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Sunday, 8 March 2015


"She loved mysteries so much that she became one."

Nobody could actually expect anything more from a book. 

Yes, it is yet another masterpiece by John Green.

Oh my Gods (Percy Jackson reference :p), let me tell you that I was able to find a quote that I would like to note down, on every single page of this book!

Paper Towns is that one hard-bound book that shines brightly in your dull and monotonous shelf; and every time you look at that book, you feel proud that you spent your money on buying it. It is the type of book you'd read at least ten times, or maybe until you've memorized each and every page of the book. It is that book, which you'd never lend to anyone, because you want it to be with yourself forever. 
 I think what I just said explains it all. 

Margo Roth Spiegelman is that one rebellious, adventurous, socialistic and popular girl that every school has, who is known for all the crazy adventures that she's had. Quentin Jacobsen, is the complete opposite of Margo. He is cowardly, nerdy and extremely conscious about every risk that he takes in life.
So this random day, Margo talks to Quentin as a friend after 10 years, even though they are neighbors. She proposes him to be her accomplice in her next adventure, and he can't help but say yes. The adventure was a success, and the next morning, when Q expects to see Margo at school, she is not present. And in one guess, they all know that she ran away. She had left some clues for Quentin to find her, and his love for Margo makes him follow those trails which may or may not lead to her in the end. 

Paper Towns is a story which shows how Q changed while he was on his quest to find Margo; how he decided to take risks in life and completely changed as a person. The mysteries behind the real personality of Margo are unraveled. 
This book is so realistic, but at the same time exciting. The best part is that the ending was perfection. And you know what, the thing that's so funny about any book is that the last two pages matter more than the rest of the 500 pages of the book! The ending is basically what gives a book it's identity among the readers. Oh, and not to forget the characters! ☺

John Green has used the most difficult-to-read and boring poems like Leaves Of Grass in such a beautiful way, that it's description in the book actually made me read the actual poem. The three main concepts- The Stings, The Grass and The Vessel gave me a different insight into philosophy. Yes, I admit that I had to read those pages more than once to understand what John actually means to say, but believe me, when I really understood what they meant, I couldn't be happier! 

Yes, even I think that Q became a little too emotional at one point in the book. He did keep reading Song Of Myself all day long, but maybe he was just influenced by Ahab from Moby Dick. And yes, that is why he wrote that Ahab was brave, and not desperate. Because what Ahab was doing was not idiocy. That was true determination- something that Q had developed. 

Also, I loved how the context of a Paper Town changed in the course of the book- from a figure of speech, to an actual place that existed. It really touched me when Margo said that she was tired of being a paper girl- that she wanted to be real, she wanted to be herself without worrying about the judgments that people would pass. The fact that she followed her dreams, escaped to places where she could find happiness; even though people would call that selfishness. 

The thing about John Green books is that the stories are not about exceptional people, or somebody you would not see yourself becoming in your life. The characters are made to be as normal as possible. Maybe it is the fact that they are all just like us that makes the book convincing. Also, obviously, this being the 2nd book by John Green that I've read; I've realized that metaphors and figure-of-speeches have a big impact on his books. 

Actually, if you ask me to compare this book with The Fault in Our Stars, I'd rather prefer this one. Sometimes, I just think that The Fault In Our Stars is hyped to such an extent that many people forget to acknowledge the other books by John Green. The Fault In Our Stars was a tragedy, and this book is suspense, so comparing the two eminently would make no sense.Maybe it is my keen interest in suspense that makes me consider this book to be better. The fact that one of my favorite authors has written it just adds up to the splendor of this book. 

Even though this book is basically classified as a suspense, it had that fun element that every John Green book has. He never ends up making the teenagers sound extremely serious or boring, no matter what situation it is. Sometimes, I laughed my head out, and the other times, I read the book with such keen interest that I forgot to keep track of time. It hardly took me two days to complete reading this, as there was nothing else I could think about! 

As I conclude this review, I would like to say that I would probably be the happiest girl in the world if John Green started writing a series (where people don't die hopefully). I loved this book, and I have already read it more than once. Also, they are making a Paper Towns movie (aaaahhhh!), which is releasing in July. 
This time, I would like to recommend this book STRICTLY TO TEENAGERS as we are  the only people who would be able to understand this book clearly. (And end up loving it :p) Jane Austen had once said, "If a book is well written, I always find it too short." How I wish this book would never end! 

