Cover Reveal: Princesses of the Night by Teresa Fuentez & Tich Brewster

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Hello Everyone! Today is the cover reveal for “Princesses of the Night by Teresa Fuentez & Tich Brewster, organized by Xpresso Book Tours. The cover is designed by Desiree DeOrto Designs.

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Who am I? Tag

In morning, while having breakfast, I checked this post on Angie’s blog @ Angie Dokos and just for fun I was taking all test. Basically, I had all the answers ready so why not post it! Thanks Angie for such fun post. You can also check out Angie’s answers to this tag ⇒ HERE.

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Saturday Short Story Review: Strungballs by Mike Russell

Saturday Short Story Review

Hello everyone! Today’s Saturday short story is very strange science-fiction story- Strungballs by Mike Russell.

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Published: October 31st 2016 by StrangeBooks

Read Date: July 28th 2017

Stars: 2.5/5

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Blurb (in my words)-

Strungballs Rule: Once a Strungballs is inserted it must never be removed.

Everyone in the city are like- talk Strungballs , hear Strungballs, think Strungballs and work Strungball. When 10-year-old Sydney receives his first Strungball after a cube of his flesh is removed from his body, his father explained him that it is for the good. Donating flesh is good which helps to make a ‘Sphere of Flesh’ and protects them. But curious Sydney, starts questioning everything and goes beyond all the rules and limits to discover the truth about the Strungballs.

What is Strungball? Will Sydney get his all answers?

My view:

 

My favorite line from the book:

Numbers are important in our city because they are certain and definite. They can be understood; they can be contained. But infinity contains all numbers. Infinity is bigger than the largest number and it doesn’t stop.

This is very strange and weird book. Honestly, I couldn’t get the main concept of the book, Strungballs. It just raised lot of questions after I finished the book.

Characters: Well, only Syndney and Albert were little likable characters in the book because of their uniqueness and ability to think out of box and they made little sense. Everyone else were weird and stereotypical and made no sense, sounded like all were under hypnosis.

What I liked? Beginning of the book was interesting. I was hooked to book till first half of the book. I loved the way author built the world in the book. It gave a good dystopian science-fiction look. All the numerical in the book, the rooms and the time was interesting. I liked the infinity concept in the book it made book very interesting. Second thing I liked was the rebellious nature of Sydney, his ability to oppose what was taught, I mean fighting stereotypical thoughts and rules, and his ability of thinking out of sphere and Strungballs. It taught to think about the greater good and the not the good that was told and accepted by everyone. Even the Anatomy part of the book was fine, it was strange but was okay. I could understand little. What I understood from the whole Anatomy part was- I could guess that this whole city and people were kind of living in cell or something or was like two identical pairs of DNA. But I’m not totally sure. I like author’s strange imagination, I haven’t come across this kind of strange books.

All stars for these points and author’s imagination and writing.

Why 2.5? Mostly I cut stars because I couldn’t grasp this following points, it all confused me a lot. May be my imagination is working properly for this book. I don’t know!

So, what I didn’t understand was- the second half of the book. That white sand part outside the sphere, exactly what place it was! I could understood two person, or whatever it was, produced the new person. But that baby part and baby eating Strungballs! I was lost at this point, and the end of the book, doesn’t make any sense. And at the end of everything, it all takes me back to the question I had at the starting of the book, what the Strungballs was and why people had that at the first place and what just happened at the end! I was thinking and thinking after I finished the book but I couldn’t get anything. Book started with very much potential but these things just gave me brain attack. I guess if there was more clarity of all these I could have enjoyed the book.

Overall, it was strange read, unique imagination, but unfortunately not for me.

Who should read it? Those who likes strange books.

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Author: Mike Russell

To know more about author click⇒ HERE.

*** Note: I received a review copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got a chance to read this book. ***


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Happy Reading! Have a cheerful weekend! 🙂

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Goan Chase: Take Three Mysteries by Richa Sambhy Mediratta

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Published: October 5th 2016 by Notion Press, Inc.

Read Date: July 27th 2017

Stars: 4.5/5

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It is story of three best friends solving mystery.

