Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Avalon #2 Polaris

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!! Presenting Avalon #2 Polaris by Mindee Arnett.

Here is the summary of the book:

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of mercenaries are pulled into one last high-stakes mission in this breathtaking sequel to Mindee Arnett’s fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi thriller Avalon.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. The ITA, still holding Jeth’s mother in a remote research lab, is now intent on acquiring the metatech secrets Jeth’s sister Cora carries inside her DNA, and Jeth is desperate to find the resources he needs to rescue his mother and start a new life outside the Confederation. But the ITA is just as desperate, and Jeth soon finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing him and his crew—dead or alive.

With nowhere to run and only one play left, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he’d see again: Daxton Price, the galaxy’s newest and most fearsome crime lord. Dax promises to help Jeth, but his help will only come at a price—a price that could mean sacrificing everything Jeth has fought for until now.

The conclusion to the story Mindee Arnett began in her acclaimed novelAvalon, Polaris is a dangerous journey into the spaces between power and corruption, life and death, the parts of ourselves we leave behind, and the parts we struggle to hold on to.

Treading the fine line between power & corruption, good & evil and life & death. Deep Space travel and deadly heists. Mindee Arnett has cooked up a high stakes action-packed finale to Avalon. Jeth Seagrave and his band of mercenaries must execute this high stakes mission, lives depend on it. And if you thought "Avalon" blew your mind well think again because "Polaris" packs that needed extra punch and is a fully packed and a thrilling fast paced drama. (the series remained me so much of Firefly.....)

Of love, friendship and family, sacrifices that push the meaning of tragic, hardship and searing losses and the resulting wonders of success and of hope to the next well. Polaris has it all. Truly I was hesitant at first because I had read Avalon sometime back and didn't quite remember all of it but Arnett puts us all at ease with her master play on words. The flow catches and entrances you in its throws and keeps  your attention from the beginning till the end, just push through and you need not worry about anything else.

I love a solid space opera. Although I don't the scientific hoo-hah much but I appreciate solid simple details and Polaris (Avalon by extension) had it in spades. Jeth, I liked very much. The unconventional hero. He is a young man who got the short end of the stick. Bad decisions lead him to Hammer, but desperate ones take him back to the criminal underworld under a new overlord Dax and the thrall of the implant ...... it very nearly defeats him. We see him struggle, desperate to be free, fighting the compulsion to give in to the outside presence in his mind. Space is a beautiful and deadly place and through Jeth, the author tells the story of less than fortunate souls and their struggles against oppressors.

The romance of course is not far behind. Not important but it is these important bonds that help Jeth fight to win. This is their decisive move against the ITA, a move to eradicate their hold over the universe ...... But "Polaris" has something over its predecessor (Poor Avalon), while the ITA is the large evil though-out, the finale added a super creepy villain ...... Its disgusting how creepy and dangerous he was. He wad the wolf in the man costume who just loved to toy with his victim ....... before executing them.

Lastly the plot itself was just smashing. Factor in a strong plot, strong and dynamic characters, every twists & turns and horrible revelations and happy revelations and the grand heist to free the Pyreans .... I was hoping the Pyrean-Empyria agenda would be explored but oh well ..... I liked the hopeful and serene approach at the end. Mindee Arnett has produced a conclusion that is light years ahead of its predecessor not only in terms of quantity but in quality as well. A fast paced smashing high-octane space opera that will have you clammering in surreal frustration at this marvelous creation being a duology "Please tell me there is more ..... I want more" .... Don't knows about you folks but that was my reaction 

"A smashing hit .... Frex! This is mind-blowing"

Genre :      Young Adult, Adventure, Sci-fi, Romance, Dystopia, Space Opera


Release Date: 20th January, 2015

My Copy: publisher and edelweiss

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

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

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Odditorium #1 Alistair Grim's Odditorium

Presenting Odditorium #1 Alistair Grim's Odditorium by Gregory Funaro.

