Review: The Secret

How did I find this book?

My first introduction with the book was when I was watching a Bollywood movie and the main character was giving reference to the book and she believed on every single word written in it. I soon forget about the book though the concept inspired me. Then, a few weeks back, one of my colleague was holding another part of the series and I suddenly recalled that I have heard about this book and I definitely have to read it now.

Journey:

The days when I started reading this book were the days when I was going through some really serious depression and my health was getting badly affected as well. I started reading the book, initially I found it too repetitive. But then I tried to focus on the message the book wanted to deliver. The Secret it holds is definitely worth reading. The negativity with which I have surrounded myself, I decided to pull myself out of it. Thanks to this book, it really helped to get out of my depression. Although, I am not completely out of it but truly it helped. The idea behind the book is to stop bringing negative vibes and to focus on positive in the life. I would recommend this book to all the people who really are struggling with their lives and want to get rid of all the negativity around them. But again, it’s in one own hands to decide, let go and move on. But do take inspiration from the book.

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Review: Laa Hasil

How did I find this book?

I am a great fan of Umera Ahmed as her writings have always inspired me. I want to read all of her books. Recently I have read Aab-e-Hayat, and I also have read Haasil written by her. So this book was residing on my shelf more than a year and finally I got time to read this book to bring myself out of stress.

Journey:

So this was a one sitting book for me. I finished it in almost 4 hours as I started it late night at 12 and finished at about 3:40 a.m. This book is all about your faith and believe. The tests you are being put into are to examine your patience, your devotion and to enhance your iman. This book demonstrated how we keep on running for something that’s just so far away from us and never meant to be for us. But we ran after it without thinking. But sooner we get it, we lost all our interest. This book teaches us how our lives should be balanced between our wishes and realities. How these two things should never overwhelm us. Patience, devotion and sacrifice is what matters to sustain balance in our lives and relations and selfishness can never achieve us any good.

This book covers many aspects of life that we somehow never mention as they are just mere coincidence for us. But, there is nothing as coincidence, everything is planned and it got planned according to our acts and deeds. This is where we need to look out our actions.

I would rate this book 4 stars as it definitely provide me a new perspective to look at things. It helped me from coming out of my depression phase and urged me to look at the positive side when I actually don’t want to look at it.

Review: Our Dark Duet

How did I find this book?

When This Savage Song was released, I was just mesmerized by its cover. LOL, yeah I have a guilty pleasure of judging books by their covers. Being on my TBR list like for a year, I come to know that there’s a sequel of the book that is now released. And one I took a look at the sequel, I knew that instant that I have to read the series by hook or by crook.

Journey:

This journey may contain spoilers for book 1 i.e. This Savage Song so proceed if and only if you have read the book 1. As the journey of August and Kate ended and they got separated, Kate began her new life in a new town with a new name and a new Job. She started to realize that this new town is also infected by monsters and she found her new goal to kill these monsters. She found a new group of people to hang out with. Friends? Yeah we can say they were more than acquaintances. August has his own motives that kept him moving. Sloan is back along with Alice, a monster created after Kate’s sin. The city is facing a great destruction. Kate never wanted to come back to Verity. But, destiny has some different plans for her. She come across a monster that was nothing like she ever faced. A monster that fed on violence. A monster who found an ultimate pleasure of violence through Kate’s thoughts, none other than Verity itself. Kate has now two options: either let the monster go and let it do whatever it wants, or try to stop it. She took second option as she has also got infected with the monster and might turn herself into an ultimate violence. Verity, where she never wanted to come back is now her only place for the rescue. But she doesn’t know that Sloan is back, that Alice wanted her blood just as Sloan has thirst for her blood.

The ultimate battle is what to be look for in the book. The battle between white and black and the gray in between. A gray that a Sunai is not aware of. They only see in black and white. We will see if they come across how to deal with the gray, as human are the most complex machinery in the world who have so many grays in their lives.

Pieces I adored:

I loved the book as a package. I like the induction of new characters such as Alice. Though she was particularly as bad as Sloan but it was fun to read her. I loved the way Kate behaved throughout the novel. The only earth shaken thing were the deaths I definitely was not anticipating. I am not going to mention who died but yeah, there were death. And I cried, I cried a lot while reading those lines. However, this book deserve a five star rating as I love it to bits and pieces.

Review: This Savage Song

How Did I Find This Book?

Again, thanks to the bookstagram community that made me fall in love with this book. I have seen so many amazing pictures featuring this book and then I read the synopsis that sounded so promising that I had to read this book. And then, I and my one of bookstagram friend decided to buddy read it. Though she finished much earlier than me, but this book was definitely worth my time.

