Posts Tagged ‘mystery’

Jessica Rules The Dark Side Beth Fantaskey”Jessica Rules the Dark Side” is the second book in Jessica series. I can’t believe that I enjoyed the first  book in this series so much and gave 4 stars out of 5.But the second book was very disappointing, I felt that it was a failed attempt for writing a mystery + romance novel. This is what happens when a happy ending book gets a sequel.

The plot picks up with Jessica already married to Lucius and now a full-time princess struggling with her duties. She’s worried about not being good enough for Lucius, not being confident or knowledgeable enough to rule the vampires  and not being brave enough to fulfill the tasks given to her.Things gets harder when Lucas becomes suspect for murdering his uncle and Jessica has to send him to jail. But she believes that he didn’t commit this murder. She has to collect the evidences to prove his innocence before he gets into comma forever due to starving with out blood. Who is the master mind behind the well plotted game? Will she be able to find out the murderer and free her husband?

The mystery was very much predictable and there was not a proper story, by mixing her best friend’s love life and Lucas’s cousin’s problems this book became more painful to read. My rating: 1 out of 5. There are no sequels to this so I think this is the ending of Jessica series.

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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.

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.

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.

mazerunnerI am back from my short vacation to beautiful Bali ( Indonesia), island of strong Hindu culture and heritage. Now I have 15 books in my ”read” list to be reviewed. I have read 78 books so far towards my Goal of reading 100 books ( Good reads 2013 reading challenge). Relaxed by wonderful holiday I am ready to read more books 🙂

The Maze runner is young adult science fiction, where teenagers are locked inside the maze, with out any memory of out side world. Thomas is new guy in the maze, he wakes up in his lift without any memory of past. But he remembers his name, when the lift opens he is not alone. He is welcomed by group of boys to Glade covered by stone walls. No one remembers anything except their names.Here every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. This system never failed, until Thomas showed up. Because very next day lift delivers another person but this time it is a girl. First girl to ever arrive in Glade. Thomas feels familiar  feeling towards her. Thomas might be someone important than he could ever guess!

It is wonderful tale of fiction. I recommend this to ”Hunger Games” fans,it will not disappoint you. Movie adaptation by the same name is releasing by 2014. Dylan O’Brienas Thomas is in main role. I liked him from Teen wolf series, he is really good!

 Dylan O'Brien in Maze runner

 

A Bend in the Road Nicholas Sparks books are like comfort food, you need them once in a while to feel good.”A Bend in the Road” is a romance and mystery smash up, unlike other books from this author.

Miles Ryan’s, deputy sheriff of New Bern is living with only one goal- that is to catch the person who killed his wife in hit and run accident. He doesn’t believe that it is an accident, he thinks it as crime. He lives with his son Jonah and all the time worries about him and wants to bring the man to justice who took away Jonah’s mother and his wife. Then Miles meets Sarah, Jonah’s second grade teacher who moved recently to New  Bern, hoping to start over a nasty divorce. Soon Miles and Sarah are falling in love but they are unaware of a secret which is bound to them. Once the secret is out it will make them question everything, including their love.

It is a good novel, with lot of emotions, romance and a little mystery. Surprisingly I didn’t cry this time reading this book as I do always while reading books from this author. My rating: 3 out of 5. A good read, recommended for people who are looking for a light read filled with emotions.

 

Red Dragon I loved Dr. Hannibal Lecter from the book ”The silence of the lamb” which is second book in Hannibal Lecter series. Then I decided to read this series to get more details about Hannibal Lecter. ”Red Dragon” is the first book and it doesn’t give much information about Hannibal as  Will Graham takes the major role here. But still Hannibal succeeded to give the readers  creepy feelings few times.

FBI Special Will Graham has retired and lives  with his new wife Molly and her son Willie. He is retired becuase of the nearly fatal encounter with Hannibal Lecter, whose capture he was responsible for. But then his peaceful life was disturbed by his old boss when he came asking for help catching a serial killer named ” Tooth fairy” who killed two families so far. The Tooth Fairy, a serial killer who is named becuase of the tooth marks he leaves and for dicing his victims with shards of broken mirrors. But Will Graham decides to visit Hannibal in his asylum where he is kept guarded. But his encounter with Hannibal brings back the memory and the bitter realization that he can track killers becuase he can think like a killer. Killer is a fan of Hannibal and soon he tries to get in touch with Hannibal through letters and papers which is found out by FBI. Will Graham in his weak mental condition can he catch the killer? Who is this Killer who calls himself as The Red Dragon? What is the mystery behind all these murders?

I totally liked this book. Unlike other books it gives complete information about killer somewhere when you reach the middle of the novel. You will  know who is the killer, his childhood and his mental condition.  It’s like  you are just witnessing how he is killing and how FBI is working to catch him. The mystery is revealed in the beginning but getting hold of this mystery is a big mystery. I liked author’s  writing style. My rating: 3 out of 5. I heard there is a movie adaption by the same name, planing to watch it soon.