Sunday, 27 September 2015

#4. Book Reading Challenge 2015 Reviews

Three more book review towards the Reading Challenge. 

A funny book:The Recently Deflowered Girl by Hyaointhe Phyppe

A book a friend recommended: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

A popular author’s first book: Love letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

                         The Recently Deflowered Girl by Hyaointhe Phyppe

Goodreads:An infectiously funny guide to post-deflowerment decorum, with illustrations by a master of the absurd. 

I don't want to give away any back story about this book. One, because there isn't much to talk about. Two, this is something you need to read with no back story. Only thing I can share is that it is about little incidents when the girl gets "deflowered" following an awkward situation where she comes up with the most well-timed but never-would-have guessed replies.

When my friend wanted me to try this one I was wary as it looked like a picture book. Don't let it fool you; reading it was the craziest, most intelligent, and hilarious ten minutes of my life. I read it again, just to relieve this perfection.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson's

Goodreads: In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia's life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight--but she doesn't--and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom--to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive--and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets--even as she finds herself falling in love.

The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson's Remnant Chronicles.  It's a good day when I find a book that has a gripping story line coupled with fine writing skills. I enjoyed turning the pages of Kiss of Deception and seeing things through Lia's perspective.  Seeing the journey she takes, the transformation into a new identity she builds for herself keeps you reading on. 
Talking about the two men in her life. Even though one is an assassin(Kaden), I was rooting for both of them equally. It is only much later on could I decided I was Team Prince Rafe. I think book two is going to throw some very interesting light on Kaden.

Love Letters to the dead by Ava Dellaira

Goodreads: It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more -- though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was -- lovely and amazing and deeply flawed -- can she begin to discover her own path in this stunning debut from Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead.

I read this book right after I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Maybe that is the reason this book didn't leave an impact for me, the story line being sorta similar with the other one. Nonetheless, this is book you might want t include in your list. There is something dark yet something so warm in the story of Laurel. The one thought running through my head while I was reading it was I wanted Laurel to stop thinking about May and see herself as this amazing person. But this was something she had to learn on her own and it is portrayed beautifully. The ending made me tear a bit.

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  1. It seems like the majority of these ones were only okay reads. I have heard of the Kiss of Deception but didn't try it yet, although I want to! It seems to make way for some interesting things to happen in the sequel. Ooh, and it's a shame about Love Letter to the Dead not being too memorable. I am wary of that one, because books in verse scare me away a bit. Thinking about this one ;)

    1. You should give Kiss of Deception a try. I think you will enjoy it!

  2. Great post!! :)

    Keep in touch

  3. The Recently Deflowered Girl sounds like something I would love to read :)

    Bella Pummarola

    1. It is! You will treasure those ten something minutes spent with this book!

  4. Great reviews!! I actually have both The Kiss of Deception and Love Letters to the Dead on my tbr list, can't wait to read them! :D I hadn't heard about The Recently Deflowered Girl, but it sounds fun!

    Lipstick and Mocha


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