Archive for November, 2013

Taken at Dusk”Taken at Dusk” is the 3rd book in Shadow Fall series. I am reading a lot of series nowadays like ‘Vampire Dairies”, ”Vampire Academy”, ”House of Night”, and ”Drake Chronicles” it is really confusing to remember the stories.

Shadow Fall series is about Kylie Galen  who was sent to a supernatural school where she encounters all supernatural characters like fairies, were wolves, vampires, shape shifters and witches. But she is unable to find out what she is even though she has this ghost whispering powers and some  unknown special powers she can’t decide what she is. In the 3rd book Lucas is back and Kylie is about to fall for him but she learns that his pack is not happy with it. Even though she let go of  Derek there is something which is troubling her while looking his way. Now that Kylie knows who is  her real father, she is searching for real grandparents so that she can know where did her powers come from and do her kind have a name?

It is a good read, but you can only understand the story if you have read  the other two books in the series. My rating: 3 out of 5.

Deadline by Mira Grant Deadline  is the second book in Newsflesh Trilogy. This zombie series are entirely different than others, because these  are more like science and political related than horror and zombies.  The undead are just in the background while men do all the dirty work in their name.

I am not a big fan of this series, the first book- Feed was good compared to the second book. Now that his sister is dead, Shaun Mason is in charge of running the news organization he built with his sister. But he can hardly concentrate on that. Now he is not an Erwin, playing with dead things are not fun anymore. One day a CDC researcher fakes her own death and appears on his doorstep  with a secret that brings back the reason for Shaun to live and fight. They face planned attacks wherever they go. Someone is preventing them from knowing the truth behind the secret.

Its a good concept, but I found the book bit boring and slow going. As it lacks zombie action its ”dry and hard to finish reading kind”. My  rating: 2 out of 5.

the forty rules of love

“If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.”

-Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

I don’t have words to express how much I love this wonderful, fantastic and amazing book. I couldn’t control myself from giving 5 out of 5 for this book. Oh God, can anyone write this well? This is follow-up to this authors 2007 novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, which I didn’t get to read till now. But I am definitely going to read her other books soon.

Ella Rubenstein is forty years old and unhappily married with a man who has affairs outside the marriage and children who don’t appreciate for what she does.  When she takes a job as a reader for a literary agent, her first assignment is to read and report on Sweet Blasphemy, a novel written by a man named Aziz Zahara. Even though she is in no mood to read something when her personal life is falling apart and her own people are drifting away from her, soon she finds herself involved in the book Sweet Blasphemy. Where she learns about the encounter and transforming love between Rumi and the wandering dervish Shams i-Tabriz in 1240. And slowly she starts loving this man who wrote the book.  As she reads on, she realizes that Rumi’s story mirrors her own and that Zahara—like Shams—has come to set her free. She realizes the forty rules of love.

Sufi's dancing

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Sufi story in the background is pretty amazing. I was not aware of interesting facts about Sufi’s inside the Islam religion but because of this book I did a lot of research on Internet and got plenty of information. I felt strange happiness after reading this book which I usually get after reading Paul Coelho’s books. Something divine, spiritual and inspiring. I highly recommend this book.


City of BonesCity of Bones is the first book in the series- ”The Mortal Instruments”. A book about paranormal things and has angel and demon concept. I liked reading this book even though I have read many negative reviews about this I just can’t hate this book. But I don’t love this book either. Its just that I enjoyed reading this book and I gave 3 out of 5 which means I liked it 🙂

Now about the story- fifteen-year-old Clary Fray can see things which others can’t see, like a murder committed in the middle of a club where 3 teenagers wit tattoos kill this silver haired guy but she can’t call police because no one can see it and the body is disappeared into thin air. This is her first meeting with Shadow hunters, with in 2 hours Clary’s life is filled with them as only they can help find her mom. Jace is this angel looking shadow hunter who rescues her and with whom she falls in love with. There is a childhood friend of her Simon who is ready to do anything for her because he loves her. But why demons would be interested in ordinary teenage girl? Why was she given this sight to see demons and shadow hunters? Is she special or just a girl who somehow got unlucky and got this special sight?

The movie adaptation of this novel is released recently and as usual book was better than movie. While reading the book entire time I wanted Jace and Clary to be together and while watching movie I was like Simon looks better than Jace. I don’t understand Jace is supposed to be hot, not Simon and  Isabelle is supposed to be way hotter than Clary. Casting of the movie is sure screwed up.

