Quick Review : The Sun Is Also A Star

By Nicola Yoon.
Grade A+

The Blurb:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

My Opinion:

This book amazed me.
I loved Nicola Yoon’s Everything Evrything but I loved The Sun is Also A Star more.
A simple story about two different types of immigrants in US.
The book brings out the harsh reality of not just how the undocumented immigrants face problems there but also about how decisions of one person can have unimaginable effects on people around them.
I loved the cynical, science loving, non-believer in love character of Natasha and how Daniel strives in the entire book to make her a believer.

I just had one problem. I couldn’t believe the whole book happens in a single day! They do too many things to logically think it would fit in the said timeline!

Detailed Review soon…. for now -> DO GIVE IT A TRY!

Review : Heartless

By Marissa Meyer.

Grade : Aheartless

Blurb:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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The Thanks U Give

It’s Thanksgiving. Not something we celebrate in India, but I thought i’ll give it a go this year!
Thank You Mishma of Chasing Faerytales for this linkup idea of Thanks-U-Give!

My college officially came to an end when I submitted my last paper year. So the aspect of life at school or college coming to an end gave me a lot of things to be thankful for!

Friends: These are people over the many many years who still come to my aid when I need. Even now when I am changing cities and need assistance to find accommodation, people who haven’t been in touch much, stepped up to help me. I think the friends I made so far might be the last stage where I can make true blue friends with selfless friendship goals. Some people stick to you no matter what, some people you can count on forever and I am thankful to have all these type of people to be called as friends!

Sister: Though she will cringe for me saying this but I am very very much thank for her mere existence. I think I’m privileged to have a sibling and I completely love her, how much ever we fight on an hourly basis 😛

Parents: They have been always there for me, never interfering with my decisions or forcing theirs on me. Always there to support and be happy for me no matter what! Also, for reading out story books to me when I couldn’t read which really helped me become the reader I am today!

Coming to the Book world, I’m thankful for books making my life easier, by controlling my mood swings and temper, some of the noteworthy one’s I’ve mentioned below:

Fairytales : I’ll categorize all Grimm stories and 1001 Arabian Nights and sorts under one heading of fairy tales which my mom used to read out to me till the age of 6 from a set of beautiful graphics books. that may have been the only time I read graphics books! They were the best to get me to like books.

Secret Seven Series : These books I started reading when I was about 9 years old from my school library. I used to finished them up ASAP to get the next one. I think I even had a few fights with people over these books to read them first!

Tinkle Comics : This is the only comics I read sincerely till almost recently. I had all these wonderful characters like Suppandi, Tantri the Mantri, Shikari Shambu and many non character short stories for kids which were just fun to read. I think my Indian readers will be acquainted with it. I used to buy them on railway stations and they made my Pune to Mumbai journeys fun, back in the day.

Harry Potter Series : As I have mentioned countless number of times, Harry Potter was the first novel I was gifted as my own. It got me introduced to the world of fantasy books and i’m a proud Potterhead till date!

Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons: Though the Da Vinci Code is my favourite Dan Brown book, Angels and Demons helped me get through the entire year of my 10th standard. My parents had taken away all my collection to help me concentrate on my studies but I need something to read! so this was the only book I had left at home and I read it over and over again for an year!

Sophie Kinsella’s books and those by Meg Cabot: I’m thankful for these books to get me interested in the contemporary type of books. And YA too!

All the fantasy authors for creating wonderful magical, imaginary types of world for me to escape the reality at least for some time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author in Spotlight : Olivia Rivers

I had the opportunity to interview the author of the YA book Tone Deaf,  Olivia Rivers. Read on to find out more about this amazing author!

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Please tell us about yourself in brief.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Bhairavee! So a bit about me: I’m an author of YA fiction in a variety of genres. When I’m not writing, I’m a college student and freelance digital artist who lives in Northern California.

Talking about Tone Deaf, what was your inspiration for the plot?
I really wanted to write a story with a deaf character, because I found the concept to be very intriguing. I also wanted to write about the music world, so one day, I decided to combine the two ideas into one novel. And so “Tone Deaf” was born!

