Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Goodreads Summary : Rachel’s world is confined to the protective walls around her city. Beyond them are violent wanderers, extreme terrain, and a danger straight out of legend: a beast called the Cursed One that devastates everything in its path.

When Rachel’s father goes missing, she is desperate to search for him. But her attempts to flee the city bring her to the attention of its overbearing ruler. His efforts to control her make the world within the walls seem as dangerous as that outside.

Her only chance at escape is Logan. Once her father’s apprentice, and now her only protector, he feels that helping her might mean losing her completely. But if he can put his feelings aside, they might be able to save more than Rachel’s father. They might be able to break down the walls, and set their people free.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : When you read a dystopian novel, somehow you expect a kick-ass heroine, a bad-boy-yet-charming hero, action packed plot line, and when the dystopian mingles with a little bit fantasy, that definitely earns extra points.

Defiance is a rebellious story of a girl named Rachel, living in Baalboden, a city surrounded by deadly beasts called Cursed One and under the shadow of ruthless commander who is more interested in punishing people than ruling the city. When her father went missing on a courier mission and presumed to be dead, Rachel’s responsibility falls over Logan, a young apprentice of her father and the same boy Rachel gave her heart years ago, who instantly flung it back to her. However, Logan wants to escape the city but not at cost of Rachel’s safety, and Rachel is desperate to find her father, whom she believes to be alive.

The book was intense and action packed with promise of a gripping fast paced plot line. Baalboden more resembles to dystopian rather than fantasy, a city that is surrounded by high walls separating Baalboden from the wasteland and lost civilization scattering around it, also saves the citizens from being eaten by Cursed Ones.

“I'm no longer a daughter.
No longer a granddaughter.
No longer a girl with dreams. With hope.
I'm a weapon, now.”

Unlike other Baalboden girls Rachel was handy and deadly with weapon, a skilled worrier, also very impulsive and stubborn. However sometimes her behavior was annoying and selfish like everything she does recklessly and without thinking, which not only costs her, but also results in hurting people around her. By the way, her character improved with progress of the book, which decreased my irritations with time but I did enjoy her character.

“I ache to hear her tell me she loves me, but forcing her to put words to how she feels pushes her further into the silence she seems comfortable calling home now. I tell myself to be patient and understanding, but inside there's a longing only those words will fill, and it hurts to ignore it.”

If we consider Rachel as fire, Logan would the exactly opposite, the water. He was logical, cool minded who actually thinks and calculate before attempting something (Silly! That’s why he is an inventor). Rachel and Logan make just a perfect couple, complementing each other. The romantic development was quite grate and adorable. The way they discovers their feelings for each other is perfectly writing, even those small moments of self-realizations has been captured very well.

However, overlooking the small flaws, Defiance was overall a very good read for me and I immensely enjoyed it. The premises and setting has enthralled me as well. I will definitely be waiting for the sequel, which I believe to be equally breath taking.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Guest Post: Aydan and Nesy: A Love To Span The Centuries

First, let me say a big thank you for participating in the tour for Libera Me. I’m really excited to share this book with the world and see the reaction. Aydan and Nesy have been very close to my heart for many years; watching their story continue to unfold has been a true pleasure. Which brings me to today’s post. Soumi ask me to speak a little about the love that exists between Nesy and Aydan, and what, if anything inspired it.

Let me start by admitting that I am a die-hard romantic. I love epic stories of love and passion. Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, Mark Anthony and Cleopatra, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre—each of these couples has inspired the love between Aydan and Nesy in some way.

Aydan and Nesy were a doomed love from the first meeting. Both angelic and neither aware of the others’ identity, drawn to each other in ways that betrayed their training and rules, they should not have survived as a couple. And yet, neither the passage of time, nor the truth of their identities could keep them apart.

In this next book, Libera Me, we see the depth of Aydan’s love again. Even in the face of unspeakable horrors and confusion, he can’t deny or turn away from his feelings for Nesy. She is still the inspiration behind his every decision, the foundation of his thoughts.

The book explores the truth of Nessa – is she Aydan’s Nesy? Is she something else all together? Does it matter now? The answers to these and other questions may threaten the love that has existed between this couple, leaving the reader to wonder if love will prevail in the end, and just how far either will go for the other. How much will they sacrifice?

Elana Johnson said that Lacrimosa, the first book in the series is “the last novel you’ll need to read to understand true sacrifice”, and I agree with that. soThis series examines epic love and the sacrifices we are willing to make to keep it. Libera Me takes it one step further, testing the couples true feelings and setting up a climax in Book #3 that will test love to its absolute limit.

Welcome to the Virtual Blog Tour for LIBERA ME, Book #2 in the Requiem Series by Christine Fonseca.
Beginning after Lacrimosa and the short story Mea Culpa, Libera Me follows Zane and Aydan as they try to figure out who Nessa really is. Here's the blurb:

What happens when everything you’ve sacrificed for is lost?
Aydan thought Nesy’s death would be the end of him, until he meets Nessa and his hope is restored. Could she be Nesy reborn? He is certain she must be. That is, until her lack of memories and incessant nightmares begin to erode his faith.

Zane is used to trusting his mind, his wisdom and his angelic senses. But these attributes are no help with Nessa. He has no way to be certain of her identity, no way to know the truth. That is, unless he listens to the one thing he has refused to acknowledge throughout his existence - he feelings for Nesy.

