ARC Review ||That Thing Between Eli & Gwen by J.J. McAvoy

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Eli Davenport thinks he’s found the perfect woman to be his wife. She’s a doctor, like he is. She’s brilliant, like he is. And she’s wealthy, like he is.

Guinevere ‘Gwen’ Poe thinks her fiancé is the perfect man. He’s handsome, successful and he was her first…

But when Eli’s bride runs off with Gwen’s fiancée on his wedding day, they are left to pick up the broken pieces of each other…

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I received an ARC of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really have no idea how to describe the extent of my love towards this book because a simple ‘I loved it’ just cannot suffice. I’ve been wanting to read this particular book from the moment I found it on Goodreads and I didn’t waste a second in requesting it’s ARC when I finally found it on Netgalley.

That Thing Between Eli and Gwen was an absolutely amazing book. I loved and devoured each and every page. It was such a page turner, I just didn’t want to stop. The story was so intriguing and perfectly paced, there wasn’t a single moment where I was underwhelmed or overwhelmed. It was very believable. From the events to the characters to their emotions….it was all very relatable. 🙂

But what I enjoyed the most in this book were the characters. There are a very few book where I completely adore both the main characters and this was certainly one of those. Both the main characters, Eli and Gwen (Guinevere) were so amazing, so wonderful, so perfectly imperfect. And their story was woven in a very beautiful and realistic way. The way they first dislike each other due to their dissimilarities, then they slowly develop a ‘sort-of’ friendship due to facing similar situations and emotions…and from there as their admiration for each other grow along with attraction…the pace and the unfolding of these events were simply perfect. ❤

The plot of this book wasn’t really too unique but what made it much better that the other book which have had similar story lines is the excellent style of storytelling. This book literally had every quality that makes a book perfect for me. Good story, intelligent characters, incredible chemistry, right pace, emotions, steam, romance, humor….and everything was in perfect proportions. Seriously – this book was everything! ❤

Also there were some lovely supporting characters. Eli’s brother Logan, his best friend  Ian (who was my favorite btw), Mrs.Davenport, Molly, Gwen’s parents, her friends, etc were all really awesome characters!! 😉

That thing Between Eli and Gwen was a delightful read which was funny, honest, heartfelt and simple…fantastic and it left this big happy grin on my face. 😀

I’ve read a few books by J.J. McAvoy before and all of them have been comparatively more serious. However, this has been my favorite of all her books and I can’t recommend it enough to everyone who enjoys a good contemporary romance. :*

My Rating : ★★★★★

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Review || Reunion at Walnut Cherryville by Lauren Salem

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Johnny Cockit accidentally murdered a man when he was ten years old, which is why he was sent to Sonoran Correctional High School, a gender-segregated boarding school located in Phoenix, Arizona. Two months before graduation, Johnny and his friends are drugged and abducted by Walnut Cherryville secret watchers during an afternoon counseling session. Making decisions about the future has never felt important until the students are forced to work in a remote produce factory owned by the vengeful Quinton family. Walnut Cherryville is no ordinary factory; it’s the Quintons’ futuristic desert village governed by the principle that people live better-quality lives when they don’t make their own decisions. To ease the burden of life’s basic yet complicated choices, the government limits misdirection by choosing every citizen’s career path and lifestyle. Johnny and his friends plot an escape but must avoid being recaptured because abandonment of the village is a crime punishable by death. In a scandalous turn of events narrated by Johnny and his delinquent friends Vincent, Laura, and Collins, they discover that the reason they were captured roots back to an ancient family feud between the Cockit and Quinton families.

Due to strong sexuality, this book is intended for young adults ages 14 and up.

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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by the lovely Lauren Salem

This was one really enjoyable read and quite different from the other YA thrillers I’ve read before. I was intrigued right from the beginning and it felt like the pages kept turning themselves.

The characters were great but my favorite was undoubtedly Laura. She was strong and a realist through and through. I liked the rest of the characters as well because they were all different and it’s always awesome to read about such diverse personalities. But for me Laura and Collins were the most well developed characters throughout the book. I loved how the story was told through the point of views of the different characters. And it was amazing how they all had a very distinct styles of thinking, thanks to which I was never confused whose POV a chapter was from in the middle of chapters.

