Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Blitz: Guest Post- Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Hi, everyone! I am super excited to be a part of the book blitz week for author Adi Alsaid's Let's Get Lost. This book was my Waiting on Wednesday pick sometime back and I am still pretty eager to read it since it sounds super interesting. I hope it is just as good as it looks and sounds. The blitz is hosted by YA Bound and they have some absolutely great stuff planned.  Let's see what's in store for you today on our blog. 


Let's Get Lost
Release Date: 07/29/14
Harlequin Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.




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Early Praise:

“Reminiscent of John Green’s Paper Towns and road trip novels that feature a teen paving the way to adulthood, Alsaid’s debut is a gem among contemporary YA novels.” – School Library Journal

“Five love stories, beautifully woven together by a special girl in search of adventure, hope, and full appreciation of life’s simple pleasures. A do-not-miss.  ” – Justine Magazine

“Moving and poignant.”  - Glitter Magazine

“An entertaining and romantic road-trip debut.” – Kirkus

"Leila's quest to find the Northern Lights takes readers on a captivating cross-country journey, where four strangers' adventures collide into one riveting tale of finding yourself." ―YABooksCentral.com

“This will likely be a popular summer hit, especially for older teen about to embark on their own journeys of self-discovery.” –Booklist

About the Author:

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.  


Let's Get Lost Website!

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GUEST POST: 

Why Airports are Great for Writers

One of my ultimate go-tos for inspiration is people-watching, and there’s no greater place than an airport to people watch. The sheer mass and diversity of people, the potential for imagined stories. I could sit at an airport and watch for hours even if I didn’t have a flight. I have done that, actually. When I lived in Vegas, sometimes I’d go to the airport baggage claim with a friend and some coffee and we’d try to guess where everyone was coming from, try to decipher airport codes we weren’t familiar with.

Airports offer the freedom to observe. You have a few hours before your flight boards to do nothing but see all sorts of people gathered together, to imagine whatever you want about them, even if you are wildly wrong. Grab some coffee and sit at your gate, take a seat at the overpriced bar or at a restaurant that faces out at the terminal, put a book in front of you in case traffic slows down, a notebook next to that, keep an ear perked for eavesdropping some conversation. Watch the material come to you.

And if you’re the type of writer that gets inspiration from other people’s lives, stealing away their details for later creative use (aren’t we all that kind of writer?), just start talking to someone. Even with the walking-on-eggshells feeling that airports sometimes have these days, where your bags must be with you at all times and suspicious behavior might be defined as not getting any cream cheese with your bagel, people are still extremely open to each other at airports. The fact that everyone is just passing through opens people up to conversation, I’ve found. Seatmates in particular, but at bookstores and restaurants and anywhere else you might find yourself sitting next to someone at an airport. If they find you annoying and don’t want to talk, they’ll let you know by answering only in grunts and continuing to read their magazine. But sometimes they’ll unload their stories on you, like the flight attendant for Air Force Two whom I met and had traveled the world (something like 87 countries?). Or the poor diplomat from Ecuador whose flight from New York to Mexico to Ecuador turned into a five-stop 24-hour+ nightmare.

Attractive people you’ll never see again, groups of teens dreaming of adventures, escapes, reunions, dreading the leaving of them. So many little scenes from daily life, on display for a much larger audience. Mothers trying to place a fast food order for a family of six, a couple already reminiscing about their trip, siblings ignoring each other with headphones. Businessmen on phone calls, working on their computers with a cup of coffee in hand, unwinding at the corner seat of the bar.


Where there are people there are stories, simply put.





***GIVEAWAY***


1 signed hard cover copy of Let’s Get Lost
1 Let’s Get Lost luggage tag
1 Harlequin TEEN notebook
1 Let’s Get Lost sachel
1 Harlequin TEEN tote bag



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I hope you enjoyed reading this post just as much as I did and I sure hope that you, like me, are looking forward to reading the book. Thank you to YA Bound for this fantastic opportunity. We'd like to wish Adi all the best and thank him for writing and sharing such a wonderful post with us. And yes, readers, thank you for stopping by. Happy reading! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review- The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Summary-

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother - Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid - was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea's uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea's 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother's guard - each pledged to defend the queen to the death - arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding...

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom's heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother's legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea's story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance - it's about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive...

Review-

I had read of the hype surrounding The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen and the whole movie deal thing before picking it up. It definitely made me curious about it. So while I did like a few things about the book I had a ton of issues with it as well. And I think the bad outweighs the good for me in this case.

