Book Review on The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R.Pan

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Plot: Based on Taiwan, this book beautifully describes Taiwanese culture and their language. The story is about a girl named Leigh and her mother committed suicide. Leigh doesn’t know what caused her mother to do such thing and after her mother’s death a mysterious bird often shows up trying to indicate something and she eventually realizes it’s her mother ( now a bird). In order to find out the cause behind her mother’s suicide, Leigh decides to go to Taiwan where her mother grew up and where her grandparents live and gradually she unravels all the mystery about her mother’s family.

Fun part is that you get to learn little bit Taiwanese and also there is description about variety of Taiwanese food.I got to know a new thing that Taiwanese even celebrate a ghost festival.

Writing: In most of the books become complex and confusing while describing parallel stories but that isn’t the case with this book. The author managed to successfully portray Leigh’s life events  with her mother’s past events which was tremendous.

Characters: It is not character driven book but depicts the  life events of the characters but surely the author did justice with the main character “Leigh” and you see her changing and finding herself and what she is good at.

Story: There is an amazing twist in the book which I am sure most of the readers would not see coming.In my opinion story was okay but not too impressive.The elements that this book has surely compensates that lacking.

overall I would say it is really enjoyable and I would rate it 5 out of  5.

 

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Book Review on The Last Time We Met by Carol Mason (publishing on October 16, 2018)

This story made me experience so many mixed emotions.There was love,pain,happy moments,guilt and many more.The book is written on first person perspective which makes you connect deeply to the main character of Celine.

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She was deeply in love with Patrick but the circumstances didn’t permit them to be together and so she had to let it go and afterwards she got married to Mike.Unfortunately,everyone faces a hard time to forget their first love and that’s what caused a trouble in Celine and Mike’s married life and they got divorced.Finally, Celine got a second chance to meet Patrick after fifteen years.However, Mike left Celine but didn’t stop loving her,whatever he did reflected his love for Celine and that’s when Celine faces a dilemma whether to start a new life with Patrick or give her marriage a second chance.

The book is written so beautifully that you really can not judge any character to be good or bad as they all seem to be right in their perspectives. Every character was so unique.Patrick seemed to be a passionate Journalist who is very charming too. Celine was a loving mother.Her bonding with her twelve-year old daughter was lovely.They were like friends.Mike, Celine and their daughter made a lovely family.You also get their daughter’s perspective that how she feels about her parents separation.She just wanted to stay together with her mom and dad as a normal,happy family.All these facts make the readers really involved and think again and again which could be a perfect ending? Going with Patrick or Mike?
I really felt connected to all the characters but didn’t like the ending.I wanted it to end in another way but that is just my personal opinion other readers might love the ending.I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Perfect Fall Reads

1.  Title: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

This story is about a girl named Juliet Young and a boy named Declan Murphy who are both suffering from pain,guilt and grieve due to losing a family member.There is a lot going on in their lives but they don’t want to show it to the world.Juliet has lost her mother and now,even after her mom’s demise she writes a letter to her and leaves it on her grave.However, Declan finds the letter and all of a sudden he decides to write back and that is how they start talking to each other but still unknown of their real identity.

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This story makes you realize the importance of family and also gives you a message that even if you are going through pain but there is someone out there who is dealing with some bigger issues than you.It also makes you realize that love is always out there, waiting to be found.

The whole letter exchange thing takes place on October and also you get the feel of a perfect rainy day and fall environment which makes it a perfect read for fall.I would recommend the readers not to research on the plot too much and just get right into the book and enjoy it. This is definitely a 5 out of 5 star and I would highly recommend it.

2. Title: To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han

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Imagine that you wrote  few letters addressing all your crush since childhood just to keep it to yourself and then one day, someone delivers all those letters to them. What a chaos it can create! Lara Jean is facing the same situation.

Lara Jean has got a cute family which consists of her father and her two sisters Margot and Kitty.Lara never had a relationship before but she likes Margot’s boyfriend Josh but it’s just a secret that she wants to keep it to her self cause she loves her sister a lot.Her life takes a 360 degree turn when Margot breaks up with Josh and she goes to Scotland for her higher studies,now Lara has to play the role of a responsible big sister and in the mean time, her letters get delivered to all her crush.

Lara is always anxious, she hides her feelings from everyone and the story tells how gradually she changes after falling in true love with one of the crush.

The story takes place few months before Christmas which makes it a perfect fall read.I would rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars

3. Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Sixteen year old Simon has got a very loving family. Friendly parents and a little sister who often cooks terrible things! Also he has got some friends who are always there for him.Despite of having a perfect life! Simon still feels lost.He has a secret that he can not share with anyone.

However his secret reveals to the whole school when someone gets access to all his mails that he has sent to a guy he likes but never confronted.The story is not just about Simon and who he likes it is much more about friendship,family and definitely a book that is for everyone to feel equal and special cause we all are unique in our own way and we all deserve love equally.This story is based on High school senior year! and takes place in between the time of Halloween and Christmas which makes it a perfect feel good,fall read.I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

 

 

 

Book Review

Title: Morosa (Book Two of The Viridian Chronicles)

Author: A.E. Outerbridge

Genre: Y/A fantasy,Mystery

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After her mysterious adventures at Eidolon University in Liornabella last year, eighteen-year-old  Elle O’Sullivan  is looking forward to a new journey at Caillagh University in Morosa to compete for the Zenithal Cup. With her amazing friends, again she has to deal with some unusual events, unfold some secrets through digging up some history.

