Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood #1)

The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alice has a pretty unusual life. She and her mother are constantly haunted by “bad luck” which follows them around wrecking havoc in their life. Alice’s grandmother is a famous author whose book about the creepy Hinterland had only one print run but gained fans with an almost obsessive interest in Alice and her family. When Alice learns that her grandmother has died, it seems like the obsessive fans will finally leave her alone. But it seems like more of them appear in Alice’s daily lives and it isn’t long before Alice’s mother is kidnapped. The only lead Alice has comes from the Hinterland itself, the supposed made-up world of her grandmother’s stories. Alice has to find her way into this magical land and find her mother.
I have been intrigued by this book ever since it first came out and was really excited to read it. However a large chunk of this book is basically just a road trip. I was close to giving up completely when the road trip finally ended and things got really interesting.
I loved the Hinterland tales. They were spooky, compelling and creepy. I would love to own a copy of my own.
“The Hazel Wood” was a really interesting read even with the excruciatingly long road trip. This was a great read with amazing world-building that I definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys their fairytales with a twist.

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Fiction Friday: August TBR

We are already a week in to August and I have done barely any reading at all. Things have been pretty hectic at work and I’ve been working overtime whenever possible so it has been tough to find any reading time. For that reason, my August TBR is pretty short:

  1. Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart- I started reading this and it is SOO good. Only problem is I’m waiting to have enough time to read it all in one setting and so far there doesn’t seem to be such a time.
  2. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton- This was one of my most anticipated reads but once again, I’m waiting to have enough time for over 100 pages.
  3. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher- I am currently listening to this on Audible and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It seems a bit dramatic but it is really intriguing.

Which of these books have you already read? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl BeforeThe Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The Girl Before” tells the story of two girls in two different timelines. Both girls, Emma and Jane have experienced tragedies in their lives that led to them seeking a new place to stay. Both girls fall in love with the same beautiful house. And both girls become involved with the house’s mysterious architect.
When Jane moves in the house she soon discovers that Emma had died in the house. If Jane is making the same decisions that Emma is, does that mean that she too will meet the same end?
I really enjoyed this book. I was not sure if it was Fate or someone else leading both girls to go through the same events. This book is well-written with a very compelling plot and characters that you cannot trust. Definitely pick this up if you are a fan of thrillers.

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4 Tips on How to Improve Your Blog Traffic With the Content You Already Have

Churning out blog post after blog post is difficult. It’s time-consuming and sometimes no matter how often or how long you sit down, you just can’t think about what to write. Here are four tips on how to use the content you already have to improve your blog traffic:

 

  1. Use Social Media to promote your old posts: As I mentioned above, writing blog posts takes alot of time and effort. So why let all that work go to waste? As you grow followers on your social media channels, share posts from “back in the day”.
  2. Rewrite old posts: Your writing has probably changed over time. Rewrite old posts to maintain your current tone or add extra information that you have learnt about a topic.
  3. Update your graphics for old posts: This is one of my favourite ways to update a blog post since it is so quick and easy.
  4. Use Old Posts to help you find new ideas: Go over your old posts- especially the really popular ones- and see what inspiration hits you.

What are your tips for improving your blog with the content you already have? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

AllegedlyAllegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
“Allegedly” follows Mary, a sixteen-year-old girl who is serving time for a crime that she may or may not have committed. When Mary was nine years old, she and her mother were watching over a friend’s baby. The baby died. Mary murdered her. Allegedly.
Everyone hates Mary for what she did but why would a child kill a baby?
I finished this book in one sitting and could not read fast enough. The plot was fast-paced, the writing was compelling and there was so many unexpected twists and turns. I absolutely loved every second of this book and was sorely disappointed when it was over (I have not read a book in a month and this was amazing. What am I to read next???).
This is a novel that draws you in and doesn’t let go.

