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Recommended Reads: Tear- Jerkers

Every so often, you need a book that is going to make you bawl like a baby. Well, that’s what some people say. Me, personally, I don’t get it. I like happy books with happy endings. But sometimes there are books that leave me bawling and for some twisted reason, I adore them regardless. Here are some of my all-time favourite tear-jerkers:

1.Rainfall by Melissa Delport– “Rainfall” tells the story of Paige and Adam. The two fall deeply in love and are happy. Until the day Paige comes home to find Adam in bed with someone else. Worse still, Adam has no remorse for his actions. Paige wants nothing more to do with him until someone from his past visits her and shares a secret about Adam. This book tore me up so badly I have never read anything by Melissa Delport afterwards (not for lack of trying, I just…I can’t). I cried for three days after reading this book and while I personally hated it, it has countless fans so I’m listing it here regardless. Hey, maybe those people are more mentally stable than I am.

2.Me Before You by Jojo Moyes– “Me Before You” follows Louisa Clark as she takes a job as a caretaker for Will Traynor. Will is paralyzed from an accident and wants nothing more than to be dead- something he sees as a great relief. But the more time they spend together, the stronger the attachment between the two grows. Like “Rainfall”, this book had me depressed for days and it’s hard not to admire the power of words as you weep non-stop.

3. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover– Pretty much any Colleen Hoover book is guaranteed to make you cry but this one is one of the best. Lily is dating Ryle, a gorgeous neurosurgeon who is against relationships but somehow falls madly in love with her. But as their relationship takes a dark turn, Lily runs into Atlas, an old high school boyfriend. Atlas is the total opposite of Ryle and it isn’t long before Lily starts questioning who she is supposed to be with.

4. F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher– Helena is in love with Kit. They’re perfect together. Except for the fact that he’s dating her best friend. This book was an emotional roller-coaster that I enjoyed immensely. Tarryn has a gift for writing twisted characters that you cannot help but love.

What are some of your favourite tear-jerkers? Leave your recommendations down below!

Fiction Friday: The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa

The Blessed Girl

The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I picked this up expecting a nice, fun, light-hearted read. And it was. Until it wasn’t.
Bontle Tau is a twenty-something (her age changes throughout the book so I don’t even know if she knows her real age) who is living “the life”.
She has a business, lives in a penthouse, drives an expensive car and uses designer clothing. As she mentions throughout the book, she may not have a degree but she has street smarts.
She also has several blessers.
I loved how over the top Bontle’s life was. I flew through this book in a few hours. However the second part of this book turns a bit darker and Bontle’s picture perfect life starts to show more than a few cracks.
I immensely enjoyed this book but the ending left me chilled. I had grown fond of Bontle and it was tough for me to NOT root for her throughout the way.
Yes, she is self-absorbed and vain but she was clever in her own way (with her street smarts and MENcology).
Definitely give this book a try. It’s hilarious, it’s moving and it’s entertaining.




SPOILER ALERT
If there was anyone who could be in her situation and wear it without any shame, it would be her. The ending devastated me
SPOILER ALERT**



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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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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Trouble With Flirting by Rochelle Morgan

The Trouble with Flirting (The Trouble Series, #2)The Trouble with Flirting by Rochelle Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was much longer than previous ones in the series but it didn’t drag so that was good. Livi makes a very convincing misfit who longs to change her nerd status as she enters college. I loved that this book was so real. I’ve seen so many people struggle with their image the way that Livi did and I was glad for the insight that this book brought me. Originally I thought that the romance would seem cliché but it happened gradually enough to seem natural.
My favorite part was that this book didn’t seem forced to me. It told the story of a rich girl trying to fit in. This story was not rushed. It was written well and there were themes such as friendship, fitting in and infidelity.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Rebel Faerie (Creepy Hollow, #9) by Rachel Morgan

Rebel Faerie (Creepy Hollow, #9)Rebel Faerie by Rachel Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an ebook copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Emerson teams up with Calla to help her parents and Dash. Problem is, no one knows where the Guild has taken the Griffin Rebels or what is happening to them. Meanwhile Emerson is struggling with having such immense power but not being able to save her loved ones.
“Rebel Faerie”was a really fast, action-packed read and I enjoyed it immensely. The darker side of the Guild is finally revealed to Creepy Hollow and this time the Guild isn’t bothering to cover their ways.
I loved seeing favourite characters from previous books in the series. I was more than a little heart-sore since “Rebel Faerie” is the last book in the Creepy Hollow series. We’re never going to see these characters again! This book was incredibly well-written and the character development was amazing. The series ended beautifully (why did it have to end though? I love this series!) and it was great seeing the characters finally get their happy endings. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction.

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My 7 Favourite YA Authors

I like to think of YA as my go-to genre when I want to read something but I don’t know what. I’ve rarely been disappointed by YA (okay in my defense it’s because usually I’m reading historical fiction or fantasy fiction) and I’ve certainly never been disappointed by these seven authors:

 

 

  1. Rachel Morgan: Rachel Morgan is a South African author whose contemporary YA “Trouble” series is one of my all-time favourite series. The books are sweet and well-written. They’re also all set in South Africa which I love.
  2. Estelle Maskame: Estelle Maskame’s “Did I Mention I Love You” series is romantic, dramatic and has a unique twist on the whole “bad boy” cliche.
  3. Marissa Meyer: Marissa Meyer’s YA can be enjoyed by both adult and young adult readers. She writes fairytale adaptations that are flawless. If you enjoy fairytales, you will definitely enjoy Marissa Meyer’s work.
  4. Renee Ahdieh: Kick-ass heroines and swoon-worthy heroes can be found in Renee Ahdieh’s work. She also writes retellings with amazing world-building.
  5. Sarah J Maas: Sarah J Maas is my queen and therefore I dub her the queen of YA fantasy. Definitely check out her “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series which is a faerie retelling (yes I know this is the third time I used that word but I really like my retellings) of “Beauty and the Beast.”
  6. Joanne Macgregor: Joanne Macgregor is another great South African author. Some of my favourite books by her are “Scarred” and “The Law of Tall Girls”.
  7. Sarah Dessen: Sarah Dessen writes really heart-warming stories that always have romance and a happy ending. I strongly recommend “Saint Anything” and “Along for the Ride”.

