Saturday, 20 December 2014

The Shadowhunter's Codex

Presenting The Shadowhunter's Codex by Cassandra Clare & Joshua Lewis.

Here is the summary of the book:

Taken from back cover:

Congratulations. You are ready to embark upon the righteous and rewarding life of a Shadowhunter. We have been chosen by the Angel to keep our world safe from the evil creatures we call "demons". And now you are one of us, and with this book, you will learn our lore and our ways. Angels, demons, faeries, vampires, werewolves, warlocks: they all exist, and they all must be managed and kept at peace. Welcome to our ranks, and study hard. This book could be the difference between life and death.

The book that contains it all. Be it Shadowhunter law, their history, weapons catalogs, a short & detailed writing on Downworlders imaginable. Idris, the institutes, the Shadowhunter capital of Alicante, to the Silent City or the Adamant Citadel. The Shadowhunter's Codex is the handbook, nephilim need to be aware of this hidden world around them. What to do and what not to do, the codex tells it all. Alongwith some running commentary from Clary, Jace &Simon providing the biting and silly humor to the serious textbook material of the codex.

Coupled with some gorgeous artwork and illustrations, the codex tells the story of world before the beginning of the nephilim. Of what led Jonathan Shadowhunter to call upon the Archangel Raziel, his parabatai David establishing the Silent City and becoming the first Silent brother and Abigail Shadowhunter becoming the first Iron Sister. To a short description of the void and precisely, the Pandemonium City from where the demons appear to come from, or the history of the Accords.... This is a book to be cherished. Praises to Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis and all those who had a hand in the publishing of The Shadowhunter's Codex.

"The necessary handbook for every Shadowhunters and fans of this series"

Genre :      Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Tie-in

PublisherSimon & Schuster

Release Date: 29th October, 2013

My Copy: bought (paperback)

Rate:              5/5 (It was Awesome)

Other Books from Cassandra Clare:
                       (review links)
Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Friday, 19 December 2014

The Vampire Diaries Vol. 1

Presenting The Vampire Diaries Vol. 1

Here is the summary of the book:

Elena, Stefan and Damon make their comics debut in a new series based on the hit CW television show! This anthology graphic novel will bring some of comics' greatest talents to Mystic Falls and set them loose to bring the characters to life. Or death. They are vampires, you know.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is a must-read for any fan of this runaway hit TV series. Collects digital chapters #1-39.

Damon, Stefan, & Elena, our Thursday trio. Hugely successful, The Vampire Diaries, showcasing the paranormalia of and around Mystic Falls, Virginia. Vampires, Werewolves, Witches and the ever present humans, and viewers of all ages have fallen in love with this popular show. Leading to publishing & producing of spin-offs and tie-ins.... The Vampire Diaries Vol. 1 is one such.....

Containing 39 stories, filling in the blanks between the stories shown on the show. Be it Stefan's experience on the war front. Instances of Damon disrupting Stefan's life before he came to Mystic Falls before the start of the show. Jeremy's spirit encounters at camp with Bonnie's ghost hanging around. A glimpse of the other side with the Bennet witches. Sheila Bennet's first meeting with Stefan and many more. This volume is a treasure full of stories and all brilliantly represented.

Brooding Stefan. Damon's dry humor. Elena's rather rampant impulsiveness, Caroline's sass and of course Bonnie's magic. Every detail and of course Bonnie's magic. Every detail is illustrated to our hearts's content. The art is also very well done accentuating the actor who play them on screen. Although one of the stories is actually a bit more cartoonish but barring that Vol.1 is guaranteed to win hearts.

"Fans of the Vampire Diaries will enjoy this artistic representation of the characters"

Genre :      Young Adult, Paranormal, Graphic Novel, Tv tie-in

PublisherDC Comics

Release Date: 25th November, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Other Books on "The Vampire Diaries"
                        (review links)
Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository

Friday, 12 December 2014

The Body Electric

Presenting The Body Electric by Beth Revis.

Here is the summary of the book:

The future world is at peace.

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…

Someone’s altered her memory.

Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.

So who can she trust?

We asked and she answered. Beth Revis enamored us with her sci-fi dystopia series, Across the Universe. We asked for more and she answered, while Amy & Elder were on Godspeed this here is what was happening on Earth. Across the Universe showed us life in space in an ingenious made up colony aboard a space ship and The Body Electric shows a utopian Earth with chaos hanging just round the corners..... Of course this is a standalone and you don't really have to read Across the Universe series to read this.

