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Mar 16, 2017

Review: Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran


Lucky Boy
by Shanthi Sekaran
Source: eARC provided for review. Thank you!
My Rating: 4 stars
Summary:
Solimar Castro Valdez is eighteen and dazed with optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin's doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth... Kavya Reddy has always followed her heart, much to her parents' chagrin. A mostly contented chef at a UC Berkeley sorority house, the unexpected desire to have a child descends like a cyclone in Kavya's mid-thirties. When she can't get pregnant, this desire will test her marriage, it will test her sanity, and it will set Kavya and her husband, Rishi, on a collision course with Soli, when she is detained and her infant son comes under Kavya's care. As Kavya learns to be a mother--the singing, story-telling, inventor-of-the-universe kind of mother she fantasized about being--she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else's child.

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Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran is one of the best and more inclusive books I’ve read since I started reading in English. This is not my usual read because I read mostly YA books and Lucky Boy featured Adult characters: a Mexican (and pregnant) young woman and an Indian (and long married) couple.

Lucky boy is told from the POV of Soli, a Mexican girl who leaves her quiet town looking for the American Dream and her raw and heartbreaking journey as an immigrant.
Maybe because her story is similar to many stories I know and because her town is very similar to mine (even if we live in different countries) I was instantly hooked to her POV and I found her voice to be honest and strong. And I loved the writing! Despite all the bad things happening to Soli, there was something almost magical about the way she described her everyday life.

And then, there were Kavya and Rishi. I loved them deeply too. Their story wasn’t as heartbreaking as Soli’s but it was truthful and deep. I’m not familiar with the Indian culture, so I don’t know if Shanthi Sekaran does justice to their rich traditions and culture with Kavya’s voice (and the few scenes with Rishi’s POV), but they were joyful and so lovely.

The synopsis gives away too much of the plot, just like the title. Lucky Boy is the story of a Lucky Boy, Ignacio. Soli’s son. She’s not pregnant when the book starts. She gets pregnant in her way to the US, and after some twists and turns, Ignacio ends up with Kavya and Rishi, his new foster family.
There’s so much more after that, of course, but I won’t tell anymore because of spoilers, but let me tell you this:
Lucky Boy is a story of immigrants, too. Legal and illegal immigrants. This is such an important topic and I’m so glad it exists because it made me more empathetic and sensitive toward immigrants (yes, me! A person with a lot of immigrant friends!) It made me understand how hard is their life so far away from their home, and their struggle to find a new one.

Lucky Boy is a well written and thought-provoking read. With honest, diverse and likable characters, it’s a book you’ll enjoy even if it’s not your “usual genre”. I’m so glad I did!
I hope you all give it a chance.
 
 
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Mar 14, 2017

CHASING BRYNN by Angela Corbett Official NERD BLAST


 

Hello there! I'm realy glad to be participating in the Book Blast for Chasing Brynn by Angela Corbett. I still haven't read anything by this author, but all her books sound amazing and Chasing Brynn even more!
This blast is hosted by Jean Book Nerd, check out the official site so you won't miss all the fun!


The Book


 

Buy on Amazon/ B&N
Synopsis.

Witty and blunt blogger, Brynn Harper, has a knack for incredible sex. As a graduate student studying to be a sex therapist, Brynn’s heard her fair share of intimate horror stories. Starting an anonymous blog offering naughty advice changes her life. When a competitor tries to "out-blog" her with equally risqué posts from a male perspective, Brynn vows to shut him down.

But as she gets to know the mystery man on the other side of the keyboard, her interest piques. Smart and funny, the man might be able to charm her pants off—if she ever meets him in person. Brynn’s not interested in relationships though, which is exactly what she keeps telling sexy, confident, and persistent law student, Cade Brett, her walking fantasy with a fondness for handcuffs. She can’t get him out of her mind, but he won’t give her what she wants—unless she agrees to date him first.

Torn between the alpha mystery man, and the infuriatingly enticing Cade, commitment-phobic Brynn is in over her head. But one of them could be the love of her life if Brynn can relinquish control and give in to her heart.



The Author




As a child, Angela Corbett’s most prized possession was a set of read- along books. She used to follow along with the narrator on the stereo dream of when she would be able to read by herself. Her childhood reading habit led her to consider her future career. However, after consulting with her parents, she realized she had already exceeded hobbit height and since fairies and dragonslayers were tricky jobs to get, she decided she wanted to create worlds of her own.
She is a graduate of Westminster College where she double majored in communication and sociology. She has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, and director of communications and marketing. She lives in Utah with her extremely supportive husband, Dan, and loves classic cars, traveling, and chasing their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin—who is just as mischievous as his hobbit namesake.
She’s the author of Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult fiction—with lots of kissing. She writes under two names: Angela Corbett, and Destiny Ford.

Photo Credit: Heather Zahn Gardner



Giveaway


 

Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

- 1 Winner will receive a $10 Gift Card of your Choice.
- 1 Winner will Receive an Exclusive Secret Surprise Box from Angela {Items Included will be worth over $75 and hand picked by Angela} All related to the Series.


 
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Mar 13, 2017

What's New? Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller


 
This book will be published on September, but I've already read a lot of great things about it. I love the cover the synopsis. I can only hope I love it, as well.
Check it out!

Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.
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Mar 10, 2017

Some Books Ago: Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland


Some Books Ago is a shout out to all those books published some years ago. I don't want you to forget them!

This week I'm featuring VENGEANCE BOUND by Justina Ireland.
This book has been on my TBR since forever, but I never had the chance to read it, probably because it was compared to The Goddest Test and I didn't like that book. But I'd love to read about Furies! That's why I still want to read it.
Check it out! 

It was published on April 2nd 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers


 


Summary:

The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge… no matter how far it takes her.
Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.
 

Mar 8, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen



 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

 What I'm waiting for...

 


As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.


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Why am I waiting on this book? I feel a little guilty to say this, but I've never read a Sarah Dessen book. Turns out many of my friends (if not all) love her books, but I still haven't read any!
I hope I can read Once and for All, as soon as it comes out. It sounds really cute and lovely.

What about you?


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Mar 7, 2017

What's New? Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett


 


Hello, there! I hope you're having a great day. My new book for this week is Even The Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett. I haven't read anything about this book yet, but I love the cover and the synopsis. I hope it's great. 
Make sure to add it to your TBR list!
Check it out!

Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

Set in a fictional Himalayan kingdom, this is the story of a girl enlisted by a legendary explorer to help him climb the kingdom’s deadliest mountain – only to discover that his true mission may threaten her whole world.
Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer every known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister, Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means cimbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then, Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.

The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and other dangers at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth about their mission and her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.
 
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Mar 3, 2017

Some Books Ago: Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar



Some Books Ago is a shout out to all those books published some years ago. I don't want you to forget them!

This week, I want you to remember RAW BLUE by Kirsty Eagar. According to Goodreads, this book is really hard to find, but it totally worths the try. I love many Aussie books, and this one sounds just as beautiful. Let's hope I can find it and read it.
Check it out! 

It was published on June 29th 2009 by Penguin Books Australia



 


Summary:

Carly has dropped out of uni to spend her days surfing and her nights working as a cook in a Manly cafe. Surfing is the one thing she loves doing... and the only thing that helps her stop thinking about what happened two years ago at schoolies week.

And then Carly meets Ryan, a local at the break, fresh out of jail. When Ryan learns the truth, Carly has to decide. Will she let the past bury her? Or can she let go of her anger and shame, and find the courage to be happy?
 
 
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