Monday, 28 July 2014

Jake Brigance #2 Sycamore Row

Presenting Jake Brigance #2 Sycamore Row by John Grisham.

Here is the summary of the book:

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier.
The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?

I am pretty new to the Grisham experience and the only other one I have read was the fourth Theodore Boone book, The Activist and now reading Sycamore Row has given me quite the insight into Grisham's style and his brand of courtroom drama. And I liked this so much more than the Acticist. Law is not my favorite subject at all but Grisham's writing style was enough to keep us hooked until the end.

As such I haven't read the first book in the series, A time to Kill, but these are standalones so I didn't that to read this. But Grisham sure made Will contests an interesting read with this book.

Seth Hubbard has committed suicide after battling lung cancer for so long leaving behind a holographic (handwritten) will naming Jake Brigance as the attorney of the estate, kicking his family from the inheritance and leaving the substantial amount of his estate to his black housekeeper. Naturally the family wants to contest this Will but this is a bloodbath and just every lawyer out there wants to cash in on this battle. But overall I enjoyed this book very much.

"A smart and scintillating court room drama"
Genre :      Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Legal Thriller

PublisherHodder & Stoughton

Release Date: 22th October, 2013

My Copy: Hachette India

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

Other Books from Author (review links):
            Theodore Boone #4 The Activist

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All You Need Is Kill

Presenting All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

Here is the summary of the book:

There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?

In general I am a fan of both Manga and Anime and the Japanese Culture in its entirety. So of course when I heard that the new Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt movie, 'Edge of Tomorrow' is based on this book. So I just couldn't help myself. I have yet to see the movie so i'm happy to get to know the source material first.

Masterfully presented by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the book itself is quite the oddity. Seeing as it is in a prose form where the manga and light novels are graphically popular. but the post-apocalyptic military sci-fi element of the genre fits quite well as a manga too and it seems that a manga adaptation has been produced too, i'll check it soon. So I am doubly glad I got to read the actual source.



Very brave of Sakurazaka-san to put his story in prose with his combination of futuristic battle suits, alien invasion and time travel. The Japanese are known for their concise use of words when it comes to story telling. Which can be accurately seen here as he presented a perfectly well balanced story in ____ pages, whereas the same story would have taken 500 pages or more to be told by a western author. And it doesn't by any means lag at all.

A great plot. A great character development. A great mix of a variety of genres, military, sci-fi, dystopia, politics, an element of mystery and very less romance. There are almost no dialogues at all but the prose and how the author presents is just all that he wants and so much more.

"Highly recommend, Hiroshi Sakurazaka's offering is a piece of sci-fi you would be loathe to miss out on"

Genre :      Sci-fi, Military, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia

PublisherHaikasoru

Release Date: 21st July, 2009

My Copy: bought(ebook)

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Owl Post #17 [June & July, 2014]

This meme, called Owl Post is created by Brodie of Eleusinian Mysteries inspired by In My Mailbox by The Story Siren. Been meaning to do this since forever and I just love this idea. I'm being a Ravenclaw since at the age of eleven and couldn't seem to remember to do this....kudos to Brodie for thinking about this!



Before you all proceed further, let me make something clear:-

1. Just like my IMM posts, this will not be done every Sunday but on the last Sunday of each month... the reason why you'll see a lot more books in here than normal.
2. This Owl Post will have all the books that I received in June & July, 2014.
3. Also it will feature a list of recap link at the bottom of the page, which enlists all the review, interviews and tour posts I have done that particular month. Now I expect you all to visit each link and give out a comment here and there(would very much appreciate it) and you all can link your reviews too, i'd love to comment.
4. You are all welcome to share what you all got in the comment section below....i'd love to visit....


For Review


Netgalley




Edelweiss



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A collective 2 months haul this is....

Anyways, what did you all get do comment and share your links i'll be sure to check your out too........

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Dollhouse #1 Dollhouse

Presenting Dollhouse #1 Dollhouse by Anya Allyn.

Here is the summary of the book:

Dress-up turns deadly. . .

When Cassie’s best friend, Aisha, disappears during a school hike, Cassie sets off with Aisha’s boyfriend Ethan and their best friend Lacey, determined to find her. But the mist-enshrouded mountains hold many secrets, and what the three teens discover is far more disturbing than any of them imagined: beneath a rundown mansion in the woods lies an underground cavern full of life-size toys and kidnapped girls forced to dress as dolls.

Even as Cassie desperately tries to escape the Dollhouse, she finds herself torn between her forbidden feelings for Ethan, and her intense, instinctive attraction to The Provider, a man Cassie swears she has known before…

Because Cassie’s capture wasn’t accidental, and the Dollhouse is more than just a prison where her deepest fears come true—it’s a portal for the powers of darkness. And Cassie may be the only one who can stop it.


