Carry On | Book Review

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Hey everyone,
and welcome to another book review. Today is going to be a review on a book I just finished and I loved it so so much. It’s Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

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Name – Carry On
Author – Rainbow Rowell
Publisher – St. Martin’s Press
Publishing Date – 6th October, 2015
Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy
Length – 522 pages
 In a world full of magick, Simon is the chosen one. The worst chosen one to be precise. He is supposed to be the most powerful person to walk on earth but half the time Simon can’t make his wand work and the other half he sets something on fire. And amidst all of this Simon has to deal with a lot of problems. His mentor is avoiding him, his girlfriend’s acting all weird and there is a super monstrous monster running out there who’s wearing Simon’s face. Simon should be worried about all of this but he finds himself more worried about Baz, his nemesis since seven years and roommate, who hasn’t arrived at Watford School of Magicks. Baz could be out there, plotting the fall of Simon Snow.

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  I don’t know how or where to start because there’s so many things I love in this book and 1 post won’t be enough.
Let’s start with the characters. Characters were my favourite part about this book. I love all of the characters in this book except one or two. We have Simon, Baz, Penelope, Agatha and so many more. I love all of them. I love Simon. He is the chosen one but he makes mistakes. He doesn’t know how to control his power and he is stuck in all of these problems. Then we have Penelope. I love Penelope. She’s such a great great character. She’s smart, witty, strong and just so lovable. She might probably be my favourite character. And of course Baz. I really like Baz. I started enjoying the book more when Baz came around. Because he’s just so sly. Always sneering. Kind of the bad boy.
The plot is wonderful. Watford is amazing. And I know that a lot of people call this book a fanfiction of Harry Potter but this is different. Yes, at certain points you do get that feeling of Harry Potter but seriously this book has a story of its own. If you keep on thinking that this is like Harry Potter, you’ll never like this book. You’ll never be able to enjoy Watford.
The pacing was okay but in the beginning I found this book a bit boring and almost DNF’ed it. The beginning was a bit hard to understand because this takes place in Simon’s last year at Watford and it was a bit hard to understand this World of Mages which we know nothing about.
There are still some loose ends. I am still not sure about other characters. I feel that we don’t know what actually happens with them. Like Simon’s parents.
The writing style is absolutely wonderful. That is the one thing I like about Rainbow Rowell’s books. You just fly through them and you don’t even realize that you have read a 100 pages in 1 hour.
Now you don’t need to read Fangirl before reading Carry On. There’s no mention of Cath or anyone in this book. Which did disappoint me, kind of. I wanted to see Cath’s name on the front page. I don’t know why.
Dialogues! Let’s not forget dialogues. They were my favourite part of this book(after the characters). There are so many funny and like witty dialogues between these characters which made me laugh. Like actually laugh. I never laugh while reading books and this book made me laugh. I love how Simon would say something stupid and everyone would be like “We’re gonna throw up” or something like that.
This book is so informal. Like Rainbow Rowell wrote it from her heart. She wrote conversations which you could actually see happening in your real life. And I love it.
The plot twist or simply the plot was so smart. The idea of the villain was so smart. This book is so cool.
And the best part. Baz and Simon. My heart exploded whenever these two characters were together. The chemistry between these two is remarkable. They fight, they tease each other and I find it all wonderful.
This book is a book which you might enjoy more if you read it in one sitting because whenever I would read this book after taking a break, I always found it a bit difficult to get into the book again.
So I loved this book and didn’t actually have any problems with this book.

WHAT I LIKED

≈ The characters
≈ Dialogue
≈ Writing Style

WHAT I DIDN’T ENJOY

≈ The beginning
≈ There wasn’t a proper backstory about characters

FINAL THOUGHTS

Story/Plot – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Pacing – 4.5/5
Characters – 5/5

Final Rating – 4.75/5

“It’s like being a fairy named Mary,” Baz goes on. “Or a vampire named Gampire,” I say. “Gampire isn’t even a proper name, Snow. You’re terrible at this game.”, Baz says.

 

“Carry on, Simon.”

