Trapped In Silver By Emily Sowden | Book Review

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“There’s a humble blessing to being ignorant of things we don’t understand.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing amazing. I have great news for today. I’ve been selected as an official reviewer for Oftomes. They sent me a free copy of Trapped In silver in exchange for my honest review. It took me four days to finish the book, but it’s really not that long, and it’s so gripping. Without further ado, let’s review this book!

This book follows the story of Ava, who lives in a small town called Wetherdon. Her father left a long time ago, and ever since then, she has been responsible for taking care of her foster brother Roan, and their farm. Her life is not easy as it seems, because sometimes, she pretends to be a boy, in order to sell their farm products in town, and protect herself from dangerous people. One day, she goes to a festival in town with her friend, but something unexpected happens. She is hunted by a group of animalistic men called The Berserkers, who want to kill her. Later on, she manages to escape from them.  When she finds out that her brother is missing, she makes it her mission to look for him. However, in a strange land full of monstrous creatures, she is keen on understanding everything, including the coming war. And along the way, she will discover the truth of who she is.

This book exceeded my expectations! The world building is magical, dark and mysterious. I was hooked up  from the first page. The writing style is so captivating, the story is fast paced, and it’s told through Ava and Ethan’s point of view. I loved how with every page, we learn more about Ava, her parents, and her foster brother Roan. My favorite thing about this book is the fact that the main character is a Female! Not only that! She is self reliant, courageous, strong, and she doesn’t take crap from anyone. And on top of all that, she really has a good sense of humor. Even though she makes wrong decisions sometimes, I still admire her personality. Because, you know, nobody is perfect, and she’s the perfect example of that. I also think that her character is relatable, because when people have good intentions and they plan on doing the right thing, sometimes they make the wrong decision, and that doesn’t make them bad people. It’s just that’s how life is, you have to make mistakes to learn from them. When it comes to Ava’s relationship with her family, she’s so protective of them and she wouldn’t allow anyone to hurt them. I also like how when Ava met Ethan, she didn’t fall in love with him immediately. Throughout the story, they were getting to know each other, and talking about personal things, which I really liked. The only thing that I wanted to know more about, was Ava’s locket. I kind of have my own theories about it, but I hope the next book will explain to us the purpose behind it. I really wanted to read from Roan’s point of view, because it would’ve been interesting to know how he feels about being a Berserker. Also, the plot twist in the last pages was so shocking! I didn’t see that coming! To wrap up my review, I really enjoyed reading Trapped In Silver,  and it was such a page turner! It also has The Beauty And The Beast vibes, which is amazing! It’s full of twists, and unexpected moments. If you’re a fantasy lover, then I really recommend this one for you.

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The Nest By Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney | Book Review

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“She was so much better at being alone; being alone came more naturally to her. She led a life of deliberate solitude, and if occasional loneliness crept in, she knew how to work her way out of that particular divot. Or even better, how to sink in and absorb its particular comforts.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing great. Two weeks ago I finished reading The Nest, but I wasn’t able to find the time and write a proper review for this book, because believe it or not, I’ve had so much socializing lately and it was taking up all of my time. But, Since Eid is over, I’m now happy to get back to my reading routine, and tackle my stack of unread books. Before I start my review, let me just tell you that I’ve read very mixed reviews about this book. Not going to lie, I was afraid I won’t like it, but I ended up loving it. Without further ado, let’s review this book!

The Nest follows the story of four rich siblings. They spent their whole lives waiting for their inheritance, but they can’t receive it until their youngest sister Melody turns 40. After their oldest brother, Leo, gets in a car accident with a waitress from a party, their Mother spends the inheritance money on Leo to fix him, and hides his scandal to save their reputation. Years Later, when Leo gets out of rehab, his siblings hope that he has finally redeemed himself. However, Beatrice, Melody, and jack have their own issues, and they believe that getting the money will solve everything for them. But, Leo’s plan after the rehab is to focus on getting a new job, and leaving his old habits behind. So, Will Leo returns their money back and end their misery?

Reading this book made me feel like I’m watching a TV show about a rich and dysfunctional family, and I freaking loved it! The writing style was emotionally deep and it flowed perfectly. The pace of the book is slow at times, but I had no problem with that, because with every page, we learn new secrets and things about the Plumb Siblings, and that made me more invested in the story. And my favorite thing about this book is the fact that it’s set in New York! I literally felt like I was walking there, and that’s how descriptive the scenes in the book were. There are also side characters, and each one of them have a back story, which made the story more interesting. The characters are flawed and vulnerable, and that’s why they felt like real people to me. It’s so engrossing  to go into their lives and experience their past and what they went through. I sympathized with all the characters, but mostly about Beatrice. Her story just broke my heart, but I loved how her determination changed things for her at the end. The only character that I hated was Leo. I just didn’t feel sorry for him, because he ruined his life by himself. I would’ve liked to know more about their father, because there wasn’t that much about him. The end of the book was predictable, but it was a happy ending. So I can’t complain! To wrap up my review, this is one of those books that once you get attached to its characters, you won’t be able to put it down. It’s such a diverse book from what I usually go for, but it’s highly recommended. It’s a story about family, love, and friendship. And I think the end gives us a reminder that sometimes, going through the worst situations, brings out the best in people.

