Book Review: Fangirl

About the Book:

The New York Best Selling Author Rainbow Rowell brings to you her second book- a romantic fiction ‘Fangirl’. This is Cath's story. Until now, Cath shared her whole world with her twin sister Wren. Cath and Wren are going to college now and Wren does not want Cath to be her roommate. Cath now is on her own and steps in a completely new world, out of comfort zone. Life is calling for Cath to open her heart and accept the change. Separated from her only source of comfort, she is left with much to deal with; namely the anxiety, rude room-mate, her always-around boyfriend and the life as a freshman. The change is huge.

Growing up without a mother the twins were extremely close. She grows up as a shy, introvert girl where her sister was her only friend and the only link to social world. Will Cath be able to embrace the change? Will she be able to find balance in her life? Life is all about finding and balancing things that hold importance; this book will take readers to a journey, exploring many themes of life as we grow and move on.

About the Author:



Rainbow Rowell is one of the critically acclaimed American authors, who writes adult contemporary and young adult novels. She is known as the New York Best Seller Author for her adult fiction novel Eleanor & Park; Fangirl is her second novel. Both of her novels, were named as the best young adult fiction novel by The New York Times. Rowell has also worked for Omaha World-Herald as an ad copywriter and columnist from 1995 to 2012.


The Review:

As someone who has lived in the fandom and written innumerable fanfiction of her own and suffers from social anxiety, I could relate really well to Cath. Her sister, Wren’s, dumping of her to find herself and becoming a party girl only pushes Cath further into the world of Simon Snow – the fictional fantasy series she’s shown to be obsessed with in the novel.

Cath’s roommate Reagan finds her adorable while her best friend and exboyfriend, Levi, is intrigued by her. He goes out his way to be there for Cath even when she’s snappy and rather mean to him. Because through most of the novel Cath wrongly believes that Levi is still dating Reagan, even though Reagan goes around with a number of other men!

I thoroughly loved their father's character as well. Because despite having every reason to walk out of his life, he held on and held his daughters firmly by his side. I really, really loved him. Please read the book to find out why exactly. 

Rainbow Rowell had me been fooled with Nick Manter’s character. I am sure she intended for that to happen! But nonetheless, Fangirl, was a nice fun read. Especially for people like me who tended to ignore reality and live in the world of books. We bookworms will really rule this world, someday. Emphasis on someday because I don’t think we take breaks long enough between our reads.
Fangirl at heart remains the story about growing up, settling down and bringing into your adult life things that have spilled in from your childhood. Having quite the similar hangup that I have towards Harry Potter, I could understand Cath’s views. I also loved the fact that snippets from the Simon Snow stories were interspersed in the novel or else a lot of Cath’s conversations and internal monologue wouldn’t make any sense.

Overall this was a nice read which introduces themes of mental health, alcoholism, as well as abandonment issues. I would definitely love to read more of Rainbow Rowell’s works.
(P.S. I cannot believe she was actually named Rainbow!)


Rating: 3.5/5 

Book Review: Happily Ever After


About the Book:

The end of one story is often the beginning of another. Hollywood heartthrob Brian Oliver and his Cinderella princess Ellamara Rodriguez have finally found love outside the digital world. But leaving their anonymity behind creates a whole new set of obstacles for the nation’s new favorite sweethearts. With the stress of Brian’s fame and the pressures of a new relationship weighing down on them, the It Couple quickly begins to wonder if they can hold on to their newfound joy, or if maybe happily ever after is only a fairy tale.

About the Author:





Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.



The Review:

I think I got a little too excited and ended up reading the sequel to Cinder & Ella by staying up all night last night. I finally finished the book this morning and I realized to my sadness that this was an okay-read. I had thought now that Brian and Ella knew one another, that they were together, things would be different. There would be lots of funny exchanges and witty comebacks. Instead, what I go was Ella and Brian assuring one another over and over again how much they love one another. It was sweet. But I wish they’d not kept repeating ‘I love you’ at every drop of a hat!

A slew of new characters were introduced in the sequel – mostly from Brian’s life. We never do get to meet the family from Ella’s father’s side. Her issues with her dad surface again in this book, where I am glad to see that her family stops stepping all over her toes. I wish there had been more of Vivian in this book. It disappointed me a little to see that Vivian doesn’t come back at the end of the book that the curtain doesn’t close quite properly on her.

Ella and Brian seem to have grown up a lot from the last book. But Ella has a long way to go before she’s an actual grown up. She realizes that as much, and we leave better than we find her at the start of the book. Brian too doesn’t seem to be the typical, spoilt Hollywood It-Boy as one would expect. Ella is the love of his life and goes above and beyond to prove to her that he wasn’t about to abandon her. Even when she’s being a snarky little witch, he sticks it out and is there for her in a way which is pretty enviable.

If you expect Happily Ever After to be a story that has tied up all its loose ends neatly in a bow, you’re mistaken. I am not sure if there will be another book in the series. But the way this story ends it leaves open a huge door open for a world of possibilities. I liked this story. However, it doesn’t hold a candle to the charm the first book has. Maybe this way authors are forever advised against writing sequels. That isn’t going to stop us though. Look at me! I’m presently in the middle of writing When Our Worlds Meet Again.

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Book Review: Cinder & Ella


About the Book

What would you do if your anonymous Internet best friend turned out to be Hollywood’s hottest celebrity?

Cinder458: Your blogaversary is coming up, right?
EllaTheRealHero: Do all those Hollywood friends of yours know you use words like blogaversary?
Cinder458: Of course not. I need your address. Got you a blogaversary present.


Cinder got me a gift?
My heart flipped.
Not that I was in love with my Internet best friend or anything. That would be utterly ridiculous. The boy was cocky and stubborn and argued with everything I said just to be infuriating. He also had lots of money, dated models—which meant he had to be hot—and was a closet book nerd.
Funny, rich, hot, confident, book lover. Definitely not my type. Nope. Not at all.

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

About the Author

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

The Review

When I first started reading Cinder and Ella I didn’t know what to expect from the book. The book started beautifully with Ella talking about how fairy tales always start with tragedy. You realize then that Ella’s word is about to hit rock bottom. At the time when she is about to meet her horrible fate, Ella’s talking to Cinder. He’s her best friend in this whole wide world. They had met through her blog. (Something I can completely relate to. Because I have met a number of people through my blog and sometimes they do turn into the best of friends to you.)

But the Ella’s car meets with an accident and then her whole world turns upside down. The only thing that happens as a positive is the fact that Ella’s no longer in Boston but in California – closer to Cinder. Only, he doesn’t know it yet.

Unknown to Ella her best friend is Brian Oliver, the hottest young actor in Hollywood at the moment. He correctly guesses that Ella wouldn’t want to be part of his world and therefore never asks her to meet him in person. When they reconnect, he’s happier than he’s ever been in his life. He’s been pretending to be engaged to Kaylee Summers but the news of his Ella’s return breathes back life into him.

What I loved about the book was that the female protagonist wasn’t a nerdy, out-of-luck but so pretty underneath all that kind of girl. She had spunk. She was witty. She had survived something as serious as a car accident and seventy percent of her body had been burned. Throughout the novel, she struggles with her self-image, and what is concern from her new family’s side is often misinterpreted by her. It goes both ways however.

In her new family, Ella has inherited not one but two stepsisters, Anastasia and Juliette. The latter turns into one of her best friends, and as the year progresses Ella’s life rises and falls as though someone had strapped her onto a roller coaster and she was the helpless victim!
Midway through the novel I thought that when Cinder and Ella finally meet in person it would be dramatic and swoon worthy. Thank you, Kelly Oram, for proving me wrong. That meeting was the best, effortless, co-incidence meeting to be written in any book I’ve ever read so far! I had put down my book and whoop for joy when that happened.

I loved the easy language of the book. I loved how in certain parts the story broke my heart and I was filled with tears. I loved Ellamara, I loved Brian Oliver and I especially loved Juliette being there for a stepsister when she realizes her own sister is being an idiot. Maybe in certain cases it seemed a little far-fetched or dreamy. But the point of books being books is that fact that it allows you to dream.

I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Happily Ever After, and I am hoping the story will surprise me, startle me and make me happy all at once.

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Book Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend


About the Book

When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor, and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her newfound relationship.

About the Author

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing. Visit her online at www.kasiewest.com.

