Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Tiger's Quest


The second book of the Tiger’s Curse series, Tiger’s Quest, is one of those books that I cannot fully express my thoughts; how I feel about the book. I really love this book more and it was better than Tiger’s Curse
 
I can’t think about how to write about this book without spoilers. So I am going to write about it in shorten. 
 
The plot was very attractive and unique as the first book; I think it’s better than the first book.  Though the start was bit slowly, I really liked the twists and turns in this book. There were lots and lots of description about the history, mythology and India.  Those were fascinating and glued me to the book. I really like the twist of the love story and it kept me out the story from boring.
 
We can read more about the main villain in this book and the battles were started. Lokesh was really a very spine-chilling character. The one character I really loved in this book is Kishan. I like his personality more than Ren’s. I like his changing of attitude and the way he loves Kelsey. In the end I really felt bad about him, it would have been better if Kishan could find his soul mate, Kelsey or another girl, in next books of the series. The love triangle between Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan reminds me of The Vampire Diaries.
 
All in all, Tiger’s Quest is AWESOME. I am completely and totally in love with this series. I’ve ordered the Tiger’s Voyage and can’t wait to read it. If you are a fan of mythology, magic, adventure, and romance, you will surely enjoy this book. 

Some Quotes from Tiger’s Quest;

You know you are in love when you see the world in her eyes, and her eyes everywhere in the world.


 


One's enemy is often the best teacher of tolerance.


 


If a king owned a pearl without price, a gem he cherished above all. Would he hide it away, bury it from sight afraid others would take it? Or would he display it proudly, set it in a ring or crown, so that all the world could behold its beauty and see what richness it brings to his life? You are my pearl without price.


 


I find that all people are fundamentally alike. We are one human family. Perhaps we have different clothes, our skin is of a different color, or we speak various languages, but that is on the surface only. We all have dreams and seek for things that will bring true happiness. To know all the world, I just need to learn about myself.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult


Sing You Home
is the first novel that I’ve ever read about gay relationships. I got caught up in the story and it glued me to the book. This story made me think about my own values and views.
 
Even though there is the same formula in the story as most of Picoult’s novels, I really like the way she narrates the story through different characters which helps readers to understand the every aspects of the story rather than knowing the story from one side. And her emotional writing made my eyes filled with tears.



One thing I really like about Picoult’s books is the characters which feel so real. In this Story Max, Zoe, Vanessa, Reid, Liddy, Pastor Clive, they all are real to me. I’ve met many of them in my real life. Picoult nicely built their personality throughout the story and sometimes I forgot that I am reading a fiction.

I really liked Zoe and Max. Also I liked the passages of Zoe’s music therapy sessions.  One character I really admire in this book is Zoe’s mother. She is a unique character and I loved her courage. Also Zoe’s lawyer, Angela, is a valiant woman. She made readers realize that you don’t have to be gay to understand them or to help them.

I really admire Picoult’s courage for writing such controversial issues as gay rights, parenthood, religious beliefs. And I watched her interview with Ellen DeGeneres in her show and Picoult said that her own son came out to her while she’s writing this book. I really respect her for being such an understanding and supportive mother.

I really enjoyed the book, though the story was little bit predictable. When I finished reading the book, I felt as I needed more things to know, about Max and Liddy, what happened to Reid, about Lucy. However this book is a page turner.

     

Some quotes from Sing You Home:

Beliefs are the roads we take to our dreams. Believe you can do something-or believe you can't-and you'll be right everytime.



One of the fantastic things about music is that it accesses both sides of the brain--the analytical left side and the emotional right side-- and forces a connection. This is how a stroke victim who can't speak a sentence might be able to sing a lyric; how a patient frozen by severe Parkinson's disease can use the sequence and inherent rhythm in music in order to move and dance again.



I eat king pao chicken like its going out of style, but I'm pretty sure I don't have an Asian cell in my body. I love Toni Morrison novels and Tyler Perry movies although I'm not black." Angela smiles. "I'm straight, Zoe, and happily married. The reason I work here is because I think you deserve that, too.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Horrible Bosses

Monday, October 17, 2011

Horrible Bosses


Are you stuck in a job you hate because of your horrible boss? We know that there are some bosses who take all the credit of hardworking of their subordinates, and some bosses who try to sexually abuse their subordinates. In this movie three buddies, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are victims of their evil superiors. And the movie goes on showing how they try to get rid of these horrible bosses.

Horrible Bosses is a dark comedy, but it wasn’t as “dark” as expected. I really enjoyed the movie. The three bosses, Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey), Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell), and Dr. Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) are really horrible bosses. Three stars who portrait the characters are such talented and the performances are really… really… good. My favorite horrible boss is Dr. Julia :D

I always like to watch Jason Bateman’s movies and I really enjoyed his performance in this movie. I couldn’t stop myself laughing when I was watching the scene that Dale drops thousands of dollars worth of cocaine belongs to Bobby on his carpet, and getting high by accidently inhaling them. And also the tattooed murder consultant (Jamie Foxx) is hilarious.

