This is a great book for all book lovers, no wonder it was called Book LThis review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription
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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“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
I just read this one before jumping into “The Ask and the Answer”. ThisThis review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription
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
“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!
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“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 ul 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
“For everyone made to feel like a side character in their own story”
🌟 I like the dedication of this book very much as I always think of people as main or secondary characters. I myself am a secondary character!
🌟 Some of you know that I didn’t finish the And I Darken book. But you also know that I believe in second chances. I wanted to give Kiersten her second chance, and while this was not a favorite book, not even close to that. I like this one more than the first book and I did finish it.
🌟 My problem is not the writing itself, because the writing is great and there were a few quote that I like. My problem in both this book and the And I Darken book is the Main characters. Sadly, I don’t seem to like the MC of the book because they tend to be boring, predictable and kind of stupid.
🌟 This is supposed to be a feminist retelling if I am not wrong. Elizabeth should have been more interesting, Victor should have been more interesting but I was more intrigued by Justine and Mary. I even considered DNFing this and that maybe Kiersten’s style is just not for me. But the book got better in the second half. I felt it was predictable and tedious at first but then there is a mini plot twist and things got really interesting after that point which made me continue reading without hesitation.
🌟 Many of the character’s behaviors made me roll my eyes and say “Really?”. I should disclose that I had never read Frankenstein but I know the story from other media forms. That was part of why I was interested in reading this. Some said that this is a horror book but I wasn’t scared.
🌟 Summary and Prescription: A feminist Frankenstein retelling with a not so interesting characters. The start was shaky and a bit slow for me but it definitely gets better. It has a very good writing but I could not relate to the main characters. Still a decent read for fans of feminist retellings and Frankenstein. ...more
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Actual Rating 3.5/3.75 stars
“ I was simply a weapon. A weapon did not question the intent of those who wielded it. ”
🌟 Reading Shadow of the fox was like watching an anime movie/ series and I always liked those.
🌟 I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this or not but I really wanted to read something by the author and I am glad I did request it! The opening line was great and I knew it would be good at that moment.
🌟 I love anything and everything Japanese and there are not many books with Japanese settings that are written in English. I was immediately in love with the world and the mythology and I wanted more.
🌟 Sadly my enjoyment of the book decreased a bit, it started really good but then there were clichés and tropes and I felt like I have read (watched) this before. I can’t say that it was predictable given that most of the story was not for moving the original and main plot. It was like a large adventure with mini obstacles that our “heroes” face along the way. Once again, something that reminds me of anime. And in terms of anime, I can say that this was a great show but with many fillers that all we all know how to feel about.
🌟 I like that it started with two main characters with changing POVs and other side characters were added to the crew as we move on. It was better than starting with a whole team of characters. The characters were unique and I could tell whose POV was I reading as they had distinct voices! The only problem that I had was the trope of the tough, muscular cold guy falling into the clumsy, cute and kind girl and that happened fast!!
🌟 Despite that, I think it was cool, fresh and it was not short of action which left me curious and attached to the book.
🌟 Summary: A typical YA book with an Atypical Japanese settings, it had a good cast of characters that you are sure to love. And despite the tropes it had, it was very enjoyable and I don’t regret reading it.
🌟 Prescription: For fans of Anime and Japanese culture!...more
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I am keeping this very short because the synopsis of this book is longer than the book itself.
It made me feel sad and emotional. But this is not a story!! I think this was a smart way to raise funds for KH Foundation and giving you something for your money. So don't buy "the book" for the book itself, just buy it as a donation to the foundation.
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Actual Rating: 2.5 stars
“The old god and the youngest Grace witch. The story says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all?”
🌟 I didn’t like and didn’t hate this book but I think it could have been better for sure. I read this because I like the synopsis very much! I thought that I have read something similar before -And it obviously isn’t new but still good- and I found out that it has the same synopsis for Uprooted.
🌟 This book started really good and I thought that I finally found a good book but it became boring shortly after that and for the majority of the story. I liked how it improved toward the ending but for most of the story I didn’t feel the relish of it.
🌟 The world building was good initially and I liked how different people reacted toward the sacrifice thing but I think many things are left in the shadows without much explanation as the witches and magic outside the forest.
🌟 I think it was going well until they go into the forest and go out, I saw many reviews mentioning that it was even boring before that. That was the cut point where every thing changed for me, the writing became all over the place, I was confused and I feel it could have been better if it was told in a linear fashion rather than the jumping that it did.
🌟 A positive thing that I should mention is the diversity of characters in this book, this was an LGBTQ grail and it deals with the subject in a good way.
🌟 I can’t deny that the writing was good at some points but I lost interest one way or another.
🌟 Summary: Strange Grace is a diverse story with a very intriguing synopsis. The writing was good but the execution was not. This is a further reason to read Uprooted now.
