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Book Review | This Train is Being Held by Ismee Amiel Williams

SYNOPSIS
When private school student Isabelle Warren first meets Dominican-American Ale Rosario on the downtown 1 train, she remembers his green eyes and his gentlemanly behavior. He remembers her untroubled happiness, something he feels all rich kids must posess. That, and her long dancer legs.

Over the course of multiple subway encounters spanning the next three years, Isabelle learns of Alex’s struggle with his father, who is hell-bent on Alex being a contender for the major leagues, despite Alex’s desire to go to college and become a poet.

Alex learns about Isabelle’s unstable mother, a woman with a prejudice against Latino men. But fate – and the 1 train – throw them together when Isabelle needs Alex most. Heartfelt and evocative, this romantic drama will appeal to the readers of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen.

MY THOUGHTS

First of all, I want to thank to the publishing house Abrams & Chronicle Books for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

First of all, I liked the romance between Alex and Isabelle and it was very emotional to read about it. The relationship between these two people is so beautiful and unique. Just reading the author’s description of it, makes me want to cry. Also, I like how the author, Ismee, tells the story in two ways. First of all, we have this cute, slow-burning romance between these two people. On the other hand, we have two emotional family stories. Even though I enjoyed the cute one, I was really interested in their families and their lives.

Isabelle chases her dreams. She wants to be a famous dancer someday and, honestly, she could be anything she wants. Her family is wealthy, but her mother has strict rules. I found very awkward the relationship between Isa and her mother, and it kind of bothered me. There are some situations when I couldn’t undrstand Isa’s mother. It’s like she is from another planet and I couldn’t help but think that she felt lost.

Moreover, Alex chases his dreams, too. He wants to be a successful poet, but his father has different plan for him. He wants him to be a sport star. This relationship between Ale and his father is even more annoying than the previous one. I was so angry about the fact how Alex’s father controlled his life. I wouldn’t say that Alex is a flat character, but there is something undefined about him. I do like more Isabelle in all this story and I see Alex as Isa’s lost part. She needed him in her life to complete her as a person.

Overall, I quite enjoyed reading this book, and I the author’s attempt to talk about certain issues is clearly seen and it’s a really good thing. I recommend this book to the people who like slow-burning romances.

My rating: 3/5⭐

Title: This Train is Being Held
Author: Ismee Amiel Williams
Published on: February, 11th, 2020
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young adult
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Book Review | A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

SYNOPSIS
‘If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!’

Introduction and afterword by Joe Wheeler
To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it is too late.

Part of the Focus on the Family Great Stories collection, this edition features an in-depth introduction and discussion questions by Joe Wheeler to provide greater understanding for today’s reader. A Christmas Carol captures the heart of the holidays like no other novel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
undefined Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

MY THOUGHTS
To start with the fact that I loved all Dicken’s novels that I have read, it isn’t surprising that I enjoyed reading this one too. A Christmas Carol is a holiday read and I am so happy to choose this time of the year to read it. I was familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the whole concept of the story. Actually, I had this book in my hands couple of times, but somehow I always found myself reading something else. However, I think that the message in the book is very clear and it will never get old. There are times when all of us become Ebenezer Scrooge. Sometimes we get lost in all material things that life has to offer. We are crazy about money and Christmas is all about ridiculous sales everywhere and yes, sometimes we give in. We forget what Christmas is truly about. Charles Dickens with his characters is there to remind us that it is important to keep the christmas spirit all the time. Be nice to each other. Love each other. Forgive! Do not let the bad times destroy your kindness.
Also, I think everyone is familiar with the story and there is no need for summary. What is the most important here is the message that the book hides. I think everybody should read this book at least once in their life because it will open their eyes. A Christmas Carol will put you in your right place. Being that type of reader who has never seen any A Christmas Carol adaptation in their lives, I, for sure, will see one of them very soon.

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shout out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!

A Christmas Tale, Charles Dickens

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I will always cheerish the christmas spirit in books because it is something very important for me. However, this book is not my favorite Charles Dickens book, but I think that everyone should read this book at least once in their lives.

My rating: 3.5/5⭐

Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Published on: September 23rd, 1999
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Classics, Fiction
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Book Review |Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

SYNOPSIS
The much anticipated new book by international bestselling author Lang Leav. A breathtakingly beautiful collection of contemporary poetry and prose, offering powerful insights into love, heartbreak, relationships, and empowerment.

