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Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo (A Review)

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Genre: Superheros, Ya, Fantasy .
Year Of Publication: August 31st 2017.
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 384 pages ( Paperback)
My rating: 5 out  of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own.

“I am immortal and you are a footnote.”

This book managed to blow me away! I loved it so freaking much. But i wasn’t expecting any less since it is Leigh Bardugo but boy did she deliver. I am a huge fan of super hero’s movies and that’s where I end, I am not super comic reader fan or anything. But i still love my action and superheros. And this book had action from the get go and it never stopped. Every two pages something big was happening through out.

This book has a huge Greek influence. It gave me so many Percy Jackson vibes. The Greek mythology is so intricately interwoven into Diana’s story and has such a huge part in the plot. It was like a huge big quest.

The world was built so vividly and beautifully. I loved reading all the descriptions from the beauty of the island of Themyscira to the streets of New York. It was all so perceptively  beautiful. And its so well written that you have no problem what so ever in follow and imagining what is being said.

At first, reading the first few chapter when Steve was replaced by Alia as the survivor i thought Leigh was gonna take the gay main character turn with Diana in this book and explore that. But it turned out she was going towards female friendship  and sister hood.

“Sister in battle,” murmured Diana, “I am shield and blade to you.”
“And friend.”
“And always your friend.”

This book explored so much into the power of female friendships and strong female character. Both Diana and Alia were so fierce and determined from the start. They were kick ass,  brilliantly self decisive and their bonding was rawr! And they made quite a nice team together.

There are so many other topics explored in this book , It talks about self image, feminism, human nature, gender equality, sisterhood,  it talks about science and its pros and cons, the preposterous-ness of ‘World of Man’ and how things are so wrong in the world.

It was also so interesting to see that other than Diana all the main characters in this book are Poc. Aside from the white Diana, Alia and her brother are Greek/African-American and identify as black, Theo is Brazilian, and Nim is Indian, gay, fat and all of them are so complex.

I loved Diana. She had some funny dialogues. But she was driven, she was bold, fierce, kickass but at the same time she has such a pure , kind heart. I totally fell for her.

 

The plot of this book is so full of action and you never see it coming. From the get go their is always something happening or about to happen. And it so deliver on the action of the super hero part. I swear I had the ww theme song running in my head through out the read. And the plot twist!!! You don’t even see it coming.

This book has so much going on for it. It has wonderfully captivating characters; each ones grabs you attention with their own set of charms, issues and personality. It delves on so many issues at the same time. It is  just so full of charm, the characters have some beautiful dialogues. Their interaction are so full of fun and excitement and you never can tell what they will say next. Some dialogues will make you laugh out loud. This book is so full of kindness, caring, belonging to one another, respect.

And in the end of the book it hints at more adventures. And it absolutely made my day! And i cannot wait for more!!! I absolutely cannot wait to read more about Diana and her adventure. That how this book leaves you and on big high and need fore more!(Well i hope the hinting is real )

In the end ill say this to summarize:

Written by my favorite author – ✓
About a Kick Ass DC Hero – ✓✓✓✓✓✓
Incredible-Witty-kick ass-hilarious Dialogue – ✓✓✓✓✓
Action On Point – ✓✓✓✓✓
Hooks you by the Neck: ✓✓✓✓✓✓✓
Diverse, Relate-able & Fabulous Set Of Characters – ✓✓✓✓✓✓✓
So well its your decision now i gave it all the ticks!
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These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips (A Review)

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Genre: Death, Ya, Romance Contemporary, Fiction.
Year Of Publication: August 1st 2017.
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 352 pages ( Hardback)
My rating:5 out  of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own.

 

“Mistakes happen, We can hate ourselves for them all we want , but it doesn’t help anything. It just ends up hurting us too.

This story was beautiful and heart breaking. It was about loss, coping with guilt. This story was about Dara who accidentally killed her best friend. Honestly if you think about this how hard would be to a person to see you best friend die in front of you? This book brings about a lot of emotions for you to feel.

The chapters alternate between the past (sophomore year) and present (senior year) constantly. And you get to know about what happened before in flash as you weather the present. This format was quite interesting and fun for me to delve into. It gave you perspective and information about the past at exactly the right time. And told you how characters have changed and differ from their past selves.

