Jan 31, 2015

January Wrap Up & Giveaway

Well,can you believe that a month has already gone since 2015 started?
Crazy,right?

Here's my wrap up post for January 2015,which is also the first successful month which has passed since I've started my blog.Yay!

What I read...

I am not that proud of what I've read this month actually.I hit a major reading slump:(
So much for a great start,huh?

But at the same time,I managed to finish a few eARCs from netgalley.Atleast I got that done.

Here's what I've read this January

We Were Liars - E.Lockhart
Dancing at Midnight - Julia Quinn
A Firefighter's Flame - Dani Hart
One Last Song - S.K.Falls
The Story of You and Me - Pamela Dumond
A Christmas Feast and other Stories - Katie Fforde
More than this - Jay McLean
How (not) to fall in love-Lisa Brown Roberts

Addition to this I also had two required reads that I had to read for literature.

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

P.S-I hated Sense,but I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice a lot!It is probably the first classic I liked.

Rereads

Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The DUFF - Kosy Keplinger

What I posted....

Reviews

Revisiting War through the eyes of death || The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Battling through Insecurity || The DUFF by Kody Kelpinger
Christmas,Cooking and Romance || The Christmas Feast and other stories by Katie Fforde
Truth Lies and Moving On || We Were Liars by E.Lockhart
An Insult to Nerds || Love,Lattes and Mutants by Sandra Cox

Discussion posts

What makes you cry over a book?
Surviving and Getting over reading slumps

A Tag

Sisterhood of the world bloggers award

Around the Blogosphere

Melanie @ The Daily Prophecy talked about the struggle in coming up with unique and original posts  and wrote a beautiful post about bullying

Cait @ Paper Fury posted about the cliches that bother her in books.

Nuzaifa @ Say It With Books asked a question:What's your blogging identity?

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction told us why she thinks authors write insta love.

Naban @ Quite Literary talked about how much typos bother her.

Megan @ Adrift on Vulcan tells you why you all should read Shadow and Bone.

Go appreciate the fact that Melanie @ YA Midnight Reads managed to write 18 reviews in a single post

Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner shares a beautiful post about the blogging community and invites us all to join in the random acts of kindness initiative.

The Books I got

Here's my haul for January

Half Bad by Sally Green
Dancing at Midnight by Julia Quinn
A Rake's Vow by Stephanie Laurens
The Fall by Bethany Griffin
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer



And my not so exciting haul of required reads for A/L literature.




What happened in my life

Well,I spent most of January at home,being lazy,so I can't say that January was eventful.But still it did have some great moments.

For the first time in my life my house was crowded.

I have a pretty small family.It's just my parents and myself.But this month,we had a lot of people at my house!All my cousins decided to spend time at my house with their families,and it was so fun!

But truth to be told,I really missed my privacy and alone time.I couldn't read as much as I wanted to,and at times the crowded house was frustrating.

Sleepovers

My friends and I had a sleepover!I spent three days at my friend's house with my two best friends.We gossiped all night and slept all day:)

Started my 'catching up with oscar movies' campaign

You would have noticed this if you follow me in twitter.I always make sure that I watch each and every movie that's nominated for the oscars before the awards.So far I've watched Whiplash-which was mindblowing,The Grand Budapest Hotel-which was colourful,and The Theory of Everything-which was heartbreaking.
I have so much more to catch up with.Hope I can watch them all by the 22nd.

Started going to my new lit class

Which is amazing!My teacher is such an active,hyperactive,hilarious and awesome woman.
Addition to that,I've also befriended two girls there.One is a shy,quite,cute girl and the other is a sarcastic girl with dry humor.And here I am-the talkative,loud and outgoing geek.
We make quite a group,huh?:)

Started watching WWE again.

I am a huge fan of WWE,but due to exams last year,I couldn't keep up with it.
But the fangirl in me couldn't resist catching up with it again.
I know I missed out a lot,but I am not going let that ruin my love for the fights.

So happy that Roman Reigns won the Royal Rumble by the way!
Any other Reigns fan out there?

It's time for the giveaway.

I really wanted to give away something to celebrate my first month,so here you go.

The Prize

One of the books listed below.Winner's choice.

