Posts By: Rashika

Monday, November 05, 2018

Midterms are tomorrow! PLEASE VOTE!

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Good morning, EVERYONE! I know there might be some of you who might be wondering why I am doing a blog post about voting but tomorrow is election day in the US and a significant number of our readers are from the US. So, here I am!!!!

Tomorrow is a big day. Many of us are going to spend all day tomorrow staring at a number of screens as our anxieties build and we wonder if there is any hope left. I know that for the most part, anyone who is reading this and can vote, will be voting and anyone who is reading this and isn’t planning on voting will unlikely to be swayed by this post but in the face of extreme helplessness, I feel like this is the least I can do. 

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, if you can vote, please do so. It is important not just for your town, city, county, state or country. It is important that you vote for the world. Think I am exaggerating? I am not. I wish I was, but I am not. The people you vote for have a say in a number of policies that would determine the US’s stance on key global issues (like climate change) and determine the kind of relationships the US has with the world around it. 

Here are a couple reminders:

-If you’re in line before the poll closes, don’t leave the line! You’re allowed to vote!

-If for whatever reason, your name isn’t on the voter roll or is spelled differently, you are allowed to ask for a provisional ballot! THEY CANNOT STOP YOU FROM VOTING.

There are tons and tons and tons of other helpful information out there if you need it but I thought the above two reminders were especially important. If I can help supplement any info, please let me know! I am rooting for the world and hoping civilization as we know it doesn’t crumble.

Holiday Reads

Holiday Reads

Posted by on 11/04/2018 • 2 Comments

It’s November so basically its December and also 2019. WOW the year has basically flown by. BUT because the holiday season is in full swing (starting with Diwali on Wednesday for me!) I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite holiday reads-this year with some of my favorite holiday romances. 

 

My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

All I Want for Christmas is a Duke 

(same)

 

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

 

Snow-Kissed by Laura Florand

Note: Please keep tissues on hand while…

Man-Hunting WHALES: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Man-Hunting WHALES: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Posted by on 10/31/2018 • 1 Comment

I think we need to get one thing clear right off the bat and that is that this book, And the Ocean Was Our Sky is fucking weird. And the Ocean Was Our Sky follows Bathsheba, who happens to be a whale. This book is 110% literary middle grade fiction and at times feels like it is trying too hard but you know what, I still thought it was great.

The entire time I was reading it, I couldn’t quite wrap my head around how weird it was that we had a whale narrator whose voice read very much like a human but also, the humans were the enemy. I definitely had no issues with the humans being the enemies since we all know humans suck but it was still…

Adorable and Emotional: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Adorable and Emotional: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Posted by on 10/24/2018 • 2 Comments

A Very Large Expanse of Sea is my first Tahereh Mafi book and I definitely hope it won’t be last. Reviewing this one is particularly hard because it was one of those books I ADORED while reading but a couple hours of reflection definitely allowed me to pick up on several holes within the plot and various arcs of the story.

The book hits on a particularly complex social issue that’s about as relevant today as it was two decades ago – islamophobia. This book is an #ownvoices tale and particularly so in that it is very much inspired by Mafi’s own experiences growing up after 9/11. One of my favorite things about this book is that sometimes, even when the sentences aren’t perfect or I have issues with…

The Bollywood Rom-Com We Deserve: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

The Bollywood Rom-Com We Deserve: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

Posted by on 10/22/2018 • 1 Comment

Two books out in a year with Indian MCs who aspire to be filmmakers? Is this a sign I should drop everything and become a filmmaker? Stay tuned to find out. Obviously this book isn’t about ~my~ so-called bollywood life but it is about Winnie Mehta’s so-called bollywood life.

My So-Called Bollywood Life basically reads like a bollywood film and I didn’t mind it ONE LITTLE BIT. There is a love triangle, lots of angst, kismet, a heroine with tons of dreams, and even a bollywood dance number.

Winnie has always thought Raj was her soulmate, after all, she’s been told her entirely life that their love is written in the stars, but when he suddenly breaks up with her and starts dating Jenny Dickens, Winnie is more…

Giveaway: The Witchlands Series

Giveaway: The Witchlands Series

Posted by on 10/15/2018 • 11 Comments

Today we are partnering with the lovely people over at Tor Teen to bring you this amazing opportunity to catch up on the New York Times Bestselling Witchlands series! Book three comes out next year SO ITS TIME TO READ THE BOOKS!

About the Series Series WebsiteGoodreads About the Author

SUSAN DENNARD is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange and Deadly series. She has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, slaying darkspawn on her…

The Perfect Anthology for Halloween: Toil & Trouble

The Perfect Anthology for Halloween: Toil & Trouble

Posted by on 10/12/2018 • 1 Comment

It is no secret that YA has been severely lacking with witchy content lately. I miss the delightful witchy pnr/urban fantasy that was so prominent in YA a couple years ago and I hope this anthology signals a comeback. SO. ANYWAY. When I heard about this anthology, I was ready for it. And it delivered. Like with any anthology, there were some stories that didn’t quite hit their potential, but I think I actually liked every single short story?? Which is quite a feat for an anthology.

I think my favorite thing about this anthology is just how much variety there is! It is extremely diverse but also, there is also just a huge variety in the kinds of stories being told. We get witch-y meet cutes, romances, horror, mystical,…

Extremely Soft: The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

Extremely Soft: The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

Posted by on 10/09/2018 • 0 Comments

Tessa Dare is one of those romance authors who slowly wormed her way into my heart. When I first read her back in 2013? 14? I wasn’t really a fan but the Castles Ever After series completely endeared her work to me. The Governess Game follows Alexandra Mountbatten. Alexandra shows up at the Duke of Belvoir’s residence to offer her services as a timekeeper. Somehow she wounds up being the governess to Reynaud’s two wards instead. 

TBH, I feel like a broken record because I say this about a lot of heroines in a lot of books but THERE IS NO AVOIDING IT. Alexandra Mountbatten is a great MC. I adore her. She is bookish, extremely smart and has peculiar interests (such as CLOCKS.) She is also extremely patient, kind and all…