Monday, August 31, 2015

Review- Repaired by Melissa Collins

Goodreads Summary:

Liam Davis is a man without a past. That’s what he wants everyone to believe, anyway. Hell-bent on erasing any memories of his previous life, he knows that starting over is all he can do. Hiding who he is, where he’s from, why he’s running, and especially who he’s left behind, Liam has run away from everything he’s ever known. His plan works perfectly until one day when Parker Ryan threatens to expose his carefully concealed world.

Parker Ryan is a man without a future. Sure, he’s a partner in one of New York’s most prestigious law firms, but he’ll never be more than a failure in the eyes of his boss, his father. Rather than break away from his father’s standards, he finds himself mindlessly pursuing them, in turn sacrificing anything that would actually make him happy.

When Liam’s and Parker’s lives collide, the ugly truth about who they really are, and who they hope to become reveals itself when they least expect it. As both of their lives become wrecked beyond all belief, they’ll learn how to rely on each other in their journey to become Repaired.


REVIEW:

*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Repaired by Melissa Collins from TRSOR Promotions in exchange for an honest review. We thank them for the book!
Author Melissa CollinsRepaired played with my emotions, which worked very well in my favour as I love books that surprise me and that, most importantly, make me feel. This emotional roller coaster of a book made me laugh and brought tears to my eyes as well. I found myself so involved in the story that I felt very connected to it and it made me an emotional mess- something that is very rare. What's most surprising is the fact that I had almost given up on Repaired after reading a few chapters, when something made me get back to it. And I am so very glad I did, because ignoring and missing this one would be a shame. 


Even though Repaired is the story of Liam and Parker, for me, it was all about Liam. It was his story and his book through and through. From the beginning, there was this intensity and mystery surrounding him that made his character the most lovable and exciting as there was just so much to discover when it came to him. As the story progressed and moved ahead, his character developed immensely and I grew to love him as a character and respect him as a person. Liam is truly an unforgettable character who has made a permanent place in my heart because he was so special and unique. 



Parker, on the other hand, was a very predictable character. His situation wasn't something I have never read about before, unlike Liam's. His personality was very strong and he was the perfect shoulder that Liam needed in every sense of the term. I saw him more as a support system of Liam rather than a separate person. Of course, he was an integral part of the book and added depth and positivity to the story, which made him very admirable as well. Also, he is the reason the story finally took the turns that it took and that's just undeniably gorgeous. 



The awe that I am filled with after reading this absolutely great story written by Melissa Collins in the most marvellous way possible is hard to explain. Repaired is not just about Liam and Parker, although it seems like it with all the hot sex. It is about family, trust, betrayal, and most importantly, it is about personal growth. The astounding character development that happened with both Liam and Parker as individuals as well as as a couple was so very admirable and applaudable. In spite of my initial hesitation to read it, Repaired is a smashing read that is so important and that absolutely nailed the whole past meets present meets future collision in an outstanding manner. There's nothing but love and respect in my heart for Liam after reading it. 

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Friday, August 28, 2015

French Literature Recommendations


Hi, everyone! Today, I have decided to recommend to you a few French books that I read while pursuing my Masters in the language, with literature as my specialisation. I consider myself very lucky to have come across and read some literary marvels during my studies of two years. All the books mentioned are not necessarily French. Some of them are books I used for reference and sometimes even for light background reading. Whatever the case, I will be sharing both, the French and English editions of the books as I believe our blog readers majorly fall read in the latter category. Also, these are just few books. If you'd like to take a look at more French books, you can check out my Goodreads French Literature shelf to know all the French books I have read either as part of my course or otherwise. Here is my list, in no particular order: 

En attendant Godot or Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett- 
 

Wow. This play speaks volumes about human nature and it speaks of hope. Beckett has written a lovely play that will make you laugh and cry, all at once. 


L'étranger or The Stranger by Albert Camus- 

My review of the book can be found here

L'étranger came to me at the perfect time. It was very easy for me to relate to the protagonist Meursault, who does not just represent a man of the 20th century war stricken world, but also each and every one of us, in some way or the other. Camus is a true genius and the way he has crafted Meursault is admirable and real. 


Neige or Snow by Maxence Fermine-  
 

This is the prettiest book I have read. Fremine's writing is absolutely magical, especially when you start paying close attention to all the minute details. Neige will make you fall in love. On top of all that, this is a weekend or day/ night long leisure read. 

Je l'aimais or Someone I Loved by Anna Gavalda- 
 

Gavalda's contemporary writing paints a cracking picture of the modern French woman. The book has been adapted into a movie as well. So if not the book, I would definitely recommend watching the movie which is quite similar to the book. 


 

La petite fille de Monsieur Linh is a wonderful story that didn't appeal to me at first, but that has found a place in my heart. This is one of those books that make you appreciate it more every time you think of it. It is so good that it can bring tears to your eyes. 


Incendies or Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad- 
 

The. Best. Play. Ever. And. The. Most. Mind. Blowing. Story. Ever. This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It will shatter you to pieces. It will break your heart. It will tear you apart. And when a book does all that, it is bound to be a gem that's to be preserved. 


