Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Fall

Presenting The Fall by Bethany Griffin.

Here is the summary of the book:

Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down?The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.


Bethany Griffin had done it again. After her stint with 'Masque of the Red Death', "The Fall" is another retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's famous "The Fall of the House of Usher". And brilliantly done too. Since I have not read the Poe original, so The Fall confused me at first but gradually I got the hang of things and was visibly intrigues by Griffin's haunting retelling of another classic.

The house of Usher is in one word haunted. Its haunting and it is haunted. With its malicious presence and its thralling powers the house keeps a tight leash on its residents. It is a cursed line, the Usher family. They don't live long. They can never leave the property and are slave to the enticement of the House. Madeline and her twin Roderick are the last of the Usher line and they do everything they can to be free. 

The mother favored the brother and the father favored the girl in his moments of lucidity. The brother got carted off to the boarding school but the sister was left behind. The brother then leaned towards logic and reason to explain the malady that affected the family. And Madeline who was firm believer choose to hear the House. Soon, Roderick's visits grew shorter and shorter and Madeline became a favorite to the House. At first she thought the haunted House only wanted to protect its residents but later came to realize the infernal malicious desires of the House and tried out ways to be free before it got her too.

Told primarily from Madeline Usher's perspective with a few in between voice of another relative named Lisbeth Usher. Short chapters ranging between ages 9 to 19 of Madeline. Bethany Griffin's flowing and fitting words bringing this haunting tale to existence. This is Madeline's struggle to freedom, to keep her sanity intact as she searches for ways to defeat the House, to escape the Doctors who do nothing but poke and prod and draw blood. The Fall chronicalizes not just her life but all of her inner-most thoughts and her insecurities. The effects of the House that creep upon her when she least expects it. At the end of the day though, she is the big sister and even if she envies the freedom afforded to her brother all she wants is to protect her brother.

Griffin's description of the House was just bone chilling. Riddled with twists and turns and creepiness. Every chapter produced new hair raising scenarios. Creeping us readers, showing us just how far the House would go beyond its limits just to get what it wants. You must have seen how I have been writing about the haunted House with a capital "H" instead of a small one because the place exerted its own presence throughout the book and the narrative is enough to pin-point just how important it is...... even if it creeped us into the next century. Marvelous job Bethany Griffin. *shivers*

"A hauntingly eerie tale of a cursed House and how the last Ushers defended themselves"

Genre :      Young Adult, Paranormal, Horror, Retelling, Gothic, Thriller

PublisherGreenwillow Books

Release Date: 7th October, 2014

My Copy: publisher & edelweiss

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

Other Books from the Author :
                               review links

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Brokenhearted #2 The Invisble

Presenting Brokenhearted #2 The Invisble by Amelia Kahaney.

Here is the summary of the book:

In the riveting sequel to the reimagined superhero story The Brokenhearted, Anthem Fleet takes on a powerful new villain and makes some startling discoveries about her family and her past that will forever change her.

Taking up where The Brokenhearted ended, the sequel finds Anthem Fleet attempting to return to a normal life after an experimental surgery that left her with a bionic hummingbird heart and a terrifying new strength. But she can’t shake her suspicions about her father’s connection to the Syndicate and she can’t ignore the cries of help in the crime-ridden city of Bedlam. She finds new promise in her relationship with Ford, but after his lifesaving surgery, the Ford Anthem knew slips away.

When a mysterious new group called “The Invisible” starts attacking the privileged North Siders, Anthem has to step up and be the New Hope that Bedlam needs, or Bedlam will fall…once and for all.

Publishers Weekly called The Brokenhearted an “atmospheric, adventure-laced debut” with “graceful world-building, strong characterizations, and an enveloping plot.”


Following the events of the first book. Anthem Fleet is finally growing into her abilities. In the first book she had lost her human heart in an accident and got an experimental "chimera" heart transplanted by by Jax, the black market scientist. Her supposed boyfriend of last season, Gavin is very much dead. The syndicate is lying low after loosing their highest player (in the form of Gavin) and bidding their time. But Bedlam City is still a great cesspool of activity and another enemy rears their ugly head.

