A Bundle of Books Posts

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: 30 May 2017

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Where To Purchase: TakealotExclusive BooksBook Depository


I’m always quite hesitant to dive into YA contemporary because I don’t think it’s my type of genre. It sometimes reads as quite cheesy and the romantic relationships tend to be super cringe-worthy. But every once in a while I hear of a contemporary that stands the chance to defeat these expectations and make me fall head-over-heels in love with the genre. I thought When Dimple Met Rishi would be that book but, alas, it is not. I was really drawn by the tech-loving, nerdy protagonist and, whilst the novel was fun, easy reading, I was left quite underwhelmed by the end. Of course, there were many cheesy moments, but more than that, this novel had the opportunity to discuss really meaningful topics. Instead, it just became another YA contemporary filled with teenage angst and less than interesting characters.

Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Publication Date: 2 January 2018

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Where To Purchase: Takealot, Exclusive Books, Book Depository

Rating:Star2 Star2 Star2 Star2 Star2

Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince has found itself caught up in tons of hype over the past few months. Fans the world over have been placing this novel on the highest pedestal and speaking nothing but praises for it. It’s no secret that I am the type of reader that often gets pulled into reading a book by hype alone (and I usually find myself participating in said hype after reading the book myself). Whilst there have been some exceptions to this, The Cruel Prince is definitely not one of them. If I could erase my own memory of reading The Cruel Prince just to do so again with fresh eyes, I would – it was that phenomenal. Holly Black builds her novel upon the foundations of complex family dynamics and the dark, ominous setting of Faerie to produce a story filled to the brim with politics, deception, and conflicted characters. This page-turner definitely deserves a 5-star rating!