The Review

There are a lot of reasons you could make fun of this book. There are a lot of ways in which you could say the book is riddled with clichés in a Young Adult romantic comedy. The whole ‘please pretend that we’re together’ has been done to death with. I should know because that was the theme of my debut novel, The Secret Proposal. Later on, I couldn’t go back to that story without realizing how very saccharine sweet the whole thing was. But reading The Fill-In Boyfriend I can understand why years later the book is still this popular!
Gia Montgomery is far up in the social ladder and is the student body president, and is constantly under threat by Jules. Jules seems to have issues of her own and takes them out on Gia, her ultimate goal is to split her from her longtime bestie, Claire. Who comes across as a shallow, spineless person and one would wonder what is going on with Gia and her choice of friends!

She doesn’t really have problems. She has a family who like to pretend they’re all so very put together when they are not. Because they believe in being picture perfect. Ugh. Just talk to them Gia, you want to scream at her through the pages of your novel. Or maybe I cannot relate to this because I have always been able to open up to my family about whatever might have been bothering me. And as I grew up, I was lucky enough to find friends who allowed me to feel however I wanted to feel. Maybe it is a little too suffocating to be high up in the social ladder. Therefore it is easy to understand Gia’s discomfort and her way of dealing with problems – pushing them away and hoping they disappear. Not the wisest of choices.

There is her fill-in boyfriend of course, Hayden, who happens to be the brother of a girl she goes to school with called, Bec. He completely changes her world – for the lack of a better phrase. All of a sudden, Gia realizes she doesn’t need to be perfect. She can relax, all eyes are not on her. It is their growing friendship that is the saving grace of this book.
Even though it will be all too easy to list out reasons as to why one should dislike this book, I found myself pretty taken with the story. The language was simple, and it was a nice, easy read. I finished this book in a few hours. And as someone who knows how long it takes to write stories, I can only wish Kasie West good luck with her future novels. I have a few more of her books lined up. I had quite liked On the Fence when I’d read it a few years back. Let’s see what is in store for me. Pick up this book if you really like the pretending to be together and then actually falling in love storyline. You won’t be disappointed!

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Book Review: The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life



About the Book:

An all-day scavenger hunt in the name of eternal small-town glory

With only a week until graduation, there's one last thing Mary and her friends must do together: participate in the Oyster Point High Official Unofficial Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. And Mary is determined to win.
Mary lost her spot at Georgetown to self-professed "it" bully Jake Barbone, and she's not about to lose again. But everyone is racing for the finish line with complicated motives, and the team's all-night adventure becomes all-night drama as shifting alliances, flared tempers, and crushing crushes take over. As the items and points pile up, Mary and her team must reinvent their strategy--and themselves--in order to win.

About the Author: 

Tara Altebrando is the author of numerous books for young adult and middle-grade readers. Her upcoming book, THE LEAVING (Bloomsbury), is a YA thriller that received a starred PW review and is a Junior Library Guild selection. Her other YA novels include ROOMIES, coauthored with Sara Zarr; Dreamland Social Club (A Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens), The Best Night of (Your) Pathetic Life, What Happens Here, and The Pursuit of Happiness.
Tara is a Harvard graduate who lives in Queens, NY, with her husband and children.

The Review:

It was the summary of the book that must have intrigued me. I don’t know because it was one of the ePubs that I had gotten hold of and never really got around to reading it. When I re-read the summary, I understood that me from two years ago must have wanted to read this book because of the theme of scavenger hunts. You see, we don’t have those in India and it was kind of intriguing for me.

The way the blurb is written you’d think you’re in for reading about heartbreaks and betrayals, and a night when nothing is what it seems. However, three chapters into the book and I could predict exactly what was going on in every character’s head.

The protagonist doesn’t really warm up to you. She’s annoying to say the least and makes a big deal about the fact that she’s never had a boyfriend and she’s still a virgin. You’d think she’s so desperate that she’d just jump into bed with the first boy who comes along (and predictably that’s her best friend, Patrick, who has been in love with her since god knows when).

Her other two best friends, Winter and Dez, are cardboard cut outs of from the predictable group of friends that any teen movie would have. Dez is gay and Winter is the pretty girl, who would backstab her best friend because the guy they both like, likes her more.

I honestly do not regret reading this book. But I wish I had opened it with lesser expectations. Because while the scavenger hunt serves as an excellent background for an amazing story, the author does little to take full advantage what could have been an excellent read!

