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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The Gilded Cage by Vic James

HEY EVERYONEE!

I *finally* finished Gilded Cage which was actually supposed to be a buddy-read with Victoria during the spring break! (haha yeah which was like 3 months back. Look at me keeping up with my plans)

I don’t even know how Victoria @ Be Careful of Books kept up with me, but seriously she’s the sweetest to do a buddy-read with. It was a lot of fun because we decided to send each other videos whenever something sad or shocking happened. So it was really cool watching each other’s initial reactions! I’m glad to say, that we agreed on a lot of things (YAYY!)

My Review

Rating: 2/5

Attractive cover.
Instant cover buy.

Interesting as hell synopsis.

In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.

This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. 

Now who wouldn’t want to read something like this, yeah? The first two chapters were grrrrrreat. Good plot-line. I wanted to read more and know more about the characters’ plight. What I found, however, was the introduction of more and more characters as chapters progressed, pointless POV’s which were literally contributing no substance to the story; whatsoever, and a mesh of 10000 conflicts all of which were left unresolved or just abruptly and stupidly solved. 60% of the book was senseless pov’s, i repeat. A LOT OF repetition, and I kid you not, around 50 characters of whom 3 were the only important ones.

Even the main characters all lacked personality except maybe, Silyen, one of the Jardine brother. He was a cruel, heartless Equal but atleast it was clear what he wanted, what his goals were and who he liked or hated. The other people were merely pawns in the story just carrying the plot line forward with no mind or thinking ability of their own. I couldn’t connect to them at alllllll.

The only person I felt a tiny bit of pain for, was Luke, one of the kids in the Hadleys family who was separated from the rest of the family. He was THE ONLY ONE who actually suffered, and see the difference in lives between the Equals and the Normals. His story had action. Unfortunately, we don’t read much of him either.

What we read about, is the annoying slave-girl, Abigail. God!! I wanted to shoot her in the head!!!!
This girl’s family was torn apart, bound to the Equals to serve them, her brother in war-torn conditions in a land far away, and you know what troubles her the most??????

Ugh, Would it be a spoiler if I say so? (Hint: a very very very very forced kick-in-your-crotch-spit-on-your-neck kinda stupid romance)

This girl was crazy.
Idk what thought process Vic James was going through, but there were major contradictions in all of characters’ personality.

The ending was very abrupt. Suddenly wrapped up. And it was very very evident that it ended the way it did, only because the writer wanted to write a sequel. The reason it gets 2 stars, instead of 1 is, bec the start was good, and the last chapter also had some read-able substance. Everything in the middle? *eye-roll*

My Review (1)

My Rating: ★★★

My Thoughts: The world building of this book was really interesting. I loved the mix of fantasy and alternative history. The Equals are essentially a super hero class of people, they have ‘skill’ which are essentially magical powers and therefore are the ruling class. The ordinary people owe the Elites ten years of slavery known as the ‘slave days’ and everyone can chose to serve out their slave days whenever they want, as long as they do them. They say in the book that if you do your slave days too old, you won’t survive them, and if you do them too young you won’t recover from them. They’re pretty damn brutal. The novel starts with the Hadley family parents telling their children that they have signed them all up for their slave days, the parents thought it would be best to do the days all together as a family (I’ll get into that a bit more soon), but when they arrive their son is taken from them to work in Millmoor (one of the most notorious slave camps in the country).

What a cool premise!

The problem I have with it is that despite the fact that the world building was really cool, this is a character driven story and… the characters were a mess.

To start with, there were a lot of them. It became tricky to keep track.

Secondly, they all kind of made stupid choices, all the time. Lets start with the Hadley parents. They signed their kids up for slavery without consulting them!? They talked to their oldest daughter about it, but not the other two kids. It seems like a really terrible thing to spring on them. They’re also really emotionally flat. When their son is taken away they’re just like ‘oh I hope he’s okay and I guess we’ll see him in ten years then’. THIS IS YOUR CHILD. Have an emotion people! And when anything traumatic happens its almost like they don’t notice. Its weird.