Half Bad by Sally Green
Sea of Shadows by Kelly Armstrong
We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

Open to

International.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

So there's my January.
How about yours?

Jan 30, 2015

An Insult to Nerds || Love,Lattes & Mutants by Sandra Cox



Title:Love,Lattes and Mutants
Author:Sandra Cox
Release Date:February 17th 2015
Publisher:Kensington
Synopsis:
Finding love is hard, even when you aren't a mutant.
Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why...

Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn't the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn't have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story...



A copy was provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange of a honest review

I wasn't expecting anything great when I went for this book.The book had a cheesy cover and title,a pretty stereotypical blurb with an overused concept.But even without any expectations I was thoroughly disappointed by this book.

Well to point out the good things about the book,I'd like to mention the whole unique dolphin gene concept.The MC wasn't a paranormal character,rather she was the daughter of an escaped lab rat,who was created with dolphin DNA.I found the concept interesting.

Other than that,if you are looking for a quick and easy read,then this book might appeal to you.Unfortunately,it's not my cup of tea,as I like my books with more depth.

The main problem I had with the book was its characters.Both the lead characters were not at all likeable,atleast to me.

Our MC-Piper-is a gorgeous girl with a musical voice,who's trying to hide herself in baggy clothes and nerd glasses in fear of getting caught and live as a lab rat.What I really hated about her is how she complained constantly about her disguise.She was repeatedly whining about how those clothes and glasses were unattractive.I found it insulting.Well,come on,I myself wear glasses and find comfort in wearing baggy clothes.And according to Piper,that makes me unattractive and undesirable.



Not only she was vain,she was also blaming the nerd look for her unpopularity and people being uninterested in her.
I thought it was stupid.
I mean,come on,you don't need to be gorgeous and desirable for people to like you.
If so,then girls like me would be friendless forever.


The hero was actually a stalker.He was hot-okay I admit it-but that doesn't make up for the fact that he was too nosy and wanted to know Piper's secrets even when she didn't want to tell him.He was constantly nagging her and following her everywhere,determined to know what she's hiding.Seriously,dude?



And the love triangle that's hinted at the blurb?It was not a love triangle at all.Thank God for that.The other guy-Joel-was only introduced by the end of the book,and left in a few pages.I personally think that he was only added to the blurb to make the book sound more interesting.

Overall,it's an okay story with horrible characters.I won't recommend it to anyone,especially for fellow nerds-who'll find this book and its MC terribly insulting,

Jan 25, 2015

Surviving and getting over reading slumps


Reading slumps are my worst nightmares.I hate them.There's nothing more terrifying for a blogger or a reader to discover that we don't have the urge or mood to read anything.It's the darkest period in a reader's life.That's for sure.



Some times the reason is too many books at the same time.Or maybe it's because of the lack of a great book.Whatever reason it is,reading slumps can be frightening.

It can happen to even the best readers,and it's a hard truth you've got to accept.


I don't think anyone of us have discovered the magic to prevent or get over reading slumps.
But we do have a few methods.
And here are mine.

These are the few ways that helped me to survive those agonizing periods without the fear that maybe I will never take a book after this,and to eventually get over them.


How to survive it


1.Make time for other important things in your life

-Think of this time as an opportunity to make time for other things in your life.This way,you won't feel like you're going through a reading slump,but just as if you're trying to spend your time on other things.It is a way to decrease your fear.

2.Try reading fanfiction.

I used to be a huge fan of fanfiction before I started blogging.Select a good fanficion site,(I'd recommend fanfiction.net),and go through some fanfiction stories of your favourite books.I go for fluffy and short romantic one shots of my favourite couples,some of them are really great,so I won't feel like I miss reading.

3.Reread

I don't know how many people have the habit of rereading,but I love doing it.If you ever feel like you're not in the mood for a new book,take a favourite book or series and reread them.If you don't want to read the whole book,just read your favourite scenes.It's better if the book's something you read long ago,because sometimes we forget the stories,so it just feels like we're refreshing our memory of these books.

4. Try writing reviews for books you've read before but didn't write one.
I know it's a bit hard to write a review for a book you read some time back,but try to reread them and then write one.This way,you'll never feel a difference.

