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Book Review- Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertally 🏳️‍🌈

Happy Pride Month, Pals!!!! 😃🏳️‍🌈 (Ignore the fact I’m awfully late 😬)

So, in honor of The Pride Month, I decided to read some LGBTQ+ books. I’m going to be honest here, but I haven’t read many books with LGBTQ+ characters, and most of the ones that I have read have only side characters who are queer. But I would also like to make a point that I fully support the community. I even wanted to do a pride related tag, but couldn’t because stupid me hasn’t even read enough pride books and I would just have made a fool out of myself 😭.

The thing is I never read them because I never felt the appeal, I guess. Not to mention I haven’t even read that many romance novels in general, much less LGBTQ+. But this month, I felt the desire to read them become very strong and I just knew this would be the perfect book to start with. So here we are, let’s do this!


Synopsis:

This book features our main character- Simon, who is gay and is not yet out about it to anyone. The only person who knows is a guy from his school whom he’s never met, but knows only through mails. He goes by the name Blue, and he is also gay, and the two boys form a bond as they communicate with each other through mails, and get to know a lot about each other, to a point where Simon feels like he’s falling for him.

But another guy Martin, who has read Simon and Blue’s mails, is blackmailing Simon by subtly threatening to use the information against him if Simon doesn’t help him to bring him to the attention of his crush, a girl named Abby, who happens to be Simon’s friend. The story thus follows Simon having to deal how to come out to his family and friends, as well as save his and Blue’s secret emails from being leaked.

I hope I did a fine job at the synopsis.


The Plot:

Simple, but sweet.

If there is one word I have to use to describe this book, then that would be sweet because this book had a lot of “sweet” in it.

The reason I picked up this specific LGBTQ+ book instead of all others was because this is the most basic story plot out there, and not in a bad way. I really wanted my first such book to be simple yet impactful, and this sounded the perfect one to start with. The whole concept of “coming out” and dealing with being a part of this community for a high school student is rather a cliché plot but usually, I like starting with cliché when new to a specific genre. And yup, it totally worked for me.

The writing style was also very easy to follow. It was pretty simple and suited the vibe of the book.


The Characters:

The characters were amazingly done. For such a short book, I really appreciated how each character had an important role to play, and even the minor ones were written pretty well.

My favourite one would definitely be Leah, for some reason the whole way things ended up for her didn’t please me at all, and that just makes me look really forward to Leah on the Offbeat, because I think she would make a really cool protagonist.

I really liked Abby and rest of the others too, but they were kinda forgettable? But they weren’t bad in any way, I loved reading about them. But I didn’t love them necessarily. I also don’t really have that many strong feelings for Simon and Blue, I liked how things ended for them, but it felt kinda too perfect for some reason. The characters deserved it for sure, but I am really not in the mood for books with happy endings anymore, that’s the major reason I’m reading so many historical fiction and scifis lately.

Overall, the characters were pretty good. I didn’t love them necessarily but loved the way they were written.


What I didn’t like:

So, I don’t really know why despite that I just praised this book, it felt very forgettable for me. It could be because of the fact that it was just so simple, which is a good thing, it made the story easy to follow through, but looking back on it, it was just an okay kind of book. Not to mention, I kept feeling that Simon and Blue were being way too formal in their emails for two people who feel like they are falling in love. Maybe it’s just that my definition of informal is different than theirs, but uh…it felt a little bit weird.

As I mentioned before, the characters were all pretty forgettable for me. This was in no way a bad book, but I guess it is the one that is just good. It is not great or new or memorable or anything.

Overall-

I would recommend it if you need a break from heavy novels, or if you are looking for a fun romance. To me, it was kind of a disappointment, but since it wasn’t that bad, I would say it’s worth a shot if you’re interested.

3/5 stars

That was all for the review. And ugh, I hope it wasn’t too boring. I am really bad at writing reviews. I still hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it, down in the comments. Once again, Happy Pride Month 🏳️‍🌈!!


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I slept through the climax of this book, it was that boring 😴. Review- The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

When I say slept through the climax of this book, I mean “literally” slept through it, and not “figuratively”.

Hey Pals!! So today, I am doing a spoiler free review of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab.

Spoiler Alert: I hated it.


