Book Talk [#23]|Adventures In Farland by Moshank Relia

I want to thank @thebookplanetpr on instagram for giving me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review

 

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Book Information

Pages: 70

Format: E-book

Book Birthday: October 19 2017

Genre: Children’s book, adventure

Synopsis

Mira Rawat has heard tales of Farland all her life from her mother, who has described the magical place of gnomes, fairies, mermaids and animals, and especially its wondrous festival, the New Moon Party. Now, Mira has been informed by a man named Bushy that she has been invited by Princess Harmonica to attend the party. Bushy also uses a spell to turn her two friends, the mischievous and vexing boys, Bira and Vira, into rats so that they will not disturb the other party guests with their constant fighting and misbehaviour. At midnight, Mira, with Bira and Vira snuggled in her pocket, climbs Gunhill and is picked up by the pilot Starhead and flown in his plane to the party. However, the flight is cut short by a terrible wind, and Starhead is forced to land his plane near the Lost Forest. There, Mira discovers that Farland is in great jeopardy. Another Farland resident, Windman, has been generating great windstorms to prevent the Queen of Witches from reaching Dragon Hill. She intends to release the Dragon of Underhill, chained in its den beneath Dragon Hill, so that Farland will be burned and completely destroyed.  ©goodreads

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One liner thought: A lucky girl who got a chance to live the childhood story her mother told her .(Yes,  I’m a jealous adult here. )

A short children read. I don’t read children’s book until now and from reading this I want to read more.

This is an adventure of Mira in Farland. it has an Alice in wonderland and wizard of of vibes. the magical place where I dreamed to go when I was a kid, that’s farland.

The writing style is good I was easily got into the story and the place and the youngest books I used to read was middle grade. This book opened my childhood imagination again, the good feeling of having an adventure while reading Peter Pan or some fairytale.

Mira, a great character. A brave responsible girl. I love her when she thought about her mother’s shop before coming to Farland. She can be every little girls bestfriend.

A cute and lovable book for kids and kids at heart.

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-Ellie 💕

 

 

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Book Talk [#22]| Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Pages: 316

Book Birthday: February 14 2012

Synopsis:

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels. ©goodreads

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One Liner Review: DROP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING AND READ THIS!

I never thought I would read this. And I never thought, this will give an impact to my life.

I admit I read this because I watched the trailer of the movie and it made me cry. Just the trailer! Watch it here.

I read this in a 24 hour readthon. I read the hobbit and I don’t know what to read. It was midnight, I wanted a light read and I get what I want.

Auggie is so funny, and smart. I want to hug him and tell him that he is beautiful and brave. I want to protect him from Julian and his mom. I can’t believe she photoshop Auggie’s photo.

I’m so proud to those people who stand up with Auggie, who stick by his side. Summer and Jack, they are the bestest friends.

The way R.J wrote this book from different perspective on how they look at Auggie and how they love him no matter what. And how their emotions towards him is raw with flaws but they still chose to love him.

While reading this book, I feel everything. All the emotions. Scared for Auggie , inspired, brave and grateful for what I have, my looks, family, friends.

This is not only for middle grade kids. This is perfect for all of us. An inspiration and beautiful story of a boy, with a beautiful mind and heart that is always judge by his looks.

Wonder tells us that kindness is ageless and faceless.

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Book Talk [#21]| Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Check out my book talk of The Diviners before jumping in here!Book Talk [#20]|The Diviners by Libba Bray

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Pages: 613

Book Birtday:August 25 2015

Synopsis:

The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City. ©goodreads

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One line review: The Diviners was good. This was meh.

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This is include into my halloween reads and I also thought this is a horror-esque book. For what I know a halloween/horror read should be scary not 2 sweethearts playing around (sorry sam and evie).

It was better at first because I didn’t read too much Evie, she’s still annoying and we have a new character, Ling! She is a dreamwalker, I want that power! I was excited about her being in the story. She was smart and cool, I ship him with Henry, though he is gay. #gaycrush

We have the sleeping sickness which is the only scary part because I always sleep. And it that’s real, I will be the first one to die if I’m not already dead.

As the story progressed, It became slower. Slower than the first book. I was at the half of the book and I still don’t have a good scene aside from Sam being Sam.

