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Book Review : I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister

Book Title : I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister
Book Author :
Amélie Sarn
My Rating :
Publication Date : 
August 5th 2014

Have you ever regretted not picking up a book sooner?

This is the case for me now!

I can’t believe this book has been lying on my TBR shelf for so long and I only picked it up because I was in dire need of a short read to meet my reading goals before years end.

It’s a story about two close sisters, Sohane and Djelila, and how they have kind of drifted apart.

Algerians, born and raised in France, Sohane was in a love/hate relationship with her sister, Djelila, who have started to spend her days with her friends, partying and hanging out with boys, while she had become more religious.

Without saying anymore, this less than a 200 pages book spoke volumes. I was totally taken aback by how much I have loved it.

It’s about religion, it’s about choices, feminist, and the right to fight for what you believe in.

It doesn’t have that great of a plot or writing but it perfectly portrayed to what a lot could relate to.

I totally recommend to all readers and I would especially recommend it to those who are looking to their first English book. This would be a great read to start with.

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Book Review : Slammed / Point of Retreat

Book Title : Slammed / Point of Retreat
Book Author :
Collen Hoover
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 and ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
January 4th 2012 and February 25th 2012

Colleen Hoover is my go to whenever I feel like I’m in a reading slump. My love for her books immediately reminds me why I love to read and why I should pick up a book right now!

Her books always have a way to grip you from the start, gets you connected to her characters and you can’t help but root for each and every one of them. And that was the case with Slammed.

Slammed follows the story of Layke, who after her father’s death had to move from Texas to Michigan with her Mom and brother. Upon arriving there, she immediately hits it off with their neighbor, Will, and had an incredible first date that involved slam poetry.

I seriously had no idea what Slam poetry was, but after reading this book, I think I would love to attend one.

Anyway, even though they have it hit off and they have an amazing connection and of course attraction, a shocking revelation affects their relationship and they must find a way to get past that.

It’s hard to talk about the book without posting some spoiler so I’m just going to be vague about it and just urge you to pick it up. Especially if you love poetry.

I have also read the second book of the series but have found it lacked the emotional intensity of the first one. Would I read the third book of the series?

Naah, I don’t think so. I was truly satisfied with just Slammed.

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Book Review : He Said / She Said

Book Title : He Said / She Said
Book Author :
Erin Kelly
My Rating :
Publication Date : 
April 20th 2017

As a thriller fan, it’s no surprise I’d pick this one up. I mean, the title itself is intriguing. Right?

Maybe I had such high hopes for this one, or maybe I read so many thrillers that I’m starting to get picky as to which to put on my favorites shelf.

The mains story revolves around Kit and Laura who are all about eclipses where one day, they set to attend a festival to experience one. During that festival, Laura witnesses a brutal attack of a woman being raped by a guy and calls the police on him.

The woman, Beth, is grateful – maybe way to grateful and plays the perfect victim while her attacker is pleading innocence. Now, whose story are we to believe?

The book alternates POV between Kit and Laura while also alternating between the past and present. We are giving pieces of the plots till in the end, we get the full story.

I kind of liked it. It was slow sometimes. It did have lots of twists.  I was extremely awed by the plot and think it’s really clever.

Did I love it so much? Would I remember it in the long run? I don’t think so.

I do, though, recommend it to thrillers fan and especially those who are into eclipses and astronomy as there is lots of information about that.

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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.