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Book review – All your perfects by Colleen Hoover

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Blurb:

Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

My review:

When I think about Colleen Hoover’s writing, “intense” is the word that comes to my mind. She’ll take everyday things and give the perfect depth by her raw writing. When comes to romance, Coho is the queen. She makes me believe it. Not the happily ever afters, the reality.
In this book she has written about infertility which many of us don’t understand the devastation it brings, many of us don’t even talk about it.
This book hit me like anything and I still remember the night I finished it. I woke my mom and started telling her about the story, about their love, about Graham at 2AM in the morning. And she’s to console (& convince) me to sleep as I’d to go to office the next day.

And now after 2 months, I listened to the audio book and cried again. It’s just perfect every time I read it.

Graham & Quinn’s love is not the perfect one, it’s messy, beautiful and real.
The book is split into 2 parts – now and then. “Now” is fully focused on the infertility and the marriage that’s breaking day by day. And “then” is the story of their love which has ended in marriage. So one part you’ll see them fall in love and in the next you’ll see the turn of events. It’s really broken me to see their relationship falling apart.

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”
“I’m a grammar snob. It should be your perfections.”
“That’s what makes me like it. The one word they misuse is perfects. Kind of ironic.”

In the start, Quinn is just a next door woman who falls in love, gets cheated on and falls for the right guy. But as the story moves forward, she doesn’t talk the situation out and she’s started losing her side of the thread in their relationship. But she isn’t a coward. Her struggle is really written well.
Graham is my favorite though. He tries to be the perfect companion. He fails too. But the things he say now and then will make you smile and the climax makes you fall for him.

“I love you more in this moment than any moment that has come before it”

And my quote fir Graham would be “I love him more in the last part of the book than all the parts before it”

This story completely shattered me and I found myself picking the pieces and put back together as the story ended. A perfect example of “Love conquers all”.

I’ve loved this book and I will read it again and again to fall in love with Graham & Quinn’s relationship. To all the couples those have sailed through Category 5 hurricane!! ❤ ❤

My rating: 5 perfect stars

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Review : Confessions of a Shopaholic

Title: Confessions of a Shopaholic
Series: Yes.The first in the popular Shopaholic series.

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Humor, Chick-lit, Adult
Published by: Black swan
Pages: 319
Format: Paperback
Place: London, England

Cover love:
I’ve the movie tie in edition of the book which looks lovely.

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Story:
The main character Rebecca (Becky) Bloomwood, a financial journalist, loved to shop anything & everything has a job of telling people how to manage their money but not herself, resulted in debt.
She tried cutting back of the expenditures which didn’t work because of the shopping.
She also tried in making more money but didn’t know where to start.
Her only consolation was to buy herself something . . . just a little something.

Characters:
Becky was clueless about saving & came up with some crazy schemes to make extra money which were funny. Her character was portrayed well and I liked her with the flaws.
I didn’t like Derek Smeath(Bank manager) in the movie but he appeared as a good one in the book.
And Luke Brandon in the movie was amazing than the book. I missed their scenes in the book.

My thoughts:
I watched the movie adaptation 5 years back & totally loved it but I didn’t know about the book then.
When I came to know about the book & Sophie kinsella is the author of it, I wanted to read it.I really didn’t want to compare the movie with the book but the movie was definitely better.(there.. I said it) I accept that it was my mistake to watch the movie before the book. So I was kinda expecting the scenes in the movie to appear in the book which disappointed me a little. The movie was like a fan fiction of the book.
When I think about it now after finishing the book, I liked it and very much enjoyed the story.
If you want to read a super fast and light, then this is the book for you. An enjoyable read!

 

Book review – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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My review:

Persepolis is the depiction of Marjane Satrapi growing up in Iran and the revolution that’s taken place from time to time. It’s a heartbreaking story and I’ve felt so many emotions throughout the story. It’s a great plus to the story as it’s told through a woman’s perceptive from her childhood till her early adulthood.
Satrapi is such a rebel and I love her ideas and flaws. Hats off to her character potrayal. Her parents are very supportive and also has maintained normalcy even though everything has went downhill in Iran’s regime.
It’s an enlightening story. And I recommend it to everyone.

Blurb:

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

My review: 4 stars

Book review: The Queen of Jasmine country by Sharanya Manivannan

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My review:

I got this book for this beautiful cover. Look at that cover.. It’s gorgeous.. isn’t it?? It’s a hardcover too.

As a child I’ve heard about the story of Andal, her love of God and loved it. Her father is a priest who weaves garland which he’ll offer to God. Andal wears the garland prior without her father’s knowledge. One day he has come to know about this and becomes very angry with her daughter, makes a new one but the god doesn’t take that and asks for the one Andal’s worn before. God accepts true love and as a child i
have been very excited about this.