The Hating Game By Sally Thorne | Book Review

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“Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are schredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with adrenaline, and you’re in the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control. You’re consumed, and it scares you. Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game.”

Hello, my bookish friends. Happy belated Eid. Honestly, I love Eid preparations and how excited everyone is. And you know what the best part is? Baking yummy food for Eid, and that moment when the house smells so sweet and heavenly! Nothing ever can beat that. Anyways, when I finished ACOWAR three weeks ago, I went through a terrible reading slump, then I decided to read something light hearted and short. So, I picked up The Hating Game, because someone on Instagram recommended it, and it was such a funny/adorable book. Without further ado, let’s review this book!

When Bexley and Gamin, two publishing companies are merged together, Lucy and Joshua, the executive assistants are now forced to work near each other. But the thing is that Lucy hates Joshua, but she doesn’t know exactly what she hates about him. His quietness, how serious he always is at the office, or how he looks fresh at the end of the day, even though he works non stop. On the contrary, Joshua always wonders about why Lucy wears tight and bright dresses every single day. And her optimistic personality irritates him so much. However, when the company offers a promotion, the competitiveness between Lucy and Joshua over the promotion position gets out of control, which makes Lucy think about whether she hates Joshua for real or not.

I love reading books about people who work in an office. And honestly, this book reminded me a little bit of Attachment by Rainbow Rowell. Anyway, I really enjoyed reading it, because it made me laugh a lot, especially when Lucy and Joshua start judging each other. The writing style is so gripping, and I couldn’t put the book down, because it was so entertaining and hilarious. Let’s talk about the characters. Lucy is the kind of person who’s so nice, kind,  and she can’t refuse any favor from anyone, even if she should. And that got her in so many work related troubles. Because her Coworkers were taking advantage of how helpful she is, that she ended up doing their job for them, which sucks. Which I kind of relate to that a little bit, because I’m really a helpful person, and when someone tells me to do something for them, even if i shouldn’t, I find it hard to say no. We should all help each other out, but I personally believe there’s a difference between someone wanting your help, and someone using you. And that’s why we have to remind ourselves with that. Now let’s talk about Joshua. He’s the kind of a tough looking guy, that doesn’t talk that much and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Which is why Lucy hates him so much. But underneath all that, he’s totally the opposite of what people think about him. I really admire his personality. I love how the story gets deeper page by page, and how we get to know more about Lucy and Joshua, and their families. To wrap up my review, if you like books about people who have a love\hate relationship towards each other, then you’ll love this book. Such a heart warming, and fluffy read, and It will give you all the feels. I highly recommend it.

A Court Of Wings And Ruin By Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

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“What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing amazing. I should’ve written this review book weeks ago, but I couldn’t, because I’ve been babysitting my nephews a lot lately, and by the end of the day I’m just so exhausted. How do parents stay sane! Anyways, today I’m going to review ACOWAR finally! I still don’t know how to feel about it, let’s just say that I have a love\hate relationship with this book. Without further ado, Let’s review this book!

After the damage that has been done in Velaris by Tamlin, a dangerous war is coming sooner than ever to Prythian. High Lady of the Night Court, Feyre returns to the Spring Court again as a spy for Rhysand, to expose Tamiln’s plans and use them against him, and to avenge her sisters. However, in the process of plotting against Tamiln, Feyre has to choose the right allies to help them win the war against Hybern.

Don’t you just hate it when you have high expectations for a book you’ve been waiting so long to read, then it ends up disappointing you? I have no problem with books that have almost 700 pages or even more. As long as the plot is engaging and not repetitive, I’m totally okay with that. This book surely didn’t need to be that long, because I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again, especially the chapters in the beginning of the book, but the last chapters were definitely better. Don’t get me wrong, I’m obsessed with Sarah’s writing style, and I love how dramatic and twisted it is. But I don’t get why this book is so long?! It actually made me go through a terrible reading slump, and I hated that so much. Because this series is my favorite one that I have ever read so far, and I felt so upset over the fact that It didn’t live up to my expectations. What a bummer! Also, is it just me or this book feels like it’s just about Rhysand and Feyre making out? It was unnecessarily too much! Especially when they were making out in the library, which is by the way a safe place for priestesses who were sexually harmed!! Are you serious! Of all the places they could’ve chosen, A LIBRARY!! I just can’t even! Can we talk about how manipulative and sneaky Ianthe is? I knew she was trouble the moment she appeared in ACOMAF. Something was suspiciously off about her, but I’m glad about what Feyre has done to her, good riddance. I’m not going to to talk about Tamlin, because he’s totally not worth it, and I’m so happy that Lucian left him. One thing that really bothered me is that the book focused more on the new characters instead of the old ones, like Azriel, I still want to know more about him. Now, let’s talk about what I liked in the book. I really liked knowing more about Lucian’s mother and what his cruel father did to him. But, I was really shocked when I knew his real father, and I’m surprised Feyre didn’t tell him anything. Let’s just hope Feyre doesn’t make any stupid decision in the next book, because I think Lucian would feel upset if she doesn’t tell him the truth. I also like Nesta, because she’s her own person, and she doesn’t let anyone stop her if she sets her mind on doing something. When it comes to Mor, I hope we will learn more about her in the next book. To wrap up my review, there are so many moments that I liked in the book, but I’m not going to talk about them, because I don’t want to spoil anything more. Please don’t hate me for pointing out what I didn’t like in this book, because as I said, I love and hate this book at the same time and I’m definitely going to read the next books in the series. I hope you enjoyed my review, and hope you have a wonderful day.

