The Books Everyone Should Read

Instead of a review this week, I’m going to recommend some great standalones.

Whether you are a book worm or not, these are some great books to read!

Courtesy : Sommer McClellan

“Positive: A Memoir” by Paige Rawl

Paige Rawl had been HIV positive since birth. Growing up, she never felt like her illness defined her. This is her story of how she overcame her bullies, one of which was her best friend, and how she became the person she is today.

“Lord of the Flies” by William Golding

In all honesty, I would have never read this book if it wasn’t a requirement in my high school English class. This is about a group of ordinary boys who become shipwrecked on a desert island with no adults. While it begins that this is all fun and games, it turns into a nightmare where the boys become divided and fight for their lives not only against their surroundings, but from each other, a brutal portrayal of human nature.

“The Giver” by Lois Lowry

This is a novel set into the future where a utopia is the only answer to staying alive. Follow Jonas, the receiver of memory, as he receives the ability to see beyond what his rulers see fit. What will happen when he receives these memories and what happens when he doesn’t obey the rules?

“The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton

Yet another book I was forced to read in high school and fell in love with. When there are only two types of people in the world, “greasers” and “soc” (social), there is a great division. Similar to having two rival gangs, fights arise, a murder takes place, and guilt sets in. Read to see how this guilt sits on a person whether it is his “gang” or not.

“A Child Called ‘It’” by Dave Pelzer

An autobiography of the rough childhood endured by Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten by his alcoholic mother and enjoyed playing “games” that put his life at stake. Follow how he survives and plays into his mother’s “games” as his only way to survive.

“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson

After calling the cops on an end-of-summer party, Melinda loses her old friends and people she doesn’t even know hates her from a distance. While she tries to just stay at a distance, her head isn’t safe either. Read about the battle Melinda faces, which is similar to what many teens in today’s world face.

“The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom

When a tragic accident at work kills Eddie, he awakens in the afterlife to find that it isn’t a destination, but an answer. There he goes through his life from young age to the age of his death, meeting someone who might have largely impacted his life or may have just been in the background of his “meaningless” life. This novel answers the question “Why was I here?” and the significance of how you can impact many others in your life.

 “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

When Hazel, a cancer patient, is about to give up with her treatments, something unimaginable happens. At a support group, she meets fellow cancer patient Augustus, who she doesn’t know will have a large impact on her life. It’s not just another cancer book, it’s more than that.

Heir of Fire – A Review


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Heir Of Fire

AUTHOR
Sarah J. Maas

Series
Throne of Glass #3

GENRE
YA Fantasy / Romance

RATING ⭐⭐⭐

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❤ “She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”

❤ “And then I am going to rattle the stars.”

❤ “You don’t bite the women of other males.”

❤ “She had not understood what it had been like for him to live his entire life underground, chained and beaten and crippled—until then. Until she heard that noise of undiluted, unyielding joy.”

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Synopsis

Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

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My Review

Heir of Fire is the third book in the TOG series and the review might contain spoilers to the first two books. I took a month to read Heir of Fire, I’ll be honest, it starts pretty slow at first, while this sequel is full of surprises in the later section, the first few chapters are not all that thrilling. I only went through with it for the love of the series, its not a bad one, we all know how Maas knows the tricks, but its just the story that falls off at so many points. Heir of Fire talks about so many more characters, so many more reveals but most at unfortunate times or way way in the end, the beginning chapters were simply downright dull. But, its still a must read to proceed with the series. So anyway, once I ended the final chapter, I craved the next edition immediately, so I guess three stars are in order.

So the story starts in Wendlyn where our Assassin is shipped off by the Cruel King for yet another mission thanks to the Captain of the Guard who planned to save her beloved from all the mess in the kingdom. But, of course he was mistaken, same ol’ Chaol, he unknowingly sent Sardothien to her long lost aunt, who just btw isn’t on friendly terms with her or her late mother.

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It gets boring pretty soon as Caleana living on the streets, and we constantly hear of tegya, the bread she loves and loathes and she stinks and then there’s our Prince Dorian who’s found yet another lover and..

