Posted in Ramblings

Everybody’s going on hiatus 😭, what am I supposed to do? Simple: Do the same πŸ˜„

So yeah, this is my hiatus announcement 😨.

Hey Pals!! So…..I had honestly been in a dilemma regarding whether I should go on hiatus or not, as I have my exams. I thought I would just schedule some posts and be partially inactive for 3 weeks, I had even done all of this, when the revelation hit me that I NEED to get rid of distractions….like all of them. I need to be in full on study mode!

So, this is my hiatus announcement. I will be not be gone long, at least not long enough that y’all would miss me, but I will be taking a full break from WordPreas. I’ll be back on 15th, that is Mid-March. Till then….weird it up 😁.

Wish me luck and tell me you’ll miss me…. I wouldn’t believe you though, I know you won’t miss me πŸ˜’.

Anyways, bye bye, and have fun πŸ˜„….

……….Please miss meeeeee *insert puppy eyes emoji cause my phone doesn’t support it*

Posted in Book Reviews, Bookish Stuff

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir- Spoiler-Free Book Review

Talk. About. Mixed. Up. Emotions!

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing a spoiler-free review of A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir.

It’s been quite a long since I wrote a full book review. Hope I’m not out of practice. I just finished this book day before yesterday so we’ll see how I do 😁. So anyways, let’s begin.

Note: This review will have spoilers for An Ember in the Ashes which is the first book in the Ember Quartet, but it will NOT have spoilers for A Torch Against the Night.

Check out my review for An Ember in the Ashes here.


Synopsis:

For those of you who don’t know, this is the second book in the Ember Quartet which is narrated from three perspectives and follows the events after the Fourth Trial, where Elias and Laia are running for their lives as fugitives, trying to escape being caught by Martial Soldiers. Laia’s mission is to break into the Empire’s most safely guarded prison- Kauf, to rescue her brother Darren, and Elias is doing all he can to protect and help her, which obviously includes risking his own life cause apparently, life means nothing to book characters. Meanwhile Helene, who has recently been given the title of The Empire’s new “Blood Shrike” , is given a  mission of her own by Emperor Marcus in which she has to either find and kill Elias and Laia…, or watch her family die.


My Thoughts in a Gist:

I kept on delaying reading this book for as long as I can, but then everybody was raving about this series so much that I finally picked it up, and well….I was disappointed! But the book wasn’t bad, hope that makes sense. Like, I guess it was worth it. It’s worth a shot 😁.


My Major Issue With This book-

Throughout the majority of this book, we are just following the characters on their journey as they try to keep themselves alive and nothing much really happens. Like I for one, listened (yeah, listened not read, audiobook lover here) to several parts of the story without paying much attention, and honestly, it didn’t bother me much as several scenes in this book were not that necessary.

And I’m not saying that any of these scenes were boring or bad, they just felt kind of monotonous, and long and tiring.


Characters:

Laia and Elias! I honestly just freaking find them faaaaine. Like I don’t love them, but I don’t hate them either. I guess I was pretty mad at Elias for basically helping Laia in her plot at the risk of his own life!! Like okay, I get it, you love her. But I’m just…ugh, it just didn’t feel right.

The romance didn’t feel right either. Let’s talk about that then. Elias and Laia were never really my ship even in book one. They just felt like they were put together for the sake of plot. I was always more of a Keenan fan. He had a dark, shady side to him that I really liked. Yeah, hot and mysterious guy lover here.

I totally love Helene though. Like aaaah, that girl has gone through so much. I mean, what’s not to like!? Okay, Laia and Izzy and all the others have also gone through a lot, but I still love Helene. She deserves the world! She rocks. I just hope she has a happy ending. Fingers crossed 🀞🏻.

I also really liked all the other side characters. Izzy and Cook. And I have to say, Tahir did an amazing job at the villains. Marcus, the Commondant and even the Warden! All were amazingly crafted characters.

So yeah, not me liking everyone in the story but the main characters 😐.


What I Really Loved:

The plot twists! Truth be told, I was aleeady spoiled for the “armlet related” plot twist and one more later to come in the series, by two good blogger friends, hope they both know that I’m talking about them πŸ˜ƒ.

Anyways πŸ˜‚, if you’re reading this book, and just in case you are waiting for things to happen, a major plot twist is on the way, so you can wait for that. And the chapters from Helene’s perspectives are also pretty cool.

