Archive for April, 2014

Zom-BZom-B is a YA story about zombie apocalypse. It has a different approach with subjects like racism and abusing. I liked the way this book was introduced and I am sure its a good starting to the series. Lot of surprises and suspense materials will give a strong hold on the story and it is very quick read.

B is a teen living in England with a racist, abusive father who drinks too much and beats B and B’s mother on a daily basis. Weird thing is, B loves him and hates him at the same time for his despicable bias. Just to please him B has to hit kids from other religion and skin color.  By becoming a teen who is a trouble-maker, fighter, and racist B is trying to make him proud. But something is happening in the world recently, the news about zombies is spreading all over and B has seen some weird people hanging around. But when zombies attack the school there is no time to panic, B and friends are searching for a way out but seems like the attack was planned and door are locked. Who is behind these attacks? What are these creatures called zombies? 

This book is more about B than zombies. The exciting stuff didn’t happen until the end. I was so surprised to find out about B at the end. ( I am not going to spoil that for you, I have tried so much to hide that in my review) I totally did not expect that. My rating 3 out of 5. I recommend this book to zombie fiction fans, but there is not a lot of action but I am sure other books in the series will have that covered.

More weird things customers say in bookshopsCustomer: (Holding a copy of a Weight Watchers book in one hand, and The Hunger Games in the other) Which of these dieting books would you recommend most?

Customer: I don’t like biographies. The main character pretty much always dies in the end. It’s so predictable!

”More weird things customers say in Bookshops” is the second installment in the series. As this 2nd book was available I just jumped to read it with out waiting to read the first book. Jen Campbell wrote a blog about peculiar things customers say in bookshops and then published the first book- ”weird things customers say in Bookshops” which was huge success and popular among book lovers.

This book is hilarious and really funny. Few incidents are crazy like one customer asking for signed copy of Bible 🙂 I wonder how this people can survive in real life, being so ignorant. Jen Campbell collected incidents from her experience and also some from other shops/libraries. I will definitely read the first book in the series. My rating: 3 out of 5. Recommended to book lovers out there.

The titan's curse”The Titan’s Curse” is the 3rd book in ”Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series. I must confess that this book is my least favorite book in the series so far.

In the first book Percy is looking for the light bolt, in the second book he’s looking for the golden fleece and in this third book he’s looking for Annabelle. It follows the same formula, something is missing and Percy goes to strange places to find those things. Now Thalia is back and its up to Percy and her to go and rescue Annabelle. But only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the monster but according to Oracle not all will survive. More than the story I liked the ending. The book ended with a thrilling truth and I am sure it is going to be a nice twist in the series.

I loved 2 previous books and my rating was 4. But for this book my rating is 3 out of 5. I still like this series and I am definitely going to read the rest.

Pretty when she kills”Pretty when she kills” is the second book in ”Pretty when she dies” series. I find these titles little weird and funny but I like this series. When I started reading the second book I was bit disappointed but still I have high hopes for the series.

Amaliya thought she had finally found happy ending with Cian,the master of Austin. After defeating the strongest enemy she though she has nothing to worry now but master of  San Antonio is behind her power. He wants to capture her and use her powers. A mysterious man is hunting Amaliya with the help of her one time lover, Pete, and Rachon, the Summoner’s favorite progeny, appears to be out for revenge. But Amalia is lucky to have supportive family and friends. But this time will they help her or is she alone in her battle?

My rating: 3 out of 5. Few parts were repeated from the previous book but the story was not boring. I finished this book in one day. Amaliya’s necromancer power is new concept, I am waiting to read the 3rd book in the series- ”Pretty when she destroys”.

AllegiantI have been stuck with series, recently I am trying to finish reading the series from my ”to read list”. I am tiered of seeing them lie there for months and months. It’s not that I am eager to read, but keeping it for another time is headache. I just want to get over with it. It is like, I would like the first book and then struggle to read the sequels. Same thing happened with veronica Roth’s ”Divergent” series too. I liked the first book but then the sequels were boring. ”Allegiant” is the 3rd book in the series. (Thank god the series ends here) There are lot of prequels which I am not reading.

Faction based society is shattered with violence and betrayal. So Tris and Tobias escapes to the world which is unknown and past the limit. But reality there is even more worse than society. Tris has to struggle hard to protect her love and war is everywhere. It seems that Tris can’t escape her fate. This story is told from a  dual perspective, you can read the story from Tris and Tobias’s view.

What a bummer! first thing came to my mind was regret for choosing this series to read. I loved the first book but then the author couldn’t keep the same magic going on in sequels. So much of the book did not make sense at all, especially the genetics part which kept coming in second half of the book. I am a Biology student and I don’t see any meaning in how the genetics was used in the story(not that it matters). My rating: 2 out of 5. I wanted to give less than that but in the honor of Divergent I settled with current rating.

DreamlandDreamland by Sarah Dessen was different. I’ve read two Dessen books prior to this one, Lock and key and That Summer. I liked how she wrote about teenage problems with mixture of sweet romance and emotions. Her book covers reminds me of happy summer stories.