Abi is the oldest daughter. She is meant to be the smart one. And holy shit is she an idiot. Before leaving for the slave days she is obsessed with reading romance novels featuring normal people who fall in love with and have an affair with Equals during their slave days. She says ‘oh I would never be stupid enough to expect that’ and then any time an Equal so much as breathes in her direction she’s thinking ‘is this it?’ ‘is he into me?’ ‘oh are we going to fall in love?’. Even when she should be afraid of them she runs TOWARDS Equal men to protect her, totally forgetting that they have her enslaved. It makes no sense! Even when she is repeatedly slapped in the face with the fact that legally, slaves aren’t considered fully human, she insists on believing she is the exception. She does have a bit of a romantic story arc with one of the Equals but I kind of hope it comes to bite her in the ass later in the series.

Luke was my favourite character, he seems to be the most realistic in this family. He sees the slave days as…. slavery and thinks that’s wrong. He’s in Millmoor for most of the book, working in a terrible slave camp where he is pretty brutalised. He is the hero of this story from my view, and though we are meant to be sympathetic to the entire Hadley family, I really only found myself invested in Luke.

The youngest child, Daisy, is only ten. The minimum age requirement for slave days. She ends up a babysitter to an Equal baby and… its real gross. She ends up being really defensive of the Equals and thinks they’re all really good people or misunderstood or something. But I guess she is a little kid. She was the least developed Hadley.

Around their story is the story of a massive political conflict around slave days and Equals and all of it.

I have such mixed feeling about this book.

The whole arc of Equals, Skill, and the politics that is happening in the background is fascinating. Its just these characters…

Its difficult.

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So there’s that, guys! Have you guys read this story?? What did you think of it?

Until then,

Happy Reading!  

Fantasy Series I want to read in 2018

I think if it wasn’t for blogging, I probably would never have made an effort to read a series. Mainly, because the sequeal almost always suck which just drags the existing story-line. But I see soooo many bloggers interact with each other over a shared love for some series, or their SHIP couple or the most hated villain etc etc and I was like, “Ok I’ve got to start reading atleast some series..maybe this time it will be different, yeah?”

Last year, I started Mara Dyer, Red Queen, Monsters of Verity and the Firebird series. I know it sounds like some pretty good progress I’ve made, but uhh no. Cuz I’ve only read first part of each of these and then was just too lazy to pick up the second book. I reeeeallly can’t get into the feels for reading series ya’know. Stand-alones are SO much better to cope with.

But anyhow, in addition to completing the above mentioned series, I will also try to read a few more about which the internet and the bloggers are going mad about!

For starters, there’s this huge Cassandra Clare mania going about. I’ve heard a lot about The Mortal Instruments but that’s all about Shadowhunters and half-angels and I don’t think I’m in the mood to read that kinda shit anytime soon. Infernal Devices, someone told me is amazing s hell but for that Mortal Instruments is important, right? Then comes umm…that Lady Midnight thing seriess..oh yaa, The Dark Artifices!!! But that’s also based on the same worlds as TMI right? However, if one of these is like really really really amazingly, super duper addictive and good, I might give it a go. Just…not Mortal Instruments please.

One of the series that tops my list for this year is definitelyyyyy The Raven Cycle.

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I have heard not one bad review on it, and people are apparently going crazy for Kaz.

2. The Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown

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3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor

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(The colour scheme for this is exactly the same as for Red Rising!)

4. The Grisha Verse by Leigh Bardugo

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5. Queen of Hearts Series by Colleen Oaks

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I know I’ve done around 3 posts and 100 lists of all the series I want to read, but these are the one that are my absolute list-toppers! I’m most definitely going to read these ones this year, hopefully before August (my aim, yes. Can I? I don’t think so. Lol)

Are there any series that you’re very excited to start/finish this year? Dark Artifices or Infernal Devices???

Let me know in the comments below! 

Until then,

Happy Reading! xx

New Years’ Book Haul!

A little too late for a New Years’ book haul, no? But better late than never! You have no idea just how long it took m to write this post. I have been stuck between wanting to  blog and watching stranger things my entire vacations. DUDE SEASON 2 IS EPICCC. Go watch it right nooowwwww!!! Will is so adorable! Also, should I watch Dark or The end of the Fucking World next???

Moving on, I got some exciting reads this new years. Most of them are kindle editions though. I wouldn’t have had a problem with that if it hadn’t been for thse gorgeus covers for some books bec I would really love to own phsyucal ediitons of those.

So keeping this post short, my reads are:

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Genre: Short Story Collection
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Genre: Fiction, Romance, Psychological Fiction, Contemporary Romance (oh wow thats a lot!)

And that appealing title and cover!!!

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Genre: Thriller, Suspense (seriously? It sounded so historical!) Image result for the library of shadows

Genre: Bildungsroman, Fantasy Fiction 18166936

What the hell is Bildungsroman? Is it a spelling mistake?? Is it supposed to be romance but then what is bildungs…? Let me Google.

Oh shit, it is actually a legit word! In literary criticism, a Bildungsroman is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood, in which character change is extremely important.

Oooooh righttt. Well, I’ve heard quite a lot about this one and this whole bildungsromance thing sounds pretty rad, tbh.

 

Have you guys read any of these books? If yes, let me know what you think! 

P.S Also please suggest books/movies which have characters who are book-lovers or love reading etc. (Already know about Gilmore Girls so leave that out).

 

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Book Review: Firebird Series – A Thousand Pieces of You and Ten Thousand Skies Above You

Hello all and a very happy new year! This is going to be my very post AND first book review of the year which means the new year just started and I have already crossed off two books off my BTB 2018 list!! Damn son, am I proud of myself! I largely owe this enthusiasm to my food poisoning which got me stuck in bed for 5 days, leaving me at the mercy of books. Hence, taa-daa!

Anyway, this post is going to be long because I have just so many issues and problems to address like ugghhh. So brace yourselves guys!!

a 1000 pieces of youGoodreads Synopsis:

 Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

This is the first book in the trilogy and judging from the fact that I completed it in a day, it was an absolute delight reading it! Told in an engaging, thrilling and an unpredictable ride of events, this book takes you into different worlds in different era’s. The world-building is super fabulous. It doesn’t seem too wordy or drag, instead you can actually feel the surprise and the confusion that the characters feel. The firebird (which is really just a necklace around the neck) takes us first to a futuristic world of extreme glam and technology, where Margeurite’s parents have passed away and she has been brought up by her rich aunt of the Upper East Side of New York. Things happen, and time travels to Russia where Marge is now Princess Margarita, daughter of a current ruling Russian Tsar, in short, a princess. I liked this world the best, because it gave a lot of background information, introduced characters, and in a way was a very important part of carrying the plot forward. However, there was one thing that happened here which made me dislike Marge instantly and well, after the second book, there was no going back to liking her again. The third world we step into was the Oceanverse, which was the most boring of alllllllll. Okay, important things happened here, wait no, only one important discovery was made here but damn, was this world hella boring!?! Like, it was sad. LIVING UNDER AN OCEAN. Yes, it sounds extremely intriguing and cool, so I thought too when I jumped with the narrator in this dimension, but eww no it sounded like having rotten shrimps and crabs for the rest of your life. Also, stinky fish alert. *gross*

Moving on, this book clearly has a love-triangle which surprisngly isn’t very annoying. It’s the start, characters are figuring out their feelings and it also seems very rationale. There is also sufficient character developement to get you through the first book. You know Margeurite, the daughter of the inventors of the Firebird and also the person who’s head we are in while jumping through dimensions. There are Theo and Paul, the two graduate assistants to Marguerite’s parents. However, obviously there are flaws. But let me address those in a separate spoiler review for this book, yeah? Quite honestly, I can’t wait to get to write about the second book because that book is what this post is majorly about.

My rating: 4/5! First book of the year, clearly a great start!!

Ten Thousand Skies Above You 

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Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

Oh brother, this is going to be one unpopular review!