Till then, 
Keep Reading. :) 

Mahek Ghelani. ♥

Thursday, 8 January 2015


Hey Bookworms!❤
My next review will be for another masterpiece by John Green ♥
Yes, I am talking about Paper Towns! ≧◠‿◠≦✌

I am in LOVE with this book, and I swear, I can't wait to publish my review for it! ♛

Until Then, 
Keep Reading! ☺

Monday, 5 January 2015


In this sequel to the very well-known Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, the Pine tree(Thalia), which protects the camp from any invasion by monsters is poisoned, and the camp is under a lot of danger. The camp is now an easy target for any monster to attack, and hence, everyone is worried. To save the camp,Percy and his friends would have to go on a quest to find the 'Golden Fleece'. But where is the Golden Fleece?


Usually, the sequels to many books start getting somewhat tedious, but this book kept forcing me to read further.Note- Percy Jackson books are extremely addictive and arduous to put down until the book is complete. ☺
In this book, I could actually sense Percy's water-related powers, because most of the time, they were in the sea. One thing that I like a lot is that after every action sequence Percy cracks a joke or two, just to lighten up the reader's mood. I don't think you would find any Percy Jackson book to be extremely serious, grave or dull! 

The Percy Jackson series has earned a lot of admiration from the teenagers all around the world. Comments like- "You look like Polyphemus" and "Hey Medusa, what's up?" are no longer bizarre. Unlike many other books which have been quite well-known, the PJO books won't end up disheartening you in any manner; may it be the death of your favorite character, or the extremely protracted action sequences. Let me tell you, these books will end up becoming classics in the next 50-75 years!

If you have read Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief, you must be knowing that the end is not much of a cliffhanger. But, on the contrary, if you read the last page of this book, you can't wait until you get your hands on The Titan's curse. ☺Luckily, I had The Titan's Curse right beside me as I completed reading this book, so it wasn't that difficult for me! 

The parts that I LOVED IN THIS BOOK ♥

  • When Grover wore a wedding dress. 
  • When The Party Ponies Invaded.
  • C.C's Spa and Resort.
  • When they had to fight with Scylla and Charybdis 
Okay, so I don't think I can write anything bad at all about the Percy Jackson books! Everything is just so unique and interesting that any fan would have wished there were at least a hundred books in this series. There isn't anything that I didn't like, but when somebody would ask me whether I would prefer The Lightning Thief over The Sea of Monsters, I would say yes. The only reason why is because the adventure was longer in the first book! 
 Anyways, I think the PJO fandom is one of the largest fandoms on the internet. There are memes and fanfictions everywhere. Obviously, there has to be a valid reason behind all of this fangirling!

Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters was a good read, and I enjoyed flipping every single page of this book. I would recommend everyone to read this thinking that this book is basically meant for us to know better about all the other demigods, and some new characters that are introduced in the book. This time, the readers got the see a darker side of Camp Half-Blood, which was because the monsters had invaded and all that. Sea Of Monsters is just another perfect book by Rick Riordan,and I found this book to be quite delightful to read. ☺

~ Mahek Ghelani ♥

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Until then, 
Keep Reading! ♥♥♥

Wednesday, 19 November 2014


Hey there, all you half-bloods! My next book review will be for the sequel to the very well known Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief! Obviously, it's none other than
I'll be publishing this review within the next week!


Until then,
Happy Reading! ☺

Friday, 12 September 2014


Let me start off by saying this- JOHN GREEN IS A GENIUS.
I don't even know how somebody can think of writing such an insightful novel.

Also, I've noticed that everyone has a different view on this book. Some may think that it has changed the way they look at things, whereas others might just say that it's another cliched romance story that is being over-hyped on the internet.

Everyone looks at this book from a different perspective. Here's mine-

This book has  ‎20,13,840 votes on Goodreads, (which JUST KEEP increasing everyday), with an average rating of 4.3 stars. This book surely ought to be a work of art.Also,this is the first novel that I've read, which has been penned by John Green. 

"That's the thing about pain. It demands to be felt."

The first thing that I love about this book are the QUOTES.
Yes, I know that it is a little difficult to understand them, but the very moment you do; you fall in love with the book.You fall in love with the characters. 

John Green has used a very simple concept of a quintessential tragic love story : Both of them fall in love, either of them dies.The only plot twist is  cancer- the only thing that made this book so special.This is a YA fiction, so naturally,it is based on a teenager( who suffers from thyroid cancer).

I had read some reviews before reading this book, so I pretty much knew what was going to happen in the end. As I read the book, I tried to keep denying the thought of Augustus's death, because as I commenced reading, my obsession with the characters kept increasing! Obviously, even though I was NOT AT ALL satisfied with the epilogue, I couldn't stop thinking about the book. 

Here's why I didn't like the epilogue-

Hazel had once talked about her favorite book: An Imperial Affliction. She had also remarked that she really wanted to know what happened in the end, because the book ended in the middle of the sentence. A large part of the book is about how they go to Amsterdam to find the author of the book and ask him to explain what happens after the book ends. 

How can I relate this with the ending of The Fault in our stars? Here's how-

The book ended with Hazel saying "I do, Augustus. I do." Obviously, you'll be able to understand what she means to say, once you read the entire chapter.
But NOTHING was specified after that. Your mind gets flooded with questions like " What happened to Hazel? Did she die too?" Maybe it was the author's trick. I guess he gave the readers a hint when he referred to An Imperial Affliction (which is not a real book, it turns out) 

This is how it feels like after you complete reading page 313-

Another thing that was a little irritating is the fact that they talk a lot like pretentious adults, which is kind of funny. But,that's not the point. I don't think they ever stopped! I don't believe that 16 year- olds like Hazel and Augustus would find it to be completely normal to talk in such a manner!

Anyway, those were the only two things that I didn't like in the ENTIRE BOOK. 

Everything else was perfect, and even though I've read the book almost thrice, I don't seem to get bored of it! It is unbelievable how an author can understand the sentiments of teenagers suffering from cancer .On the cover page of the book, there is a comment by Markus Zusac. He said, "You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more." I think the comment itself justifies how I feel about the book.

John Green has created a new aura of the art of reading. He writes in such a manner that you feel like your best friend is sitting in front of you and narrating a beautiful story. 

The Fault In Our Stars has broken the hearts of millions of readers all around the world, but it surely has made itself a class apart from all other YA books. 
Dedicated to Esther Earl, a girl who passed away after she was detected with Thyroid Cancer, this book has the power to be an inspiration and is one of the most beautiful books that I've ever read. 
This book is surely to be added to my re-reading list. 

Also, don't forget to watch the movie adaptation of this book, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. 


   Until then, HAPPY READING!

                                                                                   -Mahek Ghelani :D

Saturday, 9 August 2014



Okay, so you would have understood by now, at least....

My next review is on the bestselling novel by John Green-



I'm super-excited and I assure you that I'll post it within the next week :D

Also, do follow me on Google+ for being updated all the time! 

Stay tuned for the next BIG review...

Till then, 


-Mahek Ghelani

Saturday, 5 July 2014


Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is probably one of the best books that I have ever read. My heart skipped a beat with every page that I turned and there was something totally unexpected and impressively different in each and every chapter! The book is based on Greek Mythology and the best part is that the author has hardly changed any concepts, but still managed  to keep the readers excited. The book gives a fabulous blend of the modern world and the ancient world of Greek Mythology.The good thing is that it provides a lot of information on Mythology without making the reader doze off :P

I could also see a close similarity between this book and Harry Potter.

It's about a trio that gets a quest for truth and in the end,they end up living happily and all that, but what makes this series different from Harry Potter is that the reader can relate the story of the book with his/her surroundings. Also, the fact that the Underworld is in Los Angeles and the imaginary 600th floor of the Empire State building was extremely fascinating.

Even though the first few chapters of the book were a little boring,the book quickly picked up it's pace after the 5th chapter. I simply adore Rick Riordan's sense of humour! One of the biggest plus points of the book is Percy's amazing comic timing. I really couldn't understand the affection for the 'blue food' , but it turns out that it's funnier when not understood. :D

Camp Half-Blood is a destination where every Percy Jackson fan would want to live. The characters are so realistic that at times you tend to forget that they are fictional. The book is written from a teenager's point-of-view, so I don't think anybody would find it difficult to read.

Anyway, the book is so good that I think it hardly has any negative points. It is action-packed and full of surprises. Unlike many other books, the author has pushed aside the perception that a hero can never fail in life. Percy Jackson is a book that can be equally enjoyed by 8 year olds as well as 80 year olds. The book is not at all disappointing and is totally worth reading more than once :)

Happy Reading !!!
(P.S My next post- Percy Jackson and the Lightning thief book vs movie! )

                                                                                                          ~Mahek Ghelani