A Court Of Mist And Fury By Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

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“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”

After surviving the cruel events under the mountain, Feyre tries to adjust to being a High Fae in the spring court. But, she goes through a hard time accepting the fact that she has killed innocent people there. Because of that, her mental and physical health is getting worse day after day. Her passion for painting is gone, and she doesn’t stand the idea of holding a paint brush anymore. And Tamlin is making the situation worse for her. He doesn’t allow her to leave the manor at all, unless he’s with her. She feels suffocated and trapped inside this huge manor. However, Feyre’s powers might save people’s lives from all the evil that’s coming, if she chooses to use them for the greater good.

This book literally kept me on the edge of my seat. It made me feel so many different feelings at once. Even though it is long, I feel like it’s fast paced, because so much is going on in it. The character development is my favorite thing in this book, especially Feyre’s. I like how she’s become aware of herself, and worth. And how she’s started taking charge of everything, without letting anyone underestimate her. I also loved getting to know the other side of Rhysand’s personality and his feelings toward Feyre. Also, can we talk about how selfish and possessive Tamlin is?! He made me feel so irritated to the point where I just wanted him to be dead. Anyways, the end was such a cliffhanger and I honestly can’t wait to see what Feyre is going to do next in A Court Of Wings And Ruin.

A Court Of Thorns And Roses By Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

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“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

Hello, my bookish friends. A while ago I talked about ACOTAR in my Instagram account, then I remembered that I haven’t reviewed it in my blog, so i thought of doing that today. Because, I finished reading the entire series and I want to review each book, so it’s easier for you guys to read them in the right order and not get confused. Without further ado, let’s review this book!

This book follows the story of a huntress named Feyre. When her mother died, she’s become responsible for taking care of her two sisters. One day, she goes into the forest and kill a wolf without hesitation. She doesn’t know that there are consequences for her actions, until something terrifying happens. A beast shows up at her cottage, because of the wolf she killed. However, the beast offers her two choices to pay her debt. He either kills her outside the cottage, or she goes with him to Prythian, and spend the rest of her life there. Despite how tormented she feels, she decides to go with him and leave her family behind.

Two of my favorite things are combined in this book. Fantasy, and fairy tale retellings. I’m so obsessed with this book and its intricate magical world. I knew I was going to love it from the first page. This book is a retelling of The Beauty And The Beast with a twist. Even though the plot was confusing at times, the map helped a lot. I love how courageous, and mature Feyre is in this book. She is so strong despite how dangerous things outside her cottage. I was so thrilled when she fell in love with with Tamlin! Who couldn’t fall in love with him?! I also like how each character has a back story, because it made the plot more interesting. The final pages of the book made me feel so intense! But thankfully things turned out in a good way in the end. Such a page turner book, and I really regret not reading this book before.

The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde | Short Book Review

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“I learned to recognize the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing great. A couple of months ago I went to a local book fair, and I bought two books. Today I’m going to talk about one of them, which is The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I bought this book, because the story was mentioned in one of Once Upon A Time episodes, which is my favorite show by the way, and ever since then I wanted to read the book so bad. I read the book in one sitting because it was really short,  and I was too engrossed in the story and the characters to put it down. I don’t read classics that much, but this one definitely makes me want to read more in the future. Without further ado, let’s review this book!

The story is about Dr. Jekyll who is a well respected man with a good reputation. Later on, Dr. Jekyll creates a potion that transforms him into the evil version of himself, Mr. Hyde. However, Mr. Hyde has done terrible things, and while Dr. Jekyll tries to protect him, and covers up his awful doings, A lawyer named Mr. Utterson gets suspicious and starts investigating the whole thing.

To be honest, I thought this book was going to be spooky, but it wasn’t at all. It was such an intriguing read with a little bit of creepiness. I loved the attention to the little details, because I felt like I was there. I think the only character that I like is Mr. Utterson because he was so loyal to his friends. And when it comes to Dr. Jekyll, he pretends to be a good well mannered man in front of people, but the truth is that his desire to liberate his evil side grows more and more each day. And when he transforms into Mr. Hyde, he acts savagely without thinking about the consequences of his cruel actions. While, Dr. Jekyll was trying to balance out his two sides, the bad side outweighed the good side, which made his life more complicated. To wrap up my review,  this book explores so many important topics, but it’s mainly about the good and bad in human nature, and how we have to live with these qualities in a balanced way. If you’re looking for a short and interesting classic book, then you’re gonna like this one.