Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Noise by Brett Garcia Rose

No.of pages : 236
Publisher :Velocity Imprints
Published on :June 12, 2014
Genre :Suspense thriller
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Author Links : Goodreads Website

Book Description


The world is an ugly place, and I can tell you now, I fit in just fine.

Lily is the only person Leon ever loved. When she left a suicide note and disappeared into a murky lake ten years ago, she left him alone, drifting through a silent landscape.

Or did she?

A postcard in her handwriting pulls Leon to the winter-cold concrete heart of New York City.

What he discovers unleashes a deadly rage that has no sound.

A grisly trail of clues leads to The Bear, the sadistic Russian crime lord who traffics in human flesh. The police—some corrupt, some merely compromised—are of little help. They don’t like Leon’s methods, or the mess he leaves in his wake.

Leon is deaf, but no sane person would ever call him disabled. He survived as a child on the merciless streets of Nigeria. He misses nothing. He feels no remorse. The only direction he’s ever known is forward.

He will not stop until he knows.

Where is Lily?

My review

When I first heard the title,  I was quite sure that the novel is about Ghosts as I have seen a film based on it.As I have the habit of guessing the story even before reading the book blurb or book itself, I was stunned to know this book is not about ghosts but about gangsters.It didn't occur  to me as a disappointment.Speaking of generally,I took delight in reading the book, .

Noise is the story of  Leon and his sister, Lily.Lily is no where to be found.He aggressively tries to find her.On his journey to find a clue about Lily, he learns she was assaulted by  a gang in which he learns her husband is also involved.Now he seeks revenge on those who have harmed her.The men who assaulted her, have killed Sara, the stripper, who gave information about Lily to Leon.How he is going to find his sister?He halfheartedly puts his faith on the cops but will they rescue his sister?

Let me be honest, I haven't read a novel in which the main protagonist is a disabled person or an adopted one.This novel has both.Leon is like a two in one product .That is he is both a deaf and an adopted child.Lily's parents have adopted him and gave him food and shelter.His origin is Africa.This formed as one of the reasons why the hopes towards the book was high.I liked every part of the novel.The suspense was killing me though.Is Lily alive or she is dead?If she is dead, what will be Leon's reaction???Will Leon take revenge by killing them all?

Now the question why would anyone harm her?Who was that cop that her assaulters killed?Why would they kill him?If she is alive, where they have kept her?What is the purpose of assaulting her and the cop.Many questions such as these were left answered in the first half.Like me, you have to read the book to find out the answers.I turned the pages and was very much enthusiastic about finding Lily and prayed that she must be alive.

What came to me as a shock was this is author Brett Garcia Rose's debut novel.I mean, it doesn't feel like it when I finished reading the novel.The author's maturity in writing was unmatchable and amazing .If you don't like violence, do not read this book.Others will love the element of action.This book is definitely not for the weak and faint hearted.I finished the novel in one go.The drawback of the story is that there were some situations that didn't connect with the story well.

Rating 4/5

Disclaimer I received the book in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, March 06, 2015

The many lives of Ruby Iyer by Laxmi Hariharan

The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer
No.of pages :292
Publisher :Books@Jacaranda
Published on :November, 2014
Genre :Young Adult
Book Links :Goodreads Amazon

Book Description

A YA thriller, with strong dystopian undertones and a kickass protagonist, taking you on a knuckle ride through a disintegrating Bombay City.

A girl desperate to rescue her best friend.
A cop willing to do anything to save the city he serves.
A delusional doctor bent on annihilation.

When Ruby Iyer's best friend is kidnapped by the despotic Dr Kamini Braganza, she will do anything to rescue him. Anything, including taking the help of the reticent Vikram Roy, a mysterious cop-turned-rogue on a mission to save Bombay. The city needs all the help it can get, and these two are the only thing standing between its total destruction by Dr Braganza's teen army. As Bombay falls apart around them, will Ruby be able to save her friend and the city? Will she finally discover her place in a city where she has never managed to fit in? And what about her growing feelings for Vikram?

My review 

When I was approached for a book review I was a bit hesitant about whether or not to accept it.The primary reason, it’s a series and I have developed a dislike towards it.I have read many series before.It’s just that I so want to know the ending which is unlike a stand alone novel, it cannot be found in series.I have to wait for months to read next one in the series and years for the climax.

Fortunately, "The many lives of Ruby" Iyer was different.Yes, it’s also yet another series.But the effect it had on me , the satisfaction of reading it gave me, kept me on the edge of my seat.When I said different, I really mean it.For your information, I am eagerly waiting for the next book in Ruby Iyer series because Ruby’s character managed to capture my heart.Her character is unusual.You will not see such a strong teen type in any other novel.She is abnormally brave.The narration was a bit disappointing though, I didn’t wish it to be like that.A slowdown is necessary.The start of the novel was pretty boring as I read more and more pages, it grabbed my attention.It was hard to put down.

There were this unwanted distractions in the novel which has a negative impact upon the readers.I felt some parts were over exaggerated in the beginning.Dr.Kamini Braganza introductory scene was quite filmy.
I have never been to Mumbai, the author through her writing gave me a chance to visit the place.Now about the story........

Ruby lives her life all by herself, as she puts it, she doesn’t want to depend on anyone.She is independent, courageous daredevil who has a slightly peculiar view of the society, meaning, she doesn’t think like normal people do.Her best friend is Pankaj.His character is that of a geek.Whenever she feels sad, disappointed with the world, she leans on him.Occasionally, her mother’s background voice echoes which I suppose is her imagination in order to get comfort from her mother for she is lonely.

Ruby’s life cannot be said hunky dory.Her life takes a grand new turn, when Pankaj is kidnapped by Dr.Kamini Braganza.She has to fight to save her best friend in danger.How she is going to save him?She not only have to shoulder responsibility to rescue his best friend within five days, she also have to save the city, Mumbai from the madness of Dr.Braganza and her teen army.She is willing to go to extremes.Nothing will stop her now.With the help of a young cop, Vikram, she begins her journey to save Pankaj and the city.Will they both able to do it for their love of the city?Read the book to find out.

A fast paced, action oriented suspense thriller with a touch of mystery.On the first impression, I really couldn’t guess what’s the book is all about.The cover image was very inviting.Even it has the ability to hook the readers and I guess you feel it too.

Rating 4/5

Disclaimer I received the book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
 Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
She didn't see where the other two shots went because that instant she rammed into her target hard enough to make him fly backwards, striking the dressing table mirror with the back of his head and upper body.