Photowall product review –

The lovely Jennifer from Photowall recently contacted me and asked me to review one of the companies canvases in exchange for an honest review…and of course, I said helllllll yeah! I always get overly excited when companies/authors get in contact with me. 

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 If you know me personally, you will know that my room is scattered with pictures which spill out memories with every glance and that my sentimental soul cherishes products like this forever. I can honestly say that this company did not disappoint!  If you are looking to buy a canvas, go to this website…you won’t regret it!

ALSO GREAT NEWS – if you type in ShannonWatersCampaign2018 in at the checkout – you will get 20% discount…you can thank me later ;). 

PHOTOWALL WEBSITE 

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The screenshot above captures the beauty and professionalism of the company…come on, does this not make you want to buy everything and make your house unique and personal. As soon as I googled the company and looked on the website, I fell in love with loads of the products and wanted them all. 

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WONDERFUL COMPANY WITH EXCELLENT PRODUCTS. 

5-stars

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Reasons why I think this product deserves five stars:

  • Correspondence between myself and Jennifer was consistent and effortless. (Tick)
  • Unique prints.(Tick)
  • Options of wall murals and canvas prints. (Tick)
  • Beautiful designs available or the option to be personal. (Tick)
  • The delivery speed was superb! Even around the hectic Christmas period!  (Tick)
  • Free delivery. (Tick)
  • The product arrived safely. (Tick)
  • You build the product yourself – yasss I felt like a strong independent woman putting that canvas together. (Tick)
  • Amazing quality – I took a picture from my graduation and printed it off and it looks INCREDIBLE.  (Tick)
  • THEY MAKE PERFECT GIFTS. I gave the product to my mum because I knew she would absolutely love it (don’t worry, it wasn’t her only Christmas present, just an extra)…and she adored it! (Double Tick) 
    • Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and how amazing would one of these be as a romantic gift.  Quick – easy – effortless and yet so full of love and sentimental reasons. 

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 My product:

*The product looks 1000x better in person, but, my mum is not great at photography and the iPhone camera does not do it justice.*

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I love it and cannot express my gratitude enough to Jennifer for the opportunity. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

So, if you want to be the best person ever and buy your loved one or friend a unique gift that they will hold on to forever – look no further! Go and useShannonWatersCampaign2018 at the checkout for 20% off. 

 

 

A Might Dawn by Theodore Brun blog tour.

My book review for #AMightyDawn by Theodore Brun. 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

A gripping and brilliantly realised debut epic adventure set in eighth-century Denmark. This is the beginning of an ambitious new series in the vein of George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones.

Hakan, son of Haldan, chosen son of the Lord of the Northern Jutes, swears loyalty to his father in fire, in iron, and in blood. But there are always shadows that roam. When a terrible tragedy befalls Hakan’s household he is forced to leave his world behind. He must seek to pledge his sword to a new king. Nameless and alone, he embarks on a journey to escape the bonds of his past and fulfil his destiny as a great warrior.

Whispers of sinister forces in the North pull Hakan onwards to a kingdom plagued by mysterious and gruesome deaths. But does he have the strength to do battle with such dark foes? Or is death the only sane thing to seek in this world of blood and broken oaths?

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 My Review of A Mighty Dawn

*I was luckily sent this book in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Kate asking me to participate.* 

I do not normally read this genre, or when I do it centres around Tudor England but I thoroughly enjoyed it and am now eager for more. 

I found this book to be riveting, captivating and not predicable in the slightest, which I loved. This is the first book that I have read about Eighth-Century Scandinavia which was both informative and educational.  I also have not read a lot about the Vikings, so I eagerly delved into the book with no preconceived ideas. 

This is the first book in what I hope will be a brilliant historical fiction series which I will definitely pick up in the future. *EX-CIT-ING…GIVE ME MORE NOW!* 

Within A Mighty Dawn, Brun effortlessly creates a complex world full of intriguing, well put together and compelling characters that will suck you in. While reading this novel, I was fully immersed within the world and at the mercy of Brun cleverly crafted narrative. 

Another part of A Might Dawn that I thoroughly enjoyed was the construction of the narrative. The novel is split in three parts, with each section showing a different side to Hakan aka Erlan (the protagonist). At the beginning of the novel, Hakan is the chosen son, then he goes on a journey of self discovery and finally we (the reader) see him under the ruling of a new king.

After tragedy strikes Hakan’s life, he abandons his old identity and instead takes on the new identity of Erlan. This journey of discovery is one that can be felt by all readers and the tragedy element makes it a page turning extravaganza. 

I do not want to give away any of the book but if you are a reader of historical fiction or fantasy, go check out this wonderful book. This book deserves all its recognition and much much more.

Release date for paperback: 4th January 2018 
Book extent:  608 pages
Publisher: Corvus Books (an imprint of Atlantic Books) 

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Author Bio:

Theo is an established author and public speaker. At Cambridge, he studied Dark Age archaeology (amongst other things), graduating with a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology and an MPhil in History. After university he trained as a solicitor, qualifying into the area of arbitration law where he worked for several years, including for two Magic Circle firms. His career took him first to London, then to Moscow, Paris and finally Hong Kong.

