Warning: R-Rated! 🦄🦄🦄 Set in the year 1817, Lady Felicity loved her life living in Suffolk on her family’s estate riding horses all day long. She never intends to marry lest she be whisked away to a City like London which she hates. Jack Rockall and his friend Ian Stark find themselves on the Marquess of Sharnbrook’s estate while investigating a potential secret that has been hidden by Felicity’s father. While Ian does the investigating, Jack has only one job, Charm Felicity and keep her out of the way. But what first starts as a ploy to keep Felicity distracted ends up being one hot and romantic adventure for Jack. 🦄🦄🦄 Taming Her Stallion is the first book in the Self-Made Rogue Series by Megan Musgrove and is an erotic romance novel. There’s not much to say about character and plot developments as this is a straightforward and quick book with most of the emphasis being on the romance. The path is just like any other romance novel with its “scenes” and a little bit of drama. I do like Felicity because even though she’s a woman from the 1800s she knows how to stand her ground and it’s amazing to see how supportive her father is. Jack and Ian both have had difficult childhoods but they have persevered and even if their intentions were cloudy, peoplechange. I wish there was more unravelling to the mystery in this book but and the ending was a bit drab for me as I was expecting more drama and intensity from such a huge twist. But overall if you are a romance lover this is a good book because it has a lot of passion in it. 🦄🦄🦄 Rated 8/10 Melina L.
‘Calm considerations are much better than rushing to the desperate conclusions. You may want to establish a safe distance between yourself and your negative thoughts,’
🦄🦄🦄 Nineteen year old Shlok has a lot of hopes and dreams that he wants to achieve in life. But life does not always provide you with the easy way to success and happiness. As we watch teenage Shlok grow up to be the man he is today, watch as he has a guiding from far beyond to show him the way even during his toughest times. 🦄🦄🦄 Sunshine Town by Maniissh Aroraa This story is great for those who are in their teens and are still figuring out their way in life. As Indians we grow up in families that have certain expectations for us but sometimes we do not want to follow the path they have paved for us but want to choose our own path. Shlok is definitely a great character because he is relatable to many (if not all) students who are under a lot of pressure to make their parents proud so I did like him a lot. But, Natasha who is his childhood sweetheart and someone who is considered to be an integral part of the story but I really didn’t feel like she was. The writing style was average for me as there were times scenes or dialogues felt unrealistic. I feel like there are parts that could have been written it explained better without rushing through the story (like his relationship with Natasha and Yana). I do like some of the motivational quotes included in this book and because it was integrated into the story was a bonus. Overall it’s an okay book which you could read from of a ‘self-help’ and motivational angle rather than as a contemporary fictional novel. 🦄🦄🦄 Rated 7/10 Melina L.
This was the place that everyone warned me about – the Worst.
Warning: This novel contains potentially disturbing images. Discretion is advised. 🦄🦄🦄 A trip out of their hometown lands a family into hot water when they are blamed for things they did not do. Six sisters journeying to the Worst on what was supposed to be a fun outing ends in utter chaos. In a world with some, ‘interesting’ and twisted rules, this family finds themselves caught in the crossfires of a terrorist attack, they must protect themselves and price their innocence before it’s too late. 🦄🦄🦄 The Worst, Book 1: At That Place, is a dystopian series by Romian Toma. So, the beginning (prologue) definitely had me hooked but as I continued with story I was a bit confused (and I still am) because of how we move from one chapter to the next because of the change in point of views and that put me off a lot. There are too many characters to keep up with. Other than the main character, it was hard to constantly remember who was who because they had varying ages and some of the older characters act like babies. The writing needs a little bit of work as some of the scenes are a bit confusing as to what’s happening. I did enjoy the concept and the broad view of the book because it’s something different compared to my usual reads, but it just didn’t grab my attention completely. What intrigued me the most were the ‘rules’ set up because never have I expected anything so out of bounds. The ending was great, because of the cliffhanger but the beginning part of the book requires a lot of work as you’ve got a great concept and story but the main things i.e. characters and writing could be better. 🦄🦄🦄 Rated 5.5/10 Melina L.
