Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday: Vanguard

I don't usually do Can't Wait Wednesday which is hosted by Wishful Endings It's hard enough keeping up with my current tbr I never need to WAIT on a book. But today I discovered this book. And I. CANNOT. WAIT!!!

I absolutely LOVED Encave, Outpost, and Horde. You can read a review of Encave here.
Synopsis from Goodreads: The Razorland saga continues. Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, so when she has the opportunity to sign on as ship's doctor, she can't wait. It's past time to chart her course. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the free territories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet James Morrow would follow Tegan to the ends of the earth.

Their company seems set, but fate brings one more to their number. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding Szarok, the Uroch vanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange and beautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn't allow him close, as such a relationship is both alien and forbidden. But through stormy seas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.

Share your most anticipated new releases with me! 

Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth

Synopsis from Goodreads: In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth's stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

What I thought: 
           I was unprepared for the roller coaster of emotions that overtook me while reading Carve The Mark. It’s such an emotional fantasy novel. I didn’t want to put it down and when I did I couldn’t wait to get back to it. Carve the Mark was better than I expected.
          The whole plot was pieced together so delicately. The past, who made them who they are, the present, and the future selves they constant worry over. It is exactly why we shouldn’t be able to see our futures.
          Every character is in on the plot. The future everyone’s seen but are simultaneously trying to change it.
         Cyra is friendless and feared. She knows what’s expected of her and she’s always played that position well enough.  Until determined Akos comes along, telling her, she doesn’t have to be the person they’ve made her. Regardless of what she’s done, she was still worthy of mercy and redemption.
        Cyra had been afraid all her life, from her father first to her brother, Ryzek. Her only desire had been to live. But she realized, that as long as she worked with Ryzek, she was just one of his prisoners, like Akos. Akos has been desperate for years, since his kidnapping, through army training and earning armor, to do one thing, get his brother Eijeh and escape the city. Thanks to Ryzek, Eijeh doesn’t want to leave, making it an impossible task.
         I could say so much about this book but I don’t want to ruin any of the enjoyable waves of this book. Cyra, Akos and a patched together band of misfits will have to learn to work together, trust one another, and prepare the inevitable war approaching them.
         I love how Veronica Roth made each character a healthy balance of both good and bad. I love the current and the currentgift each person possesses thanks to the current. I am always interested and enthralled with EVERYONES currentgift. What would my currentgift be, if it comes from within us and who we are? I love the cultural difference of each nation and how much Cyra valued it.
        I’m just gleefully approaching the end, thinking, how will she sum this all up, I guess theres a few more pages.  But it was acknowledgments.  I was so disappointed. I still have so many questions I need answers to! More than I did even halfway through. And I can’t deny my own mental hang up. My lack of patience for waiting. My love of the characters dwindle around 12 months or so. I fear the second book will feel like its dragging a good story out. I enjoyed the fast paced feeling of this novel. I don’t want it to be too much. There adventures to be too big for them to overcome. And if she kills Cyra at the end I refuse to read another Veronica Roth book. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bookdate Monday

This meme is hosted by

The last book I finished reading was When Dimple Met Rishi, It was really good! 

I am currently reading, or just finished recently  Carve The Mark. SO GOOD. I still have a book hangover! Review coming soon.

My next read will be The Sun Is Also A Star. I'm so excited to read, hopefully I enjoy it as much as Everything, Everything

Share your Monday Readings with me! I'd love to check them out. 

When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Synopsis from Goodreads: The arranged-marriage YA romcom you didn't know you wanted or needed... 

Meet Dimple.

Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.

Meet Rishi.

He's rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she's got other plans...

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

My Review

UUUHHHH MMYYYY GOOODDDDSSSS!!! I just freaking LOVED this book.

It was incredibly over the top sweet. It was the type of book that made you feel all warm and fuzzy and just wanted to give it a hug, and curl up with it giddily to consume and devour. It was such a fun and pleasurable successful summer read.

Dimple is an Indian American recently high school grad obsessed with web development. Rishi, also Indian American and recent high school grad, is obsessed with doing the right thing. Rishi's parents and Dimple's parents arranged for the two to meet and get to know one another while working together on a summer web development program. Completely unbeknownst to Dimple. Dimple is over the moon excited. Rishi is only there for Dimple and to follow in the path so perfectly laid out by his parents. Of course Dimple is a rebel. She refuses to wear her mothers make up, ditch her glasses, or straighten her hair unnecessarily because her worth is in her amazing personality, her passion, her drive, her openness. I loved how much Dimple just wanted everyone to live up to their potential. Herself. Her roommate and new bestie Celia, and especially Rishi.

The book sets off to show how against Dimple is to listening to anything her mother tells her. She even seems a little bratty. In comparison to Rishi who is happy to go along with his parents plan for his life. As the story progresses, both have to learn to balance their own hopes and dreams for their lives with the path their parents want them to take. Dimple comes to understand her mothers point of view. And Rishi learns to go after what he wants, even if it's a little scary and not perfectly set.

Their love story is so cute! Rishi is head over heels in love with Dimple almost right off the bat. But it doesn't feel like insta love. I don't think I'd be down for this arranged marriage either. Every love story is different. Rishi loved Dimple but didn't even know her. He kept trying at first from duty to his family, not because she seemed particularly interesting, cool or pretty. So I absolutely loved Dimple. She only agreed to continue spending time with Rishi because she liked his characteristics. Until she fell in love with him. Not because her parents bullied her into it.

A great testament to Diversity. I love how proud Rishi was of his heritage. How he gladly took every opportunity to showcase it. Dimple as well, who disagreed with the rigid lines for women still respected and valued her culture.

I'm so happy I read When Dimple Met Rishi.