[Book Review]: Three Wishes – Liane Moriarty

Three WishesGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Whenever they’re together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow. But apart, each is very much her own woman, dealing with her own share ofups and downs. Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, juggling the many balls of work, marriage, and motherhood with expert precision, but is she as together as her datebook would have her seem? Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage — can she bring another life into her very precarious world? And can free-spirited Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, ever hope to find lasting love?

In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their thirty-third-year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents’ dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome. A family comedy about sibling rivalry, “Three Wishes is an assured and warmhearted debut.


Another great novel by my favourite female author, Liane Moriarty!

This story is original, heartwarming and compelling all that the same time.

There were a few characters to get used to but by the end that was easy. It was the triplets names I had to think who was who a bit.

It makes me think – do twins and triplets really argue that much?

I don’t really have any negatives to say about this book, it hooked me in from the first page, I loved the way Liane began this story, it was quite original.

Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a unique, good story.

❤ MeLzY

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[Book Review]: The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty

The Hypnotist's Love StoryGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk. 

Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks, Actually, that’s kind of interesting. She’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her.

Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has.


I love Liane Moriarty’s novels – she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.

I have read all of her novels now and they have all been equally good.

When I read the synopsis for this book, I thought it might be a little on the thriller side considering there was a stalker involved but it was completely opposite to what I thought but in a good way. The stalker was more of a friendly stalker who just couldn’t get over her ex boyfriend, she meant no harm.

This novel was basically a romantic love story but with a friendly stalker in the middle of it.

What I love about Liane Moriarty’s books is that because she is an Australian author, all her stories are based in Australia too and I can relate to the areas she is mentioning – it’s a nice change to reading about American and England suburbs all the time and not being able to picture them.

A great read! The only negative thing I have about this book is probably the title – its a strange title.

❤ MeLzY

[Book Review]: Wreck – Fleur Ferris

WreckGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Tamara Bennett is going to be the first journalist to strictly report only good news. Finished with high school, Tamara is ready to say goodbye to her sleepy little town and part-time job at the local paper. O-weeks awaits, which means parties, cute boys and settling into student res with her best friend Relle. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when she arrives home to find her house ransacked and her life in danger. What is this mysterious note? And why does it mean so much to one of Australia’s most powerful media moguls? Caught between a bitter rivalry and dangerous family secret, who can Tamara trust? Or should she trust herself?


 

I love a book that gets straight into the story from the very first chapter and grips me in and this book did exactly that. From chapter one I was intrigued. The whole book can easily be read in one sitting (that’s what I did) because it’s just that good and easy to read.

The whole novel is spaced over 2 days in Tamara’s life and although some chapters do go back 5 years, it isn’t annoying or confusing like other novels.

Although this novel is fairly predictable, it is a nice easy read to break up the concentrating reads from time to time.

The only negative I have for this book is that the author (Fleur Ferris) made the characters repeat themselves constantly which was rather annoying but other than that I like this novel.

❤ MeLzY

Scrapbook ‘Beach’ Layout

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I just finished creating this layout last week. I used various templates for the background and used glimmer mist over them. I also used a beach themed embossing folder for behind the photo and numerous beach themed stamps around the page for the background.

I wanted this page to be colourful to match the colourful beach huts and add some shells form the beach as embellishments, as well as some beach themed die cuts and rub ons.

I would love to hear your thoughts on my page.

❤ MeLzY

[Book Review]: Friend Request – Laura Marshall

Friend RequestGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn’t she?

1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren’t. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends.

2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever.

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria’s sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she’d severed ties with to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there’s more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what’s known to Maria–or whoever’s pretending to be her–is known to all.


From page one this book had me hooked and that’s what I love a book to do. Grip me from the get go. Although this book goes back to the past in some chapters and then back to the present again, there isn’t a lot in the past, most is told in the present and in first person by the main character – Louise. She is basically telling us her whole life story. From what happened as a teenager and how that has shaped who she is now and the past is finally catching up to her.

This is Laura Marshall’s debut book and she has written a doozy for a beginner BUT she has left a few unanswered questions for her readers. What exactly happened to Sam? Did Esther and Louise become friends again? Did she ever see Pete again? The problem this author did is not write an epilogue at the end of the novel. She simply wrote the last chapter in 2 weeks time after the event and that’s not long enough for us readers. We (well I do) like to know further down the track what happens to these characters. I need closure on a book.

The story is based around facebook and if I didn’t already not have an account, I definitely wouldn’t have one after reading this book because these actions can so easily be done by anyone.

Still a great novel with a great (sometimes predicable) story though.

❤ MeLzY

[Book Review]: Into the water – Paula Hawkins

Into the WaterGOODREADS SYNOPSIS: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.


First of all, this book is nothing like ‘The girl on the train’, apart from being a type of thriller that keeps you guessing ‘ who did it’ up until the very end.

The way each chapter was written varied which got a little annoying. Jules’ chapters were all written in first person as if she was talking to her dead sister all the time and all the others were pretty much narrated by the author.

It took me a good few chapters to get into the story, it wasn’t a novel that grabbed me from the get go but once the story developed, it got very interesting and I enjoyed reading it.

And just when you think all is explained at the end of the book – think again!

❤ MeLzY