Saturday, 22 July 2017

Review Rant: The Crowns Of Croswald by D E Night


Release Date: 21, July, 2017
Publisher: Stories Untold
Pages: 312
Genre: Fantasy
Source: JKS Communications
Rate: 3/5

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SYNOPSIS

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
 

REVIEW

This novel is kinda like a Harry Potter retelling. Ivy Lovely is living a miserable life until she discovers she's a witch. She then sets off for Halls of Ivy, the prestigious school for witches. But Ivy isn't normal, her blood is royal & now the Dark Queen seeks her blood & crown. Can she beat the Queen?
The plot of the novel resembles alot to Harry Potter. I enjoyed it but it becomes annoying too. The story was pretty predictable as everything is really like Harry Potter. The concept of human world & magic world was kinda confusing. The story was pretty magical but it was really fast paced and kinda felt disordered. I liked the characters & Ivy was pretty amazing. I liked her bubbly character alot!
Overall, it was an average read & had its flaws but it's an amazing novel for middle grade readers. I would definitely recommend it to middle grade readers especially if they enjoy HP! 


Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Liebster Award Tag

I was tagged by the wonderful Niamh for the Liebster Award Tag! She asked me some questions which I'll be answering in this post plus I'll be tagging 11 bloggers in the end of the post and ask my 11 questions & so the cycle goes on.... ♡

Do you use Instagram alongside your blog? If so does it help your views?

I do use instagram along with my blog (I'd love it if you'll follow me @voraciousbookling)! I don't really think it helps with my views. My most of the traffic comes from Twitter.

Do you have a schedule or do you post as and when you can? What is your reasoning behind it?

I used to have a schedule and I used to follow it strictly but my life has become so busy as this year will be the year when I'll be choosing my uni so there's no schedule anymore. :( I'll be back properly from December 2017.

Do you have any blogs you read religiously? If so who are they?

Aaahh!! First of all I love all the lovely people who regularly comment on my blog!!! I love reading their blogs & content! You all are super bomb! ♡ Shoutout to Blodeuedd & Anna for regularly updating their blog plus Diva Booknerd too as her reviewing style is LOVE & lovely Avalinah as she's really fun to talk to ♡

Have you attended any blogger events? If so what were your thoughts? If not are you wanting to attend any?

OMG! I so wanna attend a blogger event but there are really less bloggers in Pakistan so no blogger events sadly!

When did you start blogging? 

I started this blog in May 2014! It used be so embarrassing! Crappy English lol :D with no idea of book reviewing!

If you could befriend any celebrity/ blogger/ influencer who would you befriend?

I would love to meet all my fellow book bloggers & all the people I have befriended on Twitter & Instagram. A really big list :D

What is your ultimate goal in life?

I want to have a good career & have all the publishers send me ARCs :D & also to visit BEA & YALC.

What book/ movie have you most recently read/ watched?

The book that I recently read is Broken Branches by M Jonathan Lee & it's been a long time since I'v watched a good movie.

Where would you like to live the most?

I would love to live in my homeland forever!

What is your dream holiday?
Some place, Shopping, me, books, Best friend!!!

Do you have a bucket list? What are you working towards?

At the moment, my ultimate goal is to get in a good uni and make a career. 

Here are my questions:

* Why did you start book blogging?
* What kind of diverse characters do you wanna see in novels?
* You're book blogging goals?
* Have you ever been to a book bloggers event or book signing? How was your experience? 
* You're favourite bloggers?
* Your favourite book to movie adaptation?
* How old is your blog?
* What to you love the most: Instagram or Twitter?
* You're views about Instagram's algorithm? 
* What attracts you the most: book cover or synopsis?
* Something that you want to confess to publishers or authors?

I Nominate:


Farhina

Zainab
Zoey
Diva Booknerd
Anna
Nadene
Blodeuedd
Olivia
Avalinah
Angel
Mehru





Tuesday, 18 July 2017

ARC Review Rant: Broken Branches by M Jonathan Lee


Release Date: 27, July, 2017
Publisher: Hideaway Fall
Pages: 294
Genre: Mystery, Horror
Source: Publisher 
Rate: 3/5


SYNOPSIS

'Family curses don't exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don't think so.'

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.
 

