Waiting on Wednesday: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass #6)

I didn’t really enjoy the first two books in the “Throne of Glass” series and I’m not really following it. But like “Game of Thrones” it is impossible to miss any news about this series. And with my order of Crown of Midnight (which I already read and cannot forgive Aelin for- SHE KNEW WHO SHE WAS! HOW DARE SHE NOT SHARE THAT WITH THE READER? I KNEW WHO SHE WAS AND I FELT SMUG THAT SHE DIDN’T KNOW BUT SHE BLOODY WELL KNEW!!! DAMMIT ALL) and Heir of Fire coming in a few days, I’ve begun to feel pretty excited for the release of “Tower of Dawn”. I really liked Chaol and I can’t wait to see his story.

 

Official Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined

August Bookhaul (I Have No Self-Control)

The day that my mum and I went to the SPCA, we didn’t really get to go to any stores. My dad was off and he needed the car so we just bought books and that was it. So when it was Woman’s Day (August 9) we decided to go back to the Crescent. I accidentally ended up buying some stuff:

Treat Yo Self (and Yo Shelf too). I bought three books and a gorgeous planner for my blog (IT WAS ON SALE!!!)

“Maybe Someday” and “Unforgiven” were both on sale. However “Maybe Someday” was R70 (part of a buy 3 for R150 deal but I owned all of the other books on sale so I either had to miss out on the bundle price or leave the book behind- obviously I would never do that). “Unforgiven” is part of the “Fallen” series. I thought it was the last book I was missing in the series but I was mistaken. I didn’t own a copy of “Unforgiven” but I also didn’t want it. The book I was missing in the series was “Torment” (which was probably somewhere in the store since several of the “Fallen” books was on sale). Sigh. Oh well. Maybe I’ll get it next month.

I was sure that I was done with books for the month. Until Reader’s Warehouse decided to sell the first three Throne of Glass books for R255. That’s R85 each and a damn good deal. So yeah, I ordered that. And I was so surprised last Friday when I came home and saw this:

A package! For me! So it’s probably books

My first reaction was glee. New books. And then I felt hurt. Why wasn’t I informed that Reader’s Warehouse was dispatching my books? I have a really unhealthy attachment to that store and I felt like they had dumped me. Until I realised it was way too soon for my books to have arrived. So I inspected the box and realized it was from Penguin Random House South Africa. I had seen Penguin’s releases for August/September and they look amazing! And so were the books inside the package- two books I was sure I would be purchasing soon.

You guys have absolutely no idea how excited I am. “Now I Rise” was one of my most anticipated reads and I’ve been stalking “Final Girls” online because it looks so intriguing. I cannot wait to dive into these books.

What’s on your TBR? Did you cave in and buy books when you weren’t supposed to? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

FirstsFirsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mercedes has an unusual after-school activity. She helps virgins learn how to have sex. Mercedes believes other girls should have the special first-time experience she never did and so she coaches their boyfriends. But Mercedes’ life is about to get more complicated. As she tries to stop her unique service, things don’t work out as planned and everything starts to spiral out of control.

I absolutely loved loved loved this book. It was so well-written and the characters are so well-developed. Mercedes seems like a foolish girl but it’s hard to not feel sympathy for her. I especially liked how sweet Zach was no matter how often she pushed him away. This book was a great coming-of-age novel and I will definitely be reading it again. I recommend this to all fans of YA and contemporary fiction.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Hello Stranger (The Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas

I love Lisa Kleypas’ historicals and I especially love how dysfunctional the families are. The Ravenels series follows a family of misfits (similar to her “Hathaways” series). However the fourth book in this series, “Hello Stranger” doesn’t really follow a Ravenel- or atleast not one that I’ve seen in previous books. There isn’t a cover yet since the book only releases next year but here’s the synopsis:

 

Official Synopsis from Goodreads.Com:

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of an unconventional beauty who finds passion with the spy who can’t resist her

A woman who defies her time
Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man – why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

A man who breaks every rule
As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett’s skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he’s ever known.

Release Date:  February 27th 2018 by Avon

My 7 Favourite Fantasy Authors

I love fantasy novels. They allow me to escape the real world for an hour or two without having to leave the comfort of my bed (which IMO is the best kind of travelling). Here are seven of my top fantasy authors:

My 7 Favourite Fantasy Authors

  1. Sarah J Maas- Sarah J Maas is my QUEEN! I don’t even care about her “Throne of Glass” series but I am so very obsessed with the “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series that I believe she should be mentioned first on this list. If you haven’t read ACOTAR yet go and get it. I promise it will be worth your while.
  2. Rachel Morgan- Rachel Morgan’s “Creepy Hollow” series has the same incredible world-building and crazy plot twists that you can find in a Sarah J Maas novel. Also, she’s South African so if you order her books directly from her you can get them SIGNED!
  3. Renee Ahdieh- I’ve only read “The Wrath and the Dawn” duology but I loved it so very much. I think Renee Ahdieh has beautiful writing and incredible world-building. Also the guy is TWATD is super-hot.
  4. Marissa Meyer- Marissa Meyer writes compelling adaptations for the stories that we know and love. Two of my favourites are The Lunar Chronicles series (a steampunk-ish kind of fantasy) and Heartless (a story about the terrifying Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland).
  5. Melissa Delport- Melissa Delport is another local author. I am utterly in love with the vampire, Drake from her Guardians of Summerfield series (I fall in love with alot of fictional characters if you didn’t already know that).
  6. Richelle Mead- Vampire Academy was one of my all-time favourite vampire series and that makes Richelle Mead one of my all-time favourite authors
  7. J.K Rowling- Because I will love Harry Potter. Always