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Fast Forward to where Rowan enters, ah my beloved, the typical recipe for a heartthrob: slightly evil, super strong, gorgeous and secretly nice. Let’s keep it simple:

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But wait, there’s another delicious addition, Aedion. Our heroine’s long lost cousin in all glory, he’s the all in one package for both girls and guys 😉

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Well I’m being unfair, there’s so much more to the series. We have iron-teeth witches and Wyverns: oh those mighty flying beasts! I loved each part of where we learn of the Witch covens and how I love Manon Blackbeak! The story slightly turns vicious when we head over to Morath, the horrors being bred there

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Wyrdkeys and Wyrdgates were only the beginning, there’s an entire army of monsters and disastrous weapons but we don’t know who runs them yet, the king? or Celeana?

Do you remember Perrington? Well turns out you’d be pretty pissed if you don’t coz he ain’t going anywhere and well Elena warned us of him. There’s a Cadre of strength, brutality and what not, of five men you’re going to love and hate incredibly.

I’m going to leave it at that:

  • Lorcan, a member of Cadre, serving the mightiest, the master and survivor of Death, to love or to hate?
  • We learn of Celaena’s true identity, not just her past, but her house, her kingdom that she disowns?
  • Nehemia was just a beginning. Friendships, so many of them, who would we loose now?

oh but did I tell you about the Valg King? The true evil that has returned to Erilea? Did I also mention that the world Celaena lives in does not belong to her at all? Well, Read Heir of Fire to know it all. oh and there’s soon to be TV Series out as well, watch the trailer here.

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Crown of Midnight – A Review


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Crown of Midnight

AUTHOR
Sarah J. Maas

Series
Throne of Glass #2

GENRE
YA Fantasy / Romance

RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

❤“They reached that moment when there was nothing more between them at all, Celaena kissed deeply and gave him everything she had.”
❤“I’d be the greatest fool in the world to let you go alone.”
❤“Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.”
❤“But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.”

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Synopsis

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

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My Review

I didn’t wait a day to start the Crown of Midnight and it only took a day to finish. Sarah J. Maas knows how to hook up her readers. I’m not going to talk about the writing as we’ve discovered and established that she writes raw and beautiful, so this review is solely for the TOG series!

Celaena Sardothien is the deadly assassin that the world fears, arguably king’s puppet and admired and feared by any and all men that know her. Crown of Midnight starts from introducing many more characters, following the story line richly and complimenting the old ones beautifully.

There are so many characters that I absolutely fell for like :

Dorian – Our handsome prince with kind heart
Choal – A mysterious guard with loyalty beyond life’s worth
Nehemia – The exotic Princess, friend to our beloved Assassin
Archer – The male Courtesan, why is he important again?
Baba Yellowlegs – The iron teeth witch
Perrington – The Jerk we all hate
Fleetfoot – The bitch that we all like

The story has romance, adventure, blood, history, friendships, magic, and so much of thrill. I cried for the loss of the loved ones, I grinned and blushed on the dances and kisses, I held my breath with the fights, Throne of Glass series only gets more intense and grasping by the book, I couldn’t recommend it enough to fantasy readers!

But wait,

  • Does Arobynn Hamel Return?
  • What truth will be discovered about Sardothien?
  • Caleana kills someone she used to care about – who?

Well, Read Crown of Midnight to know it all. oh and there’s soon to be Series out as well, watch the trailer here.

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Throne of Glass – A Review

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Throne of Glass

AUTHOR
Sarah J. Maas

Series
Throne of Glass # 1

GENRE
YA Fantasy / Romance

RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

❤“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
❤“Shall I gag you, or are you capable of being silent without my assistance?”
❤“Second place is a nice title for the first loser.”
❤“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything if you only dared.”
❤“Some people just need a high-five. In the face. With my knives.”

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Synopsis

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

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My Review

Sarah J. Maas made my favorite authors’ list from the ACOTAR series and I wanted to indulge in more of her fantastical worlds so I started the TOG when the Empire of Storms came out last year. The series is well hyped and I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed at least and boy was I right.

Although I felt a bit downstep while reading Throne of Glass but give it chance guys, she started it when she was 16! and now that I’m reading Crown of Midnight ( second book of the series) I feel how Maas has so much to offer, the ACOTAR and ACOMAF proves that the writer has grown so much since.

