Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman


If I Stay

Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher:   Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; contemporary fiction
Source: ebook

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen. Stay, he says.

Everybody has to make choices. Some might break you. For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope. 

But life can change in an instant. 

A cold February morning …a snowy road …and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one. As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all. 

Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve lost – and all that might be.


My Review:

This is the first of its kind that i have read. Although, the synopsis doesn’t do it justice, in the sense that i didn’t quite know what i was getting into when i first started reading it…till, well it happened.

If I Stay, as the title suggests is about Mia, stuck in a kind of limbo while her body is a comatose state and the question is – should she stay or should she go?
It’s something i’ve thought about too. How does one know that their loved one is waiting in between either trying to find their way back or just not. Euthanasia isn’t an easy choice, but this book isn’t about that.

Gayle Forman cleverly weaves a story around Mia who reflects on her past while watches the actions of those around her in the hospital as they pray and hope that she wakes up. Having been in an accident that rendered her an orphan and without her brother, she really has nothing left for her to live for. And there does come a point in the story where she wants it to be over. But then everyone around shows her that she has a family. Bigger than the one she lost and they’re all rooting for her.

It was such a beautiful sad story. About the loss of family, love and grief. And the ultimate question whether to stay or to go.


Review: Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Chasing Brooklyn

Title: Chasing Brooklyn

Author: Lisa Schroeder
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; contemporary; paranormal
Source: Hardcover – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Restless souls and empty hearts

Brooklyn can’t sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe’s ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn’t Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can’t stop. He’s always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca’s ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they’re being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.

My Review:

I’ve come to love books in verse. So, when i come across one, i tend to buy it no matter what. And it obviously helps if I’ve already heard about the book. There is just something about the way stories are told in verse. Rather enjoyable to read and unfortunately quick to finish.

Chasing Brooklyn is about a girl named Brooklyn and no we aren’t chasing her, at least until you get inside her dreams. You see, she’s being haunted by her dead boyfriend’s dead friend. And her dead boyfriend’s brother is being haunted by dead boyfriend. Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? But, really it isn’t.

While the basis of the story was sad and about loss, you also tend to feel hopeful for the characters. As cheesy and cliched as this sounds – you become one with the character because you come to terms with their loss along with them. Their fears become your fears. Their strength becomes your strength.

Its a gripping love story. A haunting story. There are times when I absolutely love the chemistry between Nico and Brooklyn, but then come Brooklyn’s dreams and I’m scared. They were so real. Incredibly so.

Lisa Schroeder really did a commendable job with this book. Oh, and she made me want to join a triathlon too!

“Waiting On” Wednesday #43

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:



Get hooked on a girl named Fred… 

HE said: Fred Oday is a girl? Why is a girl taking my best friends spot on the boy’s varsity golf team?

SHE said: Can I seriously do this? Can I join the boys’ team? Everyone will hate me – especially Ryan Berenger.

HE said: Coach expects me to partner with Fred on the green? That is crazy bad. Fred’s got to go – especially now that I can’t get her out of my head. So not happening.

SHE said: Ryan can be nice, when he’s not being a jerk. Like the time he carried my golf bag. But the girl from the rez and the spoiled rich boy from the suburbs? So not happening.

But there’s no denying that things are happening as the girl with the killer swing takes on the boy with the killer smile…

Expected publication: January 31st 2013 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 29th 2013)


Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Title: City of Bones

Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; paranormal fiction
Source: Paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . 

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My Review:

Yes, I tend to come across or read books quite late if there is a certain hype about them. Don’t know why, though. But I’m glad I actually sat down and read this book, no matter how late it was because I really enjoyed it. I think it also had to do with the fact that the movie was coming out too and the trailer was beyond amazing.

Cassandra Clare weaves this incredible world of supernatural residing in New York – something that fitted quite well, actually. Fairies reside in Central Park, vampires in abandoned buildings, Shadowhunters in churches and werewolves, well there isn’t a particular place for them. New York being a jungle on its own it seemed rather fitting to procreate a jungle for all live in.

In all honesty I wasn’t quite sure what I would expect. I had come across quite a few spoilers, albeit accidentally, and they had already painted quite a picture in my head. Like the forbidden love between…Clary and Jace. No matter how intoxicatingly enjoyable to read it was. It was something that turned me off completely but somehow it left me with wanting more. Like, I am definitely going to read City of Ashes now. It’s been with me for a few days now.

Who doesn’t love to read about finding out that your father, who you thought was dead was actually alive and is feared and hated by all. In fact he is pure evil. I rather enjoy such conflicts. Makes for some amazing stories.

The whole book is about how Clary comes to terms with a life that was hidden from her and in the end accepts it as her own. How she uncovers answers to her past…by opening her eyes…literally! Life in general, completely normal if you don’t count the supernatural and other completely impossible things.

It is unlikely that you haven’t read this book. But if there are those like me, still having not broken the spine of City of Bones then I strongly urge them to crack it open, figuratively. I had a great time reading it and chances are that you will too!

In My Mailbox #30

As it turns out, whenever I see books…in abundance mind you, I tend ago go a little crazy. Okay, so this isn’t as crazy I have been before BUT let’s just say books and I have this lovely relationship where I need to give back by buying more and more. You see I have this fear that I don’t buy books then they’ll disappear for good and I won’t have any to buy. And as irrational as seems fear seems, it’s still a fear.

Anyway, here is what I bought this week…or in the span of 3 days!

Troubadour by Mary Hoffman

The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3) by Libba Bray

Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

Freedom: Short Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Amnesty International

Swoon by Nina Malkin

Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle #2) by Libba Bray

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare


If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)            Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, #2)   

Looking for Alaska

Tour: Painted Blind by Michelle A. Mansen



(Erik, armed with the dust, visits Psyche’s Chemistry class)

The next day I was zoning in Mr. Darling’s class when a breeze blew by me. The air smelled of cinnamon and subtle but expensive cologne.

“Are you bored yet?” His whisper startled me. I nearly swallowed my pen cap. After the horrible coughing fit passed, he drew even closer to my ear. “So, that guy is your teacher?”

Before I could reply, Mr. Darling called my name. Holding out the dry erase marker, he said, “Come up and balance this equation.”

“I haven’t finished yet,” I said.

“Come forward,” Mr. Darling insisted.

I slowly untangled myself from the desk. While I struggled to place numbers on the equation, the student teacher stalked around me like some hungry carnivore. A hand rested on my shoulder, and I cringed, but it was my invisible savior who whispered, “Five H20, six carbon.”

Mr. Darling paused directly behind me, and I wished I’d worn a longer shirt—one that completely covered my backside.

“Two nitrogen.” The hand moved away. “I’ll take care of him.”

The equation finished, I set the marker on the ledge of the board and went to my desk, unable to look at anything but the floor. I slid into my seat and slouched behind Rory.

Mr. Darling scanned my work. “Correct,” he announced. Then he tripped on some unseen obstacle. His body flung forward with unnatural force and his face smacked the whiteboard.

The class laughed when Mr. Darling stood, shaking his head like he didn’t know what happened. He sniffed, and his nose dribbled blood. He tried to wipe it away with his hand, but smeared it up the sleeve of his shirt. “Okay,” he said, acting nonchalant, “everyone start on the next problem.” Pinching his nose at the bridge, he managed to stem the tide for a moment, but as soon as he let go, the stream was worse than before.

Five minutes passed and his nose was still bleeding, so Mr. Darling twisted up two tissues and shoved one into each nostril. The ends hung over his lip, making a white mustache that fluttered when he breathed.

Savannah giggled into her worksheet.

A moment later the counselor, Ms. Hubble, appeared in the doorway. “Could I see….” She broke off when she saw our teacher. “Michael, what happened to your nose?” she asked.

“Perfect timing,” came the quiet whisper over my shoulder. The air whipped away.

“Ah chew!” Mr. Darling sneezed and sent the bloody tissues flying. “Excuse me,” he mumbled. A new red trickle started down his lip. He looked at Ms. Hubble and the expression on his face shocked us all. He eyed the counselor like he eyed me just a moment ago. Then his features softened, and he gave her the most pathetic puppy-dog eyes. “I bumped my nose on the board. It won’t stop bleeding.”

The counselor stepped forward, all her motherly compassion surfacing right there in front of our class. “You poor thing.” Then, “Ah chew!” and we all gasped as she lit up like a forty-year-old flashlight. “Just come to my office after class.” She winked on her way out.

“You have got to be joking,” muttered a girl in the next row. “She’s like fifteen years older than him.”

“Oh, that is just wrong,” Savannah whispered before the bell rang to dismiss us.  (my website & blog)  (Painted Blind on Goodreads)  (Amazon)  (my author facebook page)  (Painted Blind’s facebook fan page)


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Graffiti Moon

“Waiting On” Wednesday #42

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

This Is What Happy Looks Like

This Is What Happy Looks Like
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

In This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith’s new YA novel, perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O’Neill meet—albeit virtually—when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an email about his pet pig, Wilbur. In the tradition of romantic movies like “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” the two 17-year-olds strike up an email relationship, even though they live on opposite sides of the country and don’t even know each other’s first names.

