Monday, 30 July 2012

Exclusive Interview with Marta Acosta, author of Dark Companion + Giveaway of Dark Companion (int)

Me : When you started writing Dark Companion, what was the first thing came to you mind?

Marta : Hi, Soumi, and thanks for inviting me here to Pages From My Thoughts!

I wanted to write an homage to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and other Gothics because I’ve always loved Gothic novels. They’ve got suspense and tension, dark secrets, romance, and frequently feature a poor, isolated young woman who is being tricked and manipulated by others.

Me : Dark Companion is a Gothic Romance, what was the inspiration behind the book?

Marta : Well, I call it a Gothic, not a Gothic Romance, because the romance in the story is not the primary focus. The primarily focus is Jane’s introduction to Birch Grove Academy, discovering the secrets of the school, and also discovering things about herself.

Jane is very smart, but she has no experience with people outside her poor, violent environment, and she has no experience with affection. She’s starved for love because she’s grown up without even a mother. She falls for the beautiful guy because he represents everything she wants to possess: a family, security, status, safety.

Me: Would like to share a few words about Jane Williams, the female protagonist of Dark Companion?

Marta : Jane’s a broken girl who survives by her wits. She’s figured out that if she hides her rage, smiles, and gets good grades, she’ll be rewarded. So her speech and behavior are calculated to get her what other girls take for granted. She started studying as a way to get ahead, but she’s fallen in love with science and math – they help her understand and appreciate the world. I really wanted to feature girls who were bright, interesting, and had more on their minds than clothes and boys.

Under Jane’s protective exterior, she has a good soul, and is loyal to her friends. One of her new friends, Mary Violet, is sort of an anti-mean girl. She’s warm, funny, and bright and she immediately accepts Jane and begins to introduce Jane to her world, including her supportive family.

Gothics frequently feature “twinning” – mirror reflections – and Mary Violet’s loving, emotionally healthy family is the twin to the entitled, manipulative Radcliffe family.

Me : You have introduced two male leads, Lucian and Jack, What makes these two brothers different from each other?

Marta : The brothers are another aspect of “twinning” in the book. Lucky is so beautiful that he’s always been spoiled. Beautiful people do get special treatment and it’s easy for them to think that they’ve earned it. Lucky takes the easy way out because others are eager to do things to please him. He’s aware that most people, and especially girls, never get past the way he looks to the person he is.

Girls say, “Oh, no, I would be smarter than that!” but it’s simply not true. Giving special attention to beautiful people has nothing to do with intelligence and everything to do with emotion. It’s not just girls who fall for gorgeous men. Brilliant men marry beautiful idiots every day, when everyone else can see that the relationship is doomed from the start.

Jack is the odd one in the family. He doesn’t look like them, and I think his awareness of being different shapes his behavior. Since he was the first son to parents who desperately wanted children, they let him be his own wacky self. Even though his parents are morally compromised people, they love Jack and he’s devoted to them.

Me : What are your most favorite gothic classics, you would love to recommend?
Marta : Jane Eyre of course! Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is a wonderfully twisted, dark, romantic story. One of my favorite creepy stories is a movie called The Uninvited, about a brother and a sister who buy a beautiful seaside house that may be haunted. I have to close my eyes now and then because I’m easily scared.

Me : What is you most favorite scene from Dark Companion?

Marta : That’s easy. I love the scene when Jack takes Jane home from the party and they’re standing together in the birch grove with the fog swirling around them. I wanted the scene to echo the yearning mood of certain scenes in Jane Eyre when she’s alone with Mr. Rochester, yet thinks he’s in love with Blanche Ingram.

Me : Is there any new project you are currently working on? Would you like to tell us a little bit about it?

Marta : I’m working on the first of a series of gothic mysteries featuring Mary Violet. Mary Violet is invited to stay with Birch Grove Academy’s most famous alumna, an ancient poetess who lives in a secluded house. There are ghostly incidents, dark secrets, romance, and humor. And there is lots of poetry! I’m tentatively calling it Mary Violet and the Case of the Silent Songbird.

Also, I just made audiobooks of my Casa Dracula series, which are romantic comedies. It’s been great fun working with a talented narrator to make my characters come to life.

Soumi, thanks for having me here to share my thoughts about my new book! Readers can find out more about my books by visiting my website, and I’m also on Twitter. I love hearing from reader!

I would like to thank author Marta Acosta, for such lovely interview, and I'm honored to have her on my blog.
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Saturday, 28 July 2012

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Summary : The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace freed from captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing, so is the boy she hates: her brother Sebastian, who is determined to bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

The Clave's magic cannot locate either boy, but Jace can't stay away from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith's magic has wrought - Jace and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other.

