I had been wanting to read Divergent since a very long time, especially because practically every review I read for it has been a f...moreActual rating- 3.5
I had been wanting to read Divergent since a very long time, especially because practically every review I read for it has been a four or five stars one. Besides, after The Hunger Games, followed steadily by a few not so extraordinary stories, I hadn't read any solid dystopian. And can I just say that Divergent was the perfect choice to get back into a genre that tends to leave me feeling depressed and helpless half the time. Also, the other main reason why I read this book is because the Divergent movie is coming out soon, which I cannot wait to watch. While I agree with almost every positive aspect of the book that has been pointed out before, I still feel it's necessary to express it. But that obviously doesn't mean I loved everything about the book, as we shall see.
What I appreciate the most about author Veronica Roth is her deep and detailed description of the post-apocalyptic world in Divergent. Dystopians usually confuse me with their functioning, but that was never a problem here. There were times when it seemed like the book wouldn't end because it did tend to get too deep. The amount of time it took me to finish the book had me afraid of going into a reading slump. Other than a precise and clear view of each of the five factions, there was also a meticulous world-building. Besides these two points, I found that there were the regular ingredients that go into making a delectable dystopian. Kick ass heroine- check. Smart, sensible and steady hero- check. Strong and supporting family- check. Sweet friends- check. Nasty enemies- check. Sleazy government- check. Sensible scientific discoveries- check. All these and much more went into making Divergent an extremely great read. Beatrice or Tris and Tobias or Four obviously stood out throughout the length of the book.
Aside from what I have already said, the other positive that I actually ended up admiring in Divergent is the nature of the dystopian world described. We all know that it isn't easy to live there and we all know what the consequence will be. And Divergent has that consequence. And I deeply, deeply, deeply admired that. While I couldn't really connect to the story emotionally and it wasn't anything extraordinary for me, Veronica Roth's writing which goes from Tris' point of view in first person, is simply smacking. It's clean, clear and precise and that in itself is enough in making a reader connect with a book. I have no idea if I will be continuing with the series anytime soon, but I sure as hell am curious to read both Insurgent and Allegiant. I am interested in knowing what's in store from here. (less)
I never do this. I always make sure I write my review well within twelve or a maximum of twenty four hours after having finished reading a book. And h...moreI never do this. I always make sure I write my review well within twelve or a maximum of twenty four hours after having finished reading a book. And honestly, this might be the first time I'm finally getting to write a review after nearly two to three days after reading the book. Not because it has been difficult to incorporate a review in my schedule but because I don't really know what I feel about author Robin Constantine's The Promise of Amazing. When I don't know what to say in reviews, I tend to blabber as can be seen and will be seen further- be warned. But really, I'm blank.
Because Janhvi and I buddy read The Promise of Amazing, I instantly and obviously got another perspective on it. While we did differ on some points, we agreed on most of it, like we always do. I could have easily just rated the book three stars because I did kind of, sort of, like it and skipped the review but something tells me that I need to at least try to gather my thoughts, however absurd and vague that gathering may be. The Promise of Amazing is not as amazing a read as it promises to be. I love the book cover so much. It's cute. It's so damn cute. I totally judged the book by it's cover and even though the story was cute, it was, at the same time, pretty dumb and slightly nonsensical. I haven't got the point of it yet.
It's one thing when you like the main guy in a book and love the company of the side kick but it's another thing altogether when you don't really like the main guy and end up liking the side guy who's a bad guy. That's what happened with me. I didn't like Grayson, who seemed very confused and irritable to me. I mean, if you're bad, just be bad. There's nothing wrong in being bad. But there definitely is something wrong in trying to be something you're not, you can't be and you don't wish to be. That is the reason why I liked Gray's friend, Luke, who was simply cool and himself.
The female protagonist, Wren, was just as silly. I could relate to her quiet and shy nature. I have had all my teachers tell me I'm a quiet girl. But really, who runs back to and kisses a guy when you see him make out- albeit just a bit- with another girl? I liked Wren's brother who was right when he said quiet people have secrets and her sister who seemed like a nice person. But Wren and Gray? No, just no. Together, the two of them make for a good couple since they're both dumb.
