Monthly Archives: November 2014

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

eleanorparkBook Name: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 328

Genre: YA fiction

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Format: Paperback checked out from the local library

Goodreads’s words: Two misfits. One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

My Words: The first two-thirds of Eleanor & Park had me absolutely smitten with the book. It was a joy to read even only one page of Eleanor & Park. The love story that Eleanor & Park contained was fantastic, if not perfect, for the first two-thirds of the novel, but the final chapters absolutely ruined it for me. Continue reading

The fault in our stars by John Green

tfiosBook Name: The fault in our stars

Author: John Green

Pages: 313

Genre: YA fiction

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Format: Kindle eBook

GoodReads’ words: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

My Words: Now, I am a sucker for romantic stories especially those with star-crossed lovers. But, I have to say this: I don’t deal very well with sad books/movies/stories/etc. I really don’t! They all leave me with a feeling of sorrow and melancholy Continue reading

The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

perksBook NameThe perks of being a wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Pages: 213

Genre: YA fiction

My Rating: 2 out of 5

Format: Paperback checked out from the local library

Goodreads’s words: Charlie is a freshman.And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing

My Words: After reading this book, I am just in the stage where there is a big vacuum that comes after the chaos dies down. And I still don’t seem to get out of it. Continue reading

Looking for Alaska by John Green

LFABook NameLooking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Pages: 221

Genre: YA fiction

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Format: Paperback checked out from the local library

Goodreads’ Words: Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

My Words: John Green’s first book is my third book of John Green. I fell in love with his writing while reading TFIOS and Katherines just wanted me to want more. All of his books that I have read have somehow managed to make me sit back and contemplate on certain aspects of life. LFA has been no different. If I were a teen, this book would have been one of my favourite books. This book would have filled my heart with a different kind of surprising and enchanting buzz especially reading about the ‘Great Perhaps’, ‘the famous last words’ and ‘subverting the patriarchal paradigm’. However, now that I have read this book as an adult, there is a certain age-gap between me and the characters, and since I have read a lot more books now than I had when I was a teen, I am certainly more rusted. I would have loved to have read this book when I was a teen.

Now I know, John green has no doubt read gazillion thoughts and views on his book, but I could not stop myself from adding my little tidbit. (Warning: Contains spoilers!) Continue reading

Anna and the french kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Book Name: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Pages: 372

Genre: YA Contemporary

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Format: Paperback checked out from the local library

Goodreads’ words: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

My Words: Aha! With Anna and the french kiss, I am back to my world of teen wonderland! After reading a host of Continue reading

I, Alex Cross by James Patterson

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Book Name: I, Alex Cross

Author: James Patterson

Pages: 374

Genre: Crime Thriller

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Format: Paperback checked out from the local library

Goodreads’words: Can Alex Cross survive his most chilling – and personal – case ever? Pulled out of a family celebration, Detective Alex Cross gets awful news: A beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Vowing to catch the killer, he quickly learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington, D.C.’s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer’s only victim . . .The hunt for the murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Soon they confront some very important, very protected, and very dangerous people who will do anything to keep their secrets safe. As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable – a revelation that could rock the entire world.

My Words: I think this would be my first ever completed James Patterson book. First ever completed – because Continue reading

The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury

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Book NameThe Last Templar

Author: Raymond Khoury

Pages: 406

Genre: Adult Fiction

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Format: Hard-Cover checked out from the local library

Goodreads’Words: “It has served us well, this myth of Christ.”
Pope Leo X, 16th Century. In a hail of fire and flashing sword, as the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, The Last Templar opens with a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escaping to the sea carrying a mysterious chest entrusted to them by the Order’s dying Grand Master. The ship vanishes without a trace. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights emerge from Central Park and ride up the Fifth Avenue steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the blacktie opening of a Treasures of the Vatican exhibit. Storming through the crowds, the horsemen brutally attack anyone standing between them and their prize. Attending the gala, archaeologist Tess Chaykin watches in silent terror as the leader of the horsemen hones in on one piece in particular, a strange geared device. He utters a few cryptic Latin words as he takes hold of it with reverence before leading the horsemen out and disappearing into the night. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and Tess are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading Knights, plunging them into a deadly game of cat and mouse with ruthless killers as they race across three continents to recover the lost secret of the Templars.

My Words: I am not a history major or history fan. Continue reading