Archive for July, 2009

Friday Finds- July 10

Posted: July 10, 2009 in Weekly Events

MizB at Should Be Reading hosts this fun meme. So what are your picks this week? Did you find any book that you would want to add to your TBR? If yes , then join in ..

From The Book Cover :

She has a gift of unspeakable power. . . . He must control her or destroy her. . . . For as long as she can remember, successful young physician Megan Blair has tried to silence the voices in her head—voices that bring her to the edge of madness and terror. Megan possesses psychic powers that have been dormant for years, hidden deep in the past she’s tried so desperately to forget. But now everything has come to a boiling point—someone is trying to kill her, and others are trying to use her, including the deadly and seductive Neal Grady. Shocking secrets about her life and her mother’s death bombard her as she fights to take control of her heritage and save herself and everything she believes in. Grady holds the key to understanding her future, a future in which Megan’s life will never be the same. If she survives to have a future. A fast-paced thrill ride, Pandora’s Daughter is Iris Johansen as you’ve never read her before.

From The Book Cover :

On a blazing hot day in late August 1914, twelve year old Mattie dances in the stream, spraying her little sister Evie with silvery showers of water. They have come here to cool off and to pick watercress for tea. They are unaware that their idyllic childhood in Suffolk is almost at an end, for as their mother says, ‘all the world’s gone mad…’ The girls will grow up to lead very different lives. Mattie is destined to travel far from home and to found a dynasty of strong-minded women like herself. Evie, in the role of family carer, still achieves a satisfying career. But will the two sisters be reunited and a secret resolved?

From The Book Cover :

Do fairytale dresses bring fairytale endings? Every dress has a history, so does Phoebe! Phoebe always dreamt of opening her own vintage dress shop. She imagined every detail, from the Vivienne Westwood bustiers hanging next to satin gowns, to sequined cupcake dresses adorning the walls. At the launch of Village Vintage, Phoebe feels the tingle of excitement as customers snap up the fairytale dresses. Her dream has come true, but a secret from her past is casting a shadow over her new venture. Then one day she meets Therese, an elderly Frenchwoman with a collection to sell, apart from one piece that she won’t part with ! As Therese tells the story of the little blue coat, Phoebe feels a profound connection with her own life, one that will help her heal the pain of her past and allow her to love again.

These were my finds for the week. Tell me yours?

Kreativ Blogger Award !!!!

Posted: July 10, 2009 in Awards

My very first award was sent to me by Natalie at the Book Inn .Thank you so much Natalie. To accept this award I will have to list my 7 favorite things and pass on this award to my 7 favorite bloggers.

My 7 favorite things

Spending time with my family

Reading books with a cup of hot coffee by my side

Ice Cream

Fiddling on my laptop

Visits to the bookstore

Chatting with my best friend

Watching old movies

I would want to pass on this award to 7 of my fav bloggers (I think they haven’t received this award lately)

Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Pub. Date: August 2007
ISBN-13: 9780375835339
My Rating : 4 out of 5

Book available at Flipkart , Amazon, Indiebound

From The Book Cover:

It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City—and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be—and where the next great band is playing.

My views:

Its been days since I read something romantically funny and I realised I had made the right choice within 5 minutes of starting this book. If you love music and you love romance, you will not leave this book till your done.

Nick and Norah take turns telling the events that bring them together.Nick has been recently dumped by his girlfriend Tris. He hasn’t been able to get over her even though it’s more than 3 weeks now. Norah hasn’t seen her ‘The Ex‘ boyfriend Tal since he left for a kibbutz in south Africa dumping her for not being what he wants. She hasn’t got over him .

So what happens when Nick and Norah meet ? Fireworks.. A kiss that is meant to cause jealousy in Nick’s Ex turns out to be the beginning of a new bond. Both the characters are well written and the style of writing is so similar that we never once realise that it’s written by two people. What I loved the most are the music references in the book .

Another good point is the development of minor characters of the story.Tris (Nick’s Ex ), Dev( Nick’s Band’s lead singer ) are two characters to watch out for. Though the story takes place in the span of one night , all minor characters are sketched in a detailed manner. It’s important because through them we are able to understand Nick and Norah better.

