Variables of Love (Review & Giveaway!)

Variables of Love (Review & Giveaway!)

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there!

Title: Variables of Love

Author:  M.K.
Schiller
Publisher:  Omnific Publishing
Published Date: 16th September
2014
Rating: 4 stars
 
*Thank you to Goddess Fish Promotions for the review
copy*

Synopsis: Meena
Kapoor knows what life has in store for her. She’s in her senior year at
Stanford where she’ll graduate summa cum laude, and then she’ll begin her
interviews…her marriage interviews. Meena is Indian, and she’s never
questioned that she’ll have an arranged marriage like all the generations
before her. Not until she meets gorgeous math major Ethan Callahan. Ethan’s
sense of humor and free spirit stir feelings in Meena she didn’t know were possible
outside of Bollywood movies. It doesn’t hurt that he’s charming and has the
uncanny ability to make math sound like poetry, but Meena knows their equation
makes no sense in the real world.

Ethan finds himself intrigued by the mysterious,
beautiful girl, whose big, brown eyes reflect great pain. His goals are small
at first – to make her smile and then to laugh. But he soon wants more, and
though Meena is adamant they have no future, he convinces her to share the
present. Ethan believes every problem has a solution, but with cultural
expectations and family duty among the variables, they will struggle to solve
the ultimate equation to find happiness.

Review: What I
didn’t know when I started this book was that it was from the New Adult genre.
For some reason I had it in my head that it was a YA. Either way, this one
surprised me with how much I liked it.

At first I found it to be a bit cliché. Meena and Ethan
meet by bumping into each other. Very cliché. But then this book developed into
something a lot deeper than the typical romance and a lot about certain things
I love. And that has to be culture!

The main problem here is that Meena is Indian, and in her
future is going to have an arranged marriage. However, Ethan is American, and
therefore wouldn’t be accepted by her parents. That is the main problem they
share, and why Meena is all too eager to push him away. Meena is a great
character – the typical good girl who has her own secrets and her own reasons
for keeping them. They are steadily unraveled to the reader and each one made
me feel for her. Ethan himself has some things about him he would rather keep
to himself, and it was good to get to know him too. Personally, I loved the
slow and steady way he cared for Meena. It was such a cute romance ^.^

The secondary characters were also well done and had their own problems too which was
always good to see. There was Rachael who is the daughter of a priest, but in
truth is herself the girl that sleeps around the most and gets into all sorts
of trouble. She ends up falling for the wrong guy herself religion-wise and
then can’t lose her bad girl attitude. And then there is Raj, who is gay and
also Indian. That isn’t accepted in his culture so he is having troubles
dealing with that as well. Personally, I loved the secondary characters, and
the friendship between them all was wonderful.

The dialogue had to be my favourite thing about this
book. When Meena and Ethan talk about things they do it in such creative ways,
and it doesn’t even seem unrealistic. It seems to match their personality and
seems so natural, it’s hard to believe these aren’t real people having this
conversation right now. I loved it. Wonderfully done.

As well as that there was the theme of death in here, and
getting over the loss of a loved one. I hated the way Meena’s family was so
fractured by a single death, even though it was a significant one. It was
interesting to compare how her family dealt with the death and the way that
Ethan’s did.

Heed this warning: this is not a clean romance (and I had
naively believed it to be). But it isn’t as bad as some new adult romances.

 
 

There were some comical parts to this book. The author
leaves you wondering until the very last moment whether Meena and Ethan’s
relationship will survive everything. I was always kept guessing. There was
never a boring moment in the book, and setting aside the meet up at the
beginning, there wasn’t a single cliché moment as well. I was pleasantly surprised
after reading this one!
 
Interview:
Where did you get the inspiration for this novel?
Variables of Love was a very personal story for me. I was
thinking about how culture influences our choices. The heroine, Meena, is a
plotter by nature and she is on a set course, which includes an arranged
marriage. Then along comes Ethan Callahan, who shines like the most beautiful
distraction. Suddenly, her course is not so clear.
What’s your favourite thing about the cover?
 
I
like that it feels youthful. It’s also ties into Ethan’s need to doodle things
in margins.
Who is your favourite character and why?
Of all time, it would be Elizabeth Bennett
from Pride and Prejudice. I love a strong woman. In this novel, it’s Ethan
Callahan because he is witty and wise…and also a wiseass.
What is one thing you learned about your
writing as you wrote this?
That I interpreted irony incorrectly. My
editor had to point that out. Thank goodness, because being wrong about
irony….is well, ironic (at least I think it is).
Do you have anything you want to say to your
readers?
Thank you for your support. If you purchased this book,
extra thank you’s. I hope you enjoyed it, and I’d love to hear from you.

Giveaway Time! Enter to win either a $10 amazon giftcard, of a $15 amazon giftcard! An ecopy of the book is also going! Open internationally 🙂

 
 
Olivia’s Question: What genre did you doubt you would
like at first, but then happened to like in the end?

Olivia-Savannah x


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