Monthly Wrap-Up : June 2020

Hello Readers! This month felt long with many sleepless night and some frustrating WiFi issues with my slow laptop and mobile data. I so need new laptop and I hope sale arrives soon. COVID-19 positivity rate is high in Hyderabad and they are talking of another lock down in few days. Hospitals don’t have ventilators and oxygen cylinders. My husband fears if something happened to us we wouldn’t get treatment here and thinking we should fly back to our hometown at my parents’ home. There too cases are more and but at least we have doctors in family. We haven’t decided anything yet but if we are going we will leave in first week of August and will return, maybe, in Dec. And if not, still we will visit our hometown but in Nov and come back after Christmas.

Reading stats:

Books Read : 9 (Actually 9.75! Still need to read last 100 pages of Cometh the hour)
Pages Read : 3018
Reviews written : 8

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Books Read:

Love is What You Bake of it (Meraki #1) by Effie Kammenou — [Review] ★★★★★ / / Romance / / entertaining and heart warning love story with beautiful setting, interesting characters and lots of mouthwatering confection.

No Signal (iMe, #2) by Jem Tugwell — [Review] ★★★★★ / / Dystopia, futuristic sci-fi / / brilliant, thought provoking, and impressive sci-fi thriller with realistic characters and intimidating world.

Any Day With You by Mae Respicio — [Review] ★★★★★ / / Middle Grade / / heartwarming, charming, lovely, and a perfect middle grade story with multigenerational Filipino family and culture.

Episodic Sleep Disorders by E.L. Haines — [Review] ★★★★☆ / / Mystery / / quick, intriguing, dark mystery with vivid description and eerie setting. I recommend this book to fans of short stories.

From the Shadows (Monica Kennedy #1) by G.R. Halliday — [Review] ★★★★☆ / / Crime Fiction / / compelling, dark and interesting Scottish Noir with many twist and turns. 

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner — [Review] ★★★★★ / / Historical Fiction / / simple yet beautiful, lovely and refreshing historical fiction with amazing characters and setting.

Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli — [Review] ★★★★☆ / / YA Contemporary / / fluffy, feel good, enjoyable, cute and coming of age YA contemporary with lovable characters.

Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella — [Review] ★★★★★ / / Mystery / / deep, impactful, powerful, and thought-provoking mystery with great characters, philosophical writing and eye-opening history, and honest and raw representation of grief, loss and mental illness.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust / / Fantasy / / Amazing world building based on Persian mythology and interesting characters.

My Favorite books of the month:

In July I’m going to read 5 another NetGalley books and 4 books for tour.


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Monthly Wrap-Up : May 2020 & Weekly Wrap-Up (1/6/’20) #MonthlyWrapup #WEEKINREADING #WeeklyWrapup #BooksTeacupnReviews

Hello Readers! This month was good in terms of reading. I read 9 books. Thanks to being awake till late night or sometimes till early hours of morning. Half the time my daughter doesn’t sleep till 2:30 a.m. and rest of the time, I can’t sleep. I’m used to this unusual sleeping schedule now. I received 4 more NetGalley widgets so now total NetGallely books to read are 18. I hope to read at least 7 NetGalley books in June and if possible finish Clifton Chronicles. All books were great so far but I was reading the series since last year! Finally I can put all 7 books on far side of shelf and start new series. Possibly Grishaverse or Jenny Colgan’s books. After roasting in 44 °C for a month FINALLY IT RAINED yesterday for 3 hours. Now it’s 36 °C outside but it feels good in home. Weather is showing rain today and tomorrow as well. I hope temperature stays down after tomorrow.

Books I read in May :

Books Read : 9
Pages Read : 2985

Breaking Storm (White Wattle Creek #1) by Vikki Holstein — [Review] ★★★★★

Romantic suspense that revolved around Kelsey- who was trying to save her daughter Pipa and Brian- who was trying to mend relationship with his sister and seek justice against a drug dealer who had ruined many lives. It was about finding hope, happiness and home, having faith, believing in yourself once again, and getting back the control and confidence in life. Intriguing, suspenseful, and emotive romantic suspense with amazing characters and family dynamic. I recommend this to fans of this genre.