This was a very fast paced story but the only problem I faced was that there were moments when too much happened all at once and it was a tad bit difficult to keep track of everything and understand what exactly was happening . But once I was able to catch up again, I found myself liking the book more. I found some of the events a little unbelievable and far fetched but this being a dystopian novel, I cannot expect a lot of  credibility. Also I really would have liked to know a bit more about the ancient feud because it was talked about very little in the book but I guess it’s kept under wraps to be revealed in the next book.

Now I wouldn’t call RAWC a real dystopian…but it was rather a mix of different genres – romance, sci-fi, fantasy, thriller, dystopian. …but I didn’t really mind it.

The best thing about this book however had to be the writing. Really, Lauren Salem has a very unique style of writing. It isn’t overly complicated but rather straight forward, funny and interesting.

This book had some positive as well as negative aspects. But despite it’s shortcomings, I am really interested to know what happens next and am quite looking forward to the nest book.

My Rating : ★★★1/2

ARC Review || Unwanted Girl by M.K. Schiller

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Recovering addict Nick Dorsey finds solace in his regimented life. That is until he meets Shyla Metha. Something about the shy Indian beauty who delivers take-out to his Greenwich Village loft inspires the reclusive writer. And when Shyla reveals her desire to write a book of her own, he agrees to help her. The tale of a young Indian girl growing up against a landscape of brutal choices isn’t Nick’s usual territory, but something about the story, and the beautiful storyteller, draws him in deep.

Shyla is drawn to Nick, but she never imagines falling for him. Like Nick, Shyla hails from a village, too…a rural village in India. They have nothing in common, yet he makes her feel alive for the first time in her life. She is not ready for their journey to end, but the plans she’s made cannot be broken…not even by him. Can they find a way to rewrite the next chapter?

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Spoiler : No

I received an ARC of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So I’ll start with listing the two main reasons I have been wanting to read this particular book for a while now.

— Firstly, because M.K. Schiller is the author of one of my very favorite contemporary romance novels, The Do-Over and I love her writing. ❤

— Secondly, I am Indian, and when I read that this book had an actual Indian heroine with an actual Indian rural background, instead of the normal Indian-American heroines I’ve read before a couple of times, I knew I had to read this book! So yeah, I was really looking to Unwanted Girl and M.K. Schiller, surely did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the book. I was a little bit skeptical about how the author would be able to combine a serious topic like gendercide with romance, because it sort of seems to be an an unlikely combination, but Schiller managed to do it pretty well. 🙂

Now in the book we had Nick as the hero, who was a writer, living as a recluse. He carried the burden of his past when he was a meth-addict and blamed himself for an incident that changed his life and forced him to overcome his addiction. He lives a life without really living it and simply goes through the days without feeling anything.

Then there was our heroine, Shyla Metha – which I would like to correct is actually Mehta because there is no Indian surname called ‘Metha’ – who came from a remote village in India and was studying in America on student’s visa. She worked at a little eatery near Nick’s home and had been delivering sandwiches to Nick for a year. She was a shy, reserved and sweet girl and it took her a long time to even speak a few words to Nick.

Both Nick and Shyla were intrigued by each other and gradually formed a friendship. It was then that Shyla revealed her desire to write a book to Nick and asked him to help her though it. So together, they started the journey of writing a story, where Shyla narrated the story and Nick gave words and expressions to the writing. They were drawn to each other but hesitated to do anything about it since they belonged to two very different worlds and Shyla had plans to return to India after her graduation, which was only a few months away. But finally their deep feelings overcame the hesitation and they decided to be together as long as they could.

As I said before, I really enjoyed the book. It was fast paced, interesting, emotional and I couldn’t put it down. I also loved the characters. They felt real and pretty refreshing because like most books, this wasn’t about opposites attract, rather the two characters shared a lot of similar traits . I was a little miffed by Shyla st times because she kind of seemed a bit too tenacious at times but we come to know about her reasons at the end, so then we realize why she was…the way she was.

I love Schiller’s way of story-telling because it simply draws you in until you feel like the characters are a part of your life. I also really liked how after the first few chapters, the chapters kind of alternated between Nick and Shyla’s present account and the story they were writing, Asha’s Story. Honestly, at first I though it would be boring and annoying, like, you’re really engaged into what’s happening between Nick and Shyla and suddenly in the next chapter you have to read Asha’s story. But it was not at all the case. In fact, Asha’s story was so compelling, there were moments I wanted to read her story more that our main characters….so yeah, there wasn’t a single dull moment in the book, for me at least.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the amount of research Schiller seems to have done for this book because there were a lot about the Rural Indian society, culture, names, customs, rituals, etc in the story and there were also a couple of tales about this Indian god and goddesses. I was really happy that majority of the details were accurate. However, I did find some errors, so I have to point them out –

(1) There were some errors in the names of the characters – As I mentioned about Metha actually being Mehta. Then Asha’s husband’s name was Aditi which is not a name for males in India. It is a name for females. And her brother-in-law’s name was Mukash, but the correct name should be Mukesh.

