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TOWER OF DAWN SPOILER REVIEW | LAUREN

“The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers” – Sarah J Maas

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SPOILERS!!!!!!!

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First of all, since the first time Yrene and Chaol met I wanted them as endgame; I was never a fan of Nesryn. I also called Nesryn and Sartaq becoming a thing by the end of the novel.  I really did not like Hasar, at all. Half-way through I still didn’t love Chaol (if you didn’t know, before TOD, he was my least favorite character), but points were slowly being given to him; honestly, have-way though I didn’t even know if I liked Yrene, maybe that’s why I wanted them as a couple. I loved when Chaol would go back to old memories during the demon sessions, so that I got to see a deeper version of his point of view. I also got some major feelings whenever Chaol mentioned Dorian or Aelin; I miss them so much! When they found out Maeve is Valg, I was thinking, “is it really such a surprise? She’s pure evil!!!” Chaol did have major character development, which I’m very happy about because he desperately needed it. Towards the middle-end Nesryn’s chapters began to bore me a little, maybe I wasn’t devoted to her journey and just wanted to see Chaol and Yrene. I just miss Dorian to be honest.

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THE CHAOS OF LONGING REVIEW | NAJA

Hello and welcome back to Nocturnal Book Club blog! 🙂

Today I would like to share with you my thoughts on a poetry book The Chaos Of Longing by K. Y. Robinson. I got this book for free on NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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As the trigger warning on the beginning of the book says, the book contains descriptions of sexual trauma, suicidal ideation, racism and sexism. The book was sometimes very hard to read, there were poems that I could not connect or relate with and some of them so nicely written that they made my heart beat a bit faster!

Here are some of my favourite poems or quotes from this book:

“It will not be love at first sight when you look at me. Your eyes and heart must adjust to me. Darkness lives here.”

“I would eat all the stars just for you to see light in my eyes.”

“If you told me to come to you right now I would drop everything, watch it shatter like glass, and crawl on the broken pieces to show you how much love hurts.”

“Sometimes I wonder if I’m too much rainfall and not enought sun.”

“They never tell you that the heat of waiting will burn you if you linger too long.”

“Darling, you must be tired of feeling your way out of the dark long after they’ve left. It’s time to find the light.”

“You are a natural phenomenon – not a natural disaster.”

 

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5 🌟

My rating of the book: 4/5 🌟

My rating of the book cover: 5/5 🌟

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THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS REVIEW | LAUREN

Flora, Be Brave!

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No Spoilers 🙂

Honestly, nothing resembles this book. I’ve never met a character like Flora before and have definitely never read about the troubles Flora faces. The problems Flora face constantly are not the main reason to love this book: it’s the way Flora faces them. The tattoo “Flora be brave” is the main reminder Flora receives every time she has short-term memory loss, and bravery is obviously something that comes natural to her. My only disagreement about this book was the extent of the repetition. I know it was necessary on some level, considering Flora’s position, but I found my mind wandering on those parts. For the majority I was entertained and ended up finishing the novel quickly! I highly recommend this to fans of “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart, or fans of “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon.

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I rated this book a 4/5 on Goodreads click here to see it. 

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THE DESCENDANT BY ALLY CAPRARO REVIEW | NAJA

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I was asked by Ally to read the book and write an honest review. Fist I was a litle bit sceptical, because this was the first time someone asked me to write a review, I also was not sure how I felt about science fiction books and did not know what to do in case I did not like the book. But now that I have read it I am so happy that I accepted the offer! This book is so thrilling and I find Ally very intriguing to come up with such a great idea!

The main character is Ava who was raised by her aunt, because her parents abandoned her when she was just a baby. She has a bestfriend Chloe, while reading I really enjoyed the relationship they have. There is also Barry, Avas fiance, who I really really liked at start, but started to hate him later.

Book is set in different worlds or to be more precise different dimensions. First one is our World, where normal human beings live. The second one is the Xemlix dimension where the villains live and are rulled by their cruel and arrogant Lord. Their plan is to make the Earthlings as miserable as they could possibly be, this way residents from Xemlix could rule the Universe and live forever. Third dimension is called Lapo. This world is so beautifully described that the whole time I was reading I wished I could live there too! Lapo inhabitants are amicable, faithful and fearless. They try to save the World from the evil plan Lord of Xemilix has set.

There is also a lot of romance in the book, but not the »cheesy« kind, the love story is more heart-warming. There is also a lot of suspense. The book is so well written, I got lost in the story and felt all emotions that Ava felt. It took me only one day to read it, I just could not stop!

