Aloha!

Aloha, beauties!

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First, I missed you guys. A lot. I missed the community love and just simply being here. Second, welcome new follower(s), I’m rad, and I’m convinced that I truly am an African Duchess of Southern Africa, but meh, *shrug*.

Disclosure: It’s being so long since I’ve written something in this persona, which really is my true persona, but my writing may have taken a worse turn. So, don’t look too closely at my grammar and the yadi yadda. If that turns your stomach, I love you, bye now. 😉

*puts on a charismatic smile*

Did you miss me?  Cue: excessive eyelash fluttering

I titled this post Aloha because I aloha is like namaste or shalom. It’s well rounded. I actually Googled it. Hello, goodbye – and everything in between, which I added the ‘everything in between’ part. I did it so because you never know when I might just go MIA, again. Okay, I sound like a flighty commitment-phobe on-again-off-again boyfriend. Oops! *insert that cute monkey emoji*

What I’m trying to so eloquently say is, I don’t know how long I’m going to be here.

Why I’ve been away?

University. If you are in college or have been, you know that sometimes things get messy. Assignments, assessments, projects, exams and everything in between can be overwhelming. So, I had all that to deal with and I also had to juggle it all with some of the races I’ve run, tutoring and being a bit of TA. So, something had to give. Priorities, priorities.

That’s simply summarising everything so far.

So, what now?

I’m on a break, yippee! It’s going to end soon due to an internship coming up in July; thus Aloha.

What I’m going to do so far is write reviews on books I’ve read. I hope to do more tags and get back in the game.

At the beginning of the year, I said I’m going to start a tag, BOOK CONFESSIONS, and I have been thinking of starting it up, real soon. I’m looking forward to that, and I certainly hope you guys will participate and join in the fun ;).


What to expect?

I said on one of my posts that this year I’m going to read different genres and authors, so I’m possibly going to review non-fiction books during the course of the year. So, don’t be surprised. However, I will be reading a handful fiction books here and there, because I’m in a love affair with fiction. #BookBoyfriend

Also, my lovely blog is going to be under construction. I’m trying to make it more user-friendly. So, if you see something missing on my menu, don’t freak out.

P.S. Don’t worry, those construction guys won’t even know you passed here. No low whistling accompanied by ‘Dayum, girl’, ‘mamasita’ and ‘hey, babey’. It’s going to be construction guys free zone.

When is a review coming?

Next week. If you follow me on Instagram, you know which book I’m talking about.

Yes, I’m giving you permission to stalk me on Instagram.


Like, comment, share and tell your friends about the flighty commitment-phobe blogger who claims to be a Duchess. 😉

Aloha,

Duchess♄

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Her Backup Boyfriend

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New Author! There are so many authors out there. I get excited when I find a new author on my favourite genre. You guessed it, romance. Her Backup Boyfriend, as you can tell is as cliche as The Bold And The Beautiful. You can roll eyes, sometimes I read romantic cliches like nobody’s beezneez. Especially fake boyfriend types, the fake husband is at the top, though.

Sidenote: Romantic cliches are good for the soul, sometimes.

I have had an eye on this book for quite some time and when I finally got it, you can imagine what I did. I dropped everything of course. And I loved it.

Kate was a delight but typical for this kind of romance. Aside from the romantic stance of: he-broke-up-with-me-but-I-want-him-back  and this-one-makes-my-heart-skip-a-beat, Kate was truly a well-rounded character. I liked that at the end she was true to herself. I loved, yes loved, that she was not a one-dimensional character. I usually don’t like red heads in books but she was one of my favourites. And that list is short. No offense to red heads, brunettes rule.

Dominic was an interesting fellow. He was not what I initially thought he was going to be. So, that was refreshing. I don’t like that he was jaded, I think it would have made the book more interesting if he was not. Two people who are jaded on love is not my thing. Unless there’s a perfectly good reason why. I believe one character has to be in broken pieces while the other has to believe in roses and rainbow love. Too much?

The supporting characters were amazing. They took us out of Kate and Dominic romance bubble and showed us that they are actually fully functioning adults. I’ve observed that authors tend to forget about supporting characters and they leave them in a cliffhanger. And then, bam, supporting character pops out of the thin air… Or ink.

