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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Heart So Fierce and Broken (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (and then abandoned it for like two weeks when I realised Rhen was going to be a small pawn in this big book. Yes, I’m a fickle reader. Also I didn’t really care about Grey. I found him boring. Please note the past tense).
“A Heart So Fierce and Broken” has a brief mention of Rhen and his kingdom before moving on to the two main characters, Grey- who has been in hiding since he found the truth about his magic and Lia Mara, daughter of the bloodthirsty Karan Luran.
Circumstances find Grey and Lia Mara on the run together. Lia Mara wants to reunite her kingdom with Emberfall and believes that Grey is the key to doing that.
Grey just wants things to be the way they were. He has no desire to rule. However it soon becomes clear that Prince Rhen has a viciousness of his own after Lilith’s curse.
Grey can walk away and leave the people of Emberfall in Rhen’s hands or he can stand up and take his place as ruler to the throne.
Like I said before, I had no interest in boring Grey or a book that was obviously going to paint poor Rhen as a villian. I love him and he is amazing. However from the first start of the book it is clear that his fear over magic was going to spoil things for him.
It took me a while to warm up to Grey and Lia Mara but once I was hooked, I couldn’t stop reading.
They are an unusual pair but I loved them regardless.
Three stars instead of five because I had a book hangover while reading this and yes I am still a bit sulky at the lack of Rhen in this book.
I cannot wait for the next book in this series!
#TeamRhenandGrey #TeamRoyalMalesofEmberfall

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SPOILER ALERT

THAT ENDING!!!
WTF
I AM DEAD.DEAD!



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Manage Your Money like a F*cking Grown Up: The Best Money Advice You Never Got by Sam Beckbessinger

Manage Your Money like a F*cking Grown Up: The Best Money Advice You Never Got

Manage Your Money like a F*cking Grown Up: The Best Money Advice You Never Got by Sam Beckbessinger

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I’ve said time and time again that nothing in school prepares us for “The Real World.” We don’t have a class to teach us how to save, why we should save and how blowing your entire credit card in one month is a bad idea (though most of us have already heard stories about why we shouldn’t do
that last one)
“Manage Your Money Like a F#cking Grown Up” is the book we all need. It is filled with useful, practical advice on money, spending and saving.
There are some lessons in this book that I have had to learn firsthand for myself and others that I won’t have to thanks to Sam Beckbessinger’s advice.
This book is written in normal plain English so there’s no big words that make no sense. This is like sitting down with your older, wiser, more financially mature friend to discuss what you should and shouldn’t do with your finances.
While this book is great for anyone who wants to take control of their finances, I strongly recommend it to people entering their twenties or those who are already in their twenties.
Trust me, this book is everything we wish we knew about money.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Throne of Swans by Katharine Corr

A Throne of Swans

A Throne of Swans by Katharine Corr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for a free review. While this was not a title I requested, I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis and started reading (and then purchased the Kindle copy so I could read on the go).
‘A Throne of Swans” begins with Aderyn whose dad passes away, leaving her as the Protector of Atratys. In this world, nobles are able to transform into a bird that represents their family house. Aderyn’s bird is supposed to be a white swan. But she has been unable to transform since the night of her mother’s death where she was ripped apart by hawks. Aderyn survived the attack but has been hunting for answers ever since. Hawks were supposed to be extinct. So who would have attacked her and her mother?
Aderyn’s quest for answers leads her to the heart of the Citadel where her cruel uncle reigns as King. Despite her father’s warnings that she remain in their land, Aderyn knows that she cannot rest or rule without learning the truth about her mother’s death.
Accompanied with a surly advisor (who for some reason I happened to fall in love with at the very first moment he appeared), Aderyn has to navigate court politics and drama all the while hiding that she is flightless- something that could cost her her position as Protector.
From the very first moment I was hooked by this novel. The world-building is incredible, the plot is filled with suspense and the writing is captivating.
If you haven’t already picked this up, do it now. This is a beautiful novel for fans of high fantasy.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Blood Truth by J.R Ward

Blood Truth (Black Dagger Brotherhood)

Blood Truth by J.R. Ward

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
After the death of his (awful) father, Boone is assigned to investigate a series of murders with Butch, a former homicide cop. Their investigation leads them to Helaine, the female who called in the latest murder and who has lost her sister to the vicious killer.
Helaine is determined to catch her sister’s murderer however there are no leads.
It isn’t long before Helaine and Boone start a relationship amidst their shared grief over their lost family members.
This was the first time I could remember being more excited about a mystery than the romance in the book.
From the very first page, the murder mystery drew me in and I almost didn’t care about Helaine and Boone (luckily their relationship was cute so I was eventually invested in it).
This was a great read that I did not enjoy as much as I could have because about 100 pages in, I was exhausted (it was 11PM), I had work the next day and so decided to skip to the end. That spoiled the experience for me.
HUGE MISTAKE! DO NOT DO THIS!
But do read this book.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Playing the Odds by Nora Roberts (The MacGregors #1)

Playing the Odds (The MacGregors, #1)

Playing the Odds by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


When career-orientated Serena MacGregor refuses to find herself a husband, her father, Daniel MacGregor steps in and sends gambler, Justin Blade to the cruise ship where she is working.
Daniel is confused that Justin and Serena will suit and he is right. Sparks fly as soon as the two of them meet.
However when his scheme is discovered, Serena is reluctant to go along with his plans.
I had mixed feelings about this book as Justin is originally a forceful ass to Serena. He is unable to take no for an answer which made me put the book down the first time I read it.
However I loved the description of life on a cruise ship and exotic travel locations so I picked it up again, prepared to ignore Justin’s stubborn ways but he eventually won me over.
I thought this was a good read and I can’t wait to read more about the colourful MacGregor family.



