I read past halfway and still couldn't get into the story. While the setting was a magical witchy one based on Latin America mythology and the DeDNF.
I read past halfway and still couldn't get into the story. While the setting was a magical witchy one based on Latin America mythology and the Deathday celebrations, I found the characters quite bland with limited development. I didn't pick up much of the bi-sexuality, perhaps because of the distracting Nova, who is your typical conceited male love interest who treats Alex like crap. Once he came into the picture, I started to lose interest. It also dragged during the middle with limited development about the Deathday, and I wasn't invested in the story enough to continue....more
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Imagine you're walking down the street, and a guy approaches you who you clearly don't want to talk to. He doesn't get the idea and continues to follow you until you talk to them.
This may be romantic to some but in this book, Daniel's stalking and pushy behaviour freaks me out. I want to know that I'll be left alone in public if I don't want to engage with guys that approach me. I couldn't get over how this was romanticised in the book.
That being said, I loved the immigrant experience of both Natasha and Daniel. I loved how they're both struggling from their parental expectations and trying to to live out the dreams their parents want for them. As immigrants, their parents have worked extra hard to get them where they are. But that doesn't mean they can't make their own choices for the life that they want.
Natasha was a great character, as someone who feels the weight of her father's mistakes on her shoulders. I liked how pragmatic she was and how she focused on facts, probabilities and her scientific theories. I also liked Daniel, despite my earlier aversion to him, and how he was more of a dreamer and a beta male. His irresponsibility drove me nuts though, I just couldn't see why he would throw away his Yale interview and respect for his parents over a girl he has just literally just met.
I loved how each character here was portrayed in depth, even innocent bystanders. Charlie, who is Daniel's asshole older brother, obviously hates himself for being Korean, despite being intelligent, gifted and handsome. It was interesting to see the lives play out for some of these bystanders through the short snippets in the book, which we don't often see in novels.
The concept of fate and multiverses was also an interesting part of the novel, although I didn't like how this was used to explain away the insta-love. The novel happens over a day, and the events felt too significant to occur over that time frame. I was incredulous when they started saying they loved each other and calling each other the One when they have literally just met. Call me a skeptic but this just suspended my disbelief at times. Another thing I couldn't get over was the lawyer's breach of client-lawyer privilege which would cause him to lose his license.
With moments of truth mixed with frequent suspension of belief, I have mixed feelings on The Sun is Also a Star. I loved the diversity, exploration of the immigrant experience, the dialogue, multi-faceted characters and the way the novel was set out. However, I wasn't a fan of the insta-love, quick time frame of the novel and Daniel's stalker behaviour. It was a beautiful story and I can see why people like it, but I would've believed it more if it was set out over a longer time frame....more
Holy. Shit. That was a freaking trippy book where all the pieces fall into place towards the end. Choppy plot? Quick transition? Not sure what's goingHoly. Shit. That was a freaking trippy book where all the pieces fall into place towards the end. Choppy plot? Quick transition? Not sure what's going on? All those criticisms went out the window the more I read.
Absolutely brilliant plotting, if it wasn't for the slow beginning.
A Tangle of Gold carried on the whimsical angle of this series and the wonderfully charming characters with their quirks. I loved the explanation of tA Tangle of Gold carried on the whimsical angle of this series and the wonderfully charming characters with their quirks. I loved the explanation of the colours and how everything came together when it came to the search for the royal family. The world of Cello and how it interacts with the real world where Madeleine is really opens up here as well.
There were so many twists and reveals here which was incredibly satisfying, making the whole series a worthwhile read! ...more
I finished this yesterday and I don't even know what I can say to you, to convince you to read this beautiful book.
So let me just lament about my feelI finished this yesterday and I don't even know what I can say to you, to convince you to read this beautiful book.
So let me just lament about my feelings. I came into this book, knowing that it was going to absolutely wreck my emotions. And it definitely delivered in that respect. But what I didn't realise, is that I wouldn't have given up that experience for anything, because between it's pages, Me Before You is a book that will absolutely sweep you off your feet and blow you away.
Lou is a quirky, small town girl with no strong ambitions, but everything changes when she meets Will Traynor, a paraplegic. She's always been comfortable living a quiet life with her parents, but Will opens her mind to new possibilities and gives her a strong sense of purpose. He's really nasty and repellent to her at the start and I'm glad at this point she didn't quit and kept going. Because soon she starts tolerating, and even enjoying his presence, and they start impacting each other's lives in ways they never thought possible.
