2013 TBR Pile Challenge


So, I have this humongous TBR pile and it just keeps getting bigger everyday. When I saw this challenge, I just knew it was the perfect one for me to make real progress through my TBR. I’m aiming for a Friendly Hug here, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be going up a level or two (or three) later. 🙂 I’ll be linking the reviews of the books I finish here and I might be adding more books later, so don’t forget to subscribe. So, here you go. My list of books I’m hoping to finish by the end of the year:

  1. Have No Shame by Melissa Foster
  2. That Ghoul Ava and the Queen of Zombies by T.W. Brown
  3. 10 Ways To Kill A Cupid by Leigh Parker
  4. Young Moon by H. S. St. Ours
  5. Suite Dubai by Callista Fox
  6. The Mine by John Heldt
  7. The Tree of Mindala by Elle Jacklee
  8. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  9. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  10. Inferno by Dan Brown
  11. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  13. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  14. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  15. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  16. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  17. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  18. Dear Life, You Suck by Scott Blagden
  19. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  20. V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

2013 TBR Pile Challenge is hosted by Evie at Bookish.

Click the link below to join the TBR challenge yourself:

http://evie-bookish.blogspot.in/p/welcome-to-2012-tbr-pile-reading.html

Book Review: Florid Eyes by Nicky English


“Get ready to be sucked into this suspenseful treasure hunt with a drop of love.”

No one has ever questioned Violet Lancaster’s ability to change the world. As a brainy and self-righteous PhD student at the prestigious Georgetown University, Violet is determined to make a name for herself in Washington, D.C., by working hard to pay her dues, but her moral system is turned upside down when she runs into a man in distress on a lonesome night.

Josh Levinson was born into an elite Philadelphia family in the year 1776, when the thirteen colonies declared independence from Britain. Together they break every human and supernatural law to hunt down a mystical Native American bow and arrow in hopes to liberate an entire species and to keep it from the evil tyrants from the Far East.

Florid Eyes takes you on an intricate adventure intertwined with an epic romance.

Rating:

3stars

Thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

Review:

Okay, I’ve been thinking about how to describe this for some time now, but I’m just going to say what’s on my mind. I couldn’t find much that’s wrong with this book. That said, I wouldn’t say this is one of my favorites. Let me explain. I tried to like this book. I really did. While reading it, I understood that the author had tried to create a “different”, non-cliche vampire story. Yes, people, that is what this is. A different kind of vampire story – with adults instead of teenagers as leads. And I have to commend the author, Nicky English for her admirable attempt. Now, why exactly am I not gaga about this book?

Let me start with the POV. The POV is in third person present tense and it took me a while to warm up to it. Even so, in the middle of the story, I would sometimes wonder if maybe the story might have been more interesting with a traditional third person past tense perhaps. Like it says on the cover of the book, Florid Eyes is more of an adventure novel than a romance novel. But even the small amount of romance in the book was not all that passionate. Sure, there is a scene on the bridge and one in the library which are really hot, but after that, the romance kind of fizzles out. Which brings me to one of the major issues I had with this book. The love story between Josh and Violet? Moves too fast. And when I say ‘too fast’, I mean ‘way too fast’. Like, one second they’re kissing, then Violet finds out that Josh is a vampire, she freaks out a bit, then she decides to “help” him, then they have hot vampire sex, then they start proclaiming their love for each other. As if saying “I love you” once to someone who is practically a stranger isn’t enough, they throw those 3 little words around a lot. While reading it, I’m sitting on my couch and I’m like “God, guys! How long has it been since you met? And you already love each other and know that you’ve found your soul mate? That is so stupid” Also, if I could, I would give Violet a sharp smack on the head and say “You’re really stupid. You don’t deserve a PhD”. Because seriously, what would be your natural reaction when you meet someone who drinks people’s blood to survive? Stay clear of them, right? And if you’re stuck with them, I don’t know about you, but I’d definitely not have hot vampire sex with them. And I’d most definitely not empathize with them or their sob story until I know that I’m safe in their company. And what does Violet do when stuck with a good looking vampire who yearns to be human again? She totally laps up his story and sleeps with him. Oh, and she also happens to love him. Every time either Josh or Violet said the word ‘love’ I wanted to throw my e-reader against the wall.

