Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is “Books That Take Place In Another Country”

I am assuming this “takes place in another country” to be outside my own country which honestly makes this post far easier because all books I read are outside my country of Malaysia.

UK

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America

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This one is for two countries: America & Italy

Sweden

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Afghanistan

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Europe

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Italy

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Encounters With a Rogue… A Review

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Title: Encounters With a Rogue

Author: Deb Marlowe

Published: 7 March 2017

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3.5/5

Summary

An Unexpected Encounter

Tall, practical girls might not be worth much in man’s world, but Miss Lisbeth Moreton knows she’s worth more than the squire’s prized heifer.

To change her fate, she’s run off to a date with destiny at the British Museum. Her would-be swain never shows, but an unexpected encounter with Lord Cotwell and his lonely ward might lead to altogether new prospects . . . and perhaps to love.

A Waltz in the Park

James Vickers once believed honor and family duty to be his life’s work. Now he knows better–and he’s appointed himself as silent witness to his father’s sins. His greatest goal is to act as the continuously pricking thorn in his lordship’s side–and scandal is his greatest weapon. He has no use for an innocent young miss.

Propriety is Miss Adelaide Stockton’s most important asset. She must be all that is prim and proper if she’s to live down her parent’s misdeeds and have any hope of catching a husband. She must avoid scoundrels like Vickers at all costs.

Yet fate has thrown them together–and given each a key to the other’s ambition. A bargain is struck…but together they find that gaining what one desires most is far more difficult than a waltz in the park.

Review

This book is actually two novellas so I will review it individually.

An Unexpected Encounter

Rating: 4/5

I really liked the plot to this novella because I found Lord Cotwell to be an adorably shy and awkward guy. He was refreshing to me because he wasn’t suave, he wasn’t drop dead gorgeous, he wasn’t smooth with the ladies, he was just an average joe with a kind heart who loves doing mechanics. He said all the wrong things at the wrong times even though he means well. The plot was nice and sweet and I wished it was a full fledged novel instead of a novella but I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless.

A Waltz in the Park

Rating: 3/5

I didn’t like this novella so much. I unfortunately found it boring and so tedious to read as I didn’t feel a connection with the main characters and pretty much that really from me regarding the second novella. Nothing much to say except it was boring for me.

Overall, these two novellas does make me more interested in reading more works from Deb Marlowe because in both novellas the protagonists weren’t the atypical characterization expected from historical romance.

*The book was provided by the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

The Luck of the Bride… A Review

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Title: The Luck of the Bride

Author: Janna MacGregor

Published: May 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Summary

Family secrets, mistaken identities…love and money make people do crazy things in The Luck of the Bride, the third Cavensham Heiresses novel.

March Lawson has never had much luck, and in a desperate move to save her family, she’s been posing as the Marquess of McCalpin. But when she’s summoned to a meeting with the Marquess himself, March expects jail time…not to be bewitched by dark hair and sapphire eyes.

Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin and heir to the Duke of Langham, finds himself drawn to March despite the judgments from his peers. He isn’t sure he can trust March, especially since Michael has a secret that could ruin him and his family.

But society conspires to keep March and Michael apart, and when March is accused of not being who she says she is, will Michael toss her aside or fight for the woman he’s come to love?

Review

I thought I was over my love for historical romance books as I had tired of reading them whilst I was in the struggles of my reading slump but the publisher had emailed me inquiring whether I was interested in reading this book and I thought “well, I have read the others I might as well continue on” and continue I did and let me say…

I LOVED IT!

Reading this book I had no expectations whatsoever and so it took me by surprise when I was so absorbed by the book that I finished it within a day. I found the book to be entertaining, funny, adorable and heart wrenching.

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As much as I loved historical romance they have never brought tears (tears of anger and disappointment doesn’t count) to my eyes up until this book. I felt for the female protagonist, March Lawson, so much that I just wanted her to be happy because damn it she deserved it! Everything in her life was so unfair and finally… FINALLY she was to achieve happiness with a man she loved but all that was almost robbed from her as she was framed for something that she didn’t do and it broke my heart when her lover, Michael Cavensham, doubted her love. Like why GOD DAMN IT!

I didn’t expect the book to be so intense for me emotionally. Janna (the author) truly blew my socks off.

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Aside from my feelings for the main female protagonist, I must say that I also loved how the author included letters from March’s youngest sibling, Lord Bennet Lawson, to Michael. This is because I found it so cute and endearing how he would misspell his words or cross some sentences out because it was grammatically wrong and how some words were misspelled but he had not realized it. It shows his young age. Also, I loved how Bennet as young as he was became a wise and brave young man when it came to the safety and happiness of his sisters especially March. He went to Michael personally and talked to him man to man on the fate of March. It broke my heart because the situation that permitted that meeting was when March was framed and also because as the reader you can see how Bennet has grown from a baby to a fine young man. I felt like a proud parent.

