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Two Reviews of ‘INTO THE WATER’ by Paula Hawkins on its Publishing Day

INTO THE WATER Author Paula Hawkins ISBN 9780857524423 Published by DOUBLEDAY on 02 May 2017 Hardback RRP £20.00 An adult fictional book Crime Thriller/Adventure The first review is by Petrina M of The Midlands/Dorset, UK. Petrina states that she read the book in two days and couldn’t put it down. What is it that invites you to pick up a book and read it? The author’s name? Even our favourite artist can produce a song that doesn’t always hit the mark. Never underestimate the power of the imagery of the book cover. The contents of the written word are worthless if there isn’t the temptation to invite us to delve further into what lays beneath. This mesmerising front cover entices the reader to dive into this book and once the pages start to turn the content does not disappoint. With each chapter dedicated to a character, the mystery develops through different points of view. With the style and language appropriate for each person, you glide easily into each ones soul. Their turmoil, their memories, their …

Best of British – *Fit 4 Nothing Gym* 500 Piece Puzzle

– it’s not always easy reviewing jigsaw puzzles but this product review has bags of personality and is written by Kay N from Leicestershire UK I can imagine anyone joining ‘Fit 4 Nothing’ would look forward to burning off the calories and then adding a few more before leaving. The opportunity to utilise the cake machine would be a good reason to revisit and you could start the process all over again. An extremely good quality, colourful and highly amusing jigsaw which I very much enjoyed doing. Not just for the visual jokes which are funny in themselves but also the signs and advertisements on the walls and screens. Some of the jokes are obvious but some are very subtle and have to be searched for. Looking for the jokes I find is just as enjoyable as completing the puzzle itself, so the enjoyment and entertainment is twofold. All in all an excellent medium ability puzzle. Review also appears at Ravensburger PC

Craft Book Review – Mini Knitted Ocean by author Sachiyo Ishii

Review of Mini Knitted Ocean is by guest reviewer and novice knitter, Kelly A from Pontyclun I’m a fairly novice knitter, most of my accomplishments come in the form of scarves, so it was really nice to have a go at something different with this book. I love the quality of the book, the various projects within and the quirky theme of the ocean. Whenever I start knitting I always forget how to cast on, so I’d hope I’d find simple instructions inside the book (because the projects are aimed at beginner, intermediate and advanced) but there were none so I headed over to youtube for a quick tutorial. I’d opted for a beginner project, the ‘clown fish’, but I wanted to make it spooky (because it’s Halloween!) so I opted for red, black and green wool. Once I’d cast on it didn’t take long for me to gather momentum for the project! I have never really followed a detailed set of knitting instructions before, so it was great to have a reference at the front of the book for all …

Book Review of 100 LITTLE CROCHET GIFTS TO MAKE

Guest reviewer and crochet worker extraordinaire, Sue P from N W Leicestershire, UK reviews craft title 100 Little Crochet Gifts To Make Publisher: Search Press Edition: BC Paperback Publication: 19 April 2016 ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782213338 Size: 216 x 280 mm Illustrations: 500 Pages: 240 RRP Price: £12.99 The book cover is bright and colourful, and the mixture of illustrations make it an attraction. It certainly draws attention to anyone who is interested in crochet. The range of projects is very comprehensive, from toys, hats, jewellery and hearts to name a few. It gives a wide variety to choose from. I particularly like the break down, explaining how to crochet for beginners and the techniques used to help all levels of skill. There is also a variety of yarns used, from very fine to chunky. This makes crocheting more interesting using different textures. The instructions are well set out and are self explanatory. I also like the coloured illustrations of the finished project on every page. The coloured edge of the pages and numbers one third …

Short Review of Best of British – The Supermarket jigsaw puzzle

This is a good quality jigsaw which was enjoyable to do. Lots of colours and interesting, comical subtle comments, which at times made me laugh out loud, Very clever and very entertaining Short review is by guest reviewer, Kay More about the jigsaw: • A bright, colourful and highly detailed comedy puzzle • Depicts the imaginary “Cheaposave” supermarket, which is full of hilarious surprises! • This is number 15 in this popular and widely-collected series • Created by Midlands-based artist and author Geoff Tristram • High quality 1000pc puzzle. Puzzle measures 69.9 x 49.7cm when complete.