Synopsis:

I don’t care about the GoodReads synopsis, so here is all you need to know. This book follows the story of a girl named Lexi in a town where kids start disappearing all of a sudden *yawns* and people are blaming the new stranger named “Cole” *sighs* who has been spotted recently for causing the trouble. Lexi obviously falls in love with this character-less person*dies of exhaustion*.


My Thoughts in a gist: 

I’ve been reading this book since forever, and it seems like it’s actually a big achievement for me for having finished it finally. I should’ve DNFed it, but I love strongly hating a book, so I thought it would be good for a review. So here we are.

There is absolutely nothing that I liked about this book, nothing at all, at least not for now. So I’ll just give a full review as to why I disliked it.


The Narration:

I found the narration awful. This book is narrated by Heather Wilds and I absolutely hated that narration for some reason. I don’t think it was bad or anything, I guess it’s just my personal preference. When I’m reading a book, it usually takes quite some time for me to actually like the narration, and it slowly grows on me. But for this book, it hardly ever did. I hated the accent of the person and the narration was super monotonous and dull.


The Characters:

Ugh, do I have issues! I freaking hate every single character of this book. I don’t understand how Lexi fell for Cole. The guy has zero personality, except for the fact that he can control the wind, he seems to have no individual personality traits. At least Lexi had some personality but I didn’t like her much either. I didn’t care about any of the other characters in the novel either. It was all just bleh.


The Plot:

Unoriginal.

The Writing:

Unoriginal.

The Romance:

Unoriginal.


Was that too short? 🙂 I guess it was. Here are the lengthy opinions then.

The Plot:

Lexi is just this random girl who thinks that it is her responsibility to solve the mystery of the disappearing kids which I found kinda obvious and cliche, so yeah, you can’t blame me for disliking it.

The Writing:

The writing had some very commonly phrases like “I released a breath I didn’t realize I was holding” so it kind of pissed me off.

The Romance:

As for the romance, I have never hated a romance more, well maybe I have but let’s not talk about that right now. It felt so much like insta-love, when not to mention, the love interest didnt even seem to have any individual personality.


Oh wait, I just realized that this is the debut book of this author, so um…..I didn’t mean to insult the book or the author 😳. I just disliked it with a strong passion and felt the great need to share it for some unknown reason. I love the author though, and I’m planning to read more books by her. This one just didn’t do it for me.


What I meant by sleeping through the climax:

I had eventually DNFed this book, and I started buddy reading two other books. So at 11p.m. on one day, I had read my share of those two books and like, I as just lying on my bed not knowing what to read and was stressing about the fact that I was wasting valuable time not reading, so reluctantly, I decided to read this book. This book literally acted like a lullaby and put me sleep 😑. Then my father came and woke me up as I hadn’t drank my milk and I realized that the book had finished on a happy ending with people shaking hands and all and I had missed the climax 😂😂😂. So yeah, I never went back to reading it again, I was just glad it was over 😌.


My Rating:

Aaah, it feels so nice to give a book a 1 star rating 😌.


So, that’s it. Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Are you planning to read it anytime soon? Let me know in the comments 😀.

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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 😃.

Anyways 😂, 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 😀.


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I Flunked My First Readathon|Taylor Swift Album Challenge ✨|*ft. Mini Reviews of Books I Should’ve Read Long Ago*

If you are wondering about the randomness of the title, I totally have NO idea why I named it in such a way😂.

So basically, *sighs* I took part in the Taylor Swift Playlist-a-thon (for more details, click here). I chose 8 books to read, I read only 5, and that’s how I flunked it, end of story!

Today, I’ll be doing quick reviews of those 5 books I read. Well yeah, this post is tough to write, considering it makes me feel like a disgrace 😂. But anyways…


1: I Forgot that You Existed: Read a book you already started once but never finished- Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Synopsis: This book takes place in New York during Christmas time where a girl named Lily leaves a red notebook named “Do You Dare” in a section of her favorite library, The Strand. The book has clues and dares in it. It’s found by a guy named Dash and he’s instantly all set to follow the dares and as the story progresses,  Dash and Lily form a deep bond through this Red Notebook.

My Thoughts: I freaking loved this book. Well not exactly, but looking back on it and having watched the incredible show, it’s absolutely heartwarming. Though I must say the ending could’ve been a bit better and several Lily’s parts of the story were quite slow, it was still a super fun read.