While The Promise of Amazing wasn't amazing at all and didn't live up to my expectations, it was still a cute read about finding yourself in times of confusion and coming of age when everything seems to be falling apart. I wish I had got the point of it and understood it better, but I didn't. And at this point, I'm not even interested. Still, like I said, it was cute and for a one time read, it was just likable enough and very thought consuming and inducing, which, for me, is good. (less)
Ignite Me was undoubtedly one of the most anticipated releases of 2014 and Tahereh Mafi's simple hope, as stated in the Acknowledgements, for this being a worthy conclusion to the Shatter Me trilogy for the readers may or may not have come true. It's always sad to say goodbye to a series that has been so terrifying and beautiful. A series that's been a mind blowing journey with the amazing and wonderful protagonists and the deadly and painful antagonists. And a series that's made my mind go from left to right to centre in a matter of a few words, lines and books.
What I admired and loved the most about Ignite Me was the development of the characters from Shatter Me to Destroy Me to Unravel Me (which is clearly my favourite now) to Fracture Me to finally, Ignite Me. Juliette went from being a depressed, outcast, lonely, sad and confused girl to this action-packed and kick-ass heroine, who took control of everything and did a great job at it, even though she seemed naive, confused and silly. I cannot even express how much I love Adam and Warner. Adam, albeit stupid, is sweet and sensitive. Warner is so suave, sexy and smart and he had so much of page space in this book which was exciting to see. Adam's younger brother James has always been a sweetheart. The one person who stood out the most for me, however, was Kenji. Besides being funny and entertaining, he's a brave soldier who has his ups and downs and climbs and falls and who stays determined and keeps rocking no matter what.
There really isn't anything I haven't said about how much I love all the books in the series to the point that I don't have anything left to say right now except that I liked this book but I really wish it had more. While I did like how everything fell into place, when I contemplate over it practically, when it comes to dystopians, government, politics and power, the question never really is about what's going on but it's all about what next, and unfortunately, Ignite Me didn't take up the latter, and I can't believe I'm saying this since I prefer open endings over concrete ones, but like I said, practicality took over me. And personally, I feel that deaths make dystopians, dystopians, which was clearly a missing factor here and it disappointed me slightly. In spite of the beautiful writing, I felt that it was rushed and finished for the sake of it.
Tahereh Mafi has written, like she always does, a brilliant book but for some reason, it wasn't as good as the first two books and the novella in between them. I was expecting an epic conclusion with lots of breakdowns and haphazardness but maybe that’s where I’m wrong. Maybe I expected too much. I don’t even care what Team I’m on right now. Nonetheless, this is definitely a series that’s going to be remembered forever simply for its emotional manipulation (thanks for that term, Janhvi), the hassle the Teams created and the beautiful writing. (less)
Where The Rainbow Ends had been lying on my shelf since so long that I've really lost track of how long it's actually been since the time I first received it. I had heard that the book is good and I was looking forward to reading it but for some reason or the other, I kept putting it on hold. For me honestly, the book turned to be surprisingly and unexpectedly good. I used the two adverbs because there are very few books by Indian authors I find to be mature. This was definitely one of those. Of course, it wasn't the best book I've read or anything, but what is was, was really, really good.
The book summary can possibly be quite deceiving as it paints a very typical picture from where things aren't all that hard to imagine and guess right. It's like anything around us that seems to be a small, tiny and minuscule thing but has more depth than we could have ever thought. Speaking about the story is quite difficult since going from the summary, it's difficult to make out what will count as spoilers and what won't.
Where The Rainbow Ends is the story of Rahul, a really good guy who finds himself blindly trapped in love, suffers it's consequences and emerges as a role model who is super strong. In the course of time, he comes across Shalini and Avantika, two women who change his life forever and actually contribute in their own ways into making him who he becomes, in ways better or worse, is up to the reader to decide. For me, the story was predominantly about Avantika. She stood out throughout the second half of the book and she deserved all that role and space that was given to her.