Jigsaw Review Wembley Dreams by Ravensburger

Jigsaw Review Wembley Dreams by Ravensburger By Cheryl Homer 10th May 2016 Now, I like a jigsaw but I usually tackle one a year, in a cottage we visit by the sea, taking up the challenge to beat 1000 tiny pieces within the week’s holiday. Apart from that I don’t usually get the chance so I was excited when Wembley Dreams by Ravensburger arrived.  While I’m not a fan of commercial football but I’m a big fan of children with jumper-goal-posts playing in the park, which is exactly what this delightful picture is. The painting, by Trevor Mitchell, is classed as nostalgic but apart from the style of the clothes, cars, pram and old leather football you could easily enjoy this as a summer weekend today. I scanned the image mentally trying to decipher how hard it was really going to be. It’s a painted image and there’s a good range of colours, and distinct areas, the footballers have individual kits and each flower bed is a different style colours so I knew that’d help. …

Reviews of MY LOVELY BOOK in Vlog formats

Never had vlogs appear at TSS before! Here are two reviews of ‘My LOVELY Book’ by two LOVELY guest contributors The first video post is by Mummy blogger, Becky W from Skegness, Lincolnshire, UK Becky says: We have used ‘My Lovely Book’ as a way to document 2016! From snapshots of our week, making plans for days out, capturing doodles from the monsters as they grow. Throughout this doodle book you can cut and glue, make beautiful pictures, pockets, frames and other charming creations. Use your creativity to make lists, make notes, write poems, short stories, diary entries, keep a calendar and add other things to make it yours. You can draw and colour, write and doodle. This is your book, made by you, for you and any other special people you want to share it with. Have fun! – Buy here: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/my-lovel…   The second video post is by Mummy and Lifestyle Blogger, Briony S from Tacolneston, Norfolk UK Briony says It is no secret that I love stationery, LOVE it. It is one of …

UK Blogger required to guest review

In the office today, I have a new, premium jigsaw puzzle (5oo pieces) that I would like to pass on to a UK based blogger to review. I’m looking for a guest reviewer, a he or she blogger, to submit their words and a couple of quality images, to me, for publication here at tss and for the publishing of the same review to be followed and repeated on the participant’s own blog once it has appeared at tssreviews. Interested? Details: The puzzle is NEW, sealed and in original packaging, it is entitled An Evening Walk. So sorry, but interest can only be considered from UK based bloggers as I’ve not the budget to cover shipping the item abroad. Please email admin@tss-mail.com expressing your interest with Evening Walk in the subject line. The draw will happen in the next couple of days and will be random. The chosen participant will be notified by email and will be required at this point to pass on their full postal address. This call out for participation will also appear …

Labyrinth Board Games

Testing this, the Junior Labyrinth Board Game by Ravensburger is, Adam (aged 8), Abigail (aged 5)  and their parents ‘the testers’. Review written and submitted to TSS by mum, Cheryl   “That looks Epic!” cried Adam when we opened the package that arrived, and with some prompting Abigail said it looked “hard but fun“. The game was played 4 times over 2 days. We liked the instruction, ‘the bravest starts first’. Adam shouted up, and started, with me second, Abigail third, and my husband to be last. I read the instructions and Adam took his turn, but by the time it reached Abigail, we realised that to start with she’d need help, so my husband teamed up with her. She still chose her own moves and gained understanding and more independence as the game went on. By the 4th time we played she set it up, and collected 7 tokens before anyone else had sat down to play, which caused much amusement! Adam understood the game quickly, though he took some time to think through …

Guest bloggers review new coconut flavoured water enhancers by Stur

Adele S from Surrey tells us ‘I like to relate to the reader so they know I’m being honest‘ so we like it very much when she blog writes for TSS Adele says: ‘After previously trying Stur products before, they have now launched their new Coconut flavoured range. In 3 flavours; Original Coconut, Coconut & Lime and Coconut & Pineapple. While the original coconut was a bit too intense for my taste, I absolutely love them with the hint of lime and pineapple. The taste of the coconut is overcome slightly by the added flavours and it’s a great addition to water! I’ve always loved the concept behind Stur and with 0g sugar and 0 calories, you can’t go wrong! The small bottles are so perfect for popping in your bag, with 20 servings in each bottle, it will keep you going a while! It certainly makes a change from drinking water and you don’t have to feel guilty about it’   Kirstie W from Sheffield tells us her thoughts about Stur’s new coconut flavours in her …