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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Amy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse

Amy, My DaughterAmy, My Daughter by Mitch Winehouse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first heard about Amy Winehouse when Rehab became a world wide hit and won three Grammy Awards.The second time she came into spotlight in my country was when she died and the media was screaming about Club 27.Both the instances had me searching the whole net and as I don't live anywhere near US,my quest to find more about Amy made me read this book

You can go to Wikipedia and do a full Google search on Amy but they can't give you the full picture.Therefore I was looking forward to know the Amy which a father knew and I was surprised by the portrait he painted and how different was it from what I read on the net.The best parts were the childhood moments,where you get to know so many new things about her like her constant changes of school.The book mainly deals with her fight with the addiction which ultimately won in the end and the reader gets to know how a father watched his daughter go through hell and how the songs have a strong connection to whatever she faced.

Mitch Winehouse is a father and I have to admit that a father tends to be a little biased towards his daughter and some instances in the bio did not convince me like when he says Amy was 'unaffected' by his divorce from her mother and I find it very hard to believe after reading the book.Amy was not born the way she finally ended up and whatever she became was because of the situations she faced and the people she met.Deep down she was a nice person and yes she had her faults but she was not a bad person.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Sizzling Summer Giveaway


Welcome to SIZZLING SUMMER GIVEAWAY EVENT hosted by YA Bound.
Today I am excited to feature author Nazarea Andrews.

Check out all the participating authors and bloggers here!



 by Nazarea Andrews


Synopsis


She wants a summer job and a ride to a wedding. 
He wants an assistant and a distraction from the mess his life had become.
They didn't know they needed each other.
Avery Emili needs two grand. Two grand and a plane ticket--her sister is counting on her to get to Jamaica for her wedding. But the semester is over, and tutoring college freshman and high school students has dried up until the fall.
Atticus Grimes needs help--the messy split with his wife left the twenty-eight year old professor scrambling to keep things together as the semester winds down. Now he's got a research grant he has to actually do research for and all he wants to do is drown himself in a tall bottle of bourbon.
When Avery sees his ad for an assistant, all she's thinking is a summer job. But as they spend time together, in the office and out, both of them begin to realize something is there. Something that can't happen--he's a professor and she's a student. And both of them have histories, pasts that won’t let go. Can two broken people pulled apart by expectations find a way to be whole? 


Character Interview 


I am having a Character Interview with Avery Emili.

Q. Can you tell us a little about yourself? 
A. Uh, I'm about to start my senior year at the University of Branton. I love history, have a crazy best friend. I originated in Virginia and... Yeah, that's all I've got. I'm a history geek and prefer home to parties and I'm not really sure how I ended up here. 

Q. Why did you go to work for Atticus? 
A. I needed a job--I didn't expect Dad to cut off my rent and utilities when I didn't come home for the summer. And there was the wedding, so yeah--I needed a job. And he was the best option. *shrug* better than waiting tables. 

Q. What is the best thing about Branton? 
A. :) The coffee shop. (Atticus says to say him. He's a little egotistical that way.) ((he's not completely wrong)) 

Q. What are your plans after graduation? 
A. Grad school. After that--not sure? It used to be easier to know but things have gotten....complicated. 

Q. Favorite book? 
A. Catcher in the Rye. 

Q. Favorite drink? 
A. A Miami vice 

Q. Best way to spend the evening? 
A. Watching a movie with Atti.


About the Author:


Nazarea Andrews, author Edge of the Falls and This Love, is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog



You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.




Giveaway

Now onto the massive giveaway.
1 - Kindle Fire HD with NA/Adult e-book prize pack
1 - Kindle Fire HD with YA e-book prize pack

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

QUOTE-TASTIC (2):





Quote-tastic is a simple and fun meme posted every monday where we share our favourite quotes and the books they come from.
This awesome meme is hosted by amazing Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup
Join us every monday and share your favourite quotes. Don't have a blog? Need not to worry, you can share your favourite quotes in the comments below. :)


For the second Quote-tastic I am gonna share Two quotes from two very popular books.The first one is from "At First Sight" by Nicolas Spark and the second is from a well known classic "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy




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Monday, July 15, 2013

150+ Book Summer Giveaway

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Review:The Couple Who Fooled The World

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Details

Author: Maisey Yates
Genre: Romance
Publisher:Harlequin 
Publication Date:18th June 2013 
Pages:256
Rating:3.5/5

Synopsis


Most women would kill to be on Ferro Calvaresi's arm. The enigmatic Italian is one of the richest men in the world and at the top of his business game. Julia Anderson is not most women. She's as rich as Ferro and twice as hungry.

