Aug 31, 2010

Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater


Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: 2009
Details: The Wolves of Mercy Falls series bk 1, 392 pages
Review: I just recently read a highest rated review on Goodreads about shiver. Which says that Shiver is like a twilight clone. So I guess mostly people have/would have the same opinion about it. But I would like to make things clear. Its true that you may find it similar to twilight; how sam and Grace stay together at night; how he keeps on stopping her from getting personal, cause its not right; how Grace doesn't get along well with her parents; how she cooks food for them. But hey, aren't all the paranormal books kinda same in some ways? Here is what makes me feel its very different from twilight:

Sam and Grace are a much more different couple than Edward and Bella; who seemed like a very serious couple--not that Sam and Grace are not--as in that they were always struggling to keep things right and fighting for their love. SO they seemed like a serious and mature couple, always trying to sort out things. But here Sam and Grace knew that once Sam changes he won't be able to become human again, but they preferred not to discuss about the big issue and tried to spend whatever time they had, happily. Again, I don't mean that Bella and Edward were not trying to spend time happily. But they could have done better. If Bella had not cried all the time for 'more of it' and had patience with the becoming a vampire thing. And if Edward would have not made things harder for her. But Sam and Grace preferred to go with the flow. Grace was different and she did not try to figure out a way to become a werewolve, neither Sam made things harder for her; and unlike Edward he was the one to lose control.

The take on the werewolves was entirely different. The Twilight werewolves were actually Shapeshifters, whereas these were real werewolves with a totally different mythology. The idea of it was very simple--they change when its cold, and a time comes when they never change. Thats it. But I guess its good that she kept it as simple as that. Or it would have been like twilight, in which the whole book was just filled with questions that Bella kept bomabarding on Edward--which was a drag--but shiver has much more to it. Although, they followed the same track again and again--home, school, home, school, home... etc--but it just didnt get boring. There were many cute scenes when I just couldn't stop smiling. They just became my favorite fiction couple. And in such a case when you want more of it, and there are just two more sequels, you wouldn't want the first one to just pass on in understanding a complicated mythology.

Also, Grace was not a boring sad soul like Bella. She had good friends, she got along quite well with them. But, sadly here things went wrong when in the end her selfishness ruined the mood. It can be possible that someone may be so crazy and so much in love that they can risk their or their partners life to be together. But here I could only think of her as the worlds most selfish girl, cause only that kind of girl would go out on a trip with her bestfriend after being so sure that she had killed her love. Way to ruin the mood. Atleast she should have cried the hell out of her everyday. But instead she was hanging out like 'ALL IS WELL'. Even Isabel, was the same. I think the problem was not with Grace and Isabel's character. The problem was with the author. So overall, I would give it a 4 star. And this is another reason why I think Grace was different from Bella. Bella was like a zombie after Edward left her. If Grace was like Bella, the same case would have been with her. But it wasn't.

So I hope I made things clear, and now you won't feel like its a total twilight clone, and won't underrate it.

Aug 26, 2010

My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent


Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: July 29th 2009
Details: Soul Screamers series bk 1, 384 pages
Review: I won't say much about this one, cause there is nothing in it to criticize--well thats my opinion. I simply loved this book! The ending was totally unpredictable and I didn't see it coming. The romance was age appropriate and the whole bean sindhe and grim reaper thing was cool... and to be honest, kinda creepy too. Rachel vincent did a great job, its brilliantly written and the suspense kept me completely involved into it.

Aug 24, 2010

Remember me? - Sophie Kinsella


Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Black Swan
Publication Date: 2008
Details: Paperback, 444 pages
Review: The plot line of Remember me? is not original, you can relate it to movies like '13 goes 30'. And this is not the best of Sophie Kinsella, but still a no.1 bestseller - interesting and funny. I haven't read her previous novels, but those who have read them have a OK opinion about this one, as compared to her other novels. So don't have any high expectations its just a good read.

Aug 23, 2010

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Aug 19, 2010

The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer


Author: S
tephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown
Publication Date: June 5, 2010
Details: Hardcover, 178 pages
Review: I will recommend this book only to twilights die-hard fans. And to those who always wondered what was happening on the other side while new born's were preparing to attack - this is a treat. But it didn't meet my expectations. I expected it to be very sad and touchy. But it turned out to be just OK. Stephenie meyer failed to create a strong bond between Bree and the readers, so I didn't feel much for her when she got beheaded by the Volturi.

Spending money on a hardcover copy is not worth it. Paperback is not available, so its better if you can get one from a library.

Aug 15, 2010

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (18+)


Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage
Publication Date: 2003
Details: Hard cover, 546 pages (first edition)
Movie: Released on 14 Aug 2009 (USA)
Review: The time traveler's wife is Audrey Niffenegger's debut novel and a national bestseller. Very romantic, heart breaking and incredible. But sadly this novel was unable to hit my favorites list. Reason: Audrey Niffenegger's itch to add as much adult content as possible. The scene in the ending with Gomez was unnecessary and didn't make any sense. One was supposed to feel sympathetic towards Claire, for loosing her husband. But how is it possible when Audrey made her - kinda- cheat on Henry. I just didn't feel sorry for her, at that moment I just felt like throwing the book away. Also, the time traveling thing is a bit confusing. And the story seems slow at times. Wonder how this book has spent weeks on the bestseller list. I won't recommend this book to those who pin point every single teenie minie mo detail in a book - I don't think they'll like it.

Note: The 18+ rating is not official. But personally on general bases, I think the content is not suitable for a under 18.

Aug 14, 2010

A Walk To Remember - Nicholas Sparks


Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Warner Books
Publication Date: October 1999
Details: 224 pages
Movie: Released on 25 Jan 2002 (USA)
Review: I don't read novels in one go, no matter how short the novel is. But I was unable to get my eyes off this one. Its irresistible story kept me deeply involved into it. Another heart breaking love story - one of the best novels written by Nicholas Sparks.


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