July Wrap Up 2017

July Wrap Up

How is half of 2017 already gone? : This july, I posted a lot of reviews. Let’s hope I can keep up with my productive book reviewing/reading streak. I also started a new meme this month: Which Cover Wednesday. I will still do Waiting on Wednesday; there are always many amazing books to look forward too, but I needed to add something new.

Coming Up! : August will hopefully mean reading more books. I plan to join Aentee’s (Read at Midnight) #TheReadingQuest, a video game based reading challenge. I loved participating in her #ReadThemAllThon last year. I will publish my sign up TBR post soon. August will also bring me to my birthday! And I will move back into college and start my college classes in August. Here’s to a busy month coming my way!

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7/29/17

The book character, Harry Potter, will celebrate his 37th birthday July 31, 2017 (he was born in 1980).

The producers tried to give Daniel Radcliffe green eyes and Hermione buck teeth like in the books, but failed. Sadly, Daniel had a terrible allergic reaction to his green contact lenses and had to stop wearing them, while Emma Watson couldn’t speak clearly wearing her false buck teeth.”

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Full House Book Tag

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I found the Full House Book Tag, created by Rose @ stuckinfiction, here: Kayla @ KDREWKTHEBOOKWORM’s. I love the TV show Full House. I was excited when Netflix announced the return of the amazing characters (minus Michelle), but, in my opinion, Fuller House doesn’t quite live up to the original.


Danny Tanner: A book that needs to be cleaned up because there are loose ends and plot holes.

I’m going to agree with Kayla (KDREWKTHEBOOKWORM) and say The Love Interest (review).

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Joey Gladstone: A book that made you laugh.

The last book I read that made me laugh/smile was When Dimple Met Rishi (review).

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Jesse Katsopolis: A book that has a great cover.

I could choose almost any book for this prompt. But I’ll go with . . . And I Darken (review), Now I Rise, and Wintersong (review).


Dj Tanner: A book or character that has taught you a lot.

Hmm this is a hard one. Can I be vague and say one of my many, expensive, college textbooks?


Stephanie Tanner: A book that you can’t stop talking about.

I recently finished the Darker Shades of Magic series, and I cannot stop thinking about them. I 100% recommend.


Michelle Tanner: A book or character that you quote a lot.

This is not a book or specific character, but I quote the Harry Potter movies . . . a lot.

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Rebecca Donaldson: A book or character that you relate to the most.

I’ve always found Katy from the Lux series to be very relatable.


Steve Hale: A book that you ate up (couldn’t put down).

I read Paper Princess (review), Broken Prince (review), and Twisted Palace (review) by Erin Watt in 6 or 7 hours straight when they were released.


Alex and Nicky Katsopolis: A book that needs a sequel.

I would say Heartless or any Sarah Dessen book.


Kimmy Gibbler: A book or character that you’ve grown to love.

Juliette from Cinder & Ella (review) and Happily Ever After.


I Tag.

Anyone. If you want to be tagged, let me know and I’ll add you to the list.

 

What about you?: What is your favorite TV show? What do you think about Full House and Fuller House? Do you agree with any of my choices?

A Conjuring of Light Emoji Review

conjurelight.jpgA Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic Series, Book 3) by V.E. Schwab

Synopsis: THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

About the Author: Victoria (V.E.) Schwab is the author of the NYT bestselling Shades of Magic series, as well as a number of MG and YA novels, including This Savage Song. She has been called “the heir to Diana Wynne Jones.” Her dynamic work has caught the attention of major TV and film studios.

Schwab has a Masters degree in Art History from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives in Nashville, TN, but frequents Edinburgh.

Genre: young adult, fantasy, adventure, romance

More Info: hardcover, 624 pages, published by Tor Books on February 21, 2017

5

Emoji Review

It is impossible to gather my thoughts about this book in coherent sentences. There is simply too much greatness to talk about. This list doesn’t even cover my feelings for this book . . . it was 100% perfection.

