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Book Review : Weave a Murderous Web

Book Title : Weave a Murderous Web
Book Author :
Anne Rothman-Hicks, Kenneth Hicks
My Rating :
Exptected Publication Date :
February 6th 2016

Thriller, mystery and add some romance to this! What’s not to like about this?

I honestly didn’t think I’d enjoy reading this book and was quite surprised by how much I loved it. I especially loved it when it kept me guessing right up to the end.

I swear, I thought I had it all figured out, and honestly, was feeling a little smug about it when Bam! The unexpected!

Jane Larson, a lawyer in a large law firm in New York, takes up a case as a favor for a friend, thinking it would be a matter of a divorce and child support one. Soon after, she discovers things are much more complicated than that. Lies, drugs, and even a murder case.

It took me a while to get into it, and to get used to Jane’s character, who I found to be super awesome! And there were multiple characters that got me a bit confused as to whom is whom.

All in all, I’d totally recommend this book for fans of thrillers and crime fiction.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review : The Optickal Illusion

Book Title : The Optickal Illusion
Book Author :
Rachel Halliburton
My Rating :
Exptected Publication Date : 
February 8th 2018

With such a clever title, this is indeed a clever book.

A historical fiction that is based on the scandal that happened in the 1700’s concerning the British Royal Academy when Benjamin West, an American, was its President.

How did I come to know all of this? Why reading this book of course and the googling I had to do. That’s one of the reasons I totally love Historical Fiction. There is bound to be something new to learn.

This was an art-focused book. Lots of talk about it. The paintings, the painters, the techniques used. For an art lover, it was really enjoyable to read.

My main concern and drawback was the number of characters involved. I sometimes got lost as to who is who, and whether that person added anything significant to the plotline.

We are also taken back and forth into the story a lot. Benjamin’s past and how he had moved to America. Part of the plotline as well.

As much as I enjoyed it, I had a mini issue with the way the story was told. I wished we were in the act rather than talked at a later time about it. Get what I mean? This had me a bit disconnected from the story.

But overall, it’s an entertaining read. I’d totally recommend this for peeps who are interested in art and the eighteenth century.

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Book Review : Alex and Eliza

Book Title : Alex and Eliza
Book Author : Melissa de la Cruz
My Rating :⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : April 11th 2017

I picked up this book, knowing absolutely nothing about Alexander Hamilton. Then I googled and found out that it was actually a musical Broadway based on an American statesman and one of the founding fathers of the United States.

But, the book is loosely based upon that and it is mainly focusing on the love story between Alexander Hamilton and Eliza.

Ah! The love story.

The main and utter reason why I have picked it up especially when I was in such a mood to read something romantic.

And boy was I disappointed!
I seriously cannot think of a single good thing to say about it. I have no idea how I made it through the whole book. It looked like something I would have probably added it to my DNF shelf.

But finished it I did. *applause

Romance aside, I thought I would at least get to know about some kind of history about Hamilton or understand what the hype is all about. Instead, it was mainly a battle of a mother with her daughters and about marrying rich.

I did not appreciate the old-fashioned writing and I couldn’t help but compare it to Jane Austen – I know! It’s so unfair of me, but that was the kind of style I think the author was trying to achieve.

I wouldn’t really recommend it. It was not my type of books. I didn’t really enjoy it and I’m not sure who to recommend to anyway even if I was asked.

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Should good books be adapted for the big screen?

The movie ‘ruined’ the book!

How many times have we heard these words uttered by nearly every book lover and avid reader after coming out of a movie theatre?

I probably would have said it a couple of times myself!

But, let’s be honest here, there are a lot of book-to-movie adaptations that are just outstanding and have got people admitting that the movie was much better than the book.

Not that it’s a competition, mind you!

It isn’t really a question of “ruining” the book. There is just the simple fact that the movie and book are now accessible because of their reliance on each other.

And no matter how big your imagination is, there will always be aspects of the book that your mind just cannot capture.

Take Hogwarts, from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowlings, for example. Were you really able to envision it as it was in the movies? I know I wasn’t able to.

Watching how the scene unraveled on screen for the first time just left me in awe. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have goosebumps.

What about The Da Vinci Code?

The Hunger Games?

How adorable were Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in The Fault in our Stars?

I’m really just naming a few from the top of my head that I think were good adaptations.

I do make it a rule though, to always read the book before watching the movie, as I love to compare how my mind visualized the details of the characters and the scenery with how the screenwriters depicted all the information gathered from the book. It’s just one of the perks of reading.

But reading aside, watching the movie adaptation is an experience on its own. It’s a good opportunity to share this experience with different people throughout the years.

So, I’m all for adaptations! I’m a big fan of reading the book and watching its movie. I make it a habit to check out what books are coming to the big screen every year to make sure I am able to read it just in time!

Are you a fan of book-to movies? Or do you think books should be left for the enjoyment of readers only?

Read the full article from Khaleej Times here

Filed on January 12, 2018 on @bloggerheads

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ARC Review: Need To Know

Book Title : Need To Know
Book Author :
Karen Cleveland
My Rating :
Expected Publication Date : January 25th 2018

I truly believe this is one of those books which would best be a movie.

As much as it was an enjoyable read, it still lacked that “OMG” and “I’m on the edge of my seat” kind of feeling when you usually come across Thrillers. And I’m blaming it on the characters.

Vivian Miller was good at her job, maybe even too good. As a CIA counterintelligence analyst, she uncovers this huge secret that will threaten her life and family, and she finds herself in a position where she has to make sure she is making the right choices but still stay true to herself. Was it easy? Of course not! Then there’s this issue of whom to trust which was the main idea of the book and whether things were actually as it seems.

It was a truly fast read and you would find yourself on the last page without even realizing it but still, it was a mellow read for me. I wasn’t as hyped up or excited. I wasn’t even contemplating who the bad guys were and who weren’t as I usually do with other thrillers. It was just an ok read for me.

Would I recommend reading it? I might if someone asked me specifically about it. But you won’t find me recommending it if someone is looking for a great thriller.

Thank you to Penguin UK books for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review/.

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Book Review : Autumn

Book Title : Autumn
Book Author : 
Ali Smith
My Rating :
Publication Date : 
October 20th 2016

I think this is one of those books that would be ok to say “I don’t completely get it.

It’s totally fine. I don’t think it was meant to be fully understood. I think it was meant to be enjoyed. Period.

It’s also not going to be easy to write a review about it but if I should describe it one word, I would say it’s “original”. Truly it is.

Autumn is the first installment of the “Seasonal Quartet” books. It is narrated by Elisabeth who meets, connects with her elderly neighbor, Daniel, and builds a special relationship with him. We are also taken back and forth in time talking about history, politics, and art.

Even though there were lots of events talked about in the book which I did not connect with or understood, I have much-loved the prose and idea of the book. I’m also finding it hard not to talk about it without posting some spoilers but how the story was built up was very clever.

Mind you, I was lost multiple times, and a lot of things did not make sense while reading but I felt everything was placed together by the end.

Would I read the other books in the series? I definitely would.

I love that each book is independent but we have been told that they interconnect somehow. I’m so intrigued and can’t wait to read the rest of them.