ARC Review: The Women of Dauphine + Happy Father’s Day!

Hi again, peeps!
So. I just finished The Women of Dauphine by Deb Jannerson. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

Do read my review and let me know what you think! It’s a historical lesbian paranormal 🙂

I received a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


I really enjoyed this book although it was outside of my usual genre preferences. The Women of Dauphine has made me interested in reading other paranormal/supernatural novels as well. It also had a really nice lesbian main character and a sweet, pretty realistic sapphic romance (other than the ghost parts).
The story begins with eight year old Cassie moving into an old house and meeting forever-fifteen year old ghost Gem. Slowly the two become best friends and a little more than best friends as well. As their romance progresses, Cassie is also dipping her foot into dangerous waters and dealing with very unpleasant and homophobic parents.
I liked the representation, the acknowledgement of unpleasant happenings (e.g. sexual assault) and the author’s writing style.
I did not enjoy the sometimes stilted or unnatural writing, but it’s mostly great. Cassie was a well-developed main character and I loved the transition from childhood to adulthood that we got to see and her relationship with Gem. I wanted to hug her and all the characters when I learned what they had went through. *sobs* They were all great! The ending was also very satisfying, with Cassie accepting what needs to happen and learning to let go. Ahh I really loved them ❤

The institute Cassie was sent to (CPM for short~ Vaishnavi you’ll get it 😉 ) seemed a bit unrealistic, but this was a few decades ago, so maybe this was actually possible? They were cruel and (minor spoiler:) used electrocution so it seemed more like a mystery-thriller plot device than a historical paranormal school (more like torture ughhh I love you characters). It reminded me of the institute from Shock Point by April Henry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and give it 4.25 stars, rounded to four for the official reviews. This book definitely intrigued me even when I didn’t enjoy the scenes, and I do recommend this to fans of YA paranormal/ghost romances and even fantasy lovers.


Today’s also Father’s Day and to all the dads out there-

Thank you. For being amazing and supportive and to helping your children grow.

To my Appa-

Even though lots of times you scold me, I know that you want the best for my brother and I, so thank you!


This is a bit of a short post, but I’ll love to discuss more in the comments section!

Do you think this sounds interesting? What genres do you usually read? Was this post too short?

xoxoadiforadi1

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ARC Book Review: 100 Days of Sunlight

Firstly: HEY EVERYONE!

I may or may not be screaming irl because I got an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this amazing, beautiful book that shall be indie published, 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons through NetGalley and it’s making me feel super important! Plus, this book really made my week brighter and shone some sunlight back on to me 🙂

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

So… what is this book, you may be wondering? Here’s the Goodreads blurb.

100 Days of Sunlight

When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down. 

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.

100 Days of Sunlight is a poignant and heartfelt novel by author Abbie Emmons. If you like sweet contemporary romance and strong family themes then you’ll love this touching story of hope, healing, and getting back up when life knocks you down.

I give this book:

Four Beautiful Stars

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Review:

I really enjoyed this book- it had well-written main characters and a sweet slow-burn romance. What really struck me and made this book unique and not your stereotypical YA romance (though maybe it actually is) was the fact that Tessa and Weston, the two sixteen-year-old main characters who (you guessed it) slowly fall in love is that they’re both disabled, at least temporarily.

Tessa, the female main character, got hit by a drunk driver and temporarily lost her sight completely for around a hundred days. Weston has prosthetic legs after (stupidly, I might add) trying and failing a horribly dangerous stunt. Teenagers, you know? The premise of this book involves Tessa, a poetry blogger prior to her accident, not wanting any help to publish her poems and continue blogging (since she obviously can’t by herself) and Weston, our stupidly sweet and optimistic MC continuing to help her until he starts teaching her about her other senses.

A main theme in this book that was creative and well-written was the whole idea about using your other senses. Emmons was right- we tend to take our senses for granted and only use our sight. Tessa, through losing her vision, learned to rely on and appreciate other senses- smell, hearing, taste, and touch. The book was divided into five parts: Smell, Hearing, Taste, Touch, and Sight.

