Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house – parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have.
If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe "opportunity" isn't the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: "Lied to Our Parents"). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up "Skipping School" (#3), "Throwing a Crazy Party" (#8), "Buying a Hot Tub" (#4), and, um, "Harboring a Fugitive" (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.
In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn't-have-done at a time.

Published June 7th 2011 by HarperTeen

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah) 
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah) 

Fun, fun, fun, fun 



So now on to the book? 

Well the blurb pretty much sums it up! 

The book makes me wanna 

1)move into my own apartment 
2)sip on a bucketful of ALCOHOL!! 
3) Slip into those pretty tiny shiny clothes. 
5) And PARTYYY!! 

And then very slowly and in the same tone the book also made me want to be responsible.

Also, the way romance was handled in this book made me wanna go KISS the author! 
I mean THANK GOD there is a book out there telling us teens ( I am 19..Still a teen right!? Look Nine-“teen”) THE BRUTAL TRUTH in a completely hilarious way. Such an honest take on teenage love! 

Packed into this seemingly innocent book are tons of invaluable life lessons. It captures perfectly through the voice of the protagonist the teenage feelings of wanting to grow-up and yet not wanting it at the same time? I am making sense here!? It’s like we want to spread our wings and fly but we also want to make sure someone is out there still watching out for us! Hard to explain. JUST GO READ THE BOOK! 

This book goes kind of like these lyrics by a certain band I am never very fond of but Geez CAN ONE PARTY TO THAT SONG! 
“Tonight's the night 
Let's live it up 
I got my money 
Let's spend it up 
Go out and smash it 
Like Oh My God 
Jump off that sofa 
Let's get get OFF “ 

This is a book without any decorations and jazz. It’s plain, simple, crisp, blunt and OMFG wonderful! 
Light and funny with believable characters and a scarily realistic plot this is a must read for all teens!

Wanna win this fab book?


Top 10 Tuesday is a meme by The Broke and the Bookish. OMW by Book Chick City.

Oops. Even my last TOP 10 TUESDAY was my TBR list.

But since the TBR list is so dynamic and ever-changing I got all new books at the top today!
This list also serves as a WISHLIST.

So in no particular order HERE GOES!

1) Shatter Me By Tahereh Mafi    

Do I even NEED to mention why this book is here?
Do I?

Also I admit I am getting freakishly excited about the fact that her TOUCH IS LETHAL/POWER.
I would have used it on all the people who are terrible. I know a plenty of them. In my class most of them. Mean-spirited bullies and the likes.
Which means it's probably a good thing I am not all powerful or whatever. FOR THEM.

2)And then things fall apart by Arlaina Tibensky

The protagonist is obsessed with Sylvia Plath.
Know anyone else who is obsessed with her?

*stares unblinkingly at YOU*


My life may or may not have been saved by The Bell Jar.

3) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
My happiness knew no bound when someone told me about the Philosophy of Objectivism by Ayn Rand.
You hear that world?
I am not being selfish!
It's just rational self-interest!

I don't mind reading any of her book but this is the tiniest! :D 

4) In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault

Mystery. Suspense. AWESOME-NESS.

I wish someone would be KIND enough to surprise me with a copy of this book.

5) Cryer's Cross By Lisa McMann
Small town mystery. Something paranormal.
Ooh LA LA. 
It's my cup of coffee.

6)Nothing by Janne Teller

Nothing is the Lord of the Flies for the 21st century.

Why would I NOT want to read this book!?
A novel which bluntly shows that man is evil is something that could help me maintain my cynical self and never get to optimistic.

Because HEY like Spencer Hastings rightly said


Okay that is NOTHING to do with the book but I just wanted to quote her!

7) The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1) by Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson is RAD.
I hated Girl At Sea but her twitter feed is at times more entertaining than many of the popular YA novels.

8) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

She is an Indian. I am an Indian.
She is a Man Booker Prize Winner.
I'll be a Man Booker Prize Winner.
As soon as someone teaches me punctuation i.e.
But a girl can dream.
Also it's supposed to be depressing. So that's right up my alley!

 "Perhaps it's true that things can happen in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcomes of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house- the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture- must be ressurected from the ruins and examined. Preserved. Accounted for." 



Remember: 8 is the new 10
( You heard it here first :)


And while you guys are here help me celebrate my 100 FOLLOWERS INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Follow Friday #6 & TGIF #5 & Book Blogger Hop #4

Q. In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real?

I never thought of this! 
I dunno..Vampires I guess. 
Like hot ones. 
Though I am not a huge vampire fan... but they are hot aren't they!?
Ooh and I would LOVE to see merpeople. Oh yes!
Witches & Wizards too!
Pretty sure I am forgetting something but I can't remember what I am forgetting.
Uh Well.


Book Associations: 
Which genre, authors, or particular books do you think 
people associate with your reading style?

Gotta say Princess Diaries!
I guess since I was a huge fan as a kid! Even as a teen! 
Oh wait I am still a teen..19 is not too old right?
And also because people always go like "Oh My God you are such a MIA!"
And I confess I am the perpetual worrier.

Book blogger hop is hosted here Book Blogger Hop: 8/26-8/29

“Non-book-related this week!! Do you have pets?”

*weeps hysterically*
I love Cats. Fervently.
With every fibre in my being.
I worship Cats.
Yet I am not allowed to have one as a pet!
That's all gonna change once I get my own apartment though!
And oh I do have cats at the summer house. I MUST include them!
My favorite being a kitten named Fairytopia. 
Forgive the name, My 5 year old cousin sister is highly influenced by all things Disney and Barbie!
So every summer it's me and my cats. :D 
And books.
And food. 
That's it! 

And while you are here do enter my 


Thursday, 25 August 2011


So it is FINALLY activated!

Username: DustSeeker21

Y'all add me or tell me your usernames!


A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites—like fire and ice—Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move—only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.
In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.
A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a captivating trilogy by debut author Jocelyn Davies.

Expected publication: September 27th 2011 by HarperTeen

Skye – Hey I am your typical YA protagonist.  And I cause guys to fall head over heels in love with me. 
*smiles nonchalantly*
Asher -  I am THE bad boy yo.
Devin- I am the brooding one.
Asher – I am cocky. And a flirt.
Devin- I am the good guy. 
Asher – I love me some Skye.
Devin- Ditto.
Asher & Devin - We both are incredibly hot. 
*glare at each other* 
Skye – Ooh la la who do I choose!? 
Ian – I am a mere mortal . BUT I LOVE SKYE BECAUSE IT WOULD BE SO STUPID IF ONLY 2 GUYS WERE IN LOVE WITH HER! Love triangle is a thing of the past! We got a love square.
Skye- *doesn’t throw a bone*
AGNESPINK -*Interrupts*
Why should we read this book? It sounds awfully like the other angel books out there!
A Beautiful Dark – I have fresh and intriguing angel mythology woven into the book.
If you hadn’t guessed already I am on my way to become an international BESTSELLER.
AGNESPINK - *sigh*
Well I did enjoy reading you.
A Beautiful Dark - *gets devoured by YA PARANORMAL ROMANCE fans*
AGNESPINK- It was a pretty entertaining read. Mmmm.. I couldn’t put it down either….
A Beautiful Dark- You might have rolled your eyes aplenty but you did love me! ACCEPT IT!
Devin and Asher – We’d like to thank Netgalley and HarperTeen to let us spend a wonderful month with AgnesPink.
AGNESPINK – With that cliffhanger at the end we’ll see each other again. Toodles till book 2 comes out!

Wanna win A Beautiful Dark?

Monday, 22 August 2011

Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1) by Elizabeth Miles - Book Review and Giveaway!

Sometimes sorry isn't enough....

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...
Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.
Em and Chase have been chosen. 

Expected publication: August 30th 2011 by Simon Pulse

Karma in Indian religions is the concept of "action" or "deed", understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect (i.e., the cycle called saṃsāra) originating in ancient India and treated in Hindu, Jain, Buddhist and Sikh philosophies.
How many of you believe in Karma?
How many of you believe that people must atone for their sins?
I believe in As you sow, so shall you reap. But then what about An eye for an eye makes the world go blind?
The Furies are vengeful and shall not let any Em and Chase go unpunished.
The novels two main protagonists are the sinners. Was I supposed to wish the furies don’t harm them? Well, I didn’t.
Em was weak and stupid and insensitive and well a total bitch.
Her best friend truly loves her. She isn’t like a mean person or anything. She truly cares for Em.
And what does Em do?
She hooks up with her bff’s boyfriend of course!
While many don’t think of this as particular ghastly a deed, I do and unfortunately for Em so do the furies.
Em’s justifications for her actions were extremely selfish and I completely disliked her.
Chase on the other hand, I really really liked. He was vulnerable and pitiable and the fact that we are unaware of what exactly he has done wrong to incur the wrath of the furies certainly helped.
It also lends an air of mystery to the plot.
The book was set in Maine where I am noticing a host of YA books are being set! Not that I am complaining! It does lend for a cold and beautiful setting.
I completely enjoyed the high school portrayal in the book. It was realistic and fun.
Readers who are looking for a book on greek mythology or a typical YA paranormal shall be disappointed because it really doesn’t delve much into the paranormal.
The book was eerie in parts but I didn’t find it all the scary and for me that was the downfall of the book! While I am not happy to admit this but I did keep wishing the Furies did something more terrible to them! It was kind of slow in that respect.
Nevertheless the plot was fresh and interesting and I enjoyed the book. I loved the cliffhanger at the end and I can barely wait for Book 2. I would like to thank Galley Grab for providing me with an eGalley. 

Want a chance to win Fury? Because who doesn't want to own a book with that fabulous cover!

Friday, 19 August 2011

Follow Friday #5 & TGIF #4 & Book Blogger Hop #3

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

Q.If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

I would write myself into Harry Potter so I could live in Miss.Rowling's amazing wizarding world! 

And I would write myself a role as Draco Malfoy's girlfriend! 
*catches the kiss* 

Even him looking all depressed turns me on.
*stares creepily*


TGIF is hosted by G Reads!

The Reviews We Don't Write: 
Have you ever read a book and not wanted to review it? Are some books too personal that we want to keep our thoughts our own? 

I haven't really reviewed books I enjoyed in my childhood because just the memories attached to them kind of make them perfect and I can't even imagine reviewing them!
For eg. Little Women by L.M.Alcott
What Katy Did series by Susan Coolidge
Even this Heidi novel!

And then The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath is one book I forever wanted to review but it's too personal, almost like a part of myself. Giving my opinion on that book would be kind of like mentioning an autobiography to explain just how much it means to me!

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books

Realised I made a grave mistake! >.< This is last weeks question! Sorry. :/
*grabs a new brain* 

“Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!”

7 Ways to Kill Yourself With Shampoo

by Katie Holzman

Because who doesn't need to know the 7 ways to kill themselves with shampoo?


*buys a boxful of shampoos and gets to work* 

You on the other hand can go enter my giveaway!
And win 3 books of your choice from my amazing selection list!

Thursday, 18 August 2011


*grabs each and everyone of you and drags you along in for a creepy dance as the ghost of Kurt Cobain  plays lithium* 

It's barely 3 months since I started blogging and I already have over 100 Followers! Woohoo!

To thank all my wonderful blogger friends I am having a giveaway!

This is my very first giveaway so I hope I am doing everything right and that you guys have fun!! *fingers crossed* 

One lucky winner chosen at random will win 3 books   4 BOOKS of his choice from the selection below!

The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL as long as TBD ships to you.



The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)
Vicious Little Darlings  - Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer ( My Review)
One Day
Delirium (Delirium, #1)
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1) - Hush, Hush ( Hush, Hush #1) By Becca Fitzpatrick ( My Review)
Lola and the Boy Next Door
Possession (Possession, #1)
Blood Red Road (Dustlands, #1)
A Long, Long Sleep
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) - The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins ( My Review)
Ten Things We Did - Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski (My Review)
Epic Fail
Vicious Little Darlings
Spellbound - Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz ( My Review)
Siren (Siren, #1) - Siren ( Siren #1) By Tricia Rayburn ( My Review)
Speak - Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson ( My Review)
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna Dressed in Blood, #1)
The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Beastly - Beastly by Alex Flinn ( My Review)
Sea Change - Sea Change By Aimee Friedman  ( My Review)
Fury (Fury, #1) - Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1) by Elizabeth Miles - Book Review
Shatter Me
A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies - Book Review

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Giveaway ends on October 30th.
Winner will be announced here and contacted via e-mail and has to contact me within 72 hours or a new winner shall be chosen.

If I get more than 200 followers by the end of this giveaway I might announce a surprise addition to the giveaway! :) 

Yay 200 followers crossed! :D 
While all books in the list I was offering are personal favorites or on my wishlist I wanna include two books I may not be particularly looking forward to but I know a hell lot of people are!
So the winner will now get FOUR books plus I have included two more books to the selection you can choose from!
And they are

Thank You and I really really really LOVE you guys so much!


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