The Astonishing Color of After…✧✧✧✧✧/5

Title: The Astonishing Color of After
Author: Emily X.R. Pan
Start date: February 9, 2018
Finish date: February 9, 2018
Note: Special thanks to Hachette Books for providing a digital copy for review.

✧✧✧✧✧/5

I love, love, LOVE THIS BOOK. This has everything I love in it: beautiful and lyrical writing, an accurate representation of Taiwanese culture, wonderful characters who develop and mature through the novel, a slow burning romance that does not take away the grief and identity of our protagonist, and I could go on, which I will in this review.

This was the type of book I wish I had read as a teenager because it does an incredible job of flawlessly depicting Taiwanese culture, and I was sorely missing that during those years. So far, I can think of one novel that does a good job at it, but it doesn’t excel at it nearly as much as Emily X.R. Pan’s debut novel. WHERE HAS THIS BOOK BEEN ALL MY LIFE? It’s safe to say I could not put this book down for many reasons.

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Everless…✧✧✧✧/5

Title: Everless
Author: Sara Holland
Start date: December 18, 2017
Finish date: December 22, 2017
Note: Special thanks to Harper Collins for providing a copy for review.

✧✧✧✧/5

I started out my winter holidays right by picking up this ARC (thank you so much Harper Collins for sending it!)

I had a hard time putting Everless down and that’s something that doesn’t happen often. When I was busy with other things, all I could think about was this damn book. I was actually speeding errands along just so I could find out what happens next.

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Stay with Me…✧ ✧ ✧ ✧/5

Title: Stay with Me
Author: Ayobami Adebayo
Start date: July 17, 2017
Finish date: July 20, 2017
Note: I won a copy of Stay with Me from a Goodreads giveaway.

✧ ✧ ✧ ✧/ 5

Wow. Just wow. What a powerful story about patience and endurance.

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You’ll know when you have a great book in your hands when the author is capable of making you feel a series of intense emotions. The amount of detail and thought that went into carefully plotting the story is apparent; Adebayo successfully planted hints  throughout the novel to ultimately explain what drove the characters’ actions.

Stay with Me is set in Nigeria about a couple who’s having trouble conceiving. The idea of a polygamous marriage enters their once peaceful relationship, and Yejide is forced to accept Akin’s second wife.

I thought this story would be more about the trials of accepting polygamy; however, there is so much more to the tale than that. There are betrayals, tragedies (multiple ones might I add that left me teary-eyed), and so much heartache that in the end, the book isn’t so much about the ménage à trois, it is more about the determination one is willing to go through to make a marriage work.

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