31 January 2012

Point, Click, Love : A Novel by Molly Shapiro

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Best friends and fellow midwesterners Katie, Annie, Maxine, and Claudia are no strangers to dealing with love and relationships, but with online dating and social networking now in the mix, they all have the feeling they’re not in Kansas anymore. Katie, a divorced mother of two, secretly seeks companionship through the Internet only to discover that the rules of the dating game have drastically changed. Annie, a high-powered East Coast transplant, longs for a baby, yet her online search for a sperm donor is not as easy—or anonymous—as she anticipates. Maxine, a successful artist with a seemingly perfect husband, turns to celebrity gossip sites to distract herself from her less-than-ideal marriage. And Claudia, tired of her husband’s obsession with Facebook, finds herself irresistibly drawn to a handsome co-worker. As these women navigate the new highs and lows of the digital age, they each find that their wrong turns lead surprisingly to the right click and, ultimately, the connection they were seeking.




Review.



Point, Click, Love: A NovelPoint, Click, Love: A Novel by Molly Shapiro

My rating: 3 of 5 stars





I didn't read the blurb of Point,Click,Love properly before I started on the book so honestly I didn't know much about it when I started reading the book except that it's some kind of chick lit.

I have to say, I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a little slow at first and I had assumed that the whole novel followed Kate's story (my bad) but further into the book, I started to really get interested!

Point, Click, Love reminded me a bit of the film He's Just Not That Into You. It's about four women - Kate, Maxine, Claudia and Annie - whose lives are linked and each have with their own problems and insecurities.

Kate's a recently divorced woman trying to get back to the dating scene, mostly to fulfill her physical needs rather than the emotional ones. Maxine seems to leading the perfect life with the most perfect family to everyone watching from the outside but only she knows how distant her relationship with her husband has become. Claudia is a smart,ambitious,agressive woman married to a guy who'd rather spend his time watching TV and on Facebook than go out and get a job to support his family. Annie's decided that she can't wait for a man to find love and wants to have a baby on her own.

All their stories have been influenced by technology in someway or the other. I guess in the present day, the internet, facebook, twitter, text messaging etc. basically rule our lives and we see how it affects these women's lives.

I think anyone reading this can relate to at least one of the four women. For me, it was Claudia -

"Steve knew all too well the many moods of Claudia. The contemplative Claudia, the boisterous Claudia, the I'm-having-an-existential-crisis Claudia, the I-hate-everyone Claudia,and, most recently, the I-love-everyone Claudia. Yes, she was moody, but Steve was the one person who was able to handle her wild swings.

Claudia had always been a 'handful,' as her parents liked to put it. She was outspoken and strong willed and fearless."

"None of them seemed to match her temperament."


Okay super long quote, sorry but I could relate to Claudia so much that I realized Molly Shapiro's probably based the other three characters on real people with whom some readers could relate to just as much! I loved each of their stories, I liked their characters and little adventures too. I liked how each of their married lives were different and led them down separate paths. I'll admit that the technology part is actually not necessary to make this a good read but it did make the story more entertaining at times (especially with Kate and Claudia).

All these ladies seem to rely on the internet for the things that they're looking for in their lives - truth, happiness and even distraction.

I do, however, feel that maybe their stories need not have been linked at all. The four of them being friends was a bit unnecessary and didn't contribute to the overall plot in any way - positive or negative. Point, Click, Love is a good, quick read that manages to keep you interested, if not throughout the entire novel,the story of at least one of the characters!

For the record, I totally agree. Facebook is evil.

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She Tells All by Judah Lee Davis

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After finding a pair of magic stilettos that transform her into the ultimate hot goddess, Madison Miller is certain she will get lucky tonight. But in her quest to find the ultimate hottie, she finds something so unexpected.

Now, as she takes a good, hard look at her life, she relives the past that transformed her into a vainglory vixen and realizes an important lesson about why she should NEVER sleep with strangers.





