Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

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Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Year Of Publication: 6th April 2017
Publisher: HQ
Pages: 384 (Paperback)
My rating: 4/5

Barry finds himself quitting his job as an investment banker in New York to pursue his dreams of becoming an artist.Following in the footsteps of his idol Paul Gauguin he heads to Hiva Oa (an island in the Marquesas) with the clothes on his back and some extra pairs of contact lenses.
Accompanying him on a small plane to their destination are Sophie and Etienne – French architects on their honeymoon in Tahiti who decide to take a trip to Hiva Oa to pay tribute to Sophie’s favourite singer Jacques Brel.
Little do they know what’s in store for them.
Defying all odds their plane crashes in the middle of the South Pacific.
Only two passengers survive.

Sophie and Barry.

With Barry’s supply of contact lenses depleting and Sophie consumed with grief,how will this unlikely duo survive being marooned on an island forgotten by civilisation?

“And so it came to pass that two utterly disparate lives happened to overlap … bound together on an uninhabited island some 2,359 miles from Hawaii, 4,622 miles from Chile, and 533 miles from the nearest living soul.
Crap, as Barry liked to say.
Putain de merde, as Sophie was known to exclaim.”

Continue reading “Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge”

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Dark is the Sea by Heather Blanchard

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Genre: Paranormal, Fiction.
Year Of Publication: 12th November 2014
Publisher: Large Things Ltd.
Pages: 202 (Paperback)
My rating: 3.5/5

“My mum had gone missing in the winter,eight years earlier ,as a huge storm battered the coastline. You could feel it coming; an ominous silent monster getting nearer and nearer. Then sound and fury. A wind that smelled of death and splintered wood; sea that dashed against the land with such ferocity; white water smashing the cliffs and beaches……………My eyelids were heavy. I once dreamt of her floating in the canal like Ophelia, with a garland of drooping flowers on her head, and her hands crossed over her chest as she drifted into death. Her eyes were open. But other times I dreamt that her bloated corpse was knocking against the boat. Her eyes had turned a pale filmy grey and insects climbed into her gaping mouth as she was calling my name.”

To escape her fears Rowan Munro decides to leave London and head back to Dorchay – her childhood village in Scotland.There she unites with her eccentric Aunt Kitty and together with her childhood friends Blake and Violet she goes on a journey to find out what happened to her mother when she mysteriously disappeared all those years ago. Continue reading “Dark is the Sea by Heather Blanchard”

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

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Genre: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller.
Year Of Publication: 14th September 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Pages: 355 (Kindle)
My rating: 4/5

“But they haven’t seen what I’ve seen,they haven’t endured what I’ve had to endure.They float above me,safe and warm and untouched,and I’m down here on the ground,a rat scrabbling to keep up.”

Corinne and Ashley are sisters. They seem to be leading perfectly normal lives when mysterious events start to happen and their lives begin to spiral out of control.  Continue reading “The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan”

Ayesha Dean- The Istanbul Intrigue by Melati Lum

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Genre: Pre-Teens,Mystery.
Year Of Publication: 10th April 2016
Publisher: Melby Rose Publishing
Pages: 242 (Paperback)
My rating: 4/5

Ayesha Dean – The Istanbul Intrigue is Melati Lum’s debut novel.
In the book we accompany Ayesha -who’s fresh out of high school and decides to go on a trip from Australia to Istanbul with her friends Jess and Sara.Accompanying them is Ayesha’s guardian Uncle Dave and Sara’s father who are attending a conference in Istanbul.

While sightseeing they chance upon a quaint bookshop selling antique books.There they discover a mysterious note alluding to the location of the 100 year old missing manuscripts of Ibn-Arabi.

Paired with her martial arts and sleuthing skills Ayesha and her two friends set off on an adventure full of mystery and intrigue. Continue reading “Ayesha Dean- The Istanbul Intrigue by Melati Lum”

The Light Blue Jumper (Book #1) by Sidra F. Sheikh

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Humor. 
Year Of Publication: 30th June 2017
Publisher: Mongrel Books
Pages: 276 (Paperback)
My rating: 5/5

“Zaaro Nian was pale blue with watery blue tiny round eyes.He had thin blue lips,a bulbous nose and ears,which fit neatly on to a large head,shiny,round and bald.Yet it wasn’t his physical appearance that was odd.It was everything else.I could not quite decide whether he was an advanced life form who functioned entirely without emotion, or just incredibly naive.”

The story begins when our protagonist – Zaaro the Zaaronian crashes into an IPF Rebel Ship on his way to work.
As a weapons developer.

Being in danger doesn’t concern him as much as getting fired from his jobs does.
Not to mention he’s a “jumper” with the ability to manipulate time AND space – the stuff of myths and legends.
Considered to be extinct.
Until now…. Continue reading “The Light Blue Jumper (Book #1) by Sidra F. Sheikh”

The Spinster Club series by Holly Bourne

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Genre: Young Adult,contemporary, feminism, mental health.
Year Of Publication: 1st August 2015-1st November 2016
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Pages: 1570 ( Paperback / Hardback )
My rating: 5/5

This series is AWESOME! I finally understand why people love it so much! Thank God it’s not one of those books that are insanely hyped about but are utter disappointments.

“We can reinvent the word ‘spinster’, make it the complete opposite of what it means?Like ‘young’ and ‘independent’ and ‘strong’?”
“At the moment,spinster,technically means,what?An older unmarried woman?But it also means more than that.It’s the scary fairytale word girls are told about so we fear being unattractive to men from a young age.It means left on the shelf.It means a life wasted.It means cat lady.It means lonely and sad and bitter just because a man doesn’t want you…What if we reversed it?”
“To what?”
“Being a spinster means you value your female relationships as much as your male ones. It means not altering who you are,what you believe in,and what you want just because it makes a boy’s life easier”
“Being a spinster means you’re not afraid to look at society and say loudly,’I don’t agree with this,this is wrong’.Being a spinster means not worrying that boys won’t find you cute or sexy for saying those things”
“Being a spinster means looking after your girlfriends supporting them through whatever they need”

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Update: My blog turned 1 and got featured in a magazine!

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So last month I was featured in US magazine (The News International) in an article called “Blogging for Bliss” alongside other fellow bloggers -you can read the entire article HERE.
The magazine comes out weekly on Friday. You can get it nationwide at newspaper stalls or you can read it online. It was such an honor for me to be featured with other influential bloggers from Pakistan.  ( *I regret not getting a print copy for myself).

In other news: My blog is 1 year old ! 🎉🎊🎈
*I can’t believe I stuck with something for so long without giving up 🙈😂
I have a ton of fun things planned for the future *fingers crossed* so stay tuned!

 TILL NEXT TIME ❤