To Sum-up: April/May 2017

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Hello guys !

Long time, no see! Well, if you missed my hiatus post, you might not have noticed that I was gone. At all. Because reviews were still going up, but I haven’t written ANYTHING that isn’t a review in 2 months and haven’t visited other blogs in more than that. But, I’m back now, so HI ! How do we do this blogging thing?

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It’s more like “Life these past two months” but let’s pretend that’s what the header says.

Anyway, as per usual, exam period was hell, too much stress, too much studying, too little sleep, too little me time. But now, I’m back to my normal, happy self. I actually still have a lab test tomorrow but that one doesn’t require much studying so I consider myself done.

This semester was the hardest so far (and it only gets harder from now on *gulps*) but weirdly enough, this is the most satisfied and proud of myself I ever came out of any finals, I studied my butt off and it actually paid off. As of right now, I’m still catching up on sleep and doing literally nothing. I’m not even joking when I say that I spent the past couple of days in bed doing stuff that doesn’t require getting up, like reading, watching tv shows and the like.

As good as I was with my blogging hiatus (it’s not like I had a choice) I was AWFUL with my twitter hiatus especially for the last couple of weeks when I was tired beyond what I could take so I would sneek on there whenever I had a few minutes to breathe -or even instead of studying.

While I was away, the blog reached 800 followers and is still growing so if you’ve stuck around or are new around here, thank you

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I also beta read my friend, mason’s book #EnbyLoveStory and let me tell you IT’S EXTRAORDINARY, no joke, one of the cutest, most important contemporaries I’ve ever read. Their writing is amazing and the story is just so raw and beautiful.

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Titles = Goodreads page

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  • The Paths we Choose – M. Hollis                                   4 stars
  • How to Make a Wish – Ashley Herring Blake            5 stars
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss – Julia Ember                                 4.5 stars
  • Out on Good Behavior – Dahlia Adler                          3.5 stars
  • Noteworthy – Riley Redgate                                           3.5 stars

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2017 Diversity Bingo Update

Here you can find the original sheet and a bunch of recommendations.

I’m sooo proud of how well I’m doing, I have 21 squares down and a completed line. I also have a bunch more books lined up for next month that will check some other boxes -and obviously the ones after. I’m also proud of the fact that I finally figured out how to make my sheet look decent and not all blurry when I fill it haha.

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Since I was away I don’t have any posts to show you, for obvious reasons.

I’m very excited for life and reading in June. First of all, for the whole month, I will participating in #Ramadanreadathon and reading book by muslim authors exclusively. I’ll be making a whole post dedicated to this in a few days so keep an eye out for it, for more details, links to everything and my TBR. And since that’s all I will be reading in June, there won’t be a TBR in this post because I want it to be with the next one.

June is also Pride Month, so if you can, read a few LGBTQ+ books this month and try prioritizing #ownvoices. I sadly won’t be reading any because June coincides with Ramadan which is our holy month and I will be prioritizing religious duties, so I can’t take on both the readathon AND other books (in this case, books for pride month). I’m a little bummed about it, but I read LGBTQ+ books all year around so I’ll be making up for it afterwards. Oh, I’ll actually be beta reading an f/f fantasy once I’m done with the books for the readathon so that’s at least one, right? haha.

My blog schedule will be a bit messy this month, with 4 posts a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday so that I’m able to post both the reviews that are already scheduled and the ones for the books I’ll be reading for the readathon and that way I can catch up with my reading pace as well. But starting next month, things will be back to 3 posts a week with a slight change in schedule which I will get to in the next wrap up.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

What books did you read these past couple of months? Any new Favorites? 

Oh! And if you have any posts you think I should check out, leave them in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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The Melody of You and Me – Two girls. A Bookstore. And Lots of Romance.

