Sunday, 24 July 2011

Between the Land and the Sea (Marina's Tales #1) by Derrolyn Anderson

Something extraordinary is lurking in the deep ocean waters off the coast of Aptos, California. In just a few weeks after moving to the small beach town, sixteen year old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can only manage to survive her increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might just be able to unlock the mystery of her past to learn how to appease the mysterious forces that seem to want something from her...and maybe even find true love along the way.
Between The Land And The Sea is the first book in the series "Marina's Tales". Her story continues on in book two, The Moon And The Tide.

This was the first book I read by an indie author so I honestly didn’t know what to expect but I was entranced from the prologue!

Also, I totally have a thing for books that deal with sea creatures, so that helped!

I love the setting of beach communities and Aptos seemed like such a beautiful and picturesque place.

Derrolyn’s writing was very descriptive and I could imagine everything so clearly.

However, there were parts that were anecdotic and I thought they could be omitted as they had no relevance to the plot!

Other than that little glitch the story flowed smoothly and I finished the book super fast.

The protagonist Marina was an extremely likable if somewhat bella-esque character.

Ethan is a total hottie. He is a surfer and the perfect guy.

I would have liked the romance to be a little more intense. I hope we get more making out scenes in the next book! Haha! Are you listening Miss. Anderson?

I loved the way mermaids were portrayed in this book. It was a fresh and interesting take.

All the secondary characters were three-dimensional and I don’t find that often in a book! There were characters mentioned barely twice and even they were unforgettable and interesting.

Ooh and I have to mention that there were several TWSS (That’s what she said) jokes that had me laughing at loud.

I am definitely gonna read the second book in the series.

Altogether, a light, enjoyable and summery read.

Recommended to all lovers of YA paranormal.

You can buy this book from amazon or check out

Aptos is a real place in California and the cement ship in the photos below features prominently in the novel.

                      Sea Change By Aimee Friedman


Saturday, 23 July 2011

On My Wishlist #3

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme by Book Chick City.

Divergent (Divergent #1) by 

I want. I need. I crave.

My Preciousssssssssssss.

Oh Come ON!

Accio Divergent, ALREADY!

In My Mailbox #4

IMM is a weekly meme from the wonderful Kristi at Story Siren.
It allows bloggers to share the books they’ve bought or received in the past week. They can be from stores, contests, tours or publishers!
So here are the books I got for this week.


The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by 


The Iron Knight (Iron Fey #4) by 

I know it's not much but honestly one more book and my TBR pile will crash over me and bury me under it till I suffocate and die a bookish death.
*sighs dramatically*
I am not even exaggerating! I was always such a fast reader but honestly unless I read one book per day for the next two months I am probably not gonna be done with it!
So I am taking it slow and not gonna buy any books for a long long time!
I just made The Iron Fey series an exception because I am already too late on starting the series and I sooo want to read and review the books before The Iron Knight comes out! I have heard great things about this book and my expectations have soared rocket-high.

Eeep! Oh and I also got two adult books as a gift from the author.

Seriously everyone how do you guys manage the TBR pile!?

Friday, 22 July 2011

Follow Friday #4 & TGIF #3 & Book Blogger Hop #2

This meme is hosted by Parajunkee's view and Alison can read!

Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?

J.K Rowling
I would just talk to her about the HP books and ask her a gazillion questions about the potter universe!
Also I would thank her because with Harry Potter I highly doubt my childhood would have been the same!

Sylvia Plath
I guess I would have to meet her in the afterlife or something. I have always thought she was like my twin soul and I would be happy just to be close to her.

Sophie Kinsella

We would Shop, Shop and then Shop some more.

TGIF is hosted by G Reads!

Bookshelf Tour: Where do you keep your books at home? 
Are they organized?

They are so organised. NOT!
I try to keep them nicely but truth is I am a very messy person.
My books are on the shelf, in the cupboard, in that old trunk, on the table, under my pillow and where-not!

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books
What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?

I would have to say the whole Vampire books which are a genre in itself.
Sure I love Dracula and I even must admit I liked Twilight and TVD, But yeah, That's pretty much it!
I haven't been able to finish another books.
Also Zombies. I yet have to read a zombie book.

What are your answers!?

P.S- So I guess I'll just use this to announce my 100 followers giveaway!
I know I am nowhere near 100 followers yet but since I have never done  a giveaway before I am already planning for it!
I am so excited about it and I want it to be international and fun!
I have already thought of a few pize packs like Dystopian, Romance and Fantasy and I am trying to come up with a few more!!
I hope you guys shall check back soon for the giveaway post!

