He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

reviewI read this one a while ago. And even though I loved it, I wasn’t content after it ended, not knowing why I wasn’t content. I think I have a clearer idea now.

I will not go into the plot details. Because there were more surprises than I can count. The trilogy didn’t lose its unpredictability even in its final installment. So, I’ll try to keep it as spoiler-free as I can. When we start the story, Jude is still not over the betrayal of Cardan, the man who she helped make faerie prince, and she still has weakness over. The story takes off when Jude’s twin sister Tarryn comes to her for help. And begins the roller-coaster of twists and turns.

Let’s talk about the positives first. I liked the pacing on this one. It was a lot more evenly paced than the previous two in the trilogy. So many things happen in a matter of a few pages. It was a whirlwind! I liked how we start with a flashback to Cardan’s childhood. He’s been the most fascinating character for me in the whole series. And I liked Jude’s evolution. She’s much more smarter and less impulsive. It was her character that I felt for the most in this book.

Now, what did dislike about the book? The fast pacing can have its negatives too. See, there’s fast pacing and then there’s FAST pacing. A lot of character progression was rushed through. For example, as much as I loved the direction the author took with Cardan and Jude, it was done hurriedly. I wanted more scenes of them. I wanted to see a more organic evolution of their relationship. There was so much potential there! These are two characters whose conversations I’d never tire of. But the characters in general here do not seem to converse more than what is necessary to take the plot ahead. And that’s a big problem with me.

And I wanted even more glimpses into Cardan’s history and his psyche. I also wouldn’t mind a better insight into his relationship with his mother. I found the conclusion for many of the minor characters to be unsatisfactory too. One certain character, for example, that I hated got an anticlimactic ending. A lot of the smaller plot points felt unexplored too. It’s almost like the the conviction in the storytelling was compromised for making it a thrilling read.

I have no complaints about the story. It’s the storytelling that I believe could’ve been better. This trilogy could’ve easily made it into the list of my all time favorites, with a little more adept storytelling. But the author could have also easily botched up the whole plot and the ending. So I can’t say that I’m not happy with how the story panned. This was merely a case of much higher expectations. That’s why I’m going with 4 stars.




Following a year in the life of a twenty-something British woman who falls hard for her London flat mate, this clever, fun, and unforgettable romantic comedy is the perfect feel-good holiday read.

Two people. One house. A year that changes everything. 

Twenty-nine-year-old Jess is following her dream and moving to London. It’s December, and she’s taking a room in a crumbling, but grand, Notting Hill house-share with four virtual strangers. On her first night, Jess meets Alex, the guy sharing her floor, at a Christmas dinner hosted by her landlord. They don’t kiss, but as far as Jess is concerned the connection is clear. She starts planning how they will knock down the wall between them to spend more time together.

But when Jess returns from a two-week Christmas holiday, she finds Alex has started dating someone else—beautiful Emma, who lives on the floor above them. Now Jess faces a year of bumping into (hell, sharing a bathroom with) the man of her dreams…and the woman of his.


Okay. Look at that title and the synopsis. Can you blame me for having subconsciously compared it with my absolute favorite “One Day in December“? I’m unreasonably angry with this book as if it’s intentionally mislead me to compare the two.

Not that there are no similarities between the books. Both take place over a period of time. The characters are forced not to act on their feelings. There’s an involvement with a mutual friend. But that’s where the similarities end.

There’s no angst. No unresolved tension. No heartache. No sparks. No chemistry. Whatsoever.

Jess falls for Alex right off the bat. She can’t stop self-gushing over his handsome looks. And before we know it, she’s telling us about how she can’t stop herself from falling in love with him the more time they spend together. But that’s the thing. She’s telling us this. We don’t see these things happening. And there was nothing remotely convincing about her words.