Who are some of your favourite fantasy authors? Let me know in a comment.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Shooting for the Stars (Gravity #3) by Sarina Bowen

Shooting for the Stars (Gravity #3)Shooting for the Stars by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Stella has had a crush on Bear for most of their childhood. However after he turned her down in high school, Stella has to content herself with just being his friend. Until one night when he has a crappy day and Stella is the one who comforts him (and somehow they end up in bed together). But any chance of a happy ever after is ruined when Stella finds out that her brother- and Bear’s best friend- has been badly injured in an accident.
I’ve read most of the Ivy Years series and I really enjoyed it. I love Sarina Bowen’s writing style and her characters. However this book seemed really filled with angst which kinda spoiled it for me. I did still enjoy it but I miss the lightness of the Ivy Years (maybe I should just go and finish the last few books in the series).
I loved the romance between Bear and Stella. I also loved the characters of Hank and Callie and will definitely be tracking down their story. This is a great read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys romance novels.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

I love Colleen Hoover’s books and her last one, “It Ends With Us” was an absolutely incredible piece of work. It was compelling, it was moving and it was real. There was less romance and more real life and I loved it! I don’t know much about “Without Merit” but I have no doubt that is going to be amazing. The only question is “will it be as amazing as “It Ends With Us”?

 

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

 

Official Synopsis from Goodreads.Com: 

In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

 

Release Date: October 3rd 2017 by Atria Books

August Book Haul

Saturday was my monthly SPCA/bookstore splurge day. As usual I got a great combination of books I really wanted. My overall haul felt smaller than usual but that was probably for the best since I am rapidly running out of book space.

August Book Haul

 

SPCA BOOKHAUL:

SPCA BOOK HAUL 1 SPCA BOOK HAUL 2

I’ve already read (and enjoyed immensely) “Whiskey Beach” and “Key of Valour” by Nora Roberts (in fact I think I might already own a copy of “Key of Valour”. I also immediately finished “Spellbound” as soon as I started it last night. I can’t wait to read “Ever After”. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Nora Roberts’ writing. The rest of the books are all unread. I’ve been wanting to read “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office” ever since it was referenced in a Her Campus article once. It seems like a really interesting read.

 

Bargain Books Haul:

My visit to Bargain Books was pretty sad since I owned all of the YA books on sale (and I was certainly not buying YA at regular price because I’m too cheap for that). However as soon as I walked in, I found a copy of “Leave Your Mark” and grabbed it. Since it was part of the sale books, I needed two more books to get it at the discount price. It was a struggle to find those books but then I found Dumplin!!! IN HARDCOVER! Obviously I had to have it. And despite my best efforts I couldn’t find a third book so I settled for Melissa Delport’s “Rainfall”. I don’t really like that book since it made me cry like a baby and I am still not over it. I am so not over it that I reread the last chapter and started crying again before putting the book on my shelf without covering it in plastic. That book doesn’t deserve to be protected. I would tear it up myself if it wasn’t for the fact that I bought it with my own money. Stupid evil book.

Bargain Books Haul

 

What did your latest book haul look like? I’d love to know below!

August TBR 

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that I’ve been suffering with really bad headaches and my eyes have started hurting because of my glasses. My glasses are old and I just found out that they were the wrong prescription (the trainee who did my eyetest in 2015 messed up somehow and gave me a prescription from my 2013 glasses. So basically my glasses are from a prescription that is FOUR YEARS OLD!!!) Thankfully I have gone back to my regular optometrist and now I have glasses that I can see with (but they still give me headaches because they’re so strong. Just typing this post gave me a headache). Anyway all this is to say that I’m pretty optimistic that August is going to be a great reading month. Here’s what’s on my August TBR:



1) The Internet Made Me Do It  (Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy Book 2) by Jennifer Ammoscato: I read some of this and it is hilarious. When Avery is fired and cannot find work, she decides to write the next Fifty Shades of Grey. As someone who experienced the stress of job-hunting, I support this idea whole-heartedly.
2) Internet Famous by Danika Stone: I don’t remember what this was about but I know that there’s been ton of praise for this book.

3) The Divine Heart by Danielle Mani: The Divine Heart is my current read and I am enjoying it so very much. I’m not too far into it (the text hurt my eyes but hopefully that isn’t the problem with my new glasses) so I don’t really know where the plot is going but I really liked this series.

4) Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher: This is another Netgalley read that I didn’t get to. It seemed like an intriguing romance but then I read a really negative review and now I have mixed feelings.

What are you planning to read it August? I’d love to know. 

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Falling from the Sky by Sarina Bowen (Gravity #2)

Falling from the Sky (Gravity, #2)Falling from the Sky by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Callie meets dashing and daring Hank for a few minutes before one of his jumps. While it is clear that she makes no impression on him, Hank definitely makes an impression on Callie. And then he gets in an accident that leads to them running into each other repeatedly.
While pre-injury Hank was dismissive of Callie, post-injury-Hank is pretty taken with her. Ever since losing his career, his girlfriend, his friends and his drive for life, Callie is the only one who sees him as a person and not as someone as a wheelchair. But Hank’s accident has left him with more than just physical scars and if he wants anything to do with his pretty doctor, he will need to overcome his own personal demons and Callie’s own issues too.
I thought this was a really great novel. Callie and Hank are an adorable couple and this book was not as angst-filled as I thought it would be. I also really liked Hank’s character. He was flawed but well-written and well-developed. I especially enjoyed seeing the characters from the first book.
I thought that both Callie and Hank’s exes were awful and I enjoyed seeing them get what (I thought) they deserved.
I definitely recommend this book to all fans of romance novels.

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