29 April 2013

Oleander Girl By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


Oleander Girl By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
Audience/Genre: Women/Contemporary.
Publication: March 2013 by Simon and Schuster.
THOUGH SHE WAS ORPHANED AT BIRTH, the wild and headstrong Korobi Roy has enjoyed a privileged childhood with her adoring grandparents, spending her first seventeen years sheltered in a beautiful, crumbling old mansion in Kolkata. But despite all that her grandparents have done for her, she is troubled by the silence that surrounds the circumstances of her parents’ death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: the love note she found, years ago, hidden in a book of poetry that had belonged to her mother. As she grows, Korobi dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents’, and it seems her wish has finally come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile business family.
Shortly after their engagement, however, a sudden heart attack kills Korobi’s grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi’s past. Shattered by this discovery and by her grandparents’ betrayal, Korobi decides to undertake a courageous search across post-9/11 America to find her true identity. Her dramatic, often startling journey will ultimately thrust her into the most difficult decision of her life.

Reviewed by Kelly.
Wow, what a book. I have to admit to being scared of reviewing a book written by someone from India on a blog from India while being an American myself. What justice could I do to it? I admit that my only cultural diversity here is that I am a labor and delivery nurse and have witnessed many cultures in their having a baby.

I had a hard time at the beginning. I didn't know the proper use of names or a lot of the foods or what the name of clothes looked like. I found myself all of a sudden looking for people from India and trying to figure out what the name of the clothing was.I was intrigued!

I also was amazed at how scandal of any level affected them. How hard that must be!

But, I found I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was non stop things going on, once I got past the beginning, I couldn't find the time to keep reading it. I would sneak a few sentences in at work whenever I could. Then I stayed up until I heard my husband's alarm clock going off this morning.

There is tradition and family and honor and all kinds of emotion and everything! There is so much pride here and you hope by the end that they would let the pride go. But who am I to judge, I am just an outside observer of this culture.

The writing is amazing. I saw the characters grow and learn to love their families even deeper. I saw how they learned from mistakes and terrible tragedies.

There was a point or two where I wanted the main character, Korobi, to just give up. But she is strong and I admired her for her fearlessness. I got ahead of myself.

Korobi finds out that she has been told a lie all her life after her grandfather dies.She has loved her grandfather dearly and it is very painful for her. She has just become engaged to Rajat and her world seems to spiral out of control.She may still have a father who is alive and not dead as she has been told. She travels to America to find him. Rajat's family is well to do and don't want scandal of this nature. They don't want her to leave.

Meanwhile, Rajat's family is having some financial issues.There is some problems at their warehouse one day when Rajat's father is away. Rajat decides he needs to handle it. But it doesn't go well. There are two different religions and Rajat unwittingly stirs up a strike and threats start. Rajat also has an old girlfriend who is extremely rich and spoiled and not a proper girl in any culture. She is trouble from the getgo and sometimes I wanted to slap Rajat and her and then other times I just wanted them to get back together so Korobi would find someone else.

Korobi's journey and Rajat's family problems occur at the same time and they don't always communicate with each other well which causes many problems.

Rajat's sister Pia and their chauffeur Asif were one of the pieces of the story that I loved most. Asif was not of the same religion. He was loyal to Rajat's family, but mostly to Pia. He would do anything for her and he does risk his life for her after the family treats him poorly. Pia is a cute little sister who is a little modernized. I loved her she is what draws everyone together.

Rajat's parents and Korobi's grandmother have their POV's in the story as well as Asif, Rajat and Korobi. I won't go into their stories but they are all amazing.

In the end, there is forgiveness and pride is forgotten and love is everywhere. If you love a story of redemption,forgiveness and some action than this a great story for you. Again, I really can't do this book justice. There is a lot of culture that I learned about and I don't think I could do it justice by describing it.