Only a few people believe that Jace can still be saved. Together, Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle bargain with the sinister Seelie Queen, contemplate deals with demons, and turn at last to the merciless, weapon-making Iron Sisters, who might be able to forge a weapon that can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. If the Iron Sisters can't help, their only hope is to challenge Heaven and Hell - a risk that could claim their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing not just her own life, but Jace's soul. She's willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

My Rating : 5 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : By The Angel!

Do I actually need to review? Holy Hell! What am I gonna write?

“Kill me, little sister. Kill me and you kill Jace, too.”

Let’s start with the story, as it picks up, where City of fallen Angels left off, the resurrection of Sebastian. As he binds him to Jace, the two became irrecoverably inseparable, what one feels, the other feels the same, the pain, the joy everything. Jace the one Clary loves, and Sebastian the o ne she hates most, and now they are one. The clave wants to summon either of them, but killing Sebastian means, Jace will die, and Clary can’t let that happen. When Jace showed up, she follows him, determined to free him from Sebastian’s captivity.

As the story progress, Clary discovers Sebastian’s true motive behind his suddenly changed and extremely generous behavior, and his plan to bring down entire Clave along with each and every shadowhunter.

“I need Jace,” said Sebastian. “But in his heart, he’s not like me. But you are.”

Previously I hated Sebastian, but In CoLS, I actually felt kind of sorry for him, he the mere victim of abuse and ruthless torture by the name of training. His entire psychopathic personally was build up on the way he was treated by his father Valentine, unloved and to be ruthless. I say Sebastian is the heart of CoLS. Without him, the whole story would have fallen flat, and Miss Clare did a brilliant job by bringing him back with more vengeance.

“I never cared,” he said. “I wanted you anyway. I always wanted you.”

Romantic elements were higher than any other books TMI series, also heart break, despair and desire. The book was both my solace and torment, as darkness and light were aligned together, casting the perfect shade. The story gradually gotten faster, page by page and at the ending the action was mesmerizing, as if I was visualizing the whole scene, breathlessly.

It will be very wrong to say CoLS is only focused on Jace, Clary and Sebastian, each and every character played very crucial part, especially Simon. Oh Gosh, I love this guy, he has grown into such understanding and responsible guy, his transformation is notable throughout the entire series. Also the on and off romance between Simon and Izzy took a whole new turn, I really appreciate how Cassandra Clare focused on Isabelle and Simon's relationship as well. As I mentioned earlier that the book has a lot more heart breaking, I referred to Alec and Magnus, such a lovely couple who let their relationship at a stake, which is entirely unacceptable.

The book has many labyrinthine mysteries, and suspense, that is killing the readers to get the next book, which won’t be coming out until 2014? However I can’t help but bring out the most conflicting topic of debate Brother Zachariah whether Brother Zachariah is Will or Jem.. I bet, if a chance is given to the fans of TMI series, they will fight over this topic for the entire day, without being tired. Here is my little opinion that’s completely personal.

His physical appearance is similar to Will with long and slender fingers and dark hair. He was also a shadowhunter before be came one of the silent brothers.
I have a strong feelings of Brother Zachariah being Jem. I think Will married to Tessa and from there all Herondale decedents come from, later Will died in some fight like shadowhunters do. But I think when Jem was dying silent brothers saved him by turning him into one of them cause he is the youngest one among them he can speak using mouth. His silvery hair may be turned back into black after being saved and stopped using demon powder.

Brother Zachariah has no children But Jem has decedents cause we will be seeing Emma Carstairs in The Dark Artifacts or may be Emma came from other Carstairs line, not Jem. Any that's not Will for sure cause Jace is Will's decendent, not any other Herondale's.

“I know about parabatai,” said Magnus, an angry, dark undercurrent to his voice. “I’ve known parabatai so close they were almost the same person; do you know what happens, when one of them dies, to the one that’s left —?”

Magnus also mentioned he knows what happened when one of the parabati dies. That means in Clockwork Princess one of the boys probably gonna die.

Being a Silent Brother is life, Clary Fray. But if you mean I remember my life before the Brotherhood, I do.
Clary took a deep breath. “Were you ever in love? Before the Brotherhood? Was there ever anyone you would have died for?”
There was a long silence. Then:
Two people, said Brother Zachariah. There are memories that time does not erase, Clarissa. Ask your friend Magnus Bane, if you do not
believe me. Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable.

