My Review on Finale (Hush Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick

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(Disclaimer: This review heavily contains spoilers from the whole series. Please refrain from reading it if you haven’t read the series yet, thank you)

Oh! My! God!!!!

What have I just read?!?!?!

I wanna scream.

Becca Fitzpatrick truly knew how to finish off this epic series. Gah! I’m so sad and excited for this finale. So bloody good!!

Now that I’ve calmed down, let’s take a peek at all the pretty epic things of this epic Finale.

Nora!!!

Damn, this girl grew on me. I found her puny and petite in the first book, like Bella, but from the second book onward she grew on me. Unlike Bella, she wasn’t moody, whiny, angsty and pale. She was fun! And so much stronger than Bella, physically and mentally. She went through so much over the series, losing Scott *sniff sniff*, almost losing Patch, the love of her life to death and mean clingy girlfriends and what not. She was close to death several times and came out always unscathed. I like her a lot. To think such a fragile character would later turn out to be so strong and independent was saying something. But mostly I like that she stood up to Patch every time he became possessive and patronizing. She held onto her own and would retaliate like she should.

Patch!!

I love him and at some points, hate him. In the first and last books, he showed some red flag behavior. In the first book he was all stalker-ish though Becca Fitzpatrick tried to justify it by having him as an assassin to murder Nora. But in the second and especially in the third book, he grew on me like Nora did. But now in the forth book, he tore me between liking him and disliking him.

So here are the reasons why I’m torn:

1. He put tracking device in Nora’s jean jacket without her permission and used it to stalk her long before he resolved to tell her.

2. He kept making decisions for  her and continued to brush aside her own choices.

3. He dabbled with his psycho ex girlfriend and kept it up though he continued showing jealousy over Nora’s platonic friendship with Scott and Dante. Talk about hypocrisy.

All these are red flags in a relationship. If anyone experiences such things in real life, please heed to my advice and get out of fge relationship. This is abusive.

But Patch had good side too that tipped the scale toward liking him more.

1. He have up his wings to get Nora out of captivity 

2. He gave up getting a human body just to keep Nora safe.

3. Basically everything he did was for Nora.

And every freaking time this dude made declaration of his love for Nora, my heart melted. And every time he did that, the song “Angel with a Shotgun” by The Cab would come to my mind.

Get out your guns, battle’s begun.
Are you a saint or a sinner?
If love’s a fight then I shall die
With my heart on a trigger.

They say before you start a war,
You better know what you’re fighting for.
Well, baby, you are all that I adore.
If love is what you need, a soldier I will be.

I’m an angel with a shotgun,
Fighting ’til the war’s won,
I don’t care if heaven won’t take me back.
I’ll throw away my faith, babe, just to keep you safe.
Don’t you know you’re everything I have?
And I wanna live, not just survive tonight.

I think this song must’ve been written with Patch and Nora in my mind, lol.

P.S. please don’t think I’m supporting Patch’s obsessive possessive behavior and encouraging it. He’s a fictional character and therefore there wasn’t anything wrong with the outcome of their relationship but in real life it ain’t so. So please, don’t take my liking Patch the wrong way. He’s a very problematic character whose problematic behavior was romanticized. In real life, please don’t condone such behavior.

The Romance!

Aaaaahhhhh!!!!

They’re my new OTP!

And I love this gif so much it’s crazy 😍😍😍

Every time they kissed or even flirted, my heart was on fire 😍😍😍
And isn’t the way Patch calls Nora as “Angel” adorable?

So heartwarming!

And I’m so glad Detective Basso, also an archangel, gifted Patch his sense of touch back. Now Patch and Nora can get busy under the sheets *wink wink*

And the blood oath they took?

 Ugh! This is so cute!

Vee!!!

I missed her in the last book and even here as well. Other than here and there, she was mostly gone. Why, Ms. Fitzpatrick, why? She’d have so good at helping Nora and Patch. And the way every book tear apart her heart, poor girl. First Jules, then Dixon and finally when a decent guy like Scott came by, he had to die 😭😭😭😭

Scott!!!

Poor baby! He was so good to Nora. I hated his character in Crescendo but began to low him in Silence and Finale. Why did he have to die, 😭😭😭

He was so good to Nora, keeping her safe but not the possessive way Patch did. He kept her smiling with his teases. He risked his life several times to protect and help Nora.

And he got death for it?????

I hate you for this, Ms Fitzpatrick, 😭😭😭

The Villains:

Ugh, all men and equally creepy. First there was Jules who hardly came on page. Then was Rixon who was really adorable but then turned psycho creep. Then was Hank Millar who was just, uggggghhhhh!

