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Book Review: Without Merit

Book Title : Without Merit
Book Author :
Colleen Hoover
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Date Published : October 3rd 2017


Collen Hoover is very well known for how her writing style grips at your heart, wrenches your soul and permanently leaves a mark on you after reading one of her books. I absolutely adore her books!

And as much as I enjoyed this one, it did have quite a few “buts” in my opinion.

But first, let me tell you what it’s about.

Merit Voss seems like your typical teenage girl who is obsessed with collecting trophies she hasn’t earned and for pretending she has that normal, perfect family. Nobody is really aware of what lies beneath the surface.

We follow her around as she deals with her family that includes her father, brother, twin sister, her sick mother and stepmother – a handful, right?

Along the story she meets/crushes on Sagan, then finds out that he’s her sister’s boyfriend so he’s off limits to her, though she can’t help but think about him, and meeting him have awakened a part of her that she never knew existed as he also helped her deal with stuff she wasn’t aware they existed.

I wouldn’t categorize this as romance. This book talked more about life issues, psychological matters and really much more.

My main “but” is that all those topics mentioned in the book were lightly discussed and resolved. We did not have much time to grasp about what went on or deal with it.

I’d rather we had just one main issue or two to focus on along with the romance of the book. But sadly it felt a bit all over the place.

I would still recommend it, urge you to pick it and enjoy it as much as I did. It was kind of a light read but with important issues.

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Book Review : Stay With Me

Book Title : Stay With Me
Book Author : Ayobami Adebayo
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : August 22nd 2016

This right here is a book I have not hesitated to pick up once I’ve read the synopsis. I’m a big fan of historical fiction and I was more intrigued when I found out that it’s based in Nigeria.

Yigide and Akin have met in university, fell in love and got married. In a time where polygamy was common and expected, they have agreed that it’s always going to be only the two of them.
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Four years into their marriage, Yigide was not able to bear any children even after many doctor consultations and treatments, thus causing Akin’s family to convince him to take another wife. Yigide is beyond herself with anger and frustration which got her determined to get pregnant before the second wife. She succeeded but the price she had paid was far more than she had expected.
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A hard to put down book, full of emotions and twists, I did not know whether to sympathize with the characters or hate them. They were so real that I felt they were just living right next door to me.
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A powerful storyline that talks about culture, human choices, family and the sacrifices we make for our loved ones.
This for sure would make the perfect addition to your TBR. I totally recommend to add it to your shelfie.


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Book Review : It Ends with Us

Book Title : It Ends with Us
Book Author :
Colleen Hoover
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
/5
Publication Date :
August 2nd 2016


“Sometimes it’s the one who loves you who hurts you the most”

Winner of Goodreads choice award 2016, lots of recommendations, my sister finishing it in one sitting with the comment ‘her best so far’, so I knew I just had to pick it up.

I’ve read quite a few of Colleen’s books, and though I try to stay away from YA romance, her books just drags you in.

This book is more than just Romance. It speaks and tackles about important issues which makes you think, sympathizes, connect with most characters and root for that happy ending.

I would totally recommend this book if you are looking to try a CoHo book. Though it may be completely different from her other books, it does have her touch and style all over it which makes her books unique in their own way.

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Book Review : When Dimple Met Rishi

Book Title : When Dimple Met Rishi
Book Author : Sandhya Menon
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : May 30th 2017


Pancakes for breakfast along with your favorite cup of coffee, and picking up this book would complete that perfect Saturday morning.

This was such a delightful read. I cannot contain myself as I find myself using words such as cute, adorable and I-just-want to pinch-those-cheeks. I mean, can I? Can I?

We meet Dimple, who is all about women and career while struggling with her family who are urging her to find that “Ideal Indian Husband”. I mean, isn’t that what life is about? Finding that perfect significant other? *rolls eyes.

Then we meet Rishi, that hopeless romantic, who believes in tradition and family values. He accepts his fate to carry on the family business, meet and woo that perfect “arranged” wife and make his family proud.*I mean it, I need to pinch those cheeks!

