Mini Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

May Contain Spoilers


Meh. I found this slow and it didn’t hold my interest. I read to about the 30% point, and then skimmed and jumped to the end. I don’t know if I wasn’t in the mood for it or what, but it didn’t meet my high expectations (maybe that was the problem – how could it be as good as I built it up to be?). Dimple, at times, was just as selfish and abrasive as Rishi accused her of being, and Rishi, while I liked him, was too passive and too accepting of the role his family put him in. My favorite part of the book was when he broke out of the expectations placed on him and finally fought to come into his own. IDK. Maybe I have just become tired of the YA romance genre.

Grade: 2.5 stars

Review copy obtained from my local library

About the book:

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.

Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Review by Poo Penny

Contains SPOILERS

It is hard to tell when to round stars up or down, but I decided to round up because I liked how savage Katharine seemed at the end.

To be really honest, the first half of this book is slow. It’s about the 3 sisters, with 3 different abilities, and them honing their skills. Katharine is a poisoner, which should mean she can eat any poisons, the more she can eat, the stronger a poisoner she is. Arsinoe is a naturalist, so she can control nature? And Mirabelle is an elemental, she appears to be the strongest so far.

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Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Review by Poo Penny

May Contain Spoilers

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Review: Given by the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

May Contain Spoilers

Well.  Hmmmm.  I’m not sure how I feel about this one.  It’s grim and dark, featuring a protagonist doomed to die for the good of her people.  There were four POVs, which I think was a bit excessive for the length of the book, and I thought that Dara and Witt’s chapters weren’t really needed.  Though, honestly, that opinion might be because I didn’t really care for either character.

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Review: Frost Blood by Elly Blake

May Contain Spoilers

Review by Poo Penny

Yay! Another special snowflake, get it?, story! Ruby is a fireblood, which means that she can produce a flame, and there are frostbloods, which means that they can control, oh you guessed it, frost! Well, the land, I forget what they call it, is controlled by a frostblood king, and he has basically wiped out all the firebloods. Ruby is the last, most precious. Insert eye roll. Some stuff happens, her mother is killed, she is captured, and her village is burned to the ground.

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