However, in 2010, disenchanted with the law and with the germ of an idea for a series of novels already in his head, he quit his job in Hong Kong, jumped on a bicycle and pedalled 10,685 miles across Asia and Europe to his home in Norfolk. At this point he sat down in a spider-infested cottage to write the first volume in his epic historical fiction series, the Wanderer Chronicles. Four years later, A Mighty Dawn was published by Corvus Atlantic. Its sequel, A Sacred Storm, is due for release in July 2018.​

Theo is a third generation Viking immigrant, his Danish grandfather having settled in England in 1932. One could say Viking stories are in his blood. They did also form a small part of his degree, but the truth is they only came alive for him through the discovery of Wagner’s Ring Cycle when he was studying for his law exams. Through this unlikely portal, Theo discovered the hoard of stories from the old Scandinavian and Germanic worlds which underlie many of the works of authors like Tolkein, CS Lewis, George RR Martin, Neil Gaiman, Giles Kristian and Bernard Cornwell to name a few. It was this material that provided the inspiration for the first two novels in his Wanderer Chronicles series.

Besides writing, Theo is also an acclaimed speaker and has presented to a wide variety of audiences about his epic bike journey and about creative writing, as well as inspiring young people to dream big and pursue their passions.

Theo is married to Natasha. They live in London together with Natasha’s daughter, Ella, their baby girl, Talitha, and an unruly dog named Wilmo. 

For more information visit the below website:

Website – www.theodorebrun.com/home

Facebook – www.facebook.com/theodorebrunauthor/

Twitter –twitter.com/theodorebrun

 

 

 

REVIEW COPY OF Still Me (Me Before You#3)

STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND FANGIRL WITH ME. 

Today I received a review copy of Still Me by Jojo Moyes. People who have been reading my blog for a while now will know I am obsessed with the Me Before You books!! The book does not officially come out till the end of January 2018!

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I am so freaking excited I could scream and cry continuously. Thank you so so much to Penguin (in particular Michael Joseph) for sending me this!!
 They also sent me this super cute bookmark and tote bag, which I cannot wait to use. AHHHHHHH the bees.

Have you read Me Before You or After You?

Being trusted by the big brand publishers! ⭐️

Today I received Still Me by JoJo Moyes to read as PREVIEW copy! I was shaking with happiness and anticipation. Imagine Louisa’s face when she pulls out the black and yellow tights…that was me when the first chapter was downloading. tumblr_o8ezgqIxoU1vvkt72o1_500.gif

As you will all know by now, I AM OBSESSED WITH Jojo Moyes, especially her Me Before You books featuring my all time favourite protagonist Louisa Clark. Ahhh what a wonderful character she is.

I instantly stopped my day and devoured the first chapter, forever eager for more knowledge of Louisa and her travels. I can already tell that this book is going to give me what I want (and need!) Book two offered me the initial closure after the heart-shattering events in book one but I still long for more.  Louisa is off to America for this next story and I am SOOO excited to see what adventures she goes on this year and I hope more of her quirky and awesome personality shines through in this one.

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What do you think of the cover? I personally LOVE IT.  I love the ‘black and yellow stripes’ look and the little bumblebee.

I am also really excited about more Louisa and Nathan, as I really liked their relationship.  Honestly, in the second book I was a little disappointed in Louisa – I completely understood her loss and felt compassionate but I just missed happy go lucky and charming Louisa. I missed her go-get-it attitude at the end of book one, I just wanted to jump into the book and tell her to live the life Will wanted her to.

This chapter is already so telling – she has upped her life and moved to America, she is exploring the unknown and pushing herself. I LOVE IT and wish Jojo Moyes could release a book a year about Louisa because I feel like she is my friend.

I also hope we hear more about Lilly and Sam in this one!!!!

You will not be disappointed… Louisa is back and is as charming, wonderful, kind, strong, quirky and curious as ever.

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Lets chat all things Me Before You, After You and Still Me — Have you read the books or watched the film? What is your favourite quote? What is your favourite part? If you didn’t enjoy them, why?

Those books that stay with you forever…

I’ve been thinking recently what books I use as a comfort blanket and what books have stayed with me since I read them.

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
  • Harry Potter and the Philospher Stone by J.K.Rowling
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien

What books comfort or stay with you?

Philip Pullman 

On Thursday last week I went to an event at my university called Philip Pullman in discussion. Basically Pullman discussed his new book Le Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One for a while and then he signed books.

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AHHHHH HE SIGNED BOOKS!!


I stupidly left my copy of his new book at home so I purchased a different copy of Northern Lights.

Have you read any of Philip Pullman’s books? Have you read his latest one?

Book Club Recommendations needed…

Hello lovelies,

I need some help. I need you to leave me some book recommendations in the comments below!!  Myself and my university friends are planing on starting a book club and I need some great book titles to suggest.

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What have you read recently?

Also don’t forget to go and check out my Instagram or ‘bookstagram’ over at book_captivation.