Blog tour: ISOLDESSE

Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy
Publishing date: March 2nd, 2021

🍁Review🍁

Isoldesse by Kimberly Grymes is a sci-fi novel laced with a little bit of magic. The story begins with four friends- Meegan, Kenna, Ally and Darcy meeting up and Kenna receiving a crystal necklace possession of which makes her faint. The incident is ruled out as a result of Kenna’s exhaustion but soon she begins to dream of a lady, an attractive guy with orange eyes and soldiers who are chasing her. Soon the group along with some of their other friends are kidnapped and taken to an unknown world.

However soon after a lot of other characters are introduced, all of whom plays an important role in the storyline. The plot is set out very cleverly and everything sums up at the end. The grey characters have a strong reason as well as morals to support their cause so it’s not exactly a good versus evil fight. Also I am not disclosing the kind of race Sendarians belong to but I gotta say this is the first book I read about those entities and I really loved their depiction.

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If the technical aspects are considered then I liked the writing style. The story is told from POV of different  characters in a cycle so it’s refreshing and moves forward quickly but smoothly so that’s a boon for an impatient fast reader like me. The revelations at the end are quite surprising but the cliffhanger has me waiting for the next book and I hope we get it soon.

Honestly I enjoyed the book a lot and this is my favourite read this year till now. Though I prefer not to rate books still if absolutely have to then I would rate this one 5 out of 5.


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ABOUT AUTHOR

Kimberly has a small book blog called the Plum Report in which she reads and reviews science-fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and or dystopian books. She also enjoys taking bookstagram pictures and sharing them with the book community on Instagram.

When Kimberly Grymes is not writing, reading, or blogging, she’s usually hanging out with her husband and kids, baking treats, or keeping busy with crafts. As much as she enjoys reading books, she loves watching movies and TV, and is always on the lookout for the next great sci-fi or fantasy show to watch. Her favorite part of the day is TV time in the evening with her husband and two min-pins, Jubilee and Cori. She currently lives in Kansas, where her allergies are much better than they were in Connecticut.

SYNOPSIS:

Friendships are tested, new alliances are made, and the truth of one woman’s actions from over a millennia ago are revealed.

Kenna and Meegan are college students dealing with upcoming finals, needy parents, boy drama, and what to do with their lives after they graduate in a few weeks. What they weren’t expecting was for Kenna to receive a powerful crystal necklace that ultimately changes their plans for a relaxing summer.

Strange things begin to happen to Kenna, like being the only one who can see and talk to the mysterious old woman with a golden aura. Or how in her dreams, a man with vibrant orange eyes keeps appearing who may or may not be real. Though, not all of Kenna’s mysterious encounters are pleasant as she’s haunted by massive beings carrying long swords and wearing armor covered in black scales.

Besides solving the mystery of where the crystal necklace came from, Kenna, Meegan, and their friends are taken to another world for a routine evolutionary assessment. The assessment gets sabotaged and causes more chaos for Kenna and her friends, especially for Meegan who is forced to open up and reveal her true identity and the magic she hides.

There’s one name that Kenna, Meegan, the Sendarians, and the monsters who’ve been hunting Meegan and her family for over a century all have in common…

ISOLDESSE – Synopsis from Goodreads

My top 3 Fantasy Series 2020


🍁CURSED🍁
Nimue, the Lady of the Lake is the protagonist. The characters are derived from the Arthurian legends but their relationship with eachother and the storyline is completely different. Nimue belongs to the Fey kind, the Fey people has magical gifts based on which the tribes are divided. The Fey are being hunted by the Church and while on the run Nimue comes to wield the Excalibur and meets young Arthur. As the story progresses the other known characters with unknown backstories are introduced like – Merlin, Gwain, Uther and many more. This story is about Nimue, her self-discovery (not spiritual but magical) and her quest to save the Fey people. The little revelations along the way adds quite a sparkle to the already starry storyline. I watched the series first and then read the book and I am very happy to say that this adaptation was really upto the mark and I loved both.


Character appreciation: THE WEEPING MONK. I fell in love as soon as I saw him… Thanks to Daniel Sharman’s remarkable potrayal of this character who’s an extraordinary soldier with a tortured soul, so engrossed in darkness that he keeps concealing the light within. And I must mention that his entrance in the series was as dramatic as it’s described in the book.