It was lacking, I don’t know if it’s the details or world bulding but there is some lacking. And being a horror read.

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As part of the halloween reads. I would like to list down the thing/s or moment/s that gave me
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•When they saw a ghost in veil and full of blood. If I saw that in my dreams I will never sleep.
•Zombie-esque bad ghosts
•Sleeping Sickness. Like I said because I always sleep.

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Booksmashed Recommends| Halloween Reads

Halloween is just around the corner and most readers now read creepy and horror books. Here are my recommendations on what books you can read for the halloween!

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1. The Diviners Series by Libba Bray
if you want ghost, evil stuff and people with psychic powers. This is perfect for you. It has a blend of horror, history (set in 20s) and also has comedy and romance to balance it. I’m still reading the second book The Lair of Dreams but the first book took my breath away literally that some scenes are so intense and scary I couldn’t breath.

93782972. Anna Dressed in Blood Duology by Kendare Blake
If you still want a romance in a horror novel. You should read this. This is a love story between a beoy and a girl ghost who kills people when they enter her house. Yep, pretty much it.

download-73. Asylum by Madeleine Roux
This is one of the scariest and thrilling books I read so far. It also has scary pictures inside that adds up the scary level of this book. Imagine that you are going to sleep in a former asylum facility where they treat or torture people with a murderer/serial killer on the move. I don’t volunteer as a tribute. Yikes.

download-84. Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Museum by Candace Robinson
If you want a twisted and gore fairytale and legend retelling, read this. Here, Snow White kills the seven dwarves and many more creepy scenes that will ruin you childhood.

download-65. Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins
Pyschological- thriller novel that will wreck your brain. This will challenge you sanity as you ask what is happening to the world while reading this book. The plot twist are insane, it can make you go crazy.

There are a lot of scary, thrilling, creepy, weird but beautiful books. All we have to do is to widen our horizon. They also say getting scared makes you thin.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

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Book Talk [#20]|The Diviners by Libba Bray

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Pages: 578,

Book Birthday: September 18, 2012

Genre: Horror, Mystery YA

Synopsis:

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened. ©goodreads

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Good start for halloween reads this October.
I just want you to know that I just finished the book and regretting finishing it at 1 in the morning (school night) so yeah, probably I won’t be getting any sleep today.

Let’s start this.

I’m not a fan of historical setting novels because I keep on imagining the present and this is set on 20’s, the problem is I don’t know what the 20’s looked like. I didn’t imagine their dresses and even the world in that time. I reay want to but I just can’t.

The mystery surrounding everything. The Diviners, themselves being introduced individually even though the spot light went to Evie, which sometimes annoys me. The first book is just like a sneak peek on what’s is about to happen in the next book. And I’m excited to know more about them and how they will get together. I’m thinking about x-men and I don’t know why.

Though it was somehow a horror read. It has romance, comedy, mystery, horror. It is balanced that you can easily forget you just read about something scary because the next scene was something lighter. It was well-balanced.

 

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As part of the halloween reads. I would like to list down the thing/s or moment/s that gave me
goosebumps.
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•Whenever Naughty Jhonny comes to kill. That gives me creeps everytime. I imagine what he looks like, I’m cursing my brain for being too imaginative.
•Naughty Jhonny song. I will run when I heard that song specially the whistle. I can still hear it in my brain and this will be the reason why I won’t get enough sleep until next week.
•When Evie was in the Knowles End and Naughty Jhonny was there. The scene almost killed me. I was holding my breath as if I was the one hiding from him.
•EVERYTHING ABOUT NAUGHTY JHONNY.

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NaNoWriMo Prep| Week 1

First week of NaNoWrimo Prep, for the whole October all nanowrimo participants who chose to be a planner, they plan in the month of October before the start of the month long novel writing. As a pantser, the first novel I written was spontaneous, and I’m fortunate to have my mind working with my creativity that time. Now, I’m pretty much nervous on how my new novel will come up.

For the first week, of course a writer needs to have an idea, even just a hint of idea of what he will going to write. The problem is, I have sh*t tons of ideas in my mind. Robots, zombie apocalypse, sirens, and a lot more. I don’t know what to write.  Then I realized my 2015 novel was only the first book and it needs to have a continuation, and for the last two years, I was not able to write different story because I was still in the world of that novel. I had an urge to finish it, but I don’t have the courage to.

