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“Ah, but my dear sir, the why must never be obvious. That is the whole point.”
It is no secret that I am a fan of Agatha! The idea of a lady writing mystery/ murder novels almost a decade ago and they are so smart and good is just mind-blowing! I was in the mood to read something by the queen of mystery in the second half of 2018 and I finally did this only days away from 2019.
I only picked this because I bought the book on sales and not for any particular reason! This is by Poirot which may be the most unique detective ever!
“Rest assured,” said Hercule Poirot. “I am the best!”
As usual, the story is interesting, kind of hard to guess because Agatha likes to keep some clues hidden till the big reveal. I also like the format of Agatha’s books, the chapters are kind of short and makes sense.
I don’t have much to say about this one, I was fascinated by the reveal although it was a little bit over the top but at the end Poirot mentions that he doesn’t have a proof and that it is all just his dedications which saves the day!
Summary: While this is not Agatha’s best book, it was so enjoyable and easy to read. Poirot is as queer and funny as always! I think it is a good place to start for those who never read anything by Agatha and a good read for all of Poirot’s fans....more
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“If everyone believed they were monsters, shouldn’t they at least be allowed to have teeth?”
🌟 I don’t know if Lauren is losing her magic, looking at Lauren’s books I can see that they have 300K and 400K ratings but the newer releases barely makes it to 50K! I don’t know what I am missing and one of the reasons I started this series was to investigate more!
🌟 Replica was a good book, not less and not more. I also started it because I loved the idea of a flip book that you can read from either side and from either POVs and the story would still make sense. While in book 1 there was much Overlap the POVs in this book felt more distinct and separate. They come together beautifully but I still enjoyed Replica a bit more.
🌟 The writing style is OK and same goes for the characters but I had a problem with the pacing and the plot. This was a >500 pages book but nothing much happens! I expected more action, more drama and a bit more spice but I was reading waiting for the next big thing that I sadly didn’t receive.
🌟 I also like medical stuff in books and this involves cloning and human experiments, a thing that I think a lot about as a medical student. Much of the medical advance was after the WW2 due to human experiments and we wouldn’t have made it to this point without it. It is not like I am encouraging it but it was like a turning point in human’s history and thus this provides an ethical dilemma to discuss!
🌟 Summary: I liked the first book in this duology a bit more (Replica) because this was slow and not much happens in it. I wanted more from the writing, the characters and specially the plot. I enjoyed the moral issues it presents though. ...more
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“That was the first rule of demonology: make certain the demon’s incentives align with your own.”
🌟 I have been in the mood for a Sanderson story lately for an unknown reason! I didn’t want to continue the second Mistborn trilogy yet so I was going to discover his other works as Elantris and Warbreaker. When I saw this Gift from Brandon, I thought it was a sign, it was also the perfect time to read this. This is a short story so that was also a good thing because his other books are huge.
🌟 The first thing I touched upon starting this is unsurprisingly the World building which Brandon is a master of. I have never played Magic: The Gathering but you don’t need to before going into this. I believe there will be things that I missed but it was a good experience nonetheless.
🌟 The writing is good but I know this is not Sanderson at his best and I guess authors as him are better in writing longer stories because it shows their potential and intellectual potential.
🌟 The plot was very expected for me from the first few pages and I don’t know if this is due to reading many Sanderson books or if it was obvious, guess I will never know!
🌟 Summary: I don’t have much to say about this book, guess because of its short length. It had an OK writing, good pacing but was kind of expect able. This is definitely not a new favorite but it does not change the fact that Sanderson is still a fav author of mine! I ended up giving it 3 out of 5 stars!
🌟 Prescription: For fans of Magic: The Gathering game and for those who wants to discover Sanderson style by reading something light....more
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“Most people come to New York to be discovered. The rest of us come here to hide”
🌟 Since I read “It Ends with Us” by CoHo I became an instant fan and wanted to discover her other works, and although I read all her latest releases after that book (without Merit, All your perfects) that novel is still my favorite book by her.
🌟 I didn’t want to read Verity at first because I wasn’t getting the rush that I experienced while reading It Ends With Us! The synopsis sounded intriguing but I thought that I have read similar things before and wanted to skip it. A few days after the release of the book, Reviews started going around and all were positive reviews! The book is 250 pages long so I said “why not?!” at last and started reading it.
🌟 WTF Colleen??? You are supposed to write fluffy romances with important messages. I didn’t expect something that dark and creepy. This is like the next “Gone Girl”! I don’t think I read anything in the “Suspense Romance” genre but it was a great experience.