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown — [Review] ★★★★☆

Slow-burn mystery thriller that revolved around two women from different background, one a con with plan of heist and other rich heiress spending her time in loneliness. It was about grifting, con, gap between rich and poor and their mindset about it, social media and its illusion, pretty things and its not-so-pretty reality, dysfunctional family, friendship, love, deceit and betrayal. Impressive, deceitful, and twisted tale of two women with lots of secrets. I recommend this to fans of this genre, specifically those who don’t mind slow pace and descriptive, philosophical writing.

New Wave by Kevin Nguyen — [Review] ★★★☆☆

General fiction that revolved around two friends Margo and Lucas, Lucas discovering more about Margo after her death, and coping with grief and loss. It was about technology and start up tech companies in 2000s, music, work and living in New York, and mainly friendship, loss and grief, racism at workplace and in society. Different read than usual. Some things I like, some I didn’t but definitely very observant fiction. 

Shadowed By Despair (Laith #3) by Candace Robinson — [Review] ★★★★★

Amazing dark fantasy, final book in Laith trilogy. It revolved around adventurous journey of Perin and Tavarra to break curse but this time not Tavarra’s but Perin’s curse. It was about not judging whole species based on bad experience, two sides of the world that has both evil and good in it, love, new friendship, and for a change let others help and care for you. Gripping, adventurous, page-turner, and twisted fantasy with amazing world and characters. I recommend it to all dark fantasy lovers, but note it should be read it order.

All the Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault — [Review] ★★★☆☆

YA small town mystery that revolved around Fabuland amusement park, Ethan’s death and reason behind Morgan’s silence. It was about workplace harassment, health risks at amusement park, motivated perception and ignorance. It wasn’t exactly thriller. Characters were interesting but not in depth. Dialogues were not good.  If you want an easy mystery, love amusement park and mystery in it with a little creepy feel, go ahead.

As Much As I Ever Could by Brandy Woods Snow — [Review] ★★★★★

Wonderful YA contemporary romance that revolved around CJ grieving loss of mother and sister in accident, about getting over loss, giving second chance to life and love, learning to love yourself again, accepting the reality than running away, forgiveness, friendship, family, and racing. Compelling contemporary with refreshing characters, summery setting and amazing emotional roller-coaster. I highly recommend this book to fans of YA Contemporary.

Just Me by Deidre Huesmann, Roxas James, Kate Larkindale, Medeia Sharif — [Review] ★★★★★

Collection of four lovely and refreshing YA, LGBTQ stories about feelings and life of queer young adults that included problems they face in the world, self-identity as queer for first time, their feelings on coming out to world and family, accepting and expressing true feelings, love, friendship and family. each stories represented relationships wonderfully. It’s perfect for LGBTQ readers.

Mightier Than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles #5) by Jeffrey Archer ★★★★☆

Another stellar book in this compelling Historical fiction series that revolved around two family and their never ending problems. It was about, good vs bad, don’t get greedy, sticking to morals and principles will always be rewarding, fight for yourself at right time, fate, family, love and passion. Review will be up tomorrow.

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What I read Last week-

Proximity (iMe #1) by Jem Tugwell

I enjoyed this near future techno thriller. I haven’t read anything like this before. I loved pros and cons of technology represented in this through iMe technology and characters’ view and experience with it. I liked the idea and theme. It was both fascinating and intimidating at the same time. It will be easy 5 star from me. I highly recommend this book. Review will be up this week.

Currently Reading-

Cometh the Hour (The Clifton Chronicles #6) by Jeffrey Archer

Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia.

Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?

Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy, and can see no way out of her financial problems, until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who’s in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot.

Sebastian Clifton is now the Chief Executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic, whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Priya, a beautiful Indian girl. But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry. Meanwhile, Sebastian’s rivals Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor are still plotting to bring him and his chairman Hakim Bishara down, so they can take over Farthings.

Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia, following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe. But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated.

Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels – which were all New York Times bestsellers – showcases Jeffrey Archer’s extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.

I finished 40% of this book and so far it’s interesting. First few chapters I enjoyed as they were the end and wrap-up of previous book but then I felt moody, tired of Virginia and another plot from enemies but then Giles’ new girlfriend and secrets about her picked my interest and now I want to read more.

No Signal (iMe #2) by Jem Tugwell

In a breathtaking follow-up novel to ‘Proximity’, Serge says it’s the ultimate Augmented Reality game. He’s chosen his Ten carefully – the reckless, driven and strong. He tests them. Ten become Four.


DI Clive Lussac wants to fight the system that controls everything, but he’s ill and losing the people closest to him. In the middle of eco-
protests, he’s lost four tourists.


As Clive’s world unravels, he and his partners DC Ava Miller and DS Zoe Jordan race to find the tourists and the true reason behind the game. It may already be too late.


A CONTROLLED POPULATION
The UK has embedded technology – iMe.
It knows where you are… all the time. It controls what you eat.
It has eradicated crime and made everyone healthy.


A DEVASTATED WORLD
The world is on the brink.
The Government talks but doesn’t act.
It thinks it’s safe.


TIME FOR CHANGE
Who will ignite it
Who has the determination to see it through?
What will be sacrificed for the cause? 

Finished 25% of this book. I’m enjoying the game planned by culprit and so many are involved in it. I can’t wait to see what their ultimate plan is and how is it going to affect Clive and government.

Next this week-

From the Shadows (Monica Kennedy #1) by G.R. Halliday

A stunning, atmospheric police procedural set against the grit of Inverness and the raw beauty of the Scottish Highlands, this is the first book in the DI Monica Kennedy series.

Sixteen-year-old Robert arrives home late. Without a word to his dad, he goes up to his bedroom. Robert is never seen alive again.

A body is soon found on the coast of the Scottish Highlands. Detective Inspector Monica Kennedy stands by the victim in this starkly beautiful and remote landscape. Instinct tells her the case won’t begin and end with this one death.

Meanwhile, Inverness-based social worker Michael Bach is worried about one of his clients whose last correspondence was a single ambiguous text message; Nichol Morgan has been missing for seven days.

As Monica is faced with catching a murderer who has been meticulously watching and waiting, Michael keeps searching for Nichol, desperate to find him before the killer claims another victim.

From the Shadows introduces DI Monica Kennedy, an unforgettable new series lead, perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves’ Vera, Susie Steiner and Peter May.

I downloaded Dark Waters second book in this series without knowing it was part of series but luckily I got NetGalley widget of this first book from publisher. from what I have heard this is great book. Can’t wait to read this one.

How was your month in reading? Have you read any of these books or are you going add to your TBR? Which book(s) was your favorite this month? What are you reading in June?

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Monthly Wrap-Up : April 2020 #MonthlyWrapup #BooksTeacupnReviews

Hello readers! I hope you all are at home, safe and adjusted to this long lock down situation. It was difficult in the beginning but things has settled down in good way. Although I miss evening walk and window shopping in weekends and I’m really tired of cooking all the time. It feel like I just prepared lunch and spent few time doing something and it’s already time to cook dinner! Am I only one who feels that? For once I would like to enjoy ready meal.

I read many books and wrote one discussion and one list post and I got tons of eBooks. Okay, that’s bit exaggeration but I feel they are too many and I just couldn’t stop myself from getting them. They are all so awesome. I should write post what I received.

Total books read : 9
Reviews : 8
Pages read : 3295

Books I read in April:

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren — [Review] ★★★★★

LGBT, contemporary romance about finding and accepting true self, being you and loving yourself the way you are, family relationship, Mormonism, views on bisexuals and gays and their feelings, friendship, and m/m romance. This book was amazing. Loved Family dynamic, friendship and relationship. It was perfectly balanced. It was lovely, heartwarming, refreshing, and the best contemporary romance and LGBT book I ever read.

