Wrap-ups and TBRs

July Wrap-up!

Hey guys,

It’s that time of the month again. Is it only me or does July seem to have been flown by way too quickly? I think it’s only me.

This month, I have read quite a decent amount of books. A total of six. Although I really wanted to finish one more before writing this post, I am really happy with myself (considering one of these books is equal to three).

I am also starting a new thing from this wrap-up post. I don’t think I have seen anyone else do that which I am really excited about. So without further ado, let’s jump in.

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Book Reviews

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon!

When Dimple Met RishiWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dare I say that I didn’t hate it, or *gasps* I ended up enjoying it?
Haha, I was just messing around. When Dimple Met Rishi is one of the most mixedly opinionated books I have read recently. It was so hyped before coming out, thanks to the premise. Afterward, a lot of people adored it. But more than those were the ones (especially in my feed) who hated and despised it.
To me, it felt like a throwback to cheese filled Bollywood movies I grew up watching. There are a ton of references riddled in this book too. So reading an English novel with a glimpse of that culture was fun.
This is a book about a girl whose mother is pushing her to get married and she is just interested into going college and find freedom. And the guy she is arranged to marry is one who finds a lot of comfort in his traditions and is totally on the ship ready to set sail with the girl of her mother’s dreams.
Their parents arrange them to meet on a internship programme but Dimple has no idea about the arrangement. She is in there only for coding and the result is quite a bit of drama.
Albeit having some problems, especially the bad writing style. I liked the character relationships in this book a lot.
Especially Rishi’s. He is the kind of character a lot of guys need to read and learn something from. lol
As for Dimple, well she is fiercer than it suits me. Not liked her character much, but the way Rishi complemented her growth was worth reading.
This book followed the theme of choice, between career and love. Especially in women. How the decisions are hard but making a sacrifice is not necessarily obsolete. It also touched upon the subject of the worth of pursuing one’s passion. Being different than norm was also a topic discussed with maturity. Which brought back a lot of memories from angsty teenage years, haha.
The weird thing I found in this book was such overuse of Hindi. For a fluent like me, it wasn’t an issue. But a majority of the readers must not have understood a single word, I wonder how they fared through those parts?
Also, I have heard of unreasonably excited for marriage kind of brown parents. But never have I heard of parents who would be so hopping on their feet to become grandparents right when their children turns eighteen. The most impractical ones also starts thinking along those line only after twenty-five. But still it was cute, though a bit emateur.
So that’s it for this review. I was in the mood for it and ended up enjoying it, but I can tell why a lot of people didn’t like it. So take my opinion with a grain of salt. 😀
Thanks for reading and share your thoughts about this book with me as I would love to know. 🙂

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Quotes

5 Fav Quotes: The Way of the Kings

Hey, Guys!

I’ve recently read and adored this masterpiece of a book and have not been shutting up about how much this book had an impact on me.

So I decided to share 5 of the quotes from this book that really stuck close to home. But read this post with caution since one can never be sure how spoiler-y a harmless quote can turn out to be.

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Book Reviews

The Way of the Warrior (The Young Samurai #1) by Chris Bradford

The Way of the Warrior (Young Samurai, #1)The Way of the Warrior by Chris Bradford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars.

‘Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

So amazing, it had all the tropes in a book that I love. So I loved it a lot.
Based on the feudal era Japan, this story takes off when a ship from England, searching for this mysterious land, catch up with a really nasty storm and ends up being dragged to a smaller piece of land. While trying to repair the ship, they are attacked by Japanese pirates and all of them are killed except a twelve-year boy named Jack who somehow survives.
Who is dragged to the land by a savior, he is a really looked up to Samurai of the village that’s near this port.
His own son was killed by a ninja exactly two years ago, so he considers it a sign and takes Jack into his adoption.
Things happen and Jack is taken to the Samurai school in Kyoto, where he has to learn all the arts of being a Samurai while dealing with quite a lot of racism.
I just love myself a book with Japan. I have grown up watching solely animes, so it was like a throwback to my early middle-grade life. I also will always love a book with Academy aspect. Especially I enjoy reading about training though it is always in the danger of being dragged. Luckily, Bradford was really good at keeping it minimal and interesting. The pacing of this book was really strong.
Though the beginning felt like a retelling of Shogun is middle-grade version. the story did improve and escalated quickly. A nice, breezy book with really interesting characters, I loved it. Though as I mentioned, it’s a me situation. I love all of these tropes and Bradford played with them nicely thus I adored it. I will still recommend it but read it with that in mind. 😀

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The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archives #1)

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“My father used to say that there are two kinds of people in the world,” Kaladin whispered, voice raspy. “He said there are those who take lives. And there are those who save lives… I used to think he was wrong. I thought there was a third group. People who killed in order to save.” He shook his head. “I was a fool. There is a third group, a big one, but it isn’t what I thought…. The people who exist to be saved or to be killed. The group in the middle. The ones who can’t do anything but die or be protected. The victims. That’s all I am.”

