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Book Review: The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

There’s room for different kinds of greatness. Even if you cry doing it. Hell, especially if you cry doing it.

Max Hartley in The Worst Best Man

Title: The Worst Best Man
Author: Mia Sosa
Publisher: HarperCollins
ASIN: B07RDKHV64

Mia Sosa is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She is half Puerto-Rican and half Brazilian. She was raised in the USA by her mother and her mother’s two divorced sisters.

Carolina Santos is jilted at the altar by her fiance, Andrew Hartley, all courtesy of the best man and Andrew’s younger brother Max. The last Lina remembers of them is Max informing her that Andrew won’t be showing up for their wedding, while also confessing that it was because of something that Max said.

Fast forward three years, Lina is a wedding planner, who helps women achieve their dream wedding. She is offered an opportunity to interview for the position of a wedding coordinator at the Cartwright Hotels. However, it requires a small sacrifice at her end; she has to work with the man because of whom her wedding fell apart. Max Hartley needs to make this collaboration a success to finally get out of his elder brother’s shadow and prove his worth as a marketing expert. The only challenge is that Lina loathes him. As they both struggle to look beyond their differences to make this work, hatred is not the only emotion they have to battle with.

Similar to the author, Lina is the daughter of immigrants and is raised by her mother and divorced aunts. I adored Lina’s portrayal by the author. Lina is of the Afro-Latinx heritage and is an over-achiever. She has witnessed the struggles her mother and aunts had to face and uses this as a constant reminder to drive herself. She is a tough, ambitious, sassy woman who believes in maintaining control over her emotions.

The characters in the book are hilarious. Lina’s family is close-knit, and stands by her; it is amusing and touching to read about it. Max suffers the brunt of it multiple times. The chemistry between Max and Lina is sweet and delightful, though developing feelings for one’s ex-fiance’s brother sounds far fetched.

Max Hartley is swoony and charming. The author has done an excellent job of exploring Max and Andrew’s relationship. It adds substance to Max’s character as well as contributes to the plot.

I enjoyed the book, and give it 4/5 stars. The author’s writing is funny, sweet, and refreshing. I look forward to reading the next in the series- The Wedding Crasher. It follows the life of Dean, Max’s best friend.

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Book Review: Crushing It by Lorelei Parker

“To be noticed is to be loved.”

Ali Smith

Title: Crushing It
Author: Lorelei Parker
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 978-1-4967-2570-7

Crushing It follows Sierra, who is a video game developer and wants an opportunity to pitch her next game at the Gamescon. Standing between this opportunity and Sierra is her crippling stage fear. To overcome it, she takes up the Chagrin challenge, where participants have to share their most embarrassing anecdotes, diary entries, poetry, etc. Sierra decides to narrate about her humiliating crush on Tristan Spencer.

All seems fine, until the moderator says, “Next up, Tristan Spencer…”
Sierra is mortified, while Tristan is flattered. As they reconnect, Sierra grapples with her decade-long obsession with Tristan. But, she can’t seem to ignore the pull towards Alfie, the supportive bar-owner, who befriends her and helps her pull through the contest. It appears that perhaps she has been noticing the wrong person, all along.

The book cover design and color combinations are gorgeous and catchy! I requested for the ARC on Netgalley, purely due to the amazing book cover design. The book also has some great moments in it. I would call it the “Eureka” moments. The moments I could relate to. There is a quote that I liked, “Suddenly the phrase tragedy plus time equals comedy made perfect sense.” It is so true. How many times have we been worried, anxious, hysterical about certain situations? And as time passes, these same situations have become funny. 

Sierra constantly keeps mentioning about the 3 kinds of love (According to the Greeks): Eros- love of the body; Philia or Phileo- love of the mind; and Agape- love of the soul. She then finds out about the other 4: Self-love, Flirtation, devotion, and effortless love. As the book follows Sierra and her relationship with Tristan and Alfie, we observe her experiencing all of these phases.

Sierra and Aida’s friendship is heart-warming, and reading about their struggles to fit into the all-man world of video games is awe-inspiring. They hold their ground in several instances, and bond together to become strong allies. Parker’s writing style is engrossing, breezy, and well-paced. I had fun reading the book, and it contained twists I couldn’t have predicted.

