Sunday, 5 August 2018

How I Accidentally Started My Book Blog

Hi Guys! Today I wanted to share a mini story about how I accidentally started my book blog. This was the evening of 30 May, 2014. I don't really remember how I actually discovered Blogger... :p I had no idea what a book blog was.


I just randomly started ranting about myself & OH MY GOD that post was so embarrassing. It's still up on my blog & IT'S JUST SO BAD! 🙈


Nonetheless, I felt like a legend after posting it... XD Dumb ME!!!


After that I started posting my book reviews & GUESS WHAT!! Instead of writing how the plot, characters & writing in the book was like... I wrote the whole plot in the review . ______ . Like I just used to write what happened in the books including the ending too... Me looking at my old posts like:


After that I made a Twitter account & discovered more book blogs.I thought I was the only book blogger in the whole world.. :) 


I have come a long way now lol.. Learnt so much stuff!! It's just funny thinking about my funny past blogging self :D

Tell me guys! How did you all actually started book blogging? Were you dumb as me too? 🙈 (I don't think so lol XD)






Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Review Rant: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo


Release Date: 6, March, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 368
Genre: Contemporary
Rate: 5/5

SYNOPSIS

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

REVIEW

This powerful book revolves around  Xiomara Batista. A girl with so much hidden inside of herself because of her society's pressure. She doesn't want to abide with the rules of her religion. Her life changes after she joins her school's slam poetry club. But will she be able to ever enjoy her life without any fear of her society or parents?
OH MY GOD GUYS!!!! This book is dirty emotional. I 75% of the time was relating with Xiomara although I am not Dominican or a Christian. How her mother was never really supportive of her poetry & how she abused her literally tore my heart apart. Her mother was forced to marry her father. Something that happens in my country alot. Xiomara's relationship with her brother was kinda cute. BUT MY MOST FAVOURITE PERSON WAS Cardidad. Her best-friend. As much as religious as Cardidad was, she was extremely nice  with Xio at the same time. Xio's boyfriend Aman was another extremely nice & understanding character. Xiomara's teacher didn't let Xio's flame of poetry quench. She was with her all the time. It was so beautiful to see Xiomara's character growth. She becomes such a fearless & an amazing person & learns to fight everything.
Overall, I would highly recommend this beautiful diverse read by Acevedo. Trust me, you all are gonna love it!


Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Blog Tour: Dawn Of Legends by Eleanor Herman | Guest Post

Today, I have one of my favourite authors on my blog with the announcement of her fourth & final book in her The Blood Of Gods & Royals series! I am so excited for Dawn Of Legends! <3

