Book Review: Cell by Stephen King

wp-image--1092308164I have read just 3 books by Mr. King – Night Shift, Salem’s Lot and now Cell. So, I could be exaggerating when I say, his books do spook me a little.

The end of the world as we know it is brought along by a necessary evil – the Cell (a mobile phone as we usually call it). A group are among the survivors, who begin travelling in search of a member’s wife and son.

Another Stephen King marvel! I will try my best to keep spoilers out of this review. 😅

The book starts with a brief description of a man who is just starting to have the best day of his life, which is then (obviously) spoiled by the beginning of the end of the world as we know it.

It is divided into 4 aptly named parts and takes you through maybe 2 weeks of the lives of these characters but it feels like years pass by when they go through the struggle.

The first day that I started reading the book, I would suddenly get scared of any shadow around me. As I kept reading, every struggle for survival made me scared, like if they couldn’t save the world, I wouldn’t have a world to live in too. Nearing the end, I just couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happens at the end. So, I ended hauling the book along with me to the beach and the garage.

I do have to applaud the amazing clarity in which Mr. King painted every scene in my mind. He especially found the perfect eulogy for the Head, recited by Tom, which is a adapted version of Psalms 40:11 as Tom mentions:
Do not withhold Your mercy from us, O Lord; may Your love and truth always protect us. For troubles without numbers surround us; our sins have overtaken us, and we cannot see. Our sins are more than the hairs of our heads, and our hearts fail within us. Be pleased, O Lord, to save us; O Lord, come quickly to help us. May all who seek to take our lives as this life was taken be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire our ruin be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to us, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame. Here lies the dead, dust of the earth, and here are we the living, poor and needy; Lord, think of us. You are our help and our deliverer; O my God, do not delay.”
The eulogy is perfect for their situation at that particular moment.

The one downside was the ending. That. Is. Not. How. You. End. A. Book. I always need closure. Especially from a book that makes you catch your breath every single time the characters take a risk.


Book Review: The Girl on a Train – Paula Hawkins

The Girl On The Train (Paula Hawkins)


Rachel is an alcoholic who travels daily to and from work on trains. During her daily travels, she takes interest in the lives of the people who stay in the houses near the train tracks. 

One day she witnesses something that shakes her to her core and which could be a clue to a missing person’s investigation.


Warning – There could be spoilers ahead.

The author starts the book in the mind of the protagonist, Rachel and you can actually sympathise with her situation. The frustration of going to work in the morning and tiredness of going home after a day’s work. She finds solace in imagining the lives of the people living in their perfect homes. Perfect people in perfect semi-Victorian homes. This includes the occasional gin and tonic. 

Then slowly as we move ahead, the author reveals the events that occur on a particular Saturday, the night after Rachel gets badly drunk. So drunk that she has a blackout, no memory at all about the whole night. The night that a person goes missing. A person who she thought had the most perfect life.

We are given a look into the minds of three women – Rachel, Meghan and Anna. A mother who accidently killed her daughter, a barren woman and a new mother. A divorcee, a wife who hated being a housewife and a doting wife. Three different characters whose paths in life are drawn together by one common factor.

I read the book in almost a day; 304 pages in a day; which has got to be a new record for me. The book is a page-turner. 

The genre – Psychological Thriller – is not a new one for me; but I realise now that I needed such a book to awake the napping bookworm in me.

Rating: 4/5 – Though I loved the twists and the suspense, there were times I felt I couldn’t keep up.

3 books, 1 week

This week, I had a lot of time which was mostly because I visited my family in the U.A.E. and instead of roaming around “Dubai” like most expected, I spent my days there just lazing around and reading.

1. Mallory and the Ghost Cat (The Baby-Sitters Club Mysteries #3)

bsc-m3-coverThis is one of the books from my childhood. I loved reading the Baby-Sitters Club series, actually most series – Mallory Tower series, Sweet Valley (Oh, I loved SV!!), Famous Five, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew. I have one book of my own of each of these series.
This weekend, I read this book in less than a day. Though some problems faced by Mallory seem very kiddish now, the story in the background about her great-uncle Joe was something I wouldn’t mind reading now too.
Ann Martin didn’t really explain about the reality of the cat at the end; which kind of got me spooked for some minutes after finishing the book. 🙂

2. A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Lee Dugard

71u8yq2biw7lI got my Dad to buy this book last December during a sale at the mall; but had not got around to reading it.
The book is the memoir of Jaycee Dugard. It scared me. Thinking of how easily the perps got away with their crime. So. EASILY. Though at the end they were caught, Jaycee spent 18 EIGHTEEN! years of her life a prisoner of someone else’s crime.
Jaycee takes us through everything that went through her mind those starting weeks, then the remaining years.
Really a strong woman!