✔️ Amazing writing 📝

✔️ Perfect ending 🎀

✔️ Fast-paced 🏃🏼

✔️ Emotional 😰

✔️ Witty interactions 💁🏼

✔️ Developing relationships 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦

✔️ World-building 🌎

✔️ Subtle romance ❤️

✔️ Holland’s background ⚪️

✔️ Lila’s badassery 🔫

✔️ Rhy’s perseverance ☀️

✔️ Kell’s heroism 🌹

✔️ Alucard’s passion ✨

✔️ Fighting 👊🏽

✔️ Pirate Ships ⛵️

✔️ Secret black market 💰

 

✖️ Sacrifice ❌

✖️ Multiple POVs ❓

✖️ Open ending ➡️

 

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

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A Gathering of Shadows Review

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A Gathering of Shadows (Darker Shades of Magic, Book 2) by V.E. Schwab

Synopsis: It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

About the Author: V. E. SCHWAB’s first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and reader accolades. Schwab is the author of YA novels, including the acclaimed The Near Witch, along with writing Middle Grade for Scholastic. The Independent calls Schwab “the natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and someone who has “an enviable, almost Gaiman-esque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”

Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance, action

More Info: paperback, 512 pages, published by Tor Books on February 23, 2016

4.5

Partial Spoilers

I could barely form words for my review of A Darker Shade of Magic. I can’t guarantee that this will be any better, but I’ll give it a shot.

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There really wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about this book. The only reason I gave A Gathering of Shadows 4.5/5 stars is becuase it all seemed like filler. It is mostly character driven. There is a foreboding threat on the horizon, as White London and Black London come back to bite Red London in the butt. This book builds beautifully, but ends with a tense cliffhanger. (Be warned: You might want to keep A Conjuring of Light on hand, ready to read.) I’d compare this series to the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The first movie could stand alone. And the second and third movies are drawn out and connected.

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That being said, the main plot point in part 1 (AGOS) is the Essen Tach or Element Games. The championship is meant for entertainment, while the top magicians battle their way to the top. As an international competition, the Essen Tach also function as a political statement. With all of the importance hanging over his head, Rhy is the one to organize the games. … However, Rhy is not the only one involved; Alucard, Kell, and Lila all enter as contestants . . . although not all of them get involved through “legal” ways.

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Kell and Lila and Rhy, oh my! I loved learning more about my favorite characters. Kell is restless. He’s always working off steam. He feels like a prisoner in his own home. He feels alienated from the King and Queen. And he can’t stop thinking about a certain cross-dressing pirate from Grey London. Said knife-wielding Delilah Bard has spent some time at sea. She’s slowly trying to earn the respect of the crew. She’s also been learning magic from her Captain. She is determined to develop elemental abilities and she pushes herself to every limit. For all her fierceness, her vulnerability gave her a new dimension. And poor, charming Rhy. The darling of Red London has a lot to live up to, with his father letting him run the Element Games. But after dying and coming back to life in A Darker Shade of Magic, he’s having major psychological issues.

Alucard Emery! 😍 This pirate, *clears throat* I mean privateer, joins the team. He’s a Captain by choice and a Lord by circumstance. We get to see parts of Alucard’s backstory, some of which is presented through his interactions with his family. I liked seeing his brother and sister because it made him more developed, but there may have been too much of a focus on the Emery household. I felt like there were three sides to Alucard: the pirate, the lord, and the lover. I both respected Alucard for his present actions, and felt regret for Alucard’s past actions and the consequences.

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Oh, the ships! (Both of water and people.) While this book does not focus on romance, relationships are formed. They are slow-burning and perfect. I was filled with tension, just waiting for the moment when Kell and Lila met again after four long months. And now Rhy has a new love interest, the infamous Alucard Emery! I wasn’t expecting this pairing, especially after Alucard hit on Lila, but I am totally behind it. I enjoyed seeing the expansion between Kell’s relationship with his “brother,” Rhy. Their support for one another only grows, despite their issues. The other non-romantic anti-relationship that caught my attention was the  animosity between Kell and Alucard. I loved Kell’s protectiveness for Rhy, but I felt for Alucard at the same time. I wondered where the tension came from up until it was revealed.

