Book Discussion: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella.

After reading all these YA contemporaries, I was craving some Sophie Kinsella. I recently bought three Sophie Kinsella books at the same time. I am probably going to read the one left soon enough. But first let’s see what I think about this one. This book was hilarious, but it didn’t meet my expectations. Among all her other books, I think I liked this and Finding Audrey the least. But that doesn’t mean it was bad. It was still sweet and happy and beautiful. Its just that it wasn’t the best.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.
Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up, in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer; and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope – and finds love – is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.
But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does – will she want it back?

The thing about Sophie Kinsella books is that they pull you in right from the start. They make you laugh and they make your heart happy. And this book did all those things. As I mentioned before, this book was hilarious. I laughed out loud in so many places and that’s a big plus point. For example:

“Our whole family thrives under pressure. It’s like our family motto or something.

Apart from my brother Peter, of course. He had a nervous break down. But the rest of us.”

or

“Great. Just great. One glimpse of his body and I have a full-blown crush.

I honestly thought I was a bit deeper than that.”

And there are many more lines like these throughout the book!

Another thing that I liked very much about this book and about all her books in general, is that even though the characters look crazy, they are all headstrong women who are smart enough to know what they want. Her books are incredibly feminist and its good to see that in chick-lits. Also, in this book, Nathaniel was not that important. Samantha and her journey was important. There are so many little elements in this book that are unique. When I put down the book and thought the story through, I realized how unique this book is when compared to other books of the same genre. Its not stupid and unrealistic. Her characters are extremely relatable and nice, which is always a nice change.

The things that I didn’t like in this book was that apart from Samantha, there was no one else I was remotely interested about. I didn’t like Nathaniel all that much and I didn’t really care. I liked Samantha because she was funny. And even though I liked Iris, I didn’t like her as much as I wanted too. None of the the characters were just good enough for me. As a result, I didn’t feel enough about the story. These are my complaints about this book.

So, that’s all! I will recommend this book if you want an overall happy book that is easy to read and that will make you laugh. Have you read this book yet? If so, did you like it? Or did you not? Please tell me in the comments!  Thank you so much for reading this. Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 3.25/5.

My Goodreads rating- 3/5.

-Sanchita.

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Book Discussion: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.

This contemporary was supposed to be cutesy and funny. Like the last one. I didn’t really know what I was signing up for when I started reading this book. But I got more than I bargained for. This is not a generic contemporary. This book is special and beautiful. It is deep and it made me ask a lot of questions. And best of all, it made me think about something other than the Shadowhunter world. I think I am ready to read other kinds of books now without comparing them to any of Cassandra Clare’s book. And that, for me, is a great achievement.

Goodreads Synopsis:

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

Throughout this book, there is a tone of sadness and secrecy and it weighed over me. Despite taking place over the summer, it is not a summery romance. It is darker than that. If I had to compare, I would compare this with Where She Went by Gayle Forman. The oppression of the situation is very apparent here. No one is at fault and yet everyone suffers for the situation that have raised and that other people created. Ellie and Graham are the characters that may have been done before in contemporaries but their little nuances throughout the book make them different. This book makes you feel for each and every character and I felt for it. I laughed and cried with them. And it is rare for a contemporary romance to make me cry.

The thing that sets it apart from all other books is that it doesn’t follow the patters that we expect it to follow. The romance is not the same. The family interactions are not the same. Neither are the friendships, even though friendship is a small part of the story. Even the ending is different. I didn’t feel extremely happy when I finished the book, but I did feel satisfied. It felt realistic. And the emotions that went through the characters felt realistic. And that’s what make this story unique and beautiful.

All there is left to say now is that don’t go in expecting a light, summery romance. It is so much more that that. It is dark. And it is going to make you feel. It is similar and yet different from other books of the same genre. And I would recommend it to everyone. I won’t say that this is the best book out there, but it deserves a read from you. Have you read this book? What did you feel about it? Please tell me in the comments! Thank you so much for reading! Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 4.25/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West.

