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shambhawip

Unapologetic Reader, Psychotic Writer

Possibly psychotic and unapologetically sarcastic. I read everything.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch
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Dante Valentine: The Complete Series
Lilith Saintcrow
Progress: 20 %

To Catch A Pirate

To Catch a Pirate - Jade Parker It is so refreshing to read a bad book once in a while. I've been on a streak for amazing books for quite a bit too long that this came as the perfect dose of idiocy. I did not need to think. I did not care for the characters. There was really no emotional strain on me. It did not matter who was hurt and who died and who was planning what. I just did not care. The writing was desperately trying to be good but awkward and unsuccessful. The plot was so obvious and used up you can probably guess it from the get go. The characters all had ONE personality. Combined. I read the book for humor and romance but the best the book got out me was a groan and the romance was so cheesy that it could feed an entire colony of micr for days. All in all - it was perfect for me to read right now. My emotions have been untangled. And I don't fucking care about this book any more. 1.5 Stars. Because I don't care. Now back to my good reads streak.
The Final Empire  - Brandon Sanderson If I had to describe this book in one word it would be Perfection.Because this book is perfect. So fucking perfect.Perfect blend of humor, action, romance, intrigue and drama in a single book based on the most unique and enthralling fantastical world Brandon Sanderson could create.Burning metals after ingesting them to get your powers? A rebellion to overthrow a autocratic ruler who claims to be a part of God and probably is with the most insane crew ever?And following what is to be the most loophole ridden plan based on numerous variables out of the planners' control and might just be a suicide mission?And led by Kelsier? Crazy, funny, sarcastic, cool, INSANE Kelsier. Kelsier who is probably my favorite character of all time from all of the books I've read?Wasing the talk Eastern speak?This had all of it!This book was perfect beyond words.There isn't enough praise in me.5 StarsWasing the best of read life in.
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater This book was the sequel to The Raven Boys. So of course I had to love it on principle. Steifvater just made that easier for me by penning down a story that is not only amazing but also unforgettable.I still liked The Raven Boys better – but since my ranking for THAT book is so exceptionally high it does not really reflect poorly upon The Dream Thieves. At all.This book was filled with some of the same old feels that had plagued me in The Raven Boys as well as a few newer ones. This book was a bundle of feels for me. That awful heartbreaking knowledge that Gansey is going to die in a few months.Shouting “Get away from Blue Adam! She’s Gansey’s!!” at the book.Over-analyzing every single teeny meeny minuscule instance of Gansay-Blue interactions for hints of a blossoming romance.And the creepy-crawlies. We get plenty of them too.And holy-i-almost-shat-on-my-pants-from-the-sheer-awesomeness dreams that Ronan had. And all the important and not-so-important revelations that this book had.I always almost in a perpetual state of goosebumps.The growth seen in each and every one of the characters was amazing. Their roles were deeper here, less childish and the friendship and camaraderie between them was just too precious.But not as precious as Blue and Gansey slowly falling for each other. No wham-bam-insta-love here. And the entire process was as heartbreaking as it was beautiful. And one cannot help but be reminded that Gansey is going to die each time we meet him in the book and I cannot help but curling up into a ball and crying and cursing Steifvater for creating a story that is its own brand of emotional torture. And Blue cannot kiss Gansey and Gansey cannot kiss Blue and they look at each other and I see them in my head and I start to almost cry again because Gansey is going to die and he does not know and Blue does not know how to tell him and... I am rambling. But I do know that if Gansey knew that he would kiss Blue and die anyway and that just makes me want to take away all the sadness in me. It is just so bloody sad.And I HATED Adam in this book. My mild dislike for Adam for coming between Gansey and Blue that I felt in the first book disappeared, true. But the way he always compares Gansey’s friendship with money, makes essentially EVERYTHING about money and add to that Adam’s own battered sense of self-worth and how he wants to be his own person and not accept charity and blah blah blah… but what I hated the most was that it was only with Gansey. With others he had not as many qualms accepting help. He was a shitty friend through and through and controlling Cabeswater’s ley lines didn’t make him as better as I had expected he would be. I wish he would be the one to die, not Gansey.And Noah.. poor dead Noah who watches his friends who are alive while he is not and yet tries to live with them. I wish I had a friend like him minus the dead part, of course. He was sweet, kind, playful and sad. But everything about this book is sad.And there is Gansey’s, everybody’s, quest for Glendower that is getting somewhere and nowhere at the same time. And time’s a-ticking again reminding me Gansey is gonna die…But that is not really all that The Dream Thieves is about.This is Ronan’s story. Angry, angst filled Ronan’s story. His secrets. Some magical, some not so magical. His inner conflict. His dreams slowly bleeding into reality. His family. My heart broke for Ronan so many times in this book that I gave up counting. We see behind his angry façade and meet the carefree happy Ronan Gansey once talked about. We see that his anger is not really a façade. There are so many sides to Ronan and so many things about him that we could not even guess He is gay… but I had guessed that a few chapters in and his affinity to dreams and he way he steals objects from his dreams to bring back to the reality.He is the keeper of secrets and also has many of his own.And he also speaks to trees – but we already knew that.I missed Blue’s crazy family here, though they did cheer me up whenever they made an appearance. But this book was not about Blue but about Ronan and we did get a lot of Lynch action. But no matter whose side of the story we are reading – Ganesy, Blue, Ronan or Adam – the centre of the story was always Gansey. And this makes this book even more beautiful because Gansey is one of those characters – once you wish you could just pluck out of the book and keep with you forever.Steifvater’s writing in this series is so beautiful and lyrical that it is like magic in itself. Not like Shiver. Not like The Scorpio Races which too I love to death. But there is something so soothing about the way the words flow that I sometimes just put my Kobo down and soaked in the beauty of it. Also there may be more highlighted text than non-highlighted ones in my arc.4.5 Stars…magic is real, magic is real, magic is real.
Untitled (The Raven Cycle, #3) - Maggie Stiefvater Blurb? Cover? Something? ANYTHING? :(I just need more Gansey and Blue and I don't care even if my heart is broken into a million teeny little pieces. :'(
Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater Holy Hell Cole St. Clair!! GIMMEGIMMEGIMME!!!

