Category: Reviews

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Alyrra is a princess with a cruel family who take delight in tormenting her. When a King comes to visit with the intention of marrying Alyrra to his son, Prince Kestrin. No one understands why he wants stupid Alyrra instead of someone prettier with a richer kingdom.
Eager to be rid of her, Alyrra’s family encourage the engagement and plans are made for Alyrra to leave home.
On her way to her betrothed’s Kingdom, Alyrra is robbed of her identity by a sorcerer who wants to kill the royal family.
Forced into the role of a goose girl, Alyrra is pleased to not have to follow the rules of court. Her days are her own and she can do what she wants with them.
However the more time that she spends as a commoner, the more faults she begins to find with the kingdom and it’s twisted view on justice.
It isn’t long before Prince Kestrin seeks her out, suspicious about his wife-to-be and her personality which seems selfish and spoiled (not at all like the “honest” woman he had expected).
As Alyrra learns more about Kestrin and his kingdom, she is forced to make a decision between her old life and new.
I loved that this book was about so much more than romance. Alyrra has to chose to either live the free life she wanted as a goose girl (and risk leaving thousands of people at the mercy of a justice system that does nothing to help them) or take up her role as Princess and make a difference in other’s lives.
However as much as I did love that this was more than romance, I was sad that I didn’t get the happy ending that I expected. I loved reading “Thorn” and devoured it in a day, sacrificing sleep and food to finally get to the ending.
The writing was good and the world building was brilliant and easy to follow.
This book left me wanting more and I really hope that there is a sequel.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Heart So Fierce and Broken (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (and then abandoned it for like two weeks when I realised Rhen was going to be a small pawn in this big book. Yes, I’m a fickle reader. Also I didn’t really care about Grey. I found him boring. Please note the past tense).
“A Heart So Fierce and Broken” has a brief mention of Rhen and his kingdom before moving on to the two main characters, Grey- who has been in hiding since he found the truth about his magic and Lia Mara, daughter of the bloodthirsty Karan Luran.
Circumstances find Grey and Lia Mara on the run together. Lia Mara wants to reunite her kingdom with Emberfall and believes that Grey is the key to doing that.
Grey just wants things to be the way they were. He has no desire to rule. However it soon becomes clear that Prince Rhen has a viciousness of his own after Lilith’s curse.
Grey can walk away and leave the people of Emberfall in Rhen’s hands or he can stand up and take his place as ruler to the throne.
Like I said before, I had no interest in boring Grey or a book that was obviously going to paint poor Rhen as a villian. I love him and he is amazing. However from the first start of the book it is clear that his fear over magic was going to spoil things for him.
It took me a while to warm up to Grey and Lia Mara but once I was hooked, I couldn’t stop reading.
They are an unusual pair but I loved them regardless.
Three stars instead of five because I had a book hangover while reading this and yes I am still a bit sulky at the lack of Rhen in this book.
I cannot wait for the next book in this series!
#TeamRhenandGrey #TeamRoyalMalesofEmberfall

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SPOILER ALERT

THAT ENDING!!!
WTF
I AM DEAD.DEAD!



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Manage Your Money like a F*cking Grown Up: The Best Money Advice You Never Got by Sam Beckbessinger

Manage Your Money like a F*cking Grown Up: The Best Money Advice You Never Got

Manage Your Money like a F*cking Grown Up: The Best Money Advice You Never Got by Sam Beckbessinger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I’ve said time and time again that nothing in school prepares us for “The Real World.” We don’t have a class to teach us how to save, why we should save and how blowing your entire credit card in one month is a bad idea (though most of us have already heard stories about why we shouldn’t do
that last one)
“Manage Your Money Like a F#cking Grown Up” is the book we all need. It is filled with useful, practical advice on money, spending and saving.
There are some lessons in this book that I have had to learn firsthand for myself and others that I won’t have to thanks to Sam Beckbessinger’s advice.
This book is written in normal plain English so there’s no big words that make no sense. This is like sitting down with your older, wiser, more financially mature friend to discuss what you should and shouldn’t do with your finances.
While this book is great for anyone who wants to take control of their finances, I strongly recommend it to people entering their twenties or those who are already in their twenties.
Trust me, this book is everything we wish we knew about money.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Flatshare by Beth O’ Leary

