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Review: Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher

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You thought you could take him from me, but you lost. Now, that he’s mine I’ll do anything to keep him. Do you doubt me? I have everything that was supposed to be yours. In case you were wondering; he doesn’t ever think about you anymore. I won’t let him go….ever.

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Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn’t. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.

ReviewDirty Red is book #2 of the Love Me With Lies series. It is written from the perspective of Leah Smith.

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We have already seen a lot of Leah in The…

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Review: #Nerd by Cambria Hebert

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23493256SynopsisTwo people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…

In more ways than one.

She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship.

But that’s about to change.

It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge.

Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple.

Stick to your circle.

And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.

Review#Nerd was one more biggest pile of crap I’ve read in the past. Wait.. Let me get my thoughts to a coherent state before I begin.

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I think I got that right. Is it just me, or does that last sentence actually not make any sense?! I apologize if it makes sense to others…

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Book Travelling Thursday: Which book world would you want to live in?

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Hello and Welcome to my first ever Book Traveling Thursday! BTT is a weekly meme where you select a book based on that week’s theme, and showcase the different covers of that book. I think its a great way to get to know fellow members in the bookish community and talk books!

To learn more about BTT, visit the BTT Goodreads Group.

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I have a huge thing for apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, dystopian worlds. Everytime I read one of these novels, I can’t help but wonder how it would be to live in such a world.

With that being said, the book world I would want to live in is Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

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That’s a pretty simple cover – one thing I love about the book.

SynopsisMiranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family…

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Review: Olivia And Jai by Rebecca Ryman

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Set in 1840s India, this tale of star-crossed lovers packs a powerful punch. When Olivia, a forthright young American, comes to live with her very proper British relatives, she falls headlong into love with angry, half-caste Jai. Olivia believes nothing will ever diminish her love for Jai, but can it withstand the terrible revenge he is planning to take on the people who betrayed him? Ryman has done a good job of portraying the closed, rigidly stratified colonial society; against this background her vibrant, passionate main characters compel attention. Occasional lapses into overheated prose are disconcerting but don’t impede the story’s flow. Suspense, exotic locales, and strong-willed lovers make this novel a treat for romance readers.

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After I read the synopsis, I had high hopes for the book. It is, of course, set in colonial India. And as an Indian, I wanted the book to do justice to it.

And my, oh my, it did!

Olivia And Jai was twisted, dark, and I must say, I really enjoyed some bits. But then again, there were many bits I absolutely hated.

I will first start off by talking about the stuff I liked:

  • The setting, as I had mentioned earlier, was close to perfection. Ryman had portrayed Colonial India beautifully and did a wonderful job with the characters too.
  • I loved some traits of Olivia.. In a way, I felt like Ryman had done some justice to her character. She is strong, kinda independent (in the second half of the book), bold and had a good head on her shoulders. She doesn’t wallow in self-pity and shakes off her mistakes and flaws. Amazing.
  • I liked how even though Jai was this brooding, screwed-up, arrogant bad guy and fell in love with Olivia, he didn’t magically get refined into a perfect guy. It was a refreshing change from the usual bad-guy-good-girl romancetumblr_inline_n8643dmgbh1rgao5e
  • The characters just… Came alive. Ryman’s character development is just impeccable.
  • Her writing.. Well, frankly, I was in heaven. Perfection.

I’m going to talk about the things I hated now. This is going to be more of a rant, actually.

  • In the first half, Olivia literally has no brains. She seems just like one of those light-headed, perfect, good heroines at the beginning. It was really irritating.
  • The book was just too long. I mean, for what the plot was worth, the book dragged on and on and on. It almost ended in my DNF list.
  • This scene, haha. Oh my God. This one really cracked me up.

“If you do not wish to use my evidence, I accept that. If you do not wish to see me or speak to me again, I accept that too, however wounding. What I will not accept, Jai, is the devaluation, the denial, of your feelings for me. You lie to hide your own delusions, not mine. You fabricate a hate that does not exist. You do love me, Jai…” A split second of anguish came and went. “As sure as the wind blows and I breathe, you love me, and before the sun rises tomorrow I will make you eat your words, Jai, every damned, lying one of them, I promise you that!”

“Get out!” His voice, tight in his throat, was strangled.

“I will, but not before you admit you have lied!”

The final thread of his control snapped. With a snarl he sprang at her and two enormous, powerful hands circled her neck. Distorted into a mask of virulence, his features turned maniacal, barely human. Thumbs pressed against her windpipe, he shook her with the fury of a mastiff gripping a rat between its teeth, all reason gone. Olivia battled to breathe, gasping for air but neither struggling nor feeling the faintest twinge of fear.

Haha. This is probably one of the most fucked up characters I’ve ever come across.

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Yup. So, if you’re in a relationship and your partner hasn’t strangled the shit out of you yet, well, you’re in trouble. ‘Cause they don’t love you!

It’s funny.. The kind of stuff I’m coming across recently.

  • A lot of main characters just started disappearing real fast in the second half of the book and were not heard of after that. It was like.. BAM! And they’re out of the book. The book ends before their chapters are completed. That sucked big time for me.

Overall, the book wasn’t bad. I guess I liked it.


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Lovers of a drama filled historical romance could definitely give this book a shot. This novel was a step above Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught. So, if you liked that, you might like this too.

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What are your expections from a book set in Colonial India?

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Waiting On Wednesday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and throws light upon eagerly anticipated books which will be releasing that year.

 


My book of the week is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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It is obvious that everyone wants to get their hands on this book, by now. After all that hype, I mean, who wouldn’t?!

It’s freaking Potter we’re talking about!

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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.


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It sucks because College starts on July 25th and this damned book comes out only on 31st. But then again, I ALWAYS have time for Harry Potter.

I swear if Rowling screws this one up, I’ll be one among the million who would want to kill her. I really, really hope this one comes out good and hits up to our expectations.

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This is definitely one my most anticipated novel of the year.

Are you excited about the new stage play and the book? What are your expectations about this book?

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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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*This review contains spoilers*

Everything, Everything is a YA novel about an 18 year old girl called Madeline Whittier.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but you know it as “bubble baby disease.”

Her disease, in a nutshell, is basically a weak immune system. Due to this, she has to live in a controlled, protected environment which is constantly checked for its purity.

I really loved this part. I mean, even if it joins the teens-with-life-threatening-diseases bandwagon, the disease had a weird name and the protagonist was not too angsty – This is of course, during the pre-Oliver phase.

I absolutely HATED the book after Olly come in. Madeline becomes a lying, stupid, angsty, oh-my-life-sucks teen, which I really wasn’t very happy with.

Madeline and Olly start off by communicating through e-mails when suddenly, they desire to meet each other in person. So, Madeline persuades Carla, the nurse who takes care of her while her mother is gone for duty to let Olly inside the house for a while, hence putting her life in danger.

Carla gets fired by Maddy’s mother when she discovers these little ‘meetings’ of Maddy.

Then comes more drama. More rebelling. More angst, blah blah.

Finally, Maddy runs away with Olly from her house and goes on a vacation. Yeah, A FREAKING VACATION. 

Blah, blah, more drama. And, BAM!

Maddy doesn’t have SCID. Yup. It’s Maddy’s mum who’s mad. (Maddy, mum, mad – See what I did there?)

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Maddy lost her father and her brother in an accident which made her mother depressed, or something like that. Because of that, Maddy’s mother didn’t want to lose her and hence, cooked up a lie saying that Maddy had SCID.

Being the ungrateful, impudent, angsty teen Maddy is, she blames her mother for wasting 18 years of her life instead of feeling sorry for her. Whatever.

The book majorly sucked.

One really really amazing thing about this book was the illustrations. They were doodly and cute, just like the ones in The Shock of the Fall. Loved them.

 


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One out of five stars.

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I don’t know… People who love teen angst, weird diseases, drama and a romance that “stuggles to win against all odds”. And anything YA, of course.

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I’m very happy to announce that this is my 100th post in my blog! I hope to do much more in the upcoming years. I would also like to thank all those who have supported me for the past one and a half years. Thank you!

What do you people think about protagonists with diseases/disorders? Do you think it’s a trend or something that actually adds taste in a YA novel?