Review: Whichwood (Tahereh Mafi)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.

Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.


RATING

4.5 STARS!

HERE’S MY REVIEW!

After finishing Whichwood, I can truly say that Tahereh Mafi is a great writer! Her story, characters, words written are so perfect and beautiful. This companion to Futhermore is definitely worth the wait. In my experience, Whichwood’s story is better than Futhermore in terms of story line and writing per se. I was constantly amazed while reading because of her writing was so flowery, all descriptions were perfectly describe and well-detailed. I also loved the Persian fantasy elements in the novel. All of the depiction of the main character’s work as a mordeshoor, who washes dead bodies in preparation for the afterlife were very knowledgeable and appreciated. Alice and Oliver from Futhermore appearance’s made the story even more enjoyable and entertaining and that even made the story even more wonderful. The friendship between the young children stood out the most and that was definitely the best part of the book.

Several important messages were perceived in the book, thus it shows that middle grade books do offer critical significance for us adults to ponder upon, even though the story is whimsical and amusing. One of themes that was very prominent to me was child labour. See, the book is darker than you even expected! The story revolved around Laylee, who was an overworked child and often undervalued by the society. This was definitely an exploitive act done by irresponsible grown-ups in the story. This scenario is no stranger to the real world. Children are often exploited because they (employers) think that they can simply be ordered, hence they will be deprived from going to school and experience a normal childhood. God I love stories with immense lesson for us readers to reflect!

All in all, I love everything about this story and I do hope that there will be another companion to this whimsical middle grade story!

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Sabrina

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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Hi guys! I know I know, it has been a while since I wrote a book tag. I truly miss writing these fun tags as this can be a platform to collect my opinion on some books and to know my progress of the first part of the year!


1. Best book you’ve read this year?

There are a few that interest me. Dear Martin, Little Fires Everywhere and Broken Beautiful Hearts are my 5 star reads for this year. I cannot choose what is truly the best read, because they are equally good in their own ways!

I truly recommend these to all of you.

2. Best sequel you’ve read in 2018?

I have to say Always and Forever, Lara Jean is a perfect conclusion to the series of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I can somehow relate to Lara Jean in some ways and that makes the story special for me.

3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to?

Children of Blood and Bone!! Oh my god I don’t know why I haven’t read this!! I need to read this pronto!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Wildcard, What If Its Us and also City of Ghosts! So excited to read Victoria Schwab’s new middle grade series soon!

5. Biggest disappointment?

From Twinkle, With Love disappoints me. I didn’t enjoy it that much because of the main character and also the bland plot :/

6. Biggest surprise?

I am surprised that I actually enjoyed reading The Belles! After reading not-so-good reviews on Goodreads, I truly decreased my expectation towards the book and the story turned out to be pretty good 🙂

7. Favorite new-to-you or debut author?

Nic Stone and Celeste Ng! I wish I can write like them!

8. Newest fictional crush?

Owen from Broken Beautiful Hearts. Such a perfect guy ❤

9. Newest favorite character?

Charlie Grant from Save the Date! I think she is living mirror of me. LOL

10. Book that made you cry?

There are no books that made me cry.

11. Book that made you happy?

Always and Forever, Lara Jean made me happy!!

12. Favorite book-to-film adaptation?

Love, Simon is pretty decent for a book-to-movie adaptation. Really looking forward for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and also The Hate U Give movie!

13. Favorite post you have done this year?

I cannot choose! I have so many favourites!

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi!

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I have to read 5 more books in order for me to complete my Goodreads reading challenge this year! I believe I can do more, I can reach at least 40 books by the end of August, I guess 🙂 I don’t know how you people can read until 200 books per year! :O You guys are a machine!


That’s it for my tag! Truly enjoyed answering all questions and I look forward to read more books for the second part of the year ❤ ❤ ❤

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Sabrina

Ringing In The New Year Book Tag

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I was tagged by lovely Abigail from Abigail’s Books! Here’s my tag!

RULES:

  • Link to the person who tagged you
  • Link to the creator of the tag (Bookmark Chronicles)
  • Share the tag image
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)

Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2017?

I didn’t read any new series other than Harry Potter but I did read a few standalones last year. I read Wing Jones by Katherine Webber and also Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. I love both of those stories! Wing Jones is a coming of age and also a moving story. Furthermore is a unique yet whimsical story which offers life related advises and elements.

Authors that you have recently found that you would like to read more of in the new year.

I recently discoved the writings of Tahereh Mafi. I have heard of her for a long time, but I haven’t got the chance of reading books yet. The Shatter Me series receives mixed reviews but for Furthermore, mostly there are positive.

Most anticipated book turned movie/TV show?

I am excited for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before book to movie adaptation! Cannot wait to see my favourite characters on screen! I am also VERY excited for Crimes of Grindlewald.

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Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss with at midnight (if there is one)

AHH if only I could choose more than one 😛 The only character that I can think of now is Hideo Tanaka from Warcross by Marie Lu. He is rich, smart and also dreamy ❤ ❤

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What’s on your TBR for 2018? (Top 5-10 will suffice if it’s an extremely long list)

  1. Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi.
  2. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. (This book is in my TBR for YEARS ALREADY!!)
  3. Still Me by Jojo Moyes.
  4. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu.
  5. Save the Date by Morgan Matson.

I am most excited for number 5!!

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How many books do you hope to read in 2018?

I am rooting for 35 books, but I think I can do more! I have already read 5 books till today. I AM BACK WITH MY READING GAME!

Will you participate in the Goodreads reading challenge or any others? ( Popsugar, Down the TBR Hole, Etc.)

I am participating in Goodreads and targeting to read 35 books!

Any New Year’s resolutions? (Bookish, blogging or vlogging, and otherwise)

  1. I wish to read more than 35 books this year.
  2. Post more book reviews/talks/tags for my blog.
  3. I want to do well in my final year of degree and also internship program.
  4. Score good grades in exams.
  5. Give back to my family ❤

That’s my book tag, guys! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in another book tag! 🙂

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Sabrina

The End of Year Book Tag – 2017

Long time no see!

Thank to my usual suspect, Abigail’s Books for the tag! Let’s get started!

1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yes there is. I read Always and Forever, Lara Jean in July but I neglected it because I didn’t have a physical copy back then. I am planning to read it next year after finishing finals.

2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I don’t really have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year because for the past 3 years, my finals are always in the end of the year so I won’t be reading book much, instead I would read lecture notes :/

3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

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I am waiting for Still Me by Jojo Moyes! At first I was quite hesitant upon hearing the news about the book, but now I am really looking forward into reading the third book of the installment soon! I wonder what Jojo Moyes will offer us for the next book.

4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Well, if I have time in the world to read, why not?

  1. Wonderwomen by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Warcross by Marie Lu
  3. Whichwood by Tahareh Mafi

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

No. I only read 12 books this year and most of them are rereads such as Harry Potter.

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Yes! I have actually planned for my reading challenge on Goodreads and I am pretty much excited for it! Cannot wait to share with you guys! It is going to be a wonderful year of reading ❤

Thanks for reading the post guys and I will see you guys in another post!

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Sabrina

Adventure is Inevitable: A review for Furthermore (Tahereh Mafi)

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Blurb from Goodreads:

Colour and magic combine in this enchanting new middle grade fantasy from the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series.

Born as blank as canvas in a world brimming with colour and magic, Alice’s pale skin and milk-white hair mark her as an outcast. Because, for the people of Ferenwood, colour and magic are one and the same. And since the disappearance of her beloved father, Alice is more determined than ever to prove herself and her own magical abilities.

To do so she’ll have to travel into the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, with the help of a fiercely annoying boy named Oliver. But nothing in Furthermore is as it seems, and it will take all of Alice’s wits to find her father and return him safely home.

RATING

4 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

HERE’S MY THOUGHTS!

I won this book from an Instagram giveaway last week and I was honestly very looking forward into reading this masterpiece.


Furthermore follows the story of a young girl named Alice, who is born colourless and possesses no magic. Her family lives in the magical world named Ferenwood, and very much everyone in the world has a magical power which can awe people.

Alice’s father has gone missing and leaves his wife and four children behind. Everyone wonders where his father is up to. Being the eldest of the family, Alice mostly spends her time alone in the forest because she feels disconnected from her own family. She feels she doesn’t have a place at home after Father left. Her mother treats her badly because Mother thinks she is the reason why Father is missing.

“Why must you look like the rest of us? Why do you have to be the one to change? Change the way we see. Don’t change the way you are.”

Alice then meets Oliver, a boy who is first known to be such a pain in the ass towards Alice. He would tease upon her condition and makes Alice feels very intimidated and less confident. However, one day, Oliver comes to Alice and delivers a news saying that he is able to safe Father. Alice accepts the offer to search Father with Oliver.

They explore the land of Furthermore, which is full of magic and whimsical traps to outsiders who break the law. The system at Furthermore is very particular and systematic as well. Alice and Oliver meet their inevitable adventure in order to save Father.

I find the story to be confusing at times when the narrator tries to talk about how the world and system work as a whole because some things are not well elaborated. Alice is a highly likeable character to me as I could really understand and get into her feelings easily. I love reading the adventure that the book offers and what makes me glad is Tahereh Mafi’s writing. I wish I can write like her. Her sentences’ structure are short yet so perfect to read. She wins my heart by her writing. (This is my first time encountering her book)

I also love the messages that the book tries to offer. Love, friendship and sacrifice are among the main themes discussed in the book. Although this is a middle grade book, I can say that this book is very engaging and fun to read. I also love reading books with less number of pages in a chapter, because it makes the reading progress more smoothly.

However, I feel like the ending is a bit too rushed. I don’t see the plot twist coming at the end of the book. I love the end of the story where Alice gets her own happy ending.

Overall, this is a good story. Looking forward for more Tahereh Mafi’s writing in the future.

Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Greetings Book People!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.

I am taking this opportunity to do this fun meme every week starting today so I can share fun stuffs related to books! This is also my first time writing Top Ten Tuesdays posts!

This week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List  ❤ Hope you guys enjoy with my choices!

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They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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Wonder Women: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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The Dreadful Tale Of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

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Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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Harry Potter: A History of Magic by J.K. Rowling

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell

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And thats it! What is your TBR list of fall releases? Share your books down in the comment section below!

Thanks for reading!

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Sabrina