🌟 The writing was good as usual but it had a different voice and that was important for the story. I never expected Colleen to venture into this territory and I never expected the outcome to be this good either. Colleen proved herself as a formidable author in different subgenres with this.
“As much as I try to forget where it all started to go wrong, I was cursed with this mind that never forgets a single thing.”
🌟 The characters were realistic and creepy (How many times do I have to say that this book is creepy (Because it is!). I found it hard to root for any of them because the twists and atmosphere makes it hard to trust anyone!
🌟 Plot wise, it was also eerie and so gripping. I put a lot of theories in mind and I came very close to the actual twist but Colleen did it differently and it is hard to explain what I mean without spoilers so I am going to skip the explanation here. I also liked that the MC was an author and that Colleen gave us some insight into writing and publishing. It was great to know these things from one of the big names in the industry.
🌟 Everyone were talking about the ending and I think it was a strong ending too! It was scary and I still don’t know what to think because this is the kind of books that effs you up and leaves you thinking about it for while!
🌟 Summary: This is not the typical CoHo romance book. It is even an indie work and not by CoHo’s usual publisher and that made it even more brilliant. I think it is better to go into this without knowing much which is my general rule when reading thrillers. Don’t worry though because big chances are that you will enjoy this. I ended up giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
🌟 Prescription: For fans of Gillian Flynn and darker thrillers....more
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“Honour can be lost a dozen times, and regained. Life can only be lost once, and never regained.”
🌟 After 3 years of reviewing books, I developed a hunch for the books I will like. It is like the clinical sense in medicine, something that is gained with experience and trial. I sometimes try to give books chances even if I feel I won’t like them. They mostly end up being disappointing so I learned to follow my gut even more.
🌟 A couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw the cover of this book and I had a strange feeling. I felt that I NEEDED to read this book ASAP! The post was a chance to get an ARC and review this book. It looks like the stars aligned that moment and everything went perfect, the second day I had my E-ARC waiting in my inbox.
🌟 Another fact about me; I take a glimpse on the first few pages and read the prologue whenever I get a new book. I was intrigued super quickly! I fell in love with the writing style by reading a few lines.
🌟 When I finally started the book, I didn’t know what to expect. If it was going to be as good as the first page then I was on a wild ride and I was so ready for it. But I haven’t read anything by the author previously and so I lowered my expectations.
🌟 The writing style did not disappoint and it was everything I wanted and more! It was funny, emotional, deep, relatable and easy to follow.
“Some fight for honour, and some for reward. Some for glory, and others for a cause. Some fight for freedom, from tyranny and hate. And some fight for love, not for a person but a name.
With death as their guide, their companion and goal. They cross all Hosa, spirit, flesh, and soul. Hounded by demons, from the pages of lore. What starts with a whisper, must end with a roar.”
🌟 The characters were so fleshed out and I was thinking about my favorite and the answer was Itami Cho, Iron Gut Chen Lu, Zhihao, Bingwei Ma, and Roi Astara. In another language, this was one of the very few books were I like all the characters without exceptions! The characters are introduced gradually and there is time for development for all of them, I did not like all of them immediately but they certainly grow on you as you progress through the book. The characters are so diverse too and they have different personalities and characteristics that make them unique. I felt that this was a more mature version of Six of Crows –Character wise-!!!!
🌟 The world building is awesome, I mean the Asian setting, with its mythologies and the fantastic fantasy world all come together to make it an atmospheric read that is hard to forget!
🌟 Plot wise it was perfect, the thing that I did after I saw the cover was checking the synopsis and it was so cool and new. I have never read anything like this before and thus it has bonus points for creativity! The heroes are working for a second chance to live under a SHINIGAMI!! HOW COOL IS THAT!!! The pacing was just excellent for the story, the last few chapters in the book were literally the end of me. I felt that it was illogical to name a book “Never Die” when it made me die. There was no romance (Which is a change from the clichéd romance in 90% of books), there was just action and drama and important themes, all packed in less than 300 pages! And it is a standalone which is way too perfect for me!
🌟 Summary: It is always hard to review good books because there is not much to say about them. But this book had perfect characters, perfect pacing and world building and perfect plot twists! This all made it deserve a place as my 8th 5 stars rating this year among 145 other books that I read this year. Once again, my hunch was true! Another fact: apparently this is self published which blows my mind and I certainly will check the author’s other works!
🌟 Prescription: Do yourself a favor and read this book if you like fantasy! I can guarantee that it won’t disappoint.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review....more
“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.”
