Can’t-Wait Wednesday #3: Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

Hello, friends! I thought I would hop on the blog meme train with Can’t-Wait Wednesday.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Covers and Cupcakes #15: Dimpleverse

Hello friends! Welcome back to another edition of Covers and Cupcakes! Today we are celebrating the book birthday of 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon. This is a fantastic enemies to lovers and fake dating rom-com that is the last companion novel in the Dimpleverse series. If you want a fun and light-hearted read this summer, read this book!

Be sure to check out our post for the 10 Things I Hate About Pinky Blog Tour!

Without further ado…

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Blog Tour + Review: 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

Hello, friends! I’m thrilled to be the next stop on the 10 Things I Hate About Pinky Blog Tour! 10TIHAP is the third and final book in the Dimpleverse series by Sandhya Menon. If you haven’t read any of Sandhya’s books yet, you need to change that right now. I love the way Sandhya writes rom-coms: an enjoyable mix of swoony romance, charming characters, and sparkling wit. If you want to know more about the Dimpleverse books then read my reviews for When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something About Sweetie.

Be sure to grab your copy of 10 Things I Hate About Pinky on July 21st!

Before we go any further, check out the official synopsis for 10 Things I Hate About Pinky:

The delightful follow-up to When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something about Sweetie, which follows Ashish’s friends Pinky and Samir as they pretend to date in order to achieve their individual goals, to disastrous and hilarious results.

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 she’s made (a.k.a. boyfriends she’s had), she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer.

When Samir’s internship falls through, leaving him with an unplanned summer, he gets a text from Pinky asking if he’ll be her fake boyfriend in exchange for a new internship. He jumps at the opportunity; Pinky’s a weirdo, but he can survive a summer with her if there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

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.

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Review: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Hello friends! Today I’ll be reviewing There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon. I recently reread this rom-com for the Dimpleverse Readalong I am co-hosting as a member of Sandhya’s Sweethearts Street Team. I had so much fun reliving Sweetie and Ashish’s love story that I had to share some of my thoughts about it. If you aren’t familiar with this book, I’ve included a synopsis below.

There’s Something About Sweetie synopsis:

The irresistible companion novel to the New York Timesbestseller When Dimple Met Rishi, which follows Rishi’s brother, Ashish, and a confident, self-proclaimed fat athlete named Sweetie as they both discover what love means to them.

Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?

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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Hello friends! Today I’ll be reviewing When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I recently reread this rom-com for the Dimpleverse Readalong I am co-hosting as a member of Sandhya’s Sweethearts Street Team. I had so much fun reliving Dimple and Rishi’s adorable love story that I had to share some of my thoughts about it. If you aren’t familiar with this book, I’ve included a synopsis below.

When Dimple Met Rishi synopsis:

The rom-com everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

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.

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Review: Thorn by Intisar Khanani

Hello, friends! Today I will be reviewing Intisar Khanani’s debut young adult fantasy novel Thorn. This is a fairy-tale retelling of the Goose Girl. I went into this story with no background on the fairy-tale, and was surprised and delighted by what I read. Despite some of the darker aspects of the story (book contains mentions of abuse and assault), Thorn manages to be a bold, fresh retelling that you won’t soon forget.

Thorn Synopsis:

Hunted meets The Wrath and the Dawn in this bold fairytale retelling—where court intrigue, false identities, and dark secrets will thrill fans of classic and contemporary fantasy alike.

Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life, but when her mother betroths her to a powerful prince in a distant kingdom, she has little hope for a better future.

Until Alyrra arrives at her new kingdom, where a mysterious sorceress robs her of both her identity and her role as princess—and Alyrra seizes on the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.

But as Alyrra uncovers dangerous secrets about her new world, including a threat to the prince himself, she knows she can’t remain silent forever. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds, and ultimately must decide who she is and what she stands for.

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