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 : ★★★★★

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Review || Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

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Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters’ story. Those girls don’t get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing 

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.

Enhance the experience with the companion soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, by the author’s band, Wedding Day Rain.


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We all have grown up hearing the phrase, ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ and time and again it has been proven to be absolutely right. However, this time, the exact opposite has happened because Damsel Distressed by Kesley Macke is as beautiful inside as it is from the outside.
So, I firstly admit that the main reason I bought this book was due to it’s gorgeous cover and the spectacular artworks and fonts of the book. But also when I read the blurb of this book, I was immediately intrigued.A modern day fairy tale told from the supposedly ”ugly stepsister’s” perspective, Damsel Distressed was an incredibly delightful read! It made me experience so many emotions. I cried with Imogen, cried for her, smiled with her, laughed with her and prayed for her to get the happy ending she deserved.
Imogen as a character was sweet, funny, kind, complex and so very human.

I really hated Ella / Carmella, Gen’s stepsister, because she was downright cruel to her and it was towards the very end that we kind of come to know the reason behind her behavior. Kind of because it was not 100% clarified which I suppose was intentionally left upon the readers to interpret.

This book had some very genuine, real and wonderful characters. Starting with Imogen’s best friend and her constant source of comfort, who she also had more-than-friendship feelings for, the very cute and nerdy Grant. Who one blame Imogen for crushing  on him when he was such a sweetheart
He is undoubtedly by new book boyfriend :p

The romance in this book was very sweet and would make you feel giddy and gooey from inside. And even though  it was quite innocent, there was a lot of sexual tension and sizzling chemistry lingering in the air.

Anyways, apart from Grant, Imogen was really lucky to have a bunch of these amazingly caring and supportive friends. Brice, Jonathan, Antonique…were all very beautiful and endearing characters. I would really wish to have these kind of friends in my life as well.

What I admired about this story was it’s closeness to the reality of life. Imogen was not shown to be flawless character. She was insecure, judgemental, sometimes insensitive and selfish and had an escapist nature and an intense inferiority complex.

The story even though with a slightly slow pace, was about how Imogen discovered herself. She found her strength from within herself overcoming her fears and flaws. She not only started seeing herself with a new eye of understanding but also those around her. Imogen’s character revolution was portrayed beautifully.

I loved how the author actually dealt with some pretty serious issues like depression and anxiety disorders in a very thoughtful and sensitive way and gave us a glimpses of how it actually is for a person going through these psychological problems. that people in general take so lightly.

I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend all those who like the YA Contemporary genre to definitely give this book a try.

My Rating  –  ★★★★1/2

Review || All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

 
 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

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 “The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to everybody.”

Without an ounce of hesitation I can claim that All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is one of the best books I’ve ever read!
I am a huge fan of the Young-Adult contemporary genre and when I read the blurb of this book on Goodreads, I knew I couldn’t miss this one. But in all honesty, I was somewhat apprehensive before starting with the book because I’m a sucker for Happily Ever Afters. I cannot always handle sad endings and All the Bright Places very obviously was not one to fulfill that criteria.
But I am so, so glad I decided to go ahead and read this piece of brilliance. Yes, this book made me cry my eyeballs out. I cried with the last 50 pages and sobbed for another solid hour after getting over with the book. It simply turned me into a blubbering mess. And I couldn’t sleep at night. Thoughts of Finch and Violet and what happened and what could have happened and more coulds and couldn’ts…kept me up all night.

But no, I don’t regret a second of the time I spent reading this book. The story was such an emotional roller-coaster, it made me feel happy, sad, angry, brittle, giddy, miserable and so many other emotions.

All the Bright Places is written through Finch and Violet’s alternative perspectives. It’s honest and quirky and hilarious and enlightening and heartwarming but so very heartbreaking at the same time. It will affect you so deeply, and trust me, I’m not exaggerating when I say it’ll shakes you from within.The story is so enchanting, it suck you right in and makes you oblivious to everything else apart from Finch and Ultraviolet’s little world that you just don’t want to come out of. The book is an eyeopener and makes you think and feel and believe.

Finch. Just thinking of him make me want to curl up beneath my comforter and weep till I’m out of tears. What an unforgettable character he is. What i loved the most about him was how human he was. Nowhere near perfect with a long list of faults. But he was beautiful, smart, intelligent, funny, spontaneous, deep and real, and One can’t help but fall head over heels for him.
Violet too, another superb character who I could very much relate to because once again she was so real. She was weak and strong. Conflicted, determined, stubborn, smart, sassy, innocent and imperfect. They way she rediscovered herself was portrayed beautifully.

The characters in this book were very well developed and detailed. They were so real and relatable and you feel connected to them, as if they are a part of your life as well.

The Author, Jennifer Niven and done an awe-inspiring job with this book, handling some pretty serious issues like mental health and suicide with so much sensitivity and compassion. Her style of writing is intelligent, raw and energetic. I loved it.

I loved this book to bits. The poignant theme, the engaging plot, the spectacular story and wonderful characters….every single thing was perfection.

Also, this book has some absolutely striking quotes that take your breath away.

“It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.”

To conclude I’ll just say that gems like All The Bright Places are very rare. You don’t come across books as marvellous as this one everyday. So, do not miss this one!

“You are all the colours at once, at full brightness.”

My Rating – ★★★★★

P.S. Do remember to keep a pack of tissues handy while reading this book. One will surely need it.

Review || Bully (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas

Review || Bully (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas 

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My name is Tate. He doesn’t call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he’ll barely even speak to me.

But he still won’t leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I’ve been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.

But I’m done hiding from him now, and there’s no way in hell I’ll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It’s time to fight back. I’m not going to let him bully me anymore.

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The First book of the Fall Away Series by Penelope Douglas, Bully was a very enjoyable book. It had me hooked right from the first page to the last.

I am an absolute sucker for enemies-to-lovers books, but this one was a little different from my choice as it was a best friends-to-enemies-to-lovers. It was actually a refreshing change for one and after reading the blurb I was very curious to know how two best friends can turn into such enemies where one has sworn to making the other’s life totally miserable.

I enjoyed Jared and Tate’s story very much. It was very intense and nerve wrecking.
I absolutely abhorred Jared for all he made her go through but was more upset with Tate in the beginning for tolerating all of it and not retaliating!
France was a very good change for her as after coming back and getting a little pep talk from her best friend, K.C., there was a new confidence in her and she countered each one of his attacks.
Her retaliation did surprise Jared but it only made him up his game more. It was interesting to see their back and forth attacks but there is always a limit to everything and so was with Tate and her tolerance. But it was her grandmother’s advice that finally pushed her relationship with Jared in a positive direction.

Jared attempts to revive his friendship with Tate but it’s not that easy until he opens his heart up to her. There were reasons behind his sudden change in attitude towards her. Reasons, he didn’t want to share with her but to gain his best friend’s trust back, he has to.
Their delicately rebuilding relationships go through more hardship, they together, stump all the problems.

The only thing that is stopping me from giving this book a full 5 star rating is the reason behind Jared hatred. I did understand the hell he went through but I still feel that him releasing his anguish on Tate by tormenting her to Tate was a bit too extreme and well, irrational.
That was my only complain, but I’ve heard in the next book i.e. Until You which is written from Jared’s point of view, we get a better insight of his story and we get to realise the reasons behind all his actions, so I’m really looking forward to that.

