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On the 13th of October 2018, here at TheBookieRookie we’re going to be starting a new Guest Post Series!!

In this series, twice a month guests will share a book review of their choice or even a round up of their favorite or most recommended reads!

Spots have filled up till February 2019!! Which is absolutely insaneeee because I was really nervous about bringing this series to life. If you’d still be interested in being a part of this series (planning ahead to 2019), please feel free to directly message me on my Instagram page — click here.

Guests Posts Series

Fav Contemporary Books!

The books mentioned in this article are not necessarily published in 2018 but are those that I read this year & LOVED. I hope you get the chance to pick them up & give them a read! Maybe you’ve even read a few (or all) of them, if you have; be sure to let me know what you thought!

There obviously are more contemporary romances that I loved & narrowing them down to 5 was really tough but these were ones that became really memorable to me & I really recommend you giving them a read. I did a Top 5 Thrillers post last year, I thought I should make it into a series of sorts. So here we are with my 5 Favorite Romance books in no particular order:

1- The Hating Game – Sally Thorne: The Hating Game was one of those books that was so popular on Bookstagram, so many raving reviews for it & there was just so much hype behind it. Usually, books that are so hyped up honestly put me off because I don’t want to have an unpopular opinion on the book but DUDE THE HATING GAME WAS INCREDIBLE! I read this book in a few hours, it’s so cute, so cheesy & such a cliche but honestly, who can say no to these guilty pleasures.

If you’re interested; here’s the synopsis:

Nemesis (n.)

1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;

2) A person’s undoing;

3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive-aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

If you’d like to buy this book from:

  1. Magrudys: click here
  2. Kinokuniya Dubai: click here
  3. Book Depository: click here
  4. Amazon: click here

2- All Your Perfects – Colleen Hoover: Now we all know that when it comes to Colleen’s books, her books could’ve been the entire list buuuuut I thought only to include one of her books so I can give you a little variety? 😂😂 All Your Perfects has just recently published & it immediately jumped to the top works of Colleen Hoover.

If you’re interested; here’s the synopsis:

Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

If you’d like to buy this from:

  1. Magrudys: click here
  2. Kinokuniya Dubai: click here
  3. Book Depository: click here
  4. Amazon: click here

3- How To Walk Away – Katherine Center:

If you’re interested; here’s the synopsis:

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

If you’d like to buy this from:

  1. Magrudys: click here
  2. Kinokuniya Dubai: click here
  3. Book Depository: click here
  4. Amazon: click here

4- Broken Beautiful Hearts – Kami Garcia: One of those books that I still think of, I absolutely loved it. The message sticks with its readers several books & days later!

If you’re interested; here’s the synopsis:

Her heart has to break before it can open.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him—and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee—and maybe her dream of going pro—is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

He has to let someone in before it’s too late.

With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind—until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.

But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.

If you’d like to buy from:

  1. Kinokuniya Dubai: click here
  2. Book Depository: click here
  3. Amazon: click here

5- The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang: Absolutely loveeeeeeed this! It was one of those books that I kept seeing on my bookstagram feed & I picked it up & ended up finishing it within 3 hours! Laughed & cried so much!

If you’re interested; here’s the synopsis:

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

If you’d like to buy from:

  1. Kinokuniya Dubai: click here
  2. Book Depository: click here
  3. Amazon: click here

❗️Have you read these books? What were your thoughts? Ooooooor if you haven’t, uhhhhh why not?

Guest Post Series: Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell [Guest: @thereadingaddicts]

GUEST POST SERIES – This week our guest is from my land 😭❤️ @thereadingaddicts :

This blog is run by two sisters from 🇵🇰 who really love to read and share their views about their recent reads💖💖

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Hey folks!!

