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A Study in Scarlet by Sherlock Holmes!

A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The thing that really intrigued me was how fresh this book felt despite being written such a long time ago. Although on slight instances, we do get some context heavy writing. But that only served the purpose of making the process of reading more beautiful. Instead of dreary.
Need I say how much I love Sherlock? He is brilliant, smart, confident. And he knows all that about himself. Most importantly, he knows how much of a genius he is. Which makes him all the more cocky. And just the more likable.
Some of his reaction, e.g being down for lack of crime in London– are adorable and hilarious. Dr.Watson’s seemingly static character made the story more interesting, since he was the narrator and it was shown in a way that made me feel like he is too busy taking everything in. Instead of trying to help in the case. Masterfully done, his character was interesting in it’s own way.
I just fell in love with this beloved classic, and I am sure I will devour every piece written by Doyle from now on.

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Gone by Michael Grant

Gone (Gone, #1)Gone by Michael Grant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First book I have read post-reading-slump. Really bummed that it didn’t turned out to be as good as the concept promised, but still it has gotten me back in my groove.

This book had started off really well. And the characters were colorful and captivating. But it started sagging in the middle, the conflict just didn’t worked that much for me. There was something about every character being pre-fifteen kid that made this book both horrifying yet the villains less important. Which was a blow in my having fun with this book.
The thing I think would had made it better was it’s length. Had it been cut more, especially scenes in the building of climax had executed quickly, this would had definitely gotten four stars. But I will have to give it only three since I really enjoyed character dynamics, the situation, and the setting. Just the voice had gotten me off more than often. But I will still recommend anyone to give it a go.

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My Lady Jane by (bunch of writers)

My Lady JaneMy Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know, five stars may seem like an overkill. But to me, the last star is reserved for books that just made me tick. And for some personal reasons, I couldn’t review it on time. And I am still, after three days of finishing it, I am hungover it. I still miss these cute and adorable characters, their distinct and funny voices, and how relatable they were. Especially Jane, for me at least. And most of us Goodreads community can relate to the book-loving bookworm, socially awkward, yet fierce on their own opinions Jane.
A teenage king, a poet who is literally half-horse. And a Scottish thief. I don’t know what else can we ask for?
The story is silly, but the plotting and pacing intense. That makes it just more enjoyable.
The key to really enjoying, and getting this book though, is to not take it seriously. If you are in mood to take a step back, and have some pure fun. Without epic-themes or big arcs, then I will definitely recommend to pick this one up.
Really guys, we deserve some fun too… 😉

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

CoralineCoraline by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This isn’t just a book. It’s a small, strange thing, filled with strangeness. After reading Gaiman’s Stardust, I was thinking I would like to read more of him. After this book, I am certain I will have to read every book by him. His books aren’t as much about plot or storyline, as they are about his delicious writing and characters. Especially the characters.
I am the kind of reader who can enjoy a poorly plotted book with great characters, but can get bored with a complex and well-structured plot if the characters aren’t colorful enough. But with Gaiman, I get both. So, of course, he is my new favorite.
This book is about a girl named Coraline, who has just moved in a strange home. It used to be a mansion but is now partitioned into multiple blocks and rent out. Her house has a door, that opens into a brick wall since it used to go to a room, that is now part of another apartment. But strangely, one day, she opens the door and finds a pathway. The pathway leads to a home very much like her own, and better versions of her parents. Until she starts discovering something is off about them. And so the book begins.
I don’t want to get too much into the plot, it’s better savoured without much knowledge. But I highly recommend it.

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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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