You can read my review of it here


Andromaque by Racine- 

Racine's writing is so beautiful that he makes Greek tragedies sound like the most melodious poetry you've ever read. I was awestruck by the beauty of his poetry as well as the interesting tale that is Greek mythology. 


Orientalism by Edward Said- 

Said's realistic, intellectual and powerful thesis makes for a very interesting read that contributes to some major thought-process. This book changed the way I look at the world. It is an absolute must-read. 


Le deuxième sexe or The Second Sex  by Simone de Beauvoir- 



I haven't read the whole book; I only read those parts that were pertinent to my work. But from those few parts alone, I can confidently say the following: Simone de Beauvoir's discourse on feminism is so brilliant that it acts as the basic level or beginners course for the field. There is so much of truth and passion in this book that it is to feminism or womanism what the Bible is to Christianity. 

I really hope this was helpful for you, and I also hope that you consider reading some or all of these books. If you do, make sure you let me know your thoughts as I'm always up for bookish talk. 


Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review- Pawn by Aimee Carter

Summary-

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. 

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter. 

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

Review-

I have read a number of young adult dystopians but I cannot say that it is my all time favourite genre or anything. Pawn looked like an interesting read and I picked it up because I got a great deal on it. Pawn for me, was a good read because I had absolutely no expectations out of it. It didn't blow my mind away nor did it make me want to throw the book across the room.

Kitty Doe is our heroine. In Kitty's world everyone is classified according to a number in society and each number has a particular job to do. When Kitty's turn comes she is a 3 which is not good at all. So begins her journey and how she gets entangled up in politics and a rebellion, so much bigger than she could have ever imagined.

I found Kitty to be an okay heroine. I didn't completely like all her actions but I could see why she was doing it. Kitty also soon gets Masked, that means she is fully changed to look like a member of the most powerful political family. I found this whole process to be a bit unreal and it went way too fast in the book. Kitty adjusted too quickly and again, I didn't find it quite believable.

There is no love triangle in Pawn but there are some hints of it. The book does not focus on the romance but it is going on in the background. I found nothing great about either of the guys so they were pretty average. What I did find interesting was the Hart family. That family was messed up big time and it was interesting to see the lengths people will go to, to stay in power. 

I liked the few twists we got. They could be a bit expected but they still pushed the book forward and kept it from being the same old. I did read Pawn because I own it and though there is a lot left unsaid at the end of the book I cannot say that I will pick up the next book right away. It didn't reel me in that much. Pawn was an okay read.



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #135

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Forever With You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: September 29, 2015

Summary-

In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

Some things you just believe in, even if you've never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It's out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she's got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph's eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.

Nick's self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he's knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she's building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can't walk away. Not when she's the only one who's ever made him wish for forever . . .
 

I have been following this series religiously and I am curious to see Nick and Stephanie's story.
What are you waiting on? :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #59

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is: 

top ten books that would be on your syllabus if you taught ya contemporary 101

Here's my list-

  

  

  

  

  

What are your picks? :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Review- None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Goodreads Summary:

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex... and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts."

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin's entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?


REVIEW:

None of the Above sounded very interesting to me when I first came across the book. A devotee of stories with LGBT characters, I started reading the book without much expectation, and I was pleasantly surprised. None of the Above turned out to be a really good and fresh story that I totally devoured. What struck me as most wonderful about None of the Above was the importance it gave- and in tune, the awareness it created- about gender issues. It created a deeper understanding about the problem that essentially leads to someone being called intersex or hermaphrodrite or transgender. 

None of the Above is the story of Kristin, who lost her beautiful mother to cervical cancer at the age of ten, and lives with her strong and sweetheart father. She is a runner and for her, running is breathing. After having a severely painful experience the first time she and her boyfriend get intimate, she books an appointment with a gynaecologist. What is revealed to Kristin there changes her life forever. 

Krissy was a well developed protagonist from whose point of view the entire book goes in first person. Her journey to discover her identity and find herself was such a pleasant ride, filled with emotion. From a popular, fun-loving and sweet girl, she goes on to become the subject of ridicule at her high school, simply because no societal definition of normal is good enough to describe her. What was best about Kristin that author I. W. Gregorio absolutely nailed (along with her fantastic writing) was some fabulous character development. 

The secondary characters in None of the Above were just as beautifully portrayed as Krissy. Each person had flaws which only made them realistic. Every one of them has an important role to play in making the story more about family, friendship and love which actually help one come to terms with oneself in any case, and that was an outstanding feature about this book. A surprisingly good read, I really enjoyed this book that doesn't just recount a story, but leaves one thinking about the issue that gender is made to be. 
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Feature Follow Friday #65


Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

This week's question is: 

If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would you pick? Fictional ones count too!

My answer:

I do not remember of a time when we did not have a pet dog at home. I love pets and we currently have a pet dog whom I love immensely. 

I have no idea how my real pet would react, but if I am to add more pets to the list, I'd love to have an owl, a white wolf and an unicorn. I know. I dream big, but that's the whole point. *winks* 

 



What pet would you like to have? Link me up to your posts in the comments. Happy Friday, and happy reading, everyone!