Blog Tour: Thunderlight by Adrienne Woods

Thunderlight by Adrienne WoodsAbout the Book:

Thunderlight by Adrienne Woods
Series: The Dragonian Series #2
Published November 21st, 2014
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing

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Vibrant, scale swathed wings… Abilities that can be harnessed by a chosen few… Dragons…

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Boots and Wishes by Myla Jackson reviewed by Lisa

Boots and Wishes by Myla JacksonTitle: Boots and Wishes
Series: Ugly Stick Saloon #8
Author: Myla Jackson
Pages: 130
Release Date: December 2nd, 2014
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Source: NetGalley

I received an advanced copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Jackson and Audrey are a newly married couple that has decided that they’re going to try for a baby. Unfortunately after months of trying and the tests coming up negative, Audrey decides that it just isn’t meant to be. Forlorn about not being able to get pregnant, Audrey tells Jackson that maybe it just isn’t meant for them. What she doesn’t say out loud is how much it hurts her that she can’t give him a child.

Jackson would fly to the moon and back for Audrey, would give her anything her heart desired, but the one thing she wants he can’t seem to give her.

Then one day a runaway mother and her newborn baby shows up at the saloon and Audrey’s pain becomes more real as she sees the baby. A baby that she cannot help but become attached to in spite of her own heartache. She helps the mother by offering her a job and such and keeping her safe from whoever is after her.

Set at Christmas time, this short story shows the love between the Audrey and Jackson is very strong and they would do anything to make each other happy. While I hadn’t read the other books in the series it was still easy enough for me to follow along as the story only focuses on one couple.

In the end, I just found it to be okay. I wasn’t exactly blown away by it and it almost came across as slightly cheesy, I hate to say. The writing was a little rushed but I was able to overlook those problems and read the story but in the end it worked out to be a 2 star book for me. I guess if you’re in the mood for something short and with a lot of romance and cheese then you’d be interested in this.

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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could FlyTitle: The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly
Author: Sun-Mi Hwang
Translator: Chi-Young Kim
Illustrator: Nomoco
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 134
Release Date: Nov 13, 2013
Source: Personal Copy

One wonders if Aesop knew how much of good thing he started when he wrote his fables, that years and years later, the idea of animal characters being used as allegory would still be current. Today, most people think of Animal Farm when discussing allegories using animals, but perhaps in later years it will be Animal Farm and the hen Sprout, the heroine of this charming and deeply moving tale.
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A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev reviewed by Lisa

A Bollywood AffairTitle: A Bollywood Affair 
Author: Sonali Dev
Pages: 304
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Kensington
Source: NetGalley

I received an advanced copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Bollywood Affair is hands down one of my favourite adult romances of the year. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from start to finish and even after that I found myself re-reading. Yes. Re-reading. I was on a Samir Rathod high for at least two weeks after I finished. I could not stop thinking about him and the story and the whole beauty of it. Essentially I was more than happy with this whole book.

After becoming a child bride at the tender age of 4, Mili and her husband, Virat, who was 10 at the time have not seen each other since. But Mili has kept their marriage alive by believing that one day her husband will come and make her into a true bride. So for the last twenty years Mili has been intent on improving herself for when that day comes. She was able to talk her grandmother who raised her into allowing her to take the opportunity to attend school in the United States, and thus is where the bulk of the story takes place. In a small town in Michigan, where Mili goes to college classes and works to keep a roof over her head and very little food in her fridge. All for her betterment because what educated military man wouldn’t want a wife who is as educated as he and knows about the world outside of her rural village in India. Samir Rathod, big time bollywood director and younger brother to Virat, will do anything for his big brother after his mother and brother saved his life. So when Virat asks Samir to handle the alleged marriage situation to Mili, Samir doesn’t hesitate. Virat just wants the woman that he loves and has chosen to marry of his own volition to be taken care of in the event that something happens to him while he’s away on duty. And to be perfectly honest with you I had no issues with this. He was a kid when his grandfather forced his mother into having her son married at such a young age and he had no say. Also before their mother took her boys away from the village, she had petitioned for the wedding to be annulled, but again the grandfather intercepted and it was never filed. In Virat’s eyes his wedding to Mili was never a real thing. He loves the wife he has and is not ashamed of it.

So here enters Samir who has a reputation of being a bit of a bad boy and has a way with the ladies.

