Friday, October 21, 2016

Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Publication Date: 5th January 2016
Pages: 285
Source: e-book


10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


My Thoughts

Read it on 28th Jan 2016 but forgot to post my review here, so here's my review direct from my goodreads.

oh my god! I just can't stop crying. Why do people have to be so cruel, why do we humans have to make such dangerous inventions like weapons. why can't people be more open to communication? why don't they just TALK?
this book brought back all the questions. This book made me realise how horrified those people have been who have ever been in any such circumstances. This book made my heart ache! this makes me want to reach out to people like Ty in the book before they take the wrong turn in life, to hug them to tell them that it's OK to talk that u are taking it all wrong, that you are not alone and that there is someone always there for you.

Some Coherent thoughts after almost two weeks(I like to think they are coherent :P )

This is where it ends (TIWIE) was an engaging story.
Initially the juggling between more than 2povs proved challenging and even made me put down the book as a DNF once, few weeks later when it appeared again on my kindle I thought to give it another shot. I am glad that this time I made through the entire book.
Starting the book was tiring task as I just kept getting confused with those 4 POVs but once I was 15-20% into the book everything got easy and then the multiple POVs didn't bothered me et all. In fact for me multiple POVs was the highlight of the book. It was great to see thought multiple eyes as it allowed me to better know the situation and helped understanding the fears and reactions of everyone who were directly or indirectly facing that brutual attack.
It was intense, gripping and a page turner. I was glued to the story till the last word.

I had read the blurb before so knew it was about a school shooting and this has been the most inhuman disturbing reality of our world. The most close to home for me was the barbaric Peshawar school attack. This made me request the book as I wanted to know what's happens in such situations and multiple POVs was the perfect avenue to experience that. While reading the book I just couldn't stop crying when some of the scenes and students made me remember the innocent angels of Peshawar.
Initially in the story we are introduced to the people at Opportunity High their dreams hardships were gradually laid in front of the reader and a new session after winter break has just started. The incident takes place just after the first morning meeting in the school auditorium.

It was a sad novel as it was evident from blurb, it made me cry, made me think about the people who are dear to me and how I would have reacted if they were in same situation. It made me curse the human nature of not clearly communicating more with each other. It made me want to hug tight my brother and to hit those who don't consider other peoples dreams n desires.

All in all reading it was an experience that made me feel an entire range of emotions. I just wish that it had more story about the characters that it didn't had to be restricted to just those harrowing minutes but had taken us more into the lives of those involved so that it would have been clear to understand what led to the attack. Also it would have been awesome if it had the attackers point of view too.

My  Rating 3 out of 5
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review: Lichgates (The Grimoire Saga #1) by S.M. Boyce

Publication Date: 1st October 2011
Pages: 414
Source: Own the paperback.


The final page will leave you breathless.

When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she's safe, her new "friends" show their true colors.

Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea's monsters. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn't know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing. 

For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this stranded girl, there's something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire. 

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

My Thoughts

Wow!!! It was exciting! loved the world building ranging from the amazing places of Ourea to the varied and unique characters. Loved It. Can't wait to read the next book in series.
After reading this I feel such an idiot that I had this book since April 2012 and it took me 4+years to finally transport myself to this amazing piece of the world.

This book was huge. I normally like to read a book in one sitting but it was not possible with this one. It took me over 3 days to finally read the last line. Those three days were amazing, all time I was either reading the book even while having my meals or thinking about the characters, latest developments, guessing what will happen next while attending dance workshops :P

STORY- Kara Magari is a 20 something sophomore from Tallahassee who loves here parents and hiking. While on one such solo hiking expedition on a completely new trail in the Rocky Mountains she walked through an unkempt Gazebo and unknowingly entered an entirely different world - Ourea.

Ourea is a magical, dangerous place hidden away from the normal human world in plain sight. Once a person steps into Ourea they can never go back to their normal lives.

Kara meets Braeden and they form a friendship. Braeden belongs to the most evil and hated kingdom of the Yakona race. He hates his kingdom and has been hoping to find Grimoire to become a Vagabond.

The story follows Kara's Journey of whether she will accept what Grimoire had chosen her to be and leave her older life for the new life in Ourea. Will Braeden will be able to fulfill is childhood dream of becoming a vagabond?

As the story progresses Kara will be facing many hardships and Braeden needs to overpower his demons if he wants to keep Kara's friendship and help n protect her in this dangerous world.

CHARACTERS- Boyce has introduced a lot of crucial characters in this book. All the characters lend certain significance to the story and take it forward with very interesting twists and turns.

All the characters carry some or the other secret, their bonds with each other and their loyalty or the enmity described is amazing. It felt like it was all so real as if they were real people who might be hiding in plain sight among us.

