Book Review: We Were Liars

We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You’ll either love this story, or hate it. Love the writing style, or despise it. I guarantee you this : this book will take you to your extremities. So you’ll need to buckle up.

Needless to say (you can see my rating after all)… I ADORED this book.

Guess the fact that this is the first book review I’ve written in over a year adds substance to the above statement.

We were liars is… a broken story about a broken girl narrated with broken cadence. And like a sly wink from the author, Cadence is our protagonist with the broken memories and a life torn apart.

Cadence, her two cousins Johnny and Mirren, and their Indian American friend Gat are the Liars, and theirs is a bond that began in Summer Eight (they all are the same age). Every summer, the entire Sinclair family convenes in their family island, and the Liars are reunited. But something went wrong in Summer Fifteen.

Something that Cadence is trying to recall.

But memory can be a bitch.

I’m not going to be spoilerish, and I’m not going to ‘Lie’ as the blurb asks me to. In fact, a piece of advice forget about the blurb and the lies. Delve into a brilliantly imaginative but broken mind. And you’ll find that the narration is such a pleasure.

Whimsical.
Satirical.
Cruel, even.

It dragged me in, and when I resurfaced in the end, I was crying and grinning at the same time.

We Were Liars deserves a five and a resounding applause. E. Lockhart, you brought me back into the reading world. Thank you!

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Book Review: Hopeless

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
My Rating: 6 Stars
TBH Verdict: SuperAwesome
Recommended for: Anyone who can read

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I’m speechless. Of all the things I had expected… Oh my God, OH MY GOD.

It was beautiful. Heartbreaking. So so beautiful. Hopeless exceeded all my hopes and expectations, after I got the message that this wasn’t going to be another Slammed/Point of Retreat.

Here’s the deal: don’t start reading Hopeless with Will and Lake in your mind. Think Jennifer Echols, think Elizabeth Scott. Think Intense.

Intense is exactly the word Sky uses for Holder, the guy who suddenly enters her life and turns everything upside down. She’s a simple girl (Sky’s as complex as one can be). Sky is a girl who barely knows the outside world. Her adopted mother Karen doesn’t care about technology, public school and many other random vices. Sky is home-schooled, and the only friend she has is her neighbour Six. That’s not where the story starts though.

There is something wrong with Sky: though even she doesn’t realises it. And then Holder enters her life and everything turns upside down. Holder himself has lots of issues, but he makes her come alive. But then there are times when it feels like he’s hiding something. And is the truth worth everything? When there are potential hurts and betrayals lying in that very past, is digging up the truth prudent?

See? Intense.

I’m not sure I put the essence of the book in those words, but I’m still gasping over this one. This isn’t a book about a girl going gaga over a boy. This isn’t a book where a white knight comes to rescue the princess. This story will stab you in the heart, bleed you, and remind you what love is about. I’ll have to give it to you, Ms Hoover, you sure do know how to throw curve-balls. I had a feeling where the plot was going but I thought I was wrong… I could never have the courage to write something like this. You are just amazing, [author:Colleen Hoover|5430144]… And I’m now a big big fan.

I still can’t stop crying though… out of pain for the loss of Hope, out of happiness for the future. This book is worth skipping a night’s sleep, and I’m so glad I stayed up for this…

Updated after an hour or so:

P.S. I just went to stalk Collen’s blog, and boy oh boy, what a gift I found there. ***ONLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE READ THE BOOK… MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!*** 

The “best first kiss” from Holder’s point of view.

Book Review: Ever After (Hollows #11)

*ARC provided by HarperCollins and Edelweiss for review.*


EVER-AFTER-by-Kim-HarrisonEver After by Kim Harrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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BH Verdict: SuperAwesome
Recommended for: Hollows, Paranormal, Sooki Stackhouse fans

I’m in heaven. I must be… because

A) The first ARC I ever got my hands on is Ever After. Can you believe it? I still can’t! Best Christmas/ New Year gift EVER, right? 😀 Love you, Edelweiss!

and

B)I pulled an all-nighter without caffeine yet I’m buzzed and totally high… Because my first ARC turned out to be that addictive! 😀

*Back to serious business*

In the 11th instalment of Kim Harrison’s best-selling Hollows series, itchy witch/day walking demon Rachel Morgan faces a deadlock situation. The Ever After is shrinking ; her god-daughter and her friend have been kidnapped by an evil demon. But before she can decide whether to save the world first or her loved ones, the rest of the demons have decided to have her dead (as usual 😀 ). And the clock is ticking.

But this time, she has help on her side. And she can trust Trent Kalamack… can’t she?

Very few series maintain the standard and beauty of their first few instalments; happily, the Hollows series just gets better over time. Ever After is hands down the best book in the series and it’s such an honour that I got to read its ARC. It’s rich in action, in emotions. The characters have evolved beautifully; Rachel has come to rely and trust; Trent’s edges have softened. We gain an empathic glimpse into the ancient demons’ lives; we see how Ever After once actually looked like, long before it was a toxic land. Ever After is a concise yet perfect title for the book, indeed.

I’ve been a RachelxTrent fan right from Dead Witch Walking (Hollows #1). Even though there was no romantic indication then, I had a feeling this pair could evolve, and boy I’m so happy I was right. And as those who never liked the guy, will definitely understand – and in some parts empathise – with him. Meanwhile Algaliarept fans are in for a treat too! I absolutely loved him in this book. *sly wink*

Ivy doesn’t feature much in the book. The series is heading towards its ending and we can see the characters gradually moving on. It’s a bittersweet moment, all right. Seeing them less broken and more independent is a happy sight; but the trio moving on to have lives of their own means spending less time with each other. It’s as if the series is on a threshold right now – we can see the past Rachel, Ivy and Jenks share, we can anticipate a life ahead. Kim, how can you manage to evoke all these emotions in us!

This is a MUST MUST MUST read for Hollows fans – I know you’ll love it. And readers new to the Hollow’s World, even though this story is beautiful, I suggest you begin with Dead Witch Walking… Knowing the background and the different contexts will make this book even more beautiful and understandable 🙂

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Book Review: Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of TranquilityThe Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When you think about it, The Sea of Tranquility isn’t actually a sea; just a long stretch of barren land named so with great hopes of hospitality. Just like the Cape of Good Hope is. What you are called isn’t what that matters… It’s what you really are that’s important. The Shakespeare quote about names, and roses, is inevitable but yet so clichéd, I’d rather not use it. So you, my friend, just say it in your mind, and pretend I really typed it here:

“…………………………………” 😀 Tada!

So, back to the point. Nastya’s story is so like the misleadingly named Lunar landform, that the book’s title was perfect.

Her name was Nastya. Does that mean she’s Russian? Does her nationality make any difference? Nastya was a girl broken; she left behind everyone to escape her past. Josh was a boy always left behind; and left broken. When they did meet, of course it wasn’t love at first sight. But they let the other be. And in the process, were for them in return.

Reading about them was like watching someone bake a cake (and I say WATCH because I do not bake…that are tasty. They just turn out to be edible but that’s not the point). It was slow, sometimes arduous, but interesting. A dash thrilling too. You know, a really nice cake on the way – given the whole lot of issues they have, a bittersweet one. It was a ride topsy and turvy, a bundle of emotional turmoil. And I loved every moment of all. What started as a girl’s silent scream and a boy’s deadzone led to an ascent and at the cresceno, the pain was acknowledged… and released.

Emotionally charged and beautifully written, it gets a wholly deserved 5 star rating 🙂

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Book Review: Point of Retreat

Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Point of Retreat -Colleen Hoover

I loved it I loved it
I butterflying loved it
Not just because I hoped to
Not just because I wanted to
BUT because it was life
And in the end it is all there is.

I loved it because it had will
I loved it because it had Will
And Lake
And Gavin and Eddie
Because sometimes friends make up family
Because friends make up life
And in the end it is all there is.

I loved it because it had will
I loved it because it had Will
And his POV
I got to know him even more
I got to love him ever more.
You know when you meet someone like him
You know it’s forever

Not twenty five and parents of two
Tell me if you won’t break down
Tell me if YOUR life wouldn’t intrude
Their’s did, yet didn’t
They faced life
They accepted it
They got accepted.

You ask what was the point of this book.
Well I loved it more than Slammed
And I don’t give a flying Butterfly if you think I’m mad
Sometimes a Butterflying kiss in the end isn’t enough
Ask Sherry about it
Ask Julia about it.
Go ask them and see if they give you
A flying butterfly.

I loved it I loved it
I butterflying loved it
Look, Colleen Hoover
You had me slamming
Yeah this is me slamming
For the very first time
For the first butterflying time
I haven’t cursed so much in my whole life
But now I know when life goes wrong
I’ll be able to look it straight in its eye
And say BUTTERFLY you

Thank you, Colleen Hoover
For giving us
Slammed

And Point of Retreat
For giving us Lake
And Will
And Eddie
And Gavin
And Kel
And Caulder
And Julia
And Sherry
And Kiersten
For giving us a wonderful story to root for
A few more beautiful hours in my life
Because in the end it is all there is.

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Book Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3)

Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I finished the last book in the ‘Wolves of Mystic Falls’ series, I loved it, in a whimsical, bittersweet kind of way. A story can’t stop being sweet when it has characters like the lyrical, quiet Sam and the practical, supporting Grace and even the strong, recovering Cole. And likewise it can’t stop being slightly bitter, with all the vitriol leaking out of Isabel’s insecure core. This is a story that portrays love, love that actually is understandable. There are the two couples: Sam and Grace loving each other with absolute faith, while Cole and Isabel wistfully wonder if they’ll ever be worthy of that kind of love – and if they’ll ever be able to love somebody that way.

Forever ended the series, it’s true, but the story still feels incomplete, appealing to the reader’s involvement in imagination. Who will end up as the real pack leader: the living-by-code Sam or the larger than life Cole? Isabel and Cole’s story is incomplete too, and I wonder if there’ll be a spin-off book/series later on. But it’s obvious that there was no way they’d have had a happily ever after in the timeline of this series. Both of them had lots of bitterness to shed, lots of self-reevaluation to do. By the end of the series, Cole has already made his peace with his life and loves Sam and Grace enough to sacrifice his life for them. While Isabel has just reached the beginning of healing and loves Grace and Sam, and I think Cole too (whose “death” she blames on myself) to stop her father from killing the rest of the wolves. So at the end of the story, Sam has gotten over his past and healed himself; Grace has decided to risk death like Sam had, to stop changing to wolf; Cole has survived the bullet wound and busy with handling the pack; and Isabel has moved to California, where I believe she’s doing better.

And as a bonus, the rabid werewolf who was the cause of the wolf hunt, is killed by Cole.

The wolves are safe. For now.

So see how the story feels haunting, a bit incomplete? I’m holding out for another sequel, but you know, sometimes, it’s better to end a story early than after it drags on.

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