4/5 stars

2: Our Song: Listen to an audiobook– Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Synopsis: This book is kind of an Enemies to Lovers (more like Roasters to Lovers as Andrew and Sophie keep roasting each other). Sophie is a girl who aspires to be a fashion designer in New York and she’s currently working as a florist, when she meets a guy named Andrew who is the son of a popular man (I forgot what he’s popular for, sorry about that 😐) and well, things get complicated.

My Thoughts: I luuuuurved this book 😍. It actually kind of helped my slump. It was so cozy, so cute and ah, I just loved it. People may argue it wasn’t great, which I know it wasn’t, it was cliché but I still enjoyed it a lot. Usually in romance novels, I don’t always enjoy the other subplots of the books, but in this one, I loved every single thing about it. I can’t wait to read more books by this author.

5/5 stars

3: Dear John: Read a book by someone named John- Paper Towns by John Green

I originally hadn’t meant to read this book for the readathon but temptation!

Synopsis: This book follows a guy named Quentin whose dreams seem to be coming true when his crush, Margo- the most popular girl of their school climbs into his window on a night which is going to be the most adventurous of his life. The next day Margo disappears and Quentin and his friends try to find her by the clues she has left behind.

My Thoughts: This was my first John Green book and I am honestly not sure how I feel about it. The ending was probably super boring and flat. I did not like the way that we were looking for answers and it was all resolved in the most cliché way possible. It was a humorous read though but it was a little slow at times.

3.5/5 stars

4: invisible string: Read a fluffy contemporary– Geekerella by Ashely Poston

Synopsis: A Cinderella retelling set in the modern world where the main character, Elle, is obsessed with a SciFi show name Starfield. The second character is Darien who has been selected to play the role of Prince Carmindor in that very show. As expected, the two fall in love.

My Thoughts: I had a lot of fun reading this book, the narration was also really awesome. It gave such a good insight upon the life of actors that I was speechless at times and can’t say I’ll ever look at actors in the same way 😂. It was kind of a forgettable story though as I loved it when I read it but after finishing it, I did not have any strong feelings towards it.

3.5/5 stars

5: …Ready for It?: Read a new release– Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

Synopsis: Greg and his family are tired of being stuck at up at home and decide to go on a road trip in their caravan (was it a caravan? I don’t know for sure). But things get…well, complicated.

My Thoughts: I had high expectations for this book, but it was kind of disappointing. Like it was fun, and funny, but it wasn’t “hilarious”. I still really enjoyed it though.


Taylor Swift Album Challenge

As you might know, today is the Happy Walla Birdday of Taylor Shwift  😁. And in honor of that, I decided to do a tag today, The Taylor Swift Album Challenge Tag. I was tagged for this by Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. This tag was created by Rhonda @ Rhonda With A Book.

1: Taylor Swift: an author’s debut book

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. I’m currently reading this book (at the pace of a tortoise). It’s actually pretty boring.


2: Fearless: a book that scared you

I am a big scaredy cat so I stay away from scary books. The few “spooky” ones that I’ve read weren’t that scary so I don’t have an answer. Though I do remember having dnfed my first Goosebumps book just because I was scared that I might be scared of it if I continued reading it 😂.


3: Speak Now: a book with great dialogue

Let me just google what great dialogue means …😆. ….. Okay, so I googled it, it apparently means great writing style? Then the answer will have to be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.


4: Red: a book with red on the cover or in the title

I could go for soooooo many books for this one

5: 1989: a book published in the year you were born

You’re kidding me!! I just looked up on Google and apparently The Sea of Monsters was published in 2006. Like what 😆!!!!! I’m dead.


6: Reputation: a book that lived up to its hype

Yup, Harry Potter it is 😁!

7: Lover: a favorite romance or book with a romantic subplot

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. Ah, this book was so heartwarming 😍.


8: Folklore: a fairy tale, folktale or myth retelling

I haven’t read many retellings yet so Geekerella by Ashley Poston it is.


I Tag: Every Swiftie and Bookworm out there on WordPress. If you want to do this tag, I tag YOU 😀!!


That’s all. Thanks for reading. Let me know in the comments your thoughts on these books. Stay safe. Adiós!!

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Check out my book |Reblogged| Aanya’s latest book is out pals, what are you waiting for!?