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22 April 2013

A Riveting Affair by Candace Havens, Lily Land and Patricia Eimer (Excerpts + Giveaway)


I'm pretty stoked to be a part of this tour. I've 2 excerpts from an anthology, namely, A Riveting Affair by Candace Havens, Lily Land and Patricia Eimer for you guys and also an awesome Barnes & Noble and Amazon Giftcard(s) giveaway!

A Riveting Affair by Candace Havens, Lily Land and Patricia Eimer
Audience/Genre: Adult/Steampunk Anthology
Publication: March 2013 by Entangled Publishing
Beauty and The Clockwork Beast by Lily Lang
Rose Verney wants to fulfill her father’s dying request: to complete construction of the teleportation device he designed. Knowing just who can help her succeed, she seeks out Sebastian Cavendish, her father’s brilliant former student.
Sebastian hasn’t left his home since he returned from the Civil War. He’s a broken man, his prosthetics a reminder of the terrible destruction his inventions brought to the battlefield. He wants nothing to do with Rose and her father’s masterpiece, but when she barges into his abandoned lab and begins construction, it’s everything he can do to resist getting involved. Especially when she charms her way into his monstrous heart.

Demon Express by Candace Havens
Professor Maisy Clark, professional demon hunter, is on the trail of an evil scientist responsible for the deaths of hundreds. Julian is worse than the monsters he creates, but he’s also obsessed with Maisy and willing to kill anyone who gets too close to her.
Just when she thinks she has Julian cornered, the sexy marshall Jake Calloway insists the investigation is his, and everything goes to hell. Maisy came to Texas to corner the scientist whose macabre experiments have taken so many lives, and Calloway is just another distraction she doesn’t need. Julian is her responsibility, one she’s not about to share. Even if Calloway can help, Julian will know Maisy is falling for the marshall, and she’s not willing to risk his life.

The Clockwork Bride by Patrica Eimer
When engineer Aida Mulvaney attends a masquerade ball at the home of a staunch Luddite earl with a personal vendetta against her father’s company, she doesn’t expect to end the night married to the earl’s son Julian Capshaw, a brilliant engineer in his own right. The marriage will allow both of them to pursue their love of science, without interfering parents and ridiculous social stigmas. Though they escape to the Continent to start new lives, Julian’s father will have none of his heir’s disobedience. Before long, a marriage begun for the sake of convenience becomes a union of passion, but will it survive the machinations of an earl determined to destroy everything they love?


If you'd like to check out an excerpt from Demon Excerpt by Candace Havens, head over to The Bawdy Book Blog on the 23rd!

The Clockwork Bride by Patricia Eimer


My captor tugged at my hand again, almost towing me across the dance floor and away from Lord Capshaw. We were swallowed by the indifferent crowd, who’d all focused on our host’s revelation.
“What are you doing?” I asked under my breath, shocked that he had the audacity to manhandle me in the middle of ball like I was some serving girl in a dockside bar.
“Making my escape,” the man said and swept me through the door into a dimly lit hallway. Tightening his grip, he dragged me toward an alcove at the far corner. “Now hush, you don’t want to make a scene. People might talk.”
“Stop it!” I tried to subtly jerk backwards. “Let go of me this instant or I swear I shall scream. I don’t care who finds us or whether they decide to gossip about it later.”
Instead of answering, he released my hand and wrapped his arm around my waist, lifting me bodily and carrying me into the alcove, pulling the heavy blue curtain closed and planting his lips roughly against mine. Currents sparked when our lips touched, and I was suddenly much warmer than I had been moments before. My knees wobbled, and my toes curled. His fingers tangled into the elaborate twists of my curly auburn hair and tugged at the pins. Instead of pushing away I wrapped my arms around his neck and pulled him closer. He stepped deeper into the alcove, his lips still tight against mine, and pressed me against the back wall.
Whatever had inspired him to escape the ballroom and pull me into this secluded spot, I couldn’t say that I was terribly upset about it. Whoever my captive was, he happened to be an excellent kisser and my head swam from the feel of his lips on mine.
After a moment, he slowed his assault and gave me a gentle, close-mouthed kiss on the side of my lips before pulling back completely to stare at me. Before I could do more than bring my trembling fingers up to touch my swollen lips, and try to catalog exactly what had been so amazing about this mysterious man’s kiss, he grabbed the side of my crooked mask, pulling it off of my face.

Beauty and The Clockwork Beast by Lily Lang


She spent the morning cleaning and oiling the clockwork servants, and then sent them off, one by one, pushing them out into the corridor and watching as they obediently swept up the debris, cleared away dust, and shook out the curtains in the halls. She paused only to sneeze several times in rapid succession.
When she had released all but three malfunctioning automatons into the house, Rose turned back to the room. It would do for a laboratory, she decided. It certainly had enough space and light.
Though she intended for the clockwork servants to do much of the cleaning, she would have to sort through the debris herself. She certainly couldn’t depend upon a machine to separate the still-useful and usable parts and tools from the junk.
It was well into the afternoon before she had gathered all the items to be discarded into the hot air balloon basket and attached it to the back of a garbage disposal automaton, which obediently dragged it out of the room and down the servants' stairs.
Some part of her was surprised that Sebastian hadn’t yet heard the commotion made by the various clockwork servants now cleaning the mansion, but she was nevertheless grateful. She suspected that when he did realize what was happening, he would be furious.
When at last she had organized the various tools and materials that remained, she marshaled the last of the automatons and set them to work within the laboratory itself.
She had just released a mechanical broom when the door swung open with a bang. The cat hissed. She looked up, her heart pounding so rapidly her blood roared in her ears. A strange, shameful thrill of anticipation ran through her. Sebastian stood in the doorway, his hair still rumpled from sleep.
He did not, however, look happy to see her.
“What the hell do you think you're doing?”


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13 April 2013

Need Help!

Hey there!


I know I've been out of it lately, but it's because I've been super busy with school and work. Speaking of school, I'm working on a project for my Market Research class and well, since you're all bookish people like me, I could really use your help with my assignment.

I've created a survey, it's multiple choice and just 10 questions, takes about 20 seconds to fill out. If you read young adult novels, I'd really, really, REALLY appreciate it if you could fill this survey.


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09 April 2013

Blog Tour: Mark of the Sylph (Demons of Infernum, #2) by Rosalie Lario (Excerpt + Giveaway)



Mark of the Sylph (Demons of Infernum #2) by Rosalie Lario
Audience/Genre: Adult/Urban Fantasy
Publication: March 26th, 2013 by Entangled Select
Half-demon Taeg is desperate to free his pregnant sister-in-law, who is spellbound to an indestructible book that will create an army of the undead. He is convinced that an ancient sword can destroy the book and the spell forever, but this relic has been hidden for a millennia by a powerful glamour. The clock begins to run out on his search when an old rival goes after the book and Taeg’s family in his quest for revenge.

Librarian Maya Flores has a secret: she’s immune to magic and is well aware of the supernatural beings prowling the streets of New York City. Haunted by a brutal demon attack that took her family, she is on a one-woman mission to destroy the evil demons who did it—and any others who get in her way.
Maya is Taeg’s best hope for uncovering the sword.
Unfortunately, she wants nothing more than to kill him. As he fights for her trust and to save his family, she is forced to face the truth that not all demons are evil. And the worst part? She might be falling in love with one, too.