I also really loved the ending. It was kind of emotional and sweet. Also, I was like OH SO HAPPY that (here comes a one line spoiler, skip to the next paragroah) Elias and Laia had finally stopped pushing each other away 🀩. Okay, I know that I just said that the romance felt kinda forced, but even I can’t deny that the two have hone through a lot and they deserve each other.

The narration was also pretty amazing! This book was narrated by Aysha Kala, Jack Ferrar and Samantha Sutherland. I didn’t like Elias’ narration that much, but the other two were great.


Overall:

This book had a lot of ups and downs for me, but overall, it was worth it, and I’m planning to read the third book soon. I recommend this book to you if you enjoyed the first one a lot. But if you found it kinda meh, I suggest you do not continue the series.

3/5 stars

So, that was it for me. Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Did this review help you in any way? Let me know all in the comments πŸ˜€.


Posted in Stories and Poems

Dear Papa….

You taught me to love,
And to love with all my heart,
But what matters more is that
You gave me a reason to love.

You taught me to be attached,
In a way that is not consuming, but free.
But what matters more is that
You gave me a reason to be attached.

You taught me to be fierce,
In a bold, reckless way,
But what matters more is that,
You showed me a reason to be fierce.

You taught me to crack a joke,
And laugh hard in the worst of situations,
But what matters more is that,
You gave me a reason to laugh.

And…

You taught me to live,
And to just live it up,
But what matters more Papa,
Is that you gave me not one,
But a thousand reasons to live.

~Nehal


Happy Birthday Papa πŸ’–!! The most supportive, understanding, brave and amazing person. You own my heart and you own the world. Have the best birthday ever. Love you loads.

Posted in Book Discussions, Bookish Stuff

5 Light and Heartwarming Books to read this Valentine…β€œπŸ™‚β€

Hey Pals!! Today, I am here to share five books that you should read on Valentine’s Day… πŸ˜šπŸ™‚

Note: This list consists of the most light-hearted, fun, sweet and heartwarming books, with amazing love stories ο₯°. It totally does NOT deal with any gory, horror, sad and depressing stuff. I’ll say that again- it does NOT… β€œπŸ™‚β€ . So, let’s begin then!!


1: Animal Farm by George Orwell

This book NAILS it for romance. Don’t believe me? Have a look at the pink cover. A bunch of animals rebelling against their master under the leadership of a corrupt pig? Sure gimme that. What else could you want on this Valentine!?

The romance in this book was epic! From humans being overthrown by a flock of geese to pigs singing songs in the dead of the night, the love story in this book is just apt! A truly must-read on Valentine’s Day ο₯°.


2: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

In this series, three children are trying to flee from the clutches of their evil uncle who decides to show up after their parents’ deaths to be their legal guardian and spends the entirety of the 13 books in the series trying to kill his nephew and nieces. This oh-so-romantic tale will have you swooning 😍.


3: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

See…the list just keeps getting better and better πŸ˜ƒ.

This book follows the story of a girl who has just moved to her new house, and while exploring strange places as is obviously πŸ™„ the habit of every typical YA female protagonist, she finds out some awfully romantic things. Here they are, why don’t I show you πŸ™‚:

See, so heartwarming and sweet 😚

From fake mothers with black buttons for eyes to spirits of lost souls trapped in closets, the romance in this book will have you gushing till you can gush no more πŸ˜ƒ.


4: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Want a light read? Sure. This book deals with the three most non-serious topics of all time- death, grief and gun violence.

The light-heartedness of this book makes me sigh. *sighs dramatically 😌*

The book starts in such a way that you know it’s going to be a love story better than Titanic as…it starts with the main character trying to control his emotions after his brother has been shot to death πŸ˜€.

Throughout the entirety of the book, we encounter the “usual” YA characters like ghost visitors who come to give a piece of advice to this boy on his way to kill his brother’s murderer.

I bet you got your perfect pick for 14th Feb then…if you don’t, I still have one more bomb to drop.


Adding the cherry πŸ’ to the cake πŸŽ‚, I have…πŸ™‚

5: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 😍

If you still haven’t read this book, read it specifically on Valentine’s Day and thank me later 😊.

