Saturday, 18 April 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway : All The Rage by Courtney Summers

ABOUT THE BOOK : The sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything-friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy's only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn't speak up. Nobody believed her the first time-and they certainly won't now-but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program. She is also the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, and Please Remain Calm.

BOOK LINKS: Amazon : B&N : Books-A-Million : IndieBound : Indigo : iTunes : Google Play :

AUTHOR LINKS: Website : Tumblr : Facebook : Twitter : Instagram

On the occasions of the blog tour, I am presenting an exclusive designed image featuring one of the lines from ALL THE RAGE.

Drum Roll Please......

Isn't that gorgeous?

Giveaway : Thanks to the folks at St. Martins Press for offering one copy of Shadow Scale to give awayr.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Book Summary : Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, √Čtienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Oh, wow.

In the spirit of the rest of the series, Isla and the happily ever after had manage to deliver a quick, fun and fluffy contemporary lite. This book promises to be the kind of romance that seizes you by the senses and takes you for a colorful grandeur down the street of Manhattan, Paris and Barcelona, with a set of contrast characters that are likable.

I really enjoyed reading Isla and the Happily Ever After, even though at times the romance felt too rushed and hormones took over the plot. Nonetheless, Stephanie Perkins did a great job writing a contemporary young adult romance that explores shades of a relationship in terms of depth.

Isla, who is sort of hopelessly romantic girl, had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh. And what are odds when the guy you have a crush on also have a crush on you? After confronting their feelings, Isla and Josh's budding romance took a slightly rocky turn, and like every other couple they faced ups and downs in this blossoming love affair. Isla wan't as ebullient as Anna or Lola, but she had her own genuine appeal. And Josh, though he lacked the charm of Etiénne or Cricket, he still managed to make his way in my heart.

I can’t deny that there is something adorable about this story, something playful and whimsical and sensual in its story-line. The part where Josh painted on Isla, transforming her into a beautiful portrait with the strokes of his brush, was probably one of my favorite scenes.

“Oh.” My shoulders sag. “You want to draw.”
“Yes. You”
That perks me up. I try to hand me a sketchbook, but he refuses it.
“No,” he says. “I want to draw on you.”

“I open my eyes before a full-length mirror. I’m covered in garden rose, spinning compasses, falling leaves, desert islands, Joshua trees, and intricate geometric patterns. It’s beautiful. I’m beautiful.”

Perkins knows how to capture captivating moments like this, weave them in words and with a magician’s skill, she makes the scenes come alive with perfect execution and intensity, leaving us with a sore heart. It is the best kind of feeling, the thrill of story we feel to the bones.

As final verdict, Isla and Happily Ever After lived up to my expectation, offered me a sort of satisfaction I have been craving for a long time.

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Blog Tour : Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Book Summary : The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together
they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

SHADOW SCALE is supported by a national marketing and publicity campaign that includes a national author tour, a dedicated series website, and outreach to media outlets. For more information, visit

About The Author : As a child, RACHEL HARTMAN played cello, lip-synched Mozart operas with her sisters, and fostered the deep love of music that inspired much of her award-winning debut novel, Seraphina. Born in Kentucky, Rachel has lived in Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, England, and Japan. She now lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. To learn more, please visit and follow her on Twitter @_rachelhartman.


Thanks to the folks at Random House, for offering one copy of Shadow Scale to give awayr.

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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Cover Reveal and The First Two Chapters Launch for Of Smoke and Stardust (on Wattpad)

This is the big day for me and cp-turned-co-author Ellie Moreton.

Most of you guys don't know that I write too. Well, I'm an attempted writer, and this is my first step in my quest towards the goal. And nothing could have more wonderful than sharing my writing journey with you guys. Of Smoke and Stardust is a space fiction that pitched as 'Gladiator met Battlestar Galactica'.

Well, lo and behold, for we're going going to be posting it up on Wattpad from 3rd February.



Book Summary : While investigating missing teens across the galaxy, Lieutenant Alya Nayer and her Galaxy Hawks crew get word of an illegal fighting arena. They head out to investigate, but what they find is far worse than prohibited boxing matches.

Parker has spent the last two years in a prison that forces the inmates to fight against each other--not for freedom, but for the entertainment of the rich. When the Hawks show up asking questions, he sees an opportunity to escape and to find his missing brother.

