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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Writer and Tales Monthly Giveaway 2016

So I've decided to giveaway books monthly on my website. So as all the books I will be giving away will not be YA, I decided to host these giveaways on my website Writer And Tales. Of course I haven't forgotten the readers who have stayed with me for THREE long years. So followers and readers of this blog will get extra entries in all the monthly giveaways because I love you guys!

Special thanks to Sarika and Janhvi for the lovely idea and plan!

I'm giving away and ecopy of The Score by Elle Kennedy. For details check out the original post




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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Review: The Jock and The Fat Chick

The Jock and the Fat Chick

 No one ever said high school was easy. In this hilarious and heartwarming debut, one high school senior has to ask himself how much he's willing to give up in order to fit in.

Kevin seems to have it all: he's popular, good looking, and on his way to scoring a college hockey scholarship. However, he's keeping two big secrets. The first is that he failed an assignment and is now forced to take the most embarrassing course ever--domestic tech. The second is that he is falling for his domestic tech classmate, Claire.

As far as Kevin is concerned, Claire does have it all: she's funny, smart, beautiful, and confident. But she's off-limits. Because Kevin knows what happens when someone in his group dares to date a girl who isn't a cheerleader, and there's no way he is going to put himself—or Claire—through that.

But steering clear of the girl of his dreams is a lot harder than Kevin thought…especially when a cooking project they are paired together for provides the perfect opportunity for things to heat up between them outside the classroom….

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Source: Edelweiss

Content Warning: Activity of sexual nature is heavily implied multiple times as well as various mentions of sexual activity taking place. 

My Thoughts:

The Jock and The Fat Chick is not some complex novel with a complex and unpredictable story. It is a predictable time tested 'popular-guy-falls-for-not-so-mainstream-slightly- average- girl' fairy tale romance.But it is after all a formula that works and tugs at your heartstrings.

What makes this book stand out is the fact that it is told from the guy's point of view. At times I must admit that the voice of the character does sound a lot like a girls' but I could be imagining the same as I don't really know for a fact how guys think.

I liked how the book tried to tackle the serious problem of labeling and body shaming but failed to actually focus on the same. This book is a teenage romance novel and it is it's biggest selling point.Don't go in expecting more as you will definitely be disappointed.

I loved the cooking angle to the story and how it focuses on building up the characters. Claire is introduced as a focused individual who works towards achieving her goal and I loved how Kevin is portrayed as a sensitive jock.

I loved how the fact that guys get their heart broken too is explored in the book.These narratives are not found often.

Overall, a fun and light read perfect for fans of teen romance and those looking for a quick read.

My Rating:

3.5/5


Friday, December 18, 2015

15 YA Books to Buy or Gift for Christmas!

Hey Guys so Christmas is coming very soon and a lot of people are clueless as to what to buy for their book loving friends so I decided to write a post to help you people out!

Even people who do have a clue can check out my picks and comment on the same!

So In no particular order, I list out some of my favorites.

YA Contemporary


Follows a girl who is finally confessing her feelings to every boy she has ever loved through letters that she never thought would be delivered.The book deals with first love brilliantly and focuses on family as well. Read my review.


One word. Heartbreaking.This one deals with some tough issues but life is tough.


This one is all high school and body shaming but the main protagonist is so witty that it's not as dreary as one would think.

Honorable Mentions

This one is a bit of a gamble to buy on it's own as it is the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone.I would have recommended the first book in the series but it isn't as good as the sequels. Even the third book is pretty good.Good thing is that ecopies of this series (especially on Kindle) are very cheap. So you can gift or buy the entire bundle just be warned that you might not enjoy the first book as much.


A hilarious book that follows a jock and a nerd...getting married while drunk.This is a book version of a romantic comedy film. So if you or your friend loves rom-com do try this book.


A book that focuses on finding oneself after letting go of that first crush or obsession. Incredibly cute and fun book. See my review

YA Retellings

4.Scarlet: 
A retelling of the Robin Hood legend with a twist. See my review

5. Cress

This is the THIRD book in the series.I'm recommending this because so far it's been the best. The first book Cinder is good but the second and third are much better. You can gift the series and I'm sure the person would appreciate it. Full disclosure: I haven't read the last book in the series yet so can't comment on the ending yet.

Honorable Mention

Destined: A retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth. As it is published by an indie author, the kindle edition is pretty cheap. See my review.

YA Fantasy

Absolutely brilliant and action packed. The world building is gradual but the characters are well structured and engrossing. One of the best books I've read in 2015. Perfect for fantasy,mystery and heist book lovers.


This is the second book in the series.Again, I'm recommending this one and not the first as it is a million times better than the first book in the series.Lots of people loved the first book as well so it is safe to gift the first two books for Christmas (or even the entire series so far).I've only read the first two books so can't comment on the rest.


Graceling follows a badass female who is so good at beating people up that you want to be just like her.The world and the abilities that we are introduced to are brilliant as is the slow build up of romance. No insta-love here!


Honorable Mention
 Defy

Strong female character disguised as a male,lots of fighting and magic.

YA Paranormal



A hilarious book that has a very interesting protagonist. The characters make this paranormal romance stand out. See my review

This book isn't necessarily under the paranormal genre but it's really hilarious. See my review.

Honorable Mention

Recommended for people 16 and above. A great book again written by an indie author who has now gone mainstream (She wrote On Dublin Street). See my review.

YA Science Fiction


What does this book deal with, you ask? It deals with time travel and love and paradoxes .Now I, for one, am fascinated by time travel but almost every novel I've read about time travel so far has been disappointing. The best thing about this novel is the fact that it becomes VERY clear that time travel is central to the plot but the focus of this novel is not time travel.See my full review


Switching between past and present. This book is told brilliantly.The story revolves around two characters who get sucked in some mysterious place in space and how they survive or try to. The love story is also built up very well.

OTHER GENRES



This could be defined as a YA paranormal but it's more of a YA crime mystery thriller which is why I've tagged it under other. Really great novel that follows a secret group of teens who are helping the police solve crimes.See my review.


This is technically contemporary but it has a touch of paranormal to it. One of the best and most touching books I've read.See my review.

15.Steelheart
Technically this should come under fantasy but it's more of a superhero vs normal people book and I AM OBSESSED with it.It's a brilliant novel especially for people who are really into superheroes and action.



Honorable Mention

Defiance (YA Dystopian)

I haven't found any dystopian as good as The Hunger  Games so that's why this is a honorable mention.See my review




So that's about it from my side. I'm currently fangirling over Six of Crows because I just finished reading it but all these books are worth a read! 

ANY SUGGESTIONS FROM YOUR END?





Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review: To All The Boys I've Loved Before

15749186To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
LINKS: Goodreads
Source: Library




Younger readers are advised that there is some promiscuous content and birds and bees talk in the book.

My Thoughts:
I didn't have very high expectations of this book especially after I found out it was written by Jenny Han.Her The Summer I Turned Pretty series is not one of my favorites. I loved the premise of the book so I picked it up even though Jenny Han has disappointed me before.
I loved this book! It's young adult contemporary romance at its best and I love how it gives insight into Korean culture as well. I had a very strong desire to eat Korean food after reading this book because of the beautiful way in which it was described.
Lara Jean is such a relateable character. Her relationship with her family especially her sisters was beautiful. It's been a long time since I've seen a healthy representation of family life in young adult.This, in my opinion is one of the major plus points of this book. Parents and family exist for once in Young Adult and it's beautifully implemented.
The characters are well defined and are realistic as is the story. The drama is not melodramatic and the book left me wanting more. The idea of letter writing and how it's formatted in the book  really adds authenticity to the book.
The ending might not satisfy some people but I loved it. In my opinion this book doesn't need a sequel but I think it already has one. I'm too scared to spoil the perfection that is this book by reading a continuation that quite a few people on Goodreads have stated is unnecessary. Well, if my library procures it I might read it but I'm very satisfied with just reading this book as it was great.
It's a great contemporary romance young adult after a really long time which got me out of my reading slump so I can't recommend it enough. The only reason it is not a full 5 stars is because I didn't like some of the male characters but that is just my opinion.
Overall, Where's my Korean food at?

