Sunday, 28 January 2018

Review Rant: Torn Pages by Lara Zuberi

Release Date: 1, January, 2018
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 274
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Author
Rate: 5/5


The protagonist, Saman, is a Pakistani girl living in the slums of Karachi, who gratefully embraces the opportunity of education that arrives at her doorstep. While studying in the library, she meets a young medical student, Aman, whom she eventually promises to marry. Circumstances cause them to separate, but they are unable to forget each other.

Belonging to a family in which no one else can read, Saman becomes a fearless writer, who knows that her words have the power to set paper ablaze. Years later, she picks up her pen, and writes the story of herself and Aman. Titled The Story of Us, her novel reaches Aman’s bedside, when his wife Sasha gives it to him as an anniversary present. Aman is then forced to confront his past, which he has left behind twenty years before, burying it beneath his intense pursuit of a brilliant neurosurgical career.

She spends two decades running after memories of their time together, as he spends the same running away from them. Aman and Saman remain in each other’s eyes—he as the sparkle in hers—cherished and welcomed, and she as the sand in his—gritty and blurring.

The story touches on the spirit of sacrifice, the pursuit of education amidst poverty and social constraint, the toil of surgical training in a foreign country, the devastation of marital discord, the grief of childlessness, and the power of love. Torn Pages is a novel about finding resolution and completing a story that was left unwritten twenty years ago. 


This beautiful story revolves around Saman & Aman. Saman is from a very poor and uneducated family. Aman is an orphan and a medical student. When Aman sees Saman for the first time in the library, their love story starts... but will they ever be together?
THIS IS OFFICIALLY MY FAVOURITE BOOK. It's so intense and emotional and beautiful and oh my lord, how many times I have cried while reading it. As both were Pakistani characters, the book felt more relatable. Zuberi's writing style is EXTREMELY AMAZING LIKE CRAZY GOOD. I was hooked. It felt so great to see how Saman's life changes after getting education. Due to some circumstances, when Saman & Aman part their ways, Saman writes a novel about their story, The Story Of Us which ultimately becomes a hit. Wish I could talk more, but then spoilers spoilers.
Overall, A BEAUTIFUL, EMOTIONAL AND HEART WARMING READ. UNPUTDOWNABLE. You all need this book in your life :)

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

ARC Review Rant: Flight Season by Marie Marquardt

Release Date: 20, February, 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Pages: 352
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Rate: 4/5


Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi Flannigan’s life when she lost control entirely. Now, TJ can’t seem to erase that moment from his mind, no matter how hard he tries. Vivi doesn’t remember any of it, but she’s determined to leave it far behind. And she will.

But when Vivi returns home from her first year away at college, her big plans and TJ’s ambition to become a nurse land them both on the heart ward of a university hospital, facing them with a long and painful summer together – three months of glorified babysitting for Ángel, the problem patient on the hall. Sure, Ángel may be suffering from a life-threatening heart infection, but that doesn’t make him any less of a pain.

As it turns out, though, Ángel Solís has a thing or two to teach them about all those big plans, and the incredible moments when love gets in their way.


Story revolves around 3 different people, Vivi, TJ & Ángel. Vivi loves birds and is pretty obsessed with them. TJ is studying in a community college becoming a nurse. Ángel is a heart patient whose life is at risk 24/7. When TJ discovers that Vivi is the same dancing girl from the bar, the real story gets started from here!!!
This novel was one emotional piece of beauty. Vivi is an extremely courageous and strong willed girl handling her mother and tuition fee crisis after her dad's death. TJ's immense support to her was also *cough cough* really really gentlemanly :'). Ángel is a very nice humorous character. His constant teasing & witty dialogues were fun to read. It's a wonderful story about how a girl handles everything in her life alone after her father's death and how she grows constantly throughout the novel and learns stuff. 
Overall, a beautiful emotional read which will make you most definitely cry :')

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Review Rant: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Release Date: 5, December, 2017
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)
Pages: 320
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Publisher
Rate: 4/5


A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dreamleads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn't supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn't know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they're both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia's ever seen. As Claudia's world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.


This story revolves around Claudia & her one hella crazy life. After accidently hearing someone's breakup scene while sitting on the toilet seat, she's stuck now. She has to keep her mouth shut. Claudia makes new friends, tries out new stuff & goes through emotional issues. Will it all be perfect in the end?
Claudia is an average teenager so she was highly relatable! She makes some mistakes learns new stuff. Her brother & bestie, Alex & Zoe were very nice characters. Always there for her! Iris is your local bitchy rich girl but I liked her in the end. The writing is pretty nice. I didn't get bored once & enjoyed reading the book alot. The book is pretty fast paced but kinda became irritating when Claudia does some silly stuff but she's a teenager so we can't blame her right?!
Overall, a really nice & refreshing YA contemporary. Would recommend it to teenagers as it has more of a teenage setting.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Review Rant: The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

Release Date: 17, October, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Pages: 320
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Rate: DNF


When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.


You know when the book has a beautiful cover but then the plot is just so.... 'What am I even reading?". This book is the example of 'All that glitters is not gold'.
I didn't get a single word of this book. I was so intruiged by the synopsis & cover that I had to request it! But this book badly disappointed me and I just couldn't continue. Maybe it was too complex for my little mind. :/ I didn't even get the romance if even there was some. 
Overall, I didn't enjoy it! Didn't understand a single word :(

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Review Rant: Show Stopper by Hayley Barker

Release Date: 1, June, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 400
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia
Source: Giveaway
Rate: 5/5


Set in a near-future England where the poorest people in the land are forced to sell their children to a travelling circus - to perform at the mercy of hungry lions, sabotaged high wires and a demonic ringmaster. The ruling class visit the circus as an escape from their structured, high-achieving lives - pure entertainment with a bloodthirsty edge. Ben, the teenage son of a draconian government minister, visits the circus for the first time and falls instantly in love with Hoshiko, a young performer. They come from harshly different worlds - but must join together to escape the circus and put an end to its brutal sport.


This story revolves around Hoshiko & Ben. Two people from two different classes, Pures & Dregs. Hoshiko, a Dreg, works at The Circus where Dregs are treated insanely badly and are looked down upon. On the other hand we have Ben, a Pure, son of the minister living a pretty luxurious life. When Ben visits The Circus, he is immediately drawn towards Hoshiko. A pure war between 2 worlds. When will the insane cruelty towards Dregs end?
THIS BOOK IS I.C.O.N.I.C. I mean it! IT'S JUST SO GOOD!!!! The main character, Hoshiko is such a talented clever & Sharp character. Ben is a softie kinda guy whose trip to the Circus has changed his life. This book is extremely dark and indulging. It's just so weird and dark like once you start it there's no going back. The torture on the Pures just gave me goosebumps, like it's just so scary. There were most definitely tensed scenes. The book was quite fast paced despite being thick. I never once got bored while reading it. Extremely emotional & action packed.
Overall, I'd highly recommend it to everyone. Extremely beautiful and heart wrenching read. Just a warning: contains really really severe torture & abuse.