Category: Books

Book Review: Alterations by Stephanie Scott

AlterationsAlterations by Stephanie Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a digital copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Amelia is a quiet and reserved girl who has been in love with her mother’s employer’s son, Ethan for as long as she can remember. When her grandmother signs her up for a prestigious fashion internship in NYC, Amelia is reluctant to go. She doesn’t want to be away from home and she certainly doesn’t want to be away from Ethan. After all, this summer was going to be her chance to show him that they belonged together. However once Amelia gets to New York, she discovers a totally new world as well as a totally new side to herself. Returning back to Miami as a changed and more confident version of herself, Amelia catches the eye of Ethan while working with his brother, Liam.
This was a pretty long read but I enjoyed it immensely. I loved how focused and career-orientated Amelia was. She reminded me of myself back in high school and I really enjoyed seeing that. I loved watching Ethan go from a flat character who was just hot, rich and popular to an actual fleshed-out person. This was a fun, light-hearted read that I definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys YA.

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December TBR

I feel really awful that I’m doing a TBR list when we’ve crossed more than half of the month. However I had to get my wisdom tooth extraction (which was a total surprise since I went to the dentist for a filling and NOT AN EXTRACTION) and I have only just recovered. Totally miserable experience that I definitely do not recommend to anyone. Anyway, here is my December TBR:

1) Rebel Faerie by Rachel Morgan: I have waited forever for this book and I am so glad to finally be able to read it. Now is the perfect time to binge-read this series if you’re a fan of fae, fantasy and the supernatural.

2) The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman: I love Valerie Bowman’s writing and would read anything written by her. I don’t remember what this is about but I know I loved the synopsis.

3) No Place Like You by Emma Douglas: I loved the previous book in this series and I can’t wait to return to this small town with it’s colourful and real characters.

4) Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins: Another Studies in Scandal book. That is all I need to know (also I kinda already started reading this and the mystery here is very different and very compelling).

I also want to try and get to the previous books on my Netgalley shelf that I haven’t read yet. These are:

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant

Deck the Halls by Donna Alward

To the Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey

The Rogue Is Back in Town by Anna Bennett

I don’t know if I am going to be able to finish all of these books but I am definitely going to have fun trying. Also this Friday is my last day at work so I’m looking forward to spending my time off with lots of books.

What’s on your December TBR? Have you reached your Goodreads goal yet? (I’ve given up on mine). I’d love to know below!

7 Tips for Finding Books on a Budget

I am ridiculously skilled at finding cheap books. Is it because I’m a bookworm? Is it because I’m a shopaholic? I don’t know! However I am going to share some of my tips on finding great books on a budget:

 

  1. Shop around- Lots of bookstores have the same book but at totally different prices. If there’s a title you really want, check a few stores to compare prices before you buy.
  2. Shop the sales- Ah, bookstore sales. Few things make my heart race faster than a book sale. Well, maybe working out does. But there is nothing that can compare to the joy of being at a book sale and then finding the book you have wanted for ages. (Oh, hello there, Memory of Flora Banks for just R35)
  3. Check discounted bookstores- Guys, I don’t know how this works but I desperately need to know. Bookstores like Bargain Books and Readers Warehouse have some really cheap books in excellent condition. I don’t know how they do it but my wallet and my bookshelf are both very grateful.
  4. Shop secondhand- Lots of secondhand bookstores and book sales have books in great condition. My favourite source of secondhand books is the SPCA. They have books in pretty good condition at really great prices.
  5. Check the library- If you’ve been here long enough you know that I hate my local library (don’t ask, it gets me upset) but it is a great source for reading material. Atleast it is if your library is up to date and the librarians are not awful like my local library.
  6. Trade your books- Okay, so I don’t know if we do this in SA but sometimes people get together to trade their books so they can give away what they don’t want and get something that they do. This is a great way to maintain your shelves and your budget.
  7. Borrow from a friend- I listed this option last because I am not a lending person and I know a few bookworms who are the same. If you are lucky enough to have someone lend you a book, please take care of it. It is only decent manners to do so.

What are some of the ways that you manage to get books on a budget? I’d love to know below.

 

Fiction Friday: December Book Haul

Guys Christmas is almost upon us!!! Tell me you’re excited (no, really. Tell me. I feel like I’m the only one). Of course since it’s the season of giving, I decided to treat myself to some books:

First I bought some books from the Reader’s Warehouse Black Friday sale. I also ordered “Red Queen”, “Glass Sword” and the two remaining books in the “Star-Crossed” series. Fingers crossed that they arrive today so I can have my weekend reading sorted. 

Then I visited the SPCA booksale where I bought all of their Nora Roberts books (and hurriedly put them away without taking out any pics because I was painfully aware that I had spent too much on books) as well as “He’s Just Not That Into You”. And then I kinda sorted came home with this collection from Bargain Books:

These were all on sale though so you really can’t blame me. I’m really excited to read “Twelve Days of Dash and Lily” (but only realized once I got home that I should have just bought the ebook since I didn’t really like their love story). 

For the new year I am definitely going to be giving up on my insane book buying. I know for a fact that I buy more than I read and this is really getting out of control fast. 

What was your latest book haul? I’d love to know below! 

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle

Hope at ChristmasHope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Sydney finds out that her husband has been cheating on her, she moves back to her childhood home in Hopewell. Her daughter isn’t too happy about the transition but Sydney hopes that she will eventually fall in love with the beautiful town. Meanwhile single dad, Mac sees Sydney and is attracted to her. However just as something begins to blossom between the two, they are faced with challenges that neither of them could have imagined. This was a wonderfully, heartwarming read that I really enjoyed. Sydney is a strong female role model and it is inspiring to see how she rebuilds her life after her divorce.
The town was friendly and colourful which I always love in books about small towns. This was a well-written book with beautiful characters. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a Christmas read.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Christmas at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer

Christmas at Two Love LaneChristmas at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Deacon’s Christmas gift to his aunt is joining a dating agency. Deacon has no plans to fall in love but he will settle for a few dates while he is in town just so his aunt can be happy. However Deacon is immediately attracted to Macy, the lady responsible for setting him up on dates.
Macy knows it’s unprofessional to have any sort of feelings for a client but the more time she and Deacon spend together, the more obvious it becomes that the two of them may be meant for each other.
This was a sweet read but I didn’t really enjoy it. I thought Deacon and Macy’s love story was drawn out for too long (JUST GET TOGETHER ALREADY, DAMMIT!) and some of the supporting characters got on my nerves.
This book was romantic but just okay. There wasn’t anything bad about it but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer 

Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1)Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spindle Fire is a retelling/unusual adaption of Sleeping Beauty. Now while any fairytale retelling hooks me, Spindle Fire had the added bonus of being wonderfully dark. This sleeping beauty cannot feel or speak while her sister (the king’s bastard) is unable to see.
When Princess Aurora and her sister Isabelle are separated, Aurora ends up accidentally pricking herself on a spindle and falling into a deep sleep. However this sleeping sickness soon moves to the rest of the kingdom and Isabelle might be the only one who can save them. This was an incredibly well-written, compelling read and I enjoyed it immensely. I found it difficult to put down. There’s countless fairytales, sibling rivalry, dark fae and lots of plot twists.
However this is the first of a series and leaves you with an awful cliffhanger. This is a series that you need to binge-read. This book has mystery, romance and intrigue. I cannot wait for the sequel. This was a great read for anyone who enjoys fantasy or fairytale retellings

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Fiction Friday- Book Review: With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins

With This Christmas RingWith This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Merry promises her dying friend to take her daughter to her father. In order to do this, Merry needs to go back to her jilted fiance. Alex has no idea why Merry threw away their relationship but he is desperate to find out. And as new secrets about his family and past come to light, he is determined to rekindle their relationship.
This was a really short but really sweet book. I loved reading this book and thought that it was the perfect Christmas read. It’s heart-warming, there’s romance and family and even a bit of drama. This book is a Christmas must-read.
I loved the mention of the bluestockings from Collins” “Studies in Scandal” series but ***SPOILER ALERT*** hated that they never showed up. WHY??? WHERE WERE THEY?***END SPOILER***
This book was great to hold my attention until the next “Studies in Scandal” book and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a book to get them in the Christmas spirit.

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November TBR

Someone please tell me how it is already November. I feel like all I do is go around asking “How is it November? I just finished my last Criminology paper yesterday.” (This is a lie as I wrote my last paper on 8 December 2016 but it feels like yesterday to me). Anyway, here are the books I want to try and read before November flies away from me like the rest of the year:

 

November TBR

 

  1. Spindle Fire by  Lexa Hillyer: I’m currently reading this and I am enjoying it immensely. Unfortunately I read a huge spoiler and it kinda ruined this book for me. I am going to finish it before moving on to anything else but the spoiler really ruined the book for me.
  2. The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook: Eileen Cook’s books seem to be getting darker and I love that! I really enjoyed “With Malice” and I’m sure this is no different.
  3. No Place Like You by Emma Douglas: “A Season of You” was on my October TBR and it was such a great read. I love Emma Douglas’ writing and can’t wait to read more.
  4. The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman: I’m so sad that I haven’t read this book yet. Valerie Bowman is an absolute delight and her books are divine. I’m pretty disappointed that I didn’t get to read this book yet but better late than never.
  5. Enchanted by the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall: So, um, I like highlanders. Sue me. *ducks in shame of having my personal bookish likes exposed to the world*

Those are the books I hope to get through this month. What are you reading? Let me know in the comments.

November Book Haul

My November book haul is incredibly small because I am a working adult with bills. Also, I couldn’t find that many books on a budget. It seems like I own most of the sale books out there.

November-Book-Haul

 

My SPCA/Bargain Books book haul is so very tiny. I can’t believe I bought so little. “Born of Shadows” is from Bargain Books but the rest of the books are from the SPCA. Unfortunately once I got home, my mother told me about more Nora Roberts that I had missed which made me sad. (I really hope they’re there next month).

 

November SPCA Book Haul

I also got a few books from the Exclusive Books sale. I finally own a print copy of The One Memory of Flora Banks (I’ve been looking for it for ages) and I couldn’t be happier. You can see my review here.

Exclusive Books Book Haul November

What books did you get in your most recent haul? I’d love to know below.

 

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