How to get over 

1.Read a lot of reviews
Go visit blogs or stalk through GR and read a lot of reviews.Especially positive ones.This will help you get over a slump in two ways.First,if you see a really good review of a book,that can persuade you to go for that particular one.
Second is envy.I know it's not a good habit to encourage,but a little jealousy will help you.Reading all those reviews will sometimes make you take up a book,determined to go write a great review yourself.

2.Ask for recommendations
If the reason for your slump is the lack of good books,then don't hesitate to ask for recommendations.Take up a book with majority positive reviews and ratings.If you end up loving it,then problem solved.

3.Check out what others are reading
This is again a jealousy business.When friends of yours are reading great books,it will make you feel a little down and maybe it will make you want to read again.

4.Take a look at your Netgalley,Edelweiss or ARC review pile.
This always get me back on track.That huge pile that's waiting for me to finish,can be a little intimidating and make you remember your 'responsibilities.'

These are my ways of surviving and getting over my worst nightmares.
Do you ever do any of these things?Was this post helpful?
If you have any more ideas,feel free to leave me a comment.

Jan 23, 2015

Welcome to the sisterhood!


I was tagged for this by the lovely Nara @ Looking for the Panacea
Thanks for the tag,Nara.

1. Have you read any Brandon Sanderson? (The answer better be yes... :P)

Okay,don't kill me Nara......but no.But don't worry,after seeing your love for his works,I am quite tempted to try atleast one book by him.
Any particular book you'd like to recommend?

2. Is there any fictional character who you would like to swap lives with?

Katniss Everdeen!Okay I am kidding.She'll be my last choice:)

It will be probably Maggie from the Inkheart series.Her dad's a bookbinder,she has an aunt with a huge house filled with books in every room except the kitchen and the bathroom,and most of all,she enters the fictional world of her favourite book and falls in love with a fictional character.
It's the impossible dream life of every book nerd,of course I'd love to swap life with her.

3. Most anticipated book of 2015?

Well,I am looking forward to Red Queen!After all those rave reviews of the debut,I am counting the days until its release.
And I am also waiting for A Court of Thorns and Roses,both because its by the amazing Sarah J.Mass and because it's a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast-my favourite fairytale ever.


4. If you could swap the covers of any two books, what would they be?


This is probably the hardest question you asked me.It took me a lot of time to come up with an answer.

I don't actually call this swapping,but consider this cover change one sided.

I've made it clear that I absolutely love The DUFF by Kody Keplinger,But as much as I love it,I hate the cover.It's horrible,and it looks as if it's intentionally trying to make Bianca look like a plain girl.
And the bubblegum?What does it even have to do with the story?


So I'll change the cover from this to

this.

I haven't read Flicker but I just love this cover.And I think it will suit The DUFF perfectly,with the auburn hair,and the way,you automatically feel something for this girl even when you don't even see her whole face.

5. What's your favourite food?

Now,if I start talking about all my favourite Sri Lankan food,you'll all start to feel clueless:)
So I'll stick to something western,I guess.

Anything McDonald's really,Especially their burger.
Oh God,I am starting to feel hungry.


6. Was there a book in 2014 that you were anticipating that let you down?


Not exactly,but I was quite disappointed by Take Me On.I feel like the series is losing its spark with every sequel-atleast for me.

7. What was your favourite movie from 2014?

Gone Girl!Woah,man,that movie was just amazing.It was really creepy,and I was totally mind blown by it.
The actors were exceptionally great.Especially Rosamund Pike,who I hope will win the Oscar this year.
Ben Affleck was really great too.His calm and emotionless acting suited the character well.I've never thought of him as a good actor before,but he proved himself in Gone Girl.

But that doesn't mean I am accepting him as the new batman!He still can't beat Christian Bale,and I am too much of a batman fan to accept him as my favourite superhero.

Oh,okay,I am going out of topic:)

8. Is there a book that you would recommend to absolutely everyone?

The Book Thief!No matter what kind of a taste you have in books,I am sure you'll love The Book Thief.If you are still not convinced,take a look at my review,which is right below this post.

