Hasini's Blog

Hi guys! Welcome to my blog!

I'm a bibliophile and a 3rd year med student. My passion has always been reading books, so I thought I'll start a review blog and voila! Here we are! :D

As always, feel free to share your thoughts on my reviews and lemme know what books you love!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Review: Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2) by Christopher Paolini

Read from October 11 to 26, 2014
"Darkness falls . . .
Despair abounds . . .
Evil reigns . . .
Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider.
It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life . . ."
So, once again, this is a reread! :)

I am so pleased that this series is still so good!!! I'm loving the whole Dragon Rider stuff and Alagaesia is so cool!!! I'm absolutely in love with Paolini's writing!!!

I'm so excited by how fast Eragon is growing! It is so amazing to watch him training and getting stronger and stronger with each experience! I am also pleased that Paolini hasn't turned him into an image of perfection; he still has flaws and makes mistakes that makes him human and relatable! That's one of the best things I love about Paolini's writing; he hasn't made Eragon jump perfectly into his position of Dragon Rider! Eragon keeps making mistakes and is quite simply a teenager in his essence! That I love!

Also, I'm in love with all of Paolini's characters! They seem so real and I love each and every one of them! And watching them go through their own struggles just makes me bond with them even more!

Overall, I'm loving this series so far and I'm so glad that I decided on rereading the first two books! I have no idea what happens from here on, so I'm hoping the remaining two books will be explosive! :)

my Goodreads review 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Excerpt: Frostfire (The Kanin Chronicles, #1) by Amanda Hocking

Amanda Hocking just released the prologue of her upcoming book, Frostfire, which is to be a spin-off of her The Trylle Trilogy. Just click on the link above to get a look for yourself!

My first nomination for The Liebster Award

I was nominated to do this by Catalina Blue of the emo wolverine writes. Thanks you so much for this!!!

Q1: Your favorite social media website and why?
Right now it's Instagram! I have no idea why but I just love the whole concept of #bookstagram, and all the bookworms there are so amazing and kind and  helpful. 

Q2: Do you think good and evil is most definitely good and evil?
Nope. I think it's not always just black or white (i.e. evil and good); that there're shades of gray. Sometimes people can be more evil than good, but ultimately they have at least a smidgeon of good somewhere inside them, so ultimately everyone's different shades of gray!

Q3: What do you usually do when you're faced with a difficult decision?
I just take a minute, withdraw myself from all the ruckus around me, and analyze the problem from all angles. Then I just take the decision that seems to be the best overall! :)

Q4: How do you manage to calm down if you find yourself in a panic?
I just stop thinking! If I can find a quiet place, I go there immediately, or I just stop talking and think positive thoughts! 

Q5: What is the most exciting thing to look forward to in school/university?
I'm done with school and am applying for universities right now, so I guess I can answer both scenarios! When it comes to school, the most exciting thing is the experience itself. You make friends, you learn so so much and you grow! You never realize it, but once you leave school, you do! As for university, it's the newness of it. Everything's gonna be new and strange, and it's just so exciting to just know that you're gonna venture into a place you've heard so much about but never experienced.
Q6:  What advice would you give to the you of five years ago?
I would definitely my 5-year-old self to do more sports! LOL! That's pretty much the only thing I regret from then!
Q7: Share the last share-worthy memory you have had.
That would definitely be my graduation! It was so much fun and so awesome! Everything went perfectly and that was a night I'll never forget! 
Q8: Television VS Internet- which would you rather let go of?
The one I can let got of would be television. I can survive without TV, but I'll probably go crazy without Internet! ;)
Q9: The best book you've read so far?
That's actually a pointless question to ask a bookworm since we pretty much have thousands of 'best books'. But I would have to go with City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, the last book in The Mortal Instruments series. I cried so hard after I was done reading that! ;)
Q10: What kind of art do you prefer to dabble in?
Honestly, I'm not an artistic person. I don't draw stuff or paint on canvas. Yeah, I know, I'm pretty boring! :P But I do have a thing for digital arts. I see so many fanart on Tumblr and I get so inspired by them!
Q11: Do you think your past should dictate your future?
Absolutely not! There's always time for a person change and go down a better path! I've actually seen many people do so, so I always think the past is the past and nothing else.
Wow! So this was pretty interesting and I got to write a blog post about something not related to fandoms, so yay!!!

Here are the questions for my nominees!
  1. Describe the last memorable moment you just experience.
  2. What's your opinion on being a vegetarian?
  3. Usually what kind of books do you read?
  4. What does your family mean to you?
  5. Do you have more real-life friends or online friends?
  6. What's the worst book you've read so far"
  7. How do you usually react to a scolding from your parent(s)?
  8. What is your favourite fandom?
  9. What's your ambition and how are you moving forward towards that goal?
  10. Do you like pets? If so, which pets do you prefer?
  11. Do you believe in happy endings?  
And my nominees are:

Catalina Blue of the emo wolverine writes
Candy Hartley of The Bookish Girl
Candace of Candace's Book Blog
Jude Henderson of In Between

Hope you have fun!

My September Wrap-Up

I was able to wrap up 6 books last month, which is lesser than I hoped for :P Also, I'm still not done with Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge :(

So, here's a quick look at my September wrap-up:
By clicking on each title in the list above, you can read my reviews on each of these books :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Book Review: Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1) by Christopher Paolini

Read from September 29 to October 11, 2014
"When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands."
This is my second time reading Eragon and I'm so glad to say that the whole story was still amazing! Paolini's one hella amazing writer!

I absolutely loved Eragon and Saphira! Their bond is so amazing and I'm sure the whole fandom's rooting for them! I'm quite sure that if either or both if them die, I'll break down in tears!

Paolini's writing is quite magical! He literally paints pictures with his words, and that is something that is quite rare. He literally adds colour to his words and that makes Alagaesia all the more realistic! Damn impressive writing!

The whole book was absolutely amazing! The whole thing was so well-written and so entertaining! I can't wait to work my way through the whole series!

my Goodreads review

Book Review: Branded (Sinners, #1) by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

 Read from October 01 to 03, 2014
"Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society.

To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line.

Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home.

Constant darkness.

Brutal and savage violence.

Excruciating pain.

Every day is a fight for survival.

But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole.

I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story."
I loved this book! The writing was so engaging and I was hooked from the very beginning!!!

I absolutely love Lexi and Cole and Zeus and Bruno!!! The chemistry between Lexi and Cole was undeniable! They were so cute together!!! Also, I was so in love with Cole when I realized that he had a dog! A cute boy with a dog? Hell yeah! Also, Bruno is so awesome too! He was really likeable! I loved his character!

The only thing I didn't like was that the ending was sort of rushed! The revolt was highlighted all that much, in my opinion, and the relationship between Cole and Lexi were the main thing. Yeah, I know, that's hardly something to complaon about but I would have preferred it if the revolt was given the attention it deserved, like more detail in Lexi's life with the revolting party or something.

Overall, I liked it a lot! It was so detailed and engaging and awesome! Also, I read an eBook, so I'm dying to get my hands on a paperback/hardback!!!

my Goodreads review