On the other hand, the first time we get into Alex’s head, which is quite far in the book, he can only talk about his ‘friends with benefit’ thing with another housemate Emma, and his worry over how to navigate it, as he has no interest in starting a relationship  after a disastrous break-up with his ex Alice. His feelings for Jess simply don’t get enough breathing space to convincingly develop.

This book is supposed to be a romance, but we get more time spent on secondary characters and their stories than the central romance. Nothing interesting happens. We get excruciatingly minute details on Jess’s new life in Notting Hill, but not on her feelings for Jess, except for one line here and there. There’s no proper buildup of the romance. Even the character development is lacking. The author barely scratches the surface when it comes to developing the romance.

I simply wanted more from the book that has been compared to Richard Curtis romances. Are you freaking serious? If you want me to go into this book thinking it will be similar to Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones, you better deliver on the awkward heroes, the amazing chemistry, great one-liners. At least give me some semblance of a romance!

The only good thing about the book was that it’s a fast read.



Publication Date: 5th September, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)

Links –  AmazonGoodreads Book Depository


After escaping robbers intent on murder, Katherine Grant says, “I jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Before long I’ll be dancing on the coals.” The highwaymen were the frying pan; the handsome young Apache who saved her from them was the fire; and the coals? Gaetan.

Rage against the enemies of his people has consumed Gaetan from boyhood. The only use he ever found for any white was to test the sharpness of his knife. Forced by his brother to endure Katherine’s company, Gaetan tries to deny what he sees—the white woman has a man’s temper and a lion’s courage. She has an Apache heart.

In spite of hate, distrust and fear, surviving in the rugged country of southern Arizona and northern Mexico forges a strange bond between Katherine and Gaetan. When the bond turns to love, can they admit it? Can they bear the consequences?


I came across this title when I was looking for a romance with a slow-burn. This book came out at 2011 and I had no idea it existed. But this book provided just what I needed.

It’s set in the Wild west in the year 1888. The hero Gaetan is Native American and Katherine is a ‘White’.

They meet when Katherine is traveling alone in a stagecoach to New York, amidst all men. They get robbed and her companions murdered. Katherine, who’s spent all her childhood traveling the world and going on adventures with 5 brothers and father who owns a ship business, successfully defends herself. But not long after, a group of Apaches including Gaetan and his younger brother find her.

Initially traveling with the group, Katherine is well aware that the Apaches are the leser of the two evils, and uses that to her advantage by being acquiescent with them. Soon after, situations force Katherine and Gaetan to survive alone together. For Katherine, Gaetan is the only one she can depend on for survival; And for Gaetan, he has a promise to his brother to keep.

Katherine is a hard headed and strong heroine. But she knows when to bow down and take it. Gaetan is a hero unlike any. He hates ‘Whites’ who had killed his parents when he was just a kid and forced him to go to their school. This is a guy who refuses to speak English despite knowing the language. His life’s mission is to kill as many White as he can. But Katherine poses to be a problem he never foresaw, thanks to his brother.

I absolutely loved the romance. It was slow and took its time to build. I loved Katherine, and felt for her. First she is forced to travel with a man who hates her kind and won’t even spare any words for her. Then she is forced to live amidst people who distrust her. But it was Gaetan who owned this book. Here’s a character who speaks very little, but you learn to empathize with him. He is honorable but also cynical and distrusting.

The slow blooming attraction between them was amazing to witness. The enemy-to-lover twist is done so well that it’s believable and solid. I loved seeing the growth in their individual characters and their relation with each other. But what I loved most was Gaetan’s transition. He does not become a softie or change his mindset just overnight. And I loved how he didn’t have to start waxing poetry or romantic dialogue for Katherine or the readers to know what he felt. It was a very subtle and finely done.

I don’t know enough about the context of the history of suffering of the Native Americans to judge the accuracy of the story. I know that the ending was definitely on the imaginative side. But I also felt that the author portrays the Apaches with respect and invokes empathy for their plight. The book did make me reflect more on how unjust and unfair history has been to the Native Americans. So that’s another plus point for the story!




Wrapping Up April ’19


April Reads :

ARCs :

Suddenly Single ★★☆☆☆
The Time of Our Lives ★★★☆☆
Have You seen Luis Velez ★★★★★
I am Fine and Neither Are You ★★★★★
A Lily In the Light ★★★★☆
The One that Got Away ★★★★★


Non- ARCs :

The Girl He Used To Know ★★★★☆
Famous In a Small Town ★★★★☆
Don’t You Forget Me ★★★★★
You’d Be Mine ★★★☆☆
Field Notes on Love ★★★☆☆
The Place on Dalhousie ★★★★★
Lovely War ★★★★★
The Flatshare ★★★★★


Non – Review Posts

Top Ten Tuesday :
Do These Things Make Me Pick A Book?
Rainy Day Reads
First 10 Books I Reviewed
Thought Provoking Posts

QOTW – Quote(s) Of The Week :
Love, War & Loneliness

Tags :
The Zodiac Challenge

April has been a splendid reading month for me. And I couldn’t be happier about it! I don’t know whether I’ll be able to read as much in May as Ramadan is upon us, and fasting slows my reading down. But I have quite a few ARCs pending and I hope to make progress with them. Happy May, you all!


Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

reviewIt’s like I ordered what I thought would be a vanilla ice-cream, but with every bite, I was surprised with the burst of the myriad of other flavors that just had me going in for more.

Tiffy’s on-and-off boyfriend asks her to move out of his flat and she needs a housing option ASAP. Leon needs quick money to pay for his brother appeal case after he is wrongly convicted on a false robbery case. He works night shifts at a hospice and Tiffy is an assistant editor for a publishing house which publishes DIY and crafting books. (How cute is that?) So, both are desperate for money. Leon puts up an ad for a flatshare, and Tiffy answers. It’s convenient for both of them.

Almost half of the book is spent with Leon and Tiffy communicating through notes left at their flat, and the occasional texts. It also doesn’t help that Leon’s protective girlfriend takes the responsibility of dealing all things flatsharing with Tiffy, and it’s her house Leon spends his weekends in.

Leon and Tiffy are completely opposites. Tiffy is also quirky, messy, unreserved and warm. She also stands out because of her quirky sense of dressing. Tiffy also shares everything about her life with her best friends. Leon is the introvert. Quiet, shy and reserved. He doesn’t like talking.

Even the chapters with his POV are written in phrases rather than sentences to show his reticence with using words. In contrast, Tiffy’s POV chapters are wordier and more articulately written to keep with her chatty personality. It was a clever if unconventional style of writing by the author to paint the differences between the two characters.

But Leon and Tiffy are similar in the ways that count. They are both kind and compassionate. Leon is too attached to his patients, so much so, that he goes out of his way to help find their lost companions. When Tiffy finds out about Leon’s brother, she goes out of her way to help. A gesture that means a lot to Leon who needs people to believe in his brother’s innocence like he does.

A special shout-out to Tiffy’s friends! They were the whole package. Gerty was the pragmatic, no-bullshit lawyer friend, Mo sensitive and supportive, Rachel wild and fun-loving. I want them as my friends! This book also deals with the dangers of toxic and emotionally abusive relationships. I was just glad that Tiffy had the best set of friends to get her through her rough times. She also couldn’t ask for a better guy than Leon to help her move on. They were too sweet and adorable together. Almost too good for the world!

This was just the read I needed! There is a sweetness and depth to this book that was was not alluded to in the blurb. I couldn’t recommend it enough!





A harrowing debut novel of a tragic disappearance and one sister’s journey through the trauma that has shaped her life.
For eleven-year-old Esme, ballet is everything—until her four-year-old sister, Lily, vanishes without a trace and nothing is certain anymore. People Esme has known her whole life suddenly become suspects, each new one hitting closer to home than the last.

