By Leigh Bardugo. #1 of Six of Crows Duology.
Grade : A+
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.
By Nicola Yoon.
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
This book amazed me.
I loved Nicola Yoon’s Everything Evrything but I loved The Sun is Also A Star more.
A simple story about two different types of immigrants in US.
The book brings out the harsh reality of not just how the undocumented immigrants face problems there but also about how decisions of one person can have unimaginable effects on people around them.
I loved the cynical, science loving, non-believer in love character of Natasha and how Daniel strives in the entire book to make her a believer.
I just had one problem. I couldn’t believe the whole book happens in a single day! They do too many things to logically think it would fit in the said timeline!
Detailed Review soon…. for now -> DO GIVE IT A TRY!
By Marissa Meyer.
Grade : A
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
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Here are two books I finally read recently: The Dominion and The Slip of Me. I received them in exchange of an honest review long back in April or May, but with my ever increasing pile of work, I couldn’t find time to sit and write the review 🙁 Here is a quick review of what I thought about the books:
The Dominion by Adarsh Ramesh
Grade : B+
As the beating on the door at Senator Vaughn Fletcher’s chamber intensifies, as the deafening, frightening noise of the law enforcement agents converging on all fours escalates, an unforgiving voice commands Nahiossi Griffiths to make an escape from the gory scene of murder and fly down to Amsterdam. However, oddly the Vice President of the United States, Jamie Edwards, is seemingly volunteering to fly with Nahiossi at La Guardia.
In the midst of a secluded mountain in Berghof, a warrior of the past who proclaims himself as The Führer, forges new alliances and nurtures a legion, of which the ignorant leaders of our structured world are either a part of or the sorry subjects of precariously crafted tweaks in the fabric of their debauched world that impels a gushing wave of chaos.
A government parallel to the White House, born out of hypocrisy and composed of so-called vindictive idealists has allied with the formidable Mafioso to enforce order within and beyond the frail borders that most unfortunately divide the citizens of the world. As their leader, the Wolf howls, his loyal pups unearth the buried, recover the hidden and right the wrongs.
When PiCorp intervenes into the case of Nahiossi Griffiths, the investigation deepens, hidden facts from the past are exhumed and minions from all fronts converge to fight the battle of the unforgiving and the unfathomable.
A blend of action, romance, war, vengeance, lust and a battle for power, this book will take you to the epicenter of what the world might turn into if all hell broke loose. Are you ready to plunge into it?
The book is dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and it seemed so in the writings. A fast-paced murder mystery, with a nice researched story was fun to read. The story is divided into several plots and revolves around the murder of the Senator Vaughn Fletcher. The best part of the murder is it leaves everyone confused about the case. It’s a real page turner story, which not only involves a great mystery but has a balance of other elements like love, lust and vengeance.
I would recommend this book who like a good murder mystery novel. As an Indian author book, something which I usually avoid, this was a good read!
The Slip of Me by Akhand Singh
Grade : B
The story revolves around 4 friends viz Vikram, Raghu, Joe & Niharika. Vikram bumps into Jessica & love happens. Jessica is notoriously famous for having involved in too many relationships in the past.
Soon after spending good time with Vikram, Jessica break-ups with him.
The story brings out in a beautiful manner how after a break-up there may remain a longing for reunion.
Or in this case is this longing instant?
Will Jessica & Vikram shall reunite? Will the efforts made by Vikram’s friends will bring the two souls together? Or will the efforts of friends shall go in vain?
Or Vikram will find the love where it exists?
This is a book based romance in teenagers (not exactly Young Adult material though). As the blurb says, it is a story of how a break up leaves a yearning for a meeting with the girl the protagonist loved for one last time. The protagonist Vikram, who is portrayed as a shy and silent character, falls in love with Jessica, who is his Chemistry tuition teacher’s daughter. It portrays friendship and love and how it is interconnected. A simply written book with nice narrations that help in finishing the book quickly and leaves you with a smile.
I would recommend this book for romance lovers. It’s a nice contemporary novel.
Disclaimer : I received these book free from the publisher, LeadStart Media in exchange of an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
By JJ Sherwood. #1 of The Kings
Grade : A
(There is a giveaway happening below too!)
The first book in JJ Sherwood’s Steps of Power epic fantasy series. The Kings, Book I: Kings or Pawns is a political intrigue that spirals into an action and adventure series as the final events unfold.
8,994 P.E.—The elven city of Elvorium has become corrupted to the core by politics. With his father dead and the Royal Schism at his back, Prince Hairem ascends the throne as king of the elven world on Sevrigel. Young and bold, Hairem is determined to undo the council’s power, but the brutal murders by an assassin loosed within the city threaten to undermine the king’s ambitions.
As corruption and death threaten to tear Elvorium apart from within, the warlord Saebellus threatens the city from without, laying siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem finds himself in a dangerous political balance between peace and all out war.