Dulcinea and The Death Code by Victoria Ray|Book Review

Title: Dulcinea and The Death Code

Author: Victoria Ray

Pages: 197 pages (Ebook)

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Publication Date: June 9, 2019

Publisher: Self Published

Buy Links: Amazon(IN)Amazon(US)

If somebody had told you that you were born under mysterious circumstances, that you appeared on Earth as a baby and nobody knew how you were born – grown by aliens, popped into existence by an invisible gravity force, or assembled in some kind of DNA-factory – wouldn’t you find it absolutely frightening? Knowing that you aren’t you, losing your identity and mind, feeling that it isn’t normal for you to be here, because you are part of something else, but still the part of the Universe. I am asking you: WHAT WOULD YOU DO? 

A mysterious world. 
A girl that had never been born. 
A strange crack in the backyard that follows you wherever you go. 
Death and disappointment. 
The journey through the curved space. 

It all waits to be discovered in Dulcinea and The Death Code – an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and reality in a thrilling reading experience. Fourteen-year-old Dulcinea is moving from sunny Sumter, South Carolina to frigid Sweden. She is followed by the glowing crack and the strange gravitational sound that has been there her whole life. What it is and why it follows her is a complete mystery. Through her journey, Dulcinea discovers her abilities, while coming to grips with the fact that she is far from human. This knowledge is very dangerous – not only for Dulcinea, but for everyone she meets during this electrifying trip to the place called A-Ria. Dulcinea and her incredible new friends learn that the secret they discover might help those they love… and the Earth itself. 

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A spine-tingling young adult fantasy book Dulcinea and The Death Code will be an exhilarating read for teens, adults and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows of the Unknown Universe. 

Dulcinea and The Death Code by Victoria Ray is a young adult fantasy and a very unique one at that. It is about a girl Dulcinia who can fore see people’s death for reasons unknown to her. But as she arrives in Sweden and finds herself among a group of teenagers just like her, all bestowed with some unique power, she sets out to explore herself and in the process, much more .

The book is interesting and offbeat. It is written in lucid language and thus is easy to read and follow. The world building is gradual and effortless to get into. Descriptions are vivid but not over done or boring.

But the plot had a lot more potential than what has been done with it. Plus a lot of questions and situations were left unanswered at the end. But as it happens to be a part of the series probably those will be answered in the next one.

Also I love the cover and the title of the novel. Both are so attractive.

My Rating: 4/5

Bookish Corner


I consider these books very important in forming a perspective and wished I had them when I was young. Even though important topics or issues are addressed through these, they are immensely captivating and an easy read. Not boring even for a second.

1. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi:Persepolis is a graphic autobiography by Marjane Satrapi that depicts her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution.’ It’s an easy but a very informative book.

2. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman: Heartstopper is a heartwarming YA LGBT+ romance. And is one of the best there is! And is definitely one of the MOST adorable book I’ve ever
Also, I think its an important book for young readers in forming a perspective, as Alice in a very easy way addresses gender fluidity, bisexuality, homophobia and alike.

I have previously reviewed it on my blog. Click Here To Read…

3. Yes, I’m Hot In This by Huda Fahmy:Yes, I’m Hot In This is both hilarious and heartbreaking in its portrayal of what it’s like to wear a Hijab and visibly be a Muslim in America(or just in today’s world.) Extremely funny in its jabs at the half boiled judgements people throw at them and calls out the double standards of media.

I have previously reviewed it on my blog. Click Here To Read…

Let me know your thoughts if you have read any of these books. Also, I would love to know your suggestions in this genre.



Title: We Are Blood and Thunder

Author: Kesia Lupo

Pages: 400 (Paperback)

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA|Bloomsbury India

Buy Links: AmazonIN|AmazonUS

In a sealed-off city, it begins with a hunt. A young woman, Lena, running for her life, convicted of being a mage and sentenced to death. Her only way to survive is to trust those she has been brought up to fear – those with magic.
On the other side of the locked gates is a masked lady, Constance, determined to find a way back in. She knows only too well how the people of Duke’s Forest loathe magic. Years ago she escaped before her powers were discovered. But now she won’t hide who she is any longer.
A powerful and terrifying storm cloud unites them. It descends over the dukedom and devastates much in its wake. But this is more than a thunderstorm. This is a spell, and the truth behind why it has been cast is more sinister than anyone can imagine … Only Lena and Constance hold the key to destroying the spell. Though neither of them realise it, they need each other. They are the blood and they have the thunder within.