Brilliantly articulate and spookily original, Anya Allyn's Dollhouse is a great addition to the gothic thriller list. Its the attack of the clowns and the dolls and no one is safe. With a tagline of 'Dress-up turns deadly' and a gothic reworking of the cover and you have this beauty.

Starts out simple to turn uniquely thrilling quite soon. Cassie, Ethan and Lacey are searching for their missing friend Aisha who had gone missing on a trip in the mountains. The strange Fiveash Mansion is connected but as they search for their friend, they stumble upon the deadly secrets of that strange mansion. Its a race against time and Cassie and Ethan must figure out this twisted mansion, not only to gather the truth but also to find the way out in time to save themselves.

Highly and graphically imaginative, twisted and illustrious. This is the best scary gothic horror I have read so far. A little confusing sometimes but the best thing about it is that the suspense remains constant. tethering us to our seats as we can't help but keep reading till the end, building to a crescendo and ending at a cliffhanger. I really really have no patience withe cliffhangers but I'm definitely eager to read what happens next in Paper Dolls. And while the original cover to Dollhouse in quite beautiful, I must report that this one is simply exquisite and even more attractive.

"A highly imaginative and original gothic horror that will keep you occupied"

Genre :      Young Adult, Gothic, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

PublisherThe Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint

Release Date: 20th May, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

Buy:           Amazon 

Glimpse

Presenting Glimpse by Kendra Leighton.

Here is the summary of the book:

Liz just wants to be normal. Her life is anything but.

Seven years ago Liz lost her mother and ten years' worth of memories. When she inherits the infamous Highwayman Inn, she hopes the move will be a fresh start. Then she meets Zachary. Zachary who haunts her by night and in dreams; who makes her question everything she is and wants to be; who seems scarcely real - yet makes her feel so alive.

Inspired by Alfred Noyes' classic poem 'The Highwayman', Glimpse is a ghost story, a love story, and a story of a girl fighting for her future by confronting her terrible past.


Based on the famous poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, Kendra Leighton brings forth a commendable and altogether predictable but a soul searing, Gothic romance in Glimpse. I am by no means a poet neither do I have much interest in the subject but the Noyes' Highwayman is definitely one of my favorites and I liked how Leighton didn't go word for word on it but created a beautiful tale out of it.

After the terrible accident where she looses her mother and also her memory, Liz has her work cut out for her. As she inherits the old Highwayman Inn and tries to confront the past and tries to piece together her life she had and make sense of the glimpses she sees.

Liz is a very relatable character. Jaded by her situation. Bullied by school mates and by the glimpses she sees. Reserved and cautious after she moves with her father to the Inn and starts to see the truth for what it really was. Of course, the spirits deserve a mention too. Ghostly, gory, haunting, sometimes vengeful and some very good. Pointedly Ann, the jealous vengeful one and Zachary, who just wants to find his true love.

Kendra Leighton's Glimpse gives us a glimpse into an old school paranormal romance. Its heartfelt, elegant, simply brilliant and very very predictable but a story that stands on its own two feet at the end of the day.
Thats what matters and I loved every second of it.

"An authentic YA portrayal of Alfred Noyes' 'The Highwayman'"

Genre :      Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

PublisherLittle, Brown Book Group UK

Release Date: 19th June, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

Buy:           Amazon  |  Book Depository 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Tourz de Codex: EXPOSED by Samantha Jacobey Book Blast (+GIVEAWAY)





Book 4 in A New Life Series

When seduction and danger are all you've ever known can you ever truly leave it behind?

When Tori walked away from a life of crime, she set forth on a path of redemption and discovery. She found a man to call her own, and a life she would give anything to keep. But love and life aren't always beautiful or kind...sometimes they are painful and traitorous.

For years, Tori's drug of choice was alcohol, but through hard work and self-determination she has learned to exist without it. Suddenly faced with her true identity, and the danger of having friends and family destroyed by the world she left behind, she finds herself once again lost in a dark world filled with sex. drugs and murder.

She thought that a life of normalcy is what she wanted most, but when she gets a small taste of the dangerous life she once lived, she is forced to face the facts...not all of the demons are found on the outside.

WARNING: GRAPHIC SCENES

This book is intended for readers 18+ and contains scenes that may cause distress to some readers: Abuse, Kidnapping, Rape and Substance Abuse are described in detail.



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Author bio:-
Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations anywhere at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.


I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

The School for Good and Evil #1 The School for Good and Evil

Presenting The School for Good & Evil #1 The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani.

Here is the summary of the book:

“The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.”

