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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by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.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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ARC Review: Thief Of Hearts (Hearts #5) by L.H.Cosway

Summary

Seduce the teacher.

Meet the cousin.

Make a deal.

Steal the painting.


Andrea Anderson has no clue of the thoughts churning around in the dark and dangerous ex-con’s head as he enters her classroom. In fact, she’s momentarily lost for words. Not in her entire teaching career has she had a student who looked quite like Stu Cross.

A widow at just twenty-eight, love is something Andie hasn’t considered a part of her life for a very long time. However, when lingering touches turn to whispered words and hot, searching stares, she begins to wonder if maybe she should take a leap of faith.

But Stu is in her class for a reason, and it has nothing to do with love. He’s there to burrow his way into her life and repay a debt, otherwise his family will suffer. Andie is the first person to show him true kindness since he left prison, and though he doesn’t want to mislead her, he doesn’t have another choice.

Before long, Stu can’t tell whether or not he’s acting anymore, and his feelings for Andie could throw all of his carefully crafted plans into complete and utter disarray.

REVIEW:


Rating
: 3.5 stars


Thank you Wordsmith Publicity for providing me with the ARC for the review tour.

Things I liked about the book:

• Stu. As usual L.H.Cosway created yet another drool-worthy amaaaazing hero I love 💕

 • Trevor Cross. I want book 6, just to know his story!!!! 

• Heists are always golden.

• I loved the character development for both the protagonists.

• Complicated family matters handled oh-so-well.

• Cosway NEVER writes a cliche story 

Things I didn’t like about the book:

It fell short of the other books in the series. It’s more casual, and less feels.I know this isn’t reason enough, but yeah, I just wanted more from Thief Of Hearts.

Overall

This is still one of favorite series’ so GO AHEAD AND READ IT ALREADY 💞

Read my reviews of the previous books in this series: 

https://thelonelybooklover.wordpress.com/2016/04/12/hearts-series-by-l-h-cosway/

Purchase the book on Amazon: 

https://www.amazon.com/Thief-Hearts-L-H-Cosway-ebook/dp/B01LZDDVFH

~ Sripurna

50 Day Challenge of Random Things- Day #6

I know I skipped Day #4 and #5, but there’s reason for that.

  1. For Day #4 the topic was:A picture of you doing something weird but funny. Well, I hardly have pictures of myself. Forget about silly pictures.

2. For Day#5 the topic was: A picture of your friends being silly. I didn’t think posting a silly picture of a friend would be very nice.

3. I’m already running late in this. 😛

So moving on to a more fun topic:

Write a paragraph to somebody – it could be anybody you want, even someone you haven’t met yet.

I thought a lot about this one and decided to write to my first official teacher, Krishna ma’am, who will always remain my favorite teacher forever. ❤

We are talking about the year 2002, and ma’am you obviously don’t even remember me now. But there are so many things that I wasn’t old enough to tell you then, and am not familiar enough to tell you now. Before nursery, I had never been to any other school, and so you were my first teacher ever. I still remember how you taught us a poem about two birds sitting on a wall, I remember how you gave me one of my first books to read (I think it was called “Mitttu: The Parrot”). I even remember that I never used to like having tiffin, and you would walk around the corridors with me till I finished my food. Your smile, your gentle scolding- its all so rare now. Every teacher I have now, well, they are amazing teachers, but they are all so…. impersonal. They come into class, teach, check our papers, give us marks, and leave. The difference between you and them reminds me of one thing only: it sucks to grow up. So 14 years since when you taught me the very basics of life, I wish you all the happiness in your life, all the happiness that you have showered on a thousands little kids like me.

I am so disorganised when I write. X( *facepalm*

What’s your favorite word ??

(First published 10 months ago)

My post about favorite songs (Share your Melody) got really interesting replies, and I’m urging more people to share their views. But today I have a new question, one that I love asking people. I don’t know if any of you have ever given this a thought, but-

All of us have this one (or a few) favorite word(s). A word that tells our story. A word that perhaps no one else will know the significance of. Whenever this word is uttered, you stop for a second and THINK. Or maybe you just like the way it sounds on your lips, or the meaning of the word, or the fact that it is rarely used. Whatever the reason is, each of us have a story behind this word.

