TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BY JOHN GREEN | BOOK REVIEW 



*Blurb*

Sixteen Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

*My thoughts*

I was quite concerned about Aza’s anxiety and mental health being Romanticized (which I’ve seen in many books btw)  but THANK GOD that was not the case. 

So, surprisingly enough, I loved this book. I found Aza to be  raw, real and a relatable character. She does not get better or her mental health is not cured completely, her anxiety and obsessive thoughts are a constant battle for her and it is a continuous problem during the whole story, which makes sense because Aza’s mental illness is a constant and unrelenting problem. It will take time to get better, it Is not something which goes away one fine morning. 

There are some graphic scenes, which are disturbing but show the ugly and real side of the illness. 

One of the challenges with pain – physical or psychic – is that we can really only approach it through a metaphor.  

I really liked how all those around Aza were  portrayed. Her bestfriend Daisy, was very understanding and supportive of her but at the end of the day,  she is human and it is not easy when your loved ones have a mental health problem. Her way of Coping was exactly how a teenager would react. Her relationship with her mother and the ongoing investigation which ends in her being friends with Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.  Overall, the relationships are not overall negative or filled with unicorns and rainbows. They’re how it’s supposed to be. 

The story line was simple. There were not so many elements in it. Everything just fit perfectly. 

The writing is my FAVOURITE PART. I was literally marking each and every line with a pencil, because obviously John Green knows exactly what to say at that exact moment.

Nobody ever says anything is too bad to be true. 

Also, the ending. I was really scared that it’s going to be some happy clichéd ending but I was not disappointed at all! 

I LOVED this book, and I have to say this one was by far the best work of John Green. The mental illness is sad, frustrating, brutal but not hopeless. 

Pick up and read. You won’t be disappointed. 5 stars. 

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COLORFUL NOTIONS (The Road trippers 1.0) | BOOK REVIEW 

Title : Colorful Notions,  Roda trippers 1.0
Author : Mohit Goyal 

Pages: 200

Genre: Contemporary, travel fiction 

Published on: 1 November ,  2016

Goodreads Ratings: 3.78

My Ratings : 4 Stars 

Blurb from the book 

Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometers across india? Just for fun!

Three twenty-somethings dare to do just that! While the two boys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their entire journey on a handy cam.

Ab, Sasha and Unnati are ordinary youngsters, rendered special by the feat they accomplish. As they recount their adventures, I crave to live their journey.

They look at each other with a glint in their eyes, as if refurbishing those memories while narrating their spooky time at Bhangarh Fort, strange escapades at Wagah Border and Sundarbans, car breakdowns, wild animals, near-death experiences and highway robbers! It’s nothing less than crazy.

I doubted if I’d ever have the gumption to create such experiences. So I did the next best thing – I penned a book about them, and their roadtrip.

Colorful Notions is a journey of three young hearts on the Indian terrain and into the inner recesses of their souls, giving a new perspective to relationships,love and life. 

MY THOUGHTS 

This is a travel story revolving around 3 friends,  Abhay, Sashank and Unnati,  who have decided to go roadtripping across India,  covering 25 states. During their journey,  Abhay recorded their entire journey on a handy cam and Unnati gave voice over for his short film.  


This is  very adventurous,  yet lighthearted and funny.  The characters are beautifully drawn,  relatable and realistic.  

The details about different places seems like the author did his part of research pretty well. 

As they move on with their journey,  they go through difficult and mesmerizing experiences,  such that you would want to go on a trip just like this one! 

As we move forward,  we discover things about the characters,  and how their story will come to conclusion keep the book interesting.  

All in all,  this is a short book,  perfect for travelers,  or basically anyone who loves to read a light,  yet fun filled story with the right amount of humor in it! 

Thankyou so much writers melon 

for providing me with a review copy.  

BOOKS TO READ DURING THE HOLIDAYS! 

Holla everyone! I’m finally done with my exams and I cannot wait to dive in my pile of books! 

So since we’re all done with our exams and we are free and it’s winter and HOLIDAY SEASON,  I have for you all some amazing books to read during this time.

Its December and it will be cold,  and I personally love to snuggle into my bed with a hot cup of tea and a good book to read. Yes..  That’s the dream :”) 

1. THE NIGHTINGALE BY KRISTIN HANNAH 


This book is a historical fiction set in world War II.  It talks about how we forget the contributions of women during war, it’s heartbreaking, it’s beautiful,  the writing is amazing and we have love,  relationships,  and Sacrifice.  This book is so good and if you haven’t already go check it out and buy it and read it. GO.  

