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Happy New Year 2016!!

 

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Amethyst, Garnet and Sapphire wish you all a very Happy New Year!! Cheers!

 


Top Ten Tuesday #5: Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At Our Lunch Tables

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 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Sapphire’s Picks

This week’s meme is a back to school thing. While school wasn’t the most happy part of my life, this was a tough one to think about because there are so many fun characters! Who hasn’t daydreamed about being friends with a few? My dream team is a mix of characters of different ages, roughly 12-17. And, of course the number exceeds ten.

Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Tyson, Leo Valdez and Grover from the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan. The table is already interesting with this variety!

Ron Weasly, Fred and George, Hermoine Granger, Luna Lovegood and Harry Potter from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. Percy and Harry are the prophecy boys, I’m sure they’d have a lot to talk about. Annabeth and Hermoine – one of a kind; the rest of them together, cooking up things, can either be the most fun/dangerous group on the planet or somebody’s nightmare!

Josephine ‘Jo’ March from the Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott. I love her.

Jerusha ‘Judy’ Abbott from Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. Judy and Jo would spend hours talking, both being writers. Books and Fun = Great Times. They would also be initiated into the modern world by the rest of the group and wouldn’t the interactions be unique?

Lyra Belacqua with Pantalaimon from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. Giving her company,

George with Timmy of The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. Both are tomboys who love to explore and get into trouble, not to mention Pan and Timmy would have their own fun.

With plenty of hilarity thrown in, the conversations would last years!

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Garnet’s Picks

School was a long time ago, but there sure as hell are characters I want at my lunch table. These characters would not only be fun and make my life interesting, but they’ll also be really good friends. Of course the list will exceed 10 characters because there are just too many characters out there you want to be friend’s with.

Like Sapphire, Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Tyson, Leo Valdez and Grover from the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan make my list too. They are some of the most amazing and fun characters.

Again similar to Sapphire, Ron Weasly, Fred and George, Hermoine Granger and Harry Potter from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling make it to my list. Ron’s awkwardness, Fred and George’s naughtiness, Hermione’s clever and intelligent nature and of course Harry’s strength and loyalty will make some of the most commendable friends. And I’m sure Annabeth and Hermione will probably be the best of friends. And Leo along with Fred and George will be a laughing riot at the table. Life won’t be boring at all with them.

 Jacqueline and Lucas from Easy by Tammara Webber. I love them both. I might have to deal with some PDA, but that’s alright, because they’ll make great friends. Lucas’s strength of  character and Jacqueline’s strive to be a better person is inspiring.

Eli, Kennedy and Ember from the Darkness series by Stacey Marie Brown. Both Eli and Ember are totally kick-ass and Kennedy will be the one keeping the calm, mediating between all the chaos that will ensue at the table with Eli and Ember sitting together.

Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. St. Clair is fun, witty and… Wait for it! A BRIT. With his sexy accent and charming, boy-next-door looks he would be the center of my attention. I’ll leave out Anna just because I want St. Clair for myself.

Morpheus from Splintered by A.G. Howard. Because every group needs a bad boy or two. He is sly and he is sexy and absolutely yummy.

I can undoubtedly scrounge up a few more, but I doubt there’ll be space enough for more. With such a diverse group fun time is guaranteed.

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Amethyst’s Picks

I am really not the one who looks at the past or welcomes nostalgia, but this theme definitely revives some good old memories. Some of the characters I want at my lunch table bear some cool similarities to the friends I actually had during school days. While some characters I just wished would be there, because it would be just awesome. The names go beyond ten, but it can’t be helped. Here it goes:

Very much like my fellow authors, Ronald Weasley from Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling  was the first character that came to my mind. Accompanying him would be Fred and George Weasley, Hermoine Granger, Harry Potter, Neville Longbottom and Seamus Finnigan, all from the same series. Simply because they make an interesting bunch! And the ensuing conversations would definitely be cool.

Again, I would have to agree with Sapphire and Garnet for the next bunch of characters. On the same table, I would want Annabeth ChasePercy Jackson, Grover Underwood, Thalia, Tyson and maybe Ella, and Leo Valdez, from the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus Series. They are another group of fun people.

I would love to see a few characters interacting among themselves. Such as Leo Valdez with Seamus Finnigan (they would blow anything up!) , Hermoine with Annabeth (amazing minds these two), Neville with Tyson (worth watching), Thalia with Ron (Ron’s expressions would be hilarious!) and so on. Joining this conversation would be a treat.

Apart from these, I would like to include Grimalkin from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey Series. The sense of humour portrayed by Grimalkin, along with the dry wit would be an interesting addition. I would also want Ash and Robin Goodfellow from the same series. The trio would constantly nag each other into lively discussions.

Lastly, Adam, Cee Cee and Jesse from The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot. Adam because he is fun, Cee Cee makes a great friend and Jesse, well, a sexy, sarcastic and sweet ghost is a must!

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Top Ten Tuesday #4: Books We Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hey guys, we just have 7 picks this time.