»It wasn’t just a kiss, it was a feast of all senses, a unison of two dimensions, a moment she would never forget.«

And this is definitely a book that I will never be able to forget. ❤

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Dear Ally, thank you so much for this opportunity! 😊

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OUR DARK DUET SPOILER REVIEW | LAUREN

Our Dark Duet Review

**SPOILERS**

First of all, I loved how the opening to both Kate’s and August’s POV’s is exactly how I imagine the sequel to an action movie opening. I also loved how Colin was reintroduced into this sequel, he was an excellent side character in the first book. There was a part where he said: “I hate sit-up. I don’t see what strong abs have to do with hunting monsters…”. Come on Colin all the badass mosterhunters have abs! *laughing emoji x10*. I loved how Kate finally got August to be himself instead of the fake person he was trying to be. That moment they kissed. Then Kate died and everything was ruined, I had tears in my eyes, let me tell you. How could Victoria Schwab do that? Thats all I’m going to say about her death before I start ranting. Also Isla’s death. August is losing all his close friends and family. They’re like flies dropping. I feel so bad for him, and yes August is one of my smol children. Poor kid. But anyways this did have a point, I loved the person Kate brought out of August. The last thing I want to mention is Soro’s character development, it may not be huge, but it’s there. I thought they was going to be other Leo in the making, but the end proved me wrong, maybe he can learn to see that everything isn’t black and white. I wish this wasn’t a duology and Kate somehow resurrected, but we can’t always get what we wish for.

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JOHN’S LOVE REVIEW | GUEST BLOG POST: @ayenlovestoread

John’s Love

Released Date: August 8, 2016

Author: J.J. Valentin

Rating: 5 Stars

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One thousand years have passed in the heavens, marking the beginning of the Trial period. For every one thousand years, two soul mates are chosen to be reborn in order to test their love and faith through the trials and tribulations of life’s false reality.

John and Sarah are chosen.

The rebirth of soul mates is to go as planned: not a single soul shall remember the other until fate, inevitably, pulls them together. But from the sound of Sarah’s laughter, as John walks past her one day after school, fate is suddenly placed into his hands, as his love for her is so strong it breaks all laws and reminds him of whom she is.

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This book is truly amazing. It shows you how evil can manipulate one’s mind and how good can withstand it all. It’s not your typical love story because this book talks about God, love and destiny. You don’t usually see me rate a love story with five stars. But this book, it’s worth the read.
You see, this story is about lovers in Heaven that would descend down to earth to test their love with trials. No, they won’t remember that they love each other, but still love and fate will bring them together and reunite them.
The only problem was, John remembers that Sarah was his love. And that’s not a good sign since Satan can shower his thoughts with pure evil that will make him turn tables. But John was strong, a really strong man.
To us Christians, we have problems after problems because Satan tries to manipuate us so that we would let go of God’s hand. For a guy like John who suffers from anxiety and depression, he let on. He never let goes and he never did. Whenever he feel hopeless, he prayed. Since this is my first time to ever read a love story like this, I would be lying if I tell you that it’s not good.
But the most terrible thing happened. Because of being busy with school, Sarah broke up with him. Layla, their future daughter, was starting to vanish from the skies and so does their future bloodline. He tried to move on with the help of Elaina. But it never lasted. Yes, he loved Elaina, but not as much as how he loved Sarah.
When he graduated, he never saw her sitting with the crowds, wearing her bright smile. Instead, he learned a terrible news from his younger brother, Gabe. She became a stripper, a drug-addicted stripper. And guess what? I was sad. Really sad. Because Sarah, I picture her as this perfect woman with high IQ. Her family despised of her. I blame Lucas because it’s him who pushed her do these stuffs. Who can blame him? Sarah shouldn’t have entered this kind of life. John kept his love for Sarah. He really loves her that he would race to California just to save her from her new persona. So that’s what he did.

John found Sarah in a bar and he asked her to come home. He prepared two tickets for them. One for him and one for Sarah. But Lucas knew their plan. He did the most unpleasant thing a man could do to a woman. John can’t stand waiting anymore. He went to Sarah’s apartment to see her tied and beaten up. What he did not know was that Lucas was waiting for him.

The most amazing part was when John and Sarah were on their verge of death, Lucas asked John to choose God and he’ll kill Sarah or choose Sarah. But John knew that if he chose Sarah over God, evil will triumph and if he chose God, Sarah will die. At that moment, I thought he would pick Sarah, but he said GOD anyway. I cried at this. It’s just so amazing!

Lucas threatened John more by pointing the gun on Sarah’s head. But he didn’t budge. When Lucas realized that he can’t pressure John through his methods, he shot John instead before taking his own life.

John was in comma and Sarah bore a baby. She never left his side until it was her time to give birth, she have to leave. She kept wanting John to wake up. As God gave breath to their baby girl, John woke up.

