50 Cups of Coffee, Khushnuma Daruwala – Book Review

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35131792A rip-roaring and charming account of dating in India
Dating is an undeniably daunting task, especially when you are looking for the real deal to settle down with. So when Dia, a 30-something woman, signs up on a dating website for people looking to get married, she realizes just how delightful, vexing, amusing and befuddling looking for the perfect husband can be. Based on her real-life experiences, this book is not a guide to dating, but rather a delightful collection of meeting potential partners, epiphanies about them and soul-searching questions that will make you see relationships without your rose-tinted glasses of love.
Particularly pertinent to this age of online dating, hilarious, honest and witty, this delicious-as-a-cappuccino book is for all those looking for love, in love or in between. With advice as sage (gained the hard way) as that in He’s Just Not That Into You and scenarios as funny and outrageous as those in Sex and the City, 50 Cups of Coffee is the perfect book to curl up with when a suitable bae is not available.

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*Review copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

50 Cups of Coffee, is an account of 50 coffee dates gone wrong. The accounts in themselves are absolutely hilarious, with everything that could possibly go wrong going wrong.

The author uses beautiful imagery to draw us in and explains what is exactly wrong with XYZ using cool metaphors. I LOVE IT! I mean, they refer to fairytale expectations and Tom & Jerry and whatnot and whonot. IT IS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!

The little cups of wisdom after each date gone wrong are equally amazing and totally entertaining. Seriously, ladies, they are words to live by. Literally. We’d have a much better existence if we did so.

I absolutely love the writing style in this book. It is fluid and unapologetic. The author opines on anything and everything and she microscopically analyses all these guys the dates are with and she doesn’t shy away from saying anything. I like that.

I also like how it was the writing style and the constant reminders of what could go wrongs and all the metaphors just kept me entertained. I mean, I was laughing almost the entire time I read this not only because the situations these women got into were hilarious (for print. If something like that happened to me, I might very well have been traumatized.) but also because the way the author presented them made it so much more enjoyable.

I also love how real the women were. The stuff they did is what I do or you do or anyone does. You judge, you stare, you obsess, you worry. All that and more is honestly just hashed out in this book and is in black and white for the whole world to see. Which is great! I liked that I could relate to what was happening and that is a huge bonus!

I especially loved the end and how the entire book wrapped up with this great last line. It had me smiling and feeling just so very good at having read this book. GAH!

All in all, this is a definite must read! Hilarious and quintessential, this book will not let you down. Ever.

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The Todor Trilogy, Jenna Newell Hiott – Book Review

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20295732In a land where magic was created through the spilling of blood, turmoil is looming. Grief and despair flood the land of Todor, and its creators–the omniscient Deis–consider destroying it altogether. That is, until a single spot of joy attracts their attention: the idyllic village of Aerie. Believing in the hope found there, the Deis give Todor one more chance. They place three infants within this village who are unknowingly tasked with ending Todor’s suffering and saving all creation.

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This book is so awesome, oh my God, I loved it! Actually, I loved all three books in the trilogy.

This series is a definite must read for all high fantasy fans because if you haven’t read it, you’re seriously missing out. So much. Gah! I mean, this book is so good!

The writing is amazing. The plot is amazing. The characters are amazing. Everything is amazing and this is so good! Yes, I’m sounding really repetitive, but this is such a good story! I can’t help it!

I’m not going to start writing what I loved about the characters, but there is so much and I don’t have all day to just sit here and write, but they’re amazing. The character development throughout the series is so good. Not all books have such amazing development. I really like that. I mean, all these multi faceted characters and then it’s their journey and it’s everything rolled into one and they come out on top. They win some and they lose some, but hey! They learn. That’s  important. Like I said, really good character development.

The worldbuilding is another huge plus about this story. It’s great. Every little element has been constructed carefully and showcased brilliantly. There’s so many things going on and it’s exciting to see what’s going to happen next. The plot is really engaging that way.

And the chapters are written in alternating POVs of the three leads, so it gives us a whole lot of insight about them. What they were, what they are now. All of it, explained really well. The one issue I had was that the chapters were really long and I struggled with that quite a few times.

