Month: December 2016

Life at 17 in making – 2017 Blogging goals

For 2017 I would say that I would like to properly establish my blog as a book review blog along with a writer’s blog. I wish to do more book reviews so that I can be an asset to writers out there and help make books, a success. I am also looking forward to unleash the writer in me a bit more so that I keep on supplying you people with stories and poems. And I hope that you would like them.

I would also like to increase my page views by opening a FB page and also going online at Twitter. I have been almost dormant on Indiblogger, I wish to sort that to. 

With the huge pile of studies finally getting lifted of my head as I would pass from school to college, I wish to devote more time to blogging and reading.

What are your blogging goals? Share yours with me!!🙂

With that

They robbed her peace of mind, the innocence of her soul. They tried to judge her and make her feel guilty for her choices. Her desires were always locked away in a closet is could never open, in the fear that other people might not find it appropriate. 

She always veiled her inner self because her true self might shock people she had forever called her well-wishers. She feared their abandonment, the thoughts of their deserting her always scared her. So she decided to conceal herself, even though that meant remaining unhappy till time immemorial. 

Sometimes she used to breakdown on the bathroom floor. In an desperate attempt to become likable, she had got hurt, million times. But she still stuck to that mask. Till one day, she realised that she has become a puppet to whims and fancies of people who don’t even matter.

Those people for whom she had doned that mask, didn’t care much and those who did they could see right through everything that she used to hide herself with.

That day she asked herself a question, “Is this pillage of peace of her soul or the disguise of her real self really necessary for those who don’t even concern themselves about her?”

With that she walked into the rain and didn’t look back, that was the last time they saw her. Because the girl who came out with her mask thrown far had her confidence taking the center stage and the desire of acceptance long left behind.

The Fireproof Girl – Book Review

BOOK DETAILS:

The
Fireproof Girl
by Loretta Lost
(Sophie Shields, #1)

Publication
date: September 29th 2016

Genres
: Mystery, New Adult, Romance

SYNOPSIS:

Abandoned at birth, Sophie Shields grew up in abusive foster homes, escaping into books and computers for solace. When the constant danger became too much to bear, she ran away, thinking she could survive on her hacking skills alone.

That was until she met Cole Hunter. He became the only person she could trust: her family, her friend, her partner-in-crime. Her everything. After struggling through college and starting their lives together, she believed that nothing could ever tear them apart.

Until it did.

And she’ll do everything in her power to fix what is broken. If it isn’t too late…

———

When Cole was nine years old, he watched his whole family burn to death in a house fire. Fueled by years of obsession, he started one of the world’s leading architectural firms, with a mission to design homes resistant to fire, earthquakes, floods, and every threat known to man.

Sophie was his secret weapon. She was his purpose. Since they were teenagers, he was determined to build a better life for her, so she could finally be safe, and they could be together.

But disaster has always followed Cole around, ripping away everything he loves. This time, if he isn’t careful…

His enemies might just take him down.

REVIEW:

Sophie, an orphan, abandoned at birth by her parents, is a CIA agent and an excellent code breaker, who lives in Washington DC with her boyfriend Zachary. One day she reads in the newspaper that, Cole, another homeless child, adopted by same foster parents as hers, who she has not met in years, is dead. She decides go back to California where, Cole lived to find out who his murderer is.

The best part about this novel is the way it describes the emotions of homeless children. The hardships they face, and how they have to become an adult much before they actually reach that age is beautifully expressed. Their indomitable strength and courage to face the world alone, is well conveyed, time and again through different portions of the novel. I also liked the writing style of this novel, i.e, this novel does not only tell the story through two point of views, but this story also happens to revolve around two year frames, 2003 and present. Moreover the love story of Cole and Sophie is not only beautiful but also unique, it charmingly showed that love can’t be diminished by distance or time.

Now coming to the bad points about this novel. I found this novel to lack details at certain parts. Another thing about this novel, I didn’t like is that, it didn’t really unravel the mystery of Cole’s murder. This novel is deficit of that final showdown, like when the murderer admits the crime, this book does not have anything of that sort. Moreover, I found the climax to be a bit hasty.
I would say, that, because this novel is a part of a series, so I believe that the problems I found about this novel would get sorted in the next novel, which promises to provide more information about the person who shot Cole.