The good thing about the book is how it is written. I like the easy flow of the language and how over the course of one night, everything you seem to have known all your life can change. The other good thing about this book I felt was the fact that it had a lot of potential, but unfortunately, it fails to deliver for me.

This is one of those quick, easy reads which you will forget as soon as you turn the last page. The only reason I remembered this particular story is because I wanted to review it on my blog. By the way, our protagonist is named Mary, and she’s as annoying as Diya was. And that’s saying something because I created her!

Rating: 3/5






Book Review: The Geography of You and Me


The Geography of You and Me

About the Book:

Lucy lives on the twenty-fourth floor. Owen lives in the basement. It's fitting, then, that they meet in the middle -- stuck between two floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, Lucy and Owen spend the night wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is back, so is reality. Lucy soon moves abroad with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

The brief time they spend together leaves a mark. And as their lives take them to Edinburgh and to San Francisco, to Prague and to Portland, Lucy and Owen stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and phone calls. But can they -- despite the odds -- find a way to reunite?
Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. Sometimes, it can be a person.














About the Author:

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in BetweenThe Geography of You and MeThis Is What Happy Looks LikeThe Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThe Storm MakersYou Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She currently lives in New York City.

The Review

I had previously read Jennifer E Smith’s book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight back in 2014. It was a lovely story of Hadley and Oliver and how four minutes had changed their lives. I never got around to reviewing the book. Though I was reminded quite strongly of the story when I was waiting for my flight back home at the Heathrow airport for much of it had been set in London. This novel, however, follows the lives of Lucy and Owen, and how they come meet each other in the most unlikely of circumstances.

In stuffy New York City, Owen and Lucy run into each other in the elevator when everything goes dark. Stuck together in a place which offered neither respite from the heat, nor a way out, stuck between two floors, the two begin talking to each other. They spend the remainder of the night together (after being rescued from the clutches of the elevator) and end up being equally intrigued by one another.

The problem is that what could have been their budding romance gets cut short because the two are forced to abandon their homes in New York, and travel to the opposite ends of the world.

While Owen and his dad go to the west of United States of America, Lucy’s entire life relocated first to London, then Edinburg and then back to London again. They don’t communicate on the instant social media but through postcards. And because as the reader you can understand these two belong together on some level, you begin rooting for them.
Their story for the most part takes place across two continents and they meet in person a handful of times in the novel. Even when they decide to cut each other out from their lives, a magnetic force pulls them back together again.

The Geography of You and Me explores the themes of distance, love, friendship and bonds which seem to stand the test of a lot of things – and risks we take just to find out if something would be worth it in the end or not. I loved the simple language of the book, and while I wish the story had shown us a little more of Lucy’s lives with her brothers, I loved every minute of this particular read.

I’d definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a light, breezy read. Something to welcome the weekend with or take a break from the monotony of life.

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Book Review: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson



About the Book:


The New York Times Bestselling story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, Jojo Moyes, Emma Straub, and Rainbow Rowell

“We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”
 

At first, Jude and her twin brother are NoahandJude; inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

Printz Award Winner
Stonewall Honor Book

About the Author:


Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give you the Sun, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, earned numerous starred reviews, has been translated widely, and continues to enjoy great international success. Currently a full-time writer, Jandy lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings of The Sky Is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun



The Review:

On my 25th birthday, my sister and brother-in-law gifted me a Nook Book because of the volumes of books I had to read thanks to my MPhil thesis. Either they felt sorry for me reading countless eBooks on my laptop, or when I joked about Kindles being horrible and maybe Nook Books being better, they believed me. Anyway, right after I got my Nook Book, my reading habit actually increased tenfold. Because all the expensive books that I would eye online was suddenly available to me in my handy little device.

One of the books that lay in wait for me inside of the Nook Book was, I’ll Give You the Sun. I don’t quite remember when I had fed my copy of it into the Nook. But three days ago, when I started combing through my old files, looking for books in the Young Adult genre, it sprung out at me. I remembered I had abandoned this book a long time ago.

When I started reading it again, it felt like entering the world of the familiar. I know exactly where I had left Noah and exactly where I had kept Jude waiting for me. I was curious about their stories. I was curious from the book blurb to know exactly what could have happened to split apart twins who seemed to be joined at the hip.