Jem can die for both Tessa and Will, and Will can for Tessa and Jem. So Brother Zachariah is sure one of the boys from ID and who ever it is has no chance on being with Tessa cause silent brothers can not be romantically engaged.

All of the above are just assumptions, Best way to find out by throwing Brother Zachariah in pond full of ducks, if he runs sure he is Will, if he doesn't he is Jem.The Herondales have a bad thing for Ducks

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"A legacy of Imagination", Guest Post by Kristin Bailey, author of Legacy of the Clockwork Key

A couple of years ago I was reading a blog that did a series of posts all about the Steampunk movement. I found the posts fascinating. I have always enjoyed classic science fiction and Victorian literature, and Steampunk embraces both.

I didn’t set out to write a Steampunk novel, but I couldn’t get a single photograph out of my head from that blog. It was of a raven with gears embedded in its chest and wheels for feet. It was a real object, which meant that someone took the time and effort to create it. I found that fascinating. I began to wonder who would invent such a thing, and why would they do it? What drives people to invent?

In that moment, The Secret Order of Modern Amusementists was born. I loved the idea of an underground society of slightly crazy inventors trying to out-do one another by creating the truly extraordinary. More than anything, I wanted to celebrate invention. I also realized that my favorite stories from my youth all contained a main theme of a hero or heroine slowly being drawn into a secret world that is as magical as it is dangerous. That was the story I wanted to write.

So I put the two together, a lust for fantastic invention and a secret hidden world, and I gave myself one constraint. I wanted to believe the Amusementists were real. I want to believe that the things they have invented through the centuries are still out there, existing in our world, we just don’t know where they are hidden. Every element of the book had to be built on a foundation of believability within our reality.

I wanted the magic of the book to be the magic of human ingenuity.

And I also wanted things to blow up in a spectacular fashion.

Once I had my wild idea I needed to find the very best characters to bring my story to life. The hero of the story, William came to me first. I loved the idea of “tinkering” as part of the theme of the entire book, and I wanted to create a character who was intuitively good at figuring out how things were put together. So I started doing research on Tinkers, and that research really opened my eyes. “Tinker” was a derogatory name for travelers, who were nomadic people similar to gypies. Suddenly my hero became a lot more interesting. I decided to make him a Highland Traveler, who suffered a terrible tragedy as a child. He was taken in and put to work as a stable hand. I love Will. He completely won my heart. He is so determined to make something of himself, and while he may fall on the side of brooding on occasion, he has such a strong and loyal heart.

My heroine, Meg, was much harder to pin down. I struggled so hard with the beginning of the book. I very nearly gave up on it, because I was getting the message loud and clear from my agent, it wasn’t going to work. Frustrated, I started pacing on the little walkway in front of my butterfly garden. That’s when I first heard Meg’s voice. It was like being in a dark room, listening to a girl telling me her thoughts, her story, in hushed secret whispers, as if I were her closest confidant.

Suddenly the whole book unfolded and I knew exactly what it had to be and how I had to write it. I still hear Meg in my head as I’m writing. She is bold, courageous and witty. No matter what I throw at her, or how badly I challenge her, she faces it with intelligence and daring. She has her own failings. Being impulsive and rushing to act before thinking things all the way through are certainly her faults, but in the end she became the perfect person to lead this amazing adventure.

I hope people enjoy following along with Meg as she reveals the mysteries of The Secret Order and discovers The Legacy of the Clockwork Key.

Author Bio : Kristin Bailey grew up in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley in California. As a kid she enjoyed visiting the beach, camping and skiing with her two brothers.

Now she is a military wife and mother of two young children. She is also terrible about spoiling her pets. She has one fluffy mutt, two cats who think they own the world, and a fish tank with a quartet of fat fish, and two secretive striped ninja-assassin snails.

In the course of her adventures, she has worked as a zookeeper, balloon artist, and substitute teacher. Now she enjoys writing books for teens who enjoy mystery and adventure as much as she does.

Her debut novel Legacy of the Clockwork Key, first book of the series The Secret Order is coming out on March, 2013 by Simon Pulse.
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Friday, 27 July 2012

What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen

Goodreads Summery : “Don’t even think of leaving… I will find you,” he whispered. “Guaranteed.”

Sara and her mom have a plan to finally escape Sara’s abusive father. But when her mom doesn’t show up as expected, Sara’s terrified. Her father says that she’s on a business trip, but Sara knows he’s lying. Her mom is missing—and her dad had something to do with it.

