Category: Books

Fiction Friday- Book Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Without MeritWithout Merit by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Why are you even reading this review? This a Colleen Hoover book. You don’t need to read reviews of Colleen Hoover books. They’re published with a seal of excellence. This book in particular is well-written and very moving. It has romance, some plot twists and some angst. Go get yourself a copy ASAP.
(I notice that you are still here reading this review. Fine then. I’ll share my thoughts on this book with you. But you really should get yourself a copy).
Merit is pretty much ignored by her entire oddball family. She is known as the troublemaker, the one who always seems to have issues with everyone else. What no one realizes is that the reason why Merit is so miserable is because she is forced to keep all of her family member’s secrets. Merit buries her feelings with an unusual hobby of buying trophies that once belonged to other people.
One day while looking for a trophy, Merit runs into the gorgeous Sagan. They share a passionate moment but Merit quickly discovers that Sagan is taken. When he reappears in her life, Merit becomes even more isolated.
This book was like a combination of the romance in “Hopeless” and the serious issues raised in “It Ends With Us” (which explains that cover that look so much like IEWU).
This book retains Colleen Hoover’s wit and beautiful romance but also tackles real-life issues which I appreciated. This was an amazing read that I recommend to anyone who know hows to read. Trust me, you’ll enjoy this book.
(Now PLEASE go and get yourself a damn copy already).

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Book Review: The Bride Who Got Lucky (The Cavensham Heiresses #2) by Janna MacGregor

The Bride Who Got Lucky (The Cavensham Heiresses #2)The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am always reluctant to read sequels in case they don’t turn out to be as great as the first book in the series. However this book blew my mind and I actually enjoyed it more than the first one.
Emma is determined to prove that her best friend’s death was a result of her abusive husband. No matter how often she is warned against meddling in the matter, Emma will have justice served. Nick is a family friend and he is given the duty of keeping Emma out of trouble.
However the task is easier said than done. No matter how much Nick tries, Emma seems to always land is some sort of hot water.
I loved the pairing of Nick and Emma and thought the chemistry between them was well-done. I also loved how headstrong she was. I enjoyed this book immensely especially seeing characters from the previous book. This was a wonderful read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys historical romance.

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Book Review: The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake (The Cinderella Sisterhood #6)

The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood, #6)The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Aurora was exiled to the country to live with her aunt after being caught in a compromising position. However now her stepmother needs her help in uncovering the identity of a blackmailer. Rory needs to solve this mystery fast as her sister is about to secure a marriage to wealthy, titled husband who will not accept any hint of scandal to his future bride’s name.
The man believed to be the blackmailer is the distant and reserved Lucas Vale, the Marquess of Dashell. Rory doesn’t believe it is possible for someone as honourable as Lucas to be capable of blackmail but she starts to investigate him nonetheless. She gets a job in his household to be closer to him and to look for clues. But the more time she spends working for Lucas, the more she starts to see him as more than just a cold aristocrat.
I liked how Lucas seemed to transform from aloof and cold to a warm person. He had great character development and I fell in love with him just as Rory did. Lucas and Rory were an adorable couple and I loved that Lucas had always had feelings for her. This was a well-written book with an intriguing mystery which I enjoyed immensely. I recommend to all fans of historical fiction and mystery novels.

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My 7 Favourite YA Authors

I like to think of YA as my go-to genre when I want to read something but I don’t know what. I’ve rarely been disappointed by YA (okay in my defense it’s because usually I’m reading historical fiction or fantasy fiction) and I’ve certainly never been disappointed by these seven authors:

 

 

  1. Rachel Morgan: Rachel Morgan is a South African author whose contemporary YA “Trouble” series is one of my all-time favourite series. The books are sweet and well-written. They’re also all set in South Africa which I love.
  2. Estelle Maskame: Estelle Maskame’s “Did I Mention I Love You” series is romantic, dramatic and has a unique twist on the whole “bad boy” cliche.
  3. Marissa Meyer: Marissa Meyer’s YA can be enjoyed by both adult and young adult readers. She writes fairytale adaptations that are flawless. If you enjoy fairytales, you will definitely enjoy Marissa Meyer’s work.
  4. Renee Ahdieh: Kick-ass heroines and swoon-worthy heroes can be found in Renee Ahdieh’s work. She also writes retellings with amazing world-building.
  5. Sarah J Maas: Sarah J Maas is my queen and therefore I dub her the queen of YA fantasy. Definitely check out her “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series which is a faerie retelling (yes I know this is the third time I used that word but I really like my retellings) of “Beauty and the Beast.”
  6. Joanne Macgregor: Joanne Macgregor is another great South African author. Some of my favourite books by her are “Scarred” and “The Law of Tall Girls”.
  7. Sarah Dessen: Sarah Dessen writes really heart-warming stories that always have romance and a happy ending. I strongly recommend “Saint Anything” and “Along for the Ride”.

What are some of your favourite contemporary YA authors? I’d love to know below.

 

Fiction Friday- Book Review: The Divine Heart by Danielle R Mani

The Divine HeartThe Divine Heart by Danielle R. Mani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“The Divine Heart” tells the story of Elle who is waiting for a heart transplant. When the operation does take place, Elle is left with unusual side-effects. Convinced that her donor is trying to tell her something, Elle decides to track her down. But on her journey to discover the truth, Elle realises that everyone around her seems to be hiding something and no one can be trusted.
This book was spooky and thrilling and I loved every second of it. I had my guesses about what was going on (they were mostly correct) but the ending was still surprising. I loved the character of Robbie as well as Elle’s (gorgeous) doctor. This book had me second-guessing everything and everyone.
“The Divine Heart” is a beautifully written, heart-wrenching book that I recommend to anyone who enjoys a mystery or paranormal fiction. This is a read that draw you in and grips you till the very last page.