Monsters (Ashes Trilogy)

Monsters - Ilsa J. Bick DNF at 38%Life is too short to read bad books and everyone is annoying the fuck out of me.Here's the thing.I really enjoyed Ashes - for most part. It was a cool post-apocalyptic novel about Alex, Ellie and Tom surviving in a fried zombie infested world.Then Ilsa J Bick tried to turn it into a stupid dystopia. And with that story arc I really lost my interest. Shadows was no better. It was almost to worse with many different story arcs from different characters' point of views and none of them seeming to tie up.So I expected everything to come together cleanly in Monsters. I expected to learn more about the original EMT that fried the world along with all of the different arcs tying up together. I expected to read more about Alex and Tom and their subtle but should have been powerful relationship that I was promised since the first book. I wanted Ellie back. And I also wanted that disgustingly gory way of storytelling that actually keptme from DNFing Shadows.I only got the gore. And without a proper story to back it up it was more of the same and not enough in itself to hold my interest. And the other stories were dominating over Alex and Tom's stories and I couldn't care any less about Peter or Chris. Ashes trilogy was supposed to a particular type of book - but it tried to incorporate so many elements in it that it was neither here nor there.Monsters was the worst of the lot.So, I didn't finish it.1 StarThis ebook was provided to me by the publishers via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review

A Bite's Tale: A Furry Fable

A Bite's Tale (A Furry Fable) - Veronica Blade A short fun read. Corny to a fault. And the characters were idiots. But adorkable idiots so I could live with that. I mean really what else could a love story between werewolf Cinderella and Vampire Prince Charming be? But the best part?Fairy godmother was a vampire. A male vampire at that. And British to boot. Oh, how I loved it. Not amazing but not brain-crippling either and complete fun. 3 Stars.

