Bundle of Joy: The BookShook May Unboxing

My first interaction with The Bookshook was in December where I decided to get one of the box due to strong theme they have designed. There were somethings that admire me a lot but some rather disappointed me.

Anyhow, In May, I was so excited to get my box because the theme was based on my favorite Disney movie “Beauty and the Beast”. This box was delivered to me on Monday 29th May, 2017. and I was overjoyed and excited to the unboxing.

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The contents of the box were:

  • Wintersong (book) by S.J. Jones
  • A beauty and the Beast Photo frame
  • A rose designed small mirror
  • Two beauty and beast magnetic bookmarks
  • A rose themed choker
  • A beauty and the beast themed tote bag

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So, lets start with the book

Here is the synopsis of the book by Goodreads:

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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okay so the story is bit sounded like Beauty and the Beast. I had no intentions to read this book any sooner, however it kept on popping in my feed via my bookstagram friends and I literally had no idea what it was about. In this box, I was more expecting “Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book” by Jennifer Donnelly, because I think it was the direct retelling or extended version of Beauty and the Beast. Anyhow, I can only review this book once I finish reading it

 

Beauty and the Beast Photo frame:

Okay so there’s an interesting story attached with the photo frame. When I was doing unboxing, I found out a beautiful packed lawn kurti in my box. I was so shocked because it was looking so adorable. I didn’t open it and placed it aside. I checked all my box and then I realized that I had seen a photo frame as well in someone’s unboxing pictures (spoilers all the way). Then I realized and laughed out loud because the packing I was considering a lawn kurti was actually that photo frame 😀 I wanted to die laughing!! the picture in the photo frame is one of my most favorite scene from the movie and I’m just drooling over it. The quality of the frame is a bit average but this picture is just so amazing!! and it is residing right in front of my computer so I can keep drooling over it for months

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A rose designed Mirror:

okay I really like the detailing on the box to find a rose mirror (as rose played a crucial part in the movie). I really liked that mirror cute little one but the only thing is I rarely use mirrors hahahhaa. but i kept it in my bag because I really liked its design.

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Bookmarks:

As promised by Bookshook, there were two magnetic bookmarks. One with belle and other with the beast. The designing was good but I was little disappointed b the cutting of the bookmarks, it was as if someone has just shaped them roughly that it really hurt me to see them like this 😦 but the design was cute.

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Rose themed Choker:

Delighted by the theme, there was a choker with a rose on it. It was really good one. Though I have never wore choker, but I’m planning to wear it with my Eid dress 😀

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Beauty and the Beast themed Tote Bag:

The main reason I ordered this box was tote bag! I was so obsessed with having a tote bag that I  ordered this box right away after knowing that there will be a tote bag inside. This tote bag is really beautiful and I literally adored it a lot.

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My over all rating for this box will be:

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JUST ANOTHER CITIZEN: Ramadan is coming!

As I have promised you all that I will be doing a blog regarding Ramadan. I’m not gonna tell you about the sheer blessings the bounties of the month because we all have the great idea about it.

In this particular blog I wanna share some great tips that I, being a bookworm and being a true muslim need to do and I would recommend you all who are gonna observe this holy month to live it at its fullest.
Book Reading:

Since I’m a bookaholic and I definitely can’t live without reading every single day. This time in Ramadan, I’m planning to add some spiritual, religious and moral books along with fiction. In this case you can start reading Tafseer, seerat un NABI (s.a.w.w) , books related to his companions and other religious topics that would boost up your Iman

Zikr

Perfrom a lot of zikr and nafil prayer as this month’s true essence is to make your ALLAH happy. Recite holy Quran and give alms with wholeheartedly

 

Change Your Habits

This Ramadan, take a pledge to leave atleast one bad habit. Either its sleeping late orin wkaing up latewith. Being blunt or telling lie. Just one and promise yourself that you are not going to do this ever again

Spread Love and Harmony

Be positive with the people around you ans spread positivity among them. Try avoiding harsh words and be humble. Don’t be inpatient while you are stuck in a traffic jam. Just be patient aS ALLAH is with those who are patient.

Well, that’s all from my side. I hope this month would bring peace, happiness and inner satisfaction to you. Ramadan Mubarak everyone. Remember me in your prayers

Review: Siddhartha

I was so told to start reading some non-fiction as well. So, I decided to give it a try and got my hands on this ebook version of Siddhartha. One of the main reasons behind getting this book is its page count is not much so it was easier for me to digest it. Moreover, one of my mentor has recommended this book as well.

Siddhartha is quite a simple yet a deep book that one can go through it and find themselves present in one of the state. This book demonstrates the different stages of a human life when he is actually in search of finding the true reason of his creation. A reason that’s not just eating drinking marrying and laying on death bed. Its about a journey of a man to find his true self.

Siddhartha in this story, depicts our lives, how we get involved in all the miserable deeds yet our inner self is never satisfied. Some of us found the reason as Siddhartha did. But many of us remain unaware that our soul is gotten rot due to all our sins. The message of this book is simple, life is not only to have the worldly pleasures. There is a lot more to unleash, to understand and to explore in this world that would bring us closer to our creator.

I would definitely recommend this book to people who love to read about spirituality and its mulitple aspects. Have a good reading

Review: Yield the Night

And here I’m done with the third book in the series Steel and Stone i.e. Yield the night. This books continues exactly where we had left in book 2. Piper is sent to human school and her dream for being a Conusul is now on stake. However, its just not possible that Piper could survive much time without any happening and that’s what exactly happened when she got back to Consulate on her birthday and a surprise occurred where the consulate was attacked by Gaians. The Gaians kidnapped her once again and her mother tried to placate her to join them and that she can become the most powerful among haemons if she unleash her magic. This lunatic plan is executed without her will and on the final time Ash and Lyre come to save the day. Seiya, Ash’s sister is not very happy with Piper by their side.

