Showing posts from April, 2011

(His Dark Material Trilogy #1) Northern Lights by Phillip PullmanWhen

When Lyra is given the strange secret alethiometer, she begins an extraordinary journey that will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clan reign and ice-bears fight. The destiny that waits her will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world...

I wasn't all that interested in this trilogy when it first came out, not even when the movie was made. But the other day when i was thinking of books for the Screen to Page Challenge, this book came to mind. Its also on the BBC's list of must-read books, so i finally decided to check it out for myself. A fun and adventurous  middle grade read.
The story was about a little tomboy named Lyra who was brought up with scholars. She has interesting connections, and once they begin to surface, nobody can hide them from her. Eventually she pieces her past together with information from a variety of sources, all the while on an adventure.
The concepts in the book are fun and original. Especially the demon concept…

Coolest New Designer in Cyber Space- ?

As you would have noticed i got my very own customized blog layout!! *squeeel*  I heart the header and button very much! Feel free to grab it!:D I am still playing around with my its bound to keep changing every few days...But i haven't made this post to ramble about my new template! This post brings to you an exclusive never before interview with the designer of the layout.  *drumroll*       NAJLA QAMBERS....

What do you do?  4 Basic things. I read, I review, I design and Illustrate. Of course there are my other hobby's like drawing, painting and playing the bass. 

 She also runs the blog page Unputdowable Books
Tell us more about your designing work? What does it involve? Well, I try my best to illustrate and realize anything my client wants. From Brochures to Stickers and a lot more in between. I try to be versatile. Some designers are Illustrators, or Type Artists or even 3D Designers. I'm trying to be one of the few that can do all. I've got Illustration …

Jennifer Laurens- YA author is giving away...

Click on the image to enter!

Win an ARC copy of..(read the post for title) *grin*

Click on the image for further details!! Oh, its international!:D

Three Weeks with my Brother by Nicholas and Micah Sparks

I couldn't find a suitable review to provide so your just going to have to catch the story through my review.
I will try not to bore you...
The book is a memoir written by Nicholas Sparks, in which he retrospects his entire life. His older brother Micah Sparks and him decide to go on a world tour together, and the main story line is the narration of his entire trip. Running parallel to his trip, Sparks tells us the story of how his parents got married in college, how he grew up in tough times, his antics as the middle sibling among a sister and brother. He also narrated the grief he went through loosing nearly his entire family and the joys of his wedding, his babies, his writing and more or less his entire life until now. Not exactly now..but you know..until whenever he wrote this book.
It took me really long to finish this book, its one of those books that you read between other fast-paced thriller novel or chic-lits or YA books.
The beginning was slow, at least for me, but thi…

2011 Page to Screen Reading Challenges

Christina over at Reading Extensively is hosting a fun Page to Screen Challenge this year. The aim is to read books that have been made or will be made into movies/T.V series! Fun?!
The prizes : One participant will win their choice of book worth up to $15 from or The Book Depository (for international participants in countries that Book Depository ships to). Participants must reach reading level one (5 books) by December 31, 2011  to be entered in the drawing.Reviews are not required but each review you post will give you an extra entry. So be sure to link your reviews!You can either choose to only read or do both read and watch. I am not sure which one i want to do..I can commit to reading but i am not so sure i will be able to do both read and watch them!
Here are the different levels...
Reading Levels: Level one-Read 5 books that were made into movies/T.V. showsLevel two-Read 10 books that were made into movies/T.V. shows Level three-Read 15 books that were made into movies/…

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

"Star basketball player Chelsea "Nitro" Keyes had the promise of a full ride to college—and everyone's admiration back home. Then she took a horrible fall during senior year. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family. That summer, Chelsea's dad hires Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player and "boot camp" trainer, to work with her at a northern Minnesota lake resort. As they grow close, Chelsea finds that Clint's haunted by his own tragedy. Will their romance end up hurting them all over again—or finally heal their heartbreak?"
We were super-thrilled (as Halinor has already described to you!) when we received the book plus some cool swag from the author herself!!
I would like to first thank Holly Schindler for giving us this opportunity! Thank you so much!!! :)
And now for the review... The book pulls you into the story right from the first page. Holly's writing is beautiful and her descriptions vi…

Book Review Alert!!! - Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

First of all let me just initiate this review, by saying that I'm super excited about the fact that my blogger buddy Kiwi was able to convince Holly Schindler to send us a copy of this book. This is completely un-trodden ground for us, considering how we're just starting out and all, but never the less, the author was compassionate enough to mail us a copy of the book along with a few decadent gifts and believe me, we squealed like little kids oblivious to the probing glares of the people around us.  So this was a small note prior to the review, and it is completely dedicated to thanking Miss Holly profusely for granting a petty desperate wish we've been clinging on to like stubborn children, and really lighting up our summer. Thanks Holly, you made two little, nerdy Indian girls astonishingly happy! Honestly we love you,                Halinor Everdeen Cipriano  
Now what you're all probably waiting for, The review to Holly Schindler's second novel - Playing Hurt, now …

First Stop on the Playing Hurt Tour- Guest post by the author herself

As promised i bring to you a guest post by Holly Schindler...

