[Book Review] From Twinkle, With Love – Sandhya Menon // film nerds, Shakespeare references, and gender-swapped Dracula

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Title: From Twinkle, With Love

Author: Sandhya Menon

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Rating:

RATING - Five Stars

Summary:

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 come 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.

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Mini-Reviews: 3 Fantasies that Weren’t Fantastic

Over the past two weeks, I read three fantasy books that had been on my TBR for quite a while: Flame in the MistReign of the Fallen, and To Kill a  Kingdom. I was really excited to read them because they sounded so intriguing! Fantasy set in a feudal Japan-esque setting, a bisexual necromancer, and a dark The Little Mermaid? It was like a match made in heaven for me.

Unfortunately, I ended up not liking these two books at all. I was actually pretty upset about it because I really wanted to like them – you guys know I’m all about hyping up diverse books. Unfortunately, diversity isn’t going to rescue a shoddily-written book from the two-star / one-star stamp of doom.

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[Book Review] What Kind of Day – Mina V. Esguerra // a romance moonlighting as a stark look into the reality of Philippine politics

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Title: What Kind of Day

Author: Mina V. Esguerra

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Rating:

RATING - Five Stars

Summary:

It’s a bad day for Ben. After years of earnest work, he’s been fired from his job as a speechwriter for a Philippine senator. Name tarnished and bridges burned, he steps into what he thinks is a shuttle ride home, and accidentally joins a tour of his own city.

It was supposed to be a good day for Naya. Her passion is traveling, her hobby is discovering cool things to see and do, and taking people on tours of Metro Manila is her only job right now. An extra person at the last minute isn’t ideal, especially if the person is a former colleague and the subject of the day’s hottest political trash fire. But work is work, and she decides to let him stay in the tour.

She’s hoping she won’t regret it. He’s hoping his day turns around. What kind of day could it be? Maybe the best kind.

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[Book Review + Giveaway!] The Bone Witch – Rin Chupeco // the story of an unapologetically angry and powerful woman

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Title: The Bone Witch

Author: Rin Chupeco

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Rating:

RATING - Five Stars

Summary:

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

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2018 Releases I Want to Buy!

Today marks a special occasion in my life as a book blogger, friends. For today…I actively sought out new releases and marked what I wanted to pre-order/buy! Hallelujah, it’s a miracle.

No, seriously, it is. For someone like me who is such a passive reader, it really is a big thing for me to actually look up books that aren’t published yet and decide what I’ll be buying. Usually, I just wait for someone to recommend me something before I even think of picking it up. But now, I actually have a list of books to watch out for. Go me!

Here’s what I’m looking forward to reading this year!

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[Book Review] The Wrath and The Dawn – Renée Ahdieh // love, magic, and revenge in the desert

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Title: The Wrath and The Dawn

Author: Renée Ahdieh

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult

My Rating:

RATING - Three Stars

Summary:

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

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