The following two reviews are for books that I received for review from Hachette UK. Now ,what I need to say is that while I am really thankful for having received these books, I didn’t like them and hope these tiny reviews will help illustrate why.
Title: ”The Taste of Blue Light”
Author: Lydia Ruffles
This novel was sent to me as a proof copy, so I have no idea whether the finished edition of this book was any different, and if it was, then what kind of changes had been made.
”The Taste of Blue Light” is a YA mystery/ contemporary that talks about a girl who doesn’t remember a day in the summer and wants to uncover the truth. She ended up in hospital after the events and is left questioning everything.
To me however the book was painfully slow. I did not like the characters or the way the book was written and I had such a hard time relating to anything or understanding why certain things were the way they were. The romance in the book could have been left out, it wasn’t relevant really in my opinion.
It took me time, but I managed to finish it and ended up giving it a 1 star rating. It just wasn’t a book I liked and I was left really unimpressed.
Title: ”When Dimple Met Rishi”
Author: Sandhya Menon
The premise of this YA contemporary is that there are two Indian families who believe strongly in traditions and want their daughter and son to get married. They set everything up so they are to meet at a summer program for web developers.
Rishi knows about the plan as well and is really excited, because he respects the traditions he is to follow, while Dimple has no idea and is actually against all the rules and traditions that are pushed onto her.
I did not finish reading this book, I think I got about 40 pages in (maybe a bit less than that) and just couldn’t go on. The book was, I am very sorry for saying this, horrible.
The main characters read as if they were the same person- if I hadn’t known whose POV I was reading from, I would’ve thought it was the same person. They were basic and very predictable.
Dimple has to be one of the most horrible young women ever. She completely disrespected her parents and her heritage, she was violent towards Rishi when they met (there was no reason for it) and seemed like an overall problematic person. Rishi was a bland male character and I honestly thought he was Dimple at times.
The first 40 pages left such a bad impression on me and I put the book away. I did not get the hype that surrounded the book. It seems as if the author had tried to write the most typical YA book she could and it turned out great.