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Cover Reveal: Crux by Julie Reece

Crux by Julie Reece

Book Release Date: July 9, 2012

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host, and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league, Grey Mathews, wants to save her.

Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them, until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.

Her heritage did.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

Ooh, I love the details in this cover. Did you see the smoke emanating from the girl’s necklace..spooky!!

What do you think of the cover?

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Cover reveal: Oracle by J.C. Martin

Oracle by J.C. Martin

Book Release Date: July 30, 2012

As the countdown begins, the body count rises.

With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway.

Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.

Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victims.

One of whom could be his own daughter.

Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.

So what do you think of the cover? I think I can imagine so much with that cover.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Goodsreads Summary: Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

My views: Firstly, I love the cover!!! OK, moving on…

This book messed with my head. Seriously! I loved the cover and dived in. I think the book is better suited for a movie unless you have a very creative imagination. I do have a creative imagination but still, it’s easier when it is on the screen than in your brain. The book interested me from the very first line which is a very good thing. It is a sort of page turner, almost. You want to know what happened, what will happen. And you read on.

Good things

    • Creative concept, well dealt with.
    • Nicely etched characters.
    • The pace of the plot was just right.
    • Good understanding and utilization of psychological knowledge and well defined.

And well, there is just this mystique quality to the book that I loved.

Not so good

Why does a fallen-in-the-gutter girl (excuse my language) always strike the handsome, rich and caring guy’s fantasy? Does that ever happen in real life? I mean EVER, seriously! Ridiculous!

Some things I believe are not clear in the book, or may be they aren’t to me. They don’t resolve fully and I am kept wondering. I know some authors like to keep the writers wondering but things just didn’t add up here. (I’m not talking about the Sequel, I know some things will resolve in the next book but I’m talking about things that were explained in this one and aren’t clear and I don’t think they will be mentioned in the next.)

The second half of the book didn’t work out too well for me.

Should you read it? Umm, I am not so sure, may be, give it a try. I liked it for a one-time read.

3.5/5 stars – somewhere between I liked it and I REALLY liked it.

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Lord of Hawkfell Island by Catherine Coulter

Goodreads summary:
Rorik is a Viking warrior, as fierce and savage as the North Sea during the winter solstice. Mirana is a Viking woman who loves birds, is more ingenious than most men, and loyal down to her toes. Her life changes utterly one fateful day when Rorik and his men come to Clontarf, a Viking fortress on the eastern coast of Ireland, to kill her half-brother. But she is the one taken as hostage to use as a pawn against him.

Rorik is the Lord of Hawkfell, an island off the east cost of Britain. The moment he brings his captive home, it seems that everything begins to fly out his control. The women are out to teach the men a lesson with the result that food is rank, Rorik’s family is out for Mirana’s blood, a murderer is on a loose, and a huge mongrel, Kerzog, dotes not only on his master but also on his master’s captive.

Rorik and Mirana are two strong-willed people, ardent in their opinions, who will have you rooting for both of them equally.

You will discover who really rules Hawkfell Island.

My views: Well, I found this book left in the hostel room that I was to occupy. I was excited that I had found a book, no matter what it was. Even though the cover and title told me it wasn’t a sort of book I would normally read. So the book occupied my shelf for 2 full years before I ran out of paperback books and decided to give it a chance. I read the first few pages and thought to give it away, it just wasn’t my kind of book. But something made me read on and I am so glad I did.

Either the book turned out to be my kind or my preference changed but I ended up loving the book. The characters are very well developed. I fell in love with Mirana, a strong headed woman, beauty, brain and brawn, what a combination! The plot is well built and never slows down. This is a swift moving action-romance book. There were quite a few surprises in the book. And it also has lot of great humor thrown in. In all, a complete package. A surprise hit book. I would check out other books by the author now.

4/5 stars – I really liked it

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Chef: A Novel by Jaspreet Singh

Brrr.. I am just back from a long visit to Kashmir. It was -8 degrees Celsius there. And even though I was with a chef, I am not so happy since Kashmiri delicacies are generally non-vegetarian due to the cold there and I am a vegetarian. 😦 Would I recommend you to visit Kashmir with the chef? Find out below.

