Secrets for the Mad by Dodie Clark [YouTube is actually a wannabe writers detour]

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a youtuber book

I mean, I picked it up so blame me.

I believe in principle that YouTubers should not write memoirs and self-help books unless they’re an in-depth one on YouTube specifically. But that’s not how the world works is it? This world works on a if-it-cashes-in basis.

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We were liars by E. Lockhart [so am I]

(So so so sorry for the big absence we do other stuff sometimes? You can leave a Howler below.)

What started out as an easy and interesting read turned into the last chapter of shock.

We were liars, is about what goes on behind the scenes in the house of the Sinclair family.

Particularly, Cady.

The story is about four cousins who get together every summer and hence call themselves the liars.

And then there’s an accident.

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A very late review of my 2016’s best

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Eileen was a great read. It was dark and isolating and a detailed portrait of a person but also a reflection. It was like a battle of the self, the anatomy of basic human feelings and thought processes with a dash of poisonous habits. It was brilliant.

The thing about jellyfish was a delight. It was little smiles and a warm heart and good wishes. It was the sweetest and it touched me and I’ll forever yell I loved that book from the rooftops. It also had the most beautiful science that reminded me of my love of science and made me sad that science is usually made boring and dry and theoretical and unloved.

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Am I too afraid I’m not an intellectual? Ghost world by Daniel Clowes

Read me fake being one!

62953Ghost World has become a cultural and generational touchstone, and continues to enthrall and inspire readers over a decade after its original release as a graphic novel. Originally serialized in the pages of the seminal comic book Eightball throughout the mid-1990s, this quasi-autobiographical story (the name of one of the protagonists is famously an anagram of the author’s name) follows the adventures of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, two best friends facing the prospect of growing up, and more importantly, apart. Daniel Clowes is one of the most respected cartoonists of his generation, and Ghost World is his magnum opus.

I started this graphic novel a while back; I read half and then I never got to finishing it. Yesterday I finally did. And I don’t think this is on my particularly-liked list.

The reason for that is that while there were things that were not usual and things I liked, in the end, this graphic novel dwindled down to some very petty things. It’s a story about two best friends, after high school and the inevitability of the changes in their friendship. And, it was good in the way that it portrayed this in-between state and both the girls didn’t do anything concrete except just back-slap ideas. I liked this because i felt like it depicted normal life in a way. Just the state of existing and the throw of companionship; I liked it.

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Beez’s Friday finds

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Books and a Beat. It was created to showcase all the books we’ve added to our TBR piles in the past week.

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I’m going to let you in on all the books I’ve added on my TBR pile and reasons for hence. Be cautioned- I am bizarre and I like philosophy.

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#1 The killer next door by Alex Marwood

Beez: If you live in Dubai, and don’t know about the following piece of information, this is going to be your lucky day. Some metro stations allow you to borrow books and that’s amazing. So this is one book I picked up because well, it sounded hella interesting and creepy.

#2 The age of genius: The 17th century and the birth of the modern mind by A. C. Grayling

Beez: Basically, I’m interested in the evolution of human intelligence. And I also met this author and was extremely interested and flabbergasted by what he said. So there. Also, a book actually about the evolution of human intelligence is The dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan!

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The Final Empire: Mistborn #1 by Brandon Sanderson

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Publication date: October 1, 2009

Publisher: Gollancz

Pages: 647

Targeted Audience: Young Adult/Adult

Genre: Epic/High Fantasy

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

This book! How on earth have I not read this book earlier?? It’s absolutely fabulous. It has ZERO dull parts. Yes, you read that right (at least according to me). Let me start with the plot.

Mistborn: The Final Empire is about a world where the good guy lost the battle against evil and now the world is forced to live under the cruelty of the bad guy, who in this book is the Lord Ruler.

It follows the story of a thief named Kelsier, who was caught by the Lord Ruler and was sentenced to death at the pits of Hathsin. But he escaped the mines and decided to form a band of other thieves to overthrow the cruel Lord Ruler who tortured the Skaa and always preferred the nobility.

The Skaa and the Nobles- this was how society was divided under the Lord Rulers command and this was what Kelsier and his crew of mistings wanted to put an end to. The discrimination.

We also follow the life of a street urchin who steals to survive. She has powers that she is not aware of.

She is Mistborn. Someone who can ingest different metals and then “burn” them to give oneself different types of powers as compared to a Misting, who can only burn one particular metal. This ability to burn metals is called Allomancy. The ability is hereditary and is only “given” to the nobility.

I don’t even need to say anything more because don’t you see that this plot is so darn unique??

The best thing about this book is how the world building is done so beautifully. I understand everything that I should be understanding. And after a long time I have finally found another world I really want to live in, as a Mistborn of course.