Overall I would recommend this book to all romance lovers and mystery lovers who are fans of series novels.

LIFE AT 17 RATING:

🎐🎐🎐🎐 

(-1 for lack of details at few parts and a hasty climax)


*I got this book from Xpresso Book Tours through the Review Opportunity.*

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For the next

A whole new life,

Is waiting for me,

On the other side of this hell,

Waiting to be embraced,

Desired to be loved,

I just need to go there,

Cross whatever is in between,

Not retreat midway,

And discover it,

Leaving behind all hate,

Embarrassment and disappointment,

In this world, 

For the next on the other side.

Seasons Within – Book Blitz



Seasons Within
Lele Iturrioz
(Acorn Publishing)
Publication date: December 15th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Most teenage girls know their name, where they came from, who they are. Not G, a beautiful redhead with unusual markings on her wrist. She gets her name from a silver locket she keeps around her neck, unaware the engraved letter “G” on its front holds the secret to her past.

G’s life before the age of six has been a mystery to her. Each night for the last twelve years she’s been haunted by the same nightmare—a war. Horrendous beasts, warriors able to wield the four elements, and a boy who saves her by means of blue fire taunt her memory. But on her eighteenth birthday, G’s life begins to unravel. When she meets her new Chemistry professor, a man with an uncanny resemblance to the boy who saves her, she knows there must be more to her dreams.

It’s dangerous not knowing who you are, what you’re capable of, and what future awaits you. Especially when the darkness that slaughtered your entire world, just found you.

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EXCERPT:

DUST. Everything was covered in dust and ashes.

Nádúr Noc, the main city of Terra was once beautiful and full of life. Not like that night, the night the darkness descended from the far land of Ifreann.

Now, the round city of Nádúr Noc was dark, burned, and destroyed.

Trees were no longer big and full of different green and golden, bright colors. The river Enosi, a river that surrounded the city with its peaceful crystalline water was now a rapid of blood and death. As for the sky, once bright and blue, it was now filled with dark smoke so thick, it made it nearly impossible to see the remains of the Zansèt Palace; a magnificent castle in the middle of the city made of pearls, flowers, rocks, and vines.

On that night, there was no music and laughter. The only thing anybody could hear were screams and the desolate pleas of the in-habitants. Fear, pain, and unimaginable loss.

This city wasn’t the ruins of any ordinary war, it was the ruins between the light side of nature and the darkest of evils. Beasts and other horrendous creatures destroyed everything that they came across. Killed everyone in their sight. Soulless creatures who lived to torture. Answering to no one, no one except Him, the one who owned the darkness. The one who hell itself was afraid of.


Author Bio:

Major geek by day, hermit writer by night! Love books, sugar gliders and everything that comes in a delicious taco.

I’m the author of the YA fantasy series, Seasons Within

I spend my time writing, planning on writing, reading, drinking coffee like there was no tomorrow, MMA and chilling with my friends and loved ones.

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Prude – Book Review

PRUDE

by Jordan S. Gray

(Labeled, #1)

Published by: Evernight Publishing

Publication date: September 12th 2016

Genres: New Adult, Romance

SYNOPSIS:

Rebecca Washington is a girl in control. Well, at least when it comes to acing her college classes. The rest of the time, she seems to be at the mercy of everyone else. Like when she’s dumped in front of her peers, hit on right afterwards by a jerk for some stupid bet, and then paired up with the same jerk for a lit project. 

In order to maintain her perfect GPA, Rebecca will need to give a stellar presentation while ignoring the prodding eyes that will be staring at her. When her partner, Derek, starts to ease her fears of public speaking with his laid back attitude, she’s forced to confront her new feelings about him and his charming smile. Rebecca knows falling for a guy who teases her for being a prudish nerd can only end badly, but what if it’s just another thing out of her control?