I decided for the whole month of October while preparing myself for NaNoWriMo, I would also finish my first draft of my 2015 NaNoWrimo work and also to refresh myself. It’s been two years. Then for my 2017 Nanowrimo work, It would be the seuqel of the 2015 novel.

I will tell what the synopsis of the book on the next update of NaNoWriMo Prep.

 

Hint: Angels

Book Talk [#19]: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

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Pages: 713, paperback

Book Birthday: April 1, 2006

Synopsis:

An ancient secret brotherhood.
A devastating new weapon of destruction.
An unthinkable target…

When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol — seared into the chest of a murdered physicist — he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati… the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has surfaced from the shadows to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy… the Catholic Church.

Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican’s holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces he has hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.

Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even to the heart of the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair… a secret location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

An explosive international thriller, Angels & Demons careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war. ©goodreads

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This is my first adult fiction in mystery? genre. I’m more on fantasy and contemporary young adult kind of reader. Reading this was an adventure and I don’t know what I’m about to get. I’m surprised that I liked it.

I watched the movie years ago but some scenes never left my mind and kept on rewinding while I was reading this. Somehow, it was quite easy to imagine the place if it were seen on the movie.

I imagined Robert Langdon looks younger than his age, I didn’t know why. I remembered him as the actor but something was corrupting my brain and kept on imagining different face. I haven’t read The Davinci Code but I watched a part of it. It was interesting. The conspiracies going around about Illuminati and I kept on wondering if illumanti is real or not.

The fight of science against religion that is somehow still happening right now. It was fascinating to learn a lot about life from two different perspectives.

This is a big and beautiful, well detailed. I was intimidated at first but when you start reading, you just kept on going. The mysteries and controversies surrounding the story and the book itself. The 713 pages was worth it.

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Bookish Quest| NaNoWriMo 2017

nano_logo-830912ef5e38104709bcc38f44d20a0d.pngNational Novel Writing Month or famously known as NiNoWriMo. This an annual writing event every November, wherein the participants need to have 50000 words in a month (that’s a lot). It is open for professional and amateur writers (like me!). People around the globe help each other in finishing the 50,000 words goal at the end of the month, a writer can communicate with other writers and NaNoWriMo gives pep talks and motivations for you to not give up on your story.

This is my 2nd participation in NaNoWriMo, the last was two years ago and I almost made it to 50,000 if I didn’t procastinate a two days before the deadline. I had 47,000+ on my word count. I thought I was going to make it, actually I write almost 6,000 words in a day to catch up but almost was never enough, though I love the story I made and I’m proud of it.

The next year, 2016. I tried. AGAIN. This time I am a planner not a pantser than the previous year. I planned everything throughout October. I was so ready, that all I need was a pen and a paper and the annoucement but school was killing me those times, and I didn’t got a chance to even start it.

SO….This year, I will try it again.  I had some ideas about the plot and how the story will go. Now, I will start My bookish quest with you guys and I’ll post some developments here every week.

And those who also write for NaNoWriMo, Let’s be friends! 😊

MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN OUR FAVOR.

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tbr|OCTOBER 2017

Fall is coming! And so is Halloween! So here are my spooky and scary reads for October 2017!

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Synopsis: Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened. ©goodreads

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Synopsis: The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.

Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.

As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?

In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City. ©goodreads

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Synopsis: The Prince of Darkness has been given one last shot at redemption, provided he can live out a reasonably blameless life on earth. Highly sceptical, naturally, the Old Dealmaker negotiates a trial period – a summer holiday in a human body, with all the delights of the flesh.

The body, however, turns out to be that of Declan Gunn, a depressed writer living in Clerkenwell, interrupted in his bath mid-suicide. Ever the opportunist, and with his main scheme bubbling in the background, Luce takes the chance to tap out a few thoughts – to straighten the biblical record, to celebrate his favourite achievements, to let us know just what it’s like being him.

Neither living nor explaining turns out to be as easy as it looks. Beset by distractions, miscalculations and all the natural shocks that flesh is heir to, the Father of Lies slowly begins to learn what it’s like being us. ©goodreads

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Synopsis: Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down. ©goodreads

 

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