Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #130

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

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
Publication date- July 28th 2015


Goodreads Summary:

A chance encounter sparks an unrelenting web of lies in this stunning new psychological thriller from national bestselling author Mary Kubica

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can't get the girl out of her head...

Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal—or worse. But despite her family's objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.

Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow's past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

This sounds super interesting, and the cover is so sad and gorgeous, something I heart! 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #56

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

This week's topic is: 

top ten hyped books we've never read

Here's my list: 

*Trust me, I had to consult Janhvi's Goodreads shelf to get this list going as she is very up-to-date with books, whereas I tend to go here and there and get lost along the way. The first part of my list is full of authors who Janhvi loves and rants on and on about. She hypes them, basically. Unfortunately, I haven't read them myself, yet. *hides* 

1) Any Nalini Singh book- If it counts, I've read one novella by the author, but nothing other than that. 

2) Any Jill Shalvis book- Again, I read one novella due to peer pressure, and that's all. 

3) Any Tessa Bailey book- This gets a lot of rambles, but oh well. 

*The next part of my list is based on the bookstagrams I see throughout my Instagram feed. 

4) I'm not really interested in reading this book, but it is everywhere. 


5) I have this one. I just need to get to it, which I haven't done, yet.


*The next part of the list is dedicated to French literature that  professors, seniors, classmates and critiques have just hyped way too much. 

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*And the final part is for some classics that are hyped and I haven't read. 

9) I have this and I began reading it but I couldn't get past 20 pages of it. 


10) Yes, I haven't read, and sadly, I may just not read it. 


Do link me up to your posts in the comments below, so I can come see what hyped books you haven't read. Happy Tuesday and happy reading, everyone! 


Monday, July 06, 2015

Review- Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Goodreads Summary:

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. 

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. 

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. 

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.


REVIEW:

Do you know that feeling you get when all you do is see a book and you want to read it? No need for a summary, no need for ratings, no need for reviews. You just know that you have to read the book, no matter what. Let's Get Lost was one of those books for me. From the minute I saw the book, I knew I had to get my hands on it. There is just something about that cover, which gives one the hint of a rocking road trip, that pulled me towards it. I knew I had to read the book, no matter what. 

Let's Get Lost is divided into five parts dedicated to a narration in the point of view of the third person that focuses on the main character of each part. So we start with Hudson, move to Bree, then Elliot and end with Soniya. The common point between all these character and their respective stories is Leila, who is on a road trip to see the Northern Lights. As she goes from one person to the other, she not only leaves a part of her with them by making a place in their heart with her kind and wild personality, but also take a part of them with her as she finally reaches her destination to be showered with the most adorable affection possible. 

I really loved the gorgeous writing style as well as the way in which the story was presented. There was just something really magical and simple about each character and their story that kept me engaged. This book was really an escape as I felt that I was right there, with Leila and the friends she makes while she's making them. There was something very real about the book for which, author Adi Alsaid deserves a huge round of applause. A simple story about coming to terms with who you have been, who you are and who you wish to be, Let's Get Lost is a very nice book. 

While I have focused mainly on the positives, there have, of course, been negatives as well. I felt it was way too coincidental and slightly uncanny as well that Leila met all those people and no one bothered to know her story, but just kindly accepted her help and whole heartedly told her their story. While the open endings were perfect, the final ending of the book was a disappointment for me. I know there are many readers who devour such endings, but for me, it was, not predictable or obvious or ordinary, but I would settle for boring. Yes, it was boring. 

I really loved reading Let's Get Lost. It was an experience. I know thta I loved the presentation and writing, and the story was great too, but not all that dazzling. There was nothing special I can pinpoint about this novel, and perhaps that is what makes it difficult for me to decide my final thoughts. In any case, this book gave me an escape when I read it, and served its purpose. 

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway- Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis


Summary-

Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it's the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there's an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .
 

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Review-

I will read anything Jill Shalvis writes so after saying a bittersweet goodbye to her Lucky Harbor series I was excited to read this new series called Cedar Ridge by her. Second Chance Summer was a good second chance romance for Lily and Aidan and enjoyed the new cast of characters. Second Chance Summer looks to be a promising start to a new series.

Let's start with Lily. Lily left Colorado ten years ago after her sister and father passed away, leaving everything behind. Now, out of options she's back and the one person she doesn't want to face is Aidan. I really liked Lily. She had a horrible past and that is the reason she guarded her heart fiercely. Though the tension between Aidan and her was there for everyone to see Lily didn't give in to her feelings easily.

Then we have Aidan. Aidan is a rescue worker and a firefighter. He likes to live by his own rules but the one person he hasn't ever been able to forget is Lily. I really liked Aidan too. He was protective of his family and all he wanted to do was help Lily. Aidan didn't want to get too emotionally involved because he thought things are temporary but of course, things don't go according to plan.

There are a few misunderstandings between Lily and Aidan and they are both not that great at communication. But still they had chemistry. There were so many unresolved feelings between them and they do take their sweet time trusting each other. But it all works out in the end.

I enjoyed the some what complicated dynamics between Aidan and his family. A nice base was created in this book so I am definitely looking forward to the next book which will be Aidan's brother's. I am actually hoping every one of the siblings gets a book. If you like heart warming contemporary romances Second Chance Summer is the book for you.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided via Netgalley by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.



About the author:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Review- Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

Summary-

RESCUE MECedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it's the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there's an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .

Review-

I will read anything Jill Shalvis writes so after saying a bittersweet goodbye to her Lucky Harbor series I was excited to read this new series called Cedar Ridge by her. Second Chance Summer was a good second chance romance for Lily and Aidan and enjoyed the new cast of characters. Second Chance Summer looks to be a promising start to a new series.

Let's start with Lily. Lily left Colorado ten years ago after her sister and father passed away, leaving everything behind. Now, out of options she's back and the one person she doesn't want to face is Aidan. I really liked Lily. She had a horrible past and that is the reason she guarded her heart fiercely. Though the tension between Aidan and her was there for everyone to see Lily didn't give in to her feelings easily.

Then we have Aidan. Aidan is a rescue worker and a firefighter. He likes to live by his own rules but the one person he hasn't ever been able to forget is Lily. I really liked Aidan too. He was protective of his family and all he wanted to do was help Lily. Aidan didn't want to get too emotionally involved because he thought things are temporary but of course, things don't go according to plan.

There are a few misunderstandings between Lily and Aidan and they are both not that great at communication. But still they had chemistry. There were so many unresolved feelings between them and they do take their sweet time trusting each other. But it all works out in the end.

I enjoyed the some what complicated dynamics between Aidan and his family. A nice base was created in this book so I am definitely looking forward to the next book which will be Aidan's brother's. I am actually hoping every one of the siblings gets a book. If you like heart warming contemporary romances Second Chance Summer is the book for you.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided via Netgalley by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.



Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #129

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

The Moment of Letting Go by J.A.Redmerski
Publication Date: August 11, 2015


Summary-

You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart...
THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO

Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she'd always craved-until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he's convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can't deny the deep connection he feels. But there's a reason Luke doesn't do long-term. He can't promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .
 

I haven't read anything by this author before but The Moment of Letting Go looks really interesting.

What are you waiting on? :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Author Interview + Giveaway (India Only)- Legacy by Mohan Prasad


Hey guys! :)
Today I have a very interesting book up for grabs on the blog. But before that, we also have an interview with the author himself. Mohan Prasad is the author of the book called Legacy. Keep on reading ahead for the interview and giveaway!

Summary-

Legacy is the story of Anita and Darshan, two teenagers in love, set up in the chaotic post Independence India. Their search is on, not for something concrete but abstract, while they explore the land they love and the people they live among. But fate betrays them. Their ideologies diverge and the road forks. Love, both presence and absence of it, runs through the tale, while Indian story unfolds for a free, but confused generation.Summary: Legacy is set in post Independent India, and weaves together the stories of Darshan and Anita, ambitious rural teenagers from Bihar; Darshan's father Shankar, an RSS supporter from a freedom fighter family; and Subhash, the son of the protagonists.Darshan, proud resident of an exotic village, is inspired to leave his adventurous hostel life to join the student movement of 1975 under the firebrand Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan. Grounded in an Anglo Indian village during the repressive Emergency, he falls in love with his free-spirited senior Anita. Wading through teenage love and exciting college adventures of 1970s Delhi, they forsake education on JP's death to explore Bihar. Disgusted by the traumatic Sikh riots and saddened by his father's death, Darshan finds a guide in a swami rumoured to be Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. While fate turns Anita into a Naxal strategist, Darshan, seeking solace, turns into an acclaimed mystery healer.The old love sparks again while violent communal events keep shocking India. Sadly, Anita forsakes the world of Maoist violence and hypocritical civil society, sending their five-year-old son Subhash away. The estranged son, now an adult, tries to fathom his parent's lives and unfulfilled dreams while an exhausted yet optimistic Darshan entrusts the baton of social revolution to the next generation.Legacy shows how the chaotic story of 1960s to 1990s India gave rise to real heroes, though flawed in their own ways. While we keep looking for ways to improve the lives of our fellow beings, the boundary between a hero and a criminal often fades. Brief reviewsThe inspiring and exciting story of India. An incredible debut.

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Author Interview:

·        About the Author:

Mohan was born in a small village of Bihar adjacent to the river Baghmati. He grew up to be the Bihar ICSE topper and went to graduate from IIT Delhi and IIM Lucknow. His love for Indian as well as world history, culture and human stories led him to explore evolution of societies and revolutionary movements across the world. The only village boy in his MBA class at IIM Lucknow, he has fortunately experienced firsthand two different Indias with their similarities and differences.
He has been a regular contributor to print media through articles on Education sector and has been a speaker at many seminars. He has been associated with Manisha Mandir, Lucknow – a home for destitute girls – and has also been awarded twice by the Governors of Uttar Pradesh for his social services. With a reading habit bordering on crazy, Mohan delved deeper into Indian history - post and pre Independence. He now wants to present the story of India to a curious new generation with a fresh and interesting perspective through inspiring tales of young and ambitious individuals.

·         Tell us about your book, Legacy.

Legacy is meant for the adults (young to middle age); every patriot and curious person who is interested in knowing the story of India post independence, but finds History books not engaging enough to read. It is the inspiring and exciting story of India, as she stumbles again and again since independence, but always gets up to move on. The protagonists, Darshan and Anita, lend the readers their eyes to witness the unfolding of the story, and their lives to live vicariously in those chaotic decades. India overcomes upheavals like the Emergency, the Naxal movement, the anti Sikh riots and the demolition of the Babri Masjid, carrying along her crores of children, their dreams and their hopes. The adventurous and exciting love story of the protagonists, waving between delight and agony, is woven in this tale of an electrical circuit called society. It's a unique period epic delving into how and what has become of India in the 21st century. 

·         What inspired you to write your book?

My grandfather was a freedom fighter. He used to tell us a lot of stories of India of the 1940s as well as folk tales from all across the country. My mother also used to narrate stories to me and my siblings. This created in my young heart, a love for human stories with their intricacies, emotions and details. Later in life, I took to reading extensively books from different genres. In fact I would have read at least 700-800 books since my college days. For quite some time, I have nurtured this urge to present to the younger generation a glimpse of the turbulent, yet decisive times in the recent history of India. Legacy does just that. The stories almost compelled me to put it all out to the young generation in an engaging story that they can relate to. History books can be boring, but historical fiction is quite loved.

·         Are any of the characters in your book inspired by someone you know or are they complete results of your imagination?

The characters are figments of imagination, however their different aspects are inspired by different people. Every character in the book is made up of some qualities of an entire group of personalities. A lot of stories are inspired by my personal experiences or experiences of my relatives as well as college seniors.

·         What kind of research went into writing your book?

A lot of time has been spent for primary as well as secondary research of the book. I have travelled to almost all the places mentioned. Moreover, most of my time went into talking to people from these regions to get their views on various events as well as get to know history through their eyes.
Besides, reading books on every possible topic related to the book as well as newspaper cuttings etc of those periods have helped a lot. 

·         Do you prefer e-books or physical copies? Why?

I would prefer physical copies. E-books are definitely the future and I have read a lot of them, yet physical copies somehow connect more. They are not abstract, but concrete. You can touch them or feel them and you can fall in love with them. 

·         If you could read only one author’s works for the rest of your life, which author would you pick and why?

I would have to choose between Munshi Premchand and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Reading Premchand saddens you, so I may have to leave him after a while but one can keep reading Marquez for the entire life.

·         What are the three things you’d like to have with you on a deserted island?

It has to be a thick romantic comedy book, a mobile phone with solar chargeable battery and a pen. I love talking and spend a lot of time connecting with friends and relatives from all across. I love to read and can read 3-4 books in a day. And obviously I love to write as well.


·         What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

Toughest criticism has come from my cousin, who also acted as my sounding board as well as proof-reader. He became critical of my mistakes and initially was even critical of a lot of my ideas and views that are in the book.
The best compliment has come from my English Writing professor at IIT Delhi who wrote on her facebook wall, “After a long time I have closed a book with a sense of regret that it is over and with a satisfaction that I have read a good book. It is unlike any written by the students of India’s elite institutions so far.”

·         Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

India needs writers and thinkers, who have the zeal to inspire young minds and who can stay real with content. Back your writing with ample research. Travel around the country or just read about our people. We are a big country, one of the oldest civilizations and we have an amazing diversity. This land is full of mind-boggling stories, ready to be brought out and told to everyone, who may not have had enough opportunities to explore. Play that role.

Giveaway:

Mohan has generously offered to give away TWO SIGNED copies by Legacy to two lucky Indian readers. All you have to do is complete the entries in the rafflecopter.

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Thank you so much guys and happy reading! :)