Truly Devious Series! #bookreview

Author: Maureen Johnson
Books: Truly Devious, The Vanishing Stair & The Hand On The Wall

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This Series Shook My Life!!

Summary:

This series is about a school named Ellingham Academy that was founded by a business tycoon named Albert Ellingham in the 1930’s. The Ellingham Academy is a famous school in Vermont for inventors, artists and thinkers. The school provides free education with no tuition fees. Albert made the school with twisting pathways, tunnels, useless doors and games. But, when his wife and daughter and a bright student named Dolores Epstein gets kidnapped, Albert does everything to find them. In addition to that, the school receives a threatening letter signed by a named Truly Devious. The Ellingham becomes an infamous case. The FBI and many people try to find the culprit, but it is suppressed when someone confesses that he did the crime, but everyone are aware that the person is not the killer.
Fast-forwarding to the present, Stevie Bell loves to study true crime. She wants to solve the Ellingham case. Stevie’s first year at Ellingham has a plan to solve the cold case, with her new friends. Death revisits the Ellingham academy and now Stevie has to find the person behind all of this…

My Review For All The Books:

This series left me shook and gave me goosebumps! The story build-up is very solid. Maureen Johnson’s writing is addictive and it will make you read every line and every page! The characters are awesome and unique. Some chapters take us to the past where the Ellingham case is happening, and then we jump back to the present where these teens are trying to solve the mystery. I definitely could not predict anything in the story. The best part is that at the end all the dots connect and there aren’t any loose ends left. I could not believe that an author could write something like this. Normally, the sequels are a flop show (from what I have experienced), but the books get better and better in this series! This series is very addictive and now I have a desperation to study in the Ellingham Academy XD. 

The Fourth Installment:

Released on 15th June

Yes! There is a fourth instalment in this series! Stevie Bell is back with another case to solve! The fourth book is a companion instalment, which means that you don’t need to read the other three books to read this one! But, I suggest reading the other three cause why miss out on an awesome series?! The characters of the Truly Devious series are back in a different setting to solve the Box In The Woods case! I am currently reading the Box In The Woods and so far, I am loving it! My review for the fourth book will be coming soon, so watch out for it!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya. 

Books For Beginners!

You want to give a chance to reading, but don’t know which book to pick up that will be the breakthrough. I have curated some books in a variety of genres, that will definitely start your reading journey! If you want to get into reading then you have to find a book by exploring your interests. Here are some contemporary romances, books for teens, adventure, thriller and some mysteries sprinkled at the top! I assure you that, after reading one book from this list, you will crave more stories to eat!

We Were Liars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Author: E. Lockhart
Pages: 242
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary

This book revolves around a beautiful Sinclair family. They are crazy rich and live on a huge private island. The family lives happy, but there are secrets and lies behind those smiles.

This book has hazy and mysterious writing that will grip you to the story. There is the element of friendship, which is quite interesting to read. It will make a huge impact on you after reading this story. The metaphoric representation of emotions made the story beautiful. While the unravelling of secrets and lies left me shook. After reading this book, you will crave more mysteries and thrillers!

Emergency Contact.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author: Mary H.K. Choi
Pages: 394
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Humour

Penny is heading to college in Austin, Texas for a fresh start. She leaves everything behind and goes to learn to become a writer. On the other hand, Sam is emotionally and financially stuck in his life. He works at a café and sleeps there on a mattress. When these two cross paths, they exchange numbers and become Emergency Contacts for each other. They talk through chats and share their secrets and weird dreams.

I recently read this book and it became an instant love for me. I had good laughs while reading conversations of Penny and Sam through chats! The story is fast-paced, so you will not feel bored. The writing is very realistic and relatable. It was a heartwarming and funny story, worth re-reading!

The Voting Booth.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Author: Brandy Colbert
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Politics

Marva Sheridan wants to make a difference in the world by casting a vote. She wants to help people in casting their votes and make a difference for good. On the other hand, Duke Crenshaw is done with this election. He just wants to cast the vote and focus on his upcoming gig. But a problem arises here, he can’t cast a vote. When Marva sees this struggling voter, she bothers to help Duke. The day starts with skipping school, rushing from poll to poll, and finding Marva’s cat, the most famous kitty on the internet and other huge disasters.

I listened to the audiobook from Spotify. It was a very adventurous story and was set in one day. Everything happened on the voting day. I recommend listening to the audiobook as it is more fun. There was so much happening in one day and the disasters were very amusing to listen to.
[Link to the free audiobook: https://open.spotify.com/album/5kFGIdd8zKIEGXtpMaxXfa?si=GziKq7AlTUaJuabl1Nf2Bg%5D

Any John Green Book!