2. CLIFTON CHRONICLES BY JEFFREY ARCHER 


This is a 7 books series and what is holiday season without binge reading an amazing series back to back!? This series is a family drama,  emotional,  political and super thrilling.  It talks about 3 main characters,  Harry,  Emma and Giles and OMG I love these characters so so much.  This is a character driven world,  we follow their lives right from the start till the end. The story telling is the best I have ever read.  I would love it if you guys just read the first book (only time will tell) because  that’s all you need to fall in love with everything about this series.  Jeffrey Archer did such a great job,  and the publishers,  Pan Macmillan (India)  were so nice to send me the last book.  The series is my Bae,  my baby and I love it.

3. BURIAL RITES BY HANNAH KENT 


This book is based on the actual historic event that occurred in 1830s where a women is condemned to death for murdering her lover, which was the last capital punishment in Iceland. I finished this book last night and oh my heart.  I did not expect it to be so beautiful and heartbreaking.  This book is so atmospheric,  you’ll definitely feel like you’re in Iceland and the writing is beautiful.  The characters are perfectly drawn and I felt like they spoke to me.  I don’t want to give out too much because the beauty of the story is basically losing yourself and finding out what’s happening in layers. You won’t be disappointed.  

4.  THE VEGETARIAN BY HAN KANG 


I honestly don’t know where to start but yeah this book is weird and eerie and twisted and complicated.  It is about this woman who has a dream and since then she has stopped eating meat.  The best part about this is that it’s s told from 3 perspectives none of which is the woman  herself.  It’s hardly 200 pages long and it’s just weird but I loved it.  What happens in this book can happen to anyone and it also touches about how they deal with the consequences of the choices they make. Damn. 

  So for now this is it.  I’ll be back with another interesting post soon. Until then add these books to your TBR and quickly dive into them. 

Happy reading! 

THE ONE MAN BY ANDREW GROSS |BOOK REVIEW 


Title : The One Man 


Author : Andrew Gross 

Pages: 412

Publisher: Pan Macmillan 

Published on: August 23, 2016

Genre: Historical And Thriller

Goodreads rating: 4.34

~Synopsis ~

1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendl is separated from his family and sent to the men’s camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life’s work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge. Knowledge that could start a war, or end it.

Nathan Blum works behind a desk at an intelligence office in Washington, DC, but he longs to contribute to the war effort in a more meaningful way, and he has a particular skill set the U.S. suddenly needs. Nathan is fluent in German and Polish, he is Semitic looking, and he proved his scrappiness at a young age when he escaped from the Polish ghetto. Now, the government wants him to take on the most dangerous assignment of his life: Nathan must sneak into Auschwitz, on a mission to find and escape with one man.


~My Thoughts ~

This is a historical fiction + thriller in which a rescue mission is being planned to get Professor Alfred Mendl from a camp in Auschwitz and bring him to America.  Nathan Blum is given this mission,  who has a history of escaping from under the nose of the Nazi government.  

This book is so so good, it’s  fast paced and kept me on the edge throughout.  I have read many books set in world War II but this book is so unique and the whole concept is different.  Sneaking into a camp which is guarded by nazi government and then  getting a man from the camp,  is not easy to write about,  but the author has done a fantastic job.  He made it look so real.  I was literally transported to this world ,  I felt so much for all the characters. The character development was perfect as we see how Alfred Mendl and Nathan Blum find each other and whether or not they will make it out of the prison.  

The writing is descriptive but only when it was needed. The chapters are short,  ending at cliffhanger sometimes. It also has some scientific formulas and touch to it,  which doesn’t seem confusing at all.  

The book first starts in the present where there is an old man who is telling a story to his daughter ,  and then the story is transported to the past when the actual mission occurs. Only in the end do we get to know who this old man is ,  and all our questions are answered .  

The last 100 pages kept me up at night and well ,  this book broke my heart into tiny little pieces ,  so obviously I cried .  🙂 

All in all,  this is a book for historical fiction lovers and for those who love to read thrillers.  It will definitely make your heart race.  Do give it a try and before you know it,  you’ll be halfway through the story.  

I gave this book a 5/5 stars.  Definitely one of the best books I read this year .  

I was given a copy by   Pan Macmillan India to give an unbiased review. 

X by Sue Grafton | Book Review 

Title : X 
Author : Sue Grafton 

Pages: 492

Publisher: Pan Macmillan 

Published on: August 11, 2016

Genre: Crime and Mystery 


“In hindsight, I marvel how clueless I was

.. What I ask myself even now is whether I should have picked up the truth any faster than I did.,  which was not nearly fast enough.” 


~Synopsis ~

A glamorous red head wants to locate the son she put up for adoption thirty two years ago –  an easy two hundred bucks for people. I. Kinsey Millione. But when kinsey finds she was paid with market bills,  and her client is nowhere to be found,  it becomes clear the mystery woman has something to hide. 

Meanwhile, in helping the window of an old friend,  the recently murdered P. I. Pete Wolinksy, with some paperwork,  Kinsey uncovers a link between the late investigator and an unhinged man with a history of running lives. 