The only way to seal a major deal is for these two rivals to play nicely…together. Yet neither expected the media to soak up their ruse so quickly or so publicly! But when the deal is won, is the world's hottest new couple beginning to believe their own lie?

(through goodreads)

My Thoughts


Maisey yates is one of my favorite harlequin authors and I love her novels because she does something different every time and her story lines are generally interesting.

The story was about Ferro and Julia who are bitter rivals and almost equal in wealth and success.They come together and pretend to have an affair to secure an important business deal and make a common rival loose the same.Both the protagonist have a difficult past and it continues to effect them.The way they let go of the past learn to accept the present with each and look forward to their future together forms the crux of the story.

The best thing of the novel was that the heroine was successful and matched the hero in terms of what she had achieved.The story line was great as usual and I was totally hooked to the book.The situations created were also good along with the pace.

The only thing i did not like was the hero's attitude towards the heroine in certain parts.I understood his past and how badly it affected him but it still could not excuse his treatment of Julia in certain scenes.


Go for this if a tortured hero healing through the heroine's love is your thing.If you like strong characters with a dark past and can withstand an imperfect hero and an independent heroine then you might like this.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Review:The Year of the Great Seventh

 

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Details

Author: Teresa Orts                                   

Publisher:Dayton Press

Rating:4/5
                       
Genre:YA 
                    
Source: Through First Reads on goodreads

Synopsis


Sophie has always felt out of step — an outsider, even amongst friends in her high school with all the hype about celebrity culture. Her life in L.A. seems to have been already written for her, but when her junior year starts, it all takes a drastic turn. When she crosses paths with the school's heartthrob, Nate Werner, they fall for each other in a way neither can understand. What they don’t know is that by giving in to their desires, they are unlocking an ancient Egyptian prophecy that threatens to return Earth to the dark ages.

To undo the curse, Nate and Sophie embark on an adventure that takes them across the country. But their quest is not only to save the world as they know it. It is also a fight for their very survival. Behind the scenes, there are those that are counting on them to fail

My Thoughts

This novel takes the usual elements in a novel and makes them exciting and enjoyable.It follows the pattern of a girl, who is an outsider until she meets the popular and handsome guy of the school with a paranormal twist.I liked the author's research on certain aspects and the way Egypt is woven in the story is one the best things in the book.

In terms of the characters,I liked Sophie who had a very relate-able personality and outlook on life.Nate was also good and you could understand his character though as compared to Sophie his character did not appeal that much.

The starting pages of the novel was disappointing but it picked up halfway and it was overall an enjoyable read

If you like History and  paranormal novels are your thing then you will love this...:)

P.S:This is my first review on the blog and I hope you like it...:)...please  leave your comments and share your thoughts
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Review: Those Four Letter Words by Christina Channelle & Giveaway


Those Four Letter Words (TFLW) released on July 3, 2013 and a review tour is running for entire month of July. I am taking part is this tour by posting my review below. And don't forget to read till end as we are having two giveaways for everyone: one is tour wide and one is exclusively for my readers. :)


   
                                                                              Publication Date: 3rd July 2013
Publisher: Christina Channelle
Pages: 62
Source: received an eARC

Synopsis

Eighteen-year-old Jade Reamer is a tough girl with a reputation to prove it. She loves three people and three people only: her brother, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Everyone else is irrelevant.

That is … until Reed enters the picture again.

Suddenly things start to spiral out of control and things aren’t as they seem. Life is no longer simply black and white, love versus hate. Suddenly, it’s hard to figure out which of those four letter words is true.

Especially when she can’t look away from those devil eyes.

I love you. I hate you. I love you. I hate you. Which is it? I don’t even know anymore.

