Review

Review: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

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Genre: woman’s fiction, romance
Pages: 403 pages
Format: E-Book, paperback
Publisher: Nowell Publishing
(I have received a free copy of this book)

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

~Review~

When I said yes to reviewing this book, I didn’t thought that this book will be like this. Our main character, Rosa, isn’t your usual heroine; the one who has a completely supportive family and friends. In fact, her upbrining wasn’t in the family at all. She is unable to feel happy and doesn’t let herself be loved. What I loved about her a lot is that she won’t let anyone look down on her, she will fight for herself.

Her whole life turns around when one day she gets contacted that she has inherited a shop at the place she’s never even heard of. The timing was perfect; she was just fired from another job. She goes down to the village with he sausage dog named Hot. Slowly, she starts clearing up both the shop and the flat above it so that she has a place to stay instead of paying a room.

She starts settling down slowly but few things happen along the way and we get to see how the village is “working”. We see how close people are and that they would do everything for each other. She falls in love but finds out that she was having a false hopes. Even if she thought that the village will be nothing but quiet and sleepy place, it is nothing like that.

The book is no way boring. It has enough mysteries to keep you going and enough romance for you to enjoy. This book is really worth reading in my opinion. Romance is my favorite genre to read and this book is one of the gem pieces in this genre.

Rating: 4,5 out of 5*

With love,

Ana

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Tag

The 100 Truths Tag

Hello everyone!

So, I saw this tag over on Dora’s blog and decided to do it. I tracked it down until I found a post that has all 100 questions and found it on Boston Book Reader’s blog so here is the full version.

The basics

1 What’s your name?
Ana
2 Any nicknames or aliases?
Well, mostly Ana or Destiny
3 Your gender?
Female
4 Your star sign?
Pisces
5 How old are you?
26
6 Your relationship status?
Single
7 Any children?
Nope
8 Any pets?
Sadly none
9 Any tattoos or piercings?
I have 1 tattoo (want more) and 6 piercings (3 on left earlobe, 2 on the right earlobe and 1 conch)
10 What do you like about yourself?
That I can read fast and that I try my best to be understanding
11 What do you dislike about yourself?
I hate it that when I hit my sad point, I’m really sad and don’t listen to anyone. >.<
12 Righty or lefty?
Righty

Lasts

13 The last thing you drank:
Tea
14 The last thing you ate:
Pizza
15 Your last phone call:
My boss
16 Your last text message:
From one shop that they are having a sale
17 Your last email:
From Udemy about the courses on the sale
18 The last song you listened to:
Do u dirty by Kehlani
19 The last book you read:
I’m reading Autoboyography at the moment
20 The last time you cried:
Couple of weeks ago because of one band I like (I can’t remember now)
21 The last blog you read:
It is Dora’s blog
22 The last person you spoke to:
My friend/Destiny
23 The last place you visited:
Düsseldorf/Duisburg
24 Your last holiday abroad:
Christmas spent at home (Croatia)

Have you ever?

25 Have you ever gotten back with an ex?
Sadly

26 Have you ever been cheated on?
No

27 Have you ever cheated on someone?
No

28 Have you ever lost someone special to you?
Yes

29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?
No, I’m happy to get tipsy

30 Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?
Yes

31 Have you ever met someone who changed you?
Yes and I hope to meet more people like this

32 Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?
Yes

33 Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?
Yes

34 Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?
Yes

35 Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
My ex’s probably

36 Have you ever kissed a stranger?
No

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?
Yes

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?
No

39 Have you ever been arrested?
No

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?
No

41 Have you ever done something you regret?
Yes

42 Have you ever had a threesome?
Nope

43 Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?
Yes

44 Have you ever misjudged someone?
I have

YOUR BELIEFS AND OPINIONS

45 Do you believe in God?
No

46 Do you believe in yourself?
I wish I do believe in myself more

47 Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Oh yes

48 Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes

49 Do you believe in aliens?
Yes

50 Do you believe in miracles?
Yes
51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?
Yes
52 Do you believe in love at first sight?
It never happened to me, so I don’t know
53 Can money make you happy?
Yes and no
54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
Yes
55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
Pro-choice
56 Do you have strong political beliefs?
No
57 Do you have strong religious beliefs?
Kinda
58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?
Memories