🌟 I am still on a quest to discover more non-fiction books, that started last year and I am willing to continue this year. So when Tala (Who also happens to be a medical student in my class) recommended this, I knew that I had to read it!
🌟 I also had the same first question that most of us will think of: How a ~370 pages book is filled with things on sleep?! This book answered many questions that I had thought about in my long sleepless nights. It explains why do we need to sleep, the evolutionary role of sleep, why do we dream and what are the benefits of dreaming, Why do we as teenagers and new adults like to go to sleep late while adults go early, why do you feel tired after you pull an all-nighter but then gradually get energized! And one of my favorite things is explaining why we like to keep one foot out of the bed at night!!
🌟 What is cooler about this is that it does so in a simple language that everyone can understand. No need to be in the medical field to do so. If you are interested in sleep then you should read this!
🌟 One of my professors once told me that people like to view the world in what they are best at. So a doctor will see everything as physiology and pathology, an engineer will see things as equations, numbers and drawings, a chemist will announce the secret of life as Alchemy. So a sleep scientist will explain everything by -you guessed it- Sleep! As much as I enjoyed the book, I thought it was trying too much sometimes! There was a graph depicting the relationship between Obesity and sleep and it shows that through the years we have been sleeping less and thus becoming more obese. Which has a certain truth to it but we can not ignore the changes in food and lifestyles too!
🌟 Also the author would tell you that if you don’t sleep well (I assure you that 99% of us don’t) then you will get Alzheimer, cancers, obesity, diabetes and all sort of things… If you find this idea uncomfortable then you may want to skip this.
🌟 Summary & Prescription: I really enjoyed this book as much as I expected to. It is kind of scientific but still awesome to read. I like that the author provided concrete evidence -Although I want to discuss some things further more- through the book and that it was not all theories. I recommend this for all of you looking for a non-fiction book and are interested in Sleep!
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“If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self—himself—he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it.”
🌟 I have been intrigued by this book’s title as soon as I first heard it. I thought it was a fiction book but then discovered that it is Non-fiction and I decided to read it this year as part of my challenge to read some non-fiction books.
🌟 Then, I discovered that it was written by a neurologist and it features neurological disorders. I had a hate relationship with Neurology and its disorder in the first two years in medicine. I then decided that I had enough and that I want to understand it more. I went back to the basics, took Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience courses, aced them and I became yet another fan of neurology!!!
🌟 The human brain is one of the most intriguing things ever and is also one of the biggest mysteries of the universe, and although our understanding of it is way better than decades ago, we still haven’t scratched the surface –at least for me-.
🌟 The disorders this book includes are interesting as the man who mistook his wife for a hat literally, Phantom limbs in which people can feel pain and sensations in their amputated limbs, Seizures that made a man has super smelling, the twins who can’t do simple arithmetic but can tell you how many sticks are stacked together just by a simple glance and more!! Some of the cases were not very interesting but they were mostly short cases so it was OK!
🌟 I can’t say Dr.Oliver is the greatest author because his writing is full of medical jargon and may be hard to understand for non-medical readers. He assumes that we have a good knowledge in many things as opposed to the book I am currently reading (Which discusses sleep and the language makes much more sense for all readers). Dr.Oliver’s language is like a text-book/ scientific language more befitting for teaching than a general book.
🌟 Summary and Prescription: I have a long history with Neurology so this was a mini challenge for me to read. The language is not very easy (But still can be understood) for the general population. There are some really interesting cases here for anyone who is interested in the human brain and it’s disorders. I decided to give this one a 3.5 out of 5 stars!...more
“Worst is the one who knows better and does nothing.”
🌟 In the previous books, the start would always be “relatively” slow and then the pacing picks up till it becomes faster and better. This time, the author started powerfully, with a fast and great thing, a WAR!! I think this book had the best beginning in this series but unfortunately, it was tamed a little bit in the middle.
🌟 There was a 3rd POV in this book and I am not going to spoil it because it was creative and is better to be left a surprise. I am not sure if I was a big fan of the writing style of that character because it took me a while to get used to it and it was confusing at first!
🌟 Not to be confused with the general writing style, which is as good as ever!
“Choices may be unbelievably hard but they’re never impossible. To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that’s not how a person with integrity acts.”
🌟 I think the world building and characters are as realistic as ever! These are surely things that I won’t forget quickly. I just didn’t like the continuous Bickering between President Prentiss (one of the smartest “Villains” I have ever read)and Mistress Coyle. It was one of the reason that made the middle part less interesting.