When Alya and Parker have to team up, and work together, personalities clash, and sparks arise.


Doesn't it sound exciting?

To increase your heartbeat even more, we are revealing the cover, designed by the fabulous Ellie.

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Isn't it gorgeous?
Click on the image to go to the Wattpad page, add it to your read list and read the First Two chapters.

Keep an eye on out Wattpad page, for we'll be posting one chapter, bi-weekly, on every Wednesdays.

We are exited to share the story with you, and truly hope you enjoy reading the story as much as we enjoyed writing it.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Interview with Romina Russell, the author of Zodiac + Win a copy of Zodiac

Soumi :- Welcome to my blog, Romina. It’s an honour to have you.

Romina :- It’s an honor to be here! Thank you for inviting me over.

Soumi :- Would you like to tell us about your inspiration behind Zodiac?

Romina :- It was super fun to build out a universe according to our astrological signs. As a series, ZODIAC is inspired by a number of themes that have always fascinated me—discovering new worlds in the unknown reaches of Space; a young girl facing her fears as she comes of age; separate societies struggling to set aside their differences to unite; a new leader testing her limits as she rises to power; complicated romances that can become exquisitely painful; and the notion of Time, and the various roles the past, present, and future play in our human lives.

Soumi :- I have to say the Zodiac Universe is one of the brilliant world buildings I have ever read. How did the idea of creating a planetary system based on astrology cross your mind?

Romina :- Thank you so much! I knew I wanted to create a complex Sci Fi universe, but the Sci part intimidated me, and I wsn’t sure where to begin. It was my friend and editor, Liz Tingue, who suggested I use astrology as a way to marry Sci Fi to Fantasy, enabling me to use my imagination whenever my Sci knowledge failed me—which sounded brilliant to me!

Soumi :- The main character, Rho, is a Cancrian. How did you know Cancer would be the perfect house for her? How difficult was it for you to build her character?

Romina :- I wanted a main character whose strength wasn’t in her hands, but in her heart—she wouldn’t stab someone with a sword, but she would slay them with her words. Rho’s best weapon, throughout the entire book, is her voice. She uses Truth to fight, and it’s that honesty, that courage to point out what isn’t working in her world, that makes her a leader. It’s been surprisingly effortless to write her, and I think that’s because from the outset, I knew I didn’t want Rho to be like me (a closed-off, OCD, perfectionist Virgo), and I felt that House Cancer suited her selfless and nurturing nature best. That’s why it was so easy to give her a few of my own traits (curly hair, green eyes, drummer)…we’re too different for me to ever confuse her with myself!

Soumi :- Zodiac is you debut novel, and it has received huge response from the readers. How are you feeling about it?

Romina :- Thank you! I used to think the most memorable moment of getting published would be holding the physical book in my hands—but I honestly can’t remember how that felt. What I do remember is every message I’ve received from a reader wanting to know what the Helios happens after the last page of ZODIAC! The thrill of interacting with readers is my favorite new feeling, and all the theorizing I’ve been hearing is making me so excited to share the next instalment in Rho’s adventure.

Soumi :- Would like to share the experience about your publishing journey.

Romina :- I’ve known I wanted to be a writer since I was nine, but I didn’t finish my first novel until I was twenty. It took another ten years, five manuscripts, and dozens upon dozens of rejections to get to ZODIAC. The thing that made the biggest difference in my life, and in my writing, was starting a critique group six years ago and sharing my work with other aspiring authors.

Soumi : - As we know, Zodiac is a series. Would you like to share a few words about the next instalment? I’m sure readers are dying to know.

Romina :- Yes! I’m actually working on my editor’s line edits now—I can’t believe how quickly book two went! It was such a delight to write that I absolutely, positively, CANNOT WAIT to share it! One thing I’ll reveal is that the sequel picks up a few weeks after book one ends, and we meet our fallen star, Rho, on the pink sands of planet Tierre of House Capricorn…

Soumi :- Any message or advice for your fans?

Romina :- Thank you, I love you, and trust yourselves. For questions/advice, you can Tweet me at @rominarussell!

About The Author :- Romina Russell is a Los Angeles based YA author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not working on a YA novel, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core.

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