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Munira @ In Vogue with Books

Mostly YA obsessed, my blog reflects it A LOT. It features books from NA & other fiction too. I share all my book rants there, post mostly spoiler-free reviews & many other bookish and non-bookish stuff :D

Currently In Vogue with

The Evolution of Mara Dyer
Michelle Hodkin
Anatomy of a Misfit
Andrea Portes
Surrender
Rhiannon Paille
A Conspiracy of Alchemists
Liesel Schwarz
Mirror Blue
Thomma Lyn Grindstaff
x0
Sherrie Cronin
Chaos Children
B.C. Sirrom
All the Lovely Creatures
Emily Joyner, C.C. Hartley, Charlotte Dhark, S.J. Bell, B.C. Sirrom, Lisa Goldman, Rebecca Nolan, Mark Mackey, Jennifer Rainey, L. M. Smith

Short thought: The Girl with the Windup Heart

The Girl with the Windup Heart - Kady Cross

The only other book I've read from the Steampunk Chronicles series is The Girl with the Iron Touch..and frankly I didn't even took the time to check the order of the books. While I like this one, I would say I like the earlier one better. Both the books have a kind of serious tone to them I would say, but this is definitely a recommended read for those who like steampunk novels.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
"I was running out of time. I would have to choose even though neither option was good. Maybe a hero could see another way out of this, but I was not a hero."
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
"Noah acted like he felt nothing because he felt everything. He seemed not to care because he cared too much."
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
"...when everyone tells you you're crazy and no one believes you when you swear you aren't, a small part of you will always wonder if they're right."
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
"I was taking their drugs, drawing their pictures, passing their tests and it would a be for nothing if I was sent away now. I couldn't bear that. Not when it would separate me from the one person who believed me. The one person who knew the truth."
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
"This was the boy I loved. A little bit messy. A little bit ruined. A beautiful disaster.
Just like me."
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
"As he stood there in his exquisite clothes, his flawless features staring me down, he still looked like an arrogant prince. But only now I could see that his crown was broken."
"Noah was still chasing oblivion. And in me, he found it."
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

Mara, The Evolution of Mara Dyer

What Anne Rice Deleted as "Gangster Bully" Comments

Reblogged from Karlynp & The Doggone World:

 

 

For those wondering what got deleted, here you go. Screen shots!

 

I haven't gone through all of the comments, and I assume more has been deleted, but you can get a real sense of what she considers "gangster bullies".   Even Jenny Trout! (WOW!) 

 

Most of the comments deleted were opposing views about Stopthegrbullies.com (STGRB). Apparently, she simply doesn't care that they use anonymous names, bully authors and reviewers, and play all the dirty tricks she claims to want stopped.

 

Oddly, there are very few pro comments about STGRB. Why is that? The exception are a few people who have been active in the STGRB all along. So if she can't listen to reason, maybe she should listen to the silence. It speaks loudly. Her fans may support stopping cyber-bullying (as do all of us), but they don't appear to be fans of STGRB either.

 

Screen shot #1: Full blog post 4/28/2014, early in day - many comments were later deleted

Screen shot #2: Full blog post 4/28/2014, later in day - you can see some of what got deleted

 

Screen shot #3: Full blog post 4/29/2014 late afternoon


Screen shot #4: Autumn Turner / Misanthropic Bibliophage  thread (1 of 2)  before it got deleted

 


Screen shot #5: Autumn Turner / Misanthropic Bibliophage (2 of 2)   with final comment (from me!) All deleted.

