Friday, August 30, 2013

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

"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"
"Good leads to good. Somehow, the lesson from my childhood does not fit this new reality."
― Rachel Harris, A Tale of Two Centuries
 
"Review"
 This second book in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is even better than the first one. It was really fun to see everything we take for granted from the point of view of a sixteenth century's girl, it made me appreciate all the luxuries we have today and realise that we truly are blessed to be born in this day and time. This lighthearted romantic tale is about Alessandra, Cat's cousin from the past, who ends up in twenty first century Hollywood and lived her dream of becoming an actress.
She had always wanted to act in theater but in her day and time female acting was unheard of and thought to be sinful so when she was jilted by her suitor and ended up in the present day, she knew it  was her adventure, her one and only chance to be daring and do one thing she had always wanted to do the most.
Cat was happy to see her cousin, or more accurately her ancestor again, but she was also a little shocked, anyway now that Less was here she was going to protect her ignorant-of-our-ways-cousin and help her achieve her goal of acting.
As Less started school, met a handsome and arrogant boy Austin and learned the ways of the modern world, she stopped being prim and proper naive girl from the past and get into her new role with gusto, after all she was a natural actress, no role was too difficult for her. Austin challenged her and intrigued her at the same time and the more she knew about him the easier it became for her to fall in love with him.
Austin wanted to show Less that she wasn't as good as she posed to be but then he found out that she was in fact even better, she was sweet, trusting and honest girl and it was impossible not to like her.
On the other side Cat is avoiding Lucas because she was scared of how it might end, after all it had only been a few months since her visit to sixteenth century and Lorenzo's memory was still fresh in her mind but Less knew that the only way to make her cousin happy was to get the two love birds together and as it turned out she can play the role of a cupid just as well as she can play any other role.
This book was a pure joy and like the book one it will leave you craving for the next book, in a totally good way. Rachel Harris really knows how to develop reader's interest and so far she hasn't disappointed me. I will look forward to more books by this amazing author.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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

"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 have to admit, if everyone has a price, a trip to Florence would be mine."
― Rachel Harris, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
"I never do things like that. Never do things on a whim. Everything in my life is always planned out way in advance so I can control it all."
― Rachel Harris, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
 "Patience D'Angeli-Cat-you are my dream now.”
― Rachel Harris, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
"Review"
This is a super cute time travel fiction, where Cat is transported to sixteenth century Italy and she must first fulfill her destiny to find her way back to the present day.
Cat is tired of being judged because of her mother's actions. She hates crowds and doesn't like the fact that her soon to be stepmother wants to throw a sweet sixteenth birthday party for her when she wants to spend it with her father. So it was a good thing when she escaped the upcoming party and ended up in the past. There she learned to make friends, how to open up to people and had her first boyfriend. But things started to get crazy when her uncle arranged her marriage to someone quite older than her and there was no way to back out without hurting her new found family. The only solution was for her to get back to the present, although then she will also be leaving her cousins and Lorenzo but her father must be worried too. The problem was she had no clue how to go back in time.
In the end she did find that Gypsy who transported her back and things started to get better because she had finally learned to open her heart to people and trust them. Now she was not as socially awkward as before, she had a friend and her soon to be stepmother doesn't seem all that bad. All in all her adventure had taught her some much needed lessons and things started to look up.
This firs book in My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is really a super sweet, imaginative and a pure delight. It ended on a cliffhanger but in a good way which is not frustrating, only build up anticipation for the next book.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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

"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 be enjoyed if you are not looking for something amazing.
Noah is a Vampire who has been Alice's neighbor for a while now. He is in a fix and must get out of the city for a few days to avoid an arranged vampire "bonding". Alice's sister is marrying her ex's brother and she needs a date for the wedding to show her ex that she is over him. This situation can work for both of them. When she asks Noah to be her pretend-boyfriend he agrees but this seemingly harmless, mutually beneficial plan turns very complicated when they start having real feelings for each other.
Noah can't tell her that he is a vampire and Alice can't trust anyone after the way her ex treated her by cheating on her with her best friend. How will their relationship work?
The book is funny and cute and has some really great parts but overall the plot is average. Still its a good read if you like vampires ;)

Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase

"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 tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love? 
 