Unknown to Dimple, Rishi signs up for that same program she has been dreaming of since forever-!, gets the surprise of her lifetime when she finds out this was all arranged by both families and it was the whole reason her parents agreed to the program anyways. *pfft! Parents! What are they thinking!

Total opposites, Dimple and Rishi who thought they had everything figured out, embark on a journey of self-exploration, family traditions, and struggle with career and life choices.

I would totally recommend this book. As much as it was a light read, it still talked about important issues that I think most have gone through or would go through.

And who wouldn’t want to have that “feel good” feeling after reading a book that has a somewhat satisfying ending?

You know you do!

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Book Review : The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Book Title : The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Book Author :  Taylor Jenkins Reid
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Expected Publication Date :  June 13th 2017


A gorgeous cover, a catchy title and great reviews!

Who wouldn’t rush to pick it up?

I’m super glad that the hype was right about this book. Though it wasn’t exactly how I expected it to turn out, I’d still mark it as one of my favorites.

Magazine Reporter, Monique, was given the opportunity of a lifetime. After refusing – multiple times – to speak about her past, the incorrigible Evelyn Hugo surprisingly picks Monique to be the one who would tell the world what her life was truly about. Her morbid past, relationships, career and the secret behind her seven marriages.

It was absolutely hard to put down the book. I loved how easily the words flowed getting you caught up in the storytelling, which alternated between the past and the present. It wasn’t easy at all to make up my mind about Evelyn.

I wasn’t sure I agreed with her choices or if I sympathized with her or just purely admire her. But admire her, I did. Well, a part of her anyways.

I wouldn’t want to say anything more and spoil the book for you, but I’d definitely recommend it, no, URGE you to pick it up, especially if you are fan of Historical fiction, Romance and Women’s literature.

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Arc Review : The Note

Book Title : The Note
Book Author : Zoe Folbigg
Expected Publication Date : October 1st 2017


I always try to be super honest with my reviews and I always to try as much as possible to find the good in what I read.

The Note was supposed to be that romantic, got-you-swooning, hoping and rooting for the Protagonist kind of books and It was, somehow that way. But…

My issue with the book was the writing style and format. The name, Maya, our Protagonist was mentioned a lot. Maya this, Maya that. I don’t mind a book written in a third-person narrative but I don’t think it worked for this one. It got the characters feeling bland and without flavor. There were also the mention of a lot of characters that it was hard to keep up with and I felt some did not even add to the story.

Writing style and characters aside, it had a good plot line. I loved the idea of what the book represented and what it is expected to learn out of it. It’s all about taking chances, being brave and not afraid to take that leap.

Overall, I won’t really recommend the book. But if it did happen to fall into your lap, do pick it up and check it out.

 

Thank you @netgalley and Aria Books for a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review : One of Us is Lying

Book Title : One of Us is Lying
Book Author : Karen M. McManus
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : June 1st 2017


 

One of us is lying makes detention the place to be stuck in for sure. I really had no idea what to expect from it but I do know that if the book makes me want to rush home and pick it up, then it totally deserves a four or five stars for me.

Even though it’s kind of a retelling of “The Breakfast Club” – which I haven’t seen, you will definitely get sucked in on all the drama and mystery that unfolds after five strangers get stuck in together for detention. Only four of them makes it out alive, which makes the rest primary suspects.

I totally loved the concept of it. It had a Gossip Girl feel to it mixed with Pretty Little Liars and a bunch of other shows that I am fond of. So if you are fan as well, you are for sure going to love this one.

I had so much fun trying to guess what went on and “who dunnit”!  I was busy contemplating, analyzing and throwing back theories back and forth all the way through the book. I was actually almost right but it was also a bit difficult as it none of the characters was to be trusted because they were all full of secretes and had a reason to get rid of the deceased.

I would totally recommend the book if you are a mystery fan and in need of something light to read.