Muse of Nightmares (Duology)

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Author: Laini Taylor

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

This sequel follows where we left off with the heart pounding climax of Lazlo discovering who he truly is and Sarai’s mortality coming to an end. In the midst of all this Minya, holds Sarai’s soul as hostage to manipulate Lazlo into doing her bidding in executing her long overdue vengeance upon the humans of Weep. Questions of what led to the Carnage, the missing children of the Citadel and the revelation of new worlds will all have answers.

I’m so honoured to have read both books in the duology this year. This sequel was thrilling and a lot more action packed than the first and in true Laini Taylor fashion, characters’ background stories have been fleshed out in depth and truths that have been veiled from us in the book one have been uncovered. The most intriguing characters were Minya and especially Nova, a newly introduced character who completely left us gobsmacked in her unexpected connection to the lost godspawns. Both characters share acrimonious personalities yet they fiercely love their family and will do anything to protect them.

All in all, this book has been far from amazing. It provided insight into the worlds hidden from the people of Weep, the life of heart break instigated upon the half-breed demigod children and concluding the heart-warming romance between our happy pairings. We are still not certain that this book is the end as Laini teased us with the mention of: “The End (or is it?)” so let’s see. Either way, I truly support annual publications of Laini Taylor books.

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Authors: Amal Al Kooheji & Sajeda Al Asfoor
Genre: Self-help, Non-Fiction
Format: Paperback
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Synopsis
Our world today has paved way to a digital present and future so why is it taking so long for certain corporations to adjust to this new age and why is Generation Y aka ‘Millennials’ getting the the short end of the stick? Let’s find out as our two main characters Mrs. Hope (Generation X representative) and Saj (Generation Y representative) interact and attempt to understand each other’s generations especially the gaps that ‘Millennials’ need accommodating with, i.e. leadership skills, flexibility and impact.

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Circe

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Author: Madeline Miller 
Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
Format: Hardback
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The story centres around Circe, daughter of Helios the sun god and Perse, an Oceanid nymph. Although she was a goddess, she was treated poorly by her family and relatives for lacking the appearance of a divine being. Her isolation led her to seek companionship from mortals and her actions led her to discover a power hidden and despised by the gods: witchcraft. She got sentenced to exile by her father to the remote island of Aiaia and in the course of time she spent there, she learnt to hone her gift of magic and ultimately meet different people: both mortals and immortals who aid in shaping the path she decided to pursue: embrace her divinity and the kin who discarded her or stay with the mortals she came to love.

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Strange the Dreamer (Duology)

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Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The story is about an orphan named Lazlo Strange, who loved to dream and lose his head in the clouds. This passion found itself extended to stories and fairy tales which were frowned upon by the monks that raised him at the monastery. He was drawn to stories relating to the city of Weep, a city that has lost its name to the Goddess of Oblivion, a name that made whoever tried to remember it weep. One day Lazlo chanced upon an opportunity when the hero of the city of Weep known as Godslayer along with his troupe of warriors made a visit to Zosma. Will he remain satisfied as a dreamy eyed librarian caged indoors by the status quo or will he step forward and follow his dreams?

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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe Trilogy)

 

Author: Neal Shusterman

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Horror

Format: Hardback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A year after the disclosed events in the first book: “Scythe”, we discover that Citra has become a successful apprentice of Scythe Marie Curie AKA the “Grand Dame of Death” as she embraces the value of gleaning compassionately by having the dying spend their last moments with their family and choosing the method they wish to die with. Unlike Citra, Rowan has become a vigilante who rids the Scythedom of self-serving Scythes who actually enjoy gleaning due to their homogeneous preferences and other immoral intentions.A series of unfortunate events start occurring to Citra and Marie as they realize that their lives are at stake. Little did they know, it was due to their actions challenging the ideals of the “New Order” Scythes. Although there is a law that strictly separates the Scythedom from State, the Thunderhead somehow tries to save them through “unsavoury “ways.Read More »

Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)

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Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Genre: Heroic Fantasy, Magic, Realism

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

“Name of the Wind” conveys the story of a gifted young man, Kvothe, whose past struggles and encounters earned him a reputation only worthy of legends.

This wasn’t an easy read but a very engaging one. The writing was lovely and intricate. It is apparent how much thought and effort Mr. Rothfuss put into materializing his thoughts into this book. I enjoyed the world building, the side characters but the main lead was difficult to get on board with at times.Read More »