REVIEW: Flock in A Closet

43562409Flock in A Closet
by Tia Wins

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BOOK SUMMARY

Hey there!
Here’s what you had been searching for since so long.
Well, not merely a poetry book but a piece of my heart I’d love to gift you. Something that you will not just read but that which will leave an impression on you for a lifetime. I mean “a good impression” *laughs*

Flock In A Closet is a profound and intense collection of relatable poems written by Tushnamaity Davierwala,
Tia Wins ( pen name) where each poem has it’s own grace, a unique way of narrating thoughts and feelings.
Having a pleasing aura this book has almost everything enough to serve every reader leaving them content yet craving for more. It contains the experiences and stories of people whoever and whenever entered the poet’s life accompanied by the poet’s deepest thoughts and emotions that’ll touch your heart and treat your soul in just the right measure.

BOOK REVIEW

3.5 STARS

*A copy of Flock in A Closet was sent in exchange for an honest review.*

I’ve been reading a lot of poetry lately and I don’t think any of them was as fun as Flock in A Closet. Flock in A Closet is a collection of poems separated into three different parts — Spectrum, His Diary of Love and Valentines Collection. There were themes of love, friendship, feminism, sadness and encouragement, and these were all relatable.

Although there were some punctuation and spelling errors, it does not take away from the poem. The fun rhymes, satisfying structures and carefully arranged words can’t help but bring a smile to your face!

The first few parts may not seem that interesting but I’ve grown a fond liking for some of the poems, especially Bridge, What You Learn, Is What You Earn, Being Woman and Hey Girl, Don’t feel so low! The author could convey her love for poems through her writing and it really shows that she had a fun time writing it!

REVIEW: The Dark Prophecy

e214399b-4bbe-4d98-9197-93c6dbd89e75The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2)
by Rick Riordan

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BOOK SUMMARY

A perilous quest to complete.
I must become a god again.

I, the god Apollo – cast down to earth in the body of a gawky mortal teen – bravely endured a series of dangerous trials at Camp Half-Blood.

Now, accompanied by Leo Valdez and the sorceress Calypso (also mortal, ha!), I must find the most dangerous Oracle from ancient times, who may hold the answers I need to return to Mount Olympus.

To make things worse, the second member of the evil Triumvirate – a Roman emperor with a disturbing love of bloodshed – stands in our way.

Without my powers (and good looks and singing voice), how does Zeus expect me to overcome the greatest challenge I’ve faced in my four thousand years of existence?

BOOK REVIEW

4 STARS

I never liked Apollo until the end of the first book in this series. A once arrogant, selfish and merciless god (human, since he was in the form of Lester Papadopoulos) had a character development and became someone who was more selfless and actually cared for others. He is still, rather full of himself but it is more tolerable now.

I’ve always been a fan of Riordan’s books. I loved Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgards. However, this might be the series that I find the hardest to love. Unlike the aforementioned series, I found it difficult to like the main character. I also couldn’t care less about Meg.

In addition to that, I think this book might be my least favourite by Riordan so far. I am very aware that Riordan loves to include 21st century references into his stories. I am absolutely for it! However, I noticed that it happened way too frequently in this book and instead of finding it amusing or relatable, I felt as if he might be trying way too hard.

On the other hand, I loved that Riordan included the community’s favourite characters as if it was a major throwback to the first two series. Characters like Leo and Calypso, Thalia, Grover and even Coach Hedge were mentioned and it warmed my heart.

Although this book might be my least favourite, I am excited to read the third book in the series, The Burning Maze.

REVIEW: The Museum of Things Left Behind

The Museum of Things Left Behind 
by Seni Glaister

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BOOK SUMMARY

FIND YOURSELF IN VALLEROSA, A PLACE LOST IN TIME

Vallerosa is every tourist’s dream – a tiny, picturesque country surrounded by lush valleys and verdant mountains; a place sheltered from modern life and the rampant march of capitalism. But in isolation, the locals have grown cranky, unfulfilled and disaffected. Until one day an unlikely visitor arrives. Will she be the agent of change and rejuvenation this broken idyll is crying out for?

Full of wisdom, humour and light, The Museum of Things Left Behind is a heart-warming fable for our times that asks us to consider what we have lost and what we have gained in modern life. A book about bureaucracy, religion and the people that really get things done, it is above all else a hymn to the inconstancy of time and the pivotal importance of a good cup of tea. 

BOOK REVIEW

4 stars

The Museum of Things Left Behind was a book I went in with an open mind. It was one of the books for my Lowest Rated TBR Challenge for the month of November, and aware of the low rating it has, I tried to not have any judgments of it beforehand.

The story surrounds a country called Vallerosa, a place that was shielded from war and from most of everyone’s eyes. It thrived on tea, the belief of every man following in their father’s footsteps and endless education until they were ‘ready’ to step foot into the working field. A small country where their views and ideas are much more different than today’s society and they take their tea very seriously. 

It began awfully slow, forming a (very) clear picture of the country and didn’t follow any specific character which I wasn’t used to. Either way, I was desperate to read this for my challenge and continued on, realising that it was a story that followed the citizens of Vallerosa and a very special guest. At first I was a little skeptical of this as I’ve not read many books that was like this but I realised that I loved it very much.

Who would’ve thought that a tiny place like Vallerosa could’ve been so interesting? President Sergio who followed in Sergio Senior’s footsteps, desiring to honour his father; the competitive spirit of the patron of Il Gallo Giallo and Il Toro Rosso who competes to be bar that attracts the most customers and the way the government ruled the country never failed to amuse me. Although the main part of the story was how the visitor, Lizzie Holmesworth, changed the people of Vallerosa, it was always the competition between the two bars that made me love the story.

I admire Glaister’s ability to look at things from a different perspective as she wrote the way the government of Vallerosa reflected on ideas.  She brings to light how instead of nurses who were the ones who took care of the patients, it was the patients’ families who cooked, fed and cared for them, emphasising that they were the ones who were family and it was the family who would show the love and care needed for their own. This was only one of the differences between the way the Vallerosan mindset was different, many more could be found in this book and it was definitely and eye opener. 

However, as much as I loved it, I do have some problems with this book. I felt as if it being a bit mean to the American consultants who came to Vallerosa in search for prospects for export. Although they did undervalue Vallerosa and they were taking advantage, threatening and blackmailing the president, it was hinted at that. Perhaps I was looking way too deep into it and it was just pure coincidence. I also found that the title was not entirely suitable as it was only brought up close to 200 pages into the book. 

I definitely enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would and would recommend this to those who are interested in having a different view on things of many aspects, from education, misplacing things to even crops and plantation. 

REVIEW: Inspirational Travel Quotes


The Inspirational Travel Quotes Book 
by Aventuras De Viaje

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BOOK SUMMARY 


160+ Original Travel and Inspirational Quotes in Color

Love Travel?
Need Some Inspiration?
Perhaps Some Motivation?

Here are Over 160 Inspiring Quotes for Travel and Motivation

With Professional Full Color Background Photos (if your device allows it)

Great to Inspire Your Next Adventure, Get You Through the Workday, or BothGet Your Quotes on Inspiration and Travel Today 

BOOK REVIEW

4 STARS

A collection of quotes that not only inspire you to travel but also inspire you to make your life worth it.

This is a quick book that could be read and finished in one sitting but I suggest thinking and reflecting on it. There were many quotes that spoke to my heart and reminded me of my own personal experiences, some with travel, some with daily life.

The quotes are all from one person, which I did not expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the wise quotes and I enjoyed it very much. It was accompanied with beautiful pictures, mostly high quality but some occasional low quality ones. I also loved how it plays around with the font, shapes and sizes to make every page different. Some of my most favourite quotes were “Getting lost may be one of the best ways to travel” and “the whole world is filled with beauty and magic, you just need to find it” to which I agreed with it wholeheartedly. There were many more amongst these that were great.

I believe that this can be best enjoyed as a little pocketbook or perhaps alongside with a notebook to reflect. Overall, this is a lovely read as it not only encourages you to travel but to also appreciate life.

REVIEW: The Son

The Son
by Aaron Meizius

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BOOK SUMMARY

Eddie Creighton is a young FBI analyst in Tampa, working in a maze of cubicles until he receives a summons from a senior agent in Denver. In an instant, he is pulled into an investigation far above his pay grade, searching for a serial killer with no discernible pattern and a strange personal interest in Eddie. As the case unfolds and the body count rises, Eddie must track down the killer and determine what their personal connection is before it’s too late.

BOOK REVIEW
4 STARS

*A free eBook version of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.*

Immediately after reading the first chapter, I already knew that I would love this book. It is definitely an easy read, one that you can read to pass time yet get invested in the storyline.

Eddie Creighton is a brilliant analyst with photographic memory and an incredible brain that happens to even think of the wildest things. When I was first introduced to Eddie, I couldn’t help but to think that he was a very serious guy but that quickly changed when he was summoned to Denver. He was so confused, and that’s when I figured out that I really like this character.

The Son is a story that follows the narrative arc in a very organised way. It was clear cut, the writing and language was easy to understand, the build up to the climax was developed well and the ending was a positive one. It would definitely be a book that I would suggest to a 15-year-old, except that it has mentions of rape (term only!), however, shows like CSI, NCIS and many others mention it too so I guess it would pass for that age range. Looking beyond that term, The Son is a good example of how a narrative arc should be built due to its’ clarity in the events and it is easy to learn from it too.

I liked that the chapters were short, making it easy to pause and to pick it up again. It acts like a little breather and allowed my mind to settle down after the events that happened in that chapter before starting a new one. I guess with this way, it makes it seem easier to read and retain the information, rather than reading chunks and chunks of words but forgetting it before the chapter ends. 

There were a few parts which I didn’t enjoy. I didn’t like how the serial killer went under the alias with the same initials. It seemed way too obvious and unnecessary to me. Perhaps the serial killer enjoyed and wanted to be found so easily? Or perhaps the serial killer did not notice or think about it?

Despite the minimal issues that I had with the story, The Son was an enjoyable read that was ideal to relax my mind, especially after reading heavy books, work or just before going to bed. If you’re a reader who is interested in getting into mysteries or perhaps you like movies like NCIS, pick it up! 

REVIEW: The Ladies’ Man

The Ladies’ Man (Finding Mr. Right #1)
by Jessica Edwards

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BOOK SUMMARY

Twenty six year old Lisa, is single and miserable. 
All she wants in life, is to find the perfect man. 
After going on disappointing dates to tedious dates, Lisa is convinced that there is no man out there for her. 
With her best friends’ help, Lisa is soon introduced to a variety of men, but which one of them will be her Mr. Right?


BOOK REVIEW
4 STARS

A fast-paced short story that ended far too early (at least it is the first of the series!).

Lisa, 26, and old-fashioned when it comes to dating. On the day her 26th birthday, she spends it the same way as she usually does – sobbing over her favourite romance movie and questioning why is she alone. This night her best friend, Laura promises it will be different. She is there to help her out.

Do be warned, this book contains swearing.

All her life, she met guys who have ill-intentions. Lisa is now 26 and is looking for a man who is different. However, it is difficult and to her, it may even seem impossible. Will she be able to find her Mr. Right in the end?

This review is spoiler free: In this book, it highlights the fear that some women may face in the working field. This really stood out to me. Despite the whole romance being the biggest part of this story, I especially loved it when the author wrote about this problem.

The short story ends with a cliffhanger and it definitely makes me as a reader wanting to read more.

REVIEW: Beneath the Earth

Beneath the Earth
by H.S. Stone

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BOOK SUMMARY

Laura and her classmates have been looking forward to their senior camping trip for weeks. Three days on an island paradise, away from school and their parents. What more could they ask for? 

The camping trip starts out well enough. The island is scenic and just the kind of escape to nature that Laura had hoped for. However, cracks soon begin to appear in her plans. Her boyfriend ditches her to hang out with his friends. She has to share a room with one of the teachers. But those are the least of her worries. 

A student disappears, and no one can find him. Soon, Laura and the other students realize that the camping trip is anything but a dream vacation. There’s something else on the island. Something large and frightening. Something that lurks unseen beneath the earth. Something that welcomes the presence of the students because they will satisfy its appetite.


BOOK REVIEW

4 STARS

A fast-paced story that surpassed all my expectations.

I expected a Young Adult book, something twisted and a story-line that was predictable. Instead, it was like a rollercoaster – you think that all is going well and the next moment you’re heading towards an unexpected drop. One moment you think that Laura and her friends are having a good time, the next moment everyone is screaming and running for their lives.

The story was descriptive. Earlier in the book, Stone described the surroundings well and familiarize the readers with the setting of the story. We were given the impression that Aislado Island was just like any old island, surrounded by nature and the perfect getaway. The boys’ and the girls’ cabins were separated from each other and no school trip is complete without the teacher with them – it was all very typical. The students settled in really well and some even went exploring to have some alone time away from the adults, that’s when the first attack happened.

I like that it was written in first person from Laura’s point of view. It delves into the mind of a teenager who cares about her popularity, friendship and relationship. Although it was not the primary focus of the story, it played a huge part in the way Laura acted. In my opinion, Laura was a likable character. She was brave, intelligent and a great friend, but when it came to the opposite sex, she made the wrong choice of dating someone for popularity but it added on to the character growth.

As for the story-line, I love that there was no instance where it was boring. One moment the characters are caught up with teenage drama, the next moment they’ll be running away from the monster. One big aspect to why I enjoyed reading Beneath the Earth was because of the resourcefulness of the characters. This story really emphasized on the importance of being resourceful and having survival skills. Also climbing trees, that’s important too!

What I didn’t like was the unnecessary romance towards the end of the story. As much as I love their chemistry and how the two of them resonated with one another, it felt unnecessary. Although, I do see and could understand the reason behind it. I personally believe that Laura is a brilliant person and it is totally alright with her not ending up with anyone, even though the romance was extremely cute.

REVIEW: Timeless Tales

Timeless Tales
by John Alexander

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BOOK SUMMARY

This debut book of poetry by John Alexander offers inspiration. As these lilting verses roll off your tongue, let the words soothe your weary soul. Written especially for you and your inner child, the poems reach into your soul to that child within you. Nurture yourself with rhymes that speak to your heart. You can keep them to yourself, or you can share them with the children in your life.


A rhyme rose within me,
it caused me to smile.
It focused my thoughts,
I escaped for a while.

Be free of the past
filled with trouble and strife.
That child who’s within us
knows much about life.

Rhymes read through the lens
of those innocent eyes
Can challenge our views
on what matters, what’s wise.



BOOK REVIEW

4 STARS

I did not expect this to be a somewhat religious poetry book (think teaching about the way of life and being kind, trusting on God and being thankful religious).

This poetry book is separated into 3 parts. The first part, poems for your inner child, appeals more to the child within you, using characters like mice in order to teach good values. The second part, blessings for you, share the hope for happiness and aid in our daily life where there are troubles and cares. The third part and final part, heart to heart, is where Alexander shares his personal stories. 

All these were written through rhymes. It was an extremely fun read as the words flow so smoothly, yet the rhymes have a deep meaning to it. Some were easy to understand and some needed a little bit of thinking. Either way, it teaches good values and encourages us to not only focus on our busy lives but to reflect on the blessings we have.

I enjoyed the way the book is divided into parts and separated by a short description. It is neat and orderly and adds to the appeal of the book. Overall, there’s a wonderful selection of poems and a good amount, neither too little or too many poems. Each poem either teaches you a life lesson or bring some encouragement and hope to the reader.

REVIEW: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

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BOOK SUMMARY:

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.


BOOK REVIEW: 

4 STARS

I was given this book by a friend who said this was her favourite book. It has become one of my favourites too.

15-year-old Christopher is extremely logical, doesn’t get metaphors and is autistic. He hates being touched, he doesn’t like being around strangers and he does not relate to human emotions. It is interesting to read how people with autism perceive things, and it really opens my eyes and makes me understand more.

This book was written like a diary and instead of chapters, it has numbers that separate each day and incident. It was different from many other books and I really love that. It comes with diagrams and equations and things that you don’t normally see in a book. It was refreshing and new. 

Christopher faces many difficulties in life. The biggest obstacle being his unfamiliarity with people and places hinder him from doing a lot of things. There were many incidents in this book that strongly emphasized how the way Christopher perceived things was so much more different from the way most people do. He hates the colour yellow and carries a bottle of red dye with him and he doesn’t understand what a high-five is, just to name a few.

In this book, Haddon writes of how a dysfunctional family tries to raise an autistic son. It is a book that touches on family feud, social disability and the best part, a murder case. There will be many unexpected twists along the way and how Christopher narrates it in an extremely logical way ties the story together, making it an enjoyable read. 

If there’d be any way that you can understand how a person with autism would perceive the world, this would be a simple start.