The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

“In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”

How do I even begin to talk about this book? I finished this book with my emotions all over the place, tears running down my face and my heart swelling with joy, sadness, heartbreak and content all at the same time.

I’ve heard nothing but great things about this story; and being into historical fiction, I thought I’ll pick it up right in the correct moment. These stories always transport me in time, put me in this state of mind where I feel myself living with the characters in their era and situation and it ends up being this grand experience that impacts my life, persona and all my being.

The Nightingale is that kind of book.

France, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another. 

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.

The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah,  St. Martin’s Griffin, February 3rd 2015, Paperback, ISBN: 9781250080400, Rating: ★★★★★, 564 pages.

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Interstellar – Movie Review

Very late to join on-board this train; but my moto is better late than never ! Ever since this movie came out in 2014, I heard nothing but great reviews, loud cheers for how good it is and many many rounds of applause.

Last week, I’ve finally watched the movie and holy damn !! It was one of the most epic movies I’ve ever watched. Seriously, it’s beyond epic; worlds away from epic. You reach a level of amazement and awe that you stand speechless in front of the story.

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#Wordsbookclub – March’19 Book of the month

Excited to read Leigh Bardugo‘s new release? I believe that Bardugo is a true witch, with powers reserved to weaving words and stories and I’m very excited to announce that our #WordsBookclub March 2019 book of the month is King of Scars.

A 2019 new release and a much anticipated book by all Bardugo‘s fans everywhere and those who fell in love with our dear one and only
Nikolai Lantsov.

How this goes? Well it’s pretty simple. You join our #Wordsbookclub Goodreads group, you start reading the book at your own pace. Whether you’ll choose to binge it beginning of the month or put it off till the end of it, or even split it over the 31 days of March, choose the pace that makes you feel comfortable and enjoy the read!

The important thing is that you read and enjoy it!

Here’s what Goodreads has to say about our book of the month:

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Excited?! I sure am.

We start reading on March 1st and discussion will take place on our Goodreads group as usual, with a full discussion on the 31st March.

If you live in Egypt, the book is available soon at Cherry Blossom Books. Hurry up and grab your copy ;)!

Don’t forget to use hashtag #WordsBookclub when you post about it anywhere to get this viral and let more people join us.

Happy reading peeps!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

“Too many books. Too few centuries.”

Back when this book was first released in 2016, I picked it up. I reached page 150 and then decided it was too much for me and that I’ll put it down for later. Flash-forward to 2019, It was picked as #Wordsbookclub ‘s read of the month and honestly I was happy to give it a second chance.

This time, it blew my brains away!! I’m serious, I don’t know what changed exactly in those 3 years but from the very first line, I knew that this time I’ll love it and indeed i did.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

“Iron or glass? they’d ask.
She was neither.
She was steel.” 

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Nevernight, Jay Kristoff, 
 St. Martin’s Press, August 9th 2016, Paperback, ISBN:
9781250132130, Rating: ★★★★★, 464 pages.

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Sunny Valentine – Photoshoot

“There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.” – George Sand

To celebrate 2019 Valentine’s day, I’ve collaborated with a team of creatives and artists; each in their area of expertise to bring a beautiful shoot to life.

» Outfits by FUFA  
» Setup by Mistletoe Events
» Models are Claudia Mili , Nagwan Reda & Yasmine Atteya
» Venue is Lmakan
» Makeup by Sherine Ashraf

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The Lost Man by Jane Harper – Blog Tour

This year’s favorite Mystery and Thriller read, ladies & Gentlemen! I’m not a big crime books reader but when Little Brown approached me to participate in this blog tour, it’s just not possible to say.

I’d like to Thank Little Brown UK for my free advance copy. And for including me in this blog tour.

Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle ranches in the lonely outback. In an isolated belt of Western Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbor, their homes four hours’ drive apart.

The third brother lies dead at their feet.

Something caused Cam, the middle child who had been in charge of the family homestead, to die alone in the middle of nowhere. 

So the eldest brother returns with his younger sibling to the family property and those left behind. But the fragile balance of the ranch is threatened. Amidst the grief, suspicion starts to take hold, and the eldest brother begins to wonder if more than one among them is at risk of crumbling as the weight of isolation bears down on them all.

The Lost Man, Jane Harper, 
Little Brown UK, First release October 23rd 2018, Paperback, ISBN: 9781408708224 , Rating: ★★★★, 362 pages.

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January’19 favorites

Right there in between my 2019 resolutions, I decided I wanted to constantly share with you guys the things I love. Of course, books are on top, but I do watch tons of movies, binge TV Shows, try new outfits, new gadgets, eat a lot of food and listen to great music.

So, I’ve decided to combine all these amazing things in one monthly blog post – you did guess that from the title, right ? hehe

So without further adieu, let’s get started. January was an overall good month and a great start to 2019. Winter was in full blast, read awesome books, it started raining by the end, I started #BulletJournaling and I took a Studio Lighting 101 course. Awesome month !

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Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

“Selina Kyle blew out a long breath as she lifted her chin and stepped into the sound and the light and the wrath.
Let the bloodying begin.”

The third installment in the #DCIcons series is an amazing spin-off for Catwoman’s story by the one and only queen of bad-ass things Sarah J. Maas

I’d like to Thank Penguin Random House International for my free copy.

There is a reason for why Maas’s books are swathed with hype and love, she can damn write a story. And trust me, whatever this woman writes it’s going to be good.

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing’s undoing. 

Catwoman: Soulstealer, Sarah J. Maas,
Penguin Random House, August 7th 2018, Paperback, ISBN: 9780141386898, Rating: ★★★★★, 361 pages.

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#Wordsbookclub – February’19 Book of the month

Who’s excited to read Mr. Kristoff world widely loved book ? It’s finally decided that the book we will all read together during the month of February 2019 is going to be Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I’ve put off this book for quite sometime now and I’m glad it got picked as the book of the month to finally pick it up and read it with all the amazing bookworms joining along the read.

How this goes? Well it’s pretty simple. You join our #Wordsbookclub Goodreads group, you start reading the book at your own pace. Whether you’ll choose to binge it beginning of the month or put it off till the end of it, or even split it over the 28 days of Feb. choose the pace that makes you feel comfortable and enjoy the read!

The important thing is that you read and enjoy it

Here’s what Goodreads has to say about our book of the month:

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic — the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

What do I say to that? Well, BRING IT ON! I’m ready. *hides-away*. By some miracle I’ve managed to avoid all the possible spoilers regarding this series – thank god – and I’m ready to dive in blindly.

Don’t forget to use hashtag #WordsBookclub when you post about it anywhere to get this viral and let more people join us.

Happy reading peeps!

Reign of the Fallen & Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh – Blog Tour

Reign of the Fallen is one of these books you see everywhere; the cover and title are really the kind that would make you stop and go .. huh! But I’ve been pushing picking it up till the right moment. Happily, that moment came sooner than I thought and I picked it up along with its newly released sequel and I don’t regret it one single bit.

I’d like to Thank Penguin Random House for my free copies of both books and for including me in the awesome blog tour to celebrate Song of the Dead‘s release.

You’ll ask me what should you expect from these books? I’ll tell you, you should expect a lot. A rich world, mind boggling concept, interesting characters and more interesting relationships and friendship. And don’t get me started on the magic.

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised – the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

Reign of the Fallen, Sarah Glenn Marsh, Razorbill, January 23rd 2018, Paperback, ISBN: 9780448494401, Rating: ★★★★, 400 pages.

Are you intrigued yet? How can you not be after this synopsis? In case you still need more convincing, read more.

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