By Marissa Meyer.
Grade : A
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
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It’s Thanksgiving. Not something we celebrate in India, but I thought i’ll give it a go this year!
Thank You Mishma of Chasing Faerytales for this linkup idea of Thanks-U-Give!
My college officially came to an end when I submitted my last paper year. So the aspect of life at school or college coming to an end gave me a lot of things to be thankful for!
Friends: These are people over the many many years who still come to my aid when I need. Even now when I am changing cities and need assistance to find accommodation, people who haven’t been in touch much, stepped up to help me. I think the friends I made so far might be the last stage where I can make true blue friends with selfless friendship goals. Some people stick to you no matter what, some people you can count on forever and I am thankful to have all these type of people to be called as friends!
Sister: Though she will cringe for me saying this but I am very very much thank for her mere existence. I think I’m privileged to have a sibling and I completely love her, how much ever we fight on an hourly basis 😛
Parents: They have been always there for me, never interfering with my decisions or forcing theirs on me. Always there to support and be happy for me no matter what! Also, for reading out story books to me when I couldn’t read which really helped me become the reader I am today!
Coming to the Book world, I’m thankful for books making my life easier, by controlling my mood swings and temper, some of the noteworthy one’s I’ve mentioned below:
Fairytales : I’ll categorize all Grimm stories and 1001 Arabian Nights and sorts under one heading of fairy tales which my mom used to read out to me till the age of 6 from a set of beautiful graphics books. that may have been the only time I read graphics books! They were the best to get me to like books.
Secret Seven Series : These books I started reading when I was about 9 years old from my school library. I used to finished them up ASAP to get the next one. I think I even had a few fights with people over these books to read them first!
Tinkle Comics : This is the only comics I read sincerely till almost recently. I had all these wonderful characters like Suppandi, Tantri the Mantri, Shikari Shambu and many non character short stories for kids which were just fun to read. I think my Indian readers will be acquainted with it. I used to buy them on railway stations and they made my Pune to Mumbai journeys fun, back in the day.
Harry Potter Series : As I have mentioned countless number of times, Harry Potter was the first novel I was gifted as my own. It got me introduced to the world of fantasy books and i’m a proud Potterhead till date!
Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons: Though the Da Vinci Code is my favourite Dan Brown book, Angels and Demons helped me get through the entire year of my 10th standard. My parents had taken away all my collection to help me concentrate on my studies but I need something to read! so this was the only book I had left at home and I read it over and over again for an year!
Sophie Kinsella’s books and those by Meg Cabot: I’m thankful for these books to get me interested in the contemporary type of books. And YA too!
All the fantasy authors for creating wonderful magical, imaginary types of world for me to escape the reality at least for some time!
I had the opportunity to interview the author of the YA book Tone Deaf, Olivia Rivers. Read on to find out more about this amazing author!
Please tell us about yourself in brief.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Bhairavee! So a bit about me: I’m an author of YA fiction in a variety of genres. When I’m not writing, I’m a college student and freelance digital artist who lives in Northern California.
Talking about Tone Deaf, what was your inspiration for the plot?
I really wanted to write a story with a deaf character, because I found the concept to be very intriguing. I also wanted to write about the music world, so one day, I decided to combine the two ideas into one novel. And so “Tone Deaf” was born!
Which character did you love to write the most?
I think Ali was my favorite character to write. She’s been through hell, but she refuses to let her challenges stop her, and I had a lot of fun writing a character who was so determined and fiery. (more…)
(I am writing about Jug in my life for the #DearZindagi activity at BlogAdda.)
Friendship over the years
We have been best of best friends over 4 years now. What started as a accusation for scoring a full 100/100 in Java went on to us becoming friends in almost every major project till date. You taught me so many things starting from how to hack into games to fixing any problems that arise in my life (yes, I’m a proud hacker of certain games now).
We fight so much almost every alternate week, but I know that even during those fights if I need any help, you will be there without me asking for it. We have done so many things together, be it our most important final year projects when we barely knew each other, to flying for a prestigious competition and sharing the experience of flying in a plane for the first time. I know I can wake you up in the middle of the night to vent out my anger. I can trouble you with my relentless fear of failing in a paper till we reach the exam center. I can depend on you to drop me home when I am sick. The world may say this is what a boyfriend should do, but I see all these as acts of friendship more than couple goals! I prize our friendship way way more than love at times because love can turn to hate, but if friendship exists, things will mend back.
I know things changed when we successfully got into the same post graduation college, which was a huge feat I think, because I never ever expected me to clear the entrance exam and get here and be what I am today, but then even there you were there for those three days to push as much stuff as you can in that tiny dot of a brain I have (as you say) which I think contributed to the success in my exam!
After getting here, I made new friends and I love them a lot too, but trust me on this one, they never replaced you. They created their own place in my life, but never took yours and never will. I’m very happy that I have them as I am for having you around me!
I know I’m going away soon (in a month’s time to be precise) but I promise you, nothing will change. I will still be there when you get down, be there to cheer your success, in short always be there for you!
Thanks for being there 😀
Yesterday was the last official day of my college. Now I’ll be going for my exams in the 2nd week of November and after that college will be over, for real.
I’ve been feeling down over this for the last couple of days, wondering where I would be next year in October, will I ever get such relaxed time of life again, and is it really the end of my student life? I know that once I join my office, I won’t get time for myself, no care free days, no time to just lie in the bed till 10 am as I do after bunking a class! On top of that, I’m really gonna miss my friends. Over the years from school to under graduation college to post graduation college, I have lost contact of most of the friends and now this may be the last set of real friends I’ll ever make or get to bond so much. And I’m not really ready for goodbye…
To celebrate our last day together, my friends and I decided to go for a lunch party at a fast food joint, Gurukripa. My friends love the Chole Bhature dish there! You can see the dish below 😛
After my exams end, it’s not only goodbye for college, but also to my home, since I’ll be shifting to Pune for my internship. Though I’m excited of the new change, I wonder if my home will feel the same when I come home on holidays! I have never been away from my family in the 23 years for more than a couple of days and those couple of days had me calling my parents at least twice a day. I’m not shifting to a very far away city (just over 2 hours drive from Mumbai), but it still feels daunting!
Talking about holidays, my short Diwali vacation has began (Diwali vacation plus a Preparation leave for exams, this one is :P) and like we usually do, even this year my family has planned a short vacation for a couple of days. It again may be our last vacation in Diwali since my sister has also started with her college life and getting holidays for her is even more difficult that me, as she is constantly running from college to competitive exam classes to her Japanese Language class! I hope we enjoy this vacation!
And tell me about you all, what did you feel when your student life ended? How did it feel to move out?
Happy Diwali to you all people! 😀
Ever since I bought my Kindle, I have been reading way more than I usually did, be it during commuting hours or when I’m home relaxing! September was really good in terms of books I completed. I read 9 books! I’m amazed I could read so many.
Here’s a list of what I read, reviews may come up soon (no promises there, though 🙁 ). Check it out :
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
A nice, heart-wrenching story of a girl who is apparently allergic to the world and has never stepped out of her house, but whose life changes for the better when a new boy moves in next door.
This book took about a day to finish. It was a refreshing read I had between intense fantasy books. I actually loved the book and for me, it was a page turner type of book.
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
The second book in the Court of Thorns and Roses
by Sarah J Maas. I absolutely loved the sequel and though I took about a week to finish it, I cherished every moment I spent reading the book. I had heard a lot of praise for this series and after reading it, I feel all the praise was well deserved and true praise! It’s an absolute must-read for all fantasy lovers. I’m desperately waiting for the next book in the series now!
- The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
A novella consisting of 5 short stories preceding the events of the Throne of Glass series.
Another amazing set of books by Ms Maas and reading the prequel piqued my interest even more after hearing a lot about this series. A friend suggested that I should start the Throne of Glass series from the prequel and that’s just what I did. I’m planning on going in a full detailed review of it soon!
- Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
A novella, which is a collection of short stories revolving around the series of Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. It peaks into the lives of Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter, in the present or in the past. There are about 9 stories from various perspectives in this novella. I enjoyed a few of the short stories, particularly those which were about the main characters of the series, like the story about the epilogue. It’s a novella which, in my opinion, will only make sense if you have read the entire main series.
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass
One of the best books I read this year, Throne of Glass is a book about an orphan who is trained as an assassin who gets caught and sentenced to a brutal slave camp for a year, only to be rescued to compete for the title of King’s Champion, which is the only way to her freedom. The book introduces Celaena Sardothien and takes us through her quest for her ultimate freedom.
I absolutely loved this book from the first page to the end of it and I could hardly stay away from it in the moments I couldn’t read it. It’s a wonderful start to a great series for fantasy and young adult genre lovers.
- Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Mass
The second book in the ToG series and even better than the first book. The adventures and excitement from the previous book continues with new characters being introduced and a even more intricate a beautiful story being continued!
- Heir of Fire By Sarah J Maas
This book of the ToG series had some startling revelations and even better characters added to the series. Some characters changed and grew since the last two books. This book and its sequel were my most favourites in this series. I would prefer doing a good review post on them than explaining them here!
- After You by Jojo Moyes
I took a break from my fantasy reads to finish this contemporary book I had started somewhere in July and left it because it didn’t interest me as much as it’s prequel. After You is a sequel to the very popular Me Before You novel. I loved it’s prequel (and hated it’s movie :P) but this book failed to interest me as such, even after the second attempt I gave it. I feel the story should have been left alone after the first book ended, with a happy end to it.
- Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
I went back to the fantasy world of Celaena and the others and as I said before, this is one of my favourite books of the series. Having about 89 chapters, the book should ideally take ages to finish, but I can proudly say that I took me about 4 days to finish it (yay me!). It’s a very very beautifully written piece of work.
A small note : This post is a first in the 2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
This post is also featured in Monthly Wrap-up Round-up by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Month in Review by Book Date