Naomi and Nick are the perfect couple. At least that’s what they want their friends and family to think. In reality though, they can barely stand each other. Neither of them want to call off their upcoming lavish wedding and be left with paying the bill. So Naomi comes up with a different suggestion. She would make Nicholas so miserable that he would have to choice but to call off the wedding. But it looks like Nicholas has a game of his own and when he moves them to a house in the middle of the woods, Naomi is forced to confront her own deep-seated fears and issues regarding their broken relationship. This was a really cute novel. At the start I truly hated Nicholas and actually wanted to stop reading because he seemed so annoying but I persisted and eventually he redeemed himself in my eyes. I feel like I really saw the characters grow throughout this novel which was fun considering the way they started off (i.e barely tolerating each other. This book is definitely worth a go if you’re looking for a fun, light read.
I absolutely loved Thorn. So it was a no-brainer that I would read this when I found it on Scribd recently. “Brambles” tells the full story of how Alyrra earned the contempt of her family and even her closest friend. It’s a story that is briefly mentioned in “Thorn” but while I STILL don’t get the cruelty of those around her (Alyrra did the right thing. Guess that makes us both silly, naive geese. It’s cool. We don’t mind) it was enlightening to see the full story. The short story took is quick to read but packs a quick emotional punch. We also get to see how her relationship with the magical wind starts. “Thorn” was one of the last books I truly enjoyed before Covid and “Brambles” really took me back to that feeling of being involved in a story without really realizing you are reading a story.
I picked this book partially because I enjoy this series but mainly because I REALLY like this cover. Sloan decides to take revenge on her best friend’s cheating boyfriend but unfortunately gets caught by his brother, Caleb. Caleb is not a fan of his brother and his crappy behavior. But when he sees the opportunity to get ahead at work with Sloan playing the part of his dutiful girlfriend, he takes it. She’ll pretend to be his girlfriend to impress his boss and in return he won’t tell his brother about her damaging his beloved car. They agree on five dates but of course, it isn’t long before they start having genuine feelings for each other. I loved how this was such a quick read. It was fun and light-hearted and I absolutely adored Caleb’s character. Definitely give this a go if you want a book that isn’t too heavy and will leave you with all the feels.
Maddie is a free-spirited, kind-hearted designer who doesn’t know how to say no. Her ex, Chase Black, is a cheating scoundrel who has no qualms about being a jerk. So when Chase walks back into her life and demands that Maddie pretends to be his fiance, she takes great joy in refusing him. At first. But eventually Maddie realizes Chase just wants to act out an engagement in order to please his dying father. Maddie goes along with Chase’s plan in an attempt to help him and his family. But it isn’t long before she starts to develop genuine feelings for both him and his family. This was very different from L. J Shen’s usual work however I enjoyed it regardless. This was so much less angsty but still very beautiful and well-written. Chase Black is an asshole but it is hard not to root for him considering his messed-up past with his bro/cousin. Maddie reminded me of Jess from New Girl but she was adorable and I just wanted to see her get the happy ending she deserved. If you are a fan of contemporary romance, give this a go.
IT IS HERE!!! The final Cursebreakers book. This book has the viewpoint of EVERYONE and I am so here for it. “A Vow So Bold and Deadly” takes a look at both princes and their attempts at preparing for the war that lies ahead. Meanwhile, Lia Mara struggles with her people who do not respect her and her wishes for peace. They see her as weak and waste no opportunity to show her that. What I really liked about this book was that no one was the way they seemed. The unassuming, meek serving girl, the headstrong Princess, the bloodthirsty Prince of Emberfall. Brigid Kemmerer has a gift for creating rounded characters with real flaws and that really shines out in this book. I also enjoyed seeing how Rhen and Grey prepared for war, neither of them sure whether they could trust the other or not. From the very first book, I loved how close these two were and in my heart, I knew this was basically their story. “A Vow So Bold and Deadly” cements that fact. This was a wonderful read that I enjoyed immensely and I am so sad to be leaving this world behind. Maybe I should go in for a reread?