What are some of your favourite contemporary YA authors? I’d love to know below.

 

Fiction Friday- Book Review: Shadow Faerie by Rachel Morgan (Creepy Hollow #8)

Shadow Faerie (Creepy Hollow, #8)Shadow Faerie by Rachel Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shadow Faerie deals with the aftermath of Emerson’s decision in “Glass Faerie”. She is now about to be engaged to a possibly evil prince in return for his help in curing her mother. But no matter how much Em wants Roarke to help her, she is determined to escape the Unseelie Court and cure her mother. Em is convinced that there is no way that the Unseelies can keep her forever but they seem to be several steps ahead of her. The Unseelies are a wonderfully dark lot and I loved and hated them in equal measure. They were dark and twisted but incredibly intelligent. I loved the character of Aurora and look forward to seeing more of her. I also enjoyed how this novel showed a completely different part of the Creepy Hollow world. We finally get to see the Unseelie court that is mentioned so often in the other books. I also enjoyed the many plot twists in this book. I had no idea what was going to happen which made trusting any and all of the characters difficult.
My favourite part of this novel was the ending- Rachel Morgan always has the best and worst cliffhangers in her books but this book has an ending that I can live with until the sequel releases.
This book was impossible to put down and has incredible world-building. I can’t wait to read the sequel (or more books set in the Unseelie Court). This is a must-read for all fans of fantasy.

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Fiction Friday: The Law of Tall Girls by Joanne Macgregor

The Law of Tall GirlsThe Law of Tall Girls by Joanne Macgregor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Peyton is a very tall girl who makes a bet that she can get a guy who is even taller than her to take her on three dates and the prom. However finding a guy who is taller than her, interesting and single turns out to be a challenge. The number one person on Peyton’s “Tall Guy” list is Jay. But while Jay is taller than Peyton, gorgeous and charming, he is also taken. But when Peyton and Jay are both cast as the leads in the school play (an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet), things might turn a turn in Peyton’s favor. If she can keep all her secrets locked safely away from Jay, that is.
The whole idea of a romance between characters playing Romeo and Juliet in their school play seemed incredibly cliched but Joanne Macgregor carries this out in a wonderfully real way. I loved seeing all the effort that went into the play and the romance happened naturally. Instead of the play driving the romance, both the play and the romance seemed to happen at the same time which was great. As a tall girl, I found this book difficult to get into at first. It just reminded me of my awkward teen years (which I honestly didn’t want to be reminded of now. I’m an adult now. Being tall doesn’t bother me anymore but reading this book brought back alot of those old feelings of inadequacy). However which I got through my tall girl issues, I devoured this book. I loved Peyton and Jay’s character and I loved that their families had such interesting backstories (especially since so few YA novels mention parents and other relatives). This book was funny, entertaining and dealt with real-life issues. I definitely recommend this book to fans of YA contemporary fiction.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Glass Faerie by Rachel Morgan (Creepy Hollow #7)

Glass Faerie (Creepy Hollow, #7)Glass Faerie by Rachel Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*am holding the fifth star of my rating hostage until the rest of this series is released*
I feel like this was a really quick read and I say that as someone who’s in a severe reading slump. Glass Faerie is the third part of the Creepy Hollow series and is the story of Emmy, a faerie who has lived as a human up until now. Not only is Emmy a faerie, she is also Griffin Gifted. We all know how the Guild is towards the Griffin Gifted so Emmy’s new world just got a whole lot more complicated. I loved how there was so much mystery and uncertainty about Emmy and her background. What is she? How is she whatever she is? I liked the character of Dash but honestly I was just interested in seeing Chase again. I think he may be my favourite Creepy Hollow character of all time. I loved how Rachel Morgan shows us a different side of Creepy Hollow. It has been a while since book 6 and this one and the book clearly shows how much things have changed. I feel like the Creepy Hollow world keeps evolving and I love that! It makes everything so much more realistic and fun to read.
I flew through this book and I kinda regret that because I have no idea how long the wait for the next book is.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Raven (A Creepy Hollow Story) by Rachel Morgan

Raven (A Creepy Hollow Story)Raven by Rachel Morgan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had my doubts about this book since a) I couldn’t really remember Raven from the Creepy Hollow series and b) I didn’t think any other character in Creepy Hollow would make a impact on me the way that Chase did. I decided to just read a few pages to see what I thought of the book and I was instantly sucked in.
Raven comes from a very wealthy family and is “practically royalty” according to her mother. What Raven’s parents don’t know is that Raven has a close (and forbidden) friendship with Flint, one of the guards.
When Raven is caught in the middle of a dangerous murderous plot, Flint is the only one around to help her.
This is a really fast read and I loved getting a look at a completely different part of Creepy Hollow. I would love to see more from the upper classes of Creepy Hollow.
I didn’t like Flint as much as Chase (will I ever like anyone as much as Chase? Doubtful) but I thought he was a great character nonetheless. I especially enjoyed seeing Tora as a kid. I would love if the next Creepy Hollow novella was about her.
This is a quick but entertaining read that fans of Creepy Hollow will love!

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