The Golden Compass [His Dark Materials #1] by Philip Pullman : A review

 

Ah! That feeling of reading a fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping adventure. 

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Here’s a gist -> In Lyra’s world, Daemons are the soul-projections,in animal forms, of any human being.They are companions of the soul and the separation from their Daemon could even be fatal for that human.Lyra and her Daemon, Pan, are brought up and cared for by the Scholars in Oxford, just as any other child. But she has a bigger destiny to fulfill. Unaware of this, Lyra sets out on a journey, to look for her missing friend, who is one among the many children who were kidnapped by a secret society.The rumor is that the society intends to do horrible things to children, even murder them. Lyra is intent on bringing her friend back. Her adventure takes her to the deep North, where she meets many Supernatural and powerful beings, human and non-human. In her course, Lyra learns about bigger threats her world faces and ends up in the middle of it all. How she escapes danger and fights off evil forces is the story of The Golden Compass.

What splendid narration! Philip Pullman has a way with words, it just draws the reader in. I was instantly connected to the story from the first line. The story has a beautiful flow to it; and I wondered how it would be to hear a vocal rendition of this novel, narrated in a deep baritone. Such was the enchanting narrative of the book.

I liked the premise of the book. It’s complicated but it works as a good baseline to build on. A Destiny that Lyra has to fulfill for the saving the world-as-she-knows it, but, and here’s the complicated part, she has to do it without her own knowing. Nobody can help her, and she can’t know that she is the destined savior of the world. As for the story arc, keeping us readers in the dark for more than a hundred pages was a little unfair. Until then the story only wavers about without any ‘purpose’. The direction of the plot isn’t revealed. But not to worry, it picks up fast from there and slowly the big picture is revealed.

Each of the characters were designed so well. Lyra – what a lyrical name. I loved it! Lyra – like the mythical musical instrument lyre. Lyra is a non-fussy, mature, pragmatic child. She is sensitive to others while being equally outgoing and adventure-seeking.Lord Asriel and Mrs.Coulter and Iorek and John Faa…every character was unique.

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Revealed [House of Night #11] by P.C.Cast : A review

Revealed (House of Night, #11)Revealed by P.C. Cast
My rating: 3 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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The plot dragged in Revealed. People who expect action from Aurox/Heath prepare to be disappointed ‘cos the Bull somehow becomes a docile creature this book . Shaylin’s character-building was good. I just wanna read the final book and put this series to an end.

Untamed [House of Night #4] by P.C.Cast : A review

Untamed (House of Night #4)Untamed by P.C. Cast
My rating: 3 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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The plot keeps thickening. I liked Stevie Rae’s amazing comeback and adorable Jack. Although Stark’s character could have had a little more build up before we all totally fall in love with the mysterious stranger. The gang finally gets bigger,better and awesome to kick some serious High-priestess ass 😉 , I mean “butt” if I am to stick with the vocab standards we are following here 😛

Chosen (House of Night #3) by P.C.Cast : A review

Chosen (House of Night #3)Chosen by P.C. Cast
My rating: 3 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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The series seems to be improving. The plot thickens, yet it doesn’t make the narrative any less bearable. I like that all the characters are being dug deep, like the softer side of Aphrodite and the nefarious side of Neferet.

Betrayed (House of Night #2) by P.C.Cast : A review

Betrayed (House of Night, #2)Betrayed by P.C. Cast
My rating: 2 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐
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This book was no better than the first in terms of the writing. *oh my god, the writing totally sucked, like seriously !

I hated the narrative. Way too much repetitive and contrived elements like dead-undead-ghost-freakish-things.

And clearly the authors intended us to get shocked by Stevie Rae’s transformation , which until the very end we are to believe as one of Zoey-I-have-every-possible-power-in-the-vampyre-world “special powers” to see ghosts.

One word – Ridiculus .

Awakened (House of Night #8) by P.C.Cast : A review

Awakened (House of Night, #8)Awakened by P.C. Cast
My rating: 2 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐
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Aaaaand we are back again to the undane drama. Awakened focussed solely on Jack’s death and clearly P.C.Cast was running out of things to say in this book . Although I badly wanted Rephaim to turn away from Darkness and his dad, the moment was extremely banal and did not excite me at all. There was no real struggle to choose between love for Stevie Rae and his eternal servitude. Heath returning was obvious and completely unwanted. Won’t we have the sweet clueless boy anymore.? I have come to like the Light and Darkness personified very much. The Bulls instill a sense of fear (both the good and the bad ) and there is no denying their majestic presence . Hope the story catches pace in Destined.

Hunted (House of Night #5) by P.C.Cast : A review

Hunted (House of Night, #5)Hunted by P.C. Cast
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
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I could hardly tolerate this book. First of all calling the Raven mockers , bad bir- boys was utter nonsense. Second every female being attracted to the fallen angel was lecherous. The fact that Zoey even discusses the origins of this through her Grandma is disturbing. Finally after making such a big deal about how Zoeg is the one who can eliminate this Kalona immortal , the brandish him with poems of love ?! I mean how did the cynical Aphrodite even agree to this? This book is stupid.

Tempted (House of Night #6) by P.C.Cast : A review

Tempted (House of Night, #6)Tempted by P.C. Cast
My rating: 2 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐
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I liked how the story ends in this completely unexpected cliffhanger. It was a nice change to see Zoey-girl-who-can-move-mountains become almost normal again. I loved the part with Darius and Aphrodite. Rephaim and Stark added reality and groundedness to the story that none of the other ‘nerd-herd’ of Zoey’s could do in the previous five books.
I hope the story moves a little faster in the future books . I can’t deal with the boyfriend drama.

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare : A review

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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The first thing that crosses my mind when I head ‘City of Ashes’ is Incest.I couldn’t help cringe at the incestuous relationship that Clary and Jace hold albeit it being very obvious that they aren’t siblings. Other than this, relationships between Alec-Magnus, Luke-Clary and Simon-Clary are endearing.

The villain , (so wrongly named), Valentine fails to elicit any kind of fear in the reader. I didn’t need an intricately drawn ‘novel’ fearless rune at all throughout the book. The far-fetched super-hidden powers of the protogonist seemed unreal; I mean, Clary takes one look at the Gray book and is suddenly inspired to be the Shadow-hunters’ personal Leonardo da Vinci ?? :/

The least Cassandra could have done is dedicate the interphase between the books 1 & 2 for the training of Clare, which seemingly nobody is bothered with.

As far as the narrative is concered , the abrubt breaking in dialogues gets irriating after a while. But if that is Clare’s style of writing…*shrug*.

Despite all the reasons mentioned above, I liked the twist of events and the slow(sometimes dragging) unraveling of the truth about the Mortal Instruments.

I did want to pick up the book and finish it. The imagery and the sarcasm in the book are worth the read.

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare : A review

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 2 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐
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meh :/

After the third book, it just feels like Cassandra is dragging the series. I don’t mind having a bit of Simon and Jordan and their teenage-adorable-boys’-thing but Clary-Jace has just become contrived romance.

I found myself skipping sessions of long, verbose dialogues clary has inside her head; it was inevitable. Maybe the focus could’ve shifted to Simon or Jordan 🙂

But I am still waiting for the last book to find out if Cassandra actually had an ulterior motive to tie us to a hook and drag us all around ennui-town for a reason.