Book Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

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Title: After You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Chick-lit, Adult.

Published in: 2015

Synopsis:

When one story ends, another begins . . .

Lou Clark has lots of questions.

Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.

Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.

Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.

And will she ever get over the love of her life.

What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.

Then, one night, it does.

But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions?

Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.

Open it and she risks everything.

But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in  . . .

My thoughts!

Mates, Read my review of Me Before You here.

Me after having read this book:-

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I’ve only read some bad reviews about this book yet and I don’t agree with them at all. If you all are expecting for After You to be the same as Me Before You, then you need to change something in your mind, mate! I know I was missing Will too in the beginning and I was getting bored but then as the story developed more, I really got into it because I knew that this was a different book, that I was reading a sequel to a book that has ended. Besides it’s not like there’s no connection between the two books. I loved how Moyes kept it still revolving around Will and Lou at the same time. As your life takes a different turn every now and then, the same we see in After You and I think the readers should keep their minds open enough to embrace different stuff happening.

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I love the way Moyes weaves reality in this story, how she depicts life as Life. A journey that surprises you, cradles you with peace and love, throws you out of your zone, breaks you, challenges you and so much more.

This book is so much more than it shows. It tells you how different people deal with grief in their own ways, how Lou struggles with moving on, how people break out of their shells etc..

We see more aspects of Lou’s character. We love her more. We do wish she’d act differently at times (Can you guess what times I’m referring to?). We meet new characters that we begin to love or hate. It’s an exciting journey I assure you.. Oh and don’t hesitate if you wanna talk(swoon at) about Sam. *winks*

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I liked this book on the whole. Got so familiar with Lou that now it feels sad to think that there’s no other book on her. I would love to see a movie based on this though even though I don’t think they did a good job on Me Before You the film. 

Tell me if you have read these or any other book of Jojo Moyes and what you thought about them!

Thanks for reading guys!

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Genre: Fiction, Romance

Published: in 2012

Synopsis! 

Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

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My Thoughts!

Ahhhhh what a lovely read!

Okay so I had been put off reading this book cuz of a MAJOR spoiler I had gotten maybe a year ago? When this book was all over the internet. And since then I just didn’t wanna get into it cuz I knew that my fun was ruined. Now it’s my vacation and my goal is to shorten my TBR as much as I can so I picked it up. A dear friend of mine had gifted this and After You to me. Luckily, it wasn’t as bad an experience as I had assumed it would be for me.

I really like how Jojo Moyes writes.

The character development was gradual and great. There’s no love at first sight with her characters in this book but then when you fall for them, boy you fall hard. Pun intended. 😀

I smiled, I laughed, I sobbed, I cried.

Great journey, I’m surely gonna miss reading about Lou (the protagonist). I loved her character. A part of her was so relatable. I’m referring to her anxious side to be exact.

I loved Lou and her sister’s relationship. It was so real. Infact one of the thing that I loved about this book was that it was very realistic. No part of life was glamorized, exaggerated.

I want to talk about the book more but I just fear I might give something away so lets just end it here, lol.

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I would want you to read it even if you’re not into romance because this book is much more than that. It might awaken something in you. It may enlighten your mind about something you don’t know much of. You just never know. I feel like I’m sounding like Will. Haha.

The Movie!

I did not enjoy the movie as much as I enjoyed the book. I dunno maybe I was expecting a lot or something or I kept comparing it to the book. I know I shouldn’t do that but a bookworm cant help that. If I judge the movie on its own, it was good. Loved Will and the way Sam played his character.

Did you guys like the ending or you wished something else to happen? Tell me in the comments below.

Now let me go get into the sequel… *winks*

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review!

