This is first time ever that I actually planned to write a review for a movie. So, I excuse for not having that much in depth analysis that you guys might expect (I am worst at all those techy terminologies like VFX and stuff).
So, yesterday I and my friend made a sudden plan to watch a movie and the movie available at that time was Black Panther. Since I have never watched any DC or Marvel movie (do not kill me!) I had no idea what it is all about. So we decided to check it out. We got the tickets and went in and let me tell you all it was the best experience of my life!
So this story is a bit same as all the other superhero movies. A king who has to save his nation from a villain who is here to claim the throne. The powers of Black Panther are bestowed upon the one who is the heir of the throne. The point of conflict is between the ideologies of the villain and the king that the metal their country possess “Vibranium” should only be used for the security purpose of their country. On the contrary the villain wants to conquer the world using the powers of the very metal. The conflict arises and the villain challenges the king to decide the heir of throne. The king somehow loses and the nasty villain got the throne and there we would like to check if the original Black Panther aka the king is able to save his country and people.
Fights!! I just loved the action scenes the most in the movie. And more than that I just loved the fact how the females (including the General and Nakia etc.) were truly born fighters! Hail to all the females in the movie.
“Did he froze?”
This dialogue was definitely amazing! I am not going to tell the exact context but I just laughed out loud on this one!
Relations, this was definitely a worthy factor to watch the movie. The bond between family members so strong. The relationship of a brother and sister so quirky yet so strong that no matter what they stick together. A mother who is also a queen has duties along with the love for his one and only dearest son! The emotions are definitely flowing
Overall, this movie is must watch for all the fans who actually watch Marvel movies and they can definitely give a better review. But you can still watch the movie with same interest and love it in the same way as I am also not a follower of Marvel. Do share your views for the movie and the review!
How did I find this book?
I came across this book when I started reading Steel and Stone series and I was exploring more books by Annette Marie. I read a bit about the series and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to digest Japanese mythology this much (never tried manga and other Japanese stuff, don’t kill me please!). So, I didn’t bother reading it. Then during my travel I started reading Night realm series, and after finishing book 2 I was still not satiated and wanted more of Annette Marie, so I decided to take risk and start reading Red Winter trilogy.
So the story is about Emi who is a kamigakari, a vessel for the goddess. Emi is so happy with the thought of being able to fulfill the noble cause of being kamigakari, but little did she knew the truth that lies underneath. The truth reveals quite later when there were only few months for the goddess to descend. She is torn between her will and her duty and in this unstable state of mind she makes a mistake of freeing a horse for a ride. Things got to change and she met a yokai, Shiro, a naughty fox who was cursed. And sooner Shiro got to know that Emi could be the one who can free him from the curse. They made a bargain, Emi would free him from the curse if and only if Shiro would help him to find some other vessels of god or goddesses to know the ultimate truth of being kamigakari.
Pieces I adored:
I am just in love with the writings of Annette. She just know how to keep the attention of reader. This was really a fast pace as her other books. I didn’t know I would be so indulged regardless of all the Japanese mythologies and terminologies. The writer definitely did the justice with the characters and focused on each and every single character. The detailed character sketch of each character and a bit of their history was revealed so that reader can make context of their presence in the novel. Over all this novel surely got 5 star rating because this is just so good.
How did I find this book?
I exactly don’t remember how I found out about this book, but I guess it appears somewhere on Goodreads on Instagram. I really liked that this book is about mental illness and its first non-fiction on this topic that I would read so I wanted something more cool to read. And this book definitely was one of kind.
This book is about the author and her facing different sort of mental illness. She simply wrote about how it is to be in a phase where you can understand nothing and then transitioning back to the state of conscience where you realize you never wanted to be there ever, but deep inside you know it’s not possible. This is an ultimate travel you will be having once in a while. A journey that shook us to our core. I was truly in love with the way she mentioned about her situations and how she just confidently can say out loud that yes I have depression, I have anxiety just like somebody may have nay stomach issue or an upset kidney.
The more we make taboo to talk about mental health the more it is hard for people suffering with one. Being in this radar, I can understand how difficult it is to accept it in front of people and further to take all the nonsense of people commenting it as a stunt of gaining attention!
Things I adore:
This book will not tell you how-to-get-rid-of-anxiety but this book would definitely soothe your mind to know that you are not alone! You are not alone in this battle with yourself. This battle that we daily have with our own selves. We need rescue from our own selves! People, around us can never understand the mental noises we hear every day that become from slow murmurs to loud cries. The headaches, trembling hands, the urge to just snap out of it, it is all what we go through daily or sometimes more than once a day.
This topic is so vast that I just don’t want to make this review a lot longer than usual. I loved this book from bottom of my heart. People who truly want to know how it feels with depression/anxiety and other mental illnesses and people who are going through this and want a comfort zone of understanding must read this book.