This story is about sibling rivalry. But how when your parents aren’t there for you, when they’re lost in their own world they could inflict a lot of damage on you! This story teaches you about the magic of first love, the fear that it might all end and the secrets and lies that we spew which can be poisonous. Human beings are not perfect. And we need to stop putting people up on pedestals. Because when the reality finally shines through, it becomes difficult for everyone to pick up the broken pieces and move on.

Moving on – that’s another major theme running through this wonderful novel. While at the heart of the story is Jude and Noah, there are other characters that heavily impact them. The other characters who do not stay around the story like props, but are active participants.

There’s Brian who makes Noah’s heart go pitter-patter, there’s Zephyr who forces Jude to grow up far more quickly than she has to. There’s the English guy, the tormented artist and of course, the twins’ parents who sets everything in the story in motion.

I finished reading I’ll Give You the Sun late last night at 1:45 am, and felt utterly overwhelmed by the impact the story had had on me. For a minute I was in Love Cove, with Jude and Noah, and feeling as though everything that happened to them had happened to me. This is one of those amazing books where even when you close the book (or in my case shut off your Nook), the characters refuse to leave you and you have to console yourself by concocting a story where everything falls into place and they live happily ever after.

And some of the quotes from the book are going to stay with me forever:

In one split second I saw everything I could be, everything I want to be. And all that I’m not.

Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.

I gave up practically the whole world for you, the sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything. I gave it all up for you.

If bad luck knows who you are, become someone else.

When people fall in love, they burst into flames.

You have to see the miracles, for there to be miracles.

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Cover Reveal: Avishi by Saiswaroopa Iyer


~ Cover Reveal ~
Avishi by Saiswaroopa Iyer
12th July, 2017


Long before the times of Draupadi and Sita
Immortalised in the hymns of the Rig Veda
But largely forgotten to the memory of India
Is the Warrior Queen with an iron leg, Vishpala

Brought up in the pristine forest school of Naimisha, Avishi reaches the republic of Ashtagani in search of her destiny. When Khela, the oppressive King of the neighbouring Vrishabhavati begins to overwhelm and invade Ashtagani, Avishi rises to protect her settlement. But peril pursues her everywhere.
Separated from her love, her settlement broken, with a brutal injury needing amputation of her leg, can Avishi overcome Khela?

About the Author:
Saiswaroopa is an IITian and a former investment analyst turned author. Her keen interest in ancient Indian history, literature and culture made her take to writing. Her debut novel Abhaya, set in the times of Mahabharata was published in 2015. Avishi, her second novel set in Vedic India explores the legend of India’s first mentioned female warrior queen Vishpala.
She holds a certificate in Puranas from Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. She is also trained in Carnatic Classical music and has won a state level gold medal from Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. 


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Book Blitz: Love, Murder & Mayhem


~ Book Blitz ~
Love, Murder & Mayhem



About the Book

Love science fiction stories that all include elements ofLove, Murder & Mayhem?
 
Then welcome to the latest anthology from Crazy 8 Press! This amazing collection from 15 all-star authors will delight you with superheros and supervillains. AIs, off-worlders, and space cruisers. We’ve also got private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travelers, aliens and monsters—and one DuckBob!
 
With tales ranging from wild and wacky to dark and gritty to heartbreaking and fun, take the deadly leap with authors Meriah Crawford, Paige Daniels, Peter David, Mary Fan, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman Paul Kupperberg, Karissa Laurel, Kelly Meding, Aaron Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Lois Spangler, Patrick Thomas, and editor Russ Colchamiro.
 
You’ll never look at Love, Murder & Mayhem the same way again—and that’s just the way we like it.


About the Editor

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the hilarious sci-fi backpacking comedy series, Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the new anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.
Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, and Altered States of the Union, and TV Gods 2. He is now at work on a top-secret project, and a Finders Keepers spin-off.
As a matter of full disclosure, readers should not be surprised if Russ spontaneously teleports in a blast of white light followed by screaming fluorescent color and the feeling of being sucked through a tornado. It’s just how he gets around — windier than the bus, for sure, but much quicker.








Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Meyes




About The Book: 

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.


Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.


A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our StarsMe Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?



