The Selection [The Selection #1] by Kiera Cass: A review

The Selection (The Selection, #1)The Selection by Kiera Cass
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
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What a complete rip-off!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much this book plagiarized The Hunger Games – the unwilling girl selected at ‘random’ from different castes; the girl doing this for the family’s sake so that they can have a little more money; the love interest back at home and the royal love interest; the love triangle; the interviews, and the attention to the dress!

I can’t even. No.

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All this book is a pretty cover to look at. Just as shallow as the vicera. I can truly say that the enchanting book cover is all there is to it and I would much rather look at the pretty covers for hours than read another installment of The Selection.

It was such a mistake to pick this up. It’s not at all what I like to read.
Sorry The Selection fans, I am going to pass.

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The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella : A review


The Undomestic GoddessThe Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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What a wonderful book!
For those of you who don’t know what the book is, here is the gist – The Undomestic Goddess is about this high-flying big town London based Lawyer, Samantha, who slips into a much laid back job. The changeover is like moving from Violet to Red, literally from one end to the other end of the spectrum.  How Samantha manages this sudden shift is the hilarious content of The Undomestic Goddess.

This novel could top the charts if it were made into a movie. It is easily the material for a Romcom. It is wonderfully thought out, and told with excellence. I did like Sophie Kinsella’s story-telling. It is a tried and tested formula – take up simple theme and story and make it work wonders just by using witty, intelligent story-telling. In this story, we all know how it is going to end, but that didn’t stop me from reading upto the end with frenzied interest. Yep, the momentum was up till the very end. That’s why it would make such a superb movie.

If there is one point I could criticize, it would be the editing. There were huge chunks of prose – could’ve divided that up. That’s about it. I’ve got nothing more to criticize. Continue reading

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.

Clockwork Prince [The Infernal Devices #2] by Cassandra Clare : A review

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Is it just me or is every one of Clare’s books crawl their way to a fleeting climax? I observed that in ALL of her books, I had to endure mind numbing, yawn-worthy moments to get to the interesting part- the final battle !!

Sure , Cassy Clare did a good job of creating the world of Shadowhunters and we are all eager for the next release (Heavenly fire) yet I can’t wonder how I will endure the first half.

Clockwork Prince did lack the essence – threat from Clockwork creatures!! I didn’t find this book as interesting as the first; Tessa moping around with Parabatai was interesting nevertheless if this one aspect alone had to contribute to the entirety of the book then there isn’t any use naming it Clockwork Prince.

I have read a lot of reviews that exalted Infernal Devices, and I hope the Clockwork Princess with prove its worthiness.

Goddess of the Sea [Goddess Summoning #1] by P.C.Cast : A review

Goddess of the Sea (Goddess Summoning, #1)Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast
My rating: 3 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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This book was an original idea that could’ve been molded better. I liked the overall plot and the rendition of P.C.Cast.

Since it was my first time with the author (I haven’t read House of Night series, thus I can’t say) I had no expectations, but it was a pleasant surprise when the book kept me hooked on.

The sweet passion between Dylon and Christine was nothing unique but it left me feeling warm and cosy on the inside. The portions where CC ( cool nickname for Christine Canday btw) refers to “from where I come…” are quite funny.

At times it did seem like all the Earth mother God did was look after the one “spirit” child. I’m sure Gaea has much better and more important things to do that answer every whim and fancy of the child [and sometimes even the much sensible and admired Dylon 😦 😦 ]

I mean, it’s not like the end of the world is it ? :/
I guess I would still stick with the series…I hope the other books will have the same kind of romance but a tad bid more of plot in them.

Burned [House of Night #7] by P.C.Cast : A review

Burned (House of Night, #7)Burned by P.C. Cast
My rating: 4 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Finally a good book from the House of Night series that is worthy of the time we spend reading it!

Burned was way better than the first 6 books (I can’t believe it took P.C.Cast 7 books to finally get it right!! ) in aspects like plot, narration and character depth.Every character was given a significant role in this book; even annoying ones like Heath.

I felt connected to what transpired in the ‘Otherworld’ between Heath and Zoey and could at last see what Zoey saw in that cute boyish self.

The plot was a hundred times better in this book; what with delving deeper into ancient magic and revealing elements of eternal balance viz. Light and Darkness was a good way to go.

I found it a little hard to follow the name and ways of the Queen of Isle of Women but I’m hoping we will get to know her better in the forthcoming books.

I don’t understand the part where the Queen takes Aphrodite’s bitchy-ness in a comical light-heartedness. C’mon a Queen who has been isolated from the rest of the world for ages, surrounded by the Best of the Best warriors taking sh*t from a teenage mortal girl ? Didn’t work for me.

Please continue this way and reduce the boyfriend drama and the stupid self obsession of Zoey. Let her grow and mature and act that way.

I do hope Rephaim chooses the good side and fights in Zoey’s battle against Kalona. Stevie Rae and Rephaim make such a good pair!!

I loved the balance of love, hatred, wit and plot twists this book had and hope this continues till the end of the series.