Review: Genuine Fraud

NAME: Genuine Fraud

AUTHOR: E. Lockhart

GENRE: Thriller, Fiction, YA, coming of age

MY RATING: 5/5

BLURB:

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

REVIEW:
This book was absolutely thrilling and genius. I LOVED it. I’ve only ever read E. Lockhart’s THe bOyfriend list which was a comedy and so, so different from Genuine Fraud which is a thriller. E.Lockhart has beautiful writing and I look forward to reading more books by her. This book though, MIND BLOWING. The writing, characters, story, plot, everything was AMAZING and left no stone unturned.

The story was immaculate yet somehow very unexpected. It took new turns and twists and came circling back to the protagonist, Jule. The story was put into words in an exemplary manner that described every aspect to perfection. Also now would be a good time to mention that this book was written in REVERSE. Can you believe that?! And it made everything tenfold more interesting. The style and manner in which it was written made me love E. Lockhart’s writing and I yearn to read more thrillers by her.

The characters were quite complex and deep. The author gave us an elaborate outline about each of their lives, their background and behaviour. Most importance was given to the kick ass and daunting protagonist Jule. She was good and yet bad, she was happy and yet sad. I loved her in a confusing way.

The end of the book took me by surprise and I NEVER saw that coming. I liked the book a lot and it might even be my favourite book for a long time from now. You guys need to read this book ASAP and know for yourselves why I liked it so much. A huge thanks to the wonderful Bloomsbury India for a review copy 🙂

Review: Reminiscence

So I have never really read poetry, but when I got an offer to review a book of collection of poems I was delighted. For me, 2018 is all about 1. Reading more books and 2. Reading different genres/diverse books

Reminiscence by Devika Das is a collection of poems on differenr topics like Birthdays, New year, Life of a Tree and many other topics. The poems were short and crisp and were rhyming! They have an impact on the reader and the writing style is really GOOD.

If you like poetry abd are looking for something different then this book is for you! The poet has done a commendable job writing these beautiful poems. Do check this book out.

Review: The Nine Chambered Heart

NAME: The Nine Chambered Heart

AUTHOR: Janice Pariat

GENRE: Fiction

MY RATING: 4/5

BLURB: ‘You, though, are as beautiful as light splitting through glass.’ Nine characters recall their relationship with a young woman – the same woman – whom they have loved, or who has loved them. We piece her together, much as we do with others in our lives, in incomplete but illuminating slivers. Set in familiar and nameless cities, moving between east and west, The Nine-Chambered Heart is a compendium of shifting perspectives that follows one woman’s life, making her dazzlingly real in one moment, and obscuring her in the very next. Janice Pariat’s exquisitely written new novel is about the fragile, fragmented nature of identity – how others see us only in bits and pieces, and how sometimes we tend to become what others perceive us to be.

MY REVIEW: This book had me in a trance. It was unique, nothing like I’ve ever read before. Oh, it was exquisite. Nine chambered heart, when I was asked to review this book I was happy because one of my reading goals for 2018 was to expand my horizon read different genres and well, I did exactly that. I would’ve never picked up Nine chambered heart on a normal basis and I AM SO GRATEFUL to HarperCollins India for asking me to review it! I LOVED the book, if the start didn’t make that clear 😉

A book that took me on a journey of discovering and unravelling the protagonist and her life through the people she loved. I was lost in the book, wanting more. So much uncertainty it made it impossible for me to put the book down. The story grew on my as I read more and it was AMAZING! All of it. With every passing chapter and every new lover I couldn’t wait to know more, to see what happens next.

If you love exploring new books, literature this one is for you. And even if you don’t trust me you’ve got to read it! The writing OMG. I cannot believe I almost forgot to mention how exemplary and beautiful the writing was. It was beautiful and flowed like a river absolutely enchanting. YOU NEED TO READ THIS ASAP!

