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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To be honest, I had gone in this book being extremely skeptical. The story with as much hype as this has, and only good at that. It was bound to disappoint me. And maybe exactly that mentality saved me from getting disappointed.
But I loved this book. Filled with interesting conflicts, fun characters, epic battle scenes, and a few snickers and tear worthy moments.
This was also a sort of story that didn’t made the whole love-triangle thing yawn worthy. I liked the whole three ends of them. Maybe the precise reason being none of the male characters were cardboard, rather fleshed out in really interesting personalities.
The only problem I had with this book was, the line between good and bad was just too…neat.
Either a character was black, or white. Celaena’s being assassin didn’t helped much either. She was brave, ruthless. But completely nice.
But still, an interesting book. Fleshed out fantasy world, light toned, fun read through to the end. Highly recommend it…to the small proportion of humans out there who still hasn’t read it.

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Zenith by Sasha Alsberg

Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)Zenith by Sasha Alsberg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kind of like 3.5. I had started this book with really low expectations, first not a great past with youtubers books. Second, first books are rarely good.
But this book was decent than most. Not a blowing your mind away with it’s epicness kind of thing, but enjoyable. And it was pretty small too, and had lots of action packed in that little time. So that made it better.
What I didn’t enjoyed in this book was the protagonist, she felt a lot one dimensional. Maybe because in less than 70 pages, she didn’t got time to grow much. Other characters were defined by their one, particular, wonderful tick. But nothing else.
So we can expect good from this book. And the author. But right now, there is just too much to learn I guess.

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman

StardustStardust by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my first time diving into Gaiman’s world, and I totally got what the buzz is about.
A fairy-tale retelling with lots of dark and twisted themes and settings. We get to see, witches, fallen stars, and a mountain made of a giant’s spine. The voice too is fairy-tale like.
But still, nothing of a children’s fiction. For example, Gaiman had spent a couple of pages depicting two sets of knives made especially to cut out someone’s heart. So yeah, I would rather not a kid read it. And the best part is, this book isn’t even considered Gaiman at his best, so I can’t even imagine how his better books might be.
In this story, we follow a boy name Tristan Thorn, who is in love with the prize-girl of his town. Victoria Forester. But considered, at large, a nobody. So ones he goes out to propose her, she laughs him off. Whilst they both witness a star falling from the sky, and Victoria says to him if he bring that particular star back for her, she will do whatever he asks of her.
And just like that, his journey to faerie lands begin.
Where we see sky kingdoms, flying ships, talking trees, and witches. The one we so much hated since our childhood, they are made with the same amount of viciousness and more.
A magical blend of what we had known ever since we were kids, and sprinkling a new breath in it. Gaiman has crafted a true masterpiece.

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab!

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Could suffice for a four star, but I will play my favorites card here. Since it’s Victoria or V.E Schwab (depends) we are talking about. This book took the well known conventions and tropes of YA in general and Dystopian in particular, and sprinkling a dab of Gothic literature, made a book which was completely new, totally creepy, and fun straight through.
This story is about a phenomenon rising after some time in the future. Schwab didn’t got much into defining history or making timelines. But the phenomenon is, in any sorts of acts of destruction, the survivor turns into a monster. There are three kinds of them, Malchai; the blood drinker; Corsai; the flesh eater, and finally, Sunai; the soul eater.
There is Verity city divided among itself by a wall. One is ruled by a ruthless human, Callum Harker. And has a daughter Kate Harker who just wants to be like her father and make him proud.
Other part is ruled by a righteous man, Henry Flynn. And he had equally self-righteous son, August Flynn. But only August isn’t human, he is a Sunai. Even though he is a monster, his upbringing and his heart is humane.
August is then send to an academy acting as human, to spy on Kate Harker just in case things get awry. Things do gets out of control, and the friend Kate had come to trust turns out to be the monster of nightmares. And the monsters start going on unrest.
Thus begins the running and gunning and dashing, all the thriller elements readers of thrillers adore, with added adrenaline rush from all these monsters business and August’s hunger… his hunger though, that always scared the hell out of me the most.
I really liked the world-building and am bummed that we didn’t got to explore it more. Because although it’s dytopia, which falls neatly in speculative fiction category, in the heart of it, it’s a thriller. Which meant fast-paced, which meant no time for world-building.
I also loved both POV characters, and minor characters were important and colorful in their own rights. Most of them adding something meaningful to the plot. But there still were some that was just products of their world, which added a lot more realism to the story.
The Academy aspect, however short lived, was the highlight of the book. And little dabs of technological advancements made it more interesting to read.
Overall, I adored this book. A perfect new addition to the bookshelves we all have dedicated for her. ^_^
If you don’t have one, it’s okay, we are still friends… or maybe not. -_-

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Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I reached this book kind of blind-folded with so many mixed opinions from so many peoples I trusted. I hadn’t known what to expect. But it reached every one of good expectations and a bit more. The world, it was so awesome even though so cruel (kinda like ours, right?) The sequences so action packed and fun, yet so deep with thematic resonance. Aveyard took so many of our actual world’s issues and painted them in a richly imagined half-fantasy, half-sci-fi, kind of steampunky world. Which was really awesome.
The characters were all nice, but the two princes were the most interesting of all. Again, Aveyard masterfully kept both of them look like prince perfects, both at odds with each other, and both madly in love with the protagonist Mare. Always hinting at darkness hiding beneath both of them.
I consider myself a smart reader, seeing most of the things before happening. Some of the surprises in this book too had seemed obvious to me. But these two guys, the clues were so confusing at least I couldn’t understand where I was being led to. And as things turned out, it was so perfect it fascinated me.
As everyone was saying in reviews, the end was really worth it. Even if you feel like you hate this book at the beginning, trust me and bear through it.
Again I will say, there were too many important questions about our own world raised in this book in such a fun and fascinating way. It is worth your time. I would love to see what gems of insights everyone else gleam through these.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Is it even possible for me to give this series any less stars? Guess we can only find out with just one book to go. 😀
So many new things happened in this book, Maura is missing, Adam is trying to come it terms with his new powers, The Gray Man is kinda wanted, and nothing is ever uncomplicated for Blue and Gansey. So yeah, this book started off amazingly and ended grandly. Which of course I can’t spoil for you guys.
The writing style was as atmospheric as ever, and the deep POVs which I have so grown to love. This book also featured my favorite till yet villain. He was just so amazing and in character, I loved him. Although he turned out not as dangerous or bad as would had expected. Which bummed me a little.
And some events in this book happened, more than the event itself, the characters intimate emotions were the thing that made me move closest to tears I have came in a long time. (I am completely not a book crier, cruel I know) The reason being again, the way the characters share their intimacy. I really love this part about this series, instead of making any sort of attractions physical, this book completely focus on and discuss the relationships made through souls.
Be it the friendship of all boys among themselves, with Blue. Or Gansey and Blue’s guilty love. Now forbidden, but both has too much emotional baggage that it feels like one.
Those are all of my feelings about this book, if you have read it and like it, please share with me. Or if you are planning to read it, I would love to know that too. 🙂

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book has left me with so many mixed feeling. Having parts that absolutely awed me with it’s perfection, to parts that were to strange for me to absorb.
The world-building was awesome, bordering perfection. But so little of it was able to be explored with the tight-knitted plot. But as far as I have heard, the next part has more of that. So I am really excited to get into that book. But that didn’t make this an incomplete or just a beginning book, it kind of finished the story neatly and is self-contained. One can easily leave this series in this part without any questions hanging in mind. But the world is alluring enough to make you want to pick the next one anyway.
As for characters, the cast was strangest in my opinion. I liked Tamlin and Lucien completely, without much regards. Amarantha was the sort of villain whom are pretty easy to despise with every bone. But I always had trouble connecting with Feyre kind of characters, for some reason, she felt unrelatable to me. And Rhysand was so hard to get. His morbid ways along with the attempts to make his character likable was hard for me to wrap my mind around.
And then their was the problem of family, characters who shape the protagonist but used so passively doesn’t goes high in my opinion. These were the reasons to suck two starts out of this book, the rest was awesome. (and also it has a lot of unnecessary romantic complications, which those who follow my reviews knows doesn’t goes well with my taste.)
But still, I have high hopes for book two. 😀

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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am reviewing this book while I am already hundred pages in the next one. Because well… it’s Raven Cycle we are talking about. I just can’t resist it, okay.
But this book was just as exceptional as the first one (on side-note, third one is better than both which is just insane, how can one improvise perfection?).
In this book, a new magical realism was introduced and the concept alone is insane. Ronan Lynch, the troublemaker since book one, is actually capable of dreaming things to reality. And it’s not only him, rather he inherited it from his father. And it’s not a secret anymore. Not only he told his own group at the last book, but there is also some powerful man who vaguely knows about this curious phenomena in Henrietta and has sent his Hit Man to investigate and bring it to him. Although they expect the phenomena of bringing things from dream to be some device. And have no idea it’s actually a kid.
Their dynamic investigation, getting to know Ronan’s brain more, and curiously, a new relationship of Blue’s mother. Everything in this book had the same promised element of strange the first book had set up. Which was awesome.
The only problem I had until closer to the third act was little to no mention of Adam’s deal he made with Glendower in last book. But than it turned out Stiefvater was doing it deliberately and covered it in last act beautifully. I am intrigued to see more of it, which is happening in book three. But that’s a topic not to be delved into right here.
With that being said, I already can’t wait to finish book three and talk about that here.

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Wrap-ups and TBRs

June Wrap-up

Although I had a pretty ambitious start at the month, and had high expectations thus TBR for June. I didn’t read quite as many books as I would had liked. A grand total of books being three! So it’s obvious I am pretty bummed about it, but hey, there is always July right? Let us hope I read enough to get even with my Goodreads challenge. At this point, I am in such a low that I can’t be sure.

Now that you are tired of my bantering about reading goals, let me show you the books I read this month.

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