This book is exactly the reason why I’ve never liked reading series, and find it hard to keep myself liking them. They become drag, repetitive and pointless, and ruin even the existential plot which might have actually made sense. Almost 75% of this book is repetition of whatever had already happened in the first book and Marguerite’s conflict between two boys. I was literally screaming my guts out for the girl to just fucking stop. It is only in the last 20% of the book, that ALL OF THE SCI-FI THINGS HAPPEN. Yes, there is a plot twist, a major one too, but it just seems like too much information all crammed down in the last 4 chapters. It is too much to take in, and it would have been better for me to actually read ONLY the last 4 chapters and still get the hang of the entire story. To add to it, there is this whole dumb love triangle which I feel is only there in the story to add teenage drama. It is so over-done. It’s honestly a shame to call this a sci-fi book, because it’s not. It’s a mere YA contemporary with sci-fi and dimension-travelling only serving as a background purpose. The only thing which kept me going is the wonderous way in which Claudia Gray tells about different dimensions. Her world building is on point, and I really enjoyed when characters jumped through time to experience other worlds. The way in which different aspects of each characters’ personalities are explored in these different dimensions is very insightful and in a way, funny to read.

  1. In this book, we explore a teensy weensy part of ancient Rome where Marge is being chased for witchcraft and Paul is a Father at Church.
  2. We move on to a WarVerse where there is apparently a world war going on (maybe WWIII) since Newyork has been destroyed and The Wharf at San Francisco is literally a wharf.
  3. We take another jump from here, to a dimension which is very similar to our current universe. I think It shows 7-8 years from now? Because the ticker tapes at Times Square tells us that Hugh Jackman is an Oscar winner LOLOL (loved this part!)
  4. We then jump into a fourth dimension, the Mafiaverse, where Paul is involved with a highly organized Russian criminal mob. This dimension served no purpose AT ALL, and I think it was only there to add drama to the whole Paul-Margaret thing and make Margaret realise that not all Pauls in all dimensions are the same.
  5. Another jump to the Russiaverse which was mentioned in the first book and a few important revelations were made here. In short, consequences of Marguerite’s actions in the first book. I liked this part because it made the story seem realistic in a way that every action has its consequences.
  6. Then we jump into the very last dimension, the Triadverse which is like a very very advanced version of our world. And I’m talking people living and travelling in skies advanced.

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Moving on to talking about characters, there were just so many issues I had with Marguerite. For starters, the way she kept telling herself how much in love with Paul she was, when she was really in love with just a version of him she didn’t even know. (Idk why, but I have taken an instant dislike to her from the moment she stole away the precious moment of Lieutenant Markov and Princess Margarita in the Russiaverse). In every chapter, she kept reminding herself that she was in love with her Paul, and NOT Lieutenant Markov. As if she needed reminders on whom she really loved.

“Paul’s old-fashioned, elegant phrasing reminds me of Lieutenant Markov, which reminds me of falling in love with Paul in the first place, and now I can’t take it anymore. I have to go home; the journey to save my Paul has to begin.”

” He speaks so formally, sounds so unsure. I’m reminded of Lieutenant Markov, and the way he loved the Grand Duchess Margarita for so long without ever saying a word. I can feel my smile like sunlight on my face.”

“In my mind I hear Lieutenant Markov whisper, Golubka. He called me his little dove as he held me in his arms. I remember him always standing at my door, protecting me, his gray eyes searching mine.”

 Girl, can you bloody stop?! It’s as if she is reminding herself constantly about who she really loves. That just goes onto show how conflicted she is about what she really wants and what a weak personality she has. There was one “Do I love Paul Markov or Lieutenant Markov” line at the start of every chapter, I kid you not.

All she cares about is guys, guys, guys. Her life and the lives of her loved ones are at stake, there is an on-going war, bombs and air-strikes are happening, everyone is running for their lives, and all she notices is how sparks fly when her hand brushes Theo’s hand and how she is “vividly aware of their touch.” Like. Seriously? Is this the time? Also, she is literally a very down-cast, poor weak version of Katniss Everdeen just trying too hard. She clearly has no knowledge whatsoever, and yet every-time she’s tries to be a badass made me bang my head on the wall. She has zero clue about the scientific part of the Firebird. All she knows about it is, that it allows you to travel between dimensions (jeez, really thanks!) and that she is the perfect traveler.

