Review: Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino

50213136. sx318 sy475 Title: Poor Unfortunate Soul, A tale of the sea witch

Author: Serena Valentino

Genre: Middle Grade

Publisher: Scholastic AU / Disney

Publication date: 1 October 2019

    Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: The tale of the sea king’s daughter Ariel is a beloved one of losing and then finding one’s own voice. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the mergirl always wants more than her world can offer, and her father demands that she live within the confines of his domain. Her rebelliousness costs the little mermaid her voice and nearly her soul. But the power of good prevails, and Ariel emerges proud and unchanged. And yet this is only half the story. So what of Ariel’s nemesis, Ursula, the sea witch? What led to her becoming so twisted, scorned and filled with hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account of what might have shaped the sea witch into a detestable and poor unfortunate soul.


*Thank you to Scholastic Australia for sending me a finished copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

I was so excited to get into this book. The Little Mermaid has been a long time Disney favourite of mine and I could not wait to get a glimpse of that world. And let me tell you Valentino did not disappoint in this regard. Not only were the scenes that were taken straight from the movie fantastic but she also did the character of Ursula and others justice in the new plot points of this story.

I love Ursula as a character she is just the epitome of a great villain. But one always wonders how dose a Villain of this magnitude become what they are? And Valentino with this story gave me those answers beautifully. This backstory plot was completely believable and quite frankly made me look at Triton in a completely different way. I mean he’s never been the best of characters but now he’s pretty low on my list!

I don’t read a lot of middle grade fiction but my love for Disney and in particular The Little Mermaid had me hooked enough to give it a go and to be fair this is one of few times I have not minded middle grade writing style. Its descriptive and guided enough to allow those its intended for to read and enjoy it but not too slow that older Disney lovers wouldn’t enjoy. Just like me.

The down fall to this book for me was the fact that I thought it was a standalone. Not that I wasn’t aware of the other Disney villain books but I just thought they where all stand alone and not linked in any way. Which is wrong! there is overlap. Did I enjoy hearing mention of other Disney Characters like the Beast and Maleficent? Yes! But other involvement of characters like Circe and the three witch sisters where a bit hard to catch up on their backstory and understand their relevance. As well as mentioning of goings on in previous books.

Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable middle grade read however my misjudgement on whether or not the story was a standalone caused some confusing. meaning I wasn’t able to completely engross myself in the story and world. Therefore, I am rating this one 3 out of 5 stars. Let's Chat!Have you read this one or any in the collection? Who is your favourite Disney villain and why? Lets chat in the comments below. Until next time happy watching and reading!

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My 2020 bookish goals

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Hello lovelies! How have you all been? I know it’s been a while, but I am back and have the audacity to set myself some bookish related goals for 2020. In the past I haven’t shared my goals or even really set any as I was so not sure if I could really achieve anything on these platforms, whether my voice was unique enough and *insert a list of other self-doubts here* also I am such a huge mood reader how do you even set goals around that?

But this year I have decided to say screw it I want to un-apologetically strive for my goals and do the things that make me happy and bring a fire to my belly. whether I succeed or flop at least I can say I tried and hopefully this year is a year of growth and change for the better!divider 1

Now when I say bookish goals, I mean goals including and in relation to reading, book blogging, bookstagram and booktube.  So I will break them down under these segments so let’s get started:

Reading:

I have very limited goals for reading as being a big mood reader is still a huge facet of my personality and really does dictate what and how much I read but going with the theme screw it lets make some anyways!

  • I want to read 50 books this year and that is what I have set my Goodreads reading challenge to. If you would like to follow along with me on Goodreads you can do so here.
  • I want to try and catch up on all old review books and read and review any new ones by the due date.
  • I would like to read more nonfiction/ self-help material in order to help my growth and educate myself more.

Blogging:

This year my blog will turn 4 years old! Have I been blogging constantly throughout that time? Clearly not! I have had so many hiatuses it’s not even funny! So, for those of you from the OG days thanks for sticking around I owe you one. My goals for my blog stem from wanting to really get back into blogging and start giving it my all. I want to at least be consistent and see where it goes from there.