Horrible bosses is a simple, hilarious film, though it is quite predictable. As a woman who likes to watch pure, simple, and entertaining movies, this movie is one of the best comedies I’ve watched in this year. If you need a good laugh, grab a popcorn basket, put your feet up and enjoy.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

Saturday, October 15, 2011


When I went to an international book fair few weeks back, I found this interesting book. I was attracted to the book because of the cover. I picked the book and read the back cover and it seemed interesting to me. So I bought this book Tiger’s Curse and the second book of the series Tiger’s Quest. I am glad I bought it.
 
I found it is very hard to put the book back once I started reading. I really love the plot, which blends Indian mythology with romance and adventure.  Houck surely has done a lot of research into the mythology and it reads well and feels so real. I always love to read about myths and this story with the actions and romance…. oh I really love it.

First I didn’t much like the writing of the story. I thought it was very childish, but after reading few chapters and glued to the book, the writing style didn’t matter to me. But I felt like something missing, because Houck was telling the story rather than showing it.
 
The characters of the story seemed ok to me. Kelsey is believable as a teenage girl and romantic, but she also has her feet on the ground. I always felt like Mr. Kadam must be a bad guy, because he is too perfect. But still he is on the side of the noble. Ren was also a fabulous character. He is a passionate, stubborn and a ferocious character. Ren’s brother, Kishan, reminds me of Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries, sarcastic and a pushy guy.

It has been a long while since I’d read such a refreshing and original story like Tiger’s Curse. Colleen Houck has done a great piece as a new writer by creating this enchanting tale with magic, adventure, romance, and myth.

I am reading the second book in the series, Tiger’s Quest, and hope to post my thoughts ASAP once I finished it.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Source Code

Monday, October 10, 2011


I really like to watch mystery and Sci-Fi movies. So few weeks ago I watched this film Source Code and it was amazing. The whole concept is fresh, though sometimes it might sound far-fetched. You don’t have to understand the science to enjoy this movie.

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a great performance as Colter Stevens, who is harried, confused man who eventually finds out the purpose in what he's been tasked to do. Michelle Monaghan also has a fantastic role as Christina Warren, the pretty girl in the train who attracts Colter’s heart.
 
There were some repeating scenes since Cotler has to go several times to the past, to the same 8 minute duration, in order to identify the terrorist. Even though those are repeating scenes, Riplay and Jone have done a good job making each scene little bit differently and it wasn’t boring.
 
Someway, this tremendous movie reminded me of the quote from the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.



Without this emotion, we are only robots.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thanks for the Memories
Thanks for the Memories; this book delivers a magical tale about a woman, Joyce Conway, who begins to have memories and skills of Justin Hitchcock, after a terrible accident and a blood transfusion. Cecelia Ahern nicely narrates Joyce’s Journey through the memories of Justin.



I enjoyed the book since the plot really grabbed my attention, and so Joyce’s father Henry. He was hilarious and a wise man. The funny dialogs between Joyce and Henry helped me to make the story enjoyable. I jumped out laughing when I was reading the part that their visit to the antique roadshow and steal a bin to appear on the TV program.



For me this story is a mystery than a romance, though there is romance. It is very light hearted magical tale and easy read. 



My Rating: 3 out 0r 5

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell


Even though I’m not a HUGE fan of Chick Lit, past few days I desperately wanted to read a light Chick Lit novel , must be because I wanted to be stress-free from serious study stuff. When I was wandering around the book store I found this book, The Carrie Diaries. I’ve never read or watched Sex and The City. But when I’ve read the back cover of this book I simply wanted to read it. So I picked the book and curled up with it. I surprisingly found myself compelled to read and hard to put the book back. I read it for hours without a break.



The plot is nothing much but it represents some usual and serious issues that teenagers confront; Competition, jealousy, friendship, attention, sex, and boys.



I liked Carrie, She is wacky and funny. And has her head screwed on properly. But the relationship between Carrie and Sebastian was irritating and the relationship between Carrie and George was kind of pissed me off. Even though Roberta (a.k.a. The Mouse) was an under developed character, somehow I liked her - the way she thinks and reassures Carrie. Also I liked the parts that George tries to encourage Carrie on her writing.



I’m not in love with this book, but still I enjoyed it. It was quick, light Chick read. If you are a teen or someone looking for a break in the heavy read, then this is for you.



Some quotes from The Carrie Diaries:


I have this theory: If you forgive someone, they can’t hurt you anymore.


 


Funny always makes the bad things go away.


 


If a woman could take care of herself, would she still need a man? Would she even want one? And if she didn't want a man, what kind of woman would she be? Would she even be a woman? Because it seemed if you were a woman, the only thing you were really supposed to want was a man.


 


You can get used to anything, I guess, if you've been there enough.


 


Whoever we are here, we might be princesses somewhere else. Or writers. Or scientists. Or presidents. Or whatever the hell we want to be that everyone else says we can't.



My Rating: 3 out of 5

The Gift by Cecelia Ahern

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Gift by Cecelia Ahern


I didn’t like this book much, though Cecelia Ahern is one of my favorite authors. I felt very bored when I was reading the first few chapters. The story was slow and predictable. However the message given in the book is worth reading.



While reading this book I really wondered how someone becomes such a workaholic, abandoning their family. But, at one fell swoop I realized that there are such people in this world.  For those people, this book gives the message of the importance of time being with their families.



Here are the words that Ahern says in the end of the book;



Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures. It is time that we do not have enough of; it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so we must spend  it wisely. Time cannot be packaged and ribboned and left under trees for Christmas morning.

Time can’t be given. But it can be shared.



My Rating: 2 out of 5

A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Place Called Here


Have you ever wondered where your missing stuff goes? One moment you have it and the next moment it disappears. Sometimes this happens to me and I search everywhere and later find it in another place. But I’ve never wondered and never thought that stuff would be landed up another place. But Sandy always wondered where that stuff goes and finally she finds the place, a place called “here”, where all the missing stuff lands up.



This was my first book of Cecelia Ahern and I really liked the concept, though the story can be slow at times. And it’s wonderfully written. The characters, I liked most of them, were built well.



I truly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to read more Cecilia Ahern. Here are the words that Ahern says in the last chapter of the book and it really touched me.



 

Sometimes, people can go missing right before our very eyes. Sometimes, people discover you, even though they’ve been looking at you the entire time. Sometimes, we lose sight of ourselves when we’re not paying enough attention.



We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself.”   

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Peach Blossom Pavilion by Mingmei Yip

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
 
Peach Blossom Pavilion


The story of the Peach Blossom Pavilion starts with an elderly Chinese women telling her memoirs to her great-granddaughter. She articulates her childhood, her adolescence and her adulthood, how she was forced to become a prostitute in order to survive.
 
The plot is interesting; nevertheless there are some language issues that surface every now and then.  Also there are many Chinese metaphors to describe sex.  For example, metaphors are used like "letting his jade stalk enter your golden gate" and these phrases kept getting repeated.

However, I enjoyed the book and think fans of Memoirs of Geisha sure to be liked to read this book.

My Rating: 3 out of 5

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Tuesday, August 09, 2011
The Last Song 
When I first started reading this book I was a little bored with it but about half way through it got a bit better. The story was pretty predictable and expected, but enjoyed the simplicity and pureness of his books.

I found out that the true love story in this book wasn’t between the Ronnie and Will, but between Ronnie and her dad. And I really enjoyed the relationship that grows between them.

I found out Nicholas Sparks was asked to write a new screenplay specifically for Miley Cyrus to play the main character. After he wrote the screenplay (The Last Song) he wrote the book.
 
This is another heartwarming story, and it simply tells us that it's not yet too late to build and grow a better relationship with the ones we love. It was a good easy read. It wasn't anything amazing but it was quick.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Tenth Circle


One of my friends recommended this book for me and I’ve read it several months ago. I’m not a huge fan of Jodi Picoult, but I like some of her books and this book is one of those. I love the way she narrates the story through many of the characters. It gives the reader such insight into each of their true thoughts and feelings.

The actions of the characters are so vivid and no one in the story is easily characterized as “good” or “bad”. It compels us to question each character’s actions, motivations, and how we would react in the same situation.

The most innovation and fascinating part of the novel is integration between graphic novel and text novel. Within the sections of the graphic novel are hidden letters, which put together make up a quote, and it encapsulates the theme of the book. It took me a while to put together those letters, because you have to hunt some letters hard.

Overall, I think this novel is a good read and well-written. I enjoyed this book and plan on reading more books from Jodi Picoult in the future. She is a well detailed and imaginative writer.



My Rating : 3.5 out of 5




And So It Begins

Monday, August 01, 2011

After wandering around other personal & book review blog sites, I’ve decided to start my own personal blog. This blog is where I post my thoughts about life, books, movies and other things. Simply I am planning to babble on about things that I am interested.

I like to call myself as a bookworm, since the most favorite thing in my life is reading, I am really addict to it and now it is a habit. Books bring me into another world and let me live through it and be someone else. I read almost anything, but in the past 2-3 years, I’ve really gotten into fantasy, paranormal romance, YA, adult fictions and historical fictions. Recently I really enjoyed reading few chick-lit books.

I like writing too but do not have a true talent to do it and I always struggle with words. So apart from reading my next favorite thing is movies. I mostly enjoy fantasy, comedy, family, drama, sci-fi, and romance movies.
  
Aside from books and movies, the one thing I really love and always try to make time to do is dancing. I always wanted to be a dancer from the day I can remember, though I couldn’t become one.

So this is me and my blog. I’m not sure people will read this blog or not but if you stopped by this way I warmly welcome you!