The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

ARC provided by the publisher though Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Like many of you I fell in love with the authors debut, The KISS Quotient last year and was really looking forward to her sophomore novel. I didn’t love this installment as much as I did The Kiss Quotient, but I still think that this book is a gem.I just need ya’ll to know the Helen Hoang is my new romance queen.

“Girl loves boy loves girl.”

Just like The Kiss Quotient, this is an ownvoices novel, Helen is Vietnamese and is Autistic. One of my favourite things about this book is seeing the difference between Stella from TKQ and Khai who is the main character of this book. I love how Helen brings enlightenment to the Autism spectrum and how each person has an individual experience and feelings. As I said in my review for TKQ my brother has Aspergers, and people seem to group everyone with autism in the same category. And this book does an amazing job at showing the differences each person experiences.

The Bride Test is written in dual perspective following Esme and Khai. The premise of this book is that Khai’s mother wants him to get married. Khai does not want to get married but his mom believes if she just finds him the perfect woman he will change his mind.

Khai – Vietnamese, Autistic, he is Michaels cousin from TKQ. He believes he can never fall in love, because he feels differently than other people he doesn’t recognize some emotions he experiences. He is a successful accountant at a large company. I really loved him as a character and thought his ba k story was really well written.

Esme – Biracial (Vietnamese and white), living in Vietnam with as a single mother with her daughter, mother and grandmother.She has never met her birth father. She works as a housekeeper in a hotel, where she meets a woman offering g her a chance to fly to California and marry her son, Khai. As the story goes on she developed real feelings for Khai. I really liked Esme as a character, she’s ambitious and hardworking, while being sweet and funny.

“My heart works in a different way, but it’s yours.”

I adore both Khai and Esme! Their chemistry was amazing and I loved how there relationship organic grew. They’re vastly different, but also worked so well together.I LOVED the relationship between Khai and his brother Quan. I really hope the next book will be his story!

My few complaints: As a parent I really didn’t like how Esme hid the fact that she had a daughter. Her child is a huge part of her life and ordinarily the main reason she agreed to come to California. She wants to give her a better life but yet she doesn’t tell anyone about her. I also wasn’t to thrilled about the Epilogue but I can’t talk about that because I don’t want to spoil anything.

Overall, The Bride Test wasn’t on the same level as The Kiss Quotient but it was still incredibly enjoyable.


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Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas *Spoilers*

“Once upon a time, in a land long since burned to ash, there lived a young princess who loved her kingdom…”

This book took me way to long to read, just a little over two months. I had to keep putting it down because I was having way to many emotions. I can 100% day this book had its issues but despite the problems , I love these characters with my whole heart.I am such trash for this series I can’t help but love it.

This is going to be filled with spoilers, so be warned. It’s also more of just my thoughts than an actual review.

Aelin!! My Queen! This woman has gone through so much suffering through this series and the torture scenes were so hard to read. It was very dark and graphic. My heart broke for her, but when she tried to break out of the iron coffin , my heart soared with pride. I keep forgetting how young she is because of how long we have to wait for each new book, but she’s only twenty years old !! It amazes me everything she has done. The scene with the river rising towards them was the most badass thing ever, she used the blast of power she’d been saving up for Maeve to stop the river. Gods I love her!!

“The endless wall of water surging for her… Aelin lifted her arms above her head. A pillar of fire shot up around her”

Dorian freaking Havilliard I adore him so much. The whole thing with Maeve in Morath was brilliant. I was so anxious for how that was all going to go down but Dorian is so smooth and it’s blew my mind. I have always loved Dorian right from the start. I do think his ability to shape shift was a little to convenient. He is to smart to have to rely on his magic so much. I really hope in the future SJM writes a spin off for him,he was the only one out of the original trio to not get a happy ending. It’s not like her to leave an open ended ending.

Fenrys I hate how much he suffered! When he broke the blood oath all on his own to Maeve I was so happy for him. His friendship with Aelin is so pure. I love it so much. I was shook that he was the one to land the killing blow to Maeve and it was everything I needed.

Aedione was such an ass for the majority of the book. He was bitter over the plan to have Lyssandra shift into Aelin when he could have just gotten on board with it, and avoided all the brooding. The science with Gavriel at the gate, is what redeemed him in my eyes. He felt so broken and it torn open my heart for him, to not get a chance to know his father.

