Fiction Friday: Book Review- Blood Vow by J.R Ward (Black Dagger Legacy #2)

Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2)Blood Vow by J.R. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just got out of a book slump and this book was everything that I didn’t know I was looking for. There’s romance, action, drama, suspense and vampires (which if you didn’t already know, I absolutely love). The world-building was incredible and I loved that even though this was the first book that I read in the series I still understood the culture and rules of this society. “Blood Vow” has several stories combined in it. The main story focuses on two couples: Axe and Elise and Rhage and Mary. Axe and Elise have a fierce attraction between them but Axe has sworn off any kind of relationship. Also there’s the not-so-tiny problem about him being her bodyguard. On the other hand, Rhage and Mary are a happily married couple who are in the process of adopting a little girl. Their lives are seemingly perfect until a threat appears that could tear them apart (sorry, I’m trying not to spoil anything and it’s pretty difficult for me). I didn’t feel like this book had much in terms of plot. Like I expected there to be a great big evil force that everyone would come together and fight. However I still really enjoyed this book and the characters. I’m going to be following this series. I love how the characters were like a family. This is a great read for anyone who loves fantasy.

View all my reviews

My Five Favourite South African Book Bloggers

I have always been fascinated with bloggers. These were people who knew the magical language of HTML and coding and they created gorgeous websites/blogs. They were so talented! When I started my own blog however, I felt incredibly lonely. I felt like I couldn’t relate to those bloggers. I was a South African student who did nothing but read while those bloggers attended sample sales and blogged about designer planners. So when I discovered South African book bloggers, I was over the moon! Finally after years of searching (three years, if you were curious), I finally found people who got me. Here are my five favourite South African book bloggers:

Life is too short to belived counting the years.Enjoy the ride and makeamazing memories.Have a great birthday!

 

  1. Urbanised Geek– Urbanised Geek has to get the first mention because back when I first started reading YA, I read whatever it was that Monique recommended. Also, she was the reason that I read The Lunar Chronicles and I would gladly sell an organ or three to own the entire collection in hardback. I loved the series that much.
  2. The Book Fairy’s Haven– The Book Fairy’s Haven is run by Tammy February who is a journalist for W24 and she REVIEWS BOOKS FOR A LIVING! Her blog has lots of great content such as interviews, book reviews and great posts but occasionally I visit just to admire the design (it’s decorated in faeries. Can someone please do that for me but with vampires instead?).
  3. Read and Seek- Blogger Nihaad originally had another blog (I think it was called The Little Blog of Stuff? I’m not sure but I absolutely loved that name) and I followed her over from that previous blog. She regularly posts discussions and book reviews. She also has a gorgeous Instagram feed.
  4. Under the Midnight Sky– I don’t remember how I came across this blog (I think Twitter perhaps?) but I know I’ve taken more than a few book recommendations from Abdeah (my favourite being Divergent- until I read a spoiler for Allegiant- and The Wrath and The Dawn). Abdeah also has a great Instagram feed with a ridiculously amazing set of props (she has what looks like a sword, guys. I’m equal parts terrified and fascinated).
  5. A Write Review– I don’t think I’ve read any of the books that Tina blogs about but she blogs about really great books. I basically follow her just to see what I should be reading when my TBR is shorter (so those are books I’m never going to read?)

Who are your favourite book bloggers? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- What Would Emma Do by Eileen Cook

What Would Emma Do?What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emma lives in a small town with a bunch of crazy people who twist the Bible for their own needs.
Okay so maybe I’m exaggerating a little but this novel hit a bit too close to home. I’ve seen people use religion to justify things or do or even worse seen religious people do bad things and be okay with it.
And that’s precisely what happens here. The popular girls at school suddenly start falling ill. The town believes it to be the work of the devil…except Emma has seen the goody-two-shoes Queen Bee and her bestie taking drugs. Does Emma risk speaking out?
Like I said before I loved that I could relate to this book. It felt like Eileen Cook had taken my life and written about it. I was not too happy with the ending but like most Eileen Cook endings it’s realistic

View all my reviews

March TBR

I know that I’m a bit late but I just recently got over my book slump and now I’m ready to read all the books. Here’s what I plan on tackling for March:

Look at how relatively tidy my shelves were

#AmCurrentlyReading

1) The Memory Book by Lara Avery: Okay I kinda spoiled this for me when I skipped to the end. However this seems like a really interesting read so I’m going to power through. Even if I already know the ending.

2) Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton: I received a copy of this from the publisher on Netgalley but I really didn’t like it. I read a few pages in before I gave up. However after reading an article by Hamilton in which she likens the book to the horrors of teenage girls in high school I’m pretty intrigued to give this another shot.
Review Copies

IMG_20170227_173900_583

I also want to try and finish all of the books I got from Jonathan Ball Publishers. Especially Sacrifice. That cover leaves me with so many questions and I NEED ANSWERS DAMMIT!!!

What are you reading in March? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: Jonathan Ball Publishers Book Haul

A few days ago (I cannot tell you exactly when because my memory is really crappy), I had a really difficult day. I was exhausted and my head hurt like hell (thinking of someone playing the drums on your head? Yeah that’s what it felt like). So you can imagine how excited I was to come home to a book delivery from Jonathan Ball Publishers. And then I opened the package and omg it was everything I didn’t know I wanted.

 

IMG_20170227_173900_583

These books all look perfect for my reading tastes and I cannot wait to start reading them.

 

Fiction Friday: February Book Haul

February was a pretty small book haul month since I’m no longer going to the SPCA book sales. However I did get some really great reads:

IMG_20170206_130251_331

Exclusive Books had a book sale and I found so many books that I had been waiting to read. I also finally have a print copy of Stars Above by Marissa Meyer! Now I’m just missing Cinder and Cress from The Lunar Chronicles.

