Feb 28, 2015

February Wrap Up

For the shortest month of the year,February was pretty eventful!
Well,at least for me:)

Now let's wrap up the month of love,shall we?

What I Read

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M Lee
Nothing But Trouble by J.L.Hammer
A Necessary Sin by Georgia Cates
The Next Sin by Georgia Cates
Only For Him by Cristin Harber
Married for Christmas by Noelle Adams
Caught up in you by Colee Firman
What happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

What I posted

Reviews

A beast,a beauty and some roses || Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
A girl who became the queen || The girl of fire and thorns by Rae Carson
A story of love and healing || The story of you and me by Pamela Dumond

Reviews for Blog Tours

How (not) to fall in love by Lisa Brown Roberts
Caught up in you by Colee Firman

I am actually quite embarrassed by the amount of reviews I've posted.I mean,only three reviews in a whole month?And I call this a book blog.
Way to go,Mishma!:)

Discussion Posts

I confessed some dark secrets!Okay that's an exaggeration,but I posted some random facts about me.
Confessions of a 16 year old

My reaction to the negative review bingo card.A controversial bingo and a personal reaction.

I am still awed by how much books have changed me.How reading changed my views on life

My favourite post of the month!Check out which reader stereotype you belong to.
What type of a reader are you?

My posts for the Love a thon

A questionnaire
Snapshots
Book spine poetry

Others

Top Ten concepts I love in book romances
My bookish problems

And I started a new blog feature called Snail Mail Buddies .Sign up to swap postcards with me!


Around the Blogosphere

Melanie asks whether you give books a second chance

Nova wrote a pretty sarcastic and hilarious post on requesting ARCs.

Cait discussed her favourite tropes in books.

Nuzaifa has become a travel guide and talks about 5 places you need to visit and the books you need to take along with you.

Allie explains why fiction is just her cup of tea

Rachel wrote a beautiful post about the love among bloggers and authors

Megan has created an awesome quiz!Discover who your book boyfriend is
(I got The Darkling!)

Naban talks about the 6 phases of bookworm in distress syndrome.

Nara discusses books with suicides

Melanie points out the signs that you're more obsessed with your OTP than your own life

What went on in the blogging community

1.Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books hosted an event called Love a thon,and invited all bloggers to spread love among the community!I took part this year,and it was pretty amazing.It was a great chance to meet quite a lot of bloggers,and I had so much fun with the twitter chats.

2.Amy Spalding-the author of Kissing Ted Callahan,stirred some controversy in the blogging community with her negative reviewer bingo card.

3.Bloglovin introduced collections!It's kinda like pinterest and I am loving it!You can now save blog posts of different types in different collections.Check it out here

4.Sarah J.Mass revealed the title of the 4th TOG novel-Queen of Shadows!

What's hot in the world and internet

1.A dress broke the internet.Yes you heard me right,and I am not talking about Lupita Nyongo's 6000 pearl dress that got stolen but rather an ugly dress that's confused people all over the world because it's changing colours.
I am quite amused by the things that human beings go gaga over.

2.The Oscars!NPH's opening number was pretty great,and despite a few weird and creepy situations*cough*John Travolta*cough*,I really enjoyed it.Plus Eddie Redmayne's acceptance speech was pretty cute.He was adorable:)

3.Valentine's Day happened.And I spent the day with a pretty hot date with a book and a cup of hot chocolate.What about you guys?

Personally,my February.

1.I went on a road trip with few of my friends.It was pretty much a disaster.My best friend and I got lost halfway,got drenched in the pouring rain,and after we caught up with the others,on the way back home,our vehicle broke down,and we had to catch a ride in a bus and came back home drained of all our energy.It was a crazy day,but I loved every moment of it!

2.I am making a still in progress list of blogs to read and follow.If you guys have some recommendations to me,feel free to let me know.

3.As I am on a three month holiday until I get my Ordinary Level results,I am missing school a lot.But thankfully I am taking part in a voluntary program for three weeks in school next month,and I am pretty excited to be back there.

4.I had marathons,a lot of them.Harry Potter,Big Bang Theory,Suits,Once Upon a Time,The Vampire Diaries,Gossip Girl,How I met your mother,Criminal Minds and even Friends!Well,I am practically jobless at home,so Netflix has become my boyfriend for some time.

5.Lent season started and I am giving up meat.It's tough,but I am coping:)

6.I am learning to bake.It's actually quite fun and I am loving the end results.