3. Kasie West – On the Fence

18298225Well yeah, I went directly for a no-thinking-required-predictable novel by Kasie West.
Charlie has too many brothers, plays too many sports and falls in love with her brother’s ( I mean brothers’s) friend, Braden.
End of story.
The only thing that makes the book 202 pages long is: Charlie gets a new job, meets new people, learns what really happens to her mom and the fact that the main pair keep meeting near the fence but don’t admit anything. eye-roll
Oh, and Braden confronts his abusive Dad.
That makes up a 202 pages long book.

My thoughts on… ACOTAR series – Sarah J. Maas

Going through all those lists of must-read books, I came across Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas a lot! so I started reading it and soon was on the second book – Crown of Midnight; but didn’t really like how the story was going.
I know, I know, I should like how other people frame stories. But, sometimes I tend to stop reading a book or even a whole series if I don’t agree or particularly like the path the life of a character takes.
Why not Chaol?! Why?! He’s so perfect! ❤


Then I thought let’s try the other series that Maas wrote. So, after reading the numerous positive reviews, I started with A Court of Thorns and Roses.
I can repeat this a hundred times – I was lost in the book. LOST!

Maas has crafted the series perfectly; you have no choice but to get totally and completely entranced in her story. I am not going to give out any spoilers in this post.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Feyre is taken to the Spring Court to serve her time, but she has no idea of the inner plot of the play that the entire Court is acting out.

A Court of Mist and Fury – Feyre is seriously distressed after the ending events of the previous book, has to learn to live in her new world and make life changing decisions.

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Feyre must work to save her family and the people of Prythian from the Hybern forces .

Read the whole series to meet Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien, Rhysand, Azriel, Cassian, Mor, Amren and so many more!! Not forgetting the Archeron sisters – Elain and Nesta. Their different gifts make them all the more special – healing power, water magic, shifting forms, wings, ice and fire!

All those who haven’t read the series, Please do! even though it is listed under YA literature. Finish all 3 books and I guarantee you will be wanting to know more about the Night Court and the new Prythian!

Book Marathon: Oct 2015 – Mar 2016

Listed below are the books that filled my days during my months long holiday. I have a habit of reading any book that strikes my fancy, ranging in genres.

1. The Kill Order by James Dashner


During our months in Pune, we used to stalk the book sellers on FC Road, searching for books that would woo us. One fine evening, the Maze Runner series managed to make me jump with joy and I bought all the books in the series that the seller had. The Kill Order was the last book released in the series at the time. The main characters – Thomas and Teresa aren’t mentioned in this book as it is a prequel to The Maze Runner.

2. Dark Places by Gillian Flynne


After reading this book, I too reached a dark place. Gillian Flynn has an amazing imagination to make up characters such as these. Just one wrong decision, one night changed the lives of the whole family. After reading this book, I HAD to watch the movie. Though there were many discrepancies, watching

3. The Game of Thrones and The Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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Watched the five seasons of the series and reading the books seemed to be the next best idea and that’s exactly what I did. One fact is clear to me: Nothing will ever get me interested enough to read the next book, A Storm of Swords. Nothing! Though I will watch the next seasons. 😛

4. The Uglies Trilogy(Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras) by Scott Westerfield


I was going through a young adult novel reading phase, so I found this series whose concept seemed interesting. But, at the core of all four stories is an alpha girl who thinks she’s nothing so a duo of an ever-praising guy and a trusting girlfriend make her realize that she’s amazing. I like the description for the Specials though. Wolf-like, with changing tats.

5. The Mediator(Shadowland and Ninth Key) by Meg Cabot


Light Read. Girl moves to new place. She can see ghosts. Oh and she’s très fashionable. Finds a ghost is her roommate. Makes him leave. They fight some evil ghost together.

6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Gillian Flynn spins a complicated story. How does someone even make up a person like Amy? Engrossing read though.

7. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee


I wanted to read a classic that had some good meaning. This book popped up every time I did a small search so I did read it. Nice plot. Like its said everywhere, nowhere in the book is it given how to kill a mockingbird. 😛 But, the way the mindsets of children are unaffected by racism is showcased in this book.

8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett


The Help!!!! I love the movie adaptation of this book and love the book even more! I love the way Aibileen tells Mae Mobley, “You is kind, you is smart. You is important”. So sweet. a real tear jerker for me. It’s a worth read. 🙂

9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


This book made me think about life, suicide, death. How it is so damn easy to say, “Kill me” or “I’d rather die”. No one gives a thought about the people they are leaving behind or for that matter their own selves! We owe ourselves another chance every time we think of giving up. The love story between Violet and Finch is adorable.

10. The Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larsson


The trilogy had me obsessed for weeks! The plots were amazing and Lisander’s character was just so strong! That girl has guts! People keep trying put her down but she manages to get up every time! Her treacherous dad literally buries her alive but she gets out. Awesome! Her half-brother intrigued me. Can’t feel pain? I didn’t know that was possible :S

Need to read the next book asap!

11. The Host by Stephenie Meyer


The last book I read by Stephenie Meyer was one of the books from the Twilight series. This book was interesting though. I loved the confusion when Melanie still loves Jared but Wanda falls in love with Ian but Wanda is in Melanie’s body so Wanda is attracted to Jared. Wait, let me scratch my head. Did I mention I love Ian’s character? *heart eyes* ❤ Get lost Jared!

FYI The movie does no justice to the book.

12. Room by Emma Donoghue


I am so, so, so, so glad I read this book. Emma is an amazing writer. The way she describes every thought going through the mind of a 5-year old.

13. Flowers in the Attic by V.C.Andrews


No comment on the plot. Ending seemed to be good though. Craziest family ever. Never reading the sequels.

14. Landline by Rainbow Rowell


The sweetest love story ever. A light read. Please don’t kill me but I wanted Georgie to get back with Seth. Neal sounds sweet though and their daughters too. 🙂

15. Night shift by Stephen King


This is a collection of short stories by Stephen King. My favorite ones are Children of the Corn, Jerusalem’s Lot, Strawberry Spring, The Boogeyman! Actually all the stories pretty much had me shivering and scared of my own shadow. The Boogeyman is wicked. It isn’t fair! 😥

16. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King


I wrote a review for this book: My thoughts on… Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

17. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children

When I started reading this novel, I was surprised as the author gifted the protagonist with a sarcastic humor. Though my initial impression on reading the title of the book prepared me for some cringe worthy murders or some awe-filled magic, the humor was a welcome surprise.

18. Hello, I Love You by Katie Stout

An American cowgirl travels to Japan to study at a boarding high school. Where she meets her roommates brother; who is a pop star and is complicated. Interested yet? 😛 Nice for a light read and I loved the cover of the book too.

My thoughts on… Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Stephen King – truly the king of horror! I was initiated to the nightmarish imagination and flow of words brought about by this writer when I first read Night Shift. It scared me badly. That would seriously be an understatement. I checked his other books and watched some of his movie adaptations. One of his short stories: Jerusalem’s Lot really captivated my mind; So I went ahead and read Salem’s Lot, the King’s second published book.
Synopsis: Non required! Read the book! You won’t be let down. It’s about vampires taking over a small town named Jerusalem’s Lot which is named after a huge pig.
What I expected from the 566 pages of the eBook was how Count Dracula enters a small cute little town and turns it into chaos and blood thirsty monsters and a pure sad ending. What I didn’t expect was the fact that I would get scared enough to check behind me every 10 seconds while reading the book in the dark.
Mr.King describes every scene with such clarity that your imagination doesn’t have any chance to get muddled up with the details. Every scene in your mind is painted with ease and in perfection. Look at your window and you actually see Danny Glick looking in, with his horrific face, asking for your permission to enter your home. You scrunch up your nose when a particular scene talks about the decaying smells in the cellar.
All in all this book had me captivated for 3-4 complete days.

My thoughts on… Fangirl and Eleanor & Park

I know ! I know I am a 23 year old adult ! I know I am supposed to read mature adult books ! Books about mature love, about serious matters ! Books that aren’t fantasy !

But how could I say no to the sweet, romantic stories that Rainbow Rowell so skillfully crafted ?

So far, I have read 2 novels written by Rowell and I am totally taken by the love, the way the story is spun, the different characters !