Hey guys it’s finally here!!!You can find my book on amazon and pothi It will be FREE from 27th to December 1, 12 am PST.I’l remind you guys of it tomorrow 😉 You can find it on Goodreads here and Amazon here. Please, please read it, and support me, you’ll make my day🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺 Do reblog if you can, […]

Check out my book

It’s here!! It’s out!! For I Pity Them- Aanya‘s latest book is now out. Please, please pleaseeeee read it, it’s really short, and will definitely leave an impact on you, as it did on mine. Do support her and we’ll all be really grateful.


Thanks for reading. Do check out our lovely blogger’s latest book. Stay safe. Ciao!!

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Letter to the World from a Naive Mind by the lovely Potterhead Aanya |Book Review|

Hey Pals!! I know most of you are aware of Aanya‘s book Letter to the World from a Naive Mind. Today, I’ll be reviewing it 😀.


Description:

A letter to the future me, the world, and any aliens who came across this from a die-heart potterhead, addressing the social issues, my thoughts, and my opinions, from a 12 year old’s point of view.


My Thoughts:

I freaking LOVE this book. I finished it and I was deeply moved. Aanya has penned down such wonderful and serious thoughts in the most astounding way. She talked about a lot of stuff in this book, but the main theme, as I found it to be, was to accept yourself the way you are and don’t let others’ thoughts and dreams change you in any way.

Another important thing this book dealt with was that you NEED to realize that you have to be a change in the world.

Aanya’s words were simple and powerful, moreover she talked about some really hard-hitting subjects. This book is near-perfection. I don’t read non-fiction that much, but this was something special, also pretty short so you can finish it in one sitting.

4.5/5 stars.

That’s all I have to say, really. I love this book and this is my honest review. Please read this book, it is amazing!!


Thanks for reading. Hope you decided to give this book a shot. Stay safe. Ciao!!

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Magnus Chase Trilogy by Rick Riordan- Spoiler-Free Review (Plus a Riddle for all its fans)

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing a spoiler-free book series review of The Magnus Chase trilogy by Rick Riordan. I read this pretty recently and here are all my thoughts on it. Keep reading for a riddle in the end 😉.


Synopsis:

Magnus Chase is a homeless guy who is living rough on the streets of Boston when one day he is reunited with his unpleasant uncle who informs him that he is the son of a Norse god. Just the typical Rick Riordan stuff, but wait! In this book, Magnus dies fighting a fire giant and wakes up in Valhalla (this isn’t a spoiler, don’t worry) where thousands of fallen warriors prepare for Ragnarok. Magnus must go on a quest to find his father’s long lost sword or there will be…. you guessed right, DOOM!

Characters:

I absolutely loved the characters of this series. I love Magnus and his sense of humor. Blitzen and Hearth are just as fabulous and I obviously really like Sam and Alex.

Plot:

Each book has its own different plot but I seriously thought that the conclusion of this book series was a little less impactful. After all that the trouble that the characters had to go through, the ending was sort of too straight-forward, the characters were easily able to complete the task they set their journey for and there weren’t many memorable consequences.

Writing:

Of course, Uncle Rick’s writing was again to-the-point and just enough to make me visualize what was happening. It was way too hilarious too. I guess that for me this was his most humorous series.

What I Loved:

The books are super hilarious. This author should be given an award for never-ending humor. Also, I really liked reading about these Gods as I have a good background on Norse myths, so it was fun to read about the stuff that I actually already liked. At times, I felt that a few facts were a bit altered but that could be just various perspectives on the myths.

Another thing that I really liked is the diversity of the characters. We have Sam who is a Muslim and takes part in the fasting during Ramadan. Then we have Alex who is a transgender, and the way that character is written is just mind-blowing. This author has done an incredible job in portraying various things and making them suitable for a wide audience and that’s something I really adore.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The ending of the final book could’ve been a lot better but I still enjoyed these books a lot.

My Rating

4.5/5 Stars

Suggestion to those not well-versed in Norse Mythology

This series has a lot of characters from the Norse myths so if you don’t know a lot of them or you know them through the movies, I suggest a book named Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.

This is a great book to start with and it will really help you understand what is going on in the series without having trouble with memorizing new characters. This book provides a number of tales of the gods and frost giants. It would help in better understanding of the story.


As promised, here’s the riddle 👇:

Jokes aside, I do indeed have a riddle for you all (is that what I should call it, a riddle?), here it is then:

What’s the name of the fire giant whom Magnus fought in the first few chapters of The Sword of Summer and which of the Nine Worlds is he associated with? The comment section awaits your answer 😀.


That’s it. Thanks for reading. Let me know in the comments if you have read this trilogy and what were your thoughts on it. And if you haven’t, do let me know if my review helped you. Stay safe. Adiós!!

PS: I have decided to refer to you guys as “Warlocks” instead of what I usually use which is “Pals”. What do you think about that? Let me know in the comments 🤗.

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20 Books of Summer Final Update (#ChallengeCompleted) 😉

Alternate Title: August Reading Wrap-Up

Alternate Title 2- Reading Instead of Studying Coz I Gotta Complete this Challenge and I Ain’t Got Time to Waste on Stupid Stuff like Studying


Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing a post where I talk about all the other books I read because of the 20 Books of Summer 20 Challenge.

In my hurry to finish this challenge, I read books that I didn’t plan to read at all. Lol!!😂 But, hey, I wanted to succeed.

Note: I will be short in reviews. Full reviews may come later.


1: Tunnel of Bones by V.E. Schwab

Synopsis: This book follows the story of Cassidy who is a girl who can see through The Veil. The Veil separated the world of the living and the dead. She has recently, in the first book, discovered her abilities as a Ghost Hunter. In this book, she and her parents and her ghost friend, Jacob, are in New York where Cassidy has attracted a poltergeist and she must “send him on” before his powers grow.

Thoughts: This book wasn’t as exciting as the first one. I had high expectations for this book because I loved the first one a lot but this book disappointed me. I was bored most of the time and I felt like the author was unable to keep up the excitement. It wasn’t bad in any way, it was just not… fun.

2.5/5 stars


2: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis: A war among the five factions seems inevitable. In this book, we follow Tris who tries to save her loved ones, takes stupid decisions (what’s new), fights with her boyfriend, deals with grief and treason and tries to figure out the solution to the war problems. Just the typical dystopian drama I guess.

Thoughts: This book was super lengthy considering the fact that not much was happening. I was really irritated at the characters. Tris and Tobias kept on fighting with each other for apparently no reason. Though I must admit it wasn’t boring. It was pretty interesting at times. What I really liked was the narration. Had it not been for Emma Galvin‘s fantastic voice I wouldn’t have enjoyed this book so much. I highly recommend her audiobook.

4/5 stars


3: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (reread)

Synopsis: This book is filled with stories of various Norse Myths. If you are looking for something to give you an inside view of Norse Gods and Frogs Giants, this is the book for you. It has lots of tales starring Odin, Thor, Loki, Frey, Freya, Balder, Thrym, Utgard-Loki, Fenris the Wolf, Hel and whatnot! You wanna know how Loki gave birth to a horse or how Odin lost his eye or how Fenris the Wolf was bound, all is in here.

Thoughts: Since it was a reread, it is clear that I absolutely love this book. I never reread audiobooks but this was the first one that I ever reread and that too within the span of three months. Neil Gaiman’s voice literally brought life to these characters and I felt myself so involved in their stories that by the time I finished it, I was already considering rereading it again. There is nothing in this book that I did not like.

5/5 stars


4: Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (reread)

Synopsis: Kronos’ army is planning an invasion on Camp Half Blood. The only way to stop it would be for Percy and his friends to make a dangerous journey through Daedalus’ Labyrinth and reach Daedalus before Kronos’ army can.

Thoughts: This book followed the same concept as most Rick Riordan books- dangerous quest, gods giving meaningless clues in return for life threatening tasks, friends in danger. Oh, and of course, saving the world. This was my least favorite book in this series and I can happily say that my opinion hasn’t changed. It was still super engrossing and it was hard to put it down at times, so it was overall pretty fun.

4/5 stars


5: Black Beauty by Anne Sewell (abridged version (reread))

Synopsis: This book is about the story of a beautiful black horse that stretches from his carefree childhood to his difficult life later. It focuses on human cruelty, value of freedom, enduring hardships, losing friends and ne

Thoughts: This book did a fantastic job at depicting all of the above themes. Black Beauty’s story is the perfect way to know the cruelty of life. From being treated like a gem to coming close to death, this book perfectly portrays the life of a horse along with easily showing how no moment in life is permanent. I am glad I read this book again, I had forgotten a lot of what had happened and it felt like a book that had a profound impact on me.

