Small reviews: ”When Dimple Met Rishi” & ”The Taste of Blue Light”

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”                                            bluelight

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”                                          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. 

 

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Book review: ”The Immortalists”

Title: The Immortalists

Author: Chloe Benjamin

Published: 2018, January 9th

Pages: 352

Format: Paperback

Goodreads rating: 5☆

Blurb:

If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present? It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

Review:

The proof copy was sent to me for review from Hachette UK.

It took me a while to get around to reading this book, but when I picked it up a few days ago and read the prologue, I knew it was going to be a good one.

Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists is a novel about how something we learn can stay around to haunt us for the rest of our lives. It can affect the decisions we make and push us to the extreme. What the novel focuses on, is how the siblings’ lives drift apart after going to the woman on Hester Street.

Hearing when they’ll die shocks them all, whether they want to admit it or not, and that visit will leave a huge mark in their lives further on. The siblings were very close growing up so that makes the falling-out even more tragic. There are many times when they regret not talking or meeting up, not being there for each other when help was needed.

The four ”lives” were in four parts, so all the siblings had their stories told separately and that made for a really interesting reading. I liked how one story picked up from where the other ended. The problems in the siblings’ personal lives and the problems within themselves came through amazingly. There was so much depth and realness to the characters and that made it really easy to find a level on which to connect with them.

The novel was very well written, it was a really smooth and fast read. The style was something I loved a lot because it wasn’t too hammy or fake, it was really straightforward and honest and that made the story realistic.

All in all The Immortalists impressed me a lot more than I thought it would and I am really happy I got to read it. It is an amazing story about love, loss and family with a hint of magic underlining it all. January 9th is definitely a date to look forward to.

Book review: ”Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.”

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Title: ”Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.”

Author: Lily Collins

Published: 2017

Pages: 256

Format: ebook

Goodreads rating: ☆

Blurb:

In this groundbreaking debut essay collection, featuring never-before-seen photos, actress Lily Collins—star of Mortal Instruments and the upcoming Rules Don’t Apply—is opening a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more.

For the first time ever, Lily shares her life and her own deepest secrets, underlining that every single one of us experiences pain and heartbreak. We all understand what it’s like to live in the light and in the dark. For Lily, it’s about making it through to the other side, where you love what you see in the mirror and where you embrace yourself just as you are. She’s learned that all it takes is one person standing up and saying something for everyone else to realize they’re not alone.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.

Review:

This review is a slight rant.

As an author Lily Collins has left me quite underwhelmed. Reading her book made me feel agitated and the overall impression of everything was rather naive and childish even.

The goal of this book was to help people out with tough patches in their lives by sharing her own experiences and wisdom. The idea behind it is rather nice. But it seriously surprises me how many people found this book very inspiring or helpful, I mean sure maybe she hit the mark with a few things…but other than that it was a nice try.

For a woman, who is 28, the writing seemed too young…meaning- it felt as if the book was written by a teenager who had no idea about how the world worked and only relied on the things she had heard and read. It was all so cliche and naive that I felt angry reading it. Everything was so bland and one-dimensional, there was nothing interesting to grasp onto.

I also very much disliked how everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) came back to her dating life. Always. It didn’t matter what the chapter was meant to be about…she always ended up talking about her relationships and how all of them were so hard to cope with. All of it came back to her love life. Full circle.

EXAMPLES:

TALKING ABOUT HER INNER SUPERHERO –> ”I’ve always been a compassionate person who wears her feelings on her sleeve and puts others’ needs before her own. It’s an incredibly positive characteristic, but it also fed my insecurities around speaking up for myself in romantic relationships.”

STILL TALKING ABOUT HER INNER SUPERHERO –> ”Now I can use those skills- which were a direct result of my insecurity- to properly assess individuals (potential suitors included!).”   

TALKING ABOUT HER FATHER’S ADDICTION –> ”I was in my late teens when it started, but at that time I hadn’t yet dated anyone with addiction problems and didn’t know what it looked like.”  OMG, THIS WAS THE ONE SENTENCE THAT MADE ME LOSE IT. DO YOU HAVE TO DATE SOMEONE WITH ADDICTION JUST SO YOU COULD SEE SIGNS OF IT IN OTHER PEOPLE? FOR GOD’S SAKE, SHE IS TALKING ABOUT HER DAD AND THEN STARTS RANTING ABOUT HER BOYFRIENDS AGAIN.

TALKING ABOUT HOW EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS HAS A REASON –> ”The question of ”Why is this happening?” is hard when dealing with career stuff and hard with school stuff, too. But it’s positively gut-wrenching when it comes to dating.”

There is nothing that can express how much I disliked her talking about her relationships in excess. I started thinking of all the younger girls, who look up to her a lot and would have benefitted from hearing more about how certain questions and inner battles made school hard, or getting along with one’s closer friends or family more difficult.

Furthermore, it felt like the book was actually more helpful to her in the end. The way she wrote and the things she talked about seemed as if she was looking for confirmation of her strength and adultness. Just about every sentence made her seem vulnerable and unsure of herself, as if all the troubles she said she had got over were still haunting her every move.