Filled with wisdom and encouragement, every single page is a testament to the power of words, and the impact they can have on the relationships you build with others. And most importantly, the one you have with yourself.

Lang Leav captures the intricacies of emotions like few others can. It’s no wonder she has been recognized as a major influencer of the modern poetry poetry movement and her writing has inspired a whole new generation of poets to pick up a pen.

Love Looks Pretty on You is truly the must-have book for poetry lovers all over the world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
undefined Novelist and a poet, Lang Leav is an international bestselling author and winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, Churchill Fellowship and Goodreads Choice Award. Often credited with popularizing poetry among a new generation of young readers, Lang’s poetry books, and hit novel, Sad Girls continue to top best seller charts around the world.

Lang has been featured on CNN, SBS Australia, Intelligence Squared UK, Radio New Zealand and in various publications, including Vogue, Newsweek, the Guardian.

Website: http://langleav.com

MY THOUGHTS
Love Looks Pretty on You is the first Lang Leav’s novel that I have read and I must say that I am not disappointed. I really enjoyed reading this book and it is surprising that the mentioned topics could be represented this good way. The book tells a story of a woman fighting against her feelings. At some point, she is loved and she feels pretty. She can freely say that she is happy. That kind of happy that makes her rethink her emotional state. Is she really completely happy? Her heart says she is. Her brain says she’s not, but she could be.
Well, what makes her think think that way?
There are two things that ruins her eternal happiness. The first thing is her past. While I was reading this book I got the feeling that the girl loved in her past, but it was not that kind of love that will make you happy and all satisfied with your life. I think that it was one-sided love. Which brings us to the second thing – her self esteem. The girl did not love herself in the past. She was never satisfied with her and her life and unfortunately such things make us lose the people in our lives.

There is our past self among the ruins. She, the girlish one, the foolish one, the one who longs for a place with us here, where she is not welcome.

Love Looks Pretty on You, Lang Leav

In this book the author emphasizes the new beginning, our rebirth. We need to understand that we are only human beings and that all of us make mistakes. It is natural thing to make mistakes. We have to accept them and learn from them. Throughout the book, I realized that the girl was really attached to her parent. Seeing her Father abusing her Mother was the source of her anger, she wanted revenge. I love the mentioned girl with all of my heart because despite everything, she remained a good person. She knows how to love and she learns from her loss and her past. She is everything that we all want to be.

Your Right to Love
It is your right to define love on your own terms. Love between two consenting adults is never wrong, no matter how much anyone tries to convince you it is.
Be with the person who makes you happy. Who makes your heart sing.
It is your right to endlessly curate your life. Let her be herself. Or she will be somebody’s else’s.

Love Looks Pretty on You; Lang Leav〛

Anxiety
I struggle with things that are as easy to others as breathing.
Like breathing. Like answering the phone. Or sending that email I have been meaning to for weeks.
I panic when I am asked out to dinner, even if it’s with someone I really want to see.
It’s hard for me to commit to anything, and when I do, I overthink it until my brain tells me I have made a mistake, like a rat caught in a maze, trying to claw its way out.
I don’t know why I am like this. People ask me why I can’t do anything without jumping through a thousand thoughts, like hoops. But sometimes I wonder if my inability to function in the real world is really such a bad thing. I wonder if that’s why I’ve spent so much time sheltered in my imagination.
And because I can’t live in the real world, I create worlds to belong to. And I wonder if the very thing I’ve always been told is my weakness, has all along, been my strength.

Love Looks Pretty on You; Lang Leav〛


To conclude everything, I really enjoyed reading this poetry collection and I would like to read more of the author Lang Leav.

My rating: 4/5 ⭐

Title: Love Looks Pretty on You
Author: Lang Leav
Published on: January 29th, 2019
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre: Poetry, Contemporary

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Book Review: Never Google Heartbreak by Emma Garcia

BLURB

When her fiancé Rob breaks off their engagement for the third time, Viv does what any girl would do – she Googles heartbreak.

Confronted by tales of misery, she decides to set-up her own self-help website for the broken-hearted. But as Viv passes through the three essential stages of grief (denial, vodka, disastrous haircut), she becomes determined that it’s not too late to try and get Rob back.

When things get out of hand after a drunken declaration of love at an extremely inappropriate moment, Viv’s scruffy, tequila-swilling best friend Max is there to pick up the pieces. Viv starts to realise that maybe the real thing has been under her nose all this time, and now – one ex and a massive error of judgement later – she has to face the question:

What’s the craziest thing you’ll do for love?

