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Review: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
by Sonali Dev
(The Rajes #1)
Romance, Retelling
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Synopsis
It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.

Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:

  • Never trust an outsider
  • Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations
  • And never, ever, defy your family

Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.

Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.

As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with…

A family trying to build home in a new land.

A man who has never felt at home anywhere.

And a choice to be made between the two.

What I thought
I am going to be 100% honest with you I went into this book with no expectations of it being good and the possibility of it being a DNF.  I picked up this book in 2019, and to be honest, I think it was just because it was a Pride and Prejudice retelling and it was based on Indian culture.  I am a sucker for books based on other cultures.  Plus just look at that cover.  So I really was not sure about it when it comes to the content since I picked it up based on so many factors that were not the actual story. So I guess this is one of those rare times that buying a book for all of the wrong reasons worked out for me.

This is a loose retelling so you don’t have the overdramatic mom shoving her daughters at every available man, and to be honest that made me like this story that much more.  This allowed the story to be its own and not just another rehashing of the original story. It is able to stand on its own.

You get random backstories about the family that I think will be important as she writes other books based on this family. To my understanding, they are companions with different family members being the focus.

I really appreciate how you get both perspectives throughout the story. I also liked when you get to see them realize how they have been acting. I like the “oh I’ve been a horrible human to…” moments, especially when they seem real. This book started off slow for me and just coasted for a little bit but when things started coming together I did not want to stop. I was sucked in and invested in these two realizing that they should be together.

If you like hate to love books you should give this one a try.

My Rating: /5

4 Stars

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Review: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

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Heartstone
Heartstone
by Elle Katharine White
(Heartstone #1)
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
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Synopsis
They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters.

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she’s already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn’t expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It’s a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she’s never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart.

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world.

What I thought
Lesson learned, Brittnay over at Perfectly Tolerable has amazing taste when it comes to books.  She said I would love this one and she was right.

This book is sold as Pride and Prejudice with Dragons, and that is exactly what you get.  You do not need to know anything about the original story to enjoy this one. Which is great since I know not everyone has read Pride and Prejudice. My favorite thing about this book is that the author was able to take the essence of Pride and Prejudice and make it completely her own.  So if you are a fan of P&P you are not just getting another rehashing of the story but an all-new story to love.

So if you like hate to love romance, broody males, independent females, and a fantasy setting with magical creatures you need to pick this book up.

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Wrap Up

October 2018 Wrap Up

Monthly Wrapup

Good Afternoon Everyone! It’s Halloween!

So where I am working now we get x amount of holidays and then we get to choose a holiday to take from a list.  Yep, I take Halloween.

So October seems to have just flown by in the blink of an eye.  Yes, that may be due to me running around like crazy. Really my daughter has to be somewhere after school every day. So that is when I read. If any of you follow me on Instagram you have seen how I spend the non-raining football games. My daughter is in the band so I only have to pay attention during halftime and pre-game.

FB Reading 2018

When I am not running around for that she is also in the orchestra.

String Rreading 2018

So I was looking at what I read in September and October and I could not figure out why my reading had gone down so much from July and August.  Well, I keep needing to remind myself that I am much busier now that school is in full swing. And I should be happy if I just read one book. So that is something that I am working on. Just being happy with what I can accomplish and not focusing on what I didn’t. I know this seems like a simple concept but I am truly my own worst enemy.

But you are not here to hear me ramble about all of that you are here to see what I read this month so here we go!

I finished 10 books this month and DNF’d 2.

Books Read

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
5 Stars
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The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
4 Stars
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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
4 Stars
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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
4 Stars
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Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
5 Stars
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Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
2 Stars
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Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black
4 Stars
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5 Stars
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Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening
5 Stars
by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
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Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
5 Stars
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Books DNF’d

Mem by Bethany C. Morrow
DNF
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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
DNF at 57%
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Well, that wraps up this month.

How was your reading this month?

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge Day 1

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge

Good Morning All!

I was tagged by TheWebWeavers for this challenge. Thank you so much for the nomination.  If you have not checked them out yet you really should.

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
  • Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day

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I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

So I wanted to start this challenge with a quote from one of my absolutely favorite books.  So then I had the issue of picking out which quote that I wanted to do. I am surprised that I got it down to one when I started writing this post I was down to two quotes and figured I was going to start this challenge by breaking the rules.  But I did it I picked one! haha.