Blind to both angel and demon, Aydan and Zane must figure out the truth behind Nesy's identity before all is lost, Azza discovers the truth and the Beast is again unleashed.

The lines between good and evil have never been so blurred.

Libera Me officially releases October 30. And be sure to check out the other books in the series:

About Christine:

School psychologist by day, critically acclaimed YA and nonfiction
author by night, Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to
explore humanity. Her many titles include TRANSCEND, DIES IRAE, LACRIMOSA, MEA
When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can
be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or
playing around on Facebook and Twitter. Catch her daily thoughts about writing
and life on her blog.
For more information about Christine Fonseca or the
series, visit her website –
or her blog

To celebrate to release and thank her readers, Christine is hosting a little contest honoring each of the main characters. Prizes include a new release YA book, Book swag, and even some of her own titles. She is also giving a Kindle as part of her Fall Release Party. Check out both giveaways below.

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Amarok by Angela J. Townsend

Goodreads Summary : Emma's life has been hell since she moved from sunny California to a remote Alaskan town. Abandoned by her father and living with the guilt of causing her mother's death, she makes a desperate dash for freedom from her abusive stepfather. But when her car skids off the icy road, her planned escape leads to further captivity in a world beyond her imagining.
Dragged across the tundra by an evil mountain man and his enormous black wolf, she learns that love can be found in the most unexpected places. Amarok, as she's nicknamed the wolf, is a young man from the gold-rush era enslaved by an ancient shaman. Emma's gentle touch and kind heart win his love and devotion. When a vicious madman--trapped in bear form by the same Shaman--attacks the travelers and injures Amarok, Emma must find the strength to face her fears and free the wolf she's come to love. But that means she must face down the evil shaman, a Siberian mammoth hunter from the ice age, and he has no intention of giving up his power to her

My Rating : 3.5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Emma life had been no less than hell since she moved from sunny California to frosty remote town of Alaska. Guilt ridden by her mother's death and abused by her step father, Emma was desperate for freedom. But when her car skids of the icy road, she was hold captive by a madman and dragged away from her desired freedom, where a big black wolf was her only friend in solitary. Tok or Amarok (as Emma named him) was actually a teenage boy cursed by a evil Shaman and trapped in wolf form. Emma's kindness and love touched him, now Emma must embark a journey to save him.

Emma was kind of character readers would easily emphasized with, strong and determine, nothing could break her spirit, not mad mountain man, not her stepfather, not even the evil Shaman. With progress of the book we explore brighter and selfless side of her character.
Caged in a body of wolf, Amarok always craved for human touch and love, what made him protective of Emma. The books slowly unravels his past as human and his life as wolf.

Only that the book was slow paced that sometime it was really hard to get into the story. The romance was kind of undeveloped, mostly what we call silent love. Amarok and Emma didn't much time together, the romance was described in unspoken feeling lingers between them.

Despite of the fact that I'm not entirely satisfied with the romance part, I must say Amarok was a heart rending story of unspoken love and sacrifice, and surviving against all odds. The book was well written in a touching way, a girl's journey against all difficulties and risking her life to save the boy she loves. Short and sweet, wrapped in sadness that will break readers heart, with an ending that will show readers a ray of hope, Amarok was a wonderful read for me which I enjoyed till the end line of the book.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Reapers and Zombies and Ghosts … Oh, Crap! By Michele Vail

In the UNDEADLY world of Molly Bartolucci, zombies and ghosts are commonplace. People keep walking corpses and spirits around basically to have as servants or as entertainment—and not everyone has pure motives when it comes to having a zombie, or even a ghost.

Molly’s world is filled with death magic, which is intertwined with the history and mythology of Ancient Egypt. Some people are born with the ability to do necromancy, which is broken down into five aspects:

Ka Heka: Re-animate dead bodies with a part of the soul called the ka.

Ren Heka: Call forth and communicate with earth-bound spirits.

Sheut Heka: Create and command soul shadows.

Ba Heka: Bind souls and keep them from entering the afterlife.

Ib Heka: See into the heart of the soul, and know the person's true worth.

Molly is a ka heka, which is the most common necro-magic in the world. It means she can make zombies, and she does so at her dad’s business, Big Al’s Zomporium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Everyone in the modern world knows that necromancy exists. It’s just a common aspect of everyday life. What most people don’t know is that those who are born with the ability to use necro-magic are sorta primed for becoming reapers in the afterlife.

Reapers don’t kill people. They escort souls to the gates of the Underworld. Some souls are so evil, they go straight into the realms of hell. Others have so much good, they go straight into the heavens. But some need judgment, and they go into the Underworld to be judged for their deeds … at which point they’ll be released to the heavens or eaten by the creature ancient Egyptians knew as Ammit, “the gobbler.”

Molly learns about reapers and her own secret past when she turns sixteen and returns the soul of her crush, Rick, at her birthday party. She soon finds out she has a larger destiny, and she struggles with the everyday worries of being a teenager with the idea of not being in charge of her life—ever again.

About The Author : Michele Vail writes young adult paranormal fiction about zombies and reapers.

She likes reading, dogs, cats, board games, ghost-hunting shows, and Halloween. She believes in magic, in the impossible, and in the restorative powers of chocolate.

