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Book Review: The Ruins of Us

 

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Have you ever read a book so fast because there was a story but the writing was really boring and you wanted to know what will happen at the end? That was my case with this book. I finished it in 3 days even though I didn’t enjoy reading it at all.

There is a story about an American lady who fell in love with a Saudi man, married him and went back to his country to spend the rest of her life and raise their children. After years of living together, she finds out that her husband is married to another woman and haven’t told her for 2 years. The story is about the American lady’s reaction, action and what she will do or won’t. How his 2nd marriage ruined their lives and their children’s, what will happen next and how they will they continue living together after what happened.

There’s a story but the writer failed to express the characters wisely. i felt detached from every single character, couldn’t feel them at all. I haven’t felt pity towards the American wife nor anger towards husband. The children’s situation didn’t affect me at all.

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Book Review: Lasting Damage

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Sophie Hannah ,,, The great mystery thriller writer never fails to amaze me with her books. How twisted they are, the characters I mean. Her books (this is my 2nd read) keeps you puzzled til the end, til the last page you read. You think you got it right but you feel so stupid at the end for not getting the big picture.

Connie, is married to the love of her life but suspicious of him having another life. She tries her best to catch him by following him every Friday, but she gets nothing. Imagine feeling suspicious of someone but can’t prove it right. How will you live your life? Until one night, she sees a dead body face down on a pool of blood in a virtual tour of the house she was obsessed with. But the thing is, no body else saw what she saw, the virtual had no dead body when it rotated back and started from the beginning.

I loved everything about this book, the lunatic characters, how Hannah put the puzzled pieces together so the reader can understand what happened and how the story ended was just perfect. But what i didn’t like Connie the main character being weak and can’t face her family, can’t get away from them or even move to another city. It just didn’t make any sense. But all in all, it was a great book.

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Book Review: Lone Wolf

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This is my 2nd book by Jodi Picoult and I can say that I’m addicted to her writing style and stories.

Easy and enjoyable. You get attached to each character because everyone narrates the story from his point of view or how he sees the events/situations.

Lone Wolf is about a father who feels like he’s a lone wolf among humans and wolves too. After a terrible accident, a torn apart family comes together to help each other decide on something very critical. Will they be able to do it after all those years of separation?!

Very heart aching and ending was so sad.

A Highly Recommended Read.

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Book Review: Manuscript Found in Accra

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Another book by Paulo Coelho fails to please me and satisfy my literature obsession. It’s supposed to be a Historical Fiction but there is no actual story at all. The Copt speaks to the people of Accra (Jerusalem) before the day the European invaders are supposed to come & butcher the whole city. All people from all religions; Muslims, Jews & Christians gather together to seek knowledge, patience & courage from this wise man called The Copt who answers their questions about love, enemies, loyalty, elegance, weapons, usefulness and many other questions.

Now the way this books is written & narrated is very interesting but some points are very useless, you try to make sense from the words of The Copt but you fail to link them to the main goal of this manuscript.

If you’re feeling down, depressed, or sad, this book will definitely help you out and boost your confidence or self-esteem, it’s like reading The Secret in a different way. I was looking for a story, which wasn’t there at all.

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Book Review: The Bastard of Istanbul

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I had this book on my shelf for a long time, for like 6 months. Ever since I got back from Istanbul last December & i;ve been wanting to read it but couldn’t find the time. Now, that students started getting absent, I had the time to finish the book in almost a week.

The story is about a rebellious Turkish girl who didn’t follow the rules, customs or traditions of her country nor family & didn’t follow the rules of her religion Islam, which her family thinks led her to get pregnant & have a bastard child. Asya, the bastard girl was raised by her 3 aunts & mother. All of them she called “Auntie”. Like her mother, she turned out to be rebellious too. An Armenian American girl called Armanoush wants to visit Istanbul to search for the history of her family who was butchered & deported by the Ottoman empire. She meets Asya & forms a special relationship which brings her to great discoveries, both of them.

I’ve got to admit, I loved Elif’s writing style, very heart touching, easy to read & comprehend. but one thing I didn’t like which was using adjectives to refer to certain characters in the novel that didn’t have much to say. I know she wanted to criticize her society & how closed it was even though it was freed by Ataturk, still the freedom of speech wasn’t literally a “freedom”, but it was very distracting & confusing at times.

The story line is very interesting, it starts slow but then speeds up, next thing you know you’re at the climax part & the story is about to end. I didn’t feel there was a main character or hero in the story. Zeliha (the mother), Asya (the bastard) and Armanoush (the Armenian girl) were kinda equal in their importance to the story, which was full of literature & history.

From the way of writing, you feel the bitterness & sadness in the writer’s words. She wants to criticize Turkey but at the same time she wants to show the good side of her country, her people & her religion. Very brave & I applaud for her.

This book is highly recommended & can’t wait to start reading for her again.