Finally I began to like Dante but he too had to turn evil.

I also really wanted a female villain. Marcie didn’t make the cut. And I’m glad she dies and has only 5 people attend her funeral. The number of people at your funeral always shows how you were in your life.

The epic climax!!

The climax of Finale surpassed all its predecessor. Like seriously, bringing back Rixon and then having Nora defeat Dante by mind tricking? Super gripping and genius!!

Overall, I’m gonna be forever a fan of this awesome series. It’s so good. Maybe in near future, I’ll reread it again and fangirl over it 😝😝

P.S. again I’m reminding you guys, this book has a problematic representation of unhealthy relationship by romanticizing obsessive possessive controlling abusive behavior. Please don’t take my  gushing the wrong way. I admired all the touching things Patch did for Nora but I cannot condone and overlook his problematic behavior. Neither should you or anyone when such things happen in real life. My gushing over this series  has nothing to do with condoning abusive relationship. I hope you’ll understand my viewpoint.

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My Review on Silence (Hush Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick

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(Disclaimer: Contains mild spoilers)

Can I fall in love with this series any further?

Yes, yes, I can.

When I first read the series, I thought “Oh, boy! Another Twilight doppelganger.” But the second book ripped me off that notion, proving me wrong how this series is further from Twilight series. This is way better than Twilight in my opinion.

So, here is my summary feedback:

This book isn’t as gripping as its predecessor, Crescendo, though I loved the character development in this book. Nora isn’t the naïveté anymore. She’s taking matters into her own hand, and being a teenager, she is trying her best to do the right thing and make the right decision. I hate when trolls on GR accuse her of being stupid. How intelligent and sage were you when you were 16-17 and were met with circumstances like she did?

Anyway, now for the sprawling review:

Things I loved!

Nora:

She’s far better than Bella in my opinion. While Bella was still clumsy and dependent on Edward in Eclipse, here Nora isn’t much. Sure at first, she physically relies on Patch to save her (the damsel in distress), but given she’s a mortal with threats everywhere, she was supposed to be vulnerable. But emotionally she isn’t. She keeps on trying to regain her memories back and though she stumbles several times, she keeps on trying. I like her transformation and would gladly defend her from the trolls for her sake.

Patch:

I never had a crush on him like I did with Augustus Waters, but I love his character. As the series deepens, his love and dedication for Nora deepen too. His sweet and touching declaration of love and affection for her are so heartrending. I thought given Nora’s amnesia, he’ll be absent for around 70% of the book. Becca Fitzpatrick proved me wrong by keeping him absent only 25% of the book, thus making me a happy fan.

Hank as the evil Nephelim:

I hated him so much! In the last book, Marcie got on my nerve but this time, she’s more tolerable. Hank keeps getting on my nerve and I hated him using and abusing Nora’s mom for his evil intention. The prologue tore my heart apart when he made Patch give up his wings!! *sobs*

Other Characters:

Frankly this book was mostly about Nora, Patch and Hank. Scott Parnell entered but didn’t get much spotlight other than a few big scenes. Though I loved his character much more than in the previous book.

I missed Vee!!! Ashsnsgjddhgsd!!!

I missed her so much! After the last book, I wanted her to be a real human being and my best friend instead of Nora’s. I genuinely hope she’ll be present throughout the final book.

I hated Nora’s stupid mom. So putty in Hank’s hands, ugh!

The romance!

Burned and seared my chest!!! It’s so good to see Patch and Nora back together, making out and teasing each other and making me an emotional puddle by their declaration of love. I wanted them together so much! Ugh! The final book better give me a sex scene between them, though most preferably as a hint that they consummated their relationship 😍

•Lastly, this book made me a bigger fan of the series. Though it had lesser stakes and gripping consequences than the previous book, the romance between Patch and Nora made it up to me.

Will be reading the next book tomorrow (if not tonight, 😉)

My Review on A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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Characters and monsters. That’s the key plot of ACOWAR. In ACOTAR, it was Spring & Romance. In ACOMAF, it was feminism and freedom. In this book, it’s monsters and characters. Also plenty plenty plenty of romance among characters, not just Feyre and Rhysand.
But here are the plus points of this book:

Amazing back story:

Sarah J. Maas filled in plenty of loopholes in this book, all satisfactory, though also leaving behind a few loose strings to be answered in the next books. Though I can’t mention the loopholes filled in this book without giving away spoilers, rest assured, SJM will give you a sigh of relief by the end of the book.

And we get to visit new places here, y’all, not just Spring Court and Velaris.

Brilliant Characters:

Though Feyre and Rhysand are my topmost OTP (one true pair) in this series, I totally found more OTPs in Cassian & Nesta, Amren & Varian. Though there was connection between Azriel and Elain, that’s all I got. Connection that may or may not go anywhere.

But but but…the biggest plus here was redemption. Redemption of Tamlin and Jurian. These characters shook me. They got under my skins often, but the way they helped the good guys in the end was so touching. I hated Tamlin after the last book, even here. But he started earning my good grace and began to resemble what he used to be in the first book.

Monsters!!!

There were plenty of monsters, old and new here. We had Suriel, Naga and Attor. Here there are more monsters like Bryaxis, The Weaver and The Bone Carver. Loved these monsters. And let’s not forget puny petite Amren, 😉

Brilliant Plot Weaving:

Usually by the end of a series, writers give us saccharine sweet happy ending. Not here. SJM showed us how complicated things become after all wars, small or big. How tangled politics and court intrigue are. 

And she’s the master of foreshadowing. Really! Like JK Rowling, SJM foreshadows so brilliantly. Subtle when we find and skip them, only to have them slap us in the climax and it’s so fun!

Romance!!!

Feyre and Rhysand are my topmost OTP. The last book had their sexual tension filled slow burn romance. Here they’re the sweet, blissfully happily married couple who makes me go “Awww!!” Their back and forth banter isn’t gone, only much sweeter. You’ll enjoy their telepathic dialogue exchange too 😏.

I loved loved loved the slow burn burn burn romance between Cassian and Nesta. Their romance is more slow burn, smoldering than Feysand. Nesta continues to insult and ignore Cassian and he continues to tease her back. But the way they care for each other….😭😭😭 So cute!!

Amren and Varian’s romance couldn’t get much screen space due to their reunion happening only just before the climax. But trust me, you’ll love them as well.

As for Mor, Azriel, Elain and Lucien, I can’t say much without spoilers but expect perhaps a love triangle among them in future.

So there you have it, my review of ACOWAR. I devoured this book until 4:30 in the morning and only after turning up the last chapter did I stop myself. Amazing! SJM is a genius.

P.S. I admired how SJM tried to bring in diversity in this book with the characters, after her previous books were called out for having too many heterosexual relationships between white characters. It seems like she’s trying to satisfy her fans as well. Really caring of her, 😊

My Review on Crescendo (Hush Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick

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(Disclaimer: This review has lots of spoilers. Please refrain from reading it if you haven’t read the book.)

Aaaaahhhh!!! I’m so a fan of this series now because Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!!! This sequel surpassed the first book million miles, adding so many plot twists and surprises!!!

I could not find anything bad about this book, except how it tore me apart when Nora and Patch broke up!

My heart was crushed and I was crushed! I desperately wanted them together again but no! Until the very end, they were broken up and heartbroken immensely. 💔💔💔

Now, the great things about this book:

The intense breakup between Nora and Patch:

Seriously, I thought we had intense breakup with Edward and Bella, and Allie and Noah from The Notebook but nah uh!

From misunderstandings to heated friction, Nora and Patch were driven apart! Becca Fitzpatrick knows how to play cruelly with our hearts strings!

The intense sexual tension between Nora and Patch:

Even though they were broken up, they just couldn’t stop running back to each other. Like aaaahhh! I was going “Get Back Together Right Now!”

Nora is nothing like Bella:

Yup. Nora had it worse than Bella. While Bella sulked and become a living zombie after Edward left her, Nora at least tried to change her life. While Bella only dealt with breakup and a friction with her werewolf best friend, Nora had her ex boyfriend hanging out with her arch nemesis/bully who was the ultimate B-I-T-C-H, learnt  her mom was cheating on her dad and she wasn’t her dad’s daughter, got near death experiences traumatizing her, her breakup with Patch, and thinking for a long time, that Patch killed her dad (not the actual biological one). She had it worse but still she found her ways to be happy and hang out with her best friend.

Nora’s Best friend, Vee Sky:

I love this girl so much! Her constant jokes and attempt to cheer her friend was so amazing! You’ll totally LOL at her jokes.

The stakes are higher and higher in this book:

Like Nora even at one point dismisses Patch from being her guardian angel. Whoa!!! That’s like obliterating the mating bond between Feyre and Rhysand.

That cliffhanger ending!!!

It was so cliffhanging! 😵😵😵

So there you go. I’d have gushed more over this book cause it’s that good! 😍😍😍

I’d definitely pick up the next book, Silence, for sure!

My Review on Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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(Disclaimer: This review contains spoiler so please skip it of you haven’t read the book, thank you.)

Guilty pleasure!!!

Yup, this book was totally guilty pleasure. When I was 13, I first came acquainted with the Twilight series and fell in love. Back then, I didn’t understand all its problematic contents and cliché contents but now that I do, I should detest the series.

Problem is, I can’t. 

I still love Twilight series and probably will be its fan for the rest of my life. And maybe that is why I fell in love with this book too cause it’s almost like a ripoff of Twilight series, minus the sparkly vampires with fangs and half nude werewolves. Instead, we get…

Fallen angels!

As you can see from the cover!

Here’s how the book is similar to Twilight:

One of the MCs are new guy/girl transferred in the middle of the year:

While in Twilight it was Bella who was a transfer student, here its Patch Cipriano. 

They meet in biology lab!:

Yup, just like Bella and Edward were partnered up against their wishes. What else?

The guys gave mysterious vibes:

Add in tall dark handsome features. But unlike Edward, he didn’t react to how Nora smelled!

One of them tries to get out of the partnership:

In Twilight it was Edward, here it was Nora.

Hottie dudes:

Yes, there were hot dudes here fawning over the Mary Sue, who thinks she’s not pretty.

Classic Bella.

The towns have weird names:

In Twilight it was Forks, here it’s Coldwater.

The towns are super creepy:

Like their MMCs, the towns give off super creepy chills. While Forks was constantly in downpour, Coldwater has mist and rain.

The heroine literally finds out about the hero’s true supernatural identity via internet:

Welcome to the 21st century where we stalk stalkerish boyfriends on the internet. Cool, right?

The heroine gets in trouble in Portland:

Oh boy! These books are ruining Portland’s image to potential tourists.

Evil vindictive girlfriend:

Like really! While Twilight has Victoria, here you’ll find Dabria.

Victoria & Dabria? Rhymes, right?

Psycho Stalker Dudes Cornering Heroines in Halls:

Yup, in Twilight James cornered Bella in a ballet studio. Here in the school gym.

Psycho Stalker Dude Lures our Heroines using their female loved ones as baits:

These girls are so vulnerable. Now where is their knights in shining armor?

The heroines have a lot of stuff to cover up:

How they destroyed their house, how they destroyed their school or ex ballet studio.

The crazy girlfriend is vanished but will be back:

Cause duh!

The lovers have super creepy/cute dates?

Eh…

But but but, Becca Fitzpatrick tried to salvage some stuff from Twilight:

Here we get super fun best friend, Vee!:

I loved this girl, though in the end she got a bit annoying for trusting hot creepy dudes so easily. And her easy friendship with Nora was endearing.

Reminder, Bella had no friends that didn’t fall for her.

The single parent here isn’t distant emotionally:

Thank God! Only physically in the beginning. We can’t have our hero heroines make out with the parents in the room.

Nora likes shopping unlike Bella:

And her trip to Victoria’s Secret with Bee was super hilarious.

Nora was a lot healthier heroine than Bella:

Yup. She took part in extra curricular activities, though like Bella she sucked in gym, liked shopping and going out with Vee and respected her mom. She whined and sulked almost to zero compared to Bella did.

Patch was more fun than Edward:

Edward was boring and old guy. Patch, though older than Edward, was super hilarious and fun. He teased Nora relentlessly and that’s how they bonded.

Patch’s stalking was more justified than Edward’s:

Because Patch is Nora’s guardian angel, duh! That’s bodyguard with wings and some super cool power.

I love bantering relationship.

So there you have it! Proof that Hush Hush is totally a ripoff of Twilight series and as expected, I’m a fan. 

Again, this review is totally subjective. Please don’t feel the need to take my review as a suggestion that you should or shouldn’t read it. Thank you.

My Review on Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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This is crazy cause I finished reading another book only yesterday and it didn’t take me long to find another book to devour.

Hmm…not quite right, cause I can’t tell if I devoured this book or this book devoured me.

As soon as I began to read this book yesterday, I got the sense of Beauty and the Beast, and the myth of Hades and Persephone. But as I read on, I got the sense of A Court of Thorns & Roses meets Caraval. But this book has abandoned all the problematic features of the two aforementioned books, and made me devour Wintersong in less than a day.

What I loved about this book?

The storyline:

Like I said, it has the B&B vibe plus ACOTAR vibe in it. Also I got Caraval vibe and these are all you get without spoilers. Trust me, you must read this book without spoilers.

But the story is genius. S. Jae-Jones has woven such a story with the air of mystery, musicality, lushness and heartbreaking romance. I’m captivated by its enchantment.

Characters:

At first, I thought Liesl and Käthe would have the kind of abusive sisterly relationship Scarlett had with Donnatella. Or bitter relationship Feyre had with Nesta or the vauge one between Feyre and Elain. But as the story progressed, I realized how Käthe wasn’t selfish like Donnatella, or aloof like Elain or bitter like Nesta. I felt her character and her relationship with Leisl felt to me like Elsa and Anna from Frozen. Distant but deep. 

And Liesl is such a heroine! She was fiercely protective of her siblings but did not lost her individuality in it. She had spine and grace and used them well. Her character arc resonated with me and was palpable from the beginning till the end.

The Goblin King is a pensive soul who hides it behind mask of mischievousness. Like Tamlin he was burdened by responsibility and immortality but he wasn’t dominant or abusive, neither was he manipulative like Julian.

Romance:

Gah! This book lacked the abusive romance between Feyre and Tamlin, and the wooden relationship between Scarlett and Julian. It had sizzling chemistry, taut sexual tension and even lots of banter and hatred. But no abuse, I promise. The Goblin King was mysterious and mischievous like Legend, and melancholic and brooding like Tamlin, but not abusive. Also, I could only imagine actor Jamie Campbell Bower from  Mortal Instruments movie and actress Emily Browning from The American Gods as Liesl and her Goblin King.

The descriptions:

Gah!! I don’t know if S. Jae-Jones is a musician herself but she impressed me by her way of describing emotions and surroundings with musical vocabulary. Some (okay, many) words I didn’t understand but it didn’t matter. It was amazing and dreamy. Like Caraval, the first half of the book had a mysterious air in it, while the second half had an intensely passionate romantic air in it. I’m in love!

So there you have it. This book is so good! A must read for fans of Caraval and ACOTAR. The sequel, Shadowsong, is coming out in January 2018. I know I’ll devour that book too 😉

My Review on The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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Genre: Magical realism

This book is so good. This is the first magical realism book I’ve read and I’m in love with this genre. Here are why:

This book is thought provoking:

Yes, all books can provoke thoughts in you in some ways. But this is one of those books that make you think hard. Not just about what’s gonna happen to the characters and the plot. This book made me think really hard about life, and love. But most importantly, about human mind. Very few books cut such an imprint on me. Last book that did was The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk.

Relatable Characters:

Yes, there was a bad character that deserved no sympathy of mine. Otherwise, I felt for every character, felt the reason and justification behind every action of theirs, regardless of being good and bad. To me, they weren’t good or bad people. They were just people who sometimes made good decision, sometimes poor choices.

The beautiful prose:

Leslye Walton, despite being a debut author, wrote her story on such a way, as if she were a veteran in writing. Every sentence she wrote must be paid attention to, for every sentence bore meanings. She used sardonic tone when it needed, hilarious tone when needed, without exception.

Heart Wrenching Story:

Every character had a heart wrenching back story. Every character felt human who fell in love, laughed, cried, mourned over broken hearts, and even died. No character is small here. Everyone had an impact to the story. It wasn’t just Ava Lavender’s story as the title suggested. It was all the characters’ stories.

For pitches, I’d say this book is “Chocolat” meets “Penelope” via “Amélie”. All films, yeah, I know.

And I enjoyed every bit of this gem of a book. One of my favorite read of 2017.

My Review of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Sarah J. Maas excels in three things across her books.

01. Excellent foreshadowing:

In the first book, she bedazzled me with her little Easter eggs of foreshadowing and when the chips fell into place, I was beyond gobsmacked. Like George R.R. Martin and J.K.Rowling, she masterfully sows seeds of foreshadowing and as a writer, I often find myself studying her words to not get gobsmacked later. However, I still do and that’s a beautiful smacking.

02. Descriptions:

Though this book lacked the previous ones beautiful poetic prose, it nevertheless holds its own, for majority of this book, Feyre isn’t bedazzled by beauty, rather she navigates them.

03. Stakes:

Um…after George R.R.Martin, J.K.Rowling, Sabaa Tahir and Marie Rutkoski, Sarah J. Maas does the best in raising stakes. She destroys and annihilates everything Feyre and Rhysand hold dear, and thus destroys us too. I love her for that and again, as a writer, can learn much from her.

So there you go. ACOMAF is raising my expectations and hopefully ACOWAR will too, though I already know a lot of spoilers 😉😉

My Review of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski


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After Twilight, it was decades before I found book of my dreams. An Ember in the Ashes. I didn’t think I’d find another dream book so soon. In my own personal record time, 12 hours, I started and finished this f***ing amazing book. God damn!!! This book is amazing!!!

I loved Twilight to the point of obsession, simply because 01) it’s heavy with deep romance, 02) it’s fantasy. Yes, Twilight was problematic AF but I’m still a huge fan of it. After Twilight, fantasy books had romance, yes, but full of love triangles that I hated! Or relationships that fell off and another couple formed, forcing me to change shipping the previous couple (Yes, I mean Sarah J. Maas’ book where I constantly had to change shipping a couple. Ugh!) But in here, in The Winner’s Curse, it was obvious from the get go that Kestrel and Arin are the couple and will be till the end. I couldn’t be happier. I also have a soft spot for star crossed lovers in fantasy 😍😍😍

Yes, this book is also not without problems. For example, I hated the part when the author said that eating with one’s bare hands is a sign of savageness. It is not! Being a Bengali, that’s an insult and I hated that. Also the book’s portrayal of slavery, portraying the revolting Herrani slaves as antagonistic forces, was problematic. These are the only problems I perceived. Nevertheless, I love love love this book and will definitely finish the trilogy.

My Review of An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


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Oh my God! What have I just read? I can’t….can’t…Gaaah!

Damn! Though initially I was reluctant to read such a massive massive book, in the end I will never regret it. From the get go, I was hooked beyond words. I rooted for Laia like I rooted for Katniss. Then I rooted for Elias like I rooted for Four. And now?

The romance made me feel hot. Enough to turn on a fan in December cold. Gah! At first I rooted for Elias and Helene as a couple and Keenan and Laia as a couple. But now? I want Keenan gone and Helene gone. At the same time, I’m scared for Helene. What’d Marcus do to her? *tears inside*

Anyway, I’m hoping I get my hands on the second book. Fingers crossed. 

I’d recommend it to every fan of Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. You won’t regret it, I promise. 

I give it one star for the awesome description. Wish I could have Sabaa Tahir as a teacher. The descriptions were so mesmerizing and vivid. I was literally there with the setting. 

One more star for the gripping tension. Rips you inside whenever something awful happens and it does happen a lot lot lot lot. Don’t tell me I didn’t alert you beforehand. 

One more star for the unique story. I’ve read negative reviews that said it was predictable and clichéd. NOT!!! It isn’t. It never was. It might’ve had similarities with other fantasy books but trust me, the way she weaved them is unique. 

One more star for the characters. Like oh my God! In just one chapter, I loved Darin. I even asked a friend for spoilers to know if he survives. Then I met Laia properly and Elias too. I fell for them. I wanted to meet them in real life and become their best friends, totally platonically though. And whenever something bad happened to them, I gasped. One negative review said that Laia was a Mary Sue. Nope? She had flaws. She was also NOT STUPID! Nope! Nope! Nope!

Last star for the romance. *fans myself* Starting from the sexual tension between Helene and Elias to the one between Laia and Keenan. I rooted those two couples to become two actual couples. I didn’t want Elias and Laia to become one. Then they meet and sparks fly, burning readers hearts with it. Gah! 

Helene (to Elias about him first meeting Laia): “I saw how you were looking at her….Like she was water and you were just dying of thirst.”

Whoa! Gimme some ice to tend to the burn the sparks between them did to me. Wow! Sabaa Tahir sure knows how to make readers swoon. Yes, it was insta-love but who cares! This isn’t realistic fiction. Negative reviewers wanna throw up and let them. Don’t care! Sabaa Tahir made insta-love so unique here I fell in love. Tensions between Elias and Helene and Laia and Keenan stayed there. They were always about to kiss, only to be interrupted. Then came the long yearned kiss between Elias and Laia and I died. Right there. Gah! Sabaa Tahir should’ve written romance instead because she rocks. 

Overall, I’m a huge, huge, Goliath, no, Atlas of a fan of her. I devoured this book in two days! That’s right! I can’t wait for the next book. 

I’m also an aspiring writer and if I want anyone to become my writing coach, it’d be either George R.R.Martin, Jane Austen, Suzanne Collins or J.K.Rowling. But after reading this boom, I added Sabaa Tahir in that list. 

I’d again recommend it to anyone, even after ten years from now.