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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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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One Night Only by Catherine Walsh – ARC Review

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One Night Only by Catherine Walsh

Series: N/A

Publisher: Bookouture

Expected publication: July 30th 2021

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Adult

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.*

Who could have predicted this? Being at the same wedding. In Ireland. There’s a reason one-night stands are one-night stands. You’re not supposed to see each other again, especially not when you’re the maid of honor, and he’s the groom’s brother…

Sarah Anderson has never been more excited about anything in her life. She’s going to her best friend’s wedding. And not just any wedding. An Irish wedding. Goodbye New York, hello rolling green hills and men with beautiful accents and twinkling eyes.

But Sarah should have known that not all guests are fairy-tale princes…

There’s the chinless Uncle Trevor, whose idea of small talk is to claim climate change is a conspiracy.

Then there’s Great Aunt Eileen, who doesn’t talk at all (she’s too busy replacing the hotel cutlery with her own set).

Worst of all, there’s Declan Murphy. Best man. Brother of the groom. And the man Sarah last saw naked.

Is there anything more mortifying than bumping into a one-night stand halfway across the world? Especially as Declan seems determined to embarrass Sarah at every turn. At least when the wedding’s over she’ll never have to see him again.

But, back in New York, Sarah finds the more she tries to forget Declan, the more she can’t shake the thought of that infuriatingly charming smile and the way he wears a tux…

Was he really just for one night only, or might Declan Murphy be The One?

Prepare to laugh until you cry with this perfect feel-good romantic comedy about taking a chance on love. Fans of Sophie Ranald, Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes won’t be able to put this down!

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This book gripped me from the very beginning! It’s so freaking fun! Sarah is Annie’s best friend and her maid of honor. She is incredibly excited about that and the fact that it’s going to be in Ireland! Except, when she gets there, the groom’s brother is her last one-night stand! And as if that wasn’t enough, he doesn’t leave her alone and keeps trying to embarrass her! Could it get any worse?!

I really enjoyed Sarah for how relatable she is. She is afraid of compromises due to a bad breakup and the divorce of her parents. So she opted for another way that would break her further – one-night stands. But this time things didn’t really go as planned. Enter, Declan! I freaking loved him. He is incredibly funny and easy going. You can see he has his demons but overall he has such a charming personality! I loved seeing them together bickering and learning about each other. I couldn’t stop reading and smiling for how cute it was.

I also really liked Annie’s and Sarah’s friendship. They were so important to each other and I could feel it through the pages. They are very different and that made it even more interesting. Sarah is forward and is not afraid of showing who she is and taking what she wants. While Annie is more shy and more cautious.

I loved that there was a lot more to their story than just the romantic aspect. It really made it not only more relatable with all that was happening but more exciting and complex. And I mean who doesn’t want to read about a big messy Irish family? I know I do.

I found the plot really interesting and although at times I could guess what was going to happen, it was still entertaining and a lot of fun! I really liked the humour and I laughed quite a bit with this one. Especially due to Declan! Did I mention I loved him??

The writing was easy and gripping and the development was just what I needed at the moment. It’s an easy and fun book full of drama, chaos and love, and I could totally see myself re-reading it.

Fave quote: “”We’re taking things slow”. “Have you slept with him?” “Of course,” she says, and reclines on her elbows “slow, not stationary”.”

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What did you think of it? Have you read it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

Mayhem by Estelle Laure – Blog Tour Review

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51171648Mayhem by Estelle Laure

Series: N/A

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Expected publication: July 14th, 2020

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Contemporary

Pages: 304

Format: ARC

Buy: Amazon | BookDepository

* 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 Lost Boys meets Wilder Girls in this supernatural feminist YA novel.

It’s 1987 and unfortunately it’s not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy’s constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem’s own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren’t like everyone else.

But when May’s stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem’s questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good.

But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost.

From the acclaimed author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back, Estelle Laure offers a riveting and complex story with magical elements about a family of women contending with what appears to be an irreversible destiny, taking control and saying when enough is enough.

Captura de ecrã 2017-06-30, às 18.09.21Mayhem is kind of a retelling of The Lost Boys with a witchy side and a feminist touch in the #MeToo era. 

Set in 1987, Meyhem Brayburn runs away with her mother Roxy from an abusive stepfather to Santa Maria California, where Roxy lived as a kid. At the Brayburn farm Mayhem meets her aunt and the three kids she kind of adopted. But that place harbors much more than Mayhem could have expected.