Unable to cope, Esme escapes the nightmare that is her new reality when she receives an invitation to join an elite ballet academy in San Francisco. Desperate to leave behind her chaotic, broken family and the mystery surrounding Lily’s disappearance, Esme accepts.

Eight years later, Esme is up for her big break: her first principal role in Paris. But a call from her older sister shatters the protective world she has built for herself, forcing her to revisit the tragedy she’s run from for so long. Will her family finally have the answers they’ve been waiting for? And can Esme confront the pain that shaped her childhood, or will the darkness follow her into the spotlight?


Esme is the third of four children. She’s 13 when her younger sister Lily disappears right from their house, with everyone but their mother present in their house during the time. This disappearance leaves behind despair and guilt. Esme’s mother blames her father. The police initially have the eldest of the siblings, Nick, the 17 year old deadbeat brother. Madeline, the second sister feels guilty for the last words she said to the 4 year old Lily was that they were better of without her. Esme, who was the closest to Lily feels her own guilt for putting off Lily’s request for a story because of an exam the next day, and not going to comfort her when Madeline said those harsh words.

Lily’s disappearance leaves her family damaged. Cerise is obsessed with finding her daughter, and can’t forgive Andre for letting Lily disappear in his presence. Cerise also is not above pointing fingers at her son. Even Esme and Madeline can’t help but be suspicious of him. This creates a distance between Nick and the others. Cerise is ready to do anything to find her daughter, even if it involves taking help from a psychic or hiring a private investigator. Amidst all this, Esme is intent on not letting it break her, choosing to believe that Lily would be back. She feels the distance with her family, more than ever. Her only solace is in ballet. She also has her mentor Amelia and eventually a close friend Adam to lean back on, while keeping her family at bay.

The complexities in the relationship between the family members, due to the tragedy and the feelings of mistrust it creates among them, were beautifully conveyed. It was heartbreaking to see the distance between these characters, when it was clear that there still was love beneath it all. The characters were sketched such that all of them had their own voice. I just wish that we could see a little more before the ending. I also would have liked seeing Lily’s POV. But other than that, it was a great book, with a well-executed plot and strong characterization.



Publication Date: 1st April, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)

Links – Amazon| Goodreads | Book Depository


From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a moving novel about two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.

Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father’s wife. Not at school, where he’s an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he’s tamed and to a blind ninety-two-year-old woman in his building who’s introduced herself with a curious question: Have you seen Luis Velez?

Mildred Gutermann, a German Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, has been alone since her caretaker disappeared. She turns to Raymond for help, and as he tries to track Luis down, a deep and unexpected friendship blossoms between the two.

Despondent at the loss of Luis, Mildred isolates herself further from a neighborhood devolving into bigotry and fear. Determined not to let her give up, Raymond helps her see that for every terrible act the world delivers, there is a mirror image of deep kindness, and Mildred helps Raymond see that there’s hope if you have someone to hold on to.


A beautiful coming-of-age story that has some heartwarming lessons.

Raymond Jaffe is a black kid who lives with his mother, step-father and three half-sisters, all of them white. He doesn’t feel that he belongs. It also doesn’t help that his mother has no time to listen to him. He sees his father – who is black – on the weekends. Although his dad is good at listening, he’s not good at talking. His stepmother also makes Raymond feel very unwelcome. To make matters worse, Raymond’s only friend moves to a different state at the very beginning of the book. This is a character that deserves all your hugs. You will begin to care for him within the first couple of pages.

Things take a turn when he is the only person in his building who does not ignore a blind elderly woman standing outside her flat, waiting for something. Millie is helpless after Luis Velez who appointed himself her unofficial caretaker, disappeared. Millie who hasn’t ventured out of her house all by herself in a long time, is out of money and food. Raymond initially helps Millie out of kindness, but it takes no time for them to build a bond. He also takes on the mission to find Luis Velez, even if he has to go meet all the guys with this name in the city. But finding Luis proves only to be the beginning of the story.

