How do I even review this without spoiling anything? Let’s see.
Elle wakes up kidnapped by Azriel, the vampire who has some sort of knowledge about her past and her dead mother. Meanwhile both the prince and the fairy godmother are looking for Elle.
I tried to mentally prepare myself for this read but 1) it was a useless attempt and 2) I was still left stunned at the end of this book (Damn you, Rachel Morgan and
*********SPOILER ALERT************ Damn you Fairy Godmother
***** *End spoiler***********
This was a well written, quick read that left me wanting more. If you haven’t started City of Wishes yet, pick it up. The episodes are short, easy to read and soo much fun.
Like all of Leigh Bardugo’s work, I have heard nothing but great things about “The Language of Thorns”. And like so many other books before this, I refused to give in to the hype and read it. However once I came across the “The Witch of Duva” in an Audible sale, I was hooked. Leigh Bardugo’s tales and fascinating and frightening. They terrify but enthrall. I NEEDED more. “The Language of Thorns” contains six dark stories that leave you captivated, vaguely unsettled but still wanting more. Forbidden love, backstabbing and betrayal are family who cannot be trusted are just some of the themes that are explored in this collection. I especially enjoyed the unique backstory/adaptation provided for Ursula from “The Little Mermaid”. If you are a fan of fantasy and fairytale, definitely give this a try. There is no way you can possibly NOT enjoy this.
There is nothing I detest more than a book slump. It makes most books awful and unappealing. I pick up book after book and nothing is good. Until I find one that is. To help you with your book slump, here are some of the books I recommend to help you get out of a slump.
Harry Potter (or any other book that is an old favourite of yours)- I used to love picking up the Harry Potter books as a cleanser between series when nothing was appealing to me. Unfortunately once I divided my books into read and unread, my Harry Potter books were lost to the wilderness that is my read book collection.
The Creepy Hollow series by Rachel Morgan- I absolutely love Rachel Morgan’s Creepy Hollow series and just like Harry Potter, they are great to get you out of a slump.
The Kiss Thief by L.J Shen- If contemporary is more of your buzz (or you would prefer a contemporary read for your slump), “This Kiss Thief” is a perfect light yet compelling read. I dare you to pick this up and try to stop midway without finishing this book.
Anything by Leigh Bardugo- Leigh Bardugo is amazing and everything she writes is gold. That is all. My all-time favourite series by her is the Six of Crows duology.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer- I credit this book for getting me out of my current book slump. It is a gorgeous retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” that I devoured in a single sitting.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas- Another great “Beauty and the Beast” retelling. Readers either love or hate it but it is worth reading if only to get to the major twists in the sequel.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber- Excellent writing, unusually magical world-building and a mysterious hero/villain who no one ever sees but somehow sees and knows everything. Caraval is one of my all-time favorite books and I definitely recommend it if you are in a book slump.
What do you read when you are in a book slump? Are there any books you think I might have missed?
I had so many mixed feelings when this book was announce. My initial reaction was “Do we really need another Beauty and the Beast retelling? (This should tell you how bad my book slump is. We ALWAYS need retellings especially of Beauty and the Beast) followed by “This book is way too hyped to be any good.” Boy was my initial thoughts wrong. I found this book on sale on Amazon (thank you Amazon) AND OH MY GOD, I DEVOURED IT! From the second I purchased this book, I was glued to my Kindle app. I refused to sleep until I got to the end (something that rarely happens anymore). “A Curse So Dark and Lonely” follows Prince Rhen who is cursed. Rhen has to get someone to fall in love with him or he turns into a beast at the end of the season and terrorizes everyone around him. Rhen’s only guard, Grey, helps Rhen by kidnapping girls and bringing them to the castle. During one of these trips, Harper sees Grey trying to kidnap a girl and decides to step in. Instead she ends up being kidnapped and brought to the castle. Unlike most of Rhen’s victims, Harper is stubborn and strong. And for Rhen, she may be his only hope of helping his people. This book was everything I loved from “A Court of Thorns and Roses” and “Cruel Beauty” mixed in one. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO SO SO MUCH. Just read it! If you are a fan of fantasy or retellings you definitely need to read this.
I started reading “The Moonlight Masquerade” as soon as I got home from work. Cinderella was not one of my favourite fairytales but I loved the idea of the ball. I was looking forward to seeing how it would be depicted here and Rachel Morgan did not disappoint. Ella makes the decision that she would lie to the Godmother that she will kill the prince. I get that she wants her freedom but it worries me that she would risk tangling with one of the most dangerous magical beings around. Anyway, so the Godmother helps Ella go to the ball where she needs to pretend to kill the prince, keep away from her step-mother and step-sisters AND try to avoid the vampires looking for her. I loved that this is a Cinderella adaptation but it is such a loose one that the City of Wishes series can stand on its own merits. The plot is fast-paced, the writing is excellent and the worldbuilding always leaves me awed. Definitely give this a try if you’re looking for something fun and not too long.
South African bookworms rejoice! Amazon has finally granted us access to their Kindle Unlimited Program.
If you haven’t heard of Kindle Unlimited before, basically it works as a sort of e-book library. You pay a monthly fee of $9.99 and get access to over a million titles as well as thousands of audiobooks.