“She puts her head back and let the guys talk science”

“For the next few hours, Theo and Paul get caught up in mega-dense scientific talk, while I drink awful fake coffee and watch them at work.”

Like what really is her purpose in the story?? To act as a perfect traveler and play a major role in the whole love drama? That’s it?

And when the other characters are honest to her about it, telling her that they should have the upper hand during travelling, because they have more knowledge about science, and technically the firebird that they helped invent in the first place, she gets offended! This is even made clear at one point by the mafia Paul when he says, ““You’re insecure,” Paul says flatly. “So you exaggerate your knowledge or emotions to draw attention you think you won’t get otherwise. You have genuine talents, however. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be willing to put yourself forward. Why they’re not enough for you, I don’t know.”

100/100 points to Paul for this!! I couldn’t help laughing at this. Yet again, “this stung her”. Like damn, how dare did anyone burst her little bubble of superiority, perfection and the illusion of Ms.Know-it-all?

I hate her, I really really hate her. I feel like my list of hated protagonists are going to overflow my list of hated books sometime.

Paul – This book had very little about the ACTUAL Paul Markov, given the fact that his soul was splintered within various dimensions. However, we do get to see these different diverse versions of his character and also *finally* resolve the whole Paul-Marguerite drama.

Theo – I totally root for this dude!!! He is funny, charming, smart, and totally physics-savvy. He isn’t afraid to admit his feelings for Marguerite, and has this very cute, smart way of flirting around with her whilst also respecting Paul’s feelings for her. (totally love a smart flirt!) He is Marguerite’s parents’ assistant who played a major role in the invention of the Firebird Technology. What I don’t understand is, that this book literally tells us that characteristics deeply ingrained in a person always remains constant in different dimensions as well. For e.g.- Marguerite’s love for art and Paul’s link with physics is always seen in different dimensions. But why isn’t Theo ever connected to physics in any of the dimensions??? Why is he always portrayed either as a hopeless lover of Marguerite/teenage boyfriend/ military man in love with her or a care-free pretentious flirt??? That really doesn’t do justice to his character. It’s as if the point of Theo’s existence in other dimensions is solely to prove Marguerite that he isn’t the one. Again, serving a romantic purpose rather than a sci-fi purpose. Moreover, his character is the one taken over by an evil Theo, he has to suffer the repercussions of it, he is the one travelling with Marge to different dimensions to save Paul and yet he is always the one to be thrown down the ditch! If there is one thing I could change about this story, well technically it’s a lot of thing I would change, but still for the sake of this post, if there is going to be one thing, it is to do right by Theo. With a little more insight and development of his character, he could even take Marge’s place as the protagonist.

*sighs* Let me take a deep breathe now. Feel SO good letting my frustration out.

Bottom line: The first book of the series was amazing! The second book…uhh not so much. World building, plot twists is on 100/100 but Marge’s senseless POV, and the story-line over-all got blehh. Am I going to read the 3rd book? Umm, no. But who knows, my ability to pick up trashy books, indecisiveness and cusiosity may consume me and I might, just might, skim the third book.

What do you guys think about this series? Have you read it?

Bookish Thought#3: Genres I love reading.

Hi guysss! Wassup wassup.

I’ve been damn busy, juggling studies, theatre, netball training and blogging! There’s only so much I could do man.

I’ve honestly been fishing crazily for blog posts to do. I’ve done enough tags and monthly hauls. For doing book reviews, I WILL HAVE TO ACTUALLY READ BOOKS WHICH I HAVEN’T BEEN DOING LATELY. No, it’s not a slump. I’m dying to read but the most I can manage is like 3 pages a day and that also when I’m in my very boring Econ class. So like, well yeah..

Moving on…

As the title suggests, I will be discussing my favourite genres to read and will be giving some recommendations along with it too.

1. Fantasy/Dystopian:

Fantasy is a genre of fiction set in a fictional universe, often (but not always) without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world. Most fantasy uses magic or other supernatural elements as a main plot element, theme, or setting. Magic and mythical creatures are common in many of these worlds.