(2) In the book it was written that in Asha’s wedding, the bride and the groom took FOUR rounds around the holy fire to signify their tie to each other. But in any Indian marriage, the bride and groom take SEVEN rounds around the holy fire as their seven vows to each other.

So apart from these main errors, the details were mostly correct, I guess. There were also a few spelling errors here and there, which I hope will be corrected in the final print.

And lastly, the twist that comes in the end….Now I have a read a few other reviews of this book and a couple of them said that they found the plot twist predictable. I’ll have to be honest here – I did not anticipate it. I really didn’t. So the twist at the end totally shocked me, but i loved it!

Thus,  Unwanted Girl by M.K. Schiller was a fantastic read and I enjoyed every bit.

My rating : ★★★★.25

Miss B. Recommends #2 : Laugh-Blush-Grin-Swoon Books

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From what I’ve experienced, most romance novel these days are full of angst and tragedy and drama. I like angst in romances. But sometimes it can get a bit…tiring and monotonous. Those are the times i search for light reads which can make me feel all good and mushy and have me smiling throughout. So here’s a list of my top five favorite feel-good stand-alones and series.!

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(1) Chicago Stars Series by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

.Genre : Adult Contemporary Romance

#1 It Had to Be You

#2 Heaven, Texas

#3 Nobody’s Baby But Mine

#4 Dream a Little Dream

#5 This Heart of Mine

#6 Match Me If You Can

#7 Natural Born Charmer

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This is not really a new series. These books were written between 1994 to 2004, and there might be another book coming up to join this phenomenal series. Each one of these books is absolutely hilarious. And my god, don’t even get me started on the ‘steam quotient’ of these books because they’re simply off the charts! This series is fun and sexy and light with a pinch of drama and really amazing romance. It’s just the 4th book i.e. Dream a little dream that’s a little sombre and serious.

These books can be read in a sequence as well as separately as stand-alones, so that’s a great thing too! ❤

Oh, and if you haven’t read SEP’s books before, I think it’s high time you do it! She’s simply brilliant!!

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(2) Chocolate Lovers Series by Tara Sivec

Genre : Adult Contemporary Romance

#1 Seduction and Snacks

#2 Future and Frosting

#3 Trouble and Treats

#3.5 Hearts and Llamas

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This is one of those series which will literally make your stomach hurt and eyes water because it’s so funny, you can’t get through even a couple of pages without laughing your – pardon me for the language – asses off!! These books are so absolutely hilarious and hot, they’re definitely one of my favorites! Do not miss them!

Also I feel they’re supposed to be read in sequence, so yeah, do give’em a try! :p

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(3) Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase

Genre : Adult Contemporary Romance

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If you’ve read Emma Chase’s books before, I’m sure you’ll be aware of the fact how awesomely she handle humor and heat in her novels. Sustained is the second book The Legal Briefs series and I loved it much, much more than the first book. All I can say about this one is that –  ONE OF THE CUTEST, FUNNIEST, HOTTEST, SWEETEST, MOST AMAZING-EST BOOKS I’VE EVER READ!

Oh, and this can totally be read as a stand-alone! Go for it!! 😀

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(4) Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy

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#1 The Deal

#2 The Mistake

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These two books are ahhhmaazing!! There are just two books for the time being, and the third one is coming soon. I absolutely adored both these books! They were so hilarious, they kept me grinning all through. The characters are totally fabulous and the whole atmosphere in these books make you feel happy and light. Especially for those who enjoy romances involving college student, this book is a must read. Super hot, super cute, super funny, there’s also a tad bit of drama which will not bore you at all!

