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When Dimple Met Rishi Review

cover100428-mediumWhen Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon

Brief Summary

Dimple has her heart set on going to Stanford and being a “coder”. She doesn’t want any distractions, and that includes boys, even though her mother insists that success comes with how well Dimple’s makeup is applied, and when she gets married.

Rishi is traditional. When his parents announce that he’s going to a web development summer camp with his future wife, he’s on board and ready to woo her. But Dimple proves to be stubborn, and is completely against the idea of an arranged marriage, which makes Rishi’s job a lot harder than expected.

But something’s there.

My Thoughts

I loved this book. Dimple was a determined, strong-willed young woman who knew what she wanted and did what she needed to to get there. Rishi was adorable and sweet and funny and he’s like…everything good ever. I loved our setting, a web development summer camp, because it’s so unusal and unique. Our characters also had very diverse hobbies, which I didn’t know I appreciated until I read about them: Dimple loved coding, and Rishi had a passion for comic book art. I also appreciated that our characters were of a different race and religion, because it really added to the uniqueness and quality of the story. In the novel, we explore their language, their home life, and some aspects of their religion, which was interesting to see. I wish we’d had more, though, because I found it quite fascinating. Overall, I’m completely in love with this story, and I believe I’ve heard tale of a sequel/companion? I’m alllll for it! 5/5 stars!

June 2017 Wrap-Up

June was such a fun month! School let out, big vacations were had, and great books were read! As usual, the book I read first will be at the top, and the last read is at the bottom! (I will have a YouTube Wrap-Up coming soon as well, in case you’d also like to hear me talk about it)

Fast Facts:

Total Pages: 2,194

Books Read: 6

Average Star Rating: 4.2

Alex andalex-eliza-cover-galleycat Eliza, by Melissa de la Cruz

Alex and Eliza follows the love story between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Taking place in the midst of the American Revolution, they’re romance faces some challenges. I thought this book was great! Hamilton is a huge part of society right now, what with the plays and such, but my first glimpse into his life was this book, and I decided to read it to see if I’d be interested in his life, and I have to say this book wasn’t a disappointment! The charactes were wonderfully written, and the facts weren’t on overload, which I like in a historical fiction novel. I’m not sure how accurate this book is, but it was very enjoyable and I will likely read it again! I gave this 5/5 stars! I do have a review for this as well!

A Darker Sh22055262ade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab

This series is extremely popular, and I enjoyed This Savage Song by the same author, so I decided to pick up this fantasy novel. In this trilogy, we follow a man named Kell who can travel between the four different Londons–Red London, with lots of magic, Black London, which was destroyed after magic took over, White London, where magic and humans are fighting for control over the other, and Gray London, which is much like our London, where magic doesn’t exist. While Kell’s official job is exchanging official business, he also illegally smuggles things between the worlds to sell. One day, he is forced into something he never expected. This book was super enjoyable! I loved our main characters (Lila and Kell) and thought they had such a good relationship. If you’ve read Six of Crows I think you’d enjoy this! It has the same idea that our characters aren’t really the best people, but you can’t help but love them. The world building and magic system felt so natural, and overall I juse loved this book! 4/5 stars!

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Literally, by Lucy Keating

Literally follows a girl named Annabelle whose life is pretty great: She has a loving family, a nice house, great best friends. But one day, she finds out she’s the main character in a YA novel, and her whole life goes crazy. A new boy, Will, seems practically made for her, but her brother’s best friend, Elliot, unexpectedly goes from a supporting role to the love interest. Annabelle is lost–how much of her life is actually hers? I really stuggled with this book. I thought it was lots of fun, but I thought the novel-inside-a-novel aspect wasn’t done well. The two books that I’ve read like this (Literally and Between the Lines) were both let-downs for me because I was expecting the “character coming to life” aspect would be more realistic, but it wasn’t. Sadly, I gave this book a 3/5 stars. I do have a more in-depth review of this as well.

