The Housewarming – Book Review

Ava put her daughter Abi in the pushchair for merely five minutes as she rushed back upstairs to the bathroom. And when she returned back, her daughter is missing. Ava blames herself for her daughter’s disappearance and refuses to move on until she and her husband Matt were invited to a housewarming party, hosted by the Lovegood family. Then at the party, some secrets starts emerging…

I really liked the pace of the story. The emotional feelings that Ava is going through is realistic as she is struggling to move on, even she has another child, Fred. The story parts are sad as how Ava’s sudden disappearance put a toll on Ava’s marriage with Matt as well as Ava’s relationship with the neighbors, Bella and Neil and others. The feel of guilt that Ava is experiencing seemed real. The story is fast paced, making the reader hooked into the story. The first part was a bit boring but towards the middle until the end, at the party only some twists and turns start to happen with secrets revealing and lies and betrayal. Overall, this is actually an emotional family drama with a thriller in it. The ending was literally sad though it was good.

Overall it was a heartwarming story. Worth four stars!

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The Housewarming: A completely unputdownable psychological thriller with a shocking twist by [S.E. Lynes]

Everyone is going to the housewarming party.
All the same people who lived on the street the day Abi vanished…
Will her mother finally learn the truth?

Ava only left her daughter in the pushchair for five minutes. The buckle was fastened, and she was sure it was safe. But when she came downstairs, the door was open and Abi was gone – she walked down the road, past the Lovegoods’ house, and was never seen again.

A year later, the Lovegoods are planning their long-anticipated housewarming party. Ava doesn’t want to go. She can’t bear to look down that end of the road, to see the place where Abi vanished, and she doesn’t want to spend time with people who don’t share her grief. Her husband Matt persuades her: he’s worried about her. A night out might do her good.

But as her friends and neighbours chat, and the drink and gossip flows, Ava learns something new about the day she has re-lived a thousand times. A throwaway comment which could change everything.

Ava thought she knew every last detail of that day.

She’s about to find out she was wrong…

No. of pages:- 350 pages

Date published:- 23rd October 2020

Genre:- Thriller

S. E. Lynes

S.E. Lynes is the Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’ psychological thrillers, VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL, THE WOMEN, THE LIES WE HIDE, and CAN YOU SEE HER?
Formerly a BBC producer, she turned to writing following the birth of her third child.
After completing an MA in Creative Writing, she became a tutor at Richmond Adult Community College, where she taught creative writing for over ten years. She now combines writing, mentoring and lecturing.
She has also published three children’s books in Italy: IL LEOPARDO LAMPO, LA COCCODRILLA INGAMBA, and the bilingual LA SCIMMIA SPIRITOSA/THE FUNNY MONKEY, all available at

The Second Chance Supper Club – Book Review

Just finished listening to The Second Chance Supper Club by Nicole Meier

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Two estranged sisters reunite in an emotional novel of family, forgiveness, lost hope, and new beginnings.

They had a forever bond, until a sudden tragedy thrust them apart. Now, each at a crossroad in her own life, two sisters’ paths are about to intersect.

Broadcast journalist Julia Frank has it all: a career, an ambitious fiancé, and the hard-won respect of her peers. Until a ruinous decision destroys her reputation, puts her job at risk, and sends her reeling toward the only soul left to turn to: her estranged sister, Ginny.

The owner of a clandestine supper club hidden in the Arizona desert, Ginny Frank has a lot on her plate. The last thing she wants is more drama—or the burden of nursing her younger sister’s wounded ego. But family is family. Besides, Ginny can use the help in more ways than one, and she’s going to make sure Julia pulls her weight.

As a tenuous reunion reopens old wounds, Julia and Ginny have no choice but to confront the pain and betrayals of the past. Will working to keep the secret supper club running be just what they need to find common ground and a path toward forgiveness, or will the increasing stress push them even further apart?