Michele lives happily-ever-after with her Viking and their family.

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Goodreads Summary : Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met - a boy the rest of the world is convinced is imaginary. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she doesn't complain. She runs the school newspaper and keeps to herself for the most part - until disturbing events begin to happen. There has been screaming in the woods and the dark, abandoned manor on the hill overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. As Kami starts to investigate for the paper, she finds out that the town she has loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets- and a murderer- and the key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy who everyone thought was imaginary may be real...and he may be dangerous.

My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : The story of a different kind of friendship that takes place in the imagination rather than physical reality, and when you find the person you have always believed to be a fictional character living in your head comes to reality would you shy away from the person or embrace him?

Kami loves a boy she never met, but she talks to him every day in her head. When the famous and mysterious Lynburn family returns to her sleepy town Sorry-In-The Vale, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash everything changes and one of the boys is eerily familiar to Kami. The more kami gets close to Jared, she discovers dangerous secrets about the Lynburn, endangering her life in process.

A Masterpiece of Modern Urban Fantasy

Sarah Rees Brennan has written this gothic romance setting in a dark atmosphere of a small English town. It is expectedly well written, entangled with excellent humor, a detailed plot, and a heart breaking ending. The books stands uniquely of its own, a landmark for all the young adult books released in recent days. When I started reading Unspoken at night I was entirely drowned inside the story, and didn't realize how the time passed and slipped into dawn. Unspoken was a very unconventional and magical tale of friendship and love with dark humor, intertwined in the story.

An Unspoken Bond

As the leading lady, Kami Glass was witty and chatty with strong sense of humor and sarcasm, which I enjoyed most about her. She was kind of girl who doesn't get scared of almost anything and instead she wants to explore the unknown, even if it means risking her life. As a wannabe journalist, she must uncover the murder mystery terrorizing Sorry-In-The-Vale. Strong and independent, Kami was adorable and quirky too, I instantly liked her.
Jared was instantly likable, and I wanted to hug him. He has always been the support of Kami, her only companion in silence and savoir of her every trouble. They had a thread binding them together; they were linked to each other since birth and reside in each other’s mind. Jared was a remarkable male lead and broken young man inside, no matter how much tough his exterior is. He was a sensible, not your bad-boy stereotype, Jared Lynburn just won my heart.
They were inseparable, although Kami doubted time to time that if it was good thing of being able to invade each other’s privacy. The way they were bonded was touching and romantic enough to warm my heart. Accompanied by their thoughts, I felt what they felt, and I was deeply moved by their unspoken feelings.

Overall, Unspoken is one of my all-time favorites, and highly recommended for teens and adults alike. It was page turning, and each single page contains something shocking enough to keep the suspense until the end. Unspoken is an unbelievably satisfying and exciting first installment of Lynburn Legacy that ended with a cliffhanger, which is painful enough to raise the stakes high.

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Thursday, 18 October 2012

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Goodreads Summary : Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I can’t stop it. I can’t stop Them from following me. If it was just me that the fey picked on, I’d be okay with that. But someone else always pays for my Sight. Someone else always gets hurt instead of me.” Tearing my gaze from hers, I looked out over the fields. “I’d rather be alone,” I muttered, “then to have to watch that again.”

Do you remember the little boy who was kidnapped by a vicious fey, and his big sister set out a journey to find that kind to a strange and magical place called NeverNever. Well, guess what, after a time leap of twelve years, that little boy has grown into a handsome hunk. Yes, that boy is Ethan Chase and he is back with a bang.

The Iron Fey is my all-time favorite YA novel series. When I mourning over why the series came to an end, then Julie Kagawa announced there is going to be a spin off and my heart stared hammering against my ribs. And when I finally managed to get my claws on a pretty ARC and I finished the story, nausea gripped my mind in excitement and I took an entire week to collect words and wrap my thoughts around it.

A Prince on A Mission

Ethan always wanted to stay from anything relates to the magical fey realm or fairies. The nightmarish memories from his childhood of being a prisoner in enormous iron castle is still haunting his so badly that his heart is nothing but full of hatred against entire fey kind. He even blames them for the distance that has formed between him and his older sister Megan, who fell in love with one of them and left their family. Hence Ethan wouldn't dare to think or look at the fey kind; neither could he let them know about his existence or his power to see through the glamour of fairies. Hence when his half breed friend got kidnapped by a new and vicious race of forgotten fairies, and they stared chasing Ethan too, he was forced to enter in the world of NeverNever he despair most, and along with the girl he would never dare to fall for. Of on his mission we see a not so happy family reunion; we again met the icy prince and the great prankster, the dark muse and our beloved fur-ball.

Ethan, Kenzie and Keirran

Ethan was kind of brooding and smoking hot, also occasional jerk-ass. I could help but mentioning how Ethan somehow reminded me of Ash. Ethan has always kept a bad boy image to build a barrier around hi true self, kind of the icy walls Ash used to shield his soft interior. But as the book progressed, we saw who Ethan Chase is actually deep down. The façade of rudeness and a tough guy image is just a cover for his rebellious spirit, his true feelings for the girl he is afraid to fall in love with and the pain and the anger he is carrying with him.
He has no fey magic to fight of the evils; he is just a human teenage boy who is extraordinarily skilled in martial arts. When I first read about Ethan, he was a toddler, now it’s strange to read about him that he has grown into a hot-ass hero.