9. How much time do you spend on the internet per day?

I'd like to lie here and pretend that I actually have a social life,but what's the point?:)
Well,I wake up with the internet,go to sleep with it,except breaks for meals and bathroom.
I have become even more worse,since I have no school until May.


10. What were your five favourite reads of 2014?


Love you Nara for not asking me to pick a single favourite:)

In no particular order,
1.Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
2.Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
3.Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
4.Crown of Midnight by Sarah J.Mass
5.Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson

Thanks again for tagging me,Nara!I loved your questions:)

Tag you're it.
Nuzaifa @ Say It With Books

And if you're not still tagged,and want to to do this,feel free to answer my questions.
I am tagging you all!

And here are my questions for you.
1.Batman or Superman?
2.It's Oscar season!So tell me,who are you rooting for this year?
3.Have you ever felt like giving up blogging?
4.How do you prefer your reviews?Professional or snarky?
5.Have you ever read about a character who's exactly like you?If so,who is it?
6.What are your favourite book genres?
7.What's the first English book you remember reading?
8.All time favourite movies?
9.Do you reread?
10.Ok,let's spread some blog love.Name some of your best friends in the blogging world and link back to their blogs.

I hope you guys enjoy answering.

Jan 20, 2015

Revisiting war through the eyes of Death || The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Title :The Book Thief
Author:Markus Zusak
Release Date;September 8th 2007
Publisher:Black Swan
Synopsis:
HERE IS A SMALL FACT - YOU ARE GOING TO DIE

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.

It's a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW - DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.


Just like any other booknerd,I can never pick my favourite book.But if I finally decided to select one as my favourite,I think that The Book Thief will be one of the closest competitors for that place.Not only this is one of my favourite books ever,I also think that it's one of the best written books ever.Period.
It's a book that will blow your mind,and after countless rereads,I am still blown away by The Book Thief.
Now,let me tell you,why you all must read this wonderful,amazing and awesome book.

The book is so unique

Now tell me the truth.Have you ever read,or even heard of another book that's narrated by death?Certainly not.
This book is one of a kind.Literally.I've never read a book that's similar to Book Thief,and I don't think I ever will.
Book Thief is one of the most original and unique books I've ever read.

The writing style

We always fall in love with fictional characters.But have you ever fell in love with an author?I think I just did after reading this book.Markus Zusak's writing is mindblowing.I don't know how to even describe the writing style.I can only give you examples for it.

Here's a small fact
You are going to die

It's just a small story really,about amongst other things:

A girl
Some words
An Accordionist
Some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist-fighter
and quite a lot of theivery

A last note from your narrator
I am haunted by humans
 The writing reminded me of chocolate.Not because it was sweet,but because it was so smooth.It just flows through you,and reading the book was as easy and addicting as eating chocolate.
And I was in total awe with the writing style of the book,with maybe an expression like this.




If you like history-or wars-like me,then you'll love this.

This book is set in Germany.During the second world war.I think I learned more about the war from this book,than I did from my history textbooks.
I really do have an obsession with wars.What that says about me,I really don't know,but still I love reading books or watching movies about it.Especially when it's about Second World War.
I don't know how many of you share my love for Second World War-I actually don't think many do-but still,if you are interested in the concept,then you'll love the book.

The Book Thief is descriptive about the tragedies and life during the war.It made me so sad to read all of them,especially the deaths and the burning of the books,preventing people to be creative.

“I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that's where they begin. Their great skills is their capacity to escalate.
The characters are wonderful.


Death-as a narrator-was amazing.It's actually quite amusing that I found him so funny and like able.Seriously.

“A SMALL PIECE OF TRUTH
I do not carry a sickle or scythe.I only wear a hooded black robe when it's cold.And I don't have those skull-like facial features you seem to enjoy pinning on me from a distance. You want to know what I truly look like? I'll help you out. Find yourself a mirror while I continue.”

Liesel was cute.She was a girl who obviously loved books.She loved reading,and stole books.I loved her thirst for knowledge.
And then there was Hans Hubermann,who was a really wonderful man.He was a really good role model to Liesel,and I loved how steady and calm he was.
His wife was a piece of work.Her colourful character and personality was quite amusing,Half of the time she was swearing in German-thanks to her,I've even learned curse words in German;).She reminded me of a ruder version of Mrs Weasley.

