Title: The Isobel Journal
Author: Isobel Harrop
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 7th November 2013
I am always happy to look at art. Always. Ever since I first discovered this book, I have been desperate to read it, so when a WHSmith gift card fell into my hands, I thought 'Why not?' I bought it.
The Isobel Journal isn't really what I expected, but nevertheless it was a nice way to spend the twenty minutes I had without Internet the other day. It brought out my arty side and I immediately felt inspired, which is always a good thing. Look - I even found my twin!
|Screenshot from Book Haul #10 // Drawing from The Isobel Journal|
"My favourite pastime is probably lying in bed or eating snacks... or both at the same time."
However, I feel like The Isobel Journal wasn't worth the amount it's selling for; a lot of people on Twitter and Goodreads have been complaining about the price, including me. I get why it's so expensive - it's art - but I was disappointed as this was such a short read, and I feel a bit 'cheated'. Don't get me wrong, it's a lively, creative book and whenever I need inspiration for anything, I know I'll just be able to open The Isobel Journal and boom, hello instant inspiration!
Author: Cora Carmack
Published by: Ebury
Publication date: 28th March 2013
Genres: New Adult
It feels like every female book blogger has read this, and it was made out to be one of those 'love it or hate it' books. Me? I'm in the middle. It was good, but a few things irritated me. Firstly, the main love-interest Garrick is meant to be British. The author is American. Uh oh. I'm wondering whether the author actually knows anyone who is British, because Garrick just sounded like a normal American guy who calls people 'love' and who drinks tea every two seconds. At least he didn't go on about Corgis and the Queen. Ah, stereotypes... they made me cringe. Needless to say, his dialogue was written pretty badly and Garrick did not sound authentically British at all.
Secondly, Bliss Edwards was pretty annoying. She didn't really do much except get drunk or be pushed around by other people. Personally, I think the scenes where she was acting in her theatre class were best. The writing was better here - more descriptive, more authentic, and more interesting.
I admit, it was okay - it must have been, I kept reading, didn't I? - but it was disappointing at the same time. I wanted to enjoy it, and it had been on my wish list for a really long time, so it's a shame that I have to give this 2.5/5.