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Book Review- The Art of Running Away

Summary

Twelve-year-old Maisie is an artist. When she’s in front of her sketchbook or apprenticing at Glenna’s Portraits, the family-run art shop her grandmother started, the world makes sense. She doesn’t think about Calum, her brother who mysteriously left home and cut ties with her family six years ago, or her parents’ insistence that she “broaden her horizons” and try something new—something that isn’t art.

But when Glenna’s Portraits falls on hard times, Maisie’s plan to take over the shop when she’s older and become a lifelong artist starts to crumble. In desperation to make things right, Maisie runs away to London to reconnect with her adult brother, hoping he might be the key to saving the shop. But as Maisie learns about her family’s past from Calum, she starts to rethink everything she’s ever known. Maisie must decide not only if saving her family’s art shop is worth it, but if she can forgive her parents for the mistakes they’ve made.

My Views

Oh wow, just wow, words aren’t enough to describe this book!!!
This was such a beautiful book, it was heart wrenching the way Masie bonds with her long lost brother and how she made an emotionless person cry.
The emotion and the humor were in perfect proportion, the parrot incident was quite funny xD.
This book throws light on LGBTQIA community and the problems they face and is a perfect read in pride month!
Glad that Glenna’s was saved!!
I really hope this book has a sequel and congratulations to the author for writing such a touching book!!
This book is now one of my favorites!!

My rating 5 out 5 (really wanna give it more)

About the author

Sabrina Kleckner

Sabrina Kleckner is the author of THE ART OF RUNNING AWAY, a middle grade contemporary novel about family and identity. She began writing at the age of twelve, and is grateful to not be debuting with the angsty assassin book she toiled over in her teens. When she is not writing, she can be found teaching ESL or gushing about her three cats to anyone who will listen.

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Hope you all read it cause seriously it was super awesome you HAVE to read it 😀

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Book Review- Witching Moon

Witching Moon
AHHH THE COVER IS SOO PRETTY!!!!!!!!!!

Summary

Once in an eon, when the Earth eclipses the moon on a winter solstice, an immortal is born under a witching moon. Anne has always had the strangest feelings—memories she couldn’t place; strangers she inexplicably yearned for.

After she rescues the enigmatic Phillip from a shipwreck, her comfortable life on the island of Cusabo is shattered, and the mystery of her destiny starts to fall into place. Anne leaves behind the life she’s always known and sets out with Phillip on an arduous journey to Amaranth, where her ancient family awaits her. But the path is dark and daunting, and Anne’s powers have only just begun to manifest. 

My Views

This story was woven so beautifully, the idea, the theme, the concept completely original and impressive, the words of the main character Anne deeply impacting.
So the starting was a bit slow and somewhat confusing to a point, but as the story goes on it touches your heart many a times.
The thrill when you are reading your favorite book, your heart-beating at some points, I felt it all in this book, and the ending was so happy!!!
I’m so glad Anne and Philipp and Anne felt whole again when she met Rowan!!!!!!! (That has to be the best part of the book).
Now for the criticism, so yes I did love this book, but there were a lot of unnecessary things I guess?
And like I said there is a lot of confusion in the starting and the ending just seems a bit aloft and a bit too happy, like the main points are left, we never get to know of her conversation with her old husband AND EVEN AFTER READING 300 PAGES WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HER SIBLINGS AND FOSTER MOM!!

So yeah well still it is a fun read once you get to the interesting parts there is NO WAY you can put it down (believe me I tried).

My Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

About the author

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K. E. Bonner was always the first kid to sit down during a spelling bee. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she was diagnosed with dyslexia, which explained why she always had to study three times harder than her peers. Being dyslexic taught her perseverance and kindness, her two favorite attributes. She lives in Georgia with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. When not writing, she loves to read, swim, explore new places, and meet fascinating people. If you have a dog, she would love to scratch behind its ears and tell it what a good pup it is.

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Hope you all read it and enjoy it!!!!
If you have read this book then do let me know in the comments 😀
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Posted in Book Review

Book Review- Little Kid, Big City! : New York

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Summary

If you could have an adventure in New York City, where would you go? Curious readers will find plenty of sights, smells, and tastes to explore in this illustrated pick-your-own-path travel guide series.

Would you walk the Brooklyn Bridge for a huge slice of pizza, see the dazzling lights in Times Square, or visit the whale at the Museum of Natural History? With Little Kid, Big City!: New York you can create your own itinerary by choosing where to go next at the end of every page! Whether you’re an armchair traveler or a real-life tourist, here are dozens of ways to explore iconic sights, venture to nearby locales, and wander off the beaten path. 