Review.


She tells allShe tells all by Judah Lee Davis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars







I got She Tells All from the author more than a month ago to review..I wish I had gotten to it sooner!

"Sometimes to get to heaven you need to go through hell."

Madison is a mess. Although she's really smart and talented, her life is a mess.
For as long as she can remember, Madison has been sleeping around (ALWAYS with the wrong guys) and doing everything possible to fuck up her life. She Tells All is the story of one woman, a compilation of her her various sexcapades over the years, which eventually ends with her getting her act together.

Madison's funny, strong and I love that she doesn't care what others think about her. She's happy being herself and no one could make her feel otherwise. I loved the way the book was written, like each chapter's a new story. Madison is fun. Really, she may be a little crazy but she's also laid back, independent and a survivor. She deals with any shit that gets thrown her way.

"Did you...?"

"No," I interrupted. I felt it noble enough that I'd just performed a pity fuck. There was no way I was going to lie about an orgasm, too."


I was laughing a lot of times, Judah Lee Davis has a wicked sense of humor - if Madison is a real person, I'd wanna meet her. She's unique and her attitude is one that a lot of women can relate to at least a little bit, at some point.

I was a little skeptical at first to read this book because I thought it might be some kind of Christian Fiction (which I tried but realized the genre wasn't for me) but it wasn't, not really. I have to say that this story has not one but various subtle messages that come along with it which was the best part of the book. A woman who has made every mistake possible could still get her happy ending. This book is hope. Realizing she deserves better than she's settled for her entire life - now, that's a message I approve of. It's nice to know that no matter how much you screw up in life, there's a higher power that has your back.

The story was short,mostly light and fun. Although She Tells All wasn't exceptional, I really enjoyed it. I would definitely check out Davis' next book, expecting more humor & entertainment!

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29 January 2012

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

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I've lost it. The only thing in the world I wasn't supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It's been in Magnus's family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I've lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate Poppy. Stay positive!!


Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry the ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her 'happy ever after' begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring but in the panic that followed, she has now lost her phone. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton doesn't agree. He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other's lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents... she soon realises that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.


Review.


I've Got Your Number: A NovelI've Got Your Number: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yet another amazing book by Sophie Kinsella! Honestly, there's nothing not to like. I've Got Your Number is hands down my favorite book by Sophie Kinsella and now one of my favorite chick lits too! Kinsella's books introduced me to the Chick Lit genre so when I received an ARC of this book, I was literally jumping in joy!

Poppy Wyatt has lost the one thing she shouldn't have - her engagement ring. It's her fiance's family heirloom passed down for generations and it would be a very bad thing to have lost it, especially since her in-laws already don't like her very much.
To make matters worse, while she's looking for the ring, she gets mugged! Now she's ringless and phoneless and has basically given up all hope when by chance, she finds a phone (not hers) thrown in the trash. Obviously, unable to resist she picks up it up..and that's when the story begins.

After Rebecca Bloomwood, I think Poppy's the funniest among all of Kinsella's characters. The frequent references to Poirot had me laughing to myself so many times! This one is a little different from Kinsella's other books, she focuses a bit more on the romance than she usually does. Poppy Wyatt's strong but she doesn't realize it. She's special but she doesn't see it. Her fiance (His name is Magnus) belongs to family of brainiacs and Poppy doesn't fit in, she feels like she can't keep up with them and lies to feel like an equal. She's got a lot of insecurities and a compulsive need to be nice so people like her.

Ah seriously, Poppy's a character you'll appreciate and learn to love ladies!There's one scene in the woods.. God, I got butterflies in my stomach!


All I can say is, Chick Lit lovers and Kinsella fans, you won't be disappointed! I've Got Your Number is utterly charming, keeps you laughing and entertained while making you feel all warm and gooey inside! In my opinion, this book is made for Hollywood!



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J.L. Bryan Interview & Giveaway of Fairy Metal Thunder!