The End of the Adventure


All good things must end, including book series. Including my book series. Dawn of Legends is the fourth and final book in the Blood of Gods and Royals series, an epic Fantasy adventure of a teen Alexander the Great and his friends, set in the eastern Mediterranean of the fourth century B.C.
Suddenly I find myself faced with this question: What do I do when the people I have lived with every day for four years suddenly go away? It’s like leaving your friends after high school graduation, going off to different colleges, different lives, and knowing you will probably never be close with them again. There’s an emptiness. A loss. I square my shoulders, lift my chin, and take a firm step into the next stage of my life with confidence, grateful I have experienced these people who have helped me feel and grow and learn, but also sad that things have changed, and they will never be the same again.
The irony is that I had to work hard to lose them in the right way. After four novels in which our six main characters meet, interact, and spread out to Egypt, the Persian Empire, and Tunisia, facing monsters, magic, and daunting odds of success, I had to bring them back together again. For The Big Battle. Alexander was a master warrior and strategist, after all. The novels are sprinkled with exciting battles: fighting the Aesarian Lords, pirates, even Egyptian statues channeling the spirit of an ancient general. Now Alexander and his friends needed a Big Battle as the climax.
Additionally, my two favorite Fantasy series are The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, and I learned a lot from their endings. In the climax of The Lord of the Rings, most of the characters come together for the final battle against the evil forces of Sauron. In The Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron, and Hermione meet up with all the other characters at the Battle of Hogwarts. I knew that in Dawn of Legends, I needed to get my characters back together to fight the hideous Spirit Eaters in one huge, final, epic battle.
But I had to do more than line up soldiers on the battlefield. For instance, in creating the ending, I needed to remember that we don’t always get what we want. In real life, not everyone is blessed with a happy ending, the girl or boy they want, and all their dreams fulfilled. In Fantasy, some of them don’t even get to live. If I made the ending too rosy, smart teens would call BS faster than you can say “The End.” Especially when characters fight bloody battles with other warriors and monsters, it just wouldn’t be realistic if all of them emerged unscathed. And so I had to kill one of my main characters. And it was horrible! I think a part of me died with that character, whom I will always love and mourn for a life cut brutally short.
Teens already know that life gives us cuts and bruises along the way—they’ve experienced it themselves, after all. And they also know that sometimes, when we lose the dreams we had, we find they really weren’t right for us anyway. Any satisfying ending—whether of a book or an entire series—needs to reflect these truths. Even if the characters have magic powers, even if horses fly and men of smoke waft over battlefields, the characters’ thoughts, feelings, and choices must feel authentic, granular, gritty.
And so the battle happens. And so someone dies. And others rise to new heights of courage. And it is gut-wrenchingly real.
But the epic Fantasy story doesn’t end at the conclusion of the Big Battle. There is the after-story, where the hobbits return to the Shire, transformed versions of themselves, and have to get used to the lives they used to have, lives they are now too big for. It’s Harry, Ron, and Hermione crafting paths for themselves after the battle, after so much loss and change. Though we only see them nineteen years later, married with kids, we can imagine the difficulty they had at first, giants squeezing back into small, normal lives.
At the end of a much-anticipated holiday feast, someone has to push away from the table first, perhaps with a stack of dirty dishes in tow. The excitement is over, and life goes back to normal. Though in an epic Fantasy series, it can never be normal again, right? Our heroes put on socks and go to jobs and pretend they are the same, but they know, and we know, they will never be the same. And in sharing their stories, we will never be the same.
In the reality check of the after-battle, it’s time to look back to the very beginning of a series to understand trajectories: the meandering paths that took Frodo, Harry, and their friends from the commonplace to self-sacrificing heroism. Alex’s path, for instance, takes him from boy to man in the space of a year, from a somewhat immature prince to a true king. His best friend Heph leaves his vanity and insecurity behind and grows into his adult self: reliable, loyal, and finally realizing with a shock whom he loves more than anyone else.
Alexander’s rebellious half sister Cynane, who always envied boys and men for their freedom and military opportunities, accepts herself for who she is, and along the way finds a surprising true love and the right path to combine it all. Katerina, uncertain which man to marry, has her choice made for her, and then realizes it is not what she chooses at all. Jacob, patient, strong, and kind, never wavers in his love for the only woman he has ever wanted and finds his path in courage and service. And Zofia, who has transformed from petulant princess to courageous mother, finally understands what true love means.
These are people as real to me as my friends and family. They are people I have nurtured and admired and sometimes disliked but always understood, people who have grown in ways that shocked me. As I move on to other writing projects, Alex and Heph, Kat and Cynane, Zofia and Jacob diminish in my reality a bit more each day. And I, too, must squeeze my epic Greek Fantasy self into a life that is far smaller without them.

Eleanor Herman


Eleanor Herman is the New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings, Sex with the Queen, Mistress of the Vatican, and King Peggy. Obsessed by all things royal and historical, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and four extremely dignified cats. Legacy is her first novel.

Dawn Of Legends 


Royalty is born. Legends are made.
The epic scope of Outlander meets the shocking twists of HBO's Game of Thrones in the riveting conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman's Blood of Gods and Royals series, Dawn of Legends!
Prince Alexander of Macedon has battled both men and monsters, but his final war will determine his fate…and the future of mankind. While Macedon’s enemies close in from all corners of the earth, Alexander must fulfill one last prophecy that dictates only he—and he alone—can ensure humanity’s survival against the age of the deadly Spirit Eaters.
As the threads of fate draw Alexander closer to his destiny, an exiled queen will meet a runaway princess, a young sorceress will set the final path of her heart, and generals will choose their final battles. Before the light of victory can shine, enemies must become allies, Death must be tamed, and hearts must break.
Who will rise and who will die? All is revealed in the epic finale to New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman’s rich and fantastical Blood of Gods and Royals series. 

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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


SYNOPSIS

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. 

REVIEW

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


SYNOPSIS


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.

REVIEW

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 :')