Wednesday, 15 March 2017

ARC Review Rant: Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer


Series: Spindle Fire, #1
Release Date: 11, April, 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 368
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Source: Publisher
Rate: 5/5

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SYNOPSIS

It all started with the burning of the spindles.
No.
It all started with a curse...

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king's headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora's blood--and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay.

Spindle Fire is the first book in a lush fantasy duology set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines. 

REVIEW

Here is the retelling of The Sleeping Beauty but with one HELLA twist! 
This story revolves around Isabelle and Aurora, two half sisters. Isabelle's sight was taken away at the time of Aurora's birth which still pisses me off. After the curse has been put on Aurora and first drop of Aurora's blood shed the ground the whole world turns upside down. Now its on Isabelle to save Aurora and the whole kimgdom.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the character of Isabelle!?!?!? She was such a courageous person plus she was shown as an average looking heroine not the curvy girl with thick brows and luscious shiny hairs while Aurora is your average pretty princess! In search of finding the ONE for Aurora that ONE ends up falling for someone else like wth! This novel had so many twists and turns! The book had that capability of making me turn the pages like crazy. I couldnt get over this book especially the end pages. The suspense and writing quality was on point.
Overall, a really intruiging novel LOVED it! Would definitely recommend it to fantasy readers! 
Happy Reading! <3

Thursday, 9 March 2017

ARC Review Rant: Fireworks by Katie Cotugno


Release Date: 18, April, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 336
Genre: Romance, Music
Source: Publisher
Rate: 3/5

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SYNOPSIS

From Katie Cotugno, bestselling author of 99 Days, comes Fireworks—about a girl who is competing with her best friend to become the new pop star of the moment—and all the drama and romance that comes with it—set in Orlando during the late-'90s boy-and-girl-band craze.

It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along. 

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing. 

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through. 

Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.

REVIEW

This is one of those books that you wanna throw so bad CAUSE WTF WAS THAT ENDING!!!!!
This story revolves around 2 best friends and they both somehow get selected for a show, Dana was selected randomly!?!? But Olivia based on her talent. Dana's selection comes out as a shock for everyone and she tags along with Olivia to Orlando. There she sees a change in Olivia and her whole world goes upside down. Friends become enemy and she ends up dating her own best friend's crush! Sounds like chaos right?
The writing was pretty good and it had that teenage life vibe you know where one girl is living her life and one is trying to survive with her mom. The suspense was pretty good only in the ending pages. I had to kinda drag myself some times but all in all it was a good read. I loved the chracter development of Dana the most and hated OLIVIA TILL THE END. The betrayel was pretty bad like uhmmm... just read it for yourself.
Overall, this book had some real gripping pages and it was quite a nice read! I'd highly recommend this novel to those who love reading books that make you rip them apart because of the ending lol XD 
Happy Reading! <3 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Review Rant: Mirror's Hope by Justine Alley Dowsett


Series: Mirror Worlds, #1
Release Date: 13, November, 2013
Publisher: Mirror World Publishing
Pages: 326
Genre: Fantasy
Rate: 5/5

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SYNOPSIS

Kind-hearted Mirena Calanais is an outcast in a world where common morality is reversed. She desperately wishes to bring about change and she's given her chance when the 'Avatar of the Light' appears in her bedroom in the middle of the night. Their romance begins, but is tested when Mirena decides that the best way to take on the tyrant who rules their society is to seduce him. Risking it all to get what she wants, Mirena realizes too late that everything has a price and sometimes that price is more than one person can pay alone. 

REVIEW

This book is unputdownable guys. The epic-ness of it!! This is the book with the amazing plot. This is the book that I finished during 24 hours. I LOVED this book.
This book is heartaching you'll cry. I was just sad throughout the novel. There were some swooning but sad moments too between Mirena and Hope. The sudden breakup of this duo was so sad. All the sacrifices that Mirena made to finish the Panarch,in the end I was just mad at Mirena for her darn sacrifices.
The most amazing thing was the Mirror World, where there are copies of the people living under the Panarch's rule but opposite in nature. Mirena's sister is pure sweetheart in the Mirror World which was pretty disturbing. I hated Caraline the most, she was a big twist too. Dipaul should get the title of 'Cruelest Villian Alive'. There were so many engulfing things in the book.
Although there were hundreds of difficulties in Mirena and Hope's relationship, still they had their moments. There were some lovely dialogues that Hope said to Mirena which were making my heart pound like crazy.
You will find yourself totally in love with Hope! Because I really liked his character. I felt like the story was short and should have been more long but still this book was worthy with loads of crying scenes. A prrfect full of actions book!
Happy Reading! <3




Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Review Rant: Gemina by Aime Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


Series: The Illuminae Files, #2
Predecessor: Illuminae
Release Date: 18, October, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Pages: 608
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi
Rate: 4/5

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SYNOPSIS

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They've totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.
 

REVIEW

This story revolves around Hanna, Nik & Gemina particle. Yeah! This story is about the collision of two parallel worlds. Now it's on Hanna & Nik to save the world. I have no idea how to summarize more. :D
OMG! This book is full of feels. The emotions! I was bursting with them. The suspense, the format, the twists, I couldn't stop reading. Hanna's character was pretty good. She's portrayed as clever and courageous ready to sacrifice for her loved ones. On the other hand, Nik is the chillax character who loves to drop the F bombs! XD yeah he's my goals guy. His love for Hanna was just aaahhhh perfect. We also get to read about the cute couple of Kady & Ezra and they sounded so mature like O _ o. But whatever, the concept of parallel worlds colliding was amazing. I mean everything felt so cinematic. Plus the format of the book is so engaging and the illustrations were more gorgeous than Illuminae. 
Overall, you really don't want miss on the sequel just because there is no Kady/Ezra. Trust me Hanna and Nik will fill up that space. ♡
Happy Reading! <3

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Review Rant: Fear The Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh


Release Date: 11, October, 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Pages: 304
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal 
Rate: 4/5

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SYNOPSIS



Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return. 

REVIEW

The story revolves around a 16 year old girl, Bridey who saves a guy, Fynn. With the arrival of Fynn, people have started to vanish & Bridey is highly suspicious that whatever is happening its all because of the sea but she needs proof. Then we have a witch whom everyone think of as weird and crazy but she guides Bridey and proves to be quite sweet yet bitchy at the same time. :D People are assuming that Fynn is the reason behind this all but the truth will change everyone's life.
OMG! This book was one hella rollercoaster ride. I loved the character of Bridey. She was so bold and courageous. On the other hand, Fynn was another hot character and his romantic dialogues *swoons*. The romance development was slow & the plot was really intriguing. The concept of Fossegrim was my favourite. To be honest, the plot was extremely unique. I have never read anything like it ever before. The way Bridey fights all the debacles alone is just crazy.
Overall, recommended to readers who enjoy stories of sea monsters with crazy fantasy twists. 
Happy Reading! <3