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2 stand-alone books that you HAVE to read

We all have books that we gush on, balk if others say they didn’t like it, start arguing about how AMAZABALLS they are etc. In this post, I am going to introduce you to some of my really favourite books that are stand-alones, so you don’t have to worry about suspense and stuff.


If you have been following my posts, you might have seen this book mentioned a couple times in awards/tags when I’m asked what is my favourite book.

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

1232Synopsis:

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

The review I wrote after the first couple times I read it (June 2012):

The book starts with a 10 year old boy Daniel Sempere not able to remember his late mother’s face. Then his father, trying to diastract him, takes him to Cemetery of Forgotten Books where Daniel picks up a book named “Shadow of the Wind” by an author named Julian Carax whom the boy hadn’t heard of. Once he read the book and fell in love with the story, he goes on to find other books of the author and to find information about him. This takes him on a long journey through years and surprising new information. He tangles himself in something personal to the author and a few others and just finds himself becoming more curious to find out more. He goes through many hurdles and dead ends and he never lost hope. In between all this comes in Bea Aguilar his best friend Tomas’s sister whom he has a crush on. The story dwindles on and brings surprises at not only every page but every paragraph, or it feels like that. Carlos Ruiz Zafon has thought throughly every detail and elaborately has mixed the information to make a great story; a story which is so involving. Personally I would like to read the book till it is a part of me. No doubt anyone who reads it, will love it.

Have I convinced you to read it yet? This is one of my all time favourites and I really hope you read it!

Note: This is the first book of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, but it feels like a stand-alone so don’t worry. It was originally written in Latin, I believe.

Like an idiot I haven’t read the second and third books yet. But I recently got them so I will soon. The english titles of them are The Angel’s Game (2nd book) and The Prisoner of Heaven (3rd book).


This book  I read in the beginning of this year and I absolutely LOVED it.

Fightimg Redemption by Kate McCarthy

18304765Synopsis:

Ryan Kendall is broken. He understands pain. He knows the hand of violence and the ache of loss. He knows what it means to fail those who need you. Being broken doesn’t stop him wanting the one thing he can’t have; Finlay Tanner. Her smile is sweet and her future bright. She’s the girl he grew up with, the girl he loves, the girl he protects from the world, and from himself.

At nineteen, Ryan leaves to join the Australian Army. After years of training he becomes an elite SAS soldier and deploys to the Afghanistan war. His patrol undertakes the most dangerous missions a soldier can face. But no matter how far he runs, or how hard he fights, his need for Finlay won’t let go.

Returning home after six years, one look is all it takes to know he can’t live without her. But sometimes love isn’t enough to heal what hurts. Sometimes people like him can’t be fixed, and sometimes people like Finlay deserve more than what’s left.

This is a story about war and the cost of sacrifice. Where bonds are formed, and friendships found. Where those who are strong, fall hard. Where love is let go, heartache is born, and heroes are made. Where one man learns that the hardest fight of all, is the fight to save himself.

Aargh! Even reading the synopsis makes me want to read it again so bad!

My review (orgininal blog post review here):

When I read the prologue weeks ago, I knew that this book is tragic and it would reduce me to tears. Since I had exams going on and didn’t have time for a book hangover, I put it off for later.

I read it yesterday, and I gotta say, I was right.
A really good book that spans over years-right from the start when Ryan Kendall met Finlay and Jake Tanner. The friendship between Ryan and Jake is absolutely beautiful-if I can use that word, and it’s the forever types. Ryan and Fin start crushing over each other and the relationship blooming between them too, is really capturing.

The story, the tragedy and most of all Jake and Ryan being in SAS team of soldiers and deported to Afghanistan and everything that happens because of it, is entrancing. I’m starting to use huge words but I don’t really know how to express how much I loved this book.

Definitely recommended to everyone. Please read it.


 

I don’t know how convincing that was but just for the sake of it, READ THEM READ THEM READ THEM PLEEEEEAASE! And come back here and fangirl with me because I willl never have enough.

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