Review: Open Road Summer (Emery Lord)

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Source: Pansing Books

This book is available at all good bookstores.


Blurb from Goodreads:

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts.

But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.


RATING

4.0 STARS

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

I am glad that I totally enjoy reading this book. This is definitely my first time reading Emery Lord’s writing and I am happy to say that it did not disappoint! Her writing is honestly amazing and very entertaining.

I totally recommend you guys to read this during summer or vacation, because it is totally a fast paced and light read for you to devour in. Sometimes I would love to read light books that does not need extra attention to fathom the development of the world created by the author. You could be so engrossed to the book, not realising that you have gone through more and more chapters.

This book has received a lot of mixed reviews on Goodreads, such as the main character being so annoyingly stubborn and angsty. However, I totally love all of the points that the book highlights, because that makes the book even special to me. YA Contemporary books like this often deliver profound messages for readers to appreciate and understand.

This book highlights on finding new hopes and dreams. Sometimes life can be very hard and disappointing but there is no reason that we cannot chase our very own happily ever after. Both of the characters pave their way to heal a broken heart after breaking up with their partners and it is interesting to see how both of them face their challenge with confidence and positivity. I also love for the fact that both of main characters are always there for each other no matter what. The major part of the story is basically they accept each other for their good and bad, flaws and wrongdoings in hope that both of them will find serendipity in their own ways. Thus that makes this story important to me ❤

I hope you guys will enjoy this book as much as I did 🙂

Thank you Pansing Books for providing a copy in exchange of an honest review.

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Sabrina

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Review: From Twinkle, With Love (Sandhya Menon) #DiverseReads

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Blurb from Goodreads:

Three starred reviews for this charming romantic comedy about an aspiring teen filmmaker who finds her voice and falls in love, from the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi.

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream comes true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily ever after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.


RATING

3 STARS

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

This is honestly my first time reading Sandhya Menon’s book. I push myself while reading this because I want to understand the hype of her debut, When Dimple Met Rishi. Unfortunately, I am not impressed by this story.

The main character, Twinkle is a bit unbearable to begin with. The fact that she is 16 years old, she does things stupidly sometimes. I simply cannot stand with her. The plot is pretty much bland, with so little sparks, specialty and surprises.

I don’t know guys, maybe I just have to take a break from reading contemporary novels like this because mostly YA contemporaries follow the similar, cliché and repetitive endings. Like any teen, Twinkle faces parental expectations, peer pressure problems and also puppy love.

Apart from that, Twinkle is an aspiring Indian-American filmmaker who dreams high and wishes to pursue her career in film industry. She writes a series of “dear diary” to her respective idols who are her favourite female filmmakers. She is passionate in doing what she loves and protective when people criticises and demotivates her work.

From Twinkle, With Love has such important and remarkable points and issues for younger audiences to learn about. I think I will appreciate this better, when I read this in the right time and space.

I will love to give other Sandhya Menon’s book a try so, I look forward to read When Dimple Met Rishi next time!

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Sabrina

 

 

Review: They Both Die At The End (Adam Silvera)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day. 


RATING

4 STARS

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

This is my first time reading Adam Silvera’s writing. His writing is so good and it keeps better throughout my journey reading till the end. His writing is simple yet so profound that it gives a powerful impact to me, the one which I like the most. I don’t feel weird and stressed out while reading because the story is so easy to delve into.

They Both Die At The End tells about two main characters, Puerto Rican Mateo and Cuban Rufus, who went through their End Day together. In the alternate world, a company called DeathCast, will call and deliver the message to the Deckers (people who will die soon) that they have 24 hours left to live. Both of them have their own kind of pasts and they met in this one App called Last Friend, where you can find friends who are in the same boat as theirs.

The story itself is engaging. The first part truly makes me want to read it fastly because I am so intrigued in knowing what they will do and who they will meet in the next 24 hours. The story reminds me of The Sun Is Also A Star, which includes some perspectives from all people who revolve around the main characters. We all get to know how can Death affects all the people that they truly love.