Right now

59 Are you eating anything right now?
No, but I’m hungry

60 Are you drinking anything right now?
Tea
61 What are you listening to right now?
Nothing
62 What are you thinking about right now?
Food 🙂
63 What are you waiting for right now?
Waiting for? Nothing at all.
64 What are you most excited about right now?
Uhm, going back home at the end of April 🙂
65 What’s your pet peeve right now?
People standing right in front of the train doors when they open and not letting people get out
66 What’s your favourite thing right now?
My iPod
67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?
Probably making some food

Firsts

68 Your first best friend:
Kristina, back in the primary school

74 Your first job:
I did summer jobs so if those count; working on a slushy stand
75: Your first childhood memory:
Locking myself in the toilet

Which would you choose?

76 Love or money?
Love

77 Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook just because my whole family is on there
78 Hook up or relationship?
Relationship.
79 Dogs or cats?
Cats
80 Coffee or tea?
Tea
81 Beer or wine?
None of the above
82 Sweet or savoury?
Favoury
83 Introvert or extrovert?
Introvert
84 Vampires or werewolves?
Vampires
85 Seaside or countryside?
Seaside
86 Summer or winter?
Summer
87 Books or movies?
Books
88 Horror or comedy
Comedy

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past?
Nope, it made me who I am today

90 What’s your dream job?
Good question, not sure. I like my current job a lot.
91 What’s your guilty pleasure?
Youtube
92 What are you afraid of?
Losing my loved ones?
93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
A police woman XD
94 If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Transportation (as in go from one place to another in matter of seconds)
95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
My mental health and to be more positive
96 Would you want immortality?
Nope
97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?
I’m not really sure
98 Would you say you are happy?
Yes
99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?
Be yourself and don’t let anyone else choose something for you.
100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
In love with a person that I love and the said person loves me back.
I tag everyone that wants to do this tag.
With love,
Ana
TBR

April To-Be-Read

Hi everyone!

I’m here with a post of the books that I would love to read in the month of April. I hope that I will be able to read all of those or at least the half of them.

  • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • The signature of all things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • One summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge
  • The things we need to say by Rachel Burton

I hope that I will be able to read all of those specially because ‘Heir of Fire’ and ‘The signature of all things’ are both over 400 pages long and I will be travelling home at the end of the month. I will keep my fingers crossed to finish all of this.

What do you plan to read in the month of April? I would love to hear all about your TBR list for this month.

With love,

Ana

Monthly wrap up

March Wrap up

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Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing good. I’m here with one more Monthly wrap up, this time for the month of March aka my birthday month. I feel like that this month I haven’t been reading that much. 😦 I was sick for a week this month and seriously I feel like this month just flew by. But let’s list down books that I’ve read.

  • The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan –> Jenny is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, romance author. I love all her books, seriously. There hasn’t been a book that I’ve read from her and didn’t like. I have fell in love with the small Scottish village (and I was sad that it doesn’t exist in real life). I loved how everyone is just so close to each other in that village and I know what it means when everyone knows every little thing about you. My grandma comes from an island where everyone knows every single thing about you. I loved that one of the characters was gay and that he wasn’t portrayed as those gay guys you see in women fiction. 4,5*
  • Modern Guide to Witchcraft by Skye Alexander –> This one is more spiritual book, if I can call it spiritual. I am into Witchcraft so it was more a book to learn from than an easy read. I loved it since it was really nicely laid out and easy to understand and not boring for sure. I will be buying more books like this, for sure. 4*
  • Discovering Kwan Yin by Sandy Boucher –> Another one for spirituality since I feel connection to Kwan Yin. I wanted to read and “learn” more about Kwan Yin. It was interesting book and I see myself re-reading this one for sure. 4,5*
  • Du willst es doch auch by Aya Sakyo –> Manga written in German; yaoi manga to be specific. Bought it on a whim since I wanted to read more mangas again. I liked it but it wasn’t mind blowing to be honest. I want to read more mangas so I would love to have some recommendations. There are some that I am keeping an eye on but am lazy to buy. >.< So, overall, rating for this one is: 3*
  • The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May –> The review for this one is coming up in April so keep your eyes out for that one. One thing I can say: I really really liked it!!! 4,5*

This was my wrap up! Let me know what great books you’ve read in March. I will be uploading my April TBR soon.