The school has huge dining halls, common rooms and also a library, thus it has got a little bit of harry potter vibes except the fact that it is not about a school that teaches witchcraft, it is about a boarding school that teaches its students about meditation, history, swimming and a lot more. But still you get to see presence of vampire, dead queens and king which is quite exciting.

Characters where good, especially I liked Elle, Naomi and Martine. Elle is smart and daunt less. In this book you see her emerging as a strong person and also she find outs her hidden skills. This book describes a journey of a group of friends who are always there for each other and also it has got some romance in it.

The only thing I felt is that the Zenithal Cup is very much similar to the tri wizard tournament of harry potter and the goblet of fire which is why I would rate it 4 out of 5. Otherwise all the characters are unique, elements are all new and the whole story is creatively written. Good thing is, even if you haven’t read the first book of the series still you will be understanding the whole plot and fell in love with the story.It is an epic fantasy series and very much enjoyable .Looking forward to the next one.

Thank you Enchanted Book Promotions for this amazing book.

 

 

 

Upcoming this October

Death in Paris by Emilia Bernhard, Publishing on (9 October,2018)

Genre: General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

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Plot:  This story is about two friends Rachel and Magda trying to investigate their first murder case.The victim is Edgar Bowen who was also Rachel’s former boyfriend.While attending the funeral Rachel found out some suspicious facts which she thought would not be appropriate to share with the police.Thus she thought that she needs to solve this mystery by her own and so together she and her best friend started their journey to unravel the mystery. However, while they were investigating, one by one  their prime suspects were dying and Rachel and Magda have to be quick before the murderer kills someone else.

Writing: The whole story takes place in Paris.The book has a little touch of french language and also beautiful description about the French atmosphere ,especially cafe and food which really makes the reader get more involved in the story.

Characters:  All the characters where really good.While investigating,Rachel and Magda had to meet many suspects and the story is so enigmatic that it is hard to guess who would be the murderer.

Both Rachel and Magda had equal involvement in solving the case.You get to see much more about the friendship of these two woman.Together they make a very good team.I loved how they tried to motivate each other mentioning that they are doing a good job and also saving one another when in need.

It was an intriguing story and truly amazing. I would rate it 5 out of 5

2019 upcoming

So here is my review on the upcoming book “Second Star” by J.M. Sullivan which will be published on 05 Mar 2019.If you are a science fiction lover and also you love reading fairy tale and classic retelling then this book is perfect for you.It is an amazing retelling of Peter Pan.

The book is written in a third person perspective which goes very well with the story.The story is based on a planet which is named “Never land” as the time never flies there.Hundred years on earth is hardly few days there.It creates a whole new world in front of the reader which was tremendous.

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The book is  about a girl named Wendy who goes on an expedition to rescue a person named James Hooke and his team who went to never land almost hundred years ago and where trapped there.However when she reaches never land she meets with some other people and she faces a dilemma, who is trustworthy? James Hooke or the other people and then she eventually unfolds some mysteries.

The characters where beautiful, loved the ending as it creates a curiosity among the readers of knowing what will happen next.It was nice that despite of being a retelling it still had the influence of the Peter Pan classics.Loved the way the story was given a sci-fi twist.It is a really enjoyable book.Over all I would rate it 4 out of 5.

 

 

Online Book Stores In Dhaka

There are plenty of online book  stores in Dhaka.Here is the list of my top favorite book stores based on their service,spontaneity and customer satisfaction.

Bookworm Bangladesh (FB Rating 4.9) : They have a vast collection of original books both fictional and non-fictional.They are very responsive and prices of the books are not very high.You can order the books online or visit their two outlets,one at Tejgaon opposite to Falcon hall and another is at the Kazi Tower, Dhanmondi situated with North End Coffee Shop.

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Stupefy (Fb Rating 4.6): They have a very good collection of books which are not usually found very easily.They provide original books within a cheaper price and  they are also very responsive but the delivery time is a little bit longer as they ship the books from abroad after taking your orders.

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Book Gang (FB Rating 4.2) : They have got all the best selling books but the prices are a bit higher than Book Worm.Their customer service is awesome and they are very very responsive and they reply back  to your queries within minutes.Their deliveries are also faster.

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<a href="http://Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is amazing! If you are looking for a quick motivation then this book is perfect for you.It clears all your doubts about your life and provides you all the answers that you are searching for.If you are someone who fears fear,then please go ahead and read it! It will make you much more confident.It is also very inspiring for aspiring authors.Even if you are someone who had a very bad day then read it.This book will definitely cheer you up.

View all my reviews“><a href="http://The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book.It is a bit slow paced and takes time to unfold all the mystery but it is really well written which makes the reader get really involved in the circus! It creates a whole new world infront of you as if you are a part of the circus.I loved Marco,Celia and Isobelle but did not get the perspectives of many other characters very well.

View all my reviews“><a href="http://Caraval (Caraval, #1)Caraval by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It is well written and fast paced.I loved the bonding of the two sisters.Also you can really get to know how Scarlet starts to grow as a person through experiencing the emotions of love,pain,heartbreak,deception,grieve and all that but other than that it did not really engage me into the story and it felt quite boring.Honestly I don’t know why this book is more often compared to “The Night Circus”. It is more about mystery and delusion rather than magic.I had high expectations about the competition of Caraval when i first started to read it, but it somehow did not really felt like a competition and you do not get to know much about any other characters and how they are involving in the game to find Tella in order to win the competition.It was totally centered on Scarlet trying to find her sister (Tella).

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