With each day that passes, Sara’s more on edge. Her friends know that something’s wrong, but she won’t endanger anyone else with her secret. And with her dad growing increasingly violent, Sara must figure out what happened to her mom before it’s too late…for them both.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : What She Left Behind is one of the most terrific realistic fictions that blew me up. The book is a mirror to reality that reflects the daily drama of domestic violence. Sara and her mom, wants to escape from Sara’s abusive father, so they made a plan of running away. When her mom didn’t show up according to the plan as expected, Sara was terrified. Her father told her, her mom left town for some business purpose Sara knew her father has something to do with her mother’s disappearance. Sara was scared with the growing madness and violence in her father but she must find out what happened to her mother before it’s too late for both of them.

The story has a dark sense and the author was successful in creating that fear in readers’ mind. What She Left behind follows Sara’s fear, and her battle against her own fear. I felt completely sympathized with Sara, and the situations she dealt with, mental illness of her father, death of her brother and disappearance of her mother. What She Left Behind is entirely focused on parental abuse but I like how the author brought out such sensitive topic without any violence and I appreciate that. Still recovering from the shock of her brother Matt’s death, Sara The book caught Sara on edge of terror, as well as the readers. She and her mother was forced to pretend as if Matt is alive, they lived their live in fear. Sara’s father was not always like this vile, but with growing mental illness, he became controlling and over possessive that turns him into someone one eighty degree opposite to the person he used to be.
The book also feature the love interest Alex, who was like an air to breathe in, Sara got help from both Alex and Zach, her best friend, and also unexpectedly there is no love triangle or insta-love, thank god! Sara was a brave girl indeed, torn between love for her father and rest of the family, she ultimately chose the right, and the climax show’s her strength of overcoming her fear and move on.When her plan of escaping fall apart, she initially freaked out inside but in the end she remained clam and intact.

When I started the book, I couldn’t put it down; I was completely engrossed by the story facing brutal side of reality. I rarely read realistic fiction with issues, but I guaranty What She Left Behind is of the best of its kind.

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Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Exclusive Interview with Rinsai Rossetti, author of The Girl With Borrowed Wings

Me : What inspired you in writing The Girl with Borrowed Wings?

Rinsai : Lots of things! Each little piece of the story was inspired by something different. Once when I was walking in the mountains of Oman, a huge black cat jumped out of nowhere and ran up a palm tree. It was so beautiful that my friend and I just looked at each other and said, “Wow” Once when I was in Spain, I got lost inside a forest and somehow found my way out to a vast empty landscape of hills, and I felt like I’d stumbled into a different country. And many times in the UAE, I’d get restless at night, looking out my window at the hot, dusty sky. The book is all of those moments coming together.

Me : Would like to tell us a little bit about the story?

Rinsai : It’s about a trapped girl who meets a boy with wings. Secretly, at night, he helps to fly her away from the oasis she lives in, but she always has to return to her ordinary life in the morning. For the rest, people will have to read it!

Me : You have travelled many countries around the world, what is your favorite memory among them? How did it influence your writing?

Rinsai : Well, it’s hard to pick a favorite memory, because my whole life is traveling. But since Frenenqer travels a lot in this book, my own journeys did come in very useful as reference. A lot of the places Sangris (the boy with wings) flies her to are specific places I’ve actually been. For example, the suflower field in Spain. I have walked through there. The same goes for the wadi in the mountains, the night bazaar in Thailand, the gold-brown river in the rainforest... I challenge readers out there to go find these places for themselves, like a treasure hunt!

Me : Would you like to tell us about your journey as an author?

Rinsai : I still have a journal I kept when I was six, in which I listed the titles of all the books I was going to write when I was ‘grown-up’. But I never did wait to grow up first. In kindergarten, before I knew how to spell, I used to make picture books and smuggle those onto the shelves of the school library. (I thought that was how you got published.) I wrote my first book when I was eight—sixty pages long, but only because my handwriting was so messy. Then I typed up my first novel when I was twelve, and just kept going, at least a book a year. Finally The Girl With Borrowed Wings burst out of my head into my laptop when I was eighteen. But that was by no means the end of the road. I hope I’ll go on failing and trying and improving for many years to come!
My parents never pushed me to become a writer (as a matter of fact, they worried I would starve on the streets) so I’m not sure why it felt vital for me even at such a young age. I just knew I was born for it.

Me : The Girl with Borrowed Wings is a story of Frenenqer Paje, what was in your mind, when you created her character?

