Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Book Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


* ORIGINALLY POSTED AT THE BENGALI NOMAD. **


Title: To Kill a Kingdom

Author: Alexandra Christo

Publication (of my edition): March 6th, 2018 by Feiwel and Friends

Purchase details: Received an Advanced Reading Copy from Macmillan U.S.

Blurb:  Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

To Kill a KingdomThe ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?









Monday, January 15, 2018

Snippets of the Past #1


* ORIGINALLY POSTED AT THE BENGALI NOMAD. **

Snippets of the Past is a weekly feature which is meant to highlight a book you've read a while back. A lot of the books that I will be highlighting for this feature are books I've reviewed in my old blog but that does not necessarily have to be the case. People are more than welcome to join in! Simple use the photo above on your post and be sure to explain to your readers what it is! Once you're done posting, come back and link up your post on the linky widget on this blog post. Also, be sure to include the link to my blog on your post so that other bloggers can also come back here and link up, should they choose to participate.   

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Weekly Recap @ Daydreaming Bookworm


Sunday Post Stacking the shelves
               
Since this weekly blog post will be linking up to both Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, I've decided to label it as Weekly Recap, just to keep things simple.  


Monday, July 10, 2017

It's Monday! What are YOU Reading?

** Originally posted at The Bengali Nomad**


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It's Monday! What are YOU Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date. In my opinion, the meme is a great way to share what you have been, are, and about to be reading over the week. In other words, basically yet another way for book nerds to gush over read/unread books. 

Weekly Recap @ Daydreaming Bookworm

** Originally posted at The Bengali Nomad**


Sunday Post Stacking the shelves
               
Since this weekly blog post will be linking up to both Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, I've decided to label it as Weekly Recap, just to keep things simple.                                                            











Sunday, May 15, 2016

Comeback Into The Blogging World For Good... And Giveaway!!!!


If you've read my last blog post, then you'll know that I've been attending a boarding school in the United States for the past two years. During that time I've been taking a blogging break (I know, two years is a long time for a break) but I want to start blogging again, because I used to love it so much. Also, I am graduating high school in less than 13 days!!! How crazy is that? Which is why I think that now, since I have senioritis anyway, would be the best time to reboot into the network of book bloggers. And what better way to celebrate my official return (hopefully) into the book blogging world than having a giveaway? I figured that since I'm going to have to move out of my school dorm anyway, I might as well give away my books to people who will appreciate them (A.K.A bookworms!). But before that, I'd like to update you guys a little bit on what I've been up to (again, I know I did that last year too but failed to follow through it), and then you'll find the giveaway at the bottom of my post. Enjoy! 

Top 2 Highlights Of My Senior Year: (In No Particular Order)

1) THE EUROPE TRIP:

YES. So I went on the school sponsored trip to Eastern Europe over spring break, and honestly it was one of the best trips I've ever had! Our group merged with three other school groups and we did all the travelling within Europe together. A junior from my school and I were randomly assigned as bunkmates with these two girls from Vermont, and it was like instant connection! The four of us then ended up bunking together as a quad throughout the entire trip. It's funny how you can become so close to people over the course of a week. We still communicate every once in a while, and it would be really awesome if sometime in the future we all had the opportunity to go on another trip together. Our tour group visited four cities: Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest , and other than flying into Berlin and flying out from Budapest, we did most of our travelling on a tour bus. The only part of the trip that I didn't like was visiting the Nazi concentration camps in Auschwitz (Poland), but then again I still believe that it was an important experience because the visit was meant to be a reminder of one of the many things that went wrong in history. And hopefully these past incidents will make us consider our actions in the future and keep us from repeating the mistakes of the past. (Maybe Trump should visit Auschwitz **cough** ,**cough**). Well moving on, below are photographed memories of some "happy" experiences.( I say "some" because there are so many )





2) DUNMUN 2015 (DHAKA MODEL UNITED NATIONS 2015)

Now I started Model UN after I joined the Model UN club at my school here in the United States. So as you can imagine, my first MUN conference was in the U.S , at UConn actually.  But the reason why I chose DUNMUN as a top highlight of the year is not only because it was my first MUN conference in Bangladesh, but also because I met a lot of cool Bangladeshi people WITHIN my generation there (and some old classmates as well!) . For me this is particularly important because while I was having an awesome time in the U.S, I kind of grew apart from people my age back in Dhaka. And it was the DUNMUN conference in particular that helped me reconnect with them. I still don't have any solid future plans: I do know that I am going to start out college at Fordham University, but I might want to transfer midway because I am the kind of person who likes travelling to new places and since I've already lived in the U.S. for two years, I think I might give college in Europe or East Asia a shot. But who knows? Only time will tell.

(YES, I am the awkward kid in the red suit)


I also had a successful season in both debate and MUN (lots of trophies and certificates) so super proud of that. I got into fitness in the beginning of the year and dropped a lot of pounds but gained it all back when AP season came around.(What else is new) But that's all I can think of . Without further ado, I present to you, the giveaway!!

