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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 : 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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Book Review : Ugly Love

Book Title : Ugly Love
Book Author : Collen Hoover
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : August 5th 2014


This was an OK plot line with OK characters and which made it an OK read!

My fourth #coho book and as much I enjoy a light read between my somewhat heavy readings, there are far better ones to pick from.

There wasn’t much of a plot line. Two who just met with mutual attraction decided their relationship is going to be all physical. No emotions whatsoever. The story just focused on that.

It was a fun, enjoyable read. I found I have laughed a lot. I just did wish it was a teeny bit deeper than it is with more character depth like her other books. .

All in all. As I said, an ‘OK’ read.

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Book Review : Maybe Someday

Book Title : Maybe Someday
Book Author : Colleen Hoover
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : March 18th 2014


“People don’t get to choose who they fall in love with. They only get to choose who they stay in love with.”

This was a really enjoyable read. It was one of those books where all you could think of when you are at work is to return home, cozy up in bed and read.

This was my Third CoHo book (having read November 9 and Confess) and I think I liked it the best from all three. It wasn’t over dramatic, it didn’t have that mushy-mushy dialogue and it was more to the realistic side.

I kind of also related a lot to the book having gone through something similar. I was reading and paying attention to every word, every detail to grasp what was going on and to check if it did make sense.

I didn’t agree with a lot of choices, was frustrated by the characters in some situations and I wanted  different reactions most of the time.

I think I lived the book more that read it. 😀 It made me think, it got me depressed, it gave me hope but all in all, I am completely glad that I have come across it and read it.

I would recommend the book to YA readers who are looking for a great drama/romance/friendship kind of stories.

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Book Review : The Muse

Book Title: The Muse

Book Author: Jessie Burton

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Publication Date: July 26th  2016

“I’m doing the absolute opposite of giving myself away. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll be completely visible. If the painting sells, I’ll be in Paris, hanging on a wall. If anything, I’m being selfish. It’s perfect; all the freedom of creation, with none of the fuss.” ― Jessie Burton, The Muse

I was a bit reluctant to pick this one up as I have read Jessie Burton’s previous book “The Miniaturist” and was quite disappointed with how the whole story was wrapped up after having such a great plot.

If not for a book club I’m part of, I don’t think I would have picked it up soon, though I did promise myself that I would give the author a second chance. And that I did.

A painting was found and the mystery that lies behind it came to life. I truly loved the interlocking stories that was set in the 1930’s and the 1960’s concerning this painting. We come across different characters and personalities which was the perfect ingredient to add to an engaging plot line.

I would totally recommend this book if you are a fan of historical fiction, mystery and art. I would also advise not to judge this book by The Miniaturist especially if you weren’t so keen on it.

 

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Book Review : Sugar

Book Title: Sugar

Book Author: Deirdre Riordan Hall

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Published Date: June 1st 2015

“I’m the fat Puerto Rican–Polish girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve always been too much and yet not enough.”

I was very intrigued by the synopsis of this book and thought I’d take a risk with it as I had no idea what to expect out of it. I can say that I was truly pleased that I did take this chance.

The book follows Sugar, that’s her nickname, a teenage girl who is struggling with her weight and having difficulty dealing with her emotions regarding that. She lives with her mother and brother, who are equally overweight – her mother more so and is in bed rest. They tend to body shame and emotionally abuse Sugar as a way to release their own frustrations. Adding to Sugar’s misery, is her peers at school who also bully her whenever they get the chance.

Then she meets Even, whom she bonds with and gets to experience all those life-changing moments as he sees her for what she is and not just her body.

I wouldn’t consider this an easy read as it had touched base with lots of important subjects such as body-shaming, bullying, emotional abuse and so much more.

You can’t help but feel sorry (and extremely angry) for Sugar. It was such a depressing, yet a very inspiring book that I believe is worth the read.

Though I do feel compelled to warn you that upon reading this book to stay far away as possible from the kitchen or any snack drawer you might have.

Beware of your appetite!! This book will have you craving every type of food imaginable.

Happy Reading!

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Book Review : Behind Closed Doors

Book Title : Behind Closed Doors
Book Author : B.A. Paris
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : August 9th 2016


I love psychological thrillers so it’s no surprise I’d be rushing to buy this one but only picked it up after having read lots of good reviews about it. The hype! Oh yes, the hype.

Jack and Grace have the perfect marriage or so it seems. This is your typical looks-can-be-deceiving kind of plots and it takes one little slip to uncover it.

The book was super easy to read and to get into. The characters were well introduced and the plot neatly unfolded.

BUT, one of my major issues with the plot is that it got repetitive, and I didn’t appreciate the past and present chapters. I thought it was totally unnecessary especially when it was nearing the end of the book.
Second BUT, that it didn’t make me sit on the edge of my seat or worry about how Grace will get out of her messy situation. Jack was told to be evil but we didn’t get to fully see that. I was patiently waiting for the ‘gross’ and evil parts that never came.

I want to say I’d recommend this book but I’m sure there are far much better psychological thrillers out there that’s worth the time and read.

 

 

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Book Review : Half of A Yellow Sun

Book Title : Half of A Yellow Sun
Book Author : Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : September 12th 2006


 

There’s no argument that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the best authors out there, in my opinion, with her exceptionally flawless writing and narrative style. Having loved and praised Americanah, I had to check out her other books and somehow I found myself group reading Half of a Yellow Sun.

A Historical fiction that is recounted with the point of view of three people, each chapter by one of them. Ugwu, the houseboy who works for a university Professor. Olanna, The professor’s mistress and Richard, and Englishman who’s in love with Olanna’s twin sister. We follow those three and other characters, back and forth, between the early 60’s and late 60’s, with events leading up to the Nigeria-Biafra war.

I can’t help but give a standing ovation to how the book, chapter and parts where structured. It was absolutely clever and I believe no one, but Adichie, can pull it off that easily and effortlessly. I was able to follow the plotline without any difficulty and was immensely enjoying it.

Another standing ovation for how brilliantly, a subject that may be kind of a bore to me, was expertly relayed thus had me hanging and interested in every word. I’m not a big fan of political or war related books but Adichie’s style makes it hard not to get absorbed in it.

But…

It’s quite a shame that for some reason, I cannot connect or fall in love with any of Adichie’s characters. I haven’t liked any in Americanaah and the same with Half of a Yellow Sun. They sounded flat and devoid of any characteristic-ish flavor. I wasn’t able to sympathize or root for any of them. I especially hated Olanna as it was confusing on how Adichie wanted to portray her. She wasn’t weak but she wasn’t strong either. Maybe, just maybe I could have liked her twin sister whom I felt was the most real of any of the characters.

As real as the writing is, and as the events, her characters are not. That was why I could not have given this a full five stars.

I would recommend the book though. It was worth the read but not worth the hype.