I’ve been obsessed with the ending of books. And pretty much the ending of everything. I believe how you end says more about you than how you begin. As you can imagine, when it comes to romance books, I want a cliche ending. Happy ducking ever ducking after, people. With that said, the ending of this book was satisfactory. I liked the ending because it echoed my thoughts. “No regrets.”

I don’t know if I will read the next book in the Sorensen Family Books, but I am teeny weeny bit interested on how the whole family finds love.

Have you read any of Ashlee Mallory books or Entangled: Bliss books? What’s favourite Cliche romance book?

Like, share and comment. I don’t bite. I’m actually nice. 🙂

Yours Truly,

Duchess♄

#F*CKLOVE

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Where do I start? Gush over F*ck Love or Tarryn Fisher first? As you can imagine that this is my first Tarryn Fisher book. And I hear this book is very different from her previous books. But oh my goodness, this book was epic. I’m going to gush about a few things or a lot of things. But first, let me take a selfie. Title it: Gushing over F*ck Love.

**Side Note: As I was reading this book, I kept asking myself if the story was a love triangle. I don’t think it was. What constitutes a love triangle?

I recommend this book and give it four crowns and another crown for Tarryn. So that’s Five crowns. The crowns are equivalent to stars. Get it and read it. And I’m telling you right now, a Tarryn Fisher weekend is in the horizon. I’m thinking the Love Me With Lies books. Yes?


The Gushing

First of all I liked, no loved, how this book started. With a dream and good ol’ fashioned WTF. That dream changed everything, as a dream should. Now, lets proceed to the things I loved about this book. Or what I’d like to call gushing. Helena is unconventional, quirky and weird. Possible twin sister, separated at birth. Can I get a hola for that? Her obsession with socks. Uh, this girl gets me. No, I don’t have an obsession with socks, I just have a sock problem. So, we’re practically twins. Tarryn, the selfie concept? Genius. Including the hashtags. Bloody freaking ge-nuis! Brilliant! A conceited and insecure best friend? Check! Can this be any more real and relatable? Oh and my favorite line “Thank you, Jesus; thank you, Harry.” (Cue in the laughing out loud emoji.) The selflessness. The muggle waiting to be magical. And how can I forget, #BeigeBitch. Oh, I forgot Kit. Kit. Cue in mega swooning. Not for his body or something shallow like that. No, mega swoon for Kit because he can cook. He writes. Books and music. Tarryn, I think you forgot a chapter. Chapter …: #megaswooning, dedicated to swooning over Kit’s traits.

Side question: What kind name is Kit anyway? Is it Irish?


This book reeked unique. Originality. Class. Humanity.


THE REVIEW (Translation: incoherent thoughts, but thoughts nonetheless)

Before I read this book, I read reviews. Tons of them. And there were solely focused on the love story or a girl guide modus. But I saw this story in a different light. When I put this book down, my first thought was: What a selfless person. Ladies, if there’s one character I wish to be at the end of the year or end of my lifetime is to be a selfless beige bitch. Because to do what Helena did for her selfish, self-centered, conceited, insecure and definitely a bad friend best friend takes a special person. One who has a beautiful soul.

I loved the idea of the dream and how Helena forged her new path based on it. Because that’s what we do. Whether it’s a goal, an ambition or a resolution. A concept, an idea, a quote. Whatever it is, we too, forge our life based on it, we constrain and box ourselves based it. We don’t allow ourselves to grow beyond it. Like Helena we lose sight of the dream. In Helena case, her dream was to show her that her capabilities are beyond being the numbers girl. She had more potential than numbers. It was to open her eyes to see the real Neil, to be open to adventures and such. But she was so focused on wanting the dream to unfold itself as is in real life that she got more hurt than she would have. I mean moving in with Kit’s ex? No. Luckily for her it worked out really well with the Fairy. Get the book and you will get that reference. But, like I said, we are just like Helena. We want a cut and paste version of whatever it (dream, idea, resolution). We forget to spread our wings and soar. No, we just want to fly. Ladies, we can soar. We want to be a muggle, instead of being magical. Be magical, ladies. (I feel like Helena is writing here. Not me.)

