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Lyrebird – Cecelia Ahern : Book Review

413 pages

Published: November 3, 2016

ISBN13: 9780007501861

Summary: 



Life is in two parts: who you were before you met her, and who you are after.

A documentary crew discover a mysterious young women living alone in the mountains of West Cork. Strikingly beautiful she has an extraordinary talent for mimicry, like the famous Australian Lyrebird. The crew, fascinated, make her the subject of her story, and bestow the nickname upon her.

When they leave, they take Lyrebird with them back to the city. But as she leaves behind her peaceful life to learn about a new world, is she also leaving behind a part of herself? For her new friend Solomon the answer isn’t clear. When you find a rare and precious thing, should you share it – or protect it…

Review:

Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars

At this point I have blind faith on Cecelia Ahern. I went into this book knowing that it’d be good, and I obviously wasn’t disappointed.

Ahern’s writing has always had a very lyrical quality to it, and somehow the atmosphere and characters in Lyrebird just enhance this, and give the story a whole lot of added magic.

The concept, as usual, was really unique. Laura, the beautiful mysterious woman Solomon and Bo discover living alone in a mountainous locality, is the lyrebird. She literally can mimic any sound she hears, and tends to do so more when she is upset or anxious. This magical girl is brought to our noisy world and the story shows her transfer from the solitary life in the wilderness to the hustling and bustling city, while she discovers more about life and people.

I loved Laura, and I could relate to Bo, somewhat. I sometimes found Solomon a little weak, though. But somehow these just made them all so real.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The thing about Cecelia Ahern is that her books don’t fit into any particular genre, and I feel like most people should give her books a try.

If you still aren’t sold, take a look at the cover of the book. And judge it by this cover.

~ Sripurna.

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Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

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Soundless
Richelle Mead
Penguin Books
YA, Fantasy

Summary:

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. 

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

Review:

2 stars

Things I liked about the book:

The concept. Its pretty nice. A world without sound, and then one girl who can hear. Potential: high. Did it meet my expectation: No.

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• The cover is really pretty. But yes, don’t judge a book…

Things I did not like about the book:

The beginning itself is not catchy.

• How a book so small can be so painfully boring is beyond me.

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• I don’t like the main character (Fei).

• Unrealistic explanations of “scientific” phenomenon (like: cause of deafness).

• Li Wei is definitely beta, and so is Fei. Its weird.

Overall:

If you like fantasy set in mystery world and light (very light) romance, and (hardly) adventure — Soundless is it.

~ Sripurna.

Book Review: Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland #1)

Celebrating the end of one round of exams, here’s a review for this amazing book I read last week. Or was it this week? (You lose track of time when exams are on)…

Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland #1)

Kristen Ashley

Seoafin “Finnie” Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash. But she never forgets and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime.

But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she’s been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.

Thrown into inauspicious circumstances, with years of practice, Finnie bests the challenges and digs into her adventure. But as Frey Drakkar discovers the woman who is his new wife is not Princess Sjofn, a woman he dislikes but instead, his Finnie, a free-spirit with a thirst for venture just like him, without her knowledge he orders his new bride bound to his frozen world, everlasting.

But at the same time Frey plunges Finnie into a web of political intrigue that includes assassination plots, poison, magic, mystery and… dragons.

See, at first, I was in this phase where I only wanted to read vampire romances. Yes, you read it right- ME, reading vampire romances. I know. Impossible things have happened.

So I somehow came across this book, and then I realized it has no vampire, so I was like, “Meh, lets skip it.” Then, a few days later, I ran out vampire books and then I was like SINCE this IS a Kristen Ashley, why not give it a try.

And Ho Boy (book reference, btw), I’m so glad I did. 🙂

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CAUTION: Read only if you are a true romantic at heart.

Frey. What do I say about him. Okay, he’s a jerk. Toootal jerk. He’s bossy. Alpha male *shrugs* But when he looks into Finnie’s eyes and says “My wee Finnie”, how can you NOT say “Awwwww…”??

And Finnie..Okay, she’s kind of irritating and wayyy stubborn, but she’s also a typical Kristen Ashley heroine, you can’t help but find them adorable.

If you ask me the truth, maybe the story isn’t perfectly written, it has flaws, its too (and I mean TOO) dreamy and unrealistic. But reviews and opinions are really personal stuff, I can’t tell you whether you’ll like it, but I can say that I loved it. The girl-gets-married-to-angry-young-man-and-the-they-fall-in-love formula always works for me.

Here’s hoping that you’ll be swept by its enchantment too. ^_^

*sigh*

Love,

Sripurna.