 


Screen shot #6: Ole Andreas Imsen comments -- also deleted

 

 

Screen shot #7: The now infamous Jenny Trout "Gangster Bully" thread -- also deleted

 



Screen shot #8: Comments by Elyse Shramm -- also deleted

 



Screen shot #9: Floras comments to Yvonne before deletion

Screen shot #10: Floras comments have been deleted, Yvonne's still there


 

And for some fun, do check out Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog post:

 

 ETA - a list of blogs to read on this topic:

 

When good authors go to the dark side, by Four Little Bees Writing & Editing

 

Jenny Trout: Gangster Bully, by Trout Nation

 

Remixing Anne Rice: Gangster Boogie, Gangster Bully - Let's Rub Some Funk on It

Review: I Found You by Jane Lark

I Found You - Jane Lark

Rachel had a very disturbing life overall. Still, she is not some cry-baby and knows how to face the challenges. What I liked is her determination to go ahead to get rid of her troubles, no matter what she has to face (or even if it means jumping off of a bridge :p) When Jason comes across Rachel, he offers her a place to stay out of generosity or compassion, whatever you say. However, this one small decision changes both of their lives. I think Jason faces more problems after this because he seems to have an almost perfect life, with his family and fiancée and all. But his one decision to help Rachel out, and eventually fall in love with her, jeopardizes all the other relationships he has. He brakes off Lindy's heart, the person he had known since he was 16, because he doesn't feel anything like 'love' for her, and he realizes that all the more after knowing Rachel. While Rachel doesn't consider herself a human being with dignity and respect at all, Jason is the person who looks at her like no one ever has before. All the time, Jason seems more aware of Rachel as a person than Rachel herself. Jason never backs off from what he feels is his responsibility, or his feelings.

Perhaps I was a fool, or a little mad today, but if I was mad today, I was mad for her.

Jason is kind of a perfect guy (which in reality never exists) compared to Rachel, possibly broken in many ways, and yet they seem to fit together so well, like pieces of a puzzle. Even Jason feels the same.

We’re right for each other, we both know it.

It’s really hard to show such chemistry without making it look like he pities her but the author pulls it off so well! I loved that :D The narrative is pov based, where we see Rachel and Jason's thoughts back-to-back. It was a wee bit hard to follow a few times because it wasn't exactly divided into chapters always. I mean, there are chapters or sections, but at times povs of both Rachel and Jason are put into one, so one moment you're reading Jason's thoughts and the other moment you see Jason calling himself out only to realize the narrative has moved to Rachel (sorry as in my writing it sounds more confusing than it actually is!) As the story focuses almost entirely on these two characters, I (totally unintentionally) overlooked others things happening. I’m not much of a romantic person and Rachel and Jason’s story seemed way too sweet to digest sometimes. But since I had knows that it’s basically NA romance read, I could cope up with it. And two of the main reasons are probably the author’s skill and effort, that makes the story so wonderful as a whole. For everyone out there who loves a good NA read, be it romantic, tragic, funny, sweet or hot, I would strongly suggest this book:)

 

*I had received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*

 

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Review: Dreamwalker (Persephone's League of Immortals #1) by Andrea Heltsley

Dreamwalker (Persephone's League of Immortals) - Andrea Heltsley

I've read this book long ago, but writing my thoughts on this somehow slipped my mind. I would have liked it more if a proper back story was given in the beginning, the beginning seems to rush into the story without giving necessary details to go ahead with. I don't like when a story drags, but I also don't like jumping into the middle of one without being mentally prepared. And I feel the plot could have been made more attractive, with the Persephone theme and all, and a little more description on that part would have made the story REALLY attractive and interesting. The author chose a very interesting idea but could have executed it a lot more successfully.

 

As for the characters, I really felt the lack of finesse there. I'm not very much into boy-maniac girls, and though I have no issues with love triangles, this time it didn't click for me. I would have liked Noel more if she was a little more resolute. In comparison to her character, I liked Autumn, Boone and even Augustine! However, I felt the lack of connection to them I usually do while reading these kind of books.

 

The narrative was a little dull and at times, choppy. I have a hard time relating to a story if I keep stumbling on the words.

 

Overall, the plot was good, the theme was really  good. I just wish the author had made it a little more polished with well-built characters, a nice back-story and narration. This is a book in The Persephone's League of Immortals series, so I really hope the next book/s are successfully able to make up for these issues.

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Review: Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White

Perfect Lies - Kiersten White
Oh my freaking hell! This is one of the most adventurous, action packed, tension filled, nail bitingly good books I've read within these past years! I don't even know where to start from! Should I talk about Fia first? OR my dearest Annie? Or James? Adam? The person from Annie's vision with the "hands"? Gaaahhh it's becoming a torture -_- I guess I'll just rant like a loonie and y'all have to understand and bear with me:p

The cover. OMG. It is TERRIFIC. I mean both of the versions. (which is why I couldn't help putting up both here :p) It is possible that looking too close at the UK version may even give you a sudden creepy feeling o_O
 
According to many of my friends and bloggers who have read opine that this book is more about romance and less action. Well, it is true, to an extent. But I hate romance only when it messes with the plot. I, however, didn't feel the plot was compromised or butchered because of the romance element. So I'm all merry ^.^

Now straight to my ranting. First...Sofia, girl I already love you, since Mind Games..but if it makes any difference, YOU ARE AWWWWWWSOME XD I was practically visualizing whenever I read a scene with you fighting off people, throwing stuff and killing them so smoothly; what a finesse you have! (Does it make me sound crude? Never mind lol) I loved how Kiersten has kept up the consistency of her character. She is quite a new Sofia and yet, the author made her so without butchering her antics and characteristic traits. LOVED HER. Period.
 
James. Hmmm. I can't say anything in case of giving away any spoiler..but he is all in all a hard puzzle to crack. Throughout Book 1 and 2 I was swinging between decisions regarding James's character. You can never know what this boy is actually up to...and until the end you cannot decide. It's a pain sometimes but I guess that is what makes it so worth reading.
 
Adam...erm he is the usual fellow. The sweet cute caring guy. I just wish I could have more of him contributing in the end. (I'm a sucker for good boy happy endings I guess). Among other noticeable boys, we get to meet a new one here, named Cole. Not wanting to give away any spoilers *wink wink*, he is way more important than he may seem at first, so be careful before you start hating him or anything like that!
 
Talking of important, I've kept probably the most important character of this book to mention at last. My sweet, sweetest Annie. Be as much gaping-mouthed you can seeing me taking this 360 degree turn for Annie, I couldn't care leas. If I love Fia, I adore, admire, almost venerated Annie. If Fia gets a flying kiss from me, I'll give Annie a awkward sudden teddy hug (and let me tell you not many people get that kinda hug from me, you've got to be verrry special to get one). She steals the show, almost literally. In Book 1, she is more of a baggage, to everybody, mostly to Fia. But in Book 2, she does what nobody could, she does the unthinkable (now, don't go too overboard with your thoughts on this here). Her decision and action had left me practically gasping (luckily no one was around). The ending, for me, is the best part of the book. Though I didn't see Fia the way I wanted her to see (I'm a sucker for 'all's well' kinda ending), and was obviously was craving for more on that part particularly, I cannot complain. Kiersten seals my mouth with an awestruck ending.
 
Perfect problems, perfect planning, perfect action, perfect execution of plot and a to top it off, a P-E-R-F-E-C-T ending, Perfect Lies has it ALL.

 

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Review: Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White

Mind Games - Kiersten White

First things first. As you peeps already know, I have a very bad cover glutton, and this book has one of the most mind gobbling covers I've ever seen! Seriously, I could EAT it @_@ I mean, just look at the cover...are you sure you're not in love with it already? Whoever has made that freaking breathtakingly beautiful cover...Bravo *claps*

 

Jumping in to the characters, their names...Perfect! I know this may sound lame but I really believe that name is an important part in reflecting a character. Author Kiersten White has made sure of that I must say. The female lead (for the time being;)) is Sofia and I feel like somehow the name fits her character perfectly. Her monologues, jumbled thoughts and often meaningless rants made her quite similar to the Sophie of Sophie's World, though the comparison does seem a little far fetched (having graduated in Literature, I cannot help it:p) Though it was a little disturbing at the beginning, but once I got a hold, it was like a roller coaster ride...you can never read enough!

 

Then there is Adam...and there is James. Honestly speaking, this is one of the very few books where I couldn't decide until the end (end of book 1 that is) which hero I ACTUALLY like. I seem to have come up with the same dilemma as Sofia, only more prominent (because I couldn't tap tap tap my fingers to take my mind off this:/) Adam is the nice guy, the boy next door, and James is, in short, the perfect liar. But who should Sofia look up to?

 

Before you think I'm insane to not have mentioned Annie earlier, centering whom Sofia's whole life revolves, let me tell you that no, I was just waiting. She is...how do I say?...a complicatedly interesting and likeable character. I must warn you though...there are times..a LOT..when you may feel like throwing something at her face, or punching her for her guts. But at the end of the day, she IS Sofia's sister, and that makes her do things, that leaves you with no other choice than liking her as well!

 

The question of choice Sofia is to face every time, more for her sis than herself is what I enjoyed the most. Sofia seem to have one reason only to do what she does: keep her sister safe. While Annie is at the receiving end of help and favors most of the times, you may pass your verdict saying she's nothing but a self-pitying selfish sister who actually doesn't deserve half the things Sofia does for her. But with each passing moment and incident, you may start realizing that Annie is no less important a character. Both are different, of course...but somehow, they are linked with each other despite their physical and mental differences, and this is something I really really liked. It is not only the tale of Sofia and her fight, it is a beautiful narration of both Annie and Sofia's povs, the torments they face, torn between choosing for the self and the other one.

 

Mind Games is a beautiful, beautiful book that fills you gradually with anticipation along with each reading and specially after such an unnerving and cliffhanger ending, leaves you with no choice other than waiting to read the next book in the series. In short, just GRAB the book to read the minute you get the opportunity, you won't regret it :D

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Review: Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins

Confession time. I have the first two books on my kindle and somehow I jumbled the two, and I'd actually started book 2 BEFORE I read this one. (Could I get any more dumber?) But, I catastrophically managed to stop and start the first one and then come back to the second one all over again (it was a mess really). NO REGRETS though. :D

 

I'll keep it short and simple. There are things I liked and also things I didn't like. And sometimes, there are things I liked and yet somehow they disturbed me as well. It doesn't mean I disliked the book, because my rating wouldn't have been such in that case. It's just it is hard for me to pass a straight forward verdict on this book, it's still a bit confusing but I'll try to make it as clear as I can.

 

The thing that at a time unnerved and interested me was the Nephillims. They obviously aren't cute little angels.And thanks to Cassandra Clare's TMI books, I already had a preconceived notion about Nephillim so when they turned out to be almost 360 degree angled characters compared to that concept (I know I shouldn't have done that) I kind of freaked out. I couldn't approve most of the things they were doing, but I couldn't totally hate them for what they are shown as. SO that is one of my dilemmas.

 

Then there is Kaiden. He is a lead, so obviously he should be likeable. And yes, I really liked him, in terms of appearance and his accent and his feelings for Anne. But everything else, at times, appeared really disturbing. I know that he is the child of the Duke of Lust so that pretty much explains his job (for the sake of a spoiler-free review I'll leave the details for you to find out). And even though it sounds quite interesting and intriguing at first it started to disturb me after a point (I can't usually accept my heroes doing such a "job" *sniff*). But overall, he is a hero with dark attributes and that is a big turn on ;)

 

As I mentioned already, apart from the 'disturbing' aspect, It's a drool worthy book. Though Anne seemed way too naive at some parts in the beginning, she evolved a LOT throughout the book. She was a confused girl in the beginning but once she meets Kaidan, her life is never the same again, for good or bad- it's yet to find out. But I liked her. Specially her ability to sense people's feelings and Auras. At least, for me it is better than Kaidan's ability (I feel bad for that guy actually). I wish I could have the same ability as Anna (SO COOL!)

 

The chemistry between Kaidan and Anna is HOTT (with an extra 't' ;)) Things were steamy enough, but I liked how Wendy portrayed it without making it look like too much of a thing. And being the kind of timid person and pacifist I am, I couldn't be happier seeing the way she had dealt with violence in the book. Thanks Wendy! :D

Lastly, it's a good book. Erm, that sounded lame. But it often happens to me; when I love a book and not sure how much or to what extent, I find myself fiddling with words to come up with a statement that would be apt to express my feelings (and apparently I suck at that too). But seriously, this is a lovely, lovely book. It's disturbing, with things that may often leave you frowning and yet you won't be able to keep it down until you've finished. I usually refrain myself from reading much angel and demon, fallen and guardian angel stuff, not because I don't like them, but because I do and I'm always afraid that I might end up being disappointed with a book. But I'm happy that I took to reading this one. If you are looking for a good paranormal read, specially dealing with good/bad, angel/demon as themes, you might not want to miss this one :)

 

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{BLOG TOUR} Review: Chasing the Star Garden (The Airship Racing Chronicles #1)

Chasing the Star Garden  - Melanie Karsak

Let me tell you, I’m a big fan of all things mythology. Literally. I don’t care who or when or where, if it’s got something to do with mythology, even in the slightest, I would go for it, always. So it’s no wonder that I seem to love this one too. The author has mingled myth with the plot so well you can only like it. The best part I think is that it is spontaneous and never feels imposed.

 

I loved the adventure element of the book. I am biased with books that has an adventurous plot, specifically when it is executed this well. The stuff Lily, the lead of the story, does sounds so cool in itself! And the theme of adventure (in freaking Venice!), along with all the other things make this book a steampunk story in the truest sense!

 

Above everything else, I LOVED Lily. Pure kick-ass. Though she’s not the kind of character I would usually go for, but the author has made her character in such a way that you cannot help liking despite her antics. She’s weird, absurd, flawed, in short a kind of an anti-heroine and yet I find it impossible not to like her throughout the book! Though I’m not into reading the kind of romance that is shown here I still couldn’t dislike it. I only find the parts, specially the beginning ones that dealt with Lily’s addiction to drugs and sex to be a bit dragging. You may even feel like it’s a biography of someone with a wasted life. But if you are able to keep up with it, the fun and joy ride that comes later would surely make it up to you :)

 

Among other characters, Lord Byron and Sal were really really interesting to see, though I haven’t been able to swoon over either of the two (maybe because I was so busy noticing Lily all the way :P) To be honest, I haven’t paid that much attention to other minor characters as I was too preoccupied with Lily ^.^

 

Overall, it’s a fantastic read. This book is the first in its series and I’ll surely be looking forward to reading the later ones. If you're mature (18+ due to steamy content) and love kickass heroines, steampunk, adventure, mythology or any one of these, just GO FOR IT!

 

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{Blog Tour} Review:This Much is True by Katherine Owen

This Much Is True - Katherine Owen

This book is one of the finest NA romance books I’ve read recently. I’d heard a lot of things about it from many of my friends previously. So when the opportunity to participate in its book tour came, I couldn’t help grabbing the chance.

Tally and Lincoln make such a wonderful pair! After reading it may sound like that it’s another mushy gushy fairytale-ish love story, but let me warn you that it’s not. It’s romantic, yes, and not only that; it’s charming, surprising, emotional, touching, heartbreaking and may leave you wanting for more. But it is a standalone and that’s why for those of you who don’t like to delve into NA romance series, it is a really good one to get along with.

Personally, I didn’t like Tally at first. I don’t really like characters with such attitudes and philosophies. But then again, She’d lost her twin sister, and at her age it takes time to heal such wounds. So gradually I got used to it and was okay. Now as I think of it, I believe the author has done a very good job because if Tally was a character acting otherwise, it would have appeared less convincing, at least to me. So yeah, Tally’ is really good, even if she isn’t ;)
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As for Lincoln, he is a great character, with his own qualities and flaws. I really, really liked him ( is that even a surprise:p?) Though in the book there are moments when I felt like throwing something at him still he makes it up to me pretty well :D And I like the chemistry of him with Tally. However, the thing that slightly bothered me is the lack of that ‘X factor’ within their relationship. I mean, at times they didn’t appear as a couple at all and I get sad when that happens to my leads :( They seem to be destined for each other but all other silly things keep coming in the way:

Being together is all we ever wanted.



And as for the ending, I liked it. Though it seems a tiny bit abrupt, I still like it. REALLY LIKE IT. So yeah, I strongly recommend the book for anyone who has a thing for an amazing NA read :D

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