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Book Review: A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George

This is one book which came highly recommended by my book-reading-group-member-turned-new-friend Addy. And I was so happy once I started reading it that I completed it quickly. You know I have a very bad habit of reading two or more books simultaneously but once I started this book, I was so focused on finding what actually happened with the murder and what was happening with the detectives (ok, ignore the part that I was reading in between 1000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford but very very slowly for it was accessible on my mobile and this one, I was reading on my Kindle. But hey, the one by Ross Welford is another great book whose review here will follow soon, very soon). Though the crude murder mystery solving made me suffer a night or two, if you are not easily affected by murders, you should read this book. And if otherwise, give this book a skip and read the next ones in this series, I am sure you would love Inspector Lynley, the main protagonist of this series.

The way Elizabeth George has described the scenes creates an aura of such great visualization of the country but at the same time not make it feel superfluous at all. In fact, as my dear friend Addy says, the people have such great meat on the bones, such characterization of British times (yes, it is a historical murder mystery) that it feels you are transported as one of the witnesses of what is happening in the book around you. And it also reminds me of the setup of Agatha Christie‘s Miss Marple series (by the way, I am a big fan of Agatha Christie books and as the reviews posted on my blog will show the count of her books being 20+).

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Book blurb:
To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale’s lush green valleys. Three hundred years ago, as legend goes, the frightened Yorkshire villagers smothered a crying babe in Keldale Abbey, where they’d hidden to escape the ravages of Cromwell’s raiders.

Now into Keldale’s pastoral web of old houses and older secrets comes Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton. Along with the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, Lynley has been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father’s headless corpse. Her first and last words were “I did it. And I’m not sorry.”

Yet as Lynley and Havers wind their way through Keldale’s dark labyrinth of secret scandals and appalling crimes, they uncover a shattering series of revelations that will reverberate through this tranquil English valley—and in their own lives as well.
About the author:

Elizabeth George is the New York Times and internationally best selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her crime novels have been translated into 30 languages and featured on television by the BBC. She is also the author of a young adult series set on the island where she lives in the state of Washington.

A longtime instructor of creative writing, she has taught at colleges, universities, writers’ retreats, and conferences internationally. She is the recipient of the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, France’s Grand Prix di Literatture Policiere, and Germany’s MIMI. She has twice been nominated for an Edgar Award, and she is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of humane letters from California State University Fullerton, and an honorary MFA from Northwest Institute of Language Arts (Whidbey Island MFA Program).

Website: elizabethgeorgeonline.com
Twitter: @LynleyMysteries

Rating: 9/10
Genre:Mystery Thriller
Book Name:A Great Deliverance
(Inspector Lynley #1)
Author:Elizabeth George
Pages:413
Publication Year:1988
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Book Review: Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

Book Review Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

With the way, I had written the review of Anne of Green Gables, the same way I am penning down the review of Anne of Avonlea this time. Since I am writing a poem or a verse after so long, please ignore the rhyming or such thereby:

Anna with an ‘e’, it seems she has settled down
As the favorite teacher of all
But her imagination still runs wild
Wild in the dreamy sort of way one who knows such things would love

Anne evokes love and respect among most
But is she not still a kid herself at such a tender age of sweet sixteen
And oh my my, what do we see
She has adopted the twins who keeps her hands full

There are friends aplenty, the same ones she had before
And a few new ones enchanted by her
She is vivacious, the charm of all gatherings
With such modesty that is natural to her

She makes her mind at A.V.I.S, you want to know what it is?
And if she will find her prince charming, the image of bookish perfect guy
What, I am not giving any more away
Pick up this one and start right away, but only after you have read Anne of Green Gables

Book Blurb:
A “kindred spirit” of readers around the world

At sixteen, Anne is both exhilarated and slightly terrified to be teaching at the Avonlea schoolhouse. But she’s determined to win the heart of every student–especially troublemaker Anthony Pye. After all, she still knows a thing or two about troublemaking herself…

With rambunctious six-year-old twins staying at Green Gables, a village “improvement” project that goes disastrously wrong, and her college entrance exams to study for, Anne will more than have her hands full. At least her best friend Diana and tormentor-turned-ally, the dashing Gilbert Blythe, will be there to help see her through.

Inspiring the dreamer in all of us, Anne is hailed as a favorite by everyone from Mark Twain to Duchess Kate.

