36373464Author: Sandhya Menon

Title: From Twinkle, with love

Publisher + date: May 22nd 2018 by Simon Pulse

Rating: ★

Genre: YA, Romance

Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review, thank you!

When people show you who they are, you should believe them.

Synopsis

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

What I think of it

Unfortunately I did not finish this book.

I just couldn’t get into it, the first 30% of the book are very cute and sweet, even made me laugh out loud several times but once you’re over the 30% it quickly goes downhill.

Twinkle becomes very self-centered on every aspect to the point that her attidude becomes very annoying and even made me frustrated while reading. I personally hate it when a book puts me into a bad mood so I decided it’s for the best to just drop it.

I do want to point out a few good things about this book though, for example, Twinkle is an Indian girl who’s a huge femenist. Her views on some stuff are very interesting and refreshing. It’s one of the reasons why I’m gutted I disliked the story after all as we do need more books about femenists ready to take over the world!


Céline. ❤

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Every Tuesday I’ll be discussing a random book of my Goodreads TBR list. I’ll post the synopsis and why I’ve added it on my list. The real question is, should I read it or just let it go?


35558893Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bloomsbury, J.K. Rowling and the brilliant curators of the British Library. It promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures. Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There’s also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition – absorbing, insightful and unexpected contributions from Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake, who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme. Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon’s blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch’s broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling’s magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears. This is the ultimate gift for Harry Potter fans, curious minds, big imaginations, bibliophiles and readers around the world who missed out on the chance to see the exhibition in person. (Source)

I’ve added this book because I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter but I heard so many mixed reviews of it which is why I’m not sure whether or not I should spend about €20 on this. So what do you guys think? Should I add this one to my collection of Harry Potter books or should I just forget about it?


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34227670Title: A taxonomy of love

Author: Rachael Allen

Publisher + date: January 9th 2018 by Amulet Books

Rating: ★★★

Genre: YA, Romance

Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review, thank you!

If it’s a matter of us versus them, I always want to be on the side of people who choose kindness over hate.

Synopsis

The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too.

Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.

What I think of it

If I had read this book at the age of 16 I would have probably liked it more, it was very cute and everything but I can’t get rid of the feeling it’s ‘yet another typical YA romance book’ which is why I only gave it 3 stars.

The only difference from others was the fact that the main character has Tourette syndrome, which made me want to finish this book. I’m glad this subject gets discussed in this book as not many youngsters know what Tourette syndrome actually is and I hope with reading this book people will get a better look on it.

The story in general is very cute and so are the characters. It’s nice to see how the characters develop throughout the story and how romance comes out of it all, but like I said it’s a typical cute YA story, perfect if you want to read something light.


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