Overall, this entire trilogy is amazing and you must definitely read it if you’re a fan of fantasy, because if you don’t you’re missing out on so much!

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#TheLateLateReviews – Holding Up The Universe, Jennifer Niven

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28686840Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

 

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I do not have enough words for this story. I just love it so much. So very much. The story is absolutely beautiful, the characters so good and the writing flawless. I mean, this book has it all. Total points to Niven for writing such a beautiful story.

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Libby, the female lead, was dubbed America’s Fattest Teen. She had an eating disorder which came into picture after her mom died. She ate away her sorrows and then she was so huge she couldn’t leave her house. They had to cut her out. Then, there was the news and the hate mail and everything went to shit, excuse my French. But, Libby remained headstrong and now, two years later, she’s lost almost 300 pounds and is ready to go back to school for her senior year. In school, she meets Jack, a fellow senior with problems of his own. After a rocky start, they start becoming friends when doing community service as part of detention.

What I like about this story is that though Jack and Libby share their fears with each other, they overcome it own their own. Yes, finding a person who understands them helps, but everything isn’t sunshine and roses because they’ve met that one person. The problems don’t disappear. They’re still there. They’re still gnawing in the back of their mind. And, through the course of the story, Jack and Libby overcome them. Without each other’s help. That sends across a huge message. You don’t need anyone else to fight your battles for you. You shouldn’t need anyone. You are enough.

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That is the best part about the book, but the story in itself is amazing as well. The struggles that these two 18 year olds face and the way they deal with everything is beautifully written. High School can be vicious and this shows how much. People will bully you but it is necessary to not let them affect you. Libby did that. She came on top despite being bullied, despite people putting “you are not wanted” notes in her locker. If she did it, so can we. She’ an amazing character and watching her finally let go of her insecurities is great. She’s making so much progress and it’s great to see throughout the story. I love that even though she’s fat, she doesn’t shy away from dancing and running (as many of us do. I’m fat and  I hate to dance or run in front of people). Not only does she do it, she’s bloody awesome at it. I’m in awe of her. The way she handles herself is truly beautiful. She’s amazing!

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(Excerpt from a letter that Libby passes around her school to everyone.)

Jack is frustrating and annoying in the beginning. He is in an on again off again relationship with a bitchy girl and you wonder why that is because Jack isn’t like her. But, as the story progresses, we find that Jack is with her because he’s trying to find the fourteen year old girl he liked. One that doesn’t exist anymore. Add to the fact that she’s safe. And she’s like a bad habit Jack can’t let go. But, then, Libby comes into the picture and his dwindling feelings for his ex start fading even more. Through the course of the book, he falls for Libby. I absolutely love that he associates Libby with sunshine. It’s the cutest thing ever. He loves his family and even though he isn’t brave enough to tell him suffers from prosopagnosia, he tries his best. Things aren’t always great with is brothers and his father is an asshole, but, they’re his family and he loves them. He’s there for them when it counts. There have always been issues and there’s stuff that’s bad, but there’s also stuff that’s good and he make do – s with what he’s got. His family dynamic is another thing that I love about the book. It shows how you can dislike (even hate) people for things they’ve done but still love them. I think Jack is an amazingly written character. Really good.

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This a story that I would definitely recommend people to read because it’s real and it’s about people who are bullied, who are fat, who have suffered depression. There are many of us out there. Many of us who feel unwanted because of whatever life has thrown at us. It is not true. You matter. What you think matters. You are wanted. It is important that we remember that.

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PS: The quotes are from Holding Up The Universe and the pictures and GIFs are not mine. Thank you, Google.

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45592By the time I was ten, I had already written numerous songs, a poem for Parker Stevenson (“If there were a Miss America for men, You would surely win”), two autobiographies (All About Me and My Life in Indiana: I Will Never Be Happy Again), a Christmas story, several picture books (which I illustrated myself) featuring the Doodle Bugs from Outer Space, a play about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s sister entitled Blindness Strikes Mary, a series of prison mysteries, a collection of short stories featuring me as the main character (an internationally famous rock star detective), and a partially finished novel about Vietnam. I was also an excellent speller from a very early age.

