Rapid Fire Book Tag

Okay haven’t done a book tag in awhile. Again, I wasn’t tagged by anybody sadly. This tag was created by GirlReading.

I actually did my own version on youtube and the link is here.

But for fun I will also post my answers on my blog so here we go.

  • E-book or physical book?
    • preferably physical but I have trained myself to tolerate e-books due to my dwindling funds in the book buying department and hey in Netgalley I get my books for free even if I have to give up paperbacks for it. Free books man what more do you need?
  • Paperback or hardback?
    • paperback. Its more practical and doesn’t hurt as much when it falls on your face.
  • Online or In-store book shopping?
    • In-store book shopping because I have a fear that if I buy a book online it will come all dented and shit or torn or whatever.
  • Trilogies or Series?
    • Trilogies because its kinder on my wallet but series if its really good and its worth investing my money in.
  • Heroes or villains?
    • Villains definitely. Without a good villain the hero is essentially nothing.
  • A book you want everyone to read?
    • The Godfather by Mario Puzo. Why? Because its my favourite non-historical romance/fantasy/thriller/murder mystery book and because its good.
  • The last book you finished?
    • How To Marry a Marquess by Stacy Reid. The review will be awhile coming so don’t hold your breath.
  • The Last book you bought?
    • I honestly cannot remember but maybe Drood by Dan Simmons. (Is my answer the same as my video counterpart???)
  • Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?
    • The sticker from sanitary pads, a whole ball of yarn, a sock, a spoon, anything on hand really.
  • Used books: Yes or No?
    • YES!!!!! Most my books now are used books. No money man. Beggars can’t be choosers or however that line goes
  • Top three favorite genres?
    • Historical romance, anything related to murders and thriller
  • Borrow or buy?
    • Borrow? Does borrowing from the library count?
  • Characters of plot?
    • Now in the video I said plot but now looking back I would say characters.
  • Long or short chapters?
    • Short chapters because I need to feel that sense of achievement.
  • Name the first three books you think of?
    • My answer will be different from the video but who cares.
      • Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt
      • The Scot Beds his Wife by Kerrigan Byrne
      • Avalon by Meg Cabot
  • Our world or fictional worlds?
    • Fictional worlds. I cant find a 6’1 Caucasian man with dark raven hair and steel grey eyes in Miri, Sarawak okay.
  • Audiobooks: Yes or No?
    • Yes, kills two birds with one stone. Gets my chores done and my reading done.
  • Do you ever judge a book by its cover
    • Yes, yes I do.
  • Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?
    • TV adaptation because I feel like the standard has gone higher and budget bigger. I mean look at GoT.

 

  • A movie or TV-show you prefer to its book?
    • Neither
  • Series or standalones?
    • I prefer standalone but if the series is good then why not.

So, that is my Rapid Fire Book tag questions and answers.

Review: Holiday in The Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

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Title: Holiday In The Hamptons

Author: Sarah Morgan

Published: 29 august 2017

Publisher: Harlequin Books

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads summary

The perfect summer escape…?

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him – too gorgeous, and still too good for her – and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in The Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the perfect way to escape her past…

Their relationship might only have lasted a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss – if she’s run away to The Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…

Review

HO HO HO HO HO! For you to fully understand why this book was so good for me I have to regress and talk about the other two books from Sarah Morgan that I have read; Miracle on 5th Avenue and New York, Actually.

Miracle on 5th Avenue was a great read for me but the ending was too cookie cutter perfect and sweet and just ugh for me (plus a female lead who didn’t like thrillers/horror novels like whatever) and New York, Actually was just too mediocre for me; forgettable characters and forgettable plots but Holiday in The Hamptons! YES! JUST YES!

This book was just perfect! I truly dislike Sarah’s cheesy as hell happy endings but this time round I wanted Fliss and Seth to get that cheesy happy ending that it truly emotionally hurt me. If Sarah didn’t give them a happy ending, tables would have been flipped.

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Fliss and Seth’s characterization felt so real and I always had trouble connecting with Sarah’s characters but this time the flow, the connection was made even before I read this book (read and was introduced to Fliss and a bit of Seth in New York, Actually) and when I read their story in this book it just increased the emotional connection.

Whilst I figured out the plot twist earlier it didn’t take away anything for me from the plot, I still empathized with both these characters and what they had to go through at such a young age. Not once in this book did I think their reactions and miscommunication were stupid and unrealistic (probably related more because my backstory was more or less the same). All this contributed to the fact that it made the plot seemed so realistic and less cookie cutter perfect if compared to Sarah’s other books.

Also the knowledge that Fliss’s mother was trapped in a loveless marriage with a man who was obsessed with her made me feel all the feels, man. I swear, I cannot wait for Harriet’s story and she was so cute and endearing in this book. How she told her grandmother she was nervous about confronting Seth but she did it anyways because she loved Fliss and also how the Poker Princesses were nosy and kept making Fliss and Seth be together was so adorable!

I also liked how this book focused more on the relationship aspect rather than the sex between the main characters, it allowed the readers to fully revel in the sexual tension. I mean we all have been there, meeting up with an ex whom you didn’t have a clean break up with and where the relationship was just pure emotional dynamite be it good or bad, emotions will still be there and you can totally relate to how awkward Fliss was feeling and how she acted around and meeting Seth.

Another thing that I really liked was how the book started with a flashback. This flashback gives you an inkling to how intense Fliss’s feelings for Seth was and is to be honest and it just gives me all the nostalgic feelings of how I felt when I was that young and being with a boy I liked.

In this book, the characters were not perfect. Seth and Fliss made mistakes. They got angry, they lashed out, they had legit problems that love just couldn’t fix unless and until they themselves wanted to fix it. The character that had the most problem was Fliss and you can see in this book how she tries. She tries very hard to change, to be better; it showed that whilst love is great and can be a factor of change you yourself must take a step to wanting to change to be better.

All in all this is the best book I have read from Sarah Morgan’s From Manhattan With Love series (okay yeah I only read three out of all the series whatever my opinions are still legit).

*Book was give by the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

Review: New York Actually by Sarah Morgan

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Title: New York, Actually

Author: Sarah Morgan

Published: 30 May 2017

Publisher: Harlequin Books

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads summary

Meet Molly

New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.

Meet Daniel

A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…

Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

Review

Today, we are back again to analyze a work done by a certain Ms. Sarah Morgan. Now, this isn’t the first book that I have read from her. The first book that introduced me to her works was Miracle on 5th Avenue.

Okay, to start off our little discussion of the book at hand I must be frank and say that whilst I found the book to be sweet, relatively easy to digest with a dash of predictability I was not drawn into the plot. It didn’t engage me as much as Miracle on 5th Avenue did and I am not to sure as to what is the root cause for this.

Maybe… just maybe it was due to our lead female character, Molly. I was not feeling this character and you know I tend to lean towards the female characters rather than the male ones regardless of how handsome they are described in the book.

Molly is supposed to be a very intelligent woman (the woman had a PhD for Christ sake) yet she believes this crackpot notion that she can’t fall in love because of her DNA (like what?? she could have just been aromantic for all we know) and trust me girl, I have had my share of relationships and now that I am older I definitely do not characterize them as love. So, all in all Molly needs cool it.

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There were other instances as well where I really question if Molly really is intelligent because sometimes her logic isn’t as sound as I assumed it would be.

The male character, Daniel, is okay I suppose. Very typical knight in shining armor and AHA! I have just realized why this book was a so-so book for me.

IT’S THE CHARACTERS!

They are just not memorable and when reading you are just like okay… whatever.

The sex scenes in this book wasn’t so great either BUT… this one scene where Daniel and Molly were kissing under the tree under the rain was just pure… FUYOOOOH!!!

The one thing that I was excited for when reading this book was them introducing the main characters for the next book Holiday in The Hamptons and I logged on and requested it on Netgalley so fast and lemme just say I was not disappointed.

Be sure you guys tune in to my next review because that will be the next review.

Overall, this book was okay. A bit on the meh side for me with forgettable lead characters and a weak plot.

*I received this book from the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review