When Dimple Met Rishi

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandy Menon

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

# of Pages: 380

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, it was a very cute story that I recommend to anyone who likes contemporaries.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This was such  great story. I loved the uniqueness of the whole thing. I have never read any YA contemporary like this before.

I absolutely adored the characters so much. Dimple and Rishi both had great qualities that made this story all the more interesting. They really worked well together even though they were very different.

There were also great side characters, and a great “sub-plot” that was going on on the side. This was a very character driven story, and I was a little worried that I would get bored, but I didn’t because there was lots of interesting stuff happening on the side with the other characters and the plot.

This was overall a very cute and funny story, but it also felt so real which I really appreciated. And because of these things, I highly recommend When Dimple Met Rishi.

The Dark Prophecy

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 401

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, I loved all of Rick Riordan’s work, and I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys humor, fun, and adventure.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 8

Pace: 9

Plot development: 9

Characters: 8

Enjoyability: 8

Ease of Reading: 8

Summary from Goodreads:

Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

So before I began, let me start by saying this is not going to be a very good review. I’m sorry. I don’t know why, but I really had no idea what to say about this book. Yes, I loved it. Yes, there were some things I didn’t like. But no, this is not going to be a super in depth review, so I’m sorry if you were hoping for one.

Now let me began my actual thoughts by saying that I did think this book was really good. I thought the plot moved along nicely, and I thought there was some great character development. But at the same time, the plot and the characters are what made me give this book 4 out of 5 stars instead of 5 out of 5 stars. I really liked certain parts of the plot, but then others just didn’t make sense to me. I also really loved some characters, but other characters I felt could’ve been a lot better. While reading this book I experienced lots of humor, adventure, sadness, and I just had an all around fun time while reading this book.

There were also lots of great appearances by characters from some of Rick’s other novels, so definitely read his other books before reading this trilogy.

And that’s all I have to say. I know, I know, it’s such a short review, I’m sorry. But definitely still go check out this book, because the short review does not mean I didn’t like the book.

Crooked Kingdom

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy

# of Pages: 536

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely! I highly recommend all of Leigh Bardugo’s books.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 8

Plot development: 8

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 9

Summary from Goodreads:

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn—and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

This was such a great story, and I really enjoyed reading it. the plot was very exciting, and the characters were incredible.

There were some really great funny parts as well as some really great sad parts, and I love that there was a little bit of both.

Some of the scenes in this book were just so well written, and I loved them so much. I can definitely tell that Leigh Bardugo is a fantastic writer.

Obviously, this isn’t my longest review, but that’s because this is the second book in a duology and I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read Six of Crows yet. Just know that I highly recommend this duo logy as well as Leigh Bardugo’s other trilogy.

Tell Me Three Things

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

# of Pages: 328

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, especially to anyone who wants to read a fun, cute contemporary.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 9

Plot development: 10

Characters: 9

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

My Opinion (SPOILER FREE):

Tell Me Three Things turned out to be such a good contemporary. I loved every minute of reading it. It was very cute, funny, sweet, and it was just an all around adorable novel.

The plot was really good, because I couldn’t put this book down. I love contemporaries like this where there’s kind of a mystery within the story. I also loved this contemporary because it wasn’t too serious, but there were still some sad and raw moments that made the story even better. I was still able to get a lot out of this book, but it was still a fun read.

The characters in this book were also great, because they felt really real. It was easy to understand Jessie and everything that was going on in her life, even though I haven’t experienced anything like it.

This book felt very similar to P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (review on my blog), but unlike P.S. I Like You, this book was not predictable. I had no idea who SN was until the very end. The book had me guessing the whole time, and that’s something I really liked about it.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it had a great ending. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves any kind of contemporary.

The Upside of Unrequited

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Genre: Contemporary

# of Pages: 340

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, I think everyone should read this book.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 10

Plot development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):

Going into this book, I will admit that I was nervous I wouldn’t like it. I mean, I loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda so much that I was worried this book would pale in comparison to it. But oh man was I wrong. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda will always hold a special place in my heart, but I have to admit that I loved this book even more. Becky Albertalli really outdid herself here, and I know for sure that The Upside of Unrequited will forever be one of my favorite books.

First of all, the thing I loved the most about this book was how relatable it was. And because this book was so relatable, I was able to take so much out of it. I feel like I learned so much, and I can definitely count this as one of the books that changed me as a person, and changed my outlook on a lot of situations that I, myself, go through on a daily basis. This book is exactly what I needed in this time in my life, so I hope this book can mean as much to others as it did to me.

The characters are what really made this story. I fell in love with every single one of them, and I wish this book could’ve been 1000 pages long just so I could spend more time with these characters.

The characters weren’t the only thing that made this story, though. The plot was also so adorable, and it was so easy to fly through this book, even though I really wanted to slow down so that I could soak everything up.

