Dec 30, 2014

Top Ten Resolutions For 2015

I already have a feeling that 2015 is going to be epic!I've never looked forward to a year as much as I do to 2015.

Next year is going to bring a lot of new things in my life.I have a new blog to work on,I am going to start my Advanced Levels in school-majoring in Literature,and of course planning to read a lot more than I did this year.

Here are my resolutions for 2015,which I hope I'll complete.

Bookish Resolutions

1.Read more than I did in these past years.
2014 was a chaotic year to me,with exams,weddings and sicknesses.I couldn't read much,as of today,I've only read 87 books this year.
But next year,I know I am going to read more,I can feel it.Mostly because school doesn't start until May,and my first year of A/Ls will not be so hard.
I hope I'll get more time to read next year than I did in this one.

2.Renew my Goodreads shelves and ratings
It's actually quite amusing for me to look back at my taste in books 2 years ago.
And I am not at all proud of it.
My reaction when I saw when I've given a 4 star rating for Hush Hush and Sweet Evil.

Now I've got to do a bit of cleaning,add and delete shelves and books and of course change my ratings and reviews.

3.Finish all my ARCs.
I still have the ARCs for books,which are now released and even the sequels are out for some of them.
I don't think I can still call them ARCs anymore,but still I have a responsibility to finish them and post a review.

4.Try out more genres
I am not so adventurous when it comes to picking genres.I mostly try to stick to my favourites-contemporary and urban fantasy.But I really want to try out more.This year,I discovered Historical fiction,and ended up loving that genre,so I hope I'll find another favourite in 2015.

Blogging Resolutions

5.Work on my blog.
My blog is a 9 days old infant in the blogosphere:)Of course,I have a lot to do for it to grow up:)
I have a lot of plans in mind,and I have to try hard to make them all possible.

6.Discover more blogs
I've always loved reading other blog posts,and I consider myself a professional blog stalker so next year,I am going to spend some time in discovering more wonderful bloggers and blogs.

7.Try my best at reading challenges.
I am horrible at these.At the start of the year,I sign up for a lot of them rather enthusiastically,but after some time,I just forget about them.But at least next year,I want to try my best at reading challenges.
I am planning to sign up for only those who interests me greatly,and hope for the best that I won't forget them.

Resolutions for my life

8.Work hard in school.
This is a common resolution to every school student,but I never complete it.I am really lazy,and I never work hard in school work.But next year,I am going to enter grade 12-my A/Ls which is not going to be easy and I really need to put more effort.On a lighter note,I've selected Literature as my main subject,so at least I'll be doing something I love.

9.Go out more.
This is my mother's favourite advice for me.She always complains that I am not getting out of the house,and this way,I'll forget what the world looks like one day.
And this is my answer for that advice.

So as much as I want to stay at home and read,I know I also want to go out more.So at least in 2015,I'll wake up from my hibernation and grace the world with my presence.

10.Have fun!

Okay this is kinda lame,the truth is that I've run out of resolutions,but still one goal all of us have in life to have fun right.
So yeah,I want to have so much fun in 2015.

And,well that's my resolutions for 2015.
What about you all?
Don't forget to leave the link to your list.

Dec 27, 2014

Ballet,Ambitions & Obsessions || Phantom's Dance by Lesa Howard

Title:Phantom's Dance
Author:Lesa Howard
Release Date:March 1st 2014
Publisher:Boot in the Door Publications
Christine Dadey’s family uprooted their lives and moved to Houston for her to attend the prestigious Rousseau Academy of Dance. Now, two years later, Christine struggles to compete among the Academy’s finest dancers, her parents are on the brink of divorce, and she’s told no one about her debilitating performance anxiety and what she’s willing to do to cope with it.
Erik was a ballet prodigy, a savant, destined to be a star on the world’s stage, but a suspicious fire left Erik’s face horribly disfigured. Now, a lonely phantom forced to keep his scars hidden, he spends his nights haunting the theater halls, mourning all he’s lost. Then, from behind the curtain he sees the lovely Christine. The moldable, malleable Christine.
Drawn in by Erik’s unwavering confidence, Christine allows herself to believe Erik’s declarations that he can transform her into the dancer she longs to be. But Christine’s hope of achieving her dreams may be her undoing when she learns Erik is not everything he claims. And before long, Erik’s shadowy past jeopardizes Christine’s unstable present as his obsession with her becomes hopelessly entangled with his plans for revenge.

I was provided with a copy in exchange for a honest review

A retelling of the classic tale "Phantom of the Opera",Lesa Howard's Phantom's Dance deals with a young innocent girl driven by ambition comes across a mysterious and enigmatic dancer with broken dreams who promises to make her a successful dancer in front of her peers.

Christine,our heroine is a kind hearted and naive girl.I liked how she saw the good in everyone,even those who were beyond redemption,but at the same time that quality made her a bit too trusting,innocent and at times stupid.Some times she didn't think rationally and ended up in deep trouble because of it.