Lets get the bad over with. I hated Kelsea, our protagonist. She was annoying to the nth degree. She was supposed to have all these queen like qualities ingrained in her but all I found her to be was a spoiled child who was bothered about nothing but looks. I mean, I appreciate a hot guy standing next to me just as much as you do but going on and on about it all the time while calling yourself and most women surrounding you ugly was just too much. Kelsea was a really shallow character in my opinion.

Then we have Kelsea's guard who is supposed to protect her come what may. I did find a few of her guards to be okay but I did not like the way they looked at The Mace in a god like way. The Mace was supposed to be this warrior of unbeatable strength and intelligence but from what I could see he screwed up all the time. I found it to be very pretentious. 

But I did like the world Erika Johansen created. It is supposed to be dystopian but the feel to it was very historical in a way. It was quite unique but there were some similarities to the best selling dystopian novels out there. The only character whom I found to be remotely interesting was The Fetch. He was a total grey character who had intentions of his own. I really would have liked to know more about him.

The Queen of the Tearling goes from the third person's point of view in which we get mostly Kelsea's side of the story. If Kelsea wasn't so irritating I would have liked it more. We also get a few more povs but I felt they were very boring. So, after all the mixed thoughts I'd conclude by saying that The Queen of the Tearling was an okay read.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Random House India in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #95

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Break the Sky by Nina Lane
Publication Date: July 29, 2014


Summary-

A sizzling hot, new SPIRAL OF BLISS spin-off novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane 

“Do you ever let go, storm girl?” he asked. “Ever lose control? Ever surrender?” 
“Never,” I whispered. “I never surrender.” 
A smile of both promise and warning curved his beautiful mouth. 
“You will.” 

Atmospheric scientist Kelsey March is under siege. Her tornado research project is on the skids and she’s fighting conflict in her university department. So when irresistible bad boy Archer West suggests a hot, wild fling while he’s in town, Kelsey is unable to resist his sexy offer. 

Kelsey and Archer embark on a intense, exhilarating affair. But soon their differences and private battles encroach on their desire, and Kelsey discovers that Archer is a storm she can’t control.

I absolutely adored Nina Lane's Spiral of Bliss series and I had really liked Kelsey in it. So I'm really excited that we're getting her story in Break the Sky.
What are you waiting on? :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #33


Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 

Today's topics is: 

top ten characters i'd want on a deserted island with me

Oh well, the first thing that came to my mind when I read the title of today's topic was "let's just put all my book boyfriends on this deserted island!" I'll need them to have some fun with. *winks* But then I thought about all those book characters who have not just inspired me in thier own ways, but who have made and still make me contemplate thier actions and personalities. Those are characters I really want to meet and get to know better.  Also when it comes to Harry Potter, of course I'd like to meet them all, but I'm going to try and have as much variety in my list as possible. Some of my choices might seem totally out of place, but for people like me who want a bit of everything, it'll have to do. 



2) Meursault from The Stranger by Albert Camus 







Shiver Fan Art submitted by Cullen Sisters on Fanpop






Make it a Movie Monday post on Making the Grade

9) Travis (and no, as surprised as I am, it's not Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox), but Travis from Something Like Normal by Trish Doller 




What characters made it to your list? Link me up to your posts so I can come see. Happy Tuesday and happy reading, everyone! 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Review- Trouble Has a New Name by Adite Banerjie

Summary-

“Will you pretend to be my fiancé for the next few days?” 

Recently-single model Rayna Dutt does not feel like flying to her friend’s big fat Indian wedding. But she does - and when a mix up with room allocations forces her to share a luxury villa on Emerald Isle with the gorgeous owner of the hotel - Neel Arora - and best man at the wedding, things begin to look up.

Until Rayna’s ex turns up with a new girl on his arm! 

Hitting the panic button, Rayna searches for a solution. Surely Neel wouldn’t mind being her fake fiancé…? In an instant the attraction they share is fever pitch, but when scandal comes calling, Rayna soon finds herself in more trouble than she can handle!

Review-

I had read The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal by Adite Banerjie before and thoroughly enjoyed it. So I was really excited to see that a new book was coming out by her. I absolutely adored Trouble Has a New Name. It had all the elements which I love having in my romance novels and I really loved Rayna and Neel's story.

Rayna is a model whose boyfriend just broke up with her via text. Even though she doesn't feel like flying for her friend's wedding she doesn't want to disappoint her. And so begin the events in Rayna's life. I really didn't think I would like Rayna as much as I did. She is not your typical snob of a model. She was down to earth and sweet. I also loved how she seemed to think that Murphy's laws were always true in her case. It made her a very realistic character.

Then we have Neel. He is forced to share a villa with the beautiful Rayna because of a mix up in room allocations. What he doesn't expect is the urge to protect Rayna from her dumb ex and nosy relatives. I really liked Neel. He was the typical tall, dark and handsome hero but we also get his back story. I think that gave him and his reasons behind not wanting commitment so much more depth.

Rayna and Neel have chemistry since the first page. There are sparks flying all over the place. I loved the banter between them. They were so cute with each other and they always stood by each other in time of need. I liked how there wasn't any pretense between them. All around I loved their love story.

I loved the supporting cast as well. Rayna and Neel have real issues to work through and seeing them do just that while falling for each other was a pleasure to watch. Adite's writing is really smooth and detailed and I flew through the pages. Trouble Has a New Name should not be missed by any romance lovers out there!

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.



Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Tour: Author Interview- Rasleen Syal

Hi, guys! We are hosting a blog tour for author Rasleen Syal's Happily murdered.... As part of the tour, we did an interview ith Rasleen and today's post is completely dedicated to that. For all the details of the book, the tour and the India only giveaway going on for three copies of the book, can be found in the main post. Now without much ado, let's get onto Rasleen's interview. 

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Rasleen is a mystery addict. When she is not reading or writing whodunits, she is happily playing detective. She can’t resist seeking out curiosity in everyday domestic affairs, unwittingly landing in hilarious situations, much to the angst of her family. Her husband dreads the day she will finally pass on this bug to their baby daughter as well. 

An architect with a Masters degree in Business Administration, to make a living she runs her business in Gurgaon. 

‘Happily Murdered’ is her first book.

AUTHOR LINKS: FACEBOOK / GOODREADS / TWITTER

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: 

Hi Rasleen! Welcome to The Readdicts! It’s a pleasure to have you here today and we hope you have a great time answering the questions we have for you. Here we go!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

There are a lot of things I can share about myself. I can say, am an Architect with a masters degree in Business Administration or that I am an entrepreneur. Maybe readers of this interview would be more interested to know that I am a passionate reader of murder mysteries and a debut author. But why do I want to say that I am a new mother to an adorable princess? Somehow it has started taking precedence over all else.

2) Tell us about your book, Happily Murdered.

Happily Murdered is a whodunit - ‘ A closed house, 9 Suspects, 1 Murderer’. The story revolves around the life of a new bride, Gulab Sarin,  who is murdered on the night of her wedding. All the suspects have motive and means to commit her murder, including her love – her husband. The exiting point is that the nine suspects are also acting as armature sleuths to unravel the mystery. So in all, there are two mysteries which will interest the reader. First, the primary one, who killed Gulab Sarin? Secondly, which suspect will eventually unravel the mystery of her death?

3) What kind of research went into writing your book?

To be honest, to write this book, and hopefully many more to come, I have been researching since I was a little girl. To write a plot driven book the fundamental nuances have to be explored, perfected. The pace, placement of red herrings, clues etc are paramount. My basis research has been reading the works of various mystery, suspense and thriller authors and learning all these integrities from them. Also, being observant and aware of people and their emotions was necessary to give soul to the characters. In the conventional sense, very little research was needed, just working out the technical details of the police proceedings, the scientific implications of the effect of the murder weapon used on the victim, the location and its climate etc. The basic stuff.

4) Are any of the characters in your book inspired by someone you know or are they complete results of your imagination?

I have been inspired by quite a few people. I am sure that my friends can find their shades in my characters, if they look closely. Also, sometimes complete strangers in the metro, malls or restaurants lend depth to my characters.

5) Tell us about the whole publishing process of your book and how it went.

All I can remember now is the day when, Arup Bose, my publisher sent me that coveted mail. Rest all is a blur. My journey from writing a book to getting it published has had its share of ups and downs, appreciations and rejections. But fate has been extremely kind to me for all the rejections that came my way, generously included feedback and critique. An author has to be appreciative of opinions and try to work on them. Rejections helped me hone my craft. Between literary agents and publishers it took me an year to land a book deal.

6) According to you, in today’s day and age, how important a role do blogs play in spreading the word about a book?

