Archive for May, 2014

City of glass”City of Glass” is the third book in the mortal instruments series. I liked this book better than the second one, but the first book is still my favorite in this series. I don’t know what to say about this series, its not AMAZING and it is not TERRIBLE. Most of the time I try to avoid book series, especially when there are more than three books. Because I know that once I start I can’t go back without reading the last book in the series.

Clary wants to travel to city of Glass to find answers and save her mother. But Jace doesn’t want to involve her in shadow hunter business and takes off to glass city with the others, leaving her behind. Unfortunately Simon is dragged into the mess and he is thrown into prison for no reason. Clary uncovers more about her family’s past and she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow hunter Sebastian. But there is some secret mission going on, of which no one is aware of. Soon Clary finds answers to all her questions.

My rating: 3 out of 5. I feel that author could have ended the story here, but there are 3 more books in the series. I would like to read and find out more.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Last StrawEvery once in a while you need a break from glowing vampires, horrifying werewolves, philosophies, sappy love stories and end of the world page turners. Every once in a while you need to forget that you are an adult now and read something funny which reminds you of your own childhood.

Greg Heffley and his family are back again and Greg is trying to get up the courage to ask out a girl while trying to keep himself out of military school. I was surprised to find out that this book was not nearly as good as the first two Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I did not enjoy as much as the other two because the humor that kept me hooked was almost completely gone. But its Greg whom we are talking about who is high on smart and low on luck somehow there is humor wherever he goes.

My rating: 3 out of 5. I think the series kinda grow along with Greg. In this book  Greg was bit matured than the last one focusing on getting a girlfriend. There are 9 books in this series. 8 already published and the 9th one is getting published this year.

The Da Vinci Code The Da Vinci Code is  much discussed controversial book of Dan Brown. Believe it or not, last December I started this book  and just couldn’t finish it. I quit hundred times before I finally  finished the book. I really don’t know what was the big hype about but this is surely not what I expected. I liked Angels and Demons better, that’s the first Dan Brown book I read.

Symbologist Robert Langdon was supposed to meet Jacques Sonier one night and instead, he gets called to the Louvre, the scene of Sonier’s horrific death. French police officer, Fache, thinks that Langdon is the murderer. Fortunately, Sophie  intervenes to shunt Langdon away. And then they are off, trying to avoid being arrested, trying to find the “Grail”, and trying to discover who killed Sonier. Now what is this Grail and what is the secret Jacques Sonier was trying to protect even on his deathbed?

Spoilers ahead*

This book has been quite controversial.A lot of Christian and Catholic churches were not happy about the claims Dan Brown makes in this book example how Jesus married Mary Magdalene and how the Church was manipulative in hiding that fact. I am not from this religion so I don’t know much about this. I don’t know if Jesus was married, tradition has it that he was not. I don’t think if you have real faith in someone his marital status will not affect your faith. And more than anything this is just a fictional crime novel which revolves around religion.

My Rating: 2 out of 5. I didn’t like Langdon in this book. He spent a lot of time talking about history, symbols, sacred femininity. This book was boring with a capital ”B”.

City of Ashes”City of ashes” is the second installment in The Mortal instruments series. I have picked up pretty big series here now I will have to finish it. This book was an average read where it maintained the same voice from the first book. supernatural life, coupled with bits of Christianity sprinkled throughout makes for a fascinating read. It is like I don’t even like the book but I like the story. It has enough excitement to make you read the series, just to see what happens?

Clary’s life can never go back to normal becuase she is a shadow hunter and she knows the truth. But it seems like its geting more and more complicated. Someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and suspects her brother Jace for stealing it. Clary is still trying to control her feelings for Jace and she doesn’t want to hurt Simon either.

My rating: 3 out of 5. It is a good time pass read, I recommend this to Paranormal YA fans. But make sure to read the first book in the series before you jump into this one.

Battle of the Labyrinth”The battle of the Labyrinth” is the 4th book in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. It is written for 8-15 year old and if you are really looking for something bigger then this is not your choice. The vocabulary is very limited and the story has same pattern. But if you are a fan of Greek Mythology then this book is made for you.

Percy Jackson is about to start his freshman year in school and but he doesn’t reach far. On orientation day he somehow gets into fight with demon cheerleaders. There is only one safe place to be in, that is Camp-half blood but there is a war breaking in and soon even the camp will not be safe for half bloods. Kronos’s army is planing to attack the camp through a secret gate of Labyrinth. Percy and his friends has to go for another quest to stop this invasion. But this time quest is dangerous, they have to go into the Labyrinth a sprawling dangerous underground.

Giving it 4 stars would be an injustice to other better books. It was fun to read, full of action but kind of predictable as previous books in the series. And the encounter with kronos was not that exciting so my rating is 3 out of 5. One more book to read in this series.

Fire Study”Fire Study” is the third installment of Study series. This book was bit difficult to get through. The plot was dull and progressed slowly. I don’t know what happened to Valek’s character and his heart of steal, now he acts like one love crazed teenager by calling her ”My love” through out the book.

