Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea I’m kind of torn with this book. I am utterly uncertain about how I feel for this book. Did I love it or did I hate it? I really don’t know. Set up and atmosphere gets 5 stars but mystery and romance is what I didn’t quite buy as much as I wanted to.

Violets parents have been in Paris for months now. They are off exhibiting their paintings there, leaving Violet with her brother Luke. When they run out of money violet decides to rent out the guesthouse and a teenager named River West comes to live in their guesthouse. But strange things begin to happen around and their small town is in chaos. Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark haired sexy teenager for whom violet will fall for.

I liked the story, it was really creepy and for some odd reasons I like creepy stories. If you are looking for a good paranormal mystery with a little Gothic touch then this is perfect choice. My rating: 3 out of 5.

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Hannibal RisingHannibal Rising is the final installment in Hannibal Lecter series. This story is about Hannibal Lecter’s childhood and the time before he became ”Hannibal the Cannibal”. I loved the first two books in the series and from the third book it went down hill for me. Seriously what is it? mockery at him, the genius of a cannibalistic serial killer. A huge disappointment. I had my hopes way up. Who can blame me? Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs were freaking masterpieces. Probably, had I read it before knowing who Hannibal Lecter was, I would’ve enjoyed it more.

Hannibal Lecter was not a killer by birth, there were some situations made him to do it and molded him to what he became later. He was found mute, a chain attached to his neck. His uncle and his beautiful wife, Lady Murasaki took him in. But he is not alone, he has his demons with him in his mental palace. Slowly he tries to visit his demons and gets his memory refreshed. As he becomes friends with this demons, he becomes death’s prodigy.

you were to keep aside the fact that you do not know Hannibal Lecter and none of his traits, then you might enjoy this read. My rating: 2 out of 5.

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.

Hannibal ”Hannibal” is 3rd book in Hannibal Lecter series. Lecter is one of the most appalling,brilliant, classy, terrifying, ruthless and popular characters of fiction world. Widely known as ‘Hannibal the Cannibal’. I agree its hard to live up to the success of ”The Silence of the Lambs”. But author had done pretty good job with this book. Other than ”not as good as expected” ending I liked the book.

After 7 years of Dr. Lecter’s escape he is back but this time to help  FBI agent Clarice Starling, the woman who once stood for him and in a way responsible for his escape.  FBI agent Clarice Starling is facing some serious issues and Lecter wants to help her. But there is someone out there waiting for his revenge on Dr.Lecter, who is more than willing to do anything to get to him. Clarice Starling is going to be pawn for corrupt people who take orders from insane multimillionaire.

My rating is 3. I wanted to give 4 but then the ending was not at all satisfying. I almost felt like Thomas Harris went out of his way to include tawdry little details in his book and that cheapened it.

*Spoilers Alert*

  • did we really need a body-building lesbian sister, after her brother’s sperm?
  • did we need to feed a man, parts of his own brain?
  • did we need man eater Pigs?
  • Did we need Clarice Starling to get brain dead and follow Dr. Lecter?

I wanted more actions from Clarice Starling‘s side and there was not much. I liked how the actions and suspense played in the story but I am disappointed with the ending. More than crime thriller it felt like a sappy romantic ending. There is more book in the series – ”Hannibal Rising” I think its about Lecter’s childhood life, so the story of Clarice Starling almost ends here.

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.

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.

 

Sarpa SambandhaSarpa Sambandha is the second installment in Matagathi series. This book goes to extremes of black magic. Tejamma is back with a special weapon this time – Snake’s revenge. People who didn’t read the first book, probably will not get the clear story if they are reading this book directly. So its better to read the first book ”Matagathi” where you will get to know the characters.

After defeating Tejamma, Agninatha and Niharika are into simple life away from dark magic. But once a person gets into the dark world there is no way out for him. Tejamma is back like phoenix with more power this time, only way to stop her from acheiving what  she was stopped from acheiving last time is Agninatha and Niharika. This time war is more dangerous and cruel with snakes in evil’s side.

I enjoyed reading this book, ,y rating: 4 out of 5. It is amazing story of horror and dark magic in Kannada novel field.  Hopefully someone will think of translating it into English  so that non kannadigas can enjoy reading it.