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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although I haven’t watched or read the original Alice in Wonderland, and I am kinda newbie to this world. The retelling of the origin story of its main villain, queen of hearts, is just perfect without all that background knowledge.
We get to see the world through the eyes of a simple, cute girl, with simple dreams. But fate has more in store for her. An opportunity to become a queen isn’t exactly what she had hoped for her life. Instead, her dream was to open a bakery and live a life full of wonder and fulfillment. The way everything else plays out against her and the inevitable fate of becoming the queen of hearts press on her. Closing all other doors, one by one, Meyer does a great job of making her journey heart-touching and tragic.
The poor parental role, the seemingly beautiful but actually frustrating society. All going against her. It was a heart-touching and frustrating journey all at once. The hatred I felt for most of the characters was real.
The story seemed sagging at the middle, but the beginning was interesting and the end was just as brutal as the origin story of her ought to have been.
The only thing that frustrated me to no end was the role of the king. He seemed such a cardboard character. Even though his idiocy was showed intentionally, I had a hard time swallowing this character. And the character of her parents was pretty frustrating too. Though that was part of the story, but for peoples these days, they are kind of hard to even bear in a story.
The romantic interest was amazing as well. Jest is the kind of character that was easy to like and relate with. His backstory and characterization had the depth that I feel so much missing in the heroes these days.
Overall, a good story that I loved and adored at times, and hated because of the things happening inside it on others. That’s how Meyer made me feel, the story was active in adrenaline department as well. Kind of a nice breather for the author after the whole madness of Lunar chronicles.

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A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham

A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet, #1)A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I gave this book a three star mostly because it was a hard pill to swallow than the fact that it had anything to do with me not liking it. The book had an addictive but sometimes hard-to-follow writing style. And the names would overlap in my mind oftentimes. But other than that, there were a lot of things that I loved about this book.
It had a really addicting writing style, and the characterization and world-building were also well developed and interesting.
There were so many memorable characters in this book. Otah, Maati, and the old woman whose name I don’t remember.
Then again, I couldn’t quite relate to the plot. It felt everything was being overly dramatized while nothing much happening.
The story is basically about the world, where the magicians are known as poets and they can bind some arbitrary–not much explained being into human forms like regular poets bind ideas into words. The resulting creature looks like humans but have some powers and are called andats. One poet bound his self-loathing into a creature, and the resulting being had the ability to remove seeds from anything magically. But hated his master, the poet.
The trade of the city soars as a result since the andat can remove seeds from kilos of cotton plants in a second. But is planning a treachery to devastate the poet so completely, that he release his andat. The releasing of the andat can also cause the whole city’s economy to perish.
The plot has some good parts but is overly dramatized in a lot of times.
Maybe the next books do change that a bit. As far as I’ve heard, the series get better. And I will keep reading it for such an interesting writing style if nothing else.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A band of misfits, an anti-hero protagonist, a chance to see a male protagonist in YA after what seems like eons, and last but not least, another chance to revisit Grisha-verse and devour the writing of the queen Leigh Bardugo. If any of these things doesn’t prick anyone’s interest, I don’t know what will.
This is a story of a crew of six thugs. Fighting every day of their lives against impossible odds, and all in desperate need of a fortune. When an opportunity arose, an impossible heist in return of unimaginable fortune. All of them dive in.
The crew has hatred, love, and moments of pure beauty threaded throughout the journey. I cheered and agonized over decisions they made. They made plenty of wrong choices too, which made the experience of reading them way more interesting.
Every POV had a well-grounded voice.
This book is just sheer brilliance, and I will make everyone I can read it. Highly recommended.

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have just completely come to love this series. Though the first part seemed a bit mediocre, albeit promising. All the promises has been fulfilled in this part, and more has been made. For awesome (mis)adventures of all the characters we have came to love.
The best part, I think, was how frustratingly wrong most of these characters have been in most of the book. Especially Nehemia and Chaol comes to mind. How many wrong choices each of them has made. Which just makes the conflict all the more delicious for me.
I had my setbacks while reading this book. But as it drew closer to the end, I realized more and more how masterfully Maas were creating all that feelings inside us. To lead to all the wrong conclusions.
And at first part, I was just mostly annoyed from Calaena. But now, after reading this one. I am liking all of the grayer areas of her personality. And we see way more of her grayness and wrong decisions in this book. Which led to all the more interesting situations.
The world building has really took more strength in this part then the last. And again promised to get all the more vaster and interesting in the next one.
It’s taking me all my will to not grasp the third part and begin devouring it right away. I just feel it won’t be advisable to start a ToG book at 3 AM. lol
Riding on a hype-train after so long feels weird, but I can happily claim the title of being Throne of Glass series fan now.

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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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