My blogger buddy Kals is hosting this wonderful challenge and I couldn’t resist. Here are the guidelines :

1. This  challenge is from  January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.

2. You will have to read a minimum of 6 books in total: two Miss Marple mysteries, two Sherlock Holmes mysteries and two Hercule Poirot mysteries. You can of course, read more than 6 books if you want to.

3. The books you have chosen for this challenge can overlap with other challenges.

My List 😦 To be updated )

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Cover Attraction

Posted: December 9, 2009 in Weekly Events
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I know this book has been getting mixed reviews all over but it definitely has one of the best covers I have seen this year.

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

Another cover that I liked was Ash by Malinda Lo . Found this one on S.Krishna’s blog. The black and white contrast makes it look really intriguing..

In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

Thanks  to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting this fun meme..

Summary :

Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event–an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex’s parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.
With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful new novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

My Review :

The Dead And The Gone scared me.. I am serious.It did. Life As We Knew It did that too but the proportion with which this book got me was higher.Set in a metropolitan it gave a sense of what might happen if this scenario arose in future. Apocalyptic novels were never my favorite genre but for this book I make an exception.

Susan Beth Pfeffer makes us realise how ill-equipped we are mentally and resource wise to handle a calamity of this proportion. It was difficult at times to read on. I must have stopped at least 15 times in the course of entire book because it was a painful. Miranda in the first book had similar issues but it was visited in a manner I thought kept us away from the real happenings. Focus was more on her thoughts,but here reality hits directly in the face.

Alex our protagonist is smart , he is resourceful but is that enough? Can he provide for his sisters when the moral values and ethics have gone off the face of earth .When people are plundering dead bodies for money and jewelery to get food in exchange. Can he survive in this world which doesn’t resemble even remotely to the world he remembers having lived in ?

Is that how we are going to survive if such a thing happens?

If you have read the first book then this is a must read for you..If you haven’t, then grab both the books and read them.

Highly Recommended

My Rating : 5 out of 5

I read and reviewed the first two books in the series Lightening Thief and Sea Of Monsters earlier this year. I was too curious and needed to know what happens next so I got the next two books immediately after I finished Sea Of Monsters( very typical of me 🙂 ) For the last installment I had to wait little longer  it released in May 2009 so I had to wait for some time for  it to appear in the book stores here but it was  worth the wait. A finale which I thought was done fantastically.

I have reviewed a part of the series here . I am sure I have not put in spoilers but as you will be seeing the entire series covered at once ,  some extra knowledge is bound to be gained on the way . If you are the obsessive kind who feels you shouldn’t see the dust jacket of second in the series until you have read the first, then please be careful 🙂 I am babbling ..Vey typical of me again 🙂 This going to be a long post ..All the best ..

1Blurb:

What if the gods of Olympus were alive in the 21st Century? What if they still fell in love with mortals and had children who might become great heroes — like Theseus, Jason and Hercules?

What if you were one of those children?

Such is the discovery that launches twelve-year-old Percy Jackson on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction – Zeus’ master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.

My Review  Here

2Blurb:

When Thalia’s tree is mysteriously poisoned, the magical borders of Camp Half-Blood begin to fail. Now Percy and his friends have just days to find the only magic item powerful to save the camp before it is overrun by monsters. The catch: they must sail into the Sea of Monsters to find it. Along the way, Percy must stage a daring rescue operation to save his old friend Grover, and he learns a terrible secret about his own family, which makes him question whether being the son of Poseidon is an honor or a curse. 

My Review Here

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The Titan’s Curse:

My Review :

My fav in the series , Titan’s Curse was the best in terms of action , emotions and revelations. It showed  Percy to be mature and lot better at his tasks , ok I am exaggerating a little bit 🙂 In this book we get to meet Hunters Of Artemis , and boy do they hate males ! Poor Percy has many things lined up for him from tracking Annabeth who is missing  and Artemis ,while taking all the hostile snide remarks from Zoe Nightshade , next in command to Artemis with whom he is on the mission.I was amazed at the ease with which Rick Riordan mixed known mythological stories with his own . It was perfectly fitting. The modernization of  some of these  tales was fun to read. Nothing jagged , nothing felt out of place.

Many new characters entered though Nico, Bianca , Rachel  .To know who is who you  have got to do lot of reading 🙂 The book’s ending rivals only with that of the final one .

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The Battle Of The Labyrinth :

My Review :

I felt this book was just a bridge to make it to the final installment. It was like tying up all the loose ends so that the final installment would be lot easier for the reader. One character who stands out in this is Rachel, the girl who can see through the mist .Remember ?  Rachel is a very vital part in Percy’s quest 🙂 much to Annabeth’s annoyance .

The best part of this book was travelling in the labyrinth . A underground world made by Dedalus , which can help reach places faster if you know how to navigate it. Percy as usual has lots going on for himself and along with his friends this time he needs to defend the Camp Half Blood and if possible prevent a War Of The Titans. Remember Pan , the one Grover is always trying to find .. Its time we get to know him a little bit more.

Rick Riordan does a good job at giving us all the necessary material to fit in to the jig saw puzzle. So what are we waiting for ? Let the War begin ..

I thought of including the final installment too but it would be injustice to the book.. The Last Olympian deserves better. It was the finale , The War that could change everything in Percy’s life.. Deserves more space..So a separate review 🙂

Book – Oh My Gods

Author –Tera Lynn Childs

Genre – Young Adult

Protagonist –Phoebe

Summary

If Phoebe Castro can keep her grades up and have another stellar cross-country season, her dream of attending USC with her best friends is only a track scholarship away. She’s made all her plans, so it’s a complete shock when her mom announces she’s marrying a mysterious stranger and moving them half-way around the world—to Greece.

Phoebe’s stuck on a secret island in the Aegean attending the super-exclusive Academy, where her new stepfather is the headmaster and the kids are anything but your average students—they are descendants of the Greek gods, super powers included. That’s right, Greek gods are no myth! If Phoebe thought high school was hard, she knows this is going to be mortal misery.

Securing that scholarship seems like Phoebe’s only ticket out of Greece, but training and maintaining her grades will be grueling, even without a sabotaging stepsister from Hades and a gorgeous guy—what a god!—who just might be her Achilles heel. One thing is for sure—summoning the will to win and find her place among the gods could be Phoebe’s toughest course yet.

The Greek gods get a makeover in this romantic odyssey of mythic proportion.

Things I liked about the book

1- Very entertaining quick read , I finished it in one sitting

2- Now how many truths can a teenager handle in a day ? For her emotional out burst ,Phoebe is totally likable. I just wanted her to succeed in the school where all her classmates are of Greek Gods linage  , that means super power  kids and she is the odd one out .

3- Relationship that she maintains with her old friends in US, was depicted beautifully. She isn’t supposed to reveal anything about her new school to anyone outside the island but think of hiding things like this from your best friends ..Difficult huh? Imagine them feeling hurt because of this exclusion from your life and you not being able to do anything . Much more difficult ? Phoebe not only has a difficult school life , her life long friendship is also at stake .

4 – who doesn’t like  Greek mythology with little bit of mythology , little bit of drama , some romance  and some mystery ? I love this kind of stuff and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Things I disliked about the book – Didn’t you read the above paragraph? I loved it 🙂

My rating- 4.75 out of 5

Source – Library