by Joan Holub (Goodreads Author), Suzanne Williams
Iris is the most colorful goddess girl at Mount Olympus Academy. In fact, her hair and delicate wings can change color according to her mood! When Principal Zeus entrusts her with the job of fetching some magic water, Iris is tickled pink—until she realizes she’ll have to get the water from the gray, gloomy River Styx in the Underworld! And when Iris figures out how to create magical rainbow slides that will allow her to travel from Mount Olympus to Earth and back in a flash, she suddenly becomes a messenger in high demand. All the while, Iris wonders whether her crush, Zephyrus, has caught wind of her infatuation, or if he’s into her BFF instead. Either way, Iris is determined she won’t go green with envy! - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Iri... [close]
by Ruby Gupta (Goodreads Author)
The title of the novel Maya alludes to one of the basic themes of Hindu philosophy that this world is nothing but an illusion. The prot…more
The title of the novel Maya alludes to one of the basic themes of Hindu philosophy that this world is nothing but an illusion. The protagonist of the novel, Viren, travels from India to the US and back to the newly formed State of Chhattisgarh (in India). His journey becomes an unconscious journey into the self – a quest to understand the existential angst. This is the larger connotation of the title. Maya is also the name of one of the central characters of the novel.
The story begins with Viren reaching Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh after receiving news of his Uncle’s death. This forced sabbatical from his high-pressure job as a software developer in Sunnyvale California propels him on to a journey where he confronts his painful past. His mother had committed suicide and he is estranged from his father. Here, in the backwaters of India, he finds himself juxtaposed between two different worlds and two different eras.
In the midst of this, Viren meets a beautiful mysterious woman, Maya, who stays alone in a dilapidated fort in the middle of nowhere. He is bewitched, for she seems to possess powers beyond the comprehension of ordinary mortals. Her search is spiritual and she lives in the wilderness akin to the sages of ancient India who lived and meditated in the Himalayas. Viren’s repeated interactions with her intrigue him; and he begins to question the purpose of his current lifestyle and the fulfilment he derived from his work and relationships. Their conversations about life and mysticism form the core of the novel. Interspersed with this, are glimpses of Viren’s childhood, the dysfunctional relationship between his parents, his first love, and the world of his Uncle peopled with strange tribes.
When Viren does not return to Sunnyvale, his best friend, K.C. Mehta also visits Chhattisgarh. The novel ends with his first glimpse of Maya. The reader is left to ponder about the whereabouts of Viren, K.C’s possible interaction with Maya, the underlying unity between the ancient and the modern, and the illusory nature of this world. [close]
by Hilary Thompson (Goodreads Author)
First book AND novella in YA fantasy series blending dystopia, mythology, and astrology. Book Two releasing October 2014…more
First book AND novella in YA fantasy series blending dystopia, mythology, and astrology. Book Two releasing October 2014 - get started now!
Giveaway includes Justice Buried (Starbright Book One) and the novella Lexan's Pledge, which tells the story from another character's view.
"It's epic...Justice Buried is full of twists and turns, but it's intricate. It's well-plotted. It's addictive." -The YA Buzz
"Justice Buried has something everyone will enjoy - mystery, adventure, and romance." -My Nook, Books and More
Book Summary, Justice Buried:
The people need Justice, but she's not listening.
One hundred years before, the Great Sickness reduced the world to three cities. Now the community of Asphodel is trapped underground, waiting for the prophesied maiden of Justice to return and save them from their Fates.
Sixteen-year-old Astrea is supposed to be this savior - too bad for them she isn't a believer.
Trea fights against her false destiny: she rebels against her family and friends, then refuses her arranged marriage to the charming but deceitful Lexan.
Learning her life is in danger, Trea is forced to trust Lexan - until she discovers a power she never knew she had, and one he already knew he did.
As betrayal closes every door, Trea decides she must submit to her stars and accept her fate. Then a handsome stranger offers her an unexpected escape and the chance to create her own destiny.
Book Summary, Lexan's Pledge:
There will come three...A child of peace, born in a place of war. A child of right, born in a place of wrong. A child of lawfulness, born in a place with no laws.
The secrets of Asphodel continue to spill as Lexan tells his side of the story.
Lexan has been pretending for so long that he barely remembers why. All he knows is that it's getting harder to be the image of perfection that everyone expects. With Keirna plotting murder, Saloman having visions, and Trea throwing tantrums, Lexan just might be ready to risk his world for the chance at a better one. [close]
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods
1 member, last active 3 months ago
1 member, last active 5 months ago
13 members, last active 2 months ago
23 members, last active 58 days ago