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Fiction Friday: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Isla has had a crush on Josh ever since her freshman year in their school in Paris. They’ve barely spoken and Josh has always had a girlfriend. Until now.
When Isla runs into Josh during summer in New York, the two of them share a moment. Isla is excited t0 finally have some sort of connection with her longtime crush.
But as they start a real relationship, Isla and Josh have to deal with opposition from the staff at the school, their family, friends and a whole lot of drama.
This was a well-written, quick read that I enjoyed immensely.
Josh and Isla have very clear chemistry and it’s almost not to root for them. This book had me laughing and crying throughout.
Definitely give this a try if you are interested in a light, fun book.



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Fiction Friday: Awkward Abroad

Awkward Abroad

Awkward Abroad by Rachel Rhodes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Amber Holland has the perfect life. Lavish, luxurious and all funded by her father. When a night out goes too far, her father decides to cut her off and ship her off to Beijing.
Amber has to stick it out for a year and make it on her own with the assistance of her former best friend and her father’s current employee and watchdog, Kent James.
As Amber adjusts to her new life abroad she makes friends and a life on her own. But Amber soon discovers an easier although riskier way to make a living.
If she’s successful she can get through the year without a hitch. If not, Kent might drag her back home to face her father.
I bought this immediately after finishing “Awkward in Print” and I loved it immensely. This book is well-written, hilarious and entertaining. It is a quick read that can be read in one sitting and I strongly recommend this book if you want something light and fun.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Following shortly after “The Hunger Games”, “Catching Fire” follow Peeta and Katniss as they embark on a Victory Tour though the districts.
Katniss soon learns that her actions during the Hunger Games have sparked rebellions and as a result, are costing people their lives.
In a desperate attempt to save the citizens as well as her friends and family, Katniss continues to pretend that she and Peeta are a couple.
But nothing they do can stop the flames of rebellion and President Snow retaliates by hosting another Hunger Games with all of the Victors from the previous games.
Katniss is thrown back into the area and forced to fight for her and Peeta’s life…while still being careful not to do or say anything that could spark another rebellion.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book especially the relationship between Katniss and Peeta.
I could never see Katniss falling for Peeta because he just seemed like a wet sponge but this book really made me ship them.
In fact I was so taken with this book that as soon as I finished, I rushed out to buy the first two movies.
I feel like 2019 is way too late to be a Hunger Games fangirl but here I am and I LOVE THIS SERIES!



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Fiction Friday: Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3) by Holly Smale

Picture Perfect (Geek Girl, #3)

Picture Perfect by Holly Smale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


In “Picture Perfect”, the Manners take New York. Harriet and her family have to move when her dad gets a new job. The family is uprooted to a tiny suburb in the middle of nowhere (but still close to New York so yay? I don’t know. I was as disappointed as Harriet that they were not in actual NYC).
Harriet is about to try again at being a model and honestly I don’t really care. I’m just here for Nick. Who is busy on the other side of the world being a model.
I loved Harriet, her wonky family and Wilbur and they made this book for me.
Personally I just wanted to see Nick and Harriet together because I feel like we haven’t seen enough of their relationship in the present but that didn’t happen.
All the same, I loved seeing New York through Harriet’s eyes. This was a great read that had me laughing throughout

###SPOILER ALERT (and at one point) crying too ###END SPOILER ALERT



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Geek Girl by Holly Smale (Geek Girl #1)

Geek Girl (Geek Girl, #1)

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Harriet Manners is a geek. She knows tons of facts that no one really cares about. However despite her excellent IQ, her classmates don’t like Harriet that much. In fact, they have labelled her a geek.

So when Harriet is accidentally discovered by a modelling agent, she takes the opportunity to reinvent herself. Sure it’s been her best friend’s dream since forever to be a model and Harriet’s mother has expressly forbidden her from modelling. But none of these things matter as much to Harriet as reinventing herself.
I’ve had this book for a while and never picked it up. In fact I only started it because I was bored and I wanted a quick and light read before bed. I started this at 9PM and finished it at 6PM the next day. This book instantly hooked me. I listened to the audiobook, read the paperback at home and the ebook on Scribd while I was at work.
I loved meeting Harriet’s colorful family, her creepy stalker, Toby and learning all of her geeky facts.
I devoured this book and could not get enough. If you are looking for a light, fun read, I definitely recommend this book. I cannot wait to start on the sequel.




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