Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi – Book Review

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36859561They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.

Zelie remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zelie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orisha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zelie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

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Arch Nemesis, Gabriela Martins – Book Review

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40024094Rodrigo is not very good at being a hero, but he’s convinced that if he catches the speedster who’s been terrorizing the South Brazilian high society and stealing their goods, it’ll be his heroic breakthrough. On top of that, he’s also worried about his grandma coming to live with him and his sister, when the last time they’d seen each other was before Rodrigo’s transition. But it’s okay. He’s got this. He’s totally got this. (Right?)

 

 

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*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are my own and in no way biased.*

Arch Nemesis is the story of Rodrigo and his quest to become a better superhero than the one he already is. He’s just an up and coming superhero with only one bad guy under his belt and he wants to stop this thief from robbing people in clubs. Is he able to do it though, is the question.

What I loved most about this story was without a doubt, Rodrigo. He is such an amazing character. He’s just someone who’s trying his best to do the right thing. He’s also sarcastic as hell and absolutely funny. So, yeah. Awesome. On top of that, there’s his relationship with his sister who he absolutely admires and his grandma, who hasn’t spoken to him since he revealed he was trans. The exploration of familial relationships and accepting someone as they are and loving them nonetheless is done so beautifully in this story and it absolutely made my day reading it. Really, so nicely done.

Then, there’s Bibi, Rodrigo’s nemesis, aka the thief he’s been trying to catch. She is also a very good character and I really love her spirit. She’s like… she’s absolutely awesome. Funny and blunt armed with a dry sense of humour and a cool superpower, she’s a great nemesis. Her interactions with Rodrigo never failed to bring a smile to my face. Really. So much fun!!

I absolutely enjoyed reading this short story and you guys should nab it ASAP because it is sooooo good!!

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A Journey to Yonder, Nidhi Kaur – Blog Tour

Book Details:

Book Title: A Journey to Yonder by Nidhi Kaur

Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 130 pages

Genre: Memoir / Poetry

Publisher: Independent (Createspace)

Release date: September 2017

Tour dates: Jan 3 to 19, 2017

Content Rating: R (for explicit sex scenes written poetically and in good taste)

Book Description:

A Journey to Yonder is the tale of one woman’s refusal to allow the challenges of her past to define her present. She grows up with a special needs sibling and loses her childhood home, and we then follow her through an abusive relationship and into the most unforgiving of human trials.

With experiences that leave you feeling so alone, how do you hold on to hope? How do you go on?

Nidhi Kaur’s compelling use of both poetry and prose intimately welcomes readers into this moving story of spiritual rediscovery. Poems are sprinkled throughout the story, guiding readers through intimate and stunning moments of truth. Kaur reminds us that if we offer our trust completely to God, we are never alone.

The author of the spiritual collection of poetry My Wedding with Truth, Nidhi Kaur once again delivers an emotionally enlightened journey through the human heart. Miracles can be seen everywhere in this world, and Kaur helps us remember to keep our eyes open in this riveting story of redemption.

To read more reviews, please visit  Nidhi Kaur’s page on iRead Book Tour

Review

A Journey to Yonder is the journey of a woman from her childhood to her marriage and then highlights the abuse she suffers from her husband and how she overcomes it all because of her faith in god.

 

The writing is lyrical and it was one of my favourite things about the book. It is so captivating and compelling that you can’t help but just get sucked in to what she’s saying. It made me connect with the MC on a great level and I was rooting for her so badly.

 

Growing up in India, I was able to understand her better because I’ve seen some stuff like that happen around me too. Not the abuse, thankfully – but the whole arranged marriage concept and the husband’s family dictating what the girl does and doesn’t is very prevelant even now. I hate it, but it’s true. And I loved how that was highlighted in the story. It’s so good to see you and your culture represented in a book like that and it was definitely what I loved most about the book.

 

The story is empowering and I loved seeing how the MC dealt with the shitty hand that was dealt to her and did her best to make it out of the situation. She loves so dearly and fiercely. I love that about her. She’s been through so much, but she perseveres still and I admire that. She’s strong and brave.

