Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins


Book Summary : Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, √Čtienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

My Rating : 4 of 5 stars


My Thoughts : Oh, wow.

In the spirit of the rest of the series, Isla and the happily ever after had manage to deliver a quick, fun and fluffy contemporary lite. This book promises to be the kind of romance that seizes you by the senses and takes you for a colorful grandeur down the street of Manhattan, Paris and Barcelona, with a set of contrast characters that are likable.

I really enjoyed reading Isla and the Happily Ever After, even though at times the romance felt too rushed and hormones took over the plot. Nonetheless, Stephanie Perkins did a great job writing a contemporary young adult romance that explores shades of a relationship in terms of depth.

Isla, who is sort of hopelessly romantic girl, had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh. And what are odds when the guy you have a crush on also have a crush on you? After confronting their feelings, Isla and Josh's budding romance took a slightly rocky turn, and like every other couple they faced ups and downs in this blossoming love affair. Isla wan't as ebullient as Anna or Lola, but she had her own genuine appeal. And Josh, though he lacked the charm of Etiénne or Cricket, he still managed to make his way in my heart.

I can’t deny that there is something adorable about this story, something playful and whimsical and sensual in its story-line. The part where Josh painted on Isla, transforming her into a beautiful portrait with the strokes of his brush, was probably one of my favorite scenes.

“Oh.” My shoulders sag. “You want to draw.”
“Yes. You”
That perks me up. I try to hand me a sketchbook, but he refuses it.
“No,” he says. “I want to draw on you.”

And…
“I open my eyes before a full-length mirror. I’m covered in garden rose, spinning compasses, falling leaves, desert islands, Joshua trees, and intricate geometric patterns. It’s beautiful. I’m beautiful.”

Perkins knows how to capture captivating moments like this, weave them in words and with a magician’s skill, she makes the scenes come alive with perfect execution and intensity, leaving us with a sore heart. It is the best kind of feeling, the thrill of story we feel to the bones.

As final verdict, Isla and Happily Ever After lived up to my expectation, offered me a sort of satisfaction I have been craving for a long time.




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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Blog Tour : Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman + Giveaway (US/Canada)


Book Summary : The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together
they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

SHADOW SCALE is supported by a national marketing and publicity campaign that includes a national author tour, a dedicated series website, and outreach to media outlets. For more information, visit SeraphinaBooks.com.

About The Author : As a child, RACHEL HARTMAN played cello, lip-synched Mozart operas with her sisters, and fostered the deep love of music that inspired much of her award-winning debut novel, Seraphina. Born in Kentucky, Rachel has lived in Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, England, and Japan. She now lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. To learn more, please visit RachelHartmanBooks.com and follow her on Twitter @_rachelhartman.

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