About the author:
The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald in Prince Edward Island. Her three children were born at Leaskdale, and she wrote close to a dozen books.

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: Anne of Avonlea
(Anne of Green Gables #2)
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Pages: 191
Publication Year: 1909

Book Review: Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

When you unexpectedly get a book as a gift, that too without an occasion, it proves you just have the right set of friends. Just kidding, it only proves that your friend is awesome. It so happened that in my reading group, an acquaintance of mine had mentioned that he had received a book as a gift from someone, and since there is only one friend of mine Kshama (my school-time friend) who have till date given a book to me without any occasion, it was my duty to tag her to remind her to do the same again. Mean of me, no? But she is so nice she actually couriered one to me and I clicked the pic as a proof as soon as I received the same. And hear this, she had not even read the book and sent to me for my feedback, so she can buy later on. And the mean girl I am, I asked her to keep up this spirit and keep on sending me books out of her big TBR.

Now, since I am on a no shopping spree for book, a gift of physical book was just the right gift for me. So, hey you all, who know me, if you want your name mentioned on my blog and be popular, please do do do send me a book asap. See see, I have put all this in bold, so that no one misses this point.

Now, back to the book, I like the way, it starts with a non-fictional touch to this fictional story. And the way Nicholas Sparks writes, as you all already know, with a big dose of romance, my heart was set to completing it in the exact right pace, no hurry hurry, but just slow and sweet. Sample these lines (ah, I am falling in love with the writer):

Falling in love is the easy part; making that love last amid life’s varied challenges is an elusive dream for many.

Meeting you and falling in love with you was an experience I would relive a thousand times in a thousand different lives, if I was ever given that chance.

I have not yet completed the book, but I am so hooked that I just wanted to pen down my thoughts. If I change my views by the end of this book, I will add a edit note at the end of this review.

Keep watching my blog for more book reviews.

Book blurb:
In the romantic tradition of The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with a story about a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals — transcending decades, continents, and the bittersweet workings of fate.

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she’s been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family’s cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.

Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother’s early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . . but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.

Illuminating life’s heartbreaking regrets and enduring hope, Every Breath explores the many facets of love that lay claim to our deepest loyalties — and asks the question, How long can a dream survive?

About the author:
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), and the list goes on. Many of his books have already been adapted into movies.

Website: nicholassparks.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/NicholasSparks
Twitter: @NicholasSparks

Rating: 9/10

 

Genre: Romance
Book Name: Every Breath
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Pages: 408
Publication Year: 2018

Book Review: All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg

A disclaimer before you read my review: perhaps I read the book at wrong stage of my life wherein I am very happy and this book All Grown Up is about a single woman not knowing clearly what she wants and even where she does, she does not do anything about it but just sails through the days of her life. Jami Attenberg, the author of the book, has written it more so like a diary entry but where adhoc pages are picked from the start, middle and end and in random order. And this is what basically got to me. I fell the stories flat, but then again “perhaps” if I had read it, you know as blog posts or newspaper articles on an ongoing basis few years back, I would have given the book a higher rating.

I related to some of the thoughts of Andrea, the protagonist and liked many lines from the book (otherwise I would not even have completed the book and you would not be reading this review post), sample these long lines (please bear with me for this I found very remarkable and relatable):

Two blocks away, outside a senior citizens’ home, I find a decent bookshelf, real wood, no nicks. Briefly, I imagine death on it, a resident passing away in the night, her children picking over the china, the jewelry, the sepia-toned family photo albums. Does anyone want this bookshelf? No. I hoist it on my back and head home with it, stopping every thirty seconds to rest. It’s tall, this bookshelf, and it almost hits the ceiling of my apartment. I dust it, and then I paint it white while standing on a stepladder. When I’m done, I wipe my hands on my jeans and smile. Overnight the bookshelf dries. I move it against the back wall of the apartment, and I put all my art books in there, organized by color. Then I invite my mother over to see my new place. The first thing she notices when she walks in is the bookshelf, bright white, and she asks me where I got it. 

Now who would not love a bargain when it comes to book? Ok, perhaps, only a book lover who spends so much money on books and are looking for good deals.

Other people you know seem to change quite easily. They have no problem at all with succeeding at their careers and buying apartments and moving to other cities and falling in love and getting married and hyphenating their names and adopting rescue cats and, finally, having children, and then documenting all of this meticulously on the internet. Really, it appears to be effortless on their part. Their lives are constructed like buildings, each precious but totally unsurprising block stacked before your eyes.

Now now now, all of us are guilty of thinking of other lives’ as perfect at one time or the other and thinking why bad things happen only to us or why things are so sad only at our end of bargain, especially at these times when social media always paints an unrealistic picture.

So do you think you are grown up enough? No? Then you may give this book a try and find Andrea’s many thoughts resonating with you.

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Book blurb:
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins comes a wickedly funny novel about a thirty-nine-year-old single, childfree woman who defies convention as she seeks connection.

Who is Andrea Bern? When her therapist asks the question, Andrea knows the right things to say: she’s a designer, a friend, a daughter, a sister. But it’s what she leaves unsaid—she’s alone, a drinker, a former artist, a shrieker in bed, captain of the sinking ship that is her flesh—that feels the most true. Everyone around her seems to have an entirely different idea of what it means to be an adult: her best friend, Indigo, is getting married; her brother—who miraculously seems unscathed by their shared tumultuous childhood—and sister-in-law are having a hoped-for baby; and her friend Matthew continues to wholly devote himself to making dark paintings at the cost of being flat broke. But when Andrea’s niece finally arrives, born with a heartbreaking ailment, the Bern family is forced to reexamine what really matters. Will this drive them together or tear them apart?

Told in gut-wrenchingly honest, mordantly comic vignettes, All Grown Up is a breathtaking display of Jami Attenberg’s power as a storyteller, a whip-smart examination of one woman’s life, lived entirely on her own terms.

About the author:
Jami Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, books, television, and urban life for The New York Times MagazineThe Wall Street JournalThe Guardian, Lenny Letter and others. In 2017, HMH Books (US) and Serpent’s Tail (UK) published her novel All Grown Up.

Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love, was published in 2006, followed by the novels The Kept Man and The Melting Season. Her fourth book, The Middlesteins, was published in October 2012. It appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, and was published in ten countries in 2013. A fifth book, Saint Mazie, was published in 2015 in the U.S. and the UK, and in Italy, France and Germany in 2016, and has been optioned by Fable Pictures.

Twitter: @jamiattenberg
Website: jamiattenberg.com
Facebook: @AuthorColleenHoover

Rating: 6/10
Genre: Contemporary
Book Name: All Grown Up
Author: Jami Attenberg
Pages: 209
Publication Year: 2017

Book Review: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Have you started reading a book just like that? Each one of us (of course I am talking about readers here) have at least one book for which they will agree with me. So, this year, It Ends With Us was the one for me. I wanted to read something light and happy and somehow picked this book (do not even remember now how I came across this book), the flowers on the cover pic of the book adding even more to the charm. Do note it that this time I even read the blurb on Goodreads (I don’t do it usually) just to save myself from any disappointment.

My feelings about this book kept on changing as the book proceeded. Initially, it felt like another chick-lit making me wonder about its high rating (on Goodreads baba). But even this part of the book was cute and I giggled at many points. Few pages later, it felt like yet another MB (Mills & Boons) I used to read in my college days, but which I literally hate now and thus, I wanted it to simply toss this book aside, though not literally, for this was not a physical book and I was reading it on my Kindle. And then again few pages later till the end, the book turned out to be totally different. Major different. And that’s why I have given it a 9 out of 10 rating (-1 for the middle part of the book), but you know even that MB was like a perfect build-up to the crescendo!

Sample these lines from the book where it felt like someone was jotting down my thoughts word to word:

Imagine all the people you meet in your life. There are so many. They come in like waves, trickling in and out with the tide. Some waves are much bigger and make more of an impact than others. Sometimes the waves bring with them things from deep in the bottom of the sea and they leave those things tossed onto the shore. Imprints against the grains of sand that prove the waves had once been there, long after the tide recedes.

There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.

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SPOILERS AHEAD

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Do not say later on that I had not warned enough!