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Goodreads Summary:
Kirpal Singh is riding the slow train to Kashmir. With India passing by his window, he reflects on his destination, which is also his past: a military camp to which he has not returned for fourteen years. Kirpal, called Kip, is shy and not yet twenty when he arrives for the first time at General Kumar’s camp, nestled in the shadow of the Siachen Glacier. At twenty thousand feet, the glacier makes a forbidding battlefield; its crevasses claimed the body of Kip’s father. Kip becomes an apprentice under the camp’s chef, Kishen, a fiery mentor who guides him toward the heady spheres of food and women. In this place of contradictions, erratic violence, and extreme temperatures, Kip learns to prepare local dishes and delicacies from around the globe. Even as months pass, Kip, a Sikh, feels secure in his allegiance to India, firmly on the right side of this interminable conflict. Then, one muggy day, a Pakistani “terrorist” with long, flowing hair is swept up on the banks of the river and changes everything. Mesmeric, mournful, and intensely lyrical, Chef is a brave and compassionate debut about hope, love, and memory set against the devastatingly beautiful, war-scarred backdrop of Kashmir.

My views: *Sigh* Even though I wanted to like this book, I just didn’t.

It started off well, weaving me into the story, wanting to know what had happened in the chef’s past. But as the book progressed, it went downhill. I felt like there was so much need to take the book to a higher, cognitive version of itself that it ceased to make any sense, to me.

The story is of a Sikh army chef and his reminiscing about his past experience in Kashmir – the war troubled zone. The life there, the food (of course) and the politics involved.

Good points about the book:

Everything related to food was yum! Beautifully talked about.

The picture presented of politics and war is hopeless but true and revealing to quite some extent.

Some people and incidents tug at the heart.

Not so good:

Either I am not abstract minded to make sense of the abstract or there was senseless abstract in the book. To some level abstractness and randomness add interest and appeal to a book but in this one, the pages were filled with abstract that went beyond my understanding.

In all, if you want to read it, read for the description of food. Nothing else would make me recommend this book to anyone.

2/5 stars- It was OK.

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International Giveaway – Closed

Winners chosen by Random.org

1. Number 64 – Samantha – Fracture
2. Number 22 – Kristilyn – Incarnate
3. Number 8 – MJM – Fifty Shades Freed

Congratulations to all the winners! Hope you enjoy the books.

Thank you everyone for participating. Next Giveaway starts on February 6th!

For all you awesome followers, I have a new International giveaway. I am giving away e-copies of Fracture, Fifty Shades Freed and Incarnate. I know you want them. There will be 3 winners.

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Cover Reveal : Eternal by J.A. Belfield

My first cover reveal ever and I’m so excited!

Eternal
A Holloway Pack Story
by J.A. Belfield

Book Release Date: July 2, 2012

An unmarried woman living in a house of men breeds heresay and lore. If only the villagers knew the truth.

It’s not Jem Stonehouse’s marital status that brings unwanted strangers to town. Rather, it’s that she is the only female werewolf in existence — a prize to any pack.

Sean Holloway, the love of Jem’s life, has gone to great lengths to protect her. As a new attack becomes imminent, Sean realizes he must take greater measures with Jem’s safety or risk losing her forever.

His first task must be to marry her, but a force greater than the largest werewolf stands in his way.

Her mother.

Ooh, sounds exciting right! Can’t wait for the book!

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Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Title: Wanderlove
Author: Kirsten Hubbard
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385739370

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Goodreads summary: It all begins with a stupid question:

Are you a Global Vagabond?

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.

Bria’s a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan’s a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they’ve got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.

But Bria comes to realize she can’t run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry into this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.

MY views: Wow – not really about the book but about the fact that I finally finished a book. Recently I have been in a phase where I keep itching to start a lot of books but none gets finished. So this was a marvel. And it does have to say a lot about the book too.

As always I never read a book blurb. Some random quirk of mine. I want to unravel the book without knowing anything about it. And it really worked for this one. Mmm, I am still reeling with the aftertaste, salty like the ocean but sweet like a drink.

A beautifully penned down book, some lines are really well written and thought-provoking. But what I loved the most was the concept of the book. So fresh, new and interesting. It was like I was on a different kind of a journey myself. A beautiful journey you tend to get lost in.

I don’t know what more to say without revealing anything about the book. I loved all the sketches in the book. Wished there were more, though. 🙂

The book has it all, there are funny lines to make you laugh, the serious bit too, and some deeply profound lessons stated with such simplicity that you don’t feel like you are being lectured because you understand the reality and appropriateness of it all. Am I making any sense? I don’t know. But the book does.

And the most wonderful part of the book, it all feels real. Nothing is bookish or made-up or fantasized, it’s all, you know like, it can happen to anybody. I guess the reality also comes from the author who sketches and backpacks and knows all about places, so she has put so much of herself into the book, it’s like you are there with the characters who, by the way, are very well defined and you know them, up close.

Wanderlove, do you know what it means? You will know when you read the book, the meaning is beautiful and apt. What a great word to coin.

I think you really have to read the book to know what it’s about and why it is so fascinatingly beautiful.

There are some lovely lines that make me shiver from inside (in a good way), like-

“I recall the rasp of charcoal on newsprint, the chewing-gum stretch of a kneaded eraser, the precarious bite of a razor blade in a new pencil. The vibrancy of fresh watercolors squeezed from a tube. A new sketchbook, cracked open to flawless white. The way the smell of turpentine made me feel simultaneously sick and excited.”

And did you know the difference between envy and jealousy? I didn’t. Here it is-

“Envy is when you want what someone else has. Jealousy’s when you also don’t want them to have it.”

Some more beauty-

“Hearing about vacations is like hearing about dreams — no one cares except the person who’s experienced them. Without tastes and scents and context, they’re meaningless.”

“What you love the most is what you have to fi ght the hardest to keep.”

You want me to make it short and sweet? Simple, go read the book!

4.5 stars – It was REALLY good.

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Cheap hauls for today – Go pick them up!

So many good deals and you don’t get to know them?

Now you can know all about those cheap hauls.

These are today’s cheap but good picks. Pick them up now!

These are free!!

The Cause

Angel on My Shoulder

A Second Chance

Killer In The Hills (A Jack Rhodes Mystery)

Three Girls and a Baby

KOLA BOOF Unplugged and Uncut: The Essential Kola Boof Anthology

For $0.99

Farsighted

The Kill: A Hunt Country Suspense Novel

Fatal Liaison

The Perfect Plan

The Legacy of Kilkenny (The Legacy Series)

Widow’s Tale

Rain

Breathless (The Cordelia Chronicles)

Illicit Magic (Stella Mayweather Paranormal Series #1)

Descended by Blood (Vampire Born Trilogy)

Unforeseen (A Thomas Prescott Novel)

OBSESSION (Faces of Evil)

Brightest Kind of Darkness, YA Paranormal Romance (Brightest Kind of Darkness Series, Book #1) – Beautiful Cover!

Bound by Blood (The Garner Witch Series)

Bound (Book#1 Arelia LaRue) YA Paranormal Romance (The Arelia LaRue Series)

The Deepest Cut (a MacKinnon Curse novel, Book 1)

Last Breath

Savor (Warm Delicacy, Book 1) — amazing cover!!

For $1.99

Scott Nicholson Library, Vol. 3 (Boxed Set)

The Avenger (Bigler County Romantic Thrillers)

The Whitcombe Legacy Book One: The Vampire Julian

Love is Darkness (A Valerie Dearborn Novel)

For $2.99

Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road: Humorous Views On Love, Lust, & Lawncare

The Night — mmm, the cover!!

Dead Wood

Bones Beneath Our Feet

Prior Sins

Daughters

Devour (The Devoured Series)

Saving Brooksie

BIRDS OF PREY – A Psycho Thriller

Secret of the Sands, 2009 ReadersFavorite.com ‘Fiction-Mystery’ Silver Medalist, SECOND EDITION

Prices may change, so please check before buying. Thank you!

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Taking a Break

I have just woken up from my deep slumber and realized that I have an important exam after 10 days and another very important one next month. These are Ph.D. entrance exams that are very competitive and have a dismal number of seats. The one after 10 days has only 1 vacancy while the other has 6, with about 400-1000 people competing for both. This is a crucial phase of my career. Having slogged for last 7 years after school, I can’t let this go. I was so happy with my new found freedom these last three months that I forgot that I had an aim to work toward. However, this does not mean that I am abandoning my book reading or my blog. It only means that you may not find my reviews as often as you or I would like them. Though I may review textbooks, if anyone is interested. 😉

I will still be doing at least an hour of reading each day, so you may find a review in a few days.

Apart from my studies, I am also a part of an online course in fiction writing and I have joined a writer’s group to start working on an insane idea, that of writing a novel. So they too will keep me busy.

I will keep posting new books on the cheap hauls page for you to buy, so check often (almost daily).

Ooh, and I almost forgot to tell you that there are some cool giveaways coming up, at least one of which will happen this month. So be on the look out! 😀

Also, I would like to tell you that I am reading the following books and the progress I have made on them, to give you an idea of what book reviews you can expect from me in the near future.

36% read –

16% done, into the third hour of listening –

15% read –

35% read –

32% read –

69% read –

And a few others you can see in the right column.

Soon will start reading-

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Cheap Hauls – Pick them up now!

Starting yesterday, I posted a new page – Cheap Hauls. I always come across people who say they never get to know when Amazon books are for sale or for free. So I decided to post the information here. I will be updating them each day. Here you will get to see what’s for sale, as cheap as $0.99 and even goodies that are absolutely for free. The page will be updated each day, so don’t miss out on cheap and free buys.

Check out the page here daily (Click this link to go to the page or open from the pages listed above)

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Goodreads Summary: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

This book is read as a part of

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My Views: Don’t you just love the cover? I do.

As mentioned on the first page of the book, it brought darkness and cold in the form of rain to my place. Sort of eerie but perfect weather to read it in.

Alright, my almost-first paranormal read (if you ignore Eclipse and Breaking Dawn) and it started off really well, taking me into it. However, somewhere down the line, I lost track and would have abandoned it if I didn’t have the paperback in my hand. And am I relieved it was? Absolutely. It only got better from there. Although it wasn’t a quick read like my usual reads but I had to finish it in 24 hours for totally other reasons. And finish, I did. It was a sort of mystery book, considering the fact that there were so many layers to unfold, so much to know.

There was this funny element also that I could relate to – a wish used to turn off the light switch so she didn’t have to get out of bed: lazy, so familiar. 😀

I loved the way the book was structured, moving in from present to past to present again, yet so fluidly that there was no break, no feeling of irritation at what was happening. It was all so stark clear.

But most of all what I loved was the language, the mellifluous flow of it all. The charm, the beauty, the music in the way words were woven- the pure poetic artistry of it all. So beautiful, charming and meaningful.

Some examples-

“__ wished she could be the kind of girl who was complete unto herself, comfortable in solitude, serene. She craved a presence beside her, solid. Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming. Who would dance with her on her balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust.”

“A wish plagued by the notion that she wasn’t whole. It’s like you’re standing in the kitchen, and you know you went in there for a reason, but you can’t think of what that reason is, no matter what.”

“Battle not with monsters lest you become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you – Neitzsche”

“To stay true in the face of evil is a feat of strength.”

And lastly, my favorites-

“The only hope is…hope. You don’t need tokens for it- it’s in your heart or nowhere.”

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

“The tendrils of an idea were unfurling in the deep reaches of his mind.” Ahhh… I love this one.

I wonder if and when this would be made into a movie, I would love to watch it, my imagination has its limits.

You have read my review, if you love paranormal, go get it now. If you don’t, give it a try. Who knows like me, you may like it.

4/5 stars – I really liked it.

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