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So that is it for my review. I loved this book. And I seriously can’t talk about this book enough. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to reread this book because of my emotions. I hope you do pick this book up.Tell me in the comments if you’ve read this book and I’ll see you next time.
Thanks for Reading***
Spread Book Love
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The Blogger Recognition Award

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Hey everyone, and I promise this is the last award.  I now realize why people usually forget doing tags. How does one keep track of them. Well, let’s keep that aside. So I was nominated again by the lovely Fizah @Books Tales By Me. So thank you to her. Go check out her blog. It’s as amazing as her.

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  • Generate a post about the award.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a brief story about how your blog began.
  • Provide two pieces of advice to newbie bloggers.
  • Select 15 blogs to nominate.
  • Comment on each nominee’s blog and provide a link to the post that you created about the award.

HOW MY BLOG BEGAN

Aaah! I don’t remember actually. I think it was because of my sister. Yeah, I am pretty sure it was because of her. She started writing some blog posts and then I also wanted to do it. That is so like me. I always want to do what the other person is doing. So I started writing random reviews and posted them on some other blog I first had. But I guess I have improved over the days. And then one day I thought that Done I am making my own blog where I think and then post and now this is where I am. The way I am writing this, we could make a documentary on it.

BLOGGING ADVICE FROM ME!

I really shouldn’t do this because a) I am really bad at giving advice and b) I consider myself a new blogger. But I have an advice
INteraction I know, so original. But this is a very important part of Blogosphere. Interacting with bloggers is great for you and your blog. You might make some new friends and your blog might earn some views.
That’s all I can say, I don’t have anything else.

I NOMINATE- 

Breathing Words
Laura @lfbooks
Sophie @Beware of The Reader 
Rebecca @Bec’s Bookshelf 

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That is it for today’s post. Once again, thank you to Fizah for nominating me. Also I forgot to post on Wednesday. I knew what I wanted to talk about. I had the idea in my head but I couldn’t explain it in words. So this means….that I need to start scheduling my post before hand. Oh! We can add this to the tips for new bloggers list. I hope you liked today’s post. Comment down below….. anything, (I can’t think of anything) and I’ll see you next time.
Thanks for Reading***
Spread Book Love
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Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Series I Want To Start This Year

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Hey everyone,
it’s that time of the week again. It’s time for Top 5 Tuesday. This week’s topic is Top 5 Series I Want to Start This Year. So most of these books are being repeated because I included them in last week’s topic and some topics from December.
If you don’t know yet, Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @Bionic Book Worm Blog. She has posted the topics for January and we would love it if you would join us.
Now on to the list.

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1 – The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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I know you’re tired of me talking about how much I want to read this book, that is why I am going to leave this conversation here.

2 – Six of Crows Duology

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It’s a duology but still. I have heard so many things about this duology from so many bloggers that it’s time I read it this year.

3 – Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I don’t know if it’s a trilogy or a series since new books are being released which are a part of this series so…. I have heard mixed reviews about this book so I am not sure if I am going to like it or not.

4 – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Fairy tale retelling? Yes, please. I want to see how some of my favourite Disney princesses have been portrayed in this book.

5 – Magnus Chase trilogy by Rick Riordan

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I want to return to Rick Riordan’s world. I haven’t read any of his book in so long which is why this trilogy is on top of my TBR.

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So that is it for today. I know that there are a lot of series that I want to read however these are the series which are on the top of my list. Although I am not going to read all of these books this year but I can hope. Tell me in the comments what all series you want to start this year and I’ll see you next time.
Thanks for Reading***
Spread Book Love
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Flawed | Book Review

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Hey everyone,
and yes it is finally that time. I just read my first book of 2018 and I am so happy. I wasn’t sure that I would like this book since my mom bought it for me randomly. But boy, was it any good.
Name – Flawed
Author – Cecelia Ahern
Publisher – Harper Collins
Publishing Date – 24 March 2016
Genre – Science Fiction, Young Adult
Length – 402 pages

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Summary – Celestine North had always supported the Guild. The Guild inquired into the wrong doings of people.The Flawed. They were the people who had done something ethnically or morally wrong. No matter how big or small the case was, if found Flawed there was no way back. Celestine had, however, never worried about it. About being branded or being found Flawed. She was perfectly perfect. The perfect daughter, the perfect sister, the perfect student. That is until she encounters a situation where she has to make a decision in haste and if the decision turns out to be wrong, then Celestine might get into trouble, a lot of trouble.