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.


Fairytales are our past, present and future. We grew up on the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Snow Queen and so much such extravaganzas. They teach us so much, the meaning of family, friendship, honesty and valor and to do what is right. This is very much true with the authors today coming up with some great re-inventions of the originals, about with the same moral but for a new and modern readership. And Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil succeeds in leaving said mark on its reader.

"Don't judge a book by its cover" a valuable lesson this book teaches us in plenty. Outward appearances doesn't always portray whats inside. Likewise bathed in makeup and clothes in pink also doesn't guarantee a person is good and the other sunken looking and in black doesn't always mean evil. The School for Good and Evil  as I explained it much more complex than how simple it appears it to be. Simple to understand with its exotically vivid scenery and characters, it captures your attention and it simply doesn't let go.

Agatha and Sophie's arduous journey is simply a joy to read and experience. The Painful self-discoveries. The mission to go back home. Their lives separated in the separate schools and how they survive it. A selfish Sophie and a selfless Agatha looking for a place to belong. Added a colorfully varied supporting cast and you have a never before experienced saga that you can't comprehend at least not until you yourself have a taste of Chainani's magic pen.

And this is just the first book of the series and already Universal is turning it into a movie (very excited for it). With an abundance of action. drama, romance, fantasy and magic, The School for Good and Evil from Soman Chainani is the perfect series debut. 'A World Without Princes' is next on the bucket list and I am very excited to see what Chainani deals us next.

"A riveting fairytale saga that will have you clambering for more"
Genre :      Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale, Romance, Paranormal, Romance

PublisherHarperCollins Children's Books

Release Date: 6th June, 2013

My Copy: bought (paperback)

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

The Camelot Code

Presenting The Camelot Code by Mari Mancusi.

Here is the summary of the book:

All fourteen-year-old gamer girl Sophie Sawyer wants to do is defeat Morgan Le Fay in her favorite Arthurian videogame. She has no idea the secret code sent via text message is actually a magical spell that will send her back in time to meet up with a real life King Arthur instead.

Of course Arthur's not king yet--he hasn't pulled the sword from the stone--and he has no idea of his illustrious destiny. And when a twist of fate sends him forward in time--to modern day high school--history is suddenly in jeopardy. Even more so when Arthur Googles himself and realizes what lies in store for him if he returns to his own time--and decides he'd rather try out for the football team instead.

Now Sophie and her best friend Stuart find themselves in a race against time--forced to use their 21st century wits to keep history on track, battle a real-life version of their favorite videogame villain, and get the once and future king back where he belongs. Or the world, as they know it, may no longer exist.


My first Mancusi book and it was hilariously and epically amazing. Legends and that too of Camelot always makes for an interesting read or worth watching if it is as a television show (like Merlin). Of course with time travel in the mix I just couldn't resist.

Sporting a story for a young audience but can be enjoyed by everyone, The Camelot Code provides for an entertaining easy read. Ingrained in with the values of friendship, doing whats right and the woes of first love (evidently the book is a part of Mari Mancusi's standalone series 'First Kiss Club'), its very interesting to see two best friend gamers Sophie and Stu as they discover that the Legendary Camelot and all of its mythological figures are very much real. And for Merlin, Arthur, Guinevere and Morgan la Fae to experience the 21st Century. Ray-bans, pizzas, the computer (magic box) and Google to name a few.

Full of witty trivia and your usual teen drama with a major hike of the paranormal and the mythical, 'The Camelot Code' was a memorable experience and I'm totally checking out her other books now.

"Time-travel, Camelot and the 21st Century. All the ingredients needed to create a fantabulously exciting tale"

Genre :      Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance, Paranormal, Romance

PublisherNLA Digital LLC

Release Date: 16th April, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

Buy:           Amazon 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

In the After #2 In the End

Presenting In the After #2 In the End by Demitria Lunetta.

Here is the summary of the book:

The thrilling conclusion to In the After, the survival story of Amy and Baby, set in a near future where Earth has been overrun by vicious, predatory creatures.

It’s been three months since Amy escaped New Hope, and she’s been surviving on her own, like she did in the After. Until one day, her former fellow Guardian’s voice rings out in her earpiece. And in a desperate tone, Kay utters the four words Amy had hoped she would never hear: Dr. Reynolds has Baby.

Now it’s a race against time, for Baby is in imminent danger, her life threatened by the malevolent doctor who had helped start the end of the world. In order to save Baby, Amy must make her way to Fort Black, a prison-turned-survivor-colony, where she will need to find Ken, Kay’s brother. He alone holds the key to Baby’s survival.

