Mini Review: The DNA of You & Me & The Confessions of Frannie Langton

Hi everyone! I’ve been lax with writing up reviews and this is me trying to make up for it. This is my mini- review post featuring The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins and The DNA Of You and Me by Andrea Rothman. They are both debuts but belong to completely different genres.

1. The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins(3.5/5 stars)

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  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Publication Date: 4th April , 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 384 Pages

Review: The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins is a wonderful debut and I have officially put Sara Collins on my debut authors to watch list. The premise is intriguing: Frannie, a mulatto is brought by her master to England and ‘given’ to another master; later she falls in love with her new master’s wife. The Confessions is told entirely from Frannie’s point-of-view which she wrote while she’s in Newgate Prison awaiting trial in Old Bailey for the murder of her new master’s and mistress.

The Confessions is described as a black woman’s love story inspired by the popular gothic romance Jane Eyre. The author loved reading Austen but never saw a woman of color as a protagonist in those stories instead she read stories a woman of color was the victim. With Frannie Langton, author Sara Collins wanted to write a black woman’s love story and not of her suffering. However, through Frannie’s words we come face-to-face with her love and her suffering as well.

The writing is flawless but the plot is unforgivingly slow. The ending kind of smacks you in the face but in a good way because my boredom turned to interest: interest in finding out if Frannie is guilty of double murder or not? Overall, I would recommend it if you love reading historical fiction set during the Victorian era and if this mini review intrigues you so.


2. The DNA of You & Me by Andrea Rothman (3/5 stars)

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  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Publication Date: 12 March , 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 242 Pages

Review:  I loved the unique story of The DNA of You and Me but it’s not for everyone’s taste. Emily was raised by her father and due to a childhood allergy, she was accustomed to spending most of her childhood indoors. This would’ve put a damper on her socializing with other kids but as she grew up, Emily realized that she preferred the company of herself rather than others. Her personal experience eventually left her to research new genes responsible for guiding olfactory neurons to their targets. (Olfactory: the sense of smell) During this research, she meets another academic Aeden and after a series of long arguments, their relationship goes to another level. However, there’ll come a time when Emily has to make a choice: Her career or a life with Aiden?

I loved it but as I said before that this book isn’t for everyone. Most of the book is filled with genomic sciences jargon that took the story a little to much to the non-fictional side. There’s romance if you skim the scientific stuff but it’s an easy read. The sex is almost clinical in the beginning and that may be because it’s told from the POV of the narrator. However, there’s a scene when Emily says ‘no’ but Aeden still goes ahead and that left a bitter note in the entire story. I’m ashamed to say that I even forgot about this scene until I read another Goodreads review. The ending left me emotional but happy and hopeful for Emily. It did give me Eleanor Oliphant vibes but this one has way too many scientific jargon for a reader to enjoy.

However, considering this is a debut and the fact that I liked the writing, I’d definitely look forward to reading her upcoming books.

Thanks to the publishers for providing me ARCs in exchange for an honest review.

Do you think you’ll read The DNA of You and Me or The Confessions of Frannie Langton? Do you prefer reading mini-reviews or full reviews? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

ARC Review: Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale | Blog Tour & Creative Post

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

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Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy. 

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

Trigger Warnings (credit goes to the author)
* manipulative friendship
* mention of casual drug usage (weed, not shown on the page)
* alcohol consumption (on page)
* alcohol abuse (a character drinks and parties to the point of dehydration and sleep-deprivation; two characters get wasted and are too drunk to fully consent to sex with each other)

Why should you read Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale ? 

There was safety in things staying the same. A year from now, five years from now, all I wanted was for us to be the same, doing things together, being the people we’d always been. I didn’t want to be the kind of friends who drifted apart after high school, the kind who could live in the same town and still be strangers. I didn’t want to think about fall and college and uncertainties.” 

I signed up for this blog tour because I was intrigued by the idea of a light hearted contemporary- which I was seriously lacking- and of beaches and baked goodies. Small Town Hearts fulfilled all of my expectations and beyond. I loved every bit of the book and I finished it in a day .. and let me just say I deserve some credit ’cause I read it while cursing at my digestive system. Yes, it was a terrible day but Small Town Hearts totally occupied my heart and not my stomach and uh, thank god for that.

uggghhh okay, I’m gonna stop with the puns now.

Small town Hearts is perfectly set up in a little town in Maine and the descriptions of the beach, lighthouse… everything made me dive right into the book. Don’t even get me started on all the glorious foods that are mentioned in the book🤤🤤 Babe is our protagonist who is openly bi, works as a barista and also provides baked goodies..yum. Babe is such a sweet, lovable and RELATABLE character. She has got everything planned out for the summer or so she thought.

Babe had thought that this summer would be perfect as she wanted to spend it with her childhood friends Penny and Chad. Things start to wrong the moment she reaches Penny’s houseboat and Penny ends up asking her help to finalise a break-up with Chad. This is the moment when I’m like spewing curses at Penny and later at Chad. Besides saying “what the f***” and other such lovely words, I found myself thinking of my ex best friend.