Well, let’s find out.

This 15,000 word novella contains coarse language, angst-driven young adults, and a lot of pent-up frustration.

Oh yeah. Plus love and a little bit of hate.

(Mature YA/ New Adult Contemporary) 

My Thoughts 

I love love loved it... 

TFLW is Jade Reamer's story where she tells us about her love-hate relationships with the people close to her. In the beginning Jade tells us about her English assignment on the most amazing topic of love and hate, discussing the differences and similarities between the two. But for Jade it a bullshit and a moronic assignment. Why? Because in the following story she discusses about the people in her life and the relationship she share with them. Why is that a problem? Well I can't tell you here its a spoiler.

"Three.
It was the number of people in my life that I cared for more than life itself"

That number didn't include her parents because they din't count she love them. Those three changes as she grew up but among those three her brother Bryn was constant and Reed and Nina were of her three for long time. And Connor was also a big part of her life.
Bryn was the best elder brother, he was loving, caring, protective for his sister and her best friend (I have always yearned for a big brother like him).
Reed was Bryn's best friend and someone with whom Jade shares a strong Love-Hate relationship. I was pinning for him since the beginning (I don't know why I always want the second guy to win) he was perfectly imperfect though I hope he overcomes his habit of running away.
Nina and Connor were her best friends in school. Nina was the first girl best friend Jade had at school because Jade was someone who was ready for fight, get's angry easily and can punch in your face without giving any second thought and girls hated her guts while Nina was blunt and had guts to tell it to Jade like it was. Connor was her boyfriend and a jerk/looser, I didn't quite liked him from the beginning and by the middle of the story I wanted to strangle him to death because it was due to him that problems started to crop up one by one in Jade's life after one single accident that involved Connor. 
But as they say all's well that ends well.

Overall I loved the story and would love to read more. Jade is a strong protagonist. 
I would be giving it only 3.5 out of 5 because it was too short, it was not able to show Jade's relationships properly and at times felt rushed as if the story was trying to read the end as soon as possible. I would have love to read more on brother-sister bonding of Jade and Bryn. Her childhood and her crush on Reed.
I hope author continues Jade's story because I would love to know more about her relationship with her parents especially after what happened. About her and Connor's new found friendship and more about Jade. 

It's a nice short read that you must give a try if you like reading about love and hate together as one.

I give this story 3.5 out of 5


About The Author:

A dreamer, Christina Channelle holds two degrees in health sciences but has always had a passion for writing. You will find her reading other young adult novels, or typing up a new story on her computer. When not writing, Christina spends her free time at the movies, listening to music, or eating sushi. She’s a reality TV junkie and has a close relationship to many characters on TV that have been a topic of many heated discussions among friends. She resides in Ontario, Canada.

 Following THOSE FOUR LETTER WORDS, her next project is the YA Paranormal Romance, REAP, to be released October 2013.

Links on where to reach Christina
Her Website   /   Facebook   /   Twitter   /   Goodreads

Giveaway


There are two giveaways.
Tour wide giveaway for five paperback copies of The four letter word.
This giveaway is open only to U.S and Canadian residents only.
Ends on 31st July.

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There is also an eBook giveaway exclusively for the readers of this blog. 2 winners will receive an e-copy of TFLW each. This giveaway is open internationally
It ends on 31st July


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Taste The Heat Release Day and My Favourite Recipe

Today Rachel Harris is celebrating the release day of her first adult romance title, TASTE THE HEAT  (TTH). It revolves around hot and spicy situations between a sexy Cajun Chef and a Hot Fire captain.

