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A Tale of Two Centuries (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #2) by Rachel Harris

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"Description"Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?"My Favourite Quotes From the Book&q…

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century #1) by Rachel Harris

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"Description"On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?"My Favourite Quotes From the Book""I ha…

Don't Bite the Bridesmaid (Sons of Kane #1) by Tiffany Allee

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"Description"Alice Shepard needs one thing: a date for her sister's wedding. And not just any date. A hunk who will make her fiancĂ© rue the day he left her for her best friend. Her drop-dead gorgeous neighbor fits the bill—even if he is a bit quirky and never comes out during the day—and Alice has downed just enough appletinis to ask him. But she makes it quite clear that there will be no funny business.

Spending a week on a cruise ship full of humans while sleeping close to his sexy next-door neighbor sounds like a helluva bad idea to vampire Noah Thorpe. But his friends need time to get him out of a shotgun wedding—a vampire bonding that will tie his fate to a female vampire he's never met. And Alice's offer comes at just the right time.

What could possibly go wrong?"Review" This book is not the usual vampire story which is I think a positive point but it isn't anything exceptional either. It is just a nice and interesting story which can…

Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase

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"Description"Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tendernes…

Serendipity by Stacey Bentley

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"Description"The saying goes that there is a fine line between love and hate...but what happens when the line becomes blurred?

When life hands Phoebe Andrews her dream job, she’s ecstatic. That is, until she realizes that in order to pursue her dream she’ll have to give up her cosmopolitan lifestyle in Chicago and move to Nashville. As if leaving all she knows behind wasn’t enough, a car accident on her first day in town does nothing to convince the city girl that country living is all it’s cracked up to be.

As an only child, Dean Montgomery has obligations—obligations which have left him angry at the world. Just as his monotone life has begun to leave him jaded, he is brought back to earth with a bang...literally.

Fate conspires to bring the city girl and the country boy together, but can Dean stay out of trouble long enough for the pair to test the boundaries of their tempestuous relationship?"Review"  Serendipity is a cute, funny and interesting story…

The Mating (Law of the Lycans #1) by Nicky Charles

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"Description"Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she'd end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn.
"My Favourite Quotes From the Book" 
“You know, Elise, sometimes our lives have moments of great disappointment. It's difficult at the time, but we have to move beyond.”
― Nicky Charles, The Mating
“...pushing through her own feeling of panic to find what Kane was trying to communicate to her. It was a bit of a jumble and she strained to make sense of it, finally grasping a repeated thread: I love you. Be ready.”
― Nicky Charles, The Mating
".... its always the quite ones you should watch out for." ― Nicky Charles, The Mating
"Review" As a daughter of an Alpha, Elise had always known that she might have to mate for political reasons rather than love but still she had hoped that she could be able to choose her …

The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

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"Description"When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson ha…

The Wanderer (Thunder Point #1) by Robyn Carr

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"Description"Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land's unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he's been left an old friend's entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community's destiny in his hands.

Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

With the whole town watching for his next move, Cooper has to choose between his old life and a place full of new possibilities. A place that just might be home.
"My Favourite Quotes From the Book"
“A million possible endearments ran through his head. But he said, “Help.”
― Robyn Carr, The Wanderer
“You’re a good date,” he said.
“You thought of it as a date?”
He nodded. “F…

Love Hate by Ruth Houston

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"Description"OK, I admit it. I'm in love with him... my Mum's best friend's son! Bad right? Worse. He's come to stay at my house for an entire month! And it doesn't help that he's an arrogant ass or the fact that my stepsister wants him too... Save me?"Review"This was the most ridiculous book I've ever read in my entire life. Characters are so bad that instead of liking them I hated them. I had high hopes for this one although the description doesn't tell you much but still it sounded like a good book, unfortunately it turned out to be a total waste of time. After reading the whole thing I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry at the far-fetched totally unrealistic plot ever written. So I know that this was a fiction and fantasy where writers have every right to bend the realities but at least they "sound" realistic unlike this book.It was all bad though, it started out quite well. We see a girl, Amber, whose childhood…

Horror Fiction

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Sometimes being scared can be fun. Horror Fiction has the capacity to frighten people or at least it is intended to do so. As for me, truthfully? I have never been scared by a book but still enjoy reading horror novels now and then. They can be very entertaining especially when certain amount of suspense and intrigue is involved but they are not meant for the faint of heart.
Just like any other genre it can be divided in many sub-genres like fantasy horror, supernatural or paranormal horror books, gothic horror and so on. There are also science fiction/horror books available but personally I don't like them much. I think that if you can explain everything via scientific postulations then what is the point of it being horror, therefore, supernatural horror is my preferred genre. I believe that it is more frightening and creates an atmosphere of fear if you cannot explain rationally the things happening around you. One of my all time favourite authors is R. L. Stine. His books neve…

Assimilate by Emily Jack Hayden

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"Description"Sixteen-year-old Tan Michaels is pumped to have been chosen for his new assignment: to assimilate with students at the local high school. Tan's assignment is the first major step in his secluded society's overall plan to integrate with their local California community. His genetically enhanced mind and body make the transition easy at first- Tan breezes through his homework and stuns the judges and onlookers at his first gymnastics meet. He's also managed to capture the attention of Paisley, an artsy barista he discovered in history class. He feels less fortunate to have also captured the attention of Whitney, the girl his new friends say he should want.

