Sunday, April 30, 2017

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ARC Review


Yesterday when I attended Yallwest, I got to snatch an ARC of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and yes...

I read this in one day!!!

When Dimple met Rishi is a cute and heartwarming contemporary about Dimple, an Indian girl who has her life all planned out which does not include searching for the perfect ideal Indian husband-which is what her parents wants.   

Rishi on the other hand is extremely traditional and when his parents tell him that Dimple-the girl that his parent's matched for him will be attending the same summer program, he immediately plans to woo her but things go haywire when they find out that they are both running on different agendas...

I had high expectations for this book just because of the many things I have heard about it and OMG this book deserves the hype that it gets and more! 

This was by far, one of the most cute, heartwarming and funny contemporaries that I have read in a long time! It is so hard to find romance contemporaries with not just unique characters but unique cultures and this book had both!

Also, Dimple and Rishi are my new OTP. I swear they are just so freaking cute. I honestly couldn't put this book out. This book was fast paced without making everything feel like it was rushed. The ending was satisfying and perfect. The writing was beautiful and funny and bittersweet.

The hour wait under the hot sun I had yesterday for this book at yallwest was completely worth it! I am so glad I stumbled upon this one! 

All in all, I rate this book a 5/5 stars and I wish I could give it more if I can! This is a must go to contemporary! Watch out for this book which releases on May 30th!!!

Thanks for reading my review!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

YALLWEST Experience!!!


YALLWEST 2017 JUST HAPPENED!!!

This year I finally got to attend one of the biggest, well known book conventions, YALLWEST!!!

And as expected, it was pretty amazing! I got to meet authors, get free stuff and fangirl with other book nerds...what isn't there to love? I just wanted to share how Yallwest went and show you guys the books I've got!

Fierce Friday:

Fierce Friday was a super fun preview event where you can meet authors, get your books signed and etc. to get your weekend started off right! At this event I got to meet one of my favorite authors of all time, Veronica Roth and a contemporary author I have been loving lately-Nicola Yoon! They were super nice and it was so great finally getting to meet them!!!

Also, there were a lot of games like book trivia...which I won and got books because it's book trivia and I know my books😎

Yallwest:

People were super cray this year and started lining up around early as 4:30 in the morning! I went around eight in the morning hence the event starting at nine and the line was looongg.

So I had a schedule planned out and everything but like...things didn't quite go as expected😰 So my friend and I just ended up doing anything that sort of came in to view.

Which turned out SUPER well, because omg there is free stuff EVERYWHERE! From movie posters, book posters to book swag and ARCS, literally you could turn around and go to a random booth and come out with a ton of stuff! I ended up snagging nine free books in total!

Books I got:

ARC of Things I Should Have Known by Claire LazeBnix

ARC of Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart

ARC of The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

ARC of This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Still Life with Tornado by A.S King

ARC of Generation One by Pittacus Lore

ARC of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

ARC of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

I desperately wanted to attend Leigh Bardugo's ARC signing for Warbringer but the tickets were sold out literally thirty minutes in to the event so I was unable to go:( I'm still internally crying about it😖

But other than that I truly had an amzing time! Yallwest definitely deserved all the hype it gets and I cannot wait for Yallwest 2018! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

 

Alex and Eliza is a Hamilton retelling and while I am actually not a fan of Hamilton-(Not a hater, just didn't get in to it!) The hype for this book was real and I wanted to join in on the buzz!

And I was pleasantly surprised!

I was a pretty harsh critic towards Melissa De La Cruz's other recent novel, Something in Between, and therefore I didn't expect that much from this one but I was pleasantly surprised!

This book takes place in the 1800's and follows-of course, the Schuyler sisters and Alex. Eliza is portrayed as a witty female with a sharp tongue and keen mind. Alex is portrayed as a penniless but brilliant colonel who is a flirt-as he was in history as well.

This book was cute, romantic and overall a really pleasant read! This book actually made me a fan of Hamilton and its music! I was thoroughly surprised because the book was very accurate with its characters and settings. It made the story much more accurate and that was another contributing factor to this novel. 

I really loved the dialogue between Eliza and Alex! It was delightfully enjoyable and witty I found myself laughing constantly at their banter.

Have I read better romance contemporaries? YES. Have I read better historical fiction books than this one? YES. However, I have never read a historical fiction novel as jolly as this one. Most of them are so serious there is almost no room for joyfulness-but this was quite the opposite. Although Melissa de La Cruz's writing is by far one of my favorites, I feel that this book will stay with me for a long time!!!

Overall, I rate this book a good 4/5 stars! I would definitely say to give this a go even if you're not a big fan of Melissa De La Cruz or Hamilton-trust me, you'll become a fan after this book! This book actually made me a fan of Melissa's writing and I'm definitely looking forward to her future work. 





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor Review


YAYAY!!! I FINALLY finished my first Laini Taylor book! I have heard so many good things about this author and I had her book Daughter of Smoke and Bone but I never read it...

BUT! I knew I wanted to read this book because of the hype surrounding it and it was very well deserved! 

This book is MAGICAL! The world building is incredible and the imagery in this book is fantastic and so vivid I could see everything as if I were seeing it with my own eyes. 

It did take me a while to get used to Laini Taylor's lyrical way of writing but in about thirty pages or so I got used to it and I really enjoyed it a lot! I think what makes this book so great is the fact that it is both plot driven and character driven which is't common in YA fiction. 

That is pretty much all I can say without spoiling anything! I rate this book a 4.5/5 stars. I cannot wait for the next installment in this series because let me tell you, The CLIFFHANGER!!! If you haven't read this book yet, drop everything and check it out because you are missing out!

SPOILERS:

1. The Characters:

This book was FULL of interesting characters! I loved Lazlo and love for books and discovery! Sarai was great and I loved her personality as well. So many characters that weren't even main characters had their own unique personalities and that really shone in to this book. I loved every single character and found all of them interesting. 

2. Eril Fane and Azareen

Their story hit me the hardest. The heartbreak and the obstacles they've been through really made mt heart ache. I ship them hard so much and I seriously want them to get through their struggles and be with each other. 

3. Lazlo and Sarai

I LOVED their relationship so much! The dreams that Lazlo had was so cute and I loved every single page of it! I'm definitely curious ass to where they're relation is going to go in the next bok and I'm super worried because Minya has power over Sarai now-which I am SUPER PISSED about but anyway, if they do not end up together I am going to kill someone so yeah...

4. PLOT TWIST

I totally didn't see this coming! Lazlo is Godspawn??? WHAT?!?! This is one of the few times where I didn't know this was coming and now he's Minya's brother and now things are so complicated but more interesting than ever! There were so many bombs (literally) and plot twists at the end I couldn't stop gasping. 

So yeah. That was my ranting. You know a book is really good when I write long reviews and start ranting. So Go read this book! You won't regret it!



 
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