"My Favourite Quotes From the Book" 
“For God's sake, don't let her watch Cinderella. What kind of example is that? A mindless twit who can't even remember where she left her damn shoe, so she has to wait for some douchebag in tights to bring it to her? Give me a frigging break!”
― Emma Chase, Tangled 
 
"Assume nothing. even if you think you know everything. even if you're sure that you're right. Get confirmation."
― Emma Chase, Tangled
 
“Newsflash, ladies: We can’t read your thoughts. And frankly, I’m not entirely sure I’d want to. The female mind is a scary place to be.”
― Emma Chase, Tangled
 
“Women fall in love quicker than men. Easier and more often. But when guys fall? We go down harder. And when things go bad? When it's not us who ends it? We don't get to walk away.
We crawl.”
― Emma Chase, Tangled
 
“Fine’s a funny word, don’t you think? I don’t think there’s another like it in the English language that says so much while actually saying so little.”
― Emma Chase, Tangled
"Review"
Another cute story. This book is outrageously hilarious. You will not be able to stop laughing while reading it. As Drew tells his story you will realise how sometimes we don't even know ourselves. We think that we don't need something in life and in the ends it turns out that that exact thing is what makes us the happiest. In Drew's case it was true love.
What started as professional rivalry between two colleagues, Drew and Katherine, soon turned into something more. Drew was competitive and thought that he was the best but Kate was no less, they were a perfect match but somethings are more important than winning or proving yourself to be right. Unfortunately for Drew, he figured that out a little late or may be it wasn't too late.
This book is so funny that I absolutely loved it. It is simply the best!!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Serendipity by Stacey Bentley

"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 of two people who hated each other at first sight or at least it seemed like instant dislike but it turned out to be instant attraction...... its true there is a fine line between love and hate.
Phoebe was long way from home but she had her dream job so it was worth it but then she was hit by Dean's truck and was forced to accept his parents' kind offer to look after her until she gets better and can live on her own.
Dean is not happy about it. His parents' seemed to be taken by Phoebe but he doesn't like her at all and thought that she was exploiting the situation which wasn't even his fault.
Then they both got to know each other and realize that they were in love. Can they get past their differences to stay together? It is a beautifully written story which I enjoyed reading a lot and I think its name suits it well.

Friday, August 23, 2013

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

"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 own mate as there was no talk of any alliance with any other pack. She had grown up without a mother and as a youngest of Alpha's pup had spent a sheltered life.
Bryan was her childhood friend and they have grown up together. They knew each other well and Bryan was planning to ask her father for his permission to mate her but all of a sudden the decision was made. She was mated to the new Alpha of another pack and now for the good of her people she must make it work.
Kane had become Alpha of his pack after their Alpha, Zack, died in an accident. His pack was his family and their territory meant everything to him. He would do anything to keep them safe. He didn't know Elise prior to their mating but he was also determined to make their relationship work even if there wasn't any love involved but then things started to get wrong. One of the pack member was shot at. There was an oil spill and his brother might be behind all this.
In her new pack Elise was happy but they really needed to solve all the mysteries surrounding them before anyone got killed or worse, they might be forced to leave  the territory all together.
It is a remarkably good book, which a perfect blend of romance, mystery, suspense, intrigue and action. These werewolves have been living peacefully for many years and to continue to survive there old laws must hold. It was the way of the Lycans. If you enjoy paranormal romance this book is for you.

Free Download is available at Smashwords

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram

"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 has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

"My Favourite Quotes From the Book"
“I’ve got news for you, Aves. When a guy says he wants to take you out in the name of science, he’s totally full of it. He really just wants to take you out.”
― Kelly Oram, The Avery Shaw Experiment 

“I was scared for her, which was kind of a new feeling for me because I never really pay that much
attention to anyone. Aves was just so destroyed after New Year’s Eve that I couldn’t help myself. I
was either stepping up as the role of overprotective big brother, or I’d developed an impossible crush and was pissed off that someone dared hurt my woman. I had no idea which it was."
― Kelly Oram, The Avery Shaw Experiment
 
 “He’s my best friend, and I love him, but I’m not in love with him”
― Kelly Oram, The Avery Shaw Experiment
 