Where The Rainbow Ends has a very intriguing narrative technique that moves from present to past to present within a span of some 200 pages. While I did find a few minute errors here and there, the writing overall was very smooth and simple, which is always better. Author Anurag Anand has written a story that has a bit of drama, mystery, suspense and romance. It starts out as a cheerful recounting and keeps getting sadder and sadder which is how I like my stories which means I even liked this book. It was mature, sweet, believable and sensible. It was really good. (less)
Like everything, there are two consequences of first impression as well- it can either turn out to be the best or the worst. When I first came across Destroyed by Ishq, I was really intrigued by it. The titled sounds apt and is very true. Like we all know and have learned, love destroys. There was an air of mystery surrounding Destroyed by 'Ishq'.. what with it being written by a certain Mr. Invisible which, come to think of it, sounds really lame. I had thought that the book would be highly intense as every book I've read on suicide has been. But somewhere, I had a feeling it wouldn't be as great as I was expecting or hoping it to be.
When I read books that have suicide as the main theme, I only look for one reason- whether the said suicide is justifiable or not. And in this case, it clearly wasn't. I get that love has a very uncanny way of making us suffer and feel like all the pain that we're going through is unbearable and will see no end. It sucks when you try many times but fail in love and it's simply stupid when you try hard with one person many times knowing it's going nowhere. While giving up on love seems like the best option here, giving up on life is clearly stupid and absolutely silly. Till the very end, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't connect at all with anything in Destroyed by 'Ishq'.. It was neither deep nor emotional. What this book managed to do is to give a nice wake up call alarming me that it's time I stay away from stories set in IIT or any engineering college for that matter. I just don't get the point of life there. Anyway, I'm not interested in saying anything against any students, so that can be left off.
While Destroyed by 'Ishq'.. has a very interesting and exciting narrative technique, it would have been highly convenient to mention at the beginning of a new point of view whose pov it is that the reader is reading from. I was irritated by the excessive use of punctuation marks, the sudden change of font for no reason whatsoever, a melange of English and Hindi and most importantly, the characters, who are what connect me to books in the first place. Sadly, if it's not clear already, I didn't like Destroyed by 'Ishq'.. to the point that I don't care about it. (less)
I was eagerly awaiting Me Since You as it sounded really messed up and beautiful. This book turned out to be exactly the way it sounded and there's really nothing better a reader can ask for, besides of course, being accepted to read an e-arc of an anticipated release. Everything about Me Since You was terribly depressing, sad and messed up in the most beautiful way imaginable.
The summary of the book tells the reader the story and it's pretty easy to figure out where it goes from there. What it doesn't prepare the reader for, however, is the huge impact it has the potential of having on the reader. In Me Since You, we read from the protagonist Rowan's point of view in the first person, but honestly, as a reader, I found myself connecting to each and every character, and understanding what they're going through with their mental and emotional states. It seemed like a third person point of view flowed flawlessly in first person which turned out to be a beautiful narrative. It was, in a way, very astonishingly beautiful. It's hard to know what's going on with everyone personally when it comes to books written in first person but this book made that possible and author Laura Wiess' beautiful writing technique and deep and intense storyline deserve all the credit for that.
Rowan is a sixteen year old and, albeit a fun lover and rule breaker, she was very mature and understanding and that's what makes me not just like, but also admire and respect a character. Her mom and dad were great people and it was devastating to see her dad do what he did, but at the same time, I feel that I understand why he did it and it was horribly depressing but extremely nice to see Rowan and her mom get through everything slowly and steadily. Her grandparents were warm and sweet people who added a lot of fun and depth to the story. Rowan and boyfriend Eli share a very vague but absolutely beautiful connect and it was beautiful to read about.
I cannot express how much I loved the importance given to pets in Me Since You, whether they were to make a situation more happy or sad doesn't really matter because in the end of the day, pets are true friends and that's me the dog lover talking so I completely understand and appreciate the point being taken up. This book was just what I needed and I'll take anything along similar lines any day. Me Since You was emotional, deep, intense, depressing and thoroughly beautiful- just the it promises to be and just way I like my stories to be. (less)
There's this poster with a bio of Guy de Maupassant hanging in our classroom. With the many French books I've been reading, I thought I might as well give The Great Short Stories a try because short stories aren't that hard to read, although they can be hard to comprehend and this collection, to both, my disappointment and relief, is in English! I thought it was time I gave the author whose picture I keep looking at when I get bored in class, a try.
The Great Short Stories is a very good collection of some fourteen short stories written by Guy de Maupassant and translated to English. These are predominantly war-themed stories, with take up a different subject line each time. Some stories tell these really beautiful and heartbreaking love stories, while others are brave and courageous stories of friendship, while some others take a look at what goes on in a family and the others take up the general lifestyle of the time gone by.
