Review: Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

Saturday, 22 February 2014 22:15

Title: Losing Hope (Hopeless, #2)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: July 28th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young adult 
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery. Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him… Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.




Losing Hope was wonderful. Holder was beautiful at describing the story. At first, I thought this book might be boring since I already know the story. But Holder describes the story wonderfully. He never bores you. His emotions are so raw that it tugs at your heart strings. He's intense and moody and sometimes it's hard to understand his guilt and grief but you'll love him, for sure.

Losing Hope helps us to know Holder better. He might have been enigmatic before in the first book but here, you can see his heart, his true feelings. He's a beautiful person. His life was tragic. It wasn't a normal, happy one. It was a sad one and he somehow dealt with all the crap life was offering him. He didn't give up. He kept going. Having Hope.

So, it all comes down to Sky. You see, I found this part of the story a little baffling. The part where Holder meets Sky and in the blink of an eye, he knows its her. He knows that its Hope. It's been years since they have seen each other and now both of them are all grown up and there could have been so many differences between their previous appearance as kids and their current appearances as teenagers. I know he wasn't sure about it but I just didn't like that part.

Well, it was sweet and all. But come on, a little bit of something else other images of her eyes from memory would have been great. That's the one part I wish were different in this book.

And also, let me just say that I didn't like certain things about Holder (I'm sorry Holder lovers!). He seemed to be always blaming himself. Well, he didn't seem so guilt-ridden in the first book. Obviously, since it wasn't on his point of view. But well, it put me off sometimes. I got annoyed with him blaming himself. Believe me, he was beautiful and amazing but certain parts where he thought it was his fault seemed exhausting. I liked Sky's POV better.

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: December 19th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young adult
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies… That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried. Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.



An exceptional, beautiful and mesmerizing read. 



Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies...

Colleen Hoover's novel Hopeless captured me from the very beginning. Hopeless was narrated by Sky, the main character who I believe is the strongest person I've ever read about in contemporary fiction.

Meet, Linden Sky Davis


"You can't get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. It's the fake happily ever afters that should piss you off." 

Hoover has managed to create a very strong, flawed and lovable female lead whom I loved and admired very much. Sky was different from all the other characters I've read. Mostly, I found her to be very intriguing because I could not predict her next move. Sometimes her actions irritated and baffled me and that's what I really like about her. I can never predict her.

Everything was fine in Sky's world. Until she meets...

Dean Holder 


"Holder is all kinds of confusing and complicated." 

Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

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Title: First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)
Author: Darynda Jones
Publication Date: February 1st, 2011
Genres: Urban fantasy, Mystery, Adult
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can't she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?



“Never knock on death's door. Ring the doorbell then run. He totally hates that.
- T-shirt”

First Grave on the Right is a concoction of everything. It turned the cliched story line of grim reapers into that of a novelty. Have you ever considered a grim reaper being a cocky girl with an attitude? I certainly didn't.

I found the story line to be fast – paced, filled with humor and mystery. I also found the mixture of characters a little confusing but I got used to it. Jones has created an incredible character with originality - Charley Davidson. I found her to be resilient, strong, humorous and what not.
Jones has done an incredible work here. I love her narration and the way she made the story flow without it getting too complicated all at once due to its many characters.

Meet Charley Davidson


"If I couldn't be a good example, I'd just have to be a horrible warning." 

Charley Davidson is the grim reaper. Not in a creepy scary way. She’s nowhere close to being creepy or scary. The story starts off with Charley waking up from her dream – where a hot entity shows up and seduces her all the time.
At first, the dream part felt like a whole different story. During the day she’s an exceptional private investigator with a unique ability to communicate with the deceased – being the grim reaper and all. And at night she’s having dreams about an entity who seems very familiar but she couldn't exactly pinpoint who it was until the day the entity called her ‘Dutch’.

Review: Vicious by V.E Schwab

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Title: Vicious
Author: V. E Schwab
Publication Date: September 24th, 2013
Genres: Science fiction, Adult
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?


Not everyone with a super power becomes a superhero. Some powers just make you Vicious. 

This book is just amazeballs! I thank all the forces in the universe that pulled me towards this book like gravity.