Timepiece: An Hourglass Novel

Timepiece - Myra McEntire If I ever feel like getting into Kaleb's head hen maybe. I have had enough of Emerson for this lifetime.
Smacking Back - Laura Bradley Rede This story is really good. Short but packs a powerful punch. And deals with a blazing issue of bullying with an interesting sci-fi twist. But what I liked the most? How the characters - even in such a short story - were well defined and not one-dimensional at all. Only four characters and all four of them were unique and portrayed wholly. Kudos to the author to that. 4 Stars
Horrorscape (Horrorscape, #2) - Nenia Campbell Well, fuck. Intense. Creepy. And absolute mindfuckery. But then again this is a Nenia Campbell book. And sequel to Fearscape at that. What else did I expect? Or want?But I liked Fearscape better. Here's the thing.Horrorscape is a lot more creepier than Fearscape. It's scarier especially since we already know how sick of a fuck Gavin really is. We already know that GM is Gavin and we are screaming at Valerian to not fall for his tricks - again. This book was really damn good - but was missing something vital that it didn't in Fearscape (or in Terrorscape - but that's something for later).The intense chemistry that Gavin and Val have.Here was chemistry, yes. And there was intensity. And that would have been enough for any other Hunter-Prey duo. But Gavin and Val seemed to burn right out of the pages before. Now though, Gavin's interest in Val was cold and clinical and I missed the fire.Gavin was scarier here, especially because there was no pretense in his actions this time. And he was acting 100% the psychopath he was. No more charming art student routine. Valerian was meeker, more subdued but was expected of after everything she had been through. But her relationship with James I did not like or understand. Nor did I like the abruptness with which the other creepy kids - Jason, Charlie and Brent - were inside the story. Not that they didn't fit in with the plot - cuz they did. I just wanted to know how the fuck Gavin came across these twisted kids. Then again I ALWAYS wonder how the fuck Gavin comes up wih everything he does.But again not to say it didn't keep me on the edge of my sanity. Or fucked with my senses. Or made goosebumps crawl all over my skin. .4 StarsI am just too glad that I already had Terrorscape to read as soon as I finished this. Too damn GLAD.
Drink, Slay, Love - Sarah Beth Durst Cute, fluffy, laugh my ass off funny. A total mood lifter. Exactly what I needed right now. And were-unicorns? Seriously?Oh and I loved how Twilight was bashed every step of the way. If I hadn't already sworn my love of all things Sarah Beth Durst after reading Vessel I would be doing it now. This is the most unique vampire novel you'll find in this genre. Trust me. 3.5 Stars
Terrorscape (Horrorscape, #3) - Nenia Campbell Mindfuckery at its best. I have goosebumps all over my body. And a tangle of emotions in my head. I don't think I will return to sanity Ever.