I loved to see the friendship between Aubrey and Dara. To see the dynamic between them and how different they were from each other yet so compatible. And how it was effected by Justin, Aubrey’s new boyfriend.

Ethan was my favorite character. I loved seeing what he was before and what he was after the accident. He was sweet and caring. It was exactly what Dara needed to cope or to process and finally move on. Someone who would also understand and would have gone through the same pain as her.

Dara and her journey was so hard to read. For her to constantly feel guilty and numb. Wanting to punish herself. All her feelings, thoughts. The way she restrict herself around human beings and social cues.

Although you already know whats gonna happen but when it happens and is told. It quite so shocking and leaves you stunned, That how unpredictable life is. And in the end you are left with nothing but guilt. I love that we can get a much much deeper meaning about life from this book. Which is so much more than loss. And about life and its suddenness. Its unfair-ness.

I have added this to one of my fav books of 2017 list I just could help but fall for it badly. I must admit even before reading the cover had me. Its so beautiful. I love the person on the cover and her t shirt dress and the whole lake behind. Its beautiful.

I would recommend it to every one who is looking for  a heart felt contemporary.

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Southern Solstice by Sarah Sadler (A Review)

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Genre: Chick lit, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction.
Year Of Publication: June 2nd 2015
Publisher: Blue French Press
Pages: 404 pages ( Paperback)
My rating: 3.75 out  of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book by the author, in exchange for an honest review.All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own.

This story is about Larken Devereauxy , who at the start of the story is completely blindsided and taken by surprise when her fiancee decide to break up with her. Brokenhearted she returns to her aristocratic roots in  Charleston. While being back she has to tackle her mom, suffer through impending heartbreak and deal with trying to find her own way in live and be independent. While dealing with all this she has to choose between a man that has loved her forever and an intriguing passionate plastic surgeon.

I received this book quite a while ago and due to study and life it went on the back burner of my tbr. So when i decided to pick this up it was a forced decision because i had put it off far too long and i had no expectations by that point. This book hit me with quite a surprise.  I was engrossed and into it the whole way through. And kinda enjoyed every minute of it.

I enjoyed Larken as a MC, she was nice and kinda lost about her life and the choices she wants to make. Jackson intrigued me at first but than i got quite bored with him. Mile has this whole persona of mystery around him for quite a long time and i couldn’t wait to find out answers. The side characters moms, the grandma and Bart were quite refreshing and i loved them.

This is quite and enjoyable chicklit with the same vibes as some of Nora Roberts stories about Mc’s with aristocratic  family background. The writing is flowy and easy to follow.

The ending of the book is quite dramatic and has such a plot twist to it. This was such a fun fun book to read. Enjoyed it a lot. The lifestyle and the people of the south portrayed in the story were nice to read and to enjoy their high end part filled lives.

Another favorite part of mine about it is that gorgeous as heck cover so beautiful.

I would recommend this to everyone who is a fan of chick lit. This book was fun fun fun to read.

 

 

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I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski ( A Review)

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Genre: Traveling, Romance, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: July 11th 2017
Publisher: by HarperTeen
Pages: 336 pages ( Hardbackback)
My rating: 2.5 out  of 5 stars.

The publisher kindly sent me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own.

I see London, I see France is the first book in a supposedly up coming series. Its about a girl named Sydney and her friend backpacking through Europe while she still tries to monitor her agoraphobic mother’s mental health via text.But the fun doesn’t stop their their trip is crashed when they find out that her friend Leela ex boyfriend, Matt is on the same plane with his tre hot friend Jackson, accompanying him. And well they keep running into each other at different point of the story.

I read this books in one go! Although this is deemed as a Ya story it definitely was NA material for me. Even the cover looks super early teen stories type. Anyway the protagonists in the story are 19 year old college student set loose in Europe. It has drinking, pot, sex, nude beaches and a sex show in Amsterdam. All of these things were a little too on the NA side for me and mature content and it wasn’t the breezy cute ya novel i think it was gonna be.

At the beginning of  their travel of each new city they too their is a basic description of what that city is known for, tips and tidbits. Which make things a little interesting and i loved that part.

