ArmchairBEA Day 4: Let's Talk Non Fiction!

May 31, 2013


And so we move to the other end of the spectrum... Non Fiction.

I'll be upfront with you. I haven't read a lot of non fiction.

Why?

Well, at first, I just wasn't interested. I mean, really, do you expect a 9 year old kid to be interested in Non Fiction?

Armchair BEA Day 3: Let's Talk Literature!

May 30, 2013


I have a confession to make. This probably looks bad with me having a book blog and all, but I had to Google 'literary fiction' to find out exactly what it is.

I did have a vagueish idea about what it entails, but I wasn't very sure, and hence I turned to Mr.Know-It-All, Google. Sadly, Wiki wasn't very precise either, with a couple or so descriptions, so I'm going with my got on this one, and a mixture of what I found out.

Armchair BEA Day 1: Let's Talk Classics!

May 28, 2013

I'm so so glad this is the topic for the first discussion! Classics are my one of my most favourite genres. IT actually was my favourite for a long time before I found Young Adult books, and got pushed to second place. But they still hold a special place (I started my adventure with books with a classic - Kidnapped by R L Stevenson.), and I believe very, very few works of literature can ever compare with those evergreen stories.

Armchair BEA: Kick Off!



Hey there, people!

This is my first time joining in on the fun with Armchair BEA and I'm super super excited about it! :) I am also nervous and hope I get all the challenges and discussions properly, because I'm not so good at that kinda stuff (I'm forgetful).

Here are my answers to the intro questions! Yeah, some of the basics questions aren't here, but they are answered in my About page, that's why I left it out :)

Review: Twerp by Mark Goldblatt

May 27, 2013

Title: Twerp
Author: Mark Goldblatt
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 28 May, 2013
Genre: Middle Grade
Rating: 3/5 stars
Amazon | Goodreads
It's not like I meant for Danley to get hurt. . . .

Julian Twerski isn't a bully. He's just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade--blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he's still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can't bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.

Inspired by Mark Goldblatt's own childhood growing up in 1960s Queens, Twerp shines with humor and heart. This remarkably powerful story will have readers laughing and crying right along with these flawed but unforgettable characters.
Julian and his friends are back in school after a week long suspension over a bullying incident. His English teacher, Mr. Selkirk makes a deal with him when he discovers Julian's aptitude for writing - as long as Julian keeps writing, he doesn't have to do the assignment on Shakespeare. So Julian starts writing and fills more than nine composition books on the daily instances in his daily life which stand out.

SAM - Where Ideas Meet

May 24, 2013


“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” 
George Bernard Shaw

As Shaw rightly said, when you share an idea, you give each person who hears it another idea, and the possibility to build on that.  SAM is where people come to share and 'meet' ideas. SAM Global was started by Samuel Eddy, a versatile person (not kidding guys. Have a look at his LinkedIn page. There are a LOT of 'firsts'), who passionate about innovative ideas.

SAM stands for “Science, Art, Management” which means it encompasses almost any subject. This will be a place where ideas meet! SAM will showcase the best talks from all over the world and will be a platform "where Ideas Meet" and will encourage the cross pollination of ideas from all over the world.

Feature & Follow Friday #6


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee at Parajunkee & Alison at Alison Can Read.

RULES:
To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  • If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
Question of this Week:
The FF is 150 weeks old! And we want to hear from you! What would you change about the hop? What do you like about it? Or just suggest a question to be used for next week! 

Answer:

150 weeks old?! Really? Wow! I didn't know it's been around for so long, though I probably should've, seeing that the number is always there, but well, that's just typical me.So anyways, congratulations, FF! You're one of the best hops around in the book blogging world, and I love the entire concept!

I love how many people I get to meet every week! It's always wonderful to see comments on your posts, and I love visiting back and checking out the wonderful blogs out there.

Question for next week? What with the Amazon Kindle Worlds fan fiction thing coming up now, I think it would be nice if we talk something about fanfiction maybe? So if you could write a fan fiction for any book, which one would it be? Or if you could change anything in a book, which book and what would it be?

