Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Review: Origin by Rebecca Hamilton

Publication Date: 1st September 2016
Series Sequence : The Othala Witch Collection#1
Pages: 390
Source: E-Arc.(and my own Kindle copy)

Don’t fall in love with the Doomed Queen.

ALEC KLADIVO: Soldier. Hunter. Fool.
When Alec was a boy, the border posts failed, and Ravagers infiltrated their sector. Through sacrificing his sister, he saved his city and gained the respect of Sector One’s Regent. Ever since that day, he has served his sector with unfailing loyalty and nobility. Until he met her.

ADIRA CHOVANEK: Thief. Witch. Doomed Queen.
In Sector One, there is no greater commodity than a witch. Which is exactly why each and every one of them are in hiding. Should they be discovered by the hunters, they will suffer one of two fates—both of which end in death—unless they can kill a Ravager and bring forth an heir for the sector’s Regent. The only problem is, the Regent is sterile, and would sooner exile a Doomed Queen than admit that to himself or anyone else. This is Adira's fate. 

THIRTEEN: The number of days before Adira’s death.
Alec has given Adira just under two weeks to turn herself in and accept her role as the only person who might be able to save their failing sector from certain extinction. And he’s spent each and every one of those days trying to convince her it is the right thing to do. But what happens once he’s finally persuaded her, only to find out he’d been mistaken all along?

My Thoughts 

Rebecca does it again. She definitely have some kind of magic in her. It was awesome. Right now I am cursing my limited vocabulary, I am in serious need of new words to express my awe for her story-telling skills. She never fails to amaze me. For past few instances it has been only the magic of her books that brings me out from my reading slump (or in real my laziness).

The Planet has been attacked by some kind of terrifying creatures known as Ravagers, to save humanity several years ago Othala Witches creates separate sectors and protected them with magic. This story revolves around sector one. To survive Sector One need to find a powerful witch a.k.a Queen asap. The witch has to defeat a Ravager in a gruesome fight to be proved as Chosen one.  The Reagent and Queen together use the magic to protect its people. Alec is the Reagent's guard or the Witch Hunter. Adira is a witch living in shadows hiding from the Guards. 
Alec spots the next candidate for Queen and tries to capture her, Adira puts up amazing fight and both feel a strong connection. Alec cuts a deal and gives her thirteen days to prepare. Will thirteen days be enough? Will she Prepare? or Escape? Will the Sector find their Queen in Time? or be forced to face the Ravegers?

Origin was fantastic with not a single dull moment, full of amazing twists and turns, the surprises spring up so fast that even before you settle with the first one the next thing comes up. 
Though there were some typos (which can happen in an ARC) it didn't bother me at all as I was so much engrossed in knowing the fate of the characters, of the people of Sector One that my mind could not waste its time to linger on those not so important details.

The only reason I am not giving it full 5 stars is: the instant passionate connection between the main characters (love at first sight). I have never understood the concept of love at first sight, for me it has to begin with friendship if not friendship at least some kind of interactions (you know the slow and gradual type). But its just me, I know many who say that love at first sight are real so I don't know. Other than this no other complains :P

I will be eagerly waiting for next part, as there are many more stories for all the charachters and many questions regarding the Othala witches. :)

4 out of 5

About the Author

BeccaRebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.

Rebecca Hamilton is represented by the ever-more-amazing Rossano Trentin of TZLA.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Review: Driving Me Mad by Lindsay Paige


Publication Date: 6th July 2016
Pages: 314 
Source: Won in a giveaway held by author

He was my therapist.

She was my client.

He’s the person I lean on and turn to.

She’s the person who brings me relief when there seems to be none.

He makes me smile and laugh when anxiety and depression consume me.

She helps me breathe when depression is choking me.

I don't know how to live without him.

I don't know how to be honest with her.
Are we driving each other mad?