I don't know a thing about ballet or dance academies but from what I've heard,they are supposed to be really strict,demanding and exhausting and I think Howard has captured that perfectly in her creation of the Rousseau Academy of Dance.The instructors kinda reminded me of the professors of Hogwarts,especially Lena Zaborov who was like Professor McGonagall with her tough strict manner and kind heart and Elaina Hahn who was quite a lot like Professor Snape with her rude behaviour,favouration towards the arch nemesis of the protagonist and her unpredictable secret.

Apart from the main track of the story,there were also a few minor events,problems and relationships that Christine comes across.Her parents' separation,her father's absence,her mother's involvement with a handsome guy who's far more younger than her and her secret attraction towards street dance were handled perfectly in the novel.Along with her effort to become the perfect dancer that is expected from her,Christine struggles through all these emotions and trials which made her confused and played a huge part in her defiant decision to trust a mysterious stranger.

Speaking of,Erik-the mysterious dancer who she meets in the theatre of the academy-is in my opinion,the best part of the story.His characterization was amazing.Disfigured because of a fire,this brilliant dancer's future,hopes,dreams were all shattered making him a bitter and lonely person.He decides to teach Christine,helping her to become a great dancer but at the same time develops an unhealthy obsession towards her.His character was enigmatic,intriguing and mysterious that I couldn't help but be utterly captivated by this creepily beautiful character.I was looking forward to his scenes even after discovering his true personality.

  I also liked the other characters.Jenna-the stereotypical YA best friend,Raoul-Christine's love interest who is a sweet,caring and understanding boyfriend,Van-the 13 year old cute and adorable dance prodigy and Christine's parents who were really supportive of her even when they had their own troubles with their marriage.

Phantom's Dance is a captivating and beautiful story about ambitions and how dangerous obsessions can be.I really liked the story,especially the ending which I think was perfect for a book like this.

Dec 24, 2014

Fandoms,Fanfiction and College || Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Author:Rainbow Rowell
Release Date:September 10th 2013
Publisher:St.Martin's Press
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

 Before I start this review,let me confess something first.I took up this book to read mainly because I didn't want to look like a loser who's totally clueless about a book which was at that time a phenomenon in the blogging world.Fangirl was everywhere around the blogs and all the reviews raved about how relateable Cath was and I forced myself to read it see what it was all about.Big mistake in my part,because when I took up this book some months ago,I ended up not being much impressed by it.

Not to say that I didn't like Fangirl.Because when I thought about giving it a second chance and took it up again two days ago,I actually ended up liking it a lot.Why I am saying this is because I want to let you all know that don't let the hype Fangirl carries around play a part in your judgement of the book.

The only problem I had with this book was that I couldn't relate to Cath as much as all the bloggers did.Whether that makes me an odd one out,I don't know,but I didn't feel any connection towards her.I don't believe in the stereotype that book lovers are always shy introverts-especially since I am totally not-and Cath looked like an attempt in Rowell's part to create the stereotypical reader.

But keeping it aside,there was a lot of things to appreciate about the book.I liked all the characters and relationships.The romance between Levi and Cath was so cute and sweet,the bond between Cath and Wren was great and most of all,I loved Cath's beautiful relationship with her father.

I also loved the frequent extracts of fanfiction.As an avid reader of fanfiction myself,I enjoyed those short glimpses we got of Simon and Baz.Speaking of,I really liked these two as well,especially Baz-who reminded me a lot of Draco Malfoy,who is one of my all time favourite characters.

Another aspect I loved about this book is that it showed the plain reality-not the romanticised version of it.Cath's college life was normal and boring-not like the usual dramatic and eventful colleges we see in fiction nowadays.

But most of all,I loved how Rainbow has captured the struggle of a booklover to find people he/she can connect to.It's difficult to find a person in your life who shares your reading obsessions or fandoms.And when you feel like you want to share your opinions and thoughts on books,OTPs,characters and authors,there's no body around you who can get that.This is something Cath deals with throughout the story,and I think that every bookaholic has suffered the curse of reader-less environment in their life.

Overall,Fangirl is a cute read.I'll recommend it to anyone who loves to read about heroines who reads books other than classics or a cute romance with a shy lead.

Dec 23, 2014

Turning over a new leaf

Hi guys!

While the whole world is getting ready to celebrate Christmas,I am sitting here in front of my computer,both nervous and excited,typing up the first post of my brand new blog-Chasing Faerytales.

Those of you who already know me,I am Mishma - the blogger at As the page turns who quit blogging there more than a month ago.But now,I am back to the blogging world,ready to start all over again.

Though it's going to be a little bit difficult to me to start everything from the scratch again,I am loving the experience.I've learned a lot of things the hard way from my almost two years of blogging experience,and I am so excited to go back to the start and try out everything again.

I don't know whether I am making a mistake by starting my blog near the end of the year,but I really can't wait to be back to the blogosphere.

I also have a lot of plans for my new blog.I've thought of a lot of new features,modified my reviewing and writing style,and planning to branch out more than I did before.

So,until my next post,I bid you all goodbye.
And Merry Christmas everyone!