***I received a copy of both these books thanks to NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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