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?

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 update- 

I have just finished reading my review copy of Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. OMG I LOVVVVVVVEEEEE IT!!!


I am currently reading Turtles All The Way Down by the one and only JOHN GREEN. I have been longing for this book since the moment I finish all of his other books.

What are you currently reading?

Ravenclaw Book Recommendations

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“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.

As a lot of you will know, I am a Ravenclaw – Pottermore confirmed it and I feel it in my heart.

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Traits

  • Intelligence
  • Wit
  • Wisdom
  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Individuality
  • Acceptance

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With these traits in mind, I thought I would recommend some books for fellow Ravenclaws.

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.                                                                41YICvWiv4L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_
  •  Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard                                                                                                          Red_Queen_book_cover
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion                                                Unknown
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan                                                       Atonement_(novel)
  • Emma by Jane Austen                                                  dea4b84617fbfb1cc211377e41ee195c--emma-book-jane-austen-books
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl                                                                          Unknown.jpgblog-dividers.png

 

  • So, what did you think of this post and my picks?
  • Would you like it if I did the other houses?
  • Shall I do a part two of this?

Penguin Bloom: The odd little bird who saved a family.

*Thank you so much to Canongate for sending me this book to review.*

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Penguin Bloom is an extraordinary true story full of hope and courage, featuring Cameron Bloom’s exceptional photographs and a captivating narrative by New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive.
Penguin the Magpie is a global social media sensation. People the world over have fallen in love with the stunning and deeply personal images of this rescued bird and her human family. But there is far more to Penguin’s story than meets the eye. It begins with a shocking accident, in which Cameron’s wife, Sam, suffers a near fatal fall that leaves her paralysed and deeply depressed.

Into their lives comes Penguin, an injured magpie chick abandoned after she fell from her nest. Penguin’s rescue and the incredible joy and strength she gives Sam and all those who helped her survive demonstrates that, however bleak things seem, compassion, friendship and support can come from unexpected quarters, ensuring there are always better days ahead. This plucky little magpie reminds us all that, no matter how lost, fragile or damaged we feel, accepting the love of others and loving them in return will help to make us whole.

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Check out this book trailer for the book from Cameron Bloom himself. 

 

Are you intrigued now by the book? Do you feel the urge to rush to the bookshop and devour this heartbreaking story of love and loss? (the answer should definitely be yes)

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-Book Review- 

Warning this book has the power to break your heart but also leaves you with such a sense of overcoming and love. You will be paralysed by the contrast emotions…so much so, that you will be plunged into a deep thought process. IT IS PERFECT. I literally laughed, cried (cried a lot), gushed with love and cried some more at this book.

“She learnt to fly and she would move further afield and not come back for days. Then three days later, she’d come squawking at the front door and let herself in.”

Instantly when I saw this book, I know I would absolutely love it…AND…I did. It did not disappoint.  Not only is the story of this book beautifully woven with deep emotion and love but the pictures of the family leave you breathless.

Upon finishing this book, I places it delicately on my knee, lent back and took a deep breath. I awaited the deep emotions and I longed for more of the book to appear. ‘Oh, why did it have to end….whhhyyyy?’  

Cameron and Sam welcomed the injured baby bird into their home with their three children with welcoming arms. They even refer to her as their ‘baby girl’ and the boys’ ‘younger sister.’ How heart-warminingly beautiful is that? I have always had such an admiration and longing for animal-human connections because of their simple love and beauty.

Take these two passages for example – JUST INCREDIBLE.

“While all this was going on Sam was fighting her own battle to regain movement and her sense of self, after her terrible accident. Her overwhelming feeling of loss made it hard for her to face the world. She even avoided old friends whom she loved dearly as it was impossible to articulate her grief, frustration and anger at what had happened to her without falling apart.”

“Though both were extremely fragile when they met, Sam and Penguin found new strength in each other, and within themselves. Sam took up kayaking and eventually became a national champion. And Penguin finally started to stretch out her growing wings.”

Having such an active life and passionate dreams one day and then having all of that ripped away is of course incomprehensible for most us because it has not happened to us. After devouring this book, I am in awe of how this family handle the situation and loved the quirky element of Penguin helping them out.

Seriously, go check out this book…it is charming, engaging and inspiring.

It is also an easy read…apart from the break to cryI read this book so quickly.  If you want to read a quick book that will leave you feeling loved, shocked, happy, sad and inspired. GO GO GO.

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Have you read this book? If so, comment below.

 

 

2017 reading so far…

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Dissertation Books- 

  1. Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families by John C. Friel
  2. Twentieth- Century Suspense: The Thriller Comes of Age by Clive Bloom
  3. Thriller: Genesis and Structure of a Popular Genre by Jerry Palmer
  4. Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History by Cathy Caruth
  5. The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction by Martin Priestman
  6. Crime Fiction from Poe to the Present by Martin Priestman
  7. Trauma and Survival in Contemporary Fiction by Laurie Vickroy
  8. Too Scared to Cry: Psychic Trauma in Childhood by Lenore Tear

University Books- 

  1. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  3. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
  4. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  5. Close Range by Annie Proulx

Books I read for fun-  

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  2. The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney
  3. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  4. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
  5. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  7. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  8. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  9. My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger
  10. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  11. The Book of You by Claire Kendal
  12. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  13. Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon
  14. Twist Me by Anna Zaires
  15. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  16. This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  17. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
  18. Ordeal by Linda Lovelace
  19. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  20. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
  21. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

 

So, that is 34 books so far this year…not great but it was a challenging academic year.

More Bookish Confessions…

Hello lovelies, I had done a few of these now and they have been really possible so I thought I would do another one.

  1. I sometimes skim read. I know, I know I really shouldn’t but I do.  cute-baby-skim-reading-gif.gif
  2. It makes me ANGRY when there are labels on the front of my books…retailers, can you stop this? Seriously, just pop it on the back. That why I won’t be emotionally traumatised when the price sticker ruins the front of my book while being pulled off. Dear people of stick stickers or labels on my books please stop because you are making us both sad. 6358540524267936031522091466_tumblr_munyx9kpM51ql53vgo1_500.gif
  3.   Sometimes go through reading ruts where I don’t read for a couple of weeks. (Don’t threat though because it’s normally resolved by me having the urge to people and then I read loads a once…it is a blessing and a curse.)  To be fair this normally happens when I become hooked on a netflix show…BLAME NETFLIX. giphy.gif
  4. Sometimes I read multiple books at the same time (not literally of course) but i’ll read one then put it down for a while and then pick up another one. tumblr_mdw0qa8Hbh1rh4ay4o1_250.gif
  5. Occasionally films inspire me to read. Wait, let me explain…if I watch a film and I thoroughly enjoy it and I didn’t know it was a book before release I will read the book. (If I know it is a book, I will read it before it comes out)  Also, if I really connect with a character and they have a favourite book or are reading something that I have not read, I will read it. 1.gif

If you want to check out my other posts like this one…click on the links below.

Bookish Habits part one.

Bookish Habits part two.

Bookish Habits part three.

Thank you so much for reading…