🌟 The Plot is great and there are twists and drama and darkness as usual that will destroy you in the best possible way!
🌟 Summary: A great continuation of the series that is almost guaranteed not to disappoint you. With a new POV, new twists and new developments that will leave your mouth hanging open! I ended up giving this book and the trilogy as a whole 4 out of 5 stars!...more
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“Kell would say it was impossible. What a useless word, in a world with magic.”
🌟 I respect Schwab’s ability to excel in all components of the stories in her books. This Savage Song had a great plot, Vicious was all about the characters, City of Ghosts is an all round book for younger readers and this series has amazing world-building.
🌟 After enjoying the first book and everyone hyping this book for me and saying it gets better I got so excited! I thought that I was going to read my next 5 stars book but I just didn’t! Victoria is one of my favorite authors but something was missing in this book and I know exactly what it was!
🌟 To be honest, nothing was missing and that is the problem. It was overstuffed with too much details and the thing I wanted to be better was the plot. The plot was slow and not much was happening till part 4 and then I thought it would get better now, it was slightly better but once again I wanted more and that didn’t happen till the last 150 Pages. I felt that this book could have been easily 250 pages instead of 500!!
🌟 I still think the world building is cool and I enjoy it and how it expands. The characters are also very unique and memorable. I like Kell, Lila and most importantly Holland whose chapters were the best!
🌟 Summary: I think the book was good but I expected more action and a faster pacing! It still has great characters and amazing world-building but the plot was lacking. I hope the last book redeems this one and is better. I am giving this one 3.5 out of 5 stars....more
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This is a great book for all book lovers, no wonder it was called Book Love! It is a really fast read but it is the perfect book for all the book community specially those who are in a slump or just need a reminder why books are a great thing.
The drawings were simple but pretty and it was very relatable. This can be a gift for all book lovers and I think I will be reading it again and again in the future.
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"We might be Paper Girls, easily torn and written upon. The very title we’re given suggests that we are blank, waiting to be filled."
🌟 It has been a week since I finished this book and I have been thinking about it the whole week. The short and direct answer is that it is a good book, but I certainly think it could have been better. I will break down my thoughts for this book which will help me giving it a final star rating.
🌟 The first thing that I liked, also the first thing that captured my attention was -you’re right- the writing style. Natasha has a magical prose and I liked many quotes in this one.
🌟 The world building started good, I like learning how these worlds function as a whole, how the common people and royalty are affected. The book started by explaining the mythology but it didn’t expand that much further.
🌟 The plot was good, I can’t say that I was surprised. It was enjoyable but I think I already read it before in other books and in other ways.
🌟 The characters were probably my biggest problem with this series. I wasn’t a very big fan of Lei and some of the minor characters were developed even more. I like slow burn romance, but I think the romance here was kind of forced upon the story and I wasn’t convinced. Also, This Emperor may be one of the fluffiest emperors I have ever seen. OK, he was bad, he raped girls, he’s disgusting but I didn’t feel that he is powerful at all. I expected more from all of the characters.
🌟 Summary: I am pretty sure that this is a story that will get many fans and success and that is good. I think the author is a nice person and she deserves it. I expected something a bit different and a bit better from all aspects except the writing. I am going to give the second book a chance and I am gibing this one a 3.5 out of 5 stars!...more
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“I said, I love you when I meant something much more specific, I should have said, Please don't leave me, I'm afraid to sleep alone.”
I don't know why this is not as popular as Milk and honey and The princess saves herself in this one although it was better! Some of the poems were outstanding and some were just over the top. Still a good book for poetry fans....more
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“Males looked sort of like females, except they had no breasts and were taller and hairier and meaner.”
🌟 Time to confess that I primarily requested this book because of it’s cover and because I thought it was a standalone (We need more Fantasy Standalones). I liked the synopsis initially but after a few weeks of requesting this I started to have second thoughts and started to lose interest in the synopsis!
🌟 That being said, the book had a good start so I thought it was worth giving a chance! I was bored after a few chapters, but then was interested again and tbh I didn’t consider DNFing it so it must have been good.
🌟 The world building was good too and although I had some questions at first and some things that were not convincing for me medical wise, it was explained later which both helped convincing me and adding to my knowledge. Bonus points for that!
