🌟BOOK REVIEW 🌟 I LOVE #PrideandPrejudice. I’ve loved it from the moment I picked up my older sister’s brown leather-bound tome and read, ‘It’s a universally acknowledged truth that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife…’ I LOVED Darcy and Elizabeth’s banter, I even loved Mr. Bingley and Jane and the houses and the era and pretty much everything except for Mrs. Bennet . . . 🌟The starting scene in #Unmarriageable has Alysba (Elizabeth) Binat (Bennet) teaching a class of young Pakistani girls Jane Austen and asking them to interpret the ‘It’s a universally acknowledged truth…’ to something more suitable to their current lives and she tried teaching them all about . . . 🌟I think it was that first chapter that raised my hopes sky-high – this was not ONLY a desi P&P retelling but ALSO a FEMINIST DESI P&P Retelling? COULD BOOKS GET ANY BETTER? . . . 🌟While I enjoyed (THOROUGHLY) all the general P&P antics – Quitty’s (Kitty’s) ridiculous theatrics, Jena’s (Jane’s) understated support and wisdom, the general introduction of desi society and weddings, the fancy houses and ALL THE FOOD, I was a little taken aback by the fact that this was NOT REALLY a feminist retelling. For starters, and this REALLY bothered me – Why is MARRIAGE the solution to everything? I understand that certain members of the book were (and have always been, even in the original) conditioned to think that way (AHEM *MRS. BENNET*), but, by the end, even our highly progressive Alysba Binat thought that marriage was the one thing that could solve everything... . . . Full review on the blog! Thank you @harpercollinsin 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!
✨GIVEAWAY ALERT✨ It's my BIRTHDAY and there's nothing I would like more than to celebrate with my bookish family! . . Win a stack of 10 (surprise) books (including ARCs and finished copies). Open INTERNATIONALLY. . . ✨HOW TO ENTER: 1) Follow @athousandwordsamillionbooks on Instagram . . 2) Tag 5 friends in the comments and tell me you it favourite FANTASY novel. . . 3) Post this on your stories and tag me . . EXTRA: 1) Follow me on Twitter (@/AditiNichani) and my blog (link in bio) . . . ✨RULES: 1) Open international 2) Be above 13 years or have parental permission 3) Complete all tasks 4) Not follow to unfollow. . . . ✨Giveaway ends 18th September! ALL THE BEST ❣️
🌟BOOK REVIEW - #TheRestOfTheStory by Sarah Dessen. . . . 🌟I’ve been reading Sarah Dessen since I was twelve years old and, till date, I find something so understated with her writing that I can’t help but falling in love every time. Of course, there are some books I enjoy more than the others, but they are all great reads nonetheless. . . . 🌟I wasn’t sure if I should read The Rest of the Story – I haven’t enjoyed her last few books (Once and for All and Saint Anything) as much as I enjoyed the masterpieces that were Just Listen, The Truth About Forever and This Lullaby, but when a trusted book fairy recommended it, and said that she loved it JUST as much as my top three, I knew I had to give this one a chance. . . . 🌟The Rest of the Story reminded me of the Sarah Dessen of Old (a little bit of Along for the Ride and a tiny sprinkle of The Truth About Forever) and while I REALLY ENJOYED reading it, I just can’t classify it in the magical range that I would for my top three. . . . 🌟THINGS I LIKED: 1. EMMA/ SAYLOR AND THE FAMILY: This really reminded me of The Truth About Forever and the whole family. I loved Emma’s mom’s extended lake family, the familiarity and even the friction between them. 2. THE ROMANCE WAS ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE, OKAY? 3. I think Emma/ Saylor’s stepmom was one of the coolest characters in the book. I LOVE that she was supportive of Emma/ Saylor, stepped back when she didn’t need to be the parent in charge and encouraged Emma’s dad to be better. . . . 🌟THINGS I WISH HAD BEEN BETTER: 1. I feel like Emma’s mom’s mental health wasn’t dealt with properly. I can’t pinpoint what exactly, but the rep just felt lacking overall. 2. I WASN’T FULLY FEELING THE MAGIC (AND I REALLY REALLY WANTED TO) . . . 🌟My Verdict: The Rest of the Story is a one-time read, that ALMOST reached the standard of my favourite Sarah Dessen books, but then, lacked the magic at the end. 3 🌟 . . . Thank you @harpercollinsin for the review copy. #ReadwithHCI