MY THOUGHTS

I was really looking forward to reading this book ever since I saw it on goodreads. I thought I was going to love this book because I like everything about female fiction/chick-lit genre. It’s always delightful, funny, and interesting but I had a really hard time reading this book. I almost didn’t finish it, but I don’t like to keep my books unfinished so it’s probably my only reason why I read the entire book.

Vivian is a 32-year-old woman who just broke up with her fiance, Rob. She’s desperate and she wants him back. She would do anything to get him back. However, Rob finds new girlfriend called Sam and after a month, he wants to marry her. Sam is everything Vivian wants to be – she’s successful, gorgeous, smart, and interesting. Despite Rob and Sam’s engagement, Vivian tries so hard to get Rob back. She wants him back in a way that it’s so irritating and unbelievable. A thirtysometing-year-old woman would never do that. You can’t be that much desperate to ‘steal’ a man from another woman. Grown-ups don’t do that. Another thing that bothered me so much was that relationship between Vivian and her best friend Max. They have been best friends since college, and immediately after Vivian’s break up, she jumps into Max’s bed and they spend few days together. Max tells her he loves her. All that in two pages. Vivian tells him that she loves him too, but as soon as she leaves his apartment, she is back with her ex fiance. These things are WRONG. Also, the relationships between Vivian and her friends are just poor. For example, according to Vivian, Lucy is her best frend, but I can’t see that relationship that best friends are supposed to have. They are friends, but based on the conversations they have, they can’t be best friends. My favorite character is Max and there is one part in this book where the author describes Max’s place, and it’s probably my favorite part. Also, he’s an artist and I loved his passion for his work.

To sum it up, my big expectations made me slightly disappointed. This book is not for me, but according to other people’s reviews, people who got their heart broken loved this book and they say it helped them during their crisis. In case you are broken hearted, I suggest reading this book because it might make you feel better.

My rating: 2/5⭐

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Spooky October Graphic Novels: Megahex & and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Hello everybody,
I can’t believe that this is my first post in October because I planned to post almost every other day in this month. However, so many things happened recently and I didn’t have free time to post anything. The only good thing is that I read two books last week. Yay! I will tell you about these two books in my mini-reviews because there are just too many details and it would take me forever to put everything into my words.

Book Review #1 MEGAHEX by SIMON HANSELMANN

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an antropomorphized owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones. This may sound like a pure stoner comedy, but it transcends the genre: these characters struggle unsuccessfully to come to crips with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work, lack of ambition, and the complex feelings about each other in ways that have made Megg and Mogg sensations on Hanselmann’s GirlMountain tumblr.
This is the first collection of Hanselmann’s work, freed from its cumbersome Internet prison, and sure to be one of the most talked about graphic novels in 2014, featuring all of the ‘classic’ Megg and Mogg episodes from the past five years as well as over 70 pages of all-new material.

✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
Well, I had to think about my words here.. I kind of have some mixed feelings about this one. In the beginning of the book, I found some things funny and interesting. However, as I was reading on, I found some things weird and to be honest, I felt uncomfortable reading about it.
The book is all about alcoholism, drugs, and rape and I don’t think that it’s something that we should make fun of. We shouldn’t joke about it.
Those are serious things that require serious talks and solutions. It is clear that this is a very sad story and I really liked the concept of it, but I didn’t like how the author represented all the things in the book. My favorite character is definitely Mogg, the cat. However, I had a good laugh several times while I was reading this book and I think it’s fair enough to give it a three stars.

My rating: 3/5 ⭐

Book Review #2: CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie comics’ latest horror sensation starts here! For TEEN+ readers. Compiles the first five issues of the ongoing comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
I really had to read this comic/graphic novel because I just love Sabrina. I’m a huge fan of the show and I knew I was going to like this one. What caught my attention was this dark, creepy story. Seriously, it gave me the chills and I think that October is definitely the best time to pick it up .
Also, I liked that the story revolves around villains and how does it feel to live on the dark/night side. I loved its dark elements such as killing and praising Satan. Its art is everything! I adore the pictures inside and I think my all time favorite character is and will always be Salem. It was really enjoyable to read this book and can’t wait to check out everything by R. Aguirre-Sacasa. 

My rating: 4/5 ⭐

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Book Review: Wrong Day to Wear a Dress by Naissa Amada

✦ABOUT NAISSA AMADA ✦
Naissa Amada is an artist, poet, writer and French musician, born in Mayotte Island, 1995. She uses Instagram as her primary sharing platform. She has published her first collection of poems entitled; Wrong Day to Wear a Dress ,in April, 2019. It deals with topics such as love, heartbreak, isolation, self-esteem, and self-discovery. Her writings are based on her own song lyrics. Unable to rid herself of her heartache through her songs, she decided to write her thoughts page after page, and eventually created her first book of poems; Wrong Day to Wear a Dress, which she refers as ‘chronicles of thoughts’.

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
‘This book I wrote, is a fresh start. From dust I’m making a star. This, is a light to my darkness and a remedy for my heart (…) The time I have spent writing this, is second to none healer. Here, I’m exposing myself, and I share my hassles, my thoughts, and my truths. I have typed out my struggles and all the lessons I have learned from them.’

i have lost one, one that loved me.
i have left one, one i had a connection with.
and i have loved one, one that wasn’t ready.

Naissa Amada, Wrong Day to Wear a Dress

✦MY THOUGHTS ✦
First of all, thank you to Naissa Amada for sending me your book, it was such a lovely surprise. The very first thing that caught my attention was the cover of this book. It’s so pretty and the illustrations inside are beautiful. It’s pure art! This collection of poems consists of ten chapters:
I am. behaviors.
– sure.
-heart.
– confusions.
-journey.
– wounds.
– recovering.
– strong.
– wisdoms.
– done.
The book represents author’s personal experience and it is a beautiful yet heartbreaking story. Naissa writes about her battles and how it affects her. She writes about how does it feel to lose a loved one. Every heartbreak has its lesson and we can’t avoit it. They are supposed to make us stronger and braver than we thought we are. There is a reason why we aren’t meant to be with certain people and sometimes it’s difficult to understand. I loved how the author gives more importance to our self-esteem rather than focusing on losing our loved ones. Of course, it’s hard to accept the fact that some people just aren’t the right ones, but have you ever thought about your feelings and what happens with us at that times?
Admit it or not, we have all been there. We cried and we almost always blame it on us. However, it’s not always our mistake. We are still pretty inside out! And we should never forget it.

thank you for breaking my heart,
thank you for making me cry.
somehow, you made me believe in myself
more than i ever did.
somehow, you made a human of me,
more than i ever was.

Naissa Amada, Wrong Day to Wear a Dress

Time heals everything. It’s not just some random quote that will help you go through this day. What I really mean here is that being hurt and sad is a process that will result in questioning your thoughts. Who you really are and why you weren’t meant to be together. You will not answer these questions right away. They will take some time and it will just hit you one day. You will realize that you are not made for each other.
Both of you are still great people but he likes his coffee black with sugar and you drink your tea. He likes being home and you love taking long walks. He’s a dog person and you adore cats. Your visions of the perfect life are entirely two different views. Most importantly, he cannot see you in his vision of life and he does not exist in your visions.
It’s time for you to move on…

I highly recommend this book if you’re a fan of poetry like me. It’s beautiful and I adore every line. I will definitely reread this book very soon!

My rating: 5/5⭐

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Book Review: Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius by Isaac Samuel Miller

✦ABOUT ISAAC SAMUEL MILLER ✦
Isaac Samuel Miller is the author of Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius and he has a collaborative book entitled, Expert & Influencers; The Leadership Edition. When Isaac turned 11 he was determined to provide for his sick mom and to escape poverty, so he set out on a journey to fight his way to success. Eventually this led to Isaac becoming an entrepreneur at 17 years of age. Isaac has over 13 years of experience as an entrepreneur and he works as a licensed strength & conditioning fitness trainer, sales coach, and a motivational speaker.
Isaac has a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation & leisure studies along with a minor in psysical education. Isaac is an active member in his community, he gives of his time freely through preaching and delivering various bible discourses as a Minister. Isaac is a spoken word artist and he inspires people internationally with his spoken word piece entitled, Self-Belief. Isaac loves to inspire people and he invites the world to listen to his podcast entitled, JustGetUpWithIsaac for daily inspiration.

