Apr 30, 2015

April Wrap Up


April has been a fun filled month for me!The only drawback being the unpredictable weather here in my country.It's unbearably hot one moment and rains heavily the next.

Anyway let's see how my April went

What I Read

Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
Adorkable by Sarah Manning
Prom Nights from Hell by Meg Cabot,Stephenie Meyer,
Lauren Myracle,Kim Harrison and Michele Jaffe
Runaway Wife by Charlotte Lamb
Except my Love by Mary Burchell
Narvla's Celtic New Year by Therese Gilardi.

Currently Reading

Scarlet by A.C.Gaughen

What I posted

Reviews


Discussion posts

I talked about reading in public

I listed my reasons to why we need more diverse books.

Others

I made a list of my top ten author superheroes

I introduced a new feature- A little bit of everything!

Around the Blogosphere

Cait made a fabulous list of the ten type of fangirls.


Nova sarcastically shares the secret to create a perfect bad boy

Wondering how to organize your bookshelf?Asti suggests color coordinating!

Kaitlin shares a few tips to keep track of review copies.



    Valerie posted about  the art of skimming




Bookish and blogging community news

1.#ACOTARParty! It was a twitter chat organized by Hafsah @ Icey Books and Sarah J.Mass answered a lot of questions.Fortunately I woke up just in time for the chat,and here are some of the best tweets!

And she answered a question of mine!

2.Cora Cormack announced her new novel All Closed Off and with that created a hashtag #Whenithappened and invited women all around the world to share their own story of sexual assault.It's beautiful and heartbreaking.Check it out here

What's hot in the world and internet

1.Avengers 2 is in theaters!I am excited but still I am hesitating a bit as I am getting disappointed with superhero movies nowadays.Well,let's see.

2.Speaking of superhero movies,the trailer of Dawn of Justice was revealed and I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw that.Ben Affleck is so wrong for Batman!I really don't get the point of making a batman movie so soon after The Dark Knight Rises,because that trilogy and Christian Bale's batman left a huge impact on fans and I am not sure whether DoJ will be up to that standard.

3.Grey's Anatomy broke hearts again.Shonda Rhimes killed a beloved character again and it devastated fans.
Is she trying to be the next George R.R.Martin?

Tweet of the month

Personally my April

1.Me and my friends spent a whole unproductive day together and it was amazing!We went out and ate junk food,got together at one girl's house and had a shuffled movie marathon with a sappy romantic drama,black comedy and a horror.
And during night we prank called all my friends' boyfriends!
One of them received the worst!We called him and a friend of mine hysterically confessed that she's his ex-girlfriend and that she's pregnant and he's got to face the consequences.
Poor guy nearly cried:)

2.I submitted my admission for my Advanced Levels!I'll be doing A/Ls in the Fine Arts stream with my main subject as Literature.School's starting on the 18th of May and I am so excited yet nervous as I am going to have a whole bunch of new classmates.

3.My best friend left me alone and went to Thailand for vacation:(We've been texting everyday but still I miss her terribly.

4.I received my first print ARC!Yay!
I am happy but a lot confused because I never sent a request.At all.
What am I supposed to do now?

5.I cut my hair!It used to be waist length,but now it's just up to my shoulders.I thought I'll regret it but I am loving my new look!And it's so much easier to manage.

How was your April?

Apr 27, 2015

Why do we need more diverse books?


There's no doubt that we need diverse books.I think it's something that all of us will agree on.
After all,there was even a campaign started for the cause where readers and authors around the world came together and stated the need for more diversity in fiction,with #Weneeddiversebooks

But apart from that,it's true that we all have our own reasons for wanting more diversity in the books we read.If I ask you why,some might just say,


Well I personally have a couple of reasons for why we need more diverse books,and I've always wanted to share my view about it.So here we go.

Basically,I am tired of reading about white people all the time.



I mean,no offense to you guys,but still it gets a bit tiring to see almost all the characters in a book are white.Whether it's contemporary,sci fi or fantasy,the books are filled with white characters.I mean,come on,just how many famous non white characters of fiction can you think up in a minute?


And then,I want to read about and see more cultures and countries.All I that I've learned about America and its lifestyle,I did through reading.It's amazing how much I know about that country,the traditions,the lifestyle and the places just by things I read in books.


But the spotlight mustn't be on the same county for so long.We need to see more countries,more cultures and more lifestyles.Some books have done that-like Cinder which is based on China,Die For Me and Anna and the French Kiss which happens in  France and Ink which is set in Japan.But otherwise the majority of YA books are set in the US.

And I don't even want to start about dystopian books.I mean have you ever wondered what happens to the rest of the countries in the world after the certain apocalypse that created the dystopian America?
No trace of them.


Just gone like that.

And why I think we need different country settings in books is because it lets the readers know more about other countries and people,regardless of what the ethnic stereotypes may suggest.

And that brings me to the next point.We need diversity because it will destroy stereotypes.I mean,I really don't get why all Asians are considered to be smartypants.Why do people assume that we are all good in Maths and Science?That all Asians are nerds?



Because even if there's an Asian character in a book,they'll be portrayed as the "smart ones".Even in Harry Potter-a series I respect a lot for the amount of diversity in it-two of the three Asian students of Hogwarts (Cho Chang and Padma Patil) were in Ravenclaw-which was the house of the geniuses.

This is just an example.There's so much ethnic and racial stereotypes out there which will only disappear if fictional characters of different races are portrayed as realistic and normal people both in media and books.

Then there's the fact that we readers love it when we can relate to the characters.

How happy would you feel,when you read a book with a character who is from your own country,race or heritage?It's a simple pleasure,where we will be able to immediately connect to them just because they share something with us.But that doesn't happen for everyone,does it?

Finally,diversity in books makes people more broad minded and less judgemental.

I like to admit something here.I was pretty much an anti-gay person when I was younger.I was brought up in a way which encouraged me to frown at the whole concept.
But when I started to read,and discovered characters who belonged to the LGBT community,my views started to change.
If books can make an Asian catholic school girl from a conservative society change her whole mind about this concept just because she read about characters who made her think differently,I think they can make a huge change in the world.There need to be more queer characters in fiction,to show to the world that they are no different and no less normal than the rest of us.




What do you think about more diversity in books?
Why do you think we need it?


Apr 23, 2015

A new feature!

Hi my dear marshmallows!
I hope life is treating you all well.

Anyway,today I am quite excited to tell you about something I've been planning for days,and finally executed.
There's going to be a brand new feature at Chasing Faerytales!
And it's going to be called.............


Just like the title suggests,this feature is going to involve everything related to my life.I personally believe that a book blog doesn't need to be 100% bookish,and I've always loved sharing my personal life with my lovely readers,so I decided to make it a feature so that I can have an excuse to talk about random stuff in my life.

This idea came to me after seeing the comments and responses I got for my review for Damsel Distressed a few days ago.I confessed some personal baggage of mine,and I was completely blown away by the love and support you guys showed me after reading it.And it felt really good to let it all out.And that's when I realized that it shouldn't be a one time thing.

So with "A Little Bit of Everything",I'll talk about random stuff about my life,my likes and interests,my passions and beliefs.
All in all,this feature is going to be a collection of non-bookish discussion posts.

I hope that you all will like the new feature.
I am so excited for this and I'll be back with my first edition of A Little Bit of Everything soon!

Apr 21, 2015

Top Ten All time Favourite Authors


I am not going to lie-this list was hard to make.Somehow I narrowed it down to ten.

1.Richelle Mead

I practically worshipped Richelle Mead in my early teen years.I discovered Vampire Academy when I was 13-a time when I was quite fascinated with vampires.Plus,VA was so action paced and awesome for my preteen self,so much that I was totally awed by the world and characters.
I renewed my love for Mead,when I took up Bloodlines last year.Despite the fact that the last two books let me down,I love the series,especially since it gave me my OTP-Adrian and Sydney!



2.J.K.Rowling

How can this be complete without the queen herself?As a huge potterhead,I practically grew up with Harry Potter.Rowling changed and molded my life in many ways,and I'll be eternally grateful for her for that.The proof for my love for her and HP is the fact that the last page of my copy of Deathly Hallows is drenched with my tears because I couldn't digest the fact that there would be no more books in the series.



3.Sarah Dessen

No one can write a better coming of age book than Sarah Dessen.With her trademark concepts of family,friendships,self realization,romance and quite a lot of quotes to stick up on my bedroom wall,she brings out beautiful and inspiring coming of age tales about teens with baggage.Her realistic portrayal of teens and their problems make her one of the best in the genre.

4.Meg Cabot

Another obsession of my pre teen years.Meg Cabot introduced me to YA.Her quirky characters,realistic humour and awesome writing style make her books great and quick reads.She also broke the whole "books with pink covers are cheesy and immature" stereotype.Because though her book covers are pink,her stories are deeper in meaning and concept.

5.L.J.Smith

Talking about her actually makes me sad.She used to be a successful author with great series which were adapted into TV shows when I started to read her books.Though Vampire Diaries is her most famous,my personal favourite is Night World series,which feature interconnected short stories happening in the same fictional universe.
But now,sadly,she has practically become a nobody.The main reason why is because she sucked in her PR skills,and didn't know how to behave with fans,to the point where her series are being ghostwritten,and she practically lost the right to her own creation.



6.Sophie Kinsella

She is actually my guilty pleasure author.I don't normally go for chick lit-but I really can't resist this woman's books.Whenever I need a light read or a stress relief,she is my go to author!Her books are hilarious,with quirky heroines,interesting story lines and lots of chaos.My favourite book by her is Undomestic Goddess,and her shopaholic series is a fan favourite.



7.Julia Quinn

Another guilty pleasure!I love historical fiction,and Julia Quinn masters the art of writing regency romances.What's  really unique about her regency romances is that they're hilarious.Her heroines aren't the stereotypical classic heroine of the regency period,but rather,unconventional and rebellious spirits who are too awesome to be called ladies:)


8.Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover's love stories are beautiful.They are heartbreaking,emotional and her characters will always stay in your heart even after you've finished their story.
    Plus her writing style is gorgeous.Especially in Slammed-my favourite book of hers-where she introduced me to Slam Poetry,which is now a passion of mine.

9.Kody Keplinger

Kody Keplinger creates the best heroines.Her girls are cynical,sarcastic and awesome.
    Plus she has a way of portraying teenagers perfectly,maybe because she was a teenager herself when she started to write.Her books are relatable,and it's always easy to connect to a Kody Keplinger novel,especially The DUFF,which is a beautiful book that deals with insecurity.


10.Sarah J.Mass

I suspect that she made a lot of lists today:)Sarah J.Mass is a fangirls' favourite,and for good reason.Her books are mindblowing,they'll drown you in feels and the awesomeness.Plus she gave the ultimate ideal heroine Celaena Sardothien and my other OTP -Chaol and Celaena.
Long story short,she's awesome.


And since I like to cheat,here are a few honorable mentions.

Katie McGarry
Maya Banks
Nora Roberts
Jennifer L.Armentrout
Tabitha Suzuma
Kasie West

Who made your list today?
Feel  free to leave a comment!


Apr 17, 2015

Rewriting the fairytale || Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke


Title:Damsel Distressed
Author:Kelsey Macke
Release Date:October 14th 2014
Publisher:Spencer Hill Contemporary
Synopsis:
Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters' story. Those girls don't get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing 

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.



I knew that I was going to love Damsel Distressed even before I started it.I learned about this book from Hazel @ Stay Bookish.After reading her beautiful review for this Cinderella retelling,I knew I had to give this book a shot.Fortunately for me,I could borrow a copy from Nuz @ Say it With Books and thanks to both of them,I found my next new favourite book which ruined me and left me drowning in feels and tears.


Damsel Distressed is the story of Imogen Keegan.A chubby,overweight,insecure girl who's battling depression and panic attacks.She lost her mother when she was really young,and her absent father remarries and along comes a ready made stepsister-gorgeous and completely evil.Her only escape is her passion for theatre-she is a sound techie-and her adorable best friend Grant,whom she is in love with.

Imogen's story is painful,heartbreaking and it hit a really sensitive spot in me.I personally think that,in a way,every girl is insecure.But still,some of us,carry it around like a burden.As an obstacle.As a barrier to our confidence and happiness.As a wet blanket to our joy,relationships and success.And if you are a girl who feels like that,you'll definitely relate to Imogen's story.


I've always been an insecure girl. I've always felt like I am not pretty enough,not fair enough and not good enough.Often I've stood in front of the mirror and wished that I was prettier.And then there was the bullying.It's amazing how someone can bring down your self esteem and confidence in a few seconds.I was bullied a lot.Bullied for being a bespectacled,braces wearing,plain faced preteen.Bullied for being too smart.Plus I was also diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome-a neuropsychiatric disorder-when I was 11,automatically branding me as a "basket case."


Those times made me cry a lot. I've often felt like I don't want to live anymore.I was utterly miserable,sick and tired of life.
But one thing I am proud of,is that I never gave up.I just had some optimism inside me-which I clung to.
And now,at almost 17 year old,I've matured quite a lot.I can't say I've totally overcome my insecurity-I still am hugely insecure,at least appearance wise.But with the other things,I've come through a lot.So when I read this book,where Imogen went through each and every single agony I went through in my own life,I couldn't help but break down and cry for myself,Imogen and all the other girls in the world,who feel like that.

Imogen is a beautiful character.Throughout the book,I wanted to hug her tightly and say that she is not alone.I could understand every single feeling of hers.Kelsey Macke has portrayed her as a personification of insecurity.Because with insecurity,comes low self esteem,bitterness,hatred and lots and lots of jealousy.She struggled through everything,and by the end of the book,I was shedding happy tears for her,thinking how proud of her I was.


All the characters beside her were wonderful as well.Grant,Imogen's love interest and best friend was basically her rock.He was a shoulder to lean onto and a great support,and I loved him for that.He was there whenever Imogen needed him.I loved his geekiness,cute t shirts,love for Imogen and for being a wonderful best friend.Though I was really happy for them that they ended up together,truth to be told,I actually loved their friendship more.It was truly beautiful.


The rest of the characters,Brice,Jonathan,Antonique were all great people as well.And then there was Imogen's father,who was not an ideal father,but he was there when she really needed him.Imogen's stepmother,who ended up being a great person in the end.And finally even Carmella-who was evil,yet quite vulnerable herself in a way.

Damsel Distressed deals with emotions in a beautiful way.Even if you don't break down in every five minutes like me while reading the book,I guarantee that you'll feel touched and will be moved.It's impossible not to feel a deep connection to Imogen and her story.Kelsey Macke presents raw,powerful and intense emotions in the book,and it will definitely drown you in feels.

On a side note,I also want to mention the companion soundtrack.The author's band-Wedding Day Rain-has composed a playlist of songs,titled Imogen Unlocked.Those songs are beautiful,and will bring back the feels that the words of the book brought you.


In the end,the only thing I can say is.GO READ THE BOOK!Damsel Distressed is a beautiful book with intense emotions and painful feels.The book stresses on how insecurity can destroy someone totally.Furthermore,it says that though life is clearly not a fairytale,we can make it one.We have the power to design our lives,no one else.
Damsel Distressed is a must read,and I'll recommend it to anyone,especially those who love angst filled,emotional contemporary tearjerkers.

P.S-By the way,sorry for dumping my own personal grief story on you guys.
But,I am not going to lie,it felt really good to let it all out:)


Apr 15, 2015

Prom Nights gone horribly wrong || Prom Nights From Hell (A short story collection)



Title:Prom Nights From Hell
Authors:Meg Cabot,Lauren Myracle,Kim Harrison,Michele Jaffe and Stephenie Meyer
Release Date:April 24th 2007
Publisher:Harper Teen
Synopsis:
In this exciting collection, bestselling authors Meg Cabot (How to Be Popular), Kim Harrison (A Fistful of Charms), Michele Jaffe (Bad Kitty), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), and Lauren Myracle (ttyl) take bad prom nights to a whole new level — a paranormally bad level. Wardrobe malfunctions and two left feet don't hold a candle to discovering your date is the Grim Reaper — and he isn't here to tell you how hot you look.

From angels fighting demons to a creepy take on getting what you wish for, these five stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, scary fun.


Prom Nights from Hell is a short story collection about disastrous prom nights with a paranormal twist.Truth to be told,I actually think that the prom concept was actually an excuse to bind these stories together in a book:)If you ask me,this is an anthology of paranormal short stories with a horribly gone wrong prom night thrown into the mix.

The Exterminator's Daughter.
by Meg Cabot

It was an okay story,but not what I expected from one written by Meg Cabot.A vampire story with a revenge plot,it misses Meg Cabot's signature humour,quirkiness and wonderful characters.It's a story about Mary,who is a daughter of a supernatural hunter,planning to take revenge on the vampire who took the life of her mother.Sounds familiar,huh?

Now the problem with this story is that Cabot spent a lot of time developing the back story and ends up being so descriptive so that by the time the plot actually quickens,she is supposed to end the story,which is a bit abrupt.There is no real action,but only explanations and planning.
Maybe it would have been better if it was a bit longer.


The Corsage 
By Lauren Myracle

This story was creepy and a bit heartbreaking.It's about Frankie,who wishes that her bestfriend and crush Will would ask her to prom.Awkward and cute Will is a bit nervous to ask her,so much that Frankie gets impatient and goes to a psychic to nudge him in the right direction.


So when she gets a magical and dangerous corsage from the psychic which will grant her three wishes,she uses it to make her dream about prom come true.
But unfortunately,it all ends up drastically,when she not only loses her picture perfect prom night,but also her potential date.Forever.


I really liked this story,and it was perfect for a short story,with an ending that's creepy,disturbing and leaves an impact on you.

Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper
by Kim Harrison

Madison Avery moves to a new town and new school just in the time of prom,which makes her an odd one out at the night.Utterly miserable and humiliated by a guy,she prepares to leave the scene only to be stopped by a handsome stranger.After making a stupid decision involving him,she ends up  finding out that he's the Grim Reaper and that she's dead.

Now this one is actually a PR move on Kim Harrison's part rather than a short story.Unlike the other stories from this collection,this one is a prologue to Kim Harrison's book Once Dead Twice Shy.


Not because the story was bad,but it wasn't suitable for a short story.There were too much gaps and loopholes,because obviously you have to read the full novel to find out the answers.

Maybe if the author had edited it a little bit,and ended it in a place where it would have been a perfect cliffhanger,tempting enough to try out the novel,this would have been an awesome trick.But she ended it in a way,that only left me confused.


Kiss and Tell by Michele Jaffe

This one was awesome!First of all it had a tiny prologue with a cliffhanger which had me completely hooked.And then it had two wonderful characters that I couldn't help but miss a lot when the story finished.

Miranda is an orphan who's always had superpowers she couldn't figure out.She works part time as a driver,and one day ends up escorting an annoying 14 year old traveler to her designated place.But when she leaves the girl at her destination,she suspects that something fishy is going on,and saves the girl at the right time from her kidnappers and ends up being pulled into a cat and mouse game with a secret organization.

These two characters were amazing!Miranda was a quirky and awkward girl whose nervous rants were so adorable!And Sibby-the 14 year old-was a piece of work.She is bossy and annoying yet endearing.To top it off,she pays guys to kiss her.


I can't say that this story is a perfect short story though.I personally thought that this would make a great novel,but unfortunately it's not.

Hell On Earth 
by Stephenie Meyer

Well,looks like Meyer decided to give vampires a break and try her luck on angels and demons.This is a story about a truly disastrous prom night.A demon-Sheba who is responsible to ruining romantic relationships in high schools works her magic-or rather curse-at the prom night of a particular one.She breaks up couples by encouraging seduction,cheating,anger and lust.But her plans all come to an end when she herself falls in love-with an angel of all people.

This would have been actually a good story,if Meyer hadn't included her signature romantic trope-insta love.I mean,how does a demon fall in love with an angel in just a few minutes?
But then,I should've expected that.



Overall,I really enjoyed this anthology despite the flaws that each story had.Altogether it made an okay read,and if you like paranormal short stories,then I suggest you give this one a shot.


Apr 13, 2015

One bittersweet urban night || Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley




















Title:Graffiti Moon
Author:Cath Crowley
Release Date:August 10th 2010
Publisher:Pan Macmillan Australia
Synopsis:
Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for.
 Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes

I've always been fascinated by graffiti.There's something so magical about those arts on wall that talk to the streets in the dark of night.I've been a huge fan of them since I was really young,and its one of my lifetime goals to go visit my favourite graffiti works throughout the world one day when I grow up.Among all the brilliant street artists,my favourite is probably Banksy-the British artist whose satirical artwork is breathtaking.Here are some of my favourites by him.


And if anyone of you live near close to his works,please go see them for me,okay?:)

So when I heard about the book Graffiti Moon,I practically jumped at the chance to read it.I opened the book with a lot of expectations,and I've got to admit that the book satisfied every single one of them.

Graffiti Moon is the story about a group of teenagers.Ed is a guy who expresses himself through art-by painting the walls of Australia at night with the pseudonym Shadow.Leo,his friend who lets out his anger and frustration with his dysfunctional family life through words-with his poems and iconic one liners that's written along Ed's art-naming himself Poet.Together they make a great team and wonderful art.
“Most times I look at Shadow and Poet's work, I see something different from what the words are telling me. I like that about art, that what you see is sometimes more about who you are than what's on the wall. I look at this painting and think about how everyone has some secret inside, something sleeping like that yellow bird.” 
Then we have Lucy,a huge fan of Shadow,whose dream is to discover the man behind the art.Along for the ride are her friends Jazz,Daisy and Daisy's boyfriend Dylan.Graffiti Moon is how these teens' lives collide one night and gives them-and us-an experience that can never be forgotten.
“...the definition of crazy is doing something close to the same thing twice and expecting a different end.” 
There are a lot of things I loved in Graffiti Moon.First of all,there's the art.Cath Crowley's writing is so vivid and descriptive that I could practically envision those works in front of my eyes.Plus the concepts behind those graffiti were so amazing.To me,graffiti isn't about the colours,or the beauty of the picture or the perfection of the art.Rather it's the meaning behind it and Shadow's graffiti were so beautiful and rich in their concepts and theme,that I couldn't help but fall in love with the artist like Lucy did.
"The guy who paints in the dark.Paints birds trapped on brick walls and people lost in ghost forests.Paints guys with grass growing from their hearts and girls with buzzing lawn mowers.
An artist who paints things like that is someone I could fall for.Really fall for"

 “Open skies painted above painted doorways and painted birds skimming across bricks trying to fly away.
Little bird, what are you thinking?
You come from a can.”
Next is the writing.Crowley's writing is beautiful,just like the story is.Her writing is almost lyrical in its style,and  that made me want to read the sentences aloud just to know what those gorgeous and artistic words would sound like.
“For a while, for as long as you're looking at it, that painting is the world and you get to be in it.” 
 Plus,in between chapters,we get to see Leo's raw,unique and intense poems,written in free verse which reminded me quite a lot of Colleen Hoover's Slam Poetry in Slammed.
“Remember
Love doesn't make the world go round
Sex makes it spin for a second or two
If you're lucky
So do chips, sausage rolls and girls in short skirts
Remember
Love
Lays its fingers on your heart
And holds it
Under water
Remember that
When the next girl smiles” 
And of course,there's the characters.They are so real.At one moment,I actually stopped thinking of Ed and Lucy as fictional characters.When they go on their journey along the streets at night,it was as if I myself was walking along the streets of Australia with them.The connection between the characters and reader is that strong.




The romance between these two was beautiful and cute.It was sweet,awkward,beautiful,passionate and everything that a typical teenage romance would be.I adored watching these two fall in love.
“If my like for you was a football crowd, you’d be deaf ’cause of the roar.
And if my like for you was a boxer, there’d be a dead guy lying on the floor.
And if my like for you was sugar, you’d lose your teeth before you were twenty.
And if my like for you was money, let’s just say you’d be spending plenty.” 
“Kept dreaming of this spot she had on her neck, this tiny country. I wanted to visit, to paint a picture of what I found there, a wall with a road map of her skin.” 
I loved the realistic portrayal of teen life.Love,crushes,fantasies,friendships,financial struggles,family dramas,disappointments,expectations,dreams,hopes and every aspect of a teenager's life was portrayed perfectly.Graffiti Moon is a beautiful take on urbanity,art,teens and life in general.
“You were right. Real is better. The truth is better.
It makes you feel kind of stupid, but it's better.” 
I would recommend Graffiti Moon to anyone and everyone.It's a must read.Whether you like art or not,you'd love this beautiful story for sure.Go get a copy as soon as you can!
The book has totally become one of my all time favourites,and I can't wait to read Cath Crowley's other works as well.


Apr 9, 2015

Reading in public.

We readers prefer to be tucked in our bedrooms with a good book and a cup of coffee rather than going out,don't we?
But despite our preferences,we do have to go out.And socialize.If we don't we'll end up as crazy cat lonely ladies when we get old.

Which is what I suspect most of us are going to end up as:)

So when we get out of our houses,squint our eyes at the sun and go face the public,do we take our books as well?

That brings me to the original question,do you read in public?


First of all,let me clear what I mean by public in this case.Technically if you ask me,it's any other place filled with people that isn't your house or the library.You may take a book to the public,either because you're bored or really don't feel like socialising.

Now let us analyse the pros and cons of reading in public.

Reading a book at social events will help you ignore people you don't want to talk with.
I love talking,I really do.But sometimes you are forced in situations where you have to listen to people making small talk that's more boring than watching The English Patient.(I mean,have you even seen the movie?It's probably the most dragging movie I've ever seen in my life.)

The worst time when this happens,is weddings.Especially those kind of weddings where you get to meet distant relatives who just enter half grown into your lives on days like that.
How wonderful!

Or maybe they're strangers.You end up in an unfortunate situation when suddenly a stranger sits in the seat next to you and wants to know your whole life history.

Whatever the situation is,I will be utterly bored if the conversation is not about something I am interested in.
Then I have to make gestures like this to make them understand my lack of interest.


But then,if I take a book,I won't have these problems at all.We can just take our e-readers and kindle and don't even have to pretend like we are the least bit interested.

And if someone tries to disturb me even then,I think I just have to say this.


You can manage your time.
We really don't have time for reading sometimes,huh?So I think reading in public will help us make some.How much time do we waste while waiting for the bus or train,sitting in the airport,travelling by bus or even in weddings like I pointed above.In that way,reading can be an useful way to utilise our time effectively.

Showing Off

Who doesn't love showing off that they read?Whether you like to admit or not,we take pride in the fact that we read.And you've got to admit,that when you read in public,it kinda gives you a sophisticated aura.Like people will look at you think,"Oh wow,she reads,I didn't know that a lot of teenagers could do that"

Watching Ellen videos all March has spoiled me,I guess;)

Well,on the other hand,reading in public can also be a tricky business.

You can't read whatever you want.
Will you dare to read Fifty Shades of Grey while travelling in a bus?Or read a historical romance story with 'bodice ripper' cover when you are in the sitting room of a hospital?
I don't think so.
When you read in public,you have to be conscious of what you read.You can't read popular controversial erotic novels,books with provocative covers or those kind of girly cute book covers that adults will frown over.


But then,of course,you can be a brave,rebellious girl who doesn't give a care about what other people think.If you are,I salute you,but we know that it won't be the case with half of us.

You can't show emotions.

I show a lot of emotions when I read.I laugh,I cry and it amuses my friends quite a lot,that they say it's really cute watching me read.
But I actually doubt it:)

But I can't do that in public places can I?If I suddenly laugh,people look at me like I've gone mad.Or if I cry,they'll be like.


I mean,can't they see that I am crying?
Do I look like I am checking whether my tear glands are working?
Of course,I am crying.My favourite character just died.
But then,sadly,people don't actually understand the feeling often.

Finding the correct position

Let me ask you all,has anyone of you mastered a perfect position for reading?
I haven't still,and I think that's the case with most readers.Even while sitting in the most comfortable armchair,it's hard to be in the same position for more than five minutes when you're reading..
Now if this is the case when you're at home,what about being in public?

Reading in public quite often result in back aches.And until we find the perfect way to sit when you read,this is inevitable.

People start to think you're stuck up.

Now this is the biggest problem of all.People think I am being rude,and snobby when I read in public places with a lot of people.They don't realize that I am not in the mood for conversation,or I am too engrossed in my current read to pay any attention to my surroundings.Rather they just come to the conclusion that I am antisocial and prude.

And I don't think it's actually a flattering impression.

Having said that,let me ask you all,do you read in public?
Have you experienced the liberties and woes of reading a book in crowded places?
Is there any pro or con I missed?



Apr 1, 2015

March Wrap Up


Well,March was quite an eventful month for me!There were some great and happy moments,but I also got sick for the latter part of the month,but I am feeling a bit better now and ready to say hi to April!


What I Read

Flawed by Kate Avelynn
Flowers in the Attic by V.C.Andrews
A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
From Where I Stand by Tabitha Suzuma
Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Captive in the Dark by C.J.Roberts
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Taming the Beast by Emily Maguire
Nothing But Trouble by J.L.Hammer

What I Reread

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
The Edge of Never by J.A.Redmersski

What I posted

Reviews


Discussion Posts


I paid a tribute to my favourite leading ladies of YA contemporary on Women's Day.

I talked about controversial and dark concepts in books.Which I love btw.

I asked a question that has been in mind for some time.Would we actually love our fictional boyfriends if they existed in real life?

In addition to that,author Therese Gilardi stopped by to talk about places and settings in YA fiction.

Others

The hardest topic of Top Ten Tuesday so far:)Top Ten All time favourite books


Around the Blogosphere

Asti posted about her love for villains and wondered why we don't have any plain looking heroines in YA

Melanie compares personal and professional reviews

Me and a few other bloggers teamed up at Nuzaifa's blog to talk about guilty pleasure reads

Nara discussed about the lack of male protagonists.

Cait asked whether you visualize character faces.

Megan described the beauty of animated covers.

Kaitlin talks about commenter's guilt

Rachel asked whether we need epilogues

Nicole tells us what she thinks about books that are based on true stories

Bookish and blogging community news.

1.Queen of Shadows has a cover!There are two versions for it,but I love the one with the icy blue background more.However,the cover is quite great and I love how badass Celaena looks.

2.Kayla @ The Thousand Lives and Veronica @ The Talking Bookworm  hosted the Contemporary Conversations this month.I am sad that I couldn't read as much as I wanted,but still I had great fun.

3.#VeryRealisticYA. I don't actually know how or who started it as I was not actually active in twitter recently,but the tweets are hilarious!Here are some of my favourites.






What's hot in the world and internet

1.ICC World Cup happened and Australia took home the trophy as expected.I was a bit disappointed with my country though,as their loss against South Africa was actually a bit embarassing:)

2.Fast and Furious 7 is in theaters!I am quite excited to see the movie,and I am also thrilled that Jason Statham is returning after his cameo in the last movie.I love that guy:)

Personally my March

Now we come to the most interesting part:)

1.If you knew me before I created Chasing Faerytales,you would have known that I sat my O/level examinations last December.For those who don't know,it's a public exam every Sri Lankan student has to sit for by the age of 16.And I just got my results a few days before,and I've got As in all nine subjects and became the topper of my school!I am kinda overwhelmed with the news,and I was literally dancing with joy when I heard it.




2.I went camping with my friends for a few days.It was a school trip and we went out of town to a place with no wifi and no electronic devices.But we had so much fun and I think I can laugh about the stupid things we did there throughout my life:)

3.I became sick:(I was terribly sick for a whole week during the latter part of the month.It was terrible,and I hated the feeling.But I am feeling quite better now,and I am ready to be back in action.

4.I had a marathon of Martin Scorsese movies.I am a huge fan of the man,and his movies are terrific.My personal favourite is probably Goodfellas.

5.I started watching Ellen Degeneres videos,and never stopped:)I mean,that woman is a genius,and watching her speak is addictive!I've always been a great fan,and I just renewed my love for her humour and shows.

In addition to that,I also want to say that I am going to start my Advanced Level on the 18th of May.I've selected Literature as my subject,and I am quite excited to start school.

So there you go,that's my March.
How did yours go?