The Girl with Glass Feet

Girl with Glass Feet - Ali Shaw Beautiful writing, but the plot was too slow at times. I wish the characters had more self-confidence but despite that I loved them. Ali Shaw has created a wonderful world in this book and I am looking forward to reading more of his writings.3 Stars.
Rewrite Redemption - J.H. Walker I was confused as to whether to give this book 3 stars or 4 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this but I realized I had a few issues with this book that I just couldn't get past.Mainly, the insta-love.One may argue that the love is not really insta and it takes almost 50% of the book for feelings deeper than attraction (which, I concede CAN be insta) to be mentioned. Yes - but exactly how many meaningful conversations did the two MCs have with each other before falling in love?For the guy - ZEROFor the gal - ONE.Point = madeAnd Constantine's stupidity and jumping into wrong conclusions. And being an idiot.Me whipping out Harry Potter gifs is self-explanatory to how big of an idiot.And the ending - it was such a cacophony of confusions that I had to read the entire last chapter twice to understand how every tiny side-plot came around together. I don't have anything against happy endings but too happy? LIKE IMPOSSIBLY SUDDENLY EVERYTHING IS RIGHT IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD HAPPY? Yup, those I have something against. It's called Logic.And - thazzit. Now that the rants are out let me say what I exactly liked about the book.That little key or clock-hands above each chapter number that showed whose PoV the chapter is gonna be in. Cute, really. Though it did take me a while to figure out what Con's little figure actually meant.Ipod's nickname. AJ-Lex-Ipod's super gang. They r-u-l-e-d.Lex's I-iz-God attitude. And snark. That girl was supercool. I almost had a little girl-crush on her. Almost.Con's first 'sight' of AJ. Super corny, maybe, and super cheesy too but you hafta give it to the guy for making it seem so romantic.And also - the teenagers? Yep, they actually talk like teenagers. Not conversing by using plethora of SAT worthy words in their scintillating dialogues. No whippin' out wild lingos to make them cool either. They talked like normal, REAL teenagers. Super Yay for that. But most of all I L-O-V-E-D the concept of the story.Time-travelling by mapping time matrices through trees? Super tiny alien genes working hidden within us? Super Duper secret organization twisting the past to smooth the working of the world for the future?Whoda thunk, right?I loved the way everything was chalked up to science rather than magick and even though string theory does not really work that way, it did make for a cool explanation. I felt like Ipod in Geekland. Oh, the possibilities...I liked the conversations between Con and AJ... as few and far between that they were. There was a definite chemistry there and obvious interest on both sides and how both of them missed it I HAZ no clue. Though, as I've already mentioned I would have liked this a hell lot better if the author had given a chance for the love to grow slowly with real not-best-friend-as-a-messenger interactions between the love-birds.And also there was no BEST FRIEND/PARENTS DISAPPEARING SYNDROME in this book like in so many YA books. Kudos to that. And thank God too. I would've missed Liz terribly.And the time manipulation - it rocked. Usually in some books (*ahem*[b:Old Magic|565595|Old Magic|Marianne Curley|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1300143395s/565595.jpg|552706] *ahem* [b:Hourglass|9182478|Hourglass (Hourglass, #1)|Myra McEntire|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1360175970s/9182478.jpg|8767007] *ahem*) all the consequences the change of past would have in the future are not considered. The result: HELLO LOOPHOLES. But not here. The time travel was mostly loophole free except for that exceedingly happy ending. The consequences and results of tampering with one's timeline as well as others' was shown nicely and I could almost always believe it.But I do wish the Guild would have had more to contribute in the story. A super-secret organization with alien technology that can change past events deserves a heckuva lot more featuring than as a sidenote to the plot. And a convenience for the super happy ending - which I still disapprove of.This was a nice, cool read. It was a fresh take on the Time-travelling theme and I must say aliens and trees were a nice touch. An overall good read - and if not for the minor issues I mentioned earlier would've been a great one.3.5 StarsThis ebook was provided to me for free by the author for review purposes.
Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son - Lori Duron, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka This book was beautiful. And unique.I will not lie.. It was the foreword by Neil Patrick Harris that drew my attention to the book and the blurb just reeled me in. A book about a parents' adventures in raising a son who would rather be a daughter? The social taboo of this very notion was scary and I was intrigued to what the author had to say.Duron did not disappoint. One could see her pride in her son reflected in her words, something that made me smile more than once. Her initial conflict in accepting her son's choices, along with her preconceptions about sexuality and reflections of them in her son's actions were all natural. It was everything anyone in her situation would grow through. But the way the family rose up to accept their child as he was and encouraged him to be himself while balancing the social prejudices was commendable and shows their strength as a family. And Duron has showed this wonderfully in her book.This brings another question too. Would it be a big deal if C.J. was a girl who preferred to play with boy's toys rather than the other way around? Not at all. The society is more comfortable with the idea of tomboys. It is okay with girls wearing boys' clothes and taking part in 'boy' activities. It does not automatically rush to label the girl as 'gay' and shut her out. In a boy's case though the society gets insecure about his masculinity even at the hint of something pink and we try to label him as gay, queer, trans - anything that is not 'fine'.The author shows the above struggle by showing her two sons - Chase the boy-by and CJ the not-so-boy-boy - and their growth parallely and how they interact with each other along with their differences. It was beautiful to read.This is a book everyone must read. Though the narration gets slow in the middle, the content itself never simmers down. 3.5 Stars

Undone

Undone - Cat Clarke This book cemented a fact that I already knew.Books about crazy vicious teenage girls obsessed with popularity and where everyone seems to be backstabbing anyone is NOT my cuppa tea. Books like Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girls, and of course Undone. So this may not be a bad book but is a book I hated. But by the blurb I had expected this book to be a bit different. I don't know what I was thinking.In the beginning the whole Letters from Kai with missions had a whole PS I Love You vibe going on which was another book/movie that I hated and I could not really make myself interested in all the moping Jem was doing. Then she started plotting revenge. It was all I could do to hold back my migraine from too much eyerolling.It was not that the writing was bad, it was not. But I had serious problem with the plot and the characters, especially Jem. I hated how needy she was with Kai, and though I could live with that, I couldn't live with how she made everything - including Kai's death - about herself. She was selfish and cruel and hiding behind Kai's name as an excuse and her revenge was not for Kai but for herself.And I couldn't get the character of Kai. At all. He was an idiot who tried to be cute. I could muster no sympathy whatsoever for him, and it is not because of my lack of trying. And his relationship with Jem was so out of the realms of acceptable.. I mean which gay dude continues to best and only friend with a girl even after knowing that she is in love with him? And which self-respecting girl acts all needy and clingy knowing that he knows how he feels and has zero chances of returning them? Insanity.Being inside this girl's head made me want to slit my wrists. And no, it was not because she was "suicidal". She totally was not.I am just the wrong person to read this book. And I DID NOT like it. 1 Star. That's all I can give it.