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.

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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.

The Hate U Give By Angie Thomas | Book Review

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“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing great. So, I’m a little bit behind my  reading plan, because I’ve been binge watching Riverdale and The Fosters like there’s no tomorrow. And now I feel really guilty about not reading much last week. But that’s okay, because I’m definitely going to start A Court Of Wings And Ruin tonight. Anyways, today I’m going to talk about The Hate U Give. This book is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and it’s such a powerful, honest, and educational book about what is going on in the world right now. It really made me see things from a different perspective. It also deals with important issues, but mainly about  racism towards black people, and how it affects their lives. Without further ado, let’s review this book!

This book follows the story of a black girl named Starr Carter. She lives with her family in a dangerous neighborhood, therefore, she goes to school in a different town, where everything is safe there. One night, she goes with her friends to a party and she sees her best friend, Khalil. While they’re catching up, they hear a gunshot, so they leave the party together. Khalil decides to drive Starr to her house, because it’s safer for her than to go back by herself. While Khalil is driving the car and talking with Starr,  a cop tells him to stop. The cop asks for Khalil’s ID , so Khalil gives it to him. Even though Khalil has nothing dangerous in the car, the cop tells him and Starr to get out of the car, so he can search it. When Khalil asks Starr if she’s okay, the cop pulls out his gun and kills him. After that, the murder of Khalil makes everyone mad for killing him, and the people in his neighborhood start protesting in the streets asking for justice. Starr is the only one who has witnessed the murder of Khalil. However,  she is now torn between being quiet or telling the truth about what happened.

When you finish a book, and you feel like standing up and clapping for how powerful the story is. Yeah, this book definitely made me feel this way. The writing style is simple, but the plot is truthful and reflective of what black people go through these days. It’s also inspiring to use our own voice to speak up and never give up fighting for what we believe is worth it. It also talks about police brutality, which is sadly happening a lot these days. The way Starr was describing the scene of Khalil’s death broke my heart into little pieces. It’s really disheartening that we live in a world where some people think it’s totally acceptable to fear and murder someone, because their skin color is different. Now let’s talk about the characters. Starr is the main character in the book. She is like living in two different worlds. Her dangerous neighborhood, and in the fancy town where her school is. Her friends, and boyfriend live in the suburbs, and they don’t come often to her town, because their parents won’t allow them. I also like her character development, because you can tell how she starts to notice what is right and what is wrong. And how she realizes that if she doesn’t speak up and defend Khalil, then no one will. I also admire the fact of how supportive her parents are. Despite how annoying her brother Seven is, he cares for her and tries to protect her all the time. I think my favorite thing in this book is how close Starr’s family is. To wrap up my review, I really enjoyed reading this book, and it’s such an insightful and relevant read with a real portrayal of racism. Highly recommended.

The Circle By Dave Eggers | Book Review

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“We are not meant to know everything, Mae. Did you ever think that perhaps our minds are delicately calibrated between the known and the unknown? That our souls need the mysteries of night and the clarity of day? Young people are creating ever-present daylight, and I think it will burn us all alive. There will be no time to reflect, to sleep.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing well. So, I bought a bunch of new books as a birthday gift to myself, and I haven’t had the time to read them all except one book, because I’ve been away for two weeks. Anyways, today I’m going to talk about The Circle, because I was eyeing this book for a while, and when I started it, it made me think a lot about the world of social media nowadays. Without further ado, let’s review this book!

This book follows the story of Mae Holland, who gets the opportunity to work in The Circle,  which is the most advanced internet company. When Mae explores the campus, she feels that this place is where she meant to be. As days go by, Mae becomes consumed by her work and she rarely sees her family or friends anymore. Later on, she starts to question The Circle’s morals, goals, and whether it would change people’s lives to better or worse.