Yeah so, this book has the usual romantic drama, what with the two main characters falling in love with each other… Oh and did I mention, falling in love with each other on top of battling to stay alive among 22 other kids in an arena where only one can come out alive, and the rest are either killed…or worse.

So be ready to be a part of a world where the oh-so-unclichΓ©d love triangle between the average best friend and the new handsome guy is wrapped up in the most unexpected way possible.

Well then, happy reading The Hunger Games!πŸ™‚


So, those were all the overly heartwarming books to read this Valentine’s Day β˜ΊπŸ’–. Let me know your thoughts on them down below.

πŸ™‚πŸ™ƒ

Posted in Awards

The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

Hey Pals!! I am extremely happy to announce that I have been nominated for The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award by Esdi @ Esdi Blogs. Thank you so much for the nomination Esdi. She has a wonderful site with loads of bookish as well as other fun content, don’t forget to check it out πŸ˜‰. As for the award, let us begin


The Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Make a post of the award (with photo).
  • Post the rules.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
  • Follow Vincent Ehindero to qualify for a free blog promotion, shoutout and more blogging opportunities.

Answers to Esdi’s Questions:

1: How much does this award mean to you?

A lot! I have been nominated for several awards on WordPress but I always thought that the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award was something really special because I really appreciate Vincent. I love his blogs, always make me laugh, and his genuine love for all other bloggers is truly fantastic. So yeah, this award means a lot to me.


2: What is the one word that defines your blog?

At least that is what I think. My fellow bloggers would probably have different views on it but I have fun writing my posts and reading them later on so that’s what I decided to go with.


3: In what ways should an ideal blogger inspire his/her followers?

I definitely think that interacting and being friendly with the people who read your posts should be something that every blogger should practice. At least I tend to be more interested in such people because I find them good-natured.


4: What is your secret to gaining followers?

I believe that I have quite a good number of people who follow me, and I am so thankful to them all 😍, I guess it was all a matter of interacting and exploring WordPress that led me to this point.


5: What are your blogging goes for the near future?

Just publishing all the tags and awards I have been nominated for, I guess πŸ˜‚.


6: What will you miss after the pandemic ends?

Yes, I’ll miss my Di. My sister works in Mumbai and she has come to stay with us in this pandemic. So I have gotten so used to her presence that life without her will now be really dull and unimaginable 😒.


7:  Name of country you want to visit.

Greece!! Oh, and North Korea (I know that sounds crazy)!


8: What is your favourite subject in school?

Library 😁!

Oh wait, that’s not a subject, that’s a period, right 😜?

So then, my favourite subject in school will be English Literature. I love English and I love reading stories because they are really interesting and always teach me new words. And okay, I have to admit that I feel that this subject is the easiest of all 🀭.


I Nominate (no pressure at all):

  1. Anushka @ Anushka Stories πŸ’‘
  2. Moksha Di @ Happy Panda πŸ˜„
  3. Cherelle @ A Bolt Out of the Book ⚑
  4. Riddhi @ Whispering Stories ✌🏻
  5. Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner πŸ¦‡
  6. Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal 🌝
  7. Pannaga @ Just Dreamland 🌈
  8. Evin @ A Curly Sue’s Ramblings πŸ¦„
  9. Jheel @ crazypotterhead! ✨
  10. Silver Stone @ The Bored Side of the Phone 😁
  11. Ahaana @Windows to Worlds 🌏
  12. Akriti @ Recipe Of Life 🌱
  13. Sadje @ Keep It Alive πŸ–Š
  14. You!! If you want to participate in this award, I nominate you πŸ˜€.

I badly wish that I can tag more people, but I have to study 😞. So, please consider yourself tagged if I was unable to mention you.


Questions for my nominees:

  1. How much does blogging mean to you and how much joy do you get in it?
  2. Have you ever actually been caught doing something wrong in school?
  3. What quote keeps you motivated during harsh times?
  4. What is a dream you had when you were a child?
  5. Sweet or spicy?
  6. How will you define “COVID-19”?
  7. In your opinion, what came first, the chicken or the egg?

What do you think came first? Chicken or egg πŸ€”? Let me know in the comments πŸ˜€.

Posted in Book Discussions, Bookish Stuff

Discussion Post: 5 Books I Meant to Read in 2020 but Just Couldn’t

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m going to sharing 5 out of a gazillion books that I had intended to read in 2020, but as is the case with every typical, procrastinating, weird book lover, was just not able to πŸ™„πŸ˜‚.

