Again Again by E. Lockhart [Book Tour]

SYNOPSIS

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If you could live your life again, what would you do differently?

After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times–while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.

A raw, funny story that will surprise you over and over, Again Again gives us an indelible heroine grappling with the terrible and wonderful problem of loving other people. 

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About the Author

E. Lockhart wrote theNew York TimesbestsellerWe Were Liarsand the upcomingGenuine Fraud,apsychological thriller. Her other books includeFly on the Wall, Dramarama, The Disreputable Historyof Frankie Landau-Banks,and the Ruby Oliver Quartet, which includesThe Boyfriend List, The BoyBook, The Treasure Map of Boys,andReal Live Boyfriends.She also wroteHow to Be Badwith SarahMlynowski and Lauren Myracle.

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My Thoughts

I have heard a lot about E. Lockhart but actually never got any chance to read her books. This was the first time I read her book and I kind of loved the story. If you love reading Young adult fiction, you should definitely read this book. There are a couple of things I loved about this book. First and foremost being the characters. I loved the character of Adelaide and almost all the other characters, especially the dogs. I also felt that the book was weird in a way but at the same time loved how the story went on. 

It was very easy to get into the story. Sometimes, I find it difficult to get into a particular story but that’s not the case with this book. The writing style was amazing and on the whole I loved the story. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author. 

5 Reasons to read this book

▪️The book was soooo fast paced and the characters felt so real to me.
▪️It is perfect for those who are into Young adult fiction.
▪️This will definitely help you overcome your reading slump.
▪️It is a perfect summer read and I felt that the storyline was really cute.
▪️The chapters were short and that is the reason why it took me just a couple of days to finish the book

The Jasmine Throne (Book Tour)

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour.

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SYNOPSIS

Author of Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne, beginning a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess’s traitor brother.

Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.

But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire. 

MY THOUGHTS

MY RATING- ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

“There are other versions of you that I don’t know. But this one…” Her fingers were against Malini’s lips. “This one is mine.”

The story of “The Jasmine Throne” starts with a religious sacrificial burning where three women were burned alive. But one of those three women, refused to be burnt alive. The Jasmine Throne tells a story about Priya, a servant who takes care of Malini, the princess who refused to sacrifice herself. The story revolves around Malini. This is the main story line and without revealing much, I would ask you to read the book. 

It took me a couple of days to completely get into the novel but once I did, I ended up loving this book. The author crafted amazing characters and especially the relationship between Mlaina and Priya. I felt that the relationship was so realistic and I could totally connect with them. I do not read fantasy genre but when I read the blurb I felt that the story line is way too intriguing and that I would definitely love the book. I ended up loving this book very much and I recommend it to each and every reader. 

I felt that it was more of a character driven novel rather than plot driven. I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by this author because I loved every single thing about this book.

Trigger Warning: violence, murder,  immolation (women burned on pyres), death of loved ones, elephants are used to execute people, arson, colorism, self-sacrifice, sexism.

Ghosts in Our Backyard (Book Review)

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SYNOPSIS

The Ramsays, India’s first family of horror, are synonymous with the supernatural and gore. Through their films and series they introduced India to churails that floated across the screen, ghouls that woke up from eerie graveyards, and houses that buzzed with ghosts.

But few knew that behind the production drama, elaborate sets, and haunting showtunes, there was a more sinister story. For the Ramsays, the supernatural wasn’t just stuck to the screens and camera – it creeped into their lives, too.

Alisha Kirpalani, the granddaughter of FU Ramsay, has grown up on stories that question reality and bring a chill to the bone. In time, she, too, followed her family’s footsteps and saw through the veil that separates this world and the Other.

From the woman on the highway that Shyam Ramsay met to an eerie and persistent knocking that came from every house that Tanuja Ramsay lived in to Amit Ramsay’s unwelcome dead visitor at Lamington House, the original home of the Ramsays, this book has the improbable, bizarre and spine-chilling all parading through its chapters.

MY THOUGHTS

Rating- 4.5/5

For the Ramsays, the supernatural wasn’t just stuck to the screens and camera – it creeped into their lives, too. The book includes stories which are told from different perspectives and I felt that each and every story is vividly portrayed and it was an amazing read. No doubt, I could not put it down. Ths was the first horror book I read which is based on true life events. The moment I read the blurb, I was sure that I would end up loving this book. The story was definitely bizarre and spine chilling and the fact that it was based on real life events, it made the stories even more spooky.

I really liked the wonderful concept behind the book and it gave us an insight about what happened with the members of The Ramsays, India’s first family of horror. It took me just a couple of days to finish the book and ever since then I have been thinking about the stories.