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Enna Burning by Shannon Hale

For a readathon read Enna Burning was a quick and satisfying. It had the characters I had got to know through Goose Girl and the story was quite interesting. Enna , Isi’s friend from Goose Girl is the protagonist who gets the power of Fire Speaking. Enna can control fire . She thinks of using this against a neighbouring nation which is raging war against Bayern ,until the fire takes over Enna and she becomes controlled or should I say over whelmed by it.  Enna struggle to come to terms with her power and to understand the true meaning of  love and friendship ,form the crux of this wonderful story. Shannon Hale’s story telling was simple yet beautiful . I am waiting to read the next book in the series .Recommended to all those who love fantasy and fairy tales .

My Rating : 4.5 out of 5

Forget About It by Caprice Crane

Tired of a life where she is treated worse than dirt by her  family and a cheating boyfriend , Jordan decides to fake amnesia when she involved in a minor accident. She uses her amnesic phase to get the life she always wanted ,  until another accident actually puts her in a spot she least imagined .  I loved the book .It was funny and quite satisfying . Hilarious at places it made me laugh out loud . As a protagonist Jordan was quite a character  to read about though certain situations were cliques it turned out well in the end.I think that should pretty well summarize  it  . I am definitely on look out for other books by Caprice Crane. A definitely recommended if you are on a look out for a light read.

My Rating :4 out of 5

Summary from Goodreads:

When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt, only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers–with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery in London. They come to know the building’s other residents. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword puzzle setter suffering from crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Marjike, Martin’s devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth’s elusive lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt’s neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including–perhaps–their aunt, who can’t seem to leave her old apartment and life behind.

My Views:

I have given it 5 stars rating , but did I absolutely love this book? Let me put it this way , I was sucked into the story from page 1 line 1 , read it all night till wee hours of morning , got scared at a few places , was surprised at few twists , shocked and frustrated as it drew to close and when I finally turned the last page I was mentally exhausted. If a book can do all this to you , I think it would be worth 5 stars don’t you think so?

I think William Styron said “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”  If I take this quote into consideration I think it is  a great book.But this is all subjective.

Getting on with the review :
Audrey Niffenegger’s latest book has a scary theme but a very interesting one. My favorite character from the book would be Obsessive Compulsive Martin. His neurosis gets on to the readers nerves but you will remember him even after the book has ended.

Julia and Valentina , Elspeth’s nieces who inherit her property after Elspeth’s death are so similar to each other in appearance as different are their personalities. I sometimes wonder if authors create this fierce twin and shy twin characters just to pique the interest in readers but this factor always does a lot to the story line.In this story the factor is multiplied two times with two sets of identical twins.

I was shocked literally shocked at the way everything turned out in the end and was so frustrated at some characters that I thought I must have understood the lines wrong while reading sleepless all night , so I even went back few pages to confirm as to what I had read but that’s the way it was. It is a book that will make you sit up and take notice.

When reading this don’t expect another Time Traveller’s wife. It is a very well written book with no hang overs from the author’s earlier work . A word of caution though; you won’t stop reading once you have begun , you might love it or criticise it or hate it  but you will want to finish it in one go 🙂 Trust me I did .

Highly recommended.

My Rating : 5 out of 5

Divine Secrets Of Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Posted: November 29, 2009 in Movies, Reviews
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Today being a holiday , I decided to rent a movie to watch. As I was flipping through the movie library I found this one and decided it would be worth watching. Though I am yet to read the book by Rebecca Wells I rented it. I usually do it the other way round , where in I read the book and then watch the movie . This time I decided to do it differently. Well, what do I say , I loved the movie. Actually I cried a little laughed a lot and had fun not worrying if the movie had stayed true to the book 🙂 I didn’t know , so I didn’t care.

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Sandra Bullock stars as Siddalee Walker , who is a playwright and whose interview to Time magazine goes awfully bad in print much so, her description of her mother  Vivianne (played by Ellen Burstyn )and Siddalee’s unhappy childhood. Though Sidaa tries to explain  to her mother ,an over emotional , melodramatic woman Vivi, refuses hear her out leading to  similar emotional response from Sidaa who refuses to invite her mother to her wedding.

The task of bringing peace is taken up by Vivianne’s lifelong friends . These four women Vivi , Teensy , Caro and Necie are the Ya-Ya s . A sisterhood they had formed as children , they have been friends all their lives and know each other well enough to make Sidalee understand why her mother is the way she is and why Sidalee’s childhood had the streaks of unhappiness which she blames her mother for. Great acting and some really good humor component makes it a  thoroughly enjoyable fare.

The story unfolds smoothly while going back and forth between Vivi and Siddalee’s childhood but the narrative never falters.Ashley Judd as  young Vivi does a great job.  You can call it a chick flick but it is definitely more than that.

My Rating : 4.5 out of 5

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Emma Vol 1 by Kaoru Mori:

Set in Victorian England this books traces the life of a young kind-hearted ,intelligent maid Emma . William, a young aristocratic lad falls in love with the beautiful Emma and she too starts developing feelings towards him. But they are on either ends of the social ladder which makes it a twisty situation.

This is book was my first attempt at graphic novels thanks to Alyce from At Home With Books for the recommendation. I must say that not only are the illustrations beautiful but also the life in Victorian Era has been depicted very beautifully. It is a very easy read and also very enjoyable.This is an ongoing series so I am yet to discover what happens  to the love birds eventually.

People who love historical romances or Georgette Heyer type of regency romances will love this series. If  you are new to graphic novel genre then this would be a great start.

Highly recommended.

My rating : 4.5 out of 5

My reviews of Emma Vol 2, 3 , 4 will be posted  soon

If I stay by Gayle Forman

Posted: November 17, 2009 in Reviews
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Summary :

What if you had everything:

A gorgeous boyfriend who was madly in love with you?
Quirky hip parents who totally got you?
A musical talent that could take you anywhere?
What if your biggest problem in life was choosing which path to take?
Follow your first love–music– to New York City?
Or stay with your boyfriend, friends, and family?

What if one day, you went out for a drive…

And in an instant everything changed?

What if suddenly all the other choices were gone?

Except for one–the only one that truly mattered?

What would you do?

A sophisticated, layered, and heart achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands

Review:

It was quite a while since I read a book which moved me to tears and this book  did just that. Mia was a character I connected  to instantly and the main reason for this was  the beautiful narration by Gayle Forman .There were times when I was reading this I actually pictured Mia going out with her boyfriend Adam , having those jitters playing her cello in front of experts , having a great time with her parents and little brother  and finally seeing all this slipping from her hands right in front of her eyes.

The narration moves alternately between past and present giving a depth to the characters which helps us to understand them better, understand Mia better. It was a very ordinary story told in such a way that I had no other choice but to love it and recommend it every body I know.

Mia , is definitely one of the best central characters I have read this year. She is an unsure teenager at places and in some she is someone who knows what she wants in life. It felt good to see  a girl her age so responsible , when these days YA books show them to be troubled and damaged.

Mia being surrounded by people who love her , people who do everything possible to make her feel that they need her with them , even though they know how difficult it will be for her to pick up from where life as left her shattered. The strength they provide her emotionally and how every person  related to her, lives through the worst phase of their lives while trying to give her hope , not knowing if she is even understanding  them , makes it a must read book. A book about understanding the value of family , love and friendship , more importantly it’s a book  about  having hope of a tomorrow .

Advice : Try reading late at night , so that you won’t be seen crying like a baby.

Highly Recommended

My Rating : 5 out of 5