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦
Abandoned by his father at the age of seven, Isaac Miller embarks upon a thirteen-year journey to fight his way out of a life of crime, drugs, mediocrity, and poverty. Using his teenage imagination and work ethic as his guide, Isaac provides for his family, including his schizophrenic mother, and fights his way to becoming and entrepreneur at the age of seventeen. Through his story, Isaac demonstrates how you can start with nothing and still live your dreams. Just Get Up teaches you how to capture your own life’s dreams through exposing your inner genius.
This guided tour of self-development will teach you how to unlock your life’s true treasures. It will appeal to all people seeking a real-life inspirational story of overcoming adversities. Along your journey you will find The Limelight Spot Effect, The 27-Month Plan, and The Octagon Way as you build your own success through his Just Get Up program. Isaac invites you to Just Get Up and tap into your unlimited potential as you discover your inner genius one chapter at a time.

Your heart’s mind is the most sensitive aspect of your willpower and it must be protected! It is the one thing that you know that can steal your joy. If your heart’s mind is hacked, you will constantly battle with feelings of doubt. Doubt is normal, but wrestling with any temptation all day and every day is taxing on the heart and on the mind.

Isaac Samuel, Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius

✦MY THOUGHTS ✦
Reading this book was such a fantastic experience for me! I enjoyed very much and I must admit that something suddenly changed inside of me while I was reading this book. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does – I’m in awe. Speechless! I liked reading about Isaac, the little boy, achieving his dreams. The word ‘impossible’ does not exist in his vocabulary. He shows us that each one of us has rights to fight for their dreams.
We are all the same and there is only one correct path to follow, and you just have to focus on the good things and let the magic happen. In order to fulfill your dreams, you need to have some faith in yourself and you need to believe in God as well. I also love how Isaac tells us that it’s important to stay positive even at hard times. Only positivity gives us the strength we need to live a good life.
The author’s writing style is clear and easy to follow. Each step in the book is well-explained and examplified. The vocabulary used in this book is slightly complex and to understand some phrases, I had to use my dictionaries. My favorite part was learning how to develop a personal code. Basically, it’s about knowing who you are and what’s your purpose. We must think about it in terms of password. Almost everything has its own password and human beings need it, too.

Focus on yourself and not your shadow!

Isaac Samuel; Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius

This book definitely inspired me to fight with my anxiety and panic attacks. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep my focus and positivity, but I think it’s in our human nature. We lose our focus everyday, but it’s important to find it and learn from our mistakes. We are just human beings and of course we will make mistakes but it shouldn’t mean that we’re not making any progress. Isaac tells us that making mistakes is just another part of our progress. Nobody can tell you how worthy you are. It’s your thing to decide. Life can be good if you choose to see it that way.
I want to recommend this book to everyone out there! It’s bloody brilliant and it will help you to see the world through different lenses. This book is already my best friend and I will definitely reread it very soon again.

My rating: 4/5⭐

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Spooky September Book Review: Death’s Life by B. Latif

✦ ABOUT BELA LATIF ✦
Born in the small town of Sarai, Alamgir, Pakistan, Bela Latif lived there with her parents and three siblings, emigrating to the U.S.A. with her parents in 2016. Brought up as a Muslim and speaking Urdu, she soon found that she preferred reading stories in English, her favorites being fairy stories. It was those English storybooks that planted the seed, which became deep-rooted in her soul and she knew in her heart she wanted to be a writer.

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
During centuries of collecting souls, Death spent her time making observations and theorizing about humans. What makes them who they are? How do they react and interact with one another? What are their religion beliefs? Above all, what must it be like to be human and have feelings and experience emotions? When she meets Aisha, a young girl who truly believes in Death and above all else, Allah, Death’s life is destined to changed.
Fascinated by her, Death follows Aisha’s life, through its many ups and downs, which ends in her untimely death. Throughout her ordeals, she clings steadfastly to her beliefs, despite her husband’s bullying ways, including trying to sell both his wife and their baby daughter.
When Death comes to take her soul, finding Aisha sick, weak, and homeless on the street, Aisha asks her to take and raise her unnamed baby daughter, as if she were her own and to keep her safe from humankind.
Entrusted with the child’s life and well-being, Death embarks on her quest. Naming her Rose, she raises her as if she were her mother in a castle she creates in the middle of the Brazilian Rainforest. All goes well until the untained Rose reaches the age of nineteen and happens upon Henry, the son of the Brazilian president, invites Rose to see the civilization and all it has to offer. Reluctantly, Death agrees to let her go, but is unable to accompany her as she is invisible to all but those who are about to die and Rose, who sees her as a perpetually beautiful woman in her thirties.
Death and Rose soon become estranged as Rose begins to learn about a world that has been kept from her for so many years, questions the version of reality that Death has taught her. Isolated from her adopted daughter, Death becomes bitter towards Henry, despite him treating Rose as if she were a princess. She and Rose remain apart until a few years after Henry’s demise when Death seeks her out once more and is shocked by what she finds. Will Death be able to rekindle her relationship, or has she left it too late?

