Thursday, 28 June 2012

One Moment by Kristina McBride

Goodreads Summary : "This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie's life. Now it's the one she'd do anything to forget.
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Maggie remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party. She remembers climbing the trail with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can't she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below-dead?
As Maggie's memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?
The latest novel from the author of "The Tension of Opposites," "One Moment" is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.


My Rating : 3 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Teen drama combines into suspense; One Moment is a good thriller for mature young adult audience. Honestly I have mixed feelings about the book. It was pretty much predictable from the beginning; also somewhere dragged little bit unnecessarily.

"This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie's life. Now it's the one she'd do anything to forget."

Maggie remembers hanging out friend at cliff, kissing her boyfriend, everything just before she and her boyfriend Joey dived off the cliff. But after that moment everything’s gone, just like a cliff. Next thing she knew Joey died and she lost the memory of that last moment. Doctor said it was after shock temporary memory loss. Is it actually??? Why cannot she remember what happened at the moment just before diving before the cliff??? She started to look for answer and something shocking comes out she never expected.

As I mentioned earlier, the book was pretty predictable from the beginning but story was capable enough of holding the attention of readers. One moment has no shortage of teen problems which pretty much resembles to real life and what teens are dealing with these days. All the characters and their relationship with each other seemed real to me, which I consider a plus point of this novel.

As a protagonist Maggie is a soft hearted girl, also very confused one. We saw her struggling with grief and her memory loss, also how much she put effort on remembering every single details of what happed before Joey died, and all these things touched my heart.
Adam kind of guy I will be glad to have as my best friend in my every joy and sorrow. Such friends are rare to have and but things can get complicated your best friend is in love with you. Well it might sound like old best friend-boyfriend drama, but let me tell you it’s nothing like that. Adam has always loved Maggie but never got a chance to express his feelings, and I really felt sad for him.
Also, Joey has not much made appearance in person, but he remained through the story in memories of his friends and of course Maggie’s. He was daredevil kind of guy and being reckless took his life.

The book was supposed to be mystery, at least it sounded like one. When I started reading, I found many things interesting, as the book started with a death, and slowly unravel things such as the night before Joey died what happened between Joey and Adam? Where did Joey go after dropping Maggie home? These were the turning points which led me into high hope where I expected something that will totally blew me off, but sadly I’m not satisfied by the conclusion. The whole book was smooth going but ending was bit rushed. Readers will find few heart touching moment which might bring tears in your eyes, so please before start reading One Moment, don’t forget to carry tissue papers.




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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Cover Lust 2013 : Part One

Hola Amigos,
Hope you all are well. This month was terribly exciting as publishing houses released covers some of our most anticipated titles of 2013. I have picked up few I'm exited for.

The Indigo Spell(Bloodlines #3)by Richelle Mead


No summery available yet.
Can any one please tell me who is other guy? Anyways he is not that handsome as my Adrian.


Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)by Tahereh Mafi


Okey..again no summery available. Although, I'm disappointed with the cove, cause I expected something pretty like the first edition of Shatter Me.

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu


Book Summery : The Elector Primo of the Republic has died, with his son assuming power over what’s left of the USA’s West Coast as it teeters on full-blown chaos. June and Day join up with Patriot rebels so they can rescue Day’s brother and head east for the Colonies. In order to help, though, the rebels want June and Day to kill the new Elector, who may pose an even greater threat than his father.

I am super please with the cover and I love Day. My most anticipated title of 2013.

Everbound (Everneath #2)by Brodi Ashton


Book Summery : Two months ago, the Tunnels of the underworld came for Nikki Beckett. That night, Nikki's boyfriend, Jack, made the ultimate sacrifice. All Nikki wants is to save Jack before it's too late. All Cole wants is to find his queen - and he thinks Nikki is the one. Both determined, both desperate, Nikki and Cole form a tense alliance, leading them on a dangerous journey to The Heart of The Everneath.

Prettiest cover of among all. What do you think ?

Asunder (Newsoul #2) by Jodi Meadows


Book Summery : DARKSOULS
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

SHADOWS
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

LOVE
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

Although the cover is similar to the first one and I like it but I think Incarnate was prettier.

These are my top five pick today. What are yours?

Monday, 25 June 2012

Exclusive Interview with Jennifer Bosworth, Author of Struck+ Win a Signed Copy of Struck (int)

Me : Share something about yourself and your writing what haven’t told any fans before?


Jennifer : Okay, this is shameful, but when I was a teenager I plagiarized a Stephen King story for an assignment. Not because I couldn’t make up my own story, but I was just so in awe of this one particular story that I wanted to pretend it was mine. I didn’t get caught, though!



Me : The protagonist Mia was a lightning addict, what drew you to a subject such a lightning addiction?

Jennifer : I knew I wanted to write about a girl who was a human lightning rod, so I started studying real life human lightning rods. I read about the man who held the world record for most lightning strikes survived. He was a park ranger, and he’d been struck seven times. People actually started to avoid him because they didn’t want to be near him when he was struck. Reading about him, I started to wonder why he didn’t get a different job, one that didn’t require him to be outside all the time. I speculated on the reason, and thought, “Well, maybe he likes being struck. Maybe it’s like a drug to him, makes him feel alive.” At that moment, the idea of a lightning addict was born.

Me : Is there any particular thing inspired you writing Struck?