Review: Editing Emma

NAME: EditingEmma GENRE: YA, Fiction AUTHOR: Chloe Seager MY RATING: 5/5 BLURB: When sixteen-year-old Emma Nash is ‘ghosted’ by the love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any normal teenage girl would do… Emma spends the summer lurking in her bedroom, avoiding all human contact (and the shower), surrounded by the collection of chewit wrappers she saved from packs Leon gave her, back when he actually acknowledged her existence… But seeing Leon suddenly ‘In a relationship’ on Facebook with the perfect Anna, spurs Emma into action and she embarks on a mission to make positive changes to her life (or ‘edits,’ if you will) and vows to use the internet for more than obsessively stalking Leon’s activities! Instead, she will use it for good and noble causes like finding someone who will actually be nice to her, and recording her findings for the rest of the world to see (i.e. BFF Steph and her mum) on her new Editing Emma blog. But Emma soon discovers her ‘habit’ is harder to break than she first thought – turns out she’s not the only one ‘editing’ herself online (thank you Tinder for finding her mum’s profile, age 35, really?) and that life through an Instagram filter isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. But it could be worse, she could have outed her best friend, accidentally chatted up a 12 year old boy and revealed to the world why Leon Naylor is worth no girl’s time or virginity… oh no wait, that’s exactly what happened… REVIEW: This book was GOOD! I enjoyed it a lot. Not many things make me laugh but this book had me laughing so hard. It was hilarious and a light read and it was EXACTLY what I needed. I’m glad I’ve started 2018 with such a cute book. All about teenage drama, cute crushes and high school romance this book was just as good as a chick flick! I’ve never before read Chloe Seager’s books, but oh I loved Editing Emma and look forward to more books by her. The protagonist Emma was quirky and obsessive but by the end of the book, I started loving and admiring her. The characters played an important role in getting the story together and it was just really amazing. After my dreadful exam, I really needed something fun 🙂 Enough said why I LIKED THIS BOOK. WHY YOU SHOULD READ EDITING EMMA: 1. Its super fun and will put you in a good mood immediately. 2. It’sfast-pacedd and you won’t be bored. 3. EVERYONE loves a chick flick! 4. ONE of the funniest books ever, so if you want a good laugh don’t look further! 5. A WHOLE LOT of blogging is there in this book so I’m pretty sure you guys will love it. And that’s why you should read this book. I highly recommend it if you want to get over a book or want to feel good then this book is the one you should be reading. Huge thanks to the publishers HarperCollins India for a review copy.

2018.

So, it’s been veey long since I posted anything. Its because I’ve had exams 😦

But here’s a post on what I’ve been doing this year so far.

1. Reading

I HAVEN’T READ A SINGLE BOOK YET. And its horrible. But I’m currently reading Editing Emma and it’s an adorable book. A cute, light read that makes me very happy. I will post the review as soon as I finish reading it.

2. Music

Okay, so I listened to ALL the new songs of Troye Sivan and omg. They’re AMAZING. Also, Camila Cabello ahhh. I love her music.

3. TV

So my exams got over a few days ago and I finally continued watching Modern Family. I’m on season 6 now, yay.

That’s it so far. Not very impressive but I’ve been super busy 😦

Let me know how many books you’ve read so far in the comments below.

Also, my goal for Goodreads this year is a depressing 20. Because I know that no way am I going to be able to surpass that with so manyyyyy thingssss in 2018.

All that I have read this year…

Okay so all that I’ve read this  year is a mere 30 books and lots of textbooks 😦 

Anyway, here’s my 2017 wrap up! 

I surpassed my reading challenge, even if the number is just 30 it’s an achievement!

Goodreads shows that  I’ve 33 books because i read some of them twice but on the whole the total number of “books” I’ve read this year is 30.

This was my 2017 wrap up. I hope you guys also achieved  your Goodreads goals too :)) let me know in the comments how many books did you read this year?

Review: Ramona Blue

NAME: Ramona Blue 

AUTHOR: Julie Murphy

GENRE: Contemporary, YA

MY RATING: 5/5

LET ME TALK ABOUT THE BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL I HAVE READ THIS YEAR. 

The book was so well thought of and planned, the story was in perfect sync and there were no confusions. It was Crystal clear and at the same time BEAUTUFUL. The book had deep meaning. I absolutely loved the protagonist, she was a beacon of power and responsibility. Ramona Blue is one of the kickass female characters that I look up to. 

Ramona, her sister Hattie and their dad live in a trailer. Ramona has somehow believed and accepted that she is not “meant” for college and that she needs to stay in the small town of Mississippi and just be there for her pregnant sister and her niece when  they won’t have anyone. Ramona is lesbian and she’s attracted to girls, until the male protagonist Freddie, her childhood friend comes into the picture and everything Ramona believed she was is not anymore. She knows that she likes girls but then she is attracted to Freddie too. The book revolves around  tough life decisions, teenage issues, and the story of Ramona and Freddie.

I LOVED the book. It was absolutely lovely. No detail was missed and the characters were built so well, this book must’ve taken so much hard work and it showed! The plot was well described and explained. Writing style was immaculate  and it felt so very real. I was  so engrossed in the lives of Ramona and Freddie, that I read all night long. I dont know why I  haven’t  read Julie Murphy’s Dumplin yet, I really should. I’m in awe of  her writing style. 

One of the things that stood out was, as I’ve mentioned a gazillion times, the exemplary writing and the focus on trivial coming of age problems. Importance of family, friends, love, relationship, confusion about life, indecisiveness.

You Guys, need to read this book ASAP. A huge thanks to Harpercollins India for sending me a review copy!

All things Christmas

I’m finally doing the post about my favourite Christmas songs, movies, books, all of it! Hope you enjoy.

MOVIES

Okay, so Harry potter is definitely not a Christmas movie but its perfect to have a HP movie marathon during Chritmas. 

1. Elf

2. The Smurfs

3. Home Alone

4. Polar express

5. Serendipity 

I know that most of these are kids movies but you’re never too old to enjoy them. Something else I would reccomend is: every Christmas episode of FRIENDS. That is ideal! Also, high school musical, I dont know why but its fun to watch a few Disney movies 🙂

MUSIC

1. Jingle Bell rock – Mean girls for the win!

2. Last Christmas- it’s a classic and I really like the song!

3. Sleigh Ride- Hillary Duff

That’s it! I don’t really listen to many Christmas songs. But there’s always the carols and classics like deck the halls, etc.

OTHER STUFF:

1. Scented candles: get yourself as many as you can, online will be cheaper but you should definitely try the Instagram shops that sell soy candles. And get them in flavours like Vanilla, Lavender, sandal wood, etc.

2. Sweaters

3. Beanies

BOOKS

Well I  don’t know many Christmas books but you should definitely have a HP marathon! And then there’s “let it snow”, I haven’t read it but I feel like its a perfect Christmas book!     

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU! HOPE YOU HAVE AN AMAZING DAY AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Review: The Whole Shebang 

NAME: The whole shebang 

AUTHOR: Lalita Iyer 

GENRE: Self help

MY RATINGS: 4/5

Okay, so I would never normally pick up a self help book, But well The whole shebang is self help for girls and the cover and the gist looked pretty cool so I decided to read it. And Oh, I was not disappointed at all. You see, self  help is not really my thing but this book it was hilarious and very honest. I could relate to some of it too, but not most of it because well I’m only 15. But I still enjoyed it. 

It talks about life as a girl, the different chapters of your life and what people expect from you when you’re a girl. Societal pressure, judgey aunties, all of it. It’s a very frank and insightful book that I’m  sure most women will love. Lalita Iyer has her own unique style of writing, one that is very easy, comfortable and obviously she has an amazing sense of humour which added flavour to this book.
The Whole shebang is A MUST READ FOR ALL WOMEN. It will make you laugh and have you nodding your head as you relate to all that  is written. Hilarious, insightful and amazing, this book should definitely be on your TBR. Also, a HUGE THANKS to BLOOMSBURY INDIA for a review copy of this lovely book.

2017 Recap

So well, as per  book blogging and bookstagramming 2017 was not VERY SUCCESSFUL. But it was a nice year. 

Half of 2017 was spent in school, being busy with classes and exams. And then I just really needed to get back to bookstagram (during this period, I used to post reviews of books here on my blog and then go back to being inactive. But I hardly ever posted on instgaram) ! By now I had lost wayyy tooo many followers. But i still continued, I love the bookstagram community. 

Here s what i accomplished

1. I hit 200 followers here on my blog (THANK YOU GUYS, I LOVE YOU) 

2. I hit 2000 followers on my instagram  ( @fangirlalert07_ )

3. Even though i was quite inactive, I read a lot during holidays and surpassed my mere goal of 25 books on Goodreads, but it is still an accomplishment!

4. I received many, many, many books. 

5. I started reading more of self help and stepped out of comfort zone to read memoirs, non fiction and even thrillers.

It seems like a pretty good year, but I want  to  accomplish so much more in 2018. But then, next year is going to be super busy with 10th grade plus classes and extra curricular stuff. 

But I am going to try my very best to hit 500 followers next year, hehe that’s quite a goal 😉 

Expect many holiday posts soon guys, movie reccs, holiday songs, books and all of it.

What about You? How was your year? 

PS: REVIEWS COMING SOON, STAY TUNED. ALSO, A WHOLE RECAP OF BOOKS I READ THIS YEAR.