Saturday, March 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Chronicles from Chateau Moines by Evelyne Holingue (and an apology)

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Welcome to my tour stop for Chronicles from Chateau Moines by Evelyne Holingue. This is a middle-grade historical fiction. The tour runs March 2-13 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule. 

About the Book:

September 1970: Scott’s mother has recently died and his father gets the crazy idea to move his family from California to Normandy. Now Scott has to learn to live without his mom while adjusting to France. In his seventh-grade class there is only Ibrahim who comes from another country. Scott doesn’t even want to play his guitar anymore. Why does his father think that life will be better so far from home?

Scott has no idea that his arrival is also a challenge to Sylvie. While her best friend is excited to have an American boy at school, Sylvie cannot say one word to Scott. She can’t even write good songs in her notebook anymore. Why is life so different since Scott moved to Château Moines?

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War protest era and told from the perspectives of twelve-year-old Scott and Sylvie, this is a story about loss and friendship, music and peace, and also about secrets.

Although this is a work of fiction, the cultural, social, and historical background of the early 1970s in France and the United States inspired the writing. At the end of the book the reader will find a list of the songs, the names of singers, and bands mentioned through the novel as well as some elements about fashion, immigration in France, the Vietnam War, and other cultural, social, and historical facts relevant to the period of time.

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Hi BookWorms!!! Today I was supposed to post the book review on the book as part of blog tour but sudden date changes for college fest and me being selected as one of the event co-ordinator took up all my time and I did not get time to read this one. I am really sorry and want to apologize to both Ms.Holingue and Candace for the delay, and I will really try to read it soon and post the review in 2-3 days. 

About the Author:

evelyne0115I was born and raised in Normandy, France, where I spent most of my childhood reading. 
My first published piece of writing was a poem about a man spending Christmas behind bars. I was eleven years old and wasn’t paid for my work, but I was hooked.
I studied French Literature at the Université de Caen and at the Sorbonne in Paris and worked in a publishing house before moving to California, following my husband.
It was a challenging time in my life as I was leaving my own career, my family, my friends and my beloved Paris behind.  But how could I say no to the dreams of the man I love?
Readers enjoy escaping the familiar for the unknown.  Being a foreigner is discovering the unknown day after day, not only for the time of a book. However, since most things in life come with a silver lining, I credit this move for giving me the opportunity to write. Through my words, I share my affection for my native and adoptive countries that I love equally. 

Two (2) kindle copies of Chronicles from Chateau Moines (INT)
Ends March 18th

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review:Voices, Old & New by Various


Blur:  Voices, Old & New is a fantastic collection of short stories featuring the very best submissions from Indireads’ 2nd Short Story Competition 2014. 

Rating:  4/5

Authors:  Naheed Hassan , Sabahat MuhammadJohn Sequeira , Karthik L.Komal SinghMaria Perry Mohan,Neelesh InamdarRoshan Radhakrishnan , Ruchi SinghSanjay MadhavanShivani ShourieSid BalachandranAda WiamSonia RaoVarsha Pillai,VibaAdiana Ray , Anamika GKAniesha BrahmaDiganta SarkarDola Basu SinghFarida Rahman,Jaspreet Soni

Source: Publisher

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Published January 15th 2015 by Indireads

My Review

Voices, Old & New is a collection of short stories by various Indireads authors.The stories are of different genres and lengths so you never know what you will find as you turn the page and go to the next story.Some of the stories were very well written and left a lasting impression on me.Some of them were too short and over before I had gotten my head around what was going on but overall, I loved the collection and enjoyed the whole book.All the stories stand alone and share no connection with each other.

The genres were Romance, Crime and Mystery, Drama and Paranormal and we had almost six stories in each genre.

Some of the stories like Boomerang under Crime and Mystery made me think of the consequences one's actions have.It had a sinister tone to it and I was spooked yet pleased by how it ended. In The Ballet Lesson under Drama, two sisters find their connection again.Knight in Shining Armour shows us how sometimes fairy tales are left unfinished.

Some of the tales are tragic, some have a happy ending and others are left to the readers imagination but they all have a something in common--they make you think and don't fail to entertain.

If you are looking to experience a myriad of emotions, Voices, Old & New should not be missed!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Come, The Dark (Forever Girl #2) by Rebecca Hamilton

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Publication Date: 6th January 2015
Published by : Immortal Ink Publishing
Pages: 361 (estimated) 
Source: E-Arc.  (Edit: and my own Kindle copy)

Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.

The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.
Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.
A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.
TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.

My Thoughts

I wrote this review back in March 2014 when I received the e-arc. I read this book again yesterday and this time I read the finished copy that I brought after its release. Going back to it almost after a year made me felt like I was reading the story for the first time as I almost forgot the surprising twists and turns it takes, so some of my opinions have changed now. I'll be putting my new opinions in purple along with the original ones. :)

I loved "The Forever Girl" (Review), I enjoyed Ophelia Journey in "Her Sweetest Downfall" (Review) and I was eagerly waiting to have the next book. So when I got a chance to read "Forever Girl#2" before its release I quickly grabbed the opportunity and got an e-ARC. 

I enjoyed Cordovae's Journey. But I didn't had that instant connection with this one like I had with the previous two books. Beginning was gripping and when 'THE EVENT' occurred I was so curious to know what will happen next but then there came in the only minus point Cordovae's reaction, I mean I understand why she was reacting that way but I don't know why I felt it was 'too much'. Only that part was hard for me to get through but as soon as I was 30% into the story, it became more appealing and after few more pages I was so engaged that I didn't put down my kindle till I read the last word. 
This one was again action-packed, in fact, it had the most enthralling events- be it the sparks flying between the love birds or the fight with 'the bad'.    

While reading it second time I felt instant connection with the story and instant pull. This time around I was not irritated by Cordovae's reaction and instead had sympathy for her. I don't know why (I guess it's the miracle of arc edits) but this time I could fully comprehend her mental state and her non-accepting behavior. 

The plot was amazing and the ending Oh My God that was a total surprise. I loved all the characters tough but sweet Tess, Caring Verity and intense n caring William

We also meet few of our favorite characters from book #1 and the way Rebecca Introduced them here I was all like "no!no!no! this can't be" but by the end my reaction was "Phew! Now that is good" ;)      

Like in her previous two books Rebecca has kept a balanced story pace not too slow so that the reader do not get bored and not too fast which might make it difficult to understand. The story is a perfect mix of everything romance, sadness, courage, friendship and betrayal too. 

To the author, I would like to say "Your Imagination is amazing. The world and the creatures that you have created are addicting and I can't wait to get back and live in that imaginative world of yours. :D"

I am happy with the this story took shape and I am going to rate it:

4 out of 5

About the Author

BeccaRebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

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