Review: Passenger!

But should you leave on your own, know that I will go to the ends of the earth to bring you back

  • Nicholas Carter (Passenger)

I always dreamt that someday I  will travel to a distant place to witness the sands of dessert, to touch the snow and ice spread over the mountain peaks, to taste the salty sea as the waves crashes over the jagged stones, to gaze at the full moon at a Buddhist monastery and to breathe in the fresh air of an open meadow when the spring has just set in.

The ticket to this journey came from one book:

Name: Passenger  (Click on the name to buy)

Author: Alexander Bracken

Publisher: Quercus

alexandra-bracken-passenger Description of Passenger:

Etta is just a normal girl deeply involved with violin and waiting to give her debut. Her life takes a sudden turn when she overhears a conversation between her instructor Alice and her mother Rose.

Her life spins out of control when she loses her near and dear ones along with the place she grew up in and the time that she belonged to. She finds herself traveling not just to places but also to different times.

Nicholas is a guy from the eighteenth century, who belong to the powerful Ironwood family, however, isn’t legitimate to carry his father’s name. He is a mere step-brother to Julian who is destined to die on Nicholas’ watch. He is traveling in his time on a ship with a dream to own one for himself.

His duty: get his passenger to Cyrus Ironwood.

His moral: Don’t let his passenger die like Julian did.

His heart: Don’t let her go.

The second shift occurs when Etta meets Ironwood. She is thrust into the duty of finding a family heirloom that is powerful enough to change the past, present, and future, tearing away millions of lives and events that can actually save people.

However, Ironwood has a different set of plans, plans that require Etta to travel.

And where Etta goes, Nicholas goes.

From the midst of wars, jungles, revolution and desert, Etta takes on a journey that is perilous, heart racing and dangerous. What are the odds that she can save herself and her loved ones?

Come take a journey with Etta and Nicholas along the tides of time by being a passenger.

Take a look at the trailer right here:

My take on Passenger:

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I had the passenger on my read list from the time my friends suggested it. I bought it nearly a two months ago but couldn’t invest time to read it.

Then Diwali happened.

I started reading it and couldn’t keep it down. I wouldn’t say that the book was an easy sail, however, the reading experience was amazing.

The story started in a normal YA style building the character to someone I like and would love to read more about. The protagonist, Etta is a headstrong girl who doesn’t cower when faced with a challenge.

Then Nicholas, I just love the way his character is developed. His confusions and his struggle with who he is and what he wants to be is something that was well written.

The best part was the journey to various places in various time periods.

There were times when the story seemed very monotonous, maybe that was because I couldn’t connect to a lot of places and a lot of situations. The story picks up the pace at some point and then there is no stopping the journey.

The pace is fast but written in a beautiful way. Overall the book deserves a 4/5 stars for all the imagination and the amazing places that I have virtually been to now.

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Review: When Arya Fell Through The Fault

Somewhere in time

That’s the sentence etched into my mind after reading this book. There is has been multiple attempts by various authors to bring the greatest Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharat to the children of the modern days. By far this is the best one I

By far this is the best one I have read. So without further ado here comes: When Arya Fell Through Fault.

Name: When Arya Fell Through The Fault (Click on the link to buy)

Author: Reenita Malhotra Hora

Publishers: Om Books International

ISBN: 98-93-81607626

whenaryafellthroughfaut.jpg Description of When Arya Fell Through The Fault: 

This is a coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old Indian-American Arya. He loves the stories that his mother tells him, taking him into the mystic lands of Ramayana. However, being on the other end of cultural confusion and not able to fit in with people, He starts hating his origin and tries to avoid it.

Little did he know that life would eventually catch up and make him repent his mistakes, one-by-one.

When one punishment ends up taking the most precious thing in his life away from him, he is wrecked and somehow fate intervenes and takes him on an unbelievable journey.

The journey shows his life in a mirror, his achievements, and his darkest deeds. The solution is presented o him to save the one thing that matters to him the most. Will he take it? Or will he not?

whenaryafellthroughfault4-compressor.png My Take on When Arya Fell Through The Fault:

First I thought that this is a children’s book and had a small let down when I realized that the protagonist-Arya is a brat and too childish for my liking.

However, after a little thought on the book, I understood that maybe growing up away from home where you live the stories, leaves you hollow.

I was one of the most fortunate people, who grew up listening to the laurels of Lord Rama and mischiefs of Lord Krishna. Thank God for that!

Coming back to the book, the beginning chapters are written very well, more relatable to children rather than adults. Being 20 and reading a book for 12-year-old may have made me feel little awkward.