In this book, the author makes us fall in love with Kodhai(aka Andal) by her poetic writing. The book gives us details about kodhai discovering her parents, the society norms she faces and get to know, overall her life as a girl, teenager and woman before she’s tied knot with the God. Her love for God is written beautifully. The author has given more details about the Paavai nombu, the area of Malli nadu and the different customs during the same period.

This story is the combo of literature and spirituality in the perception of a devotional poetess.
I’d suggest this to people who wants to try fiction with a poetic touch.

Blurb:

Tonight, under this arena of starlight, I take up my stylus and press it by the glow of a clay lantern into dry palmyra leaves. It is on this night that I dedicate myself – to my self, to who I truly am, to what is invincible and without bondage of time, that predates me, that will outlive me.

Ninth century. In Puduvai, a small town in what we now know as Tamil Nadu, young Kodhai is taught to read and to write by her adoptive father, a garland-weaving poet. As she discovers the power of words, she also realizes that the undying longing for a great love that she has been nursing within her – one that does not suppress her desire for freedom – is likely to remain unfulfilled. Then, she hears of a vow that she can undertake that might summon it to her.

In deepest winter, the sixteen-year-old begins praying for a divinely sensual love – not knowing that her words will themselves become prayers, and echo through the centuries to come.

Rich with the echoes of classical poetry, in The Queen of Jasmine Country, Sharanya Manivannan imagines the life of the devotional poet Andal, whose sublime and erotic verses remain beloved and controversial to this day.

Book review: The Kiss quotient by Helen Hoang

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My review:

The kiss quotient – The winner of 2018 @goodreads choice awards in #Romance genre. 💕

This is definitely one of the best debut novels. The story is sexy and hilarious. Stella, a successful econometrician lacks only when it comes to relationships. She has Aspergers(autism) that makes it difficult for her in social gatherings or relationships. Since her mother pressuring her to settle soon, she hires an escort to teach and help her to come out of it. There comes Michael.💕
He’s become an escort due to his family situation. When he meets Stella, she interests her. He’s so patient with Stella even in their fake relationship and develops a beautiful friendship/relationship.
The chemistry between them is perfect and the pair is adorable. I find the story very refreshing and it has given me all the feels. I can’t wait to read “The Bride test”.
This is the perfect book for all the romance lovers out there. 💕💕💕

Rating: 4.5 stars

Blurb:

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

Book review : Make me bad by R.S. Grey

About MAKE ME BAD by R.S. Grey

I was issued a warning: stay away from Ben Rosenberg.

As Clifton Cove’s resident “king”, he thinks he’s entitled to anyone and anything.

The trouble is, I’ve spent my whole life following the rules and playing it safe. I know what it feels like to be the good girl. I’m the police chief’s daughter and a librarian—for adorable children, no less. My wardrobe consists of colorful sundresses and baggy jeans. I might as well have a Post-it stuck to my forehead that reads: Yup, she’s a virgin.

An all-nighter with a fictional hunk is about as exciting as my life gets, until one day, fate decides to take pity on me and shove me straight into the path of Mr. Off-Limits himself.

Oof.

Just as I suspected, every inch of him promises to be my demise. Up close, he’s tall, menacing, dangerously handsome—the type of man who’s never spent a single moment worrying about the opinions of others. A well-behaved girl would do as she’s told and avoid him at all costs, but I’m overdue for a little rebellion.

No more Friday nights sprawled out on the couch in my comfiest pajamas. No more wishing I had the courage to misbehave.

Everyone thinks Ben is going to ruin me.

They think he’ll chew me up and spit me out.

Well, Ben…go ahead.

Tempt me. Taunt me.

Make me bad.

My review:

How can R.S. Grey come up with a cute romance story every 3 months?? She always mixes right amount of romance and adorable characters and give the readers a perfect fun-filled story.

Madison, a 25 year old children’s librarian, always abide the rules. She lives under the protective shelter of her Police dad & brother. She thinks she leads a boring life and wants to come out of the goody two shoes with the help of the town’s badboy & sexy alpha, Ben Rosenberg. Madison’s family forbid her to even talk with Ben. They are over protective and don’t like Ben and his high social status and think he’ll use and hurt Madison. They always meet secretly and have fun filled adventures in their list of “making her(me) bad”. They enjoy each other’s company without acknowledging their relationship. When they get caught by her family, it results in amazing turn of events.

The story & characters are swoon-worthy.
Be it the first scene between them or the scenes that come after, everything is cute, cute and cute. Madison is a librarian. We get so many beautiful library scenes throughout the book. My favorite scene has to be the one in which they both dress up like Darcy & Elizabeth. They have the perfect chemistry.

