Thursday, 28 February 2013

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Goodreads Summary : Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Unravel Me is successful to retain the mind shattering effect on me same as the first book did. I would say the total series literally barraged my mind with it gripping actions, lots of power play and extremely sensual romance.

And the writing; it’s poetic and rhythmic. The author knew how to make an ordinary situation extraordinary by using her gorgeous prose in a very beautiful way. She even knows how to beautify even those little moments that won’t probably get noticeable, and there she makes then noticed.

So many emotions….

How is it possible to hold them in this small fluttering heart of mine….

Damn you Unravel Me Chapter sixty-two!

That chapter was like the warmth of campfire in biting cold. And then when I started to feel the silken heat seeping though my skin, the fire goes out.

Can you imagine how frustrating was that??

Juliette is still the same….the frail emotional girl, occasionally tough, again back to her fragile tattered husk. She only cares and thinks about Adam, and only Adam. Girl! You are so weak, so dreamy. Grow up girl and open your eyes to the reality.
And there was Adam. Sorry dude. You were much more interesting in the first book. I felt you have lost that spark in you. You are not the same person you used to be. I would like to see the real Adam is back in action.

Kenji! Mhan! I love you. The only person who brings the smile in corner of my lips, the only person who had the courage to face Juliette without even blinking, the only person who slapped the reality on her face, Yes! That’s you Kenji; the only sunshine in this cloudy sky.

I still remember when the first time I read Shatter me, I felt I would blow up and scatter into pieces. Not only because of the story, but also there was a particular person who made me feels that way. And that feeling hasn’t changed till now and it will always remain same.



He makes me feel complete. He makes me feel broke. Even there were certain moments I wanted to teleport into his world and snatch him out of it.
How on earth you could be the solace as well as my torment?
I have been drawn to him like a moth drawn to fire, knowing there would wait nothing but the death. Flipping through pages of Unravel me, there were times when I wanted to cry aloud and shout Warner! I love you.

I really had many more things to say about this book, many more feeling to express but my words are short. After one month I finished this book, I continuously pondered how to bring out my deepest feelings for this book and write them down in a piece of paper. I debated if I should write a review at all. I was completely lost and consumed by this book to such a degree, that coming back from that depth would be so delusional.

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Goodreads Summary : A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : How can a book be so beautiful and heart breaking at the same time, that slowly ripped you apart and again mends your wounds. Have you ever lost in a journey and discovers the hidden side of yours? What would you do if you were to be someone else and to do something totally unthinkable?

Yes, that’s the story of Allyson, an ordinary American girl in an extraordinary journey of true love where the heart break was waiting just around the corner.

As her graduation present, Allyson was sent to trip around Europe by her parents. There she met Willem, totally enigmatic Dutch boy. For one day, she let herself break the rules, go with the flow and fall in love. But in the end, Willem left her, broken and torn. Back to college, she tried to start her life anew as an honor student, but a part of her life was missing. She was nothing but a ghost of her past, a shadow of her former self. As time continued onward, Allyson began to embark the changes gradually. Her friends on college helped her in adapting the pain, encouraging her to move on Enduring the pain of being heart broken, after a year would be she able to find her love again?

When I finished the book, I was left in awe, utterly speechless. The story is unforgettable, and perpetually vibrating a pain deep inside me as if I was Allyson, and I experienced everything she did. And there was Williem, the easy going and charming actor, yet somehow mysterious. His character shows how much boy can a girl and the how that effect rippled afterword within her life. I haven’t read If I Stay or Where She Went, but I can see for sure why readers worship. Gayle Forman. The writing is simple yet so extraordinary. It felt beaten into my heart. Every moment, every character, everything felt so real to me that I wanted to go on and on with them.

Of course there was a romantic setting in Paris, the city that never sleeps, the city of love. It felt like my felt has been fulfilled in a virtual tour via the book. I have never been in Paris, yet it felt so familiar as I traveled through the description of Paris.

Count each moment, treasure them.

Who knows you can fall in love in between your heart beats.

Just Like that…………….

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Friday, 22 February 2013

Blog Tour : Victoria Rables : Character Interview with John Conroy + Giveaway

Tell us, Sir John, how did you become involved with the British Royal Family?

I was equerry to the Duke of Kent, fourth son of King George III. After the unfortunate death of his niece and her baby, who were next in line for the throne, the duke decided to marry for the sake of the succession. I was with him when he went to Germany to court Princess Victoire; I helped him and his entourage move to Kensington after their marriage; and when he died only a few months later, I was quite naturally the person the distraught duchess turned to for help.