In the age where social media is the basic promotion platform to reach a targeted audience, good and reliable blogs are essential influencers in making a reader buy a book. The opinion of unswerving bloggers can sway their followers into giving a book a chance, especially in the case of a debut author.


7) Did you always want to become an author or was it something that you eventually thought of or realised? If not an author, what did you want to be when growing up?

I was always good at getting out of sticky situations by fabricating stories! Had I thought about making it into a profession earlier on, you would have an array of my books to read by now. Unluckily for me, I didn’t! Coming from a middle class family of self achievers only becoming a doctor or an engineer was an appropriate career option for an intelligent daughter. That was what was expected of me so that’s what I wanted to be.

I believe, you can't just become an author one fine day. The seeds of writing are sown long before that. To write a book you need to be passionate about a subject and introspect on it a lot. For me writing mysteries was just an extension of reading them. Even as a kid I used to plot mysteries, think up characters and jot it all down in my diary. Some years back I was on an enforced sabbatical and thought about giving form to my jotted ramblings. The result is my debut book.

8) Who are some of your favourite authors and what are some of your favourite books?

Arthur Conan Doyle, Emily Bronte, Ayn Rand, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Satyajit Ray and P D James are few of the writers I am extremely fond of. From the current lot I like Cecelia Ahern, Dan Brown, Anuja Chauhan and Anu Kumar. I love all the titles of Agatha Christie, ‘Death on the Nile’ and ‘Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ being my favourites. Among the classics ‘Wuthering Heights’ is a book I have read many times and it is still on my night stand.

9) Tell us why readers should pick up your book.

I have been told that ‘Happily murdered’ has twists and turns which keep you hooked till the very end. If  ‘cozy mystery’ is a genre someone enjoys I would ask them to give an Indian author a try.

10) What advice would you give to aspiring young writers?

a) Write what you are passionate about.
b)  Always appreciate feedback and work on it to improve your craft.
c)  Persistence pays. So never lose hope.
d) For any specific advice regarding the publishing process, literary agents or about writing, please send in your query as a comment on my website. I would be happy to help.

Thank you so much for spending time with us today, Rasleen. We appreciate you taking the time out to answer our questions and we wish you lots of happiness and success in life. 

Thank you, dear readers, for stopping by! 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review- Fade Into Red by Reshma K. Barshikar

Summary-

Ayra always wanted to be an Art Historian. She saw herself flitting between galleries, talking Michelangelo and Dali with glamorous ease. At twenty–nine, life has decided to make her an underpaid investment banker juggling an eccentric family, a fading career and a long–distance relationship that is becoming a light-year one. 

On a monsoon day in June, she is suddenly sent packing from Mumbai to Tuscany to buy a vineyard for a star client. What should have been a four day trip turns into a two week treasure hunt that finds her in the middle of midnight wine deals, dodgy vintners, rolling Tuscan hills, a soap opera family and one playboy millionaire who is looking to taste more than just the wine. Towards the end she finds that the road to true happiness is almost as elusive as that perfect glass of Chianti.

Review-

I wasn't expecting much before diving into Fade Into Red by Reshma K. Barshikar so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book. It was a good change of pace for me from the usual romances. Fade Into Red can't exactly be put into a category but if I had to it would be chick lit with more depth. There is a little bit of romance but for the most part it is Ayra's story.

Ayra has always wanted to be an art historian but circumstances and her practical mindset made her into an investment banker. When she is sent to Tuscany to buy a vineyard for a client she doesn't expect her life to change so drastically or maybe it is she herself who changes.

I really liked Ayra. She was a modern woman who wanted to have a good, financially secure job even if it meant letting go of her passion. She was a determined woman who was trying to meet everyone's expectations even if it meant putting her wishes on the backseat for awhile. The part I enjoyed the most in Fade Into Red was when Ayra and Ishaan are searching for vineyards. I found the whole wine making process really interesting.

The description of the Tuscan Hills and various locations was amazing and easy to imagine. But it was not all about the wines. Here is from where Ayra's life takes a turn for the worse and where she realizes that things are definitely not as they seem. I liked Ayra's family. They were the ones who brought the normal and typical in her life while being there for her always. I also loved her friend Nars who was always there for her, as was Kartik.

Fade Into Red was more about discovering yourself. It was Ayra's journey to learning how to compromise and to giving your loved ones priority. It was about finding the right balance between doing what you love and doing what you have to do. Overall Fade Into Red was a good and very realistic read which ended in hope. I liked it.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Random House India in exchange for an honest review. We thank them