NetGalley Review: Shine

What would you give for a chance to live your dreams?
For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Six years ago, she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul’s largest K-pop labels, known for churning out some of the world’s most popular stars. The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. Easy right?
Not so much. As the dark scandals of an industry bent on controlling and commodifying beautiful girls begin to bubble up, Rachel wonders if she’s strong enough to be a winner, or if she’ll end up crushed… Especially when she begins to develop feelings for K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee. It’s not just that he’s charming, sexy, and ridiculously talented. He’s also the first person who really understands how badly she wants her star to rise.

Title: Shine
Author: Jessica Jung
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Rating: ⭐ 4/5

K-pop is not as glamorous as people think, and Rachel Kim learns this the hard way. As a K-pop (and Girls’ Generation) fan, I was so excited when I heard about Jessica Jung’s book. And it delivered!

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NetGalley Review: White Fox

After their world-famous actor mother disappeared under mysterious circumstances, Manon and Thaïs left their remote Mediterranean island home—sent away by their pharma-tech tycoon father. Opposites in every way, the sisters drifted apart in their grief. Yet their mother’s unfinished story still haunts them both, and they can’t put to rest the possibility that she is still alive.

Lured home a decade later, Manon and Thaïs discover their mother’s legendary last work, long thought lost: White Fox, a screenplay filled with enigmatic metaphors. The clues in this dark fairytale draw them deep into the island’s surreal society, into the twisted secrets hidden by their glittering family, to reveal the truth about their mother—and themselves.

Title: White Fox
Author: Sara Faring
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s (Imprint)

Rating: ⭐ 5/5

“These woods can be treacherous. You never know which trees will curl their roots around your ankles, which foxes will prance right down a foxhole with you in tow.” – Sara Faring, White Fox

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August 2020 Wrap-Up

And just like that, the month of August has come to an end!

Despite feeling like I lived through the longest March ever, August brought a new sense of peace (?) for me. My love for fantasy books was revived, summer class stress disappeared, excitement for the fall season rose, and I turned 22!

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Entering the School of Assassins – Magicalathon 2020

Is this post really a surprise at this point? I’m a complete sucker for themed readathons!

This month I’m participating in Magicalathon, a month-long readathon focusing on fantasy reads. The story and theme immediately drew me in, so I thought it would be a good way to squeeze in more reading before the official school year starts.

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Saving Pusthak Rajya! – Indian Lit Readathon 2020

I can’t believe I didn’t know about this readathon sooner!

Recently, it’s been bothering me more that I have a hard time finding books that are by Indian authors or have an Indian main character. When I found out about this readathon, I felt this was the perfect way to find the book recs I’ve been looking for.

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NetGalley Review: The Princess Will Save You

A PRINCESS
A STABLE BOY
A QUEST

When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped.

But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice.

And nothing will stop her from saving her true love and rescuing her kingdom.

Title: The Princess Will Save You
Author: Sarah Henning
Publisher: TorTeen
Expected Publication: July 7, 2020 (available now!)

Date Read (finished): July 13, 2020
Rating: ⭐ 4/5

This book is a story about love, identity, and epic girl-power!

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NetGalley Review: 10 Things I Hate About Pinky

Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny-tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.

Samir Jha might have a few . . . quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.

Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they’ll never forget.

Title: 10 Things I Hate About Pinky
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing
Expected Publication: July 21, 2020

Date Read (finished): June 15, 2020
Rating: ⭐ 5/5

Pinky and Samir are definitely one of my favorite enemies-to-lovers couples. Or is it more accurate to say frenemies-to-lovers?

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How I Edit My Bookstagram Pics Using PicsArt and VSCO

I never actually thought I was good enough to do a post like this, but let’s give it a try!

Recently, I’ve been getting more requests on how I edit my bookstagram photos. Editing pictures can be time consuming, and some methods take longer than others. I try to experiment with my pictures to find easier ways to make my vision into a reality. Two simple ways I found are PicsArt and VSCO.

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YALLSTAYHOME 2020

When life happens and you can’t be in Santa Monica for YALLWEST…
…YALLSTAYHOME saves the day!

Two weeks ago, I was able to attend YALLSTAYHOME from the comfort of my bed. The book festival did an amazing job shifting to a virtual set-up in such a short amount of time. Lots of giveaways were held throughout the two weeks leading up to the event, and panels were extended to include the full weekend. There were even extra events, including an Instagram Live of Soman Chainani learning TikTok dances.

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