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Book Review: What not to do if you turn Invisible by Ross Welford

What not to do if you turn Invisible by Ross Welford

Many people in my reading group had recommended 1000 year old boy by Ross Welford. As soon as I read the book blurb, I understood that this author writes such books which are happy go lucky type and can be classified in a category that my son can also read in future. Too much future planning (ho gayi naa) when my little one just turned a month old today!

So, I searched in my Kindle whether I have any book available with me by this author and lo and behold, yes, and that one was What not to do if you turn invisible. How cool! I mean the name itself sounds so interesting while the book was even more so.

Written in a language easily understandable by a 10-year old kid (if they can read) or even younger (if you want to tell it as a bedtime story), it is just perfect. How one becomes invisible, well the book doesn’t touch upon that. But hey, even Harry Potter had invisibility cloak, but did we question the fantasy world. Here, the reference is at least to some unknown scientific experiment. Sample this for an instance (written in my own words): we close our eyes and our visibility goes away because our eyelids come in front of our eyes; but what if you are invisible; even if you close eyes, you will still be able to see everything, because well, eyelids are invisible too.

And even if you are older, you need to pick this up as a fun read.

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Book blurb:

From the author of the unforgettable bestseller Time traveling with a hamster comes another surprising, beautiful and funny novel about a child who, by disappearing, will write herself into your heart forever…

Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed.

It’s fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she…?

When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again – and solve the mystery of her own birth…

 

About the author:
Ross Welford was a journalist and television producer before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in London with his wife, children, a border collie, a hamster, and several tropical fish.  When not writing, he tours the UK talking to schools, libraries and book clubs.  He has appeared on panels at literary festivals including Hay-on-Wye, Cheltenham and Edinburgh.

Website: Rosswelford.com
Twitter: @rosswelford

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Children Fiction
Book Name: What not to do if you turn Invisible
Author: Ross Welford
Pages: 400
Publication Year: 2016
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Book Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Crown | Selection #5 by Kiera Cass

The five-book series ended and I am so sad for I have to be on the lookout of another book. Not that, it should matter much because there are so many amazing books to explore, but tell me how do you select one to suit your palette.

So here goes my musings on completing The Crown. But first my rap on the point that even if something is bad, it gets so addictive over time, that you cry yourself hoarse once it ends because you are scared for the future, for yourself, like how will you live after that one goes away. And you know what happens later – you miss out on so many amazin experiences. The Selection series started as an easy-peasy book to read, then slowly progressed to something I would not have picked up otherwise. However, I have to say that the protagonist of the last two books, Eadlyn was hundred times better than America. And that love can be found in most unlikely of places where one least expects and especially when one is not trying at all. So, in conclusion enjoy the series till it lasts and all the best for you finding your one true love!!

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

About the author:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 7/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The Crown (The Selection #5)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 278
Publication Year: 2016

Book Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Heir | Selection #4 by Kiera Cass

The first three books had pretty girls romping the palace grounds, but this one only had one such but with 35 suitors to be selected as prince/king. It is not too much to imagine, if you know the concept of swayamvar, the practice of choosing a husband, from among a list of suitors, by a girl of marriageable age, practiced in India in ancient times. Want more examples from Indian epics – Rama-Sita, Arjun-Draupadi etc. But here in this book, it was like the suitors were parading like fools.

If you had thought Ms.America was a bitch, be welcome to meet her daughter, who is even more haughty having grown up as a princess, or as it would seem to the outside world. There is nothing wrong in not wanting to marry since one has not yet found her prince charming, or think that none such exist, but extending it to one complete book was too much for me. However, the character sketch of different suitors was pretty good and if the book had a little more substance, I would have rated it higher than the first one of this series – The Selection.

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

About the author:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 7/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 323
Publication Year: 2015

Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The One | Selection #2 by Kiera Cass

If you want to know my preference of the 3 books part of The Selection series, I will rate the first one the best followed by third one (this book The One) and then at the very bottom is the second book (The Elite).