They are there for 4 and half weeks and they go through quite a lot of cities. Sydney is okay as a character but i found her a bit contradicting. At one point she is shown to be way too careful and parental like taking care of her mother and doing all the house chore and tasks, at another point she is way to okay with doing raunchy or like wild party  stuff. I didn’t get her? Leela, Sydney’s best friend was very annoying through out the story and a bit too selfish. But in the end she did manage to redeem  herself. The romantic interests Matt and Jackson interested me at first but by the end i didn’t really care for them. Sydney’s romantic story was, i don’t think well evolved and it just ended way to abruptly for me. And i like nothing much happened in between them to be fall in love or like to it be the bases of them being together in the long run. The relationships in this book had a lot of unnecessary drama and cheating involved and nobody cared and kept on getting back together i have no idea why?

I really enjoyed the aspects of traveling and backpacking in this story. And living at different places at different time and experiencing new food and people.

Overall the story isn’t that bad its just not a ya which is cute or fluffy(which i think it is marketed as). Their is a lot of Na weird stuff in it for me to like it that much. If you want a Na with a ya vibe story with romance and traveling involved this ones for you.

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Being Miss Nobody by Tamsin Winter (Review)

IMG_20170325_170340_024Genre: Family, Mental – Health, Realistic Fiction, Middle-Grade, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: April 1st 2017
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pages: 384 pages ( Paperback)
My rating: 4.5 out  of 5 stars.

The publisher kindly sent me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own.

I am so lucky that i was able to get this book. It was so sad and heartbreaking. And i loved this book to the core.

This book is about eleven years old Rosalind, who suffers from Selective Mutism. This story is about her at new secondary school and her dealing with everything that comes with it. Its about friendship , loss,  finding sanctuary and all in all how to be brave.

This story had a pretty realistic portrayal about SM, although i didn’t know about it much prior to this book. But this was heartbreaking to hear from the mind of someone who actually suffer from it. To see their struggle in every day to day life and the frustration that comes up with it.

So as Rosalind changes school and enters the new environment she is met with so many difficulties and hardship. And having SM doesn’t help and children in schools sometimes can be downright mean. Being fed up and out raged by all the treatment and bullying Rosalind is inspired to start a blog “Miss Nobody”.

This book does such a fantastic portrayal of  Rosalind’s mind and their are so many illustrations and beautiful graphic through out the book to show her muddled brain in public when she wants to speak.

Rose’s voice is compelling, she makes you feel so many thing, she makes you laugh. She makes you anxious, she make you angry.  Just by her voice entailing that sense into to you about what she is enduring or thinking.

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“I took  a deep breath, hummed a little bit and said, “Hi!” only it came out really loud and a few people turned around and I felt like the entire world was staring at me and that any moment Friendly Checkout Lady Number Five would ring her bell and announce over the tannoy,  ” Weirdly Loud Voice Girl at till number five!”

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“It was A Disaster On Practically A Global Scale. I could not imagine anything worse than being in the hall in front of everyone not being able to speak about the sugar concentration in orange juice.”
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I tired telling myself that I had Reasons To Be Cheerful, like Mrs Quinney was always going on about, like my family, having enough food, not living in squalor and poverty or having flies feast on my wounds like some of the people she had seen when she worked for God. Bur that night I didn’t feel like I had any reasons To Be Cheerful at all.”
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This books has some really beautiful relations in it and i loved them all so much.  From Mrs Quinney next door, to the parents , to the new best friend this book was packed with  wonderful characters and relationships. Specially Seb , Rose’s brother. They were so heart warming together and it was heart breaking.
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“Just pretend you’re a superhero like Batgirl and the library lady is The Target. Only instead of punching her brains out, you have to speak to her. And once you’ve done it you’ve saved the entire school from her evil plan.”
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Seb is the most pure and good part of this book. His dialogues and story is just so heart wrenching. And the dynamic between rose and him is just too good. Their exchanges through out the book were my favorite parts.
The one or two thing that i didn’t find right or what irked me were:
Some times Rosalind sounded way to mature for a 11 year old voice.
And how nobody no teacher or any other authority figure did anything about it at her school.
Over all this books is amazing. The mental health issues are beautifully written and handled. She delved into  the yes and no’s of therapy and how something some can work out some won’t. And that when they do how helpful they can be towards the betterment and the good of the sufferer.
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Final Verdict:
I would recommend this book to everyone. It one of those book that deals with issues of society and human kinds. While having a much much deeper meaning about standing up to for yourself. Speaking out about wrong and right. To issue everyone can relate to even without being mentally ill. This is a must read.
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (A Review)

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Genre: Family, Realistic Fiction, Young-Adult, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: February 28th 2017
Publisher:Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Pages: 464 pages ( Hardback)
My rating: 5 out  of 5 stars.

