From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon // Review

36373464Title: From Twinkle, with Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Stars


Synopsis

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film
geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director?
Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is
that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected
places love can find you.


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First off, thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an e-ARC of this book. I was ecstatic when I received the email saying I was approved to review this book.

This was such an amazing book. I can’t believe it but I loved this one even more than Dimple! I loved Twinkle from the moment I read the first few sentences.
This book is so adorable and funny it will have you laughing one minute and have tears running down your face the next! This book is just jammed packed with diversity. We’ve got biracial characters,a bi character, a gay character.

The book follows Twinkle, a sixteen-year-old Indian-American girl who inspires to be a filmmaker. Who happens to be a wallflower,while her best friend Maddie has joined the popular crowd. Twinkle believes that if she dates Neil, the school’s it boy then she too will enter the popular group. Neil’s twin brother Sahil approaches Twinkle with the chance to work with him and direct a movie for the school’s upcoming film festival she jumps on board. The movie references were some of my favorite parts I love how Twinkle writes in her journal to her favorite female directors.

I loved Twinkle as a character so much, she is dorky ,funny, impulsive and an overall really realistic character.I identified with her so much,her love of films,her relationship with Maddie, how she felt left out. She struggles a lot in this book, with family and trying to figure out who she is vs who she wants to be. Dadi is one of the sweetest character’s ever, she is quirky and free spirited. Her love for Twinkle just warms my heart.

The romance is adorable and fluffy. Sahil is so swoon-worthy I just loved him so much !!! He is sweet and understanding. He has a blog where we go to see his thoughts as well which I really enjoyed. I liked how the romance developed over time, it wasn’t just thrown in your face from the beginning. We got to see Twinkles feelings grow and deepen throughout the novel.

Overall, I loved everything about this book. From Twinkle, With Love is set to be released on June 5, 2018.


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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand,Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows // Review

22840421.jpgTitle: My Lady Jane
Author:Cynthia Hand,Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Genre: YA, Historical fiction,Fantasy
Pages:491 (Kindle edition)
Rating:4 Stars


Synopsis

Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his
first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry
her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then
he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have
to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

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I wasn’t to sure what to expect from the book going into. I had read reviews saying that it was meant to be funny and you needed to be in the right mood. Well, I got about 10% in and I couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed it, I wouldn’t say I loved it but I really liked it.My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows is the story of Lady Jane Grey. Jane was queen of England for nine days (July 10 to July 19, 1553) before she was overthrown and beheaded by Queen Mary I. This book is told from the point of view of three characters, Lady Jane, King Edward, and Lord Gifford (he goes by G in the book).

Character’s

Jane. She prefers books to people, so when her mother tells her she is to be married and within the week, well Jane is not to happy. I loved Jane’s character she was independent, strong, introverted and,a reader.She didn’t let people walk all over her just because she was a woman in this time period, she voiced her opinions.

Edward. He is the king of England,he finds out that he is dying and he names Jane the heir to the throne. Before that can happen though Jane must be married.
He was very funny, hopelessly romantic, and pretty likeable. His story was really fun to read about.

Gifford or G. The man that is to marry Jane. He has an interesting story, when the sun rises everyday he turns into a horse. G is possibly my favorite character as we also get to see his thoughts when he’s a horse. His chapter’s are hilarious and cute.

I loved the slow-burn romance between Jane and G, it was one of my favorite aspects of the book. I shipped them pretty hard and I’m sad that there story is done,I would have loved to read more about these two.

My Lady Jane was such a fun read and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is look for a light historical fiction novel with a touch of fantasy.


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Everless by Sara Holland Review

Title: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Pages: 336

Rating: 5 Stars


Synopsis

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.


 

I would like to thank Edelwiess for providing me with a egalley to read and give an honest review.

I loved this book so much !! This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. Seriously the hype is well earned. The plot is unique and the characters are wonderful. Do not think you’ve got the villains figured out, I’ll bet you that you’ve got it wrong. Sara does an amazing job with the world building , it’s original and she created myths/stories within the book that drew me in. The pacing was perfect, at no time did I feel it dragged or rushed.

One of the most unique magic systems I’ve ever read. In a world where time is bound to blood and time is used as currency. We follow the protagonist Jules as she decides to go work at Everless, an estate owned by a very powerful family. Jules and her father had worked there when she was s child and they faced some dangers. Her father is sick and Jules has decided to go back to Everless to earn more time for her Dad.

I loved Jules as a character, she was relatable and sweet. Her friendships with the side characters were amazing, she interacted with different ages such as children and the elderly. She is headstrong and sticks to her ideas.I also really liked Liam, I’m a sucker for brooding sarcastic boys. I always ship the bad boy. Another character I loved was Ina and I can’t wait to see her story unfold.

I can’t wait a whole year for the sequel!!! I need it now. This was such a good book to start the year off with, and set the bar for ya fantasy. So I recommend you pick this up!


