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Release Blitz: In The Unlikely Event by L.J Shen

It’s here!!! I can’t keep calm because I have been waiting for this for months!

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“The perfect blend of soul crushing angst, laugh out loud wit and heart melting romance.”–Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author

From USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author L.J. Shen comes a new, contemporary romance with heart-wrenching twists and laugh-out-loud moments. This standalone is like no other by this author. In The Unlikely Event is available now!

“Romance masterpiece” – Kylie Scott, New York Times bestselling author

In the Unlikely Event AMAZON

Sometimes you meet people who are out of this world, so you make them a part of yours.

A one-night stand born from vengeance in a foreign land.

An explosive chemistry neither of us could deny.

We signed a contract on the back of a Boar’s Head Pub napkin that said if we ever met again, we would drop everything and be together.

Eight years and thousands of miles later, he’s here.

In New York.

And he’s America’s music obsession.

The intangible Irish poet who brings record executives to their knees.

The blizzard in my perfect, unshaken snow globe.

Last time we spoke, he was a beggar with no intention of becoming a king.

But a king he became, and now I’m his servant.

I’m not the same broken princess Malachy Doherty put back together with his callused hands.

I have a career I love.

A boyfriend I adore.

An apartment, a roommate, a life.

I changed. He changed, too.

But Mal kept the napkin.

Question is, will I keep my word?

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About LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

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The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Skye uses her psychic powers to “read” people’s futures. It’s her side hustle. Her trick is simply telling people what they want to know.
By simply reading their reactions, facial expressions and their appearance, Skye can judge pretty accurately what people want her to tell them.
But when Paige, the most popular girl at school goes missing, Skye offers to work with the police to find her.
It isn’t difficult. Skye knows exactly what happened to Paige and where she is. But it isn’t long before things take a twisted turn.
Skye can either tell the truth, save Paige and ruin her own name. Or hope that whoever has Paige comes clean and lets her go…soon.
This book was well-written and thrilling. I couldn’t put it down.
I loved how easily Skye could read people and I loved the ending. I didn’t know who to trust or what was going on. This was an amazing rollercoaster ride of plot twists and turns.
If you’re looking for a mystery, definitely give this a try.



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Title, Blurb and Cover Reveal: In The Unlikely Event by L.J Shen

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Sometimes you meet people who are out of this world, so you make them a part of yours.

In the Unlikely Event, an all-new must-read contemporary romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is coming November 19th and we have the gorgeous cover! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book so I cannot wait to read it!

In the Unlikely Event AMAZON

A one-night stand born from vengeance in a foreign land.

An explosive chemistry neither of us could deny.

We signed a contract on the back of a Boar’s Head Pub napkin that said if we ever met again, we would drop everything and be together.

Eight years and thousands of miles later, he’s here.

In New York.

And he’s America’s music obsession.

The intangible Irish poet who brings record executives to their knees.

The blizzard in my perfect, unshaken snow globe.

Last time we spoke, he was a beggar with no intention of becoming a king.

But a king he became, and now I’m his servant.

I’m not the same broken princess Malachy Doherty put back together with his callused hands.

I have a career I love.

A boyfriend I adore.

An apartment, a roommate, a life.

I changed. He changed, too.

But Mal kept the napkin.

Question is, will I keep my word?

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About LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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Recommended Reads: Tear- Jerkers

Every so often, you need a book that is going to make you bawl like a baby. Well, that’s what some people say. Me, personally, I don’t get it. I like happy books with happy endings. But sometimes there are books that leave me bawling and for some twisted reason, I adore them regardless. Here are some of my all-time favourite tear-jerkers:

1.Rainfall by Melissa Delport– “Rainfall” tells the story of Paige and Adam. The two fall deeply in love and are happy. Until the day Paige comes home to find Adam in bed with someone else. Worse still, Adam has no remorse for his actions. Paige wants nothing more to do with him until someone from his past visits her and shares a secret about Adam. This book tore me up so badly I have never read anything by Melissa Delport afterwards (not for lack of trying, I just…I can’t). I cried for three days after reading this book and while I personally hated it, it has countless fans so I’m listing it here regardless. Hey, maybe those people are more mentally stable than I am.

