28 April 2015

Review #200: The Winter Sea by Di Morrissey



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


"Secrets, silent, stony sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts: secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned."


----James Joyce



Di Morrissey, one of Australia's most popular female novelists and a best-selling author, pens her new novel, The Winter Sea that follows an Italian family's journey surrounding their fishing business through three generations in Australia and admist of all the family drama and secrets, there lies a beautiful love story.



27 April 2015

Review #199: Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy #1) by Kerstin Gier



My rating: 4 of 5 stars



“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

---- Edgar Allan Poe




Kerstin Gier, a German bestselling author's Silver trilogy is being translated into English by the popular English translator, Anthea Bell. So the translated version of the first book in this series, Dream a Little Dream has been released this month, that centers around the life of an unconventional teenager who is admitted to a new English school in London and so as her dreams take a new turn, exciting adventures are waiting for her that will change her life.


25 April 2015

Review #198: Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook



My rating: 3 of 5 stars




“If I maintain my silence about my secret it is my prisoner...if I let it slip from my tongue, I am ITS prisoner.”

----Arthur Schopenhauer, a German philosopher




Kristin Halbrook, an American author, pens her new novel, Every Last Promise that centers around the dangers and consequences of harvesting a secret within oneself and how it completely changes one's life.



24 April 2015

Review #197: Song of Blood & Stone by Leslye Penelope



My rating:
4 of 5 stars




"We don't create a fantasy world to escape reality. We create it to be able to stay."

----Lynda Jean Barry, an American cartoonist and author




Leslye Penelope, an American author, pens her debut YA fantasy book, Song of Blood & Stone that happens to be the first book in the Earthsinger Chronicles series. This book is set in an enchanting parallel universe where a young black woman tries to save her kingdom with her magical powers despite of all those discrimination about her skin color. It is basically an interracial love story which is torn between war and responsibilities towards one's kingdom.

Feature & Follow #10: My Blog Name Story



Hey Good morning guys,



It's time to have a new feature and follow blog post, which is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee's View.


What is Feature and Follow Friday?
 
In simple words- to gain more followers either via GFC or Bloglovin'. So the very idea of having this feature and follow meme is to collect more new bloggers on the block and to make new blogger friends as well as followers. It is a great idea which was started out by Alison and  Rachel. Three Cheers for those two masterminds!


23 April 2015

9 Must-Read Books before they hit the Silver Screen




Hello Good morning everyone,
It's been long since I wrote any blog post apart from review or interview or Friday memes, so keeping in mind with my new-year resolution, I will manage time to write bookish or may-be sometimes non-bookish blog posts! So today I'm featuring 9 books that you need to read before watching it on a big screen. And here's my list:


Review #196: People and Peppers, a Romance by Kelvin Christopher James



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


"Men are what their mothers made them."

----Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century




Kelvin Christopher James, a Trinidadian-American author, pens his latest novel, called, People and Peppers, a Romance , which centers around a mother-son relationship with the son's lover being at the center of their love-hate relationship, syncing well with the backdrop of Trinidad and a hot pepper farm.



22 April 2015

Blog Tour of The Artisan's Star by Gabriella Contestabile with Review, Interview and Giveaway



“A good fragrance is really a powerful cocktail of memories and emotion.”

----Jeffrey Stepakoff, an American author 



My Rating: 4 out 5 stars


Gabriella Contestabile, an Italian author, pens her debut novel, The Artisan's Star that is a cleverly woven travelogue inside a story about a perfume-maker and the women and their fragrance surrounding his life.
Synopsis:

Elio Barati’s perfumery shop in Florence marks its entrance with a mosaic star. This shop immerses Elio in the artisanal world he loves, but he harbors a regret. As a young man he created a full-fledged perfume of jasmine, iris, and cypress at the renowned Ecole des Parfumeurs in Grasse—a fragrance his idealism and stubbornness boxed away before ever bringing it to light.

A second star now brightens Elio’s life, his daughter Romina, an artist. She has her father’s unrealized talent, a precise and intuitive sense of smell. She’s also inherited more challenging traits of Elio’s: unbridled ambition and an insatiable wonder for the world.