"Review"
It is a beautifully written story that you will not be able to put down once you have started it. It will make you laugh and brightens up your day. That's exactly what it did for me.
Avery was heartbroken because her childhood friend has decided that they should take a break from each other. Avery had always hoped that some day they could be more than friends but now Aiden was going out with another girl and what more he wasn't even willing to be her friend any longer.
That was what gave rise to her experiment idea. She will get over her heartbreak and make a scientific study out of her experience. Her hypothesis was that one must go through seven stages of grief before one could get over one's devastation. and accordingly she had to go through these seven stages as well. That decided now she needed a new partner because Aiden was her partner but now he had broken her heart.
Aiden's older brother Grayson is in need of extra credit and who better to help Avery in her experiment than an impartial observer like Grayson but in the end it turned out that he wasn't as impartial as he seemed to be at first.
It is the sweetest and cutest love story I've read in a while. I read it on my friend's recommendation and it was really worth it.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Wanderer (Thunder Point #1) by Robyn Carr

"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. “From the beginning.”
― Robyn Carr, The Wanderer 

“Isn’t he cute? That he thinks he has a sense of humour?” 
― Robyn Carr, The Wanderer 

"Review"
The story is a little confusing in the beginning as we are introduced to all the locals of Thunder Point. As we get to know them and have an insight to their stories things start to get better. As it is the first book of the series so it was to be expected. Hopefully this will not be the issue in next books.
Hank Cooper is the new comer. He came to oversee his friend's estate. His friend died suddenly and it seems that he might not have died by accident but murdered although there was not enough evidence neither was any possible motive behind it. But there is definitely some mystery there and as Hank stays on and tries to solve it things get quite intense. He also got involved with Sarah and start thinking of giving up his wandering ways and settle down.
All the secondary characters are good as well and this makes the book more interesting. Things did get a little dull half way through but the story picked up soon and ending was good. Robyn Carr has a unique writing style which is very entertaining but not everyone's cup of tea.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Love Hate by Ruth Houston

"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 crush has come to live with them and she is awkward around him, she is funny and cute. Her witty remarks always made me laugh. Her stepsister on the other hand is total evil and they have a love hate relationship with each other. Now here I got the wrong idea that this book might focus on the relationship of two sisters, which seemed to be the case in the beginning but very soon the focus diverted to Tristen's and Amber's story. The hero is not someone you can like, his actions are completely immoral and there isn't even any rational justification provided for them. for example when he beats Lucas, who was Amber's the boyfriend, I kept thinking that there must be some kind of explanation later on, may be Lucas was the bad guy and we just don't know yet and Tristen knows so that might be the reason..... but no there was no explanation other than Tristen was jealous.
By the end I was rooting for Lucas, he should have been the hero and Amber should have realised what an idiot Tristen actually was but unfortunately it didn't end that way. It does have some really funny scenes though and may be if I weren't expecting too much I'd have enjoyed the ridiculousness of the whole thing as it was funny and cute but unfortunately I wasn't looking to laugh but be warmed by the love story of two young people. Anyhow it did end up making me laugh a lot ;)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Horror Fiction


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 never fails to make me crave for more. Fear Street Saga series is still my favourite horror books' series. Stephen King is another famous horror fiction writer.
Check out these links you might find some good horror book to read here.
http://www.monsterlibrarian.com/horrorfictionlistya.htm
http://rediscoveringhorrorfiction.com/

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Assimilate by Emily Jack Hayden

"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 assimilation morphed into something much more sinister? When his new high school friend, Cole is found dead, Tan must face the possibility that the high commanders in his own beloved society may have had something to do with it.

With forty-eight hours to figure it all out, Tan and his posse find themselves faced with choices not merely of life and death, but of who lives and who dies. And the rot at the top may be closer than Tan would ever have imagined.

"Review"
This book was entirely unexpected. I wasn't sure that I'd like it at all but oddly enough I did enjoy reading it. It is your usual science fiction. There is a secluded society living beneath our world and is scientifically far more developed. But they have their own rules by which they live. These rules are questioned when one sixteen year old is assigned to assimilate with students above ground. From there a series of events occur thus changing his view of his own world and made him think about life and what's important in it.
All the characters are beautifully written, there is some suspense and mystery as well, all in all it was a great book which every science fiction fan will enjoy immensely.