A group called "The Invisible" (coincidentally the title of the book) are the enemy number 1 and they seem to hold an iron-clad grudge against the Northsiders, and are engaging in 'deadly pranks' to met out their judgement. Flash-backs provide a look into Bedlam during the time of the "Hope", connecting the dots between that person and the "New Hope". How Bedlam City became so divided and the syndicate came into power.

Reading the first book had made me think of this series as nothing but a Gotham/Starling City spoof, and Anthem Fleet taking up the mantle of the heroine as nothing but the rip-off off Batman/Arrow. But since then the characters have grown on me. Anthem Fleet felt rather stupid first time round with her reasons of becoming the "New Hope" but not anymore. While she still relies on her speed to keep her identity a secret, she still trusts too readily. Well Rome wasn't built in a day so changes will be gradual.

The plot for the sequel is also well structured. The first time round it felt more like an experiment. A trial run. But "The Invisible" boosts a great plot, much better layered background development, evil villains, great action and better character development. And I must point out that the romance between Anthem and Ford was well done. Much better than how it was with Gavin. Come on can't even remember what happened then, details are still sketchy to me. Thus, out with the old, in with the new. But yes i'd say it again, I was hesitant about it at first but the sequel was a much better read than the first.

"A much better action packed sequel and even meaner villains to tackle"

Genre :      Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Sci-fi, Superhero, Romance

PublisherHarper Teen

Release Date: 7th October, 2014

My Copy: publisher and edelweiss

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

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

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Heart of Dread #1 Frozen

Presenting Heart of Dread #1 Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston.

Here is the summary of the book:

From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.


Heard a lot about Melissa de la Cruz but Heart of Dread series is my first foray into her writing. Also Michael Johnston is her husband. Thus this is another of their literary ventures together. A lot of authors publish stories they have written with their spouses but this is my first time with one. And for me it was an okay experience.

Frozen. Now the name always springs to mind Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven from Disney's Frozen. But that is not so. Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston's Frozen is a post-apocalyptic dystopian world covered in ice from end to end. In this bleaker than though atmosphere, all manner of creatures have risen, Drakon, Zombies, Sylphs, Dwarfs and the like. And since everyone seems to have similar colored features, sot the ones that are different, particularly the eyes are the freaks. They are called the 'Marked'.

Marked with physical signs afford them unique abilities. Namely, telekinesis, elemental magics & illusionists. Nat is our protagonist and she is marked. A young blackjack dealer in New Vegas and like many before her wants to go in search of this mystical paradise 'the blue', which can only be accessed after traversing a treacherously impossible journey. And for that she needs the help of Wes and his ragtag group of mercenaries.

The premise sounds a lot like "Under the Never Sky" doesn't it? And while I liked Veronica Rossi's books, somehow Frozen bored me. The characters were okay. The plot had its merits and some of the elements sounded well put in. But on the other hand not much dept could be gauged from the characters and their background. This is technically an on the road story, so those kinds never held my interest. Editing also needed a bit of work.

While I mentioned that the characters did not  have a lot of dept in them. Some of them still had something to tell. Natasha Kestral is the reason for this story. She is the protagonist but I didn't think much of her. She has some mysterious powers. A voice inside her head but aside from that its really clear at first.

Boy-toy, Ryan Wesson on the other hand was explored in detail. Hardened yet quite a soft mercenary, he knows his way around this destroyed ice covered planet. Quite a smart aleck he brought a bit of zing to an otherwise frozen in boredom tale. And the fantasy part was what I loved the most. But the ending felt the worst. That was nothing but fishing out a minute plot element to latch onto for a sequel and I don't like when it happens. I am hesitant about the sequel but I want to check out how the authors carve out 'the blue'.

"A lukeworm beginning for me"

Genre :      Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopia

PublisherOrchard Books

Release Date: 2nd October, 2014

My Copy: publisher & netgalley

Rate:              2/5 (It was Ok)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Faerie Revolutions #1 The Last Changeling

Presenting Faerie Revolutions #1 The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher.

Here is the summary of the book:

A Kingdom at War . . .