Elide and Lorchan I absolutely loved there relationship. They are so sweet together. Haha Lord Lorcan Lochan! He turned into such a softie for Elide and bond his life to hers!! I will go down with this ship, I love them to pieces!! Elide stealing Farasha and going into a field of corpses while the dam is about 1 minute from breaking and killing her all to find Lorcan because she made a promise, she is such a badass!

Yeren is such a badass!! She defeated the biggest evil being of all time while pregnant, and she freaking saved everyone!! She is so kind and beautiful, she’s been through so much and she did it all without complaints.

Manon I really wasn’t a big fan of hers until this book. I am so proud of her for getting over all the hate her grandmother instilled in her mind. She rallied the witches together and became QUEEN!! The thirteen sacrifice broke my heart, I cried so much I had to put the book away. She is just so brave to go through everything and still coming out strong. I’m glad that the relationship with Dorian was left open, I do like them together. But all the couples getting happy endings isn’t realistic.

“What was stolen has been restored; what was lost has come home again. I hail thee, Manon Crochan, Queen of Witches. “

Rowan He isn’t my favourite character,honestly I find him a little dull. He lets Aelin make all the decisions, he needs a backbone. But his love for Aelin is everything!

Choal I sobbed when he was reunited with Dorian, it was such a precious moment. His father is just awful. I don’t have much to say about him he’s not one of my favorite characters.

Aelin looked at Chaol and Dorian and sobbed. Opened her arms to them, and wept as they held each other. “I love you both,” she whispered. “And no matter what may happen, no matter how far we may be, that will never change.”

Reading that last goodbye between Aelin, Dorian and Chaol where it sinks it that this is it. Their story has come to an end, they’ve come so far and it’s beautiful and it hurts.

The Rhysand cameo was everything I didn’t know I needed.I loved that whole scene. Aelin flying past worlds, being pulled back into her body.

The perfect ending to my favorite series! I am sad because I will never be able to read new Throne of Glass content for the first time ever again.

“And when Aelin lifted her head to survey the cheering crowd, when she smiled, Queen of Terrasen and the Faerie Queen of the West, she burned bright as a star.


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Trick or Treat Tour|Interview with BookBookOwl and Giveaway|

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Welcome to the First Annual “Trick or Treat” Blog Tour hosted by Moonlit Reads!

This tour is the first to come of many. It takes place during the last 13 days of October leading up to Halloween Day. Trick or treat along the tour finding giveaways, interviews, blurbs, and more! You can find the start of the tour and its schedule here.

Now, let the spooky begin


I am very excited about this post, put in a lot of work and it was really fun.I had the pleasure to Interview Jen from BookBookOwl, she is a sweetheart and creates beautiful bookmarks over on her Etsy shop. She has also agreed to help me host a giveaway for you guys. I hope you enjoy the post and enter the giveaway, by the way it’s international!


Could you introduce yourself and your shop?

My name’s Jen and I live in Perth, Western Australia with my husband, 2 year old daughter, dog, chickens and a hilarious flock of ducks.  My shop is called Bookbookowl (the same as my Instagram page) and I sell bookmarks with bookish designs and quotes.

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1. When did you first open your shop and what made you decide to start creating bookmarks?

I only opened my shop in July 2018.  I had been coming up with some bookish designs for a while before that, to use as props in my bookstagram photos on my Instagram page, and decided that I enjoyed it so much I’d like to expand into selling them to the wonderful bookish community.

2. What is you’re most popular print?

At the moment it’s a tie between my Throne of Glass inspired “Rattle the Stars”, my Daughter of the Pirate King inspired “When one is a pirate” and my Harry Potter inspired “A Wizard’s World” bookmarks!

3. Do you create prints from your personal favourites or general popular fandoms?

A bit of both really, although some of my favourite books are not all that well known, so I’ve avoided making too many of those as I worry they won’t be very popular!

4. Do you find it difficult to promote your shop? What have you done to gain a following?

I haven’t found it all that difficult so far, due almost entirely to the fact that I had close to 15k followers on my bookstagram page by the time that I opened by shop.  I had a ready made ‘fan base’ I guess you’d call it, of people who already knew me and my style.  I genuinely love giving people something a bit extra or different, so I regularly come up with promotions that differ from just a general sale (for instance, when I released some new designs a few weeks ago, I offered anyone who bought two or more a free custom made bookmark featuring their Instagram handle).  I also ran my first rep search and have 12 wonderful ladies who promote my bookmarks for me on Instagram!

