Mini-Reviews// ft. contemporaries which WILL. steal your heart!



Hi, it’s me again! (i haven’t disappeared yet!)

I’ve surprisingly read quite a few contemporaries this year already and I am here for fluffy, feel-good, wonderful books in 2020! I’ve decided to review these contemporaries because I’ve rated them inCREDIBLY high! (these books were brilliant and you need to read them asap!). I’m going to be reviewing:

  • A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 stars)
  • The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G Drews – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 (4.5 stars)
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 (4.5 stars)

Let’s get into it!


A Match Made in MehendiA Match Made in Mehendi

by Nandini Bajpai

Fifteen-year-old Simran “Simi” Sangha comes from a long line of Indian vichole-matchmakers-with a rich history for helping parents find good matches for their grown children. When Simi accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family is thrilled that she has the “gift.” But Simi is an artist, and she doesn’t want to have anything to do with relationships, helicopter parents, and family drama. That is, until she realizes this might be just the thing to improve her and her best friend Noah’s social status. Armed with her family’s ancient guide to finding love, Simi starts a matchmaking service – via an app, of course. (read more)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 stars)

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  • am i tearing up as i write this review? nO YOu aRe
  • First, how gorgeous is that girl on the cover? This is such a beautiful book and I love it with all my heart.
  • It honestly warms my heart to see Indian representation in and on books! I loved recognising all the Desiness from the typical careers paths to all the gossiping aunties to clothes and food and traditions was just amazing!
  • The book starts off with Simi wanting to be more confident and proud of her Desi side and honestly I want to be too! I never wear mehendi out, I never talk to my friends about my culture but it would be so cool to just be able to share it.
  • “But I’m tired of waiting around for someone to deem me worthy. Nope. This year, I’m taking it into my own hands, and so is Noah.”

  • also, i really want to experiment with mehendi after reading this!
  • Simi was a brilliant, real, relatable main character – she is so sweet and I genuinely love her. She grew so much as a person in this book.
  • Simi has a wonderful family, and it was great to see such a positive relationship in this book!
  • Noah and Simi’s friendship warmed my heart and I loved everything about it!
  • Simi’s match was actually adorable and they are so cute together!
  • There was a love triangle but Simi’s experience navigating it was so well-written! I could feel her confusion and awkwardness!
  • I feel like there aren’t enough books with Indian representation (that aren’t heavy fantasy) so it was great to see Simi just living her life, dealing with school and finding herself as a person!
  • There is so much diversity, from a Filipino girl who is a star soccer player to LGBT characters!
  • This is a light-hearted fun book and I loved reading it! It made me smile and I feel so happy every time I think of it!


The Boy Who Steals Houses

The Boy Who Steals Houses

by C.G Drews (Cait @PaperFury!)

Can two broken boys find their perfect home? Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. (read more)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 (4.5 stars)

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  • I LOVE this book so much!! I had high expectations and I was not disappointed! 
  • This is one of those books which just make me feel so many emotions all at once and I can tell that I’m going to love this for a long time!
  • Cait’s writing style is absolutely beautiful – she brings the characters to life and I am SO attached.
  • THE DE LAINEY’S ARE AMAZING AND WHEN CAN I BE PART OF THEIR FAMILY?? They were all so different and so rEaL. Each of them is so sweet and wholesome and I loved the spats between all the siblings!  They need to be protected at aLL COSTS.
  • The premise of this book is a house-stealing 15-year-old. It focused majorly on Sam’s life and meant the plot was quite predictable. Making the story character-driven worked perfectly because Sammy Lou has stolen my heart. He’s just a soft boy looking out for his brother, trying to survive. He needs aLL the love in the world!
  • Moxie is such a proud, fearless girl and she always holds her own in a house full of guys!
  • ““If something even remotely sexist comes out of you mouth again,’ Moxie says, her eyes glinting, ‘I will take a pound of flesh per word.””

  • This book had so many soft, wholesome moments that made my heart tingle. I love The Boy Who Steals Houses.


Geekerella (Once Upon a Con, #1)Geekerella

by Ashley Poston

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball… Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first. (read more)

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 (4.5 stars)

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  • I ended up loving Geekerella waaay more than I expected! It is so delightful, cute and fluffy – reading it was really enjoyable!
  • This is presented from Elle and Darien’s perspective and seeing their lives slowly intertwine was really fun!
  • The romance gave me ALL the feels but I thought it escalated super quickly.
  • Geekerella contains many tropes and over the top parts but it is a contemporary retelling so…
  • There are so many connections to the OG Cinderella story that I only realised after reading!
  • Fandom and being part of something is written so well.
  • “Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? If that OTP or children’s card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy?

    That is never a waste of time.”

  • It’s not clearly stated but I Darian is Asian? which would be really cool!
  • Sage is a cute friend and her sarcasm is THE BEST. (i feel like her character changed unrealistically at one point but overall she’s brilliant!)
  • I love how Elle blogs about something she loves (guess who else does that?!). She is really well-crafted with her own flaws and feelings and passion – she’s such a nerd and i love that.
  • “I suck at being social. I think one thing and my mouth says something completely different, like I’m possessed. By a whole lot of stupid.”

  • This book is perfect for when you’re in a slump and can’t handle too much plot. It’s a fulfilling feel-good story that left me feeling happy!

Chat With Me

What do you think of these books? Have read any of these? Are they on your TBRs? Any contemporaries that I need to read ASAP? What have you been reading recently? Favourite book so far?


Kerys xx

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19 thoughts on “Mini-Reviews// ft. contemporaries which WILL. steal your heart!

  1. Ahh, both A Match Made in Mehendi and The Boy Who Steals Houses are on my TBR and you make them sound SO good I am so very hyped ahh. I hope I can read them soon 😀
    Lovely reviews! 🙂


  2. I only read Geekerella and liked it though I did prefer it’s sequel. Will have to check the other two out as they are new to me. Great reviews.


  3. The only one on here that I’ve read is The Boy Who Steals Houses, and I really enjoyed it!! I preferred A Thousand Perfect Notes to it (have you read it?) but it still STOLE MY HEART and made me SOB.

    A Match Made in Mehendi sounds so good!! I’ll have to snag a copy if I see it. I’ve heard more about Geekerella, but still haven’t read it yet. 🙂


  4. I really really wanna read AMMIM (lol abbreviated) and TBWSH bc I’ve heard good things about both! And omg yesss Geekerella was so good! Pretty sure I rated it the same as you 😀


  5. I loved Geekerella too! I didn’t anticipate enjoying it as much as I did, but I am so glad I read it! I’ve never heard of A Match Made in Mehendi, but it sounds funny and sweet, so I’ll be looking into it! Thanks for the great reviews! 🙃


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