No. of pages :- 267 Pages

Date Published :- September 2019

Genre:- Rural Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction

Nicole Meier

Nicole Meier is the author of The House of Bradbury, The Girl Made of Clay, and The Second Chance Supper Club. She is a native Southern Californian who pulled up roots and moved to the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband, three children, and one very nosy Aussiedoodle. Visit her at

Here’s the nutshell of the story. Julia Frank seems to have a successful career as a broadcast journalist but one day, her career seems to have just ended when she asked the mayor of New York a question on live that seemed to have angered him. She then flees to Arizona to get away from the chaos and tries to reunite with her estranged sister, Ginny. Ginny used to be a former chef who also used to live in New York but now is running a secret supper club in her house during the night. This is the story about how the two estranged sisters trying to patch up their relationship.

So here are the things I liked about the book.

  • I would say that the book was well written. I like the way the author has used the description that makes the reader feel as if they are in Arizona with the characters.
  • The description of the food was amazing and made me feel hungry and mouth watering!
  • I also like the book cover because I thought it looked cute!
  • Another good thing about the book is it is actually a quick read and didn’t take too much time to finish the book!

Now the things I didn’t like the book

  • I did not like the characters at all, particularly Julia and Olive, Ginny’s daughter. To me, Julia sounds like a whiny naive character–I mean she is a journalist and shouldn’t she at least try to save her at least her reputation by proving her point? Also Olive sounded more like a whiny teenager than a twenty one year old.
  • I do like the story about the two estranged sisters getting back together to renew their relationship but then some parts of the story doesn’t sound realistic

Overall, this book is a good quick and cosy read. Worth three stars!

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You Should See Me In A Crown- Book Review

Just finished with the audio book of You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson. Can’t wait to share my thoughts with you all! You Should See Me in a Crown (9781338503265): Johnson ...

Becky Albertalli meets Jenny Han in a smart, hilarious, black girl magic, own voices rom-com by a staggeringly talented new writer.

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?

No. of Pages :- 336 pages

Date published:- June 2020

Genre:- YA Fiction/ LGBT fiction

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Leah Johnson is a writer, editor and eternal Midwesterner, currently moonlighting as a New Yorker. She is a graduate of Indiana University and Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her MFA in fiction writing, and currently teaches in their undergraduate writing program

This is actually my first time reading LGBTQ themed books. This book is also the debut book of author Leah Johnson.

So in a nutshell, Liz Lightley believes that she is too black, too poor, too awkward to take part in the prom that seems to be an obsession in her small town Campbell, Indiana. But when she loses the financial aid she has been aiming for to get into her dream college, Pennington College. Her only choice would have been to join the highly publicized high school prom event which will offer her the check to her get into Pennington so she could become a doctor. But being black is not the reason why Liz was a bit hesitant if she will win the prom–she is actually a queer.

So anyway, I will tell you all about the ones I liked about the book.

  • I really enjoyed reading this book! I simply couldn’t put it down.It was funny, it was so well written. Kudos to the author for writing this book well. It was also interesting too to read that I simply couldn’t put it down.
  • Many of the characters in this book are all likable except of course Rachel. I really like the main protagonist, Liz Lightley’s character in the book. She was funny, but she was also very open, a bit sensitive and is particularly close to her brother Robbie.
  • I also like how Liz’s friend particularly Gabby and Britt were all supportive to her, helping her to prep for the prom, knowing her sexuality. This shows the true friendship between the girls. I like how Jordan, her friend from middle school was supporting her in the end.
  • I should say, the narrator who was reading the book did a good job reading it as I was drawn into the book!
  • I like the budding romance between Liz and the new girl, Amanda McCarthy, known as Mac. I also like how the author made it realistic as Liz was feeling a bit insecure with her feelings.
  • This is such a cute book! This book is full of activity and also I had an emotional roller coaster ride while reading this book.
  • This book is told from the perspective of Liz so we can actually know what Liz is really feeling. She seemed to be a kind heart likable character, sometimes making bad decisions.
  • I like the competition the high school is having to secure a position in the prom court, like the bake sale, volunteer work.
  • I like how nearly the entire community support Liz in the end–it was so heart breaking and emotional as how Liz had to go through because she is black and because of her sexuality.

