Posted in Book Reviews, Bookish Stuff

Spoiler-free Review of The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m going to be reviewing an entire trilogy ๐Ÿคฉ.

Once again, I have no idea why I used that emoji ๐Ÿ™‚. But maybe it’s just the fact that I’m a little excited about reviewing a series as a whole. We’ll see how well that goes though, let’s get started! Here is- Spoiler-free Review of The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.


Synopsis:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his lifeโ€”a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.


The Plot:

I have quite mixed feelings about the plot. While it does have the “chosen one” element to it, I don’t think it was…bad. It was fun to read, and the pacing was really good. In each of the books, the characters try to find a certain significant animal, and yet it wasn’t too repetitive. Something or the other kept happening to make each book a little different from the one before. So, I must say the plot of well-executed.


The Characters:

Alina sucked ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

Well, not really. I mean she was way too unrealistic, she went from being this sad little girl in the first book to the one who is suddenly so sure of herself when she kisses the Darkling just to rid him of his powers…๐Ÿ™‚. But I’m glad to say the final book made me think of her as a human being and not just a revolutionary brainless, supposedly ugly character.

Then we have โœจThe Darkling โœจ.

I know I’m using the gifs from the show but well, desperate times call for desperate measures-

What do I say? I disliked him at first but I liked him a lot towards the final book. In the first two, he was just kind of meh. Then his character and personality got so much better as the books progressed. We got to see layers behind his motives and actions and it was nice. And I hate to admit it but he’s also kinda…gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜.

Then we have Mal.

I don’t have that many strong feelings for him, except that I love him as a person. He’s so kind and yeah, he was kind of weird in his relationship with Alina at first, but he got better. He was really sweet.

If you’re waiting for Nikolai…

Pic taken from Pinterest

You’ll be delighted to know I am in the minority here when I say I do not have that many strong feelings for him ๐Ÿ˜’. In the second book, he was just fine, nothing special. In the last book though, when the whole incident with the volcra happened…that changed my mind. I think he’s a great guy! Definitely not swoon-worthy as most people find him, but awesome nonetheless. And a great friend.

As for the rest of the characters- Genya and Baghra would be my favorites. They felt so real. And for the rest, I think they were well-written too.


The Writing:

Ahem, this is the more complicated part of the review. First off, the good thing was that the pacing was just right. Had it been written by some other fantasy author, I would’ve been bored probably. But even the boring parts were written at a fast pace so thank goodness, I was saved ๐Ÿ˜Œ. The bad thing though was that the writing was very repetitive. Phrases like “a chill ran down my spine” and “power coursed through me” were used over and over with slight variations. And I don’t know why but it irritated me more than it should have. In the first book especially! It’s not a major thing really but it was a big turn off factor for me while reading the book.


The romances

Two romance was good! Mal and Alina started from being irritating to being amazing ๐Ÿ˜! Alina and The Darkling were too good too! That ending ๐Ÿ˜ญ!! Genya and David were weird though, I don’t like David much. Also, I’m so glad nothing much happened of that Nikolai-Alina thing, it would have been too weird. At least that was one thing that Alina managed to handle like a pro.


Favourite book in the series:

It’ll have to be the first one- Shadow and Bone, which is ironic because that was the most annoying out of the three and I hated almost every character ๐Ÿ˜‚. But it was a lot easier to read than the other two. I have to say that the other two were better, but I enjoyed the first one more.


Overall:

This was a 4/5 stars series for me. In fact, I would give each book 4/5 stars. It was thoroughly enjoyable despite all its flaws. This is the kind of series I recommend to those who are new to fantasy, and I specifically recommend it to people who do not mind some overused tropes. These books are fun, but not the best, and there are definitely things that could have been improved upon, but they are worth a shot.


That’s all! I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you read this series? What are your thoughts on it? Is it on your TBR pile? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€.

