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Book Review: Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle & Maureen Johnson

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson

I had tremendously liked the book The Fault in Our Stars (check its review here) written by John Green and when my best friend suggested for me to select Let It Snow, I dilly-dallied a little but in the end, thought to give it a try. But my my, was I not disappointed! Where I was so emotionally involved in the former book, the latter just touched me superficially.

Ok, let me be straight (ya I am, just kidding) – I am not in favor of reading silly teen books, but there was a time in my life I devoured such books like crazy. So, this is a book recommended for teens “only” and those looking for light short stories. This is not a novel in the correct sense of word, but as the cover pic says “three holiday romances” around Christmas, a collection of three short love stories connected together in the last one. The last one is the worst, but let us ignore that.

Silly, stupid romances, none of them memorable is my conclusion of the book. So enough about the story-line, the way the book is written is interesting since three different popular writers have attempted to make it likable enough (my friend had loved it) and it is a good enough effort.

 

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle- brings all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.

About the author:
John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, The Fault in Our Stars was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

Twitter: @realjohngreen
Website: www.johngreenbooks.com

Rating: 6/10
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Book Name: Let It Snow
Author: John Green, Lauren Myracle & Maureen Johnson
Pages: 352
Publication Year: 2012
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Book Review: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

And I had thought Hercule Poirot series was the best since last year I had read almost 20-25  books back-to-back, but it was more to do with my laziness in selecting a new book or a new character to mould my mind to. But this next book – The Wise Man’s Fear was my deliberate pick for I had loved the first one – The Name of the Wind, part of The Kingkiller Chronicle.

The detailing of friendship among Kvothe, Simmon and Wilem reminded me of Bollywood movies – Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara but with better connections with the audience. And yes, there was magic, ample magic but linked to physics/chemistry; probably if our times get so much advanced in sciences, it may prove true. Take for example, energy cannot be created or destroyed; hence if you link two similar items and pick one item, the second item also gets lifted but energy required is double; however, if two very dissimilar items are linked together through sympathy (this is the word referred to in The University), the energy required will be much higher.

Or talk about the romantic lines, again it is not too cheesy in the book, perfect for my tastes:

We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In my ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.

Only if the pages and pages of Felurian sex could have been cut to 1-2 pages, it would have been all for the best. As for me, during that phase, I left this book mid-way and completed two other books (chick-lits) and only when my friend suggested to skip those pages and continue, did I again go back and glad I did that! Let me not give anything more away, because you as a book-reader need to pick this book even after its few misgivings.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.

So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view — a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, an escalating rivalry with a powerful member of the nobility forces Kvothe to leave the University and seek his fortune abroad. Adrift, penniless, and alone, he travels to Vintas, where he quickly becomes entangled in the politics of courtly society. While attempting to curry favor with a powerful noble, Kvothe uncovers an assassination attempt, comes into conflict with a rival arcanist, and leads a group of mercenaries into the wild, in an attempt to solve the mystery of who (or what) is waylaying travelers on the King’s Road.

All the while, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, is forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm. There he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist, and who no man has ever survived … until Kvothe.

In The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

About the author:
Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, won the Quill Award and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Though it has only been out since April 2007, it has already been sold in 26 foreign countries. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. Pat lives in Wisconsin, where he brews mead, builds box forts with his children, and runs Worldbuilders, a book-centered charity that has raised more than six million dollars for Heifer International.

Website: www.patrickrothfuss.com
Twitter: @patrickrothfuss

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Fantasy
Book Name: The Wise Man’s Fear
The Kingkiller Chronicle #2
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Pages: 994
Publication Year: 2011

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

So right now, I am heavily invested in chick-lit, the sort of light reads to keep myself happy. But you know searching for light reads which are not too too much romantic and ignoring erotic genre at the same time is not that easy. So since my mood is such, I have curating an easy list for you. You simply need to filter on Chick Lit on my blog 🙂

I came across this writer Rainbow Rowell during my search through good romances of non-classical variety, but found the famous ones being written on teenagers, that is so not what I wanted to read. And then I found out Attachments. How cool is that? Have not we all at some point or the other collaborated in funny banters and gossips on office mails/ chats or forwarding some funny response another one sent us? That is what this book is about, but keeping a person at the helm who reads this chat. Creepy? Yes, although the person reading the mail and the protagonist writing thus fall in love with each other, albeit for different reasons. Sweet! So what you holding on to? Pick up this book for 3 hours read and enjoy!