What's up for grabs:

BOOKS: (NOTE: SOME OF THEM ARE ARCS (ADVANCED READING COPIES))






 


Hungarian Paprika from my Europe Trip:

And of course, postcards from each destination I visited on my trip to Europe. (Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Budapest). Giveaway is open internationally and will have four winners. Good luck! :)
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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I'm Back!! Sort of...



So I'm trying to get back with blogging. I've had a pretty hectic year trying to adjust to a new life far away from home.For those of you who don't know, I've been in the U.S. for almost a year now.I got accepted to a boarding school in Maine, and have had some difficulties in adjusting to a new life here at the dorms (I was a mama's girl back at home). I still want to get back to blogging and will try to become regular with my posts again so hope you guys will support me!!


WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO:



Touring new york city with friends (DID I MENTION THAT WE WERE ALONE?!!!)Only a brown girl will understand the thrill of travelling alone with friends.We shared a crappy hotel room but it was so worth it! xD
(P.S. In case you didn't already know, I'm the brown girl in the waay back)

Watching TED talks on FEMINISM (Good golly!God knows what has happened to me!)




 Discovered Korean Dramas.(The perks of living with a lot of East Asian people ;) ).Back at home I used to whine about my mother watching hindi serials all day but now I don't blame her.TV series can become super addictive.Also, just to throw it out there, I'm a REGULAR Game Of Thrones viewer now.Let the celebrations begin!!




 BTW the only reason why I watch Korean Dramas is because the guys are often times extremely hot.Sometimes I don't even get half of the plot in the drama and am too lazy to read subtitles but I keep on staring at the screen anyway.And when I go for an eye checkup in Bangladesh this summer and my optician asks me why my eyesight has again deteriorated I'll just shrug and act clueless.


 In case you guys didn't know what korean drama was,

It's THIS


and THIS 
Now stop everything and GOOGLE it!!! 

That's it from me!! Hopefully you'll hear more from me soon!

xx
Nobonita


What have you guys been up to?Or what do you want to see more in this blog?Leave a me a message in the comments to let me know!

P.S. MORE MAJOR NEWS!! I am hopefully going on a week long trip to Eastern Europe in April next year.I'm still struggling with funding so I'd be grateful if any of you guys were willing to help out.Any amount of donation is appreciated because I feel that this is a wonderful opportunity,and anything that gets me one step closer is a blessing.So thank you guys for considering!Hope to hear from you soon!





Thursday, March 20, 2014

Recommendations #1

So I haven't blogged in a long time but despite that I still keep getting book mails from publishers (though they're not as frequent).Obviously with my O'levels right around the corner I don't have the time to review books as frequently as I did before but I'll try to do recommendation posts like this from time to time to keep you guys up to date with my reads.That way I won't feel as guilty with the publishers sending me books.Now my reading has significantly decreased over the past months,but I still had time to come across some wonderful books.Here are a few:


I came across this book at a Times bookstore outlet in Kotakinabalu,Malaysia when I went there this winter with my family.Typical of me,being indulged in books even during family vacations. 😑

But nevertheless,I absolutely loved this book.Everything about the main character,her thoughts,passion,are so much like my very own,that it's as if the author took out fragments of my thoughts from my mind and molded them into her book.I know,sounds crazy right?

So this is one of those books you would call a hidden gem; sassy and funky on the outside,passionate and mind blowing on the inside.A definite must read!



Now this book isn't exactly a novel,it's a collection of short stories by Melissa Marr,who's apparently really famous for her Wicked Lovely series.However,this is the first of her work that I've read so I wouldn't know. 😒 

A lot of the stories in the book is from the world of the Wicked Lovely series so some of them were really difficult to understand without reading the series.I skipped those ones though.But the reason why I'm recommending this book is because it also has a number of original stories in there which I absolutely loved and felt like they were worth sharing.Just so you don't have to face the difficulties I did,I'll list down the stories for you:

*Winter's Kiss
*Love Struck
*The Sleeping Girl And The Summer King
*Where Nightmares Walk
*Merely Mortal

Winter's Kiss is recommended very highly.Reminded me a bit of The Golden Compass.


Now on to the last book of the day.Credit for the copy goes to Sarah Woodruff and HarperCollins International.The folks at HC INTL are such nice people that they make me want to wrap them up in a bear hug. 😊 And they've got the fastest delivery service too! 👌

My passion for Egyptian Mythology had started out from fourth grade history but until recently, I hadn't had the opportunity to embrace it to its full extent.I've read The Kane Chronicles but unlike a lot of other people I know,I just haven't been able to enjoy it as much.But The Chaos Of Stars let me quench my thirst for Egyptian Mythology.I was able to build up a clear mental image for the story,imagining the main character with unparalleled and regal beauty like that of Cleopatra.And I believe that a good book is one which allows you to build up a vivid mental image of its atmosphere without putting in any effort at all.And this book had it all.The usual adorable YA romance,along with the strong emphasis on the rich ancient Egyptian culture, a perfect blend for YA fantasy and mythology fans.

Hope my recommendations help you all in finding your next favourite read!Feel free to comment and share your thoughts,after all,you guys are the main reason I blog in the first place..along with the free books! :3 If it weren't for you guys,I'd probably be that wierd kid who sits alone at lunchtime talking to her imaginary friend. 😅 

Stay cool!

xxNobonita