The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

🌟🌟🌟3.5/5

✨ “Somehow grasping at vanishing snowflakes is like grasping at happiness: an act of possession that instantly gives way to nothing.”

Gabriel is dead. He’s been shot five times right on his face and there’s no one to blame but the woman in front of his body with a knife in her hand. Alicia never denied the accusation. She never begged for her innocence. She remained silent. And because of her mental condition instead of being imprisoned, she was simply admitted to The Grove, a psychiatric facility in North London.

Theo Faber has always been obsessed with Alicia’s story considering his own mental health background. So, when a spot becomes available at The Grove Theo applies for it and grabs the opportunity. Theo is determined to solve Alicia’s case. Alicia loved her husband. She could die for him so what really provoked her to kill him?

✨ “No one is born evil. As Winnicott put it, “A baby cannot hate the mother, without the mother first hating her.”

The book was written with the Pov of Theo and entries of Alicia’s diary. It started slow. Remained slow till I was done with half of the book. Like, 60% of the book contained bullpoopy and not so amazing twists and turns. The characters were underdeveloped. There were some suspenses revealed here and there but they made no contribution to the main plot twist.

The last 40% of the book was unputdownable. The main plot twist was unexpected. I was like, ” Didn’t see that coming!” Of course, it couldn’t make up for the loose ends that followed but I also can’t say that my time was wasted on it.

I buddy-read this book with @that.ardent.reader. We set our expectation bar very low because the last time we buddy-read a crime thriller, we rated it 1 star.ο˜‚ So comparably this one was much better.