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained and captivated by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

About the author:
Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park and Fangirl). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

Twitter: @rainbowrowell
Website: rainbowrowell.com

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: Attachments
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 323
Publication Year: 2011

Book Review: Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding was just the right book I needed for my hyperactive imagination to unroll in a book. That imagination which you can see on a movie screen with you and the other people you know acting out in a real-life situation, all of your-own-making. Just kidding! I know not everyone is like that, and even if one is, they do not act such all the time.

I had previously seen Bridget Jones’s Diary – one of my few first movie during teenage years and I found the lead actress fat and too sulky. Of course, I do not remember the exact feeling, but it was trepidation that I picked up this book and found it quite interesting, interesting enough to take a break from the second part of The Kingkiller Chronicles. However, the character Olivia Joules, I found to be too much – too much to be real (am I so? *wink *wink). Do pick up this book to break boredom and if you are looking for a light chick-lit, but do not expect much. See, I did not give any spoilers away, even when it was too tough while writing review of this book.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era…Move over 007, a stunning, sexy-and decidedly female-new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules (that’s “J.O.U.L.E.S. the unit of kinetic energy”) and she’s ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination.

How could a girl not be drawn to the alluring, powerful Pierre Ferramo-he of the hooded eyes, impeccable taste, unimaginable wealth, exotic international homes, and dubious French accent? Could Ferramo really be a major terrorist bent on the Western world’s destruction, hiding behind a smokescreen of fine wines, yachts, and actresses slash models? Or is it all just a product of Olivia Joules’s overactive imagination?

Join Olivia in her heart-stopping, hilarious, nerve-frazzling quest from hip hotel to eco-lodge to underwater cave, by light aircraft, speedboat, helicopter, and horse, in this witty, contemporary, and utterly unputdownable novel deluxe.

About the author:
Helen Fielding was born in Yorkshire. She worked for many years in London as a newspaper and TV journalist, travelling as wildly and as often as possibly to Africa, India and Central America. She is the author of four novels: Cause Celeb, Bridget Jones’ s Diary, Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination, and co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget Jones’s Diary and the sequel based on The Edge of Reason. She now works full-time as a novelist and screenwriter and lives in London and Los Angeles..
Facebook: @BridgetJonesBook

Rating: 7/10
Genre: Chick Lit
Book Name: Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination
Author: Helen Fielding
Pages: 305
Publication Year: 2003

Book Review: The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

When I started reading The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, I never expected it to engage me into such a fantasy world that I would have started liking it comparable to Harry Potter series. Although in the start I found the book a slow read, wondering why my pen friend – turned – real friend – turned back to pen friend (life changes friendship) recommended to me for reading, in between taking a break with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, I found the book totally captivating.

I mean what’s there in the book not to like – a child prodigy, perfect family, a villain character (similar to one-who-must-not-be-named), struggles of life, the apt dose of romance (not inclining towards being too cheesy for my tastes) and The University with plenty of books in its library and  (again similar to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry).

Let me give you an example of some of the romantic quotes – those are simply perfect:

Her voice twinning, mixing with my own. Her voice was like a portrait of her soul: wild as a fire, sharp as shattered glass, sweet and clean as clover.

If you can find someone like that, someone who you can hold and close your eyes to the world with, then you’re lucky. Even if it only lasts for a minute or a day. 

Please do not mind my gushing over this book more and go and pick up this book to proceed on an adventurous journey.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

About the author:
Patrick Rothfuss is the bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, won the Quill Award and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Though it has only been out since April 2007, it has already been sold in 26 foreign countries. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. Pat lives in Wisconsin, where he brews mead, builds box forts with his children, and runs Worldbuilders, a book-centered charity that has raised more than six million dollars for Heifer International.

Website: www.patrickrothfuss.com
Twitter: @patrickrothfuss

Rating: 9/10

 

Genre: Fantasy
Book Name: The Name of The Wind
The Kingkiller Chronicle #1
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Pages: 662
Publication Year: 2007

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Why should you read the book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine? This is a question one may want answer to for this book or for that matter, any new book one picks up. With respect to this book, it is because each one of us has his/her own low moments at one point or the other, while Eleanor has many and if she can turn her life around, so can you? Right? If it takes for you to go for a shopping spree, do it. If it takes for you to mix with strangers and make new friends, do it. If it takes for you to visit a doctor (psychiatrist/ psychologist), do it as well. And if it takes for you to simply be alone, do it too but not for long to go into a depression. Just do anything that can make you feel normal because there are some books based on parts of real-life stories and this is one such.

