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By SAMAMA, Jan 4 2021 03:04PM

I had been looking forward into reading How The King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black since August 2020, so when I read it first thing this year, the book almost looked up to all my expectations. *Almost.*

I got introduced to a side of Cardan that was a mystery to us before – an emotional, sophisticated side of him that I fell in love with all over again. I got to see a deeper part of him that was beyond his wicked mind and sharp tongue. We also got a glimpse of Cardan and Nicasia’s relationship and their scandalous breakup which was super fun to read. The illustrations inside the book were so beautiful, and even though I am a reader who loves words more than pictures, I had to stop a minute to admire the artworks.

However, I was once again hoping to get more of the Cardan and Jude chemistry in this book which I hadn’t gotten in The Queen of Nothing, but I still couldn’t get it. There was a tale in between the story which was constantly under a highlight, and it was something that was repeated thrice. I found that kind of tiresome to read through as it sounded almost always the same but with a different ending. I really expected to read the things the author couldn’t add in her last book, but unfortunately I was still not fully satisfied.

I will keep my first book review of 2021 precise and only say this: whatever my complains might be; as it’s a Holly Black book, you’d definitely love the story and the characters a lot none the less. 4/5 stars ⭐️⭐️

By SAMAMA, Dec 29 2020 05:12PM

I knew The Pigeon Whisperer would be an absolute 5 stars read for me as soon as I completed the first chapter, so I kept a highlighter near me before continuing to highlight my favorite quotes, and I am happy to say that I found many realistic quotes I’d always cherish.

The story profoundly described Dabbour – the main character’s love for pigeons. He ran away from the horrors of Syria but he did not forget his love for those precious beings. His love for them went as far as risking his own life to save theirs, even if it got him to major trouble. This book showed me a sad, sad side of a Syrian refugee’s life who wasn’t lucky enough choose his own home after the war, or live in his own.

I had to close my eyes or shake my head every time I knew Dabbour was taking the wrong turn or making the wrong decisions. Even after going through so many hardships, the only thing that made Dabbour want to carry on with life was hope. Hope for a calm future, where he’d be able to live his life freely, with many of his beloved pigeons and a happy heart. Throughout the story I just wanted good things to happen to this poor innocent man, but world was tough on him.

If you liked reading books like A Thousand Splendid Suns or Kite Runner, you’ll definitely love this book. 5/5 stars.

By SAMAMA, Dec 16 2020 02:41PM

28 Mansions of the Moon has been the most sophisticated book I read this year. The story gave me a unique sort of vibe, as if I were having a calming night at the desert and looking at the stars and contemplating world and its wonders with a wise companion.

The main character in this book - Yassin - has so much to say, yet he cannot, as he is mute. He can only look, and think, and wonder. The author described his hardships, and the pain of not being able to form words and share feelings, so beautifully.

We got introduced to a different side of a man - a side they tend to hide, about how sweetly they think when they fall in love. Usually, when men describe their love for a woman in a book, it’s always either blunt or unsatisfactory. But this book described the main character’s love for his coworker so profoundly that I truly understood him. As a writer myself, this concept intrigued me immensely, it made me think: dammit, why didn’t I think of this before?

However, I wish there were more descriptions on the characters - like how they looked. I wish I could have a look through their past, their hardships, how they tuned out the way they did. But either way, I found this book very nice.

4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

✨“The heart is never reassured my son, but it is always looking for reassurance. For it is always torn, lost, looking for its own resting place.”✨