The weather in Chennai is dark and gloomy and the air smells like rain - a complete change from what it was two days ago and I am LOVING IT! I also recently finished @reintgen's #NyxiaUprising and I absolutely loved it. This is probably one of my all-time favourite sci-fi trilogies that just doesn't get talked about enough. I loved finished Emmett's story and I honestly teared up at the end. If you're in Chennai, @odysseybookstore has copies so dive in. #ShopLocal
A review in three words: I LOVED #Elantris! . . . I'm so thrilled that the wonderful @trwriteratwork asked me to read this one in May (because who knows when I would've read it otherwise) because I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! . . I'd only read Brandon Sanderson's #Mistborn series before this that I loved as well but this really cemented my love for him and the universe he has created. This is such a unique book despite the slow start and I CAN'T RECOMMEND IT ENOUGH!
I'm finally making some headway into Brandon Sanderson's #elantris! After a slow start, it's picking up and I am so excited to see where it takes me. . . . I read #ThePalaceOfIllusions last week - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has done it again! I read her Forest of Enchantments last year and I fell ABSOLUTELY in love. While The Palace of Illusions was not as perfect, it was still quite brilliant. . . . . I loved that we saw the side characters more, Panchaali's birth and about her brother (whom I had no idea about), her rivalry with Kunti, the sides to all the Pandava brother, the battle in all honour and dishonour, their fabled palace of illusions and so much more. Definitely recommended.
Happy Saturday bookish people! . . . I'm buddy reading @brandsanderson's #Elantris with the wonderful @trwriteratwork and I'm really enjoying it! I (very surprisingly) don't have much work this weekend except my six hour class so that's good news:) . . Pictured here is #TheQueenOfHearts published by @penguinindia that I bought at @bahrisons_booksellers . . . What are you reading this weekend?
I read three #HarryPotter books in four days. I laughed, cried, wanted so badly (AGAIN) to go to Hogwarts and well, it was a magical week. How have you been spending your quarantine?
It's FINALLY my stop on the #HouseOfEarthAndBlood tour! I dove into this book ALMOST AS SOON as the lovely folks at @bloomsburyindia sent it to me along with @fortheloveoffictionalworlds and I LOVED IT! . . ❗Here's my review (AND THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD SO BEWARE!!) ❗ . . . IN A NUTSHELL: I ENJOYED THIS BOOK, and like with all other SJM series, I KNOW that book two will be EVEN BETTER! 👑 However, it didn't reach the standards I had set for it. Here's why: - Right at the outset, you are drop-kicked into a VERY COMPLICATED FANTASY WORLD. No joke. There were countries and cities and slaves and queens/ kings within a city and angels and werewolves and vampires and fae and a mysterious rebellion before AND I WAS JUST VERY CONFUSED, OK? This 800 PAGE TOME REALLY REALLY NEEDED a better introduction. If could have been footnotes, a prologue - ANYTHING. - Bryce Quinlan was... hard to like. Until the latter half of the book where you understand that this was intentional, but 400-pages worth of an opinion had already formed in my head and it was hard to break it. - It was a little strange that that was more a murder-mystery in a fantasy world than a fantasy itself (until the end) but I quickly got used to it. - While I did like Bryce and Hunt, their romance just didn't do it for me. Felt more like lust than love. TBH, I'm still hung up on Connor. . . . 👑 HOWEVER, there were a LOT OF THINGS I did enjoy: - Bryce and Ruhn's complicated relationship was perfect. I was so glad they made up in the end and look forward to all the sibling banter in book two. - A certain prince/ cat from Hel promises to be there MUCH MORE AND I AM ALL FOR IT. - The modern setting made for a very interesting fantasy 👑 WOULD I RECOMMEND IT? YES! While it could have been a much better constructed/ explained world, House of Earth and Blood is well worth the read! #CresentCity
IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME! I came home in the beginning of March to celebrate my brother's birthday, but ended up staying and working from home because of the growing COVID pandemic. It's a hard time for everyone, and to brighten everybody's day just a little, I thought I'd run a giveaway! EDIT: CONGRATULATIONS @niharika_chaudhary26 and @travellingbibliomaniac on winning!! DM me your address. Please note that I'll only be able to send your prizes after the lockdown! . . . 🌟THE PRIZE: TWO (!) sets of ten books to TWO winners. They will include ARCs and finished copies . . HOW TO ENTER: 🌟1) Follow @athousandwordsamillionbooks 🌟2) Tell me the book you're MOST excited to read in 2020 below 🌟3) Tag 5 accounts/ friends 🌟4) Share on stories and tag me! . . . That's it! Open internationally. Ends on 27th March 2020. HAVE FUN!
