Review: Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

August 31, 2013

Title: Tumble & Fall
Author: Alexandra Coutts
Publication date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Genre: YA
Source: Publisher (via NetGalley)
A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.
Let me get this out of the way first, before going into the review part.

THE COVER THE COVER THE COVER!!! Would you just look at that gorgeous thing?! It honestly just makes me want to fall headlong into the book... tumble and fall, right into it ;) I love the little sparkly things and her dress is so freaking fantastic, all lace and cut outs and all! Sigh. I want it!

Okay, now that that's out of the way...

Feature & Follow Friday in which I'm The Feature!

August 30, 2013

Okay, so something really crazy happened last night (or this morning, depending on where you live). I'm really sick (viral fever :(), and needed a distraction, so I thought I'd write my FFF post for tomorrow, and logged on to Blogger. While I was thinking of an answer to today's question, I signed into Twitter, you know, to look around, say hi, catch up with whats happening and all (and I'm incapable of sitting simply and thinking while staring at a screen. There are so many shiny, distracting things on the internet to see!). And lucky me, as fate would have it, I happened to be just in time to see Parajunkee post a tweet, looking for a feature! And so, here I am! Can I just say 
YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! asdjfhldsgjl;kg!!!

Okay, freak out show over. Sorry, I just needed to get that out of my system :D I am an excitable person, in case you haven't figured out.

Moving on...

I present to you...
Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee & Alison at Alison Can Read.

This Week's Question:
If you could only have ONE – one book – for the rest of your life. Don’t cheat…what would it be?

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

August 28, 2013

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publication date: January 10. 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books
Genre: YA
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
This book has two terminally ill people as its main characters. So yes, this book will make you cry. But dont let that dissuade you (if something like that would. Personally, if someone tells me a book will make me cry, I'll read it just to prove them wrong. Or not.) This book may feature cancer patients, but it is not a cancer book.

The story revolves around Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters (it's starting to feel like every guy names Augustus is awesome!), who meet each other at the Cancer Kids Support Group meeting, through their mutual friend Isaac. A significant part of the book centers around Hazel's favourite book, An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (which, before you Google it, is not a real book. But I wish it was.)

Cover Reveal: The Picture of Dulce Garcia by Alana Albertson

August 27, 2013

WINNERS of the Bout of Books 8.0 Acrostic Book Poem Challenge!!!

Hey, people!

So I've finally got the results for the Acrostic Book Poem Challenge that I hosted on Saturday as part of the Bout of Books 8.0 Read-a-thon!

A big shout out to Pooja @ On Books and Aaliya @ Peek Into Me Head for helping me pick the winners! You guys rock! :D

Ok, so let's get down to the good stuff! Now, I know everyone always says this, but it really was tough coming to a decision; you were all so great! :D Which is why, instead of three winners, we've picked FOUR! Yay!

So here are the lucky winners:

Congratulations, all of you! And as promised, I shall read all of the books you picked and my review shall contain your poem in it, with a link back! 

A little fun:

After reading all the poems, Aaliya came up with her own acrostic poem. For Twilight! It's funny, people! Check it out -->

Teen so damn
Indispensable and pathetic, a
Lunatic who ruined everyone's
Important tasks, 
Grossing millions of cash
Hogged from the misfortunate

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Secondary Characters

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers.

I am so happy about this week's topic! Everyone's always talking about the main characters in a story, and often even forget the secondary characters completely. But there are some awesome secondary characters out there that add so much to the story and stick around in your head long after you've finished the book. So this is something like a tribute to them. Here are the awesome top ten of the lot, in no particular order.

Oh, but before that, I've got some interesting news... Jessi over at Auntie Spinelli Reads has interviewed me as part of her Undersea Spotlight feature! She's a wonderful blogger (and LOVE the blog design) and she also had some really cool questions that I had fun answering! Head over there to check it out! :)

Bout of Books 8.0: Acrostic Book Poem Challenge!

August 24, 2013

Bout of Books

Hey there, people! How's the reading going? We're on our second last day of the read-a-thon, and frankly, I'm kind of sad about it ending, because then it means my exams are starting!!! Yes, they really are. On Monday. And I'm reading fiction here. Maybe I should've included some of my psych text books in my goals? Hm... But anyway, moving on...

I really like the idea of these mini-challenges during the course of a 'read-a-thon day'. I love reading and all, but sometimes, it's nice to take a short break, and when it's a bookish break - YAY!

