Saturday, 21 October 2017

ARC Review Rant: The City Of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty


Series: The Daevabad Trilogy, #1
Release Date: 14, November, 2017
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 528
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Source: Edelweiss
Rate: 5/5


SYNOPSIS

Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the JinniThe Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. 

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass--a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. 

In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. 

After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for . . .

REVIEW

Nahri has the ability of magically healing people. One day when she somehow summons a djinn, she gets to know about real magic and the place called Daevabad.
The story isn't that simple. There were Arabic Muslims in the novel which made the book more interesting for me. I haven't read many Muslim fantasy novels and this turned out to be so amazing. The main character is extremely bad-ass. The world building of this novel is extremely beautiful. The pacing is on point. The writing style of Chakraborty is so engulfing. I really liked the character of Ali, he's just so sweet and nice and idk. His brother is a pretty hot character but kinda immature. I really liked how the author has written about Daevabad. It just felt so cinematic. Plus the amount of twists and turns in the book is insane. We get some crazy romance but this book is more like action>romance which is exactly my kinda thing.
I CAN NOT WAIT FOR BOOK 2! 😭
Overall, if you're looking for some great Muslim reads I would highly recommend you The City Of Brass. It's so beautifully written with the best characters ever. YOU NEED THIS ONE TRUST ME.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Review Rant: A Court Of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas


Series: A Court Of Thorns And Roses, #2
Release Date: 3, May, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 626
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Source: Bought
Rate: 2/5


SYNOPSIS

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

REVIEW

Feyre is finally now with Tamlin in the Spring Court and is ready to be his bride but how can she forget her bargain with Rhysand. She ends up at the Night Court leaving Tamlin behind and starts preparing herself for a very dangerous threat that's been looming over everyone. Is Feyre the key to finish this war?
Aaahhh!!! I really loved ACOTAR but somehow ended up bored through out ACOMAF. There was literally not much other than the romantic and sexual tension between Feyre and Rhysand. Rhysand is no doubt a hot character and Feyre no more than Miss Perfect. *sarcasm* But I just couldn't stop myself from being annoyed at such repetitive romantic scenes. There wasn't honestly much action like in ACOTAR. There were some parts which were pretty enjoyable like the end pages. The other side characters were good! I really liked Mor, she has that sassiness in her! I loved her! Amren & Cassien were enjoyable charcters too! ♡
Overall, ACOMAF didn't end up as amazing as per my high expectations because it's so hyped up! I really found it to be over-rated! 


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Mini Review Rant: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart


Release Date: 5, September, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 272
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Source: Publisher
Rate: 2/5


SYNOPSIS

The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.
 

REVIEW

Words can't define my disappointment for this book! I started this book with full of expectations as it was my first ever Lockhart book. I have heard many good stuff about this author so I ended up requesting this one. 
Honestly, I didn't really get the hang of Genuine Fraud. It was too complex for me. I couldn't really understand the plot. The writing was great hence why I gave it 2 stars but the characters were just so twisted. 
I really don't know what to talk more about this book. Overall, I wouldn't really recommend this book. 


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

ARC Review Rant: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins


Release Date: 26, September, 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers 
Pages: 281
Genre: Contemporary, Horror
Source: Publisher
Rate: 4/5


SYNOPSIS

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.
 

REVIEW

The story revolves around some students of Osborne High. Students are being murdered in the most ugliest way by some crazy psychopath. No one know what's the pattern or who the killer is? What does he actually want? 
I literally went from DNF-ing this book to actually liking it! The first 70/80 pages were pretty boring with actually nothing happening much. But the novel actually picked up the pace after 25% and I was shook. The murders were pretty violent and 😷. The crazy psychopath is on the loose and Police are trying to track the person. Our main character Makani has her own story through out the book. The romance was just kinda annoying?!?! Ollie was a nice character but I didn't enjoy him much. Makani has a great character growth in the novel. The mystery and murders make it perfect for readers who enjoy murderous thrillers. 
Overall, it's a pretty good novel only if you can tolerate a slow start. People who enjoy movies like Scream etc would devour this one.


Friday, 1 September 2017

ARC Review Rant: Odd & True by Cat Winters


Release Date: 12, September, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 368
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rate: 4/5


SYNOPSIS

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.
 

REVIEW

This novel revolves around Trudchen and Odette. Two sisters. Having a really harsh and abusive past, they both get separated. When finally Od finds Tru, she and her sister runaway to kill a monster. But is Od really looking forward to kill the monster or is there something going on too? Where is their troubled mother and sweet uncle? Does magic even exist?
So many questions and so many answers. This book is full of secrets and twists. Od and Tru have an amazing sisterly love bond. They both are courageous despite the fact that Tru has polio. They both have gone through a really harsh past. An abusive mother. A cheater father. They were never given the proper parental love. Still, they grow up to be really brave. One of Od's mission is to go on adventures with her sister and publish about their experiences. The plot was really depressing kinda. This story was really sad because of all the abuse they have gone through. It did hurt me alot. Otherwise I really enjoyed the author's writing style. It's pretty indulging.
Overall, a beautiful historical fiction novel full of magic twists and secrets. A must read!