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Sample these lines from the book below:

Yes. I kept the magnet Atlas gave me when we were kids. Yes. I kept the journals. No, I didn’t tell you about my tattoo. Yes, I probably should have. And yes, I still love him. And I’ll love him until I die, because he was a huge part of my life. And yes, I’m sure that hurts you. But none of that gave you the right to do what you did to me. Even if you would have walked into my bedroom and caught us in bed together, you still would not have the right to lay a hand on me, you goddamn son of a bitch!
This book talked about domestic abuse and how in most cases the wife keeps on defending the actions of her husband, who keeps on physically abusing her on some pretext or the other because he cannot control his anger (e.g: just a slap or two on the pretext of hiding things from him, other times having a supposed affair with a office colleague, or even on being a selfish mom of his kid), while other times loving her to the full. But still do those rare hurtful actions (not just intentions) justify the intense love? What do you think? The author has turned the abusive relationship between her mom and dad into this fictionalized version.  Please please please read this book, you would know what I mean!!

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Book blurb:
Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up
— she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

About the author:
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of thirteen novels and multiple novellas. Her novels usually fall into the New Adult and young adult categories. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

Twitter: @colleenhoover
Website: colleenhoover.com
Facebook: @AuthorColleenHoover

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Contemporary
Book Name: It Ends with Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Pages: 367
Publication Year: 2016

Book Review: Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J.Palacio

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Auggie & Me Three Wonder Stories by R.J.Palacio

I guess most people would have read the book or seen the movie Wonder starring Julia Roberts. Or, if not, at least would have heard of the same. Still no? Then please head over a book stall or wherever you can find the book or the movie; it is a must must read/ watch. I had read the book Wonder after seeing the trailer of that movie which was a work-in-progress then. Since then, I had seen the movie and was left wanting for more. Till now, I was making do with books similar to this book. However, you know just two days back, I found three separate Wonder stories collectively know as Auggie & Me and you can imagine my happiness.

Though many may feel that this book is not as good as Wonder, but still it will cater to all those who wanted to know more about the side characters, and R.J.Palacio answered the inquisitiveness through the perspectives and narration by characters Julian (the bad guy in the previous book), Charlotte (one of the three welcome buddies of Auggie when he had joined school) and Christopher (Auggie’s friend who had moved to different place and is just mentioned as a name in the previous book). And Auggie, as you can understand, is a side character in these tales. If you want me to select the best of the lot, it is Shingaling narrated by Charlotte; there is so much depth shown in her character.

And like Wonder, it has some good lines:

Every person’s story weaves in and out of someone else’s story.

And when good friends need us, we do what we can to help them, right? We can’t just be friends when it’s convenient. Good friendships are worth a little extra effort!

One of the things I miss the most about being a little kid is that when you’re little, all the movies you watch have happy endings. Dorothy goes back to Kansas. Charlie gets the chocolate factory. Edmund redeems himself. I like that. I like happy endings. But, as you get older, you start seeing that sometimes stories don’t have happy endings. Sometimes they even have sad endings. Of course, that makes for more interesting storytelling, because you don’t know what’s going to happen. But it’s also kind of scary.

I knew it would be the way it had been after the sleepover. Like we had taken a secret trip together. A voyage that no one else knew about. And when we returned from our journey, we each went back to our own homes. Some friendships are like that. Maybe even the best friendships are like that. The connections are always there. They’re just invisible to the eye.

One mistake does not define you.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Maybe he knew it and maybe he didn’t, but for someone like me, words like that are worth all the medals in the world.

Sometimes it’s good to start over.

Oh, I can just go on and on… I loved this book as much as Wonder to be truthful since it showed we, without any special quality to distinguish, can be the main characters too. So after you as a reader are done with Wonder, go ahead with these as well – a must read for children and adults like.

Book blurb:
Wonder tells the story of Auggie Pullman: an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, whose first year at school changed the lives and the perspectives of everyone around him.

Auggie & Me is a new side to the Wonder story: three new chapters from three different characters – bully Julian, oldest friend Christopher and classmate Charlotte – giving an insight into how Auggie has touched their own lives. Thought-provoking, surprising, infuriating, heartbreaking and heartwarming, Auggie & Me is a must-read for the thousands of readers who loved Wonder.

About the author:
R.J. Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. But one day several years ago, a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made R. J. realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come. Wonder is her first novel. Since then, she has written several books – Auggie & Me (combined The Julian Chapter, Pluto: A Wonder Story, and Shingaling: A Wonder Story), 365 Days of Wonder, and We’re All Wonders.

Raquel J. Palacio / R. J. Palacio is a pseudonym of: Raquel Jaramillo.

