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The Mirror by Deborah A Stansil

Today’s post is a book review – guess who actually got reading this month??
Back in the middle of January, I contacted Debbie when I saw her asking for bloggers to review her new book and I’m actually so happy I did! She said yes, and here we are on the day of it’s publication – you should definitely give it a read!

The Mirror was a great read. The story kept me engaged, it wasn’t your usual plot, and I just didn’t want to put it down once I got into it! Now, when I say it wasn’t your usual plot – is anyone else tired of the same stories being written over and over, with some small plot changes, but always the same general idea? Well this was just perfect to break up the monotony of books at the minute! But before I go into why you should read this book, shall we take a look at the blurb?

When Amy’s daughter Lilly spots an old mirror in a local antiques stores, she can’t resist buying it for her. But with the mirror comes more than Amy bargained for. When Lilly starts talking about her “friend in the mirror”, Amy writes it off as an imaginary friend.

But Lilly’s imaginary friend is hard to ignore, and it’s not long until Amy finds herself embroiled in a battle; a battle to save her daughter, and a battle to save her secrets. Can a mirror really reflect the past? How else can Lilly know so much?

Now I’ll be quite honest, it’s been years since I last read a book like this. However, I was intrigued by the blurb, and felt I just had to read this book! In fact, there was something about the mystery of it that reminded me of a book I had read in school and so I was really excited when I sat down to start it.

 

Honestly? It took me a couple of chapters to feel drawn in to the story. But by the end of Chapter 3 I was enthralled. The tension and unease in Amy, the protagonist, is extremely well written, to the point that you’re feeling all her emotions with her. This was particularly well done in chapter 10, but I won’t ruin the storyline for you!

 

If you love a good mystery type thriller that keeps you turning the page for more, this is the book for you – and even better, it’s being released today!

 

Overall, I would give this a strong 4 out of 5. As mentioned previously above, the first couple of chapters were scene-setting, and therefore somewhat slow, but once the main plot got underway I really couldn’t stop reading, so much so I read it all in the one night!

 

 

Thank you so much, Debbie, for allowing me to read your work prior to it being released, and I wish you all the best with what has been a brilliant read. I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more of your books!

 

 

 

Book Title: The Mirror

Author: Deborah A. Stansil

ISBN: 978-1-78808-634-9
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Disclaimer: All views in this post are 100% my own, and are therefore my honest thoughts as I read through the book. I was sent this book for free to read and review, with the intention of spreading Deborah’s work to a wider audience. 
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Friday Favourites: Eloise

And we’re onto the final Friday Favourite of February! You didn’t think I’d do it, did you? But here we are, and it’s like I’m daily blogging again. To be honest, I kind of am daily blogging… at least for now anyway.

 

The final Friday Favourite for February is the delightful Eloise from Is That Eloise. We first got chatting back when GRLPOWR started up, and now that I’ve left GRLPOWR she is one of the 3 that still talks to me! And is patient enough when I don’t reply for 24 hours because of our awful wifi in this flat…

 

But yes, Eloise is a lifestyle blogger who hails originally from Suffolk, however she’s currently at university in London studying Drama. If you hear of Eloise taking part in a Twitter chat, or anything really for that matter, without a cup of tea in hand then you should know you’re around for a very rare occasion!  Truly, I love chatting with Eloise about anything and everything, especially considering she shares my love for both Grey’s Anatomy and Carmilla!

 

Like Francesca, Eloise does so flipping much behind the scenes for GRLPOWR, and I honestly couldn’t ask for a better person to know I can trust if or when I need someone to talk to.

 

One of my all-time favourite posts of hers has to definitely be Minorities Deserve Better. It’s one of the most empowering, heart-warming posts I have ever had the pleasure of reading:

Do we really need a because? Do we really need a reason? Do we really need to feel so completely let down and unsurprised everytime we turn on our tv. Do we really need another generation to grow up thinking they will never fit in and they will never be happy and they will never find love because that’s all they ever see?
And with that thought, I’ll leave you the links to Eloise’s different social media platforms. Take a look and maybe click on the follow button on each! Or, as today’s her birthday, you could go and wish her a happy birthday!
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Friday Favourites: Lucy

Yup, here we have another Friday Favourite on a day that isn’t a Friday – we’re getting caught up here!