That's what I've got. Lame, I know, but that's something I think would be interesting to discuss, so...

What about you? What's your answer this week? And what do you think about fan fiction?


P.S.: While I appreciate follows via GFC, the rumors are making me nervous, so  I would love it if you guys would be angels and follow via other means as well: Bloglovin', Networked Blogs, Linky or Facebook! Many thanks in advance! :D 

 I'm on Twitter as well now!

Blog Tour: Author Interview: The Tale of Valiant Hero Kenta by Ezra Jonah Jacobs

May 22, 2013

Author: Ezra Jonah Jacobs
Fantasy/Romance/Historical/Action-Adventure
Date Published: March 22, 2013
Kenta Takeyama is a 16 year old martial artist who possesses superhuman strength and abilities and the Takeyama -ryuu fighting art. He desires to become the most powerful shogun on the Nikkoujima (Sun Light Islands), as there are much more powerful men in the world. He lives with his father Tesshin, who trained him in the martial arts, and his mother Amaya, who is the former princess of a royal family and master fighter; his little sister Mana, who wants to become a famous play actress and open her own production studio, as well as his pet bear Kumomori, whom he had since he was 4. Kenta finds that it’s time to follow his dreams of becoming a great and powerful shogun (using his power to protect people and build more homes and villages, help the poor and starving, rather than just for pomp and circumstance. He wants the people to live in peace and prosperity with no fear, as the world is already entering another age of war. Essentially, he wants to change the country). And so, with his parents’ permission, he decides to travel to Senkyou to enlist in the military and become a true samurai warrior. He feels confident that the can do so after going through many trials and travels through his childhood, and training under the tutelage of his father in his family’s martial arts styles.

During the first part of the novel, after a little love fiasco with his childhood friend Yumine who has a crush on him and sparring with some buddies, he travels the lush and vibrant island and helps many different people out. As Kenta reaches Senkyou, he meets new rivals and friends, such as Natsumi, a new love interest and Hayate, a mysterious ninja who wants to raise up his own organization of ninja mercenaries. During basic training, he discovers that the capital is being attacked by powerful youkai. The powerful beasts appear and disappear in a flash, even the temple priests are having trouble. Does the Great Tengu King of the Gogonji mountain territory know anything about these attacks? Do our heroes stand a chance against these swift and powerful foes? What is the reasoning behind all of this carnage?

Note: The genre is apart of the 'wuxia' (martial arts fiction) works of literature. It is a ancient style originating from Tang Period China (5th century AD). The style places great attention to detail during fight scenes (punches, kicks, combinations, throws, etc.) as well as giving attacks exotic names, a convention originating from Chinese martial arts. It may take some getting used to, yet will very quickly become easier to follow as you read. -Ezra


Author Interview
  

Book Blast: Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen by Sally Smith O' Rourke

May 21, 2013

Today, I'm super excited to bring to you Jane Austen fans out there, a book that will take you back to the world of Pride and Prejudice. And what's more, I will be hosting an interview with the author next month on June 14th!   

And dont forget to enter in the GIVEAWAY!!

Title: Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen
Author: Sally Smith O' Rourke
Publisher: Victorian Essence Press
Publication Date: 22 September, 2012
Genre: Contemporary, Time Travel
Amazon | Goodreads
Was Mr. Darcy real? Is time travel really possible? For pragmatic Manhattan artist Eliza Knight the answer to both questions is absolutely, Yes! And Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Farms, Virginia is the reason why!

His tale of love and romance in Regency England leaves Eliza in no doubt that Fitz Darcy is the embodiment of Jane Austen’s legendary hero. And she’s falling in love with him. But can the man who loved the inimitable Jane Austen ever love average, ordinary Eliza Knight?

Eliza’s doubts grow, perhaps out of proportion, when things start to happen in the quiet hamlet of Chawton, England; events that could change everything. Will the beloved author become the wedge that divides Fitz and Eliza or the tie that binds them?