Oh, and I would suggest one to read this is sequence too because most of the characters in the first book appears in the next! 😉

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(5) Neighbor from Hell by R.L. Mathewson

Adult Contemporary Romance

#1 Playing for Keeps

#2 Perfection

#3 Checkmate

#4 Truce

#5 The Game Plan

#6 Double Dare

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Neighbor from Hell is literally one hell of a series!! They’ll make you laugh until your stomach hurts! Out of the six books, I’ve read only the first five, and my favorite out of them is the first two i.e. Playing for Keeps and Perfection. The Bradford brothers are so entertaining, you just can’t get enough of them and their food obsession! You should totally try out these books too. ❤

Once again I’d suggest that these should be read in sequence for better understanding, so yeah! :p

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* More Books in this category *

The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn

The Hooker and The Hermit by Penny Reid

Hypnotic Seduction by L.L. Kellogg

Playing it Safe by Barbie Bohrman

A Reclusive Heart by R.L. Mathewson

Friend-Zoned Series by Belle Aurora (All three books are fabulous!!)

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Blog Tour + Excerpt & Giveaway : Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

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In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Jessica Sorensen, USA Todaybestselling author Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”?

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.

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I scoop up the last bite of cereal from my bowl as I stand. “We should probably get going,” I say, still chewing. “IKEA gets crazy on Saturdays, and I don’t want to risk them being out of stock on the extra-large shelves.”
“You have that many dolls?” Liz asks, looking torn between being creeped out and feeling completely sorry for me.
“Fifty-seven and counting,” I say, straight-faced. “And actually, Ben, if you’re going to be a while, I might just run upstairs and brush their hair? I noticed last night Polly was starting to develop a tangle.”
Ben drains his coffee, pushes back from the counter, and shakes his head at me. “You poor, sick weirdo.”
Then he turns to Liz, putting his hands on her skinny waist and pulling her forward with an apologetic smile. “You mind if I take a raincheck on breakfast?”
I barely hide the snort. In Ben’s world, raincheck is a synonym for I’m going to intentionally lose your phone number.
In under a minute, Ben is nudging Liz out onto the front porch, and, impressively, she doesn’t even look pissed. I follow them out, just to be annoying, watching as he whispers something in her ear. Her eyes go wide and sympathetic and she gives me an It’s gonna be okay, little buddy smile. She heads toward the sidewalk with a wave.
“What did you just tell her?” I ask, taking a sip of my coffee as we watch her leave.
“I told her you were an abandoned orphan and that the only thing your birth mother left you with was a doll named Polly. Hence the sad obsession.”
I shake my head. “You know I’m going to have to rewrite the house rules. And No dolls will so be going on there.”
Liz turns back and gives one last wave. Both Ben and I wave back, and I can’t help myself. “Enjoy your walk of shame!” I call after her, my voice sweet as sugar.
Liz’s head snaps back as though trying to determine if she heard me correctly, but Ben puts a hand over my face and shoves me back into the house before closing the front door.
He absently rubs a hand over his abs as he looks me up and down.
“You should change. You can’t wear your ratty booty shorts and that ugly T-shirt to IKEA.”
“First of all, you can absolutely wear your rattiest and ugliest T-shirts to IKEA. That’s pretty much the IKEA dress code. And second, we’re not going to IKEA. Really, are you getting so comfortable with your lies that they become fact in your mind?”
“We are going to IKEA,” he says, running both hands through his short brown hair before heading toward the stairs.
“For what?” I ask.
“I need a new dresser.”
“What’s wrong with your old dresser?”
“It broke.”
I wrinkle my nose. “How the hell do you break a dresser?”
He shoots me a look over his shoulder and wiggles his eyebrows.
It takes me only seconds before I put the pieces together. “Airhead?” I hitch a thumb over my shoulder at the departed female. “You banged her against the dresser?”
“Hey, she was unusually tall, which gave me the unusual opportunity and prime angle to—”
I slap my hands over my ears and start singing Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” my default protective gesture whenever Ben gets a little too colorful with descriptions of his sexual antics.
Another house rule: Parker absolutely does not want to know what happens in Ben’s bedroom.
“Hey, do you and Lance have plans today?” he asks.
“Maybe you should have asked that before you mandated an IKEA trip. But no, he’s got an all-day study group.”
Lance is getting his MBA from the University of Portland.
“Cool. Let’s grab lunch after.” He heads into his bedroom without looking at me.
Lunch, huh?
I narrow my eyes and sprint up the stairs after him, pushing open his door before he can shut it in my face.
Sure enough, his dresser is definitely leaning unhealthily to one side, and I count two, no make that three, condom wrappers.
He pulls a green polo from the tiny closet in the corner and looks around his messy floor until he finds his jeans.
I wait expectantly.
“What?” he asks.
“Lunch?” I lift my brows. And wait for the explanation.
Ben scratches idly at his slightly stubbled chin. Sharing a bathroom with the guy, I know he shaves every morning, but the stubble seems to be perpetual.
“Well, you know that girl I dated a couple weeks ago? Kim?” he asks. “She wanted me to go to her sister’s engagement brunch, and I told her I was busy all day. But she’s just crazy enough to stop by and see if I’m actually out of the house, so I thought we should be elsewhere. . . .”
I hold up a hand. “Fine. I’ll be your alibi. But I get to pick the restaurant, and you’re buying. Oh, and you have to put the toilet seat down every day for an entire week.”
He raises his hand as though wanting to say something in class. “I’d like to add a house rule: Parker isn’t allowed to tell Ben how to pee.”
“You don’t make the house rules. I do. And I didn’t tell you how to pee,” I say exasperatedly as he wrenches open a dresser drawer and pulls out a pair of boxers. “I’m trying to do your future wife a favor by teaching you how not to be a pig.”
He inches by me into the hallway. “Another house rule: Parker shalt not say profanities as future wife to a dedicated bachelor.”
“You’re not a dedicated bachelor. You’re just a typical horny twenty-four-year-old dude, and, again, you don’t make the house rules—hey!”
He shuts the door to our shared bathroom in my face, and too late I realize that I’d missed all the classic signs of a skilled Ben Olsen diversion. He’d just wanted to beat me into the bathroom.
“Don’t use all the hot water!” I shout, pounding my palm on the door.
The door opens just enough for me to see one blue eye blinking back at me. “Didn’t you say Polly had a tangle? You better go get on that.”
The door shuts again, and I pound a second time. “Remember, the green towel is mine. The white one is yours.”
I wait for confirmation, but there’s only silence.
“Ben, I know you can hear me! Don’t ‘accidentally’ use mine just because yours smells funny.”
More silence.
Damn it. He is so planning to use my towel.
So, yeah, my best friend is a guy. Doesn’t mean I have to like it all the time.

