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text 2018-05-01 22:02
Books I Read This Month: April 2018
Head On - John Scalzi
Star-Touched Stories - Roshani Chokshi
Renegades - Marissa Meyer
Rush - Lisa Patton

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I read 35 books this month. I had a lot of five star reads and a lot more DNFs this month too. I just don't have the patience to force feed myself a book I am not enjoying these days. 

 

5 stars

Broken Harbor by Tana FrenchThe Trespasser by Tana FrenchSeptember by Rosamunde PilcherDeath and Night by Roshani Chokshi

Head On by John ScalziMarch by John LewisDust to Dust by Tami HoagThe Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldStar-Touched Stories by Roshani ChokshiThe Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

 

4 stars

One Way or Another by Colleen ColemanThe Other Woman by Sandie JonesThe Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill MansellBlue Bedroom and Other Stories by Rosamunde Pilcher

Flowers in the Rain by Rosamunde PilcherGlass Houses by Louise PennyThe Awesome Girl's Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men by Ernessa T. CarterThe Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories by Agatha Christie

Northern Lights by Nora Roberts

 

3 stars

Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie MacomberThe Secret Place by Tana FrenchEleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail HoneymanH is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

The Worried Man by Lisa M. LillyThe Distant Hours by Kate Morton

 

2 stars

Girls' Night Out by Liz FentonSong of Blood & Stone by L. PenelopeThe Beloveds by Maureen Lindley

 

1 star

After You by Jojo MoyesRushYou Were Made for This by Michelle Sacks

 

DNF

Renegades by Marissa MeyerMore than Neighbors by Isabel KeatsTruly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

 

My favorite book is going to be a tie between "Head On" and "Star-Touched Stories." My least favorite is going to have to be a tie again. That is between "Renegades" and "Rush."

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text 2018-04-30 13:22
New Book
Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series) - Roshani Chokshi

I have started a new book this past few weeks, titled Aru Shah and the End of Time.  This book is about a mischievous girl and her adventure through the world of Hindu mythology to fix her own mistake in waking up the evil Sleeper.  This book has great imagery and comedy, and though it is targeted for a slightly younger demographic than my last book, it is still entertaining and unique.

 

My friend's book and my book are extremely different.  She is reading I Will Always Write Back.  While my book is extremely fictional--as it takes place in the Hindu world--and the setting is present day, her book is nonfiction and takes place in the '90s. It also does not have a prominent villain like in my book.

 

In one of the latest BookLikes posts, it discusses how to find new books on the website.  One method I suggest is to check out the blogs of your followers or the people you follow and see what they recommend.  Since they are your following, they will have a similar taste to you.  

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review 2018-04-25 19:46
Have Tissues Handy
Star-Touched Stories - Roshani Chokshi

Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

 

I was so happy to get to read this book last night. I finished one book and decided to start this, the only reason why I finished it so fast is that one of the stories in this collection I just read the prior week. I skipped over that and read the second and third stories. I was maybe a blubbering mess at the end of this short story collection. Chokshi does a great job of having you wish for more stories involving the characters we have been introduced to in this fantastic world she has created.

 

Death and Night (5 stars)- Not too much to say here besides how much I loved the beginning to Death and Night or how we know them, Amar and Maya.

 

We read about both of these characters in "The Star-Touched Queen" but we get to read about how they met, how Death courted Night, and how she loved him. We know what will happen next (I read the first full book and only came back to read this prequel now) but it was great to read about how they came to love one another prior to Night choosing to leave him in order to be re-born.

 

Death is cursed to fall in love with a woman who will leave him. So he decides to just marry, but now love his wife. Until he meets Night and knows that she is the right person for him. They have a great dynamic that consists of challenging each other as well as realizing that the other person is truly who they want to be with.

 

I did like that we got some backstory on the friendship between Night and Nritti. You get to see why Night loves her so much. She's one of the few who is not afraid of Night.

I also loved how we got to see how playful Gupta was with Death. I maybe laughed at him trying to teach Death how to properly court.

 

The writing was lyrical and made me laugh at times. You can easily see why Death and Night fell for each other. 

 

Poison and Gold (5 stars)- We got to know Aasha in "A Crown of Wishes". Now that she is living with Guari and Vikram as they prepare to marry and unite their two kingdoms, she is scared that her powers are out of control. If she were to hurt one of them or someone else, she doesn't know what she will do. When she is given a choice to become their Spy Mistress or be sent away forever, she chooses to do what she can to stay with them. She begins training and finds out reserves she never knew she had, all while being brave enough to love someone. 

 

Rose and Sword (5 stars)-A story within a story, we have a little girl being told a fairy tale by her grandmother. The story revolves around a wedding night and death. It also involves some familiar faces to those who have read "A Star-Touched Queen" and "A Crown of Wishes". Seriously though you guys, please get tissues ready. If you can read this story without crying, you are stronger than me. I was a mess. I don't want to spoil for potential readers, but this story hit me with all the feels. 

 

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review 2018-04-16 16:43
Great Prequel to The Star-Touched Queen
Death and Night - Roshani Chokshi

Not too much to say here besides how much I loved the beginning to Death and Night or how we know them, Amar and Maya.

 

We read about both of these characters in "The Star-Touched Queen" but we get to read about how they met, how Death courted Night, and how she loved him. We know what will happen next (I read the first full book and only came back to read this prequel now) but it was great to read about how they came to love one another prior to Night choosing to leave him in order to be re-born. 

 

Death is cursed to fall in love with a woman who will leave him. So he decides to just marry, but now love his wife. Until he meets Night and knows that she is the right person for him. They have a great dynamic that consists of challenging each other as well as realizing that the other person is truly who they want to be with.


I did like that we got some backstory on the friendship between Night and Nritti. You get to see why Night loves her so much. She's one of the few who is not afraid of Night. 

 

I also loved how we got to see how playful Gupta was with Death. I maybe laughed at him trying to teach Death how to properly court. 

 

The writing was lyrical and made me laugh at times. You can easily see why Death and Night fell for each other. 

 

"We turned our gaze to the heavens and waited. There was beauty in the night, if you chose to see it. Some did. Some didn’t. For some, night was the time of dreams and rest, of balance reasserting itself. For others, the hours crowded between dusk and dawn belonged to the ghosts. I knew what they feared: the uncertainty of nighttime, the lightlessness of those hours that were not the black comfort of sleep but the shadows at the bottom of a monster’s throat. I glanced at my reflection and saw their fear staring right at me. Why could I not be dreams and nightmares both?"

 

“That I think she would make an excellent consort. I want a companion. She wants recognition. It’s a victory for us both and sound reasoning too.” I started walking toward the door when Gupta jogged up to me. “That will be your opening statement? You need to make a good impression. Bees are drawn to flowers, not rocks, for a reason. And that is a ridiculous number of assumptions about someone you don’t even know.”


We get to see how things go in the Night Bazaar which was fun to follow-up with as a setting in this book.  

 

Not too much more to say since this is a novella, but definitely a welcome addition to "The Star Touched Queen" series. 

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text 2018-04-14 00:24
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Death and Night - Roshani Chokshi

Wonderful!

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