Review || P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)

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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.

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Bookaholism Blog : So…you read P.S. I Still Love You?

Me : Yeah, I finally did.

Blog : How was it?

Me : It was great.

Blog : Did you enjoy it?

Me : Yep!

Blog : And did you like it as much as To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before?

Me : Um…I…uh…..

Blog : As the second book of a duology did it satisfy you?

Me : Oh, well…um….hehehe… *awkward shrug*

Now if you read that silly conversation above, it actually sums up my thoughts on P.S. I Still Love You. I read the first book of this duology, To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before, just a week or so back and I absolutely loved it. It was so cute and entertaining, I had to give it a five star rating (My Review) and I’ve been desperate to read the the second book ever since.

So this book starts from where the last book had left off. Just like the previous book, this one too is extremely easy to dive into. It was relaxed, funny and quite enjoyable. There were a lot of Covey family scenes in this book which I absolutely adored.

We also had a new (well, almost new) character in this book. John Ambrose McClaren. I loved John period. He was an absolute sweetheart right from the moment he entered. But of course, I knew Peter and Lara Jean were endgame, so I tried not to fall for him too hard, It failed though, horribly. I loved having him in the book.

But sadly, that’s where my praises for this book ends. I honestly enjoyed the first book much, much more and there are several reasons for that. Let’s start with the fact that there was wayyyyy too much UNNECESSARY drama in this book. I personally felt that the story was simply being dragged in order to make it a full-fledged novel. Just a few more chapters added in TATBILB would have been sufficient and way more satisfying than an entire novel filled with nothing but childish misunderstandings and a love square and zero character development.

I remember defending Lara Jean in the first book and I’ll still stick to my opinion in relation to the situations she was in. However, I will not deny that in the sequel, our protagonist in a lot of parts was extremely immature and annoying. I did understand her jealousy and everything but it really irritated me to see her coming to conclusion about everything without thinking through it properly. i kept waiting for her to come to her senses….basically, to gain at least some semblance of maturity, but no, she didn’t.  I don’t know if it’s just me but I couldn’t connect to her relationship with Peter. There was no trust, no faith, no development at all. I just couldn’t call it LOVE. In fact, their relationship in the first book seemed much more….like a real relationship.

Secondly, one of my main complains about PSISLY was that Lara Jean and Peter’s story did not get the focus it needed. As the main leads of the book, their scenes as a couple were surprisingly lacking. And the few times they were together, it most of the time ended on a negative note. I really wanted some cute, romantic times between them but I was left disappointed. 😦

I found the ending too rushed as well. The pace from the beginning had already been slow but then the wrap up was way suddenly quick. Basically this book focused on a lot of different matters, but non of them actually got a proper conclusion.

The only thing consistent and for the lack of better word, well, fabulous was my Kitty kitty!.. My god, how much I love her. I totally want a sister like her…Also there was nothing of our Joshy boy this time. I really liked him in the previous book and wanted him in the sequel too..but…*sigh*

So..yeah…although I know there wasn’t a lot of positivity in my review but ultimately P.S. I Still Love You was not a bad book. It was okay. Not really unpleasant, but just…unsatisfying and disappointing.

My Rating : ★★★ 1/2

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Review || The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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I loved reading The Selection by Kiera Cass. There is no other way phrase what I feel about this book. But yeah, as superficial as I sometimes am when it comes to books, let me first fangirl a bit about the cover of the book. OMG THAT COVER!!!! IT’S SO FREAKING PRETTY! SO GORGEOUS! SO ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I fell in love with the cover the moment I laid eyes on it but for some strange reason I never felt like reading it. However yesterday while I was searching for a good book for my kindle app on amazon, I came across  this book. I opened the link and just stared at the cover for a few minutes. Then, impulsively, I ordered it. After the book was downloaded, I immediately started reading. And FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, I read a book without first reading it’s blurb on goodreads.

It was a bit weird in the beginning to be honest. Not the book, but that I had no exact idea what I was getting into, apart from the fact that it was somehow a princess-ish story (thanks to the cover again :p). But the book sucked me in right from the first page. It was a page turner for me and simply unputdownable. And not having read the blurb, almost everything came as a surprise to me. The love triangle, especially. I am as a reader NOT a fan of love-triangles in books, or anything for that matter. It’s hard to see the hearts of the characters you love break. So I was kind of sad when I sensed a really complicated love triangle coming up ahead in the book, and despite my dislike towards that particular thing, I knew I couldn’t abandon the book. 🙂

So let’s talk about the characters now, starting with our protagonist America. She was a wonderful character. Strong, emotional, determined, honest and funny. There were a few instances where she came off as a bit annoying, when she would do or say something stupid, but then she had reason that were almost valid. And I do not expect a perfect protagonist anyway, because duh, that would be so unrealistic! So yeah, America was a normal girl with both positive as well negative traits. Oh, and did I mention that she was incredibly gorgeous with beautiful read hair? I guess that sums it up. 😉