Recently I was looking for a book on the Young Adult Genre and I came across this book. If you like to read some cute, romantic love stories then this is the one you should read💖

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The Sypnosis📚

So the story revolves around Cath, who has a twin named Wren. They start their first year in the same college. Wren is all about partying and going out on saturdays but Cath is just the opposite of her. She likes to stay in her room and write her fanfictions on her love of the life ‘Simon and Baz’❤. But things began to chage when she meets her roomie Reagan and her friend Levi.

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Review Time📚

This book is a full rollercoaster of love, emotion, sentiment and care for family. The chemistry between Cath and Levi is absolutely mesmerizing and the way he cares for Cath is just adorable😊. Its one of the best books available on the genre and I recommend it to every reader!! Btw there are some really awesome twists in story you really won’t expect, so watch out for them!!😉😉

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Love, The Reading Addicts xx

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❗️Have you read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell?

Guest Post Series: Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld [Guest: @biblio.virgo ]

GUEST POST DAY 2! 📣. Today’s guest review is written by @biblio.virgo 🙌🏼. Ryan pretty recently published her own book, a young adult distopian book, The Defective! Be sure to show her massive amounts of love & support❗️.

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An Underrated Author

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When people ask me who my favourite author is I usually list two: Lauren Oliver and Scott Westerfeld. And when people ask me what my favourite book is I always say, “​Afterworlds​ by Scott Westerfeld.” But somehow I am always shocked when people ask me, “Who’s that?”

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WHO’S THAT?

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This may come as a shock, but the first book I read by Scott Westerfeld

wasn’t his ​Uglies​ series, although, those books are dang good.

I was in grade 12 when I went to my local library one night and found Afterworlds​ sitting on the shelf. I picked it up once only to put it back. But then I picked it up again, only to use my library card and bring it home. This was the book that not only made me fall in love with Westerfeld as an author, but it also inspired me to start a Bookstagram account.

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Afterworlds​ is truly a unique piece of fiction with two stories tied into one book. Westerfeld’s main character, 18-year-old, Darcy has struck a deal with a traditional publishing house and is working on a paranormal book. Every other chapter is Darcy’s book. The reader is not only able follow Darcy on her writing journey, but also read what she is writing! This book blew my mind.

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I know a few people who also enjoy Westerfeld’s ​Uglies​ series, but from personal experience, when it comes down to it, not a lot of people know about Scott Westerfeld and it saddens me that people have yet to discover his talent and read his amazing books.

If you have yet to read Westerfeld, I highly suggest picking up a copy of

Afterworlds.

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This is a book that will shake you forever.

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❗️What authors do you think are really under rated & need to be under the spotlight?!

Kate Moretti – In Her Bones

“Everyone ignores what they know to be true, when the truth is inconvenient.”

Synopsis: Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She’s a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother.

Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to see how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on. While her escalating fixation is a problem, she’s careful to keep her distance. That is, until she crosses a line and a man is found murdered.

Edie quickly becomes the prime suspect—and while she can’t remember everything that happened the night of the murder, she’d surely remember killing someone. With the detective who arrested her mother hot on her trail, Edie goes into hiding. She’s must get to the truth of what happened that night before the police—or the real killer—find her.

Unless, of course, she has more in common with her mother than she’s willing to admit…

Review: What happens to the life of the families of the murdered & the murderer? I really enjoyed In Her Bones. It’s core is is being a murderer in your genes? What’s the most influential: nature vs nurture? I’ve just been really busy so was a bit slower than usual but loved how its told!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Sue Watson – Our Little Lies

We are not perfect, no one is, but as a family we’ve had more than our share of stress and it’s not been easy. Over the years I’ve put up with all the pain, all the blame, all this torment and managed it into something we can live in. And now she turns up with her just-washed hair and her ripe uterus and ruins everything.

Synopsis: How far would you go to protect your perfect life?

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy.

Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family.

Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline , gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing – she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

In the old days, she’d have distracted herself by excelling at work, but Marianne left her glamorous career when she married. She’d speak to a friend, but she’s too busy with her children and besides, Simon doesn’t approve of the few she has left.