And Beth Revis went all out. She held nothing back. There is a level of details prevalent, be it the world building, the plot or the characterization. Be it Malta itself or the fictional New Venice, its quirks and its opulence, the finesse is there. Revis mentions that the world building is inspired by her travels and we can find no fault with that claim. Vivid and exotically conditioned you can just about construct every detail in your mind and there it will be with you a long while.

Characters too play their parts well. Well fleshed and equally heart-rendering, each of them bring something new. Be it the humans or the androids. They all held their personalities and they each held a unique spot. Truly Ella was the cream on the top. Ingeniously fleshed out and highly relatable and rather unreliable too. A higher degree of vulnerability, she just fights on. Be it the loss of her father, her mother's terminal illness, or Jack. She feels them all very deeply. And you just can't help but read on. 

Ella & Jack are definitely the apple of our eyes. The romance may play a key role to the story but it is safely held in the corners, important but not all consuming. With a past shrouded among layers and layers of secrets, an obsession for answers is not far behind. There are not many authors who can hide such truths and keep us tethered till the end and keep us invested in the lives of these refreshing characters.

There is a marked improvement. While Across the Universe held its own mysterious peculiarities and its eccentricities, The Body Electric is a virtual treasure trove of creativity. Revis' world isn't new but all of the allusions to some of the mainstream pop culture and it is very much her own. Twists & turns, and secrets, unexpected truths and whatnot. Read it folks, just give this a read. Highly recommended.

"Vividly exotic and highly imaginative. Another jem worth experiencing from Beth Revis"

Genre :      Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia, Romance

PublisherScripturient Books

Release Date: 6th October, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Other Books from the Author (review links):
               Across the Universe #1, #2, #3
Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Best of 2014 GIVEAWAY HOP [INT]

best of 2014
Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Bookhounds
December 11th to 18th 
Here is what you may win (2 WINNERS-1 ebook each) - 


1. There will be only TWO Winner (subjected to change). 
2. Winner will be informed via email and *must* reply within 48 hours else I won't have a choice but to select another winner. 
3. All entries would be verified. 

Monday, 8 December 2014

The Copernicus Legacy #2 The Serpent's Curse

Presenting The Copernicus Legacy #2 The Serpent's Curse by Tony Abbott.

Here is the summary of the book:

The Serpent’s Curse is the second full-length novel in the Copernicus Legacy, an epic tween adventure series that New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson says is “full of mystery and intrigue.”

Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca may have found the Copernicus Legacy’s first relic—a beautiful blue stone named after the constellation Vela—but they have lost much more than they have gained. Darrell’s mother, Sara, has been kidnapped by Galina Krause, the conniving leader of the Teutonic Order, who hopes that the renowned academic will lead her and her minions to the next relic.

That means the stakes couldn’t be higher for the Kaplan kids, who trek across the cold wilderness of Siberia, along the winding canals of Venice, and through the streets of Moscow’s Red Square in search of their beloved family member and the sought-after relic called the Serpens. In the process, they meet another network of Guardians and discover that Galina’s plan for Sara involves a scientific experiment that could jeopardize her life.

Filled with another globe-trotting quest and more riddles, puzzles, and secret histories, The Serpent’s Curse is a heart-stopping and suspenseful read for fans of Rick Riordan and Peter Lerangis. The second book in a six-book, six-novella journey, The Serpent’s Curse will leave readers hungry for the next adventure and excited to enter a sweepstakes to participate in a real-life scavenger hunt hosted by Tony Abbott that lets fans become part of the story.

It is the next leg of the journey. Dr. Roald Kaplan, Wade, Lily & Becca may have found Vela but there are still more needed to be searched. Centuries prior Copernicus had disassembled this time machine and hidden its key parts to be guarded under lock and key (metaphorically) by these brave historical & mystical figures to be kept away from the fiendish clutches of the Teutonic Order. This may be a new age and a modern era but the order with the ruthless Galina Krause has come knocking and the Guardians of the relics must protect their dues even if their lives depend on it.