Twitter: @rjpalacio
Website: rjpalacio.com
Email: rjpalaciowebmail@gmail.com

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Young Adult, Children Book
Book Name: Auggie & Me (combined The Julian Chapter, Pluto: A Wonder Story, and Shingaling: A Wonder Story)
Author: R.J.Palacio
Pages: 303
Publication Year: 2015

Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

You know what the book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before reminded me of – of that of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (click on hyperlink to check review of this book). Although I started reading this book by Jenny Han because of the super popular Netflix movie by the same name which was based on this book itself, it was not the sole reason. My Instagram wall was flooded with quotes from this book, imaginary letters to Peter Kavinsky (one of the characters of this book) in Terribly Tiny Tales and so on. And like 13 Reasons Why (also made into Netflix tv series), I did not like that book either, though I will still rate this book by Jenny Han a little notch better. As you know I am not in favor of reading silly teen books, but once in a while I give in to the hype and later regret why did I do so. But let my so negative words not discourage you from reading this book.

This is a book recommended for teens specially to feel the love among characters (and characterization of friend-zoned person, love triangles, the most popular guy/girl and so on) and those looking for light short stories. Sample below these dialogues from the book (by the way, I loved the dialogues in this book which made it seem like I would have written them myself at some point of time but feels like that moment was ages ago. Ah, those innocent college days):

When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.

Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way? 

If love is like a possession, maybe my letters are like my exorcisms.

Note: I would have loved this book tremendously had I read it 10 years back 😉 wink wink.

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Book blurb:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

About the author:
Jenny Han is a Korean-American author of young adult fiction and children’s fiction. She is best known for writing Shug, The Summer I Turned Pretty series, co-author of the Burn for Burn series, and most recently, the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. She is a former children’s bookseller and children’s librarian. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Twitter: @jennyhan
Website: jennyhan.com

Rating: 5/10
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Book Name: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Pages: 355
Publication Year: 2014

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Seeing the cover picture of this book Me Before You (the revised one, I mean, of that of movie), I assumed the story to be cheesy and overly romantic. Oh, how wrong I was! I had not read the book blurb as usual but had chosen this book simply on the premise that many people had recommended it to me.

The story weaved film on the big canvas for me – no no, I had not watched the movie. The dialogues, the characters, and the way Jojo Moyes had written made me imagine the scenes and I was pulled into the emotions of its characters. While I continued reading the book yesterday night, at 1:30 am (oops the day had changed, it was today only) , I wondered whether I should take a break and catch up on the sleep or eat something. You ask me why am I telling you this mundane stuff but eating would have re-energized me into completing this book. So, you know it was a no-brainer. I loved the book totally and cried a lot too along with Louisa.

Sample few lines from the book below:

I hadn’t realized that music could unlock things in you, could transport you to somewhere even the composer hadn’t predicted. It left an imprint in the air around you, as if you carried its remnants with you when you went.

It’s just that the thing you never understand about being a mother, until you are one, is that it is not the grown man—the galumphing, unshaven, stinking, opinionated offspring—you see before you, with his parking tickets and unpolished shoes and complicated love life. You see all the people he has ever been all rolled up into one.

The basic premise of this story is Euthanasia, the practice of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering. And I think Jojo Moyes has handled it brilliantly in this book. I am yet to watch the movie nor do I know its reviews. However, in conclusion, I will just say, pick up this book for an intense emotional ride and if you do not like reading books somehow, still go ahead with watching the movie (if the story-line and the actors playing the main protagonist are great, the movie ought to be awesome).

By the way, there are two more books published in this series and a new one is being written as well. However, I am taking a break now from Louisa to give myself a reading of variety of genres.

Edit: I did not like the movie for I felt the character of Louisa was shown a little shallow in the movie and even so many scenes were simply skipped over.

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Book blurb:
Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

About the author:
Jojo Moyes worked as a journalist for ten years, post which she turned into a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed.

Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide. The film adaptation of Me Before You starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was released in June 2016 and was a huge box-office success. The screenplay was written by Jojo.

Jojo lives (and writes!) on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

Twitter: @jojomoyes
Website: jojomoyes.com
Facebook: @jojomoyesauthor

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Pages: 369
Publication Year: 2012

 

Book Review: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Book Review | Ethereal Jinxed | Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

If you are my blog follower, you must be aware that I am following through the list of similar books to the famous Wonder (Julia Roberts stars in the movie with the same name). Click here to check out this list. The earlier book reviewed was Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper and the next in line, the review for which is being written below is Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine.