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I know this beauty related post in the middle of all bookish posts is making you all give me those looks like whaaat? O.o BUT what happened was that (StoryTime!) a few days ago I came back from my bestfriend’s place with my face looking like a pastry  (Girls just wanna have fun okay  and if you haven’t had this type of fun with your besties, then you’re missing on a lot). So I set myself to the holy task of removing all that makeup from my face and decided to open up this Micellar Cleansing water bottle that my bestie had given me a while ago. I wasn’t expecting much from this but boy it’s magic! And that’s when I decided I gotta tell it to the world. *winks*

Why I love it:

  • This micellar water is all in one. A) It removes your makeup. However heavy it is. Even three-four drops will work just fine and will leave your skin all clean. B) Cleanses. C) Soothes. This water can go on any part of your face. Doesn’t burn or sting on your eyes.
  • This water is for all skin types even for sensitive ones.
  • You don’t have to rinse your face necessarily after using it but I do wash my face after removing my makeup so I’d suggest you to do the same. J
  • It wipes off any makeup from your face very smoothly and easily. No need to rub.

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I use this cleansing water with these cotton pads my granny got me.

My bestie got this product from this online store https://www.facebook.com/beautyforeverrefined/ . This place is tested and tried. The owner is the sweetest and the products are great quality. Do check it out.

This review is not sponsored at all. I just wanted to share my experience with you guys!

Tell me if you want me to do more beauty related posts. Thanks for reading.

Book Review: A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

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Title: A Place Called Here

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Published in: 2006

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance.

Blurb!

Ever since the day her classmate Jenny-May Butler vanished, Sandy Shortt is haunted by what happens when something – or – someone disappears. Finding has become her goal.

Jack Ruttle is desperate to find his younger brother Donal who vanished into thin air a year ago so when he spots an ad for Sandy’s missing person’s agency, he’s certain that she will answer his prayers and find his missing brother.

But then Sandy disappears too, stumbling upon a place that is a world away from the only one she has ever known. Now all she wants, more than anything, is to find her way home.

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My thoughts!

I LOVEDDD this book. So much. I almost want to read it again (which I rarely do, sorry not sorry).

This beautifully written story takes you far away, it’s almost magical, the feeling I mean, and just leaves you in awe. In awe of the writer who made it all up so skillfully. I love the way Cecelia’s mind works. I’ve only read one other work of hers, Flawed. You can read my review by clicking here. I had loved that as well. And this one just blew me away. It actually revived my love for fantasy. I had not read anything fantasy in so long and this filled me up with all those fantastical feelings typical of such stories. I’ve GOT TO appreciate Cecelia’s imagination.

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~ Loved the writing style. It was simple yet attractive.

~ Ideas are developed smoothly. Cecelia has created a world both real and unreal, both realistic and idealistic, a world that you can’t turn away from. It just pulls you in with its riveting nature. You start wanting to be a part of that world, feel everything in it.

~ Characters created by Cecelia are all people you could love even if you hate them in real life. Describing the characters is her art. Worth mentioning here, the character of Gregory. Who wouldn’t LOVE to have a counselor or just anyone like him?! He was so goals. ❤

~ Good sense of humour. Cecelia can make you laugh at anything. It’s sincere. I love it.

~There were some great twists and turns too. I couldn’t put the book down. They kept my stomach churning.

~ The ending was a little predictable but it was woven through splendidly. I wish I could go into it but that would be a spoiler so gotta stop.

What I love about Cecelia is that she makes it so easy to believe that we all need some fantastical thinking in our lives, to make everything more beautiful more meaningful.

This lovely story might not be for hard-core realists but it’s a treat for the rest. If you have loved fantasy stories then you’ll enjoy this one too. We all need an escape from the harsh reality sometimes and so I think everyone should give this a read once. More than once would also be fun.

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such pretty covers!!!

Ive been recommended to read Cecelia’s other books esp ‘If You Could See Me Now’ and I can’t wait to lay my hands on it. Have you read Ahern? Tell me what you thought of them.

P.s: Who else would love a movie adaptation on this novel? *dreams on..*

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Book Review: The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all doing well. I read a book after so long (exams, what else?!) and feel so glad to have reviewed it. I had almost forgotten the joy of this whole art. Anyways, I’m back now. Tell me what you think of my review and where I need to get better. Read on and have fun!

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Title: The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

Author: Fatima Bhutto

Genre: Fiction, Drama, Contemporary, War.

Published in: 2013

Synopsis:

It begins and ends one rain swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in the troubled tribal region of Waziristan, close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. The second brother, a doctor, goes to check in at his hospital. His troubled wife does not join the family that morning for no one knows where Mina goes these days. And the youngest, the idealist, leaves for town on a motorbike. Seated behind him is a beautiful, fragile girl whose world has been overwhelmed by war. Three hours later, their day will end in devastating circumstances.

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My Thoughts!

A beautiful, harsh story of love, war, terror, instability and fight for a cause. The first thing that came to my mind when I was past one quarter of this book was that it felt such a raw story to me. Without any glamor or fantasizing the life of the inhabitants of Mir Ali, the border town in Pakistan, the writer surely gripped me with her story which seemed, so many times, a non-fiction work which it isn’t but it did sound like that to me because of the truth in it or because of the familiarity of many elements in the novel.

I found out something similar said by the author herself,

In a Gulf News interview, Bhutto disclosed that “When I was a journalist, I had traveled a lot. All the things that did not fit into articles, all the little moments you have with people, those stayed with me. The surge in this book came from that period of journeys. The scenery or the descriptions come from what I saw. So, even though it is fiction, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is not a fake story.” Source

Also the story may be fiction, it’s very realistic nonetheless. Fatima Bhutto has skillfully painted a very true picture of the tribal area of Pakistan, the way its people are treated and seen from others’ eyes, whatever they face due to their misfortune.

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The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is a tale of three brothers determined by the fates of their ancestors and mingled with their own desires, wishes and not so easy decisions. It is the story of these three brothers spanning just a few hours of a day from their lives but we are taken to each of their pasts in the form of flashbacks which clear some things and mystify some others.

Scenes full of emotions, thrill and mystery take the story to its completion with the ending still leaving us on our own imaginative ability. But let me tell you, the end does relax you a bit at the same time leaving you with more, yet different questions.

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There was however something that made me a little uncomfortable (cuz of personal reasons) the way (a very contemptuous way, at that) the military and intelligence forces of the nation are treated by the author in her novel. But then again, I’ll make no further comments as this was a fictional work.

I would still recommend this novel to the readers out there who want to have a quick read (as it’s a very short novel) about people coping up with war on terror and injustice in their country in their own distinctive ways.

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Have you guys read this book or any other book by Fatima Bhutto? Tell me what you thought about it.

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for more reviews. Feel free to collab with me. You can see what I’m up to through my Instagram.

Book Review: Daughter by Jane Shemilt

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Daughter by Jane Shemilt.

Author: Jane Shemilt

Genre: Psychological thriller

Published in: 2014

Blurb:

The night of the disappearance

She used to tell me everything.

They have a picture. It’ll help.

But it doesn’t show the way her hair shines so brightly it looks like sheets of gold.

She smells very faintly of lemons.

She bites her nails.

She never cries.

She loves autumn, I wanted to tell them. She collects leaves, like a child does. She is just a child.

FIND HER.

One year later

Naomi is still missing. Jenny is a mother on the brink of obsession. The Malcolm family is in pieces.

Is finding the truth about Naomi the only way to put them back together?

Or is the truth the thing that will finally tear them apart?

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My thoughts:

Daughter is a story of a disappearance of a girl and narrated by her mother who finds herself a stranger in front of her family after her daughter is gone missing.

It touches various topics like how different people deal with grief and loss differently, how parent’s lives and attitude lead to certain acts of the children, how important it is to recognize your child’s individuality and then act accordingly and much more.

Many readers wouldn’t agree but I liked the fact that this book was so detailed due to which it became nice and slow. Like it was very settled ( I guess?! If that makes sense). I mean the story was not rushed at all. The words made a mark on your mind which I loved. (a highfive and a shoulder bump for you if you get me).