Tony Abbott has presented a solid sequel. Following much of the pattern set in the first book, the high stake chase, the ingenious clues, the factoids, the relation to history and their jaw dropping heroics. The Serpent's Curse felt an experience much more heart-pounding. Our adevnturors have finally come to terms with their sacred mission. Their enemies are many but their friends are less and every second matters. Trust is a precious commodity not easily bestowed and once broken can never be regained. They realize that now such lessons have hardened them even more. Sara Kaplan is still missing, in the hands of the order but our Guardians have no choice but to keep going on. Success in their quest may be the only chance they could actually get her back.

This time it is the serpens. A two piece relic that is needed to be rediscovered. With a history blacker than thou and an elusive background, our heroes must pool every resource at their disposal, if they are to not only find the relic but Sara too. Pooling all of their resources possible, the Guardians spread out throughout the continent to piece together their mission and if not but try and be a few steps ahead the order. Truly a hit by Mr. Abbott, this is an adventure that has something for all ages and we are more excited to see what adventures they have next.

"Full of the intrigue and the mystery. An epic globe trotting sequel and a heart-rendering-ly gripping saga"

Genre :      Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure

PublisherKatherine Tegen Books

Release Date: 7th October, 2014

My Copy: publisher and edelweiss

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Other Books in the Series (review links):
                    #1 The Forbidden Stone

Other Books from the Author (review links):
   The Copernicus Archives #1 Wade and the Scorpion's Claw
Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Survival Tips For Lunatics

Presenting Survival Tips For Lunatics by Shandana Minhas.

Here is the summary of the book:

To save the most important things in the world, you have to first find out what they are... 

Tip No. 1: Believe it or not a camping trip is the best place to start especially if it has: 

Changez, 12 
(Tip No. 2: Think constable in the lunatic police) 

Timmy, 10 
(Tip No. 3: Think capuchin-monkey brained snotasaurus) 

A mud volcano 
(Tip No. 4: Yes, it can erupt!) 

Saw-toothed crocs 
(Tip No. 5: The animals, not the shoes) 

A snippy sparrow 
(Tip No. 6: Small is Big) 

The last Ursus thibetanus 
(Tip No. 7: Think large, furry and walking towards you!) 

A herd of hyperherbivorous Baluchitheria 
(Tip No. 8: Don't think... Run! ) 

One poetic Markhor 
(Tip No. 9: Yup, get the earplugs) 

A Protoliterodragon 
(Tip No. 10: It may go from bad to verse! ) 

Vegetarian Velociraptors 
(Tip No. 11: Be glad you are not green) 

And as always Assorted pesky humans, including angry soldiers and heartless rogues 
(Tip No. 12: Think the most dangerous animal on earth...) 

Got the idea? Here's a story that tells you what on earth is really happening. If you are a clever Smartosapiens Survival Tips for Lunatics is the mad, mad handbook for you to make sense of the world and where it is going, besides round and round!

Survival tips for Lunatics..... It sounds like a self-help book doesn't it? But by no means is it one. A fire-cracker of an adventure, amidst cracking humor and witty banter of brothers Changez and Timmy stranded in a volcanic forest and surviving nature's obstacles to return back to their mother & father. Set in Balochistan and following the point of view of Changez, Survival Tips.... may target a younger audience but this is a tale for for all ages..... Ohhhh and it is to be noted - the story is written in prose format, don't be mislead by the way the synopsis is presented. ;)

Stranded behind by their parents on their camping trip, Changez and Timmy's journey offers us rib-tickling scenarios as they overcome every hurdle in their path. Guided by a no-nonsense sparrow, a sage-ly bear and a mighty fuming dragon who just hates bad poetry. Of course Velociraptors, Baluchitheriums and a mad Chiltan Markhor (wild goat) are not far behind.

Shandana Minhas is a a true cracker of a story teller. Well written dialogues, well worded plot and coupled with gorgeous Illustrations, Survival tips for Lunatics is not a book meant to be marked for later but to be experienced in its full delight. There is not a moment of rest for the boys or for us readers as we follow this witty, intelligent and a light hearted journey.

"Witty, rib-tickling and a light-hearted fire-cracker"

Genre :      Middle Grade, Adventure

PublisherHachette India

Release Date: 28th September, 2014

My Copy: Hachette India

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Buy:           Amazon (India) | Flipkart 

Judge Dredd Year One: Omnibus

Presenting Judge Dredd Year One: Omnibus by Matt Smith, Al Ewing, Michael Carroll.

Here is the summary of the book:

Three celebrated Judge Dredd writers take you back to Dredd’s first year on the streets of Mega- City One as a full-eagle Judge, in three thrilling novellas.