Melody’s 30807954Key, by Dallas Coryell

Tegan lives with her family, and helps run their stuggling business in England. One day, the famous American rockstar Mason Keane comes to reside at the family’s home, to get away from the popularity for a while. Of course, Tegan is completely against the idea of him, convinced that  he’s just another superstar, a player and only in it for the money. But she’s surprised when he seems to be much more than she expected. I was sent this book for review back in 2016, and I have to say it took me a longer time than it should have to read it. But this book was very good! The pacing was a bit slow in the beginning, but when I decided to pick it up this year I flew through the remaining 200 pages in the novel, and loved every moment. The romance was well-developed, and the family aspect in the book was so pleasing! Overall, I loved it, I recommend it, and I do have a more detailed review on this book as well. 5/5 stars!

Ten Thous51iectrxgml-_sx336_bo1204203200_and Skies Above You, by Claudia Gray

Being the second book in a series, I won’t go into depth about what this book is about, but I will say we deal with traveling through dimensions. There’s a love triangle, there’s alternate versions of the same self, there’s science and a strong family aspect, and I don’t know what else to say to convince you to read it! This trilogy (officially called the Firebird Trilogy) is so wonderful! Our characters are so well-developed, they have a great relationship with one another, and the unique idea of traveling through dimensions (rather than the stereotypical time-travel) really did it for me. I really enjoy reading these books! At times, they’re slow, but for the most part they’re easy to just fly through! 4/5 stars for the second installment! (Also, isn’t the cover just beautiful?! Wait until you read the books, and they’ll really make sense as well!)

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 Something in Between, by Melissa de la Cruz

Jasmine has always been pushed to do her best. As a Filipino immigrant, she has to work hard to get what she deserves, so her parents have always supported her and encouraged her to do her best. When she gets an important and life-changing award, she learns she cannot accept it because her family is in America illegally. This knowledge tears Jasmine apart, because what she’s worked for can’t be given to her, because of her status. So she rebels, gets a taste of what a normal American teenager’s life is like. She falls in love with Royce Blakely, the son of a Republican congressman. But there’s still the looming threat of deportation. This book, for me, was a real eye-opener. I’ve never had to worry about something like this, but reading the book made me realize how fortunate I am. I only wish that we could have seen the religious side of Jasmine’s life, because it was mentioned only once that she went to church. The romance was a little insta-lovey, but overall it was cute and a very informative and entertaining read. 4/5 stars!

Melody’s Key Review

30807954Melody’s Key, by Dallas Coryell

*I was sent an e-book copy of this book by the author for free in return for an honest review*

Brief Summary

Tegan lives with her family, spending her days helping out with her family’s struggling business, making music, and reading letters of past lovers. Her life has fallen into the same routine, until a popular American musician shows up and turns her life around.

My Thoughts

This book took me forever to read, simply because it was a little slow at the beginning. This offset the book for me for a while, but then I picked it up about a week before finishing it and just powered through and LOVED IT!!

First thing I’d like to mention is the author’s writing, which I think is beautiful. All actions were described so beautifully and I just thought it added so much to the story. I also loved both our male and female main characters! I really got a good “look” at them; I felt their hobbies were outlined well, and I knew what the characters’ physical traits were, which I appreciate.
Finally, I want to mention the story line in general. I hardly read any purely romance novels, but I enjoyed this one. I loved the element of family that our main character had! She was so close with her sister and her parents were supportive of all of their children. I also loved the setting! I don’t read many books set in Europe, but this one was and I liked seeing that!

I’m not a huge romance reader, but I will say that this was a nice “introduction” to romance for readers like me, and I would definitely recommend it!

