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Fiction Friday: Book Review- There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

There's Something About Sweetie

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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



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Fiction Friday: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

The Escape Room

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Everafter Wish (City of Wishes #6) by Rachel Morgan

City of Wishes 6: The Everafter Wish

City of Wishes 6: The Everafter Wish by Rachel Morgan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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.




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Recommended Reads: Vampires

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:

Shadow and Fog

  1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer- An oldie but a goodie.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Fiction Friday: Book Review: The Starlight Quest by Rachel Morgan

The Starlight Quest

The Starlight Quest by Rachel Morgan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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.




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Fiction Friday: Book Review- City of Wishes 4: The Eternal Night by Rachel Morgan

City of Wishes 4: The Eternal Night

City of Wishes 4: The Eternal Night by Rachel Morgan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

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Fiction Friday: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grishaverse, #0.5 & 2.5 & 2.6)

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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.



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7 Books to Read to Get You Out of a Book Slump

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?

Let me know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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.



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ICYMI Kindle Unlimited is Finally Available in SA

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.

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