[#Audiobooks] Oona Out Of Order by Margarita Montimore

Genre: Magical Realism, Time Travel

My Rating: DNF

Narration: ⭐⭐⭐

Story: ⭐⭐

I’m definitely an unpopular opinion (which isn’t surprising). I had been wanting to read this for weeks, and finally had an opportunity to get my hands on it through Scribd, which I’m loving at the moment!

Everyone on Instagram has been raving about it, and seems to be loving this one..except me! This was like finding out Santa and the tooth fairy aren’t real! Incredibly disappointing!

I don’t know if it was because audio was a poor choice for this one, or the story just wasn’t good, or a bit of both. But I thought Oona was whiney and annoying! The romance was cheesy in my opinion, and I was mainly just bored!

It’s a shame, cause I was sold on the whole time travel aspect.

Ugh..another overhyped book. 🤦‍♀️ I tried!

Have you read this one? Did you love it like everyone else?

Just because life might be out of order, doesn’t mean it’s broken.

It’s new years eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London to study economics, or follow her heart and remain at home in Brooklyn to be with her boyfriend? As the countdown to the new year begins, Oona feels lightheaded, woozy, and it’s not from the champagne. At the stroke of midnight Oona is torn from her life and everyone she loves, finding herself in her 51 year old body thirty-three years into the future. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that will with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. Still a young woman on the inside, but ever changing on the outside, who will she be next year? Philanthropist? Club kid? World traveler? Wife to a man she’s never met?

Hopping through decades, and a lifetime Oona Out of Order is a surprising, magical novel that explores the power of love, the bonds of family, and the wonders of life.

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid #Overhyped

Genre: Coming Of Age Fiction

My Rating: DNF @ Chapter 6

Okay, seriously..what the F is going on?!! This is the second DNF in a row! 🤦‍♀️

This is one of THE hottest books and everyone from your mom, your neighbour, the bus driver (you get the picture), has read it or is reading it right now!

Again, I find myself another unpopular opinion, and probably the only person who actually didn’t like it. 🙈

The first chapter had me hooked, but it all went downhill from there.

This book had such great promise, but never delivered. It was SO not what I thought it was gonna be! I was expecting this amazing and powerful read like The Hate U Give.. Maybe that was the problem. My expectations were waay too high!

From chapter 2 and on, I kept waiting for the story to get better and something to happen, but it never did. I really didn’t care to hear about Alix’s life as a new mom or Emira’s night out with her friends. I wanted more of the night at the grocery store and it’s after affects! Not, Today’s Parent meets Cosmo magazine.

This was just one hot mess for me! From the choppy writing to the dialogue..ugh..

Have you read this one yet? Did you love it like so many others did?

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐ ( DNF @ 41 pages )

Not sure how I missed posting this here on my blog last month, but here it goes..

Guys! I think I just found the book that can cure insomnia!!! Seriously! This just made my top list of boring reads and I’m so disappointed. Talk about a waste, cause I purposely bought the fairyloot edition and was really excited to read it.

Aside from the beautiful setting of New Orleans and a girl getting brutally murdered on the docks (which earned it the 2 star rating), I have no idea why this book took place in the 1870’s. It felt too modern to be historical.

My other issue with this one was the repetition of Celine running away from her past. Yes..I know..she has some dark secret! If you’re gonna mention it that many times, just frikkin spit it out already!!

Ugh..I tried.

Have you read it? Did you love it like everyone else? Or are you an unpopular opinion like me?

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff #OverhypedBooks

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

Rating: DNF ⭐⭐

I was given fair warning by The Book Prescription about this book. But I’ve been on a sci-fi kick and LOVED Illuminae. So I wanted to give this one a try. To be fair, the premise sounded like it would be up my alley and I DID walk into it without any expectations.

Kudos to you @thebookprescription for seeing it through till the end, cause quite frankly, I got tired of hearing about Tyler’s dimples, killer smile, how hot he was and his scar on his right eyebrow. I lasted 6 chapters and could have sworn the story was titled Captain Hotness & his dimples. Seriously. There was not one chapter that didn’t mention them. Or his good looks. Or his tousled hair.

This could have been a great story, cause it was moving quite nicely with Auri and I liked the multiple POV’s. But it was those stupid dimples that got to me.

They were annoying..like Steve Urkle level of annoying!

Still wanna read this one? Then I highly suggest the library.

Have you read it? What did you think?

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

** Thank you Netgalley & Forge Books for my eARC. **

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Crime Fiction

Rating: DNF ⭐⭐

I am going to be a VERY unpopular opinion with this one.

I’m all for courtroom drama, but this…was just drama. It felt like I was reading a daytime soap. The storytelling was slow and repetitive. Hello Y&R!

I could have skipped from chapter 1 to chapter 5 and it would still be the same thing: the mention of Jack being a lawyer who hates losing, his hatred for Martha Gardiner and Rachel the law student, who also happens to be Gardiner’s intern.

I also found it juvenile at times. Rachel was like a melodramatic teenager trapped in a 36 year old’s body.

The premise is what hooked me, and I liked the alternating timelines, but I just didn’t have the patience for this one. Sorry..

Have you read this one?

Law student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She’s smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA’s office is her ticket to a successful future.

Problem is–she’s wrong.

And in this cat and mouse game–the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.

Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS a bad case. Only a bad client.

This was like learning to drive a stick shift for the very first time. At times it’s moving well, others not so much.

What worked well:

I enjoyed the alternating POV’s between Eddie & Kane.

Kane was a great villain: ever so calculated with impeccable timing.

What didn’t:

Unfortunately, the story itself didn’t quite have the same effect as the premise did.
It was entertaining, but not the nail biting experience I was hoping to get.

THE SERIAL KILLER ISN’T ON TRIAL.

HE’S ON THE JURY…

They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

My Rating: DNF

⭐⭐ 1/2

..the average person has thirteen secrets that they live with-five of which they’ve never told a soul. That was our focus, at the resort: secrets

Thrill Level:

Drama: ☆☆☆☆

DNF at 116 pages 🙊🤦‍♀️

Not gonna lie. I wanted to give up much earlier, but I was determined to give it a chance and see how things would unfold.

The author does a good job at leaving a trail of crumbs to reel you in, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get me hooked.

The premise sounded so promising! I even liked the style, which included emails and a Hollywood gossip article. It just took way too long to get into all the couples’ secrets. By then, I no longer cared nor did I connect with any of the characters.

Sorry guys..I really tried, but I just wasn’t feelin it.

The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the “last resort” offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera.

Johanna and Ben have a marriage that looks perfect on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly: after all, Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second to his job as an executive at a powerful mining company. But what has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all it seems—and neither are Miles and Grace themselves. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out?

As a deadly tropical storm descends on the coast, trapping the hosts and the guests on the resort, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person—or their marriage—will remain unchanged by what follows.

Book Chat: Top 5 Disappointing Summer Reads

What were your most disappointing reads so far?

I was really looking forward to these ones, but sadly they didn’t quite live up to the hype or my expectations. 😢

I’ve listed them starting with my most disappointing read:

1) Finale by Stephanie Garber

⭐⭐ 1/2

2) The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

⭐⭐ 1/2

3) Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

⭐⭐⭐

4) The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

⭐⭐⭐

5) The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

⭐⭐⭐1/2

In all fairness, The Arrangment was a good read. It’s just that I expected more from it and didn’t love it like I did with Her Pretty Face.

[#BookReview] When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Genre: YA

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

This was a highly talked about book last summer. I literally saw it on every bookstagrammer’s feed! And of course, I fell victim to FOMO and wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

I alternated between audiobook and ebook, but somehow I still found myself struggling a bit to finish it.

Unfortunately, this was just another overhyped read for me.

What I did like..

It was a cute rom-com and I liked that it wasn’t your typical YA novel. Dimple & Rishi were college bound.

I thought Rishi was really sweet despite his initial treatment from Dimple.

I actually liked Dimple’s headstrong attitude. Yes, she came off as being rude, but it was honest.

What didn’t work for me..

Rishi’s insta love was like a double-edged sword. On the one hand I liked it was the guy who fell in love first, but I just wasn’t entirely convinced. I get the whole arranged marriage set up, but something was missing from this love story.

I also thought this story was cheesy at times. When I wasn’t reading it, I found myself not really caring to pick it back up. I know..that’s bad right?!

Overall, it was still an enjoyable read, but I wasn’t over the moon about it.

Have you read it? Did you love it?

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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