I know my book reviews ain’t that good but you’ll have to deal with it. My brain cells to write something interesting have been destroyed by copper sulphate crystals and isotonic elements ๐Ÿคง. #sedlyfe

Posted in Book Reviews, Bookish Stuff

One Of Us Is Lying- Book Review |Want a Swoon-worthy Fictional Crush? Nate Macauley to the Rescue|

Hey Pals!! Today, after 126 years (don’t ask me why I chose that specific number, I don’t know), I will be doing a book review! This is a spoiler-free book review of the one and only- One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. Mcmanus! Without much ado, let’s get started!!

Note: This is a spoiler-free review, however, there might be minor spoilers regarding the romance of the book in the Nate Macauley and the romance section. If you really don’t want to be spoiled for anything just skip that, but I still think it’s not that major so you can read those sections too.


GoodReads Synopsis:

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


The Plot:

The plot was the second-best thing about this book. The plot was intriguing enough to get me hooked. It addicted me to the book to a level that when I wasn’t reading it, I just wanted to go pick it up, even when nothing much was happening. There was this twist at the end that I hadn’t predicted, that caught me off guard. At first, I thought it was a little weird, but I still liked how it wrapped up the entire mystery thing in a decent way.

Also, one thing you need to know, many people consider that the way this book depicted mental illness was problematic, which may not be true, because the book did not promote it, but if you do find something disturbing, don’t say that I didn’t warn you. Just check the trigger warnings once to be sure, if you want. I’m not including them because…I don’t want to.


The Writing:

The writing was cool. I mean, at some parts you might feel that the book is dragging a little bit when we get a lot of the background of each of the characters, so that’s one thing you might want to look out for you. But it’s also fun because all the time you’re wondering- who did it?!


The Characters:

This, this!! This is the best part of the book! People could argue the characters were clichรฉ, but that was the purpose of the story, wasn’t it? To make the characters clichรฉ. You have the pretty princess, the brainy beauty, the baseball boy, and the dangerous drug dealer. And believe me, the characters were done well. Each of them had depth. The story was written from each of the four characters’ perspectives, and I think the author did a good job at making each of them fairly interesting.ย 

The one thing I didn’t like about one of the main characters was the major secret that Cooper was hiding…it was just too clichรฉ. Same with Nate, a clichรฉ trope was involved with his story too. So if you’re a person who can’t handle too much clichรฉ, this might tick you off, but the rest of the book is still good enough to maybe dull the impact.

And don’t even get me started on the side characters! One of them, I’m not gonna name which one so as not to ruin the fun for you, was written really well, with just enough foreshadowing about their role later in the story to make that ending make sense…did I make sense?


Nate Macauley!

And now for my most favourite character- NATE MACAULEY! ๐Ÿ˜ญ I can’t get over him, I need help! That guy, I mean that guy is just…๐Ÿ˜ You wanted to swoon, right? If you’re a typical, weird teenager like me who can’t get enough drama in their own boring life, you will love-with-a-capital-L Nate, because he is freaking hot! Okay? Nobody can deny that ๐Ÿ˜ค, I have my image of him in my mind and he’s damn hot! Not just hot, he’s an awesome boyfriend too!

If you’re looking for me to tell you why I find him so hot, I have absolutely no idea how I can do that in a spoiler-free review. But I’ll try. So here goes: 

As is pretty obvious by now, Nate is pretty much the bad guy in the story.ย He used to be friends with Bronwyn, but then they drifted apart, but now they’re getting closer again due to the murder thingy that they are involved in. It’s not just about the bad-boy vibe that comes along with Nate that makes me like him, you know? There are lots of bad boys. It’s about how he’s got lots more to him, and the author has written it in a very balanced manner. She hasn’t made him bad exactly, she’s just given him a dark vibe. Usually, authors write bad boys who have a soft spot for a girl and hate everybody else or bad boys who aren’t bad blah blah. Nate is kind of a mix of both but in a good way. As I said, he’s just got a dark vibe to him, he’s not bad.