Here is the summary of the book:

This cinematic, action-packed middle grade fantasy adventure set in Victorian London brims with fresh magic and has the cozy feeling of a classic.

Grubb, age twelve (or thereabouts), has never known anything beyond his miserable existence as a chimney sweep, paid only in insults and abuse by his cruel master.

All of that changes the day he stows away in the coach belonging to a mysterious guest at the inn that he is tasked with cleaning. Grubb emerges from Alistair Grim's trunk and into the wondrous world of the Odditorium. Fueled by a glowing blue energy that Grubb can only begin to understand, the Odditorium is home to countless enchanted objects and an eccentric crew that embraces Grubb as one of their own.

There's no time for Grubb to settle into his new role as apprentice to the strange, secretive Mr. Grim. When the Odditorium comes under attack, Grubb is whisked off on a perilous adventure. Only he can prevent the Odditorium's magic from falling into evil hands-and his new family from suffering a terrible fate.

Grubb knows he's no hero. He's just a chimney sweep. But armed with only his courage and wits, Grubb will confront the life-or-death battle he alone is destined to fight.

Magic, Mystery, Humor and loads and loads of adventure. Presenting Gregory Funaro's enchanting oddity called the 'Odditorium' with the first volume of the series titled Alistair Grim's Odditorium. Just your old fashioned frolick-y adventure but not your garden variety one mind you and it shows its vigor in spades. This is a book of great substance, it has character, it is carefree yet curious, it is mysterious, yet enchanting. Coupled with those magnificent illustrations this is a story that manages to stand onto its own.

This is the story of Grubb (spelled like the worm but with a double b, in case you plan on writing it down someday"), "12 years old or thereabout". An orphan chimney sweep learning under his less than reckoning foster father Mr. Smears but it is not long before he leaves that less than gracious life to join in the adventures of a Mr. Alistair Grim and his equally odd associates, at that equally odd construct called the Odditorium. Housing every and any Odditoria known and unknown to man, the Odditorium is what Mr. grim and his compatriots call home.

Consisting of all manners of cogs & bearing, enchanting mysteries and equally magical beings of the likes of Faeries, Humans and mischievous Banshees alike, the Odditorium promises much and delivers many with its unparalleled imaginarium. It teaches us much as well. Honesty and Loyalty, two o the greatest and most valued quality known to man as rewarding. The right path is not always easy to walk on and courage is found and equally rewarded in leaps and bounds.

Grubb makes lots and lots of mistakes but works equally hard to learn from them to set things right. This is a book for kids but it is ideal for all ages. Funaro's easy narrative and the supporting illustrations takes this enchanting tale to newer heights. Its fun and instructive and I am very invested to know what adventures the next volume offers in the lives of Grubb, Mr. Grim and his associates.

"Enchantingly audacious and magically adventurous"

Genre :      Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure, Steampunk


Release Date: 6th January, 2015

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Eighth Day #2 The Inquisitor's Mark

Presenting Eighth Day #2 The Inquisitor's Mark by Dianne K. Salerni.

Here is the summary of the book:

After the all-out Eighth Day war in Mexico, Jax, Riley, and Evangeline have gone into hiding. There are still rogue Transitioners and evil Kin lords who want to use Riley, a descendant of King Arthur, and Evangeline, a powerful wizard with bloodlines to Merlin, to get control over the Eighth Day.

So when Finn Ambrose, a mysterious stranger, contacts Jax claiming to be his uncle, Jax’s defenses go up—especially when Finn tells Jax that he’s holding Jax’s best friend, Billy, hostage. To rescue Billy and keep Riley and Evangeline out of the fray, Jax sneaks off to New York City on his own. But once there, he discovers a surprising truth: Finn is his uncle and Jax is closely related to the Dulacs—a notoriously corrupt and dangerous Transitioner clan who have been dying to get their hands on Riley and Evangeline. And family or not, these people will stop at nothing to get what they want.

With suspense, action, and intrigue lurking around every corner, this fast-paced fantasy series will be a welcome addition for fans of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter.