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Lauren Layne is the USA Today
Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren
worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from
Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing
career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent
assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s
gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with
several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled
Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a
doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.


Miss B. Recommends #1 : Friends-to-Lovers Trope [Adult and New-Adult Contemporary]

Haallooo bookworms! This particular idea’s been bugging me for so long, but till now, I never acted on it simply beeecuz – I AM TOO LAZY!! 

But lately, I’m thinking about it too much, so here I am, starting with Book Recommendation Posts where I’ll recommend my 5 FAVORITE BOOKS/SERIES of various different genres, tropes, category, etc. My blog’s only got book reviews, so I hope this will also be a welcome change for me and my readers. And I’m hoping to be pretty regular with these posts.

So yeah, here’s the first Miss B. Recommends post ❤

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This has got to be the 100th time I’m admitting this, so yes, the Friends-to-Lovers trope of book is one of my absolute FAVORITES! I always keep hunting for books belonging to this category and I love’em most of the times!! I also am aware of the fact that I’m not the only one who’s a sucker for these books. No matter how cliche and overly used the ‘Friends falling in love’ plot is, people love them. So that is my first chosen t trope for recommendation. I’ve read so many amazing books in this particular category, it was really difficult for me to shortlist 5 of them, but here they are…

[NOTE : CLICK ON THE BOOK COVERS FOR GOODREADS LINK TO OPEN!]

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(1) Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1) by R.L. Mathewson

Genre : Adult  Contemporary Romance

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I really, really love this book! It’s absolutely hilarious and fits the friends-to-lovers category perfectly. This is one of those books which will leave you breathless from laughter and all the steamy hotness! 😉

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(2) The Do-Over by M.K. Schiller

Genre : Adult Contemporary Romance

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This book is one of my all-time-favorite reads! An amazingly cute, feel-good romance book which will leave you with this huge grin plastered on your face. I read it whenever I feel low, and trust me, it totally helps me lighten up. ❤

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(3) The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

Genre : New-Adult Contemporary

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Ooooh…The Deal was one thoroughly delicious book. I loved every bit of it. Hanna and Garrett (the protagonists) were so perfect, hilarious, cute, hot and everything in between. Definitely recommended!!! 😀

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(4) Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire

Genre : New-Adult Contemporary

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I’m sure any one who reads new-adult books must have at least heard of this book as it received a hell lot of hype. And let me tell you, it deserved every bit of that attention. The book is so good, one simply can’t help but love it! 🙂

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(5) Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) by Samantha Young 

Genre : Adult Contemporary Romance

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I love this book. it’s fantastic. The story is fantastic. The characters are fantastic. Everything about this book is amazing. Before Jamaica Lane is the third book of On Dublin Street series. It can be read as a standalone, but I’d suggest that one should read the previous books first because they are absolutely fabulous too. ❤

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So…I hope this list was helpful to some at least. Will surely come up with a new recommendation post soon.

