Review: The Sacrifice | Delphine’s Sacrificial Review

Title: The Sacrifice

Author: Indrajit Garai

Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: August 25, 2016

Genre: Short Story

Rating: 2 Stars

Dear fellow Babblers,

I was given a copy of Volume 1 of the collection of short stories, The Sacrifice by a friend of the author, Indrajit Garai in exchange for an honest review. These quick three stories are exactly as the title of the volume entails: stories of sacrifice. Each tale revolves around a troubled character who must ultimately make the greatest sacrifices, including his or her happiness for that of loved ones. This has been done before by countless authors – Dickens, Sartre, Murakami. These are all big names in the publishing industry so unless a writer can really create something uniquely thrilling and thought-provoking with the theme of sacrifice it is unlikely that it will be worth picking up. Being his first work of fiction all three of Garai’s stories were rooted and thorough. But when does clarity and focus damage the overall impact of a book? That is hard to tell. With The Sacrifice, this is exactly how I felt, explaining why for me this was a sacrificial read, not at all pleasing.  Continue reading “Review: The Sacrifice | Delphine’s Sacrificial Review”

Review: Strange the Dreamer #1 | Readers, the Dreamers

Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for
Young Readers

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars

 

“I think you’re a fairy tale. I think you’re magical, and brave, and exquisite. And I hope you’ll let me be in your story.”

Dear fellow Babblers,

I don’t recall a time before that I have felt so deeply a part of a fictional universe than I did as I read Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer. This book is for anyone who dreams, hides away in their imagination, and feels distaste for reality because of it’s translucence. It’s rare that I could feel at the same time a part of the story as well as a reader. With vivid descriptions and sensual passages that arouse the senses, Strange the Dreamer causes one to reflect on reading itself. As readers we are constantly reminded of the reasons why we are readers, why we daydream, and why we prefer the story world to the ‘real’ world. This book is a masterpiece of fantastical realism with a twist of romance which I feel will one day become a classic, earning it’s spot alongside the Harry Potter and Twilight series.  Continue reading “Review: Strange the Dreamer #1 | Readers, the Dreamers”

Review: Everything, Everything | Love – Eternally, Everlastingly Everything

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

 

It’s a hard concept to hold on to–the idea that there was a time before us. A time before time.

In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was everything.

Dear fellow Babblers,

As my blog and contacts within the book industry continues to grow I’ve become more and more of a Young Adult junkie. That being said, I’ve been reading more and more books on young love, teenage depression, and self-discovery. So you better believe it when I tell you that Everything, Everything makes it onto the 5 Star category! This beautiful debut novel from Nicola Yoon has earned a place alongside my shelf next to Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Lang Leav’s Sad Girls. These are the only three books which I have every given five stars to, which means they are in every way, shape and form a magnificently wonderful read! Any book that has me holding my breath at each page, holding a knot in my throat, and cringing at unlikely turns of events is a masterpiece in my book. Everything, Everything is beautifully written, evocatively vivid, and altogether the epitome of Young Adult.  Continue reading “Review: Everything, Everything | Love – Eternally, Everlastingly Everything”