From Twinkle, With Love, Sandhya Menon – Book Review

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36373464Aspiring 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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The Brightsiders, Jen Wilde – Blog Tour

The Brightsiders
Jen Wilde
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 22nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde’s quirky and utterly relatable novel.

As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

*ARC received as a part of a blog tour. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Trigger Warnings : Abusive Parents

The Brightsiders, follows the story of teen rock band The Brightsiders and it’s three members – Emmy, Alfie and Ryan, but mostly Emmy. The book starts with Emmy and her girlfriend, Jessie, getting in trouble for underage drinking when they drunk drive and get into an accident. Circumstances are such that Emmy doesn’t have any option but to move into her parents’ house again – the one place she swore she’d never step foot in again. Her friends are worried about her, the press is hounding her, her manager is unhappy with her, she breaks up with her girlfriend and her parents are still the same – high on alcohol and drugs and living their glory days. So, in short, Emmy’s life sucks. She just needs the press attention to fizzle out so that she can move out, but that ain’t happening any time soon. But, when her parents get too much and take one too many things fir granted, she moves in with her friend, Chloe. Life starts looking up after that with her friends surprising her with a cruise in Hawaii and then there’s this new thing she’s got going on with Alfie, her best friend since forever. But, will things keep looking up?

What I loved about this book was the sheer amount of queer characters it had. I mean, I can’t remember one person from Emmy and her friends who’s straight. I think the only straight people in this book are Emmy’s parents, and maybe Sal, the band manager. I mean, there’s so much diversity, I can’t even. And, none of these sexual identities are used as plot points, so that’s a bonus. I loved that.

Emmy, the lead, is a great character. She’s only 17, which means she’s making a ton of mistakes, but the good thing is that she’s learning from them and growing as a person with each hurdle. She faces. I mean, gods, she messed up so very many times in the book, but I love that she did, cause, hello! She’s a teenager. She doesn’t know everything. But, she’s a good person. She’s got her heart in the right place and she always tries to do her best in everything and that’s what matters most. She does her best to be a supportive friend and she listens when someone needs to talk. She tries to find joy in everything around her. She absolutely loves her fans. So, yes. She’s a very good character.

Then, there’s Alfie. His portrayal really awed me. This was the first time I read about a musician who was dealing with anxiety and it was so awesome. I mean, we all think that these rockstars are such confident people with all their swag, but that wasn’t the case here. Alfie was dealing with severe anxiety and performing used to give him panic attacks when the band first started. But, therapy helped him. So, yes. It was nice to see that. I loved him as a friend. So kind and accommodating and comforting and understanding. He was there with Emmy through everything and helped her and supported her.

There was also a lot of drama. Emmy’s parents were straight up a**holes. They didn’t care for her one bit and weren’t above selling personal details of her life to the press. They found faults in everything she did and their sense of entitlement really had me so mad I wanted to hit them at one point. Ughhhhhh. But, I wish their characters were more fleshed out. Like, we understood their motivations for behaving that way with their daughter, but nothing of the sort of was explained in the book.

Also, a lot of drama between Emmy and Alfie could have been avoided if they’d just been honest about their feelings and talked to each other. I mean, I get that they were both scared, but they’d been the best of friends for a very long time and they shouldn’t have had such communication issues.

However, this was a fun read and entirely too addicting because I was unable to put it down once I started reading. Definitely recommend it!

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Author Bio:

Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller. Her next book, THE BRIGHTSIDERS, comes out May 2018, and GOING OFF-SCRIPT releases Summer 2019.

When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.

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The Two – Night One – Night Stand, Ryan Ringbloom – Book Review

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31673279A girl. A guy. And a talking peen.

Holly Martin isn’t the type to have a one-night stand. But a crushing break up, a sexy blind date, and a few shots of Fireball is about to change all that.

Matthew Daniels is an introverted PA who claims he’s too busy to date. But that doesn’t stop his older brothers from encouraging him to let loose and get out there, because as they put it – the right girl won’t just walk up to you.

But what if she does?

Is it possible for a one-night stand that happens twice, to actually become more? Could two nights of reckless debauchery actually lead to true love? Or is this just another case of a whisky induced disaster?

This Romantic Comedy is sure to have you laughing, cringing, rolling your eyes, shouting at the pages and looking for a shot glass of your own.

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*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and views are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

This book is a quick, fun read as far as romantic comedies go. The characters, especially the male lead are funny as hell and the situations they get themselves into, well let’s not get started on that.

The story begins with a case of mistaken identity when Holly, the heroine, mistakes Matthew, the hero, for her blind date which was set up by a friend of hers. Matthew who finds Holly attractive goes along with it and doesn’t come clean until after they’ve slept together. Of course, this causes their not so relationship relationship to end before it even begins.

They keep bumping into each other again and again and then stumble into a happily ever after.

So, yes, cute read. It’s short so it won’t take much of your time. I did think that the drama was a tad overdone here. Like, a lot of unnecessary stuff happening. At one point it seemed like the author was putting in all these situations only because there was nothing else to do. The couple could have united much earlier, in my opinion. Like 4-5 chapters earlier.

Overall, it’s an okay read if you’re looking for something to pass the time.

