Book Reviewer of the Month from lovereading.com!

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Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well!! I’ve got some exciting news today!

As you guys know Monisah and I often review books for lovereading.com, and I recently got an email saying that I was chosen for “Reviewer of the Month” for my review of The Next Together by Lauren James! YAAAAAY!! I loved The Next Together, it is still one of my favourite books that I have read all year, and if you haven’t already read it, I would definitely recommend it!

I received a very sweet parcel today from lovereading and Walker Books as a thank you! Altogether I received 2 posters, one for The Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne, and one for I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (which I’m so excited about AAAAHHH), a couple of bookmarks (which are ALWAYS useful!!), a cute little certificate, a gift voucher (I can buy MORE books woooo!!) and an ARC copy of Silence is Goldfish which I can’t wait to read!!

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I just want to thank everyone at lovereading for being such lovely, supportive people (especially Shelley, her emails light up my day)! I will let everyone know when lovereading post the article on their website!

Thank you for reading everyone!! I hope you have a wonderful evening! Just a little random side-note… I can’t help but point out how beautiful autumn is, I would love to hear what everyone’s favourite thing is about autumn!

Stay beautiful,
Ayesha xx

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Review: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Review: Only Ever Yours
Author: Louise O’Neill
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 3rd July 2014
Pages: 392

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Monisah’s thoughts:
I was so incredibly excited to read this book because it was different to anything I have ever read before. It was a mixture of sci-fi and dystopia which is not normally what I pick up. In the world O’Neill created, women are made in labs therefore they are made perfectly with no flaws. All through school they are taught that their sole purpose in life is to please men, and although they were created perfectly: there is always room for improvement. The girls are ranked by their prettiness, and the high rankers are usually become “companions” where their purpose is to bear as many sons as possible. If you are not chosen as a companion by one of the Inheritants (boys), you will end up as “concubine” or a chastity at the school. As a feminist, this whole concept enraged me as all the girls wanted to do was please the men, never understanding their full potential as women.

The atmosphere in the school was absolutely toxic. As you can imagine, every girl fought to be the most perfect, leading to competitions on who can eat the least, or who has the skinniest figure. There were the elite few who were always ranked high, and everyone else fought to be included in this group. All the female names in the book were written without a capital letter to symbolise their second place in society, which I thought was a clever little addition on O’Neill’s part.

However because of this toxic environment, the girls weren’t very likeable therefore I found it hard to connect to the characters. It was hard for me to like freida in particular, because she always tried to please others, never taking her own initiative. I felt like screaming at the book sometimes because her actions really frustrated me. isabel and agyness were the only girls that slightly rebelled against the system in their own way, so they were by far my favourite characters. They weren’t afraid to be different, and I really admired that about them both.

I found the book absolutely fascinating to read, and I would highly recommend everyone to read this book especially if you are a feminist. It really put everything into perspective for me, and it further reinforced my feminism views. However, the storyline was a little disappointing towards the end. I thought the story had so much more potential and it didn’t really live up to the rest of the book. After finishing the book I was expecting to feel some sort of accomplishment, but that never really came. I ended up just feeling like “oh”. For that reason, I don’t think I can give it 4/5 stars, but that does not mean I didn’t enjoy reading the book, because I really really did, especially the beginning and middle!

Rating: 3/5

If you’ve read this book, let me know in the comments!

Stay beautiful,
Monisah xo

Movie review: The Scorch Trials

Firstly, I think I should start by apologising because we have been AWOL for the last couple of weeks, and we definitely owe you guys an explanation! School has begun, and it’s our last year of high school meaning we are currently preparing our university applications (eep!), leaving us with less time to work on our blog! However, apologies aside, here is this week’s post!

Over the weekend, we went to see The Scorch Trials with a couple of our friends, so I thought I’d share my comments with you guys!

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Monisah’s thoughts:
First things first, I am going to admit that I have not read the book. I did read The Maze Runner, but it didn’t really persuade me to pick up the second book. Also, I think I preferred the movie to the first book (mainly because DYLAN O’BRIEN) so I gave the second book a miss!