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So I’ve already told you that my mom bought this book randomly and I did not have a lot of expectations from this book mainly because I was kind of stuck in a reading slump. But this book was so so good.
I don’t know how to write a review for this book because my thoughts are all jumbled up because of this book.
I’ll start with the characters. The characters were flawless (pun intended!). Like wow! I love all of these characters.They were so well written, so well-developed. None of them was someone you could trust right away which I guess added to the story. And such a wonderful portrayal of strong women. I don’t actually know what other people’s opinions are but I loved all of the female characters in this book, except for 1 or 2. All of these women were strong in their own way. They were fighting in their own way. And at one point I had to stop reading this book because I was so overwhelmed by all of these characters.
Coming to the main character. I actually liked her. I never like the main character but I loved Celestine. I really liked how she stood up for what she believed. I liked how the author wrote or developed this character.
The plot was good although in the beginning I found it a bit childish. Like why would someone be Flawed just because they lied. In that case many of us would have been branded a thousand times. But then, later on, the plot started to develop and it got to a point where I was actually starting to get scared. This book wasn’t a horror type of book but the plot was weird yet scary to me. I was so scared about what would happen if this kind of law was brought into our society.
The pacing was good. It was fast and I didn’t feel that it was rushed which is a plus point.
Coming to what I didn’t like in this book. There were not any major things that I didn’t like about this book. I didn’t like the character Art, who is Celestine’s boyfriend. I found him a bit creepy and that dominating boyfriend who gets jealous easily. I mean he wasn’t actually creepy but I just found him.
Then in the beginning, I found that there were a lot of descriptions and they were way too detailed. Like the author spent quiet some time describing people’s clothes or something like that.
And there was there were certain lines which were repeated so many time that I just got tired of it. Like the main character would say something like ‘she was a girl of black and white and logic’ and I was like ‘Girl I know you’re a mathematician but you don’t have to remind me every freaking second of this book.’
Apart from this I really really loved this book and I feel that you should give it a try.

WHAT I LIKED

≈ The portrayal of characters
≈ The cover
≈ The pacing
≈ That it kept me HOOKED
≈ That it said that our mistakes make us wiser.

WHAT I DIDN’T ENJOY

≈ Repetitiveness
≈ Sometimes way too descriptive
≈ Does Art count?

FINAL THOUGHTS

Story/Plot – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Characters – 4.75/5
Pacing – 5/5

FINAL RATING – 5/5

“Never trust a man who sits, uninvited, at the head of the table in another man’s home.”
Yes, I love this book. It was so so amazing. You should give it a try. You might like it or you might hate it. I loved everything about this book except there are still one or two questions I have which were not answered. But I guess they would be answered in the next book.  Tell me in the comments if you have read this book and I’ll see you next time.
Thanks for Reading***
Spread Book Love
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Brotherhood Of The World Award

20180107_155543Hey everyone,
welcome back to another award that I was nominated for by Laura @lfbooks. She is a wonderful person. You should definitely check her blog and follow her immediately. So she nominated me for Brotherhood of The World Award and I still don’t know why I got nominated.
Here are the rules –
• Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
• Answer the questions sent to you.
• Nominate around ten bloggers.
• Create your set of questions for your nominees.
• List the rules and display the Brotherhood Of The World logo in your post

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THE QUESTIONS!

1 – Briefly explain your blogging style (where your favorite blogging spot/tools – as in, on the couch using your smart phone or something).

I usually write using my PC and sit on my chair, obviously. But if I am feeling a bit lazy then I use my laptop. I usually listen to some kind of music while I/m writing. Actually I listen to music almost all the time or while writing a blog post I’ll just listen to some random video of a YouTuber.

