Sunday, June 30, 2019

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is a contemporary YA romance about two Indian-Americans and the path they want to take in this world while considering their heritage. Dimple doesn't really care for how her mother seems to think that Dimple's only concern should be wearing makeup to catch a boy's attention so she can marry. Dimple is interested in being a programmer, and she has no intention of trying to get the attention of any boy. Unbeknownst to her, her parents made arrangements with family friends to have Dimple marry their oldest son. So when Rishi shows up and says he's happy to meet his future wife, Dimple throws her coffee on him and is rather upset. However, they end up together in the workshop Dimple is there to attend and find out they have more in common than they thought. Their relationship develops positively until something happens that breaks it. Is it something they can overcome or were they really just not meant to be?

I really enjoyed this book, which I hadn't been of originally. I usually prefer fantasy books and tend to stay away from contemporary/contemporary romance books. But I liked how their relationship started off rather rocky but they chose to try(although Dimple didn't have a choice when they were put together) and they had fun getting to know each other. They each pushed each other to be the best and to pursue their passions and I appreciated that.

I didn't like that they had sex. I thought it was premature, even though they were thinking about a future together, and it shouldn't have happened yet. But that's a personal preference! I think that sex isn't the driving force of a relationship and so it shouldn't be a thing until you've committed and decided that you want to stay with that person and have committed to each other. But enough of my rantings :)

I give this book an 8 out of 10 and recommend it for readers of YA Contemporary Romance.

Update: Sorry for the absence!

Hey everyone :) Sorry I missed posts for a couple weeks! I had forgotten that I needed to get some reviews done and I had a busy past couple of weeks! I'm going to get a review posted by 11 today and get some extras done so that I don't miss anything in the next future :)

Life is going well for me, my husband and I are refinancing our house and that should get finalized very soon. We're consolidating my student loans into which will be a relief so we don't have like 3 different payments a month :) All three of my cats are doing very well and are cute as ever!

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a YA contemporary romance novel about a girl named Madeline who is allergic to essentially everything. She can't go outside and she has to have her conditions monitored all the time. She is content with her life until one day a family moves in next door. Now Madeline has had a sad experience with neighbors in the past so she's wary about them and ignores attempts of the new neighbor boy named Olly to communicate. He does this by putting a Bundt rejected by Madeline's mom in his window in differing scenarios of injuries. Their relationship grows from there, and they begin communicating via IMs. Her nurse, Carla, even allows him to come over, although they can't touch, and Madeline begins to realize just how limited her life is. She ends up making a decision that could cost her everything.

This book was not entirely what I expected, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters were relatable and I really enjoyed getting know each of them, especially Maddy since she had the most growth throughout the book. I was actually a bit surprised by the ending, I hadn't necessarily been expecting it and I was glad it happened.

I wish there had been a little more information/resolution regarding Maddy's mother. However, seeing as how this is a book about Madeline I can see why it didn't have more. I just like getting all the information.

I give this book an 8 out of 10 and recommend it for readers of YA Contemporary Romance.

P.S. Sorry this is an hour late, I miscalculated how many reviews I had stocked up!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Antidote by Shelley Sackier

The Antidote by Shelley Sackier is about a girl who is forbidden from using her magic, even when it's the only thing that can save her best friend and the future king. Magic is forbidden in their kingdom after everyone was cursed by a horrible plague. Members of the kingdom were sent away, with the exception of the heir and few servants, until things could be back under control and it was safe to return. Fee is best friends with the king and his younger brother and is betrothed to the younger brother. She loves them both but in different ways and doesn't understand why she is forbidden from using her magic. When the people are allowed to return Xavi's, the king, betrothed arrives unexpectedly early. Everything falls apart after this moment. Can Fee save Xavi and Rye? Can she outwit the person who set everything in motion so long ago? But most importantly can she discover who she is and what her power means?

Oh my goodness where to start with this book? First of all, the relationships in here are WONDERFUL. I love that Fee never had romantic feelings for Xavi even though his betrothed became jealous of her. And the relationship between Fee and Rye was so good, they struggled and had to learn how to trust each other but they worked it out in the end. Finding out Fee's parents was WOOOO. I won't give spoilers, but holy guacamole.

I was kind of disappointed with the queen of the neighboring kingdom for reasons I can't give because spoilers. But I can kind of understand why she was the way she was. I also felt the ending was a bit drawn out in a way, a little bit quicker of a wrap up would've been nice, but it didn't ruin it for me or anything.

I give this book a 9 out of 10 and highly recommend it to readers of YA Fantasy.