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7246436Hi, I’m Ryan Ringbloom, a Jersey girl who doesn’t write Alphas. I couldn’t if I tried. Social Media stresses me the frick out, yet I can’t seem to walk away from it. I love to binge watch TV. I think cats are awesome. I’m obsessed with coffee and Fireball. But never together. My road rage is ridiculous. And if there is ever a zombie apocalypse, I won’t even try to run. I will let the first one I see eat my brain and get it over with.

*I am aware that these bios should be written in third person. Whatever. I wrote it in first.

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Princess of Tyrone, Katie Hamstead – Book Review

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Young girl with a crystal ballApolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.

All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.

Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms.

But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.

A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!

 

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So, where am I supposed to begin with? Maybe with the fact that I absolutely, absolutely adore this book! It is a splendid combination of humor, drama, romance and action and I am in love! ❤

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First and foremost, I am an absolute sucker for fairy tales. Yes, I’m that kinda girl. The one who believes in Prince Charming and his white horse and being swept off of their feet. So, yes, the prospect of fairy tales naturally excites me and that just makes this story all the more better.

In this retelling of Sleeping Beauty, there’s elements of Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella and The Red Riding Hood and Snow White, which is, without a doubt, my most favorite part about the story. I love it. I absolutely freakin’ love it! There are no other words.

But, other than that, this is a beautiful story. The way that it has been captured and told is stunning. The plot twists are absolutely awesome, the character development is fantastic and the arc of the story progresses beautifully. This story does not feel forced for even a second. There is a reason for each and every scene, every interaction and every moment. I love how it all comes together in the end and we understand that why that one scene in the beginning was so important for the story to progress. Katie is a truly gifted writer and I am in absolute awe of her story. ❤

Coming of the characters, they’re well written. They’re complex and varied, each one having their own purpose and reason. All characters have their distinct voices which come out strongly through the story and help build their personality. The dialogue flows smoothly and there isn’t anything that is forced or awkward or unnecessary.

My favorite character is without a doubt, Appoline. She’s smart and brave and kind hearted and head strong and I love her. She never backs down from a challenge and she’s always on top when it comes to helping people. She’s totally unafraid and brave. She’s also a kickass huntress which gives her a billion points. She’s cute and adorable and easily embarrassed, but she can dish it out just as well and have you turn into a puddle of goo (not the swoony, I’m – in – love – with – you – kind, but the embarrassing kind) in seconds. So, yeah, she’s like a walking paradox but she’s the most amazing thing ever! ❤

And then, there’s Allard. Sweet, sexy and absolutely delicious Allard. He, as you guessed, is the hero. He’s smart and brave and intelligent. He’s like super intelligent and genius which is what saves his life. Yeah, he’s alive because of his quick thinking and an ability to solve riddles, so that is extremely important. Other than that, he’s funny and determined and doesn’t back down without a fight. He’s the most kind hearted man ever. He loves and loves and loves. And, he’s respectful and duty bound and just the most amazing man ever. I love him. I seriously totally love him.

Together, Appoline and Allard make an awesome pair. They’re completely suited for each other and reading their story has made me feel incredibly happy! 😀

This story is a definite must read for all you romance fans out there! Especially if you believe in fairy tales.

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6585259Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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#FlashbackFriday – Alice In Zombieland (The White Rabbit Chronicles #1), Gena Showalter

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11300302If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

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Okay, so Alice in Zombieland, yeah? One word to sum it up – Ah – maze – ing! It’s so freakin’ awesome! I love this. Absolutely, totally, completely, wholly. So much so that I finished all four books in the series in like 2 days. Yeah. And, I had class and work in between. So, yes, I read every waking second of the day because I loved it so much!

All the books in the series are greatly written. There’s drama, there’s action, there’s betrayal, there’s romance and of course, there’s zombies. So very many selling points, eh? How do you say no to that?

I love the story, I love the characters and I love the setting. The story flows amazingly with new situations popping in every so often. The characters have amazing personalities. They’re funny, sexy and awesome. All their emotions are portrayed amazingly. Love, grief, helplessness, jealousy, anger. Everything. Yeah, you get all these emotions and so many more in the story.

Also, Alice, the heroine has a few tricks up her sleeve. And, she’s got kickass powers. So, there’s that to look forward to. She’s cute and feisty. She’s smart, funny, loving and adorable. I can very well see why Cole would fall for her. She’s a great female lead and the way her character develops in the story is phenomenal. From being a non – believer to being in denial and then acceptance and finally a zombie hunter, her journey is worth reading. She’s been through a lot in her short sixteen years of life, but she take every challenge head on and never gives up. That, I absolutely respect about her. Despite of all this, she’s just a teenage girl and has teenage reactions to stuff. She gets jealous easily, she’s frustrated at times and there’s moments that she’s absolutely helpless. So, she’s not completely perfect. Which is great.

And then, there’s Cole. *sighs*

How am I supposed to begin talking about Cole? He’s sexy, handsome, has a ton of tattoos and a complete bad boy vibe emanating out of him. But, he’s the bad boy with a heart of gold. He’s cute and downright adorable at times. He’s sweet and thoughtful and funny. And, he loves his Ali Bell more than anything. He’s insanely protective about her and would literally die for her. He’s got her name tattooed on his chest. Yeah, right on his chest for the entire world to see when he’s shirtless, which is often. (Where can I find my own Cole, Gena?)

This story is absolutely beautiful and lovely. It keeps you on edge the entire time you read it and leaves you wanting more. It’s absolutely, totally amazing!

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48192Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”

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