It’s almost by accident that Marianne starts to learn more about Caroline. But once started, she can’t stop, because what she finds makes her wonder: is the question she should be asking not ‘should she be jealous’, but… ‘should she be scared?’

Review: Thankyou @prhinternational for the free book! #ad #partner

Our Little Lies was a really addictive read, had me reading every moment that I could possibly find. What goes on behind closed doors, no one ever knows. That’s the thing about sociopaths, you think they could never have done something like this. Our Little Lies depicts that children are a reflection of our behavior towards them & to others. An intense read that I recommend picking up.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Guest Post Series: Educated – Tara Westover [ Guest: @mydiywriting ]

Goodreads review: 4.49/5

My review: 3/5

Book type: Fiction

Synopsis: An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castleabout a young girl who kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a Ph.D.from Cambridge University

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife, and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it. 

About the Author: Tara Westover born and raised in Idaho has not received any public education in childhood. As the book narrates she helped her mother with stewing herbs and his father in the junkyard. Through her first book, she presents her world to her readers, how at the age of seventeen she set herself in a classroom and then there was never looking back.

The Review:  Through the book, Tara Westover illustrates her life and struggles as a daughter of a mentally ill father and a mother that was a highly devoted wife and nothing less. As much I wanted to explore the ways she struggled to get an education, Tara had me caught up in lengthy explanations that led to nothing. The book was slow for my taste in the first part and I could have enjoyed if it was more on her hardships after she decided to attain university later on in life.

Before reading the book I had read numerous reviews that said the story was not realistic for a memoir but I believe even if she had twisted and turned some of her stories, there were events that had me chills down my spine. The times she had been beaten up, burnt and yet got no support from her family. How getting normal in the world was as much as impossible for her.How getting the basic of needs meant she was going against the order of God and had sided with Lucifer. What struck me was the discovery of Tara by herself, how she started to ask for help and believed who she was. As much the memoir has left me with many questions to answer, it lacked some connectivity in the story!

Favorites:

“You can love someone and still choose to say goodbye to them,” she says now. “You can miss a person every day, and still be glad that they are no longer in your life.” 

“You are not fool’s gold, shining only under a particular light. Whomever you become, whatever you make yourself into, that is who you always were.” 

I had always wanted to connect with an Author through their memoir. ❗️Have you read any Memoir before? How was the experience for you?

Helen Hoang – The Kiss Quotient

“babies meant husbands. Husbands meant boyfriends. Boyfriends meant dating. Dating meant sex. She shuddered.”

Synopsis: Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

Review: This book has been everywhere on my bookstagram & IM SO SO SO HAPPY I PICKED IT UP! Can you guess the number of hours it took me to finish it? Can you??? Imma tell you THREE! 3 HOURS! I loved thisssssssss. I, no joke, cried & I laughed so hard. This book goes into explicit details of sexual acts which is kind of a given with the storyline but just a warning to whoever might not want to read it. It was hilarious & where can I find a man as romantic & caring as Michael? New fav for sureeeeee!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

R. S. Grey – Not So Nice Guy

“Well I hate to break it to you, bucko, but we’ve already screwed up. Phone sex and a blowjob before our first date? As Shakespeare said, Shit’s fucked, yo. No point in trying to correct it now.”

Synopsis: “Oh my god. Who that?”

I get asked this question a lot.

“Oh him?” I reply. “That’s just Ian.”

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century.

Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol’ washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is… just my best friend.

We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at works assumes we’re a couple – that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He’s turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into x-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he’s playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always – but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn’t leave a lot of room for confusion.

I’m a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can’t keep my hands to myself. So, I’m just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss – oh who am I kidding?!

Goodbye Ian, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!

Helloooo mister not so nice guy

Review: Not So Nice Guy was a really great read, laughing so much the entire time! A pretty quick read just like all other romantic comedies 😂. I just felt like from the moment they got together, there was no stopping the following chain of events 😂. It just zoomed to the end 🤪. Felt that it moved a bit fast once they’d both decided to pursue the relationship.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