Stolen Songbird: Review

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I read this books ages ago but forgot to write a review it. So, I had to go back and skim through it to refresh my memory.

The book is all-in-all a good read (but not a great one) For starters, it felt quite a drag.
The world building was done very well. And the introduction to the whole set up and the troll themselves were the parts I liked. Also, troll-related myths were debunked as the plot moved forward. However, the writing felt simplistic.

Cécile is strong willed girl who gets kidnapped and taken to the hidden underground city of Trollus where she is destined to fulfill a prophecy. I liked her take-no-nonsense attitude and her overall development. Tristan is the handsome-but-salty prince of Trollus, but as we get to know more about him, he is living a life which he didn’t choose for himself, and perhaps Cécile might be able to help them both.

The MC’s (Cécile and Tristan) were well developed and were complete opposites to each other. They love story had a decent progress and story progresses which didn’t make it seem rushed or forced. The side characters were also interesting, and I would like to read more about them.

The story is a bit slow-paced, but when the plot twists came, I was taken by surprise and flew by the last 1/3 of the book.

Overall 3.5 out of 5.

(I remained thoroughly claustrophobic the whole time we were in Trollus)

The Avengers Assemble Book Tag

Having recently watched Avenger: Endgame, when I saw this book tag on Lauren’s Blog @ Fiction Tea, I immediately thought of doing it.

Don’t Worry, this post will not have any spoilers.


Iron Man | A book that made you laugh out loud

Hmm, I don’t really read comedy books, but I remember laughing while reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, although I have yet to finish it.

Locke is witty and smart at all the things that would land him in trouble. Watching him getting in and out trouble is always a good laugh.

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Captain America | A book positive message

After much thinking, I choose the Six of Crows series. As the series progresses on we come to know the characters weakness and how they strive despite it.

All the cast of characters is just to wonderful, plus this book includes a heist, so there is that.

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Thor | A book with a character’s strength you admire

I have to choose my all time favorite book, The Name of the Wind, since I admire the MC so freaking much!

This book is truly a must read, do check it out if you haven’t. It has all the elements of a perfect epic fantasy.

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Hulk | A book that makes you incredibly angry

Oh I have this one ready! It was the Red Queen Series. I just can’t get over how annoying the MC is and how angry the book made me.

Some characters are smart, some are well-written, some are developed over-time…. she was neither.

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Black Widow | A book with a kick ass female protagonist

There are so many to chose from! But the one with stands out is Air Awakens Series. The MC is determined, brave, and will stand up to do the right thing.

Best thing? this series has a sequel series with even a stronger female protagonist!

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Hawkeye | An underrated book that people should pay more attention to:

The Night Circus, Seriously. I’ve read reviews that many DNF’ed the book. Y’all are missing out on this hidden gem of a book.

While I was reading it at first, I was terribly confused, but when things started falling in place and everything started to make sense, I just love this book!

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Bonus: Loki | A book with a twist or surprise that tricked you:

For this one, I’ll have to go with The Inheritance Cycle. This books is so well written, I never saw any plot twists come, and could never guess the ending.

This book basically made me fall in love with Dragons. You won’t regret picking up this one.

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Thanks for Reading

FTK 🙂

To Kill a Kingdom: Review

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This book was dubbed as best stand-alones of 2018 and that alone made me buy it. To start of with, this is a re-telling of Little Mermaid. While I’m not a big fan re-tellings I do appreciate well written ones.

This book, however, didn’t meet my expectations. The world building was not detailed enough, it felt as if I’m drawing from another source; Disney’s Little Mermaid. Most descriptions and places were handed to us at point blank, I felt there was no further deeper development or explanation as to how it came to be or why is it the way it is.

The characters were interesting but only at the start. As the story progresses, my feeling for them don’t. After the half-mark, the story became a bit slow, and felt to drag as the characters didn’t live up to the ‘introduction’ they got in the first-half of the book and the expectations they had evoked. My barely remember any side characters. Most characters who were introduced or interacted with the MCs didn’t add much to the plot itself.

The writing was okay-ish, and story was paced well enough, but my overall enjoyment didn’t last very long.

Overall 3 stars out of 5. Recommended to anyone who enjoys re-tellings or wants a quick day’s read.

Avengers vs Harry Potter: A Comparison (Spoiler Alert)

Avengers: Endgame marked the end of a decade long cinematic experience for Marvel Cinematic Universe. It still brings me goosebumps thinking back to our unified expressions at the cinema, we laughed, gasped, and cried while watching Endgame.

Another decade long saga which we experienced together was the Harry Potter (film Series). Just thinking about it brings back bittersweet memories of the Harry Post World and its books.

While the universes of Marvel and Harry Potter are vastly different, in this post I’ll be comparing the two series based on their movies only (not including source materials: books, comics, etc.).

