Best of 2017

best of 2017

Hey every one! Year 2017 is over and I can’t believe how great this year was in reading, books, and blog. This year has given me something that I was looking for all my life, passion for reading that I don’t think will die till next few years. The beginning of the year was difficult with recently left job, no earning, nothing to do productive, I was waking up just to start a day with no goal and just reading to pass the time and to keep mind sane. One day while writing review on Goodreads, I thought of starting a blog. My this unsure thought turned to sure one and I started blogging in April. It made my year then on. 

I can’t believe at the end of the year I got 460 followers and so many fellow bloggers that I love to interact, whose post inspire me to write better, to read more and be around this community. It was really wonderful and I thank everyone to make my blog and year this amazing. 🙂

This year in glance:

Started blog- on 14th April

Total post on blog till today- 199

Total reviews I posted after starting the blog- 108

Goodreads Challenge-

I Completed Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge! I read total 137 books with novels (111) and short stories/ picturebook (26). My goal for Goodreads challenge was 100 books and even if I deduct those 26 short stories, I completed 100 books last month.

So my Year in books looks like this-

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 Favorite 15 books this year-

I read many awesome 5 star books that it was hard to find favorite 15 books. I managed to narrow it down from over 100 books I read based on the stories that I won’t forget or books that made me want to read more in that genre or book through which I connected with amazing authors that I will read anything written by those author.

I think that’s all…  And…

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Happy New Year to all readers and book lovers! May you all have amazing year ahead!!! Happy Reading and have a great time!!!

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Hunter: The Fallen One by C.L. Hagely

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Published: October 31st 2016 by Rogue PHoenix Press

Read Date: December 29th 2017

Pages: 190

Stars: 3/5

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Lian Hunter is freshman at Tri-Asterisk Academy, an academy where students only from wealthy family get the admission. Atmosphere at the academy is very strange. Students stick to their own circles of seniors and juniors, headmaster is like keeping secret eye on every students, there are strange statues in the campus.  There is news of missing girls from the Lian’s academy but academy’s name is not involved in news. After news Lian started experiencing things- attacks from burly snake like people, date with girl who had forked tongue, seeing statue like figures.

Politics, mysterious activities in the academy, elite government people involved in the secret activities indicate a sinister plan. Will he solve the mystery of strange things he is experiencing? What Lian has to do in all this? Is he the next target of people involved behind disappearance of the students? Then there are secrets in his family…


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Hunter was a story of good vs evil and good always win against bad kind of book that involved mystery, myths and high-tech world setting. It was told in third person narrative revolved around main character Lian and Tri-Asterisk Academy in Los Angeles.

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Lain was curious and very smart boy who had good observations skill. His ability to sense something unusual was little weird. At some point specifically after game I felt something off about him. He was more than what showed in this book. He was mysterious character.

Gabriel was Lian’s best friend, very intelligent and logical person. He was walking memory bank who had most of the answers if teachers or anyone asked. He was the only one who was less mysterious in whole book.

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Concept was good, unique setting, and to the point writing with the mysterious characters and story.

I liked the setting of academy. There was through information on academy right from layout of academy, to high tech systems and advance technologies used in academy for study purpose and even outside academy. There was also detail on professors and various subjects they taught like history, astronomy, science, math, and more. From the look of all this I got to know that the setting was futuristic and pretty advance.

I enjoyed the information given in all classed specially professor Snodgrass’s class. I liked the story of battle between Pleiadians and forces of world on Nibiru that related to Guardians statues in academy campus, Sumerians and visit to pyramids and the information regarding those pyramids and Sumerian developments and most importantly the history of Lian’s family in end chapter that unrevealed the mystery of the story.

At almost 50% of the book the politics suddenly jump to the story and there was first real talk about missing students. Till this point I thought the story was solely on Lian’s strange experiences and might be related to cave. But that was not fully explained till the end chapters of the book. There was so much mystery in the book, even characters were mysterious that made me curious to reach to end to see what exactly they are, what was going on in this academy, who kidnapped students and why, and who were those snake people.

The end was unpredictable and unique but not that exciting.

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I don’t know where to start this review when I sat to write it. As I said, story and concept was very unique and it had good potential but somehow I couldn’t get into the book.

First of all in story it said it was Lian’s first day in academy and he observed academy like new students but it seemed like he knew pretty good things about his fellow students and few other info on academy related, it was like he was going back to school after summer vacation. Weird!

The story itself went on bumpy pace and it was very confusing till almost 50%. There was so much going on in the book that I had no idea how to connect the points.

Most important I couldn’t connect with characters. They might have impressed me but I didn’t feel for them.

Most of the chapters were on the classes Lian attended that gave little character details, little world details and most was just good to know info, but I had no clue what they have to do with the main story. Like character Calek mentioned few times in classes and he was mysterious as well but I don’t think I know exactly what happened to him in the end. And too much info on characters that has nothing to do with story like all professors, how they look and their characteristics.

