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Book Review : Autumn

Book Title : Autumn
Book Author : 
Ali Smith
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
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.

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ARC Review : White Chrysanthemum

Book Title :White Chrysanthemums
Book Author
: Mary Lynn Bracht
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Publication Date: January 18th 2018

This book should come with a warning sign that says “stock up on tissue boxes before reading.”

I would definitely place White Chrysanthemum on a book list for tear-jerkers. It was just so sad. I had to pause a few times, take a breather because I just couldn’t endure the sufferings.

A historical fiction, set in Korea 1943 during the WW2, two sisters, Hana and Emi were separated when Hana was taken by the Japanese army. Told alternatively between the sisters, it was really hard for me to choose which sister’s story I enjoyed more. Both were heartbreakingly beautiful.

I had no idea about the war history between Korea and Japan, and the things Korean people had to deal with at those times. This was such an enlightenment for me and it was one of the things I have loved most about the book.

I would warn you though, some events in the book could be defined as quite horrific. As much as I have enjoyed most of it; it was a bit brutal for my taste. I don’t think I handled it well and I don’t think I could read it again and undergo through all those triggered emotions – not all splendid, mind you.

But recommend I would. It’s a really captivating story. The writing style is just impeccable and you can’t help but fall in love with the traditions of the Haenyeo women who make their living as divers in the Korean sea.

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My Top 2017 Thrillers

Since I’m obsessed and I have read quite a number of Thrillers this year, I have been asked a lot about my favorites.

It’s not an easy question to answer but I think I can mention the ones that had really left a big impact on me, were so memorable, and that I highly recommend.

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TheDevotion Of Suspect X

 

My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

A Novel by Keigo Higashino, The Devotion of Suspect X was a hard to put down Japanese Thriller. It had kept me guessing and confused the whole time but I totally enjoyed it.

You can read my full review here.

 

 


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The Kind Worth Killing

 

My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

This book is for sure The Kind Worth Reading. A psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of whatever it is you are currently sitting on!

You just won’t be able to guess anything and it will leave you with trust issues!

You can read my full review here.

 


 

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I Let You Go

 

 

 

My Rating :⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

You have to be really patient with this one. I almost gave up on it but Thank God I stuck to it. It was really worth it!

You can read my full review here.

 

 


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The One

 

My Rating :⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

A Psychological Thriller and Romance that revolves around a DNA test that would find you your perfect match. This one was a great fun read and It was really literly hard to put down!

You can read my full review here.

 

 

 

 


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Book Review: They Both Die at the End!

Book Title : They Both Die in the End
Book Author :
 Adam Silvera
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Publication Date : September 5th, 2017


I have a confession to make. The main reason I picked up this book was purely for its title.

I was really intrigued and was ‘dying’ to know if they both, would really die at the end. Ok ‘dying’ seems like a harsh word given the circumstances. But still, you know what I mean.

Well, after reading it, I wasn’t sure what rating I was to give. It took me a few days to make up my mind about it but I still think I gave it a fair rating. I didn’t love it as much but I didn’t hate it either.

One thing I know for sure is that I’m quite impressed with the concept of this book. An alternative world created. We have an organization called Death-cast who calls up people who are claimed to die about 24hrs from the time they get that call.

So the book’s point of view alternates between Mateo and Rufus, who have received this call. They are strangers to each other but get to meet through an app called the Last Friend. Together they get to experience their last day and they would do all those things they wanted to do but never got around to it.

Instead of wondering what will happen to Mateo and Rufus, I started instead thinking what I would do if it was my last day. What would my last meal be? Who are the people I’d hang out with and it also got me thinking what book I’d pick as my last one?

Overall, I’d say its a very likable book. I can’t say that I loved every part of it but still, I did enjoy it and it did leave some impact on me.

Did they both die at the end? *sneaky smile.

Now that’s for you to find out if you pick up the book!

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Book Review: Without Merit

Book Title : Without Merit
Book Author :
Colleen Hoover
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Date Published : October 3rd 2017


Collen Hoover is very well known for how her writing style grips at your heart, wrenches your soul and permanently leaves a mark on you after reading one of her books. I absolutely adore her books!

And as much as I enjoyed this one, it did have quite a few “buts” in my opinion.

But first, let me tell you what it’s about.

Merit Voss seems like your typical teenage girl who is obsessed with collecting trophies she hasn’t earned and for pretending she has that normal, perfect family. Nobody is really aware of what lies beneath the surface.

We follow her around as she deals with her family that includes her father, brother, twin sister, her sick mother and stepmother – a handful, right?

Along the story she meets/crushes on Sagan, then finds out that he’s her sister’s boyfriend so he’s off limits to her, though she can’t help but think about him, and meeting him have awakened a part of her that she never knew existed as he also helped her deal with stuff she wasn’t aware they existed.

I wouldn’t categorize this as romance. This book talked more about life issues, psychological matters and really much more.

My main “but” is that all those topics mentioned in the book were lightly discussed and resolved. We did not have much time to grasp about what went on or deal with it.

I’d rather we had just one main issue or two to focus on along with the romance of the book. But sadly it felt a bit all over the place.

I would still recommend it, urge you to pick it and enjoy it as much as I did. It was kind of a light read but with important issues.