If I could give a book a 10/10 for an intriguing premise, it would have to be for The Farm. I have no idea why it's taken me so long to pick this book up - probably from the mixed reviews I saw from my fellow bookstagrammers and just the general mindset you need to be in before picking something like this up. . . . While #TheFarm delivered on what it promised through multiple viewpoints - from that of a young mother who wants to do anything to give her baby the chance at a better life, an older mother who has sacrificed her life working for her children in America while not spending much time with them physically and how she's learnt to navigate the world of the rich and privileged, and from the viewpoint of a businesswoman who runs the Farm, we see a world that is VERY BELIEVABLE. . . . However, my one issue with this book was that there is nothing sensational that happened. While it was a commentary on economic disparity, it was also a very mild commentary. Everyone was human and decent and well, I was JUST EXPECTING MORE DRAMATIC THINGS, YOU KNOW? It happened to turn into something a little boring at times. . . . Also, the ending was totally unexpected in the strangest way. . . . In any case, I would recommend this book, purely because there's nothing out there (that I know of?) out there like it and IT IS WORTH A READ. Thank you @bloomsburyindia for the #gifted copy!
🗽 It was a true honour to get the chance to read N. K. Jemisin's #TheCityWeBecame. One of my all-time favourite authors, S. A. Chakraborty, said it expanded her horizons of what good fantasy is and I simply HAD to dive in. . . . 🗽 Every great city has a soul. But New York City - she's got six! . . . 🗽 A part love letter to the differences and magic of the boroughs that make up New York, part epic battle for the soul of an iconic city and a not-so-evil Enemy, and part ingenious fantasy that JUST NEEDS TO BE READ, this book is a true wonder. Though it is a little repetitive as we start and we are introduced to all six souls, this book is fast-paced, fluid, twist-filled, strange and completely full of spirit.
This book BLEW ME AWAY! I managed to read through 400+ pages within two very hectic days and I am absolutely shocked and obsessed. . . . I wasn't sure what I expected going in, but this book defied my expectations by chapter three, the twists just kept coming, and MY GOD THAT ENDING. . . . If you're looking for a dark and twisty thriller that will keep you on your toes, #ThePerfectWife IS IT!
🔮 As soon as I saw the cover for #WhereDreamsDescend, I knew it was a book I HAD TO READ! It sounded dark and atmospheric and, most of all, like a wonderfully-immersive read and I hoped, from the bottom of my heart, that it would make up for the UTTER DISAPPOINTMENT that was Stephanie Garber’s Caraval. . . . 🔮 Aaand… Where Dreams Descend was. It delivered on the magic, the intrigue, the romance, the kick-ass female power BUT IT JUST DIDN’T EXPLAIN ENOUGH, YOU KNOW? . . . 🔮 I can’t help but feel that we should have received more answers in Where Dreams Descend, instead of a 400+ page book building up about 400 more questions. You start with knowing something, and through the viewpoint of the master, learn that there are sinister forces at bay. Then, female magicians deliver all the time. Then, it, of course, has something to do with creepy mirrors. There’s a competition and a circus. There’s a contract and a city without gates. There’s a lot of questions and really, no answers. . . . 🔮 Why did ‘Jack’ keep Kallia locked up? Why all the illusions in Hellfire House? WHAT WAS THAT ENDING? WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT? . . . 🔮 Apart from all the questions, there were a lot of things I enjoyed about the book – 1) There’s NEVER A MINUTE in this 400-page book that you’re bored – whether it’s the mystery of what’s happening to the contestants, wondering what crazy trick Kalila will come next or just wondering WHEN YOUR QUESTIONS will be answered, Where Dreams Descend keeps its readers hooked! 2) Daron and Kallia had an ADORABLE romance and I WANT MORE! 3) We didn’t see nearly enough, or learn enough about, of Kalia’s assisstant Aaros. When he was initially introduced, I thought he was going to play a bigger role that he ended up playing. . . . 🔮 In a nutshell, CAN SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER ALL MY QUESTIONS AND ALSO GIVE ME BOOK TWO PLEASE?
