Book Review

Serpent And Dove by Shelby Mahurin – Spoiler-free Book review

Hello lovelies!

This is one of my favorite book of the year! Words cannot fathom how incredible this book was! Hope you’ll enjoy my review! 🙂

Title: Serpent and Dove (Serpent and Dove #1)

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Blurb (Goodreads):

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.And love makes fools of us all.

Rating: 5 MARVELOUSLY WICKED STARS
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My Favourite Book Quotes!

Hello everyone!

I love books, especially if they’re well-written. They are also punctuated by beautiful quotes sometimes so I thought I’d share some of my favourite quotes.

Book-related quotes:

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
-John Green, The Fault in Our Stars 

“I think it’s bullshit that the only meaningful stories are the ones that are deep and pondering and boring, saying all this nonsense without ever saying anything, and you’re supposed to, like, read meaning into the yellow wallpaper or something.” She rolls her eyes. “You know what I think? I think sometimes the stories we need are the ones about taking the hobbits to Isengard and dog-human dudes with space heelies and trashy King Arthurs and gay ice-skating animes and Zuko redemption arcs and space princesses with found families and galaxies far, far away. We need those stories, too. Stories that tell us that we can be bold and brash and make mistakes and still come out better on the other side. Those are the kinds of stories I want to see, and read, and tell. ‘Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite’—that means something to me, you know?”  – Ashley Poston, The Princess and The Fangirl 

“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Love-related quotes:

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” – Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

“Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.”  – Leigh Bardugo, Six Of Crows

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same” – Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

“And that’s when I understand that I have been stained. Whether I’m still in love with him, whether he was ever in love with me, and no matter who he’s in love with now, Willem changed my life. He showed me how to get lost, and then I showed myself how to get found.”  – Gayle Forman, Just One Day 

“Being vulnerable, letting people in, getting hurt… it’s all part of being in love.”
Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean

“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”
Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

Inspirational quotes:

“You have to try. You have to take your chances. Go and attempt and see what happens. And even if you fail – especially if you fail – come back with your experience and your hard-won knowledge and a story you can tell. And then later you can say, without regret or hesitation… ‘Once, I dared to dare greatly”  – Morgan Matson, The Unexpected Everything

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FairyLoot Unboxing – May 2019 – Unlikely Romances!

Hello everyone!

I have always been curious about bookish things and so I decided to take the leap and order my first book box ever! There are a lot of companies out there but I loved Fairyloot’s theme ‘Unlikely Romances‘ (I’m a sucker for the enemies to lovers trope). It’s the May box but the shipping was later than expected so I only received it on June,3rd! I thought I’d share the items here! 🙂 Enjoy!

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Book Review · Book-to-movie adaptations · Discussion post

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Movie Review!

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From the number of times, Jenny Han’s trilogy “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” has appeared on my blog (here, instagram posts and here!), it was no surprise that I was very excited about the book-to-movie adaptation.

I’m not going to lie that, when the mere idea of a movie adaptation of my beloved-trilogy was going to be made, I was a bit sceptical. Even more so when the cast was announced and that the lead actress wasn’t Korean-American as it is a huge part of the book and Lara Jean’s identity. I understood how some people felt that the message that would go out is that Asians are interchangeable for Hollywood.

CAST:

How deeply I regret now my lack of enthusiasm. I think the cast was wonderfully chosen. I honestly could not picture a better Lara Jean than Lana Candor. She portrayed Lara Jean to perfection and her acting was the right mixture between innocence and boldness that characterizes Lara Jean. She made Lara Jean as likeable and as relatable than she is in the book and I’m honestly sorry for doubting her. Also, I cannot stress enough how representation matters and that it was amazing to see an Asian leading actress as Lana Candor is a Vietnamese-American actress. It was a nice and most needed change.

Same goes for the casting of Peter Kavinsky. Noah Centineo was the perfect Peter K and I liked how he had that “I’m popular but not a douchebag” vibe going on. Also, Noah Centineo and Lana Candor’s chemistry worked really well and it didn’t seem forced at all. It also helps that both actors are extremely good-looking.

Also a female protagonist?? A female author and a female director?? YES PLEASE and thank you.

PLOT:

As far as the plot goes, I thought it was tremendously well adapted. The movie kept the essence of the book and conveyed the main themes present in the book, such as love, family, trust and friendship. It’s everything one expects when told one of their favourite books is turned into a movie. Obviously, there are many things I loved in the book that I missed in the movie, particularly Peter and Lara Jean’s Halloween costumes, Lara Jean baking cakes were for Peter or even Stormy; John Ambrose Mclaren’s grandmother. Speaking of John Ambrose McLaren, I liked how they introduced him briefly for a potential-second movie.

I honestly give the movie a 10/10, because it was everything I hoped for and more and I already can’t get enough of it. Excuse me while I go watch it again… Here’s the trailer if you are still hesitant: here

Book Review

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Book Review

Hello everyone! I came back from holiday and this is the book I took with me and read on my journey; so I didn’t read it in one-sitting but you definitely should because once you’re in it, there’s no turning back.

soc2SynopsisCriminal prodigy  Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first. (From Goodreads)

Published: September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company (first published July 28th 2015)

Read: From July 6th to 24th 2016

Review: 5/5 Stars

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