This post was inspired by Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm . So, thanks for the inspiration. Do check out her post, it was really cool!

Note: This is a discussion post, so feel free to share your views down in the comments so we can all chat.


1: The Girl who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhil

The cover! The title! The hype! Nothing else matters, I really wanted to read this book just because of these three factors. But as soon as I got my hands on it, all my excitement vanished. Please tell me it’s happened to you too and I’m not alone 😭.


2: Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Can I just say that the first two books in this trilogy- Uglies and Pretties, are utterly fantastic! I loved the first book, and I liked the second book too, and I just can’t wait to get to the third one. This is such a thin book, and I really wanted to finish the series, but I just don’t know why I never felt like reading it. Hope to get to it this year.


3: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

At this point, I’m actually really ashamed for not having read this book. Seriously, who am I kidding!? I am already in love with the synopsis, and I haven’t read many fiction books that deal with serious issues, so I’m like really excited to give this one a shot. Hopefully, I’ll end up loving it just as much as everyone else.


4: Save the Date by Morgan Matson

I have been meaning to try this author’s books since a really long time now and I had finally decided to start with Save the Date, but…will it be weird to say that I don’t even have a proper reason for not picking it up, except that I just wasn’t in the mood? I hope not.


5: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I had literally even started this book and was like one or two chapters in when I stopped cause a) I didn’t feel like reading another series cause b) It requires a lot of commitment when c) The first book is pretty long in itself and d) The hate opinions about it kinda turned me off. So, there you go!


Bonus book which nobody asked for πŸ˜ƒ:

6: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I.Love.This.Book’s.Cover 😍! *makes a mental note to buy it on her birthday, so the long wait can finally be over*


So, that was all for me. What are your thoughts on it? Have you read any of these books? What is a book you meant to read in 2020, but were never able to? Let me know in the comments πŸ˜€.

Posted in Book Discussions, Bookish Stuff

3 Types of Bookworms

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing a post on 3 Types of Bookworms.

There are bookworms everywhere in life. It doesn’t matter how many books you read, you are still a bookworm. Today, I randomly decided to break down all bookworms into 3 categories on my observations…you know, just for fun 😁. So here they are:


1: The Bookworm who Reads a Couple of Books a Few Months or so:

These bookworms are the ones that read books from time to time. They enjoy reading and find pleasure in it but not enough that they are usually found reading. There could be various reasons that prevent them to read a lot but still, reading is something they appreciate rather than something they love.

2: The Bookworm who Reads Books as a Hobby:

These bookworms totally love reading books and it is usually what they do when they are free. While they have a lot of other hobbies too, reading is usually in their Top 5. They are crazy for books and always find time to do some reading.

And next, we have the topmost category of bookworms, the ones who…

3: live and breathe books ✌🏻

Bear be like: I don’t freaking caaare about what you wanna tell me, just lemme read in peace!!

For these people, their life literally depends on books, not figuratively. Books to them are what food is to others. They don’t read books, they devour them. Reading to them is not a passion but a necessity of life. Something they do in order to stay alive. A kind of a healthy addiction! These people get awkward when answering questions like: What are you doing? Coz the answer is always the same. They have reached that point in their life where they cannot imagine a future without books. They are never too busy to not be able to read.

Pro tip: Never, never, never, never, never, NEVERRRR in your wildest dreams, disturb such readers while they are reading…unless you want a mortal enemy πŸ™‚.


Note: It’s perfectly okay to be any kind of these bookworms. I’m saying this to make sure nobody thinks I’m trying to be insulting, because I obviously am not πŸ˜‰.

Anyways, let me know in the comments which of these three categories you put yourself in 😁.

Posted in Stories and Poems

Monster

The creature inside of her surged upward, threatening to come out. She tried to keep it at bay, tried to push it deep down for as long as she could, but only a part of her could resist it. The other part was screaming for it to burst through, and she thrashed, hopelessly dangling between two decisions- whether to let it out or not, whether to allow that creature to come out and take control over her body, her heart, and transform her into the monster she had always feared she would become, or to push, push, push, and push more, one more time, till it ceases its force upon her, and live with the pain that it causes…forever!

It all comes down to one choice- for how long will she be able to resist it?

~Nehal