🔥This book had the makings of everything perfect – a diverse cast, inspired by ancient Arabia, a brilliant writer, magic, female empowerment, a quest and a hate-to-love romance at the centre of it all. . . . 🔥To say that I was BEYOND excited about Hafsah Faizal’s debut would probably be an apt summation of me NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. . . 🔥I don’t know why it took me so long to dive in, except maybe for the fact that I was trying TO SAVOUR (?) the book and the anticipation of reading it. . . . 🔥While I really enjoyed We Hunt the Flame, there were parts of the book where the character’s logic and development didn’t seem fully fleshed out, the writing a little stilted/ held back and that stopped me from falling head-over-heels for it. . . . 🔥MY THOUGHTS: . 🔥1. I feel like the world should have been built better right from the get-go, especially in terms of political intrigue. We were fed random snippets of information at a time, and not in chronological order and it just made me feel disconnected from the story at large. The big bad villain wasn’t really played up, I didn’t understand the Prince of Death’s motivations and why he did what he did (why didn’t he just take her and the boy and RUN? Why didn’t he at least TRY?) and, most of all, there was an awkwardly written SENSELESS death (in terms of logic) at the start of the story – all of which I thought should have been done better. . . . 🔥2. Now that I’ve covered all the things I thought should have been better, let’s talk about the things I did enjoy, namely Zafira – who was every bit as badass and pure as I expected her to me. I enjoyed her point of view, especially as she fought against her demons, both internal and external and how she came to terms with her family and her power. 3. BOTH VERSIONS OF THIS COVER ARE JUST SO GORGEOUS THAT I COULD CRY. They are TRULY stunning! 4. MY GOD THAT ENDING HAS HURT MY SOUL AND NOW I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO UNTIL THE SECOND BOOK COMES OUT – HAFSAH FAIZAL CAN YOU HELP ME OUT HERE? 🔥My Verdict: I wish parts of the book had been better, especially the character development and logic more clearly brought to life, but I really enjoyed #WeHuntTheFlame nonetheless.
❗HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK WAS GOOD. . . . ❗I’m not joking – I WAS HOOKED, in a way that I haven’t been in a LONG time! I remember seeing this image of V. E. Schwab with her notes on the floor, re-plotting Vengeful and, when I read it, I could see the work that went into making this masterpiece the best it could be. . . . ❗With the exception of the ending, I wouldn’t have changed a THING about this book, but even then, I’ll give it five glowing stars because THAT WAS A GREAT READ. . . . ❗THINGS I LOVED . . . 🤩1. THE STRUCTURE: From past to present, varying between character and character, the structure – and the mystery that that structure brought – was what brought Vengeful to life. Everything about this book was darker and twist-ier than Vicious as the fight wasn’t just Eli V Victor anymore, but with other equally powerful EOs, government agencies and slightly deranged scientists now in the mix. It was shocking and heart-wrenching and if you loved even a moment of Vicious, you’ll ADORE Vengeful . . . 🤩2. VICTOR: I REALLY loved how Victor’s story progressed in this book. It was juicier and darker, because he was fighting for his own survival and OH WOW I LOVED IT . . . 🤩3. THE FINAL BATTLE: I loved the culmination battle of Marcella VS Victor VS Eli VS the task force and all the power and the twists. I wish the CONCLUDING scene with Victor was a little more fleshed out, but I enjoyed it all regardless. . . . ❗MY VERDICT: Get your hands on this series NOW. Vicious and Vengeful are absolutely, deliciously mind-blowing, dark and twisty and everything you would expect from a book about villains! Thank you for the review copy, @bloomsburyindia! #vicious #vengeful #veschwab #bookreview #bookstagramindia
I've been falling in LOVE with poetry more and more recently, and these have been some of my favourite. . . . A special shout-out to #LightFiltersIn by @poeticpoison and #FierceFairytales by @nikita_gill for the heart-wrenching, affirming poetry that was food for my soul.
