BOOK REVIEW | The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Title: The Wrath and the Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Genre: Fantasy

Published: 12th May 2015

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books

Format: Paperback

Rating:  3/5

 

 

 

“This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.
This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.”

Synopsis:

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

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Books That Made My Heart Do The Jittery Thing

I recently came across a shelf I made on goodreads a couple of years ago, called: “Books-that-made-my-heart-do-the-jittery-thing”. I only added a few books onto it, but rediscovering that list reminded me of some of the books that made my heart beat a little faster because of the gorgeous romances depicted within them. Here’s some of what I found on the list…  Continue reading “Books That Made My Heart Do The Jittery Thing”

BOOK REVIEW | Revolution by Piet Hein Wokke

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Title: Revolution

Author: Piet Hein Wokke

Genre: Historical

Published: 1st May 2017

Publisher: Xowox Publishing

Format: Hardback

Rating:  4.5/5

 

 

 

“Do people ever really fight over religion?
Or do they use religion to fight?”

Synopsis:

Beledar, 1942. 

War rages in the West, but the East is not immune to its call. In the capital of Beledar – Mayasin – the old Emir is dying, and his son, Jalal, British-educated and with modern sensibilities, is poised to take leadership over a fractious nation.

Growing up in the poorest streets of Mayasin, Abdullah ekes out a meagre living shining shoes, selling arak, and performing less savoury favours for visiting foreigners in the city. But one bloodied, fateful night when the course of his life changes forever.

In a remote desert village on the other side of Beledar, Khalid is witness to immense brutality, meted out by his elder brother. He is forced to go along with it and not yet a teenager, he already has blood on his hands.

Sunni and Shi’i, royalist and revolutionary. One is destined for the palace, the other for the army. As their nation grapples with a new world, new independence, new ideas, and new struggles, the lives of these two boys will become inextricably intertwined… and the fate of the whole country will hang in the balance.

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Poetry Mini-Reviews #1

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Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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BOOK REVIEW | Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Published: 31st January 2017

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Format: Hardback

Rating:  star (1)star (1)star (1)star (1)star (1)

 

 

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find yourself to magic in this world.”

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BOOK AND MOVIE REVIEW | A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Title: A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness (from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd)

Illustrator: Jim Kay

Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Children’s

Published: 27th September 2011

Publisher: Walker Books

Format: Illustrated Paperback

Rating:  star (1)star (1)star (1)star (1)star (1)

“Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?

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