Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Review : The Language of Dying

* Sorry for being MIA - I've been sick and constantly tired but there will be more book reviews to come so stay tuned!*

*Contains Spoilers!*


Title : The Language Of Dying
My rating : 5/5

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Blurb: A woman sits beside her father's bedside as the night ticks away the final hours of his life. As she watches over her father, she relives the past week and the events that brought the family together . . . and she recalls all the weeks before that served to pull it apart.

There has never been anything normal about the lives raised in this house. It seems to her that sometimes her family is so colorful that the brightness hurts, and as they all join together in this time of impending loss she examines how they came to be the way they are and how it came to just be her, the drifter, that her father came home to die with.

My Review:
Although I am easily impressed by most books, I genuinely love the writing style of this one! Love, love, love!
As the story is written in the protagonist's narrative, you can envision everything from her utterly descriptive perspective.
Though it is a pretty gloomy book - the protagonist's father is dying from cancer and all, it captures all emotions and the overall experience felt by the characters.
This book definitely has it all. It deserves a 5 star from me.

It focuses on death and touches on the broken bonds of families, domestic violence & miscarriage.
However, regardless of the dark stories, the protagonist also reminisce the good times she had during her childhood before everything fell apart.

The part that really got to me was when the protagonist thought that getting married equals to a happy ending.
But it doesn't always work that way. Life isn't a fairy tale after all.
Domestic abuse is a sensitive topic. It is also inevitable. It happens to both men and women.
Though the abuse did stop for her when they found out that she was pregnant, she realized that "leopards don't change their spots." pg84

" I'm angry at myself for my stupidity, for not realising. For still wanting to believe in fairy-tale endings, when I know they don't exist. For not getting my sh*t together and getting out of there." - pg85
If you are a victim of abuse or violence, PLEASE CALL THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE hotline or click HERE.

In conclusion,
this book is exquisite! It portrays the low points in life beautifully! I recommend that you go check it out! Plus, as it is a rather short book, it is easy to devour it in one go.
Kudos to the author. She stole my heart with this one.
Thank you for reading :)

Love, Iqra.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Review : The Servant Boy

Disclaimer : I was sent a free e-book of The Servant Boy by the Author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Okay, since all of my book reviews contains spoilers , I decided that this review would be a non-spoiler so that all of you can read it! :D

Btw, I will also be interviewing Reesha soon so stay tuned! 


Title : The Servant Boy
Author : Reesha Goral
My Rating : 4/5

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Blurb:
The Servant Boy highlights the adventures of Zayne Shah, a young man who lives through the most horrific disaster his village, Saidpur, has ever seen. An epidemic has unknowingly raged through Saidpur and is taking the lives of umpteen folk before his eyes. Zayne is determined to find a cure to the mystery, at whatever the cost may be, even if that cost is a price he cannot presently afford.

Zayne goes through a series of ups and downs as he takes you with him, embracing life through vivid details, all of which include paradoxes that anyone from any walk of life can relate to: life and death, happiness and grief, love and envy, friendship and animosity.

My review :

This debut book by Reesha Goral is exquisite! To be honest, if it weren't for Reesha, I probably never have read this book as it is not something that I usually pick up from the bookstore. 
However, I love multicultural books and in The servant boy, you will get to learn about the Pakistani culture which is sui generis. 
The book definitely provides us with the rich information on the vibrant village of Saidpur, Islamabad. Plus, you get to learn a few Urdu ( Official Language of Pakistan ) words which is a plus!
It is written in the perspective of Zayne (Most chapters), the Mulazim ( Servant ). Though he was only a servant, he has a nonchalant character and is incredibly talented and skillful.

The book is a very easy read as it has a chill pace thus, you wouldn't get bored from reading it. It is incredibly well written, filled with diversity, love ------- and plot twists!
Definitely a page-turner.

I would have rated it a 5 but the ending was a little bit disappointing and confusing.

Nonetheless, it deserves a 4-star rating from me!
If you love multicultural / fantasy books, I recommend that you read The Servant boy. I can't wait for more reads from the author.

Love, Iqra.