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Book Review : Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Book Title : Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
Book Author :
Christina Lauren
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date :
September 4th 2018

Thank you @littlebrown for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.


The Deets: A contemporary romance about Hazel and Josh who have met in university and have quite the opposite personalities. Where Hazel is loud, quirky, spontaneous, and an embarrassment about to happen, Josh is the quiet, sweet, and logical planner.

They both know they wouldn’t make the perfect match, so they became the best of friends and dating each other is the last thing on their minds. Or was it?

Just my thoughts: My first Christian Lauren book and I’m wondering what cave have I been living in. I couldn’t get enough of Josh and Hazel. Especially, Hazel! I think she’s one I would have loved to hang around with. It was hot. It was steamy, it was super super sweet but moderately so.

A hilarious read which had me laughing a lot, and I enjoyed every page of it.

All in favor, should I say Aye? I say Aye, pick it up especially if you are a fan of “friends to lovers” trope. It was really well written.

Do you have space on your shelf? Make space and add it to your pile of awesome romance reads!

 

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ARC Review : Bringing Down the Duke

Book Title : Bringing Down the Duke
Book Author :
Evie Dunmore
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
September 3rd 2019

Thank you @berkleyromance for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.


The Deets: Anabelle Archer, daughter of a vicar, was one of the first female students who have gained access to higher education and a place in Oxford. She’s also all about women’s right and was a huge part of the British suffrage movement. One of her duties was to recruit an influential man for their cause, thus enters Sebastian Devereaux, the duke of Montgomery who finds himself somehow involved, even though, that is against his own cause. To make things worse, there is a powerful attraction between them that they should both deny because of their political and social backgrounds.

Just my thoughts: It’s been really a long while since I have read a great historical romance and a great one it was.

As cliché as the synopsis might sound, it was really not!

A mix of history and romance, you will be blown away by the book. The strong personalities, the banters, the emotions, the swoons, the sexual tensions!!! Sigh!

I seriously wasn’t able to put the book down.

All in favour, should I say Aye? I say Aye! Aye! Ay! I have marked it as one of my greatest reads for 2019 and I can’t wait to read more from the author.

Do you have space on your shelf? Make space NOW! You don’t want to miss this one.

Thank you @berkleyromance for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.

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Book Review : Strut

Book Title : Strut
Book Author : 
Samar Shera
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
September 5th 2017

Thank you @amazonpublishing for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.


The Deets: Samar Shera writes about how women can be their own leaders. Opening up, realizing their emotions and situations, we as women can overcome limitations and be in control.

Just my thoughts: I loved the idea of the book so much, and immediately picked it up after receiving it. I loved how Samar shared her painful story and how she has overcome them. I am sure it was not as easy as she made it sound but it does give you the courage to do the same. Reconnecting with your body, admitting your weakness, self-reflection is something that we all need to do and this book is a great reminder.

All in favor, should I say Aye? I say, Aye. It’s a quick read full of important inspirational messages.

Do you have space on your shelf? You should. It’s a good pick up book on your low days. It can be read over and over again.

 

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Book Review : Happiness for Beginners

Book Title : Happiness for Beginners
Book Author :
Carole Matthews
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
March 10th 2020

Thank you @littlebrown for the gifted copy and for including me on the tour.


Are you in a reading slump?
Then Molly baker got you covered! Join her and her awesome animal friends at Hope Farm where she deals with all sorts of issues!

Molly Baker is not your typical social girl. At 38 years old, she’s more comfortable managing Hope Farm, also your non-typical farm -, where she hangs out with her animal friends, takes care of kids who are in dire need of attention and help. And much needed tea and biscuits!

But when the farm faces disclosure, she is forced to get out of her comfort zone and interact with more humans. Oh, the horror!!

Fun, witty and adorable, you can’t help but fall deeply in love with Molly! I absolutely adored her! I also don’t think there is a single character in the book which I didn’t like.

I devoured this book in a day! I couldn’t put it down. I just didn’t want it to end and I didn’t want to leave Hope Farm, Molly, her saucy sidekick friend, Dev, the dashing Shelbey, his troubled son and other awesome characters.
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I totally recommend this read specifically to women literature lovers, to those who are willing to try this genre and for anyone who’s looking for that perfect summer read!

🔅Hope Farm was based on real life Farm @animalantiks

 

 

 

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E-ARC Review : Caravan

Book Title : Caravan
Book Author : 
Adam DeCollibus
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date :
July 18th 2019

Thank you Third Lion Publishing for sending me a free e-copy in exchange for a review.


The Deets: William Abney is desperate for money. Desperate enough to accept a job traveling all the way to Morroco across the hot Sahara desert to take pictures of locals and anything of culture for a local magazine in London. The only condition for getting the money, is that he needs to make it out of there alive and return home safely.

Just my thoughts: My love for historical fiction keeps growing and this is a good addition to my recommendations for this genre. I loved the whole vivid description of the desert and the Moroccan culture. I truly felt I was there experiencing with William all those things that he have come across.

All the characters in the book were likable, I don’t believe there is one which I have found annoying or didn’t like. The writing style made it so easy to read the book and I was flipping the pages to find out what would happen to William and to those around him.

Did the book make me love the dessert? Heck, No! Living in the Middle East myself, and living through hot, humid summer here, I perfectly knew and understood what the author was talking about.

All in favor, should I say Aye? I say Aye, and I would recommend it to those who love subjects about the war, adventures, and learning about new cultures.

Do you have space on your shelf? I truly believe you should save a spot for this one on your shelfie.

 

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Book Review : The Silent Patient

Book Title : The Silent Patient
Book Author : 
Alex Michaelides
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date :
February 5th 2019

Thank you @littlebrown for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.


The Deets : So where do I start! Alicia, she’s our silent patient. Shoots her beloved Husband, Gabriel, five times and never speaks another word. Then comes Theo, our Protagonist, a psychotherapist who is convinced he can help with Alicia’s case and can get her to speak.

Just my thoughts : I absolutely loved it!! It was such a page turner. I loved how the book focused on the physiological side of our characters, the many possible theories, the art references and some more. There were parts where I found a bit dragged and unnecessary to the plot and would have loved to skip.

All in favor, should I say Aye? I would definitely say Aye, and I would totally recommend it. Especially to those who are looking to try out a thriller genre. You would love it!

Do you have space on your shelf? My way of asking would you pick it up and read.

Thank you @littlebrown for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.

 

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Book Review : Normal People

Book Title : NormalPeople
Book Author :
  Sally Rooney
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
August 28th 2018


That awkward moment when you realize, you are from the minority who didn’t like a hyped up book.

I actually had the chance to read it before any major hype. It was recommended by a fellow book club member thinking it would make a good discussion.

And a good discussion it did make. That’s it. When it came to the book itself, I had some issues with it.

So it’s about two main teenage characters, Connell and Marianne, and their on/ off, romantic? Not romantic? kind of relationship through the course of about four years throughout the book. Connell the popular guy, Marianne the not-so-popular-almost-invisible kind of person.  It talks about love, relationships, identity issues, mental health and a bunch of other subjects that I thought added to the story.

What I liked about the book, is, the prose. It was well-written, though I did struggle at first with it as there was no quotations at all but I thought it added a new something to the book. I also liked how it went back and forth in time, with cliffhangers at every end of chapter.

What I didn’t like about it, was the story/plot itself. I felt it dragged in a lot of places to the point of boredom. I also felt the book just didn’t want to end. It was over exaggerated and over dramatic sometimes that had me roll my eyes more than a couple of times.

I would recommend it though. It’s worth the read and I do think it would make a good book club discussion.