Have you ever had a highly anticipated book let you down? . . . If you didn’t already know, I AM OBSESSED with The Illuminae Files. It was a truly brilliant series that kept me at the edge of my seat, filled with twists and murderous AI and if you haven’t read it, you should. This is why, when Amie and Jay announced Aurora Rising and the start of a new series, I WAS OVER THE MOON! The lovely book fairies at HarperCollins India were kind enough to send me an advance copy of the book and I JUMPED. In retrospect, I probably expected too much from this series because Aurora Rising ended up being a huge let-down. I feel bad even saying this because I WANTED to enjoy this book more than anything – with the beautiful cover and the premise and THE TRAILER. Not to mention, this was Amie and Jay and AAAH. Here is why I (very sadly) didn’t enjoy this book: 1. The Characters: One of the BIGGEST areas of intrigue in this book was that these were supposed to be a rat-rag group of characters that nobody wanted to be around, weren’t really ‘heroes,’ and weren’t really to be trusted and so they were stuck together and given a tiny mission. For some reason, squad 312 just didn’t work. The line on the cover of the ARC says, ‘they aren’t the heroes we deserve,’ but it certainly felt like it anyway. They were all noble and JUST SO TALENTED IN THEIR SPECIFIC FIELDS, if only their interpersonal skills were a little off-course. I actually wanted them to just be a mediocre group of kids pushed together that managed to make something work, but these were ALL STELLAR GOLDEN-BOY/ HERO TYPES with an unneeded flair for the dramatic and nicknames that just sounded awkward and I somehow feel cheated out of what I was promised – an actually different saving the universe story, in terms of the characters. 2. THE PLOT: This felt very all over the place to me. With The Illuminae Files, there was always some purpose with where the characters were heading, a timeline and some structure.... Apparently my reviews are too long for Instagram. Please head over to my blog for the full review😂 #ReadWithHCI
One month and one day into the new job and I feel like I'm finally settling in? I'm so sorry that I haven't been here - it's quite difficult moving out into the world on your own, but hopefully I'll be posting (and reading) more often. . . . . Also, ADD The Ten Thousand Doors of January to your TBR lists. It is TOTALLY worth the read! (And, also, as a really beautiful book for your collection) . . . #TenThousandDoors
@prhinternational #partner . 🦊IT'S UNBOXING TIME! With all the city-moving and job-starting madness, I finally found the time to record this unboxing video last night (swipe for the video!) . . . 🦊I shrieked with JOY when I first saw this parcel and I grew more and more excited with each item I took out. IN FACT, I had to redo the video thrice - I was JUST THAT EXCITED! This book sounds like so much fun and I can wait to dive in! #Gumiho #WickedFox . . . 🦊Thank you so much @prhinternational and @katjcho for putting this box together - IT IS EVERYTHING!
If I had to pick when I REALLY fell in love with the #HarryPotter series, it would be when I first read #PrisonerOfAzkaban! It was a rainy day, I was about eight years old and I was sitting out on the balcony with a cup of hot chocolate and this book and I FELL IN LOVE! . . . My 20th Anniversary edition finally reached me and in all the confusion of the last week with moving and packing, I just found a minute to take a picture. Thank you @bloomsburyindia for sending this my way. It is just GORGEOUS and I can't wait to take more pictures.
🌺I'm so sorry that I've been so sporadic with my posting here! The past few weeks have been HECTIC and I guess I can officially announce that I'M MOVING(!) . . . 🌺I travelled to my new city, found a place to live in, came back, started packing and tried to keep up with work at the same time. The last leg of packing is now left and I leave soon. The Job starts on Monday and I'm both elated and terrified. . . . On another note, the giveaway winners have been announced. Head over to my stories to find out who! . . . On yet another note READ WE ARE DISPLACED. I absolutely loved it, cried through it and it's such an important book.
IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME! Some exciting things are (potentially) happening in the next few weeks (and I can't speak about it yet) but I WANTED TO HOST A GIVEAWAY TO CELEBRATE IT ALL. SO: . . . 🌟THE PRIZE: TWO (!) sets of ten books to TWO winners. They will include ARCs, hardbacks and paperbacks. . . . HOW TO ENTER: 🌟1) Follow @athousandwordsamillionbooks 🌟2) Tell me the book you're MOST excited to read below 🌟3) Tag 5 accounts/ friends 4) Share on stories and tag me! . . . That's it! Open internationally. Ends on 17th June 2019. HAVE FUN!
Lyrical writing. A feminist retelling of an epic. A gorgeous cover. A perfect book. . . . I couldn't recommend #TheForestOfEnchantments enough! . . . Have you read this book? What did you think of it? #ReadwithHCI