Book Review: Emilio Sanchez by Besidone Adewunmi Edun


Title – Emilio Sanchez

Author – Besidone Adewunmi Edun

Publication – 17th, May 2019.

Publisher – Parrésia Publishers Ltd.

Genre – Mystery, Young Adult Fiction

Emilio Sanchez, a young determined lad in Equatorial Guinea finds his life spiralling off-course after the death of his parents. Taking his life in his own hands, Emilio in the company of his friend Pedro leaves for the capital city with the blessing of his godfather, Padre Antonio.

In Malabo, the capital city, Emilio finds work and trouble. After a few months, he is arrested for theft, because his red handkerchief had been found at the scene of a crime.

Locked up behind bars, Emilio discovers the truth about friendship, loyalty and trust, and an unusual friendship forms behind bars.

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Literary Recommendations — 5 Romance Novels that Worked my Heart!

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This month I will be presenting a list from one of my favourite all-time genres and the more heartache and emotions I feel, the more passionate I am about the book. I love books that make me ugly cry, there’s something amazing about it, especially ones with HEAs or HFN, I really hate it when someone dies but if it’s well executed I’ll still stan, I have given up on some books because the heartache was too much or I couldn’t bear to go on. I love me some tear jerkers.Read More »

Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren


Title – The Unhoneymooners

Author – Christina Lauren

Publication – 14th, May 2019.

Publisher – Gallery Books

Genre – Romance, Contemporary & Adult Fiction

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

I went into this story with no expectations, I just wanted to read a nice romantic story that will have me all in my feels, but sadly I wasn’t as invested in the relationship between our two protagonists Olive Torres and Ethan Thomas, don’t get me wrong, individually they are sweet characters and it was a light read, although some distasteful things happen in the book and a lot of bad and good luck.

I enjoyed this book, I found myself laughing out loud in some places yet, the story just didn’t sell itself completely to me and I found it quite lacking, because Olive and Ethan are the oddest literary couple ever because it’s so clear their hatred for each other is one big ball of misunderstanding, and in my opinion, it doesn’t seem like a passionate enemy to lovers story.

Reading this book was like a vacation, one that I wouldn’t remember much about but will look back on with a smile. If you’re looking for a kinda funny, sweet and romantic story on a vacation spot, with a lot of cute moments in it, this is a good and kinda light book, so feel free to dig in, but really that’s all there is to it.


Lara Kareem

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Book Review: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne


Title – 99 Percent Mine

Author – Sally Thorne 

Publication – 29th, January 2019.

Publisher – William Morrow Paperbacks

Genre – Romance, Contemporary & Adult Fiction

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

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Event Planning “A Blind Date With a Book” | I Hosted my First Ever Event!

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Wow! That’s how I am feeling right now. I planned and hosted an event! Never would I have thought I could or would say these words. I planned an event all by myself and I’m so proud of myself.

A little background Bookish Species is a society I started last November. It is a society for literary readers & bloggers in Nigeria (or Africa), whose aim is to positively transform and impact the reading culture. Bookish Species also has a monthly newsletter, which I share literary tips, news & bookish posts. It hasn’t really taken off the ground yet, but it’s getting there, which is all I can really ask for.Read More »