And just what was your relationship with the duchess, Victoria’s mother?

The poor thing spoke hardly any English in the beginning, she was saddled with the duke’s debts, and she knew nothing of the workings of the English court. I think she could have hardly done without me to assist and advise her.

There have been rumors that your relationship was more than that of an advisor.

Balderdash! Nothing to it! I had a wife to whom I was utterly devoted and a fine family. My daughters were friends of little Victoria, and it was my hope that they would one day be given places at court when Victoria became queen.

What about Victoria’s governess, Baroness Lehzen?

She was a German, a foreigner, her title was foreign, and she had deplorable manners. I considered her a most unsuitable person to have so much influence over an impressionable child.

What was your relationship with young Victoria?

I tried my utmost to be a father to the child and to give her the firm guidance she sorely needed. But Lehzen lavished an excessive amount of affection on the little princess and unfortunately often thwarted me in my sincere efforts. As a result, Victoria turned against me and often defied me. Very, very troublesome.

You wished to act as regent in the event that Victoria would become queen while she was still very young. Did you achieve that goal?

I believe that I was treated very badly after my many years of service to the family, and I wish to speak of it no further.

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Friday, 15 February 2013

Blog Tour + Giveaway : Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Goodreads Summary : Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines, drawing comics and feeling invisible. She's desperate for soccer star Mark to notice her. And when her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, it definitely gets his attention. After a hot date in the back of her minivan, Blaze is flying high, but suddenly Mark's feelings seem to have been blasted by a freeze-ray gun, and he dumps her. Blaze gets her revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. Mark then retaliates by posting her "sext" photo, and, overnight, Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut. That life on the sidelines is looking pretty good right about now..

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : A damn fun read, that’s all I can say. Just an exciting fun read. Blaze is a book that not only applies to the comic book lovers like me, but also for a verity of readers. The title first that caught my attention Blaze (or Love in the Time of Super Villain). For the love of Villains, I’m totally in love with them. I mean who needs a hero when you can have a kick butt villain.

A story about a comic geek girl with a cool name Blaze and her alter ego was Blazing Goddess. Not only that, she also draws her own panel of Amazing Alter Ego of Blazing Goddess. When her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, Mark suddenly became interest in Blaze. But when Mark dumps her after their one night stand, her dreams shattered and she plans on getting a sweet revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. To strike back, Mark post her ‘sext’ photos, and Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut.
I loved Blaze. She was quirky and funny, over all she was a charter worth reading for. Her voice of narration was eccentric and strikingly informal. She and Mark amazingly wound their way through the story line and made it more interesting.

The story was totally different and unique, fun and exciting. Overall it was hilarious and heart-breaking at the same time. I have never read something like that. Being a comic lover myself, I must have to say, how cool was the entire concept was. The writing was a little juvenile but the author did a blow job.
I really enjoyed almost everything about the book. And if you want to read something different, you must try this book once.

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Goodreads Summary : An exotic treat set in an entirely original, fantastical world brimming with deadly mystery, forbidden romance, and heart-stopping adventure.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Enriched with cultural details and patterned with vibrant descriptions, City of Thousand Dolls was an exotic fantastical story mingled with murder, mystery and ancient cults.

An isolated estate that gave refuge to orphan girl, abandoned after birth, and trains them in various arts such as music, dancing, combat etc. Sixteen years Nisha never belonged to any one particular house, making her way as Matron’s assistant. But when she began flirting with a handsome young courier, she dared to dream about a life outside the city walls. But when one by one girls were stared being murdered, she found herself within a chaos that would simply shatter hey hope to be free.

The book was brilliant and Miriam’s world building was vivid and richly detailed. I instantly liked the idea of different houses that trains young girls in different skills. The world building eerily resembles to the Indus Valley civilization, and it was really fascinating. There was another thing I would definitely mention, that was their costumes or asars. The author subtly designed in rich Indian style in a very stunning and perplexing way. The whole world of City of Thousand Dolls was exotic and mysterious.

The murders were planed and well executed. They created a fog of mystery with elaborated actions and adventure. When Nisha slowly started digging inside, she discovered long buried truth about her origin.

Nisha was pretty striking, marked by individualism with eyes full of hopes that once dared to dream of life outside city wall. She was also a telepathic too with an ability to talk to cats, and I personally loved this part. Taking to a cat??? Pretty cool.

