Fiction Friday: December Book Haul

Guys Christmas is almost upon us!!! Tell me you’re excited (no, really. Tell me. I feel like I’m the only one). Of course since it’s the season of giving, I decided to treat myself to some books:

First I bought some books from the Reader’s Warehouse Black Friday sale. I also ordered “Red Queen”, “Glass Sword” and the two remaining books in the “Star-Crossed” series. Fingers crossed that they arrive today so I can have my weekend reading sorted. 

Then I visited the SPCA booksale where I bought all of their Nora Roberts books (and hurriedly put them away without taking out any pics because I was painfully aware that I had spent too much on books) as well as “He’s Just Not That Into You”. And then I kinda sorted came home with this collection from Bargain Books:

These were all on sale though so you really can’t blame me. I’m really excited to read “Twelve Days of Dash and Lily” (but only realized once I got home that I should have just bought the ebook since I didn’t really like their love story). 

For the new year I am definitely going to be giving up on my insane book buying. I know for a fact that I buy more than I read and this is really getting out of control fast. 

What was your latest book haul? I’d love to know below! 

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle

Hope at ChristmasHope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Sydney finds out that her husband has been cheating on her, she moves back to her childhood home in Hopewell. Her daughter isn’t too happy about the transition but Sydney hopes that she will eventually fall in love with the beautiful town. Meanwhile single dad, Mac sees Sydney and is attracted to her. However just as something begins to blossom between the two, they are faced with challenges that neither of them could have imagined. This was a wonderfully, heartwarming read that I really enjoyed. Sydney is a strong female role model and it is inspiring to see how she rebuilds her life after her divorce.
The town was friendly and colourful which I always love in books about small towns. This was a well-written book with beautiful characters. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a Christmas read.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Christmas at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer

Christmas at Two Love LaneChristmas at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Deacon’s Christmas gift to his aunt is joining a dating agency. Deacon has no plans to fall in love but he will settle for a few dates while he is in town just so his aunt can be happy. However Deacon is immediately attracted to Macy, the lady responsible for setting him up on dates.
Macy knows it’s unprofessional to have any sort of feelings for a client but the more time she and Deacon spend together, the more obvious it becomes that the two of them may be meant for each other.
This was a sweet read but I didn’t really enjoy it. I thought Deacon and Macy’s love story was drawn out for too long (JUST GET TOGETHER ALREADY, DAMMIT!) and some of the supporting characters got on my nerves.
This book was romantic but just okay. There wasn’t anything bad about it but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer 

Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1)Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spindle Fire is a retelling/unusual adaption of Sleeping Beauty. Now while any fairytale retelling hooks me, Spindle Fire had the added bonus of being wonderfully dark. This sleeping beauty cannot feel or speak while her sister (the king’s bastard) is unable to see.
When Princess Aurora and her sister Isabelle are separated, Aurora ends up accidentally pricking herself on a spindle and falling into a deep sleep. However this sleeping sickness soon moves to the rest of the kingdom and Isabelle might be the only one who can save them. This was an incredibly well-written, compelling read and I enjoyed it immensely. I found it difficult to put down. There’s countless fairytales, sibling rivalry, dark fae and lots of plot twists.
However this is the first of a series and leaves you with an awful cliffhanger. This is a series that you need to binge-read. This book has mystery, romance and intrigue. I cannot wait for the sequel. This was a great read for anyone who enjoys fantasy or fairytale retellings

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Fiction Friday- Book Review: With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins

With This Christmas RingWith This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Merry promises her dying friend to take her daughter to her father. In order to do this, Merry needs to go back to her jilted fiance. Alex has no idea why Merry threw away their relationship but he is desperate to find out. And as new secrets about his family and past come to light, he is determined to rekindle their relationship.
This was a really short but really sweet book. I loved reading this book and thought that it was the perfect Christmas read. It’s heart-warming, there’s romance and family and even a bit of drama. This book is a Christmas must-read.
I loved the mention of the bluestockings from Collins” “Studies in Scandal” series but ***SPOILER ALERT*** hated that they never showed up. WHY??? WHERE WERE THEY?***END SPOILER***
This book was great to hold my attention until the next “Studies in Scandal” book and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book to get them in the Christmas spirit.

