Ok. Writing a review of this book was really difficult for me. This book starts with the line “I’m Dead. “.Now, that’s what made me really curious to rOk. Writing a review of this book was really difficult for me. This book starts with the line “I’m Dead. “.Now, that’s what made me really curious to read the book! It’s about a girl named Madison Stanton. She is curious, frightened, isolated, and lonely and above all stuck up in vast, dark place called IS. At least this is what she names it! All she can see is a ring of light. She doesn’t know how to get out of IS. And in trying hard to do so, she finds different kinds of objects like a bracelet, Orchids, sweatshirt, a ticket, Ring, piece of paper, peas and many more. Now she is totally confused. Somehow she does remember them, one by one, each taking her back to relive those moments, the snippets of her life and sometimes even change them. Madison is surrounded with a pool of mysteries and she is resolved to solve them. As and how she relives these moments, Madison learns “illuminating and sometimes frightening truths about her life-and death”, as the back of the book says.
I loved the way how Madison drew meaning from incidents and related to the object in question. I did not find it haunting at all. I wasn’t sad because she was dead, as I knew that she did exist, if not in body, but in soul. A person's energy never dies, it always exists in some or the other form. And this is the state where Madison is.
I found the initial part of the book a little confusing, but then, later it sorted itself out. The way author Amy Huntley has written the book from the start is amazing. I could feel and go through what Madison had been through. Trapped, Frustrated in the same moments where she was.
In short, I loved the book. All in all, a different YA book with not much high school drama involved and with a perfect ending.Do read it ! ...more
I’ll get straight to the plot which I liked. Meridian, a 16 year old finds unusual things around her since her childhood. When she wakes up in the morI’ll get straight to the plot which I liked. Meridian, a 16 year old finds unusual things around her since her childhood. When she wakes up in the morning, she always finds herself covered with dead insects and sometimes even little animals like mice. Death has somehow always surrounded her which made her think that she was a total freak! Meridian kept herself resolute in the fear of causing death to whoever was around her until one day on her sixteenth birthday, a major accident happens around her house and she is been hustled of by her parents secretively to her great aunts place whom she has never met before. All that she knows about her Auntie is her Quilts which she gifts Meridian on her every birthday. Once reached to the palace like house of her great aunt, she meets Tens there. A young handsome boy who takes care of the old lady- Auntie. Here, Meridian finds her purpose of life and what she is! Yes, meridian is a Fenestra. A Fenestra is a half human and a half Angel; a link between the living and the dead. As and how she learns her own abilities from her auntie, she also discovers about the Aternocti; a dark evil force which is trying to kill Meridian. She has to learn how to deal with her powers and also the Aternocti.
OK. loved the idea of Fenestra! It’s pretty unusual! But sadly, I couldn’t connect to any of the characters in the book. Amber Kizer is no doubt an excellent author, but, I was hoping that the characters of the book should have been fleshed out a little more. That was the only major problem with it. I would have given ‘Meridian’ 4 stars as this book is very different than the other paranormal ones; but, because of this major flaw, I would rate it as 3.5.
‘Meridian’ by Amber Kizer is very quick and easy to read book. A few messages have been passed between the lines and many things have been taught in this book about Life and death. I would definitely recommend you to read this one as it is no doubt a page turner. ...more
When I had picked this book, I thought it must be a fantasy filled with romance. But, the story is much of a mystery thriller which I didn’t mind at aWhen I had picked this book, I thought it must be a fantasy filled with romance. But, the story is much of a mystery thriller which I didn’t mind at all. I really don’t know what I think about the book. I really liked it very much, but on the other hand, I found certain things very annoying! I would not allow any of my cousins below 17 to read this book. It would unnecessarily give stupid ideas to them.
Nora, a sixteen year old has lost her father a year ago, and lives with her mother outside the city in a farmhouse which is always, somehow surrounded by thick fog, which gives the old house a creepy and a haunting look. Nora’s mother works for an auction company that requires a lot of traveling because of which she has to leave Nora home alone with a nanny who also leaves the house in the night. Nora is very sincere in her studies, and none of the guys in her school has captured her attention yet. I liked the fact that Nora is not shown dumb. She has a mind of her own. Also, conveniently intelligent I must say.
Patch, is the new guy in her school, recently transferred and has been paired with Nora in a Biology assignment. Nora’s instincts tell her that something is not right with Patch, but still she is very curious about him. Her curiosity leads Nora and best friend Vee investigating about him and his past. The most entertaining of all is Vee. She is Nora’s best friend. And the dialogues which are being shared between them are entertaining.
