Monday, 21 August 2017

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

*** Please note, there will be a few minor spoilers in this post for the Throne of Glass series. ***



1. Name a popular book/series that you didn't like: AND I DARKEN ~ Kiersten White

I just couldn't get into this book, couldn't bring myself to care about the characters. I was just bored during the whole read.




2. Name a book/series that you love but others hate: THE FIFTH WAVE ~ Rick Yancey

I absolutely loved everything about this series, it had everything I want in an YA novel. And remember, dystopia is not my favourite genre to read, so the fact that I adored this series is saying a LOT! When I recalled hearing about how a lot of readers hated this series, I wondered if I'd heard wrong, asked myself whether it was another series they were talking about...




3. A popular 'ship' you're not on board with: CHAOL & CELEANA from Throne of Glass Series ~ Sarah J. Maas

Maybe it's because I liked the other love interest better for our beautiful but deadly assassin Celeana, or because I just didn't like Chaol as a character, but I just didn't get on board with this ship AT ALL.




4. Name a popular genre you don't like/reach for: SPACE OPERA

Not much to say here. Just not into anything to do with being in outer space, which I assume is what this genre is about? Right?





5. Name a popular character you didn't like: CHAOL - THRONE OF GLASS SERIES ~ Sarah J Maas & SEBASTIAN - MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES ~ Cassandra Clare

a) As mentioned above, I didn't like Chaol as a character, even from the beginning of the first book ~ I thought he was rather dull actually, and even though he's supposed to be in his early twenties, I couldn't help but picture a middle aged man whenever I read from his POV. And then in later books, he didn't help himself by behaving the way he did, and I disliked him even more. Sorry Chaol fans!

b) As for Sebastian from the Mortal Instruments series... I know a lot of Shadowhunter fans really like his character and think that he's a great villain, but I'm afraid I didn't like him at all, as a character or as a villain. I'm one of those readers that appreciates a good antagonist, but I didn't think Sebastian was that great. 





6. Name a popular author you can't get into: ???

Can't think of an author for this category. Perhaps because I don't try, or haven't had the chance to try, other books by an author I couldn't get into when I first read them?

There is one author that comes to mind though, but I don't think they're traditionally published or a bestselling author, so perhaps not relevant to this question as it's asking about popular authors that I can't get into... Anyway, the author is Odette C. Bell. I downloaded a bunch of her free books ~ all series openers that had amazingly pretty covers ~ but none of them could hold on to my interest or attention beyond the first chapters.





7. A popular trope you're bored of: MAIN CHARACTER IS IN/FROM FOSTER CAREMARRIED MAN HAS AFFAIR BECAUSE HIS WIFE GIVES HIM TROUBLE AT HOME/ROCKY MARRIAGE

a) I know some might think me insensitive that I don't like the foster care background, and I'm sorry if this offends anyone, because it is an important issue to be aware of. There are indeed too many books where the main character is from a traditional nuclear family, or if they've lost their parents, they live with loving/not so loving relatives.

The thing is though, I've read quite a few books where the main character is out of foster care and the narrative just seems so similar, the characters' personalities almost identical. It might be that these similar traits can be attributed to the fact that they'd grown up in care, but I'm just bored of this. Sorry. Hey, this is an 'unpopular opinions book tag', after all :)

b) A long-term bookish pet peeve of mine: every book I've read where the man cheats on his wife, the wife is portrayed as a nag, bossy, or just all-round bad wife. Or the marriage is on the rocks. Every book with an extra-marital affair!

This isn't specific to books. Films do it, too. And I'm just fed up and bored of this. Every book I've read in the last few years where a married man has an affair with another woman ~ and I'm not talking about one-night stands, but an actual affair; you know, sneaking around, meeting in hotels, secret texts and calls etc. ~ it is when the wife is bossy or nagging or doesn't understand or appreciate him. Basically, the marriage is on the rocks or heading there, and so the husband seeks solace in another woman's arms.

I guess authors do this so that the readers don't hate the male lead too much, so they sympathise with him even when he's doing something very wrong ~ "Can you blame him? His wife was horrible to him!" ~ but does it have to be like that in every book where there's an affair?

I'm sure there are one or two books where a husband or a wife stumbles into an extra-marital affair even when they are quite happily married to a loving spouse ~ and I'm sure it happens in real life, too ~ but I just haven't read one like that.




8. Name a popular series you have no plans to read: GAME OF THRONES  ~ George R.R. Martin


No interest whatsoever in reading these books, and not because I watch the TV show. No, don't watch the show, though my husband's a big fan. I tried. I really did. But after two episodes, I had no desire to watch anymore. Perhaps I'd bigged it up too much in my head because of the hype and how everyone at work loved it. I just couldn't get into it. Don't shoot me. 




9. Name a book-to-film adaptation that was better than the book: HUNGER GAMES  ~ Suzanne Collins

I'd read the books first, and I enjoyed them. I didn't love them, but the fact that I finished the trilogy, when dystopia isn't a go-to genre for me, when I read these books at a time when I hardly gave dystopian reads a go, it was saying something about the books. No wonder it got adapted into great films.

