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I developed my passion for reading in my 7th grade summer vacations. Though that may be late, it is always better late than never! I guess the reason contributing to this might be that I had a lot to study and a lot of exams to take and there was really no time to read. But, all of this changed when I moved to the United States in 2016. The availability of books and the number of libraries was just amazing! On top of that, you can make time for reading if you finish all the homework, which was not possible at all in the school I studied in before. The first novel to spike my interest in reading in the U.S. is ‘The Night She Disappeared‘ by April Henry.

A shout out to ALL the spectacular writers in the world who are writing such amazing books and developing the love of books among many people!

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I am The Weapon (The Unknown Assassin- Book 1)- Allen Zadoff

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

I am the Weapon is the story of boy nobody, the constant new kid in school. He is the kind of boy few would notice but nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends and doesn’t stay for too long. He stays just long enough for someone in his circle of friend’s family to die of ‘natural causes’. And then he moves on to his next target. 

But, this time, however, his target is the mayor of New York City. This is different, not only because of the target… but because of the target’s daughter too. While the mayor reminds him a lot about his once upon a time father, he falls in love with Sam (short for Samara) and she is like someone he has never encountered before. But his handlers at The Program are always watching him and Boy Nobody deep down wishes that he had a real home and parents, and wishes for his life to be normal. He wants this so bad, that he doesn’t mind sabotaging The Program’s missions for normalcy.

This is a really great book and I didn’t really follow well through the first couple of pages, but after a while, I just flew through the book. It is really very interesting and there are two more sequels to it. I love that these series are very fast-paced. 

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Count All Her Bones- April Henry

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

This is the second part of the book Girl, Stolen by April Henry. Thanks to my librarian for letting me know about this book as soon as it was available in the school because I don’t think I would have found out about it at that time. 

To give a little background about what happened in the first book– Cheyenne is accidentally kidnapped while she is sitting in the backseat of her mom’s car and a man steals the car, not knowing that she was in it. Panicked, he took her to his home and when his father realized that she was the daughter of the president of Nike, he holds her for ransom. But, Griffin Sawyer (the boy who kidnapped her) helps her escape because she is blind and he thinks that she cannot tell the police who her abductors were and also feels sorry for her. She escapes and Roy (Griffin’s dad) is awaiting trial. In the second book, Griffin and Cheyenne prepare to testify and plan to meet… but alas, the plan goes completely wrong and Cheyenne once again gets captured by Roy’s henchmen. And, this time they are definitely not going to let her get out of here alive! Can Cheyenne succeed in freeing herself before it is too late?

I really loved this book because you just cannot set it down until you are done with it! But, I would recommend reading Girl, Stolen (the first part) before this. 

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Link for the book review of Girl, Stolenhttps://windingwayblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/girl-stolen-april-henry/

Same Sun Here- Silas House & Neela Vaswani

Genre: Global Literature

This book is in the format of letters between an Indian immigrant girl in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner’s son who share their true selves across miles. Meena and River (the name of the boy) have many things in common… the fathers for both of them are forced to work away from home to make ends meet and for both of them their grandmother means the world to them. As Meena’s family studies for citizenship exams and River’s town faces catastrophic mountain removal, both of them become pen pals and share their thoughts and experiences. It is a really great book to read and won’t take too long either. The book conveys the message, the great value of being and having a friend and being able to open up to them. It is definitely a great read! 

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Dead Girls Society- Michelle Krys

Genre: Mystery

Hope suffers from cystic fibrosis (a disease which leads to you having really bad lungs), and she is sick of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan. She also has no idea how she will afford to pay for her expensive medication and college fees.

Everything changes when she receives an invitation from a mysterious group called the Society…

You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.

She is excited about this and thinks that this could be her ticket to the outside world. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might probably win some real money. But soon, she finds out that the group is not what she thinks it is. Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice, but a requirement.

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Saraswati’s Way- Monika Schröder

Genre: Global Literature

Saraswati’s Way is the story of 12-year-old Akash stuck between two difficult choices. He is a very brilliant student and extremely good at math, but when his beloved father passes away, he is held between the choice of moving to Delhi for further education or work in a cement factory owned by their landlord for free to pay all the loans their family owes their landlord. Akash’s grandmother sends him away to work in the cement factory and he hates it there just after a day. When he goes to the office to have the weekly pay subtracted from the total amount his family owes, he notices that they owe a huge amount and being so good in math he immediately calculates and realizes that he won’t be able to pay that much even if he works his entire life. The next night, he runs away from there and goes to Delhi in search of pursuing his education. Facing a lot of hardship to earn enough money for his tuitions and school, Akash works really hard to make his dream come true. Whether he is able to do that or not, you will find out when you read this amazing book!