There were maybe a few bits of the book that weren’t so bad, but all in all the book was a major letdown for me. It had so much potential and yet…here we are.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

 

 

 

Book review: ”American Gods”

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Title: ”American Gods”

Author: Neil Gaiman

Published: 2001 (the TV Tie-In was published in 2017)

Pages: 541

Format: paperback

Goodreads rating: 5☆

Blurb:

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies…and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing – an epic war for the very soul of America – and that he is standing squarely in its path.

Review:

Thank you man at the bookshop! Honestly, I just love it when people I don’t know come and recommend really good books to me. I dare say this has been the best recommendation I’ve got so far 😀

At first I was quite intimidated by the book, I mean take a look at it. It’s a huge book and I felt kind of like maybe the story would be too much for me to handle. Well now that I’ve read it I am really cursing myself for underestimating my reading potential. I have shied away from books like this for way too long!

“All your questions can be answered, if that is what you want. But once you learn your answers, you can never unlearn them.” 

This novel was by far one of the most complex books I’ve read…ever. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, something happened or something was said that just turned the story in a different direction a bit. It never went far from the main storyline, but it did tip the scales on many occasions.

I am a really big fan of mythology, legends and all sorts of beliefs, and reading about them never fails to nail me to the spot. Neil Gaiman did such an amazing job here with his take on religion and gods. It felt like such an inventive and shocking way to talk about these ”taboo” topics.

“There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.” 

Besides the way Gaiman gave on the story of the main character, the way he wrote it, I absolutely loved the crazy-all-over-the-place band of characters he had. The way they interacted and the way they reflected the cultures they (speaking of the gods here) represented was mind-blowing. I freaking loved the concept of ”new” taking over the ”old”, the fight between traditions and beliefs born hundreds of years ago and then something new born out of addiction to change (pretty much, I mean?!).

“Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.” 

And of course putting asides the gods, we have to talk about the main character Shadow, who is one of the greatest main characters to this day, whose POV I’ve read from. When there are usually lots of moments where I doubt the main characters decisions and sayings, then with Shadow this didn’t happen. I vey much liked the way he thought and acted. There was a pleasant ”I don’t give a damn!” air about him and it made Shadow so much more interesting. Seeing this man just quite casually come to terms with everything happening was funny in a way. I feel like the reader could really feel all his pain that came from being in prison and losing his wife, through his actions and words. Every emotion came through really well.

“I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.” 

There were so many things about this novel that just made me fall in love with reading all over again and to put everything I felt into words, is kind of impossible. Neil Gaiman truly is a master of his art.

“Every hour wounds. The last one kills.” 

If anyone is in search of a book that is urban fantasy and mythology and a whole bunch of crazy mixed together… this is the book for you!

“Too much talking these days. Talk talk talk. This country would get along much better if people learned how to suffer in silence.” 

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

 

Book review: “Edith & Oliver”

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Title: ”Edith & Oliver”

Author: Michele Forbes

Published: 2017

Number of pages: 320

Format: paperback

Received for review from Hachette UK.

Blurb:

From the author of Ghost Moth, one of the most acclaimed debuts of 2014, a stunning second novel which will put Michèle Forbes in the league of Colm Toíbín, Anne Enright and Sebastian Barry.

Edith was born into a different world. But her rebellious nature brought her to the seedy glamour of the music hall, where she plays the piano by night.

Oliver is an illusionist of moderate repute. But he is a man of ambition. He wants to tour the world, to pioneer ground-breaking illusions.

History and fate have other ideas.

When Edith and Oliver meet they fall headlong in love. But their children arrive as the world begins to change, as cinemas crowd the high street and the draw of the music hall wanes. What follows is a struggle: against the entropy of marriage, against the march of time, and against Oliver’s flaws-flaws that may cost them everything.

Review:

This book ended up being a DNF for me, which is sad since it was a book I was so looking forward to reading. I am very thankful though, for having received this book from Hachette UK ❤

I am very sorry for taking so long with this review, I haven’t posted a review in months (I believe ._. ) and it is so hard to get back on track with everything. Someone should just hand me the award for worst blogger of all time. Seriously. I suck at doing this, big time.

Now onto the review!

The book itself has a very promising premise, from the blurb it sounds like something that I would normally enjoy a lot. But the thing with historical fiction (and me) is that it might sound good and it could even be good in the beginning, but it can end up being a total flop really fast. I am just very sensitive (is that the right word?) towards historical fiction and the novels that I like in the genre.

This book was one that I didn’t enjoy. I started reading it as soon as I had it out of the package it was sent in and read it for a couple of days, and then things went south. I put the book aside and in no way felt inclined to pick it up again and continue reading it. The same thing happened when I tried to read it again during my summer vacation, I started from the beginning and then got about a hundred pages in… and just didn’t feel like reading on. To be honest the feeling to stop came much sooner than that.