My Rating:
4.5/5

Beautiful

Comment with your thoughts and suggestions on what Korean dish I should try.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Movie Review- Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials

Transported to a remote fortified outpost, Thomas and his fellow teenage Gladers find themselves in trouble after uncovering a diabolical plot from the mysterious and powerful organization WCKD. With help from a new ally, the Gladers stage a daring escape into the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with dangerous obstacles and crawling with the virus-infected Cranks. The Gladers only hope may be to find the Right Hand, a group of resistance fighters who can help them battle WCKD.


My Thoughts:

I must confess, I haven't read this series. The movies are based on the James Dashner series and I did try to read the first book but had to stop midway partly due to time constraints and partly because of the slow narrative. The first movie was decent but like the book a little slow. Here I'm going to talk about the second movie.

So right off the bat, this movie starts off with a bang. Loved how it started off and unlike the first movie it continues to be action packed and that is the movie's saving grace. The first movie had a lot of dialogues but nothing much happened. This movie is the opposite. It barely has any dialogues so of course there isn't much character development but lots and lots of action.

Thomas played by Dylan O' Brien shines in this movie. He carries this movie because all the other characters are mostly decoration. Unlike the first there is some fine acting talent in this movie.Ki Hong Lee (a.k.a Asian guy/Minho) is a character I really liked as well and would love to have seen more of in this movie.Adrian Gillen (guy from Game of Thrones) and Giancarlo Esposito (guy from Breaking Bad) are fine additions to the cast. There just needed to be more of them and less of the girl who plays Brenda and the one that plays Teresa.

I do not particularly like the females that are part of this narrative.They seem almost unimportant. I am not sure if this is a problem even in the source material but it is a problem in the film. There is a forced love triangle (*sigh*) and a forced betrayal (which wasn't even that surprising).The weakest link of this entire series is the narrative and how it is structured.

The entire gang of characters keep roaming around from one place to another and you're not really sure what their aim is because it keeps changing. The movie starts off with something and even though it ends well it leaves you slightly disappointed. Is this the direction they are going to go in? I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie. It was much better than the first.I was never bored. I would be interested to watch the next movie (if there is one) but I'm not dying to.

My Rating:

Toss up between 3 and 3.5 stars 


On it's own it's a 3 star movie but in comparison to

 the previous movie in the franchise it is a 3.5 stars




Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Guest Review+ GIVEAWAY: The Girl In The Spider's Web

This book is for ADULTS. Which is why this post will be published at my website Writer and Tales as well.Don't forget to check out my website!



I'm participating in the Hachette India blog tour for the Millennium series newest installment.


The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium Trilogy #4)


The girl with the dragon tattoo is back: Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in a continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.


Written by Swedish novelist and journalist David Lagercrantz, this much anticipated continuation to one of the best-loved crime series of the last decade will be published in Sweden as Det som inte dödar oss (What Doesn't Kill You).



Shayantani's Thoughts:


Lisbeth Salander is back, and with a new creator!
Steig Larsson’s death had many fans including me grieving the great loss it was. Not only was he a fabulous writer, with his sharp journalistic authoritative tone of writing and his crisp plot, but there was also the added loss of not encountering Lisbeth again. Salander is probably one of the most iconic literary heroines of our time. Her sharp tongue, photographic memory, hacking skills, piercings and tattoos along with her uncompromisingly vengeful nature is very much a part of the public imagination. Probably this is why she rises from the grave, much like she did towards the end of “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and this time with a new creator,crime journalistDavid Lagercrantz.

