Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Mastro's Steakhouse Beverly Hills, California

Visit Date September 2017

My sum up word:  Dickybow 

Average star rating: 4*


Full summary:

I got a text from my friend inviting my husband and I out for dinner, and I accepted. Then I realise we were going to Mastro's, I'm thrilled, of course. Why wouldn't I be, you all know I like the finer things in life. And so what if we need to remortgage for a meal out. 

So the night was a hit! We sat on the piano floor, which I loved because its old school posh. Our server was ultra polite, funny, super professional and helpful.

The food was good. I had scallops to start and they were to die for. Yum yum. My main, I had a fillet steak and my husband had a Porter House. Both steaks cooked just how we requested. The restaurants signature dishes, Lobster Mash was also delicious.    

So why only 4* and not 5*? Although the food was good, I felt the steak did not blow me away. And seeing as it is a steak house, and I love a steak, I felt the need to drop a star. However, I will go back again. Maybe I'll try the House Floor! 

Customer Experience – 4*

Customer Service – 4*

 Average * rating – 4*

Complaints made – None
Complaint Outcome – N/A

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Trace by Adelaide Thorne

Read September 2017

Firstly, this book was given to me by the author. So thank you Adelaide Thorne. This is my first YA (Young Adult) book review and I really enjoyed it. I liked being transported back to my youth and getting to know the start of the book Kepler, and her best friend. And Ella Kepler is a good friend to have when things don't go to plan. The story is abut a normal girl living her life just like the rest of us, when one day that all changes. Kepler is thrust into a new life of covert organization and Grifter creatures. As with all good stories and films, there is a love interest, which I assume will blossom over into book two. 

Sum up word: Telepathist


Star Rating * 5

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Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown

Read June 2017

Cute story about Emi trying, but failing emotionally to move on after her break up with Jake. He has left a scar on her heart, and the last thing she needs is to be bumping into him, queue Jack! So with heartache in hand Emi needs to suck it up and be a happy bridesmaid. Easy! or not so easy, not when there is a mean girl in the story. Queue, mishaps. But all is not lost when hunky Liam comes on the scene, yay! or not? Queue the dilemma, Liam or Jack?  

The book also takes you back in time so that you can see Emi's life when she was happy with Jack through to the break up. This is done with alternating chapters. And while the fast past drama is in the present day story line, the past story line is needed so that you can see how Emi and Jack ended up in the situation they did. 

Sum up word: Dressy


Star Rating * 5

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Literally by Lucy Keating

Read June 2017

I would like to start my review by saying that this book is written for YA and teens, neither of which I still am lol. As an author myself I know the time and dedication it takes to write a novella- so well done Lucy keating. I was shelf-surfing in Barnes and Noble for a chick-lit book when found, Literally. I was super excited about the concept and thought it would make a great vacation read. Lucy did a good job of showing a young American girl at school and her lingo. The book is about a girl who realises she is just a character in a book and her life is all written for her. It is easy to read and Annabelle is a likable character. I did unfortunately start to skim read through as I found it a bit slow, but this maybe because it's not my normal genre. I liked the inclusion of author Lucy Keating herself into the story, thought she did paint herself as a bit mean- I'm sure that's not the case in real life. It is also set in the town I live Venice and‍ Santa Monica. All in all, it's a cute easy read & a nice looking book for my bookshelf.

 Sum up word: Chickerally  


Star Rating * 3

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Friday, September 2, 2016

All Shook Up by Chelsey Krause

Read August 2016

This is the first book I have read from the author Chelsey Krause and after reading the synopsis I was excited to read the book. All shook up is about a quirky girl called Natalie
Who works in a thrift shop, or charity shop as they are known in England.

Natalie comes across a picture album that sends her on a journey trying to find her biological family. The story is written in the third person and has a nice pace.

I felt the story has two parts to it, one being Natalie’s such to find her mum or family and the other her friendship with Casey.

Sum up word: Cute 

Star rating: *3

Friday, April 22, 2016

Floozies and Fallout by Ravenna Young

Read April 2016

Floozies & Fallouts is the second book in its series. If you have read the first book then you will be pleased to see Cassie's horse loving, best friend, Eryn, is still around. Eryn's brother Ben, also makes a return, who Cassie is still messing around with.

One of Cassie's dreams is giving her trouble because she can not see who really killed Dillon. But when she dose finally see who did it, she is shocked. 

This book follows Cassie, a physic private investigator, into a world of pole dancing. Cassie needs to find out just what is going on behind the clubs doors. What are Rayan's intention? 

As a chick lit writer I like to read other genre's. Ravenna's writing style is uncensored and raw, this is why I like her. Her writing does not fit the norm and her charters are unfiltered. The character view point tends to head hop, but I quite like that, it's raw. The story is fast moving with lots going on and you don't get to see Cassie's inner-feelings that much, but to be honest, sometimes its just nice to read about the story line and not bother so much with the main charters deep and darkest thoughts. I like this author and even though her charter Cassie is shockingly cray cray, I find my self really liking her. She is a young girl trying to find her way in life.          

Sum up word: Raw 

Star rating: *4

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hesitation wounds by Amy Koppelman - Book Review

Read February 2016

Very well written story about a psychiatrist who works with patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression. The sorry follows flash backs about the doctor. You learn about her past and how she comes to terms with what happened and her present life.

I found the moving between present day and past a bit confusing in places but on the whole it was an enjoyable read about a woman overcoming grief.

Overall I though the book had a good storyline and emotion. I was very sick when reading this book and it was nice to have a good book to read during my recovery.

Sum up word: Moving 

Star rating: *4