Literally, by Lucy Keating

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Brief Summary

Annabelle’s life seems pretty perfect: She’s an extremely organized teenager, with a loving family, a beautiful home, and great friends. But one day, she finds out that she is a main character in famous author Lucy Keating’s new book. A new boy, Will, is introduced and seems to be made exclusively for her, but she’s also got something going with her brother’s best friend, Elliot, who she never thought of as anything more than a nuisance. Lucy has a plan for Annabelle, but what happens if she doesn’t want to be just another character?

My Thoughts

While Literally was fun and enjoyable, it wasn’t the perfect book for me. I think that the idea of bringing book characters to life or having them find out that they are book characters seems wonderful, but it’s quite a challenging process. Both books that I have read that follow these ideas–Between the Lines and Literally–just didn’t do it for me. There are so many plot holes! How did the characters find out they were characters? How do they interact with the author? How do they “come out” of the story? Like I said, I love the idea, but I just think that there are just too many problems by the end. I did think that the characters were interesting, but they could have been developed a little more; their hobbies and styles were clear, but I didn’t really know what our main character looked like, or even what the supporting characters looked like, which I was interested in. Overall, this book was a cute contemporary, but it didn’t really please me as much as I would have liked. 3/5 stars.

May 2017 Wrap-Up

Welcome to my first Wrap-Up on my page! This is for May 2017, aka the Month of New Releases. (I mean seriously?! ACOWAR, Always and Forever Lara Jean, Flame in the Mist…so many!) Below, there will be a short summary of my time reading the book, the book’s information, and a picture. These books are in order from read first to read last. Let’s go!

Fast Facts

Total Pages: 2,570

Number of Books Read: 6

Average Star Rating: 4.2

A Cacowar_usourt of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J Maas 

Obviously I had to read ACOWAR, and I loved this conclusion! I really loved the growth in each of the characters, their banter, the fighting scenes, and the love affairs. There are some problems with this series, and I don’t ignore that, however the series is just so fun to read, the characters are just so fun to “be around” and they have so many aspects. I will say that some scenes in ACOWAR seemed added in with no previous planning, but overall the series is wonderful, the world is wonderful, the characters are wonderful, and I love it. Of course, I gave it 5/5 stars!

The Ups30653853ide of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli 

I received this book in the April Owlcrate box and it seemed like just the perfect summery/springy read. A few aspects I loved? Definitely that our main character loved Pinterest and just making things and being generally creative and artistic, which is not a common interest in books. Another was that this book talked about things that teenagers talk about, and mentioned troubles that teenagers had. Our main character didn’t have the Stereotypical Book Body, she occasionally struggled with body image, but she was overall proud. Our love interest wasn’t perfect either–he was nerdy and awkward and overall similar to boys in real life (or at least as close as book boyfriends can get). There was lots of diversity in this book: our main character has lesbian parents (two moms) and a lesbian sister. Overall, this book was great and I gave it 4/5 stars. (I do have a review up for this book)

Flame23308087 in the Mist, by Renee Ahdieh

I won an ARC of this book in a giveaway and I’m so glad I did! This book was said to be a Mulan retelling, which is fairly accurate, despite the fact that it takes place in Japan. I really loved exploring the culture of Japan! It was so interesting to learn more about a country that isn’t talked about a lot in books, and I’m very appreciative of this story because of that. Moving on from the setting, I thought the characters were so intense and likable! Our main character is fierce and brave and determined and stubborn. Our love interest is a bit Bad Boy, but overall this book didn’t have very many tropes. Another thing I appreciated was that the romance wasn’t the main focus. The point was our MC being determined and brave. It isn’t usual for our relationship to sit in the backseat, but I really loved that it wasn’t the main point in this story. I’m really excited for the next book! I gave it 4/5 stars! (I have a review for this as well)

It’s Not Sum8104232mer Without You, by Jenny Han

This book is the second installment in the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han. This series, while fun, does deal with intense stuff! I won’t talk much about it, but I will say that the story takes place at a beach house when our MC, Belly, stays at the house with her mother, her mother’s best friend & children, and brother. The series follows the adventures of the group at the summer house–it is set mainly in the present but does float back to the past to give a full perspective. I just love this series because it deals with equal parts, friendship, family, tragedy, and love. I won’t spoil anything, but I do recommend the series! I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Passe20983362nger, by Alexandra Bracken