5. How do you manage to make time to make your bookmarks, while also living your day to day life?

I have no idea.  Haha.  Between running a pretty full on bookstagram page I’m extremely dedicated to, reading and reviewing books for publishers and raising my daughter, I’ve somehow managed to fit it in.  I suspect I have somehow been gifted extra hours in my days without knowing about it.  🙂

6. What sets your bookmarks apart from the other shops?

I think I just have my own general style and as I’d received too many flimsy bookmarks in my time, I decided mine had to pass my picky, perfectionist standards.  So each of my bookmarks is printed on thick, professional photo paper and laminated with a silky matte laminate to make them extra strong.  I also couldn’t bear to use any glossy laminates, because I know just how difficult it is to photograph those for bookstagram! 🙂

7. Since it is getting close to Halloween, have you created any themed bookmarks for the holiday?

Yes!  I have four Halloween themed bookmarks.  A Practical Magic inspired one that has the quote “She preferred cats to human beings”, A “Double double, toil and trouble” bookmark and “Something wicked this way comes” bookmark (both of which come in 6 different witchy variations) and a sweet black and pink pumpkin design sporting the quote “Sometimes we all need a little magic”

8. Where did you get your inspiration from to make the Halloween items?

Mostly from Practical Magic and classic Halloween style quotes.

9. What is the biggest challenge you have faced since opening the shop?

My own self confidence.  Honestly, without the bookstagram world cheering me on, I would have never gone ahead with opening my shop.  I wasn’t convinced my designs were good enough (because my perfectionism hits hardest on myself) until people there started demanding I put them up for sale so they could buy them.  I’ll be forever grateful that they did!

10. What is your favourite fandoms?

I think probably Harry Potter, ACOTAR, Caraval and The Raven Cycle would come in as my favourites!


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Together Jen and I have come up with an amazing Giveaway for you guys! The winner will receive 4 Halloween Bookmarks and a bookmark of there choice from the shop. The Giveaway will start today October 27 and run until November 2 . I will announce the winner that night, and will message you and help you get in contact with Jen. This giveaway is in international ! Good Luck !

To enter :
You Must be following my blog :https://betweenfoldedpages.wordpress.com/ and like this post
And Jen’s instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookbookowl/

For Bonus entires
Follow my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/betweenfoldedpages/
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I really enjoyed working with Jen and I hope I can do something similar in the future ! Happy Reading and Happy Halloween.


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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

32620332Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Adult, Contemporary,Romance
Pages: 400
Rating: 4 Stars


Synopsis

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job,
no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her
biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to
leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition,
an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the
present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


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I have seen so many people gush about how much they loved this book,so when I had an audiobook credit I snatched it up. I went into this book knowing nothing about it,
except for what the title implies. This book was beyond my expectations. I could rave about this forever!! I found myself lost in this story, wanting to know more about Evelyn and her life.Oh my God, this was an amazing book!

This book is about Evelyn Hugo an aging movie star who is ready to tell her story to the world. Her story starts when Evelyn is a young girl wanting to be an actress, she marries a man so she can escape her current life and start chasing her dream. Evelyn is unapologetic is her actions,she is strong willed and willing to do anything to get the roles she wants. With every new man she meets, she quickly learns what she can gain from him. With each marriage I found myself becoming more and more invested in the story.

The story is told in two alternating timelines, present time is told by Monique is a journalist at a magazine that Evelyn requested. Monique is a biracial woman going
through a divorce, trying to make it in the journalism field. The other timelines are different periods of Evelyn’s life as she tells Monique the events of her life that landed her having seven different husbands.Her love life and career takes so many twists and turns, the true romance of this book was heartbreaking but so sweet.

Overall, this is an incredibly well written story,and this book was beyond my expectations. I could rave about this forever. I highly recommend picking up this book.


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Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

38139409.jpgTitle: Sawkill Girls
Author: Claire Legrand
Genre: Ya,Fantasy
Pages: 320
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Rating: 3.5


Synopsis

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids
whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.


