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No Plain Rebel- M.C. Frank: Review //Goes straight to my Top 5 reads of 2016


No Plain Rebel (No Ordinary Star #2)

M.C. Frank

Summary:

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. 

A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. 

A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. 

The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty. 

The year is 2525. 


Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. 

Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. 

Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel. 

In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth. 

Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow-soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate. The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head. 

Because she’s no longer there. 

The Stadium is looming in the distance. 

It’s ten heartbeats to midnight.


Review:
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

This book is magic.

“I hate you back, he tries to say, only his lungs can’t draw in enough air.” 

Things I liked about this book:

Everything. I repeat, EVERYTHING.

Writing reviews is sometimes really frustrating. I just can’t explain how sincere I am about my feelings for this book. It’s so easy not to trust a review. And so difficult to make people believe I mean every word from the bottom of my heart.

M.C. Frank is amazingly talented. I have read her book Ruined before this (https://thelonelybooklover.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/ruined-by-m-c-frank-review-spoiler-free/), it’s a historical romance which I LOVED. I can’t believe the same person can write a dystopian fiction with such ease and make it COMPLETELY different and unique. As I mentioned in my review of book 1 of this series (https://thelonelybooklover.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/no-ordinary-star-part-1-m-c-frank-book-review-this-will-be-short-because-i-need-to-read-the-next-part-now/), I am in awe.

When M.C. Frank describes the freezing cold breeze of the North Pole, you literally shiver. No joke. When she writes of Astra describing Felix holding her, I kid you not, it felt like someone lit a warm cosy fire near my soul.

I stayed up till 2.00 a.m. last night, reading No Plain Rebel and came to the conclusion that it is one of my favorite dystopian novels. I have read many books of this genre, in fact I started finding them quite boring and similar. But ohmygod this series is so good I can literally cry.

I am so emotionally vested in Astra and Felix’s lives, that my heart is in the author’s hands now. I don’t have any idea what can happen in the third book of the series but I am waiting with bated breath to find out.

Things I didn’t like about the book: 

This probably makes me a bad reviewer, but I couldn’t find a single flaw in this book.If you don’t believe me, read the book and show me ONE flaw.

Also:

This is not a sad book per se. And I don’t usually cry after reading books (I did not cry after TFIOS or Nicholas Sparks books). Then why did I tear up while reading No Plain Rebel?

I guess you never know WHAT could be a trigger for someone. You could find something cute, while I could cry buckets over the same story.

Also (this is the last one):

Please read this book. I am not asking as a reviewer. I am asking as a fellow book lover. If you want to read a solid good book which teaches you things and yet want to enjoy it, read this book.

Amazon purchase links: 

No Ordinary Star (Part 1):  https://www.amazon.com/No-Ordinary-Star-M-C-Frank/dp/1518681093

No Plain Rebel (Part 2): https://www.amazon.com/No-Plain-Rebel-Ordinary-Star/dp/1519171994

~Sripurna ❤

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Kulti- Mariana Zapata- Review

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“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.

It didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive, shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.

Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know.

Or the murderous urges he brought out in her.

4 stars

This book has been a fresh experience for me.

1. I know nothing about soccer.

2. I am terrible, terrible at sports.

3. I generally skip sports related books.

I don’t know why I picked up Kulti. It is so different from my usual genre. But it had an alpha male hero, and the blurb appealed to me. The moment I started reading the book, I was hooked. No there wasn’t much action actually to be fair. But something about the slow but steady pace of the book was really soothing.

Reiner Kulti: oh my god I loved him. Few words. Much passion. He was just so.. Kulti. *_*

Salomé Casillas: One of my favorite femae leads. She is so freaking kickass. I never thought I’d like a character who was a sportswoman (because, you see, I am terrible at sports and feel jealous of any girl who is “sporty”), but Sal was totally amazing. No drama, so much passion in her as well, and the way she handled Kulti *hats off*

Writing style: I loved the writing style. Its different. The author cuts scenes at important points, but if she didnt cut it there it would just be another cliched book. And Sal’s narrative is super-cool, even with the slow pace, she manages to keep your attention on the pages.

Storyline: This was the only drawback of the book- its a bit unrealistic. Sal was Kulti’s no.1 fan, do you really get to meet and also end up having a love story with your favorite celebrity? I mean, I get that she was a soccer player too, and their fields collided, but still, c’mon..(I am also a bit jealous here, like, how does Sal get Kulti, and I dont even get to meet Christiano Ronaldo? *rolls eyes at self*)

Buuut everything else made up for this little problem, and truth be told, its not THAT unrealistic as well. In fact, the pace and other incidents in the story are REALLY realistic. Overall, its a book I wont be forgetting very soon.

Have you read it? Do you want to? What’s your opinion about sports related books? Comment below.

In the meantime, happy reading guys! 🙂

– Sripurna ❤

PS: Now I am going to go back to dreaming of Christiano Ronaldo coaching me for a football match. Ya right. XD

Exploring My Bookshelves #2 : Prettiest cover

Exploring My Bookshelves is a bookish meme hosted by Addlepates and Book Nerds

Here’s how it works:

  1. Post a picture of your bookshelf (preferably literal, but e-shelves work too). 
  2. She’ll give you something about your shelf to write about. It might be your favourite cover, your favourite author, your book you most recently bought etc
  3. Then give the blurb and the cover of the book (and what you thought of it if you’ve read it)
  4. And finally, go back to her post and send her a link! 

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So today’s topic is the prettiest book cover. Aaaaaaand, I have way too many options to choose from… 😛 So please be patient while going through this post!!

Firstly- A Song For Summer by Eva Ibbotson.

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When Ellen Carr abandons grey, dreary London to become housekeeper at an experimental school in Austria, she finds her destiny.

Swept into an idyllic world of mountains, music, eccentric teachers and wayward children, Ellen brings order and joy to all around her. But it’s the handsome, mysterious gardener, Marek, who intrigues her – Marek, who has a dangerous secret. As Hitler’s troops spread across Europe, Ellen has promises to keep, even if they mean she must sacrifice her future happiness…

There is something so serene and beautiful about the smile of this girl on the cover, I don’t know why but I find myself smiling back whenever I look at the book.

Up next is Winter Song by Jean-Claude Mourlevat

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In a gripping dystopian novel, four teenagers risk impossible odds to fight against tyranny in a world of dangerous choices — and reemerging hope.

Escape. Milena, Bartolomeo, Helen, and Milos have left their prison-like boarding schools far behind, but their futures remain in peril. Fleeing across icy mountains from a terrifying pack of dog-men sent to hunt them down, they are determined to take up the fight against the despotic government that murdered their parents years before. Only three will make it safely to the secret headquarters of the resistance movement. The fourth is captured and forced to participate in a barbaric game for the amusement of the masses — further proof of the government’s horrible brutality. Will the power of one voice be enough to rouse a people against a generation of cruelty? Translated from the French, this suspenseful story of courage, individualism, and freedom has resonated with young readers across the globe

To highlight my fascination towards this cover, I snapped a picture of the exact portion of the cover that grabbed my eyes.

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Do you see the color of her eyes? Amazing, right?? The book wasn’t that good though.. 😛

The next books are ebooks, so I didn’t have the privilege of actually holding these books to read.. But they are beautiful all the same. I’m not giving the blurb for these books as most of them are 2nd or 3rd parts of a series..

Here’s the cover to Forever Jack ( Eversea #2)- Natasha Boyd

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I love love love this cover. I just can’t explain why.

Next- This Girl (Slammed #3)- Colleen Hoover

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😛 Cute right? C’mon, its a CoHo book..

Beautiful Disaster- Jamie Mcguire (This is the last one, I swear)

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No explanations required as to why I love it…

So what’s your prettiest book cover?? 🙂

Till the next time…

Sripurna