The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls – Review

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls Book Cover
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls – Review

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a gripping, poignant memoir detailing her quirky childhood filled with incredible hardships on account of growing up in a dysfunctional family.

Walls grew up with an alcoholic father and an irresponsible and delusional mother. Rex and Rose Walls’ nonconformist ideas about the world initially inspired their four children. The Walls family led a peripatetic life, relocating every few months. They never imposed any rules on their children and encouraged them to handle their problems on their own. Rex was a charismatic man who taught them a variety of subjects and often played with them, while Rose painted and wrote and mouthed off philosophical thoughts.

However, as the children started growing up, their rose-tinted glasses were replaced by the harsh reality of life. Little by little, the Walls children’s dreams of the Glass Castle—the grandiose promises of a spectacular home to be constructed by their father—started crumbling when they realized their parents were self-absorbed people, averse to responsibilities, and they would have to take care of themselves. This realization instilled a fierce determination in them to get away from their parents and carve out a successful life for themselves.

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Whispers from the Depths by C. W. Briar – Review

Only a chosen few, called Whisperers, are gifted with the Voice – the ability to tame the wild and dangerous water spirits. However, the once revered Whisperers are now an enslaved lot forced to serve under cruel kings and nobles. Their price of freedom is too high to pay. Betka, a novice Whisperer, can only dream of being free again and being reunited with her family.

A dangerous water spirit has attacked the castle where Betka’s sister is serving. She, somehow, joins the crew that has been assigned to protect that castle in hopes of finding her sister alive. However, upon reaching there, the spectacle of carnage that Betka and the crew witnesses make any chance of finding any survivor slim. But they need to enter the castle, unaware that a savage foe awaits them inside. Can Betka save her sister? Will the other crew members perish too? Read Whispers from the Depths by C. W. Briar to find out.

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Aşk Laftan Anlamaz – Series Review

Aşk Laftan Anlamaz Turkish Drama
Aşk Laftan Anlamaz

Rating – 4/5

When good stories end, they leave you wanting for more.

That was the case with me after I finished watching Aşk Laftan Anlamaz, a 2016 Turkish drama serial (broadcasted on Show TV and comprising of 31 episodes each 2 hours long). Weeks after, I am still experiencing withdrawal syndrome.

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The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson – Review

Cover of The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson – Review

Rating – 3/5

Set in 1491 during the reign of the last sultanate in the Iberian Peninsula, The Bird King is the story of Fatima, the only remaining Circassian concubine to the sultan, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. 

Hassan has a secret–he can draw maps of places he’s never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan’s surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan’s gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls?

As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety, The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.

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Screechers by Kevin J. Kennedy & Christina Bergling – Review

Screechers by Kevin j. Kennedy & Christina Bergling

Rating – 5/5

In a post-apocalyptic world, where there are virtually no human beings left, mutated monsters roam free. The new world is now inhabited by merciless, furless Apoc-wolves, abominable, giant crab-scorpion hybrids, and many more nameless predators.

One of such monsters is the screecher, a massive beast evolved to kill and survive. One screecher, after losing its family, decides to get out of the abandoned city and explore the areas beyond. Its surviving nephew also opts to tag along with it, albeit at a distance.

On the other hand, a trio of human survivors flees their burnt-down community in search of greener pastures. These two stories collide in a surprisingly tender manner in Screechers, a post-apocalyptic novella by Kevin Kennedy and Christina Bergling.

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The Nothing Within by Andy Giesler – Review

Book Cover of The Nothing Within by Andy Geisler
The Nothing Within by Andy Geisler – Review

Rating – 4/5

In the year 2161, the rise of the chimera precipitated a catastrophic event (called the Reckoning) that wiped away the human population from the Earth, barring a few people. Generations later, descendants of those survivors are leading a rustic life within walled villages, afraid to go beyond the boundaries due to the fear of the chimeras. Further, they honor traditions and have a deep mistrust for technology.

Young Root, however, is different. Blind daughter of the village guardian, her endless curiosity and impertinence test her fellow villagers’ patience. A tragic event leads her to the wild country beyond the village walls where she learns the truth about her ancestors, and how the world she inhabits has come to this state.

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