Saturday, 22 June 2013

Top 5 Schuyler Van Alen

Anna Popplewell
Michelle Trachtenberg

Saoirse Ronan

Michelle Ryan

Alexis Bledel












XOXO
Arushi Raj

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole #1)

Author: Kathryn Lasky
Characters: Digger, Soren, Marella, Gylfie, Twilight
Genre: Fantasy and Adventure
My Rating: 3/5


Soren is a young owl who was pushed by his elder brother from his nest and was abducted by the "bad" owls. He meets Gylfie in St. Aggies school for orphan which actually was a training center where the young owls were brainwashed and trained for war. Gylfie and Soren work together and try to escape from a deep pit without knowing how to fly...

When I saw the cover and read the summary I thought this is a children's book and its gonna be kinda silly. Still I bought it for my baby sister, thinking she will love it. I started reading the book just to get an idea what the story is all about and in 2 hours I completed the book. It's an extremely easy read and even though it's childish still it keeps you hooked. As a reader I was so fascinated by the owls and the struggle of Soren and Gylfie I just couldn't stop reading without knowing how will it end.

XOXO
Arushi Raj

Monday, 17 June 2013

Stolen: A Letter to my captor

Author: Lucy Christopher
Characters: Gemma Toombs and Ty MacFarlane
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
My rating: 5/5

This novel is mind blowing. One of the best novels I have ever read. The plot itself is Genius but it's the background and the set up that stays in your head forever. Even today I wish I could see the red desert and the starts that Gemma saw. Every time I break an Aloe Vera leaf and it bleeds it reminds me of Gemma under the hills...

Gemma is a teenager who meets Ty in an airport. He is this sturdy and charming-in-a-vulnerable way guy who buys coffee for her making her feel adult-ish. After drinking coffee with him she starts feeling woozy and before she knows she is on a bed in a house in the middle of Australian desert!

Ty never hurts her or molests her but he loves her. He had seen her and stalked her ever since she was a kid and has fallen head over heels for her....

Ty can be artistic, sweet and kind - a perfect guy and he can be cruel guy with a quick temper within seconds. So you kinda like him even though you know you are not supposed to. In short you start experiencing the same feelings as Gemma. You start thinking of what you would have done if you were in Gemma's place. You want to love Ty and comfort him but he did kidnap you, not easy to forget. He can kill you and nobody would know.

This is when Stockholm Syndrome comes into play. Stockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which the captors either start feeling sympathy or even love for their captor in the hop that the captor would return those feelings and not hurt them. Gemma and the readers go through the same thing. We start understanding Ty, expecting him to be the one. I remember thinking in the end that if only Ty hadn't kidnapped Gemma but would have asked her on a date like a normal guy they would have been perfect for each other but now when I think about it I am not that sure. Ty was always broken, he would have never been able to sustain their relationship. Maybe he would have gotten overprotective, maybe would have hit her but they just couldn't have a happily ever after...

The reason I fell in love with this book is because it challenged me. It wasn't predictable and yet everyone knows how will it end. It' one book you never want to end and something that will stay with you forever...

XOXO
Arushi Raj

Sunday, 16 June 2013

OMG OMG OMG, WHAT????

This was my reaction when I was informed by Juliet Ayla that blog Living In Our Own Story and by mess of a dreamer that blog 1 Libro=1 Vida have given me an award. Thanks a lot! To both of you....
To be eligible for this award the rules are:
-Name and thank the blog that has given you the nomination.
-Make yourself a follower of the blog that nominated you.
-Answer the 11 questions that get asked.
-Give the award to 11 blogs with few followers.
-Make 11 questions.
-Informing 11 blogs nominated.

Questions by Living in our own story:
- Why did you decide to start a blog?
My friend Sania called me and asked me to help her with her blog and once I started I got completely hooked. So now I have two blogs: Fleur Night for Fashion, music and life and Novel-Worms completely dedicated to novels!
- What is your favorite animal?
Cats. I love their eyes...
-If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Paris.
- Is there a book you started reading but could not finish?
I was 10 maybe and started reading a horror story in my school library but I wasn't able to finish it and even though I tried to search that book, I couldn't find it anywhere in the library and I don't even remember it's name, just the story :-(
-If you could be a different person for a day, who would you be?
A Princess.
- Who is your favorite actor?
Ian Somerhalder (Yum!)
- Is there any author who can not stand?
No, not really.
- What song do you listen to most often?
Recently, Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake
- Who is your favorite character?
Damon Salvatore (and his smirk)
-If you could be a superhero, who would you be?
Iron Man (Iron Woman)
- Beach or mountains?
Both.

Questions by 1 Libro=1 Vida
- What is your favorite writer?
Currently, George R. R. Martin
- Character of fiction you're in love?
Damon Salvatore
- Do you play any instruments?
Keyboard, but I have lost practice.
-If you could be anyone, who would you be?
A Princess.
- Any book that can not wait?
The end of Game of Thrones series.
- Favorite moment of the year?
My anniversary.
- Do you still have the same friends you had as a child / a?
Some.
- Favorite movie?
Charlie and the chocolate factory
- Do you prefer hot or cold?
cold

- Why did you decide to start a blog?
My friend Sania called me and asked me to help her with her blog and once I started I got completely hooked. So now I have two blogs: Fleur Night for Fashion, music and life and Novel-Worms completely dedicated to novels!

My nominated blogs:

Questions

- What is your favorite genre in books?
- What is your favorite genre in music?
- Which is the One quote that changed your life?
- If you can give an advice to younger version of you, what will it be?
- What is your ultimate goal in life?
- Which is The fattest book you ever read?
- How many pages did it have?
- Who inspires you the most?
- Which is the Worst day of your life?
- Which is the best day of your life?
- Which is your favorite fairy tale?

XOXO
Arushi Raj

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Where to find Cheapest?

Book: Fallen in Love

Author: Lauren Kate

Summary: Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.

And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine's Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding-and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first -and last- time, Daniel and Luce will spend a night together like none other.

Source: Goodreads

Where to find Cheapest?

Snapdeal

Price: Rs. 210

Book: Masquerade

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Summary: Schuyler Van Alen is starting to get more comfortable with her newfound vampire powers, but she still has many unanswered questions. A trip to Italy in search of her grandfather only serves to make things more confusing. What secrets are the leaders of The Committee hiding? Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the famous Four Hundred Ball. In true Blue Blood fashion, the ball is totally fab, complete with masks-and hidden behind this masquerade is a revelation that will change the course of a young vampire's destiny.

Source: Goodreads

Where to find Cheapest?

Snapdeal

Price: Rs. 240

Book: The Pearl

Author: John Steinbeck

Summary: A retelling of an old Mexican folk tale involving the discovery of a great pearl and the ensuing misfortune of the fisherman who found it.

Source: Goodreads

Where to find Cheapest?

Snapdeal

Price: Rs. 178

Book: The Glass Palace

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Summary: Set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885, this masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest. When soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, a young woman in the court of the Burmese Queen, whose love will shape his life. He cannot forget her, and years later, as a rich man, he goes in search of her. The struggles that have made Burma, India, and Malaya the places they are today are illuminated in this wonderful novel by the writer Chitra Divakaruni calls “a master storyteller.”

Source: Goodreads

Where to find Cheapest?

Snapdeal

Price: Rs. 220

Book: The Black Path

Author: Asa Larsson

Summary: A grisly torture-murder, a haunting northern Sweden backdrop, and a dark drama of twisted sexuality collide memorably in ├ůsa Larsson’s masterpiece of suspense—a tale of menace, hope, longing, and darkness beyond imagining.

The dead woman was found on a frozen lake, her body riddled with evidence of torture. Instantly, Inspector Anna-Maria Mella knows she needs help. Because the dead woman—found in workout clothes with lacy underwear beneath them—was a key player in a mining company whose tentacles reach across the globe. Anna-Maria needs a lawyer to help explain some things—and she knows one of the best.

Attorney Rebecka Martinsson is desperate to get back to work, to feel alive again after a case that almost destroyed her. Soon Rebecka is prying into the affairs of the dead woman’s boss, the founder of Kallis Mining, whose relationship with his star employee was both complex and ominous. But what Rebecka and Anna-Maria are about to uncover—a tangled drama of secrets, perversion, and criminality—will lay bare a tale as shocking as it is sad…about a man’s obsession, a woman’s lonely death, and a killer’s cold, cold heart.

Source: Goodreads

Where to find Cheapest?

Snapdeal

Price: Rs. 231

XOXO
Arushi Raj

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Monday, 3 June 2013

Where to find cheapest?

Book: Inferno

Author: Dan Brown

Summary: In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci CodeAngels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.


In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

Source: Goodreads

Price: Rs. 500

makemeread

Price: Rs. 500

XOXO
Arushi Raj

Free e-books in Smashwords

Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso


INFERNO: A Short Story


Inferno: An Inquiry into the Willingham Fire


The Towering Inferno vs The Mighty Quinn


The Divine Dantes: A Prologue


Mighty Hammer Down


XOXO
Arushi Raj

Saturday, 1 June 2013

A Game of Thrones (A song of Ice and Fire #1)

Author: George R. R. Martin
Genres: Fantasy, Epic, Adventure, Adult.

If you like happy endings and stories of justice and chivalry and Prince Charming then this is not a book for you. In Seven Kingdoms Honor is a flaw and Betrayal is the key to survival. It's ruled by Lords who indulge in Incest, murders, rape, sorcery and the honest men are silenced by the "Tears of Lys".


Seventeen years ago when Kingslayer (Jaime Lannister) killed Aerys Targaryen, Robert Baratheon became the king of Seven Kingdoms and married Cersei Lannister. When Robert dies the kingdom divides and falls apart. After thousand years there is a King of the North, both of the King's brother have coronations defying Robert's first born child as he is an abomination - a result of incest between Cersei and her twin Jaime.


While the kingdom is burning from the wars between the four kings, beyond the walls Wildlings are rising and after thousands of years the dead are walking again.

Far away in the free cities, Daenerys Targaryen has married a Dothraki with 40, 000 men in his army but are they enough for her to take back her Iron Throne?


There are 864 pages in the book and every page is perfection. When I read A Game of Thrones I don't feel like I am reading a story. Even though people live in castles and there are dragons and the kings are fighting still the character are so real, plot so interesting and the way supernatural elements have been casually mixed with the plotting and the scheming - amazing. You don't feel like you are reading a novel, it's like everyday you are opening a newspaper and you are updated about what's happening in some alternate universe. Ned Stark is the new Hand. Robert Baratheon is dead. Oh, there are dragons in the world!

Varys' little birds and whisperers and Tyrion wit, they become a part of you. You say "Winter is coming" and you can actually feel goosebumps. Slowly and steadily, the characters becomes your acquaintances and you keep on wondering who dies next or who else is gonna crown themselves king. 

A Game of Thrones is not only a book it's literally a world trapped in the pages. It's long, it's page after page of tragedy but there is no way in hell you should miss this series. A song of Ice and Fire is a very long series and there is a possibility that George R R Martin may die before he finishes it but it's a must must must read.

XOXO
Arushi Raj