Overall, I strongly recommend this book to everyone! It was fun, enjoyable, unputdownable and overall an emotional roller coaster ride. Worth five stars!

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The Breakdown–Book Review

Hey all! Just finished reading The Breakdown by B.A. Paris and today will be the book review about this book!

The Breakdown: The gripping thriller from the bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors by [B A Paris]

f you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

It all started that night in the woods.

Cass Anderson didn’t stop to help the woman in the car, and now she’s dead.

Ever since, silent calls have been plaguing Cass and she’s sure someone is watching her.

Consumed by guilt, she’s also starting to forget things. Whether she took her pills, what her house alarm code is – and if the knife in the kitchen really had blood on it.

  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: HQ (February 9, 2017)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2017
  • Genre:- Psychological Thriller/ Women’s Fiction
B A Paris

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown and Bring Me Back. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 38 territories around the world. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK.

I have not yet read her first novel, Behind Closed Doors yet (which I am planning to read soon). I decided to try this book, The Breakdown first.

The story begins with Cass Anderson, who was at a party with her colleagues from work. On her way home, she takes the shortcut, instead of taking the main road, that is through the woods. While driving through the shortcut, she sees a car, parked by the side of the road, and sees a woman inside the car. Cass stops and then drives away, as it was raining heavily and she thought that the woman had already asked for help. The next day, the news came that the woman who Cass saw in the car was murdered brutally. Later on, we find that the woman’s name was Jane Walters who Cass befriended two weeks ago at a party. Cass is now overwhelmed with guilt of not helping her friend at the time. And then, she starts receiving silent phone calls and then she keeps forgetting things…

Let’s start with the ones I like about the book.

  • I thought the plot line for the story was actually good. It was in fact intriguing.
  • Towards the end, there were twists to the story so it actually hooked me into the story as to what is going to happen next.
  • As a reader, you would think if Cass is actually going crazy or if she was imagining things in her head.
  • The book is well written in my opinion–it was easy to read.

Now about the ones I didn’t like about the book.

  • The story to me was a bit predictable, including the one of the characters I knew would be Jane’s murderer
  • None of the characters in this book are likable–Cass, the main character to me was naive and whiny, her husband, Matthew is inconsiderate and her friend Rachel to me, I didn’t really like her.
  • This is a slow paced thriller which is not to my liking

Overall, this was a good book but only worth four stars because of the good plot and the story was well written.

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Cappuccinos, Cupcakes and a Corpse–Book Review

Happy Monday!! I am back with a book review–I got this book free from Kindle. The first series of Cape Bay series, Cappuccinos, Cupcakes and a Corpse, a cozy mystery book by Harper Li.

Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse (A Cape Bay Cafe Mystery Book 1) by [Harper Lin]

Francesca Amaro moves back to her hometown of Cape Bay, Massachusetts, and takes over the family business, Antonia’s Italian Café. She spends her days making delicious artisan cappuccinos, until she stumbles upon her neighbor’s dead body. When the police discover Mr. Cardosi was poisoned, Francesca becomes a suspect.

The victim’s son, Matty, happens to be Francesca’s old high school friend. Together, they uncover the secrets of the locals in order to find the killer in their idyllic beach town.

Print Length: 286 pages

Publication Date: May 25, 2015

Genre:- Cozy Mystery

Harper Lin is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of cozy mysteries. When she’s not reading or writing mysteries, she loves going to yoga classes, hiking, and hanging out with her family and friends.

I have been reading a lot of cozy mystery books and this is one of the books. The story begins with Francesca, who moves back to her hometown in Cape Bay from New York after her mother had passed away. She owns a family chain cafe in Cape Bay and keeps herself busy most of the time. And one day, when she was on her way home, she sees Mr. Cordozi, slumped on his chair, dead. And then begins her investigation.

So let’s start with the ones I like about the book.

  • I like the book cover of the book.
  • Towards the end, the book got interesting as both Fran and her childhood friend Matt set about to find Mr. Cordozi’s killer.

