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.
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?
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.
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.
Note: Before you start judging me, know that this was written more than a year ago so a few things might seem outdated. lol
Are you a fangirl?
If you go crazy after fanfictions, are passionate about writing (especially if it’s fiction) or simply want to read a light, nice, contemporary YA book with a lil romance, THIS BOOK is for you.
This is a book which has been so much anticipated by me, I can’t even tell. I don’t know, just the title used to excite me so much (becuz I myself am a HUGE fangirl) and I would get curious about what would be in this book when it would be all over ig . Finally I got my hands on it and now that I am done with it, I can take a sigh of relief. I am satisfied now. It was TOTALLY worth it.
Overall speaking, I would give it a 3.5-4/5. In the start, it does seem a lil slow but once the story develops more, it’s gripping.
One thing I loved about it was how it was emotional but not too emotional at the same time. It wasn’t closing-the-book-and-crying-too-hard emotional. It did touch some very deep and sentimental topics like Cath’s moments with her Dad and her Mom and also with her twin sister Wren. But Rowell kept it light throughout.
SOME PARTS. OMG. Like imagine reading your own fanfics out aloud to someone as cute as Levi. Eeeeep.
The characters. I personally liked all the characters. Cath, the main lead, was an anxious teenager. Many would relate to her struggles. At times, she was annoying but that’s just me maybe. You don’t wanna be hating on her okay. Levi was adorable. Wren was pretty cool. Some might not like her for her different attitude but I still liked her because 1) Everyone’s different. You can’t expect even twins to be the same. That is what they are. 2) The story was written from Cath’s pov. If it was written from Wren’s pov, we would’ve sided with her. Arthur was a great person. A great dad, liberal enough. I did not like their Mom. She just seemed cold. Nevertheless, all the characters were realistic.
The ending was great. Likeable.
WHAT WE LEARN: One thing the book addressed is the hurdle writers face while in the process of writing something or just generally. We see how Cath feels uninterested in writing something else other than her favorite fanfiction. Professor Piper plays a supportive role there (I really liked her). She encourages Cath to write something original, something out of nothing. We learn that when teachers who are more experienced than us are pushing us for something, it’s because they see our potential in it and it’s good for us to follow that path.
We learn that it’s okay to give some space to people who were/are really close to us. Like when Wren got really busy in her schedule, Cath felt left out but she never forced Wren to make time for her because after all, they got in college where you branch out and make friends. But as the saying goes “Old is Gold”, don’t forget your old chums too.
The cover is really cute and simple. I love the big font title on the front.
AND for those who don’t know, Rainbow Rowell is going to publish her first fantasy novel based on the Simon Snow fanfiction written by Cath in the novel and she’s naming it Carry On. *screams and fangirls*
Oh and who wants ‘Fangirl’ to be turned into a movie. Me. *raises both hands*
Tell me who did you ship Cath with in the comments below?
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
My thoughts on this book:
All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr is a beautiful book. You know when sometimes you want to read a book whose story is set in a beautiful landscape and it’s a story of love, sacrifice, longing, distance and everything else and you want to have a cup of coffee and a blanket and read that book and get soothing vibes, well this one’s like that. Let me also inform you that the story of this book is centred in wartime. World War 2 to be precise. Now you would say how it would give soothing vibes if it is set in wartime!? That’s my point.
I picked this up from Jarir Bookstore in Al buraidah, Saudia Arabia. It was on Best seller’s rack. And I don’t know what made me buy it but I’m not saying I’m regretting it. It was totally worth it. After reading this one, I can say that I had a great experience. *content smile and sigh*
The book does have a number of thrilling, suspense filled moments and of course every book has those but on the whole it makes you feel the serenity depicted through its imagery. The female protagonist lives in a big house which gives her a view of the ocean at the back. You would read about shells, water, marine creatures and all adding to the feeling of living near sea. Also because the girl is blind, the author has very beautifully appealed to our other senses through imaginative language. The war scenes are there yet they don’t seem intense (maybe it was just me) maintaining the calming tone of the book. Loved the writing style. It was nice and slow~
The book is divided into different parts related to time period alternating between past and present and also the character perspective is alternated. The story is narrated by a third person.