However I’m more impressed by the female protagonist Mackenzie St. James or Kenzie, as we call her. She was just kick-ass as any boys of her age, and also the girl who secretly melted Ethan’s heart. She much more than what is seems to be, I just can’t stop appalling for her. She made me smile, and brought tears in my eyes as the same time. She didn’t flinch to make deals with fairies; she didn’t back away from Ethan, even if she was gravely unwell to go on with him. She was fearless of any incoming danger, audacious explorer who wants to see everything and experience them. You rock girl.

Now talking about Keirran, I just don’t believe Ash is his father, I mean what the freaking hell, Ash became a father? Really?
However half-fey and half human Keirran was shadow of Meghan, rather than Ash, and he got same features as her, and skills as Ash, swift and deadly. Keirran is master extraordinary power; he can exert three kinds of magic, summer, winter and Iron. He played a major role in The Lost Prince, he accompanied Ethan and Kenzie into their quest (imagine Ethan has a nephew of same age) and fought battles beside them. I wonder why Puck mentioned Ethan and Keirran reminded him about a certain pair (Rings a bell? Yeah, he was talking about him and Ash, and their golden old days)

The Old Legends

Well, when we are talking about the spin off of The iron Fey, how can we possibly forget to mention our Iron Legends, Meghan, Ash, Puck (ohhh Baby!!!) and Grimalkin. Meghan is no longer that teenager girl we knew; she is now ruler of Iron realm, more powerful and responsible. Still handsome as ever, Ash is Meghan’s iron Knight, and father of her son (sigh!).
Well, good news is my Puck, the prankster is single (and ready to be mingled with me). He appeared only twice in the book, and both time he kicked some ass (Yo love, you rock).
My cutie Grimalkin was with the trio for all the time, and who could be the best guide to NeverNever other than him.

Overall Thoughts

As a fan of The Iron Fey series, I had very high expectation for The Lost Prince, and I was breathlessly waiting for the book to come out quickly. And, I was again spellbound by my favorite storyteller, author Julie Kagawa. Her gorgeous prose and amazing story weaving kept me hooked on the book until late night. Any Iron Fey fan in any corner of the world wouldn't dare to miss the book, and I bet my money on that.

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Sunday, 14 October 2012

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads Summary : Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : “We all bear scars,... Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

I have been reading lot of books with head strong and kick ass female lead, but as far as I think, Throne of Glass is best among all. For those who always cave for some book with lots of wild and exciting undertakings, suspense and equally witty and notorious female assassin as Celaena, who loves to retort always, Throne of Glass is that book for you.

18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien was serving hard labor in a salt mine of Endovier for her crimes, taking out her rage into a pickaxe, she was summoned before Crown Prince of Ardalan, who offered her a deal, a ticket to her freedom. But freedom came with price, she had represent price Dorian is a competition, along with all other brutal assassins from all over country. If she wins she will be the royal assassin of Ardalan, and four years later she will gain her freedom.

The Assassin and The Heroes :

“You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

The more I think about Celaena, my words seem not enough to describe her. She is practically everything, beautiful but deadly with a shape tongue and unearthly fighting skills. Bearing scars and haunting memories of her time in Endovier, nothing had crushed her crave for winning the competition or her strong will for freedom. The book slowly unfolds depth her character where she had buried a grief sicken soul. Celaena could be the greatest assassin, but deep down she was just a teenage girl, with rage, confusion, and frustration.

“His breath was warm on her neck as he bent his head, resting his cheek against her hair. Her heart beat so quickly, and yet she felt utterly calm—as if she could have stayed there forever and not minded, stayed there forever and let the world fall apart around them. She pictured his fingers, pushing against that line of chalk, reaching for her despite the barrier between them.”

She was perplexed by Crown Prince, Dorian Havilliard who had all his charm over her, also her heart drawn to The Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall, who was the only one to understand her best and see through her mind. Both men were appealing enough to sweep you off your feet and potential to be strong lead. Both were attracting in their own, where Dorian was all romantic and ladies’ man, Chaol was man of strong personality and dignity.

The actions were well plotted, so intricate that anyone can easily envision them. I could only gasp at the way mysteries unravelled slowly, and smoothly, making the story more interesting.
Throne of Glass was kind of book, that once you start reading it, you don’t want it to finish, you just find yourself with the flow of the story and want it to continue, at least that’s what happened to me. I was so engrossed, utterly enchanted by the plot, by the characters, I never wanted the book to come to an end. Good thing is Throne of Glass is going to be a trilogy, and the saga continues with another mind blowing adventure of Celaena Sardothien.

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Friday, 12 October 2012

Exclusive Interview with Author Sangu Mandana + The Lost Girl Giveaway (Asia Only)

Me : Welcome to my blog, and congratulation on the success of The Lost Girl. As we know that The Lost Girl is inspired from Frankenstein, what was the most touching thing about Frankenstein that made you think about The Lost Girl?

