Thursday, May 26, 2016

Please Don't Tell Blog Tour Guest Post + Giveaway

Oh man this book is so intense and I'm really glad I could be a part of the blog tour! Laura Tims wrote a wonderful responses to the question I posed her so lets get right to it!

Monday, May 23, 2016

100 Days of Cake Blog Tour + Giveaway

When I was given the chance to be on the blog tour for this book, I was so excited! I used to read books in verse in middle and high school all the time but it went down as I entered college. Finding Ask Me How I Got Here was a great surprise! I'll have my review up once I've finished with school but I'm so excited to share the guest post Christine! 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

I Dare You To...| The Unespectedly Epic Morgan Matsoon Week


I'm so excited for today's post! If you don't ready know, I love Morgan Matson's books! Even though I've only talked about Amy & Roger's Epic Detour on the blog, I have read all but two of her books! When Tiff of Mostly YA Lit created a week long event to celebrate Morgan's fabulous books, I wanted to get a dare!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Blog Tour: New Charity Blues Review

 Hi all! For the New Charity Blues Blog Tour, I'm going to be reviewing the book!

Blog Tour: Ask Me How I Got Here Guest Post + Giveaway


When I was given the chance to be on the blog tour for this book, I was so excited! I used to read books in verse in middle and high school all the time but it went down as I entered college. Finding Ask Me How I Got Here was a great surprise! I'll have my review up once I've finished with school but I'm so excited to share the guest post Christine! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Armada Tour + Giveaway

Hi all! I'm really excited to feature Armada by Earnest Cline on the blog today with a cool giveaway! I haven't had the chance to read the book but it sounds so good! My brother isn't a big reader but he wants to get his hands on it as well with this cover.

About The Book

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Blog Tour: His Country Bride Review

 Hi all! I'm really excited today to have Deb Caletti on my blog today for the Essential Maps for the Lost tour! I really enjoyed the book (so look for my review in a few days) and I hope you all enjoy this guest post! 

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Blog Tour: Essential Maps For The Lost Quest Post-Top Ten Images For the Book

 Hi all! I'm really excited today to have Deb Caletti on my blog today for the Essential Maps for the Lost tour! I really enjoyed the book (so look for my review in a few days) and I hope you all enjoy this guest post! 

Monday, April 04, 2016

The Queen's Poisoner Blitz

**This was supposed to go up last Friday but it didn't so here it is now.** 
Hey all! Today I'm here to tell y'all about a really cool book! 
About the Book
As usurper of the throne, the rule of King Severn Argentine’s is already highly contested. To keep his power, King Argentine rules with an iron fist and destroys any opposition. In a failed coup attempt the Duke of Kiskaddon loses his son as a permanent prisoner to the king to ensure his loyalty.

THE QUEEN’S POISONER follows the Duke’s young son Owen on his journey for redemption and revenge as he figures out how to survive the court of Kingfountain. In order to keep his head and gain the merciless king’s favor, Owen must delve deeper into the world of mystery and secrecy that surrounds him. Readers will be clamoring for the next installment of The Kingfountain Series.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Lifeboat Clique Blog Tour Guest Post by Kathy Parks + Giveaway

I am so excited to be part of The Lifeboat Clique tour! I'm going to have my review up next week but I really enjoyed the book!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Love-a-Thon: An Invitation to Tea

Hosted by the fabulous Alexa of Alexa Love's Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Hazel of Stay Bookish and Mel of The Daily Prophecy!  

It's a tea party time! Something of note? I only like green tea. Being Indian, I'm used to making tea all the time for my family but I'm not a big fan. So in the spirit of the love-a-thon, I'm stepping outside of my comfort zone.

Love-a-Thon: Welcome!

Hosted by the fabulous Alexa of Alexa Love's Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Hazel of Stay Bookish and Mel of The Daily Prophecy!  

Hey all! It's so good to be back to blogging after such a while away! I've been wondering how to come back and the Love-a-Thon seemed liked the best time. For this first post, which is late as I was in an all day conference yesterday and I wasn't feeling well enough to post anything, I'm giving you guys a questionnaire!

Friday, January 08, 2016

Review: Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

           Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #4
Release Date: January 1, 2006
Publisher: Avon 
Source: Library 
After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman's father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can't snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses—the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone... anyone... other than Matthew. But she doesn't count on Matthew's unexpected charm... or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.

But right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered... one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy's wildest fantasies.
Oh Daisy, what do I do with you?! Even though Lillian and I are far more similar, I loved Daisy as well. She's just as fun and carrying as all the other Wallflowers but for her, it's hard to find her footing  with an older sister as vocal as Lillian. And unlike the three women before her, Daisy has yet to find a man among the English elite so her father gives her an ultimatum: if she can't find a husband, her father will find one for her. And he choose Matthew Swift, his protégé and the last man Daisy would EVER think to marry.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Review: Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

           Devil in Winterby Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #3
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Avon 
Source: Library
A Devil's Bargain

Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

Sebastian's reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden's good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, unchaperoned, on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with a fine eye for beauty could do far worse.

