Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Yejide and Akin have been married for quiet some time and trying to get pregnant. Their family members are putting pressure on them, especially Yejide, to find a solution and give them an heir. As the pressure increase, choices are made by all parties involved to make the best of the situation and protect their loved ones. But no one considered the consequences of their decisions and how fate has it’s own idea of how their lives will turn out.
Stay With Me is a story that will make you grab on from the first page and never let you go. I went from trying really hard not throw away the book after a couple of chapters, to wishing and praying for better choices for the characters, to rooting then begging the characters to just figure out their life! It was a rollercoaster and I was not disappointed.
I felt that I may have loved this book alot more than other readers because I’m from Nigeria. I’ve seen a lot of the actions in the book played out when I lived there or when a fellow Nigerian share their story. So, it wasn’t just a “fiction” novel for me. This book could honestly be a Nigerian family’s reality and that’s what I loved most about it.
I liked Yejide’s character. She tried and went through so much and often time, when a family is planning for a child, a woman receives majority of the blame, when everyone knows, it takes two to get pregnant.
I was very invested and I loved it. I was not ready for the impact that this book was going to have on me. As a woman, I saw several issues that I’ve discussed with my friends and family in this book: how society looks at woman, treat women and men and the unbalanced responsibities placed in a marriage. (If you’d like to have a discussion on this topic, comment below, I can creat another post on this). Each character in this book felt real to me, they evolved accordingly and Adebayo did an amazing job crafting a story I’ll remember, share and recommend to others.
Buy this book and thank me later.
p.s.: I already gave my copy to a friend to read.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Dimple is a coder. She has plans to win first place at Insomnia Con and win first place then go on to college. Her plans doesn’t include a boyfriend. Rishi is also going to the Con, but he is only going to meet and get to know Dimple, because their family wants both of them to get married after college. Only problem is, Dimple is not aware of the arrangement. So what happens when Dimple finds out why Rishi is at the program and what does that mean for what she wants for herself?
When Dimple met Rishi is one of the cutest YA books I’ve read. I enjoyed reading about India and the culture, how much Dimple loved to stand up for the people she cared for, how supportive the parents were, the strong female friendship and all the technology and art details involved in the book.
I thought Rishi was a perfect complement to Dimple. He supported her dreams and I believe this is very important in relationships. I also enjoyed how Menon wrote about the struggles of trying to be independent and having a relationship. They are not mutually exclusive no matter what society says.
I wished for more scenes of Dimple and Rishi working on their project together. I think the romance kind of took away from that, but overall it was a fun read.
I’d recommend the book to other readers.
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
Publisher: Viking Books
Buy or Borrow: Buy
After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He’s part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. If she can befriend the daughter of a key scientist and get invited to her house, she might be able to steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. Nothing could prepare Sarah for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she’d ever imagined. But anyone who underestimates this innocent-seeming girl does so at their peril. She may look sweet, but she’s the Nazis’ worst nightmare. – First to Read.
As a person who rarely reads spy, crime or mystery novels, this was a great choice.
Matt Killeen created a world that was intense and eye opening about the time in history no one can ever forget, WWII. He put in time to display alot of history that happened throughout the book. Although you’ll find certain parts a tad bit slow, it’s was overall a fast read.
Sarah was a strong, sharp and refreshing female protagonist. Honestly, she was the best part of this novel. She molded herself to get her job done and proved many times that she should not be underestimated. Her struggle to figure things out and not get caught will have you rooting for her! There are several characters that you would never forget as well.
It became very hard to keep reading and finding out how much crazier the world around war truly can be as I made my way toward the end of the novel . It was sometimes difficult to read through some scenes, but it paid off. I think the book may have a sequel as we’re left with some questions that I need the author to answer!
I’d recommend this book to the older teens (>16) even though it’s YA.
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review .
Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Alosa is back on the hunt to find the last map that will help the Pirate King locate Isla de Canta : the sirens island which is full of treasures. After retrieving the map, Alosa discovers that her father has not been truthful about alot of things in her life. Alosa must decide on how best to deal with her father, find the treasures and most importantly, reconcile with who she truly is, the Siren Queen’s daughter.
With school and exams looming, I went through two sleepless nights to finish DotSQ and it was absolutely worth it!
We immediately pick up from the ending of DotPK (check out my review of DotPK ) and learn more about Alosa, Riden, her parents and how protective and smart Alosa is. Levenseller whipped a fast paced adventure that keeps you on edge, looking forward to the next scene.
One of the many things I loved about this book was how it depicted Alosa. She was strong in the face of danger yet vulnerable when she discovered some personal and hurtful things. She held her mostly female crew to high standards and earned their respect from the very young to the oldest. Her leadership skills were unmatched and she was willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of her crew on several occasions.
I enjoyed every part of this novel because although it’s a fantasy adventure, you find alot of realistic moments that makes you feel connected to each characters.
