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I loved the book. I think it is one of the mI received this book as part of the author program by BooksGoSocial.com in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the book. I think it is one of the most insanely sensible books, I’ve read this year. It was so funny and yet so touching, And I would definitely have to say that my first YA without any romance… zilch… nada... absolutely none at all—making it all the more an interesting read.
With an overdose of courtship, sex, romance and PDA in most of the books that I’ve come across recently, I found ‘The Cilantro in Apple Pie’ a very refreshing and endearing story—a welcome change from the milieu out there.
For a debut novel, Knight has truly delivered a much better work than some of the more popular authors out there. A fine story in itself but the writing style is impressive. It flows smoothly, encouraging you to read it in one go. The characters are well–developed. I liked the way the protagonists Rubie and Gil have been drawn. Their friendship is truly precious and completely relatable. You will enjoy their skirmishes and taunts and also savor the relationship they share.
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I really liked this book, though the base storyline—vampire falling in love with human girl—has been explored and dissected too many times, yet I founI really liked this book, though the base storyline—vampire falling in love with human girl—has been explored and dissected too many times, yet I found the story captivating. The well-developed and sometimes complex characters and rich imagery hold the story together.
Arianna and Braith are made for each other even if they do not recognize it themselves or accept it. They are drawn to each other, like a moth to the fire. Each knowing that destruction is inevitable, but the thirst remains.
The pace of the story is fast. The sly hook that Erica introduces keeps the reader going. There's always this tension of what will happen next. There's suspense and drama, love, desire, and passion, betrayal, and cruelty—all packed together. The intensity of these emotions will enrapture you and keep you glued to the book. It is also what will lead you to pick up the rest of the books in the series. I know I have already. ...more
M S Fowle weaves a fantastical tale about a kingdom bereft of magik—ruled by a monarch who cannot see beyond his thirst for power. He searches for theM S Fowle weaves a fantastical tale about a kingdom bereft of magik—ruled by a monarch who cannot see beyond his thirst for power. He searches for the Sire, the creator of all magik and in his quest unleashes terrible cruelty on his subjects. War rages and the people of the land live in fear. Magik is prohibited; those found practicing are captured and punished. Here the select few enforce their rule on the laity, to subdue and control them. Amongst this chaos rises a story of faith, friendship, loyalty and …. well magik.
I liked the author's writing style – the flow is smooth and effortless, though at times I did find it a bit too grand in some portions. I had to stop, take a breath and go over the lines a couple of times to let them sink in, before I continued further.
The characters are very endearing especially the twins. As you read through you will definitely fall in love with Claire and Walter. They fight yet they stand by each other. They will make you laugh, cry, bite your nails in fear for their lives. You will find yourself enjoying their adventures and little skirmishes.
The end was not surprising yet I was disappointed by the quick closing and felt that it was a bit rushed. It kind of broke the flow that the author had maintained through the earlier chapters. But let's be honest I was also sad that the story ended.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and do hope there are more adventures of Walter and Claire and we read them soon. I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. ...more
An edgy, engaging book that you would not want to put down even for a minute. The narrative has its high and low points, but does not disappoint. It wAn edgy, engaging book that you would not want to put down even for a minute. The narrative has its high and low points, but does not disappoint. It will terrify you, scare you and give you sleepless nights.
As the name suggests the book is about masks and the people behind them. Everyone is wearing a mask. Who can you trust? The person you've just met or the one you've known you're entire life. Smith makes you sit up and take a closer look at the people around us . Are they as good as we think them to be or are they hiding something - so heinous that one cannot even imagine.
You will not find all the answers here in the book. Probably the author wanted those questions to carry on to the next book - I don't mind as long as we see some gripping conclusions. I look forward to the second book and hope that it will be as engrossing as this one. I would highly recommend this one to all lovers of crime and thrillers. It will not let you down.
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A good book, well-written. Gripping, fast-paced, nail-biting thriller, though with somewhat complex relationships that got a bit too much at times. BuA good book, well-written. Gripping, fast-paced, nail-biting thriller, though with somewhat complex relationships that got a bit too much at times. But all-in-all worth reading.
The first couple of pages were slightly off for me, however, post venturing further into the story I was able to connect the dots. It's an age old theme of good versus evil, but the lines drawn to separate them are all but fading. Loved the way Cheryl weaves this story where the bad guys come to the rescue or are ready to sacrifice themselves and you're not sure whether the good guy can really be trusted. The emotional and psychological turmoil faced by our protagonist further adds to the drama. The intense passion and emotion is overwhelming.
Well-built characters and surprising twists and turns make it quite a page-turner. The growth of characters is astounding, Asmoday by far was my favorite. I got really engrossed in the story and there were times when I was just frustrated at the way things were going and wanted to jump to the end hoping things would have turned out differently. You will need some patience, but believe me, it will keep you on the edge and make you beg for more. Looking forward to reading book 2.
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With such an interesting premise, I had high expectations from the book. I was slightly disappointed, as the book could have been so much more. The beWith such an interesting premise, I had high expectations from the book. I was slightly disappointed, as the book could have been so much more. The beginning started off fast and then slowed down with too many details. It just could not hold my attention. I had to struggle to go back. It picked up again and rose fast. Became interesting and then again dropped. I felt that it needed more attention in terms of reworking flow of the story. Maybe that could make it more edgy and engaging.
Destiny brings 3 strangers together, as they take refuge in the forest, to be part of a series of events that will change them forever. The future of the planet rests in their hands and they don't even know that their every action and reaction will decide what happens next.
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I have given this book two stars - not that it is bad, but because there is scope for a lot of improvement.
There were too many details and explanatioI have given this book two stars - not that it is bad, but because there is scope for a lot of improvement.
There were too many details and explanations that the book could have done without. After a few pages into it, I found myself skipping paras where local (Indian) references were described in detail. I understood the context in which they were being used and didn't feel the need to read through the character explaining the entire thing. Chapters with the whole - eating, drinking, sleeping, going to class - activities of the protagonists or some other character, made the first half of the book quite a drag. It seemed to me like a documentary - chronologically recording each and every action and thought of the characters, rather than a fiction. It's only in the later half that the story gets interesting, when you see romance, drama, tragedy and later celebration.
I really liked the progression of the story and the growth of the characters in the second half.
Atulya may have been trying to connect with his readers through this story, but I fear that he may not have succeeded well here. Maybe he failed to identify who he was writing for. If it was to reach out only to an Indian audience, he should have removed / reduced some of the descriptions. It would have been more enjoyable. If it's meant for mass appeal, he might want to rework some of the sections in the book to make it more appealing.
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I got this book as part of a giveaway and I sure am glad that I got the chance to read it. This is a really good book. Very enjoyable, well-written, wI got this book as part of a giveaway and I sure am glad that I got the chance to read it. This is a really good book. Very enjoyable, well-written, with a very clear storyline.
All elements that go in the making of an entertaining story can be found here. There's action, drama, romance, magic, mystery, passion, fantasy, supernatural, the good old struggle between good and evil and much more.
The story explores the adventures of one Raven Smith and the ensuing battle between good and evil that weaves its web around her. I liked Raven's character though many times she did remind me of Bella (Twilight).
The flow of the story is smooth and almost effortless that you would not want to put it down. Though I did find a few hiccups in a couple of places where I had to go back a few lines, but one can easily ignore these and enjoy the book. In no time I found myself close to the end of the book and it saddened me because I just didn't want it to end. I was left with so many questions on what would happen next ... would love to read more.
DD was a very interesting book and for those who love a touch of romance, passion and fantasy all-in-one, should definitely go on and read it. ...more
I wanted to give this book three stars but I will rather go with two stars because it left me wanting for more. The book had a very interesting beginnI wanted to give this book three stars but I will rather go with two stars because it left me wanting for more. The book had a very interesting beginning and it showed a lot of promise. The appearance of the mysterious stranger, the budding romance, the underlying tensions and all, was very engaging. I was just not ready to put it down. The turning point in the story and the truth about the mysterious stranger, did not work for me. From thence forth, I lost interest and kept hoping for the story to pick up. The end just left me feeling empty– it was not what I had hoped for. If the author has a sequel coming in soon, then the ending might make more sense.
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Okay, first things first - this is a really good, fun book to read. That said, I have to admit there were few ups and downs in the narration. Some plaOkay, first things first - this is a really good, fun book to read. That said, I have to admit there were few ups and downs in the narration. Some places the flow of the story gets stuck with a phrase or a line that just does not come out well. You have to re-read it to get back to the story. I at times, felt that maybe like the main character Piper, the author too was thinking faster than what she was able to pen down and so you see the narration skip something and then move on.
But ... once I settled into the story, these minor errors were completely forgotten. The story overpowers your thinking and you will forget everything else. There are so many amazing characters and the way the story is woven through their lives--is very enjoyable and engaging.
Piper is an intelligent, smart girl and it is a delight to walk with her as she experiences love & joy, pain and sorrow. The people she meets are vibrant, dynamic and full of life-- even though they may not be good.
I felt that author Eris has done a remarkable job with this book and I truly look forward to reading the successive books in the series. Hopefully they will be as interesting as this one was.
Just an afterthought - the book needs a more attractive cover. At present, the cover hides a very good book behind it.
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