The Flatshare

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When Tiffy’s crappy on-again, off-again ex boyfriend demands that she moves out of their apartment, she struggles to find a new place. And then she comes across an ad for a flatshare.
Leon works night shift and needs quick cash. His other choices for house guests were eccentric so he agrees to Tiffy’s offer…even though he hasn’t actually met her.
The two of them live together and start a correspondence via post-its (idk I think that is the cutest thing ever). They even build a sort of friendship through their post-it notes despite having never met.
I kept hearing great things about this book so I was really excited to read it.
But it took forever for Tiffy and Leon to meet/move in together which annoyed me. It kind of felt like a chore because I kept waiting for any sort of interaction between the two and I almost gave up twice on this book. But I pushed on and boy was I glad I did.
The agonizing wait for Tiffy and Leon to move in together was simply to build a story about their friends and family. Once I was fully immersed in the story, I got over my irritation quickly.
They have a pretty colourful cast of supporting characters which I always enjoy seeing in a book. I especially enjoyed how unexpected this plot was.
This book was well-written, romantic and oh so cute.
If you’re looking for a light read, I cannot recommend anything better!



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Throne of Swans by Katharine Corr

A Throne of Swans

A Throne of Swans by Katharine Corr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for a free review. While this was not a title I requested, I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis and started reading (and then purchased the Kindle copy so I could read on the go).
‘A Throne of Swans” begins with Aderyn whose dad passes away, leaving her as the Protector of Atratys. In this world, nobles are able to transform into a bird that represents their family house. Aderyn’s bird is supposed to be a white swan. But she has been unable to transform since the night of her mother’s death where she was ripped apart by hawks. Aderyn survived the attack but has been hunting for answers ever since. Hawks were supposed to be extinct. So who would have attacked her and her mother?
Aderyn’s quest for answers leads her to the heart of the Citadel where her cruel uncle reigns as King. Despite her father’s warnings that she remain in their land, Aderyn knows that she cannot rest or rule without learning the truth about her mother’s death.
Accompanied with a surly advisor (who for some reason I happened to fall in love with at the very first moment he appeared), Aderyn has to navigate court politics and drama all the while hiding that she is flightless- something that could cost her her position as Protector.
From the very first moment I was hooked by this novel. The world-building is incredible, the plot is filled with suspense and the writing is captivating.
If you haven’t already picked this up, do it now. This is a beautiful novel for fans of high fantasy.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt

He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys by Greg Behrendt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“He’s Just Not That Into You” should be required reading for every female.
We all grow up having friends and family assuring us that we are amazing and of course that guy likes us. He just doesn’t know how to show it/just got out of a relationship/is intimidated by you.
Female society is conditioned by these excuses.
This book helps to break that cycle.
I read it once at seventeen (wish it was sooner coz I NEEDED it a year before that) and every so often I like to revisit it.
“He’s Just Not That Into You” paints the revolutionary idea that maybe he isn’t that into you. Maybe he just isn’t the one. A shocking idea at first but once you get used to it, it’s pretty liberating.
No more wasting time and effort on the wrong guy. No more hanging around and waiting for him to call.
If he is into you, he will show you. You will have no doubts. Period.
If you haven’t already read this book and you’re a female. Do it. NOW!




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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Blood Truth by J.R Ward

Blood Truth (Black Dagger Brotherhood)

Blood Truth by J.R. Ward

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
After the death of his (awful) father, Boone is assigned to investigate a series of murders with Butch, a former homicide cop. Their investigation leads them to Helaine, the female who called in the latest murder and who has lost her sister to the vicious killer.
Helaine is determined to catch her sister’s murderer however there are no leads.
It isn’t long before Helaine and Boone start a relationship amidst their shared grief over their lost family members.
This was the first time I could remember being more excited about a mystery than the romance in the book.
From the very first page, the murder mystery drew me in and I almost didn’t care about Helaine and Boone (luckily their relationship was cute so I was eventually invested in it).
This was a great read that I did not enjoy as much as I could have because about 100 pages in, I was exhausted (it was 11PM), I had work the next day and so decided to skip to the end. That spoiled the experience for me.
HUGE MISTAKE! DO NOT DO THIS!
But do read this book.



