28 August 2016

Review #514: The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, #1) by Traci Chee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“When a reader falls in love with a book, it leaves its essence inside him, like radioactive fallout in an arable field, and after that there are certain crops that will no longer grow in him, while other, stranger, more fantastic growths may occasionally be produced."

----Salman Rushdie

Traci Chee, an American author, pens her debut YA fantasy novel, The Reader which is the first book in the Sea of Ink and Gold series and this series opens with a young teenage girl and her aunt who are on a run for ages from the men and the assassins who have murdered the girl's father. But pretty soon, the girl's aunt is kidnapped and she is left with so many unanswered questions about her parents and her sketchy past and especially with a package that contains a rectangular mysterious object that her kind do not know how to interpret it or rather say, read the book of her father's.

25 August 2016

Review #513: How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”

----Amit Ray

Kathryn Holmes, an American author, pens a heart touching and extremely enlightening YA contemporary fiction novel, How It Feels to Fly that tells the story of a young, aspiring and really dedicated female ballet dancer who faces image as well as body issues when her body starts to develop curves that is a strict rule against someone who is going to perform ballet professionally, and that depresses her, not to mention, her mother's constant obsession does not help her a bit, instead she is sent away to a summer therapy camp, where she gradually stops believing in herself and her body and also fears to lose her only dream of being a ballerina.

24 August 2016

Review #512: Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives, #2) by Kate Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”

----Mark Twain

Kate Elliott, an award-winning American YA author, pens the next book in her series of Court of Fives called, Poisoned Blade and this time the story gets deathly, complex and extremely mind-blowingly edgy as Jes, the champion of the Fives, is caught between the war of her divided kingdom as well as the strive and the challenge to save her dear mother and her sisters, all the while being under constant supervision of a cruel ruler.

21 August 2016

Review #511: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.”

----Salman Rushdie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an award winning Nigerian author, has penned an immensely absorbing family drama in her literary fiction novel, Purple Hibiscus where the author weaves the tale of a young Nigerian girl who belongs from a very rich and affluent family where the father of the family is a religious fanatic and used to torture his wife, his daughter and his son in the name of Christ if they commit a slight mistake, but when the young girl goes to live with her aunt during the military coup invasion, she learns ugly secrets about her not so perfectly religious family.

20 August 2016

Review #510: Swear on This Life by Renée Carlino

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“You can love someone so much...But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.”

----John Green

Renée Carlino, USA TODAY bestselling author, pens her latest tear-jerking new adult book, Swear on This Life which is a love story between two people who met when they were teenagers and feel for each other, but later they moved away from each other's lives thereby breaking hearts, but a decade later, they meet again through their first love story in the form of a bestselling story, but are they willing to reconcile what they lost?

19 August 2016

Review #509: Maestra by L. S. Hilton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Drink from the fountain of love where every drop is eternal passion.”

----Mahogany SilverRain

L.S. Hilton, an English best selling author, has penned a sexy and extremely scandalous thriller, Maestra that narrates the story of a highly educated assistant auctioneer who starts working as a hostess for a shady nightclub to make her ends meet, but when an art dealing goes wrong with a client that makes her to lose her job due to her attitude of sniffing into a possible art fraud case, she plunges into the world of revenge with her rage that makes her weak for designer labels and men with money and sometimes killing too, thereby making her finally powerful.

18 August 2016

Review #508: Red Queen (The Chronicles of Alice, #2) by Christina Henry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“We're all mad here.”

----Lewis Carroll

Christina Henry, a national bestselling author, pens her latest book, Red Queen, sequel to her duology of The Chronicles of Alice which is a creepy retake on the Lewis Carroll's popular book, Alice in Wonderland . Alice's journey continues along with her only friend, Hatcher, after escaping from the horrifying clutches of an equally creepy mental institute but more challenges await Alice and Hatcher, once they step out of the city, and somehow Alice must get to her destiny, at any cost.

16 August 2016

Review #507: The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving; it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive.”

----Yann Martel

Alexandra Oliva, an American author, pens her debut science-fiction dystopian book, The Last One that unfolds the story of a woman taking part in a deadly real-life survival game where twelve contestants without any prior knowledge needs to survive through a dense, dark forest filled with deathly challenges, but little did they knew or the woman knew that this game show is going to get very real, so real that apocalypse can even happen.