They call me Death where I am more alive than they are

Bela Latif, Death’s Life

✦ MOTHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP ✦
I really loved the characters in this book, they are brilliant. But what is fascinating for me is this mother-daughter relationship. It was so emotional for me and I loved how the author described everything. Firstly, I gave my heart to Aisha – she was an amazing mother and I loved how protective she is. She gave her life for her daughter. She was really brave and she was not afraid of Death. I don’t know why but reading about mother-daughter bound is always touching and I cry almost everytime when I read something like this. Death is another amazing character and even though she has no feelings – she did an amazing job as Rose’s mother. She was understanding and kind. I know she was ready to give up on everything just to see Rose happy. I could see Aisha through Death. To me, they are the same.

✦ THE TRUTH ABOUT POSSESSIVENESS AND LOVE ✦
Reading this book, I saw how love grows into something bigger, something called possessiveness. We tend to learn that love usually grows into something beautiful. However, this is not that case. Death was too good for Rose and we can see that she loves Rose, but her definition of love is just wrong. She thinks Rose belongs only to her, but that’s not how it works. You remember that famous quote ‘If you love someone – set them free’. And it’s true, everyone needs their freedom. I understand that Death is overprotective but sooner or later everyone will leave. And it’s the most natural thing in this world. Of course you will leave. You have to go live your life. Death couldn’t understand it and we can see how serious her intentions are in the second half of the book. In the beginning of the book, Death was just an observer. She studied people’s reactions and their lives. I can freely say that she almost hated them. And later, she became one of them. Rose was her life. And we know very well what happens in situations like these. One of them gets hearbroken and torn apart.

Humans know they are humans. Humans don’t know they have humanity. Something that I would call dead in them.

Bela Latif, Death’s Life

✦ OVERALL ✦
This book is just great! I loved everything about it and it was such an emotional experience for me. Thank you Bela Latif for letting me read it. One part of my heart will always stay in this book. It just blew me away! I also want to say how Latif’s choice of words is beautiful. I couldn’t stop copying these lines in my notebook. I want to remember them all. I highly recommend this book to every human being on this planet!

✦ DEATH’S LIFE QUOTES ✦
” No matter how many close friends you have, no matter how deeply you are connected to someone, there is just only truly intimate relationship you have in the end: Death.”

”God makes us free creatures. But every man is a slave to another man. We spend our lives for others only. All of it. First, unwillingly, and when we can’t stand it, then we willingly devote ourselves to someone, thinking we are doing it for ourselves, but we aren’t! It’s just a way of comforting oneself!”

”After years of experience I have realized there is only one he who loves you, and it’s not her. It’s He.”

My rating: 5/5⭐

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Sunday Mini Review: Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith

✦ABOUT AMBER SMITH✦
Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels The Way I Used to Be, The Last to Let Go, and Something Like Gravity. An advocate for increased awareness of gendered violence, as well as LGBTQ equality, she writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue surrounding these issues. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her partner and their ever-growing family of rescued dogs and cats. You can find her online at AmberSmithAuthor.com

✦SYNOPSIS ✦
Chris and Maia aren’t off to a great start.
A near-fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her.
But they are neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other.
The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds.
But would it be so bad if it happened anyway?

✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
Chris and Maia meet each other in quite unusual circumstances. Chris almost hits Maia with his car and ‘it’s not a big deal’. They don’t care about each other, but they feel some sort of connection. Somehow they always come back to each other. Unfortunately, Maia and Chris don’t understand each other because every single thing that Chris does, Maia reads it wrong. It’s like they two speak entirely different languages.
I see them suffer. I really feel sorry for Maia and her loss – it’s horrible. But I also understand Chris, he must feel bad too. Coming out as transgender must be difficult and I hate that he had to suffer earlier. I just wanted to hug them both and tell them that they are not alone in this world.
What I really liked in the book, was that when Chris and Maia started open up to each other. It’s like Maia is completely new person and Chris is not the same person either. Falling in love is not something we can choose, it just happens. And falling in love means believing in another person.. trust them. It also means being brave.
I absolutely loved this book and I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s well-written and its characters are just beautiful. This book helped me to understand that it doesn’t matter how different we are, we still live the same life. We feel the same. We laugh. We cry. And I think there’s nothing more beautiful than equality. I will definitely read more about transgender characters.