I'm pretty excited to be hosting one of today's mini-challenge , and it's actually one of my favourite mini challenge ideas, because my friends and I used to do this all the time, and it brings back so many memories :) Also, I love poetry. Without further ado, here's the challenge:

Bookish Senior Superlatives

August 23, 2013

Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner has started a fun new feature for the summer called 'Friday Fun'. Totally awesome lists and surveys, and I'm getting addicted. I've decided to do them too, whenever I can, but mine will probably go up on the weekend. Have fun, and if you end up doing it too, link it in the comments! I'd love to compare! :)

Bout of Books 8.0 Read-a-thon Sign Up, Goals, & Updates

Bout of Books
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, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th 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 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
 This is my second time participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon and I'm pretty excited about it, especially since I'll also be hosting one of the challenges! Yay! :D

More on that later, but for now, here are my goals. I'm limiting them a bit, since I'll be having my exams soon after the read-a-thon, and I'll be caught up in prepping for them as well.

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make My Life As A Blogger Easier/Better

August 20, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers.

This week's topic, as you can see, is the top ten things that make our life as a blogger easier. Aw isn't this  nice? It's like a thank you post to everything/everyone that makes blogging just that much more fun!

Feature & Follow Friday #11

August 16, 2013

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

Question of this Week:
Share something you’ve learned about book blogging or just blogging in general in the last month.

Review: Lexicon by Max Barry

August 15, 2013

Title: Lexicon
Author: Max Barry
Publication date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Mulholland Books (Imprint of Hachette)
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction
Source: Publisher

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At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics--at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets" adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

Whip-smart orphan Emily Ruff is making a living running a three-card Monte game on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organization's recruiters. She is flown across the country for the school's strange and rigorous entrance exams, where, once admitted, she will be taught the fundamentals of persuasion by Bronte, Eliot, and Lowell--who have adopted the names of famous poets to conceal their true identities. For in the organization, nothing is more dangerous than revealing who you are: Poets must never expose their feelings lest they be manipulated. Emily becomes the school's most talented prodigy until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love.

Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Jamieson is brutally ambushed by two strange men in an airport bathroom. Although he has no recollection of anything they claim he's done, it turns out Wil is the key to a secret war between rival factions of poets and is quickly caught in their increasingly deadly crossfire. Pursued relentlessly by people with powers he can barely comprehend and protected by the very man who first attacked him, Wil discovers that everything he thought he knew about his past was fiction. In order to survive, he must journey to the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, to discover who he is and why an entire town was blown off the map.

As the two narratives converge, the shocking work of the poets is fully revealed, the body count rises, and the world crashes toward a Tower of Babel event which would leave all language meaningless. Max Barry's most spellbinding and ambitious novel yet, Lexicon is a brilliant thriller that explores language, power, identity, and our capacity to love--whatever the cost.
Okay, this book is officially one of the most brilliant books I've ever read!

The saying 'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me' has been proved wrong innumerable times since it's utterance, but never so much as in this story.

If you could understand a language so well, study it in so much depth, that accompanied with only a skeletal understanding of a person, you would be able to make them do your will, would you do it? And while you're thinking of your answer, take a closer look at the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel; maybe there's something in there that we haven't properly understood.

Top Ten Tuesday In Which I Cheat (Kind of)

August 13, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Books with X Setting. But, no matter how hard I thought, I couldn't come up with a satisfying topic, and when I finally did, I couldn't come up with 10 books. And I know it's fine if it's not ten, but just as many as we can think of, but putting up just 5 books here seemed too pathetic.

So I'm twisting this thing slightly, and going for TWO lists. Each with 5 books! Enjoy! :)

Review: Hover by Melissa West

August 11, 2013

Hover by Melissa WestTitle: Hover (The Taking, #2)
Author: Melissa West
Publication date: August 13, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA, Dystopia
Source: Publisher
On Earth, seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander was taught to never peek, but if she hopes to survive life on her new planet, Loge, her eyes must never shut. Because Zeus will do anything to save the Ancients from their dying planet, and he has a plan.