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Series : Lillac Town #1

Publication date : February 11th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Self-published

Genre : New Adult | Contemporary

Page Count : 144

Synopsis : After dropping out of university and breaking up with her girlfriend of three years, Chris Morrison’s life is now a mind-numbing mess. She doubts that working at the small neighborhood bookstore is going to change that. The rest of her time is spent mostly playing guitar and ignoring the many messages her mother keeps sending her about going back to college.
But one day, an adorable and charming new bookseller waltzes her way into Chris’s life. Josie Navarro is sweet, flirty, and she always has a new book in her hands. The two girls start a fast friendship that, for Chris, holds the promise of something more. But is she reading too much into this or is it possible that Josie feels the same way? (
From Goodreads)

Rating : 4 stars

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Guys. I’m back on the NA bandwagon and enjoying myself immensely, The Melody of You and Me is one of the reasons why. I. LOVED. IT. As much as the second one in the series -which I read first, silly me- if not more. I promised myself I’d read this soon after the other one and the funny thing is that I started my month with The Paths we Choose and closed it with this one. I also read it at the perfect time, it was my little adorable -and somewhat steamy- escape for a night from the stress that has been my life in april. And I loved it all the more for that.

Since I read the books out of order, I am VERY confused as to what to put in this review (note to self: NEVER DO THAT AGAIN). Anyway, Hollis has a constant writing style that I think I can recognize now that I’ve read both her books, it has something that screams her name which I yet have to identify and it is good, it feels personal and I could feel the main character’s every emotion through it. That being said, it doesn’t mean that her characters’ voices are the same because it’s far from being the case, each one of them has a very different personality.

Chris goes through amazing development and what I loved most about that is that it wasn’t *because* of her newfound relationship with Josie, sure her romance was part of it but not the reason for it. At the beginning, she is lost, unsure of herself, of her life and what she wants to do next and I loved that, because it’s something we all go through at one point or another and the author showed how it is okay to feel that way and to take time to figure out what comes next. Or not at all. She LOVES music but never considered it as a serious career choice because it was such an intimate thing for her. And I sort of get it, even though I don’t play any sort of instrument, music is still a very personal and private part of me.

Josie is SO adorable. She’s so playful and flirty and that was SO GOOD. She made me smile so many times with just how straight forward with her attraction to Chris she is. She’s also a sweet, caring girl and very passionate about her ballet. Listen, I’ve said it times and times before, I love artsy girls, I just do. I liked how coming out was explored through her and how “I’ve always known” although coming from a good place isn’t the right answer because, ya know, a person’s sexuality isn’t written on their forehead.

The romance and I started very rocky just because the initial flirting was a bit rushed and out of the blue for me, so I thought to myself “Please let it be that the rest of it isn’t rushed” and IT WASN’T, the rest of it took the time it needed to develop and feel natural. And like, MUSICIAN MEETS BALLERINA? Can it get any better? No it can’t. Not in my book anyway. They were both passionate about different things but they related to each other in that way. Their relationship is very cute and gentle but also sexy, just saying. I really appreciated how sex positive The Melody of You and Me was (just like the other one). It’s very explicit with sex scenes and also includes masturbation.

The ending gave me the fuzzies because everything wrapped up so very nicely with a happy ending (well no really an ending since we see Chris and Josie in the next book) where everything was resolved including Chris’ relationship with her parents. Now gimme Hope and Karen’s story. Like seriously, I am in desperate need for the third book because the author writes F/F romances soooo freaking well. Read them. Just saying.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Melody of You and Me? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Maha, Ever After – Where Maha finds her Happily Ever After… I think

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Series : The Story of Maha #2

Publication date : September 1st, 2010goodreads

Publisher : Kwela Books

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 286

Synopsis : The sequel to The Story of Maha. A few years wiser, Maha is back – and living in the palatial home of her in-laws, the well-to-do Patels. But is not quite the happily-ever-after she thought it would be, and her husband, Sameer, that very Suitable Boy, seems just a tad too distracted … (From Goodreads)

Rating : 4 stars

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Trigger Warning: Sexual Abuse

(Contains spoilers for both books)

What do you do when you forget to mark quotes from a book and don’t realize it until you want to write your review? You smack yourself on the head and use the same quote you used for the first book. But that’s beside the point, which is that I LOVED THIS SO MUCH, more than the first and definitely more than I expected, it’s filled with humour, friendship, love and even heartbreak so I got my fair share of feels just from this one book.