And the films are great! I loved them. Even though I knew what would happen, which always reduces my enjoyment of films and books, I loved everything about the films. I liked Katniss in the films, whereas I'd sort of almost kinda hated her in the books. And the music, the soundtracks to the films, so good. It's probably the only adaptation I liked more than the books. Although, I thought the Gone Girl film (book by Gillian Flynn) was very close to being as good as the book.


Thank you for reading this post. If you're interested in my debut novel, click the image below to learn more about it:




Like all my other books, it's also available on:
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Book Details

Length: 110,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Romantic Drama / Women’s Fiction

Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Coming of Age / Dark
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers

Recommended for: Readers that enjoy romance novels with serious issues and characters with depth. This is a story about life, love, friendship, family, music, art, destiny and soul mates.


And the first two books in my teen urban fantasy/YA paranormal romance series, the Poison Blood series, can be downloaded for free via:

Amazon US|  Amazon UK|   iBooks US UK   |   B&N Nook Store   |   Smashwords





PB1 Book Details

Length: 29,000 words
GenreYA Paranormal Romance / Teen Vampire Romance / Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy / Teen & YA Urban Fantasy / Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy / Supernatural Romance / Fantasy Romance
Mood: Dark / Humorous / Coming of age
Content: No violence / No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: Teen / Young Adult / New Adult / Adult

Recommended for: Readers that love all things vampires, slayers and witches!



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Monday, 14 August 2017

10 Things About Me & My Books You Might Not Know

So here they are:

1. I hadn't planned for the male protagonist in Chasing Pavements (Soulmates Saga, Book 1) to be named Jamie. I just couldn't think of the right name for this character when I'd started writing it, so I settled for Jamie until I came up with something better. The name Jamie seemed to be everywhere I looked. It was the name of a character in a book I'd read recently, and the previous occupant of the flat I'd just moved into was called Jamie and letters addressed to him kept flying through my letterbox.

In the end, I couldn't think of a new name for my male lead character. Somehow, Jamie just seemed like the perfect name for the introverted singer-songwriter. Interestingly, the female character was always going to be named Mukti (it means freedom in Bengali)!


2. Though I can cry very easily ~ over movies, small arguments, sad anecdotes, deaths of people I've never met, poverty appeal ads on TV ~ only two authors have actually managed to move me to tears with their writing:

JK Rowling (the sad Dobby scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Stephenie Meyer via Breaking Dawn (when Edward says, "Goodbye Jacob, my brother... my son" and also The Host (Melanie: "Thank you Wanda. My sister. I will never forget you.").


3. I really don't like writing blurbs for my books. Not because I can't, but because I don't like to give too much away about what happens in the story. I want the readers to discover everything at the same time as the characters do. Personally, I prefer not to know anything about the plot of a book before I read it. However, I know many people like to know what they're getting themselves into, so I reluctantly accept the process of writing blurbs as a necessary evil :)

Nonetheless, I didn't enjoy composing the blurb for my latest contemporary romance novel, If I Say Yes (Love & Alternatives #1)!



4. I get really nervous just before one of my books is about to be released. I convince myself that the book is rubbish and no one will read it, or like it if they do. So you can imagine how I felt last October when Poison Blood, Books 3 and 4 were released on Halloween. More so, because I had so many readers of the series openers getting in touch with me about how much they were looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Once the book is out however, the nervousness recedes and I feel excited for the readers that will end up reading my books, knowing that I've put my all into every single sentence.


5. Two years before I underwent neurosurgery, before I even knew I had something wrong with my brain, I had a vision of myself in a hospital bed with a bandage around my head alluding to brain surgery. Psychic? Who knows...


6. When I'm writing, I sometimes pretend that I'm being interviewed about the book, and end up talking to myself for a while. It helps me organise my thoughts and ideas when I discuss them out loud. My husband always laughs when he hears me do this :) :)


7. I like to walk everywhere. I don't like getting in a car or taking the underground.


8. I always get ideas for new books when I'm editing a novel. I think that's because my mind wants to refrain from editing.

9. For any books that I don't finish reading (because I didn't like it enough to continue with it, or it was poorly written/edited/proof-read), I don't rate or review them on Goodreads. I know, I know, some would say that I should at least mention that I didn't finish it, or add it to a 'did-not-finish' shelf, just to help other potential readers of the book, but I just can't bring myself to do it. Sorry.


10. Favourite fruit: apples. Favourite vegetable: carrots. I don't like blueberries but mash them up and mix them with cream cheese and it becomes my favourite type of cheesecake.


Thank you for reading this post. If you'd like to check out my books, click on the links below:

Chasing Pavements is book 1 of my contemporary romance series, the Soulmates Saga, available to download from:

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Book Details

Length: 110,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Romantic Drama / Women’s Fiction
Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Coming of Age / Dark
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers
Recommended for: Readers that enjoy romance novels with serious issues and characters with depth. This is a story about life, love, friendship, family, music, art, destiny and soul mates.


