Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final GirlsFinal Girls by Riley Sager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And oh, what a read this has been. It has been about a month since I finished this book and I am still not over it.
Quincy, Lisa and Sam have been dubbed “Final Girls” by the press. Each of the girls were the only remaining survivor of three different massacres. It’s been a decade since Quincy and her friends were attacked at a cabin in the wood and she has put the past behind her. She has a great life, a great career and an amazing boyfriend. Her life is pretty perfect… Until she finds out that Lisa has killed herself. Lisa was a motivational speaker and possibly the most upbeat of the Final Girls. Her death leads to Sam showing up to meet Quincy in person. As the remaining Final Girls bond, two things quickly become clear- 1) Quincy is not as okay as she thought she was and 2) Sam can’t be trusted. Quincy may be done with her past but her past is certainly not done with her.
This novel had me glued to my seat. The plot was compelling and the writing was great. I also enjoyed the many plot twists. This novel was unexpected but so enjoyable. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future. If you enjoy mystery novels and thrillers, you will love this book.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels #5) by Kerrigan Byrne

The Scot Beds His Wife (Victorian Rebels, #5)The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gavin, the Earl of Thorne has decided that he needs a wife. More specifically he needs to wed Samantha, the short-tempered heiress to the land he is after. However what Gavin doesn’t realize is that Samantha has some dark secrets that she’s hiding. Samantha isn’t who she claims to be and marriage to Gavin may be the only way that she can protect her secrets and herself. Marrying him is a great idea- until she begins to fall in love with him.
My biggest issue with this book is the title. I had no interest in this book because I thought the title made it sound like a book with no plot (which it isn’t-it actually has a really action-packed plot). I only read this book because I love Kerrigan Byrne’s writing and I have been following this series for a really long time.
It was great to see characters from the previous novels in this series. This novel also did a great job introducing new (and very colourful) characters for future books. I also enjoyed the uniqueness of Samantha’s backstory and her “secrets”. This book had more danger and darkness than the previous books in this series which I thought was great. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin 

Christmas at Mistletoe CoveChristmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eden and Dougie have been best friends since they were kids. Eden has always been in love with Dougie while his feelings for her seem to just be platonic. Now Dougie has moved back home and he is Eden’s neighbour. Desperate to find the girl who once believed in magic, Dougie takes Eden to a magical spot in town where you can have any three wishes granted. Eden doesn’t believe in magic and the only thing she has ever wished for is the one thing she can’t have- Dougie.
As much I was looking forward to this book, I found it pretty predictable. I loved the chemistry between Dougie and Eden. They are undoubtedly my favourite couple in this series. The only flaw in this book is the predictable plot. The character’s are entertaining and funny, the romance is beautiful. This is a great Christmas read that I recommend to anyone who is looking for something sweet and light-hearted.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Now I Rise by Kiersten White (The Conqueror’s Saga, #2)

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)Now I Rise by Kiersten White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had major doubts going into this book. It had been about a year or so since I read “As I Darken” and while I did enjoy it, I wasn’t sure that “Now I Rise” would be as good (second books rarely are).  I was wrong. “Now I Rise” was infinitely better and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. Since I read “As I Darken” so long ago, I was sure that I wouldn’t remember much of the plot or the characters. In fact, I read about two pages before I realised I didn’t remember the events of the last novel (of course the only thing I remembered was the love triangle between Radu, Lada and Mehmed). Thankfully the novel recounted characters and events from the first book so I was able to read this without having to reread “As I Darken.”
“Now I Rise” follows Lada, Radu and Mehmed as they each go after the thing they want most. Lada wants to be prince of Wallachia, Radu wants to be respected by Mehmed (but any sort of positive attention from Mehmed makes Radu happy because he has an unhealthy obsession with Mehmed) and Mehmed just wants Constantinople. However for each of the characters to get what they want, they have to make difficult decisions- decisions that involve lies, betrayal or brutal deaths.
This book is nothing like what I would usually read. However there is just something about this series that drew me in and refuses to let go. I NEED to know more about these characters. Will Lada get her throne? Who will Mehmed choose? Will Radu ever grow a pair? (Can you tell he’s my least favourite Dracul sibling?) I need answers to these questions ASAP.
There was amazing character development in this novel. Both Dracul siblings see that their way is not always the best and they may need the other. Lada is as bloodthirsty in this novel as she was in “As I Darken”- but this time instead of just threatening people she is a girl of action and I loved seeing that side of her. She is fierce, she is vicious and it is incredible.
“Now I Rise” has a compelling plot and flawless writing which makes the book impossible to put down. Definitely get yourself a copy. NOW!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Spellbound and Ever After by Nora Roberts