Now as the synopsis suggests, we have America’s boyfriend, Aspen, who belongs to a lower caste than her. I loved him as a character. Aspen was this handsome, intelligent, kind, loving and passionate guy, the perfect example of a book boyfriend.His reasons for breaking up with America were understandable but I felt so bad for both of them. I wanted to hug him so tight in the scenes he was almost about to cry. I broke my heart to see him hurt. 😥

And then there was Maxon, What do I say about him. Yeah, I am a complete slut when it comes to these amazing bookish boys, so after professing my undying love for Aspen, I fell head-over-heels in love with Prince Maxon. Was it his utter sweetness, his adorable inexperience with girls, his heart-melting compassion or those yummy strong arms…I have no idea. Of course, he had his faults too…but I love him too much to point them out. ❤

So that was the problem. I loved both Maxon and Aspen so much. I can not in a thousand years choose who i loved more. They both were such darlings. I could just imagine how hard it must have been for America…*sigh*

The story did not get a closure at the end as it is the first part of series but also there is no cliffhanger ending.

To conclude I’d say that The Selection was the kind of book you can read in a single sitting. It was funny, gripping and fast paced. The romance in the book is brilliant. I enjoyed every bit of the book. There was no low point in it. It was extremely entertaining throughout. Simply wonderful.

My Rating : ★★★★★

(PS. I’m really excited to read the next book of the series, The Elite. And I’ve decided that just like the first book, I’m gonna skip reading the blurb. 😀 )

Review || To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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[BLABBER ALERT! =>] Okay, so I will start this review with a confession. I wasn’t supposed to read this book now. A few days ago when my sister asked me to choose one of the books she will be gifting me for my birthday (that is in the month of June), I asked her to gift me ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’. I’d been meaning to read this book for a really, really long time and every month I would decide to buy it, but end up buying some other book. So yeah, I would get the book in a month and then read. I was simply browsing through by kindle, looking for something good to read and when I saw this in my collection…I don’t know what happened to me…I just felt this incredible urge to read the book up. It’s been in my TBR for so long and everything and I needed to read it right then. I couldn’t wait for an entire month. So I read it.

And now my thoughts on the book. Um……..I FREAKING LOVED IT!!!! I guess that gives you an idea that I have a whole lot of good stuff to say about this book because that is exactly what I am going to do.

I’d heard so much about this book and I was super curious to know what the hype was all about. And for sure, I do get it now.

As the blurb suggest, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, a shy and mostly reserved kind of a girl, who’s always been dependent on her elder sister, Margot. After Margot leaves for Scotland, Jara Jean’s life suddenly gets all topsy-turvy when the secretly hidden letters she had written to boys she had loved, all get mailed mysteriously. Then comes a series of hilarious events as she tries to handle her life that spirals rapidly out of control. From a girl who’s always be under her sister’s shadow, Lara Jean slowly evolves as she discovers herself and realizes that she can be a lot more than she has ever let herself be.

First of all let tell you that I could totally relate to Lara Jean. Firstly, I am quite a private person. I’m not good at always expressing my feelings verbally. Secondly, I have an elder sister and right from the beginning, I’ve been overly dependent on her. From schoolwork, to clothes, to other little things, she was always the one I went to. So when she had to leave us for her studies, I felt really lost for some time. Lara Jean’s hesitation and whining in most situations might come off as annoying to a few people, but as a person who’s been in a similar situation, I do understand that all the whining and self-pity is not intentional. I loved how her character was gradually brought out of her shell.

Also, the relationship between the three Song sisters was portrayed in a very realistic manner. The teasing, the pranks. the little things here and there…it was very natural.I totally loved  Kitty by the way. she was utterly cute! (And hahh, [SPOILER ALERT! =>] I knew! I knew it was Kitty who mailed the letter to get back to Lara Jean!!) The family moments in the book were really entertaining.

And then we have Peter K. And….um…I have another confession to make. I don’t know about others, but for the first few (quite a few actually :p) pages of the book, I was kinda shipping Josh and Lara Jean and thought that they were the couple of the book . I actually brushed off Peter’s character in the beginning. Seriously, he came off as such an arrogant ass. It was only after they decided the whole ‘pretend relationship’ thing that the bulb in the brain lit up, and I was like..oh, okay, so it’s Peter and Lara Jean. But I eventually fell head over heels in love with Peter. Even with all the arrogance, he was such a darling. An absolute sweetheart. Also, I loved the slow development of their relationship. It was adorable.

But….

What on earth was the ”Dear Peter…” ending?? Like, what?? If Miss. Han’s intention here was to torture her poor readers, it was an absolute success. God, I am so lucky to have this book read now, because the sequel releases in just a few days. I have 100% sympathy with those who read it earlier as the ending was a sheer punishment. I simply cannot wait to know what happens next…

As a conclusion, I’d say To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before was one very cute, fluffy and easy to get into book. It was fast-paced, and kept me interested throughout. I read the book in one sitting and enjoyed every bit of the story. It was sweet, funny, light and made me feel really happy.