Hello!

Today I'm having an interview with the author of one of my favorite series ever! For those of you who don't know him, Jeff aka J.L.Bryan is the author of The Paranormals Series, along with a lot of other kick-ass books.

The second book in his new Songs of Magic series, Fairy Blues, released this month. For those of you who haven't read Fairy Metal Thunder yet, check it out! It's a fun, unique take on the world of faeries =)

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J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, dogs Violet and Tiger Lily, and cats Shadow and Sue.


Describe yourself in three words.

Nouns or adjectives? Oops, I just used all three!

What's your favorite band? What kind of music do you usually listen to?

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I suppose I’ll have to go with Pink Floyd, as I like just about all of theiir songs, which is rare. I usually listen to classic rock, old country music, and classical, but I like all kinds of things.

Do you listen to music while writing?

Definitely. Often there’s a song that really defines a character or a part of a story for me, and I’ll listen to it a number of times while I’m writing. “Alexandra Leaving” by Leonard Cohen was a song I strongly associated with the ending of Tommy Nightmare, and I don’t know how many times I played that while writing the book.

Why The Assorted Zebras?

I thought it was a fun name, because how would you sort zebras? Don’t they all look alike? What would be assorted about them?

Speaking of stolen instruments, do you play an instrument?

No. I played drums long ago. I keep meaning to learn guitar, but then I’d need to actually own a guitar...

Which band (in real life) comes to your mind when you think of The Assorted Zebras?

It’s hard to say, as they’re still finding with their record label about what kind of band they’re going to be. I think Erin, the lead singer and the main songwriter, wants to be a bit like Pink—more of a tough girl with songs that touch on socially relevant issues, music that can be critical of the world around her. She doesn’t want to make bubblegum pop music. The record company has other ideas...

Which fictional character's personality can you most relate to (doesn't have to be one of your own)?

I guess Jason, because he’s just sort of stumbling along, trying to figure out what’s going on and stay on top of things before they get too crazy. He fails at a lot of things he tries to do. He has kind of a hopeless crush on Erin in that he can’t really get a relationship going (it doesn’t help that she already has an apparently awesome boyfriend...). That was definitely me when I was a teenager.

You've published a lot of novels in the last 3 1/2 years. Do they come to you easily or do you sometimes face a writer's block?

I don’t really get writer’s block in the sense of not knowing what to write. I do get tired, or lazy, or disillusioned with whatever current project I’m writing. But it’s like any job, you get up and have some coffee and make yourself go to work. One of the best things I read on the subject was by the mystery writer Lawrence Block, many years ago. He said that some days it comes easy, and some days it’s a struggle to write anything and you’re sure you’re just typing garbage—but later on, when you read through the manuscript, you can’t even tell what you wrote on a “good day” or a “bad day.” It all reads the same, your writing skills don’t actually go up or down with your mood. That’s kept me working a lot of days when I wasn’t feeling it at all.


Any genres you'll never read?

Nope, I’m pretty omnivorous about reading. I’ll read the children’s activity placements at a cheesy restaurant if I have to.


What do you think of interaction with readers? How important is it for an author? Do you interact with them on a regular basis? If yes, how?

I love interacting with readers! Blogs and social media make it easy. In my case, I know I’m influenced by readers feedback when working on a series—if people have questions or want more of a particular character, etc. this is something I take into consideration.

What do you think are the pros/cons of self-publishing?

The pros would include the freedom to write what you want—traditional publishers want you to write the same thing again and again, and I like to explore new things instead. Picking your own editor and cover artist is great. Getting a 60 to 70 percent royalty is great because you don’t have to sell as many as traditionally published author to make the same income. With ebooks, your entire list of books stays on sale forever, which again helps you make a living without needing to have big “hit” bestsellers. The biggest con would be that you’re less likely to sell subsidiary rights, like film and TV, when you’re self-published.


