Booksish Discussions

Fictional Characters that are Scary as Hell

Everyone on bookstagram is talking about spooky/horror reads as it’s October but being a mood reader and not one for horror books I don’t really know many books that could come under these categories.

So I thought I would share some characters that would be scary as hell if I ever met them.

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1 The Commandant from An Ember in the Ashes – Look that woman is so damn scary, even more so than the Nightbringer. She is the worst mum ever and I really hope Elias is the one to end her. However if I ever had to meet her, well I don’t know how I would cope. Just reading about how she dealt with Laia was scary enough.

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2 Amarantha from ACOTAR – She is sadistic and there is no way anyone could convince me to go anywhere near her. I mean look at how she managed to control all those High Lord’s with their abilities.

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3 Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles – She can literally control my mind so I’m just going to stay on earth far away from her.

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4 Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows – The fact that he is 17 makes him even more scarier. It would easy to underestimate him but that would be a big mistake. I mean look at what he did to the guy who hurt Inej…He tore out his eye ball! Yup I’m going to stay far away from him.

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5 Maeve from Throne of Glass – Another character who I would not want to get on her bad side. I will stay far away from her thank you very much.

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Also honourable mention goes to the Darkling because while he is a mass murderer who literally tried to enslave Alina, I would still melt in a puddle if he so much as said one line to me.

What characters would you never want to meet?

Musings of a Muslimah

Allah Loves

Recently I attended an evening talk and iftar at my local masjid on the Day of Arafah and the Imam spoke about the different qualities that Allah (swt) shares with us that make us amongst those that He (swt) loves. He only spoke about 5 different qualities but there is lots of others too.

So I wanted to share them with you all to so that we can all benefit from them.

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But before I share the 5 qualities he spoke about, he spoke about how the first and foremost way to gain the love of Allah (swt) is to follow the sunnah of the Prophet (saw).

Say, [O Muhammad], “If you should love Allah , then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” Quran (3:31)

This doesn’t just mean the way you dress, but also, in your character and how you treat others. The Prophet (saw) was someone who had great concern for humanity and always treated others with kindness and respect, no matter who they were.

His sunnah was broad and encompassed all aspects of life so it is important for us to learn about his life and implement the way he was in our lives.

So the 5 qualities that the Imam spoke about:

1 Sabiroon – The Patient Ones

The people who are patient in the different circumstances in life gain the love of Allah. This doesn’t mean you don’t feel upset or stressed but that you don’t despair and complain about your circumstance to everyone.

When we are going through something difficult we show patience by only complaining to Allah (swt). When we are doing good deeds like fasting or praying etc, we show patience when doing it. We persevere even though we may find it difficult. For example, getting up to pray fajr even though you’re tired and fasting when it’s hot.

2 Muhsineen – The People of Ihsan

These are the people who strive to perfection by being their best possible self and in all that they do.

The Prophet (saw) told us what ihsan is, he said: “It is to worship Allah as though you see Him, and though you do not see Him, you know that He sees you.” (Bukhari)

There are some characteristics of the people of muhsineen:

• They are those who spend from their wealth in times of ease AND in times of difficulty.
• They restrain their anger.
• They pardon people, they forgive others and let things go.

3 Tawabeen – The People of Repentance

They are people who are constantly seeking forgiveness. We are human so we will commit sin, knowingly and unknowingly and these are the people who everyday think about what they did that day and seek forgiveness for their mistakes and transgressions. It is not just blindly and robotically seeking forgiveness. They realise and acknowledge that they committed a sin and then seek forgiveness for that.

4 Mutatahireen – The People of Taqwa

Taqwa is a state of consciousness of Allah (swt) so they are the people who are always aware that Allah (swt) is watching them

Ali (ra) who was one of the four rightly guided caliphs said taqwa is:

• The fear of Allah.
• Acting upon the Quran. This would mean acting upon the laws of the Quran and the hadith. So living life according to the sunnah and shariah.
• Being content with whatever Allah (swt) has given you, even though it may seem like it is not much.
• Preparing for death and the journey of the Hereafter. We should live life with the hereafter in mind.

So these people are conscious of things that will hurt or impact them and others and are conscious of doing the good deeds to the best of their ability.

5 Mutawakkaleen – The people who have tawakkal in Allah

These are people who have complete faith and trust in Allah (swt). This doesn’t mean that they don’t work for themselves and just say Allah (swt) will provide. These are people who do their best in what they do but they leave the outcome in the hands of Allah (swt). That we can plan things for ourselves and a future we envision for ourselves but the result is in the hands of Allah (swt).

The Prophet (saw) said: “Rely on Allah but tie your camel.” (Tirmidhi)

This was in response to someone asking the Prophet (saw) if he should leave his camel without tying it to the tree and just trust that Allah (swt) will keep it there. But what we learn is that even though we should trust in Allah (swt) we still need to do the work ourselves. So for example, we have to study and revise before taking an exam, not just do no work and expect Allah to give us a good grade.

When we truly rely on Allah (swt) then He will find a way out for you in any situation you find yourself in.

So these are the 5 qualities we were discussed in the class but he also mentioned a few others and that we should learn the others.

Some of the most beloved to Allah (swt) are those who bring benefit to other people.

