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By SAMAMA, Feb 10 2020 09:26AM

I never knew a few words combined together could make you feel so many things.


Nocturnal Hours is the type of book that wouldn’t let you sleep at night because you’ll end up thinking and admiring the depths of each and every word the poetries held. It’ll make you feel – so much so that at some points you’ll probably see Goosebumps all over your body, too. That’s exactly how I felt!


Some of the works punched me directly in my guts while some healed me beautifully.


I had decided to take a picture of my favorite work from the book and share it along with this review, but as soon as I finished the book, I realized I had clicked just too many poems as my favorite and if I posted them all here it’ll probably turn into an e-book! LOL!


5 out of 5 stars for this beauty. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


"Through troubled waters

And nocturnal hours,

She navigated with a broken compass

And a broken heart.

It was no wonder,

She never found home." - Ruqayya Shaheed, Nocturnal Hours



By SAMAMA, Feb 8 2020 06:16PM

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating was a very predictable and clichéd novel. However, before I head over to the parts I disliked about this book, I’ll point out the parts that I did love about it.


I loved Hazel’s personality so much! She had the perfect combination of quirky and innocent, and that’s exactly what made her a lovable character. In fact, I hope I took some of her quirky personality within myself while I reading this book, because she was all so carefree and admirable!


Hazel’s silly mishaps made me cringe so hard, and so many times that every time she blurted out something unfiltered, I felt like closing my eyes with my hands because this girl went through a LOT of embarrassing moments. Also, the main lead of this story is a hot Korean guy named Jimin, AKA Josh. I know so many of you have already decided to read this book even before letting me finish this sentence because my folks love everything Korean, and this Korean is HAWT.


Josh & Hazel were the most unlikely pair anyone could ever think of in literally every possible way; and that was what made this story interesting for me.


Now comes the parts I disliked in this book.


I had a lingering feeling of something big missing in the book. Even after finishing the last page, something huge felt absent. So I walked myself back through the pages and realized - it wasn’t me who missed something out, it was the book itself. It lacked a huge amount of suspense and thrill.


I can’t believe two authors combined (Christina & Lauren) couldn’t figure out a good enough suspense for this novel. Everything was too predictable. At a point while reading I made a bet to myself that if my prediction turned out to be incorrect in the next chapter, I’ll make myself solve a math problem from my 10th Grade mathematics textbook, and guess who didn’t have to work through a math problem after all? ME.


I’m giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars because I’ve read better stories, and also because I’ve read worse ones. ⭐⭐⭐



By SAMAMA, Jan 19 2020 08:21PM

I never knew Peru, Lima was such a pretty and classy place for vacation until I read Murder in Lima. I know, I know, the name of the novel describes the exact opposite of ‘a good place for vacation’, but apart from the suspense and murder, the author also described the city wonderfully. He did not leave behind the flaws while describing Lima and that somehow made the whole city seem more realistic in my mind while I was reading the book.



I loved how classy and fashion conscious all the characters in this book were, and interesting! The mysterious character of Kurt Hammer made him my favorite personality in the whole book.



I did wish Frank Hansen and Kurt were more emotionally available at some points in the story, and I wish the book also had a chapter where it showed how drinking alcohol was not the right or healthy way to handle grief.



Apart from that, the book was interesting and suspenseful. As Murder in Lima was the second book from a series, I made sure to add the first book, ‘Trouble in Trondheim’, in my wish list. Even though I understood little bits of what had gone down in the first book enough to start the story from the second, I still want details!



3 out of 5 stars.



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