Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review - When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

My Favorite Quotes/Lines:

“Strange things were happening in the pit of his stomach. Fun things.”

“Even his eyebrows looked embarrassed, somehow. Dimple felt a little bad for him. But not that bad, because he was the one who’d said it.”

“And then, once you’d been together awhile, bam. The gauzy lust-curtain fell away and you realized you’d married an alligator with bad breath.”

“The realization was alarming. Concerning. And not altogether unwelcome.”
“...but all he felt was this warm, almost gooey feeling in his chest. Like his heart was wrapped in microwaved Nutella.”

4 out of 5 gnomes

Dimple & Rishi is a pretty darn adorable book.  

When they first meet, they couldn't be any more different. Dimple is about as nontraditional as she can get and Rishi is all about tradition. Both characters are well written and will make you feel for them.

It gives you a look at tradition versus new and whether arranged marriage could work for them. There are some great characters and chemistry abounds.

The banter between Dimple and Rishi is very well done. It's a fun read for the most part as you get to know them and see their relationship grow. They slowly well as cliche as it sounds they find themselves.

The story gives a great look at culture and identity and the ending especially feels like a Rom Com movie. It's the kind of book that will just make you smile while reading it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - The Love Interest

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich


* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“If an oddly shaped nose is enough to get rejected, I’m sure my pale, weirdly hairy body isn’t far behind.”

“Some people,” I say, “would say if laughter is a manipulation it’s the best one there is. It makes people feel good. Who cares how that end is achieved?”

“He grins. “You know what I think? I think you’re a great actor. I know you’re lying, yet I find myself believing you. It’s truly a rare gift.

“It doesn’t matter,” I say. “She’s the hero of this story, so how I feel is irrelevant.”

“No freaking way. They’re faint, and only visible when I’m smiling, but this fact is unavoidable: they gave me dimples.”

“No one finds the love of their life while they’re a teenager.” “You haven’t read any YA novels recently, have you?”

“An informed Love Interest is an effective Love Interest.”

“Of the two of us, he’s better-looking. By a wide margin. After everything I’ve done to turn myself into the perfect Nice, he could win because of his pretty eyes and stupidly cute smile. It’s bullshit.”

“Now I know why they’re so popular. The very air of this place is delicious.”

“For the first time, I start to wonder if love is, in fact, necessary.”

“Did she just say frigging? My favorite fake swearword? Be still, my beating heart.”

“I may not be Nice, but that doesn’t make me mean.”

“What would Juliet think if she saw us side by side with our shirts off? Whose body would she prefer? I have a feeling it’d be his. I prefer his.”

Crap! I like him. Good job, brain, you can’t have him, so you decide you want him. Typical.

“I can’t help but be myself when I’m around him, and that’s dangerous.

“And if I’ve learned anything, it’s that my real feelings only hurt me.”

“Stupid feelings, making me all soft.”

Of course I like you. I like three things: Nicki Minaj, Star Wars, and you.

“We live in a world where a piece of information can kill careers or start wars.”

“My life has had so much darkness but it’s the sparks of joy, like his smile, I think of now.”

“I have one idea, and it’s risky. But it is what a protagonist would do.”

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review - The Love Interest


The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

5 out of 5 gnomes

This book was intense and awesome all rolled up into one. I loved how it played with the whole ideas/tropes of two love interests in a story and amped everything way up from there.

Our main character has spent his entire life at the LIC learning how to be a Love Interest. The Interests are divided into Nice guys and Bad guys. They then compete for the target, the winner gets the girl and the loser dies.

There's built in drama of course but just when you think you know where the story's going, you're in for a surprise. The whole spy/wondering who to trust really pulls you into the story.

Caden and Dyl have some solid chemistry and it makes the story seriously shine. The relationships scripted and not are really well done.

The whole book would make one heck of an intriguing TV show or movie. The last half especially has some great action/sci-fi scenes.

The only slight misstep to me was the epilogue, I think ending before it would have been even better. Plus I wanted to know more specifics of how the ending changed them and the world.

Overall strong world building and characters you'll really care about. I'm looking forward to whatever this author writes next.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Goodbye Batman

Goodbye My Batman

Adam West will always be my Batman, his Batman showed that the character doesn't have to be all dour darkness to work.

I wasn't born in the 60's when the show originally aired but saw reruns when I was younger. The show meant a lot to me because it's just so bright, positive and fun. I believe it's where I got my love of awesome alliteration and words in general. 

West just always seemed like such a jovial guy in everything that he did. I'll miss his colorful characters and unforgettable utterances.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

“They wanted what was best for their charges, as did she. It was simply that they had very different ideas of what “best” meant.”

“If her hair was white now, and her skin was soft with wrinkles and memories, well, that was no matter at all. There was still something unfinished around her eyes; she wasn’t done yet. She was a story, not an epilogue.”