So think about it share your favorite word…I mean, really, leaving a comment is not going to hurt you…:-P

                                                                                                                                                                 Love,

thelonelybooklover

P.S.- I have two favorite words- memory and paramour…:-)

Top 25 books I read this year (2014) – Romance genre

This has to be the most difficult list I’ve ever made. Specially because after getting a new phone this year, I’ve been reading too much. And me being the romance-obsessed person that I am, I had too limit the list to books that I’ve read only this year. 😛 If you want the review or playlist for any of these books, all you need to do is comment in the box below. 🙂

25. Remember When Trilogy– T.Torrest

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I LOVED the first book, liked the second, was disappointed with the third. But this one remains one of my favorite series’ that I read this year.

24. Flipped– Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped is the most unsatisfactory but sweet books I’ve ever read. I don’t even know whether this counts counts as a romance novel. Probably belongs to a genre called ‘first love’.

23. Seaside series- Rachel Van Dyken

     

Okay, so its melodramatic, unrealistic and cliche. Doesn’t stop me from loving it. Please, all of us need some fictional characters to drool over. Demetri, Alec, and Jamie are PERFECT.

22. Hush, hush- Becca Fitzpatrick

This one isn’t really my type of book, but one word will be enough to justify why I LOVE it- Patch. (You know him if you’ve read the books)

21. Loving Mr. Daniels– Brittany C. Cherry

Very cliche. Very sweet.

20. Dear Adam– Ava Zavora

This book is waaaaaayyy different from all the typical romance novels you read. The concept is freakin’ awesome.

19. Coming home– Priscilla Glenn

A pure romance, but not too cliche. It has a warm fuzzy feel to it, so I’d say its a ‘comfortable’ book.

18. Ugly love – Colleen Hoover

Its Colleen hoover, of course its awesome. Just read it without doubt, if you like romance and suspense.

17. Neighbour From Hell- R.L. Mathewson

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Want a good laugh? Love romance? Find fighting couples cute? This is your series. And all the books haven’t even been published yet, just the four above.

16. Just One Wish– Janette Rallison

Its adorable.. I loved its uniqueness, simplicity, and writing style. But the ending???!!

15. Archer’s voice– Mia Sheeridan

Sweet, unique, heart- touching.

14. 50 Shades Of Grey– E.L. James

Shocked? Don’t be.. If you’ve read it, you probably know why. Putting aside the erotic and insensitive parts, the last two books of this series have quite a sweet bit of romance. And of course, I imagined Ian Somerhalder as Christian Grey, so it kinda increased the love.. 😛

13. Reasons I fell for the funny fat friend– Cassie May

This is like my dream love story, I don’t know about funny, but I am kind of the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), so….

12. Hate List – Jennifer Brown

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Don’t read this if you want a romantic book. This book shows romance from a different, negative side. Dark, haunting, this book will make you THINK.

11. Saving June – Hannah Harrington

I almost disliked it in the beginning, but as I kept reading, it was impossible to put the damn book (or in my case, my phone) down. And, trust me, in the end, you are rewarded for reading the whole thing and not dying of suspense.

10. Collision Course – S.C. Stephens

Search for the blurb on Google, you’ll get a hint as to why I love this book.

9. Annie’s Song – Catherine Anderson

Its old-fashioned, its sweet, its awesome. At least read the blurb.

8. Twenty Boy Summer– Sarah Ockler

Sarah Ockler, you are bloody amazing..*wiping tears from my eyes*

7. Butterfly Weeds– Laura Miller

*contented sigh* God, I’m such a romantic fool…*tears*

6. When It Rains– Lisa De Jong

To read my review and playlist, click here.

5. Take This Regret– A.L. Jackson

Look at the name of the book, guys. It was bound to be amazingly awesome. I’m making the playlist, I’ll post it soon. 🙂

4. The Sweet Gum Tree– Katherine Allred

Some might find the writing style boring, but the story is really good.

3. Hopeless series– Colleen Hoover

 

Just go read the Prologue, you won’t be able to put it down.

2. Slammed series– Colleen Hoover

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Sometimes I hate Colleen Hoover for writing this book and creating this imagery in my head of a perfect romance.

1. Sea Of Tranquility– Katja Millay

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The last two words. You know what I mean if you’ve read it.

So there you go, the best of my entire year.

thelonelybooklover

🙂

Share your melody

All of us have this favorite, no- FAVORITE song, right?? A song that either lifts up your spirits when you’re feeling low, or puts you in a melancholic mood. A song that says exactly what you’re condition in life is. A song that simply pierces straight through your heart.

So what’s your FAVORITE song?

Can’t decide on one? Make a list. And share it through the comment box below. You can use your email id, Facebook or Google+ account to comment.

Sincerely waiting for all your songs,

thelonelybooklover.

P.S: My current FAVORITE is probably Need You now by Lady Antebellum. 🙂