It’s funny , witty and lovable . It’s a really refreshing read. Go for it..

Point to be noted : It’s reading age group is 15 years and above . Let me warn you that it has it’s share of mature content , sexual references. If you don’t care about that ,then go ahead what are you waiting for!!

My Favorite Reads

Posted: July 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

Alyce from At Home With Books hosts My Favorite Reads every Thursday where you showcase a book , read long time back ,enjoyed it but haven’t blogged about.

My choice for this week is Jewels by Danielle Steel

From the book jacket :
On Sarah Whitfield’s seventy-fifth birthday, memories take her back to New York in the 1930s. To a marriage that ends after a year, leaving Sarah shattered. A trip to Europe with her parents does little to raise her spirits, until she meets William, Duke of Whitfield. In time, despite her qualms, William insists on giving up his distant right to the British throne to make Sarah his duchess and his wife.

On their honeymoon, the newlyweds buy an old French chateau, but not long after, the war begins. William joins the allied forces, leaving Sarah, their first child, an infant, and their second child on the way, in France. After the Nazi forces take over the chateau, Sarah continues to survive the terror and deprivation of the Occupation, unwavering in her belief that her missing-in-action husband is still alive.

After the war, as a gesture of goodwill, the Whitfields start buying jewels offered for sale by impoverished war survivors. With Sarah’s style and keen eye, the collection becomes the prestigious Whitfield’s jewelry store in Paris. Eventually, their jewelry business expands to London and Rome, as their family grows. Phillip, their firstborn, is stubborn and proud; Julian, their second son, is charming and generous and warm; Isabelle is rebellious and willful; and Xavier, unusual and untamed, is the final unexpected gift of their love. They each find their own way, but will be drawn to the great house of gems their parents built.

In Jewels, Danielle Steel takes the reader through five eventful decades that include war, passion, international intrigue, and the strength of family through it all.

My Views :

I know many people have stopped reading her books as the storyline has become quite repetitive but I chose this book as it somewhat different from what she has been writing recently.Also because this book got me started on reading trail of nearly 60 Danielle Steel books which take up a place of pride on my book shelf. Who doesn’t like romances and when you need so light, refreshing read , these books are the best medicine.

You will love Sarah Whitfield for her innocence initially and for her strength and determination in the later part of the book. Even though it’s a romance it is a page turner all through. Perfect book for leisurely reading.

Book : Sea Of Monsters (Percy Jackson And The Olympians )
Author : Rick Riordan
Publisher: Hyperion/Miramax Kid
Pub. Date: April 2006
Pages :288

My Rating :4 out of 5

Book available at : Flipkart , Amazon, Indiebound

From the book cover :
After a year spent trying to prevent a catastropic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson—a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any “normal” friends.

But things don’t stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: The magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters—the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millenia—only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name…the Bermuda Triangle.

Now Percy and his friends—Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson—must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family—one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

My views:

The first book was good .It got me intrested in Greek mythology and also made me eager to read the second one. The second book definitely lives up to the expectations. It has our hero Percy Jackson along with his friend Annabeth Chase and a new companion Tyson going on a quest to find the Golden Fleece and also rescue his friend Grover who is communicating with him through his dreams and seeking his help. The monsters are there and so are the gods , and we also get to meet various other mythical creatures who help them in thier quest. Also Percy has a very important lesson to learn in matters of his family (Being the son of an immoratal being he has a very big extended family ).

Rick Riordan’s writing style has finally sunk in for me. For the first book I had a feeling of it being a bit ragged at places but I had no complaints with this book. It made a good read. The characters are developed well and the mystery surrounding prophecy involving Percy is well highlighted. Will have to watch out for it’s development in the next book.I also realised the author had left hints in the first book which I hadn’t noticed ,those which were important in reading this book. Over all, this book makes you want to pick up the third book as soon as you are done with this one. That’s a good thing because author has created an atmosphere in such a way that it’s too hard to resist .

The reading level might be for young adults but that musn’t stop you from picking up this book . I have already started the third one. I just couldn’t resist 🙂