Harriet Manners is a geek. She knows tons of facts that no one really cares about. However despite her excellent IQ, her classmates don’t like Harriet that much. In fact it is them who have labelled her a geek. So when Harriet is accidentally discovered by a modelling agent, she takes the opportunity to reinvent herself. Sure it’s been her best friend’s dream since forever to be a model and Harriet’s mother has expressly forbidden her from modelling. But none of these things matter as much to Harriet as reinventing herself. I’ve had this book for a while and never picked it up. In fact I only started it because I was bored and I wanted a quick and light read before bed. I started this at 9PM and finished it at 6PM the next day. I was hooked. I listened to the audiobook, read the paperback at home and the ebook on Scribd while I was at work. I loved meeting Harriet’s colorful family, her creepy stalker, Toby and learning all of her geeky facts. I devoured this book and could not get enough. If you are looking for a light, fun read, I definitely recommend this book. I cannot wait to start on the sequel.
It is no secret that I am an avid bookworm. I love reading books, buying books, reading about buying books and basically anything to do with the written word. In fact I would even go as far as to say that I have developed a reputation for being a girl who is a book shopaholic (but rarely gets around to reading all the books). So when a fellow member of a Facebook Book Group suggested Scribd to me, I was hesitant to give it a go.
I already was part of Google Books, Amazon Kindle and Audible. I did not need anything book subscription service that I would just keep and not use. But since I was referred to Scribd, I got two months free so I figured there was no harm in trying it out. I was instantly hooked.
For a fixed fee (R150 in South Africa. $8.99 USD), you get access to countless ebooks and audiobooks. Now I know some of you may be thinking “hello, libraries are free?” but my local library is crap so this is great for me. Also it’s easier for me to read eBooks on my cellphone instead of going out with a print book (people are more likely to stop me when I’m reading a book instead of reading on a electronic device). So Scribd was perfect for me.
Immediately I disconnected my Audible subscription (which was much more). I kept my Amazon account just in case but it’s been months since I purchased a book.
Most of the books I already own are on Scribd so it’s been helping me tackle my TBR as well as preventing me from purchasing new books unnecessarily. Sure if I see a sale book that isn’t on Scribd or that I loved but don’t own in print, I’ll purchase it but for the most part my book buying has decreased dramatically since I joined Scribd. Interested in trying it out for yourself? You can join with my referral link here and you will get two months free!
Have you tried Scribd? What did you think? Let me know below.
The Good Luck Girls are anything but lucky. The girls are sold to a “welcome” house as children, marked with “favors” to depict their positions as “Good Luck Girls” and trained to entertain “brags” (men who have enough money to pay for the girls attention). When Clementine accidentally kills a brag on her Lucky Night (the first night a Good Luck Girl officially starts her night-time duties), the girls rally together to protect her the only way they can- they run away. The girls know that if they are caught they face death or a brutal punishment even worse than death. They are joined on their journey by a mysterious rangeman who has a few secrets of his own but is willing to help the girls escape. The group try to track down Lady Ghost, a possibly fictional character mentioned in countless bedtime stories, in order to remove their favors. Along the way they have to battle the law, the wilderness and even vengeful spirits. I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for a review. From the very first line, I was hooked. I loved the writing, the world-building, the characters, EVERYTHING! This was a book about strong females fighting against a world who didn’t see them as equal and I loved that. The ending was spectacularly beautiful and I cannot wait for the sequel. This book was everything I didn’t know I needed in a novel and I enjoyed it immensely.
I love fairytale retellings. It’s a tale as old as time with a twist. In fact I am so obsessed with retellings that I actually have two shelves decided to them. To help you find your next favourite retelling, I’m compiled a list of my favourites below:
A Court of Thorns and Rose by Sarah J. Maas- One of my all-time favourite books and series, this is a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” set in a world where both fae and humans reside. Feyre accidentally kills a fae and as punishment needs to return to their lands to live out the rest of her days.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh- A retelling of “One Thousand and One Nights”. Now while I have not read the original, I did enjoy this book and it’s stories immensely. A young caliph takes a bride every night and kills her before dawn. Shahrzad volunteers to be his next victim- um, I mean bride-in order to extract revenge on him killing her best friend. What she did not expect was to fall in love with her mysterious new husband.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer- The Lunar Chronicles is also one of my favourite series. Set in a futuristic world, this series follows a host of unforgettable, colourful characters from the stories we know and love. The first book, “Cinder” follows an android, Cinderella while the remaining books are about Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel) and Winter (Snow White). It is a delightful twist on traditional tales.
City of Wishes by Rachel Morgan- This fairytale is set in a world with vampires, werewolves, humans and fae. I loved the assortment of characters here and I especially loved the worldbuilding.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine- An oldie but a goodie. I’m not sure if Ella was supposed to be some sort of Cinderella but this was the first book I read with a movie adaptation (and the first book I loved more than the movie).