The writing was smooth and neatly done. Abbie Emmons really made you love the characters. Some might think Tessa is ungrateful and plain rude, especially compared to Weston, but I do think that she was just reacting to the circumstances around her- I mean, she was blind, okay?- and afterward with Weston’s help she learned to be more patient and enjoy the world in all its glory.

Weston, that dearie, is sweet and compassionate towards Tessa, yet you can also see that sometimes annoyingly stubborn side of him. His character was well-developed and those two sides of him were merged nicely and didn’t seem out of place. It was really nice to read about his accident and the time-travel; jumping back a few years. Weston was an interesting and lovable male protagonist and I really liked the fresh perspective on life that he brought- one lesson that anyone can learn from 100 Days of Sunlight is from Weston.

He never gave up. Weston took whatever life threw at him and dealt with it. He cursed in life’s face and spat at the feet of everyone who doubted him. Weston is a truly inspiring protagonist and can teach us all a lesson.

Tessa’s character seemed like a fairly typical teen girl in the YA romance genre, which was part of the reason this book lost a star. Most girls are written the same way, and although it was quite nice to see her throwing fits and standing up for herself (even if she was wrong), she mostly fit the label of a stereotypical teen girl.

Also, there was a scene that almost edged into sexual harassment and poor Tessa reacted accordingly and was shell-shocked and frightened. I personally think that that incident was glossed over and Tessa and Weston should have talked it over and he should have comforted Tessa instead of brushing it in the closet.

This book, although really nicely written and with interesting circumstances, lacked racial diversity and queer representation completely. We have two white, straight, cis-gender protagonists who are blonde and blue-eyed. One is Christian, one is atheist. I mean, how much more stereotypical can one get? I wish Abbie Emmons had written other sorts of people into it because we all deserve to see ourselves in books.

Other than those three reasons, 100 Days Of Sunlight was a great book and everyone who enjoys YA romance should grab a copy as soon as it releases, on August 7th this year!


Be sure to check out this book and if you read an ARC, let me know how much you liked it! If not, lemme know if you want to! 😀

xoxoadiforadi1

 

Book Recommendation Collab ft. Grace

Hey everyone!! I’m super excited to present a collab with the one and only brilliant Grace @ This Stack of Books!

She’s an intelligent, awesome, funny, and friendly all rolled up in one amazing person. Somehow I had the privilege to work with her on a super fun, super useful book recommendation collaboration.

Basically, we each answer a set of questions regarding our preferences in books and give each other recommendations based on that. Grace’ll be posting the post where she answers the questions and I give the recs, and I’ll be posting the post where I answer the questions and she gives the recs. We’ll follow up with a post in a few weeks where we each read a few of the recommendations and review them. See her post over here.

Let’s start!


The Questions:

What is your favorite book and why?

I love too many books to choose! Some of my favorites are An Abundance of Katherines, Leah on the Offbeat, Between Shades of Grey, The Book Thief and The Sun is Also A Star. I tend to connect with contemporary YA fiction the most nowadays. These books are my favorites because of the layers of the characters, believability of the story, and ability to make me react in either a joyful or melancholy way. An Abundance of Katherines shows readers that the happily ever after often portrayed in the media isn’t as easy to come by as we think. Leah on the Offbeat depicts a teenager going through hormonal changes, dealing with issues regarding weight loss, love, and sexuality, and many of these are subjects often glossed over in books (well, excluding love. We don’t even need any more books in that genre, lol).

Between Shades of Grey is a beautiful historical fiction taking place during Stalin’s reign, shedding light on a masked time of death and destruction with lovable characters. The Book Thief also happens during the Holocaust, told from the unique perspective of Death and with heart-wrenching characters (sobs loudly in the background 😭). The Sun is Also a Star tells the story of two completely different teens falling in love and it’s not ‘and they live happily after!’ which is obviously not realistic, but there is still an awesome ending.