Disclaimer: These Stories Will Break Your Heart and Mend It Again!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

John Green Books: The Fault In Our Stars, Looking For Alaska, An Abundance Of Katherines, Will Grayson Will Grayson, Paper Towns & Turtles All The Way Down.

Pick up any John Green book and it will instantly make you fall in love with Reading! I say this with experience, as the first book that I ever read was The Fault In Our Stars and it made me start my reading journey. Turtles All The Way Down and Looking For Alaska were the next reads that made me fall in love with reading! His writing is very unique and realistic, which keeps you in the story the whole time. These stories have made a huge impact on me and make me think about it all the time. Don’t hesitate, just read all of his books!

The Poet X.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Pages: 361
Genre: Poetry, Young Adult, Contemporary

Xiomara feels that her voice is unheard. She pours all her feelings and frustration in her leather notebook, reciting the words as prayers. Her mother wants her to obey the rules of the church and has to live a disciplined life. When she is invited to join her school’s poetry slam club, Xiomara worries about how will she attend without letting her mother know. She dreams that people should listen to her poetry.

The whole story is written in verse and it is beautifully written. It will be a quick read and a very emotional one. Xiomara’s struggles will definitely leave you shook and will help you find your own voice. Very relatable read and worth reading this book.

I hope these books will help you start your reading journey. Explore your interests and pick up a genre that you feel is interesting. Reading is good and you should try it!
Happy Reading!
-Rabhya

Apps Every Reader Must Have!

We readers need apps that will take care of our reading goals and will spoon feed us! I use the mentioned apps daily and it really helps me to keep track of my reading. Some apps will help to take care of the books you read monthly and yearly, while some will help to analyze your reading. Let’s dive into the apps that every reader should have!

Goodreads.

This is the most known and used app that is found on every bookworm’s phone! Goodreads is a very useful app that helps you to keep track of the books that you read each month. It has a yearly reading challenge that helps to set a goal for reading the number of books for the year. There are also Giveaways for books in which you can take part (open for US and Canadian residents only). You can also follow your friends and chat with them in groups. It is a great app for organizing your read and want to read shelves for the year. They also have great newsletters, that recommend the best books based on your recent reads. Goodreads is a very useful app and I highly recommend this app to you all!

The Story Graph.

I discovered this app three months ago and I have fallen in love with this app! You just have to import your Goodreads data into this app and it will analyze your books. It makes pie charts and graphs that show the analysis of your reading. I have found this app very useful as it shows my moods of reading, the pace of reading, average rating and genre monthly and yearly! Highly recommended app! 

Webtoon.

This app is just awesome! You can read thousands of webcomics of any genre for free! Many creators publish their webcomic series on this platform. The comics have beautiful illustrations that will blow your mind. There is also music (sometimes) in a series to bring a good mood while reading. It is very addictive and I just cannot keep my phone down once I start a series. It has genres like Romance, Fantasy, Slice of Life, Comedy, Action, etc. I just love reading webcomics on Webtoon! Some best-recommended series to read on Webtoon:

1. True Beauty
2. Lets Play
3. Stagtown
4. Heartstopper
5. To Love Your Enemy

Wattpad.

Wattpad is a great app where you can read fanfiction and also write one! You can read romance stories, fanfictions and Wattpad books for free. It is a great platform to start your journey as a small author as you can write books and stories. People’s works have been published and also adapted to TV series too! Great platform to start writing and getting inspired!

I hope you found some new apps by reading this post. Let me know in the comments, some apps that you use daily as a reader. These apps have really helped me organize my reading goals, I hope they will be useful to you all as well!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Recommending books based on your mood!

I have been reading a lot of books lately and after analyzing my reads, I classified them based on my moods. We readers are always being moody and need change in our reading goals, so here are some personally recommended books based on moods!


I-need-an-emotional-read-that-will-destroy-me Mood!

Yolk by Mary H K Choi.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Yolk is about two Korean- American sisters who are opposites of each other. Both the sisters live separately. Jayne is enjoying her life in New York, but struggling to live as she has an eating disorder but she is not ready to confront. On the other hand, June is living the perfect life with a great job until she is diagnosed with cancer. When Jayne gets to know about this, they have bonded again after a long time and these sisters try to help each other in bad times.

