Review: A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev

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Title: A Change of Heart

Author: Sonali Dev

Published: 27 September 2016

Publisher: Kensington

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

Dr. Nikhil ‘Nic’ Joshi had it all—marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.

Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen’s heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala’s story as absurd, but there’s something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts.

Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters—her young son, Joy.  She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication.

Delving beyond the surface of modern Indian-American life, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s page-turning novel is both riveting and emotionally rewarding—an extraordinary story of human connection, bravery, and hope.

Review

Dear Lord! This review took forever to be posted. I finished reading this LAST YEAR! But because I felt that it was so good and it made me have the feels till I just couldn’t write a review then and there, I decided to take a breather. I took a breather alright. 6 months of breathing it out. Procrastination and laziness at its best here ladies and gentleman.

This is my first book which I wished for in Netgalley and by the good graces of the publishers they granted me my wish. I chose the book because the cover was so beautiful and as a big fan of 90’s Bollywood movies I couldn’t just pass this book and opportunity up and I was not disappointed. Please enjoy the countless Bollywood gifs I put below 😀

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Only in Bollywood can we play badminton with 600 other people at the same time 

In this book we read about Nikhil and Jess, two individuals who experienced their own horrific tragedies but are brought together by the sinister planning and manipulation of the criminal, Asif Khan.

Both the tragedies humanises Nikhil and Jess in the form of how they coped with what happened to them. With Nikhil, he became an alcoholic and hoping for death yet not fully willing to commit suicide whereas Jess she did what she had to do toImage result for dhoom taana gif survive and refused to even think about her experience which caused her to still have PTSD. These two characters complement each other in a way that because they are both so broken they mend each others wound and fit better together. They empathise with the other persons’ pain more even if they don’t fully understand what the other is going through as compared to other people. They understand each other better I would say and it was because of this I didn’t feel weirded out or annoyed by how short of a time span that these two fell in love or cared deeply about the other.

Image result for kabhi khushi kabhie gham gifThe book is told from 4 different POVs where the main ones are of course from Jess and Nikhil and towards the end of the book we get to read the POV of DCP Rahul Savant and the criminal, Asif Khan. These differences worked great for me as a reader as it kept me guessing as to what is really going on and who is the guilty party or the mastermind here.

I love how the book gave us a glimpse into the illegal organ trade going on. It didn’t go into too much detail as it wanted to keep the focus mainly on the main characters yet it managed to shed light on who/where the organs are obtained and to whom it was given to.

This book towards the end made me question myself as to how far will I be willing to push or be willing to sacrifuce to save someone I love? The organs taken for the illegal organ trade, was taken from (I’m sorry to say) essentially from people whoImage result for bollywood dance sequence gif don’t matter much in society. People who we wouldn’t even realize nor know that they went missing. In return, their organs will save people who will matter, who will be missed, so it begs the question if it happened to you and this was the only way will you do it? Knowingly, kill someone to save someone you love and knowing that you might never be caught.

The writing in this book is superb in my opinion because it made me have so much feels which is rare. I empathized with the characters, felt their pain and their joy and understood why they complement each other and even with the happy ending I didn’t judge said happy ending, I understood it.

Aside from that, I also loved the ending of the book where eventhough the main characters have their happy ending the fight against the illegal organ trade still goes on which reflects the problem we have right now in reality with this serious problem.

*I received this book from the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

**Yes I do realize that the pics have nothing to do with my review but hey whatever.

Review: The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor

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Title: The Bad Luck Bride

Author: Janna MacGregor

Published: 2 May 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 4/5

Review

I was supposed to upload this review last Thursday for a book tour but life got in the way in term of a broken down car and being stuck at the side of the road for 4 hours (6 hours if you include waiting for transport to go home).

But hey better late than never. On the bright side I finally made a Youtube video and I will link it somewhere below.

To start off, I really liked the male lead, Alex, because he is petty and is all out for revenge plus he is so bull-headed in his belief that his enemy is the real enemy he doesn’t see that his plan is going to land him in deep shit. He goes all ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ with his revenge by taking away everything from his enemy which I low key totalllllly love because this type of revenge is the best ever! because you can see your enemy crash and burn and RELISH in their pain.

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Aside from the male lead, I have a soft spot for Claire (the female lead) because she has her flaws and her weaknesses but she tries to overcome them with or without help from Alex. Also, when she found out that their marriage (Alex and Claire) was initially a sham she just up and left. Legit didn’t even wait for explanation from him and I am here like YES GIRL YES!!!!

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Another thing that made me like Claire was the subtle fact that she is one tough woman. She weathered (?) through three broken engagements (four if you include the latest one) and survived a horrible accident that left her an orphan when she was young and still Image result for gif exploding headmanaged to be calm, serene and most importantly somewhat sane. I on the other hand is struggling with my sanity doing this whole adulting thing along with other family issues and if it were not for my frequent exercising I would have blown a fuse a long time ago.

Plot-wise I liked how it started off real grim and it sets the context for the whole revenge plot and also how after Alex royally effed up he went out of his way to talk to Claire and so far I have not read any books in historical romance where the guy is willing to be beaten up by the girls family and just deal with it. Usually it is some form of grand gesture but in this book it was semi-realistic where it wasn’t some grand gesture but him owing up to his mistakes and rectifying them.

Back to Claire again, I liked how she isn’t a virgin and that she enjoyed her first time with fiancee’ number one (of whom his name escapes me) because so far in historical romance it is either the girl is a virgin or she isn’t but her first time completely sucks. So, this was refreshing for me.

The reason why I didn’t give the book a whole 5 star rating was because:

  • Claire’s curse was referred WAYYYYYYYYYYYYY too much it started to annoy the heck outta me. At first, I assumed the curse was some BS about her being unlucky but when it was referred to repeatedly throughout the whole book I thought that there was more to this than meets the eye you know. Maybe Claire is a legit witch and this isn’t a historical romance but actually some supernatural version of historical romance (which I was completely down for) but when it was revealed (said curse) and it was what I had assumed in the first place the disappointment was real.

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  • Another thing that displeased me was the whole Emma’s disappearance shit (plot) and I call it that because it was confusing as hell as to what really happened. Did I read it wrong? I did read this book at 2 am but I re-read it again and was still confused and damn Emma you one heartless selfish bitch. This plot might be further explained in the second book and I might retract this statement but for now I stand by my opinion that she is selfish and didn’t think about what she put Alex, Claire and her parents through.

Overall, this book is slightly refreshing as compared to other historical romance books that I have read. Didn’t blow my mind away but definitely a very enjoyable read to soothe my ever single black hole of a soul.

*I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

*MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL EEKKK!!!!!!

WWW Wednesday

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WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words and you just answer three simple questions and BA-DA-BOOM! You are done.

So the three WWW’s are:

  • What are you currently reading
  • What did you recently finish
  • What do you think you’ll read next

Currently reading:

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It has been a month plus and still I have not finished this book. Don’t be fooled by how thin the book is because reading it is intense. Everything said and done is so flowery, I have to re-read it so many times to fully understand what is being said and the characters are just so vile.

Recently finished:

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Another historical romance, I know, I know but hey I finished this in record time. Did it in a few hours and I really enjoyed it (as usual), tune in for the full review tomorrow!

Reading next:

I don’t know man. There is so many unread books in my Netgalley list, I don’t wanna pressure myself. I read what I feel like reading. I am getting cold feet just looking at my Netgalley TBR list. It’s more than 80 unread books. You read that right… there are EIGHTY BOOKS (plus plus) waiting patiently to be read by yours truly.