TOP TEN TUESDAY : FIRST 10 BOOKS I REVIEWED FOR MY BLOG

Happy Tuesday, people! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. And the topic this week is the first 10 books I reviewed. I’ve never really reviewed seriously before starting this blog. So here are the first 10 books I reviewed for this blog –

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Transcend

The first of a duology with a reincarnation twist. There were 3 primary characters who all made my heart all achy.

My Rating : ★★★★★

 (Goodreads)

 

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Not So Nice Guy

A friends-to-lovers romance with enough fluff and sweetness to give you diabetes. If you’re in mood for a light and cute romance, this is it for you.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

 

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The Simple Wild

An atmospheric book that made me feel part of the world. At the center of it is a girl’s journey of self-discovery and the theme of family.

My rating: ★★★★★

(Goodreads)

 

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Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10)

The finale to my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Kate Daniels remains at the top of my list of favorite badass heroines.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

 

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Epoch (Transcend #2)

An emotional conclusion to the beautiful story we saw start in Transcend. The 3 characters in this book are very close to my heart.
Interesting fact – The covers photos of both the books actually have a role to play in the book.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

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Letters to the Lost

A heavy read on two characters who are dealing with grief in different ways and connect through letters left on a graveyard. I feel that the depth of this book was plagued by some cliches. The romance was minimal too. But it’s got a beautiful message about how first impressions can be wrong.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

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Good Luck With That

A beautiful read about friendship, addiction, self harm, obesity, mental illness and the importance of self-love.

It is not an easy read. But it has some meaningful messages that I feel we all need in our lives.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

One of my all-time favorite friends-to-lovers romances. It’s got an amazingly quirky heroine who is not afraid to be herself. It’s also got a Korean hero. *Swoon*

Worth a read if you like friends-to-lovers trope.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

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The Girl Made of Clay

A woman who has always had to look after herself is now now has an added responsibility to look after her estranged musician father after he is injured. Things are not all good with her pilot husband flying away frequently too. The father-daughter relationship was my favorite part of this book.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

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Sadie

Perhaps my favorite crime-suspense-mystery of last year. A very difficult read about a teenager on the run to find the man behind her younger sister’s death.

My Rating: ★★★★★

(Goodreads)

 


It was great revisiting the books I reviewed at the beginning of my blogging journey! ^_^

Book Review: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Recently, I saw a lot of buzz about this book. I knew it would be a heavy read and I wasn’t really in the mood for anything heavy. Maybe that’s why I was underwhelmed by the book when I did read it.

Juliet lost her mother in a car accident. She’s a teenager dealing with the loss of the person she was closest to and who she considered to be her hero. Declan is another teenager dealing with the aftermath of an accident and his own mistakes. Both of them have emotional baggage and come to depend on each other through letters without knowing each other’s identities.

The plot was good but it lacked freshenss. I mean, this is not the first book that has it’s protagonists getting close through mail or letters anonymously and yet hating each other in real life. And then you’ve got your misunderstood outcasts, stepfather being a jerk, ignorant parents. Cliches after cliches. Now, I love cliches as much as the next person. I really do. It’s just the execution of those cliches that left a lot to be desired.

I did enjoy the middle parts where Juliet and Declan interact more in real life and the push and pull they play with the reveal of their identities. That was well done. I also liked the message about how we tend to judge others based on appearances and impressions we get about them through what we hear in the grapevine.

Maybe the problem was me. Because I saw a lot of people talk about feeling emotional after reading the book. Was I the only one who didn’t feel any emotional connection with the book?

Even the conclusion felt lazy to me. I found the resolution at the end with their families to be too facile and unconvincingly simplified. Especially Declan’s family. I wished to see more of his mother. We hear about her redemption but we don’t see it. I also wanted to see more of Juliet’s dad.

Although the book claimed to be a contemporary romance, there was little to no romance in it. Not that the lack of a romance is a problem, but I hate it when books don’t fit into the genres they claim.

I liked the book. I didn’t love it like so many others did. Maybe it’s a problem with me more than the book. So feel free to check it out.

I see that there is a sequel planned for Rev, one of my more favorite parts of the book. So I might even check the sequel out just for Rev!


 

My Rating: ★★★☆☆