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November TBR

Someone please tell me how it is already November. I feel like all I do is go around asking “How is it November? I just finished my last Criminology paper yesterday.” (This is a lie as I wrote my last paper on 8 December 2016 but it feels like yesterday to me). Anyway, here are the books I want to try and read before November flies away from me like the rest of the year:

 

November TBR

 

  1. Spindle Fire by  Lexa Hillyer: I’m currently reading this and I am enjoying it immensely. Unfortunately I read a huge spoiler and it kinda ruined this book for me. I am going to finish it before moving on to anything else but the spoiler really ruined the book for me.
  2. The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook: Eileen Cook’s books seem to be getting darker and I love that! I really enjoyed “With Malice” and I’m sure this is no different.
  3. No Place Like You by Emma Douglas: “A Season of You” was on my October TBR and it was such a great read. I love Emma Douglas’ writing and can’t wait to read more.
  4. The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman: I’m so sad that I haven’t read this book yet. Valerie Bowman is an absolute delight and her books are divine. I’m pretty disappointed that I didn’t get to read this book yet but better late than never.
  5. Enchanted by the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall: So, um, I like highlanders. Sue me. *ducks in shame of having my personal bookish likes exposed to the world*

Those are the books I hope to get through this month. What are you reading? Let me know in the comments.

November Book Haul

My November book haul is incredibly small because I am a working adult with bills. Also, I couldn’t find that many books on a budget. It seems like I own most of the sale books out there.

November-Book-Haul

 

My SPCA/Bargain Books book haul is so very tiny. I can’t believe I bought so little. “Born of Shadows” is from Bargain Books but the rest of the books are from the SPCA. Unfortunately once I got home, my mother told me about more Nora Roberts that I had missed which made me sad. (I really hope they’re there next month).

 

November SPCA Book Haul

I also got a few books from the Exclusive Books sale. I finally own a print copy of The One Memory of Flora Banks (I’ve been looking for it for ages) and I couldn’t be happier. You can see my review here.

Exclusive Books Book Haul November

What books did you get in your most recent haul? I’d love to know below.

 

Fiction Friday- Book Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Without MeritWithout Merit by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Why are you even reading this review? This a Colleen Hoover book. You don’t need to read reviews of Colleen Hoover books. They’re published with a seal of excellence. This book in particular is well-written and very moving. It has romance, some plot twists and some angst. Go get yourself a copy ASAP.
(I notice that you are still here reading this review. Fine then. I’ll share my thoughts on this book with you. But you really should get yourself a copy).
Merit is pretty much ignored by her entire oddball family. She is known as the troublemaker, the one who always seems to have issues with everyone else. What no one realizes is that the reason why Merit is so miserable is because she is forced to keep all of her family member’s secrets. Merit buries her feelings with an unusual hobby of buying trophies that once belonged to other people.
One day while looking for a trophy, Merit runs into the gorgeous Sagan. They share a passionate moment but Merit quickly discovers that Sagan is taken. When he reappears in her life, Merit becomes even more isolated.
This book was like a combination of the romance in “Hopeless” and the serious issues raised in “It Ends With Us” (which explains that cover that look so much like IEWU).
This book retains Colleen Hoover’s wit and beautiful romance but also tackles real-life issues which I appreciated. This was an amazing read that I recommend to anyone who know hows to read. Trust me, you’ll enjoy this book.
(Now PLEASE go and get yourself a damn copy already).

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Book Review: The Bride Who Got Lucky (The Cavensham Heiresses #2) by Janna MacGregor

The Bride Who Got Lucky (The Cavensham Heiresses #2)The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am always reluctant to read sequels in case they don’t turn out to be as great as the first book in the series. However this book blew my mind and I actually enjoyed it more than the first one.
Emma is determined to prove that her best friend’s death was a result of her abusive husband. No matter how often she is warned against meddling in the matter, Emma will have justice served. Nick is a family friend and he is given the duty of keeping Emma out of trouble.
However the task is easier said than done. No matter how much Nick tries, Emma seems to always land is some sort of hot water.
I loved the pairing of Nick and Emma and thought the chemistry between them was well-done. I also loved how headstrong she was. I enjoyed this book immensely especially seeing characters from the previous book. This was a wonderful read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys historical romance.

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Book Review: The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake (The Cinderella Sisterhood #6)

The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood, #6)The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aurora was exiled to the country to live with her aunt after being caught in a compromising position. However now her stepmother needs her help in uncovering the identity of a blackmailer. Rory needs to solve this mystery fast as her sister is about to secure a marriage to wealthy, titled husband who will not accept any hint of scandal to his future bride’s name.
The man believed to be the blackmailer is the distant and reserved Lucas Vale, the Marquess of Dashell. Rory doesn’t believe it is possible for someone as honourable as Lucas to be capable of blackmail but she starts to investigate him nonetheless. She gets a job in his household to be closer to him and to look for clues. But the more time she spends working for Lucas, the more she starts to see him as more than just a cold aristocrat.
I liked how Lucas seemed to transform from aloof and cold to a warm person. He had great character development and I fell in love with him just as Rory did. Lucas and Rory were an adorable couple and I loved that Lucas had always had feelings for her. This was a well-written book with an intriguing mystery which I enjoyed immensely. I recommend to all fans of historical fiction and mystery novels.

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