Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.
Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own…
Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later with a high-spirited young girl in tow—a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does.
Continue reading Deliciously Scandalous Historical Fiction To Add To Your TBR Immediately ❤ |ARC Review: The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
WELCOME TO THE BLOG TOUR FOR THE Wonderful Contemporary YA Anthology – “FORESHADOW Edited by Emily X.R. Pan and Nove Ren Suma! Check out my review of this wonderful collection of diverse short reads in the YA genre with short snippets and commentary by two wonderful authors on the blog today ❤
Hosted by Algonquin Books and Algonquin Young Readers
Continue reading A Wonderfully Descriptive and Informative Anthology Filled With Diverse New Voices ❤ |Blog Tour – Review: Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate The Magic of Reading & Writing YA – Edited by Emily X.R. Pan & Nova Ren Suma
An #ownvoices contemporary YA set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line—even her blooming love story—to follow her dreams.
In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan lives a double life.
At home, she is a careful daughter, living within her mother’s narrow expectations, in her rising-soccer-star brother’s shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father.
On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, Camila gets the chance to see just how far those talents can take her. In her wildest dreams, she’d get an athletic scholarship to a North American university.
But the path ahead isn’t easy. Her parents don’t know about her passion. They wouldn’t allow a girl to play fútbol—and she needs their permission to go any farther. And the boy she once loved is back in town. Since he left, Diego has become an international star, playing in Italy for the renowned team Juventus. Camila doesn’t have time to be distracted by her feelings for him. Things aren’t the same as when he left: she has her own passions and ambitions now, and La Furia cannot be denied. As her life becomes more complicated, Camila is forced to face her secrets and make her way in a world with no place for the dreams and ambition of a girl like her.
Continue reading Ferocity and Ambitiously Admirable #OwnVoices Read That *NEEDS* to be on Your TBR ♥️ | ARC Review: Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez
Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?
Continue reading Breathtaking World Building and A Found Family to Root For! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ❤ | ARC Review: Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko
We are so excited to be bringing you the release of REVVED TO THE MAXX – an all new standalone romance – by a favourite author Melanie Moreland. Be sure to check out my review + an awesome international giveaway and get your copy today!
Continue reading A Wonderfully Emotional Romance between a Sassy Heroine & a Grumpy Hero ❤ | Release Day Review + Giveaway & Excerpt: Revved To The Maxx by Melanie Moreland
We are so excited to be bringing you the release of REVEALING ANNIE – the fifth book in the ON CALL Series – by a favourite author Freya Barker. Be sure to check out my review + an awesome international giveaway and get your copy today!
Continue reading A Mature Beautiful And Emotional Romance ❤ | Release Day Review: Revealing Annie (Police and Fire: Operation Alpha)(On Call #5)by Freya Barker
Tomorrow’s most explosive thriller, today
Cynthia Wright is a rising star in American politics, strongly tipped as a future candidate for president. One night she is violently assaulted in her home by an intruder. She defends herself and minutes later, the intruder lies dead. Wright is hailed as a #MeToo heroine: the woman who fought back.
But inconsistencies emerge in Wright’s story, suggesting that the attack might not have been as random as it first seemed.
When former White House troubleshooter Maggie Costello is drafted in to investigate, she finds intriguing gaps, especially over Wright’s early life. She likes this woman, who she believes could – and should – be president. But she can’t shake off the question: who exactly is Cynthia Wright?
A cat-and-mouse conspiracy thriller of rare intelligence, To Kill a Man explores an unsettling world in which justice is in the eye of the beholder and revenge seems to be the only answer.
Continue reading Disturbingly Real and Captivating Political Thriller ❤ | ARC Review: To Kill A Man by Sam Bourne