What’s New: Confess Miniseries*

Colleen Hoover’s Confess is my FAVORITE-st book of hers and I JUST LOVED it!!! And when i recently saw the trailer of Confess mini-series on YouTube, it was everything I imagined it to be. ❤

*Awesomeness TV’s Awestruck is producing the series and it is ONLY available on go90 app which is turn only available for US viewers. *Bummer*

This isn’t fair at all. Maybe the producers would reconsider it in the coming weeks!

HOPEFULLY

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Incriminating Dating – Book Review

Author: Rebekah L.Purdy

Publishers : Entangled Publishing

Pub date: 10 Apr 2017

Source: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blurb :

Ayla Hawkins is ready to stand up for change in her high school. But winning the election for class president against popular Jenna Lee will be impossible without a miracle.

When she stumbles upon Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler defacing public property and catches it on camera: cue miracle. Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on Team Ayla—in the form of her new fake boyfriend.

One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The pressure of maintaining the perfect facade when his reality was crumbling around him had become too much, and next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. Opinionated. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the election is over, their fauxmance will be, too.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features adult language, sexual situations, and plenty of girl power. Reading may result in swooning, laughing, and looking for a Luke of your own.

Okay, the story is simple and it follows the standard formula – Geek blackmails Jock -Fake Relationship – Falling for each other -Some twist – All is well that ends well.

The author has followed the formula to the T.

So about the characters – Ayla Hawkins – a geek who runs the school paper as well as a main part of drama club is outraged that the school has cut off funds to art clubs and instead increases funding to sports. She comes off like a geek-rebel but she keeps saying she is just a bystander who normally doesn’t talk much. She says she hates the rich families and their kids who act like everything is under their disposal, but she isn’t poor, mind you! She has tree (boat?!) house that looks bigger than Luke Pressler’s house. So I found it hard connecting to her.

Luke Pressler – popular jock, putting up a pretense in school that he is still rich and lives in big mansions. But inside he is raging and trying to cool off his hatred towards his dad for forsaking them, and in a moment of rage vandalizes public property. But otherwise, he is responsible big brother to Landon, takes care of him and helps his mom in paying bills.

The fauxmance turning to romance is predictable but I did enjoy it. All through the book, I was waiting for the video to go into the wrong hands. Because, duh the formula!

I’m being honest here and will list out the things that I liked and disliked.

  • I liked that Ayla stood for many causes but resorting to blackmail was beneath her. Like she should have just asked Luke to help with her campaign , why particularly to be a boyfriend.
  • There’s a confusion to most of the characters – Luke’s mom is first portrayed differently, so I’m not able to digest how things turn out eventually.
  • The number of times the characters repeat something about themselves. Like Luke, stressing so many times that he is paying the bills or how Ayla stresses multiple times about jocks and all popular kids being judgmental jerks. Or Jack and Jenna’s “you’re going down!”
  • I liked that Ayla was curvy and was confident about her appearance, and doesn’t mind stuffing herself with pizza.
  • I loved Landon ❤
  • Andddd, i loved the book cover !! I usually like headless couples on the cover of a book ❤ 😛

I’ve read other Entangled Teen Crush books that have a similar story, but if you haven’t read any of them, you can give this a try, because its cute, high-school romance with some swooning. My rating is 3/5.

Buy the book from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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The Last thing you said – Book review

Author : Sara Biren

Publisher : Abrams Kids

Pub Date : 04 Apr 2017

Source : I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blurb

Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant.

