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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – Book Review aka the best enemies to lovers romance 💕

Hello lovelies!

Today we gather because I finally managed to write a review for The Hating Game by Sally Thorne also known as “the best enemies to lovers romance”. There, I said it.

Title: The Hating Game

Author: Sally Thorne

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 has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual. Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking. If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong. Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game. (Goodreads)


5 stars: Persephone – Queen of the Underworld and Goddess of Spring. Persephone is my favourite goddess because she is full of contradictions – she represents both strength as queen of the underworld and a softness as a floral maiden. She teaches me how it’s okay to be both. If Persephone appears, that means that the book was one of the best books I’ve ever read, that it holds a particular place in my heart and that it is now part of my favourite books ever.

Pheme: The goddess of fame, gossip and renown – This goddess will be invoked when a book has received a lot of attention and is praised by critics and the book community. She will be featured whether the book lived up to my expectations or not.

One of the best enemies to lovers romances I have ever read.


I love the enemies to lovers trope and I have to say this is one of the best books I have read with the trope. This is enemies to lovers perfection. Both aspects of the enemies and lovers part were well written and it made for great character development and plot. It felt like I was slowly peeling different layers to discover the subtle, intimate, soft and cute moments. I still don’t know how the author dealt with the trope so well. I am in awe.

Lucy was a great main character. I loved being inside her head. She is incredibly funny in that sarcastic self-deprecating kind of way. And her repartee is impeccable. I found myself laughing out loud from her banter with Josh. And I mean out loud. I also loved seeing Lucy’s growth; how she learned to stand up for herself in every aspect. The scene she stood up to a certain character and said “Anthony, it’s been real” was iconic.

This book worked because Lucy and Josh’s chemistry was off the charts. I mean I needed to take a break after reading about their first kiss in the elevator. From their stares to their steamy scenes I was hooked and enthralled. Every single one of their interactions was mesmerizing and I could just see the love between them. There really is a thin line between love and hate.

“I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. I’ve had a lot of time to compare love and hate, and these are my observations.
Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are schredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with adrenaline, and you’re in the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control. You’re consumed, and it scares you.
Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game – and you háve to win. Why? Your heart and your ego. Trust me, I should know.”

I adored (yes, adored) seeing her play games with Josh. I was LIVING for their games. It made us see the “enemies” aspect of the book so well and it was even better when they were rivals. But as the story went along it was nice to see their dynamic change and the truth about their feelings unraveling. From the nicknames “SHORTCAKE”, to the intimate gestures and the little revelations along the way. What really made this book amazing is the little details like the specific colour Robin’s egg blue, the colour of her red lipstick called Flamethrower and so many others which made me get lost in the story completely. Josh was one of the best romantic leads and the fact that he loved lucy from day one killed me. I love him.
I liked every single line and if I had another copy of this book, there would be highlighter and tabs almost on every single pageThese two shared an intimacy that is so rare and I soaked up every single moment. The last chapter killed me. Enemies to lovers perfection I tell you.
This chaotic review doesn’t do the book justice. 

Book Review

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas – Spoiler-free Book Review!

Hello lovelies!

Welcome to my first review of the year! The last book I read in 2020 was House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas and it was actually the best book I read that year; no lies. I’m still kind of in a book hangover because of it. I thought it would only be fitting to share my review of this wonderful book even though there are already a thousand ones out there. I hope you enjoy!

Title: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Synopsis:

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it. With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love. (Goodreads)


5 stars: Persephone – Queen of the Underworld and Goddess of Spring. Persephone is my favourite goddess because she is full of contradictions – she represents both strength as queen of the underworld and a softness as a floral maiden. She teaches me how it’s okay to be both. If Persephone appears, that means that the book was one of the best books I’ve ever read, that it holds a particular place in my heart and that it is now part of my favourite books ever.

Pheme: The goddess of fame, gossip and renown – This goddess will be invoked when a book has received a lot of attention and is praised by critics and the book community. She will be featured whether the book lived up to my expectations or not.



Where does one begin??