It was a recent revelation that I believe that my favorite book trope is hate to love.  I believe it all started here, which was pointed out by a friend of mine when I brought it up.

Long story short I just love this quote because of all the feels that it give me.

I Nominate

Brittany @ Perfectly Tolerable
Meaghan @ The Words Gremlin
Jess and Teagan @ Fiction No Chase

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? September 10, 2018

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Good Morning!

It’s the start of another week.  It’s Monday! What are you Reading is hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind.

Last week was not a good reading week for me.  I am still in such a slump. The book that I tried to read I kept reading the first page and not retaining any of it. I also got almost finished with an audiobook and realized that I really didn’t remember any of it so I restarted it and slowed down the reading speed. Honestly, I just don’t feel good I have had a cold/sinus issues since Thursday and I want to craw back into bed, A few days ago I picked up The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter and I love the first 2 chapters that I read.

Since I am in this slump and I have no idea how long it’s going to take to finish a book I am sorry but you will see a lot of Tags, Memes and book promotions (tours and cover reveals). I want to still put up content.

Enough complaining and onto the books.

Last Weeks Books
Sabriel

Sabriel by Garth Nix
4 Stars
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Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen series, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.

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The strange case of the Alchemists daughter

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
by Theodora Goss
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Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

One last edition as of this morning.

Pride & Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
 by Jane Austen
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Causing immediate excitement among Mrs. Bennet and her five daughters, Mr. Bingley, a wealthy young gentleman, has rented a nearby country estate, Netherfield. He arrives in town accompanied by his fashionable sister and his good friend, Mr. Darcy. While Bingley is well-received in the community, Darcy begins his acquaintance with smug condescension and proud distaste for all the “country” people. Bingley and Jane Bennet begin to grow close despite Mrs. Bennet’s embarrassing interference and the opposition of Bingley’s sister, who considers Jane socially inferior. Elizabeth is stung by Darcy’s haughty rejection of her at a local dance and decides to match his coldness with her own wit.

Elizabeth begins a friendship with Mr. Wickham, a militia officer who has a history with Darcy. Wickham claims that Darcy seriously mistreated him. Elizabeth immediately seizes upon this information as another reason to hate Darcy. Ironically, but unbeknownst to her, Darcy finds himself gradually drawn to Elizabeth.
Just as Bingley appears to be on the point of proposing marriage to Jane, he moves away from Netherfield, leaving Jane confused and upset. Elizabeth is convinced that Bingley’s sister has conspired with Darcy to separate Jane and Bingley.

Mr. Collins, a distant relative of the Bennets, makes an unexpected visit. He is a recently ordained clergyman employed by the wealthy Lady Catherine de Bourgh. On his way to visit his patron, Collins makes a visit, intending to find a wife from among the Bennet sisters. At first, he pursues Jane; however, when Mrs. Bennet mentions she is involved with Mr. Bingley, he turns to Elizabeth. He soon proposes marriage to Elizabeth, who refuses him, much to her mother’s distress. Collins quickly recovers and proposes to Elizabeth’s close friend, Charlotte Lucas, who immediately accepts him. Their marriage takes place soon after.

In the spring, Elizabeth joins Charlotte and Mr. Collins at his parish in Kent. The parish is adjacent to Rosings Park, the grand manor of Mr. Darcy’s aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, where Elizabeth is frequently invited. While calling on Lady Catherine, Mr. Darcy encounters Elizabeth. She discovers from Darcy’s cousin that it was he who separated Bingley and Jane, as she suspected. Soon after, Darcy admits his love of Elizabeth and proposes to her. Elizabeth refuses him. When he asks why she should refuse him, she confronts him with his sabotage of Bingley’s relationship with Jane and his history with Wickham. Darcy responds with a long letter justifying his actions.

Thus, everything is set up to bring to conclusion the various love affairs—happily, or perhaps unhappily. Whatever the various resolutions, Darcy, Bingley, Jane, Elizabeth, as well as others, will need to overcome their pride and prejudices if they are to find love in the midst of these uncertain and complex relationships.

What are your reading plans this week? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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