Review: In The Woods by Tana French

Thursday, 24 April 2014 03:02
Title: In The Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
Author: Tana French
Publication Date: November 18th, 2008
Genres: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Adult
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours. Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past. Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones. And look for French's new mystery, Broken Harbor, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad

Review: The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley

Monday, 21 April 2014 06:49
Title: The Emperor's Blades (Chronicle of  the Unhewn Throne, #1)
Author: Brian Staveley
Publication Date: January 14th, 2014
Genres: High Fantasy, Adult
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The circle is closing. The stakes are high. And old truths will live again . . . The Emperor has been murdered, leaving the Annurian Empire in turmoil. Now his progeny must bury their grief and prepare to unmask a conspiracy. His son Valyn, training for the empire’s deadliest fighting force, hears the news an ocean away. He expected a challenge, but after several ‘accidents’ and a dying soldier’s warning, he realizes his life is also in danger. Yet before Valyn can take action, he must survive the mercenaries’ brutal final initiation. Meanwhile, the Emperor’s daughter, Minister Adare, hunts her father’s murderer in the capital itself. Court politics can be fatal, but she needs justice. And Kaden, heir to an empire, studies in a remote monastery. Here, the Blank God’s disciples teach their harsh ways – which Kaden must master to unlock their ancient powers. When an imperial delegation arrives, he’s learnt enough to perceive evil intent. But will this keep him alive, as long-hidden powers make their move?

Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 01:32
Title: The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Publication Date: October 6th, 2009
Genres: Young adult, Fantasy
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

One day Han Alister catches three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet away from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won’t use it against him. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back. Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battle to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of riding and hunting with her father’s family. Raisa aspires to be like Hanalea, the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems that her mother has other plans for her—plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.

Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M.Valente

Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:13
Title: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
Author: Catherynne M.Valente
Publication Date: May 10th, 2011
Genres: Young adult,  Science Fiction Fantasy
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday. With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

Review: Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 00:00
Title: Alpha Goddess
Author: Amalie Howard
Publication Date: March 18th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young adult
Rating:  1 of 5 stars

In Serjana Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them. A secret long concealed by her parents, Sera is Lakshmi reborn, the human avatar of an immortal Indian goddess rumored to control all the planes of existence. Marked by the sigils of both heaven and hell, Sera’s avatar is meant to bring balance to the mortal world, but all she creates is chaos. A chaos that Azrath, the Asura Lord of Death, hopes to use to unleash hell on earth. Torn between reconciling her past and present, Sera must figure out how to stop Azrath before the Mortal Realm is destroyed. But trust doesn’t come easy in a world fissured by lies and betrayal. Her best friend Kyle is hiding his own dark secrets, and her mysterious new neighbor, Devendra, seems to know a lot more than he’s telling. Struggling between her opposing halves and her attraction to the boys tied to each of them, Sera must become the goddess she was meant to be, or risk failing, which means sacrificing the world she was born to protect.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Book to Movie Adaptations of 2014

Saturday, 5 April 2014 01:00
There are so many book to movie releases this year, it's just making me giddy! Isn't this exciting? Seeing our favorite characters come to life! Although, the Vampire Academy was a huge disappointment, we still have a lot of book to movie adaptations to look forward to this year!

First up, DIVERGENT! I know that it is already out in theaters in many countries but not yet in India! So, yes, I'm super excited for this one and have heard a lot of great things about the movie! I loved the first book and liked the second book and was okay with the third book. My interest in this series kept diminishing but I'm really pumped for the movies!

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Thursday, 3 April 2014 00:00
Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Genres: Retellings, Fantasy, Young adult
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny. Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him. With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people. But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her. As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
I thought Cruel Beauty was going to be mind-blowing. I thought it was going to be the best retelling I have ever read. Damn it! 

Cruel Beauty had a very nice and strong premise. I love Greek mythology. And I absolutely love retellings. So, this book had two of the things I loved most in a story and naturally, my expectations were incredibly high.