Romance, Sustenance and Karl: When Dimple Met Rishi Review, Booktube Interview +Giveaway



Oh, our romantic hearts!! When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is the perfect read for those of us who love a good story with a headstrong girl and an unlikely romantic lead that just makes your heart melt.

Christy and I adored this book so much that we wanted to co-review it. We loved how this book gave us all the feels and how it was set in SF Bay Area so it had a little extra special meaning for us. We had the pleasure of meeting Sandhya during Y'ALLWEST for an interview and please make sure to watch it so you can get a little extra on all the amazingness that is WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and its engaging author. 

WHEN CHRISTY AND NANCY MET DIMPLE AND RISHI


Describe Dimple and Rishi in 5 words. What was your reaction after finishing it?
Nancy: I adored Dimple & Rishi because they seemed like such an unusual couple with her being fiercely independent and wanting nothing but her freedom and him being totally smitten with her and having faith that things would work out. Such the opposites of attraction so you can imagine all the side splitting moments of laughter. 

Christy: You're. Next. Read. No. Question. LOL. The main reaction on Twitter seems to be "the hype is REAL" and it totally is. Sandhya has taken a packed market and given it a twist that makes it irresistible and easily one of the best contemporary books you'll read in your lifetime. I was like, can has that deleted scene NOW PLEASE? (It can be yours if you preorder today and submit your receipt!)


There's a ton of contemporary reads out right now. Why should When Dimple Met Rishi be at the top of everyone's lists?

Nancy: Because it is simply an adorable read. Yes, it is deals with a culture that is different to mine but I felt that it complemented this quirky love story. In the end it was all about Dimple & Rishi and their journey towards one another.

Christy: It's summertime, which means time for cute beach reads. Plus, have you seen that cover?


What were the most unique aspects of the story?



Nancy: I really enjoyed the attention that was paid to food. So many meals and coffee shops that I was starving when I finished reading it. 

Christy: The pacing! This is no insta-love story. Sandhya gives you that slow burn with these two that keeps you coming back and makes it realistic.     



What surprised you the most while reading?


Nancy: How smexy a certain scene was. I was left fanning myself and needing a large glass of ice water when I was done with it. HAWT!!

Christy: ^ Totally that! What a pleasant surprise in a YA book.


What books would you recommend to people clamoring for more rom-coms and diverse reads?




Christy: I will forever rec A Totally Awkward Love Story as my fav rom-com and second the diverse reads above! I'll also add Stacey Lee's Secret of a Heart Note, which is adorable.


WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481478687
Availability: Pre-Order and asked to get it signed
Published: Simon Pulse - May 30th, 2017
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. 


Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? 

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. 

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not? 


Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.




Check out this fun interview with Sandhya Menon as we talked about When Dimple Met Rishi and more.



If you like what you see and read you can still purchase WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI for the pre-order incentives HERE and you can have them signed when she visits Hicklebee's for her event on Friday, June 2nd. Make sure to then to see our live tweets on twitter under @ravenousreadr and @diamondxgirl

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That Time Contemporary Ruled the World - Event Recap +GIVEAWAY


#LovePanel | May 3rd 2017
NYMBC

ICYMI there was some BS going around Twitter about how contemporary is dead. Well, we have a panel of awesomeness to PROVE THAT WRONG. Check out some highlights from this amazing panel of FIVE contemporary authors and enter to win three of their books!



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Getting FIERCE This Spring - Event Recap +GIVEAWAY

#FierceReadsTour | May 13th 2017
Kepler's

The Fierce Reads Tour stopped by Kepler's in the Bay Area where a crowd of fantasy readers (and writers!) joined Erin Beaty and Taran Martharu to chat their publishing processes and prior careers. With Christy moderating and Nancy recapping, it was an overall fun day. Check out our recap and giveaway!



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COVER REVEAL: Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me

In true brooding hero fashion, Broody has kept us waiting to unveil the gorgeous cover of his tell-all. To say we are ready is an understatement.
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by Carrie Ann DiRisio & Illustrated by Linnea Gear
Publishing: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony (my favorite!)
Add it to your TBR and Preorder It HERE (incentives coming soon!)

Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist? Or maybe you're just really confused about what "opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs" actually are? 

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero's Guide to Achieving Main Character Status, a "self-help" guide (with activities--you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love. 

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

Love in a Bookstore: WORDS IN DEEP BLUE- Review + Giveaway


Hello, and thank you for visiting us on our Blog Tour stop for WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley. We have been long time fans of Cath since reading Graffiti Moon. It was such a great read, groud-breaking, passionate and fun and now we cannot wait to talk about her upcoming novel that is set in a bookstore...SQUEE!!


