Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – and so am I.

WRITING: ☆☆☆☆☆
OVERALL : ☆☆☆☆☆

Having heard so much praise about this book, I wondered why I couldn’t just pick it up and read it. I believe that WHEN you read a certain book can affect the type of impact it has on our souls. I started reading this lovely, heart-breaking but also heart-warming tale of loneliness, friendship and kindness by Gail Honeyman in the end of one of my busiest months as a student. My exams are just around the corner, and I just couldn’t resist picking this up off a Big W shelf when I was walking by. And I am so grateful that I did. This story brought me to tears so many times, made me smile so big – I didn’t realise it was placing its clutches on my heart, making a home for itself. Definitely a must-read for everyone. everyone should experience the joys that come with reading such an insightful book into the world of Eleanor, how she’s overcome her tragedy.

Eleanor’s interactions with others is a motif for how she develops herself through her self. I enjoyed the developing friendship between Eleanor and Raymond, and what I loved most about is their lunch meets. Having Eleanor meet such a friendly and caring character helped her realise that the world is different from what she’s been led to believe. I loved the flowers she’s received from co-workers, having a cat that she takes the responsibility of looking after – it was an anchor to reality, for her I believe. If you are hesitant about picking up this book, definitely reconsider.

Ex astris, sara

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One

I received an ARC for this book.

WRITING: ☆☆☆☆☆
OVERALL : ☆☆☆☆☆

“there exists
a fine line

Having read “The Princess Saves Herself in this One” and loved it, you can tell I was so excited to know Amanda Lovelace is coming out with a companion! Her poetry style is something that is so elegantly simple and yet reaches so deep and clutches your heart strings (in a good way).

She did receive a little bit of criticism (amongst many other authors) regarding her style of writing, and wether this new wave of ~tumblr poetry~ is even poetry at all. As art is something that is so subjective, I do think poetry can come in all forms, and the only rule that exists for poetry: is that it makes you feel.

“They scratched it
out of the history books,
but on all the
great innovations you will find
scorch marks in the shape of
a woman’s


Women are libraries about to burst made me burst with emotion, I loved the way Amanda phrased the meaning behind her words. With raw fire and an urge to leave a message.

Many poems in this book made me have to stop, and just relish in the words….. And in my opinion, if poetry doesn’t make you do that, then its not poetry.

Amanda’s passion is very clear, though I didn’t like every poem of the book. There were definitely moments where I was just, confused as to what a certain piece is doing, and what is it adding to the bigger picture.

But there is no denying that the author poured all of her heart and vulnerabilities into the completing this book. The topics discussed are a bit deeper, and there is a sense of healing.

Another one of my favourite pieces at the end of the collection, entices such courage and warm feelings in my, and I’m so thankful it.

you are
the fire
& tomorrow
you will be
the sea

& they’ll
have no choice
but to hear your siren song.”

Though this poetry collection is not for everyone, there is no denying I enjoyed so many poems featured and they’ve inspired me to create. Enjoyed making this gif to go along with the review!

Ex astris, sara

The Wrath and the Dawn

WRITING: ☆☆☆☆☆
OVERALL : ☆☆☆☆☆

As someone who hasn’t read A thousand and one nights, I don’t know if I can judge this book against the original. But I honestly loved this book heaps. I loved reading about characters with names I hear and associate with my culture and society, with issues that (were a little exaggerated) but I would not mind a Tariq of my own. I loved the writing style of Renee Ahdeih, and I cannot wait to read the sequel and the short stories she’s written.

(very little mild spoilers if you squint below, so be warned!!!)

I did not like Khalid at the beginning, and I was honestly wanting her to go along with her plan and end him. Though that changed as the book went along. One thing I would’ve loved is for Shazi to be stronger. To be more fierce and to have interacted with more female character other than Despina (whom I LOVED btw, she was great even though we barely saw of her or of her relationships)

the beginning of the book was quite nicely paced, but I feel like the second half of the book, especially the last couple of chapters were very rushed. nonetheless, I give this book a 4/5