Rinsai : I never sat down and created her. I started the book with no idea of who she was. In a way, I just heard a voice in my head and wrote down what it said, and watched the result. That was something I learnt with this book: how to listen. Before, I think I was trying too hard to turn my stories and characters into what I wanted them to be. With The Girl With Borrowed Wings, I remember that at first I thought of Frenenqer as someone very flowery and theatrical, but then her voice sounded so flat and restrained on the page, I just let go of my first assumption and allowed her to show me. It sounds like I’m trying to be mysterious, but really, the story led me, not the other way around.

Me : Is there any project you are currently working on? Would like to share few words about it?

Rinsai : Yep! At the moment I’m working on a story about a girl whose little brother is born with an unusual defect: he has no heart. She pledges to take care of him, but imagine what that must feel like, devoting your life to someone who’ll never care about you back. It’s still changing a lot, but that’s the basic idea.

Me : Would you like to give any message to the readers?

Rinsai : If you read my book, I thank you for giving it a chance. Sharing a part of my world with strangers is a beautiful dream for me—it’s really the deepest reason why I love writing. I hope that I can make you feel something. That’s all I want.

A big thanks to author Rinsai Rossetti for such lovely interview on my blog.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

From Goodreads : The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : “Even the greatest feats of man lose their luster when one's head is filled with storm clouds.”

I was always in love with steampunk novel, the corsets, the parasols, the automations; everything is so luxurious and mysterious in equal measure. And undead corpses in steampunk novel earned extra credits. The story begins at 1876 Philadelphia, where a necromancer is raising the deads from grave and killing members of the most respectful families. Elenor Fitt has plenty to worry about her brother, who has been held captive by the same necromancer, and her family is going through economical crisis. He mother wants to marry her off to any rich gentleman and all she wants to find out the truth of her missing brother. As the spirit hunters came to protect the town from the undead problems and Elenor has no choice but including their help.

The story was unique and amazing, gripping right from the start. The book was very creative work of author Susan Dennard. She didn’t go for details describing the whole 1876’s steampunk Philadelphia, she mainly inclined to the storyline which made the book fast paced and much more exciting. I also adore her writing style which doesn’t contain tough vocabularies as other steampunk novels yet very sophisticated writing, making the book easy and stylish read for anyone.

The heroine Elenor is just sixteen years old teenage girl struggling with problems of her own. She is mature than her age, naïve yet very deterministic girl. Her curiosities in order to find her brother lead her to make choices and overstep the social boundaries but she never gave up, even when she was aware of the consequences coming with it. She is the one who actually cares for her family’s welfare unlike her mother who is completely sallow and snob Victorian women knew nothing but how to maintain reputation.

There is Daniel, absolutely arrogant and alluring, I love every particular moment he appeared into the story. His presence is dark with his own secrets of past and light with his cocky attitude. Not only has an excellent fighter, Daniel invented scientific gadgets that help them fighting the undeads. He feels for Elenor, often calls her Empress, he is not afraid to fight with zombie, he is afraid of showing his feelings for Elenor. They conflict and pain in love touched me very deeply and the ending literally broke my heart.
The book has many fascinating character, like Jei, the Chinese spirit hunter girl in disguise of a boy, and later proven to be very loyal friend of Elenor, Clarence, a mysterious and charming guilt ridden young gentleman, who like Elenor and cares for her.

The book is not actually some gruesome zombie novel like we have seen in recent years, full of violence and blood. It’s rather different one where the story circled around undead but not entirely focusing on them. It has black magic, and necromancy, romance with lot of emotions and actions. Something Strange and Deadly is a fine and elegant debut of author Susan Dennard, and successful of capturing many reader’s

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Monday, 16 July 2012

Immortal City by Scott Speer

Goodreads Summery : Jackson Godspeed is the hottest young Angel in a city filled with them. He's days away from becoming a full Guardian, and people around the world are already competing for the chance to be watched over by him. Everyone's obsessed with the Angels and the lucky people they protect - everyone except for Madison Montgomery.

Maddy's the one girl in Angel City who doesn't breathlessly follow the Angels on TV and gossip blogs. When she meets Jackson, she doesn't recognize him. But Jackson is instantly captivated by her, and against all odds the two fall in love.

