Crime

DNF Reads

20161201_162008To begin with I would like to apologise for not posting for a VERY long while. I realise that consistency is key and really there is no excuse for my slacker-ish behaviour. However, with school-work dominating almost all free time I have, I haven’t had a chance to read, and therefore review all that much.

While I find I fall in love with almost all of the books I read, there are a few that I cannot come to terms with. Recently I found that a lot of the novels I’ve started to read, I never got around to finishing (maybe I’m in some sort of reading slump?!?) for a variety of reasons. None of these books were bad, rather they just didn’t appeal to me. Even so, I still thought they would be worth writing a little about…

  1. Gemina by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff-

Illuminae was one of my favourite reads from last year and I was counting down the days until the sequel, Gemina, was released. Now though, after trying and trying again to finish the book, it just sits on my shelf, looking sad and unloved. I’m not entirely sure what went wrong for me. The plot and format, something I love from Illuminae, was once again unique and grabbed my attention. However, the characters, Nik in particular, were one of the reasons I stopped reading Gemina.  They did not seem realistic and were frankly quite annoying. Added to that, while I may be wrong,  I don’t think I’ll ever meet someone who says “feel me” quite as much as Nik does.

      2. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold-  

Thank you to Headline for sending me Kids of Appetite through Bookbridgr, in exchange for an honest review. While I haven’t yet read Mosquitoland, another novel written by David Arnold, I was compelled to request Kids of Appetite due to the high praise Mosquitoland got. Kids of Appetite is good. I liked the writing and I liked the characters, yet I still didn’t finish it. I want to finish it, but I haven’t. Maybe I’ll try it again in a few weeks?

      3. Alienated by Melissa Landers-

I got this book sometime Christmas last year and I still haven’t finished it, though not from lack of trying. The blurb caught my attention immediately. I haven’t read a book featuring any sort of aliens ever before and Alienated sounded like a good place to start. However now, I don’t think i’ll be reading any alien books for a while. To be honest, I fell like I’ve read this book before just with different characters, and as a result I couldn’t finish Alienated.

As of today, I am starting The Secret History by Donna Tartt and fingers crossed that I’ll  be able to finish it, too.

~ Kaavya xx

 

 

 

My Favourite Book Ever + Giveaway

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I love books. It’s no secret. I have many favourite books, but the book that really made me  want to just read and read and read, was Vendetta by Catherine Doyle. I first picked this up in a library and I whizzed through it in a matter of hours. Afterwards I immediately wanted to know what happened next, but I had to wait until January this year for the sequel, Inferno, to be released. I was blown away. I thought that nothing could beat Vendetta but I was wrong. Inferno was something else. I could not get enough and all I would talk  about for the next few days was my love for the book. I now own many copies of both Vendetta and Inferno, and I am so excited for January to finally come so I can read Mafiosa, the third and final instalment in the Blood for Blood series.

3 Reasons You Should Also Read This Series:

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  1. IT WILL KEEP YOU HOOKED FROM THE START                                                            There is nothing like a  good book that can keep your interest from the beginning to the end, and this series was it for me. It was fact-paced and edgy, keeping me on my toes, wondering what would happen next. I could not put it down, not that I tried.
  2.  A FEMALE FRIENDSHIP TO BE ENVIOUS OF                                                                                                                  Our main character, Sophie, would be dead without the support of her truly awesome best friend: Millie. She is the ultimate friend and I look forward to her rants and hilarious comments in the third book. I want a Millie 🙂
  3. ITALIAN BROTHERS                                                                                                                    The Falcones are 5 brothers who play main roles in the books. Without giving away too much, I can say that they are ones too watch carefully. As Sophie gets tangled further up in their business we see a unique view of the mafia and family structures within it. Although they might be similar in looks, the brothers couldn’t be more different in personality and you will be sure to fall for at least one of them.   