Vicious is all about superheroes and supervillains. And of course, who doesn't love a superhero? Who doesn't hate a villain? Me! I absolutely love villains! I always feel that an excellent story should have an excellent villain because it somehow makes the story complete. Fortunately, this book had quite a few excellent villains.

This book tells us how messed up a person can be. It shows us the extreme lengths a person would take to settle a feud. And, most importantly, it teaches us that heroes and villains are only a matter of perception .

You can always be the hero and strive for the greater good.


Or you can always be the villain and strive for your own cause.


Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Monday, 17 February 2014 03:48
Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publication Date: February 21st, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young adult
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.


Do you remember the feeling you get when you watch the sun rise or set?

Do you remember the feeling you get when you're so happy that you felt like flying?

Do you remember the feeling you get when you're so sad and alone that you felt like curling yourself into a ball and wishing you never had to move on?

Do you remember the feeling you get when you're so mad that you don't know why your mad?

Do you remember the feeling you get when you wished you knew the mysteries of life?

Well, this book brought up all those feelings. I don't know what to say about this book. There are tons of emotions warring inside me. So many that I cannot even state them. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is beautiful. The Universe is you. You need to discover yourself. And that was what this book was about. Discovering one's true self.


Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Saturday, 15 February 2014 23:59
Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Publication Date: September 1st, 2005 
Genres: Historical fiction, Young adult
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.


“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right." 

Oh, what can I say?

That The Book Thief stole my breath away?

That it crushed my heart into pieces?

That it made me wonder so much about the world we live in?

The Book Thief did more than that. You know, there are some books that you would always like to say that you've got no words to express it. But you always find the words. You just like to think that you don't. And I want to say that I have no words to express this beauty but I do. Deep down, I do have words to describe this wonderful book that made me wonder about the world we live in.

The Book Thief is a stroke of brilliance by Death 

Death, here is our very lovely narrator. So, the aforementioned statement, according to me, means that we always consider Death as a bad thing, of course it is only natural. But the Book Thief changed some of my perspectives about Death (Not that I'd welcome him with open arms). Death is truly an amazing narrator and his stroke of brilliance, probably the only one on Earth is his narration.

“Even death has a heart.” 

Oh, Death stole me away in his very first words. 

First the colours
Then the humans
That's usually how I see things.
Or at least, how I try. 

The book itself has this warm glow about it that reminds me of biscuits and milk. If I were an aura reader and this book was a living being, then I could precisely describe it's glow and warmth. Unfortunately, I'm not.

Review: It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

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Title: It's not Summer without you (Summer, #2)
Author: Jenny Han
Publication Date: April 27th, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Chick Lit, Young adult
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach? It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come. But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started--at Cousins Beach



☀ A splendid summer read ☀



Cousins Beach was Belly's home. It was the only place she ever thought of. Every summer she visits the Cousins Beach but this time things have changed. Susannah, her mother's best friend had passed away and summer at Cousins Beach was no more. Why? Because Susannah was the only person who linked all of them together. Without her, it wouldn't be a perfect summer.

Belly has grown in this book. She's no more pouting and throwing tantrums. I liked Belly much better in this book. She seemed very sensible and grown - up in many events. I love the way how she's attached to Beck's Brothers. How she keeps smiling and is always there for them, especially Conrad who was completely mean to her.



Conrad seemed very moody in this book. I guess the loss of the one you love can do that to people. I guess he's not used to sharing his feelings with people. I guess he finds it difficult to move on after his mother's demise. But all I can do is guess. Because in this book he was unpredictable. But I love Conrad, nevertheless!



I must say that I admired Jeremiah a lot in this book. He seemed like the stronger of the two brothers. He took everything in an easy - going way. He wasn't moody or annoying like his brother. In this book, Jeremiah is so different from Conrad that I sometimes doubted that they were actually related.
Jeremiah was always there for his brother and Belly. Always hopeful, always sweet, never cracking and always smiling. Oh, and completely adorable :)

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Friday, 14 February 2014 20:08
Title: The Summer I turned Pretty (Summer, #1)
Author: Jenny Han
Publication Date: May 5th, 2005
Genres: Contemporary, Chick lit, Young adult
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along


☼ An awesome summer read ☼



This story was so cute! I loved all the characters because each and every one of them made me grin happily.