An extra day of the week, Grunsday. Dianne K. Salerni wowed us with her first eighth day adventure in the first book of the same name. In this sequel titled 'The Inquisitor's Mark', we see of the next step in Jax, Riley & Evangeline's fight against the evil Kin and Transitioners. Just as action-packed and mind-blowing as the first. This leg of the series explores Jax's story and his family on his dad's side.

After the eighth day battle in Mexico Evangeline Emrys wants to find her only living relative, her sister. Fitting since these two are the only living Emrys left and the only source to keep the Grunsday spell alive. But Riley Pendragon & Evangeline Emrys are not really important this time as the Ambrose & the Dulac family comes knocking.

Jax's dad had even more secrets buried in his closet than we were aware of and I loved how Salerni was systematic about the whole ordeal. Disclosing her cards one by one. We find out what really happened to prompt Rayne Aubrey to cut this ties from his very influential family. A centuries old family, you would expect them to be set in their old ways. They are not at all picky when it comes to them using their powers to get what they want. But out of this whole orthodox lot Jax's cousin Dorian I liked best. He was always defying his family in minuscule ways possible, he knows his family is not really the greatest and he tries to work with that.

Jax, Billy & cousin Dorian were the heroes of this sequel. Them against their family. I loved how resourceful they were and how they used their knowledge to get out of sticky situations. They showed great courage and maturity in the face of adversity and I liked it very much. Dianne K. Salerni has put out an equally enjoyable sequel and you would be loathe to miss out on this Grunsday fun.

"Them against family. A sequel as fun as the first with an extra day of the week"

Genre :      Young Adult, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Adventure


Release Date: 27th January, 2015

My Copy: publisher and edelweiss

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

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

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Monday, 12 January 2015

Waterfire Saga #2 Rogue Wave

Presenting Waterfire Saga #2 Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly.

Here is the summary of the book:

In this exciting sequel to DEEP BLUE, Serafina uncovers more clues about the talismans, Neela ventures into a sea dragon's nest, and Ling learns the identity of their foe.

Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six.

Serafina believes her talisman was buried with an old shipwreck. While researching its location, she is almost discovered by a death rider patrol led by someone familiar. . . . The pain of seeing him turned traitor is devastating.

Neela travels to Matali to warn her parents of the grave threat facing their world. But they find her story outlandish; a sign that she needs to be confined to her chamber for rest and recovery. She escapes and travels to Kandina, where her talisman is in the possession of fearsome razormouth dragons.

As they hunt for their talismans, both Serafina and Neela find reserves of courage and cunning they didn't know they possessed. They face down danger and death, only to endure a game-changing betrayal, as shocking as a rogue wave.

Underwater plots, fishes, mermaids and whatnot. After an elegantly portrayed stepping stone for the beginning with "Deep Blue", we head headlong with the sequel for some "Rogue Wave"(s). Our 5 merls Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava and Astrid are descendants of the six who ruled over the lost city of Atlantis. The first book saw the river witch call them from across the vast water bodies and made aware of an ancient evil waking up again.

But only special talismans owned by the ancient six could be used to defeat this demon. Thus Sera, Neela, Ling, Ava and Astrid head out in Rogue Wave to discover those artifacts. The sequel only focuses on Serafina and Neela's and in part Ling's journey as they head to Miromara and Matali respectively to search for their talismans. Although the home conditions they find are not something to boast off. Miromara as we know in the first book was attacked by and taken over by Traho and when Neela tries to raise the alarm in Matali she is declared touched in the head.

Things happen as they always do. Sera learns what happened to her people after she escaped the attack and Neela knowing that her bureaucrat country (& parents) would never be able to help not until all the right papers have been filled. So Neela takes matters into her own hands and goes to the dragon's next (literally) to get her talisman. Sera on the other hand has to deal with a lot of shocks. The truth of Mahdi (her betrothed & lover) and of the mysterious Blu are revealed ...... Come on that one was at least obvious, we all knew it and speculated it after reading Deep Blue.

