Saturday, May 30, 2009

Fancy Friday#3 ! The Season by Sarah MacLean


The Season by Sarah MacLean

Synopsis

Alexandra Stafford and her two closest friends, Vivi and Ella, weren't much looking forward to the London Season of 1815...but, between dress fittings, glittering balls, a murder that only they can solve, and the little fact that Alex's heart is very much in danger of being stolen...this is one season that is shaping up to be unforgettable!

I did a VLOG for this book review.

You can see it here: Link

Let me know what you think!
Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You!

This is a review I wrote for my high school newspaper! So if its a little different than my normal style then you're right because this was back in March/April 2008!
I also had my own byline! ~yay~~ 

Book Review:
I'd Tell You I Love You,But Then I'd Have To Kill You...

by Mitali Dave


"Okay...calm down..this is not what what you think it is. Its only the title of the book that I'm reviewing this month. I'd Tell You I Love You,But Then I'd Have To Kill You... , by Ally Carter is the fist book in the Gallagher Girl series. Cammie Morgan, the protagonist of this novel is s normal teenager, but her life is anything but normal. She may be fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways-three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti- bu the Gallagher Academy   has not prepared her for what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she is an ordinary girl.

However, Cammie is anything but ordinary. Attending an all girls school for geniuses, A.K.A. "a school for spies", teaches them advanced martial Arts in P.E. Chemistry always consists of the latest chemical warfare and it is a common practice to break CIA codes to earn extra credit for computer class. In addition to the difficult and unusual schoolwork, she has to cope with the fact that her mother,an ex CIA agent, is the principal of her school.Staying afloat despite peer pressures, Cammie has to aid her "sisters" in a secret mission that may spell trouble for her mental and emotional stability.

The book has also received some awards that make it viable for teenagers to read, so go ahead ans read it to see what it has in store for you; The best part is that it can be borrowed from our school library! "


Looking back at this review I can believe how naive I was almost a year ago. Wow. If I were to write a review for this book today, it absolutely not be something like this! 
 And hence tomorrow I shall grace you with a review of the second book in the series, Cross My Heart And Hope To Spy.

Monday, May 25, 2009

On the Menu Monday! --> Geek Magnet- Kieran Scott

Hey guys!
Ive decided to make monday "On the Menu" Monday.
Let me know what you think about it!

Also this week's book is Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott.


Synopsis from Barnes & Noble

Mean Girls meets High School Musical from the author of I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader!

Everyone loves KJ Miller, especially the geeks. She's pretty, smart, and super nice to everyone, which has made her the geek pied piper of Washington High. If only Cameron, the star of the basketball team, would follow her around and worship her the way her dorky entourage does.

As the stage manager of the spring musical, Grease, KJ has to deal with a few geeks, but she also gets to hang out with Tama, queen of the popular crowd and star of the play. Tama has the solution to all of KJ's problems: get cruel. After all, the nice girl never gets the guy. Can KJ actually pull off a transformation into a mean girl?


Here is a video of her reading from the book!


Kieran Scott reading from 1st chapter Geek Magnet! --> Link


Sorry I missed out on the beginning!

I will post the reviews for OtMM on Thursday! 


Till then,

Adios!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Fancy Friday --> TMI - Sarah Quigley


TMI - Sarah Quigley



Synopsis


Friends call Becca the Overshare Queen, but her tendency for TMI never seemed like a problem to her until she blabs about her sweet band-geek boyfriend's sloppy kisses-and gets dumped! Realizing it may be better to resist the temptation to overshare face-to-face, Becca decides to blog anonymously about everything instead. On her blog, Too Much Information, Becca unleashes her alter ego, Bella. Bella tells it like it is . . . though perhaps with a bit more drama. After all, no one's going to read it, right???



Sarah Quigley is the debut author of TMI, and here is what was said of her book.

"Becca's blogalicious missteps and triumphs will keep you cringing and laughing all the way through!"
--Kieran Scott, author of 
Geek Magnet and I Was A Non-Blonde Cheerleader


Keiran, whose book I reviewed earlier this week, is not the only one of the opinion. So am I. 

I laughed through every minute of this book. It was hilarious. The many firsts that Becca went through, the way she lived vicariously through her blog, the way she befriended Jai, or technically JAI and they way they hit it off is actually pretty cool to witness. The way she came up with creative stories about her crush over her "Prince Charming" is actually very charming to read about. Also the sensitivity in  relationships, be it friendship or the others is a very important issue that is addressed in the book! 


Here is a little VLOG I did on the book!

Link


It also has information about Teen Author Carnival which is being hosted by me, along with Devyn from FAYAF & Korianne from Koriannespeaks!