    Oh Actuallyyyyyy…All the Stars

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

Oh Boy do i wish i was a good enough reviewer to do this book justice!!!
This book is a must read for everyone. It was so raw, pure and realistic it makes you feel. This book is done so beautifully, written so flawlessly and emotionally charged unput down able mess.
This book is inspired by the “Black Lives Matter” movement. And i love that its title name has a literal deep meaning behind tit portraying the wrong in our society.
“Pac said Thug Life stood for ‘ The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody’.”
Like for real hate begins and is rooted into you as a child you grow up as you see whats happening around you learn to hate from seeing hate.
This book is so authentic with such genuine voices that make you so rooted to their story and feeling all the raw emotions.

“It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black.”

“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.
Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”

Plot:
This story is a girl named Starr Carter who is the only witness to seeing Khalil, her unarmed best friend, get shot by a white cop. And Starr has already seen one of her best friends get shot when she was 10, now at 16 she has gone thorough that all over again, and when Khalil dies, it honestly changes her life sooo much. She is the sole witness to the murder and she has to speak out and need to get justice. And stop all the fake and untrue stories spreading.
Characters:
I honestly loved all the character expect the bad ones you obviously are supposed to hate. Starr was mixture of bubbly with a side of bad ass when taken to that level. Her family was so tight knit and close. Their dynamic was amazing. I loved how much the cared for each other. The funny banter between all of them.

Quotes:

“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?”

“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug.
He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I’ll remember how he died.
Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.”

“Funny. Slave masters thought they were making a difference in black people’s lives too. Saving them from their “wild African ways.” Same shit, different century. I wish people like them would stop thinking that people like me need saving. One-Fifteen”

“When you fight, you put yourself out there, not caring who you hurt or if you’ll get hurt.”

“This is exactly what They expect you to do,” Momma says.
They with a capital T.
There’s Them and then there’s Us.
Sometimes They look like Us and don’t recognize They are Us.”

“Holy shit. Who the fuck complains about going to Harry Potter World? Or Butter Beer? Or wands? I”

This book is a master piece it manages to break your heart and than also leaves you warm and fuzzy the next page.
I don’t know what else to say but if you wanna be moved, laugh or just be enlighten. Read this book. Its done so well and so beautifully you just end up saying wow as you turn that last page!! Everyone should read this book. It not just about black lives its about humanity and how inclined towards hate we are these days. How killing is such a normal thing now. LIVES MATTER PEOPLE MATTER REGARDLESS OF RACE , GENDER , SKIN COLOR, ETHNICITY .

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You Don’t Know Me But I Know You by Rebecca Barrow (Review)

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Genre: Family,Mystery, Young-Adult, Contemporary.
Year Of Publication: August 29th 2017
Publisher:   by HarperTeen
Pages: 336 pages ( Hardback)
My rating: 4 out  of 5 stars.

The publisher kindly sent me this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are, of course, honest and completely my own.

    

You Don’t Know Me but I Know You “

This book was really good. I wasn’t expecting to be this likeable. This story is about a seventeen years old girl Audrey who finds herself accidentally pregnant. This story revolves around the process of discovery and the decision than she has to make.
I picked this book up this evening and i manged to finish it by tonight. It was a fast paced read. With diverse characters.
This is a beautiful story of a biracial girl. Her adoptive mom is white and a red head. Their relationship was so beautiful and easy going. She is so supportive of Audrey and her decisions.
This story is about love, friendship, loss and just figuring things out. The bestfriends of Audrey; each has her own personalities and quirk. Rose is complex and sometime came out as cruel sometime. But that was also a part of  their relationship discovery, figuring out and strengthening of those two together.
The biological mother also had an important role in the story and she help or contributed towards Audrey’s decision.

Julian the boyfriend is amazingly so and sometimes was way to perfect. He never panicked or freaked about the situation which i found a bit un realistic, otherwise he was a very nice boyfriend.
The only think I find at fault was the third person narrative perspective of the story like it was being told from the eye of someone else not the mc and i found that weird
The character were very relate able and everyday life like. It was easy to agree with their decisions.
Overall this a very poignant read about an important topic.