The faerie world that you've created is quite different from the ones in other books, how did come up with the details?

I started by studying all the traditional fairy lore I could find, but then added a lot of new ideas. This is obviously a sort of fun and funny approach to Faerie, with lots of goofy creatures and plants and animals. It’s sort of like if Douglas Adams had written about fairies, though I’m sure it would have been funnier and smarter if he’d done it. The books are meant to be lighthearted and full of shiny new things, so I think this version of Faerie helps accomplish that.

Grizlemor is hands down the most amusing character in the series! How did you think of his character?

Thanks! He was pretty unexpected. Originally he was just the burglar who’s been swiping jewelry around town. Jason follows him into Faerie—and I didn’t realize Grizlemor would be back after that, but he’s sort of like the visitor who never leaves. It’s also nice Jason has someone to ask about fairy-related subjects, and of course Grizlemor is generally too grumpy and annoyed to really answer his questions very well.

What's the last concert you went to & when?

I think it was Roger Waters (which sort of reinforces my Pink Floyd answer earlier....). It was a couple years. We don’t get out as much with the baby around!

Robots or Zombies?

I think robots and zombies can coexist peacefully if they just learn to listen to each other.

Cats or Dogs?

I have both & like them both, but I like cats because they’re independent and aren’t such attention hounds.

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Fairy Metal Thunder (Songs of Magic, #1)
Jason plays guitar in a teenage garage band called the Assorted Zebras, but they have no fans and no gigs, and they're going nowhere. Even worse, Jason has a crush on the lead singer, but she already has a near-perfect boyfriend.

One night, Jason steals enchanted instruments from the fairy world. Suddenly (with a little help from YouTube) every kid in the Midwest is crazy about the Assorted Zebras.

The fairy instruments drive the crowds wild, but the new gear is brimming with dangerous and destructive magic. The band struggles to gain control of their instruments and avoid the supernatural bounty hunters sent by Queen Mab of Faerie to track them down, all while trying to finally land their first gig.





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Fairy Blues


The sequel to Fairy Metal Thunder.

With their enchanted instruments charming the crowds, the Assorted Zebras attract interest from record producers, and soon they’re off to cut their first album and music video. Jason and his friends don’t know they’ve just become pawns in a sinister plot by a cabal of evil fairies...

Meanwhile, Aoide and her band pursue a new strategy for regaining their stolen instruments, one that will take them into the most haunted region in Faerie.




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28 January 2012

Article 5 (Article 5 #1) by Kristen Simmons

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New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.



Review.


Article 5 (Article 5, #1)Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

My rating: 4 of 5 stars





Abso-freakin-lutely BRILLIANT! Many MANY thanks to Kristen Simmons and her awesome publicist for giving me a copy! I've been waiting to read Article 5 for months and I definitely was not disappointed!

United States is not as we know it. After a horrible war, the country's structure has completely changed and The Bill of Rights has been replaced with the Moral Statues that control practically EVERY personal aspect of a citizen's life like his religion,family,interests and even his clothes/belongings!

But it wasn't always this way. 17 year old Ember remembers a time when America valued freedom and although she hates how things have changed, she's looking to survive. So, like any sensible person, she blends in and tries not to draw unnecessary attention to herself.

It doesn't last very long though. Ember's whole world falls apart when her mother gets arrested for not adhering to Article 5 of the Moral Statues and what makes it worse is that one of the arresting officers was Chase Jennings - Ember's ex-boyfriend and the only guy she has ever cared about.

I went through a whole range of emotions while reading Article 5. I was angry, REALLY really angry with the statues, the soliders and all the sh*t Ember went through. I'm embarrassed to admit that I even shed a few tears some times (yeah, I cry for books :P ), mostly when I saw the cruelty that Ember faced.

And then there's Chase Jennings..where do I begin? He's a complex, enigmatic guy, in fact he's so hard to read that at first even Ember doesn't understand him completely , despite knowing him for years. I got goosebumps while reading about Chase.

