Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma – ARC Review

Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma

Series: N/A

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Published September 21st 2021

Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 384

Format: ARC

Buy: Book Depository / Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

She’s determined to be the perfect daughter, until she meets the perfect guy…

Kiran Mathur knows firsthand how dangerous love can be. After all, her sister’s marriage in India nearly destroyed Kiran’s family. So she’s decided to redeem romance herself—by not falling for anyone who might disappoint her parents. That is, until she meets her new neighbor Nash Hawthorne.

Nash is a dedicated psychologist and committed to being alone. His family life has taught him the inevitability of abandonment, and he isn’t ready to question his beliefs. But in spending time with Kiran, he starts to experience emotion he’s never felt before.

For both, love feels like a risk. But when the future only starts to make sense with each other, it might be time to follow their hearts…

Kiran, an Indian girl from a village in India moved to New York to study.

Nash, a psychologist, just moved to Kiran’s building.

Kiran’s family is extremely conservative and especially after her sister married a white guy, Kiran feels the need to be approved by her parents a lot more – and for that she has to marry an Indian Guy.

Nash has parental issues, which developed into commitment issues.

Can they even have a future together?

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The Garden by the Sea by Amanda James – ARC Review

The Garden by the Sea by Amanda James

Series: Cornish Escapes, Book 2

Publisher: HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter

Expected Publication January 14th 2022

Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 299

Format: ARC

Buy: Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

A heartwarming novel of new beginnings, community and finding your tribe when you need them the most…

A precious heirloom passed down from mother to daughter…

Lowena Rowe’s beloved mum always claimed her family seed box was special. Said to contain soil from Tintagel, the mysterious seat of the legendary King Arthur, whomever made a wish upon the box would have ‘a beautiful garden, bountiful crops and love of their fellow man’. Lowena isn’t inclined to believe the myth but can’t part with the box, knowing how much it meant to her mum.

Starting over with a new home and a new job in the Cornish village of St Merryn, Lowena can’t help feeling lost and alone… but she isn’t the only one. Now, as a community of misfits finds solace and friendship in the shade of her growing garden, she realises there might have been truth to the mythical box after all, and she may just be growing the life and love she’s always wanted…

After Lowena’s mother dies, she decides to sells both their houses and buys a beautiful cottage by the sea, where she usually always went to relax. 

She starts working in a new tiny library in the area and with that starts also doing tiny projects in it. This brings her to new people, new friends, a new life. But her most prized possession, surprisingly enough for her is her new garden, where she loves to pass her time.

She got from her mother, and later grandmother, a box full of soil and seeds. She decides to plant them, not knowing what could come for it. And slowly the garden starts flourishing and bringing not only happiness but people together.

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Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire – Review

Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire
Series: Wayward Children #7
Publisher: Tordotcom
Published January 4th 2022
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 160
Format: Hardback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you’ve already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company.

There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again.
It isn’t as friendly as Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
And it isn’t as safe.

When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her Home for Wayward Children, she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn’t save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.

She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming…

This is the first book in which we get to see some other schools like Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. It’s name is Whitethorn Institute and it’s far from a good place! Cora, who we have met in past books, intends to change schools and go to Whitethorn Institute, but this place is far from what she expects.

I’m so happy this series got up again! I wasn’t a big fan of the last two books but this was fantastic!

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A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson – Review

A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson
Series: N/A
Publisher: Nyx Publishing
Published January 31st 2021
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Fantasy
Pages: 248
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

A lyrical and dreamy reimagining of Dracula’s brides, A Dowry of Blood is a story of desire, obsession, and emancipation. 

Saved from the brink of death by a mysterious stranger, Constanta is transformed from a medieval peasant into a bride fit for an undying king. But when Dracula draws a cunning aristocrat and a starving artist into his web of passion and deceit, Constanta realizes that her beloved is capable of terrible things. Finding comfort in the arms of her rival consorts, she begins to unravel their husband’s dark secrets. 

With the lives of everyone she loves on the line, Constanta will have to choose between her own freedom and her love for her husband. But bonds forged by blood can only be broken by death.

This is the best reimagining of Dracula’s Brides ever. It’s written as an open letter from Constanta, his first bride, explaining the why’s, what’s and how’s of their tale dating centuries. It’s beautiful, haunting and it grips you from the very first page.

In a way you can also see it as a fantasy tale revolving around Stockholm syndrome. The way Constanta describes their relationship with her lord and how it is born and develops, I think it also fits that view.

Constanta is her Lord’s first bride and so she is completely devoted, only seeing the bright side of him. But slowly, with some centuries and with the addition of an aristocrat and an artist to the family, she manages to see through the facade. She starts noticing who he really his and how much everything she knew until now is a lie. And what she has to do to make it all stop.