What are some of your favourite adaptations? I’d love to know below.
Andie is a Type A who always has her every move mapped out. As the daughter of a Congressman, her every word and every action has to be to ensure that she projects the best possible image of herself and her dad. But when scandal hits and her father has to stay away from the office, Andie loses her summer internship and they’re both stuck in a house together. Neither Andie or her dad have been alone together since before the death of her mother. Desperate for something-anything- to occupy her time, Andie takes the first job she can find. She ends up working as a dog walker and that is when she meets Clarke. Clarke is kinda nerdy but very cute and there is a very obvious chemistry between them. I’ve had this book for a few years and I haven’t read it mainly because I am not a huge fan of contemporary. However I loved this book and was glued from the very first page. “The Unexpected Everything” is fun, entertaining, light-hearted and heart-warming. I couldn’t stop reading and I loved every second of it. Andie has a beautiful support system with her friends and family and I loved seeing her with them. If you’re looking for your next summer read, I strongly suggest this one.
When smooth and suave Ashish Patel is dumped by his hot long distance girlfriend, his self-confidence and basketball skills take a nosedive. Previously so popular with the ladies, Ashish is now self-conscious and a mess. His parents assure him it is just a part of being young and when the times come, they will find him someone better. So Ashish challenges them to do it now- find a girl that will interest him AND meet all of his parent’s strict requirements. So they do. They match him with Sweetie Nair, an Indian-American athlete who is fat. Sweetie doesn’t mind that she is fat. Neither does Ashish. However her mother can barely seem to look past that fact so Sweetie decides that she is going to show her that she is more than her weight. But as Ashish and Sweetie start to spend time together they eventually find that there is a connection between the two of them. This was a sweet read that I adored immensely. Sweetie and Ashish were a great match (at this point, as an Indian, I’m convinced I should enlist my family members to find me a match) and I was surprised that they suited so well. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a light YA read.
Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.
Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other
When Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam receive an SMS on a Friday evening about a mandatory team-building escape room challenge, they all rush to attend. These competitive, cut-throat employees cannot afford to upset the company board while there are rumors of people being laid off. However this escape room is unlike any other. It is an elevator with questions posed based on the teams personal life and the dirty deeds they have done to get ahead at work. This book had me entranced till the very end. I could put it down and found myself reading while walking around the office (almost walked into a door too) and throughout my lunch breaks. This is a well written book with an intriguing plot and several twists and turns that I most certainly did NOT see coming. Definitely read this. You will not regret it
In this last installment of “City of Wishes”, Elle is finally free of her evil stepmother AND she has magic. I was pretty excited to read this because it looked like things were finally going well for her. Of course that didn’t last long. Elle wants to share her knowledge with the King as well as stop the Godmother and her army of vampires (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d ever see). What I really liked about this is that although it wrapped things up (which made me kinda have lower expectations because where could we go from there?) it still packed a punch. There were still things that surprised me and some which left me speechless. I have been reading Rachel Morgan’s books for a while now so I like to entertain myself in trying to spot her twists and turns beforehand. However this installment still managed to knock my guesses out the park. Now that this book is complete you have absolutely no reason not to read. Definitely pick it up. I promise you won’t regret it.
If you cannot tell by the title above, I was a seriously Twi-hard back in the day. So much so that for most of my teen years, I read nothing but vampire novels. So if you are also a fan of fangs, here are a few of my recommendations for you:
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer- An oldie but a goodie.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead- High school drama with a vampire princess and her spunky bodyguard. There is romance, action and lots of witty banter.
Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz- Vampire A-listers in New York. Think Gossip Girl but with vampires. This series has incredible writing and great world-building.
Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith- Not my favourite vampire series as it seemed to go on forever and ever but I loved the original books (stopping at “Shadow Souls” because after that things just got weird).
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey- A gorgeous vampire lands on Jessica’s door claiming to be her fiance. I do not remember much of this book beyond being in love with the main character.
Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi- This series follows two sisters and their vampire boyfriends as they battle slayers, fae and even Hell at one point.
Are there any vampire books you think I may have missed? Were you a Twi-hard too? I’d love to know below.
After wishing for her freedom and Dex’s health, Elle is forced to pay the price. This time the Godmother requires her to go into the Never Woods and complete a quest that will change her life. I was on edge throughout this book just waiting for the other shoe to drop. The Never Woods reminded me of The Hazel Wood. It had the same creepy but compelling atmosphere about it which I enjoyed immensely. I especially liked how things seemed to be looking up for Elle for once. This was a really quick, well-written read and I cannot wait to see how things end in the final installment.