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Book Review : Behold the Dreamers

Book Title : Behold the Dreamers
Book Author :
Imbolo Mbue
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date :
June 26th 2017


I really wanted to LOVE this book so much but sadly I didn’t. Maybe I just had my own ideas of what it should have been and I was expecting more than what it was.

The book follows the story of Jendi and Neni, and their son, who migrated from Cameron to the United States hoping to live that American Dream. Working and studying hard, they soon realize it’s not as easy or glamorous as they thought it would be.

I loved how it touches subjects about hopes, dreams, love, marriage, wealth vs poverty and so much more. The writing style makes it super easy to follow the plot and connect with the characters.

It wasn’t a struggle for me to finish it and I did look forward to knowing how it ended, not because of the creativity of the plot but because I kind of fell in love with the characters themselves and I found myself rooting for them!

I do recommend that you pick it up. It could be a good one for you and it could be that you’d find it mediocre like I did.

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Book Review : The Hating Game

Book Title : The Hating Game
Book Author :
Sally Thorne
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
August 9th 2016


One of the most hyped up books that I was recommended to since I was in the mood for a romantic read, and sadly, the hype is wrong about it.
Well, for me anyways.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. They spent their working days, sitting across from each other, hating and playing hateful games. To make things hatefully worse, they were up for the same promotion of their dream job. This caused even more tension between them but at the same time, surfaced another feeling that perhaps could be something other than hate?
I do realize I used the word “hate” a lot but believe me, 387 pages and it’s bound to be in mostly every sentence.

Ok, I’m exaggerating a bit but my main point is, the book focused so much on that word and feeling, that it was almost forced.
I did not feel their hate, I did not feel their attraction and I certainly won’t categorize this or add it to my recommendations for a romance read.

I do, however, recommend that you do pick it up, make up your own mind about it and hey! You might not end up “hating” it. Not that I hated it, mind you!

 

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Book Review : The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Book Title : The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Book Author :
Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
July 29th 2008


That awesome moment when you read a good book and you can’t wait to tell the whole world about it!

I just finished it last night, and here I am writing my review and urging you to pick it up.

I had this one on my TBR for a long time now – I could easily say 10 years! I think I bought it the minute it got out. And guess what made me pick it up? Why, because of its movie of course!!

The funny part is, while reading it, I totally forgot that I just read it to check the movie adaptation later.

So, it all started with a letter that our Protagonist, Juliet, who was also an aspiring writer, received from Guernsey letting her know that they have found a book of hers with her name and address, which lead her to connect with the residences of Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and thus began a series of letters and telegrams between them, portraying their love for books and reading.

This was such a delightful read. You cannot but help falls in love with every character mentioned. The whole idea of the letters added a whole new charm to the plot and events told.

I would totally recommend, actually FORCE you to pick it up and read it! That is if you are a fan of awesome books!

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Book Review : The Wedding Date

Book Title :  The Wedding Date
Book Author : 
Jasmine Guillory
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
January 30th 2018


I am not a very generous person when it comes to my stars and I could be a tad bit difficult when it comes to ratings. So it’s really a big thing that I gave this book a four star rating!

And it certainly deserves it.

Stuck in an elevator with a guy she doesn’t know, and agreeing to go to a wedding as a first date, is something Alexa wouldn’t dream of doing. But something about Drew, – and his charm! makes it super hard to resist him or refuse his offer to become his fake girlfriend to assist him with his ex’s wedding festivities.

A delightful read about long distance relationships, love, attraction and all those ingredients that would make the perfect romantic story.

I totally loved!

It as it had that “feeling good” read, packed with awesome characters and you can’t help but fall in love with Alexa and Drew.
I would totally recommend it to those who are looking for a light read and a fix of steamy romance.

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Book Review : The Sun is also a Star

Book Title : The Sun is also a Star
Book Author :
Nicola yoon
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
November 1st 2016


After reading and loving Everything Everything, I didn’t hesitate to pick up the second book by the same author.

I can’t say that I regret this choice but I won’t say I’m happy about it either.

The Sun is also a Star talks about serious practical, Natasha, who does not believe in dreams and fate. A single mistake from her father’s side got them threatened with deportation and have to leave to Jamaica in twelve hours.

During those twelve hours and walking round the streets of New York –where she calls home, she meets and falls in love with Daniel, the perfect son and student, who is an absolute dreamer and very much believes in fate.

Though I might find someone who would love this book, it just wasn’t for me. It was such an easy read but still, I struggled to finish it as fast as I normally do with such books.

It did have a good story, cute characters, talks a lot about fate and hope. Of course, I love Nicola’s style of writing. I would definitely read more of her books but this one didn’t get me all hyped up about it.

I’d still recommend it thought. Especially to a younger audience or someone who’s just looking for a quick read.