REVIEW

Rebecca, a A grader college student gets dumped by her first boyfriend Sean. Derek, a Dean Lister and 6 ft full of hotness, he, as per a bet to get Rebecca’s number approaches her with sympathy. She starts rambling, pouring out her emotions, but soon she discovers his real intentions, and that pisses her off. Then as the story advances, in many instances Rebecca and Derek meet (they also get paired for a project), Rebecca’s opinion about Derek changes, and they fall in love with each other. 

I really liked the different layers of Derek’s character. His fear of losing someone he loves, his dread of attachment, the way he understood Rebecca, encouraged her, will sometimes make you hate him, sometimes love him, but he will surely make you heart him. Rebecca through her innocence, her fondness for routines, and her love for Derek, will definitely create a mark in your heart.

Another plus point about this novel is the awesome group of friends, Rebecca had, who stood with her through thick and thin. 

Overall I would say the love story is well written, the emotions of all characters, excellently expressed. Prude is beautiful, sweet and romantic. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of happy ending romance novels.

Life at 17 Rating

🎐🎐🎐🎐🎐

(5 stars for the awesome storyline and amazing characters).

*I got this book through review opportunity of Xpresso Book Tours in return for an honest review.*

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Incandescently_Blog Tour – Book Review



Incandescently
Sylvie Parizeau
Publication date: October 22nd 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

LIAM O’SHEA, bestseller author of the SciFi saga, Eiloe.

All I knew was pain – a childhood filled with cruelty and villains who used and abused.

Until Éolie.

I first heard her sweet, angelical voice in the dark of night, when I lay bathed in my own impending death. Seventeen years later, it’s not the nightmare she pulled me out of that haunts me, but the glimpse of Happily Ever After she revealed just before disappearing.

They said she was a figment of my boundless imagination. A wish. A dream. Until I had no choice but to believe them, cherishing my imaginary savior the only way I knew how – in fiction and lore.

But fantasy has a way of transforming reality. When I finally tire of being a citizen of the world, I take an impromptu sabbatical as a professor at a small college on the coast of Maine. And there I see her, the girl with the sea-green eyes and angelic voice.

My world turns upside down. Turns out my girl is for real, and the pull between us is anything but imaginary.

Happily Ever After has a story … and this one is mine.

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REVIEW:

Liam had a very bad childhood, he had been tortured brutally. His only reprieve was Eolie, a prodigious daughter of two scientist, who used to talk to him through telepathy during his agony. But after he gets rescued from his place of torture, he loses all connections with Eolie, and was forced by the doctors to believe that Eolie was nothing but a figment of imagination. After years, on his first day of college as a professor, he again hears her voice, crying for help. He along with his friends try to search for Eolie. But She soon arrives, on her own, in his college campus.

The love story of Liam and Eolie is really beautiful.The journey of their life, the way they overcome the different problems that arises, and still stand united is engaging and well written. I also liked his group of friends, who were also like his family, they stood beside him althrough the novel, helping him when needed.

Having said the good words, I would say that I found the novel to be a bit slow paced at parts, and a little unbelievable, in few places. This were the only bad points about this novel.

“Happily Ever After isn’t a destination, it’s an ongoing journey that never ends and only gets better.” A quote from the novel. This book actually made me believe this.

Overall I would say that this novel is beautifully written. I enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to all romance lovers.

Life at 17 Rating:

🎐🎐🎐🎐 

(4 stars, -1 for being a bit slow paced and unbelievable at parts)


Author Bio:

A paralegal by day and incurable romantic by night, Sylvie is a cross-genre, and she takes Happily Ever After very seriously. The End just isn’t in her vocabulary.

An incorrigible daydreamer, she now feeds her obsession with epilogues by concocting stories in which heroes deal with the happy from the get-go. Ready, or not. And she confesses under oath to loving every minute of it.

Sylvie lives her own Happily Ever After in the beautiful mountains of Les Laurentides in Northern Quebec, alongside her whole set of characters.

In between treks in their backyard wilderness, you can find them hanging out at http://www.sylvieparizeau.com

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