Review: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Review: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali PerkinsTitle: You Bring the Distant Near
Author: Mitali Perkins
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: September 12, 2017

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story.

Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve her Bengali identity.

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Review: You Bring the Distant Near

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitlai Perkins is a beautifully written saga that tells the story of the Das family and their experiences immigrating to the United States. When a book grabs hold of you and keeps you engaged right up to the end, it is safe to say that it is going to be a favourite. Told in alternating perspectives, Perkins gives her readers so many unique and interesting points of view through her well-developed female characters. The Indian customs and culture that are told throughout this story are so insightful and add to the magic of the narrative. Continue reading

Book Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Book Review: I Believe in a Thing Called LoveTitle: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Author: Maurene Goo
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: May 30, 2017

three-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and never had a B. But in her charmed school life, there's one thing missing--she's never had a boyfriend. In fact, she's a known disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet.

When the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides it's time to tackle her flirting failures. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has watched obsessively for years--in which the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. Armed with her "K Drama Rules for True Love," Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos. All's fair in love and Korean dramas, right? But when the fun and games turn to feelings, Desi finds out that real-life love is about way more than just drama.

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Book Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo is the K drama-inspired book that has been on my most anticipated books list for quite some time. However, while the concept had so much potential, it got a bit creepy, and the main character became manipulative. I did still enjoy some aspects of the novel, like the strong bond between the main character and her father, but I feel like this story could have been so much more than it was. Continue reading

Book Review: A Week of Mondays

Book Review: A Week of MondaysTitle: A Week of Mondays
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: August 2, 2016

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true...

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.

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Book Review: A Week of MOndays by Jessica Brody

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody is a quick and cute read for the summer. The concept is so unique and the main character is very relatable. One of my favourite things about the book is the epic friendship between Ellie and Owen. Everything about this book is so fun! Continue reading

Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie RutkoskiTitle: The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3)
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #3
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: March 29, 2016

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He's finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can't quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people-and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that's what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?

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Review: The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski is such a fantastic instalment to The Winner’s Trilogy! I was definitely not as prepared for this epic conclusion to the series as I thought. This book is filled with action and suspense and contains one of my favourite main characters in YA. If that wasn’t enough to sway you, the writing in this book is so gorgeous and will make you fall in love with The Winner’s Kiss right away. Continue reading

Review: After the Woods by Kim Savage

Review: After the Woods by Kim SavageTitle: After the Woods
Author: Kim Savage
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Genres: Thriller
Publication Date: February 26, 2016

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Would you risk your life to save your best friend?

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

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Review: After the Woods by Kim Savage

After the Woods by Kim Savage is an incredibly fast-paced book that really surprises and keeps the reader guessing. It is definitely not a horror novel, for those who are hesitant to give it a go. There is also a super heroic (literally) and brave main character that the reader will just fall in love with, making After the Woods an enjoyable and thrilling read. Continue reading