Hungry Hearts Food Crawl – Rain, Sangu Mandanna

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Hello, everybody!! Welcome to my stop for the Hungry Hearts Food Crawl organised by the very amazing CW @ The Quiet Pond and Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads ! I’m so excited to be a part of this blog tour where #OwnVoices reviewers review a story that represents them. I’ve never been a part of something like this before so I’m really excited!! 😀

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From some of your favorite bestselling and critically acclaimed authors—including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco—comes a collection of interconnected short stories that explore the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives of thirteen teens.

A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the confections she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that could cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could win him the money to save his mother’s life.

Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, “Have you had anything to eat?” Where magic and food and love are sometimes one and the same.

Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.

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Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune, Roselle Lim – Blog Tour

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42051103At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.

The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around–she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.

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Stronger Than A Bronze Dragon, Mary Fan – Blog Tour

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41150325When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with the fate of her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent. Anlei’s noble plans are sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for himself.

Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.

With incredibly vivid world building and fast-paced storytelling, Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is great for readers who are looking for something fresh in epic fantasy.

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An Interview With Sukanya Venkatraghavan

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Hey y’all! Big day today! I invited Sukanya Venkatraghavan to do an interview with me on the blog a week ago, and she graciously agreed! It was an absolutely amazing experience for me and I’m really excited to share it with you! So, without further ado, here we go!

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The Ultimate Pi Day Party, Jackie Lau – ARC Review

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43699955If there’s one thing that might get my dad, a retired math teacher, to visit Toronto and have a real conversation with me for the first time in seventeen years, it’s a big nerdy Pi Day party. And hopefully this party—and seeing the tech company I built from nothing—will finally be enough to impress him and make him forgive me for everything I did when I was a teenager.

But it’s got to be a really great party.

That’s where Sarah Winters comes in. She owns Happy As Pie, a sweet and savory pie shop, and wants to get into catering. She makes an amazing lamb-rosemary pie, cherry pie, lemon-lime tart…you get the idea. She’ll provide the food and help me plan the party, nothing more. No matter how much time we spend together, I’m not going to fall in love with her.

At least, that’s what I tell myself…

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Fly With Me, Hudson Lin – ARC Review

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43823638Vivian Ng is as experienced as flight attendants come. Taking charge and getting stuff done has always been her MO. When her father pushes her to give up her Asian routes in favor of flights to Europe, she’s nervous about the change, but her skills have never failed her before.

Flight attendant Marco Chang is charming and he knows it. Growing up as an immigrant with absentee parents, he learned how to win people over with a smile and a sexy accent. But being popular never meant his heart was available.

When Vivian and Marco find themselves working the same flight to Rome, Marco is immediately smitten. Vivian is smart, competent, kicks ass and takes names. Vivian’s not as impressed. Marco’s cute, sure, but he’s helpful to a fault and she doesn’t need some guy telling her how to do her job.

As they hop back and forth across the Atlantic, the romance of European cities works its magic. But if there’s any hope of their budding attraction taking off, she’ll need to let go and he’ll need to let her in.

Content Warning: This book contains a scene of sexual harassment.

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The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang – Book Review

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36199084Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

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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.

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