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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Waiting on Wednesday: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #2)

I absolutely loved “One Dark Throne” by Kendare Blake. The world was dark but compelling and the story stayed with me long after I finished the book. I especially loved all the twist and turns towards the end of the book. The sequel releases in September and I CAN NOT WAIT!!!
Official Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other

 

 

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Secrets of a Wedding Night by Valerie Bowman (Secret Brides #1)

Secrets of a Wedding Night (Secret Brides, #1)Secrets of a Wedding Night by Valerie Bowman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Lily discovers that Devon, the man who broke her heart, is about to be engaged, she writes a pamphlet that is sure to make his spineless fiance call off their engagement. Devon is furious when her plan succeeds and vows to get his revenge by seducing Lily. The problem is that the connection between them hasn’t really diminished over the years and they both clearly still have feelings for each other.
At first the whole revenge plan seemed incredibly stupid to me. It seemed like a really weak plot device. However it is carried off really well in this book which surprised me. I found myself enjoying this book immensely. Devon and Lily have a very clear chemistry which I enjoyed reading about. I also loved the colourful and well-developed supporting characters. This is a series that I am definitely going to follow. This book was compelling and well-written. Fans of romance and historical fiction will definitely enjoy this book and I recommend it whole-heartedly.

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July Book Haul

July 1st was my birthday so obviously I had to celebrate with some books. Unfortunately I got to the SPCA booksale later than usual so my SPCA book haul is smaller than usual. I do however have really great books:

  1. First of all, Reader’s Warehouse was giving away a free Harry Potter tote for any purchase of a Harry Potter book. This was a perfect time for me to order the new edition of Philosopher’s Stone. This was a birthday present from my mother and was delivered just before my birthday. The tote is my new book bag. Book sales, here I come.

Reader's Warehouse Book Haul

2. SPCA Bookhaul- It still makes me really sad that my haul was so small but these were all books that I really wanted so I was really excited to find them. I read Evermore and the Vampire Academy books already and I am so thrilled to finally own them. I’ve also wanted to read “Evernight” and “Night World” since I was in high school.

SPCA Bookhaul

3. Bargain Books Haul- THEY WERE ALL ON SALE AND THEY WERE YA AND I HAVE WANTED THESE BOOKS SINCE I WAS BORN AND CAN YOU TELL HOW HAPPY I AM RIGHT NOW???

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4. Birthday Books from my aunt- I love love love when family members buy me books.

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5. Book Case Haul- Okay this was just one book but the book merch was awesome so it all needs to be taken into account.

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6. And last but not least, I visited Bargain Books after work one Saturday just because I could. I already read November 9 but it is amazing and this cover is gorgeous and it is ALL MINE!!!

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What books have you bought recently? I’d love to know below.

Inside the June Book Case Box

The Book Case is a book box based in South Africa- it’s actually the only book box I know of that is based in SA. I’ve always wanted to ordered a Book Case box for never got around to actually doing so (mainly because I was unemployed but I don’t like talking about that time of my life). I ordered a box for my birthday and was thrilled when it finally arrived.

 

It's a treasure chest of bookishness

It’s a treasure chest of bookishness

 

Doesn’t it look gorgeous? The Book Case Box always has amazing bookish goodies inside and the June box did not disappoint.

 

INSIDE THE BOX:

  1. The book was Flame in The Mist by Renee Ahdieh: I was too scared to buy a box without knowing what the book was so I did some research beforehand to see if I wanted the book. Obviously I did because I LOVE Renee Ahdieh’s writing.

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2.  A House of Targaryen coaster: I don’t really watch Game of Thrones but I am obsessed with Daenerys so I loved this. I don’t think I’m going to use it though. I’m probably just going to keep it and look at it. Don’t judge my weirdness.

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3. Mockingjay Keyring: I have wanted a mockingjay item for so very long and now I have one! *Squeals with joy*

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4. A Court of Thorns and Roses bracelet and necklace: The bracelet is a star while the necklace is decorated to look like the Night Court sky. I’ve been using these two nonstop since I got them.

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Fact- this is the main reason why I bought this book box. I desperately wanted ACOTAR merch

Fact- this is the main reason why I bought this book box. I desperately wanted ACOTAR merch

 

5. Hermione’s Enchantment Candle: I really like the way this smells

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6. A “Flame in the Mist” print: I’m not too sure what I’m going to do with this but I’ve never had a print before so I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself. Also, if this book turns out to be anything like “The Wrath and the Dawn” I’m going to get obsessed with it and having the print will be a great way to show that.

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I was really happy with my box and I absolutely recommend it to all the bookworms out there. I have always wanted a book box and I’m glad we finally have one in South Africa. You can find out more about The Book Case or order your own box here.

Book Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is LyingOne 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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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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Book Review: Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins (Studies in Scandal #2)

Duke with Benefits (Studies in Scandal, #2)Duke with Benefits by Manda Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

WE FINALLY HAVE A STORY FOR DAPHNE!!!
I have been waiting for this book from the very second we met Daphne in the first “Studies in Scandal” bok. Once again, Celeste has left behind a mystery for the bluestockings (Honestly, I don’t think I like Celeste that much. Why does she keep putting these girls in danger? She’s dead and gone so she’s safe from harm but what about the poor girls?).
Daphne is the only one who can decode the mysterious Cameron Cipher which apparently leads to a fortune. And of course this means her spending lots of time with the dreamy- I mean, with the Duke of Maitland. Their search for the Cipher turns bloody which puts Daphne at risk. Especially when it seems like someone close to her might want her dead.
I love the whole element of danger leading to people falling in love. Personally I think it’s a plot device that is used far too often but I love it nonetheless.
This was a great read and I found it impossible to put down. Maybe it was because of the plot that kept me glued until the end of the book or maybe it was because I was really eager to see what happened between Daphne and Maitland. This was just an absolutely amazing read and I can’t wait for the rest of the series to release.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Born of Defiance (The League #7) by Sherri Lynn Kenyon

Born of Defiance (The League, #7)Born of Defiance by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book even though I barely understood it. Talyn is a fighter and an Andarion with no father. As a result of the latter, he faces discrimination on a daily basis. He is treated as less than a person. When Talyn decides to get himself a companion, his entire life changes and he decides he deserves to have something more. I have no idea what an Andarion is (and the book doesn’t explain what it is) but I enjoyed the book nonetheless. I also didn’t understand Andarion culture and tradition but the book explained those. This was a really intriguing book. The plot was suspenseful and the characters well-written and well-developed. I’m definitely going to be following this series. Whatever the Andarions are, they have a rich history and I can’t wait to learn more about them. I strongly recommend this series to all fans of fantasy.

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