"I could not fall back in love with Chase Jennings. Doing so was like falling in love with a thunderstorm. Exciting and powerful, yes. Even beautiful. But violently tempered, unpredictable, and ultimately, short-lived."

I could connect with Simmons' writing on so many levels, it's unbelievable.

Article 5 has got everything a good book needs. I got attached to the characters, excited by the plot, felt a whirlwind of emotions that I absolutely could not put the book down! Trust me, the book's so good that you'd feel the same way too! After Legend, every dystopian novel that I tried reading has let me down..until Article 5!


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27 January 2012

Partials (Partials #1) by Dan Wells

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The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic in training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws threaten to launch what’s left of humanity into civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will discover that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.




Review.


Partials (Partials, #1)Partials by Dan Wells

My rating: 2 of 5 stars








I'm a HUGE fan of dystopian novels so when I got an arc of Partials I was really looking forward to reading it.

Kira's our 16 year old protagonist who has just completed her medical internship and is working with others on finding a cure for RM, a disease that kills infants/babies within a short time after they're born. So basically, world population has gone down the drain.
The origin of this disease is the Partials - human look-alike super robots that were created to fight a war for humans but instead turned against them. Kind of like The Terminator & iRobot.

The Good

I guess the plot wasn't bad. In fact, Dan Wells has thought this out and done his research pretty well. If you like a bit of sci-fi mixed with your dystopia, Partials a pretty cool read. The book picked up its pace and got pretty good nearing the end.

The Bad

The characters fell flat for me. At first I thought that it was probably because the story was just starting but 30% into it, I still couldn't connect with any of the characters. There were a lot of times when I found Kira pretty annoying, at least, till the end. Also her boyfriend Marcus? NO CHEMISTRY!

The writing bothered me a little bit. I'm not sure what about it specifically got to me, can't place my finger on it but through out the novel a huge part of me was disinterested. Although this could probably also be because of what I mentioned above (the characters). The story doesn't start slow, but it FELT slow (if that makes any sense). There were a lot of things happening at the same time but I just couldn't get into the book.

I found myself just skimming through some of the pages because I didn't care about Kira or anyone else's feelings/thoughts. That's a big no for me. I can't get into a book unless I like at least one of the characters. Even dialogues between the characters sometimes just felt a little unrealistic and silly to me. Again, I'm not sure if it's the characters or the writing couldn't keep my interest.

Final Thoughts

Partials had a promising plot and like I said, I was really looking forward to reading this one but it was kind of a let-down. At least, it was for me. But if you're the kind of reader who does not need to be emotionally invested in the characters to like a book, check this out, it just might be for you!

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26 January 2012

Blog Tour : Cursed (Touch #1) by S.A. Archer (Giveaway)

Hey Everyone!

Today's my stop for the Cursed Blog Tour. Cursed is the first of the five-book mini paranormal series, called Touch. The author's being incredibly generous by willing to giveaway e-book copies of the entire series to one winner!

As of now only Cursed is only the first book in the series. Addicted (Touch #2) was just released on January 1st. The winner will also receive ebook copies of books #3,#4 & #5 of the series as they release. Pretty cool huh?

Enter through the Rafflecopter after the blurb!


As a private investigator specializing in paranormal problems, London Eyer thought she could handle working for the Sidhe. They couldn’t be any worse than vampires or werewolves or wizards, could they? Oh, how wrong she was. One ‘Touch’ of Sidhe magic and she was cursed. Her only chance to survive is to serve the creep that cursed her against the vicious Changelings out for his blood.

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Cover Reveal : Tidal Whispers by Jocelyn Adams, Claire Gillian, Julie Reece & Kelly Said

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Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece
After a terrible accident, Tessa returns to her family beach house to heal. She doesn’t expect to see her first summer crush from seven years before. Cameron, though, reappears and ignites a relationship that’s far more intense than ever before. The only problem? Summer is once again coming to an end, and this time, Tessa will have to decide whether to choose life with Cameron or to never see him again.