One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

My thoughts :

This book by debut author Sarah Biren is about loss of a loved one, the grief that follows and the toll it takes on relationships. It is narrated in alternate point of views – Lucy and Ben’s. The author adds a note to readers at the beginning of the book, that it is meant for anyone who has suffered loss. 😦

Trixie and Lucy are best friends right from their kindergarten days and are glued to each other. At the age of 12, Lucy realizes that she has a crush on Ben, Trixie’s brother and when she blurts it out to her best friend, she is surprised by the fact that Trixie is overjoyed that one day they will be married and the two of them will become sisters. For the next three years, she silently yearns for Ben while he shifts from one girl to another. The summer which changes her life, the summer where Trixie decides to bid goodbye to them forerver, is the summer Ben starts falling for Lucy. Minutes before his sister’s death, he is about to ask Lulu to be his girlfriend when Lucy’s brother Clayton cries for help and interrupts his question. While both Lucy and Ben grieve for Trixie, Ben kisses her just after the funeral, which turns Lucy into a fireball of emotions and pushes him off. Ben is ashamed of what he did and guilt takes over him that makes him react in the stupidest way possible. He blames Lucy for Trixie’s death. That he couldn’t save his sister, because he was distracted by Lucy.. Total douche bag move!

Fast forward to the present, its been one year since Trixie’s funeral and Ben and Lucy are not talking to each other, let alone be in a relationship. Both the families are trying to recover from the loss of the loved one – Trixie’s mom takes up gardening and keeping herself busy, her dad ends up drinking while Ben turns cold, insensitive, alcoholic and angry, round the year. The summer after her death, Lucy is still trying to get over her first love and her neighbor’s summer renter Simon turns to be a distraction. Only when something is lost we do realize its worth and Ben soon finds himself jealous of Simon and though he wants Lulu back he is not helping it because of his dumb moves. He couldnt save Trixie, but could he save himself from getting deep into trouble and winning back Lucy’s love?

This book is a totally an emotional journey through loss and broken relationships. I have lost my best friend too, not to death but to circumstances and I can imagine how much it would hurt when he/she is no more. But I did not like that their lives are still stuck with the past summer and that 80% of the book is about grieving. I mean, i think that okay, this is the point he is going to make up for his behavior, but no ! again he goes  and breaks her heart.

Though the book is about how Lucy is unable to get over Trixie’s death,  she is atleast trying to live. She tries to be a rebel, sneaks out and goes to the rodeo with Hannah and Simon. For this, she turns out to be my favorite character in the book. You mourn with her, you ache along with her, you feel her…

The book reminded me a little of Twenty Boy Summer, by Sarah Ockler. Sea glasses in that book, while it was agates in here. Both books are about the grief caused by the death of an important character.

Be really brave, Lulu..

Sadly, i do not have a quote that i like from this book, even though there’s so much stress on the Book of Quotes that Trixie and Lulu have. I’m not sure whether I will re-read it because its little sad, tragic and emotional, but definitely recommend anyone going through the final stages of mourning a lost love to read this. My rating is 4/5.

You can get this book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble

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Ten Authors I’m dying to Meet (Top Ten Tuesdays)

Ok let’s get real, I read YA fiction mostly and most of my favorite authors don’t even tour my country 😥 But this week’s Top ten Tuesday (hosted by Broke and Bookish) topic is about the 10 authors you are dying to meet/already met.

So the ten authors I’m dying to meet even though it’s not a possibility are :

  • J K Rowling

Anyone would understand, right? 😉

  • Meg Cabot

She gave me my first “series” addiction and I love her for that ❤

  • Sarah Dessen

Ahhhh.. the feels you get while reading a Dessen book.. she has this amazing pull that keeps me forever hooked to her.Top Ten Author

  • Colleen Hoover

Same as Sarah Dessen. She wows you away with her words. Some of my favorite quotes in recent times are from her books and i absolutely love Confess.

  • Sophie Kinsella

I have forever been a Kinsella fan, and all my lists include her somehow 😉

  • Sarah J Maas

I want to meet her if only to steal her manuscripts 😛

  • Anuja Chauhan

Now she is an author I actually have the chance of meeting. She is from my country and is like THE most favorite-est author of mine  among Indian writers. She is amazingly funny and is like the Sophie Kinsella of India.

  • George R R Martin

This great man, the only man to be featured in my list, I guess.. How can he create such amazing fictional kingdoms and kill everyone mercilessly. I need to ask him that!!

And last but not the least….

  • Stephenie Meyer

When Twilight hit the stores, I picked it randomly without even checking the description. That was my first paranormal fiction and I was blown away. LITERALLY!! I know the movies spoiled everything especially Kristen Stewart, but Bella and Edward were THE pair for me for a long time. I was lovestruck with Edward Cullen and his intense love. This was the book that made me watch The Vampire Diaries and fall in love with Stefan Salvatore. I blame Stephenie for the misery she caused me with the TVD finale.

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That’s it.. 🙂 I know I don’t have life-changing authors in my list, because I’m never into serious reads, there’s enough seriousness in life and I prefer books that make me feel light, happy and fun to read. Reading for Pleasure, always.

Please leave me a link to your blogs – I know i’ll be all green-eyed when i read about the fantastic authors you have already met. If you haven’t and wish to meet, well, i’m here with you sailing that same boat 😉

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Zenn Diagram – Book Review

Author: Wendy Brant

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Pub Date: 04 Apr 2017

Source : I received this eARC  from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Book Blurb

Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus.

This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues. Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart. Zenn Diagram, Wendy Brant’s sparkling debut novel, offers an irresistible combination of math and romance, with just a hint of the paranormal. Readers will swoon over Zenn and connect instantly with Eva, the most fully drawn prodigy in teen fiction today.

My thoughts:

Where can I start or how do I describe, this book was incredible. So intense!! And to think it’s the debut novel for Wendy Brant!

As you might have read from the blurb, Eva has this “power” that allows her to look into people’s emotions simply by touching them or their things.

I get these glimpses into people – the insecurities and struggles that make them who they are – but only a bit at a time..

She and her parents do not understand why and how she gets to see those visions – she calls them as fractals. After years of trying to understand its cause, she has given up therapy and decides that she will restrain herself from touching people and will invent the cure for it herself by getting into neuroscience research.

Thus continues her life, with only one best friend and cute quadruplet siblings and helps her parents with them. As she is extremely good in math, she volunteers to tutor the jocks in her school and saves them from failing the subject, thereby ensuring they can stay in their teams. When she has to tutor Zenn Bennett, she mistakenly touches his army jacket and gets a hell load of dark visions and is intrigued what sort of fractals they are.

They run into each other often and Eva finds herself attracted to him. Zenn is an incredible artist and Eva finds some of his work similar to the visions that she gets. So why is she getting fractals from his jacket and not from him. How is he able to put those fractals into art.  What is this connection that keeps pulling them towards each other and how the truth affects their lives is what follows later.

I loved the writing style and the idea of the fractals. Initially i was not able to connect with Eva because she comes out as a egotistical geek who thinks “C” grades are so much beneath her. But once the story gets moving, I could see how much her character evolves into a selfless person. Zenn… well he is tall, dark and handsome and is full of dark secrets that haunt him and responsibilities that overbear him. Another notable character is Eva’s mom. The fractals she gets from her mother was confusing but later we are told the reason for it and I get it. But that cannot justify her behavior in the latter part of the book.

Eva and Zenn’s chemistry …

This book is definitely a must read 🙂 Its easily a 5/5 for me.

Get this book from Amazon

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Memories of May – Book review

Author : Juliet Madison

Publisher : Escape Publishing

Pub Date : 05 May 2017

Source : I received this eARC  from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Book Blurb

They say that truth is stranger than fiction, but in Tarrin’s Bay, she’s about to find that love is stronger than time…

How gorgeous is this cover!! 

By day, single mother Olivia Chevalier runs the family’s bookstore and raises her nine-year-old daughter. By night, she escapes into a world of fiction where there is excitement, romance, and happy endings.
Both of her roles are endlessly rewarding, but Olivia’s life has not been without challenges, hard work, and disappointment. So when enigmatic travel writer Joel Foster walks into her bookstore – and her life – with his mantras of trying new things and taking risks, Olivia knows that nothing will change. But when a family dilemma surfaces, Olivia is compelled to enroll in Joel’s writing course to tell the story of her grandmother’s life. With each new day and each new page, Olivia discovers secrets about her family and truths about herself, and finds herself yearning to rewrite the story she has planned and seek a life as intriguing as fiction.