REVIEW

This book revolves around Ian Perkins & his family. There is a family curse that has been ruining the lives of Perkins' Family since forever. When Ian movies with his son, Harry & wife, Rachel, they start to suffer from the curse.
This book was one hella depressing read. I didn't expected it to be so deep. The characters are very deep-ish. Ian is a really confusing character. His wife Rachel is an extremely patient person,  she remained with her husband through thick & thin. His son Harry was a really adorable addition to the novel. Talking about the plot, it was confusing but really cinematic. The writing quality of the author was pretty great. The novel is really slow but in the end it kinda starts to become fast. The way the tragedies has been described is pretty awesome. 
Overall, it is a nice rainy day read. Won't really recommend to people who have suffered great loss or are depressed. A well written read with chill-spining scenes.



Friday, 14 July 2017

ARC Review Rant: This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada


Release Date: 2, November, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Pages: 464
Genre: Sci-fi
Source: Giveaway 
Rate: 5/5


SYNOPSIS 

When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta's death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world's leading geneticist, and humanity's best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole's genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.

Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world's genetic tech. But it's too late to turn back.

There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything.
 

REVIEW 

Catarina Aggata is the daughter of the renowed geneticist, Dr Lachlan Aggata. When a dangerous plague attacks the world, Lachlan Aggata creates such vaccine that can finish this deathly plague. Catarina gets the news of her father's death through a soldier of Cartaxus, Cole but she doesn't beleieves him entirely. Now it's in Cat's hand to find & unlock the vaccine so as to save the humanity which is on the edge of extinction. But who should she even trust, her father or this soldier, Cole? 
OMG HERE I PRESENT YOU THE REVIEW OF THE MOST BOMB-EST BOOK OF 2017!
This book is legit my first 5 star read of 2017! It was so good, so cinematic, so action filled, such beautiful romance, dirty betrayals, cringy surgeries. I'm just so speechless I don't even know what to write. Catarina is one friggin kick ass character & Oh MY COLE!!!! He's such a nice character so cute aaaghhh. Characters that I hated: Dax, Marcus & Lachlan. You'll find out why :/ Suvada's writing is sooooo beautiful. She has this way of making her reader just badly hooked to her book. The way she twists the plot, the way she slowly builds the tension, the slow romance torture, it's just stupendous. The novel is unique in every way. I'm so glad that I ended up winning this ARC. I really hope some bomb producer ends up reading this book cause I NEED A MOVIE...
Overall, I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON EARTH. I CAN'T STOP FANGIRLING.......



Sunday, 9 July 2017

Let's Talk About Blogging Routine & Organizing It!

Hi Booklings! Haniya here! My life is so much in chaos right now. I always have to try real hard to have a balanced and organized life. Balancing studies, reading and blogging has become hard for me. After searching for so many articles I learnt some stuff about organzing blogging life and I try really hard to follow them. So here we go:

My recent notebook

I am a big notebook hoarder. I love to plan but honestly I 80% of the time only do 40% of the stuff written on my To-Do list. I become so excited when I'm planing and end up doing so less and procrastinating more XD It's honestly really annoying cause I love organizing and it sucks when I don't accomplish atleast 80% of the list. Honestly my life without planing is zero. I write down everything in my notebook from blog posts ideas to my shopping lists to study schedules.
Then there are apps like Evernote, Blogger and many apps resembling these. I honestly prefer notebooks/planners over apps cause there is something about the feel of pen and paper. There's something so exciting about planing out your whole day and brainstorming your blog posts with a pen and paper. I legit planned this whole blog design to my icon names to sidebar on a piece of paper of my notebook.
Talking about my blogging life, it becomes hard for me to balance everything. I literally used to have so much time for blogging and reading but not anymore.
As soon as I finish a book I try to review it immediately or within 2-3 days. I'm planing to follow this new blogging routine:
  • A book review
  • Some bookish post 
  • Interview with someone interesting 
I had planned to post something like 'what happened in my life this week' kinda post but nothing interesting really happens in my life honestly XD I want to try to include more posts other than book reviews. Let's be honest, a book blog full of book reviews isn't really interesting. It's fun to see cover reveals, interviews, giveaways, so I'll try to improve my content.

I would love to hear how you guys organize your blogging life and would love to know your blogging routine! 
P.S: If anyone of you have Bloglovin' follow me up @voraciousbookling I'll follow you back! <3