Book Review: Virtually Yours (another disappointing rom-com)

Hello Readers!

Haha, you must be wondering another post so soon? She posted like 2 days ago lool. I know, this is new even for me. But I’ve really been reading this month and I want to review as i read along. i am really enjoying blogging these days so brace yourselves for another fun post coming soon! (maybe day after tomorrow) I am shocked at myself as i write this too haha.

But before I start, can we talk about this really weird new block format of posts that WordPress has introduced? Does anyone else find it annoying too, because I sure as hell do! It is interfering in my editing skills that I learned with such hassle anyway lol and now this. I can’t seem to attach picture without a dozen confusing options about block/document; cover/image or what?? This is killing me. Please give me back the old wordpress editor.

Moving on, I’ll be talking about another rom-com//chick-lit// contemporary YA which is basically a disguise for “another love-story made on a dating app”. Seriously, I am not kidding every other chick-lit I’m reading these days is on social media or a dating app or fake accounts or in this case, virtual reality dating HAH.

My Rating: 1/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

NYU freshman Mariam Vakilian hasn’t dated anyone in five months, not since her high school sweetheart Caleb broke up with her. So, when she decides to take advantage of an expiring coupon and try out a new virtual reality dating service, it’s sort of a big deal. It’s an even bigger deal when it chooses as one of her three matches none other than Caleb himself. That has to be a sign, right?

Except that her other match, Jeremy, just happens to be her new best friend IRL.

Mariam’s heart is telling her one thing, but the app is telling her another. So, which should she trust? Is all fair in modern love?

My Thoughts:

Let’s start with the good, shall we? So our Mariam in the story has just started going to college. She is figuring out what she should do, what she should major in and what courses to take. This, for me, has always been really relatable and nice to see people figure out themselves with time. Her roommate, Hedy, who’s btw named after Audrey Hepburn is obviously a Film Studies Major Student and the conversations she has with Mariam on Italian movies, their colour schemes, the acting is so interesting to read about. There is a lot of talk on classic movies which is nice to see in books. Other than that, I really appreciated the inclusion of Irani culture. I always love reading about cuisines and cultures of different lands and Irani plus being Muslims was a nice diverse touch.

Now why did I not like this book?

  • For starters, everyone in this book just seem to be concerned about love and relationships. Mariam’s roommate is not in her room? Oh she’s with her girlfriend. Mina’s (mariam’s sister) life is so boring – because she doesn’t have a boyfriend. Even their dinner-time family conversations comprise of “Who are you dating? Did you find anyone? Are there any cute guys?” And when siblings are having a nice day out, even then they JUST TALK ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS. Like is there absolutely nothing valuable about your lives?
  • It was unnecessarily repetitive. Atleast uptill 40% of the book, nothing happened except Mariam making a fake account and catfishing her ex-boyfriend. I get how interesting and messed up this could be, but it could have the same effect in 2 or 3 chapters rather than 11 chapters. So the whole idea got pretty worn out too soon.
  • Under-developed character relationships. I am a huge sucker for characters! Give me character background story, their growing up story, their flaws and talents and hobbies and weave them into a kickass story-line and you’ll have a 5/5 star book! The characters in this book were all so bland. I loved Hedy only because we could see her passion of movies come through pages, she had her own presence to make in the story which was unfortunately missing from all the characters. Caleb, the ex-boyfriend, had no personality. Jeremy, the best friend, existed only to give love advices and to serve a happy-ever-after end. Its really sad if even after 345 pages, the only thing you know about the character is that they are a brother, sister, parent or a friend of the protagonist.
  • Also, the characters do not act their age which is 18+. It feels like Mariam, Caleb and even Mina are all in high-school by the way they honestly talk about all the stuff. It gives off major juvenile vibes.

I know the synopsis rounds rather cute-sy and all, but honestly naah. I wouldn’t recommend this. But if you want to read friends-turned-lovers trope through also adding the dating app twist, then you should rather give My Favourite One-Night Stand a chance or the new book, The Right Swipe (I haven’t read this one, but it is next on my list).

( I really wanted to insert the book-covers of the said books above but I cant get to attach them side by side together. I don’t know it gives some sort of a block option which for the life of me, I can’t seem to grasp the understanding of. Is there a guide or something I can see for the new changes?)

What I did this month – Books, Netflix and more (Part 2)

Hello Readers!

I hope everyone’s summers are going well and all those on vacations have been catching up on their reading/shows etc. Remember how I talked about the new chick-lit releases coming out in June in my last post?  So I’ve been doing a lot of chick-lit reading and also watching a few chick-flicks on Netflix – because of-course, summers! Hah.