When he arrives on Mili’s doorstep in America, he figures that she’s this gold-digger who is after his brother’s money and should be easy to deal with seeing she’s expected to be some naïve village girl who wouldn’t even know what hit her, but boy, were the tables turned on him.

Sam was knocked on his ass by this beautiful young woman who is highly intelligent and has this air of innocence and holds close to her traditional upbringing and beliefs. There relationship was just hilarious and cute and so much fun that I found myself smiling so much that my face hurt. Mili mistook Samir for her roommate’s relative who has come to stop the girl from marrying a boy their parents would not approve of and tries her best to keep what little she knows a secret. I died laughing. The case of mistaken identity is handled really well and Mili and Samir are off to a great start even with this lie between the two of them. These two became really good friends in a short time, but there was always this underlying sizzling attraction between the two of them, but Mili would never want to act on them as she believed her marriage to be real and would not want to break her vows.

I loved reading about how the two of these characters came together. It was sweet and funny and very intense because Samir is an intense guy and I couldn’t help myself because it was just so good. And I shipped them so hard. I loved how Mili put up a good and strong fight against her feelings for Samir but in the end it was just meant to be, her and Samir had this thing that just wouldn’t be denied. I’m also glad that they were able to overcome their issues from their past and present and be together. It was all so romantic and thoroughly Bollywood.

I applaud Sonal Dev for a job well done. Her writing is so lush and beautiful and the settings just came alive for me. We keep talking about this need for more diverse books out there and here is one that I highly recommend. While some may think that it would be too out there from their normal reading likes then fear not. Romance readers will be able to appreciate the main theme of the story which is fighting for your love. The cultural differences may seem vastly different for some, but I assure that it isn’t and that it just adds more spice to this colourful, deeply romantic and beautiful story. It also depicts the differences of India in terms of rural living and modern city living and how those two are brought together to make this beauty of a love story. One just needs to be open and willing to learn about the difference culturally. I may be slightly biased in that it is one part of my heritage and something that I am proud of, but I can’t help how I feel and how comforting and familiar it was to read about things that I’ve either experienced or are a part of my life. Minus the hot indian guy that loves me oh so much. Haha. A Bollywood Affair is most definitely that, it is bold and daring and in your face and one that you won’t soon forget. I promise.

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Blog Tour: A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

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Mili Rathod hasn’t seen her husband in twenty years—not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be—if her husband would just come and claim her.

Bollywood’s favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir’s tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she’s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili’s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate’s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.

Heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev’s debut is both a vivid exploration of modern India and a deeply honest story of love, in all its diversity.

Advance Praise for A Bollywood Affair:

“Sonali Dev is a fresh new voice in romance. A child bride who’s all grown up, a sexy Bollywood director, and deeply-felt emotions that will keep readers turning the pages. A Bollywood Affair has it all.” –Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times Bestseller

“Deeply romantic and emotional, with characters I fell in love with, A Bollywood Affair is simply unputdownable. It’s sexy, it’s dramatic, but most of all, it’s a sweet, hot love story that made me sigh and smile and want to read it all over again as soon as I turned the last page.” -Nalini Singh, New York Times Bestseller


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Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and writing, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites.

With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.

Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.

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FicTalk Feature: All Hallow’s Reads – The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

I’ve never been into scary stories and don’t watch horror movies. Nope, I’ve never seen any Saw movie, any Jason or Freddy movie or any of those other franchises which love to make people wet their pants. So at first I wasn’t sure what to contribute towards this feature when Lisa first mentioned it. Then Lisa suggested that I write about my trip to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from this past summer. See, while i don’t watch scary movies, I do love a TV show called Ghost Adventures. Almost every summer my mother and I drive down to South Carolina to spend some time with relatives. We’ve always wanted to stop by something on the way back, but never knew what to do. I had suggested the Asylum, but never thought she would want to be that adventurous and it was about six hours out of our way. As it turned out, Mom was that adventurous and called in sick so we could take an extra day on our trek back home to New York.

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FicTalk Feature: All Hallow’s Reads – Lisa’s Picks

Happy Halloween Everyone! For my post I thought to talk about some of my favourite YA and Adult books that are all scary/creepy good. Some of them are books that I’ve read a couple years ago and have stayed with me and some are books that I’ve recently finished or am currently reading.

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