And unlike a few other fantasy books, The Final Empire sucks you into its world in the first few pages.

Brandon Sandersons writing is very different to what I usually read. It’s different in an amazing way. The sentences had this flow that made it difficult for me to stop reading it but in the beginning I did stop a lot because the world that I was learning about required so much attention that I would be exhausted after 10-15 pages.

I say this as a good thing because I love reading about a world that the author describes with such detail because it kind of tells me that if he/she is telling me so much right now I bet there is even more I could learn about this amazing world in his/her next book.

The best part about Sandersons writing is the way he describes his action scenes. They are SO GOOD! From throwing glass knives to jumping off of window latches, I was on edge every time I read an action packed scene. Whenever I would think ‘Okay I should stop reading for today’ I would encounter a para where the character starts fighting and then its just, goodbye sleep! Later on I started to stop reading just before I thought there was going to be an action scene because I did NOT want to be interrupted in the middle of that.

The characters on the other hand, are life-like. I want them to be real. They have their flaws but I love them so much that I just overlook them. You have Kelsier and Vin as the main protagonists and Elend, Dockson, Breeze, Ham, Yeden, Clubs and Sazed as important side characters.

Kelsier is the crew leader and my favourite character. He is the one who brought everyone together to bring down the Lord Ruler. He has a reputation that he is proud of. He is egoistic at times and really loves all the attention and gossip that surrounds him. But he is also funny and witty when the entire situation of the characters depresses you, he knows his responsibility as a leader and he has the quality of a leader in him. And trust me when I say that Kelsier grows on you. This little shit is so charming that you can’t help but love him.

Vin is someone who has been betrayed so many times that she finds it difficult to trust people. I love her character development because she has been given such a long time to become friendly and trusting that it doesn’t seem forced. She grows from this unconfident and apprehensive girl to a brave rebel leader.

I also loved how we got to see the nobility up close through her, so it wasn’t just about the oppressed Skaa. We got to see the politics among the nobles and we see Vin form her own opinion of the nobles despite the people around her categorizing all nobles as cruel.

I love how Kelsier and Vin developed a very trusting father-daughter bond which made a “certain” scene very heartbreaking and I so wished that it hadn’t happened but it did and the worst part is that I get why it happened! It is totally justified and I hate it!

Lord Elend is every girls dream boy, I mean who wouldn’t love a rich heir who reads at balls? And I totally ship Elend with Vin. They have such cute and adorable moments in the book that made me smile and giggle like an idiot.

And I love the constant banter between Ham and Breeze. Ham is such a philosopher and Breeze just doesn’t care about almost everything which makes conversations between these two hilarious.

I guess my favourite side character would be Sazed. He is always reading and he is Vin’s go to guy whenever she wants to talk about something important. He reminds me of JARVIS from Iron man because Sazed is always logical and he provides you with all the right information. He is a badass but also super composed like a sensei. If I ever have the choice to select a badass side kick it would definitely be Sazed.

Now by the end I couldn’t stop reading this book, it kept pulling me in. The book is very unpredictable, which I loved. I loved how things were not as they seemed. I loved how they overcame their problems. And I loved how the book ended. I also cried multiple times around the end of this amazing book.

I guess you could read this as a standalone novel but WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THAT?? I can’t wait to read more of Brandon Sanderson and I can’t wait to meet him at the Emirates Litfest this year in Dubai. I’ll probably make a mess of myself if I’m ever given the chance to meet him but I just want to stroke his face… Or maybe not.

Recommendation: To anyone who wants that escape from reality into a world that will make you cry and laugh. And also to those who want an immersive read.

Ratings: All the adorable things that I can possibly give it.

Lots of love and pasta,

Raven.

Siblinghood (Sisterhood) of the world bloggers

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First of all, thank you so much LuniReads for tagging us. We feel so great (:)))) to know that we are being recognized and accepted in the blogging community.

The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their blog
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  • Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate 10 blogs

Luna’s Questions:

1. Would you rather go to Hogwarts or camp half-blood?

Raven: That’s a very tough question! I love both of them so much but I think I would choose Hogwarts because MAGIC YOU GUYS! And Since Voldemort is dead and gone, I’ll be able to live as a witch in peace.

Beez: Hogwarts! I don’t want to explain myself except mmmhheerg!

2. Do you prefer hardcovers or paperbacks?

Raven: I prefer buying paperbacks (Obviously cause they are cheap) But I do like reading a hardcover.

Beez: Paperbacks. I like how they look more and how they feel more (except for in some books).

3. What is your favourite YA fantasy book?

Raven: My favourite YA fantasy book would be Mistborn but I’m not sure if that’s a proper YA novel. *edit* AND THE RAVEN CYCLE! HOW COULD I FORGET??

