Book Review: From Twinkle, with Love by: Sandhya Menon

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Geeks are smart and talented and passionate. I don’t think that’s a bad thing” From Twinkle, with Love by: Sandhya Menon

Initial Thoughts: I picked up From Twinkle, with Love because of the unique premise. I have read about many young adult teens who loved to disappear into a good book (what bookworm doesn’t?!). But I have never read a book about a young adult with an interest in film making.

Summary
From Twinkle, with Love

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you

The Review

From Twinkle, with Love is an epistolary novel told through the eyes of Twinkle Mehra, an aspiring filmmaker. Each of her letters are addressed to famous female directors Twinkle has admired ever since she was young such a Sofia Coppola and Nora Ephron.  The format reminded me a little of Stephen Chboksy’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, where the main character, Charlie, would address each of his letters/ diary entries to “friend.” Twinkle is a wallflower herself who has just recently lost her best friend Maddie to the silk feathered hats (aka the popular girls). Twinkle refers to herself as a groundling, a reference to Shakespeare’s time when the poor (who couldn’t afford the balcony) had to stand on the ground for hours and watch the play. Continue reading

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Book Tour & Review: Wings of Flesh and Bone by Cathrina Constantine

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Initial Thoughts: I would just like to say a huge thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of the book tour and to write a review for Cathrina Constantine’s novel Wings of Flesh and Bone.

Wings of Flesh and Bones
Cathrina Constantine
Publication date: April 13th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

An Angel. A Witch. A Demon. And A Choice.

Creatures from outer realms suck, as any gatekeeper worth their salt will tell you. Welcome to Rogan’s life, an orphaned seventeen-year-old who lives and trains with other misfits under her uncle’s roof, keeping Earth safe from non-human realm jumpers. Rogan’s biggest issue concerns her uncle’s short leash with her freedom—that is of course, until she’s taken by a notorious witch, and her life begins to unravel. Soon, the supernatural beauty discovers there’s a reason her uncle kept such a tight lock on her whereabouts, and that she has more than angel blood running through her veins.

Eighteen-year-old Max is an angel, and Rogan’s mentor and guardian. He’s well aware of her tenacious inability to obey orders, though he also knows she’s a fierce fighter. When he’s involved in a scheme that ultimately gets Rogan kidnapped, he must battle his way back to her in an attempt to save her from the darkness threatening to possess her.

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The Review

Wings of Flesh and Bones is an exciting and fast-paced young adult fantasy novel. From the moment I began reading Wings of Flesh and Bones, I was immediately impressed by the protagonist, Rogan. She is a strong female protagonist who has had enough of being overly guarded by her uncle, Castle and her mentor, Max. Rogan is strong and confident and a little bit rebellious. When Regan decides to sneak away one night from her uncle, she is suddenly kidnapped by a witch claiming to be her long lost mother. Suddenly, everything Rogan knew to be true about her ancestry and her powers was a lie. Rogan is not only part-angel, she is also part witch with untapped powers. Little does she know, a war is brewing in the realms and she is at the center of a prophecy where her choice will change the course of history forever. Continue reading

7 Books I Wish I Didn’t Read

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Everyone has a different taste in books. Some people like romantic novels with Mr. Darcy figures. Some people like Stephen King’s novels. Whenever I start reading a book and I end up disliking it, I tend to finish it anyway. I just can’t leave a book unfinished unless I have a very very good reason. Here are my top 7 books I wish I didn’t read…

    1. Elixir – Hilary Duff

Elixir (Elixir, #1)

Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, she has grown to be a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world. But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, Clea’s photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful man—a man she has never seen before.

When fate brings Clea and this man together, she is stunned by the immediate and powerful connection she feels with him. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance, and they discover the centuries old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fates, together they race against time to unravel their pasts in order to save their lives—and their futures.

I really don’t have a good excuse for picking this one up in the first place. When I first put this book on my reading list, I was in middle school. Can I judge my middle school self for wanting to read a book “written by” (but not really) Hilary Duff? Certainly not. Can I judge myself at twenty-something years old for taking the time to read Elixir? Absolutely. I have already ranted about this book at length in a review, but trust me when I say, it’s not even worth a good laugh or a trip down memory lane.

2. A Midsummer Night’s Scream – R. L. Stine
A Midsummer Night's Scream

Oh, what fools these actors be!

it was a horror movie that turned into real horror: Three young actors lost their lives while the cameras rolled. Production stopped, and people proclaimed the movie was cursed.

Now, sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. In a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire’s dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor, and Claire and her friends are dying to be involved.

This is probably one of the worst (if not the worst) book I had ever read. I don’t know if it is because I was in my late teens when I picked this one up, but this was one horribly constructed story. I probably should have known it wasn’t a masterpiece. When I bought A Midsummer Night’s Scream, it was reduced in price three times down to $2. What is so bad about it? Everything.

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Book Review: The Haunting of Hill House by: Shirley Jackson

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Initial Thoughts: For the longest time, Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” along with her novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle, has been on my to-read list for years. I ended up reading one of her lesser-known novels The Haunting of Hill House first. I have yet to read Jackson’s other works, but after reading The Haunting of Hill House, I can’t wait to tackle her other novels.

Summary

The Haunting of Hill House

The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre. First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting;’ Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. ” – Goodreads

The Review

When I first began reading Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, I expected it to be something along the lines of a ghost story. I sort of imagined Disney’s The Haunted Mansion, but much darker, like the horror movies I am too chicken to watch. Instead, as I began reading, I ended up having altogether a completely different impression.  Continue reading

Book Blitz: Dating Rules by: Keeley Holmes

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Dating Rules
Keeley Holmes
Publication date: May 29th 2018
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

Losing control is not an option for Izzy Shaw, something past experience has taught her. When you’re not in control, bad things happen. So when Parker Cole comes bustling into her life with his carefree manner, no full time job and his terrible Hawaiian shirts, she knows she should stay away.

For Parker, seeing Izzy at Penelope’s wedding stirred something in him. Izzy intrigues him. She’s attracted to him but she holds back and she doesn’t realise he sees this as a challenge. Usually when he wants something, he goes for it.

For Izzy, being attracted to a man and allowing herself to act upon it is defined by her rules. She lives by her rules, they protect her…

Parker is a rule breaker.

Over the course of 10 dates Parker has to persuade Izzy that he’s worth the risk, he has to persuade her that sometimes life doesn’t have to be all about rules, sometimes you have to walk on the edge to really appreciate living…

He will prove this to her, one date at a time.

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