Jennifer : There were so many inspirations that snowballed into a story, but one of the early inspirations was actually Hurricane Katrina. After Katrina, scientists began talking about how natural disasters were becoming more severe. I live in LA, where we’re always waiting for “the big one” so this got me thinking––and worrying––about what it would be like if a natural disaster as bad as Katrina were to hit LA.

Me : What is the significance of The Prophet in Struck?

Jennifer : Even though Prophet is the villain of Struck, he occupies a special place in my heart. I’ve always been fascinated by villains, or more specifically how they become villains. To create Prophet, I studied a lot of real life cult leaders––Jim Jones, David Koresh, Charles Manson––and tried to find the common denominators. What was it that turned these men into monsters?

If you’re interested in Prophet’s origins, you can read this short story about teenage Prophet on Tor.com.

http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/04/prophet

Me : If you were in Mia’s position and you had to choose one between “The Tower” and “The Lover”, what would you do?

Jennifer : I’d want to choose “The Lover,” but I would eventually accept the inevitable and go with “The Tower.” I’m selfish, but not that selfish.

Me : What is your favorite scene in Struck and why?

Jennifer : I love the scene where Mia goes to Tentville to get medicine for her mom on the black market and is attacked by the Dealer. For me, even though I’ve reread the book a million times, that scene still holds the same intensity as when I first wrote it.

Me : If you have to pick a theme song for Struck, what would it be?

Jennifer : I’m a little bit of a rocker, so I’d go with “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC.

Me : Struck is going to be a series, do you like to share words about it? Is there any other novel you are currently working on?

Jennifer : Actually . . . oh dear, I hate to break it to you, but at this point Struck is a standalone. I’d love to write a sequel, but it would be hard to raise the stakes high enough in the second book. Where do you go after the apocalypse?

I’m working on a book that I do intend to be a series, though. The first book will be titled, “The Knife Sharpener’s Daughter,” and it will belong to trilogy called “Tarnation.” The series is a post-apocalyptic, supernatural western. My main character is an incarnation of Calamity Jane.

Now, here is you chance to win a signed copy of Struck, and the giveaway is open internationally. Feel free to enter and spread the word.
Giveaway closed : July 20, 2012
Winner Chosen : Tiffany Drew
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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Goodreads Summery : Mia Price is a lightning addict. She's survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn't who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.


My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : I have read many YA books, some with old concepts, some are utterly unique and Struck falls into that second category. A striking debut of author Jennifer Bosworth with an explosive fast paced plot, Struck is something that takes you to edge of excitement and leaves you screaming.

A World Falling Apart

“My name is Mia Price and I’m a lighting addict”

Mia is a lightning addict. Being struck by lightning so many times, she has developed sudden energy runs through her and some sort supernatural sixth sense. Lightning strike has also affected her physically, leaving scars all over her body. When a great earth quack hit and nearly destroyed the city of Los Angeles, left the once glamorous city in ruin.
Streets are full of homeless people looking for shelter, food and medicine. Two cults has risen, one that is led by a prophet and followers of god, the other that strictly oppose them and call themselves seekers of truth. Both the cults want Mia, for the unique power she got. Left with a devastating mother, and her own problems to deal with, Mia’s world started falling apart, until Jeremy showed up; the only comfort in her pain.

I found the book thrilling with some mystery and breathe catching special effect. Author Jennifer Bosworth has created a chilling futuristic world that is hopeless, where people believe nothing can save them other than god, where some believe there is no such thing as god otherwise they didn’t have to suffer like this. Blending of prophecy and tarot cards, theories about sixth seal and doomsday gave the book a brilliant nice touch with dramatic effect. The book has emotion, romance and action; I enjoyed every layer of it.

The Lighting Girl and Her Lover

Every character in the story has very important roles to play of their own and I loved how they developed individually. As the book was told from Mia’s perspective, it was hard to guess what’s going on into other’s mind. As the book progressed, the characters starts to uncover their actual motives, and trust me, some of them will leave you in shock.

“When you've been struck by lightning as many times as I have, you start to expect the worst pretty much all the time.”

Mia is a character I could easily connect me to. I felt her emotions and confusion, whom to trust and whom to not. She went through lot of situations where her trust was broken so many times but nothing could break her entirely. She is girl who can save the humanity and also posses the power to destroy it. I enjoyed her narration, straight, simple and descriptive, that you can easily imagine things like a visual playing in your mind.
Enter Jeremy, the guy who promises to keep her safe. Simplicity, decency and mysterious, these three words are enough to describe him. Did I mention how much I find a guy cute and intellectual in glasses? Jeremy has an influence on her decisions, and not denying he got influence on me too. But can actually he be trusted?

A choice can be difficult but there is always a way and sometimes you need to choose for others too. Struck is an electrifying and gripping novel. I’m little disappointed to know the book is a standalone cause I wanted to know afterwards. If you are looking for something different and new, then Struck is the book for you.

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Friday, 22 June 2012

Crave by Melissa Darnell

Goodreads Summery : Bloodlust. Magic. Forbidden secrets.

When Savannah Colbert returns to school after a mystery illness, the fact that she has changed is clear to everyone. None more so than every school girls golden boy Tristan Coleman. Ever since their first kiss in fourth grade, Savannah and Tristan have been cruelly and inexplicably banned from associating with each other. Now, as the pair navigate the tricky social life of high school, the truth is about to be revealed.

As Savannah learns of their paranormal ancestry and Tristan deals with the repercussions of her new powers, the relationship they have been denied for so long becomes utterly irresistible and all consuming. Like Romeo and Juliet centuries before them, Savannah and Tristan’s love is destined to fail; and Tristan’s powerful magical family, the Clann, are watching.