🌟 Plot wise, I felt like I have seen the twist and I had expectations after knowing just a few things. It was entertaining but it never blew my mind! That being said, I can’t say that I wanted to know what was going to happen and how will things unfold. I wanted to see if my theories were true. I may give credit to all the books that I have read before for this. I actually liked the romance way more than I expected to and that may have been the best part! It was kind of typical but the world building gives it a whole new context which makes it interesting if you take the time to think about it!!!! I am sure many readers will miss the point and will criticize it but that’s why it is OK to have different opinions.
🌟 The characters were average YA characters, I am pretty sure that they will be among the characters I forget after a few months. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I like my characters to be more distinct and more unique!
🌟 Summary: I may have been disappointed by the fact that this is a duology because this book is huge and it could have been shorter! I went with lower expectations and it was slow at first but the story picks up as you progress and becomes more captivating. The book didn’t blow my mind but it exceeded my expectations and I may consider continuing this series!
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review....more
“Covering up women means men aren’t willing to work on inner purificatioThis review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription
“Covering up women means men aren’t willing to work on inner purification. That’s laziness. We can’t have that woman, so cover her up. It’s like when they close restaurants here in Ramadan. We can’t eat, so close down all the restaurants. Or we can’t drink alcohol, so don’t allow bars.”
🌟 I didn’t know what to expect from this book to be honest. I like the synopsis, I like that it is in an Arabian community but didn’t know what to expect beyond that!
🌟 The book is written from multiple POV & the format is creative –I like- but it was hard to get it at first. Well, it wasn’t really hard but I thought it is a casual multiple POV book but the catch is that once a POV is finished we don’t go back to it, so it goes from person 1 to 2 to 3… etc
🌟 The first chapter started good but then everything was happening so quickly, like extremely quickly and though I like fast pacing, it was too fast, I couldn’t relate to the characters and get everything. I was hasty to judge it because as mentioned I didn’t know the format, chapter 1 is like a quick glimpse into many characters’ lives and then you get to enjoy the story from each Person’s POV!
🌟 I was impressed by the writing style which both mixed a good English writing with the Arab society essence which is kind of hard to balance! I saw some Arabic authors with bad English writing and many grammatical/ punctuation and pronunciations errors. But you can tell that the Author here mastered the language and that it was well edited.
🌟 I feel that I am obliged to mention that these deals with heavy topics and focuses on diverse and minor groups in the Arab world. Like Gay men who are forced to marry women, people who have affairs out of marriage, some taboos in the community, the abusive husband, those who makes the religion bad by using verses and Quran out of context and according to their own merits. These are all things that exist and we try to cover them as a conservative community, I think light should be shed upon these problems rather than hiding them till there is an explosion! I want people to understand that not all what Muslims do equal Islam and that we are human and do wrong things so blame us and not our religion!
🌟 There wasn’t like one plot that we follow through the whole book but rather than multiple short stories that are intertwined and are connected as is usual in the Eastern world. I also do believe in the notion that our deeds do hunt us even after a while.
🌟 Summary: Basically a book with good representation of the minor groups in the Arab world, with many Arabic thoughts and quotes. If you are trying to learn more about this community then this book is for you! The writing was good and it was fast paced, I only wish that we had one larger story than the shorter ones as I wanted to know more about those characters....more
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“In this world of numbness and information overload, the ability to feel, my boy, is a rare gift indeed.”
🌟 Yay, I was exactly the 60,000th thousand person to rate this!!
I guess you know the drill by this point, I usually compare the second book in a series with the first and see what improved and what didn’t.
🌟 I didn’t know what to expect after the ending of book 1 so my Ask was if I will enjoy this as much and the Answer is apparently yes, it was a very good book.
🌟 The writing is as good as book 1. These books are large (500-650 Pages) but the good news is that they feel like 300-400 pages instead. Patrick’s writing is easy to follow, full of suspense and can be poetic at the same time.
“We are the choices we make. And have to make. We aren’t anything else.”
🌟 The Pacing in book 1 was faster which is always a plus for me, the pace here is slower but not too slow so it is still enjoyable.
🌟 There weren’t many new characters but the characters we know developed and I expected the change in some characters which was awesome and devil!
🌟 Every one were talking about the plot twists in this book, I saw most of them before they happened and specially at the ending I was like what if this and that happened, that would be terrific and guess what? It did happen 😀 I liked how this was much darker than book 1 and some of the scenes were graphic so beware, I don’t think it is a suitable book for younger children. I discovered lately that I really love darker reads just because they are more realistic, the real world is not sunshine and flowers!
🌟 The world also expanded and I think we are getting more of it in the next book.