I must admit that I didn't quite understand all the stories so my description of them above might be wrong. There were lots of errors I found in terms of translation (yay me, I can figure it out now) and editorial ones as well. The two stories I enjoyed the most were the first and the last stories, titled Mademoiselle Pearl and Useless Beauty respectively. For a time in which these stories are based, I liked how they focused on the situation of women.
I wish I had understood all the stories in this collection better and maybe someday, when I am in the mood to reread them, I will. For now, I am proud of myself to have started this deep need that I feel to read works of old, famous and most noteworthy authors the world has seen, with a good short stories collection like this. (less)
I remember the time I read Heidi McLaughlin's Forever My Girl and fell in love with the story. I found the novella, My Everything to be pretty okay and after that I was a little out of touch with the Beaumont series. But thanks to my great buddies Janhvi and Aman (you can read her review of the book here, I recently read the super sweet second book, My Unexpected Forever just in time for the third book, Finding My Forever which I buddy read with the girls as our January Endless Read.
Finding My Forever is the story of Jimmy, the third and final band member of 4225 West, the other two being Liam and Harrison; and Jenna, a Beaumont native who is friends with Liam's and Harrison's girls, Josie and Katelyn. Jimmy has had a disappointing and heartbreaking relationship of three years with Chelsea and he's been a complete player ever since while Jenna has been in an abusive marriage to her friend. It's pretty obvious about what happens when the two come face to face in Beaumont. There's lot of drama and spice and some really silly and stupid going ons that finally lead to a sweet ending.
While I did enjoy the first 40% and last 30% of the book, the in between, that's from 40% to 70% really put me off because to rip off the band-aid and put it simply, it was shallow. Both Jimmy and Jenna seemed really stupid and a number of things came up at the wrong place and wrong time that really put me off. Things either took place too early or too late for my taste and that tends to get very annoying. Dependency, making someone else responsible for your happiness, becoming better for someone who isn't even in the world yet, not for yourself... Ah, I just cannot understand all that.
It may seem like I didn't like this book at all, but it's not true. I did like many things about it. I liked how Jimmy was funny and how he changed for the benefit of those around him. I liked how Jenna had her venerable and weak moments that made her real. And I especially liked meeting all the other Beaumont people.
Overall, Finding My Forever wasn't as good as the previous books in the series and it's a disappointment because this is an adult series that I actually enjoy and look forward to and maybe that's why I may seem a wee bit partial to it. When I discussed the story with the two girls, I realized that we all had a point in saying whatever it is we have to say about it. Nonetheless, the book was a good one time read that I enjoyed. (less)
I had read and really liked author Denise Kim Wy's Please Stay, so I was pretty excited when we were contacted to read and review Understudy. The book has such a pretty cover and the story sounded quite different and really dazzling to me and that's exactly how it turned out to be. For me, Please Stay had turned out to be shockingly and surprisingly good since the theme of it was new to me but I now know how Denise is fascinated by this particular phenomena so I was prepared for Understudy.
Kat is the protagonist in Understudy and she is in a steady and supremely sweet relationship with Adam who dies in an accident on his birthday while Kat survives it and she blames Adam's twin brother Eric for her boyfriend's death as Adam was trying to answer Eric's call while driving on that fateful day. Besides blaming Eric, Kat is also suffering from survivors' guilt, out of nowhere she can still see and meet Adam, she has a love-hate relationship with Eric and all of that makes her an emotional mess.
I liked Kat overall and even though I understood all the turmoil she was going through, I felt that was she was being too dramatic at times, but then again, I get how difficult it must have been for her to cope with everything. Her best friend Sara was a great girl who was similar to Kat in more ways than one and their friendship was really strong. Adam was a well mannered and really good guy who loved Kat and wanted to see her happy. He and his twin brother Eric shared a very complex but totally amazing relationship. Eric was the typical mysterious and quiet guy who I love to figure out. There were a few small chapters in the book from his point of view but I really wish his side of the story, especially his past, was explained in more detail.