Bred to dispense Justice, the young Dredd is not the wizened veteran we know, but a Judge with built-in determination and little experience. In City Fathers, the brutal murder of a Justice Department-sanctioned spy uncovers something new and dangerous in the sector’s murky black market. Unless Dredd can stop it, chaos will be unleashed.

In Cold Light of Day, a savage killing spree results in the deaths of two highlyregarded Judges, and many consider Dredd to be responsible: a decision he made five years earlier – while he was still a cadet – has come back to haunt him. The third story in the collection will debut in this collection and is guaranteed to thrill.

 Not really sure how to begin. Aside from a short read through on the internet I have no idea about Judge Dredd. I know about the movies and the comics but I have never seen or read them. So when I saw this on netgalley, well it was on  whim that I decided to request it..... And I must say I quite liked it. This is an omnibus that showcases the first year of Joe Dredd as a certified 'Judge' of Mega-city One and they were pretty interesting.

Dredd is a rule follower. He is passionate about upholding the law upto unimaginable limits and rather exerts his authority when needed. Not someone who ever partakes in lazing activities,you would categorize Dredd as a brutally honest Judge, free from corruption. He is quick on his feet and attempts to judge the perps with extreme prejudice. On the whole I very much liked the stories, they each show a different aspect of Mega-City One and some very cool cases Dredd was handed. My only negative point would be the heavy slang usage and heavy language used in the stories. Sometimes they bored me but it was enjoyable nonetheless. 

"Thrilling adventures of Dredd as a first year"

Genre :      Sci-fi, Dystopia


Release Date: 28th October, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              3/5 (Liked It)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

2014 Debut Author GIVEAWAY HOP [INT]

2014 Debut Author Giveaway Hop

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Bookhounds

December 4th to 11th 

Featuring books released in 2014 by Debut Authors (First Time Authors)

Here is what you may win (2 WINNERS-1 ebook each) - 

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1. There will be only TWO Winner (subjected to change). 
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Monday, 24 November 2014

The Naturals #2 Killer Instinct

Presenting The Naturals #2 Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Here is the summary of the book:

Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?

With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.

Intriguingly mysterious, serial murders and the trill of the chase. Killer Instinct is the sequel to 'The Naturals' and it does not disappoint. Cassie, Lia, Sloanne, Michael and Dean are back and this time they are interfering in an active murder case. Add in a fast-paced plot, darkest of the dark secrets, the proverbial skeletons in the closet and sweet sweet romance and what you get is a sequel that more than most outdoes the first book.

The apparent character development is the most striking. We saw and loved them in book 1 and the same can be said for book 2 as well. We appreciate Cassie's loyalty. Her drive to put perps behind bars. She is a profiler and 'Killer Instinct' sees her getting more comfortable with her abilities. We see what lies under the all the numbers in Sloanne's head. Why Lia is loyal to Dean and who Michael really is under that easy smile. He cares in his own way.

Dean on the other hand saw the most development of them all. As his serial killer father continues to haunt him from behind bars. We see what makes him so closed off and hearts go out to his plight.But this case forces him to open up and deal with the situation head on, and we appreciate him more for that. Of course, romance plays a big part in this. It is surely moving forward but thankfully without exerting too much pressure on the plot.

Daniel Redding also serves a mention. There is nothing about him that is good. He is as horrible as they come. Even more so. And delights in mind games & manipulations. He may be behind bars but he knows what strings to pull and make a person tick. Agent Sterling, at first came across as a stuck-up snob. But throughout the ordeal and dealing with the 5 loosened her and we came to see her as who she truly was, what her past with Dean entailed and appreciated her more.

A fast paced plot. Marvelous writing. A murder mystery that will keep you guessing till the very end bringing you the very edge of your seats. There is not one moment here that would bore you. Great work Jennifer Lynn Barnes. If you love a good YA mystery thriller then this is for you. Highly recommended.

"Intriguingly mysterious & riveting and the Naturals are more than up for the task"

Genre :      Young Adult, Criminal Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Contemporary


Release Date: 4th November, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Other Books in the series (review links):
                #1 The Naturals 

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Half Bad Trilogy #1 Half Bad

Presenting Half Bad Trilogy #1 Half Bad by Sally Green.