🌟 Summary: The Ask and the Answer was as almost as good as book 1, if you liked book 1 then the series is definitely worth continuing. It was slower paced, darker and more twisted. The story is balanced and I can’t wait to know how it ends....more
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I just read this one before jumping into “The Ask and the Answer”. This is Viola’s back story and it was kind of helpful for the story. It was short and didn’t add much to the story but I don’t regret reading it. It just wasn’t as awesome as book 1....more
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“Even on this most terrible days, even when the worst of us are all we can think of, I am proud to be a human.”
🌟 One of the worst thing people can do and specially parents is comparing brothers/ sisters. Because Everybody is a genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid
*drowning in deepness*
🌟 The reason I am saying this is that I don’t like John Green books, I simply tried them and they are not just for me. But I am not here to compare those two brothers, I think their relationship is cute and they are supportive of each other but now let’s get objective and analyze the book.
🌟 I actually went into the book with middle expectations. I knew it involved a robot and social media but that’s that. The subject of Social media and its effect on our life is a subject that has been on my mind for a while. I have seen some friends grow and flourish social wise but I have seen how toxic that can be at the same time. Actually in rare occasions I felt obliged to write something not because I believe in it but because I wanted people to think so. Don’t judge me as we all do this!
🌟 Now the major problem in this book was its genre, I think it can be classified as contemporary/ Sci-fi which are two different and opposite genres. Contemporaries are supposed to be real while Sci-Fi makes you imagine and think. The contemporary part in this book was great. I wish it didn’t involve Sci-Fi as it made it hard to believe and unrelatable. The social media representation was one of the best I’ve ever read.
🌟 The pacing was kind of fast, the story was gripping too at first which makes it fast to read. Around Ch13 the Sci-fi part predominates which made the story slower, hard to believe and kind of boring. I even considered DNFing at one point but I pushed through and it improved once again toward the end.
🌟 The characters were average, not ones that will stay with me but not flat at the same time. I think they could have been a bit better. However, I like that they were older than the typical teenagers in novels and the same age as I am which was cool and I don’t see that much. Overall, this is a book that combines 2 genres which would have been better if it focused on one (particularly the contemporary one). The writing was good and humorous and it had fast pacing for the majority of the story. It could have been better but sill is a good book. I ended up giving it 3 out of 5 stars. I still don’ know if I am willing to continue it and only time will tell when book 2 is released.
Prescription: for those who like both contemporary/ Sci-fi and looking for a good social media representation by an own-voice author (Given that the Green brothers lives has been changed by social media)....more
“How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?”
🌟 This is one of the times that I read the books based on the synopsis only and the cover was not appealing to let me read the book. This mixes two of my favorite Genres: Fantasy and Mystery/ Thriller so I knew I had to read it.
🌟 You are thrown into the book and you’re suddenly confused as the main character is confused to begin with. This confusion decreases as you progress and start getting hints and clues with each and every chapter. But it was kind of paradoxical, I was confused then not then as we are introduced into more hosts I was really confused and the last 10 chapters makes thing clear again. The author describes the book as time-travel, body-hopping, murder-mystery novel. While I was reading this many asked me what it was about and when I explained then they said what a headache!!
🌟 So this book is definitely not for everyone, I am one of those people who like time-travel a lot but I am easily confused by it and though I got the majority of this book, I didn’t understand everything tbh. If you are one of those people who is easily confused then you can pass this book.
🌟 The writing was good but nothing special, It didn’t stand out among all the other “good” writing styles that I read before.
“Nothing like a mask to reveal somebody’s true nature.”
🌟 The characters were unique and I really loved what the author did with the body-hopping and how the MC is affected by them, I enjoyed the notion that we sometimes criticize people but we can’t relate to them and if we were in their place, in their bodies we would have done the same, that was a really genius concept!!
🌟 The mystery part was not the best I ever read, it may have been lost with all the other things going around. I wanted to know what happens next but not caring much about the murder part!
🌟 The ending was a bit over the top and not very satisfying for me, I expected a bit more with all the hype surrounding this book. I think that this book may get a sequel or something judging from that ending.
🌟 Summary: A book with a great concept and good execution but it can be really confusing if you don’t concentrate enough, this is not an easy and a light read, it may even be better to take notes or draw a timeline for the story to get everything. I know it was hard to read and thus it should have been harder to write and I appreciate that. It was mostly a 3 stars read for me but the last chapter improved it and it jumped to 3.75 stars! I still prefer easier reads as Agatha Christie books where it is an easier case with more clues and less confusion.