I really liked how a school play was an integral part of the plot of Understudy. That kind of a set up always makes for an interesting and fun read even when the main subject at hand is quite serious. Author Denise Kim Wy has a way of making the ordinary seem extraordinary in a beautiful way and her simple and smooth writing makes Understudy an easy and quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed and that left me smiling long after I finished reading it. (less)
I came across Jeeves and the Wedding Bells in the wonderful Literary Blog Hop where it was up for grabs on quite a few blogs. I was lucky enough to win a copy and coincidentally, we even received it for review. For the life of me, I've never read or even thought of reading any P. G. Wodehouse book but I've heard some amazing things about them and do plan to pick at least a book or two sometime. I went into Jeeves and the Wedding Bells without having any idea about how it'd be but excited nonetheless because it sounded pretty interesting. Because I have no previously read P.G. WodehouseJeeves and the Wedding Bells to, my review is predominantly going to be about how the latter was for me.
Honestly, the so to say "classic" or "literary" writing, though very beautiful, is something I find hard to follow and the- and again I say so to say- "old" or "traditional" English way of life, although supremely fascinating, is difficult for me to comprehend. And Jeeves and the Wedding Bells has both those which I found pretty nice and enjoyable but it couldn't hold my attention as it took me a lot of time to read the book. There are many, and I really mean many, many characters in the book which got really confusing at times but the main characters like Wooster from whose point of the view the book goes, Jeeves after whom the book is named and Georgina stood out and the numerous others, while very confusing to keep track of, were wonderfully put down.
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells is quite an enjoyable read and I found myself laughing more than once at the absurdity of it and above everything else, the book truly amused me and for a first experience, it turned out to be pretty good. Maybe I didn't get the book as a Wodehouse fan would, but I did have a good time whilst reading it. I can say nothing about author Sebastian Faulks' take on a Wodehouse classic, but I have to say that the author's writing is very sharp and his story very entertaining. I enjoyed the references that I could understand and I only wish I'd liked the book more and maybe someday that's very far away when I decide to reread it, I actually will. (less)
Four Miles To Freedom: Escape From A Pakistani POW Camp is a tale set in the backdrop of the 1971 war between India and Pakistan which ultimately led to the creation and recognition of the independent country of Bangladesh. While the entire political situation is something I have studied and know very well, what I wasn't aware of was the battle both Indian and Pakistani soldiers had to face while being held as prisoners of war in the opposition camp.
Four Miles To Freedom is the tale of a bunch of Indian army men who, while being stuck as prisoners of war in Pakistan, decide to make an escape plan to get back to their country. The reason I call the book a tale is because it is a piece of work put together by author Faith Johnston after having interviewed army men who were actually soldiers in the 1971 war and some of them even fought the 1965 India- Pakistan war. For a non-fiction read, this tale is very well executed and quite gripping, for which the retelling of a brave and courageous act of the soldiers and the brilliant execution of it by the author deserve credit.
While there have been and still are many books depicting the army lifestyle in general, Four Miles To Freedom took a fresh and new turn by focusing on the duties and work of army men rather than their way of life. What adds even more to the reality of an already real tale is the use of illustrations for geographical representations made by the soldiers, the sharing of letters exchanged between them and their loved ones and a set of absolutely lovely black and white photos that are showcased as well.
Four Miles To Freedom wasn't as moving a tale as I would have liked it to be or even expected it to be, but it was still a great piece of work put together. Even though I did not like the book as much as I would have loved to like it, I still liked reading the tale as it was put down brilliantly. (less)
Author Faith Sullivan's Heartbeat trilogy has been one of the most mind boggling books I have read so far. Each book has been one of those books that keep you at the edge of your seat till the very ending. Luckily for me, I devour cliffhanger endings but when it comes to this particular series, I was dying to know how everything will be wrapped up and I feel proud to say that even though the whole plot of I Am Yours wasn't how I pictured it to be, the ending was exactly what I was hoping it'd be. Like I did in my reviews of the first book and the second book, I won't be talking much about the story, but I will tell you about the three main characters from whose points of views the book goes by- Jada, Adam and Katie. I must say that I quite liked reading from three points of views, especially when it was one guy and two girls. A three people point of view isn't usually the case in love triangles, so this was pretty good to see.