🐦 I recently had the pleasure of reading #AmericanDirt by Jeanine Cummins, releasing from @hachette_india at the end of this month and it was... One of the BEST books I've ever read. . . . 🐦 It was HEART-WRENCHING, IMMERSIVE, BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN and just an all around PERFECT book that is so worth the hype. I have no words for this perfect book except to say that you need it in your lives. . . . 🐦It's a brilliant portrayal of loss, how far one mother will go to save her son from the devastating fate that destroyed her family, a commentary on the migrant situation in the US, and an exploration of what it means to be human. . . . 🐦 Eye-opening, part literary novel, part edge-of-your-seat thriller, part non-fiction in terms of the journeys migrants undertake everyday - add this one to your TBRs.
📚 BOOK REVIEW - #PermanentRecord by Edward Snowden 📚 . Rating: 5/5 🌟 . . It's taken me a while to finish reading Edward Snowden’s memoir. Everyone knows who Edward Snowden is – I was in my early teens and a little too self-involved when he blew the whistle on NSA activities for me to fully comprehend the consequences of the news he broke. . . . However, as I grow up a little more, watch documentaries like The Great Hack, read books like Christopher Wylie’s Mindf*ck, and even fictional works like Qualityland and understand the power of the digital world that’s not really free at all where people and data are the new commodity, Permanent Record was a logical choice of book to pick up. . . . Parts of this book had me ENGROSSED and others flew past the top of my head and I had to keep going back and re-reading it to make some sense of it. I loved learning about Snowden as a person, what the Intelligence Community was like pre and post 9/11, how Congress, the executive branch, the blatant lies in Congressional hearings and much more. The way Snowden described how he left the country to get ready for his whistleblowing, and even his early years were just so interesting. . . . Maybe after writing and posting this review I’ll be on some NSA watchlist – who knows? Maybe I already was for any number of things I’ve previously googled – all I know is that this book was WORTH it, even if it took me a while to get through. . . . Would I recommend it? YES! Non-fiction isn’t my go-to genre, but some books are worth stepping out of your comfort zone for. . . Thank you @panmacmillanindia for the review copy
🔪🔪🔪BOOK REVIEW 🔪🔪🔪 . . . 🔪Every time I open a Jay Kristoff book, I brace myself for the unexpected. . . . 🌟Or rather, I brace myself for the fact that everything I think I know in the beginning will seamlessly reveal itself to be VERY different at the end. It happened with the ENTIRE #IlluminaeFiles, with #Lifelike and also with #Nevernight and #Godsgrave. . . . 🔪To put it simply, I was expecting to be blown away by the twists and turns in this end to a bloody trilogy. . . . 🌟While Darkdawn was easier to read that the rest of the series, I remain underwhelmed by the events that ended Mia’s story. I’m not sure, but the whole book gave me painful reminders of N.K. Jemsin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms with the newfound obsession with Gods and the families of Gods and Gods’ wars. . . . 🔪At the same time, it was also a fast-paced bloody book and a satisfying (if also slightly predictable) ending to a trilogy. . . . 🌟Would I recommend the series? YES! If you’re looking for bloody, dark, and stabby books, DIVE IN NOW! . . . Full review on my blog! Thank you @harpercollinsin for the review copy!
#OnceAndFuture is a FORKING BRILLIANT space opera with magical duels and jousts, family, flying castles, a Big Bad Corporation, wizards, prison breaks, thrones and, of course, Excalibur! . . . I read this book in THREE days and I AM OBSESSED. It's fast paced, brilliant, filled with twists and scenes that will break your heart and WOW I enjoyed this one. Get your hands on one NOW and come fangirl with me!