Reviews written by Krutula Nair

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August 23, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Didn't live up to the expectations

First thoughts - Ghost House, despite it's name, lacks some good amount of horror. Chloe has come to her grandma's house in England for the holidays, a way to get away from the sadness in her life due to the recent death of her mother. Being psychic, she has always...

March 31, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Good world-building

Zenn Scarlett is set far far away into the future, which means – you guessed it right – dystopia! Along with colonization of humans on Mars(!) and other planets, there are all these alien people and animals going about interacting with the humans. The book set up the world quite...

March 31, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Quite enjoyable

Trolls – I have read only one series centered on trolls and that was Amanda Hocking’s Trylle trilogy. While Stolen Songbird is also based on trolls, the stories are entirely different with respect to lore. It is more fae-based (which I suspect is the true nature of the trolls) and...

March 31, 2014
Overall rating 
 
2.3
Plot 
 
2.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
2.0
Confusing and frustrating

I have to confess that I’ve never read much of Gothic horror, but I thought I would give this book a try. Maybe the title seemed attractive or the blurb – I was quite eager to read it. By the end of it, I was thinking – what in heaven’s...

March 21, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Recommended for ToG fans

Knight Assassin is set in the Mid-East, around the time of the Crusades (a guess), a time where religion was a major issue for war (it still is, but that’s a topic for another day). The protagonist, Zayn is a muslim girl living in a Syrian village that is under...

March 21, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Great teen read

Don’t Even Think About It was a nice, hilarious, cute-sy contemporary with a little paranormal twist. The gist of the story is that this whole group of kids develop telepathy because of a bad batch of flu shots. At first, things are confusing for them, and they come close to...

March 17, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Echoes of Across the Universe

Um, wow! When I started it, I thought it will be like Across the Universe – in fact, while reading it too, you feel the ghost of AtU – it has most of the tropes, like big spaceship floating to colonize a planet, closed community, strict laws, dissent among people,...

March 16, 2014
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Realistic characters

Searching for Beautiful was mainly a story about loss and trust. Brynn loses her mother, and in the aftermath has an affair that she later on finds out was a lie. But she got pregnant and no one is ready to believe that she didn’t not know who she was...

March 16, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Focused on characters

The BZRK books are like reading a video game – totally exhilarating and leaves you breatheless with nervous energy. The first one had these epic nano battles which I enjoyed so much and the entire world that Grant constructed was amazing. In BZRK Reloaded, while I was a bit disappointed...

March 07, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Good spin on the Greek myths

I was very delighted to learn of Bree Despain’s next paranormal series, and the fact that it is based on Greek mythology just amped my excitement even more. Based on the Hades-Persephone myth, the story is of Haden, an Underrealm Prince and Daphne, a talented girl with the voice of...

March 03, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Brilliant standalone

Okay, that was unexpected. In fact, I would warn everyone to leave your instincts when you pick up the book because Panic is a wild ride of excitement, dread and (excuse the pun) panic. It was beyond what I imagined it to be and just wow! The game is simple...

February 26, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Fast paced and way better than the first

Let the Storms Break continues the story a few weeks after the ending of Let the Sky Fall. Audra is taking a much-needed vacation after 10 years, while Vane is finally stepping up to his throne and training himself to be the hope of his people. They both have their...

February 25, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Great on the paranormal, not so much on romance

I was interested in Let the Sky Fall because it brought something new to the table – elementals are not really that common in paranormal YA and this was the first book on sylphs I heard about. The part of the book that really pulled me in was the sylphs....

February 24, 2014
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Intensely immersive

When I saw The White Space up for review, I hit request as a reflex - I just HAD TO READ Bick's next book. On a very general note with respect to her writing, I would say that it is real as heck. There will be horror, there will be...

February 22, 2014
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
Burns Bright!

Dark Star had started on such a bright note – there was a whole new spin on the superhero thing, entire different kinds of paranormal creatures, good history to support the canon – and it was made more enjoyable by Audrey’s POV. Burn Bright continues in the same vein –...

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