Maddy is swiftly caught up in Jackson's scene, a world of glamour, paparazzi - and murder. A serial killer is on the loose, leaving dead Angels' wings for the police to find on the Walk of Fame. Even the Guardians are powerless to protect themselves in the face of this threat … and this time it's up to Maddy to save Jackson.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : There always have been a debate in support or against the statement that a celebrity can write or not, and most answers were used to be no, as we have previously witnessed some horrible piece came of out of celebrities’ unthinkable thoughts which doesn’t even falls in the category of literature. This time a celebrity came in field of young adult literature and conquers all conventional conception of that has been running around. Yes, I’m talking about Scott Speer and his YA incredible debut Immortal City. He adopted the conventional concept of guardian angels and delivers it with own idea of celebrity glamour. He took the practical idea how we common peoples are drooling over celebrities and he simply applied this in his novel.

A Look on Angel City

Guardian angels are ultimate celebrities; they are ambassadors of commercials and brands, faces on magazines and news. They are extremely costly, hiring them is definitely not possible for a common people, and only wealthy families of Angel City can appoint them as their guardian angel. Jackson is hottest of all angels, a rising superstar, girls worship him, on the other hand Maddy is probably the only girl who doesn’t love angels blindly, and she is not even bothered about them. Hence, Jackson and Maddy met, romance is fueled and takes off to fly.
When guardian angels are being killed one by one, their wings were found beside their stars on Angel City, but the bodies went missing. The suspicion falls on Jackson, only he is next in line to be murdered.
I found the third person narration of telling the story from more than one point of views, very useful of getting into the novel and also informative where the readers get to other’s minds beside the main characters. The plot has romance, action and suspense to put the readers at stake of excitement.
I love how the author portrays the characters and their development throughout the story, even if the angels seem so real. Maddy and Jackson are two completely different personalities and when their worlds collide that hit up the story. I felt so fond of Maddie, at the beginning she was extremely practical which I liked and judgmental which I didn’t, although as she gets to know Jackson she eventually changes her mind about angels. Maddie was pretty stubborn and down to earth human girl who thinks about other’s welfare, she is just a girl next door with whom you can easily relate yourself to.
Behind his superstar image, Jackson is just a real guy who patiently waits on the window to fly off with his girl or who can takes risk without caring for his life or reputation for the girl he loves. Isn’t that lovely born romantic thing?

Not a Fallen or Hush Hush

As the book progressed, suspense grows and soon we discover Maddy’s past that has a great impact on present. When the readers are close to discovering the man behind the murders, every time they though they are about to caught him, just at that moment he slipped away. The author knows how to drop bombs and when to pull the string and these small things made the book more exciting.
I literally hold my breath for last few pages and exhales when I finished the book. Immortal City is very entertaining and adventurous, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I'm very choosy about angel books and I'm not a fan of either Hush Hush or Fallen series, but I loved Immortal City and I suggest the book to those who love good angel books, even those who doesn't.

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Sunday, 15 July 2012

The Girl With Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti

Goodreads Summery : A stunningly written tale of an isolated girl and the shape-shifting boy who shows her what freedom could be--if only she has the courage to take it.

Controlled by her father and bound by desert, Frenenqer Paje’s life is tediously the same, until a small act of rebellion explodes her world and she meets a boy, but not just a boy--a Free person, a winged person, a shape-shifter. He has everything Frenenqer doesn’t. No family, no attachments, no rules. At night, he flies them to the far-flung places of their childhoods to retrace their pasts. But when the delicate balance of their friendship threatens to rupture into something more, Frenenqer must confront her isolation, her father, and her very sense of identity, breaking all the rules of her life to become free.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : "I am unlike most other people because I began, not in the body of my mother, but in the brain of my father. He invented me, you see. He sat down one day and dreamed me up. I started out as no more than a figment of his imagination”

The Girl with Borrowed Wings is completely different from any other books I have recently read. I found the book thoughtful work of young adult literature where we see a soul is caged on her own body, controlled by her father. The Girl with Borrowed Wings is story of Frenenquer Paje, a sixteen years old girl who wants to fly away with her imaginary wings and be free of her father’s strict control. Her father wants her to be the daughter he always dreamed off, a daughter who will follow his footstep and be the most obedient one. As an act of rebellion, she brought a sick cat home and the cat turned out to be a shape shifter boy with wings and who can really fly. The closer they got, the more Frenenquer got taste of a life without fear, a life out of her father’s control and soon she started questioning herself about the life she lived, about her feelings and newly grown friendship.

