Book Review: My So-Called Bollywood Life

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Title: My So-Called Bollywood Life
Author: Nisha Sharma
Publication: May 15th 2018
Synopsis:

Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soulmate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday, and Raj meets all of the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked to return from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. Worse, Raj is crowned chair of the student film festival, a spot Winnie was counting on for her film school applications. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.

Then there’s Dev, a fellow film geek, and one of the few people Winnie can count on to help her reclaim control of her story. Dev is smart charming, and challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope to find someone she’d pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy, and her chance to live happily ever after? To get her Bollywood-like life on track, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.

Like an expertly choreographed Bollywood dance scene, Nisha Sharma’s off-beat love story dazzles in the lime light.

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MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

I received a copy from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.

Honestly, if you asked me what I really look forward to in Young Adult today it would be diversity. I can’t stress this enough. I want to see different cultures in books so I can feel represented and learn more about others. So when I saw My So-Called Bollywood Life came out I knew I had to read it. This isn’t my first Indian-American novel that I’ve read but it’s my second and I enjoyed it.

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Mini Book Review: Contracted for the Petrakis Heir by Annie West

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Title: Contracted for the Petrakis Heir
Author: Annie West
Publication: February 20th 2018
Synopsis:

“I’m pregnant.”

But this baby bombshell is nothing compared to Adoni’s scandalous solution!

A positive pregnancy test isn’t the only reminder Alice has of her one scorching night with Adoni Petrakis. As she defiantly tells him the news, memories of his skilled touch overwhelm her! The contract he draws up—to claim her, and his child—is utterly shocking. As is her realization that she’s still powerfully, inescapably, in thrall to this vengeful Greek!

MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

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Mini Book Review: The Secret the Italian Claims by Jennie Lucas

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Title: The Secret the Italian Claims
Author: Jennie Lucas
Publication: July 1st 2018
Synopsis:

She kept his child hidden…

Now he’ll claim them both!

Cristiano Moretti is furious that Hallie hid the consequences of their hot night together! He will not inflict his own childhood abandonment on his son, so he demands that Hallie marry him. Soon they realize the passion between them is as powerful as ever…but when all Hallie wants is a real family, will Cristiano’s seduction be enough to secure his legacy?

MY RATING: 3 OR 4 / 5 STARS IDK

It’s been a long time since I last wrote a review for a Harlequin novel and the truth is that it’s also been a long time since I’ve read one so it kind of explains things. Despite me purchasing every month’s new releases, I’m here not reading them. And while I forced myself to dive into the world, I also missed writing reviews for them so I’m just going to do one quickly.

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Book Review: Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis

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Title: Give the Dark My Love
Author: Beth Revis
Publication: September 25th 2018
Synopsis:

When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island’s wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her.

All, except for Greggori “Grey” Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that’s for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it’s making its way toward the cities. With her family’s life–and the lives of all of Lunar Island’s citizens–on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

I received an arc from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.

When I first saw this book, I expected a high fantasy tale infused with an intoxicating love that would sure leave me to be gripping the pages. Instead, I was left with an insta-love story involving a strong heroine that later turned out to be the villain and at least 200 pages of her going back and forth to treat patients at the hospital with little to no supernatural powers. So, to say that this was high fantasy would be an understatement. It’s more of a paranormal story featuring necromancy and rituals.

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Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven + A Special Giveaway!

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Hello Everyone!

I’ve teamed up with Berkley to share with you a very exciting giveaway and the latest release from Grace Draven.

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PHOENIX UNBOUND by GRACE DRAVEN
Ace Trade Paperback | September 25, 2018
 
A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital–her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.

But this year is different. 

Azarion, the Empire’s most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion–and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. Unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will abandon everything to return to the Empire–and burn once more.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Grace Draven is a Louisiana native living in Texas with her husband, kids and a big, doofus dog. She is the winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice for Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 and a USA Today Bestselling author. Find out more about Grace Draven online at gracedraven.com.

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Book Review: TheOdd1sOut by James Rallison

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Title: The Odd1s Out: How to Be Cool and Other Things I Definitely Learned from Growing Up
Author: James Rallison
Publication: July 31st 2018
Synopsis:

Hilarious stories and advice about the ups and downs of growing up, from a popularYouTube artist and storyteller.

Like any shy teen turned young adult, YouTube star James Rallison (“The Odd 1s Out”) is used to being on the outside looking in. He wasn’t partying in high school or winning football games like his older brother. Instead, he posted comics on the Internet. Now, he’s ready to share his hard-earned advice from his 21 years of life in the funny, relatable voice his fans love.

In this illustrated collection, Rallison tells his own stories of growing up as the “odd one out”: in art class with his twin sister (she was more talented), in the middle school locker room, and up to one strange year of college (he dropped out). Each story is filled with the little lessons he picked up along the way, serious and otherwise, like:

* How to be cool (in seventh grade)
* Why it’s OK to be second-best at something, and
* How to survive your first, confidence-killing job interviews

Filled with fan-favorite comics and never-before-seen material, this tongue-in-cheek take on some of the weirdest, funniest parts of life is perfect for both avid followers and new converts.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

A copy generously provided by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.

Guys! I am a huge fan of TheOdd1sOut on Youtube and there might have been two days where I binged watched all his videos when I first discovered him. If you guys don’t know who James is, he’s a cartoonist who is known for his funny stories told through cartoons he draws himself. My favourite were some of his workplace stories and of course, him growing up as a kid.

This book is exactly like his Youtube videos. His cartoons are so adorable, expressing the exact reactions I would imagine certain characters would feel in that very moment of the story that I often found myself bursting out in giggles. James’ writing is similar to his monologues in his videos so don’t expect literature but expect easy writing that gets you right from the start. He has this dry silly sarcastic humour that is contagious.

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Book Review: The Dark Between Stars by Atticus Poetry

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Title: The Dark Between Stars
Author: Atticus Poetry
Publication: September 4th 2018
Synopsis:

From the internationally bestselling author of Love Her Wildcomes The Dark Between Stars, a new illustrated collection of heartfelt, whimsical, and romantic poems from Instagram poetry sensation, Atticus.

Atticus, has captured the hearts and minds of nearly 700kfollowers (including stars like Karlie Kloss, Emma Roberts, and Alicia Keys). In his second collection of poetry, The Dark Between Stars, he turns his attention to the dualities of our lived experiences—the inescapable connections between our highest highs and lowest lows. He captures the infectious energy of starting a relationship, the tumultuous realities of commitment, and the agonizing nostalgia of being alone again. While grappling with the question of how to live with purpose and find meaning in the journey, these poems offer both honest explorations of loneliness and our search for connection, as well as light-hearted, humorous observations. As Atticus writes poignantly about dancing, Paris, jazz clubs, sunsets, sharing a bottle of wine on the river, rainy days, creating, and destroying, he illustrates that we need moments of both beauty and pain—the darkness and the stars—to fully appreciate all that life and love have to offer.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC from Simon Schuster Canada in exchange for a honest review.

I was sent this book unsolicited and honestly, if I never got it from the publisher, I probably would have never picked up the book and potentially lose all the beautiful quotes/poetry I’ve since collected since I read it. I’m not a fan of poetry. I don’t hate it but I’m also not the type to lean towards it when I have a spare hour to read whatever I want. Let’s just say that I have a trouble understanding what good poetry is. Some poems I read sound so cheesy and it makes me shudder but then some seem to hit the exact spot deep inside me to make me feel connected to the words. It’s always up in the air with poetry for me.

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Book Review + Blog Tour: The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter

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Title: The Ghost Road
Author: Charis Cotter
Publication: September 4th 2018
Synopsis

Ghosts, a family curse, buried secrets — and two girls who have to figure it all out. A new book from an acclaimed author, for fans of Coraline, Doll Bones and The Night Gardener.

For the first time, Ruth is heading to Newfoundland to stay with family she’s never met instead of spending the summer traveling with her dad. When she arrives, she finds Newfoundland is very different from her life in Toronto–people there are much more friendly, but also superstitious, believing in ghosts and The Sight and family curses. Ruth’s cousin Ruby is also staying for the summer, and the two discover they have a lot in common: they both lost their moms when they were two years old, they’re the same age and they even like the same food. But while Ruby believes in spirits and fairies, Ruth believes in science and cold, hard facts.

When they find ominous information on some tombstones in the local cemetery, Ruth and Ruby start investigating their family’s past and discover that twin girls are born in every generation, and every set of twins dies young, leaving their children without mothers. What’s more, one of the twins always has The Sight and can see the Ghost Road that leads to the mysterious lost settlement of Slippers Cove. What happened there? What does it have to do with their family? And who is the ghostly presence that keeps visiting Ruth late at night?

The answers lie somewhere along the Ghost Road . . . if they can only find it

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MY REVIEW: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review from Penguin Random House Canada!

Do not judge a book by it’s cover nor should you ever judge a book by it’s direct audience age. I must admit when I first received the copy of The Ghost Road, I was very skeptical. I wondered if I would actually enjoy it because young readers or middle school age novels weren’t really my thing. I find the writing to be too simplistic at times but Charis Cotter has a way with words that made it a perfect blend of middle grade and young adult level of writing. The cover may not be the most attractive thing you’ve seen but it’s really the inside that counts! I’m serious.

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Looking For Some Bookish Gifts?

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Hi Everyone!

I’m back with a post directed to the shopaholics. If you’re like me, you love online shopping and no matter how hard you try, you end up purchasing more and more things. The one thing I can’t so no to? Books and bookish related items. The Literary Book Gifts is a small store that sells bookish related items like t-shirts, sweaters, and, book totes that are all related to some of your favourite classics.

The clothes are usually unisex so no need to worry if they carry female or male versions of each clothing piece.

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At affordable prices, it’s the perfect gift for yourself or your friends!

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I Forced Myself to Watch To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before (A Review)

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The letters are out.

More like the movie is out.

Well, the movie’s been out since August 17th so unless you have been hiding under a rock or whatever that people hide under nowadays, you would know this. It has literally eaten up my entire Instagram feed and probably Twitter feed (I wouldn’t know because I don’t use…Twitter). Anyways, if you’ve read my previous post about To All the Boys, you’ll probably know I wasn’t ever a huge fan of the series nor was I pumped to watch the darn thing.

But like many Friday (and weekend nights and weekdays), where my friends manage to convince me to drink even though I really shouldn’t, I was peer pressured into doing something I kind of didn’t want to do. And that includes watching this movie.

I had an opinion of it before I walked in. I didn’t expect the best acting nor did I expect the movie to follow the book because come on. When do movie adaptations ever follow the book word by word. ANYWAYS, so my opinion wasn’t so good and I know you’re probably waiting for me to tell you how this movie CHANGED MY LIFE and OMG I HAVE TO REWATCH IT 4 BILLION TIMES TO FULLY ABSORB HOW GOOD IT WAS.

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