i believe in a thing called love

ARC Review of I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

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ibelieveinathingcalledlove1I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, and Romance

Rating: sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5

Selling points: Diverse story, adorable characters, and a unique twist to normal high school drama.

Purchase here: Amazon | Book Depository

Synopsis: Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

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Thank you, Macmillan International, for my ARC of I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo!

My actual rating for I Believe in a Thing Called Love is 3.5 cake slices rounded up to 4 cake slices. I Believe in a Thing Called Love is an adorable young adult rom-com story about a girl named Desi Lee. Desi is Korean American and excels at school but not so much at romance. After years of flailures (flirting failures) Desi, finally, starts to watch the k dramas her dad loves so much and uncovers the secret to how the couples always get their happy ending. “The K Drama Steps to True Love” is born and Desi is sure that if she follows the steps, her crush Luca will become her boyfriend and they’ll have their happily ever after. Desi and Luca have great chemistry and banter in this book, and you’ll be rooting for them until the very end. The ship is honestly just adorable.

“K dramas bottled up swoony true love in addictive ten-to-twenty-hour packages. My reactions to chaste first kisses were akin to heart attacks. I bawled with abandon when couples had to break up when one of them was suffering. I sighed happily with glazed eyes when my characters finally got their happy ending.”

This book is hilarious, in an almost painful way, and if you’re a fan of contemporary stories then you will love I Believe in a Thing Called Love. Desi’s personality really shines through the pages and you will fall in love with her in an instant. I love how Desi has so many sides to her and people will relate to both Desi’s confidence and her insecurities. Desi is an unapologetic know-it-all, she is a hard working student and knows how to fix a car because of her dad being a mechanic. Speaking of Desi’s dad, the relationship between Desi and her dad is the most precious part of the book. It’s heartwarming and beautiful, I wish parents got more presence like this in young adult books.

I love the idea of Desi finding love through following her thought out k drama steps. However, I definitely think this book should come with a “Don’t Try This at Home” warning label. To fulfill her k drama steps Desi takes some drastic measures, a few really dangerous ones too, and I wish the severity of some of her actions had shown through some more than I felt they did in the book. Another downside to the book was the ableist language that was used throughout the book. Words like “crazy” and “insane” were thrown around a lot which was just unnecessary and could potentially upset readers.

All in all, I Believe in a Thing Called Love is definitely a young adult contemporary story to check out this season. This book had me fangirling over Desi and Luca and even got me invested in the amazing side characters as well. It will make you laugh (out loud) and it will make you swoon. At certain times my heart was racing from the tension but the end really wrapped it all up nicely.

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3

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Hi readers, and welcome to my third week of Diversity Spotlight Thursday that was created by Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks. The point of the meme is to every Thursday feature three books that follow these points,

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

If you are interested in joining the meme, you can read the rules and see more of how the meme works here.

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A diverse book I’ve read and enjoyed

A diverse book I’ve read and enjoyed is Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw. This book is seriously so underrated. It’s about a Jewish girl with Puerto Rican heritage. She is a fanfiction writer and after her favorite show is canceled she starts writing fiction online about people in her life. Scarlett has the most amazing personality and she learns so much throughout this book. If you haven’t checked this contemporary YA book out yet, you really should. Find it on Goodreads and Amazon.

A diverse book released and on my TBR

A diverse book that’s been released but I haven’t read yet is The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 and though I already own the paperback I haven’t had time to read it yet. I have heard nothing but good things about this book and I love how inclusive and cute it seem to be. I can’t wait to devour it a hot summer day when I have some time over. You can find the book on Goodreads and Amazon.

A diverse book not yet released

A diverse book that is not yet released but I cannot wait to read is Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. As soon as I read the synopsis for this one I knew I had to have, and I had to read it. It seems like a really complex story about a black bisexual Jewish girl named Suzette who is crushing on the same girl her brother is falling in love with. Based on everything I have read, this book is just as amazing as it looks. Find it on Goodreads and Amazon.

What diverse books have you read or am excited to read? Have you also made a Diversity Thursday post? If yes, link it to me!

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April Book Haul – My Latest Purchases & Acquired ARCs

Hi everyone in the galaxy! April is ending and I thought it’d be a fun idea to show you guys which books I got this month. At first, I was unsure about whether to make this post or not, but I figured it doubles pretty well as a book recommendations post (cheap books am I right) so why not. Lots of these books have been anticipated reads for me so I’m really excited to finally own them in one way or another. If I got any books you’ve already read, let me know what you thought of them. Let’s look at the books I got in April.