The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian
Under Poseiden’s rule, Circe is the most destructive siren in the Pacific ocean, her songs luring ships and their crew to their watery graves. Not Otis, the best halibut fisherman in the Alaskan waters. His ship, the Calypso, has avoided disaster each time Circe set her sights on him.
Given one last chance to deliver Otis to Davy Jones’ locker, Circe takes to land to waylay the handsome captain. Instead, it may be Otis himself who hooks the Siren.

Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said
Should Miki choose to wed the local wealthy boy she doesn't love, her stomach will stop grumbling. Her soul, however, will suffocate. With one last opportunity before she must concede, she sneaks off for a final dive to her hidden crate at the bottom of the seabed. What waits for her is more than a captured lobster. It's a treasure she cannot claim without great sacrifice or true love.

The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams
Nixie, a water sprite, lives a solitary existence as she struggles to understand the strange world beyond her waters. When she meets one of the pink ones, a curious boy named Wyatt, their friendship blooms into a love that can exist only upon the sands that divide his solid ground from her underwater paradise. Some love, though, once born, cannot be undone, even in the face of death.




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25 January 2012

February Giveaway!




It's not February yet but I've decided to keep the giveaways rolling! =)

As usual, here're your choices, winner gets one of the Feb Release books from the list below! Happy Valentine's Month! =)



24 January 2012

Chick Lit Advocates!

I recently made a mess of blog and stayed up till 6am making international calls to Godaddy trying to fix it. I moved to Wordpress, hated it & moved back to Blogger. Only, now I've lost my domain. I apparently still own it, but its not of much use to anyone. So temporarily I'm using kindleandme.blogspot.com and I might move to kindleandme.net or just stick to this till the end of the year when I can get my .com domain back.

I'm an idiot.

Moving on,my awesome friend Ananda (who's like a sister to me) and I have started our own Chick Lit Blog (which goes live tomorrow) called Chick Lit Advocates where, as you can guess from the name, we're gonna focus only on chick lits. So if you're a chick lit fan, head on over for the awesome giveaways, reviews etc.

Like I said, check out the blog in 24 hours as right now, its still under construction and a bit of a mess.






Cover Reveal : Crux by Julie Reece

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She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met. Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host, and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league, Grey Mathews, wants to save her.
Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them, until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.
Her heritage did.



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23 January 2012

Blog Tour : BleedOver by Curtis Hox (E-Book + $50 Giftcard Giveaway)



Hi Guys!

Today's Kindle & Me's first blog tour of 2012 and it's an awesome one! As a part of the Bleedover Blog Tour, the author's giving away one e-book copy of his book along with a $50 Amazon/Barnes & Noble Giftcard! Cool huh? Both giveaways are international and you can enter through the two rafflecopter forms at the end of the post! Good luck :)

Bleedover by Curtis Cox.
Genre: Science Fiction/Contemporary Fantasy.

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Bleedover



An intriguing phenomenon in literature and arts.
A maverick professor's quest to find answers.
And a discovery that will shock the world.


Books, TV, film, advertising. It’s all being mysteriously altered, and no one knows why. Dr. Harriet Sterling claims she understands, even if no one believes her. She calls it the New Phenomenon of Bleedover.

She's alone, though, because the science establishment stands in her way. When trusted graduate students generate an apple out of thin air in a controversial bleedover project, the world takes notice. So does an old enemy thirsty for revenge, Corbin Lyell, who manipulates bleedover to hurtle monstrosities from the world of his pulp heroes, H.P. Lovecraft and R.E. Howard.

Dr. Sterling must stop Lyell's apocalyptic plans, but with enemies on all sides undermining her discovery, can she succeed?

With a heady mixture of serious literature and genre fiction, Bleedover dazzles as a thought-provoking work of science fiction and contemporary fantasy that both inspires and entertains.