As I said above we had a lot of revelations, that in turn raised a lot of questions. Sera and Mahdi ..... I really don't want to spoil anything but suffice it to say they resolved their issues and be done with it. It was really a wonder just how mature both Sera & Neela had gotten through their ordeal but are stubborn and resourceful Merls and have learned from their mistakes well. Rogue Wave is a sequel that doesn't really have much going on but what does happen and what gets revealed were very important.

Jennifer Donnelly has improved much with this sequel. The one problem I have had with this series was the pacing. Deep Blue while essentially I liked very much had pacing problem. Without establishing a few key points there seemed to be a lot of things happening all at once. Rogue Wave rectified a bit more on the problem and the story flowed a lot better this time. It didn't go too slow and it didn't go too fast and that is just how I like it. Besides these gorgeous covers, how can you really deny it .... *fingers-crossed* lets hope the third book improves on it and comes out much better than its two predecessors.

"A fast and excitingly adventurous read. Rogue Wave scents of the battles yet to come"

Genre :      Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance


Release Date: 6th January, 2015

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

Other Books in the series (review links):
                #1 Deep Blue 

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Fifth Wave #1 The 5th Wave

Presenting The Fifth Wave #1 The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

Here is the summary of the book:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Aliens have taken over the world again. This is my first Rick Yancey book and while it is getting quite the hype, I do believe it deserves every bit of it. Of course aliens taking over the human race is nothing new and aliens in the guise of humans is also not new but you will love Yancey's approach. He focused his story on the aftermath of the invasion and telling us of this grim and gritty world post take over. Of course, the hyped commodity does not always live upto its expectations but here's the thing, you are definitely not going to be disappointed with this one.

The 5th Wave deserves its genre credibility as a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Aliens are here. You can clearly see that hulking big mothership hung up there in the sky and instead of big eyed green monsters coming in arms ablaze, they take the subtle approach. They use our own planet against us. The 1st Wave, lights out. The 2nd Wave, Surf's up. The 3rd Wave, Pestilence and the 4th Wave, Silencer.

Tensions and suspicions are sky rocketing. You can't really trust your fellow humans because the others have taken over a certain percentage of us. Then comes the 5th wave. Nobody really knows what that one will be. Maybe its already happened. Maybe it is happening all round them or maybe it has already happened while the smart few have hidden themselves.

And Cassie, fierce and smart is up and about in this silent & strange new world with only an M-16 and her brother's teddy bear for company. The brother for whom she searches for relentlessly hoping against hope that he is still alive and that she had not failed in that one promise she made to him. Alone against the world, a philosophy that has kept her alive till now but she soon realizes just how out of depth she really is ...... How alone!

Such circumstances lead her to the mysterious Evan, who takes her in after she gets shot. She understands her situation. She understands who Evan is but at heart she knows that she won't be able to do it alone and craves the company. And Yancey portrays this soft, suspicious, tense yet warm are to perfection keeping us on tenterhooks waiting for the penny to drop.

We also meet Zombie, Ben Parish really. A colligation that fits. Whereas Cassie tells the story of the aftermath and how the human race copes. Through Zombie we get the most action packed arc. The government is putting soldiers on the front, the children, the last line of defense. Its is sick really, reading about it, putting kids as young as seven in the firing range but the author plays it very nicely. The realization...... the ultimate betrayal. The reality of Camp Heaven. We come to know all this and gasp at the right places as they are revealed.

Making them finally meet .... The actual 5th Wave ..... Rick Yancey did a pretty bang-up job holding in all the pieces and showing his hands one by one, at the perfect time. Leading to the final confrontation. Perfect world building, perfectly developed characters and an amazing plot. This is a 457 paged manuscript and I tell you you truly must not pass it up.

"The 5th Wave is a genius and brilliantly developed page turner"

Genre :      Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Adventure, Romance

PublisherPutnam Juvenile

Release Date: 7th May, 2013

My Copy: bought (hardback)

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Geek Girl #1 Geek Girl

Presenting Geek Girl #1 Geek Girl by Holly Smale.

