Okay. This book was hilarious. And it showed the upper crust of the Pakistani, Karachite society quite perfectly. I picked my copy at the Lahore LiterOkay. This book was hilarious. And it showed the upper crust of the Pakistani, Karachite society quite perfectly. I picked my copy at the Lahore Literary Festival, and was fortunate enough to actually attend a talk by the author AND get my book signed. Most chick lit books I've tried to read about Karachi, or Pakistan really, have come off as either too dry, or way too over the top. This book was fortunately neither. Karachi, You're Killing Me's protag, Ayesha was just the right amount of sarcastic/witty/cynical to be funny. I suppose my favourite thing about this book was the heavy sprinkling of references that only Karachites, or Pakistani's would get. They were parallel to the western pop culture references, only they were- Paki pop culture. For example, Ayesha talks about the 'Mehndi girl' at Paki weddings, the prettiest girl on the dance floor with the best dance moves. The slightly exaggerated stuff about Pakistan's Fashion Week, the lawn sales- it was all so much fun to read about. A few things did bother me though. First of all, the romance was slightly under developed. Secondly, although Ayesha was funny, at times she seemed a bit too cynical and hardened to all the tragedies happening around her. (But maybe that does happen to Karachi reporters?)
Over all though, Karachi, You're Killing Me was a refreshing, and very enjoyable read....more
God I love books. The best ones have the power to suck all the venom out of a snake bite and leave you feeling an instant hActual rating: 3.6/5 stars
God I love books. The best ones have the power to suck all the venom out of a snake bite and leave you feeling an instant high, or they can bring you down to a whimpering mess and make you feel so many emotions you didnt even know existed in you.
Deity was awesome. The first one third was slow but boy did it pick up! There was, as usual, a ton of action. So much kick ass Alex-ness and a lot of sweet romance. The love triangle seems to be favoring Aiden but... I suppose he might just win me over. I really liked him in this book. Seth was, as usuall crazy sexy and just... Crazy. Loved him, but also, hated him. This is one love triangle where there really is uncertainty. Everything points to Aiden, but SETH!! I love Seth, even in his twisty state. Jennifer L. Armentrout is an amazing, amazing author and not a single book that I've read so far by her has sucked. The ending was jaw dropping and totally, totally made me scream- I WANT THE NEXT BOOK!! ARGH!! It's going to be a long wait for Apollyon. Sigh.
Thank you Spencer Hill Press so much for the ARC!...more
This was such an honest autobiography. Rubina's voice was clear, sweet and young. The grim realities of her life were fascinating and very, very sad. IThis was such an honest autobiography. Rubina's voice was clear, sweet and young. The grim realities of her life were fascinating and very, very sad. I could understand a lot of what she was saying, and even though I've actually seen some of the things she was talking about, living in Pakistan, it still shocked me. It was however a lot of fun to have a full on look behind the scenes and walk along her, on the path to the stars. ...more
I rarely give books a 4 star rating so trust me, this book is something special.
Upstate is the story of Natasha and Antonio. They're4 stars, out of 5
I rarely give books a 4 star rating so trust me, this book is something special.
Upstate is the story of Natasha and Antonio. They're both 17 and in love, but then something horrible happens, and Antonio is sent to Jail.
The book is written in the forms of letters. Antonio and Natasha's letters to one another, and it is beautiful. At first, from the second page actually, I thought the book was too crude for my liking, you'll see why, but nonethelss, I still read on, because even though sometimes the language used was appalling to my not-so-delicate ears, it wasnt meant in a bad way really. It was just who the charecters were. Plus the book had me gripped, and once I started it, I didnt want to stop.
I really liked how open Antonio was about his feelings. He spilled his heart out in those letters, and getting in his mind like that,a boys mind, was refreashing for a change. Its not always you get to hear the guys side, and that too, a black guy, in jail, for something he might or might not have done. You could actually feel the love Antonio radiated for Natasha and his family. His frustration and emotions were wonderfully echoed in his letters and I had not trouble or confusion in reading a book written in this way.