Why I like it? I’ve only been recently found that I’m actually very much interested in fantasy. Maybe I’m just tired of reading so much of YA contemporary? I don’t know but I’m really enjoying fantasy reads! I find myself escaping the realities of the world and just lost in the wonderful adventures of the fictional worlds! Some best examples will be: Narnia, The Night Circus, Caraval, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!

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Now one sub-category which comes under Fantasy is Dystopian. I LOVE DYSTOPIAN NOVELS. It’s basically a futuristic, imagined universe which shows oppressive societal control. The illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system. It’s something which is very different from the worlds we live in.

Why I love it? because it gives me an idea of just how many possibilities there are! You know like world could be so much worse or if I was in a so-and-so situation, what would I have done! It’s very interesting to see how characters react and everything.

Examples:

I’m going to be listing A LOT of Dystopian reads because I love this genre and many of these here are also on my TBR!

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2. Historical Fiction

This is a genre, which, as the name suggests, takes place in the past. It depicts the workings of older class societies, mannerisms, and people. Mostly historical fiction tells war-time stories and truth be told, World War kind stories are my ABSOLUTE FAV!

Why I like it? People wouldn’t normally prefer to read history books and go over the Tudor or the Scottish Kingdom histories. But these books not only provide the entire history, but they also add elements of glamour, sex, intrigue which makes history so much more interesting to read! The characters are the ones which ACTUALLY have existed before! And I just can’t stop wondering what those people might have endured in certain situations. You can read about throne accessions, battles, world war, life of a peasant or a life of a soldier and you learn so much more!! I mean apart from the lush, lavish Victorian lifestyles to being imprisoned in a war…I pretty much enjoy all Historical Fictions!

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3. Mystery/Thrillers:

Mystery books are ones in which there is usually a crime to be solved. The emphasis is on the element of puzzle, suspense, intrigue and lots of drama. If a mystery book is well-written, it is bound to keep you on edge THE ENTIRE TIME. One of my favourite authors for mystery is Sidney Sheldon. His books are the perfect definition for mystery and thrillers.

Why I like it? I like them because they give me a way to solve the mystery along the way too! I just love commenting and guessing what’s gonna happen next, and everytime I’m proved wrong I just love it! The unpredictability that comes with reading thrillers and mysteries is pure awesome. When I feel like the books are becoming too monotonous, I go onto watching detective shows, one of my favourite being White Collar! If you haven’t already watched that show, you just have shit taste in tv shows then what are you really doing with your life???  Because 1. The show has Matt Bomer who is like the God of handsomeness and 2. The sense of humour and wit is frickin’ great! AND THAT SMILE IS FUCKING MADDENING! If I don’t stop right here, this itself is going to turn into a love-post for Matt Bomer which I obviously wouldn’t mind, but you guys aren’t here for that, right?

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Yupp! That’s all. That is all to my favourite genres of books. Unless you want to hear me gush about Bomer? UGH WHY AM I REMINDED OF THIS OBSESSION ALL OVER AGAIN. I WAS LEGIT JUST GOOGLING PICTURES OF HIM.

Revert. Back. To. The. Point.

What genres do you guys prefer? Let me know below! xx

 

P.S    I’m currently reading “The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer” and I’m having such mixed emotions about it! Can’t wait to share it with ya’ll 

Netgalley ARC’s (September)

Guys so I came up with the idea for this post ALL BY MYSELF. I was thinking what blog posts to do and side by side I was approved of a title that I had requested on Netgalley and I was like, “hmm why don’t I make a blog post about it?”

So, I have decided to make a monthly or a bi-monthly post about all the Netgalley titles that I’ve requested and that I’ve been granted or declined.

So for the month of September:

Titles granted:

Title: All Things Bright and Strange Image result for all things bright and strange

Author: James Markert

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Published date: January 2018

Synopsis:

In the wake of World War I in the small, Southern town of Bellhaven, South Carolina, the town folk believe they’ve found a little slice of heaven in a mysterious chapel in the woods. But they soon realize that evil can come in the most beautiful of forms.