I loved seeing both of these characters interact with each other, and seeing the positive impact they had on each other. Will starts opening up to Lou, looking forward to her presence and going along with her crazy antics. Lou starts finding it rewarding to be around Will, and really puts his needs before hers. They soon fall into a comfortable routine, with fun sardonic banter and you'll soon fall in love with them.
The interesting twist in this story, aside from Will's disability and bitter outlook on life, is that Lou already has a boyfriend. Patrick is obsessed with marathon running and doesn't really understand Lou and what drives her. But she would have ended up with him because she had resigned herself to a quiet life. The two are mismatched and emotionally disconnected, after being together in a passionless relationship for 7 years. Patrick only starts really making an effort when he feels threatened by Will, and I'm glad to see how it is all resolved.
I also enjoyed the family aspect in Me Before You, when Lou becomes the sole income earner for the family. Her parents aren't exactly well off, as they struggle with financial dilemmas and redundant jobs, but they tried their best to hold everyone together. It was refreshing to have these issues presented in a novel where everything isn't always rosy when it comes to putting food on the table.
I'm not going to mention any spoilers, but there is a moral dilemma in the novel which becomes central to the plot. It features plenty of emotional highs as it sails towards the mysterious ending, and it will give you hope as you keep on reading, wondering which way it's going to go. And let me tell you, you will ship Lou and Will like you've never shipped anyone before.
Me Before You is an incredibly beautiful, romantic and heart-breaking story with a charming couple who will forever have a place in my heart. I don't even know how I'm going to go with the movie guys, but this is definitely a classic that will fill your heart and never let go.
Beautiful writing with a sumptuous Indian mythology setting. Although I did get confused towards the end of the book and was like "what the fuck is haBeautiful writing with a sumptuous Indian mythology setting. Although I did get confused towards the end of the book and was like "what the fuck is happening"
A sumptuous, luxurious setting based around Indian folklore and the Hades/Persephone story, The Star-Touched Queen was both magical and enchanting. Similar to The Wrath and the Dawn, Maya is taken by the mysterious Amar into his own world, where she’s made a Queen. However, the mysteries stack up when he disappears each night, leading to Maya uncovering her own mysteries.
I was caught up in the mystery, as Amar seems to be in insta-love with Maya and he says she has abilities beyond what she’s ever wished for. It’s intriguing how Maya tries to unravel the mystery behind Akaran, from it’s gorgeous Night Bazaar, to the glass garden, tree of memories and a bed wrapped in stars and the ocean. Despite what Amar says, there’s beasts and shadows lying in it’s midst, and it was fascinating seeing the story unfold. The second half of the book takes a different turn, as Maya escapes from her circumstances and tries to pave her own way and save her own kingdom. The setting was absolutely beautiful and breath-taking, written in a stunning, poetic manner.
I’m comfortable with the notion of reincarnation, and having someone’s destiny play out based on different pathways. It was great to see this concept explored with such a heavy basis in The Star-Touched Queen. While the story is beautifully written, giving us an evocative view of the beautiful, magical setting of Akaran, there were a few times when it left me confused. It’s basis on heavy mythology concepts, but the significance behind the tree of memories and Amar’s sacrifice was lost to me. There were definitely a few parts, especially towards the end, when the events occurring were a little too meta and intangible. I had no idea what was happening and a bit more explanation would have been welcome into the significance of events/characters.
I also wasn’t a fan of the insta-love, where Amar is absolutely taken with Maya from the very beginning. I tend to mistrust male protagonists who have a hidden agenda behind their words, which is definitely what it felt like here. Seeing the story unfold, I can definitely see how it’s necessary, but it doesn’t help me as a reader. This detachment from Amar and the romance lead to my ambivalence around his character.
What I was definitely a fan of however, was Kamala the flesh-eating horse who becomes Maya’s companion later in the book. He was hilarious and added some comedic relief to Maya’s journey. After being mostly alone for the whole story, his companionship for Maya was definitely welcome, and I loved the role he played in the story. There’s also a cloud weaving hippo who was a lot of fun (also CLOUD WEAVING).
While I had a few issues with The Star-Touched Queen being confusing af, I thought it was an incredibly unique, diverse setting that was written in a really beautiful way. I loved how it was based on Indian mythology and folklore, with a great diverse setting, although I wish there was more explanation at times.
I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more