Book Reviews

A Court of Thornes and Roses, Sarah J. Maas

– Short Story – 

The world is split in two with the fairies, also known as Fae living in the north and the humans living in the south. The only thing that is separating them is a wall. The history of that wall comes from years of bloodshed and war when the Fae ruled the earth and kept the humans as slaves or worse. Finally the war ended and the humans, with the help of some Fae, were able to win the war. The wall was built to keep the Fae in as well as keep humans away from Prythian, the land where the fairies live.
Feyre has been the sole protector of her family ever since her father lost their fortune. Her sisters Nesta and Elaine have done nothing to help Feyre other than spend the little bit of money that she brings home. Her father has a knee injury, and is so far removed from the family that he does not even try to help other than some small wood carvings. When out in the woods one winter night, one kill of a wolf would change her life forever.
Next thing Feyre knows she’s being told by a wolf shaped fairy that she can either stay and die, or live out her life in Prythian, but she does owe a life death for the fairy that she killed. The only thing holding her back is that she made a promise to protect her family, but she decided to leave in order to keep her family alive, and her life is forever changed.

– My Thoughts – 

I know, I know I’m late to reading this series! It has been a long time since a book made me feel the way this one does. Sara J Maas does a magnificent job with the first installment of this series. ACOTAR makes you feel angerI felt like the characters have so many dimensions to them that we have yet to learn, and I feel like there is so much more to come. Feyre and Tamlin have an interesting dynamic, and Tamlin might be the one to bring Feyre out of the dark place that she has been living in for so long. Feyre is able to grow in ways she never thought she would be able to. I cannot wait to read A Court of Mist and Fury and I’m getting started on that right away! Until next time,
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Book Reviews

When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon

– Short Story –

Have you ever had a dream so bad you were willing to do whatever it takes to get it? Or, have you ever felt a deep sense of culture and self that you knew what your future held? For Dimple, she has always wanted to be a part of the coding world. Designing apps and games and anything else you can imagine. While for Rishi, he has also known that his culture is a large part of who he is and what he believes in, and because of that he also believes in arranged marriages. Dimple is not like every Indian girl and continues to try and push away from being the typical Indian girl wearing kohl eyeliner and sahris. When Dimple’s parents said that she is allowed to go to Insomnia Con 2017 after being accepted to Stanford University she thought that this final summer before college couldn’t get any better. What she did not know was that there was someone else coming to Insomnia Con to meet her, and that might change her life or she might affect change on someone else.

– My Thoughts –

I really enjoyed this book and I thought it was super cute! I don’t read contemporary a lot because of all of the love stories, but that is definitely what this book is about. It is a love story that takes place during a coding competition, but it really has nothing to do with coding. It’s all about the romance, and once you understand that it gets a lot better. I read it one day because it was so cute and made me happy. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a follow your heart type of book. Until next time,
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Book Reviews

Once and For All, Sarah Dessen

– Short Story – 

Weddings are supposed to be the most beautiful and memorable day of your relationship. For Louna, it’s just another day, another wedding, and another client that she has to help her mom deal with. It should be a flawless day of wedding and reception with all attention on the bride, but that doesn’t happen by itself, someone has to make the magic happen. The lure of love has been wasted on Louna with her mom, Natalie, and her mom’s best friend and coworker William, always betting on how long the happy couple will stay together after the wedding. That is until she meets someone at a wedding, which breaks all types of her own rules, and finally understands what love feels like. Unfortunately for them they live long distance, and don’t get to see each other after this fated night at a beach wedding. Until the unimaginable happens, and she is left feeling a heart break no one should ever have to feel, and she is stuck with Ambrose, whom her mom hired, who might possibly be the most positive guy in Colby, if not the world. Louna is trying to keep going and to fill the void with whatever work her mom has her do for the summer.

– What I Think – 

Sarah Dessen always manages to find a way to make you believe in love. During Once and For All I remembered what it was like to have that first love. The one that you believed would be forever only for something to happen to it that ruins the relationship, and the notion of love. To be wrapped in the feelings that love would never find you again until all of a sudden the unexpected happens, and there is someone right in front of you. There is a sameness to this novel from the others of hers, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. If you are a Sarah Dessen fan then you will not be disappointed. She still makes you want to look for a love that can last. Definitely pick this one up, until next time.
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Book Reviews

ISPaT, Stephanie R. Bridge

iSpat is a self published book by Stephanie R. Bridges that was inspired by her life as a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. Bridges wrote this after becoming closer to God during her recovery. She made this into a series of poems that she divides into sections. Within each section are a varying amount of poems that go with the category of the section, and each poem is also accompanied by a Bible verse.
Now, I was lucky enough to receive this book from Mrs. Bridges after she contacted me asking me if I would read her book for her and post something about it. Normally when it comes to religious books, I don’t read them because I’m not particularly religious, but I did really enjoy and appreciate her story and her strength in writing about it.  It is because of that I read about her wonderful book of poems. You can check out my review on my BookTube channel, which is below! Until next time,
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Book Reviews

Binti, Nnedi Okorafur

– Short Story – 

Binti is about a girl, Binti, who is the first of her kind to ever be invited to this grand Oomza University where only the brightest are accepted from around the world and the galaxy. For her family leaving is not an option, it’s not something that they do. The people of the Himba tribe stayed where they were and created amazing things that were used throughout the world.
The majority of people are Khoush, who believe that they are better than the Himba people, but they really just don’t understand them. Binta has certain things that her and her people do including braiding their hair down, and using a mixture of natural ingredients called otjize in their hair on their body. They never washed it off and were called “dirt bathers” because of it.
Binti knew what it meant to leave her village and her home, but she also know what it would feel like to not go to a place where a whole new world awaited her. She knew that she was going to learn amazing things while gone, but she never thought that she was going to learn so much about herself, and invoke so much change in the world.

– What I Thought  –

I really enjoyed this novella and wished that it was longer…of course then it wouldn’t be a novella…. There are more after Binti, but I’ll read those later. It’s a sci-fi- novella and that made it a lot of fun to explore the different worlds, but even through out it there are a lot of places for discussion. The novella brings up what it is like to be different, and looked down upon based on what you look like and what society has deemed you are to be.  Okorafur also brings in the ideas of stereotyping other individuals, and trying to come into your own. There are more books in this novella, which is good because I felt that it ended rather abruptly and did not answer any questions. There are a lot of holes in the story, but overall it is a good story. I can’t wait to read the rest of them. As always there is a more detailed review on my YouTube channel! Until next time,
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