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Sea of Shadows – Kelly Armstrong

I read the Sea of Shadows from the Age of Legends trilogy, this would be my first Kelly Armstrong book. Seriously, this cover is so pretty. I really liked the way she has written it, keeping the readers (me) interested till the end. Spoilers……..When I read the first page,I had a feeling that it was a high fantasy novel but it turned out it actually was :P. I liked the plot as well and it was just the right amount of mysterious for me-who doesn’t love a dark forest with crazy magical beings lurking around. Like honestly, when I read high fantasy novels, I feel like I am not keeping up with the characters. It’s just in my head but still. I did like the creatures introduced, and the romance is not the first priority, which is awesome because sometimes on other occasions the love lines feel abrupt. I like both sisters, like one might end up supporting one but I think I liked them both. Also love the change of POV factor which always keeps things interesting. Like the betrayals were just crazy awesome and lets not forget our two guys. It’s a great love square.Overall, I had fun reading it and it wasn’t burdensome. I am excited for the next part.

Teaser: “You let them kill my village. Kill your comrades. Kill my Father.”

Me: “You are so dead.”

My Ratings: 4 RoboRating

Half Bad – Sally Green

I recently read Half Bad from the Half Life Trilogy by Sally Green. It was released this year.  I really enjoyed reading this book, the way the plot unraveled was quite interesting. Spoilers……. I didn’t know that this book was about witches but I knew that I loved the cover. Back to the story, I liked the characters and obviously hated Nathan’s sister. Like the White Witches were hell annoying, I always end up supporting the guys who die in the first book. I really liked the family background and all that dark rich details about Nathan’s father and his Grand Mother.  Plus, I didn’t like our leading lady, which sucks for me, because I do like Nathan’s character a lot. I don’t know why I dislike her, I just didn’t warm up to her. The idea is great, to be the child of powerful witches. In my head Harry Potter kept popping and then I realized the reason why I felt like that. So, if I had to explain Nathan’s background, then in simple words- Lily was married to James but was secretly in love with  Severus Snape and had a love child, that is Nathan. So mom’s a powerful White Witch and Dad has the worst reputation ever. I don’t want to spoil more but I am excited for the next part.

Teaser: ” Please don’t hurt me,Nathan. I know you don’t want to hurt me.”

Me:”OOOOOOO!!”

My Ratings:4 RoboRating

Love Letters to the Dead-Ava Dellaira

Love Letters to the Dead- I was waiting for this books release and deep down I knew that I would love it. I love the cover… Its a book where you study life on  different measures. So, I am going to tell you that this book would mean something totally different to you but for me. It meant that maybe, I am not the only one who feels that life can be a place without a light, until we actually search for that little flicker that makes us smile. It honestly affected me so much, I can’t even talk about it. It’s like I would be describing how beautiful colors are and how breathtaking nature is but when using words sometimes you just can’t describe how beautiful a horizon is or how pretty the ocean looks or how the birds chirp in the morning making you fall in love with dawn. This story is depressing yet enlightening in so many ways. I could relate to Laurel’s thoughts, arguments and desires. I love the idea of writing letters to someone who is dead and you know that they can’t read them, but still you feel like that they will truly understand, what you were saying. Laurel struggles so much it is crazy,  I love what she understood after writing all those letters because sometimes understanding someone else, makes you realize, who you truly are.

Teaser: “I think it’s like when you lose something so close to you, it’s like losing yourself. That’s why at the end, it’s hard for her to write even. She can hardly remember how. Because she barely knows what she is anymore.”

Me: “How do you expect me to stay sane after all of this?”

My Rating:

Five RoboRating

The Syrena Legacy – Anna Banks

  So, I was like dead tired but hell motivated to read. I couldn’t write posts because I had read like nothing, apart from the required education :p… I was pretty damn excited because this would be my first official mermaid trilogy, yayyy…Spoilers!!!!!!! I am going to start with Of Poseidon,  I found the story light hearted and funny. Like I could read it without excessively imaging things even when mermaids were involved :P.. The story took such outrageous turns I was like amazed. Every time I thought finally things are going to make sense and everything would fall back to its place- I was reminded that I was wrong. Half of the time the guy is like, is she like me or is she not?  Lets do a test and we can find whether its true.. and guys, sharks are involved. The love story is like,  watching Vampire Diaries  meets ocean with less vampires. Our lead Elena is bonded to Stefan because they are  supposed to be soul mates and to be married  but she is desperately in love with Damon and she can’t help it, with no vampire because we have Sharks!!!!! Its not a big book or anything you can read it within three to four hours- depending on the reading speed.

Teaser:

“I tried Chloe. But he wouldn’t tell me, so I tackled him.”

