Review: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

NAME: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

AUTHOR: Holly Bourne

RATINGS: 4.5/5

GENRE: Contemporary, YA, fiction

BLURB:

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?

REVIEW:

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved this book. This book is SUPER IMPORTANT, especially now when we see millions of teens battling various mental health issues that are taking control of their lives. It is important we find a platform to talk about these issues and this book did EXACTLY THAT.

I was amazed by this book. It was ALL that I look for in a book. An emotional, heartwarming tale about a young group of people who find ways to cope with their mental illnesses and win over it. It taught me so much about so many things that I didn’t even know existed. The plot was brilliant and the storyline added to the beauty of the book. This book left me happy with a pinch of sadness. The ending was written beautifully. A fully conclusive ending that satisfied me. I often find it very difficult to really like endings of books but this one, OH IT WAS PERFECT. Super emotional, but perfect.

CHARACTERS:

There were 7-8 solid characters that had their own backstories, history and personality traits which I really liked. Holly Bourne made sure to include their own personal struggles in the book which was a very beautiful and personal touch t the book. The protagonist Olive was imperfect, REAL. She wasn’t one of those “perfect” characters. The Perfect life, perfect hair, clothes, NO. She felt real and flawed, HUMAN. She was fighting with her inner demons (mental health problems) and that just made her so strong even though she thought otherwise. She inspired me in a way, to sometimes just be optimistic and not overthink everything and BE HAPPY. Live in the moment. But there were also dark times in her life when she felt defeated and depressed but somehow she came out of it. She had the strength to get through it, to face her problems and that was the best thing about her.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK. It is inspiring, fantastic and definitely, definitely worth a read. I hope this book means as much to you as it means to me. I hope you discover something new, something else, something you never knew after reading this and I hope this book helps you get through difficult times in your life.

“Happy” and “Feel Good” Books

There are some books that just instantly make me feel better, happier and improve my mood! Whenever I am in a bad mood, feeling really down and sad I give these books a read and it feels so good to do so.

So, I thought I could share my “happy” books with you so that if you ever want to feel better, you can read them!

1. Girl Online

  • Zoey Sugg

This book was how I got into contemporary and to this day I reread this book to feel better! It’s fun, girly, quirky and makes me feel so much better. Highly reccomend this book if you’re in the mood for a fun and easy read.

2. The Boy is Back

  • Meg Cabot

This is a very funny chick flick that makes me laugh whenever I read it. I’ve always believed that it would make a fantastic movie! If you want to feel happy and have a hearty laugh then do read this lovely book.

3. The Boyfriend list

  • E. Lockhart

This is a super hilarious diary of a girl explaining her various experiences with her “boyfriends'”, I loveee this book and I’ve reread it so many times when I felt like.

4. It must’ve been Something he wrote

  • Nikita Deshpande

This is a very cute, romantic and adorable story of a writer-publisher romance and it always makes me feel super fuzzy and happy! A go-to book to read when I’m sad.

5. Turtles all the way down

  • John Green

A very weird choice but yes, this book makes me feel better and happy. It focuses on mental health which to me is VERY IMPORTANT. I love the content in this book and would highly reccomend it to everyone who’s in the mood for a quick and easy read!

Review: How to Disappear

NAME: How to Disappear

AUTHOR: Sharon Huss Roat

GENRE: Young adult, fiction, contemporary

MY RATINGS: 4/5

BLURB: Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable.

So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.

To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

In this beautiful and illuminating narrative, Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are.

MAIN THEME:
A beautiful combination of human emotions, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues along with a very unique story of a girl who faces severe social anxiety and how she creates a persona-VICURIOUS on Instagram to help overcome her own and also help others come out of depression! The book describes how a single person can achieve so much. The book throws light on the truth, the fact that in today’s day and age major number of teenagers are faced with several mental health issues and how we should all accept them and overcome them. The protagonist lives a double life, as Vicky and as Vicurious on Instagram where she photoshops herself in pictures with celebrities and lets her followers know that they are #notalone and that she #seesthem

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved the uniquetake on mental health in this book. I really enjoyed the story and narration though it did get d little boring but picked up right after! I loved the charcaters and how each of them were portrayed so accurately andseemed so real unlike the ones we see in movies, unreal characters. It was sad and happy and very forthcoming abou many, many issues. It portrayed the lives of theseteenagers in a very honest way and that was what set this book apart. The message that the book carried along with thebstory of a cute, shy romance was STRONG and echoed throughtout the book. I personally realy liked the book for its eccentric, thought-provoking ideas and narration. Would definitely recommend this book if you’re wanting to read something light yet a little intriguing then this book s your best bet!

I’m Back ;)

Hey guys, I have been inactive on wordpress for almost a year. Phew. What a year. I had my 10th grade board exams and so I wanted to focus on my studies! And now that its over. Im back, I’ve missed this amazing community of readers and reviewers and it feels really good to be back. I am sure that I’ve missed A LOTTTTT when I was away and cant wait to catch up with everything, especially with reading.

Also, I am finally active on my instagram too yay! follow me There’s a lot of reviews and book tags coming your way! Hope you guys enjoy it. Sorry for being MIA for sooooo long, hope you can understand.

Always…(The Chamber of Secrets Anniversary)

Hey everyone. For all the potterheads out there (which is practically everyone) today is a very, very special day.