Raymond is a character that you can’t help but love. He’s endearing, adorable and cute. He’s also lost and starved for affection. So when Millie and Raymond find each other, it’s the best thing that could happen to both of them. Their bond was just too beautiful. And I loved how Raymond finally finds someone to confide in. It was absolutely heartening to see this boy learn so much about the world in the things he does just for Millie. Then later, when Millie is the one who’s depressed and in despair, it’s Raymond who tries to show her through his actions that there’s so much to appreciate in the world.

This book deals with very important issues like racism, sexuality, depression, prejudice and prejudice. I love that we see Raymond learn about the complexities of human behavior through his experiences, and evolves as a character, without losing the goodness in him. This story and specifically Raymond will stay with me for a long time.



Publication Date: 21st May, 2019.
Source: ARC from Publisher (via Netgalley)

Links – Amazon | Goodreads | Book Depository


Top Ten Tuesday : Recent additions to my Goodreads TBR

Hello all! So, I don’t have a list of books I want to read just for Spring 2019, like the topic of this weeks TTT suggests. So I’m just going to list the recent additions to my Goodreads TBR.

Top Ten Tuesday is currently being hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Well Met: An enemies-to-lovers rom-com set in a small town. Count me in.

Releases – September 3rd.



Skyward: So what if I haven’t been able to read Mistborn yet? I’m still allowed to add another book by Brandon Sanderson to my TBR. Okay?


Releases – November 6th.



Sapphire Flames: The latest book on the Hidden Legacy universe which I really love. I’m excited to meet my favorite cast of characters.



Releases – August 27th.


The Seduction Expert: A contemporary romance with the main theme of women empowerment? Can I resist?

Releases – May 27th.



Husband Material: This one’s about a widow who relies on data and algorithms to find balance in her life. The premise interests me. But the reviews have been mixed. So I might not end up reading it. Who knows?



Releases – December 30th.



Passion On Park Avenue: I can always trust Lauren Layne to appease my heart with a good romcom. This one has the enemies-to-lovers trope that I simply adore. And it’s about 3 friends. Definitely ticks all the boxes for me.



Releases – May 28th.


Messy, Wonderful Us: A women on a journey to Italy to find out more about her mother with her best friend on tow. I always love myself a good fiction focusing on families and friendships. I hope to not be disappointed by this one.

Releases – May 30th.



Say You Still Love Me: K. A. Tucker? Yes. Second chance romance? Yes. A rich girl and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks? Yes. Please please don’t let me down!


Releases – August 6th.



The Friend Zone: The maid of honor about to secretly go through a medical procedure which would make her unable to conceive. A best man who wants a big family some day. The attraction is real. So is the conflict. I can’t wait to see how the author handles such a great premise!


Releases – July 9th.


The Bride Test: I liked The Kiss Quotient a lot. But I’d have loved it if I’d read it when I was in a mood for the kind of romance it was. So I’m hell bent on picking up The Bride Test, a sequel to the Kiss Quotient, when I’m in the right mood for this. But make no mistake, I’ll definitely read this one.


Releases – May 7th.






As Clifton Cove’s resident “king”, he thinks he’s entitled to anyone and anything.

The trouble is, I’ve spent my whole life following the rules and playing it safe. I know what it feels like to be the good girl. I’m the police chief’s daughter and a librarian—for adorable children, no less. My wardrobe consists of colorful sundresses and baggy jeans. I might as well have a Post-it stuck to my forehead that reads: Yup, she’s a virgin.

An all-nighter with a fictional hunk is about as exciting as my life gets, until one day, fate decides to take pity on me and shove me straight into the path of Mr. Off-Limits himself.


Just as I suspected, every inch of him promises to be my demise. Up close, he’s tall, menacing, dangerously handsome—the type of man who’s never spent a single moment worrying about the opinions of others. A well-behaved girl would do as she’s told and avoid him at all costs, but I’m overdue for a little rebellion.
No more Friday nights sprawled out on the couch in my comfiest pajamas. No more wishing I had the courage to misbehave.
Everyone thinks Ben is going to ruin me.
They think he’ll chew me up and spit me out.

