Author in Spotlight : Olivia Rivers

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!

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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…)

Monthly Reads – September 2016

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 Yoontumblr_inline_o5arsxqqkp1si38xb_1280

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.

  • 51a9kk37ielA 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 Maasblade

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!

  • 25689074Stars 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 Massthrone_of_glass_uk

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_coverCrown 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 Maas72897_original-197x300

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!

  • 9780718183301After 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 Maas79329_original-197x300

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 

Quick Reviews

Here are two books I finally read recently: The Dominion and The Slip of Me. I received them in exchange of an honest review long back in April or May, but with my ever increasing pile of work, I couldn’t find time to sit and write the review 🙁 Here is a quick review of what I thought about the books:

The Dominion by Adarsh Ramesh

Grade : B+

Blurb :

As the beating on the door at Senator Vaughn Fletcher’s chamber intensifies, as the deafening, frightening noise of the law enforcement agents converging on all fours escalates, an unforgiving voice commands Nahiossi Griffiths to make an escape from the gory scene of murder and fly down to Amsterdam. However, oddly the Vice President of the United States, Jamie Edwards, is seemingly volunteering to fly with Nahiossi at La Guardia.
In the midst of a secluded mountain in Berghof, a warrior of the past who proclaims himself as The Führer, forges new alliances and nurtures a legion, of which the ignorant leaders of our structured world are either a part of or the sorry subjects of precariously crafted tweaks in the fabric of their debauched world that impels a gushing wave of chaos.

A government parallel to the White House, born out of hypocrisy and composed of so-called vindictive idealists has allied with the formidable Mafioso to enforce order within and beyond the frail borders that most unfortunately divide the citizens of the world. As their leader, the Wolf howls, his loyal pups unearth the buried, recover the hidden and right the wrongs.

When PiCorp intervenes into the case of Nahiossi Griffiths, the investigation deepens, hidden facts from the past are exhumed and minions from all fronts converge to fight the battle of the unforgiving and the unfathomable.

A blend of action, romance, war, vengeance, lust and a battle for power, this book will take you to the epicenter of what the world might turn into if all hell broke loose. Are you ready to plunge into it?

Review :

Blurb:

The story revolves around 4 friends viz Vikram, Raghu, Joe & Niharika. Vikram bumps into Jessica & love happens. Jessica is notoriously famous for having involved in too many relationships in the past.

Soon after spending good time with Vikram, Jessica break-ups with him.

The story brings out in a beautiful manner how after a break-up there may remain a longing for reunion.

Or in this case is this longing instant?

Will Jessica & Vikram shall reunite? Will the efforts made by Vikram’s friends will bring the two souls together? Or will the efforts of friends shall go in vain?
Or Vikram will find the love where it exists?

Review:

This is a book based romance in teenagers (not exactly Young Adult material though). As the blurb says, it is a story of how a break up leaves a yearning for a meeting with the girl the protagonist loved for one last time. The protagonist Vikram, who is portrayed as a shy and silent character, falls in love with Jessica, who is his Chemistry tuition teacher’s daughter. It portrays friendship and love and how it is interconnected. A simply written book with nice narrations that help in finishing the book quickly and leaves you with a smile.

I would recommend this book for romance lovers. It’s a nice contemporary novel.


Disclaimer : I received these book free from the publisher, LeadStart Media in exchange of an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.  

 

Author in Spotlight : Kasie West

Today’s Author in Spotlight is Kasie West! She is a Young Adult author and has written some great novels like the Pivot Point series and many contemporary books too.

I have read her book called The Fill-in Boyfriend, which was recommended to me by a reader friend, and then I got a chance to feature Ms. West here. Read on…

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Review : Kings or Pawns

Review : Kings or Pawns

By JJ Sherwood. #1 of The Kings 

Grade : A

(There is a giveaway happening below too!)

Blurb : 

The first book in JJ Sherwood’s Steps of Power epic fantasy series. The Kings, Book I: Kings or Pawns is a political intrigue that spirals into an action and adventure series as the final events unfold. Kings or Pawns

8,994 P.E.—The elven city of Elvorium has become corrupted to the core by politics. With his father dead and the Royal Schism at his back, Prince Hairem ascends the throne as king of the elven world on Sevrigel. Young and bold, Hairem is determined to undo the council’s power, but the brutal murders by an assassin loosed within the city threaten to undermine the king’s ambitions.

As corruption and death threaten to tear Elvorium apart from within, the warlord Saebellus threatens the city from without, laying siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem finds himself in a dangerous political balance between peace and all out war.

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