Monday, 23 November 2015

Wrap Up Review.

Hello fellow readers, as you can tell ( or not) I have been away for awhile and to be honest I don't really have a valid excuse.I have read books and despite it being my first year in university , I had time to write a post. Well now I am back and have read quite a bit of books and will be disposing my thoughts of them here in a wrap up in a pros/ cons format. 

1. The Wrath and The Dawn.

This 1000 and one nights retelling is quite an adventure and even though it was quite hyped up I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

- Likeable characters 
- Interesting setting
- action filled plot
-Interesting relationships
- Unique premise.
- Beautiful cover!

- once again the love triangle ( hoping this gets dropped in the second book)
- Shaza lack of commitment to her original intentions ( I mean i wanted a badass assassin)
- Lack of world building ( It wasn't really focused on explaining how the world worked and not even the magic)
- Romance heavy plot  ( I liked it in this book , but I can see why others may not)
Rating : 4/ 5 kittens.

This novel is fantastic , interesting world with complex characters. This is one my favorite fantasy novels this year.The writing was eloquent and beautiful as so were the characters and the premise.

2. Liars, Inc.

Okay this one was sadly disappointing, from the plot to the characters this book was just not my cup of tea.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called "Captivating to the very end," Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

-Awesome cover 
- Interesting premise

-Failed to deliver the awesome premise
- Plot was meh, okay but nothing spectacular.
- Whiny Anti- protagonist
-plot twist were just inserted in and added little to the main plot, it was meant to  be shocking but it didn't matter, the plot sucked.
- I thought the main premise of Liars inc in the book is very weak, sadly.
-unlikable protagonist.

Rating: 3/5 kittens

As you can tell this book has a lot of potential but the way it was executed was done badly.This book was supposed to be great as the premise was interesting and held a lot of potential.

3. Belzhar
This one , sigh sadly the plot twist ruined it for me. The premise itself was weak , throughout the book I found some potentials to make this book good, but the plot twist ruined it all.

If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be  at home in New Jersey with her sweet British  boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching  old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing  him in the library stacks.
She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

- Great supporting cast
- Interesting plot
- Setting was a boarding school , so stuff was going to happen.
- Beautiful cover.

- Horrible premise
- Twist is just bad , really bad.
- On the verge of being disrespectful to metal illnesses.
- AHH this was just really bad.

Rating : 2/5

 Sigh , as you can tell sometime reading has its up and downs. The Wrath and the Dawn was spectacular . Both Liars inc and Belzhar were not good books , but had potential to be amazing.

Do you ever experience a book that had potential but didn't execute well? Comment down below to join the discussion.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith.

Hardcover: 455 pages
Published:  June 19 2014 by Mulholland Books,
Genre: Mystery.

Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...


*CLAPPING* This was the book to get me back into the reading world. Not only was the mystery enticing but I got the privilege to revisit the lives of Strike and Robin. Oh how much I love this series *swoon*.

The last book focused on  a suicide case of a model , and this time it was a case dealing with the world of writers and publications. A frail lady in need to find her husband arrives at strikes office.What began a simply case of a man who ran away, became a large mess of words and deep secrets.
Now the plot is deep and detailed.VERY DETAILED, I mean this book was gory to say the least . I applaud the author for truly showing the world of this author, but wow I wasn't expecting such horror. Let's say if you are weak for gross murders and such , this may be hard to read. But other than that the plot was slow pace but has a climatic end.The pace allowed readers to truly understand each individual involved with the case , which is important in a mystery novel.
The feeling of being in England is there , the description of the setting is done very well.Even the way the characters speak by using word choice to portray their accents is done beautiful. I felt being in the atmosphere of england and that added a lot to the story and something I enjoy about from this series.

Strike and Robin are a power duo I adore . I must admit they remind me a bit of Sherlock and Joan Watson's relationship from Elementary( which if you also love mysteries this show is a masterpiece). I love how the relationship is trying to evolve as robin wants more from her secretary job.Even the ongoing subplot of her fiance , Matthew who I find to be annoying to say the least.Robin is a smart woman and I love that she is trying pursue a life she wants for herself despite some setbacks.I enjoy Strike and Robins relationship and interactions, through the case.       
Now I know people are shipping them , but I feel like the relationship adds more depth by being platonic.I have mixed feelings on it , if done right I totally for it but also can see it go really bad. For me ,the relationship right now is amazing on its own and doesn't need romance to make it better , and Elementary, a show with a platonic relationship shows that wonderfully.

                     The whole world is writing novels, but no one is reading them.

 I rate this book a 4.5/5 adorable kittens , as it is a great mystery novel with detailed and complex characters to match the case.I took .5 off because like I mentioned the unexpected goriness in the book was  a bit much.Other than that it was a phenomenal book and truly recommend to any mystery novel fanatics. 

This books is another compelling novel in the Cormoran Strike series , and I am planning to get the third book out right now, Career of Evil.

PS. I know I mention elementary many times throughout this review and all I can say is that this book reminds me of it sorry, but really you guys should check it out.

If you would like to join the discussion or input some things you thought of the book please do comment down below.