My very first nicholas sparks book. It took a lot of courage on my part to pick up this book mainly because he is so popular for us tear-jerkers. I shMy very first nicholas sparks book. It took a lot of courage on my part to pick up this book mainly because he is so popular for us tear-jerkers. I shy away from such books AND movies. But after watching the movie (and gazing at the hotness called zac Efron), I made up my mind read it. I really liked the movie and didnt cry at all. The book did not disappoint me, I felt the same as the movie. Quite enjoyable, and very different from what I usually read. Not to forget, it wasnt a tear jerker at all. At least for me. :)...more
The best book I have read this year. So fresh. So different. I have gone back to read it twice and enjoyed it every time. I so wish Ms Kenneally keepsThe best book I have read this year. So fresh. So different. I have gone back to read it twice and enjoyed it every time. I so wish Ms Kenneally keeps writing such awesome stories about refreshing, confident young girls!...more
I expected more from this book. It read like any other harlequin book which is not what I expected. The sensuality was good in the book, but what keptI expected more from this book. It read like any other harlequin book which is not what I expected. The sensuality was good in the book, but what kept irritating me the whole time is the sexual sparks that were very wrong under such stressful emotional days the story is set in, plus, the hero pretty manipulated the heroine all the time. And oh, not to forget, he is in to every virtue you can think of - right from caring for his mother to charity. Well...unfortunately I couldn't enjoy the book. I will however try to read more of the author....more
Always loved stars falling in love with ordinary girls stories. This was no exception. The story could have ended better though. I felt I was watchingAlways loved stars falling in love with ordinary girls stories. This was no exception. The story could have ended better though. I felt I was watching one of the Disney movies with a dramatic ending but overall, quite enjoyable. I will definitely turn to this book if I feel gloomy. :)...more
I struggled to finish this book. I did not at all like the way Kishan's character was handled and it was so unfair to him. The whole new angle betweenI struggled to finish this book. I did not at all like the way Kishan's character was handled and it was so unfair to him. The whole new angle between Ren and Kelsey seemed like a desperate attempt to make the reader feel ok for being unfair to Kishan. It felt forced. The reasoning that is. Plus, I was not a huge fan of the whole dragon thing. There were some good parts but the whole legend felt incomplete. Overall, the whole book seemed like a forced attempt to keep the series going. I liked the ending though and hence, 3 stars. Else, it is a 2 starer book.
Not the best of reviews here. Hope to write a better review soon....more
Ren knows everything from Shakespeare to Salsa. He is the blue-eyed boy who has stolen our heroine Kelsey's heart. Kishan is the physically stronger,Ren knows everything from Shakespeare to Salsa. He is the blue-eyed boy who has stolen our heroine Kelsey's heart. Kishan is the physically stronger, vulnerable yet utterly delicious brother who loves Kelsey and who has successfully confused her. Yet by the time I turned over the last page of the book, I found none of them my hero. It was Kelsey all through. Her strength, vulnerability, whole-hearted love and best of all, her never-give-up attitude is what truly makes her the thread that ties these two brothers.
I was getting skeptical that it is always about one heroine and two brothers fighting over the same girl. To an extent it is. But this book is about kelsey. Not about the two brothers. I like that. Its refreshing.
There was a lot more magic and we were taken to Tibet this time. However, I think it all could be better described. There were times when I felt it read more like a travel journal. i am not sure why a reader would be interested in knowing what they ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner almost every single day. But it was there. I found myself skipping few of these descriptions.
The ending was what tugged to my heart. I am not sure if it is a spoiler, so I am not putting it here. But I had expected it about 30-40 pages before ending. Yet, it still affected me and left me sad. The result was I just ordered the third book. :)
Overall, a good read. I am quite enjoying the diversion from vampires and angels. Plus it is interesting to see how Indian culture is used in this fiction book. ...more
What a refreshing new face of paranormal romance! After getting too many vampires, werewolves, and angels forced down my throat, reading Tiger's curseWhat a refreshing new face of paranormal romance! After getting too many vampires, werewolves, and angels forced down my throat, reading Tiger's curse felt like a nice and cool vacation.
I particularly liked the author's style of writing. It was simple, and so honest. Unlike other books, our heroine Kelsey did not have an inferiority complex, was strong and so like a normal girl. That was what made me root for her. It was easy to identify with her. Ren was the typical swoon-worthy guy and has shades of pretty much every dream a girl has about boys. I like him a lot but I think I like Kelsey more than anyone else. Kishan's role has a lot of potential which I am assuming is exploited in the second book. I am looking forward to spending more time with him because he is fun and not in a sarcastic way (Read Damon Salvatore - I LOVE him though!).
The setting of Hinduism and India was good but it had its flaws. Yet I am impressed that the author has managed to write a book that fictionalized the religion without kicking up a storm or offending anyone. I really liked the sensitivity shown by the author and I think getting edited by an Indian editor brings about the authenticity to the setting. It is commendable.
All in all, I enjoyed reading the book and I am on to the second in the series from today. The beginning was promising! :) ...more
There are books that leave an impression on you long after they are finished. Familiar Ties is one of them. It cling to me long after I finished the bThere are books that leave an impression on you long after they are finished. Familiar Ties is one of them. It cling to me long after I finished the book. I had read this book couple of months back and I can still feel the warmth between Max and Amy. The whole family practically glowed with love and I found myself basking the glory of their love. The trials and tribulations were heartfelt but so natural that I found myself nodding. I cried, i laughed and rejoiced with the family over their small wins and losses.