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Book Review: Big Girl

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One of the silliest shallowest books I’ve ever read. It has no point at all. The story line has been stretched for no reason & i became bored. I kept reading it wishing for something good, nice or even reasonable to happen but nothing at all. Letting the main character have a nose job because her parents always make fun of her is not ethically right!It sends a straight point to all girls out there with low self esteem to go and change their looks just because other people don’t like it which is totally wrong & unacceptable.

This was my first read for Danielle Steel & it will be the last, the lady doesn’t know how to attract her readers.

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Book Review: The Girl You Left Behind

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The story begins in 1961, when France was occupied by Germany. Sophie narrates her story through war time, how she misses her husband & the extreme measures she’s willing to take just to see her face. Her beauty attracts the eyes of a German Kommendant, he keeps on staring through her portrait (The Girl You Left Behind) which her husband drew. Sophie thinks that by getting close to the German Kommendant, she can get to see her husband … She risks everything!

After that the narrator is changed. Liv is a freelancer & a widow. Her husband bought the portrait of a beautiful woman from a lady in Barcelona a decade ago. After 4 years from David’s death, Live still cannot move on, until she meets Paul who works in a company that returns stolen/looted antics/painting through war time to their owners … Unfortunately, the painting that Paul is assigned to return is hanging on the wall of Liv’s Glass House. His job is to return this piece of art that worths millions to its owners, but he doesn’t want to destroy the relationship he’s building with Liv … What will he do?

Now, the story is beautiful, filled with real love & passion, pain & suffering, courage & pride. I felt the true love between Sophie & Eduard, between Liv & David ,,, But unfortunately, I didn’t feel the love between Liv & Paul, it didn’t feel real. The best part of the novel is when it goes back to France, to war time, you can see how people suffered & how many people were mistreated by their own people thinking they betrayed them but they were helping them without them knowing. The story of Sophie & Lillian broke my heart!

This is my first read for Jojo Moyes but it won’t be the last … Loved this novel.

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GoodReads 2013 Challenge

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to complete my GoodReads challenge last year :/ . I got tired in the last stages of my pregnancy & then I got busy with my newborn. I wanted to read 50 books but I was able to read 25 only.

This year I’m challenging myself to read 40 books, hopefully I’ll be able to nshallah :)

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Book Review: The Chronicles of Dathra-Volume II

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Can you get enough of Dathra? I surely can’t! Her character is very spontaneous & witty. Whatever she does or says makes you laugh alot, but in this book you’ll definitely laugh but you’ll also be sad, very sad for Dathra.

I really felt sorry for her, for being in this situation; fat, not-loved/welcomed by her family members & lonely (poor thing). The ending was very sad, I wonder what will happen to Dathra? Will she marry el7aji or will she have a better fate? Can’t wait for Dathra’s 3rd part.

Now, this book is much better than the 1st one, no typos or any mistakes (well revised). Characters are well developed, you’ll hate Sabkahawa & Dallol more & more …

Well done Nada Shashtar :*

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Book Review: Lethal

Can’t stop reading Sandra Brown’s books, her novels are amazing, full of thriller, love & passion. Sometimes her stories are predictable & sometimes not. Lethal is one of the unpredictable ones.

Honor’s husband died in a car accident, or that what she thinks. She lives alone with her daughter Emily. One day, a criminal comes to her house demanding her to reveal a secret that her late husband died protecting. Lee Cobourn is an undercover agent who has been working on a case for over a year trying to reveal the identity of the Bookkeeper. Together, they search for what Honor’s husband died hiding.

Loved everything about this book, the characters were well described & developed specially Honor’s. The plot is kinda manipulative, you keep suspecting everyone. And the ending was really shocking, not the Sandra Brown kinda ending. Very upsetting :(

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The Women In My Life Cook Book

Once I received this cook book I couldn’t help myself not to try some of the recipes in there. First let me talk to you about the book. It was written by a Saudi woman called Rasha Alhejailan who travelled the world with her father & finally settled down in Kuwait with her husband & 2 children.

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@ZafafMagazine & Rasha Al-Hejailan Cook Book

@ZafafMagazine is collaborating this time with Rasha Al-Hejailan The author of the cook book The Women In My Life.

Subscribe now for 1 year in Zafaf Magazine & get The Women In My Life cook book as a gift. The book has been written by a Saudi woman who travelled the world with her father & finally settled down in Kuwait with her husband & two kids. The book has some of her personal recipes that she relates to & other recipes from her friends & family members.

Honestly, I’ve read good reviews about this book, I’ll be trying some recipes soon from the book & will let you know how it is ;)

P.S. A donation will be made on your behalf when you get this book to “Helping Hands KSA” A charity in KSA that supports underprivileged children & to another institution called Fawzia Sultan Rehabilitation Institute which is located in Kuwait.

For subscription call; 9946 5592

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