Category: Reviews

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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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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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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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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