Thursday, May 28, 2015

Afterworlds by: Scott Westerfeld

Darcy has put her whole life on hold to go to New York to publish her teen novel. Lizze accidentally slips into the "Afterworld" in order to survive a terrorist attack. Darcy has a lot to learn about the writing world. Lizzie discovers that there are many stories that need solving in the "Afterworld," the world between life and death. She constantly wonders if she's made the right decision until she falls into a crowd of seasoned and fledgling writers. All of sudden Lizzie is faced with new threats she might not be able to overcome. One writes the words, the other lives them.

I enjoyed reading Afterworlds for two main reasons. One, I liked the fact that it took me into the publishing world through the perspective of a writer. I learned a lot about how books get published and also got "to see" how hard authors have to work before their book actually goes into print. The second reason I enjoyed reading Afterworlds. Before we to my reason, you need a little background information, the book is written with alternate chapters from the POV (point of view) of Darcy and Lizzie. Darcy is actually the author of Lizzie's story. The second reason I liked read Afterworlds was because Lizzie's chapters reflected in a way, what was happening to Darcy. I liked that because it is quite true, people generally write from what is happening in their lives. I would give it 4 stars.

Here is the Goodreads link for Afterworlds:

Monday, May 25, 2015

Books Read 3/5/15 - 9/5/15

Saba has always followed in her twin brother Lugh's footsteps, so when four cloaked men kidnap Lugh, she follows trying to save him. Soon she is forced to team up with Jack and the Free Hawks a group of revolutionaries. As she does she realizes she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. 4 stars.

When Brontë starts dating Bruiser, her twin Tennyson isn't surprised but unnatural thing start happening, bruises disappear, scrapes heal too fast, and it seems like their good fortune but it may be more than they bargained for. 4 stars. 

Princess Sylvi is bound to her pegasus Ebon on her twelfth birthday, for a thousand years before them the pegasi and humans have lived safely because of their inability to communicate without the help of magicians and shamans. Ebon and Sylvi can talk. Will their friendship destroy the peace between the nations? 2 stars.

Grace moves and starts seeing monsters and a girl who looks exactly like her who fights them. Gretchen is tired of battling monsters and her mentor has disappeared. Greer has a very busy social and she doesn't have any time for joining the triplets on her doorstep. The three teen descendants of Medusa must unite to fight monsters that only they see. 4 stars.

Avery's new found family is part of a powerful group of families called the Circle. They can easily start a war or shut down Prada on their whim. They believe that Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some of them want to use her, others want her dead. But the prophecy might not be what it seems and Avery must unravel the mysteries behind it. 4 stars.
Note: If you would like a detailed review of any of these books, please comment and I will get it posted as soon as possible.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kill Me Softly by: Sarah Cross

Mirabelle's past is unknown, her parents are dead, and her guardians have forbidden her to return to her birthplace, Beau Rivage. Desperate to find some answers Mira runs away to Beau Rivage. Nothing is as it seems in Beau Rivage, a pale girl has a morbid interest in apples, an obnoxious playboy is a beast to everyone he meets and yet another guy has a thing for damsels in distress. Here, fairy tales come to life and are played out, again and agian. But fairy tales aren't always pretty and don't always end happily ever after. Mira has a role play, a destiny to embrace or fight. 

Everything about Kill Me Softly drew me in, starting from the title to the cover to the first chapter itself, (says a lot about my tastes doesn't it?). I really liked the way the story started without any wandering. What I mean is that Sarah Cross got right into her story without wasting time, she started with a purpose and delivered on the purpose. Another thing that I enjoyed was the fact that Sarah Cross never made Mira's fairy tale obvious. There was a clue and honestly I didn't figure it out. One thing that I especially liked was that fairy tales did not necessarily end happily ever after as many of the Disney movies make us believe. The actual fairy tales written by the Grimm Brothers are quite aptly grim and do not end with happily ever afters. This is brought out in Kill Me Softly. Watching these Disney movies makes us believe that we will have happily ever afters but that's not the real world, in the real world happily ever afters can't exist. I would give Kill Me Softly 4 stars.

Here is the Goodreads link for Kill Me Softly:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Books Read 26/4/15 - 2/5/15

The final installment in the Hush, Hush series. Nora has gotten past a lot of troubles but the biggest one is yet to come... she has to win lead and win war or she's dead. 3 stars.

Galen is the prince of the Syrena and he's on a mission to find a girl who can communicate with fish. Emma literally runs into Galen, when they both sense a connection. But it takes several encounters to convince both Emma and Galen of Emma's gifts. Galen knows she hold the key to his kingdom but can he convince her? 4 stars.

Doug Swieteck and Lil Spicer become friends and Lil challenges him to find new sides of himself, as he does he fixes his relationships with his father, brother, peers, and his teachers. 3 stars.

Melody can't walk or talk, but she's smart. Smarter than all the people who diagnose her, smarter than her classmates who dismiss her as retarded. Melody won't be defined by her disease and she's going to let people know, ready or not. 5 stars.