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 fiction are A.G. Riddle, Jasper T. Scott, Hugh Howey, Orson Scott Card and Margaret Atwood.

http://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/sci-fi

Endless Night by Agatha Christie

"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 truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the Lies you can invent.
It is right it should be so;
Man was made for Joy and Woe;
And when this we rightly know,
Thro’ the World we safely go.
Every Night and every Morn
Some to Misery are Born.
Every Morn and every Night
Some are Born to sweet delight.
Some are Born to sweet delight,
Some are Born to Endless Night."
 ―William Blake, Endless Night
Agatha Christie is one of the very best detective fiction author. She is an expert at keeping the readers on edge. No matter how hard you try to predict the outcome end never fails to surprise you. This book is one of her finest, in my opinion. It is a sad and tragic story of man's endless greed and how we never realises what is important to us until its too late and there is nothing left but regrets and an "endless night".
Michael Rogers bought the Gipsy's Acre and wanted to build his dream home there with his rich wife Ellie. They didn't pay much attention to the rumours about the cursed land but then his wife died. It felt like murder case but nothing could be proven. After his wife's death he got all her money but he couldn't be happy.
The story is beautifully narrated and the end will shock you to your core. I loved the simplicity of the way the story is told and the tragedy surrounding the characters. For fans of crime and detective fiction this is a "must read book".

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

"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
 
“Every moment has its pleasures and its hope.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
 
“Fanny! You are killing me!"
"No man dies of love but on the stage, Mr. Crawford.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
 
“But it is very foolish to ask questions about any young ladies — about any three sisters just grown up; for one knows, without being told, exactly what they are — all very accomplished and pleasing, and one very pretty. There is a beauty in every family. — It is a regular thing”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
 
“The enthusiasm of a woman's love is even beyond the biographer's.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
 
“Human nature needs more lessons than a weekly sermon can convey.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
"Review"
This is one of the few books which I have read many times and every time I like it more than before. Many people criticise Austen's writings but I love her books, they are witty and show exactly how immoral the society can be. Her books make me appreciate life and see it in a totally different light.
The story starts when our heroine comes to live with her rich relative. Fanny Price is a poor girl, who is sent to live with her aunt and growing up with her cousins she knew she was different somehow. She was courageous and fully understood her position while living at Mansfield Park. Growing up with her cousins she was closer to Edmund, who was always kind to her. Not that others were unkind but they never tried to make her comfortable either.
The story moves along very slowly and there are many mundane scenes, which are interesting as well. In the middle there are some boring parts where the story just stretches but other than that the book was perfectly written.
Then Crawfords, a brother and a sister, came to live with their half sister, who was wife of the local clergyman. Edmund was instantly attracted to Miss Crawford who also became Fanny's friend. Mr. Crawford tried to gain Fanny's affection but was sourly disappointed. No one understood why Fanny would refuse his hand in marriage until he proved his poor character, thus revealing to everyone that Fanny is indeed a good judge of character. at the end the story picks up and everything starts happening quickly. Edmund purposed Fanny and then she professed her attraction for him from the start.
This book, in my opinion, is one of the best books by Jane Austen. I cannot help but love Fanny Price, one of my favourite literary heroines. The book was amusing and fun to read. If you like classics I'll highly recommend it.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Silencing Joy by Amy Rachiele

"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 witness to a violent beating and a possible abduction thus putting her life in peril. When she is forced to go into hiding with an FBI recruit, Will, sparks fly and their romance makes this adventure even more interesting.
Will was a drug addict junkie who was then recruited by FBI and now works undercover for them. He used to go to school with Joy and had a crush on her. After all that time when he saw her at the game he thought she were an angel, his angel. With the help of his partner and friend Derek they must save not only Joy from getting killed but Kara, their boss agent Mathew's daughter, from getting shipped with the next "cargo".
Jen is Joy's friend and she too is forced to join in this adventure because Tommy's men have been spying on her and Derek suspects that she might be in danger as well. Jake is another FBI agent who was Jen's neighbour a long time ago. He is also very interested in her. their constant fighting and arguing is a give away to their unspoken attraction.
All of the characters are amazing and bring life to the book. It is packed with fun, suspense, thrill and action.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

"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 stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
"My Favourite Quotes From the Book"
“There’s something disturbing about recalling a warm memory and feeling utterly cold.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
 
“Love makes you want to be a better man. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the man you are.”
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
 
“Friends see most of each other’s flaws. Spouses see every awful last bit.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
 
“I don't understand the point of being together if you're not the happiest.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
 