Jada is one kick ass heroine. She was strong, supportive and steady in I Am Yours as she was in Come What May. There was one point where I was really irritated with her, but I think I understood why she had to certain things and above anything else, I was most happy for Jada since by the end of this book, she finally seemed at peace with herself.
I really liked Adam in Heartbeat but he made me not like him in Come What May. He had changed so much that I couldn't believe he did everything he did. In I Am Yours too, there were times when I just did not like Adam and his way to deal with situations but then again, there were times when I thought he was being pretty good overall.
Katie's side of the story is something different altogether. I just do not understand her. In Heartbeat, I liked how sweet and innocent Katie was and in I Am Yours, the Katie we meet seemed just like the one we first met and the two- personality wise and in a general life situations sort of way- are so similar to one another that it's highly creepy.
While the three main characters each had certain qualities I liked and many qualities I didn't like, they were very unique and well portrayed by Faith Sullivan, who has created three very creative and quite interesting people. Not just them, even side characters like Adam's brother Brian and his fiancé Kelly and her guide Savoy were each distinct and well written characters. Like I have said before, this series is mind boggling and I'm not sure if I've even understood the whole story yet but what I can say and what matters most is that I enjoyed the books overall. While Come What May remains my favourite of the series, I'd say that I Am Yours did answer questions but I would still like to know more. Anyway, I loved how much of psychological and mind games were involved in the story. This book was a short and much needed read that I found pretty good.(less)
Fracture Me is a novella from Adam Kent's point of view in the Shatter Me series that falls between book #2 Unravel Me and the final installment in the trilogy, Ignite Me. Before I get onto anything, let me just clarify that I am Team Warner. That's the reason why I wasn't as excited about Fracture Me as Team Adam members or as in between about it as readers who can't decide what Team to join. But what I can say is that I hoped this novella would be drastic like Destroy Me, but but but... it wasn't.
Many readers have not liked Fracture Me as much as they would have loved to like it and I can completely understand why. This book isn't how and what Tahereh Mafi usually writes. I get that. And I also get that Adam seemed really stupid at times for not going after the love of his life the way any sane person probably would, especially since he seemed crazy in love with Juliet in the first book.
“Losing a parent is excruciating, but somehow, the pain is so much different from losing a child. And James, to me, in many ways, feels like my own kid. I raised him. Took care of him. Protected him. Fed him and clothed him. Taught him most everything he knows. He’s my only hope in all this devastation- the one thing I’ve always lived for, always fought for. I’d be lost without him.
James gives my life purpose.”
In my most sincere and humble opinion, what Adam does is actually really amazing. As a sensible person, he does exactly what is expected of him- he puts family before anything and anyone else and I cannot express how much I admire him for that. It was so good and highly refreshing to see Adam dedicate his life to the safety of his little brother James. Yes, Adam did seem stupid sometimes, but he has responsibilities and come to think of it, a dystopian world is very well capable of making someone mad so I understand Adam.
For such a short read, Fracture Me isn't a five star read like all the other books in the series and it isn't even much content wise, but it was very good whatever it was and I love this series so much. This book has made me respect Adam and at the same time, it has made me realise why I am all for Warner winning the girl in the first place. Adam has a life besides Juliet and he will be happy without Juliet; I know that. (less)
This. Yes, this. This is exactly the kind of story I need to read. If I had to pick one single genre to read for the rest of my life, it would be this. The simple and sole reason I picked up The Almond Tree to read was because it was spoken of on par with the most incredible novel I've ever read- Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner. I am not going to compare the two because that would mean being unfair to both when they are each amazing in their own way. There's nothing about The Almond Tree that I'd like to say that hasn't been said before. All those highly impressive praises given to the book by leading newspapers are so true that I doubt there still are any adjectives left to describe it's sheer amazingness. As a story, The Almond Tree took turns that I was hoping against hope it would take and I couldn't have been happier with the turn of events. Every death saddened me and brought tears to my eyes but in such stories, death is not just unavoidable, but much needed. Each of these deaths was followed by a slight ray of hope. I am not very well versed with the whole Israeli- Palestinian issue but I do read the newspaper and I have done my Majors in Politics so I like to believe that I know enough and I'm going to dig more into it now. This is the main theme of the book and I found it very interesting and intriguing to take a look at it from the protagonist Ahmed Hamid's eyes, right from when he is an innocent and curious twelve year old to the time he becomes a grey haired intelligent sixty something year old, and throughout all this, what stays constant is that he remains a family man. I didn't relate to his obsession with science but I understood it and I admired his passion for the same. What made Ahmed, Ahmed was the careful, loving and respectable upbringing done by his Mama and Baba, the latter for me was perhaps one the best book characters I've ever encountered. Author Michelle Cohen Corasanti's writing is so crisp, smooth and impressive. The pages flowed with wonderful words and simple teachings that I hope to apply in my life someday. The author tells the reader an amazing story in an amazing way and if this is only her debut novel, I really cannot wait to read what she writes next. She has portrayed humanity in its essence and her characters and story have managed to touch my heart. The Almond Tree did not leave me as numb as I would have liked it too. Nonetheless, it is an amazing novel that's definitely one of the most impressive debuts of 2013. It is a story that's about more than just education and politics- it's about family, faith, friendship, hope, peace and love.