  • Post at least 3 times a month (doesn’t seem like much at all I know but if I manage this it will be huge for me!).
  • Review every book I read in 2020 and post it here and then on Goodreads.
  • Write/create and post more discussions and original content not just reviews and lists/tags etc. (although I still will do these too).
  • Reach 500 subs/followers on the blog. (I know it’s not about the numbers, but I would love to connect more with this community and share content I am proud of).

Bookstagram:

My bookstagram also turns 4 years old this year! I love bookstagram it’s honestly been one of the best communities to me and I can wait to see what 2020 has in store for us all. if you want to hand out on insta this year you can find me here.

  • I want to continue to have fun with my new theme I just launched today! And to not be scared to change it up when the desire comes my way.
  • I want to post at least once every 2 days.
  • I want to use stories more and to produce more story templates for everyone to use.
  • I want to reach 2k followers. I know this is probably the biggest goal on the list but hey a girl can dream right??

Booktube:

I started my booktube at the end of last year. I wanted to try out a new part of bookish social media and learn some new skills and test my creativity. I really did enjoy the process but unfortunately life got in the way and I kind of fell off the band wagon for a bit! So, I only have one goal for this:

  • Start making booktube content again

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And that’s it these are my bookish related goals for 2020! Thank you all for sticking around in 2019 (for the like two posts I made) and I hope we all have an awesome bookish year this year!Let's Chat!

Do you have any bookish goals for 2020? Share them with me in the comments below! Or just wish me luck for my crazy ambitious list! Until next time happy watching and reading!

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Review: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Cover image - Serpent & DoveTitle: Serpent & Dove

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Genre: YA/NA Fantasy

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication date: 3 September 2019

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Harper Collins Australia: 

Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn. Book one of a stunning fantasy duology, this tale of witchcraft and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Sara Holland.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

Set in a world of powerful women, dark magic, and off-the-charts romance, book one of this stunning fantasy duology will leave readers burning for more.


*Thank you to Harper Collins Australia for sending me a finished copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

I loved this book. I Loved This Book!

And again for the people in the back: I LOVED THIS BOOK!

That would be my very quick short review.

But you know me I love a ramble so lets get into why I loved this book. The first thing is the writing itself I mean what a debut! I was enthralled from page one, could not put it down! I was hooked even when the plot itself slowed down from time to time I still just wanted to know what would happen next and the feelings the writing invoked! I mean I laughed, I gasped, I cried this book and the writing really did make me feel it all.

Secondly I loved the bad ass women characters and the strong female friendship in this! I loved it! I love that we are getting more strong, brave, smart, talented, unconventional, out of the box from societies norms main female characters! and Lou and coco are just some of the best! No competition just support and raising each other up like the queens they are!

Also witches and the witchey vibes! My gosh, you all know that vampires will always hold my heart but witches are really giving them a run for their money this year and this book was no exception! Loved the dark undertones, the different types of witches and hearing about the law and how witches were treated in this time period. I loved that Lou’s magic always required an equal price and the patterns show up as gold threads.

Last but not least and actually my favourite thing about this book is the enemies to lovers romance trope, the forced marriage trope and the will they wont they slow burn that this was! It was so good the way Lou and Reid acted around each other and how this developed and changes over time with and without them realising.

Also Ansel is a precious bean and too good for this earth! The plot was great and had so many twists and turns that I did not see coming! I absolutely can not wait for book 2!

In conclusion, I actually loved this book and it has taken the spot for my favourite book of the year so far! There is not one thing I can think of right now that I personally didn’t like about this book. 100% do recommend if anything I have said above even slightly intrigues you. This book is hands down a 5 out of 5 stars from me.  Let's Chat!

Have you read this one yet? What did you think? What are some of your favourite witchey reads? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading! 

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ARC Review: The Best Moments by Elena Monroe

45735205. sy475 Title: The Best Moments, The Amherst Sinners Series #2

Author: Elena Monroe

Genre: NA romance

Publisher: self published

Publication date: 20 August 2019

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

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College turned out to be my first everything.
Love.
Sex.
Heartbreak.
Betrayal.
Giving up and running home wasn’t an option.
My life was stained by absentee parents, a night of regret still haunting me, and living so controlled I barely felt anything, but white knuckles before I met Oliver. 
Least he was a stain I wore proudly.
One pretty face made me feel everything.
For that, all I wanted was to save Oliver from his past more than myself.
Isn’t that what unconditional love is?

SINNER
College was supposed to be my second chance.
I was working on my third.
I broke her heart in record time.
Everyone leaves and no one ever comes back. I knew that best. Even Layla.
The guilt of another regret weighted too heavy. So heavy, I invited my demons back in to soften the blow.
I added more mistakes to my bad reputation.
Everyone was right about me.
It was never my demons, she was never the cure, and I’m simply a pretty face with an ugly past


*Thank you to the author Elena Monroe for sending me an ARC e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this one sent to me by the incredibly lovely author Elena! This book just like the first one did not disappoint! You can see the review for my first book here if this is the first time you are hearing of this series I highly recommend you check it out! If not there isn’t going to be any major spoilers here so feel free to read on.

I absolutely devoured this book in 24 hours just like the first one I could not put it down I needed to know what happened to my precious little bean Layla and Oliver!! Plus the rest of the sinners but mainly Oliver! LOL.

And again just like the first book this book was a wild fucken ride of emotions I think I felt every emotion under the sun and I could just feel the struggles each individual character was going through. And I felt like I was struggling along with them, questioning my own morals and how I would react to certain things.

There was just so much angst, so much drama, so many high stakes, steamy sex and basically everything you want in a smutty NA romance! That ending though! My goodness Elena you tore my heart out as well as leaving it on the biggest cliff hanger there could possibly be!! I need the next book now especially after finding out it will  be set five years in the future! Ah I need to know what has become of my little beans! haha.

One last note Fuck Hunter, Team Ollie for the win ❤

In conclusion, this was a fast paced addictive read that made me feel all the emotions and left me dying for the next instalment. Hands down really recommend this series if you are a fan of NA romance/ smut especially darker romance. Overall, a strong 4 out of 5 stars. Let's Chat!

Have you read this one or the first book yet? What are some of your favourite smutty romances? Until next time happy watching and reading! 

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Bookish life update: BookTube, audio-books and blogging

Wrap up

Whats this? a wrap up/ life update??? The world must be ending or take it as a sign and hold on for dear life as these are rare around here!

Anyways, hi lovelies how have you all been?? I hit a few milestones and also started a few new bookish projects in the last month so thought it was about time I did a little update and shared it with you all!

BookTube Announcement!

My first big announcement they you may or may not already know about is that I started a BookTube channel!!! Its really fresh only two videos in but I am so freaking excited about it.

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Don’t get me wrong I love blogging and updating my bookstagram but I had been feeling a little bored lately and like my passion for all things bookish wasn’t as strong as it used to be. And then I thought what if I made a BookTube? and straight away I felt this new excitement the excitement and nerves of trying new things but also the excitement for learning new skills and meeting more people in the bookish community.

I have loved learning video editing skills and putting together my first few videos. I am so excited and am full of ideas for so many videos that I cant wait to put out into the world! If you have a BookTube or like to watch BookTube I hope you will join me on this new journey of mine! You can find my channel here. I look forward to hearing what you think! 🙂

Milestones!

This past month I also hit some new milestones on my bookstagram and here on my blog!

SO here on the blog I reached 300 subscribers which is absolutely crazy and just blows my mind that that many people want to read what this terrible speller and non grammatical person has to say! So thank you to each and everyone of you for putting up with each miss-spelled word and non-sentence it means the world to me! ❤

I also just came on today to realise I have reached 50 posts on this blog! 50 posts! what the??!! For someone who doesn’t stick with a lot of things I am so proud of myself for sticking with this (through a break here and there) and continuing to write about my passion for books, movies and everything fandom related! Let me know if there is anything you would like to see that I haven’t done yet or any books/movies you want to know my opinion on.

I recently also reached 1.5K on my bookstagram. which I just can not get used to like not at all! I love my bookstagram family and the community and all the friends I have made there. Those people are so special and just bring so much joy and goodness to the world! So if any of you from there are reading this, THANK YOU!! You all mean so much to me and I am thankful everyday I get to be part of the community. ❤

Recent blog posts

To wrap things up here are the posts you may have missed on here in the last month or so, I think my favourite is the TV review.

Review: The price guide to the occult

Review:  The  art of self-kindness 

Paperback Pals: Tika 

TV review: The order season 1 

Thank you all again for sticking around and fangirling with me about everything and anything! I hope you all enjoyed this not so little update! Until next time happy watching and reading!

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Review: The price guide to the occult by Leslye Walton

Title: The price guide to the occult

Author: Leslye Walton

Genre: YA paranormal fiction

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

Publication date: 1 March 2019

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Walker Books Australia:

From the author of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender comes a haunting tale of magic and murder. When Rona Blackburn landed on Anathema Island more than a century ago, her otherworldly skills might have benefited friendlier neighbors. Instead, guilt and fear led the island’s original eight settlers to burn “the witch” out of her home. So Rona invoked the privileges of a witch; she cursed them. But such a spell always comes with a terrible price, and in punishing the island’s residents, Rona also bound her family ever tighter to them. Fast-forward to the present day and all Nor Blackburn wants is to live an unremarkable teenage life. And she has reason to hope that she may have escaped the thorny side-effects of the family matriach’s curse. But then a mysterious book comes out, promising to cast any spell for the right price. The author – Nor’s own mother – seems capable of performing magic that should be far beyond her capabilities. And such magic always requires a sacrifice. A storm is coming. It’s coming for Nor.


*Thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

Just reading the blurb of the book made this seem like it was right up my alley! A dark paranormal with Witches, the promise of trouble and magic that comes with a price?? Yes please!! For the most part the blurb did deliver! I liked learning about the history of the town and Nor’s family and all the past witches. I liked that the atmosphere seemed darker. This one would be a great Halloween read if you ask me! However, as I don’t normally do much more research into a book other than reading the blurb, I was a bit surprised at just how dark some of the scenes and content were!

Luckily for me I have not had issues with self-harm, so I was able to read the entirety of the book no problem. However, for those who consider self-harm or the mention of self-harm a trigger than please do your research on this one before deciding if it’s for you or not. As it is not an issue I have had myself I also can not really comment if the author depicted this well or not. For me it seemed a bit odd at times as in it didn’t add a whole lot to the story but other times, I felt it gave more depth to nor as a character as we got more insight into her feelings at those moments.

I thought the pacing was very up and down. As in I always wanted to keep reading even though for the most part it felt very slow and a lot of build up to the final few chapters. Having said that though I overall mostly enjoyed it and those final few chapters had me on the edge of my seat! I also loved that the ending lead to the possibility of a sequel. I am unsure if this is actually happening or not. But I kind of hope it is as the way it left off seems like the sequel would be very high stakes and fast paced which would be awesome!

In conclusion, I enjoyed this one for the most part. The paranormal aspects and the darker mood were great. However, there were some issues with pacing and the way some things were represented. Overall if this sounds like something you are normally into, I would definitely recommend giving it a go and that is why I am rating it 3/5 stars. Let's Chat!Have you guys read this one? What are some of your favourite darker witch reads? Until next time happy watching and reading! 

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Review: The Art of Self-Kindness by Rebecca Ray

Title: The Art of Self-Kindness

Author: Rebecca Ray

Genre: Self-help

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia

Publication date: 6 August 2019

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis for Pan Macmillan Australia: 

This book is for you, the one with sensitivity as a super-power, though you’re still learning to offer it to yourself.

You, the first to share a kind word with others even when you’re not gentle on yourself.

You, known for your generosity but who forgets to give to yourself.

This book is in your hands now because it’s time to befriend yourself.

Dr Rebecca Ray is a writer, speaker and clinical psychologist. She invites you into the practice of self-kindness as the bravest of human art forms. Cast aside the bullet-point lists or assembly instructions in favour of self-care that seeks flow over force and progress over prescription. Come on a journey back to yourself through the art of self-kindness.


*Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

I don’t know what kind of voodoo magic this universe is pushing my way but somehow Rebecca Ray’s books seem to find me just when I need them. Her book The Universe Listens to Brave found its way into my hands not long after I was diagnosed with anxiety and it was helpful for me, you can read my full review here. And now while going through some pretty big life ups and downs and trying to find myself anew this book The Art of Self-Kindness found it’s way to me. And let me tell you it did not disappoint!

In-fact I somehow enjoyed this read even more and found it even more helpful than The Universe Listens to Brave. The words, stories and quotes where all so helpful and inspiring and just what I needed to hear to help heal myself and reach my potential again. And its not just the written content that is great in this book. But in fact the whole book is visually stunning inside and out and given I am a green girl I loved this even more than the theme of the last one! All of it, the words, pictures, colours come together to create one heck of a beautiful reading experience.

In conclusion I highly recommend this book! It is stunning inside and out. Rebecca Ray and team have done an incredible job and if you are in need of some inspiration or help to be a bit more kind to yourself then this one is for you. 5 out of 5 stars for sure! Let's Chat!

Have you read this one yet? Or do you plan to? What are your ways of practising self-kindness? Happy watching and reading, until next time! Signature

TV Review: The Order season 1

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Title: The Order

Creator: Dennis Heaton a Netflix Original

Release: March 2019

divider 1If you are looking for a new series to binge watch and have it grip you with its claws and not let go. Then look no further The Order Netflix’s latest original series is it! Netflix categorises this show as TV horror with a synopsis of: Out to avenge his mother’s death, a college student pledges a secret order and lands in a war between werewolves and practitioners of dark magic.

That alone sounds pretty great right? Well let me tell you this show more then lives up to its description. I was hooked from episode one and the more I watched the more I wanted! I would personally categorise this show as a supernatural/paranormal horror as both themes are very prominent throughout the series. You like magic? Especially dark magic? That may or may not involve the occasional drop of blood or human sacrifice? This ones for you! You like werewolves? How about werewolves with a cause? And a completely unique turning process? Then go watch The Order now! This show even has college drama, romance and a good if not sometimes dark sense of humour. It really has something for everyone, but I especially recommend it to fellow lovers of the supernatural/ paranormal genres!

So, I think we have clarified that I love this show even if its just for the base themes mentioned above. But let’s delve a little deeper into why I am now ride or die with this series. Firstly the plot is great! Don’t worry no specific spoilers here! But I will say enough happens in each episode in order to keep you hooked. There are enough twists and turns and leading questions to make you want to stay up and find out what happens. Not to mention the series finale is one of the BEST I have watched in a long time! I did not see the ending coming and let’s just say it left tears in my eyes and my jaw on the floor! The characters and the development these characters go through are another thing that brings this show to a whole other level. We have characters with no morals and characters with strong morals, some of which change their ways, and some don’t. We have strong friendships developed, my favourite of which has to be between the werewolves, it’s just great to see their bond develop over time. My absolute favourite character is Lilith, she is such a strong fierce female and her character growth is probably the best throughout the series. In fact, this series is full of strong female characters some of which I love and some of which I hate. So, if you are all for girl power this one could be for you too!

I can’t go into too much else without completely spoiling major plot lines. Bust seriously go watch this show! Right now! I am serious, stop what you are doing and go watch it. This is a five star series for me 10 out of 10 DO recommend! This deserves so much more hype! I can not wait for season 2 and I can not wait to hear what you all think too!Let's Chat!

Have you seen this one yet? what did you think? What are some of your Netflix recommendations? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time, happy watching and reading!

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While You Were Reading by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus Blog Tour

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Hello my lovelies! 🙂

Today is my blog tour stop for While You Were Reading by Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus. Keep reading for all the details of this new piece of Aussie fiction as well as my review. Be sure to check out the other participants stops through to July 12th! And thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review!  divider 1

44593964Title: While You Were Reading

Author: Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus.

Genre: Contemporary fiction

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia

Publication date: July 1st 2019

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Simon & Schuster Australia: 

Words are messy. Love is messier.

A hilarious, insightful new novel from the creators of Books on the Rail

Meet Beatrix Babbage – 29-year-old dog-earer of books and accidental destroyer of weddings.

After ruining her best friend’s nuptials, Bea relocates to the other side of the country in search of a fresh start, including meeting new people, living life to the fullest and finally pulling off balayage.

But after a few months, life is more stagnant than ever. Bea’s job is dead-end. Her romantic life? Non-existent. And her only friends are her books, her barista and her cleaning lady.

​Then Bea stumbles across a second-hand novel, inscribed with notes. Besotted with the poetic inscriptions, Bea is determined to find the author … and along the way, she finds herself entangled in one hell of a love quadrangle.

Funny, poignant and insightful, While You Were Reading reveals that there’s no such thing as perfection, the value of true friendship and, most importantly, the power of not living in fiction, but still reading it … Often.

A love story for book lovers that celebrates much more than romance.Review2

I was excited to receive this book and was expecting to really enjoy it, given that I have been really into romances lately and I knew it centred around a book and a love for reading and all things bookish. However, I am sad to say this was not completely the case for me.

This book actually took a fairly long time to really hook me. In fact, I was feeling a bit meh about the whole thing until about chapter 19. Really the only things that kept me going were some of the book references and the character Dino. Seriously Dino is the best character in this book hands down. Apart from that for the first 19 chapters I disliked many of the characters, they weren’t relatable or likeable or were just annoying. Even the main character Bea while having some traits and moments where I liked her and could relate to her, also annoyed the crap out of me and came across pretty childish half the time. I also felt that cramming so many bookish references and things such as bookstagram came across a little try hard to start with.

However, after those first 19 chapters things really got a lot more interesting. I started to like Bea a little more, I think she grew up a lot and had major character growth which allowed me to relate to her more. There was a bunch of plot developments and drama that changed the pace and drew me in. And the idea of the use of bookish references and bookstagram, writing, publishing etc. felt a lot less forced and actually really added to the story and had my bookish fan-girl squealing.

In conclusion I am rating While you were reading a solid three out of five stars. It really was half and half for me. The beginning was a struggle but by the end I rather enjoyed reading about these eccentric characters and enjoyed the journey they had been on.

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About the Authors:

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Twitter: @thebookninjas

Instagram:@aliandmichelle

Facebook: @aliandmichelle

Website:www.aliandmichelle.com and www.booksontherail.com

Let's Chat!Have you read this one yet? What about The Book Ninja? Do you enjoy books where characters have the same hobbies as you? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading!

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Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

9781760876029.jpgTitle: The Bride Test

Author: Helen Hoang

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Allen and Unwin

Publication date: 1 July 2019

Rating: 4/5

 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.


*Thank you to the publisher Allen and Unwin for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

Hello friends! I know it’s been a while, but I am finally back with another book review! And it just so happens to be for a book I genuinely really enjoyed. This was the first book of Hoang’s that I have read as I am yet to read The Kiss Quotient. So I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but knew the hype about her books and writing was pretty big and I had only heard good things.

As you would have seen from my rating at the top of this post, the writing and book lived up to the hype for me. The first thing I loved about this book was the diversity and inclusivity. It was great getting to see an insight into another culture and the autism rep and the way Hoang portrayed living with autism exceeded my expectations. You see I was a tad worried about the autism rep to start with as I do have close family members who live with autism and so I wanted it to be done well and with heart. And I am pleased to see Hoang did exactly that!

This book managed to be both serious and funny. Because the story and the content seemed important but there was also humour mostly in the characters little personality quirks. I loved all of the characters in this book they each added something important to the story whether they were a lead or a side character. Each of them was easily disguisable from the other and I loved watching them develop and grow!

The only reason this wasn’t a five star read for me was because at times I found the pacing a little slow. Which with the amount of character growth that needed to happen and the journey the two main characters needed to go on isn’t all that surprising. Having said that the slower paced times still held a lot of emotion and importance to the story.

In conclusion, this story is one full of heart, humour, good representation and character growth. Hence my 4-star rating. With the last star not being given as I personally at the time of reading found some of the pacing slow which meant it took me longer to read. Let's Chat!

Have you read this one yet or The Kiss Quotient? what did you think? What other diverse books with good representation should I check out? Until next time happy watching and reading! Signature