The Romance:

Nate and Bronwyn make such an amazing pair. I mean, the person he is to Bronwyn is basically what makes me love him so much! He’s sweet, but at the same time when it comes to romance, aah the scenes will leave you wanting for more! The fact that Bronwyn, despite being a brainy girl doesn’t think of herself as ugly or whatever is another thing that makes the romance worth it- Bronwyn feels realistic! And the late movie nights these two have are to die for! So the romance was one of the best aspects of the story.


The Epilogue:

Yes, the epilogue deserves a section of its own. That epilogue touched my heart and I’m not okay ๐Ÿ˜”. It was sweet! I’m not even gonna tell you what it is about, but if you were shipping the same characters that I was throughout the whole story, you will love it!


Overall:

4.5/5 stars…or maybe just 4? I do recommend this if you’re looking for a fun murder mystery and an, ahem, jaw-dropping, heart-wrenching, amazingly gorgeous character…I’ll stop.


So, that was all for today’s post! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope my review helped you in some way. Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Is it on your TBR pile? Let me know down below in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€.

Posted in Book Reviews, Bookish Stuff

Book Review- Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertally ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

Happy Pride Month, Pals!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ (Ignore the fact I’m awfully late ๐Ÿ˜ฌ)

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 ๐Ÿ˜ญ.

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 clichรฉ plot but usually, I like starting with clichรฉ 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 ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ!!


Posted in Book Reviews

I slept through the climax of this book, it was that boring ๐Ÿ˜ด. 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? ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ณ. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‘. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. So yeah, I never went back to reading it again, I was just glad it was over ๐Ÿ˜Œ.


My Rating:

Aaah, it feels so nice to give a book a 1 star rating ๐Ÿ˜Œ.


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 ๐Ÿ˜€.

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 ๐Ÿ˜. 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 aย  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 ๐Ÿ˜.


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 ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป.

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 ๐Ÿ˜.


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 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

Anyways ๐Ÿ˜‚, 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 ๐Ÿคฉ. 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.ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย 

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 ๐Ÿ˜€.


Posted in Book Reviews, Book Tags and Challenges, Bookish Stuff

I Flunked My First Readathon|Taylor Swift Album Challenge โœจ|*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 way๐Ÿ˜‚.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚. 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,ย  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 ๐Ÿ˜) and well, things get complicated.

My Thoughts: I luuuuurved this book ๐Ÿ˜. 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 clichรฉ 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 clichรฉ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚. 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: โ€ฆReady 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 Shwiftย  ๐Ÿ˜. 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 authorโ€™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:ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚.


3: Speak Now: a book with great dialogue

Let me just google what great dialogue means …๐Ÿ˜†. ….. 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 ๐Ÿ˜†!!!!! I’m dead.


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

Yup, Harry Potter it is ๐Ÿ˜!

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 ๐Ÿ˜.


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 ๐Ÿ˜€!!


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

Posted in Book Reviews, Bookish Stuff

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

Hey guys itโ€™s finally here!!!You can find my book on amazon and pothi It will be FREE from 27th to December 1, 12 am PST.Iโ€™l remind you guys of it tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can find it on Goodreads here and Amazon here. Please, please read it, and support me, youโ€™ll make my day๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ Do reblog if you can, [โ€ฆ]

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!!

Posted in Book Reviews, Bookish Stuff

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 ๐Ÿ˜€.


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!!

Posted in Book Reviews, Bookish Stuff

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰.


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 ๐Ÿ‘‡:

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 ๐Ÿ˜€.


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. Adiรณs!!

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 ๐Ÿค—.

Posted in Book Reviews, Book Tags and Challenges, Bookish Stuff

20 Books of Summer Final Update (#ChallengeCompleted) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!!๐Ÿ˜‚ 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) ๐Ÿ˜‚. 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 ๐Ÿ˜Œ (insert huge round of applause and several pats on the back๐Ÿ˜)! It was fun and not as easy as I had wrongly predicted. Phew! A stressful month! Now, it’s time to… STUDY ๐Ÿ˜ฃ.


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!!