Monday, May 20, 2013

The house of the lost

  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (February 1, 2011)
  • Release dateApril 1st, 2010
  • Language: English
  • Genre Horror, Family-drama, Historical-fiction
  • Book Description

  • When novelist Theo Kendal inherits the remote Norfolk house in which his cousin Charmery was murdered, he believes it will bring him closer to the truth about her death. It will also be the ideal place to finish his new book. 
But the bleak Fenn House is a lonely and sometimes uncomfortable place to spend the winter. And the strangest thing is that Theo's new novel seems to be writing itself - and heading in an unplanned direction. Theo finds himself describing a young boy called Matthew who lives in constant fear of a visit from the cold-eyed men. Struggling to understand the dangerous secrets that surround him and his family, Matthew inhabits a terrifying world where people die in macabre circumstances, where they can be imprisoned without trial or reason, their identities wiped from the world forever.
And then Theo discovers that Matthew and his family really existed, part of a dark and violent segment of recent history that threatens to reach across the years to tear his life apart.


And somehow it all connects to the death of his cousin Charmery.


My review:

I grabbed this novel from the library as a random choice. But when I started reading this novel only I realized this is not an usual novel that should be read as yet another novel. Despite the compelling cover image, the novel really stands out amid the creepy plot. The author's meticulous way of writing gave me the impression that I am actually gone out of this present world and I never  realized that I was totally lost into the story.

The house of the lost is  a rattling good story for readers who would love a fast paced novel.The voice of this book is the  book itself but it really doesn't matter as I was able to connect with the story and the inside characters really well.Also the author, Sarah Rayne has well told the story of Theo Kendal, a writer who inherits the property of his cousin Charmery  after her brutal murder.Like every other novels, the killer is unknown.But her novel is not entirely about finding out who the killer is and what's his ulterior motive behind killing.
The main protgonist, Theo never expected to visit Fenn House which was passed on to him after his deceased cousin because he believed,  it would cause trouble into his stable life.He makes a sudden visit to the house which is now haunted by the memories of her and his own characters in the book that he is writing.

What happens when all the characters he has imagined for his new novel becomes real and not only they are real but also many of them are now alive.What is more gripping is they all have connections to Charmery's death. Although there were many characters in the novel, there is no baffle as to which character is who .This novel can be split into three short novellas.The story of Theo and Charmery and thier unatural love, then Theo's novel about Mathew and Mara, and a separate gothic story about the lesbians, Annaleise and Zoia. Overall, I could say this is a novel written out of great intelligence and brilliancy.

My rating5/5

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Argo

Disclaimer I received a free ebook from the author for an honest review.


  • Print Length: 35 pages
  • Release date September 10, 2012
  • Genre :Science fiction

Book Description

Humanity was forced to seek the stars.Destined to lead mankind into an ever expanding presence, the inhabitants of HD 85512 b have known no other rule than those of the benevolent machines.


The same machines that brought their ancestors there hundreds of years before.

But what is man if he isn't free?

What is man without being able to choose for himself?


Ask yourselves the same question and remember:


Whom do you love the most?


My review


This is a  short sci-fi novella by Vasilieus Kalampakas who is also the author of  Party of five.I have to say, unlike Party of five, this novel doesn't lack information. Argo is a beautifully knitted story with a fantastically written narrative.  This story is about machines wanting to rule the humans.
The  central character is Philetheus who is captivated by the machines for loving and giving birth to his daughter as any sort of love and procreating by humans is forbidden by the machines.As a consequence, he loses his wife and daughter. Heraclea, the adorable and loving daughter of Philetheus and Penthaselia was very disturbing in the end.I was totally acquainted with Philetheus  and I found his  feelings really plausible.

This short book shook me in an unexpected way because what if mankind is truly ruled by the machines. The way in which Philetheus attempts to save his daughter was so touching.I was a bit confused as to whether or not his daughter is alive.I could imagine the petrified image of Philetheus in trying to find the whereabouts of his daughter and at the same time dealing with the machines.Thanks to the author for giving a free copy of this astonishing book.It was a great experience reading it.

My rating 4.5/5


Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Party of five

Disclaimer:I received a free soft copy of the book from the author for my honest review.


  • File Size: 258 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Release date:November 14, 2012
  • Genre:Fantasy

Book Description:

A magical bunny, daft pirates, a village of rastafari elves, two princesses, a semi-retired thief and an aspiring bard, plus flying ships, dimensional portals and a largely silly sorcerer with a dangerous, mysterious amulet.


How do they all fit together, you may ask? Fate, it seems. Or maybe not.


Add a dash of fire, a pinch of lightning and some magic to your life.

And remember, it could all be just a bad trip..

This is the first book, Book I, in the "Party of Five" series of fantasy novellas.


My review:


This is not a usual kind of story i normally read.Party of five is a fantasy short novel which made me laugh from the beginning.The story begins with Parcifal and her younger sister by one minute, Lernea landing in a city that is totally new to them.The two sisters enter in a huge fight that seems never ending until their money gets robbed by a dwarf who calls himself , a halfuin. Both the sisters search for the dwarf vigorously and he gets caught in the process. These three are the main characters in the story.There are other interesting characters that make the story quite attractive to read.For some reasons, i didn't like the whole story, because i think the author has lost out of ideas and doesn't really know how to execute the story at the end.


My rating:3/5


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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Bout of books read a thon

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

                                                 
Bout of Books

I'm so excited & thrilled to participate on Bout of Books read-a-thon. I've never participated in a reading challenge  before except on goodreads. I am capable of reading 10 books a week.Hope this is fine.

Impaler's Revenge

                                                 

Book published on:April 13, 2013

Genre:Paranormal Thriller

Book Description:

In a world crawling with vampires, Romania is the safest place left on earth. Thanks to the Litzle Council, there hasn't been a vampire on Romanian ground in over five centuries. But one day, Liana Cantacuzino, also a member of the Little Council and a descendant of one of the old noble families, is ordered to bring one in, covertly. Enter Maximilien Hess, a thousand years old vampire determined to ruin the existing order of things.

Suddenly, Liana finds herself forced to protect Hess, instead of having the pandurs kill him. With the help from her trustful friends, Rodica Ghica and ┼×tefan Sturdza, and that of an innocent bystander, Dr. Jesse Carver, Liana has to find out what is going on and what the President is hiding from her. When all is revealed, Hess's secret changes everything.

The first novella in The Impaler Legacy series, a vampire saga like no other.


My review:

I have to say this is the best vampire story ever.I enjoyed the story so much. Everything in the story is clear and perfect and also the author's way of writing. This is a story of Liana Cantacuzino.She hates vampires.But what could she do if she is given a job to protect a vampire?That's where the story begins. 

Maximillian is a vampire who is called by the president himself for some reason which is not revealed to anyone including her.It is now Liana's duty to babysit Max and watch him closely so that he doesn't hurt anyone.

The story accelerates even more from here.There is lot more you can expect from the book. It was Liana's false assumption that Max is the only vampire who is fortunate enough to live in their country.But this is not true.Vampires live almost everywhere in their country.There are many interesting characters which will keep you engaged to the book.Doctor Jesse, Liana's ex-boy friend and Radu, a vampire hunter.

There is lot of suspense, emotions which kept me hooked onto the story until the very end.I'm eagerly waiting to read the next series.Thanks to the author for giving me a free copy of the book.

My rating:4/5

Recommendation:Who doesn't love a vampire story?.This is not a usual vampire story we have read or watched on soap operas.This is totally a different vampire story  which no one will ever forget.