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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Guest Review+ GIVEAWAY: The Girl In The Spider's Web

This book is for ADULTS. Which is why this post will be published at my website Writer and Tales as well.Don't forget to check out my website!

I'm participating in the Hachette India blog tour for the Millennium series newest installment.

The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium Trilogy #4)

The girl with the dragon tattoo is back: Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in a continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.

Written by Swedish novelist and journalist David Lagercrantz, this much anticipated continuation to one of the best-loved crime series of the last decade will be published in Sweden as Det som inte dödar oss (What Doesn't Kill You).

Shayantani's Thoughts:

Lisbeth Salander is back, and with a new creator!
Steig Larsson’s death had many fans including me grieving the great loss it was. Not only was he a fabulous writer, with his sharp journalistic authoritative tone of writing and his crisp plot, but there was also the added loss of not encountering Lisbeth again. Salander is probably one of the most iconic literary heroines of our time. Her sharp tongue, photographic memory, hacking skills, piercings and tattoos along with her uncompromisingly vengeful nature is very much a part of the public imagination. Probably this is why she rises from the grave, much like she did towards the end of “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and this time with a new creator,crime journalistDavid Lagercrantz.

It was with great anticipation mingled with trepidation that I looked forward to the publication of this book. Any book which is a part of a series already leads to comparison with former novels. Lagercrantz’s job is made doubly hard as he carries forward the legacy of Larsson and has to recreate a character like Lisbeth, but he rises to the challenge. Multiple narratives intertwine to tell a complicated plot which manages to successfully bring together all the complex elements it introduces while delving into character development as well. Hacking the NSA, the Russian mafia, the possibility of artificial intelligence capable of replacing humans are just some of the elements it incorporates.

The novel introduces two prominent new characters - Franz Balder, a genius scientist working with complicated Artificial Intelligence technology and his son August, an autistic child who possesses savant skills. There is also Gabriela Grane, genius analyst, member of the Sapo, working in an overwhelmingly male dominated work environment and Ed Needham, the irate NSA official who has a beef with Lisbeth.

Among the old characters we meet Bloomkvist and it is interesting to watch him compete and struggle to maintain his superstar status in the twitter age. His “mary sue” like traits which I previously had a problem with in the earlier novels are significantly toned down. Girls no longer throw themselves at him which is a welcome relief. We also get renew our acquaintance with Erica Berger, inspector Bublanski (bubble as Lisbeth calls him) and the by now familiar landscape of Sweden.

For me the most interesting element in the story was the interactions between Lisbeth and August. Lisbeth’s character is most endearing when she is in her uncompromising fight against personal wrongs mode. But in August, there is a protective touch as well as a self-identification with this genius autistic boy who has been through childhood trauma. Perhaps it is the closest Lisbeth ever comes to finding somebody like herself. More aspects of her history are also revealed which add to her character depth. She is undoubtedly one of the most badass women in literature and continues to kick misogynist butts.

Lagercrantz’s work lacks some of the gritty complexities of Larsson but he does a brilliant job at taking the story forward. It also leaves certain issues unresolved which makes me hopeful for a sequel. With the cult status that Lisbeth has attained, I hope she is around for a long time and outlasts the author again.

Thanks so much Shayantani for taking the time to review this book for me. Shayantani's reviews are brilliant.Which is why it's awesome that she agreed to do a guest review.

You can check out her Goodreads profile here.


 The giveaway guidelines are a part of the Rafflecopter widget .Giveaway is INDIA only and the fact that there are 7 winners of the giveaway and each will win a copy of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo , The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest , The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl in the Spider's Web and one book from the titles listed below:
1.       Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2.       Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
3.       Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
4.       Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
5.       The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy
6.       An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy
7.       Rescue by Nicolas Sparks
8.       Under the Dome by Stephen King
9.       Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
10.   The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
11.   The Elephant Catchers: Key Lessons for Breakthrough Growth by Subroto Bagchi
12.   In Spite of the Gods by Edward Luce
13.   Living History by Hillary Clinton
14.   To The Moon and Back by Jill Mansell
15.   Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
16.   Theodore Boone,Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
17.   One Day by David Nicholls
18.   The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
19.   Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer and Yvonne Gilbert
20.   The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R.Carey
A total of five books for each winner.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Some Updates

Hello, my lovely readers!

I know I've been extremely inactive as of late but that is going to change. The reason behind my recent inactivity on my blog is I have barely read any books that can be classified as young adult for a long time. Also I've been seeing more movies and TV series than reading books because of my hectic course schedule.

I've realized that I want to talk about numerous topics and my blog name restricts me. I never really liked my blog name too much. It was a big name and at that time I just picked something at random. So without further ado let me introduce my new website....

The URL for this website is :


I will review adult novels, anime, tv series or any other thing that catches my fancy on this website.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN I WILL SHUT DOWN THIS BLOG.This blog is here and it's here to stay. The focus of my website will just be more diverse than this blog. I would love it if you'd check out my website and follow it.