I seriously don’t understand what took me so long to read this incredibly wonderful book and now that I have, I can simply say it is one the best YA romance I’ve read in a while.

Oh, and I still want the physical copy of this book for my birthday because it is that good!

My Rating : ★★★★★

Review || My Heart and Other Black Holes

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Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

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You know there are times when something incredibly simple touches you to the very core of your being. Reading this book was an experience like that for me. It was so genuine yet fascinating, I just couldn’t put it down. I finished reading it within half a day.I have read a few books based on suicide. Some have been spectacular, but most of them have this pretentious air that is quite a put off. However, that was not at all the case with My Heart and Other Black Holes.

   The author, Jasmine Warga, narrated the tale of two teenagers who decide to commit suicide, with utmost simplicity and sincerity. Their internal as well as external struggles were brilliantly depicted.

What I liked the best about the book though was the fact that it had a very positive quality that could be felt even when things weren’t at their best.

Suicide isn’t an easy subject to write about. It is very upsetting and people in general don’t really like discussing or pondering over this particular topic. And that is also the reason why many aren’t aware some little facts regarding this matter. The victims are mostly blamed for their cowardice and insensitivity towards those who love them.

This book gives the readers an essential insight on how the mind of a depressed individual works. The guilt, the unbearable pressure, the constant tumultuous thoughts….It’s not easy. Also, it emphasizes the importance of talking, sharing and discussing these suicidal thoughts because it’s very essential to open up on this matter to someone who can be trusted. Talking actually has the potential to save lives.

This book is not only for teenagers but should also be read by adults. It’ll give them a new perspective regarding the entire teenage suicide scenario.

I am still shocked that this is a debut novel of the author. The writing is so incredibly enchanting and sophisticated, with a well crafted story line and some wonderful characters.I absolutely loved the book. It was beautiful, funny, honest, real and simply splendid!

This was one thought provoking as well as hope inducing story one should definitely not miss.

 My Rating : ★★★★

ARC Review || Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

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

So…guess what is my guilty pleasure when it comes to books! Guess, guess. No idea? Well, if one reads my previous reviews or takes a look at my list of read books, he’ll get a fairly good idea..

Alright then, here I confess once again (yeah, I’ve made this confession time and again 😉 ), that I am an absolute, absolute sucker for the whole ‘Friends/Best Friends/Childhood Besties – Falling in love’ theme and I’m very confident that there are many out there who love books and movies based on this particular subject. So when I found this book while browsing NetGalley and read the summary, I instantly requested an ARC.

I’m not wasting any time blabbering about what happens in the story because we all know it. The friends-to-lovers plot is one very overused plot. So that’s one thing with these kind of books. We already know what happens. There are a very few variations, like, one of the characters is already in love with the friends and the other realizes eventually, then there is the friends with benefits scenario, etc, etc. And all these too have been used innuemerable times.

But it has been quite some time since I’ve read a good friends-to-lover story. Blurred Lines while by no means something new, was an amazing book. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the story. This book had some very lovable characters. Starting with Parker, even though I had read the blurb before reading the book, initially I had to turn back pages to realize that, oh, Parker is the girl. She was very adorable, sweet, kind and relatable as a character. Her emotions and internal turmoils were portrayed very realistically. And then there was Ben Oslen, my very hot and very new book boyfriend. An extremely charming and hot manwhore but a friend for life to Parker.He was funny, caring, thoughtful and a darling.. Apart from his womanizing trait, Ben Oslen is just any girl’s dream guy. I so want a Ben for myself…*sigh*.

. Both Parker and Ben had their moments of stupidity, but you can’t help but love them.

The change in their relationship was perfect, at least according to the length of the story. It was neither too fast paced nor too slow. There was no sudden attraction or insta-love here. The way they gradually fall in love was really heartwarming. And not just Ben and Parker, the other relationships they were associated to were too presented in a genuine and heartfelt way. There had a lot of nice characters in the book. In fact there weren’t any bad or evil character at all. 🙂

This book had everything that I look for in this category of books. With the blistering hot chemistry and the adorable camaraderie that can only exist between two friends and just the right mix of emotions, this book was a quick but endearing read. There was no unnecessary drama. Yes, there were some confusions, unsure feelings, indecisions and misunderstandings but even those weren’t dragged too much.

The only small complaint I have is about the little bit lack of sexual tension before the no-strings-attached relationship between Parker and Ben started. But that can be overlooked because the rest of the story was excellent.

The author, Lauren Layne has done an incredible job with this wonderful book. I have read two of her books, Only with You and Just With You before, which I only realized after completing this book, but I remember I’d loved them just the same. I would totally love to read more of her books now.

So all in all, this was a ‘make you smile a lot’ kind of a book 😀 . Nothing too heavy. A sweet and delightful read. If you like fun, sexy and light reads, this book is definitely for you! ❤

My Rating – ★★★★ 1/2