If you like The Lost Boys you are probably going to enjoy this, the setting and the pacing is the same, but it has some cool differences that I quite enjoyed.

I really liked May and her new friends (the kids her aunt adopted – Neve, Jason and Kidd), it was interesting to see them together although some friendships were a bit too much – which is where I totally saw The Craft, which I read to be something this was inspired by too.

Neve was wild. She definitely was a bad influence on the others, but I also couldn’t necessarily not like her. She was definitely an interesting character and in her own way she did help May… But one of my fav characters has to be Kidd, she is super sweet and she still has a touch of innocence for how young she is and that really balanced their group. I loved their interaction with “magic”, I always love reading about new magical ways and this was super interesting! I’m not going to say more about it, but although it’s simple, I loved it and it really worked well with the story.

The abuse described in the book was quite heavy and could be triggering. However I did really like how it was approached and it made the end as sweet as can be. It showed that there’s help to be given, there’s hope and it’s possible to get better even if its not easy. No means no and everyone should respect that.

As for what I didn’t like so much…

As I said, the pace is pretty much the same as the movie, and being something that already irked me in the movie, in a book is a bit too much. I would have preferred a bit of a faster pace. I think it would have really worked with the story and made it more compelling.

The story could have gotten a bit more changes too. Half of the book was pretty much the same as the movie, which it didn’t necessarily need to be just to see the inspo. I would have liked a bit more differences because I loved everything that was different in this book and I would definitely want to check out more by the author.

Overall this book was quite enjoyable, I loved the main character and to see her relationship with her mom and her family evolve and change. It deals with abuse and its hard to read at times, but its definitely important, and the end really gives hope.

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What did you think of it? Have you read it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!


It Won’t Be Christmas Without You by Beth Reekles – Review

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47315629._SY475_It Won’t Be Christmas Without You by Beth Reekles

Series: N/A

Publisher: One More Chapter

Published August 30th, 2019

Genres: Fiction, Romance, Christmas

Pages: 203

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.*

From the author of the smash hit Netflix romcom The Kissing Booth!

Eloise, a self-confessed Christmas obsessive, can’t wait for the big day. Devoted to her Michael Bublé playlist, she’s organising the school nativity play and even her gorgeous Grinch of a neighbour, James, can’t get her down.

Her workaholic twin sister, Cara, on the other hand, plans to work over the holiday – and figure out what secrets her seemingly-perfect boyfriend George might be keeping from her.

The sisters used to be close but since Cara moved to London, everything’s been different. Only, Eloise isn’t giving up just yet, and with a white Christmas on the cards, Cara can’t fail to be moved by the magic of the season … can she?

Captura de ecrã 2017-06-30, às 18.09.21I can’t believe I forgot to write a review for this urgh! Sorry >-<

Back in December and January I read quite some Christmas books. I love Christmas and this is a book from the author of the Netflix romcom The Kissing Booth, which I enjoyed. But this book felt just average to me (although I would totally see a movie of it! So, finger crossed Netflix adapts it!).

It’s a cute and quick read but I had some problems distinguishing the two main characters? It took me some time to fully assimilate who was who and being a short read, that’s not a good thing.

Other than that it was a very cute and sweet Christmas book with a side of romance – which I was all in for-, the importance of family and sisterhood. I became very invested in the characters’ adventures through the Christmas days and the love that started to bloom.

I also really enjoyed the format of the novel – counting the days – it felt super exciting to me. Overall this is a quick easy Christmassy read that I would love to see on screen!

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What did you think of it? Have you read it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!


One Week ’Til Christmas by Belinda Missen – ARC Review

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One Week ’Til Christmas by Belinda Missen

Series: N/A

Publisher: HQ Digital

Published November 1st, 2019

Genres: Chick Lit, Romance, Christmas, Adult

Pages: 179

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.*

Two people. One chance meeting. Seven days to Christmas.

Isobel Bennett is waiting for the number 11 bus when a man quite literally falls into her lap. Snow is falling, Christmas lights are twinkling, and a gorgeous man with dark brown hair has just slipped on ice and is now pressed against Isobel.

Isobel knows she’s not imagining the chemistry between them. But then his ride arrives and, embarrassed, he beats a hasty retreat, murmuring apologies – and Isobel realises only too late that she didn’t manage to catch his name…

When she runs into him again the next morning, she decides it’s fate.