Sangu : The thing that inspired the story, really, was the general idea of someone actually stitching pieces together to make a human life. I found that fascinating! But there’s also a bit that gets me every time: it’s the end of the book, and (spoilers if you know nothing about the story!) Victor’s just died, and the Creature has come to see him, and it’s so obvious there that despite everything the Creature loved Victor and that no one can possibly hate him more than he hates himself. I think that part has always fuelled the echo/Weaver relationship in The Lost Girl.

Me : Eva is echo of Amarra, what makes Eva different from Amarra?

Sangu : Amarra is sensible, cautious. She’s quite quiet, and loving in her own way, and there’s a bitter, angry streak in her that makes her do things Eva hates her for. On the other hand Eva, too, is loving and angry, but she’s also reckless. She’s the kind of person who dreams about a better life, about adventure and excitement and survival, while Amarra is content with the life she has—apart from her constant fear that her echo will destroy everything she loves.

Me : What was it you most enjoyed about writing The Lost Girl?

Sangu : I loved the characters. I still love the characters and hope to write more about them soon. The book really began with Eva, and the story and the other characters stemmed from her, so for me the best part will always be writing dialogue, writing conflict, just getting inside characters’ heads and writing about their relationships.

Me : Tell us about your favorite scene from The Lost Girl.

Sangu : I can’t! My favorite scene from the book is full of spoilers, so if I say much it will give away a lot of things. I will say this—it’s the nursery scene.

Me : As for the two boys in The Lost Girl, Sean and Ray, tell us a little bit about them

Sangu : Sean is Eva’s youngest guardian. His father Jonathan used to be her guardian, but he died about a year before the book starts, and so Sean has replaced him. He’s very clever, very loyal, very by-the-book. Against his better judgment he cares a little more than he should about Eva, which causes all kinds of problems. Ray is Amarra’s boyfriend and when Eva arrives, she has to pretend to be Amarra and, therefore, she has to love him. Which also causes all kinds of problems!

Me : If have to define The Lost Girl in one line, what would it be?

Sangu : A heartbreaking story about death, love and one girl’s quest to live her own life.

Me : What will be the perfect title song for The Lost Girl?

Sangu : Probably ‘White Blank Page’ by Mumford & Sons. The music helped me write some of my favourite scenes in the book, and the lyrics really suit a lot of Eva’s story.

Me : I have read you journey to publication of The Lost Girl, when the manuscript were rejected, what was your feelings, and how did it help to move on with you writing? Any tips for the aspiring authors?

Sangu : The manuscript was rejected a few times before my agent wanted it, yes! It was hard each time and no matter what anyone else, I don’t think it’s possible to ever become immune to rejections. But I loved the story so much that I didn't want to give up on it. I believed it was good enough to get somewhere and I was determined to make it happen. I tried writing other things in the meantime, as a distraction, but the thing that helped the most was really, truly believing in the book. It was like Armour.

To other aspiring authors : don’t give up. I’m sure everyone tells you that, but it’s true. If you believe in your story enough, you will get there. And maybe not with this book, or the next, but it will happen eventually. I sent out six different manuscripts before landing on The Lost Girl. The other thing I would say is write your book for you, not for anyone else. You’re the only person who matters. If you start writing for someone else, or because you think you’re writing what the market wants, you’ll never love the story like you need to. And have fun!

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Exclusive Interview with Author Kelly Creagh

Me : If you get a chance to meet Edgar Allan Poe in person, what would you say to him?

Kelly : This is a great question and one that I have never been asked. If I got to meet Mr. Poe in person, I think I would spend the first minute freaking out and I’d probably stutter a lot. I’d have a million questions for him, mainly because his biography is full of holes. There is so much we don’t know about Poe. I think what I’d most like to know is the truth about what happened to him during his last days. There’s quite a bit of stipulation and a ton of rumors regarding what really took place. One of the big theories is that Poe was drunk on the night he was found in the Baltimore gutter, or that he was found inside a tavern. However, just as with all the other theories surrounding his death, there is no evidence or proof that Poe had been drinking at all that night. I guess I’d want to know what he had to say for himself in that regard and to see if my own theories match up to what really happened in his last days. I’d also have far too many very personal questions to ask him because, while we seem to know a lot about Poe’s professional life, we have very little information regarding his home life and his relationship with his wife/cousin Virginia. I’d love to ask him what the widow Sarah Helen Whitman was like. She was his one-time fiancée, a fellow poet and a spiritualist who dabbled in the occult. A year before he died, Poe visited Ms. Whitman in a state of panic, telling her that she alone could save him from certain “doom.” I’d love to know what he was talking about, what he meant and why he behaved so bizarrely on that day. Since I’ll never get to ask him these questions, I’ll just have to continue to make up my own answers and write about them in book three.

Me : Among the all works of Edgar Allan Poe, which one has influenced your work most and why?