KillerKiller is the sixth book in the ”Pretty Little Liars” series and every book gets our 4 girls from Rosewood in to more and more danger. After fourth book I kinda got fed up with the series, I felt like the author is dragging the story by repeating the same thing like Spencer’s parents problem, Hanna’s dad’s problem and her battle to become queen bee of Rosewood, Aria’s confusion of falling with wrong guy every time and Emilie’s dating issues.

Hanna is fighting with her step sister for queen bee position and for getting that they both are trying for same sophomore guy. Spencer is in search of her real mother, looking at the way her parents her treating her she doubts that she is their own child. Aria is into a boy, her old crush but when everything is going so well his past stars haunting her as ghost. Emilie as usual into boy friend issues. Every single problem is created by A. When they thought that Mona, the A is dead and Ian is in jail for Ali’s murder, a new A emerges from the shadows who knows their hidden secrets and lies.

My rating: 3 out of 5. Its my standard rating for the books from Pretty Little liars series.

Will Work for Prom DressLately I am reading a lot of YA fiction. It feels really good to read and review some quick and light read sometimes. I have read two tough to review books recently, ”The Diary of a Young Girl” and ”The Forty Rules of Love”.

”Will Work for Prom Dress” is quick an funny read. Quigley and Ann are in their last year of high school and on a mission to improve themselves just in time for prom. They have a Betterment Plan, that includes eating right, exercise and plenty of off the wall jobs to pay for the perfect dress. Girls find themselves in  frozen pizza factory making artistic creations with sauce and pepperoni, but soon they are fired from there. But they are saved when  Ann’s world famous designer mom, Victoria Parisi, offers them a gig as models for her fashion design class at the local college. Hesitant at first they both agree to do this for the sake of Prom Dress. But there is no YA novel with out love story in it. A simple but romantic story  is waiting for her there. Will that guy be her hero for real?

It is a witty and interesting read. I am sure YA fans will love this book. My rating: 3 out of 5.

The Zahir”All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step”

-Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

Another novel by Paulo Coelho, my favorite author. This book was nothing like I expected. I was expecting a lot of inspiration and new thins to learn from this book but unfortunately I was disappointed. End was not that fulfilling and I was not connected to the main characters like how I usually do with the main characters of Paulo Coelho’s books. The Sufi concept mentioned in this book was good and as I already did my small research on the subject while reading ”The Forty Rules of Love”  by the author- Elif Shafak, it was easy to understand. It is a new concept but usual Paulo Coelho thing was missing from this story.

The narrator of ”The Zahir” is a best selling novelist and enjoys his life. While he is busy enjoying his life with money and celebrity status, his wife of ten years a war correspondent disappears with her friend Mikhail. Was she kidnapped, murdered or just escaped with lover? no one knows. But one day narrator finds out this Mikhail and the door to whole new truth about his wife opens.

It is good read, but I personally did’t like it much. May be I was expecting too much from this book. My rating: 2 out of 5. As a hard core fan of Paulo Coelho I have decided to read his all novels so one ‘not that good book’ can’t change my decision.

Dark Reunion Dark Reunion is the final book in ”The Vampire Diaries” and I can’t believe the series ended so soon. But I am glad that it has many more series like Return and hunter. 3rd book ended with sad note and I was little disappointed about it. But 4th book started a with bang and ended as I expected.

Elena is dead, Stephen and Damon are gone from the town. But still there is something lurking in the dark, freaking people. When everyone though that evil was gone for good something new has entered the town. Stephen and Damon are  summoned to help Elena’s friends. Will they succeed in defeating the evil? Where is Elena, is she really dead or stuck somewhere?

It is a good quick read,  my rating is 3 out of 5 for this book.

DivergentDivergent is a dystopian YA fiction I came to read when I was desperately wanted to read something similar to ”Hunger Games” series. This is no fight to death but some similar aspects caught my attention. There is a rebellion protagonist female character just like the HG series. 

Here  society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On particular appointed day  all 16 year  olds must go through test to choose their faction. Its their duty to be true to their faction and choose what they were born into. When they select other factions they are considered as traitors in their old faction. Beatrice has to make a choice between staying with her family and being who she really is. But when she finally chose a faction she is in a fear of being faction less as she has to go through a lot to prove herself there. But her test results were kept hidden and the secret is known to only Beatrice and the invigilator about  something which can’t be revealed. There is something in Beatrice which will lead to change in everything something few feared from a long time. 

I enjoyed reading this book, my rating: 4 out of 5. It may seem little high but I couldn’t give it 3.5. I recommend this to YA fans.