Chelsea Before Her Injury
Before Chelsea’s injury, her world would have involved the basketball court—and her driveway.  She would have spent hours in that driveway, practicing all her shots.  I can see her racing through her homework in order to get back to her driveway practice sessions. I can see texts going unanswered as Chelsea perfects her layup.  I can see her out in that driveway in the heat of summer, as night descends, even as the rain starts to fall.  Her world, to a great extent, would have been in that rectangle of concrete…until her horrible accident, of course.
But you know, I have a theory about characters who haven’t endured emotional turmoil—I just don’t think you can write a novel about them.  In my debut, A BLUE SO DARK, Aura endures her fair share of tragedy: the loss of her father, her mother’s slow descent into madness…And both protagonists in PLAYING HURT have been dealt their share of tragedy as well: …

OMG! You have to check this out-A Book Cover designing contest by the author of Wild Child for his next YA novel

Mike Wells, the author of Wild Child and a few other books is hosting a cover designing art

 contest! So here is you chance to get creative and possibly'm just kidding..that 

is not a guaranteed thing.

But there is a cash prize for the 1st three places. The first place, aside from winning 200 US 

dollars (imagine how many books you can buy from that?!!) your art work will be used for the 

cover art of Mike Wells upcoming novel- A Gift of Stars.

The contest is open internationally to students..the guidelines and other important details are here
A free downloadable e-book is available on the author's webpage- which i have included in 

my previous post reviewing his other book- Wild Child.

The contest deadline is the 8th of May 2011.
So what are you waiting for? Check out the guidelines and get cracking!

there is no restriction to medium, except you are not allowed to use any photographs, not 

even your own! 
for any queries email Mike Wells @ mikewellsbooksDOTcom

Wild Child by Mike Wells

"Briana Fox is the wildest girl in school.  She and Kyle have been friends for a long time...almost lovers.  When Briana challenges Kyle to a swim across the lake, she's injured in a terrible accident, but also discovers a mysterious substance in an underwater cave.  What seems to be a magical yet harmless "power drug" turns out to have unexpected properties.  Briana soon becomes dependent on it for her very survival.  When two government agents get wind of their discovery, they will stop at nothing  to force Kyle and Briana  to reveal its source."

My blogger bud- Halinor got an email from by Mike Wells-the author of Wild Child and he sent her an e-copy of this book to review!And we *squeeeaaled* over the phone! We are still newbies to the author emailing scene, so any form of correspondence with an author makes us go all crazy and....uh... squeal-y!!
And she sent me an e-copy..and it was..
A really gripping book!
I know the cover isn't very attention grabbing …

Something You Have to read..

Are you an aspiring writer..? Have a truck load or more of ideas?  But just haven't got down to writing?  Or have got down to writing but gotten nowhere due to lack of idea? Then go HERE..i promise you will laugh your knickers off!! And maybe even get a head start on your "novel" or not..hey i didn't make any promises here okay!

My Review For Wild Child by Mike Wells

Sometimes when you begin to read a novel which involves the characters being thrust into impossible, deplorable situations, you just know that somehow certain events will incline themselves in the favor of the story or at the convenience of it winding up to leave no conflict uncalled for...I am happy to say that Wild Child by Mike Wells, is one of the bleak few YA novels that is startlingly realistic, and despite having a significantly fantastical theme, it manages to have the reader nodding his/her approval because he realizes that he couldn’t have handled the situation better himself! So naturally if you’re acknowledging the fact that the best way out of the muddle was what the character did, and was pretty conceivable – the fact that the author was able to incorporate this into a fantasy novel is pretty admirable, at least to me it is because honestly you really don’t see that very often anymore. Most of the time, situations in books are just classified as fate and are filed in tha…

C for Challenge..

I like that! Sounds like a crazy fun Challenge! This one is hosted by Ashely over at Whats your story? This post is to announce that I will be participating in this one! You should too! Click on the image above to sign up!

My Book Boyfriend

A meme hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader where you get to show off your fictional boyfriend. To participate click on the picture above for more details.
This is my first show..haha..!
My book boyfriend this week is Adrian Ivashkov from the Vampire Academy series, he is introduced From the 3rd book onwards- Frotsbite, which funnily is the only book (with an exception of Last sacrifice, which i am currently reading) i haven't read in the series!!

Description:  He has stylishly messy brown hair Emerald Green eyes High Cheek bone  Height- 6'2-'4 (I <3 tall guys!) He is a spirit user ( a technical term from the series) and he has the ability to "walk into dream" (How cool is that!!) 

Here is a picture i found which is soo perfect for him! I hope they cast him in the movie!!

Sadly I have no clue what this guy's name is, so i can't look up more of him! If anybody does know..please tell me..pwetty please...

“I totally ruled my high school. I was worshipped and …