In the beginning, it seemed a little boring and I couldn’t get in the story much but then the story developed and I was hooked. I read it slowly due to Ramadan as I wanted to focus on other things first. I even thought that it was dragged but if you think the same while you are reading the start, then I assure you it’s gonna interest you soon.
The title is really intriguing, makes you imagine what the book would be about!
The ending was good. It was realistic. Not what I wanted but it wasn’t bad either. It was justified. It just keeps you in reality. *slaps my fantasy drugged mind*
I love Doerr’s writing style and descriptive manner. It’s simple but not too plain at the same time. He portrayed the life of young boys and girls in wartime very nicely and rightly. He has the skill to present ordinary objects as in ‘shells, radio, stone, miniature models of houses’ so fantastically that the reader is fascinated by them forever. The hustle and bustle of people packing up and leaving their houses to go somewhere else, the uncertainty in their minds, the abandoned feeling of lying under the shattered roofs and ceilings, Doerr describes the circumstances in which people had to leave their homes and families at the onset of world war . Though it’s fictional, it’s much pretty much realistic. How some boys and girls without the care of their parents had to find a way out to survive, to live. How they had to protect their loved ones… After all that’s pretty much the case in war situations.
I think this book is perfect for movie adaptation. It would turn out so good and the directors can take James McAvoy (current crush) as male lead and I don’t care which girl they take but just imagineeee!
Okay so I hope you liked this review. Give it a like if you did. Thank you.
You can also check out my other reviews here on the site.
Published in: 2001, translated in English in 2012.
How many of us just keep things in our head and leave them unsaid? It’s a common practice of most of the individuals to just talk to themselves and not say most of the things we want to say. Well, our protagonist Clarice is just like that. That’s where the title comes from (according to me).
The novel “Things we left unsaid” is written from the point of view of Clarice Ayvanzian who lives in an Iranian suburb leading a typical life of a housewife. Dusting the whole house multiple times a day which is a virtue of a perfect woman according to her mother, making snacks daily for the kids, having a limited convo with her husband while he reads the newspaper and barely pays her attention, Clarice is apparently satisfied. Until a new family of three arrives just around the block and the monotonous life of Clarice is changed forever.
This novel is not going to have you gripping the edges of your seat or sofa (wherever you’re sitting while reading) with your fingernails. It’s a light read. Intriguing plot, no doubt. Thought provoking. Characters are well built and each reflects humanity in different states.
The best thing about the book is that it’s relatable. The whole time I was reading it, I was getting a feeling that it is based on a true story but no no. It’s not.
It is very realistic.
The book talks about stereotypes, society’s way of dealing with different kinds of issues and different people, and the way people influence each other’s personalities.
Symbolism is pretty simple and adds to the subtlety of the novel.
There’s not much Romance but wherever it is, it’s really nicely placed.
I won’t say I loved the ending even though it was good enough and realistic but umm maybe my imaginative and a sucker-for-fantasy side was expecting something else. Haha. I feel the author could have described the end with a third person’s narrative and explained more but let’s suffice with what we have for now, right?!
Nevertheless, it’s a great pick for getting yourself out of the horrifying reading slump.
p.s: Can you guys take a moment to appreciate the beautiful cover of this book? I have to admit this was a definite cover buy for me. When I saw it in the middle of a heap of books at a bookfair held in my college, I knew I was buying this no matter how the story was. I love to pick up this book occasionally and gaze at it time to time just to for some aesthetic pleasure.
I hope you guys liked this post. If you have read this book, don’t forget to tell me what you thought of it.
Hi everyone. Hope you’re ll having an awesome, relaxed sunday! If not, then there’s no harm in taking out fifteen minutes, making a cup of tea/coffee for yourself and giving this post a read. 😉
I’ve already done the first two parts of The Liebster award which you can check out here and here respectively. This is the last one and I want to tag everyone who reads these three posts and wants to answer the questions. They can choose any 11 questions from any of the three posts and answer them since I haven’t made any by myself.
The following questions are from my fav Bee. Bina is her name lol. She has this unique way of writing and I just love it. Her words are deep and attractive? You need to check out her blog.
Bina’s QNA (I loved your questions, Bee!)
