Caraval

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Format : Paper
Series : Caraval
Pub Date : January 31th, 2017
Read Date : March 9th, 2017

This book is fascinating and thrilling. A very well written YA fantasy book. The plot is perfect, characters are perfect, and actually everything is perfect in this story. This book was so good once I finished, I checked the writer’s page for more of her work and surprise, and it’s her debut novel! Truly amazing!

Caraval is a game, a magical game with many performers. Each year it is held on a random place and you need an invitation to be able to go there. Forever Scarlett wrote to Caraval’s manager, Legend, asking for an invitation for her sister, Tella. They live with their powerful and abusive father and when Scarllete is to be married to a nameless Count they finally receive the invitation. With the help of a young sailor they get to the game but Scarlett loses Tella and now she should decide she is going to play the game and find Tella or only watch what happens.

At the first glance it looks like a cliché YA book but I think it’s more than that. Scarlett starts a path to find Tella and she finds herself. When the story begins characters are dull and easy to predict but eventually they get deeper and change. As a YA book I really enjoyed it.

The Song Rising

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Format : Ebook
Series : The Bone Season
Pub Date : March 7th, 2017
Read Date : January 24th, 2017

I’m grateful to NetGalley for providing me with an arc copy of this book.

Since the first book, Bone Season has become one my favorite series. In the world of writing Samantha Shannon is a natural. Her words flow on the pages and you cannot stop reading.

Third book starts after what happened in the second book. Scrimmage has ended and by defeating Jaxon, Paige is Underqueen. She selects Nick and Eliza as her mollishers and some of most loyal mime lords/queens as her commanders, but it’s extremely difficult to unite the London syndicate, there are many people in unnatural assembly who prefer Jaxon to replace her, despite the fact that Jaxon was behind lots of suffering voyants endured.

She also need to deal carefully with Ranthen, the Rephaite people who now work with humans to destroy Scion and Sargas. Rephaite’s leader Terebell is not fan of humankind specifically Paige, so she needs to prove herself.

Like its two previous book, this one is full of twists and actions too. So many dangerous moments happening in a few pages plot and somehow you buy it. It’s not hard to connect to what happens in this book.

Everything becomes even more complicated when the most vicious commander in whole Scion comes to London for the sole reason of destroying the Mime Order, Hilliard Vance. She is an excellent mind reader and uses everything to achieve what she wants. She has no conscious and knows Paige too well.

I really like Paige character, she is what a 19th years old in her situation is. Not too perfect, not too weak. Full of excitement, rage and even ambitious sometimes. She does her own mistakes but doesn’t quit until she finds a way out of it. Her relationship with Warden is reasonable and her decisions toward this relationship is what expected of her. Supporting characters like Nick, Maria, Tom and others have a believable and steady appearance through the story and helps carry the weight of the plot well.

I really enjoyed this book, and really I can’t wait to read the next book.

About the author:

Shannon was born in Hammersmith, London in November 1991 and grew up in Ruislip.She first began writing at the age of fifteen, when she wrote her first novel, Aurora, which remains unpublished.Shannon attended and read English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford, graduating from Oxford University in 2013.

In 2012 she signed a six-figure book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing, who bid following the London Book Fair, to publish the first three books in a seven-book series, beginning with The Bone Season.Set in 2059, the events of the novel take place in a London governed by a “security force” called Scion and an Oxford which has become a huge prison. Film rights to The Bone Season were optioned by Andy Serkis’s film company, The Imaginarium Studios, in November 2012. (source : wikipedia)

 

 

 

Carry On

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Format : Print
Series : NA
Pub Date : November 5th 2015
Read Date : November 8th 2015

Carry On is my third book from Rainbow Rowell. She is such a natural in storytelling. Plot flows so easily you cannot put the book down and always want to continue.

This book is a fantasy with the touch of romance. Everyone says Simon Snow is the chosen one but in the eyes of his roommate Baz, he is the worst possible choice. Simon doesn’t show any great talent in magic and most of the time his wand is useless in his hands. Baz on the other hand is brilliant but he is evil and a vampire, most of the school doesn’t know though.
In any possible chance they get they fight or even try to kill each other, so fun. But when Simon’s girlfriend breaks up with him and Baz doesn’t show up for school on their senior year. Simon and his best friend Penelope look for clues to find out where he is. When Baz finally shows up something is wrong …
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This book is about friendship, trust, suspicion, evil forces, magic and lots of other things. Love is a must in all Rowell stories and like all her previous books she make it so likable in this book that you enjoy every piece of it.

About the author :

Rainbow Rowell (born February 24, 1973) is an American author of young adult and adult contemporary novels. Her young adult novels Eleanor and Park (2013), Fangirl (2013) and Carry On (2015) have been subjects of critical acclaim.(Source : Wikipedia)

Author’s Website : http://www.rainbowrowell.com/

itaintnoawful

Format : It Ain’t So Awful Falafel
Series : NA
Pub Date : December 12th 2016
Read Date : December 15th 2016

I loved this book. I laughed a lot, it had its sad moments too.

It’s the life of a normal immigrant middle-schooler and challenges she faces like when she has to play translator role for her parents, or when she is the new kid at school and tries to melt in. At the same time it tells the story of my home country in a period that changed everything for it and us(the people).

When revolution happens in Iran, US and Iran relations were ruined forever and it shows how it affected normal people’s lives. Although this books is about almost 40 years ago it can relate to today’s world too. With all conflicts going on all over the world and so many people far from their country by choice or by force.

About the writer :

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At the age of seven, Dumas and her family moved to California. She later moved back to Iran and lived in Tehran and Ahvaz. However, she once again immigrated to the United States; first to Whittier, then to Newport Beach,California. She began to write and submit essays to obtain money to go toward college. (Wikipedia)

The Apothecary

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The Apothecary

Format : Audio Book
Series : The Apothecary
Pub Date : December 21th 2016
Read Date : December 28th 2016

I really liked this middle grade adventure story. The writing style is very good and story is promising enough. Its actual audiences are young adults but I think anybody who likes magic and adventure can enjoy this book.

It’s 1952 and Janie is a 14-years-old American girl living with her parents in California. As her parents become suspected as “Communists”, they decide to move to London and work for BBC. Janie doesn’t like this change in her life and starts her new school skeptically. She meets Benjamin there, a strong boy who is not afraid of telling his opinion. They soon become friends and when Benjamin’s father disappears they start a journey to find him and also keep a very important book away from Russian spies.

This book is not only about adventure but friendship and love too. I liked mixture of spy thriller with magic and everything else.