Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Librarians #1 The Librarians and The Lost Lamp

Presenting The Librarians #1 The Librarians and The Lost Lamp by Greg Cox.

Here is the summary of the book:

The Librarians is one of the biggest new hits on cable. Spinning off from a popular series of TV-movies, the TNT series begins its second season this Fall. The Librarians and the Lost Lamp is the first in a series of thrilling all-new adventures that will delight fans of the TV series and movies.

For thousands of years, the Librarians have secretly protected the world The Librarians from dangerous magical relics and knowledge, including everything from Pandora’s Box to King Arthur’s sword.

Ten years ago, Flynn Carson was the only living Librarian. When the ancient criminal organization known as the Forty steals the oldest known copy of The Arabian Nights by Scheherazade, Flynn is called in to investigate. Fearing that the Forty is after Aladdin's fabled Lamp, Flynn must race to find it before the Lamp's powerful and malevolent djinn is unleashed upon the world.

Today, a new team of inexperienced Librarians, along with Eve Baird, their tough-as-nails Guardian, is investigating an uncanny mystery in Las Vegas when the quest for the Lamp begins anew . . . and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.


REVIEW ==

Magic - Loads of it...... Books - A library full..... And adventures and mysteries that are just the right amount of exciting to set your heart ablaze. The Librarians and The Lost Lamp by Greg Cox is a wonderful mix of all that is exciting and all that I mentioned above. 

Strictly this is first part of a spin-off series based on the characters and plot of the show The Librarians, which in turn is a spin-off of the original movie trilogy..... But you get my point I hope *wink**wink*.....Just about every other fairytale, lore or myth about any culture of the world gets a new meaning through these stories and they don't even bore you at all. 

For this book in question Cox maintains a great balance of the plot and between it's characters. It has Flynn's (Noah Wyle) quirk and his penchant for finding trouble and adventure. It has Eve's (Rebecca Romijn) sense of righteousness and her sense of productivity.... And Flynn's 'little-lits' Cassandra, Jacob and Ezekiel (Lindy Booth, Christian Kane and John Kim) too get their space to flourish. And who could forget Jenkins (John Larroquette). 

Add to that is the genie lamp and all the little references to the show that you can't miss out on if you are familiar with the show or if you are a fan  .........

"Magic, adventure and the Library. A heady-mix for a great book"


Genre :     Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Mythology, Tv Tie-in

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: 11th October, 2016

My Copy: bought (ebook)

Rate:             4/5 (It was Amazing)

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Friday, 17 March 2017

The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25, #0.5, #1.5

#0.25 The Moth & the Flame

It started as playful, if barbed, banter before rising to a fateful wager with a most notorious rake—the Captain of the Guard, Jalal al-Khoury—who may have finally met his match in a lovely, if haughty, handmaiden, Despina. But she, too, seems to have met her match in the handsome Jalal. What begins as a tempestuous battle of will and wit in short order becomes a passionate affair spurred on by tragedy of the worst kind.




#0.5 The Crown & the Arrow
Seventy-one days and seventy-one nights had come and gone since Khalid began killing his brides. This dawn, Khalid would mark the loss of the seventy-second girl, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. Khalid didn’t know how many more of these dawns he could take. And there was something about this latest girl that piqued his interest. Not only had she volunteered to marry him, but at their wedding ceremony, she had seemed not the least bit afraid. In fact, what he had seen in her eyes was nothing short of pure hatred. She was about to lose her life. Why wasn’t she afraid? Why did she hate him so? He had never before gone to his wife’s chambers before her death at dawn. Tonight would be different.

#1.5 The Mirror & the Maze

The city of Rey is burning. With smoke billowing, fires blazing and his people fleeing, Khalid races back to defend his city, and protect his queen. But Khalid is too late to do either. He and his men arrive to find the city in ruins, nothing but a maze of destruction, and Shahrzad is gone. But who could have wrought such devastation? Khalid fears he may already know the answer, the price of choosing love over the people of Rey all too evident.




(JOINT) REVIEW ==

While short novella don't help much but if you are waiting for the next one in a series or if the prospect is an inside look into the mind of someone other than the protagonist or it be an untold story in the same universe well then you should definitely see what they have to offer.

For me, while they offer a new look..... they just never seem to satisfy me at all.

In that context the three Wrath and the Dawn novella - The Moth and the Flame, The Crown and the Arrow and The Mirror and the Maze .... Are a persona onto their own. Each provide a new story set in and around Khalid & Shazi's time.

While they don't seem to do much other than make me salivate for more than the few pages that they offer but..... I wouldn't have it any other way.


Genre :     Young Adult, Fairytale re-telling, Romance, Historical Fiction

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Books for Young Readers

My Copy: ebook

Rate:             5/5 (It was Amazing)

Other Books by the Author(review links):
         #1 The Wrath & the Dawn
         #2 The Rose & the Dagger

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Thousandth Floor #1 The Thousandth Floor

Presenting The Thousandth Floor #1 The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee.

Here is the summary of the book:

NEW YORK CITY AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you're this high up, there's nowhere to go but down....



REVIEW ==

"Gossip Girl, circa 2118". There.... I said it. That just about sums it up perfectly because it's nothing but mindless teen angst happening in a futuristic Manhattan. While it is just as exciting to read some of the awesome technology the author made up for her plot it was just as much of a downer reading about the same old teen drama. 

For one there are more than two characters that form this story. Avery, Leda, Rylin, Watt and Eris maybe the core characters and through them the stories are told but there are a lot of secondary characters that further this story. And pretty much everyone has a drama unfold around them in their lives living in the tower. 

Everyone of them have a secret to hide. And everyone is a part of some drama as the story moves further. While teen angst is not something I like to read always but McGee weaves her plot in such a way that while I  may not be feeling sympathetic to the plight of any of the characters I would not be averse to reading the sequel because much happens towards the end that just leaves you ..... almost ..... tiny bit eager to read more. 

"Teen drama and.... Teen angst meets Gossip Girl"


Genre :     Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia, Romance

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: 30th August, 2016

My Copy: publisher & edelweiss

Rate:             3/5 (Liked it)

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