Those Who Came Before by J.H. Moncrieff — [Review] ★★★★★ (4.5)

Those Who Came Before

This book revolved around a survivor, a detective, a dreadful mythical creature, and cursed Native American land. It was about horrible human deed, sins and its consequences, vengeance, violence, and greed, police brutality, curse and disease, and kindness vs cruelty. First few chapters were filled with lots of blood, gore and grotesque murders. All characters were flawed and interesting. Best part of the book was Wendigo. Author did amazing job in describing Wendigo, what people said about it and how it came to existence. It was creepy thrilling horror with horrible creature and amazing characters. Horror lovers would love to read this book.

The Memories We Bury by H.A. Leuschel — [Review] ★★★★★

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psychological fiction about obsession, manipulations, friendship, family, trust and betrayal. About danger that comes with trusting a stranger that comes under title ‘neighbor’ and its consequences, impact of childhood and its role in shaping person, controlling parents and their mistakes. Loved the message and insight in this book and best thing about the book was it was very realistic. It was gripping, realistic, emotive, and steady paced psychological fiction with beautiful writing and great characters.

The Twin by Natasha Preston — [Review] ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

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This was psychological thriller was basically an evil vs good twin novel. It was about unhealthy and toxic sister relationship, trust, betrayal and manipulations. This was great throughout the book but end ruined it for me. I couldn’t digest the end. It was great, dark, twisted, psychological thriller with brilliant villain but heavy and tragic end. Those who doesn’t want or expect happy ending in thrillers, will love it. I still can’t stop thinking about this book.

Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan — [Review] ★★★★★

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It was cute and complicated YA, queer contemporary about anxiety disorder and mental health issue, dysfunctional family, love and complications, learning to love yourself and life, looking for a solution of problem rather than finding an exit door. At first it thought it will be light hearted and cozy but it turned out much more complicated with serious issues. I loved how author showed young love and complications that comes with it, how course of life can be changed at any minute, one cannot have full control over life and most of all representation of anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Overall, realistic, deep, complicated, and heartwarming YA LGBTQ cotemporary romance. I highly recommend this to fans of this genre.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon — [Review] ★★★★★

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This book was awesome. A fantastic high fantasy about magic and mages, royal politics, religion and hypocrisy, legends with its truth and lies, love and friendship, good vs bad dragons, and putting away differences to fight the darkness of the world and changing mindset for great good. The plot was amazing and it was more complex than I thought. The world and the characters were vast and were equally balanced. Mysteries, actions, adventure, and surprises were in abundance. My most favorite part of the book was legends and magic.Overall, fantastic, mesmerizing, fast-paced, and mind-blowing fantasy with complex world and amazing characters. As said in the praises, “it was epic fantasy at its finest”. Even after reading 800 pages, I didn’t want it to end. It was that good. I highly recommend this book. I’m surely getting other books by Samantha Shannon.

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson — [Review] ★★★★★

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A poignant YA contemporary that revolved around May who lost her twin brother in school shooting and Zach whose life turns upside down when his mother took shooter’s case as defense lawyer. It was about grief, loss, guilt, depression, trauma, hope, friendship, family, and love. Characters were amazing. I loved friendship and relationship in this. Author narrated emotions of grief, loss and impact of school shooting perfectly. Overall, it was powerful, emotional and poignant YA contemporary with heavy topic that recommend to all.

NUTSI wants to catch the moon by Emma Paidge, Gaëlle Cogan (Translator) — [Review] ★★★★☆ [3.5]

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This was short and cute children’s book about fear children feel and talking about them with your family. Message and illustrations were good. I wish more scenarios were explored and a warning note as well. It was good children’s book that parents and kids can read together and a great discussion starter.

Be Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles #4) by Jeffrey Archer

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This was another brilliant installment with many surprises and twist. I loved reading the Clifton and Barringtons’ tragic and dangerous situation and how they came out of the traps set by Martinez. Another cliffhanger that left me with no choice but start next book soon. I haven’t written review yet but these is no doubt it will be 5 stars from me. I’m shocked seeing some lower ratings for this book.