I would give it 4/5 stars. It is a great summer and weekend read. It serves as the perfect book to chill with a glass of red wine.

I received this copy from Netgalley and Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review: Love-LINES by Sheri Langer

There are three things men can do with women: love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature.

Stephen Stills

If I had to pick one thing that stuck with me as I read this book, it is the quote cited above. Fordham Price is a single mother who lives with her ten-year-old daughter and spirited mother. She has had a series of dating disasters, and her relationship status is still single. Her life ends up getting more complicated as a colleague at work gets pregnant, and Fordham is entrusted with the task of editing the latest book in the Flowers from the Heart series (equate this to a Chicken Soup for the Soul series). She wades through various submissions as she sets out to identify the best online love stories. One of the submissions she receives is a story from a widower whose story touches her heart and soul. The novel is Fordham’s journey as she discovers true love and then some more.

The book’s plot was predictable, and I could predict it halfway through the book. That depleted my excitement for the ending. I could predict Fordham’s choice, but the question that persisted with me was how would she make the choice. I loved most of the characters in the novel. Abe and Dorie hold a special place. Even though the ending was predictable, the characters were likable and relatable. The author successfully manages to make you hate and like the right characters.

Fordham and her dad’s backstory is well developed and her struggle as a daughter to respect her father’s memory, while acknowledging his flaws is touching. Fordham’s ten-year-old daughter is portrayed to be extremely mature and outspoken, which came across as unbelievable. Luck and fate seemed to play too strong a role in the story displacing the predictability and fun in the plot.

I would rate this 3/5 stars. While I loved the characters and enjoyed the book, I disliked the predictability of the plot. It sucked out the fun for me. I received an advanced review copy for free from Booksirens for a voluntary review. The novel is published by Red Adept Publishing and has 344 pages.

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Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor, I said to myself, sometimes you’re too quick to judge people. There are all kinds of reasons why they might not look like the kind of person you’d want to sit next to on a bus, but you can’t sum someone up in a ten-second glance. That’s simply not enough time.

Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, is a 383 pages long debut novel of Scottish writer, Gail Honeyman. The book has won the 2017 Costa First Novel Award. It also won the “Début Book of the Year” and “Overall Winner” awards (the latter was chosen by public vote), and the “Marketing Strategy of the Year” award, in the British Book Awards for 2018. In May 2017, the film rights were optioned by Reese Witherspoon’s company Hello Sunshine. No guesses on this one, it is also a pick of Reese’s book club.

It is highly praised by critics and deals with themes of loneliness, prejudice, trauma recovery, small acts of kindness, and friendship. It tells the story of 29-year-old Eleanor, who is a social misfit and her transformation journey towards an understanding of self and life. It is an intense emotional rollercoaster ride, and the author has done a great job of exploring various mental health elements.

Eleanor is portrayed to be comfortable with her solitude and finds it liberating. However, as she slowly gets exposed to social interactions and having friends, the author does a fantastic job of unraveling how those interactions affect Eleanor. Humans are said to be social animals, and there are no reservations about the fact that loneliness is detrimental to mental health. My favorite quote from the book is, “Some people, weak people, fear solitude. What they fail to understand is that there’s something very liberating about it…”. And as we take a moment for this sentence to penetrate, the deeper question that arises is, what is the ideal balance between solitude and social interactions? In today’s world, it is essential to be as happy in one’s company as we would be in the company of others.

Trauma recovery is a long path, and difficult for those that walk it. As we accompany Eleanor on her journey, we realize that rarely is life to be taken at face value. Sometimes, people need to be coaxed out of their shells, and sometimes, that is the only thing that saves them. The author has done a magnificent job of describing Eleanor’s initial clumsy attempts at social interactions, and her transformation as she truly starts to enjoy them.

The book is well-written, and it is visible that the author has taken immense efforts in creating and developing the characters. The book is filled with learnings and explores sensitive topics in a very heartfelt and natural way. The book stresses the importance of reaching out to friends, being there for them, and accepting help.