To celebrate the release day I am going to share one my most recent try and my favourite pasta recipe. Initially I thought of sharing a cake recipe but since my mom helps me in that I thought of sharing something which is completely my masterpiece dish and I love creamy cheesy tomato pasta. I tried (experimented with available ingredients) this recipe yesterday (7-7-2013) and it was awesome so it is also a fresh new one. I call it Cheesy Tomato Pasta. 
I do not know the exact measures as I was just playing around so I will write nearly equal quantities of what I took.
(p.s. sorry guys I forgot to take picture of my dish as my brother was in hurry to leave for his classes)

Cheesy Tomato Pasta

Ingredients:
2 bowls (nearly 150-175gms) of pasta
2-3 tbs tomato pasta sauce
2-3tbs of milk
shredded or small pieces of mozzarella (or pizza) cheese
onion and garlic diced (if you like)
2tbs olive oil
2tbs butter 
salt as needed
[tbs= tablespoon]

Boil the pasta/macaroni. Take a frying pan on medium heat add olive oil and butter now add diced onion and crushed garlic. Fry them till they become soft before turning golden brown. Now add tomato pasta sauce- mine was too thick first I liquefied it by adding boiling water and mixing- after few minutes add milk and then cheese. Let it cook till you get a somewhat thick sauce like consistency now add boiled pasta and mix thoroughly and cook for few minutes. Now pasta is ready to serve garnish with shredded cheese.

If you like pasta with more sauce (cause I do) then go ahead increase the quantity of tomato sauce and cheese. :)

I hope you enjoy it.

Share your favourite recipes. I'll love to play around with few new ones. (p.s I am a vegetarian)

Now on to Taste The Heat

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Synopsis:

One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef. One combustible kitchen…


When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she can’t afford to taste. Colby can’t wait to leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.
Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. Disillusioned by his past, he knows he should be focusing on finding the perfect mother for his daughter. But when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason can’t say no.
As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?

About the Author:

Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.


When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. She loves hearing from readers! Find her atwww.RachelHarrisWrites.com.


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Monday, July 8, 2013

QUOTE-TASTIC (1): The Forever Girl


Quote-tastic is a simple and fun meme posted every monday where we share our favourite quotes and the books they come from.
This awesome meme is hosted by amazing Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup
Join us every monday and share your favourite quotes. Don't have a blog? Need not to worry, you can share your favourite quotes in the comments below. :)


For my very first Quote-tastic I am gonna share my favourite quotes from The Forever Girl (review). I read this book last year and since then it has been added to my favourite read.

Now, What is Your Favourite Quote? Please share below. :)

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review: Almost a Bride (Wyoming Wildflowers #1) by Patricia McLinn

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Publication Date: 9th December 2010
Publisher: Patricia McLinn
Pages: 254
Source: Owns a Kindle Copy
Original Title: Indian Paintbrush (Wyoming Wildflowers, Book 1)


Synopsis

Originally published by Silhouette

Wyoming Wildflowers: Indian Paintbrush

Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as along as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she’s returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family’s ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her.

Matty’s up to something – Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he’ll provide it, just as he has all her life. Doing what’s best for Matty is second nature. Even when it comes to marrying her in name only. Although he can’t resist one hot-blooded kiss after the I-dos. Maybe – just maybe – his Matty will become more to him than Almost a Bride.


My Thoughts


I like reading about happy endings with difficult journeys (like sorting out misunderstandings etc.) and this is what Almost a Bride is about. I loved Matty and Dave's journey towards their happy ending.

Matty loves her home Flying W very much which now after her great uncle's death is trapped under a huge load of financial problems and Matty would do anything to save it and that includes contract marriage with Dave.

Matty and Dave were childhood friends turned lovers. She has always loved him and he is still in love with her, still they broke up 6 years ago and have been apart since then. Within three days of their meeting they are married, the twist is that for Matty its purely business to save Flying W and for Dave its real.
Now living under same roof gives them time together and a chance to ask what happened 6 years ago? If they are still in love with each other then why are
 they not together? They finally share their fears and together plan to save Flying W in their own way.
I liked Matty and Dave a lot and the chemistry between them is awesome (hot). And that ending was superb, I loved it.

The story was overall good but it had a lot of potential to be an awesome one. There were lot of intimate scenes, not those clean romances- so I recommend readers  16+ of age- the author could have show more depth towards their relationship. 


Overall, it's a pretty decent read with a nice story which will take you towards the beautiful ending. I am definitely looking forward to read other books in the series. :)


I give this 3.5 out of 5.

note: The book was free when I downloaded it. All the views expressed here are entirely my own.

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Website: http://www.patriciamclinn.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PatriciaMcLinn
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