Wonderland Made Better | Heartless | Book Review

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Our generation has grown up in a world powered by fairy tales and superheroes. We also happen to be the generation of remakes and retelling of the fairy tales we grew up with. So without further ado, let me introduce you to one hell of a Fairy Tale Re-teller, named Marissa Meyer. I had recently completed her series Lunar Chronicles (reviews coming soon) and I was thoroughly impressed with how she transformed the traditional, good-for-nothing Princesses into total dystopian badasses.

So obviously, I got my hands on Heartless as soon as it came out. And without a doubt, Meyer succeeded in blowing my mind and heart (pun intended) wide open. With that being said, let us begin discussing this epic, epic book.

Thanks to Disney, Once Upon A Time and Tim Burton, I bet you are no stranger to the words Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, and The Red Queen.
Heartless, happens to be set in Wonderland. And even contains a handful of the same characters as Alice in Wonderland. By that I mean, Cheshire, The Smoking Caterpillar and a certain young Hatter.
The story follows a young, beautiful girl named Catherine, noble by birth, humble by nature. Whilst girls of her standing dream of fancy dresses and handsome Princes, she dreams of opening up her own bakery and marrying for love. A fan of her baking, the King (King of Hearts) proposes to Catherine, who finds herself falling for the mysterious and charming court joker, Jest. Accepting the King’s courtship out of duty, Catherine continues to pursue her baking dreams and love for Jest in secret.

As things get complicated, the story reaches a point where Catherine is forced to flee her realm with Jest. She decides to leave behind her family and friends, for her happily ever after. But alas, things take a horrible, unexpected and absolutely brilliant turn.
As my reviews are always spoiler-free, I will refrain from explaining what the twist actually was, but let me just say, that I was up till 2am to finish this book (on a weekday. It’s a big deal okay?) I literally hugged this book after I finished reading it.

Basically, GET THIS BOOK. And read it NOW. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful. And makes you wonder if re-tellings can possibly be better than the originals. Because in this case, it may actually be true. I say that because even though the author leaned on the original characters and setting of Wonderland, her version was never dependent on them.
I personally love everything of Meyer that I’ve read and I hope she writes more books in her distinct, effortless style.

With that, here’s my favorite quote from the book:

“The easiest way to steal something, is for it to be given willingly.”


P.S. I own the image featured in this review! Those are my feet in it.
Happy Reading!

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Read At Your Own Risk | Karachi You’re Killing Me! | Book Review

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When it first came out, every Karachiite with even the smallest knack for reading, was positively desperate to get their hands on this book. After all, who doesn’t want to read a book based in their beloved city? I too picked up a copy began reading with anticipation.

SO MUCH REGRET. I couldn’t help but ask, HOW? HOW in the world was this book allowed to be published?

It was poorly written. The plot was weak. In fact, the entire book was like sitting through a painfully long Bollywood movie. There were a couple of inaccurate facts in the story. Not to mention, it was absolutely vulgar. It pains me to think about the perverted image this book has portrayed throughout the world, about not just the city of  Karachi, but it’s women as well. Because I’m sorry, but the last time I checked, smoking and drinking in front of your father was rather frowned upon in Karachi. Not to mention, I thought Karachiite girls possessed more self-restraint and wouldn’t sleep with the first foreign guy they saw.

For those of you who say that these kinds of things actually do happen in Karachi, let me tell you. They do happen, but they happen so brazenly in the bare 5% population of the city which cannot possibly constitute the image of the entire city. If anything, it makes me question the kind of environment the author has grown up in. Also, I refuse to allow anyone who doesn’t even live in Karachi to write trash about it.

And to top it off, the book will soon be adapted into a movie by Bollywood of course. Great! Time to show the entire world how pathetic and vulgar Pakistanis are.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to my worst enemy.

Pls. Seriously. Don’t read it.

Sincerely,

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My New Favorite Book | The Night Circus | Book Review

 

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“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

Have you ever fallen in love with a book? Treasured every single minute you’ve spent reading it? And then felt heartbroken when it ends? Those are my exact sentiments about this particular book. I had looked around for it for the better part of a year but it was always out of stock. And yet somehow I found it just when I had stopped looking for it. How magical is that?

I fell headfirst in love with everything about this book! The plot was magical, the characters enchanting and the writing was phenomenal. It was so well written, that all the while I felt as if I were watching a movie and not reading a book. Oh and speaking of movie, I’m over the moon to know that this book is being turned into a movie in the near future!! *Breathing intensifies*


I’m not going to spoil this book for anyone by talking about the plot. But I will strongly urge everyone to READ.IT.FOR.THEMSELVES. But I will share my favorite quote out of the book!

