Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Duke Like No Other (Playful Brides #9)

A Duke Like No Other (Playful Brides, #9)A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mark Grimaldi has dedicated his entire life to his career. When he is finally close to receiving his promotion, he gets some unexpected news…He needs to marry. Not too happy about the turn of events, Mark drags his wife out from the country.
Once upon a time Nicole was madly in love with her husband. But now things have changed and they live separate lives. When he turns up on her doorstep, Nicole seizes the opportunity to have the one thing she has always wanted- a child.
This was a beautiful book that I enjoyed immensely. Mark and Nicole have very clear chemistry and I mourned the end of their marriage with them. If you’re a fan of romance, this book does not disappoint at all!

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles #1)

The Belles (The Belles #1)The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In the world of Orleans, people are born gray and colourless. Belles are the only ones who can add colour and beauty to the people of Oreleans. Camellia does not want to be just any Belle- she wants to be the Favourite. The Favourite is the most important of the Belles. She is the one chosen by the Queen to beautify the royal family.
However once it is time for the Belles to take over their new roles, it becomes clear that something very strange is going on in Orleans.
The people are obsessed with their looks-almost to the point of insanity. There is odd noises in the middle of the night and something is not right with the Princess of Orleans.
This was a really interesting read with incredible world-building. I felt like the first half of the book had very little in terms of plot but I found the world of the Belles interesting so I was happy to keep reading.
This is a well-written book with unexpected plot twists. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I chose to read this book just so I could watch the movie when I was done. I was certainly not expecting to enjoy this so much.
Lara Jean writes letters to every guy she has ever had a crush on. She doesn’t send them to the guys or even speak to the guys about her feelings. She just writes her letters and keep them in a box. But one day Lara’s love letters are mailed out and Lara has to deal with the consequences- one of which leads to her dating the hottest guy in school. At first Peter seems like a flat character with absolutely no other quality besides being popular but this is quickly proved wrong.
I am not a huge fan of contemporary YA but I absolutely loved this story. Lara Jean and her family were colourful and it almost felt like they were welcoming me to their kooky world. This is a light-hearted fun read that I strongly suggest every fan of YA picks up. I just finished it today and I have already picked up the next book in the series. This book may have hooked me in to contemporary YA.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- One for the Rogue by Manda Collins (Study in Scandal #4)

One for the Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #4)One for the Rogue by Manda Collins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The fourth book in the “Studies in Scandal” series follows Gemma Hastings, a geologist. Unlike previous books, the mystery for Gemma to solve is a complete mystery. While previous books had a puzzle or a question Lady Celeste needed answered, this time Lady Celeste never finished writing her letter with the mystery that Gemma is supposed to solve.
However when a gathering of other fossil hunters leads to murder, Gemma teams up with her rival, Cameron Lisle to solve the mystery of a strange lizard-like fossil Lady Celeste had discovered before her death.
I was very interested in Gemma’s mystery since she didn’t receive a letter like the other ladies did. I was also intrigued to see how she and Cameron would fit together since he just seemed insufferable to me. This was a well-written, fun read and it was great to see characters from previous books. I recommend this series wholeheartedly to anyone who enjoys romance.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher (Love Me with Lies #1)

The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1)The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Olivia discovers that her ex-boyfriend (and the love of her life), Caleb has lost his memory, she takes advantage of the situation to wriggle her way back in his life. However it isn’t long before Caleb’s girlfriend, Leah finds out about Olivia’s plans and decides to wreck them.
It took me over a month to read this book because the emotions were just too intense. This is a book about severely flawed characters who do bad things just to get their way. This was a pretty long read but I was really interested to see where Caleb and Olivia went wrong (and where Caleb and Leah went right). If you are looking for a compelling read with an intriguing plot and unforgettable characters, this is the book for you.

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Fiction Friday: Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (Grace and Fury #1)

Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury, #1)Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. I tried reading a few pages a day but was unable to focus. It took about a month for me to carve out time to read this nicely and I am so glad that I did. Once I got into this book, it was impossible to put down and I couldn’t read fast enough.
Nomi and Serina are two sisters who are very close but totally opposite in personality. Serina was raised to be a Grace, the perfect example of a gentle, subdued woman. Nomi, on the other hand, is defiant and has taught herself to read- something that is illegal for women.
When a twist of fate leaves Nomi as a Grace and Serina trapped on an island, both sisters have to fight for survival in two very different prisons.
This was an incredibly well-written book with characters you cannot trust (which is one of my favourite things in a book) and numerous plot twists. This book left me reeling and I absolutely CANNOT WAIT for the sequel. If you’re a fan of YA fantasy, definitely give this a go. You will not regret it.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Elemental Thief by Rachel Morgan (Ridley Kayne Chronicles #1)

Elemental Thief (Ridley Kayne Chronicles, #1)Elemental Thief by Rachel Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
Magic was once a common part of life until a global magical event went wrong, ruining cities and killing people. Ridley Kayne was one of those affected- she lost her mother and her family had to give up their luxurious lifestyle. Magic was banned and several people lost their livelihood. Now Ridley spends her spare time stealing from those who have too much and giving to those in need.
When Ridley steals a figurine from one of the richest families, she is drawn into a web of danger. A stranger follows her home and is then killed allegedly by Ridley’s best friend. Ridley is soon tracked down by Archer, the son of the family she stole from, to get the stolen figurine back or lives will be in danger.
I had doubts going into this book as I am not a huge fan of Urban Fantasy. I actually thought this was a Robin Hood retelling. However I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing where this series goes. I wish there was more romance because I ABSOLUTELY ADORE ARCHER. This book has really rich world-building and I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy 0r anyone who has read Rachel Morgan’s books before. This may not be Creepy Hollow but it is definitely an intriguing read.

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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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