My Bookish Identity Tag

My Bookish Identity Tag

Hey Book Lovers! I was nominated for this tag by Jenna @BookmarkYourThoughts. Don’t forget to visit her beautiful blog and her answers to this tag Here.

This tag was originally created by Little Book Owl, Katytastic and Benjaminoftomes of booktube fame.

The Questions

  • What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?
  • Who would your partner be?
  • Who would be your godly mother/father? [Percy Jackson]
  • Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [Shadowhunter world]
  • Which house would you be in? [Harry Potter]
  • Which faction would you be in? [Divergent]
  • What would be your daemon? [Northern Lights]

What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?

I will live in camp Half Blood so that i can be in touch with real world too.

Who would your partner be?

I can’t choose one. I’ll make a team- Percy, Jace, Isabelle, and Magnus

Who would be your godly mother/father? [Percy Jackson]

There is a quiz to take for this one; you can find the link here.

you are a child of Hephaestus, god of fire, metalworking, stonemasonry and the art of sculpture.
 
Okay! He is not good looking but can be smart, right? Brain over beauty is perfect with me.

Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [Shadowhunter world]

🤔 Nephilim. But if I can be like Magnus that would be okay. NO Other Downworlder.

Which house would you be in? [Harry Potter]

A quiz wasn’t originally tagged in this, but you can do the one on Playbuzz.

Slytherclaw

Slytherclaw

You are too smart and cunning to not be a witch or wizard. Chances are you are the top of your class and you should be proud. Others look up to you and respect your authority in situations. You should be proud that you’re in this house!

Funny! I loved to be invisible in class. 😔

Which faction would you be in? [Divergent]

You can find the test here!

Divergent.

Inconclusive.
You broke the system. You fit in two or more different factions, no matter what combination of factions, you better beware: they will kill you.

I knew it. 😏

What would be your daemon? [Northern Lights]

Take the quiz here!

Osprey

You’re not afraid to say what you mean, or speak up when you see injustice. You have a healthy distaste for authority and you’re committed to doing what’s right even if it’s not in your best interests.

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Look at it, i love that bird! This was correct.🙃

I Tag!

Amanda @ Peaks and Pages

Rebecca @ ReviewsFeed
Aislynn @ Port Jericho

Vish @ Nocturnalcrazies

 

And to all who are reading this post!


Let me know your answers to these questions in the comment-box below.

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Rani Padmavati: The Burning Queen by Anuja Chandramouli

Published: November 24th 2017

Publisher: Juggernaut

Read Date: January 28th 2018

Genre: Historical Fiction, Indian Literature

Pages: 240

Stars: 5/5

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Padmavati is the most beautiful queen Chittor has ever had. Everyone who sees her is enthralled by her grace and goodness. When the greedy gaze of the Sultan ofDelhi, Alauddin Khalji, falls upon Chittor and its queen, Padmavati’s flawless beauty turns against her, because it inspires both love and hate in equal measure. Beset by the threat of an invasion and scheming political rivals who are envious of her immense popularity, Rani Padmavati must rise to the demands of war and fight for everything she believes in.

This is the story of a remarkable woman who lived gently, loved passionately and embraced her destiny with unmatched courage.


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Padmavati was a legendary medieval Indian queen and her earliest mention was in a poems by Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540 CE. I first heard about this queen and her story when I was on tour to Rajasthan in 2014, at ruins of Chittor Fort (that is on the back cover of the book, which I loved even more than front cover). It was really interesting to know about this epic tale of most beautiful queen of that era.

The book was like I was rereading the historical tale about a Beauty (Duh!), Jealousy (when there’s a beauty, there’s a jealousy), Love, Betrayal, Greed, Passion, Bravery, and Scheming. All this revolved around main character of the book Padamavati.

Characters_editedPadmavati– was blessed with beauty, with sharp mind that she inherited from her mother and kindness from her father. She was modest, humble, and pure soul- the last thing we expect in most beautiful person in the world. She was always helping those in need, unflappable, never reacting to jealous eyes and cruel words, living in her own world. I liked this nature of hers. I even liked her thoughts. If she would have been a warrior, I would have loved her. Too bad she wasn’t! She was very soft-hearted but what lacked in physical strength she got it in her determination and will. A will so strong that she could die for her husband and her people.

Alauddin Khalji– was beast of the story. (But he is not going to turn into prince 😉 ) Dangerous, fearsome man who played by his principle, never tolerated traitors and with one ambition, rule over India, get all the states under his rein by hook or by crook. Well his overall image was like cruel oppressor, womanizer and treating his women very badly. It was said he attacked Chittor to get his hands on Padmavati. I believed that until I read this book. Surprisingly, I liked to know more about him and get a real picture of Khalji.

Ratan Singh– Ruler of Chittor, Padmavati’s husband, was a lover boy of the book. He was most gentle and kind rule I ever read in history. So contrary to other Rajput rulers! His love for Padma in the book was sweetest. He was even good with his people and his family. His excessive love for Padma was thorn for all around him and that lead to his fall. (Hmm, Romeo to a fault!)

