The Emerald Sea review

The Emerald Sea (The Glittering Court #3)The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another well written female protagonist. Except for few unimaginable situations and twists a bearable version of the glittering court from Tamsin point of view. More insight into the political and various religious views of many lands of Isfrid and others. Not bad but does not hooks up as much as Adelaide compared how there are more twists and happenings here.

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Lethal White review

I didn’t understand what lethal white has to do with the story. But who cares? It’s Robert Galbraith and Cormoran Strike Robin duo is back again!!
If previous books were very detailed in incidents, places and things. This is more about characteristics of every person. RG takes us deeper into London into areas and households of extreme ends. From Chiswell, Winn to Robin, Strike and further to Flick. Every character has multiple shades, a buried secret or a different agenda. Even our main protagonists think one thing and say something else in fear of hurting the other or to avoid unnecessary confrontation. The other characters are diligently detailed and given a proper reasoning. Be it Lorelei, Flick, Della or even the evil unforgivable Charlotte.
The women each have a different portrayal of their own which I liked. The men were of unimaginable variety- Selfish, polygamous, deceitful, greedy and few even innocent and good hidden by the life’s cruelty that made them change.
This book is a wonderful mix of emotions, various personalities and their own idea of others life from their perspective.
I recall Strike telling Robin That’s upper class for you and that’s what RG shows us in this very well crafted book leaving us in a mild cliffhanger less inciting than the last.
RG has done it again. A wonderful book with incredible twists and accurate deductions and curious characters!!

Obsidio Review

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)Obsidio by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a wonderful ride it had been to be living in space and finally to come back to reality.
Illuminae and Gemina both have astounded me. And Obsidio though have not exceeded that managed to give the same level of excitement.
The characterization again is a plus here on both the sides. No matter whoever it is everybody is a mix of black and white. We see ourselves empathizing with many of them. Be it Rhys or Oshiro or Jake they have their rules which they believed and followed.
The sacrifices and efforts by Asha and others to get their life back strikes a chord of reality that was the effect of the war that started long before. The full momentum of the Illuminae is visible here in Obsidio.
I don’t know why more than major characters AIDAN steals the show in spite of everything that had been done and it wanted. It makes us angry, bringing us to seat ends, cry and even hope. Kady’s decision and AIDAN’s effort does saves but at a big cost. There were times when we had uncontrollable anger on the Heimdall crew and Garver but when we learn more we too come to c conclusion “everyone deserves a second chance”.
I especially liked the tactics that were planned because they really held the surprise in everyone’s actions and plans.
Compared to the fantastic scenario and concepts Gemina brought Obsidio is a bit less brighter but nonetheless a worthy trilogy closer.
I really liked the whole operators of the Illuminae crew and their expressions and reports. The drawings, notes and posters really touched our hearts and will stay for a long time.
I would really urge everyone to read the complete Illuminae files trilogy completely.

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To Kill a Mocking Bird review

To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I regret for not reading this book till now.
Everyone of us had been a Jem and Scout in our childhood. An endearing and brave brother like Jem or an inquisitive, curious and innocent Scout. A notorious prankster with a wild imagination like Dill.
And the courage with the familiarity(the neighbors, places) and fear of the unknown(Boo Radley for example and the discrimination followed by the people).
I liked every part where Scout’s questions and her understanding about what is happening around her in home, school and other places. It was so heart warming how they loved Atticus and his way of treating them.( Not petting them and being direct with them). The funny moments and the curious banters were so good as they gradually grew into her fear for Radley and her absolute horror of her aunt and the assorted relatives.
Atticus was sweet as a Father and gripping as a lawyer and kind as a human. His way of making the kids understand everything and his firmness is admirable.
The characterization through Jean’s eyes portray the truth about people. Every character has a role to do and has a reason. Jem, Calpurnia, Dill, Miss Maudie, Aunt Alexandra, dear uncle Jack and other neighbors.
As we flow with the quiet little town we are struck with the town’s and its inhabitants madness of discrimination. The jabs, curses and swearing are part of the hate they have against the colored, their supporters.
Those people’s lives are also portrayed well in order to make us understand the town as a whole.
The tension increases as the case in revealed in bits and the children try to understand the changes in their surroundings.
The society has to learn from the children from their questions of the change, the people and their actions. At times when Jem maybe restricting Scout’s way she does finds her answers and growth from others around her. Her little mind is a wonderful place and wonders how she would survive without reading, marrying Dill, calling Atticus Dad, peeking at Radley’s place or wearing dresses.
The case may not be a successful one but the actual success lies in the children’s understanding and the perception of the town.
The fear is not in the unknown at all. It is actually among the people who were familiar for a long time.
A good story and wonderful characters taking us for a vacation in Maycomb and bringing us to reality.