What is that one thing that you admire most about yourself?
I swim in a pool of self doubt everyday but there’s one thing I’m sure of about myself and that is my understanding nature. I m pretty good at looking at things from different perspectives and thus understanding the situation howsoever it might be. So yeah.
Do you ever dream of writing a book and getting famous afterward?
UHH YEAH OFCOURSE. That is like a dream which is always there in a corner of my mind. Allah knows if I’ll ever see it come true.
Do you believe in falling in love?
Yes. There’s so much beauty round us. I believe we fall in love everyday. You just need to have the eye for it.
What is that one thing that makes you feel blessed, every day?
Umm one thing? There are too many man!
Being able to see. Yes.
Does writing save you through all kinds of days?
No. I cant say that it doesn’t save me because I don’t try it much. I don’t write all the time. I don’t write when I’m stressed or frustrated and I don’t always write to escape but when I do, it definitely comforts me.
What do you think often when you look up to the sky?
Looking up at the sky is one of the best things to do. I don’t think anything I guess. I just wonder how mighty and grand this world is, how small I am or my matters are in front of it. That strengthens me strangely. I can say that I think of God when I look up to the sky.
Do you read one book at a time or multiple books, switching between them?
I never read multiple books unless I’m compelled to for instance for my university course otherwise I never do that. I always start one, read it. I cannot leave a book in the middle, I have to finish it. The only book I’ve ever left in the middle is ‘Macbeth’ by Shakespeare and I know how it feels so I never wanna do that again. So unless I’ve completed a book, I cant start another.
Do you like writing on paper or you think typing is better? Why?
Since I’ve started writing, I have been doing it by typing on my phone. Because it’s easier? You have your phone with you all the time and can just type the thought away quickly without having to grab a pen and paper. At the same time, I really really like writing on paper. It feels so good and material. You don’t get that feeling while typing on any gadget. I wish I would write more on paper and I’m trying that.
Which is that one thing that you want to change in your surroundings or people if given a chance?
Can they be two things please?
First, I want people to be more attentive and listen to others. Everyone’s just so busy with themselves they don’t actually listen to each other. We hear each other but never listen which is just so sad.
Second, I want all of us (I want to include myself as well) to be unbiased towards everything. We all have become so prejudiced against one thing or another (which can be unavoidable at times, I know) but it can be changed.
How do you think we can contribute to making this life better?
By reading my answer to question 9.
What is your philosophy of life?
Live and let live. Hate the sin, not the sinner. It’s never too late to change. Be brave. Always be brave.
These ones are from this super talented girl Ambreen. Check out her blog for some fantabulous book reviews and poetry.
PROUD PAKISTANI’s QnA
What does writing mean to you?
To me, writing is power. I believe in the power words hold and with writing, I feel confident in spreading goodness.
Your favourite poem?
I’ll reveal my recent favourite here.
That people are
To tilt their
Who do not
Want the same things
Why the hell
Of the human race,
away when we
See a face
Not understand? – Christopher Poindexter
Which book/movie moved you the most?
Wese tou every book/movie moves me in some way or another but the most moving one has been The Kite Runner for me. I read it recently and I have been on a teary ride all along. I don’t think I’ve ever cried that much before while reading.
In movies, I watched one a few months ago. Southpaw. It is one of the best movies ever made. You all need to watch it.
If you have to live on an island for six months and you could only take three items with you, given that food and clothes are already provided, what would they be?
Let me tell you guys my grand plan in this.
First off, I would take four books out of which two would be from my tbr and two would be my favourite books and I would tape them all together. Why? So they become one item. *smirk*
Second, I would rob my dad’s bank account and take all the money with me so I can buy anything I like on that island.
Third item would b my camera.
What was your answer to “what do you want to become when you grow up?” as a child and are you still following that dream?
Lmao. I have had a million answers to that since my childhood. The first was being an air hostess, then a painter (how I wish I had followed that), then a teacher, then a doctor. In the middle I wanted to be a banker or a businesswoman as well and mny other professions which I’ve forgotten now. I’ve wanted to go for CSS too. Lol I’m not following any of those now. The two professions which constitute my dreams are far from all these.