 

IMG_20170216_103843_055

I also got the Guardians of Summerfeld series by Melissa Delport. And they’re signed!!!

DSC_0043

I’m so obsessed with the vampire from this series, it isn’t even funny. Seriously I might need professional help.

Lastly Pan Macmillan sent me a review copy of The Memory Book by Lara Avery. This book is so pretty and it sounds so intriguing. I can’t wait to start reading it.

_20170218_100017

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What was your February book haul like? Feel free to leave a comment below.

(A Very Informal) Review of The DIMILY Series

“Did I Mention I Love You” is a series by Estelle Maskame that follows Eden and her on-again-off-again relationship with her step-brother. Now I don’t know about you but that description just makes the series sound cliche and odd. Here’s the thing though- Eden and Tyler meet when she goes to visit her estranged father and his new family. Eden and Tyler have never known each other before and now they’re expected to behave as family. I hated Tyler’s bad boy behaviour in book one (“Did I Mention I Love You) but unlike most bad boys, Tyler actually had a reason for his behaviour. I really enjoyed this book and was devastated when it ended-and I say that as someone who had all three books ready to read. This is a series that NEEDS to be binge-read.

51ayPkOxCUL._SL500_SX145_

 

The second book follows Eden and Tyler during a holiday in New York. Tyler is trying to be a better person and it is such a great thing to see. I honestly expected him to be a bad boy throughout the series. It was refreshing to see such great character development.

51NhkdLOlIL._UY250_

Eden irritated me in this book since she *SPOILERS AHEAD READ AT OWN RISK* kept expecting Tyler to still have feelings for her even though she was dating his best friend. I was also annoyed when she kept getting jealous over Tyler. Um, you’re dating his best friend and you don’t seem to want to end the relationship. Stop being such a selfish cow *END SPOILERS*

The ending was totally unexpected and took me by surprise and just like the first book, I was desperate to read on.

51O+ZaNU6JL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

The last book, “Did I Mention I Miss You” is a blur of feels and so enjoyable. It is far lighter than the first two books and really makes up for all of the previous sad parts.

I enjoyed this series immensely and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. Just remember that this is a series that is best enjoyed as a binge-read.

 

How to Get Free Books

I’m not sure if I’m the only bookworm who struggles with book-buying on my tiny college-student budget. What I do know is that books are really expensive. Personally I feel you can’t put a price on a good story. (Though whoever decides book prices certainly doesn’t agree with me). Here are my tips to help you get free books:

Print Books

1) Join the Readers Warehouse Review Crew:

Joining Readers Warehouse as a reviewer allows you to earn Readers Warehouse vouchers for every title that you review. What I really love about this is that Readers Warehouse has always had pretty cheap books so this is a sort of double-saving. Another benefit of being a reviewer for Readers Warehouse is that sometimes you get free print books to review.

2) Join your local library:

Personally I’m not a fan of this since my local librarians literally do nothing. In all the time that I’ve visited them, they’re either chatting to each other or reading. They’re also really rude so visiting the library is a painful experience for me. However if you’re lucky enough to have great librarians (or more patience then I do), borrowing books from the library is a great way to find your next new favourite read.
3) Stalk Social Media for Giveaways:

Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Instagram are always having giveaways. Frequently stalking social media giveaways is great for finding new books as well as possibly winning books and book swag.

eBooks

1) Amazon:

Amazon has a great variety of free reads. They also occasionally have “free sales” when books go on sale for free for a limited time.

2) Netgalley:

Netgalley allows you to request and review e-ARCs. The only thing you need to do is ensure that you review the titles that you are approved for.

3) Join Mailing Lists:

Lots of authors include bonus materials or free books when you join their mailing lists. Some authors also have “starter books” which are the first book in the series (allowing you to decide whether or not you like the author’s writing before you start paying money for his/her books).
Do you know of any other ways to get free books? How do you buy books without breaking the bank? I’d love to hear from you.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Glided Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)Gilded Cage by Vic James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a review copy of this book on Netgalley.
Abi and her family go to work as servants for a wealthy and powerful family. But while their job is considered safer and better than working in the slave town, it still has its own horrors. Meanwhile Abi’s brother, Luke is in the brutal slave town where he is subjected to abuse. I spent the first half of the book wondering who got the worse job. Sure Abi’s job was mainly administration but the family she serves, the Jadines, are absolutely terrifying. While Luke has to work under uncomfortable circumstances, he atleast has some sort of solitude at the end of the day.
But then everyone seemed like a friend and then everyone seemed like a foe so I was just confused. Can anyone be trusted? Should no one be trusted? This book had me second-guessing every character and I loved every second of it. The writing is flawless, the plot moves quickly and the twists are unimaginable.
This is one of those books that leave you with a thousand questions. Just give me the rest of the series already. I NEED MORE!!! Go read this book. You won’t regret it.

View all my reviews

Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne

The Duke (Victorian Rebels, #4)The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cole and Ginny spend a night together when he pays for her “services”. Years pass and the two of them are unable to forget each other.
However Cole remembers Ginny as a dark-haired lady of the night and not as Imogen, the blonde nurse who helped to save his life. As time goes on, Imogen ends up living in the house next to Cole and Cole sees her as nothing more than a gold-digger.
But a secret from Imogen’s life as Ginny is about to tear her new life apart and Cole may be the only person who can help her.
There isn’t much romance in this book but it was natural which I enjoyed. The focus of this book is on Cole’s past and Imogen’s past as well as how it affects their lives now.
I loved the supporting characters from other books in this series and can’t wait to read the precious books.
This was a fun read with entertaining characters that I enjoyed immensely.

View all my reviews