In this first book in the Little Kid, Big City series—in which travel guides collide with an interactive format—kids are empowered to imagine, create, and explore their own routes through the world’s greatest cities. Featuring whimsical illustrations, lovable characters, an invaluable resources section, and a foldout map, Little Kid, Big City has everything you need to invent your own adventure! 

My Views

The illustrations are breathtaking and realistic, it is as if you are in New York eating the pizza and strolling through the beach!!!!
And the tiny little guides at the bottom which tell you where to explore more are so cute!!
They let you decide and explore to the parts you want to see, so you can travel the way you want!!!!!
I learnt so much about New York and now I HAVE to visit it!!
This book is so detailed and it describing the famous places beautifully!!!
This is a fun read and kids will love this, and its a great guide if you are planning a NY trip!!

My rating 4.5 out of 5

About the Author

Beth Beckman is the editor and founder of the namesake website, Little Kid, Big City, and is trusted by parents across the country as an authority on traveling with kiddos. An avid explorer and adventure seeker, she provides travel and activity recommendations on her Instagram account of the same name. She lives in New York City with her family which includes a miniature dachshund named Hotdog with a not-so-mini personality. You can find her online at littlekidbigcity.com.

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Book Review- By the Light of Fireflies

Summary

Sybil Ludington believes in the legend of fireflies—they appear when you need them most. But it’s not until her family is thrust into the dangers of the Revolutionary War, and into George Washington’s spy ring, that Sybil experiences firefly magic for herself—guiding her through the darkness, empowering her to figure out who she’s supposed to be and how strong she really is—as she delivers her imperative message and warns against a British attack.

BY THE LIGHT OF FIREFLIES is the captivating tale of a young girl’s journey as a daughter, a sister, a friend, a spy, and eventually a war hero, completing a midnight ride that cements her place in history as the “female Paul Revere.”

My views

This book in 3 words, ‘inspirational’, ‘magical’ and ‘powerful’!
The author wrote the book in such a heartfelt way, describing each detail that you can see and feel it, the way she describes the terror, it’s as if you are there around 250 years ago, reliving what the war hero Sybil Ludington might have lived on the famous night in which she saved the day ( or night xD).
The magical part has to be how the fireflies guide her, how Sybil believes in them is so touching!!!
And the book in itself which follows Sybil’s story is so inspirational, it shows that even in the 18th century when there were so close minded people, Girl Power still existed and girls are just as powerful (if not more as boys).
Like I am still speechless at how the author has described the story so well!!!!

My rating definitely 5 out of 5

About the Author

Jenni L. Walsh

Jenni L. Walsh spends her days knee deep in words in Philadelphia’s suburbia. Beyond words, Jenni is a mama (of an soulful seven-year-old, an dinosaur-loving four-year-old, and two needy furbabies), a wife, a Philly and ‘Nova sports fan. Jenni spent her early years dabbling in various forms of writing and with her nose in a book. Her writing chops first began to develop through one-page stories. Never fail, the storyline followed the same progression: girl meets boy, girl marries boy, girl and boy have baby. That’s it. Jenni’s mom treated it like a masterpiece each and every time.Now Jenni has moved on to stories with a bit more oomph and, for the mamas, Side by Side is the story of America’s most infamous crime spree of Bonnie and Clyde told in the raw and honest voice of the woman who lived it, Bonnie Parker. In Becoming Bonnie, a prequel set in the Roaring Twenties, a picture of Bonnie’s earlier life, before and while she meets Clyde, is brought to life. Jenni’s next historical novel A Betting Woman (June 1, 2021) takes us to the California gold rush, featuring a little known woman from history, Eleanor Dumont, who is largely remembered by the moniker Madame Moustache.

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Posted in Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
You can check out the topics here.

This week’s topic is “Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them”.

  1. Glory Roslyn and the heart of the universe
  2. Artichoke Hearts
  3. The invisible life of Addie LaRue (just without the cringy romance bleh)
  4. A French Girl in NY series
  5. The Girl Mechanic of Wanzhou
  6. Princess Diaries
  7. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
  8. Keeper of the Lost Cities
  9. The Girl who drank the moon
  10. The Fault in our stars

Yeah (there are soo many more that I want but let’s just stick with these 10.

(PS these are in no favorable order at all)

Have you all read any of these books?
Did you enjoy them?
Do let me know in the comments!!!

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Book Review- The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

Heya Humans!!!!!!!!!!!!
So yeah I haven’t posted in long (so much school work)
Anyways, I’m back again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*dramatic pause, then continues*

So, I finally finished this book after ages.

And I tried to click a good picture, but yeah, photography is NOT my strong point…………
Or aesthetic sense…………….

