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

Booktube review of Bookishly Ever After

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Moonlight Over Manhattan… A Review

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Title: Moonlight Over Manhattan (From Manhattan With Love #6)

Author: Sarah Morgan

Publisher: HQ

Published: 5 October 2017

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 4/5

 

Goodreads summary

She’ll risk everything for her own Christmas miracle…

Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list–dealing with Madi’s temporary dog sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry.

Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi–how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple–he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide twenty-four-hour care. But there’s nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel.

Ethan’s kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all–letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?

Review

Right, I don’t really know how to start this review so let’s just get right into it and just bypass all the hanky-panky-ness. Now, I don’t know how Sarah Morgan Image result for squinty gifis churning all these books out because I swear I would request one book by her on Netgalley and finish it and next thing I know there is ANOTHER ONE! Like HOW EVEN??! What is she some weird writing robot on steroids??? Which reminds me I better check Netgalley… just in case.

To be frank I don’t really remember my review for this book because I read it an eternity ago BUT DON’T FRET! I remember my basic feelings of it and those feelings were that the book was just ookkaaayy?.

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I mean it didn’t hit me in the gut with a fistful of feels like Holiday in the Hamptons again like all her other books I felt the ending was a bit off. The reason for this was that the build up of the characters and their relationship just didn’t warrant the grand gesture that Ethan (the hero) did at the end. Unlike Fliss and Seth, they had a deep emotional connection, their relationship was complex, real and difficult to maneuver what with Fliss’s guarded personality and Seth feeling tired of dealing with Fliss especially since he has tried everything so with that type of plot the characters deserved their happiness. The ending felt warranted you know.

With this book, Harriet and Ethan just started dating for a few months barely 3 months (I Image result for calm yo tits gifthink) and already Harriet is putting out ultimatums and I am not a person that likes those things. Ethan obviously cares and loves Harriet but must he be pushed into it? These two literally just started dating 2 seconds ago and now she already wants to put a need for speed towards a long haul relationship. Like calm yo tits Harriet, AT LEAST give the man 4 months to figure out his feelings. It’s not like he unemployed and thus has a lot of free time to think in depth regarding the relationship. The man is an ER doctor! PEOPLE GON DIE IF HE DISTRACTED!!!

 Anyhoots, to the good parts of the book. The good parts are that I really like and respect how Harriet challenges herself to get out of her comfort zone. This allows her to mature and be more independent regardless of the end results. Challenging yourself, no matter how inconsequential the challenge is can be applied in your own life which in turn allows self-growth.

Another aspect I liked about Harriet was how she has standards. Image result for i mean business gifYes, I was salty on how she gave Ethan an ultimatum 3 months-ish into the relationship but I gotta give her some credit. She told Ethan that either you make up yo mind on whether we in for the long haul or you get yo sweet ass of my couch and outta my life (she said it in a sweeter tone and fashion but you get the jist). If that don’t make a man take notice you mean business god knows what will and in all honesty if Ethan don’t come back to her he ain’t worth it Harriet no matter how handsome or how good he was in bed.

The plot was okay, it was very basic and quite forgettable. I mean I had to read other book bloggers reviews to even remember my own review.

Overall, this book was a semi-good read, I expected more in terms of complexity and realism between the characters in their relationship but Sarah went back to the stevia sweet trope type of plot so whilst it was enjoyable it just wasn’t enough.

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

Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this weeks topic is “Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far”. Let’s get started!

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Holiday in the Hamptons

I like Sarah Morgan’s books but rarely do I give her books a 5 (Okay so what I only read 3 of her books including this one wasn’t my fault I was late to the party) but this book just ticked all the boxes in my checklist and I enjoyed it immensely and hey improvement as the previous book I only gave a 3.

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The Viscount Who Loved Me

I loved this book because it was just so funny! I couldn’t stop laughing reading the antics of the two lead characters with each other. It was just so absurd at how they are with each other.

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Because of Miss Bridgerton

While this book isn’t as funny as the book above it still had its comedic moments and a lot of historical romance are too serious that funny historical romance books is a welcome reprieve.

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Finding Kate

You can find my review here. I liked how the book changed my mind and consequently altered my perception of what was truly happening versus what I saw was happening.

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Evidence of Love

Here’s my review for the book and this book was just full of gore and injustice and lots of other things mixed into one that I just simply devoured it.

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The Radium Girls

Review for the book is here. This book is just feels manifested into words then put on paper. It was very informative whilst at the same time able to tear my soul apart with its heartbreaking story.

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Something Wonderful

This book I gave a 5 both because I truly enjoyed it and also because it had sentimental values. I read it ages so and re-reading it brought back fond memories of what happened in my life at the time.