  Of Triton, when I started reading it I thought that the story couldn’t take more absurd turns and yet again, I was wrong. Like OMG, the story is ridiculously funny but still I like it, even when it was absurd beyond the realms of this earth. I liked reading it and I am planning to read the next part. As I explained the love story earlier, after reading the second part, I realized  that things were totally different so, I will explain it again. Its like this- Stefan and Katrina are bonded together, they love each other but they fight a lot and accidently Katrina kills Stefan and  thinks that Stefan died because explosions in the ocean are involved, so, she leaves the mermaid world and goes to the land. Where she finds Matt and accidently has a child, that child is named Elena and is not a doppelganger of her mother but when Elena grows up and  she meets Damon, she falls in love with him but the tradition states that Katrina is supposed to be Damon’s bride because Stefan eloped to Caroline. It will make sense when you read the books, I promise…:D

Teaser:

“You’ve done the right thing, Toraf . You are not as foolish as I thought.”

My Ratings(Both): 4 RoboRating

 

Toxic Heart – Theo Lawrence

I remember writing in my review of Mystic City, that I took a year to read the first part of this duology. Plus, I also remember stating that half of the characters of Mystic City were abnormal-believe me, they don’t have brains, zombies would hate to eat such humans :p . I still stand by that statement and assure you that after reading Toxic Heart, I still believe these characters are crazy. Like I knew, that I liked the world filled with mystics and mysterious powers but seriously!!!! When I was reading the ending, I honestly thought that he is going to write a trilogy. Right now, I have no idea whether he would, but that ending is making me wonder a lot of things. Spoilers…. So, did I like the way Hunter was acting- hell no, as I also figured after reading the synopsis – that Hunter is going to be the most abnormal one, this time around. I think that the story was kind of abrupt this time and that ending was definitely abrupt. I am glad that Aria didn’t let a guy define her but still I feel  like she took a long time to take things into her hands. On the romance side, I was just confused, does she love Hunter or is she having mixed feeling about him because it certainly felt like if she ended up drunk, she might actually go with Turk! :O  the drunk choices are sometimes accurate. Like I am just plainly confused because in Mystic City, I was sure that our second hero was someone else. The thing is when I was reading it, I liked it, I kept reading it because that’s what matters, you wanting to know more but now I am just stuck. Its such an open ending I am just like WHATTTT  T_T …. and like seriously…after everything you want me to be like cool about the ending you wrote? Like honestly!!!! the thing is that I can’t even write a review because if I do, I am practically spilling everything out. I liked it and then I didn’t, its pure I love to hate you feeling - I just don’t know anymore. Things were obvious but then I was reading a book after a such a long time and I knew that I was excited about this one, still, that ending is plain bland. Like I thought, I would get my hands on the third sometime soon ,so, I rated it like 4 because its sort of a cliff hanger. We don’t know about people dying or surviving, we don’t know who’s ending up with the girl and everything else and then they want me to think it a duology. I am just pffftfttt!!! I don’t care anymore……..

Teaser:

   “Goodbye Aria…”

Me: “Seriously!!!!!”

My Rating:4 RoboRating

 

Montly Wrap Up # 3

Once again, I just managed to read ten books, which is depressing for me on an entire other level but I won’t talk about it. Lets get started with the wrap up and I know, I won’t have much to talk about:(

So, the ones who earned 5Roboratings: Five RoboRating

Shadows, book 2 of The Ashes Trilogy by Isla J.Bick. This women knows how to write confusing stories because I stated reading White Space and I am pulling my hair out. She certainly knows how to keep her readers interested and at the edge of their seats.

 

 

The next is a Trilogy I managed to finish- drum roll please…. Under the Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi. Once again I was left speechless because I fell in love with the trilogy and I adored almost every single character. All three books of the trilogy were granted with 5Roboratings :)

                                                                                         

 

The next in line are the 4Roboraters:  4 RoboRating

I recently wrote the review on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews and it was quite interesting.

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano would be next on the list because I am dying to read the next part. That ending left many unanswered questions.

3Roboraters: 3 RoboRating

Starters by Lissa Price, a book which left me confused yet I am eager to read the next part because I hate loose ends:/

2Roboraters:  2RoboRating

I didn’t write a review on these books because of the preference issues. I am someone who found these contemporary novels easy read but didn’t left a major impact on my soul. So, if you guys find these covers interesting you can read them and you might like them because preferences are different for everyone.

Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman, this was funny and had like too much detail and sometimes too much is just over the top. This reminded me of the movie – She’s the Man .

The Academy by Emmaline Andrews, I didn’t get the whole being in space concept and than going to the academy for the sake of it.

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger. I am reading DUFF and I know my response to that book would be totally different than Shut Out. I just couldn’t relate to the whole storyline.

 

 

 

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl- Jesse Andrews

I had crazy expectations from this one. I had been planning to read it since ages and finally I did. Greg’s character reminded me of something we all had experienced in high school. Reading about high school just has that Deja Vu feeling. I don’t know how to write a review on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, because there are some books where you can only understand what the readers felt after reading it yourself. This is certainly one of those. Greg’s character is not really mature but then sometimes those are the people who have an understanding, the general people wont have. Perspectives played and important role because sometimes until or unless we have truly experienced what the other person has been through, we are not able to relate. We have to witness it with our own eyes,that is something Greg learnt. The understanding of something, he taught he understood but he was actually just grazing his thoughts through. Earl’s character reminded me of the British shows Skins and Shameless. After finishing it I felt this- Its exactly like when you feel the wind pass through your fingers leaving behind the remnants of the untold stories.

