Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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This is one of the hardest books to review, not because I hated it, but because it is popular and so many people have already read it and formed their opinions on it. But here goes…..

So I decided it was time to venture into the world of one of the most talked about books in the modern era. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Here was a story of a girl and boy who met and fell in love and all the complications that go along with it. When stripped down the bare bones of the book that is what it is. It is not Shakespeare, Austen or indeed Bronte, but it has never pretended to be, it is a YA/Vampire novel and that is the truth of it. I have seen so many people say the writing is not up to scratch but that has been grossly over exaggerated. Sure the editing could have been a bit tighter, but all in all, it is a well written story.

The book is well written, the story line flows well. One thing that surprised me as I was reading the book, when I pictured the characters in my mind, I did not see the actors from the movie. The way they are written, they conjured up completely different images in my mind. The one character that I really did not think a great deal of was Jacob, because I had seen the movie before reading the book, I was under the impression that he actually believed in the vampire legends, but in the book he to me was a clueless teenager who needed to learn more about his history. He seems to just go along with what he is told and believes very little. There was enough suspense to keep me wanting to read the story even though I knew the ending. Another thing I think would have been beneficial to include would be an explanation as to why their skin glitters in the sun, there was no real explanation as to why the vampire skin does this. I am not sure if that is explained in further books, I just feel it would have added more depth to Edward and the other vampire characters.

My advice to anyone who has not yet read the book, take the critic’s opinion of the book with a grain of salt, read it for yourself and make up your own mind. I enjoyed it, but I took it for what it is. I will be reading the rest of the series.

Finding Colin Firth by Mia March

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I will be honest and admit that I actually bought this book solely based on the title. I am a huge fan of Colin Firth and the title definitely caught my attention. I did not really know what to expect. I guess like most people who see the title straight away think that it will be all about Colin Firth, that could not be further from the truth. What the reader will find is a heartwarming, sweet and sometimes heartbreaking tale of three women who are desperate to find something…. Veronica Russo wants to find peace with the mistakes of her past by returning to the town of Boothbay Harbor, where she caused and felt so much heartbreak and pain. Bea Crane wants to find the mother who gave her up for adoption and Gemma Hendricks wants to find a way to make her life the way it use to be before she lost her job and discovered she is pregnant. Even though they are all looking for something, none of them can resist going on a hunt for Mr. Firth when he is rumoured to be coming to the town to shoot scenes for a new movie.

I have to say that this was nothing like I expected it to be from reading the blurb, but I loved every single minute reading this story. The author has the ability to make you feel for her characters, you become one with them, feel the pain, anxiety, and joys. Each woman has a story to tell individually, but it is when their lives become entwined that the story takes on a whole new meaning. They might start out as complete strangers, but eventually, they begin to change each others lives in a way they never thought possible. This book will make you laugh, make you cry, make you want to eat pie and without a doubt make you want to watch Colin Firth movies. Even though there is a theme about the actor throughout the book, you do not have to necessarily be a fan of his to enjoy it.

Highly recommended reading