Review: The Hundredth Queen

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.
But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

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Information:

Rating: 4/5 Stars
Source: Paperback (300 pages)
Expected publication: June 1st 2017 by Skyscape

 

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Review:

Heart-pounding. Intriguing. Exciting. Stunning. Swoon-worthy. These are only some of the adjectives to describe this lovely book, The Hundredth Queen. If you don’t have this book on your TBR, you are totally losing out!

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I enjoyed this book SO much. The main character, Kalinda is so fearless, strong and smart. I love following her along this story. The plot is super fun and suspenseful. Everything is mapped out so well. The romance is also just too sweet. The only thing I had trouble with, is that I found The Hundredth Queen a bit too similar to The Wrath and Dawn. But the great thing is, many aspects are different and The Hundredth Queen has its only special elements.

I also thoroughly enjoyed all the twists and turns and all the secrets that are revealed in the plot. I totally saw some of them coming, but some of them totally took me by surprise. I can’t wait for the sequel!

**********Huge thanks to Skyscape for sending me an advanced copy!***********

 

Review: Song of the Current


Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

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Author:  Sarah Tolcser

Published: June 6th 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Source: ARC provided by publisher

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Review:

I almost DNF this one. I started this one a few weeks ago and read like 70 pages but couldn’t get into it. It wasn’t boring but wasn’t all too engaging. But then, my friends started gushing about it, so I was like, “why not give this book another try?”. Boy, I am glad I continued because I adore this story!! The characters and magic is all super fun and awesome. I totally ship Caro and Tarquin. Their romance is so adorable!

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I adore Caro! She’s strong, feisty, sassy, energetic–and basically everything you could ever love about a character. I love how devoted and caring she is about the people she loves.

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To sum it all up, although Song of the Current may have some slow points, it should still be on my TBR! After all, pirates, romance, magic, adventure—who can ask for more?!

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Review: The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes

1910. Joanna Blalock’s keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly-skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely-tuned brain. But when she and her ten-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic and deductive skills, they invite her to become the third member of their deductive team.

Caught up in a Holmesian mystery that spans from hidden treasure to the Second Afghan War of 1878-1880, Joanna and her companions must devise an ingenious plan to catch a murderer in the act while dodging familiar culprits, Scotland Yard, and members of the British aristocracy. Unbeknownst to her, Joanna harbors a mystery of her own. The product of a one-time assignation between the now dead Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler, the only woman to ever outwit the famous detective, Joanna has unwittingly inherited her parents’ deductive genius.

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Source: Hardcover (320 pages) provided by publisher

Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Minotaur Books

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Review:

When I first laid my eyes on The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, I was more or less like…

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The cover is so pretty & the synopsis totally drew me in. I knew I had to read this book! And boy, did I enjoy this little adventure!!

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I really love the characters. Everything worked so well. I adore the idea of a romance between Watson’s son and Sherlock’s secret daughter. It’s so cute! Following this story is also super fun and enjoyable. I adore Joanna and how smart & clever she is. She reminds me so much of Sherlock! Fans of Watson and Sherlock should definitely check out this spin-off!

 

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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi 

 

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.

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Published: May 30th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Rating: 5/5 stars

Source: ARC provided by publisher

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Review:

Sweet. Adorable. Funny. Ahh it’t everything you can ever ask for!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and devoured it all in one setting.

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I love how nerdy Dimple and Rishi are. ITS SO CUTE!! They are literally perfect for one another. But my favorite character is probably Dimple. Not only is her name the cutest but she’s also super witty and feisty. She also creates some very hilarious scenes. I especially love the part when Dimple first meets Rishi…

I need more from Dimple and Rishi!! I sure hope their’s a sequel. Be sure to add When Dimple Met Rishi to your TBR if it’s not already on your list.

Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love


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 has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Publication date: May 30th 2017

Source: paperback ARC provided by publisher

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Review:

OMG!! I need more! I believe in a thing called love is such an adorable and hilarious complementary. It’s also a bit embarrassing to read sometimes, as Desi does some very crazy and amusing things in order to complete her list.

I adore all the characters and the diversity in this book. The main character, Desi is one of my favorites. She is so clumsy and cute!! She is also super smart and likes to be in control of everything. She is such a relatable character—love it!! Desi’s dad is so way to lovable. He is just so caring and supportive! In addition, Desi’s friends are super fun too. I love their bond. So basically, I just want to hug all the characters.

Now for the romance, it was——

I love love love Luca. The relationship between Desi and Luca is just the cutest. To sum it all up, if I believe in a thing called love isn’t on your TBR, you are SO loosing out!

Review: Cold Summer

 

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

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Information:
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Source: Hardcover (322 pages)
Published: May 2nd 2017 by Sky Pony Press

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Review:

Time travel+WW2= Something…

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I adore Cold Summer!! The characters are really relatable and are so down to earth. I love how the romance is not all love at first sight and chemistry but more of connection and understanding. And also we can’t forget the cover—it’s STUNNING!!

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 The concept of time travel is so enthralling. It is one of the things that I adore about this book. I love how, although the concept of time travel wasn’t explained thoroughly, I still enjoyed it and had lots of fun. I couldn’t stop turning the pages like this cat…

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To sum it up, if you are looking for a fun summer read, definitely check this out!! 🙂

 

 

Review: Reflection: The Stranger In The Mirror 

An Heiress, an ancient prophecy, and a masquerade…

Nerissa, the Heiress of Chiyo, prepares for the masquerade celebrating the twentieth anniversary of a thwarted assassination attempt on her family. Longing to be admired for herself and not her title, she arranges to switch costumes and enjoy the ball in blissful anonymity. But, when the fateful night finally comes, a prophetic warning of a second attack arrives too late, and the evening turns from revelry and romance to violence. After being pulled from the chaos by an enigmatic guardian, Nerissa learns that the Royal Family has been concealing a formidable secret for generations–and it is only one of many that are about to be revealed.

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Author: Rachel R. Smith

Rating: 4/5 stars

Source: paperback copy

Publication date: May 9th 2015

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Review:

Isn’t this cover stunning?! I absolutely LOVE it so freakin much. This cover caught my attention right away and I knew I had to read it.

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The world of Reflections is very interesting and unique when compared to other fantasy novels.

I found the concept of crystals and prophecies extremely captivating. There is also many things happening at once and I really enjoyed that. And it didn’t become too confusing either. The last section of the first book is my favorite. Although the story ends as a cliffhanger, I feel like that is a great way to end and prepare readers for the following book. I’m so happy I have the sequel! *screams*

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However, I had trouble with the many characters. I was a bit confused in the beginning. But the great thing is, everything was later mapped out very well.

In addition, the first part of the book is a bit too slow. I got just a bit bored in the first quarter of the book. But, again, the last section of the story definitely won me over.

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To sum it all up, if you are looking for an entertaining story, definitely consider this one!!

 

**Huge thanks to the author for sending me a copy of her series **