Posted in african fiction, Sip n' Read

How You Grow Wings by Rimma Onoseta- A Review

Just a rant : I love sister sister and at some point in my life I wanted a twin sister. How cool would it have been having someone you could share clothes with and of course the best friend without trying title.

Release Date: August 9 2022

Genre : African Lit/Fiction/Young Adult

Author: Rimma Onoseta

Themes:sibling relationships,mother-daughter dynamics,resilience,colorism and class

Popular book by author : It’s a debut!

Anci’s Book Summary : A huge thanks to the author and Algonquin Young Readers for my complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are entirely my own .

What a moving debut set in modern day Nigeria. The story follows two sisters Zam and Cheta who grow up in a household with a difficult mother. One gets the opportunity to leave while the other stays behind to find her own path . They each have to find their own path and eventually to each other. One builds ‘resilence’ as their mother is overbearing and the other staying with the rich aunt and uncle struggles to find her own voice I cannot recommend this book enough!Help us all if you read it without ensuring your wig is fastened properly because the mother can drive a sane person bonkers

Character/s I am obsessed with : Zam and Cheta

Character/s I identify with: Zam because she struggles to speak up

Character/s I didn’t vibe with : Zam and Cheta’s mother

What I liked about the book: It’s a strong debut and fast paced book

Do I recommend this book? Yes

As a Christian would I love this book? Yes

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

                         Rating 

Relatability: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Steam : /πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

Posted in african fiction, Sip n' Read

3.15 AM AND OTHER STORIES – A Review

Just a rant : I love a good short story because then I can read and come back to the book as and when my spirit is ready for it . Sometimes,you read the book in the wrong season of your life and it doesn’t quench your appetite.

Genre : African Lit/Fiction

Author: Rudo D M Manyere

Themes: immigration,love,loss ,self righteousness

Popular book by author : It’s a debut!

Anci’s Book Summary : I have never met Rudo and I promise she could care less who I am but this book was like a ode to every African.

I have never met a short story collection I want to continually read and that continues to whisper to me as I sleep. The stories begin from the arrival of white settlers to modern day Zimbabwe. The stories have everything from romance ,drama and betrayal making it the perfect read.

Stories I am obsessed with:1965 and Chipo

Story/stories I didn’t vibe with :Kurauone because it broke my heart and the narrative keeps slapping me in the face

What I liked about the book: It’s a strong debut and fast paced book

Do I recommend this book? Yes

As a Christian would I love this book? Yes

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

                         Rating 

Relatability: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Steam : /πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

Posted in black romance, Sip n' Read

Blog Tour: An Unlikely Alliance

Welcome to the Blog Tour for An Unlikely Alliance by Toni Shiloh, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Just a rant: I love myself a good enemies to lovers romance because what is love without a little angst. OH maybe I just love the quibbles and enjoy how two headstrong people find themselves in love

Anci’s Review: The book follows Jalissa and Jeremy who are two nemesis that cannot stand each other. They are then forced to work together to fundraise for their respective initiatives. What could possibly go wrong between a woman that hates firefighters and a firefighter that can’t stand the pet lover.

Character/s most like me: Jalissa because she struggles with anxiety

Character/s I liked: Jalissa and Jeremy

Romance Trope: Enemies to lovers romance

Do you recommend this book? Yes

As a Christian Would I enjoy this book? Yes

Would you read more books by the author? YES

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: An Unlikely Alliance

Series: K-9 Companions

Author: Toni Shiloh

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired

Release Date: June 28, 2022

Genre: Christian contemporary romance

To save her animal shelter,

She’ll have to work with her biggest foe…

With her emotional support dog at her side, Jalissa Tucker will do whatever it takes to ensure the survival of the local animal rescueβ€”even ally herself with her nemesis, firefighter Jeremy Rider. As working together dredges up old hurts, putting the past aside could be the key to their future joy. But can Jalissa resist falling for the man she’s always considered the enemy?

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound | Christianbook | BookBub

ALSO AVAILABLE

In Search of a Prince
An Unlikely Proposal


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novels, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist, Risking Love a 2020 Selah Award finalist, The Truth About Fame a 2021 Holt Medallion finalist, and The Price of Dreams a 2021 Maggie Award finalist. Learn more at http://tonishiloh.com.

CONNECT WITH TONI: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of An Unlikely Proposal & An Unlikely Alliance, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a Golden Retriever key chain!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight July 18, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 25, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Posted in african fiction, Sip n' Read

How to Save It : Fix Your Finances by Bola Sol- A Review

Just a rant : I am always on a mission to do better with my money because I have questionable money habits. Do you know your money personality? Let me know in the comments below

Genre : Personal Finance

Author: Bola Sol

Themes: Money ,saving ,budgeting

Anci’s Book Summary : It’s a small book with a huge punch.

It’s a finance book that tackles budgeting ,debt ,savings and emergency fund in a fun way. It’s perfect for someone starting their personal finance journey

What I liked about the book: It’s clear and precise

Do I recommend this book? Yes

As a Christian would I enjoy this book? Yes

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

   Rating 

Relatability: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Steam : /πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•.5/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

Posted in african fiction, black romance, Sip n' Read

Guilt by Audrey N. Chirenje-A Review

Just a rant : I am a hopeless romantic and I love love so true to myself I jump at the chance to read romance. Just a thought,what’s your favorite romance book?

Genre : Contemporary Romance

Author: Audrey Chirenje

Themes: Survival ,Loss ,Love

Popular book by author : Life will Humble You

Anci’s Book Summary : I have read all of Audrey’s book and woow this one was a little different.