As Kinsey investigates this sociopath further,  she soon becomes his next target.  Now Kinsey must prove her case against him,  before she becomes his next victim.  

~My thoughts ~

The story starts off with a prologue,  narrated in third person,  about a female named Teddy Xanakis and her problems with her husband Ari, and how this may include Kinsey Millhone.

Then the story changes to first person told from Kinsey’s perspective who is a private investigator.  Kinsey is given an assignment from a lady who wants to locate her son she had put up for adoption long back.  Along with this,  she is helping her colleague’s widow with putting together some files where she finds something offbeat.  We also read about her new neighbors and her landlord,  Henry’s attemp with water conservation in grave detail.  All this happening at once,  which I thought was put up in a very strategic and clean manner.  

The author has released 23 books before featuring Kinsey Millhone,  and I was a bit apprehensive at first since I didn’t know anything about the characters and had no background knowledge.  However,  this was resolved from the very first page,  we get to know about Kinsey and her life a little, with a great introduction to the story. 

But after 80 pages or so,  it looses it’s pace where Kinsey describes each and everything in detail and it got a bit hard for me to keep on reading, but the story line was so good that I had to know the conclusion.  

I personally liked the characters, especially Kinsey,  who is smart,  Witty,  sarcastic and curious. Her relationship with others is also well developed throughout the book.

The author ends the book quite abruptly which will make me pick up her next book.  The only problem I had with the book was how slow it got in between.  

If you’re the type of person who like to sit back and enjoy your crime thriller slowly and in detail,  then this may be the book for you.  

I gave it 3/5 stars. 

I was provided with a review copy by Pan Macmillan India to give an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

 

THE NIGHTINGALE BY KRISTIN HANNAH 


~Synopsis~

​Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. 
As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

~My Review~

Man.  What can I say.  This was probably the best book I read this year.  So this review  is going to be pretty informal because I NEED everyone to read this book.  

This is a story set in France about two sisters during world War II. Isabelle is a rebellious one who wants to do something for her country,  while Vianne is a bit careful with  whatever she does while the war is taking over.  

The writing style of this story  is so gripping.  I could not put it down at all, and I read it in a day! It was fast paced with so many twists and heart wrenching episodes.  Wow.  This book is soooo goood. 

The story line is I think the best thing about this book.  You know historical fiction,  sisterly love , romance,  patriotism,  adventure,  love,  sacrifice,  AND BASICALLY WAR SO ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.  SERIOUSLY.  

IT BROKE MY HEART INTO TINY LITTLE PEICES AND MADE ME CRY AND LAUGH AND  FEEL SO MANY THINGS ALTHOGETHER.

This is one of those books where I cannot just properly tell you about the story because I can’t.  It’s so good.  1000 stars! 

This book is love.  Read it.  Please.  

On reading Harry Potter for the first time 

I am 20 years old and I just started reading Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling 2 months ago.  

Once I started with the first book,  many people were asking me why am I  even reading the books. They said I could just watch the movies and perhaps it’s a children’s book.  I didn’t really give them an explanation though.  I have been waiting to read this series all my life and I will read them no Matter what.

I don’t know the whole story but I have seen the first 4 movies and I do know about some climax scenes,  But I don’t care at all about this and won’t let this come in my way of reading the one series I have been dreaming of since I was a kid.  
But I made it clear that I’ll buy the first editions of the books and only then,  I will start it. Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on the first edition and at last I started reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on July 5th,  2016. 

I have read the first two books till  now and honestly,   it was a whole another experience for me.  

I know this might sound silly,  but I used to think about how the books may turn out to be,  or how I’ll feel about it or how I will share about my experience but I have to say,  it’s different.  

When I was reading the first book I felt a bit homely? Like I was reading this  book for the first time,  still all this felt so familiar,  the characters, this world,  everything about this book made me feel like home (well obviously not because I had seen the movie but you get it). 

I felt so bad in the beginning and hated The Dursleys, loved when Hagrid comes for Harry and got goosebumps when he said,  “yer a wizard,  Harry”,  “I’m a what?”.  (absolutely loved that scene!). There is something about the writing. It’s so inviting and simple and addictive.  

I read the second book after two months and completed it in a day and now I’m craving for the third book!   But I will wait at least for a month because honestly I don’t want the series to end that quickly.  

I equally loved the second book and what can I say? I’m so happy I finally started reading this series.  :”) 

So I want to say one thing,  it’s definitely not just a children’s book.  It’s so much more.  There’s friendship,  hardwork,  secrets,  and most of all it feels so original that you have to read it atleast once in your life.  

I would really love to share my whole experience while reading the series here,  and hopefully I will.  But this is not a review of Harry Potter or anything like that.  This is just a simple hearty note from a fan who just waited a little longer to experience the magic.