As per Wikipedia, Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger’s, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It is a story told through the eyes of a 11-year old girl and hence some portions of the story are repetitive, but which makes it highly impressive. The book helps in realizing the behavior patterns of Asperger’s and that such disabilities should not be made fun of. The book does not only talk of disability, but of overcoming loss and of overcoming prejudices (in the book, for relative of an anti-social person which can be extended to prejudices of caste, creed, color and so on).

The dialogues and quotes are worth memorizing, and even you as a reader could relate to it. For example, sample this (and this is my the favorite part):

Sometimes I read the same books over and over and over. What’s great about books is that the stuff inside doesn’t change. People say you can’t judge a book by its cover but that’s not true because it says right on the cover what’s inside. And no matter how many times you read that book the words and pictures don’t change. You can open and close books a million times and they stay the same. They look the same. They say the same words. The charts and pictures are the same colors. Books are not like people. Books are safe.

The character sketch of Caitlin, the protagonist is supposed to be accurate for the author herself has a kid having Asperger’s. By the end of the book, we can correlate with the struggle parents have of raising such kids; let’s not add more to their concern by educating our children to be empathetic and kind.This should be one of the must-read books of kids/ adults of 10+ age.

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Book blurb:
In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful. Kathryn Erskine has written a must-read gem, one of the most moving novels of the year.

About the author:
Kathryn Erskine spent many years as a lawyer before realizing that she’d rather write things that people might actually enjoy reading. 

She grew up mostly overseas and attended eight different schools, her favorite being the Hogwarts-type castle in Scotland. The faculty, of course, did not consist of wizards, although… how did the headmistress know that it was the wee redhead who led the campaign to free the mice from the biology lab? 

Erskine draws on her childhood and her second childhood through her children for her stories. She still loves to travel but nowadays most trips tend to be local, such as basketball and tennis courts, occasional emergency room visits, and the natural food store for very healthy organic chocolate with life saving flavonoids.

Twitter: @kathyerskine
Website: kathyerskine.com
Facebook: @kathryn.erskine
Email: kathy@kathrynerskine.com

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Young Adult, Children Book
Book Name: Mockingbird
Author: Kathryn Erskine
Pages: 235
Publication Year: 2010

Book Review: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Book Review | Ethereal Jinxed | Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

I had read Wonder almost a year back when Julia Roberts starrer movie trailer was released. Oh by the way, most times I read book first and then see the movie like Namesake, The Girl in the Train etc barring only a few exceptions like Raazi (book name Calling Sehmat). But you ask me how I came to pick this book. Go on, ask ask. So it so happened that I came across a list by bookbub for those who liked Wonder and this book Out of My Mind was numbered 1. Click here to check out this list. You must keep watching my blog for more books out of this list.

Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a set of neurological conditions that affect movement. It is the most common form of childhood disability and as such, we should make kids aware of them so as not to make fun of such affected children or adults alike. The way Sharon deals with this sensitive issue is amazing and so natural. The characters are flawed, just as in a real life situation, which makes it a delight still heartbreaking to read, but more so the latter. You cannot stop empathizing with Melody the protagonist  (hampered with all kinds of movements) and as a reader, would want to lessen her burden of non-communication. I cried in a few scenes. However, without me giving anything away, let me tell you this is not a sad story and you will feel like a character seeing Melody from your own eyes. It is the story of Melody, her family, her so-called friends and other disabled kids – a story which you should read again and again to the kids you know to make them aware of such disability without being preachy because you know some things done unknowingly can affect others for years.

Oh, and I am eagerly waiting to see the movie adaptation, in case in future it releases.

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Book blurb:
Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom – the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it – somehow.

In this breakthrough story, reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

About the author:
Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards, and is a New York Times bestselling author, with Out of my Mind staying on the list for almost two years.

Actively involved in encouraging and motivating all teachers and their students as well, she has worked all over the United States, as well as in Russia, Ghana, Togo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bermuda, and Guam, spreading the word about the power of accomplished teaching and excellence in education.

Twitter: @sharonmdraper
Website: sharondraper.com
Facebook: @sharonmdraperofficial

Rating: 10/10

 

Genre: Young Adult, Children Book
Book Name: Out of My Mind
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Pages: 295
Publication Year: 2010
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