Book Review: The Shaadi Set-Up by Lille Vale @PRHGlobal #partner #romance

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GIFTED / Today I bring you a review for a book I read some time ago, and had so much fun. I hope my review, although it is brief, will make you notice it and give it a chance.

The Shaadi Set-Up was published on Semptember 7th 2021 by  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. It has 368 pages.
I want to thank the team from Penguin Random House Global for sending me an e-galley of this novel (in an exchange for an honest review).

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About the book:

FROM GOODREADS /

High school sweethearts Rita Chitniss and Milan Rao were the golden couple, until the day he broke her heart. Now, six years later, Rita has turned her passion for furniture restoration into a career and has an almost-perfect boyfriend, Neil. The last thing she needs is for Milan to re-enter her life, but that’s exactly what happens when her mother, an unfailing believer in second chances, sets them up. Milan is just as charming, cocky, and confident as he was back in school. Only this time, he actually needs her business expertise, not her heart, to flip a hard-to-sell house for his realty agency.

While Rita begrudgingly agrees to help, she’s not taking any risks. To prove she’s definitely over him, she signs herself and Neil up on MyShaadi.com, a Desi matchmaking site famous for its success stories and trustworthy enough to convince everyone that she and Neil are the new and improved couple. Instead, she’s shocked when MyShaadi’s perfect match for her isn’t Neil…it’s Milan. Ignoring the website and her mother is one thing, but ignoring Milan proves much more difficult, especially when she promises to help him renovate the beach house of her dreams. And as the two of them dive deeper into work—and their pasts—Rita begins to wonder if maybe her match wasn’t so wrong after all….

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Review:

I finished this book back in September and I am writing my review only now so I apologise it’s not as detailed as I promised it would be.

I got The Shaadi Set-Up via Netgalley when it was first published and I was so excited to read it, but as you can probably assume, life got in a way and it had to go on hold until now when I finally have more time to read and review (and go through all of my review copies).

I will be honest, as time passed I wasn’t as excited to dive into the story, but once I started reading I was swept away by how fun and good it was.
I had such an enjoyable time reading this novel. This was a romance comedy in all it’s glory and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Netflix movie based on it. It would be a good movie, let me tell you that!

The Shaadi Set-Up features love triangle and maybe it was obvious how it would resolve, but still all the scenes with “the wrong guy” were pleasure to read and some of my favourite scenes were because of him.

This romance has miscommunication trope, so I get why some readers would be bothered by it. I personally didn’t mind it.

I also want to state that this is own voices story and represents Indian culture.

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Movie Monday: A Dog’s Journey – I fell in love with it #ADogsJourney #ADogsPurpose #Movie #MovieReview

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

It’s been a while since I’ve done Movie Monday but this weekend I watched a movie I fell hard in love with, so I have to tell you guys about it, in hope you will give it a watch too.

A Dog’s Journey

A Dog's Journey movie cover

It has been a while since I did a Movie Monday feature here on my blog, and to be perfectly honest, the reason for it was that I haven’t go to the cinema in a very long time, so I fell discouraged to talk about movies I watch on tv.

However, this weekend I watched a movie that just came out on DVD recently, and since I completely fell in love with it, I have to tell you all about it (okay, not all, but my feels at least).

A Dog’s Journey is a movie that melted my heart in one warm caramel. I don’t even remember when was the last time I felt so many positive emotions during one movie as I felt when watching this picture.
It talks about life of a girl from perspective of a dog who’s purpose is to keep her safe.

What I didn’t know (because, obviously, I live under a rock) that this movie is a sequel to another movie that came out in 2017: A Dog’s Purpose. 
Still, even though I haven’t watched the first movie, I could still follow the story without any problem, because A Dog’s Journey stands perfectly on it’s own.
Nevertheless, I plan to watch A Dog’s Purpose next weekend (and maybe I’ll feature it in my next Movie Monday).

As soon as I finished this wonderful film I messaged my friend who has the similar taste to mine with recommendation.
Now I’m doing a similar thing to you, people who read my blog: I wholeheartedly endorse you to give A Dog’s Journey a chance because I assure you: you will probably love it.
If you end up loving it just as half as much as I did, I am sure you will not regret 109 minutes of your life, because it will be time well spent.

Lovely and sweet: New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan (Book Review) #NewYork #Romance #RomCom

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GIFTED / I’ve been a fan of Sarah Morgan for some time now and I am happy to talk about the latest book I’ve read that is written by her.
New York, Actually is the fourth book in the From Manhattan With Love series and it was published on May 30th 2017 by Hqn. It has 376 pages.

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About the book:

Meet Molly

New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.

