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Book Review : Love and Other Sins

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Genre : Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

 

Mina’s life is going according to plan; she’s acing AP Calc and is perfectly content with her nonexistent social life. Though only a high school junior, Mina knows time is an investment, and she’s putting all her capital into academics. Oliver, a child abuse survivor who grew up in the foster care system, is ready to burn down his old life and start from scratch—complete with a new name and emancipation papers—in L.A. When the two are thrown together through circumstance and develop an unexpected connection, they discover how hard it is to keep the past in the past.

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Book Review + Giveaway : Bridge Across the Ocean by Jack B. Rochester

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Genre : Fiction, Suspense, Sports, Romance

Date of Release: September 14th, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

AN ACTION-PACKED, ADVENTUROUS MYSTERY WITH IP ESPIONAGE, TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LOVE

Jedediah Smith, Luke Lin, David Bondsman and Rick Saundersson have created the most innovative bicycle drive in history: The Spinner, a technologically advanced device that produces and stores its own energy without using batteries. It’s 2011, and it’s ideally positioned for the just-emerging city bike market, and the world’s largest bicycle maker located in Taiwan is interested.

Just before they are to leave for Taipei to discuss a licensing agreement with Joyful Bike, While cycling, Luke is struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Although heartbroken, the three friends decide to continue with their business travels, taking Luke’s fiancee Suzie Sun with them.

At Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, the group encounters two Japanese agents of business espionage who don’t know what they have, but nevertheless want to steal it. The “information worms” pursue the cyclists to Taipei, where the stakes grow even higher and a battle of espionage ensues.

The guys begin negotiations with Joyful’s director of business development, Jung-Shan Lai. She takes them cycling on Joyful bikes through Taiwan’s breathtaking scenery as they continue to thwart the attacks of the information worms. Jed promptly falls in love with Jung-Shan, and she with him.

Will the team be able to secure and finalize their business deal with Joyful Bike? Will the agents of business espionage ride away with the stolen bicycle drive intelligence? Will the three friends get justice for Luke’s tragic death? Will Jung-Shan and Jed work out their cross-cultural love affair?

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Blog Tour: It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi

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Today, I am delighted to host the Blog Tour organized by TBR and Beyond Tours for It All Comes Back to You!

After Kiran Noorani’s mom died, Kiran vowed to keep her dad and sister, Amira, close. Then out of the blue, Amira announces that she’s dating someone and might move cross-country with him. Kiran is thrown.

Deen Malik is thrilled that his older brother, Faisal, has found a great girlfriend, even if it’s getting serious quickly. Maybe now their parents’ focus will shift off Deen, who feels intense pressure to be the perfect son.

When Deen and Kiran come fact to face, they silently agree to keep their past a secret. Four years ago–before Amira and Faisal met–Kiran and Deen dated. But Deen ghosted Kiran with no explanation. Kiran will stop at nothing to find out what happened, and Deen will do anything, even if it means sabotaging his brother’s relationship, to keep her from reaching the truth. Though the chemistry between Kiran and Deen is undeniable, can either of them take down their walls? 

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Book Review: Shine (#1) by Jessica Jung

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Genre : Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult, Asian Literature

Date of Release: September 29th, 2020

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

“But fear can’t feed your dreams. It can only feed more fear.”

RATINGS :-
Plot : 3.5/5
Characters : 4/5
Writing : 3.5/5
OVERALL RATING : 3.5/5

A Korean American teen is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Girls Generation.

 

What would you give for a chance to live your dreams?

For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Six years ago, she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul’s largest K-pop labels, known for churning out some of the world’s most popular stars. The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. Easy right?

 

Not so much. As the dark scandals of an industry bent on controlling and commodifying beautiful girls begin to bubble up, Rachel wonders if she’s strong enough to be a winner, or if she’ll end up crushed… Especially when she begins to develop feelings for K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee. It’s not just that he’s charming, sexy, and ridiculously talented. He’s also the first person who really understands how badly she wants her star to rise.  Continue reading “Book Review: Shine (#1) by Jessica Jung”

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Unravel the Dusk (The Blood of Stars #2) by Elizabeth Lim : ARC REVIEW

RATINGS :-
Plot : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Writing : 4.5/5
OVERALL RATING : 4.5/5

Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Date of Release: July 7, 2020

“I will stay by your side until the fire in the sun grows cold and the light of the moon is no more. Until time blots out the stars.”

The thrilling sequel to SPIN THE DAWN, a magical series steeped in Chinese culture.

Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride-to-be to keep the peace.

But the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red, losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, but she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.

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BOOK REVIEW: Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli

RATINGS :-
Plot : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Writing : 3/5
OVERALL RATING : 3.5/5

Genre : Romance, Teens & YA

Date of Release: 12 May, 2020

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REVIEW: Unlocking the Universe by Stephen Hawking, Lucy Hawking

OVERALL RATING : 5/5

Genre : Non-Fiction, Science

“..We can Boldly go where no one has gone before. Who knows what we will find and who we will meet?”

What would it have been like to walk the lava-filled earth four and a half billion years ago?

Or take your first step on the surface of the moon?

And what would you do if robots took over the world?

In their series of novels, George’s Secret Key to the Universe, Lucy and Stephen Hawking imagined what great adventures one boy might have if he travelled through space.

But the books were based on real-life facts – and together Lucy and Stephen collected an incredible wealth of information about everything from life on Mars to the secrets of black holes.

For the first time this non-fiction content has been collected into one astonishing volume, with brand new content for 2020, including facts about genetics, conspiracy theories and climate change.

Beautifully illustrated and absolutely bursting with amazing facts and figures, this is the perfect guide to everything you’ve ever wanted to know about our world and beyond.

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REVIEW: Inside a Dark Box by Ritu Vaishnav

OVERALL RATING : 5/5

Genre : Non-Fiction, Self -Help

“Every once in a while, you feel strong enough to push the darkness away. Sometimes, it pushes its way right back in.”

A pertinent book on the theme of depression, Inside a Dark Box takes you inside the head of someone locked in a battle with their own mind and helps to understand the associated challenges and loneliness. With evocative, striking line drawings that complement the narrative, it is a powerful and positive book that is a must have for anyone who is undergoing depression or knows of someone battling it.

Ritu Vaishnav, while talking about the book said, ‘You may have read about depression and you may know all the symptoms, but when faced with it, you may still fail to recognise it. You can feel lost and confused for a long time before you realise that what you are going through has a name, is common and can be tamed. Hopefully this book makes depression a little bit easier to identify and explain to those around us.’

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BOOK REVIEW: Long Live the Sullied (The Sullied Warrior Duology, #2) by Gaurav Sharma

Plot : 3/5
Characters : 3/5
Writing : 3.5/5
OVERALL RATING : 3.5/5

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

Age Recommended: 13 yrs and up

“I was there when nothing was, I am here when nothing is, and I will be present in all years to come.”

There’s an eerie deafening silence in the royal palace of Rudraputra, scorned by multiple layers of armed guards. Someone knows something, something that no one is supposed to find out. Going back in the gallows of time, what if Eklavya was not the chosen one at Gurukul? Is there an alternative to the past?

“Am I ready? I don’t want to lose! Victory is the only option! I will snatch it if I must. Either I’ll win, or I’ll do what no one would have imagined in their wildest dreams. Yes, I’ll change the rules about how this game can be played. But is that enough? Physical superiority is not all I long, I want to rule people’s mind, I need to know before it comes to me…”

Is it revenge he is looking for? Vengeance is a parasite. It lurks onto you, and it grows, feeds on your body, your soul, and ultimately it becomes you!

Long Live the Sullied marks a deeper dive into the epic story, debunking mysteries of God of the Sullied that left you astonished.

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BOOK REVIEW: Siri, Who Am I? by Sam Tschida

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RATINGS :-
Plot : 4/5
Characters : 3/5
Writing : 3.5/5
OVERALL RATING : 3.5/5

Genre : Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Comedy

Date of Release: May, 2020

“No one knows how to get anywhere. Google is the only one who knows anything anymore. My brain is irrelevant.”

Memento gets a Millennial makeover by debut author Sam Tschida in this smart and edgy comedy about a Kardashians-obsessed woman who wakes up in an LA hospital with amnesia, a torn party dress, and a broken iPhone and must work backward, using her Instagram account, to piece together her identity, only to discover that her life is a perfect lie.

When Mia wakes up in a Long Beach hospital with a head wound, she knows everything there is to know about the Kardashian-Jenner family but almost nothing about herself. The only items in her possession are her torn party dress–which immediately begs the question, what kind of girl parties on a Tuesday night?–a tube of Chanel lipstick, and an iPhone with a shattered screen. She might not remember where she lives but she can use her Instagram account to work backward to piece together the basic facts of her identity. Easy enough, right?

Instagram tells her that she lives in a Millennial-pink duplex that would make Kylie Jenner jealous. But when she arrives, she discovers a cute housesitter named Max who tells her the house actually belongs to JP, a French billionaire–and he has no idea how she’s connected to him. After some sleuthing, she discovers she’s the owner of a high-end matchmaking service. Could JP be one of her investors?

As Mia works backward through her Instagram to figure out who she really is–and find anyone who knows anything about her–she discovers an ugly truth buried within her perfect social media image. Is it too late to undo her lies online and become an IRL good person?

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