Well I am not going with my general way of writing blog as I have already introduced you all about how I found this series. So, after reading first book in the series, I was dying to read the next one. And here we go! I got the book and started it immediately. This review may have spoilers from the previous book so please enter at your own risk
So this book started exactly where the last one ended. We have found Clio and Lyre are out of the night realm that is Underworld but they are also not safe in the earth realm. They have to move to over world as soon as they can. They are being followed by reapers and Ash because Hades family and Lyre’s own family want him dead for leaving and betraying them. In this book, Clio and Lyre will find the way to over world without even knowing if they are welcome there or not. The roller coaster ride, the romance and the action remains constant as in all the other books by Annette. I loved how the fast pace story was and not even once I could get distracted or dragged. This book definitely got me off the hook. As the book progress towards the end, it was getting intense and then it ends! And then I came to realize that this series is incomplete and I just hate reading incomplete series. But here I am waiting anxiously for this amazing series to meet its end. The chemistry between Lyre and Clio was remarkable. The way the characters are developed and groomed throughout the series was really amazing. And the story telling is definitely at its best! So people who are following my blog and trust my recommendations must go out there and try this amazing fantasy that won’t let you calm down until you finish it to the very end.
How did I find this book?
I am a huge fan of Annette Marie after reading Steel and Stone Series. And since then I am actively following her on Facebook. Therefore I am always up to date about all her books in advance (if only I could get ARC lol). So, I was dying to read something cool and Annette has never betrayed me on this so I decided to read The Night realm so that I can enjoy my journey as I was travelling to Punjab to visit my relatives.
This book (well as all the other books by her) is a roller coaster. You should believe me because that’s exactly how can I define it. Once you are just enjoying the sweetest moment of romance and the next the adventure is all you are getting. This story connects with the Steel and Stone series as it is the story of Lyre before getting stuck with Ash and Piper in consulate. Lyre, whose identity was unknown in the earth realm and whose power is underestimated in his own realm, is someone you can think of a cute, handsome flirtatious incubus. But the truth is hidden underneath. There comes Clio, an over-worlder, a nymph who has some duty to perform in the underworld, a forbidden realm for her definitely. And there come destiny! (not a character!) that somehow get them stuck together. And they create a lot of mess and try to get rid of it too. But would both of them be able to be successful when their missions actually contradict to the verge of battle!
Things I like the most:
Lyre!!!!!! Haha who else it could be after all he is the most handsome incubus we have encountered, isn’t it? I love how his characteristics and nature did not alter (as defined in Steel and Stone series) Otherwise in most of the books the characters are so much over developed that you don’t know what exactly happened. Clio was a power bomb I must say. Despite her lack of training she was amazing. I just love the strong female characters in Annette’s books (at least girls are not some hopeless species ready to be rescued). The story is a fast pace and will always keep you stick to the edge. Do I need to say more? Go and read it now!!
How Did I find this Book?
Well, this book has some great story behind. Recently I decided to explore more of GoodReads so I searched some groups and there I find the book of the month in one of the group that was “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. I then decided to read the synopsis that actually compelled me to read this book. And so, after finishing Wonder, me and my friends decided to buddy read this book.
So this is the first ever classic that I have finished. Since it was a buddy read we were enthusiast to finish the book quickly (well it is more competition than discussing). The concept of the book was so amazing that it didn’t let me get bored. The story of a boy who wished to remain young forever, and thus his wish was granted! But every wish is fulfilled at some cost. Here the cost was to see the portrait of himself bearing all his old age and sins. The picture of Dorian Gray become the mirror of his own soul. The soul that gets evil by each passing day after every sin Dorian committed. The fact is, we cannot bear to see the evil resides within us. How Dorian survived the time watching his own innocent soul turning to evil? Well, you should read to get the answer!
Pieces I adored:
So, there are many things I loved about this specific book. Very first, the language! It is so rich (it’s my first classic so don’t judge me on it guys!) I loved how the writer progressed with the story along with the development of the characters side by side. The philosophical tone of the writer and the story together created a master piece that I would suggest every classic lover to try to give it a read!
How did I find this book?
Again, thanks to the bookstagram and some online bookstores that keep on telling how good this book was! I am not much into reading non-fiction to be honest so I was mid in the air hanging to either give it a go or not. In my days of depression about almost everything, my bookstagram friend recommended me this book as an emergency read so I decided to get the book and start reading it as soon as I got my hands on it.
Well, this is a non-fiction self-help kinda book that gives you a hard slap on your face. Yeah right! A slap to tell you that you are not a super hero who is going to conquer the world and make it unrealistically a great peaceful place where all human being would live happily ever after. You are not here saving the day and saving the humanity sacrificing your life on it. You are nothing but an average human being who has a 9 to 5 job, a family, some mouths to feed and that is really it! Hard to digest, right? But yeah that’s the fact. And if we understand this fact about things that doesn’t come under our power we just can’t stop thinking about them. So, here is what you are taught in the book, only give the f*cks that actually matter. And yeah it tells you what matter to you depending upon the values you have set in your life.
Pieces I adored:
As much as I hated the straight forwardness in the book, I loved it as well. We all need a reality check once in a while. This book slapped me harder on my face (well no one else can dare to do that! Because of the consequences of course!) I loved the way author communicated with the reader without using any out of the world terminologies and jargon. Simple and clear words (except some continuous f*cks and some more other slang) the book was definitely a worthy and quick read for me. I would love to recommend this book to those who are actually ready to get a wake-up call and a slap on their faces to accept the bitter realities.