And the first two books in my teen urban fantasy/YA paranormal romance series, the Poison Blood series, can be downloaded for free via:

Amazon USAmazon UK|   iBooks US & UK   |   B&N Nook Store   |   Smashwords




PB1 Book Details

Length: 29,000 words
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance / Teen Vampire Romance / Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy / Teen & YA Urban Fantasy / Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy / Supernatural Romance / Fantasy Romance
Mood: Dark / Humorous / Coming of age
Content: No violence / No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: Teen / Young Adult / New Adult / Adult
Recommended for: Readers that love all things vampires, slayers and witches!




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Monday, 7 August 2017

August #BookHaul

My to-read list for August, looks like this:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


My 14-year-old niece has been pestering me for a couple of years now, to read this book. Or at least, read my first Patrick Ness book. So, when I saw this book in my local library and recalled that it had recently been adapted for the big screen, I thought I'd pick it up. Needless to say, both my niece and I are looking forward to me reading this short novella. 

It's categorised as a Young Adult book, but since my niece read it a couple of years ago, I'd say it's probably aimed more towards younger readers, or at least, more suitable for them. "It's best not to know too much about what the book's about," advised my niece when I texted her to let her know I'd borrowed this book. And so, I decided to go into this book with an open mind and little knowledge about what it's about. How I prefer it, anyway!





Seconds Away (Mickey Bolitar #2) by Harlan Coben


This is the second and last book I borrowed from the library this month ~ strangely enough, not many books are catching my eye lately. Back in May, I'd attributed this to my reading slump, but perhaps I've now gone through all the books in the YA and teen section that I wanted to read?

When I picked it up, I didn't know it was the second book in the Mickey Bolitar series, a spin-off series to the Myron Bolitar series, one of my favourite crime thriller series of all time. It wasn't clear on the front or back cover. But I've read the Myron Bolitar series out of order, and I didn't find it too off-putting so we'll see...

Myron Bolitar is a sports agent that also ends up investigating and solving crimes, from murders and missing persons to entrapment of dangerous gangsters. In one of the last couple of books I read in that series, his teenage nephew Mickey was introduced. Therefore, this is most likely Harlan Coben's foray into the YA mystery/thriller genre.


Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas



I downloaded this book ~ which needs no introduction since I've talked a lot about the Throne of Glass series on my blog ~ on my iPhone because I couldn't wait for my library to start stocking it. As it's the fifth book in the series, I can't say much about it, apart from the fact that this series is probably my favourite High Fantasy series of all time. Can't wait to continue the journey with my favourite assassin!














Relentless (Relentless #1) by Karen Lynch


I downloaded this urban fantasy (I think that's the genre; it doesn't sound like High Fantasy!) from the Kindle Store. It's a free series starter about a 17-year-old girl's efforts of unearthing the truth behind her father's brutal murder 10 years ago. She has many secrets and a powerful gift, but her investigation brings her face-to-face with an evil vampire. But it's okay because she meets a warrior intent on protecting her!










The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg



When I downloaded the Kindle App on my iPhone a while back, they gave me the opportunity to download up to 10 Kindle Books for free from a selection of popular titles. This book was one of them. It's about a magician's apprentice who learns how to manipulate paper with magic from a strange yet kind mentor. And when her mentor's life is in danger, she has to try and save him, facing dark and terrible magic.









Dragon Marked (Supernatural Prison #1) by Jaymin Eve



Another one I picked from the Kindle App free offer. I don't read fantasy novels about shifters, but thought I'd give this a try. The cover was pretty and the description was interesting enough. It sounds like a prison break book ~ a couple of wolf shifters thrown into prison to prevent an ancient prophecy from coming true are trying to break out of the supernatural prison that contains all kinds of magical creatures.
















I'll review the books that I manage to finish at the end of the month, so make sure to come back for that!

Thank you for reading this post. If you're interested in my debut novel, click the image below to learn more about it:




Like all my other books, it's also available on:
iBooks   |   B&N Nook   |   Kobo |   Smashwords 


Book Details

Length: 110,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Clean Romance / Diverse Romance / Interracial Romance / Romantic Drama / Women’s Fiction

Mood: Inspirational / Feel Good / Coming of Age / Dark
Content: Sexy but No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: New Adult & College / Adult / Female Readers

Recommended for: Readers that enjoy romance novels with serious issues and characters with depth. This is a story about life, love, friendship, family, music, art, destiny and soul mates.


And the first two books in my teen urban fantasy/YA paranormal romance series, the Poison Blood series, can be downloaded for free via:

Amazon US|  Amazon UK|   iBooks US UK   |   B&N Nook Store   |   Smashwords







PB1 Book Details
Length: 29,000 words
GenreYA Paranormal Romance / Teen Vampire Romance / Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy / Teen & YA Urban Fantasy / Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy / Supernatural Romance / Fantasy Romance
Mood: Dark / Humorous / Coming of age
Content: No violence / No explicit sex scenes / No erotica
Audience: Teen / Young Adult / New Adult / Adult
Recommended for: Readers that love all things related to the Chosen One, vampires, slayers and witches!





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