The book starts with Catlin’s older sister, Cassandra, running away which leaves Caitlin’s family situation in chaos, and also leaves Caitlin to fill her “perfect” sister’s place. Caitlin has always used her sister as a bit of an excuse not to excel or be special, knowing she could not measure up, and, without Cass around, Caitlin doesn’t have any clue who to be. In the absence of Cass, Caitlin’s overprotective mother switches her focus to the remaining daughter and tries to do everything for her which really annoys her. In her continuing search to be her own person and do things Cass never did, Caitlin begins dating a bad boy. If you are thinking that this is another ”Hollywood” type of stories where bad boy has a golden heart and helps Catlin to find herself then you are wrong story has a twist here. He deals drugs, bosses Caitlin around, and completely monopolizes her life and he is possessive in every possible way. The abusive relationship she goes through is something very realistic and emotional. Rather than living her life she lives for him instead.

My rating: 3 out of 5. It a an excellent book about abusive relationship, one of the teenage problems. I strongly feel that people should get out of painful abusive relations. Love can never give you physical pain, love is giving and forgiving. This book explains the dark sides of abusive relation with a bit of romance and lot of emotions. If you are Sarah Dessen fan then its a must read book.

 The body finderI really don’t know how to rate this book, I did enjoy it in parts and it was definitely not boring, but I had expected more.The Body Finder is first book in ”The Body Finder” series. It has got some great imaginations and ideas.

Violet can sense echoes, feelings, smells, colors or sounds left behind by murder victims, which not only make it possible for her to locate dead bodies but also to find their murderer. So far she had to deal with finding dead animals but when a cruel serial killer is on the loose in her hometown she witnesses more than that. When she finds victims of this killer she believes it to be her responsibility to stop him. With her ability to smell and sense the murderer she starts off to find him but soon she realizes that she is in danger. In meantime she has to deal with  Jay, her best friend since childhood and fast growing feelings for him.

The crime part was flat here, I expected a list of suspects and bit more action. It was more into romantic kind, but I enjoyed reading this book. The concept is new and fresh. My rating: 2 out of 5. I may read the sequel but not anytime soon.

The InitiationThe Initiation by L.J. Smith is the first book in The Secret Circle series. I read it recently after watching the TV series ”The Secret Circle”. I really liked the series and wanted to read the book. The book is so much different than the TV show  but not different in a good way. The reason Cassie going to New Salem  wasn’t the same, and most people know there are witches in New Salem according to book which doesn’t make the circle, secret circle. Characters in the TV series are much more likable.

Cassie Blake and her mother have moved to New Salem to live with Grandma Howard. She’s not too excited about leaving her friends and California behind. On her first day at school she meets Faye Chamberlain, one person that you don’t want to meet. But Diana Downey comes to her rescue, things could have been fine if she wasn’t in love with Downey’s boyfriend.  Everyone seems to keep a distance from these people who live in her side of town. Soon she comes to know why, when she is told about secret circle.

My rating: 2 out of 5. May be I kept comparing the TV series with the book and couldn’t like the characters from the book.

Eleanor & Park I have been seeing a lot of reviews about this book almost everywhere. Everyone was talking about it so I thought why not read and see. It was a joy to read, the story and romance were lovely and I couldn’t help but utterly fall in love with the characters of Eleanor and Park. Sweet romance between two misfit people and the trouble in their life is really interesting. But I am furious and not satisfied with the ending, I mean it’s good and all but it is not perfect ending in my opinion. 

Love blooms between two misfit  people, Eleanor being a misfit and always standing out because of her weight, bright red curly hair, awkwardness, and funky outfits. Park being a misfit because of the fact that he is the only Asian kid in the entire school. These characters are very close to real life people and you might find the stereotype characters of this book in real life too.

Eleanor character is not easy to like as she lacks confidence and sometimes seems lame but Park’s character is more likable. There was nothing to cry at the end as many people have mentioned in their reviews. Ending was little unpredictable if you consider Eleanor’s character you might be thinking about different ending. I am not disappointed here because I enjoyed this author’s writing style. My rating: 3 out of 5. Its quite unique and special, and it is one of those books you really have to discover for yourself because whatever I say may not make sense with out really reading it yourself. Other than unresolved ending everything was good.

Blood PromiseI enjoyed VA series so far but this book was real disappointment. I felt there was far too much recap of the previous 3 books. Just like ”House of Night” series by P. C Cast I can see Mead repeating the story from previous books. Rose was very strong character from the beginning but in this book author made her weak and helpless.

Shadow Kiss” left us with Rose on the way to find and kill her beloved Dimitri who had fallen during a fight with Strigoi. “Blood Promise” picks up where Rose is looking for traces of Dimitri. In search of Dimitri she reaches his home and brakes the sad news to his family. I don’t want to go any deeper and spoil the story for those who didn’t read it yet.

I didn’t like this book for few reasons. (*Spoiler alert*)

  1. Rose is no longer a terrible character. She is a love sick weak woman who lost her warrior side and lost her goal when she saw Dimitri and became his blood whore.
  2. Lisa’s character was  silly sometimes.
  3. Story goes around and around with out coming to the real point

My rating: 2 out of 5. I didn’t like author turning Lisa in to a bitch and Rose into a blood whore. I enjoy reading about their friendship and like them for what they are. Hopefully the 5th book is good to read.