About The Author: 

Jojo Moyes is the New York Times bestselling author of After You, Me Before YouOne Plus OneThe Girl You Left BehindThe Last Letter from Your LoverSilver BayThe Ship of Brides and Honeymoon in Paris.  She lives with her husband and three children in Essex, England.

The Review: 

Even though I read this book a long time ago, I never got around to reviewing it. This was the story of Louisa Clark and Will Traynor, who meet each other in less than likely circumstances and who eventually become star-crossed lovers. The story at its heart is about two people who used to be extremely different before the other came into their lives.

Will Traynor was a successful young man, who was heir to his parents’ wealth. He had a good life and he was living every moment of it, until an unhappy incident.

Louisa Clark on the other hand loses her job at the bakery where she worked for six years. She has to find another job immediately because her family needs the financial support she provides them. It is then that she comes into Will Traynor’s life.

What I particularly loved about this novel is how the characters slowly become better versions of themselves. Of course, it’s not an easy journey – but we realize that the most difficult of journeys are the ones which are memorable.

I remember having read the book in one sitting and crying my eyes out. If you have read the book, you’d know what I am talking about. If not, I would highly recommend curling up with this on a Friday night when you choose to be indoors, instead of out partying with your friends.

I would like to add here that I had gone to watch this movie by myself last year, because no one was interested in it. I was pleased to see how loyal the movie had stayed to the book. It had made me incredibly happy.


Jojo Meyes wrote a heartfelt story and I think about Will and Louisa often. These are characters which haunt you, even after the story is long over. 


Book Musings: 6 Young Adult Books Which Changed Me



The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: To be honest, I had avoided reading this story for the longest time just because the hype surrounding the book was just too much to bear. And then Sudeshna read it, and wouldn’t shut up about the book and finally, I ordered the book. I got absorbed into the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters…and while I cried buckets, I also realized an important thing: a person is so much more than just what sets a limit on them. The story truly touched my heart and I have watched the movie a couple of times as well. I believe John Green sent out a very important message with this particular tale. And it changed me. For the better.

Favourite Quote: “The world is not a wish granting factory.” – Augustus Waters.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: I bought this book mainly because of how much it had taken over social media and people wouldn’t stop talking about Finch. It was really the tag line that made me open the book and almost finish the story in a couple of days – “The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.” I believe that is the most heartbreakingly beautiful line that I’ve read in recent times. This particular story just makes you realize you need to be nicer to people. You have no idea what personal demons everyone you meet might be fighting. Just be kind. It honestly doesn’t cost you anything, and gives the other person hope.

Favourite Quote: “You’re all the colours in one at full brightness.” ~ Theodore Finch.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria: Laurel shifts schools following her sister’s untimely death, hoping to escape from it all. Only everything comes back to haunt her, when she slowly begins to write letters to the dead as part of an English assignment that she never hands in. I found it to be a beautiful story about how children often do not know right from wrong, and don’t know who to turn to for help. Parents need to pay more attention to their kids, no matter how full their schedules seem to be.

Favourite Quote: “There is more to life than just being a passenger.”
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher: The book warns you about containing mature themes, and then you realize that this book is the story of every girl ever caught in the cycle of being a victim to a vicious rumour. The book completely broke my heart, and I could feel the struggle between Hannah and Clay. It’s an entirely horrible feeling when you care about someone, but are unable to save them. And Hannah gives you 13 Reasons Why she did what she did...

Favourite Quote: “A lot of you cared, just not enough.”

Roger and Amy’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: I actually read Morgan Matson’s second novel, Since You’ve Been Gone, first and I wasn’t too happy about it. But this one really restored my faith in the happily ever after, even after life has screwed you up completely enough times. Complete with road maps and little notes scrawled alongside the main text of the novel, I felt I was on this journey with them. The epic detour was on the epic reads of my life in 2015.

Favourite Quote: “The best discoveries always happened to people who weren’t looking for it.”

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger:  The reason why I loved this book is because it broke the stereotype that the female lead needs to be slender and good looking. Bianca is a little overweight and that’s okay, because even though she struggles with being the Designated Ugly Fat Friend (D.U.F.F.), she embraces who she is and falls in love with the guy she was merely hooking up with. The guy who happens to have gotten under her skin and while we think this is bound to be a trainwreck, this story tells you how people who love each other can survive anything and find their way back again.

