Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Win a copy of City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

An exotic treat set in an entirely original, fantastical world brimming with deadly mystery, forbidden romance, and heart-stopping adventure.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life.

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Cover Reveal + Giveaway : The Sound Of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

About THE SOUND OF LETTING GO: For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave.

But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How do you know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?

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Saturday, 8 June 2013

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Goodreads Summary : Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : First it was a big, huge, round shaped, rainbow colored bubble, continuously inflating with expectation, and then…it deflated, breathing out the air of high expectation. Honestly, that’s what happened to me.

Of course I liked the book, and it was one of the delightful read of 2013, but reconciling it with its successful ancestor, Pushing The Limits, this one was definitely a successful offspring, but somehow failed to bestow the expectation.

Remember Beth Risk, Noah’s best friend, the girl with huge dislike for rest of the world? Yes, she returns with her fierce attitude in this sequel as protagonist. She moved with uncle in new town, or should I say the old one. She joined her old school again in an attempt to start her screwed up life anew, however everything didn’t go well as she planned. She felt trapped with her uncle’s rules, no drinking, no revealing cloths, no hook-ups, and worst of all, she met Ryan, the golden boy of tow, exactly the kind she hates.

Beth had her own issues to deal with, and so did Ryan. His life was not perfect as it seemed, he was struggling too, struggling to keep up his false façade. When their world collided, their problem merged, they fell for each other. And all these started with a dare.

Well, Ryan was a cool character, really cool, and I liked him in comparison to Beth. For Beth, she was complicated. I know she had family issue to deal with and all, so did Echo in the first book. And Echo’s way was better and clearer, where I doubt Beth herself ever knew what she was going to do next. She was suffering for the conflict within herself, between her decisions and her feelings. However slowly, she won the battle within herself, also she paid a price by losing her best-friend. I liked the way Beth learned to trust people around her as the story progressed, first Ryan, then her uncle. Her character Development was notable.

Echo and Noah were epic, seriously, but Beth and Ryan? I’m uncertain. I mean they could have been great, but somehow it didn’t work for me. Maybe, because I badly wanted to ship Isaiah X Beth, and the way Beth was always talking about Isaiah for the first half of the book, somehow there was slight hope flickering within me very positively. Heavens above, my heart did break for Isaiah. He deserved happiness.

Overall Dare To You was very compelling read, without a doubt. I finished the book overnight. Trust me, if you have read Pushing The Limits, you don’t miss this one. Highly recommended for fans of Simon Elkeles.

And dear god, now I have to wait for Crush Into You. I hope my dearest Isaiah will finial found the one. And if he doesn't, I'm here.

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