🌟 Prescription: For fans of both Mystery/ thriller books and time traveling. If you are looking for a mind-twisting novel then this is for you....more
I always face the same problem while reading short stories, that’s why IThis review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription
I always face the same problem while reading short stories, that’s why I no longer read Anthologies. Those short stories are always fast paced (I like) but that leaves no place for character development and my connection to them.
If you are in the mood to a short contemporary, then this is a good one, it may even be very good if you are not going to be so critical! I just expected a little bit more from the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, one of the most realistic stories ever!...more
“A murderer should probably do many things, but he should never, under any circumstances, come home.”
🌟 After 11 or 12 years of waiting, you’d think “A murderer should probably do many things, but he should never, under any circumstances, come home.”
🌟 After 11 or 12 years of waiting, you’d think that the author will write the next big thing. Unfortunately he wrote the next big disappointment and I fell from this Bridge of Clay into a sea of disappointment!
🌟 Truth to be told, I wasn’t very interested in the synopsis but October was my Contemporary month and what is better to read than a novel by the highly acclaimed author of The Book Thief aka one of my favorite books!
🌟 I like when Authors move along their past works and try to bring something new. I think Zusak both did and didn’t do that and let me explain. He wrote a totally different story that is unrelated to his previously successful books and that’s the good thing. The bad thing is that he was trying so hard to make it sound poetical and whimsical but it ended up being over the top!
🌟 I liked the magical writing in The Book Thief but the voice of this story was not appropriate for a story of this kind and he used metaphor very much which ended up being annoying. I knew that the writing is just not for me after a few chapters and Hala who BR this with me felt the same and decided to DNF it immediately.
🌟 The characters were unrelatable for me and I didn’t like any of them. I even ended up skim reading the last 50 pages as I wasn’t interested anymore.
🌟 Summary: This is a Hit or miss kind of books (Apparently a miss for me) which had a bad combination of characters, writing and plot. If you start this and feel that you ned to DNF it then I encourage doing so because it is not for everyone and if you enjoy it then good for you :D.
🌟 Prescription: I can’t seem to recommend this for anyone in the time being. If you want a better story about 5 brothers which is more relatable and has great writing then I recommend Watching Glass Shatter by James Cudney!
“The strong devour the weak, even when the weak are your own. It’s hoThis review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription
“The strong devour the weak, even when the weak are your own. It’s how any family gets stronger”
🌟 Let me just point again the fact that the cover of this book has not only 1 swan but 2 swans!! (bonus points for Elysia for discovering the second swan)!!
🌟 This is my third time reading a Magical realism book without knowing so. I think that is magical xD. I found out the hard way that this genre is just not for me. I prefer to go to books these days without knowing much. I read the synopsis of this book and I liked it and that was that. I got the book and read it. I just think magical realism don’t have good world buildings, obviously they are set in the real world but the magical laws are never explained and that seems like a shortcut for me and it leaves me always with many questions and wanting more. This book was no different!
🌟 The writing was good, I really loved the introduction and gave my friend the book while we were together so he can read it and he said it was great! So my problem was not mainly with the writing style.
🌟 My problem was more about the characters, there were 4 different POVs and I think it would have been better if it was only Blanca and Roja. The characters sounded the same and I needed to go back to the beginning of chapters to see who the POV was from.
🌟 The plot was kind of OK for me but I wanted more and I needed to understand more things. I just have this problem with all the books of this kind!
🌟 Summary: A typical Magical Realism book with good writing and nice story. The magical laws and characters just fell short for me and was sort of boring. It is a kind of me rather than the book problem.
🌟 Prescription: for fans of Magical realism books only!...more
“Having a grandmother is like having an army. This is a grandchild’s u This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription
“Having a grandmother is like having an army. This is a grandchild’s ultimate privilege: knowing that someone is on your side, always, whatever the details. Even when you are wrong. Especially then, in fact. A grandmother is both a sword and a shield.”
🌟 This concludes my journey of reading all Mr. Backman’s books this year and it has been a wild ride. I actually kept this for the last because I thought it would be my favorite but unfortunately it wasn’t.
🌟 Backman is a great author when it comes to elderly quirky characters and judging from his more recent works he expanded that to writing books that include the whole community such as (Beartown and Us against you) which were my favorites. I also read his short stories and sadly didn’t enjoy them, I said it before and I repeat it; Backman is a great contemporary author but he should keep into that and not venture into fantasy.