Beez: The raven cycle! The raven cycle! The raven cycle! (x500)

4. What is your goodreads reading goal for 2016?

Raven: My goodreads reading goal is 40 but our collective goal is 100.

Beez: I put mine up as 70 but I’m confident that I will end up crossing it because I plan to read plenty of graphic novels this year.

5. What is the best bookish item you own?

Raven: Sadly, I don’t own a lot of bookish items except maybe my bookmarks? I love my bookmarks a LOT!

Beez: I have a what-I-read journal which has a dinosaur on the front and I love it too much.

6. What is the scariest book you have ever read?

Raven: I haven’t read many scary novels. I used to read goosebumps as a kid but it never scared me, neither did Darren Shan. I have read Carrie by Stephen King but I thought it was more creepy and less scary.

Beez: I haven’t read many scary books either but I remember being very nicely scared when I read Never have I ever (by Sara Shepard) as a kid. And while Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children (by Ransom Riggs) was not scary as a whole, the house exploration parts were delish.

7. Do you own a reading tablet?

Raven: Nope.

Beez: Ditto.

8. Where do you buy your books?

Raven: I buy my books from a lot of different bookstores. If I want to buy particular covers I go to Kinokuniya, if I want something cheap I go to Jashanmal, The old library, a local bookstore or book depository (Free shipping!)

Beez: Our usual stop is KinoKuniya, but for cheap and lucky book hauls we got to The old library. Jashanmal is always gold in terms of price.

9. Do you prefer vampires or werewolves?

Raven: I wanted to say werewolves because of Twilight. I love that they turn into actual wolves, but they are actually shape-shifters so I would say Vampires (not the sparkly ones).

Beez: I too shall go with vampires because I really like their super strength(?) and sleekness. I really liked The vampire academy series.

10. What is your favourite YA contemporary?

Raven: My favourite YA contemporary will definitely be The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (agree) and Looking for Alaska by John Green.

Beez: Probably Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell).  And I do love Along for the ride (Sarah Dessen). I have this fantasy that I will love A. S. King’s books because I love their titles but I really really don’t want to be disappointed (like I have been multiple times) so I’ll probably never read them.

Our Questions:

1. What is your favorite reading spot?

2. How old were you when you realized that you loved books?

3. Would you rather learn magic to save the world or some kind of a fighting technique (If so which one)?

4. Unicorn or Pegasus?

5. Which book made you cry so much that you exhausted your feelings reserve?

6. Favorite Marvel hero and favorite Marvel villain?

7. Do you read books in one sitting (or in two days) often? Do you like reading in one sitting or in one or two days? Normally, over how many days do you read a book? How many days would you like to read a book in, on a regular basis?

8. How do you dress at home?

9. Do your parents read? Which genre? Do they read books you recommend? Do you tell your parents in detail about the books you read and discuss your feeling with them? Do your parents still read out loud to you?

10. What non-fiction subject would you read a book on? Biology, self help, politics, biography, economics….?

We tag:

@Alyssaisreading, @Cupofbooks, @Pagesoftess, @Geekgurlblogs, @Dee’slibrary , @comfyreading and @Serialreadersmaster

They are also our new followers and we want you guys to know that we love you so much!

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~

Stargirl: Stargirl #1 by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl

Publication date: September, 2002

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 186

Targeted Audience: Young Adult/Middle Grade

Genre: Contemporary/Coming-of-age

From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her – normal.

Stargirl.

This is a book about a girl named Stargirl. If I had to choose one word to describe Stargirl it would be magical. Stargirl Caraway is magical.

She is fascinating, different, unique, mesmerizing and beautiful.

She waltzes in like a breeze of fresh air and leaves them speechless.

She has a totally different way of looking at the world around her. She is completely fascinating.

She completely captured my heart as she did Leo.

There is a boy, Leo. From the first day Stargirl comes he is too mesmerized like all of the others. He has never seen anyone as her, no one so vibrant and fascinating.

Every next thing she does makes him more and more hooked to her.       

Every day he waits for her and wonders what she will do that day. Like everyone else he is intrigued.

Further more, the things she does not only stuns him but also creates questions in his mind and enraptures him. He wonders and is puzzled. He is also terrified of her. He wonders what is she. He tries to identify or give her some sort of word, but with Stargirl that never works out.

I loved this book. In fact I’m going to be reading it again and note down all the amazing lines even though there might be quite a lot.

Its such a shame there are hardly any Stargirl’s left in this world. This world needs Stargirl.

I applaud Jerry Spinelli. He has written this book artfully. And this type of book takes courage to write.

