BR: Book Review

Barking Mad: Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking” Strikes a Chord

Patrick Ness thought of two ideas when he created the Chaos Walking trilogy. First, he thought of information overload. Then, he considered the idea of hearing a dog’s thoughts. The result is agonizing sweetness and thoughtful exploration of humanity. As readers often note, there is a tragic event that takes place in the first Chaos …

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The 5th Wave Book and Exploring the Fear of Human Extermination

Summary of Post: This post is a discussion of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave and its reflection on humanity’s anxiety around the future and the unknown. In particular, I want to talk about Yancey’s focus on the effects of the alien invasion on the characters within the story, especially: Cassie Sulivan, Ben Parrish, and Evan Walker. Barking Mad: Patrick …

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Meeting History and Toxic Masculinity in Classic Naguib Mahfouz Novel

Some of you may know that I lived in Egypt in the 90s. I was mostly isolated by my mental illness, but even then, I had noticed the prominence of the Si-Sayed figure. What I didn’t ever expect is that this figure appears in Naguib Mahfouz’s 1956 classic called The Palace Walk.  Give This a Listen: …

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Gushing over Brandon Sanderson’s The Well of Ascension

While I did enjoy The Final Empire novel, Brandon Sanderson completely blew me away with the sequel, The Well of Ascension. Here, I will gush, ooh, and ah over this powerful story about morality, duty, and love. WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD. PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Meeting History and Toxic Masculinity in Classic Naguib Mahfouz Novel Some of you may know that …

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V.E. Schwab’s Vicious: Delicious Morally-Grey Enemies

The Love for V.E. Schwab I started reading V.E. Schwab’s work about a year ago. Prior to this, I had only collected her books with some vague assumptions of their greatness. Having read most of her stories, I had one more book to go: Vicious. Back when I was sure of my belonging in Slytherin, I thought …

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Book Review: Laini Taylor’s Breathtaking “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”

        **Before I continue, I have to credit the following brilliant photographers: Blue haired girl photo by Ben Waardenburg on Unsplash Halo photo by Ravi Roshan on Unsplash Hand reach out photo by Ian Espinosa on Unsplash Leaning Together Photo by Joao Silas on UnSplash Dark Curls Photo by Carlos Arthur on Unsplash I hesitated to read Laini Taylor’s novels for a long …

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Book Review of Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater’s Introduction to the Wolves of Mercy Falls

  After reading the Raven Cycle, Maggie Stiefvater became one of the most interesting authors on my shelves. Many years ago, I had gathered the first books by her that I had heard of: The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. Beginning with Shiver, this trilogy follows werewolves and a girl who is fascinated by them. Unlike the Raven Cycle, …

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Thoughts in a Review: A Torch Against the Night

Yesterday, I finished reading the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, which is called A Torch Against the Night by the wonderful Sabaa Tahir. In this book, we follow the journey of Elias, Laia, and Helene as the Empire continues to enslave Scholars. Here are my thoughts wrapped into a review. Let me share my excitement with you. …

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The Mixed Bag of One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

    I am going to share with you my experience of reading One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake here. Naturally, spoilers will arise. While I avoid naming specific characters, I advise you to read with caution. Okay. When I read Three Dark Crowns, I remembered how much I enjoyed Kendare Blake’s writing. Upon seeing the sequel in the library, I …

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