Saturday, 21 January 2017

Devil's Due by Rachel Caine (Red Letter Days, #2) - Book Review

4/5 Stars

The psychic world will never be the same again...

But what are the consequences of defying destiny...?

Edition: Paperback
Pages: 329
Chapters: 17 (Plus a prologue and an epilogue)
Publisher: Harlequin Mira

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


Destiny + Supernatural + Action + Romance + Choice + Consequences = Devil's Due.

And if you're not sold yet, let me continue: Devil's Due is a fast, fiery paranormal thriller with a vibrant cast and streamlined writing. It's rife with thought-provoking themes, but never lets them overtake the overall fun and flirty nature that the novel embodies. 

It doesn't top its predecessor, Devil's Bargain, but it does close the duology with vigour.

You'd be remiss if you let this little series pass you by, and by remiss, I mean you'd miss out on laughs, adrenaline-fuelled fights, and earth-shattering conspiracies for world domination.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Private Delhi by James Patterson (Private, #13) - Book Review

3.5/5 Stars

Plastic barrels containing dissolved human remains have been found in the basement of a house.

But this isn't just any house, this property belongs to the state government.

With information suppressed by the authorities, delving too deep could make Santosh a target to be eliminated...

Edition: Kindle
Pages: 380 (roughly)
Chapters: 112
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


I've been anticipating another collaboration between James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi since reading their earlier team effort Private India. My wishes, as is obvious, have been answered in the form of entry number thirteen to Patterson's Private series: Private Delhi.

Equally obvious is the fact I might have over-anticipated the novel. It doesn't quite live up to my experience with Private India, but it is by no means a slouch. Private Delhi is a clever political thriller that displays cutting conspiracies and rich gluttony.

It does stumble in its first half as it falls victim to a lot of telling over showing. Characters are a mixed bag, and the pace and writing don't solidify until the latter half of the book. 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials, #2) - Book Review

4.5/5 Stars

In the mysterious Torre degli Angeli lurks Cittagazze's most important secret

- an object which people from many worlds would kill to possess...

Edition: Paperback
Pages: 341
Chapters: 15
Publisher: Scholastic

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website



Normally I try to avoid any spoilers and keep my opinion specific but general, if that makes the least bit of sense. But sometimes there comes a story that just cannot be contained or condensed; a story that has your synapses firing and blood pumping.

The Subtle Knife is one such story.

Pullman's children's/young adult/adult tale continues in the second instalment to His Dark Materials trilogy, and yes, I listed all age ranges because the story pretty much caters to all. It's a coming-of-age bonanza set in fantasy worlds with an epic plot that doesn't fail to consume. It has some serious themes and recurring messages that unflinchingly wage war on religious doctrine and fanatical theology.

In short, The Subtle Knife betters what starts in Northern Lights and provides a thought-provoking experience that's not easily shaken.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli & Isles, #2) - Book Review

4.5/5 Stars



Edition: Paperback
Pages: 411
Chapters: 26
Publisher: Bantam Books

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


Where does evil come from? Why does its stain never vanish?

What happens when one serial killer joins another?

The Apprentice doesn't exactly answer these questions with definitive answers, but it sure as hell plagues the reader's mind with dark guesses. Following on from The Surgeon, Tess further stabilises her unforgiving world and solidifies the personalities that populate it. Everything is sharper.

With cutting continuity and changes to the intricacies of the story, Gerritsen sets a horrific foundation that shapes up to be a smashing suspense thriller. The nature of evil and its effect on the good dives deep into the reader's brain, forcing uncomfortable questions to the surface, all the while these themes clash with passion vs clinical examination.

If you're looking for a thought-provoking thriller that explores the darkest parts of a human's psyche then The Apprentice (plus The Surgeon, this novel's predecessor) is a book you shouldn't pass up.

But be ready for graphic depravities that will chill you to your core...

Friday, 6 January 2017

Devil's Bargain by Rachel Caine (Red Letter Days, #1) - Book Review

4.5/5 Stars

Playing by the psychic underworld's rules has a cost...

How high a price is she willing to pay...?

Edition: Paperback
Pages: 331
Chapters: 10
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


I underestimated Devil's Bargain... I admit that freely (although, I'm fairly positive I promised myself that I'd stop premature judgements of a book).

I expected a solid, young-adult novel with supernatural stories and teenage angst.

Oh, how I was wrong...

Devil's Bargain, the first entry to Caine's Red Letter Days series (I think it's a duology, but don't quote me), is an astounding adult thriller with a sharp supernatural edge. Its plot, characters, and writing are on-point. Caine creates a dark and untrustworthy world that effortlessly tests themes like friendship, loyalty, and choice. 

And if you're a fan of conspiracies, the author bolsters them here with sassy sarcasm and red-hot romance.