Which character did you love to write the most?
I think Ali was my favorite character to write. She’s been through hell, but she refuses to let her challenges stop her, and I had a lot of fun writing a character who was so determined and fiery. (more…)

Monthly Reads – September 2016

Ever since I bought my Kindle, I have been reading way more than I usually did, be it during commuting hours or when I’m home relaxing! September was really good in terms of books I completed. I read 9 books! I’m amazed I could read so many.

Here’s a list of what I read, reviews may come up soon (no promises there, though 🙁 ). Check it out :

  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoontumblr_inline_o5arsxqqkp1si38xb_1280

A nice, heart-wrenching story of a girl who is apparently allergic to the world and has never stepped out of her house, but whose life changes for the better when a new boy moves in next door.

This book took about a day to finish. It was a refreshing read I had between intense fantasy books. I actually loved the book and for me, it was a page turner type of book.

  • 51a9kk37ielA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

The second book in the Court of Thorns and Roses
by Sarah J Maas. I absolutely loved the sequel and though I took about a week to finish it, I cherished every moment I spent reading the book. I had heard a lot of praise for this series and after reading it, I feel all the praise was well deserved and true praise! It’s an absolute must-read for all fantasy lovers. I’m desperately waiting for the next book in the series now!

 

  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maasblade

A novella consisting of 5 short stories preceding the events of the Throne of Glass series.

Another amazing set of books by Ms Maas and reading the prequel piqued my interest even more after hearing a lot about this series. A friend suggested that I should start the Throne of Glass series from the prequel and that’s just what I did. I’m planning on going in a full detailed review of it soon!

  • 25689074Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

A novella, which is a collection of short stories revolving around the series of Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. It peaks into the lives of Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter, in the present or in the past. There are about 9 stories from various perspectives in this novella. I enjoyed a few of the short stories, particularly those which were about the main characters of the series, like the story about the epilogue. It’s a novella which, in my opinion, will only make sense if you have read the entire main series.

  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Massthrone_of_glass_uk

One of the best books I read this year, Throne of Glass is a book about an orphan who is trained as an assassin who gets caught and sentenced to a brutal slave camp for a year, only to be rescued to compete for the title of King’s Champion, which is the only way to her freedom. The book introduces Celaena Sardothien and takes us through her quest for her ultimate freedom.

I absolutely loved this book from the first page to the end of it and I could hardly stay away from it in the moments I couldn’t read it. It’s a wonderful start to a great series for fantasy and young adult genre lovers.

  • crown_of_midnight_coverCrown of Midnight by Sarah J Mass

The second book in the ToG series and even better than the first book. The adventures and excitement from the previous book continues with new characters being introduced and a even more intricate a beautiful story being continued!

 

 

  • Heir of Fire By Sarah J Maas72897_original-197x300

This book of the ToG series had some startling revelations and even better characters added to the series. Some characters changed and grew since the last two books. This book and its sequel were my most favourites in this series. I would prefer doing a good review post on them than explaining them here!

  • 9780718183301After You  by Jojo Moyes

I took a break from my fantasy reads to finish this contemporary book I had started somewhere in July and left it because it didn’t interest me as much as it’s prequel. After You is a sequel to the very popular Me Before You novel. I loved it’s prequel (and hated it’s movie :P) but this book failed to interest me as such, even after the second attempt I gave it. I feel the story should have been left alone after the first book ended, with a happy end to it.

 

  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas79329_original-197x300

I went back to the fantasy world of Celaena and the others and as I said before, this is one of my favourite books of the series. Having about 89 chapters, the book should ideally take ages to finish, but I can proudly say that I took me about 4 days to finish it (yay me!). It’s a very very beautifully written piece of work.

 

 

A small note : This post is a first in the 2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted at Feed Your Fiction Addiction


This post is also featured in Monthly Wrap-up Round-up by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Month in Review by Book Date