“It’s humbling, to become the very thing you once mocked.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
"Review" 
 I am not sure if I'd find the right words to describe this book. It was definitely one of the most twisted psychological mysteries I have ever read. The storyline was great and I loved it from the beginning but the ending made me hate it. It was sad and left an everlasting impression on my mind.
Nick's wife disappeared and everyone doubted him. They thought that he is the bad guy, which is seen to be the case in many such incidents. Police is interrogating him and public is hating him.
Amy is by all means the perfect woman, she can do no wrong. The girl who starred in children books her parents wrote. She has had her share of fans and stalkers. So it can be someone other than her husband who kidnapped or even killed her. There is suspense and thrill. You will keep reading if not for anything then just to see how it will end. Will Nick find Amy? or is she dead? Did he killed his wife? These questions will keep running in your head and you won't be able to put down the book.
As the mystery unfolds and we are shown the true state of their relationship our perception of the situation changes. Nick turned into the good guy and we are unsure Amy's character.
It will keep you guessing and the ending will blow your mind. I don't want to give spoilers so won't talk about it in detail but this book turned out to be a piece of art.

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 characters, and I absolutely love that but the unstable emotional and mental state of the characters makes it difficult to like them completely and most of the time endings leave something to be desired in which I kind of hate.
Thrillers, mysteries and crime fiction are very much inter-related. It is hard to distinguish between them and hence I have put them under the same heading. There is always some mystery in crime novels as well as thrill. similarly mysteries are often based on situations where some crime has been or being committed. Same goes for thrillers which may include crimes, mystery or both. In fact I like the books which have all these ingredients because that just makes them more enjoyable.

http://www.crimefictionlover.com/
http://www.addictivebooks.com/

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

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 bullied by his cousin and neglected by his aunt and uncle. Then on his 11th birthday his entire world changes when he found out that his parents were not "normal" people or muggles but wizards and that he was also accepted to study at the Hogwarts, a school of witchcraft and wizardry. Hence the adventures of Harry Potter began....
In every book we see Harry and his friends Hermione and Ron trying to make it through another school year unscathed while breaking every rule they could. They faced all kinds of villainous creatures, trolls, gigantic spiders, dragons, basilisks and ultimately Voldemort, who is the evil wizard and must be defeated in order for there to be peace.
The books have there happy and sad moments. The most tragic moment was when Sirius died in book five saving harry and the happiest I think was the climax, when harry finally defeated Voldemort.
There is a lot of drama and mystery to last you a life time. you will love some characters and hate the others. Severus Snape, one of the professor at Hogwarts is an example of one such character. throughout the series you will hate him but in the end he turned out to be the good one. His tragic life will leave a long lasting impression on you.
There wasn't a single flaw i could find in these books, excellent plot, well executed, adventure, mystery, love, sacrifice, tragedy and epic ending. The series has it all!!
"Famous Quotes"
"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."
— Albus Dumbledore

"There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words."
— J. K. Rowling

"You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you’ll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no… anything. There’s no chance at all of recovery. You’ll just exist. As an empty shell. And your soul is gone forever… lost."
— Remus Lupin

"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."
— J. K. Rowling

"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided."
— Albus Dumbledore

 "It is my belief that the truth is generally preferable to lies."
— Albus Dumbledore

"We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are."
— Sirius Black

"It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more"
— Albus Dumbledore

"We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving."
— Kingsley Shacklebolt

"Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love."
— Albus Dumbledore

Historical Fiction

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. Of course there are many other authors as well who write exceptional historical fictions but I really avoid books which are based on wars or in any way related to pre or post was situations. They always make me sad but for those people who do not share my feelings on the subject may find this link helpful
http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/historical-fiction-war






Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Meant to Be by Ruth Ann Nordin

"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 far as historical romance goes this one is also based on time travel which in my point to view makes it even more enjoyable and fun. I liked Ted the best. He was understanding and hardworking fellow, who accepted their new situation pretty easily. In fact he found that 1800s was more to his liking. He had nothing back home and he was more than happy to build his new life "here" with Megan.
But Megan wasn't happy. She didn't like wearing too much clothes or doing all the house work plus she was a terrible cook. In the end though she realised that it was the perfect balance and they were meant to be together in the past as they had history to make.
Secondary characters are also very likable and the book is warm and well written.