Cover Reveal Grounded by G. P. Ching


Grounded by G.P. Ching
Publication date: November 15th 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal/ Sci fi & Fantasy

Novel Publicity Whilwind Tour: Guest Post by Thaddeus Nowak

May 20, 2013

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Mother's Curse and Daughter's Justice eBook editions are just 99 cents this week. What’s more, by purchasing either or both of these fantastic books at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes. The prizes include a Kindle Fire, $450 in Amazon gift cards, and 5 autographed copies of each book. All the info you need to win one of these amazing prizes is RIGHT HERE. Remember, winning is as easy as clicking a button or leaving a blog comment--easy to enter; easy to win! To win the prizes:
  1. Get your copy for just 99 cents
  2. BONUS: The sequel is also discounted to 99 cents
  3. Enter the Rafflecopter contest below
  4. Visit the featured social media event

Mother's Curse is a coming of age story about the youngest Princess of Cothel and her efforts to save her father and brother from her mother's schemes, while at the same time, coming to terms with what it means to be a witch.

Get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes.



Daughter's Justice continues Stephenie's journey of discovery, where she must overcome national opposition to her being a witch as well as lead her friends and protectors on a mission to stabilize her countries finances. 

 
Thaddeus Nowak is a writer of fantasy novels who enjoys hiking, photography, and the outdoors. Visit Ted on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads</ a>.

Book Tour & Author Interview: The Long Way by Aaron Redfern

May 19, 2013

Title: The Long Way
Author: Aaron Redfern
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: May 19, 2012
Amazon  B & N
In a move that defies all logic and likelihood, a young boy named Spiff is called upon to carry out the most important quest that has ever been undertaken. His mission drags him headlong across the face of the world, through a veritable pantheon of hardships and threats that are at once chilling and baffling. Along the way he meets dragons and madmen, and learns that the lovable and the monstrous are two sides of the same coin.
Conceived as a darkly whimsical loose retelling of the Tolkien saga, The Long Way poses the question that high fantasy rarely cares to ask: Why?
Author Interview

Bout of Books Challenge: Genre Book Spine Poetry

May 18, 2013

This is my second challenge in the Bout of Books Read-a-thon, anad I'm so glad I've managed to do two, because that was my goal.

This is the first time I'm doing this kind of thing, and it was so much fun! I chose Young Adult as my genre, with no sub-genres. And I am kinda happy with the results.

So here's what I've got. (The titles link to the Goodreads page)

Under The Never Sky
You Shatter Me
Play Mind Games
Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea
With All My Soul
I Wish
Just One Day
of Pandemonium 
Burn for Burn
Through The Ever Night

So... what do you think?

Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

May 17, 2013

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 26 February, 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Amazon | Goodreads
"Bono met his wife in high school," Park says.
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen."
"What about Romeo and Juliet?"
"Shallow, confused, then dead."
''I love you," Park says.
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be."

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
Oh God, how I loved this story! Definitely one of the best books I've read this year. After the string of utterly boring, unabsorbing books that I've been reading lately, this was like food for a starving soul. Really. Not exaggerating there.

Feature & Follow Friday #5


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee at Parajunkee & Alison at Alison Can Read.

RULES:
To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  • If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
Question of this Week:
School is out! What is your favourite summer reading book?

Answer:
Well, I dont really have a specific type of book that I read during summer. What I read depends upon my mood at the time and what's on my tbr.

However, what I define as a 'summer' book is something light, sunny, happy, and not too intense, sometimes mystery, sometimes fantasy too, if you're in the mood for it. Here are a few that fit the bill:

 

I just realised that this is a very mixed bag of books. There's almost every genre in there, but oh well, I guess there's something for everyone. 

If you do read any of these books (or have already read them), I;d love to know what you think! Especially The Blue Castle & The Scarlet Pimpernel!

P.S.: GFC has shut down (I think, because I cant find my reading list), so I would love it if you guys would be angels and follow via other means as well: Bloglovin', Networked Blogs, Linky or Facebook! Many thanks in advance! :D 

 I'm on Twitter as well now!

