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QUARANTINE READS : Part -1

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Hello there! I hope you all are doing wonderful and are trying your best at making your quarantine worthwhile. Even if you are not, then that’s okay too! You can always use this time to rest and procrastinate as much as you like because to be honest, at times like this we should just do what our heart wants! However, if you are hoping to get back to reading or are just in need for some quick recs then don’t you worry cause I have got your back! Today I will be sharing all the books I have devoured from the first day of quarantine and I hope that at least one of these will treat you well just the way it did for me! *winks*

1) Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed 

Genre : Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult, Romance

YES
Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

NO
Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

MAYBE SO
Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely. 

Yes No Maybe So is probably my favorite YA contemporary of the year! I really appreciate how it deals with cultural representation in the most simple yet sophisticated manner. Jamie was such a sweetheart! I adored his character a lot! Him and Maya are truly OTP!

my rating: 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

2) The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Re-telling

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.

In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically-told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.

This gem was such a roller coaster ride for me! I loved every bit of it! The adventure, the action and the journey in search for an identity was really gripping!

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3) Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead 

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .

This book has been on my TBR since like FOREVER and this time I finally read it. I wouldn’t say that it did not meet my expectations because it did but it’s just that I was not really blown away by it. I have heard a lot about this book but it did not seem the one for me.

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4) Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Comedy

After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she’s been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.

The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer’s block–and he’ll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.

But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she’ll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies–and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.
 

I LOVEEED THIS BOOK! Honestly, this is the book you all should DEFINITELY read if you are tired from the same ‘damsel in distress’ always going for the Prince Charming. A perfect treat for the fans of Sophie Kinsella!

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5) Havenfall (Havenfall #1) by Sara Holland

A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it — at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds — each with their own magic — together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe…

I really admired the plot setting and unique characters. Definitely of the best fantasy of 2020!

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Well, that wraps up this post! I wonder what are you reading during your quarantine! Let me know in the comments! Would love to add more books to my Quarantine TBR!

4 thoughts on “QUARANTINE READS : Part -1

  1. Thanks for the great recommendations! And congrats on being so productive during quarantine. I haven’t read many of the books on this list, but they all look really good! Kingdom of Back is very high on my TBR, and so is Yes No Maybe So. I read Vampire Academy a long time ago, but I remember that despite the fact that it was super cheesy, I enjoyed it to a certain degree 😂 I actually think I gave it the same rating you did. I’m definitely going to be checking out more of the books on this list, since I’m going to be reading a ton during quarantine! Great post! ❤

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