My Rating : 4 of 5 stars


My Thoughts : Bloodlust. Magic. Forbidden Secrets.

Sounds conventional topic, isn’t it? Well, let me tell you, it’s not like that. A whole brand new novel based on traditional theme of vampires and forbidden love.

Tristan and Savannah are forbidden since birth, but nothing could stop them from being attracted to each other. Son of The Clann leader, and daughter of a family that has been banished from The Clann, Tristan and Savannah are not even supposed to be friends, but they could not resist falling in love. When the truth behind Savannah’s birth is revealed, it can destroy peace between The Clann and Vampires, also brings threat of a great war. Torn between loyalty and love, now the starcrossed lovers has to went to several tests and if one fails, other will too.

The book is divided into alternative perspective of Tristan and Savannah, so we receive glimpse of both their hearts and minds, also get to know their characters better. The author has created a beautiful world of supernaturals based on old myths, I found myself enjoying this so much. How the old cultures of witches and vampires have been blended into modern day civilization, the author featured them well.

Savanna was sweet, reserved and shy, Tristan was brave and sweet, needless to say unearthly handsome in his golden curls. And yes, both were unbelievably brave, their strength was love for each other that helped them to overcome difficulties they faced. I found the romance adorable yet burring. They might have been forbidden but nothing could keep them apart. I really enjoyed the dream sequences in romance part and how their relationship developed when they walked into each other’s dream.

Crave is a pure paranormal teen romance which I found entertaining and intriguing. The Plot was Interesting as well as the characters were likable. I loved how the book started describe a
do-or-die situation which was quite pulse rising and then drive into flash back where we actually see the whole story. Crave is kind of novel no paranormal romance lover want to miss.

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Exclusive Interview with Kevin Emerson, Author of The Lost Code

Me : First, congratulation on publication of “The Lost Code”, please tell a few words about this brand new novel.

Kevin : Hi, thank you! The Lost Code is a new YA novel about a 14-year-old boy named Owen who discovers that his idyllic summer camp, Camp Eden, is not what it seems, and that he may be the key to saving the tattered planet as one of three Atlanteans. Not only does Owen need to unlock the mystery in his own genes, but he also has to figure out the truth that lies beneath Camp Eden. Once he does, his biggest challenge will be getting out alive. The Lost Code is the first of a trilogy that takes place in a climate-ravaged future, where the key to saving the world is a story lost far back in history.

Me : What is “Elevator Pitch” for The Lost Code?

Kevin : First of all, nice to run into you in this elevator, and sorry this is kind of awkward but I wanted to tell you that my new book the Lost Code is a coming-of-age adventure, like The Goonies meets Twin Peaks and goes on a double date with the daughter of Lost and the adopted son of Battlestar Galactica. Or, like if young Indiana Jones went to summer camp, but, you know, in the future, not the 1930’s. And there are no Nazi’s, or snakes, wait, this is your floor, did I mention the part about the robot butterflies? Or the strange siren that appears beneath the lake, beckoning Owen toward a hidden temple? Well, that too! Okay, have a great day!

Me: What was your inspiration behind the idea of “The Lost Code”?

Kevin : It was the combination of a few thoughts. I’d had these experiences as a teen at summer camp, and this sense for summer camp as a serious test of your teen mettle. One of the things that happens in the Lost Code (on page 1 – not a spoiler) is that Owen drowns taking a swim test, but survives. I failed a cabin swim test, though not by drowning, and it felt like a real show of weakness. So I thought about, if that happened to a character, what could then happen to even the scales? Owen drowns, but what happens to him after that opens up a different world at camp that he could never have imagined.

Me : Is there any particular reason that compelled you in choosing the topic of Atlantis? Would you like share your thoughts with us?

Kevin : I read a bunch of books that connect Atlantis to ancient civilizations, like a civilization that was even older than the ones we know about, that was really advanced, but that fell due to catastrophe. Many theories on Atlantis date it around the time of the flood stories of many religions. There are some theories that those floods were actually sea level rise, due to climate change. I liked the idea that, as we are facing dangerous climate change now, an ancient culture might have faced it, and they might have something that could help us avoid destroying the planet.

Me : What theme emerges from “The Lost Code”?

Kevin : One theme in the book is responsibility. Who are we responsible to and for? Who should we be responsible to? Is the best course of action to enjoy the Eden domes while you can, even though it’s not what’s best for the world as a whole, or to try to do what’s best for the most people, even if that puts you at risk? When it comes to survival, should we be more concerned with ourselves, or the society as a whole? Each character in The Lost Code is dealing with some level of responsibility, even the bad guys. Owen is trying to be responsible for the people around him who he cares about, but he has to consider taking on a role for the larger world, all while figuring out how to do what’s right in his heart.


Me: Would you like share few words about the world of Eden, the post apocalyptic society after the climate change?

Kevin : I find climate change a pretty scary issue because of the impacts it could have on people all around the world. I’m a former science teacher and ecology major, so I know just enough to be freaked out by the things I read. I read a few very good books by scientists speculating on what might happen in the future, and I found it pretty chilling. So, I imagined a few scenarios playing themselves out and then built the world from that. My main question was: if resources were getting scare but population was growing, and if cities were submerging and countries were becoming deserts, how would people react? I think that one thing that people would do is try to preserve our current way of life, and take drastic measures to do so. This would lead to things like the Eden domes, false realities for the few. There’s a very different reaction to this climate apocalypse in the second book, meant to be kind of a mirror to the Eden idea.


Me : Tell us about the main protagonist Owen, how much you find yourself similar with him?

Kevin : When we meet Owen, he’s a definitely a hard-luck kid. His main problem is that he doesn’t see himself as anything special. I had a hard time making friends at that age, at least at making them quickly. Owen is like that. He’s pretty thoughtful but has a hard time just saying what’s on his mind. And he doesn’t have a good sense for what he’s capable of. He imagines little men in his head running his body rather than being in charge himself. He’s kind of an idiot to try to pass the swim test, but it’s also the first sign that he might be willing to take some risks to get what he wants. As the book progresses, he evolves into a more confident and decisive person. He has to, since things in his body and in the world around him keep getting more and more crazy.

Me : As we know “The Atlanteans” is going to be a series, would you like to share few words about the sequel? Is there any other project you are currently working on?

Kevin : The Atlanteans will be three books. I’m nearly finished with the second. It’s a very different kind of book than The Lost Code. I’m pretty excited about it! I took some big risks. The characters go places and face things that you’d never imagine (I hope!) based on book 1. I hope it will surprise people.

I do have another book coming out next winter that is unrelated, called The Fellowship for Alien Detection. It is being marketed as a middle grade novel, so for a slightly younger audience. The two main characters are in 8th grade, 13-year-olds. And there are aliens. And secret agents.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Exclusive Interview with Claire Merle, Author of The Glimpse

Me : What was the idea behind The Glimpse?

Claire : The original idea came to me around ten years ago after I went to a talk on mental health and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). I was alarmed to learn about the rapidly increasing number of children being prescribed medication such as Ritalin for behavioural problems and I started asking myself, ‘What will happen if the number of young people with mental health problems and prescribed medication just continues to go up and up?’


Me : Describe The Glimpse in three words?

Claire : Spine-chilling, provocative, romantic.

Me : Would you like to share few words about you journey with The Glimpse?

Claire : A little over three years ago, shortly after the birth of my second son, I began working on an idea that had been floating around my head for a while. A year and a half later, a draft of The Glimpse was ready to send out and I quickly found a wonderful agent - Jo Williamson from Antony Harwood Associates. In April 2011, I received an email from Jo saying ‘offer imminent’ and subsequently lay awake most of the night wondering what that meant and whether I’d be jumping the gun if I started to get excited. We received an official offer from Faber and Faber a couple of days later.

Me : If you were Ana, whom would you choose, Cole or Jasper, and why?

Claire : If I was Ana I’d choose Cole, because I don’t believe you can go backwards in relationships. In my personal history of relationships (which isn’t very vast!), once I’ve split up with someone I’ve given my heart to, I could never give it to them again. In a similar way, I feel Jasper had Ana’s heart when she was fifteen and they were supposed to be joined, but he kept postponing the ceremony that would ‘save’ her. By leaving the ceremony right until the last possible occasion, (a month before her eighteenth birthday), I think he lost her. His motivations were reasonably noble, but he didn’t trust her enough. For months and months she had know idea if she would be ‘saved’ or ‘ditched’. If I was Ana, by the time Jasper actually committed, I think I’d be clinging to my heart rather fiercely!

Me : The Glimpse has an open ending, is there any probability we might expect a sequel?

Claire : There will be a follow up (and final book) to The Glimpse out in June 2013. It’s currently titled THE FALL and it starts where The Glimpse leaves of.

Me : Are there any other novels you are working one?

Claire : I’ve just received my editorial notes for The Fall, so I’ll be working on that this summer. I’ve also recently started a young adult contemporary novel with a fantasy twist.

Me : Any message to the readers?

Claire : Thanks to everyone who has read and/or supported The Glimpse! The best feeling ever is when a reader gets in touch and tells you how much they loved your characters or book. (So don’t be shy – if you have a favourite book, let the author know, she or he will love hearing from you !)


The Glimpse by Claire Merle

Goodreads Summery : In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society, and as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe.



My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Review : In a distant future, England is divided into Pures and Crazies based on the result of a DNA test. When an error was detected in Ana’s result, she was given a second chance, a privilege of living in the society only if she joins a pure boy before her 18th birthday. After three years, finally she got joining invitation from a Pure boy Jasper, but few days before her joining Jasper gone missing and her world nearly shattered. Anna decided to take matters on her hand and sneaks out of society’s boundary to find Jasper. The more she got closer to find Jasper, some devastating truths unravel about her family, her society and those she loves. She also learns to love the way she never loved before.

The Glimpse is a compelling debut of author Clare Merle. Well written and a promising plot line, I found myself attracted to this novel from the moment I have read the book blurb. Not your traditional dystopian, it has many unexpected elements. I bet the author did many scientific researches on the book and brings out every single detail.

Raised By Lies

I can imagine the blue print of a perfect society of futuristic England, where the Pures live inside a safe and secured wall of city; the crazies are struggling with day to day’s life outside the city wall. The society runs by few influential and powerful people, and Anna’s father is one of them; A very complicated man who discovered the Pure test and cares only for his reputation, but eventually we finds out a softer side of him, although his true motives are not clear. As I progressed in the story, I was thrust inside seemingly perfect but a cruel world, where everything is darkness, torture and pain.

As a protagonist Ana is very strong, stubborn and determine once she set her mind on something, also concerned about welfare of others. I liked her courage when she set of a journey to find Jasper. Anna is a character no one can hate, trust me on this. Believing Jasper has been taken by an unauthorized organization who strictly opposes the Pure test, investigations led Anna to a guy named Cole, an ex-member of this organization. With help of Cole Anna begins to solve the mystery behind Jasper’s abduction.