So finally in this book, Ms. America overcomes her indecisiveness over her love interests, but she still does not let go of both options till the very end. I mean why. How much more bitchy you can be. I really hate such girls. But had I been one such once? Shhh…

But I will tell you what – I will recommend this series for the truly young adults – which means below 20 years of age or if you still live in a bubble wrap world where it is okay to play with someone else’s feelings with no entanglements. And if you think you are grown up, then pick it at your own peril. I for one, have grown up from such stories, for example 2 States, a Bollywood masala movie based on Chetan Bhagat’s book which was too much for me to digest four years back and has crossed all limits now.

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

About the author:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 6/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The One (The Selection #3)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 323
Publication Year: 2014

Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Elite | Selection #2 by Kiera Cass

If you are following my blog, you already know what I think about the first one in the series The Selection and it is not bad. If not, just skip to the previous book review and you will come to know 😉

Let what the circumstances be when I picked the first one in this series, reading this book was purely intentional for I really wanted some cheesy stuff and to feel young once again. Haha. Just kidding, I have crossed 30 but not that old either. This book focuses only on love triangle and nothing else – traces of the competition which was so much talked about in the last book has simply gone away and we are left with the dilemma of who Ms. America loves! Are teenagers confused about the ultimate love of your life? Yes, I mean even the older ones are too. However, in a book, I do not want only this. At one point in my life (5-15 years back), I had loved Twilight and Vampire Diaries where yes, love triangle was there, but there was much more. However, this book simply turned out to be a dampener.

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
The Selection began with thirty-five girls.

Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

About the author:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 5/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The Elite  (The Selection #2)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 336
Publication Year: 2013

Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Selection by Kiera Cass

So what do you do when you cannot sleep one night because of anxiety? Me? I select a light book to read where I do not have to harp on nuances. The day I selected this book was 18th Feb at 2 am, yes, at an ungodly hour. And regarding why only this book is because I had liked the cheesy cover being shown repeatedly in the one of the book photography groups I follow on Instagram.

I know any of you as my regular followers may be wondering how I am going to rate this book since this is the sort of book I have not read in ages. However, it was ok-ish for a change and it helped me cruise through that anxious night. The Selection is a typical chick-flick book, one which soon may be translated into a TV series, if not yet picked up already to cater to teens. Yes, this is a book to appeal to teenage girls, what with love fights and cutey dialogues and knowing myself, I would have liked it much much better once!

Keep watching my blog for reviews of more books which I pick up at random unless someone really really recommends it. Cheers!

 

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

About the author:
Kiera Cass is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series. She graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake.

Twitter: @KieraCass
Website: www.kieracass.com

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The Selection (#1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 336
Publication Year: 2012

Book Review: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I have been told not to read any negative books any more! But here, I picked up 13 Reasons Why,  and why? Because the Netflix trailer looked enticing and for me, reading is always preferable to watching a TV series/ movie. In fact, I myself don’t like pessimistic books or series or movies, I mean why do you have to clutter your entertainment life with this when real life is a bitch most times! Well now-a-days it is usual/general norm to base a movie/series on books what with so much online content flooding the market.

So back to the book, the flow and narration of this book seems original. The start dialogue “And if you‘re listening to these tapesyou’re one of the reasons why” is marvelous. It sets exactly the right tempo of what is to come. But gosh, the character sketch of Hannah, it was pathetic, if not downright hilarious. I am not demeaning the propensity of a person to commit suicide but but but if you will find silly reasons to make up for the big day, really you are too immature to live! And that girl mentions one of the thirteen reasons as the guy who liked her a lot and never did anything to hurt her, but only because she wanted him to give full focus to her. What absolute rubbish!

I have found kids wanting to watch this series, peer pressure/ power you may say, but I would not recommend the book to simply anyone.