I have a lot of emotions and thinking while reading this. I truly empathise for the main characters, their family and friends so hard and I feel so sorry for what will happen to them. At the same time, I do think of myself, what if I was the one who was summoned by the Death Cast? What will I do for my last 24 hours living on Earth? These questions keep on mingling in my mind. Knowing that you are going to be dead soon is honestly horrifying, especially when leaving all your loved ones and not having to do stuffs you have not done yet.

These thoughts frankly scare me, but somehow I think that Mateo and Rufus are damn lucky. I tell you, they have all the time on Earth to be ready to face Death. They have the chance for farewells, meeting friends and family, spending every last of money in their bank account for something that they have not done before. In the real world, Death is mysterious. It comes when it comes. It does not have a warning.

I don’t feel satisfied with the ending, mainly because I hate that they both die (It is stated in the title of the book!) and I also loathe that there is no epilogue as a conclusion of the story. I would like to know if both of them truly meet in the afterlife, and if they meet their families. It breaks my heart seeing their deaths. 😦

Overall, it is good read.

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Sabrina

Thursday Tag #9: Readers Problem Tag

Greetings Book People!

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Readers will always have unavoidable problems!! 

 

I am actually very intrigued to do this tag because last week I saw The Readers Bay did this so Imma do it this week! Thanks to The Readers Bay for inspiring me to do this tag! 🙂

I love answering questions related to books so let’s get started!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Haha, I think it is just so impossible for a person to have 20,000 books to be read. If I do, I will pick new releases and search for reviews at WordPress and YouTube to find more. Oh God what a world to live in with a mountain of books!

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I will quit and DNF’d it. I cannot stand reading a book that does not suit my forte! However, if the book is one of my favourite genre, I will still continue reading it!

At first, I DNF’d Six of Crows at the first chapter because I didn’t know what was going on for the book! I went to Goodreads and almost everyone rated that they loved the book so much! I ended up liking the book because the book was so good!

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

This is what I am going through right now *sobs*

I am not even half reaching my goal! It is because I don’t have the time to read much and I don’t buy books that often now because books are very expensive and I am in the midst of saving money for the future! You can never know what the future sets for you so I am always going to be ready for it. Maybe I can buy a few new releases on my upcoming birthday this November. *hinting to everyone who reads this*

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

It hasn’t happened to me yet but I will be so annoyed about it. I love it how all of my books in the series are in the same length or width whatsoever.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

Unfortunately I don’t have any close friends who I can share my interest with 😦

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I will just cry my heart out! I don’t care what people are going to say about me because it is my special moment with the book!66de03e6b78d499c7817a3fe3259787c--feel-tired-computer-lab

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

I don’t have much time to reread books just to remember the plot line from the prior novel.

I will search for reviews on Goodreads/WordPress/YouTube from book lovers because I trust their reviews!

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I will blurt a line like this: “Oh someone is reading my book now, I’m so sorry!”

HAHA things that will do to protect your babies ❤ ❤ ❤

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Harry Potter will cure my reading slump. I have done it a few times, it all worked! You should try it sometime.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I will buy books from my favourite authors! I will buy 3 new releases at least on my birthday every year. Just FYI, my birthday is on November. *shamelessly promoting my birthday*

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

2 weeks to 1 month. I will usually have something more important to do, such as sitting for finals and doing revision. I will leave them only temporarily, I will read them as soon as possible!

Tags like this never disappoint me! See you in another tag! Adios, lovely people!

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Sabrina

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Greetings Book People!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I am taking this opportunity to do this fun meme every week starting today so I can share fun stuffs related to books! This is also my first time writing Top Ten Tuesdays posts!

This week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List  ❤ Hope you guys enjoy with my choices!

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They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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Wonder Women: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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The Dreadful Tale Of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

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Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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Harry Potter: A History of Magic by J.K. Rowling

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

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And thats it! What is your TBR list of fall releases? Share your books down in the comment section below!

Thanks for reading!

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Sabrina

Of Life and Second Chances: A review for Second Chance Summer (Morgan Matson)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

RATING

4 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HERE’S MY THOUGHTS!

I am going to warn you that I cried so badly while reading this book. I am not even lying to you. I didn’t bother to wipe my tears and just continued crying until I have slept after reading it. I was a complete mess!