I don’t get why they change book covers to movie scenes, I mean the book was written before WAY BEFORE

Summary

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.

My Views

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

J. R. R. Tolkien

So yeah it took me A LOT of time to get to this, I started reading this book tons of times but dropped it after 2 pages, when I finally got the paperback in May (the book is interesting it’s just tons of work so yeah), I took soo many days to read it and finish it, so the book was quite slow, especially the starting, there wasn’t much happening?
Like there were quite a few moments when you couldn’t drop it, but most of the time, it just went on and on describing Bilbo’s pain and worry and anguish……………..
Overall it was fun, but there was a lack of female characters?
And THE END WAS SO DEPRESSING………….
WHY DID THORIN, FILI AND KILI HAVE TO DIE😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭.

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And yes I did mistakenly squash that flower

The glorifying moment when the dragon dies, ( I actually believed Bard was dead and closed the book down and then sulked for a minute or two, then opened and read the next page and I was MAD to say the least……………………………………………….

This was the best part of the entire book!!!!!!!!! (the death of the dragon not the fight or Bard going down and all)

My rating 4 stars.

About the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959.

Website (yes a dead author who died before websites were made does have a website, I was quite surprised too.)

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Thanks for reading!!!
Have you read the LOTR series?
What was your favorite part in this book?

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Posted in Other Things

Happy Pride Month + A quotes page

First of all Happy Pride Month to all my queer friends out there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So anyways this is going to be a reallllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy short post (cause exams and studies).
Anyways I made a bookish quotes page (I mentioned in an earlier post that I might, you can check it out here, I hope you like, and if you wanna send in some inputs then please do contact me, I’d love to add some more!!
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Posted in Book Tag

Book Tag- Just Some Bibliophilic Things

Thank you sooo much Riddhi for tagging me!! Do check out her blog, she has a really cool one!!!!!! (And her books as emoji posts those are super cool)
She tagged my on SF but yeah I’m doing it here!

Rules:

  1. Link to original creator of the tag here: Riddhi @Whispering Stories.
  2. Use the header image used by Riddhi in doing the tag, display the rules in your post and use the tag JSBT in your post.
  3. Answer the bookish questions given below and add an original bonus bookish question
  4. Add a random fact to the post
  5. Tag 5 or more book blogger friends of yours
  6. Have Fun!!

How many books do you think should there be in one series? Which book series is your favourite in that particular format?

I guess not more than 5 or 6, and RIck Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, The Heroes of Olympus series or the Trials of Apollo (I can’t really decide one).

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Which book format do you prefer: Paperbacks, eBooks or audiobooks?

Ebooks, cause reading them so often gives reading paperback a special feeling (plus you can read ebooks inside your blanket so your mom won’t know. And I’m not a huge fan of audio books…………

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Organized bookshelves or outrageous bookshelves? If outrageous, then do you feel like organizing them but are too lazy to do so?

Uhhhh so I organize my bookshelf but my little brother messes it up, then I’m too lazy then I clean it up again but then he again messes it, plus mostly you can find books under pillows or sofas in my house (cause I hide them there from my mom xD )

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Which Rick Riordan series do you like the most? The original Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus or Magnus Chase?? (If you haven’t read the series just say so)

UHHHHHHHHHH THIS IS SO FREAKING HARD, but I’ll have to settle for the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians, though Magnus Chase comes a close second.

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Which bookish fictional land you would want to travel to?? Why??

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
This is like the hardest question ever…………… But I’ll have to stick with Hogwarts? Or Miss Cackle’s or the School for Good and Evil…

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One book related memory that you love.

Uhh so there was this one time, that I forgot about, and this another one time, so I got no super great memories, but there was this one, when I went to the Book Fair (not gonna mention where but it was super huge) and I met a few authors and it was heaven😍😍😍😍.

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Which genre do you not read? Why? Would you like to read any book from that genre??

Young Adult, and cause it’s wayyy to cringy?
Yesss I have heard a lot about Sarah J Mass books and I would like to read those.

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Which genre is your absolute favourite? What draws you to it? If demanded, would you be able to stick to it for the rest of your life?

FANTASYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cause it just draws me in a different world. Yep I most certainly be able to *thinks again* I think I’ll miss mystery so um no?

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Who is your favourite author? Why? Which book is an absolute favourite of yours written by that particular author?

Holly Jackson or Rick Riordan or maybe Shannon Messenger, and favorite book has to be A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.

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Which fictional character (s) would you like to date? Why?