A highly recommended book about love and trust. It was beautifully written and the plot is wonderful.

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GEMINA BOOK REVIEW | LAUREN

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First off, loved the sequel so much more than Illuminae! Nik and Hanna make the cutest couple ever, and I have to say, I never trusted Jax in the first place. I got really freaked out when Kady was saying she was receiving DM’s from both Hanna and Nik (when Nik was supposed to be dead) and thought for a second there that either Nik resurrected or that Jax had hijacked something. I LOVED getting to see AIDAN and Kady again, all back in action. Super glad Ella didn’t die. Fleur had some serious issues; Hanna “kills” he boyfriend and Fleur gets all mad even though they just killed Hanna’s father. You don’t see her whining about it. I love the character that came in the writing style for the PA who reviewed the video tapes. I love AIDAN and how he interacts with people. The ending seemed alittle too optimistic… all the important characters lived? The last sentence. why. Why would they leave us hanging like that?

 

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THE INSIDE-OUT MAN BY FRED STRYDOM REVIEW | GUEST BLOGGER: @samantha_gibb

Welcome back to Nocturnal Book Club blog, this week we are hosting again lovely Samantha from girlreviewsbook.blogspot.co.za. She was our guest blogger last week as well when she reviewed A Line Made by Walking book. You can find her social media accounts listed at the end of this review.

Review: The Inside-Out Man by Fred Strydom

Bent Croud is about to have a radical change in circumstances. A routine meandering between a run-down apartment, a bar and a piano shapes Bent’s life; jazz music in dark rooms filled with smoke in exchange for just enough money to get by. Only when a dapper gent by the name of Leonard Fry approaches the jazz pianist and offers him a private gig – with a 2 million rand payout – that Bent considers things could be different. All he has to do for this sum is play piano over a weekend; a straightforward, albeit hard to believe deal.

To satisfy his curiosity, Bent arrives at Mr Fry’s palatial residence at the appointed time, and plays his set. Two million rand richer, he prepares to leave when Fry introduces another proposition – a social experiment between the two men, which will require Bent’s presence in the house for a year. With nothing to lose, and a new lifestyle to gain, Bent accepts.

Fred Strydom is brilliantly sneaky – a story as darn and bent (cough cough) as the main character, The Inside-Out Man is as unpredictable as it is macabre and thrilling. Bent is thrust into a world of complete indulgence and murky moral grounds, and his reaction to this is a judge of his character and his sanity – how much can he keep from those around him, and how far is he willing to go to secure his new place in the world? The Inside-Out Man could make a brilliant film – think of a stylish mash-up of Gattaca and Inception, with a South African accent. This book is without doubt the best South African fiction title of the year, making the local literary scene that much more enthralling. Kudos to the author; he’s a rock star.

The Inside Out Man by Fred Strydom is published by Umuzi, an imprint of Penguin Random House South Africa.

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THE RULES OF PERSUASION BY AMITY HOPE | ALISON

4 persuading stars

Meg and Luke were never on each others radar, until one night he catches her doing something bad and realizes he can use that to get her to be his fake girlfriend, easy right? With some rules set what could possible go wrong.

I felt for Meg and Luke. Both were dealing with major stuff, both completely different problems, but nonetheless they needed someone. I felt they were good together and I loved his caring side, always wanting to do nice things for her.

My only complaint is, I wish we had more development with the characters, meaning, I felt we didn’t get as much time with them, when it jumps days or even a month, I just wish there was more.

Over all a good story.

(I reviewed this book for my blog Lovely Alison Reads)

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4 stars!

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Synopsis:
1) Take things slow (her rule)
2) Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.

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DESPERATION ROAD BY MICHAEL FARRIS SMITH REVIEW | NAJA

This book was sent to me by Little, Brown and Company in exchange for an honest review.

I must admit that it took me quite some time to read it, since I had a lot of exams and things to do for University and besides all I was in a huge reading slump for a month or so.

This book was published by Little, Brown and Company in February this year and it has 289 pages.

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Story is set around Russell Gaines who has just finished serving his sentence for the crime he committed eleven years ago. He believes his debt has been payed off, but is it really? No matter how hard he tries to start a new chapter in his life there are still people who can not let go of what he did.
As if this is not enough he meets a troubled woman wondering around by foot with her small daughter.

At the end he has a decision to make, will he save himself or selflessly decide to save them?

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This book was a delighted read. At the beginning it took me a few more pages than usual to really get into the story but overall the story was enjoyable and at times very suspenseful.

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I would definitely recommend it. You can get your own copy here*.

Goodreads rating: 4.11/5🌟
My rating: 4/5🌟

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