🌟 His writing is just so relatable, so close to my heart and I easily gets into his stories. His stories are realistic and emotional and delivers the whole bunch. That’s why I am saying that I don’t like the fantasy parts, He uses a lot of metaphors and comparisons between the fantasy world (That Elsa and Her Grandma shares) and the real world to send a message but he did it in his other works without this and it was better.
🌟 I like the characters that he portrays, they are always memorable, I liked that Britt Marie was in this book too and we get glimpses into her past. All the characters were lovely in their own way but I had a problem with Elsa who was too precocious, I think she should have been at least 10 years old. I don’t usually care about ages in stories because most characters are precocious but Elsa seemed like a prodigy and wasn’t convincing for me.
🌟 Summary: This is a good book -It is written by Backman after all- which has great writing and unique characters as usual. There was a mix between a fantasy story and a real one, I expected a more emotional read but didn’t get that. This was Backman’s second book after his widely successful “A Man Called Ove” so it must have been hard, I like that he develops a more distinct voice as he writes and this was part of his journey.
“Only different people change the world,” Granny used to say. “No one normal has ever changed a crapping thing.”...more
“They had only ever discussed books but what, in this life, is more personal than books?”
🌟 This book is like wine, the more you wait before you get to it the better it becomes. I don’t even drink but I wanted to sound poetic and I failed miserably xD. What I am trying to say is that this book is all about books and the book industry that you will be able to relate to and enjoy the more you know this world and its details.
“Sometimes books don’t find us until the right time.”
🌟 The book starts with A.J. Fikry as a grumpy tiresome character. I thought that either I was missing something or that it is going to grow on me as A Man Called Ove did! It was the later. I belive that this was a very very good book but it has one obvious problem: It is a rushed book. I mean there are some jumping in the timeline and some events happen too quickly and characters change suddenly which makes it kind of hard to believe sometimes!
🌟 The writing however, was great! I didn’t expect to highlight this many quotes and to finish this very quickly!
“The words you can’t find, you borrow. We read to know we’re not alone. We read because we are alone. We read and we are not alone.”
🌟 I feel like it is hard to talk about this without spoilers specially that it was a short book.But even plot-wise it was great. It talked about many things that we all came across in the reading community such as ghost writing, the stigma against YA books, children books, Fiction
🌟 Summary: A great book that is all about books with great characters, plot and writing. I can only criticize the rushed writing which could have been slower with a book of this small size. Still very enjoyable and relatable. Thanks fro Sara aka the queen of contemporary for yet another great recommendation!
🌟 Prescription: For those who call themselves a bookworm!...more
“If we are meant to only have children who never encounter difficulty in life, then no one should be born”
🌟 This is my first book by Jodi Picoult who I have heard lot of good things about. I always avoided her books for no good reason, I just thought that they may be hyped and I wanted to give her a chance. Once I saw she was releasing this book and I read the synopsis I thought this is the book that will change our relationship.
🌟 I like books that deal with medical topics specially that they are topics usually avoided for being heavy and dark ones. I don’t think it is a matter of enjoying it or not but rather than it changed something in me as a future doctor.
🌟 The book started out really good and chapter 1 was amazing and I knew I would like the book, this chapter ended with a cliffhanger and it was actually the second to last chapter in the book, so the story starts from the ending to the beginning. I am not sure that I liked that and it was a bit confusing at some points and need some time taking to. I didn’t think it added anything to the story, it made the beginning good but I was less thrilled throughout the rest of the book. I mean if a character is alive by the end of the story then she must have survived an incident in chapter 3 for example for sure. (This is not an actual example from the book!).
🌟 I like the writing style and I highlighted 10 great quotes on my e-reader! I heard that this is not Picoult at her best which means that she is even more awesome than she was in this book!
🌟 And I need to point out that this was one of the most medically accurate books that I have ever read, I think she did a great job in the research. And she seems to go with Pro-choice more than pro-life but she doesn’t force that on readers. She just provides examples and situations that makes you compare the 2 POVs and decide for yourself! I really like that as it shows how different people think.
“Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right”
🌟 Every once in a while I need a wake up call as a medicine student. We tend to forget that we interact with people at their weakest states in our jobs which is emotionally draining. This was my wake up call!
“The thing is, if you saw the stuff I do every day on the job. you’d do anything not to feel”
🌟 Summary: A good book with great writing and it deals mainly with abortions. It provides insight to different opinions regarding that matter in a balanced way. I just didn’t like the reverse narration which had a more negative than positive impact. Definitely reading other books by Picoult in the future!
Prescription: For those who are interested in the topic of abortion and for medical students in general!...more