So today I am going to review all that I’ve read and watched, and guys…it is NOT good. Especially, Netflix. I don’t even know what the hell is wrong with Netflix and why it is even producing so many utter nonsensical movies!??

Continue reading “What I did this month – Books, Netflix and more (Part 2)”

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 

Image result for ten thousand skies above you Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

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

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: Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Date Published: 2nd December 2010

Genre: Romance, Young Adult

My Rating: 2/5

I’ve finally forced myself, literally forced myself to write a review for this one. Writing this at 5 am lol.

This book is a very typical chick flick kinda book. If it was made into a movie, it would be one of those Disney channel teen original movies:

new awkward girl meets hot smart guy who every girl has a crush on, he is dating but never realized that his girlfriend wasn’t perfect until he meets the new girl…..the school’s hottest richest girl also happens to swoon over the cute guy and is also mean to the new girl, but cute guy doesn’t give a shit. 

Ring a bell? Ahaan, that’s because the scenario is exaaaactly like that of teenage chick flicks.

So first off, along with a common cliche troupe of a love triange, this book has insanely under-developed, annoying characters.

  • Anna is just stupid. She comes to an American School in France and wondering if people here knew english? Like hello, you’re in an AMERICAN school. Ofcourse, people understand english here!
  • Her friends, Meredith and Rashmi, are basically non-existent throughout the book except for sitting with her at the breakfast table. We don’t know anything about them, except that they are her friends. And Meredith only appears when she wants to make a comment about Etienne. That’s it. You can’t see any friendship developing gradually or anything. So, basically non-existent.
  • Yes, Etienne has got that whole dreamy-cute-boy thing going on, but basically he is out with Anna most nights, sleeps in her room, kisses her, WHILE HE IS IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH ELLIE. I’m sorry but that is not acceptable. He is cheating. And, yeah that’s pathetic. I love his name, I love his looks, but sorry his actions are not justified.
  • Can I please say again that Anna is really really annoying? Why does she care about guys so much? All of her troubles in the book are honestly, about either Toph back home, or Etienne in Paris. And guess what? She wants the best of both worlds. Ugh, drama queen. Oh, and she is so judgemental about Ellie. She didn’t even meet her or speak to her and yet, she hates her. I honestly don’t like girl-on-girl hate especially over a guy. And dude, that girl is his girlfriend! She has a f*cking right to be possessive. GOSH!!
  • Oh also! Anna is a major movie freak/critic who owns a movie critic website. But, she doesn’t know that Paris is a city of movie theatres? LOL @ that!

 

However, however, however, I found myself laughing at the dialogues and actually enjoying the cheesiness. I wanted something light, fun and cheery to read. Something that would take my mind off things, and this book actually did that! It did make me smile quite a few times, and the fact that it is set in France! IN PARIS! Aaah! If this wouldn’t have been the case, I probably won’t have enjoyed it as much as I did. Stephanie Perkins was very good with her descriptions of all the places where Anna went to in the book and I actually found myself googling all of those places and re-reading certain paragraphs.

So can I please share a little bit of my excitement of these wonderful places I would like to go on a trip with my friends, on my honey-moon, on my baby-moon, and also for a french cooking course? (Yes, I have everything sorted out.)

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 Point Zero: where Etienne takes Anna on her first night in Paris and asks her to make a wish. 

99c724e4943a8c7d11bb6cc1721665c9 St-Etienne-du-Mont : Etienne calls this “his” church. 

pantheon-rome-4  The Pantheon: The place where there was a crypt underneath of famous people. Anna and some tourist guy got into an argument because the guy was making fun of Etienne when he couldn’t climb the flight of stairs. (wow i still remember!)

24879098421_504841ca72_c The very famous bridge of Notre-Dame where Anna first finds out Etienne’s fear of heights.

And now my personal favourite: 

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This very amazing Shakespeare and Co bookstore from where Etienne gifts Anna the poetry book by Pablo Nerudo. A book-gift is totally sweet. (Point for Etienne!)

 

So! There it is. Even with the faults and everything, I kind of enjoyed the book because, well, FRANCE! Duh. Also, I think maybe I kind of smiled more because I was reading History is All You Left Me before this and I was in a very depressing state. So a chick-flick was exactly what I needed.

 

For those who haven’t read this if you guys want to have a light, fun read…then def pick this up. Otherwise, there are so many better books out there lol.And for those who have read it what do you guys think of the book? (Ofc, you love it. Majority of you do!) Have you read other parts of the trilogy? (THIS IS A TRILOGY. WHY? I FAIL TO SEE THE POINT OF CHICKFLICKS BEING A PART OF A SERIES.) But you guys can still give me your opinions about it, I will be happy to hear them!

Take care, and no hate 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!