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[#BookReview] China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan @doubledayca @kevinkwanbooks #ChinaRichGirlfriend #ChickLit

Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

I finally got around to reading the second installment of the Crazy Rich Asians series!

The way Kevin Kwan writes about Asian food..omg..I was salivating! And the pain au chocolat..how fitting was it that when I took this pic, I was devouring a chocolate danish?! I literally wished I could have tried those delicious pastries Collette had snagged when they were in Paris.

I enjoyed the new scenery, drama and introduction to new characters.

I really hated Michael in this one though. He was such a dick with his new found success, it made me wanna punch him the face and shake the shit out of Astrid.

I found Kitty Pong and Collette the most entertaining!

If you enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians, you’ll enjoy this as well.

Have you read it? Who was your favourite character?

It’s the eve of Rachel Chu’s wedding, and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiancé willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be there to walk her down the aisle.

Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a world where people attend church in a penthouse, where exotic cars race down the boulevard, and where people aren’t just crazy rich … they’re China rich.

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[#BookReview] The Pisces by Melissa Broder

Genre: Romance

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Ummm..well this was…interesting? I’ve never read anything like this, so it was definitely bizarre and left me questioning how I would even rate it.

I don’t read erotica, but sex with a merman?! I couldn’t help but be intrigued.

Aside from the steamy scenes, this story touches on some dark, yet serious topics such as depression and suicide.

Lucy is on a downward spiral. She’s lost the passion for writing her thesis and just broke up with her longtime boyfriend Jamie.

I didn’t love this one, but I didn’t hate it or roll my eyes either.

There were times she rambled on, but I was quite entertained by Lucy’s interactions with the men she meets.

Definitely a summer or beach read.

Have you read it?

Lucy has been writing her dissertation about Sappho for thirteen years when she and Jamie break up. After she hits rock bottom in Phoenix, her Los Angeles-based sister insists Lucy housesit for the summer—her only tasks caring for a beloved diabetic dog and trying to learn to care for herself.

Annika’s home is a gorgeous glass cube atop Venice Beach, but Lucy can find no peace from her misery and anxiety—not in her love addiction group therapy meetings, not in frequent Tinder meetups, not in Dominic the foxhound’s easy affection, not in ruminating on the ancient Greeks. Yet everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer one night while sitting alone on the beach rocks.

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[#BlogTour] Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan @RaincoastBooks @StMartinsPress @WednesdayBooks

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Genre: YA, Fantasy

** Thank you Raincoast Books, St. Martin’s Press & Wednesday Books for my ARC **

There’s no mercy in this story and packs a good punch right from the first chapter.  There’s bloodshed, magic and unlikely alliances.

I found myself in awe of the atmosphere and setting that Duncan creates. The architecture, snow and the mountains… It had a bit of a Game of Thrones feel to it.

The Characters..

Serefin

I had a soft spot for him right from the start and really enjoyed his parts of the book. I always seem to fall for the bad boys!! Seriously..that scar on his eye had me thinking Jason Mamoa (yum).

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In all fairness, if someone had slashed your eye as a child, I think you’d be out for blood too!

Ostyia

Serefin’s companion..I liked her! She was a badass. Very Kill Bill with her missing eye!

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Nadya

Even though she was my least favourite character, her gift of communicating with different gods and what they could do was pretty neat. I admired her loyalty.

Malachiasz

He kinda comes out of nowhere..he’s dark, mysterious and whaat? Tranavian!

To be honest, I was a bit confused with his introduction into the story and it takes a while to figure out why he’s there.

The way his appearance was described, I couldn’t help but picture the Medjai from The Mummy.

Overall, it felt like I was playing a game Mario Kart. You start off fast, things begin to slow down, but then you pick up speed again.

It was a bit of a heavier fantasy, but I really enjoyed the concept and action scenes.

To read an excerpt: Wicked Saints

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo @HenryHolt #BookReview #SixOfCrows

Genre: YA, Fantasy

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

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Not gonna lie..I attempted to read this 2 years ago, but wasn’t successful and DNF’d it 🙊. I rarely give books a second chance, but I was determined to see what the hype was all about and decided to give it another go.

I have to say, it takes a bit of patience because there’s A LOT of character and world building. So it took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to finish! It wasn’t until 100 pages in, that things started really happening and picked up momentum.

Don’t get me wrong. I loved every moment of this story. It just wasn’t the kind of book you can binge read..at least not for me.

The Characters..