🌟 Prescription: Read the synopsis and see if you like it, and if you don’t mind slow pacing and like diverse characters the this book for you. If not, then Uprooted may be an alternative....more
🌟 This is a short story by Patrick Ness, in under 160 pages, we have a kThis review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription
🌟 This is a short story by Patrick Ness, in under 160 pages, we have a kind of “Moby Dick” re-telling. It also has great illustrations which helped understanding the quirkiness of this story. If you are already familiar with Patrick, then you know that he has the strangest ideas and I am always rooting for creative authors! I like that this was from Whales POV because it is all about the symbolism. The story is confusing at first but then we quickly understand everything and there is that “Ahaaa” moment where everything clicks in and it makes sense.
🌟 This is not supposed to be a children or a MG story just because it is illustrated, this is a story that can be read fast if you have an hour or a bit more to spare and it shows how Rumors affect us and how we turn ourselves into monsters while claiming to fight monsters. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars! ...more
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth shoThis review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription
“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
🌟 I just decided not to write a review, because you either have read the books or you didn’t and in that case I can’t write a review without spoiling much. Instead I am going to pay tribute to the characters (I established that the series has the best characters ever) with GIFS!!!
🌟 Hermione: I think without Hermione they would not have been able to accomplish anything!
🌟 Molly Weasley:
“Not my daughter, you bitch!”
🌟 Professor McGonagall
🌟 Fred and George
“The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.” ...more
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Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
“I was stuck in another small town, trapped in another universe populated by the kind of people who’d only ever seen faces like mine on their evening news, and I hated it.
🌟 I should start this review by making one point very clear: I am an Arab Muslim Palestinian guy, so I do understand this book more than most readers will.
🌟 I like that Tahereh is trying all different kid of things like MG and contemporary. I was disappointed by Restore me as many of you know but this book was totally different and it restored my faith in Tahereh’s writing.
🌟 Speaking of which, the writing is different from the Shatter me series, while there it was whimsical and poetic, here it was normal with a tone that is fitting for a contemporary. I think this may be a good book for those who did not like the shatter me series and are willing to give Tahereh a second chance.
🌟 Also the story is discussing very important subjects and I think it will be quite popular as THUG did. (But I expect a little bit less popularity). It talks about Islam and xenophobia mainly, which I will get back to later in this review.
🌟 Also, Tahereh made this personal by including break-dancing and sports and high school stuff. Now the reviews have been mostly positive but I need to shed light on some things that bothered me.
🌟 While the book started with the sensitive topics and I thought it was great, it quickly veered toward a romance which in my opinion was not needed. Or at least, should not have been the focus of the story, the romance should have been used to move the plot forward instead of becoming sort of the plot.
🌟 The Break-dancing part: I really love destorying the stereotype about Muslim Girls and that they can’t do (and actually be good) at anything they want to as Music and sports and writing ..etc. I just wish there was more focus on this and more showing instead of telling. We have Shirin who was an amateur at break-dancing and then trained and became good and there was not much showing us that because Shirin was pre-occupied with the love interest as mentioned earlier. I need to mention Navid and the other guys who were so funny and protective of Shirin and made the story better.
🌟 Now to the spicy part that annoyed me a bit and made the final saying in my rating. The Islam part! When you want to write a book like this then you have to be very objective and to put personal ideals and thoughts apart. There are some things that are open to discussion in Islam and are personal preferences and some things are simply not. To explain further: no one can discuss if praying in Islam is a must or not because it clearly is. But a man shaking a woman’s hand is debatable, Personally I do shake hands and don’t mind while some other guys prefer not to and to each his own. Why I am saying this? Because there were some inaccuracies and they may give a false ideas to those who are looking for answers. It does not matter where and when you were born (As some readers may say it is due to Tahereh being raised up in the west) some things are not acceptable and Shirin clearly did them and even defended her choices.
🌟 Summary: This book which is like a semi-Autobiography discussed serious subjects. It had a modern and light voice to it and was easy to read. It could have been better with improved Islam Rep, more break-dancing and less romance. Still a good book that I can recommend to people.
🌟 Prescription: To those who find the synopsis intriguing but will not take everything in this for granted.
And it begins, as so many stories do, with This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription
Actual Rating: 3.75-4 stars
And it begins, as so many stories do, with a dead girl.
🌟 This is one of the hardest reviews I have written this year because I am so confused and I have a wide mix of emotions regarding this book. I will try to break my thoughts as usual.
🌟 Let’s first agree on two points: This is an extremely hyped books (Apparently for a good reason) and it is quite an emotional/ Sensitive read which affects how readers rate and review it.
🌟 I have recently read Fall for Anything by Summers and I didn’t actually enjoy it! while this book was much better for me and I sped through it, it still had something missing for and I still can’t figure what is it.
