The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Skye uses her psychic powers to “read” people’s futures. It’s her side hustle. Her trick is simply telling people what they want to know.
By simply reading their reactions, facial expressions and their appearance, Skye can judge pretty accurately what people want her to tell them.
But when Paige, the most popular girl at school goes missing, Skye offers to work with the police to find her.
It isn’t difficult. Skye knows exactly what happened to Paige and where she is. But it isn’t long before things take a twisted turn.
Skye can either tell the truth, save Paige and ruin her own name. Or hope that whoever has Paige comes clean and lets her go…soon.
This book was well-written and thrilling. I couldn’t put it down.
I loved how easily Skye could read people and I loved the ending. I didn’t know who to trust or what was going on. This was an amazing rollercoaster ride of plot twists and turns.
If you’re looking for a mystery, definitely give this a try.
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Sometimes you meet people who are out of this world, so you make them a part of yours.
In the Unlikely Event, an all-new must-read contemporary romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is coming November 19th and we have the gorgeous cover! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book so I cannot wait to read it!
A one-night stand born from vengeance in a foreign land.
An explosive chemistry neither of us could deny.
We signed a contract on the back of a Boar’s Head Pub napkin that said if we ever met again, we would drop everything and be together.
Eight years and thousands of miles later, he’s here.
In New York.
And he’s America’s music obsession.
The intangible Irish poet who brings record executives to their knees.
The blizzard in my perfect, unshaken snow globe.
Last time we spoke, he was a beggar with no intention of becoming a king.
But a king he became, and now I’m his servant.
I’m not the same broken princess Malachy Doherty put back together with his callused hands.
I have a career I love.
A boyfriend I adore.
An apartment, a roommate, a life.
I changed. He changed, too.
But Mal kept the napkin.
Question is, will I keep my word?
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Every so often, you need a book that is going to make you bawl like a baby. Well, that’s what some people say. Me, personally, I don’t get it. I like happy books with happy endings. But sometimes there are books that leave me bawling and for some twisted reason, I adore them regardless. Here are some of my all-time favourite tear-jerkers:
1.Rainfall by Melissa Delport– “Rainfall” tells the story of Paige and Adam. The two fall deeply in love and are happy. Until the day Paige comes home to find Adam in bed with someone else. Worse still, Adam has no remorse for his actions. Paige wants nothing more to do with him until someone from his past visits her and shares a secret about Adam. This book tore me up so badly I have never read anything by Melissa Delport afterwards (not for lack of trying, I just…I can’t). I cried for three days after reading this book and while I personally hated it, it has countless fans so I’m listing it here regardless. Hey, maybe those people are more mentally stable than I am.
2.Me Before You by Jojo Moyes– “Me Before You” follows Louisa Clark as she takes a job as a caretaker for Will Traynor. Will is paralyzed from an accident and wants nothing more than to be dead- something he sees as a great relief. But the more time they spend together, the stronger the attachment between the two grows. Like “Rainfall”, this book had me depressed for days and it’s hard not to admire the power of words as you weep non-stop.
3. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover– Pretty much any Colleen Hoover book is guaranteed to make you cry but this one is one of the best. Lily is dating Ryle, a gorgeous neurosurgeon who is against relationships but somehow falls madly in love with her. But as their relationship takes a dark turn, Lily runs into Atlas, an old high school boyfriend. Atlas is the total opposite of Ryle and it isn’t long before Lily starts questioning who she is supposed to be with.
4. F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher– Helena is in love with Kit. They’re perfect together. Except for the fact that he’s dating her best friend. This book was an emotional roller-coaster that I enjoyed immensely. Tarryn has a gift for writing twisted characters that you cannot help but love.
What are some of your favourite tear-jerkers? Leave your recommendations down below!
Sometime in late 2016, I was lucky enough to get an interview with a local newspaper. Granted, I only found out about the opportunity through my uncle who was a radio journalist but I was thrilled to have my foot in the door.
Walking into the building I had always dreamed of working at, I felt like things were finally coming together. 7 years of hard work were finally paying off.
At this point, I would like draw attention to the fact that I was still technically a college student. I was finishing up my final semester which was delayed by UKZN protest action. But I was tired of waiting for a job in my field (it’s been two years and I’m still waiting so yes the irony is not lost on me).
My interview went great and I was given a position to write for the cultural/lifestyle section of the newspaper. I instantly secured an interview with an author I knew. I conducted the interview, wrote my article and submitted it the day before deadline.
Three days later, I had the pleasure of seeing my writing in print. Above the fold.
I was overjoyed. And then came the payment. Or lack thereof. Here’s the thing though, I was more than willing to work for free. But apparently freelancers take a while to pay.
The next few months were brutal. I chased down the Payroll lady weekly for updates on my payments, completed university and started interviewing for regular 9-5 jobs. I was ghosted by my editor. No calls went through. Neither did my emails or SMS’es. And this was not for payment. No this was for my pitches. Radio silence.
My payment finally came through 4 months later in February 2017. I still tried (albeit unsuccessfully) to get interviewees but it was kind of hard when I didn’t know if I was even still a freelancer (SPOILER ALERT: I still was. I received a letter a year later confirming that they were releasing me from my contract as they no longer required my services. My co-workers and I laughed non-stop at the idea that I had been dismissed from a job I didn’t even know I had).
That was how my short-lived journalism career ended, leaving me with two very important lessons. 1) I didn’t want to be a freelancer and 2) I needed some sort of support structure in a working environment.
For a first job and especially for a first freelancing gig, this experience was absolutely awful and I would not like to go back. Though I supposed if I went back now, things would be different.
For one thing, I am no longer the same quiet girl. If I had been ignored for pitches now, I would probably get in my car and drive straight to the editor’s office to query if I could get started or not.
What I didn’t know at the time was that these experiences were going to shape and define me and help with a very important life choice that was coming up.
So I’ve had this idea in my head for a while now but just never got around to sharing it. I feel like it is REALLY important for me to share my horror stories, making the transition from college graduate to responsible working adult. It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t fun but it was almost always hilarious looking back.
Also there are tons of things I wish I had known but just didn’t. So to save you from making my mistakes, I’m starting this mini-series following me from my ambitions of being a journalist to finally settling down in a career.
I hope you enjoy! Or at the very least, feel free to share some horror stories of your own.
Picture Perfect by Holly Smale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In “Picture Perfect”, the Manners take New York. Harriet and her family have to move when her dad gets a new job. The family is uprooted to a tiny suburb in the middle of nowhere (but still close to New York so yay? I don’t know. I was as disappointed as Harriet that they were not in actual NYC).
Harriet is about to try again at being a model and honestly I don’t really care. I’m just here for Nick. Who is busy on the other side of the world being a model.
I loved Harriet, her wonky family and Wilbur and they made this book for me.
Personally I just wanted to see Nick and Harriet together because I feel like we haven’t seen enough of their relationship in the present but that didn’t happen.
All the same, I loved seeing New York through Harriet’s eyes. This was a great read that had me laughing throughout
###SPOILER ALERT (and at one point) crying too ###END SPOILER ALERT
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