 

What is your favorite genre and why?

My favorite genres are probably fantasy fiction, historical fiction, and realistic fiction (including romance). All of these are mostly novels, but I do enjoy online comics (Webtoons, anyone?) and picture books with beautiful art (why are they so underrated??) occasionally. When I read fantasy, they are mostly middle-grade and not young adult, although I have read some amazing YA fantasy series and am eager to read more in the future. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres because you learn about history as well as enjoyable amazing characters and a brilliant plot. Realistic fiction appeals to me only if it is young adult. I also read romance a lot, mainly between teens or young-ish adults. I do not read adult romance, only YA.

 

Who is your favorite author and why?

Because there is such diversity in the book industry, it’s impossible for me to pick just one author as my favorite. In the fantasy genre, my favorites would be J.K. Rowling (The one and only Harry Potter!!), Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass no further explanation is needed) and Rick Riordan (yess! Ships ships shippity ships). In young adult fiction- namely contemporary, realistic and romantic- my favorite authors include John Green, Nicola Yoon and Becky Albertalli. My favorite author in middle-grade realistic fiction is Sharon Creech. In historical fiction my favorite author is Ruta Sepetys.

 

What is your favorite book series?

Although this probably doesn’t count as a series (it’s more like a collection of multiple series by the same author), most of the books under the Rick Riordan umbrella are dear to me. I love how he studied on mythology and presents it in an entertaining way while crafting complex characters and weaving in diversity while he’s at it. I also like many other fantasy series such as Throne of Glass, Harry Potter, Keeper of the Lost Cities, The Land of Stories, and Unwanteds.

 

What type of book or book content do you avoid?

I typically avoid horror, mystery or thriller books, just like Grace, but not because I don’t like it; I’ve never actually read much of these genres so I am pretty eager to read more, especially of the mystery genre 😃. Dystopian just isn’t really my cup of tea although I did enjoy The Hunger Games. I also avoid science fiction, but that’s also because I haven’t read anything good in that genre so far. I’m open to recommendations in that genre although I’m a bit reluctant to try without a great review. I do not read adult books or books with a predominantly sexual theme although I am alright with some explicit content in books.

 

What are your favorite and least favorite tropes?

Even though it is slightly overused, I do enjoy a good quest or journey. And, yes, the infamous/famous prophecies 😃. I love novels where the protagonist has to take on a different identity for a quest although they are not a spy. I also definitely enjoy books that are written in poetry or letter format, especially poetry. This one isn’t really a trope, but I’ve tended to mostly read books with female protagonists or at least strong female side characters this year because I empathize with them in a deeper way. I also love reading about twins who overcome difficulties and their bond stays strong. I dislike love triangles, “the Chosen One” trope (although I read wayy too much of that and enjoy it. I’m such a hypocrite lol) and hate anything with a “nerd girl meets bad boy captain of the blank sports team and falls in love. She also magically becomes beautiful” cliché.

Grace’s Recommendations:

  • This Side of Home by Renee Watson

I recommend This Side of Home because Aditi likes twin relationships, John Green, Ruta Sepetys, Becky Albertalli, and Marcus Zusak. All of these authors write books with unique and influential settings and cultures, and the characters are very realistic and flawed yet relatable, with day-to-day struggles. This Side of Home is the story of two twin sisters navigating life, relationships (not just romance! Family relationships as well, which I personally love!) and identity as their surroundings change.

MY REACTION: This sounds super fun! I’m excited to read this because I especially love John Green’s style of writing and flawed characters with awesome family dynamics (twins!!) are the best ❤

  • You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

You Bring the Distant Near is my go-to for a favorite book questions. I’ll take any opportunity to recommend it, and I also think Aditi may really like it because of the authors she likes. You Bring the Distant Near has relatable characters, wonderful settings, interesting character dynamics, and realistic relationships. Because Aditi likes Ruta Sepetys, John Green, and Marcus Zusak, I think she’ll really like You Bring the Distant Near.  