I enjoyed this book, despite the lack of serious conflict. You get to see more of the characters and their motivations, so the character development is on point. This world is perfect and I was excited to see more of Red London. The various competitors and their appearances shed light on the other territories in Kell’s world. For example, I thought it was so unique that one of the groups from another country had Jewels in their skin. The writing is beautiful and the novel is perfect. If you haven’t read A Darker Shade of Magic, yet . . . then what are you waiting for?

A Gathering of Shadows by @veschwab and Kell's game board. ⚪🔴⚫ In A Darker Shade of Magic, readers hear about the children's toy Kell brings to Grey London. If one has an affinity for magic, they should be able to move some of the elements in the box. Only Antari with strong magic, like Kell, can control them all… including bone. In A Gathering of Shadows, Lila discovers her own ability to manipulate elements. 🍃 If I lived in Red London, I would be able to wield air and/or earth. ❔ Which elements would you associate with if you lived in Kell's world? ☠️🌍💧💨🔥 #YAbook #bookstagram #bookblogger #bookblog #PoreOverthePages #bookreview #ADarkerShadeofMagic #AGatheringofShadows #ShadesofMagicSeries

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Which Cover Wednesday

Which Cover Wednesday

Which Cover Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sumaya @ Sue’s Reading Corner where participants show different covers of the same book and decide which one they like best.

I just finished by review for Cinder & Ella. When I bought the book and later looked on goodreads, the covers were not the same. So, here is my next Which Cover Wednesday:

Cinder & Ella: Old vs New

I’m going to have to go with the new cover for this one. The revamp matches the cover for the second book. The old cover is over-simplistic and cliché. I also don’t like covers that have faces on them. Personally, if this book hadn’t been recommended to me and it hadn’t had this cover change, I would not have bought this book. Usually, I do judge a book by it’s cover, unless I know the author or story beforehand.

 

Which cover do you like better?

Cinder & Ella Review

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Cinder & Ella (Cinder & Ella, Book 1) by Kelly Oram

Synopsis: It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

About the Author: Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.

Genre: young adult, romance, contemporary

More Info: Kindle edition, 322 pages, published by Bluefields on October 1, 2014

5

Ellamara was named after a priestess from the Cinder Chronicles by L.P. Morgan, her mother’s favorite book series. Ella adopts the books herself and becomes a reader with her own blog. She lives with her single mother, and while they live modestly, Ella has many amazing memories, such as author pictures and signatures. Her birthday is a big production; when she turns 18, her mom takes her out of school and they head for the spa. But in the middle of a winter storm, they get into a car crash.

When Ella wakes up from a coma, she is in the presence of her long-lost father. She has missed her mother’s funeral. Most of her things are gone. And Ella has burn scars that cover over 70% of her body. She now walks with a limp and a cane—and it’s a miracle she can move at all. Then, she is taken from Boston to LA, where she is given a handicapped room with a view. Her new life also comes with a supermodel step-mother and twin step-sisters.

She is scorned by her family, tormented at her new school, and haunted by her own thoughts. When she reconnects with her old internet friend, things get better. They move their friendship forward, but the ultimate test of their relationship has yet to come. At the same time, Ella must learn to adapt to her new body, mental health, and environment.

 

I have so much to say about this book, so here I go!

Veronika (The Regal Critiques) recommended this book to me. When I read the synopsis, it reminded me of a recent book I had read: When It’s Real by Erin Watt (review). While When It’s Real was light, Cinder & Ella was heavy. Don’t get me wrong, I laughed and smiled throughout this book, but there was some hefty content.

At her new private school, Ella is the victim of relentless, over-the-top bullying. The bullying was cliché and almost over-excessive; but I’m afraid that such harsh words and actions might actually be a possible reaction in the real world.

That being said, Ella is not your typical, beautiful, white heroine. First off, she is half-caucasian, half-Chilean. She expresses her spanish identity with her mother; but since that timeline is confined to the prologue and brief mentions, I wish there were more about her mixed heritage apart from the food. Now, she has a lot of scars, a pronounced limp, and a cane. Ella also struggles with mental issues in addition to physical ones. She has depression, low self-esteem, and suicidal tendencies. Yet, Ella so is brave and strong. For example, I would be speechless in the face of my favorite author or actor, but here is Ella demanding that the actor playing the main character of The Druid Prince read the book. She fights for her opinions, and the person she (playfully) argues with the most, is Cinder.