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Inside the lush lobby, a security guard sat behind a marble desk, checking in a visitor. Taeg’s arm tightened around Maya and he leaned down to whisper in her ear. “I hope you’re not thinking about trying to run away or asking the security guard for help, ’cause he knows exactly what I am and he’ll only assume you’re another captured demon fugitive.”
“Another what?”
“Good afternoon, Mr. Meyers,” the guard called.
“Hey, Winslow, how’s it hanging?” Taeg breezed by him and toward the elevator.
“Did you just say fugitive—?”
“Later,” Taeg interrupted. The doors opened, and he pushed her into the elevator.
She broke free of his grasp and rounded on him, barely paying attention as he pressed a button. “What do you mean, a captured demon fugitive?”
“We’ll talk about it some other time.”
Like hell. “You can’t expect me to keep my mouth shut like you never mentioned a thing about some sort of fugitive.”
He leaned forward with a soft laugh, and she instinctively retreated until her back hit the elevator door. He took advantage of that by pressing his arms to either side of her, effectively imprisoning her with his body. “Sweetheart, I wouldn’t expect anything less from you than defiance and general kick-assitude.”
Maya said nothing, just held her breath while he lifted one palm to her cheek, caressing it. He regarded her like she was some yummy dessert he wanted to devour. She didn’t know how to respond to a demon who wasn’t trying to kill or harm her. Much less one who was openly admiring of her. This was beyond her level of expertise.
“You are so…weird,” she finally said.
He laughed. “You don’t know the half of it.”
Her mind barely registered the ding of the elevator when it arrived on their floor. The door slid open so quickly she would have fallen flat on her ass if Taeg hadn’t caught her by the shoulders and steadied her. He flashed her a brilliant smile. “Come on, let’s go.”


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3 Prize Packs (3 Winners from within the US) and if the winner is international, 1 book retailer gift card worth $20.

Prize Pack Includes:
•1 autographed copy of Blood of the Demon (Demons of Infernum #1)
•1 autographed copy of Mark of the Sylph (Demons of Infernum #2)
•1 autographed copy of For Love of an Angel (Fallen Warriors #1) ~ 35,000 word novella
•1 ruby heart angel-wing necklace (like the one worn by the heroine Ruby in Angel’s Kiss, Fallen Warriors #4)
•1 nifty double-sided, tasseled bookmark
•1 Blood of the Demon refrigerator magnet
•Virtual XOXOs from Rosalie (lol…priceless)

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Rosalie Lario is the award-winning, paranormal romance author of the Demons of Infernum and the Fallen Warriors series. Rosalie double majored in Anthropology and Classics as an undergraduate student, and briefly considered becoming an archaeologist before realizing they don’t actually live the life of Indiana Jones. So what was a classical geek armed with a lot of useless knowledge to do? Become a lawyer, of course! After attending law school in Florida, she practiced real estate law for several years before finally admitting to herself that negotiating contracts wasn’t nearly as fun as dreaming up stories. She never imagined all the mythology she studied would one day make the perfect fodder for the paranormal romance stories she now dreams up! When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family in their home state of Florida.

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01 April 2013

Oleander Girl By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Giveaway)


Oleander Girl By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
Audience/Genre: Women/Contemporary.
Publication: March 2013 by Simon and Schuster.
THOUGH SHE WAS ORPHANED AT BIRTH, the wild and headstrong Korobi Roy has enjoyed a privileged childhood with her adoring grandparents, spending her first seventeen years sheltered in a beautiful, crumbling old mansion in Kolkata. But despite all that her grandparents have done for her, she is troubled by the silence that surrounds the circumstances of her parents’ death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: the love note she found, years ago, hidden in a book of poetry that had belonged to her mother. As she grows, Korobi dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents’, and it seems her wish has finally come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile business family.
Shortly after their engagement, however, a sudden heart attack kills Korobi’s grandfather, revealing serious financial problems and a devastating secret about Korobi’s past. Shattered by this discovery and by her grandparents’ betrayal, Korobi decides to undertake a courageous search across post-9/11 America to find her true identity. Her dramatic, often startling journey will ultimately thrust her into the most difficult decision of her life.


Thanks to Simon and Schuster, I have a giveaway of Oleander Girl by bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, for you today! There will be 3 winners (US Only).
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the award-winning author of many books, including The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and One Amazing Thing. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. Born in India, she currently lives in Texas and teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.




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