Good bye February,time to greet March!
How did your month go?



Feb 23, 2015

A beast,a beauty and some roses || Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay



Title:Of Beast and Beauty
Author:Stacey Jay
Release Date:July 23rd 2013
Publisher:Delacorte Press
Synopsis:
In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret...

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.
Of all the fairytales,Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite.I love the concept of 'opposites attract' and that appearance doesn't matter in love.I've also been a great fan of its retellings and I came across Of Beast and Beauty when I was hunting for some recs in that genre.I was quite intrigued by the synopsis,so I gave this book a shot,and I am so glad I did so,since Of Beast and Beauty was stunning,heartbreaking.amazing and is one of the best retellings I've ever read.



Of Beast and Beauty is the story of a blind princess Isra and her prisoner Gem.Set in a dystopian world with a paranormal concept,Of Beast and Beauty is how the love of Isra and Gem saves the world which is ruled by black magic

One of the most beautiful things about the book is that we actually don't know who's the beast and and who's the beauty when it comes to Isra and Gem.Isra may be the beauty on the outside,but still she is the beast who imprisoned Gem.And Gem may be the beast by appearance though he's the beauty who sacrificed himself for his family.I loved how they both had a mix of beast and beauty in themselves.
And it was beautiful how the terms were defined.Stacey Jay has done quite a wonderful job in convincing us that being a beast and a beauty is not judged by outer appearance,rather by our intentions and attitude.

“Beauty is wherever you find it, and Beast is there when you need to defend it.” 

I felt a deep connection towards Isra.My heart broke for the blind girl who doesn't have anyone to love her.The princess to whom no one listened to because she was blind.It was heartbreaking to see how the council treats her.They don't see her as a human being,rather an object from which they could get advantage.She was so poorly treated and I felt so sorry for the innocent,naive girl.

“And what good is a voice when so few will listen?” 

And I also admire her strength.Even when she was betrayed,let down and taken advantage of,she didn't give up.She was determined to achieve her goals,whether it was a medicine she's trying to create or her love for her prisoner Gem.

Gem was an interesting guy.Though his intentions regarding Isra weren't actually genuine,it was amazing to see how much trouble he goes through to help his family and people.He was a rough character with a soft center,and he was utterly adorable when he was confused with his feelings for Isra.

The romance between these two were beautiful,heartbreaking and magical.I loved the slow burn in the romance,as it takes them a lot of time to understand and act on their feelings for each other.And the sexual tension was killing me.

“They won't take the time to see that Gem's claws aren't extended, that his arms are gentle around me, or that my fingers linger over his. They won't notice that I lean into him, not away, or that my head turns to look over my shoulder, bringing my cheek so near his mouth that his silent breath warms my skin. They would never in a thousand years imagine that my eyes slide closed and a shiver runs through me not because I fear for my life but because Gem's body is pressed against mine, because his hand on my belly makes it ache, because the longing to taste him is stronger than it was before...
I would kiss him until I was breathless.” 


Since the book has multiple POVS,it was wonderful to see their conflicting emotions.They don't want to give in to their feelings and try to fight it,only to fail miserably.

“Its pointless. Hopeless. Even if she weren't afraid of me, we'll always be enemies at the core. She rules a wicked, selfish city, and my tribe suffers for her peoples comfort. Shes a queen; I'm her prisoner. I resent her and she fears me, and there are times when I fear her, too. I am her monster, and she is mine. But right now none of it matters.” 

“A part of me is eager to be back in my cell. At least there Isra cant cling to my arm, or brush her body against mine, or sigh through her parted lips, or tilt her face up with that look in her eyes. The one that make me want to strangle her. And kiss her. And strangle her some more. And maybe leap off a cliff after the strangling is done.” 

Stacey Jay's writing was beautiful.It is descriptive and you'll be able to connect deeply with the characters and situations through her wonderfully crafted sentences.It has a magical quality to it,and reminds you that it's a fairytale being retold,

“But maybe that isn't possible. Maybe the mind of the majority is always the healthy mind, simply by virtue of its numbers. Maybe it's the definition of madness to believe I'm right and everyone else if wrong, to find my thoughts rational and reasonable when almost the entire world finds them damaged and flawed.” 