Transformed By Love

Cole is absolutely charming and lovable guy, always supportive to Ana. A vision of The Glimpse to the future led him to Ana and hope for a bright tomorrow. Presence of Cole throughout the novel felt so real and heartwarming to me that I wanted to jump into pages and hug him.
On the other side Jasper has less presence but he has been mentioned many times, but his character played a very important role. He wanted to be with Ana despite of her defects but as I said his tureself remains in mystery. I was expecting to know more about his character, but hopefully we get to know real Jasper in next book.

Bound To Destiny ?

Romance is slow burning. Ana finds her heart beats for Cole, where she is promised to Jasper. The way she loved Cole and cared for Jasper, even endangering her own life, I can't help but adore her. Who is the lucky one, she is destined to be with, oh boy! that's a huge cliffhanger.

You may think that you can guess the whole story from the official book blurb, but let me assure you, it’s definitely not what you think. The official synopsis is just a side of the actual story and a very subtle attempt to capture reader’s attention which proved successful. The original novel contains so many unpredictable twists and turns which you don’t wanna miss, trust me on this.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Cover Reveal : All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

Welcome to the exclusive cover reveal of All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen, story of a girl who suffered from memory loss with two two distinct, warring voices inside her head.The book will be released by Entangled Teen on December, 2012





Official Book Blurb : What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.
Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

Exclusive Premise Expert : Olivia reached up, feeling the tender spots on her head. Her fingers brushed across a row of—were those little ridges made of metal?
“Careful. The staples are almost ready to come out, but it’s still going to be sore for a while.”
Staples?!Her stomach rolled. I have staples in my head? She lowered her now-shaking hand. “Can I get a mirror?”
Mom looked at Dad, then back at her. “I don’t think that’s a good idea. Not until you’ve healed a little more.”
Mom patted Olivia’s leg. “You just relax. We’ll be back in a few minutes.”
The two of them left the room, but when Mom swung the door closed, it didn’t latch. Olivia could hear their voices in the hall.
“I still think we should…” She couldn’t make out the rest of Dad’s muffled words. “…know if I can do this.”
“…late for that,” Mom said. “We’d lose everything, including…” Her voice faded as they got farther away. “…have to move.”
Olivia could tell the conversation was tense, but the words were impossible to decipher now. Holding a hand in front of her face, she turned it back and forth. A plastic tube ran from her arm to a machine next to her bed. She peeked into her nightgown and stared in horror at the long red stripe running down her chest.
Sick.
You’re alive. You shouldn’t be thinking about looks.

Lowering her hand, she scanned the room. I wonder how my face looks. From the way Dad stared at me, plus the fact Mom won’t let me see a mirror, it must be bad.
Brains are more important than looks.
That’s what ugly people say.
Olivia put her hands on her head and squeezed. “Stop it,” she whispered to her arguing thoughts, hysteria bubbling up and squeezing the air from her lungs. What was happening to her? Why didn’t she recognize her parents or know where she was? Who she was? Tears ran warm trails down her cheeks. “Just make it all stop.”

Author Bio : Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting
revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy
person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Goodreads Summery : A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.


My Rating : 4.5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : My Life Next Door, one of best contemporary I have ever read. When I got the ARC, I couldn't believe my eyes that I got an actual one,not a digital, that much I wanted this book. I enjoyed this book starting from first page to the last one; it was light and fun reading for me. Everything on this book felt so real, the characters and their relationships.

Ten years of living next to Garrett’s, 17 years old Samantha always wanted to one of them, loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. One summer Jase Garrett climbed her terrace and Samantha’s whole world changes. They developed friendship, and soon fall in love; Garretts make her one of their own. One terrible accident and her whole world falls. Samantha faced the ultimate decision of choosing between Jase and her family, right and the wrong.

My life next door is one of the sweetest contemporary readings of my life, also one of the quickest casue I couldn’t put it down. I instantly wanted to become of the Garretts, what an amazing family with such caring and lovely members. Garretts might seem chaotic with eight kids, but trust me they so adorable, especially those little ones; toddler Pasty whose fist words were “boob” and “poop”, also Gorge, Man! This kid is human encyclopedia with few wrong concepts and lot of curiosities.

Samantha’s character is easy to like and easy to connect. Being under control of over protective and judgmental would –be – senator mother, Samantha’s life was suffocating, and I really really felt sorry for her. She used watch Garretts secretly and wished if she was one of them. Her mother contemned the Garretts, she would never accept her relationship with “one of those Garretts”, so Samantha kept Jase a secret from her disapproving mother.

The authors brilliantly captured few of those very common real life problems. When Samantha faced the choice between her family and her love, she struggled to be on the right side knowing if she chose one, she might lose the other. Every choice has two sides, the right and the wrong, and I bet once in our life we went through such situation when choosing one became difficult because sometimes choosing the right might take everything from our life and choosing the wrong meant living rest of our life with burden of guilt. I’m just amazed to see how beautifully the author waved difficulties and mental stress of a common life into her novel, and her attempt to picture them is absolutely praise worthy.

Moving on to the male lead, Jase is a one hundred percent real guy that every girl would love to have, and I’m no exception. He is handsome, sweet, caring, loving and…well I’m out of adjectives. How brilliantly he took care of his younger siblings, also balancing his work and love life. He is supportive, kind of guy you can blindly trust and lean on.

