i love rishi

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2017 book releases I’m most looking forward to

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YALit 2017 Heroines of Color

Lara Jean ❤ Always & Forever, Lara Jean

Starr Carter ❤ The Hate U Give

Iris ❤ Wicked Like a Wildfire

Julia ❤ I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Bethan ❤ The Hollow Girl

Dimple Shah ❤ When Dimple Met Rishi

Dee Moreno ❤ The Hearts We Sold

Tea ❤ The Bone Witch

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Asian YA Lit To-Read List

I keep making to-read lists, and for good reason. There’s just so many promising books coming out this year! It’s a wonderful problem to have. In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, here are my top 3 Asian YA lit books that I’m planning to read:

Want by Cindy Pon
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

What’s on your to-read list for the summer?

My fave thing in books is when the guy falls for the girl and talks about her smile and laugh like Kaz in Six of Crows or Rishi in When Dimple Met Rishi omg it is so wholesome and pure their love for the person 😩😩😩👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💖💖💖

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2 May: All Closed Off by Cora Carmack; Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han;  Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

16 May: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh; No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista; A Million Junes by Emily Henry

30 May: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo; When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon; Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Man, I love the Shadow of Revan expansion storyline. I would love the option to replay the chapters over and over again, the way you can with KotFE and KotET. I love flirting with Lana Beniko and Theron Shan, I love running around Rishi, I love the snark and the side quests … This is easily one of my favourite parts of the game, and if I could make a character to play just this part I would do it over and over again.

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Book: When Dimple Met Rishi
Series: Stand Alone
Author: Sandhya Menon
Pages: 378
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Favorite Quote: “I’d originally wanted a practical partnership, but now I think I’m getting the fairy tale anyway.”
Recommendation: If you want a cute romance with good representation

Synopsis:

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.

My Opinion:

1) I love both Dimple and Rishi!
2) Such a cute fluffy read!
3) An easy, quick read
4) Great representation
5) Wasn’t crazy about the second to last chapter (before the epilogue type thing) but overall I liked it a lot!

Full Review On Goodreads

I love Rishi for a lot of reasons. It’s my favourite planet in SWtoR. The pirates, the pirate clothes, the narrow wooden suspension bridges, the tropical paradise landscape, the overwhelming contact with players from the opposite faction…

And yet the little detail that makes me the happiest? The trainers. Some delightful asshole decided that each pair of equivalent class trainers for Empire and Republic should share a tent

And most of them are well-behaved. The Smuggler and Imperial Agent have long discourses. The Jedi Consular and Sith Inquisitor just flat-out ignore each other, as do the Bounty Hunter and Trooper.

And then there’s these assholes:

like who thought this was a good idea

Seriously though because I need to give them cookies, I’m laughing so hard.

EDIT:

I have since thought more upon this and realized something else. Look at the colors of their lightsabers. Is it just me, or is the Knight using the reddish one and the Warrior using the yellow one?

I’m pretty sure it’s not just me. Which got me to thinking ‘but why?’

What if they stole one another’s lightsabers

Like they can’t kill each other for whatever reason and they’re stuck in the same confined 100 square feet 24/7, and at one point one of them steals the other’s lightsaber in a fit of pique or as safety insurance. And the other one was like ‘well two can play at that game you little kark’

And now they’re waving their stolen lightsabers at each other because neither one of them is going to be the first one to give it back

and like

Imagine them heckling each other whenever one of them gets a student, obnoxiously disrupting the other person’s lessons.

Imagine the Sith Warrior bidding a student farewell by saying ‘Remember,peace is a liewhile smirking and watching the Jedi Knight’s eye twitch.

Just imagine these assholes

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I luuuuuurved this book! There were so many important themes in this book, from arranged marriage - personally, I didn’t know this happened in Western countries and I’m very happy this book opened my eyes to it - to “every day” feminism (“Heyyy. We’re just as good as you guys.” “Well, maybe you need to expand your idea of how girls behave,” are just a couple of quotes I highlighted, and RISHI is so supportive as well and fully believes in all of the girls’ ability in such a stereotypically male-dominated sector such as coding and I’m so appreciate of that 👏🏼 ) to anxiety, which I cannot express how delighted I was for the representation.

Dimple is definitely one of my favourite female characters of this year, she’s her own person and SO. PETTY. Even though she’s completely against the concept of having a boyfriend, never mind a fiancée, when she has so much more important things to think about (I can relate), she’s not horribly mean to Rishi (okay… after that first incident she’s not horribly mean to Rishi) which I am v happy about bc I LOVE Rishi.

Is there a fan club for Rishi yet?? I will be the one holding the light up sign saying something like “LOVE 4 RISHI” bc this boy, is what my dreams are made of. Even though Dimple clearly having no interest in him hurts him, he is ever the gentleman and is just there for her, but not pursuing her and waiting for her consent at every step of the way which is so important to me - more boys like that pls. I love how he refers to Dimple so passionately and he truly sees the best in her, “he could definitely see her being born with lava in her veins,” who he wished he could “keep in his pocket.” As well as his relationship with Dimple, his relations with his mother, father and brother are really telling - being the eldest, he feels responsibility to do what is right for the whole, not just for himself, and the character/relationship development between him and his brother was something I totally didn’t expect (and should probably relate to me and my sister haha).

The plot was definitely fuelled by the romance and not the other way around, which I am not complaining about but just bare that in mind if you don’t want sweet, blossoming romance between teens in a foreign city with a deadline on their days together ❤️

I would hope that being an own voices novel, Menon would provide characters and a culture that South Asian YA readers would feel comfortable in and be able to relate to - I am not South Asian so can’t speak of how true the culture was, but with the abundant use of an Indian language (I’m not sure which? I know “Indian” isn’t a language though), and the recurring themes of Bollywood, and the culture found in their love of foods etc, the culture seemed very immersive but fused with the more recognisable and less interesting American scene.

I’m so happy I read this book, thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Labyrinth Lost By Zoraida Córdova 

[Goodreads]

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

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