“‘Real’ is a four-letter word, and I’ll thank you to use it as little as possible while you live under my roof.”

“Because hope is a knife that can cut through the foundations of the world,” said Sumi.”

“Because they’re the wrong colors, right? Somebody else’s rainbow.”

“We’ve much to do, and time does insist on being linear here, because it’s awful.”

“I never did like to leave a story unfinished.”

“We are in a material place. Blood flows in your veins. Try to keep it there.”

“We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.”

“Sumi was a reason for other people to scream.”

“That’s because Narnia was a Christian allegory pretending to be a fantasy series, you asshole,” said one of the other boys.”

“This world is unforgiving and cruel to those it judges as even the slightest bit outside the norm.”

“I don’t like corpses in that way unless they’ve been reanimated,” said Jack. “Corpses are incapable of offering informed consent, and are hence no better than vibrators.”

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review - Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)


Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

5 out of 5 gnomes

Wow wow wow, talk about short but sweet. This story isn't very long but it draws you right in. I adore the whole mythology of it all, very fairy tale plus. It's like if Alice in Wonderland opened up a school for every other child who has ever gone down a rabbit hole/opened a door to a mysterious world.

This school tries to help them with the fact that they might never go back to these worlds that feel so much like home.

The drama comes from many of these worlds being so different which means some of the students just intrinsically don't get along.

It's intriguing hearing about all these worlds and their many different rules. Then it turns into a straight up horror/murder mystery. Some of the worlds were a lot more happy than others.

The characters are all so well written. One of the victims stories is especially heartbreaking with so few words. You'll find yourself caring so much about these characters and wanting to know more about the worlds they've seen.

Check out this story ASAP if you love fantastic fantasy.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sentence Sneak Peek - Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

The first sentence from each chapter of Every Heart a Doorway, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.


* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

THE GIRLS WERE NEVER present for the entrance interviews.”

THE HABIT OF NARRATION, of crafting something miraculous out of the commonplace, was hard to break.”

SUMI WAS RESTLESS, in the way of the living, but even for the living, she was fast.”

ACCORDING TO WHAT Nancy’s parents had told her about the school, the mandatory group therapy had been one of the big selling points.”

THE BUILDING WAS BIGGER than its population, filled with empty rooms and silent spaces. But all of them felt like they harbored the ghosts of the students who had tried— and failed— to find their way back to the worlds that had rejected them, and so Nancy fled to the outside.”

MORNING CLASSES HAD BEEN canceled; they resumed after lunch.”

ALL THE STUDENTS had been gathered in the dining hall, most dragged from their beds by either Angela’s shrieks or the staff pounding on their doors.”

LUNDY STOOD IN the doorway, eyeing the pair suspiciously.”

JACK DESCENDED THE STAIRS as if they had personally challenged her, taking them two and three at a time, until Christopher had to jog to keep pace.”

LUNCH WAS A STILTED affair, with no one talking and few students actually eating.”

KADE AND CHRISTOPHER gathered Jack up; Kade and Christopher carried Jack away, while Nancy stood, frozen and temporarily forgotten, in the shadows on the porch.”

JACK’S EYES WERE OPEN and fixed on the ceiling.”


WITHOUT JACK TO HELP, disposing of Lundy’s body was more difficult: no one really wanted to go into the basement save for Christopher and Nancy, and they didn’t know enough about chemicals to dissolve her safely.”

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review - The Dark Prophecy

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan


My Favorite Quotes/Lines:

"Vaya con queso.”

"I often speak without the benefit of forethought. Usually it works out. Sometimes it leads to improvisational masterpieces, like the Renaissance or the Beat movement. I had to hope this would be one of those times."

"Too many questions crowded in my head. I wanted to divide myself into a dozen different manifestations so I could pursue every answer at once, but alas, mortals don’t split easily."

"I chopped those onions
With my own ex-godly hands
You’d better eat them"

"HITTEST ME WITH THY BEST SHOT."

"How did I know the basics of a fast-food kitchen, you ask? I had discovered the singer Pink while she was working at McDonalds. I found Queen Latifah at Burger King. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in such places. You can’t discount any site where you might find talent."

"He put those words in air circles (since air quotes had not yet been invented)."

"It’s not how long you live that matters. It’s what you live for.”

"On the list of things that freaked me out, seven-year-old girls who giggled about death were right at the top, along with reptiles and talking weapons."

"As any Mount Olympian custodian can tell you, ammonia is an excellent cleaning agent for monsters and other blemishes."

5 out of 5 gnomes

I adore this series, Seeing all things from the ex-godly point of view is entertaining as always. Apollo trying to be human and get along with demigods is entertaining, especially those he should remember more about but can’t.

Seeing Leo, Calypso, and other characters from past series continue to change and grow makes for a great read too.