Over all the characters are fleshed out and the readers really get to know them and understand them. The novel is well written and I’m glad to see that the teenage drama is not overdone. The ending is bit rushed and disconnected; I felt there should have been something more. However let me assure you My life Next Door is one of those novels you must recommend to your friends, a must read for all contemporary lovers.

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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Goodreads Summery : "Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came."

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.


My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : “Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic.”

A spellbinding novel and author Laini Taylor took the angels and demons things to a higher level, something beyond brilliant. Daughter of Smoke and Bone arrived with hype, high expectation and an interesting premise; it set the readers on fire, burning in excitement.
I bet there isn’t many YA novel that is such creative work of literature; complex and classy at same time. The plot is intricate and work of extraordinary imagination. An interesting premise delivers a story so promising that is executed with ingenuity and proper care.

Once upon a time,
A little girl was raised by monsters.
But angels burned the doorways to their world,
And she was all alone.


The novel is focused on Karou, a seventeen years old girl caught up in the middle of an ancient war between Angels and Devils. She was good at balancing her two lives. One as a talented artist in Prague who draws figures of chimeras she actually knows, another as a girl running into streets of Paris to Marrakesh for some teeth collecting errands summoned by Brimstone; a demon who raised her like a father. Karou speaks many languages and many of them aren’t even human’s. She is mysterious and she herself doesn’t even know the truth of her existence. Tattooed and blue hair color of Lapis Lazuli, I immediately liked Karou. She is made of hope and love, sweetness and strength. Karou is base of the story, center of everything. Things are incomplete without her but she isn't whole herself.

“He was the most beautiful thing Karou had ever seen. Her first thought, incongruous but overpowering, was to memorize him so she could draw him later.”

Strange black handprints begin to appear in doorways all over the world and an angel laid his fire colored eyes on Karou. When Karou encountered Akiva in streets of Marrakesh, he is the most beautiful thing she has ever seen, and deadly too. Akiva tried to kill Karou but what made him stop??? An angel of unearthly beauty and haunted past, I felt the story became more compelling with his otherworldly presence. Such raw emotion of a tortured soul, my heart lies bleeding and broken.

Once upon a time,
There were two moons, who were sisters.
Nitid was the goddess of tears and life,
And the sky was hers.
No one worshipped Ellai but secret lovers

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Love and hate complements each other and the author has brilliantly drawn the fine line between them. The romance was beautifully woven in the story and the fierce attraction between the main characters complemented it perfectly. The moment Karou and Akiva met, their compulsion was more than just attraction, a thread that binds them from some other life; a violent past they shared. A lifeless heart of an angel and Karou brought it into life. Every page I went through and every word I read, I experienced the love and loss same as the characters.

Once upon a time,
An angel and a devil fell in love.
It did not end well


Redemption has a price to pay; sometimes it costs love, sometimes even a life. When I was trying solve some mystery and unanswered questions about Karou and Akiva , the story took turn and merged into another story from another time of a girl named Madrigal and it took love to another degree of heart rendering pain. Watching her struggled against all odds for the one she loves, some hunting emotions stayed with me long after I finished reading.

Once Upon a Time
An angel and a Devil held a wish bone between them
And its snap split the world in two


The story progressed slowly and I enjoyed the rhythm, bit by bit. The book did justice to readers’ expectation and I was immersed into this dazzling plot and amazing characters. Daughter of Smoke is sometimes hopeful and at some points absolutely heartbroken. How destiny brought the lovers together and how choices depleted against destiny, things I expected never happened and those happened what I never expected. A wish of true love tore the world apart and sky cried blood. the book ended with huge cliffhanger but as I can assume the Days of Blood and Starlight is going to a journey to discover the difference between truth and lies, love and hate; a journey to elsewhere.



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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Exclusive Interview with Hannah Harington, Author of Saving June


Me : As Saving June is a story of an emotional journey, what did you feel when you were finished with writing the book?

Hannah : I was mostly just thinking, “Oh my god, I wrote a book!” It was the first time I’d even written one, so there was a big sense of accomplishment just in finishing a first draft. Later though, after going through rounds of edits and finally turning in the last and final draft to my editor, was a little more affecting. By that point I’d lived with the story so long that letting go of it was surprisingly emotional.

Me : How would you like to describe Harper?

Hannah : Harper feels like an outsider and someone who is kind of misunderstood, and she’s a little brash and cynical as a result of all that. But beneath the prickly exterior, she cares deeply about the people she loves, and has a lot of strength in standing up for what she believes in.

Me : With which character from Saving June you feel most connected with ?

Hannah : Since I wrote from Harper’s perspective, I’d have to say her. I was sort of like her at the same age, though probably (hopefully!) a little easier to get along with.


Me : Would you like to share few words about your upcoming novel Speechless?

Hannah : SPEECHLESS is the story of a girl named Chelsea Knot who takes a voluntary vow of silence after her gossip-mongering ways yield unexpected and terrible consequences. There is, of course, a romance involved as well!

Me : What inspired you writing Saving June?

Hannah : I first had the idea for Saving June while I was in high school. When I was seventeen, I'd lost a relative of mine to suicide and the "splitting the ashes" thing was something that actually happened. The summer after I graduated, I was living out of my car and working as a pizza cook. The radio would always be on in the kitchen, so I was spending a lot of time listening to music and kicking the idea around in my head. A few years later I found some of the bits and pieces I'd written back then, and decided to sit down and write out a full first draft. So some of it comes from my personal experiences, and of course some of it is inspired by music I love. It all ended up tying together!

Saving June by Hannah Harrington


Goodreads Summery : ‘If she’d waited less than two weeks, she’d be June who died in June. But I guess my sister didn’t consider that.’

Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why.

When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going, California.

Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanour and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs.

Except June wasn’t the only one hiding something. Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn Harper’s life upside down again.


My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : “Sometimes people think they want to know things, but then they hear the answer and realize they'd prefer to be in the dark.”

A work of realistic fiction, Saving June is absolutely touching and I melted with emotions. When I was reading Saving June, I was speechless and I was in doubt that I will ever be able to write down my thoughts in blank pages.

Harper’s perfect older sister June committed suicide just two weeks before her graduation, and Haper was the one who found her body. Harper found heeself questioning June’s death because June did not even left behind a goodbye note. When Harper found out her divorcing parents are even dividing June’s urn, Harper took the urn left home with her best friend Laney and Jake, an arrogant guy who used be June’s friend to California where June wanted to go, and live her dream, now its Harper responsibly to fulfill her decreased sister’s last wish. A memorable road trip to accomplish June’s unfulfilled dream, Harper discovers truth about her sister, herself and life that can turn her life upside down.

I have read many books where some characters died, but a novel completely dealt with death, loss and grief, Saving June is first one in my book shelve. I have seen death in my life and I know how it is feels like losing a person you love, I found myself immediately attached with the characters, each and everyone.

“It's so stupid because all I wanted was space and now that I have it, there's this part of me that's achingly lonely I could die.”


June has always been the golden girl, Harper was opposite to her, still there was so much connections and love, and I’m mesmerized by their sisterly bond. Devastated and alone, we witnessed Harper developed and grown mentally through the pages, felt and acted like a mature one, wiser than her age. Harper is bold, smart mouthed and definitely not perfect. Author’s creation of such realistic and flawed character is praise worthy.

“He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that's what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.”

There is Jake, a guy with bad ass attitude but a soft and empathetic heart, deep and warm. His presence is comforting and heartwarming, like a music you listen to in joy and pain. He and Harper never got along, but still he always stand by her side and supported her, a shoulder to cry one, a hand to hold forever.
Another person I cann’t help but mentioning, Laney, Harper best friend in both her good and bad times. Living her own comfortable life, she set in a journey along with Harper and Jake. She also faces some devastating news in her way to California; still she never left Harper’s side, Laney reminded me of my best friend.

Taking trip with a guy Harper barely knows and slowing falling for him, the romance part was perfect and smooth, with flavor of first love. Harper not only struggles to cope with her loss and grief, she also struggles with herself and truths she discovers.

Saving June was engaging read for, an emotional journey that I will never forget. I never thought of having an adventurous road trip or taking any kind of risk like that, but sometimes you only listen to your heart and acts on your emotion, that’s life is all about.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


From Goodreads : Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.



My Rating : 5 of 5 stars


My Thoughts : “They are orphans again, with no true home but each other and whatever life they can make together on the other side of the sea.”

Setting in a magical land called Ravka where shadow fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness has torn the country into two, crawling with gruesome flesh eating monsters called Volcra. The story circled around protagonist Alina, who used to consider herself a normal girl until a terrible attack by Volcra, nearly killed her best friend Mal, and she somehow saved him with very powerful magic. Discovering she possess a very rare and unique power of summoning the sun , Alina was thrust into the lavish world of Grisha, kingdom’s magical elite and soon catches eyes of Darkiling, the powerful leader of Grisha. Convinced she can help him to unravel the darkness of shadow fold and save Ravka, Alina found herself drawn to Darkling, also a part of heart still loves Mal.

A world that is enthralling

Enriched with high imagination and unbelievable fantasy, Shadow and Bone is completely spellbinding and mesmerizing. The novel is a moving example of creative literature and work of pure inventiveness. Shadow and Bone showcases author’s gorgeous prose and brilliant story telling that will keep the readers engrossed into pages.
The world building was powerful and fascinating, every scenario were richly detailed, played in my head like a live motion picture and I found myself experiencing the glamorous world of Grisha, also being frightened of the Volcra. I must say Shadow and Bone is a masterpiece of work, a sensational addition into YA novels.

Characters those are extraordinary

Alina, a very ordinary girl with an extraordinary ability of summoning the sun, the one who can actually free Ravka from the fabric of darkness. She is a character who actually develops through the pages; adapts the situations and changes with it.


“This was his soul made flesh, the truth of him laid bare in the blazing sun, shorn of mystery and shadow. This was the truth behind the handsome face and the miraculous powers, the truth that was the dead and empty space between the stars, a wasteland peopled by frightened monsters.”


Described as ‘creature of seductive charm and terrifying power’ Darkling is disturbingly provocative, a kind of person you will feel forbidden attraction. Shinning with power and unearthly beauty, nameless and secretive, I can only compare him with danger of darkness.
On the other side, presence of Mal is like assurance of comfort from worry, a relief from endless suffering and agony. Mal is the person you want to fall in love with again and again, someone who can even walk to death for the person he loves.

A love that is heat rendering


“I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I'd catch myself just walking around to find you, not for any reason , just out of habit, because I'd seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I'd realize that you weren't there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I've risked my life for you. I've walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I'd do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don't tell me why we don't belong together,"


Deep emotions of a friendship turned romance were perfectly waved through the story. I felt deep connection with the characters, enduring their Joy of love and pain of loss. When Alina encountered Darkling, she felt a certain attraction to him where her heart still belongs to Mal. The readers can find a subtle hint of a love triangle, but I won’t spoil the excitement, you have to find out the rest by yourself to see if there is one. The plot is dark and detailed, complementing the romantic elements with lies and deceptions.