I don’t know why, but when I started this one I had a bit more trouble adjusting to the South -african slangs, I got confused and lost more than I did in the first which to be honest wasn’t a problem for me because at the end of the day, that’s how those people talk and it only adds to the authenticity of the story. Aside from that, the writing is pretty easy to follow and the voice witty and funny.

At first, I was really apprehensive when it came to where Maha, Ever After was headed, Maha wasn’t the same as in the first book, the story didn’t grip my attention and I got too frustrated to properly enjoy the story which made me really scared I’d end up hating this book and I didn’t want to. And I WAS WRONG. Once that first “wtf” part was over and I actually understood where Sumayya was taking Maha’s life, I enjoyed the story line IMMENSELY, I just couldn’t put the book down anymore and laughed at my initial thoughts.

In case you missed my spoiler warning in the beginning. SPOILERS AHEAD. NOW.

So, I was so freaking happy at the end of The Story of Maha, thinking that she finally freed herself and found a man who’s open-minded and loving and all the good things but starting page 1 of Maha, Ever After I WANTED TO CHOKE SAID MAN because Sameer was the typical jerk who starts taking his wife for granted once that honeymoon phase is over, he was so neglectful and basically led his life like the bachelor he was before marrying her and I wanted her to get out of there ESPECIALLY when he cheated on her. But the funny thing is, once they got divorced, I started appreciating him (like is a strong word) because he wasn’t childish about the separation and their interactions remained civil which I didn’t expect from him.

His family though is the worst kind of in-laws anyone could land. In their eyes, the only thing she was good for is cooking, they basically relied on her to do everything and I was like, scuse you, what? They were the main reason I simply couldn’t get into the book for the first 50 pages, they are fresh out of my worst nightmare. The second being Maha herself.

Maha wasn’t Maha in those pages, she was dull, lost all her humour, spark and that intense need to be free and independant, she was a puppet to her in-laws and she didn’t really complain about anything which made me doubt myself, I thought “Is this the Maha I loved and rooted for?” but that first part was SO ESSENTIAL to her growth throughout the book because there came a moment when she Maha got a grip of her life, flipping off her in-laws and saying enough is enough. I LIVED for the changes she made/went through to actually get back to a good place. From seeing a therapist to spending time alone with herself or with her friends, making mistakes etc…I just thought that with everything she went through, how slow and gradual that path was was pretty realistic.

Speaking of friends, I loved how she was still in touch with her childhood friends as well as Zeenat who became her bestfriend, even though I know she already was in the first book but I think that in this one the relationship matured and showed that it’s there to stay because they were as tight as ever even while spending considerably less time together.

Last but not least, my book boyfriend (or shall I say husband ?) Shahzad, I think he’s the one I swooned the most over. Ever. Just because he was the most realistic and attainable to me haha considering the similar upbriging and some events that took place I could easily imagine myself in. He’s such a nice, attentionate, caring lad and I was so glad that things got going between him and Maha, which I PREDICTED and I was honestly so proud of that, because it’s not the most obvious thing but I sensed a kind of tension everytime they were together.

Maha, ever after is more mature and grown-up than The Story of Maha, which is normal but it’s also more about Maha finding herself again whereas in the first she knew very well what she wanted and it was only a matter of how. There were some heartbreaking events, some horrifying ones as well as some light hearted ones, but all in all this one has a more serious tone to it, which I really loved.

I. AM. SO. EXCITED. FOR MAHA 3. Like, I never thought I could be this excited about it but I am, I hope everything goes well for Maha, that she gets a nice fullfilling job and a couple of babies because I care very fervently about her happiness, it’s getting ridiculous. I hope her relationship with Shahzad grows and thrives because if this gets messed up too I WILL throw a fit. I just want a happy ending and I don’t think it’s too much to ask.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Maha, Ever After? If so, what did you think?

