Nicole Reads

Nicole Reads

Self-employed pâtissier consumed with wanderlust. Dreams of writing her own novel. Devours books. Fluent in spanglish. Collects travel guides and cookbooks.

Review
2 Stars
[REVIEW] The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

I don’t know what to think of this honestly. This book held so much promise but failed in delivering those promises. I wanted to like it but I didn’t. However, I didn’t hate it either.

What I did like: the worldbuilding. The rich Indian mythology. The prose*. The talking horse.

What I didn't like: The plot meandered too much. It jumped between worlds and didn't clearly establish the scene.

As for the love story, I just didn’t buy into it. Insta-love does not do it for me. I didn’t feel anything for either of them. And trust me, there were so many moments that could’ve been juiced for maximum angst and they weren’t. Their love does not grow throughout the book

because she is the reincarnation of the love of his life so that's that.

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It made me feel cheated.

Maya makes decisions based on other people. She doesn’t try to confront anyone or figure things out for herself. Because of this, she is constantly manipulated throughout the book. It’s not as if you can blame her too much considering she is a sheltered 17-year-old princess. However, that doesn’t stop you from wanting to smack the crap out of her.

Amar is a stock character. Nothing about his personality stood out to me.

The villain was cookie cutter af.

*The prose walked a delicate balance between very lovely or way too purple. Sadly, it jumped into 'too purple' more often than not. There were times where I wasn’t even sure what the author was talking about.

Reading progress update: I've read 189 out of 342 pages.
The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

She's so clearly is being manipulated. This is painful to read.

Reading progress update: I've read 163 out of 342 pages.
The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

I have a terrible feeling this girl is going to visit Stupidville soon.

Reading progress update: I've read 115 out of 342 pages.
The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

Oh come on, you hear a strange voice sing to you and you decide not to tell the one person that might be able to help you?

Reading progress update: I've read 113 out of 342 pages.
The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

You know why I dislike insta-love? It robs the reader of seeing a relationship bloom and grow. It robs the reader of growing to love a character. So here I am with Amar and Maya and I do not understand his sentiments. I don't feel a rush of excitement when they touch. It's like 'meh'.

Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 342 pages.
The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

This is easy to read but... nothing is really happening.

Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 342 pages.
The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

This guy is a little too intense. Like, I dunno why she would trust him so quickly.

Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 342 pages.
The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

Whenever the other book gets too real, I hide here. I am all for lovely prose but the author does tend to lay it a little thick.

Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 234 pages.
A Writer's Guide To Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice - Jordan E. Rosenfeld

I am in a horrible writing funk so I decided to start this to get myself back on track. I'm doing a chapter per day so I don't get overwhelmed and so far, it's just what the doctor ordered.

Litsy App

 

I recently discovered an iOS app called Litsy. It's basically a book lovers social media. Can't say I have fully figured it out but I like how it looks.

 

http://litsy.com/

 

Is anyone else on there?

Sorry!

 

Sorry everyone for the review spam! I hadn't realized how behind I was and I had to remedy that immediately.

 

But now I'm all caught up so yay :D

!!! spoiler alert !!! Review
1.5 Stars
[REVIEW] A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray

***SPOILERS AHOY!***

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LIKE ALL THE SPOILERS

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YE BE WARNED

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Stunning cover, mediocre book. It’s super easy to read and once it catches you, you will find it hard not to want to finish it. But that’s where the good ends. While half of me wanted to finish this book, the other half wanted to fling it across the room and set it on fire.

The writing is pedestrian at best and doesn’t trust the reader to figure basic crap out like emotions. It constantly tried to tell me how I should be feeling in the scene instead of letting me feel it.

It has a completely useless love triangle that makes me wish that Theo would have someone, anyone, to love him. Cause honestly, he deserves it. Even if his other him was the asshole behind everything, he truly loves Marguerite for some reason unbeknownst to me.

I had no particular feelings towards Marguerite until page 196. God, did I want to wring her neck for what she did! Even if she was all contrite and shit, what she did was unforgivable. Not only she stole a precious moment from the real Marguerite in that world, the Paul of that world DIES and she wasn’t even there for him either. So of course, two pages after his death, Marguerite just jumps out of that body and leaves the Marguerite of that world to pick up the pieces. Just thinking about it makes me fucking rage. Like what the actual FUCK. Not ok; will NEVER be ok.

Also, let's talk about Paul, shall we? You don't get to know him at all during the length of the story. In fact, you don't even connect with him except in Russia and that wasn't really him. So after all this crap, after all this suffering, after all this 'angst', I can't really say I cared for Paul.