In 2000, I started writing full-time, and I haven’t stopped… I’ve written nine books (#9 will be out Oct 4, 2016), and when I’m not working on the tenth, I’m writing the screenplay for All the Bright Places, contributing to my web magazine, Germ (www.germmagazine.com), thinking up new books, and dabbling in TV. I am always writing.

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The Universe Of Us, Lang Leav – Book Review

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Lang Leav presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us.
Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav.  Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found.  Lang’s poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.

 

 

 

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*ARC provided via netgalley in exchange of an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and not biased in anyway.*

This is my first reading in poetry. I mean, sure, we had poetry for lit class in school, but post that I never really read any poetry. Until, one of my friends recommended Lang Leav to me. He was full of praises and begged me to read any of her works because she’s just so good. And, because I trust his judgement a whole lot, I decided to give it a go.

Boy, am I glad that I did! I absolutely loved it! The absolute gorgeousness with which Lang captures emotions and plays with words is amazing. Every poem is a story of its own and it baffles me that she can convey in a few lines what many can’t convey through entire books. She’s really gifted.

I absolutely adored all the poems. They were so beautiful. Happy, sad, heartwarming and heartbreaking all packaged in this one beautiful book for the world to read and experience love. *sighs*

It’s really, really beautiful. I mean, I’m running out of words now. Beautiful, gorgeous, ethereal, transcending and whatever other adjective you want to use. This was beautiful. I’m glad I decided to pick this up. I know I’m going to read all of her work ASAP and I know that I’m going to be just as blown away by them as I am with this!

If you haven’t read her poetry. You’re missing out. Lots. Please pick up one of her collections ASAP! You’ll be thanking me.

 

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7012565The enchanting work of contemporary author and artist Lang Leav swings between the whimsical and woeful, expressing a complexity beneath its child-like facade.

Her imagination stretches across a variety of disciplines encompassing art, poetry and books. She is currently represented by New York literary agent Al Zuckerman from Writers House.

Frequently invited to exhibit at high profile exhibitions locally and overseas, she has since built up a loyal following of international fans. Her handcrafted book, Charlie’s Widow, was presented to iconic film director Tim Burton at the opening of his Wonderland exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Lang is a recipient of The Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and was later granted a coveted Churchill Fellowship. Her fashion label Akina has achieved critical and commercial success, stocked in key boutiques around Australia and later in cutting edge Harajuku, Japan.

She has completed shows in several cities including Santa Monica for the renowned Copro gallery; who have worked with artists such as Mark Ryden and Audrey Kawasaki. She was hand-picked to exhibit in the landmark ‘Playboy Redux’ curated by The Warhol Museum and Playboy Enterprises; alongside contemporary greats such as Gary Baseman and Tara McPherson.

In 2013, Lang launched her latest book Love & Misadventure, published in the US by Andrews McMeel. The Amazon #1 Bestseller is now available from major bookstores worldwide including Barnes & Noble, Kinokuniya, Fully Booked, Waterstones, Periplus and Chapters/Indigo.

Top Ten Tuesday (#1) – I’m Thankful For

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So, I finally decided to do one of the Top Ten Tuesday prompts! It’s an amazing feature, hosted every week by The Broke & The Bookish. I’m really very excited about it! Let’s see how this goes!

This week, the prompt is things we’re thankful for. Not necessarily books, but just things we’re thankful for! So, here we go!

THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR

1 Bookish Merchandise

I’m so very grateful for all the bookish merchandise available all around the world! From bookmarks to totes to tees and even wallpapers and screensavers and whatnot! I’m thankful for all of it!

2 Blogging

I’m also pretty thankful for blogging. It gives me a place to talk about all the books I read & love and read & hate and everything in between. It has been such a gift.