So pick up this book whenever you do not feel good and think life has turned out worst  for you while things seem to be working in a natural flow for everyone else. Totally recommended for other times as well to be hopeful of times to come.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart.

About the author:
Gail Honeyman wrote her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, while working a full-time job, and it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. She has also been awarded the Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award 2014, was longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines, and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives in Glasgow.
Twitter: @GailHoneyman

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Fiction
Book Name: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Pages: 327
Publication Year: 2017

Book Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Who has not heard of Neil Gaiman? Or Sandman series? In fact, a while ago, I was reading The Japanese Lover by Isabel Ellande, where the first few pages of the novel referred to works of Neil Gaiman and Tolkien (hush hush, that book is still a work-in-progress and I hope to write a book review of that also soon).

I am not really sure if my book review – this post – will give due credit to the likes of such contemporary authors having a huge fan base. But frankly, this one is my first book by Neil Gaiman, and selected especially because I remembered seeing a movie by the same name ages ago approx 10 years back when I was in college and had lot of free time at hand. Time has changed and while I was wondering which book to pick next, somehow this book’s recommendation showed on my page and I was like why not! A proper fantasy tale is what I had not indulged in a long time (I am an absolute no for cheesy rom-coms, but otherwise I am good to try any book which is not too boring in the start).

Stardust is the description of fantasy faerie world but not in the sense of goody good children’s book. Haven’t you as an adult wondered how it would be like to be on a real cloud with that one person, simile of being in love to be on cloud number nine. I know I once was! Old times. But why not? One should feel happy while living in practical world and just for some time go back to those happily ever after moments. Did you feel like that after reading this book? Please let me know in comments and suggest which book I should pick up next.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall – named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester and for the coveted prize of her hand, Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s most beloved tales, and the inspiration for the hit movie.

About the author:
Following the publication of his groundbreaking series ‘Sandman’, Neil Gaiman has become established as one of the creators of modern comics, as well as an author whose work crosses genres and reaches audiences of all ages.  He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.

Gaiman is active as a television and screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for the original BBC TV series of ‘Neverwhere’ (1996); the feature film, ‘Mirrormask’ (2005), the script to Robert Zemeckis’s ‘Beowulf.’ He has written and directed two films: ‘A Short Film About John Bolton’ (2002) and ‘Statuesque’ (2009). He is also an established writer for children. His work for young readers, The Graveyard Book was published in 2008 and won the UK’s Booktrust Prize for Teenage Fiction and the Newbery Medal, the highest honor given in US children’s literature, as well as the Locus Young Adult Award and the Hugo Best Novel Prize. The awarding of the 2010 UK CILIP Carnegie Medal makes Gaiman the first author ever to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal with the same book.

Website: www.neilgaiman.com
Twitter: @neilhimself

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Fantasy
Book Name: Stardust
Author: Neil Gaiman
Pages: 248
Publication Year: 1998

Book Review: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Before I start writing review of this book Love in the Time of Cholera, here is my own personal story of how I picked it up in the first place. Frankly speaking I no more like typical love stories; I think I am past that age! But then when my cousin suggested a scoopwhoop link – if you want to read a love story but cannot deal with mushy at all, it was like an answer in the right direction and thus, I started off this book.

I would say it was a great experience since I had not read a book slow in pace savoring the background and spaces, and this book really helped me in sleeping after reading 2-3 pages only every day for past 1 month. So, you know which book I am going to recommend next if you find trouble sleeping but still love love stories. Just kidding! It turned out to be a great tear-extractor for me in places when the person you loved desperately simply ignored you!

The book is a slow start, but to a great end, especially the last 25% of the book, where I easily turned the pages since the ages old love was not that unrequited after all! But will that be for forever. Now, let me not give the story-line all away, for you must enjoy the magic realism set forth by the author on your own. Wooaahh, I just realized while writing this post that the author is a Novel Prize winner and I had thought I could not handle one ever 🙂

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Nobel prize winner and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells a tale of an unrequited love that outlasts all rivals in his masterpiece Love in the Time of Cholera.

‘It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love’

Fifty-one years, nine months and four days have passed since Fermina Daza rebuffed hopeless romantic Florentino Ariza’s impassioned advances and married Dr Juvenal Urbino instead. During that half-century, Florentino has fallen into the arms of many delighted women, but has loved none but Fermina. Having sworn his eternal love to her, he lives for the day when he can court her again.

When Fermina’s husband is killed trying to retrieve his pet parrot from a mango tree, Florentino seizes his chance to declare his enduring love. But can young love find new life in the twilight of their lives?

About the author:
Gabriel José de la Concordia Garcí­a Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Garcí­a Márquez, familiarly known as “Gabo” in his native country, was considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. In 1982, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best-known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style labeled as magical realism, which uses magical elements and events in order to explain real experiences. Some of his works are set in a fictional village called Macondo, and most of them express the theme of solitude.

His novel, El amor en los tiempos del cólera (1985), or Love in the Time of Cholera, drew a large global audience as well. The work was partially based on his parents’ courtship and was adapted into a 2007 film starring Javier Bardem. García Márquez wrote seven novels during his life, with additional titles including El general en su laberinto (1989), or The General in His Labyrinth, and Del amor y otros demonios (1994), or Of Love and Other Demons..

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Name: Love in the Time of Cholera
Author: Gabriel García Márquez
Pages: 348
Publication Year: 1985

Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars is a book to be read by all but it is neither self-help, motivational, cheesy, nor chick-flick, but has a very cute romantic story revolving around death. And I will say that after very long, I finally found a book which moved me to tears. Oh did I give away the crux or the summary? Just relax, there are no spoilers ahead in this book review post.

After reading a slew of thrillers and few badly written stories in between, this was one of the few books I completed within 24 hours time-frame and of course, the first this year (aside, it helped that this was an extended weekend, but shhh…).

John Green has put together everything in this book that makes the recipe for popularity without being callous. The book is hugely popular and has ratings/reviews given by 26.5 lakhs people on goodreads (at the time of me selecting this book). Not that I am a sucker for popular or award winning ones, however, this kind of tugged my heartstrings. The book made me smile and laugh and made me teary-eyed too, all you know in an interval of 12 hours, that made my hubby wonder if he has married a crazy one. Just kidding! The book simply states the fact that life does not stop just because another is no more in one’s life or cannot stay, but it should not stop one to love life for the time being. In short, this book is one helluva ride, that you as a reader should not miss!

Recommended for all to find positiveness when you think you have hit rock-bottom.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

About the author:
John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, The Fault in Our Stars was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

Twitter: @realjohngreen
Website: www.johngreenbooks.com

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Book Name: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Pages: 313
Publication Year: 2012

Book Review: The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Genre: Romance
Book Name: The Guardian
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Pages: 400
Publication Year: 2003
Format: Kindle

There comes a time when you read so many books, one after another that penning down book reviews becomes difficult especially for the first book that you had read. That’s what happened with me for this book The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks, while on a holiday trip to Pachmarhi.

However, I distinctly remember having the feeling of first few pages having read somewhere. Probably because I had actually read it before or it seemed similar to other Nicholas Sparks books who usually writes on the agony of separation of one of the partners. But but but. The story took a twist for the better and I concluded that yayyy, this is a virgin book and I hadn’t read it before.

Brilliantly written, although a little predictable, the story takes you through the 3-angle love predicament or not so while the protagonist struggles to choose one of the two – a friend or a stranger, both supposedly head over heels over her. So, who do you guess would win? Read it and find out! Oh but I forgot to mention the title of the book is named after the pet dog, so the book is recommended for every pet lover with a heart.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Julie Barenson’s young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died: a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years have passed. Still living in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina, 29-year-old Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone again. But who? Should it be Richard Franklin, the handsome, sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband’s best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she’s had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire.

About the author:
Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and he followed with the novels Message in a Bottle (1998), A Walk to Remember (1999), The Rescue (2000), A Bend in the Road (2001), Nights in Rodanthe (2002), The Guardian (2003), and the list goes on. Many of his books have already been adapted into movies.

Website: nicholassparks.com/
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Twitter: @NicholasSparks

Rating: 8/10
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