Here is the summary of the book:

Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

Its raw. Its different. Its an attention-grabber. From the makeup of the cover to that of writing. Sally Green's debut performance has managed ti astound and excite us all. Green plots a world and lays it out bare in front of us in its stark nakedness. The emotions are heightened. The drama crosses limits and every ounce of dangers finds new ways to make us fear for the characters.

A conundrum in itself. On one hand you have the writing. Short clipped sentences. With an almost journal like style, beautifully executed. On the other hand is the world divided into good and evil. Divided into White and Black witches. But labels don't do any good in the jarring divide. Both factions are dangerous, bloodthirsty, vengeful and either of them are not cruel. The Black Witches are vicious in the ways of acquiring what they want and the good witches are equally ruthless in meting out judgment.

This is a world of Black & White and the only grey is Nathan, a young half-white, half-Black Witch. Born to the greatest Black Witch, Marcus Edge (a line of Black Witches fraught with notoriously violent members) and Cora, a White Witch mother. But Nathan is nothing like him. Being raised by White Witches, doesn't mean that that alone is going to be enough.

As each new rule (resolution) they pass, they clip his wings one by one. But he is tool they want fashioned to be a killer and of course the only place they want him in is a cage. Its jarring reading about everything Nathan feels. Readers feel it too. Your hearts just can't help not sympathize with his situation. Enemies in every direction. Everything he does, all that he says, the council learns. Our hearts go out for his plight. Sally Green truly achieves a riveting tale that hits all the right notes.

"An astoundingly riveting debut by Sally Green" 

Genre :      Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy


Release Date: 27th March, 2014

My Copy: bought (paperback)

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Chronicles of Light & Shadow #3 Sky Pirates

Presenting The Chronicles of Light & Shadow #3 Sky Pirates by Liesel Schwarz.

Here is the summary of the book:

Following A Conspiracy of Alchemists and A Clockwork Heart, Sky Pirates is the third book of the Chronicles of Light and Shadow series, starring the spunky dirigible pilot Elle Chance and the handsome warlock Marsh. For urban fantasy fans and readers of Gail Carriger's Changeless and Cherie Priest's Boneshaker, a fun, fast-paced, action-packed new historical fantasy adventure series starring vampires, fairies, and the unforgettable heroine, Elle Chance.

Set during the Belle Epoque, Sky Pirates is a thrilling and inventive historical fantasy novel, where the myths and legends of Old Europe live side by side with the wondrous creations of modern scientists and aviators. It's also set in a world haunted by vampires, fairies, and other supernatural creatures. And it mixes a thrill-a-minute page-turning plot with a genuinely moving love story. In Sky Pirates, Elle and Marsh escape to the jungles of Cambodia in search of a sacred temple that holds the key to erasing the barrier between Shadow and Light.

Following on the heals of its predecessor, The Clockwork Heart, Sky Pirates deals with the consequences of everything since then. Elle has lost her husband. Hugh Marsh is more of a dead/undead wraith now deciding to be faraway from his wife to keep her safe. Her coping mechanism on the other hand, is to throw herself into continuing her work as a pilot to the Water Lily. Her work brings her on the tangent of the Captain Dashwood and he is looking to settle some scores.

After the proverbial tug-of-war Elle looses her ship and joins the pirate's ship under Dashwood. Of course the Council of Warlocks and Patrice are not far behind either. And now Elle has to decide, her dashingly handsome husband Hugh or the hunky pirate Captain Dashwood (sorry I like Hugh better). While it was clear from the synopsis, that there was going to be love triangle but I loved the tension filled dialogues between Elle & Dashwood. And again I say while looking to reading more about these three, I am not a fan of triangles, so I do hope she decides soon.

I didn't much like Elle in the Clockwork Heart but in Sky Pirates, she redeemed herself somewhat. In a roundabout way this is a much more balanced book. Centered around Belle Epoque, there is abundance of Steampunk, the element of fantasy, of emotional contemplations and dangers in every page. Liesel Schwarz did a lot of work here and it shows as Elle learns to work through everything life or the author's pen throws at her.

"A fast and action-packed historical fantasy in the life and times of Elle Chance"

Genre :     Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Historical Fantasy, Steampunk

Publisher: Del Ray

Release Date: 3rd June, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:             4/5 (Really Liked It)

Books in Series(review links):
         #1 A Conspiracy of Alchemist 
         #2 A Clockwork Heart

Buy:         Amazon | Book Depository