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Fiction Friday: Squad Goals by M.F Lorson and Jessica Butcher

Squad Goals: The Complete Series

Squad Goals: The Complete Series by M.F. Lorson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received an ebook copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
“Squad Goals” follows three best friends, Addy, Lucy and Nora as they tackle what they have deemed ‘squad goals'(basically goals that they complete as a group of friends) during their final year of high school.
Each girl gets a season and they determine a goal. Addy has always met her goals. Lucy sometimes meets her goals and Nora never does. All three girls are determined to finish their goals in time for graduation.

1) Hot by Halloween: Addy’s goal is to get hotter and make her scum bag ex-boyfriend jealous. To do this, she joins the school swim team. Addy is a horrible swimmer but she teams up with the hot new guy at school to practice and it isn’t long before sparks start flying between the two of them. This was my favorite story and I couldn’t read it fast enough.

2) Nerdy by New Year: Popular girl, Lucy decides that she wants to reinvent her image. Instead of being just a pretty face, she is going to show everyone that she is a nice person. Part of her goal is to apologize everyone she has hurt. Like her childhood best friend, Simon. Simon and Lucy were close until she embarrassed him in front of the entire school. To try and win him back, Lucy joins his club and the two of them start volunteering together. Lucy and Simon were an adorable couple from the get-go and I couldn’t stop rooting for them.

3) Promised by Prom: Oddball Nora has no plans after high school. But with her two best friends leaving to go to college, Nora is desperate to find someone to be with. So she makes the goal to find a serious boyfriend by Prom. Her friends assure her that it’s possible as long as she keeps her weirdness hidden at the beginning of her boyfriend hunt but Addy’s brother, Max disagrees. He thinks Nora should find someone who likes her for her. Someone like him.
Nora would never risk her friendship with Addy for Max no matter how well they get along. As the only two single people in the group, they are almost always paired off together and it sometimes seems like they’re dating but they are just good friends. Or are they?
This was my least favourite story possibly because Nora reminded me so much of myself. However I loved the chemistry between the two of them.

I enjoyed this book immensely. It was great seeing the amazing friendship these girls had as well as the squad goals which were all so relatable. I kinda wanted the ending to be a big cliche “and they all lived happily ever after” which I don’t feel like I got. Nonetheless, definitely read this if you are looking for a fun and light romance.



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Fiction Friday: My (Secret) Youtube Life by Charlotte Seager

My [Secret] YouTube Life

My [Secret] YouTube Life by Charlotte Seager

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


YouTube beauty vlogger, Lily has the most perfect life. Perfect home, perfect boyfriend, countless sponsorships and a book deal.
Atleast that is the way it looks on the outside. Lily is constantly under pressure to look perfect and is stressed and anxious all the time. Her perfect home doesn’t belong to her and her boyfriend might be cheating on her.
Sixteen-year-old lifestyle blogger, Melissa is Lily’s biggest fan and has a less perfect life. No perfect London apartment, no perfect boyfriend and just one best friend. Melissa would do anything to have a life just like Lily’s and when that proves to be tough, she decides to just make things up on her blog. It isn’t long before Melissa has a life that looks to be as good as Lily’s.
But on a trip to see Lily at an event, Melissa stumbles across the truth about her perfect life. It isn’t long until both girls learn that being internet famous isn’t everything it is cracked up to be.
I started reading this book as soon as I bought it and I did not regret it one bit. “My Secret Youtube Life” was an entertaining read that I could not put down.



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Fiction Friday: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I ordered this after seeing fanart of Feyre from “A Court of Thorns and Roses” reading it. This book certainly did not disappoint.
Lucy Hutton is everyone’s favourite good girl. Everyone except for her co-worker and office nemesis, Joshua Templeman.
From the very second that he walked into the office, Joshua has hated Lucy and so she has responded in kind.
When a promotion opportunity is announced, their competition kicks up a few notches. Lucy knows she cannot work under Josh and has to score that promotion at any cost.
But then Josh kisses her and IT IS A HELL OF A KISS.
Was it really hate between them or was it something more? And how will the promotion affect whatever it is that they have building between them?
I loved this book so very much! I devoured it and was really disappointed when it ended. Lucy and Josh have a very clear chemistry and lots of witty banter.
“The Hating Game” is well-written, funny and entertaining. This was everything!
I NEED SOMETHING SIMILAR AND IF YOU HAVE RECOMMENDATIONS, HIT ME UP!!!



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