Spellbound & Ever AfterSpellbound & Ever After by Nora Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think this book was a good read but just not a very realistic one. Both stories deal with the supernatural and of course love is the answer for these two couples. However while Nora Roberts normally uses these elements flawlessly, I found this novel difficult to follow.
The first story, “Spellbound” tells of a couple who have been separated through death and are now brought together. But while Bryna accepts their destiny together (since she has always known Calin is the one for her), Calin is far more disbelieving (which is ridiculous considering he had a childhood of the supernatural). However the story betwen Bryna and Calin is sweet and well-developed despite it’s relatively short length. I really enjoyed this story.
The second story, “Ever After” was just a really painful read. There was too much of insta-love and I did not find any of it believable. The characters seemed weak and I found the entire story to be over-done.
I warn anyone considering this book to proceed with caution.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Falling from the Sky by Sarina Bowen (Gravity #2)

Falling from the Sky (Gravity, #2)Falling from the Sky by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Callie meets dashing and daring Hank for a few minutes before one of his jumps. While it is clear that she makes no impression on him, Hank definitely makes an impression on Callie. And then he gets in an accident that leads to them running into each other repeatedly.
While pre-injury Hank was dismissive of Callie, post-injury-Hank is pretty taken with her. Ever since losing his career, his girlfriend, his friends and his drive for life, Callie is the only one who sees him as a person and not as someone as a wheelchair. But Hank’s accident has left him with more than just physical scars and if he wants anything to do with his pretty doctor, he will need to overcome his own personal demons and Callie’s own issues too.
I thought this was a really great novel. Callie and Hank are an adorable couple and this book was not as angst-filled as I thought it would be. I also really liked Hank’s character. He was flawed but well-written and well-developed. I especially enjoyed seeing the characters from the first book.
I thought that both Callie and Hank’s exes were awful and I enjoyed seeing them get what (I thought) they deserved.
I definitely recommend this book to all fans of romance novels.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman (Secret Brides #2)

Secrets of a Runaway Bride (Secret Brides, #2)Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Annie has earned herself the (very unfortunate) nickname of “The Runaway Bride” after a botched elopement attempt. When her sister and brother-in-law leave on their honeymoon, Annie sees it as a perfect opportunity to fix her past mistake and actually get married to the man that she loves. But first she needs to escape her brother-in-law’s meddling best friend, Jordan.
Jordan has sworn to keep an eye on Annie and is determined to keep his word. He knows firsthand what it is like to love someone and not have that love returned. And since Annie’s beau has no backbone, it falls to Jordan to protect her reputation. So he kidnaps her and takes her to the country.
I really liked Jordan and Annie together. They have a very clear chemistry and the build-up to their romance is great. However I felt like that latter part of the book was forced. The plot seemed flat and it just seemed like Annie and Jordan’s relationship was dragged on. This was a really good book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

Lying Out LoudLying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sonny lies about everything. It’s her way of regaining control over her life. So when her nemesis, Ryder messages her instead of his crush, her best friend, Amy, she doesn’t bother to fix his mistake. However a real connection developed between Ryder and Sonny and Sonny is now forced to stop her lying ways. But Ryder hates her in real life and telling the truth would mean ending things between them permanently.
I absolutely hate stories/movies where there is a lying character who, for whatever reason, is unable to confess to the truth. It pisses me off because literally all you have to do to fix everything is TELL THE DAMN TRUTH.
As much as I enjoyed this book, I was incredibly frustrated with Sonny. She was incapable of telling the truth throughout the book and it just annoyed me.
Like “Run”, this also had a really strong female friendship which I loved. I also enjoyed seeing Wesley and Bianca again.
This was a great read (with the exception of annoying, lying Sonny) but the ending was a bit too open for me. Like in “Run”, I needed to know more about the future of these characters. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick read.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Run by Kody Keplinger

RunRun by Kody Keplinger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bo and Agnes should not be friends. Bo is the town’s typical bad girl while Agnes is considered a sweet angel by the town. They’re total opposites. Or are they?
When Bo and Agnes meet, they become fast friends. One day, things get too bad for Bo at home and she decides to run away. Agnes joins her. Their journey away from their small town and the events leading up to it form part of this story.
I thought this was an interesting story but it felt a bit lacking. There were several questions I had that were left unanswered at the end of the book. This was a quick read but I enjoyed it and I could not put it down. I loved how different Bo and Agnes were from each other. It was refreshing to see such a deep bond between females.
The characters in this book were all amazingly well-written and well-developed. I just wish that the ending was more complete. Reading this book was incredible but the ending left me feeling a bit empty.

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Summer at Buttercup Beach by Holly Martin

Summer at Buttercup BeachSummer at Buttercup Beach by Holly Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Freya and Rome have been best friends for the past six years. But while Freya has feelings for Rome, he only sees her as a sister. Or does he? Recently the two of them have been getting closer and closer. It seems like only a matter of time before the two of them are finally together. However there is still the issue of Rome and his tragic past. Rome lost the woman he loved in a brutal and tragic accident which has left him with deep scars.
This was a very interesting book and I loved reading it. I thought this book had hotter scenes that any of Holly Martin’s previous books which I really enjoyed. Freya and Rome’s characters are well-written and real. This book also sets up the background for the next book in the series (which I absolutely cannot wait for!).
Like all of Holly Martin’s books, this features a variety of entertaining and colourful characters, a beautiful small town and a great romance. I recommend this book to all fans of contemporary romance.

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