 

Today’s favourite is the truly lovely Lucy. Now, Lucy isn’t actually a blogger I followed and then got to know. We have mutual friends and actually met in person before following each other! So safe to say Lucy’s a friend both on and off line.

 

Lucy is a fellow student at the University of Glasgow, also from Northern Ireland, and her blog is all about her life and experiences as she navigates her way through student-ville. Studying English Literature and Language, as well as Digital Media & Information Studies, Lucy is able to combine her degree and her passion for blogging into one big part of her life, and I’m incredible jealous of her for that reason!

 

Always bubbly and firendly, I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen Lucy without a smile on her face. When she’s passionate about something, she lets you know it, which I feel comes across in her blogs as much as it does in real life! Although, I’m not going to lie, her dislike of vegetables interests me – I wish I could’ve turned 21 and still had a dislike of them!

 

I’ll be honest here and say there are quite a few of Lucy’s posts that I love – they’re the posts I go to when I want to read, and they’re so incredibly well written that I’m slightly envious of her talent. One of these posts was all about Photos, and another favourite would have to be Scottish Adventure #2. Both, in my mind, reflect who Lucy is, and I would really appreciate it if you’s go follow her blog!

 

 

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Friday Favourites: Charlene

Hello once again and happy Friday! How are you? I’m running slightly behind on these posts which is why there have been 2 this week, and there will be another 2 next week so keep an eye out for them! Actually, they need to go up before the end of the month on Tuesday so I might even squeeze them in this weekend.

 

But yes, today’s post is all about the amazing Charlene!  I started following Charlene on Twitter when I started taking part in chats, and never in my wildest dreams did I imagine she would follow me back, but she did. I’ve now followed her on every social media platform I possibly can, and love watching her snapchat stories during the day. Can you believe it took me a month to realised she was from Glasgow? I had a mini fan girl moment at that point, not going to lie.

 

Charlene is quite simply gorgeous in every way – looks, personality, everything. She’s incredibly supportive, positive, and open. Turning to blogging to express her thoughts and feelings, Charlene has since grown from writing about her mental health, to include other topics such as shopping hauls, book reviews, and lots lots more – there really is something for everyone over on her blog! Her own words when describing her blogging experience so far are:

Starting my blog was the best thing I ever did. I take so much comfort from it. I have met so many wonderful people through it and I am part of the loveliest community ever. I have created my own #beechat community in which I have 1000+ people involved – and my own ‘snail mail’ project – where people write to one another from all over the world (90+ of us so far). People admire me, encourage me and endlessly support me and I just feel like the luckiest girl in the whole wide world.

So what makes me think you would love to follow Charlene’s blog? Well, it was quite hard to pick just one post, however I finally narrowed it down to I’m Back From Malta. While I love reading everything on Charlene’s blog, I do definitely prefer the more personal posts, but I think that’s because that’s what I enjoy writing myself!

 

If you don’t already, you should definitely give her a follow on any/all of her social media links!

Twitter             Blog           Facebook      Instagram       YouTube         Snapchat – themcelhiester

 

 

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Friday Favourites: Kirsty

Hello! Sorry for the three week hiatus, I can’t really think why it wasn’t up but it wasn’t and here we are two weeks later playing catch up!

 

This week’s Friday Favourite is the lovely Kirsty from Me, Cupcakes and Tea. Kirsty is a 25 year old blogger in her free time, when she isn’t teaching, baking, or drinking tea at home in South Africa. We first got talking a while back, and when I tweeted asking people to join my Christmas Card Swap Kirsty was one of the first to sign up!

 

Covering all types of posts, from fashion to lifestyle, beauty to food, Kirsty’s blog has something for everyone, and I love having it bookmarked on my laptop to flick back to to read!

