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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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GAME OF THRONES REVIEW | LAUREN

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“Fear cuts deeper than swords” – Syrio’s lesson to Arya

This quote is something I would think about now when given I difficult challenge. Even stupid things like speaking in front of a classroom (I’m bad at that).

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I gave this book five stars on Goodreads. I really liked it, but the TV show grabbed at me more. The show is very similar to the book, so I don’t know why I like the show better *shrugs*. The book cleared up tons of details that weren’t explained in the show, and so much more makes sense now!

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The characters are amazing, the plots are amazing, and it’s amazing how easily the author finds it to kill people off. My emotions for the characters on the show were heightened in the book. For example, my dislike for Catelyn and Sansa *oops*, but also my love for Dany and Jon and Arya. Reading it, I got so deep into each characters head it was like I was seeing what they were seeing (for better or for worse). I’m very glad I gave this book my time of day.

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MY FAVOURITE CRIME/MYSTERY/THRILLER BOOKS | GITHMI

My Favourite Crime/ Mystery/ Thriller Books

If you ask what my favourite genre is, with no hesitation I say crime. I like those twisted, mysterious stories which take me to a whole new level of reading. Those who are in love with crime, possibly know what I am trying to say. For those who are not that into crime, I say give it one chance and you will not regret it. SO here are some of my favourite crime stories of all time. I have not given a synopsis for these because I think the more unknown the book is it’s more compelling to read. Also these books are in no particular order. I just love them all so very much.

 

  1. Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

 

I absolutely love these books. I started reading them when I was twelve years old and ever since I am die-hard fan of Holmes. You MUST read them. I’m not even suggesting, I am ordering you. Please just grab a SH book right now!

 

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  1. Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon

 

This book made me speechless. The last bit of it left me mouth-gaped.

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  1. Twelve Red-Herrings by Jeffery Archer

 

In this short story collection you will find twelve short stories: some are creepy enough to give you goosebumps while some hook you to the story until the very end.

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  1. Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

 

Tell me a time that this book is not on any of my lists. I’m obsessed with Cuckoo’s calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K Rowling. I heard that the TV series to this book will be released soon. I can’t wait!! Again this is one of those books that the ending is unpredictable. I never expected that to happen.

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  1. Whisper in the Dark by Robert Gregory Brown

This book is witty in its own way while giving you the best feeling of crime and suspense at the same time.

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  1. Murder in the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

OMG! I don’t understand how someone can twist and turn a story like this. Just magnificent. Rated 5 stars.

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  1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Now I’m not quite sure whether this book falls under the category of crime but it has them all that I have mentioned in the title. This book is mind-blowing.

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  1. Beach House by R.L.Stine

 

This author gave me nightmares when I was a kid. No Offence! But I love his books and this book is one of the very best.

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  1. Nighttime is My time by Mary Higgins Clark

 

This book had me positively-fretting (yeah) because I wanted nothing but to finish it off soon and go for the end. It was that intriguing. Curiosity at its best I say.

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  1. Murder Suicide by Keith Ablow

I don’t know exactly whether I liked the ending but this is a thought-provoking crime novel. Definitely recommend it to all my soon to be crime genre fans.

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A LINE MADE BY WALKING BY SARA BAUME | GUEST BLOGGER: @samantha_gibb

Hello and welcome back to Nocturnal Book Club blog! Today we are hosting a special guest on our blog Samantha from girlreviewsbook.blogspot.co.za/. Her social media accounts are listed at the end of her book review.

Review: A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume

Frankie is falling. Slowly, her world is being leeched of colour, dried and crisped as fallen leaves. The effort of trying not to cry and fold up within herself is becoming suffocating. An uninspired artist drowning in the hubbub of Dublin, Frankie reaches out to her saviour; her mother. Returning to her childhood home, in seek of comfort or understanding, of meaning or routine, Frankie finds none. In a nostalgic bid to rediscover herself, and her art, she relocates to her grandmother’s bungalow, empty now and reluctant to find a new owner following the death of its last occupant.

Among dusty knickknacks and fading memories, Frankie fights to stop herself being weighed down by a whirlpool of despair; she attempts to rebel against indifference. All the while, she embraces her own otherness or lack thereof, fuelled by longings and memories past. She knows that she is on a path to a conclusion – an end – yet what form this will take remains to be seen.

Dealing with depression, memory and one’s reason for being, it seems strange that such weighty topics can provide for such beautiful imagery, yet such is Sara Baume’s skill. She’s a magician.

Baume’s works require much contemplation. Carefully arranged and powerfully hypnotic, she moulds words into what can only be seen as timeless art. There is no singular aspect which makes A Line Made by Walking a masterpiece (for that it is), it is a puzzle of smoothly interlocking pieces which reveal a stunning image. I pity the reader who does not read this book.

Such was my love for this book (true fan girling, no doubt) that I re-read the last chapter, desperate to wring out every last drop of literary goodness, to keep the story with me. And I realised that you could re-read this book many times and each time find something new; something hidden beneath the lines that march across the pages. The story evolves with the reader, revealing itself delicately yet forcefully. If that isn’t great literature, then I don’t know what is.

A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume is published by William Heinemann London, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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TO CATCH A KILLER BY SHERYL SCARBOROUGH REVIEW | NAJA

This book was sent to me to in exchange for an honest review.

When Erin was just two years old someone took her mothers life and let her stay alone with her mothers corpse for whole three days. After this Rachel, her mother’s childhood best friend, took care for Erin and loved her as if she was her own daughter. From the small age Erin looked up to her uncle Victor (Rachel’s brother) and was interested in forensics.

Her knowledge in DNA and forensics became quite handy when her biology teacher was killed and she was, once again, the one found with a dead body.

She started her own investigation and looked up into who could possibly kill her teacher and why. Soon she found a connection between her mother’s murder and her teacher’s murder. She realised her biology teacher was possibly killed because she was helping her find out the truth about her own father. The man she never knew, but hoped to meet. Finding out who he was meant she could come one step closer to finding out the truth about her mother’s murder.

But will she be able to find out the truth before the killer gets to her too?

Will she be able to catch a killer?

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This book has 320 pages and was published on February 7th of 2017 by Tor Teen.

Goodreads rating: 3.68/5🌟

My rating of the book: 5/5🌟

My rating of the book cover: 5/5🌟

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HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME REVIEW | LAUREN

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First of all, this plot is very similar to the one in Lies My Girlfriend Told Me, so if you liked thiscnovel check it out. With all the trouble of Griff’s love life, I’m glad he ended up with Wade. Wade challenged him to be better instead of babying him. I’m glad the author made the decision to
keep Jackson as a friend at the end, even Wade came to terms with him. I was so happy when Griff realized Theo wasn’t perfect, no one is and for awhile Griff was acting like Theo was a god. This novel made me so emotional, even from the beginning, and I loved it all the more for it; it’s
rare for a book to do that to me, especially a contemporary novel. Adam Silvera really brought the characters to life, I felt like they were real people, going through the real problems of their lives. I like how the enemies of the story ended up being good real people (Jackson). It was
different for me not to hate the character that put the protagonist through so much pain (Theo), because I honestly loved all the characters. But seriously, Theo was selfish for keeping Griff hanging like that and not letting him live his life. I enjoyed watching Griff’s character
development though the novel. My first Silvera novel was a success!

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