The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Psychological Fiction, LGBT literature

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

The story centres around two characters: Monique Grant and Evelyn Hugo, who couldn’t be further apart in personalities and line of work, as the former is a journalist and the latter a Hollywood icon. Life unexpectedly takes a turn out of the ordinary for Monique who is personally requested for an interview by none other than Evelyn Hugo herself.Read More »

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn Trilogy)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, Adult, Politics

Format: Hardback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Synopsis

Our story continues as an evil spirit has been let loose across the Final Empire. Time has passed since the unforgettable incident at the Well of Ascension. Ashes have started to increasingly fall and agriculture has been dangerously impacted causing starvation. Vin and Elend seek storage caches throughout the empire while coming to terms with the fact that the end of life as they know it is near. Read More »

Men without Women

Author: Haruki Murakami

Genre: Fiction, Short story collection

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

This is a collection of seven short stories, each portraying the harsh loneliness faced by men who have lost or held onto women they loved.

This was my first experience reading a Murakami book but not my first exposure as I discovered his popularity when I watched the movie adaptation of Norwegian Wood.

I really enjoyed the stories but there were times the characters didn’t feel interesting enough and I expected the story to drag until Murakami started fleshing out their characterisation through past events and beautiful philosophical writing.

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn Trilogy)

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Title: The Well of Ascension (Mistborn Trilogy)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, Adult, Politics

Format: Hardback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Synopsis

Vin and the rest of Kelsier’s gang have successfully overthrown the Lord Ruler’s tyrannical government but they are now faced with a challenge of running a kingdom. This lead to Elend Venture becoming appointed King of Luthadel. He does his best to spread virtuous values and equality for all while preventing a potential war from occurring. Concurrently, Vin, notices the mysterious presence of a mist that continues to appear after the death of Lord Ruler.Read More »

The Final Empire (Mistborn Trilogy)

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Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Magic, Adult, Politics

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Synopsis

In the Central Dominance was a region called ‘The Final Empire’, where a Hero rose up the ranks and dubbed himself as “Lord Ruler” and reigned with terror. In the heart of this region was its capital “Luthadel” where ash would unexplainably fall, and the pastures were lifeless and brown. People of different classes such as noblemen and the peasants also known as skaa accepted this way of life and even believed the lord ruler to be an omnipotent god. Frustration, misery and anger were masked by fear of executions, but hope illuminated one day when a half-skaa called Kelsier spread word of a future with a free humane government. Layers of truth started to uncover when it was revealed that he was a Mistborn, a being who had access to the power of Alomancy which was the act of becoming empowered by different types of metals. His existence was shunned by the current government but Kelsier hid his true nature and planned to recruit an army to topple lord ruler’s government. Political intrigue, the reminder of human vulnerability and hope ensue.Read More »

Dry

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Co-Authors: Neal & Jarrod Shusterman

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Format: Paperback

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Synopsis

California goes through a sudden shortage in water AKA the most consumable natural resource in the world. The everyday lives of a suburban town is struck with shock when taps start to run dry, an event addressed by the Government as the “Tap-Out.” As people are faced with the horrible reality of their situations, questionable decisions are made for the sake of securing water.   Read More »

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 »