✨ “Perhaps some of us are simply born evil, and despite our best efforts we remain that way.”

~~~~~~~~~~That’s what she said~~~~~~~~~~

Review: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russel

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

❄ ‘”He was a grown man and you were fifteen,” she says. “What could you have possibly done to torture him?”
For a moment I’m speechless, unable to come up with an answer besides, I walked into his classroom. I existed. I was born.’

In 2000, Vanessa Wye, a lonely 15 year old, walks into the Browick boarding school where she’s more unsure od herself. So when Jacob Strane, a 42 years old English teacher, start giving her attention and compliments she believes he’s falling in love with her. From an inappropriate pat on her knee to manipulating Vanessa to his bed, Strane convinces her that she’s his soulmate.

❄ “He wants to make sure he’ll always be there, no matter what. He wants to leave his fingerprints all over me, every piece of muscle and bone.”

It’s 2017, the breaking news says Jacob Strane has been accused of sexual assault by her former student, Taylor Birch. She claims she was fourteen years old when he groped her. The #metoo movement is trending on social media and Taylor contacts Vanessa to come forward because who can understand her situation more than Vanessa, now a 32 years old woman. Vanessa, who has wrapped her entire life around Strane. She doesn’t consider herself a victim after all, you can’t rape the willing, right?

❄ “I don’t say it, but sometimes I feel like that’s exactly what he’s doing to meβ€”breaking me apart, putting me back together as someone new.”

I’m having hard time writing a review for this book. I feel I have so much to say on this topic and yet when I sit to write, I go blank. It was a really triggering book. The way Strane manipulated Vanessa in such a way that only a predator can do.

The age gap is obviously a very controversial topic, I don’t even want to get into that. It’s the manipulation that really got my mind disturbed. It’s been 2 days now and I’m still hungover on this book.

Tbh, the book was too errotic for my likeness but I’m still giving it 5 stars because the complicated topic, the poetic writing, and everything else of this book deserves it!

❄ “I just really need it to be a love story, you know? I really, really need it to be that.”

I understand that when you build your life around something you don’t want it to be villain but not realizing withing the right time you could destroy your whole life.
I really tried to understand Vanessa’s thought process and why she would blame herself for everything but it got frustrating. She remained naive throughout the 32 years of her life. I was literally screaming at her to give herself a break but nahh, the girl was completely brainwashed.

❄ “With the sun on my face and a dog at my side, I have so much capacity for good.”

Review: To Kill A Kingdom by AlexandraChristo

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟4.5/5


❄ “I have made a mistake. It started with prince, as most stories do. Once I felt the thrum of his heart beneath my fingers, I couldn’t forget it.”

The female protagonist, Lira, is a siren princess who rips out royal human princes hearts by hypnotizing them with her magical voice. A heart per birthday. She has 17 hearts under her bed so far. She’s out for her 18th heart but instead of ripping it out she saves the Midason Kingdom’s prince and in result, her no-so-mercifull mother decrees her out of the ocean in a human form, stripping her of her magic

And then comes the prince/pirate of Midasan kingdom, Elian, who saves the naked girl, floating in the middle of the ocean. He is out on a quest with his crew to find something that’ll wipe out all the sirens and bring peace for human. Lira manages to convince him that she can help him find it and from there the adventure begins.

❄ “There’s nothing in the world but pain and the rare moments that exist in between.”

The fantasy books that I’ve read before were mostly about Vampires and immortals and Harry Potter but this one was really different for me. It was a retelling of The Little Mermaid, one my favourites.

What I loved the most about this book was the witty comebacks of both the protagonists. I was actually laughing out loud reading their sarcastic remarks. Elian’s crew were another of the wonders of this book.   Although they were just supporting characters, they had important roles too if not equal. Also, a hundred plus points to the author for such strong and badass female characters.

A minus point for the writing. I didn’t like the world building. It’s of course a fiction but it also felt fake fiction. The descriptions were a little confusing too.

❄ “My monster found me and I’m going to find her right back.”

Review: Once There Was Me by Bobby Sachdeva

Book: Once There Was Me
Author: Bobby Sachdeva
Pages: 427, Ebook
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

“I crossed my street, they asked my caste.
I crossed my district, they asked my religion.
I crossed my state, they asked my language.
I became Indian, only after I crossed my country.”

Bobby, a fourteen year old, has survived the incidents that took place in 1984, regarding the anti-sikh riots. He has seen his house mobbed and his father’s factory getting burned down to a pile of ashes. The words can’t describe it. You have to live through that horror to actually feel it in your bones. To live in peace, they flee to their hometown Amritsar to encounter the same communal violence. All these incidents leave Bobby bitter from the inside but how can he give up when the life is at stake?

In the hope to build a new life, Bobby sets off to US where he sees everything that happened to him in a different light. He starts to question each religion. So many innocent lives destroyed because of this societal norm. From there, things change for Bobby. Fighting with the society and the system is easy but at least you gotta try.

Once There Was Me is a beautifully crafted semi-fiction book. The author has raised questions on religions, culture and society. Who decides what’s our religion is and why is it even needed? It simply irks me that people can treat others so violently just because he belongs to some other religion. I loved the descriptions of the author’s childhood and it really broke my heart. I can’t imagine going through something as intense as that.

Plus points:
1. It’s a real page turner book. It’s fast paced and keeps you engaged till the last page.
2. The sikh traditions were described in a very fascinating way.
3. Cover is pretty amazing and the title Once There Was Me is so apt for the book. It holds a different level of emotion to it.

“If there’s a place in the heart, a place in the house can always be found.”

Review of INKREDIA!!


Book:- Inkredia: Luwan of Brida
Author:- Sarang Mahajan
Pages:- 388
Format:- Paperback


Blurb:- When Luwan finds himself in a grave danger, he has to make a daring choice. The village that kept him safe all these years can’t protect him anymore. Either he can stay and die or he can step into the dangerous world outside and make journey to a city that will keep him and his sister safe. But there is a good chance that this journey itself will kill him. He sets out, but only to find that his peril is far greater than his calculations. He heads into a mysterious new enemy, a band of legendary assassins that are sent to bring down men of great power. Luwan is clueless why they are after his head, but they don’t offer him the luxury to find an answer to that question. He is thrown into a relentless run across a great distance. As he travels, he learns about the fascinating places in Inkredia, about powerful relics and… about the dark side of Inkredia. He faces the great force of Ilmor that gives birth to incredible nonhumans, the demons that he must face. Little does Luwan know that he is part of a great conspiracy that shall shake the entire kingdom of Fal Doram, a vast land best known as… Inkredia.

