Bibliophilia (22) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

This’s a very cliche good-girl-falls-for-bad-boy-who-turns-out-not-being-bad-after-all story, but it’s ok. It’s sweet and cute and dreamy like teen stories should be.

I don’t think I want to read the sequel(s) though. Maybe I’ll watch the movie. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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Bibliophilia (19): The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3)


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Well, this book has been quite a journey. A very intricately-woven, emotionally-charged trek. I’m impressed by Sanderson’ writing.

I had some difficulty, however, relating to that cosmic turn of events; the clash of gods and divine powers. I would have loved a more human conflict, or rather a more believable villain (at least to me), for unlike the author portrayed, I believe gods make no mistakes. Gods don’t fail. And most importantly, if you’re fighting the end of the world, an apocalypse, there’s no stopping it. Some ends are bound to happen eventually.

Nice try though. Now off to a new journey.

Bibliophilia: (18) The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)


β€œWe’re going to do what Kelsier taught us, Vin. We’re going to survive.”

— Brandon Sanderson.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I want to apologize to Sanderson. It’s so unfair that it took me 2 years, 4 months, and 24 days to finish this book. I loved the way things escalated and the way characters developed. I promise that I’ll finish Book 3 in days, and not in years. πŸ™‚

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The Book of Misfits… A new free book on Wattpad!


Check out my latest flash fiction collection on Wattpad!

Your votes and comments on my book are very much appreciated. πŸ˜€

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Vanboy: a new free book!


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Here comes a new story of mine! Please check it out on Wattpad.com, I’d appreciate any feedback indeed. πŸ™‚

Here’s the 1st chapter!

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Bibliophilia: (16) An Abundance of Katherines


An abundance of KatherinesAn abundance of Katherines by John Green.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars.

John Green is one of the few who’ve made me laugh and cry in one moment. Also, I’ve been laughing throughout the book, but for some reason, I burst out crying as I finished. Maybe because I didn’t want it to end, or maybe because I have never read something so beautiful.

I wonder how he came up with this brilliantly-constructed plot, how artistically he sculpted each character making such a hard-to-put-down book. I bet it wasn’t easy.

And it’s worthy to mention that this’s the first time I wasn’t offended by a Muslim character. Some aspects of Hassan’s beliefs weren’t so accurate as well as some of the Arabic, but still,I find the effort John Green put in this story very remarkable and impressive.

I loved every word, period.

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Bibliophilia(15): The Scarlet Pimpernel


The Scarlet PimpernelThe Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars.

I let out a long “Awwww!” when I finished reading. This is one of the best-written books I have ever encountered, and Emma Orczy has officially become my top favourite classic female writer (yes, she has just surpassed Jane Austen)!

I was amazed by her assembly of words since the opening paragraph. Although the plot is so predictable, that you solve all the mysteries before she exposes them, although there were points were I felt that Marguerite, the smartest woman in Europe, couldn’t be that foolish, and other points where the pace was almost stagnant, I couldn’t help but enjoy and feel entertained by every line. After all, Emma Orczy still managed to make me fall for The Scarlet Pimpernel and his audacious wits! πŸ™‚

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Intersections… A new book!


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I have just published a new book on Wattpad! A collection of flash fiction pieces about strangers who cross our path. Feel free to check the first chapter! I would really appreciate it if you took the time to read it. Here’s the link:

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Bibliophilia: (13) Eleanor and Park


Source: Goodreads.

 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.

That was sweet, and heart-breaking; my favourite kind of romance. I couldn’t fully relate to the eighties, but I certainly did relate to Eleanor; mostly her insecurities,and how her life is a mess.

“In your life, things happen for reasons. People make sense. But that’s not my life. Nobody in my life makes sense.”

The author wanted you to know that no matter who you are, or how you look like, you can always find love, and I liked that. She was also right, because love shouldn’t be a fairytale, it’s never like fairy tales. This book pretty much reminds me of Paper Towns; precisely the gasp I let out when I realized I hit the last page.

P. S. This book, however, promotes racism, and is full of cussing and F words. (Hence the 4 stars).

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Bibliophilia: (11) A Game Of Thrones


Source: Goodreads.

I did not hate the book, however, I did also not love it. When I started formatting this review inside my head, I realized that I was trying too hard to like the novel.

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I haven’t read any Medieval fantasies before this one, but I do know what they’re all about, and George R. R. Martin hasn’t gotten out of the clichΓ© zone of high fantasies. Dragons and zombies? Really?! :/

It could’ve been written way better. “A Game of Thrones” obviously portrays many “high lords” in dispute, that’s fine. But the historical background of the characters and settings were crammed in a dull, monotonous narrative. The author ignored the “common people”; I believe the story would’ve been much deeper and richer if he paid as much attention their cultures and how they lived.

There were points though, where I honestly loved the way he demonstrated and vividly painted the scenes. Sadly, he kept repeating himself, and at some point, I started noticing the abuse of adverbs and some adjectives. I have to admit that I felt attached at some parts to characters and engaged to the story, yet these were transient moments. Martin failed to keep me immersed.

Despite all the flaws, I would’ve been looking forward to the second book, if it wasn’t for misogyny and graphic scenes.

How often have words like “whores”, “wenches”, “sluts” been addressed to women? How many vulgar referrals to women’s body parts? And the undue descriptions, those I refrain from mentioning! This ugly reduction of women into mere tools of pleasure is sick. I did feel offended, and angry.

Now to the graphic content. Well, I’m totally against demonstrating intimate sexual details, I see no point of it whatsoever, and Martin writes like dirty-minded teenager, really. I always skip such paragraphs, but still, you don’t need to read to know they were very graphic, disgustingly graphic. I felt distressed (and threatened) so often throughout this book.

As an aspiring writer, I love to study popular works of fiction, and I did hope to learn anything there, but to my disappointment, there was nothing to learn.