When people come to know that Yelena is a soul finder people grow uneasy and scared of her abilities. When she realizes that her homeland is in danger she has to take the matters into her hands and until anyone believes her she has to hide somewhere and plan to win. Which can be a better place than Ixia? But if she goes to Ixia she will be proved a traitor by Sitian Law. She has to play this game slowly and carefully.

I don’t even remember how many times they encountered the enemy and how many times escaped. This story could have been better I don’t know why author lost the story here in 2nd and 3rd installments. I think that is what happens when you write an amazing book and decide to write sequels for that. It is very hard to write up to the standards of the first one. My rating: 2 out of 5.

I saw this while going through Goodreads and I had to post this awesome piece of art which very well describes the series.

Source: http://www.deviantart.com

Devolution_by_LoopyWolf

Zom B UndergroundAfter devouring Zom-B by Darren Shan I was quick to jump into the second book in the series, Zom-B Underground. After the complete shock of book one’s ending, I just had to know what the author was going to throw at the readers next. This book was as good as the first book and I enjoyed reading it. It is a very short read (hardly 2 hours) and I finished reading it in one sitting.

After throwing Taylor to the zombies, B has been turned into one, and is being held at an under ground military facility after coming back to  consciousness. B learns that there are two types of zombies, revitalized and revived zombies. B is revitalized one she gets her memories and consciousness back while revived zombies are walking brain dead killing machines. There are many teenagers who are like her helping the govt to research zombies. Zombies don’t eat the the revitalized ones that is the plus point. But still B has got no answers to her questions about this zombie madness happening worldwide. But soon she will know enough to want to runaway from there.

This book also ends with suspense note, exactly as the first one ended. Unlike first book, this book has got lot of zombie actions. My rating: 3 out of 5. I am definitely continuing this series.

Whispers at moonrise”Whispers at Moonrise” is 4th book in Shadow falls series. I devoured this book in a day becuase I really wanted to know what Kylie Galen is as quickly as possible. Kylie is getting ever-closer to discovering the secrets of her identity as a supernatural in ‘Whispers at Moonrise. But with every other crazy thing going on in her life how can she maintain her sanity, is my big question.

This book starts exactly from where the last book ended. Kylie cracked her grandfather’s address and contacted him. Now she is eagerly waiting for him to to come to her with all sort of information, answers about her freaking brain pattern and her identity in supernatural world. But there is something in the shadows of the wood calling for her to come. But there are some personal things she needs to take care of, she needs to sort out her feelings for Derek, the sexy half-Fae who just confessed his love, and Lucas, her werewolf boyfriend who seems more committed to his pack than to their relationship. And also not to forget her mom falling for complete stranger and going out with him as if to take revenge on her step dad. But there is also this mysterious ghost following her with more mysteries to solve.

I felt heart broken for Kylie at the end and it was kind of unexpected ending. My rating: 4 out of 5. I am sure next book is going to be fun.

The devil and miss prymI have been reading a lot of young adult novels lately and my blog looks like purely YA book reviewing blog. I am on the quest to finish as many series as I can so that I can read other books in peace. I regret for starting so many series but glad that I am slowly finishing it. I picked up one of my favorite authors- Paulo Coelho’s book for a change and enjoyed as usual. What I like about his book is that he presents ideas more than the stories. I absolutely adore his writing style and philosophical view.

The basic premise is that a stranger comes to a small town. He speaks to Miss Prym, the local barmaid and tells her his plan. He wishes to offer the villagers enough gold to last for generations. All they have to do is murder one of their own. How the villagers choose will answer for the stranger whether people are basically good or basically evil. But Miss Prym is in dilemma here because she can’t accept his proposal and become a murderer but she can’t keep people away from this proposal becuase if they come to know that such an opportunity is gone from their hands they are surely going to blame her.

This story is perfect to understand the evil and good and which way today’s humanity is heading. Even though I wanted to give 4 I ended up rating it 3 after completing the book. Its a must read for Paulo Coelho fans.

Even White Thrash Zombies Get the Blues”Even White Thrash Zombies Get the Blues” is second installment in White Thrash Zombie series. I think this was a pretty decent follow up to the first book but I can’t say that I enjoyed this one quite as much as the first one. What I really liked about this book is that Angel is quite independent now. She has accepted being a zombie and settled into her new life. Her job is good and she is getting paid well, enough to take care of bills and her dad. she has a great set of new friends, and even a new boyfriend. 

Angel is trying hard to make a new life but her felony record is coming back to haunt her. It seems like more zombie hunters are popping up and there is something bigger than that, zombie mafia. Someone wants to kidnap Angel and the reason is unknown. Someone is stealing body from morgue and Angel is under suspicion. Until she finds out who did that Angel can’t clear her record.

First half of the book was bit repetitive, other than that its a good time pass read. My rating: 3 out of 5. I recommend this book to Zombie fiction fans.