3 Bloggers

I’m pretty thankful for all the book bloggers out there because this community is so amazing. They’re all such great people and I love all of them! ❤

4 Wattpad

I’m extremely, extremely grateful for Wattpad! I can’t even describe how much I love that place! So many amazing people with so many amazing stories! ❤

5 Twitter

Twitter is the best platform to connect with fellow readers and authors. So, yeah, pretty grateful for that!

BOOKS I’M THANKFUL FOR

1 Harry Potter

It goes without even saying that I’m really, really thankful for the Harry Potter books! These books have helped me through a lot of stuff and it’s such a great story and the characters are amazing and GOD I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH!

2 Penny Reid Books

I’m so very grateful for all the books by Penny Reid! Gosh, she is such an amazing writer and all her books have tasteful stories with amazing female leads. I wouldn’t even be reading romance if it wasn’t for her, so yes! I love her!

3 The Fault In Our Stars

This book totally broke all my feels and then some. I don’t remember any other book that I cried over so much, except maybe Order of the Phoenix. Gah, such a beautiful piece of literature! ❤

4 The Universe of Us

Lang Leav is such a gifted poet. I’ve only read this one book by her and it has been such a profound experience! I cannot wait to read more of her books!

5 Percy Jackson

I’m really clueless when it comes to mythology other than my own heritage. But, I absolutely love finding more about other cultures. PJO opened the doors for Greek Mythology and I’m so very thankful for that!

 

So, that’s my list! What are you thankful for? I’d love to know! Please leave a comment! 🙂

The Color Project, Sierra Abrams – The Blurb Reveal

Hey guys!

I’m still on hiatus, but Sierra released the blurb to her agonisingly perfect book and I just had to share because it would be a crime to not have people know about such perfection. It really is, absolutely perfect. I love it. I adore it. I want to hug it and cuddle it close to me for the rest of my life.

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I was already pretty excited about the book but this has just taken my excitement to a whole other level and it’s not even imaginable how stoked I am for this story!

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IT IS GOING TO BE GORGEOUSLY PERFECT AND IT’S GOING TO RUIN ME AND MAKE ME WHOLE ALL AT ONCE AND I CANNOT WAIT TILL THIS BABY IS IN MY HANDS. NOT AT ALL.

 

So, without further ado, here it is –

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This GIF is an apt description of how I feel right now. So many feels!

 

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Sierra is an amazeballs friend of mine and I would love for you guys to check her work out! She’s such an amazing writer and she deserves for the world to read her beautiful stories!

Happy Readings! 🙂

Wild Swans, Jessica Spotswood – Book Review

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27015393The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….

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Okay, first of all, can I just say that this is such COVER LOVE! ❤

I really, really love the cover of this book! It is so amazing! It’s just really, really beautiful!

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And, the story is even more beautiful! ❤

This story follows the journey of Ivy as she tries to understand her family better and tries to find herself and just move on in life. The depth of her emotions and the situations she’s thrown in are just so, so real. They’re heartbreaking and sad and happy and good and bad and frustrating and what not. It’s everything that one goes through in life when they’re seventeen and confused and don’t know what to do or who to choose or what to say.

Ivy, by her very nature, is a people pleaser which puts her in a lot of tough spots throughout the story, but that’s life! It’s shitty at times and you don’t get what you want and you have to put on a brave face and take what’s handed to you and that is explained brilliantly in this story!

I love Ivy’s character. She’s not perfect, she’s so flawed. She gets jealous and feels petty and annoyed and frustrated. She’s not the goody – two shoes who has the perfect life and everything handed to her on a platter. She earned what she has and she’s put a lot of effort and heart and soul into being what she is today, but it’s never enough for her perfectionist grandfather. He keeps pushing and pushing and she succumbs, not just because she’s a people pleaser, but also because she believes that he wants the best for her and he does know best. But, during the course of the story, as circumstances unfold, she starts to understand that he isn’t as perfect as she feels him to be and he is flawed and he makes mistakes as well. She stands up to him when she feels he’s wrong and that is a huge deal because she hasn’t done that, ever.