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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book by Claire that I’ve read and I thought this book had a lot of potential,it was set up like a YA Horror, but turned supernatural. I was confused at the beginning, but I slowly got into the story. The monster was creepy and mysterious.The writing was beautiful and does a great job at setting up the creepy atmospheric vibe of the island.I loved the characters !! There is also bisexual and asexual representation in this novel.

Sawkill Girls is told is three different POV’s. Told by Marion,Zoey and Val, these three girls come together when girls on the island continue to go missing.This story is set during present time. It begins with Marion and her family moving to Sawkill after their father’s passing away. I adored getting to know Marion, she is a sweet girl who has gone through a lot of negative things but she continues to hold on strong. She is the rock of her family,she takes care of her mother who cannot cop with life after the death of her husband. She is pretty close with her sister Charlotte and I loved there relationship.

The second girl Zoey, was my favorite of the three. She is fierce, and she is asexual. She was in a relationship with Grayson until they had sex, she realized she didn’t enjoy sex and felt repulsed by it. Grayson remains her best friend and he is so sweet. Zoey is also grieving, her friend Thora was one of the girls who went missing.

Then there was Val,she is the popular beautiful golden girl of the island.I can’t reveal to much about her because spoilers, but i really grew to like her character. The relationships between the girls is intense,Zoey and Val are pretty much enemies.Marion’s family is employed by Val’s mother to be housekeepers,these three girls end up spending a lot if time together.The girls are amazing and flawed and just completely perfect.

Overall, this was a fun paranormal book with strong female friendships,girls fighting monsters and a cute f/f relationship. This book comes out October 2 and will be the perfect fall read.


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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

35707056Title: Undead Girl Gang
Author: Lily Anderson
Genre: Ya,Paranormal, Mystery
Pages: 320
Rating: 4 Stars


 

Synopsis

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.


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I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, I’ve seen it around and I never really had an interest in reading it. My daughter is teething and I needed an audiobook so I picked up this one. I ended up listening to in in two days, OMG I loved it so much !!

What I loved most about this novel was the friendship between all the girls. Mila our main character is a fat Mexican, also a wiccan who ends up resurrecting her friend Riley,but surprise she also raises June and Dayton. Mila and Riley were never friends with the other girls while they were alive, they were bullies or “mean girls”.But now they have all grown close in the search for who killed them within seven days. I loved how the girls all bonded with each other, despite there differences.I loved Mila’s sarcastic voice, while she is tough the author also shows her softer side as she grieves for her friend.

The murder mystery aspect was brilliantly done. I was constantly changing my opinion as to who the murderer was as more facts were revealed, I was wrong in who I thought it was.I also loved how it was explained that Wicca and Witchcraft are not the same thing (despite what many people think.)I took off a star rating because I felt that the ending was a little rushed.

If your looking for a fun diverse, murder mystery with a bunch of girls doing magic then I highly advise you to pick this one up.This book is a must read for 2018!!


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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

31180248Title: Leah on the Offbeat
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Ya, Contemporary
Pages: 368
Rating: 3 Stars


Synopsis

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in
this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.


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LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT picks up where SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA left off, Leah on the Offbeat follows Leah during her senior year. She is bisexual but she
is not out to any of her friends.I’m so excited that I got to read this book so soon after the release date to not be influenced by other reviews. I don’t have a whole lot to say about the world building as it’s a contemporary,but I love how its connected to Becky’s other novels.This is a book that is a very character driven novel, it is not plot driven at all.I loved seeing Simone and Bram together, ahh it’s so cute!!! After a week of thought, I’ve decided to lower my rating from a 4 to a 3.

Leah is a fantastic character,as a heavier girl I love how confident she is with her body.In this book we got so much more insight into her character than we got in Simone. I really connected with the anxiety she felt even in her friend group. But I feel as if she didn’t go through a huge character growth as I would have liked. However I felt that she was a difficult character to empathize with at times. She was really mean to her friends and her crush without being provoked. Leah also “Bi” shames her crush, which is a hard no for me. Leah hasn’t come out to her friends herself yet that she is bi-sexual so for her to criticize her crush for being confused about her sexuality was really hypocritical of Leah. She goes through very little character development and this is why I have decided to lower my rating.

Overall, I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to, but I did enjoy it.


