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The Bookworm Crush by Liza Brown Roberts (Review)

Genre : Romance novel, Young adult fiction, Contemporary romance

My Rating : 5/5

Pages : 400

Author : Liza Brown Roberts

Published : 29 October 2019

Synopsis :

This spinoff of The Replacement Crush featuring Amy and Toff is sure to melt your heart.

Shy bookworm Amy McIntyre is about to compete for the chance to interview her favorite author, who hasn’t spoken to the press in years. The only way to win is to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight, but that level of confidence has never come easy.

The solution? A competition coach. The problem? The best person for the job is the guy she’s secretly crushing on…local surfer celebrity Toff Nichols.

He’s a player. He’s a heartthrob. He makes her forget basic things, like how to breathe. How can she feel any confidence around him?

To her surprise, Toff agrees to help. And he’s an excellent teacher. Amy feels braver—maybe even brave enough to admit her feelings for him. When their late night practices become less about coaching and more about making out, Amy’s newfound confidence wavers.

But does Toff really like her or is this just another lesson?

My Review –

I Loved This Book !!! To me this book was probably the most relatable book any bibliophile could read and it was also equally hilarious. 

Toff (Christopher) was a surfer wishing to become pro as soon as he finished high school. The son of a retired pro-surfer/board shaper he lived the surfing life style and was a very laidback young man. He was cute and friendly. He had a wonderful personal growth throughout the story.

Amy was wonderful. She was a book blogger and reviewer, yeah, just like all of us. She was a bit nerdy, quirky, cute but used to be sort of a wallflower. She has had a crush on Toff for a long time, but has never imagined herself as someone that could date him as he was always out of her league.

This is a coming of age and a friendship story. The story of two kids that grew up together, but were never part of the same circle until their best friends decided to date. They became friends and learned that they truly enjoyed each other and along the way helped each other to grow too.

So if you are looking for a book that will make you laugh and smile but also tear up just a little bit, then look no further and check out The Bookworm Crush.

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The Upside of Falling by Alex Light ( Review)

Genre – Romance novel

My Rating : 4/5

Pages : 288

Author : Alex Light

Published : 18 February, 2020

Synopsis :

It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse.

Acting like the perfect couple isn’t easy though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between real and pretend begins to blur, they are forced to answer the question: is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?

My Review –

The Upside of Falling was the perfect lighthearted, feel good read. The story is told from two points of view – both Becca and Brett. 

Becca was constantly picked on by former friends for not having a boyfriend, so, being the good guy he is, Brett steps up and pretends he’s her boyfriend. They both have very different backgrounds but start to learn that it doesn’t really matter how different they are as their connection is so strong.

Alex Light took this tired plot and transformed it into a fresh breath of air into the life of struggling teens. I enjoyed both the characters and felt that Alex Light did a lovely job of focusing on the importance of family.

A delightful, warm and cute YA contemporary romance that was both quick and easy to devour. I loved this novel and read it in one sitting. The characters drew me in and I became invested in their story.

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Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon – (Review)

Genre – Romance novel, Fantasy Fiction

My Rating : 4/5

Pages : 384

Author : Sandhya Menon

Published : 18 February, 2020

Synopsis :

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending… Right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life. Sparkling and elegant, Jaya’s unlike anyone Grey has ever met. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

Review :

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon is a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast set at an elite boarding school in the mountains. Featuring an Indian princess and a misanthropic British aristocrat.

What I liked the most about the books I’ve read by Sandhya Menon, is her representation of the Indian Young Adult. Although, I’m not a young adult anymore, there are many cultural references and themes that every Indian girl can relate to, from her stories. The romances in her stories are real, the kind you can relate to.

The story deals with themes such as parental pressure, cultural expectations, and family bonds, with hints of superstition and astrology. I loved her sibling bond with the wonderful Isha and her growing friendship with Daphne Elizabeth. Grey seemed a much more realistic and I really enjoyed his chapters which helped explain how his upbringing shaped him.

I liked Jaya’s character but GREY stole my heart! I wanted to hug him and protect him from the world. He was so broken and lonely. He always had that stay-away-from-me attitude but I really liked how all his friends still stuck to him and cared for him. There were a bunch of side characters which were equally amazing.

I really enjoyed reading this book and when I finished it I was.. Happy!!! Most of all I cannot believe that as I finished this book Sandhya Menon announced another book set around St.Rosetta’s International Academy. I am super excited to read more about the other characters and I would definitely recommend this book if you’re into retellings, romance, royals and taking your fate into your hands.

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Crescent City- House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas – (Review)

GenreFantasy Fiction, Urban fantasy, Paranormal romance, Romantic fantasy

My Rating : 5/5

Pages : 816

Author : Sarah J. Mass

Published : 3 March, 2020

Synopsis :

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.

My Review –

Wohooo!!!! I have finally finished reading this awesome and fantastic book by one of my favourite authors. There is no denying I am a HUGE Sarah J. Maas fan. I have read all the books she has written and have given every one of them a 5 star rating. 

From beginning to end, this book was a real page turner, it grips you tight and won’t let you go. It’s a bit slow but entertaining at first and then quickly turns into something absolutely epic. By the end you will be left with your jaw dropping. The world building, and various species descriptions are to perfection. A fully immersive experience, that I couldn’t get enough of. 

The book follows Bryce Quinlan, a half fey living the life of a party girl with her best friend and roommate. When her friend is brutally murdered Bryce is left alone and devastated. That is until the murders start to happen again. With the help of Hunt Athalar, a Fallen angel enslaved to an Archangel, the two of them dig into the secrets of Crescent City to uncover what really happened the night Bryce’s friend died and figure out how to stop it while also holding on to secrets of their own. It isn’t easy, but gets even more complicated when feelings get involved.