Journey

So I started reading this book and oh my! This book grabbed my attention very quickly and I was just amazed to read the book. I loved the main characters and enjoyed their journey along with them. Kate, who is once a little innocent child, has now had to prove to her father that she is able to stay in Verity. The monsters living within the north under his father’s control are Malchai and Corsai. The third type, Sunai, is not under the influence of his father but Flynn and decided to live in South. The truce to not cross the borders seems to get weaken with every passing day. August, a Sunai, is sent on a mission to keep an eye on Kate and there they got acquainted. But will Kate come to know that August is nothing but a monster and is here to keep an eye on her? And will August be able to help his side of people or will he discover something more than that. You guys must read the book to find the answers.

Pieces I adored

One thing that I adore the most was the poem which is definitely awesome:

Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal

Sing a song and steal your soal…

I literally fascinated the way this whole theory of stealing soul using music was presented in the story. I liked the idea of Kate playing game, “Where are you at the moment?” the game she played when she was stuck in some situation she would rather not wanna be. The chemistry between August and Kate, the love hate relationship they went through for the sake of survival is something I adored. I loved how strong and determined Kate is. I am definitely not liking damsel in distress sort of characters, so she was definitely worth reading. I would love to give 4 out of 5 stars to the book as I honestly enjoyed it through out.

Review: The Present

How I come across with this book?

There was a sale on Liberty, the days when I was trying to explore some great non-fiction reads that would help me to learn more about balancing my personal and professional life. So while searching, I found this book and the writer was one of the famous writer Dr. Spencer Johnson, and without a second thought I decided to buy it.

Journey:

This book is written like a fiction. It tells you a story of an old man and a kid who wanted happiness. A kid who wanna be happy with whatever he does. The kids grows up to a man and found his life miserable as he is unable to concentrate in his work. His work and personal life are a constant battle and he has no way out. This constant battle leaves him with nothing but frustration and fatigue. The old man tells him about The Present. The present that brings all the happiness and to virtue to those who discovers it. So, we discover along with the journey of the man, the different aspect of lives and how should we deal with them. I really enjoyed the book as it is not much longer and takes only an hour to finish. I would definitely recommend this book to people who want to bring some positive changes in their lives and turn out the negativity.

Review: The Girl of Nightmares

So, it’s the sequel of the book Anna Dressed in Blood. This book continues after six months of what had happened at Anna’s home. Please beware if you haven’t read Anna Dressed in Blood then this review may contain spoiler for the book.

Cassio is trying to be normal as other people may say it. But all he’s getting are Anna’s hallucinations. He saw her tortured and this is just not the place he ever wanted her to be at. All of his friends and family is trying to compel him to let her go and that it’s nothing but his nightmares. But deep inside, Casio knows that Anna needs help. With the help of his friend Thomas he decides to call Anna from wherever she is and to get to know what’s happening to her. And the greatest truth is revealed. In this book, I explored more about the history of athame. There was much more about where it belonged and who actually Cas is. What purpose and what people he serves and how they are not very happy with the choices he is making. The exploration is getting wilder and so does Carmel is questioning her priorities and decisions for her life. A horror novel with a perfect friendship melodrama is what you will be having here.

The end made me cry. I really don’t wanna ruin this book for you but I cried during all that fight and adventure in hell. But it was totally worth it. I loved the overall book, however, it was more suspense then horror for me I guess. But this book is definitely a worth read.

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood

How did I find the book?

Well, I don’t exactly remember my first encounter with the book but I guess it was over Goodreads as I love to explore books and those days I was searching for some good horror books. So there I found a book with a cover that was just so amazing to avoid. The synopsis was enough to let me decide that one day I am going to read this book. And finally I get my hands on this book and started reading it. One thing that I would definitely mention that it was during this book that I only got time to read was at night and that was definitely hell because everybody got to sleep and there I was, reading this horror thing and yes I was afraid as hell LOL.

Journey

This book is about a ghost buster who hates to be called that because he is just a teen with an athame inherited from his father. Like his father he sends the ghosts away from where they belong. And where exactly they belong? He definitely had no idea about it. He got to know about a ghost named Anna and her haunted house and voila! New mission on the way. But this time it’s different. Why? Because Anna doesn’t kill him. Instead she let him go time and again. But Casio keeps on coming for her. There he and his two friends find more about Anna, a bitter truth about her death. But there’s something more! Somebody is following Cas from dark. And there is only one way to save himself and his family. Things are sentimental too as Cas started feeling something for Anna. Will he able to save them all? Well, that’s the true question indeed!

Pieces I adore

One character I definitely adore throughout the book was Thomas, Cas’ friend. I love his weird and nerdy ways and telepathic abilities that made Cas to shut his mind up in the cage or somewhere. The growing friendship bond between the trio Cas, Carmel and Thomas was really great and I loved their overall chemistry. For me this book deserves 3.5 Stars and I would definitely suggest you guys to read it at your earliest!