Belly 


"It was a summer I'd never, ever forget.It was the summer everything began. It was the summer I turned pretty." 

Belly's whole life was measured in summers. According to her, winter didn't count. It was summer that mattered. Why? Because she gets to meet her two favorite boys, Conrad and Jeremiah.
I found Belly very amusing and fun to read about. She was such a lovable character! And I liked her even more when I found out that I could easily relate to her.

Conrad 


Conrad was this moody character whose next move you can't predict. I liked him a lot. He was the darker one when compared to his other brother Jeremiah. He was also a very complicated character. Belly found him frustrating in many events but she didn't give up on him.

Jeremiah 


Review: Stolen by Lucy Christopher

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Title: Stolen
Author: Lucy Christopher
Publication Date: May 4th, 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young adult
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost



What would you do if you're abducted to the middle of nowhere? 

I hate deserts. I winced when Christopher described about the heat and the rawness of the desert. Why are we even talking about deserts?
Why?
Because in reality it's actually beautiful. It shows the vastness of the world, the rawness, the emptiness and the loneliness.
I read this short story called the Tears of the Desert by Paulo Coelho. It's a story about this man who listens everyday to the sobbing of the desert and a missionary who confronts the man about its sobbing. The man said that the desert cries everyday because it dreams of being useful to people and the missionary replies:
"Well, tell the desert that even though we human beings have a much shorter lifespan, we also spend much of our time thinking we are useless. We rarely discover our true destiny, and feel that God has been unjust to us. When the moment finally comes, and something happens that reveals to us the reason we were born, we think it’s too late to change our life and continue to suffer, and, like the desert, blame ourselves for the time we have wasted."
And the next day, the place where the man used to sit and listen to the sobbing of the desert seemed wet because a small spring started bubbling there. Soon the inhabitants built a well there and called the place 'The tears of the Desert'

I know this is completely irrelevant to the review but this story floated into my mind while I was reading Stolen.

Christopher has beautifully described the desert. A very difficult topic to describe because many of us do not understand the beauty of the desert.

You saw me before I saw you.

Gemma is our lovely lead who writes a letter to Ty, her kidnapper. A moving letter about how she was kidnapped by him and her life in the desert with him.
I would have honestly cried if I was in Ty's place if the letter was addressed to me.
Ty, her kidnapper was lovely too. I cannot dislike him because he kidnapped her. Wait - I cannot say 'I cannot dislike him' because I don't know how I feel about him. I like him, I love him and yet I still dislike him.
He is a baffling specimen who is truly lonely at heart and is in a desperate need of company. I believe he wanted to be accepted by Gemma, he had known her for a long time. And unfortunately he found that to be accepted by the girl he likes - the only way is, is to kidnap her. How sad. How I wish he didn't do that and went out with her instead; like a normal boy would.
But then, if this had happened the desert wouldn't be a part of this story, would it? The beauty of it shall ever be baffling and confusing to everyone who haven't been in a desert before.

Stolen moved me, it blew me and in the end it killed me. Whenever I think about this book there is this slight pull of my heartstrings. It is not heartbreaking, I honestly don't know. It's not tragic romance. I don't know what this book conveyed but it surely did change my perspectives of various things.

Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

Thursday, 13 February 2014 20:48

Title: Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential, #1)
Author: Kara Taylor
Publication Date: July 30th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young adult
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Anne Dowling practically runs her exclusive academy on New York’s Upper East Side—that is, until she accidentally burns part of it down and gets sent to a prestigious boarding school outside of Boston. Determined to make it back to New York, Anne couldn't care less about making friends at the preppy Wheatley School. That is, until her roommate Isabella’s body is found in the woods behind the school. When everyone else is oddly silent, Anne becomes determined to uncover the truth no matter how many rules she has to break to do it. With the help of Isabella’s twin brother Anthony, and a cute classmate named Brent, Anne discovers that Isabella wasn’t quite the innocent nerdy girl she pretended to be. But someone will do anything to stop Anne, even if it means framing her for Isabella's murder.


