I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that I’ve been suffering with really bad headaches and my eyes have started hurting because of my glasses. My glasses are old and I just found out that they were the wrong prescription (the trainee who did my eyetest in 2015 messed up somehow and gave me a prescription from my 2013 glasses. So basically my glasses are from a prescription that is FOUR YEARS OLD!!!) Thankfully I have gone back to my regular optometrist and now I have glasses that I can see with (but they still give me headaches because they’re so strong. Just typing this post gave me a headache). Anyway all this is to say that I’m pretty optimistic that August is going to be a great reading month. Here’s what’s on my August TBR:
1) The Internet Made Me Do It (Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy Book 2) by Jennifer Ammoscato: I read some of this and it is hilarious. When Avery is fired and cannot find work, she decides to write the next Fifty Shades of Grey. As someone who experienced the stress of job-hunting, I support this idea whole-heartedly.
2) Internet Famous by Danika Stone: I don’t remember what this was about but I know that there’s been ton of praise for this book.
3) The Divine Heart by Danielle Mani: The Divine Heart is my current read and I am enjoying it so very much. I’m not too far into it (the text hurt my eyes but hopefully that isn’t the problem with my new glasses) so I don’t really know where the plot is going but I really liked this series.
4) Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher: This is another Netgalley read that I didn’t get to. It seemed like an intriguing romance but then I read a really negative review and now I have mixed feelings.
What are you planning to read it August? I’d love to know.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley and took ages to read it because I thought it would let me down. I had built this book up in my head to be totally amazing and I was scared that it wouldn’t meet my expectations. Luckily, I was wrong. This book was enthralling and I could not stop reading it. I actually felt sad once it ended because I had grown so attached to the characters (Death does tend to bring people closer. Just read this book if you don’t believe me).
Five very different students end up in detention after a misunderstanding…and then one of them dies. Simon’s death is quick and very carefully planned. The question is who did it? Simon ran a gossip blog and was not very well-liked. Anyone could have killed him. Unfortunately for the other student’s who were in detention with Simon, he knew secrets about them that he had planned to reveal the very next day.
This book should be called “All of Us are Lying” because everyone here has secrets which makes for an incredible story with several plot twists. This is a well-written book with characters that you can’t help but feel sorry for.
The ending was pretty obvious to me but it didn’t make it any less shocking. This was a beautiful, gripping read and I DEMAND THAT EVERYONE READS IT. EVERYONE!!!I don’t care who you are or what your reading preferences are. Just read this book. I promise you won’t regret it.
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During my exams I found some great Netgalley reads. Sadly I didn’t get enough time to finish them since I’ve been spending time with family over the festive season. So my December TBR is more like a 2017 TBR. I hate the idea of going into 2017 with books from the previous year but it can’t be helped. Here are some of the books I’m hoping to finish before 2017 or in the first week of 2017:
1) Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen- I love Sarina Bowen’s writing and novels. There’s something so real about them and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters. I don’t remember much of what this book is about (I read the synopsis a while back but I want to go into this book completely free from any spoilers).
2) Gilded Cage by Vic James- when I just think about this book, I get butterflies. I’ve seen it on Booktube and I can’t believe I managed to get it
3) Bookish Ever After by Isabel Bandeira- This book follows the story of a bookworm who uses her favourite books as a guide for her love life. I felt like this book was about me so I can’t wait to get back to reading it.
4) The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne- This is a historical romance and I love historical romance so enough said.
What books are you hoping to finish before 2016 ends? I’d love to know below.
Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was a bit disappointed that this wasn’t a White Cliff Bay story but Juniper Island seems just as interesting as White Cliff Bay.
Pip and Gabe were each other’s first loves until a misunderstanding tore them apart. Now twelve years later they reunite on the picturesque Juniper Island. However can they really trust each other and fall in love again? Gabe has a daughter and Pip has a secret that may tear them apart.
I especially enjoyed all the Christmas festivities that took place. This book is a great Christmas read.
I didn’t really like Gabe’s meddling family members at first but they eventually grew on me. I also found the ending predictable. Besides that I really enjoyed this novel.
Gabe and Pip make a cute couple and I loved that they were always so close throughout their lives. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
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And I Darken by Kiersten White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book has left me speechless. I have so many questions and so many feelings I don’t even know how to put them into words.
Lada is a vicious girl who is abandoned in the Ottoman courts by her father along with her brother, Radu. Lada and Radu soon make friends with Mehmad, the son of the Sultan who holds them captive. However the Ottoman courts are a brutal place and their happy friendship is soon threatened by outside forces.
I really loved Lada’s character. She is strong but almost blood-thirsty at times which makes her both terrifying and amusing. I especially enjoyed her unwavering dedication to her brother. Radu was an annoying character and I hated his childhood (he was pitifully weak). However Radu’s character development was amazing. I fell in love with him just as the characters in book did. My favourite part about these characters was that as they grew up and changed, so did my feelings for them. I pitied them, I hurt for him, I rejoiced with him. This is an incredibly long novel and by the end of it, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’re parting with a long-time friend.
At first I found it difficult to keep track of all of the cities and places that Lada and her family visited (It was only afterward that I discovered a glossary at the end of the book). However as time passed I became familiar with the places and their scenery which delighted me. I really feel like I was a part of this book. The story is just that well-written and immersive. I grew really attached to this book and it’s characters and can’t wait to read the next one.
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