 

My favourite post at the minute from her blog would definitely have to be one from her Blogmas series – The Christmas Tag. I love reading tag posts, and Christmas is my favourite time of year. Tag posts give us the chance to learn more about each other, and I love getting to know more about Kirsty! Head on over there and read some of her posts!

 

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The Slump

And once again I find myself struggling with the motivation to post. It’s a mixture of lack of ideas, and also because I’m just not enjoying at the minute. Is it wrong to think that if I’m not enjoying writing it, you won’t enjoy reading it?

 

I’ve been trying for the last 2 weeks to write up my Friday Favourites posts, because I do love spreading the love around! But any time I start to write it I lose interest. And I know that not everyone writes a full post in one sitting, but I find it best to do that. So I’m kind of hoping that by writing this post I can bring myself to finish a couple of posts that I have in the drafts section.

 

What do you do to bring yourself out of the writing slump? Is there a special routine you have to get through it all? Let me know below, maybe I can get writing again!

 

 

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The 30 Disney Questions Tag

Woo! Now who doesn’t love a bit of Disney? When Claire over at That Mumma Rocks tagged/nominated me in/for this particular tag, I genuinely got so excited about it! Combining two of my favourite things, this tag is perfect. Blogging+ Disney makes for a very happy Katie!
 

The rules? You simply answer the questions below, link to and mention the person who has tagged you (thank you once again Claire!) and then tag 5 more people to take part! Simple, right? You haven’t seen the questions yet…

 

1. Favourite Character – See what I mean about difficult questions? I’d have to go for Melody from The Little Mermaid: Return To The Sea

2. Favourite Princess – Ariel. Without a doubt, Ariel. Have you seen this woman/mermaid?

3. Favorite Heroine – I’m going for Mulan here. Has there ever been a better heroine?

4. Favoruite Prince – Without a doubt, Prince Eric. He has a dog! And a gorgeous castle by the sea.

5. Favourite Hero – Olaf. Some people are worth melting for.

6. Favourite Animal – Either Lady or Scamp. I adore Lady, but her troublesome son, Scamp, is all of us trying to find our place in life.

7. Favourite Sidekick – Pascal or Maximus…. They’re so perfect

8. Favourite Villain – Ursula

9. Favorite Original Character – Pluto

10. Favourite Love Song – I See The Light from Tangled

11. Favourite Song – You’ll Be In My Heart from Tarzan

12. Favourite Villain Song – Mother Knows Best from Tangled

13. Least Favourite Song – Little April Shower from Bambi

14. Favourite Kiss – Ariel and Eric when she can finally speak!

15. The First Movie You Saw – The Jungle Book

16. Favourite Classic – Lady and the Tramp

17. Song that always gets stuck in your head –When Will My Life Begin (maybe because this is my alarm at the minute)

18. Favorite Pixar Film – Up

19. Least Favorite Pixar Film – A Bug’s Life

20. Favorite Sequel – Either The Little Mermaid: Return To The Sea or Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure. OH! Or 102 Dalmatians! Waddlesworth is brilliant.

21. Overrated Movie – The Princess and the Frog

22. Underrated Movie – Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure

23. Movie That Makes You Laugh – The Lizzie Maguire Movie

24. Movie That Makes You Cry – Lilo and Stitch or Dumbo. Don’t split families up on me otherwise I will sob.

25. The Saddest Scene From Your Favorite Movie – When Nani and Lilo sit on the hammock the night before Cobra Bubbles comes to take Lilo away.

26. Saddest Death – Bambi’s mother.

27. Favourite Quote – “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all” from Mulan or “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” from The Lion King

28. Favourite Theme Park – Disneyland Paris! Although I’ve never been to the others

29. Favorite Theme Attraction – Pirates of the Carribean

30. Favorite Theme Park Show – Whatever it was at the end when I could’ve cried listening to I See The Lights. It was just incredibly moving.

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, feel free to comment below and let me know your favourites, even if I haven’t tagged you! I’d like to tag

 

Francesca                    Eloise                Holly                        Mary                         Cody.                        Jordanne

 

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