Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Well, this was an interesting read. Can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. It was as fun and intriguing to read as the Sorceror’s Stone and it definitely had two of my favourite scenes ever.

I LOVE THE WORLD-BUILDING. I mean, the whole wizards stuff, Hogwarts, Quidditch…everything I loveeee. LOVE. I just can’t believe I never read these books as a child. Moreover, I’m glad I don’t remember much from the movies either…think that’s why reading these is such a fun-filled ride for me.

Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”

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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

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Published date: 10th February '2015
Genre: fiction, fantasy, YA
My rating: 3/5

Honestly, I don't even know how to rate this book. Can we do it in parts? Like rating certain parts and not the book as a whole? No? Oh well, okay I will stick with the boring traditional version of rating entire books. (There are spoilers ahead because this is more like a rant, so if you haven't read this book, this might not be for you.)

Plot:

The plot was certainly very good. It was amazing, I loved the storyline.

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers.

I especially liked the abilities that the Silvers possessed:

Telky – Silvers who possess telekinesis, an ability that allows them to influence a physical object without physical interaction.

Strong-Arm – who possess superhuman strength

Whisper – who can read and control the minds of anyone

Magnetron – who can manipulate metal.

Shadows – They can become invisible by manipulating the light around themselves.

There are also many others, but these are a few that I remember right now.

However, I feel like the execution wasn't done well enough. The characters and her writing style lacked a lot of things. I, for one thing, didn't become a fan of her style because I felt like it was very repetitive. She emphasized on trivial things MUCH more than was needed.

Moreover, there was a little bit of Game of Thrones, The Selection and Divergent hidden beneath the lines. And I really don't like reading revised storylines. For me, the first part in a series makes it or breaks it!

GOT: The different houses (House Samos, House Provos, House Gliacon) was all too similiar to Houses in GOT (House Arryn, Greyjoy, Frey or Tully)

The Selection: Mare was chosen from all the poor commoners and pushed right into royalty and then got stuck between two boys.

Divergent: she was different from everyone, a mixture of both Red and Silver. (You see Tris, right there?)

Now let's see the characters.

Characters:

When I was reading The Selection, I thought that no one can be more annoying than America Singer. I was soooo wrong! Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you Mare Barrow. The Queen of all the annoying characters who ever existed in the history of annoying characters.
First she thought life sucks. She hated how she was always hungry and miserable, and how the silvers were living a perfectly luxurious life. Now when she has powers, she wished her problems would go back to just being about hunger.

(SPOILER ALERT!!!!!)

 

From the start, she is very judgmental about everything. One minute, she hates the silvers. She also dislikes Cal and repeatedly tells herself how much he's a monster and like the rest of them, but then at the same time "she finds the warmth in him" that makes no sense. I understand that he saved her, so naturally she may have a soft spot for him but that doesn't mean he LOVES her. He could be a good friend, a caring friend, someone who wants to look after her because he feels guilty. (He was the one to bring her into the palace and then she suffered for it.) A person can never feel warmth from a person even if there is a tiny bit of hate there. If that wasn't enough, she went forward and kissed him!! Over here, it's not just hatred of a person. She hates his existence, his being, they WAY he is BORN. She is telling herself how wrong he is, and at the same time she is kissing him! (Did I mention how she is bethroted to Cal's younger brother? Oh yes, can you see the love triangle emerging that I hate so much?!) And after the deed is done, it's not necessary to emphasize this point SO MUCH.

Even though it makes my skin crawl, I reach out to touch Cal’s shoulder. He kissed me once. He might still listen when I speak.

The others stare at me with a strange mix of emotions, their eyes wide— and afraid. Cal, the boy I kissed, the soldier, the brute, can’t hold my gaze at all.

 

Her feelings for Cal were so confusing. I honestly just wanted to slap her through the book.

 

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(Umm, what?! She was bethroted to Maven the day she came into the palace, so she knew she never stood a chance with Cal. Where does "wanting everything he could give me" comes from??? Her feelings were never this intense.) She never thought about marrying him and she never had romantic thoughts about him either because in the entire book she was convincing herself that he is just like the rest of them. Then why is she acting as if he was her ex-boyfriend? Oh oh oh, she was also jealous of the thought of Evangeline with Cal but I'll cut her some slack there, because Evangeline was a major bitch.