Burn my throat Make me choke Feed my madness Set fire to my lungs Hot tar and ashes
🦄🦄🦄 Out of Chaos is a poetry book by Natalie Nascenzi. As you read each chapter they seem disjointed, but they all have one underlying topic in common, chaos. This book offers a view of a person’s mind and mental health. As you can see from just the one stanza which I’ve included above, it’s dark because at times the mind can be a dark place, especially when your body and it don’t get along. This was a little heavy read for me just because of the intensity of the topic but the poet gas written it so well that I couldn’t stop reading. There’s one more stanza I really loved which was:
These moments of stillness Amidst all the madness It’s magic, right under your nose The beauty in being so restless Racing minds breed wandering souls.
I don’t normally share more than two verses but this time I had to. Definitely worth a read if you are a poetry lover. 🦄🦄🦄 Rated 10/10 Melina L.
Satisfying each and every one of your customers will ensure that you have a long-lasting career in the beauty business.
🦄🦄🦄 Life After the Chair: Memoirs of A Stylist is a memoir as well as a guide book by Monae Shepherdfor those who want to work in the beauty industry. She talks about her journey as a stylist right from the beginning with her struggles to work as a kid and how she learned to be better through her experiences. Now, I’m not someone who is very much into the beauty world in terms of learning my rights and wrongs, but from the very beginning with the distinction in the types of stylists she had me intrigued. Some of the things mentioned here are pretty general, like occasions to focus on etc, but because she has spoken about bits and pieces of her life, it does have a personal touch which I always appreciate in books like these. In terms of a self help book or guide I do not know to what extent this book can help t, but if you are someone who is looking to dip your toes into the beauty world, this could give you an insight. 🦄🦄🦄 Rated 8/10 Melina L.
I could understand her sadness, her need to be admired, loved and needed. 🦄🦄🦄 An emotionally charged and captivating novel about the complexities of female friendship and motherhood.
Lizzie Thomson has landed her first job as a music teacher, and after a whirlwind romance with Markus, the newlywed couple move into a beautiful new home in the outskirts of Edinburgh. Lizzie quickly befriends their neighbour Morag, an elderly, resourceful yet lonely widow, who’s own children rarely visit her. Everything seems perfect in Lizzie’s life until she finds out she is pregnant and her relationship with both Morag and Markus change beyond her control.
Can Lizzie really trust Morag and why is Markus keeping secrets from her?
In ‘The Memories We Bury’ the author explores the dangerous bonds we can create with strangers and how past memories can cast long shadows over the present. 🦄🦄🦄 The Memories We Bury is a Contemporary/ Psychological Suspense novel by H.A. Leuschel. Although the plot of the book was not hard to figure from the very beginning, the author does put a lot of effort to create a good build up as well as the perfect characters. Lizzie is the newlywed and now mother of a beautiful baby who wants more help from her husband to raise the child while her husband puts the least amount of effort possible. And Moraag is the helpful old neighbor who wants to help out the best she can to make sure that not only is the baby happy, but Lizzie as well. It’s definitely a page turner because even though it’s a psychological fiction novel, the flow of the story is put forward with such as ease and the writing is so smooth you don’t realise when the twisted stuff starts until it’s too late, by then you’re already hooked. But, not only is this book about mind manipulation, it’s also about the effects of parenting, in this case bad vs. good parenting as what may seem acceptable to a parent, may have sure consequences for the child when they grow up. 🦄🦄🦄 Rated 9/10 Melina L.
Helene Andrea Leuschel gained a Master in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She later acquired a Master in Philosophy, specializing in the study of the mind. Helene has a particular interest in emotional, psychological and social well-being and this led her to write her first novel, Manipulated Lives, a fictional collection of five novellas, each highlighting the dangers of interacting with narcissists. She lives with her husband and two children in Portugal.
I am not a human I am Her man Her, being a woman I am foreign In this land of men An alien From a distant planet Dispatched to be Her man Among humans.
