The Bride of Glass (Glass Vault, #2) by Candace Robinson

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Expected publication: September 1st 2017 by CreateSpace

Read Date: August 31st 2017

Stars: 5/5

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The Bride of Glass is second book of Glass Vault series. Should be read in continuation of the first book, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault. You can read my review on first book HERE.

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People turned to glass.

Souls are trapped in Glass Vault. 

Perrie is under control of Vale.

Massie and Neven set out on mission to rescue their friend Perrie.

Will they able to rescue Perrie? How they are going to fight powerful demon of underworld and save the world from destruction? Read More


Yama’s Lieutenant and the Stone Witch by Anuja Chandramouli

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Published: July 24th 2017 by Penguin Random House India

Read Date: August 29th 2017

Stars: 5/5

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This is second book of Yama’s lieutenant Saga and should be read in continuation of the first book, Yama’s Lieutenant.

If you haven’t read my review on first book, you can read it here- Yama’s Lieutenant by Anuja Chandramouli.

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Agni- Yama’s Lieutenant, is still not over the loss of his twin sister. Tireless lonely work of tracking down the evil spirits and demons and sending them back to Yama’s hell to restore peace on earth, and Dharami- Land spirit and Minothi- Kritya wielder of earth magic, are the only companion and his best friends, are only things that keeping him away from the grief.

Just after finishing the task of saving the world from necromancer, another bigger task has been assigned to Agni and this time he needs to save the world from the stone witch who has created army of demonic creatures from humans using the magic of stones.

Humans are on the brink of extinction.

To stop this witch Agni need to go back in time to stop the witch and for that he need to find Samaykalas- the time keepers, whom no one has seen. It is forbidden to both mortals and immortals to contact them and punishment in doing so is death.

How is Agni going to find this time keepers and why he need to go back in time? What is the story of the stones and the stone witch?

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Author Interview: The Magic Shop by Justin Swapp

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Hello Everyone! Today I’m happy to share this interview with Justin Swapp, author of The Magic Shop first book of The Shadow Magic series.

First, About book:

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Marcus Fith doesn’t believe in magic. And why should he? Marcus and his twin sister, Ellie, live in the loft above their grandparents magic shop, and he’s all too familiar with the hand buzzers, card tricks, and fake vomit kits. So, imagine his shock when he stumbles upon his grandfather hiding something in a secret room in the magic shop — the one that all the rumors are about. Join Marcus and Ellie as they unravel a laundry list of family secrets, and are thrown into a world they never knew existed. Not only is the family business is a front, but Marcus has to develop his powers before the Dun-Bahr find him and assimilate the magic he was born to protect. Will they survive? Will they find their parents? First Marcus and Ellie must discover the secret their grandparents have been keeping from them all these years. It all comes down to what’s hidden at the Magic Shop.

You can read my review on this book here- The Magic Shop (The Shadow Magic Series #1) by Justin Swapp Read More


Freak by Erin Lee

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Published: June 29th 2017 by CreateSpace

Read Date: August 25th 2017

Stars: 5/5

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“Regret Comes in Every Color of the Rainbow”

Based on Erin Lee’s novella, Her Name Was Sam, Freak is the story of Kelly and Morgan, the mother and sister of Sam Harris, in the aftermath of her suicide. Bullied for being brave enough to show her true colors to the world, Sam has been gone exactly one year and Kelly and Morgan are left to tackle the grief that comes with regret in her absence.

But Sam’s story is far from over…

Through the love of Willow, a teenager intent on standing up for her “Freak” best friend at all costs, Ryan is able to finally come out to family and friends. His transformation from ashamed to proud with Willow’s help gives new meaning to Sam’s story and how things could have been.


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Freak is based on Erin Lee’s novella, ‘Her Name Was Sam’ but I’m telling it can be read standalone as I haven’t read novella and I didn’t feel anywhere that I’m missing something that might have mentioned in first book.

Wow! Wow! Wow! Have I said this word for enough time? No, it’s simply beautiful that I want to keep saying this. And in the beginning only I’m telling that everyone should read this book.

Author’s note in the beginning gave pretty good idea about book and why author has written it. There is warning by author saying it’s not for teens who are not prepared to handle heavy topics like suicide, bullies, and crime or should read under guidance of adults.

The book is mainly about LGBTQ teens. Their struggle with gender identity or as gay, bisexual or asexual; their fight against bullies and for acceptance in the world and even by family that doesn’t understand ‘different’ word; their feeling of loneliness and unsupported speaks the volume which leads to suicidal tendencies.

In just 2 chapters this book became my favorite. I just loved writing of Erin Lee. It was so smooth, emotional and so addictive that I will read anything by this author. Story basically was divided in 2 parts. So, I will review it accordingly.

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Amazing! I have said in detail how characters were like and what I loved most about them in both parts. But superficially, all characters were with flaws even my favorite Sam. In both parts there were characters who should have taken actions earlier and could have prevent the damage. No one was perfect and still were likable. I could see author has given whole lot of time to these characters. Among both the parts Sam was my ultimate favorite character. Development of characters was really good the way they handle themselves after all that happened, the steps they took was good.

All I ever wanted was to be accepted. I just wanted to be able to be me and have people around me who loved me for who I was. I know it seems like it’s not a lot to ask, but I’ve learned that it really is.

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Part 1:

It’s narrated by 3 different perspective of 3 main characters, Sam who committed suicide, Kelly- Sam’s mother, and Morgan- Sam’s sister. The center of topic was Sam and Kelly and Morgan’s life after Sam’s suicide. Best view I loved to read was Sam’s narrating her part sitting above the cloud watching over her family. That was something new and different, just like her character in this book. At the end of all chapters Sam’s smart thoughts created perfect ending for all chapters.