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Gemina review

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Gemina by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mind blowing is the only word reverberating on my mind as I finished this book, unable to accept the fact that it is over.
Marvelous Gemina truly surpasses Illuminae in the narration, emotions, importantly PLOT.
Who would have thought of there could be a thriller, horror, romance and scientific fictional story set in a ever rotating wormhole station. In exact words ” a thin fabric of the universe”.
When Kady stole our hearts in Illuminae, Hanna rules our mind and heart through out the story.
Set as a fast paced thriller I could feel my heart pounding during every chase and every realization of who the enemies are and narrow escapes.
Nik is the cool opposite of Hanna whose doubts, anger and guilt softens us towards him.
Dear ELLA is the superpower who performs miracles that sweeps the BT squad effortlessly within a blink and saves Hanna and Nik.
Similar to the previous part the sarcasm and few funny moments are really good and offer little relaxing moments before the story gears off to a adrenaline rush. And the horrific Lanima organisms and their explanations were really scary and their occurrence every time brought a little fear.
Still mind blown with the revelation of what actually happened and why, the multiverse theory was wonderfully explained with figures. The simultaneous conversations and the AIDAN responses were really good.
A perfect sequel for Illuminae and wonderful characters and story line.
Can’t wait for Obsidio!!

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Illuminae review

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Best I have read so far.
Words wouldn’t suffice to say how different it is from other books. Be it in the way it was arranged
Kady-Wow! She is a great protagonist any other book could have never portrayed. Her stealth, intellect, love, rage and decisiveness. They simply overwhelmed. I would be lying if I said I didn’t cry when she wanted Hypatia to contact her Dad and when she learns the truth from Bay 4 and AIDAN. I was deeply moved and those tears prove how wonderful the book is .
The communications- Every conversation had a reason to be there and vividly portrayed what was going around
Ezra-The gradual change of a love sick teenager to a emergency pilot and first time rule breaker, He captured our hearts through the flowers, hearts he sent. He was hilarious and lovely at the same time with James, Kady and Dorian. Towards the ending I really felt bad after AIDAN’s revelation but my heartbeat returned later after the last chapter only!
The little bursts of pinging-Funny chats between Ezra and James, Ezra and Kady, Kady and Byron.
Journal entries- Kady’s entries were emotional at moments and recorded what the yearning and fear she felt without being sarcastic and brave on the outside
AIDAN- Every time we read “Am i not merciful?” the horror washes through and the tiny moments when we read “I cannot die” AIDAN really makes us hate it more and feel sorry at times too.
Overall the whole struture of files, dossier, clippings, Camera feeds compilations give an altogether alternate way of story telling and very gripping.
Never was bored during the book. Instead found it entertaining, smiling often, adrenaline rushing, crying and rejoicing and proud throughout the book.

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Fates Divide review

The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark, #2)The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The sequel for the Carve the Mark really carved a special place. The emotions running high and life altering decision to be taken at many instances really were very well written.
The bonding Cyra makes slowly and her expectation towards Akos and his agenda were just enough without over exaggerating the relationship. Though we all had a slight doubt regarding what the life altering truth could be when it was revealed it actually made sense. And moreover it didn’t matter though. Akos and Cyra were the same people from the beginning hardened by their encounters and lives they have lost.And softened by the people around them and their help and bonding.
I in particular liked the way how everyone was connected to the ending. Akos, Cyra, Eijeh, Isae,Cisi and Lazmet. The other characters too were involved in a way that the showdown really mattered more and the future was what that was supposed to happen without flatly making a happily ever after.
I am liking Cyra more than Tris in Divergent the only resemblance being their mettle at the hardest times and the fragility which they hide from everyone except the one being loved.
Fates divide really took a long time to finish but a worthy read for me!

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