If you want to know more about the Carnival follow us on Twitter : AuthorCarnival

For more details go to our website or email us at TeenAuthorCarnival@gmail.com




Edition: ARC (via Strand)



Thanks, 

xx

Mitali

Monday, May 18, 2009

"On the Menu" Monday --> Lovestruck Summer - Melissa Walker

Lovestruck Summer - Melissa Walker


Synopsis

Austin Music Fest

Yay, summer in Austin!

Good food, good times. Fun for everyone!

Okay, living with my sorority-brainwashed cousin, who willingly goes by "Party Penny," is not exactly what I had in mind.

All your favorite bands

But the cute musicians I've met totally make up for it . . . like Sebastian. Swoon.

All ages welcome

So why can't I stop thinking about Penny's friend All-American Russ and his Texas twang??

Saturday & Sunday, from noon to midnight

Don't wait up!






The Violet on the Runway trilogy was fun. Definitely. Afterall who doesn't want to see a Plain Jane get turned around into a Gisele Bundchen?


But Lovestruck Summer is a little different. 

Who isn't looking for a summer fling?!

All the single ladies in the house raise your hand! 

*Raises hand*


Summer is the time of the year when we lay back and plan ahead for the fall. We regroup and rethink our strategies for when we come back in the fall with a new purpose.


For Quinn Parker, whose parents were going on a sabbatical for the summer; a summer internship with a music label in Texas - arranged in a middle of the night phone call- meant living with her goody two-shoes cousin Penny, who was also approved of by her parents and learning as much as she could about her obsession the band called The Walters, partying and meeting a hunckalicious guy and having a "summer fling".


But as we know the best laid plans have a way of going haywire.

There's always a Romeo and a Count Paris.

In Lovestruck Summer we have Russ, the resident frat boy --> our Romeo and Sebastian, the DJ --> our Count Paris.

Quinn has ideas about how her summer fling pick would be like. All her wishes are fulfilled when Seb comes into the picture, but what about Russ?


Why is he such a pain the a**?

She doesn't want him!

She doesn't like him!

He's always getting on her nerves.


But then sometimes what we think we want and what we are meant to have are two different things!


Read this delightful story about how summers are meant to reconnect with family, and making new friends, learning more about yourself, discovering  a part of yourself never known to anyone, even you! And in the process, take a step towards becoming the person you will be someday.


Edition: First Edition, Paperback

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

If I Stay - Gayle Forman



Synopsis

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heart achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make-and the ultimate choice Mia commands


“Just listen,” Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen.

“Stay,” he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones. Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her friends and family behind?

Then, one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only that matters.


If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

You can read an excerpt from the book on Gayle’s website: link1; link2

When I finished reading this book, the first thing that came to my mind was an aphorism by the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates

Vita Brevis, Ars Longa – Latin for Life is short; Art is enduring.

The aphorism sums up the plot of the book. From the minute I opened the book I didn’t want to put it down. Ms. Forman wove a tale so magical, that anyone could fall hook, line and sinker for it. I did. I read it on April1 in a little over 2 hours and did not want to let go.

This is the magic of YA books. No matter how common the tale, authors make it special by adding their special touch. Ms. Forman adds that touch in this book in the form of the cello. 17 year old Mia, is a child prodigy, has a loving family, and an adorable boyfriend, Adam. In a split second, she loses almost everything.

We all go through life trying to find ourselves. That special identity that is unique to us. Mia is struggling to achieve that too. Her whole life revolves around the cello. It is with the cello that she identifies herself the best. She feels like a fish out of the water in her family. We can all identify with something of the sort.

Ms. Forman draws upon the renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, and his beautiful gift of playing the cello, to create a magical tale that shows the inner turmoil, and the psychomachia (battle of the mind with itself), that Mia goes through. The arduous decision of whether to give up on life and die, or fight back for all that was precious to her. Her music is her life. And losing her life meant losing music. Which would mean no Julliard, which also mean being close to Adam, her mom & dad-would-love-him-type-rocker-boyfriend.

She interweaves the past and the present, the pleasant and painful, making it painstakingly beautiful; a heart wrenching story that will make even a heart of stone shed a tear. Alteast a drop. Or two. Unless you’re Khy. Who really does have a heart of stone. Her words not mine. Here see yourself.

Also her mom loved her book. So did mine. It was weird coincidence, but seeing that both moms are a lot alike in character its not difficult to imagine. Also, what does that say about Gayle? I think on April 23rdthis said it all. She was officially a NY Times bestselling author!


When I asked her what she thought about making the list:

She said,

"For the rest of my life, no matter what happens, even if only for this one week, I am now a NYT bestselling author.

And that is pretty amazing"


So here are 5 reasons to read this book.