Meet Daniel

A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…

Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

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Review:

If you’re looking for a sweet escape when it comes to romances, you can’t go wrong with Sarah Morgan’s books.
I’ve been fan of her work for a while now and every time I read one of her stories, I forget the world around me and lose myself in the passionate occasions.

New York, Actually is the fourth book in the From Manhattan With Love series, but it can be read as standalone.
It is written in third person and it follows perspectives of Molly and Daniel.

I think they were very likeable characters and great company.
I loved spending time with them, but I also really enjoyed reading about side characters, especially Daniel’s sisters Felicity and Harriet. I know next two books in the series are about them, and I am looking forward to read them.

Since this is a series, even though each book can be read as a standalone the same characters do show up in books through the series. I was happy to recognize Eva and Lucas from Miracle on 5th Avenue.

The book itself was really enjoyable, and I really liked how dogs played big part in the story, and how the author gave them their own personalities.
Trust me, dogs were real characters and not just side animals that would trig the plot.

I loved reading about their walks in Central Park and at some point the story even reminded me of the beginning of 101 Dalmatian, even though it is totally different.

New York, Actually is the romance in the first place, but it also touches some serious topics and even asks some important questions (from example, should you try to save the marriage if there are children involved or is it better for children to grow up in house where parents don’t argue).

Overall, this was a fast, relaxing read and I would recommend it to romance lovers.

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Funny, educational and doggy: Rules of the Ruff by Heidi Lang (Book Review) #MiddleGrade #BookReview #Comedy #RulesOfTheRuff #Dogs

Title: Rules of the Ruff
Author: Heidi Lang
Publisher: Amulet Books
Date: August 14th, 2018
Pages: 249
Format: Physical ARC
Source: from Publisher for a review

Review:

Not much can surprise me these days, but the fact that it took more then 6 months for this book to arrive at my doorstep since the day it was sent, left me in shock.
I was sure I was ghosted by the publisher, since I know so many bloggers want to review books, and there is always limited number of proofs. When I opened my mail I was so happy to see Rules of the Ruff, because I really, really wanted to read this middle grade novel.

The story follows Jessie who is spending her summer at her aunt, with her cousin Ann who pretty much ignores her since she started to hang out with her new bestie Loralee.
In order to make the best of her summer, Jessie figures she could walk dogs with Wes, an older guy who walks dogs professionally.
After some negotiating they come to terms that Jessie will help Wes walk the dogs, but she has to learn all the Rules of the Ruff, which will help her to understand dogs like she is a part of the pack.

Rules of the Ruff is filled with entertainment, but also with lots of knowledge about dogs.
I think it is not only perfect choice for children and adults who like to read funny books, but it is perfect manual for everyone who’s thinking about getting a dog.

Readers will along with Jessie learn so much about what an obligation, but also pleasure, owning a dog can be, and what it takes to take care of hounds  properly.

The novel is written in third person, following Jessie’s POV.

The writing style is easy to read, but at the same time it is very entertaining and quality.

I think it is important to mention that the author herself is a dog walker, so every advice this book contains is first hand.

The book talks not only human-dogs relationship, but also explores human relationships, touches subjects like rivalry, behaviour, early love interests, and gives many lessons about life and one’s relationship with others.

I highly recommend this book to middle graders, but also to everyone who likes reading about dogs and children.
If you’re looking for a book that will keep you entertained all day, Rules of the Ruff is the one for you!

Book Review: Not Just for Christmas by Natalie Cox #NotJustForChristmas #BlogTour @orionbooks #BookReview #Christmas #Comedy

I am so honoured to be today’s host in the Not Just for Christmas blog tour.
I want to thank Alainna Hadjigeorgiou from Oron Publishing for giving me this chance.
Not Just for Christmas was so fun to read and I really, really enjoyed it.

About the book:

Title: Not Just for Christmas
Author: Natalie Cox
Publisher: Orion
Date: November 15th, 2018
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for a review

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Charlie hates the holidays, and this year is shaping up to be her worst yuletide ever. Her boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, her flat is out of bounds after a gas leak, and her mother has gone to spend Christmas in Melbourne with her fifth husband. Finding herself single, mildly concussed and temporarily homeless, Charlie hesitantly agrees to dust off her wellies and spend the festive season in Devon, looking after Cosy Canine Cottages, her cousin Jez’s dog-care centre.