Rudy was my favourite character.He was so cute and adorable.I was totally in love with him,from his first introduction.

The totally adorable relationship between Liesel and Rudy

Is there anything more cuter than a little boy who's in love with a little girl?
I don't think so.
Rudy's love for Liesel was cute and wonderful.I was sighing heavily thinking how cute these two were.

“How about a kiss, Saumensch?"
He stood waist-deep in the water for a few moments longer before climbing out and handing her the book. His pants clung to him, and he did not stop walking. In truth, I think he was afraid. Rudy Steiner was scared of the book thief's kiss. He must have longed for it so much. He must have loved her so incredibly hard. So hard that he would never ask for her lips again and would go to his grave without them.” 



But still,it's a book about World War 2.We can't expect happily ever afters can we?
Despite giving us a cute relationship to smile over,the book also gives us a tragedy to cry over.When I first read the book,I was totally shocked by the ending,and couldn't stop my tears.
And even after rereading it so many times,I can never keep myself from crying.



The Book Thief talks about books...and words

I love how The Book Thief talks about the beauty and power of words.Well,after all,it's about a girl who steals books.It is expected:)

“I like that every page in every book can have a gem on it. It's probably what I love most about writing—that words can be used in a way that's like a child playing in a sandpit, rearranging things, swapping them around. They're the best moments in a day of writing—when an image appears that you didn't know would be there when you started work in the morning.” 

The movie adaptation is good


Well,not as amazing as the book,which is expected,but the movie itself was really good.The actors were great,the visuals wonderful,but most of all,the best thing about the book is its soundtrack!
It's truly amazing.I wish I could have gone to the theater to watch the movie,as I could have experienced the beauty of the soundtrack more effectively,that way.


So there you are,my list of reasons why you guys must go for this amazing book!
Have you read The Book Thief?What do you think about it?
If you haven't ,what are you waiting for?
Go grab a copy soon!

Jan 16, 2015

Christmas,Cooking and Romance || A Christmas Feast and other short stories by Katie Fforde



Title:A Christmas Feast
Author:Katie Fforde
Release Date:December 4th 2014
Publisher:Arrow
Synopsis:
A delicious Christmas feast of short stories from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of A French Affair and The Perfect Match.


Add some extra sparkle to your Christmas by joining Katie Fforde for a perfect, romantic Christmas feast of short stories. Collected together for the first time and including one brand new story.


Make your Christmas wishes come true...


Includes and exclusive sneak preview of Katie's new novel, A Vintage Wedding, coming in February 2015.


I know what you might be thinking right now.This is too late for a Christmas story,right?I know,but I suck at keeping up with seasonal reads,that I am only finishing my Christmas ARCs only now.But hey,who's complaining?Certainly not me:)

This book is a collection of short stories.Unlike the title suggests,not all the stories are about Christmas or food,rather they are written in the style of a Christmas feast.There are tiny stories as Champagne and Canapes,a medium sized story as a starter,and a comparatively longer story as the main course,and so on.I found this attempt really amusing.It was fun to read them all,I felt like I am at some trendy restaurant which served me stories in place of food:)

Overall,the stories were really cute.Some were too short,there weren't notable character development and story base,but still I enjoyed all of them greatly.

Champagne and Canapes

Christmas Shopping

A woman who sucks at cooking invites a handsome stranger she met at the supermarket for Christmas who promises to help her cook for her large family.I felt this story was a bit too short.When I realized that it ended it made me go,"that's all?"

Run for Cover

A woman who works in a charity clothing store encounters a customer who buys some clothes rather desperately,but then learns that he had bought his own clothes which were donated to the store by his ex girlfriend.It was cute.Nothing more to say.

Love in the Afternoon

I really liked this story!It's about an uptight perfectionist woman who meets a handsome Italian chef during a cookery course who teaches her the joy of food-without any interruption of perfection.This story will definitely make you hungry as it's really descriptive:)

You're the One

How embarrassing will it be if you kissed a stranger thinking it was your longtime crush?That's what happens to Lisa.Thankfully the said stranger turns out be a guy who's recently dumped by a text who doesn't mind a beautiful girl kissing him out of nowhere.
This story contains insta love,but then,it's a short story.What do you expect?

