New Part: Too Late

too late

by Colleen Hoover
Wattpad Story

 

 

She just added a new part to her Wattpad story! For anyone who has read it before, the part is Asa’s which bummed me out for a minute because I wanted more of Sloan and Carter. But it’s Colleen Hoover so I’ll take what I can from her. Continue reading

Tristan & Danika Trilogy

Tristan Danikaby R. K. Lilley
Published June 11th 2013 – March 10th 2014
Romance/Adult Fiction
5 Stars

This has to be my favorite series to date. I first met the characters in the Up in the Air series so when I saw that there was a spinoff telling their story I had to grab the books. I read them all in one go and thank God I picked them up when the series was complete. And boy did I love them. I have definitely read the books more than once and I am sure I will keep going back to them.

“Logic meet feelings.  The two of you will never see eye to eye.  Let the lifelong catfight commence.”

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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

wall of winnipwg

by Mariana Zapata
Published February 29th 2016
Romance/Sports
5 Stars

 

“When life gives you lemons, you get to choose what you make out of them; it doesn’t always have to be lemonade.”

I have only read one other book by Mariana Zapata and I happened upon it by chance. I absolutely loved it and it made me pick up this one so fast. Her books are always so different from the blurb. The blurb is always like 1+1=2 but then you go in and she takes you on a spectacular ride.

“The only people in the world who can hurt you are those you let have that ability.”

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November 9

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by Colleen Hoover
Published November 10th 2015
Romance/New Adult
5 Stars

 

“You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.”

This is the first review on a book from my favorite author. I love Collen Hoover and her amazing books. This one though gave me a hangover and I couldn’t pick another book for a while after it.

In all honesty, I think every reader should experience the book I their own way. I went in blind and I guess that’s what made me love it even more. I had no expectations of it, I just read it throughout the night unable to put it down. The whole concept of the story made it even more intriguing.

“You left with my soul in your fists and my heart in your teeth, and I don’t want either of them back.”

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Americanah

Americanah

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published May 14th 2013
Fiction/Cultural
5 Stars

 

“How easy it was to lie to strangers, to create with strangers the versions of our lives we imagined.”

This book made it clear to me that opinions do actually change after many years. I first read it in 2013 after it came out and I have to say the feeling it left me with then was definitely not the same this time round. My mental state was different then I have to say. It is now a book in my top of the top list.  It is perhaps the best book I have read so far this year.

The powerful thing about this book was the message it delivered. Chimamanda addresses issues that many people are going through in modern day Africa, not just in Nigeria. From the start with the socio-political issues that many countries in Africa face to how many women use religion to explain everything and the struggles of being an immigrant.

“I didn’t know I was even supposed to have issues until I came to America.”

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The Girl on the Train

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by Paula Hawkins
Published January 13th 2015
Mystery/Fiction
4 Stars

 

“The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.”

I went into this book expecting another Gone Girl experience but I got something else. I don’t understand why the two are being linked to each other, maybe it’s the whole mystery aspect but other than that they are two completely different books. I think what people were looking for was something after being done with Gone Girl, something along the same lines and this gave almost the same experience. It was kind of like the whole ‘books to read after 50 Shades of Grey’.

“There’s nothing so painful, so corrosive as suspicion.”

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Neighbor Dearest

Neighbor

by Penelope Ward
Published August 13th 2016
Romance/Contemporary
5 Stars

“You know why it didn’t work out with him?”
“Why?”
“Because God made you for me.”

I loved this book so much. It was a good read that I got to enjoy over a few days. I wish I could have read through it once but life got into the way. The book picks up on Chelsea’s life a year after her break up. She was a character we got to meet in Stepbrother Dearest.

“As long as my heart is beating, it will only beat for you.”

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Stepbrother Dearest

Stepbrother

by Penelope Ward
Published September 23rd 2014
Romance/New Adult
4 Stars

 

“You were the best thing that ever happened to me. I hope someday I can say you were one of the best, but for now, it’s only you.”

This book. I had my apprehension before picking this one up mainly because of the taboo title. I never bothered to get it until recently. I love Penelope Ward’s books but this was the only book I shied away from. I got Neighbor Dearest last week and as I was reading it, I realized there was a connection to this book. Curiosity got the better of me and I went and got it. I don’t like feeling left out when it comes to books. Was my concern still there? Definitely. But I slowly started reading it. Continue reading

The Bourbon Thief

the bourbon thief

by Tiffany Reisz
Published June 28th, 2016
Romance/Mystery
4 Stars

“Fate was a train that didn’t stop until it reached its final destination.”

Can I just say this was a very intriguing read! It was amazing. Storytelling at its finest! It took me a while to get into it but once I was, I could not put it down. I stayed up reading this gem and I don’t regret the tired eyes I had the next day.

Paris steals a million dollar bottle of bourbon from her one night stand, Cooper McQueen. When she is caught she gives Mr. McQueen the reason, the bottle rightfully belongs to her. She goes into telling him about the history if the bottle he had purchased and its ties to a tainted family. This is a story within a story, with the retelling of the beginning and the fall of an empire that was cursed. The story is a haunting and captivating one.

“A family with bourbon in its blood, and blood on their hands.”

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