 

                                                               


GIVEAWAY TIME:

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To enter to win a copy of Vendetta by Catherine Doyle and various other bookish goodies from YALC, just follow this blog and leave your name and twitter handle in the comments. The competition runs from today (August 27th) to 3rd of September.

Thank you for visiting my blog and may the odds be ever in your favour!

 

ARCS

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I haven’t been blogging for that long, and I only just picked up my first few ARCS at YALC this past month. I won one in a lucky dip, but I also got some from publishers stalls. I plan to read and review all of them and I am especially looking forward to reading The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, which is the sequel to Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.

The ARCS I got at YALC were:

  • The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (released 18th October 2016)
  • Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (released 20th September 2016)
  • Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (released 6th October 2016)
  • Girl Detached by Manuela Salvi (released 15th September 2016)
  • The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín (released August 30th 2016)

Which was the best ARC you ever got? Have you got any new ones this month?

 

 

YALC 2016

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I first heard about YALC last year from a friend and I knew immediately I wanted to go. Unfortunately, all the tickets had been sold by then, so when I heard YALC was back this year, I leapt at the chance to go and bought my tickets instantly.

Looking at the line up of  brilliant authors attending this year, I realised that  there were many books I hadn’t read or heard of before. So, in preparation for YALC, I compiled a to-read list of books written by authors who will be there.

MY YALC TO-READ LIST

  • Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
  • London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning
  • Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
  • Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell

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In reality I only managed to read some of the books on my list but I also picked up many more novels at the convention itself.  I still aim to read all of the books I mentioned above, but after attending YALC, I have a few more I want to add to that list.

   UPDATED YALC TO-READ LIST

  • Kook by Chris Vick
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
  • Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
  • And I Darken by Kirsten White

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Have you read any of the books above? What did you think of them?

March/ April Book Haul

IMG_0021For the last few months I have been plagued by the constant need to revise for up-coming exams and as a result neglected to post anything for a while. I have two months worth of books I have acquired, because of that, I have not had the chance to read or review.

I did not feature this in my last book haul, though in February I did go to the Launch of The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury, where you can probably guess what I picked up.6fd235e651955b1a9768561dd0450e1f

Starting in March,  I picked up Kindred Spirits for World Book Day. Then, while I was in India, I picked up quite a few novels from the Oxford Book Depository.

  • An Ember In the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt
  • In His Keeping by Maya Banks
  • Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott
  • Vivien’s Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements

In April, I was gifted Talking of Muskaan by Himanjali Sankar from some family friends, and I cannot wait to read my first Indian YA book.

Have you picked up any good books lately? Tell me in the comments.

Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Where did I get it? The Local Library

six-of-crows-coverSummary: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

 

My Thoughts:

This is the first of Leigh’s book that I have read but I feel safe to say that I am in love with her work already.

The world of Ketterdam was an intricate place with bustling streets and original and imaginative sights, smell and sounds. I could not have been more immersed and overwhelmed (in a good way) if I tried.

The plot follows six characters who have been given the job of breaking into the ice-court, a prison that has never been breached before. Kaz and his crew of criminals have to work together in order to survive and win their reward.

Along the way we are treated to a whirlwind of suspense and surprises and I thought the use of third person – though not my favourite- was extremely effective in this case. You don’t have to read any of the Shadow and Bone series before Six of Crows but this is a complicated book and the Grisha world was at times a little confusing though not enough to put me off this book in the slightest.

There was a small element of romance (amid all the action , scheming and fighting) but it did not become the main focus of this masterpiece and for that I’m glad. That said, I could not help but fall in love with both Kaz and Inej and I am most definitely be rooting for them.

All of the characters in this book, with the exception of one, were criminals and they would go to any length to stay alive and on top without losing a second of sleep over it. However, despite all of this I loved each and every character and surprisingly their ruthlessness did not worry or bother me at all.

Six of Crows ended on cliff-hangar and I have VERY high expectations for the next book, Crooked Kingdom.

Rating: 5/5