The Girl with Borrowed Wings is the story how Frenenquer found her wings and learn to fly, how she learn to fight back against everything that has hold her back. She learned to confront her isolation, showing her emotions. Her whole life has been something only planned by her father and I liked her transformation from a puppet to a girl. I adore the author’s imagination power, I must say reading the from Frenenquer’s perspective, it feels like all real, not a story I’m reading. We see the joy of first love and fear of accepting her feelings.
Always obedient Frenenquer lived a restricted life, now when she broke free of parental bond she realized what freedom mean and what the person who gave set her free means to her. The romance was not overdone; it was rather smooth and sweet.
It was really a pleasure to witness the girl with imaginary wings finally broke free.I felt Girl with Borrowed Wings is not only a fantasy, it’s actually reality told behind mask of a fantastic fantasy.

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Monday, 9 July 2012

Win a Signed Copy of The Syndicate by Shelena Shorts

As part of The Syndicate blog tour, author Shelena Shorts is giving away a signed copy of her new paranormal romance The Syndicate. The giveaway is international, feel free to enter.

For centuries, the Petrescu family has been protecting society from a danger that moves among the population undetected. Eighteen-year-old Vasi Petrescu has never had a problem carrying out his duty, but, when ordered to eliminate an eighteen-year-old girl, he is immediately taken out of his comfort zone.

The Syndicate has never targeted a female before, yet somehow this one has ended up on more than one hit list. Vasi would like to find out why, but there may not be time.

Now, he'll have to decide whether or not to keep her alive even if it means going against his own family.

The action, mystery, and conspiracy in The Syndicate will take readers on an immersing journey in which decisions are not only life changing, but irreversible.

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The Syndicate by Shelena Shorts

Goodreads Summery : For centuries, the Petrescu family has been protecting society from a danger that moves among the population undetected. Eighteen-year-old Vasi Petrescu has never had a problem carrying out his duty, but, when ordered to eliminate an eighteen-year-old girl, he is immediately taken out of his comfort zone.

The Syndicate has never targeted a female before, yet somehow this one has ended up on more than one hit list. Vasi would like to find out why, but there may not be time.

Now, he'll have to decide whether or not to keep her alive even if it means going against his own family.

The action, mystery, and conspiracy in The Syndicate will take readers on an immersing journey in which decisions are not only life changing, but irreversible.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : My first book of Shelena Shorts and I was like OMFG. When I first received the book I cannot help myself from gawking at the cover with a hawk eye like waiting for moment when Vasi will come out of the cover and I will throw myself in his arm. Sound romantic, yes! trust me you may feel the same and you feeling may enhance once you read the book.

The Syndicate is not you so called paranormal romance. Of course romance is the main ingredient but there is suspense and action too. Love, betrayal, treachery and conspiracy, The Syndicate is has all in equal measure.
Syndicate is a secret organization that hunts down monsters like hybrids that nearly resembles to werewolves and saves mankind. Vasi has inherited his family job and tradition of serving the syndicate and he is extremely loyal to his duty, until Syndicate targeted a girl. A girl can never be a hybrid and Syndicate has never targeted a girl before, there must have been some mistake and Vasi intends to find what’s wrong. In process the more he gets to know Riley, the girl he has been assigned to kill, the more he falls for her. Digging into secrets of Syndicates true motivation, he finds out some shocking truth that can destroy him.

As for the characters, Vasi is incredible hero with strong personality. As the book progressed, we see a really mature Vasi, brave both physically and mentally. Being center of the novel he overshadowed others, but end of the day he is 17 years old boy flooded with emotion and love. Also he has a great presence of mind, knows how to handle situation and take down dozen of hybrids.
On the other hand Riley is really weak and adhesive, clinging onto Vasi like a scared little girl. Fragile and unpredictable, what I feels that she is not a perfect companion comparing Vasi.
Another person I can’t help but mentioning is Rosie, Vasi’s little sister and his scout, the one assists him to find out the hybrids and kill them. Jolly and full of life, I immediately liked her.

The Syndicate was a enjoying and quick read for me, and by the end I left with wanting more of the story. I liked how author gathered the whole story into a satisfying ending. The Syndicate is a stand alone, as it seems to me but secretly I’m praying this book to be a series, please.

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Saturday, 7 July 2012

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

Goodreads Summery : It's been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA's unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space--and change their lives forever.
Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band's ticket to fame and fortune.
Midori believes it's her way out of her restrained life in Japan.
Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.
It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space... no one is coming to save them.
In this chilling adventure set in the most brutal landscape known to man, highly acclaimed Norwegian novelist Johan Harstad creates a vivid and frightening world of possibilities we can only hope never come true.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : 172 Hours on The Moon is one of the brilliant science fiction I have read in months and how brilliantly the whole theory of moon landing has been executed. Also in the novel we encounter with some grievous mystery that causes goose bumps on spine. I have read many article on moon landing conspiracy theory, missing tapes from Apollo 11 and oxygen tank explosion incident of Apollo 13, and I’m really please the use of facts mixed with author own fantasy in is this enthralling novel.

