Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published Date: May 2017
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Series: N/A
My Source: Library
Links: Goodreads
Review Also On: Goodreads and Amazon

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review

I had this book on hold from my library the minute I was able to. This book was a sweet and cute romance that I would be happy to recommend to everyone. Dimple was great. I loved that she was focused on her career, on her future, but was also able to open up to other possibilities and people. Rishi was just a sweetheart. I was rooting for him to win Dimple’s heart from the beginning.

The “side-plots” were really good. I liked that Dimple, while not liking her roommate Celia’s new friends, she was willing to try for her sake. When that didn’t work, Dimple and Celia were able to realize they could still be friends without having the same friends. And, without spoiling too much I hope, when the chaos happened near the end of the book, I’m glad that Dimple was there for her.

The romance between Dimple and Rishi was cute. Knowing they were only there for 6 weeks and already were feeling love for one another, I don’t know if that works for me, but I was willing to look past it. This was definitely a hate-to-love type of story, so if you like those, you’ll like this one.

What I enjoyed the most was that we were able to see a few different views on arranged marriages. We got Dimple who was completely against it for a number of reasons, Rishi who liked tradition and wanted to make his parents proud, Dimple’s female family members who saw it as a great opportunity for Dimple, and even Celia who saw it as super romantic.

When Dimple Met Rishi is a great romance and coming-of-age story. Both main characters have their inner conflicts of wanting independence, love, acceptance from their family, and passion for what they wanted and believed in. You’re not going to want to put this book down once you get started.

Rating: 4 STARS ~ Oh man, this was a great book. Will be recommending.

Top Ten Tuesday #16: Read But No Review

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week, the topic is your choice, so I decided to pick an old topic but tweak it. I’m going to share Ten books I read but did not write a review for.

This is especially important for me because I was planning on creating a new review method on here since there are a number of books I have read but just haven’t sat down to write a review. I’m still thinking about how I want to go about it, but until then, here are star ratings for 10 of them.

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Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

Rating: 4/5 stars

Oh man, this was a great book. Will be recommending.

 

 

 

 

 

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I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Rating: 4/5 stars

Oh man, this was a great book. Will be recommending.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Rating: DNF

Did Not Finish. This book just wasn’t working for me. I may try again. I may not.

 

 

 

 

 

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Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Fantastic! Like, you don’t understand how fantastic this was. READ IT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Storm Front, Book #1 of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Rating: 4/5 stars

Oh man, this was a great book. Will be recommending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easy by Tammara Webber

Rating: 4/5 stars

Oh man, this was a great book. Will be recommending.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Rating: 4/5 stars

Oh man, this was a great book. Will be recommending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Rating: 5/5 stars

*crying* Pure perfection. I will tell everyone about this. Have you heard about this book? I have a copy right here. Read it right now. No, no. Right. Now.

 

 

 

 

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Glass Sword, Book #2 of Red Queen by Victorica Aveyard

Rating: 4/5 stars

Oh man, this was a great book. Will be recommending.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Luxe, Book #1 of Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen

Rating: 5/5

*crying* Pure perfection. I will tell everyone about this. Have you heard about this book? I have a copy right here. Read it right now. No, no. Right. Now.

 

 

 

 

It’s interesting that most of these were rated 4 stars. Have you read any of these? Did you like them? DNF them? Kinda liked them? Let me knew in the comments!

Until next time, my fellow adventurers!

Mini Book Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

 

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Publisher: Tor Teen
Published Date: January 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction
My Source: Library
Links: Goodreads
Review Also On: Goodreads and Amazon

Goodreads Summary

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

My Review

I thought the main characters, Safi and Iseult, were fantastic, alone and together. They complimented each other so well, and I was rooting for both of them. I’m glad that even though it’s titled Truthwitch, it’s not all about Safi. Iseult has her own stuff going on that had me really worried for her.

Merik was interesting too, but he wasn’t as…wonderful as I thought he would be. His backstory and reasons for being in the area (and meeting Safi) were heartfelt. I hope we get to learn more about his kingdom (and all of the others). Still, there was something lacking with Merik. I liked his friendship with his first mate, I am interested in what’s going on with his family, but there was just…something missing. I don’t know what it is.

I was not a huge fan of the romance in this story. Reading about two girls, best friends and bloodsisters, trying to survive and learn what makes them so important to others…THAT’s the story for me.I also like more drawn out romances, and since I know this will be a serious and seeing it happen in the first book like this, it happened too quickly.

Overall, a fun read. I would still recommend reading, and I am looking forward to the sequel. And hey, it’s centered around best friends. What’s not to love?

Rating: 4 / 5 STARS  “Oh man, this was a great book. Will be recommending.”