29 February 2016

Review #354: Dumplin' by Julie Murphy with Author interview

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"I think that whatever size or shape body you have, it's important to embrace it and get down! The female body is something that's so beautiful. I wish women would be proud of their bodies and not diss other women for being proud of theirs!"

----Christina Aguilera

Julie Murphy, an American best-selling author, has penned an inspiring as well as thoroughly entertainingly YA novel, Dumplin' that unfolds the story of a "curvy" high school teenage girl who after losing her self-confidence over her image enters a beauty pageant of her town to make people know that beauty pageants are not only for skinny girls but are also for "curvy" girls.

28 February 2016

Review #353: Broken Sky (The Broken Trilogy #1) by L.A. Weatherly

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“We'd stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You'd think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn't.”

----Rick Yancey

Lee Weatherly, an American best-selling author pens her new YA fantasy book, Broken Sky which marks the first book in The Broken Trilogy under her pseudonym L.A. Weatherly. This story is set far back in time and history when technology has recently touched the base of the civilized society of mankind, and a new world has arisen from the ashes of destruction due to the war. And this unfolds the story of a young pilot who is a peace-fighter but when her homeland is under attack, this pilot needs to save the lives of those who matter the most by trusting no one.

26 February 2016

Author Q&A Session #56: With Viveca Sten

Good evening  Folks,

Hope you're having a good day or probably having a tight sleep with sweet dreams. It's author interview time once again, and today, I present you the Swedish international best-selling author,  Viveca Sten who is the author of a number of Sandhamn mystery books which have been published in Swedish. On October 2015, her book, Still Waters, which is the first book in the series have been translated in English. Viveca is here to talk about Sandhamn, her book and her life as an author. Stay tuned and keep reading.

Read the review of Still Waters

Review #352: Whistling Women by Kelly Romo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Sisters, as you know, also have a unique relationship. This is the person who has known you your entire life, who should love you and stand by you no matter what, and yet it's your sister who knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt you the most.”

----Lisa See

Kelly Romo, an American author, pens her debut novel, Whistling Women, that narrates the story of two women, one thirty-something living in the Nudist colony with a past from which she is trying hard to run away from and another a fifteen years old young lady, who is curious about everything in life and is trying to figure out her divorced-alcoholic mother's past. The paths of these two women cross during the California Pacific International Exposition in the year of 1935. And this is their story.

25 February 2016

Author Q&A Session #55: With Ann Jacobus

Good Afternoon my dear readers and followers,

Hope y'all are having a great day or  some might be wrapping up their great day and going to sleep. All right, it's been quite a while, since I posted  about an author interview. So today it's time for another new interview with another fascinating author talking about his/her equally enchanting books. Ann Jacobus, the debut YA writer is here today to talk about her new book, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light, the city, Paris, and about her life as an author. So stay tuned and scroll below to read this inspiring interview.

Read the review of Romancing the Dark in the City of Light

Review #351: Room by Emma Donoghue

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing.”

----Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue, an Irish best-selling novelist, has penned a terrific tale about a five year old boy whose whole universe is centered inside the Room. The Room is a compelling story, told from a five year old boy's perspective, about determination, motherly love, bravery and finally stepping into a new universe where everything moves too fast.

24 February 2016

Review #350: Benefit of the Doubt by Neal Griffin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for.”

----J.K. Rowling

Neal Griffin, the Detective-Lieutenant-cum-author, pens his debut thriller, Benefit of the Doubt that unfolds the story of a cop who is fired but now works under his father-in-law, who happens to be a retired Police chief and of a prisoner who just completed his 17-year sentence and now has an agenda to thrive for revenge against those who put him behind the bars.

23 February 2016

Review #349: Up From The Sea by Leza Lowitz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"In this dangerous world that we live in, where hatred and violence and natural disasters sometimes collide to almost overwhelm us, we each can help in some way. "

----Marsha Blackburn

Leza Lowitz, an American author residing in Tokyo, pens her new YA verse novel, Up From the Sea that narrates the story of a young football-aspiring-dreams Japanese teenage boy whose happy life washes away by the roaring tsunami on March 2011, devastating not only his dreams but uprooting his life from his village, thereby losing his whole family. But this is not a story about grief, this is a story which tells the readers how to survive the overwhelming pain, and stand strong against all odds. Moreover, this book also highlights the benefits and value of unity and kindness during a natural disaster.

22 February 2016

Review #348: Fire in Frost (Crystal Frost #1) by Alicia Rades

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Ghosts have a way of misleading you; they can make your thoughts as heavy as branches after a storm.”

----Rebecca Maizel

Alicia Rades, an American author, pens her new YA series, Crystal Frost and the first book in this series is called Fire in Frost that unfolds the story of a young teenage girl who is while comprehending with her new found powers, is also trying to deal with the ghost of her dead classmate.

Review #347: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The love that you withhold is the pain that you carry lifetime after lifetime.”

----Alex Collier

Sharon Guskin, an American author, pens her debut book, The Forgetting Time that narrates the story of a four year old boy who constantly asks his single mother to take him to his real mother after his nightmares. For his mother, the boy seems like making up imaginary stories, until when things get serious in his pre-school, she thinks that there is something terribly wrong with his little boy and she fears that she might lose her son to someone else when a doctor enters their lives.

19 February 2016

Review #346: The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

----Joan Powers

Monica Wood, an award-winning best-selling author, pens a heart-rending tale of friendship in her new book, The One-in-a-Million Boy that narrates the story of a boy, and a 104-year old immigrant lady and the boy's father, who form a strong bond of friendship over loss and grief and their passion for Guinness World Records.

18 February 2016

Review #345: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Children are knives, my mother once said. They don’t mean to, but they cut. And yet we cling to them, don’t we, we clasp them until the blood flows.”

----Joanne Harris

Megan Abbott, the Edgar®-winning author, pens yet another heart-stopping thriller, You Will Know Me, which is yet to publish in the month of July of year 2016, that unfolds the story of a mother with a child prodigy, and this is a mother's tale of how and at what extent she can go to protect her daughter and her husband thereby rescuing her whole family all just in the name of fame and celibacy and Olympic dreams of her daughter that will not only take her whole family under spot light but the whole town, especially the coaching center which came to fame under her daughter's name.

17 February 2016

Review #344: Pandora Red by Jay Tinsiano

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”

----John Steinbeck

Jay Tinsiano, a British writer, pens his latest thriller, Pandora Red that features undercover detective, Frank Bowen, rushing from the city of London to Cuba while working in a covert operation to help protect the British government that not only restores his faith on working for the right and the wrong side but also jeopardizes the life of his family, but only problem is the time is ticking and he has to act fast to save his family as well as his faith for the government.

16 February 2016

Author Q&A Session #54: With Emily Ross

Good Afternoon Folks,
Today in a brand new author interview session, we have with us Emily Ross, the debut author of a YA Thriller, Half in Love with Death. Emily is here to talk about her new book and about her life as an author and many more things.

So stay tuned and keep reading.

Read the review of Half in Love with Death

Review #343: Mystic (Mystic #1) by Jason Denzel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enter the world called real as one enters a mist.

----Julien Green

Jason Denzel, an American author, pens his debut YA fantasy series, Mystic which is the first book in this young adult series, that narrates the story of a young commoner living in a world dominated by barony where a young apprentice is chosen among privileged teenagers, who is not a commoner, to become and uncover the hidden powers of a true Mystic from the nature under the guidance of a higher Mystic.

15 February 2016

Review #342: Still Waters (Sandhamn Murders #1) by Viveca Sten, Marlaine Delargy (Translation)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn't change the heart of others-- it only changes yours.”

----Shannon L. Alder

Viveca Sten, an international best-selling Swedish author, has penned a fast-paced gripping thriller featuring Thomas Andreasson, in her book, Still Waters which is the first book in the Sandhamn Murders series. The story, set in Sandhamn, a small island in the central-peripheral part of the Stockholm Archipelago in central-eastern Sweden, begins with the discovery of a dead body of an outsider washed up ashore, tangled up inside a fishing net, followed by another murder of an outsider. Police detective Thomas Andreasson is trying hard to find the connection between the outsiders and the island, and what drew them to this quaint island town, and he has to figure it out ASAP before the killer strikes again.

12 February 2016

Review #341: The Sirens by Kiera Cass

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“There’s always room for love. Even if it’s as small as a crack in the door.”

----Kiera Cass

Kiera Cass, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned a heart-breaking tale of love in the huge vast blue ocean, in her book, The Sirens that narrates the story of a young siren who lives in the depths of the ocean and has a beautiful voice but longs to have a life of her own instead of serving the ocean, unfortunately against the rules of the ocean. But when she falls for a human, things become so difficult for her to survive her solitude anymore.

11 February 2016

Review #340: The Travelers by Chris Pavone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Informants can be helpful, but they are never infallible. All tools can break, or be turned into weapons.”

----Raymond E. Feist

Chris Pavone, the New York Times best-selling author, pens yet another heart-gripping thriller, The Travelers, that unfolds the story of a travel journalist who travels to Argentina for his assignment where a beautiful Australian women makes him an undeniable offer that is surely going to change the course of his life by throwing him onto the face of a dangerous global agenda against one's country.

10 February 2016

Review #339: Twain's End by Lynn Cullen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

----Mark Twain

Lynn Cullen, an American best-selling author, pens an interesting historical fiction about Mark Twain and his life around his secretary, Isabel V. Lyon, in her new book, Twain's End that narrates that journey of Twain's life when he ranted negatively about his secretary and her husband in front of the whole world, thereby shedding light to a love affair between Helen Keller and Ann Sullivan Macy and her husband, John Macy.

9 February 2016

Review #338: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Human can surprise you sometimes. An unpredictable species, Homo sapiens”

----Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate, a multiple award-winning American author, has penned a deeply moving tale about an adult gorilla living inside a glass cage in a mall in America, in her book, The One and Only Ivan. Inspired from real-life events, the author pens a heart-breaking yet thoroughly entertaining story about a gorilla and his friends and his mission to find freedom, and mind it, this book is not only for the middle-grade children, but can be enjoyed irrespective of any age of the reader, from young to old.

8 February 2016

Review #337: The Drowning Girls by Paula Treick DeBoard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“If you ever looked at me once with what I know is in you, I would be your slave.”

----Emily Bronte

Paula Treick DeBoard, an American best-selling author, pens a mystifying tale set in a modern, posh American neighborhood which haunts a new family by the buried lies and secrets behind the doors of their neighbors, in her upcoming book, The Drowning Girls. This story revolves around a family who just shifted to a nice and rich neighborhood but their happy days soon turn into nightmare by a fifteen year old girl whose plans for the summer is way too sinister.

7 February 2016

Review #336: Our Demons, Best Friends (Half of Me, #1) by Diana T. Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“My demons love your demons like crazy”

----Diana T. Scott

Diana T. Scott, an American author, pens a heart-wrenching contemporary love story about two medical interns in her new book, Our Demons, Best Friends which is the first book in the Half of Me series, that unfolds a deeply moving blossoming love story between Ava and Sebastian, two broken souls beholding lots of pain and broken promises from their not so distant past, by highlighting how these two souls collide and how they unite under one cause.

5 February 2016

Review #335: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”

----Albert Camus

Ann Jacobus, an American author, pens her debut YA psychological thriller, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light that unfolds a heart-wrenching and thoroughly riveting tale about a young teenage girl, with a problem of drinking and escaping her issues, who is trying to find love on her stay in Paris, while dealing with her mental tantrums.

4 February 2016

Review #334: Flight of Dreams: A Novel by Ariel Lawhon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“It’s fire and it crashing! . . . This is the worst of the worst catastrophes in the world! Oh, it’s crashing . . . oh, four or five hundred feet into the sky, and it’s a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. There’s smoke, and there’s flames, now, and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring mast. Oh, the humanity, and all the passengers screaming around here!
. . . I can’t talk, ladies and gentlemen. Honest, it’s just laying there, a mass of smoking wreckage, and everybody can hardly breathe and talk . . . Honest, I can hardly breathe. I’m going to step inside where I cannot see it. . . .”

----Herb Morrison, Reporter

Ariel Lawhon, an American author pens a poignant and enthralling tale based on the world famous Hindenburg disaster that took place on Thursday, May 6, 1937, as the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at Naval Air Station Lakehurst in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States, in her book called Flight of Dreams: A Novel.

3 February 2016

Review #333: The Black Lotus (Night Flower #1) by Claire Warner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”

----Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Claire Warner, an English writer, has penned an enchanting tale of magic, immortality and love, in her book, The Black Lotus which is the first book in the Night Flower series. This story unfolds the forbidden regency styled romance between a young debutante and a mysterious bachelor in town and on top of that the story has elements of mystery, magic and is set in the early eighteenth century .

2 February 2016

Review #332: Four Blondes by Candace Bushnell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together. "

----Liz Taylor

Candace Bushnell, an international best-selling author, has penned a sassy tale of four blond women from Manhattan, in her book, Four Blondes that narrates the tale of four different women, independent and strong-willed, who pave their way in the jungle called life by standing strong along with the men, fashion, age, needs and fame and to claim fame, they would do anything for it.

1 February 2016

Review #331: Point of Control by L.J. Sellers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Never compete with someone who has nothing to lose.”

----Baltasar Gracián

L.J. Sellers, an American best-selling author, pens a fast-paced gripping thriller called, Point of Control, that unfolds the story about a middle-aged no-nonsense FBI detective trying to find the link behind missing metallurgical scientists from all over the world. But when dead body of a scientist turned up, it seems that there is a big agenda behind the whole kidnapping thing, as it is definitely not for a ransom.