Elora, the young princess of the Dark Faeries, plans to overthrow her tyrannical mother, the Dark Queen, and bring equality to faeriekind. All she has to do is convince her mother’s loathed enemy, the Bright Queen, to join her cause. But the Bright Queen demands an offering first: a human boy who is a “young leader of men.”

A Dark Princess In Disguise . . .

To steal a mortal, Elora must become a mortal—at least, by all appearances. And infiltrating a high school is surprisingly easy. When Elora meets Taylor, the seventeen-year-old who’s plotting to overthrow a ruthless bully, she thinks she’s found her offering . . . until she starts to fall in love.


Faeries, magic, danger and romance, Chelsea Pitcher's new Faeries Revolutions book 1, The Last Changeling, is the newest entry in the Faery category and visibly very different from others of the kind we may have come across and quite unique in its makeup. A fantastic and intriguing new YA series and sporting a vibrant plot just like its cover.

Elora and Taylor were clearly the focus to the story. With a much more mature feel and insta-love as well as, at the time gradually developing romance. The Last Changeling tells the story of a burgeoning revolution taking place at the Unseelie Court led by the Princess Elora who has decided to take matters into her hands and wants equality for both the Seelie and Unseelie courts.

But the Seelie Queen wants something in return, if she is to help. A human boy who is a 'young leader of men'. Thus, Elora in disguise goes to the mortal world to her quest and meets generous, caring and mature Taylor. She sees that even the humans have their problems. And she is not one to keep quiet about things and lets bullies go skoot free.

Taylor was just simply wonderful. He has been dealt a heavy hand by fate. His brother's death, neglect from his parents and the bullies at school but despite all this he is kind and generous. He makes a gamble meeting Elora and it turns out the best for him.

Their connection is instantaneous. Many would be turned down by such. Me too sometime but here it works wonders. The resulting development is slow and steady and I enjoyed every sleeping and waking moments Elora & Taylor spent together. Almost sensual if you believe. But it worked wonders not only for Taylor but also for Elora too.

Slow at first but picks up speed soon, The Last Changeling proved to be an enchanting read. never a dull moment neither a stop, the action seems to continue on and on. I wanted to read more about the courts instead of what we get at the end but i am hopeful the sequel will rectify that and the thriller and chills courtesy of Pitcher's eloquent penmanship is more than enough to keep us sated. This is a unique new tale and I hope you all will enjoy it as I did.

"A thrilling and unique new YA series by Chelsea Pitcher"

Genre :      Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

PublisherFlux

Release Date: 8th November, 2013

My Copy: publisher & netgalley

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Stoker & Holmes #2 The Spiritglass Charade

Presenting Stoker & Holmes #2 The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason.

Here is the summary of the book:

After the Affair of the Clockwork Scarab, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are eager to help Princess Alix with a new case. Seventeen-year-old Willa Aston is obsessed with spiritual mediums, convinced she is speaking with her mother from beyond the grave. What seems like a case of spiritualist fraud quickly devolves into something far more menacing: someone is trying to make Willa "appear lunatic," using an innocent-looking spiritglass to control her. The list of clues piles up: an unexpected murder, a gang of pickpockets, and the return of vampires to London. But are these events connected? As Uncle Sherlock would say, "there are no coincidences." It will take all of Mina's wit and Evaline's muscle to keep London's sinister underground at bay.

Stoker & Holmes are back and more than ready to tackle a new case. Eveline Stoker & Mina Holmes. Reluctant partners and polar opposites. And are more than ready to see what Princess Alix has for them. After Egyptology, The Spiritglass Charade garners a study of the spirits as this next generation dynamic duo looks onto young Willa Ashton, who is dabbling into spirit mediums, believing to be communicating with the spirit of her late mother, if she and the medium are to be understood.

The game is afoot and crack on they go. The two sleuths going about it in their own way as they find the perpetrator and get to the bottom of the case. One prefers cold hard facts and reasons, the other is much more attuned to hunting for answers and asking later. Mina and Eve go about it their own way and while one doesn't like the other, they respect each other enough. Of course what started as a simple case turns deadly as more and more twists and turns are unearthed, and secrets come to light.