Inevitable (Harmony #1) by Angela Graham

"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, Inevitable

"He destroyed everything we had... everything we were together."
 ― Angela Graham, Inevitable

"Review"
This was one of those books which have a long lasting impact on you. It made me emotional, happy, sad and angry all at the same time. It is written so beautifully that you are bound to feel every single emotion the characters are going through. I read a lot and I can tell you that is rare, for me at least it is very rare to get emotional over a book. It literally made m cry and in the end I wanted to strangle the author (I apologise Angel but seriously that was not cool the way you ended it with a cliffhanger). But I believe it is also a compliment to your exceptional writing skills.
It was incredible and i simply loved the character of Logan, a single father who is trying his best to do right by his son and also enjoy his life to the fullest. Cassie is the sweetest and loveliest soul. they are a perfect match but it is never that simple. Both had been hurt in the past and wary of romance. They are afraid to venture into the tested territory of relationship but somethings are INEVITABLE. 
Falling in love with this book was also inevitable. I am looking forward to the second book which is expected to be published this fall. I hope it comes out soon.

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



"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," he said over her opened lips. "Pulling back will prove much harder."
---Catherine Bybee, Wife by Wednesday 

"I'm short, in case you haven't noticed. I need heels to see how the rest of you live."
"You're not short."
"Vertically challenged then."
"I wouldn't change anything about you."
― Catherine Bybee, Wife by Wednesday

"Review"

Blake is in need of a wife ASAP. Someone who is not mercenary and has no interest in his wealth or title. Sam runs a company which provides wives for just such people. She was efficient and very professional. They meet and Blake decided that instead of three candidates Sam has suggested, she herself was the best for this job.
Sam has no intention of ever trusting any man again, she was not looking for romance so it seemed foolish to refuse to Blake's proposal or proposition more accurately. So they are married by Wednesday and hence the story begins....
Like every married couple they face challenges and deal with them because "things can get sucky" sometimes but you don't run from them if its worth it. Sam have to deal with Blake's ex "the Viper" and Blake must fight his as well as Sam's demons from the past to make their future problem free.
This book was a delightful read, like a fairytale coming to life. It has a nice plot, lovely story line and is very well written. Yes, its sappy and ending is what one would predict but still it will warm your heart.

Contemporary Romance

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 Probst, Denielle Steel, Nora Roberts, Maya Banks, Robyn Carr, Lucy Monroe, Julie Garwood, Abbi Glines, Carly Phillips, Jill Shalvis, Jamie McGuire and Kristan Higgins.
So that was a short list of the best authors out there (in my opinion). Among these Kristan Higgins and Kristen Ashley are two authors whose every single book I've read or is on my soon-to-read list. They are the best of the best :)

The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen


"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 every readers fantasy. Imagine your favourite fictional character coming to life and he happens to be a vampire. That is what happened to Amy when her beloved fictional hero came to life but it had its consequences as well. Alexander Banks is charming, handsome and brave. He came to "this" world chasing his Vampire enemy Vigo, who is ruthless and must be killed.
I must admit that the story wasn't anything exceptional but it is so well written that I couldn't put it down once I started reading. apart from the fact that it is paranormal novel (which happens to be another one of my favourite genre) it also portrays the characters with depth and makes you feel as if they were real and they can actually come to life. The climax of the book was epic, so not to give any spoilers, I can only say that it was amazing and to date one of my favourite paranormal books.

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 Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom, Vampire Stalker by Alison Van Diepen and the beauty the hunter and the hunted by Yanna Lee. These are only few of the books which I have read in the past and liked otherwise there are many other amazing books available which can make your life interesting and book reading more the fun.

Some links that might help you select your next paranormal book to read;

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

"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 own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

“Angry people are not always wise.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 


“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


 “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 


 “A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then.
It is something to think of”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

"Review"

Pride and Prejudice is one of my most favourite classic romance novels. It is, in my point of view, Jane Austen's master piece. The character of Elizabeth Bennet (Lizzy) is the wittiest, most lovable fiction character ever created by any author. 
She is second eldest of the five Bennet sisters. She is stubborn, courageous and never fails to speak up her mind. Mr. Darcy  on the other hand is the haughty young gentleman who considered Lizzy headstrong but still ended up falling in love with her. Their relationship develops from mutual disliking to utter love and regard for each other.
Another one of my favourite characters from this book is Mr. Collins, the self-righteous cousin. The story revolves around the five sisters and their mother's ambition to see them all wed and settled before long. Her disastrous matchmaking skills lead to one after the other unfortunate incidents but in the end all is well.
It is one of the most humorous romantic comedy I had the good fortune to read, also the book that made me fall in love with classic literature.

Free Download Link 
http://www.planetebook.com/Pride-and-Prejudice.asp
P.S. If you are not a reader and find it tedious I'll suggest do watch the movie, at the very least :)