• Back to university in seven days...
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I’d much rather be looking over the harbour of Villefranche again.
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At least I get to go back there next year with my favourite person💕
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There’s a few holiday posts gone up about this last cruise (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • Spending the day with my laptop catching up on posts, emails and everything I’ve let slide over the past three weeks😂
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Oh and I start third year in eight days....😱
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I’ve finally put my August Wrap up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I had a real good reading month 😂
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  • #throwback to a lovely Sunday breakfast with my favourite person💕
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After a lovely night in Manchester we headed to @pkbcoffee - a favourite place of ours.
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And the best eggs royale I’ve ever had! Sam’s breakfast tacos were pretty good too😉
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  • On a rare Saturday off my favourite person and I ventured off to Ikea on a furniture hunt.
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Did we get furniture? No. But I do now have new lamps and a very cool teapot.
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Ah the power of IKEA.
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There’s a review up of This Cruel Design on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - IKEA meatballs, yay or nay?
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  • Well and truly a victim of the plane lurgy😂
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A night of netflix and tea for me.
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I’m thinking about starting the Dark Crystal tonight too.
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There’s a review up of This Mortal Coil by @emily.suvada which I adored! •
And there’s a little recommend post up for the Slytherins out there (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - what superpower would you want?
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  • I am wrapped up in a blanket and determined to finish Supermarket by Bobby Hall! I have about ten pages left😱
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But this headache is making it so difficult 😫
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There’s a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - how do you deal with headaches. I need help😂
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  • All unpacked and getting back on track with little jobs, posts and also going back to Uni....
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Before Sam and I went away I fully intended to keep posting on my blog and on here.
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That really didn’t end up happening and the little digital break was so nice☺️
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Equally as nice to be back and there’s a full review of Dark Age by Pierce Brown up on my blog - be warned it’s full of spoilers 😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - Beach holiday or city break?
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  • Home and nearly unpacked from an amazing ten days with this one💕
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Now I need a brew and a nap😂
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Can’t wait for the next adventure ✈️
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  • Half way through my last shift set before we go on holiday💕
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I can’t wait to be in Sicily with my favourite person eating all the pasta and pizza.
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I can’t wait to get some more sun and take lots and lots of pictures🙊
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There’s a new post up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) - the first in a new series: The Cruise Diaries🚢
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#QOTD - last film you cried at?
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  • Soon off to get my hair done...I don’t even want to acknowledge how bad my roots are again😂
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Then meeting my favourite person for some drinks in our local💕
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In the meantime I’m still in laptop mode contemplating how long it’s going to take me to write my Dark Age review🤦🏻‍♀️
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There’s a significantly smaller review up of Seraph of the Age Volume Sixteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd: do you review everything you read?
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  • #throwback to a lovely meal out at @common_bar with @felfiramoondesigns and @coffeeeyesandblankstares 💕
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I could eat this again today🤤
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Adult Fiction Blog Tours Books Reviews

Needlemouse* Blog Tour

July 12, 2019
Needlemouse by Jane O'Connor

**I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for participation in the blog tour**

What a pleasant surprise this book was.

We follow the rather mundane life of Sylvia. A fifty-something with a near nonexistent social life, no relationship and no real interests besides the Hedgehog Sanctuary she volunteers at. She's utterly in love with the Professor she works, not that he knows or really even if he did would care. After a series of unfortunate events, Sylvia ends up very isolated with only the Hedgehogs and Jonas their caretaker as friends. It's a book about picking yourself up, carrying on and making your life what you want it to be. Even if it isn't the most conventional.

At first, I wasn't a fan of Sylvia at all. I found her shallow, vindictive and a difficult protagonist to like. That is until the true colours of the people around her start to come out and you see how she's been somewhat manipulated to believe certain things. The man she was utterly devoted to turns out to be cruel, coldhearted and took advantage of everyone around him. Her brother-in-law was much the same. He manipulated a certain situation to paint himself in a better light and ostracise Sylvia further. I was fuming when I read that.

Help comes in the most unlikely of sources and this was the moment that I started to see how unfortunate Sylvia had been. She wasn't anything like I first thought. She was a caring, sensitive and loyal soul.

I loved how many different kinds of relationships were presented in this novel. There was a veritable smorgasbord from familial, to friendships, romantic relationships etc. Single parents families were represented, as was a mixed-race family and one character spent the latter half of the novel questioning her sexuality. I can't emphasise how much I loved this book in the end.

I think the hedgehog was an excellent motif for this novel. It suited Sylvia perfectly. She was prickly at first glance but when she allowed people to see the truest version of herself she was really a squishy sweetheart. A true slice of life novel that leaves you thinking there's always light at the end of the tunnel...and that your tunnel doesn't need to be like everyone elses.

A perfect summer read.

Name: Needlemouse*

Author: Jane O'Connor

Publisher: Ebury Press

Pages: 340

ISBN: N/A

Rating: 4/5

Have you read Needlemouse?

What did you think?

Thank you for reading,

Katie x

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