June 27, 2013

WTF Wednesday at Wimbledon

Apologies for the slightly crude title but for any of you who follow the goings on over at SW19 will know that some crazy shit that went down yesterday. For those of you who don't, you're missing out!

There had already been a shock exit during Round 1 when the number 4 seed Rafael Nadal lost to Steve Darcis but that was child play compared to the calamities that went down during Round 2. 7 players were forced to withdraw due to injuries throughout the day including some highly seeded players such as Victoria Azarenka (2) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5). 

Half way through the day and Number 2 seed Maria Sharapova was beaten by Portuguese Qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito. She blamed the slipperiness of the court but many of the other players said that the conditions were no worse than they normally are during the first week of the tournament.  In my opinion I think it was a case of a bad workman blaming his tools but then I might be biased as I've never particularly liked Sharapova. 

Later on in the day came the ultimate WTF moment when 7 time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer was beaten by world number 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky. The match was amazing to watch and to give credit where credit is due, Stakhovsky played extremely well and in the end I felt he deserved the win. 

In total, 12 seeded players saw their campaign for the WImbledon title come to an end. But all was not lost as somewhere in the mist of it all Andy Murray sailed through his 2nd Round match against Lu Yen-Hsun. I really hope the Djokovic gets through so that if Murray makes it to the final he has some decent competition so that if, and this one's a big if, he were to win people don't start spouting off that he only won because all his competition were already out. And to be honest who's to say, if Stakhovsky can beat Federer, that he can't beat Murray. Hopefully he can't but still, the statement holds true.

2013 is definitely fast becoming a very exciting year at Wimbledon and apparently unlucky for the seeded players. Fingers crossed that Murray is not another casualty but either I can't wait to see how it all pans out!

June 17, 2013

A New Addition to the Family

At 7.30 in the morning on the 8th June my beautiful new cousin was born. I finally got to meet her yesterday and I couldn't get over how freakin' adorable she is. She's the first new member of the family in twelve years so for once I get to enjoy her as a baby and I can't wait to get to know her. Welcome to the world Imogen!

June 12, 2013

Book Review: Suddenly Royal

Synopsis: Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

If there were a time and a place for the phrase, "don't judge a book by it's cover", this would be it. In fact, the cover of Suddenly Royal is quite frankly, rubbish and cheap. The cover along with the equally naff title makes it look like a book for a 12 year old and trust me this book is not for kids. What lies within this dodgy cover is a well written and extremely enjoyable story.

I found Suddenly Royal when I was having a nose through Amazon, trying to find some reads for my holiday. This popped up and as it was about royalty and only 79p I thought I could take the risk. Even if it was as bad as the cover suggested it wasn't like I'd be wasting a huge sum of money. Best 79p I've ever spent.

The thing I actually loved the most about Suddenly Royal is that the protagonist is not 16, she's an adult. I found it extremely refreshing considering the amount of YA novels I've read over the years. It was an adult novel with a feel of YA which suited me perfectly. And believe me when I say this is an adult book. There are some pretty steamy scenes part way through, tasteful, but steamy. 

All of the characters where extremely likeable, even Sam, which is rare as I usually find there's one or two characters that bug me. Sam is very witty, churning out a good number of real laugh out loud lines. Alex, is the classic charming prince with a side of cocky that some how makes him even more likeable. He's not perfect but he's damn close. 

My only minor gripe with the whole book was a few inconsistencies with some of the stuff to do with royalty for example swapping within a few lines between "Your Majesty" and "Your Highness" to refer to the Queen. These little things probably wouldn't bother most but I found it a little annoying at times. Luckily it's only occasionally.

I'm not saying this is some break-trough piece of literature but if you're looking for a light-hearted romance that includes not only a charming prince but a well written and well thought out storyline then this is a book that you should defiantly check out. Also, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this was a first in a series so I look forward to reading more of the adventures of Prince Alex and Duchess Rousseau.