 

Another thing. Victoria Aveyard made sure anyone who read this book would end up hating the word "warmth". Atleast I did. Every time Mare could feel the warmth of Cal's eyes on her, or the warmth of Maven's arms around her or Shade's warmth enveloping her, I was like:

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It was so irritating to see her being drawn to people she hated. I get the concept of opposites attracting, but over here, she literally loathed them. And yet, she could feel herself enjoying the attention from both of them. (Have I already mentioned that? Oh God, am I being repetitive tooo?! Ugh too much of Red Queen!)

You all must be wondering how the hell does this book STILL gets a 3-star rating?

Well, that's because:

  1. The cover is amazing! When this book first came out in 2015, I bought it without even reading the synopsis. (I've never understood the phrase "never judge a book by its cover" better.)
  2. I do like the story-line, you know. The whole abilities thing that I've explained above. That's pretty cool shit. (I would LOVE to be a Whisper)
  3. Maven's betrayal! Aaaah, that was pretty awesome. Even though, I read spoilers and knew that the betrayal was coming, the execution of that scene (quite literally too, haha) was done brilliantly!
  4. At the end, this book does leaves me wanting for more. I really want to know what happens to Cal and Mare now.

On a side note, is it weird that I was imagining Cersei as Queen Elara and Joffrey as Prince Maven? :p (I think that's because of the betrayal though)

 

So there it is guys! *Rant over*

What do you guys think about the book? Feel free to agree or disagree with me. It is a book review, hence not everyone will end up having the same opinion about it. Let me know in the comments below!

-Happy Reading! xx

Bookish Thought #1: Which Series to Read?

Okay so it will be surprising to know that I haven’t read that many series in my life. The last time I read a series was Never Never by Colleen Hoover, and I have to admit it SUCKED BIG TIME. Ugh. I wasted my very precious time on those two books so couldn’t get myself to even start the third part. That, along with the disappointment of fantasy stories in general never motivated me to pick up a series to read. I like the idea of reading stand-alones much better (they also finish up pretty fast)

However, I’ve now decided to give some series a read. My reasons for this decision are many:

  • There are so many hilarious memes and fanart on series and I fail to understand all of them and I feel pretty useless, you feel me? (You probably don’t because you may have read ACOTAR or The Raven series pfft)
  • Series have some pretty awesome bookmarks! Have you seen GOT bookmarks? They’re some of the coolest ones to own! Not to mention the ACOTAR bookmarks too!

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I SERIOUSLY NEED THESE IN MY LIFE!

  • I seriously want to know why the whole goddamn book world is going crazy over Sarah J Mass or are so constantly annoyed at Feyre! (If we’re bashing her, I want to join in on that too!)
  • Also, I’ve started reading Red Queen and I’m liking it so far! I can’t wait to get my hands on the Glass Sword too! (If not for the story, I would definitely buy it for the amazing cover) Oh and the bookmarks, again!
  • Tumblr and Pinterest have some really hilarious fan-art and memes too! Like I don’t even know what they talk about most of the times since I haven’t read the books but they’re just plain hilarious. (I read Red Queen ones and they got me exploding into laughter.)

So! I’ve decided to read dystopian/fantasy series in September/October (however well I could manage)

Now let’s see what I have:

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy (Goodreads rating: 4.29) 

“Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.”  

Honestly, the synopsis doesn’t even appeal to me that much but people’s reviews totally say otherwise. Also, pages & paperbacks review here is downright amusing! And probably forcing me to give this a try.

2.The Lunar chronicles (Goodreads Avg Rating: 4.30)

Read the synopsis here

What really attracts me here is that each of the 4 books in the series is actually a modern re-telling of the fairy tales so I automatically want to read and see if Marissa Meyer did these books some justice.    IMG-0105

Cinder (Cinderella, duh)

Scarlett (Red Riding Hood)

Cress (Rapunzel)

Winter (Snow White)

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The Raven Cycle (Goodreads Avg Rating: 4.24)

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Read the synopsis of all books here. Plus these books have really amazing covers, no?

 

  1. The Uglies Trilogy (Goodreads Avg Rating: 3.86)

I was attracted to these series by its name, “Uglies” and it’s synopsis is just as intriguing!

“Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever… “

I feel like everyone should read this because it highlights the exact same society in which we live in; where appearances, glamour and beauty means more than the person’s character. From all the reviews that I’ve read, it is a very genuine, eye-opening story. I was all up for reading this, but then again, indecisiveness gets the better of me. *sighs*

 

  1. Starters/Enders (Goodreads ratings: 3.91)

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HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

“Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .”

So here you guys have to help me out! Help me make the eternal decision of choosing which one?! Have you read any of these? If yes, tell me which one? If not, will you plan to read it with me?

I will be glad to know your answers. Leave them in the comments below! xx

-Happy Reading!