  1. Because its an AMAZING book.
  2. Because NY Times says so.
  3. Because Khy & I say so.
  4. Because our mom's say so.
  5. Because its a book you will love to curl up and read on any given day.
  6. Gayle is amazing.


So go on and read this book! And let me know what you think of it! And sorry about all the weird terms..Im sorta into them.You'll see a lot more of them later.


Follow Gayle on Twitter here and let her know your thoughts!



Edition: ARC (Courtesy of Susane Colasanti)


P.S. Waiting For You is out tomorrow 5/14...GO BUY IT!

There will be a special video of Susane reading from it tomorrow!

Wait for it! :-)


I wasnt listening to any music when I wrote this!


Saturday, May 9, 2009

The beginning- In which I reveal my lucky charm!


I thought I'd go a little off track and write a little about this short story I read a while back.
It made me smile..and Im sure it will  make you smile too.
Although the writer wont be too pleased at first, but after a while he'll come to his senses.
And I am hoping that he'll turn out to be my lucky charm!

Here's the story ...

What's luck got to do with it??

Lady luck is blue. 

Actually she's
Caucasian (I believe that is the racially correct term), but she is feeling glum. It turns out that her luck has deserted her. It has been so for the past week or so and she decides that she must do something about it. Slowly, she gets up from bed, dreading the day ahead and the promises of drudgery it brings. A snap of her fingers and she feels fresh. At least physically. The cobwebs of the mind still cling resolutely and refuse to be dusted away. 

Lady luck has run out of..luck..(it is generally bad practice to use a word; not counting articles,pronouns,
modular's and conjunctions; twice in the same sentence, you know). And for the immortals, luck is a big thing.

She cannot remember when exactly things began to go wrong. It was sometime during her brief affair with Cupid. The relationship was a disaster from the onset and Lady Luck can only blame herself for falling for the capricious God of Love. 

She leaves her abode on the 13
th level of the nimbus cloud and descends towards the realm of the Humans. Almost immediately she is drawn to the hospital. She floats into the children's ward where newborns are brought for care everyday. She likes it here. Little symbols of Hope (her first cousin), she often smiles upon the babes she is most drawn to; and the smile of Lady Luck can do wonders for you.
It can turn your day around, get you that new job you've been on the look-out for, help you find that ring you misplaced, help you remember that crucial answer in the exam.

She wanders the Earth, distantly
pre-occupied, deigning to smile only when shaken from her reverie. Often she sees Cupid, flitting around, with the little Love-Gun of his. She remembers the day she'd put blanks in the gun. He'd shot and stunned around a hundred people before realising it wasn't working. Actually he'd shot Giselle Bundchen, trying to get her to fall for him, when he raised a real welt on her butt. Sachin Tendulkar had been very angry. (Sachin has since long replaced God. Everytime a kid in India holds up a placard saying "Cricket is my religion, Sachin is my God", God's power decreases and Sachin's increases. God, presently, is now spot boy on the sets of Sachin's commercials). He had threatened to impose gun control laws, but everyone knows that is just bullshit. 

Stupid Cupid, she says to herself. An extremely retarded fellow. He'd told her he'd fallen for her, which she now believes were just lies to get her to go to bed with him. And later after he was through, he'd dumped her and gone around, spreading rumors of her promiscuity. She'd found out he'd been calling her names, some as unsavory as Lady...She swerves as a flock of birds comes out of the sunlight, nearly putting her off-balance in her flight. Stupid birds, she thinks uncharitably.

Thinking of stupid, her thoughts presently return to Cupid. The number of times he'd shot himself accidentally with his own gun. And a lot of shit that had gotten him into. Which was why after a while he was advised to keep a supply of The Bottled Bad Breath of Davy Jones to bring him out of the swoon. 

Stupid Cu..She stops with a start. Why hasn't she seen it before!!?? The answer has been before her all the time. She could have turned her luck a long time ago if she had only been smart enough. 

She turns and dashes to her abode. People, roads, cars go by as she races, her tresses wildly trailing. A cute girl with glasses, short hair, heading to her classes comes across her path. Lady Luck is annoyed but holds her Frown, thinking the girl probably could use a bit of luck. She pauses to smile at her, but the girl is not looking. 

She resumes her flight, her mind whirring with the possibilities. Will it work? She reasons that her logic is sound. It has happened to Cupid too, hasn't it? 

She flings the door open. Her breath comes in rapid gasps. She rushes to her room and comes to a halt in front of the mirror. She looks at herself in the glass...

And smiles...



For everyone who doesn't understand all the terms...
Here's a gloassary:
Sachin Tendulkar: Famous Indian Cricketer, adored by the writer of this short story.