Kelly : When I began writing Nevermore, I didn’t think Poe would be a large part of the novel. Then I began reading his works and re-reading them, and, gradually, bits and pieces of every one of them began to seep into my subconscious and color everything I was doing with the story, plot and characters. Along with his well-known stories, I was drawn into Poe’s lesser known works, too, such as Dream-Land, The Imp of the Perverse, William Wilson, and Ulalume. If you read Nevermore and Enshadowed closely, you’ll find small bits of Poe everywhere. For instance, during the dream-world masquerade in Nevermore, I mention a small jester among the revelers. He came from Poe’s short story Hop Frog, which also takes place during a masquerade. In Enshadowed, Isobel views a mural that Varen painted and, in the painting, there is a ghostly horse rising out of smoke. This image is from Poe’s short story Metzengerstein, which Varen would have read. These things were included intentionally, though not with the express purpose of being recognized. I’d rather a reader become interested in Poe, begin reading his works, and recognize something from Nevermore and Enshadowed in Poe’s stories rather than vise-versa. I have also heard some authors say that they don’t read while they’re drafting because they’re afraid of being influenced. While writing Nevermore and Enshadowed, I read Poe on purpose for this exact reason. I wanted to be influenced. I think that tactic worked and, because of that, I’m not sure I can pick just one work of Poe’s as a major overall influence. If feels as if they have all had a major influence.

Me : If you were trapped in the dream world of Nevermore, what would you do?

Kelly : I would do the only things I could do, dream and regret. I would hide from the memories that tried to haunt me. I would probably try to ease the loneliness by creating stories and watching them play out in live action. It would be fun to see my stories come to life, but that would eventually stop providing me with solace since life and people fuel my creativity. For all its wonders, the dream-world is still a prison, and I would probably attempt to do what Varen does in Enshadowed, and try to reach out for help by entering someone’s dreams.

Me : What are the most difficult things about writing Nevermore series?

Kelly : Ha. Ha. Enshadowed. When I was drafting the sequel to Nevermore, there was a time when I couldn’t even utter the title without stuttering. I had trouble trusting myself and the process through writing a second book. Part of this was because I had high expectations of myself and demanded perfection in a first draft, and because I also wanted to write a book that would please everyone. I struggled greatly with my first draft because I was trying to bend the story into what I thought readers would want instead of listening to the characters and doing my job of telling the story. Middles can be difficult, and something I needed to remind myself was that I was writing the middle of a middle. I think every author must have a book that tries to kill her and I think Enshadowed was mine. I worried over that novel until I reached the midway mark in the drafting of book three. At that point, I realized that I had listened to my characters and that the story was what it needed to be. I later discovered from a few fellow authors that there’s something known as “book two syndrome” or “the sophomore syndrome” and it helped to know that I wasn’t alone with my cold cold sequel feet.

Me : Would you like to tell us few things about the third installment of Nevermore series?

Kelly : Oh gosh. What can I tell you? Isobel and Varen meet again, of course. You will learn the truth about Reynolds and that he has one last identity to be revealed. (I’ve been leaving clues about this along the way. Hint hint.) It’s the final book of the trilogy, possibly the darkest, and will hold the end to Isobel and Varen’s story. We learn more about Varen’s mysterious mother and about Varen, too. I’m not sure what else I can say without giving too much away… But I’m very excited about this book. It’s been an emotional project with some tough scenes. I’m not quite sure yet how I will feel once I finish. But I do know the end.

Me : Tell us about your dream cast if Nevermore is turned into a film?

Kelly : Wouldn't that be fun? There is an image of Dakota Fanning out there that looks so much like Izzy because she’s wearing a pink dress with a sweetheart neckline. Dakota also happens to be a cheerleader. Her high school colors were blue and gold, so I often muse that Dakota would make a lovely Isobel. As for Varen, I think it would be an excellent role for an unknown actor, a part that could start a career. However, a reader recently mentioned that there is a Polish actor named Jakub Gierszal who looks very much like Varen and I would have to agree. Oh, Johnny Depp would make a good Poe, don’t you think? He’s the right height! As for Reynolds, I think Joseph Gordon Levitt would be a cool fit. My brother thinks Jude Law would be a good pick, too. Taissa Farmiga would make a perfect Gwen. I have such sharp pictures of Danny in my head that I’m not sure I can name an actor.

Me : Were there any authors that did influence your work other than Poe?

Kelly : Yes! One of my favorite novels is The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. I read the book when I was very young, and the story really spoke to me and sparked my imagination. I love characters with an element of duality and stories that explore the dark and light sides of our deepest essence. I also love the theme of redemption and monsters with hearts and that book has all of those things. Some of my favorite YA authors include Libba Bray, Holly Black, K.L. Going and J.K. Rowling. I think Rowling has had a huge influence on my work as well. Reading the Harry Potter series has taught me how to layer a larger story, how to drop in subtle clues, hide secrets within the narrative and how to be inventive and consistent in world-building.

Me : Is there any other project you are currently working on?

Kelly : My focus is on book three of the Nevermore series at the moment, but I do have another project waiting in the wings. I conceptualized and wrote the bulk of a novel between 2007 and 2008 and worked on it until Nevermore sold. Sometimes on Saturdays, I’ll do a bit of revising but, other than my critique group and my beta readers, no one has seen the story yet. It’s very different from Nevermore, though it still has the Kelly Creagh stamp of weirdness! I have a lot of love for the novel, had an absolute blast writing it and I have hope that it will be my next project. Of course, I have tons of ideas and so many novels rattling around in my brain. As Poe himself once said, “I would give the world to embody one half the ideas afloat in my imagination.”

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Goodreads Summary : From the outside, Coley Sterling’s life seems pretty normal . . . whatever that means. It’s not perfect—her best friend is seriously mad at her and her dance team captains keep giving her a hard time—but Coley’s adorable, sweet crush Reece helps distract her. Plus, she has a great family to fall back on—with a mom and stepdad who would stop at nothing to keep her siblings and her happy.