Let me start by saying that this book annoyed me so much. The premise is thought provoking yet disturbing  at the same time. So, The Circle’s goal is to be as transparent as possible. They want to install cameras everywhere, and they want to make it mandatory. Because they strongly believe that if each person is monitored, and if people have access to observe each other all the time, then they would behave better and reconsider their actions. The idea is crazy, and I honestly can’t imagine living like that, because I’d literally lose my mind.  Let’s talk about the writing style. It was easy to follow, but sometimes I felt like I was reading an article that’s filled with so many statistics and numbers, which made me lose interest a bit, but I kept reading because I desperately wanted to know how the book would end. But before I talk about how I feel about the end, I want to talk about the characters. Mae is the main character in the book. She is so self absorbed, and selfish. All she thinks about is herself and how being transparent to everyone will make her a better person, but that turned her into the worse version of herself. Engaging herself in The Circle’s programs was consuming her life, and she rarely had enough hours of sleep. And the fact that people could see her, made her change her food choices, and suppress her feelings, because she didn’t want anyone to think she is unhealthy or weak. And I hate how she forced her Ex boyfriend Mercer to engage more in the  Zing Program. He is the only reasonable character that I really like in this book. Despite his efforts to convince Mae that she’s wasting her life for the sake of this company and forgetting the people she truly loves, she didn’t change her mind at all. Even her parents have no role in the book whatsoever, and that’s why I hate most of the characters, because they have no depth to their personalities. Especially Mae, I just don’t know where she stands, or what does she really want to do with her life. When it comes to the end of the book, she could’ve changed how things are supposed to be, but she chose not to. Like how selfish can she get? The end was disappointing, but I kind of saw it coming. To wrap up my review, the idea of The Circle is intriguing, but I feel like the execution didn’t do it justice. And the characters were flat to me, but this book surely gives you a lot to think about, and it makes you think about the power and effect of social media, and how some people are glued to the internet  24\7 hours believing they’re living their lives, but they’re totally not. This book made me feel terrified of the world of social media. I just wanted to stay away from the internet for a while. Regardless, this book carries a lot of important lessons, and I think everyone should read it.

With Malice By Eileen Cook | Book Review

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Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing great. To be honest, I haven’t read that much in June, because life has just been crazy busy. But I managed to read With Malice, which was so addicting and intense. Once I started it, I just couldn’t put the book down and sleep. It really exceeded my expectations. So, let’s review this book!

Simon and Jill have been friends since forever. Jill is shy, smart, and really wants to study law in college when she graduates from high school. On the other hand, Simon likes to party too much sometimes, and she doesn’t care about her education at all. So, when Jill and Simon go on a road trip to Italy with their school, their friendship starts to fall apart. One day, Jill and Simon fight about a boy they met there, then a couple of weeks later, Jill wakes up and finds herself in the hospital. Not knowing why she is there, or what happened at all. The truth is that there was an accident and Simon was dead, but Jill was in a coma and she woke up with no memory of the previous six weeks. However, as soon as she wakes up, the investigations begin, because everyone believes that Jill killed Simon out of jealousy.

This book reminds me a lot of The Girl On The Train. The plot is kind of similar, but in a different way. It’s also twisted, because while you’re reading you keep asking yourself who’s right and who’s wrong, and you begin suspecting Jill and then someone else. This book kept me guessing. I knew something was weird about Simon, I just didn’t feel comfortable about her character and how she treated Jill. Also, everyone thinks that Jill is spoiled and has it all, because her father is rich. But, in reality, she doesn’t. Which I think lots of people can relate to that. Everything not always what it seems, and sometimes people misjudge you. I liked her mother, but her father was really irritable. This book also shows a difference between a toxic friendship and a healthy one. Simon forced Jill to do things she didn’t feel comfortable about, just like she was her follower and she’s got to obey her. But, when Jill met Anna in the hospital, she felt it was easy to open up to her and tell her about so many things. I also like how Jill is a feminist and she has a blog about important feminism issues, which is really impressive. At the end of my review, I would totally recommend it if you want to read a fast paced thriller book.

The Lovely Bones By Alice Sebold | Book Review

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“Inside the snow globe on my father’s desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, “Don’t worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He’s trapped in a perfect world.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you had an amazing Eid and ate lots of chocolate. Today I’m going to review one of my favorite mystery books that made me fall in love with books that have the same genre. I read this book long time ago, like maybe five years. And I reread it last year, then I remembered that I haven’t ever reviewed this book which is honestly weird, because I love reviewing books that I really like. So, let’s review this book!

