Book Review: Demon Road (Demon Road #1) by Derek Landy

Demon Road (Demon Road, #1)

Demon Road by Derek Landy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Amber is an ordinary sixteen-year-old. Or so she thinks. One day when provoked by two guys, Amber suddenly transforms into a demon. When her parents find out, they show no sign of surprise. In fact, they want to kill her and eat her. Soon Amber is on the run with a guy she barely knows and an unusual car. But no matter where Amber goes it seems like danger is always close behind her. It becomes difficult for Amber to know who to trust and who is after her for their own evil plans.
I loved how different this book was. This book takes every story we’ve heard about road trips and twists them. It’s totally terrifying. Amber was a witty character and I loved how unexpected her reactions to everything was. I was so gripped by this book that it was impossible to do anything else. I can’t wait to read more about Amber and her adventures. This girl attracts trouble like a magnet but she’s also pretty good at getting out of it.

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Purchase a copy of Demon Road here from Readers Warehouse.

My First Visit to Readers Warehouse

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST HAS BEEN COPIED FROM THE OLD Playground of Randomness SITE. THIS POST ALSO INCLUDES AFFILIATE LINKS

 

I remember my first visit to Readers Warehouse the way some people might remember their first boyfriends. To me, that was the moment that I fell in love. All my life I was told not to buy books because they were expensive and here was a place that sold them for ridiculously cheap prices.
It was December 2011 and I was in Johannesburg with family. Uncle George decided we should go to the lifestyle market which sounded pretty boring. So we looked at some plants and some waterfalls. And then I saw it. Nestled in a corner as if it in hiding, there was a bookstore. I was thrilled when we went in.
I was also thrilled when I found books for R50(at that time it would have been lucky if you found a book for R98. No one sold books for R50).
Eventually I ended up with a stack of books for R400 and the kind saleslady seeing the glee in my eyes (and the heap in my arms) got me a basket. I’ve never seen a basket in a bookstore before so that delighted me even more.
Unfortunately my uncle caught sight of me and made me leave a few books behind.
“You can’t take all of these.”
“Yes I can. They’re cheap,” I replied defensively.
He picked a few out that he thought weren’t age appropriate. Eventually we settled on eight books for R250. Still a great deal so I was okay.
In retrospect it was a good idea he stopped me since I ended up spending the rest of my money throughout that holiday.
Have you ever fallen in love with a bookstore? I’d love to know! You can find out more about Readers Warehouse and their bargains by visiting their site here.

Their stores are only in Cape Town and Johannesburg but you can order online. We all know that book mail is the best mail.

How to Avoid Burnout in College

The stress of college can all too easily lead to burnout. Here are a few tips to help you make it to the end of the semester with your sanity and energy levels intact.

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1) Plan Yourself Well- Failing to plan is planning to fail. Those words were drilled into my high school senior year Accounting class. Those words can also be my life motto. It’s difficult but always ensure that you have enough time to get an assignment done (possibly even extra time in case of any unexpected circumstances).

2) Have fun- I’ve been known to literally just sit around and read for hours or have a TV show marathon when I should be studying. Downtime is very very important to ensure you don’t overstress yourself. Take breaks and take them often.

3) Work smart not hard- Okay so this is going to make me sound so bad but I always work harder for the first assignment of each module. The reasoning behind this is that if I get a good enough mark for the first assignment, I don’t need to worry as much for the second one. If you kick ass at both assignments then you’re pretty much guaranteed a pass for the semester (depending on how your final mark is compiled).

4) Don’t compromise on your sleep- Sleep has health benefits and blah blah blah. Don’t give up on your sleep even if it’s for an all-nighter. Your body needs rest to recover from the day and prepare for the next one.

How do you avoid burnout in college?

Fiction Friday: The List by Siobhan Vivian

The ListThe List by Siobhan Vivian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every year the List is released with the names of the prettiest and the ugliest girl of each grade. These girls are thrust into the school spotlight where they will either sink or swim What happens when the odd girl is voted the prettiest in the grade while the most popular one is the ugliest? What happens when one girl is voted as the ugliest every year since the list has began?This book has an interesting idea and I couldn’t stop reading it. I loved how each girl reacted so differently to their results. Some didn’t let it bother them while some let it define them. I especially loved the mystery behind who created the list. This book is a must-read for girls everywhere.

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The Post-Exam TBR List

I love making lists especially when it comes to reading. Who needs a five-year-plan when you’ve got a list of books to buy? (I’m kidding. I love my five-year-plan). This is the list of books I want to read once exams are over. They are actually all books that I need to review but hey, reading is reading!

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1) Demon Road by Derek Landy- I received a free review copy of this book from Readers Warehouse. The synopsis of this book doesn’t give much away which frustrates me. I can never read a book that has a mystery in it or is mysterious in any way.

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2) Serpentine by Peter Parkin and Alison Derby- I want to read this book so bad but the cover terrifies me. It reminds me of Final Destination 3.

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3) The Goodbyes by Leslie Welch- The Goodbyes is a romance novel about a rock star who finds out that the woman he loves is dying. Like Serpentine, I’m scared to read it but for a totally different reason. This looks like a book that will make you cry and I’m not done recovering from the last book that did that.

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What’s on your TBR? Have you read any of these books? Leave me a comment below.

5 Items to Help You Survive Winter

I’m sitting in the library right now and I’m freezing. Unfortunately the air-conditioning isn’t even on. Yes, winter is coming and it can even be felt in Durban (which is normally pretty hot). Here are a few things you’d need to help you get through winter:

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1) Hot-water bottle- Heating a hot water bottle is a quick and easy way to get warm. For kids, you can get one of those stuffed toys with the hot-water bottle or sandbags inside. It’s such a treat to be warm and toasty in your bed while the rain falls outside.

