Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

17899948“I could fight with the living but I could not fight the dead”

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

First published May 1938

My Rating: 5 /5 (all the stars to this book!)

Plot Summary: The story starts in Monte Carlo where our 18-year-old heroine meets admirable 42-year-old Maximilian De Winter, whose wife – Rebecca- died year ago, they spend some weeks together sightseeing, after what Maxim’s sudden proposal of marriage sweeps off her feet, because she could never even dream about it as she is orphaned and works as lady’s maid. She agrees as she fell in love with him almost on the very first day of their meeting. They have great time during their honeymoon in Italy. However, they arrive to Maxim’s family estate – Manderley -, she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

My Opinion: One gorgeous book. Three days of non-stop reading.

This book is very beautiful: the writing style, plot, heroes – everything! I realize now that I love gothic literature. The most favorite books of mine are “Jane Eyre” & “Rebecca” – and they resemble each other in the writing style and plot. I thought I would never read a book as good as “Jane Eyre’, however I was wrong, “Rebecca” brought back all the great feelings and I fell in love with it!

The main heroine of “Rebecca”, (she doesn’t have name, my friend told me that this is because she is Rebecca’s shadow so “she has no identity” in a way), has a character similar to mine in some ways, she is really shy, kind, emotional and naïve. Maxim on the other hand is confident and charismatic. I absolutely adore and love Maxim and the main heroine.

This is the kind of story which is going to stay with you forever!

P.S. I have already re-read my favorite lines and chapters from “Rebecca” about 10 times!

Favorite quotes:

“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.”

 

“I should say that kindliness, and sincerity, and if I may say so—modesty—are worth far more to a man, to a husband, than all the wit and beauty in the world.”

A Bucket Full Of Awesome by Zainab T.Khan

largeA Bucket full of Awesome by Zainab T. Khan

Published February 14th 2015

My rating: 3/ 5

Goodreads Plot Summary: Summer Wallace is a wild, crazy girl who simply couldn’t care less about her appearance. She strongly believe in the saying, “You Only Live Once”, in teenage subculture also known as YOLO. She plays basketball like her life depends on it. Well, it sort of does, she loses one game and there’s a dent in her ego, not a small one either. Meet Blake Walker, her best friend and her partner-in-crime. Although he is just like his childhood best friend in acting-like-a-kid department, he can be a bit saner than her. Though, at times, he can be crazier than her. But a day changes both of their lives which leads Summer to make a bucket list and complete it before her whole life takes a 180 degree. Whereas, Blake is determined to keep her as long as he can. And he is perfect for the job. After all, he knows her more than anyone else. And they have no room for regrets. As Summer Wallace says, “There shouldn’t be any space for regrets in our beautiful lives.

My opinion: To be honest, I expected more of this novel. The story lacked descriptions and there were many unnecessary dialogues which I skanned because they were boring. Moreover, I didn’t like the harsh language Summer spoke.

Let’s move on to the good parts, this book is perfect for people who have lost believe in themselves. Doing all the crazy things from the bucket sounded awesome, BUT she has got too many wishes and some of them didn’t quite match her character, like who could guess, a wild crazy girl secretly wants to hug a penguin? That’s why I suppose Summer’s character is obscure.

Still, I should take into account that Zainab T. Khan was 15 when she wrote it and don’t judge so strictly. Her second book “Sanctuary” was released on 19.12 and I want to congratulate her!

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

RestOfUsJustLiveHere_EpicReads“Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway”

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Published August 27th 2015 by Walker Books

Young Adult & Fantasy

Rating: 3/ 5

Plot Summary: Mikey is a high school senior; he has got a sister Mel, who has just recovered from anorexia, best friend Jared who is a gay and also half-god, best friend Henna who he has told how much he loved her exactly zero times. His only problems are graduating and working up the courage for Henna to be his prom date, when all this crazy stuff with indie kids happens…Indie kids are those extraordinary guys who fight the zombies and the soul-eating ghosts.

My opinion: I really enjoyed reading the first 50 pages, but then things got boring…Indie kids, blue lights, vampires, half-goddess and zombies didn’t make sense. This book was like 18-year-old boy’s diary which didn’t have meaning in it. Like I don’t know what the author wanted to tell us through this book, through the book label is “Sometimes you have to find the extraordinary in the ordinary” (that is why I was so excited to start it), Patrick Ness didn’t open up the theme and I was disappointed. To be honest, I just scanned the last 100 pages because I thought “may be now something thrilling will happen”, but no, it didn’t… This is my first Ness book, may be the next one will be better 🙂

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

13104080Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (“Shatter Me” #2 )

Published February 5th 2013 by HarperCollins
461 pages
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance & Dystopia

My rating: 5 /5

*this review contains many spoilers*

Plot summary: Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. She is finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. Nevertheless, Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

My opinion: This book is one of my biggest inspirations. The writing is so beautiful- I want to memorize each word by heart.
However, I should mention that Juliette’s behavior did really get me down a lot in the beginning, I wanted to reach out for her and say “Hello, whoever you are, bring me my Juliette back!” and it seems as though Juliette read my thoughts and started behaving like my Juliette again.
I do not know how to feel about Adam, but his language is unappealing.
Kenji is actually one of my favorite characters – he is always positive about everything, always encouraging everyone, helping everyone; once this quote “Benefits of being friends with me: stupid jokes whenever you ask for them; stupid jokes whenever you don’t ask for them” precisely describes him.
And wow, I really want to have his gift – the idea of becoming invisible whenever I want to is appealing!
Warner…I think he is really good at heart but he hides it as his monster-father used to punish him for showing his feelings for other people. I like Warner a lot and I hope he stays with Juliette.
Also, isn’t Ransom Riggs the prototype of Warner?
This book is wonderful. This book is absolutely wonderful. I love it and am very excited to read the third book!

P.S. so many unsuspected revelations!

 

 “I know who I am. That’s enough for me”

 

“The books…they helped me from losing my mind altogether”

 

“Because I feel it. I feel the clicks and the turns and the creaking of a million keys unlocking a million doors in my mind. It’s like I’m finally allowing myself to think, how I really feel, like I’m discovering my own secrets for the first time”