2.Me Before You by Jojo Moyes– “Me Before You” follows Louisa Clark as she takes a job as a caretaker for Will Traynor. Will is paralyzed from an accident and wants nothing more than to be dead- something he sees as a great relief. But the more time they spend together, the stronger the attachment between the two grows. Like “Rainfall”, this book had me depressed for days and it’s hard not to admire the power of words as you weep non-stop.

3. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover– Pretty much any Colleen Hoover book is guaranteed to make you cry but this one is one of the best. Lily is dating Ryle, a gorgeous neurosurgeon who is against relationships but somehow falls madly in love with her. But as their relationship takes a dark turn, Lily runs into Atlas, an old high school boyfriend. Atlas is the total opposite of Ryle and it isn’t long before Lily starts questioning who she is supposed to be with.

4. F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher– Helena is in love with Kit. They’re perfect together. Except for the fact that he’s dating her best friend. This book was an emotional roller-coaster that I enjoyed immensely. Tarryn has a gift for writing twisted characters that you cannot help but love.

What are some of your favourite tear-jerkers? Leave your recommendations down below!

Fiction Friday: Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3) by Holly Smale

Picture Perfect (Geek Girl, #3)

Picture Perfect by Holly Smale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


In “Picture Perfect”, the Manners take New York. Harriet and her family have to move when her dad gets a new job. The family is uprooted to a tiny suburb in the middle of nowhere (but still close to New York so yay? I don’t know. I was as disappointed as Harriet that they were not in actual NYC).
Harriet is about to try again at being a model and honestly I don’t really care. I’m just here for Nick. Who is busy on the other side of the world being a model.
I loved Harriet, her wonky family and Wilbur and they made this book for me.
Personally I just wanted to see Nick and Harriet together because I feel like we haven’t seen enough of their relationship in the present but that didn’t happen.
All the same, I loved seeing New York through Harriet’s eyes. This was a great read that had me laughing throughout

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Model Misfit (Geek Girl #2) by Holly Smale

Model Misfit (Geek Girl, #2)

Model Misfit by Holly Smale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I started “Model Misfit” immediately after finishing “All Wrapped Up.” I was that interested in Nick and Harriet’s story. So you can imagine my shock and horror when a few pages into this book, I find out that THEY BROKE UP.
Be still my aching heart.
When her summer plans fall apart and her parents go baby crazy, Harriet jumps up at the chance to model in Japan.
Harriet is excited to be away from home but that changes when she runs into Nick who is also shooting in Japan.
All of Harriet’s plans start to fall apart (again) as she starts accidentally messing up her shoots in a big way. Obviously this upsets her boss, Yuka.
As hurt as I was about Nick and Harriet’s break-up, I couldn’t help but be drawn in by Harriet’s antics in this book.
“Model Misfit” is (impossibly) funnier than “Geek Girl” and I couldn’t stop laughing (when I wasn’t crying over Nick. Because yes, it makes sense for me to be sad about the break-up of characters over a decade younger than me).
Like “All Wrapped Up”, I had to get myself a print copy of “Model Misfit”. I didn’t even wait to finish the book. I just knew that I needed a print copy of my own.
If you’re looking for a funny and light read, I definitely recommend you try this book.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Geek Girl by Holly Smale (Geek Girl #1)

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Harriet Manners is a geek. She knows tons of facts that no one really cares about. However despite her excellent IQ, her classmates don’t like Harriet that much. In fact, they have labelled her a geek.

So when Harriet is accidentally discovered by a modelling agent, she takes the opportunity to reinvent herself. Sure it’s been her best friend’s dream since forever to be a model and Harriet’s mother has expressly forbidden her from modelling. But none of these things matter as much to Harriet as reinventing herself.
I’ve had this book for a while and never picked it up. In fact I only started it because I was bored and I wanted a quick and light read before bed. I started this at 9PM and finished it at 6PM the next day. This book instantly hooked me. I listened to the audiobook, read the paperback at home and the ebook on Scribd while I was at work.
I loved meeting Harriet’s colorful family, her creepy stalker, Toby and learning all of her geeky facts.
I devoured this book and could not get enough. If you are looking for a light, fun read, I definitely recommend this book. I cannot wait to start on the sequel.