The story starts with Sardothien, a character I fell in love with since I read the prequel to the series, and how she is rescued from Endovier to fight for the crown prince. Endovier is a barbaric prison which not just physically tortures but mentally breaks down its prisoners, Caleana’s year in the horrific vast also costs her, but what?

The king of Adarlan is a cruel, cruel man and have conquered Erilea forcefully. Most of the Erilea despise their monstrous king, and so does Caleana, but she fights for the crown prince nevertheless, for her freedom. But she isn’t alone, and Dorian; the crown price isn’t the only one mesmerized by Celeana, she managed to intimate the captain of the royal guard as well.

Celeana is an assassin, all her life she worked for Arobynn Hamel; the assassin-king, and then was sent to a nightmare of a prison camp, now she’s in the Glass Castle representing the crown prince and fighting off death till she’s the king’s champion.

But Celeana isn’t the only one sponsored for the deathly competition, there are numerous other soldiers, warriors, thieves and even beasts that would be a part of the fatal games. Sooner than our heroine expected, she starts questioning her choices and decisions.

We also expect romance, since J.Maas knows how to please her readers, but who is the romance between? The assassin and the royal family are not the only players in the series, there’s Fae, magical creatures of the ancient history, and of course magic.

Expect blood, blade, love, battle, and indulge in a  fight for the freedom. We know Celeana doesn’t die, but she sure can be sent back to Endovier or tortured, or worse, she could be bound to serve another master.

  • What does Celeane lose in Endovier?
  • Does Celeana beat them all to become King’s Champion?
  • What kind of monsters and Magical creatures lure around Erilea?
  • Who does Caleana fall for, The royal or the Noble?

Well, Read Throne of Glass to experience all the magic… There’s soon to be Series out as well, watch the trailer here.

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This Savage Song – A Review

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This Savage Song

AUTHOR
Victoria Schwab

Series
Monsters of Verity # 1

GENRE
YA Fantasy

RATING ⭐⭐⭐

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❤“The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.”

❤“He could be the monster if it kept others human.”

❤“You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”

 

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Synopsis

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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My Review

Harker and Flynn are two sides of the city at peace, or as it claims to be. Monsters and Humans live amongst each other, against each other, carefully divided into groups each ruled by a family. Family, not how Katherine would describe it, or August, but how verity has it. Lives are lost, blood is shed, monsters and humans, both at war, both on run, who would win?

There’s fight and drama, light and dark, there’s school and family and houses at war. Rage, fire, nightmares and friendship, all are promised while reading schwabs book.

Owlcrate got me This Savage Song and I took a pretty good time to come around reading it but I’m so glad that I did. Victoria built an inviting world, this was my first pick from the author and I might read more of her given a chance.

The story is pretty basic and quite predictable, to be honest. The introduction is framed in a way that you kind of see where it’s going.

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There are a bit of surprise and revelations in the middle but nothing that got me really excited or really shocked. I kept hoping for some twist or unexpected plot but it turned out to be exactly how I initially thought it would which was unfortunate. I also felt there was too much description of certain actions, like writing for a movie and too less where needed, like in the case of the monsters’ appearance.

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Schwab made rich characters, I liked how each was personified brilliantly, but I didn’t feel any attachment to any of it which was new and unfortunate as I (almost always) end up falling for or against one of the characters after each fictional read. I also felt (a lot of times) that the ideas and the story weren’t original like a good concept was made copying off pieces from other movies/stories. I would, however, read the sequel as I didn’t hate the book, but I wouldn’t recommend it to fictional fantasy lovers.

If you’re wondering, there wasn’t much romance but I liked the subtle teasing between the main characters, honestly, I hoped for a kiss or a loose at some point but glad it didn’t go that way. To sum it all up, This Savage Song is a light read and a good pick for passing time but leaves a little to no impact. As always, I’d leave up some questions to intrigue you in case you’re a Schwab fan and struggling whether or not to pick this one.

  • What kind of Monsters live in Verity, Vampires or Warewolves, or beyond ?
  • So much of death, Human or Monsters?
  • City of Verity, Magical or Mythical?
  • Harker or Flynn, who would survive?
  • Which side are you on, humans or monsters?

Well, Read This Savage Song to know it all!

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Buy This Savage Song Now!

(International)
Hardcover     $18.16  
Paperback     $8.95

(Pakistan)
Paperback Pkr.675/-