2 – How do you manage your blogging time including blog reading time?

I usually get to writing a blog post as soon as I get back from school, but most the time I end up wasting my time by scrolling through twitter or watching YouTube. I read whenever I get time. I haven’t set any specific time for it. And I read other blogger’s posts whenever I get time while writing some blog post.

3 – Who is your most read author?

I think that it is Enid Blyton. I have read about 20 of her books.

4 – How did you come up with your blog name?

I think I’ve answered this question for the Mystery Blogger Award. So I am going to use the same answer. I had decided to make a blog in haste and hadn’t really figured things out. So one day, instead of studying (something I am doing right now as well), I sat down in front of my PC and my mom and I went through some of the most ridiculous names ever. I wanted the name to be something related to dreams(don’t ask why) but almost all the names I thought of had already been taken. In the end we came up with this name.

5 – What keeps you blogging?

My love for books! Also I love writing in general. And most importantly you all supportive people! Also the community. Also Food. 

MY QUESTIONS.

I can’t think of any new questions so I am gong to use these same questions. Also why do I feel that everybody keeps answering these same questions? Here are my questions –
  1. Briefly explain your blogging style (where your favorite blogging spot/tools – as in, on the couch using your smart phone or something).
  2. How do you manage your blogging time including blog reading time?
  3. How did you come up with your blog name?
  4. What keeps you blogging
  5. What would you do if I grant you a wish?

I NOMINATE – 

Joe @Storeys of Stories Blog
Mini @Books And Corner
Emmy @Emmy B. Reading 
Emily @Emilyburnsmua Blog

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So those are all the nominees. Thanks again to Laura for nominating me. I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Tell me in the comments something about your blogging style and I’ll see you next time.
Thanks for Reading***
Spread Book Love
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Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe | Book Review

20171216_195429Hey everyone,
and welcome back. I finally read a book. Well, I am actually scheduling this post so by the time you read this I would have probably read another book or two. But after days and days of whining about my reading slump I finally picked up this book.
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Author – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publisher – Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date – 21 February, 2012
Genre – Young Adult Fiction, Bildungsroman
Length – 359 pages

 

Summary – Aristotle is an angry, fifteen years old teen with a brother in prison. Aristotle has no friends and likes to be left alone. But that was before he met Dante. Ari and Dante immediately develop a special bond as they try to discover all the secrets of the universe. However, they have to face various problems and struggles as they try to discover the secrets of the universe and most importantly, themselves.

 

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It’s so hard to review this book because here’s the thing, this book is mainly a character driven book. There is no major plot. So I am not sure how I am supposed to talk about this book but I’ll try. So before starting this book I was super excited, mainly because I had not read a book in the longest time. When I started reading this I felt like I should not read it because I wasn’t in the mood. But I still decided to give it a go.
I feel that this book is more about discovering yourself rather than discovering the secrets of the Universe but I guess it’s the same thing. I love all of the characters in this book. The character development is spot on. I particularly loved Ari. I could see myself in Ari. What Ari was feeling, going through, it all was shown wonderfully.
Dante was also a wonderful character but I am not sure if I like him a lot. At certain places I found Dante confusing and a bit difficult to understand. He would do something but I would never understand why he did it.
But I LOVE Ari and Dante relationship. They’re so cute together. I love it when one of them says something the other repeats it. They’re seriously meant for each other.
I absolutely loved Ari and Dante’s parents. They are so freaking wonderful (even Ari’s Dad). They were so supportive and so sweet. And I loved how Dante’s parents loved Ari a lot and Ari’s parents loved Dante a lot. Like Family relationship goals. Family bonding and relationship was a major part of this book.
Another thing I absolutely love about this book is the author’s writing style. This book had so many wonderful lines/quotes/paragraphs which just touched my heart and were so beautiful that I had to tag them. Also if you are that kind of reader who uses post it notes to mark their favourite lines, then you might need to buy some extra. Like I had barely read page 20 and my post it notes were over.
The chapters in the books are short so it feels like you’re reading a lot more which is something I like, because I seriously don’t like long chapters.
The plot or the concept of this book was real. I am using the word real because I feel it describes the book perfectly. This book is real. Everything it contains is real. The feeling, the problems and the characters. I liked how the author portrayed that each and everyone us is fighting  war inside us. And how we look perfectly fine from the outside but are actually broken from the inside.Is it bad if I say that I wasn’t satisfied with the plot. I mean it was good, really good, but I don’t know, I was expecting something else. Maybe the cover misled me.
 I wanted more of Gina and Susie. I felt that they were just there to fill the absence of Dante. At first I hated those two girls( especially Gina) but that after reading certain number of chapters, I realized that they were really keen on helping Ari. Because of which I need to know more about Susie and Gina’s past.
Here’s the thing, I actually did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. Like I started enjoying it very late. Mainly when we got to the part where we learn why Ari’s brother was arrested or why Ari’s father keeps to himself and doesn’t talk much. Also I have so many questions regarding the side characters which weren’t answered.