The people of Bellhaven have always looked to Ellsworth Newberry for guidance, but after losing his wife and his future as a professional pitcher, he is moments away from testing his mortality once and for all. Until he finally takes notice of the changes in his town . . . and the cardinals that have returned.

Upon the discovery of a small chapel deep in the Bellhaven woods, healing seems to fall upon the townspeople, bringing peace after several years of mourning. But as they visit the “healing floor” more frequently, the people begin to turn on one another, and the unusually tolerant town becomes anything but.

The cracks between the natural and supernatural begin to widen, and tensions rise. Before the town crumbles, Ellsworth must pull himself from the brink of suicide, overcome his demons, and face the truth of who he was born to be by leading the town into the woods to face the evil threatening Bellhaven.

 

 

Title: You Bring the Distant Near Image result for You Bring the Distant Near

Author: Mitali Perkins

Genre: Teens and YA

Publish date: 12 Sept’2017

Synopsis: 

This elegant young adult novel captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Told in alternating teen voices across three generations, You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture–for better or worse.

From a grandmother worried that her children are losing their Indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve Bengali tigers, Perkins weaves together the threads of a family growing into an American identity.

Here is a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.

Title: Closer Image result for closer by m c vann

Author: M.C.Vann

Genre: YA, Romance

Publish Date: 17 July 2017

Synopsis:

When Alexandria Summers (Ally) bumps into Henry Pearce during the Sunny Valley Tulip Festival, she never thought she’d see him again in her hometown, the Windy City. Despite several warnings telling her to stay away, Ally finds herself falling deeper for this strange man. But little did she know, their fated encounter is just the beginning of a larger scheme.

This beautiful man was flawed.

He was real … real in a sense that he was human after all.

Fragile. Pitiful. Lonely.

Henry was all of these things — elements that I never could imagine him having.

The more I got to know Henry, the more I realized how much of a mystery he was.

A dark, but beautiful mystery.

 

Title: As You Wish 34569846

Author: Chelsea Sedoti

Genre: Teen and Young Adult

Date Publish: January 2nd’ 2018

Synopsis: 

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself

Title: Folk   35892355

Author: Zoe Gilbert

Genre: YA, Dark Fantasy

Date Publish: February 8th 2017

Synopsis:

Every year they gather, while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. The air is riddled with spiteful shadows – the wounds and fears and furies of a village year.

On a remote and unforgiving island lies a village unlike any other: Neverness. A girl is snatched by a water bull and dragged to its lair, a babe is born with a wing for an arm and children ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. While the villagers live out their own tales, enchantment always lurks, blighting and blessing in equal measure.

Folk is a dark and sinuous debut circling the lives of one generation. In this world far from our time and place, the stories of the islanders interweave and overlap, their own folklore twisting fates and changing lives.

Titles Declined:

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

The Crow Garden by Allison Littlewood

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What do you guys think of these titles? Will you buy these when they’re out?? 

Also, help me decide which one to read first!!!

Book Review: This Savage Song

Title: This Savage Song

Author: Victoria Schwab

Date published: June 7, 2016

Genre: Dark fantasy

My Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

“There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.”

I’m SO happy I finally read a Victoria Schwab book! This book is not like all the other fantasy books, and I was so glad to finally see an original and a different idea! The plot revolves around lives of monsters and humans, particularly around Kate and August. One a human and the other a monster. I loved the different types of monsters portrayed because they aren’t like vampires or werewolves, and there is no OH-HE-IS-SUCH-A-GOODLOOKING-HANDSOME-HOT-BLOODSUCKING-CREATURE. NO! If there is a monster, he is a monster. He looks and acts like one too! *Vampire Diaries can fuck offffff*

There are Corsai, Malachai, and the Sunai. I don’t exactly remember what the first two could do, but the Sunai were so unique! They looked like human, and their specialty was that they could lift souls off a person by the use of music!!! LOOK AT THAT MAAAN! That’s awesome. Using either flute, or a piano, a guitar or even your voice to sing, the Sunai had groundbreaking power in their voice . Wait. that’s not even all! THEY COULD ONLY LIFT SOULS OF SINNERS. DARK BAD MURDEROUS PEOPLE. Which means……In a way the Sunai weren’t bad monsters! Hence, our darling peace-making August Flynn.