Excluding friends and family, who is your favourite person on this Earth?
Umm I don’t know. All fav people are either friends or family so…
Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth are fav-rit okay.
Funny childhood story?
You want me to reiterate the story again where my wild puppy ran after me and made me run for my life and in the middle of which I even threw my shoes off because they were slowing me down and the stupid dog finally stopped only because I had crossed the road and he couldn’t. huh. No I won’t repeat that story again. Sorry.
Favourite childhood cartoons?
POWER PUFF GIRLS!!!
I was buttercup btw.
Yup. Always grumpy.
9. If you could bring one change in the world, what would it be? And why?
Refer to answer 9 above.
Would you do an illegal thing if it’s morally right?
Uhh I think yeah. Why not if it’s morally right.
What gets you through a hard day?
Talking to closed ones.
Talking to Allah/praying.
Crying (if it’s due) lol
Reading, writing, listening to songs or watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Thankyou Bee and Ambreen for these. Loved answering them. In fact I enjoyed the whole Liebster award series. You all are free to do the tag. Just mention me so I read your answers too.
Hey guys! sooooo this is kinda awkward I feel like I’ve forgotten this whole thing. My last blog post was 20 days ago! And since then so much has happened I don’t know how to organise my thoughts anymore. lol
Anyway, i wanted to blog and since i did a few questions from the liebster award last time, there were some left I decided to answer them now. If you haven’t read the first part and have no idea what a liebster award is, then head over to this page. Liebster Award Part 1!
The following questions were from Iqra. She has some really cool fashion feed both on her blog and instagram. Check out her blog here.
Now let’s get into the qs.
Why did you start this blog?
This was a goal of mine. To keep writing and have a blog one day. Blogs are cool. 🙂
What is one of your talents?
I can annoy people until they swear to kick me out of their lives. Is that a talent?
If you could have only one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
WHY DO U ASK SUCH DIFFICULT QUESTIONS ESP RELATED TO FOOD? *wails* I cannot even imagine this situation so please just *dramatically wipes tears off my face*
What’s your biggest weakness?
How pretty is the weather today!
(you see what I did there *wink wink* )
What annoys you the most in life that other people do/don’t do?
Don’t even get me started on this. Lol. I’ll just mention a few things people do that annoy me like hell. When people eat with open mouths, the sound is just unbearable. #sorrynotsorry
AND the other thing when people think that they are perfect and they can make fun of others like a boss. COMPLETE TURN OFF!
Are you a planner? Or are you spontaneous?
Both. Extreme wali.
What’s your dream job?
A job where I can be everything and do everything I want to do.
What were your intentions when you were naming your blog?
To show my affinity for writing and words.
If the sky’s the limit, what would you like to do next?
Go for the stars?
Who inspires you the most?
Human embodiment of Kindness and Humbleness.
Any fun facts about you.
*thinks for 5 mins*
*keeps thinking for eternity*
THANK YOU IQRAAAAAA! Stay happy shappy always.
I also answered Zo’s questions. She is one amazing human being i know. We’ve never met in rl which is so sad but one day we will. Check out her blog for essentially beautiful writings!
1- If you could time travel, when would you like to go to and why?
I would travel back to the summer of 2006, London city because that was one of the best time of my life.
2- Tea or coffee?
3- Would you rather want to be able to write or sing?
Writing all the way. I wont be able to become a professional singer anyway if I had a good voice.
4- If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Money! *dreams of all the books and food and makeup and books and food and makeup and ….*
7- What is your all time favorite song?
No promises – Shayne Ward.
8- What is your therapy when you’re down?
Self therapy works mostly.
Is crying a therapy? Also praying and talking to Allah. Having a convo with a nice human also helps.
9- If you could exchange your blog with someone for a day, who would it be?
Wouldn’t that be really weird? Even if I do that I wouldn’t touch a single thing on that person’s blog so I don’t really want that. haha
10- What’s that one thing you would like to do if you were immortal?
I donut want to live forever.
11- If the whole world was listening what would you say?
Live and let live. Stop judging others. Just know that No one is perfect. Making speeches about others’ flaws will help you no where, focus on your own. Try to be a better person everyday. You yourself and a prayer has the power to change anything. Don’t live for people. Live for the purpose of your life. Peace.