Starter

The Undercover Cook

My favourite story out of this whole book!It's about a journalist who's sent undercover to a reputed restaurant as a cook determined to bring down the apparently rude,cold and demanding executive cook Theo Milton.But in the end the journalist falls for the man.Of course!
This story was truly wonderful.Theo is a short tempered but kind man who you'll fall for immediately.Emily,the journalist,is a great character as well.I really loved how she learned about food and cooking bit by bit and eventually fell in love with the trade and the man behind it.

Main Course

From Scotland with Love

A bestselling author and the PR girl of the publishing house falls in love with each other.Interesting,right?It certainly was!
Rory was a character who was so easy to fall for.He was rough,at times rude,a guy who's trying to hide his hurt,emotions and vulnerability,afraid to be heartbroken again.And to top it off,he's a writer.What's not to love?
And Daisy was a sweet character.She sucks as a PR girl-her words not mine-unorganized,loves food,a procrastinator and a total girly girl.I felt a connection to her immediately and was sad that it was only a short story.

Cheeseboard

Staying Away at Christmas

Due to a small misunderstanding two families end up staying at a rental house at Christmas together.One is a single divorced mother with two daughters,the other is a single widowed dad with a son and a daughter.Convenient,huh?
The story was good.It was typical chick lit material.I was not that interested in reading a 50 year old man and 45 year old woman who have kids of my age falling in love.
But then,some might be,who knows?

Dessert

A Christmas Feast

Unfortunately I didn't find the titular story to my expectations.It's about Imogen,who's making a new start by moving to a new place and finds love there.

Coffee and chocolate truffles

Pink Fizz and Macaroons

A woman who sucks at baking attempts to bake something as a thankful gesture to her friendly older neighbor.It contains a woman who desperately tries to learn to bake-and fails horribly at it,a sweet old lady and a handsome guy who offers to teach her how to bake.
Well,scratch all of that.
It has a guy who bakes.What more do you need?

The Holiday of a Marriage

A woman is having second thoughts with her marriage.30 years later after her wedding.It quite amused me that she is finding problems with her husband and marriage after 30 years together,but then,what do I know about marriage life?
It's about an older couple mending their marriage.It's sweet but not my kind of story.

Breakfast with Mr Gillyflower

Gillyflower?Seriously?You expect me to be okay with a guy with a surname called Gillyflower?
I am not at all okay with this.Totally not.
Surname aside,the story isn't something exciting either.Probably my least favourite out of all.

A Magazine Christmas

A practical,lazy and procrastinator woman finds it difficult to create a picture perfect Christmas that her sophisticated and uptight husband and in laws expect from her.I actually find it amusing how in the first place,this woman got married to a man like him.
I felt so sorry for Jess,who struggles to satisfy her family's expectations.
I was so proud of her when she decided to leave her husband-and the family- to a man who's so sweet and caring towards her.

In the end,the book leaves you satisfied,just like a good meal does.I enjoyed all these stories,even the sneak peek of Katie's new book.If you are looking for a light,cute,romantic read or a fan of short stories,then I'll definitely recommend this for you.

Jan 10, 2015

Battling through insecurity || The DUFF by Kody Keplinger




Title:The DUFF
Author:Kody Keplinger
Release Date:September 7th 2010
Publisher:Little Brown
Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 


But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

The DUFF is one of my all time favourite books.The amount of times I've reread this is actually quite crazy.But the amusing thing is that I never get tired of this book no matter how many times I've read it.
But I never was able to write a proper review for this book.But today after probably my 18th reread of this book,I am finally telling you all why everyone of you should read this book.

It has a fabulous MC

Bianca Piper is unlike any other female lead you'll come across in a book.She's cynical,sassy,snarky,strong and not at all whiny.I deeply admire her both as a fictional character and as a person.She isn't afraid to face her demons,fears and problems.
I can even say that she is one of my favourite heroines ever.

Aside from Bianca all the other characters are great as well.