When Tan's twin sister goes missing, he's ordered to put his assignment on hold along with his still-new relationship with Paisley. In the search for his sister, Tan secretly discovers some mind blowing information. Has the society's long-established goal of complete assimil…

Science Fiction

Science Fiction is not something I enjoy. These books are my least favourite and its very rare for me to read any science fiction. These are the books which are based on imaginative scientific technology, space travel etc. some might confuse it with fantasy but this genre differs from fantasy on the basis that here the possibilities of the existence of parallel universes, space travel or paranormal abilities etc are rationalized according to scientific rules either known to us or postulated by the author.
There are various sub-genres included within the heading of sci-fi. Time travel is one example, where with the help of "time machines" or some other scientifically explained method traveling back or forth in time is shown to be possible. Similarly, alternative historic books are also included in science fiction. Superhuman, military, science fiction and space opera are some other examples. These books can also be horror or mystery and so on.
Some popular authors of science …

Endless Night by Agatha Christie

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"Description"Michael Rogers dreams of a rich, beautiful wife and a perfectly designed house. He finds the woman, and they build the house. Then sudden death strikes."My Favourite Quotes From the Book"“One doesn't recognise in one's life the really important moments - not until it's too late.”
― Agatha Christie, Endless Night
“Go away where you're loved and taken care of and looked after.”
― Agatha Christie, Endless Night “Nobody shall drive us away,” I said. “We're going to be happy here.” We said it like a challenge to fate.”
― Agatha Christie, Endless Night “My whole belief in life was based on the fact that [she] loved me.”
― Agatha Christie, Endless Night  “Oh no, I'm not brave. When a thing is certain there's nothing to be brave about. All you can do is to find your consolation.”
― Agatha Christie, Endless Night "Review"
"A t…

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

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"Description"Growing up with her cousins Tom, Edmund, Maria and Julia, she is aware that she is different from them and that her place in society cannot be taken for granted, although she is not treated unkindly. A dashing couple from London, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry, enter this stable, rural world. They succeed in dazzling everyone at Mansfield Park, except for Fanny, who sees through their shallow veneer. Throughout the dramatic events that follow it is she who is able to bring back some stability to the ruptured lives of those around her."My Favourite Quotes From the Book"“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park“E…

Silencing Joy by Amy Rachiele

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"Description"I scream. I couldn’t help it. I jump up and whack my head on the bottom of a bleacher. My hand flies immediately to the lump forming. I start running while bent in half. I try to get out. I don’t.Have you ever been at the wrong place at the wrong time? Follow Joy as she discovers what it actually means."My Favourite Quotes From the Book" "You know. 'fight or flight' response. When someone is in a dangerous situation, two things can happen. They can fight or their body tells them to run... flight." ---Amy Rachiele, Silencing Joy "She gets emotional and sees me, she slaps me. She gets emotional and sees you, you get a hug." ---Amy Rachiele, Silencing Joy "You are my angel." ---Amy Rachiele,Silencing Joy"Review" Silencing Joy is a romantic/action/adventure thriller. Joy is an average college student. She is studying photography and she ends up in the wrong place at a wrong time which makes her an eye wi…

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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"Description"Marriage can be a real killer.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stan…

Thriller, Mystrey & Crime Fiction

Not my favourite genre to be sure but I do enjoy a little mystery and some thrill now and then.
Crime fiction is all about crimes, criminals and it fictionalises the motives behind these crimes and their outcomes. The sub-genres include detective fiction, spy fiction, court room drama, legal thrillers, psychological suspense etc. Detective fiction used to be my favourite at one time. I still remember reading Nancy Grew and Hardy Boys series with gusto.
Legal thrillers usually include situations where lawyers get involved in proving their cases and hence major characters are lawyers and their employs. There are a number of films as well which are based on legal thrillers. The suspense and the thrill of chasing the criminals can very well be addictive.
I have a love-hate relationship with psychological suspense. The mystery surrounding the characters always intrigue me and with these kinds of books each chapter is a surprise, you can never gauge the actions and reactions of the main cha…

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

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The Harry Potter series include seven most amazing books you will ever read. There is not much one can say about the series at this point but I couldn't help review it for my blog.
This is the fantasy story which takes you to the world full of magic and wonder. It is so well written that the characters come to life and you can't help but go through with what they are going through. It is bedazzling, mesmerising and fascinating tale of witchcraft and wizardry. An entire world hidden from human eyes, for the time being you will believe it too.
Although it has been a few years since I read these books and my memory might be a little rusty but I'll try my best to convince you to read them if you haven't already ;)
The story began with a tragedy, a boy being orphaned and sent to live with his aunt and her family who basically don't want anything to do with "his kind" but are forced to take care of the child by Hogwarts headmaster, Dumbledore. There he is bull…