WORDS IN DEEP BLUE
by Cath Crowley

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. 


Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. 



As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.



My Thoughts:

Oh my WORDS IN DEEP BLUE, how do I love thee.  Never did I realize that this was the novel that my bibliophilic heart longed for. One that would illicit dreams spent amongst the many stacks of books.

Cath Crowley has written a beautiful story about love letters, a bookstore, and the relationships that combine them both. Told in dual POV between the two main characters - Rachel and Henry, who are both trying to manage their own heartbreaks.  Henry is a bit obtuse but affably so and although you understand where he was coming from, it still made you want to give him a bit of a shake and Rachel's voice is real and raw, some moments almost too painful to witness as she is trying to process a grief almost too painful to bear.

“There should be a disconnect button you can push when someone leaves: you’ve fucked me over; therefore I no longer love you. I’m not asking for the button to be connected to an ejector seat that removes them from the universe, just one small button that removes them from your heart.”

Ahh..my heart, The beautiful prose is what I enjoyed most. The literary references and the passion that these characters feel for them is all so engaging. I was absolutely enamored with the story and was willing to go anywhere Cath Crowley took me.

WORDS IN DEEP BLUE is much more than just Rachel and Henry’s adventures. It's also a story that embraces the  secondary cast just as much as it's main characters and for whom I found just as endearing.   The Family's  and friendship's that I witnessed in this story was amazing to watch unfold and it the only complaint I have is that I didn't want it to end.

This book I highly recommend to all lovers of words, books and the places that they take us.

Nancy





CATH CROWLEY

Cath Crowley is an award-winning author of young adult fiction. Her novels include Words in Deep Blue, Graffiti Moon, Chasing Charlie Duskin (A Little Wanting Song) and the Gracie Faltrain trilogy. Cath is a freelance writer, manuscript assessor and  teacher. 



Praise for Words in Deep Blue


“One of the loveliest, most exquisitely beautiful books I’ve read in a very long time. . . . I didn’t just read the pages, I lived in them.” —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places


"Reading Words in Deep Blue feels a little bit like a slow dance, or falling in love, or swimming in the ocean on a rainy day. It's a stunning reminder of the power of words and books and stories that will leave your heart full and heavy and hungry for more. Cath Crowley is magic." — Krystal Sutherland, author of Our Chemical Hearts


"A big-hearted, stunner of a novel. Cath Crowley's gorgeous prose will make you both tear up and swoon. A beautifully honest meditation on grief and love.” —Jasmine Warga, author of My Heart and Other Black Holes


"Words In Deep Blue is beautifully written. Laced with humor and poignancy, tragedy and joy, this story will break your heart and then piece it back together." —Emma Mills, author of First & Then and This Adventure Ends

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Domino + Cain = OTP +GIVEAWAY



Explosive. Unique. Addictive.

Sometimes you pick up a book and you're not really sure what you're getting yourself into. With Violet Grenade, you may think you know what you're getting into but nothing will prepare you for the ride you're in for.

He's my person. Not that I need one.

Domino has been through A LOT of shit. Victoria Scott did not shy away from her rough past and how that leads her to Cain, Madam Karina, and Wilson. And just when you think she's had enough, Victoria pushes her further. And further. And further. Grenade doesn't even begin to describe it. This book is one of the darkest romances (and possibly darkest book) I've read. With a satisfying ending, fans of Lost Girls will enjoy this book. 

We invited Victoria Scott on the blog to share why you'll love Domino and Cain as much as we did!

Three Reasons You’ll Love Domino and Cain

1. Domino is small and haunted and courageous. She doesn’t quite trust herself, but when she wants something she goes after it full-force.


2. Cain is big and strong and quiet, and his past weighs on him every day. He doesn’t see much worth in himself, but he’s a good person regardless.


3. Together, they find what they have always been too afraid to want -- acceptance, hope, affection. Their dynamic is evenly matched but in different ways. Cain is physically strong and gruff, while Domino is cunning. They complement each other beautifully.




Violet Grenade 
by Victoria Scott
Published: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Publisher

DOMINO: A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind.
CAIN: A stone giant on the brink of exploding.
MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience.
WILSON: The one who will destroy them all.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at VictoriaScott.com.

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We're All a Little Mad (About Wendy Spinale) Here - Umberland Launch Recap


#Umberland | May 9th 2017
Towne Center Books

Umberland was one of my most anticipated books of 2017 and it did not disappoint! I was thrilled to see Wendy launch Umberland at local bookstore, Towne Center Books. Check out some highlights below and see all our Everland coverage here