*Air Kisses*

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Siren ( Siren #1) By Tricia Rayburn


Vacationing in Winter Harbor, Maine, is a tradition for Vanessa and Justine Sands, and that means spending time with the Carmichael boys. This summer, Vanessa is determined to channel some of her older sister’s boldness, get over her fear of the ocean, and maybe turn her friendship with Simon Carmichael into something much more.

But when Justine goes cliff-diving after a big family argument, and her body washes ashore the next day, Vanessa is sure that it was more than an accident. She is more certain of this, when she discovers that her sister was keeping some big secrets and Caleb Carmichael’s gone missing. Suddenly, the entire oceanfront town is abuzz when a series of grim, water-related accidents occur, with the male victims washed ashore grinning from ear to ear.

Vanessa and Simon team up to figure out if these creepy deaths have anything to do with Justine and Caleb. But will what Vanessa discovers mean the end of her summer romance, or even life as she knows it?

Published July 13th 2010 by EgmontUSA

I read Siren before I started blogging so I never came around to posting a review for it.

However, when I mentioned Undercurrent (Siren #2) On My Wishlist #2  I realised that a lot of people had never even heard of Siren! And their response to the summary of Undercurrent was extremely positive.

So I decided to post the review on Siren before I post the Undercurrent review.

Siren captivated me from page 1. Tricia Rayburn’s writing was fluid and soulful. It flowed effortlessly and I was sucked into the story.

The plot was brilliant and mythical sea creatures are like a breath of fresh air in young adult paranormal fiction which is flooded with vampires, witches and fallen angels.

Siren in fact is the first urban fantasy I have given 5 stars!!

The mystery and suspense kept me turning the pages and I also loved how the romance didn’t start out intense and took time to build up. It made it so much more believable.

Vanessa was an amazing protagonist. She was unique and had a lot of emotional depth. I could relate to her at times like when she was scared of things and I guess it made me love her all the more. All the characters were well-developed.

The setting was perfect. Winter Harbor was creepy and alluring at the same time. The entire town was filled with secrets.

One of the best paranormal books I have read.

I was completely swept away. It was pure escapism.

Siren was tantalizing and flawless.

Go read it NOW!

Check out this book trailer!

Similar Books: Sea Change By Aimee Friedman  

Sunday, 17 July 2011

In My Mailbox #3

In My Mailbox is a wonderful meme started by Kristi at The Story Siren which happens to be my favorite book blog . :)
It allows bloggers to share the books they’ve bought or received in the past week. They can be from stores, contests, tours or publishers!
So here are the books I got for this week.

From Simon and Schuester via Galley Grab: 

Fury (Fury #1) by 

Received from publishers via netgalley :

A Beautiful Dark by 

Saturday, 16 July 2011

On My Wishlist #2

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme by Book Chick City.

After losing her sister and finding out who- or what- she really is, Vanessa returns home for her senior year. Everyone at Hawthorne Prep has questions about her tragic summer, but knowing who to open up to is impossible. As she walks the halls without Justine for the very first time, Vanessa has more to worry about than just making a new life for herself. 

Because the sirens are out for revenge. To protect herself and the ones she loves, Vanessa must call on powers she believes she has but does not know how to use. To learn, she'll have to seek help from the only person who truly knows her. But first, she must admit the truth about her real identity.

Why It's On My Wishlist?
I looooooooooved Siren.

Jasmine had everything a girl could want.1

So it wasn't her idea of SuperFun to move halfway around the world to Venice, Italy, leaving her fab pals and hot new boyfriend back in Los Angeles.2 But Venice isn't so bad . . .

Until Jasmine's Evil Hench cousin, Alyson, and her Best Fiend Veronique arrive,3 Jasmine's secret plan to jet to California is foiled,4 her boyfriend starts hanging with someone named Candy,5 and her only friend in Venice turns out to be in deadly peril.6

Faster than you can say "gelato," Jasmine is caught up in a catastrophic caper featuring a runaway heiress, a smoldering gondolier, 142 kinds of pizza, and a bothersome kitty. But before she can face off against a dangerous adversary, she has to face herself.

While wearing white leather pants.7

1 Rock star boyfriend, homicidal hair, fabulous pals, iNsAnO father . . .
2 No, this was the work of Dadzilla, smiter of life's happiness.
3 They ask to be called by their faerie names, Sapphyre and Tiger's*Eye. No, I am not joking. What? I'm supposed to keep the scary stuff inside the book?
4 Hello Dadzilla!
5 Who may or may not have perfect hair and boobs and be able to communicate with dolphins.
6 Not that anyone believes it. Until - What? That is for inside the book too? Okay, fine.
7 Only part of the time. The rest of the time I have to wear . . . oh, right. ScArY stuff inside.

Why It's On My Wishlist?
I loved Bad Kitty!


What's on your wishlist!?

*air kisses*

Friday, 15 July 2011

Follow Friday #3 & TGIF #2 & Book Blogger Hop #1

Q. What do I do when I am not reading?

Well I guess I like to shop, eat, sleep and eat some more.
And I watch TV Shows.
A lot of TV Shows.
Oh You want to know which?
Here's the list.
Dexter, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, The OC, 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, 90210, The Vampire Diaries, Castle , Psych, Bones, Criminal Minds, Community, Glee, Modern Family, Supernatural, Teen Wolf, Lie To Me, The Hills, Laguna Beach, True Blood, America's Next Top Model & Project Runway.
Currently I am downloading Twin Peaks. I love how everyone in that little town  is as eccentric as Luna Lovegood!
Speaking of HOW EPIC WAS HP7!!
I feel sad that it's over. :(
*throws some love at my fellow potterheads*
Also, I blog and tweet and I do NOT facebook.
Oooh Oooh I also attend college and try to study economics.

Book Blogger Appreciation: Which book blogs have inspired you 
or made a difference in your blogging experience?

The Story Siren, Of Course.

Q.How/Where do you get your books? Do you buy them or go to the library? Is there a certain website you use like paperbackswap?

Nowhere particular.
Also, I don't like taking books from libraries because I get attached to them easily and I really do not feel like returning them!

You can follow me on Twitter


I know the handle sucks. I need to get around to changing it.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Hush, Hush ( Hush, Hush #1) By Becca Fitzpatrick

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along. 
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

I still have no clue what Hush Hush stands for.

Everytime I thought of this book I remembered the PCD song Hush Hush.

And let’s just say I am less than fond of the Pussy Cat Dolls.

Also while I do enjoy urban fantasy/paranormal romance at times I am more into contemporary reaslistic fiction.

And I had never read a book on Fallen Angels.

These are the reasons why I read Hush Hush now and not say 2-3 years back.

It wasn’t the best book I have ever read. It wasn’t a book I couldn’t stop gushing about.

It is not one of my favorites.

But I enjoyed the book immensely and finished it in one sitting!

I found the Protagonist Nora Grey likable enough but nothing shone through her personality.

She was the totally generic and at times very stupid.

Her BFF Vee on the other hand was awesome. She was perky and fun and had all these little personality quirks that I would have loved to see in Nora. Vee added all the humour to this book.

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this but I find that in most YA books the female protagonist’s BFF’s happen to be perkier and funnier!?

Also I soo want Vee as my best friend! And while the topic of what I want, I must mention a certain hot fallen angel.

Patch was the star of this book.

All the girls are gonna be swooning over him.

He is dark, mysterious, cocky and the epitome of bad boys.

And he has a AC/DC Highway To Hell CD!!



Okay so maybe we can’t really blame Nora for being so stupid and careless. And not even freaking out when she found out he was a fallen angel.She barely even thought of it!

The romance was hot and steamy. Only how majorly overused is the guy-teaches-girl-how-to-play-pool-while-their-bodies-touch sequence? I remember loving it in The OC years ago.

Anyways I thought that their romance was more to do with physical attraction. Okay, it was completely to do with physical attraction. But again I don’t really blame Nora .Patch is worthy of protagonist lust-inesss.

I loved the suspense and mystery aspect of the book. That is what made me keep turning the pages. Also I am definitely going to read the sequel.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of the Twilight Saga.

They are bound to devour this book.

And while it wasn’t an amazing profound book, It at least got me warmed up to the idea of Fallen Angels and well it was a really fun read.

The Book Trailer 


Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Teaser Tuesday #1 Go Ask Alice

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly  meme hosted by MizB where we share teaser sentences from a book we are reading.

Go Ask Alice by 

"I'm not really sure which parts of myself are real and which parts are things I've gotten from books." 

I would have read the book just for the quote if nothing else.
Because it's creepily accurate at times.

Monday, 11 July 2011

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly event hosted by the wonderful Shelia at Book Journey. It is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) by 

Tris and Izzie by 

I was reading Hush, Hush( I LOVED the first two chapters) but then I got distracted by Tris & Izzie so I am gonna start reading that! I am terribly excited about this book and so I am hoping it's amazing!
I shall put up a review of Tris & Izzie this week itself and Hush, Hush the next.

What are you reading?
Anyone else reading Tris & Izzie leave me your TwitterHandle I would love to talk about the book while reading!! :D

P.S- I really want some more action on PLL now!Maybe some Toby and Spencer making out and A stirring some fresh trouble. Also I am really not fond of Aria and Jason's pairing, It's just plain awkward. What do you think?


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