What is the force of Ilmor? Can Luwan protect his sister against such powerful enemies? Will he find answers to all the mysteries?


Review~~

So basically, this is the first book in the Inkredia series and I don’t know how many books are going to be there. The plot is very unique from any Indian or the international fantasy books that I’ve read. The names of Villages, Towns, Kingdoms and the characters were very unique and creative. Author did a very good work in the department of creativity. The story never stops to be adventurous and always keeps you on the edge even after completing the book. I wish I could give some spoilers but I cannot afford to be cursed by my own community.πŸ˜…

Narration & Language:- Both were smooth and fast paced. Language was easy although I did needed dictionary for several words but it’s nothing that one can’t understand.

Cover & Title:- Cover of this book is a mystery in itself. I had no clue WTH was Inkredia and what it meant when I picked up the book. Also, I found the mixture of color used on the cover very attractive.


“Courage comes in all forms – Only the bravest of all steady themselves and wait for the right time to act.”


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Review of “That Thing About You” by Abhaidev.


Book: That Thing About You
Author:- Abhaidev
Pages:- 229
Format:- Paperback


Blurb:- Subodh, a regular IT employee, is perceived as an immature man by everyone, but he isn’t bothered until his love interest rejects him citing the same. Although dejected and crestfallen, he soon befriends an unusual, mysterious woman who knows everything about him and seems to have all the answers.
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Soon, his life goes through a lot of unexpected turnsβ€”from doubting his sanity and visiting a psychologist to a failed arranged marriage attempt made by his parents. Everything in his life seems to be in fast-forward mode. One thing that does not change, however, is this unusual β€œfriend” of his who refuses to reveal her identity and chooses to appear at her whim. .
Who is this mysterious woman? Why is she prying into his life? Where will this strange friendship lead him?


Review~~
☘️ “That Thing About You” is just another love story until the real twist hits plot. In the beginning the book is very slow, if you ask me, but once you’ve survived that part, you’d be hooked and determined to finish the whole book in one sitting.

☘️ The plot it powerful. The interesting philosophical narration will keep you intact in your position. I must say the character development was quite impressive. The timing and events were quite nice too.

☘️ Cover of this book shows a woman’s and a man’s hands tied together. It says a lot about the storyline. Just like the cover, Subodh is tied to this mysterious woman voice. He just can’t get away from it.

☘️ It’s a good paranormal book written by an Indian author. I’d recommend it to the lovers of this genre.

My Rating:- 🌟🌟🌟🌟4/5

Qotd:- Do you fantasize to witness something paranormal in your life? Tell me in the comment section😊


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Review of The Guernsey Literary and The Potato Peel Pie Society.

Hey bookish peoples, my first review!!


Book:- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Author:- Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Pages:- 272


Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.


Blurb:-

It’s 1946. The war is over, and Juliet Ashton has writer’s block. But when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second hand book – she enters into a correspondence with him, and in time with all the members of the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Through their letters, the society tell Juliet about life on the island, their love of books – and the long shadow cast by their time living under German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for the island, changing her life forever.


Review~~

☘️ It’s an another 5 star read of this year. You’d actually feel very happy while reading this book, for no apparent reason. I couldn’t relate to the character regarding the war related sufferings but the habits and Hobie’s were relatable. The author tried her very best to present a vivid picture of everything and was mostly successful in her job.

☘️ I think this book will very much be alive in the hearts of its readers for a longtime. The experience the people had during war time was heart shattering. The family and friends they lost, the starvation, the joy they felt at the time of British invasion against the Germans. It was all so heart breaking yet presented in such a witty way that your eyes will be moist with an easy smile on your face.

☘️ I loved the character of Elizabeth McKenna, the girl whose biography Juliet was suppose to write. And also the bubbly nature of Miss Isola Pribby, the best hostess ever. Also, i found an older book boyfriend in Dawsey Adams.

☘️ I loved the part how The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society cam into existence and how it developed and changed its members life for the better. The only thing I hated about this is that it ended.

☘️ It’s must read for all the book lovers. Also for those who never read a single book in their life — This is the book that’ll make you fall in love with books.


“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books”


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Five Confessions of my Bookish Being…

Hola, lovely bookish and other communities too. So I’ve finally decided to start my own blog and as you can see, this is my first blog post. This is going to be a small post and please don’t hate me after reading it (if you bother to read my confessions at all). I can be a bit boring sometimes but bear with me…

5 Bookish Confessions that’ll make other book lovers hate me:-

.#1 I sometimes lie that have read a particular book a million times when in real, I’ve only watched the movie a million times. For example, The Hunger Game series or Divergent.


#2. I often dog ear my books when I can’t find a bookmark or anything else near me and desperately need to do something or go somewhere which includes leaving the book alone. I also do this while traveling because I’m afraid of losing my bookmarks.


#3. Sometimes when like a shoe or dress so much that instead of buying books I go for the former. (Yeah, I know that’s pathetic)


#4. My Goodreads challenge says I’ve read 33 books out of 60 but at least 5-6 of them were poetry books with not more than 50 pages. So I don’t know if that counts as a whole book.


#5. This one is serious. I don’t know why but I’ve been losing interest in some of the things I like the most. Like, I used to draw and I haven’t been drawing since a couple of months now. And I used to read 5 books a month but this month I only read 2 books even though I wasn’t busy. I don’t want to lose my interest in these two thing coz’ I love them so much but somehow I am.


I hope you’ve read all of it and didn’t just skimmed through it. Sorry, I’m doubting your loyalty but I’m new, right? And you guys are not obliged to hear me out. Ughhh…now I’m blabbing nonsense. So guys, that’s all for today. Welcome me, show some love.😊❀️

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