Of Beast and Beauty is a beautiful love story that any fairytale lover would enjoy as it stays so faithful to the original fairytale,yet has its own variations and twists.It will also be a great choice to any romance fan.Isra and Gem's love is so beautiful and I am sure it will touch any readers' heart.


Feb 22, 2015

Love a thon Mini Challenge #4:Snapshots


Hi guys!
It's the second day of the Love a thon and I am quite excited!

Snapshots is all about bookish photographs!It's my favourite challenge as I love taking photographs,though I suck at it:)

Here we go!

Let's start with some book selfies:








Here's a photo I just took with my current read Raven Boys.I didn't get much time to read the book as Love A Thon is keeping me occupied.
Plus I love this shirt!My best friend got it for me as I am a huge chocoholic.















Reading in pyjamas!I love reading at night as there's no disturbance or interruptions to me then.










Who doesn't love a good book to movie adaptation?







I love watching movies that are based on books.The Book Thief is one of my favourites as they've done the best to bring the awesomeness of the book to the screen.
And the soundtrack was just plain amazing!








An ideal evening







A good book,a cup of coffee and some chocolate cupcakes.What more do I need?It's heaven!











Childhood memories





These are technically the first books I've "read".Apparently my parents have bought some Disney audio books for me when I was 3 because they aren't fluent enough in English to read to me.
This picture makes me feel nostalgic:)









Let's appreciate friends!







Love a thon is all about making friends!So I wanted to highlight my favourite friendships in YA.









Something random...




A spiral of books!How does it look?It was fun to make,and my mother looked at me like I've gone mad when I was arranging all these books:)











My favourite bookmark!It's magnetic and completely adorable
(Sorry for the sucky quality of the photo by the way:)










That was fun!
Don't forget to link up your posts.


Feb 21, 2015

Love a thon Mini Challenge #1:Book Spine Poetry

Hi everyone!
Just as I told in my previous post,I am taking part in the 2015 Book Blogger Love a thon this year,and it has been amazing so far!The twitter chat was really fun.

And Alexa is also hosting some challenges and this is the first out of them.

Book Spine Poetry is basically creating a poem with book titles.I bent the rules a little and addded a few preposition and articles here and there:)

So here's my poem.
The titles are in bold.


Unravel Me!
Me Before You.
Awaken the Need,
the Real
 Passion.
A hunger so wild
Pushing the Limits
of the
Rules of Attraction
in
A night like this.

I think it sounds quite romantic and am actually proud of it:)

What do you think of my poem?
Don't forget to leave a link to yours.



2015 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon:Introduction

Hi guys!
I am quite excited to let you all know that I am taking part in the Book Blogger Love a Thon this year.It's an event that is dedicated to spreading love around the blogosphere.It's hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books and this year,the Random Acts of Kindness initiative started by Jamie and Estelle is also tying up with the love a thon,and these ladies are doing their best to make February a month of love among bloggers.

There will be some challenges,giveaways and a lot of blog hopping and commenting sprees this weekend!I am trying to do my best in discovering blogs and comment on them,so if you think I'll be interested in your post or blog,don't forget to leave me a link!

So as a kick off post,Alexa wants us to answer a questionnaire,as a way get to know me better.

So here we go.

1.What's your name?

Truth to be told,this feels like an interview:)
Well,whatever.
My name is Mishma.I actually have a love hate relationship with my name.I like the fact that it's unique,but at the same time sometimes I hate it as no one gets it at first try.I have to repeat my name a couple of times when someone first meets me.It's worse with new teachers.

2.Where in the world are you blogging from?

I come from Sri Lanka.It may suck as a place for a booknerd to live (if you want to learn why,check this post out),but it's such a beautiful and amazing country so I can't complain a lot.

3.How did you get into blogging in the first place?

Well,I've been an avid reader of book blogs for three years before I started this blog.Suddenly I had this urge to start a blog on my own,especially since I've seen the love and friendship that exists in the community.And of course,I wanted to be able to talk about books with people who actually understood them!

4.How did you come up with your blog name?

It's actually a long story.I wanted my blog name to be unique and beautiful.So I wrote down a lot of names on a notebook and spent almost a week,picking one among them all.I mixed up idioms,phrases,famous quotes and beautiful unused words and created a lot of names (If you want a suggestion for  your blog name,let me know.I still have that notebook buried somewhere)
Chasing Faerytales was born out of one of my favourite idioms-chasing rainbows.To make it more bookish,I added  the word Faerytales,to emphasize my love for fantasy.

5.What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?

I read and review both YA and NA.I also go for adult books if the concept interests me.
My favourite genres are Fantasy and Contemporary.I also love historical romance-both highland and regency,but I don't review it.

6.What other types of posts do you do on your blog,apart from reviews?

Well,I post discussion posts a lot,as I love them more than writing reviews:)I occasionally do a Top Ten Tuesday if I like the topic.Addition to that,I recently started a feature called Snail Mail Buddies,inviting booknerds around the world to swap postcards with me.Check it out if you're interested.

7.Best blogging experience so far?

Blogging itself has been a best experience to me!However the best thing that I experienced with blogging is the support I got during the bingo card drama.I felt so loved when I received all those supportive comments I got when that happened.

8.Favourite thing about the blogging community?

I think the book blogging community is the most beautiful,supportive,friendly and wonderful one I've ever seen in my life.I love how bloggers inspire each other,help one another and support others when something bad happens.I am proud to be a part of it.

9.Name the 5 books  you're excited for this 2015.

1.A Court of Thorns and Roses!It's by Sarah J.Mass,who's one of the most kick ass authors I've ever read and it's a retelling of my favourite fairy tale.What's not to love?
2.An Ember in the Ashes.It sounds epic,and I love debuts.
3.The Fill in Boyfriend.I am a huge Kasie West fan.And this one sounds so cute.
4.Soundless.Richelle Mead is awesome!Just when you finish the epic series that is Bloodlines,she comes up with another series.
5.Confess.Just look at that cover.Enough said.

10.What's an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?

Well,you all should try out Sarah J.Pepper's books.She's a painfully underrated author,but her books are amazing.She writes fairytale retellings that are twisted,dark and wonderful.

11.Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?

Either Bianca from The DUFF or Caymen from The Distance Between Us.Both of these girls are cynical,sarcastic and completely amazing!I get along with these type of people quickkly,as I am the complete opposite of them,and they fascinate me a lot.

12.Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? 

Well,obviously blogging is a hobby of mine.Other than that I love watching TV shows and movies.I am also interested in astronomy,so stargazing is a favourite hobby of mine as well.I even have  created lunar and star charts!
Mechanics and electronics interest me as well.I got my love for this from my father,and we spend a lot of time together in garages and experiment at home.

13.Apart from book shopping,what else do you like shopping for?

Clothes!Who doesn't love clothes shopping?My two BFFs love going window shopping and my mother is a huge shopaholic so I am never short of companions for a good shopping spree.

14.At a party,the DJ suddenly changes the song-and it's your song.What song would be playing?

Anything Taylor Swift!I am a huge Swiftie and don't ask me to pick a favourite. Anything and everything she sings is awesome.

15.Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show,or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.

I'd love to see Forbidden as a film.But at the same time,I think they should be really careful with the casting,especially Lochan,as anyone not suitable will completely ruin the movie.
And I'd also love to read 500 Days of Summer.It's such an amazing  film,and I love books that doesn't have a HEA and are completely realistic yet romantic,so I think I'll enjoy reading it as a book.

Well,that was fun!
I am really excited for the love a thon,and don't forget to leave links for me-whether you are taking part or not-I'll be on a commenting spree soon.



Feb 19, 2015

What type of a reader are you?

We may all be readers,but our reading habits differ from one another.Some of us are ridiculously fast,some are hypersensitive and some are total book geeks.
And from the habits I've observed,I have listed the types of wonderful readers I've seen.

P.S-This post is a bit crowded with gifs.I am sorry if takes time to load:)


1.The Multi tasker

These type of readers can make time for books,while keeping up with everything else in their life,They manage time efficiently between school,relationships,work,family and other responsibilities.They're awesome,and you can't help but be awed by them.

2.The perfectionist
These ones are so organized!They have spreadsheets and lists regarding their reading schedules.They keep track of their TBR,know what to read next,and kick ass in challenges.They are perfect readers,while the rest of the lazy lot wonder how they can manage it

3.The Couch Potato

The potatoes forget everything when they start to read.They love to select their books by instinct and don't get up from their bed or couch until they finish the book.Either they are too lazy to get up and face reality,or they are totally engrossed in their book.

4.The book whore

These greedy ones can't stick to one book at a time.They read more than one-sometimes too many-books at the same time and  amazingly keep up with all of them without getting mad.

5.Digital addict

They are addicted to their e-readers,and seem to prefer ebooks to physical ones.They are always seen with their kindle,and they appreciate technology and the amount of time they save by downloading ebooks rather than buying books the traditional way.
Though they don't understand that half the fun in buying books is hunting the shelves and finding a book you'll love:)


6.The know it all


They are the Hermione Grangers of the reading and blogging community.They've read everything and they are proud of it!They have read all the hyped up YA books,and even the underrated gems.You can't compete with these wise owls when it comes to book knowledge.

7.The cry baby


These readers have sensitive hearts which is easily broken while reading.They are the ones who've often been seen wiping their eyes and blowing their noses while reading a tearjerker.They can't bear tragedies,and break down as soon as something bad happens

8.High maintenance


They're picky and you can't actually blame them.They check ratings,reviews and ask opinions from every known person before buying a book.They want their books to be great and be worthy of their money,so they carefully select the books they want to read.

9.The "Shelfie" Queen


These readers know how to capture the pages!They're amazing with taking photographs,and their shelfies rock!If books are models,these girls are perfect photograhers.

10.The speed racer


These girls are on fire when they read.They are so fast to the point where they can even read three or more books on the same day.Their speed is amazing,and they're quite dangerous competitors in reading challenges and read-a-thons.

11.The calm and collected


These girls don't stress it.They read at their own pace,whenever they want.They're slow readers,and they enjoy the story as much as possible.They savor the experience.

12..The all rounder

They read all the genres!They try out different genres,and read everything from contemporary to science fiction.Addition to this,they also go for non fiction.They read biographies,poetry and even those self help and inspirational books.

13.The show off

They take their books everywhere,to camping,vacations,shopping and even to parties.They aren't ashamed to show the world that they are bookworms.In fact they even take pride in showing off their books and reading skills.

14.The day dreamer


They have overactive imaginations,and day dream about books,characters and the world building.They create imaginative scenarios in their head,write and read fanfiction and sometimes even imagine themselves as a character in a particular book.They zone out often during boring conversations and lectures and talk about books with a passion that's mesmerizing

15.She's got swag!

These girls' instagram accounts are the envy of all readers out there.They have amazing bookish swag lined up,from bookmarks,signed swag,bookish clothes,mugs,posters and lots of great stuff.And the less fortunate of us can just sigh at their photos with an expression of



16.The fanatic

These readers take the term 'book nerd' to a whole new level.They know even the minute details of each books and fandoms.They know the birthdays of all characters,have theories about books and are familiar with all the quotes from their favourite books.



17.The Catalyst


They start all the hype!These readers don't stop with reading but go on to recommend it to every single fellow reader they know,creating a hype for a book and making it famous.Readers look up for these catalysts for recommendations,and they never fail to give good ones.

18.The goody two shoes


These one are so responsible!They read their ARCs in time,they feel bad to DNF books and see the best in characters,and tries to overlook even the worst traits in a story.
Well,it must be really hard to be a goody two shoes:)

19.The easily distracted



They love books,but they can't help but be distracted easily and zone out while doing their favourite hobby.They need action paced and eventful books to keep them engrossed,otherwise,they'll feel sleepy soon.

20.The critic



It's not easy to please these readers.They have read a lot,and are often judgmental.If a book need to impress them,it has to offer a lot.

Among these types I personally am the couch potato,cry baby,bookwhore,high maintenance and day dreamer.

What type of a reader are you?
Could you relate to anything up there?

Feb 18, 2015

Blog Tour (Review+Giveaway):Caught Up In You by Colee Firman


Hi guys!
Welcome to my stop of the Caught up in You Blog Tour hosted by Inkslinger PR
Say a hi to Colee Firman and her book.


Title:Caught up in You
Author:Colee Firman
Synopsis:
Life has a way of shaping you into what it wants you to be, regardless of how much you fight it.
Brantley Prescott is damaged. Scarred by a past she can’t forget. Hiding secrets she’s terrified to share. Searching for a future she doesn’t believe she’ll ever find.
Myles Franco is alone. Burdened by mistakes he’ll never live down. Fostering a deep resentment for the opposite sex. Unleashing his wrath on any girl who gets too close.
Brantley has worked behind the bar long enough to recognize Myles for what he is—a douchebag player with nothing on his mind but keeping a steady stream of girls flowing through his bed. With his messy dark hair, sapphire blue eyes, rock-solid body, and endless tattoos he’s impossible to ignore. But that’s exactly what she plans on doing.
After just one run-in with Brantley, Myles is even more determined to stick to the rules he lives by. She’s mouthy, blunt, and doesn’t back down—no matter how hard he pushes her. She could turn out be the one temptation that drags him down the path he’s been trying to avoid. He won’t let that happen.
Both are content living behind the solid walls they’ve built around themselves. Neither is prepared for what happens when their lives collide.


In a nutshell,this book is a love story between a girl with physical and mental scars,and a boy with a tortured past.It's the story of their love,emotional healing and trials along the way,and Colee Firman manages to deliver it in a way which is heartbreaking,intriguing,emotionally exhausting and amazing.

Both the lead characters had their respective baggage.And despite the fact that I wanted to smack their hard heads often,I really liked these too.They were both wounded and lonely and it broke my heart to read that two characters who were so young had to deal with such horrible pasts.

Brantley was strong,independent and feisty.I really liked her name,character and determination.She was hardworking,confident and she acted by instinct.
Myles was a typical asshole bad boy hero with a soft center.He was often rude but he was really sweet and caring at the same time.He was also a wounded character and I felt really bad for him.

The romance was hot,blazing and with enough sexual tension to make a girl happy.They had some really steamy moments,and they also had quite sweet ones.I also loved how they constantly fought before getting together.I love it when the couple in my romance bickers all the time,and that's what these two did half of the time.

The romance is filled with drama.There are misunderstandings,the characters' pride and ego didn't let them compromise and their pasts were too scarred for them to have a smooth relationship.Brantley and Myles have quite a rocky journey when it comes to their romance,but in the end,they had their HEA,which made me quite happy as well.

Addition to these two,I also liked the side characters.Baylor Grove was described as a close knitted and friendly town,and I really liked  how everyone know each other and looked after their town mates.

I also liked the fact that this is a standalone.I don't have anything against series,but I love myself a good old standalone contemporary romance,and Caught up in You was a fantastic addition to that genre.I'd recommend this to anyone who loves an emotional,heartbreaking and intense romance book with a HEA.

About the Author

Colee Firman has always been a closet writer. As an only child, there were constantly stories swimming around in her head. In 2012, she finally started unleashing them on the world, beginning with The Unbinding Fate Series.
As a Michigan native, she passes up a chance to escape the winter weather. When she’s not working at her day job or writing, she’s traveling with her longtime boyfriend, reading with her cat, or binging on Netflix.
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Feb 17, 2015

Top ten book related problems I have
























All of us booknerds have our bookish problems,huh:)?
Here are my personal list of bookish problems,and let me warn you, this may end up being a rant!

My country

This is probably the main cause of most of my bookish woes.As much as I love my country,being a Sri Lankan booknerd is hard,and let me tell you why.

1.Lack of good bookstores and books
Have you ever entered a bookstore and come out empty handed?Do you ever stare at the shelves in a bookstore praying that you'll finally find a good YA book that isn't Twilight?
It's routine for me.
The bookstores in my country suck.They only have one or two shelves of YA books,which will be filled with Twilight and House of Night.
I've often ended up crying in bookstores as I go in with a lot of anticipation with my hard earned savings in hand,only to find that I have to come out empty handed.


2.No bookish events
You know what,attending an author signing is one of my lifetime goals.And I even doubt that will happen.I sigh with envy when I see bloggers posting about their experiences in bookish events and signings.All the signed books and swag I have were all won in giveaways,and I dream that I'll be able to attend an event on my own.

Yeah,I know McAdams.You don't have to remind me:(

3.No one is ready to ship to Sri Lanka

This goes to giveaways,ARCs and even trades.Sometimes even online bookstores don't ship to my country-BookOutlet,I am looking at you,and if they do,the shipping is too much*cough*Amazon*cough*
I know,my life sucks:(

4.Time Zones

The bookish community is awake when I am asleep and asleep when I am awake.Unless I stay up all night-which I do usually-I am never going to keep up with Twitter or any events such as read a thons.
I am okay with the up all night business,but the lack of sleep makes me cranky and drowsy the whole next day.

Apart from my country

5.Lack of a bookish environment

Before I found Goodreads and started blogging,I literally had no one to talk about my obsession with books.
Well,my parents support my love for books,but even they can't understand it.And my extended family is worse.They don't understand a single thing about reading,books,blogging and fandoms and even complain often that I am being stuck up when I read and spend time on my computer rather than making small talk.
My friends are another case.They find the situation amusing.They want me to tell them stories,and believe me,I've spent half of my life being a storyteller to my friends.

But I often wish I can find someone to talk about books.Someone who can understand and share my love for reading.

6.Not enough space

I have a small room.And I have too much things inside it.A bed,two book cupboards,two clothes cupboards and a table with all my school stuff and laptop.
Obviously my room is overcrowded and I don't have enough space to keep my books.

7.Reading Slumps

I get hit with these often,and I hate it!Thankfully my reading slumps don't last too long,and as I am a fast reader,I usually make up for the days I didn't read,but still I hate the feeling of not having any inspiration at all to take up a book.

8.Money
Well,I am not ashamed to say this.I can't afford books sometimes.They are really expensive,and most of the time when I buy online,the shipping is too high for me to afford it.I really appreciate the effort on my parents' behalf and I don't want to burden them with my book expenses.So I always buy books with my own savings,which isn't enough for the books I want to buy:(


9.Not enough time
Just like all school going booknerds out there,finding time to read is a huge problem for me.There's schoolwork,assignments,homework,exams and friends who want you to spend time with them,and amid all of these,it's hard to find the time to read.

10.I get distracted a lot.

They say that creative people tend to get distracted a lot,and this is a huge problem for me.I often end up giving up a book halfway because I get distracted by some other book,or even something non bookish.Since it's not the book's fault I always give those books a second chance,which sucks since I have to read it all over again to come to a better judgement.

What are your bookish problems?
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Feb 13, 2015

A girl who became the queen || The girl of fire and thorns by Rae Carson






















Title:The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Author:Rae Carson
Release Date:September 20th 2011
Publisher:Greenwillow
Synopsis:
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one. 

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will. 

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.



I am a huge fan of books about queens.There's something so wonderful about a girl with so much power.It makes the feminist and ambitious girl inside me so proud.After reading about the mighty Celaena Sardothien,I've always wanted to read about a powerful queen like her,so when I heard about The Girl of Fire and Thorns,I didn't hesitate to jump into it.

The best thing about this book is the character growth of Elisa.When we first meet her,she is a naive,innocent,spoiled princess whose only remarkable quality is that she's the bearer of the Godstone-the stone that marks her as a hero and saviour.She lives in the shadow of the stone she bears in her navel and her beautiful,elegant and elder sister.However when she finds herself married to a handsome king who expects her to save his land and later kidnapped by commoners who also expect her to save them,she goes through a growth phase which is truly remarkable.
"I am done with being useless"
She transforms into a confident leader,a wise strategist and a powerful queen and I couldn't help but admire her greatly.I was awed by this girl-who was the same age as me-facing so much obstacles with courage an overcoming her insecurities.
“I loved and lost and survived.” 
The girl of Fire and Thorns deals with religion.Truth to be told,I was a bit annoyed with the paragraphs and paragraphs of explanations about scriptures and prophecies,but I have to admit that religion was dealt in a way which wouldn't bother any reader who's normally weary of that concept and I have to applaud Carson for that.
 'Oh Ximena, he was right to choose me but not becuase of my worth...You, Cosme, Hector...were already willing to be heroes. But I would have done nothing, become nothing, were it not for this thing inside me. So you see, God picked me becuase I was unworthy.” 
Apart from Elisa,I also really loved the minor characters-the headstrong and confident Cosmethe sweet and caring Humberto,the kind yet reserved Ximena,the cute little kid Rosario,even the quiet Jacien and most of all,the captain of the guard Hector.All these characters were quite wonderful and I love how they all made an impact on Elisa.

I can't talk about the romance without spoiling the story.It was not what I expected from this book,but still it was cute and sweet.
“Even more than the cold, I’m frozen by the sadness in his beautiful eyes, deep and true. He squeezes them closed a moment and breathes deeply through his nose. Then, with one swift movement, he cups the back of my neck with a strong hand, pulls my head forward, and presses his lips to mine. He wastes precious moments kissing me, his tongue gliding across my lips, darting at my teeth. I open my mouth and kiss back just as eagerly.” 
And I also had some problems with the book,but in the end,they didn't matter at all as I couldn't really look past my admiration for the transformation of Elisa.And I'll recommend it to anyone who loves a book with character growth,a strong heroine and a fast paced paranormal read.