This book hit me in every way. I loved the sisterly relationship between June and Jayne. The writing in this book is very surreal because the author does a great job describing every minute detail. Even when June and Jayne had fights or arguments between them, the love that they have for each other could be seen. There were a variety of emotions rushing inside me while reading this book. The love interest was good and it was a good addition to the story. I highly recommend this book if you are in the mood for reading an emotional story! 


I-need-a-read-with-twists-that-will-surprise-me Mood!

This Is Not The Jess Show by Anna Carey.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The ’90s is filled with drama and nostalgia. Jess Flynn’s teenage life has always been a messy one. She is struggling with overprotective parents, friends drama, boy stuff and a sister on verge of dying from illness. Nothing is going her way and when a tiny black phone with a bitten apple logo falls from her friend’s backpack on her feet, that leaves Jess confused. (iPhone did not exist in the ’90s) Her friends refuse to tell her about the device and Jess knows that they are hiding something from her. As things start unravelling the picture gets clearer about Jess’s life.

It was an adventure reading this book. In the starting things are pretty hazy, but then a HUGE twist comes into the story and shook my life. The twist in the story was so unexpected and unpredictable. The story after the twist revolves around how Jess is trying to come out of the phase. I can’t spoil anything else as the twist is the diamond, but I feel that I should have dived into this book by not knowing anything about it as from what I had expected by reading the summary, is entirely different inside. This book is filled with adventures and twists and I highly recommend it to you all!


I-need-a-book-that-is-filled-with-adventures Mood!

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She is in need of cash as wherever she goes, it becomes destruction, hence she makes a babysitters club with her fashionable friend. Esme is really good at babysitting, but lately strange things are happening. Objects are flying in the air and causing destruction around her and Esme feels she is the cause of it. On the other hand, a new girl, Cassandra Heaven has joined Esme’s school but is desperate to her babysitters’ club even though Cassandra is the worst babysitter. They both have a lot in common and they have to discover about their lineage and magical powers as babysitters. Both of them have to protect the world from evil as a coven.

I found the concept of babysitters with witches really cool. The main character is trying to find her footing and her real identity. This book is filled with fun adventures and weird magic spells. Unique concept with fun twists, it was a light read and I enjoyed reading it!


I-need-a-mystery-thriller-vibe-read Mood!

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Six teenagers are invited to a dinner for getting selected for a scholarship. But, the scholarship dinner is a trap. Someone has locked them in a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison and a note saying they have to pick someone to kill or else everyone dies after one hour. All of them are good friends, who have messed up lives and have a bad past. They have to decide either to kill one or all have to die.

Very mixed feelings about this book I must say. The mystery and suspense were at a LEVEL 10 till the end and I couldn’t keep the book down. But, the high level of mystery that was built up didn’t meet the End. I expected a more serious and shocking end but it wasn’t. I really appreciate the fact that being a teenager I read this book because it was moreover based on a phase of life that every teenager faces. Even though it had ups and downs but I learnt something very important life lesson that is:
It is human nature to be deceptive and hide your true colors until a climax comes. Never trust anyone in life.


Above mentioned books are within the age limit of 13-18 years. I hope I could provide you all with some book recs according to some moods. What mood are you in to read? Let me know in the comments and I will try to recommend some books in my next post!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

When The Wildflowers Bloom. #bookreview.

Don’t try to predict life, try to explore it instead. Even the roughest, most crooked trails can sometimes lead to magnificent places.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Book: When The Wildflowers Bloom.
Author: Rupa Bhullar
Pages: 240
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Rupa Publications

This book is about a mom named Tara, who has been publicly shamed by her husband. She spent her 17 years of life with her two children and her husband, but Tej publicly harassed her. Tara goes into trauma after the incident. Her sisters, Mala and Meeta are trying to bring her back. Tara decides to go to her real hometown, Punjab and explore her roots. The simple life and happy moments in the fields of Punjab bring a spark of hope to Tara. The story revolves around Tara finding her purpose and identity in the surroundings of her hometown. The struggles, the love of the people motivate her to find what she loves.

The writing in this book is beautiful. I loved how the main character Tara, is trying to come out of the problems. This book is set in Punjab and being a Punjabi I could relate so much to this book! It is like I found my roots through this book. I could get the feeling of Freedom that the main character was longing for. The author has explained the meaning of love in a very different manner. The relationship between the children and Tara was so surreal. This book has surely taught me how to stop predicting life and just go with the flow. I am so motivated with this book that how Tara came out of all the problems she faced. The biji touch and the traditional Punjabi culture hooked me up! There is always hope and love in this world and I am so happy that I read this book! This book has destroyed me and I can’t wait to read more books from this author!
Happy Reading!
– Rabhya