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I was pretty much looking forward to reading Anshul sharma's When You Became My Life especially since I figured out it doesn't end happily and that it was a quick and short read. While the ending was really good, the story in itself seemed very stupid honestly and a bit infantile. Don't get me wrong, it is not a bad story as there's no such thing as a bad story but the execution of it wasn't very impressive.
When You Became My Life might not be the best written book- there were plenty of editorial errors, spelling mistakes and a repetition at one point too. But it sure has a very interesting narrative technique. Neev is telling Sam his story and in Neev's story, his friend, Aadi recounts many of his personal experiences.
Neev has had a very sad life so far. With the death of both his parents and no one willing to help him, his friend Aadi invites him to the city of Agra where he has made arrangements for accommodation and a professor's job for Neev. Incidentally, Aadi's sister Aashi is Neev's student and no surprises for guessing that the two fall in love, just like in plenty other books.
The story was pretty typical but what irked me more was the characters. While Neev seemed like a poor and sweet guy, Aashi and the love between the two seemed a little shallow to me. Yeah, I get that everyone has flaws but at most times, it's about self respect which seemed absent at times. Aadi and his family were a bunch of simple and warm people whom I both liked and disliked.
Overall, When You Became My Life was an okay read. It wasn't all that good, and for a quick read, it made for a stupid but sad story. I wish I had liked the book, but unfortunately, I didn't. (less)
Oh, how I am loving this series! I loved every bit of Addicted for Now just as much as I loved Addicted to You and Ricochet. I've already overused the words different, fun and refreshing in my reviews of the first book and the novella which is why I find myself falling short of more adjectives to describe this- let me just go ahead and say it again- different, fun and refreshing series. And now I'll try to use new words now. The Addicted series is comprised of a bunch of fantastic characters who have grown so much on me that I've already started missing them. Luckily for me, I read the books almost back to back but what's going to be a test is waiting for the next books to come out. Even when Lily and Loren are the main characters with an addiction to sex and alcohol respectively, I find the side characters so much more fun to read about. Don't get me wrong, I love Lil and Lo and I am so proud of them both to have taken their recovery seriously and the positive results were amazing to see. There was a lot of drama and a ton of issues in Addicted For Now which were absolutely necessary and they were handled so well by everyone. I loved seeing Lil and Lo's love grow more and more with every little thing that tried to tear them apart and what I loved seeing even more was how their friends helped them throughout. Lily's sisters Rose, Daisy and their most elder sister Poppy were super supportive and the bond between the sisters was strong and very nicely portrayed. Each Calloway is crazy yet super charming in their own way. While the parents from both (or should I say all?) sides seemed pretty untroubled and careless but it was good to know that in spite of messed up parent-children relationships, everyone seemed to get along with life. There was lot going on in this one and it was all slowly and steadily revealed. My most favourite characters in this series, however, are Connor Cobalt and Ryke Meadows. Those boys are fucking awesome! I felt so much of admiration and sadness towards Ryke in this book. He's just amazing. Addicted For Now was a supremely great read that was a little longer in terms of length than what I normally prefer, but luckily the story had a nice pace and never seemed even a bit dragged. At first, I only thought that the series has the potential to become my most favourite New Adult series but now I can confidently say that it's definitely one of the best NA series I've read.(less)