Here is the summary of the book:

Geek + runway = a hilarious runaway hit! This bestselling UK debut is full of humor and high-fashion hijinks—and now it’s coming to America.

Harriet Manners is tired of being labeled a geek. So when she’s discovered by a modeling agent, she seizes the chance to reinvent herself. There’s only one problem: Harriet is the definition of awkward. Does she have what it takes to transform from geek to chic?

Geek Girl is the first book in a hilarious new trilogy. It was also the #1 bestselling YA debut of 2013 in the UK, where it was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Best Book for Teens. With all the humor and fabulous shenanigans of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson and Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries, Geek Girl is about to become an international superstar.

Its light.Its original. Its hilarious and a laugh-out-loud fun fiesta. Its fashion and equally the hijinks of fashion. Its the hilariously hijinky metamorphosis of this socially awkward caterpillar into a butterfly. Tackling serious issues and giving it the hilarious spin and frankly full of facts and the sarcasm that will have you rolling on the floor laughing (basically rofl *wink*) and I have been reading a lot of serious fiction lately, so 'Geek Girl' felt like a great change in scenery.

Geek = Harriet Manners. Seriously you just can't help not love her. She is silly. She is quirky. She can't stop herself from correcting others, starts to plainly spout off facts when she gets worked up ... she is plain and simple endearing. She has always defined herself as a geek but she doesn't want to be one. And then she gets spotted by a fashion agency and grasps her chance to get her much dreamed about metamorphosis. Of course she didn't expect modeling to be so different than she thought it would be and we as readers had the time of our lives, as we watch her stumble along this unexpectedly unplanned road & realize that she doesn't need outward help to be perfect but it is what's inside that matters.

She grows through the story at an unparalleled rate. She makes mistakes. Makes a mess out of her life but she knows to learn from her mistakes. She just needs a little help to realize that she is perfect in her own way. There is friendship. There is hate ..... seriously she gets a nemesis too. And that knocking on doors first attraction with her super hot colleague Nick. Her relationship with her stepmother was the stellar point. Throughout the book you realize just how similar Harriet is to her step-mother right down to mannerism, that its just endearing.

Wilbur was fabulous, quirky with all of his silly nicknames for Harriet and surprising little nudges on good advice helped us appreciate him more and just how instrumental he was in Harriet's metamorphosing from 'the ugly duckling' to that beautiful swan. "Geek Girl" is just what you need when you are feeling down or looking to go for the unexpected because this is one coming of age fiesta you won't be disappointed to get your hands on. Highly recommended (if you haven't already done that).

"A hilariously quirky & laugh-out-loud fashion fiesta"

Genre :      Young Adult, Humor, Contemporary

PublisherHarper Teen

Release Date: 27th January, 2015

My Copy: publisher and edelweiss

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

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Friday, 9 January 2015

The Heroes of Olympus #5 The Blood of Olympus

Presenting The Heroes of Olympus #5 The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.

Here is the summary of the book:

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Demigods check. Dangerous quest check. Godly action check. End of the world prophecy check. Amazing characters check. Wittiness check ..... and end of an era check. ...... Players are lining up. Sides have been chosen. Threats and schemes thought up. After the serious and time exhaustive exhilarating adventure at the 'House of Hades', the demigods race against the hour to stop the big bad, Mother Earth from rising.

While it is tempting to take the 'Athena Parthenos' to Athens, if it could help against the forces of Gaea but they know its rightful place is in Long Island to help stave off war between the Greeks and the Romans. So they divide. Reyna, Nico and Coach Hedge decide to deliver the statue and the remaining Argo II crew head to Athens..... and coupled with Riordan's witty dialogues, the Blood of Olympus makes for an outstanding finale.

Divided like before into the different perspectives. We see Jason finally accepting his present and overcoming his past. Leo keeping his promise *wink* & Piper was simply kickass. Nico got his closure. Reyna also learnt to leave her past behind and sadly Percy & Annabeth turned out to be bait ... I think I would have given it a 5 star if Percy or Annabeth (or both) had their own POVs, I didn't really see them do much of anything than what we got to read from others..... they kept getting saved .... So call me what you want but 4 stars it is  and no more.

