Book Review

The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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After reading so many reviews on this book, I was left really curious to say the least. When I walked past the bookstore last week I picked up a copy, bought it without thinking any more of it and walked straight out before my mind start to wonder about the pile of unread books at home. I love Sci-Fi movies with all my heart, and I can count on one hand how many romance feature films I actually enjoyed. Which is weird when I think about it because when it comes to books, my preferred genres are switched around. So after completing Cinder, I could not answer the question as to why that is…

Cinder is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and it is a futuristic re-telling of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. However, this story is very different to the one you may remember from your childhood. Cinder is cyborg. She also happens to be an extremely talented mechanic who works at a little market in the streets of New Beijing where androids and flying cars are no longer a thing of the future. For all the advancements that are now regarded normal, top scientists across the world still cannot find a cure for a deadly plague that threatens the civilians. After her step sister falls ill, her vicious step mother places all the blame on Cinder, and sends her away for the science trial programme to help find a cure. It is here, the very place Cinder has been trying to avoid for fear of never being able to see the light of day again, that she find more answers about her mysterious past than she could have ever imagined.

Of course there is a Prince too. And after a chance encounter, Cinder soon realizes that there is much more to Prince Kai’s growing concern for the staggering number of deaths caused by the incurable plague… The Lunar Queen is watching; a Queen more powerful than any before, who lets nothing stand in the way of what she wants. She’s biding her time so that she can strike at the opportune moment – when the Earthens are at their weakest.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, because it was so different to what I normally read. It was also very detailed and descriptive, but not in a way that made it seem unnecessary. I found it a bit predictable – which is why there are so many mixed feelings about this book – but there were more twists in between that kept me intrigued. I liked how we got to read from more than one person’s perspective because it gave a better picture of the whole story. I am really excited to read the rest of the series, and even more excited to explore the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre since there are SO many books I want to get hold of. I am not sure why it’s taken me this long to read more in this genre, but I am so excited (can you tell how excited I am??) because I have a lot of catching up to do.

Have you read Cinder? And what were your thoughts on it? I’d love to know.

– Nihaad

Recent Reads

I reached my halfway mark on Goodreads last week and I was so happy to know that I am on track with my reading challenge. It’s really satisfying when you look back on all the books you’ve read and think of how much you either loved or hated it. I have to say that 2015 (so far) hasn’t been treating me too well in terms of good reads; but I have a feeling that’s going to change because I managed to get my hands on some really interesting looking books this weekend – which I will share soon. But for now, these are some of my recent reads:

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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I am not sure how I feel about this book. I guess I expected something more from it even when I knew I shouldn’t. But I think that was the point of it though, to remind us that life is life. It should be lived and accepted for what it is. And sometimes we are put in real crappy situations where¬†you have to let go of what you love most.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I am really getting into the whole YA, Science Fiction and Fantasy genres lately. When I first read the Divergent series I truly hated it; but I re-read it recently because I really wanted to like it, and I found that my opinion on it has changed quite a bit. So I am not surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Red Queen is also going to be a series, and if I have to compare, I would say it’s a mix between Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight. A story filled with drama, action, betrayal and a power struggle of epic proportions.

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

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After discussing this book with my sister-in-law who is also a major book worm like me, I was left with mixed feelings. When I was finished with The DUFF I didn’t particularly find it amazing, but I still liked it. I found it to be light and entertaining. My sister-in-law hated it and she explained why she had such strong feelings toward this book (which I understood and agreed with by the way) and made me rethink the entire experience. But I finally came to a conclusion about this book: no matter how strong you are or how confident you may feel, being rated or judged based on your looks is hurtful and demeaning and it affects everyone who has to deal with it. This is the lesson I chose to take from this book.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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When I saw all the hype about this book on the internet I knew I had to read it, especially since I was looking for something light. The first book was… nice. I mean, I enjoyed it and all but it didn’t live up to all the great reviews that I’ve seen. It was entertaining but filled with so much fluff which made it a drag. With that being said, in my opinion, there was absolutely no reason for a second book. I felt like the story had no depth; or substance for that matter. It left nothing to the imagination which defeats the purpose of reading for me.

What books have you read recently and is there anything you recommend? I’d love to have some idea of what to reach for on my next trip to the book store!

– Nihaad

A Picture post: Sunday’s Shenanigans

On Sunday the Hubby took me to Gordan’s Bay because I was grumpy, and he knew how much I wanted to go to the bookstore there. I have to say that I truly appreciated it since his plan was to spend the day with his Play Station playing Grand Theft Auto V – that’s straight up love, yo! It was amazing to just spend a few hours in the sun, and it made me feel so much better about the week ahead.

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We’ve had beautiful, sunny skies this weekend even though we’re supposed to be in the heart of winter. Walking on the beach and breathing in the fresh ocean air made me feel so peaceful. I felt inspired after a day away from the hussle and bussle of the city; and because I haven’t been to the beach since the real summer months, I realized just how much I missed being outside.

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I’ve only been to Bikini Beach Bookstore one other time, but I can still remember how I felt walking through those doors for the first time. Being surrounded by what seems like endless rows of books was so exciting…

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Look at all those books!!! And these pictures only show one passage of the entire house FILLED with books. I could stay there for days browsing through the different stacks, which are supposed to be sorted alphabetically by author’s name. Speaking of author – when I walked into this store for the first time I was so overwhelmed that I couldn’t think of a single author’s name #BrainFart!!
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After a couple of hours, I walked out with this pile. I am so chuffed because I managed to find a book that I’ve been meaning to read for AGES despite it being on my e-reader. I’ve already started reading it, and I am so excited to do a review.

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Satisfied with my purchases, we ended the day off with these huge ice-cream cones that gave us both tummy aches, and headed home just in time for Taufeeq to get a good dose of video games.

What are your favourite second hand book stores in the vicinity of Cape Town?

– Nihaad