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Book review: Jandy Nelson- The Sky is everywhere

Book 5 of 2015

I rate this book 4 out of 5

About the book

Lennie Walker seventeen, Wuthering Heights obsessed, clarinet player, band geek. Also hopeless romantic, prone to scattering poems all over town and as of four weeks ago, sisterless…


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Event: Second Blogger Social Event

On Saturday I attended the second bi-annual Blogger’s Social event that I’ve been waiting for expectantly since April. You can read all about the first one here;  it’s the most read post on my blog since I switched to WordPress.

This time we were hosted at the new Exclusive Books situated in Dainfern Square which was listed by Picador blog as one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. I was glad that I had registered for the event as there were 20 goodie bags for the bloggers. Lood du Plessis was the facilitator once again but this time we had views from the book bloggers and not authors. Monique Bernic, Monique Snyman and Joan De La Haye were the panelists who shared their different experiences with blogging and how their blogs have become great successes.

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Book Review: Jane Green – Saving Grace

Book 4 of 2015

I rate this book 3 out of 5

About the book

Grace Chapman has the perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York State. Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organized, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes herself indispensable to Ted and his family. But Grace soon begins to feel side-lined in her home – and her marriage – by this ambitious younger woman. Is Grace just paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than first thought?”–


My thoughts on the book

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I loved that there was a recipe at the end of every second chapter or so. Grace Chapman didn’t listen to her instinct and it cost her marriage and her health. I’m disappointed that Beth simply moved on to a new target and was not stopped from ruining more lives but I guess that is a real part of life. People destroy other people’s lives and are not punished.  Ted Chapman Grace’s husband was a bully and finally put in his place though at the cost of Grace’s health.

Book review: Maggie Stiefvater – Shiver

Book 3 of 2015

Maggie Stiefvater: Shiver

I rate this book 3 out of 5

About the book

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

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My thoughts on the book

I’m no longer into werewolves as I was when I was much younger, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. Grace’s curiosity towards the wolves really interested me, she seems connected to them right from the start and you felt the connection through out the story. Sam’s love for Grace was just too beautiful from the songs he wrote for her while her was human, to him constantly watching over her and ready to protect her as a wolf.  I just found out there’s a follow up to this story so will be looking forward to reading it.

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Book Review: Joanne Macgregor -Dark Whispers

Book 2 of 2015

Joanne Macgregor: Dark Whispers

I rate this book 4 out of 5

About the book

When a patient describes an experience of mental torture and sexual mutilation by a gynaecologist at the private hospital where she works, psychologist Megan Wright decides to investigate. Determined to find out the truth and stop the abuse, but bound to silence by the ethics of confidentiality, Megan must enter the dark mind of a dangerously disturbed man.

Between the anaesthesia and the awakening, are the dark whispers.

My view on the book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I didn’t want it to end. I read about 3 to 4 pages at a time just to slow down the inevitable. It was wonderful to read a local book with things and names that were familiar to me. This however shouldn’t deter you from reading it if you are not living in South Africa.

I loved Megan and how she trusted her instinct and pursued an investigation that leads her on a dark path of a doctor who’s unstable and capable of sexually mutilating and even murdering patients. I felt that the book ended on a cliff hanger of sort. The final line leaves you wondering what Megan did to Tony the villain of the book.



Genre: Psychological thriller
Setting: Contemporary South Africa.
Publisher: Protea Boekhuis
Published: February 7th 2014
Pages: 287
Languages: English and Afrikaans

Do you ever create your own ending? 

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