Through a series of funny and poignant messages, Graham and Ellie make a true connection, sharing intimate details about their lives, hopes and fears. But they don’t tell each other everything; Graham doesn’t know the major secret hidden in Ellie’s family tree, and Ellie is innocently unaware that Graham is actually a world-famous teen actor living in Los Angeles.

When the location for the shoot of Graham’s new film falls through, he sees an opportunity to take their relationship from online to in-person, managing to get the production relocated to picturesque Henley, Maine, where Ellie lives. But can a star as famous as Graham have a real relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie’s mom want her to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

Just as they did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, the hands of fate intervene in wondrous ways in this YA novel that delivers on high concept romance in lush and thoughtful prose.

Expected publication: 2013 by Little Brown and Company

“Waiting On” Wednesday #41

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted #1)

Indigo Awakening (The Hunted, #1)
Because of what you are, the Believers will hunt you down.

Voices told Lucas Darby to run. Voices no one else can hear. He’s warned his sister not to look for him, but Rayne refuses to let her troubled brother vanish on the streets of LA. In her desperate search, she meets Gabriel Stewart, a runaway with mysterious powers and far too many secrets. Rayne can’t explain her crazy need to trust the strange yet compelling boy—to touch him—to protect him even though he scares her.

A fanatical church secretly hunts psychic kids—gifted “Indigo” teens feared to be the next evolution of mankind—for reasons only “the Believers” know. Now Rayne’s only hope is Gabe, who is haunted by an awakening power—a force darker than either of them imagine—that could doom them all.

Expected publication: December 18th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

finally it’s giveaway time!

Hi, my cuties!

It is finally giveaway time!

How many of you have been eagerly awaiting this? I know i have been waiting for the perfect opportunity. So, what better time then the present and 2 months before a blogoversary!

Announcing the

Young Adult Giveaway Hop

August 8th to 14th

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A WriterReading Teen

Do you guys want to know what’s up for grabs? Ever heard of Graffiti Moon? Cath Crowley? Because you should have!

Graffiti Moon

Graffiti Moon

Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she’s going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He’s out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy’s stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she’s managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they’re suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can’t see is the one thing that’s right before her eyes.

One lucky person gets a copy of Graffiti Moon!


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  • Must be based in the UK (sorry guys, this a UK giveaway this time)
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Review: Dark Heart Forever by Lee Monroe

Dark Heart Forever (Dark Heart, #1)Title: Dark Heart Forever

Author: Lee Monroe
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; paranormal fiction
Source: Paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Jane Jonas is nearing her 16th birthday and troubled by unsettling recurring dreams where the same mysterious boy her age comes to her, telling Jane that they are each other’s destiny. Her mother is increasingly anxious about Jane’s disruptive sleepwalking episodes, but for Jane her dream world and reality are about to collide … 

When she develops a friendship with an enigmatic stranger in town, the blond, uber-cool Evan, it’s exciting, it’s new, and Jane wants him more than she’s ever wanted anybody – until her mystery dream boy gets in the way. 

Now Jane is caught between two worlds: one familiar, but tinged with romance and excitement; the other dark and dangerous, where angels, werewolves, and an irresistible stranger are trying to seduce her …

My Review:

I wanted to read something light. Something that didn’t involve thinking or concentrating about the story. I mean sure the mind does think and make up situations about the potential ending, or resolution of the conflict but I just wanted an easy read.

Dark Heart Forever follows the story of Jane, a loner by choice because of being bullied in high school. Falls for two seemingly amazing guys, Luca and Evan. Classic love triangle. She starts dating Evan but she doesn’t understand her feelings for Luca, so she keeps putting them off as friendship.

Unbeknownst to us, not really, Evan has an agenda. I mean who didn’t guess that? The guy was pretty shady. Period.

Too perfect but managed to have a past, which really didn’t make sense. Anyone who fell for him…seriously? -_-

It was weird. I’ll give it that. The ending pretty much predictable. I mean you kind of figure out guy the girl ends up with. And as much as I don’t enjoy reading love triangles, I found myself reading on. To the point where I actually finished the book.

Quite a lot like Twilight, so you all have a right to be a bit apprehensive. The second book, Dark Heart Rising is on my shelf and because I don’t leave series unfinished, I’ll be reading that soon. Also because, *smiles sheepishly* part of me wants to know what happens next.