🦄🦄🦄 Her by Tonii is a poetry book focused mainly around the poet’s relationship with ‘Her’, starting from the very beginning when he fell in love. This book is one of the most detailed poetry books I have read based on the cycle of a relationship. There are 8 stages in this particular book starting from Birth and ending with Redefine. One interesting little titbit, the titles of the poems are all athe end of the book, I found this interesting because I was more concerned about the journey of the poems rather than what the poems are called so that way I was more focused on the book as a whole. Every aspect of the relationship is covered in a very deep and meaningful way, yet it is not too complicated for the mind to comprehend. Throughout the journey the poet maintains the tone of what you would normally find in a relationship by letting the words speak for themselves. My favourite poem amongst them all is ‘The Eyes if Love’ under the stage of Redefine. 🦄🦄🦄 Rated 9.5/10 Melina L.
🦄🦄🦄 Violet has been able to see the colours of sound for as long as she could remember and she’s always wanted to be a painter, but living with an abusive mother has made her feel nothing but depression and a burden to society. Turner is a death row inmate counting the days till everything has to end. His crimes have led him hear today and he knows that he has to pay, because every bad deed has a consequence. Their story is a sad one, but one that needs to be told because of one word, ‘if’. 🦄🦄🦄 The Colour of Your Voice is a novella by Daniel Newwyn. This story was heavy yet delicate because we know what the outcome is going to be yet there is hope, and it’s this hope that we cling on to in real life that makes this book so unique because everyone has hope. For someone who never thought he could experience the feeling of love, the prospect of losing it is the only think keeping Turner from giving up. For someone who’s never taken a leap of faith, her relationship is what made Violet realize that hope for a better future is the only reason she is still alive. The book goes not have your usual kind of romance or character development but this was one of the most heartbreaking yet satisfying read. Wouldi have liked to read more about their story? Most definitely. But, in saying that I also wonder what more could have been added to make it better since we read and end with a lot of the primary aspects of the book. (Her relationship with her mother, her relationship with Turner and her relationship with herself). 🦄🦄🦄 Rated 8/10 Melina L.
I know the truth of who you are. I’ll destroy everyone you love. I’ll hunt you down. I’ll never let you go.
🦄🦄🦄 When Maude is forced to take her mother Bea back to live with her after she is no longer able to afford caregiving, she finds out there’s a lot more to her mother than meets the eye. While suffering from dementia, Bea has been able to recreate a masterpiece known as La Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde, only thing is, Maudenever knew her mother could sow. Alternating between two time periods, this journey begins from World War 2 as we meet Goldye, a New who is putin in an unprecedented situation of leaving her family to be safe from the Nazis. What secrets will Maude discover, and how is Bea connected to Queen Mathilde? 🦄🦄🦄 The Dream Stitcher is a fantasy historical fiction novel by Deborah Gaal While taking inspiration from the actual history of The Bayeux Tapestry, the author takes on a whirlwind journey to WWII Poland. Filled with Adventure, magic, love and mystery, the intertwined lives of so many characters from the past and present may seem like a confusing story to tell, but it is done so well I could not put this book down. I do not know how many facts or details are true and relate to WWII, but I think that the author has done a great job combining the truths of the past to the fictional world of the present. What I loved was experiencing three generations (Bea, Maude and Rosie, Maude’s daughter) uncovering Maude’s heritage with the little information they have. Yes, some details were a little farfetched even for a novel witha touch of fantasy in it, but I didn’t mind because I was enjoying the book too much to care. The three female characters all represent a different generation, but what they have in common is their resilience to push through a difficult situation. 🦄🦄🦄 Rated 9/10 Melina L.
You were the feeling that introduced me to connection and communication.
🦄🦄🦄 Memoirs From Within by Clyde Oliver is the author’s recountment of his journey to finding love. Just like many of us, he to had fallen in love multiple times and thought to have found the right person, but never the one. The author has told his story through the means of journal entry/ essay styled writings with each chapter dedicated to a girl that had impacted his love life and each girl has been given a name/title depending on his journey with her. This book is not only about lost, but regrets as well. He lays down the truth, and admits to the mistakes and shortcomings from his part, but he has also learnt and grown from these mistakes to be the man he is today. This is a short and quick read, but it’s definitely worth the time to read about his story. 🦄🦄🦄 Rated 9/10 Melina L.