The DUFF is full of relatable and wonderful characters.Bianca's friends,Casey-a strong no nonsense girl,Jessica-a sweet and cute friend,Toby-Bianca's crush who is an adorable geek.
Bianca's parents were also great characters.Her mother,who's often absent,but still so affectionate of her daughter, and her father who was struggling with his alcoholism.

And the one I saved for last.Wesley Rush.Our hero.


“Wesley Rush was the most disgusting womanizing playboy to ever darken the doorstep of Hamilton High… but he was kind of hot. Maybe if you could put him on mute… and cut off his hands… maybe—just maybe—he’d be tolerable then. Otherwise, he was a real piece of shit. Horn dog shit.” 

Wesley is a hot,arrogant,rich playboy with a huge soft side and wonderful heart.He is introduced as an asshole,whom Bianca hates.But as we learn more about him,we learn how lonely,hurt and insecure he is inside all that arrogant exterior.

It's impossible not to fall for this guy.

The romance is soooo hot

These two fight more than they talk.But if you have followed enough YA books,you know that they are bound to fall in love.I loved every moment of their bickering,their banters and fights.Bianca and Wesley insult each other as much as they can.
And the fangirl inside me just smile at them and think "God they're so cute":)

 “I don't like him," I explained. "He annoys the hell out of me ninety-six percent of the time, and sometimes I'd like nothing better than to strangle him to death. But at the same time I... I want him to be happy. I think about him way more than I should, and I -"
"You love him.”

But that's just when they talk.When they don't-they fall in bed.Often.Their romance may be slow and gradual,but their passion is not.Wesley and Bianca doesn't waste any time with sweet gestures or dates.They kiss,have sex,fight and then fall in love with each other.In that order.
And throughout the novel,the moments they have are hot,burning with tension and chemistry.
And I just go...



And they fall in love.Bianca denies. Unsurprisingly Wesley doesn't.And the chase begins.


"Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you"


The story is totally relatable.

I love the realistic take on the life of a teenager in this book.Maybe because Kody Keplinger was a teenager herself when she wrote The DUFF-but nevertheless,the book perfectly captures a teenage girl's life.Highschool dramas,insecurities,disfunctional families,friendships,fitting in,cliques,reputation and teen sex.Each and every drama of a teenager is described beautifully in this book.

It talks about insecurity.

Insecurity is the main concept of the whole book.It's a demon that not only Bianca but also every other teenage girl faces in life.It can eat you from inside,and it is impossible to fight with.

But in this book,I learned something beautiful.Whenever you feel insecure,also remember that each girl is insecure about something.Everyone of us think that we are not beautiful enough,talented enough or successful enough.That we are not alone in the world.And in the end,there's no need that anyone should feel insecure.


“I was the Duff. And that was a good thing. Because anyone who didn't feel like the Duff must not have friends. Every girl feels unattractive sometimes. Why had it taken me so long to figure that out? Why had I been stressing over that dumb word for so long when it was so simple? I should be proud to be the Duff. Proud to have great friends who, in their minds, were my Duffs.” 

And I also learnt that no one deserves to be treated as an inferior.No one should be judged,condemned or called names.

“Calling Vikki a slut or a whore was just like calling somebody the Duff. It was insulting and hurtful, and it was one of those titles that just fed off the inner fear every girl must have from time to time. Slut, bitch, prude, tease, ditz. They were all the same. Every girl felt like one of these sexist labels described her at some point.”

The book teaches us to face our problems.

When things turn chaotic,go out of hand and when we are struggling with problems,we should face them directly.This is something I learned through The DUFF as well.We easily turn towards distractions in times of trouble.But that's not the way.
When Bianca's parents are dealing with a divorce,her mother starts to go on trips,her father turns towards his whiskey bottle and Bianca uses sex as a remedy.
But in the end,nothing works.
The truth is that troubles should be faced,not avoided.

“No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”
It has a movie coming out!


The movie based on the book is coming out this year,on the 20th of February.After seeing the trailer,I am not sure whether it actually follows the story line accurately,all the more reason why you all should definitely try out the book,before going to the theater.

So there are you,my list of reasons why you guys must go for this amazing book!
Have you read The DUFF?What do you think about it?
If you haven't ,what are you waiting for?
Go grab a copy soon!