I'm completely new to WordPress and self hosting and learning my way as I go so I might have features on that if anybody is interested,soon.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Airtel 4G Question: What will you do with Unbelievable Speed?

So Airtel asked a very interesting question as a campaign for their 4G launch in India:

What will you do with these unbelievable speeds under your hood?

Generally I do not participate in such campaigns but this is a question that I actually feel like writing about.In this day and age internet connectivity is taken as a given. I for one feel lost and completely disconnected when I am not connected to the internet. Unfortunately we cannot have access to high speed Wi-Fi everytime. We have to make do with the data services that our mobiles offer. I for one, use 2G very frequently. My family uses 3G because they need a faster internet connection due to work. One of my friends doesn't have Wi-Fi connectivity at home so she relies only on 3G. She barely watches videos as it is common knowledge that videos take a long time to load especially if you're using data. Now, Airtel is promising India's fastest 4G connection.If what their ads say is true, you can download a movie via this connection in 3 minutes. I am cautiously optimistic. If this is true my WiFi deprived friend will be ecstatic.

Airtel promises speeds that almost seem to rival WiFi connections.If this is true my WiFi deprived friend will probably be one of the first people on the #GetAirtel4G bandwagon.(Apparently as they're just launching the product they're basically willing to hand it over to you for free and even deliver it to your house). 

As a person who does not own a portable laptop or iPad, unbelievable internet speeds on my phone would be the dream!What would I do with unbelievable Internet speeds at ALL times under my hood?I'd probably squeal for joy and be like a hyperactive kid on sugar for the first two/three weeks.I'd download movies,songs and stalk people on Facebook shamelessly and after the novelty wore off,I would use this same unbelievable speed to download an unbelievable amount of books. Bibliophiles are after all simple creatures. We crave the simple pleasures of life.

Apart from books, I'd use the unbelievable speed to stream and not download videos. There will finally be enough space on my phone for important things like BOOKS. My anime and TV serial obsession would be appeased and inflamed through unlimited internet access at a high speed. I might actually start sending videos on Whattapp. Hell,I'd have a fast connection so anything is possible! 

Maybe if I had unlimited high speed internet at all times, I'd finally master the art of mobile internet and update this blog via my phone more regularly. Using the Goodreads app with mobile data is already a chore but if I had an unlimited speed connection, Ah Goodreads you'd see so much more of me.

Basically, I'd become a useless member of society and my readers would love me a lot more if I had unlimited internet access. (Just Kidding!) But at-least, I'd have unlimited access to books with a snap of my fingers.

For more details on Airtel 4G go here:

Disclaimer: I am posting this as a part of the campaign.I am not an Airtel subscriber. I have not tried Airtel 4G. 

Airtel 4G campaign prompt: If you crave speed, Airtel 4G is for you. Gone will be the days of overnight movie downloads & low res video streams. What will you do with these unbelievable speeds under your hood?

What would you do with unbelievable internet speeds?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

This book is not classified as YA. It is an adult novel.

Sharp Objects
WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg 
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle 
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

In short: Interesting read. A bit more predictable than Gone Girl for me. I would be in shock otherwise. An interesting thriller that keeps you interested till the end.Not as good as Gone Girl.

My Thoughts :
Gillian Flynn writes real characters. These characters are unlikeable and flawed. These characters make your skin crawl and you never love any of them. You might have a favourite depending on your taste.
Sharp Objects is disturbing not because it is a bad book but because it's characters are just so real and need therapy. I read this book after Gone Girl so I will be comparing it to that book. You have been suitably warned.

So far I have come to realize that I enjoy Gillian's books because of their plot. The more unpredictable the plot is the better. I never especially like any of her characters but that is after all not her aim.

Sharp Objects starts off well. The murder mystery pulls you in.If you love your family,the characters of this book will make you want to hug your loved ones in gratitude.The book explores family life. Especially the relationship between a mother and her daughters.It also explores the various other familial relationships and shows the dark side of domestic life (like Gone Girl but different as it explores domestic familial and not married life)

The climax of the murder mystery and the big reveal was disappointing. There was no major twist(in my opinion). I managed to predict almost everything but that might be because I was very good at picking up all of the various clues put forward by the author.

I just didn't enjoy this book as much as Gone Girl. The only character we get a real insight into is the protagonist.The pacing was not that good but the author manages to keep you hooked till the end.

Overall, Try reading Gone Girl first. If you really like twisted realistic stories try this one.It's got interesting flawed characters and a decent mystery.

My Rating: 
Toss up between 2.5 and 3 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Trivia+Giveaway: Atlantis in Peril

Atlantis Trivia
  1. According to predictions, there will be a room unearthed (if it has not been already) that will hold the record of Atlantis’ existence called the Hall of Records. Where is it supposed to be?

The right paw of the sphinx of Egypt

Edgar Cayce, a historian studied the tale of the lost city of Atlantis in detail for a long time. He wrote a book compiling all his findings. In that book, he mentions rising of the lost city once again like ‘the sun rises from the sea’. Also, according to his book, the entry to hall of records of the Atlantis city can be found under the right paw of the sphinx of Egypt which was later placed there only to protect the city from unmanned entry. His book says the entry will be possible only when the required time has been fulfilled. (Provided by

2.    According to popular legend, what is the most likely cause of the destruction of Atlantis?

Many theories have been put forward to explain how Atlantis was destroyed. These range from volcanic eruptions or tsunamis, to a meteor strike and even nuclear war. But the most common theory is that Atlantis was destroyed by a devastating earthquake.  (

  1. Who told the original myth of Atlantis?
Greek Philosopher Plato told the story of Atlantis in two stories Timaeus and Critias which were written about 355 B.C. (

4.      Of the many different kinds of people who legends say inhabited Atlantis, which people came from the greatest distance?

The original inhabitants of the lost city of Atlantis are believed to be of extraterrestrial origin. They are believed to have been much taller and fair skinned than today’s average human being. (

  1. Who is said to have built Atlantis?
Poseidon, god of the sea, is said to have originally built the city. He then had 5 pairs of twins who reigned in Atlantis. (

Win a copy of both Atlantis Rising and Atlantis in Peril. 
US and Canada ONLY

About Book #1

In a magical land called Ellegandia, a young boy named Promi scrapes by, stealing pies, cakes and sweets to survive. But little does he know that his country is a pawn in an ages-old war between good and evil, battled both in the spirit realm and in the human world. Harboring secrets of his own, Promi teams up with a courageous girl named Atlanta and the two vow to save their land—and each other—no matter the cost. But their vow has greater repercussions than they ever could imagine—in fact, it may just bring about the creation of Atlantis, an island cut off from the rest of the world, where magic reigns supreme.

About Book #2

A Dream of Destiny, Greeks Bearing Gifts,
 and Narkazan’s Revenge

Chapter Excerpt from the Second Book in the Atlantis Saga by T.A. Barron
Available Online Now

Ambition, greed, revenge, sacrifice and love—all figure in T.A. Barron’s ATLANTIS IN PERIL ($17.99, May), the sequel to Atlantis Rising and second book in the Atlantis trilogy. With his trademark action, adventure and suspense, T.A. Barron explores the world of Atlantis and how its residents’ actions sow the seeds of its destruction. A chapter excerpt of the upcoming book is available online:

When Promi and Atlanta transformed their native land into the magical island of Atlantis, little did they know an advanced civilization would arise only a few years later threatening their homeland once again. As Promi struggles with his feelings for Atlanta, Narkazan discovers the weakness between the spirit realm and the mortal world and plots his revenge. Will the desire for power win over the power of love to conquer and save all? Readers will toggle between the spirit and mortal world as Promi races to save residents and loved ones in both realms.

Booklist summarizes ATLANTIS IN PERIL well stating: “Story lines related to love and family relationships, environmental responsibility and destruction, and good overcoming evil are all in play as readers reach a sinister cliff-hanger of an ending.”

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mockingjay Part 2 : Battle Ready Posters!

Lionsgate has released posters for Mockingjay Part 2 and so far they've all been pretty amazing!

I love Prim's eyes in this. They scream of innocence.

Sam Claflin appreciation.

They've released posters of many other characters, all of which I've posted on my Facebook page. Go check them all out!

Mockingjay Part 2 tentative release date is Nov 20.

Don't forget to comment on which is your favourite poster.

Thoughts on the posters are welcome!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: Cruel Beauty

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Source: Edelweiss ( Thanks HarperCollins!)

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy fairy tale retellings.I am sure I have mentioned this various times. Fairy tales just fascinate me and they can be told in so many ways.They can be lighthearted or dark,hopeful or full of despair,set in the past or even in a dystopian world. There is so much to work with.

Cruel Beauty is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast is a story I'm fond of especially because of Belle and the fact that the Beast can easily be portrayed as someone who has social anxiety because of physical deformities. Cruel Beauty in my opinion is an original spin on the classic Disney movie that I liked but without it's charm.This is mostly due to the fact that Cruel Beauty is much darker spin on the tale.

Nyx unlike Belle has been prepared since birth to kill the monster. She has a lot of rage.She has had years to nurse her rage.Of course, she's not all rainbows and unicorns like Belle.She's all dark and twisted. I didn't like her as much as a character but she certainly had much more depth than the happy go lucky Belle. Her attraction for the monstrous beast also makes more sense as she is also a monster inside.

The story manages to engage but does drag towards the end. There is also an implied sexual scene which I wasn't exactly sure fit in with the story. I think it just drove home the fact that the story is much more mature and darker than the classic one we,as readers have seen and heard.

Overall, I didn't like this story as much as I enjoyed the Cinder series(another retelling) but it's an interesting spin on the tale of Beauty and the Beast.  

My Rating:



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