One small slip-up on this quest could spark a downward spiral that would not only cost Baby and Amy their lives, but threaten the very survival of the people in the After.


A hope laden end to the duology that is In The After. And while Demitria Lunetta vowed us with is the elegant way in which she put the first book 'In the After' before us, the concluding story 'In the End' fell short of that creativity a bit. And it dragged too just a little bit.

So Amy has run away from New Hope and is alone again in the wilderness but things change when she gets the news that Baby has been taken by Dr. Reynolds and now she must head to Fort Black to find Kay's twin brother Ken, who might be her only hope of saving baby from the clutches of the doctor.

I think I loved Amy more in this. She is one of those that faces challenges head long. Which is something good and something bad because she does tend to get herself in some very dangerous situations very often. And with sometimes narrow-minded and a one track mind, Amy is your typical danger magnet. But her meeting with Jack was a much needed reprieve. He literally balanced her out.

He knows next to nothing about her but still helps her out. Come on that is definitely good isn't it. You just can't help not love him, I mean I liked him more than Rice, so that's something and his rapport with Amy was a relief among the dark, dingy and dangerous that was Fort Black and its inmates.

And while I liked how Lunetta brought all of them together and put forth an ending laden with hope for the future of humanity I felt that it was a bit rushed and left a few things unresolved but overall i'm very happy with how things turned out. Dystopia or post-apocalyptic fiction for that matter are abound with death and devastation and while instant happy endings are not warranted but rightfully gradually is what we prefer. Excited to see what Lunetta works up next.

"A hopeful conclusion to a gritty post-apocalyptic saga"
Genre :      Young Adult, Sci-fi, Romance, Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic

PublisherHarper Teen

Release Date: 24th June, 2014

My Copy: publisher and edelweiss

Rate:              3/5 (Liked It)

Books in the series (review links):
              #1 In The After

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Monday, 7 July 2014

After Eden #2 Chasing Stars

Presenting After Eden #2 Chasing Stars by Helen Douglas.

Here is the summary of the book:

The boy Eden loves just saved her life. Now she must save his. To do so she must make a huge sacrifice. Eden can never see her friends or family again, as she travels a hundred years into the future. But the dangerous risk Ryan took to rescue Eden has been uncovered, and now Ryan faces an exile ...which will leave Eden separated from him - the one person she can't live without - and stuck in the future. She must fight to save both of them.

The mesmerising sequel to the author's wonderful debut, After Eden.


After Eden, the first book of the duology was in itself a complete story and according to my opinions 'Chasing Stars' wasn't needed at all. But then I saw it on netgalley (this is the e-arc review) and I thought, why not? Lets see where Douglas goes with this because I absolutely loved After Eden. But this finale disappointed me a bit.

Eden and Ryan are separated for majority of the story when another cleaner comes and blackmails them both into going back to the future. But there Ryan is arrested and Eden is sent off free into this future. I liked that Douglas explored this sci-fi and very unique future. The only thing that I liked about this book was the future and its many facets..... And then Eden meets Ryan's friends but only Pegasus is fleshed out and evolves throughout while the others serve only as mentions.

For someone as resourceful as Eden, she comes across slightly as an idiot this time. Boyfriend is facing a major trial, that would very much decide his life and she is getting drunk and partying with his friends almost every time. And only springs into action when the bad happens to whisk Ryan out of jail and run away. And there they go running away and we really don't get to see what happens to the others in their attempted escape. So no I was disappointed because it lacked what After Eden had and of course the presence of so many loose ends.

"A slightly disappointing escape to the future"
Genre :      Young Adult, Sci-fi, Romance, Dystopia

PublisherBloomsbury

Release Date: 5th June, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              3/5 (Liked It)

Books in the series (review links):
              #1 After Eden

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1

Presenting Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1.

Here is the summary of the book:

Superstar Japanese idol Hatsune Miku and her fellow Vocaloids return in an all-new artwork and story collection! Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1 collects oodles of wonderful tribute artwork devoted to these virtual idols, including exclusive new pieces from some of the hottest names in manga. All this, plus three exciting manga short stories featuring Miku and friends!

Netgalley categorized it as a graphic novel but aptly it is more of a compendium of Vocaloid artwork, comics, backgrounds and song information on Hatsune Miku. A popular virtual humanoid pop star voiced by musical singing synthesizer.

A virtual treasure trove for fans of Hatsune Miku, The volume features a variety of artwork by artists & fans alike. Character synopsis. Lyrics pages. Comics, some long some short. And different styled outfits for the characters. Fans will definitely enjoy this compendium.

"For fans of Hatsune Miku and the vocaloids"

Genre :      Tie-in, Graphic Novel

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

Release Date: 1st April, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley 

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository