Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Review Rant: Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers


Series: Assassin's Heart, #1
Release Date: 2, February, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 420
Genre: High Fantasy, Romance
Source: Ebook 
Rate: 4/5


SYNOPSIS

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

REVIEW

This story revolves around Lea Saldana, one of the members left in the attack by the Da Vias family. When her whole Saldana family is killed by her secret boyfriend's family, Lea takes the responsibility of taking her revenge for her family. With the help of the God Safraella, a fake clipper Les & her long forgotten uncle Marcello, she sets off to finish the Da Vias.
So now to the review! Harper Collins actually ended up sending me an ARC of Thief's Cunning which is the sequel to Assassin's Heart & I actually don't remember requesting the sequel. I had to read the sequel now but has to finish book 1 too so this made me read Assassin's Heart & oh boy it was one of a hot ride. The plot has been written so outrageously good. The writing style of the author is so amazing. The character development of Lea & Les was just bomb. The romance development was also beautifully written. Lea is such a kick-ass character. She isn't the type of girl who needs her hero with her all the time. Instead she was training Les along the journey. Marcello was an undeniably old annoying character lol :D The action in the novel is just stupendous. The pace of the book was just perfect. Not fast not slow. The world building was also pretty great and the concept was extremely unique.
Overall, a great high fantasy novel! Would definitely recommend to fantasy readers!! 
Happy Reading! <3

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Review Rant: Alien Rain by Ruth Morgan


Release Date: 14, April, 2016
Publisher: Firefly Press
Pages: 300
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Giveaway
Rate: 3/5 
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SYNOPSIS

Bree is on a mission. She's trained to fight. But what she really needs to learn to do is listen...

Bree is an ordinary teenage girl living in a Martian city where everyone dreams of returning to Earth. She's never seen a bird fly or the sea or the rain.

She's amazed when she's chosen for a mission to Earth, a rare honour usually reserved for the highest-achieving pupils. Why her?

There are terrible shocks ahead. Who is trying to contact Bree? What are the others not telling her? As she discovers more secrets, she will have to decide who to trust. Whose side is she really on - Home or Earth?

REVIEW

This story revolves around Bree, a girl living in Mars and talented in poetry writing. She gets shocked when she gets selected for a trip to Earth for the Great Mission. She doesn't miss this opportunity and joins her other 3 extremely clever classmates, Robeen, Nisien & Halley. But why is she selected for this mission? She isn't really intelligent. Whose the person in the chair trying to contact her? What's Doc Carter hiding from her? Who should she even trust?
The plot was really slow! Nothing intense or suspenseful but it was really light without any complexity. The writing style of the author is pretty good. I loved the main character, Bree and her determination. All the while she was picking on the device on her head, it hurt me so much. The other characters were very briefly written.
Overall, I enjoyed this light read. It isn't high on action etc but if you want a light action and summery read, I recommend this book.
Happy Reading! <3

Monday, 5 June 2017

The VB Chats: Farhina @ She Loves To Read


Farhina is just another dedicated bookworm in her early 20s. She's a Pakistani book blogger & bookstgrammer & has just completed her Undergrad. Her bookish shots, rants, random food shots and her reactions to book mail are life!  

Q 1: Tell us something about yourself?

Answer: I always kind of freeze when people ask me that. I also end up saying idk what in rep searches. I find it hard to describe myself. So here goes another lame attempt that won't give you insight into my soul. 😂 I am Farhina. Currently slugging through my twenties. I have a love for reading. It's been there for as long as I can remember. Lately I have found that I have been very conservative towards the genres I read.  I am only into fantasy and contemporary or been reading only these since my late teens. The other I don't really touch and have no interest over. Well yeah these two are my jams. Anyway moving on to myself. I am a big introvert but than I also have a chatty blurting out without a filter side with my friends so blah. But other wise I am such a huge social klutz like awkward to the extreme. Yes very highly digging the hole and burying myself into it awkward. I have a very emotionally charged personality 😂  And mostly people annoy me. I have a side that is self obssessed and another that self doubts 24/7 it's fun being me 😂😌. I have a huge thing for animals. I love them and i wish i could do more about their rights but instead i am a coward who just sits and sit and gets a lot of hurt when she see animals and whats being done to them in the society and but cant do anything. Oh I own a cat. 😂 That slimy fur ball. Haha i love to hug and squeeze him and he of course hates me 😂.  I also love nature , have a loathing relationship with summer but a loving relationship with the other three seasons. I have a huge wanderlust. I hope that once hopefully while I am still young my life and luck will give me the chance to satisfy that need.  So yeah that's me Farhina the weird hooman.

Farhina's Shot

Q 2: How did the idea of bookstagramming come to you?

Answer: I think my first ever post on this account was my birthday haul two years back. I just got home from buying them books for myself and I was really happy and than I just wanted to share. And I had been following people and I wanted to do an aesthetic post so I put a white  sheet background and took a photo and than added a Instagram filter thinking oh i am so snazzy 😂😂 It wasnt a nice picture 😂. Its still there I think :p
So yeah I shared it on this account. I have had this account for quite a while maybe circa 2014 I think. And I basically made it to enter various giveaways I saw on the accounts I followed from my personal account. So I actually don't have a clue what made me choose the username shelovestoread it just was there. And I am so happy with my younger self that she chose this for future me haha. Anyway after posting my birthday haul few months(1.5😋 or 1) later while in ramdhan being bored, I logged into this account and well the need to photograph pulled me and well the journey began and I sort of got obsessed and two years later, ironically in another Ramadan here I am 😌 


Q 3: Your 5 favourite bookstagrammers?


@nikkiinwanderland
@bokhjerte 
@dymarthereader
@bookotter
@woodlandspirits

Q 4:Tips for newbie bookstagrammers?

Answer:
Ah I don't deem myself creditable enough to do this but here goes.
1. Don't try to get everything at once. Its a journey. Slowly build yourself up.
2. Diverse pictures. And post pictures that resonate to you. Not the one you think people might like. Just stay true to who you are.
3. Interact. Do a lot of interaction make friends. Build your community.
4. Be yourself. Show your personality off in your captions, in your stories. That will make people relate to you and like you.
5. Have courage and be kind. Online profiles can take toll on you.


Q 5: Your five favourite book boyfriends?


Answer: In no particular order:
1. August Flynn from This Savage Song
2. Matthias Helvar from Six of Crows 
3. Azriel from A Court of Mist and Fury
4. Josh from Isla And the Happily Ever After
5. Chaol Westfall in Crown of Midnight
Thank you so much for being on the blog Farhina! :) Do check out her blog and specially her instagram! So much eye candy!! * _ * Plus she's an adorable person! ♡ Check her out:

Blog 

Happy Reading! <3

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Review Rant: Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore


Series: The Blackheath Witches, #1
Release Date: 10, December, 2015
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
Pages: 284
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Giveaway 
Rate: 4/5
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SYNOPSIS

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Ellmes is dogged by a case of chronic bad luck. She figures that’s just her lot in life—that is, until the psychic at Blackheath’s annual carnival reveals that Maggie’s problems are caused by more than just ordinary misfortune; she’s actually been cursed. 
Desperate to shake the hex, Maggie has no choice but to seek out the help of Joel Tomlins, a rebellious classmate who’s descended from Blackheath’s most powerful line of witches. After breaking all of his coven’s conventions to help her, Joel discovers that the curse isn’t as bad as Maggie fears. In fact, it’s much, much worse.

REVIEW

When a fortune-teller tells Maggie that she has been cursed, she starts understanding why her life has been facing ups and downs lately. No one believes the fortune-teller until Maggie's friend, Isabelle goes into a strange comma. Joel Tomlins, a wizard offers help to Maggie. Being good friends in the past and then becoming strangers to eachother, Maggie accepts Joel's help.
At first, the novel was just okay but then it started to pick up pace. The novel felt more MG to me than YA. I loved the writing style of the author, it was so easy to understand and not complex. The characters were so beautifully written and were so courageous and bold. 
We get to read the cute relationship between Joel & his older brother. Plus this story has a really sweet romance. The ending pages felt very cinematic me to and I really enjoyed them.
Overall, this story is a great blend of love, courage, brotherhood & sacrifice. Would highly recommend it!
Happy Reading! <3