I can’t describe how much I loved House of Earth and Blood. Everything in this story was so flawlessly executed. I loved the loyalty and love between Bryce and Danika. That kind of friendship is honorable and wonderful to read about. I loved the development between Bryce and Hunt. They earned their moments, the development of their friendship, the revealing of their hearts, and the joining of their souls.

There were so many great moments in this book. Twists, truths, sacrifices, burdens, choices, mistakes, and magic. Her storylines were woven so well and tight, it didn’t feel like I guessed everything ahead of time but was being led along a path of discovery along with Bryce and Hunt.

I was hungry as I read this, wanting to devour it so fast, but fearful that it would end. I had to keep slowing down so I didn’t miss anything in my rush to discover where the story led. I really enjoyed it and I think others will too. It is worth the buy.

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Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (Review)

Review- Young adult fiction, Paranormal fiction

My Rating : 4/5

Pages : 448

Author : Kat Cho

Published: 25 June, 2019

Synopsis:

A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway. 

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

My Review –

This was a decent book with a good and different type of story. Set in modern-day Seoul, Gumiho: Wicked Fox follows the story of Gu Miyoung – a half-gumiho, half-human. A Gumiho is a beautiful woman who lure men and devour their energy. One night, she crosses paths with a human boy who is being attacked by a goblin. She ends up saving the boy’s life, reveals her true identity, and accidentally loses her “yeowu guseul” or fox bead (gumiho’s soul) in the process. Without her fox bead, she will die.

I liked a lot about this book. Miyoung is such a badass and she doesn’t tolerate anybody messing with her. She changes so much during the course of the story. The affection between Jihoon and his halmeoni. There is plenty of references to Korean pop culture, from TV shows to famous areas and I devoured it all.

I really enjoyed this book. I read it in two days. I was intruiged . I could not put it down and I wanted to know what happens next.

I would definitely recommend it to fantasy lovers. It’s quite far from the great books I’ve read recently but it’s also new and different. 

The good news is, there will be a sequel! The second book in this series is slated for summer 2020, and I already can’t wait! Cho sets up a nice cliffhanger at the end, and I cannot wait to read what happens next.

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The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (Review)

Review – Humorous, Romantic, Fiction



My Rating : 3.5/5

Pages : 352

Author : Abbi Waxman

Published: 9 July 2019

Synopsis:

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. 

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.) 
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee). 
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

Review –

A book about a woman who loves to read and is literally obsessed with planning? Wow!! Would read this anyday.

The story follows Nina Hill, a 30-something woman in LA who is perfectly content with her books. She loves her job at the bookstore and a perfect night is when she’s alone with her books. Her life suddenly takes a sharp turn when the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. They’re excited to meet her! But, she is super freaked out by that. She doesn’t do well with strangers.

This bookish life of Nina revolves around inheriting a family all of a sudden and having a serious boyfriend. Nina’s new family is full of interesting characters. She has so many siblings that she gets to know about all of a sudden after living alone as the single child for so many years and now having to relate to them was a bit tough but she gets around it all.

Secondly the love story between Nina and Tom is really cute and is a twist on the enemies-to-lovers trope. It’s a bit slow but there’s plenty of sweet scenes and a hint of steam, too.

The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill is an acute representation of the life of a bookworm. The love for libraries and smelling books and finding joy in books and in your reading space. She’s like Belle, Elizabeth Bennett, Hermione Granger, Scout Finch, Jo March, Rory Gilmore and You…..”You” who loves reading!!!

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Broken Souls by Evan Grace ( Review )

Review – Romace, Suspense and a little bit of Mystery.

My Rating: 4/5

Pages: 270

Author: Evan Grace

Published: 7 November 2017

Synopsis –

She destroyed my family.

After ten years, Brylee Whitmore has returned to our home town, giving me my shot at revenge. I thought it would be simple, but she’s changed. I was supposed to make her pay for what she’s done, so why do I feel like I have to fix her instead?

Coming home was a mistake.
If my dad wasn’t sick, I would have stayed away. Chase Foster plans to exact his revenge, and I deserve it. I’m supposed to pay for my sins, but now he wants to fix me instead. Too bad there’s nothing left to fix.

One Tragedy.
Two broken people.
Can he forgive her?
Can she forgive herself?

Review –

I found this ebook online while searching for other books and I had to download it after reading the blurb of it. Evan Grace can really write and I did not expect so much out of this book, but I got way more than I expected.

I honestly don’t even know where to start with this review. It’s been more than 24hours since I finished Broken Souls and I am still trying to get over this book hangover. I am in an emotional mess, never did I ever think that the end would leave me in such a shock.

Brylee and Chase are really two Broken Souls. They story is nothing I have ever read before. So much happens- it’s mysterious, intense and breathtaking. I am so glad I read Broken Souls.

Alot happens throughout this story. Brylee comes back to her hometown after years to meet her dad after he has a heart stroke. Going home to the scene of her past was the last thing she was expecting. She suffers through alot for a mistake she made years ago. Chase on the other hand hasn’t forgotten about this mistake and is ready to take his revenge but things change during their time together and by the end we come back to the start of the book.

It’s a storyline that will suck you in, twist you at tornado speed and spit you back out and leave you still reeling from all that. It’s intriguing and suspenseful and a highly addicting story that will consume you to the point you won’t know what’s true or not.

(P.S. make sure you have lots of tissues with you while reading this book.)

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