I feel like I shouldn’t give you a summary of this book. I feel that every person should experience it without any pre-thoughts or something. Also, every stage fascinates you and if I tell you, what fun will it be? Discovering Stargirl and her antics are so much fun and adds such a lightness and wonder to this book. I felt every part of this book was good. It was quite real.

And as for Leo, though I felt he was useless I don’t quite blame him. We might think we would have chosen otherwise but it makes us wonder what is really important. Would we be brave enough to choose Stargirl?

This is not a love story or anything dramatically teenager. Its about being yourself.

Stargirl is plain magic, the way she enraptures the people and stuns them, not caring even a little what they think. 

Finding out Stargirl through Leo’s eyes was brilliant. The way this story progresses is brilliant. This is a unique book. I think everyone should read it.

No one is as brave as Stargirl. It takes real courage to be her. 

I don’t believe anyone cant like this book. This is not like other books, its a different and special book.        

As for the ending, I have to say this is one of the best books worth that sort of an ending. It might not be amazing but its wonderful in its own sense.

Stargirl might be gone, but she is forever.

Now toodles cause I gotta go read the sequel.

Recommendation: To anyone who wants to feel special and fall in love.

Ratings: 5/5 It is worth it.

5 cupcakes

Lots of love,

Beez.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped

Publication date: May 13, 2003

Publisher: Knopf

Pages: 212

Targeted Audience: Young adult/middle grade

Genre: Fiction/Rom-com

Blurb: Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.

“The first time I saw him, I flipped.”

This book is told in two POV’s, Juli and Bryce. Juli has been head over heels in love with Bryce ever since she saw his striking blue eyes and Bryce has constantly distanced himself from Juli. However, things start to change when they both hit eighth grade. Juli starts to wonder if she loved Bryce just for his blue eyes and Bryce slowly starts to realize the beauty in Juli’s eccentric nature.

I went into this book not expecting much. Beez had suggested it to me and I had just finished reading a fantasy book which had drained me of my ability to read so I thought, why not? It was a small book and maybe it would get me out of a reading slump which had rooted itself so early in the new year. And oh how well that worked.

A thing I really liked about the writing is how when the POV’s switch you get a slightly different view of how events took place. I love that, because human memory alters events to our liking. We don’t trust eyewitnesses most of the time because of this very reason and I thought that the author was really smart to address that point in this book.

Also, this book is absolutely adorable. 10/10 for the cuteness. It makes you giggle and it also makes you feel angry. Two extreme emotions that just adds to the amazing-ness of this book.

Juli: She is a girl with a titanium backbone. I believe that anyone who is starting out with contemporary YA should really give this book a try because this girl is a role model. She may be head over heels in love but she knows when to make a stand. She knows the difference between right and wrong and her peculiar behavior is what we all need in life. 

Bryce: In the beginning of this book I hated his character. His mindset was so narrow and he seemed to get annoyed even at the simplest of things. His character didn’t care about other people and that frustrated me to no end. However, his character development is also what makes me love him.

Keeping aside the sweet characters and the cuteness of the book, the main reason why I loved this book was the story. Every event that takes place gives us a deeper insight into the personality of almost every character. Usually the families in teen novels have such insipid personalities but this book gives us beautifully fleshed out characters.

Juli’s family is a family that I would love to have. The values that the parents teach is admirable but you also see Bryce’s family and suddenly each protagonists behaviour starts to make sense.

I also found out recently that this book has been made into a movie, so excuse me while I go and watch what is definitely going to be the sweetest love story in history.

Recommendation: I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a light and sweet read or if you love knowing about an eccentric girl and a boy who learns the value of having a backbone.

Ratings: 5/5 absolutely adored it.

5 cupcakes

5 cute cupcakes for a cute book

Lots of love and pasta~

Raven

The Quote Challenge- Day 3

The final day of the quote challenge is going to be a few quotes that are really special to us.

We were nominated by The River of books blog.

The rules are:

  1. Post for three consecutive days
  2.  You can pick three quotes per day
  3. Challenge three different bloggers per day

Our quotes:

#1

“Because that which was new was almost always temporary. And that which was temporary broke your heart.”

-Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire.

#2

“People should come with warnings, like cigarette packs: Involvement would kill you overtime.”

-Lauren Oliver, Rooms.

#3

“People tend to complicate their own lives, as if living weren’t already complicated enough.”

-Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The shadow of the wind.

We would like to tag:

Simpleabookdrunkardblog.wordpress, Leahsbookblogblog.wordpress and Chloesbooksblog.wordpress. (They are also our new followers and they have some amazing content, do check them out)

And that concludes our final post in the 3 Days 3 Quotes challenge. It was great to be a part of this amazing chain post and we hope to be tagged in more bookish tags.

This is Raven and Beez,

Signing out~