1. Fan Girl
It talks about a pair of twins, Cath and Wren and how they handle life at college for the first time. Their friendships, relationships and impact on their father at home.
Guess how the twins got their names. 😁
I can’t really recollect when and how I came to know about this book but when I did I kept bugging my bestie, that I needed to read this book ! By hook or by crook !
Levi !! Oh My God !! Why didn’t God take more time to create more of Levis? Not the jeans mind u !
What would it take to get a guy with the qualities of Levi ? What ?
All I can say is Cath is one lucky girl ! 🙂
Though the love story between Levi and Cath had me awake till 3 in the morning, there were some boring and seemingly uninteresting parts which I promptly skipped. The stories of Magicath and the life of Wren… boring !! Love story between Levi and Cath…. ❤

2. Eleanor & Park
A damsel in distress, Eleanor is saved by her knight, Park and this is their story; their love story.
I have been repeating a statement from the time I started reading this book.
"This is the most romantic book I have ever read in my life"
I was blushing along with the characters.
I was sad along with them.
I was in tears at the loss of love in my own life while I was reading this sweet, sweet book.
I just wish that some day i too would get to experience atleast half the love that was felt between Eleanor and Park. And they are just 16 for crying out loud !

Rainbow Rowell has impressed me a lot with the way she has spun these stories.

Can’t wait to read Attachments and Land line !!:)

My thoughts on… The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

My Inspiration to read this book

Well, Shweta and I have a habit of telling each other about any book that we think we would love to read. If the book is too good (like Home Front by Kristine Hannah and Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks) the book gets shared to Pooja. 😀 We are the filters. 

I came across a list of Top 10 books to be read. Not very sure about the exact name of the list. But on the list, The Perks of being a Wallflower was listed and so was TFIOS ❤ 🙂 so, I thought, “Let’s try it !!”.

When I got the chance, I downloaded the movie. After watching it, I felt I should read the book coz books always seem to be described more in detail. You are taken into the writer’s world. Sometimes in the movie you don’t really understand what the actor is trying to portray. But, books describe exactly what the protagonist is feeling and you enter into the world of the book !

I got my hands (actually my virtual hands) on the pdf here: The Perks of being a Wallflower. Thanks ! 🙂 ❤

After reading the book, I completely forgot what was shown in it’s movie adaptation. I guess I have to set up a date with myself and watch it again 😀 XD

My mind conflicts throughout the book

What exactly happened to Charlie that he’s so mentally unstable? Can Sam and Patrick help him? Why would his sister still support her first boyfriend? Why isn’t his brother connected to the family as much as the others? Why don’t the parents take special interest in him? Shouldn’t they have noticed some tell-tale patterns before he broke down the second time? 

Why I loved this book?

There are some pages in this book that really struck me as true. Some pages shocked me to the core. Some pages made me wonder about what were some of the characters thinking. But on the whole, this book held my mind captive for over a week.

I loved these lines by Sam:

I’m going to do what I want to. I’m going to be who I really am. And I’m going to figure out

what that is. But right now I’m here with you. And I want to know where you are, what you need, and what you want to do.

So, damn true !! I wish I could do that; Say what I really want to say; Do what I really want to do; Ask for what I need. And I wish people would follow this too.

The following line by Sam also striked me as soo true:

But the thing is, I wasn’t being honest. So, why would I care whether or not he loved me

when he didn’t really even know me?

How can we expect people to know us, really know us; when we filter, what we want to say and do, around them ?

My thoughts on… If I Stay by Gayle Forman

My Inspiration to read this book

I was totally moved by the trailer of the movie based on this book… I mean totally… I felt like crying while watching the trailer alone… i could just imagine what would be my condition on watching the movie.. So it was either download the movie or read the book.

I got to read the wonderful heartbreaking and mending e-book here. Thanks !!!

My mind conflicts throughout the book

What would Mia decide? to stay or leave? Would she choose to live without her mom, dad and Teddy? or would she choose to live with Adam, Kim, her grandparents and family? Would she like to just let it go? or would she choose to see what her life would turn out to be if she stayed?

Then came the bouts of sadness when she describes her memories with her mom, dad n Teddy and everyone 😥 because after the wonderful memories, you realize her life has completely changed now… not for the worst… but still it has changed… and a big part of her life is missing.

Why I loved this book?

There are some books which make you connect to them; make you think, what would you do if you were in the same situation? Those are the best books !!

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