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#MonthlyWrapup : March 2020

Hello Readers! So this month was filled with bad news. Everyday something new and equally bad we hear. Looking at the constantly increasing cases and people constantly ignoring government and going out for gathering, this lock down is going to be more than just a month or two. Honestly, it hasn’t changed much in my routine as I only went out once weekly before this lock down.

This month was great in terms of reading, because almost all book I read were amazing and were 5 star reads. I added many books to TBR. From this month I’ll be reading what I feel I want to with alternate 1 NetGalley and 1 my own book.

This is 3rd blog anniversary month. I’m thinking to get plan for blog. I’m not going to stop blogging ever so I thought it would be good or at least get domain name.

What I read and reviewed this month-

Books Read: 8
Books reviewed: 7
Pages read: 2450

The Call of Death by R .J. Garcia — [Review] ★★★★★

I enjoyed this book.
The Call of Death was paranormal YA, part horror, part romance and suspense. It revolved around Hanna and her psychic ability. The book was about friendship, romance, doing right thing, using gift to help others, bravery, and good vs evil. It was interesting, thrilling and wonderfully written paranormal YA romance. I recommend it to fans of this genre.

Blackthorn by Terry Tyler — [Review] ★★★★★

I love books with thought provoking topics,which gives so much to discuss over. This was that kind of book. It should be popular book or at least this series.
Blackthorn was post-apocalyptic dystopia set in 2139, revolved around Blackthorn- a largest settlement in England, people in the city, their life under an oppressive ruler and how it changed with arrival of a charming traveler with his story of The Light. It was about politics and control, faith and belief vs cynicism and logic, communism, manipulations for personal gain, and fighting for loved ones. If I’m not wrong this was fifth book in Project Renova series. It was mind blowing, intriguing and thought-provoking post-apocalyptic dystopia that I recommend to fans of this genre.

The Break Up by Tilly Tennant — [Review] ★★★★★

I love both cats and dogs but cats are my most favorite. This book is perfect for cat lovers.
The Break Up was heartwarming chick lit, cozy romance and women’s fiction that revolved around Lara and life after heart break. It was about betrayal, working on your dream, coming out of heart break and finding closure of hurtful chapter in life, friendship, love, and pet love. It was lovely, refreshing and cozy chick lit, part romance and women’s fiction. I highly recommend this book.

In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree by Michael A. McLellan — [Review] ★★★★★

Another thought-provoking book with heavy topic. It was just great.
In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree was historical fiction based on civil war, set in 1861-1866, a dark and brutal time period in American history. It was mainly about racism and its impact, civil war, antagonism, unjust law and exploitation, and fight for survival and what is fair and right. This book was highly disturbing and evocative. It was filled with so much horrors humans are capable to create and sick psychology. It was amazing, thought-provoking, and heart breaking historical fiction. I highly recommend this book to those who love to read books based on history and to historical fiction lovers.

Cynetic Wolf (Wolfish #1) by Matt Ward — [Review] ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

Hmm, this was only book that I didn’t rate 5 because of less descriptive world and few other things, otherwise it was unique and loved the concept.
Cynetic Wolf was post-apocalyptic, YA, science fiction set in 2096, revolved around 16-year-old Reak who found out he was a mix breed and how that changed his life. It was about oppressive government, insurgency, war, politics, friendship, love, betrayal, and fighting for better future and unity with chosen one trope. It was super-fast paced, enjoyable, action packed dystopian sci-fi, filled with twists and amazing world. I recommend this to fans of sci-fi.

Avocado Bliss by Candace Robinson, Gerardo Delgadillo — [Review] ★★★★★

I loved this one and best book by these two authors.
Avocado Bliss was refreshing YA contemporary romance that revolved around Avocado lover, Salbatora and Diabetes fighter, Dacre. It was about life of Type 1 diabetic, everyday struggle with disease, passion, coming out of shell and grief, insecurities with new friendship and love. It was lovely, delightful, and refreshing contemporary with serious topic and unique characters. I highly recommend this book to contemporary romance lovers.