Cinder is an online friend Ella met through her blog. He is a mysterious, but friendly persona who lives across the country, until Ella is brought to California. What readers know, that Ella doesn’t, is that Cinder is in fact Brian Oliver, a famous actor. They have been talking for over three years. When, Cinder doesn’t hear from Ella after her accident, so he thinks she is dead. He goes on a downward spiral, until he finally receives an email months later. His whole world flips upside down, and you can tell he really cares for Ella despite the supposed distance between them. For most of the first book, I assumed Cinder/Brian was in his teens. He acted like a spoiled brat, like an entitled child, apart from his devotion to Ella. This does match society’s view of him, with a bad reputation as a teen who’s not serious about his career. But, when I learned that he was supposed to be 22 years old, I was stunned; the age did not fit my perception of Brian. Otherwise, I wish I had seen Brian interact with more people to reveal his personality further.

Ella’s other friend is Vivian. Vivian is the other outcast at school, with red and white streaked hair, violet contacts, and two dads. While she doesn’t have a lot in common with Ella, they click instantly. Vivian doesn’t care about Ella’s deformations, and neither do her fathers. As costume designers, the two gay men make Ella feel beautiful in their home-made dresses. I just love Vivian and her dads. They are an amazing addition to the story and to Ella’s life.

For the rest of the characters, i.e. Ella’s new family, I was back and forth. I sympathized with Ella as the main character, but I occasionally saw the other side. Their actions and words were not always black and white. The characters were so real and flawed. The main thing I have to say for Jennifer, parallels Ella’s assessment: she’s insensitive. Ella’s dad is a conundrum. He obviously has hidden resentment toward his daughter, but he welcomes her into his home. He is over-protective, but doesn’t accept Ella’s own judgement. Anastasia is rude and ruins even the best of times.

Then there is the other twin, Juliette. In the beginning, she was nowhere near as bad as Anastasia. She ignored Ella for the most part. Later, her morals kick in and she acts out for Ella. It’s a bumpy transition, but I loved Juliette’s character arc/development.

The writing was easy to follow, although many of the plot points and character traits are revealed through dialogue. I can’t say I was disappointed; in over-descriptive books I tend to skim over the narration and skip to the talking. And there were many amazing details. Having said that, this book could have used more description. There were times when I couldn’t picture the setting and paint a mental picture of the scene.

One of the positives about this book was the talk about mental health. It was expressed in a straightforward manner. There is a stigma about mental health, so I was happy to see Ella’s sessions with Dr. Parish. Ella may have felt alone in the beginning, but even then she had her hospital team. When she was told to build her support system, Ella contacted Cinder. The best thing about her friendship (infatuation?) was its effect. Yes, her funny friend changed her with smiles, laughs, and normalcy. However, it was not “love conquers all.” Ella still struggles with her appearance and motivation.

The ending was so cute. Personally, I was content with the finale. When I found out there was a book 2, I was happy to be privy to more of Ella and Brian’s forming relationship. I was so excited, that I actually binge read both books within 24 hours. Oops. 😊

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When Dimple Met Rishi Review

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: Sandhya Menon is the author of When Dimple Met Rishi. She was born and raised in India on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food, and blames this upbringing for her obsession with happily-ever-afters, bad dance moves, and pani puri. Now she lives in Colorado, where she’s on a mission to (gently) coerce her husband and children watch all 3,220 Bollywood movies she claims as her favorite. Visit her online at SandhyaMenon.com.

Genre: young adult, contemporary, romance

More Info: Kindle edition, 380 pages, published by Simon Pulse on May 30, 2017

4.5

When Dimple Met Rishi is a book that follows . . . you guessed it, Dimple and Rishi.

Dimple is a school/career focused, Indian-American, who loves coding. She doesn’t see eye to eye with her mother’s view on marriage. And she wants to experience life on her own. So, she is heading to Stanford at the end of the summer. But with weeks still ahead of her before she goes to college, she discovers Insomnia Con 2017 and immediately wants to go. When she finds out that the winning prize may include a concept critique with Jenny Lindt, her web development idol, she pleads with her parents let her go to the summer camp. She is skeptical when her parents agree, but takes their compliance and runs with it.

