Book Review: Obsidio

Title: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: Young adult sci-fi

Format: Audiobook

Published: By Listening Library on March 13th, 2018

ISBN13: 9780553499193 (Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

Obsidio

Synopsis

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

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Book Review: The House of Kanooru

Title: The House of Kanooru

Author: Kuvempu

Genre: Adult fiction

Format: Kindle e-book

Published: By Penguin India on October 14th, 2000

ISBN13: 9780140280821 (Hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

House of Kanooru

Synopsis

When Hoovayya and Ramayya return from their studies in the city to their ancestral home, much has changed, throwing the even tenor of village life out of joint. The entry of Subbamma, the young wife of much-married Chandrayya Gowda into the House of Kanooru, sets in motion an irrevocable chain of events which signify the coming of age of a resolutely traditional society. Acutely conscious of the burden of their education amidst the torpor of manorial life, the brothers are forced to witness the descent into cruelty of Chandrayya Gowda, who breaks old familial ties, and demands an impossible fealty. The epic conflicts of a decaying feudal order are seen through a multiplicity of characters, and voices that refuse to be silenced.

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Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Young adult historical mystery

Format: Audiobook

Published: By Hachette Audio on September 20th, 2016

ISBN13: 9780316273497 (US Hardcover edition)

Grade: Acceptable

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Book Review)

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

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Book Review: Ghachar Ghochar

Title: Ghachar Ghochar

Author: Vivek Shanbhag (Translated by Srinath Perur)

Genre: Adult contemporary fiction

Format: Paperback (Harper Perennial 10 edition)

Published: By Harper Perennial in 2018

ISBN13: 9789352775057

Grade: Outstanding

Ghachar Ghochar (Book Review)

Synopsis

A young man’s close-knit family is nearly destitute when his uncle founds a successful spice company, changing their fortunes overnight. As they move from a cramped, ant-infested shack to a larger house on the other side of Bangalore, and try to adjust to a new way of life, the family dynamic begins to shift. Allegiances realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background. Things become “ghachar ghochar” — a nonsense phrase uttered by one meaning something tangled beyond repair, a knot that can’t be untied.

Elegantly written and punctuated by moments of unexpected warmth and humour, Ghachar Ghochar is a quietly enthralling, deeply unsettling novel about the shifting meanings–and consequences–of financial gain in contemporary India.

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Book Review: The Smoke Thieves

Title: The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1)

Author: Sally Green

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Format: Kindle e-book

Published: By Penguin Random House on May 3rd, 2018

ISBN13: 9780141375397

Grade: Exceeds expectations

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

The Smoke Thieves (Book Review)

Synopsis

A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

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Book Review: La Belle Sauvage

Title: La Belle Sauvage

Author: Philip Pullman

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Published: By Random House Children’s Publishers UK on October 19th, 2017

ISBN13: 9780385654081

Grade: Outstanding

La Belle Sauvage (Book Review)

Synopsis

Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy…

Malcolm’s father runs an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his dæmon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue. He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust – and the spy it was intended for finds him.
When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, Malcolm sees suspicious characters everywhere; Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a dæmon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl – just a baby – named Lyra. Lyra is the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make chocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm.

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Book Review: To Kill a Kingdom

Title: To Kill a Kingdom

Author: Alexandra Christo

Genre: Young adult fantasy

Format: E-book

Published: By Hot Key Books on March 6th, 2018

ISBN13: 9781471407390 (Paperback edition)

Grade: Outstanding

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

To Kill a Kingdom (Book Review)

Synopsis

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

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