5/5 stars


6: Gulliver’s Travels by Johnathon Swift (abridged version (reread))

Synopsis: This book follows the adventures of a man name Lemuel Gulliver. He, being a doctor, always craved for adventure. He goes on various voyages that usually end up with him being washed away on strange lands where he is a either a six feet tall giant or a six feet tall dwarf.

Thoughts: I don’t know if it was because it was an abridged version or because the story was written in the 18th century or because I just have a stupid opinion, but I didn’t enjoy this book as much I wanted to. Again, since it was a reread, I didn’t remember much about it but it just felt like a book that I didn’t have any strong feelings towards. I guess maybe it was indeed because of it being an abridged version.

2.5/5 stars


7: The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

Synopsis: This is a true story about a girl from North Korea. It follows her life in her story from when she thought of North Korea as the best country in the world to her escape from the very same place into China and beyond.

Thoughts: Until I read this book, I never knew that true stories about someone can be so interesting. This girl had suffered through much more than I ever want to imagine. I would be reading this book and I would stop thinking abut everything else. Whatever she went through in her life was too much for anyone. She is an inspiration. This book taught me so much not just about this cruel country but also gave me an idol and I love it with all my heart.

5/5 stars


8 & 9: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown and The Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney (reread of the latter)

Synopsis:

The Meltdown: This book follows the crazy adventures of Greg in the cold winter when the kids in the Surrey Street are at war and the Street in itself is a battlefield.

The Wrecking Ball: In this book, Greg’s family is making home improvements. Their house is undergoing construction. But Greg finds out that renovation isn’t as easy and bearable as it sounds.

Thoughts: I loved reading both of these books. It has been around 6 months since I read a Wimpy Kid and it feels super great to be back into Greg’s life. I didn’t expect to enjoy The Meltdown as much as I did and I only read The Wrecking Ball to finish the 20 Books Challenge (GUILTY) 😂. But these books are hilarious and made me laugh super hard.

5/5 stars


Total books read so far: 20/20

Total reviews done so far: 20/20


On this super happy note, I can proudly announce that I completed this challenge on 30th August 😌 (insert huge round of applause and several pats on the back😁)! It was fun and not as easy as I had wrongly predicted. Phew! A stressful month! Now, it’s time to… STUDY 😣.


That’s it. Thanks for reading. Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought about them. Feel free to drop me some book recs in the comments. Stay safe. Ciao!!

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20 Books of Summer 2020 Update (Many More Books I Read)

Hey Friends! Today, I will talking about the other books that I read due to this challenge.

I wasn’t planning to do any such post but I thought there were a lot of books to do the reviews of due to the 20 Books of Summer Challenge and so I decided this would be a fine way to talk about those books.

Note: I will be short in reviews for now, full reviews may come later.


Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Synopsis: This book is basically about the events that happened in an elevator to our main protagonist in a matter of 60 seconds. Will is going out to take revenge on the guy who murdered his brother- Shawn but on his way down he has some unexpected visitors.

Thoughts: I have to confess that this book was a little boring indeed but I really like the concept of this book and the idea and the messages that the author wanted to convey. It’s written in free verse and there were no apostrophes which made me a little confused but I found this book still a good story in general. Mainly I found the execution annoying but that was also what made the story good if that makes sense. The ending was awesome and that is what makes this book feel nice to me. This book ended brilliantly, leaving the readers hanging and pondering about what would happen next.

3.5/5 stars
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis: Tris lives in a society where the world is divided into various factions. Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), and Candor (the honest). We follow our main character struggling to decide whether to stay in her old faction- Abnegation or to choose a different faction. Her choice can change her whole world.

Thoughts: I enjoyed this book so much that I couldn’t put this book down, but after finishing it I realized that it had a number of flaws, ranging from the characters being unrealistic at certain situations to the characters doing things that they were previously not that capable of. TBH, I mainly found the romance interesting but I also think that this was a fun book overall.

4.5/5 stars
Magnus Chase trilogy by Rick Riordan

Synopsis: Magnus Chase is a homeless guy living on the streets of Boston when one day he is reunited with his unpleasant uncle who informs him that his father is actually a Norse God.