In Passenger, we follow our main character, Etta, who is on her way to becoming a professional violinist, but one day she is thrown into the world of time travel, but it isn’t as we suspected. There are much more strict rules, and the travel itself isn’t as loose as we interpret from other series/movies. I really enjoyed my time reading this first book, and I look forward to moving on with the series. We explore London in the 1940s, New York in 1776, and many other places. I loved the aspect of a scavenger hunt through time! I gave this book 4/5 stars and look forward to reading the next book!

 

Windfall32048554, by Jennifer E. Smith

This book was unique and I really enjoyed it! I thought the aspect of a lottery ticket really added to the story! The way that our love interest/supporting character spent the money, and the way he acted, was completely expected and understandable. I loved how his best friends acted around him in return. Winning the lottery is a dream come true for a lot of people, but the consequences of such a huge sum isn’t truly thought about in depth. I thought this book was an accurate interpretation of how someone who grew up poor would react to 141.3 million dollars. Overall, this book was very enjoyable. I loved the character growth and the fact that our character had a unique hobby of being a good Samaritan. This is my first Jennifer E Smith book, but I’ll likely pick up another one eventually. 4/5 stars.

Alex & Eliza Review

In Alex & Elizalex-eliza-cover-galleycata, we follow, as the title hints, Alexander Hamilton & Eliza Schuyler. We open up at Eliza’s family’s ball–where the dashing young Hamilton shows up. Alex doesn’t have a thing to his name–no parents, and no specific ties. That is, until he meets Eliza at the ball. Throughout the novel, we follow Eliza & Alex’s complicated but lovely romance.

That was a short summary, huh? There’s not much to say though! The novel is, from what I can tell, not completely all of the facts, but does have some embellishments. But this book is wonderful! I don’t study history as often as I’d like, but Melissa de la Cruz gave some background knowledge on the American Revolution while telling the love story, which I loved! It really helped the reader understand what was happening during the overall time period, instead of solely focusing on the love story. The chapter headings also included the location where the chapter was taking place, as well as the month and year of the events. I loved Eliza–I thought she was just so strong and stubborn, which I appreciated. Hamilton was just…no words! I swooned so much & smiled for the last 20 or so pages. While I know they didn’t have a perfect love story, this book made it out to be that way! Hamilton’s remarks were just….ah, everything about this book was wonderful! Honestly? Probably 4.5-5 stars!

Windfall Review

Windfall, by32048554 Jennifer E. Smith

In Windfall, we follow a girl named Alice who whas been orphaned for 9 years and living with her uncle and his wife, and their child, Leo. Ever since making the move from California to Chicago, Alice has been best friends with Leo & Teddy. However, for around 3 years, she has been in love with Teddy, and it isn’t in the best-friend type way. On his 18th birthday, she buys him a lottery ticket as a type of gag-gift. But it turns into him winning more than 140 million dollars. This win is huge for him and his mother, who were abandoned by Teddy’s father after he lost all of their money gambling, but it does have some consequences, and it seems to take its toll on Alice and Teddy’s friendship.

This book was a great contemporary! I got so many feels during this book, and it was just…ah! I thought our main character, Alice, was extremely well-developed and I loved that she had a different, more “diverse,” if you will, hobby. She really enjoyed helping people and volunteering, which isn’t seen much. I also liked our other two main characters, Teddy and Leo, simply because the three of them acted like normal friends–their banter was easy, but they got in arguments as well. Finally, I thought the idea for the story was absolutely amazing and creative! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book following (or semi-following) someone who has won the lottery, and I didn’t know I wanted to read about it until this book. I’m so glad I read it! 4/5 stars!