I really loved this book very much and it impacted me a lot! The self-determination the boy had and the hard work he put into just to get a good education made me realize how lucky I am to have an opportunity to study without any struggles on my part. From disliking studying and doing homework, I love it now because I realized that not everyone in the world has this wonderful opportunity and I wanted to make use of it as best as possible! I am really grateful to my parents that I have easy access to education. 

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When You Reach Me- Rebecca Stead

Genre: Fiction

Recommended ages: 9-14

This is not a very big book and doesn’t take a long time to read it. Miranda is an ordinary sixth grader, until she starts receiving mysterious messages from someone who knows everything about her, including things that have not even happened yet. It is scary how the person writing to her knows so much about her, but each message brings her closer to believing that only she is capable of preventing a tragic death… until the final note makes her think she’s too late. 

It is a good book and I like that it is small because it is always nice to take a break from long novels isn’t it? 

 

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Home- Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

For those of you who know Myron Bolitar, you would most definitely also know Windsor Horne Lockwood (best known as Win)… Myron’s best friend and one of the few people he really cares about.

After a decade of the high-profile kidnapping of two young boys, only one returns home. 

Ten years ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom. And then they went silent, without ever returning the boys to the families. No trace of the boys ever surfaced…until now. One of the boys is related to Win and that is the reason he has been investigating for ten years in the hopes of coming across some clues. He is just not ready to give up unless he has solid proof that the boys are dead, but that changes when Win is pretty sure that he sees the boy in London. Myron Bolitar and his friend Win, believe that they have finally located one of the boys, now a teenager. They have no idea where he has been for ten years, whether or not he remembers the day he was kidnapped and most importantly… what can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his still missing friend?

I loved this book very much and the author states the importance of friends, family and the true meaning of home!

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Promise Me- Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

This is kind of a hard book to review without giving away most of the main story. But I will try my best not to give away the suspense in it! 🙂

The school year is nearly over. Myron makes two neighborhood girls promise him when he heard them casually talking something about a party and drinking,  that if they are ever in trouble and are afraid to call their parents, they can always call him and irrespective what time it is or where he is, he has promised to not ask any questions and drive them home safely. After several nights, the call comes in at 2am, and the next day a girl is missing… and Myron is the last person to have seen her. Now he has to find her before she’s gone forever and that is not easy considering that he asked her no questions the last time he saw her, because of his promise of not asking questions or telling the girl’s parents. This is an amazing book!

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Girl in the Blue Coat- Monica Hesse

Genre: Historical Fiction

I chose to read this book in 8th grade while we were doing the Historical Fiction unit. Though I particularly don’t like to read historical fiction novels, I found that this book was not too bad. It wasn’t boring and I finished it as soon as I might finish other favourite books of mine rather than stalling to read it.

The story is set in Amsterdam in 1943 (during World War II). It is the story of a young girl, Hanneke who spends her days earning money from selling black market goods to high-paying customers, hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents. They showcase the plight of people living in Amsterdam and other places where the Germans invaded and how they treated people (especially Jews). Hanneke considers her illegal work as a small act of rebellion towards the Germans. 

When on a routine delivery to a client she is asked for help, it changes everything for her. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants more food or kerosene, she is shocked when the older woman pleads her to help find a missing person–a Jewish teenager, Mrs. Janssen had been giving refuge to had vanished mysteriously from a secret room. Hanneke initially refuses to help her because this is very dangerous work, but later gets involved in a web of mysteries and it opens her eyes to the real horrors of the Nazi’s and forces her to take desperate actions. This is a really good book and the author has developed the characters really well! 

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Darkest Fears- Harlan Coben

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

I finished this book in one day because I had taken it with me when we went on a field trip to a college a little far away to learn more about the college when I was in eighth grade! 

I am pretty sure that Myron Bolitar fans will really be surprised by this novel because this is unlike most of the other MB novels. Myron Bolitar learns that he is the father of a thirteen-year-old boy from Emily Downing, the mother of the boy (Jeremy) and Myron’s girlfriend in college. Jeremy is dying and needs a bone marrow transplant. She comes to Myron in the hope of him helping her find the mysterious donor who vanished without a trace. Myron is definitely determined to help the boy, but when he starts investigating, it cracks open secrets no one would ever want to know!

I have to refrain from saying this book was amazing because I realised that I said the same thing for every Harlan Coben book, but every book of his is truly that great and I am really glad that he has written so many books! Also, I am terribly sorry for writing reviews of Harlan Coben books only, but I believe there is only 3 more left and then I am done!!! 🙂 If you read my blog on a regular basis, you should definitely try at least one of his books… You will love it!

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