The introduction of Muslim was interesting. That dream involving him was heart racing. Serious thumping. And various questions of ‘what it is going on’ were roaming in my head. I found myself being pro-Muslim. Just for a few pages. Don’t judge me. Oh, how I wish you knew what I was talking about. Get the book, so you can gush with me.

 Let’s talk friendship before I finish this review. 

Ladies, any friend that says they are prettier than you, chuck them. You do not need that kind of toxic in your life. You already have McDonald for that. Chocolate and ice-cream. Seriously, Della, that’s Helena’s best friend’s name, was that kind. She was the type of friend that sucks the living out of you. Sucks being the operative word. Yoh, Yoh, Yoh. I found myself wishing for the worst…

I repeat, I recommend this book. There’s something for everyone.

If you want gush with me and want me to spoil this book for you, feel free to comment. And if you have anything to say, to call bullshit or whatever, feel free to comment. I’m all ears. And don’t forget to like this post. To show some love. You can reblog, because you know I’m a beige bitch. 😉

Yours Truly,

Duchess♄

Celaena Sardothien

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Where do I begin? Throne of Glass is an adventure in so many ways. Every page takes you deeper into the continent of Erilea; and deeper and deeper into Celaena’s life. The first page tells you that this is no mediocre story. The first line and first chapter promises an adventure. Everything about the book heralds something beyond expectation.

Sarah J. Maas created an engrossing world that seems so real, you ache to read the next book.

The characters are the story and the story is the characters. Does that make sense? Hope it does. Let me explain.

The blurb and the book cover tell you that Celaena is no ordinary eighteen-year-old girl. I personally like how the book cover introduces Celaena: A heart of ice. A will of Steel. Meet the assassin. First I want to say the introduction itself creates one of heck of an expectation. And Celaena does not disappoint. She’s more than the expectation. The girl cannot be boxed. She is dynamic. Every node planted into our heads before reading the book, as we read the book from her perspective and the perspective of others weave the story that is the Throne of Glass. Her will of steel is seen in every little thing she does. The assassin is seen in ways you wouldn’t expect. Her heart of ice tells a story of its own. And proves to be more than what people think the heart of an assassin would be. The reasons she is the way she is tells the story. It tells you the why and the how of Celaena Sardothien, the assassin and of Celaena Sardothien, the girl.

Dorian, the Crown Prince of Adarlan, is also dynamic. When we first meet him via the eyes of Celaena we know he has the potential to be more. He only shows what he wants you to see. We first see him as your typical spoiled prince, one who is gifted in looks and is not afraid to use them. But as the story journeys you see that he’s more than what meets the eye. He’s compassionate. He has an understanding that many of his caliber don’t.The inner struggles that he goes through nicely twines into the story, making it one with Celaena’s. His character contributes to the meaning of Throne of  Glass, what it is and why it is the title of the book. Its significance.

Captain Chaol Westfall is my dream. Forever dressed in black. The way his character knits into the story breaks my heart. I think he is the presentation of both reality and fantasy. He hides his feelings well, he’s handsome and has unwavering loyalty to his continent. And he’s more. I don’t want to say more because I might just tell you the whole story…with spoilers.

The other characters make your heart sing because of their role in the story. At the end of the book, they make you want jump from wherever you are in a beatific manner. And for me personally, they make me wish I was one of them. And there are the villains of the story, they equally makes this book the adventure it is.

There are themes that explored that ordinarily will make me put the book down. But that’s where the story is the characters. The story of a girl with a destiny so great and skills so deadly tells you something stupendous about Celaena and the prominent female characters. The story of a prince trying to find his place in the glass throne and doing his best to lead from the heart tells you the prince is remarkable. And it shows he’s more than just a prince. The story of a Captain of the Guard is the story after my own heart. The story indicates a valiant character. Chaol will you be mine? For now? *Bats eyelashes like Celaena*

What truly stood out for me, above everything else, is how each character grew as the story develops. This includes the antagonists as well. All the changes that took place made this story relatable. And understandable. It was not just a great story to read. It was a great story to understand.

And there’s something I want to say that is a spoiler but I won’t say it. Instead I’m going to throw in my favorite lines to satisfy my heart.

