Review Digest: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker + Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

June 20, 2015

Title: The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1)
Author: Virginia Boecker
Publication date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher (NetGalley)
Amazon | Goodreads TBD
Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.
In theory, The Witch Hunter sounds pretty good. A former witch hunter with the super-self-healing powers and a worthy cause? Whats not to like?

Why The Darkness Rising Trilogy Didn't Work For Me

June 14, 2015

Title: Darkness Rising Trilogy
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publication date: April 12, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel...different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

In The Gathering, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.
The Darkness Rising series came highly recommended with several accolades and honours to its name. I've seen raves for this series on almost very book blog I frequent, and the books' Goodreads pages are likewise flooded with balloons and flailing. You would think that a series in which every book has a rating above 4.00 out of 5 would be absolutely brilliant, right?


A New Chapter: Hitch Theory

June 9, 2015

hitch theory new design new blog name
As you can see, things have changed around here. We've got a new name, a new look, and hopefully, a rekindled enthusiasm for blogging, minus the side of slothfulness.

Origin Story

I fell out of love with the name 'I Read, Ergo I Write' a long time back. It felt to me like it sounded narcissistic and very focused on the 'me' rather than the books, which is what its supposed to be about. Also, what was I thinking to have such a long name? It's takes stupidly long to type the damn thing everywhere, and its difficult to remember too.

Obviously, I knew nothing about branding or promoting *shakes head*.

But even though I decided that things needed to change, I didn't know what to change it to. Which is how the search for the perfect blog name began. I came up with some awesome names, and actually made up a really long list of the contenders on Evernote. But in the end, after thinking about what fit me better, and going through Ashley's tips for choosing a good blog name and coming up the perfect one, I ended up settling on 'Hitch Theory'.

Armchair BEA Intro!

May 27, 2015

Hey,everyone! This is my second time participating in Armchair BEA, so I've chosen questions that I didn't get around to last time.

Confession: I was too swamped with stuff to write this post beforehand, and right now, I'm no my way out, so this is going to be short. Sorry! I will try to add to it once I'm back, though :)

How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?
I've been blogging for 5 years, but I've been book blogging for 2 and a half years only, and that's what counts, really, because before that I was just an aimless nomad searching for the light.

Why do you loving reading and blogging?
Reading is my first and longest love. It's something that I got introduced to because of the family of bookworms I was born into, but I've stayed with it because a good book can lift you up and take you away to a more beautiful place, always.

Ten Tips to Write Better Book Reviews

May 20, 2015

ten tips to write better book reviews
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!
See, the thing is, I'm someone who needs clear-cut defined instructions and goals when I set out to do something. So having a freebie post this week really doesn't help, y'all. I just spent the entire day trying to figure out what to write, and finally settled on helping out all you poor souls who try your hands at having a book blog and don't know how to write book reviews. With gazillion years of book blogging experience under my belt, plus over a thousand reviews in my archives, I figured it was about time I shared my expertise with less experienced mortals.

So, book reviews.

Book reviews are to book blogs like ketchup is to french fries. You need to load them on SO MUCH, so that all you can see is a sea of red (aren't I clever with my analogies & alliterations? *pats self on back*). Or reviews, in this case.

And without further ado, here are my little pearls of wisdom!

Part 2: Authorial Intent & Responsibility

May 16, 2015

This is a post that I've been meaning to write for a very long time, and a recent bad experience with a book finally acted as the catalyst. Also, this post contains way too many questions, and too few answers, just so you know. I am a very confused person.

NOTE: Part 1 of this post can be found here.

I was really enjoying the last book I was reading until I came across a small bit that really took me aback:
"Ladies first."
Right away I wanted to throw my glasses in the nearest trash can and yank my ponytail down. Chivalry makes me want to be the kind of lady who deserves it.
[Before I elaborate further, I just want to note that I'm not going to mention the book's name, because this is not a hate post, and the book isn't the point of this anyway. I simply want to speculate on a few things.]

First of all, what does that last sentence even mean? That only gorgeous women who have their shit together are worthy of chivalry? That simple, normal women who aren't put together all the time don't merit common courtesy? That if you are the recipient of some chivalry you're supposed to immediately assess the ways in which you can improve your appearance so that you *deserve* it? So that... what? You can thank the guy with your appearance?

In a world that's becoming increasingly materialistic and shallow, and placing undue value upon physical attractiveness, is it really a good idea for a book to reinforce the idea that looks are everything? Is that the kind of message that a book targeted at young adults should convey? Aren't young girls faced with enough pressures to fit the narrow definition of beauty that the world has these days?

Ten Books I'll Probably Never Read

May 5, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!
This week we're discussing books we'll probably never read. Admittedly, I thought this would take me a long time to compile but surprisingly, there are a number of books that I'm pretty sure I'll never read. And here they are. Do feel free to dissuade me of this, though, if you think they're worth a read.