A novel worth reading

With lots of turns and twists, ups and downs, a breathtaking climax that will make you heart jump to your throat, you will even shiver thinking of it. A splendid plot that is intricate and adventurous, the book held me captivating. I can guaranty that you will not be disappointed by Shadow and Bone. The world of Shadow and Bone is remarkable, worthy of living your dreams in this alluring world of Grisha and experiencing it.

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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Spectral by Shannon Duffy

Goodreads Summery : Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe—the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.

As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive.


My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Convinced she is a part witness protection program; Jewel’s life is all about moving from one place to another, one school to other. Tired of living this live, Jewel has stopped questioning. Being born in total lunar eclipse which was same time as the full moon during summer solstice, Jewel Rose is a very special girl who is destined to be powerful all on her seventeenth birth day and witches from other covens are after her life. Not knowing how much danger she is in, Jewel tried to adjust her new life in Pomona Park. Soon she meets sweet and handsome Chase who seems genuinely interested in her, also dark and charming Roman who claims to be her guardian. Whom she will trust when her own family is keeping secrets from her?

Spectral is an absolute thrilling and full of suspense, once you start reading; it’s difficult to put it back. Witches and witchcrafts is something I have always taken interest and Spectral holds me attention by some spell. It was wonderfully written and prefect paced smooth going novel.

The Plot is twisty with great amount of action and romance. As we progressed with the story, all mystery revolved around Jewel starts to unravel and left me gasped. Struggling with secrets that her family is keeping from her, Jewel started to seek for the truth about her heritage and her real identity. Brave, determine and so caring, Jewel is amazing character. I bet if I were in her place, I would have shown same curiosities in discovering the truth like she did and I loved her, I really did for what she is.
Speaking of male protagonists, there are two of them and each played important role in the story. Total swoon worth, mysterious and dark, Roman has his own secrets. Chemistry was hot between Roman and Jewel that added flavor of forbidden romance. There was charming Chase who is loving and sweet, always there for Jewel.

Spectral is another amazing addition to paranormal genre, an impressive one. I was shocked and surprised with ups and downs on each of the pages. Spectral is an interesting and original novel worth reading.


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Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson

Goodreads Summary : WHAT IS OLDEST WILL BE NEW, WHAT IS LOST SHALL BE FOUND.

The ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have risen, and the sun is a daily enemy. But global climate change is not something new in the Earth’s history.

No one will know this better than less-than-ordinary Owen Parker, who is about to discover that he is the descendant of a highly advanced ancient race—a race that took their technology too far and almost destroyed the Earth in the process.

Now it is Owen’s turn to make right in his world what went wrong thousands of years ago. If Owen can unlock the lost code in his very genes, he may rediscover the forgotten knowledge of his ancestry…and that less-than-ordinary can evolve into extraordinary.


My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : A myth surrounded by mist, a legend waved through stories after stories, generations after generations, but no one know the truth. I grew up listening to several bed time stories on Legend of Atlantis but I never thought I will find a YA fiction based on that, I couldn’t help but being was extremely curious and took an immediate interest in the book.

Author Kevin Emerson introduces us to a post global warming era where the ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have raised, and the Sun can burn you down. The human kind is living inside a sealed and secured dome that artificially controlled. The story follows Owen Parker, a shy and very average boy living inside such a dome called Eden. After a drowning accident in swimming coaching, he finds himself discovering about his heritage and others like him, who are different from ordinary human beings. Descendent from a highly advanced ancient race call The Atlanteans, Owen can restore the lost knowledge and save the remaining human kind.

WHAT IS OLDEST WILL BE NEW, WHAT IS LOST SHALL BE FOUND

Mythology is a very common in Young Adult novels, but featuring lost city of Atlantis is utterly unique and immensely interesting. I was fascinated by author’s description of Atlantis; the lost city resides below sea level, it was so vivid and life like. The Lost Code was an intelligent blending of mythology and fantasy into dystopia.
Atlantis has always been shrouded by mystery and the truth of its existence is long buried, I must say it was a brave and brilliant attempted by the author to dig up through the traditional knowledge and give it his own twist with a taste of dystopia.

An Ordinary Boy

The story was narrated by Owen, a less-than-ordinary boy who doesn’t fit with adjectives such as dashing or brave. But there is something special about him that makes him extraordinary who can change fate of our world. .
The world we know has long gone, devastated and ravaged by heat and epic change in global climate. People have taken shelter inside a seemingly perfect dome that is not so perfect. Climate change is not that big issue anymore, so what went wrong is past? Descendent of an ancient legendary race, only Owen can unlock the forgotten knowledge in his very gene and restore the balance what went wrong thousand years ago, how his ancestor nearly destroyed the world while advancing their technology beyond limit. Discovering his heritage, he welcomed the changes within him.

The romance thing didn’t play a major part, although I enjoyed both Lily and Owen. They were polar opposite, where Lily was gorgeous and smart, brave and bold, Owen was shy, reserved and down to earth. It’s not a romance novel but their magnetic attraction added some spicy flavor in this book.

The Lost Code is a whole package of surprises with action, myth and little romance. Stated with slow pace, the book gradually picks up speed and went fast by the end. The Lost Code is definitely worth buying and I will not miss the next books

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