Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton ~ Book Review // a.k.a the book I severely underestimated.


Summary: 

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

Review :

Rating: 4.5 stars

I underestimated this book so much.

Out of the three books I received from HarperCollins for review last week, this was the one I was least interested in. Which is why I picked it up first (you know, saving the best for the last and all). I went into it quite blindly, having just skimmed through the back cover summary. All I knew was that it was about a ballet school, and no joke, I just expected lots of YA drama about white girls dressed in tutus (which would be great, but a little cliched).

I was blown away with the diversity in this book, in terms of race and sexual orientation. What I loved more though was that no specific race was specifically victimized and the girls were defined as separate human beings, instead of being cliche portrayals based on skin colour.

I know practically nothing about ballet. But that didn’t really prove to be much of a problem, because the story mainly dealt with the personal lives of the teens, not the technical ballet side of it. The cutthroat competition, desperate moves, it was all so well described, I didn’t need to be a ballet expert to appreciate Tiny Pretty Things.

The characters of this book are really complex and well-formed. I initially loved Gigi the most, but later on I felt like she is the one with the least amount of dimensions. Bette and June have much deeper tones to them, and throughout the course of the story, I started having a neutral opinion about the characters.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants a heavier and more thought provoking young adult novel. The name of the book is terribly misleading, and I am finding it hard to classify into a genre, but this is one eye-opening book that is worth a read.

Somebody please get me the second book in this duology.

~ Sreepurna. 💜

ARC Review: Thief Of Hearts (Hearts #5) by L.H.Cosway

Summary

Seduce the teacher.

Meet the cousin.

Make a deal.

Steal the painting.


Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

REVIEW:


Rating
: 3.5 stars


Thank you Wordsmith Publicity for providing me with the ARC for the review tour.

Things I liked about the book:

• Stu. As usual L.H.Cosway created yet another drool-worthy amaaaazing hero I love 💕

 • Trevor Cross. I want book 6, just to know his story!!!! 

• Heists are always golden.

• I loved the character development for both the protagonists.

• Complicated family matters handled oh-so-well.

• Cosway NEVER writes a cliche story 

Things I didn’t like about the book:

It fell short of the other books in the series. It’s more casual, and less feels.I know this isn’t reason enough, but yeah, I just wanted more from Thief Of Hearts.

Overall

This is still one of favorite series’ so GO AHEAD AND READ IT ALREADY 💞

Read my reviews of the previous books in this series: 

https://thelonelybooklover.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/hearts-series-by-l-h-cosway/

Purchase the book on Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.com/Thief-Hearts-L-H-Cosway-ebook/dp/B01LZDDVFH

~ Sripurna

Thief Of Hearts Official Teaser!!!!

I am soooo hyped about this book! I love L.H. Cosway’s writing ❤❤

Have a sneak peek at Thief Of Hearts:

Title: Thief of Hearts

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: October 4, 2016

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Amazon link to come!

Book Description:

Seduce the teacher.

Meet the cousin.

Make a deal.


Steal the painting.


Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

**Can be read as a stand alone.

 About the author:

L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

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Who else is excited?!

Shabby Chic Trilogy, Kirsten Fullmer : Review

Book 1 :Shabby Chic At Heart

Tara has always been too engrossed in her work – refurbishing the historical homes in Smithville. She keeps a tight rein on her jobs and her emotions buried, but she’s loosing control of both since that ridiculous city boy investor showed up. 

New in town, Justin is confident that his ultra modern resorts will bring Smithville into the twenty-first century. If only the locals-yokels and their ringleader, the gorgeous and peculiar Tara, would stop interfering. 

With her quirky and protective hometown behind her, will Tara confront Justin and the town’s long buried secrets to take on the financial and emotional risk of a lifetime?

Review

4 stars 

For fans of Robyn Carr and Debbie Macomber, this series is perfect.

Tara is such an amazing protagonist. My inner feminist kept applauding her for her strong beliefs, independence and lack of helpless-heroine syndrome inspite of her circumstances.

Justin was just as perfect for Tara. He is your typical alpha male hero, but without a controlling douchebag. His thought process is often hilarious, just like his reactions to certain “features” of Smithville.

I LOVE that series has third person POV, but still shows the two sides of the story. It’s far more interesting that way, and gives a more complete sort of perspective.

Overall; if you are a fan of small town romance novels, this one is a perfect start.

Buy it on Amazon here.

Also, do check out the cover of the paperback edition. It’s gorgeous.
Book 2: Shabby Chic After All

Julia lost everything while she was ill. Self-conscious and alone, she’s moved to Smithville, determined to hide away in her rundown Victorian house. Little does she know, she can’t hide anything in a small town, including her interest in the deliveryman. 

Resolved to keep his life simple, Chad has his hands full running his delivery business and supporting his adopted family. So why can’t he get that withdrawn city girl, Julia, off his mind? 

Will the eccentric but well-meaning Smithville folk push Julia and Chad to open up, or will the emotional toll drive them both back into seclusion?
 Review 

3 stars

Chad, Chad, Chad. The story was beautiful; but I swear he was all I noticed throughout the book. 😄

This book had just the best characters. I loved Bobby, Marge, and LOVED reading more about Tara and Justin.

What I didn’t like though was the predictability (because one book with predictability is okay, but the second book too?).

But like I said before, readers who have read and loved Robyn Carr’s Virgin River, or Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series, you’ll know that such is formula of romance series’, and the homely atmosphere and amazing characters will make it all worth a read.

Buy the book on Amazon here

Book 3: Shabby Chic Forever

Lizzie gave up her stressful job in Boston to embrace her love of all things country in Smithville PA. Her farm, a new job at the spa, and her pet alpacas are a dream come true, if only her meddling, matchmaking, socialite mother would back off. 

Elliot, a successful architect from Washington, DC, designed the new spa, but he certainly hadn’t envisioned the exotic bohemian style manager or her intriguing, demanding mother. Small town antics and his interest in Lizzie extend his visit to Smithville, but will the allure of country life draw him in for good? 

Once again, Smithville’s folk interfere with plans at every turn, forcing Lizzie and Elliot to face their personal dilemmas and each other, head on.

Review

4 stars

This finale to the Shabby Chic Trilogy was just as cute and sweet as the first two books. In fact, I really want more Smithville stories, so a spin off series would be ❤

In this last installment of Shabby Chic, Elliott stole my heary, and so did the Smithville folks. The appearance of the couples from the earlier books added to the “family” feeling.

The only disappointment her, to me, was Lizzie. She had all the wrong reasons for her decisions. But Elliot’s charm made up for everything 😂

Shabby Chic Forever is one last proof in the trilogy of how Kirsten Fullmer perfects the art of pulling you into a fictional world where you feel completely at home, even if its miles apart from where you really exist.

To buy click here.

Anyhow, if you love reading small-town romances, adore alpha heroes with caring sides, and want a heroine who isn’t backboneless, you MUST read this series.

~Sripurna.