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My Winter 2018 Most Anticipated Book’s

My Winter 2018 Most Anticipated Book’s

2017 is coming to a close, so I decided t make a 2018 anticipated books list. I’m going to be breaking down this list in terms of seasons because there are just so many book’s I’m interested in and I can’t possibly condense it all into one blog post. I tried to do as much research as possible so I’m certain that I have forgotten some book’s and I wont be listing every book, just the one’s I’m most excited for.

26032825The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Publication date: January 2nd

Holly Black is one of my favorite authors and when I heard she was releasing a new book, I immediately wanted it. It’s about a girl named Jude who when she was 7 was stolen away by fae to live in there court. Ten years later she really wants to belong in the court but the fae despise humans. It just sounds so good, Fae and courts ❤

32320661Everless by Sara Holland
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

The cover: OhMyGod ! Its so gorgeous. This is a YA Fantasy novel about a girl,Jules who lives in a world where time is drawn from blood and forged into the currency of blood-iron coins, which the wealthy drink to live longer. It sounds like a really cool premise and I’m really looking forward to it.

31207017Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Publication Date:January 16, 2018

This is an #ownvoices coming of age debut novel about an Indian- American- Muslim teenage girl. I’m super excited for this one. I’m trying to read more own voices book’s and this one just sounds really good.

35098412The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
Publication Date: February 6, 2018

There is a lot of YA Fantasy book’s coming out in 2018, and this one sounds so good. Brienna lives in a kingdom where you are born with one of the five passions. Brienna struggles with her passion, her plans do not go as planned and she is left without a patron. There is a war brewing between another kingdom. I’m really intrigued by the element of passions, it reminds me of The Enchantments of Ravens and I loved that book.

31681276American Panda by Gloria Chao
Publication Date:February 6

I’m not usually drawn to contemporaries but this book just looks so cute. Mei Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate. I’m really looking forward to this book 🙂 This sounds like such an adorable contemporary novel.

32149854Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Publication Date: February 13, 2018

This book is being pitched as Anastasia meets Firefly and I’m so here for this. This is written by the same author who wrote Geekerella (which I still need to get to). Ana goes on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship. She meets an iron blood boy,and they become fugitives on the run. This sounds like it will be an angst filled ya sci- fi and I’m so here for it. The cover is so gorgeous !!

34992929Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: March 6, 2018

Restore me is the fourth book in the Shatter Me series, I fell in love with this series in 2016. So I haven’t had to wait as long as some fans for a new book but I cannot wait to get my hands on this book.

24909347Obsidio by Amy Kauffmand and Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: March 13, 2018

This is the third book in the Illuminae files, I think this is the last book but I’m not sure. I just finished reading Gemina and I loved it. It is a sci-fi novel, with a mixed media format written by emails and video surveillance files which is super cool.

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Please let me know what winter 2018 book’s your most looking forward too. 2018 sounds like it’s going to be an amazing year for book releases and I cannot wait !


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ARC Review **The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

33285662Title :The Upside of Falling Down
Author: Rebekah Crane
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 252
Publication Date: January 30 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

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Synopsis

For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.

They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.

With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.

Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget.

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I received a free eARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

When I saw this book on Netgalley I thought the cover was really cute. This book turned out to be such a cute fun read. I flew through it in just two sittings, I couldn’t put it down. The book is set in ireland which gave this story bonus points from me. I love reading about foreign countries, there not a setting used as often as it should be.

The main character Clementine, it was interesting to be inside her head, as she has no memories of who she is. She essentially gets to start over and find out who she is. I love how brave she is, trying new things that scares her. Kieran was a sweetheart, and is really swoon worthy. He is caring and loves to help people, helps that he’s also irish :’)

The last 50 pages or so were very intense and a lot of tings were wrapped up nicely, but maybe a second book could happen fingers crossed.

This book will be released January 30 2018, if you like cute fluffy contemporaries i highly recommend you pick this one up.

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ARC Review **The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert**

34275232Title: The Hazel Wood
Author: Melissa Albert
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 368
Publication date: January 30 2018
Rating: 3 Stars

 

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

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**Thank you to Netgalley and Flatiron Books for sending me an uncorrected proof to read and review. If you’re interested in reading this book, it will be released on January 30th, 2018.

This was one on my most anticipated book’s of 2018 and i’m so sad that I was disappointed with how the story fell flat. I was hoping for a dark magical story and there were elements but I wanted more. The book moves at a pretty slow pace and i struggled to stay invested. It was interesting, but I found a lot of the time I would get bored and distracted easily. What I did like was the cover ohmygod its gorgeous that’s what first drew me to this book. Secondly the writing, it was whimsical and flowed nicely.

My issues with this book firstly was the plot. I felt really confused and tried to follow what was happening but I found myself just not caring what happened to the characters. Secondly I didn’t feel a connection to any of the character’s. I felt for Alice having her mother go missing but that was about all. I didn’t connect with her personality and Finch I found was annoying. He made Alice’s problem his way of jumping into the adventure and tried to make it about himself.

I realize this is an unpopular opinion compared to other reviews who are rating the book 4 or 5 stars, but honestly I’m surprised at my reaction too. I was really looking forward to this book but maybe it just wasn’t the right time for me to read it.


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