This book… and the series as a whole can be easily considered the new face of the fantasy genre. Plotted so intricately, written so nicely, and overall so well done. My thoughts are in a jumble as I desperately try to make sense of them and write a review.
I am amazed that once I heard somewhere about Sanderson that his characterization is weak. Since I doubt those peoples have read Kaladin (or Kelsier for that matter). He is one of the most well-crafted and amazing characters I have ever stumbled upon.
He is broken, yes he does spend a lot of time being sulky over it. But it all fits the plot and the situation so well. And never does it compromise the pace.

He was a slave. But he didn’t need to think like one.

Aside from him, this book was filled with characters who will stay with me long after I have finished this book. Dalinar, Syl, Szeth, and Jasnah being among my favorites. This is going to be an almost ten book series, and each book will focus more on a single character. This one was about Kaladin. This might be the first time in a book where I found myself looking more forward to the backstory scenes. Those were done so well. Kaladin’s past has so much richness, his life as a whole is so amazingly crafted which makes us really think and be appreciative of our privileges and feel bad for making any sort of excuses regarding anything. If Kaladin could manage what he did if he didn’t give up than others are just being petty. I won’t apologize it is sounds like gushing since I loved his character so much.
The behemoth size served the story extremely well, only then did the ending had the impact it held. Every character got the due characterization.
The world-building just needs a moment of silence, from different grasses to the big historical events, everything was done just so perfectly.
I usually read two or three books at a time, switching between them. But I read this one almost in its entirety. Although its size is enormous and intimidating. The story just hooked me so much that I couldn’t stop.
The only minor con I had was a small romance aspect in this book, Dalinar’s. Although it got next to no coverage or page space, it did bug me considering how perfect the rest of the book was.
Overall, this is a definite must read and I believe Sanderson has yet again challenged the norms and raised the bars for not only the genre as a whole but for himself too. (Since I have definitely started expecting a lot from him)

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before review

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5/5 stars
I enjoyed this book way more than I care to admit. This book (and I feel like this is the case with Jenny Han’s other series too) never really caught my attention because, in my opinion, the title and the cover combined made it sound like a cringe-worthy romance. But luckily for me, someone whom I trust and has a similar taste in books recommended this to me and I ended up enjoying it so much. So as much as it looks like lovey-dovey romance novel about a girl who isn’t fit in her own skin, finding love and suddenly turning confident, it’s so not that kind of story.
The premise of this book is actually a girl who’s mother died when she was barely into her teens I presume, she had an elder sister Margot, who was always the motherly figure for her. Now Margot is leaving abroad for college, and Lara Jean is kind of in a fragile mood already. To add to her misery, her hatbox disappears. That isn’t an ordinary hatbox. Inside it, Lara Jean used to write love letters to all the boys she ever crushed on, and by writing letters to them is her way of exorcising those feelings out of her into the page. She doesn’t write it to send them, but to just take it out on the page and forget about it.
But one day, after Margot has left for the college, she starts finding out that those boys have started receiving her letters. And what follows afterward is, to put it simply, a ton of drama.
What I appreciated the most in this part was that most of the emphasis on Lara Jean’s personal growth was through her family. Like they were the channel through whom she discovered herself. I complain a lot about how in YA fantasies, we usually start with a girl who is not comfortable in her skin, has a lot of issues, and suddenly find her Mr.Right and her confidence along with him. Even with this being a romance book, I was so surprised how maturely the author tackled that issue. Like her love-life is way more awkward after the letters go out, she goes through a lot of ordeals, but it isn’t her love interests who are with her at her hour of need. It’s either one of her sister or her father. Sometimes even the memories of her mother.
Speaking of sisters, there were times when I found the character of Margot pretty annoying. Albeit believable. But can we just give a moment of silence to Katie, she is the most adorable character I have come across. She made me almost with to have a little sister of my own. Almost.
Since this is a romance book, so I feel obliged to tell that I am obviously shipping Peter. At first, I liked Josh a lot, but as the story progressed, he started annoying me out. He was one of that kind of characters who are just sore losers, in my opinion. Like to me, it felt he was just looking for a commitment, regardless of whom he might get it from. Which was weird. So I started despising him.
Overall this is a pretty fun book which I will highly recommend to anyone who is in the mood of sweet family drama.

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Wrap-ups and TBRs

My Overly-Ambitious July TBR!