This book was very very surprising. I did not expect to fall for this book. When I read the first few chapters, I was really pleased with how the narration was going and nothing more and all of sudden - BAM! I'm falling for this book.

This book is a little bit like Gossip Girl. I mean, the main character, Anne Dowling is from Upper East Side and she reminded me so much of Gossip Girl. Well, when I first heard about it I presumed we'd have a very bitchy annoying bratty main character who I will really hate but yipee, that's not the case here.

Sometimes, it is very good to delve into a book without any expectations or hope. I truly had no desire for this book and I have no idea why I picked it up but I just did and I'm so glad I did because this book is effin' awesome.

So, this book is basically about a teen girl investigating a murder that took place in her boarding school. Sounds trite and simple, doesn't it? But believe me, you would have never come across such a kickass protagonist from Upper East Side who has a knack for trouble and also proves to be an excellent investigator by suspecting everyone! I have to say, my suspicions weren't correct which made me love the book even more!

Anne Dowling: I would use two E's and one B to describe her.
Slightly Eccentric, Erratic and Bold. 

Now, short explanations for why I chose those three words.
I found her eccentric - sorry, slightly eccentric because I don't think any normal teenage girl would want to get involved in a murder investigation without even knowing the person who got murdered completely. She knew the person only for a week. So, that just felt a little off to me. And she is very strange in a good Sherlock Holmes way. Well, not exactly like Sherlock Holmes (He's a genius! All praise him!) but a little bit similar to him because he loves to investigate and our little Anne here seems to love it too!

Erratic - she's completely unpredictable.

Bold - You'll know why once you start reading this book.

She also reminded me of two things.

One: She reminded me of this quote by Thomas Paine for no reason. "Suspicion is the companion of mean souls, and the bane of all good society." 
This quote has nothing to do with Anne or the book whatsoever and Thomas Paine certainly shouldn't come into my mind since I've only read this one particular quote twice and honestly I don't know much about him.

Two: She reminded me of this song called "Trouble is a friend by Lenka. I think that song would suit her very well. These two lines are made for her!

"Trouble he will find you no matter where you go, oh oh
No matter if you're fast, no matter if you're slow, oh oh." 

Okay, now let's get back to the book.
Lets see what we have here -
★ A very promising plot,
★ A very kickass protagonist and
★ Enjoyable characters. 


Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

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Title: Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: November 6th, 2012
Genre: Urban fantasy, Young adult
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying. Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness. This was not that world






Days of Blood and Starlight went beyond my expectations. I have never thought that a sequel could be as amazing as the first one! Normally, sequels proceed with a steady romance and a relentless struggle against the evil guys but this one... it completely blew me away.

Days of Blood and Starlight was all about
Vengeance
Revenge
Violence
Grief
Despair and
Separation . 

The quote "Reprisal begats reprisal" is very apt for this book. This book is a page turner, a mind - blowing page turner and it will keep you hooked till the very end.

If Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a dream then, Days of Blood and Starlight is a nightmare. (For those of you who haven't read the first book proceed with caution.)

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them. 

And its snap split the world in two.” 

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Days of Blood and Starlight starts right off where Daughter of Smoke and Bone ended. Karou is struck with the horrible truth that her family had been murdered by her one true love, Akiva. And she's gone with a cry, leaving Akiva behind, through the portal in the sky.

Now, Akiva goes back to his home where his brothers and sisters are, back to the Misbegotten where he belongs. He is revered as the Beast's Bane but all he feels now if grief and loss. Karou was everything for him. Madrigal was. Now, he's lost; he's just a vessel carrying orders. But deep down, he believes he can change, that he can make a change. And so he does. The Beast's Bane makes a change.

"Mercy breeds mercy
Slaughter breeds slaughter." 

Karou enters the story only after a few chapters looking all tired and gloomy. She's lost too. She doesn't know what to do without her family and friends and Akiva. 

It's like when they split their wishbone, they split themselves and unleashed chaos. Maybe the wishbone held them together and it's snap split them and the world into two. 

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This book is about all of them - the Angels and the Chimaera. Each and every one of them play a very important role in this book. You get to see both their sides, feel both their love for freedom and vengeance and in the end you will love both the sides and love both their ideas of what is right and wrong. Because that's how the world is. Everything is right and wrong.

