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NetGalley Review: Break My Heart by Rhonda Helms

Kensington To Be Published July 28, 2015 240 Pages
To Be Published July 28, 2015
240 Pages

Megan Porter isn’t the average math student. Graduating with honors and guaranteed (as long as she passes) a spot at her school’s graduate program, Megan is on her way.

But her senior semester quickly goes on shaky ground when she meets her new thesis adviser and professor Dr. Nick Muarmoto. Young, extremely intelligent and passionate, he offers Megan exactly what her maturity level has been looking for.

When Megan realizes this is more than just a school girl crush, the two decide to embark on a forbidden relationship but with Nick’s career at risk and possibly Megan’s future, how can the two grow in love better yet hide it?

Surprise. I am completely in love with this short read. First let’s talk about diversity. I am so glad to see a non stereotypical main female college student (you know the one that has a horrible background story and is a hot girl dressed in geek clothing) who is sassy, knows what she wants and is well grounded and liked. I am also glad to see that she is black. It is so important to see characters who aren’t white all the time. There are other races.  I am also glad to see the main character isn’t white either but Japanese; again diversity is an amazing thing.

The storyline was to the point and perfect. I loved Megan and I loved how she fell in love. She still remained sure of herself but at the same time couldn’t knock the fact that this man was changing her life. I also loved the fact that she just was a good person; no attitude unless you provoked her (in the only scene I felt she should have given more attitude).

However, here is where the book fell short for me:

Nick didn’t have much personality. Yes, he loved his job and what he taught. Yes, he wasn’t a flat board but he didn’t have a spark that made me feel what Megan was feeling.

I also didn’t like how there wasn’t much description of what Megan looked like. I couldn’t picture her face, her shape or even the sound of her voice. All I know is she is black.

But beyond that the pace of the novel, the realism and the juicy scenes really made this an enjoyable book.


4 Pickles 


Book Review: Ink by Amanda Sun

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Before I even begin to explain this book let me tell you about this cover. IT’S BEAUTIFUL! Also it’s a paperback book not the cheap packbacks but nice and thick. I loved touching the book (stop judging).

So anyways . . .

Japanese-American Katie Greene moves to Japan after her mother’s death. She hates it. She can barely speak Japanese; she misses her friends, and would rather be in Canada with her Grandparents. But due to the fact her Grandfather has cancer; she is unable to be there.

Ink by Amanda Sun (goodreads)
Ink by Amanda Sun (goodreads)

But every dark cloud has a silver lining and Katie meets Tomohiro; the handsome, mysterious star player of the school’s Kendo team. Instantly there is something there between them and as much as Tomohiro tries to fight it, Katie stalks him. Yes, she stalks him and he finds that there is a connection deeper than just an attractive girl.

What I loved about this book was it was straight to the point. Katie knew there was something going on with Tomohiro and instead of waiting for it to blow up; she took matters in her own hands and did her thing.

Tomohiro was being a butt but I ended up liking his charm. He was a funny and a sensitive guy. I wasn’t expecting their relationship minus the whole ancient God thing, to be so easy. They really were into each other purely.

What I also liked was the lack of a love triangle. The author, Sun, had me worried for a moment because there is another guy who really likes Katie and although she found him cute she wasn’t pushing up on him, even when Tomohiro was being a butt.

What I didn’t like in the book was how Katie was always unsure of herself. From the beginning of the book til the last page she just couldn’t figure herself out. I understand you’re in a new country, you have to learn the language and friends but she was just a nervous wreck and her whining was killing me UGH!

The author did a great job of wheeling me in; mainly because she jumped into the story pretty fast and there was no looking for it. I loved it.  I most importantly loved the fact that the main character was not a white female. There are not many young adult supernatural, fantasy books that involve someone that isn’t white or someone in which it isn’t clearly defined what ethnicity that are. I thought it was great.

This book gets a 9 out of 10; Can’t wait for the second book.