Jenny (the mother) has no idea her life would turn out like this. After Naomi (the daughter) disappears, she starts discovering things about her family, things that had never even crossed her mind. We go through every shock with her. We formulate different theories just like she does.

I liked how the story weaved in and out of the past and present. It explained events and helped in sympathizing with the characters.

The twists and turns are what keep you reading the book. This has enough to make you impatient to get to the end.

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Won’t spoil the ending for y’all but I think it could’ve been better. Still, the whole experience was good. I believe every book offers you something. And this surely did.

This book is one that I would definitely recommend to a reader especially one who loves mysteries and thriller stories. It does have some loose ends and disappointing parts but it’s detailed and descriptive which makes it a captivating read.

‘Daughter’ is Jane Shemilt’s debut novel and for that she deserves applause.

For the record, when this book came out, it stayed in the Top Ten for nine weeks, kept from the No 1 slot by Jeffrey Archer. In three months, it sold 200,000 copies, where most first novelists struggle to sell 2,000.

I think this book’s second and third parts are also in process but I’m not sure about this news. I would love to read them anywayyy…

I hope you liked this review of mine. You can check out more on the blog.

On another note, my exams are over means vacation has started and I’m calling my books (or they’re calling me?!) so stay tuned for more reviews.

Until next time, Stay safe.

Book Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton.

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Title: Rebel of the sands

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published in: 2016

Synopsis:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

My thoughts:

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love the details on the cover!

All the fantasy lovers, feminists and those who are attracted to eastern culture, I have a book for you. Yes this one right here. Rebel of the sands. Adventure and Romance lovers can also going to enjoy it though.

So all those who haven’t come cross this book before, let me inform you that this is Alwyn Hamilton’s debut book and it is the first part of this fantastic trilogy.

And I absolutely LOVE it.

I actually have a weird relationship with this book. I didn’t seem to like it too much at first and was getting bored, felt that the story was dragged but that was only because I was distracted. I assure you guys this book is ANYTHING but boring. Now obviously, if you’re reading something absent-mindedly and your sub-conscious is nagging you the whole time with one thing or another then you won’t be able to enjoy any book no matter how good it is. That is what happened with me. But right when I loosened up from the grip of other stuff, I felt myself hooked into the story and I just wanted to get to the end and know what would happen and all that I-so-love-this-book feeling.

 

Nonetheless, I never read too fast because I like to savor each and every part of the book, that’s what I did here too.

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So you must have read the plot above, you can tell I’m sure, how interesting it is and the story gets more and more interesting with every page. (You just need to pay attention).

The writing style appeared different to me. It was simple yet descriptive.

I have to admit, at some places something seemed amateur, I don’t know if it was the writing or the story. I was also confused here and there because maybe some more explanations could’ve helped.

But these flaws are too tiny in front of the fascinating world that Alwyn creates and the characters and the magical creatures oooo.. I have fallen in love with all the characters and cannot wait to read more about them in the second book WHICH IS COMING OUT IN MARCH 2017 WOOHOO.

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This book is definitely going to take you on an amazing journey like on the Aladin carpet through deserts and plains.

I read fantasy after a looooonggg time and I must say I was getting all those old school feels *sobs* when I used to adore fantasy. I still do but now I’ve turned to more serious stuff. But this has brought back my long-lost love for fantasy. Suggest me some awesome fantastical reads guys.

If you don’t already know, the second book in this trilogy is named “Traitor to the throne” and looks like this:

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Cool right?! I can’t wait either.

See this beautiful edit I did of this already beautiful book!

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p.s: I received this book in the first OwlPost box and the dreamcatcher too. To see the other stuff that came with this book, you can check out the review here.

If you have read this book, let me know your thoughts about it and your favorite character in the comments below. Thanks for reading.

Stay safe y’all.