And, then, of course, there’s her mother. The bitch. (Please, excuse my language, but that’s what she is.) She walked out on Ivy when she was only two and has come home fifteen years later, only because she doesn’t have a place to stay. What’s worse is that she has two more daughters and she’s told them that Ivy is their aunt and not elder sister. Even though she’s down to the ground, Erica (that’s her name) is still so self centered and obnoxious and just such an asshole to Ivy. She refuses to acknowledge her existence and doesn’t care about her feelings at all. But, the way Ivy handles it beautiful.

And there’s Alex, who is her best friend/could – be – love – interest – but – not – so – much because Ivy doesn’t want to jeopardize their friendship. Alex and her mother, Luisa have been like family to Ivy and her Granddad after Erica walked out and she loves them. Ivy is afraid that if they start dating but it doesn’t work out, she won’t only lose her boyfriend, but also her best friend and her family. So, understandably she doesn’t want to tread those waters but Alex does and that creates problems between them and then when Ivy starts dating Connor, oh my! That is something that is done beautifully. I love how her struggle is depicted in the story and how she tries to overcome those feelings is amazing! I love all her interactions with Alex and how she puts forth her point and how she stands her ground in what she believes.

And, of course, there’s Connor! Dreamy, swoony, amazing Connor who I need in my life! ❤

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He’s such an understanding, smart and amazing guy. He’s always there for Ivy when he needs her and her biggest pillar of support apart from her friends Claire and Abby (who just love her so very much! I adore them! Claire and Abby! ❤ You go girls! You’re amazing and beautiful and I LOVE YOU GUYS!) But, we’re deviating from the topic. Connor. *sighs* I love him. He’s just so passionate about what he wants and he goes after it and he loves poetry! Are you girls swooning yet? I know I am! I just adore him! He’s the best. The best. Seriously. So amazing.

I love how issues are subtly tackled in here. There’s abandonment and LGBTQ+ themes thrown in in a good measure in a subtle yet empowering manner and I love that! I am so happy that all these issues are addressed and the way Jessica does it is amazing. I love it!

As you can see, there’s little I hate about this book. One of them being that Ivy comes off as a little whiny in parts, but those are easily overlooked because her character is strong and real and gritty and all of us whine at times and we don’t even realise it.

All in all, Wild Swans is an amazing, amazing story about self discovery and standing up for yourself and just doing what you believe in. You should read this!

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I love books, board games, football, feminism, & Earl Grey tea. I live in Washington, DC with my playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey. My other job is working as a children’s library associate for the DC Public Library. I’m frighteningly enthusiastic.

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Grin and Beard It, Penny Reid – Book Review

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233378631Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?

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Okay, so, anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely adore Penny Reid. I mean, I just completely, absolutely, totally, irrevocably love her and her work. She is JUST THE BEST!

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There is a absolutely no two ways about the fact that she’s a brilliant author and all her books are just so very amazing. They’re just so, so, so freaking good. Like, I literally have a case of heart eyes when I read her books. I just want more and more and more and more!

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It’s just because her books are so very amazing. She has such a way with words that you cannot help but love her. Her books are smart, funny, quirky, lovely, full of amazing slow burn romance and so much fun and laughter! I LOVE THEM! (Like I already mentioned 10000 other times!)

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Okay, now, I guess we’ve spent a lot of time fangirling over Penny, so we should dive into the review!

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So, let me start by saying SIENNA DIAZ IS THE WOMAN! GOSH, I LOVE HER!!!! I LOVE HER SO MUCH. She is absolutely freaking shit brilliant.

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She’s smart. She’s beautiful. She’s humble. She is absolutely freakin’ hilarious! (Well, she has to be. She is after all an A – list comedian.) She kind of reminded me of Rebel Wilson. Which is all sorts of awesome because I ADORE REBEL WILSON!

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But, she is seriously so amazing. She’s like my new role model. She stands up for what she believes in. She doesn’t take shit from anybody. She always speaks her mind. She is determined and hard working and she loves her job. She’s always trying to be better at what she does and she has an amazing passion and drive for the things she loves. Yes, she is like the perfect woman. Now you know why I love her so much!