I don’t know what I was expecting when I walked into the movie theatre, but it certainly wasn’t that. Thomas and friends had escaped the maze, but the world outside was not what they (or I for that matter) expected. They had a couple of trust issues, which is pretty understandable considering what they’ve been through, and realised they had never really escaped “WCKD”. This leads them into the Scorch to try and find resistant fighters to help take down WCKD.

The film, much like the first, was action packed. We were thrown into the storyline during the first few minutes, which was something I really enjoyed. Nobody likes a slow movie, right? If I had to pick one word to describe this movie, it would be “intense”. Because it was. Sometimes a little too much. There were zombies, explosions and a lot of shooting which I wasn’t really prepared for. Ayesha found the intensity a bit too much so she had to go stand outside for the last 40 minutes of the show, but I managed to stay in my seat throughout the whole movie!

Just like the first movie, I thought Dylan O’Brien (Thomas), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt) and Ki Hong Lee (Minho) played their parts really well. The chemistry between them was also lovely to watch. It was one of the things I enjoyed most about the film. And, of course their faces are very pleasant to look at, which is always a plus…

Overall I did enjoy the film, however I thought the storyline was definitely a lot weaker than the first, and therefore it did not match the first film.

Rating: 3/5

Have you read the book/watched the film? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Stay beautiful,
Monisah xo

Another Book Haul!

Hello wonderful people of the internet!

I (Monisah) am here with yet another book haul.. It seems as though my ban on buying books has been well and truly flushed down the toilet! Anyways, over the past few weeks I have collected a total of 5 new books so I thought I’d share them with you guys!

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Book 1:
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
I first heard about this book from booksandquills on Youtube, and I knew I needed it on my bookshelf ASAP. The book has such an interesting idea that I’ve never read about before which is always exciting!

Book 2:
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
The movie was released not long ago, and the majority of people who have read this book seemed to enjoy it, so I picked it up!

Book 3:
Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
With the movie in cinema’s very soon, and the absolutely gorgeous cover, this book was calling my name. I’m so excited to start this one.

Book 4:
Half Bad by Sally Green
I won this book during the Blog Olympics (Yay! Thanks to the girls over at Always Opinionated Girl and An Overthinking Teenager) This book was on my TBR list so I was so excited when I found out I won!

Book 5:
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
This was the booksplosion book of the month last month, and I have heard nothing but good things. Its about time I jump on the Sophie Kinsella train.

Thank you for reading, and if you have read any of these books, let me know your opinions in the comments!

Stay beautiful,
Monisah xo

Review: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Review: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers
Publication Date: October 2015
Pages: 259

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*I was sent an uncorrected proof copy of this book by lovereading.co.uk in return for an honest review*

A thousand nights wasn’t like any other love story I’ve read before. As a retelling of Arabian Nights, it was a unique and intriguing read, and a mysterious atmosphere was prominent throughout the book.

Firstly, I am going to start by saying the beginning and the end of the book were brilliant, I couldn’t turn the page fast enough! However the middle of the book was a slightly different story. The book lost me quite a few times, and I wasn’t very motivated to pick the book up and read it. So, a book that should have taken me no time at all to finish, took me quite a while to read. As I mentioned before, there was this mysterious atmosphere that E.K. Johnston did an awesome job of continuing through the book. However, I’m not quite sure that I liked it because I was quite confused while reading the book. “Small god” magic played a big part in the book and I didn’t quite understand it, but it did become clearer towards the end.

Now that I’ve got the negatives out of the way, I’m going to start on the positives! First things first, if I am going to persuade you to read this book I have to mention the writing. E.K. Johnston has a way with words that is truly special. The writing was absolutely beautiful, and the two voices in this book were distinctly different (which makes me very happy!)

I also loved how many strong female characters there were. Although men were the dominant in society, the women really knew their worth and how strong they were. The main character (whose name was not mentioned in the book, but from further research I found was Scheherazade) was willing to sacrifice herself from Lo Melkhiin to save her sister. And her sacrifices didn’t stop there. She did everything she could to save the people she loved from Lo Melkhiin, and even wanted to save Lo Melkhiin from himself.

Which brings me on to my next character: Lo Melkhiin. He was the only character that actually had a name. Everyone else was referred to as “sister” or “mother of my heart” etc. Thinking about that now, I would have thought I’d be annoyed by that, but it added to the mysterious atmosphere and I enjoyed the originality of it. Lo Melkhiin was evil but there was something about him that made me like him. He kept the story interesting and I am still so intrigued by his character.

Another thing I loved about the book was the setting. It was set in the desert and Johnston easily transported you there. It was a unique setting for me and I really enjoyed the experience. The setting complimented the magic in the book perfectly.

Although I would have liked to see more chemistry between Lo Melkhiin and Scheherazade, and the ending was a little predictable, I did enjoy this book so I am giving it a rating of 3.75/5.

Rating: 3.75/5

Thank you for reading this everyone, and be sure to check out A Thousand Nights when it hits the shelves in October!

Stay beautiful,
Monisah xo

Paper Towns Movie Review

Hello everyone! Sorry we haven’t been posting as frequently as we would have liked, but our summer has been unexpectedly busy! Anyways, we went to see paper towns with our cousin on Thursday so I thought I would review the movie for you guys!

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I read the book a couple of years ago and I really liked it. It was a chilled easy read and I remember loving the humour in the book, so when the film came out (and Cara Delevingne was casted as Margo) I knew I had to go see it!

In a nutshell, I absolutely loved the film! The friendship between Q Ben and Radar was portrayed perfectly on screen and their humour was one of my favourite parts of the film. There were so many times I found myself laughing while watching the film, and it’s always good when a film makes you giggle.

I thought the casting was spot on. I cannot think of anyone else who could have played Q better than Nat Wolff did. He was honestly the perfect Quentin. His awkwardness and quirkiness was perfect for the role. The actors who played Ben and Radar also did a freaking awesome job. They did their characters justice. As for Margo, I’m still not sure if I like the character, but Cara portrayed Margo very well. At first I didn’t see her as Margo but now I can’t see anyone else as Margo! She was so badass and glamorous at the same time and I loved it. Also, damn that girl can act!

What I love most about the film, and the book, is the ending. It doesn’t end with Q and Margo falling in love and spending the rest of their lives together. They go their separate ways, and they drift apart like real life. The film sent out an awesome message that friends are so much more important than your love interest and sometimes people aren’t who you thought they were. Q falls in love with the idea of Margo and not Margo herself. He built up this idea that Margo was a goddess when in fact she was a human being. They didn’t fall in love in the end but that’s okay!

I would definitely recommend watching the film, it did not disappoint me! Ayesha and I have both read the book whereas my cousin hadn’t read the book but we all enjoyed the film just as much! I was quite wary going to see the film because of all the bad ratings, but honestly it was so much better than I expected it to be and I ended up LOVING the film. It definitely did the book justice so I would recommend giving this one a watch!

Thank you all for reading and if you’ve watched Paper Towns, let me know what you thought of it in the comments!

Stay beautiful,
Monisah xo

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher:
Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date:
January 3rd 2012
Pages:
387

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Goodreads Synopsis

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Ayesha’s Thoughts

I have seen this book all over BookTube and book blogs, and as it is a Cinderella retelling I had to try it out for myself! This is the fairy tale retelling that is as far from the real fairy tale as possible. For starters Cinder is a cyborg and its set in New Beijing far into the future. This is probably the most original retelling I have ever read!

From the start of the book I was absolutely captivated by the world Marissa Meyer had created. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was this engrossed in a story in this way. From the setting to the characters everything left me wanting to explore the story. I loved how there were little hints of the original fairy tale embedded into storyline, it gave a sense of familiarity to the story and honestly just made me smile!

The main character, Cinder was very likeable and I loved reading from her point of view. Her character development was very strong, and towards the end I felt as though she was a very strong minded character. I especially loved the character of Cinders android and friend Iko, who brought such a cute and funny element to the book!

The story had many twists and turns, and it was very well thought out. The story was nothing like I was expecting and so original, I think that is the reason why I loved it so much! However, I did guess the “plot twist” that we find out at the end of the book quite early on, so I am giving Cinder a rating of 4 (even though I would love to give it 5 aah). I can’t wait to carry on with The Lunar Chronicles series!

Thank you for reading! Be sure to let me know your thoughts of Cinder in the comments, and I would love to hear what your favourite fairy-tale retellings are!

Stay beautiful,

Ayesha xx