Thoughts: I guess you will just have to take my word for it that this trilogy has much more to it than that stupid synopsis I wrote. But I tried to avoid spoilers. It has interesting characters, a fine plot and lots and lots of humor. The only thing I did not like that much was that the book ended a little too simply without many life-changing consequences. I just mean that the challenge was supposed to be really big but the characters were easily able to defeat the antagonist.

4/5 stars
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by  Douglas Adams

Synopsis: Arthur Dent (30-year-old or something) has a friend named Ford Prefect who informs him that he is an alien minutes before the earth is destroyed. I think they are rescued and then they go into space and have a lot of (mis)adventures. Sorry, this synopsis was kind of hard to frame😅!

Thoughts: It took me a little while to actually start to enjoy this book as it was a bit confusing and at times I felt that the events were exaggerated. Though I would admit that it was a really clever book and the story got progressively better.

3.5/5 stars
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Synopsis: Teens in America, I guess, develop powerful new abilities and people think of them as dangerous. So they are sent to concentration camps where they are given poor treatment. Then one day, our protagonist, Ruby, somehow escapes them and joins three other kids like her. They travel searching for a safe haven for themselves.

Thoughts: Another book that took me a while to like. But when I did, it got super interesting. I guess the best part was the characters and how well their personalities were written. I fell in love with them so easily. I liked seeing these characters bond and I was definitely glad there was no “I am so ugly” female drama. The ending was the best part about it and it broke my heart.

4.5/5 stars

Total Books Read So Far: 14/20

Total Reviews Done So Far: 11/20

Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed it. Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought about them. Stay safe. Ciao😀!!

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins- Spoiler Free Review (Book 4 of the 20 Books of Summer 20 Challenge)

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I am not much of a photographer!!

Hey Guys!! Today I am doing a review of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. This is the prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy and the protagonist is Coriolanus Snow (doesn’t it feel odd to call him “protagonist”?). I just bought this book because of the cover and it took me around 20+ days to finish it. I was relieved to finish it as it took me a long time to do so.

Synopsis: Snow is an 18 year old who is really poor. He gets to mentor a girl (16 year old maybe) from District 12 in the 10th Hunger Games which he thinks is humiliating. Her name is Lucy Gray Baird and she captures the audience by her singing at the reaping. So then we see him grow to care for her and trying hard to make her win the Games. They grow a deep friendship and the story continues.

Thoughts: The writing was quite better than the original series. But that made it bad. The book is written in 3rd person and it took me a while to get used to that. In my opinion, the pages were filled with Snow thinking. Man, that character thought a lot! It wasn’t exciting being in his perspective. The entire story was exaggerated. Each and everything that happened was exaggerated and the story seems to be stretching on and on with nothing really happening. We got a lot of detail about things that were totally unnecessary.

In simple words, I mean it was boring. I had never skipped entire pages in a book before but that’s precisely what I had to do. I skipped quite a few pages (don’t worry, not that many) as I finally got tired of everything and I was still able to get a fair idea as to what was happening. This novel was tiring and really lacked enthusiasm.

Look, it wasn’t that bad, but it was definitely not good.

Characters: I didn’t really like any of the characters that much, they didn’t seem to make a lot of impact upon me. Except of Coriolanus, whose villainous way of thinking shocked me from head to foot.

Comparing with the Original Trilogy: I still prefer the The Hunger Games trilogy to this book. The Hunger Games was exciting and had characters that I actually cared for. This one is nothing compared to that. Well, I did have low expectations for this book so it wasn’t a disappointment, yet it wasn’t a surprise. More like a shock!!

What I Actually Enjoyed: The Ending!! The final chapter and the epilogue stunned me so much. It was the point where I hadn’t expected anything to surprise me and then came that ending and I was completely dazed. If I hadn’t known that Snow was a villain in the original trilogy, that ending would’ve just killed me, but as it is, it still got pretty near to that.

Rating: It’s hard to rate this book. But if I try, I could say it had its ups and down. On that basis, I am gonna give this book 2.75/5 stars. Pretty near to 3 stars, I know, but not exactly 3. This rating may change in the future.

That’s it. Thanks for reading. Let me know your thoughts and if you agree or disagree with mine. Ciao!!