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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!
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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 :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
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 :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/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!