Did it live up to the first? What do you think of this turn of events?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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The Young Elites – A dark Anti-hero Origin story

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Series: The Young Elites #1

Publication date : October 7th, 2014goodreads

Publisher : G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 355

Synopsis : I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt. 
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 4 stars

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Trigger warning: Parental abuse

(No Spoilers)

I’ve had this book on my TBR for the LONGEST time. Since it came out actually, I wasn’t even part of the community back then, I was just watching some random Youtuber when they talked about it and I thought it sounded interesting enough. But the thing is, I didn’t read fantasy back then so it naturally got burried under a humongous TBR pile until a friend literally screamed at me to read it on twitter (that’s the only way to get me to read a book if you haven’t noticed), I finally caved and picked it up. And oh boy! I regret not reading it sooner because HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS AWESOME.

In my honest opinion, the writing is powerful. Adelina, the main character has a whirlwind of emotions raging inside of her and that really shows in the narration, I could feel every struggle, every pain and every darkness and there are a lot of those. And the descriptions were breath-taking, vivid and beautiful even in their ugliness. What it was lacking, and this really is the only complaint I have, is POVS. This is one of those books that should be told in multiple perspectives, there’s a rich cast of character that wasn’t explored to its fullest potential because of the one point of view we got. Well, almost. There were some chapters here and there that weren’t from the MC’s POV but not nearly enough and not from the characters I was the most interested in. (1)

The story is unique, the kind that’s lacking in YA (AND THAT WE NEED MORE OF). As  you’ve guessed it from the title of the post AND the synopsis of the book, it’s a villaineous character origin story, and a well executed one at that. Marie Lu has built a very dark and heavy vibe around her story and it is shown rather than told and I. live. for. that. That being said, this is a slow fantasy and if that’s not your cup of tea, better skip it. I, for one, didn’t mind it because it made space for good world building and character developpement. And I like both of those things.

BUT the plot is very worth it, it went down some roads I did NOT expect and it took me by surprise and broke me because WE CAN’T HAVE HAPPY NICE THINGS. I particularly liked the opening scene because for one it’s really strong and gets the reader intrigued from the start and it reminded me of one of my favorite classics which is THE LAST DAY OF A CONDEMNED MAN by Victor Hugo, if you’ve read both I’m pretty sure you’ve seen the similarities.

The world is… kind of confusing at first, it took me a little while to get a hang of the city names and situate myself properly but once that was done I thoroughly enjoyed the settings. The Young Elites’ powers are based on energy and emotions which was really interesting to read about, how different people respond to different emotions and how that affects the kind of power they have as well as their strength. I liked how the author also weaved simple things that we experience and explained them by integrating them fully in this world she created.

Adelina is such a well fleshed character. I loved how conflicted and at war with her own feelings she was and the most fascinating was seeing her gradually give in to the darkness, to her “true” self, ambitious, power hungry and villaineous. One thing I particularly appreciated about her and how Marie Lu wrote her is that she wasn’t strong from the get go, not even close, it took her work and time to gain control over her power and that is a nice change from the mainstream MC who’s good at everything she sets her hands on. All of this mean that she’s a lot inside her head, battling with her emotions and demons, figuring out wha to do and who to trust. (2)

(1) and (2) made that I didn’t really know much about the other characters, which I would’ve liked, especially the Daggers, they were very interesting and had a lot of potential. This doesn’t mean that they were cardboard characters because they weren’t but ya know… I wanted more of them, but Adelina being “an outsider” didn’t make that possible. The little I knew of them I liked and I made this game out of it and tried to come up with an adjective  and only one to describe each one of them, and this is what I came up with: Enzo the mysterious, Raffaele the graceful, Gemma the delicate, Dante the ruthless, Michel the artist and Lucente the playful.