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To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

34499221Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: YA,Fantasy,Retelling
Pages: 342
Rating: 5 Stars


Synopsis

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a
twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of
her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory
hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of siren kind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy.


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“And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.”

To Kill A Kingdom absolutely lived up to the hype! I LOVE IT. I’m a huge fairy tale nerd so I knew I had to get my hands on this book. This book is one of my favorite books of the year and its going on my all time favorites list! This book is so magical, the world building is so good,without any info-dumping. The action scenes are so well done, you could literally feel the tension,I loved everything about this book. Also this world was extremely diverse!I can’t wait to read more from this author, as I was blown away by her writing. I love stories about the ocean,mermaids and pirates this book made my heart so happy.

In this book we follow Lira who is a siren princess and a cold blooded killer. She was raised to steal human hearts, she wanted to be even more powerful and
decided to steal hearts from Princes.She wants to please her Mother the Sea Queen and in doing so Lira is vicious and unforgiving.Lira is such a complex character. She has so much depth, I enjoyed her arc and development so much!! I loved how she discovered humanity and grappled to come to terms with siren-hood at the same time.I adored her. She was strong and powerful!

Elian is the Prince of Madais but he dose not want to end up being king. He loves the ocean to much, he is also Pirate who hunts for sirens!! He is fierce loyal to his crew, there friendships are so heartwarming and sweet.He was so freaking sarcastic, I loved it. The romance between these two characters was so perfect. Slow burn,as they grew to care and trust each other.

“Hearts are power, and if there’s one thing my kind craves more than the ocean, it’s power.”

If I had to pick my favorite thing about this book, I would have to say without a doubt it would be the lore about the ocean and the sirens. I love the ocean I always have, I remember as a kid I would go swimming pretending I was a mermaid. The sirens in this book are gorgeous fierce wild creatures who show no mercy. I loved everything about them.

I was captivated from the very first page. I adored this book. I can’t wait to see what this author does next! If you like the Little Mermaid, Fantasy, dark twists… then this is the book for you!


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Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi // Review

34992929.jpgTitle:Restore Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Ya,Dystopian
Pages: 448
Rating: 4 Stars


Synopsis

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to  kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?


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TW: Transphobia, Child abuse, Gun violence, Anxiety

I was full on ready to read this book and love it but sadly I was mildly disappointed. Maybe my expectation were to high. I found the first half of the book to be a bit slow, around the half way point things start to pick up.The writing style of course is beautifully written.Shatter Me was a trilogy that is now going to be a 6th book series, and Restore Me is book 4. I feel like this is a bridge book setting up the series to keep moving forward.

Restore me picks up exactly where ignite me left off with Juliette becoming Supreme commander of North America. I really like how this book is told in the POV of Juliette and Warner’s. A lot of things that left me wondering from the original trilogy where explained in this book. There were so many revelations and twists in this book and I’m so excited to see where this series goes.

Juliette has come such a long way since book 1, she is stronger and able to better control her powers.  But she’s not perfect and that makes her such a relatable character. She discovers a lot of intense information about herself and her past in this book, it was incredible.I love how the more Juliette emotionally heals the more in -tuned with her powers she gets.

Warner I’m STILL COMPLETE TRASH FOR HIM !!He’s still swoonworthy and I love him so so much !! I really loved his point of view , we get to see how he views the world.We see him deal with anxiety which was so well done.

There relationship is still full of so much drama. These two need to learn to communicate better. Warner’s life has always been mysterious, no real information about his past. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise to Juliette that there was still things he was keeping from her. In Unravel Me and Ignite Me it’s hinted at that Warner had to do something to become in charge of sector 45 but it was never revealed what he did. But I think that now that all these secrets have been revealed will make there relationship stronger.

Kenji deserves the world! I love how supportive of Juliette he was, and he finally got some much needed bonding time with Warner. They have so many good interactions, they were so funny together!! I have always loved Kenji and I’m super happy he stayed relatively the same character. I love his witty banter.

I think Adam deserved a bigger role in this book, he was barely mentioned.We spent most of the original trilogy with him and for him to be excluded left me missing him.

I have no idea how in the hell Tahereh Mafi expects us to wait a WHOLE YEAR to read the next book. The ending scene I felt was rushed, I wanted more!


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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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