WHAT I LIKED

Almost everything but mainly –
≈ The characters
≈ The Family bonding or relationship
≈ The cover

WHAT I DISLIKED

Dislike is a really strong word for this book and the only problem I had with this book was –
≈ The plot could have been a bit better.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Story/Plot – 4.5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Characters – 4.5/5
Pacing – 5/5
FINAL RATING – 4/5
“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”
As Dante was watching me search the sky through the lens of a telescope, he whispered.”Someday, I’m going to discover all the secrets of the universe.”
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This book is all about exploring.  Exploring friendship, exploring sexuality, exploring the universe and most importantly exploring yourself. This book was a warm, wonderful and a great read. I didn’t want it to end. I want more. I want more Ari and Dante. And I know we’re getting a second book but I want it in my hands as soon as possible. Also I used Caps lock like a lot of times in this review, which is new for me. Also, this post is getting way longer than expected. So I hope you liked this review. Tell me in the comments whether or not you’ve read this book and I’ll see you next time.
Thanks for Reading***
Spread Book Love
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Top 5 Tuesday – Top 5 Books on My 2018 Bucket List.

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Hey everyone,
and welcome to the first Top 5 Tuesday of 2018. *cue confetti*.  I am so excited for this year’s topics. Hopefully I am able to participate every month. Today’s topic is Top 5 Books on My Bucket List. I have so many books on my bucket list, just like everyone else. But for today I am going to choose the books I absolutely absolutely want to read in 2018.
Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @Bionic Book Worm. It would be lovely if you would join us as well. Go check out her blog, she’s amazing.
Now lets get on with the list.

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1 – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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With the movie coming out and people saying such good things about it, this book is on top of my bucket list. Well not really. This list is not in any particular order but if I ever buy any book, like right now, this would be the first book I’d add to my cart.

2 – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 

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I seriously have no idea why this book is on this list. But I really want to read it. But then I don’t actually know much about this book, which I guess is a good thing. But I saw the trailer of the movie and I then and then decided to read this book in 2018.

3 – The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Again I am surprised that I don’t know anything about this book since everyone keeps talking about this book. And I obviously don’t know a single thing about this book but I want to read it because of Everything, Everything.

4 – The Raven Cycle by Maggie  Stiefvater

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Literally every person who has read this book only says good things about this book and I don’t want to stay alone for too long. Although I feel that I am not going to like it as much as other people and I don’t know why I feel like that. I don’t know but I still want to read this book in 2018.

5 – Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo 

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Another book everyone loves and I feel I am not going to like it but I still want to read it. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I feel it’s the pressure even though there’s no pressure, I am just creating my own pressure. But you know, I’ll still buy it and read it. And then we’ll see what happens.

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So that is it for today’s Top 5 Tuesday. I feel like I didn’t talk about the books much but I just talked about my weird feeling regarding these books. And I am sorry for that. But these are the books that I feel I really want to read this year. Let’s see hoe many of these books I’ll be able to read in 2018. Tell me in the comments what all books are on your bucket list and I’ll see you next time.
Thanks for Reading***
Spread Book Love
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