And that’s it for this review, friends. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel, which is actually happening in a couple of days (when I’m writing this, by the time it goes up I’ll have read it and a few books after it haha) because the way The Young Elites ended has me very curious and excited for the future events.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Young Elites? If so, what did you think?

What did you think of Adelina’s transformation?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Adorable boys, long emails and Oreos

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Publication date : April 7th, 2015goodreads

Publisher : HarperCollins Children’s Books

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
 
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 5 stars

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(No Spoilers)

Don’t tell anyone but I might have shed a tear or two by the end of this book because it made me genuinely happy and giddy and just AHH!! All the fuzzy feelings were given to me by all the adorable characters, the adorable events and even more adorable romance. I don’t know what took me so long. To be completely honest, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read this one until I joined the right crowd on Twitter and EVERYONE was raving about it, a couple of my friends even yelled at me to read it already but what finally made me take the jump -besides my rising excitement- is when my awesome friend Mariam @ Mariammy Books -who has read it multiple times- offered to buddy read it with me.

I was pleasantly surprised with the writing, I didn’t expect it to like it as much as I did, (like everything else in this book, oups). It’s fun and beautiful at the same times, a lot of it is quotable and I’m a sucker for good lines, this got to be one of my favorites:

“The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.”

Simon vs. starts directly with the blackmail, it’s literally how we first meet Simon and from then on we get to know and love him, see him handle the blackmail, his crush and life, and sometimes fail at it, which is okay. The story is told in first person from Simon’s perspective and I have to say, he has a very likeable voice, one you get easily attached to, and it isn’t boring nor is it irritating which is really great because we all know how being inside a character’s thoughts can be.

Everyone and their mother knows what the story is by now, but what you don’t know and need to hear is how cute the email exchanges between Simon and Blue are, they’re the cutest things ever, some are deep, some are silly and most are random. The conversation flows very easily, there is no fear of judgement, because none of them know who the other one is. And I think that’s brilliant because by the time they got to meet they already knew each other, they knew things they probably wouldn’t have told each other in the “getting to know each other” stage if it were to happen face to face.

Simon is so freaking precious, he’s a sweet boy and I found it impossible to dislike him or even get annoyed at him which is VERY weird for me because I’m easily annoyed but he just genuinely loves people and taking care of them, HE COULDN’T EVEN HATE HIS BLACKMAILER for 80% of the book. He’s also super funny, the respectful kind of funny if that makes any sense, the kind where he doesn’t need to bring people down or be offensive to make a joke and I really liked that.

Blue is… yeah no, you’re not getting a name hehe, all I can say is that he isn’t anyone you’re expecting, although I must say that at one point I thought to myself what if it’s … and then forgot about it 2 seconds later. Sigh. Which means that the reveal managed to surprise me as much as anyone else. He’s such a soft boy and you all know by now, I have a weak spot for those, I swooned and flailed at how flirty and romantic he could get, how gentle he seemed -from the emails. I was scared when starting the book that it would end and I wouldn’t have had enough Simon and Blue IRL scenes, and even though I don’t think I can ever get enough of them, there were enough scenes to satiate me.

Special mention to Simon’s family and his group of friends. I LIVED for how tight knitted his family was, slightly humiliating, they have traditions, sometimes fight but none of it ever makes you doubt their love for each other. Nick and Abby are adorable and I rooted for them, as for Leah, she’s the badassest (it’s a word now, apparently) and my idol and I feel so blessed that Becky is releasing a book all about her because it’s going to be awesome.

Last but not least, I’M SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THE MOVIE !!!! Y’all can’t even imagine, I need it to be out in the world yesterday. I’m pretty sure I’m going to reread this one many times because it is a very quick, pick me up, happy read and it would lift anyone’s spirits instantly. If you’ve been hesitant to pick it up like yours truly, don’t be!! Just take the plunge.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda? If so, what did you think?