The book tells the story of Nomhle a young Zimbabwean woman searching for a pot of gold figuratively and running from her past. She is one brave woman who goes to a foreign country in search of what everyone is looking for -a better life. Her life changes the moment she steps off the bus ,applies for a maid job and meets Jonah.

What I liked about the book: I liked that the author wrote out of her comfort zone. It’s a love story that’s realistic!

Character/s I am obsessed with:The Jury is still out on this one

Character I didn’t like: The Master and LaToya

Do I recommend this book? Yes

As a Christian would I love this book? There is sex in the book so use discretion if you will

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

   Rating 

Relatability: πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Humor : πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Steam : πŸ”₯/πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•.5/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

Posted in Sip n' Read

Why I Want To See More Black Couples On Romance Books

Alrighty please don’t come for me but these are my opinions and I respect yours too. Before I go further allow me to introduce myself -I am Ancillar , a hopeless romantic and an avid believer in black girls deserving happy ever after. Now that we are are introduced let me carry on with my semi-rant.

I grew up singing to High School musical and it’s only now that I am an adult I realized that the black kids were playing the role of best friend not the main character or villain. I grew up sneaking in episodes of the bold and the beautiful and wanting blonde hair that looked effortlessly to maintain.

If memory serves me right Nancy Drew did not look like me and the first time I met someone that looked like me it was in Sunrise Readers. If we are not playing the beloved role of sidekick we are the devoted best friend or that assistant in the office that ensures the main character has everything she needs.

If the expression death by chocolate is a thing can’t it also apply to romance books. I want to see more black girls, black couples and black boys on romance books. I want my child to believe that black loves deeply, passionately and with a tad bit of sass.

I firmly believe black girls and black boys deserve happy ever after and we deserve to be main characters and not just a sideline character.

Posted in black romance, Sip n' Read

#RudoReadathon | The Love Connection by Denise Williams – A Review

Just a rant : Denise Williams wrote this book for me I promise. There was a cute dog, a man that not only read but wrote romance and cinnamon (come one this was for me because me and Denise Williams are friends )

Genre : Contemporary Romance Novella

Author: Denise Williams

Popular book by author : How to fail at Flirting

Anci’s Book Summary : The book tells the story of Ollie Wright a pet groomer who works at the airport and the man she low-key likes and obsesses from a distance . The man in particular is Bennett Baker who works in insurance and writes romance books at night . Their chance encounter leads to sparks flying and thanks to the cute corgi

What I liked about the book: The witty banter ,the characters and the plot

Character/s I am obsessed with:Bennett and Ollie

Character I didn’t like: None

Do I recommend this book? Yes

As a Christian would I love this book? There is sex in the book so use discretion if you will

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

   Rating 

Relatability: πŸ‘πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Steam : πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯/πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Overall rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

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Posted in Sip n' Read

#RudoReadathon | Sugar Butter Flour Love by Nicole Falls-A Review

Just a rant : I am obsessed with baking shows or wait I mean cooking shows of any kind. A perfect day is me watching uninterrupted the Great British Bake Off or judging better cooks than I on Masterchef.

Genre : Romance

Author: Nicole Falls

Publishing Date : 7 December 2018

Book Summary : I am still thinking about pastries

This is an enemies to lovers romance book that follows Isobel Knight who runs the family bakery Whisk and a former professional football player Travis who can’t stand out. They willingly pair in a competition that brings out the fact that sometimes love disguises as hate.

What I liked about the book? The plot and the character

Character/s I loved :Isobel’s grandma

Character/s I didn’t love : The jury is still out on that one

As a Christian will I enjoy this book? Mayb

Should everyone read this book? Yes

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

Rating

Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Relatability :πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Overall rating:

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Posted in Sip n' Read

#RudoRead-Athon Book Recommendations

Hi Friends!

So this Friday marks the beginning of #RudoRead-athon and I cannot be more excited. Because I am so unconventional I will address the readathon my way (in that it’s a Q& A)

What is the Rudo Read-athon?

A weekend of celebrating black love because black girls and black boys deserve happy ever after. We are reading love stories about black people falling in love and finding happy ever after.

Do I have to be a blogger to join?

No you do not have to be! You can review on your social media platforms

Do I have to read all the prompts?

No read a book or two that fulfils any one of the prompts

What is the hashtag?

#RudoReadathon

Book Recommendations (to act as a guide if you don’t know what to read)

  1. Enemies-to-lovers recommendations

kobo.com
kobo.com

Blue covers romance

kobo.com
amazon .com

Historical Romance

goodreads

Anything Beverly Jenkins!

African Romance Books

goodreads
goodreads

Some authors you can read :

  1. Audrey Chirenje
  2. Dudu Busani-Dube
  3. Busisikile Khumalo
  4. Takalani M
  5. Mia Sosa
  6. Talia Hibbert
  7. Tia Williams

What book will you be reading?

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To The Friend That Ghosted Me

Hi Stranger

It’s been a minute and I don’t expect you to read this because you outgrew me . All we have is yesterday, dance memories and trips we will never take because I didn’t get my motor license.

I don’t hate you for leaving me at the train station but I wished you would have waved at me. I hope someday you will say something nice about me for in my defense I was a good friend. I gave my all but it wasn’t enough. I remember that day you gave me a fright and I stayed with you in hospital but the wolves are howling at my door you not ere

I wish you well and I am grateful for the time we were friends .

Goodbye