The Blood of Olympus while it was a fitting finale, felt more of a Jason, Piper and Leo show. Of course I would also have loved to see a bit more prolonged battle against Gaea after she fully rose but what we saw worked well..... Ingenious really defeating her in that subtle way. Keeping true to the mythology and incorporating this epic journey, Rick Riordan definitely doesn't not disappoint. Of course i'll say again I would have given it 5 stars if we had seen Percy's POV but all said and done this is a great finale. It is now time to turn our attention to Riordan's upcoming series on Norse Mythology (which I am very excited for).

"A nerve-racking great end to this epic Greco-Roman conglomeration"

Genre :     Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Adventure

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Release Date: 7th October, 2014

My Copy: bought (ebook)

Rate:             4/5 (Really Liked It)

Series by Author(only those reviewed on blog):
         Heroes of Olympus 
         Kane Chronicles

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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Three Short Reviews: Superman Unchained / Transformers: Primacy / Star Trek: City on the edge of Foreve

I will say this again, I am not an avid comic reader and nor do I follow them in their chronological order. I read what I can get my hands on. When I can get them. Superman Unchained was a great time pass. The Man of Steel this time tackles a force even more ancient than he.  A being just like him called Wraith. Much more powerful than Kal-el and they tackle the terrorist group Ascension. And the big alien threat coming towards Earth at warp speed. The art is very well detailed and I very much loved reading it. Although the camaraderie shown between Superman & Wraith was the best part but it failed to deliver the desired effect when Wraith came at him at the end.

"A intelligent and reinvigorating tale of the world's first superhero via its immaculate art"

Robots vs. Robots. Autobots vs. Decepticons. The age old war. The graphic novel details about the war before they left Cybertron to get to Earth. While the plot and elements are very well done, the art had a much less effect. Of course it would be much better as a physical copy but on the digital screen it is much too dark and much too black.

"A pretty dark tale of the everlasting Cybertronian war of the Robots" 

A new version of an old story. I am what you would call a Nutrek fan. I have seen 'The Next Generation' series and the 'Enterprise' series/ So I still have to watch the original series of which I understand that 'City on the Edge of Forever' was an episode. So I can't really compare the old & the new but .... what a great read it is. William Shatner's "Kirk" and Leonard Nimoy's "Spock" and everyone of the original Enterprise crew are realized in stark details. Kirk & Spock's chemistry is perfectly and artistically realized and they tackled some pretty difficult concept too without being obvious. A great read for new & old fans alike.

"For fans of the Star Trek franchise" 

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Red Queen Trilogy #1 Red Queen

Presenting Red Queen Trilogy #1 Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

Here is the summary of the book:

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard's sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king's palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard--a growing Red rebellion--even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

A Dystopia like no other. A fantasy-like world far more technologically advance than imaginable. Dynamic characters. Layers and layers and layers of secrets. A royal power play. Treachery, love and the ultimate betrayal notwithstanding and a world that contains them all and lets them shine all on their own. Red Blood vs. Silver Blood. The conclusion remains to be seen but "Red Queen" marks for an explosive start.

Mare, Maven & Cal. Our protagonist trio. One a red girl from the village and the latter two royal silver Princes. Nothing connects them. The girl waiting out her conscription to the army, a faith that awaits all those who are unable to attain jobs at a certain age. The two princes Cal & Maven, set in their life of comfort, the oldest meant to rule and the youngest meant to live out his days in his brother's shadow. But rebellion brews tall and as fate would have it Mare, Cal & Maven's lives tangle in the most unlikeliest of coincidences, and ensnaring us in their brilliant narrative.

Mare was a stubborn and hardheaded heroine. Being taught since the start that the Silvers get everything and the Reds must labor for their's , she had developed a harsh view of the world. But black and white are not the only shades of life, there is a gray too, she learns that soon. Showcasing the most character growth throughout, Mare ensconced in this game for power and learns to survive against every hurdle this dark game sends her way.