Blurb (in my words)-

Three friends, Jai, Ayesha and Nirvaan, are spending their summer vacation in Goa, in Jai’s aunt’s 100 year old villa at private beach. During party at villa unexpected, fatal event occurs and that follows another event and puts everyone’s life in danger. And then they discover about the old curse on Jai’s family.

Is there really a curse or someone is making it up? Who the real demon? The trio is ready to fight against anything to save and support their family.

Will they able to solve this mystery?

My view:

I liked the title of the series ‘Take three mysteries’ and goes well with the book.

Three mystery solver of the book.

Three incidents or a hint to solve in the book.

The story is written in third person narration, set in Goa, India.

Characters– Jai, Stuttering 14 yr old boy is struggling with his speech problem but is quite a mind-blowing observer. Ayesha is confident and logical person in 3 friends. Nirvaan- tech and photographic expert is good in almost everything. All 3 protagonist are fighting for their weakness, fighting internally. Their support to each other in the book was nicely written and I loved their friendship. Adults in the book were superstitious and they made the book very dramatic.

My favorite line from the book:

Today, he felt like talking. He felt like seizing the moment, and he would.

What I liked? Many mystery readers are interested in only who or why or how. I fall in ‘How’. Even though I know who is the culprit and why the culprit did all this the how culprit did all that and how mystery was solved always draws me more into it and I end up enjoying it.

So it happened with this book. I knew the motive from the first five chapters, of I haven’t guessed the main and final motive of culprit. And almost at 50% of the book when culprit gave the first hint I was half sure that person is culprit but still didn’t excluded the other suspect. I thought the other suspect might be a helper but author surprised me there. And I was impressed by the final twist in last few chapters. Author kept me running round and round till the end because no other clue was given till the climax. And I love this book for that. I was surprised police reached on time. Lol! That never happens most of the time. In short I liked how story progressed and how mystery was unraveled in the book.

I loved the villa on the beach, the family history, and curse. It all added spooky feeling to the story and made it more interesting which I liked. Check out a trailer HERE, it’s really amazing.  

The internal battles of our three mystery solvers, Jai, Ayesha and Nirvaan was very nicely written and it also gave a message that we all are abnormal in one way or other way, there is no one like a perfect person, if call it a normal then we all are abnormal. The zeal and excitement these youth gave in the book in solving mystery was remarkable.

Everything sounded well thought and author gave it a realistic touch. The kind of story that you might have heard bits of it in the newspaper. It was not new or unique story but definitely interesting one.

Why 4.5? There were very less suspects so it was easier to solve the mystery plus as I said culprit himself/herself gave the hint with label “I’m culprit” at one point.

More importantly I want to read more, more from the author with more suspects and longer story. 😉

Overall, it’s short, gripping, fast paced book. I was flying through pages and never stopped to write notes, I finished it in one sitting in less than a day. So… Thumbs up!

Who should read it? YA, Beach Mystery lovers would like to read this book.

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Author: RICHA SAMBHY MEDIRATTA

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Publishers: Notion Press, Inc.

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*** I won this book in Goodreads Giveaway. Many thanks to author and publisher. ***


What do you think about the book and my review? Share your thoughts in the comment-box below.

Happy Reading! 🙂

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Avians by Timothy Gwyn

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Expected publication: August 1st 2017 by Five Rivers Publishing

Read Date: July 27th 2017

Star: 4/5

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Avians is science-fiction with amazing world-building.

Blurb (in my words)-

Avians are Glider pilots who help in trade between mountains. They don’t ask about past. They recruit thieves, orphans, and runaways, any girl with small body.

Raisa, 14-yr-old, is a princess of Wing Dynasty- a powerful silk merchant family. Defiant by nature, she doesn’t want to marry at early age and hates to be used like asset. Avians are the only option to run away from unwanted marriage.

Mel, servant of Wing family, is blamed for Raisa’s run away is hurt by treatment also joins Avians with other two new recruit.

These four new recruits are named ‘Blackbirds squad’. Difficult training and flying and internal dispute of Mel and Raisa makes this squad weak. One accident after their training scatter this squad.

My view:

 

One. Two. Three. Avians are ready to fly.

I have to rewrite this review a lot, I was not sure how much to say about the book and finally settled with this and tried my best without including spoilers. Two thing were the heart of the story. The trade business that connects everything and characters and loved this two things of the book. I have little elaborated the world here, just to make it easy to understand the book for reader. I hope I’m not giving away much.

My favorite lines from the book:

“I want to be an Angel more than ever. I want to be me, not the descendant of someone.”

World-building– Basically, People were living on green, very hot, and more oxygenated Celadon planet, looked like migrated from earth (why new planet and what happened to Earth! I don’t know! Time period was not mentioned in the book). There were two kind of people: One, Naturals – normal city humans, like us, and Avians- gliders who soloed first 35% of the book. Second, Coverts – kind of super humans- they live longer almost forever, plagued, and very secretive. They have reasons for being secretive which was explained in last few chapters. They live on airships that travels with Goods and receive and deliver it on various mountain range across the planet. Apparently there were 3 sister ships- Sitka, Sequoia, and Douglas. These people come in picture after Anians were done with their solo i.e. after 35% of the book, they made the book even more interesting. There is this third too –Spacer, who live outside the ring but nothing much mentioned about them in the book.

Honestly, it was hard to understand for me this whole thing. It was not like explained all in one chapter. As I progressed the book, I could join the pieces. I liked this dystopian world and it was amazing! Phewww, this world gave me quite a brain work.

Characters– Story was narrated by Mel, Raisa and Corby’s point of view- main 3 characters of the book. There are many diverse characters with different abilities in the book but it focuses on these 3 more.

Corby Corvid– Chief of Avians – who was strict, keeping everyone on their toe, but always doubting her position and her ways of leading Avians. She is my favorite character of the book. Mel– former servant later Blackbird- was acidic in nature but turns out a good squad leader. Raisa– hungry for freedom but not for food, I loved her defiant nature.  These 3 were very interesting to read in the book and was all the charm of the book and their development was brilliant.

What I liked? Needless to say, world-building and characters. I loved this female oriented glider concept of the book. Motto of Avians was amazing- ‘Small, Smart and Strong’, I loved Avians. The best was the training part of Blackbirds and how blackbird chose their names that was fun to read. Whole detailed instructions of flying gliders and trade business was so nicely written, I could understand the flying terminologies, though I don’t know anything about it, and I could imagine flying glider myself.

Corby was very fierce, strong and strict with them all. I loved the way she motivated everyone and treated them equally and her constant efforts to save more life. The way she dealt with troublemakers or the rule-breakers and the punishments she gave to them was brilliant. She always knew how to turn the weakness of any squad into strength that benefited everyone. I admired her for this ability. I even liked the family drama in the book. I enjoyed that part and learning about the Wing dynasty. I was so amazed how all characters faced the difficulties and how cleverly they solved the problems.

Second half, The adventure of Corby to Little Etna was mesmerizing! Why she didn’t come to action before! The volcano eruption part was so brilliant that I was tempted to give it full star. And major second half was ‘Sitka life’- I disliked Sitka people (converts). Agghh! They were so mean. Okay! I understood why they were so persuasive to convert one of the character but, that’s not a right way and I just hated how they tested her all the time. :/ I  agree with Corby’s  thought about them. However, they made book dramatic and interesting specially the story of former squad member. It also helped in understanding world-building little more.

End– I am so happy with the end. In this last part, I was buried under happy tears.

Why 4? Only one thing I didn’t understand how and why people came to live on Celadon / in which time period these all happened / how they were plagued and had to be separated / why only converts use metal why can’t they share it with naturals (mean people! :/ )? A little clarity of these things would have make the book easier to follow. In short I need more answers. Book is already big, 400 something, 100/150 pages more explaining things would be fine with me.

Overall, this was steady paced science fiction book and kind of all descriptive reading with the story. Great, definitely not boring. I enjoyed reading it.

Author: Timothy Gwyn

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Publisher: Five Rivers Publishing

*** Note: I received a review copy of this book via LibraryThing, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher and author. I am glad I got a chance to read this book. ***


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Happy Reading! 🙂

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