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Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

About the author:
Jay Asher was born in Arcadia, California and grew up in a family that encouraged all of his interests, from playing the guitar to his writing. It was in college where he wrote his first two children’s books for a class called Children’s Literature Appreciation. Throughout his life he worked in various establishments, including as a salesman in a shoe store and in libraries and bookstores. Many of his work experiences had an impact on some aspect of his writing.

His debut YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller. In 2017, it was released as a Netflix original series. It has won several awards and has received five stars from Teen Book Review.His second YA novel, The Future of Us, was co-authored with Printz-honor winner Carolyn Mackler. His third YA novel, What Light, was released in 2016 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. His first graphic novel, Piper (co-author: Jessica Freeburg; illustrator: Jeff Stokely), was released on Halloween 2017. His books are published in over 40 languages.

Facebook: @jayasherwriter
Website: www.jayasher.blogspot.com

Rating: 6/10
Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: 13 Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Pages: 352
Publication Year: 2007

Book Review: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: Anne of Green Gables
Author: L.M. Montgomery
Pages: 336
Publication Year: 1908
Publisher: Kindle

It so happened yesterday that one of my friends asked me to write for a poetry competition, but having lost that urge to write anymore, I was still sparked. And so, there goes my book review, this time in a poetic verse, short and sweet:

Pitter-patter comes the rain
And here comes Anna with an ‘e’ in all her vain
She imagines this and that
In all her dreams power packed

She makes the kids of her age laugh
And even the stoic old people smile
Everyone is so happy and gay
While she cares with all her might owning all her terrible slights

And this will make you as a reader smile
While reminding you of ah,
Those good old happy times
So pick up this one and start right away

And I think my poem more than summarizes the book review with a little imagination put into the mix which by the way is inspired by Ms. Anne of Green Gables.

P.S: Since it is available free of cost on Amazon Kindle version, shop and enjoy…

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Eleven-year-old orphan Anne Shirley has just arrived at Green Gables, and already her guardians want to send her back. First, she’s not the boy the Cuthberts expected. Second, she talks too much. And even with her generous spirit, the redhead’s a trouble magnet. She gets the neighbor drunk and nearly poisons the pastor!

Still, despite a rocky start, the fiery Anne wins over her guardians and her new community. She enjoys life at Green Gables, excels in school, and earns a coveted scholarship. But when tragedy hits, Anne must choose between her dreams and the only home she’s ever known.

In this beloved coming-of-age story, Lucy Maud Montgomery drew from her own experiences growing up in Canada during the nineteenth century to introduce generations of readers to one of literature’s most original and inspiring characters.

About the author:
The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald in Prince Edward Island. Her three children were born at Leaskdale, and she wrote close to a dozen books.

Rating: 9/10

Book Review: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Author: Kate Douglas Wiggin
Pages: 380
Publication Year: 1903
Publisher: Kindle version

So here is the second book of my promised reading series this week – Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin.

Chirp chirp chirp cooed the birds, and there is Rebecca sparkling the driver in the opening scene. So you as a reader, you are attuned to what is going to happen in this book.

You may ask me why I necessarily picked this book out of all available options. But this one was simply recommended as one of those wonderful books a kiddo going to a hostel for the first time may like, by a person who simply excels in picking up books for every group age. How wonderful is that, right? I would want to live in her neighborhood, but here I am kilometres away, just wiling my time going through all her posts and blogs to find the right content for me.

Coming back to the book in hand, it is the story of an adventurous girl, but who is tied down by rules, relatives and societal pressures. An amazing book, no doubt, but it is so much compared with Anne of Green Gables that it loses a little context here and there. Not that it seems as if the author has picked up anything from the other book, but trying to tie down a unnecessary romantic angle in this book was not up to my linking, especially for a children’s book.

Point to note: The girl in the book has a flair of writing, not very potent, but she is shown chances of improvement. Oh how I wish I could also have been encouraged once!

