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Friday, September 28, 2012

On the Cover: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Wow! I never imagined I would like a vampire book or movie, much less love love love!!!! Every time I remember coming across any vampire movie on-screen, I have quickly flipped the channel and move on. So it was quite a shock when I began reading the Twilight series, and LOVED IT!!!! So much so, that I finished the entire book of 434 pages in 2 days flat, amidst office and looking after my family and child!

Right now Im simply sharing with you the cover of the book, will soon come back with the review. Do do do read the series, Im on the second book right now!


Whats the best part of the series? That though this is labelled a teenage vampire romance set in high-school, this will appeal to any age-group!

Here's what the cover tells you:
About three things I was absolutely positive..

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him - and I didn't know how dominant that part might be - that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.

 What Bella doesn't realise is that the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And it might be too late to turn back....

 Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, Twilight is an extraordinary love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.

 'Her story, recounted in hypnotic, dreamy prose, encapsulates perfectly the teenage feeling of sexual tension and alienation.' - THE TIMES 

'The thrilling tale of a vampire romance at high school.' - SUNDAY HERALD. 
 
- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

On The Cover: Trunk Music by Michael Connelly


Here's what's on the cover of the book 'Trunk Music' by Michael Connelly.

'ONE OF THE WORLD'S FINEST CRIME WRITERS' - DAILY MAIL

Harry Bosch is back in Homicide after disciplinary leave. In the wooded hills overlooking the Hollywood Bowl, he opens the trunk of a white Rolls Royce and finds a corpse. It looks like a simple case of Trunk Music - a Mafia hit, the victim shot in his own vehicle - but the Mafia weren't the only ones after movie producer Tony Aliso.

 Tracing Tony A's Mob laundry in the face of official obstruction puts Harry up against the FBI and back in the arms of a gorgeous ex-felon. Warned off the case by internal investigators, nailing Aliso's elusive killer looks like the only way to make sure that Harry's first case back in Homicide isn't his last in the LAPD.

'Michael Connelly is one of America's most exciting crime writers and his books featuring maverick LAPD Detectvie Harry Bosch are often his finest' - Daily Telegraph

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On The Cover: A Fraction Of The Whole, A Novel by Steve Toltz

Here's what's on the cover of the book 'A Fraction Of The Whole, A Novel' by Steve Toltz.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2008

Sane families are all alike - but every crazy family is crazy in its own way.

Meet Martin Dean: the man his country loves to hate. and his son hates to love. He spent his life analysing anything and everything, and imparting his self-garnered wisdom to his only son, Jasper. Only now that his father is dead can Jasper fully reflect on the man who raised him in his own extraordinary style, and realise that, for all its unstoppable lunacy, theirs was a great adventure.

 As he recollects the fantastical events that led to his father's last days, Jasper recounts a boyhood of outrageous schemes and shocking discoveries - about his infamous criminal uncle Terry, his mysteriously absent mother, and Martin's constant losing battle to make his mark on the world. From the Australian bush to bohemian Paris to the jungles of Thailand - stopping off at strip clubs, asylums and labyrinths - and from the highs of first love to the lows of failed ambition, this is an unforgettable, rollicking and deeply moving tale.

Steve Toltz lives in Sydney, Australia.
A Fraction of The Whole is his first novel. 

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Friday, September 7, 2012

A 'Thrilling' Affair.....

Been ages that I read a good thriller, any thriller for that matter. Happened to start reading a book by thriller writer Lee Child titled 'The Affair.' And what a book!

It happens to be the LAST in a series of thrillers, all of which can be read as an entity or on their own. And must say I am thoroughly enjoying it! Started yesterday as a bed-time book and finished 200+ pages in one sitting...quite a page-turner, will get back to the remaining pages as soon as I get off with my work...

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

On The Cover: Pride by Rachel Vincent


Here's what's on the cover of the book 'Pride' by Rachel Vincent.

'Rachel Vincent is a new author that I'm going to be watching' - Kim Harrison

IT'S NOT A GAME, FAYTHE.
IT'S A POWER PLAY AND THEY'VE ALREADY WON.

The werecat council has three cardinal laws - and headstrong Faythe stands accused of breaking two of them: infecting a human with her supernatural skills and killing him to cover her tracks. With the death penalty hanging over her head, Faythe has no escape route left.

 That is, until a shapeshifter informs the pride of a rash of rogue strays terrorising his land. Yet this threat is nothing like any they've seen before. Only Faythe has the knowledge to save the pride, but can she prove her worth? Or will the council's verdict condemn them all....?

A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE GENRE!' - Kelley Armstrong on STRAY

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Lily My Lovely by Lena Kennedy - Review

I picked up this quite old and thumbed down 4/5th hand edition of this book called 'Lily My Lovely' by Lena Kennedy. I'd never heard of this one before, but there was something quite captivating about the look and feel of the book that I wanted to take back home with me.

To let you know, this IS quite an old book, published in 1985 to be precise.

Here's a little insight into the story:

Set in the time of the World War II, the story essentially revolves around Lily, a naive small-town girl in London. Full of life and a zeal to live each day with as much spirit and fun as she can, she soon finds herself in the middle of loneliness and desperation as her new husband and love goes off to fight for the country. As Lily makes use of this time to hang around with her girl friends and do some community work, she meets a charming young man named Kasie, who soon falls for Lily's exuberance, innocence and fresh appeal to life.

Kasie's love and romance soon makes Lily yearn for him, even as she tries to stay beside her husband, who returns after being permanently injured and mentally harmed in the war. As Lily desperately tries to play along with the tug-of-war going on in her heart and head, life gets more and more complicated. Following your head and going to the one you love, or staying along with a commitment you made - that's what the story essentially spins through, even as more characters are introduced and twists interjected.

What I thought:

The book is definitely worth a read. If anything, it's one of those cosy books that makes you want to curl up in bed, sipping on a cup of tea and doing nothing but getting lost inside the story that spins in front of your eyes. The author Lena Kennedy gets full credit for creating characters that stay on with you for quite some time even after you have finished reading. Also, the characters are strong enough to make you want to read on and on, till you have finished.

There's not really much I can tell you here about the book, as it may give out more information than I want, which will then kill the suspense and the twists. So let's not talk much here, it should suffice to say that this book is indeed one of my favourites, and I would definitely recommend it to those who love the old-world charm.

My Hearts: I give this book 5 hearts AWESOME

- Debolina Raja Gupta

Recently Read and Reading Now

Didn't catch up that much reading in the last few days, but managed quite a few interesting ones. Here goes:

Recently Read: Lily My Lovely by Lena Kennedy

Recently Read: One Day by David Nicholls

Recently Read: The Kid and The Kid Moves On by Kevin Lewis

Reading Now: A Prison Diary Volume I Hell by Jeffrey Archer


- Debolina Raja Gupta