This is that time of the month again. Where I feel like I am some superhero (The Flash to be specific) who can chug down gazillion books this very month if only I put my mind to it. Since I know 2017 has been a bad reading year this far, I really want to change that this month. The need is almost physical and painful guys, so get ready for a long TBR post.

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Book Reviews

The Alloy of Law (Mistborn 4) by Brandon Sanderson!

The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4)The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“…I shot the guy who took your hat, though he lived. He’s probably gone by now.”
“you didn’t grab the hat for me?” Wayne asked, sounding offended.
“I was a little busy being shot at.”
“Busy? Aw, mate. It doesn’t take any effort at all to get shot at. I think you’re just makin’ excuses on account of being jealous of my lucky hat.”

I was kind of scared picking this one up just because of the nostalgia factor. Like I was just discussing with a friend, most books fall into second-book syndrome and yet this was the first book in the second series. How in the world would it live up to the place the original trilogy has in all of our hearts? But as the quote above suggested, I didn’t need to worry. If nothing else, this book is a promised fun ride.
For me, the selling factor of a book (or any work of fiction) is always its characters and their relationships. And I always appreciate when the author is thoughtful enough to understand that relationships don’t always fall in the romantic category. And that’s what Sanderson focused most on this book. Wax and Wayne are two friends, an adorable duo with tons of history and lots of wits. Their friendship just shines on the page. The way they seem to understand each other and the way they care for each other without showing it, that’s just plain beautiful.
And how could I forget to mention the brilliant Marasi? She is just so endearing of a character. The fact that she had queer interests but was still unapologetic of staying feminine was the selling factor. I am tired of girl characters who believe mimicking guys would make them more feminist. She was a breath of fresh air.
I also enjoyed the mention of previous characters. The funniest part was, though they used to be all friends and had worked together, nowadays the sects following them are so rigid and differentiated from each other. It’s fun to see how that branched out. The only problem was I was having a hard time understanding which religion was a follower of which character?
Elendel has become quite an interesting place as well. What with trains and the introduction of electricity. This whole book is just so brilliant and filled with nostalgia, it makes me want to cry.

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Book Reviews · New Releases

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic 3) by V.E Schwab

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Take all the stars from me, Schwab, you deserve them for creating this masterpiece for us. It’s always good to see a writer growing with each book, and for Schwab, the change is more prominent. The first book in this trilogy had so much promise, yet turned so little stones. Ever since being introduced to this world (by a booktube channel btw) I had been in awe from the concept and the premise. When I found the book and started reading it, the magical world and her amazing writing style pulled me in so much, I forgot everything else that was happening in my life and finished that one in a single sitting.
But once done, I felt so frustrated. I needed more of Red London and Kell. As if Schwab had read my mind, the second book came which had nothing but Red London–not as much Kell as I would like, though.
And I finished that again with feeling that so many stones were left unturned. While hyping over the release of this book, I feared I will end up finishing this one the same way. But turned out I shouldn’t have worried.
Every character, from major to minor, were given their due time. All the backstories unraveled. While keeping the pace thrilling, I am in awe how the author managed that.
Kell had always been my favorite, from the moment he was introduced. Lila had a tendency to keep getting better and better by each scene. Alucard was a cool character when introduce, but turned out to have so much depth in him. I was close to tears at one point for him. And for Rhy, and unpopular opinion here. I was annoyyed by him in the first book, but then he kept growing on me. Until by the climax, he was the one I was most pained for. Most rooting for.
And a moment of silence for the king and queen please. I mean, I haven’t seen a single YA book putting so much weight on the parental characters. Previous book in this series also had merely touch on the corners of their character. Kind of decoration pieces just for display. But in this one, I can’t even begin to describe how happy and in awe I am by the justice done to their character.
This is the kind of book where a reader is pained at the death of even trivial characters. Because the death was carved out from the ones left living. The emptiness always left inside them, a hollow that kept ringing in every word so that a reader had to feel it.
The plot was amazingly built. Without missing a beat. From the moment the book started, it felt like a climatic sequence. That was the measure of intensity. The climax was epic. The action scenes was thrilling to the bone. The adventurous feel was just amazing.
As you can all see, the whole review has been me madly gushing over the book. Some might be even rolling their eyes– surely there has to be some weakness in the book. And certainly there is, one tiny one.
IT ENDED!
Gosh I don’t want it to end. Don’t know what to do with my life anymore. Please Schwab, fill the void soon or my life will be left miserable forever.
Okay now I have turned into rambling so should take my leave.
P.S a full spoilery thought post is cooming soon in my blog. Shameless marketing over, time to leave the review for those brave enough to read it.

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