I give this book 5/5 stars. The author has not only managed to make me relate to the characters, but she has also made me resonate with every emotion that Eleanor goes through. The book has its light and funny moments without ever losing its focus on mental health. It is a great read and a strong recommendation for anyone who believes that friends and family make life tolerable.

To buy the book, the link is https://amzn.to/2CmxiGt

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Book Review: The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.

Socrates

I saw the movie on Netflix and genuinely enjoyed it. It is a light rom-com, you already guess its one with a happy ending, and we all love those. I usually always read the book that inspires the film or show that I watch. Most of the time, the book is so much more enjoyable than the movie or the show. These were one of those rare times where the film was hands down so much better than the book.

Authored by Beth Reekles, this was first shared on Wattpad and written by Reekles at the age of fifteen. The story was the most viewed and most commented on teen fiction title on Wattpad. By the age of seventeen, she had signed a three-book deal with Random House. Let’s take a moment to appreciate that.

Rochelle Evans and Lee Flynn are best friends since birth (born on the same day) and do almost everything together. Rochelle, who goes by Elle, has a major crush on Noah Flynn (Lee’s older brother). Noah, on the other hand, is a bad-ass. He has excellent grades, plays football, and gets into fights all the time. Noah and Elle end up together after making out at a kissing booth (hence, the title). Elle decides to keep this from Lee; Lee finds out, and hell breaks loose. The romantic leads fight, there are misunderstandings, and then finally they end up together. A lot of this is pure cliche. But, let’s not forget that the target audience is teenagers, and I don’t fall in that category.

As a reader, I couldn’t relate to the book. The story is set in California in the US. However, as the author is British, she has used British jargon in the book, which doesn’t make sense. It lacks character development, and there are multiple typos and grammatical mistakes. However, admitting that it was initially for Wattpad, the work is of exceptional quality.

I also believe that I am not the right audience for the book. I would rate this 3.5 stars out of 5. However, I did enjoy the movie. They made modifications to certain portions of the story, which made the plot much more interesting. It is a coming of age novel, and a teenager would appreciate it more than I did.

To buy the book, the link is https://amzn.to/2YZtDat

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Book Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

“Maybe sometimes people did not actually change. Maybe you just never knew who they really were.”

Anonymous

When I first read The Hunger Games, I was fascinated with the dystopian trilogy. Katniss and Peeta were my favorite characters, and their strength and resilience throughout the series have been the highlight of the well-written books. Suzanne Collins is an American television writer and author. She has also written The New York Times best-selling series The Underland Chronicles. The book cover is beautiful. The colors used on the cover are gorgeous, and the combination is perfect. I loved the book cover.

The book talks about oppression, starvation, poverty, war, and economic inequality. The major premise of the book is that humans in dire situations are driven by their animal instincts. Collins keeps hammering this in the reader’s head through her character Dr. Gaul- the Head Gamemaker. Her personality is disturbing, and she reminds me of Kaa from the Jungle Book. I envision a snake every time she is brought up in the story. She evokes the image of a slithering snake searching for her next victim.

The book’s primary characters are Coriolanus Snow and Lucy Gray Baird. The book is President Snow’s origin story. He is assigned as a mentor to Lucy, who is the tribute from District 12. Snow is born in a family that has seen better days but are now struggling to make ends meet. Snow is obsessed with bringing back the good old days and is fixated on social status. His character is shallow, with a complete disregard for fellow human beings. The author has tried to depict Snow as a grey character; however, it is implausible to garner any sympathy or compassion for him. All of his actions, good or bad, seem driven by ulterior motives. He was selfish in The Hunger Games, and he comes across as selfish here as well.

Lucy Gray Baird, on the other hand, is a smart, intelligent, and practical girl. She knows when to cut her losses and is level-headed. Her character has sentiments and feels strongly, but that does not prevent her from remaining calm and composed in difficult situations.

The characters- Snow and Lucy separately make sense; however, once brought together, they confuse me, and their feelings for each other confuse me. The chemistry between them is unnatural and forced. It is more of a means to meet an end rather than love.

The story’s pace is off. It is meandering in the beginning and explosive at the end. The book’s one saving grace is the climax. It is twisted, surprising, and the last few pages will have you hooked to the book. A villain origin story is usually written with the intent of creating compassion for the character, and making the reader understand their journey. I have abysmally failed at understanding Coriolanus Snow by the end of this book. He seems to have deserved his fate all along.