But Coley has a lot of secrets. She won’t admit—not even to herself—that her almost-perfect life is her own carefully-crafted façade. That for years she’s been burying the shame and guilt over a relationship that crossed the line. Now that Coley has the chance at her first real boyfriend, a decade’s worth of lies are on the verge of unraveling.

In this unforgettable powerhouse of a novel, Mindi Scott offers an absorbing, layered glimpse into the life of an everygirl living a nightmare that no one would suspect.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : What would you do when you become victim of the person you deeply love?

Sometimes there are books that make you think deeply about the life you are living, and one of those kinds of book is Live Through This. The book is frustratingly beautiful, story of Coley, a girl who is covering her problems under the image of a perfect teen, which is nothing a façade of beautifully crafted lie. When she started going out with Reece, the first real boyfriend she can have, Coley's lies are on the verge of unraveling.

I don’t usually read stories based on issues unless it touches me deeply, like Coley’s story did rend my heart. She is a victim of sexual abuse, carrying shame and fear over the years which she can’t share with anyone, neither can she stop the person because she loves him, but not the torture he is doing on her.

A gut wrenching story, a pain and burden she was carrying herself, Coley’s narration moved me to the core. I finished the book in one sitting; I was practically drowned in the chilling story which is mirror reflection of reality in which many teenage girls are being victimized of unwanted abuse by those known people they trust, they love.

“I don’t know how to fix this, or if it can be fixed. There’s too much to say. Too much I don’t know how to say.”

The problem was Coley didn't know how to react, she didn't know how to protest. Broken in darkness of abuse and harassment she remained silent. Both mentally and physically disturbed Coley’s pain of shame and guilt twisted my heart and brain.
Scott is a skillful author who knows how to wave a story and pull strings of readers’ emotion. She played with my heart as well as brain and left me into deep thought that I’m still wrapping up my mind even after days later I finished the book.

Live Through This is a character driven and incredible of a girl journey and how did she overcome her greatest fear. A courageous novel that is highly recommended for the fans of Thirteen Reasons Why.

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Interview With Anna, from Anna Dressed In Blood

Me : Welcome Anna to my blog (hope you won't kill me)

Anna : Thank you for having me. I probably won’t kill you. You’re not actually in my house.

Me : So, Anna! Would you like to tell us about death? How does it feel?

Anna : It feels like a shrug feels. Most of the time. It’s not so bad, when you don’t think about things.

Me : What was your impression of Cas, when you first saw him?

Anna : I thought he looked different. Like an idiot. Wide-eyed and bleeding on my floor. But he had that knife. A link to the dead I’d never known existed.

Me : Tell us something about your life when you were alive?

Anna : There isn’t much to tell. It was short. But I do remember, baking pies with my mother when I was younger. Isn’t that strange? She wasn’t always awful. She wasn’t, until I got older. Until my father died.

Me : Okey, this will be a little personal question. Is Cas is the first
boy you have ever kissed?

Anna : No. But my first kiss doesn’t count. I was only eight. It was just for play, with a neighbor’s son named Paulo. We saw his parents do it and wanted to try.

Me : If you get a second chance to live your life again, what are those
things you would like to do? Is there any wish list?

Anna : I would like to do everything. Sometimes, I think so. But if I had another life, it might be nice for it to be soft, and quiet. With a boy, and a knife. I suppose he’d have to get rid of the knife.

Me : Well, Anna, thank you for your time and many thank for not killing me.

Anna : Thank you for not being killable. I don’t like doing it

Interview With Author Kendare Blake

Me : What is the hardest thing about creating a character?

Kendare : Sometimes it’s just waiting to write them. When Anna told me her name, I wanted to write about her very badly. But it was several weeks before she told me anything else about herself. And I hate to start writing a character before I know them. It only results in writing them over. And over. And maybe over.

Me : What was the most difficult challenge you have faced in writing Anna series?

Kendare : I don’t remember. See, in hindsight it always seems like it came together pretty easily. But I know good and well there were nights when I wanted to bang my face into my keyboard. I just don’t remember the specifics of why.

Me :When you were writing Anna Dressed in Blood, did you have any
nightmare? What was it?

Kendare : I never had nightmares about Anna. I have nightmares about everything else. My nightmares run on a fairly consistent cycle. If I have a nightmare, I’m guaranteed to have them for at least another three nights. Anna has been in my husband’s, my agent’s, and my editor’s nightmares. But never mine. She knows better.

Me :If you had chance to change something in Anna series, what would it be?

Kendare : I’d rewrite the whole thing! No, not really. I don’t think I would change anything. It is what it is. I shouldn't fool with it anymore.

Me :You are currently writing Antigoddess, based on Greek mythology set
in modern day-what inspired this series?

Kendare : I was reading a lot of Angela Carter, maybe five years ago. And I started writing these vignettes, off of the imagery it sparked. Some of the images were of dying gods. Horrible, disgusting, tragically torn apart behemoths, and Athena was my narrator. A few years later, I tried to write a novel about Cassandra of Troy, and her love story with Apollo. It didn’t work until I went back to those dying gods and put it all together.