My Thoughts

I shouldn't have read the blurb for book 2 before finishing this one because it kinda ruined this book for me a little, I already knew what will be the end, there was no guessing there. So please don't even give a look to the blurb of book #2.

Though this was a bit slow paced for my taste, I liked it. I liked how things unfolded, how the lead characters looked after one another, how they always prioritized each other's careers before everything else. I like it when people not only give priority to their careers but also to their partner's careers, pushing them to do best. This story also provided me a great way to see how much people suffer from inside in anxiety and made me see how I can help these people. 

This story was not something that I usually read. I have always found myself gravitating towards more dramatic stories maybe because I think that life is already full of so many complications why to go for more sad type of complications in leisure time stories too. But I think I have to change this thinking, these type of stories could show us how there is still hope even in the darkest times.

I don't know anybody who is going through anxiety and depression of this magnitude. After reading this I am amazed to see how much strong these people are, how brave they are to continue and give it a tough fight and not give in. I just want to give them a bear hug. While reading I so wished to go into those pages and hug them so tight, tell them that everything is gonna be fine I am here with you, you just exist and I'll push you forward. 

Initially, I was able to relate to Brit's anxiety attacks, though I never had that frequent attacks but I occasionally had few when I was over worried about something and I'd just break down until my mom or a friend hold me, let me cry and tell me how I am gonna go through. 
As the book progressed I was amazed to see how strong Brittany is and I really liked her relationship with her best friend Rebecca. Rebecca was the perfect friend, she was there for Brit untill the end, knew when she need to leave her alone and when she need to stay. I also liked how understanding Britt's parents were. I just wished her parents and Rebecca had more scenes.
Trace was good. The way he looked after Brittany was endearing but I really wished that he looked after himself if not the same way at least 50% of that. I really wished me communicated more with someone in his life.

All in all, it was a good read which was evenly panned out and nicely dealt with all the themes of the plot.

Few Updates while Reading this book:

08/06 page 92 "Received the book yesterday after I won it in a giveaway by the author . started reading at midnight and now couldn't stop it. I am at chapter 10 already and loving it. I like Rebecca how she cares for her friend, I get Brittany and her attacks, and I love how Trace and Brittany get each other. it makes me good that they r there for each other."
08/06 page 111 "I love the way they end their dates :D it fill me with warm n fuzzy feelings :P"

08/07 page 182 "Oh my goodness. Brittany is like me can't seem to hide stuff from mom :P"

08/09 page 270 "everything was going great... why this sudden change in mood!!! I am really afraid that something bad is going to happen"

08/18 page 294 "I am so sad for both of them... but my heart is breaking for her parents :(" 
08/18 page 305 "he hasn't reached out to me, so I'm not going to reach out to him" I hate this 
08/18 100.0% "finished! yay! it took me long but I finished a book :D
ADVICE: Don't read the blurb for book 2 don't read anything about book 2.
I knew there is a book 2 and read it's blurb on bookmark so I kinds knew what was gonna happen, but would I certainly loved it more if I went in blind."

3.5 out of 5

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Book Blast: The Conspiracy at Meru by Shatrujeet Nath

The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 2)


Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine have fought valiantly to repel the rampaging hordes from Devaloka and Patala – but Avanti has been brought to its knees. Ujjayini lies battered its citizens are scared and morale is badly shaken. Meanwhile, the barbaric Hunas and Sakas are gathering on the horizon and cracks are emerging between the allied kingdoms of Sindhuvarta.

The only silver lining is that the deadly Halahala is safe. For now.

Bent on vengeance, Indra is already scheming to destroy Vikramaditya, while Shukracharya has a plan that can spell the doom for the Guardians of the Halahala. How long can the human army hold out against the ferocity and cunning of the devas and asuras? And will Vikramaditya’s love for his queen come in the way of his promise to Shiva?

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The Gaurdians of The Halahala  (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 1)

The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.

But was the Halahala truly destroyed?

A small portion still remains – a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.

As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes – and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!

A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.

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About the Author

Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.

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