A Day at the Zoo by Cassie Roberts — [Review] ★★★★★

A Day at the Zoo was cute imaginative picture book that revolved around two children and their adventures at the zoo. It was about trying different activities, never saying no to opportunities and enjoy the moment. it was entertaining story that educate kids both about animals and activates and at the same time encourage them with its great message.

I just finished Beyond The Moon. It was great read as well. I’m most probably going to to rate it 4.5. Review will be up this week.

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Which book(s) was your favorite this month?

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#MonthlyWrapup : February 2020

Hello Readers! I hope you all had fantastic February. This month was good in reading and fantastic in life as well. I finished reading all books I wanted to read. I might not be around that frequent as now I have to do all the cleaning and dishes. We had maid but she was not doing her work and attitude was too much to handle. There isn’t money issue, I can look for another maid but frugality is instilled ever since I was small. Anyway, I need to lose that pregnancy weight, household work would be good additional exercise and my kid need more attention these days. I only have time to blog in morning 10-12 and at night 8-12.

So here is my month in numbers:

Books Read: 9
Book Reviewed: 10
Total Pages Read: 2455

What I read:

Books read in Jan but reviewed in Feb~

Cupidity by Lucinda Lamont — (Review) ★★☆☆☆ [2.5]

Cupidity was a historical fiction that revolved around a war widow and her life after loss of her husband. It was about what war does to people, how it affects them and change their lives, about love and lust, grief and loneliness, jealousy and betrayal, change in personality. I loved writing and some characters but had many issue with other things. It was good plot and had potential. I would have liked a closure or conclusion and a character development.

The Neighbours by Nicola Gill — (Review) ★★★★☆

The Neighbours was a women’s fiction that revolved around Ginny and her neighbor Cassie. It was about friendship, fighting depression, relationship, getting over fear, and working to achieve dream. What I liked most was the message conveyed here through Cassie and Ginny’s story. Depression can come to any one at any time. And the most common one- talk about your problem with concerning person, don’t just assume things and take decision that you might regret later. It was great read with strong message and friendship that all women’s fiction readers would love to read.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1) by Jeff Kinney — (Review)  ★★★★☆

Diary of a Wimpy Kid was not a diary, it was his journal. It was about a middle school boy’s life at home and at school, about friendship, doing right thing. Writing was easy, age appropriate and entertaining. Those doodles… I just love them all. This book need to be seen from kid’s eye. I tell you kids are like this at this age, sometimes even worse! What I wanted was Greg learning more lesson than just his friendship. I hope he will develop in next books of the series. It was short, entertaining book with amazing drawings. It made me chuckle few times and reminded me my childhood and school days.

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Books Read and Review this month~

Friends First by Angela Lam — (Review) ★★★★★ [4.5]

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Friends First was contemporary fiction set in Atlanta that revolved around Maddy and Greg. It was about excessive eating and drinking habits, struggle in weight loss, PTSD but mainly it was about friendship, helping and supporting each other in friendship, living for yourself and your loved one, and giving second chance to love and life. character’s development was great. Along with this friendship and drama, author talked about PTSD and panic attacks and some people’s prejudice and behavior with person suffering from trauma, how much support, love and patience they need to come out of it through Greg’s story; and danger of eating and drinking disorder and how strong will and determination can help to overcome it through Maddy’s story.  I loved the message of giving a second chance to whom you love and it might surprise you. There was nothing wrong with the story and I actually enjoyed it.  But when I gave a thought later, I was skeptical about characters’ decision at the end. It was interesting, engaging contemporary dealing with good topics and characters that gives you so much to discuss over.

The Queen’s Assassin (Queen’s Secret #1) by Melissa de la Cruz — (Review) ★★★★☆

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The Queen’s Assassin was YA Fantasy that revolved around Queen’s secret and her assassin. It was about forbidden magic, romance, royal politics and saving kingdom from incursion and evil mages.