My rating: 4/5⭐

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Book Review: Caravan by Adam de Collibus

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦
William Abney is a war journalist from London, England. After serving in the first world war as a photographer he returns to England and makes his living taking baby portraits. He gets desperate for money and decides to find another job. The novel opens with him going to an interview to work for a newspaper called, The London Dove. He meets Reginald, the owner of the newspaper, whose is an unstable alcoholic, and a little disillusioned. William senses that there isn’t something right in the job, but takes the job anyway. The Contract, proposed by Reginald, is that William travel first to Morocco then across the Sahara, taking pictures of the locals and anything of cultural value that can be used in the magazine, this demand for news on the cultures of North Africa coming from the British soldiers returning from fighting there.

William takes a ship to Arish, a town on the coast of Morocco. He stays there for several days and meets some very interesting characters, some openly cold to him, others extremely warm and welcoming. He sees that the population in the city are divided into three groups. The foreigners, manly Europeans coming because of the news from the soldiers, and the locals of Arish who are split into two groups, one side wants the foreigners there because they are good for business. The other half doesn’t because they have taken so much advantage of the foreigners being there that they unknowingly made it so that if the foreigners choose to suddenly leave a lot of business will go bankrupt and hard times will come.

William takes a caravan across the desert and little by little he becomes more interested in the desert. He becomes obsessed with seeing the dunes and feeling the silence at the center of the desert. During his travel he meets Hans, a chess champion from Germany whose history, like William’s, is marred by the First World War. He meets Alexander, a once wealthy factory man from England whose wife framed him and he is hiding in the desert. He becomes good friends with the leader of Caravan, Hakeem, a charismatic leader who has two sides, the fearless politician and the sensitive human side. He falls in love with a Gypsy woman who is travelling to a small village out of Yemen to see her grandfather, who is getting old. He also hears of a strange and frightening legend. The legend of The Desert King, a soldier whose soul was taken over by an evil spirit and who has spent the centuries hunting and killing anyone who crossed his sacred desert with his army of blood thirsty warriors.

When the caravan gets close to the middle of the desert, its most vulnerable point in the journey, William begins to think about his life in the caravan and realizes how much he loves his life here instead of the one lived in England. When William decides that he’s going to find a way to stay, the people of the caravan discover that their well is poisoned. Because of the vast amount of people affected by the poisoning the caravan has to stop and recover. People begin deserting the camp and more and more clues begin to reveal themselves to William in sinister ways that they are in fact being hunted. When he discovers who is hunting them it’s already to lateand what happens next forces William to fight for his life in the caravan and the lives of his friends.

✦ IMAGERY AND SYMBOLISM ✦
While I was reading this book, I couldn’t help but think of caravan in terms of life. For me, Caravan represents our different life phases. Each stop, each station stands for one phase in our life. For William, Caravan is a lifechanging experience and each station reveals something new. William, the man we meet in the beginning of the book, is not the same William in the end of this book and it’s fascinating. Caravan is historical fiction in terms of genre, but I think it is also psychological in some way. Its focus is also on human experience and feelings.
Another thing that I loved about this book is imagery. I absolutely love the author’s writing style. Adam de Collibus did an amazing job here and the beginning of the book is great. I’m not a huge fan of long, boring descriptions, but the author’s descriptions here absolutely blew me away.

The cobblestone street was empty and lined with lampposts glowing yellow in the fog. Over the roofs, long tongues of smoke emitted from industrial factories added to the grey sky. The coach came to a gradual stop on the left side of the street.

Adam de Collibus, Caravan

✦ WHEN CULTURES MIX ✦
What is really interesting is that contrast between cultures, and it is a huge deal in this book. There is some kind of anxious feeling between people – they are afraid of everything that is new. It’s fascinating how one foreigner can learn so many things by observing one culture. You just have to pay attention to it.

✦ OVERALL ✦
To sum it up, this book was good. It’s very different from my usual read and I somehow enjoyed reading it. The plot is very interesting and one can learn so many new things from this book. On the other hand, I found some unnecessary parts that could be left out and the story will still keep its powerful meaning. I’m glad I read this book and it’s a perfect read for my September reading challenge.

My rating: 3/5⭐