Review: Unleash the Storm

So, finally, I have finished the last book in the series “Steel and Stone” by Annette Marie. This series was something you can say beyond awesome. In this last book, Ash and Piper are on their final mission to save the draconian from Asphodel somewhere out of reach of Samael. Piper found a lost city of draconian where a dragon attacked them and tried to force Ash to obey his command. Ash’s condition is getting worse after the attack. Piper is confused. And there they found out some more draconian who now after listening to everything happening with Ash, decided to kill him.

Survival is the basic instinct that runs in the daemon’s blood. The dragon has his own reasons that nobody knows. Ash is forced to go with the dragon and Piper has one last fair chance to save Ash from this destruction of his soul. She went to Overworld to find more about this dragon and ask Shinryu to stop his brother (sister of the dragon) Tenryu from making all this mess.

The final call came when the dragon decided to fight against Samael as he is the greatest threat to the magic in all the worlds. A final battle of survival between Reapers and draconian, a final knockout between Samael and Ash. Sahar is just another trouble that can be more damage than advantage to Piper. But there is a lot more that Sahar has done and how can she be saved!

This novel is just as rapid as thrilled as any other novel in the series. You won’t be able to put it down. Annette has created the world beautifully and the characters are developed amazingly. I was really shocked at all the revelation about Lyre’s character that cute incubus is hell more than what he may seem. Overall the book was just beyond awesome. I was expecting some grand ending for Ash n Piper like since she was dominated by water dragon and Ash by underworld dragon then there might have happened between them that could possibly be a union of Overworld and Underworld. Draconians could have gotten some great benefits from Ryujins and such things. But still, the book was so good that one can just couldn’t put it down!

Review: Reap The Shadows

Fast paced, and one of its kind series “Steel and Stone” has really caught me off guard. The fourth book in the series Reap the Shadows began the journey where Piper left Ash in overworld to heal and came back to earth to find Lyre and Seiya. She didn’t want Ash to track her anymore so she left her tracker in Overworld. The decision was tough but maybe she was left with no other choice after seeing Ash being stabbed because of her. She came to earth to find out that the situation is getting worse with each day. She tried to find out a hidden entrance to Ra embassy. Raum found Piper and handed over Keiv to her. Another daemon to protect! 

After Ash’s return, he was furious at Piper for leaving her behind without any sign of her. Together they rescue Lyre and Seiya. The tension between Piper and Ash was not hidden from Lyre.

Finally, Piper come up with the theory that Hades are somehow involved with Gaians and supporting them to build their way to earth and it must be stopped. Decisions are made, even thw rough and difficult ones! The tension between Ash and Piper seems to get resolved with each passing day.

I really enjoyed reading this whole book specifically. The chemistry, developing trust between Ash and Piper was just mind blowing! The character development, new secrets of Lyre made it too curious. I would suggest this book to everyone who loves fantasy and enjoy reading some fast paced action driven reads.

Liberty Books: Online Book Bazar

Being a bookholic, I am always looking forward to sale and books on cheap prices that can satiate my appetite for reading. This is why Liberty Book’s online largest Book Bazar caught my eye. The two things that were enough for me were 1. There was up to 50% discount 2. It was online! Perfect for a person as lazy as me! 

So, I was searching and scrolling through the books available on this grand sale. I must say that there were many books to choose from, but usually nonfiction. Since, I was looking for some good business nonfiction reads, it was a perfect moment to get my hands on some books because usually these books are so costly!

My favorite way to purchase a book is to go through synopsis and description of the book. Liberty Book’s website provide a sneak peek of most of the books so its easier for me to decide whether I wanna buy. I ordered three books out of which only two were delivered because one went out of stock and it broke my heart. So here is the list of books I ordered.

Coopetition by Adam M. Brandenburger

This book is related to some serious business and game theory applied on making decision in business. I really loved the theme of this book as I have studied game theory and I’m intended to read this book sooner. 

the synopsis available on goodreads is:

Now available in paperback, with an all new Reader’s guide, “The New York Times” and “Business Week” bestseller “Co-opetition” revolutionized the game of business. With over 40,000 copies sold and now in its 9th printing, “Co-opetition” is a business strategy that goes beyond the old rules of competition and cooperation to combine the advantages of both. “Co-opetition” is a pioneering, high profit means of leveraging business relationships.Intel, Nintendo, American Express, Nutrasweet, American Airlines, and dozens of other companies have been using the strategies of co-opetition not only to win but to make it possible for the industry as a whole to grow. Formulating strategies based on game theory, authors Brandenburger and Nalebuff created a book that’s insightful and instructive for managers eager to move their companies into a new mind set. 
The Miracle of Human Creation by Harun Yahya

This book is related to the human birth and the descriptions available in Quran. This book describes the scientific study of human creation in the light of Quran. This topic is really beautiful as I am really keen to learn more about this subject. I ordered this book as well. 

The synopsis is:

Even within hours of the time when it is fertilised by the sperm, the egg divides and grows very quickly. Today we know that the baby undergoes three stages of embryonic development while it is in the mother’s womb. But this information, which it has taken long years of research to attain with the help of modern technology, was made known in the Qur’an 1400 years ago. These scientific facts are revealed in this verse: 
… He creates you stage by stage in your mothers’ wombs in a threefold darkness. That is God, your Lord. Sovereignty is His. There is no god but Him. So what has made you turn away from Him? (Qur’an, 39: 6)
Beyond Re-engineering by Michael Hammer

Since I’m a Process Improvement Analyst by profession, I was so keen to read this book but unfortunately Liberty Books went out of stock and I couldn’t get this book *cries* The synopsis is as follows:

In 1990, Michael Hammer introduced the world to reengineering and set in motion a series of events that has transformed the business world beyond recognition. What began as an effort to improve performance has led to a complete rethinking of all aspects of business, from the jobs that people have to the ways in which companies are structured. In Beyond Reengineering, Hammer offers powerful insights into the consequences of the reengineering revolution and how they are changing our work and our lives.
To succeed — or even to survive — in today’s global economy, companies must refocus and reorganize themselves around their processes: the end-to-end sequences of tasks that create customer value. This change, so easily described, in fact, marks the end of the Industrial Revolution and of the organizations that were designed for it. The process-centered organization is a complete break with the past. It means the end of narrow jobs, rigid hierarchies, supervisory management, traditional career paths and feudal cultures. It ushers in a world of professionals and coaches, process owners and results-based pay, boundaryless organizations and an institutionalized capacity for change. In this groundbreaking work, Hammer mines the experiences of individuals and organizations that already have made this transition to offer a compelling vision of an imminent future

Beyond Reengineering provides more than a preview of tomorrow’s businesses. It also offers an understanding of what we must all do to prepare ourselves and our children for an economy in which all the familiar rules have been broken. It is required reading for executives and front-line workers, for students and investors, for everyone who wants to be prepared for the new world that is at our doorstep. 
Liberty Books has taken a great initiative and I’m looking forward for more such events hosted by them as people who are book lover like me would definitely appreciate such efforts.

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..