Unfortunately, it is not one of Collin’s masterpieces. I would give it 3.5/5 stars. Highly recommended if you are a fan of Hunger Games, but only because I believe one should complete a series. If this is your first time reading a Hunger Games book, please do not start with this one. Similar to the Star Wars movie universe, the prequel is thoroughly disappointing.

If you want to purchase the book, here is the link: https://amzn.to/3dFWnJw

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Book Review of “A Girl From Nowhere” by James Maxwell

James Maxwell is a fantasy author and has found inspiration for his books in multiple exotic locations. His fantasy novels have sold over a million copies. His other series include “The Evermen Saga” and “The Shifting Tides.”

A Girl from Nowhere tells of a time where the land is barren, and water is rare. Different species along with humans inhabit this land, species such as wyverns, wherries, skalens, etc. The author does a great job of describing a fantasy land. The story follows Taimin and Selena on their search for the White City.

The author creates a fantasy land and has done a great job. As he introduces the reader to new species, he has taken efforts to describe them in detail. It is easy for the reader to associate with the world that the author creates, and this is the highlight of the author’s writing style.

The plot is well-paced, and the author keeps the reader engaged. Taimin’s life story is touching, and his pain is raw. Most of the readers will be able to relate to Selena’s struggle with self -acceptance, and belonging. The crux of the book is about politics dividing people based on their physical characteristics and their way of living. We are not unaware of similar circumstances in the world we live in. The author does utilize real-world problems in the book, and I appreciate the author’s style of writing.

It is the first in a trilogy, and I am excited to read the next two books. The author ended the first book on a note that has left me wanting for more. If you like fantasy, the book is for you. I give the book 4/5. I received an ARC from Netgalley for the review.

To buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZJ2Y771/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07ZJ2Y771&linkCode=as2&tag=rmoscowitz-20&linkId=a56adc2910e3fd280b65d33fcad698df

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A look at “My Sister’s Murderer” by Serenity Marie

“Your character will be what you yourself choose to make it.”- John Lubbock

This book opens up with Linda sitting in Alfie’s bedroom waiting for him, to seek his help in her twin sister’s murder. It is a thriller, which for me closely resembled a Mills and Boons novel.

Linda and Samantha are twins who live with their abusive father and elder brother. They are invariably blamed for their mother’s death as she died during childbirth. Samantha is murdered gruesomely, and Linda seeks Alfie’s help in finding her murderer. Alfie and Linda share a complicated relationship as she is an escort, and he is her most dedicated client. The book follows Linda on her journey to seek revenge entailing the help of the city’s most dangerous mobster- Alfie.

This book did not resonate with me. For me, Linda seems like a headless chicken, who has no issues playing the “damsel in distress” throughout the novel, but suddenly develops a spine at the end of the book. The author tries to portray Linda as a feminist; however, she has miserably failed. The character is underdeveloped and seems to lead her life on a whim. The character development had a lot of potential, and I wish the author would have taken the efforts to portray her in a much better way.

Alfie is depicted as a strong, good at heart, and devilishly good-looking mobster. He has his heart in the right place, and there are multiple instances in the book that depict those. Alfie’s character is the only one for which I felt the author had invested time and effort. All other characters felt either random, forced into the storyline, or lacking.

The book’s end is so poorly written that it seems to have an abrupt end. The author does not justify the ending or the character’s decision sufficiently. It seems as if the author just got tired of writing and decided not to delve into the reasons. The book has 104 pages only and can be completed in a single sitting.

I will give the book 2/5 stars. It did not appeal to me, and I believe the plot had lots of potential; however, the author refused to explore that. I received a free ARC of this book and I am leaving my review voluntarily.

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Book Review of “The Apartment” by K.L.Slater

K.L.Slater is a best-selling author and specializes in the genre of psychological thrillers. It is the first novel that I have read, written by Slater. I had heard a lot about this book even before I reviewed it.

