Books · Reviews · Travel

Book Review- Model Under Cover 4: Dressed to kill by Carina Axellson

Hello everybody!
I’m so sorry for the lack of posts in the last few weeks. I’ve just got back from America (which was AMAZING!!!) and I just didn’t get around to scheduling the posts while I was away. I wrote the majority of the posts I aimed to publish while I was away, I just ran out of time. It’s annoying because I was in such a flow! Anyway as I’ve taken a ‘break’, I decided now would be a good time to get into my new routine of 1 or maybe 2 posts a week. I was trying to have once every three days which was working but just wasn’t, realistically, possible to keep up once I go back to school. I have so many post ideas and so much enthusiasm about the blog but I just can’t give it the time to publish that many posts especially considering how major my next year of school is (GCSES!!!). I do rowing most nights after school and then have 3 or more pieces of homework. I will post as much as possible but I’ll apologise in advance. I also want to spend some time organising and redoing the look of my blog because I really don’t like it but I need help because I don’t understand blog decorating! Anyway, enough moaning and on with the book review. Also look out for a review of my trip to America which will either be up this Friday or next Friday because I’m about to lose my Wi-Fi for a week. How will I survive?!

Book 4 is the top one!

The Model Under Series is one of my favourite series (pretty much only beaten by Harry Potter…). I was very excited to buy the 4th book in the series recently. I read it quickly and had a lot of views on it. I like it when a book leaves me with views because all too often, I find myself finishing a book with very little good or bad to say. I like being able to review the books without feeling like I’m just rambling boring words because I have nothing to say. Do you understand what I’m saying? I want to feel like the books were a good use of my time, even if I didn’t enjoy them, I still took in the story. I don’t know if that made any sense…
Anyway, I read ‘Dressed to Kill’ which is set in Milan. I’ve never been to Milan whereas I have been to Paris, London and New York so for me, I found it harder to visualise the setting of the book purely as I don’t personally know the location. Milan is somewhere I would love to go and this feeling has become more urgent now I’ve read this book. I mean look at the architecture, not something I’d normally talk about but it really is stunning in the photo below!

Italia-Tour Italy| Serafini Amelia| Milan Cathedral, Italy | Incredible Pictures:
Photo from Pinterest

I love detective stories and I love the fashion element in these stories because while I’m not particularly ‘fashion-y’, I would love to be a model… I follow Carina [Axelsson] on both Instagram and Twitter and I see the amount of research, especially location research, that goes into her books. And she gets invited to all sorts of swanky fashion events which look amazing! I think the fact that two of my favourite series (Model under cover and Geek Girl) are both based around modelling is a clue as to how much I would love to be a model! Same you have to be pretty and thin! Anyway back to the story, the thing I love about detective stories is the ability  to have your own views on who-dunnit. I think that’s something this book is slightly missing. Books 1 and 2 had it but I personally feel that both books 3 and 4 have not given the reader enough clues to guess and that makes the book less exciting in my view. Of course, the reader doesn’t want to be able to get the right person but they want to be able to try and figure it out. Again, does that even make sense??
I read earlier that these books are aimed at early teens and I’m now 15 (which is basically half way through my teens) but the protagonist, Axelle, is 16 and I never feel like I’m reading a book for younger people so I don’t know… I don’t feel the need for the love story to be included but I think there were places that it was needed in this book. I just felt it wasn’t a big enough part of the story to make it worth it but I’m guessing that th lack of story is part of the story.  (seriously, why is this review today so confusing!)
I am very excited for the next book/s. I had a brief conversation with Carina on Twitter about how much I’d enjoyed the book etc, and I asked her if the next book would be set in Tokyo (it basically says it is in the 4th book!) and she said that it would be however there might be something extra coming along before that… Exciting!

I can’t wait for more Model Under Cover books to come out!


Have you read this? Let me know one question you have about it (whether you’ve read it or not) below!


Blogger buddies- Kate Emsley from Thumbelina

It was my birthday yesterday!!!

A few weeks ago the lovely Anna from ‘Thumbelina‘ interviewed me for her first person in her new series ‘Blogger Buddies’. She is so nice and agreed to let me share the interview here. Please go and check out her blog and leave a comment and then leave a comment on this post and I’ll return the kindness. Right, here we go!

Hello everyone and welcome to the very first interview of Blogger Buddies. Today we meet the lovely Kate Emsley who’s blog is called ‘My Internet Home’.

1. Hi, Kate and welcome to the first interview of my new project ‘Blogger Buddies’, What made you want to join ?

Hello! I started ‘My Internet Home’ just over a month ago so I’m relatively new and I wanted to get involved with other bloggers and their blogs. I saw you talk about this on Twitter which is where I’ve got to know all my blogging friends and thought it was a great opportunity. I think the blogging community, especially the teen blogging community, is such a loving place and I’d love to get some good friends. 🙂

2.What topics do you cover on your blog ?
At the moment, I’ve left it very open to what I’m going to cover and I’m just going to write about what I like but I’ll mainly be talking about books, travel and general lifestyle. However, I am getting into makeup but I’m not very good… Maybe when I’m better I will blog about it! I want to be able to write about what I want without messing up my chosen theme so I’ve decided not to choose a theme if that makes sense!

3. You’ve recently done a post on the things that you are excited to do this summer , how many have you accomplished?
I broke up from school 1 week ago, on the 8th, and so far I’ve completed 5 of 15. I’m quite impressed with myself! I’ve got freedom from school, I’ve met up with my cousins, I’ve finished my bronze D of E and my scuba diving award and I’m currently visiting my Grandad. The next 2 things I’m doing is visiting my French Exchange and going to YALC (I’m going on Friday, let me know if you’ll be there then). At the moment, though, I keep forgetting it’s the summer holiday: It’s HORRIBLE weather!