2) Winter clothes- I strongly believe that you should always go out with layers of clothing especially when it’s winter. This allows you to be warm when you’re cold and you can simply shed a few items when you’re feeling hot.

3) Socks- my dad once told me that “you can’t be warm unless your feet are warm”. I don’t know what the science behind that is but it’s true.

4) Pack an umbrella- an umbrella is nice to have unless you live in one of those areas with a really strong wind.

5) Cold and flu medication- Pretty much everyone I know and their grandmother has already gotten sick from the cold. Stock up on cold and flu medication- especially med-lemon to help protect against cold and flu.

What are your tips for surviving winter?

Release Day Review: The Progeny by Tosca Lee

The Progeny (Descendants of the Blood Countess #1)
The Progeny by Tosca Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Heads up- the book is part of a series. It also has a cliffhanger ending that made me wail in frustration. This book has an excellent plot. However it doesn’t deliver as well as it could. Emily wakes up with no memory of her past. She has had a surgery to purposely remove her memories. I wish there was more detail given about this. It’s just referred to as a surgery. Why doesn’t this procedure have a name? What does it entail? Soon Emily finds herself caught in a war. But with no memory of her past she isn’t sure who to trust or what exactly it is that people are looking for from her.
The first 48% (my Kindle measured it) was difficult to get through. There was too much new information all at once and I found it difficult to concentrate.
The second half of the novel had me glued to the pages. The action picked up sufficiently, I knew what was happening and there was no more overload of information. I couldn’t read fast enough. I was actually really sad when I reached the end because “that can’t be it!!!”.
I had a small breakdown once I reached the ending because I desperately wanted more. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more.

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Fiction Friday: Recoil by Joanne Macgregor

RecoilRecoil by Joanne Macgregor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I feel this review should start with a warning- this book is part of a series (which will all thankfully release this year).I don’t generally like dystopian fiction but I really enjoyed this book. I feel like with the hundreds of dystopian novels that are already out, you can either go very right or very wrong with the genre. My first impression of Recoil was that it was very strange but in a good way. This is a world where people can die if they go outside without proper protection. A lethal plague poses a danger to everyone and they are forced to remain at home 24/7.Jinxy is a teen who is an eager gamer. (What else would she do with all her free time?) Jinxy is soon recruited to join in the force against the terrorists and meets Quinn. However Quinn seems to suspect that their new job is a part of something bigger and more terrifying. What I loved about this book (besides the hot Irish male- I have a weakness for boys in books AND the Irish so obviously I loved Quinn) was that it was pretty different from the usual dystopian book. Unfortunately I can’t say any more without giving spoilers but trust me, if you like dystopian books you’re going to love Recoil.

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Waiting on Wednesday: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Colleen’s books rip me up inside and make me sob like a baby. But it’s this devastation that makes her happy endings so beautiful. It also makes me doubt that there’s going to be a happy ending but so far she’s never let me down. I’m really looking forward to reading It Ends With Us because I’ve seen snippets on her social media and it seems like such an emotional read. I feel like this might be her best work yet.

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Release Date: 2 August 2016

Official Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up. She graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. 

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant and has a total soft spot for Lily; and the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his no dating rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. 

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan, her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. 

With this bold and deeply personal novel Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all too human characters, “It Ends with Us” is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price

10 Tips for The Instagram Newbie

When I first got an android device, Instagram was the first app I installed. This was about two years ago. I’ve only just started figuring out how to use Instagram and use it well. If you’re a newbie to Instagram, here are my tips:

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1) Always add hashtags: Hashtags increase the visibility of your posts. Don’t know what hashtags to use? I always use “Instaworthy” (if a pic isn’t Instaworthy why would it be on Instagram) and other variations with “Insta” such as “Instatravel” or “Instapets”.

2) Interact with others: Like all social networks, Instagram is a place to be social. I’ve met so many great people through Instagram.

3) Return likes and comments: if someone likes or comments on your pictures, it’s always a good idea to return the favour.

4) Try to take as many shots as possible in the daylight: I don’t know if I’m the only one who didn’t know this but natural light is the best for pictures. Take out as many pics as you can during the day.

5) Photo-editing apps are made for Instagram: okay no they’re not but they make your photos look so much better. My favourite apps are Photo Editor and YouCam.

6) People are less likely to follow you if your profile is on private: With private profiles there’s always the risk you might be rejected and who wants that?

7) If your profile isn’t on private, ensure that there’s nothing that would give a future employer a bad image of you: you don’t want or need your employer seeing your Friday night out on the town.

8) Don’t overload people’s feed: Don’t post so often that your photos are the only ones that appear on your followers’ feed. That’s like Instaspam (which, if it’s not a thing, should totally be one).

9) Post regularly- Don’t post once a month either. Post on a regular basis so your followers know that you’re still around. If your last photo is from ages ago, chances are people are going to unfollow you thinking that you’ve abandoned ship.

10) Find your community- I think this is the most important thing. There is someone out there Instagramming the same shots that you are. This may be someone who Instagrams their German Shepherd (if you’re this person, kindly leave your Instagram link in the comments thanks) or pictures of beautiful sunsets. Find the people who Instagram the same things you do and connect with them. I love seeing pictures of German Shepherd puppies and pretty bookstagrams when I log in to Instagram.

What are your tips for Instagram? What do you post on your account? Feel free to leave a comment below.