2020, A thought? A question, Author Love, Uncategorized

Monday doesn’t have to be dull….

Afternoon all…so in light of just how hard life can be let’s all do all we can to be kind. In every single situation think before you act. Our actions speak far louder than our words ever will. Once upon a time here on Hayley Reviews I had a segment called Monday motivation and smiles and now I just want and need more Monday kindness. It’s half term this week so I know there are a number of frazzled Mums and Dads out there. Hang in there guys you’re doing a great job.

This morning I managed one item off my to do list and I was lucky enough to spend some time at our local coffee shop with my sis and my nieces and nephew. Although my oldest niece was off playing games in the other room it was nice to be able to help my sis even for a short while now I’m awaiting my transport to work.

It’s week three of mine and Catriona’s Paige Toon readathon and I’m loving every single second of this back catalog so far they have all been fresh reads for me as I didn’t get into Paige until The Last Piece of my Heart.

Whatever you do Be Kind…You never know may even post a review later too…

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Keyboard Warriors

I know in writing those two words I’ll be sent some sort of abuse. In light of the last 24 hours I’ve felt compelled to put pen to paper as so to speak. It’s not only celebrities that receive abuse and nastiness from trolls, over the years I’ve had messages on boyband message boards as well as on a few blogging platforms. At one instance I ended up doubting everyone around me and I was forced to stop writing. I did for a while before starting again on a different platform alongside a friend before that fizzled out.

Before Hayley Reviews there was Hayleyslilworld until I couldn’t take it anymore I made my page private it had consisted of book and film reviews, personal thoughts and links to various pieces I’d written on work placements for various publications. I then decided it was better for me to no longer participate in something that was making me cringe every time I had a notification. Not only slatting my words but me as a person. I deleted so many people off many social platforms and accused everyone of hounding me – whoever was sending me those nasty words got to me and had me doubting everyone. I didn’t want to share any of my thoughts as I wasn’t sure who I could trust. If you’re continually told you are a certain way you sadly start to believe it. I had got myself into such a state over it.

Even though I had suffered at the worst trolls I had started to miss the good sides of social media and blogging. I then became a volunteer and wanted to talk about my experiences as my life changed this blog then reverted to what I loved books. Even just last week I had a few not so nice messages telling me my reviews were rubbish but the plus I took was said troll had gone through a number of my posts skyrocketing my views for that day.

What happened to Caroline Flack shouldn’t have happened. None of us are perfect we all make mistakes in life. The sad reality with all things celebrity is everyone believes they have a right to their personal life and that is not the case. They are still human beings someone’s daughter, brother, sister, friend, mother, auntie.

No one should feel like they have no way out but to end it. In saying that check in on those friends who seemingly have it all and on those that always check in on you. Be kind and live in the now what’s gone we can’t change but what’s to come is on us.

2020, Author Love, Readathon, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Lucy in the Sky By Paige Toon

Blurb: Settling down for a 24-hour flight to Australia, Lucy finds a text message on her phone – not from her boyfriend James, as she fondly hopes, but from a woman claiming to have slept with him four times in the past month. Trapped on the plane, she questions everything about her relationship with James. She finally calls him and he reassures her: it was only his mates playing a silly joke.

James is a lawyer, persuasive and gorgeous and Lucy adores him. So why, at the wedding in Sydney of her best friend Molly, does she have niggling doubts, and find herself attracted to Molly’s brother-in-law Nathan? The sooner she gets back to her regular life in London, the flat she shares with James, her job in PR, the better. Nathan is a happy-go-lucky surfer boy, with no prospects, no place to live, an almost-girlfriend in tow. And the other side of the world…

Lucy – a girl caught between two distant continents – and two very different men…

Review: Today sees the second book in mine and Catriona aka www.fabulousbookfiend.com Paige Toon read-along. For Catriona Lucy in the Sky was a re-listen for me it was a first read. I’m a huge Paige Toon fan but I first discovered her books when I read The Last Piece of my Heart – and from that moment I was hooked. This year I decided I will still be reviewing new books but I also want to read more for me this year and so far I’m having a good reading yeah. Saying that after finishing this beauty I was a little book hungover and reeling from Lucy’s story.

Lucy in the Sky is Paige’s debut novel and I’m so annoyed that it’s taken me this long to devour it. I have both a paperback and an ecopy of this book which was great for whilst I was eating and stuff as I could continue to read.

As ever Paige kept me on my toes and had me hooked from the off. From the beginning I adored Lucy yet I was sceptical over James and throughout I was left hooked but what way the story would change. I loved seeing Lucy reunited with her childhood friends and her going back to Australia.

Paige always manages to have very real situations and Lucy’s conundrum is something that can and does happen to many people. I hated how James always had a way of belittling her – when in reality Lucy is an awesome woman with lots ahead of her. The friendships, the love and the laughs really make this book. Nathan and Lucy are fantastic I really enjoyed the bad jokes which even had me thinking of some of my best male friends over the years new and old.

A tale of confusion, love, friendship and trust and lack of. I simply adore Paige Toon and going through her back catalogue is going to be an emotional rollercoaster I loved and loathed Lucy at times. There were times when I had to stop reading and I was simply so angry or overjoyed which meant reading this book was effortless yet it left me a little bereft at the end which is why I haven’t read anything else in between. Shortly I will be starting Johnny Be Good and I cannot wait.

2020, A thought? A question, Film, Uncategorized

Film Review: Bombshell

Synopsis: When Gretchen Carlson slaps Fox News founder Roger Ailes with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, not a soul could predict what would happen next. Her decision leads to Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly coming forward with her own story, as well as multiple other women, inciting a movement that reverberates around the world.

My Thoughts: Wow! Firstly I was always going to publish a film review today but initially this was not the post I had in mind for today. Today I had hoped to share with you my thoughts on Lady Bird but seeing Bombshell made me desperate to share my thoughts on such a hard film.

I must admit when I first saw the trailer for Bombshell I was like this looks like trash, until I realised what it was about and then I was intrigued. If you’ve seen the trailer that’s not even the half of what you will experience.

Bombshell is an incredibly important story with such a hard hitting message for women. What saddens me is I don’t feel like it’s been marketed that well and it’s leaving a number of cinemas a lot sooner than I expected which is why I had to watch it this evening.

This film will should you the real importance of the me too movement and what those women went through.

Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron are all outstanding.

Over the years I’ve had a love hate relationship with Nicole Kidman come on I’m a massive Tom Cruise fan but I can say when I’ve seen a fantastic performance and she is incredibly fierce in her role as Gretchen she puts her career well and truly on the line for the sake of womankind and she holds no punches. There were a number of aspects to her story that I wasn’t expecting but truly empowering to say the least.

It’s an important message in showing the right and wrong in any aspect not just in the work place. There were a number of truly heart wrenching scenes where I was left overwhelmed and incredibly angry. There’s a particular scene with Margot Robbie where I was literally aching for her, you’re winded and truly heartbroken that someone so talented, beautiful and driven is broken down.

Charlize Theron is outstanding she’s fierce but also she knows her place. I loved seeing how her character unfolded.

Bombshell is a film I believe women should watch to be empowered and men should watch to know that that sort of behaviour is not ok and is not acceptable. I left that screening angry yet with a huge amount of gusto and girl power. It’s definitely a must see although I’m not sure it’s the sort of film I would watch again and again as it’s rather intense.