I think this book is part of my top 3 all-time favourite books ever. You know how annoying it is when someone asks you what your favorite book is and you can’t answer because there are too many? Well I have found the solution because I would confidently reply with “Crescent City”. This book was a rollercoaster and it was particularly intense because I read it under a short period of time (2 days and a half). I had seen raving reviews about it throughout the year and I knew I would like it but I ended LOVING IT. In the sense that I fell in love and my heart physically hurts from it. Whenever I loo at the book on my shelf I feel like crying. I’m hurting.

This book is a little different from Maas’ other books because it is no longer young adult and we could tell by the writing style! I was surprised at how sexy it was! And the characters curse a lot more and make some questionable life choices but I really liked that. It was believable and a nice change from how the characters in YA behave because of the age difference.

I think that this book is a masterpiece because of the way everything just falls into place and clicks. This book is exactly 800 pages long but somehow every single word counts. It felt like a detective sorry because the author just left so many clues and so many things made sense when everything was revealed and explained. I repeat everything MADE SENSE. I cannot tell you the amount of time I have read books when the big, shocking reveal didn’t make sense. At all. The last two hundred pages were magnificent and I might never recover. My heart still beats quickly when I think about it. There are also so so so many beautiful and inspiring quotes that resonated with me. I all want to cry about them. I think my heart has never dropped so hard than when I read the words “light it up”. I want it to be tattooed on me. Everywhere. (Kidding…unless?)

I loved the focus this book on love. Of any kind. The kind of love for someone that is your mirror but also friendship, how deeply you can connect with someone that is your soulmate and also hiding a secret to protect a sibling. Or sacrificing your life to save a friend, giving up your own peace and chance at eternity to fulfill a promise. Man, I loved every single moment. I loved how pure these types of love were. The author also explores death in a thorough and raw manner and I felt like I myself had lost a loved one. She paints the characters so vividly and profoundly that every single one of them had a voice. Every single one. And there were many!
Let it be known that Bryce Quinlan is who I inspire to be. She knows who she is, she knows her wort and she knows that it is not defined by the fact that she likes partying and being sexually active. She’s loving, brave, caring and strong and I can only wish to be as amazing as she is.


The world-building is impeccable. How can someone come up with something like this?? Through the old wars, past and present rebellions and explanations of how the system works, I could see clearly Crescent City. It could have been confusing; it should have been confusing even because there were so many elements and characters thrown at the reader but Maas managed to paint it all perfectly. I loved all the glimpses of history we got and I loved reading about the Drop; it was fascinating.
Now I don’t know if this is the history and classic literature major in me speaking but I saw so many references to old Greece and the Roman Empire and I LOVED IT. I think this added something to the story and gave it that “myth” aura. Also can we talk about the fact that there is technology in this?? HECK YES to phones, hacking and video chats. It was so refreshing!!

Basically this is one of the best books ever written in the history of books and I will never recover. I am Sarah J Maas trash. She ruined every other book for me. 

Did you read it? Is it on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

Karla xx

Book Review

Red, White and Royal Blue – Book Review

Hello lovelies!

How does one begin with such a wonderful book? I always think it’s ironic how words fail me when I need to convey how amazing a book was. I wish I had Henry’s gift with words.

Title: Red, White and Royal Blue

Author: Casey McQuiston

Summary: When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. (Goodreads)

Rating: FIVE FANTASTIC STARS

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The I Dare You Tag II

Hello lovelies!

I hope you are all well. I have been tagged by the wonderful Meghan @Whimsically Meghan for this tag. Thank you so much! I also feel so excited when I get tagged haha. Make sure to head over to Meghan’s blog for some quality content as well as some Stephen King fangirl!

What book has been on your shelf the longest?

As an English Literature major, I am ashamed to say that Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë has been sitting on my shelf for ages. I love 19th century English Literature and I just don’t understand why this book has been resisting me.

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Book Review

Eleanor is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman -Book Review

Hello lovelies!

I am back with a review which took me a month to write because I needed to gather the broken pieces of my heart. (Yes, I’m a drama queen; what about it?)

Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely fine

Author: Gail Honeyman

Synopsis: Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all. (Goodreads)

Rating: 5 heartbreaking stars.

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