Friday, 27 September 2013


So I went over to my parents the other day to pick up my mail, because despite not living at home for the past couple months, I still get my mail delivered to my parents. Talk about independent :P

Anyway after sifting through all the boring stuff ie, car registration, election stuff, bank statements, I happened on what I have been waiting in suspense to arrive and to my delight there was a book shaped package waiting for me!! Que Happy Dance*

It was the ARC copy of Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles that I won in a giveaway from The Readers Den. I am honestly so excited about reading this book, I cannot wait!! So I want to give a Big Thank-you to the lovely Rachel who is one of the bloggers at the gorgeous Readers Den blog. She even tucked a cute card into the book, which made my day :) 

So guys share the blog love and head over to The Readers Den.  It is a beautiful blog with some amazing giveaways and Reviews :)

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Mini Review - Deathnote Vol.1 (Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata)

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects - and he's bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?

Vol. 1 Boredom
Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note's powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light's father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father's files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn't know?

My Review

I’ve always thought Manga and Anime were merely for a younger age group, so I never really ventured into its realms. I had frequently heard about various Anime, and was intrigued by their premise, only to think that I was too old for cartoons.  (Despite being a HUGE Hayao Miyazaki fan). Recently though I’ve been having the urge to read something light (don't mind the pun) in between books, something in the shape of say...a graphic novel.  
So on my next adventure to the library, I found the first volume of the Deathnote series. Now I’ve heard many great things about this series, but I honestly was not prepared for its awesomeness.

The story, simply put is about a high-school boy Light, finding a Deathnote, which basically kills anyone whose name is written down in it.  Pretty interesting huh? But wait there’s more, Light decides he wants to be a vigilante and take out all the criminals, eliminating evil from the world by using the Deathnote. But the government has noticed the sudden influx of deaths and have sent the infamous detective L to solve the case.  

To start off the whole idea of the Deathnote and what it can do is pure genius, but what’s more impressive is how everything unfolds, including how Light or main ‘hero’ uses the book to his advantage. Even the way Light went about hiding the book in his draw was masterful and well thought out. It literally blew my mind...seriously I was cleaning brain off the walls for days.  I really enjoy the depth of the main character. Something I was surprised at getting in a graphic novel. Lights character in my opinion brings up a lot of ethical issues. Is it right to kill someone, if they are evil? And if so, are you not evil yourself by taking the life of someone else? 

Overall I really enjoyed Deathnote, and was surprised at the ethical dilemmas brought up by such a highly entertaining plot. I have also learnt my lesson, to never think that graphic novels are merely for children again.

Ps. Deathnote is also a kickass Anime show :)

Things I loved about the book:

  • The story is so unique, and the plot is fast paced, with a lot of unforeseen moments.
  • The ethical dilemmas around good and evil, justice and retribution.

Things I didn't enjoy so much about the book:

  • Too short :( but then again it is a graphic novel.

My rating: 4/5

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (8)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Broke And The Bookish.

Top Five Books on My Fall 2013 TBR List 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- I’ve been hearing great things about Rainbow Rowell, and I although I haven’t read anything by her yet, I am so excited to read this book.

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis- The premise of this book just sounds so intriguing and different from anything I’ve read. Again, I’ve been hearing amazing things about this one.

 This song will save your life by Leila Sales- There’s always room for a good old contemporary on my list, and this one is one I’ve been waiting on for a while. I love books about music, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one. 

 Allegiant by Veronica Roth- Come on, this HAS to be on my list!! I haven’t read Insurgent yet, but I’ve been waiting for this to be released so I can read them together. There's nothing worse than having to wait in anticipation for the last book to be released. 

 Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein- I’ve been waiting almost a year for this to come out. I'm so excited, I just hope it lives up to my expectations.

What books are on your Fall 2013 TBR? Leave your links below :)

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