“She’d survived Endovier, yet she could still laugh.” -Chaol

“I give you this name to use with honour, to use when other names grow too heavy. I name you Elentiya, ‘Spirit That Could Not Be Broken.” – Princess Nehemia

“Arobynn told me that second place was just a nice title for the first loser” – Celaena

-Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

Before I recommend this book I just want to say because of the hype I thought it was going to be disappointing. However, I can personally attest to its bewitching magic, its  transfixing story and its mesmerizing characters.

With that said, I completely, wholly give my recommendation to read Throne of Glass and its sequels, why? Because it’s a portal to untold magic. It is an entrance to a whole new world, a promise of an adventure.

I loved it…and you’re going to love it if you don’t already.

Like and share. And let me know your thoughts on Throne of Glass. I know I’m a little late but bare with me.

Yours Truly,

Duchess♄

Live, don’t exist!

“I watched the way our fingers intertwined, and I thought, what are hands made for but this? For holding. For holding on.” – James Patterson, First Love

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First Love by James Patterson and Emily Raymond… Where do I begin? Let’s see, I read the sample from my kindle and decided that it was worth reading on paperback. So I went to look for it and it was not at my favorite book store. A total UHRG! moment. But I was not discouraged. I looked around a lot. In fact I did not only look around, I went on a daily forage. To all book stores. And then I found it….a year later. Yes, a year later. *Insert intensive nodding*

As you can imagine, I was so happy that I never bothered checking the price. Who cares about price anyway? I do! Student budget.

After paying this was me… Well, there no actual fireworks and a glass of apple juice white wine champagne  whatever that is.giphy (2)

Okay, back to the novel!

The novel was REAL, RAW and HEART-WRENCHING.

I felt all these after finishing the novel as the story line was gripping. I mean, you honestly forget to react because you are so taken by the story. Taken by the adventure. The tragedy. And I loved every letter, every word and every paragraph. It is a James Patterson novel after all. Hello! I, especially, loved when Robinson tells Axi to tell their story and she says  “And I did it; I told our story. You hold it in your hands.”

I dare ask… What’s better than that?

The story follows Axi’s road trip with Robinson, her best friend whom she’s secretly in love with. The road trip for Axi is more than rebelling; it’s escaping her grief and getting out of her comfort zone. It’s exploring life and expanding life’s horizons. And boy, don’t they explore and expand. From the Harley, Vegas, camping to Hollywood and more, what’s not to explore and expand? I was secretly jealous.

The story was from Axi’s perspective, at first I was not happy about that. But as I read more, I got why she told the story. Because it felt like she was telling me face to face and I was listening, instead of reading her (their) story. I could feel the emotions, the surprise, the happiness, the sadness. She made the words come alive.

I loved that it was not predictable. I didn’t read the first two chapters and immediately know the ending. You had to follow what Axi was saying in order guess the plot twists. I say guess because I did a lot of guessing. And many were wrong as I had myriad preconceived ideas. But the realness of the story flushed those ideas down the drain.

What I extremely and tremendously appreciated was you never lost what both Authors had to say. The subject of the novel was perspicuous…absolutely crystal clear! Because Axi Moore was no cliche character on a teenage quest for first love. She was an ordinary young woman, a human being, who had to learn to accept life’s tragedies and live. To love and lose it. And continue to live instead of existing. Live to inspire, to tell her story and to share her wisdom.

I could say that I wished for more. Extra pages. But, I think the story would’ve gotten lost in unnecessary words. It was perfect the way it was. And I recommend it to everyone. Worth five crowns for ratings.

The title may be first love but this novel, in my eyes, was Axi first living. And, of course living results in love. Pshh! Duh!

So, what you can take from this is: Live, don’t exist! Life’s too short.

Yours Truly,

Duchess♄

P.S.: Like, share and comment. I would love to hear your thoughts.

The DUFF chat with Duchess

This is homemade video with a friend, over FroYo.

Mind the background noise and the quality. Please don’t forget to like, comment and share.♄

Yours Truly,

Duchess

P.S.: We made +/-3 videos before this and they were super long, or just borderline insane. I wanted to make the video more informal, and just a tad bit crazy. And our landscape orientation was not working properly thus the video is portrait.