Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review:Voices, Old & New by Various


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Blur:  Voices, Old & New is a fantastic collection of short stories featuring the very best submissions from Indireads’ 2nd Short Story Competition 2014. 

Rating:  4/5

Authors:  Naheed Hassan , Sabahat MuhammadJohn Sequeira , Karthik L.Komal SinghMaria Perry Mohan,Neelesh InamdarRoshan Radhakrishnan , Ruchi SinghSanjay MadhavanShivani ShourieSid BalachandranAda WiamSonia RaoVarsha Pillai,VibaAdiana Ray , Anamika GKAniesha BrahmaDiganta SarkarDola Basu SinghFarida Rahman,Jaspreet Soni

Source: Publisher

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Published January 15th 2015 by Indireads

My Review


Voices, Old & New is a collection of short stories by various Indireads authors.The stories are of different genres and lengths so you never know what you will find as you turn the page and go to the next story.Some of the stories were very well written and left a lasting impression on me.Some of them were too short and over before I had gotten my head around what was going on but overall, I loved the collection and enjoyed the whole book.All the stories stand alone and share no connection with each other.

The genres were Romance, Crime and Mystery, Drama and Paranormal and we had almost six stories in each genre.

Some of the stories like Boomerang under Crime and Mystery made me think of the consequences one's actions have.It had a sinister tone to it and I was spooked yet pleased by how it ended. In The Ballet Lesson under Drama, two sisters find their connection again.Knight in Shining Armour shows us how sometimes fairy tales are left unfinished.

Some of the tales are tragic, some have a happy ending and others are left to the readers imagination but they all have a something in common--they make you think and don't fail to entertain.

If you are looking to experience a myriad of emotions, Voices, Old & New should not be missed!




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Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Come, The Dark (Forever Girl #2) by Rebecca Hamilton

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Publication Date: 6th January 2015
Published by : Immortal Ink Publishing
Pages: 361 (estimated) 
Source: E-Arc.  (Edit: and my own Kindle copy)


Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.

The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.
Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.
A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.
TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.



My Thoughts


I wrote this review back in March 2014 when I received the e-arc. I read this book again yesterday and this time I read the finished copy that I brought after its release. Going back to it almost after a year made me felt like I was reading the story for the first time as I almost forgot the surprising twists and turns it takes, so some of my opinions have changed now. I'll be putting my new opinions in purple along with the original ones. :)

I loved "The Forever Girl" (Review), I enjoyed Ophelia Journey in "Her Sweetest Downfall" (Review) and I was eagerly waiting to have the next book. So when I got a chance to read "Forever Girl#2" before its release I quickly grabbed the opportunity and got an e-ARC. 

I enjoyed Cordovae's Journey. But I didn't had that instant connection with this one like I had with the previous two books. Beginning was gripping and when 'THE EVENT' occurred I was so curious to know what will happen next but then there came in the only minus point Cordovae's reaction, I mean I understand why she was reacting that way but I don't know why I felt it was 'too much'. Only that part was hard for me to get through but as soon as I was 30% into the story, it became more appealing and after few more pages I was so engaged that I didn't put down my kindle till I read the last word. 
This one was again action-packed, in fact, it had the most enthralling events- be it the sparks flying between the love birds or the fight with 'the bad'.    

While reading it second time I felt instant connection with the story and instant pull. This time around I was not irritated by Cordovae's reaction and instead had sympathy for her. I don't know why (I guess it's the miracle of arc edits) but this time I could fully comprehend her mental state and her non-accepting behavior. 

The plot was amazing and the ending Oh My God that was a total surprise. I loved all the characters tough but sweet Tess, Caring Verity and intense n caring William

We also meet few of our favorite characters from book #1 and the way Rebecca Introduced them here I was all like "no!no!no! this can't be" but by the end my reaction was "Phew! Now that is good" ;)      

Like in her previous two books Rebecca has kept a balanced story pace not too slow so that the reader do not get bored and not too fast which might make it difficult to understand. The story is a perfect mix of everything romance, sadness, courage, friendship and betrayal too. 

To the author, I would like to say "Your Imagination is amazing. The world and the creatures that you have created are addicting and I can't wait to get back and live in that imaginative world of yours. :D"

I am happy with the this story took shape and I am going to rate it:

4 out of 5

About the Author

BeccaRebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Review: Arrgh! by Stacey Campbell (Blog Tour + Giveaway)

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Thank you for stopping by my tour stop for ARRGH! by Stacey Campbell. This is a middle grade fantasy adventure and the tour runs January 5-9 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule!

About the Book


ARRGH! 
by Stacey Campbell
270 pages


Forced to remain silent after being kidnapped by pirates Christopher must find a way to save an innocent merchant ship’s captain and his daughter from the evil grasp of Captain Redblade proving that friendship and family are worth fighting for no matter the costs.



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My Thoughts


I was super excited to receive this middle grade fantasy story as it has been years when I read my last middle grade novel and as icing on cake was the Pirate theme. At the same time I also thought that being a book targeted for younger audience it might not be able to keep me interested but I really wanted to have a change so I took the plunge.

Man! I am so happy that I decided to read this one. It is fabulous. It kept me hooked from first chapter where we meet the Young but Orphan Christopher who is forming a plan to break free of his pathetic orphanage and have his own life. But then those 'bad people' catch him and treat him as slave while telling others that he is there relative. 
Worry not our Christopher is not alone, now we are introduced to the second most important character of the story - a human guide Leo and this hero is not a human or a big animal but a wee mouse. You Surprised?  I was! and as the story progress we will get more surprises.

The entire book is written so well that there is never a dull moment and I really liked how author inserted little but important life lessons throughout the book without sounding out of the place or forced. We have smart and intelligent kid characters who will be guiding the adults in problem.
I can't wait to read this story to my little sisters the next time we meet. I am sure they are going to like this one.

The kid in me is super satisfied with this one so I am going to rate it
5 out of 5

About the Author


Stacey R. CampbellStacey R. Campbell lives in the Pacific North West with her husband, three daughters, three dogs, and a pet turtle named Todd. She is a graduate of the University of Washington. At the age of seven Stacey was told that she would never be the writer she dreamed of being because she is dyslexic. Finally Stacey found that she could not look her children in the eyes and tell them that they could be what ever they wanted to be if she did not do the same. Now Stacey can’t stop writing and loves to help children pursue their own dreams. Stacey is the young adult author of Hush, A Lakeview Novel and Whisper, A Lakeview Novel. ARRGH! is Stacey’s first middle grade book.
For more books from this author, visiting information, and author events please visit Stacey at:

www.Staceyrcampbell.com


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Giveaway


$20 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
2 paperbacks of ARRGH! (US)
ebooks of ARRGH! (INT)
Ends Jan. 21, 2015

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