Sam was a character who voiced my thought regarding bullies, hypocrites and people who doesn’t want to accept anything different in this world. It’s hard not to love this strong, colorful character that I would suggest everyone to be strong like her, but yes she had weak side too and so she committed suicide that I wished I could change.

Sam was living roller coaster ride…

Sam was a walking exclamation mark.

Morgan and Kelly’s thoughts were written in two way, before and after Sam’s death as their memories about Sam and what they felt after Sam’s death. That was just incredible. The best I loved was, the way of they told ‘Who was Sam’ in first few chapters.

Morgan’s thought were both complex and touching. She didn’t like what she had to go through being sister of Sam but she loved her unconditionally and also regretted that somehow she could change everything. She had a very strong voice in this book that showed powerful bonding between siblings that didn’t even flicker after what she has to face at school before and after death of Sam.

Kelly was a complex character. At first I didn’t understand why she blamed herself she looked less supportive but okay mother. And then came a turning point! It was a surprise that I didn’t see coming. I understood everything better after that. Brilliant it was!

And did I mention the suicide note by Sam and her rewritten suicide note in mind sitting over the clouds? Damn incredible! Her love for Morgan and Kelly was heartfelt.

This was poignant story.

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It was alternate narration of another 3 main characters- Ryan who was struggling with the fact of being gay and bullied by students, Willow, Ryan’s best friend, and Sarah, Willow’s mother. I won’t say much in this story because Sam’s story taken my heart and soul.

Ryan was weak character totally opposite of Sam. Being a gay he was struggling in coming out as who he was in from of his parents and in school and was continuously was bullied by students at school. His thoughts really scared me at some point.

His only friend Willow supported him unconditionally and to the extent that no one can do and be like her. She was mind-blowing. I loved her for that. And even after that Ryan’s doubt for her was the thing I didn’t like in the book.

Sarah.. I so loved her. She was coolest mother in whole book. She cared about not only her daughter but also Ryan. Steps she took for him and the way she understood Ryan and relationship between Ryan and Willow just won special place in my heart.

There was a turn of events in this part too and I liked it. Let’s just say it was sad but less sad than the first part.

Things that were common in Part 1 and 2 that I liked was

Each chapters started with different colors as a title and lines following that color with thoughts of characters. That was best and most beautiful thing in this book. It was hard not to like chapters after such a gorgeous beginning. I quickly turned pages because of short chapters and intriguing topic. Both parts have a connection and I won’t say what that was. Just read it.

Have I mentioned there was surprise even after the book ends? This book actually ended at 80%. I thought there might be epilogue or excerpt of next book by author. Nothing like that. There was real-life story of Ryan, awareness on gays, who are they and guidance for them how they can come out strong; resources and helplines for them; even there was message for parents. Oh, and discussion questions for readers. It gave me something to think over about book after reading.

This was perfect end of the book.

Normal is boring. I don’t have time for that.

Damn! I can’t stop myself from talking about the book. This might be longest review I have written so I will end it here.

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Overall, awesome book with lot of lessons to learn through deep intense thoughts of characters. There is something to learn for everyone. So, just read it and I’m sure you won’t regret it. And on final thought I hate bullies. :/


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Author: Erin Lee

To know more about author click Here.

Buy Here: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

*** Note: I received review copy of this book from the author, via Lola’s Blog Tour, in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to author and Lola. ***


Have you read this book or any books by Erin Lee? what do you think about book and my review? Share your thoughts in the comment-box below.

Happy Reading! 🙂

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The Call of the Swamp by Davide Cali

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Hello everyone! Hope you all are enjoying weekend. Today’s short story is children’s picture-book, The Call of the Swamp by Davide Cali.

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Expected publication: September 25th 2017 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Read Date: July 6th 2017

Stars: 4/5

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Boris was found at the edge of the swamp and adopted by lovely couple. He is born different, looked different, he has scales and gills but is like normal kids- goes to school and rides his bike and climbs trees. One day when he smells scent of swamp, he feels like the swamp is calling him, like he doesn’t belong with his parents because of his different look. He starts his journey to swamp with lots of questions of who is his actual family and whether he belongs swamp and among his own people. And eventually he discovers where he actually belongs.


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Call of the Swamp was very beautiful picture book with the simple moral – ‘we belonged where we are loved and with those whom we love’. This book conveyed very clear message to children and also to foster/adopted kids that parents love their children no matter how they look or how different they are born, no matter what others say. In today’s world where children feel insecure because of their stand out nature or look, this story gives them insight that they belong where they are loved not where everyone look or behave similar.

If you are happy where you are, then we’re happy too.

I even liked Boris’s parents who were selfless, kind and with big heart. When Boris asked questions, I liked how they showed their love. And once he left, I loved it that they didn’t force him to come back and instead they said we are happy, if you’re. This was also very important message for parents to understand that no matter how much you love your children, you don’t force them for anything, just show your love and support them, and they realizes they are loved and where they belong.

Illustrations were spectacular. Picture of Boris was drawn very nicely and different to help in conveying message. The house and swamp world was also remarkable.

 

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I’m not contradicting just what I said. But here, his parents send only one message in letters. That was good no doubt, but I feel, there should be more other kind, loving letters too like, ‘mom and dad loves you’, etc etc. How poor child will understand by one message only! I’m damn sure kids need more than just one letter.

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Overall, amazing picture book that every children would love to read and definitely best bedtime story.

I recommend it to every child.


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Author: Davide Cali

Illustrator: Marco Somà

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

*** Note: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Publishers and author. ***


What do you think about the story and review? Have you read this story or any other story by Davide Cali? Share your thoughts in the comment-box below.

Happy Reading! :)

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