This story made me laugh.Hysterically.The bit about Cupid was really funny. If you know the writer like I do, you'd know that he's exteremly sarcastic and has a caustic sense of humor.
Which is clearly reflected in his writing. 
I thought to share this with you all so you could have a laugh like I did over the desciption of Cupid which was unlike what an eternal romantic like me would describe him as.
Lady Luck and Cupid almost seem human to me. The situation is so earthly that the plot being staged around heavenly beings almsot seems surreal.

If you want to give a shout out to the writer and check out some of his other short stories, go over to this blog 
 The author shall comment when his internet cooperates. And let me know if he never does. I'll call him and bleed his ears out by screeching like a banshee.NOT.
He's pretty cool about getting back to a reader though. So just go over and say hi. 
And leave a comment here about what you thought about the story!


P.S. I was listening to Poker Face by Lady GaGa while writing this post...

Friday, May 8, 2009

Fancy Friday: Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti!


Ever since I came to know about review blogs and I made the decision to start one with the help of numerous people,I knew that the first book I wanted to review would be Susane Colasanti’s Waiting for You.

Today my wish has come true.


From the back cover (Barnes & Noble):

At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents' unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa's ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school's ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she?

Here’s the inside jacket cover:

Derek
Friendly and popular
Style: Cali surfer boy
Awesome at flirting
Future career: landscape architect
Boyfriend potential: high

Nash
Shy but sweet
Style: totally geeked out
Only talks to girls when absolutely necessary
Future career: robotics engineer
Boyfriend potential: none

Derek is clearly the boy Marisa's been waiting for, but there's just one problem. He has a girlfriend. Nash is wrong for Marisa, but he wants to take care of her. As if life wasn't complicated enough, Marisa's also dealing with overcoming a major problem from her past, a family that's falling apart, and a best friend who won't stop talking to sketchy guys online. Only the anonymous DJ, who has the school's ear with his underground podcasts, seems to get what Marisa's going through. But she has no idea who he is - or does she?


To me as a reader- and I have said this countless number of times, and may I add in the presence of authors, known to us all- what is most important is the fact that the author’s personality should reflect in their writing. Now I know that all of us might not have the bon chance to have met them in person, but the bios on their websites provide the most accurate information.

I however have had the chance to meet Ms. Colasanti, not once, but twice. And let me tell you I was blown away. She is just as awesome in person as she seems in videos, or even when the average reader reads her blog posts. She is vivacious, very kind, humble, and extremely amazing. And you can see reflections of her in various nooks and corners of the books. Especially the music. Definitely the music.

Waiting for ‘Waiting for You’ almost killed me, but it was worth the wait. When I finally managed to get my hands on it, I barred everything from my mind and was engrossed in the book. It was everything I expected it to be and beyond that. I have to confess, and I’m sure every single one of you females will agree that we’ve had our share of “crushes” on the most popular boy in school. He was inevitably the object of our affection, coveted secretly, but unattainable. Yet we would do anything for him to look our way and give us a smile if not his undivided attention. Reading this book was like being taken back into time – back to high school, which was fortunately filled with happy memories.Mostly. Since Ms. Colasanti has been a high school science teacher for over a decade, I’m sure she has been privy to all the going ons. From the mood swings to the keg parties and she manages to bring all that and more into her book.

Her characters mirror what your average teenager would feel at this age. The angst of finding someone to belong to, someone who understands you, someone who likes you the way you like them. Someone to love, and be somebody’s beloved.

Without giving away much, all I want to say is that Nash, Marisa (which just happens to be my favorite name), and Derek (which just makes me think of Patrick Dempsey) could be you and your friends. I’m sure there is one of each amongst us. We might even be one of them. But the point here is that she manages to put that into words, yes words- the most important thing. To put emotions into words is really difficult, I should know, I’ve tired and failed miserably many times. Just goes to show how incredible she is and that she had me hanging on to every word of every page making me relive every emotion, every feeling that I’ve felt in the past 5 ish years.

Going into the book, I expected it to be good, as I knew she wouldn’t be capable of producing something that wasn’t. But the outcome- when I was done with the 322 pages of it- I didn’t expect tears. Nor did I expect to have this sense of calm come over me. A peace I’ve never felt before. Like something inside of me understood that it was ok to wait. It was ok to not have someone, there was always tomorrow. I had heard ‘Love blossoms from friendships’. Yesterday I was a dreamer. Today I am a believer.

Kudos to Ms. Colasanti for making this book one of my favorites in one whopping sweep!

You rock Susane! :-)

And I love the cover!

Edition: First Edition (Hardback)


P.S. I would also like to thank her for giving me a galley of Gayle Forman's If I Stay!

To take a leaf out of Korianne's proverbial book ,I was listening to Kryptonite by 3 doors Down while writing this post!


Many thanks to Danielle, Devyn Burton, Korianne and Susane, Coe and Gayle... This wouldnt be possible without you!