The time-traveler Dylan, Inspector Grayling, the notoriously handsome thief, Pix make their appearance noted. Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Bram Stoker do too and the author must be credited in her technique to take history, fiction and steampunk and masterfully concoct a well compact tale. As Uncle Sherlock says 'there are no coincidences', thus it is not coincidence alone that Mina and Eve got paired up together. As it is going to take the Holmes' wit and the Stoker muscle to tackle the dark and dreary reaches of London underground.

"An exhilarating and exciting romp for Stoker & Holmes"

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

PublisherChronicle 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 Clockwork Scarab 

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Robert Langdon #4 Inferno

Presenting Robert Langdon #4 Inferno by Dan Brown.

Here is the summary of the book:

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.


Inferno marks the return of author Dan Brown with another Robert Langdon thriller, masterfully created with the mixture of artistic symbolism and scientific learning. Based on as the name suggests on Dante Alighieri's epic poem 'The Divine Comedy' (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso) taking us through the streets of Italy and Istanbul. And into a modern hell we go as Langdon races against time to prevent a trans-humanist movement from coming to fruition with some unique twists and turns and spins to the tale.

Langdon has amnesia. He doesn't know what happened to him. He doesn't know why he is in a Florentine Hospital. Assassin's are after him and he doesn't have a clue as who he had upset to merit such results. Nobody is trustworthy in the state he seems to have found himself in. He in a fit of desperation flees with the beautiful British Doctor to safety. With a clue found on his person and recurring vividly horrifying nightmares are just what he has to solve this mystery and possibly avert the apocalypse.

He may have misplaced his recent memories but hard earned knowledge of so many years still remains and Langdon soon realizes that Dante's Inferno is involved and with his knowledge of history and of symbolism, soon starts to make sense of this madness. As Langdon puts his knowledge to the test he finds himself taking from Dante's work and pieces together this new problem.

The author did quite the work here. Connecting history and fiction. Referencing the part to their future and just maintain the mystery of it all. We are figuring things along as Langdon does it. Many authors lay out the whole story and then take their sweet time figuring things out but Brown as always does things in his own way. If Langdon ii surprised, deceived or enlightened then we feel the same alongside him.

Focusing on over population, Brown without going off on a tangent and inflicting the ire of religious communities, tells a larger than life story, dealing with the issue taking the scientific route. Jam-packed with action & exhilarating adventure and some many flashbacks to help the story forward, Dan Brown's Inferno raises a lot of questions and completely undoing the damage done by The Lost Symbol.

Very interested to see how this translates to a movie now and the TV series they seem to be developing on Brown's another work 'Digital Fortress'.

"Hook, Line & Sinker. Dan Brown's Inferno has it all"

Genre :      Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

PublisherDoubleday

Release Date: 13th May, 2013

My Copy: bought (ebook)

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

3rd Blogoversary & Birthday Giveaway [INT,US & INDIA only]


Ends : 20th November, 2014

Looking towards technicality then these are the dates we are looking towards....

3rd blogoversary - 26th September, 2014

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Birthday - 30th September

I would have done separate giveaway but I wanted to something big and extra so I decided to join the two together since they are falling at around the dates close to each other..

But stuffs happened.

I got shipment of some of the prizes quite late......

I am from India, and I am a Bengali and this year Dussehra/Durga Puja fell around these such important dates and since I am an active participant on the first day of the festival so I decided to post it when I had all the prizes with me.....

And third, would be because I wasted a lot of time with a particular book I found okay but definitely not okay, which offed my reading mood and at the last moment I realized I had 3 books left to read and they release on the same date. Edelweiss policy means that unless stated otherwise the e-arc is only readable till its release date..... and I hate when that happens....

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So these are my 3 excuses.

See here for some of my Birthday clicks, what I got for presents.....


Yummy Yum Eggless Blackforest cake



My presents



And since everything is cleared and out of the way.


ITS TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY....

SO PRESENTING MY BIG EFFORT.....


THE 3RD BLOGOVERSARY

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BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY

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#1 Author Donated Goodies & books [US & INT]

So I mentioned I put a lot of effort into this....