Needless to say this post will contain SPOILERS, so if you haven’t watched one or any of the movies, DO NOT continue reading this post.


The Mood and the Music

The first half of Deathly Hallows Part 2 is directly continued from where part 1 left off. The mood was kept-on-edge as The Trio (Harry, Hermione, and Ron) continue to find the remaining Horcruxes. The best way to describe it was the ‘silence before the storm’.

Avengers: Endgame’s first half was in direct contrast to that of Harry Potter. It was kept light and funny, and it that way it hit us more when the plot twists came. The way I would describe this would be ‘never saw that coming’.

When the final battle sequences started in both final movies, we were not only glued to our seats with tissues in our hands because of the special effects, but also due to the amazing soundtrack playing. Death Hallows was a more subdued track emphasizing on the gravity of the situation. (Titled: Endgame by Alexandre Desplat).

For Avengers on the other hand, The music was upbeat and seemed to bring hope to the fight that was taking place. (Titled: Portals by Alan Silvestri).

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Portal Scene from Avengers: Endgame
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Battle of Hogwarts

And of course the main scenes where I bet everyone couldn’t hold back the tears any longer (the above two images) were just ‘marvel’-ous. Even the use of dome-looking-portals were contrasting in their type of use is both franchises.


The Time Travel Concept

A concept of time travel existed in both MCU and HP. However, there rules were somewhat different.

In Harry Potter (movie 3), is was done via time turner, and well -Magic!, but in Endgame, science had to jump in to make some sense to the whole thing. Hermione had explained it as to never appear in front or interact with your past self. And what happens in the past effects the future directly.

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Hermione using the Time Turner
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The Avengers and the “Time Machine”

For Avenger’s ‘time machine’ using Quantum Physics didn’t follow Hermione’s ideology. Any change in the past will create an alternate future, where past, present, and future events can co-exist in their respective universes. This gives the slightest hope that if a spin-off were to be made, we might see our beloved Avengers again – even the ones we lost.


The Ultimate Power

In Harry Potter we have the “Deathly Hallows” – an unbeatable wand, a stone to bring the dead to life, and a cloak of invisibility, if wielded by a wizard will make give him ultimate power.

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The Tale of Three Brothers

In Avengers, we see the 6 Infinity Stones, each symbolizing Space, Mind, Reality, Power, Time and Soul. They are the source of unlimited power and can be used to the control their respective affinities. Not anyone can harness the power of all 6 stones, they will need to be strong enough to withstand the impact of their wish, as all 6 stone combined gives them the ability to do almost anything.

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Infinity Gauntlet with the 6 Infinity Stones

Love in its all forms

I’ll only say the lines from both series and nothing more, before I go wipe my tears again:

“After all this time?” “Always”

“Love you 3000.”


Which Hogwarts House would The Avengers be in?

To finish of this post (finally), I thought it’ll be nice to sort The Avengers into Hogwarts Houses. (Disclaimer: you may not and don’t have to agree to my sorting, these are simply my opinions)

Iron Man: Obviously Gryffindor! He is brave, determined (and obnoxious).

Captain America: Ravenclaw. He was the most level-headed Avenger.

Thor: hmmm.. Gryffindor. He is daring and chivalrous.

Black Widow: Probably Ravenclaw. She is smart and understanding.

Hawkeye: Huffpuff! He works hard and shows dedication.

Hulk: uh— I really don’t know, Gryffindor because he is stupid-brave.

Loki (Just because): Of course Slytherin. There is no one else this Slytherin-y other than Loki.


This concludes my post, hope you like it! Let me know what you think!

FTK 🙂

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ICYMI: What Drives me to write

I recently participated in a blog series hosted by Fadwa (Twitter: @wordwoonders) and Adiba (Twitter: @adiba_j). The topic I chose was ‘What Drives me to write”.

We all write at at one time or another and for many different reasons. Some write to express their feelings, some write to pass their time. Writing is a form of art and everyone has their own way of doing it. There is no ‘write’ or wrong it in. Its thoughts, formed in words, formed in sentences, expressing a relatable or inspiring story. Other than expressing oneself or evoking feelings, another reason which is at the forefront to promote inclusion in all its forms is to read ‘ownvoices’ and for that we write, we write to represent ourselves and the stories unique to our identities.

Read the full post and the opinions of 6 more amazing bloggers HERE


About the blog series

(Below is taken directly from WordWoonders Blog):

Muslim Voices Rise Up, a month-long project taking place during Ramadan where Muslim authors and bloggers share their experiences on various topics. This project is dedicated to centering Muslim experiences and showcasing the diversity within our own narratives. You can find more info, along with other blog posts for this project, on the introduction post here.


FTK 🙂

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