 

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Book Review : Geekerella

Book Title : Geekerella
Book Author :
Ashley Poston
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date :
April 4th 2017


If you love retellings, then you will love this.

I love retellings, so obviously I loved it!

Cinderella is one of my favorite childhood stories and I always love to check out the different versions of it.

This one talks about Elle Wittimer which one might call a geek. She’s a diehard Starfield fan, a classic sci-fi show, and shares that love with her late parents.  Wishing she’d escape her step-family, she’s determined to win the prize for this year’s ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball which would help her achieve that.

An added bonus is to meet and great Prince Carmindor, which is played by Teen actor Darien Freeman who believes he’s not the right person for this role and has self-doubts about it.

This was such a cute and fun read. Please don’t expect things to be so serious or as typical as a Cinderella story.

There is a lot of cheesiness and mushiness but I have found it to be adorable.

This is the perfect read if you are looking for something light, entertaining and just want a good laugh.

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How to get free books from Publishers and Authors

Do you want to get free books from authors/publishers?

Processed with VSCO with v6 presetOf course, you do.

Who doesn’t love free books?

It’s no secret how to and it’s no rocket science

BUT what you’re about to read is based on my own experience.

It could be different for you and it’s certainly different for other peeps, as there could be certain factors that affect what kind of books you get or from where you could get them.

Anyhoo, without further a due, my first tip is to:

1. Understand that they are not “free” books.

I’ve seen a lot wish and moan that they want those free books to expand their libraries or to just simply read them. BUT what exactly are YOU offering back?

Read any email sent to you, or those book reviews, posted by peeps who got those free books and the keyword is there.

“Free book in an exchange for an honest review”

Yep! The keyword is exchange! Exchange for what? A review.

So trust me, it’s not a free book. You are expected to give something back and some require it within a certain time.


2. Be Committed and show it!

If you are doing it through Instagram or any other platform, it would really help to have a clear, precise profile. Add that “book blogger” to your bio and mean it. Mention what is it that you do, which I’m secretly hoping that it’s reviewing books.

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Advanced Copy of Stranger by David Bergen by Duckworth books

Myth: You need to have an xxx amount of followers and perfect pictures.

No, you don’t!

I had a merely 3k account when I got approached to review a book and my pictures weren’t exactly art gallery material.

But I made it work.

And so can you.


3. Know your stuff (?)

Understand the terms that are used in a book blogging environment.

Words such as:

  • Book Cover Reveal
  • Book Tour
  • Book Review

I will admit that I had no idea what they were but the Bookstagram community is amazing. Ask a question and everyone would be jumping in to help.

You can do the same. Ask before jumping into things so you would know exactly what is expected of you.


4. Set up your rules!

It’s totally awesome that you are getting a free book, and you’re over the moon that they chose you.

Well, guess what? They should be over the moon as well that you have accepted their book, took the time to read and review it.

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Advanced copy of The One by John Marrs (Penguin UK Books)

I have learned that it’s ok to be picky about what books to accept as my time has become very limited and I want to be able to read the books that I want to enjoy as well.

It’s totally ok to say no, once in a while.

I have also put up a review policy on my blog where I clearly defined what is it that I’m looking for.

For example, I don’t read or review erotica and I made certain to emphasize this.

You can check up my review policy here.

Another point I want to mention is that you have to be clear about where you will post your reviews, when you would post it and you need to make sure you stick to that agreement.


5. Be Honest.

I think this is the most important thing.

You being real.

Note that there are a lot of other readers checking up your reviews and trusting your every word.

Don’t be afraid to speak your mind about the book but bear in mind to offer good criticism if you don’t like it.

There is no need to be harsh or mean. You can still get your point across without offending the authors and the readers along with it.

Agreed?


6. Do Something about it.

Sure you can do all those five steps that I  have mentioned, sit and wait to be approached but slowly your patience runs out and you get frustrated.

So why not approach them?

You can send an email to the publisher but before you do make sure:

  • To know your publisher. What kind of books do they publish, would they interest you? It’s also good to know the region of your publisher. If your publisher is in the US and you are in Australia, approach them instead. That could help with your chances.
  • To include your full name, about yourself – mainly what your blog is, your IG account, number of followers, etc.
  • To include your address in that email. That way, they won’t have to reply back asking for it.
  • To be nice in that email, and straight to the point. Keep it short.

You will be rejected many times and that’s ok. Don’t give up!


7. Focus on YOU!

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Advanced Copy of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Penguin Uk books)

Focus on building up your account, don’t stress.

Read the books that you already have and tag its author, publisher..etc.

You will get noticed eventually!

And I truly believe when a publisher or author sees how much fun you’re having, they would love to add you to their list of book reviewers.

In the end, its all about having fun!

Are you having fun?

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to add it in the comments below. I would love to offer as much help as I can.