4.What made you decide to start a blog?
Whilst I want to be a vet when I grow up, I’m worried about getting the grades I need for getting into university and my next possible job is being and author and/or a journalist. I am writing the blog because I want to practise my writing  and get experience for that but also because I constantly have ideas of what I want to write about and I needed somewhere to share my ideas. I’ve been reading other people’s blogs for years and thought, ‘Why can’t I do that?’!

5. Let’s travel in time to the year 2025, what has your blog achieved ?
Ok, so that’s 9 years. In 9 years I would like to think that my blog would have brought me a lot of fun and opportunities and friends. I hope to still be writing what I want and have met some great people. By then, I hope to have written about 1500 posts. I don’t know really, I haven’t thought that far in the future but I definitely will (hopefully!) be blogging.
6.What is the perfect recipe for a blog ?
The Perfect Blog
Ingredients needed:
  • Lots of Ideas and different topics covered
  • Commitment and regular posts
  • A gallon of fun and personality reflected through posts
  • Blogging communities involved
  • Friends interviewed and linked
  • And self-confidence to advertise your blog on social media
  • Good writing style
  • Good design and look of blog and photos
Thank you for having me here !

How lovely is Kate, let us all wish her the best of luck in the future for her blog and  hopefully with the ingredients needed for the perfect blog, Kate will write around 1500 posts when the year 2025 comes!!!

You can also find Kate here: Twitter and Instagram 

Remember that if you would like to join my little project then you can contact me on Twitter  or on my email Also, the above pictures are not mine , they are taken from Kate’s Instagram.



If you want to take part in her series do let her know! Hope this was a fun read,

Books · Haul

Books I’ve borrowed ‘n’ bought – June and July 2016

These are the books I’ve bought and borrowed this month. I haven’t read them all but I will have done soon! This month (or these months!) I’ve spent a slightly stupid amount of money on books but I’ve also attended YALC for the first time.
 (Those in bold are books I’ve borrowed.)

  • I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Waiting for callback by Honor and Perdita Cargill
  • One by Sarah Crossan
  • The museum of heartbreak by Meg Leder
  • Radio silence by Alice Oseman
  • When we collided by Emery Lord
  • Notes on being Teenage by Rosalind Jana
  • The square root of summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
  • Blue by Lisa Glass
  • Model under cover 4: Dressed to kill by Carina Axellson
  • Better left buried by Emma Haughton
  • The uncommoners by Jennifer Bell

    I went to YALC for one day and bought a LOT (about 27 in 1 day!!) of books which I will list below.

    • The memory book by Lara Avery (free proof)
    • Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
    • Vanishing girls by Lauren Oliver
    • The sky is everywhere by Jandy Nelson
    • The baby by Lisa Drakeford
    • Girl out of water by Nat Luurtsema (signed)
    • What’s a girl gotta do? by Holly Bourne
    • London belongs to us by Sarra Manning
    • Can’t look away by Donna Cooner
    • The unexpected everything by Morgan Matson
    • Kook by Chris Vick
    • The boy next door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
    • The IT girl by Katy Birchall
    • Sugar rush by Julie Burchill
    • Paper butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
    • Under rose-tainted skies by Louise Gornall
    • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
    • How do you say gooseberry in french? by Claire Watts
    • The potion diaries by Amy Alward
    • Two Summers by Aimee Friedman
    • The call by Peadar O’Guilin (free proof)
    • Geek Girl: Sunny side up by Holly Smale (signed)
    • My Favourite Manson girl by Alison Umminger
    • Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

      And Finally,

      • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Script book by J.K. Rowling and friends
      What books have you guys got recently??
      I think I have enough books to last me the rest of the holidays here so I feel this was probably the biggest haul I’ll ever do!!
      No. of books borrowed/bought = 12+ 25 = 37
      No. read at time of publishing = 9
      I still have a lot of reading to do. Please go and check out my round-up of YALC if you haven’t already.

        Desert Island Disks · Interviews · Makeup

        It’s Everything Erin- Makeup Desert Island disks.

        A few weeks ago I had the idea of creating a ‘Desert Island disks’ (If you don’t know what that is, Google it!) interview series. I don’t know if the ideas very good but I’m really grateful to Erin for agreeing to be my first victim. She has a lovely blog which you can see here. (Also follow her Twitter and Instagram)

        Out of the optional topics I gave her, she chose to do makeup. Here she has listed the 10 makeup items she would take to a desert island with her (excluding brushes or we’d never narrow it down to 10!) and her one luxury item. Here goes.

        1. Bare Minerals Original SPF15 Mineral Foundation
        2. L’Oréal Touche Magique Concealer
        3. Rimmel Sculpting Palette
        4. Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
        5. Benefit High Beam
        6. Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette
        7. Bare Minerals Lash Domination Mascara
        8. Benefit Gimme Brow
        9. MAC Lipstick – Patisserie
        10. Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue – Coral Crave
        Luxury: her phone to take photos and to keep in contact with people.
        (Also check out her amazing photography tips over on her blog).
        Did you enjoy this?? Let me know your opinions below. If you’d like to take part email me at
        I will comment on anyone’s blog as long as they visit Erin’s blog (and let me know in the comments obviously!)
        What 10 items would be on your list? What would your luxury be?