Book Review: The Poppy War

Diverse military fantasy at its finest - The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang | Review by Nandini @ Unputdownable Books

Author: R. F. Kuang

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range: 18+

Published: By Gollancz on November 8th, 2018

Content Warning: Check out this comprehensive list by the author

Format I Read: E-book

Grade: Outstanding

When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

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Top 10 New Authors I Discovered Who Rocked My 2018

10 new favourite authors of 2018 | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for January 15th, 2019 is: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018.

I’ve broken down the list into two sections – established authors I discovered in 2018 and debut authors who took the literary world by storm with their new books. I’ve included as many authors of colour as possible in this all-female line-up! Sounds good? Let’s get cracking!


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Top 10 Books I Read in 2018

10 best books of 2018 | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for January 1st, 2019 is: Best Books I Read In 2018.


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Book Review: The Serpent’s Secret

Title: The Serpent’s Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1)

Author: Sayantani DasGupta

Genre: Middle grade mythological fiction

Format: Hardcover

Published: By Scholastic on February 27th, 2018

ISBN13: 9781338185706 (US Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

The Serpent's Secret

Synopsis

On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey… until her parents mysteriously vanish and a drooling rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents’ fantastical stories-like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess and how she comes from a secret place not of this world.

To complicate matters, two crush-worthy princes ring her doorbell, insisting they’ve come to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and battle demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld and the Rakkhoshi Queen in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it…

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The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag [Original]

Welcome to the first post in my themed series of Saturday posts this month – September Tolkien Reading Month! As you may know (or may not, if you’re new here), The Lord of the Rings is my favourite series of all time and that I’m a huge fan of Tolkien’s works. I haven’t been the best at reading all of his available books, but I want to try and fix that soon. This month I’m reading The Silmarillion. For updates on my reading progress or if you want to join me, please follow me on my Twitter or Instagram and DM if you’re interested! As much fun as it is (at least for me) to deconstruct Tolkien’s works and analyse them in depth, today I thought I’d keep things a little light and do a book tag. The ones that already exist didn’t quite suit what I had in mind, so I went ahead and created my own. I don’t think it’ll become a phenomenon like the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag but I’m very interested in others’ answers.
STRM - Fellowship Book Tag

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Book Review: Norse Mythology

Title: Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Mythology

Format: Audiobook

Published: By W. W. Norton & Company on February 7th, 2017

ISBN13: 9780393609097 (US Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

Norse Mythology

Synopsis

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Unforgettable Bookish Memories Book Tag

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for July 24th, 2018 is: Books That Are Linked to Specific Memories/Moments In Your Life. I’d been tagged by Etinosa to do the ‘Unforgettable Bookish Memories’ tag way back in May, but I have only found the time to get to it now. Tags are really fun to do for me personally, so I’m always looking for a chance to include them without making it seem like too much. I was so stoked that this week’s TTT topic matched perfectly with the book tag that I couldn’t resist pairing them up. The tag has 9 questions which is why I’m adding an extra one to make it a proper 10.

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