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Reading Reneé Ahdieh

I have a Instagram account dedicated to books (@pia_divergent_nerd). I check other book accounts every now and then, there are some books which are quite trending on Instagram and one of them was The Wrath and The Dawn by Reneé Ahdieh. I don’t want to be left behind when it comes to books. So I decided to read it along with The Literary Dragons Book Club (a goodreads group).

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First few pages took me some time to grasp. But as I got into the flow,  I went on and on. I had planned to finish it in one sitting but my dearest college wouldn’t allow me. But whenever I got a free time or if the teacher isn’t looking much at me,  I would read. The angst, the hatred, the love, the passion in all of it, kept holding to my attention. Reneé Ahdieh is a brilliant storyteller…

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The Origin of Martin Krooger — Book Review

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* I had received an ARC in exchange of an honest review.* Thank you Half Baked Beans for the ARC.

Blurb:

In the land of Gods, the arrival of a vigilante stormed the silence. He was brutally used and harassed by Gods. His emotions and sentiments were toyed with.

The most powerful god, Agusthus, feels crippled before him. He targets everyone responsible for his state. He drains Agusthus by slaughtering his son. He exhausts Moira, daughter of Agusthus, by killing her brother before her eyes. He breaks Castle Gray, the only one capable of stopping him, by cursing his love into a cold bloodless stone. He weakens the powerful Queen Iris, Gray’s mother, and enslaves her husband. He certainly has no opponent.

However, no one targets him. He is so silent and precise that no one buys the fact that the vigilante, who was cursed and killed long ago, is somehow back. Hence, the time waits for the birth of the last hope left to save the world from the wrath of the demon. Time waits for ‘Martin Krooger’.

Review:

I was literally disappointed reading this. The book neither stands up to it’s genre nor it’s title. The title is “The Origin of Martin Krooger” but the mention of Krooger is only in the concluding chapter. The genre mentioned at the back cover is Thriller, but the tempo is too slow for it to be a thriller. To be very honest, there’s no thrill at all. Too many diversions from the main story. The author has desperately tried to make it a sci-fi, by inserting some thermodynamics concept from physical chemistry, some mentions of algorithm concept from computer science. Tries to make the Heavens and the “Gods” tech-savvy. Makes the story of creation a science experiment and says evolution is something that the “stupid” humans believe. This is acceptable to some extent. But all of a sudden, some love story pops out. Too many unnecessary charcterisations.

In short, this book is A TOTAL NO-NO for people who appreciate the REAL ESSENCE of literature.

Books like this spoil the reputation of Indian Literature.

Rating:

2.5/5 (I thought of giving a 3 but I’m too pissed and disappointed)

According to one of his interviews, he confessed, he has never read a single novel. How is this possible? How can anyone become a novelist without reading a novel?? It’s like being a doctor without studying biology. Being a tree without roots.

On a positive note, the author should be applauded for attempting this genre (fantasy-thriller) for his debut book, which debutants generally avoid.

P.S. I would like to suggest the author PLEASE read a few novels. You could ask me, if you need book suggestions.

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My Bibliophilic Confession

Check out my weirdo confessions as a bibliophile 😅

I got really fascinated by Surbhi Sareen’s Confessions of a Bibliophile weekly episodes so I thought today I will present my confessions as a bibliophile.

Here we go:

  1. I have a weakness for vampires. I know they’re supposed to be blood suckers, monsters, but I find them hot, romantic, protective, poetic; just read Vampire Diaries, Twilight, Vampire Academy, you’ll know why I love Stefan, Edward and Dimitritumblr_inline_ne7u4qj6qk1r1u6b7
  2. I have cried watching films and TV shows but till now only ONE book has made me cry and i.e. Me Before You. It’s shocking right? Even I think so, my brain needs rewiring.me-before-you-novel
  3. When I am reading I always place myself as the female lead of the story and I go on imagining the sceneas if it’s happening to me (I still wonder why I don’t cry!)
  4. Once my friend had asked me, “Don’t you have sexual or romantic desires?” I…

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Paris for One and other Stories —Review

My rating: 4/5⭐

First of all thank you so much Penguin Random House- Michael Joseph Imprint for the e-ARC through NetGalley. 

​It’s my third Jojo Moyes read and as usual I enjoyed it. The different stories deal with different facets of life and inter-human relationships and emotions  — love, regret, jealousy, betrayal— and these have been so beautifully depicted. Some stories were romantic, some deep, some funny. I wish the short story “Between the Tweets” was a little longer, I think more of suspense could have made the story better.  Otherwise, i enjoyed it.

I’m so glad I got to review this book.

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Ruined — Book Review

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First of all thank you M.C. Frank for giving an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Beatrice had been a mystery throughout the story and that pulled the story forward. Though there were two central characters but the entire focus was on the lady. It’s a modern retelling of Jabe Eyre but I’m thankful it’s not slow paced as classics tend to be. Inspite of being archaic, the language approach is simple. But there were instances where things got very confusing. And also I did not find any significant wow moments this book.

I continued to read cause I wanted to know the mystery of the central character. Portrayal of Beatrice is commendable but this fainting on demand thing was overdone.

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My love life with book boyfriends

My first article as an intern of Kaffeinated Konversations. Very happy!! 😊😊😊

Nowadays dating is a fashion. Love, betrayal, patch-ups, breakups is a common phenomenon for every teenager and young adult.

But I’m one of a kind… I’m 21 and I had no breakups, no betrayals, no melodrama. Because my boyfriends are quite low maintenance… Relationships with book boyfriends are picture perfect…

My dates are either in my bedroom, or in one end of my classroom. I go on drives, and flight trips. Only gifts exchanged are happiness, love and incessant bliss…

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Every day is a Valentine’s Day with the ever poetic Stefan, reliving Keats all over again. Being in a crammed room with him also feels like walking down the street of Paris…

Posing for Lucas drawing my sketch, feels like I am the luckiest girl in the world…

Breezing through the woods with Edward, I get a new pair of wings…

I would always be a damsel in…

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