Naya has a way with emotions thats hard to describe. I have read her short story "Coming Together" as well and it gave out the same glow to me. She writes from heart and has a bright future in writing. Its unique and quite homey. A must read for anyone who is looking for some cuddling and warm love. ...more
The only reason I gave a 2 star is because I love the series. But this book left me thoroughly disappointed. It felt as if it was written by force witThe only reason I gave a 2 star is because I love the series. But this book left me thoroughly disappointed. It felt as if it was written by force with no real feeling for the characters. All, except for Matt felt so fake and superficial. And the reason I liked Matt was because he was constantly portrayed as the all-giving sweet friend and always with humor. In fact, he looked like the real hero in the whole book.
Anyway, coming back to the point, I could not feel the book at all. I always enjoyed this series and it was because of the wonderful chemistry between the characters. Right from the beginning, I started disliking Elena but i was looking forward to see how her relationship with Stefan develops in Damon's absence and what happens when he comes back. By end of the book, I not only hated Elena, but Stefan and Damon too. And the plot looked so under-developed, I had half the mind to rewrite the story to make it better. I was not amused at all.
I do not recommend this book if you are looking to revive some of the vampire diaries magic. ...more
This book built a nice plot to take the story a notch higher in to the mysteries of fallen angels. I liked the chemistry between all characters. The eThis book built a nice plot to take the story a notch higher in to the mysteries of fallen angels. I liked the chemistry between all characters. The ending was heart-breaking to say the least. After all that Patch and Nora went through, the ending got me on the verge of tears. All in all a wonderful read. ...more
I enjoyed this book a lot. A quite different take on fallen angels and seeing them in a negative role was interesting. However, I felt Patch had doneI enjoyed this book a lot. A quite different take on fallen angels and seeing them in a negative role was interesting. However, I felt Patch had done nothing to redeem himself from the horrors he did in the past. Just loving Nora isn't a redeeming quality. Having said that, I loved the way the story built up and some of the secrets revealed itself. The ending was quite superb and it was a satisfying read. I had no idea when I zoomed in to the nearest bookstore to get the second book Crescendo. Quite enjoyable. ...more
I LOVED this book! Sensual, sweet, sad and addictive is what I felt as I turned the pages (on my iBook! :p). The story started off with Liese mourningI LOVED this book! Sensual, sweet, sad and addictive is what I felt as I turned the pages (on my iBook! :p). The story started off with Liese mourning 4 days before Valentine's. It doesn't tell you who she is mourning, so the mystery quotient was in there. But the whole book lights up when Frey, her best friend enters the scene. He is so sweet and the way he nudges his best friend to move on, it is heart breakingly beautiful. I loved every moment of their sensual flirting. I think author Cecilia Robert's strength lies in the quirky dialogues between the two and ofcourse, in heating up the book with romance. The tension was palpable and I found myself smiling all through my reading. A definite read for people who enjoy romance between friends and also to all those romantic hearts who love a tease! I am looking forward to Cecilia's next book!...more
This book is about a woman named Sandy Shortt who became obsessed with finding missing things and people after her childhood classmate went missing. SThis book is about a woman named Sandy Shortt who became obsessed with finding missing things and people after her childhood classmate went missing. She relentlessly tries to stop any of her things go missing which do go missing eventually though. It was during one of those episodes, she goes missing too.This book is also about a man named Jack Ruttle who seeks Sandy's help in finding his missing brother but ends up trying to find out where did Sandy go missing. Well, Sandy goes missing to a place called "here". Didn't I tell you it is a giveaway?The story starts out with Sandy realising that she is missing and goes on to narrate the story through appropriate flashbacks. I found the way the story was weaved around missing things very interesting and an excellent way to take the reader back and forth between past and present. Once again, Cecilia worked her magic with her characters. I think one of the reasons why the readers can relate to her books so much in spite of the magic is that she describes each emotion especially the insecurities of her characters in her books that make them much more real. Also, the subtle magic is a winner always. However, this book ended with too many open questions. For instance, how did Sandy escape from "here" when others cant? The book justifies it as she learnt her lesson. Then does that mean thousands others who are there since decades haven't? Or may be its just me. Overall, though I liked the book and in fact, made me a bit wary about missing things in my life (LOL), it wasn't the best of her creations. She did a far better job with her stories in books like "If you could see me now" or "P.S. I love you" than this. Having said that, its not a total lost cause. A good read to fill up those boring hours which are too many in my life currently!...more
Wow. Nalini Singh has the freshest of voices and best of imagination when it comes to paranormal romance. Dmitri was never my favorite but after a wonWow. Nalini Singh has the freshest of voices and best of imagination when it comes to paranormal romance. Dmitri was never my favorite but after a wonderful series, I had to read this. Boy, i am not disappointed at all.
While the sexually explicit scenes were minimized than the rest of the series, it was steamy nevertheless. Add to it, Dmitri's painful past plus Honor's (what a beautiful name!) recent abuse. Two people torn by pain come together, fighting their attraction. I loved the way their relationship matured. The ending was not a big surprise. The author had left hints all through out. Don't want to give out spoilers, so I am not going to mention the surprise but it was funny to me. Slightly unbelievable but then, the whole book is paranormal. So, cannot complain much.
The reason why I gave it a 4-star is because it lacked the extra tint of magic I found in the rest of the 3 books. Not that its not good. It is great but it was just that. A standalone, sweet love story between a hot vampire and a brave guild hunter. It had a nice conclusion and satiated my thirst for Archangel series. ...more