Things I didn’t like

  • I felt many parts of the story was not really related to the story–a lot of unnecessary parts

Overall this is an OK book. Give three star rating

Poul Anderson Appreciation: Three Stars

Pretty Girls – Book Review

Hello all! I am back with one of Karin Slaughter’s thriller books, Pretty Girls and so I am going to be sharing a review with you all!

Pretty Girls: A Novel

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

No of Pages :- 592 Pages

Language :- English



Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant NEW YORK TIMES bestselling standalones, COP TOWN and PRETTY GIRLS. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print around the world. Find her on the web at

So I will first start with the the things I liked in the book

  • The book is well written, with vivid descriptions and scenes with a good use of language–Karin Slaughter is a very good writer and she manages to keep the reader at pace and at the edge of the seat when she ends each chapter with a nail biting moment.
  • The story is emotional tale of sisters’ relationship–One sister disappeared about twenty three years ago, two sisters have an estranged relationship and were reunited when one of the sisters find a dark secret her husband had kept away from her for eighteen years.
  • Story also talks about the emotional stress that leaves a mark to the family when one of their members go missing. Karin has written the father’s perspective by writing letters to his missing/dead daughter.
  • There were many twists and turns particularly when Claire finds that her husband who she assumed is dead is still alive and is a violent psychopath.

The things I did not like

  • OK, most of Slaughters books are violent and this is violent. It talks about sexual abuses, and is not just sexual abuses–there were some parts in the book where it is disturbing, particularly the parts where Slaughter writes a scene where the girl is brutally branded with an iron rod.
  • The brutal torture description that Lydia one of the sisters have to go through particularly waterboarding with urine (ewww) is too much
  • The part where the girls were raped with a machete (!?!?!?!?!) and tortured with cattle prod and machete is so disturbing and gory.

Overall, my rating for this book will be


Book Review–The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, Ruth Hogan

Hey all! Second book review of the day!!!! I just finished reading The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan and so I am going to share with you all what I really think about the book.

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

Masha is drowning. Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town’s lido, where she seeks refuge underwater – safe from the noise and the pain.

But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women – the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician’s wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice – opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again.

Until the fateful day when the past comes roaring back…

  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Two Roads (May 3, 2018)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2018
  • Genre:–Parenting/Litarary
Ruth Hogan

I was born in the house where my parents still live in Bedford: my sister was so pleased to have a sibling that she threw a thrupenny bit at me. As a child I read everything I could lay my hands on: The Moomintrolls, A Hundred Million Francs, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the back of cereal packets and gravestones. I was mad about dogs and horses, but didn’t like daddy-long-legs or sugar in my tea.

I studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College which was brilliant, but then I came home and got a ‘proper’ job. I worked for ten years in a senior local government position (I was definitely a square peg in a round hole, but it paid the bills and mortgage) before a car accident left me unable to work full-time and convinced me to start writing seriously. It was going well, but then in 2012 I got cancer, which was bloody inconvenient but precipitated an exciting hair journey from bald to a peroxide blonde Annie Lennox crop. When chemo kept me up all night I passed the time writing and the eventual result was The Keeper of Lost Things.

I live in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and my long-suffering partner (who has very recently become my husband – so I can’t be that bad!) I am a magpie, always collecting treasures, and a huge John Betjeman fan. My favourite word is ‘antimacassar’ and I still like reading gravestones (courtesy of Goodreads)

So I have wanted to read this book and had been in the want to read list of books. Last year, I got this book from the Big Bad Wolf book fair and so I was excited to read it!

So basically, the story is told from the main protagonist point of view, Masha who goes to lido every day and practice “self drowning” beginning with the temperature of the pool. She is grieving at the death of her toddler son, Gabriel, who was drowned in a pond some twelve years ago, though the body was never found. She has a wolfhound dog named Haizum and she makes trips to the cemetery almost every day, looking at the “angels” and the gravestones of people who had died. Then she meets an eccentric woman who wore red shoes and who feeds the crows in the cemetery. Masha names her as “Sally” though she never knows the woman’s actual name (until the end of the story) and befriends her. The story is told how this Sally changed Masha’s life.