“You’re in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done. Sometimes that’s enough.”

Sigh.

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Go Set A Watchman | Book Review

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As you can probably tell, my copy of To Kill A Mockingbird is quite old and faded. I read this book over 8 years ago and it was literally the first ever Classic that I had gotten my hands on. It’s been a long time, but till this day, I can describe this book in one word. Mesmerizing. Because even at the age of 15, this book taught me so much!

I wish I could say the same for it’s sequel. Which came out 55 years later, when people least expected it to. In my opinion, the original story never required a sequel, but in light of the turns which society has taken since then, a follow up is probably something the author deemed necessary.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. It’s no where near as deep and thought provoking as the prequel, but it poses a strong argument in itself. The general opinion was that Watchman tainted Atticus’s character. But wasn’t that the whole idea? Lee succeeds in making a very significant point. That in the end, people are people. They evolve and shape with time which leads to the evolution and molding of society itself.

I found the flashbacks in the story rather tedious and Jean Louis quite a bit annoying. So if you ask me, To Kill A Mockingbird will probably outlive it’s sequel in the years that follow.

The New Young Adult Wonder | Eleanor and Park | Book Review

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Despite being a 23 year old, I relish my share of Young Adult fiction every now and then. Having had the John Green fever, I had been wondering what was so special about Rainbow Rowell. Because her books seem to be best sellers at every book store I went to.  And so I finally picked up Eleanor and Park.

I usually like to slowly devour my books. But this book was one of the few I read in a mere two days. It was that good. Let’s break it down, shall we?  It’s a pretty standard “Boy meets Girl” plot. But there are many things that make it stand out. Firstly, the diverse characters were a breath of fresh air. They made the story all that life-like. Because let’s face it. We’ve all grown rather tedious of the love stories between the head cheerleader and captain of the football team.

Although there’s nothing out of the ordinary about Rowell’s writing style, the way she treats her characters is commendable. During certain moments, the relationship between Eleanor and Park seems rather extreme. Which is why, the mention of Romeo and Juliet in the story is absolute genius. It reminds the reader that love can be unreasonable and extreme even if it’s between a pair of 17 year olds.

The conclusion of the story isn’t a happy one, but it is hopeful. Because Rowell leaves it to the reader to assume whatever ending they desire. She ends the story with a question. What can those three words be?

The Book is Always Better | The Shining | Book Review

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I bet all book lovers out there can agree with me when I say that the book is always better than the movie. Because of course it is. The lack of detail isn’t what bothers me. But the redundant changes in the original plot are what set my teeth on edge. I just have one question. WHY?

The Shining is the first ever novel by Stephan King that I got the chance to read. I watched the movie a while back and it, without a doubt, gave me a good scare. The novel on the other end, despite being only words, was much more terrifying.  Did I want to stick it inside the freezer at some point? (Reference from Friends) Yes I did!

Being a sucker for the horror genre, I had my doubts about whether a book could make me afraid of the dark. The Shining certainly did. It was exceptionally well written and the plot was perfectly paced. It neither ran too fast, like the movie. Nor was it slow or tedious. I absolutely loved how smoothly the story was told, making it easily believable. Stephan King provided the perfect amount of details and insight into the minds of the characters letting the readers know exactly what was happening. I look forward to reading more books by this brilliant author.

Forbidden Desires | Adultery | Book Review

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Paulo Coehlo is best known for bewitching the heart, mind and soul of his readers. His gripping words and relatable characters are exactly what made him a best-selling author. His books, especially The Alchemist are well known to have changed people’s lives. Every reader interprets Paulo’s books in their own personal way, which makes them all that unique.

Adultery on the other hand, fails to live up to the mark. In my opinion, it is easily one of Paulo’s least captivating book. His books seem to have made their way to me at a time I needed them the most and therefore left their mark. The same cannot be said in the case of Adultery. The protagonist is absolutely unrelatable and almost obnoxious. The story lacks the usual depth and meaning. Although the final few pages make an attempt to impress, they fail to make up for the rest of the book.

I for one could not relate to the protagonist nor the experiences narrated in the book. Although it was a story about depression, and illicit desires, it teaches the readers to deal with these impulses by acting upon them. Which is a very unhealthy path to take. Although I wouldn’t recommend this particular book to others, I definitely look forward to my next reading experience with Paulo!