It’s a second chance for Isobel and Tom – but there’s only one week until she’s leaving London for good. Seven days of enjoying all the festive delights the city has to offer: ice-skating at Somerset House, mulled wine on the Southbank, Christmas shopping at Liberty.

There’s magic in the air and mistletoe in the trees – but what will happen when the week is over?

For fans of Josie Silver, Lucy Diamond and Marian Keyes, this is one Christmas romance you don’t want to miss!

Captura de ecrã 2017-06-30, às 18.09.21– I know Christmas has already passed but I’m still making my way through Christmas books because they just make me feel happy and I didn’t have all the time I wanted to read them before Christmas so… I will be reading them hopefully all through January. –

One Week Til’ Christmas was a super adorable romance. We follow Isobel through her week before Christmas in London. But this was far from a normal week for her. Right at the start of it, she has a man literally sending her into a gutter. And that’s not the only time she will have to face him…

This is a very light-hearted and funny Christmas book. It completely made me feel all warm and Christmas-y and smile all the time while reading it. It was extremely gripping and I just wanted to know what was gonna happen next. As you probably noticed, chick-lit is not the most unpredictable of reads and I saw where this one was going right from the start. But that didn’t make me enjoy it any less.

The romance between Isobel and Tom was steady and cute. Nothing rushed or crazy. It was freaking adorable and I loved it. As were Isobel’s friendships, they were so sweet and so positively realistic! It’s just impossible not to feel good while reading this.

I generally am not a fan of famous characters in books, mainly because they tend to be hard for me to connect with them, but this was quite different. We were able to see the actual person behind the famous face, in a realistic and adorable way. It also talked about how difficult it is to maintain connections with especially family when you are always traveling for work (or just generally working which happens in many jobs). The strain it causes, the harsh words and sad feelings were all there and it made it quite realistic.

I often cry reading romances and this was no different, it was cute, emotional and I loved the pacing. 

I would especially recommend it if you’re into Christmassy or feel-good books!

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What did you think of it? Are you excited about this book? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

The Rise of Winter by Alex Lyttle

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The Rise of Winter by Alex Lyttle

Series: Terra Protectorum #1

Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing

Expected publication: May 1st 2019

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Pages: 320

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.*

Centuries ago, Terra, the world, was nearly destroyed by humans. In the wake of that destruction, Terra created the Guardians – a group sworn to protect Her. But humans have returned to their plundering ways and Terra needs the Guardians. The Guardians are now fractured, their leader murdered years before. They need a new leader – a new Terra Protectorum – but when a young girl is chosen outrage ensues. Questions demand answers.
Why has Terra selected a girl with no knowledge of the Guardians? Why has she chosen a human when it is the humans destroying the earth? And most importantly, why has she chosen the girl whose father murdered the last Terra Protectorum?

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An Authentic Experience by Kelly Wittmann

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An Authentic Experience by Kelly Wittmann

Series: N/A

Publisher: Sara Camilli Literary Agency

Published February 13th 2018

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Pages: 254

Format: Ebook

Buy: Amazon

* Received this copy from the Author 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.*

Fifteen-year-old Silver Abelli’s life has been as tumultuous as the punk rock she was raised on. Her divorced parents just don’t get along, even though they’re both musicians who stubbornly spurn the mainstream but secretly crave the limelight. Silver has always lived with her mom, Nicola, but when Nicola is diagnosed with a brain tumor, she must go to live with her obnoxious, hard-partying father, Renz. Because her family is so traumatized by Nicola’s condition, Silver doesn’t know where to turn when she suffers her own trauma. Will the truth set her free, or will it only make a bad situation worse? Find out in this story of family, friends, and young love.

CW: Rough language, one scene of violence

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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee




Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Series: N/A
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Published January 15th 2019
Genres: Middle Grade, Sci-fi, Mythology
Pages: 304
Format: Hardback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.

When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.

Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.

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An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma




An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
Series: N/A
Publisher: Little, Brown
First published January 8th 2019
Genres: Literary Fiction, Cultural – Nigeria
Pages: 443
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

An Orchestra of Minorities is about the life of a troubled young poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves. Set between Nigeria and Cyprus, according to Little, Brown it is “a modern epic of Igbo civilisation”, dealing with myth, spirituality, life, death, obsession and ownership. It can also be read as a parable about a civilisation lurching towards modernity, sometimes at the cost of abandoning the wisdom of elders.

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