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Review Rant: That Thing We Call A Heart by Sheba Karim



Release Date: 9, May, 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 288
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Source: ARC
Rate: 1/5 
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SYNOPSIS

Shabnam Qureshi is a funny, imaginative Pakistani-American teen attending a tony private school in suburban New Jersey. When her feisty best friend, Farah, starts wearing the headscarf without even consulting her, it begins to unravel their friendship. After hooking up with the most racist boy in school and telling a huge lie about a tragedy that happened to her family during the Partition of India in 1947, Shabnam is ready for high school to end. She faces a summer of boredom and regret, but she has a plan: Get through the summer. Get to college. Don’t look back. Begin anew.

Everything changes when she meets Jamie, who scores her a job at his aunt’s pie shack, and meets her there every afternoon. Shabnam begins to see Jamie and herself like the rose and the nightingale of classic Urdu poetry, which, according to her father, is the ultimate language of desire. Jamie finds Shabnam fascinating—her curls, her culture, her awkwardness. Shabnam finds herself falling in love, but Farah finds Jamie worrying. 

With Farah’s help, Shabnam uncovers the truth about Jamie, about herself, and what really happened during Partition. As she rebuilds her friendship with Farah and grows closer to her parents, Shabnam learns powerful lessons about the importance of love, in all of its forms.

Featuring complex, Muslim-American characters who defy conventional stereotypes and set against a backdrop of Radiohead’s music and the evocative metaphors of Urdu poetry, THAT THING WE CALL A HEART is a honest, moving story of a young woman's explorations of first love, sexuality, desire, self-worth, her relationship with her parents, the value of friendship, and what it means to be true.

REVIEW

NOTE: THIS IS A NEGATIVE REVIEW OF THIS BOOK AND DO NOT LEAVE ANY HATE COMMENTS PLEASE IF YOU REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK! THIS IS MY OPINION AND I HAVE A RIGHT TO SHARE MY VIEWS.
This book revolves around Shabnam, a Muslim girl whose mom is a practising Muslim and idk what her dad is, he's either an atheist or a Muslim. She has a best friend, Farah, whose a kind-ish practising Muslim. And then we have the cutest character, Chotay Dada, who faced great struggles during the migration of Pakistanis!
Now on to what I found problematic, the first thing is that I'm a Muslim and whenever I see wrong kind-ish stuff in books revolving around Muslims, it triggers me. Shabnam is a Muslim but her life isn't totally Muslim like, it's like she kisses random guys, let's guys touch her and has no issues whatsoever with losing her virginity (Its prohibited in Islam to date guys or kiss them or loose your virginity without nikkah). Her friend Farah wears Hijab, prays and fasts (which I loved) but she does drugs like ummm what?!!? There was not a single proper Muslim character other than Chotay Dada. His character is legit so good! Her father is so confusing, one time he goes like Qur'an should be changed as people are evolving and the other time he's like Allah is the best (Dude your an adult you have a daughter, stop being confused and choose what you want to follow). There's also a usage of fabricated hadith and the denial of a Hadith by Farah! It's okay if Farah is a feminist but she can't deny what has been said by our prophet (SAW) as she's herself a Muslim. 
Shabnam's Dad! Idk if your Muslim but respect Qur'an! It was, is and will always be same.
Qur'an forbids drugs along with Wine!!!!

AND THE BIGGEST NEGATIVE VIEW WAS WHEN Shabnam and Farah starts joking about Prophet's balls like it WAS SO TRIGGERING for me!!!!! This is so disrespectful! Nothing triggered me as much as this joke made me! Her relationship with the white boy was also questionable making the book totally non Muslim. It would have been great if the guy was a Muslim!

The biggest TRIGGERING ELEMENT OF THE BOOK!

Well Farah our Prophet (SAW) did say it & you can't deny it plus no there's no such treasure hadith! It's fabricated!

Well how can you expect your daughter to respect Islam if her own dad's confused about the religion!
Please I don't want any hate comments! This is just my opinion and I had to share it! The writing skills of the author is amazing but I just couldn't get my head around the plot! It's totally your choice if you want to read it! You might love it but it might be triggering for some Muslims! 
Happy Reading! <3