Thursday, 19 February 2015

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

This post contains a review and a bookish manicure.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Published by Hachette AU
Source: the publisher
Rating: 4 stars

From the blurb: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn't expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
A very short review as I read this in Nov-Dec last year:

Fangirl was the first book by Rainbow that I read and I was in the minority when it came to my feelings on it because I really did not enjoy it (though I adore the cover and did nails to match!) So, when Landline showed up unexpectedly, I wasn't sure if I should give it a go but I am really glad I did.

Right from the start it was a fun read, the dialogue was snappy and reminded me so much of Gilmore Girls, I imagined the characters all as fast-talking people and found it very, very entertaining. I especially liked the tv writer aspect as I'm always impressed with how they can make a plot/show/series come together.

I don't read a lot of adult fic, mostly because I'm not interested in reading about marriage problems, babies, divorce etc, but this story was engaging and I truly cared for Georgie and her family. I was also pleased that Rainbow didn't choose to include a love triangle, and instead focused on how complicated a marriage can be.

Another thing I loved about this story were the pop cultural references - Home Improvement, The Beatles, Rainbow Brite, and Violet Beauregarde.

I'd suggest giving Landline a go even if you're like me and you tend to ignore adult fiction. It's a fun, heartwarming read.

Thank you to Hachette AU for my review copy.

I love the simplicity of this cover as well as the grey-toned green so I had to capture it in manicure form.

I used Orly Jealous Much? for the base, it was a perfect match.

I used a fine brush and acrylic paint for the phone.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Sandy Feet by Nikki Buick

The moment I saw the cover for Sandy Feet by Nikki Buick, I knew I had to do nails to match. I have a thing for palm trees and things with a summer-y vibe and this cover captures that perfectly.

I started with a base of Ulta3 Frangipani, a lovely bright yellow.

For the design I used a very fine brush and acrylic paint.

Sandy Feet by Nikki Buick
Published September 24, 2014 by UQP
Source: the publisher
Rating: 2 stars/DNF

No review for this one as I didn't end up finishing it. As most readers know, I love Aussie YA, but I could not connect with the MC and eventually gave up on him and his story. I even tried to give it another go recently hoping my feelings had changed but found I still could not invest in his story and decided not to push it. I'd still recommend this to all fans of contemporary YA fiction.

Thank you to UQP for my review copy.