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December Wrap-up and January TBR

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Hey guys!

How has your month been? Are you ready for 2022? This year literally sucked so I’m definitely excited to see it behind now.

My reading month started well and then just kinda led to a bit of a slump so…

Check out what I’ve read this month:

December Wrap-up


TOP book of the month:

1.Under the Whispering Door was a 4star for me but definitely my fav of the month. It talks about a lot of important things, especially mental health and although a slow book, I had lot of fun especially with the second half of the book!

What were your favorite reads in December? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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January TBR

What’s on your TBR for January? Are you excited for any of these or have you read any of them? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Karen Clarke – ARC Review

I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Karen Clarke

Series: N/A

Publisher: Bookouture

Published October 14th 2019

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Holidays

Pages: 268

Format: ARC

Buy: Amazon 

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

The weather forecasters said the snowstorm would miss the eastern seaboard. They were wrong. When Ally Henderson’s flight from Southern California to New York City for Christmas gets diverted to the tiny Midwestern town of Bethlehem, she’s desperate to get back in the air and back to the Big Apple. But with all the airports closed, she’s forced to rely on Midwestern hospitality to wait out the storm. And she soon le

Last Christmas, Nina gave away her heart – only to have it broken. But this year, at her family’s cosy café, could she find a second chance at love with someone special under the mistletoe?

Nina Bailey loves Christmas. Except this year she doesn’t. Because it turns out that her husband-to-be has been cheating on her – and her beautiful wedding ceremony in the snow is cancelled.

She’s not really in the mood to be jolly, sing carols, or go anywhere near gingerbread men – in fact, what Nina wants is to avoid the whole thing. So she’s come to stay at her Aunt Dolly’s cosy café to nurse her broken heart.

Nina is determined to get through Christmas with no tinsel, no fuss – and definitely no flirting. So when she arrives and meets infuriatingly handsome Ryan Sadler, with his gorgeous forest-green eyes, she is not best pleased. And when Nina overhears him making fun of her, she is furious. (There might have been an incident with a koala onesie and a spilled bottle of milk, but that really wasn’t her fault!) So despite the spark between them, and the fact that he can whip up a fabulous dinner faster than she can say Michelin star, romance and Christmas are off the menu this year.

Unfortunately, Aunt Dolly hasn’t quite got the message, going to great lengths to provide a proper British Christmas for her beloved niece: a true home away from home. With sparkling lights adorning every wall and a tree to equal the Rockefeller Center’s and, yes, mistletoe above every doorway, can Nina resist the magic of Christmas – and stick to her no-romance rule?

This heartwarming romantic comedy will have you reaching for eggnog, roasted chestnuts and gingerbread cookies! The perfect festive book to read curled up in front of the fire, for fans of Sue Moorcroft, Holly Martin and Debbie Johnson.

Nina just had a really bad breakup when she was about to get married. To get away from it, she travels to the charming French village of Chamillon to spend some quality time at her aunt and cousin and focus on her new career as a travel blogger. Romance is far from her plans, but her aunt Dolly is trying to set her up nonetheless with her son’s best friend Ryan. He is also staying at their house and is also going through a tough breakup. As first impressions go, let’s just say they didn’t hit the jackpot, but will Dolly’s skills as matchmaker change that?

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Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune – Review

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
Series: N/A
Publisher: Tor
Published September 21st 2021
Genres: Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

Under the Whispering Door is a contemporary fantasy with TJ Klune’s signature “quirk and charm” (PW) about a ghost who refuses to cross over and the ferryman he falls in love with.

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.

Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.

But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.

When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this absorbing tale of grief and hope is told with TJ Klune’s signature warmth, humor, and extraordinary empathy. 

This follows Wallace Price, a bit of a scrooge that manages a big law company. He dies shortly after the beginning of the book.

Then he is dead and the story follows his ghost in what could be described as the last station before the afterlife. He meets Hugo the ferryman, who is responsible for helping these souls cross, and the reaper Mei – and then we have Nelson and Apollo, who are souls that haven’t crossed yet.

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Owlcrate Unboxing November 2021

Hey guys! Here’s the unboxing for Owlcrate November’s box! Hope you enjoy! The theme of the month is Dreaming in the Dark!

Owlcrate is an amazing YA bookish subscription box that I would highly recommend getting. Plus, if you live in Europe like me, it still arrives incredibly fast and somehow  (for me) it doesn’t get more expensive than any other box coming from Europe – although obviously, it changes from country to country…

If you want to check out what this box included, just keep reading! I will show photos of all the items, information on them and some of my thoughts!

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