Maybe Penny wanted to friends with Babe..I mean who wouldn’t?..but she took advantage of her every now and then. Babe’s actions were so damn relatable that I couldn’t unglue my eyes off of the book.

After a messy scene which ultimately led to the break up of Babe, Penny and Chad, Babe finds solace in her baking, with her friend and co-worker Lucy and one of the latest “summer boys” in town a.k.a Levi.

Levi is apparently a teenage blond god and soon, he becomes close with Babe but there’s the tiny negative point about him: he’s a summer boy. A summer boy is not here to stay forever and Babe is afraid of getting too close because she knows he’ll leave soon. This is not the only problem Babe was facing. Guess what? Her ex-girlfriend Elodie is back in town for the summer too! So, what should Babe do? Will she rekindle her relationship with Elodie or take a leap of summer love with Levi?

I love reading contemporaries and before starting this blog, the genre was a popular choice of mine… so I read a LOT of contemparies . I can say with absolute certainity that Small town Hearts is one of the best debut and contempoary read of all time. Lillie Vale’s writing will suck you in from the first page and you’ll wish that you could be sucked into that seaside town. The writing feels so calming and sumptuous at the same time. Tip: Do not read this book on an empty stomach or well, *ahem* a bad one.

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you love reading about bisexual protagonists, summer love, friendships, bittersweet endings, yummy food(yum Black forest cake), beaches. I can’t go on.. *screams this is torture and want to reread the book*..Okay. PLEASE BUY THIS BOOK and I would love you if you used my BD affiliate link to do so!

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Connect with Author Lillie Vale here or here

  • Publisher: Swoon Reads
  • Publication Date: 19 March , 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 416 Pages
Thank you @thefantasticflyingbookclub for hosting this blog tour and letting me be a part of it

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Achievement unlocked: You finally finished reading “The Wrath & The Dawn” duology


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REVIEW | WHY SHOULD YOU READ THE ROSE & THE DAGGER?

“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.”

Before reading this review, I am supposed to say “SPOILER ALERT“. If you haven’t read The Wrath & The Dawn – the first book in the duology- then don’t proceed or you may,totally your choice.

I didn’t LOVE The Wrath & the Dawn but I was eager enough to pick up the second book of this duology and after posting two pictures of the book on Instagram, I promptly forgot about it. *I read this book in January*

The Rose & the Dagger starts off where its predecessor ended: the city of Rey was burning , thus leaving Rey and its ruler vulnerable. We also saw that Jalal sent Shahrzad away with Tariq to keep her safe and ……….. I don’t remember anything else.

Anyway, so we see Khalid rebuilding his destroyed kingdom and trying not to think of his wife. On the other side, Shahrzad’s the same but now she is among people who want to kill her beloved.

Jahandar, Shahrzad’s father is still obsessed with the BOOK and Tariq is more frustrating than ever. Like…TAKE A HINT , Tariq! Shahrzad is HAPPILY married..of course,he doesn’t take a hint and continues to make not only Shahrzad but me uncomfortable.

Moving on…we see Khalid’s “uncle,” the Sultan of Parthia making a comeback as THE VILLIAN who wants to overthrow “boy king” Khalid and rule the entire kingdom.

Looks like Khalid has got his work cut out for him or does he ? For there is Shahrzad, who will stop at anything to protect Khalid and save Rey from destruction.

Why should you read this book? Obviously, you should, if you read The Wrath and loved/liked it. Besides that reason,I think The Rose had more action scenes (which I loved), especially the use of magic was more prevalent in this book. There were lots of twists and turns and shocks-oh my! So, yes I’d say these are all valid reasons to buy or borrow yourself a copy of this.

Overall, this was a worthy sequel filled with magic, curses, broody boy kings, a jealous ex-boyfriend, power-hungry father, and uncles and it is written by an Asian author.

I want to thank my bank account which generously donated me -MY- money to buy this book.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars

Author: Connect with Author Renée Ahdieh here .

  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date(US): 26 April 2016
  • Hardcover: 416 Pages

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ARC Review ​: The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim

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Synopsis: In 1948 Najin and Calvin Cho, with their young daughter Miran, travel from South Korea to the United States in search of new opportunities. Wary of the challenges ahead, Najin and Calvin make the difficult decision to leave their other daughter, Inja, behind with their extended family; soon, they hope, they will return to her.

But then war breaks out in Korea, and there is no end in sight to the separation. Miran grows up in prosperous American suburbia, under the shadow of the daughter left behind, as Inja grapples in her war-torn land with ties to a family she doesn’t remember. Najin and Calvin desperately seek a reunion with Inja, but are the bonds of love strong enough to reconnect their family over distance, time and war? And as deep family secrets are revealed, will everything they long for be upended?

Told through the alternating perspectives of the distanced sisters, and inspired by a true story, The Kinship of Secrets explores the cruelty of war, the power of hope, and what it means to be a sister.

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Review: There are a couple of words I could use to describe Eugenia Kim’s The Kinship of Secrets and those are beautiful, riveting and heartbreaking.

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My Sister, ​The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite | Book Review

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Synopsis: “Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead.

Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening.

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