In San Francisco, Dimple meets her roommate . . . and her mother’s pick for her “Ideal Indian Husband.”

Rishi is a hopeless romantic. He goes to Insomnia Con ready to meet his life partner through an arranged marriage set up by his parents. He believes Dimple knows about the arrangement. But she doesn’t, so things go seriously wrong.

“Hello, future wife,” he said, his voice bubbling with glee. “I can’t wait to get started on the rest of our lives!”

Dimple stared at him for the longest minute. The only word her brain was capable of producing, in various tonal permutations was: What? What?

Dimple didn’t know what to think. Serial killer? Loony bin escapee? Strangely congenial mugger? Nothing made sense. So she did the only thing she could think to do in the moment—she flung her iced coffee at him and ran the other way.

They end up partnered together to work on the project for the competition. With Dimple’s idea and Rishi’s art, they attempt to make a great app to help people with medical problems, like her father’s diabetes and his inability to keep up with the changes to his prescriptions. They bond over meals, hard work, dancing, and fun. They challenge each other and fall in love despite Dimple’s vehemence not to commit to a serious relationship.

 

This book is amazing. I was smiling and laughing at various points. This novel just made me so happy. I laughed out loud at the scene where they first met (see above). I grinned at the description of Rishi fan(boy)ing for his favorite comic book artist. I’m pretty sure if I met some of my favorite authors, I would be incapable of speech as well. It was such a perfect and relatable moment.

That being said, I can see myself in so many aspects of the main characters. Like Rishi, I regularly call my parents to check in and talk about my day/problems. Dimple allowing Rishi to stay and be her partner out of guilt for her harsh treatment. I feel guilty a lot, sometimes for no reason at all, and can relate to worrying about human interaction. Also like Dimple, I get obsessive over my work. I’m a perfectionist at heart and want the end result to be perfect.

Despite my perfectionist philosophy, I enjoyed Dimple’s flaws. They are what make her so real and personable. There was some controversy over Dimple throwing coffee on Rishi, but I think her reaction was somewhat practical. I also enjoyed Dimple’s dedication to learning and education.

I wouldn’t mind me a Rishi Patel. As a student myself, I related to Rishi’s struggle of finding a career that is stable VS enjoyable. He is so attentive and considerate. The “date” that he takes Dimple on was so thoughtful and so perfect. He is down to earth too. Despite Rishi’s parents being rich, Rishi is not snobby. This is shown directly by the difference between Rishi and Celia’s friends.

Speaking of Celia, she was a good addition to character list. Her relationship with Ashish, Rishi’s younger brother, is like a story within a story.

Another interesting, albeit less mentioned, character is Dimple’s mom. Her mom is pushy and traditional. They don’t exactly relate. Her mom wants her to wear makeup and become a wife. Dimple wants to further her education and, like most teenagers, occasionally be lazy. The progression of their relationship at the end made me content. Although they weren’t present for the whole story, I was happy to see parental representation (for both Dimple and Rishi) in YA.

The cultural representation and search for identity were amazing. All views of the Indian-American culture were presented in a straightforward manner. The traditional vs non-traditional lifestyles were also shown. There are Hindi terms flawlessly incorporated through dress and customs. Seeing Dimple’s struggle with her Indian half and Rishi’s acceptance, demonstrate the multicultural struggle to fit in and to determine self.

One of the main points in the book is the dismissal and stereotyping of the rich, white people. While the “Amberzombies” do function to show aspects of the main characters’ personalities, the plot could have gone is so many different ways. I think Cait says it best in her review: A Page With a View: When Dimple Met Rishi Review. I was uncomfortable with the party scene when Dimple pressures Rishi to drink. Yes, peer pressure is real, and that scene shows how there can be a potential for danger through Rishi’s hesitation.

This is an amazing, diverse, fluffy contemporary book. However, I wish there was more about the coding and app development. But the pieces of plot match up nicely. The dual POVs made the story fresh, although I had a hard time distinguishing between their voice once or twice. The ending was somewhat cliché, but it brought the story full circle in an adorable fashion.

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