However, her plans for a quiet rural Christmas with only the four-legged friends for company are dashed as soon as she meets Malcolm the deaf Great Dane, Hugo, his gorgeous (but engaged) owner, and Cal, the undeniably attractive but unbearably haughty and patronising local vet…

Review:

If you’re looking for a good Christmas comedy, look no further!
Not Just for Christmas (or Mutts and Mistletoe, as it was previously published under that name) has everything you need this season in your festive chick lit: the most likeable protagonist you could wish for, many cute dogs, pups, hot guys, snow, food and lots and lots of humour.

Still, even though it’s funny and entertaining, it does not go overboard and everything in this novel, every element, is dosed just right.

The story follows Charlie, who after the accident that caught her apartment, stays at her cousin’s place.
Her cousin runs hotel for dogs, and after she goes on a trip to meet the love of her life, Charlie stays to run the place over Christmas.
Charlie is not a dog person, but day by day she discovers the beauty of mutts and one’s relationship with them.

Not Just for Christmas was lovely, warm story that put a smile on my face so many times.
It is a feel good story that will make readers’ lives better, I honestly believe that.

The writing style is stunning, and it reminds me of Sophie Kinsella’s, but it is still different. In my language, I would call it “pitko” which means that you drink the words, that’s how it easy is to read.

This book has 352 pages and it felt like it had only 200 pages, that’s how fast I read it (and I am a slow reader).

I liked all the characters. Even our villain was sympathetic.

Still, my favorite was Malcolm, a deaf Dane who certainly gave this book a heart.

I don’t say this often in my reviews, but I wouldn’t change anything in this novel.
It was perfect just as it was, and I am so grateful I had a chance to read it.

I can already see it will be the one book I’ll recommend to everyone around me.

If you’re looking for a good Christmas comedy, I highly, highly recommend you Not Just for Christmas (or Mutts and Mistletoe) because trust me, it will put a smile on your face and warm your heart, just like it did my.

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Movie Monday: Too many movies to put them all into title

Movie Monday is a weekly feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

 

I feel like I haven’t posted Movie Monday in a while, and I watched A LOT of movies lately, so this week this meme will look a bit different then it usually does.

I’m going to mention movies that I have watched in the last couple of weeks and write just a brief reviews for them.

Nerve

nerve Nerve is the latest movie I watched. I saw it yesterday, in the company of my sister and her husband. We all ended up liking it very much, which was quite surprising for me. I didn’t expect for it to be that good, but I wanted to watch it because I love Dave Franco, and I like Emma Roberts. This movie is based on young adult book that I haven’t read, but I would like to. I have to admit that I didn’t do my research so I don’t know if this is a standalone story or is it a part of the series.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 

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Me and my friends decided to spend American Thanksgiving Day in movie theatre. I wanted to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ever since I found out that Ezra Miller has a role in it (in case you didn’t know, Ezra Miller is my favorite actor (+Leo Di)). When the movie trailer saw the light of the day, I expected for this movie to be amazing.
The movie is full of beautiful scenes, great effects and tone of humour (even though it isn’t a comedy), but the story itself is predictable. I figured out everything there was to figure out, and I am not the smartest person in the world.
However, I have to stress out that I watched many interviews with actors and I think producers, PR team or whoever is in charge for those sort of things, are ones responsible because they forbid one actor to talk about his role and, that way it was easy to figure out certain things. They also gave a statement that another certain actor will play in movie number two, so they gave away a spoiler that way.
Ezra Miller was the best actor in the movie. That guy can really play every role. I am so glad his career is turning big lately. He really deserves it.
Eddie Redmayne  was also good, but the more movies with him I watch, the more it seems to me that he plays his roles the same way, if you know what I mean.

 

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

scouts-guide The best comedy I have watched this year! I watched it with my sister’s husband. It was so funny, I laughed so hard that even their dog came to check out what is happening to me. This is perfect movie to watch with friends. I dare to say that the story itself is stupid in a way, but the movie is so entertaining and funny that you’ll be glad you picked it up.

 

Hacksaw Ridge

hacksaw I went to see Hacksaw Ridge into movie theatre with my boyfriend. This movie is based on true events that happened in Vietnam war. The story follows a soldier who refused to touch any weapon, because of his beliefs. The movie is really good, but you should be warned that it contains really explicit scenes. I watched a lot of war movies, but this one was the most detailed one I have ever seen.

 

War Dogs

war-dogs War Dogs is a drama about two guys who made money by selling weapons to American army. It is based on true events.
To be perfectly honest with you, the reason why I decided to watch this movie are it’s two main actors. I always loved Jonah Hill, and Milles Teller is one of my favorite actors from his generation. I always watch their movies, so this one was a must.
The story is pretty entertaining and I had a good time watching it, even though I understand why some people would find it boring.

 

 

 

 

Note: Pictures in this post is not my property but taken from IMDb site.