Cal & Maven, not far behind form another section of the lot. Hidden beneath layers of complexity. And they hide quite a few secrets themselves. Heart & Mind do not go together when court politics comes into play and as the story progresses and we peel away layer by layer of their character, their roles change and our understanding of them changes by the minute and each and as every twist & turn plays out.

The question of romance is considered too. It wasn't a focus of the tale but it did play its role where the dark manipulations are concerned. Who pulls which string and who gets the short end of the straw, politics is not made for the light-headed as it soon becomes apparent when the final blow is struck and we are left feeling the stench of betrayal.

This has the bearing of becoming the book of the year. A riveting plot. Dynamically complex characters. A well constructed world. And all of its twists & turns and surprises. It will keep you holding onto the edge of your seats from page one and you will wont to have it any less. 'tis a YA Dystopia I highly recommend. Victoria Aveyard has put forth a smashing debut and I urge you all to read it. This is a must read for all.

"A smashing debut. A riveting page-turner"

Genre :      Young Adult, Dystopia, Paranormal, Romance, High Fantasy

PublisherHarper Teen

Release Date: 10th February, 2015

My Copy: publisher and edelweiss

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Owl Post #20 [November & December, 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 November & December, 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



Hachette India


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........

Monday, 22 December 2014

Starbound #2 This Shattered World

Presenting Starbound #2 This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner.

Here is the summary of the book:

The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

'Tis a new story. 'Tis a new world. 'Tis a new pair. but equally epic star-crossed pair as the first. It is always a concern with series featuring new lead pair in every story, if the readers could form a connection with the new characters as they did for the previous ones. But fear not just like Tarver & Lilac, Jubilee & Flynn will make you feel right at ease in their high-octane space opera.

The girl Jubilee Chase, a soldier sent to Avon to route out the rebellion. The boy Flynn Cormac, a rebel, who only wants what should have been given as right. Jubilee Chase, a badass famed soldier, pretty set in her rules and a no-nonsense woman. Flynn Chase, not your typical buff rebel but shrewd and honorable to boot. Both passionate and resilient beings, situations may have set them apart but inherently they are the same and when they meet, they connect and share.

The stakes are high. Avon is ready for a great war. Thus, Jubilee and Flynn learn to trust one another even against the backdrop of their warring factions. She is the action-centered one, Flynn forms her voice of reason. Change is inevitable and our stubborn, set-in-their ways pair soon realize that if they wish to see Avon flourish, then they must put aside their past and their deep set beliefs to work together.

'Star-crossed' lovers they may be but stubborn they both are. Like Romeo & Juliet they may feel but strong characters like them (Lee & Flynn) need no comparisons at all. The romance is there of course, the promises made, passion displayed but it doesn't let itself be heavy on the plot and lets the action carry it in its current..... And what chemistry *swoons* ... They truly don't need comparing with Romeo & Juliet at all, if I do say so myself.

Of course Kaufman & Spooner didn't finish it there. The connection between "These Broken Stars" and "This Shattered World" was just fantastically portrayed. Tarver & Lilac and Jubilee & Flynn, the connection is surprising, its subtle but its also obvious. In a good way it jumps at you when you are least expecting it. It was great to see them again and helping each other out in their fight against the common enemy and persevering till it lasts.

Such high-stakes, high-octane action. Where "These Broken Stars" had more of a surviving-exploring aura, "This Shattered World" was filled to the brim with nerve-wracking action. The authors build this new world from scratch and they built it brilliantly. The atmosphere is just right, the characters are strong & well developed and the plot is well balanced with its own share of excitement..... A gem that must not be missed......  ohhhh already anticipating what will happen on Corinth next.

"A high-octane sequel. An exhilarating drama fit to be experienced. Bravo"

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


Release Date: 23rd December, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Other Books in the series (review links):
                #1 These Broken Stars 

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository