Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman (A Review)

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Genre:  Ya, Contemporary, Mystery.
Year Of Publication: March 20th 2018
Publisher: Amulet Books.
Pages:
Hardcover, 336 pages.
My rating: 3 out  of 5 stars

 

“I think we forget for a reason. If you remembered every single bad thing that ever happened to you, you’d never stop being sad”

This book has some dark and mature themes. Brothels, prostitute and suicide being the most dominant ones. It also talks about racism. So you will have to be a little beware going into this one.

 

The story is about Marsden, who is sixteen and lives in a town called Glory. The town is a whole lot of shady. With several illegal business and also questionable police officers and town witches. It has a brothel which fronts as a b&b and a covert which is deemed sacred ground where people come to commit suicide. Marsden family is the owner of the covert and it’s right beside the front b&b where her mother works as a prostitute.

Marsden, for growing up in the environment she grew up in is very mature, determined and fiercely protective of her little sister Wynn. She looks in the covert for bodies daily so she could find them before her sister does, and reports them to the police. She also skims some money from them so she could have enough funds so she could escape the life they are living, with her sister.

This whole story has a whole lot of bleak and bleary darkness surrounding it with constant suicides happening and all the on going of a brothel. It also has a little dash of magical realism in the form of talking to the dead shindig.

I liked the character of Marsden. She was so headstrong and fierce. And her love and protectiveness for Wynn knew no bound. She has this whole bubble to protect herself, her own little world where she hid from all the stares and pointing of the world. I wasnt bothered by her skimming because she did in the end do it for self protection and a bigger goal.

Jude, was interesting. He was kind and nice. His friendship with his friends and boss was refreshing to see. And how they all kept him on the ground all the while when so many demons were chasing him.

The relationship in this book was the most fun for me. I loved how they were kinda opposite of each other but also the same. How they came together and were fighting kinda the same demons. Their dynamic, thoughts and conversations together were the best part for me to read. They were the things that kept me invested in the story.

The writing of this book had a little problems for me. Although I like all the themes and topics it discusses…. the pacing and dialogues were problem for me.
There would go two or three page and their would be no dialogues  just a lot of inner thoughts and descriptions… They were kinda exasperating and made you loose interest in the story and started dragging it around.

You cannot tell the time period this story is set in. The lack of technology and all the lack of mention of gizmos makes me thing some where in the mid 90’s? I don’t know for sure.

This book tackles topics like forgiveness, racism, moving on, and also just basic human behavior and mental questions and why people do something’s. It also deals with guilt. And fate and why things just happen.

Over all, Did I enjoy the book? YES!! Did it makes me uncomfortable sometimes? YES. Was it super weird? YES.

I would say it’s a contemporary, set somewhere in the 90’s with dark questioning themes but also has lot of light hearted fullness. It has this whole persona of dark seedy shady 90’s town. And you kinda do end up enjoying it.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy!

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Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen (A Review)

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Genre:  Historical Fiction.
Year Of Publication: March 8th 2018
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Pages: Paperback
, 400 pages.
My rating: 3 out  of 5 stars

“Would the future Germany have any evidence of its crimes? Would it smell bad and would people even know why?”

This book is a World War II novel. The main protagonist is Sarah, who is a Jew with an Aryan appearance. After her mother get killed abandoned and alone she meets a man who turns out it be a spy. She is recruited by him to to be a spy and go inside and infiltrated a Nazi boarding school.

Sarah was an incredibly strong character. She kept all her suffering and violence she has witnessed buried in the back of her mind and used it to be stronger and more push through situations. She is clever, sharp and Swift and deal quickly with situation to keep herself safe.

The world building and the insight to Nazi time is done very brilliantly, you can see the research done.. It has a lot of German words and I had to constantly search and find out their meaning (because well I didn’t know any of them, totally new to me). But they provided a great insight into those times.

This book protrays a great deal inside the mind of Nazi’s and how wrong and bad things were back than. The race complex and all the superiority. Also how everyone was supposed to be strong and brutal and serve the “fatherland”. How everyone was assigned a role. This book tells you a lot of facts.

The thing I struggled with this book was the plot. I know it’s supposed to historical fiction. But I just had this feeling in the back of my mind about this being fiction. And how the plot didn’t feel so enthralling to me. I know that these things really did happen in time and all. But just this story of Sarah, it being fiction. I don’t know to explain but it just didn’t move me the way I should have. But that’s my own personal problem. I have know to cry over WW stories but I guess I just didn’t connect with this one sigh.

The plot was chillingly uncomfortable. A lot of things happens that make you gag. Or chill you to the bone.

This book though historical fiction is more on the side of a brutal and very difficult spy operation with the war on the backside of things.

Over all this book is hauntingly intense. Gives you a deep insight of Nazi times, it’s deeply educational for people who might not know nitty gritty in the background of the world war II.

Batman: Nightwalker By Marie Lu ( A Review)

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Genre:  Young Adult, Super Hero, Fantasy.
Year Of Publication: January 2nd 2018
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: Paperback
, 272 pages.
My rating: 3 out  of 5 stars

ISBN: 9780525578567

I’d like to thank Penguin Random House International for my advance reader copy!

  “But looking out, all he saw was an ocean of light, the shimmering heart of Gotham City spread out before him. He didn’t know everything his future held for him, not yet, but he knew that whatever it was, it would remain here.
It looked like a place worth protecting.
It looked like home.”

 

This book although enjoyable, but also felt a little flat. This is a Batman Origin/back story. I quite enjoyed following young Bruce Wayne and delving into the heart of Batman and what inspired into the making of Superhero that Gotham knows in later life.

This story starts with the 18 year old Bruce Wayne, exploring his teenage days, and just coming into his inheritance. Meanwhile, Nightwalkers a group is terrorizing Gotham and executing it’s elites. After a run in with the police Bruce lands himself some community service at Arkham asylum where he meets Madeline Wallace who has ties with Nightwalkers, and boom starts Bruce’s detective missions.

A story filled with sleuthing, finding out twist and turns, this one does a entertaining job giving Bruce’s origin story.

Characters:

Bruce Wayne:
I quite enjoyed him. He was young and reckless and couldn’t wait to just jump into stuff. But he was also a marshmallow with a lot of feeling and goodness inside of him with a yearning to do good for the world.

Alfred:
Him *chuckles*. He was as always the bad ass Butler 😂. Him and Bruce bickering made the day literally.

Madeline Walker:
Well yeah she is the villain. And she was quite a bit good at that. Filled with a lot of manipulation, and bravado. She is perfect completely with a back story for all the villainous backtalk.

Dianne:
I quite enjoyed hers and Bruce’s friendship. How they got each other back. While just being “friends” and nothing more.

 

Writing:
I find it quite well researched and how the Easter egg characters and stuff was put into the story. The pacing was quite erratic. Though this is quite a quick and small read. Sometimes the story line felt a big dragged.

Romance:
I found this quite a bit unrealistic tbh. Because the whole world was like Bruce she is manipulative and have done things but he was like nope nah no she is good 😪 #seriously

Handling Grief:
This book delves into Bruce’s pain and talks about it. And their are quite a few dialogues in which it’s discussed and handled and mentioned . I loved that.

Plot: ( the part that was like a bit huh for me)
I found it a bit unrealistic and something were like so conveniently placed:
– How they send a high-school kid to the darkest place in Gotham as a community service like huh?
– ‎How the girl that helps him uncover the plot is just there.
– ‎How each new tech made by Wayne enterprise 😂 conveniently just helps or contributed to the plot.
– ‎Harvey?! Like he decide to what he did at that exact point when Bruce needs to be jail bailed.

 

I enjoyed this story. I liked Bruce but I just found the plot to make me go huh? What? Lmao? A lot of times.
But this is a quite fun exciting read if you want a good time with quick short read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1) by Heather Fawcett (A Review)

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Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy.
Year Of Publication: September 5th 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: H
ardcover, 432 pages
My rating: 4 out  of 5 stars.

 

“I gazed over the valley and the misty landscape beyond, towering mountains and sweeping expanses. I felt a familiar pull-to dive into the wilderness, digging my boots into soil no one else had touched. Now, for the first time, I didn’t have to ignore that pull. I could let it take me.”

 


I freaking adored this book. It was just so darn beautiful. The setting, the world. I LOVED IT. It managed to blow me away by the beauty and the prose of this world. I have a thing for winter, so reading about mountain and snow and cold. It just gave me such a high.

The story itself is also good, a bit slow though. Its set in a Himalayan village in a fiction world. It’s about Kamzin who is training to be the shaman, but she isn’t good at it and would love to just go an expedition and become an explorer just like her mother, who died a few years ago.
One day the Royal Explorer shows up and presents Kamzin an offer she couldn’t refuse: Help him climb Raksha; the world tallest mountain. And well as you can guess she said yes and out adventure beings!

The story is quite slow. Because they are on an expedition and traveling on foot, through snow, storms and other what not surprises. So it becomes quite monotone at some points. But their journey is so detailed, filled with nature and beauty you are just left gobsmacked.

The mythology, tales and stories involved in-between the expedition are so interesting to uncover and hear about around the fire. Because some of them are so old and heard from people to people and you quite not know what is true and what’s not.

Characters:
Kamzin is such a headstrong character. She makes quite a lot of choices. And when she is confident and stick to her point and than proves it. It’s so much fun to read. Also she is such a bad ass at climbing mountains, exploring and finding ways.

Tem: He reminded me of so many characters I have read. He was the epitome of all the friend zoned best friends tbh. And sometimes it was quite annoying that he as all the friend zone are like I have to protect you, you are so oblivious and blah and blah. Just stop please she can take care of herself.

River: umm he was also and example of the oh shiny new perfectly handsome and cute lead. 😂 He was annoying and quite condescending at times tbh. But sometimes I did end up liking him. When he was all broody and we could feel that their was quite a lot behind his actual story and couldn’t wait to find out what.

Romance:
agh it was a love triangle and I hate that why can’t we just get rid of triangles it’s just annoying!!!!

Plot:
I loved the plot I found it so different and amazing than all the other books I have read. Come on it’s about climbing up the tallest mountain in the WORLD!! itnakskhdksn.
Also I did kinda guess the plot twist but it was still so awesome.

THINGS I FLIPPING LOVED ABOUT THIS BOOK:
– ALL THE CUTE ANIMALS. I MEAN YAKS. I mean furry fluffy mountain ox. THEY WERE SO CUTE AND WHENEVER RIVER SAID THAT THE YAKS LOOKED AT HIM FUNNY 😂 I just died!!
– ‎KAMZIN FAMILIAR: He is mangy old fox. And he bites her and all 😂. And he comes and go as he pleases….. he just WINSSS!
– ‎THEIR ARE PET DRAGONS I MEAN HECK YEAAAAH
– ‎ALL THE FREAKING BEAUTIFUL SCENERY. YES YES YES. EVERYTHING WAS SO BEAUTIFUL.
– ‎SNOW. I LOVE SNOW 😂
– ‎GHOSTS.
– ‎FIRE DEMONS THAT ARE ANNOYING AND SCARY
– ‎WITCHES
– ‎STARRY NIGHTS

THINGS I FLIPPING HATED ABOUT THIS BOOK:
IT DIDN’T HAVE A MAP! I COULD HAVE USED ONE TBH. Because sometimes their journey was confusing and i just nee my map to control and now where they were JUST GIVE ME A DARN MAP!

Anyway this book was just plain beautiful. Loved loved every second of it. You should pick it up definitely if you love nature, mountains , snow and an adventure!!!

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy!

 

 

The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials #1) by S.M. Wilson (A Review)

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Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy.
Year Of Publication: January 1st 2018
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Pages: Paperback
, 384 pages.
My rating: 4.5 out  of 5 stars.

 

“HUNGER GAMES MEETS JURASSIC PARK.”

 

Yes, you read this right! The tag line of this books is indeed that sentence. I have no idea about you but when I read those words I was like heck yeah need it in my life! Imagine me freaking-ly typing my yes yes yes to the available review copy email.

Anyway. The Extinction Trials is a story about a fictional earth where humans and dinosaurs exist together at the same time. But on two different continents. The humans occupy earth Asia and the dinosaurs occupy Piloria.

 

The humans as they do (clears throat) over used and mistreated their land. And now keep looking towards Piloria to solve their food, land and accommodation problems. Sigh yeah typical human thing to do. Destroy other for their own needs.

 

The two main characters of this book are Lincoln and Storm Chaser. The story told in their dual perspective with alternatively voiced chapters. They both are starkly different from each other. Lincoln is nice and caring but he also had this determined streak to him to get things done and complete his mission. He seems to have a lot of inner struggle going on.
Storm chaser I quite like her and connected to her. Alone, on Earthasia because her mother has died and she has no other family…… she has quite a shield around her. She has a lot of compassion(not just for humans but for other creatures, for earth, for her environment) and emotions. She constantly questions things around her and notices a lot. She is strong, adventurous independent and driven. Also a dinosaur is her best friend ( I mean winnnnnnnn).

 

With some twist and turns and some survival needs or adventurous need (counting of the character you talk about) Lincoln and Storm Chaser and well a few others (100 to be exact) end up on Piloria with a special little task to complete….

The story is full of action, drama, survival and……… betrayal. It highly fast paced and very unput down able

The world building and imagery is top class and it is done so beautifully. The dinosaurs were researched so well and I loved that she didn’t stick to general research she did add different to bits of her to the dinosaurs and made them different. The description of the world, the forests, the sea at Piloria ….the buildings, the stuffy environment at Earthasia leaves a very well sketched world in your mind.

Yes as some stories go its also very quite predictable sometimes. But also brutal. You will loose quite a lot of characters by the time you are done with us so yeah.

 

Also another thing about the dual voices was you could see how Stormchaser see the dinosaurs. With compassion and with respect she doesn’t think of them as mindless predators. Where Lincoln thinks exactly that. It’s intriguing to see as their journey through the story progress and to see them go through their beliefs and questions things around them.

One of my only complaint would be I would have liked them to spend more time on Piloria. The place was so beautiful ( and deadly) I just wish I could have read more about it (ahh maybe the sequel will full fill my need for that land)

 

This book is vivid. And with a lot of twist and turns by the last chapter you are left breathless for the sequel because you are left with a bang and really need some answers so yeah for me the waiting game beings. For you? You should totally try this book out. I mean come out. DINOSAURS. KICK ASS FEMALE LEAD. NEW WORLD. POLITICS. PUNY HUMANS.

 

Well what more I can say. I just think you really need this in your life.

Thank you to Usborne  for the ARC.

 

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Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Heather Webb , Hazel Gaynor ( A Review)

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Genre:  Historical Fiction, Romance.
Year Of Publication:
 October 3rd 2017

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Pages: Paperback, 368 pages.

My rating: 4 out  of 5 stars

 

When I heard about this book, it intrigued me. And I really wanted to read about World War 1 and how it was woven into a story by letters. Reading about war has always provoked a lot of thoughts within me. This was no doubt profound, moving and heartbreaking.
Set in the 1914 at the start of world war one. This story is about three main character Tom Harding, Will and Evie Elliott. Tom and Will leave to help with the war by joining the army. Leaving Evie behind terribly frustrated with her life. That starts a constant correspondence between them from the front line of France to the quite suburb of London. As the story grows we see the characters grow a lot. See how war struck them and the changes they have felt. And how excruciating something was for them; exploring mental, physical and psychological health.
The story is told through out the book via letters of correspondence between the characters with a few chapters of narrations from the future.
The letters are full of humor, tragedy, love and hardship. They paint the stark reality of war for not only those who are fighting it but also those who are left behind at home. The letters are full of beautiful prose, and but than in turn also bring WWI to life.
The story itself is quite amazing interwoven in time of war, beautifully weaving tales of friendship, love and family. And sometimes had intriguing or sometimes heartbreaking twist. Despite the war being heavily featured this book also provides entertainment and keeps you fully hooked to find out the fate of each character and their life story.

I read this story in a day. It was a delight to read. Although I think the last two years of war went by a little to fast paced, not quite the same pace and detail as the first two. Also the ending seemed quite rushed to me. But none the less this story was beautiful and I loved it. Although it has nothing to with Christmas as the name suggest. But yeah I think the idea of name of the book is quite poetic of sort because the characters find solace in-between war thinking of Christmas and how they would get together after in ended and go gave fun in Paris together.
If you are a fan of historical fiction specially centered around wars. You will enjoy this one.

Thank you to Harper 360  UK for the copy.

 

 

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff ( A Review)

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Genre:  Fantasy, YA.
Year Of Publication: August 11th 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages:
Hardcover, 429 pages.
My rating: 3.75 out  of 5 stars.

 

Sigh! I have no clue how to write this review. But let’s do this shall we. *nervous laugh*
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Okay I’ll cut chase to the verdict straight away! YES I LOVED THIS BOOK.
But why 3.75 stars? Because I also found a lot of things meh that in turn lead to the lower rating!
Ermm the writing. Sometimes it was TOOO MUCH. It was trying tooooo hard. Over use of descriptions and humor just made me annoyed. Also sometime the cliff notes were over done. It irked to go back and forth between the story and the cliff notes i always ended up forgetting which line i was on .But yeah after a 100 pages I was okay with the book (i made my peace with the ~over~ parts of writing) and really really was excited about this story.
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This books is brutal. It’s bloody. And it’s grueling. So if you are faint hearted it might not be for you. Also the words and scenes are sometimes very PG.

It’s basically a bunch of assassins who really don’t care about killing tbh. 😂
Its also includes a school the red Church where ahrem they go to become more assassin-y 😂

Mia Corvere is the main character of this story. Her father was executed for treason and her mother and brother was sent to a prison. And this starts her journey.

“Never Flinch.’ A cold whisper in her ear. ‘Never fear. And never, ever forget.’
The girl nodded slowly.
Exhaled the hope inside.
And she’d watched her father die.”

After all this Mia, instead of feeling sorry for herself. Decided to find answers, take action and find vengeance. For that she has to be inducted into the red church. The school for murderers . So yeah it’s all about her journey to get into red church and to survive it.

Oh and she is also a Darkin. Which means she can control shadows. And she also has a shadow cat. WHICH WAS FABULOUS!!! The cat had some of the most hilarious and sarcastic and fun dialogues. I loved their banter.

“…bravo…’ Mister Kindly said,’..if only I had hands to applaud..’
Mia smacked her backside. ‘I’d settle for lips to kiss my sweet behind.
‘…I would have to find it first…’
Arses are like fine wine, Mister Kindly. Better too little than too much.
‘ …a beauty and a philosopher. be still my beating heart…’ The not-cat looked down at its translucent chest ‘…O,wait…”

Life at Red Church is ruthless and brutal. There are also 29 other acolytes who got inducted into the are church an are all competing for the chance of being a BLADE. The acolytes befriend each other, love each other, back stab each other and one by one, get killed off. Yes it is a bloody journey….

This book even with the over writing and excessive use of words and elaboration ; (“kicking him hard enough to cripple hid unborn children”
Like Just say u kicked him in the nuts.
, “Mia sighed. Took her temper by the earlobe and pulled it to heel.” ) manages to hook you up and sucks you up into its dimensions.. You cant help but devour it.

Along with the thrilling journey there are also some downs, maybe i have read a lot of books or stuff but some of the deaths and plot twists were very predictable. Also something Mia does in the 3.5/4th of the book made me really question her ruthlessness. Wasn’t she supposed to be a cold blooded murderer?

Also i have read in many reviews that this book is adult fantasy and i would say that yes the bloodiness and the sex scenes are indeed explicit but i think the story without all the embellishments itself is purely YA in its soul.

SO overall, despite my grievances with this book i enjoyed it a lot. I was very excited to finish it the journey was enthralling. My advice to anyone who loves fantasy read itt you must also love it like me. OR maybe not i think this book a very acquired taste it can go very well or not at all.

For me i cant wait for my copy of Godgrave to arrive. 🙂