Now I haven’t read Sarah J Maas books but I have read stories that have somewhat similar outline. The world was original. I love mages and magic and blood vow, but rest of things was not fresh. Characters, queen’s secret and the end was a tad too predictable. It was fast paced, interesting fantasy with addictive writing and refreshing world. It gave same vibes as Children of Blood and Bone while reading this, so if you liked that book, you’ll enjoy this.

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You Are Mine by Miranda Rijks — (Review) ★★★★★

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You Are Mine was creepy psychological thriller that had creepiest villain I ever read. It was about loveless and emotionless upbringing and its psychological effect, how it shapes a person, mindset of psychopath and mainly about limerence- extreme love obsession.  Author has knack for creating hell of twisted and demented psychopath. I could predict what he did to get Charlotte and why, some in the beginning and some within first half. There was no big suspense and still I couldn’t have guessed what happened in the second half. I thought first half was scary but my goodness, the second was epitome of scary. I lost the count how many times I cursed while reading it. It was dark twisted, riveting psychological thriller. I highly recommend this to fans of this genre.

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Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life? by Kristen Bailey — (Review) ★★★★★ [4.5]

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It was quirky Women’s fiction that revolved around Meg and Danny’s married sex life and lot of sex related things but definitely not erotica or a pure romance. It was about uncertainty and questions related to sex life after marriage and kids, rekindling sex life, professional unhappiness, and honest portrayal of sex and how it’s different for everybody. I loved the message in the book. It say a lot about people’s mentality towards erotica and art related to it, how people jump to assumptions and think the worst about the person behind any sex related act. It told what love is, what sex is and how it can be different for everybody. It showed a difference between sexual exploration and perverseness. It was hilarious, entertaining, and enjoyable women’s fiction with a unique and quirky topic. I recommend to all readers of this genre.

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The Celestial Assignment by Theresa Braun — (Review) ★★★★★

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It was a supernatural fantasy short, only 28 pages story. It was about understanding what true love is, respecting the love you find in life, not treating it selfishly but mainly it was about redemption. Overall, it was quick, interesting and intriguing short story.

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Esme’s Gift (Esme Series #2) by Elizabeth Foster — (Review) ★★★★★

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It was fantastic middle grade fantasy, set in the parallel magical world and revolved around Esme’s efforts in saving her mother. It was about resilience, righteousness, good vs evil, friendship, greed of power, and using gift wisely. What I loved most about the book was world and adventure. There was hell lot of things in this world. I liked the way author represented horrors human can create and its consequences through political scheming, abusive parents, madness of scientist, greed for power and misuse of gifts. It was fun and wonderful fantasy with lots of adventure and magical gifts, interesting characters and broad world. I definitely recommend this book to all middle grade readers and fantasy lovers, but read it in order.

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Unborn by Rachel McLean — (Review) ★★★★★

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It was thought provoking dystopia. It was about feminism, misuse and taking advantage of law against women, exploitation of women’s rights, will and consent, patriarchal government, laws and its consequences. The story was around three women who lived in world where abortion was outlawed… No equality, no women rights or human rights, a typical oppressive patriarchal government. All that happened in book made me so angry, disturbed my mind and feelings. Kate, Grace, and Cindee’s journey through prison in this dysopian world changed them and their perspective in good way, they turned out braver, stronger and confident women, ready to kick the world. It was unnerving, thought-provoking and powerful dystopia with controversial topic and brave characters. If you liked Vox, you’ll enjoy this.

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Rewritten (Unwritten #2) by Tara Gilboy — (Review) ★★★★★

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It was strong sequel of Middle Grade Fantasy series Unwritten. It revolved around story characters and author of the story who created them and gave them life. It was about forgiveness, accepting the way you’re, being yourself, freedom to live your dream, consequences of restraints and lack of appreciation, and good vs bad. Writing was intriguing, compelling and fast paced. All characters, setting and plot was well written and well described. It was better than its prequel. It was wonderful fantasy set in story world with a good message. I sure recommend this book and previous one to middle grade readers.

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I also read Iron Heart that I’ll review this month.

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What did you read this month?
Have you read any of these books?
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