Madison is funny and her thoughts and comments are hilarious. I find her character clingy sometimes. Ben is the perfect hero material. He is a such a sweetie pie. Be it a romantic romeo or Protective hero, Ben will steal the reader’s heart.

I love the supportive characters too. Madison’s best friend Eli who works with her in the library. He is super cute and so is his boyfriend. And Andy, Ben’s best friend is so funny and supportive. I’d like to read a novella about Colten’s story someday.
Overall, it’s a refreshing, romantic & steamy read. Perfect book for Rom-com lovers.

My rating: 4.5 Stars

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

 

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Book review – Fallen stars by Susannah Nix

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Blurb:

Grace knows better than to fall for a Hollywood bad boy like Scott Deacon. An arrogant movie star with a troubled past and a big honking chip on his shoulder? No, thank you. He may be sex on wheels, but beneath the charming facade he’s just another cocky jackass destined to make her job more difficult.

Except…

The more time they spend together, the hotter the fire between them burns. With every flirtatious smile and brush of his hand, she feels her defenses crumbling.

She wants to hate him, but instead she’s in danger of losing all control.

My review:

The story starts with Grace who works as a script supervisor in film industry making a judgemental comment about the Hollywood star Scott, a former drug addict who has lost his career and looking for a comeback. Scott is trying to move forward from his past and also has to deal lot of things. And Grace is definitely not looking for a relationship with a Hollywood bad boy again. But the fate has other ideas…

I like how the author hasn’t rushed into the relationship and developed the characters and story in a correct pace. What just started as a hatred relationship stepped into a cautious friendship, and slowly into l.o.v.e. This is such a slow burn romance and you’ll feel so much angsty as the story travels.

The characters are very likeable. My favorite character has to be Scott. He wants to come out of the addiction and deal with his insecurities. He isn’t good at communication. He is a flawed hero.
Usually the female characters will have so many histories and try to come out of it and succeeds with a help of Prince charming. But here Grace helps in Scott’s addiction recovery process and give them both a happily ever after.

Author has addressed important subjects in the book and you also get an insight of a film set and the process behind it. It’s such a beautiful story. It’s romance(all my favorite tropes -> hate-to-love, slow-burn) + Hollywood love story + character development + steamy scenes + HEA.
When I started this book, I didn’t know it’s a series but you can also read this as a standalone book. That’s a plus.

Overall an enjoyable read.

My rating: 4 Stars

Thanks for the eARC copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Book review – To all the boys I’ve loved before you series by Jenny Han

To the best YA contemporary series.. 🍷 .

I’ve read the first 2 books back in 2017 but never have got to read the 3rd one. I’ve received book 3 as a giveaway prize. Since I don’t remember much, I wanted to read the first two again before reading the 3rd one. So I tried audiobooks for the first time in @storytel.in ❤️
I’m in love. And I end up listening to book 3 as well. Thanks to #lauraknightkeating ❤️
Her voice has added more magic to the story.

It’s a fluffy contemporary romance and the characters are so adorable. The story is romantic and a bit cheesy. 💞💞
Lara Jean is my favourite #yaheroine
She is a cute girl and I love to hear her thoughts which she pours them out. I find her character very real with lot of emotions. She’s her own insecurities. She loves baking. I wanna eat everything she bakes. And her scrapbooking skill. (Dedicating this page in the picture to the one and only Lara Jean) I love this girl. 💞

Whoa whoa whoa.. Peter Kavinsky is love.. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ He’s handsome and lovable. He’s protective. I find his love so pure. And the letter in the last part is my favourite part in the entire series. It’s given a nice ending touch.
I like him in book 1, kinda low-key hate him in 2nd and love him back in 3rd. He appears ignorant in some parts that I wanna punch his face. But I love him. ❤️ John Ambrose is also cute and I really want @jennyhan to write a novella for him. 🎶And Stormy is one of my favourite characters.. I love her relationship with Lara.
🎶I like Kitty more than Margot. Kitty’s comments are witty and hilarious. 🎶The letters are worth reading. My favorites are Peter’s and John’s.
🎶I love how the story revolves around the family and
🎶The song girls
🎶The contracts are my favorites. Cute cute cute.. ❤️ The story is a combination of everything, from #sisterhood, #firstlove#lovetriangle and it’s also a #diverse read. ❤️ 5cute⭐ read for me..

Book review – The choice by Nicholas Sparks

Blurb:

#1 New York Times bestseller Nicholas Sparks turns his unrivaled talents to a new tale about love found and lost, and the choices we hope we’ll never have to make.

Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life – boating, swimming , and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies — he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, THE CHOICE ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

My review:

The choice by Nicholas Sparks is a beautiful love story between Travis and Gabby.
Travis, a carefree guy who loves to have fun. He’s the best friends who care for him much and vice versa. Gabby settles in a house next to Travis and falls for him even though she’s a boyfriend. He likes her too. I like Travis better than Gabby. I find Travis genuine. Gabby appears to be unsettled. .
❤️
The writing is simple but the romance between them happened very fast that I find it hard to let it sink. The turn of events has made the story good and I like the choices both of them has to take thoughout the story. Apt title for the book.👌🏼
It did make me cry towards the end. And a happy tear too!! It’s not the author’s best but it still is a nice read.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Book review – Save the date by Morgan Matson

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My review:

This book is hilarious. Those who are going to get married, you should totally hire Charlie & Bill because you can rely on them totally and they will give their everything to save a wedding even a disastrous one.

Mr.Grant – somewhat cool dad, Mrs. Grant – the creator of a famous comic strip and 5 dynamic siblings – Danny(elder, kinder & a little jerk to his GF), Linnie(hyper tensed), JJ(I like him. He’s cool, top notch funny), Mike(grumpy soul, don’t get along well with everyone in the family)

&

Charlie(my favorite one, She always thinks of her family first..She’s like the glue that sticks everyone in the family. She does whatever she could for her loved ones even if she doesn’t like. She’s so relatable)

OMG.. I almost forgot about Waffles(the cute & not-so-cute Dog)

Linnie is going to get married this weekend. Everyone in the Grant family has come home to attend even Mike who didn’t get along well with the great Grant family. The turn of events in the wedding starts when the family has come to know about the embezzlement of the wedding planner. There enters Bill, a wedding coordinator who has been sent in the last minute for the damage control.

Whatever you can think of going wrong in a wedding has been gone wrong. You’ll think in every situation that “now that this has been taken care of, there will not be anymore” but there’s where you are wrong. It keeps on coming. The joint attempts of Bill and Charlie saves the day.

And the comic strip part, Eleanor creates a comic version of the Grant family which has all the things happening in the real Grant family. Even now and then you’ll get a strip in the book. My favorite is the last one.

There’s also a cute romance stuff but it’s just a side thing not the main one and I really appreciate the author for not focusing on the romance part more.
Additional mention to the cute Bill & Danny’s GF Brooke.

This story is super fun and heart warming.. This would definitely make an amazing movie. Highly recommend!!

Rating: 4.5 stars

Blurb:

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractedly cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

As you were by Lee Piper – Book review and blog tour

Today we have the blog tour for AS YOU WERE by Lee Piper! Check it out and grab your copy today!

Title: AS YOU WERE

Author: Lee Piper

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About As You Were:

They say love is beautiful.

They lie.

Love is a dark, broken man with whiskey-colored eyes. Love is knowing he will never return my feelings. It is the final chord of a guitar riff as it bleeds into silence.

Love is Zeke Danton.

I convinced myself I needed him. I thought there was no one better to record my debut album with…

I was wrong.

Encased in layers of ice, he wears his pain like a protective shield.

Wanting what I can’t have might ruin me. But so help me, I crave his destruction.

Review:

This book is the second one in the Rising Star series but can be read as a standalone like I did.

Zeke is a music producer who produces a music album with Willow and her friends.
Zeke is the hot, broody, alpha male kinda hero and is also a jerk in the start. Hard exterior and mushy, mushy inside. I want to punch him when he yells at Willow but also melts when he adds “please”.
Willow is gentle, witty and passionate. She speaks her mind and is strong willed one. I love how she calls upon number of Greek gods all the time.
They have an insta attraction but its a slow-burn romance. The personalities of the protagonists are completely opposite yet they have sailed beautifully.
The secondary characters are fantastic too. Willow’s friends, her mom, Jeanette. All are cutie pies.

This rock star romance is highly recommended if you want a story with so much angst, romance and steamy scenes.
Come and fall in love with the Storm & Siren.

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Lee Piper is a lover of books. She often juggles reading seven novels at a time for the sheer joy of it. When not writing, she is either reading, at the beach, or eating her body weight in chocolate.

Lee Piper’s debut novel, Rock My World became a bestseller and was a Raven Award finalist for Favorite Contemporary Romance and Favorite Cover. Her second novel, Rock My Body, was voted Best Book by LASR Readers and was a finalist in the 2017 Readers’ Choice Award. Lie to Me, Book #1 in the Rising Star series was reached number seventy-eight in the 2018 Goodreads Readers’ Choice Award.

Lee Piper lives in South Australia, with her drummer husband, cheeky daughters, and neurotic dog.

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