This book was wonderful, funny, intense, sexy and a really engaging read. Don’t miss it if you are a fan of NA Contemporaries!
My Rating : ★★★★1/2

Review || The Do-Over by M.K. Schiller

Review || The Do-Over by M.K. Schiller

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Arrogant womanizer Kyle Manchester hates blind dates; however, when best friend, Brad calls in a favor, insisting Kyle take out his girlfriend’s sister, Kyle reluctantly agrees. Attorney Lanie Carmichael’s appearance is no surprise. She is dowdy, awkward, and dressed in so many layers she resembles a wedding cake, but not in an edible way. Her brazen attitude though, astonishes him, especially when she explains she has no interest in gorgeous Kyle. Lanie Carmichael is in love with Brad, and wants Kyle’s assistance in winning his best friend’s heart.

Kyle gradually accepts, justifying that the mystery of Lanie has sparked his natural, thirsty curiosity. As an ambitious journalist, he also can’t resist the Pulitzer worthy scoop she offers him. However, as Lanie sheds more layers, both emotionally and physically, Kyle begins to examine his life choices, and his true feelings for this enigmatic girl. With Kyle’s support, Lanie begins to unravel the secrets of her past, and the deep pain that has quietly defined her life. As they each learn more about themselves and each other, both question how a relationship built on fraudulent lies between two broken people could ever survive.

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I forking loved this book!!!

Firstly, I’ll make an honest confession that is – I’m posting this review after reading The Do-Over for the second time. I had really liked this book when I first read it, but NOT AS MUCH as I did this time. I’m not sure why, but being quite a fast reader. sometimes I tend to skip words or lines while reading, especially in case of ebooks. So I guess that may be the reason why I absolutely loved this story so much this time as I reread it and caught on some points I had missed last time.

This book had me sucked in from the very first page and the very fact that I reread this in just 6 months tells you that it was good enough to linger in one’s mind and make him give it another read. And trust me when I say, I was NOT AT ALL bored during the reread and was just as fascinated as I was when I read it first.

I totally adore this book and its characters.
Now here have a very endearing female lead, Lanie Carmichael, who is a 28 year old, frumpy looking virgin lawyer. Now who would not like to know more about someone as intriguing as her and peel her layers out one by one? I surely would and so would our hero, the 29 year old, super-hot playboy journalist, Kyle Manchester.

I so love the way the development of their relationship is shown. The pace of their changing feelings is perfect. They don’t fall in love overnight…There’s dislike, like, friendship, attraction, sexual tension, lots of steam, jealousy, love…everything! It all happens slowly and you can literally feel the changes in their relationship.

You just know they were both so perfect for each other. They help each other to sort their messes out. Kyle introduces Lanie to her real and more desirable self, boosts her confidence and self esteem and Lanie makes Kyle see in the good in him. Together, they create magic…

So layers get peeled, secrets get revealed, feelings evolve, insecurities and complications arise…and you can’t help but love every bit of it!

There is a twist somewhere at the end, but it’s not something frustrating or too long to bore you. It was nothing too messy and was resolved easily.

So, The Do-Over was a very sweet, funny and romantic read which will leave you grinning like an idiot. There is some amount of angst as well, but it’s not really that much. I personally am not a big fan of excessive angst so yeah , it was perfect for me and anyone who’s looking for a quick, sexy, funny romance.

My rating to this amazingly amazing book : ★★★★★

Welcome Book Addicts!

Okay, first of all let me tell you all that I’m really nervous. This is an idea that’s been lingering in my mind for quite a long time….but today I finally decided to do something about it, so here I am with a blog for every Book Addict out there! This is a medium through which I can hopefully express myself, my thoughts – which all are related to Books!! And I can only share it with those who understand my feelings which of course you all are, my fellow bookaholics! So basically this blog is all about our addiction – Books. It may be reviewing and discussing books, talking about our favorite novels, or sharing our excitement or info about upcoming books…like anything!
We all are different and so are our preferences when it comes to books, so there are gonna be many people who’ll be disagreeing with me or my words, but at the end of the day we all are nothing but Book Addicts! So we are all free to share our opinions, our views.
I really hope I don’t bore people to death….
I’m extremely excited and apprehensive at the same time but I’m sure we’ll have fun! Loads of it 😀
So Welcome peeps!