I’m back with another interview of another author I truly admire, the one and only Sandhya Menon! When Dimple Met Rishi took the YA rom-com scene by storm when it came out and so has her next two books. Her first book was what got me into reading YA contemporary at all since I was more of a hardcore fantasy fan back in 2018. I love that desi characters are getting their own happy ending thanks to Sandhya and that desi models are so boldly featured on her beautiful covers. With that fangirl-y introduction aside, let’s jump into the Q&A part!
Author: Sara Holland
Age Range: 13+
Published: By Hachette Children’s Group on December 27th, 2017
Content Warning: Dying parent, traumatic past and violence
Format I Read: Hardcover
In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family. There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever… and possibly the future of time itself.
I love that more and more diverse books by marginalized authors are coming out, but we haven’t reached a point where publishing is truly diverse. As an international blogger, I adopted this cause as my own at the start of the year and have been pushing as many diverse books as I can on my blog and bookish social media. However, I feel a certain kinship with Asian books because I can see more of myself on the page in them. So, this year I’ve been focusing on reading as many Asian books as I can and I want to talk about some of my recent reads as well as some that are on my TBR. I love retellings and I’ve recently read some amazing Asian ones, so I decided to recommend my favourites as well as highlight the myths behind them.
Off Tangent Thoughts (OTT) is a bi-monthly meme that has a basic list-based format wherein bloggers express their points in the form of a short or long list with the points under the list being merely a couple lines or even complete paragraphs. Prompts will be up on every 1st and 3rd Saturday based on which everyone can write their own posts. For prompts that will be released on the 1st Saturday, bloggers can write and publish their posts over the next two weeks, that is, until the 3rd Saturday from when posting for a fresh prompt will begin and continue up until the 1st Saturday of the next month and so on. On the rare occasions when we have a 5th Saturday, there will be an open prompt where everyone can generate a topic of their own or catch up on previous OTT prompts they may have missed. Everyone is encouraged to interpret the prompt however they like and be innovative with their posts. The topic for May 18th, 2019 is: Thoughts You Have When Someone Interrupts Your Reading.
I have been a reader since I was a smol child, so I have a lot of experience in dealing with situations where my reading gets interrupted. After becoming an adult with a job and responsibilities, every minute of reading time that I can get out of my schedule is precious to me and I guard it like a mother dragon guards her eggs. Today, I want to make a quick list of what goes on in my mind when my reading gets interrupted and will then move on to give some practical tips on how to make time for reading despite having a packed schedule.
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Age Range: 13+
Published: By Random House Children’s Books on August 28th, 2017
Content Warning: Violence, sexism and death
Format I Read: Hardcover
Grade: Exceeds expectations
Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law — risking exile — to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.
Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine — determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for May 14th, 2019 is: Page to Screen Freebie. Today I’m discussing the books I want to see be made into TV shows with a big budget just like Game of Thrones.
I’m always on the lookout for reading challenges and I found this one quite by accident when compiling my post about the reading challenges to watch out for in 2019. Run by the sci-fi and fantasy imprint of Hodder and Stoughton, this has some wonderful prompts that will appeal to both readers looking to start reading more speculative fiction and veterans of the genre like me. I wanted to share my TBR for this reading challenge today that double up as book recommendations because I’ve heard excellent things about all of the books in the below list.