Well these 3 of my favorite authors accepted and they donated some wonderful prizes

1 - Michelle Madow (author of Transcend Time Saga & Secret Diamond Sisters series)


 ~~Signed bookmark and Rhinestone diamond Sticker (US)~~



2 - Marissa Meyer (author of The Lunar Chronicles) 


~~A Lunar Chronicles Swag Pack (INT)~~



3 - Gennifer Albin (author of Crewel World & Good Girls Don't series) 


~~A signed Paperback (US)~~






#2 The Cormoran Strike (books #1 & #2) Paperback Giveaway [INDIA only]


~~1 winners gets these two books~~





#3 The Tom Hoyle Giveaway [INDIA only]


~~5 winners get one each~~







#4 The EBook Giveaway [INT]


~~3 winners get 2 ebooks of choice each~~







Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Books to Movies GIVEAWAY HOP [INT]



Books to Movies Giveaway Hop

October 2nd to 10th

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

This hope features books that have been made into movies or TV show



RULES : 
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. 
4. Just fill in the rafflecopter below :

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Elemental #5 Sacrifice

Presenting Elemental #5 Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer.

Here is the summary of the book:

Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick understands pressure. He's the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he's all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She's got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael's defiance, his family's 'bad luck'. Before he knows it, Michael's enemies have turned into the Merricks' enemies, and they're armed for war.

They're not interested in surrender. But Michael isn't the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.

Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart?


The conclusion of all conclusions.Another favorite series ends. Brigid Kemmerer's Elemental series began with a short novella on Michael Merrick and ends with the eldest Merrick again, along the way focusing on one Merrick brother every book (except 'Fearless' and 'Spirit' that focused on Hunter). Of course hot boy grazing the covers of each of the books was a plus too besides its strong plots.

'Sacrifice' proved it with Michael Merrick. He is the epicenter. He is the adhesive or more of a glue that keeps his family together. He is the leader. The big brother and a parent too. And its definitely not a walk in the park with three brothers Gabriel, Nick and Chris and Hunter and all the drama they bring. Michael has always lead a difficult life. He has made many a sacrifices just to keep his family and he would just do it again and again if it meant that his family would be safe.

Throw in Elemental magics, enemy guides, relationships and finances and you would truly appreciate what Michael means to his brothers. Action packed, exhilarating, and emotional turmoil at every turn. Life has never been easy for our boys and with the Guides closing in and their penchant for ensuing collateral damage its not only the Merrick brothers and Hunter in the line of fire but Michael's girlfriend Hannah and her little boy too.

Having always been self reliant, it has always been difficult for Michael to ask or even accept help or unload his burden with others. But fate and circumstances and the mysterious enemy closing in and specifically singling him out starts to crack him. He learns the hard way that help offered doesn't always mean danger and that his little brothers are not so little anymore. He learns that blaming himself won't make things better and must learn to lean on others, most of all to his girlfriend, Hannah.

Of course, Hannah gets her moments as well. Very much similar to Michael in more ways than one. She knows the difficult life Michael leads. A mother at fourteen, a firefighter and soon to be paramedic, Hannah like Michael has problems sharing her troubles with the others. But like the previous stories it is not about them and their relationship this time around.

Its about Michael. His brothers. Hunter. their loved ones and about them all that stands in the line of fire. With sparse romance Kemmerer spins an emotionally charged conclusion. Michael and Hunter's relation needs to be mentioned too. Michael had all but adopted this fifth, ie., Hunter when he felt the loneliest of all and its this kindness that serves them when they least expect it.

Dramatically and emotionally charged. Brigid Kemmerer presents a pretty different style of conclusion. A shocking death and coming full circle, quite an anti-climate end, the author puts a new meaning to the term 'sacrifice' and we appreciate it all the more.

"An exhilarating and emotionally charged conclusion to the Elemental series"

Genre :      Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance

PublisherKensington Teen

Release Date: 30th September, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Other Books in the series (review links):
         Elemental series review links

Buy:           Amazon | Book Depository 

Doctor Who: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller (Time Trips)

Presenting Doctor Who: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller (Time Trips) by Joanne Harris.

