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Romance Was the Genre I Didn’t Know I Needed

I have always considered me to be a fantasy reader with a little bit of contemporary to balance it out, but then romance came in and it slapped me in the face and was like “where the hell have you been?” I had no answer for it.
I started getting into romance because I was trying to finish my reading goals for the Goodreads challenge. I read The Kiss Quotient and then I had to read more, then I read The Hating Game and I was hooked. I need to find more romance reads, so I hit up my favorite romance booktuber and her Goodreads page, so I could get some book recommendations. From there I started to dive into the erotic, the smutty, the light, and the sports romance. There are so many levels to romance! I was able to choose what I wanted for the mood that I was in and if I was in a kind of fantasy mood, but didn’t need all of the fantasy, there were paranormal romances as well.
I don’t have much to say about it, other than it was there when I needed it and that I need to stop looking down on the romance world like I was doing. It made me have a deeper respect for the romance readers and it also helped me know what I liked and what I wanted from a readers stand point. If you haven’t read romance, go ahead and give it a try. You never know, it might be your new favorite thing. If you don’t know where to start then head over to Stephanie’s goodreads page where she has all of the romance books she’s read broken down into different categories and find something that peaks your interest. I’ve read a few and could try and recommend some to you as well. Just ask down below! I hope you find something new and exciting, but until next time,
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India
Book Reviews

Anything For Your Love, Amore

Anything For Love follows an up and coming lawyer, Alexander Love, who has everything he currently wants, a job he loves and a family who loves him and whom he loves back. If you don’t want to read past here this review is up on my Youtube Channel here and it is down below, but let’s keep going with this review! After having his heart broken by his high school girlfriend he never thought that he would want to be in another serious relationship again. Then in walks his cousin, Ami, with the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, Jada Whitman, and is instantly drawn to her. Jada is a producer from California who has come to visit with Ami for a vacation, but even with the certainty of her going back they end up seeing where this relationship can go. With both of their pasts coming up to bite them they find a way through it. I don’t want to give a lot of it away because it is good. A little confusing to read, but it is good.
The story was good…the writing not so much. I hated that instead of giving the characters their own chapter, like a lot of romance novels do, the point of view was switching from chapter to chapter. I felt like there was a better way to write it than to jump around and I could even write it so that the point of was seen from the original character at hand. I enjoyed the family aspect of the main character and seeing a black character have a strong family background with no dysfunctional parents or relatives. I enjoyed seeing all of the success of the family and how they supported one another. I did also enjoy the twist we got there at the end of the story that made it so much more interesting than a wealthy black man meets the love of his life. I’m trying to take out my automatic praising for a healthy black family life for an unbiased opinion of this book and it’s hard. I don’t think that it is a go out and get it right now kind of book, but it is a good read. A review is also up on my Youtube channel! Until next time,
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India
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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90s Born Reader

 

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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90s Born Reader
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The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

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     This story is about a young girl named Hazel who is in the fight of her life. Or, really it is more like a battle because there is no way she can win the fight. Hazel has cancer and she will always have difficulty breathing due to the fluid that has filled her lungs, but that does not stop her from living the life that she wants. In her support group she meets a boy who will forever change her life, Augusts Waters. Augusts also has cancer, but he is one of the “lucky ones” and is now considered cancer free, but in his battle he lost his leg. What the two of them found in each other is something that only a few people can hope to gain in a full lifetime, that these two teenagers found in their battles.

This novel got me. Yes, it got me. This novel touched so many emotions of mine, some of which I didn’t know I had. To me the overall idea of it was uplifting, and made me want to reevaluate my life, and how I see myself and others around me. To me the whole premise of the novel was to live life the way you want to, find true love and go after it no matter what the consequences may be. To truly let your heart be opened even if you think it might be shattered. What I also really enjoyed was that there was a story within a story, with the one that she was reading, and the one that was going on in her life, and the similarities that came about. The amount of tears I had reading this was ridiculous. It has been a long time since a novel effected me as much as this one did. Well that’s kind of true. The Five People You Meet in Heaven also made me think about life to its core. John Green did a fantastic job with this, and I can’t wait to read more of his work. I just recently got Looking for Alaska and I cannot wait to read that either. If you can’t tell, of course I recommend this novel. I would read it again if I felt like I can take the emotional tole of it, but I don’t think that I can. Until next time,

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90s Born Reader