Book Rant: The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

About the Book:

Girl (loves books and majoring in English) meets Boy (wall street freak and majoring in Business) and fall in love. Ten years down the lane, we find out that they somehow have broken up due to something that happened in the past but both the characters have had time to sought their lives out. The story is of personal development, growth, love and heart-breaks that happen in their lives and how it changes them. Question is, will they re-kindle and if they do, are they ready to face the difficulties that tore them apart in the past?

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Book Review: Every Heart a Doorway

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If you’ve spent your childhood wanting to be Alice, Dorothy or any of the Narnia siblings, then (a) You’ve wanted to escape your life really bad, and (b) you’ve probably noticed how these stories always just end once the children come back to the real world after their magical adventures to parallel universes. The narratives usually leave you feeling bittersweet and elegiac at the end; seldom, if ever, do they talk about what becomes of these children after they return to their real world. Every Heart a Doorway answers all these questions and deals with children’s feelings once they return.

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I finally read Harry Potter and I’m obsessed!

I know, I know you all must be wondering “Whaaat? Who hasn’t read Harry Potter, let alone watch the movies??!” But let me tell you, people like me do exist. Although in a very tiny fraction, but yes we do. And I used to be a very proud non-HarryPotter person going like “Oh well, I haven;t read it so what?? I’m not goong to read it anytime sooner!”

But THEN.

Jim Kay’s illustrations happened. 

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LOOK AT THIS COVER!

BETTER YET LOOK AT THESE:

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Book Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkins
Date Published: 27 September 2011
Genre: YA, paranormal

My Rating: 3.5/5 

Because it’s not AS good as 4 but not AS time-pass as 3. Like somewhere in between.

Honestly, rating this book was so damn haarrrd!

Plot:

Okay, so let me start with the synopsis. This is a story about a girl, Mara, who’s been diagnosed with PTSD after the death of her best-friend and boyfriend. Her family moves to a new town so that she could start over and forget the tragic events of the past. However, weird things start happening as soon as she arrives. Like people-dying-kinda-weird. In all of this, the very handsome, swoon-worthy, Noah Shaw, walks in and develops a connection with her which turns out to be even deeper than they both imagined.

Let me clarify one thing here: This definitely sounds like a YA contemporary but swear, it’s not. Throughout the story, the reader is going to feel as confused as the character.Like even at 70% of the book, most of the events didn’t make sense to me. Half of the time, the occurring events will leave you doubting their credibility because considering that our narrator, Mara, suffers from PTSD she hallucinates quite often. At one time, something so shocking happened and I immediately began guessing how. Turns out I was right, and I began patting myself for my very amazing detective skills. But BHAM! Right in the next chapter it turns our that Mara was just hallucinating and nothing like that ever happened and I was like OH NO WHAT IS THIS BETRAYAL. But wait, that’s not it. Mara’s mother or psychiatrist comes in and tells her “hey, the so-and-so thing actually did happen…..just not the way she thinks it did and naturally, definitely not the way that’s been told! Like…

THE CHARACTER HERSELF IS CONFUSED AND I AM SO CONFUSED AND ALL OF THE EVENTS ARE SO CONFUSING AND SHE HAS PTSD AND I FEEL LIKE I HAVE PTSD TOOOOO! Bro, this was damn frustrating!!!!

Writing-Style:

The writing style is hands-down amazing, I’ve to give that to Michelle Hodkin. She combined the elements of Mara’s past thoughts so cleverly with the situation she was present in that gets you real-fucking-good-confused.

There wasn’t much word-building or wordy descriptions of the wall or the sofa or a vase on the table, making it very to-the-point and a quick read for me. The story was constantly progressing (just not in the way it should have, but that is discussed below in my “dislikes”)

Characters:

Mara – Well, there was this whole falling for the new boy thing which ANNOYED THE FUCK OUT OF ME. You know how the usual, new girl is always different than the other girls and the hottest boy in school just HAAAVVVEEE to fall for her. Well, you’ll find that here, as well and tbh it’s sooo annoying now!! But on the contrary, I can’t blame her. If I was presented with my own kinda Noah Shaw, I would never ever ever look at another guy! She was a relatable character in a lot of ways, especially when she talks about her PTSD and how she wants people to treat her.

Noah Shaw – FUCKING GOD. He’s everything. Handsome. Rich. And not just rich, like Beyonce-Shakira kind filthy rich. Fucking smart with a 4.0 GPA AND HE DOESN’T EVEN HAVE TO STUDY! Got like loads of books. AND AND ALWAYS COMES UP WITH THE SEXIEST, SARCASTIC, QUICK, WITTY REPLIES. Basically, guys who do not exist in real life. There wasn’t much about him, to be honest, the only surprises and shocks you get about him is towards the end of the book. Hus character in that sense isn’t developed at all. If this was a stand-alone, I would have gone on a major rant on the under-development of his character. But since this is a trilogy, I’m really really looking forward to read more about him.

Daniel – He is Mara’s extremely adorable brother. Like I would kill for a brother like him. He’s the one who is always supporting and encouraging Mara, rescuing her from parent-invasion troubles, making her go out with the guy she likes and basically just being there for her. I really really wish there was more about his character alone.

Dislikes:

I like the synopsis, and the idea around which the entire story is based but I seriously don’t understand how this comes under paranormal. Like really, it was only the last 20% of the book where the paranormal element just comes out of nowhere explaining the confusions in the beginning which is so damn under-developed. Like even if there were incidents hinting that something paranormal would come along, it would make sense but no, instead of casual hinting there was useless, YA romance. And that really really annoyed me. (WHY DOES EVERY GIRL HEROINE HAS TO PLAY HARD TO GET AND THE POPULAR GUY ALMOST ALWAYS FINDS HER “DIFFERENT” AND FALLS FOR HER?) This new-boy/girl thing is seriously so overdone!!!

Oh also, the very very cliche part where the best friend (in this case, Jamie was the ONLY friend) can sense the attraction between the guy and the girl, but obviously the girl is blind to it.

Jamie : “You could start a fire with the heat between you two.”
Mara : “You’re mistaking bitter animosity for heartfelt affection.” 

HOW CAN JAMIE EVEN FEEL THE HEAT AND DAMN ME, BUT THIS IS SO UNREALISTIC AND CHICK-FLICKYY. Another thing which frustrated me a lot, it was loaded with clicheness!

But like, I was invested to find out what really happened at the end, and now I am even more curious to find that Jude is alive! I would love to know the kind of person he is, considering all we’ve been told is that he was a self-exerting, pushy jerk. I am going to pick up the sequel, but I don’t think it’s going to be anytime soon. I did have fun reading this, though. Hope you guys do too, if you decide to read it!

-Let me know down below what you think of the book! Until then, Happy Reading! xx

Book Review/Rant: Wintersong by S.Jae Jones

I am so disappointed and disgusted that I don’t even feel like saying hello to you guys. Like I just want to get done ranting. I’m so…ugh. There is literally no way to put my feelings into words right now.

I was so damn excited for this book! It’s cover is gorgeous, I’ll still admit it. I have never been this excited for any book, that I legit went out to look for it for 5 hours till I could finally get it! The saying literally fucking goes like “NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER” but do I understand it? No. 24763621

Have I had previous bad experiences? Yes.

Do I EVER learn? Obviously not, pfft.

I’m really pissed offfffff! I wasted a lot of fucking time on this stupid goddamn book! SO before I start ranting, you should have a basic idea:

Synopsis:

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

One of the things that I liked was how the events of the story gradually linked up. For example ; when the Goblin King gave Liesel the stick, the significance of it was almost lost to the readers until later in the next chapter, she remembered why the stick had been given to her and what she could do with it. Words spoken by other people also started making a lot more sense and they just began adding up.

The book starts with a beautiful beginning! Like ” Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the woods. She was small and dark, he was tall and fair, and the two of them made a fancy pair as they danced together…”

Now that’s intriguing, right? And I honestly loved the prologue because it had such a unique fairy-tale element to it. And I was so happy that I finally made a good selection of book to read! The first half was fairly well-written, sticking true to its genre of fantasy but then in the second half it suddenly became a forbidden love -romance novel and this annoyed me so much! BUT BOY WAS I WRONG?!

Again, the plot wasn’t original enough for me to like the book. But honestly, I knew that before starting the book so I’m not going to go in a plot-rant here. It was the writing and the characters which got to me SO SO much!!

I hated how Liesel kept underestimating herself all the time, only on the basis of how she looked. Can’t you look past the fact that it’s okay to not be pretty but be talented? I can honestly quote the the number of times she under-estimated herself. I don’t know why writers think it is okay to portray protagonists as quiet, ignored and a selfless little angel who carries the entire weight of the world on her shoulders but doesn’t give two fucks about what she wants. And then some knight in shining armour has to come along making her realize that it’s okay to be selfish at times (This knight in shining armour is btw the person she HATES throughout the book only to realize in the end that she actually has feelings for him) CAN WRITERS FUCKING STOP WRITING ABOUT THIS?!

*Bangs head on the wall 200 times till all memory of this trope ever existing vanishes from my brain* 

 

Also, I don’t even know WHEN she started having feelings for him?! It was so confusing. One page, she hated him with all her guts, and the next page she suddenly became horny for him?? Like wtf. I honestly hated Liesl. As if her inferiority complex wasn’t enough, she was also so dumb!! The goblin king has told her literally thrice in clear words that all he wants is Elisabeth (Liesl) and yet she keeps asking like a stupid little annoying bitch “what do you want from me? What do you want?” Like hello haven’t you been listening he wants you, he has already told you!! Can you just stop being so fucking dramatic about it. It is very difficult to like someone, who not only under-estimates herself, but also thinks that the one true talent she possesses is there or can be made better if her goblin king is there. Seriously? I already hate girls who depend on boys SO much, and thinking that some prince is going to make you outshine? What bullshit! Like literally she goes like, “He played my music like a sculptor, fashioning and moulding and building it until it produced a perfect image of myself. He gave shape to my musical musings. My music was elegant, transcendent, ethereal, and hearing my music played by someone who understood me so so completely—hurt.” To be very honest, I was like wait…..she is now hurting because she loves him so much??? And ohmygod guys, she even got jealous when she saw her sister with the Goblin King. Not angry that he kidnapped her, but jealous, jealous that it was her sister arm-in-arm with him and not her.

*a moment of silence for this exceptional sisterly love*

You get what I’m saying, guys?! THIS WAS TOO CONFUSING AND UNREALISTIC.

Kathe, her sister, was much better. She could atleast distinguish between beauty and talent. Apart from that, she was a victim in the story and was not really herself so I can’t comment on her true personality. Then there was her parents, brother and grandmother but again very little is provided about them except the fact that everyone ignores her and only cares for her so she could provide for the family.

Even if I had liked the plot or the characters, I don’t think I would have still liked the book. There is so much over-usage of words, synonyms and drag sentences. I’ve never felt so forced to read a book before. I understand that music and lyrical composition is one of the major parts of this story but it became sooooooo boring after a bit. Honestly, if you aren’t a music person (violins, pianos and stuff) then vocabulary is going to be a bit of an issue while reading this. You will read paragraphs after paragraphs about klaviers, and violins, and unnecessary sentences about music notes and Vivaldi, all of which were (honestly) all lost on me.

The book literally takes 10 pages for an event to happen. It’s really slow and you will go pages after pages only to find out how uncomfortable and ignored Liesl feels. That’s it. Nothing major is happening.

This book was major Caraval feels, man. Except it was a very very poor version of it. For those of you who have read Caraval, you remember how The Legend was disguised as Donatella’s husband? Something similiar is here so , tick mark on that.

Hatred for the knight in shining armour turned to love? Tick-tick.

Older sister looking to save her younger sister? Tick tick.

Older sister fighting between love for sister and love for whatever-screwed up creature she has feelings for. Double-fucking ticks!!

This book is all shades of pathetic. It’s pathetic. It’s literally the shittiest book I’ve read all year. I can still soooo much I didn’t like, but I think I should just stop before people start hating on me. Lol. I think 60% of my disappointment comes from the fact that I was expecting SO much! And “Perfect for Labyrinth lovers?????” BUULLLSHHIITTTT. I know my opinion is going to be a major unpopular one (Isn’t that mostly the case?) but honest advice? PLEASE DON’T READ THIS. Go read Caraval or Night Circus if you want sisters love-and-adventure, but please save your precious time and money from this book! But like…read it if you want. I don’t want to enforce my choices, because I once again read a few reviews and they were all 4-stars. And I’m just like “will i ever ever like a book?”

*sighs*

I think I should just crawl back to my little hole and cry to myself silently on my poor choices in life.

Until next time, guys! Toodles. xx