Here is the summary of the book:

Struggling to get back to UNIT HQ, his body being destroyed by radiation, the Third Doctor arrives in the most perfect English village, where everyone is happy. But is he really on Earth, or somewhere far more strange? As his body weakens, the Doctor and the Queen of the village begin to unravel the truth.

Time Trips – groundbreaking Doctor Who adventures by some of the most respected writers in the Universe. Short stories that are bigger on the inside…


The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller ..... title is quite the mouthful I agree but is one well paced and well endowed adventure. This is also my first Jon Pertwee adventure in a book. I watched all of his 3rd Doctor episodes and was quite the James Bond-esque Doctor.

Setting a timeline of all of the Doctor Who is not always accurate. We always take a new adventure, a new story for its own arc but here the timeline can be accurately placed and I must say I remember it too. This story takes place right after the planet of the spiders and before he regenerated into the 4th Doctor, Tom Baker.

Suffering from the radiation poisoning from the cave of the Metebelis III, the Doctor had set the Tardis to send him back to Sarah Jane if anything like this happening but before that somehow he ends up at the picture perfect English village and the Doctor is as always curious at oddities such this. He can feel his end coming but he just can't seem to help it. His curiosity. There is a carnival parade everyday, the village inhabitants must done on a smile and show that they are happy or the sky opens up and swallows them whole. Even the parade floats are much more sinister looking than they ought to be. And the Doctor knows he must get to the bottom of this mystery.

Joanne Harris did a wonderful job with layering out this adventure. Jon Pertwee's Doctor was quite the spry fellow and the author did a great job with layering all facts out. Of course "Reverse the polarity" is a dialogue that always makes us happy. Thus, I enjoyed it very much and actually finished this in one hour too.

"Exciting and a well paced 3rd Doctor adventure"

Genre :      Fantasy, Sci-fi, Tv tie-in

PublisherEbury Publishing

Release Date: 4th September, 2014

My Copy: publisher and netgalley

Rate:              4/5 (Really Liked It)

Other Books on Doctor Who 
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Buy:           Amazon

Soul Screamers #3 My Soul to Keep

Presenting Soul Screamers #3 My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent.

Here is the summary of the book:

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.Until something does.

"Demon breath." No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really "can" kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends--one of whom is already hooked.

And so is someone else..


I seriously hate it when the author tries to break up the main couple and then situations arise in such fashions that the brother is the one who finally gets the girl. I can digest that sometimes but not always. And I am definitely not fond of sudden drastic character changes too. My Soul to Keep is clearly the game changer for the series and somehow I didn't like it at all.

I get that Vincent focused on one particular sin (of the seven deadly sins) in each of the books and gave it a larger than real arc. And the concept of the Bean sidhes and the Netherworld were clearly the strong points of the series. But the Kaylee, Nash and Tod we saw in the first book were clearly the best out of the lot for me.

As such the trio have become rather convoluted. Tod is turning a bit better, he had his moments but there are moments when Tod seriously irked me. Nash, well I was unhappy with the changes we saw in him but what I read made me feel almost sorry for him. Substance abuse can make them do a lot of things they won't do with a sane mind. And then there was Kaylee, she seriously annoyed me. She felt too righteous. Its good that she cares but she seems to take the 'with great powers comes great responsibility' thing to the next level.

Then there were the adults. They were seriously badly written. At every turn the one thing that was on the teenagers minds was that if the adults found out then I would be grounded. As if that was the most important thing going on. And then the obvious cliffhanger-y ending come on. Seriously either set Nash free or help him get better don't leave him saying that you would wait for him to get better and take him back then. Seriously I want to know how this series ends but I am not sure I am in the right mind to do it right now. I need a breather.

"My Soul to Keep, the drastic game-changer for this series"

Genre :      Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

PublisherMiraINK

Release Date: 15th April, 2011

My Copy: bought (paperback)

Rate:              2/5 (It was ok)

Other Books in the Series (review links):
                    #1 My Soul to Take 
              #2 My Soul to Save 

Other Books from the Author (review links):
           Unbound #1 Blood Bound
    
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