Friday, 17 August 2018

What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera: BOOK REVIEW

What If It's Us What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A big thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free early copy in exchange for an honest review

Well it's cute, I'll give it that.

This is a cute book kind of in the vein of books like Jenny Han's 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'. It explores themes of love, self-expression and discovery when you're a teenager or in that hazy period of transitioning slowly into adulthood.

Whilst I found it adorable and thought the writing was decent, I found it difficult to figure out whose perspective I was reading from. Although the chapter titles tell you the perspective, I kept getting confused. I realised that Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera have very similar writing styles as well. Due to being confused with the perspectives, it caused me to feel a bit disconnected from them at times. I also didn't really care for any of the side characters or friends. They all felt quite bland.

I found the ending interesting and refreshing, the diversity is awesome as always and I loved the descriptions of New York. The atmosphere was really good.

Overall, I am not sure what I was expecting going into this book but I did enjoy myself by the end of it. I would recommend this one :)

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Until next time
Happy Reading! 
Zohal 

Friday, 3 August 2018

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G Drews: BOOK REVIEW

A Thousand Perfect Notes A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Booktubeathon: Read a book with a beautiful spine,

3.5 Stars

In all honesty this book started off on a 2 star level. I thought it was built heavily on stereotypes and there wasn't enough exposition for our characters. As I read on, it got better and better. The climax was excellent and I came to realise that this is a very introspective read. Due to it being focused on being inside Beck's head, we don't get much in terms of descriptions of how other characters look for example. Therefore, a lot of the book is kind of fuzzy in that you have to fill in a lot of gaps. For the first half of the story, this didn't work but it started work towards the second half.

C.G Drews is a talented writer and I have no doubts her writing will continue to grow in her later books. For a debut this was a pretty good book and I almost cried towards the end. The ending is a bit rushed so I do wish there was much pages to it. It falls a bit short.

Overall, a good read that I highly recommend. Trigger Warning for child abuse.

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Until next time
Happy reading! 
Zohal 

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Audiobook Recommendations

I love audiobooks. I love having someone tell me a story and weave magic with the sound of their voice. I find it immersive especially because I comprehend best through my listening skills more than anything else. I don't get through audiobooks quickly, however, I have a few favourites to share with you all today!

1. Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming 


I listened to this audiobook on a whim. I found out that Alan Cumming who I am a fan of had written a memoir I needed to read it. The library did not have a physical copy but they had the audiobook. At this point in time, I hadn't listened to audiobooks much. The last audiobook I had listened to was months ago. So I put in my earphones, downloaded the book and started listening.

Alan Cumming narrates his own memoir and his narration is beautiful. He has a Scottish accent and his story is heart-breaking to hear. A truly incredible audiobook! I could not stop listening to this one.



2. The Harry Potter books by J.K Rowling


I have been wanting to listen to the Harry Potter audiobooks for ages and finally last month I purchased the Order of the Phoenix audiobook through Audible. I put it on double speed because I know the story already. I fell in love with Stephen Fry's narration of the books. His voices for each character are so distinct and I was the most immersed I have ever been in an audiobook. I listened to this as much as I could. I would listen whilst eating meals, doing dishes, putting away laundry and on my commutes to and from work. I am obsessed and I need to get the other HP audiobooks. I want to try the Half-Blood Prince next once my monthly Audible credit arrives.



3. The Dry by Jane Harper


So I came across this audiobook whilst sick in bed with an awful cold. I was super stressed because I had assessments I had to do, despite having no energy to do them. I decided to listen to an audiobook to try and destress a bit and pass the time in bed. I was scrolling through my library's Audiobook app when I found The Dry by Jane Harper. I have heard people raving about this book so I decided to download the audiobook and see if I would like it.

Little did I know that I would be obsessed with this audiobook and consume the entire story in two days. The narration is by Steve Shanahan and he has the perfect Australian accent for the story. The writing was beautiful, the atmosphere was incredible and the plot was immersive.

I loved this so much and the sequel is just as good.

4. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah 


I loved this audiobook as well. I used my free audible credit for this one since I really wanted to hear about what it is like to grow up in South Africa post-Apartheid. I also knew that Trevor Noah was narrating his own story. This was the audiobook I would listen to whilst falling asleep at night. The stories are heartwarming, funny and heart wrenching all at the same time. I was very much invested in Trevor's childhood and the stories he told of his life growing up. Incredible audiobook! I cried at one point listening to this one. Trevor Noah's narration brings it all to life.




I hope you enjoy these recommendations :)

Until next time, 
Happy reading! 
Zohal