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She is also a closet romantic. On the outward, she says she doesn’t want to settle down, but she does crave a family, a partner and her life to be filled with a lot of love. Which, makes absolute sense because she has so much love to give.

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While she maybe a hopeless romantic, she still is a little cynical and a whole lot sarcastic. Seriously, there are so many facets to this woman’s characters that I could talk the whole day and still not scratch the surface. She is just this multi dimensional, loving, kind, complex, giggly girly woman who is just about everything awesome in the world.

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Now, talking about Jethro. He is such an amazing BOOK BOYFRIEND! Like, make room ladies, your latest, probably the most amazing one as of late, Book Boyfriend has arrived. And, he is all sorts of amazing.

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I can hear you sighing all the way from here, woman. Keep it down! I know he’s absolutely amazing, but, yeah. Put a stop to it!

So, Jethro. He’s done a lot of questionable things in his past, but one incident changed his life forever and since then, he’s been the best version of himself. He gave up all his vices, turned his life around and became this absolutely wonderful, wonderful man.

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He is also a hopeless flirt. He’s charming and sexy and gorgeous and his mouth just spits honey. So, yeah, he just flirts without even trying. It makes him all the more desirable, though.

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He’s also kind and caring and beautiful. He just gives and gives and gives. He’s such an amazing man. Always ready to help anybody, keeping his best foot forward, just being this amazing, amazing person. He never hesitates to help anybody, is always running around, trying to make others happy. I love that about him.

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And, he seriously has a way with words. He just knows the right things to say at the right time. I mean, I swooned more than once just listening to him. He is absolutely perfect. Just so, so, so very amazing.

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Yeah, swoons, right? I just absolutely adore him. There aren’t words enough to tell you guys how much I adore him. He is absolutely friggin’ perfection. Just absolutely, completely, amazingly, perfect.

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Now, coming to the story! It is so, so well written. Penny promised us some slow burn in this one and did she deliver?!?! Oh my! I was just so invested in the characters from the very beginning and they were just getting lost in their heads and trying to maintain a distance and what not, and I was just like, GET TOGETHER ALREADY!

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That was my thought process for most of time they were skirting around each other and I just wanted to bash their heads together and make them understand that they’re totally perfect for each other! There was so much anticipation and build up that I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW I FELT WHEN THEY GOT TOGETHER! I just celebrated!

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It was just so fulfilling, like I’d achieved my purpose in life! Then, their relationship took off and the book got even better than before, even though I didn’t think that was possible! They were all cuddly and smoochy and cutesy. Like this adorably sexy amazing couple and I just swooned so much. And dreamed about them being together forever.

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And then they fell in love and things got even better and so much more interesting and there was so much drama and love and happiness and longing and anxiety in those last 5 chapters where they made their way to their happily ever after that I JUST LOVED IT!

It just put fuel to the fire and made their final meeting so, so much better. Just, more of that intensely amazing slow burn came into play.

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So, after all the swooning, I don’t think there is much left to say! Thank you, Penny, for writing this amazing book!

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It is one new amazing feather in your amazingly awesome hat. Just keep being awesome and writing all these beautiful stories! YOU MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!

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Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

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SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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Happy Readings, you guys! 🙂

And, please tell me about your favorite Penny Reid novel! Did you read Grin and Beard It? Did you like it? Hit me in the comment section! I love to talk to you guys! 😀

The Butterfly Code, Sue Wyshynski – Book Review

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My friends say Hunter’s dangerous
They say he’s a threat to everyone in town.
But I’m not so sure.
As he stands before me in this crowded club with the lights shining around us, I catch something good under Hunter’s dark facade. Something decent and profound.
I don’t know who or what to believe.
But I will find out the truth.

Aeris Thorne is expecting a restful vacation in the remote town of Deep Cove. But on a stormy night, she meets the alluring and mysterious Hunter Cayman, and her life takes an exhilarating turn. Aeris is both drawn to him and determined to find out what he’s hiding. But what Aeris doesn’t know is that he’s tormented by a secret: the truth behind his research. As he and Aeris are drawn together, the walls he’s built to protect himself threaten to crumble. At the same time, she uncovers clues to her own tragic past, answers she never thought to find–and a love she can’t resist despite the dark troubles it brings. When Aeris’s life is threatened, Hunter is forced to make an impossible decision about her future—one that could change everything.