Freya Miller and her daughter struggle after the loss of her husband. They come upon an excellent opportunity; to rent an apartment in one of the best areas at a reasonable cost. Sounds too good to be true, right? Do “too good to be true” things always come at a price? Will Freya know what is lurking around the corner? Will their troubles finally end?

Slater sets the stage well: a chance meeting, an excellent offer, and a new journey. Slowly as the excitement of the protagonist wears off, the author lets you know that something is not right. The author teases you with incidents and ties them with several suspects. It is difficult to guess what will happen next, and that is the most exceptional quality of the novel. Thrillers fail the moment a reader can guess the next twist, and Slater has been careful to evade that mistake. She keeps you guessing, but unfortunately at a grueling speed.

However, the author has jam-packed all the action in the last few chapters of the book. As a reader, I thought that the last chapters were rushed, and the plot was unraveling itself at a rapid speed. I wish the book had a consistent pace.

I would rate this book a 4/5. It was a good read, and I would recommend it. It is well-written and keeps you engrossed. If you like thrillers, go for it.

Thank you Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.

If you want to buy the book, here is the link: https://amzn.to/3gjVKb5

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Book Review of “I Let You Go” by Clare Mackintosh

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

Buddha

I Let You Go tells the story of a mother who loses her five-year-old son in a hit and run accident. The rider disappears into the night, leaving her with her dead son. It talks about her struggles, her agony, and the pain she goes through as she tries to move on. She leaves behind her old life to begin a new one; will she be able to do so? I Let You Go is Mackintosh’s debut novel. However, her writing style does not falter. She manages to keep her readers at the edge of their seats and engrossed in the book.

The book consists of two parts. The first part focuses on building the characters and strengthening the plot. It is slow in the beginning and gradually builds up speed. It seems as if the author takes undue efforts in building the characters and their stories. She takes us through their lives excruciatingly slowly, building up each detail. The first part may feel like a drag; however, don’t give up. The author has a solid reason for investing efforts in building up the first part in this particular way. The end of the first part will hit you hard.

The second part is where the story starts unraveling itself. It is one twist after another. I couldn’t keep the book down after this. I had to know what would happen next. I don’t want to give out details. But, the book has you gasping. It’s not over the top; the twists do not feel forced. But, they come at a rapid speed. Even when I thought that the author couldn’t add any more twists, she still managed to surprise me. The second part is the culmination of her efforts that she put into designing the first part. Rarely do authors take such efforts to make a reader sympathize with their characters. Mackintosh details out every character’s backstory and their struggles, to perfectly tie it in with the climax of the story.

I was thoroughly impressed with this book. I give it a 5/5. Anybody who likes thrillers and page-turners will thoroughly enjoy this book. Mackintosh’s I See You is equally grappling, and you should read that one too if thrillers are your genre.

To buy the book on amazon.com: https://amzn.to/2XpDiVD

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Book Review of “I See You”- Clare Mackintosh

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Mahatma Gandhi

Clare Mackintosh is an award-winning British author. I See You was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and charted at number 1 in The Sunday Times original fiction list.

Let me begin by saying that I am awed by this author’s writing. She was a police officer before she became a full-time author, and she has made excellent use of her professional experience in writing her books. Her style of writing is impeccable, and she has you turning pages until you reach the end of her book. She has you in her grasp, and as an author, she doesn’t let you go. She holds your attention and paces her book so well that you hold onto it till the wee hours of the day.

Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper. It is a grainy image, but she is sure it is of her. She takes it back to her family, who believes it could be someone who looks like her. The advert keeps showing photos of different women. And it isn’t significant until bad things start happening to the women. Is someone tracking their every move? Will Zoe be next?

The writing is fluid, and the characters have substance. Every character has a well-defined backstory, and the author has taken tremendous efforts to present them as human. The author has subtly focused on crime and violence against women without pushing it in your face. What I have appreciated most about the author’s way of writing is that to focus on women-oriented crime, she does not put men down or snub them.

She has given the book several strong female characters. The female cop who takes on Zoe’s case is an excellent example. Depicted as a tough, passionate, and ambitious officer, Kelly’s commitment to solving this case is intense and commands respect.

I give this book a 5/5. It is packed with suspense and mystery and will keep you turning pages. You will never be able to guess the next twist that the author will throw at you. She keeps you guessing and glued to the book. If you like this one, do read her debut novel “I Let You Go.” It won’t disappoint you.

