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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Binge Read a Series: Hidden Legacy by llona Andrews

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The covers for these series may not be even remotely exciting but I can promise you that these books are worth the read. If you don’t live beneath a rock, you may be familiar with the works of powerhouse Ilona Andrews. Kate Daniels was all the rage back in the day (and I think the series is still ongoing??) and almost everyone I knew loved those books. I enjoyed them but never fell in love the way so many of my friends/acquaintances had. However, when I read Burn for Me back in 2014, I was sucked in forever and ever.

I was so upset when I found out that White Hot had been pushed back to 2017 because that meant I had to wait 2.5 years for a sequel. 2.5 YEARS PEOPLE. THATS LONGER THAN A HUMAN SHOULD HAVE TO WAIT. Fortunately, Ilona Andrews delivered and made that wait worth it. Unfortunately, with books 2 & 3 coming out in quick succession, I had to say goodbye to these characters and was s.a.d.

However, dear reader, you have the opportunity of BINGE READING this series and savoring these books without the long painful waits I & many other fans have had to endure. So should you read these books? I might be being a tad redundant here but the answer is yes yes & yes. If you’re a fan, idek what you’re waiting for and you need to get out of here and pick the books up but if you’re not, then perhaps I need to put a little bit more effort into being persuasive.

Maybe you are a fellow connoisseur of adult urban fantasy novels and might agree that coming across new, intriguing worlds is hard. The world in the Hidden Legacy series is well developed and brings something new to the genre. It’s been a while since a UF series has caught my attention the way Hidden Legacy which is unfortunate but also just means that this series was THAT GOOD.

Nevada Baylor is the kind of character that Ilona Andrews nail. She is smart and takes no fucking shit from anyone. This doesn’t mean she is a recycled version of previous characters that they have done. SHE ISN’T. She is a born leader and perhaps doesn’t always ask for help when she should but that’s okay because she has a pushy family that would never let her feel as she is on her own. Good characters are fun to read about but they wouldn’t be nearly as interesting if they didn’t have good support systems and a good supporting cast to enhance their journeys and the Baylor clan is my fav.

There is also a steaming hot, banter-y romance for those that care. Rogan is a little pushy sometimes but it works out because Nevada pushes back with twice as much strength. They complement each other very well and honestly, their banter is so so SO GOOD.

Basically, you need this series in your life for several reasons but if you want to find a new bookish family to love in a magical, scary world, the Hidden Legacy books are the way to go.

 

A Letter Was Found in the Pages Of Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

A Letter Was Found in the Pages Of Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Posted by on 07/28/2017 • 2 Comments

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Dear person reading this,

You might be wondering why I chose this page to write in & that is for several reasons including OTP feels but really, even if you haven’t read this book, you can relate to the way words move these characters in these pages. CATH CROWLEY is easily one of my fav authors and her words never fail to move me. Words in a Deep Blue was no different. The words in this book will make you cry, will make you laugh and most likely, the words in this book will change your life. Read it.

Love, Rashika

***images used in aesthetic do not belong to me***

5 Hot Espressos

The Princess Bride Meets The Emperor’s New Groove: The Emperor’s Ostrich by Julie Berry

The Princess Bride Meets The Emperor’s New Groove: The Emperor’s Ostrich by Julie Berry

Posted by on 07/27/2017 • 0 Comments

I feel like aesthetics for middle grade novels are fairly uncommon but The Emperor’s Ostrich is so laugh-out loud hilarious and really just lends itself to aesthetics. It’s got adventure, an unexpected romance (b/w a cow and an ostrich) & magic.

As the title of this post suggests, I believe that this book can best be described as The Princess Bride meets The Emperor’s New Groove. What happens when a spoilt man-child is on the verge of getting control of an entire empire? Why of course, he must be taught a lesson! Magic, mayhem and adventure ensue and a young dairy maid might be the answer to all. Basically, this book will make you LOL and draw you in for a ride. READ IT or give it to people who read middle grade. Seriously.

Rashika’s Guide to Reading What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Rashika’s Guide to Reading What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Posted by on 07/07/2017 • 4 Comments

I felt like doing something a little different for this incredibly amazing book so I took some inspiration from the book (unfortunately, the title of this post references a terrible thing that happens… whoops) and decided to make a guide to reading What to Say Next.

1. Go grocery shopping before diving in. Make sure you buy Kleenex and stock up on your comfort foods. You will be needing those things very soon.

2. Prepare for a heartbreaking discussion on grief and death. If that’s not something you can do right now, probably don’t read the book but if you do choose to, there will be tears if you are a human bean (refer to the first point in this guide.)

3. Pace yourself because you’re in for a serious bookish hangover…

Book Aesthetic: Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourne

Book Aesthetic: Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourne

Posted by on 07/05/2017 • 3 Comments

If you’re expecting this book to change your life, you’re probably going to be disappointed but it IS a perfectly, enjoyable summer book and not everything we read needs to revolutionize our lives. I, for one, have been too tired and too overheated lately to read books that will change my life so Wesley James Ruined My Life was the perfect read for me.

Is Quinn Hardwick stubborn as fuck and will you want to shake some sense into her? For SURE but the book also has so many feel-good vibes and part of the fun is when she does realize she is in the wrong. Quinn is stubborn and holds grudges for all the wrong reasons but we can all be stubborn sometimes and I for one am still angry…

A Powerful Novel about Grief: The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano

A Powerful Novel about Grief: The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano

Posted by on 06/30/2017 • 2 Comments

Back in the day, everyone would rave about DeStefano’s YA series but I never really got around to reading the Wither series. Years later, here I am raving about DeStefano’s middle grade series. I honestly cannot imagine if her YA books could be any better or honestly, if any YA book could even tackle grief the way DeStefano does in every single one of the middle grade books I’ve read by her.

So probably there is some book out there that does grief better BUT THATS NOT THE POINT OF THIS REVIEW. The point of this review is so that I can sing The Girl with the Ghost Machine praises because series, this book hits you right in the fucking feels.

Emmaline Beaumont’s father starts building a ghost machine when her…

A Poignant Novel That Deals With Immigration: The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

A Poignant Novel That Deals With Immigration: The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Posted by on 06/16/2017 • 2 Comments

Maybe you know or maybe you have no idea who I even am or how you ended up on this site but Randa Abdel-Fattah changed my life when I was a kid. On more than one occasion, I’ve talked about how Does My Head Look Big In This is one of the three most important books in my life that helped redefine how I felt about my identity and about myself as a human being. So, when I heard that she had a new book coming out, I was over the moon. Of course, this was ages ago and this was when the book was coming out in Australia and I was all the way here, sad because I didn’t think I’d get to read the book. Then I found out…

For the summer feel-good vibes: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

For the summer feel-good vibes: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Posted by on 06/15/2017 • 1 Comment

I honestly cannot believe I haven’t seen more hype for I Believe in A Thing Called Love because it is one of my favorite books of the year (out of the 100 I’ve read so far.) It’s charming, a little unrealistic but PACKED with fun, joy, and general happiness.

Those are very general, descriptive terms that could describe any fluffy book that some people might write off all together but you know what? They would be missing out. For one, ‘fluff’ isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Charles Dickens wrote commercial fiction (and while it wasn’t fluff, he was getting paid by the sentence so those painfully boring pages weren’t because he was being ~literary~), Shakespeare’s works were definitely mean for entertainment, etc etc.

On the surface, I Believe in a Thing Called…