With love,

Ana

Unboxing

World of Wizardry – Special edition February 2018 unboxing

Hello everyone!

This time I’m here with another unboxing. It is a special edition of World of Wizardry box from GeekGear. I’m not really sure how much it was since it was purchased back in December, so sorry about that.

This is how it looked like when you got the box and opened it. This was my first time ordering the Special Edition box and I didn’t know what to expect and how the box looked like. I expected it to be more like their usual monthly box so I was a bit surprised by the simple white box. But I understand that it is pricey to put out the monthly boxes as a special box since the special ones are bigger.

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This is what it looked like when I opened the box. A sweatshirt, shirt, mug and Rock Candy figurine.

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Both sweatshirt and a shirt were ordered in the size L because I like to have my comfort. The sweatshirt is nicely sized L and fits perfectly but the shirt is something I really have a problem with. Even tho it is unisex L, it fits a bit more tightly, specially at the bottom and the shoulders are a bit slouchy, if you understand me. I wish they would make that better. But the print is awesome and the quality is really nice. Sweatshirt (psst, it glows in the dark) designed by Abbygalemalaga – RRP £19,99, Shirt  designed by Risa Rodil – RRP £19,99IMG_1079IMG_1080IMG_1081

The next thing I opened was this mug. The quality is great and the size is perfect. I am a huge tea drinker so this mug is perfect to add into my collection. (RRP £9,99)IMG_1082IMG_1084IMG_1085

Rock candy figurine! My first one and it is Luna. Luna is my favorite character! I have to purchase one where she has her glasses on. It is 5-inch vynl figure with her Lion head. RRP £24,99.IMG_1087

The next one was a pin. I have to say, I didn’t thought that this pin will be this big. I have all my geekgear pins on the shelf since I don’t have any place for them on my backpack. I was thinking of maybe using my Primark Harry Potter tote and put them all on it, but I’m still thinking about it. RRP £9,99.IMG_1089

This month we have received a Displate metal print of the Hogwarts and the boats with students. I have never had a print like this so I was a bit surprised and confused at first. Sadly, all my prints are standing on my shelf because I have yet to get them all a frame. RRP for this print is £14,99.

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The last but not least is licensed quidditch world cup poster. It is a big one so I don’t think I will find a frame for it but I love it. RRP£6,99.IMG_1092

That’s all from me! This post isn’t sponsored in any way, the box is purchased with my own money.

Please, leave a comment down below and let me do you have any subscription box? Maybe also from GeekGear?

Have a nice day!

With love,
Ana

Tag

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Hello!

I have been nominated for this award since long time already but I have never come around to do it. It was in my bookmarks and I thought, now is the perfect time to do it.


The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs and ask them 11 questions
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post

 

1. When did you start your blog?

  • I started blogging in 2015, but I started up my game last year in 2017.

2. Why did you start blogging?

  • I wanted to write about the books I’ve read and enjoy talking about the books. And I thought I can share my thoughts about it.

3. What’s the one thing you’ve done in your life so far, that you are most proud of?

  • I finished school in Germany and found a job where I’m happy.

4. If you could go back and change something you’ve done, what would it be?

  • Start the university that I knew I will give up in the end.

5. Spring or Autumn?

  • I prefer Spring more but I love both of them.

6. Summer or Winter?

  • Summer, I hate the cold winters.

7. Beach or Theme Park?

  • Beach all the way, oh my goddess.

8. Mountains or Countryside?

  • I prefer Countryside, yes.

9. Dogs or Cats?

  • Cats, I love cats so much. I hope to adopt one in the future.

10. Travel to the past or to the future?

  • Oh, I think I would prefer the future. I wouldn’t want to visit past.

11. In a perfect world, what life would you have and where would you be?

  • I would live somewhere near the coast, in a house where one room would be just filled with books and bookshelf. I would have cats, a partner and would be working from home. I would have a book written.

I tag everyone who wants to do this tag. Please enjoy it!

With love,

Ana

Tag

90s Kids book tag

Hello everyone!

Happy Valentine’s day first of all! I hope you will have an amazing day, even if you don’t have special someone.