Favourite Quote: “No matter where you go, or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”

Shows from Childhood that Veronica Thatcher wants to bring back!

Oh, this is such a tough one for me to write…Because, I was an extremely precocious child, and I used to watch more soap operas and fewer cartoons in my childhood. I know, I know, roll your eyes at me. But I was a veritable soap opera junkie in my childhood days.

That being said, I did watch some child-friendly shows too because after all, I was a child. And every child likes cartoons and Disney shows.

My absolute favourite as a child used to be Make Way for Noddy, based on Enid Blyton’s books. I used to live and die for it, no matter how many soap operas I watched. Noddy was a wonderful animated show for preschoolers and toddlers. I learnt a lot from this show because it offered many life-lessons about friendship, compassion, integrity and responsibility. Noddy is extremely kind, compassionate and helpful. He always helps his friends in need, even though sometimes, he may get more than he asked for. For example, when he volunteers to watch Bumpy Dog so Tessie can go away for the day, Noddy learns that there's a tremendous amount of responsibility involved in taking care of a dog. Both lessons -- that it's good to help, and that pets are a lot of work -- are worthwhile ones, and Noddy offers plenty more along the same lines.

The next show that I would love to bring back is Oswald. Oswald is in many ways, similar to Noddy. Oswald is a very gentle, friendly, smart, polite and big-hearted round blue octopus who is always willing to go out of his way to help his friends out. He’s sweet and kind, and children can learn a lot from the mistakes he makes and his virtues. The main message the show conveys is that friendship is the most important thing in life. There are also lessons about some serious issues like freedom, for example, when Oswald captures some fireflies in a jar but at the end, sets them free in the park because he realizes that the fireflies are going to be happy only when they can live their life as free beings.

Another show that I was addicted to in my childhood was Hannah Montana. I think a lot of young girls get where I come from. Hannah Montana, played by Miley Cyrus, was quite the pre-teen and teen idol in those years. Her dynamics and relationships with her father, brother and friends, as well as her inner conflicts and brief romantic entanglements made for a very entertaining show for children who were just entering that pre-teen stage. Yes, Miley Cyrus did transform into a completely different person later on, but the early few seasons of the show were very good and wholesome and had a positive impact on the kids.

Last, but not the least, comes the show with magic, mischief and lessons for young tweens – the very entertaining, and perfect for the creative young minds – Wizards of Waverly Place. This Disney sitcom is about three siblings with secret magical powers. Each episode offers positive messages about responsibility, honesty, and making good decisions, and characters learn from their mistakes. The show comprises of tweens and teens with woes that young viewers will easily relate to. While there's often some mild misbehaving of some sort going on, in the end, important lessons are learned and consequences are faced.

These four were my absolute favourite during my childhood, and I learnt a lot from them. I like to think they had a huge contribution in shaping up my personality and making me the person I am today. Sometimes, I really miss these shows and their simplicity and honesty. It was much better than all the emotionally taxing angst and drama and villainy that is portrayed in soaps. If I could, I would bring them back in a heartbeat. I recommend these shows to all the kids. There are some really important life-lessons and meaningful messages conveyed through these.

Title: A Way Back into Love
Author: Veronica Thatcher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Notion Press



Blurb:
Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home...to the man she left behind?




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Author Bio:
Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them.  She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!

Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.

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Excerpt:

Emily stepped back from him and shook her head. “Oh, you know damn well what I mean. You know what, Derek? I’m done having this conversation with you. I’m so done with this conversation and I’m so done with you,” Emily spat out angrily before brushing past him.

“Emily, wait,” Derek said, catching her by her arm. “Where are you going?”

Emily spun around and gave him a bitter look before looking down at his hand gripping her arm. “Leave my arm,” she said in a low yet threatening voice, “And why do you care where I’m going? It’s none of your business.”

Derek didn’t leave her arm in spite of her warning and said, “Em, you’ve had too many drinks. You can’t drive in this condition. I’ll drop you home.”

Emily jerked her arm free from his grasp and replied in a bitter voice, “Thank you, but no. I’m perfectly capable of getting myself home on my own. I don’t need you to drop me home. Do you get it, Derek Thorpe? I DON’T NEED YOU!” Emily yelled the last words, causing a few people to look their way.