Review #195: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre



My rating: 5 of 5 stars



“I came here looking to finish school quietly. Stay out of trouble. Maybe write some new songs. I never expected you.”

----Ann Aguirre



Ann Aguirre, a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, pens her latest YA novel, The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things that revolves around a bunch of high-school teenagers with broken hearts and dark past and how they heal those torn-up hearts.




21 April 2015

Blog Tour: A Necklace of Souls by R. L. Stedman with Review and Giveaway




Good morning folks,
We are featuring the book- A Necklace of Souls by R. L. Stedman for a blog tour. There are lot of exciting things in this stop. Review, Giveaway, Character Descriptions, So go ahead and indulge yourself in today's tour stop.

20 April 2015

Book Blitz: Twisted (Deathwind Trilogy #1) by Holly Hook and an Excerpt and giveaway



Hello and welcome to my blog,

Hope you guys are having a wonderful morning! Today we are hosting the book blitz of Holly Hook's book, Twisted, which is the first book in the Deathwind Trilogy. Scroll below to know more about the book, to read an excerpt from the book and also to enter a giveaway of one print copy of the book. Good Luck!


Review #194: The Preacher by Sander Jakobsen



My rating: 4 of 5 stars



“Take responsibility for your own happiness, do not expect people or things to bring you happiness, or you could be disappointed.”

----Rodolfo Costa, author of self-help books



Sander Jakobsen, the pseudonym for Danish school teachers Dagmar Winther and Kenneth Degnbol, debuts as an author with their book, The Preacher , which is a Danish crime thriller set in Århus, in Denmark that centers around the double murder of two middle-aged women with no ties or connection between each other.



Book Tour: KIDNAP: Book 1 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia




“Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it's the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. ...Science fiction is central to everything we've ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don't know what they're talking about.”

                                                          ----Ray Bradbury

19 April 2015

Review #193: All Pepped Up (Pepper Jones #2) by Ali Dean



My rating: 3 of 5 stars



“The more you love,the more love you have to give.It's the only feeling we have which is infinite...”


----Christina Westover, an American author




Ali Dean, an American author, pens her second book in the Pepper Jones series, All Pepped Up and this time the story revolves around Pepper and her relationship with her childhood friend, Jace, and let's just say, Jace is not an easy guy to love and for Pepper her storybook relationship is not at all perfect considering the fact that this time the challenges for a cross-country runner is very hard and complicated.


Taylor Swift Book Tag






Hey Folks,

Hope you are having a great day. Well, I finally found some time to follow the Taylor Swift book tag from Jennifer @ AsteriskPear's Book Blog, which is by definition a meme featuring Taylor Swift's list of popular and hit songs from her career, followed by your interpretation of the books that matches with the theme of that song. Sounds cool right?!

Well, this meme was actually started by Sarah @ The Book Life as a YouTube video, so do check out her video!

18 April 2015

Review #192: Lillian on Life by Alison Jean Lester



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


"Actions are whispered compared to dreams."

----Alison Jean Lester


Alison Jean Lester, an American author, pens her heart-touching debut, Lillian on Life that reflects the life of a bold and sassy woman named Lillian through her random memories about her childhood, teenage years, college days, touring days, her parents, lovers and death.


Author Q&A Session #39: With Lisa See



Good morning everyone,
On this bright morning, I had a rarest opportunity to interview the best-selling author, Lisa See for her new book China Dolls, which left me mesmerized with the beauty, charm and history. Let's get deeper into the conversation to know more about See's life as an author, about her book and life beyond books!

Read the review of China Dolls

17 April 2015

Blog Tour: Guy Erma and The Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia with Review, Interview and Giveaway



Good morning folks,

Today we are featuring, reviewing and interviewing the author of the book, Guy Erma and The Son of Empire. Moreover, there's also a giveaway of a 50 dollar Amazon Gift Card and a copy of this book at the end of this blog post. So what are you waiting for, scroll below to join the adventure!


Feature & Follow #9: Checking off my Bucket List!



Good morning peeps,


It's time to have a new feature and follow blog post, which is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee's View.




What is Feature and Follow Friday?
 
In simple words- to gain more followers either via GFC or Bloglovin'. So the very idea of having this feature and follow meme is to collect more new bloggers on the block and to make new blogger friends as well as followers. It is a great idea which was started out by Alison and  Rachel. Three Cheers for those two masterminds!


16 April 2015

Review #191: Lifemaker (The Great Iron War #2) by Dean F. Wilson



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Steampunk is...a joyous fantasy of the past, allowing us to revel in a nostalgia for what never was. It is a literary playground for adventure, spectacle, drama, escapism and exploration. But most of all it is fun!”

----George Mann, an English author/editor


Dean F. Wilson, an Irish author, pens his latest steampunk book, Lifemaker, which happens to be the second book in The Great Iron War series. Having read the previous book, which is about two factions in a different planet- Regime- the one supporting the demons instead of human births and the Resistance- the one who keeps up the human race and fights for the destruction of a drug named, Hope, but now the situation gets complicated as the Resistance try to get away the plunges of the enemy deeper into the ocean.

15 April 2015

Review #190: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach




My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“When you expect the world to end at any moment, you know there is no need to hurry. You take your time, you do your work well.”


----Thomas Merton, one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century



Tommy Wallach, a Brooklyn-based writer and musician, pens his debut coming-of-age novel, called We All Looked Up that revolves around the lives of four high school teenagers when faced the apocalypse.


14 April 2015

Review #189: Pepped Up (Pepper Jones #1) by Ali Dean



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“He was a mystery to her, and every time she tried to solve him it caused her a little more pain. But when she tired to give him up he pursued her in her thoughts, stronger each time.”

----Anna Godbersen, an American author


Ali Dean, an American author, pens an enticing novel about a high-schooler-cross-country runner and her decisions about love and relationships, in her new book, Pepped Up which is the first book in the Pepper Jones series.


13 April 2015

Review #188: A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


"Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul."

----Jim Valvano, an American college basketball player, coach, and broadcaster


Kary Rader, an American author, pens a heart-wrenching and tear-jerking story called, A Taylor-Made Life which is a sad love story between two cancer patients and how they cope with their terminal illness, life and relationships.


12 April 2015

Review #187: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn




My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.”

----Gillian Flynn


Gillian Flynn, the American best-selling author who rose to fame with her debut book, Sharp Objects and with her latest psycho thriller centered around a broken marriage, Gone Girl, has woven a bone-chilling and mind-numbing psychological thriller, Dark Places which is her second book after Sharp Objects. Honestly, I never heard of this author before Gone Girl's release. And after the movie installment of her third book, Gone Girl, it seems that the sales of her first and second books have sky-rocketed.

10 April 2015

Review #186: All the Rage by Courtney Summers



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“There are far too many silent sufferers. Not because they don't yearn to reach out, but because they've tried and found no one who cares.”

---- Richelle E. Goodrich, an American author



Courtney Summers, the Canadian YA author, pens her new novel, called All the Rage about sexual abuse, bullying in school and taking a stand against it.



9 April 2015

Review #185: Don't Let Him Know by Sandip Roy



My rating:
5 of 5 stars


“Sometimes, the biggest secrets you can only tell a stranger.” 

----Michelle Hodkin American author/theater-actress



Sandip Roy is Senior Editor at the popular news portal and an Indian author, pens a gripping debut called, Don't Let Him Know which the author have cleverly portrayed a collection of short stories as a novel by interweaving each of his stories. This book revolves around a family where each of them has their own secret to uphold and lies to rule their life. Weaved between two generations, this book is like a collection of sea-shells- diverse, unique and has their own center of secret space.


8 April 2015

Review #184: Thornton Hall by Lynn Marie Hulsman



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”

----Janice Maeditere

Lynn Marie Hulsman, an American author, pens her debut heart-touching, warm, Christmassy story, called Thornton Hall , which revolves around a recently-single-chef cooking for a family at Thornton Hall.


7 April 2015

Release Day Book Blitz: Runaway Brides Books by Catherine Mann and Joanne Rock- Excerpt & Giveaway



Good morning and good afternoon folks,


Today we are hosting the release day blitz for Runaway Brides Book by the USA Today bestselling author and a three-time RITA nominee. And at the end of the post there's a major giveaway. So good luck!


Review #183: Dream the Crow's Black Dream by John Hennessy



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


"Where there is no imagination there is no horror." 

----Arthur Conan Doyle



John Hennessy, an Irish author, pens a stupendous paranormal tale called, Dream the Crow's Black Dream which is the fourth book in the seven-series novella, A Tale of Vampires.



6 April 2015

Cover Reveal #2: The Day of the Wave by Becky Wicks



Good morning everyone,


Hurray, we are hosting the cover reveal of one of the most popular author of New Adult and Contemporary Romance genre- Becky Wicks. Her popular trilogy, Starstruck was a huge hit among the book lovers. And today we reveal the book cover of her latest book, The Day Of The Wave.



Review #182: Dictatorship of the Dress by Jessica Topper




My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”

----Sarah Dessen


Jessica Topper, an American author, weaves a heart-touching and romantic story, called Dictatorship of the Dress, about a wedding dress bearer and her journey to Hawaii through a series of airports and a number of flight delays and cancellations. And this is the first book in the Much "I Do" About Nothing series.


5 April 2015

Review #181: All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“When you can stop you don't want to, and when you want to stop, you can't...”

----Luke Davies, an Australian writer of novels and poetry


Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, pens her new novel, called All Fall Down which is about a woman's fight over addiction.

4 April 2015

Month in a Recap #3: March



Good morning folks,

Now beyond International Women's Day, anniversary of Caesar's assassination, St. Patrick's day and World Water Day, for me March made an impression as the onset of hot summer days with a surprise of light showers. Apart from that, this bibliophile read a quite a lot of books, blogged a bit, made more bookish friends and the part of me beyond books and blogs enjoyed a lot with my friends some old and some new.So let's get down to recapitulating!!


3 April 2015

Author Q&A Session #38: With R.S. Pateman



Hello and Welcome everyone,

After a long gap, it's once again time to have an author interview, and today I present you the author, who stormed the literary world with his second psychological thriller about 16th century witchcraft, superstition and a lot of teenage drama- The Prophecy of Bees. And R.S. Pateman is the author behind this incredibly mind-blowing book. Let's chat with him to know more about this book, his life and his journey. 

Read the review of The Prophecy of Bees


Review #180: China Dolls by Lisa See



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

----Anaïs Nin, a French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer


Lisa See, a Chinese-American NY Times Bestselling author, crafts an unique and heart-touching story, called China Dolls, about friendship beyond religion, country, war, love and hate between two Chinese girls and one Japanese girl trying to earn a living in their hometown America when the whole world is raging with war.


Feature & Follow #7: Recurring Dreams



Good morning fellas,



Another Friday comes by and it's time to have a new feature and follow blog post, which is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read & Parajunkee's View.




What is Feature and Follow Friday?
 
In simple words- to gain more followers either via GFC or Bloglovin'. So the very idea of having this feature and follow meme is to collect more new bloggers on the block and to make new blogger friends as well as followers. It is a great idea which was started out by Alison and  Rachel. Three Cheers for those two masterminds!

1 April 2015

Review #179: The Witch of Painted Sorrows (The Daughters of La Lune #1) by M.J.Rose



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“They say a good love is one that sits you down, gives you a drink of water, and pats you on top of the head. But I say a good love is one that casts you into the wind, sets you ablaze, makes you burn through the skies and ignite the night like a phoenix; the kind that cuts you loose like a wildfire and you can't stop running simply because you keep on burning everything that you touch! I say that's a good love; one that burns and flies, and you run with it!”

----C. JoyBell C., an American author



M.J. Rose, a New York Times bestselling novelist, weaves an enchanting and romantic tale called, The Witch of Painted Sorrows which is the first book in The Daughters of La Lune series, that traces the life of a possessed-by-a-witch's-soul young woman's journey through Paris, passion, witchy-drama, revenge and lots of art.