But Evie's proposal comes with a condition: no lovemaking after their wedding night. She will never become just another of the dashing libertine's callously discarded broken hearts--which means Sebastian will simply have to work harder at his seductions...or perhaps surrender his own heart for the very first time in the name of true love.
So when I found out that Evie and Sebastian were going to be the main focus of the 3rd book in the Wallflowers, I wasn't sure how I was going to like it. Of the four women, Evie was the hardest one to get to know. Her shy nature made it hard to truly understand who she was as a character but I was still excited to see her story. And St. Vincent, y'all, was not a good guy in the last book so why Lisa Kleypas made him the love interest in this one blows my mind. However, there was nothing for me to fear because I loved Devil in Winter just as much as I loved the other books in the series thus far.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Review: Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

           Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler
Release Date: November 17, 2015 
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary  
Source: Beta Reader for Author/ARC
Reagan Forrester wants out—out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas.

Victoria Reyes wants in—in to a fashion design program, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn't go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won't stand out for being Mexican.

One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they’re staying together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn’t look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective... only to learn she's set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria runs full-speed toward all the things she thinks she wants… only to realize everything she’s looking for might be in the very place they've sworn to leave.

As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don't know about each other's pasts. And when each learns what the other’s been hiding, they'll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.
Y'all, when I was given the chance to Beta read this novel for Dahlia, I was so excited. Not only did it sound fabulous but it had an Indian love interest (YASSSS--also how I got to Beta; I'm all about accurate representation). Just Visiting was my first  book by Dahia Adler and it won't be the last. Probably one of the best YA bridge books I've read in a long time--the bridge between high school and college--Just Visiting is all about that time in our lives where we have to make life altering decisions.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

In January I Resolve To...

I thought long and hard about making a resolutions list this year and I decided that this year, I wouldn't create one. But I love lists and making goals so I'm going to create a goals post for every month. This isn't like a TBR though! It won't be specific books I want to read or anything. I'm too much of a mood reader for that. Instead, it's going to be a small list of goals I want in each of the categories below that I want to accomplish in that month. I'll be updating this post at the end of the month with everything that has been done!  

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Seasons Readings: Springing into Books

Summer shines, Spring blossoms, Winter glistens and Autumn crunches. Seasons affect our lives constantly. As part of Nori’s Book Blogger Creativity Project #BBCreativityProject, the Hot Pink Team are celebrating and honouring the seasons with some special book posts over the next month.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

When You Fall Out of Love

Love by Leanna Platts CC BY 2.0

This is not the post I thought I'd be writing today. I was going to have a book review or another discussion up but not this post. Why? Because writing this post, telling you all what this is about scares me. It's terrifying to think that writing these words will give one aspect to this issues I'm not sure I want: certainty. When I put words down, on a computer or paper, it's far too certain for me. And yet, here I am, typing up these words for the whole world to see. But let me back up a little and explain to you why I'm writing this post. And, I want to tell you a story.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleyas

           It Happened One Autmn by Lisa Kleyas
Series: Wallflowers #2
Release Date: September 27, 2005
Publisher: Avon 
Source: Borrowed from Library 
Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

It happened at the ball...

Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren't entirely "the thing." And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London's most eligible aristocrat.

It happened in the garden...
When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously—swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn't even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed...thank goodness they weren't caught very nearly in the act!

It happened one autumn...
Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable...as his bride?
I can't remember the last series I fell in love with before I came across the Wallflowers Series. After reading each book, I have to get my hands on the next installment and at this point I have four more books in this series. Anyways, when I came across It Happened One Autumn, I was surprised and excited to see that Marcus Marsden was the love interest to Lillian Bowman. I loved him in the prequel and Lillian was the fiery, opinionated Wallflower I connected most to so seeing them come together was a pleasure!

Review: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

           Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers #1
Release Date: October 13, 2009
Publisher: Avon Books
Source: Borrowed from Library 
Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle's most intriguing -- and persistent -- admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition ... but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon -- and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon's passionate embrace and tempting kisses ... and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.
So after falling in love with Again the Magic, I was eager to start the Wallflowers series. Kelly and Alexis both loved the series and I was ready to find out what all of the hype was about. Secrets of a Summer Night is one of those books I love to read when I’m bored or in a bad mood: well written, romantic, and a fun read. But I didn’t expect the one things that made me fall in love with the Wallflowers: the friendship between the four women. Secrets of a Summer Night, while not my favorite of the series, is worth a read for anyone and everyone.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

           Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Wallflowers 0.5
Release Date: January 1, 2004
Publisher: Avon
Source: Library 
She gave him her innocence…

Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father's estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable—John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside…an exile from London society.