🍁THE WITCHER🍁

Finally! My fave show this year. I absolutely loved this one and the fact that this was a book adaptation acted as one of the major stimulus. The Witcher is packed with action, magical creatures, powerful rulers, sorcery and love. The concept of Witchers is quite new and unique in the fantasy world and we’ll know more about ’em in the 2nd season. In this one, along with the backstory of 3 major characters (Geralt of Rivia, Ciri and Yennefer) you get to see some of Geralt’s adventures and you would need to watch till the end to understand the timelines which makes it more interesting. Henry Cavill as Geralt is extraordinary and Joey Batey as Jaskier is a treat. I loved the camaraderie of these 2 characters..

Character appreciation: YENNEFER of VengerbergI felt this character had some layers…in the beginning she was the victim then she rose like a freaking queen…. I won’t tell much or else you guys would miss the delight of the surprise. And Anya Chalotra was just amazing as Yen..like AMAZING.


🍁 DARK🍁


DARK directed by Baran Boodar excels in every field – storyline, cinematography, casting, acting and most importantly a worthy ending. The story begins with the disappearance of kids & appearance of unknown bodies in the fictional town of Winden which leads to discovery of dark secrets of the town and the residing families. The timelines are very skillfully intertwined which unfolds throughout the 3 seasons. If you pay enough attention you will easily understand the interconnections and then you’ll realise the complications are the beauty of the show.

Popular opinion is that this show screws with your brains but I disagree, the only thing that does so is the relationship among the characters (it’s hella confusing I suggest you prepare a chart).

This is the best I have ever watched… It has everything that I look for in a show…
Thrill✓
Mystery✓
Romance✓
Drama✓
Time-travel✓
History✓
Sci-fi✓

THEN THERE WERE NONE

This is a 3 episode show based on Agatha Christie’s crime novel of the same name. If you are looking for murder mystery this is your show. 8 strangers are invited and taken to a mansion in an Island but the hosts doesn’t show up, instead two househelps receive and take care of the guests. But the trouble begins when one by one the residents of the house start getting killed..I won’t say much cause each detail contributes to the mystery. I finished watching this in one sitting. YES. I’m impatient. The storytelling is amazing but what I liked particularly is how the makers start the story…. it’s really cool..

Character appreciation: PHILLIP LOMBARD He starts off as arrogant and cruel but soon I realised he’s the only one who’s not pretentious and has the guts to own up to his doings and also stand his ground. I effing loved this character and it has nothing to do with the fact that the charming Aidan Turner played it and nailed it.

Little Women

A classic set in 1800’s male dominated America (when the only accomplishment of a woman was to get married) revolves around the March sisters- Meg,Jo,Amy & Beth. This women empowering film is a book adaptation which is the reason I watched it but haven’t read the book yet (guilty). I really liked the way the film progressed with perfect sequence of past and present events in the life of the characters; not to mention the struggle of the female protagonists which are still relatable to some extent and how they overcome it. Basically I loved it to the core… the characters, their ideologies; practically everything. If the film was so good I can only imagine how the book must be which makes my book addiction worse.
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Director: Greta Gerwig

Erika• Review

Oh this book! I don’t know how am gonna write a review without any spoilers.
Okay…*deep breath  (No spoilers btw)
Let’s take the regular path where I tell you that the story is narrated by the protagonist herself, Erika. She introduces herself as a worker at a flower shop in London. She had moved to London and her brother had gone to Canada for studying after their parents had passed away in Dublin.

The death of her parents had taken a toll on Erika resulting in anxiety and hallucinations. However shifting to London had a positive effect on her. She lives with her best friend Lara who thinks that Erika has a tendency to get into relationship with toxic guys. However with Lara’s efforts she soon meets the love of her life, Ethan. Inspite of being happy Erika felt apprehensive.

The book begins with a murder scene before we get into Erika’s story. The story is fast paced and progresses smoothly with very little interesting events. Just when you think that the incidents are not thrilling enough then *boom* you get the ultimate shock but that’s not the end. This is the kinda book that you need to read till the last page to figure out what actually happened.

The author has kept the language quite simple and the narration is easy to understand with no twisted meanings or tough words. Each chapter has a quote from the Bible which in some way can be connected to the emotions expressed or events happening in the story. I found it quite interesting.

Personally I liked reading the book but as a reader I think the author could have included some more thrills in the first half of the book to keep the readers engaged. To me it was bit plain and I kept wanting something to happen as the prologue had piqued my interest. Having said that I should also mention that I was blown away by the ending… I mean the last part is an absolute page turner.

BOOK: Erika
AUTHOR: Mansi Narula Kashyap
GENRE: Thriller

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