I Heart Characters! : Shapeshifter Idol

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– About the Meme 

I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani @ Perspective of a Writer to showcase our book blogger lover for characters! Each week she’ll supply a topic and you’ll supply the character. Post on whatever day suits you, about characters from whatever media you love (books, movies, K-dramas, television, manga, anime, webtoons, whatever!) and link up on Thursday so YOU and others can blog hop and share the character love. ♡

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– My Character Choice –

 

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– Character Origin –

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Ze’ev Kesley aka Wolf. (Ze’ev is the Hebrew term for wolf) He is a genetically-modified Lunar Special Operative, from Luna. So Wolf is the big bad wolf from the fairytale Red Riding Hood and is one of the primary characters in The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyers. He has his shortcomings but as the series progresses after we get introduced to him and Scarlet, he only changes for the better and I love how devoted he is to the cause and also to Scarlet, they went through a lot together that adds them to the list of my favourite literary couples. and why I choose him.

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Thank you for reading this post to the end and I look forward to seeing your own posts if you are participating in the I Heart Characters! meme. If not you can discuss with me in the comments below which character you would have picked and why 🙂

Lara Kareem

Book Review: Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

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Title – Picture Us in the Light

Author – Kelly Loy Gilbert 

Publisher – Disney-Hyperion

Published – April 10th, 2018

Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father’s closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there’s much more to his family’s past than he ever imagined.

Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family’s blessing to pursue the career he’s always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny’s lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can’t stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.

When Danny digs deeper into his parents’ past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed facade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.

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I’m going to tell you one thing, the blurb is a brief explanation of the story, it is what happens, but the story itself is the unravelling, the why, what, when, who, where and how. When the questions were answered for me, I couldn’t help but feel a deep sense of pain and loss. no matter how the story ends, it will forever be bittersweet.

This book is amazing because the majority of the characters are of Asian descent. Bonus points for me (I am fully behind supporting diverse books). We follow the life of high school senior Danny Cheng, the artist who has gotten into the college of his dream. Soon after he discovers a box filled with hidden family secrets, and asks his father about it, his dad immediately gets defensive, and from there little cracks in the life that his parents have built up with him in the centre, starts to show and makes him start questioning everything about his family because he knows there’s something his parents are keeping from him, because he realises that is his family secret is something so huge, he may never recover from it.

I don’t know if Danny Cheng is gay, because it is never mentioned, so maybe Danny doesn’t believe in labels, but we all know for sure that he has been secretly in love with his best friend Harry Wong for a long time now, who has a girlfriend Regina Chan, who is his closest friend after Harry.

The three of them, but mostly Harry follows Danny as he untangles the secrets and ultimately is the one that is there for him through everything because their friendship is even more beautiful.

I can’t do this book so much justice in this review, because spoilers, but it’s a book worth reading although, it’s a bit slow and you need to pay attention to the words because Kelly Loy Gilbert writing is poignant.

If you’re looking for a light and happy story about a high schooler on the verge of starting college this is it, but it’s also not it, because this story is so deep. This story is about a lot of things, it just touches on so many things pain, loss, life-shattering secrets, family, self-identity and discovery, immigrants, friendships, relationships, suicide, college etc.

Proceed to the book.

3.5

Lara Kareem

Book Review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins

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Title – Royals

Author – Rachel Hawkins

Publisher – Penguin Random House

Published – May 1st, 2018

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

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I Heart Characters! : Female Warrior

Thanks to the wonderful Flavia, (I really hope you don’t mind I am using your theme) I noticed a new blogging meme, that seems right up my alley, because, I’ve been thinking of featuring a new meme on the blog, to spice things up. I’m excited to participate and interact with others, who will take up this lovely meme “I Heart Characters!” which Dani of Perspective of a Writer created and hosts.

This meme is a weekly one, which can be posted on any day of the week you choose, or the date Dani chooses I suppose, you can find out more information of this meme, by our plug >> Dani <<  Read More »

Book Review: The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

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Title – The Book of Night Women

Author – Marlon James

Publisher – Riverhead Books

Published – February 19th, 2009

The Book of Night Women is a sweeping, startling novel, a true tour de force of both voice and storytelling. It is the story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they and she will come to both revere and fear.

The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans. But when she begins to understand her own feelings and desires and identity, Lilith starts to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman in Jamaica, and risks becoming the conspiracy’s weak link.

Lilith’s story overflows with high drama and heartbreak, and life on the plantation is rife with dangerous secrets, unspoken jealousies, inhuman violence, and very human emotion between slave and master, between slave and overseer, and among the slaves themselves. Lilith finds herself at the heart of it all. And all of it told in one of the boldest literary voices to grace the page recently–and the secret of that voice is one of the book’s most intriguing mysteries.

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