P.S: Since it is available free of cost on Amazon Kindle version, shop and enjoy…

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
When ten-year-old Rebecca Randall leaves Sunnybrook Farm to go and live with her aunts, Miranda and Jane, in Riverboro neither she nor her aunts know quite what to expect. And with Rebecca around, it’s usually the unexpected that happens anyway. In fact it is this gift for the unexpected that means that life is never quite the same again for anyone with whom she comes into contact.

This classic story of a young girl growing up in the American state of Maine at the end of the l9th century follows Rebecca’s life, education and escapades through the next seven years until the day, as the new mistress of her aunts’ old brick house, she begins her adult life.

About the author:
Kate Douglas Wiggin was born in Philadelphia in 1856. The author of travel and educational books as well as children’s literature, she was a leading American kindergarten proponent. In San Francisco, she helped establish the first free kindergarten west of the Rocky Mountains. Her best known books are The Story of Pasty (1883), The Birds’ Christmas Carol (1887), Polly Oliver’s Problem (1893), A Cathedral Courtship (1893), The Village Watchtoer (1896), Marm Lisa (1897) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903).

Rating: 7/10

Book Review: The Youngest Girl in the Fifth by Angela Brazil

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Youngest Girl in the Fifth by Angela Brazil

Genre: Young Adult
Book Name: The Youngest Girl in the Fifth
Author: Angela Brazil
Pages: 288
Publication Year: 1914
Publisher: Kindle

From serious to light reading books, I have now moved to books for teenagers and those classic ones, which gives an altogether different taste of book reading. The next three books are going to be of those girls who are trying to adapt in an unlikely setting. And reading these one after the other reminded me of one series that I had loved reading – What Katy Did during my teenage years, even when the pages were torn from the sides and a few were missing probably because of years of mishandling at my grandparents’ home.

The first selection in this book series that I have started off is The Youngest Girl in the Fifth by Angela Brazil. The book explores how the well-meaning intention of teachers having kids jump one class makes it emotionally challenging for them to adjust. Don’t we all remember our neighborhood Sharma ji ka Beta during our childhood days, who always used to excel in school and skipped one class because of his exemplary performance? The same story is written here although the girl is really brilliant (probably so was that Sharmaji ka beta, but we were too naïve to acknowledge then) and smarts in adjusting to the hatred of her classmates. Now let’s not spoil the complete story for you, but it was a time where the stories were supposed to be all about teaching moral science lessons, so you can expect the end.

It’s an enjoyable read and I recommend this book for girls in the age of 7-12. And yes, I am going to read few other books written by Angela Brazil.

Watch out my blog this week for other books for this age group.

P.S: Since it is available free of cost on Amazon Kindle version, shop and enjoy…

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Gwen! Gwen Gascoyne! Gwen! Anybody seen her? I say, have you all gone deaf? Don’t you hear me? Where’s Gwen? I-want-Gwen-Gascoyne! The speaker-Ida Bridge-a small, perky, spindle-legged Junior, jumped on to the nearest seat, and raising her shrill voice to its topmost pitch, twice shouted the “Gwen Gascoyne,” with an aggressive energy calculated to make herself heard above the babel of general chatter that pervaded the schoolroom. Her effort, though far from musical, at any rate secured her the notice she desired. “Hello, there! Stop that noise! It’s like a dog howling!” irately commanded a girl in spectacles who was cleaning the blackboard.

About the author:
Angela Brazil is often described by readers as “the first author of modern girls’ school stories,” and her publisher Blackie once claimed, in a bit of promotional hyperbole, that she had originated the genre! While not actually true – the genre predates her by some time, and other authors of modern girls school stories were publishing before she was – Brazil was certainly immensely influential, in the genre’s move away from a didactic, moralistic model, towards one aimed more at entertainment. Her books are told from the perspective of her girl characters themselves, and were immensely popular with young readers, both in her own lifetime, and afterward. All told, she published close to sixty children’s novels, most of them girls’ school stories.

Rating: 9/10
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