Book Reviews

Pan Macmillan showcase 2020

On Friday I got to dress up in my tutu and head through to PanMacillians 2020 showcase to find out what we can look forward to being published this year. It was pretty cute, they theme their showcases and this time it was Zombies, I love that so many of

Adult books to keep an eye out for – July to December

A few people asked me to post the adult titles to look forward to after I posted the Kids titles so here they are :) These are MY books to look forward to, obviously there are a ton more that will be released but I my opinion these should be

Kids books we’re looking forward to – July to December

We love attending the Penguin Books showcases cause we get a sneak peek of what’s to come, we did the adult books 2 weeks ago and yesterday we attended the babies to YA showcase. I thought maybe I should share the ones we’re most looking forward to, in case you’re

The secret art of being a parent

Wow that sounds like such a click-bait title now that I’ve actually typed it out! Eh, did it work? HAHAHA. We already know I get books to review right? Well I do. I work with some magical publishing houses. Every now and then though something goes wrong somewhere and I’m

Are we all lemmings & snowflakes – Holly Bourne

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to

VOX by Christine Dalcher

While not a psychological thriller (I don’t think it’s listed as that) this might have been one of my scarier reads for this year. I love a good dystopian read but while most of them feel like they could be a farfetched possibility, reading this on the heels of the

The Creakers – Tom Fletcher

My taste in books seems to have massive leaps between genre’s the only ones I can never get into are period/war type novels. Lately it’s more YA and psychological but I got The Creakers by Tom Fletcher a while back and it’s what I grabbed off my shelf of to

Cape Town authors meet-up

It’s not too often I choose to socialize, the people have to be pretty damn special for me to willingly head into a group situation but when I got invited to the Cape Town authors breakfast at Bootleggers I couldn’t say no because I fangirl a few of them so

Mythos – Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry. A lot can be said from this man who challenges the church, stalks through jungles trying to find endangered species and openly speaks about mental disorder. And he narrates all 7 Harry Potter books… And so, naturally, when his new book Mythos came out I knew I needed

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index – Julie Israel

Driving home from a July 4th party Juniper and her older sister get into a car accident and only one survives and the other is left trying to pick up the pieces and find ways to deal with the grief. Since her sister Camille’s death, Juniper Lemon keeps track of

Into the water – Paula Hawkins 

This for me has been one of those highly anticipated books, which of course often lead to disappointment, even though Into the water can’t actually fall into that category I do feel it didn’t live up to Girl on the train.  Unlike The Girl on the Train which only had two
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About last night – Catherine Alliott

The good reads synopsis really does the summary of this book perfectly; it’s a funny, enthralling and heartwarming story of a woman who gets a second chance in life – but will she have the courage to take it Molly has moved from London to rural Herefordshire, chasing the Good
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My (not so) perfect life – Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is one of those predictable authors that you keep in your back pocket, you know that she isn’t going to disappoint and that her writing is going to be one of those perfect Sunday afternoon reads where you pour yourself a G&T and grab a comfy spot and
The cookie jar Lisa Clark

Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies by Lisa Clark

A while back Penguin dropped off The Cookie Jar book by Lisa Clark and with it came some sample cookies from the book, the salted chocolate chunk ones and guys… I have been craving this cookie ever since. I can’t explain to you how good it is. Seriously, it’s one

Books make me happy 

Yesterday was a pretty decent day considering the last few we’ve had. I paid my car thanks to some help and I even managed to do a small grocery shop so that was a total win. We’ll still need to make sure the eskom bill gets covered but at least I
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[book review] The Brightest Star in the Sky – Chyemenn Santos

Earlier this year we had to have our beautiful border collie put down. Joonbug was a rescue we got shortly after moving into our home, it’s a big house and I wanted the safety of a dog. Well it turned out she definitely wasn’t much of a watch dog (she
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[BOOK REVIEW] Fool Me Once – Harlan Coben

This was my first Harlan Coben book and I’m not sure why I haven’t heard about him before, being an 8 times New York bestseller and all you’d think I’d know but somehow he slipped past my radar. Thankfully Penguin Books tapped me on the shoulder and introduced us with

a giveaway for book lovers

So I’ve been toying with the idea of running a giveaway on my book blog to motivate you to invite your friends who like books to join up to be reviewers because the more reviewers we have the more books we get from authors and I am not a patient person

[book love] Hooked on Mandalas by Haafner Linssen

Random Struik (aka Penguin books) sent me a copy of Haafner Linssen‘s “Hooked on Mandalas” and man oh man I am hooked (see what I did there, haha).    It arrived yesterday morning and the first thing I did was send The Person photos of some of the ones I thought

are you a reader? I need you!

I’ve been blogging for 10 years (joh!) this year and 5 of those ten years I’ve been doing book reviews. In that time I’ve made really great friends and a lot of those friends are authors. When you get to really know published authors you get to learn all about

The Brave Little Rabbit

I wrote a book! And had it edited! As in I seriously wrote one and finished it all by myself with a beginning a middle and and end and a pretty cute story line. I pantsed it like I usually do but this time I finished it. I’ve written adult books

{book love} Saving our hearts – Velvet Reed

When your whole world shatters and time stands still, recovery is never easy. Plans and dreams, ripped apart now seem impossible and finding a steady rhythm for your beating heart seems unattainable. Cole Tierney and Grace Rivers had a bright, uncomplicated future ahead of them, but the accident changed that.

{book love} Rhythm of my heart – Velvet Reed

Grace Rivers is your everyday twenty-five year old. She could have the world at her feet, but instead chooses to help run the family business. After experiencing great loss early in her life, Grace values what’s most important: her family and friends. But she aches to find that certain someone—that

{book love} Enticed (Charming Incantations) by Monique Snyman

When Lisa Richards’ parents died, she never thought her life would change as drastically as it did. Now she has to take over her father’s seat on a secret supernatural council, lead troops into battle against the ferocious Goblin Lord, and try not to get herself killed in the process.

{book love} The Faerie War by Rachel Morgan

 The fate of the fae world is in her hands … Violet Fairdale is in big trouble. Her home is gone, her beloved forest lies in ruins, the guy she gave her heart to has deserted her—and she doesn’t remember any of it. The powerful Lord Draven is taking over,

{book love} The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan

 Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the

{book love} The Cathedral of Cliffdale – Melissa Delport

A Guardian is dead. For the first time in one thousand years, no replacement has come forward. With only eleven Guardians remaining, the enchanted City of Summerfeld, home to the last survivors of the Blood War, is vulnerable. As their enemies close in the Guardians must unite or Summerfeld will

{book love} The Faerie Guardian – Rachel Morgan

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow