Friday, April 18, 2014

Fan art #6

Hi guys! It's been a long time since I posted some fan art. There was actually supposed to be another post for today, but I'm bored, tired and simply way too sleepy to make something that requires my brain to work, so I've decided to put up a drawing instead. This time, it isn't great at all. I know it. You will see it. It was done way back in 2006 when I was in school! 


So this, my friends, is what I like to call the Harry Potter mix. It has a bit of everything from every cover of the first six books. It isn't so nice, I know. I mean, look at Harry's hand and the wolf. *bursts out laughing* But I must say that I love Dumbledore on this one. 

I hope you like it and have a good or night ahead, depending on where you are. Love! 



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review- Out of the Shallows by Samantha Young

Summary-

LIVE YOUNG. LIVE HARD. LOVE DEEP.
Charley and Jake’s story concludes in Out of the Shallows…

Somehow, after everything they’ve been through, Jake Caplin and Charley Redford made their way back to one another. But finding each other and staying together are two completely different things. 

When Charley’s world is flipped upside down, she begins to question the choices and decisions she’s made since her arrival in Edinburgh, and in an effort to grip onto what she holds most dear she believes she must sacrifice her love for Jake. 

Returning to the States for her senior year, Charley struggles to find peace and happiness. While everyone else seems to be finding themselves in college, Charley is terrified that, along with almost everything else that’s important to her, she’s lost herself. 

While friends and family deal with their own tumultuous lives, there is one person resolved to uncover the reason behind Charley’s sudden defection and unhappiness. Refusing to give up without a fight, Jake believes he is the only one who can truly understand what Charley is going through, and this time he’s determined to prove he’s there for her no matter what obstacles are thrown in their way.

However, as Charley strives to make it through the biggest personal journey of her life thus far, there is no guarantee that the woman she is becoming will still need Jake as much as the girl she once was did...

Review-

I am a huge fan of Samantha Young and I had loved Into the Deep so I was pretty excited for Out of the Shallows. Though I liked Out of the Shallows I must say that I was disappointed with it. It doesn't even compare to the standards at which Samantha Young usually writes. I had quite a few problems with the book so it was an okay read for me.

Firstly, the book starts off a few months after the events of Into the Deep but then it goes back again. There was waaay too much back and forth with the past and present. It was only a few months in between so there were times I got confused at which part I was. The transitions was not smooth and it seemed very much broken.

I had loved Charley in the previous book but in this one I really disliked her. Her reasons for not trusting Jake completely were understandable but there is a limit to everything. She was really self involved in this book somehow. She thought the world revolved around her actions and that irritated me. One more thing, "pact with God"?! No, just no. If you've read the book, you know what I'm talking about.

I liked Jake in this book. He was really in love with Charley and he was willing to work for her trust but she just didn't seem to be giving him a chance. There were some steamy scenes in the book but it lacked the swoon factor. The only part of the book I thoroughly enjoyed was Claudia and Beck's story. I really wish they'd gotten a book all to themselves but I was really into their story. It had much more depth than Jake and Charley's story.

We also get to see all the side characters again. I have to say Lowe remains my favorite. That guy is something else and I really hope we get a book for him someday. Out of the Shallows thoroughly lacked any conflict, which made the book kinda unnecessary. Samantha Young is a fabulous author but this one was a miss for me.




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #83

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
Publication Date: June 3, 2014


Summary-

Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life. 

For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake…

Having rebuilt her life after medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to stifle her abilities, Ivy should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. But Ivy Jane has never done what she should. Now, she'll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield, yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness…

I LOVE Nalini Singh and I cannot wait to get my hands on Vasic's book.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #26

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is:

Top Ten Bookish things (that aren't books) that I would like to own:

Frankly, I wouldn't mind owning anything bookish. I am not ashamed of showing off that I'm a reader or a fan girl of a particular series. My picks are-

1. Jewelry-
I LOVE jewelry so anything bookish would be fabulous to own.


2. Bags/totes-
Hell yeah, I wanna show off that I read!


3. Badges-
I adore book badges. They are so cute!


4. Mugs-
I would love to own mugs with some of my favorite book quotes.


5. T-shirts-
I would love to own this t-shirt


6. Bookmarks-
I already have a ton of book marks but you can never own enough of them.


7. Scarf-
I think this is such a cool bookish accessory.


8. Bookish pillow cover-
I know Sarika owns a Harry Potter one but I wouldn't mind owning any number of them.


9. iPhone covers-
I think these iPhone covers are super cool to show your love for books.


10. Bookish postcards-
Postcards have their own charm and I would love to own a few bookish ones.


Those are my picks.
What are yours?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Review- Mine To Keep by Cynthia Eden

Summary-

Love is the most dangerous obsession…

Skye Sullivan is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. She survived a brutal stalker and escaped his abduction, and now she is looking to the future—a future that includes Skye’s lover, billionaire Trace Weston. Skye thinks the danger is finally over for her.

She’s dead wrong.

When Trace’s past comes back to haunt him, Skye discovers that the man she loves isn’t quite who he seems to be. Trace has been leading a double-life. An ex-special forces agent, his military training turned him into the perfect killing machine. He made more than his share of enemies during his time in the military—and as he built his security empire—and one of those enemies is striking back.

He won’t lose her.

Skye is the one weapon that can be used against Trace—his only vulnerability. But he won’t let her go—he can’t. Trace will do anything necessary to protect Skye. Anything. Yet when she discovers the secrets that he’s tried to keep hidden, Skye’s pain and rage may send her running directly into the cross-hairs of a killer…

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After reading Mine To Take by Cynthia Eden I didn't think I could enjoy Mine To Keep more. But I so did. It was great to see Skye and Trace again. They make an amazing couple. But it was not only that. There are so many things we didn't know about Trace's past. Many things get uncovered.

Skye is still trying to recover from the events which took place at the end of the first book, Mine To Take. She still gets nightmares of her brutal abduction and it is difficult. But now all she wants to do is   happily live with Trace. But she's dead wrong when Trace's past comes back to haunt him. So many secrets are uncovered and their relationship is tested.


Trace has been through a hell lot when he was away from Skye in the past years. He has no intention of ever telling Skye that he's the perfect killing machine. Skye is his one weakness, his only vulnerability. He will do anything to protect her. I loved Trace. He pushed all the limits to protect Skye. He only wants what's best for her and is willing to do anything for Skye.


We get to see a lot of things which we had missed in the previous book. At the end of Mine to Keep there is no doubt left that Skye and Trace are perfect for each other. There's lust, there's obsession, there's love, there's betrayal. So many elements in the book but they tie up together perfectly.


New characters are seamlessly added into the story. The flow and pace of the book is smooth. I can't wait to know more about what happens with each one of them. Cynthia Eden skillfully writes the suspense intertwining romance. There is enough intrigue to keep you occupied and relationships are explored alongside. I loved Mine to Keep.




Friday, April 11, 2014

Review- The Stranger by Albert Camus

Goodreads Summary:

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." 


REVIEW:

Albert Camus' literary works aren't just something you can get onto directly. It requires a certain revision of the background and history of his times which led the author to write the absolutely stunning pieces he's written. I had initially read the original French edition of The StrangerL'Etranger, for my Literature class, where what you understand of a book and what you make of your understating of it is what matter the most. I liked to consider myself well-versed with the novel and I read the English edition, The Stranger, translated by Stuart Gilbert, purely out of curiosity. This is the US edition and I must admit that I am pretty curious to read the UK edition, The Outsider, as well. What the reading of the former did was that it helped me develop a deeper understanding and establish a certain realisation than the one I thought I previously had.

The Stranger is written from the protagonist, Meursault's point of view. Information that we take for granted and consider as basic, like the first name, job, career/ profession, an at a glance brief about the physical appearance of the main character, is not revealed at all throughout the length of the novel. There's a certain magical appeal to Camus' writing that leaves all these details for the reader's imagination. Not just that, even the entire narration is very open-ended. It's up to the reader to make what she/ he wants of it. The author's ability to make a character unlike any other and yet make him establish a relation with the reader and make the reader relate to him in more ways than one is truly admirable. Meursault, while not exactly an "ideal" person, was still the most genuine and read person I've read about. He shows his true emotions and feelings and doesn't even try to pretend to be someone he's not and that's a feat. As a result of his rather unusual and unconventional actions, he becomes a stranger to the society or he is rendered a stranger to society- it depends on how you look at it. It all, like everything, depends on perspective. 

While the English edition piqued my interest, was put down meticulously, made me see things in the novel that I hadn't before and made me come across many aspects that went unnoticed before, I would, any day, prefer to reread the original. Although, emotionally speaking, the English edition had a greater impact on me since I could easily read and understand it at the same time. Camus' writing is really simple to follow but difficult to understand because the core lies in what is not said rather than what is said. The Stranger is a real eye-opener to all that which is very well present around but not so easily given thought to. It's the epitome of that saying which goes something like- it's insane what you see when you aren't really looking. It's some deep philosophy that has me contemplating. While I haven't read many of Camus' works, I know for a fact that I'm going to learn a lot from them and The Stranger is a one of its kind intriguing, fascinating and mysterious novel that has had an impact on me.  

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review- Mine To Take by Cynthia Eden

Summary-

Sometimes you want someone so much…
Sometimes you need someone so much…
Lust can become love.
And love can turn into a deadly obsession.


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Skye Sullivan knows that someone is watching her. Not just watching—stalking her. Months ago, Skye was involved in a dangerous car accident. The accident ended her dancing career and sent her fleeing back to Chicago. Skye is convinced that her stalker caused the crash, and she fears that he won’t stop pursuing her, not until she’s dead.

When someone breaks into her apartment in Chicago, Skye turns to the one man she believes can protect her—Trace Weston. Once, Trace was her lover. Two lost souls, they’d come together in a firestorm of need and desire. But then Trace had pushed her away. He’d joined the military, vanishing from her life. She’d put all of her emotion into dancing, and she’d tried to forget him.

Now Trace is one of the most successful men in the United States. Rich, driven, and carrying dark secrets, he agrees to help Skye. He’ll protect her from the danger that lurks in the darkness, but Trace wants more than to just be a guard for Skye.

He wants her. And he’ll take her. The years have changed him, hardened him. He’s not just a poor kid from the streets any longer. Now, he can have anything—or anyone—that he wants. And the one woman he has always wanted has just come back into his life. He won’t let her go again.

But with the threats mounting against Skye, she suspects that her stalker may be intimately close. He’s a man who knows her too well. As his attacks grow ever more dangerous, she realizes that if she trusts the wrong man, she could be making a fatal mistake.

Lust. Love. Obsession.

Just how far would you go in order to possess the one person you want the most?

Review-

Mine To Take is the first book in Cynthia Eden's Mine series. This one is actually a novella which starts off the series and the second book is a full fledged novel which has the same couple Skye and Trace in it. I haven't read many romantic suspense books yet, but I really liked Mine To Take. I'll have to dig in more into this genre.

Skye knows someone is watching her. She can feel being stalked but no one is ready to believe her. After all her options are exhausted she finally decides to ask help from the one person she didn't think she'd ever see again. Trace. I really liked Skye. She was a girl with her head on her shoulders. After her accident, she's worked hard to get where she is. But someone is trying to sabotage her plans.


Trace wants Skye. He's always wanted her and she's the only reason he's survived all these years. Skye just doesn't know it. But now she's back and asking for his help. Trace never intends to let her go again. I loved Trace. He was almost obsessive in his love for Skye. You can see how protective and possessive he is.


I loved the tension between Skye and Trace. They have incredible chemistry. Skye may deny her feelings for Trace at first, but when they come together they were combustible. I loved the suspense in the plot. Cynthia Eden balances the romantic elements amazing well with the suspense. Keeps you guessing who the stalker is. I loved Mine To Take and I'm looking forward to the next one.