The science in this science fiction book is never explained. How are we supposed to know how this world works when explanations are reduced to ‘science mumbo jumbo’? That’s just lazy. If you can’t explain how it works, then don’t include it.

I definitely will not continue reading this series. I don’t really care for the main plot or I really don't care for the romance so… ta-ta.

[DNF] The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
The Dark Days Club (A Lady Helen Novel) - Alison Goodman

Wow, two back to back DNFs. Another one bites the dust thanks to the insufferably slow pacing. I almost feel bad but then I remember that I have way too many books to read and not enough time to read them.

I got this through my personalized Uppercase subscription box and yup, I'm disappointed. I am a big fan of historical romances so I thought this would be right up my alley. It wasn't.

Nothing happened in the 90+ pages I read. I mean nothing. It felt like I was forced to read unnecessary backstory, mixed in with countless useless food/fashion details plus time period info dump. We get it, you did your research.

I met one of the love interests and I felt nothing. He's devoid of charm and is very close to being a serial killer in my opinion. Helen also made me feel nothing because nothing happens to her.

So yeah, no dice.

[DNF] The Curse of the Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Curse of Chalion - Lois McMaster Bujold

First DNF of 2016. Le bummer.

I gave it the old college try but, no. I can't continue to read this. I'm bored out of my mind. The pace is way too slow. Nothing is really happening. I don't care enough about the characters to want to find out what happens.

Off to greener pastures aka a hopefully more engaging book.

Review
5 Stars
[REVIEW] Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat
Kings Rising: Book Three of the Captive Prince Trilogy - C.S. Pacat
If I had to summarize this book, it would be: I'm scared, omg NO, noooo, YAAAAS, *squish*, *aaaaaangst*, ALL THE FEEEEELS RIGHT NOW, shit fuck what just happened, YAY IT'S ALL WONDERFUL AGAIN, omfg no no no no no no no no--- *sigh of relief in the last two pages* THANK YOU BB JESUS.


*happy sigh*


You guys. You guys. I read this in 10 hours. I gave live updates to my friend that were nearly always in ALL CAPS. (Sorry, Cristal!) I ignored schoolwork. I could barely focus in class as I counted down the minutes until this book and I would be alone again.


Let it be known that I dislike reading trilogies because more often than not they are horrible disappointing. SO NOT THE CASE HERE!


It was the most amazing ride ever with the most perfectly, satisfying end. I need to bask in the glory of this book, in the glory of these tragically flawed yet infinitely endearing characters. The sex scenes were heartfelt --I mean how often can one say that?-- and I found myself tearing up more than once. The emotions were just that powerful. The scenario so awful yet wonderful at the same time. 


It ended just as I wanted. 


BUT because I am greedy, I wanted more. Justa smidgen more.
Like, I needs my wedding scene! Or some scene where they are in their brand new spanking castle looking at the beach or something, and they are kissing and being perfectly content. Get on it, Ms. Pacat! 
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Casting my greediness aside, yes. It was an absolutely wonderful trilogy that I will recommend forever and always. It was just perfection


Infinite thanks to Lola for recommending it to me <3


Yup, all I can do is gush right now.
Review
3 Stars
[REVIEW] A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
A Bollywood Affair - Sonali Dev

I enjoyed reading this book.

The prose was even melodic at times, the description of the food made me want to buy a ticket to India (or go to an Indian restaurant) and I really did love Samir and Milli.

Milli is a very sweet girl who cries easily, something I can understand and something that didn't annoy me as perhaps it annoyed other reviewers. While I do not consider myself a crybaby, some people are very emotional and they don't deserve to have anyone police their feelings. So good for Milli for being able to express her feelings so freely. Samir is sexy, kind, potty-mouthed and damaged but a great cook. I enjoyed seeing their friendship blossom even if I wanted to strangle him for not speaking up sooner about his real reasons for seeking out Milli.

Why not give it the full 5 stars? I didn't like was how the sex was portrayed. It sounded painful. Like the guy just ripped that girl's hymen and she was a-ok? Hell to the no.

Also, the false domestic abuse allegation made by Samir's ex-girlfriend rubbed me the wrong way. Plot lines like this need to die in a fire. It makes it seem like every scorned woman will just jump at the opportunity of being portrayed as a victim when things go sour in a relationship. We don't need any more people believing that anyone who speaks up about being abused is instantly lying.

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