21 January 2012

Discovery at Rosehill by Kathryn Brown

I'm not sure how many of you are aware but I'm an Associate Reader at a website known as Love a Happy Ending. One of the authors, Kathryn Brown, is relaunching her book Discovery at Rosehill soon and I thought you guys might want to check it out.

Although I haven't read it yet, I've heard pretty good things about the book. So here it is!

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Finding your dream home is difficult enough, but what if you found it and then discovered it was haunted? Medium Camilla Armstrong is led to the beautiful Rosehill country estate after communication with her deceased grandmother. On first inspection she senses tranquillity within the house; the gentle atmosphere of a Georgian manor that is crying out for new life. But when she moves in, Camilla discovers the house contains a dark secret, one which is to change her life forever.

When The Reverend Marcus Calloway introduces himself to her, a friendship develops and Camilla realises she could at last have found her true love. But all is not what it seems when further spirit contact confirms that Marcus harbours a guilty secret.

Spirit communication, manifestations and an eerie atmosphere all add to Camilla’s new surroundings as she tries hard to decipher mixed messages and a life she never knew existed. An open mind is all she asks for as her relationship with Marcus grows and the secrets of Rosehill are discovered with help from her relatives of a world beyond our own.






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I fought back the tears as I turned the corner and saw the house standing proud on its hill, sheep grazing in the bottom fields. It was as though time stood still, nothing had changed. There was nowhere I wanted to be more. It drew me in by some kind of magnetic force, wrapping its soul around mine until I had no control.


I sat in my faithful old Land Rover for a while, as I watched the rabbits go about their business, totally oblivious to my presence. The wind rustling through the trees and the birds singing to one another was all I could hear as feelings of affection poured from my soul.


The farm house, a large stone building had an aura of warm colours around its walls. This was my dream come true. Relief and excitement besieged me as I realised that I had finally found the last piece of my jigsaw, the piece I had searched for all my life. I was complete. I was final. I was home.


“Your world you have to discover,” my grandmother said. I looked at her sat beside me and saw tears in her eyes. When she visited I had to listen. I didn’t always agree but she was wise, she spoke with sincerity. I didn’t remember her passing. She often manifested before me, presenting as I would have recognised from her photograph which stood on the fireplace.


I looked longingly at the derelict building in dire need of love. It had a soul; a desire having lived on through hundreds of years. I knew it was where I needed to be. My life would unfold inside these walls as a future of certainty lay before me.


“It’s beautiful,” I said to the energy which occupied the passenger seat beside me. “But I don’t understand why you’ve brought me here.”

“You’re ready to move on, Camilla. You’re in your forties and you’re lonely. I see it in your eyes every time I look at you.” My grandmother knew so much.

“But look at it. It’s derelict. I couldn’t live here.” We both stared at the cluster of buildings. “I was happy in Edinburgh. Why would I want to live so far away from civilisation?”

“You will find more civilisation in this house than you could ever wish to find anywhere else. Believe me, you’re meant to live here. You have so much to learn about your life and it all starts here, at Rosehill.”

I turned to face her as she too, turned to look at me. Her eyes were sparkling, her mouth curled up in a vibrant smile. I could sense the excitement within her heart as she impressed it upon my own.

“Go. Find yourself. Understand that what you have in your life is only a fraction of what is really there. I’ll be by your side; I’ll watch out for you.” She began to fade. I reached out my hand towards where her spirit body had rested in the seat. But as the fabric touched my hands I realised I was once more alone, and a little frightened of the journey which clearly lay ahead.


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17 January 2012

Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand

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For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.



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Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


It just keeps on getting better.

I read Hallowed last night and I love-love-LOVED it!

For those of you who've read Unearthly, as you can remember, Clara, due to recurring visions of Christian stuck in the middle of a forest caught on fire, believes that her purpose as an angel (okay, part-angel) is to save him. However, somewhere along the story, she falls in love with Tucker, which changed the game.