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Book Review : Stay With Me

Book Title : Stay With Me
Book Author : Ayobami Adebayo
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : August 22nd 2016

This right here is a book I have not hesitated to pick up once I’ve read the synopsis. I’m a big fan of historical fiction and I was more intrigued when I found out that it’s based in Nigeria.

Yigide and Akin have met in university, fell in love and got married. In a time where polygamy was common and expected, they have agreed that it’s always going to be only the two of them.
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Four years into their marriage, Yigide was not able to bear any children even after many doctor consultations and treatments, thus causing Akin’s family to convince him to take another wife. Yigide is beyond herself with anger and frustration which got her determined to get pregnant before the second wife. She succeeded but the price she had paid was far more than she had expected.
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A hard to put down book, full of emotions and twists, I did not know whether to sympathize with the characters or hate them. They were so real that I felt they were just living right next door to me.
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A powerful storyline that talks about culture, human choices, family and the sacrifices we make for our loved ones.
This for sure would make the perfect addition to your TBR. I totally recommend to add it to your shelfie.


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Book Review : It Ends with Us

Book Title : It Ends with Us
Book Author :
Colleen Hoover
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
/5
Publication Date :
August 2nd 2016


“Sometimes it’s the one who loves you who hurts you the most”

Winner of Goodreads choice award 2016, lots of recommendations, my sister finishing it in one sitting with the comment ‘her best so far’, so I knew I just had to pick it up.

I’ve read quite a few of Colleen’s books, and though I try to stay away from YA romance, her books just drags you in.

This book is more than just Romance. It speaks and tackles about important issues which makes you think, sympathizes, connect with most characters and root for that happy ending.

I would totally recommend this book if you are looking to try a CoHo book. Though it may be completely different from her other books, it does have her touch and style all over it which makes her books unique in their own way.

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Book Review : When Dimple Met Rishi

Book Title : When Dimple Met Rishi
Book Author : Sandhya Menon
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : May 30th 2017


Pancakes for breakfast along with your favorite cup of coffee, and picking up this book would complete that perfect Saturday morning.

This was such a delightful read. I cannot contain myself as I find myself using words such as cute, adorable and I-just-want to pinch-those-cheeks. I mean, can I? Can I?

We meet Dimple, who is all about women and career while struggling with her family who are urging her to find that “Ideal Indian Husband”. I mean, isn’t that what life is about? Finding that perfect significant other? *rolls eyes.

Then we meet Rishi, that hopeless romantic, who believes in tradition and family values. He accepts his fate to carry on the family business, meet and woo that perfect “arranged” wife and make his family proud.*I mean it, I need to pinch those cheeks!

Unknown to Dimple, Rishi signs up for that same program she has been dreaming of since forever-!, gets the surprise of her lifetime when she finds out this was all arranged by both families and it was the whole reason her parents agreed to the program anyways. *pfft! Parents! What are they thinking!

Total opposites, Dimple and Rishi who thought they had everything figured out, embark on a journey of self-exploration, family traditions, and struggle with career and life choices.

I would totally recommend this book. As much as it was a light read, it still talked about important issues that I think most have gone through or would go through.

And who wouldn’t want to have that “feel good” feeling after reading a book that has a somewhat satisfying ending?

You know you do!

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Book Review : The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Book Title : The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Book Author :  Taylor Jenkins Reid
My Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Expected Publication Date :  June 13th 2017


A gorgeous cover, a catchy title and great reviews!

Who wouldn’t rush to pick it up?

I’m super glad that the hype was right about this book. Though it wasn’t exactly how I expected it to turn out, I’d still mark it as one of my favorites.

Magazine Reporter, Monique, was given the opportunity of a lifetime. After refusing – multiple times – to speak about her past, the incorrigible Evelyn Hugo surprisingly picks Monique to be the one who would tell the world what her life was truly about. Her morbid past, relationships, career and the secret behind her seven marriages.

It was absolutely hard to put down the book. I loved how easily the words flowed getting you caught up in the storytelling, which alternated between the past and the present. It wasn’t easy at all to make up my mind about Evelyn.

I wasn’t sure I agreed with her choices or if I sympathized with her or just purely admire her. But admire her, I did. Well, a part of her anyways.

I wouldn’t want to say anything more and spoil the book for you, but I’d definitely recommend it, no, URGE you to pick it up, especially if you are fan of Historical fiction, Romance and Women’s literature.

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Arc Review : The Note

Book Title : The Note
Book Author : Zoe Folbigg
Expected Publication Date : October 1st 2017


I always try to be super honest with my reviews and I always to try as much as possible to find the good in what I read.

The Note was supposed to be that romantic, got-you-swooning, hoping and rooting for the Protagonist kind of books and It was, somehow that way. But…

My issue with the book was the writing style and format. The name, Maya, our Protagonist was mentioned a lot. Maya this, Maya that. I don’t mind a book written in a third-person narrative but I don’t think it worked for this one. It got the characters feeling bland and without flavor. There were also the mention of a lot of characters that it was hard to keep up with and I felt some did not even add to the story.

Writing style and characters aside, it had a good plot line. I loved the idea of what the book represented and what it is expected to learn out of it. It’s all about taking chances, being brave and not afraid to take that leap.

Overall, I won’t really recommend the book. But if it did happen to fall into your lap, do pick it up and check it out.

 

Thank you @netgalley and Aria Books for a copy in an exchange for an honest review.