Teaser: “Greg doesn’t have a crush on you. But he’s worried that you have a crush on him.”

Me: “HAHAHA”

My Ratings: 4 RoboRating

 

 

Starters – Lissa Price

When I started reading  Starters, I had no idea what I was getting myself involved with. After reading a few chapters it reminded me of the T.V series Doll House and Ringer. Keeping in mind both series have been cancelled, I kept reading it without switching onto some other series. I am not in love with the book but if you have started reading its okay to finish it. That’s why the rating is a 3. We have many betrayals happening and the story has a lot of twists and turns yet I wasn’t crazy about the characters. The love lines were too blunt for me, like everything happened too quickly and one second you were on one aspect of the story and the next you are reading that you were supporting the wrong guy. It was a bit confusing and maybe a little to glamorous. Its like in my mind, I haven’t clearly imagined what type of environment I am reading about. There are a zillion details but still those details were a little too vague.  I couldn’t relate to our lead, and the sibling factors always annoy me now. So, I had crazy expectation about this book, because in my mind I wasn’t able to paint what I would read about, its intriguing.  In my situation even after reading it, I am heading towards a zone I don’t really know about. I am planning to read the final Book which is Enders and hoping sincerely that my unanswered feelings are answered. Yes, the cover is creepy, if after a make over I look like that, I would scream.

Teaser: ” Don’t worry. This is a mutually beneficial situation here. We need you as much as you need us. Now let’s go see what you can do.”

Me: “Certainly.”

My Ratings:

3 RoboRating

 

 

Perfect Ruin- Lauren DeStefano

The Internment Chronicles Trilogy

I read this book like three weeks ago, give or take. I was a huge fan of Lauren DeStefano’s book Wither even when I didn’t love The Chemical Garden Trilogy. I remember writing it down that I was reading Perfect Ruin and finally I finished it….Yayyy….  I love her writing style and I love her female characters. I remember clearly how much I loved the way Rhine was in Wither, her reactions, her thinking, I was head over heels. Even when the world, she writes down is impossible to imagine , at the end her characters seem relatable. I can always picture myself making the same choices. I enjoyed reading how Morgan saw things. The storyline were great and it was different and in a good way. Living in the skies just sounds brilliant, I am imagining looking down, towards the ground and finding puffs of clouds. I liked the whole world she has created and it didn’t remind me any thing I had read before. Yes, it has that revolution thing going on but still its different. That is certainly something I look for while reading books. I wasn’t expecting the story to lead, where it lead and it was interesting. I am excited for the next part because that ending was like OMG- I want to know more. I have a feeling that the Prince is our second hero but I am usually wrong with those things. I don’t hold anything against Thomas but our lovers have that traditional love story vibe going on.

Teaser: “Being betrothed to me has made you lose your mind,”

Me: “I want another hero.”

My Ratings:

4 RoboRating

 

 

 

 

 

Under The Never Sky Trilogy- Veronica Rossi

I know it has been ages since I did a review but that was because I went straight for 2 weeks without reading a single book.  I can’t seem to handle the time adjustments I have to make due to my studies. I recently finished the final book of the trilogy and noting that I read the last two parts within 2 days is interesting. I really enjoyed reading Through The Ever Night and Into The Still Blue. Through The Ever Night wasn’t exactly what I had expected it to be, but that is always great in a book. In this part I came to like the second male lead a lot.  Like I always state that the second book of the Trilogy’s always make or break your heart about the series but in this case I was quite pleased with the story progressions. There were parts where my jaw dropped and Roar and Aria’s friendship took a new turn which was interesting. Perry’s attitude bothered me a little but I had no problem with the loveliness involved. I liked the entry of new characters on a more deeper level and the plot shaped out pretty well. The final book was also captivating and it was fast pace, the last few chapters where the story took complete U-turns didn’t bother me and I was expecting certain deaths so the deaths didn’t annoy me in general. The thing with this trilogy is that this story didn’t burden me into feeling something I should feel. It was intense but still light hearted where I loved how the story progressed but I wasn’t pulling my hair out. Sometime you just need a book which keeps you calm in terms of plot and you aren’t stressed about what would happen next or expect someone to put some sense into characters. The feuds of this part were greatly put and lets not forget the loyal betrayals. In short I loved the series and these books took my 5Roboratings.

Teaser (Through The Ever Night): “Being betrayed by your best-friend…”

Me: “I knew it.”

Teaser (Into The Still Blue) : “You have to! You have to help them! Help me!”

Me: “I can’t, leave me alone….:P”

My Ratings(Both): Five RoboRating

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