So as usual, let’s begin with the ones I liked about the book.

  • The book was actually interesting to read and so did not make the reader (that’s me) feel bored.
  • The author used vivid adjectives on descriptions of a place or things so the reader can visualize these things in the head and imagine the scene.
  • Many of the characters in this book were likable. For example, I like the main character Masha. Though you feel her grief at the loss of her son, at times, she was funny and witty as well. She is also quiet loyal to her friends, particularly her gay friend, Edward. And she likes dogs!!!
  • Author has used another character Alice as a chapter, describing her life with her son Mattie as a single mother. Though the reader is confused at first about the connection with Alice and Masha, towards the end only we find the connection (I am not going to dwell too much on that)
  • I like how the author has used her real life experience as a cancer patient to write this book. As a result, it was kind of emotional to read.
  • I like all the bonds of friendships and relationships described in this book.

Now let’s start with the ones I didn’t like in the book.

  • I am not sure if it was intentional, but there were some unnecessary plot lines in the story that deviated from the story a little and was a bit boring sometimes.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and for those who haven’t read the Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, I recommend this book to you!!! Give it a five star rating!

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Book Review – She is Never Coming Back by Hans Koppel

Hello all! Tuesday means it’s thriller time! I will be doing a book review on a Swedish thriller, She is Never Coming Back, written by Hans Koppel.

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Mike Zetterberg lives with his wife Ylva and their daughter in a house just outside Helsingborg. One evening, Ylva isn’t home as expected after work. Mike passes it off as a drink with a work friend, but when she’s still missing the next day, he starts to worry. As Mike battles suspicion from the police and his own despair, he is unaware that Ylva is still alive, just a stone’s throw from his own home. Ylva has been drawn into a twisted plot of revenge and tragedy that leads back into her and her abductors’ shared past…

Pages:- 400

Language:- Swedish (original) translated into English


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Hans Koppel is a pseudonym for Petter Lidbeck, an established Swedish author who was born in 1964 and lives in Stockholm. It was revealed that Petter Lidbeck is the author behind the name in August 2010.

So I have read some Swedish novels which practically are all mystery novels. If you have followed my blog, you would notice that I have written a blog on a book called The Asylum which is a Swedish novel so this is my third time reading a Swedish novel. Still my favorite is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson.

So here goes my review but first, let me start with the things I liked

Things I liked

  • To me the plot is intriguing and interesting. Mike Zetterberg’s wife, Ylva goes missing on the day and Mike thought Ylva is hanging out with her colleagues from work as Ylva had told him she was going for a drink. It takes time for Mike to realize that his wife is actually missing and he becomes a number one suspect (which is typical) but not realizing that his wife is being held as a captive in a house just close to his own house and that his wife is observing Mike and her daughter’s life through a TV screen in the room she is being held captive.
  • The story begins with a man named Anders who is about to meet a woman he has met online, to be attacked by a man who introduces himself as Annika’s Dad (which made Andres flinch and we wonder why) and the man brutally kills him. The reader ponders why the man and his wife (identity is revealed later on in the book).  Ylva was also kidnapped because of what she had done to this Annika girl some twenty years ago and we wonder what did Ylva and Anders and the other two  boys had actually done to Annika. We also wonder why Annika’s parents are so bent on seeking revenge, particularly on Ylva.
  • Many characters are complex. Take Mike for example who is a vulnerable and over-sensitive husband who wants his wife back. Ylva who must have done something awful to this Annika girl that she is regretting what she did some twenty years ago and at the same time thinking about reuniting with her family. Last but not least is Annika’s parents, Gosta and Marianna Lundin who are still suffering from their daughter’s suicide and is trying to avenge for what happened to their daughter. You have no idea to which character you hate most or like most.
  • The story overall is dark, depressing, depict some real-life situations as what would you actually do. Hans has written very well. 
  • The plot overall is intriguing, interesting, something most mystery addicts would love with twists and turns. 