Where you able to guess Blue’s identity?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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When Dimple Met Rishi – The Hilariously Cute Arranged Marriage rom-com

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Publication date : May 30th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Simon & Schuster

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count : 320

Synopsis : A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Rating : 4.5 stars

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*I received an eArc of this book from the publishers through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*

(No Spoilers)

You know what I did when I first heard of a “Modern day, contemporary YA arranged marriage story”? I SCREAMED. Yes, I screamed. Because that’s how bad I needed this positive representation in contrast with what we usually get about how it’s always “forced”. The blurb says : “A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy” and heck yes it is, I haven’t laughed this much reading a book in a very long time, and this was all around cute, fluffy and heartwarming so I couldn’t help but adore it.

As I was saying, When Dimple Met Rishi is a rom-com with beautiful, dreamy, quick witted writing that grips your attention and turns everything around you shiny and new. It is written in dual POV from both our main characters’ sides which was really refreshing as we got to see how feelings progressed on both sides at the same time, how they expressed them and how the other responded to them. And that’s something we don’t often get to see and I really loved it.

The only thing that made me decide not to give this book a full 5 stars (because I otherwise fell in love with the story, writing, characters, etc…) is how towards the end Dimple was very down and sad, which the author used the word “depressed” more than once to describe in dialogue, and that really didn’t sit well with me, as she wasn’t really depressed, she was just nursing a broken heart.

So, the story starts with the funniest scene I have ever read with Rishi creeping the hell out of Dimple who starts hating him right away. Rightfully. That being said, as the story progresses, she calms down and realizes how he isn’t a creep and that he is in fact nice and sweet (please, find me a 22 years old Rishi, thanks) they strike up an amazing friendship because of how comfortable they are with each other and how effortless their chemistry and banter are.

I really liked how there was a swap of “gender norms” (which is a bunch of nonsense but that’s a discussion for another day). Dimple is into coding and techy stuff I understand zero about, while Rishi is an artist at heart, loves drawing comics and is REALLY good at it. What made it extra special is that for the project, not one of them was useless, they combined both their passions to make an amazing app.

Dimple and Rishi could not be more different, but they somehow compliment each other and make for an amazingly adorable couple that I couldn’t stop rooting for. Dimple is very rational, down to earth and can come off as overly selfish and ambitious -which she feels like she has to do to break that stereotype of “you’re a girl so sit pretty”, so to get out of that mold she refuses to give romance a chance and isn’t interested in getting married. She’s very intense about everything but she’s also very funny and loving.

Rishi I could honestly write an essay about. That boy has my heart. He is so unapologetically himself while being very honorable and serious about the whole marriage deal. He’s a hopelessly romantic dork, very gentle and awkwardly cute. SO SO very cheesy and goofy, he did everything he could to make Dimple happy and comfortable and felt very protective of her.

One thing that I deeply appreciated is how through both perspectives, the author addressed different ways diaspora kids feel about their roots. While Dimple felt very fish out of water in India and detached from everything that has to do with customs and traditions because it “just isn’t her”, Rishi is so very attached to his relatives in India and is adamant on respecting his parents’ wishes by doing everything by the book and you could feel while reading from his perspective that it’s not only for his parents but it’s for him too.

All in all, as you may have noticed, I have a weak spot for romantic comedies and fell head over heels for this one because of its positive representation, wonderful writing and laugh out loud moments. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a fluffy read.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read When Dimple Met Rishi? If so, what did you think?

What was your favorite part?

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History is All you left me – Where I let the hype get to me. Again.

History is All you left me

Publication date : January 17th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Soho Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
(From Goodreads)

Rating: 3.5 stars

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I’m sad, guys. I truly, deeply am sad every time I think of this book because I didn’t like it as much as I wanted, as much as I expected. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’d know More Happy than Not was one of my favorite book of last year so you can imagine how humongous my expectations were and that was wrong, I shouldn’t have done it. WHEN WILL I LEARN? Mind you, I still enjoyed reading this book, all the perspectives it brought but it just didn’t win me over completely. And Puput @ Sparkling Letters with whom I buddy read it agreed.