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I can safely say that this book is one of the most eccentric and different books that I have read till date. It is a unique mixture of romance, fantasy, sci – fi, mystery and thriller all wrapped into one totally awesome package for you to read and amaze at.

Apart from the distinct plot of the book, the writing is simply amazing. I love it! The way the author brings out the various plot lines, the emotions, the setting – it is all amazing. And so amazingly done. It is beautiful and lovely and just so awesome. (I feel like I am out of words with this! :P)

But seriously, it is just so awesomely done, I do not have any other words to describe it. The characters are amazing, the setting is phenomenal and the plot is mind blowing. So, there is little to none that is to hate about this book. It has so many elements that readers of each genre can find something for them in this book.

And, the best part is that nothing is overdone, which makes the reader appreciate all that is tried to be projected in the book. I love how we’re left guessing till the end of the book and the mystery is only properly unraveled in the end. Also, the chemistry is absolutely sizzling. Hunter and Aeris. Oh MYYYYYYYYYY!!!! It is just so… oooohhhhh! I do not have proper words to describe it!

All in all, this is one kickass book that definitely needs your love!

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Sue Wyshynski’s writing style has been described as immersive, emotional, and action-packed.

According to Sue, “Writers must do more than write; they must try to speak to the hearts of the world.”

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The Book of Shade, K. C. Finn – Book Review

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24749811Lily Coltrane’s to-do list for starting university life is pretty simple:
1. Make friends
2. Meet a cute guy
3. Survive her first year in Modern History
In the little English town of Piketon this seems more than achievable, so much so that Lily even joins The Illustrious Minds Literary Society, an extra-curricular club that promises a truly unique social experience. What Lily doesn’t bank on are the Society’s monthly visits to the mysterious Theatre Imaginique at the edge of town, a dark venue that houses the most obscure cavalcade of carnival performers she has ever laid eyes on.
Stranger still is the emergence of the theatre’s enigmatic proprietor Lemarick Novel, a stupendous showman with a frosty wit who never seems to smile, and who raises a plethora of questions in Lily’s fearful mind. How does he levitate with no sign of wires or mirrors? How do the lightning bolts that shoot from his hands look so real? And why, of all the people in the theatre, do his pale eyes keep locking on hers?
The answers to this and more lie buried in heritage and blood. The Book of Shade is opening, and Lily Coltrane will read it, whether she wants to or not.

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This story! Oh! I love it! This is such an amazing book! Oh my God! I LOVE IT!

The characters, the plot, the dialogue and just about everything in this book is phenomenal. I’m just so happy that I got to read this book because it is just so very, very amazing.

I am pretty sure, I am just so in love with Lemarick Novel. Not only is his name Novel, but also his personality. He’s dark and broody and mysterious. And just so amazing, you can’t help fall for him through the course of the book! Because that’s just what I did! I fell for him through the book. Each and every scene made me like him even more, slowly and slowly till found myself so in love with him as a person and as a character. He’s so complex and deep and broody. Really. But, beneath all the mystery, is a man with a heart of gold and I just adore him so much. I really, really do.

The other characters are just as deep and amazing. There’s just so much to know and unearth and find out about each person and that is amazing. The aura of mystery that surrounds people is such a plus point. I liked discovering new things about the different characters in the book so much. It was an amazing experience.

All in all, this is one awesomesauce book that you HAFTA READ! Like, seriously. Go read this. Now!

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K. C. Finn was born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, where her love for storytelling grew at a precociously young age. After developing the medical condition M.E. / C.F.S., Kim turned to writing to escape the pressures of disabled living, only to become hooked on the incredible world of publishing.

As an author for Clean Teen Publishing and Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press, Kim spends most of her time locked in the writing cave with an obscenely large mug of tea. When not writing, she can be found studying for her MA in Linguistics, watching classic British comedy, or concocting evil schemes in the secret laboratory in her attic.

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