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A look into “Darkness on the Horizon” by Christopher Renna

Sometimes, you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”- Dr. Seuss

Christopher Renna’s bio on several websites mentions that authors such as Stephen King, inspire him. He writes dark, chilling horror novels that mesh with our everyday life stories. Darkness on the horizon is a coming-of-age horror novel. It is dark, gloomy in some places, and filled with gory details.

The novel revolves around the life of Morgan Fischer and his friends Jonathan and Ava. Facing a difficult time at home with an ignorant and drunkard father, Morgan finds his haven when Jonathan and Ava move to his town. But there is something that seems different. Something that Morgan can’t put his finger on. Is their friendship strong enough to face these differences? How will Morgan’s life change, and will he be able to survive these changes?

Morgan Fischer, as a character, has received his due in the book. The author has faithfully invested efforts in developing his main character. Morgan’s growth has been depicted well in the book. His strength and determination stand out when he strives to be independent of his drunkard father. The character does find himself in multiple difficult situations, and the author has used those situations well to depict his character’s mental strength.

Unfortunately, both of my favorite characters Jonathan and Ava, seem to have received the shorter end of the stick. The characters had so much potential, but the author failed to do them justice. Even though they were side-characters, they play a pivotal part in Morgan’s journey, and as a reader, I would have appreciated an opportunity to understand them better. I firmly believe they were treated superficially as characters.

I liked the plot of the novel, but I wish the author had written it better. The book failed to hold my attention for long. And I only ended up completing it because it was an ARC, and I had promised a review. The book had so much potential. It could have made for a better book.

I would give this book 3/5 stars. A sequel follows it, titled Before the Sun Rises, in case it interests you. You won’t be missing much if you decide to give this book a skip. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

If you would want to buy the book, here is the link: https://amzn.to/3bi4875

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A Dive into the World of Beauty Pageants: Review of “The Accidental Beauty Queen”

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”– George Bernard Shaw

This book showed up as a recommendation on my Libby app, and its funky colorful cover called to me. It is a well-designed book cover. Written by Teri Wilson, this book bears a strong resemblance to the Sandra Bullock movie “Miss Congeniality” and refers to it multiple times.

Charlotte and Ginny are twins who switch places in the beauty pageant when Ginny suffers a mishap. Charlotte is a librarian who has no relation whatsoever with makeup, glitter, and glam. She discovers herself through this journey, undergoing a transformation that is much beyond makeup, extensions, and nails. She is remarkably relatable as a character. She prefers jammies over designer clothes, books over cosmetics, and Shakespeare over Victoria Secret.

Ginny, on the other hand, is a social media influencer with thousands of followers on Instagram. She has participated in several beauty pageants and derives a close relationship with her mom through it. However, she is not shallow. Humans are similar to onions. We have several layers, and understanding ourselves involves exposure to different and difficult situations.

Charlotte embarks on this journey for her sister but continues on it to discover herself. She ends up falling for one of the judges, and the situation quickly spirals out of control. The book has its hilarious moments, and even though the plot is easy to guess, it offers a fun read.

It has its dose of family drama, and feminism with women standing for other women. However, the author undermines the efforts that a contestant takes to participate in these beauty pageants. The author makes winning the preliminaries seem effortless, and Charlotte seems to sail right through them. The plot has so much more potential, and I wish the author would have elaborated on Charlotte’s struggles rather than make it seem a brain-numbing read.

I read somewhere that Wilson’s books would resonate with fans of Meg Cabot and Sophie Kinsella. I strongly disagree. It had the potential; however, it failed to do that. It is a one-time read; however, I don’t see myself returning to it soon.

I would give it a 3.5/5 stars. If you would like to purchase the book, here is the link https://amzn.to/2KS12vR

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Book Review: Red Lily by Nora Roberts

Book 3 of the “In the Garden” trilogy, this book marks the end of this series. This series have revolved around 4 women; 3 alive and 1 a ghost. Rosalind, Stella and Hayley have been portrayed as strong and intelligent women, self-made and independent women.

Red Lily evolves around the love story of Hayley and Harper and marks the end of Amelia Connor’s story. Hayley is a single mother of a beautiful daughter named Lily. The character has been described as an independent women who has struggled through her father’s loss and an alone pregnancy to reach her current happy condition. She is a grateful person and constantly thankful for the support that she has received from her friends. Hayley bonds the most with Amelia having undergone similar life situations.

Harper, Rosalind’s first born is portrayed as a protective son and lover. He is a gentle soul who stands by his woman. He is a proud man and Hayley is his perfect match. This love story is beautifully described and woven.However the ending of the book feels rushed and abrupt. It feels as if the author was done with the book and wanted to end immediately after the climax.

On a whole the book is a fascinating read and definitely recommended to all fiction lovers.

 

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Book Review: Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts

A romantic book with a ghost….. A weird combination; rarely something that an author would want to tackle however, Nora Roberts has managed it extremely well.

I had started with the second book and have been hooked to this trilogy since then. The prologue introduces the readers to the ghost named Amelia. She has been portrayed as a shrewd and ambitious young woman. A woman who knows what she wants in life and is comfortable using any means to achieve her dreams. When Amelia becomes pregnant the transformation that she undergoes is one that is commonly seen is women all over. Any woman would find it easier to relate to the character now. Her focus shifts to her baby and her maternal instincts are on a high. The feelings are so real and the author manages to make you feel her pain.

The story centers around two characters:- Stella Rothchild and Logan Kitridge. Stella is portrayed as a strong and caring character. Her character is human enough to relate to and her grief and pain is so well described that it is almost tangible. She loses her husband at a young age and the author manages to make the reader feel Stella’s journey; her ride from panic and distress to growth and independence.

Logan on the other hand is stubborn, rude and abrasive. He has a liking for the “unorganized” and keeps giving Stella much worry over that. Their relationship has been slowly developed from argument to playful banter to love. Their relationship is a beautiful example of “opposites attract.” Logan has a soft side for kids and he has a beautiful relationship with Stella’s two sons.

The writing flows easily and the book is fun to read. For any romantic novel lover this book is definitely a recommendation.

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Book Review Policy

What do I review?– Books that I have taken from the library, bought in stores, given by authors as review copies or e-books.

Once I have finished reading a book for review, I donate it to my local library, give it to a fellow blogger or friend, or delete it (in the case of eBooks).

Book Formats preferred are:- I would love printed books. However preferred ebook formats are Mobi.

Genres I would love to review:- 

  • Fiction
  • Self-help
  • Romance
  • Mystery
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy

Genres I would absolutely NOT review:-

  • Non-Fiction
  • Biographies

I wouldn’t refuse to review books unless the genre is not to my liking or I have too many books to review. Usually expect to see a book review within 15 days once I have acknowledged receiving the book copy. If the review is delayed, the delay will be communicated. Expect the book review to be honest. If I don’t like the book, my review will state so. If you are ever interested in submitting me a book that you would like me to review contact me through my email rcharikar1989@gmail.com.

Sites on which the review will be posted:

  • Goodreads
  • Amazon (if available)
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Thank You!

Book Review: Stealing Home by Sherryl Woods

Written by Sherryl Woods, this book is about three women- Helen, Dana Sue, and Maddie, and their lives in the sleepy town of Serenity. The book is the first in a trilogy titled The Sweet Magnolias. They have a Netflix original series with the same title as well.

While the plotline is good and the characters are interesting, the book didn’t hold my attention. I enjoyed it on nights I couldn’t get much sleep, but it was never the cause of my sleepless nights (not a page-turner). I don’t believe the author intended to ever write this as a page-turner. It is a soothing, mild, and in some ways, a mindnumbing read. The book is perfect as an audiobook; you can comfortably miss pieces of it, but still, understand the context.

The book focuses on Maddie and her journey as her husband ends their 20 year-long marriage. Maddie struggles to come to terms with her broken marriage and gains strength from her friendship with Helen and Dana Sue. The friendship that they share is fun to read about, and life in a small town is appealing. As a woman, it is easy to relate to and appreciate the strength and power we derive from our coven.

I would give it 3/5 stars. It is a breezy read, but not one to ignite your brainpower.