Create A Cover Challenge + Giveaway

May 16, 2013


Lol...

Yeah, so that's my attempt at a cover for The Night Circus. I know, nothing close to the original. But I liked the feel of the woman, Gave me the same feeling that the book did - beautiful, intriguing, mysterious, a bit of the sinister, fascinating... Well, you know I can go on and on about this, dont you?

So head over to I Talk Books to take part in the challenge & giveaway!

Author Interview & Giveaway: The Girl Guide by Christine Fonseca

May 15, 2013

Title: The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in A Mixed-Up World
Author: Christine Fonseca
Publisher: Prufrock Press
Publication Date: 1 May, 2013
Genre: Non Fiction
Finding your unique voice in a noisy world can be hard—very hard. But not if you have a great guide! The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World is a must-read for girls in grades 6–8 as they enter the tumultuous world of adolescence. Packed with fun worksheets and quizzes, as well as stories from older girls and women, The Girl Guide covers everything a teenage girl needs to know on the journey toward her own identity. Proven strategies for dealing with stress management, confronting relational aggression, being safe online, navigating the changing mother-daughter relationship, and more make this the ultimate guide for any girl to get through the teen years and discover her unique point of view in the world.

  Sneak Peek!

Book Blast a& Giveaway: The Enemy by Larry Bograd

Title: The Enemy
Author: Larry Bograd
Publisher: Hipso Media
Publication Date: 30 January, 2013
Genre: Mystery
A red-hot political thriller from a blue state author. Buried among the thousands of financial transactions he reviews each day, analyst Randy Duncan finds a secret web of laundered money financing the assassination of the President, which, in turn, will lead the country into war. Can Randy and his law-student daughter Clare follow the money and stop the enemy in time? In a political thriller worthy of Dan Brown, Richard Condon, and Allen Drury, award- winning novelist Larry Bograd charts a political thriller sure to keep you reading and leave you sleepless wondering and worried about who really controls America.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble |

Goodreads


Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

May 14, 2013

Title: The Rules for Disappearing
Author: Ashley Elston
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: 14 May, 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Amazon | Goodreads
She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.

But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.
I was pretty excited about reading this book, because, come on, just take a look at the blurb, will you? And I wasn't disappointed.

Mother Sea Turtle Month Giveaway

May 12, 2013


Stephanie Lisa Tara presents Mother Sea Turtle month!  Mothers need to stick together; whether scaly, feathered, furry or skinned! And to celebrate this Mother's Day and the release of her newest turtle book, Stephanie Lisa Tara's Turtle Book—which is the companion follow-up to her first international bestseller, I'll Follow the Moon—Stephanie Lisa Tara is giving away 2 gorgeous, large plush sea turtles (26"L x 8"H x 16"W) to reviewers!
Dear Turtle Activists,

I want to thank each and every one of you for your tireless dedication and love to our cause! I have written this book FOR YOU! I dedicate this book TO YOU! 120 pages of fotos, facts and fun!

Bout of Books 7.0 Read-a-thon Sign Up, Goals & Updates

May 11, 2013


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
I happened to find out about the Bout of Books Read-a-thon a few days back from The Reader's Den, and it sounds like fun, so I decided to join in!

Feature & Follow Friday #4

May 10, 2013


Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee at Parajunkee & Alison at Alison Can Read.

RULES:
To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed
  • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  • If you’re new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
Question of this Week:
Happy Mother's Day! Who is your favourite Mom from fiction?

Answer:
I thought I'd have to think for a relly long time for this one, but surprisingly, the answer came to me as I was typing the above stuff! :D

Molly Weasley from Harry Potter

Now, if you dont know who's Molly Weasley... I really dont have anything to say to you, except to go and bury yourself in only one of the greatest works of fiction ever!

Okay, okay... Molly Weasley is Ron Weasley's mother. I love how throughout the series, she was a mother to her children as well as Harry. It was as if she just included him as one of hers right from the start, even before she met him (remember the jumper for the first Christmas?)