Olivia Chevalier’s close circle is a really small circle that includes her daughter, her mother and grandmother. She has very few friends, a bookstore -passed on from the family – to run and a nine year old daughter to tend to. The last few years of her life is nothing but busy and her life is little (make it big) short of excitement or adventurous. Her 90-year old grandmother, Mrs.May’s health takes a turn and she is forced to moved to a semi-dependent nursing home to spend the last few moths of her life. Olivia is quite attached to her grandmother, as she is sort of an inspiration to her, running the book store for three generations now. Joel Foster, a successful author who has written his memoir of surviving the wilderness -One more Breath, is in Tarrin’s Bay offering a short writing course that will help wannabe-authors in fulfilling their dream book. A chance encounter with Olivia, and Joel thinks she is “absolutely adorable, but so.. plain”.

With her grandmother’s health deteriorating, Olivia decides to write a book on her and in a spur-of-the-moment decision, enrolls in Joel’s class. Joel urges his students to think differently and and requests Olivia to start doing everyday mundane things in a different way, beginning with her food choices. As she tries to get her grandmother talk about her early life, she learns that Mrs.May had a secret admirer before her grandfather and is intrigued by the tales she shares. William, the not-so secret admirer, is sort of a dreamer, who wants to have exciting adventures and wishes to go beyond Tarrin’s Bay. The book moves to how Mrs.May became Mrs.Chevalier and book-worthy moments that Joel forces Olivia into.

Like a bucket list, but a book-worthy moments list. If you were writing your memoir, what things could you say that you’d done?

This is such a sweet book and I loved every page of it. The responsibilities of being a single parent and being a great one at that, deprives Olivia of all her 20’s and she is now in her 30’s with nothing exciting to share to her future grand kids. To rectify this, she agrees on Joel’s challenges and goes on a motorbike, a plane, paragliding and camping.

Her fear and excitement in doing things she normally doesn’t do is catchy and makes one be engrossed , thinking what would be Joel’s next challenge to her.

The very first lines of the book had me hooked.

If Olivia Chevalier’s head hadn’t been stuck in a book, she would….

I loved how Joel and Olivia start off – not insta-love, but being friends, teasing each other, flirting, getting to know each other , she through his book and he through observing her in class and their exclusive Friday lunch dates. Their texting gave me a smile, and nowhere in the book did i feel “Eww” it was cute and sweet all the way till the end.

A different closeness.. A mutual understanding and respect. He was looking for home, she’d been hidden away at home for too long. And somewhere in the middle, they had crossed paths, or collided, more like it

The love between William and May was tender and  Mrs.May remembers him through his incredibly beautiful letters and the books she read, which pushes her to keep a bookstore. Had the book ended with finding William, it would have been too much cliche. But it didn’t and this what makes me like it even more.

I think I could go on and on.. but I guess you get my point. Go Read this book.Now!

My rating would be 5/5, because I was never bored and I did not regret choosing this book. If anything, it brought back sweet memories of my own grandmother, who loved to talk non-stop about her dead husband, like a love-sick teenager.

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Cover reveal – Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

About the author:

Jay Kristoff is the New York Times best selling author of Nevernight and Illuminae Files. He is from Melbourne and is amazingly good at sci-fi novels. Godsgrave is the second book in the Nevernight chronicles and is expected to be out by Sep 2017!!
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Book blurb:

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

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Along with this cover reveal Kristoff has given a wonderful surprise in his website. Share his cover reveal on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook to win a signed copy of the Nevernight and Illuminae and Geminae audiobooks.

Go check out here

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Does this look familiar ?

P.S. All images from the author’s site.

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