Looking for Alaska by John Green – Book Review

Hello All!!!!

As you can see in the topic, today I am going to be doing another Book Review post. Since I am spending the last few days of my vacation, I thought I should finfish reading and reviewing books as much as I can.

Looking for Alaska is my first ever John Green book, and I am having mixed feelings. I am sure it is not going to be the last. It was a heart-warming story and I really liked it.

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Goodreads Synopsis

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same. (from Goodreads)

 

My Review

As I mentioned earlier, this is my very first John Green novel. I must say that I really enjoyed it. If there is one time in life that you get to know your self is, non other than your high school times. The story is about a gang of high school students, who are going through this phase of  life.

We meet Miles Halter (Pudge), who is kind of reserved type of kid who starts at Culver Creek. He does not have prior experience in belonging into a gang but, he is being accepted by a set of students whom likes him for simply who he is. Here we meet the supporting characters of the story, Colonel – his crazy roommate, Takumi – the Japanese kid and Alaska Young – the most attractive girl in college (with a boyfriend)

The story is all about this high school gang and how they face and handle different situations. Except for the academics they are amusing themselves by smoking, drinking and best of all by doing pranks.

The latter part of the story brought tears to my eyes. The death of Alaska, the way Pudge and Colonel faces in to reality and finally Takumi revealing the truth made me really sad and upset.

The story speaks to the hearts of the young kids who are going through this phase of life. The way they look into problems, handle and face different situations are clearly highlighted. The characters and the story is well crafted to speak the young hearts.

Looking forward to reading more stories by John Green.

My Rating

starstarstarstar (4/5) Exceptional

 

I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves reading John Green. A well written, heart touching story.

Hope you enjoyed.

Until next post,

XOXOX

Hasanthi

 

 

Heir of Ashes by Jina S.Bazzar – Book Review

Hello All,

I was able to complete another wonderful book and I am ready to go ahead with the review. First of all, I would like to thank the author, amazing Jina S. Bazzar for sending me an eARC of the book, in exchange for an honest review. Don’t forget to click the link to check out about her.

Without any delay, let us head into the review;

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Goodreads Synopsis

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp. By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted. As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers. 
She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom (from Goodreads)

My Review

In this book we meet the main character, Roxanne Fosch. A young girl with a lot of charisma. The story is about her quest in finding her past. She gets to know that she is not only a normal human being but she belongs to a rare kind which makes the obvious reason for the scientists to hunt her. Her struggles, conflicts and emotions are described in the story.

Special characteristics I saw in the story;

  1. The story is full of actions, mysteries and paranormal aspects.
  2. The setting of the story and the intricate details about everything around them, makes the reader really hooked into the story.
  3. The was intriguing and I really wanted to know what will happen next.
  4. I really adored the super woman, Roaxanne (the main character), for her tireless and undying efforts and hard work. I feel that we all would love to  have a bit of her qualities in our lives.
  5. The characters are well constructed.
  6. The effectiveness of the characters made the story successful.

My Rating

starstarstarstar Exceptional

Will I recommend this Book?

A big yes, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves some action, mystery and paranormal vibes in their reading.

I hope you enjoyed.

Until next post,

XOXOX

Hasanthi

Sorrow that You Keep by Ruvindra Sathasarani – Book Review

Hello All!!!

For the past few days I was reading a few books that really kept me busy. Therefore I could not post regularly. But since I have finished a few of them, there will be new reviews up in the coming days.

Few days back, I received an email, requesting to review a book from a Sri Lankan author. That actually made my day. I was so happy to see a Sri Lankan author, who has indeed written an amazing book. It is actually a novella of 90 pages, which was published on the 5th of March, 2018. I would like to thank the author, Ruvindra Sathsarani for sending me an eBook, in exchange for an honest review. So this is all about her talents;

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Synopsis

To Sue, everything in her life is filled with a lingering sadness. From a depressive childhood to a hauntingly lonely youth, she tries to live with what life offers her. As she moves away from the sunny skies of Colombo to settle down in Central Rome, she realizes that she is leaving behind not only her own birth roots but also her counterpart, Avi – the boy with whom she shared her childhood.
Even though their friendship has ruptured, Avi and Sue lead parallel lives, with the same notes of discontentment and disillusionment about the worlds they live in. As they both search for meaning in life, they cannot leave behind the monstrous memories and struggles of their past: to Sue, her mother’s deviated sexuality; to Avi, his dream of a better life…
Until one dreary night when Avi accidentally walks into trouble, witnessing the bloody murder of a helpless woman. He struggles to fight the demons of that night but the shadows of his past haunt him until a way to escape his misery walks into his life. (from Goodreads)

My Review

Set in a Sri Lankan atmosphere, we meet the two main characters Sue and Avi.

  1. Sue – A young woman who lives in her own solitude. She feels insecure due to the family problems that prevail in her family. Her father leaves her, when she was young and she afterwards she turns to her mother for the love, care and attention. But she fails because her mother has become a lonely soul after her dad leaves the family. Sue is left heart-broken.
  2. Avi – A young man, who falls in love with Sue. But refuses to continue the relationship. His own point of view is completely absurd (or which I feel). He thinks that once you begin a relationship, you completely lose your freedom and you are bound with endless responsibilities.
  3. There are two settings in the story, Colombo and Rome. In both the cities the loneliness and pain that Sue carries are emphasized.
  4. Common issues of a family or you can simply put it as the sorrows you keep in the family. Sue’s parents live in two different worlds and therefore she is neglected.
  5. Lack of her mother’s attention makes her even makes her wish that, she should die at a very young age.
  6. Her mother being called as a Homosexual, is a pain that she keeps in her heart. Her mother always feels that she has, a wrong kind of attraction. Being a Homosexual in the Sri Lankan context, will definitely make you embarrassed. That strong cultural point is mentioned in the story.
  7. When sufficient attention is not given to her by her mother, Sue looks for love in Avi and yet she fails again.
  8. The pain and sorrow that Avi hides in himself is mentioned in the latter part of the story. It actually made me feel really sad.
  9. What it takes to be a Sri Lankan in another country (How Sri Lankans are being treated in another county) is also highlighted in the story, which I think is a another strong view-point.
  10. Life, loneliness, suffering and sorrow are an endless cycle that follows us. These facts are depicted very creatively in this wonderful novella, using these characters.

My Rating

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Tremendous, I like it very much

Will I recommend this Book??

Yes, indeed. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to understand about the Sri Lankan life as well as to appreciate the true talent of a Sri Lankan author.

You can buy this amazing book via amazon and Book depository.

Don’t forget to check out this amazing book, and share your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next post,

XOXOX

Hasanthi