Now, the things I didn’t like…

  • OK, I know this book is translated from Swedish to English, but the writing is slightly sloppy and there are some parts that are confusing. For example, the author used all chapter numbers so we are not actually sure if it happens on a present day, past year or a memory. Example, chapter 1 begins with Anders death and the last chapter ends with what really happened to Annika some twenty years ago. It would have been nice and neat if Anders death could be written as a Prologue and Annika’s rape scene could have written maybe as a Epilogue–Twenty Years Ago.
  • There are some unnecessary characters, particularly the journalist part. 

Overall, I rate this book as 


Plot is interesting but sadly a three star because the writing is sloppy and confusing.

Stay tuned for my next book blog–Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon!!

Paper Towns–Book Review Paper Towns by John Green

Hey all! Today I will be doing a book review on YA fiction book, Paper Towns by John Green.

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From the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
#1 New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
Publishers Weekly Bestseller
Now a major motion picture  

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.

Paperback: 305 pages

Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (September 22, 2009)

Language: English

Genre–Young Adult fiction, mystery

John Green

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers ( and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse ( You can join the millions who follow him on Twitter @johngreen and Instagram @johngreenwritesbooks or visit him online at

John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

All right, so here are the things I liked

  • The book is somewhat a mystery sort of book–Quentin or Q and Margo goes on a revenge spree around the Orlando and the next morning, Margo goes missing, although Margo has left some clues behind for Q to find.
  • It is funny and there are parts in the book in which made the reader laugh,

Things I didn’t like

  • Ending of the book seems to be a bit rushed.
  • There were unnecessary parts in the books that is irrelevant in the book.

Overall I rate this book as…


The Japanese Lover–Book Review, The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Hey all, today I will be doing a review on historical/romantic fiction, The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende!

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1939: As the world goes to war, Alma Belasco’s Polish parents send her to live in safety with relatives in San Francisco. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family’s Japanese gardener, and between them a tender love blossoms. But following Pearl Harbor, Ichimei and his family are declared enemies by the US government and relocated to internment camps. Although Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, theirs is a love they are forever forced to hide… Decades later, care worker Irina Bazili meets Alma and her grandson, Seth, at Lark House nursing home. As Irina and Seth forge a friendship, they become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, and learn about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (July 5, 2016)

Language: English

Genre–Family Saga/Literary/Romance

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Isabel Allende born August 2, 1942 is a Chilean writer.[1][2] Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the genre of “magical realism“, is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espíritus, 1982) and City of the Beasts (La ciudad de las bestias, 2002), which have been commercially successful. Allende has been called “the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author.”[3] In 2004, Allende was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters,[4] and in 2010, she received Chile’s National Literature Prize.[5] President Barack Obama awarded her the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom.[6]

Allende’s novels are often based upon her personal experience and historical events and pay homage to the lives of women, while weaving together elements of myth and realism. She has lectured and toured many American colleges to teach literature. Fluent in English as a second language, Allende was granted United States citizenship in 1993, having lived in California with her American husband since 1989. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

OK, I like Allende’s style of writing. I enjoyed her writing immensely. The story explores the lives of two women in two different eras–Alma Belasco who moves to live with her aunt in California from Poland who harbored romantic feelings towards her uncle’s gardner’s son  Ichimei Fukuda, a Japanese-American boy. The story explores the life during WWII especially the time and fate of Japanese-Americans who were sent to internment camps on the outskirts of the city after the Pearl Harbor bombing. It also describes her special friendship with her cousin, Nathaniel and about her care free life in general though she still loves Ichimei. The second woman is Irina Bazili, a caretaker at the Lark House where now elderly Alma Belasco lives and who is struggling with her past when her stepfather made videos of her and distributed around the world as child pornography. Overall the story describes the struggles as a woman, the romance, struggles of romance and heartbreak and Allende carefully inter wine the lives of the two women. It was enjoyable to read.

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