Month: November 2015

Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked up this book because someone said it is so much similar to Gone Girl. Nah! The girl on the train is not at all similar to Gone Girl. May be just a girl-centric theme might have made people compare these two.
Spoilers ahead
Though not a perfect 5 like Gone girl, The Girl on the Train holds its own merits. Starting with a slow pace and hazy descriptions, it eventually turns into a page turner. Its plot is new and fresh and the main character is kind of unique and does attract the readers sympathy initially before it starts going overboard. In the end Its narration picks up rhythm and turns up as a gripping read.
But author makes the whole murder thing way tooΒ simple. Our depressed and alcoholic Detective-in-the-making Rachel solving it alone without anyone’s help is kind of unbelievable (A feminist voice in my brain whispers ever so slowly, “when so many drunken men saved the world from hidden-secrets, asteroids, terrorists, aliens etc in numerous fiction novels, you did not complain! Now suck it up. Rachel rocks”). Detectives are not so frivolous as pictured in the story (I hope).
I would go with a 3 for this one.

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Review: The Twelve

The Twelve
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one has a little more complex narration style and timelines compared to The Passage.
Spoilers ahead…
For me some of the scenes felt quite redundant. Though it filled many blank pages of the mystery, its not as impressive as the first one. Sometimes, the story looked stretched and hurried together for a closure of threads in the end. Bringing back the dead ones to the plot is good and it generally ups the entertainment factor. But every time you do it, it lacks the punch.
I did not like the entire thread about Homeland and Saarah’s adventures over there. It was a drag for me. The whole atrocities happening over there and the aggression of Alicia’s tortures could have been avoided. Personally it was misplaced compared to The Passage and its subtle take on horror and violence. It just does not fit the mood, may be it does not match the theme of the first book. I gladly skimmed many of those pages.

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Review: The Passage

The Passage
The Passage by Justin Cronin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zoombies are a complete no-no for me on TV. They look really disgusting with all the special effects. But in books, I love them, May be I tend to imagine them with not-so-bad looks and piercing eyes(Blame the twilight series). The passage confirms my imagination of their eyes, they do have penetrating eyes with the ever eternal question “what am i”.
Its a gripping novel with a different play of timelines. Its not a linear narration. Forms of narration wary and it’s kinds of ups the suspense factor. you miss a date and you are off the route for a while. Main protagonist Amy and her Peter pair is lovable. There is an array of cliched characters as well, just like any other world-saving teams and all of them are likable. Its been a while since I read a gripping series like this so would go with a four.
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Review: The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No one can hate this book. Yeah! its kind of a cancer perk. Its the kind of book, which mercilessly stirs you up and reminds you about the ‘you’ in you. A dull ache in your heart stays there for few days. Pain must be felt and the same echoes in readers too. As the favorite character of Grace falls down on grass, the world gives her a different view giving all its essence. this part summarized the book for me. Its simple to read but there are many memorable quotes to underline till the end. Perfect five from me, its a book which touches your heart!

P.S I wouldn’t recommend this book for a winter reading. Too sad for winters. It will take few days to shake away all those little flakes of sadness of grace. So better save it for sunny days in summer πŸ™‚

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Review: Twenties Girl

Twenties Girl
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sophie Kinsella, the name was the only reason I picked up the book. I liked shopoholic series and chic-lit is the best way to beat the winter blues. But, after reading the the summary of the loony plot, I had little expectation from the book and initial chapters just confirmed my gut feeling. Till midway it is just the usual chic-saga of how you screw up everything to stage a miraculous spring back to life like a phoenix. But whoa, there you go..! You are in for a nice and captivating story.
With a pleasant twist and the entertaining end, Twenties girl gets a 3.5 from me. May be, may be….I liked it more than shopaholic series!

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Review: The Reef

The Reef
The Reef by Nora Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

spoilers -> The thing about happy endings is that it will keep you grinning for next few days and no one can exactly describe the kick of it. A feel good book with lots of mush sprinkled here and there. A good and quick read. Though it has a bunch of cliched characters and scenes, the surroundings of sea diving and an ancient curse make it worth the read.Loved the book and would go for a 3.5 for this one.

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Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow…Never thought History would be so interesting. It didn’t feel like a non-fic at all. The ‘story of us’ is even stranger than fiction. How little we know about cosmos and the miracle called life! If I have read this a couple of years ago during my high school, may be the world would have got another passionate taxonomist. Author combines many interesting and quirky facts from different streams of science,dipped in humor to give you the perfect book to know about the history of anything.
A distinguishing trait of the book is that it poses more questions in front of you than answers. Enjoyed reading the book, though towards the end it was a little dragging. May be the fatigue of assimilating so many facts caught up with me!

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