Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Review for Blood Red Road

I’m sorry, I says.
Fer what? he says.
Fer always bein … you know … so—
Ungrateful? he says.
Yeah, I says.
I guess so.
Rude? Pig-headed? Violent?
I ain’t violent!
Oh yes, you are. Very. But I like that in a woman.
I laugh. Yer crazy, I says.
I was fine till I met you, he says.

Saba is a strong willed girl who lives with her father, brother and little sister in a place called Silverlake. She loves her brother Lugh and when one day some Tontons take him away she promises him that she'll find him, no matter what.

And so her quest of finding her brother begins and on the way she meets Jack and the Free Hawks who help her go on. She meets new people and has some terrible experiences which could break anyone, but not our strong Saba.

At first she didn't care about anything except finding her brother. The way she kept on pushing Jack away was a little annoying at times (but that might be because I am so totally in love with him!). But she slowly changed into a smarter, better version of Saba. At the end of the story, she was stronger, smarter, and a lot more experienced. Somehow, Saba reminded me strongly of Melanie from The Host although a little more better than her.

The way Moira Young executed this story was amazing. There's just simply nothing in this book that dystopian readers won't like. It's perfectlywonderfullyamazingly AWESOME!!! I can hardly wait for the next book!

Review for Anna And The French Kiss

 Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

What did I think after reading this one?


I absolutely loved the story! It had everything anybody could ever want in a book. It was fun, intriguing, sweet, emotional, annoying and hilarious! From the first page, it was like I was sucked into Anna's life and was a part of her. When she was happy, I smiled/laughed, when she cried, I cried, when she was drunk, I was d...OK obviously not drunk but enjoying it nonetheless. :P
Miss Perkins writing style was ah-mazing and even when I wasn't reading the book, I kept thinking, "Oh, what's gonna happen next?!?" I love it when a story can keep me hooked like that. Another thing I liked about this one was that even though both Anna and St. Clair made a LOT of mistakes, they were at least realistic and not (thankfully) stupid and I-can-roll-my-eyes dumb.

If you're having a bad day and need something to lighten up your mood, Anna and the French Kiss is definitely for you! =D

Review for Spell Bound (Hex Hall #3) by Rachel Hawkins one of my favourite series comes to an end *sob* *sob*
No more funny comments from Sophie, no more quirky, girly dialogues from Jenna, no more healing, soft magic of Cal, no more sarcastic, voice-less comments of Elodie (since she's a ghost and all and can't speak) and..and..NO MORE ARCHER!!! [cue in some more crying :'(]

Hex Hall was an AMAZING actually made me believe in magic! Sophie might just have been one of the strongest female protagonist I've come by so far. The way she could just turn even the worst situation tolerable through her witty comments, and being courageous when others had no hope, made me love her. And Archer was no less. Their similar nature made them one hell of a couple!

The best part of this series was that Ms. Hawkins made ALL the characters in this series lovable. Well, those who were on the good side anyway...(but even the evil ones were interesting to read.)
Archer managed to steal my heart once again. What can I say? I have a thing for smart-bum bad guys with sweet nature and have witty comments, always ready. :P

The only loose thread hanging in Spell Bound was the connection between Torin and Izzie. Perhaps, Ms. Hawkins is planning to write another novel about them..hmmm...that would be cool, I guess.

My review for Not That Kind Of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

This one was a quick, fluffy read. Even though I usually dislike books where the female protagonist keeps making silly mistakes and getting into messy situations again and again, I could sometimes understand Natalie and her reasons for being a little stupid. :P

The following review has some spoilers so proceed at your own risk

So basically, the story is about Natalie who's a perfect daughter, student, leader and (according to her) a perfect best friend who thinks she is very much in control of her life and knows who she is and what she wants.
However, pretty quickly, things start going downhill in her life when her best friend actually starts standing up for herself and stops agreeing to her opinions and becomes more social. Natalie herself had very little friends courtesy of her closed-off and proud nature, so needless to say she starts getting worried as she doesn't wants share her best friend with anybody but then Amelia, her best friend gets tired of her prissy attitude and leaves her. Since her life was quickly becoming far from perfect, she needed something (or someone) to distract herself from all this mess and then comes Connor. Hot, confident, sweet and totally, totally lovable! Natalie starts this friends-with-benefits sort of thing with him, although you cant really call them friends since they hardly talk publicly.
Then (predictably) because of some silly decisions, the once-perfect girl finds herself the centre of the gossip about her secret late night adventures with Connor. She gets mad, not because of her ruined image, but because she knew how many people she had disappointed who used to believe in her. Finally, she realizes that no matter how much she convinced herself otherwise, she had to accept herself sometime and stop hiding. She accepts the facts that she had been a crappy bestfriend, was in love with Connor, was far from perfect and definitely "That Kind Of Girl".

Personally, I found Natalie reallyyyyy egoistic and confused and nice at the same time. Many a times I found myself rolling my eyes or face-palming myself because of her stupid-ness but the way the author wrote this story made me really, really like it. Natalie might have been too much of a feminist at times but she was caring and soft too. One moment I was pulling at my hair for being so rude to Connor (whom I've fallen in love with) and in another moment I could hug her for being so sweet to people she cared so much about. There were so many funny parts where I laughed out loud (and recieved "are-you-crazy?" looks from other people in the library) and then there was the emotional last part where Natalie and Amelia reconcile where I nearly cried even though many people wouldn't really find it that emotional. But what can I say? Forgiveness and reconciling best friends always fill my heart with a little too much joy.. :P
Spencer was my favourite character in the story. She was a freshman who Natalie used to babysit was she was little. Spencer was smart, confident and knew what she wanted from the beginning. Even though most of the time she pretended to be a little too grown-up for someone her age,I admired her leadership qualities and sunny nature. At times she made much more sense than Natalie which I think made the story even more interesting.
Anyway, overall I liked this book but I would've liked it even more if Natalie had made fewer mistakes and was a little less egoistic and was nicer to Connor who was there by her side no matter what. I liked the ending and the way finally things turned out for Natalie and everyone around her. :D

Review for Starfire Angels by Melanie Nilles

Sigh There was just so much potential in this story! The idea that angels might be some other creatures from another planet, in short "aliens", was something new to read for me and really innovative. The Shirukans(the bad guys) fighting with Inaris (Angels) for Starfire (as it would give them power) seemed believable.
If only the characters were just as amazing as the concept...

I get that Raea didn't want to think of herself as an angel and how pressurized she must be feeling when all of a sudden, such a big responsibility was loaded on her. But her whining about it most of the time was not at all fun to read. And the stupid decisions she made, made her look like a spoilt 9 year old craving for some attention.
It was the typical, girl chooses bad guy over the good guy, the good guy tries to warn her and in return she slaps him and then when everything goes haywire (BECAUSE OF HER STUPIDITY) she runs back to the good guy and realizes her mistake and blah blah blah.

"None of this would have happened if she hadn't gone to see Pallin. She should have never let him charm her. "It's all my fault."
And this was my reaction when I read that->

Aside from Raea, I liked all the other characters in this book. Each of them had a different personality and were very realistic.

Overall, I wish there was a little more action, and a little less whining. I'm still contemplating whether to read the next book in the series or not . :-| 

PS- Those who want to read it online can read it here.