Hallowed picks up right where Unearthly ended.

This book takes us deeper into the story, tells us more about the Angels, Black Wings, Clara's mom etc. Oh, and we get a hell lot more of Christian (YAY) ! I felt that Hallowed focused more on Clara's experiences and her doubts, mostly ones that any teenage girl would go through, with some angel stuff added to it.

Also, Clara is going through some changes. Her visions didn't work out the way she thought they would and now she's feeling seriously confused/conflicted. Right now, she's got no idea what her purpose as an angel on earth is.

There's a love triangle, obviously.

“Before I moved here, I never got the whole love-triangle thing. You know, in movies or romance novels or whatnot, where there’s one chick that all the guys are drooling over, even though you can’t see anything particularly special about her. But oh, no, they both must have her. And she’s like, oh dear, however will I choose? William is so sensitive, he understands me, he swept me off my feet, oh misery, blubber, blubber, but how can I go on living without Rafe and his devil-may-care ways and his dark and only-a-little-abusive love? Upchuck.”

Tucker vs. Christian.
I adore both of them and Cynthia Hand has done a great job with this part of the storyline. God, I'm in love with too many fictional guys.

We watch Clara go on an emotional roller-coaster and at the end of it, she comes out stronger than ever!
I'll also admit that the paranormal stuff in this book, specifically the angel stuff, isn't so great. In fact, I'd even say that it's a little cliched but I guess I'm already too attached to the characters & I can ignore that part.

If you need something extraordinary, this isn't it. But it IS a really good paranormal/YA book!


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Cover Reveal : Eternal - A Holloway Pack Prequel by J.A.Belfield

An unmarried woman living in a house of men breeds heresay and lore. If only the villagers knew the truth.
It’s not Jem Stonehouse’s marital status that brings unwanted strangers to town. Rather, it’s that she is the only female werewolf in existence — a prize to any pack.
Sean Holloway, the love of Jem’s life, has gone to great lengths to protect her. As a new attack becomes imminent, Sean realizes he must take greater measures with Jem’s safety or risk losing her forever.
His first task must be to marry her, but a force greater than the largest werewolf stands in his way.
Her mother.

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16 January 2012

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) by Darynda Jones

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3) by Darynda Jones.
Audience/Genre : Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : January 31st 2012 by St. Martin's Press.
Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hellbent on murder when the devil’s son just won’t give up?



Freakin' Epic.


I want Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet and I want it NOW! For those of who haven't read any book in this series yet - What're you waiting for?? Get it, like right now!! Charley's the grim reaper. Yup! She's the gateway between Heaven and Earth, the person sought by dead souls from all over the world to help them 'move' on. She's not your traditional black-hooded-scythe-holding grim reaper though. Charley works as a Private Investigator during the day, mostly to keep up appearances and well, make some money. By using her 'abilities', Charley manages to be a damn good PI too.

She's brave, witty, funny and just AWESOME! This is a paranormal series any one would love, just for the amazing characters, humor and my favorite one of all - Reyes. *sigh* Reyes, Reyes, Reyes. You take 'bad boy' to a whole new level! Ah, you make my heart race and my toes curl.

Damn, I wish you were real!

For the rest of you, who have read the previous two books in this series and love Charley & Reyes like I do - Third Grave Dead Ahead definitely didn't disappoint. In fact, it's by far the best in the series till date.
The plot, as usual, is excellent. Charley's as funny as ever! There's also some new characters that I really like. This book goes deeper into Reyes' past - the time before he got arrested and we understand more about what Charley is capable of. Trust me, you want to get read this one asap! There isn't one slow moment in this book.

To me, Third Grave Dead Ahead just raised the bar. This series just went from being one of my favorites to I'm-DYING-for-the-next-book.

I cannot thank Darynda Jones - the author of this awesome series - and her publicist at St.Martin's Press enough for giving me an ARC of this book!




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