🌟 The writing is good, I didn’t find many things to highlight and quote, but it was good anyhow. Judging from the 2 books I read by Summers, she is so good at putting a gloomy atmosphere in her books and it strangely fits the theme here. This was written in Sadie’s POV and through The Girls Podcast. They even went and did a real podcast for the book which I am pretty sure will enhance the experience even more. There was also some alteration between the past and present which was kind of confusing at first but I ended up liking it.
🌟 I liked the Podcast chapters very much, but Sadie’s not very much. And that was the reason I deduced from my star rating. I know Sadie is a troubled girl and I know her life was not easy at all, but there were some decisions that she did and annoyed me. But was it unrealistic? Actually not, these things can and do happen IRL and that’s one thing that makes me confused.
🌟 I can’t say that there was a major twist for me, It was all predictable and I could see some similarities to Fall for Anything so I could see how will it unfold. But twists are not the core of this type of stories, which once again, made it harder for me to decide my feelings toward this. I also can see some readers hating the ending but I thought it was the best ending for a story like this.
🌟 I was also discussing this earlier this morning with a friend. Was this enjoyable? Was it supposed to be enjoyable? Apparently it is a sad and an important story/ topic but does it being serious mean I should not find it enjoyable?!. I mean THUG was important but it was enjoyable while here it was not as enjoyable as much. (How many times did I just say enjoyable :P)
🌟 So when I think of the elements of this book separately, they were all very good and befitting for this story but when I judge upon how I felt about the book as a whole, then it is a little bit less that. I decided to give this 3.75-4 out of 5 stars!
🌟 Summary & Prescription: A good story with important topics, kind of heavy and dark. I recommend it for everyone and specially parents!...more
This may contain spoilers for the first book, but is spoiler free for this book.
“Perhaps that is how all men love. More with their eyes than with their hearts.”
🌟 One Dark Throne is the book that we wanted Three Dark Crowns to be, I think Kendare took the advice of readers and made it more action packed, more thrilling and definitely darker!
🌟 I want to focus on the positives this time because I think there were quite a few. The writing style is as good as the first book, If you liked it first time then there is no reason why not to do so again.
🌟 The Characters were a bit confusing in book 1 because there were many characters. It wasn’t a problem for me but I saw some reviews saying that and here there are more focus on the existent characters with the introduction of a few new ones! But the development of the characters was so good. They are more relatable now, more brutal and I felt that they kind of matured!
🌟 The Pacing was a bit (just a tiny bit) slow at first but then it was perfect, I adore books with short chapters and while book 1 was slow at first and then became faster at the second half, the pacing in this book was more consistent and suitable for the story, I hope it stays like this for the next couple of books!
🌟 But let’s talk about the plot. While most of us were disappointed by book 1 and the lack of action in it, this book had what we were looking for. There was a fight between the queens.
There was death for a few characters
And a crowning at last!
🌟 So this series did get better as I was told. I am optimistic if it continues like this, because this was supposed to be a duology and it got extended and you know how I feel about those. Anyway, I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars!
🌟 Prescription: For Fans of Dark Fantasy and those who want to give the series a second chance but are skeptic!
“No matter how far I go, I’m still your person. We stand together now.”...more
“Don’t ignore half of me so you can fit me intoThis review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars
“Don’t ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box. Don’t do that.”
🌟 Do not judge a book by its cover. Never have this saying been truer, I had used this saying before when I read books with good covers but were disappointing. This was the total opposite! I never thought that I would like this book, I even hate the cover and did not want to read this in the first place!
🌟 My friend Lizzy (A million thanks to you) recommended this to me when I once asked for books with great plots. I haven’t heard of the book at that time but then it started appearing on my news-feed at GR with tons of positive reviews.
🌟 I have seen people who hate HP, Six of Crows, A darker shade of magic and any book you can think of. But I swear I haven’t seen a single negative review for this until I went to the book page and meticulously searched for one.
🌟 This book lives up to the hype! It was so effing realistic that I thought Evelyn Hugo was a real character, I recommended this to a friend who started it immediately and told me the same thing, he thought she was real and he googled her.
🌟 Evelyn will be one of the memorable characters that I read, she is morally gray and she is not perfect. She confess that she did some wrong things but she doesn’t regret them. The seven husbands were also unique and they represent all different kind of men, there was the greedy, the kind, the good and the bad! I can’t go into details as it will sure contain spoilers!
🌟 And the writing is so good, this was my first book by Taylor Jenkins Reid but it definitely will not be the last! I can’t wait to read her other books. I highlighted half of the sentences (not really but you do get it).
🌟 This book has something for every kind of reader. It has an amazing writing style and characters. It was character driven and I didn’t care if it had a plot twist or not (and it did) because I was so invested in the story.
🌟 Summary & Prescription: I recommend this for everyone.
“When you’re given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn’t give things, you take things.”...more