Until then… :*

ARC Review || Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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{I received an ARC of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.}

It took me quite a while to write this review because I just couldn’t think, let alone write something to convey my reaction towards this particular book. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon simply robbed me off the ability to form any coherent thought. *_*
I’ve read a bunch of books where the protagonists suffer from different type of diseases. I’ve liked some, disliked some, loved some, and absolutely abhorred some! This book totally comes into the ‘Loved’ list! Right from the beginning, it sucked me in! 🙂
Now the proof of how incredibly intriguing this book is that I actually managed to read it in between of a Harry Potter book!
I’ve been dying to read Everything Everything ever since I came across it on NetGalley. I literally screamed with joy when I saw I’d been approved for it’s ARC. I started reading immediately and not once did it get even slightly uninteresting, so as to make me take a break and read HP again before continuing, and that, my friend, is a very big thing! 😉

Coming to the characters of this book, we firstly have Madeline who’s suffering from a very rare disease, SCID (Several Combined Immunodeficiency). As said in the synopsis, she’s allergic to the world. So basically, she’s very sick. She has a very organized, very routined kind of life which she has accepted and is content with. That is until Olly steps into her life and everything changes. ❤ ❤
I really liked Maddy as a character. She was a normal teenage girl with normal feelings, wants and emotions. That is what I liked the best about her. Just because she was sick didn’t mean that she was somehow different or deeper than other average teenagers. She had mood swings, she was incredibly selfish at times, and made some wrong decision too. Being sick didn’t make her look at life in an excessively philosophical way. And that’s what made her even more likable and relatable.

Then there was Olly. Oh Olly, my sweetheart! I absolutely adored him! He is one awesome, funny, energetic, sweet, cheeky and deliciously hot guy with pacific blue eyes and dimples and muscles! *hyperventilates* ❤ He belongs to a kind of dysfunctional family, and just like in Maddy’s case, here too, his background wasn’t used an an excuse to make him an unnecessarily intense or mopey character. He was, though, a little bit philosophical at times, thankfully it didn’t seem pretentious. He simply made me smile with all his cute antics. He’s also my new book boyfriend! ❤

Everything Everything made me feel very intensely! It made me deliriously happy at the good moments and also made me bawl my eyes out at the sadder parts. I felt every single emotion the characters felt. From happiness and hope to despair and disappointment. It was like I was a part of their lives, their world…This book made it impossible not to feel.

But surprisingly, at least for me, the book was more on the lighter side than I had expected and I’m so glad it was that way. The writing too was simple, straightforward, intelligent and witty! The dialogues especially were totally hilarious!! And those extra illustrations like, lists, prescriptions, charts, IMs, emails, etc. were a visual treat! They were very smartly placed and made the book ever more enjoyable! 😀

The romance between Olly and Maddy was portrayed beautifully too! It was genuine, honest and once again, totally straight forward! There was no beating around the bush. What they felt, they showed. They were just so perfect together. I simply couldn’t get enough of them, their scenes, their conversations. And oh, the little bites of sexual tension here and there just made it all the more good. ❤

  • Then came the plot twists. And my god, what a twist it was! I honestly hadn’t seen it coming! It shocked me to the core! I really don’t know why, but I wasn’t expecting any twist in the story, so I guess that’s why it shocked me more. But it did indeed change the entire course of the story. *o*

A good twist or a bad one, I won’t spoil for the readers. 😉

I enjoyed reading this book immensely! It had me hooked from the first page to the last. With wonderful, complex characters and a fairly unique story line, Everything Everything is a complete package stuffed with emotions and should not be missed! The author, Nicola Yoon has done a splendid job with her very first novel and I hope she writes more such amazing stories in future because I, for sure am going to read every single one of them. 😀

My rating : ★★★★.75

(I’m deducting .25 stars because of the lack of clarification on why Olly’s family moved away towards the end of the book.)