Rafal Mistral or maybe Aric from School for Good and Evil, cause I kinda like their evil personalities?
KEEFE SENCEN!!!!!!!!!!!! HE’S FUNNY, A PRANKSTER, AND CUTE, AND HAS AWESOME ART!!!!!!! (AND LEO VALDEZ FOR FUNNY TOO THOSE TWO ARE AWESOME)
Noah Flynn from Girl Online? (SUCH AN AWESOME MUSICIAN and super sweet!!)
FRED AND GEORGE WEASLEY (do I really need to tell why)
And soooooooo many more……………………….

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My question- Have you ever been caught reading a story book in class by your teacher (though I am sure everyone has)

Fun Fact- They makers of the movie ‘The Lion King’ used tiger roar instead of lion roars.

I tag

Riya Gautam
Maya Rajesh
Shamit
Inaya
Akshita
Chelsea @ your bookish friend

AND YOU!!! I tag all of you for it!!!
I hope you all have as much fun as I did doing this!!
Thank you once again Riddhi for creating this tag and tagging me!!!
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Posted in Monthly Wrap Up

May Wrap Up

Hey guys!!

I guess May was an okayish month, I didn’t read that much this month, I’m in a bit off a slump plus soo much HW😭😭😭.

Books I read this month

  1. Rodrick Rules
  2. Dog Days
  3. The Ugly Truth
  4. The Long Haul
  5. Old School
  6. Double Down
  7. The Getaway
  8. The Meltdown
  9. The Deep End
  10. Princess in Training
  11. The Princess Present
  12. Party Princess 
  13. Sweet Sixteen Princess
  14. Princess on the Brink
  15. Valentine Princess
  16. Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan
  17. Forever Princess
  18. My Mother’s Delightful Deaths
  19. The Secret Garden
  20. Royal Wedding
  21. From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess
  22. Rule of Threes
  23. Royal Day Out
  24. The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary, How Greg Heffley Went Hollywood, The Story of all Three Movies
  25. The Killing Plot
  26. Royal Wedding Disaster
  27. Glory Roslyn and the Heart of Universe
  28. Royal Crush
  29. Brindille
  30. Royal Crown
  31. Innate: A Chance Dawson Story
  32. The School for Good and Evil
  33. Upper Fourth at Malory Towers
  34. In the Fifth at Malory Towers
  35. Last Term at Malory Towers
  36. New Term at Malory Towers
  37. Summer Term at Malory Towers
  38. Fun and Games at Malory Towers
  39. Secrets at Malory Towers
  40. Goodbye Malory Towers
  41. A World Without Princes
  42. Utah!
  43. The Magnificent Mind Melter
  44. The Last Ever After
  45. Quests for Glory
  46. Sunny Side Up
  47. A Crystal of Time
  48. One True King
  49. Three Thousand Stitches: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives
  50. Jukebox
  51. The School For Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook

Posts this month

Posts on Soaring Firebolt

I did a book haul and I got new bookmarks yayayay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( I love bookmarks)

ALSO IF YOU HAVEN’T PEOPLE (THOUGH I AM SURE EVERYONE HAS) GO LISTEN TO SOUR, IT’S AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah that’s about it I guess, how was your month?
Which book did you like the best this month?
I hope you are all fine!!
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Book Review-Jukebox

Jukebox

Summary

A mysterious Jukebox, old vinyl records, and cryptic notes on music history, are Shaheen’s only clues to her father’s abrupt disappearance. She looks to her cousin, Tannaz, who seems just as perplexed, before they both look at the Jukebox which starts…glowing?

Suddenly, the girls are pulled from their era and transported to another time! Keyed to the music on the record, the Jukebox sends them to decade after decade of music history, from political marches, to landmark concerts. But can they find Shaheen’s dad before the music stops? This time-bending magical mystery tour invites readers to take the ride of their lives for a coming-of-age adventure. 

My Views

WOW, the illustrations are breath-taking!
The journey of Shaheen and Naz in time is beautifully described by Nidhi Chanani!
The way those two wish to be like Nancy Drew and solve the mystery on their own and the bond between them is impeccable!
I love the part where Naz finally plucks up the courage to tell her family that she is bi.
This book is a must for all ages, and every single music geek on this earth!

My rating 5 out of 5 stars (Wish I could give it more 😉)

About the Author

Nidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. After completing her undergrad literature degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Nidhi pursued a career in nonprofits. The desire to draw kept pulling her away and in 2008 she enrolled in art school (only to drop out a year later). In 2009 she began completing one illustration every day of the week. She called this Every Day Love and developed her narrative style and voice with three years of daily practice. Thus began her art career and business.

Born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California, Nidhi creates because it makes her happy – with the hope that it can make others happy, too. In April of 2012 she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change.

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I hope you all read this book and enjoy reading it as much as I did!!!
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