Ebooks & eARCs I Got in April

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I bought the following four ebooks during the beginning of April. They were all on sale, and you know how much I love a sale, I grabbed them as fast as I could. I always have my eyes out on Amazon and their sales since they often come out of nowhere.

  • As You Breathe Again by Molli Moran. You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon. The genres of the book are romance, new adult, interracial romance, and contemporary.
  • Beginner’s Guide by Six de los Reyes. You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon. The genres of the book are romance, contemporary, and new adult.
  • Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon. The genres of the book are contemporary, young adult, mental illness, and romance.
  • When Sparks Fly by Ines Bautista-Yao. You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon. The genres of the book are romance, chick lit, and new adult.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is still on sale for 1.59$ so I’d definitely get that one if you’re interested. The rest are 5$ or under.

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I also purchased the following four ebooks during April and they were basically a steal for me. I’m excited for every single one of these ones.

  • Lilacs and Vanilla by CS Patra. You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon. The genres of the book are women’s fiction and lesbian fiction.
  • At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey. You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon. The genres of the book are romance, new adult, and contemporary.
  • What About Today by Dawn Lanuza. You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon. The genres of the book are romance, young adult, and contemporary.
  • I Am More Than a Daydream by Jennae Cecelia. You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon. The genres of the book are poetry and inspirational & religious.

Lilacs and Vanilla is only 0.99$ at the moment and At Any Price is currently free. The rest are 3$ each.

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The following four are the last ebooks I got this month. The first two are already published and the last two are eARCs.

  • The Beast That Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger. You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon. The genres of the book are fantasy, LGBT, romance, fantasy, and retellings.
  • Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire. You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon. The genres of the book are fantasy, young adult, mystery, and LGBT.
  • Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology (received an ARC through the blog tour). You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and pre-order it on Amazon. The genres of the book are romance and anthologies.
  • Piglettes by Clémentine Beauvais (received an ARC through Edelweiss). You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and pre-order it on Amazon. The genres of the book are young adult and cultural.

The Beast That Never Was is currently free on Amazon so I would definitely grab that one. The pre-order price for Summer Feels is 2$ so I would definitely check that one out. I’m currently reading it and it’s really cute.

Physical Books & ARCs I Got in April

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I only got two physical books this month. The first one I pre-ordered ages ago and the other was an ARC, my first ever physical ARC actually, which is really exciting.

  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and buy it on Amazon or Book Depository. The genres of the book are contemporary, young adult, and romance.
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo (received an ARC through the publisher). You can add the book to your TBR on Goodreads and pre-order it on Amazon or Book Depository. The genres of the book are contemporary, young adult, romance, and school.

What books have you gotten this month? Have you gotten any of the ones I did? If you know a great book that’s on sale right now I would love to hear about it. 

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1

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Hi readers, I have decided to start the meme Diversity Spotlight Thursday that was created by Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks. I’ve seen it around a lot but never knew what it was, that has however now changed. The point of the meme is to every Thursday feature three books that follow these points,

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

If you are interested in joining the meme, you can read the rules and see more of how the meme works here. It’s honestly just the best, and I’m excited to join.

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A diverse book I’ve read and enjoyed

A diverse book I’ve read and enjoyed is Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember. It’s a story about Mnemba, who works for her cousin’s safari business, and Kara who visits from a far away land with her father to study unicorns. These two girls grow closer through a wild journey filled with unicorns, mermaids and evil poachers trying to destroy what they hold dear. I love this book so much, it has badass and vulnerable girls who will do anything to protect each other and the unicorns. Find it on Goodreads and Amazon.

A diverse book released and on my TBR

A diverse book already released that I can’t wait to read is The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, and it’s currently on the New York Times bestseller list and has been for weeks. The synopsis has completely lured me in and I can’t wait to read about Natasha’s and Daniel’s story and see where their lives take them. Have any of you guys read it? I just know I have a mighty need. Find the book on Goodreads and Amazon.

A diverse book not yet released

A diverse book that hasn’t been released yet that I have a mighty need for is I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo. Not only does the book have the most gorgeous and amazing cover, and a synopsis that has you begging for more. I mean a senior who tries to learn how to flirt and get a boyfriend with the help of k dramas is honestly just amazing. Also, the line “boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue” from the synopsis makes me even more curious and eager to read it. Find it on Goodreads and Amazon.

What diverse books have you read or am excited to read? Have you also made a Diversity Thursday post? If yes, link it to me!

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