Me : Would you like to share few words about Antigoddess?

Kendare : Sure. It’s sort of a hero’s journey, rife with doomed and forbidden love, and the requisite blood and guts. There’s a lot of rage in it. The quiet smoldering kind, and the tear it up and nuke it kind. I love my leading ladies, both strong and vulnerable in different ways: Cassandra, such a tragic figure,and Athena, so single-minded that she comes off cold. And I love my leading men too: Hermes, playboy goofball for the ages, and Apollo, forever the hero. And of course, Odysseus: wily and rakish, and so not intimidated by Athena.

Me : Any suggestion for the aspiring authors?

Kendare : Read! A lot. And Write! A lot. Find your own rhythm, and do what’s right for you. Always be open to suggestions and advice, but don’t feel obligated to take it. Everybody’s journey is their own. But you can’t even get on board without writing, and reading A lot. And write. A lot.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Goodreads Summary : Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

My Rating : 3 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : With her first Young Adult novel, author Kresley Cold weaved a world crawled with walking monsters, left of but wreckage and a dark reflection of its own, where drought, lack for food and water is transforming a mere human being into predators Preying on others.

The novel started in backdrop of a world which had already cracked apart after apocalypse and a girl, sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene, hungry and alone, looking for a shelter.

Evie had visions of apocalypse even before it struck and turn the world into a bloody wasteland, where only few hundred had survived with others incinerated to ashes. However, before that, when Evie was having glimpse of destructive future, she was sent to a mental institution by her mother who viewed he as insane. Even after her treatment, her hallucinations continued. Aided by the bad of the baddest, Jack Deveaux, Evie found out she was not the only one with visions or powers, there were other like her. Together they hold the key to save the earth.

Tarot cards have always been my favorite subject of interest, and this is the only reason I was drawn to Poison Princess in the first place. Based on Major Aracana which are a suit of twenty-two cards in the Tarot deck, where each Major Aracana card depicts a scene, mostly featuring a person or several people, with many symbolic elements. Evie, along with other twenty-two teens, each of the Major Aracana incarnated, they must choose between good and evil and engaged in battle of life or death.

Evie is not your typical brainless cheerleader; she is smart mouthed, and hell! she is way more kick ass I thought her to be.

But Jackson! What Can I say about him. An embodiment of ultimate douchebaggery. It it were not for him, this book might have snagged one more star from me.

The biggest arrogant prick of stereotype heroes flooding YA novels these days had failed to impress me with his funny Cajun-English sexy accent. And he tried to see what color of bra a girl was wearing. Really? Really?

Sorry, I don't feel any kind of forbidden longing for an arse like this one.

Other than this prick, Poison Princess, with its totally new concept inspired my tarot cards, had been a good read.

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Monday, 1 October 2012

Transcend by Christine Fonseca + Giveaway (intl)

Goodreads Summary : All seventeen-year-old composer Ien Montgomery desires is an escape from his family's rigid expectations for his life; someone to inspire his music. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his life music takes on new life. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents’ control. That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart.

Sent to die in a sanatorium, Ien’s obsession for Kiera grows unbearable. Tortured by thoughts he can’t escape and the truth of his monstrous disfigurement, he flees, desperate to exact revenge on the people that ruined his life – his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may be his sanity.

Set amidst the landscape of New York's Gilded Age, and inspired by Phantom of the Opera, TRANSCEND exposes the fine line between love and madness.

My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : “My thoughts are quiet, but not calm. There is a terror on the edge of the silence, a terror fed by my burning flesh and the stench of death.”

A life changing accident and deformity toss seventeen years old Ien to a sanatorium to die. Abandoned by those he loves, Ien plans for revenge and claim the girl he loves, beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal. Driven by madness and revenge, Ien slowly realise he a cost to pay for vengeance, the price is his own sanity.

Author Christine Fonseca breaks my heart every time as she loves to doom the lovers, and I finished Transcend with tears welling eyes. With page I progressed with the book, I found my heart breaking slowly. Inspired by Phantom of the Opera, Transcend is her best creation and Christine is my inspiration.
I am a big fan of tortured heroes, and Erik from Phantom of The Opera is one of my favourite. I have read the original masterpiece back in school and it deeply moved me to such an extent that I started fancy the most broken heroes of history, and now I can claim the Ien has taken a place in my list.

“I'm more than the flesh and bone that defines me. More than the pain that consumes me and the madness radiating through me. I am a man. And I am still alive."

Disfigurement dragged him to insanity, insanity forced him to get his revenge and his vengeful attitude has hurt those he loves most. I’m completely empathetic and touched by him. His love for Kiera was an obsession on the edge of madness where nothing could have brought him back.
For the other characters, Kiera and James have not affected me much, but there is one girl I spilled my tears for, Jenna. Daughter of servant, and Ien’s best friend she was never afraid of his charred face, each and every time she took care of him, supported him with mentally. She never questioned his dark moods and took every blow of his insanity over her. The way she loved Ien, no one could have done it ever.

Christine wrote a hauntingly beautiful tragic, a story that defines the difference between love and obsession, friends and foe. Every word, every line was torturously gorgeous and heart broken.
I have fallen in love with the book, and everything about the book. A masterpiece inspired by legendary Phantom of The Opera, yet very original of its own.

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