The book was set in future but in which year it wasn’t mentioned. Cave, guardians and snake people and myth stories whatever it was related to these three main thing of the book was very less.

I think what I wanted in this book was a background information on the setting and the myth or experiment and all the things happened in that adventure in the basement of record hall.

Overall, it was okay for me. Good book had unique concept but might have been better if there was all things that I mentioned above.


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Buy Here: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

*** Note: I received e-ARC of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. I’m glad I got a chance to read this book. ***


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Summerlypse by Gerardo Delgadillo

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Published: June 20th 2016 by Whole Enchilada Press

Read Date: December 2017

Pages: 318

Stars: 4.5/5

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When 17-year-old teenage Colton is rejected by his crush, poor guy is devastated of broken heart agrees to his friend persistence of spending summer vacation in Mexico with him in hope to forget her.

On way to airport he gets call from his crush who seems to be confuse about her feeling for him, on reaching Mexico he meets Sofi, Martin’s flirty friend and then to Sofi’s cousin Alex. Suddenly all three girls seem to be interested in him- a guy who was almost invisible to all girls till now. One claims to like him, second claim to love him and the other needs his help. (Crazy, isn’t it?)

Both Sofi and her cousin Alex come from bad rich family and Alex was into accident in past and is deaf now. She needs money for her hearing and for that she had only one option get help from Colton for a DJ contest. (now, here the story gets interesting)

Will Colton help Alex? What trouble will he get into in helping bad rich person’s daughter? And then there is threats from Alex’s father.


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Summerlypse was entertaining YA music themed contemporary about growing up, friendship, helping friends and love. Story revolved around Colton who was simple and nice guy whose life and his view towards family, love, and friends changed after his trip to Mexico and participation in Summerlypse.

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Colton was nice, shy, sensitive, and super clueless guy. I couldn’t believe how naïve that boy was but that’s what made him different. I like the way respected everyone’s feelings.

Martin was Mexican American, macho, lady’s man, best friend of Colton who supported him throughout the book. What I liked most about him was he was far from ego and never disrespected his friend or anyone in the book.

Alex was deaf because of accident in her childhood. She was super cool DJ of Mexico who need help of Colton for participating in Summerlypse. She was nice till the climax. I didn’t like her plan may be because she was full on revenge mode but at the end she was good.

Loved secondary characters- Martin’s mom and grandma, Colton’s family and Alex’s friend- they were all so good in the book.

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Story was narrated from main character’s perspective and cool, teenage tone of it made it entertaining, I was smiling throughout the book because of refreshing relaxing tone. Some scenes were even funny specially the one when Colton met Alex’s father and later with DJ SLIM.

I liked Spanish in the book, two languages in the book always make book curious for me and through it I can learn another language. Narrow dangerous streets, alcohol, mafia, Culture, food, and language, all description took straight to Mexican environment.

Story was simple and sweet. I liked Alex’s story of her past and how she was in accident and lost her hearing. It was very touching and I totally understood her feeling towards her father. I also liked the way Colton’s confusion regarding who to date in the beginning and the way he started to realize his true feeling and what true love is. It was very sweet and cute.

At first on entry of Alex’s father, I thought the book will have more of gansta feel and thrilling scenes but I liked that author made that part light and entertaining and focused on the main theme of Alex’s struggle and Colton’s feeling and growing relationship between them and of course the Music and DJ contest that played important part in the book.

Twist in climax was unpredictable. I was curious to know how Colton and Alex were going to perform and whether they will win or not. After knowing what her father did will she participate or not. All the questions were answered in total different wat than I guessed. Alex plan was little surprising and I felt little bad for what happed during performance. The end was nice and I loved the way things turned out.

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Okay I agreed to martin that Colton was Drama queen. And I didn’t like he kept crying over a girl who never ever showed any feelings to him.

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Overall it was fun, relaxing and refreshing, music themed story of a teenage boy. Contemporary lovers would like to read this story.


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Author: Gerardo Delgadillo

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Buy Here: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

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


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (11)

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?’ is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Last week I read,

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3) by Iain Reading and I just finished Summerlypse by Gerardo Delgadillo I will upload review by tomorrow this time.

Currently Reading-

Hunter: The Fallen One by C.L. Hagely

HunterA hostile takeover of earth is unfolding secretly right before our very eyes. Is this a political move, or is something much more ancient and sinister at hand? Mystery schools were formed by the elite to train soldiers to further their agenda.

Lian Hunter is a freshman at one of these schools for the exclusively wealthy; the Tri- Asterisk Academy in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. When students start suddenly disappearing, Lian starts to feel something evil and corrupt underlying the veneer of the academy. Can he uncover the truth about his school before it is too late or is he just another soldier in training?

What I’ll read next-

The Last Chai: Bringing the Nation to a Halt by Varun T.

Last Chai.jpgThe year is 2019. The world, as we know today, is not the same anymore.

Blatant threats of war by ‘world leaders’ is the new normal. Gone are the days when mobilizing armies at borders, or aiming missiles at adversaries, was a rare phenomenon.

