Bookish Corner · Chick Lit · Contemporary · Romance · Young Adult

MINI REVIEWS OF 2 KASIE WEST NOVELS|2 IN 1 BOOK REVIEW

Kasie West is an author I got introduced to in 2018. So far I’ve read 2 novel of hers and 1 short story. Here are the mini reviews of the 2 novels I’ve read of hers.

1. By Your Side: It was just a fine read for me. Though the characters were gorgeous and charming, the plot was unnecessarily complicated. I did not like how West tried to tackle the love triangle. What she tried, required a thorough exploration of emotions and that was not done. It was a fluffy YA and should have been kept at just that! I don’t like things done half way. Like if you want to do a chick lit, ace that. Don’t try to throw in some complications just for the sake of some brownie critic points! Specially if you can’t do justice to that!

Though brooding and mysterious Dax, gets it a 3.5☆ from me.

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2. Fill-in Boyfriend, is a slow burn feel-good romance with the ‘fake dating trope’. It instantly became one of my favourite YA contemporary romances. Light, simple and fluffy, this book is a perfect weekend read. Hayden and Hannah will make you swoon!

It’s a 5☆ from me.

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Have you read a Kasie West? What’s your thought on these?😀

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Young Adult

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman|Book Review

Title: Heartstopper

Author: Alice Oseman

Pages: 278 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Diverse Romance(LGBT+), Young Adult

Publication Date: October, 2018

Publisher: Self Published

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.
Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

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I closely follow Melanie and Amy‘s book recommendations and kinda always lurk around their blog and Insta. So when both of them raved about Heartstopper together, I just knew I need to read this book right away! Like asap!!!!!

And Oh Boy! It’s one of the MOST adorable books I’ve ever read.

Charlie and Nick are so Sweet!!!! Their romance so heart warming. And cute and pure. And innocent. Illustrations are amazing and you just breeze through it. I read the whole thing in like 4 hours!

It’s so freaking cute. Too much for my little heart! Stay calm! *breathe in* *breathe out*

Do you love Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli? You’ll love this even more!! It’s so much better than Simon. I mean, you think it can’t get better. But Wait. And read this already!

It is a self published YA LGBT+ web comic that has been acquired by Harper and will be published as a graphic novel in February 2019.

Important topics like gender fluidity, bisexuality, homosexuality, homophobia, all has been addressed is an easy way. And I can’t stress on how important these books are for children to form a perspective. About themselves and others too.

READ IT ASAP! YOU’RE MISSING OUT ON SOMETHING AWESOME!

P.S.: I read this book late November and wrote the review then. But somehow forgot to publish it!😅

My Rating: 5/5


Contemporary · Romance · Young Adult

OUR YEAR OF MAYBE by RACHEL LYNN SOLOMON | BOOK REVIEW

Title: Our Year Of Maybe

Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon

Pages: 384 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Diverse Romance, Young Adult

Publication Date: January 15, 2019

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush.

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Mystery/Suspense · Thriller · Young Adult

SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE by MICHELE CAMPBELL | Book Review (Contains one minor spoiler)

Title: She Was The Quiet One

Author: Michele Campbell

Pages: 444 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Publication Date: January 10, 2018

Publisher: HQ


For Rose Enright, enrolling in a prestigious New England boarding school is the opportunity of a lifetime. But for Rose’s vulnerable twin sister Bel, Odell Academy is a place of temptation and danger. When Bel falls in with a crowd of wild rich kids who pressure her into hazing Rose, the sisters’ relationship is shattered. Rose turns to her dorm mother, Sarah Donovan, for advice. But Bel turns to Sarah’s husband Heath, a charismatic and ambitious teacher. Is Heath trying to help Bel or take advantage of her? In a world of privilege, seduction, and manipulation, only one sister will live to tell the truth.

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She Was The Quiet One is a compelling psychological thriller and turned out to be different from what I expected it to be. I expected the drama to mainly revolve around Sarah and Heath’s relationship while Bel and Rose being a part of it. But what I got was a teen hostel drama with mean girls and their far fetched bullying.😅

It begins with Bel and Rose’s mother passing away and their Grandmother taking up their guardianship and eventually enrolling them at a posh and prestigious boarding school Odell. Once there, Rose gets Sarah as her mentor and Bel gets Heath. And the drama starts to unfold….

It’s not that twisty but the thrill is there. You know one of the sister died but you don’t know which one and it was a great element of the storytelling.

The writing is effortless and weaves together a simple plot with complicated emotions. The combination is captivating.

The characters… umm.. well I found Heath and Sarah’s quite intriguing while that of Bel’s somewhat annoying.

The relationships and the turns they took were definitely real in all their forms. Their fears, selfishness and care. I think that is what stood out the most to me.

There was a part where Bel finally realises that what she felt about Heath was a strong admiration and not romantic love. At an young age it can hard to confront and look through these feelings. I know because I myself have had such feelings for a boy I admired. And had a tough time differentiating and validating my specific feeling of such strong admiration. Which can very easily be confused with love. But even if it gets requited it can’t fulfil your desire because you never wanted that from them in first place. You wanted the attention and the validation from them.

I have a contradicting feeling the about the climax. It felt bit stretched but there also was quite an adrenaline rush!🤷‍♀️

My Rating: 3.75/5


She Was The Quiet One’ is available as Paperback, Hardcover, E-book and Audio book.

Buy Links : Amazon(IN), Amazon(UK)

Contemporary · Young Adult

ARE WE ALL LEMMINGS AND SNOWFLAKES? by HOLLY BOURNE

IMG_20180727_184112_482.jpgTitle: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes

Author:  Holly Bourne

Pages: 400 pages (Paperback)

P.O.V: 1st person

Genre: Mental Health, Young – Adult, Contemporary

Publication Date: 9 August 2018

Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd.

 

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Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to Continue reading “ARE WE ALL LEMMINGS AND SNOWFLAKES? by HOLLY BOURNE”

Fantasy · Young Adult

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

IMG_20180706_130431_179Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Author:  Sarah J. Maas

Pages: 272 pages (Paperback)

P.O.V: Multiple

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

Publication Date: 8 May 2018

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

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Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a Continue reading “A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas”