Blog Updates

Blogging Hiatus – Exams!

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a good day!

Unfortunately, I will be taking a break from blogging for a bit over a month due to exams. My exams end on the 8th June, but I’ll also have a lot of other things going on at the same time, but I hope to post as soon as possible and hopefully participate at the end of the #RamadanReadathon 🙂

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Book Reviews, Sci-Fi

Review – Ready Player One

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Title: Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – The Belles

Image result for the bellesTitle: The Belles

Author: Dhonielle Clayton

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Book Reviews

An Amazing Islamic-Fic Book for Young Readers – Seven is Special by Shagufta Malik!

 

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Title: Seven is Special

Author: Shagufta Malik

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (an especial favourite, because even though I am a teenager, I still enjoy to read books aimed for a younger age level once in a while)

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Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – The Raven King

Image result for the raven kingTitle: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Synopsis

This book is the perfect ending to a magnificent series, The Raven Cycle. I finished it in under 4 days, and it is an immersing page-turner that leads to a satisfying ending. I would highly, highly recommend reading it if you are a fan of YA Fantasy. The Raven Cycle is one of the kings of YA Fantasy, and is intensely unique and  enchanting.

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Writing

How I Brainstorm Plots for my Stories??

Hello fellow friends!

Welcome to another writing post! I’ve been into these quite a lot lately, I apologise to those who come to my blog for book reviews more than writing-related posts, I do have my review for The Raven King in preparation, so that is something to look forward to 🙂

Moving on, plotting for stories, I don’t know about any others, but for me, it is one of the key hardships in the whole journey of writing a story. Developing characters is something I personally enjoy very much, but the entire plotting process can be fun… but also stressful.

There’s the worry – is the plot too obvious? Is it not interesting enough? Is it too slow? And then… is it too fast? There are a bajillion of worries concerning the plot that writers have to cope with on a daily basis (see here for more)!

Anyway, in this post I’m just going to be sharing how I come up with plot ideas for previous novel-in-progress’s.

What I did last summer (find out more about that here) was that I had this notebook where I would just make bullet-points on all the different things that could happen about a certain thing. Okay, that sounds confusing. Allow me to give you an example…

Cassandra’s kidnapping

–> she gets caught

–> she escapes by a boat

–> an assassin interrupts her

That, is an example, and it’s actually a proper part of my fantasy story that I was working on in the summer. Unfortunately (and if you’ve read this post you’ll know), I gave up on it (and if you read that same post you’ll also find out why).

Then I would debate all the different aspects to what could happen, with my sister. Now this is very helpful. Thinking out loud makes it easier for you to see things and connect things than thinking in your head, where it can be a bit of a jumble. You can also debate in a notebook, which can also help clear your head (and if you’re wondering what I ended up choosing… it was the assassin).

One thing I would recommend doing is being more organised with your notebook. In what way? That I do not know, otherwise I would have done it myself, but my own notebook, as a result of mounds of furious brainstorming, was a sad mess… with scribblings and crossing outs and neon colours over neon colours, all trying to talk over each other. It was very perplexing, at times.

Anyway, that’s all for this post! I hope that you found this helpful in some way, and do let me know in the comments what types of posts you would like to see on this blog other than book reviews 🙂

How do you plot for your stories?

Speak soon!

Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Review – Siege and Storm

Image result for siege and stormTitle: Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis: Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.


“When people say impossible, they usually mean improbable.”

This book took me ages to finish it. I started it on the third of January and finished it on the eighteenth of March. I somehow managed to find the first quarter boring even though many would argue that the first quarter is a very significant and action-packed quarter of the story and I agree with them but… I don’t know?

And I’ve read such bad reviews on the third book that I think I may lay off this trilogy for at least a while. I don’t know if I’m prepared for a bad ending for a trilogy that had such a good start. It’s the same with The Young Elites and The Rose Society by Marie Lu for me.

Anyway, this book was still really good. There were a couple of aspects I didn’t like about it, like Mal… but I still really enjoyed reading it. There were a lot of huge twists, the world-building was amazing as always with Leigh Bardugo, the characters (STURMHOND!) (DARKLING!)… and the writing!

Overall it had an engaging plot, at least one fantastic character (Sturmhond) and was well-written as well. I did really enjoy this, but not as much as the first book and not really a personal favourite on the whole.

What is your favourite book in the Grisha Verse trilogy? Do you think the final book is worth a read?

Speak soon! 🙂