With every nation or their allies possessing nuclear weapons, victory through conventional means is no longer possible, paving way for covert warfare to emerge as the preferred weapon.

New Delhi is an easy target and Doshi, the unassailable supremo of the regime, is on the ‘hit list’. The threat assessment being at an all time high, Ajay Kaamte, the director of SPG (Special Protection Group), is tasked with protecting the PM.

Intelligence claims that the PM is susceptible to cyanide attacks and situation is grim, to say the least.

Will Doshiji survive to serve another term or will he very soon be having his last chai?

Complicated Us: This is just the beginning.. by ASHLYN, RAJU JANA, KHUSHBOO RANI MAHATO

complicated us.jpgThey started off under strange condition. Things were complicated since the very beginning. From pity fights to painful breakups and typical long distance relationship, almost everything has to tried to pull them apart, but this couple has survived it all. Read the heartwarming story of Khushi and Ashwin. Although they began as an impulsive couple, see how things changed for them. Experience the transition from teenage and crazy to adulthood and maturity.

 


What are you reading this week? How was your last week? Have you read any of these books? If so, what do you think about them?? Share your thoughts in the comment-box below.

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Happy Reading and Merry Christmas! xoxo

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Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3) by Iain Reading

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Published: April 19th 2013

Read Date: December 2017

Pages: 306

Stars: 5/5

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Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls. Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into – and out of – all kinds of precarious situations.

This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages – armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.


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Charlie Foxtrot Kilo Tango Yankee has left Key West and continue around the world trip. It halts at No Name Key, visits the town that has the same name as hers in North Carolina, explores cemetery in Halifax, stop at Gander, Greenland and then finally arrives to the rugged mystique landscape of Nordic nation where Kitty immerse in another mystery, Iceland.

Here Kitty learns lot about Iceland. Energy production by geothermal plants and hydroelectric dam Iceland and its use in Aluminum production was the center point of the plot and whole adventure revolved around it.

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is third book in ‘Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency’ series. I suggest to read it in order.

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Kitty was as usual very cool, awe-inspiring, curious 17 old girl that you can’t help but like her. I like her in this book even more than first two because of her monologues and she was little less nosy.

New characters of the book were interesting. I liked Charlie’s friend Konrad and his wonderful family. They were so kind and sweet to Kitty.

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First of all thing I loved that was the same like previous books are-

Cool protagonist and narration in her cool voice, Awesome easy to follow writing, All facts and history about the places Kitty visit which makes this book likeable by larger audience, Adventure, and Some further reading about places at the end of the book, of course all google-able.

The difference in this one from first two book that I liked was-

First, in this one Kitty got into adventure not because of her curiosity but because she was in right place at wrong time. Second, the adventure was more dangerous than first two book. It involved murder, kidnapping, guns, shooting, Kitty running for her life, and then there was elves and hidden people which was pretty interesting. Third, this time she got herself not in middle of treasure but in middle of those in the conquest of power and money, corrupt government and greedy companies.

Human beings seems to be a lot better at finding differences among themselves than animals are.

My goodness, this series is plethora of information. There was loads of info on Icelandic people, culture, literacy, government, food (which was even more interesting), Vikings, weather, volcanos famous places to visit and lot more- some serious facts, some crazy and some wow facts. Best thing to know about Iceland I learned was how unique this country is from other places in the world. I know petty lot about Iceland that I feel like I just came back after spending few months there. Luckily just after reading just this book, I got video rec on Youtube ‘Allan Walker- I want you back’ that was shoot in Iceland and I could recognize all the places I googled while reading this book.

Sometimes these voices inside our heads can be difficult, can’t they, not to mention unsupportive of our ideas.

I liked how author portrayed different views on the use of geothermal energy for aluminum smelters or production of aluminum through recycling and overall environmental damage in both by using Iceland’s resource and without it. It was very cleverly written and also remarkable to convert into the main theme of the book.

You’re going on an adventure… and along the way you will see amazing things and meet amazing people, and most of all you will encounter cultures that will seem very strange and beliefs that are very contrary to yours. And you have to respect those different cultures and beliefs… They are the whole point of going out and seeing the wide world in the first place.

The mystery was not that intense like previous books. It was pretty clear at certain point who was messing with machine at construction site and why. But there was more to it that caught me by surprise in climax.

The end was unique, I liked the way author included whole court scene and of course that speech which was very deep and meaningful. There were many good meaningful lines throughout the book that I liked and I even quoted few in this review as well. Epilogue was also surprising that I suggest not to miss.

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Overall, definitely awesome. Those who loves to travel and adventure and are curious to know more like protagonist of this book and me will love to read this book.


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Author: Iain Reading

Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to http://www.kittyhawkworld.com/

Buy Here: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

*** Note: I received this book from the author via Kelsey @bookpublicityservices, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got chance to read this book. ***


What do you think of the book and review? Have you read this book or any book in this series? Share your thoughts in the comment-box below!

Happy Reading! 🙂

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