DotSQ will join my very limited list of favorite fantasy novels and I’ll absolutely recommend you read the series.
ARC Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a honest review.
Book: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Hey guys, I’ll be writing my review for Daughter of the Siren Queen and realized, I never uploaded the video review of the Daughter of the Pirate King.
I loved the first book, as you’ll be able to tell by my expressions and cannot wait to let you know my thoughts on DotSQ.
Ps. This video quality probably isnt the best, apologized in advance.
Have you read the book? Any thoughts?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Buy or Borrow : Buy
Sixteen year old Starr Carter shuffles between two different worlds. She is the poor black girl from the ghetto as well as the smart black girl at a fancy prep school in the surburbs. Her world carves in when she is the last witness the night she lost her best friend, Khalil at the hands of a police officer. As she tries to reconcile with what happened that night, the public wants to know what really happened and it’s up to Starr to decide if she wants to share her story and be ready to deal with the consequences.
One of the most RELEVANT and AUTHENTIC book I’ve read in a while! The Hate U Give (T.H.U.G) brings you into Starr’s world with superb writing as you follow her life after the night of the murder. You learn quickly to try to keep up because the ride is a fast and dangerous one.
T.H.U.G discusses the matter of race, politics, how the system is built to work against African Americans as well family values. One of the greatest points of this novel was the family dynamic and the realistic way Angie Thomas handled each character. The book doesn’t give false hopes but to shed a bigger light on the injustice towards African Americans in the United States.
People dealing with this issues will find a part of themselves within the chapters, while others who cannot identify, will gain a better understanding on why reforms are vital for the lives of many African Americans.
I’d recommend this book to everyone and to spread the word, “black lives matter”.
what are you currently reading and is it moving you ?
I’m reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and imagining all the scenes in my head and I’m so happy about the increase in diversity in the book world.
I mean, growing up, I read alot of books but I’m sure if I kept a list of them, I can probably count how many had a POC or diverse main characters or relatable social stories.
So, here is to more positivity and acknowledging that the world is full of different people who will like to be represented 🖐🏾🖐🏼
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Synopsis: “How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person” Shonda Rhimes takes us behind the scenes of her very personal life and how some muttered words from her sister became a challenge that changed Shonda’s life : “You never say yes to anything”.
I bought this book out of the need to just try something different from my usual pile of YA fiction. And I thought, “oh Shonda Rhimes, I’ve heard of you and this sound interesting”.
You see, I’m one of those people who is aware of their flaws, but I tell myself, as long as I know them, I’m half way there. BUT I rarely do anything to improve on them and that is why Year of Yes was an eye-opener.
Year of Yes touches upon how Rhimes must accept herself for who she is because she has worked hard for it, how to enjoy the moments in life, how hard it truly is for women to juggle family and career, how to accept the hardest challenges we think is in our way and many more life fulling topics. She doesn’t shy away from painting the truth behind why she started this journey and how hard every YES was to make.
Shonda Rhimes created a masterpiece that keeps you eager for her next reveal, almost like her TV shows, although I have only caught an episode, here and there.
I’d recommend this book to everyone out there. We can all learn one or two things from other peoples journey!
I got to complete a whole book in January even though January felt like forever. That one book was important to me to complete because I’m trying to find a way to keep my hobbies (reading, filming, blogging & making wigs) and succeed in PA school.
If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram or Youtube, you’ll know that PA school is really really hard & time comsuming. I almost want to stop blogging but then, that thought makes me really sad. So, I will keeping trying to balance both since they’re a part of me.
Here, I have my very small February TBR list:
1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Manon
2. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
3. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Have you read any of this ? And what books are you reading this month?
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
The Voss family may look perfect from the outside but they are far from that. Merit Voss is a high school senior who unwillingly becomes keeper of all secrets in the household. She has varying opinion about her atheist father, annoying stepmother, cancer survivor mother, perfect twin sister & elder brother and her forbidden crush on her twin sister’s boyfriend. When she becomes overwhelmed with everything, Merit concludes on a solution but isn’t ready for the consequences of her action.
I enjoyed reading this novel because it was fast, funny and very easy to follow. Colleen Hoover is known for her writing style that keeps the reader glued to the book, and it was definitely repeated in Without Merit.
I found Without Merit rushed. She came up with various story lines for each character that made them very REAL, (something she’s is very good at) but it wasn’t fleshed out by the end of the book. It seemed everyone had figured out their issues ( which were very serious) in such a short time that didn’t seem very realistic.
Without Merit is more of a coming of age book rather than a romance novel.
The writing is superb and the arts in the novel are unique. Colleen Hoover novels have a way of reminding you that there is no perfect life, we all are just doing our best version of it.
Not my favorite, but I still loved reading and I’d recommend you to read it.