After experiencing the high drama of Shadowhunter chronicles, I needed some sweet and cutesy contemporary so that I can prevent myself from going into a reading slump. After trying to read at least 3 books, I found this one and it was perfect for my mood. I won’t say that this book was amazing or that you need to read this, but if you want to read a sweet contemporary with mild friendship drama, this is the perfect book for you. The book is very light and it will make your heart happy. I would also recommend this book for getting out of a reading slump because this is written in a very easy language and flows well. So, no one should have trouble reading this.

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Right at the beginning of the story, I disliked Gia. I thought that I will just read the story for the good entertainment that it is and move on. But then, the story started being really good. I then found that Gia does have some redeeming qualities other than being shallow and self-centered. But what I really liked about this story are the characters of Bec, Hayden and their mother. All of their characters were created really well even if they were not unique. This story is similar to a lot of other contemporaries out there and I don’t think it is unique in any way. But this one here just has a charm that makes you keep reading and wanting to reach the end. I read this at one sitting and that proves how addictive the book is.

What more can I say about this book? It’s a decent story. The characters are decent. The friendship drama is entertaining. The romance is cute and sweet albeit frustrating. One thing I really liked about this book is that the ending is not rosy. There are some elements that need to be sorted out even after the book ends. So, it’s not completely a fairy-tale.

That’s all I have to say. Overall, its a decent book and you can give it a try if you want to read a light-hearted book. Have you read the book? Did you enjoy it? Please comment! Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 3.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

Hello! I’m alive!

Again, it’s been a very long time. And I have no excuses, again. So, let’s just talk about the book!

As you know, I’ve been hell bent on finishing all the Shadowhunter books as soon as possible. And now that I’m at the end, at least for now, I want to go back to them and read them again. Even though I also kind of want to read some cutesy contemporary to depart from the high level of drama that have been in my life for almost two months now. I love all of Cassandra Clare’s books. But I think that Lady Midnight is the best first book in a series among all the other first books written by Cassandra Clare. And it’s beautiful.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

First of all, let’s talk about the characters. Emma is probably one of the best protagonists ever. She is up there with Tessa and that’s a great compliment coming from me because as you know, I adore the Infernal Devices. And I must say, if this book gets better with each and every book, it may even be better or at par with the Infernal Devices trilogy. I am just putting it out there right now that I have high hopes for the Dark Artifices. Because the first book was brilliant.

Sorry, I got sidetracked. Yes, so Emma impressed me a lot. She impressed me with her decisions and I liked her impulsive nature. She is the kind of protagonist that I like to read about, which basically means that she is stubborn and a prodigy. And Julian is a perfect character to stand beside her and offer different perspectives. Julian kind of reminds me of Jem in the sense that he is inherently good. He keep saying throughout the book that he has built his life around lies but I really didn’t see it that way. All the children have their unique personalities and I love how every one of the Blackthorn children brings their own unique thing to the story without feeling like fillers. But I think I’ll not make any decisions and judgement about Mark just yet. I couldn’t quite pin him down and I need another book to decide my feelings for him. Also, I think that eventually Christina and Emma are going to be parabatai. This is my prediction for the last book of this series.

The writing is, as usual, beautiful. But in this book, I loved the poetic language of the fae and everything about them intrigued me. After reading a certain story from Tales From Shadowhunter Academy stories, I know that not all of them are bad. I kind of feel like I want a book or a series that is based on them because they seem incredibly interesting to me. The plot of this book, as a whole, was really good. And the connection of this plot with a certain poem by Poe blew my mind. I read that poem last semester for my E. A. Poe course and the way Cassandra Clare waved this story around the poem was amazing. Also, I kind of miss Magnus. I know that he is preoccupied with other things but I want him back and I want his witty commentary back. I, like everyone else, also want to know the deal with parabatai falling in love thing. But I’m willing to wait for it.

So, that’s all I have to say about this book. I enjoyed it a lot and I am looking forward to knowing more about these characters and witnessing their adventure. Also, the book was really dark is certain places and I didn’t expect that. I am already hyper up for the next book. I hope the series continues to be as good, if not better, with each book. Did you read this book yet? Please comment on what you felt about this book! Thank you so much for reading this. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 4.75/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.