There were many other characters, good, bad, adversaries. They all had a particular characteristic and role in the tale that author represented in crisp and clear manner, leaving no room to doubt and making sure that I get to know all of them. I liked all those chapters narrating Padmavati’s family in the beginning.

What I liked_editedThe writing and the story flowed smoothly from the very beginning, it was well-paced and engaging. It had brilliant and strong start with Alauddin’s father-in-law’s thoughts, how he fell into Alauddin’s traps, and how Alauddin killed him. It gave a good overview of Alauddin. Then came about Padmavati, her family, how she was center of attraction since childhood and spread love all around her, and how her marriage was arranged with Ratan Singh.

Her life after marriage looked difficult with spiteful gaze from other wives of Ratan Singh, his mother’s hateful words, plotting in harem against her. All this never bothered her, she was content with her husband’s love. I admired her for this. Not only Padma but Ratan Singh too was target of scornful talks and thoughts. Author very creatively showed how love between Padmavati and Ratan Singh was blossoming like a rose even though they were surrounded by thorns and it stayed that way even after it turned to ashes.

I loved reading the thoughts of all important characters of this tale in third person narration. After reading this book I got totally new perspective for all characters. Ratan Singh and Alauddin were the two biggest surprises for me. Neither I expected Ratan Singh the way he was portrayed in the book, gentle and his thoughts in climax, his decision at the end and nor I expected Alauddin as a person who sticks to his principles, his no traitor policies and his thoughts for women.

This book depicted a perfect picture of – royal women in that era- their thinking and their way of living; internal disputes among Rajput rulers; religious differences of Hindu-Muslim; Political scheming within a kingdom or in between kingdoms; most importantly Jauhar- custom of mass self-immolation. I loved Alauddin’s thoughts on this custom which was most unexpected thing.

Even though I knew the real end of Padmavati in history, the climax and end was unpredictable. Many unexpected things happened- Revelation of real antagonist, unexpected decisions, and change in character. This was perfectly written end.

Even if you know this story I suggest to read this book. Because I knew whole story but still enjoyed it. From this book I got to know characters more deeply, I got clear descriptive picture of story, the scheming and plotting of characters, and some of the aspect that I never heard before.

conclusion_editedOverall, this was gorgeously, perfectly written epic tale of Queen Padmavati that I highly recommend to all who love to read history.


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Author: Anuja Chandramouli

AnujaAnuja Chandramouli is a bestselling Indian author and New Age Indian Classicist. Her highly acclaimed debut novel, Arjuna: Saga of a Pandava Warrior-Prince, was named by Amazon India as one of the top 5 books in the Indian Writing category for the year 2013. Kamadeva: The God of Desire and Shakti: The Divine Feminine are her other bestsellers. Currently all three books are being translated into Hindi, Marathi, Gujarathi and Bengali, a real achievement for one so young. Her epic fantasies called Yama’s Lieutenant and its sequel has received an overwhelming response.
Her newest books are on Kartikeya, Padmavati and Prithviraj Chauhan.
An accomplished orator, she regularly conducts workshops on Creative Writing, Story Telling and Mythology in schools, colleges and various other platforms. Her motivational speeches have also been well received. According to Chandramouli, her work with youngsters in the rural belt helping them improve their Spoken English and Writing skills has been wonderfully satisfying and enriching.
This happily married, mother of two little girls, lives in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. She is a student of classical dance and Yoga.

Buy Here: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

*** Note: I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author and publishers. ***

What do you think about this book and my review? Have read this book already or any book by this author before? Have you read something similar to this book? Share your thoughts in comment-box below.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (15)

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

Hello Book Lovers! I hope you all had great week.

Last week ∼∼∼

ReviewedLouder Than a Whisper: Clearer Than a Bell by Renée Paule.

I readJoshua N’Gon:Last Prince of Alkebulahn by Anthony Hewitt @NeverlandBT #Blogtour #Giveaway.

Rani Padmavati: The Burning Queen by Anuja Chandramouli. I will post review on this tomorrow.

Currently Reading ∼∼∼

Inspired by Susan Schaefer Bernardo

inspiredMeet Rocket Malone: a smart, sensitive teen whose life, friends, family and body keep changing with every breath she draws, until it’s hard for her to breathe at all. As if life weren’t complicated enough, she discovers that her mysterious Aunt Polly is actually Polyhymnia, a Greek Muse who desperately needs Rocket’s help to protect Earth from Zeus and an angry nymph named Echo.

Juggling middle school In Los Angeles and apprentice Muse training on magical Mount Helikon seems daunting for a girl who hates art (despite being the daughter of a famous glassblower), but Rocket struggles to master the science of inspiration, so she can ride Pegasus and heal Ryan, a tormented (and adorable) teen who lost his home in a fire. As she strives to inspire others, Rocket learns to trust her own voice and realizes that the most important spark she must tend is her own — because the brighter she shines, the more she lights the way for those around her.