Overall City of Thousand Dolls was well paced and a very engaging read that kept me hooked. A mystery on which I pondered for long and in the end I found a satisfying answer. If you want a taste old South Asian culture, CoTD is definitely the one book for to quench your thirst.

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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood

Goodreads Summary : Iris Dancy’s free-spirited mum has left for Tunisia, her dad’s rarely sober and her brother’s determined to fight anyone with a pair of fists.

When a family of travellers move into the overgrown paddock overnight, her dad looks set to finally lose it. Gypsies are parasites he says, but Iris is intrigued. As her dad plans to evict the travelling family, Iris makes friends with their teenage son. Trick Deran is a bare knuckle boxer who says he’s done with fighting, but is he telling the truth?

When tools go missing from the shed, the travellers are the first suspects. Iris’s brother, Sam, warns her to stay away from Trick; he’s dangerous, but Iris can no longer blindly follow her brother’s advice. He’s got secrets of his own, and she’s not sure he can be trusted himself.

Infinite Sky is a family story about betrayal and loyalty, and love

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : An exceptionally good coming of age story of a thirteen years old girl Iris, which broke my heart and mended it at the same time.
The book was told from POV of Iris, narrating in a voice which was pretty unusual yet believing. It felt like I saw her world through her eyes.

Living in a broken family and dealing with her own teenage problems was pretty hard for Iris, until a new gypsy family moved to her father's land and she quickly developed a friendship with their boy Trick Deran. Her father told her to stay away from those parasite gypsies, her brother warned her about Trick. Trick said, he was done with bare knuckle boxing, but is he? How can she trust her own brother who was hiding a secret of his own.

The book began to capture my interest as the story progresses. The pace was a slow though but later it picked up. I found Infinite Sky extremely touching and heart warming. It was a story about family and friendship, teaches the value of very relationship and person we are lucky to have in our life. A story of first love that blooms like a rose amidst of thrones and it smells divine that pulls us in an unexplained way. A story of death that is something unpredictable and unavoidable, but in the end we learn to move on, accompanied by only the memories the person behind. I sat speechless even long after I finished reading.

I liked how the author played with her characters, and made them look like real, as if they had been plucked from real life placed inside the story. Iris, who emotions were just like a girl verge of her teenage, somehow immature, somehow innocent.

The book was something,I have been looking for a long time, something that would make me cry and tremble in sadness and overwhelming emotion. I loved it, loved and loved it.

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Friday, 1 February 2013

Renegade by J.A. Souders

Goodreads Summary : Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie.

Her memories have been altered.

Her mind and body aren’t under her own control.

And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts :Renegade means someone who rebels against her cause, and I believe that's exactly happened in this book, what a perfect name.

Sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters was raised and trained to be Daughter of People, to rule over the underwater utopia known as Elysium. her life was close to perfect, or at least that's what she believed. When she met a surface dweller named Gavin, and helped him escape prison, she realized everything she believed is was nothing but a mere lie and result of her memory alternation.
Together they tried to escape Elysium, but would they succeed to escape the iron fist of the women whom she called Mother, who is nothing but a control freak monstrous women.

Underwater Utopia

I fell in love with the book, and the world building. I was amazed to experience the underwater utopia, the brilliant creation of the author. It was vivid and well planned. The underwater world seriously sucked me in. I mean, seriously that evil women who claimed herself as Mother of People, really scared me. She proceeded to destroy everything and everyone who was against her. She wanted to control Elysium in her own terms which was nothing but domination.

Brainwashing and Surface Dweller

I have always valued character's growth with progress book, and I love when a character discovers her true potential. That's another reason, I loved Renegade so much.
In the beginning, Evelyn was just a fragile girl, more like a mechanical being or rather an empty puppet of her fake mother. She kept repeating lines such as My life is just about perfect or It's nice to have someone to talk to, and that strongly implied something was wrong with her, and her behavior also worried Gavin. Together they discover the truth behind her strange persona. I loved her strength and courage and curiosities, qualities that must require for a strong protagonist.
Gavin was just adorable, a good male lead or rather a great support to Evelyn's character. I don't have much to say about him, as in most part of the book Evelyn overshadowed Gavin.

All Well That Ends Well

Holy Mother of Elysium.......this book was breathtaking. I finished it in one one sitting. The book conjured a desire to go on, even after the ending, I couldn't stop myself from thinking about the book.
I really have a high expectation for the upcoming squall, and it better quenches my thirst.

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