Patch is very attractive and sexy but he is also very, very dangerous and creepy most of the times. He has a dark history and has different intentions for Nora. He is always lurking around her like a complete psycho stalker! Initially, Nora is shown intelligent enough to keep distance between herself and Patch. But, why oh why does she get into so much of trouble to find about him and his past??!! I simply didn’t understand. Also, I personally would not like any guy to trap me in a corner and scare me to death!! No way please!!! I am such a chicken in these matters that I would never go and start investigating about a guy who makes me feel uncomfortable..! I mean really, does only attraction and curiosity to know someone kill your intelligence too?
Nora doesn’t trust him completely till the start of the main action scene in the end. Suddenly and abruptly, she is ready to give up her life for him??!! Who would give up their life for a guy whom you don’t trust? One moment she is unsure about him and the other moment, all her emotions are welled up and is ready to sacrifice her life for him so that he lives a normal human life??!! WTF!
I didn’t find much romance or rather true love in this book. Attraction, curiosity, lust? Oh yes! Its all there. I have heard that ‘Twilight’ and ‘Hush, Hush’ are same in many terms, especially Edward from ‘Twilight’ and Patch from ‘Hush, Hush’. But no, I really don’t think so. Edward didn’t scare me like Patch did. He didn’t give me single reason to fall in love with him. Patch is creepy, dangerous, talking nonsense many a times in class.
The book is no doubt written excellently. I found this book very entertaining as I have ignored a few things which I already mentioned. The second half of the book is amazing and very frightening! The authors writing style is simply too good and commendable. The story is different, especially the mythical part and also the twists and turns which are given to the story. It definitely kept me at the edge of my seat. I am totally ready to read a sequel of this book if it is released.
P.S. I want to tell young girls to not fall in love with any person whose character resembles Patch. The book is a fantasy and is not real. In the end of this book, there is a happy ending, but in reality, this might not be the case and you would simply end up in trouble. ...more
Now, before I start, let me put some light upon the character 'Berry Knudson'.She is optimistic, a very kindred spirit, goes out of her way to help peNow, before I start, let me put some light upon the character 'Berry Knudson'.She is optimistic, a very kindred spirit, goes out of her way to help people. Also she is loyal, resilient, slightly daffy, kind to old ladies, stubborn, a bit tempered as the book says. In short, she is Miss ‘GOODY TWO-SHOES’.
The story starts with Berry hearing a kitty cry, climbing the tree, rescuing the kitten, seeing an almost naked man and then, finally falling down from a tree. After that all she can see is some huge person bent over her. And so, the journey of a romantic tale begins.Who knew that a kitten can bring two people together to fall in love with each other? Now that’s what I call, “destiny”.
Now, Coming to the man with whom Berry falls in love with.His name is 'Jake Sawyer'.Well, there is nothing much to say about him, except that he is a very sexy looking man. Now, Of course, he has a profession!! He was an inventor, but after certain events, he eventually becomes an elementary teacher.
This is the very first book of Janet Evanovich which I have read. I always had a smile on my face while I was reading it. It’s very cute, funny and an easy read. If you ever want to read a quick romantic comedy, for which you don’t want to think why and how did it happen, then I would definitely suggest this book. ...more
Meg is shown as a total spoiled brat. She keeps changing her hair color from pink - purple – to - blue, wears too revealing clothes, has random boyfriMeg is shown as a total spoiled brat. She keeps changing her hair color from pink - purple – to - blue, wears too revealing clothes, has random boyfriends, loves breaking rules and often gets into troubles. Even her father has washed his hands from her. But, all Meg wants in her life is to get away from the small town , live in a big city and simply LIVE her life! But one night, she ends up doing something illegal with her friends, is caught by a cop named John After and is kept in prison for the entire night. To teach these kids lesson, cop After punishes them each by giving night duties in ambulance, fire department etc. Meg is been given a duty to be in a police car patrolling and catching criminals the entire night for an entire week with John After! Yes, the same cop who had her arrested!
The story/plot is not very different. It reminded me of a silhouette book. But, In spite of that, I liked the book overall. The humor is very good and I enjoyed it. Well, all credit goes to the author Jennifer Echols. She has written it so excellently that it actually made an ordinary story into a huge something.
It took me sometime to understand Meg’s character or rather, why she did what she did! But, as the story progresses, I got connected to her and understood her very well. John After is a super cool cop and a very good person indeed! One thing is for sure, he knows what he is doing, and is very mature for his age! I really liked the chemistry which is been shown between Meg and him. The dialogues, the interaction between them is been written very nicely!