Historical Fiction

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Historical fiction, as the name suggests, are stories set in the past. Mostly the books set in pre-World War II eras are included in this genre. There are books about ancient times, medieval era, Renaissance, English Civil war, French revolution, American history and so on. Although stories are fiction but the time in which they are set is based on facts. These kinds of books are not only entertaining but can be very informative about the historical facts. I am a personal fan of books written in early medieval era. It is interesting to know how people survived without all the gadgets of modern world available to them. I especially enjoy it when the book involves time travel. Sometimes I wonder how it would be to go back in history and experience it but then I realise that it might not be fun for us as we are used to comforts of life which were alien in those times ;)
My favourite historical romance authors are Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Anna Campbell, Lynsay Sands and Medellin Hunter.…

Meant to Be by Ruth Ann Nordin

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"Description"While on a train heading west, Ted Jacob and Megan Crane are thrown back into the past with no idea of how or why they got there. They get off the train at Fargo, North Dakota and learn they are in April 1898.

As if that isn't bad enough, the people insist that Ted and Megan marry at once! But Ted and Megan don't even know each other, and despite their protests, the preacher announces them man and wife.

The only way out of this mess is to return to the future. But between figuring that out and Megan's showdown with the men, they may discover that some things are meant to be. And love may be one of them."Review" It was yet another extremely enjoyable book. Ted and Megan travelled back in time to 1898 purely my accident. They had no idea where they were but they knew that it was best to stick together. Forced to marry, they somehow managed to tolerate each other and kept trying to find a way to go back to their own time.As f…

Inevitable (Harmony #1) by Angela Graham

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"Description"
After experiencing a humiliating breakup, twenty-two-year-old Cassandra Clarke is fresh out of college and living a simple solitary life without any intentions of pursuing love anytime soon.

When the estate next door sells, the last thing Cassandra expects is the unnerving attraction she feels for her sinfully handsome neighbour, Logan West, the young and charming single father with a playboy reputation.

It’s through Oliver, Logan’s four-year-old son, who keeps popping up in her childhood tree house, that she slowly begins to catch glimpses of the compassionate and wounded man Logan has hidden beneath his strong exterior.

Cassandra knows it's wrong and that she's heading for another heartbreak.
Logan will never be able to give her what she wants…love.
"My Favourite Quotes from the Book"
“I'll never give up. You have my heart, my soul, my everything. When you're ready, I'll be here."  ― Angela Graham,

Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides #1) by Catherine Baybee

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"Description"
Blake Harrison:
Rich, titled, and charming…and in need of a wife by Wednesday. Blake turns to Sam Elliot, who isn’t the businessman he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, beautiful and feisty with a voice men call 1-900 numbers to hear.

Samantha Elliot:
Owner of matchmaking firm Alliance and not on the marital menu…that is, until Blake offers her ten million dollars for a one-year contract. And there’s nothing indecent about this proposal. The money will really help with her family’s medical bills. All Samantha will need to do is keep her attraction to her new husband to herself and avoid his bed.

But Blake’s toe-curling kisses and sexy charm prove too difficult for Sam to resist. It was a marriage contract that planned for everything…except falling in love.

"My Favourite Quotes from the Book"
"Women are emotional creatures."---Catherine Bybee, Wife by Wednesday
"Kissing will be the easy part,"…

Contemporary Romance

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The Contemporary Romance includes books which are set in post World War II era. these are my favourite kind of romance novels usually focused on social aspects of life in the time they are written. It is a broad genre and have many sub genres like medical romance, romantic suspense, humorous and so on. The ones I like always have a happy ending because like Jane Austen, I too, do not believe in tragedies. I think love should end happily at least in fiction if not in reality. Most times when I am reading romance I can get a pretty good idea how it will end but that doesn't in any away influence my liking of these books. There are a large number of books available under this genre. I think these are the most read romance books and many good authors are writing amazing contemporary romances (fortunately for the readers like me :)).
My personal favourite authors are Julie James, Lisa Kleypas, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Susan Mallery, Kristen Ashley, Bella Andre, Jennifer …

The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen

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"Description"What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world--and came into yours?

Amy is in love with someone who doesn't exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.
"My Favourite Quotes From the Book" “being bitten by a vampire is not sexy” ― Allison van Diepen, The Vampire Stalker 
“How sad that I felt more of a connection to a fictional character than to a guy in real life.”
― Allison van Diepen, The Vampire Stalker  "Review" This book is eve…

Paranormal Fiction

These days paranormal and fantasy fiction is all the rage and I am no different than other readers in liking these books. These books are far far away from the reality, beyond your wildest, sometimes darkest imagination, where anything can happen. Who wouldn't like that? You can meet vampires, wizards, zombies, ogres, fairies and what not. You pick up a book and it is a whole new world waiting for you to explore it and get lost in it. There are many writer writing paranormal series but there are some good stand alone books as well. Some of my favourite series include, Wicked lovely series by Melissa Marr, Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray, The Immortals by Alison Noel, Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and House of Night series by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast. I have also loved The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith but the last two books of the series were so bad that it kind of spoiled the whole thing for me. Some stand alone novels that I have enjoyed reading are …

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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"Description""It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilised sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the "most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works," and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as "irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.""My Favourite Quotes from the Book"
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my o…