You borrow the title you want by clicking “Read for Free” and once you are done, simply “return” it.
Kindle Unlimited does offer a free trial so you can try before deciding if it is for you.
I have joined already and so far it has been really fun reading L.J Shen’s books without having to pay for them.
Have you joined Kindle Unlimited? What are some of your Kindle Unlimited recommendations? Let me know below.
This book was the main reason for me going back to try “When Dimple Met Rishi” again. Dimple has made her thoughts on marriage clear repeatedly. It’s a sexist institution and as a feminist, she wants no part of it. Rishi, on the other hand, is far more traditional and would love to marry Dimple (even if they are still fairly young but okay). Eventually things come to a head when Rishi confronts Dimple about her issues with marriage. In return, Dimple wants to “think things over” Here’s the thing though. From my very first read of “When Dimple Met Rishi”, I wondered where any sort of relationship with this two would go. Dimple and Rishi are opposites and it is tough for me to imagine them ending up together. This was a fast read but incredibly enjoyable. I am glad to finally have answers to my questions about Dimple and Rishi’s future.
The Vampire Trap follows Dex and Ella as they try to lure in the vampires with Elle as bait. Elle is desperate to know how the vampires know her mother while Dex wants more knowledge on the “Allegiant” vampires. Meanwhile, Elle’s step-mother just becomes more and more awful. This chapter is far more action-packed than I expected. There are several plot twists and I loved seeing more of this world. These characters are witty and well-written. It is such a delight watching Elle go out with Dex and his friends. I would love to see more of Dex and his world. If you’re a fan of fantasy then I definitely recommend you give this a try. This is a unique twist on the Cinderella fairytale which I enjoyed immensely.
“The Memory Thief” is an urban fantasy Cinderella retelling. Set in a world full of fae, vampires and werewolves, “The Memory Thief” follows Elle, a human with the unique power to remove memories. Elle spends her days as a slave to her step-mother while her nights are spent removing memories in return for Essence. Essence is a substance that will allow Elle to purchase a wish in order to escape her vile step-mother. Elle’s plan is on track until she runs into a vampire who takes a sudden interest in her. When the vampire goes after Elle’s family, she has no choice but to fight back if she wants to keep her plans (and her Essence) a secret. This was an intriguing read that I devoured in one sitting (and then immediately started on the next part because I just COULD NOT STOP!). The world-building is amazing. The plot is intriguing and I love that Rachel Morgan has a series that includes vampires (I’ve been waiting for her to write vampires since her Creepy Hollow series ended). I cannot wait to read the next part of this serial.
Last week Saturday, my family and I received news that my dad was turned down for a job.
It was pretty startling since it was made to seem as if the job was 100% certain. The company made travel plans and accommodation arrangements for him. Now they were saying they thought it over and did not actual require a manager.
I dealt with this in a very mature fashion. I went to my bed and stayed there for half an hour.
I felt numb and in shock. Did I read the signs wrong? Why would you talk about travel and accommodation plans if you are NOT hiring? What on Earth had happened?
Finally once I was done moping I decided to reorganise my vanity cupboard and sort out my scarves for winter. I told myself this was fine. Sure, my dad didn’t have a new job but he still had his current job.
I knew the company he worked at was closing but that was in a few months So he just had to look for something within the next two to three months. No biggie.
The Tuesday after this, the company my dad worked at, sent out their official communication that they were closed.
It was like a very cruel prank. This was the one thing I was depending on.
Here’s the thing. I come from a family of three. As in me, my mother and my father.
My mother is medically boarded and I am still in pretty early stages of my career. Basically my father’s the main earner in the house. (Also can I just say how pathetic my story sounds? Boohoo my dad has no job and my mother has Lupus. I could cringe just thinking about it).
If there is one thing my epic magazine failure (yes, going to an interview and deeming the industry as dying is definitely an epic failure in my books) taught me, it is that you should cry. Cry a river if you feel like it would make you feel better. But after that, build a bridge and get over it.
The parents and I sat down. Drew up a budget. Inside, a part of me died. There is one thing we did not address in our family budget. One unspoken but very critical rule.
The shopping would need to stop.
I love shopping. It makes me feel better. I have a stressful job and shopping is my way of fixing it. Could I really give it up? (Spoiler Alert: It is really looking like I can).
So we decided on who would cut out which spending and replace it with paying an account. All was good.
Then my dad’s side job as a driver fell through. At this point I feel like I’m living in my own “A Series of Unfortunate Events”. It is kind of amusing though. Anything that can go wrong is going wrong
So why am I sharing this?
At some point in the distant or not too distant future, I want to look back at this and say “hey remember that time your dad lost his job and you had to change your spending habits? You say you couldn’t but you did!”
Or even “remember that time everything was going wrong and it was so bad it was funny? It will just be nice to look back and say “I made it. Even when I thought I couldn’t.
There has been several times when I was like “nope, I can”t do this. I will not do this” but I got through it fine.
Like my final of year of college when the campus was on fire and I had to skip classes because my Criminology module clashed with English. Then there was that time I was convinced I would never get a job because I was scared to speak on the phone (hello, I now work in a call center).
You never really know what you can and can’t do until you have actually tried to do it.