History is All you left me has one of the strongest openings I’ve ever read, emotionally speaking, it was so gripping and just loaded which I thought set a great path for the rest of the book. The writing is in typical Adam Silvera fashion which means breath-takingly beautiful, his prose is light but still meaningful, each sentence is well placed for full impact. The book is written from Griffin’s POV alternating between “Today” after Theo’s death and “History” which is his story from when they started dating until their last conversation and it was good, it was a change in tone, in the mental and emotional state of Griffin and it kept it interesting. Theoretically.

I say theoretically because in all honesty, I was bored for more than 2/3 of the novel, it just didn’t grasp my attention like Silvera’s other book did. You’re going to tell me it’s character driver and I know that, those are actually some of my favorite stories but something just didn’t click here, I can’t put my finger on it but there was just so much space taken up by unnecessary information, or to put it otherwise, things I personally didn’t care for. Then comes the last 80 pages or so and things start flowing much better, I loved that last part because the story stopped stagnating and something finally happened, a thing I didn’t see coming but that made ALL the sense in the world once it was revealed and that “twist” (it’s not really one) was my favorite part.

I really liked Griffin, he was caring, sweet, even though that didn’t really show through the “today” parts because grief messed him quite the bit, he started making some decisions that were very questionable and turned him a bit selfish because his pain was so strong -almost tangible- that he stopped seeing that people around him were hurting too, and that was okay (albeit frustrating) to be honest because it felt authentic. Griffin also has OCD which gets worse after Theo’s death and I thought that the portrayal was so spot on (it’s #ownvoices) for some forms of OCD and very realistic in how it was handled.

Jackson is Theo’s “other boyfriend” and I liked how thoughtful and honest he was, and the relationship that was gradually built between Griff and him was raw and beautiful, even though it started because of their common grief it developed into much more. Theo is a whole other story, he’s a jerk. There it is, I said it. I just didn’t get why Griffin kept pining when he deserved much better than a selfish, spoiled child. He wanted him to wait for him while he went off with his new boyfriend and I really hated that. Wade is THE SOFTEST CINNAMON ROLL THAT EVER LIVED, hands down my favorite character in the book. He was Griff and Theo’s bestfriend, everything I loved about the others plus he paid attention to the little details and was just adorable and very huggable, alright?

One thing I really appreciated is how through all the characters that were grieving, the author was able to show how there isn’t one proper way to do it, grief is personal and intimate and different for each person.

History is all you left me was a big disappointment to me which now I realize isn’t a very popular opinion because everyone seems to adore it but I… just… wasn’t won over. I see what the appeal of it is and I can see why all these people love it so much but I just can’t seem to join them. Don’t think from these words that I hated it, I actually really enjoyed it, but you know.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read History is All you left me? If so, what did you think?

Who was your favorite character?

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A Conjuring of Light – Where I died and was brought back to life

A conjuring of Light

Series: Shades of Magic #3

Publication date : February 21th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Tor Books

Genre : Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 624

Synopsis : Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.
THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.
WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?
WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.
WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.  (From Goodreads)

Rating: 4.5 stars

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RIP my heart and all the characters that died in this book. RIP my soul because I sold it to Schwab and this damned trilogy of hers. RIP my mind because it has been consumed with this series for the past year and now that it’s done I don’t know what to do with myself anymore. This book did all sorts of things to me and I know that reading this and knowing that this is one of my favorite series (My reviews for ADSOM and AGOS) you’re wondering why on earth I didn’t give it 5 stars, right? Well, because I’m mad at it and frustrated at the way a certain thing was handled but more on that later.

Oh by the way, I buddy read this with some of my favorite people and closest friends, Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books and Kat @ Life and Other Disasters and it was so much fun to have them to go to when this book got too much, which is more often than not.

I don’t even know why I still let the writing take me by surprise and sweep me off my feet, I should learn by now that Schwab is one heck of a talented writer. It flows nicely, the chapters are short and it has a lot of POVs. Seriously, A LOT. But the weird thing is that it wasn’t overwhelming, the transition between them -which often happened between one paragraph and the next- was very smartly and subtly done, so smooth that I didn’t even realize it was switching until I took a step back and thought about it. Besides the main four POVs, the others ones were like these outsider looks on what the MCs were doing which was a much needed perspective.

