Category: Books

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Wallflower Most Wanted (Studies in Scandal #3) by Manda Collins

Wallflower Most Wanted (Studies in Scandal, #3)Wallflower Most Wanted by Manda Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exhange for an honest review. At first I put off reading this book for two reasons: 1) I wasn’t sure if I was going to be interested in another one of Lady Celeste’s mysteries and 2) I have absolutely no interest in the remaining wallflowers.
However this is one of my all-time favourite historical romance series so I gave it a go and I’m glad I do.
The book opens immediately with a mystery. Painter, Sophia overhears a conversation between two men who are planning to get rid of someone. She teams up with the handsome vicar, Ben and they try to find out who is in danger, why and from whom.
I loved the chemistry between Sophia and Ben. They have a really genuine, playful relationship and I loved that.
This book was well-written and once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I loved that it was different to the previous books but it still retained the same air of mystery. It would have been very easy for this series to get repetitive and predictable (it’s a series about wallflowers solving mysteries) but so far Manda Collins has done a great job making each book unique. This book can be read as a part of the series or as a standalone. I loved this book and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good romance or mystery book.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes

I loved the first two books in this series and I still mourn Will. Especially when I read the extract of “Still Me.” Lou is as entertaining as ever (but nothing- NOTHING- will ever make me forget Will).

 

Release Date: January 30th 2018 by Pamela Dorman Books

 

Official Synopsis by Goodreads.com: 

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.

Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets–not all her own–that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Season of You (Cloud Bay, #2) by Emma Douglas

A Season of You (Cloud Bay, #2)A Season of You by Emma Douglas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Will has been in love with Mina since the minute he saw her. However, Mina was married so Will kept his distance from her. Now she’s a widow whose husband was killed by a drunk driver while Will is the owner of a whiskey distillery. One day, Mina meets with an accident and Will saves her which puts them back on each other’s paths. But can Mina really move on from her loss especially considering Will’s career?
This was a really sweet Christmas read which I found incredibly enjoyable. Will and Mina have very clear chemistry and I loved watching their relationship unfold. There was no fluff. Their relationship was sweet and real- they both had issues which they worked through and I haven’t seen that in too many romance books. This is a well-written book with great characters. I can’t wait to read the sequel! This book is a must for anyone who enjoys Christmas or contemporary romance fiction.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Everless by Sara Holland

Every so often there’s a book that is talked about non-stop in the book community. Booktubers, bookstagrammers and book bloggers all rave about the early copies while reader’s eagerly await the release of said book. Everless is one of these books for me. While the book is already released in some parts of the world (actually I feel like it’s released everywhere but here), it only comes out in February for South African bookworms. (Seriously I’m going to move overseas just for books).

Release date: January 4th 2018 by Orchard Books (first published January 2nd 2018)

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire – a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.

In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.

Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.

There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever … and possibly the future of time itself.

‘Sara Holland is a fierce storyteller. An intoxicating blend of blood, secrets, and haunting mythology, Everless gives new and terrifying meaning to the phrase running out of time.’ Stephanie Garber, New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of Caraval

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Rebel Faerie (Creepy Hollow, #9) by Rachel Morgan

Rebel Faerie (Creepy Hollow, #9)Rebel Faerie by Rachel Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an ebook copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Emerson teams up with Calla to help her parents and Dash. Problem is, no one knows where the Guild has taken the Griffin Rebels or what is happening to them. Meanwhile Emerson is struggling with having such immense power but not being able to save her loved ones.
This was a really fast, action-packed read and I enjoyed it immensely. The darker side of the Guild is finally revealed to Creepy Hollow and this time the Guild isn’t bothering to cover their ways.
I loved seeing favourite characters from previous books in the series. I was more than a little heart-sore since this is the conclusion of the Creepy Hollow series. We’re never going to see these characters again! This book was incredibly well-written and the character development was amazing. The series ended beautifully (why did it have to end though? I love this series!) and it was great seeing the characters finally get their happy endings. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction.

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January TBR & An Important Announcement

It is with a heavy heart (and an even heavier TBR list) that I need to announce that I will no longer be accepting review requests. It is the beginning of the year and I am still making my way through last year’s list of review copies. I also have my own books that I’ve been meaning to read and never get around to doing so. So here are the books that I will be reading and reviewing before I move on to my own books:

  1. The Rogue is Back in Town by Anna Bennett
  2. Deck the Halls by Donna Alward
  3. No Place Like You by Emma Douglas
  4. To the Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey
  5. The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
  6. Enchanted by the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall
  7. The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman
  8. The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant
  9. The Healer boxset by  C.J. Anaya

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic #1) by Sophie Kinsella

Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Becky Bloomwood is a shopaholic who is seriously in debt. She can’t afford most of her lifestyle but that doesn’t stop her. Sure she tries to cut down on her spending or making more money but nothing seems to work for her.
The only reason why I read this book is to see how alike Becky and I am (in case you were interested- we’re pretty similar in our spending habits but as of this moment, I am debt-free). I enjoyed this book immensely. Becky is a very colourful character and her exploits were hilarious.
My only issue with this book is that there seemed to be very little plot. The first half of the book is about Becky’s debt while in the second half, she manages to find herself a guy. Luke and Becky’s relationship seemed almost like an after-thought and I saw no chemistry between them. This was a fun read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys chick-lit or wants a light, easy read.

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Fiction Friday: #ASeriesAMonth2018 

first heard about #ASeriesAMonth2018 on Instagram. Immediately I thought “Omg what a great idea! I have to be part of this!”

#ASeriesAMonth2018 would also be a great way to trim my TBR bookshelf since all I can see on it are series (does no one write stand alones anymore?)
Honestly I’m really skeptical that I’m going to be able to finish these books but I’d love to try it out. Here are the series I’ve chosen for #ASeriesAMonth2018:

  1. Guardians of Summerfield by Melissa Delport
  2. The Legacy trilogy by Melissa Delport
  3. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  4. Star-Crossed by Josephine Angelini
  5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  6. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  8. Blue Bloods by Melissa De la Cruz
  9. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  10. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  11. Vamps by Nancy A. Collins
  12. Evermore by Alyson Noël

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!

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