Its the 20th Anniversary of “HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS”. Ahh, this makes me so emotional. 20 years ago this beautiful, beautiful book came into existence.

But what is really, really cool is that Bloomsbury is publishing special hpuse editions of “The chamber of Secrets” and Oh, My God. This new edition is STUNNING. And I got my own hufflepuff edition sent to me by Bloomsbury India and HOW COOL IS THATTTTT. AHHH. I am so, so excited about this.

So anyway, if you guys haven’t bought your house edition books yet, are you living under a rock?! GO BUY THEM. They will make you the happiest person in the worlddd!

The Night Ferry

Hello guys. So I recently received this amazing book from bloomsbury india to read and review “The Night Ferry”. I ve about halfway through with the book and I wanted to share the blurb and some of my thoughts in this post!

BLURB:
Sixteen children and four adults are killed in a devastating boat crash in Copenhagen. Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen is called in, only to discover that this was no accident and that one of the passengers has a very personal connection to the homicide team.

Reeling from this revelation and not knowing who to trust, Simonsen follows a trail that eventually leads him to Bosnia and a network of criminal misconduct. All evidence points towards one shady figure: a high-ranking army specialist with a suspicious past. But the more Simonsen digs, the further the truth slips from his grasp.

This book is SUPER INTRIGUING and I am totally loving it guys. One of the best mystery/thrillers. Review will be up soon! Be sure to check this book out.

Review: Children of Blood and Bone

NAME: Children of Blood and Bone

AUTHOR: Tomi Adeyeni

GENRE: Fantasy, YA

MY RATING: 5/5

BLURB: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

MY REVIEW: It has been so long since I read Fantasy and I think that’s partly why I loved this book EXTRA. I did not even know about such a book and I was quite clueless when it came to me in the mail. I received an uncorrected proof copy from Panmacmillan India (THANK YOU SO MUCH) and I devoured this book. It was exciting, enchanting, magical and mystical. I missed reading Fantasy si much.

This book, the world of Orisha, the protagonists, all of it was AMAZING. I fell in love with the world of Orisha and the plot of this book. Magic, power, atrocities, freedom the entire concept of this book was super unique, extremely FANTASY related and Ah, it was VERY WELL WRITTEN. There were different point of views of three different characters and it gave th book a really nice touch! This book taught me so much. The journey the protagonists travel, the rush of adrenaline while reading the book and the possibility of hope that Zelie will bring magic back and the possibility of her failing. THIS BOOK WAS GENIUS. And I feel that MAGIC was the strongest element of this book which is quite rare in other fantasy novels and the author described and used this element and created a whole new world!

Written in a way that gets the readers’ attention and keeps you hooked. A book like none other and a series that is SO PROMISING. Tomi Adeyemi has done a fabulous job with this beautiful book and I look forward to reading the next book in the series! I CANNOT WAIT. I really want to talk about the ending, it was GOOD. It was astonishing!

On the whole, this book was MAGNIFICENT and I would urge each and every one of you to go ahead and this profound book!

Bookish Candles = Happiness

So in India soy candles are VERY difficult to find and quite expensive, book inspired soy candles that is. But I found this AMAZING company called “Booksom” that create and sell high quality book inspired, scented soy candles that are so GOOD and much needed. I was so happy I found them and got 2 bookish candles from them, that smell absolutely wonderful and I light them almost on a dailu basis but now I am really scared to finish the wax and so I am trying to cut down on my use of them. 😬🙈

Look at the pictures of these marvellous scented candles:

Both of these are inspired by indian authors’ books and smell SO GOOD AH!

I reccomend Booksom to everyone. You guys NEED to try buying their candles. They’re wayyy cheaper than the other companies and high quality too.

Review: Pashmina (Graphic Novel)

NAME: Pashmina

AUTHOR: Nidhi Chanani

GENRE: Fiction/Children’s Fiction, Graphic novel

MY RATING: 4/5

BLURB: Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions–the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

REVIEW: This book was adorable and the story was absolutely beautiful. I cannot even begin to describe how AMAZING the illustrations were. The author “Nidhi Chanani” has done an exemplary job with the illustrations. They look stunning and very, very real.

The book is about an Indian-American girl who is searching for her past, the reason why her mother left her homeland India and moved to the US and most importantly she wants to know who her father is and why her mother left him. So many questions that her mother refuses to answer. This book is a journey of self discovery, of adventure and most importantly of magic. A lovely book that is perfect for kids of the age group 5-11. But don’t let that stop you from reading this beautiful graphic novel. I mean, I ENJOYED IT SO MUCH even though I rarely read children’s books and I rarely read graphic novels. But this was an eye-opener you guys! I am going to soon start reading many more graphic novels. Pashmina ios book filled with love and so much magic. Reading this book reminded me of all the fairy tales I read as a kid and felt like anything was possible. This book gives you a sense of how beautiful simple things are. Reading book made me so happy. I look forward to reading more graphic novels written by “Nidhi Chanani”, her work is stunning!

I strongly recommend this book to young kids and if you’re just looking to read something light and positive, this book is for you! Don’t hesitate to pick this book up, it’s definitely, definitely worth a read. And the illustrations will for sure, take your breath away! A huge THANKS to the publishers harpercollins Indiafor a review copy of this lovely, lovely novel.

Here are some of the beautiful illustrations from the book: