The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon [cute, but not so satisfying]

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I read this book right after Age of Swords which left me an empty shell, so naturally, reading a light and fluffy book helped. However, in all honesty, it didn’t satisfy me as much as I’d have liked.

Natasha is Jamaican. She and her family moved to the US illegally therefore, they have no citizenship. So when her father is caught in a DUI, they get deported. But this deportation is going to ruin everything Natasha has built for herself in this country and she will not go back to a country she hardly knows without a fight.

Daniel is Korean. His family has built themselves a comfortable life in the US but Daniel is tired of living up to his parents’ expectations. He cannot bear the thought of leading a boring life as a Doctor while his true passion lies in poetry. A big believer of faith and destiny, he is determined to find his path before it’s too late.

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I love Daniel. He’s absolutely adorable and a super dork BUT his ridiculous outlook on life and destiny felt really naive and silly to me. Maybe because while I do believe everything happens for a reason, I’m not the one to believe that we have some calling we need to look for. And reading Daniel talk constantly about destiny and love really got on my nerves.

Natasha was someone I could relate to a lot. I saw a lot of myself in her. From her curly hair to her love of science fiction and time paradoxes. From her practicality to her disbelief in love at first sight. I was in love with her… until she fell in love with Daniel.

If people who were actually born here had to prove they were worthy enough to live in America, this would be a much less populated country.

It was inevitable that she would fall for him sooner or later. But it was waaaay too soon. After all, this whole book surrounds the events of ONE DAY! And while Daniel fell victim to insta-love (regardless of what he says):

There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them. Mayeb you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.

Once Nat fell in love, she became the sappiest, love-sick person EVER! Suddenly she was believing in fate and the cosmos and the freaking planets aligning perfectly to form mickey-mouse. I swear, the book just got more silly and unbelievable as it got to the end.

I already dislike the way romance is portrayed in the media and this just added to it.

I do want to mention that I did up end up crying at one point of the book. No, it was not for Nat and Daniel, it was for Nat and her father. The scene where she confronted him really resonated with me and I was pretty much reduced to tears.

And I’m not a satellite. I’m space junk, hurtling as far as I can away from him.

The only reason I finished this book is because I loved the Jamaican and Korean culture I was getting to learn. And with “the Donald” on the loose, the topic of immigrants was something I took great interest in.

Overall I’d give this book a three-star rating. Daniel made me laugh a lot and I did cry so in terms of emotions felt, this book is really good. Way better than Everything, Everything. But I just cannot digest the issues I have with the book.

I hope you guys liked the review. Do let me know if you’ve read this book, and what you felt about it down in the comments below!

Lots of love and space,

Raven

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Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan [The EPIC high fantasy sequel I needed!]

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“Funny how things that shouldn’t matter actually meant so much and how things as permanent as homes moved”

THIS. BOOK.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon [Kind of cute but over-rated]

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Do you ever feel that sometimes you just have a fall out with a book? This is what it was like for me when I read Everything, Everything. No, I won’t be hate reviewing but I’d definitely like to discuss what parts made me feel that way.

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Top 10 Tuesday: If our future kids don’t read these books we’ll disown them!

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You know how sometimes you read a book and you just know that this book will forever hold a special place in your heart? It’s such a strong feeling that being the loners that we are we also vow to make everyone read it including our unborn children. And so this Tuesday we would like to share with you, a list of 10 books that we would definitely be making our kids read.

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My day @ The Sharjah International Book Fair 2017

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November is my FAVOURITE month! Every year, in November, a wonderful book fair is hosted at the Sharjah Expo Centre. An amazing opportunity for bookworms to meet up* and buy cheap books! This year was the 36th, a self-explanation of just HOW popular it is.

*But I hardly ever do meet ups because then everyone would know just how much of a child I look like and I have enough social anxiety as it is.

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Endless Night by Agatha Christie [The ending had me shook]

I have read very few Agatha Christie novels. This being the third one. So far, my rating of her novels has been ranging from 2-3 stars but this one was a 3.5.

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In Endless Night we follow the character named Michael Rogers. In want of better life, he’s been doing odd jobs all his life. But an accidental meet-up with an heiress ends up changing his entire life around. He marries her and builds the perfect home for the two of them.

Unfortunately for him, the land his home is built on is cursed and it all goes downhill soon enough.

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Review of The Seventh Sentinel by Yolanda Ramos

Before we begin my review, here’s a little something about the book:

23153268Moments before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the seven Archangels remove powerful, ancient artefacts from the Jewish temple. These are given into the safekeeping of seven men. Throughout the ages, these men and their descendants become known as the Seven Sentinels.

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Now I Rise by Kiersten White [We revisit the Stabby Queen]

22817331I refuse to categorize this book as a young adult novel because:

a) The characters don’t sound like teenagers at ALL!

and

b) The book is pretty graphic in terms of sex and violence. Definitely, something I wouldn’t recommend to the younger audience (unless they can handle it).

In this book, we return to the cruel world of Lada, Radu and Mehmed. We start pretty much right after the events of Book one and I was surprised I remembered a majority of the things that had happened in it. In an effort to keep this book SPOILER FREE I’m going to just say that the plot was basically, travelling, alliances, war, lots of killing, character conflict and some sex.

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Spider’s Web: A play by Agatha Christie, novelized by Charles Osborne

If you’re like me a.k.a you’ve hardly read many Agatha Christie novels then it might come as a surprise to you that she used to write plays… and romance novels under a pseudonym, but I’m not interested in that.

Alibi was the first play to reach the stage. It was an adaptation of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd but it wasn’t written by her and she didn’t like it either. The first play that was written by her and staged was Black Coffee. She has a written a total of 19 plays, adding to her impressive list of 82 detective novels.

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Retrograde by Peter Cawdron [The Best Sci-fi book I’ve read this year]

Retrograde’s blurb caught my attention quicker than cake and that’s saying something. It’s about a colony of humans from all walks of Earth settling on Mars for research. But how will things turn out when nuclear war devastates everyone back home?

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