That feeling didn’t last long,

Because the author gives twists that anyone of any age can relate to and understand. The story becomes more interesting and amazing with each turn of the page.

The Best part is

The conclusion. Nothing can be as amazing as that. After reading it I was like “How can the Author make something so sad the happiest moment in the book??”

It is such a beautiful ending that I must have read it around five times just to relive the emotions I felt while reading it.

Maybe the book is for children, maybe people who have read Ramayana find it little boring, maybe the starting was very weird and you can say anything you want, but nothing, absolutely nothing can match the ending. It is the best and the perfect ending I could ever imagine. The whole book is waiting for you to reach there, to live that moment.

I read while commuting back from college and the sun was setting with golden hues painting the skies marking the end of an amazing story. I remember looking at all the other people traveling with me and wondering did they just feel the sadness? did they feel the emotions of Arya? did they go through the trauma? maybe not, maybe they never will.

However one thing is for sure,

Everyone who reads this carries with them Arya’s lesson. An adult or a child, they will remember it!

Thank you, Nishant Joshi! And thank you Reenita Ma’am for such a good read! A 3.75/5 star indeed!

The Glass Sword

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Everyone knows that Red Queen was an instant hit among the new generation. But a question burned when Glass Sword came out. Will it be as amazing as the Red Queen?

Will it make Red Queen seem like nothing?

Will it shatter the hopes?

 

 

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Name: The Glass Sword (Click on the link to be diverted to Amazon page)

Author:  Victoria Aveyard 

Publishers: HarperTeen.

Description:

After the betrayal of prince Maven in the first book and a trail which Cal and Mare overcame, the story continues with Mare being taken to the Colonel, who has taken up the control from Farley, after her disastrous incident in the first book. The whole Barrow family is reunited but Mare has another mission: to save people like her, the newbloods.

But Mare and Cal seem to have entered a new prison when they stepped into Tuck. Somehow they break free and start recruiting newbloods. But Maven is not stupid. He leaves a trail of bodies for Mare to see and feel responsible for. Every dead body is a message that signifies Mare to turn herself.

What will Mare do? Will she be able to find and save the newbloods? Will she build an army? Or will she bow to the cruel prince’s wishes?

Take a look at the trailer by Epic Reads:

My take:

glasssword The second book of the series was very similar to Hunger Games. Here the prey has turned predator and thus an impending war looms over the horizon.

Maven is the only character that still remains same. Rest all have developed so well and they have changed gradually from victims to defenders.

The major difference in the first and second book apart from the obvious is that the story overtone is pretty serious and not a lot of Silver houses are seen. The focus is on newbloods. Other than the main characters, the story is taking a slow turn towards unknown territory. Also, the military stuff seemed rather boring becauseglasssword4   I expected more of super abilities and more training sessions. But the story takes a dive directly into the war rather than how they survive their training period. That was something I thought could have made better.

Lastly, cliffhanger!!!! I hate it with all my heart!

Now the wait begins……

Until the next book releases…..

The Silver-Red blood

redqueen  What can I tell that the whole world has not yet said?

That I broke a promise for this book? Yes, that’s the only thing I guess.

My promise was that I would never ever review a book that is pretty famous and has a huge fan following of its own.

I shall break it when I talk about this book.

 

redqueen4 Name: Red Queen (Click on the name to be re-directed to Amazon page)

Author: Victoria Aveyard 

Publishers: HarperTeen

Description:

In a whole new world by Victoria Aveyard, the world is divided into Silvers, the people with silver blood and special abilities and Reds, people with red blood and worthy enough to be slaves.

Out of these Reds, emerges Mare Barrow, the girl with red blood but silver abilities, taking the world by surprise. She is then hidden from the world as Mareena Titanos, a Silver born noble and betrothed to the second prince of Calore.

But lies and deception, torture and pain divert the story in a new direction, bringing in thousands of victims  and betrayal by one who stole her heart away.

Will Mare rise as the Red Queen, fighting the world? or is she in for a bitter surprise that can end her life?

Watch the trailer by epic reads here:

My Take:

Such an amazing book! It was so good that the minute I finished this, I took up the next book: The Glass Sword. (Which I shall review next). The starting of the story made me get the “Hunger games” vibe, don’t know why considering both are pretty much different.

Also, it gave me a Pokemon vibe too, for there were so many Silvers with amazing abilities.

I shouldn’t be diverting. So the story is something so magical that you can start reading and simply dive into it. You won’t even realize that you are reading the book like tomorrow shall never come. Anything else I say will not make much difference. The book was really amazing and a must read for all YA fans out there!