…and he took her love.
Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned—more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before. His ruthless plan is to take revenge on the woman who shattered his dreams of love. But the magic between them burns as bright as ever. And now he must decide whether to let vengeance take its toll…or risk everything for his first, and only, love.
When it comes to prequels for adult romance novels, they tend to be about one hundred or so pages. So imagine my surprise when this prequel to Lisa Kleypas's Wallflowers was a full length novel at 391 pages! I'd had this series on my radar for years but it wasn't until I read Kelly's reviews of the series that I decided I'd finally check them out from the library and see how I felt about it. Needless to say, I loved Again the Night and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Summer of Siblings

Whenever I hear talk about things missing in young adult books, absent parents always comes up. Missing Parents in YA is a problem, yes, but so is the lack of siblings in young adult books. Whether the main character is an only child or has a sibling in the background there are far less books with siblings that are present in the lives of the main character(s). It’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while this summer and when I decided to write more about my own relationship with my siblings, I thought I’d tie it into books (after all, the majority of this blog is about books).

Monday, August 10, 2015

Review: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

           Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Release Date: May 5, 2015 
Publisher: Viking Juvenile  
Source: Library
Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.
If y’all don't know, I love Sarah Dessen. I’ve reviewed two of my favorites from her on the blog recently and when I heard about Saint Anything, I had to get my hands on it. Billed as the darkest book Dessen’s written, Saint Anything should have become my new favorite Dessen. Instead, I wasn’t as impressed by Saint Anything as I wished I had been. While I loved some of the characters in this novel, I wasn’t as happy with the family relationships and the romance that was a part of this novel. Furthermore, the supporting cast of characters I’ve come to love from a Dessen novel bothered me to some degree.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Review: Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

           Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After #2
Release Date: December 30, 2014  
Publisher: Avon
Source: Borrowed/Gift 
Your presence is requested at romantic Twill Castle for the wedding of Miss Clio Whitmore and . . . and . . . ?

After eight years of waiting for Piers Brandon, the wandering Marquess of Granville, to set a wedding date, Clio Whitmore has had enough. She's inherited a castle, scraped together some pride, and made plans to break her engagement.

Not if Rafe Brandon can help it. A ruthless prizefighter and notorious rake, Rafe is determined that Clio will marry his brother—even if he has to plan the dratted wedding himself.

So how does a hardened fighter cure a reluctant bride's cold feet?

● He starts with flowers. A wedding can't have too many flowers. Or harps. Or cakes.

● He lets her know she'll make a beautiful, desirable bride—and tries not to picture her as his.

● He doesn't kiss her.

● If he kisses her, he definitely doesn't kiss her again.

● When all else fails, he puts her in a stunning gown. And vows not to be nearby when the gown comes off.

● And no matter what—he doesn't fall in disastrous, hopeless love with the one woman he can never call his own.
This book was everything I was hoping it would be and more. I read this within hours of buying the book and had a huge book hangover afterwards. Romancing the Duke is still my favorite (hello, Ransom <3 <3 <3 <3) but Say Yes to the Marquess came pretty close. Unlike the first book where the castle represented an escape for the main character, the castle given to Clio was her independence. This castle was Clio's way of breaking away from all of the things that tied her down and her way of  finding love. It was also the way she put herself first.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Review: The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima

           The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
Series: Seven Realms #4
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Book
Source: Library
A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed — Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.

Now, once again, the queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible. Tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she’s falling in love.

Navigating the cutthroat world of blueblood politics has never been more dangerous, and former streetlord Han Alister seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.
Everyone always talks about reviewing that one book. That one book where they have so many thoughts and emotions that words are just not enough. So hopefully gifs will help you all understand my thoughts (which this is my first review on the site, this was about my fifth time reading the book but the review will be based on the first time I read it):

Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

           A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thrones and Roses #1
Release Date: May 5, 2015 
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's 
Source: Library 
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!
So this book. As I'm sitting here trying to write this review, I feel this sadness coming over me. Sadness, because unfortunalty, unlike the rest of the world, I didn't LOVELOVELOVELOVE A Court of Thorns and Roses. Frankly, I was bored through most of the book and the only reason I finished it was this childish "maybe it'll get better" mentality. Spoiler: it didn't. While the world and Feyre were my favorite part of this book, I wasn't a fan of the romance, the plot was disappointing for various reasons, and the pacing was SLOOOOOOW even though I loved the main character (and Lucien!) and the world was utterly fantastic!