Thanks for reading guys. Stay blessed and suggest me an energising activity.
Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runneris a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.
GUYSSSSSSSSS! I AM SEARCHING….tsk tsk…. FOR PROPER WORDS HERE…..tsk tsk… BUT I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONES…..tsk….. TO CHOOSE LOL. Lets get calm and start with the review. Shall we?
Firstly, If you haven’t read this novel, then I want to know what you’ve been waiting for. What else have u been doing up til now that YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS FREAKING AWESOME NOVEL?
I had heard sooooo much about this book. Luckily, I found it at the book fair held at my college and having read it, now I can rest in peace.
A story of friendship, brotherhood, love, family, war and redemption, this is a must read. Although I think 15 and + years old should read this due to the few violent scenes. Nevertheless, the lessons are universal.
If you’re from Afghanistan or are interested in their history and culture, then you’ll like this book.
Khaled hosseini sure knows how to enslave one with his writing style. I love his descriptions of everything, big or small. He’s one of the writers who make beautiful comparisons to enhance their story.
I loved ALL of the characters (excluding the bad guys). I honestly wanted to get inside the book and hug each and every one of them. Amir and Hassan and Sohrab will always be my favourites and I would always remember them *tears up*. I assure you, after reading this book, the names Amir and Hassan will always conjure up memories in your head. *cries more*
PLOT AND STORY:
The story line is great, it’s not something out of the world. It’s realistic. It happens and that makes it more miserable. The twists and turns the story took really blew me away. Loved the ending.
WHAT I WENT THROUGH WHILE READING:
Smiling and choking on my tears at the same time on every word, in every damn line. I did want to throw the book away at some point but I had to read further to know what is going on. But yeah mostly, I was just wiping my tears away.
This has undoubtedly become my favourite book so far. Hands down. I loved this book so much!
Also, I really really want to read the story again BUT with Hassan’s perspective. Khaled Hosseini should have created a spin-off novel. Omg imagine thatttttt. Because Hassan was such a lovable character and I wanted more from him and about him so.. *wipes tears*
There’s a movie with the same name based on the novel. I wtched it after completing the book nd like they say, The Book’s always better than the movie, tht’s what i felt. I did enjoy the movie and few of the scenes where were exact replica of the book. Then there were some changes which i didnt like because i was expecting the same as the book but i know film adaptions require some changes from the book so it’s alright. What I loved was the boy who played ‘young Hassan’. He was the cutest and just love. I think he really did justice to the character where overall the movie did not.
I would recommend this book to every mature person as long as they are okay with crying alot. lol If you’re sensitive and don’t wanna read a heavy tragic story then don’t pick this up.
So that’s it. I hope you guys liked my review. Check my recent ‘Flawed’ by Cecelia Ahern review by clicking here.
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Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.
But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.
OMG YOU GUYS!!!! The fact that I’m still hung-over this book shows how amazing it was and how much I loved it. I kind don’t wanna start another book *guilty face* because I want to keep thinking about this book.
I was instantly hooked to this book right when I started it. I love the plot; a society that demands perfection and mistakes are not just judged but punished; I found this very interesting. So I wanted to know what our protagonist did and what happens to her and everything.
I gotta say, this is the first book of hers that I read and she has certainly won my heart. I love her writing style. This book was in fact her YA debut so it’s definitely praiseworthy.
Loved the mystery, the suspense, the thrill in this book. There are cutesy ‘aww’ moments and then there are some adrenaline filled, heart racing moments and of course some heartbreaking ones too so it’s a perfect package.
If you’re a perfectionist, then you should read this book. Our protagonist here, Celestine, is almost eighteen, very thoughtful and a striving perfectionist. In the beginning, I could relate with her a lot, with her over thinking habits and being persnickety. I really like her character.
Another character I loved was Celestine’s mother, Summer. The description of her wardrobe in accordance with her personality and feelings at the moment. Much wow.
I like how Cecelia builds her characters. All the characters do not have the limelight. She opens up with the personalities of different people at the right time.