Positive: werewolves!

Review: What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

What Happened To GoodbyeTitle: What Happened to Goodbye

Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher:  Viking Juvenile
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; contemporary fiction
Source: Paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents’ bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean’s become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean’s ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?

My Review:

Whenever Sarah Dessen releases a new book my heart sores and i make it a goal in my life to get my hands on it and devour it.

‘Read her once and fall in love.’

How honest is that line up there? It’s true to every word and letter. I know for a fact that of the six books that I’ve read by Sarah Dessen, I am yet to be disappointed. She just weaves the story is such an intricate pattern that it looks flawless, beautiful and the presence of a loose thread doesn’t exist. The story stays sewn together, without the fear of coming undone.

What Happened to Goodbye is about McLean. Her parents just went through a messy divorce. Her only escape, recreating herself, which is fairly easy considering how often she and her father move from place to place due to his job. But, this time, she finds it hard to hide herself, all the while searching for whom the ‘old McLean’ was and how she got to where she is.

Sarah Dessen adds just the right amount of elements in her books, almost like the perfect cake. Add family, friendship, love, path to forgiveness and finding oneself, and put in the oven to bake. Then spread the romance and sprinkle letting-go, and you have a perfect, delicious cake that melts in your mouth with every bite.

If you haven’t already read this book, then I strongly suggest going to buy yourself one, NOW! Seriously, how could you resist? And I’m just going to sit here patiently awaiting the news of Sarah Dessen’s new novel. *fingers crossed* There has to be another novel in the horizon…THERE JUST HAS TO BE!

“Waiting On” Wednesday #40

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Eve and Adam

Eve and Adam
Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible. 

While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything… until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.

Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends

“Waiting On” Wednesday #39

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:


In a desert land where serpents made of unbreakable glass fly through the sky and wolves made of only sand hunt within storms, Liyana is destined to be a vessel, to sacrifice herself so that her clan’s goddess can inhabit her body… but her goddess never comes.
Expected publication: September 11th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry

Starling (Starling #1)

Starling (Starling, #1)
“Love is just the beginning… of the end.”

Mason Starling is a champion fencer for Gosforth Academy, but she’s never had to fight for her life. Until now. When a ferocious storm rips through Manhattan and unleashes terrifying creatures onto Gosforth’s campus, Mason barely escapes alive. Without help from the mysterious stranger who appeared in the midst of the storm, she might not have made it at all. But now, in the aftermath, Mason’s life begins to spin dramatically, mystically out of control, and the only one who seems able to help her is the stranger who can remember nothing but his name: Fennrys Wolf.

As Mason and Fenn uncover more about Fenn’s past and the strange events that surround them, they realize that Mason’s family — and its dark allegiance to the ancient Norse gods — is at the center of everything. A predetermined fate seems to be closing in on Mason, but is it possible to change one’s destiny?

Readers who fell in love with Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange trilogy and those who love Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series will be captivated by the sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action of Starling.

Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by HarperTeen (first published August 15th 2012)

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Title:  The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; fantasy; science fiction; dystopian
Source: Paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

My Review:

I finally get to say that I have read and loved this book!

I broke my own rule. Never watch a movie if you haven’t read the book. But somehow i just found myself sitting in the cinema watching The Hunger Games and loving every second of it. Then obviously when i went to buy the books, the bookstores were out of stock because the hype was in the air.

I don’t know why i waited this long to read it. Really have no idea and no excuse. But now that i have read it, i can say that the book has grabbed me, shook me and left me speechless. I’m going to be thinking about it for sometime now before i either start Catching Fire which is very much in my midst or any other book for that matter.

Katniss Everdeen is that strong character that everyone secretly wants to be. I’m not talking about being thrown into a ‘game’ where there can only be one victor and to survive one has to kill. I’m talking about the hunting rabbits, eating squirrels, bow and arrow girl. The Girl on Fire. Someone who very well who leaves a lasting impression on someone. Who willingly volunteers to take part in the games so that her younger sister doesn’t have to go through with it.

While i was reading the book, the movie was playing in my head alongside. And as much as i would have loved the element of surprise to be there in my case, i just had to live with. But that didn’t make the book any less remarkable than it was.

Peeta Mellark. In my opinion we didn’t see much of his character. Other than the fact that he love Katniss – cares deeply for her – is of a kind-heart and quite self-sacrificing. But there were times when i had to think, are you good at anything? And then i’d laugh because Peeta portrayed a bit of all of us. I guess, i would be just as useless. 😛

I can proudly say that after reading some amazing dystopian novels that i have fallen in love with the genre.
Suzanne Collins weaved this incredible tale of love for one’s family, sacrifice, powerlessness, friendship and betrayal. I am still amazed at how this fantastic story was born.


Review: Fall For You by Cecilia Gray

Fall For You (The Jane Austen Academy Series #1: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice)

Title: Fall For You (The Jane Austen Academy Series #1)

Author: Cecilia Gray

Publisher: The Alpha Division, LLC
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; contemporary fiction; re-telling
Source: e-Book – tour purpose

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Jane Austen meets Pretty Little Liars in this fresh, new young-adult series!

* * *

The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. Please. They need to stay focused on something that lasts much longer: an acceptance letter from an Ivy.

But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it’s about to turn the Academy–and the lives of its students–totally upside down…
* * *

To say Lizzie and Dante are polar opposites is the understatement of the century. He’s a snooty Exeter transfer with more money than Google. She’s a driven study-a-holic barely keeping up with tuition. It’s obvious that Dante thinks he’s way too good for Lizzie. And Lizzie knows Dante is a snob with a gift for pushing her buttons.

But things are changing fast this year at the Academy. And when Lizzie’s quest to stop those changes blows up in her face, taking her oldest friendship with it, she has nowhere else to turn but to Dante, with his killer blue eyes, his crazy-sexy smile, and his secrets… Secrets Lizzie can’t seem to leave alone, no matter how hard she tries…

My Review:

Very short read and just the right amount of pleasure. I had fun reading this light re-telling of Pride and Prejudice.

The story follows the Jane Austen Academy and its many students. Since this is a series, its going to explore different characters. In the first book (this one) we read about Lizzie. Just like in the novel, and many other adaptations, she is strong-headed, true to the heart and firmly believes in the right. While, in the book Lizzie has sisters, i have a feeling we will see the characters of her sisters in the form of her friends. For instance, Anne who has a secondary role in the book resembles Jane, due to many characteristics.

Now, Lizzie and Anne team up to rid the school of its tyrant Headmistress who plans on changing the school for good and rid it of its past qualities that make it the Jane Austen Academy. We just saw a part of the action in this book, the rest comes with the other books that follow quickly after.

This book was short and sweet. I think it really re-told the story well. Nothing, out of the ordinary, but an interesting and entertaining read. Do get your hands on this book, for those staying-at-home-reading days. And i might have enjoyed the book a bit more because i’ve been in the Pride and Prejudice mode since summers started.

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher:  Katherine Tegen Books
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; dystopian
Source: Paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

My Review:

I’ve read rave reviews about this book. And for some time now i’ve wanted to see for myself what made this book such a phenomenon. So, i went and bought said book. Also because i DID want to read it. I too, have fallen prey to the ‘chronic dystopian addiction disorder’.

When i say, ‘ i could not put this book down’, i do mean it. Divergent lived up to everything i imagined it to be and had heard about. You know how you go read a book because it was recommended to you and you’re a bit afraid because you don’t want to be let down. In all honesty, i did feel like that…a teensy bit. But so far, this year has given me fantastic books to read and Divergent gladly comes on my top 10 books that i have read and LOVED.

Tris was bad-ass. You HAD to like her. You couldn’t not like her. It was interesting reading from her point of you. Her fears, while manipulated to the situation she was in, felt relate able…as relate able as having knives thrown at is 😛
But nonetheless i had fun reading about what she was going through and how she stood strong even when i know if something like this was happening to me…i would probably have cried.

Four. I have to say that when Tris started having feelings for Four and we didn’t know who he was…i didn’t like him. I had nothing against his character just that maybe i was a bit confused about his age and found Tris and Four together…something i didn’t want to see. In my mind, when Marcus’s son was first mentioned, i wanted Tris to end up with him. And behold…Veronica Roth was thinking the same thing. Then Four transformed into Tobias (not literally) and i fell in love with him. A bit hypocritical? No. I liked and disliked the same guy. 😛

Once Divergent finished…it left this empty feeling in me and i wanted to jump right into Insurgent. GRAB DIVERGENT IF YOU STILL HAVEN’T! IT’s SO GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!
Also after the book finished i wanted to know which Faction i belonged to. So, i took the test and…i belong to AMITY!

“Waiting On” Wednesday #38

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:


What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn’t be more different–except for one thing. They share a secret that they can’t tell a soul. At night, they dream that they’re each other.

The deeper they’re pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

This is a dazzling debut that will steal readers’ hearts.

Expected publication: October 2nd 2012 by Razorbill