Wuthering Heights & Sleepless Nights

 

For a past few days, I have been suffering from a bad, a VERY bad insomnia. A couple days back, I even tried crying my eyes out just to strain them. Unfortunately, that didn’t work either. Last night I got so frustrated that I screamed so loud (it was 1:30 in the morning) that I scared myself which, clearly, did not help in any way what-so-ever in putting my body to sleep and my mind at ease. Sighing to myself in defeat, I decided to do what happens in most movies: stand under the ‘gorgeous’moonlight. I swear it looked beautiful, the moon. But to my added irritation, a part of it was hidden behind those infernal houses. (God I personally hate one or two maybe five of my neighbours!) Determined to take a full look at the beautifully flawed silver eye of the heaven, I decided to go to the terrace. Where I could feast my eyes upon the beauty of it all. Of the dark night. Maybe meet Dracula!
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The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Title: The Grownup

Author: Gillian Flynn

Publisher: Orion Books

Originally Published: George R R Martin’s Rogues

Release Date: October 27, 2015

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Buy it here: Amazon Orion Books

Penguin Random House

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THE GROWNUP WON THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST SHORT STORY IN 2015

 

‘I watched the house. It watched me back through long, baleful windows so tall a child could stand in the sill. And one was. I could see the length of his thin body: gray trousers, black sweater, a maroon tie perfectly knotted at the neck. A thicket of dark hair covering his eyes….’

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The Girl in the Mirror by Cecilia Ahern

Title: The Girl in the Mirror

Author: Cecilia Ahern

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release Date: 2011

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Buy it here: Amazon Google Books

Harper Collins

 

This is my first novel by Cecilia Ahern. Yeah, I know. After her huge success with P.S. I Love You many years back, I have to be some special kind of an idiot to not have read anything by her. Yet, here we are. Regaaaaardless,
This little gem of a book containing two absolutely beautiful, grasping stories left me totally in love with the author. How can such power, such suspense, such strong emotion be wrapped inside a mere handful of pages is beyond my comprehension, really. I mean yes, I have read many short stories, most of them pretty amazing but all of them were by more classic writers. And even with all her merits as a writer, with all the hype surrounding her, I could not have guessed Cecilia Ahern to write such soulful words.
Deeply affected.
Moved.
There’s absolutely NOTHING to not like in this pretty little heartthrob. It’s an essential for everyone. Everyone who loves books. And above all appreciates power packed stories.

Now let me break it down for you:

THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR

Lila knows how lucky she is to have found the man of her dreams. But when a secret from her family’s past comes to light on her wedding day, her destiny changes in the most unexpected of ways…

This is the first story. Divided in two episodes. One set in July 1992 when and the other in July 2010, tracking the maturity of little Lila.

LOVED IT FOR THE FOLLOWING:

  • First off, the beginning with a dialogue always impresses me. It sort of sets the tone with exactly the right colours. Plays the tune with exactly the right key. It’s essential. (Not that all good books need to be started with a dialogue.)

‘Grellie, Grellie, I’m here.’ Lila knocked on the door, excitedly.

Tell me you did not get intrigued. Tell me you do not want to know why the hell is Lila so excited. Well, I ,for one, was. I still am so absorbed in the story. As it says on the book’s cover, it is ‘unforgettable’.
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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Title: Nevernight

Author:   Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Release Date: July 25, 2016

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Buy it here: Amazon  Barnes and Nobles

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Destined to destroy empires, Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and daemons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no ordinary school, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

So, after reading the overview, I, a fantastical fantasy lover, no doubt felt fascinated by it. This has been my most anticipated read. But having heard only completely negative comments and reviews, I felt disheartened but set to investigate the truth myself, nevertheless. So here it goes.

In summary, this book is amazing. It has all the usual elements but with a fresh take on all of them. But, there are a few things which I didn’t like. Thus I am fully inclined on telling you guys the exact truth of the book. It’s shortcomings, it’s strengths and everything else.

LOVED THE FOLLOWING:

Let’s start with all that is absolutely wonderful with this book, which is a plenty.

  • Hilarious Descriptions/Dialogues: Decide for yourself.

‘…your stomach seems to be growling some forgotten dialect of ashkahi…’ (Mister Kindly)

‘…your brain and ovaries seem to have switched places…’ (Mister Kindly)

‘…..ridiculous things, all. if ever proof was needed of your creator’s malevolence, look no further than between the legs of the average teenaged boy…’ (Mister Kindly)

That last one is my particular favourite! Witty, the author. There’s no denying that. No offence, gents.

  • Footnotes: They were a gem. Both informative and downright funny. They added a certain necessary colour of depth in the story. Giving the breathtaking world of Nevernight a sense of cubic-reality. Of course, I will provide proof. You don’t have to take me on my word. (although you should, you know!)

Insubordination or drunken and disorderly behaviour were the most common, although one legionary had been posted to Ashkah for murdering his cohort’s cook after being served corned beef for evemeal on no less than 342 consecutive nevernights.

”Would it kill you,” he’d roared, ”to serve [stab] some fucking [stab] salad?” (34)

It occurs to me there is no word to describe the noise a camel makes. Dogs bark, lions roar, drunkards mumble. What the ‘byss do camel do? (401)

There are many, many more. And I could not include all of them here. Where the ‘byss would I write? Continue reading “Nevernight by Jay Kristoff”