This book is about so much more than it shows. It makes you question yourself, your deeds, and your roles in the society. It’s about standing up for yourself, going after your instincts no matter how fearful they re. It tells you that things may not be the same inside as they look outside.
It tells you to be brave. It tells you to be good even if you’re the only one left to know the meaning of good.
I cannot wait for its sequel to come out. I wonder what the end will be?!
This was a great, a lil adventurous read. Now I can pick up any book by Cecelia Ahern without any second thoughts.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Tell me in the comments below.
Oh and also I think this story can be great for TV series. There could be two seasons based on both the books. How cool would that be?!
Thanks for reading guys! See ya next time.
P.S: This book came in the introductory BOOK SHOOK box. You can read the review here.
Alisha had everything she ever wished for: a loving family, a career and friends who doted on her. But a late night at work, a cup of coffee, and a burning candle changed her life forever. Then Anis–a tall, dark, and handsome engineer, heir to his father’s vast empire–walks back into her life. After a brief meeting a few years ago, she isn’t sure he’ll remember her. When he does, he wants to help her overcome her life-changing injuries. Has her accident scarred not only her skin, but also her soul?
Incandescence is a story of love and friendship in the face of disaster, and one young woman’s quest to make the most of her new life.
*I was given free pdf copy for an honest review*
A round of applause for Xunaira J for writing this great novel. Makes me feel so happy and proud to read emerging Pakistani authors’ works. This was one of them and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Although it was an ebook and that puts me off because I never read ebooks but as someone (AN AUTHOR) had asked me for a review for the first time, I didn’t let the opportunity go. And ofc the story made up for it. I couldn’t put it down once I had started it.
In the beginning you might not get gripped by it but as the story unfolds, it gets really exciting. I was a little confused in the start but when the story focused more on the hero and heroine, it was pretty simple to grasp.
I liked the suspense created. It was all really easy to imagine and you do feel a rapid heartbeat at times so watch out for that. And then there are some swooning moments.
Which reminds me of the characters.
All the characters re clearly defined. You can easily relate to many of them. I loved how Alisha (female protagonist) is a strong headed girl, not so typical and very sensible. Her fears and insecurities are totally normal.
Anis (male protagonist) is *coughs* GOALS *coughs*. You gotta love him.
Love the romance. It paces nice and slow. Well written but too frequent which is not really evident (neither accepted) in our culture/religion. I liked the parts which stayed true to our culture. They were nice to read.
I really liked the concept of the book. It gives us insights into the minds and hearts of people suffering from different types of burns. How they feel, how their life is affected by the incident, how society takes them, in what ways society influences them; all of this is described very well in this book.
The game is not over yet because the ending is a loose thread basically which pops out of nowhere haha but I would loveee to read the sequel.
Overall the story was great. Not dragged at all. Quite predictable. Some parts are too good to be true. I would recommend this to those who want to read a good, fast-paced romantic story.
I’m sharing my favorite part (one of my fav) here. Don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler.
“I treasure my princess more than my car.”
“Princess? I thought we’d established that I’m an ugly duckling.”
“No! I never agreed to that.”
The fervour in his voice gave me pause. “Anyways, I would love to have this chit chat any other time, but I’m getting late for work right now. So would you tell me what you are doing here so that I can get on my way to office?” I asked, looking at the time on my cell phone. I was indeed getting late. How ironic was it that the owner of such a huge company couldn’t even spare five minutes for leisure?
“I brought my princess her carriage.”
“Did she ask you for it?” I asked.
“No, but this servant would love it if the princess would bestow this honour on him by going to her office with him.” His sentence almost made me laugh. He really had a way with words.
“Wow! Which movies have you been watching lately?” I asked as I locked my car and walked towards him. “Cinderella?” he grinned at me and I couldn’t help myself. I smiled in response.
I also asked the author Xunaira J a few questions. Here they are:
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name, obviously you know, is Xunaira J. I’m a software developer during the day and an author by night.
Give us information about your published books?
I have published four books so far. Two are short stories while the other two are full-fledged novels. My first full novel, Before Time, was published in November 2014 and it is a tragic-romance series of a young girl as she tries to cope with her social issues and thus meets a stranger online. Incandescence is my brain-child, therefore, it is my most favorite book.