I think the very problem that kept me from finishing and enjoying this was the writing style. There were things about the way the novel was written that didn’t click with me and made the story lose value in my eyes. Everything progressed really fast in the book and was in a way so half-heartedly written that the story felt incomplete and unfinished, sort of like a draft.

Besides the writing, the characters in the book were also ones I didn’t sympathize with. I didn’t like the characters, and if possible I liked them less than the writing style. There was no real depth there and I just… feel like it could have been more special, you know?

There are reviews for this book that are really positive and say that it is really good and I think my mistake was to trust just those few reviews that I read. This book does sound good and I don’t doubt there being people who like it and who will like it, it just wasn’t for me and I will now just set this book aside for the time being (that being probably forever). But who knows, maybe one day I’ll need a book to read and then I can take this off my shelf again.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

Book review: “Geekerella”

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Book title: ”Geekerella”

Author: Ashley Poston

Publication year: 2017

Number of pages: 320

Format: paperback

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 4☆

Blurb:

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Review:

I read this book for a group that I am a member of on Goodreads, called Crush that TBR.

The book, just like I thought it would be, was cute and adorable.I am a huge sucker for anything and everything that is a ”remake” of the Cinderella story. All the movies that have been made are honestly such guilty pleasure movies and when I first heard about this book I was more than excited to read it.

It was told from two POVs: that of Cinderella or Geekerella and the Prince.

The main character Elle was sassy and confident, but still doubted herself from time to time and it was really easy to actually like her. I found her quick friendship with Sage really endearing. They worked really well together and it was a really nice take on the Fairy Godmother situation.

“-Elle, we might not know much about each other, and I might not be there, and you might not be here, but I’m glad I share this sky with you.
-Maybe we should start looking up together, ah’blena” 

The ”prince” was a famous teen actor named Darien, and his point of view was entertaining to read. There were a few moments when the things he thought made me feel like skipping his chapters, but I made it through them and all of them were not as silly as I thought they would be.

The relationship between Darien and Elle was very instantaneous. I mean it was so in the Cinderella story as well, but I wished it had been dragged out a bit more or seemed a bit more special. But it was great that it wasn’t just one night and BAM! love. They texted first and that way it didn’t seem that unimaginable.

“My dad said that the impossible is only impossible if you don’t even try. So I want to try.”

The evil stepmother and sisters were, just as always, very unlikeable, although Cal did have a nice side and, her and Sage was a really nice twist in the story. The way the book was written was fun and easy to read, there were some great one-liners and overall I enjoyed the whole book a lot.

“She wears life like Elvis wore sequins, with no apology laced into the seams.” 

Because I myself am a crazy fangirl, then the whole atmosphere of the book and the emotions of the characters towards their beloved show was something I could relate to a lot.

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.” 

This was a very short review on ”Geekerella” just to give an overview of my thoughts and to prove to everyone I am still alive and well 🙂 It might take me some time to get used to writing reviews again, I had such a hard time writing this, because I have been procrastinating like hell. I have some serious consistency problems, people.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

Book review: ”A Court of Wings and Ruin”

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Book title: ”A Court of Wings and Ruin” (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication year: 2017

Number of pages: 707

Format: ebook

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 5☆

Blurb:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Review:

Absolutely speechless. I waited a few days to write this and still I don’t think I have words to explain how amazing this book was.

“It is a new world, and we must decide how we are to end this old one and begin it anew.”   

Sarah J. Maas has done it again with the great characters and a gripping plot. I will try to keep this short and keep all the spoilers to myself.

This book made ma laugh, cry and smile and it made my heart stop and it made me angry. In the end the book ended on such a beautiful note and I couldn’t have been happier.

“It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it – not be broken by it.”

Feyre and Rhysand were a total power couple. The one thing I loved the most was the way Feyre took a stand for herself and sassed everyone. It was beautiful. Rhysand was a sweet murderous High Lord as always and of course the Inner Circle was absolutely wonderful.

“I see all of you, Rhys. And there is not one part that i do not love with everything I am.”   

This time Feyre’s sisters were also in the Circle and Lucien as well. They were all really great, well-rounded characters and I think Nesta is now my favourite out of all the characters. I just liked her so much.

“And death at Nesta’s hands … I wondered if they’d have to invent a new word for killing when she was done with Graysen.”

The plot was fast-paced and the twists just never ended. I loved the battle scenes and how well written they were. They were not too long or too descriptive which is something I don’t like about battle scenes, so these were really good. The scheming and plans were really exciting, the characters that came to aid…everything was perfect.

“My goal was bigger than revenge. My purpose greater than personal retribution.”   

Also, I  really enjoyed that we got to see the other High Lords in this book and get to know them a little bit as well, since in the first two they weren’t really around that much.

As I understand there will be more stories set in Prythian and I cannot wait to read them. These books have definitely slithered into my heart and will stay there until the end of time.

If you haven’t read this yet, you have a lot to look forward to!!!! An amazing novel and conclusion ❤

Check the book out on Goodreads here.