Posts Tagged ‘Suspense’

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.

The Graveyard book byNeil Gaiman”The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman is imaginative tale with a fable like quality. This is my first book from this author and I totally fell in love with his writing style. This may seem like a children literature or middle grade  book but I feel there is a lot more than that in the story. When I picked up this book I was clueless about whats inside, my guess was pointing towards ghosts and spirits as the title suggested. But I was surprised to find a whole different world of fantasy inside.

When a family is murdered by a mysterious killer except one- a young, diapered boy, who had wandered off just before the crime took place. But the killer needed to complete the job so he starts searching for him. Fortunately for the boy, he was taken in by the residents of a nearby graveyard. And when the spirit of his newly deceased mother asks for their help, the residents agree to raise her son. He is given to the care of the Owens couple and named “Nobody,” Bod for short. He is raised by a group of ghosts and was kept inside the gates, unknown to the outside world. The murderer takes off after failed attempt  of searching. Bod starts his studies and adventures inside, if he leaves that place then he has to  face the danger waiting for him outside.

My rating: 4 out of 5. This book is inspired by ‘The Jungle Book’ if you see closely you can compare the characters. Like Mowgli was raised by a group of wolves, here Bod was raised by a bunch of ghosts or spirits. Sher Khan has been transformed into the man Jack,  and Bhaloo and Bagheera into Silas and Miss Lupescu the werewolf who are protectors of Bod through out the story. Bandar-log in Jungle book were a bunch of silly monkeys causing trouble and here in this book we can compare them to mindless ghouls. I recommend this book to everyone who likes to read a good piece of literature.

Desires of  the Dead”Desires of the Dead” is the 2d installment in ‘The Body Finder’ series. I liked the first book but was not happy with the crime part of the story. But I still wanted to read and see how things went afterwards so I picked up the second book. Crime and romance go well together, I mean it is a good combination to read. OK, may be this two shouldn’t really go together, but what I meant was it is fun to read.

Dead bodies calls to Violet, not only that but the murderers will also have this different smell and aura around them which will attract her like magnet. This echos and imprints help her to solve the crime cases for her uncle and father who works in the crime related department. Only those closer to her know about her capacity but when a dead boys body calls her she gets into trouble, now FBI are aware of her special instincts and they want her to tell everything about it. When she is happy dating her best friend Jay, there is this new guy and his sister in town who are kind of obstacle for her love life.

I rated this book- 3 out 5, compared to the first book it was brilliantly written. There was lot of suspense and crime detail involved which made this book an interesting read.

Last Sacrifice”Last Sacrifice” is the final installment in Vampire Academy series. Rose is the number one reason that this series has lost its appeal to me. I liked the first few books in the series, but then Rose changed completely and I couldn’t bring myself to like this book. I found her to be egotistical, selfish,  impulsive and insensitive. I have finally finished the series and I deserve a meddle now.

When I first started the series the unique concept of vampire politics and the the whole Strigoi – Moroi thing seemed worthwhile. But then the last two books were basically centered around Rose and her undying love for Dmitri which really annoyed me. She had Adrian who was better person than Dmitri and she still wanted to play with his feelings by hurting him and drooling all over Dmitri. I don’t understand why girls always fall for jerks in the vampire novels. Like Jacob in Twilight here Adrian was rejected. I felt sad for him and hated Rose for using him.

Rose is a victim of foul play, she is getting punished for the crime she never committed. She has to find the another surviving Dragomir, Lisa’s half sister so that Lisa can get voting rights and Rose can free herself from the crime she never committed. But for that she has to run away from the prison. Will she succeed in this adventure of finding another Dragomir? Will she be able to prove her innocence in the murder of vampire queen? Who is playing these games and what do they want?

I am not happy with how the story ended. I liked Lisa a lot better than Rose and at the end both proved to be selfish. My rating: 2 out of 5. I read this just becuase I wanted to complete and get a closure to this series.

Edge of End **I was given a free electronic version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am a big fan of fantasy and when I saw that this book had a hero with memory loss who was trapped in an unknown town, I had to dive into this. Looking at the synopsis I couldn’t resist reading it. I enjoyed reading this book and the characters are easy to relate to.

Jonathan wakes up in an unknown place, memories wiped from his head. When he heads deep into the town nearby, he experiences strange things.  In a town of nothingness where there is nothing but emptiness, he tries to find out who he is and where he has come from. But soon he realizes the danger and evil dwelling beneath the calm town. There is something in this seemingly dead town seeking fresh souls. With the newly found hope after meeting a female resident -Elizabeth, will he succeed in his journey?

Mystery, amnesia and soul sucking demons wow! give me more. This story is unusual and fresh. My rating : 3.5 Other than too much of chasing and escaping (which I felt a bit of repetitive and boring) everything was interesting. I would definitely read more books from this author to know more about his writing.

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.

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”.

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.

 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.