Book Review: This Savage Song by V.E Schwab

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 01:59
Title: This Savage Song
Author: V.E Schwab
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 1 of 5 stars

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. 

What were your thoughts when you read that? The first time I read that, I was intrigued and excited. I was ready for heartbreak and all the other feels because VICTORIA SCHWAB! She can write anything and make it my next favourite book. So, after some initial squealing-in-happiness and getting-weird-looks phase, I decided to stalk this book like any normal person would do. 

Then, I came across this from the author:

Sin City PLUS Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters.

You can understand how high my expectations were and how crushed I am feeling right now.

From what I gathered from the blurb and my sleuth skills, I was expecting some kind of Vicious-esque book except with teenagers as the lead characters. I was expecting this story to be ruthless, vicious and filled with action. I thought Kate and August would provide some interesting dynamics to the story because they sounded so different from the typical YA leads. She's a human who wants to be a monster and he's a monster wanting to be human. What I got instead was two surprisingly dull characters and I found myself quickly losing interest in them.

Graphic Novel Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Saturday, 11 June 2016 23:48
Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Genres: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nimona has the perfect ingredients to a great and an entertaining graphic novel. Who wouldn't want to read a graphic novel about super villains and who doesn't adore sidekicks? You might think that this book sounds too good to be true and that it might disappoint. Worry no more because this book definitely does deliver on all fronts. It has humour, adventure, friendship and lots of super villain destructions! What more can you ask for?

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Monday, 23 May 2016 04:02
Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 2 of 5 stars

Book, you have wounded me. You have deceived me. You have tricked me into thinking you were a precious gem. Book, you have disappointed me.



I had a lot of expectations for ACOMAF. Rhysand? The Night Court? Power and Politics? Don’t say more because I am hooked already. Also, the glowing reviews I read increased my excitement for this book and I was prepared to love this book. I was prepared to be hypnotized by Maas’s rich writing style. I was prepared to fangirl hard over this book.

The first few chapters made me even more confident that this was going to be an amazing read indeed. I loved how Maas cleverly tricked us into accepting the love triangle by making Tamlin an annoying control freak. I loved how Rhysand whisked Feyre away and introduced her to the Night Court and I was so sure that everything was going to be spectacular.

Book Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

Sunday, 8 May 2016 05:05
Title: And I Darken
Author: Kiersten White
Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review:

She plucked a rose and held it to her face. She hated the way roses smelled, their sweetness too fragile. She wanted a garden of evergreens. A garden of stones. A garden of swords. 



Who wouldn't love a character as feisty as she is?

This book was an utter delight to read! I couldn't put this book down, couldn't look at another book while this was still uncompleted. It hooked me from page one and I couldn't get enough of it. 

The reason why this book and I clicked right off the bat is because I simply love anti-heroes. Lada, the daughter of Vlad Dracul is the polar opposite of sugar and everything nice. She is spice. She is fierce and strong. She is like a breath of fresh air. 

Obsessions!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 02:30
Obsessions are like these cheerful looking candies, candies which keep screaming 'Eat me! Eat me!' Obsessions bring color to our lives and as extreme as it sounds, bring meaning and at times, inspire us. There is a whole new world, waiting to be explored or to be precise, waiting to be fan-girled over. What I'm trying to say is everyone is obsessed about something and there are a lot of things to be obsessed about and for this post I'm going to list a few things I'm currently very, very obsessed about! (Whoa, what a lot of obsessions there! :D)

The Flash


This show is just way too fantastic. It's addictive like a drug, it's fast, it's simply superb! I stayed up till 3.00 am catching up with the episodes and I have no regrets! After watching this show, I decided that I wanted to be a meta-human with super speed and super flight for the rest of my life. Ah, the bliss!

Clothes


This came as a real surprise to me. I never 'obsess' about clothes or particular clothing brand but these days I'm in love with the Dorothy Perkins collections. Of course, I immediately purchased a few of them. There are so comfy and I kinda like their style of design. Most of clothes have floral imprints with bright, attractive colors and there these other stunning tops with embroidered collars. Okay, so basically Dorothy Perkins has a great collection and you should check them out!

However, I'm not sure whether you can get them all over the world. If you're in India, Jabong.com offers a lot of pieces from DP. 

Music

  • Hans Zimmer's Tick Tock
  • Little Mix's Salute
  • Beyonce's Crazy in Love
  • Beyonce's XO
  • Maroon 5 Sugar
  • Hozier's Take me to church
  • Selena Gomez ft Zedd I want you to know
Books

Pining over for these lovelies.

