Mini-Reviews: Plain Vanilla, Only A Kiss & When Sparks Fly by Ines Bautista-Yao.

28939978Plain Vanilla by Ines Bautista-Yao.
Published: February 12th 2016.
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Rating: 4.5/5

Review: Am I in love? I think I’m in love! Give me more!

The story follows Tempest, a “normal” girl in the midst of a quirky and adventurous family. After seeing the guy she kind of maybe has a crush on saying she’s vanilla on facebook, she decides that is time to prove to everyone, and to herself, that she fits in with her eccentric family just fine.

I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book to be honest. I was just scrolling down my kindle hoping to find something cute to read. Well, this book definitely fits that criteria, but not only that, it was so funny and crative. 

My favorite thing about this book was the protagonist. She was so relatable and I loved every moment of her quest to be more adventurous. I also loved Paco, Marga and Clara. All of them together was super fun to read and their banter was entertaining as hell. I could read a full novel about them no problem. 

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ARC Review: Modern Love by Beau North.

35167805Modern Love by Beau North.
Expected publication: July 11th 2017.
132 pages.
Rating: 4.5/5
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Synopsis:
“Love at first sight wasn’t meant for millennials,” thinks Alice Aberdeen: art student, recovering addict, David Bowie enthusiast. Alice is among the recently dumped and only wants to keep her nose to the grindstone until she finishes her degree. Her sister has other ideas and sets her up with new-in-town Will Murphy–tall, dark, and aloof. To say it wasn’t an instant attraction is an understatement: He finds her abrasive, with her sharp tongue and don’t-screw-with-me attitude. She thinks he’s excessively reserved, too damn serious. But the more time Alice spends with Will, the more their slow burn begins to thaw her heart. A man of two worlds, half-Irish, half-Indian, Will feels at home with Alice. He soon realizes her tough shell is hiding extensive scar tissue–from her addiction and recovery to her spectacularly bad ex-girlfriend to the loss of her mother. Modern Love isn’t a story about love at first sight but learning to love yourself before being able to see the one you love.Read More »

Trope Tuesday #13: Road Trip Romance.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

With the summer almost upon us, I’m looking for some summery books, and in doing so I’ve come across Road Trip Romance, which can be considered a very popular trope between summer books. The name itself is pretty self-explanatory, it’s when two or more people decide to, for whatever reason, make a road trip and somewhere in between they fall in love and/or discover themselves.

Summer books are one of my favorite things to read, and with Road Trip Romance being a somewhat well-known part of it, I have read some books with it. For me it’s complicated though, I love the idea of it, the road trip vibe and everything along with it. But I’ve never read a great book with this trope. Ever. And I have read quite a few so maybe that’s just not achievable.

I have a few books that I read and liked it, they’re good books but not quite there yet, you know? Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour was super cute, very summery and I really liked the characters. I know everyone loves this book, I’ve seen so many good things about it, and it’s not like I hate it or anything, it is a nice book, I really can’t find something to criticize about it, I just didn’t love it. Another one is You Are Here, I really liked the idea of this book, it was original and I enjoyed reading it. I like the author a lot, but her books can be very slow paced and sometimes boring, which was the case with this one unfortunately.

I’m not a huge fan of John Green, but he does have the road trip feel down when he writes about it, and he does have a couple of books that has a lot of road trip in it, so if you’re into it, you might want to check them out.

What do you guys think about this trope? Love it or hate it?

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Review: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury.

21396155The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury.
Published: February 23rd 2016.
352 pages.
Rating: 5/5
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Synopsis:
She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world… 

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

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Waiting On Wednesday #7: The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana.

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books that they are eagerly waiting for. This week I’m waiting on The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana.

32766747The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana.
Expected publication: July 18th 2017.
354 pages.
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Blurb:
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?


Indian folklore, a troubled kingdom, an inescapable fate, and romance. CAN YOU HEAR ME SCREAMING??? I NEED TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK!!

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Trope Tuesday #12: Friends to Lovers.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

Friends to Lovers is in essence, a relationship, a potential relationship or teased relationship between people who are always denying any feelings that cross the platonic lines towards each other, when in reality it’s inversely proportional to the truth.

This trope is incredibly popular, and I have a sort of love/hate relationship with it. Love, because I believe that every relationship should be build with friendship, and I like how realistic that is. And hate, because it can be awkward, not all friendships are a start-up for a romantic relationship and it can be handled poorly.

I’ve read quite a few books from this trope, my favorites being, Addicted Series and Concourse. Addicted is probably my favorite book series, I love the characters and the writing, although there’s a noticeable lack of diversity that bothers me, I do believe it’s a great story and it’s beautifully told. Concourse is somewhat similar, but it’s also completely different, and I love it immensely.

All of Zapata’s romances start with a friendship, and I really love that about her books; how natural it feels the whole relationship. So if you like this trope, you should totally check it out!

What about you guys? Do you love or hate this trope?

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Waiting On Wednesday #7: Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović.

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books that they are eagerly waiting for. This week I’m waiting on Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popović.

32051720Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popović.
Expected publication: August 15th 2017.
416 pages.
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Blurb:
“Lush. Delicious. Bewildering. And darkly magical. Popovic has created a world that you tumble into from the very first words and wish you could stay in forever.” —Evelyn Skye, author of The Crown’s Game

“Wicked Like a Wildfire was like devouring a succulent fairy fruit—it will rob your time, settle into your dreams, and leave you starving for more.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

Fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo will be bewitched by Lana Popovic’s debut YA fantasy novel about a bargain that binds the fates—and hearts—of twin sisters to a force larger than life.

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first in a two-book series. Readers will be rapt with anticipation for the sequel.

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Calendar Girls #2: Best Shakespeare Play.

Calendar Girls is a blog event hosted by the bloggers Melanie Noell Bernard and Flavia the Bibliophile, inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, they decided to use a specific theme for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, to help bloggers interact with other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across! If you’d like to know more you can check here and here.

June’s theme is Best Shakespeare Play, and my pick is:

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.
I was a little unsure about this month’s theme because I might just be the only person in the world who isn’t that big of a Shakespeare fan. Although, when I was in high school I did read quite a few of his stories, and not only for school.

I’m being very cliche and just going with one of the most popular ones, but it truly is the one book that held my attention the most. Not only that, but this one I actually enjoyed reading, and didn’t make me roll my eyes every few minutes so yay! Whenever I read books that old I get a little frustrated from a feminist standpoint, so ignoring all of those problematic situations – in not only this particular book but pretty much every book around the 16th century – it’s actually very nice to read it.

I’m also a big fan of Macbeth, which I know I know, is another extremely well known from Shakespeare. But I was so young when I read it and it had strong language and situations that kind of marked me in all of mine twelve years old. I’m not sure if I’d feel the same way about it now, but as it stands, I’m very fond of this story.

What about you guys? Are you a fan of Shakespeare? What is your favorite play? 

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