So heads up, this book has very little in common with the movie. So if you’re looking for the exact same plot line, don’t pick this up. However if you’re looking for a fun read about a toxic boss, I highly recommend this book. Andy gets a job as an assistant to the demanding (and probably mildly delusional) Miranda Priestly. It’s a job many girls would kill for. Andy has no interest in fashion and certainly doesn’t fit in with the glamorous, skinny girls at work. But all she has to do is stick it out for a year. But as time goes on, Miranda’s demands become more and more ridiculous and the job starts to take its toll on Andy’s life outside work. I really related to the toxic work environment and loved that it was such an accurate portrayal of how a job can affect you mentally. This book took me back to my first job after uni and surprisingly, it was a trip I really enjoyed
When Diana Blade receives an invite from her sister-in-law to meet her brother after several years, she accepts it albeit reluctantly. But while she is trying to reconcile the man her brother is with the boy she knew growing up, she gets to know his best friend and brother-in-law, Caine MacGregor. Caine’s reputation precedes him- both personally and professionally. Diana has heard all about Caine and his conquests and has no desire to be another one of them. But when Caine decides to expand his practice, he picks Diana to be his partner. It isn’t long before the two have to start juggle their professional relationship with whatever is brewing between them romantically. I loved having another look at the MacGregor family. Daniel is hilarious as always with his constant demands of marriage and grandchildren. I don’t remember Caine that well from the first book but it was great seeing the family again and getting to know the characters of future books. If you’re looking for a quick and easy, I definitely recommend this book.
It took me a while to get into this novel but it was a nice sort of slow burn- sort of like West and Grace’s relationship. West is running away from his past traumas and his method of escape involves drugs, alcohol and fighting for money. Grace is trying to hide away from her past where she was involved in a fire that ruined her beauty. Her method of escape involves isolation, baseball caps and hoodies. When West signs up to work with Grace at her best friend’s food truck, no one expects anything to happen between them. The town’s hottie bad boy and the girl burned so badly she looks like toast? Highly unlikely. But the two strike up a friendship and the more time they spend together, the more they start to realize that they might not be that different after all. “Playing with Fire” was a book I looked forward to for a while but was reluctant to approach because it seemed too angsty. There is a whole lot of angst which is why I couldn’t binge read it the way I wanted to but I enjoyed reading this nonetheless. This is one of L.J Shen’s finest work and if you want to cry and feel good thereafter, this is the book for you.
“Finding Audrey” is the story of Audrey who is unable to leave her house or take off her sunglasses- even inside her own house. Something traumatic happened to her leaving Audrey scarred and unable to trust people. But then she meets Linus who decides to write Audrey little notes in order to help her get used to him. The two of them strike up a friendship and eventually with him at her side, Audrey is able to slowly face the world again. So I had a family member recommend this book to me because I don’t like leaving the house and I was annoyed with them so I never read this book at the time. Now that I have read it, I wish I had done so sooner (Story of my life). It is hard not to feel compassion for Audrey and while she never goes into the story of what happened to her, I was rooting for her throughout the book. Audrey makes me feel seen and reading this book calmed down my anxiety. 100 stars! (P.S feel free to send more recommendations like this my way)
So I bought this book for R10 at Readers Warehouse Black Friday sale like three years ago. I didn’t pick it up as I was still missing the remaining books. I got the remaining books last March and still didn’t start the series because I am a bad reader. In honor of how much things have changed (and also because my brain keeps thinking we are still in March, thanks Corona) I finally started reading and all I can say is WOW! Chloe’s first period comes with the startling side effects of her seeing dead people. When she has a very public mental breakdown, screaming at ghosts in her high school, she is moved to a group home with other “ill” students. However the more time that Chloe spends with her housemates, the more she starts to suspect that something sinister is going on. It certainly doesn’t help matters that even with her medication, ghosts are STILL trying to talk to her. I loved the idea of a group home with magically gifted teenagers. It isn’t something that I ever read before so I definitely enjoyed this book immensely. Kinda sad that it was just sitting there on my shelf for so long and I missed finding this series sooner but that’s the story of my life. If you like paranormal fantasy, definitely give this a try.