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I WAS A COMPLETE MESS AFTER READING!! :((

I went through this book without knowing anything back in January 2016. I remembered that at that time I was going through my final exams for my first semester when I started reading this. I wasn’t disappointed at all. All of you know that Morgan Matson is very good writer. I will love any of her stories.

This moving story follows a young girl named Taylor Edwards and she always runs away from her problems whenever she feels like it. However, when her father is diagnosed with a severe health problem, she realizes that she cannot run away anymore.

Taylor’s parents decide to spent their one last summer together at their retreat home that they all left for a long time. Taylor is very hesitant to go back because she leaves everything behind when she’s 12 years old. She leaves her ex-boyfriend, Henry and her best friend, Lisa without any word and explanation. Now, she has to deal with the aftermath and consequences for what she has done 5 years ago. She has to think on how to get all of the second chances that she has missed in order to retrieve the things she dears most.

“A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.” 

Of all Morgan Matson’s books, Second Chance Summer is the most heavy and meaningful story. The readers are shown on how it is to go through the life of a person who is having a sick family member. I am so happy that romance is not really the main drive because I am hoping to get more family and friends elements in this YA book.

Morgan Matson’s main characters are always relatable and realistically written. You will always find something hidden from yourself while delving into the main character’s emotion. I love it how her characters are willing to learn from mistakes they made and deal with their problems to be a better person. The story is more than just romanticizing teenage couples. It is about life and how you make yourself strong to face it.

Overall, I highly recommend any of Morgan Matson’s book to everyone who enjoys reading YA contemporary. Amazing plot line and plot drive, amazing character development and thus Morgan Matson is honestly amazing!! ❤

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Sabrina

 

Review: P.S. I Still Love You (Jenny Han) #DiverseReads

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Blurb from Goodreads:

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

RATING

4 SOLID STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han is one of the most highly anticipated read of 2015. Readers, especially myself, were so excited and dying to read this as soon as we could! All I can say is I am not disappointed by the sequel.

P.S. I Still Love You picks up after the ending of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Lara Jean’s letter gives us an insight on how she really feels towards Peter, her crush and the recipient of her love letter. Finally they officially decide to become a couple. And of course it becomes the hottest news at school.

Genevieve, Peter’s ex girlfriend, still befriends and texts Peter like nothing happens. Clearly she disapproves of Peter’s relationship with Lara Jean. All of a sudden, Lara Jean’s old crush, John Ambrose McClaren, writes back to her and starts to know her better.

Honestly, I love John over Peter a lot. John is described as a very handsome, charming and nice gentleman who respects women so much. There are reasons why I choose John. Peter insists in texting and seeing his ex girlfriend even though he already has a girlfriend. I strongly do not accept that. It is not that I hate Peter, he too has his good sides too. He still respects and cares for Lara Jean. However, of course Peter will always be redeemable at the ending. Perhaps, Jenny Han thinks that Peter is a perfect fit for Lara Jean.

I adore Lara Jean’s behaviour in settling her problems with Peter in this book. She is portrayed as the mature and grown up teenage girl who thinks and wants her love relationship to work out. The old Lara Jean who is really immature and runs away from problems is gone. I am so proud of my girl, Lara Jean ❤

“If two people are meant to be, they’ll find their way to each other.” 

Lara Jean’s transition is mostly caused by her healthy relationship with Peter and her sister’s encouragement to do better in school. Lara Jean shines beautifully in this book compared to the last one, mainly because she is more confident to face people at school and independent to solve her own problems. She takes part in extracurricular activities as her own practice and experience to embrace university life.

I love the family bond in this book. If you guys have any book recommendations on supporting family stories, just recommend to me! I am a strong believer of familial support and dynamics. Lara Jean’s family are always there for each other, no matter how hard and easy their life can be. I can sense the sisterly bond between Lara Jean’s sisters strongly, even though I don’t have sisters. It makes me crave for a sister’s attention.

“A girl’s relationship with her father is the most important male relationship of her life.” 

All in all, Jenny Han has made an improvement for Lara Jean’s story in P.S. I Still Love You. As the character grows maturely, you will find yourself related to her experience and pain during your teenage hood. This book captures my heart. ❤

I can say that I am officially, #TEAMJOHN ❤

Stay tune for my review for Always and Forever, Lara Jean.

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Sabrina