Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
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Author: Sandy Menon
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Hardback
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

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.


I finished this last night and I wasn’t sure about how to rate it, mostly because I was very conflicted. I liked it but then again it didn’t left me with such emotion as some very scarce YA Contemporary’s have. I am not new to this genre but its my least favorite genre to go for, mostly cause I find it hard to find “good” YA Contemporary’s that I fully enjoy and this was one of those misses for me.

The book itself is not bad. I am in love with our characters.

Dimple Shah is not afraid to speak her mind and she is all out there to tell you like it is, especially if you are her mother. She is so certain of who she is and what she wants to become, very independent and unafraid to be herself.

Rishi is a dork. Like the dork of all dorks..dorks. He is so proper and is also very out there about what his beliefs are and what he wants in his life. He has his life planned out but also baring his parents wishes. I kinda related to him in a way where at one point in life I was doing what I was expected of me and wasn’t fully living, also he really did go over the moon for the people he cares about which is something I do so I appreciated that in his character.

Now we get to the iffy aspect of why I didn’t thoroughly enjoyed. Although this book was funny and very relatable I found it to be lacking in conflict. In the end this book was just about two kids falling in love, yeah the characters had their little history, baggage and insecurities to overcome but to put it bluntly the story surrounded them falling in love. They had this whole storyline where they went to this Con where they had to develop an app and I was so interested in that and we barely got to see the process of them working on the actual app. Dimple expresses constantly her love for coding and it’s obvious that she is pursuing a career she is passionate about. I just would’ve liked more scenes of Dimple and Rishi actively working on their app they are at the program for, in addition to all of the fun scenes that come from their summer together. It would’ve made the story more believable or more digestible for my liking when it comes to this genre.

If you love YA Contemporaries I think that you are going to LOVE this book it just wasn’t fully for me. Its cute, made me happy and it made me educate me when it comes to different cultures.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you guys think about it?

 

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Book Fair Purchases 2017.

logo2xThe International Book Fair happened this week in my city and I obviously went to check it out. I usually vlog this event but this year didn’t feel like it and its just been a weird couple of months so there is that.

There are A LOT of books and different publishers present at this event but I usually just go to the stores that have English books because 95% of the books that I read are in English.

SO I went to the book fair two times and I think you think that I bought like 10 books or something but honestly I only bought 3. It was my main goal to buy no more than 3 and I achieved it! So a huge shout out to myself!

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Now on to the books that I bought.

Warcross by Marie Lu

IMG_3011From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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I am not new to Marie Lu’s books, I’ve actually read ALL of her books. Her Legend Trilogy, which holds a special place in my heart and The Young Elites Trilogy. I love her characters and the world she has built in those two trilogies so I am excited to dwell into this new world with a branch new characters. Plus, I’ve heard really good things about this book so EXCITING!

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

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I’ve also read all of Adam’s books which are “More Happy than Not” and “History is All You Left Me”, which is my favorite as of right now by him. I don’t know what to expect from this book cause I’ve heard so many good and mixed feelings. I am interested in his books cause most of them are LGTBQIA+ and is always touching on crucial and important subjects so I am excited to find out how this book is going to play out, though I am scared cause I’ve heard is very heart breaking SO we shall see haha.

An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean

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A very special anthology that’s a must for all fans of the Shadowhunter novels!

Featuring characters from Cassandra Clare’s international best-selling novels from the Shadowhunters world including The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices, this anthology showcases beautifully illustrated portraits from Cassandra Jean – creator of The Shadowhunter Tarot – alongside never-before-known details from Cassandra Clare about all your favourite characters.

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I was so excited to get this baby! I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get it but then I thought “Ilse this is only sold in the UK, it’s already here, save the shipping cost, OH WHAT THE HELL” So I bought it! Its not entirely a whole new book its just a whole bunch of illustrations by Cassandra Jean and with some character info and background from ALL the Shadowhunter characters. As you can tell I already read this and I loved every min of it Most cause it took me through memory lane with some of the characters. A great thing to add to my Shadowhunter Chronicle Collection.

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And those are all the books I purchased at the book fair this October. This feels like an October book haul but there is actually ONE more book that I bought this month but I ordered that through Amazon so you will have to wait for my October Book Haul post!

Have you read any of the three books I mentioned?

BOOK REVIEW: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I recently just finished this a couple of days ago and I feel the need to write a few words on how I feltabout it because I absolutely loved it.

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

I gave this book 5 golden stars!
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I am going to keep this very simple and not go into very much detail about the book because I want everyone to read this book. It has a mix of everything you want. It has a diverse cast of characters and you can relate to it on a very intricate level.

Molly, our main character has been scorched into my heart. I’ve never related to a character so much in my entire life. Her story and the way she felt about herself is exactly 17 year old old Ilse, even till this day I feel connected to her. I found myself crying at times and I didn’t even notice. Her family and even the secondary characters have a voice of their own and it may the story flow so well. I just I don’t have enough praise for this book because it wouldn’t do it justice. Becky’s writing is very easy and fluent to get accustomed to plus she is funny! I found myself chuckling a few times as well. She gets us. She gets the characters and it shows in her writing. I really truly loved this book so much. I read Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda earlier this year and I truly loved it too but I think this one, for me personally takes everything. I will continue to read more of her books because she truly does get her readers or at least the audience she is trying to reach.

Let’s try this again.

As the title of this blog post says.. its been a while guys. I don’t even think people will read this or even care that I’ve been absent from this blog. I tried for a while to keep up with it but I think I was just making it too complicated for myself and honestly life happened as well.

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What I meant with “I was making it too complicated for myself “ was that I was putting so much pressure on how I wanted my blog to turn out. I wanted to write a lot of things and be detailed so that people saw that I was really into what I was reviewing but I also didn’t want to come across obnoxious or very spoilery cause not a lot of people liked that or rather not have that much information about something unless its something crucial which I would totally be on the same boat. Also, the layout of what and how I wanted it to be was just all over the place and could never agree or stick to something so I literally just gave up.

I also have not been reading a lot which has been the WORST feeling ever. I’ve been on a horrible reading slump since the middle of July and I’ve hated these past few months because of it.

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Work also came along, boyfriend issues (I am in a long distance relationship so yeah) and then again not reading a lot.. but I DID finish a book a couple of nights ago so YAY FOR THAT.

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And so you wonder why Im writing again on this blog? Well since I’ve been MIA on booktube (oh yeah I have a channel on booktube: eelsaysbooks) I thought why not try this one more chance AND here I am.

My name is Ilse. I am a 26 year old Mexican girl who loves to read and is just trying to live life as best she can.

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I hope that I can keep this up and not stress about this as much as I did a while back SO any advice will be very much welcomed.

…and yeah I m a huge Supernatural fan lol

BOOK FAIR (FILMTY) VLOG 2016

Hello! And welcome to a new blog post! That’s how I usually start my videos so it only sounded fitting. Yesterday, Sunday the 16th of October I attended the “Feria Internacional del Libro Monterrey” which is basically the International Book Fair in Monterrey which takes place in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México and runs from the 15th to the 23rd of October.

It’s my third time attending this event and I always go crazy looking at how many books there are in one place. At this event a lot of prestigious editor houses that come and expose their books as well as their authors. We’ve had authors like Laini Taylor attend this event (last year).

As you guys know, most of the books that I read are in english and this is the perfect time to look for the books that I want in this format. I usually go to 2 bookstores for English books but during this time they are expensive af because they are new releases what I look for. Nevertheless, I also like looking at what other Hispanic and Latino writers have to offer.

I hope you enjoy this little vlog about my experience.

Thank you guys for reading this! And have an amazing start up week!.

SEPTEMBER WRAP-UP | 2016

Another month has come and gone by and I only managed to read 2 books in the month of September but BUT I am happy with the books that I read because one of the two books I’ve had on my shelf waiting for me to read, a year. Yes, a year ladies and gentlemen a freaking year! But I finally got to read it and Im excited to read the next one, hopefully doesn’t take me more than a year to read.