“It's been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA's unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space--and change their lives forever.”

Sounds promising, isn’t it? The book stated with NASA has decided to send astronauts to moon after decades and this time they have selected three teenagers via lottery to send with few experienced astronauts.
Mia, from Norway, Midori, from Japan and Antoine, from France. This could be a lifetime opportunity for all three of them only if they can make it back alive. Something is wrong in Moon, a deadly secret no one knows exactly, not even NASA and this time their motive is to find out what it is. NASA has brilliantly covered the truth behind last man landing on moon or what they have experienced there but some secrets are meant to be buried, even it costs lives of many.

The book was told from many viewpoints. We get to know the story from perspective of three teen protagonist and many others, also its bit confusing sometimes. But the story built up was beautiful, especially from the moment they landed on moon. The landscape of space and moon was described very well.
The plot is very exceptional and unique. An excellent combination of scientific and supernatural phenomenon. The first half was little slow, all about the lottery and preparation of their voyage to the moon, their reactions and feelings for the whole thing. The story took unexpected turn of events the moment they landed on moon and suspense was started hitting up. The ending was absolutely surprising although mysteries were solved but theories that were applied remained unclear, in my opinion. I loved how much the author worked on details about moon landing, and those who don’t know much about moon landing will have no problem on going through the novel.
172 hours was a breathtaking and chilling read for me, and I enjoyed the book whole heartedly.

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Monday, 2 July 2012

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

Goodreads Summary : Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. There, for the first time, Jane finds herself accepted by a group of friends. She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true.
They are.

The more she learns about Birch Grove’s recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the former scholarship student, whose place Jane took? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much?

As Jane begins to piece together the answers to the puzzle, she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove—and what she would risk to stay there….

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : Do you remember old classics of Charles Dickens or Emily Bronte where a lonely orphan kid was sent to some boarding school where he or she went through endless sufferings and learned about cruel world? Well, Dark Companion might sound like similar, but let me tell you other than an orphan girl part and boarding school in remote town, how different the novel is. Of course the novel is inspired by old classics but it’s dark, gothic and haunting. And our heroine is not some scared little girl, she is actually a brave one who likes to dig in and discover truth.

Orphaned in little age, Jane has grown up into foster care and finally chosen to join prestigious Bitch Grove Academy on basis of her excellent merit. Thing became more exiting for her, when she got her own cottage to stay, a bunch of good friends, also got a chance to be with head mistress’s handsome son Lucian. But fate has something other planned for her and she bumped into Lucian’s elder brother Jack who seems to dislike her as much as she dislikes him. Soon Jane became aware something sinister is going on in bitch grove, and the solitary dark forest has some secrets. What happened to the last scholarship student? Why the wife of her teacher killed herself who was also a scholarship student from the same foster home as Jane’s? Is there some reason Jane was bought to Bitch Grove?

I was pleased with the main character’s growth and how they changes throughout the story revealing new side of them that reader can never guess. I liked how the characters were successful to hide their true motive behind a mask of goodness and some of their intentions were horrific.

Jane is ordinary girl with no memory of her childhood and bad memory of foster care afterwards. When she was accepted for the scholarship and encountered series of mysterious events, sometimes I was really scared for her, but she proved me wrong. Coming through horrible experience of her past foster homes, she knows how to adjust and handle things on her own. One by one she uncover horrific past events related to the last scholarship girl Bebe, and suicide of Mrs. Mason, endangering her present and making herself next victim.
Jane was an absolute brilliant girl but as we know love is blind. When things came to Lucky, she went all head over heels and did stupid things, even deny acknowledge her affection for Jack.

Well I admire Jack more than Lucky. Lucky is handsome, charming and extremely polite that makes him blue eyed to every Butch Grove girl, and Jack was opposite. He is funny, protective and caring…exactly kind of guy I would love to be with, and yes handsome too. Jane was appointed to tutor Lucky that was only an excuse to hang around her some reason that is not related to love, but something dangerous. I loved the way jack talks and call Jane with funny yet adorable names such as Halflings and Pixie.

Dark Companion is a surprising YA gothic novel that eerie feeling and you will shiver with its spookiness. The whole setting was descriptive and dark. The story will slowly swallow you inside it and you find it extremely compelling. Dark Companion is paranormal romance mingled with suspense making a powerful standalone for young adult readers.

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