Jan 7, 2015

What makes you cry over a book?



Who doesn't love a good tearjerker?Those books may leave you shattered,heartbroken and a total mess,but still it's a guilty pleasure for every book lover.
I myself am a huge sucker for books that will start the waterworks from my eyes.Books that will require some tissues and results in a few questioning looks if you read them in public.

It's quite embarrassing when you read these books in public.The way my friends or my mother or even complete strangers looking at me in a weird way when I start crying over a book suddenly is actually sometimes funny.


And then I go on to make some excuses.



Some times it's unavoidable.No matter how much I try to control myself the tears just flow.And it's quite amusing that some times I don't even know why I am crying over the book.
This made me think.
What actually triggers the tears when you read a book.

Character Death

Okay this is a common cause.Some times authors can be so cruel and they'll just kill off a beloved character in a sentence.
You get attached to a certain character,you swoon over them,become their friend,fall in love with them or even develop a deep connection with them despite them being fictional.
And when they die you are just lost and start to feel a hatred towards the author that you loved so far.


Traumatic Events

When we travel along the main characters throughout the book,all those incidents that hurt them eventually hurt us too.A break up,a betrayal,deaths,heart breaks and so on.They leave us sobbing too.

Emotions-raw,real and true.

All that feels and emotions that make you go adsidyciowuydi.
Whether happy or sad,the overwhelmed state that raw emotions leave you in is bound to make you cry.



When things go wrong.

When the MC chooses the wrong guy from the love triangle,or when your OTP breaks up or when all your anticipation and things that you looked forward to don't end up in the way you wanted them to,and you just can't accept it.


When things are perfect

When your OTP gets their happily ever after and everyone becomes happy after so much struggles and fights,of course that causes some happy tears!
Things don't always need to be sad to make you cry,even when they are perfect,they can bring on some tears.


Well,that are the reasons that I can think of.
Do you agree with them?
Can you think of anything else?Did I miss something?

Feel free to leave a comment.

Jan 4, 2015

Truth,Lies & Moving On || We Were Liars by E.Lockhart



Title:We Were Liars
Author:E.Lockhart
Release Date:May 15th 2014
Publisher:Hot Key Books
Synopsis:
We are the Liars.

We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury.

We are cracked and broken.

A story of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which is truth?



I never understood why every review for this book I saw around the blogosphere was so vague.In fact I was quite annoyed after reading all of them.I hate going into a book blind,without any background information,but still curiosity won and I finally went for this book.And boy,only after finishing this book did I understand all those reviews.

To tell you a bit of a back story,Cadence,our main character comes from a rich family called the Sinclairs.They are rich enough to own a whole island and just like any rich family in the world,they have their demons and dirty little secrets.From this family comes the liars-three cousins and a friend-with whom we travel along the story.

"Me,Johnny,Mirren and Gat.Gat,Mirren,Johnny and me.  The family calls us four the liars"


One of the best things about the book is its writing style.I love these type of original,unique and different styles of writing in books.It's not for everybody-I have to admit that,because I know that some might find it difficult to get used to but I was utterly captivated by the narrative of the story.

"Welcome to the beautiful Sinclair family.
No one is a criminal
No one is an addict
No one is a failure"

Next is the mystery.I am not a huge fan of mysteries,but I do like to try out a few here and there.I love how unpredictable the twist and the revelation was and how we are shown little glimpses of the mystery here and there throughout the whole story.

I also like the characters.The four liars were typical teenagers.They were flawed ,sometimes unlikable,relatable, and most of all believable.It was a fresh experience-reading about teens who had a lot of weak qualities ,portrayed as characters who act like any normal teenager would do-especially Cadence,who was so flawed and weak unlike any other MC I've read about.

I am not going to college next year;I've given up all the sports I used to do and clubs I used to be part of;I'm high on Percocet half of the time and I'm not even nice to my little cousins.


Overall,I think anyone who likes a taste of unique and different writing,unpredictable mysteries or realistic characters will love this book.It's a quick read,guaranteed to take you out of any reading slump and an unforgettable and mind blowing book.