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How Scribd Helped Me Kick My Book Buying Habit (Mostly)

It is no secret that I am an avid bookworm. I love reading books, buying books, reading about buying books and basically anything to do with the written word. In fact I would even go as far as to say that I have developed a reputation for being a girl who is a book shopaholic (but rarely gets around to reading all the books). So when a fellow member of a Facebook Book Group suggested Scribd to me, I was hesitant to give it a go.

I already was part of Google Books, Amazon Kindle and Audible. I did not need anything book subscription service that I would just keep and not use. But since I was referred to Scribd, I got two months free so I figured there was no harm in trying it out. I was instantly hooked.

For a fixed fee (R150 in South Africa. $8.99 USD), you get access to countless ebooks and audiobooks. Now I know some of you may be thinking “hello, libraries are free?” but my local library is crap so this is great for me. Also it’s easier for me to read eBooks on my cellphone instead of going out with a print book (people are more likely to stop me when I’m reading a book instead of reading on a electronic device). So Scribd was perfect for me.

Immediately I disconnected my Audible subscription (which was much more). I kept my Amazon account just in case but it’s been months since I purchased a book.

Most of the books I already own are on Scribd so it’s been helping me tackle my TBR as well as preventing me from purchasing new books unnecessarily. Sure if I see a sale book that isn’t on Scribd or that I loved but don’t own in print, I’ll purchase it but for the most part my book buying has decreased dramatically since I joined Scribd. Interested in trying it out for yourself? You can join with my referral link here and you will get two months free!

Have you tried Scribd? What did you think? Let me know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis (The Good Luck Girls #1)

The Good Luck Girls (The Good Luck Girls, #1)

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Good Luck Girls are anything but lucky. The girls are sold to a “welcome” house as children, marked with “favors” to depict their positions as “Good Luck Girls” and trained to entertain “brags” (men who have enough money to pay for the girls attention). When Clementine accidentally kills a brag on her Lucky Night (the first night a Good Luck Girl officially starts her night-time duties), the girls rally together to protect her the only way they can- they run away. The girls know that if they are caught they face death or a brutal punishment even worse than death. They are joined on their journey by a mysterious rangeman who has a few secrets of his own but is willing to help the girls escape. The group try to track down Lady Ghost, a possibly fictional character mentioned in countless bedtime stories, in order to remove their favors. Along the way they have to battle the law, the wilderness and even vengeful spirits.
I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for a review. From the very first line, I was hooked. I loved the writing, the world-building, the characters, EVERYTHING!
This was a book about strong females fighting against a world who didn’t see them as equal and I loved that.
The ending was spectacularly beautiful and I cannot wait for the sequel. This book was everything I didn’t know I needed in a novel and I enjoyed it immensely.




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Fiction Friday: Recommended Reads- Fairytale Retellings

I love fairytale retellings. It’s a tale as old as time with a twist. In fact I am so obsessed with retellings that I actually have two shelves decided to them. To help you find your next favourite retelling, I’m compiled a list of my favourites below:

  1. A Court of Thorns and Rose by Sarah J. Maas- One of my all-time favourite books and series, this is a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” set in a world where both fae and humans reside. Feyre accidentally kills a fae and as punishment needs to return to their lands to live out the rest of her days.
  2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh- A retelling of “One Thousand and One Nights”. Now while I have not read the original, I did enjoy this book and it’s stories immensely. A young caliph takes a bride every night and kills her before dawn. Shahrzad volunteers to be his next victim- um, I mean bride-in order to extract revenge on him killing her best friend. What she did not expect was to fall in love with her mysterious new husband.
  3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer- The Lunar Chronicles is also one of my favourite series. Set in a futuristic world, this series follows a host of unforgettable, colourful characters from the stories we know and love. The first book, “Cinder” follows an android, Cinderella while the remaining books are about Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel) and Winter (Snow White). It is a delightful twist on traditional tales.
  4. City of Wishes by Rachel Morgan- This fairytale is set in a world with vampires, werewolves, humans and fae. I loved the assortment of characters here and I especially loved the worldbuilding.
  5. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine- An oldie but a goodie. I’m not sure if Ella was supposed to be some sort of Cinderella but this was the first book I read with a movie adaptation (and the first book I loved more than the movie).

What are some of your favourite adaptations? I’d love to know below.

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