And now, coming to the cover, Isn’t it very lovely??!!!! I picked this book only because of the cover! Seriously!! ...more
This book is a story of a girl who is timid, introvert and very shy.She is scared to talk to people. She always thinks that those around her are tryinThis book is a story of a girl who is timid, introvert and very shy.She is scared to talk to people. She always thinks that those around her are trying to judge her. Tatiana loses the ones she loves. She turns 18. She begins to experience unusual changes, both physically and mentally. Tatiana is not ready to accept this change. Life becomes too complicated and difficult for her. She doesn’t know where to turn. She doesn’t want people to think about her as a total freak. And so, she tries to keep it as a secret from everyone by hiding these changes behind the illusions. But then, these things are not that easy to hide.They do not get unnoticed by her brother Isaac. He decides that he will not let his sister to hide and ignore what she is turning into, and thus helps her in searching the meaning behind it.
The back of the copy says - “Behind Every Illusion is the first book in an exciting series about the extraordinary ways the earth has evolved in a desperate attempt to save itself from the destruction caused by humankind.”
Every Living thing has its role on this earth. They are here to balance everything. But then, when humans fail to do so...there has to be something or someone who will help and get back the balance of mother earth.We have to be the part of it to change it.Many things in this book which are mentioned are shown in a different way.There are many sentences in this book which I like. For example “Willing to believe in the impossible “I am simply in love with the cover of the book. I kept on seeing it again and again while I was reading it :)
If you like reading fantasy then you would surely love this one. Also I felt that the book was dragged a bit. The author has repeated the explanation of each and every emotion Tatiana feels while discovering her own abilities many times.I actually wanted to go and shake Tatiana for not accepting what she is and the way she was taking things! It really got me irritated.But the book really kept me hooked. It’s an excellent read I am totally looking forward for the next one.
‘Jasmyn’ by Alex Bell is a beautiful book. You have to read it!! The story is not any kind of retelling, but it definitely revolves around a myth/fairy‘Jasmyn’ by Alex Bell is a beautiful book. You have to read it!! The story is not any kind of retelling, but it definitely revolves around a myth/fairytale, which I won’t disclose here as I am afraid, that will lead to spoilers.
Jasmyn is a widow of 27 year old and has recently lost her husband Liam. The story starts into action right from the first chapter. During Liam’s funeral, some black swans fall from the sky on the ground. Since then, one after the other, strange things start happening. She gets the feeling of being watched and followed by someone. One day, Liam’s dangerous friend who is unaware of Liam’s death shows up at her house and barges in to find Liam. Eventually she comes to know that Liam had lied about the places he said he had visited; instead he had gone somewhere else.
But one day, when Jasmyn goes to Liam’s study, she finds a book open to the last page in front of her. The page was detailing how to identify the devil’s familiars when they disguised themselves as animals and how any black animal could be linked with the devil – black cats, clack dogs, black swans.. And there, she shudders at the mention of the swans. With the help of her cold rude brother-in-law Ben, she starts unfolding mysteries behind all the strange happenings which take her to enchanted castles, mysterious lakes and into a strange world where every thing is magic!
This is a book that you would definitely want to finish in one sitting. I loved Jasmyn. She is too real to accept. Everyone knows about this famous quote ‘Think before you act! ’; Well, Jasmyn definitely fits into it! The longing and the grief which Jasmyn faces after she looses her husband is been written excellently. Another thing, I googled the places mentioned in the book and they are real. I don’t want to write more about this book and spoil the fun for you. I would just say one thing. If you like myths, grown up fairy tells and fantasy, you would definitely enjoy ‘Jasmyn’ .Alex Bell takes you into an entirely different world from which you do not wish to return. I am so happy that I read it. ...more
“A map of the known world " is about a girl named Cora whose life has been abruptly and unpleasantly changed after the death of her elder brother Nate“A map of the known world " is about a girl named Cora whose life has been abruptly and unpleasantly changed after the death of her elder brother Nate. Cora is just 14 years old. And after the death of her brother, everything changes. It’s been 6 months and her parents have not come out of the grief. This is affecting Cora in many ways. She is about to join high school and she is afraid. Her only best friend does not know what and how to talk to her. She is always been seen by everyone as a sister of a boy (Nate) who died.Cora wants to move away from this small town. The house has become the house of grief!! She doesn’t want to stay here in this small town anymore. But she can’t get out of here.
"Here, I know every twist of every road, every blade of grass, every face in this town, and I am suffocating." Oh how lovely the author Lisa Sandell has written it. Soon Cora starts mapping the real world locales in her artwork by sketching and painting maps. This is the only thing which is in her control and she finds peace in it.
Nate is her brother, but she doesn’t completely know him. Nate has hidden his artistic side from everybody. And in this his only partner was his best friend Damein. Damein was in the same car when Nate had died.But as time passes, Cora starts taking interest in Damein. He shows her and tells her many things about Nate. Soon she realizes that she and her parents never knew Nate. Of course it was very painful for her to know that. But then she decides that she won’t let her brother be recognized as a reckless one.
The author has written the book so wonderfully; that there was no need to write explicitly about each and very character in it. This book is like a Pandora’s Box filled with emotions.
Henrietta, a young lady, is sweet, innocent, intelligent, bold, frank (or I must say not afraid to let her mind out) and a naïve girl who has a list oHenrietta, a young lady, is sweet, innocent, intelligent, bold, frank (or I must say not afraid to let her mind out) and a naïve girl who has a list of guardians to take care of her after her parents’ death. She was 7 when she lost both her mother and father; a tragic incident which still haunts and has left a mark on her. Anyway, all her guardians fall into an unexpected and unnatural death which leaves her to only believe that there is curse on everyone who will come forward to take her responsibility. After the death of all her previous guardians mentioned in the list, the last name left is of the Duke of Blakewell ! So, there she goes at his place and tells the entire story to the duke. Lucian has recently taken the position of the Duke of Blakewell after his father’s death. He is now the new young duke who is a rake and a scoundrel. He is sexy, young, wealthy, and an irresponsible man and spends his time in gambling and horse racing. But, apart from all this he is very good at heart and totally is a duke to die for! So, with so much of responsibility already, he gets one more at his doorstep – Henrietta!! He wants to get rid of her and in order to do so, starts to find a suitable groom for Henrietta. But, destiny has something else in store for both of them with the curse hovering above their heads..!
Ok. There are some other important characters in the book which I thought to be villains almost till the middle of the book because it was pretty clearly written in that manner in the first few pages. But, they were not..! I think this contradiction was the only problem with the book, as there was no intention of keeping these characters a mystery for the readers.
I enjoyed this book a lot, but it does not top into my best read romantic books. The romance is no doubt very heartwarming. The chemistry which is been shown between Henrietta and Blake is very sweet. I could also picturize the lavish balls and the beautiful gowns described in the book which took me entirely into that era and the ambiance. Amelia gray is a new author for me, and I liked this book which happens to be the first in the series. Would look forward to read the next one in the series! ...more
If you are tired of reading paranormal romance books about vampires werewolves, goblins, witches etcetera etcetera… then ‘Karma Girl’ by Jennifer EsteIf you are tired of reading paranormal romance books about vampires werewolves, goblins, witches etcetera etcetera… then ‘Karma Girl’ by Jennifer Estep is a perfect book for you.
Carmon Cole, a reporter, catches her fiancée and her best friend in a very..umm…’About to make out’ act just 30 minutes before her wedding! If that’s not enough, she also finds out that her fiancée is a superhero and her best friend/maid of honor is an ubervillain!! Totally devastated, heartbroken and betrayed she clicks their photo in that “act”, marches straight to her office, prints and exposes them on the first page of the next day’s newspaper! What else can a reporter girl do in such a situation? She takes a vow to unmask each and every superhero and ubervillain of world so that they can never ever hide the truth and cheat anyone. Never any other girl will suffer what she suffered..! Obviously, unmasking the superheroes and the ubervillain helps her get many offers from other newspapers. And thus, she climbs the ladder of success by revealing the identities of these heroes and villains and comes to Bigtime, NY. This is the city where worlds most powerful superheroes, ‘The Famous Five’ and ubervillains, ‘The Triads’ reside. Here she is been hired by the worlds most popular newspaper called ‘The Expose’. She reveals the identity of one of the members of “The Famous Five”. After this particular incident her life changes forever and is caught in the epic-battle of the superheroes and ubervillians. I guess that’s enough to tell you all about the story. To know what happens next, you will have to read the book.
I loved Carmen Cole; she is a nosy reporter, smart, funny, and not perfect at all. But, she also realizes her mistakes and tries to correct them. This girl believes in ‘Karma’ - the effects of a person's actions that determine his/her destiny. And here comes the hero. He is sensitive, kind-hearted, hot, and yes, super sexy!
This book is filled with excitement, dangers, twists and amidst all-- romance!! ‘Karma Girl’ is a perfect escape to another world full of superheroes, Ubervillians and of course normal humans. A super sexy book with a cool plot. This book is the first in the series and is a standalone. Just can’t wait to read the next one in the series now :)...more