When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Publication Date: May 30th 2017 by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: ★★★★
Amazon / Book Depository

Synopsis

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

First of all, let’s admire the cover of this book! Since the cover reveal was made, I immediately added this to my tbr because of how adorable the cover was! It’s not everyday we get to see an Indian girl on a cover of a book!

This book was straight up quirky, nerdy, and truly enjoyable. I enjoyed Dimple and Rishi’s banter and interaction from the get go. Both of them are huge nerds in their own ways and I just love it! Dimple is feisty, smart, and passionate. In contrast to Dimple’s feistiness, Rishi is such a pure soft boy!!! He’s so adorable and I love the fact that he never gave up on Dimple, even as friends.

The story was told in alternating POVs, which I love, but because of the formatting of the ARC, it was a little hard for me to keep track of the shift in the POV, but overall it was delightful to see the story in both voices. Dimple and Rishi totally complements each other in a lot of ways, and they’re one of my favorite YA couples to date.

“You. Are. Beautiful. Lajawab. My only worry is that I might not be able to do you justice.”

I also enjoyed how the Indian culture was integrated in the book, and how it steered away from the usual culture I see from Bollywood movies. It was modernized in a way, that kids are getting more freedom make their own choices in life since their tradition plays a big part in the story. It’s also sex positive!

I think the only issue I had was it’s a little predictable especially towards the end. Although, we all love our happy endings, don’t we?

Sandhya Menon’s debut is a sassy rom-com that will leave you laughing, crying, and swooning all at the same time. Menon’s writing is so lovely and heartwarming and I can’t wait to read more from her. I definitely recommend this book to everyone!

Stacking the Shelves #28 || First Book Haul of the Year!

Hello! How’s everyone enjoying the first week of 2017 so far? It’s been a blast for me already! I’ve had the chance to see David Guetta on his tour, although I have to admit that I’m only familiar with his popular songs, but still it was fun! I’m also partnering up with Bookbed as a roomie (blog partner). I’m really excited for it!

Of course I got book mail/purchases that I’m super excited to show you today!

BOOKS BOUGHT/RECEIVED:

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson
The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria
The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight (UK Cover) by Jennifer E. Smith
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza (Signed)
The Hometown Hazard by Dawn Lanuza (Signed)
What About Today by Dawn Lanuza (Signed)
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Dirty Thoughts by Megan Erickson

FOR REVIEW:

#famous by Jilly Gagnon
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Freeks by Amanda Hocking
In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

Thanks to HarperCollins International, St. Martin’s Press, Quirk Books, and Simon and Schuster for the review copies. To Dawn Lanuza, thanks for being game to sign the books! I really can’t wait to read this lot!

I hope the first weekend of 2017 is treating you well!

For This Life Only by Stacey Kade

for-this-life-onlyFor This Life Only by Stacey Kade
Publication Date: August 30th 2016 by Simon & Schuster BFYR
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★
Amazon / Book Depository

Synopsis

A young man struggles to move forward after the death of his twin brother in this gripping, coming-of-age tale about loss, redemption, love, and the moment you begin to see the world differently.

Three minutes.

Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes.

And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Jace’s planned future is crushed, along with his pitching arm. Everyone keeps telling him that Eli’s in a better place, but Jace isn’t so sure. Because in those three minutes, there was nothing.

Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.

She’s the last girl he should be turning to for help.

But she’s also the first person to truly see him.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

I really enjoyed this book. I was having quite the long day inside the lab, when I decided to pick this book up so I was able to read it in one sitting, while doing some lab works. And it was more than enough to keep the boredom away.

This book’s portrayal of grief is so amazing, I could feel every emotion. Jace and Eli are twins, who got into an accident, which got Eli dead. Jace’s life changed from that point, and he started to question everything in his life, especially things about his brother.

“Do you think there’s a difference between doing the right thing that definitely hurts one person and doing the right thing that might hurt a lot of people?”

I really like the voice of Jace in the story. It’s raw and full of emotions, which makes it very realistic for someone who just lost his other half. I love his relationship with Eli and their little sister, Sarah. He also has a great character development and I really enjoyed seeing his character grow. He used to be with the jocks, being sporty and all but that changed after the accident, which led him to meet Thera.

I also like Thera’s character. She’s very interesting and I enjoyed her story as well. It’s quite nice to read a story that doesn’t focus much on the romance, although I have to admit that the chemistry between Thera and Jace is really good.

“There’s no right way to miss someone. It’s a hole on the inside. You can’t fix that. You just live through it until one day the edges of the hole aren’t so sharp.”

Friendships in this book was portrayed really good too. Even with Jace falling out with some of his friends, it’s quite reassuring that he was able to reconcile with them. There was also a heavy religious theme surrounding this book, which was depicted pretty well and it added depth to the story and to Jace’s character, and his family relationship.

This was my first Stacey Kade book and I’m really impressed with her writing style. Overall, this book is one of the best books I’ve read this year and I can’t wait to read more from her.

inah

 

Bookworms Unite PH Event Recap!

bookworms unite

Hey everyone! I guess you’ve been hearing, and seeing lots of posts and tweets with the hashtag #BookwormsUnitePH for the last few days, especially from the Filipino Book Blogger Community. That’s because yesterday, we hosted another bookworm meetup for PH book bloggers and readers!

We did this last year on a whim, you can read about it here. However, for this year, there was a lot of planning involved for us organizers. For the last few months, we’ve been trying to contact publishers and book stores for sponsorships, and bookish cafes in the Metro for venues. Fortunately, we got Simon and Schuster PH, Penguin Random House International, and Fully Booked as sponsors! So yeah, it was raining book prizes yesterday at Tweedle Book Cafe! Tweedle was super kind to reserve the venue for us to commence the meet up!

As usual, I met up with Jem first then we proceeded to Tweedle at around 11:30AM, as my co-organizers and I planned to meet early to do some preparations for the event. Like last year, we had games like Jumbled Words, Word Soup, Cover Guessing Game, and Literary Bingo. We also added a Trivia Game which I hosted with JM of Book Freak Revelations. I was so happy to have met new bookworms during the event! All the efforts we put into organizing the event weren’t wasted. We were bummed though, that we didn’t get to have a big chance in winning the cool titles from our sponsors, such as Gemina, but we’re equally happy to have brought loads of fun to everyone. I was also glad to have met Ms. Honey de Peralta of Penguin Random House, and she invited in some event opportunities for bloggers, which was really cool! It was just sad I wasn’t able to take a photo with her, but one of my new friends posted a group photo of us with Ms. Honey.

 

With my awesome co-organizers!
With my awesome co-organizers! (Back L-R: Raffy and Miel; Front L-R: Dianne, Me, Hazel, Faye and JM)

I’m so glad to have worked with my awesome co-organizers and I’d like to thank them for everything! Hello Hazel of Stay Bookish, Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again, Miel of Bookish and Awesome, Faye of The Social Potato, JM, Raffy of Eccentric Everything. Also to Jasmine of Jasmine Pearl Reads, who wasn’t able to come. Thanks for the support, girl!

Big big thanks also goes out to everyone who braved the rain and joined us for yesterday’s event! This wouldn’t really be possible if it weren’t for you guys. Hope you continue to support this event. Who knows, there might be another one?

bookworms unite group pic
with my fellow PH Bookworms (c) Faye of The Social Potato

I’m so glad that the Filipino Book Community can be united in such events! I hope to see these faces again soon! 

Thanks again to Penguin Random House INTL, Scholastic PH, Simon and Schuster PH, Fully Booked, and Tweedle Book Cafe for helping us out with the event!

By the way, these are the books I got from the Book Blind Date, which went really crazy, and the raffle. bu haul Do share your photos and recaps with the hashtag #BookwormsUnitePH! inah