Well, Ben…go ahead.
Tempt me. Taunt me.
Make me bad.

My favorite kind of romance – slow burn! And burn it did.

Ben and Madison were just too cute. Their growing friendship, flirting, banter, and just that overall chemistry they had going was simply irresistible. I adored Madison. She is my favorite kind of sweet, bubbly, down-to-earth heroine. And Ben was my favorite kind of ‘not-so-nice-guy’. Get my not-so-subtle-reference? You won’t if you aren’t a R.S. Grey fan like me!

I loved the forbidden aspect to Ben and Madison’s romance, with them coming from two different corners of the town, with her father and brother bearing disdain towards anything to do with Ben and his riches. But what I loved the most was the slow and simmering chemistry and tension between the two. The jealousy, the ache, the playing with fire – it was exactly everything I want in my romance reads!

This book might not have been perfect, but it was perfect for my taste. Five fluttering stars from me!



TOP TEN TUESDAY : The Ten Most Recent Additions to My TBR List

Hello all! Back with another TTT entry for another week. I’ll just name the most recent entries to my TBR based on my Goodreads Want-To-Read list.

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog meme hosted by the awesome That Artsy Reader Girl.


What The Wind Knows 

Amy Harmon is one of my top favorite contemporary authors. And I absolutely loved the last historical fiction she wrote – From Sand And Ash. She’s a master at creating a mood in her books. This one’s a time-travel fantasy set in the Ireland of 1921. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

Goodreads Link – here.



The Place On Dalhousie

I could write essays on how much I love Melina Marchetta, okay? History suggests that if I read a book written by her, I’m bound to love it. I’ve been waiting for this book since I read the short story When Rosie Met Jim which is sort of a prologue to this book back in 2017. This book couldn’t come soon enough.

Goodreads Link – here.




I love Greek Mythology, retellings and strong women. This book happens to have all of them. Need I say more?


Goodreads Link – here.




The Poppy War

I found out about this book a little later than I’d have liked thanks to a friend’s review of it on Goodreads. The premise, the genre and the word-of-mouth – everything about this book compelled me to add it to my TBR.


Goodreads Link – here.


The Unhoneymooners

Two words. Christina Lauren.

A wedding? The bridesmaid and the best man? Hijacking a honeymoon? A lie about being married?

Gimme already!

Goodreads Link – here.



The Girl He Used To Know

This is one of the very first books I requested for in Netgalley… and got refused. So this was one of those cases of wanting what you can’t have (for the time being). And of course I love the sound of the book.


Goodreads Link – here.



We Came Here To Forget

The cover was the first thing that attracted me. The premise of a young olympic skier escaping to Argentina after losing everything and reinventing herself with a group of expats was what sold it for me.  Hoping that it will be a good one.

Goodreads Link – here.




The Vanishing Stair

I’ve just started Truly Devious. And I’m really liking it so far. So I just went ahead and added the sequel to my TBR. I’m hoping to love the series even more as I go ahead.


Goodreads Link – here.



The Beautiful

I can’t remember the last time I was this intrigued by the premise of a Young Adult with vampires. This one also happens to be a historical fiction. And this is Renée Ahdieh we’re talking about. Can you blame me for having high hopes?



Goodreads Link – here.

Park Avenue Summer

Mad Men meets Devil Wears Prada. This book promises an insider’s look at the rise of Helen Gurley Brown- the woman who changed the dynamics of what magazines would do as an editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan – through the eyes of her assistant who I assume is fictional.

I’m really intrigued and excited by the sound of this book. Hope it won’t disappoint.

Goodreads Link – here.

This is it. Fingers crossed that these books live up to my expectations!
2019, please don’t let me down!