Grandma a Muse! That’s interesting, isn’t it?

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Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4) by Iain Reading

KHBook04.jpgKitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is the thrillingly cryptic fourth installment of the exciting Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series featuring the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot Kitty Hawk and her various adventures of mystery and intrigue as she follows in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart on an epic flight around the world.

This fourth book in the series brings Kitty to the emerald hills of Ireland where she meets a handsome stranger and is quickly swept up in a perplexing hundred-year-old family treasure hunt involving secret codes and puzzling clues that lead her on a fast-paced adventure that carries her from Dublin to London – from the decks of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic to the temples of ancient Egypt and the streets of Jack the Ripper – until she finally unlocks the mystery and discovers the long-hidden treasure. Much like the earlier books in this series, Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of armchair detectives of all ages.

Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history the reader will find themselves immersed in brand new worlds that are brought to life before their very eyes as Kitty Hawk experiences the stories and history of a doomed ocean liner and unravels the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic.

Back on adventure with Kitty! 😉


What are you reading this week? How was your last week? Have you read any of these books before or planning to read in future? What do you think about them?? Share your thoughts in the comment-box below.

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bookmarked quotes

Today’s favorite bookmarked quote is,

“The funny thing about regret is that it never really leaves you; not until you make peace with it. Right now, I’m stuck on regretting regret.”

“All I ever wanted was to be accepted. I just wanted to be able to be me and have people around me who loved me for who I was. I know it seems like it’s not a lot to ask, but I’ve learned that it really is.”

Normal is boring. I don’t have time for that.

-Freak by Erin Lee

Last two quotes I already post with review. I just love them!

Have great day! 🙂

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Saturday Short-Story Review: Detective Nosegoode and the Kidnappers (Detective Nosegoode #2) by Marian Orloń

Saturday Short Story Review

Hello Book Lovers! Hope you all having a great weekend! Today is another Saturday short story review on Children’s Classic mystery.

It’s a second book in series. You can read my review on first book that i reviewd last Saturday here ⇒ Saturday Short-Story Review: Detective Nosegoode and the Music Box Mystery (Detective Nosegoode #1) by Marian Orloń.

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Published: September 28th 2017

Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books

Read Date: January 27th 2018

Pages: 128

Stars: 5/5

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Detective Nosegoode and the Kidnappers is second in the series.

This time Cody is famous and so is in danger…

Cody’s name and photo has been published in the book ‘Portraits of Extraordinary Dogs’. Detective Nosegoode is receiving many letters of greetings and compliments and also offers for his extraordinary dog, Cody. But one day Detective receives a mysterious letter inviting him to an isolated place of the town. Out of curiosity detective does has he was told in the letter and gets nothing, but when he returns to home Cody is nowhere to found.

Cody is kidnapped…

Detective Nosegoode is determined to solve this mystery and save his beloved dog.

Who kidnapped Cody? Who is the person behind letter? Why they abducted Cody, what’s their motive? Will Detective Nosegoode be able to find him in time?


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Detective Nosegoode and the Kidnappers is classic children’s mystery, second in series about retired Detective Nosegoode and his friend Cody who is most extraordinary dog, he can talk. It is sleuthing mystery for children with beautiful sketches as illustrations. There were also information from the first book at certain places for readers who haven’t read first book, so this book can be read solo.

Mystery was really good in this one. There were no clues to find out kidnapper except letter they sent. Letter was very funny there were so many spelling mistakes that might amuse children. Detective followed clues very cleverly and little Cody was also pretty smart playing along with kidnappers to find out what they were up to. Even apart, they made great sleuthing team. The incident tested their love for each other and trust as well.

I liked wise advices and thumb rules detective followed in the book. Specifically that of Hippolytus Whiskers which was also there in the first book.

“If only two extra people know about a crime, that’s good. If there’s only one person, that’s very good. If there are none, that’s perfect.”

The little twist in the climax was brilliant, I couldn’t see it coming. End was also nice. Book was fast paced and engaging from start to end. Young readers will love Cody and Detective Nosegoode and with them will love to solve this puzzle. There’s not much I can say about the book just that I can’t recommend this highly enough.

Overall, it was tremendously good, entertaining, and clever sleuthing mystery for young readers.


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Illustrator: Jerzy Flisak

Translator: Eliza Marciniak

Author: Marian Orloń

About Author

Marian Orłoń (1932-1990) worked as a teacher, and then a librarian while pursuing an extremely successful career as a children’s writer. His subtle sense of humour and exciting plots made the stories in his Detective Nosegoode series bestsellers in Poland. His books have now been translated into six languages. In 1981 he was given Poland’s highest literary honour, the Council of Ministers Award, for his life’s work.

Buy Here: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

*** Note: I relieved ARC from the publishers via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publishers and Edelweiss. ***


What do you think about this book and my review? Have you read this book already or any book in this series? Have you read something similar to this book before? Share your thoughts in comment-box below.

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