Finding all these prophets/oracles and escaping the big bads continues to have a lot of obstacles. Lester/Apollo has plenty of issues and trauma from the past/being immortal so long.

His interactions with Meg are always something because even though he has to listen to her there’s still something there. You can tell that they both really care about each other too.

The humor and heart of it all really make this series special. You’ll go from hearing about battle ostriches to heartbreaking stories about Apollo’s past and possibly scary future.

I love the history of these characters and the continuing to evolve mythology. It should be very interesting to see what happens next. I just don’t know how happily this series can end or what exactly that might look like. I look forward to finding out though because each new quest is leading in some pretty dark directions/intriguing places.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review - The Vampire's Accidental Wife

The Vampire’s Accidental Wife by Kristen Painter


My Favorite Quotes/Lines:

“I am who I am.” She spread her arms wide. “And this is who I am.”

“Never stop being you. It’s what made me fall for you.”

“Desi kept her smile on. “I hear ginko biloba is good for that.”

Review:

5 out of 5 gnomes

This, this book was everything I love about the series. All the familiar characters and some awesome new ones.

I really liked the set up for this book. Seeing more of Julian is always a plus. He and Desi have clear chemistry and their relationship is well done. The build up of everything was great, no instalove here, it all felt earned.

Desi and Julian are a good match because they are both strong and bring out the best in each other. She's not one to take grief from anybody, like when she meets his family.

I was surprised by the bad guy and the solution they came up with. Most of the time I can tell who the big bad will be but this was not one of those times.

The Ellingham family dynamic continues to be extremely entertaining. Especially Eleanora, their grandmother.

My favorite character though, has to be Birdie. She’s just so funny and her interactions with everybody are always really entertaining. Hopefully she get’s her own book one of these days.

Overall, this was one of the strongest books in the series so far. I look forward to continuing to read more about the awesomeness that is Nocturne Falls.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sentence Sneak Peek - The Vampire's Accidental Wife

The Vampire’s Accidental Wife by Kristen Painter

The first sentence from each chapter of The Vampire’s Accidental Wife, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“For the briefest of moments, Julian Ellingham awoke thinking tonight was going to be just like every other night of his life.”

“My darling Desi, we had quite an evening.”

“Julian stared out the windows of his penthouse in the Excelsior.”

“Desi knew she should be dreaming by now.”

“While Desi packed, Julian stood on the balcony and stared down at the city below.”

“With her elbows propped on her knees, Desdemona let out an exhausted sigh and rested her head in her hands.”

“Desi had imagined Julian’s home would have one of two styles.”

“Maybe the women were extra clingy this evening, but Julian felt like he hadn’t had three minutes without one wrapped around him, holding out her phone for her friends to take a picture.”

“The Ryde driver glanced back at Desdemona.”

“Quarter after midnight.”

“Desi sat cross-legged on her bed, wearing a pair of leggings and an oversized tee she usually reserved for spa days.”

“Next on Julian’s to-do list was an unannounced visit to his grandmother.”

“Desdemona blinked up at the ceiling.”

“Julian had heard and understood what she’d said, but it took a moment for the words to register.”

“Julian didn’t expect her to answer instantly with a yes, but he also hadn’t expected her to sit there looking at him like he’d suddenly developed a gaping head wound.”

“Anything important?”

“The delicious aroma of coffee awakened Desi.”

“Desi watched with great interest as two very handsome men and two very beautiful women (one with a baby on her hip) streamed into the room.”

“That was… very you.”

“Desi paced the expanse of Julian’s living room while he looked at the list of names she’d forwarded to him.”

“Julian squinted at her.”

“The dreams that woke Desi were uncommon.”

“Of course,” Julian said.”

“The pancakes were everything Julian had promised, but they still weren’t quite enough to take Desi’s mind off a few things.”

“On a whim, Julian drove to Pandora’s office.”

“Julian knocked three times on the door of the Pinehurst Inn’s number five room.”

“The itch burning up the back of Julian’s neck and the cotton filling his head told him all he needed to know.”

“The lake proved a dead end.”

“Birdie parked in the alley behind the pharmacy, making the whole thing feel like some super clandestine affair, which maybe it sort of was, considering they were here for a drug with such a shady reputation.

“That way.”

“Watching Julian go after the hunter helped take Desi’s mind off the pain of having a crossbow bolt sticking out of her shoulder.”

“Hospital chairs weren’t the most comfortable things in the world, but sitting in one as Julian had been for the last few hours was still far better than the sheet of plywood he’d been strapped to.”

“After being released from the hospital the following morning, Desi had expected a leisurely day at home with her husband.”

“Julian stood between his brothers, watching Alice with great curiosity.”

“Do you, Julian Fitzwalter Ellingham, take this woman again to be your lawfully wedded wife?”