 

And, I love that it’s set in India. I mean, of course I do. India is my home. And I love that there are more authors who are writing about this beautiful country. I love it even more because it’s #OwnVoices as far as the culture is concerned. I can’t be sure about the rest.

 

All in all, this was a great read and I really enjoyed it.

 

Rating – 4 Stars

 

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Nidhi Kaur is the author of My Wedding with Truth, a collection of inspirational poetry. After discovering the healing power of the written word, Kaur began exploring the power of the divine through her poems.

A Journey to Yonder combines prose and poetry to explore Kaur’s challenging trails of life and her search for miracles in every moment of time.

Kaur lives in Fremont, California, where she works as a software engineer.

Connect with Nidhi: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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The Upside of Unrequited, Becky Albertalli – Book Review

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

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The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily, Laura Creedle – Blog Tour

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

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33413929When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s, she’s intrigued—Abelard seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn’t hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful.

When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?

This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

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Secrets of Skin and Stone, Wendy Laine – Book Review

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34388622Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.

Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—they hide in the shadows of her room and tell her terrible things are coming. Too-charming city boy Grisham might be her only chance to save herself.

To survive, Piper and Grisham have to shed their secrets and depend only on each other. But what lurks in Hidden Creek still might take everything away from them, including each other.

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*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Okay, first things first. I LOVE THE COVER. IT IS SO DARK AND GRITTY. Gah! I love it! The cover drew me into the book in the first place and it is definitely one of those cover buy spurts we book mongers tend to have. I really adore the cover! 😀

What I liked about this book was the mystery. It was intriguing and kept up till the end so that the reader was hooked into reading. The first half was great, but towards the end, the book got extremely slow and I was just thinking that the author should hurry up and reveal the mystery already. Apart from that, I have no complaints!

I loved the characters so much. They weren’t overly done and just so real. I could imagine people like that and that was gratifying. I love that the book had a trigger warning in the beginning especially because it was for self harm. From what I know, it can be pretty triggering and anyone who is going into the book needs full disclosure. It was nice to see that that was the first page of the book.

It’s #OwnVoices because the author herself suffers from OCD and was into cutting like the MC Piper. I like how her character is handled. She is OCD. She knows it and she tries her best despite her circumstances. I like how her illness didn’t miraculously disappear on meeting her love interest or for whatever other reason because that is not how it happens. So, points for that. I absolutely loved that aspect of the book. Thank you, Wendy. I also like how the illness wasn’t demonized, how it didn’t seek to make Piper seem other. I also like how the author handled the issue of self harm. There aren’t many great ways to do it because at the end of the day self harm is self harm, but she did a pretty good job and for that I commend her. I also liked how these two things didn’t define who Piper is as an individual. She is strong and smart and intelligent and brave. I like her. I like her a lot.

Then, there’s Gris. He’s got the mysterious air to him. But, he’s sweet and caring. He doesn’t come off as arrogant or self centered and full of himself like boys in such novels usually are. So, I like that a lot. I like how dedicated he is. He’s ready to go to so many lengths to save Piper. And then, he’s on a mission to prove to his father that he is worthy enough. His struggles were showed nicely. I like how the author showcased that even he was insecure in himself and his capabilities. Frankly, we need more such boys because more often than not, the male MCs are shown as untouchable and arrogant and without a care in the world. And Gris was nothing like that which automatically put him in my good graces.

And then, there’s the shipping. It was a bit of an insta love with the enemies to lovers kind of trope but I enjoyed it. Their relationship was nice to read about as it unfolded and they had plenty of cute moments which made me all the more happy because I am such a sucker for romance. I like how things were tied up with their relationship in the end. It was a bit open ended but it was realistic because Gris was never meant to stay in Hidden Creek, so the hopeful note at which it ended where it could go on to be more but maybe not was fitting.

All in all, I really enjoyed the book. It had all the elements of an interesting read and I would recommend it to people who are looking for paranormal romance. 🙂

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