What do you think makes ‘Incandescence’ special?
The concept behind Incandescence is that beauty is not skin deep. It’s actually the inner beauty that is attractive rather than what our society stamps as beautiful. Incandescence is a story of one such girl who was beautiful but lost that beauty in a single night and how she coped with herself afterwards. It’s about one person’s strength in the face of fate.
how long did it take you to write this novel?
It took me around a year to complete this novel.
This book ended with a twist. Should we be looking out for a sequel?
Of course a sequel is to be expected. It will be released sometime next year.
Any message you want to give to your readers and also to aspiring writers in Pakistan?
For inspiring writers, I would like to say that Never give up. Whatever obstacles come in your ways, never stop trying and one day you will succeed.
Thanks a lot Xunaira for sending me the arc of your book.
A Tiny Bit Marvellous is comedian Dawn French’s hilarious page-turner. Everyone hates the perfect family. So you’ll love the Battles. Meet Mo Battle, about to turn 50 and mum to two helpless, hormonal teenagers. There’s 17-year-old daughter Dora who blames Mo for, like, EVERYTHING and Peter who believes he’s quite simply as darling and marvellous as his hero Oscar Wilde. Somewhere, keeping quiet is Dad . . . who’s just, well… Dad. However, Mo is having a crisis. She’s about to do something unusually wild and selfish, which will leave the entire family teetering on the edge of a precipice. Will the family fall? Or will they, when it really matters, be there for each other?
I randomly picked up this book knowing nothing about the author beforehand. I was interested in the book after reading the blurb at the back.
I loved this book and will recommend this book to everyone. It is so funny. It can totally make you laugh in those blue moments of yours. Those curses, mockery, swear words are the best. Haha #sorrynotsorry
The chapters of this book are in the form of diary entries from the three main characters. I loved the way in each chapter, all the respective characters’ personalities are reflected through the difference in their tones of language and their choice of words. Dora’s and Peter’s (or shall I call him Oscar? :D) chapters were really funny. Mo’s were kinda normal in the beginning but changed as the story developed. There’s a completely different set up and mood created in each character’s diary entry so it’s all really enjoyable.
You will see chaos and flood of insecurities and stupidity and height of delusion in some chapters and then calmness and stability in some.
Mo, the mother, is a great character. She’s basically the protagonist who suddenly realises how monotonous her life is going and she is not living it the way she should and then she wishes to take a risk. Now this is in the blurb right but somewhere in the middle of the story, it’s like the plot is not progressing. The story sounds dragged and you’re like when is that life changing twist gonna happen? Well it does happen (don’t worry) but you will have to stay focused on the book and not give it up because I have seen some bad reviews and I wonder why people didn’t get to the real depth of the book. Because for one, I loved the concept and the ideas discussed in this book. They are so realistic and important.
Dawn French has talked about so many issues in this book which are very relatable and common (one of the many reasons you have to read and like this book), issues that we may come across daily but not dig in too deep because they seem less important.
This book makes you realise that every person is going through one thing or another and you can never say that ‘X’ or ‘Y’ or ‘Z’ has it easy. Nobody has it easy. Shit happens to everyone regardless of their showing it or not. What matters is how they deal with it. This difference can be seen in the lives of all characters in A tiny bit marvellous. And you gotta be thankful for every little thing in your life. Sometimes we do feel dissatisfied with our life but that is because we are not seeing everything with generous eyes.
Guys! I definitely recommend this book to everyone because it’s so original and truthful. Kudos to Dawn French for having her own amazing style which she so wanted to have when she started writing fiction (Do you know she is a comedian?). I love her writing style, it’s so unique and there’s an excerpt from another novel of hers ‘Oh Dear Silvia’ at the end of this book and I read it and LIKED IT SO MUCH I WANT SOMEONE TO GIFT ME THAT BOOK NOW SO I CAN READ THE REST OF THAT AWESOMENESS.
Let me bid you goodbye for now with my fav quote from the book, “Dad made fajitas this evening. Oh my actual like utter God or something, I just like bloody LOVE them.I would so marry a fajita if i could. Yum Yum. Coz a fajita is delicious and would like, never disappoint you or like dump you or anything.”
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