Piper now have to find a healer who can seal her magic once again and the only name occur to them was Vejovois. For this purpose they have to make a deal with the Ra demon to find Vejovois in overworld. The deal is simple, give him Sahar and get address of Vejovpis.

Do you think I’m gonna tell you if she was able to seal her magic or died? Or how Sahar played magnificent role in discovering the truth behind her magic? You guess it wrong! I’m great at creating cliffhangers 😂😂

This story is full of thriller and mystery that one can just keep on moving to find out what happened next. The chemistry between Ash and Piper is getting mind blowing! But don’t forget he’s a daemon. So how this love story (or whatever story as Piper has not yet accepted her love for Ash) will proceed. And how Ash will save Piper from her own magic. How he will save himself from Samael who is tracking him continuously. Miss Annette Marie, I literally give you a standing ovation for writing such a brilliant, quick and fast paced story. I’m loving it..

Review: Bind The Soul

The latest book that I read is “Bind the Soul” by Annette Marie, and I don’t know what’s wrong with my hands they keep misspell her name Anyhow, This book stands on second position in the series of five. The story began where she finally have gotten back after a great fight. Though she was not able to save Sahar, but she somehow saved herself, Ash and Lyre. This second book starts where Ash gone missing, and all they could find about him was that Ash has returned to Underworld to Samael, who (according to the little information Piper had) tortured him to death. Piper is all confused that what on earth has taken Ash back to him. She decided to save him but before she could do that, our sweet n sour Piper got kidnapped by Raum. Raum is also a draconian who served Samael. The purpose to kidnap her was clean, use Sahar again as she was the only one who had used it in 500 years.

Well, this book drove me crazy!! like seriously. I couldn’t put it down and just kept on turning pages just to know what happened next. The thriller and suspense is just beyond imagination. I thought that maybe the first book was all . but no, Annette has definitely proved me wrong over it. The second book is far more appealing as Piper revealed so many secrets about Ash that I’m not gonna tell you guys.. yeah please curse me for that I don’t care LOL.. Ash, despite of all his awkward behaviors and mysterious nature still has the potential that I fall in love with him yet again ..

This books will take you to the very lows.. and when you least expect you are on a height that would scare you out. This roller coaster ride that’s worth your time and I am definitely sure that you wont regret reading it.

JUST ANOTHER CITIZEN: Why with a big W!!

Hey everyone! I am starting this new series of blog with the title “Just another Citizen” this blog will cover and highlight some basic issues we face as citizen of Pakistan and how we can do something about it other than just talking..

Right now I’m stuck mid in the traffic while writing this blog. You might think what triggered me writing in between this severe jam?? Well, as I was a few moments before stuck at some place a person sitting in a brand new Alto looked quite decent opened his door and spit out his paan right on the road!! I just looked at him in horror and now I’m wondering that how are we getting raised up as we don’t even know the basic ethics..

We have become so self centered that all we care about is our own selves. We actually have forgotten our duties as a citizen or as a human being. While reading this you might think that yeah this thing is not right but people won’t understand becuase it doesn’t harm them. Well, I got the idea! But how it doesn’t harm them? It does! When one person does such act in public they actually humiliate their own selves as they are raising questions on their intellectuals themselves.

Why do we just keep ranting about government, rules and regulations? We dont need any gorvernment to regualrize our own selves. Lets do one thing from now on. Stop littering on roads. Just when you are driving, you are out somewhere and couldn’t find any dustbin just keep it in your pocket or bag or wherever its convenient but just not throw it off on the roads. Same goes with paan. Keep something in your cars to dispose it off. We are the one who can bring the change in the society by changing ourselves. Just change your own self

So I have decided from now on I will be doing some blogs that would definitely highlight some of the common problems we face. My bookish blog will also be right here but let’s do something to bring some change! 

Do write back and let me know what do you have to say about it. See ya!

Review: Chase the Dark

This books shares a long background as how I actually met that book. Oh yes trust me it’s an interesting one. One of my friend came acorss this book via GoodReads and she was just drooling over this book and its synopsis. She is not much into reading but she wanted this series like crazy. So, we looked everywhere, searched every bookstore but it wasn’t available in our country. But hats off to my friend, who was so determined to read it that she asked her friend to send the copy from abroad and there we get it. And now we are doing buddy read of the series.

So, I just finished reading this book and all I could say is WOW! This book (as much as I have read fantasy stuff) this is far more fast paced full of action, thriller and suspense. There are three main characters of the story. Piper aka Piperal a haemon, Lyre an incubus and Ash aka Ashtharot a draconian. The last two are daemons from underworld whereas piper is a hybrid of human and daemon and the only female survival of this hybrid (not getting into details). They have one thing to save that is Sahar, a powerful stone that can provide unlimited powers to one who could actually unleash them.

All the daemons from underworld and overworld are behind the Sahar and they have to rescue this little piece with immense powers.

I really loved the way story has been told. The mysterious character of Ash and sweet n flirtatious Lyre whereas confident yet confused Piperal, the character definition, their powers and the world they are set into is defined in a great way.

People who love action suspense thriller with lots of fantasy, this book will definitely makes you fall in love with it and its characters as I’m now a days drooling over Ash (eyes rolling) yeah whatever! But I would highly recommend this book to everyone who loves stories about daemons and their powers etc.