Thursday 16 May 2024

Dial A for Aunties - Book Review (repost/reread)


Dial A for Aunties (Aunties #1)
by Jesse Q. Sutanto

What is it about:
When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is accidentally shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working, at an island resort on the California coastline. It’s the biggest job yet for their family wedding business—“Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!”—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie’s perfect buttercream cake flowers.

But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy’s great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?

What did I think of it:
This is an awesome read!

I was hooked from the start and had to keep reading to see what trouble Meddy and her mother and aunts would land in next. This is a hilarious and fun story and I snorted several times while reading.

Meddy's mother and aunts totally steal the show, but Meddy herself is a fun character as well. At the start of the book there are a few chapters with flashbacks into Meddy's past interspersed with the present, so you learn about her history with her college love.

There was one plot twist I saw coming, but with a book like this that doesn't matter as it is the weird situations and the bickering aunties that are most important to enjoy this very entertaining read.

This is apparently going to be a Netflix movie and you bet I'll be watching it. I'll also keep an eye out for the next book, because I need more.

Why should you read it:
Meddling aunties to the rescue! It's fun and very enjoyable.

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Chasers - Book Review (repost/reread)


Chasers (Alone #1)
by James Phelan

What is it about:
The trip of a lifetime just turned into the end of the world.

When Jesse crawls out of the wreckage of a subway car and emerges into daylight, he’s greeted by a living nightmare. An unexplained force has destroyed New York City, turning skyscrapers into ash, cutting off all power and communication. Jesse and his new friends, Dave, Anna and Mini are dazed but unhurt. The other survivors are not so lucky. Every human being they encounter is infected, gripped by an unquenchable thirst that drives them to monstrous acts of violence.

Somehow, Jesse has to escape. But first, he has to stay alive.

What did I think of it:
This is a cool post-apocalyptic read.

A group of teens from different countries are in New York on a UN sponsored trip when disaster strikes. Four of them survive the terrible subway crash and when they crawl from the wreckage they discover that the crash was the least of their problems.

The story is told by Jesse, a teen from Melbourne. He's a likeable character although he does have the tendency to joke at unfortunate moments in my opinion. The other three teens are really likeable as well and I was rooting for all of them to figure out what was going on and to stay alive.

Although there are a couple of action scenes where the teens get chased by the infected, mostly this story is about how they are trying to cope and survive. Because they don't run into other people it stays unclear what has happened and if it's just New York or if the whole world is affected. If there's one negative thing I can say it is that Jesse and his friends don't really worry about their family and friends, except for Dave who is from New York.

That aside this is a fast and cool read. I really enjoyed reading how Jesse and his friends react to what's happening around them and about their attempts to get information and to get to safety.

The ending was really cool as well and even though it's a bit of a cliffhanger, I think this book can also easily be read as a standalone. But as it's the first book in a trilogy you can bet I will get hold of the second book somewhere in the future.

Why should you read it:
It's a cool and enjoyable post-apocalyptic YA read.

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Still Alive!


I'm still around, just not reading much at the moment.

I'll post some rereads this week, can you guess what I'll be reading after I finish this reread?