Alright, that was a bit of a rant there. So, moving on, I liked the fact that this was an adventure novel and not a typical romance. But the downside is that the adventure is not adventurous enough. I constantly found myself wishing that the speed would pick up or that more engrossing stuff in general would happen. I think the story needs better roadblocks put in Josh and Violet’s way as they search for the “cure”. It just seemed to me that whatever was thrown their way, Josh and Violet would get past it without much effort on their part. It was too easy. It would have been more interesting to see them struggle more. The ending would be that much more satisfying if the characters had to work their asses off to get there. A more interesting back story might have helped. The one with the Indians, Dream Bear and the lot just didn’t pique my curiosity. When someone thinks ‘vampire’, they either want a heart pounding forbidden romance or a gory, bloody horror. Incorporating a bit of both might have helped this book a lot. Also, I would have liked to learn more about Josh’s life before he met Violet. Like, what he did during different decades.

Cons:

  • POV
  • Romance is too fast
  • Little character development
  • A bit on the longer side (600+ pages)
  • Slow paced

Pros:

  • Unique story
  • Writing is good
  • Violet doesn’t suffer from Bella syndrome i.e. her life doesn’t revolve around Josh
  • Violet is a hardworking girl that us, normal girls, can relate to

Verdict:

This might not be a perfect story, but it definitely deserves a read if only for the unique take on vampires.

Sunshine and Versatile Blogger Awards


Lizzy Baldwin at My Little Book Blog recently nominated me for the Sunshine Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. This is my first time receiving blogger awards and I don’t need to say that I’m totally excited about it. Thanks Lizzy for being so generous! =) The only reason I keep blogging is because of the people who take time to read my posts. Thanks to all my readers!

Now, let me pass on the awards to some amazing bloggers who I think deserve both these awards.

  1. http://beautiful-absurdity.com/
  2. http://aopinionatedman.com/
  3. http://jerasjamboree.com/
  4. http://zanyzacreviews.wordpress.com/
  5. http://rarelysimple.wordpress.com/
  6. http://thebookishowl.wordpress.com/
  7. http://yamulticulturaljunkie.wordpress.com/
  8. http://thethreebookateers.wordpress.com/
  9. http://conquistadorjd.wordpress.com/
  10. http://bhollisart.com/

The Rules!

Post the logo above

Accept the nomination and link back to the blog that nominated you

Answer the questions

Nominate blogs and inform them of the nomination

Favourite colour: Black

Favourite animal: Fish

Favourite number: Two, seven

Favourite non-alcoholic drink: Tropicana

Favourite alcoholic drink: I’m a teetotaler 🙂

Facebook or TwitterDefinitely FB

My passions: Reading, writing, sketching and music

Giving or receiving gifts: Giving and (I’m not gonna lie =) ) receiving

Favourite city: Paris

Favourite TV shows: Prison Break

The Rules!

Post the logo above

Accept the nomination and link back to the blog that nominated you

Share seven things about yourself

Nominate blogs and inform them of the nomination

Seven facts about me!

  1. I am the complete opposite of a neat freak. I like cluttered rooms (nor dirty). I think they have more personality.
  2. Whenever I’m upset, I write.
  3. I have a mole on my forehead that I hate.
  4. I’ve always wanted to learn to play a musical instrument, but I’m too lazy. My electronic keyboard is the first and last instruments my parents bought for me. They’ll buy me a new one if I learn to play this, but I doubt it’ll ever happen.
  5. I’ve always wanted to travel the world. Hope I get an opportunity one day.
  6. I hate my fingers and toes.
  7. I think Taylor Swift is an annoyance (Sue me).

Alrighty, I’ve accepted the awards and answered the questions. I’m excited about what my nominees’ answers will be! ^_^ =)

 

Guest Review: Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson


Okay, guys, Kathy from Nerdy Birdy Books invited me to do a guest post on her amazing blog. It is full of interesting articles and posts about my favorite (and I’m guessing your favorite, too) topic, books. DO take a look at it. 🙂 You can check out my guest review of Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson on Nerdy Birdy Books by clicking on the link below.

http://nerdybirdybooks.blogspot.com/2013/05/guest-review-strands-of-bronze-and-gold.html