It was with great anticipation mingled with trepidation that I looked forward to the publication of this book. Any book which is a part of a series already leads to comparison with former novels. Lagercrantz’s job is made doubly hard as he carries forward the legacy of Larsson and has to recreate a character like Lisbeth, but he rises to the challenge. Multiple narratives intertwine to tell a complicated plot which manages to successfully bring together all the complex elements it introduces while delving into character development as well. Hacking the NSA, the Russian mafia, the possibility of artificial intelligence capable of replacing humans are just some of the elements it incorporates.

The novel introduces two prominent new characters - Franz Balder, a genius scientist working with complicated Artificial Intelligence technology and his son August, an autistic child who possesses savant skills. There is also Gabriela Grane, genius analyst, member of the Sapo, working in an overwhelmingly male dominated work environment and Ed Needham, the irate NSA official who has a beef with Lisbeth.

Among the old characters we meet Bloomkvist and it is interesting to watch him compete and struggle to maintain his superstar status in the twitter age. His “mary sue” like traits which I previously had a problem with in the earlier novels are significantly toned down. Girls no longer throw themselves at him which is a welcome relief. We also get renew our acquaintance with Erica Berger, inspector Bublanski (bubble as Lisbeth calls him) and the by now familiar landscape of Sweden.

For me the most interesting element in the story was the interactions between Lisbeth and August. Lisbeth’s character is most endearing when she is in her uncompromising fight against personal wrongs mode. But in August, there is a protective touch as well as a self-identification with this genius autistic boy who has been through childhood trauma. Perhaps it is the closest Lisbeth ever comes to finding somebody like herself. More aspects of her history are also revealed which add to her character depth. She is undoubtedly one of the most badass women in literature and continues to kick misogynist butts.

Lagercrantz’s work lacks some of the gritty complexities of Larsson but he does a brilliant job at taking the story forward. It also leaves certain issues unresolved which makes me hopeful for a sequel. With the cult status that Lisbeth has attained, I hope she is around for a long time and outlasts the author again.


Thanks so much Shayantani for taking the time to review this book for me. Shayantani's reviews are brilliant.Which is why it's awesome that she agreed to do a guest review.

You can check out her Goodreads profile here.

GIVEAWAY


 The giveaway guidelines are a part of the Rafflecopter widget .Giveaway is INDIA only and the fact that there are 7 winners of the giveaway and each will win a copy of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo , The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest , The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl in the Spider's Web and one book from the titles listed below:
1.       Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
2.       Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
3.       Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
4.       Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
5.       The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy
6.       An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy
7.       Rescue by Nicolas Sparks
8.       Under the Dome by Stephen King
9.       Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
10.   The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
11.   The Elephant Catchers: Key Lessons for Breakthrough Growth by Subroto Bagchi
12.   In Spite of the Gods by Edward Luce
13.   Living History by Hillary Clinton
14.   To The Moon and Back by Jill Mansell
15.   Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
16.   Theodore Boone,Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
17.   One Day by David Nicholls
18.   The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
19.   Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer and Yvonne Gilbert
20.   The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R.Carey
A total of five books for each winner.


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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Some Updates


Hello, my lovely readers!

I know I've been extremely inactive as of late but that is going to change. The reason behind my recent inactivity on my blog is I have barely read any books that can be classified as young adult for a long time. Also I've been seeing more movies and TV series than reading books because of my hectic course schedule.

I've realized that I want to talk about numerous topics and my blog name restricts me. I never really liked my blog name too much. It was a big name and at that time I just picked something at random. So without further ado let me introduce my new website....



The URL for this website is : http://writerandtales.me

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I will review adult novels, anime, tv series or any other thing that catches my fancy on this website.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN I WILL SHUT DOWN THIS BLOG.This blog is here and it's here to stay. The focus of my website will just be more diverse than this blog. I would love it if you'd check out my website and follow it.

I'm completely new to WordPress and self hosting and learning my way as I go so I might have features on that if anybody is interested,soon.







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