The first book that I read in the month of September was Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by  John Tiffany and Jack Thorne which was obviously inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. NOW, I am a huge Harry Potter fan and as a fan I would have to say that this book was unnecessary and it is in my most honest unpopular opinion that this book should not be called the 8th book the series.

With that said I did like a few things about this book. I liked seeing the dynamic trio together back at it again. I also LOVED Scorpius Malfoy. I can’t begin to explain my love for him. I also enjoyed the humor that the book managed. The jokes that the characters made felt really true to their characters and there were times where I did laugh out loud ESPECIALLY at one plot line but that’s for another point to discuss. But I think the thing that I loved most about the book was the story started at the epilogue of Deathly Hallows. I didn’t even think this was a possibility, but I think it was the perfect way to combine the two stories into one another.

Now on to the things that I disliked and this are a few so bear with me.

Sometimes the relationship with our previous main characters such as Ron and Hermione for example felt off to me. Don’t get me wrong we still got their sense of humor and their wittiness but relationship wise it felt off and it disappointed me. Also, Harry in this book was just so out of character. I just couldn’t believe that this was the Harry that I grew up reading about and this is how he is now with his own children. Talking about relationships, I really disliked how Albus treated his father, Harry. Granted, Albus was terrible to Harry from the very beginning which may have played a huge part as to why Harry was so out of character but come on they were both acting like children and it bothered me so much. LIKE AS IF HARRY WAS NEVER A TEENAGER AND ALBUS GIVE YOUR FATHER A BREAK ALREADY. It was really frustrating.

But apart from all of this my biggest problem was the HUGE reveal on the plotline. I can’t even say what it is because it will spoil the book but oh my god it’s ridiculous! I just can’t wrap my head around to thinking WHEN did all of this happen or even took place while everything was happening in Deathly Hollows. It just doesn’t make sense at all so I refused to believe it haha.

AND to wrap things up about this book…

I FELT like I was reading fan fiction. Not that fan fiction is bad but this was ridiculous, hence why I can’t consider it the 8th book in the series.  I enjoyed it for the most part but read it if you want to just have a fun or don’t really don’t mind ridiculous and inconsistencies with a plot. Im sure the play will do better in portraying this story than just reading the script just for the plain fact that they are two different mediums.

RATING: ★★★

AND WOW that was a lot to handle Im sorry.
I got carried away talking about this book. 

Let’s continue with my September Wrap-Up.
The next book I read was Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas which is the 4th book in her Throne of Glass series AND it only took me 3 months to finish it…well over a year because I’ve had this book on my shelf for more than a year. I know I’m insane and a very insensitive person.

I already have a written review about this book but in general I liked it. I had a hard time reading the first part because previous characters felt foreign to me even their interactions but as I read a long the story just kept getting better and better and new characters were introduced and old ones were given a bigger part in the story so over all I was happy with the outcome. Though I do have to say that I had a breakdown over something that I can’t say but I cried. My boyfriend can testify to this because I was on the phone with him while finishing this book up.

RATING: ★★★★

AND those are all the books that I read in the month of September. I am so sorry this is so long and if you made it this far.

Let me know if you have read any of the books mentioned above and what are your thoughts!

I hope you all have a good reading month in October!

BOOKSHELF REORGANIZATION | 2016

So  a few days ago I decided to clean up my bookshelf cause well you know dust accumulates and I don’t want my babies to be dirty and collecting that dust SO while doing that I thought “Hmm wouldn’t it be great to reorganize my bookshelf and film it? I mean I’ve been trying to do that for a while now so why not”. I should’ve thought about it twice cause the minute I got ALL of my books out of my bookshelf I immediately regretted it haha. I have about 200 books. 200 BOOKS! Thats a lot of books.

But in the end I indeed filmed it and did move a few books around different so  here is the final product. ENJOY!