(The image with no title, it's the new Thor, Goddess of Thunder (graphic novel) coming out this May!)

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PS: Sarah J. Maas is writing a new book called 'Twilight of the Gods' and it is rumored to be about a she-Thor. GIVE IT TO ME NOW! Unfortunately, it's releasing in 2017. What a great way to kill us!


These are my current obsessions and of course, they will keep changing because I'm whimsical and crazy. 

Hershey








Book Review: Edward Scissorhands Vol.1: Parts Unknown by Kate Leth

Saturday, 7 March 2015 21:07
Title: Edward Scissorhands,Vol.1: Parts Unknown (Edward Scissorhands, #1)
Author: Kate Leth
Publication Date: May 19th, 2015
Genres: Graphic Novel, Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars



Book Review: The Sandman, Vol.1 by Neil Gaiman

Thursday, 5 March 2015 20:50
Title: The Sandman, Vol. 1: Nocturnes and Preludes
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publication Date: January 1st, 1991
Genres: Graphic novel, Fantasy, Mythology
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review:

Once I was all done with this book, my very first thought was "This book is really weird."

Neil Gaiman, as all of you know, is a God at creating the most intricate and best of all story worlds. Honestly, every time I pick up his books, I never have a single clue with where he's going to take the readers with his story lines. Reading the blurb seriously does not help. Gaiman's works always have depth and much more stuff going on than what the blurb normally says.

So, I finally have gotten around to picking up one of his most hyped books or it sounds better when put this way, one of the most hyped graphic novels of all time, The Sandman. Of course, when I opened the book I immediately wanted to love this book like I always think whenever I start reading an extremely hyped book. Plus, it's by Neil Gaiman and I loved the two books of his I read recently so yes, I was very much prepared to love this book.

Everything went on really great considering half the time I was trying the figure out what the hell was going on. With the dream sequences intervening the story line, it was kind of hard to follow but ehh I managed quite well, I guess. Except for the last bit. If not for that, this would have gotten a solid 5 star rating. But we'll come to that a bit later.

I feel like that going into this graphic novel without knowing much would provide the best reading experience but I will give you the gist of the story line. Feel free to skip the next paragraph if you're interested in going into the graphic novel without knowing much about it. 

So, there are these people who decide to summon Death and cure the disease of dying. But alas, their summoning does not bring Death but another kind of Endless. Their summoning brought the King of Dreams, The Sandman. They ask him for wishes but he never talks to them. Many, many years pass and finally the Sandman makes his escape from the glass prison his human captors have created for him. He had three tools into which he put most of his magic and now they're missing, stolen by his human captors and passed onto others. The first volume, Preludes and Nocturnes is about Sandman recovering his most prized tools. 

At times, there was a lot happening in the graphic novel and it was really hard to follow because after Sandman's capture and his tools going missing, people don't have proper dreams. They have weird dreams, like how dreams are always like and these dream sequences keep interrupting the story line and many at times, it threw me off balance with what was actually happening. It was a slight inconvenience but it did not annoy me or made me want to rip this book. I just wish I understood it better but people say it gets easier to understand as you keep on reading the volumes. I guess you just get used to it. After all, this is a story about the King of Dreams and dreams generally don't make any sense.

Also, I'm really addicted to how the King of Dreams looks like in Gaiman's graphic novels. The Sandman looks a bit like him, don't you think? 


I really, really, dig this look. I love this version of Sandman! He's so sexy! :D

Coming back to the story line, you also get to see certain DC characters and it was really cool how Gaiman incorporated those characters into this graphic novel. There was a lot going on in this first volume and the last bit was hella confusing but hey I know dreams are fucking incomprehensible and I decided to go with it. Maybe,after reading the sequels and years later when I pick this amazing book again, I'll be like, "Yep. I get it!".

Let's not forget the artwork! The artwork for this book was very dark and gritty. The colors were stark and never soft and at times, a lot of stuff happens in one page which might make it quite hard to follow. Sometimes, you wanna stare at the plethora of characters in a single page and other times you just want to get on with it. The illustrations weren't swoon-worthy and they weren't bad either. It was good. I guess more importance was given to the Sandman and his story lines which I was completely fine with.

I know my review makes me sound like I'm torn between liking and disliking this book, but to be honest, I really did enjoy this book a lot. It had so many characters (some very familiar), so many ideas, so much depth and on the whole, I had a lot of fun reading it even when it was confusing as hell. It didn't even bother me much. Just don't ask to me explain every single thing, okay? :D