Some of the best deeds:

• Bring joy and happiness to someone
• To help relieve a difficulty that someone is going through
• To forgive someone’s debt
• To feed a person who is hungry

For some further reading I highly recommend reading Muhammad: How He can make you Extraordinary by Hesham Al-Awadi.

And watching this short video series by Imam Omar Suleiman called Allah Loves here

Book Tag

The “I Should Have Read That” Book Tag

So I was tagged by Travels in Fiction to do this fun tag! Thank you for tagging me!

Rules

Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
Link to the creator’s blog booksnest.co.uk in your post
Answer the questions below and tag others to take part

So this tag is perfect for anyone who reads because lets face it we always have more books than we have read and we will continue to buy more!

1 A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

My friend Anisha has been telling me to read a couple books since they released and I haven’t gotten to either of them yet. All the Wandering Light and Queen of Air and Darkness are books I really need to read soon! Especially as she’s waiting for me to read them so she can fangirl with me!

2 A book that’s been on your tbr forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up

SO MANY! I have a ridiculous tbr, honestly it’s getting out of hand. One that I have been meaning to read since it released over a year ago is Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. I adore the Red Rising trilogy so I was super excited about reading it but I just haven’t yet. I really want to read it soon though as Darkk Age will be out this summer.

3 A book series you started but haven’t got round to finishing yet

The Kiss of Deception was a book that I read last year and really enjoyed but I never got round to continuing the trilogy. I want to read them this year though. You know, before I forget what happened in the first book.

4 A classic you liked the sound of but never actually read

Peter Pan, I mean I love the films and I’m pretty sure I will love it but I just never read it. Maybe this year! I especially want to read it as my friend Fatima loves it so much and is always telling me to read it.

5 A popular book that it seems that everyone but you has read

I feel like everyone has read Children of Blood and Bone except me. I have been meaning to read it for ages. Hopefully before book two is out I will get to it.

6 A book that inspired a film/tv adaptation that you love but haven’t read yet

A Discovery of Witches, I watched the show and completely fell in love but I had never thought about reading it before I watched but now it has been added to my tbr. Also I so need season two already. Why are they torturing me?!

7 A book that you see all over Instagram but you haven’t picked up yet

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab, it was recently re-published and it’s absolutely everywhere on Instagram. Hopefully will be able to pick it up soon!

So these are my answers. Everyone is welcome to join in the tag!

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesdays – Love Interests You Would Have Broken Up With

Hey booknerds! It’s another Top 5 Wednesday post! This is hosted by Sam over on Thoughts on Tomes where you share you top 5 for the chosen topic for that week. You can check out each weeks topic over on Goodreads.

There are some love interests in books that I just can’t understand why people love them. They would not be someone you would want to be in a relationship with. I certainly can’t stand them so here are my top 5 love interests I would break up with.

1 Rhysand from ACOTAR – why do people love him?! The hypocrisy of his actions, what he does to Feyre in acotar is suddenly forgiven and forgotten in acomaf because of his sad backstory? Hell no!

2 Rowan from Throne of Glass – while he isn’t as bad as Rhysand I still don’t like him much especially the overbearing, overprotective manly crap, I just can’t deal.

3 Carden from The Cruel Prince – I think it’s in the name as to why I would not stay with him. Him and Jude have a weird, messed up relationship.

4 Dara from The City of Brass – he is condescending, judgemental and proud. And just when I finally thought he could be redeemed he goes and tries to kidnap Nahri and ignores what she actually wants to do.

5 The Darkling from Shadow and Bone – yes, yes I know, I always talk about how much I love him. But guys, he’s still a mass murderer and I would not want to be with him. I will just admire him from a far.

Okay so I probably have attacked some of people’s favourite book boyfriends but don’t attack me okay! And if you agree with me then lets chat I need people to rant to lol

Fiction Books, YA Books

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada – Book Review

I have been meaning to read this book for ages as I keep hearing such great things and I am so glad I finally did! This book was amazing!

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Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.
That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.
When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.
Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

I had no idea what to expect when I started but after I read the first chapter I was completely hooked! The first chapter literally blew me away! It is intense and the descriptions of the plague and how it kills are brutal and detailed. This first chapter was so good that I completely fell in love with the book and knew it would become a favourite!

The book is fast paced with lots of action and so intense! I just could not put the book down and ended up reading it in one evening. There are plenty of plot twists which I didn’t see the twists coming which I loved because normally I can figure out what will happen. This kept me guessing about what will happen next and kept wanting to read, just one more chapter.

I really enjoyed seeing Cat develop throughout the book and how at the beginning she is so unsure of herself and by the end she becomes more confident and sure of herself. She is smart, resourceful and capable of looking after herself and I loved that she is a scientist! I hope that we will see more characters in STEM areas in books.

I think my only issue was the romance. I felt like I could have done without it. And Cole was just there as a love interest rather than him having his own story arc. Though I did like that despite Cat having feelings for Cole, she didn’t instantly trust him and questioned his motives throughout the book until she learnt more about him.

I really enjoyed seeing the science and genetics being incorporated into the story. It was so interesting and although there was a lot of it, it was well explained so everyone will understand what is going on, and it made my science nerd heart happy! There was also some discussion about ethics and animal testing and I’m glad this was included in the story as it makes it more real.

This story was amazing and I cannot wait to continue with the series. It’s fast paced and intense and the plot twists were insane! I loved this book so much!