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Lena is a cryptling running for her life from Duke’s Forest. Constance, a mysterious woman returning home.The story is said through their alternate POVs. Saying anything more will probably be a spoiler.

The Plot/Development: Kesia Lupo set a very original and an intriguing plot. And the world building is amazingly well done. The setting is mystical from the very start. What I’m glad and thankul about is that Kesia Lupo stayed away from the popular cliched tropes. But the pace of the falters at quite a few points.
The Ending: The best part of this book is the ending. I did not see it coming. Definitely unpredictable and well done.

The Characters: Lena’s character and how it played out was pretty boring through out. While that of Constance’s intruiged me. So many layers were to unfold. There were a few secondary character such as Emris and Winton, about whom I did not care much about. While I felt a strong adoration for Xander.

The Writing: The Writing was easy to get into and was one of the best things about this book.

I will give We Are Blood and Thunder a 3.8 stars.

My Rating: 3.8/5

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on this?

Bookish Corner · Chick Lit · Contemporary · Romance · Young Adult


Kasie West is an author I got introduced to in 2018. So far I’ve read 2 novel of hers and 1 short story. Here are the mini reviews of the 2 novels I’ve read of hers.

1. By Your Side: It was just a fine read for me. Though the characters were gorgeous and charming, the plot was unnecessarily complicated. I did not like how West tried to tackle the love triangle. What she tried, required a thorough exploration of emotions and that was not done. It was a fluffy YA and should have been kept at just that! I don’t like things done half way. Like if you want to do a chick lit, ace that. Don’t try to throw in some complications just for the sake of some brownie critic points! Specially if you can’t do justice to that!

Though brooding and mysterious Dax, gets it a 3.5☆ from me.


2. Fill-in Boyfriend, is a slow burn feel-good romance with the ‘fake dating trope’. It instantly became one of my favourite YA contemporary romances. Light, simple and fluffy, this book is a perfect weekend read. Hayden and Hannah will make you swoon!

It’s a 5☆ from me.


Have you read a Kasie West? What’s your thought on these?😀

Bookish Corner


Since it’s the Valentine’s week I have curated a must read list of 7 feel good newly released romance novels. These are also some most anticipated books on 2019!

1. The Birds, The Bees and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh


2. Fame Fate and First Kiss by Kasie West


3. The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli


4. I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella


5. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne


6. The Kiss Thief by L.J.Shen


7. Faking It by K. Bromberg


Are any of these already in your TBR? Let me know which one you are looking forward to the most?

Young Adult

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman|Book Review

Title: Heartstopper

Author: Alice Oseman

Pages: 278 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Diverse Romance(LGBT+), Young Adult

Publication Date: October, 2018

Publisher: Self Published

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.
Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

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I closely follow Melanie and Amy‘s book recommendations and kinda always lurk around their blog and Insta. So when both of them raved about Heartstopper together, I just knew I need to read this book right away! Like asap!!!!!

And Oh Boy! It’s one of the MOST adorable books I’ve ever read.

Charlie and Nick are so Sweet!!!! Their romance so heart warming. And cute and pure. And innocent. Illustrations are amazing and you just breeze through it. I read the whole thing in like 4 hours!

It’s so freaking cute. Too much for my little heart! Stay calm! *breathe in* *breathe out*

Do you love Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli? You’ll love this even more!! It’s so much better than Simon. I mean, you think it can’t get better. But Wait. And read this already!

It is a self published YA LGBT+ web comic that has been acquired by Harper and will be published as a graphic novel in February 2019.

Important topics like gender fluidity, bisexuality, homosexuality, homophobia, all has been addressed is an easy way. And I can’t stress on how important these books are for children to form a perspective. About themselves and others too.


P.S.: I read this book late November and wrote the review then. But somehow forgot to publish it!😅

My Rating: 5/5