Proof?
From Order of the Phoenix:
Sirius: He's not your son!
Molly: He's as good as! 

And not only that, but throughout the series, we see her as a slightly absent minded, flustered, but nevertheless bubbly mother, and you dont (at least I didn't) expect any fierceness from (except when directed at her kids ;). But in that totally epic scene at the end, during the Battle of Hogwarts, when she duels with Bellatrix Lestrange, we see how protective she can be. Kinda reminded me of a lioness. Loved it!

Happy Mother's Day, Mrs. Weasley! (it's weird calling her Molly) We love you!

So who's your favourite mother from fiction? I'd love to know!

P.S.: GFC has shut down (I think, because my reading list is empty), so I would love it if you guys would be angels and follow via other means as well: Bloglovin', Networked Blogs, Linky or Facebook! Many thanks in advance! :D 

 I'm on Twitter as well now!

Promo Blitz: Hope's Reign by Selina Fenech

Title: Hope's Reign (#2 in Memory's Wake Trilogy)
Author: Selina French
Publisher: Fairies and Fantasy Pty Ltd 
Date Published: May 10, 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy
Everything is slipping away from Memory. The bond of friendship between her, Eloryn, Roen, and Will, that was formed while running for their lives is tearing. In a world that doesn’t feel like home, with a mind filled with nothing but questions, Memory struggles to be true to herself… whoever that is. When her past self starts haunting her, she knows her sanity could be the next thing she will lose.

About The Author:
Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, daughter, and an unnamed cat. During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, been mugged for doughnuts, made a living as a visual artist, and shared her imaginary worlds in paintings and now in her novels.

Cover Feature: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

May 9, 2013

So... to the rest of you who were getting your beauty sleep or were sitting under a rock...

THE ALLEGIANT COVER IS HERE!!! 

That's right! After all the hype and the twitter craziness, here it is! Look your fill :D

In HD too!!

Waiting on Wednesday #2: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

May 8, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine!

Promo/Blitz: The Heiresses by Allison Rushby *Giveaway*

Today I have on the blog this totally amazing book to showcase on the blog - The Heiresses by Allison Rushby. I dont know why, but from the blurb, I get the feeling that it'll be like a mix of the Luxe series and Gossip Girl!

There's also an interview with the author where she talks about everything from why she chose the traditional publishing route to crashing the sets of Downtown Abbey! (Confession: I didn't know what Downtown Abbey was until I Googled it. In my defense, they dont air it in India :)

What's more, there's also a giveaway! With... wait for it... 20 COPIES of The Heiresses to giveaway! So your chances of winning are higher!

Check all that interesting stuff below!

Bloglovin Blog Hop

Look what  I found! An absolutely awesome way to gain followers! Dont you just love these blog hops that let you meet great new people who share your love of books and also get new followers at the same time?
  
Brandi over at Blkosiner's TA and Teen Book Blog has started this Bloglovin blog hop thingy. It's easy: follow and get followed! Something like Feature & Follow Friday.

Here are the rules:
Rules:
1. Make your own post, grab the icon if you want
2. Link back to this post
3. Hop around. Visit as many or as few blogs as you'd like, but make sure if someone leaves a comment saying they followed you, visit and follow them back. Make sure to add the link to your post in the link tool below.
4. You do NOT have to host your own giveaway, but its awesome if you do. 

Follow on Bloglovin

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things To Read When You Need Something Light and Fun

May 7, 2013

See, I wanted to post this in the morning. But it's 10 pm, and I still haven't -_- . When will I ever overcome my procrastinating tendencies? :( 

I had to really pore through my Goodreads list for this one. I usually like to read stuff that's intense, so I didn't think I'd find very many.  But surprisingly, I found quite a bit of light reads. Yay! :)

My definition of a light read is something that is not very intense and emotional, but still has at least a bit of serious in it, and not completely fluff. So you will find that a lot of the following books are like that.


1. Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella
I know Kinsella is the author of the famous Shopaholic series, but I haven't read them, and I dont plan to either. This book, however, is the perfect mix of hilarity and romance.
2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Ah! Pride and Prejudice. The ultimate chick lit (at least to me). With Mrs. Bennet's greatest worry being to get rid of her daughters, this book is an all time favourite that any generation can relate to.

BookRix Promo: Be The Best (Seller) You Can Be!

May 6, 2013


BookRix is THE top book community. We connect authors and readers. 
You can create eBooks, publish your own book, and read eBooks - All for FREE!

BookRix YA Contest “Be
The Best (Seller) You Can Be!”

Writing is your talent, your skill, and your greatness! Unfortunately, being an Indie Author comes with a downside: The grueling task of self-marketing. It’s a big, book-filled world out there, and without marketing, readers won’t know about you or your work. It’s kinda hard to be a Best Seller when nobody knows about your book, so let’s get you noticed!

Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

May 4, 2013

Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: 13 September, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism
Rating: 5/5 stars
Amazon | Goodreads
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
You know how there are people who write books or make movies about the lives of inspirational, larger-than-life people and they almost always say that they're scared that they haven't done justice to the person? Yeah, that's how I feel about writing this review, hence the long delay. Does that make sense? To feel that way about a book? Anyways, that's how I do; just thought I'd get it out there first.

Right. So...

I read this book while on a train journey from Chennai to Trichy (where an aunty from across the aisle didn't allow me to cross my legs so that I could balance the book properly, because 'It's disrespectful, haven't your parents taught you that?' Yeah. Right. *rolls eyes*) and then on a bus from Trichy to Kumbakonam (in which the lights were sucky, and I could hardly see what I was reading), and then on another bus from Kumbakonam, back to Chennai (at least I did, until they switched off the lights so that everyone could sleep). Usually while reading, and especially when I know I'm going to be writing a review, I like to make little notes - quotes, important stuff, characters, etc. And since I was traveling, I didn't have anything to write on (lesson learnt). I ended up tearing out a strip from that day's newspaper (papers are so FULL! I had a tough time finding a free spot), and making tiny notes on that.
Have a look ---> (it much longer than this, btw)

Ok, now less me talk and more book talk. 

The story of The Night Circus goes back a long way, much before where the book actually begins. Alexander and Hector are two magicians who have opposing views (Hector used to be Alexander's student). While Prospero believes magic is a matter of innate talent, Mr A H thinks it can be taught to anyone of reasonable intelligence. Every once in a while, to test whose methods are better, they pit two special students against each other for a duel. To the death.

There are no rules, and no information about how to win, and neither knows when it will start, just that it will, and when the time comes they will know. 

I recently read that Morgenstern has a degree in theater, and thought, "No wonder!" The book has a feel of drama, theatricality and plain fairy tale-ness to it, that has you mourning when you finally close it for the last time. The writing style is simply out of this world. Right from the prologue, the book has us hooked. Anticipation, tingly shivers, mystery, wonder - you feel it all. I mean that very name - Le Cirque des Rêves, The Circus of Dreams (aka The Night Circus), wakens wonder, excitement and a certain childish glee (especially with the introductory prologue) - its a circus of Dreams, so it must be made of the stuff of dreams, where anythings possible, right? 

And it is! The circus arrives without warning. No one knows when it comes and when it goes. One fine day, it's just there, and on another, it's gone. It's a traveling circus, a monochromatic world that opens only at night to its visitors, and the few who see the circus as home, and follow it - the rêveurs. In it are a host of wonders, which take you away from the reality of life, yet, they nevertheless have a sense of sinisterity around them. You may wander to your heart's content - chocolate mice, caramel popcorn, the contortionist, the dream maze, the pool of tears, the table of jars.... 