“And you?” asked Kate. “Your brother is righteous, your sister is scattered. What does that make you?”
When August answered, the word was small, almost too quiet to hear. “Lost.”

One of the most amazing things was, that the book constantly showed instances where monsters were acting like humans, and humans were acting like monsters. Therefore, portraying not everybody is necessarily how they look like. The relationship between the characters was highly commendable! Not once did anything feel dragged or monotonous. Even the dead characters felt so real! AND THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO ROMANCE BETWEEN THE MAIN CHARACTERS. AND YET THIS BOOK IS A BEST-SELLING BOOK WITH AND AN AMAZING STORY AND HARD-CORE FANS. Can someone PLEASE tell this to YA writers and request them that a book is perfectly capable of being successful without romance in it!?!??

“I read somewhere that people are made of stardust.” 

He dragged his eyes from the sky. “Really?”

“Maybe that’s what you’re made of. Just like us.”

And despite everything, August smiled. 

With Kate trying to prove herself as a bad-ass teen, getting into trouble and doing monstrous things, August, on the other hand, was a monster trying to control himself and his actions so that he could live up to humanistic standards.

“It was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”

This contrasting personality was just too attractive! It made me want to read more and explore the characters in even more depth. I wish Victoria Scwhab had provided a little ore on them. BUT BUT THERE IS A SEQUEL GUYS! AND I CAN’T WAIT BECAUSE THE BOOK END WAS MIND-FUCCKKKKKKK! Aaaaah! I love Victoria, man, I love her! I can’t wait to read other books by her as well!

All-in-all this book was a very satisfying read. Original, creative ideas. Bad-ass teen. Zero romance. Sinners and Shadows. Monsters and Darkness. DO YOU NEED ANY MORE REASONS OF WHY YOU SHOULD BE READING THIS BOOK?!!? Get on itt, faasstt!

P.S This is the second time i typed out this review because wordpress didn’t save my first draft. So it’s not as good, but mehh whatever.

-Until then, Happy Reading guys! xx 

 

Goodreads Monday: The Book of Lost Things

Hi guys!! I hope this blog post finds you in good health and graces!

Goodreads Monday is my favourite of all weekly posts. It is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren @ Lauren’s PageTurners in which we get a chance to choose any one book from our never-ending TBR pile and show it offff! I mean it made its way to your TBR pile for some reason, right? So share it with usss!! Also, check out Lauren’s page and link back to her!

So my pick for this Monday is The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.

It was only recently that I found out that the book has so many different editions! Isn’t that amazing? I always love it when books have different covers and editions.

Published date: 7th November, 2006

Synopsis:

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives. 

It has characters like Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Woodsman and The Crooked Man. Kind of like those childhood characters! So it sounds so interesting. I really want to get this book, but I haven’t seen it at my local bookstore. I found the audiobook, but like I don’t really want to waste such an epic read on an audiobook.

 

What do you guys think of the book? Have you read it? If not, will you plan to? Let me know in the comments below!!

-Happy Reading! xx

 

Goodreads Monday: Strange the Dreamer!

Hey all! I’m here again, with my first weekly Monday post! (hopefully, to be continued till the end of times)

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren @ Lauren’s PageTurners in which we get a chance to choose any one book from our never-ending TBR pile and show it offff!

My book for this Monday is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Can we all just have a moment of silence to appreciate this exquisite cover?!

And the plot of the story is just as dreamy as the cover; it questions your imagination in all ways possible.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

 

Isn’t the synopsis interesting? But honestly, if the cover wasn’t this good, this book probably wouldn’t have been in my TBR. The synopsis attracts me even more because of this blue and gold beauty!! I honestly just feel like touching this thing ❤ Laini Taylor, you sure have got a thing for artsy stuff! Even her Smoke and Bone trilogy had a pretty cool, crafty cover!

So what do you guys think about it? What have you all got up your sleeves this Monday? Let me know in the comments below!

-Happy Reading! xx