Thousands of humans crossed over to Loge after a poisonous neurotoxin released into Earth's atmosphere, nearly killing them. They sought refuge in hopes of finding a new life, but what they became were slaves, built to wage war against their home planet. That is, unless Ari and Jackson can stop them. But on Loge, nothing is as it seems...and no one can be trusted.
I simply LOVED Gravity, the first book in The Taking series, so it goes without saying that I was super duper excited when I got the chance to read Hover. The very idea of an alien takeover, which actually starts out as a peaceful mutual cooperation on the parts of both the humans and aliens, is so mind blowing! And Gravity just about rocked my socks off! You can read my rave review of it here.

In Hover, we jump right into the thick of things, with Ari being settled in Loge, exploring the city under the guidance of her healer, Emmy.

A to Z Book Survey

August 10, 2013

Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner always comes up with the best bookish stuff. Memes, features, discussion posts, or in this case, survey! Jamie was a Xanga and Myspace addict and totally misses the surveys that she used to do on them, so to bring back some of that mindless fun involved in filling out a survey, she made her own. A bookish survey!

Or more specifically the...
A to Z book survey

I didn't realise this until after I thought about it for a bit, but it seems that I love surveys as well. There's a certain FUN in filling them out. When the questions are interesting, they're so much more fun, figuring out what your answer will be and comparing them with others and all that. So naturally, when Jamie put up an A to Z book survey of all things, I couldn't resist giving it a go!

Left From Dhakeshwari by Kunal Sen - Read Along Week Three

Left From Dhakeshwari by Kunal Sen Read Along

Hey everyone! Welcome to the third stop in  the Left From Dhakeshwari Read Along! If you didn't catch the kick off and the first two stops in the read along, you can always catch up here:

But it's not necessary that you should've read the others in order to be able to follow this post, since Left From Dhakshwari is a collection of short stories, so there's really no need :)

Today we're going to be looking at the 6th and 7th stories in the book - Alexandra's Stalker and  Eucalyptus.

Feature & Follow Friday #10

August 9, 2013

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

Question of this Week:
Back to School time! Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you'll be teaching this semester.  

Oooh... this is interesting! All through school and now college, I've been lucky to (mostly) have wonderful English teachers, and they've always been my favourites among all the teachers. I dont know, there's something about them... If they're brilliant they can just take you away from the classroom and into a whole new world, and I find that absolutely fascinating! I mean, we could do that for ourselves, yes, but for a class full of kids? That's something else!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels

August 6, 2013

Yay! It's Top Ten Tuesday time! Seriously, you guys, this is my absolute favourite meme of all time. I take part only in a few of them - Feature & Follow Friday, Waiting on Wednesday, and this - and though I sometimes skip this, this is by far my favourite! I love how it gives us a chance to share our books with everyone :)

And this topic! I've been looking forward to it for a LONG time, so you can expect some big time ranting and fangirling and wishing on stars and all that. In other words, you can expect a show from my slightly more freaky side that I let out only sometimes.

Book Blast + Giveaway: King of Bad by Kai Stand

August 3, 2013

King of Bad
King of Bad

Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad. In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA. He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst – the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the Supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?  

kai  Author Kai Stand When the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fire and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died, the end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for younger children Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults.

BookBlast Giveaway 

 $100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 8/15/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Blog Tour: Uninvited by Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers: Review + Giveaway

August 1, 2013

Today, I'm very excited to be bringing you a really great book - Uninvited by Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers! As soon as I read the blurb, I knew I wanted to read the book, and it was great! Yay! It's after a long time that I'm reading something that light and funny, yet sensible.

Title: Uninvited (#1, South Hills Sidekicks)
Author: Leah Spiegel, Meg Summers
Publication date: Feb 11, 2012
Genre: YA, Chick Lit
When Alley started her senior year at Upper East High in the South Hills area, it was supposed to be the usual drag of hanging out with people who spent more on one outfit than Alley did on her entire wardrobe. That was until Kirsten, a girl in their clique, suddenly goes missing and the only people who seem to care are her friends. All evidence leads to the new comer Shane, a cocky and self-pretentious person in Alley’s opinion, but the police seem uninterested so she and the rest of the girls start a little investigation of their own. But they are nowhere closer to finding Kirsten than when they started and now they had the police’s attention; just not in the way they expected. The girls have to start over and discover that maybe it wasn’t an outsider who took Kirsten, but someone within their own clique who has something to hide; a secret that just might have gotten Kirsten killed.
High school cliques? Check
Sensible MC? Check (Well, mostly)
Awesome friendships? Check
Hot new mysterious guy that no one  knows anything about? Check
Flirting with romance? Check
Mystery? Check

Do you need anymore reasons to read this book?