And the best thing about this book is that there is not much of romance. There's much of separation which will definitely have your heart cracking but I like it when the romance is in the background. It is so much better that way. It makes everything else come to the spotlight. Every tiny detail becomes a major detail and that's how a sequel should be.

Laini Taylor's writing is magical. The story feels so real, like there's really a war going on in Elsewhere. Her words and phrases are a work of pure magic - they tug at your heart and leave you wondering about life and war.


Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: September 27th, 2011
Genre: Urban fantasy, Young adult
Rating:  5 of 5 stars

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out. When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past.


“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. 
It did not end well.” 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a beauty.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a novelty.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a rarity.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is perfection! 

I love this book. I have never loved a book so much. Why? Because it's magical, unique, enchanting, intriguing, fascinating, powerful, beautiful, mysterious and something I have never ever read before. There wasn't a moment that I could predict in this book. The author's writing style was exquisite and has a magical flair in it which will make you fall harder for this book.

“Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.” 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone weaves a dark forbidden tale of mythical creatures, love, magic and hope. It will pull you into its two worlds called Prague and Elsewhere where you'll be captivated by Karou and Akiva.

I'm not going to elaborate much about the story and spoil the fun. All you have to know is, you will love it no matter what in the end. It will linger in your heart forever. 

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

Karou is hope. She's the light in this book. She's the ever burning star in a dark hopeless sky. She was strong and beautiful.
Karou was different from all the other female protagonists; she was full of surprises. I found her lovable and brave. Also, I absolutely adore her blue hair!

Akiva is a fiery enigmatic character. He was hard to describe but deep down inside my heart, I know I love him.

There wasn't a single word in this book that bored me. I loved everything about this book. It was a fantastic and a mind - blowing read.
If you haven't read this book yet, you know what to do.

Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Title: Tiger Lily
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012
Genres: Retellings, Fantasy, Young adult
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell. Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter. With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart


“Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we're only what we've done and what we are going to do.”

What can I say about this book? I am staring at my laptop screen thinking of how to put the various jumbled thoughts of mine into comprehensible words.

Let me first tell you how I felt after reading Tiger Lily.
1) I wanted to go to Neverland.
2) I wanted to cuddle and treasure Tinker Bell.
3) I wanted to scream and cry and laugh at the same time.
4) I wanted to read this book again and again.

Tiger Lily was a beautiful novel. I loved every bit of it. I have always loved Peter Pan and Tinker Bell and I was overjoyed when two of my favorite characters showed up in this book. And I was ecstatic when I realized that Tinker Bell was the narrator!

I don't know why I picked this book of all books. I don't know what made me pick it. Maybe it was because of the synopsis or the pretty cover but there are hundreds of pretty covers and intriguing synopsis in Goodreads. I don't remember how I came across this book. I don't remember a thing except that I'm grateful to whatever force that pushed me towards this book. I'm glad I picked this book.

Tiger Lily is a fifteen year old girl from a tribe called Sky Eaters who is one of the most intriguing characters I've ever come across. She's silent and strong almost like a panther, wary around her own tribe, never truly belonged in her tribe. Her tribe had shunned her, forced her to marry Giant, a brute who is despised by almost everyone in her tribe and yet she was strong. She was strong till the very end. And hopeful.

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young adult.
Rating:  5 of 5 stars


Surrounded by enemies, the once great nation of Ravka has been torn into two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals dormat power that saves his life - a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha and the secrets of her heart.


"You and I are going to change the world."  

What can I say about this book? There’s so much to say and so much to love about this book. Bardugo's novel Shadow and Bone struck a chord in my heart from the very beginning. I loved the prologue. I find the concept of kids falling in love and comforting each other in desolate times adorable. 

This book is a phenomenal piece of work. A rarity as I have never come across such a different and captivating story line in a long time. 

I wish I could forget what I've read and read the story again. I wish I could forget the characters and their revelations. I wish I could read this story again without knowing what awaits me. I know that will never happen because every part of this story is etched into my memory. Sigh – this book is truly phenomenal.

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