Don't sweat, don't laugh, don't stand out, and most importantly don't fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone around him, he's human. He's done everything right, he's blended in yet he's chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last of the humans his life starts to crumble. 2 stars.

Ludania is divided by caste and each caste speaks a different language. Charlaina has always understood all the languages and she's spent her life trying to hide it. The only place she can be free is in the clubs where the castes mingle, its there she meets Max, a boy who speaks a language she has never heard before and her secret is almost revealed. 4 stars.

A frightening beast has killed the queen and her daughter's, Alexandra's, healing powers don't save her. Too soon her father is remarried to a woman whose eyes don't reflect light. In terrifying moment everything Alexandra knows disappears. She has to reclaim what is hers before it is swallowed by darkness. 3 stars. 

Clay Jensen finds a package on his doorstep with thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks ago. On the tape Hannah tells him that there are thirteen reasons to why she committed suicide, and he's one of them, if he listens he'll figure out why he's on the list. 5 stars.

The fourth book in the Pretty Little Liars. Hanna is clinging to her life, Spencer might have killed Ali, Aria is stuck with her father and his girlfriend, and Emily has been shipped off to her super-conservative cousins house. A still knows everything that's going on... 5 stars.
Note: If you would like a detailed review of any of these books, please comment and I will get it posted as soon as possible.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Books vs. Movies

My cousin and I were just having a conversation when the topic of WhatsApp statuses came up. My status at the time was, "'Books are uniquely portable magic.'~Stephen King." Our conversation went as follows:
Chinmay a.k.a. my cousin (C): I don't read books much anyways. I'd replace books with movies.
Me (M): Books are better because it's a unique experience for each person.
C: I feel the same about good movies. It gets you thinking.
M: Yes, but you and I see the same thing on the screen. In a book you don't, you make it up.
C: But... The perspectives are totally different for two diferent individuals.
M: So I may focus on details such as color while you focus on say texture.
C: Yes... You may appreciate art present in the scene while I may appreciate the screenplay or the background score of the scene.
M: But that applies to books too, but in books you get the added bonus of focusing on different details which entails a completely different experience. Right but the images remain the same for both of us.
C: So similarly the words and sentences remain the same for anyone who reads a book.
M: Yes, but interpretations change, not because of perspective but because of context; that doesn't happen when you watch movies.
C: Similarly interpretations change for good movies having different layers in the script.

The conversation ended with me say that I saw the point he was trying to make even though I didn't agree. We both agreed that they are both great art forms and should be used for learning as entertainment.

Now you are probably wondering why I shared this with you. The reason is I want to know what you think! Comment below with your opinions, thoughts and anything else you want to add.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Books Read 19/4/15 - 25/4/15

The second installment in the Hush, Hush series. Nora Grey has gotten herself a guardian angel but he's been acting anything but angelic, in fact he's been spending time with her arch nemesis Marcie Millar. 3 stars.

The third installment in the Hush, Hush series. Nora doesn't remember the past 5 months of her life. She tries to get her life back on track but in the back of her mind she keeps seeing things that don't belong in her world. 3 stars.

Remy has always known where she stood in a relationship. After all she has learned from her mother who is working on husband number 5. Dexter doesn't fit any of her rules but she can't shake him. Is she finally understanding all those love songs? 3 stars.
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

The 5th Wave by: Rick Yancy

The 1st wave: Light's Out. After it only darkness remains. The 2nd wave: Surf's Up. Only the lucky ones escape the 2nd wave. The 3rd wave: The Pestilence. The unlucky ones are the ones that survive it. The 4th wave: The Silencers. After it only one rule applies: trust no one and you'll stay alive. It's the dawn of the 5th wave and Cassie is running from Them. She knows that trusting someone means death because They look human but They aren't. Cassies believes that staying alone is staying alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Evan might be Cassie's only hope but is she ready to risk her life and trust him?

The 5th Wave had caught my eye almost 2 years ago. It looked very interesting and I wanted to read it but I was reading so many other books that I didn't have the time to grab The 5th Wave. I finally had time to get and read it. It was a great read. Rick Yancy is a really good writer, the writing gods have really gifted him. He knows how to create characters that are so complex and three-dimensional that they stop existing as characters in your mind and turn into real people. I particularly liked the way Rick Yancy told the story from multiple POVs (points of view) while making sure they were connected to each other through this small thread. I would give The 5th Wave 4 stars.

Side Note: I think that The 5th Wave and its coming sequels would make an amazing action flick series!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Books Read 12/4/15 - 18/4/15

One of them writes the words, the other lives them. Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel. Arriving in New York she gets impostor syndrome. Lizzie survives a terrorist attack by thinking herself into the 'Afterworld,' a place between the living and dead. She discovers unresolved stories. 4 stars.

Do I dare disturb the universe? Jerry Renault decides he does when he refuses to sell chocolates for his school fundraiser. On top of that he challenges a secret school society called the Vigils, turning his actions, the actions of war. 3 stars.

Greg Heffly and his family hit the road for an 'awesome' road trip. 3 stars.
Note: If you would like a detailed review of any of these books, please comment and I will get it posted as soon as possible.
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