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Fiction Friday- Book Review: Shadow Faerie by Rachel Morgan (Creepy Hollow #8)

Shadow Faerie (Creepy Hollow, #8)Shadow Faerie by Rachel Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shadow Faerie deals with the aftermath of Emerson’s decision in “Glass Faerie”. She is now about to be engaged to a possibly evil prince in return for his help in curing her mother. But no matter how much Em wants Roarke to help her, she is determined to escape the Unseelie Court and cure her mother. Em is convinced that there is no way that the Unseelies can keep her forever but they seem to be several steps ahead of her. The Unseelies are a wonderfully dark lot and I loved and hated them in equal measure. They were dark and twisted but incredibly intelligent. I loved the character of Aurora and look forward to seeing more of her. I also enjoyed how this novel showed a completely different part of the Creepy Hollow world. We finally get to see the Unseelie court that is mentioned so often in the other books. I also enjoyed the many plot twists in this book. I had no idea what was going to happen which made trusting any and all of the characters difficult.
My favourite part of this novel was the ending- Rachel Morgan always has the best and worst cliffhangers in her books but this book has an ending that I can live with until the sequel releases.
This book was impossible to put down and has incredible world-building. I can’t wait to read the sequel (or more books set in the Unseelie Court). This is a must-read for all fans of fantasy.

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Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final GirlsFinal Girls by Riley Sager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And oh, what a read this has been. It has been about a month since I finished this book and I am still not over it.
Quincy, Lisa and Sam have been dubbed “Final Girls” by the press. Each of the girls were the only remaining survivor of three different massacres. It’s been a decade since Quincy and her friends were attacked at a cabin in the wood and she has put the past behind her. She has a great life, a great career and an amazing boyfriend. Her life is pretty perfect… Until she finds out that Lisa has killed herself. Lisa was a motivational speaker and possibly the most upbeat of the Final Girls. Her death leads to Sam showing up to meet Quincy in person. As the remaining Final Girls bond, two things quickly become clear- 1) Quincy is not as okay as she thought she was and 2) Sam can’t be trusted. Quincy may be done with her past but her past is certainly not done with her.
This novel had me glued to my seat. The plot was compelling and the writing was great. I also enjoyed the many plot twists. This novel was unexpected but so enjoyable. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future. If you enjoy mystery novels and thrillers, you will love this book.

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October TBR

I can’t believe that we’re already in the tenth month of the year. Where did the time go? Also, now that I’m a working adult am I supposed to have started buying Christmas presents? I am SO ready to start celebrating Christmas, you guys. In fact my October TBR features mostly Christmas novels by St Martin’s Press:

 

The Christmas Novels:

I haven’t read any of these authors before so I don’t really know what to expect. However I have read and enjoyed St Martin’s Press romances so I’m sure I’ll enjoy these as well.

  1. A Season of You by Emma Douglas
  2. Deck the Halls by Donna Alward
  3. Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle
  4. The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant

The Non-Christmas Novels:

  1. The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman
  2. No Place Like You by Emma Douglas

Honestly I’m not sure if I’m going to finish all of these books on time (but I am going to have so much fun trying!). What is on your TBR for October?

I’d love to know below!

 

Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels #5) by Kerrigan Byrne

The Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels, #5)The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gavin, the Earl of Thorne has decided that he needs a wife. More specifically he needs to wed Samantha, the short-tempered heiress to the land he is after. However what Gavin doesn’t realize is that Samantha has some dark secrets that she’s hiding. Samantha isn’t who she claims to be and marriage to Gavin may be the only way that she can protect her secrets and herself. Marrying him is a great idea- until she begins to fall in love with him.
My biggest issue with this book is the title. I had no interest in this book because I thought the title made it sound like a book with no plot (which it isn’t-it actually has a really action-packed plot). I only read this book because I love Kerrigan Byrne’s writing and I have been following this series for a really long time.
It was great to see characters from the previous novels in this series. This novel also did a great job introducing new (and very colourful) characters for future books. I also enjoyed the uniqueness of Samantha’s backstory and her “secrets”. This book had more danger and darkness than the previous books in this series which I thought was great. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance.

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October Book Haul

My October book haul is pretty sad. I bought fewer books than usual. This was partially because I fell in love with a box of Archie comics and wanted them all. This was also because there were no YA Books at the sale. This is my haul:


Even though I wanted all the comics, I needed to be an adult and budget. If I took the comics, I needed to buy less books. Eventually my mother and I compromised and divided the cost of our books equally. We just bought the comics with a large collection of Nora Roberts books. This is my complete SPCA book haul:

I was really sad that I didn’t find any YA so I went to Bargain Books. Still no YA that I didn’t own. I went home really sad.

And then I went back to Bargain Books the next day because my dad was in the area. Don’t judge me! This is my haul:

With the exception of “Traitor to the Throne”, all these books were on sale. I’m incredibly proud of my budget-book-buying skills. Feel free to hire me to help you treat yo shelf at discount prices.

What books did you buy most recently? What are you excited to read this month? I’d love to know below. 

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