The Night Circus is the dueling ground for the contest between Celia and Marcus. Each performs when it is their turn, and create fantastical things that are a feast for the senses. The entire circus is tied to both of them, and their actions - as if it is a set of puppets controlled by them both. But the circus is made up of not only these two, but several other people - Bailey, Poppet and Widget, Chandresh, Herr Thiessen and many more, who are all invested in the circus, and help bring it all together.

The story goes back and forth in time, jumping many years forward/backward sometimes, so that might be a little confusing. It is told from the point of view of several characters, each of whom are an integral part of the story, which all comes to fore in the climax. I loved the characters in this world; they're so so real, and each becomes so dear to you , *spoiler* (highlight to see) that tears prick your eyes if one of them die. The author has created the characters (and even the story) in such a way that you feel you never quite know everything there is to know about them. There's something that is held back, but that's okay. It just lends more to the fairytaleness (I know its not a word) of the entire story.

The romance is special and unique, the kind that is no longer seen in books today. Do you remember the classics? How you would be caught up in the love and the emotion, all without any overt behaviour or use of explicit language? The love between Celia and Marco takes you back there. The amazing part is that they have so few direct exchanges, but each is so potent, it has you fanning yourself, and no, it doesnt feel exaggerated. 

At the end of the story (the epic journey), you dont want to leave. You want to go back to being the girl who did not know about Le Cirque des Rêves, so that you can experience everything all over again, for even if you re-read it, it wouldn't be the same as it was.


Read this book like you would eat chocolate. Bit by bit, allowing each bite to melt in your mouth, and savour the flavour of it, that sets your senses atingle. Read it like that. Dont rush through, it spoils the fun of it.

And I can tell you this with full conviction: This is not a book that you want to read while traveling. In fact, don't even take it out of the  house. You know that special nook that you have, where you can curl up in peace and read without interference? That's the place for this book.

Bottomline: It prose, wonderful, intricate prose - most probably at its best. Every scene is an elaborately crafted painting that forms a piece of the darkly fascinating masterpiece that is The Night Circus. It's magic!

P.S.: I know this review is sort of all over the place, so if you want to know more, there's a wonderful review over at Amazon by a certain Serena Witzke. Amazon also has an exclusive Q and A with the author here!
And for those of you who have finished the book, and want more of the addictive magic that the book has, head over to The Night Circus!

Book Lovers' Buffet!

May 2, 2013


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Cover Reveal: Endure by M. R. Merrick (Protector Series #4)

May 1, 2013

Available June 5th



YA Urban Fantasy
Final book in The Protector Series

Wrapped in darkness and woven with defeat, every action Chase has taken since being exiled from the Circle has been met with a devastating response. Now he’s been burdened with a quest that seems impossible, and he needs to evolve into something more—something greater than he ever thought he could be.

Armed with magic, friendship, and an unbreakable will, Chase must build an army and find a weapon capable of defeating the ultimate evil. But he knows that nothing great comes without sacrifice. Blessed by the very gods who have abandoned him and carrying the fate of all the worlds on his shoulders, Chase Williams is about find out just how much one man can endure.




 Book 1 - Exiled is FREE!




About the author:

M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer, and author of Exiled, the first installment in The Protector Series. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer, between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.

Release Day Blitz: Centaur Rivalry by Nancy Straight



Today ‘s the day!! Centaur Rivalry is available right now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. It’s the third book in Nancy Straight’s Touched Series!

Title: Centaur Rivalry
Author: Nancy Straight
Publication Date: 15 May, 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars
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The Centaur world is rocked as news spreads of the Lost Herd, Camille's existence, and her Centaur protector. A death order against Camille's father and family sends all into hiding. Camille and Drake leave the country pursued by the Lost Herd as well as by Centaur Council enforcers. Camille's twin brother Cameron is manipulated by the Council Head and is quickly becoming her newest enemy. Amid unexpected new protectors, enemies, and romances, Camille and Drake make their plans to travel to Africa to confront the Centaur Council. They hope acceptance of Camille as Chiron's heir, yet knowing that her link to the Lost Herd could require them to kill or to be killed.
You can stalk Nancy here:
Twitter: @NancyStraight
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