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Fiction Friday: Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #0.5)

The Queens of Fennbirn (Three Dark Crowns #0.5)The Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“Three Dark Crowns”is one of my favourite books but also one that I have mixed feelings about. I felt like the book took too long to actually build a history around the sisters and their world. However there was no such issue with “Queens of Fennbirn”. The stories are fast-paced and impossible to put down. I waited a week before delving into this book and once I started I really regretted that. I wished that I had started this as soon as I got it. Yes, it was THAT good.
“Queens of Fennbirn” tells the story of the three queens as they grew up and were separated. From the very beginning, this has been something that interested me so it was great to see how the girls went from sisters to enemies. It was certainly not an easy journey.
The second story follows a former Queen of Fennbirn who allegedly went crazy and ordered the deaths of three innocent families.
This book was dark, compelling and a perfect way for me to return to this world. I cannot wait to go back and read “One Dark Throne”.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Play Dead by Harlan Coben

Play DeadPlay Dead by Harlan Coben
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Laura and David are very happily married. But disaster strikes on their honeymoon when Laura leaves for a business meeting and comes back to find her husband missing. Laura is miserable but even through her grief it is clear that something is not right about David’s death. He was a strong swimmer and never would have taken the chance of swimming in rough waters. Could he have been killed and if so, why? Things get even more complicated when Laura finds money missing from David’s account and someone has been in their home while they were away on their honeymoon.
This was a mind-blowing book that kept me on my toes the entire time. I was left guessing and none of my theories even came close to the explosive ending. If you are a fan of thrillers, this is the book for you. Excellent writing, interesting characters and unpredictable plot twists. Get yourself a copy ASAP.

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How to Choose Your Classes for College

Ah, college. The one place you can study everything from Marketing and Mythology to Cooking and Creative Writing. But how do you choose your classes? There’s just so many!

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1) Consult your handbook- The college handbook is an excellent guide for when it comes to choosing classes. It details the classes necessary for your degree as well as information about the method of assessment. Knowing more about possible modules can help you decide whether they’re worth choosing.

2) Choose the purpose of your electives- Do you want something fun? Do you want something that complements your degree? For me, I chose a mixture of both.  After all when else would you have the opportunity to study the kind of subjects offered at college? My modules consisted of Media and English (my majors at that time) as well as Criminology and Human Resources (simply for fun).

4) Have a plan B (and maybe a plan C-just to be safe)- Sometimes you may not be able to register for the class you want. In this case it’s a good idea to have a list of back-up classes. And then a back-up of your back-up just in case those don’t work out either.

How do you choose your classes for college?

July TBR

I am so very excited for this month’s TBR since it has so many books that I have wanted to read for such a long while. I have no doubt that this is going to be a really great month for my reading.

  1. Because You Love to Hate Me anthology: An anthology of villain stories from popular authors as well as popular YouTubers. I have been eyeing this book for a while so I am so glad to finally have it.
  2. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: Almost everyone who has read this book has raved about how amazing it is. I want to see what the fuss is about.
  3. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart: I don’t remember what this is about but I know I wanted this book since it’s release.
  4. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher- I got this on sale from Audible and so far it seems really good. I loved F##k Love and I’m hoping this will be something along those emotional, dramatic lines.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the above titles? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Cruel Beauty #1)

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nyx was raised to marry (and destroy) the demonic leader of her land. The Prince of Demons gives people bargains that give them what they want while destroying them in the process. Nyx and her twin sisters were the result on one such bargain. Nyx is resentful of her family for choosing her and not her weak-willed sister to marry the Prince. However she soon acccepts her fate and decides that instead of passively waiting for her new husband to kill her, she will destroy him and his strange castle first.
I devoured this book in one sitting and was left with a huge book hangover afterwards. Ignifex is oddly compelling from his very first appearance in this book to the last. I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy.
(NOTE: The ending is a bit flat but I was just so glad to have my HEA that I was totally okay with looking the other way)

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