Today, I’ll be doing the 90s kids book tag today that I found over on Dora’s blog. It sounded so interesting and I’m 90s kid so why not do it?!

THE RULES

  1. Please, please, please steal this tag and spread it around!  I only ask that you link it back to The Literary Phoenix so that I can see everyone’s answers!
  2. Freeze tag was all the rage in the 90s.  Tag someone (or many) you think would have fun with this!
  3. Have fun!

POKEMON:

A GBA game and trading card game where you battled pocket monsters and strived to catch them all.  Back in the day, there were only 150 Pokemon.

The author you need every book from.

  • I would say that it is Jenny Colgan.

AIM

AOL Instant Messaging – how 90s kids communicated with their friends after school before everyone had a cell phone.

Book that connected you with your best friend.

  • Ugh, my best friend isn’t really a reader but my other one.. I would say it was Captive Prince. She read it cause I talked too much about it. But aside the best friend, the book that connected me more to Dora was Six of crows.

FURBY

Creepy needy robots you could teach to talk and were probably demon possessed.  Somehow these made a comeback?

Book that seemed like a good idea but was actually a monster.

  • I’m not really sure of it. The passage by Justin Cronin?

N’SYNC

90s quintessential boy band. You may have heard of Justin Timberlake?

A book you hated to say Bye, Bye, Bye to.

  • Kings Rising by C.S.Pacat. I want more of the Captive Prince books

SLIMED!

Getting green slime thrown on you, courtesy of the show Figure it Out.  Also apparently still a thing at the Kid’s Choice Awards?

A book everyone loved but you hated.

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I don’t know what was amazing about that book but it didn’t really amaze me personally :/

OREGON TRAIL

90s computer game you could usually play at school, which was great.  It taught us people used to die a lot of gruesome, messy deaths.

A book that made you wish you died of dysentery.

  • Antigona by Sofoklo. I had to read it in school and, gosh, I couldn’t even swallow it down. 

MIXTAPE/CD

Back before everyone had music on their phones (remember, we didn’t have cell phones!) folks would rip their CDs and make mixes for each other.

3 books you recommend to anyone, anywhere, no matter what.

  1. Captive Prince 
  2. The plot
  3. Discovery of witches

DIAL-UP INTERNET

You know how it’s annoying when you aren’t on LTE?  IMAGING WAITING 10 MINUTES FOR INTERNET TO START AND ANOTHER 20 MINUTES FOR GOOGLE TO LOAD!

A book that took FOR FREAKING EVER to read.

  • Uhm, I think it would be “U registraturi” by Ante Kovačić (croatian writer). Had to read it for school and it was so long and so gosh..

KENAN THOMPSON

He’s that guy who’s been on SNL forever.  Also Mighty Ducks.  Good Burger.  Keenan and Kel.  All That.  Everything.

That book that you see referenced everywhere and is in everything, but that’s okay because it’s awesome.

  • I would say Harry Potter but I love it. I’m a huge fan of HP and a Potterhead, proud Ravenclaw so I enjoy it.

THUMBS UP, SEVEN UP

A game where most the class closed their eyes and seven people tapped someone’s thumb and you had to guess who did it without peeking.

Book where you peeked just REAL quick at the ending because you don’t like guessing games.

  • I can’t remember the book where I’ve read that. I have been tempted to do that but I know that it will just ruin the whole book so I don’t do it. I like getting to know the ending myself

DUNKAROOS

These were basically just Teddy Grahams dipped in frosting, which is still a wonderful snack idea.

Your ideal bookish snack.

  • Omg, I don’t eat while reading. I would probably just ruin my book by eating. I like to drink tea or just water, but eating is a big no.

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

Collections of short stories that would scare any sensible kid!  Plus, there were illustrations…

A book that kept you up all night.

  • I don’t read horrors so I don’t stay up for that. I only once stayed up reading.

BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY

Basically the coolest thing you got to do in science class was watch Bill Nye.  He has a Netflix show again!

A book that taught you something new.

  • Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen > sort of a biography of a woman who, as a teenager, fell into a pit of drugs and alcohol but found her way out through yoga. She is really inspiring person anyway and I’m following her on instagram. Maybe one day I will be able to travel to Aruba and do her yoga class.

This tag is open for everyone who wants to do it!

With love,

Ana