MY REACTION: I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I saw this on Grace’s blog for the first time, but obviously I procrastinate and forget about this whenever we order from the library. This sounds amazing, also because I’m an American-born Indian girl whose parents are immigrants. I would probably relate with the main characters.

  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas wrote The Hate U Give. That is probably enough of a recommendation for somebody who likes realistic contemporary YA. But it’s also a wonderful book. On The Come Up has relatable characters and plenty of substance. It’s one of those stories full of texture and layers that grabs you right away and keeps you interested for several re-reads. On the Come Up just seems like a book that would be Aditi’s cup of tea.

MY REACTION: I really, really, really want to read The Hate U Give! It’s already been on my TBR, so this is just confirmation that I definitely need to read it! As for On The Come Up, I’m excited to read it- I definitely do think it would be my cup of tea.

  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys may be best known for Between Shades of Grey, but in my opinion, the more overlooked Salt to the Sea might be even better. I think the author’s writing matured a lot in the three years between these books. The story told in Salt to the Sea is just as gripping as that in Between Shades of Grey, and maybe even less known. It’s the story of how several people’s lives intersect because of the sinking of the Lusitania towards the end of World War II. The writing is some of the best I’ve read, technique-wise, the characters are gripping, and also it’s amazing to read the story of how people’s lives can intersect with them not even knowing how much they influence others. I think Aditi will like Salt to the Sea because she already likes Between Shades of Grey.

MY REACTION: I started Salt to the Sea this year and the beginning was ok, but it was so confusing for me to follow. I didn’t understand what was going on in the plot and I might have given up on it 😞. I will give it another try because I’ve gotten really good reviews and I loved Between Shades of Gray.

  • What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

This is a cute, romantic story. It’s the type of book I’d bring on a trip or if I just felt like reading something cheerful. It’s the story of how two teenagers become friends unexpectedly, and how it changes their lives. Because Aditi likes YA romances, John Green, and Becky Albertalli, I think she’ll like What to Say Next.

MY REACTION: This book seems really fun. I love light romance reads, and this book seems a lot like Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, which I also loved (I love a lot of books, don’t I?). I read the blurb and it intrigues me because of the mystery aspect involved. This seems like a really interesting combination!

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone has been one of the most popular fantasy books of 2018, so Aditi may have already read it, but I’ll still explain why I recommend it. Children of Blood and Bone has a world so real it seems you could almost live in it while you’re reading the book. The main character is a flawed, relatable fighter. It’s a complex story of right and wrong, and those do well as fantasy. Because Aditi likes YA fantasy, I think she’ll like Children of Blood and Bone.

MY REACTION: I loved Children of Blood and Bone! It’s a great book, and I agree with everything you said about it. I’d also add that the historical, multicultural West African aspect of the story is a fresh take. I know I enjoyed this book a lot more because of that.

  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Invictus is one of the better-done YA time travel stories I’ve read. There’s more focus on the characters than the science of time-space-who cares this is fiction, and it’s still exciting and adventurous. There’s a bit of a side-romance that is fairly realistic. Because Aditi likes Rick Riordan and Unwanteds, I think she might like this book.

MY REACTION: Invictus seems like a nice read- I haven’t read a lot of sci-fi so I’m glad that you recommended a good read. Also, I do look for characters more than detailed plot and the scientific aspect, so it’s important that Invictus has layered characters. However, I doubt anyone could deal out near-perfect romantic pairings and plot like Uncle Rick. SOLANGELO FOREVER Yes, I am a fangirl. 😂

  • Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

This book is a little bit hit-or-miss with people. Some people love it and some really dislike it. It’s a regency steampunk with a twist. It’s action-and-adventure with ballrooms-and-fan-fluttering. Some think that sounds like the most amazing book in the world, and some think that sounds like pickle ice cream. Because Aditi likes Rick Riordan and John Green, there’s a chance she’ll like this. But there’s also a chance she’ll think it’s pickle ice cream.

