Contemporary

ARC Review: Charming As A Verb – Ben Philippe - Henri Haltiwanger is a popular, hard-working senior at a prestigious Manhattan high school who runs a dog walking business on the side. His one life-long ambition is to attend the ivy league university of his dreams, Columbia. However, his neighbour and classmate, Corinne Troy, has figured out that his so called business isn't entirely legit. Corinne has her own troubles and is seen as 'intense' for her study habits and has a hard time fitting into the social scene. So in return for keeping Henri's secret, she blackmails him into helping her socialize more and better her image at school. Henri, having no choice, agrees, but is surprised when he finds himself wanting to get to know her better as they begin to spend more and more time together.…
Bookish and the Beast – Ashley Poston – ARC Review - The third installment in the Once Upon A Con series brings us a geekish retelling of Beauty and the Beast following Vance Reigns, who plays the villainous General Sond in the Starfield movie, and small town girl Rosie Thorn, a high school senior and Starfield fan who is trying to work her way through the aftermath of her mother's death. Vance has been basically Hollywood royalty since birth, but that also comes with a lot of scrutiny, and he isn't exactly the golden boy, so when his latest misadventure hits the tabloids, he is shipped off to a small town in North Caroline where the director of Starfield has a secluded house to lay low until things settle down. When Vance and Rosie's paths cross, resulting in a priceless book being damaged, Rosie agrees to work in the house's library to pay off the debt. They take an instant dislike to each other, and things only get more complicated when they realize that they've met before while cosplaying at the last ExcelsiCon and have been thinking about it since.…
10 Things I Hate About Pinky – Sandhya Menon – ARC Review - Priyanka 'Pinky' Kumar is very passionate about the various social causes she supports, no matter how obscure, something her corporate lawyer parents aren't too pleased about. After years of being homeschooled due to his mother's ill health and smothered by her overprotectiveness, Samir is venturing all the way to DC for an internship with a reputed law firm. But when his internship falls through, Samir is not quite ready to return to California. Pinky on the other hand is tired of being harassed about her poor decisions even on vacation and comes up with a plan to have Harvard law-bound Samir, her sort of frenemy, be her fake boyfriend for the summer to prove that she is more than her past bad choices.…
You Say It First – Katie Cotugno – ARC Review - Meg is a high school senior who has always been interested in politics and truly believes in the system, volunteering at various events and working part-time at a voter registration call centre, encouraging people to sign up and vote on election day. One such call connects her to a boy in Ohio who instantly gets under her skin. Colby, who has problems of his own and has been going through a difficult time lately, is not interested in being preached to and ends the conversation rather bluntly. Rather than ending matters there however, Meg, against the rules, reaches out again with an apology and one phone call turns into many more, resulting in a long-distance friendship between two people who couldn't be more different if they tried.…
Mini Reviews #12 - Hello readers! It's time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don't write full length reviews for. This installment, let's chat about: The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly, Girls With Razor Hearts, Heartstopper: Volume One and Moment of Truth.…
Mini Reviews #8 - Hello readers! It's time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don't write full length reviews for. This installment, let's chat about four books: The Last Namsara, An Enchantment of Ravens, The Satapur Moonstone, and One of Us Is Lying.…
Mini Reviews #7 - Hello readers! It's time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don't write full length reviews for. This installment, let's chat about four books: Suggested Reading, Love & Gelato, Daughter of the Siren Queen, and The Belles.…
Slay – Brittney Morris – ARC Review - Kiera Johnson is a high school student who has secretly developed an online game called Slay to create a safe space for black gamers in a community that is not all that inclusive for them, a game specifically for black people. But when a tragedy occurs over a dispute in the game, and a player is murdered, news of the game is made public, and Slay is labelled as a racist and violent game by the media, despite never having played the game themselves. What's worse, if her identity as the developer of the game is revealed, she even might face a lawsuit.…
American Royals – Katharine McGee - In an alternate version of history, what might present day America look like, had George Washington accepted a crown? Skip to present day, when the House of Washington still rules, twenty-one year old Princess Beatrice, heir to the throne, has her life mapped out for her, but as she draws closer to becoming the first Queen Regnant in history, the duties she has trained for all her life feel ever more confining. Prince Jefferson, the youngest, is America's heartthrob, and in their eyes, can do no wrong. His twin, Princess Samantha is the second born, forever in her sister's shadow, and as the unneeded spare, has decided to live her life to the fullest, carefree and breaking every rule possible.…
Mini Reviews #5 - Hello readers! It's time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don't write full length reviews for. This installment, let's chat about four books: Red, White & Royal Blue, Ghosts of the Shadow Market, Romanov and Once & Future.…
Mini Reviews #4 - Hello readers! It's time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don't write full length reviews for. This installment, let's chat about three books: Broken Throne, Two Dark Reigns & Again, but Better.…
There’s Something About Sweetie – Sandhya Menon – ARC Review - This review is spoiler-free! Ashish Patel, star basketball player, is not in a very good place post breakup with his girlfriend and he's lost his confidence. Annoyed by his parents' comments that they could find someone perfect for him, he challenges them to set him up with an Indian-American girl like they did for his older brother Rishi.…
The Princess and the Fangirl – Ashley Poston - Around a year post-Geekerella, Starfield is a huge success, and a sequel is being planned. Actress Jessica Stone, who plays Princess Amara, is not too happy about this however. She hates Starfield and was rather pleased when her character died in the movie. Eager to avoid being typecast, Jess is ready to move on to more meaningful, Oscar-worthy, and especially, non geeky films, especially given the less than enthusiastic reception she has had from some parts of the fandom.…
Geekerella – Ashley Poston - Geekerella so accurately captures the essence of fandom in a tale that is truly heartwarming. Danielle Wittimer is an avid fan of the Starfield TV series, and is less than impressed when teen heartthrob and soap opera star Darien Freeman is cast for the lead role of Prince Carmindor in an upcoming movie adaptation.…
From Twinkle, with Love – Sandhya Menon - From Twinkle, with Love takes the form of diary entries by Twinkle, each addressed to one of her favourite female filmmakers whom she hopes to become like someday. Opportunity finds her when Sahil (who also happens to be her crush's twin brother) asks her to direct a film for a film festival.…
When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon - This is a perfect laugh-out-loud book. It was an absolute delight to read. The entire book is so cute - and more than a little relatable in some places. There was not one moment in the book when I was not thoroughly entertained. A perfect summer read!…