Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

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****3.5****

First in the series “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman is often compared to Adult Harry Potter. If you like HP, then you will definitely love Magicians. I was hugely disappointed by this book, maybe whoever publicized this book, did a very wrong job. You can’t compare something with exceptions. Harry Potter is an exception , a stand-alone series, which cannot be even copied or get influenced. So please stop comparing these series with HP.

“It’s time to live with what we have and mourn what we lost. ” 

The Magician’s is in it’s own a good book. It was average read for me. Quentin Coldwater is plucked from his normal-boring-teenage life to Brakevilles, the magic school in the vicinity. He as child had always loved the idea of magic and was a huge fan of “Fillory”, a fantasy world from the story books. His days in Brakevilles teaches him magic and he also makes friends, Eliot (snobbish), Janet( Gossipy), Alice(Knowledgeable/awkward), Josh(Comic), Poppy(secretive) etc etc. Their days together is just like any YA novel, except there are some incidents that has the mention of magic in it, but nothing much. By the end of this book, Quentin knows that Fillory is real, and he is one of the Kings.

“The truth doesn’t always make a good story, does it? ” 

There are so many problems in this books, the reasoning is bad. No connection between certain events and no proper explanation. As per the blurb, Quentin is a big-great magician, but he is more ordinary. Everything is a bit unclear.

“The problem with growing up is that once you’re grown up, the people who aren’t grown up aren’t fun anymore.” 

As the concept of the book was not new to me but the author, his style was new. Characters were ok, not so strong. Good StoryLine. But a bit messy narration. This book did NO magic on me. But maybe it might for you 🙂

Happy Reading!!

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Wednesday Whizz #5: Five Star books for 2017

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I had a very good reading year in 2017. I wanted to share my 5 star reads here. So.. here they are:

  1. Me Talk Pretty One Day
  2. Flowers of Algernon
  3. News Of the World
  4. The Story of Arthur Truluv
  5. The Holmes affair
  6. Six of Crows
  7. Crooked Kingdom
  8. The mysterious affair at styles
  9. Wonder Woman: Warbringer
  10. Little house at the big woods
  11. Moral Disorder
  12. A conjuring Of Light
  13. The Murder on The links
  14. When God was a rabbit
  15. The demon in the Wood
  16. Hag-Seed
  17. Vicious
  18. A monster Calls
  19. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  20. Fingersmith
  21. Shadow and Bone
  22. Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s stone
  23. The Tea girl of HummingBird Lane
  24. The Animators
  25. WishTree

I rated 25 books with a 5 star! I definitely had a good year 😛

Happy Reading!!

Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

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****4.0****

From a long time, I was hearing about Robin Hobb and The Realm of Elderlings in Goodreads and how good it is. So after hearing this good reviews, I saw that there are almost 16 books in the whole series. I so much wanted to read them which got me into  collecting them.  AND my 2018 is dedicated for Robin Hobb books.

“Don’t do what you can’t undo, until you’ve considered what you can’t do once you’ve done it.”

The Assassin’s Apprentice is first in Farseer Trilogy.  Story follows a young bastard Fitz , son of Prince Chivalry of Buckkeep Castle of Six Dutchies. He was given into the care of Burrich, the stableman and ex-right hand man of Fitz’s father Prince Chivalry. But when King Shrewd notices Fitz, he takes in this kid to be trained as an Assassin for the country.   And there goes Fitz along with his training, politics of the court, with a low magic of his own and trying to master Skill ( a royal magical ability) and help the kingdom. But for some he is also a threat, a obstacle to gain throne, a bastard with royal blood.

Most prisons are of our own making. A man makes his own freedom, too. 

If you compare the story with the current fantasy novels, you might find it a bit slow, less of action and magic. But if you like to slow the time and enter a world and remain there then this one is the best. It’s more like “Tolkienian” style of world, not “Bardugonian“.

“Too late to apologize, I’ve already forgiven you.” 

I loved the way Hobb told the story, narrated through first person, Fitz about how his days go, how he feels etc. The story builds on as we turn pages. Truths reveal, some old stories make sense and finally you realize that you are in love with this new world. Simple and yet effectively thorough.

“Very little worth knowing is taught by fear.” 

Happy Reading!!! 

Review: Starlings by Jo Walton

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***3.0***

This was the first time I got to read a short story collection on Magical realism, Aliens and anthology (!?). I liked the stories but not all. Some were too complex or too simple for me to understand, that is I am used to very straight forward stories. I am a dumb person in that matter. Plus the author was new to me and I was getting used to the style.

The Stories I liked:

  1. Three Twilight Tales
  2. Jane Austen to Cassandra- This was Funny!!
  3. Unreliable Witness
  4. The Panda Coin
  5. Joyful and Triumphant: St. Zenobius and the Aliens
  6. What a Piece of Work- After reading this, I like to go to page 99 in google search, Just in case
  7. What Would Sam Spade Do?
  8. Tradition
  9. What Joseph Felt
  10. A Burden Shared
  11. Three Shouts on a Hill (A Play)
  12. Poetry -UMMM I am not sure, I felt that part a bit fleeting.

It was a good and a bit off my normal kind of read. But I am glad that I read it. It gave me a different perspective on reading and more open to a different style which was unknown to me.

If you have read Jo Walton before, I think you will like it much more than me. I surely look forward in reading more Jo Walton in future.

Happy Reading!!!

ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available!

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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****5.0****

Leigh Bardugo’s latest book “Wonder Woman: Warbringer” is something different from her other novels. First of “DC Icons” series, Wonder woman is a real delight and wonder to the reader.

“You do not enter a race to lose”

What a first line!!
Diana, is a Amazon princess, who is born on the land of Themyscira. Like other Amazon’s she is not battle tested. It irks her that her existence in Themyscira is just a chance but not an earned place. She thrives hard to be a true Amazon, like her sisters.

“We can’t help the way we’re born. We can’t help what we are, only what life we choose to make for ourselves”

Alia, a nerdy New-Yorker, always shadowed by her controlling brother, wants to do something right in her life. Orphaned at young age, she is an introvert and makes very few friends. She senses the commotion around her and wonder is her own presence responsible!

“Because people are always going to look. They’re always going to judge, so you can say nothing or you can at least answer back.”

When from a shipwreck Diana saves Alia, little did both know that their destinies are entwined forever. Diana helps to find Alia’s true nature of existence. Alia sees a sister, friend and savior in Diana. They both journey to get Alia’s bloodline cleansed.

“Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.”

The plot is great with a kick-ass Heroine, kick-ass action and kick-ass conversations. I loved this book to hell and back. Hard to put down and Leigh Bardugo, you rock. A perfect entertainer!!

“I think I was a cat in another life, because all I want is to lie around sleeping in the world’s biggest sunbeam.”

Happy Reading!!

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Wednesday Whizz #4: Rising Early

Long Time No See My Wednesday Whizz!!! I know, I wanted to write a blog which was not so related to my reading hobby and started this “Wednesday Whizz” but my determination faltered and I am on and off. I do not feel motivated always and some days are too busy. So… let me talk on something that made a change in my life (at least from 2 days).

2 Days ago I read a blog by blogger @AMANHIMSELF  and felt that I am capable doing this most difficult thing in my life. Which is WAKING UP EARLY!!! 

How to Hack Your Mornings So You Get Most of Your Time

It’s been 2 days I am getting up early and started a bit of warm up exercises. It’s a bit early to tell, if this routine will stay and become a habit. Anyways, I took up the courage to boast it off in my blog so that I won’t stop just because I have boasted about it in this world wide web !!

I do like waking up early and hearing very less noise and knowing the whole world is sleeping/silent and I can think straight. I get few minutes to gather my thoughts and look ahead on my day. And that feeling is amazing especially in a city. I love this feeling and I love the way I carry during the day where I am not rushing but going slowly.

It Is a Nice feeling! 🙂

 

Review: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

****4.0****

Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorite writers, meaning, if her book is released, i close my eyes and buy her book, sit in a corner and read it.

“They pray that their children will be brave and clever and strong, that they will tell the true stories instead of the easy ones. They pray for sons with red eyes and daughters with horns.”

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic is a collection of 6 short stories some of which were published before and now illustrated by Sara Kipin. Set in the Grisha Universe, the tales are dark, twisty, based on folklore. And what an amazing Illustrations.

“Bad fates do not always follow those who deserve them.”

My Ratings on each dark tale:
Ayama and the thorn wood : 5 *
The too clever fox: 5*
The witch of Duva: 4*
The soldier Prince: 4*
Little knife: 3.5*
When water sang fire: 5*

“This goes to show you that sometimes the unseen is not to be feared and that those meant to love us most are not always the ones who do.”

Happy Reading!!!

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Review: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

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****3.0****

I liked “Milk and Honey” more than this book. “The Sun and Her Flowers” is more about grief. Grief of heart, abandonment, failure, abuse, cheating. The book is divided into 5 different parts ie. Wilting, Falling, Rooting, Rising and Blooming.

“you left
and i wanted you still
yet i deserved someone
who was willing to stay”

I liked some poems from all the parts and some felt superficial for me. But totally a great effort and a good collection of poems.

Happy Reading!!!

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