Natasha was a strong, at the begining slightly shaky, but in the end very sturdy young woman. I liked her for doing what she did, being strong and pushing foward, not many would have the courage to wrestle with what they saw around them, despair and a huge mess. But she dreamed, and was rewarded for it.
One of the awesome things about Upstate was that you could see, in a very real and VERY natural way how both the characters developed and became adults. The transition from teen to adult- it was flawlessly executed. I didnt even realize their tone had changed, it was so perfectly and gradually done, and the story never got boring, even though it the major twist came at the very end.
The ending about the whole love thing, was def not what I wanted it to be. I didnt like it, but I didnt dislike it, I guess I could understand why the author, wrote it like she did. It went with the book, it was honest- no sugar coating, and very REAL LIFE, if you know what I mean. But it made me cry. The book made me cry. Books rarely make me cry! So its safe to say, Upstate is a keeper.
You should read this book because even though its mainly supposed to be a love story- its not your run of the mill Young Adult romance novel set in a high school where everything is sexual tension, a twist or two and then happiness.
No way-, this book is very real, and very raw. This book is ABOUT the charecters, its very personal-its about their struggle in a world full of hardness and its about finding that silver lining on that coal black cloud. Its about hope. And about the strength of true love....more
Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout was honestly, a bit of a letdown. All her other books? They’ve been phenomenal. I mean, okay, the Obsidian series? SoCursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout was honestly, a bit of a letdown. All her other books? They’ve been phenomenal. I mean, okay, the Obsidian series? So much swoon, great characters, a really amazing story with funny bits as well as the potential to seriously make you weep, drama, suspense, aKshUUUNNN! The Halfblood books? Also really good, with a really strong protagonist, great story, etc.
But something was missing from Cursed. It was a good book, but not an amazing one, like Armentrout’s books usually are. However, give it a try, it just might be your cup of tea.
Cursed is about a teen with a messed up ability and messed up life. Since this is Jennifer Armentrout, and she’s boss, Ember’s sadness and frustration really brought tears to my eyes at one point. This is always a good sign, since it really tells you that the writer knows what he/she’s doing, especially in my case, since I’m not really a crier. There was a nice little mystery and plenty of swoony romantic bits, which is really saying something since remember, Ember can’t really touch anyone! As usual, JLA’s writing style was perfect, simple and straightforward, yet capturing the authentic teen tone well.
The problems I had with the book were mainly to do with the pacing and the characters. The book, for me, totally lagged a bit in the middle, but a good start and finish sort of made up for that. At times I found Ember's self pity a bit annoying, but I suppose she couldn’t help it, being so alone for so long.
Overall Cursed was your typical good paranormal romance read with a likeable protagonist and another Hotty Mc Hotterson as a love interest. One of the best parts is that it’s a standalone, even though there is potential for a series, so yay for a good PNR standalone! No waiting around for a sequel.
A huge thankyou to SpencerHillPress for providing me with the Cursed ARC!...more
This was powerful in a heartbreaking sort of way. Its a good read, though not very satisfying to someone like me, who lives for happy endings. That doeThis was powerful in a heartbreaking sort of way. Its a good read, though not very satisfying to someone like me, who lives for happy endings. That does not mean it wasn't HAPPY, but well... you'll see. Read it without expectations. Its a good book, and it made me really care for the characters. It was one of those 'different' books. ...more
3.5/5 stars, though I marked it up cause I reeeally liked some quotes from the book. REVIEW TO COME. And can you believe I have a hard cover? WHICH I BO3.5/5 stars, though I marked it up cause I reeeally liked some quotes from the book. REVIEW TO COME. And can you believe I have a hard cover? WHICH I BOUGHT FROM PAKISTAN? For... TWO.HUNDRED.BUCKS. <3...more