MY REACTION: Pickle ice cream. Hmm. Grace just made me love her ten times more just because of that dry humor. *applaudes* This actually seems like something I would like, although I can sense that if the writing or characters are bad, it will be a grand fiasco, sort of like America in The Selection. I read that series for the ball gowns, I’m telling you.

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman has been pretty highly acclaimed by fantasy and science fiction readers. It has almost 90,000 reviews on Goodreads and still has 4.3 stars, which says a lot. It’s told in letters, reports, and messages, which some people struggle with, but Amie Kaufman does a good job keeping the story flowing and not clunky. Because Aditi likes Rick Riordan, Keeper of the Lost Cities, and books with quests, I think she’ll like Illuminae.

MY REACTION: I searched up this book online and came to a conclusion: I’ve seen books like this on the library shelves before, except they have male protagonists that don’t seem very interesting, and I think this could be a favorite of mine if Kady and her love interest are written well.

  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Most people who like Keeper of the Lost Cities love The Mysterious Benedict Society as well. MBS is a cute, puzzle-filled, almost-realistic story full of plots and twists.

MY REACTION: The Mysterious Benedict Society is one of my favorite series from when I was a bit younger! I recently re-read it when I was trying to convince my brother to read it (and I saw how well that worked out) and was reminded of what a great character Reynie is, despite my recent pickiness in only reading female characters. Goes to say that authors nowadays need to work on writing more likable boy characters (or maybe I’m just picky. either works).


Aaand, that’s it for my post! If you want to see Grace answer the questions and me recommend books for her, head on over to her blog for an overload of awesomeness! (That was an order, not a request.)

This was tons of fun to do and I’m so glad I got to know Grace much more as well!

Which of these questions or recommendations did you like the most? Which books have you already read? Which books do you want to read? Isn’t Grace the best xx?

xoxoadiforadi1

Consenting Lies Short Story

You told me you would be there for me when I needed you. Yet you betrayed me at the darkest hour.

Where were you when I was crying myself to sleep? Where were you when I desperately needed your help?

I’ve learned to not trust. No one’s trustworthy. Everyone betrayed me. How can I empathize when no one empathizes with me?

Continue reading “Consenting Lies Short Story”

Story Prompt #1

Heyy people!

So I absolutely love the idea of short story prompts because it’s just so much fun so I really wanted to do a post on. I have nothing else to say except- feel free to make as many plots twists and tweaks as you want! NOTHING is set into stone. I will do more soon. Don’t forget to have fun!

Natural Disasters:

The first few sentences must include your main character facing a natural disaster such as a tornado, hurricane, fire, or earthquake. Make it as long or short as you want! Continue reading “Story Prompt #1”

Spring Cleaning Book Tag (the orig.)

Heyy everyone! welp, I did the 2.0 of this tag before the orig, but whatever~ just pretend like I did it in the right order 😀

So I didn’t get tagged for this, but I’ve invited myself to do this, haha. Vaishnavi brought it to my attention that there’s a 1.0, which I never did, lol. So here I am~

From the Wild

The rules for this tag are:

  • link back to Daniel @ page by page
  • respond to the scenarios (duhh 😉 )
  • and tag 5 people

Here we go! Continue reading “Spring Cleaning Book Tag (the orig.)”

Snippets from the Life of LV pt. 1

Hello, sunshines! I have a neat post idea for today. I’ve been re-reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and oh my, it’s so much more powerful than I realized!

(I read this first when I was eight, so maybe I didn’t really have an adequate understanding of these topics…)

The story is told from Death’s POV and I loved the idea of that. I want to start a series where I write about a certain person (soon to be revealed) from the POV of Death. This will not necessarily be the same genre as The Book Thief, but there will be some similarities. How does that sound? I’m excited! Continue reading “Snippets from the Life of LV pt. 1”