I didn’t quite liked the ending though not because it wasn’t appropriate nor good but because I wanted March to make Michael suffer a little bit more. The pettiness in me wanted Michael to grovel for March’s affections and forgiveness. It has been a daydream of mine where a man chases me across the globe to prove his love so I was hoping it would come to fruition here but alas it didn’t but it is fine everything else in the book was completely amazing that I am willing to overlook this slight misgiving I have with the ending.

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Another thing that I liked was how the author included dyscalculia (it’s a form of dyslexia but with numbers) as well as a gay character in the plot as I felt that it was in line with the changing perceptions of modern readers.

In conclusion, I truly felt that this book was by far the best in the Cavensham Heiresses series. It kicked me in the feels when I least expected it.

*The book was given to me by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

 

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is “Books That Surprised Me”

  • I expected this book to be a 3-4 rating for me like all her previous books I have read but surprisingly I really enjoyed this book. Who knew? Even gave it a 5 rating.

Review of Holiday in The Hamptons

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  • I rarely read Malay books let alone manage to enjoy one but this book opened my eyes that not all Malay books are shit. I liked it so much I actually bought the second one almost at full price (I say almost because it was 20% off) and coming from a book cheapskate like me, that says A LOT.

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  • You and I both know what I truly feel for this MONSTROSITY! Two years on and I am still riled up thinking about the plot. I can’t even, because if I do my rant will never end. The injustice I felt at having spent my hard earned cash for this trash is inconceivable.

Review of HP & The Cursed Child

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  • I hated this book as well as I felt the synopsis was VERY misleading but for some unbeknownst reason I can’t seem to forget nor shake off the themes discussed in the book.

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  • This book surprised me because I didn’t expect the book would be so tedious and torturous for me to read.

Review of Bookishly Ever After

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Kawaii Doodle Class… A Review

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Title: Kawaii Doodle Class

Author: Zainab Khan

Published: 1 September 2017

Publisher: Race Point Publishing

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary

Create your own kawaii world with Pic Candle and Kawaii Doodle Class!

The Japanese word kawaii  translates to “cute,” and this how-to book is chock-full of super-adorable images of tacossushismoothiescloudsrainbowscactidoodle monstersChristmas treeslipsticksteacups, and more for your adoration.

Popular kawaii artist Zainab Khan shows you how to draw 75 super-cute characters with simple step-by-step illustrations and instructions. She has also included fun search-and-find images to play along with, and inspiration boards that show you how to give your characters different facial expressions and zany accessories.

Review

I really enjoyed this book because it was easy for me to draw the characters as they all had step-by-step instructions for me to follow. This is great because I don’t have any drawing talent whatsoever plus because it has step-by-step instructions it allows you to practice all the basic shapes for the eyes, body etc which you can then apply and use to create your own character.

So, far that is all I have to say for this book. It was a chill,easy to follow doodling book that is great for anybody regardless of artistic background to try.

*The book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Using Gravatar to build traffic

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A ‘Gravatar’ is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there. Gravatar is a free service which is automatically included in every WordPress.com account.

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When you visit a site and ‘like’ an article, or leave a comment, your Gravatar remains behind on the page. Other visitors can click on it to find out about you… and…

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Book Quotes

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is “Favorite Book Quotes”.

_After all this time___Always,_ said Snape- (1)

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_After all this time___Always,_ said Snape- (2)

_After all this time___Always,_ said Snape- (3)

I have realized that I don’t read a lot of series and I really want to get into another series but what series though? Any good recommendations?

 

Dumpling Cats… A Review

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Title: Dumpling Cats

Author: Sarah Sloyer

Published: 21 June 2017

Publisher: Dover Publications

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads summary

Waffles is a relaxed feline who loves to read, and Cheeks just can’t get enough to eat. These fun-loving characters are just two of the 25 dumpling-shaped crochet cats in this whimsical collection. The cuddly crochet critters were inspired by the Pokémon™-like craze Neko Atsume, a game that enables you to attract cats to your backyard and “collect” them. Each little dumpling has a name and personality points that add up to big fun!
You don’t have to be an expert to crochet and collect these adorable kitties — the patterns are suitable for crocheters of all skill levels. Easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by full-color photos and simple drawings. The directions explain every stage, from ears to tail, and some of the patterns include accessories and costume items. Plus, there are bonus patterns for a cat bed, food bowls, and more!

Review

I really liked this book because come on, cute crochet kitties? Like, hello… what is there not to like?

From the cover to the end the book was aesthetically pleasing and kawaii approved! At first, I was worried on how the instructions for crocheting the kitties will be because I have some patterns are difficult for me to understand from the get go and I have to actually crochet it first and understand as I go and re-do some aspects of the pattern to get it correct but not for the patterns from this book.

The patterns were easy to follow as it had step-by-step detailed instructions and photographs, which by the way was superb. There is 25 patterns in this book as well as extra patterns for miscellaneous things such as food bowls, boxes and a pet bed.

I would highly recommend this book to anybody who likes to crochet as the finished products can be used for gifts or any of the sort.

*The book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.