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
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Prior to becoming an author, Lauren
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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…

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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.

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ARC Review || The Piano Man Project by Kat French

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~ Genre : Adult Contemporary Romance ~

~ Publication Date : 30th July 2015 ~

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Finding love isn’t always black and white…

You: kind, piano-playing sex god
Me: hopelessly romantic charity shop manager

Honeysuckle Jones has a problem, and her best friends Nell and Tash are on a mission to help her solve it. She needs a man – a caring, intelligent, funny man. But most importantly, a man who’s good with his hands…

Luckily Honey’s new neighbour – moody, antisocial ex-chef Hal – fails on almost every count. Even though the chemistry between them is electric, he’s obviously wrong for her in every way.

But when Honey discovers the devastating reason for his moods she decides to give him another chance. And discovers that the best songs aren’t always in tune…

A hilarious, feel-good, sexy romantic comedy for fans of Lucy Diamond, Paige Toon and Giovanna Fletcher.

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

Reading the blurb of The Piano Man Project, I’d expected this to be one of those cute and fluffy and sexy and fun reads that would leave me with a big grin on my face. In fact for the first 40-50%, I was totally sure this book was everything I’d hoped it would be. The story started out in a pretty funny and interesting way and I just didn’t want to stop reading. It was so good. I liked the main characters very much and loved the portrayal of their gradually developing relationship. We had this kind, adorable and romantic heroine and a hero who’s gruff, mysterious, hot and sort of an enigma. Theirs was a different relationship. Unpredictable and volatile. There was animosity, then friendship, then attraction – which by the way they wanted but could not act upon.

Also side by side, we had another story in progress. Our heroine, Honeysuckle (no kidding there! That’s really her name! ) or Honey, works in this charity shop with two volunteer workers, Lucile and Mimi, who are her dear friends and live in the Old people’s charity home attached to the shop. Due to the lack of funding, the residential home comes under the hammer, leaving the residents which include Lucile and Mimi, facing eviction and Honey losing her job. Hence begins a series attempts to save the home. Furthermore there were some personal issues of Mimi and Lucile which took some portion of the book. Their parts were fairly engaging but if you’re expecting this book to be purely a romance novel with the story revolving solely around the two protagonist, you might get disappointed.

There was quite a good dose of humor involved as well. The whole setup in totality was very gripping and I was enjoying the book thoroughly. But that was only upto where the story reached it’s midpoint. Because then things started being not-so-interesting and not-so-funny and not-so enjoyable. The characters I loved so much started deteriorating rapidly, to a point I was absolutely irritated of both our protagonists.

For Honey, I really wanted the girl to gain some self-respect. Hal (our hero) kept pushing her away again and again. Each time, his rejection more hurtful and insulting.  Still it was Honey who went back to him each and every time. I really wanted her to stand on her ground and let Hal grovel a bit. But she crawled back to him even if it was HIM at 1000% fault. The we had Hal. From the beginning of the story I loved him as a character. I justified his actions for some time as I realized his reasons and everything her had been through. But all that was okay to a point. Him being a complete ass again and again, I couldn’t overlook. Even though they get better towards the end of the book, I really wish they hadn’t worsened at the first place.

So obviously, it’s difficult to enjoy a book when you’re constantly getting irritated with the characters.

Moreover there was one more thing that was really getting on my nerves in the latter parts. Whenever things went downhill between Honey and Hal and you’d be dying to see what turn their relationship takes, instead of getting that you’d have to read pages and pages of the residential home issue. I’m not saying that part of the story was boring. But when you’re desperate to see what happens between the leads and how things change for the better, you just don’t want that to be interrupted by any other issue, especially if it takes so long to get back to the original matter. I guess that is why I felt so disconnected to the story.

Lastly, one thing that I dislike very much in book – rushed up conclusions. Has the ending at least been satisfying and not so hasty, it certainly would have lifted up some of my disappointment, but alas it did no good to the already collapsing story.

To conclude, I’d say The Piano Man Project was not a bad book. It was…okay. The first half was extremely entertaining and intriguing but the next half was not that happening. With decent characters, good humor and average story, it was a fine read.

My Rating : ★★★1/2

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

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 : ★★★★