So… THIS WAS SUCH A FREAKING EMOTIONAL ROLLER COSTER. No one was safe. No one was okay and I was scared for 99% of it. Especially with the author promising death numerous times, I didn’t know who it would be. The action picks up from page 1 (literally) and never slows down until everything is resolved, the tension is palpable and the build up so damn good, I literally couldn’t put it down and had to read a few pages every free moment I had (just ask the girls, I finished it so freaking fast haha). The plot, like in the other books is intricate and unpredictable, besides the obvious Osaron, I couldn’t figure out if there were any other ennemies and who I could trust, it was a traumatizing experience, because friends turned out to be foes and vice versa.

Speaking of Osaron, that demon/egocentric jerk/smoke thingy made my skin crawl, he is so frightening and what made it worse is that some part are from his POV and they were terrifying and disturbing. The way he thinks, plots, his strength that seemed invincible had me really worried about my babies.

Onto my babies now, I think I’m running out of adjectives to describe them (see my reviews for the other 2 books) especially Kell and Lila because he is same caring, brave Kell and she is the same confident, sassy Delilah we know and love. I LIVED FOR THEIR ROMANCE, I never thought I could say “cute” about anything involving Lila but they were ADORABLE and kind of steamy as well. What I loved is that their relationship was a constant, there was no kind of doubt or drama whatsoever, like the natural course of things.

My other two children are Rhy and Alucard and I do have adjectives to describe these two especially Rhy because he went through great development. I don’t remember if I said this in my previous reviews but as much as I adore him, there was this childish and slightly selfish side of him that kind of annoyed me a little bit which wasn’t the case in this final installment, he stepped up when it was needed and showed his true potential as a person, a prince and a future king. Alucard too showed a new side of him, a softer, more vulnerable side that I cherished, his love for Rhy is so pure and amazing and it really showed in the way he was trying to redeem himself.

Here’s the thing though, and the reason behind my 4.5 stars which I ranted about for hours (yep) with my friend Mariam ( @ Mariammy Books, check her out, she’s pretty rad). I didn’t like the way their romance was handled. I thought that it needed way more page space to develop the right way compared to Lila and Kell (who got plenty… not that I’m complaining) while they were the ones with unresolved issues and whatnot, I’m really bitter about this because although we got some flashbacks from their past relationship, I needed more, like how they met, a little more of their angst and cuteness, etc… Plus, the way it was wrapped up was pretty iffy as well.  Considering how long it took Rhy to forgive or even listen to what Alucard had to say, I expected that moment to make my heart explode with joy but the fact that it was so public and IT DIDN’T END WITH A KISS was very underwhelming (I wanted that freaking kiss so bad) . Add to that the fact that I couldn’t understand why Alucard had to have a demotion from Privateer to guard to be with Rhy, like, couldn’t he be something else? A counselor? Head of the guard? Or I don’t know??? Something that doesn’t feel like he’s giving up a part of himself?

I have one more character to add to my children’s list that I would give a kidney for. Holland. I KNOW, I KNOW but I love me a tortured soul, I just wanted him to be safe and happy, that’s not too much to ask, right? He deserved a bit of peace after all the bad luck that’s been thrown his way. Learning about his past was absolutely shattering, and eye opening to be quite honest, we got to see why he turned out the way he did and I’m telling you, HE DESERVED BETTER.

I just want to close this review by saying that this doesn’t mean that Shades of Magic isn’t one of my favorite series anymore because it still is. The cast of characters is one of the best I’ve ever read and I’ll love them forever, it is fantastic, with a mind blowing plot and brilliant world building, it’s just that… you know, in my opinion, Rhy and Alucard were done dirty.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read A Conjuring of Light? If so, what did you think?

Who was you favorite character? What did you think about both romances? 

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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