This book was the also the perfect balance of sadness, cuteness, humor, and romance. Becky Albertalli really has fantastic writing skills, and I can’t wait to see if she attempts to top this one.

If you can’t tell yet by the rest of my review, this book was fantastic. So please, everyone go do yourself a favor and pick up this phenomenal book.

 

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Number of Pages: 344

Genre: Contemporary/Romance

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Before I continue with the remainder of this review, I would like to thank SocialBookCo for sending me a copy of this book to review. SocialBookCo is an incredible website that helps you find the best price for the book you want. Be sure to check out their website and this book using this link: http://www.socialbookco.com/book/9781416990666/amy-and-rogers-epic-detour?rid=180

Is this a series? If so, will I continue?

No, unfortunately this is not a series, but if it was I definitely would continue.

Do I recommend this book?

Absolutely, I really enjoyed it, and I think anyone who likes to read contemporaries or romances will love it.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 10

Pace: 9

Plot development: 9

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from Goodreads:

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

My Opinion (SPOILER FREE):

This book was absolutely incredible, there were so many amazing aspects of the story that I just adored.

I want to start by saying that one of the main reasons why I loved this book so much was because it wasn’t like other contemporaries. I’ve never read any other romance or contemporary book like this one, so I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this story.

The characters were also fantastic. The chemistry between Amy and Roger was so good because they started out as strangers, and then slowly that formed into an awkward friendship, and then the rest is history. Both of their characters went through great character development. They were completely different people between the beginning and end of the book. Their stories felt very genuine, and it was easy to connect and relate to both Amy and Roger. I really liked that even though Amy was the one telling the story, we learned a lot about Roger and how he developed as a character, as well. Both of the main characters start this book dealing with different problems, and I think that added really nicely to the story. They were able to help each other, but neither of them judged the other for having problems of their own.

Throughout this book there were also really cool pictures and additions that I think really added nicely to the story. It made the whole book seem much more realistic and relatable. There were also flashback moments that helped the reader understand more about the past and what made the characters the way they were. I wish this book could have been longer because there was so much more I wanted to know about their lives.

The side characters were also written into the story really well. Even though they all only had small parts in the actual book, they each played big roles in the lives of the characters overall throughout the story. I really liked this aspect of the story because sometimes I feel like authors just add side characters to take up space, but each one of the side characters in this story really did have a purpose.

I also enjoyed the fact that this book had a great balance of sad, funny, happy, and stressful moments. Sometimes in a contemporary you only feel either happy or sad, but this contemporary was more like an adventure. I found myself really invested in the story. It was almost like a cute contemporary with the thrill you get when reading a fantasy or action book. It’s unusual for a contemporary to be such a “page-turner”, but it was honestly really difficult to put this book down.

Although I was kind of sad this book was so short, I felt like it worked really well for the themes and messages that Morgan Matson was trying to get across. Morgan Matson truly is a phenomenal writer. All of her books are so unique and fun, and they always make you want to get up and live life. I love reading her stories because they’re happy, but they’re realistic. Not everything always turns out just the way you want it to, and Morgan Matson does an amazing job of portraying this in her story.

I also wanted to just share a few quotes that I felt really show how wonderful of a writer Morgan Matson really is:

“There sometimes isn’t much difference between a knight’s quest and fool’s errand.”

“It’s really not about the destination. It’s about getting there that is the good part.”

“Tomorrow will be better.”  “But what if it’s not?” “Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know right? At some point, tomorrow will be better.”

Again, I highly recommend everyone check out this book, and if you decide you do want to, make sure to check it out through SocialBookCo, using the link I provided above.

Before I Fall

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

# of Pages: 470

Genre: Contemporary/ a little bit of Magical Realism

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Series? If so, will I continue?

No, not a series.

Recommend? To Whom?

I would only recommend this book to someone planning on seeing the movie, and only because I think you should always read the book before you see the movie. I most likely would not have read this if the movie wasn’t coming out.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 7

Pace: I listened to the audiobook

Plot development: 6

Characters: 7

Enjoyability: 7

Ease of Reading: 9

Summary from Goodreads:

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

My Opinion (SPOILER FREE):

Okay, so this book was honestly not that good, in my opinion.

First of all, it was way too long. I prefer my contemporaries to be shorter, and this one was definitely not a shorter one. It just kept dragging on, and I got pretty tired of the story by the end.

Second, I didn’t really like any of the main characters all that much. It was a little hard to sympathize with Sam sometimes and what was going on.

Third, the ending was terrible. After I finished I was like, “Wait, that’s it? What was the point of this book?” I honestly didn’t understand it.

Don’t get me wrong though, there were certain parts of this story that I enjoyed. I also thought there were some pretty good lessons that could be taken away from the story.

Overall, I only read this because the movie is coming out. I’m honestly thinking the movie might be better, because it won’t be as slow and as long as this book was.