Apart from the lead pair I really loved Twin- she is like several of us who hides away all the sadness behind a convincing fake smile and who at the same time care for her friends and love to tease and gossip like any other normal girl.

I am looking forward to knowing all the characters more closely as the series progress and I really would love to know the First Vagabond more as he is irritating but I think there is a lot more to his story.

The world of Ourea in itself feels like a living character on its own. It has its own secrets and keeps throwing new facts about it to Kara and the readers. The people living in it, the unique variety of its very own flora n fauna and the amazing places in Ourea makes me feel like it will be very pleasant to see and know it personally with my own

WRITING- Boyce had successfully weaved a complex world with the support of very descriptive writing. She has presented everything so beautifully and linked everything so intricately that it feels like its could be a real world hidden somewhere on our planet.

I really loved the story and this beginning to the series has certainly made me eager for the other parts. I am really looking forward to living in Ourea. I am so relieved to know that there are 3 more books in this series, I will be definitely reading all of those. I really hope I get to see this book come alive on my TV someday.

The only reason I am not giving this book a full 5-star rating because It took some time to wrap my head around all the things happening and get some understanding of Ourea. With so much going on since the beginning of the story it was a bit difficult to have a clear imagery but once the story got into a flow with some idea of the characters and the workings of Ourea things started to get a little less complicated.
Now that I know how the things work in Ourea I am hoping I will be able to transport myself there and live in that world more easily in book 2.

My rating 4 out of 5.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Review: Origin by Rebecca Hamilton

Publication Date: 1st September 2016
Series Sequence : The Othala Witch Collection#1
Pages: 390
Source: E-Arc.(and my own Kindle copy)

Don’t fall in love with the Doomed Queen.

ALEC KLADIVO: Soldier. Hunter. Fool.
When Alec was a boy, the border posts failed, and Ravagers infiltrated their sector. Through sacrificing his sister, he saved his city and gained the respect of Sector One’s Regent. Ever since that day, he has served his sector with unfailing loyalty and nobility. Until he met her.

ADIRA CHOVANEK: Thief. Witch. Doomed Queen.
In Sector One, there is no greater commodity than a witch. Which is exactly why each and every one of them are in hiding. Should they be discovered by the hunters, they will suffer one of two fates—both of which end in death—unless they can kill a Ravager and bring forth an heir for the sector’s Regent. The only problem is, the Regent is sterile, and would sooner exile a Doomed Queen than admit that to himself or anyone else. This is Adira's fate. 

THIRTEEN: The number of days before Adira’s death.
Alec has given Adira just under two weeks to turn herself in and accept her role as the only person who might be able to save their failing sector from certain extinction. And he’s spent each and every one of those days trying to convince her it is the right thing to do. But what happens once he’s finally persuaded her, only to find out he’d been mistaken all along?

My Thoughts 

Rebecca does it again. She definitely have some kind of magic in her. It was awesome. Right now I am cursing my limited vocabulary, I am in serious need of new words to express my awe for her story-telling skills. She never fails to amaze me. For past few instances it has been only the magic of her books that brings me out from my reading slump (or in real my laziness).

The Planet has been attacked by some kind of terrifying creatures known as Ravagers, to save humanity several years ago Othala Witches creates separate sectors and protected them with magic. This story revolves around sector one. To survive Sector One need to find a powerful witch a.k.a Queen asap. The witch has to defeat a Ravager in a gruesome fight to be proved as Chosen one.  The Reagent and Queen together use the magic to protect its people. Alec is the Reagent's guard or the Witch Hunter. Adira is a witch living in shadows hiding from the Guards. 
Alec spots the next candidate for Queen and tries to capture her, Adira puts up amazing fight and both feel a strong connection. Alec cuts a deal and gives her thirteen days to prepare. Will thirteen days be enough? Will she Prepare? or Escape? Will the Sector find their Queen in Time? or be forced to face the Ravegers?

Origin was fantastic with not a single dull moment, full of amazing twists and turns, the surprises spring up so fast that even before you settle with the first one the next thing comes up. 
Though there were some typos (which can happen in an ARC) it didn't bother me at all as I was so much engrossed in knowing the fate of the characters, of the people of Sector One that my mind could not waste its time to linger on those not so important details.

The only reason I am not giving it full 5 stars is: the instant passionate connection between the main characters (love at first sight). I have never understood the concept of love at first sight, for me it has to begin with friendship if not friendship at least some kind of interactions (you know the slow and gradual type). But its just me, I know many who say that love at first sight are real so I don't know. Other than this no other complains :P

I will be eagerly waiting for next part, as there are many more stories for all the charachters and many questions regarding the Othala witches. :)

4 out of 5

About the Author

BeccaRebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.

Rebecca Hamilton is represented by the ever-more-amazing Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

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