Review: Cut (Flawless #2) by Emily Duvall

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Cut (Flawless #2)

Emily Duvall

Blurb:

Jessica Cahill is having one perfect night. In six weeks she’ll walk down the aisle and marry her long-time boyfriend. But for tonight, she’s celebrating hard at her bachelorette party. It’s the time of her life until… she takes things too far. 

Brent Harrison is having the worst night of his life. Across town, seven rare diamonds are tucked safely in the vault at his brother’s mansion. These diamonds are special. They hold significance. They belong to the infamous Abbott Tiara. The task should be easy, he should have them by the morning. That’s when everything goes wrong. That’s when he runs into her. 

One tiara 
Seven diamonds 
Sometimes beautiful things come at a cost…

REVIEW:

4 stars

(Review copy provided by author in exchange of honest review)

This book was not what I expected it to be.

I expected a roundabout repetition of the first book, just this time, it was going to be Jessica’s story.

“Of all the women to run into tonight.”

But no.

This book is a proper sequel. The stories continued from the last book (Inclusions) , and all the same characters were there. Like the last book, this one is really well-written too. All over, its such a bittersweet book.

And oh, expect more of the “suspense” that was slightly missing the first book, here.

“A cut determines how light reflects back to the human eye.”

So if you want a fast-paced romantic suspense book with a generous amount of action and character development, then this is your book.

And that’s all I can give away without letting out spoilers.. XD

– Sripurna

Review: Inclusions (Flawless#1) by Emily Duvall

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Inclusions

Emily Duvall

Synopsis:

When Melanie Cahill turned her back on Luke Harrison seven years ago, she cut ties with him completely. Not once has she checked on what happened to him. Nor does she care. Then her incarcerated brother asks her for an unthinkable favor that puts Melanie directly back in Luke’s path. She needs uncomplicated. She needs easy. Luke has never been either.

Luke hasn’t forgotten about Melanie. He built himself a flawless reputation in the business of selling gemstones. There’s room for few imperfections in his life, including Melanie. He sees through her the second she walks through his door. She wants something from him. If only the attraction didn’t get in the way. If only he could put aside his selfish agenda. Luke puts her in an impossible situation…one that promises their past won’t stay buried.

Review:

4 stars

Review copy provided by author in exchange of honest review

Inclusions is not your typical romantic suspense story with alpha heroes and damsels in distress. Of course there is an alpha hero, and also a distressed heroine, but that’s not where it ends.

The beginning is probably the best part about this book. I started the first page, and I just had to read the rest of the book then and there. Luke and Melanie meeting just amplified the effect.

“I see you still begin your sentences with lies.”

Unlike most romance stories (and trust me because I have read more than enough of them), there is a lot to learn from Inclusions. The whole story revolves around gem-hunting, about which I knew nothing about before reading this book. I also learnt quite a few things about speech therapy for kids.

And that reminds me of one of my favorite things about this book. The addition of Vivian. I am not going to give spoilers by revealing anything about Vivian, but lets just say that everybody’s attitude towards her told me so much about their characters.

My only disappointment was Luke, there were so many parts where I really did not like him. But I guess it was necessary for the character development.

“Once I see the clarity, I know if I want it in my future.”

Summing it up, if you want a short read filled with romance and supense that also teaches you about diamonds, this is your book.

Note: This book has no cliffhanger, but I still suggest you read the next book in the series, because the story doesn’t really end here.

Author’s playlist for Inclusions:

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I would like to thank the author once again for providing me the review copy and playlist of this wonderdul book. ^_^

If you want to buy inclusions on Amazon:

Inclusions @ Amazon

-Sripurna

Review: My Lady Jane

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My Lady Jane

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

4.5 laughing-my-head-off stars

Triple POVs, lots of funny dialogues, the cutest love story, and events that take place when you leave a few teenagers to rule a country 😂😂😂

Things I liked about this book:

• Its hilarious. Like I was literally laughing so hard that I fell of my bed.

• Jane is so cool! She loves books *shrugs* She kind of reminds me Hermione Granger now that I think of it *ponders*

• I know nothing about British history, but I still found this book interesting, and outright ridiculous. But awesome.

• The element of magic. Oh my God 😂😂😂😂

• 3 people and one book could be messy, but not this one. Its neat.

• The midlogue. Is that even a word? Its funny af.

• G (and I will call him ‘G’) is actually super cute. I kinda hated him in the beginning but then he became my bae ❤

• That remake of “Shall I compare thee” 😂😂😂

Things I disliked about this book:

I dont know why, maybe this is just me, but the Edward parts were boring. I had to skip portions!! That boring.

• Slow beginning. For like 3 pages.

• Sometimes the “narrator’s notes” became unnecessary and I was like, Oh c’mon just continue the damn story.

Overall:

If you are looking for a light read with lots of action and magic and laughter and twisted history- this is your book.

– Sripurna.

Review: Valley Of The Moon by Bronwyn Archer

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Valley of the Moon
by Bronwyn Archer
Publication date: April 13th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult

Blurb:
There’s just one semester left at the Briar School for Girls in Sonoma, CA. But it will take more than straight As for Lana Goodwin to survive . . .

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Senior year is not going well for 17-year-old Lana Goodwin. Her father’s vintage car business is about to crash and burn, the nicest (and cutest) teacher at school was fired under a cloud of scandal, and her hot sort-of boyfriend may or may not have something big to hide.

She’s also totally over being the class pauper. It’s bad enough her dad was briefly married to the head of the board—the rich, cruel, impeccably groomed Ramona Crawford. What’s worse is going to school with her vindictive ex-stepsister, who never misses an opportunity to make her life hell. Not ever.

It also happens to be the tenth anniversary of her mother’s suicide. No one knows why Annie Goodwin jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge the day after Christmas. She didn’t leave a note. She wasn’t sick. Even Lana’s father can’t explain it. Ten years later, someone—or something—starts sending her clues about her mother’s past.

Before Lana can escape to college, she finds herself in a life-or-death race to uncover her mother’s long-buried secrets.

Can she claim her birthright before her future and her life are snatched away?

Valley of the Moon is a modern-day fairy tale with some intense themes.


Review copy provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange of an honest review.

(Valley Of The Moon has a sequel.)

This book is really difficult to rate. It was interesting to read, but I didnt like Lana, the main character, very much. She seemed to me a quite weak character. Or maybe she’s just nice.

Lana’s friend choices are terrible. I dislike them all and I also wonder why Lana claims to love Eden even though she thinks of her like twice in the entire book.

What pulls you to read this book though is the mystery factor. I still want to read the next book in the series (I am also used to Lana now, so I don’t mind her much right now). I need to know what exactly is happening, need to fill the loopholes.

The blurb doesnt mention it but this book does have some paranormal aspects.

Sometimes it feels like there’s too much going on with the story, but it all somewhat adds up by the end of this book. Also, don’t DNF it at the prologue, the rest of the book is better.

Valley Of The Moon seemed also sort of like a mild retelling of Cinderella. Stepmother, check. Two stepsisters, check. A Prince Charming, I am hoping check, atleast uptil now.

If you are searching for a YA mystery novel with a light romance angle and a massive cliffhanger, give this a go.

-Sripurna.

Enchanted

Feet agile. Long steps to the carnival tent. Step up on the magic carpet. Get away.

Strong hands. Callused palms. Shuffling a deck of cards. I can only choose one.

Brown hair. Specks of fairy dust I showered on you.

Full lips. Uttering spells and charms.

Entrapping, mystifying. Strange unknown languages, yet so familiar.

Mismatched eyes. One green, one grey.Carefully watching everyone. Carefully watching me.

But you are a trickster. I am your audience. Sometimes I feel like your show is only for me. Other times, I am just another in a crowd of people captivated by your tricks.

I don’t know what’s real and what’s not.
Because your words are lies. Illusions. For some reason I don’t mind.

With the click of your fingers, you disappear. Evanescence.

Were you even there to begin with?

Book Review: Throne Of Glass

THRONE OF GLASS

Sarah J. Maas

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. 

4.9/5 stars

I generally prefer romance over action, but Sarah J. Maas is a magician! She wrote this book SO WELL, I have no words.

Things I liked loved about this book:

• Celaena. She is probably The Best heroine I have ever read of.

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• Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall are BOTH drool-worthy

• The faaaabulous world-building.

• Dorian, Chaol and Celaena— They all read books! So many scenes where Celeana is reading! It fed by bookish soul :’)

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• Chaol and Dorian’s bromance was amusing 😂

• And I can’t list anything else that’s relatively spoiler free.

Things I did not like:

The fact that Celeana’s inability to choose a guy stopped me from shipping anyone with anyone *sobs*

But that’s all. I LOVED everything else.

Long story short, if you havent read a Sarah J. Maas book, what are you doing with your life?

-Sripurna.

Tiger Eyes Review

 

Tiger Eyes

Judy Blume

Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead (shot in a holdup) and now her mother is moving the family to New Mexico to try to recover. Climbing in Los Alamos Canyons, Davey meets mysterous Wolf, who seems to understand the rage and fear she feels. Slowly, with Wolf’s help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. But when will she be ready to leave the past behind? Will she ever stop hurting?

This was such a “meh” book. Don’t get me wrong, its not BAD as such. The story was typical, a grieving teenager who moves to a new city and meets new people. The ending (kinda *SPOILER*) is kind of bittersweet, but it sort of depressed me. To be honest this reminded me of Sarah Dessen books, except Sarah Dessen has longer books where you ACTUALLY have time to form a bond with the characters.

People who are grieving someone close might be able to relate to Davey and her behaviour, but this book just wasn’t my thing.

-Sripurna.