On a cold winter evening, A fourteen year old girl named Susie Salmon was walking back home from school feeling happy, because she had a good day. But, when a piece of paper fell out of her bag and went flying because of the wind, she went after it. Then a man in front of her caught the paper. He invited her to his house, to see the thing he built up, but she refused and said that it was getting really late. The man kept persuading her until she agreed to go with him. Unfortunately, she didn’t know that she was going with a murderer to his own house. Despite her efforts to escape from his basement, she was raped and killed by him that night. Even though she is dead now, she can watch her family and friends from the afterlife, and make them feel her presence. However, she struggles between avenging her killer, and letting go of what happened and looking forward.

This book was creepy and scary, and it actually gave me goosebumps in a bad way. The details of Susie’s murder were really descriptive and awful. It was just heartbreaking to read that part of how she was murdered. But the writing style was gripping to the point where it was hard to put the book down. Now let’s talk about the characters. Mr. Harvey was giving me the creeps. He was pretending to be nice, but he was actually a heartless man. And his obsession with building too many wooden doll houses wasn’t normal. Susie’s family was having a difficult and painful time accepting her death, especially her father. He was suspecting every man to be the murderer of his daughter, and honestly who can blame him? Even Susie’s sister Lindsey was feeling uncomfortable every time she saw Mr. Harvey’s green house. It’s like she felt he was hiding something. And then when it comes to Susie, at first, she couldn’t accept that she is dead and away from her family, but then her rage makes her father do something out of anger. So she decides to let go and move on, so she could live peacefully in her own world. That was such a great growth in her character. This book isn’t just about seeking vengeance for Susie’s murderer. It’s about how each one of her family was coping in their own way, and how they stopped searching for her murderer, because they realized that finding him won’t change the fact that she is dead. Karma is real, and Mr. Harvey will finally get what he deserves. At the end of my book review, I really recommend this book if you’re into fantasy and mystery books. There’s also a movie adaptation, but it doesn’t include specific parts of the book. Regardless, it was great. So, before you watch the movie, don’t forget to read the book first. So you can get a better understanding of the story, and all the characters.

Brain On Fire: My Month of Sadness By Susannah Cahalan |Book Review

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“Someone once asked, “If you could take it all back, would you?” At the time I didn’t know. Now I do. I wouldn’t take that terrible experience back for anything in the world. Too much light has come out of my darkness.”

Hello, my bookish friends. I hope you’re doing well. So, I’ve been in a weird reading mood ever since I finished reading  A Little Life. It’s like I want to read something light and funny, but I can’t bring myself to choose one. And after so much thinking, I’ve realized that I’m going through a phase where all I want to read is sad and heart wrenching books. So, I decided to read Brain On fire, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. To be honest, I don’t read memoirs that much, because I’m afraid that I’ll lose interest in finishing the entire book. But, I finished this one in one sitting, because it was too interesting to actually put down. So, without further ado, let’s review this book!

This is a true story about a journalist named Susannah Cahalan. When she graduated from college, she started working at the New York post. She finally had everything figured out. She had a boyfriend, a loving family, an exciting career that she dedicated herself to, and her own place. One day, she started having those compulsive thoughts to do things she’s never done before, and act differently from the way she used to. She thought she was having an intense flu, but that was totally wrong. One afternoon, She had an emotional breakdown in the office and she started crying and yelling until she passed out. Every doctor she went to, thought she was having schizophrenia or depression. But all her medical results were totally fine. Despite that, her health was getting worse day by day, and she was having psychotic episodes. However, throughout the book we follow her complicated recovery journey from a mysterious illness, and how it had affected her life.

The way she talked and explained her life during that painful period was so touching to the point where it made me cry. Staying in the hospital and having repetitive therapy sessions were too much for her. All the doctors couldn’t find what was wrong with her, until Dr. Najjar found out the name of  her rare brain disease. After that, she started getting better and got back to her normal life again. In the book she talked about how she didn’t remember anything from that specific period of her illness, and how her family explained to her the way she was back then. She also helped so many people who were having the same disease as her, and some of them were cured because of her. I really find it so fascinating that the human body is like a machine, and if one part stopped working, then everything will go down. It’s such an incredible, terrifying, and a raw memoir about what it’s like to be misunderstood by others, and having hope for things to get better in the end. This is one of those books that I’ll definitely recommend everyone to read, because trust me, you won’t regret it.