Inej

I liked her from the get-go. I feel like she had the biggest chip on her shoulder.

Kaz

He took me some time to warm up to, but I ended up really liking him. I loved how cunning he was! Always 2 steps ahead and saving the best bit of information till last. His character was brilliant.

Jesper

I enjoyed his sarcasm and snarky remarks.

Wylan

I feel like he was overlooked and underrated.

He may not have been a badass bad boy, but he had wit. I thought he was a nice guy with some great qualities and skills that were useful.

Nina

I appreciated her love for waffles and enjoyed her bickering with Matthias.

This was truly a unique story and I’m glad I gave it another chance.

Have you read it? Who was your fave character?

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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Where’d You Go Burnadette by Maria Semple @_MariaSemple @backbaybooks

Genre: Chick Lit, Humor

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Do you ever buy books just for the cover? Maybe even the colour?

I liked this cover and was I intrigued by the title.

It’s written in a series of emails & letters, with Bee as the narrator which I loved.

There were some parts I skimmed through, but overall I was entertained and enjoyed this book.

I won’t get into details, cause I feel like it will ruin the story and reading experience..so you can read the description below and decide for yourself whether it’s for you or not.

Personally, I think it makes the perfect beachy read! 😉

Bernadette Fox has vanished.

When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where’d You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother.

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Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward #bookreview @parkrowbooks @Bookclubbish @HarlequinBooks

** Special thanks to Park Row Books, Harlequin Books & Annie Ward for my ARC **

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Suspense

My advice if you are going to read this one, is to treat it as more of a domestic suspense/drama.

The story is told in multiple POV’S with different timelines. It starts off intense, with a gruesome murder scene and a slow burning journey to the past. That’s not to say it wasn’t necessary, but I did find myself skimming ahead.

I do have to point out that all the parts leading to the 911 call & scene of the crime were exciting and done incredibly well! So extra Brownie points for that!

The Characters..

There’s always at least one character in a story that you are drawn to and like, even if they’re a bit flawed. This was not the case. All 3 main characters were flawed and not particularly likeable which is okay, because they made for a good story.

Maddie

She surprised me the most and wasn’t what I would deem a best friend. I did enjoy her vulgarness though:

I decide without reservation that I love my Zumba camel-toe hippie psychologist with the rhinestones on her cap.

Ian

He rubbed me the wrong way from the minute he was introduced to Maddie. It was obvious he had issues from the get-go.

Joanna

I found her to be very wishy washy. She was selfish and catty. There seemed to be a lot of hidden jealousy and competitiveness between her and Maddie. For two women who were supposed to be best friends, they struck me more as frenemies.

I liked the twist that was thrown in at the end! It was the perfect way to wrap this story up.

Overall, I enjoyed this one and think it would make a nice beachy read or travel companion if you’re looking for some drama and suspense.

Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry… That something is really, really wrong with me.

Maddie and Ian’s romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son, Charlie; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

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The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton #BookReview #BOTM

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GENRE: Mystery & Thrillers

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and mine is going to be frozen.

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My immediate thoughts when I started reading this, was how it reminded me of the Netflix series, YOU (which I loved). I haven’t read the book by Caroline Kepnes yet, so the show is my only comparison.

Juliette, is all kinds of cray cray! Like.. Taylor Swift crazy in her Blank Space video

Previously known as Elizabeth/Lily, she has this obsession with her ex-boyfriend Nate and isn’t ready to let him go. She becomes a flight attendant (he’s a pilot), stalks him on social media & hangs out in his apartment while he’s away. 😬

Seriously..she’s like the perfect match for Joe Goldberg if you ask me.

The story starts off with her childhood, then moves into the present. As the story progresses, we learn about Juliette’s troubled past which helps explain why she is the way that she is. It actually makes you feel kinda sorry for her.

Minor things that bothered me..

-The abbreviations. POA (which gets mentioned several times), TBA..why? 🤦‍♀️

-Things were a little too coincidental, like the fact that Nate just so happens to be related to someone from Juliette’s past, and meets his girlfriend by chance on one of her flights.

-The pacing..It’s a tad slow in the beginning and throughout other areas of the book. However, the author does a good job of keeping you hooked. Brownie points for that.

-The ending..ugh I was disappointed cause I wanted it to end differently. It felt a bit rushed, but it definitely leaves you thinking: That was totally FUCKED UP and what the hell did I just read?!

Overall, I found it very entertaining and wanted to know what Juliette would do next.

A beach & travel worthy read.

Have you read it??

Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…