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Review Of “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo

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My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis:
A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

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Review of “Wintersong” by S. Jae-Jones

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My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis:
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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January 2018 Reading Wrap-Up

I’m pretty happy with how many books I read in January, specially because I won’t be able to read too much the next few months. I read a total of 7 books and I loved almost all of them, except one which was just alright. So without further ado, here are the list of books I read this month!

1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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This was my first read of the year, and I am so glad I started with this. This story was touching, raw and beautiful and left me in tears by the end. Reading through a child’s dilemmas with his mother suffering from cancer and how he copes with it was quite harrowing, yet eye-opening. It was a quick read and a phenomenal one at that. 

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Ambitious 2018 TBR

I titled 2018 “The Year of Fantasy” for myself. So far, I haven’t let it live up to that sadly but hey, the entire year’s awaiting. I mean I definitely planned to finish a couple more books by the month of January and catch up to some of these, but being a mood reader, I strayed from my path (guilty as charged) and just read other things. There’s also the matter of me suddenly hitting a reading slump out of nowhere, but I blame that on my exam jitters.

But the rest of the year is still left (where I’ll be occupied on the first half, but the last 6 months, I plan to read without pause *please don’t let another reading slump hit me, thanks) and with that, I can HOPEFULLY fly through these books.

P.s-I’m leaving out the sequels/standalones that are to be released this year and I am keen to delve into, but they’ve already been mentioned on this post. Be sure to check it out!

1. Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

Synopsis of Falling Kingdoms (Book #1):

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

This series has been on my TBR for a while now. I’ve been putting it off to find time but then I just figured I wait till the final book comes out and marathon it. It’s coming out on the 6th of February this year, so it seems like the perfect time to get started with this series. I’ve heard such good things and along with the intriguing synopsis and beautiful covers, I am so excited to begin.

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Review of “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid

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My rating: 3/5 Stars

Synopsis:
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. 

Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

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Review Of “The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue” by Mackenzi Lee

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My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Synopsis: 
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

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Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2018

Every year, we readers definitely have some books whose release we not-so-patiently look forward to, maximum of them being sequels after the last book left us with a dreaded cliffhanger (Oh, the tragedy). In honor of that, I’d love to make my first post about the books I am dying to get in my hands this year. Aside from these, there are books out there this year which would conclude certain series that I plan to read and have been waiting to be completed. I decided not to add them into the “official” list but here are some honorable mentions- Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee, Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones and Vengeful by V.E Schwab.

Now, without further ado, lets get started.

-Warning- This post has a lot of sequel reads and their synopses, so if you haven’t read the previous books, they may contain spoilers.

1. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

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Release: May 1st, 2018

Synopsis: Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming spinoff novels.
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated—scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
 

Anyone who personally knows me, knows the A Court Of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas is my heart, my soul and my holy  grail. This world had me hooked from the very start and A Court Of Mist and Fury is my favorite book. The characters are so close to my heart and I am so glad I don’t have to say goodbye to them just yet. I know A Court of Wings and Ruin had plenty of lackings, but that never deterred me from this tale and I can’t be more excited to see what’s next.

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