The “Treat Yo Self” Book Haul

Last weekend  was the SPCA booksale and since I’m now a working adult, I decided to treat myself (because I totally never treated myself before I got a job). This is my book haul:

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And of course, no SPCA booksale haul is complete without a Bargain Books haul. I also visited two bookstores with regular priced books just so I could tell the books that I had a job but I still wouldn’t be buying them because they were expensive AF. I know, I have issues.

 

Bargain Books was having an Autumn sale but I only bought these two books… Because I already owned all the other books that were on sale. Think I might have to stop visiting Bargain Books so often.

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This picture might appear upside down because WordPress hates me and delights in messing up my blog.

What books did you buy most recently? And more importantly, do you own a print copy of ACOWAR? Let me know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review: The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor ((The Cavensham Heiresses #1)

The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #1)The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Claire is convinced that she’s cursed. She’s lost her parents at a young age as well as had three engagements broken off in horrible ways. So when Alex comes to her with a proposal she agrees if only to save face. What Claire doesn’t know is that her most recent broken engagement was caused by Alex himself. This was a well-written read that I couldn’t put down. I was fascinated by the fact that Alex knew that he was wrong but didn’t seem to want to do anything about it anyway. I especially enjoyed Claire’s family and would love to read more about them. Alex and Claire have a very obvious chemistry which made this such a delightful book.

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April Book Haul

It’s that time of the month again! April is almost over (HOW is the year moving so quickly???) which means it’s time for another book haul.

April Book Haul

I was really good this month and bought a pretty reasonable amount of books. Are you laughing at me? Stop it. I swear I’m serious! I’ll show you.

My SPCA book haul was pretty small especially considering I made my mother buy a few of these. It was just slightly over R100 and I am incredibly proud of myself for that.

SPCA Book Haul There are a few Buffy books that I realised only after buying that they were all part of various series so I’m probably not going to read them. Then there’s “The Ship of Brides” by Jojo Moyes. I haven’t read much by her besides “Me Before You” and “After You”. I enjoyed those books immensely though so I’m guessing I’ll enjoy this too. Nora Robert’s “Dance Upon the Air” and “Heaven and Earth” were two books I had been looking for since I found the third book (I think it’s called “Face the Fire” but I’m not too sure) at the SPCA book sale earlier on in the year. I don’t remember the series that well but I know that I loved it. “The Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena” was one of those “I’m going to read this series eventually so I should just buy the books” purchases. Have I started the series yet? Nope. Are you surprised? I didn’t think so. Lastly I bought Kardashian Konfidential. I wasn’t sure if I wanted it but since it was R20 my mother convinced me to take it. Can you see where I get my spending habits from?

Of course after this small haul I felt a bit bad because none of these books were books that made me go “Omg I can’t wait to read these”. So I decided  to go to Bargain Books and they were having a sale. So I just browsed. And came home with this:

Bargain Books Haul

Now THOSE books made me say “Omg I can’t wait to get home and start reading”. Especially since every time I visited Bargain Books  since last year November, I would pick up “All the Bright Places” and wish that it was discounted. All of these books actually are books that I really wanted for a long time so this haul made me really happy.

Then the week after that I was working on a Saturday and decided to reward myself with a visit to the bookstore. I found this gem for sale.

Empire of Storms

Look at how gorgeous it looks in the sun. Why don’t I take more book pictures in the sun?

I didn’t do much reading this month (hey I just started work okay? I am adjusting to being an adult) but I did read and enjoy Glass Faerie by Rachel Morgan.

What was your April book haul like? What did you read? I’d love to know below.

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- I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett (The Wayward Wallflowers #2)

I Dared the Duke (The Wayward Wallflowers, #2)I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Duke of Blackshire arrives home determined to move his grandmother to the country in an attempt to protect her. Someone is trying to kill the Duke and he doesn’t want his beloved grandmother to be collateral damage. However Alex encounters an obstacle in his grandmother’s companion, Beth. Beth sees Alex as uncaring to his grandmother and refuses to leave. So they strike a compromise that will please Alex, Beth and the dowager duchess.
This was a really intriguing read with a surprising end. This was a well-written book that I really enjoyed. The character of Alex was absolutely terrifying but I fell in love with him by the end of the book. Something that really stood out to me was the ending. As much as I love historical romance novels, I usually skip the end scenes since they’re sickening, boring declarations of love. That wasn’t the case here and I really enjoyed that.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

My One True Highlander (No Ordinary Hero, #2)My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book in one sitting and couldn’t put it down. Majorie is kidnapped when she goes to surprise her brother before his wedding. Her captives are kids and their reckless behaviour leads her to being prisoner to a very attractive man. I really enjoyed this book and loved the chemistry in it. Graham and Majorie are a great couple and they’re realistic characters. This was a well-written book that I recommend to anyone who enjoys historical romance.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (The Ravenels #3)

Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3)Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pandora and Gabriel are caught in a scandal and therefore forced to marry. I loved how the first chapter of this book reminded me of “Devil in Winter”. I also loved the *SPOILER ALERT* constant mentions of Pandora being a wallflower and how it amused St Vincent and Westcliff (two men who married the original wallflowers). I actually thought that this book would be a sort-of wallflower reunion but it wasn’t which disappointed me deeply. *END SPOILER*
I adored seeing Evie and St Vincent again as well as their lives together. However I feel like the “danger” to Pandora was not all that dangerous and it was just overplayed in the synopsis. I expected something more than what it was. Nonetheless I enjoyed this book. Pandora and Gabriel are a wonderfully cute couple. This novel makes me wish that we could see the rest of the Wallflowers and their families.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Blood Vow by J.R Ward (Black Dagger Legacy #2)

Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2)Blood Vow by J.R. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just got out of a book slump and this book was everything that I didn’t know I was looking for. There’s romance, action, drama, suspense and vampires (which if you didn’t already know, I absolutely love). The world-building was incredible and I loved that even though this was the first book that I read in the series I still understood the culture and rules of this society. “Blood Vow” has several stories combined in it. The main story focuses on two couples: Axe and Elise and Rhage and Mary. Axe and Elise have a fierce attraction between them but Axe has sworn off any kind of relationship. Also there’s the not-so-tiny problem about him being her bodyguard. On the other hand, Rhage and Mary are a happily married couple who are in the process of adopting a little girl. Their lives are seemingly perfect until a threat appears that could tear them apart (sorry, I’m trying not to spoil anything and it’s pretty difficult for me). I didn’t feel like this book had much in terms of plot. Like I expected there to be a great big evil force that everyone would come together and fight. However I still really enjoyed this book and the characters. I’m going to be following this series. I love how the characters were like a family. This is a great read for anyone who loves fantasy.

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My Five Favourite South African Book Bloggers

I have always been fascinated with bloggers. These were people who knew the magical language of HTML and coding and they created gorgeous websites/blogs. They were so talented! When I started my own blog however, I felt incredibly lonely. I felt like I couldn’t relate to those bloggers. I was a South African student who did nothing but read while those bloggers attended sample sales and blogged about designer planners. So when I discovered South African book bloggers, I was over the moon! Finally after years of searching (three years, if you were curious), I finally found people who got me. Here are my five favourite South African book bloggers:

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  1. Urbanised Geek– Urbanised Geek has to get the first mention because back when I first started reading YA, I read whatever it was that Monique recommended. Also, she was the reason that I read The Lunar Chronicles and I would gladly sell an organ or three to own the entire collection in hardback. I loved the series that much.
  2. The Book Fairy’s Haven– The Book Fairy’s Haven is run by Tammy February who is a journalist for W24 and she REVIEWS BOOKS FOR A LIVING! Her blog has lots of great content such as interviews, book reviews and great posts but occasionally I visit just to admire the design (it’s decorated in faeries. Can someone please do that for me but with vampires instead?).
  3. Read and Seek- Blogger Nihaad originally had another blog (I think it was called The Little Blog of Stuff? I’m not sure but I absolutely loved that name) and I followed her over from that previous blog. She regularly posts discussions and book reviews. She also has a gorgeous Instagram feed.
  4. Under the Midnight Sky– I don’t remember how I came across this blog (I think Twitter perhaps?) but I know I’ve taken more than a few book recommendations from Abdeah (my favourite being Divergent- until I read a spoiler for Allegiant- and The Wrath and The Dawn). Abdeah also has a great Instagram feed with a ridiculously amazing set of props (she has what looks like a sword, guys. I’m equal parts terrified and fascinated).
  5. A Write Review– I don’t think I’ve read any of the books that Tina blogs about but she blogs about really great books. I basically follow her just to see what I should be reading when my TBR is shorter (so those are books I’m never going to read?)

Who are your favourite book bloggers? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: Book Review- What Would Emma Do by Eileen Cook

What Would Emma Do?What Would Emma Do? by Eileen Cook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Emma lives in a small town with a bunch of crazy people who twist the Bible for their own needs.
Okay so maybe I’m exaggerating a little but this novel hit a bit too close to home. I’ve seen people use religion to justify things or do or even worse seen religious people do bad things and be okay with it.
And that’s precisely what happens here. The popular girls at school suddenly start falling ill. The town believes it to be the work of the devil…except Emma has seen the goody-two-shoes Queen Bee and her bestie taking drugs. Does Emma risk speaking out?
Like I said before I loved that I could relate to this book. It felt like Eileen Cook had taken my life and written about it. I was not too happy with the ending but like most Eileen Cook endings it’s realistic

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