Sapphire’s Picks

The Complete Adventures of Tintin by Hergé

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

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Garnet’s Picks

Warrior (The Dragon King Chronicles #2) by Ellen Oh

Othersphere (Otherkin #3) by Nina Berry

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Amethyst’s Picks

Percy Jackson and The Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan

The Sons of the Sheik (The Sheik Saga #2) by E.M. Hull

Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5) by Julie Kagawa

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Mid Year Book Freakout 2014

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 We just found out about the Mid Year Book Freakout questionnaire, thought it would be a superb idea to showcase some good reads from this year. Yes, it’s the almost the end of August and technically not mid-year, but, who cares?

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2014.

Amethyst – Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews.

Garnet – Same as Amethyst. Magic Breaks was the best thing that ever happened to me this year.

Sapphire – The City by Dean Koontz

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2014.

Amethyst – Shield Of Winter by Nalini Singh and Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews. Nalini Singh winds a new story into the Psy-changeling series, and she does it exceedingly well! On the other hand, Kate Daniel Series, just gets better and better.

Garnet – Once again I’ll have to agree with Amethyst. Shield of Winter and Magic Breaks were THE MOST AMAZING books of this year.

Sapphire – I haven’t read a great sequel so far this year.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Amethyst – Half A King by Joe Abercrombie.

Garnet – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I loved Anna and Lola, so I’m looking forward to Isla now.

Sapphire – The Wolf: A Novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra and Magic Breaks.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Amethyst – The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan. Its the end of the series, and I just can’t wait.
Archangel’s Shadow by Nalini Singh. The story about Ash and Janvier, Yay!

Garnet – Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young. Even though Hannah’s book was a disappointment, Cole was one of the best things about the book. Now I’m REALLY excited for his story.

Sapphire – The Retribution Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins. It’s been a long wait.

5. Biggest disappointment.

Amethyst – Fall From India Place by Samantha Young. This book was messed up. Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla. I couldn’t even finish it. The protagonist failed to hold my interest.

Garnet – Twisted by Emma Chase. I was really impressed by Tangled and enjoyed it too. But Tamed was a big disappointment. Fall From India Place by Samantha Young was totally unexpected. I didn’t even like the main characters much.

Sapphire – The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth, especially Books 2&3.

6. Biggest surprise.

Amethyst – Up From The Grave by Jeaniene Frost. There were few revelations and some actions in the book which were totally unexpected.

Garnet – Take by Ella Frank. It was an amazing book, but everything that happened in the book surprised me.

Sapphire – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: I have never read a book like this one, it’s so different. Fascinating and disturbing at the same time. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: I’m still not sure what to make of this book.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Amethyst – Mark Lawrence. I have read just one book by him. I am eager to read another one. Going good so far.

Garnet – Suzanne Wright. I read her book Feral Sins just a couple of days ago and I loved it. The female protagonist was witty, sarcastic and funny and it was a really well written book.

Sapphire – No one at the moment.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Amethyst – No serious crush, but I liked Vasik and Aden from Shield Of Winter by Nalini Singh.

Garnet – Kaleb Krycheck from Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh. There was no way I wouldn’t have loved him. He was sinister-ly amazing. I fell in love with Curran all over again in Magic Breaks too.

Sapphire – Again, no one.

9. Newest favourite character.

Amethyst – Jorg from Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. The guy was SMART.

Garnet – Julie Stanton from A Lesson in Temptation by Audra North. She was an amazing character. After being bullied in high school, she make a conscious effort to get out from under that pain. She makes it a point to be happy and do new things and live life on her own terms. Which for me was inspiring.

Sapphire – Mr. Yoshioka and Amalia from The City by Dean Koontz, amazing characters. Seven and Adam from The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore.

10. Book that made you cry.

Amethyst – Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews. One hell of a ride, this one.

Garnet – Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wylde. And it was not because the book was great. It was because the book was so irritating and angered me so much I wanted to tear my hair out.

Sapphire – The Help by Katherine Stockett and The City by Dean Koontz.

11. Book that made you happy.

Amethyst – Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop. I was amused, and chuckling throughout.

Garnet – I started reading the Percy Jackson series this year and it made me really really happy. It was fun and hilarious and just plain AH-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Sapphire – Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan, it’s Hilarious!

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 

Amethyst – The Help (2011)

Garnet – I got nothing. I haven’t seen any book to movie adaptations this year.

Sapphire – Haven’t seen a book to film adaptation yet.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

Amethyst – Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin

Garnet – Moonstone Obsession by Elizabeth Ellen Carter

Sapphire – The Help by Katherine Stockett and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

Amethyst – Prince Of Thorns by Mark Lawrence.

Garnet – Ironically enough These Broken Stars. Even though I didn’t much like the book, it is also the most beautiful book I own.

Sapphire – Broken Elements by Mia Marshall and Talus And The Frozen King by Graham Edwards.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Amethyst – Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews, since Ilona and Gordon Andrews are my favourite authors, and they are marvellous at what they do. Prince Of Fools by Mark Lawrence and Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

Garnet – Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost. I have to know how Jeaniene Frost will deal with the NA genre.

Sapphire – The Retribution of Mara Dyer simply for how long it has taken, The Blood Of Olympus and A Passage To India by E.M.Forster.


Top Ten Tuesday #3: Books Most Recommended To Us

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Garnet’s Picks

 angelfall  naked werewolf 1  storm's heart

Amethyst’s Picks

tangled   little women   Odd_Thomas (1)  girl dragon tattoo

Sapphire’s Picks

eragon  dorian grey  magic bites


Top Ten Tuesday #2: To Read or Not To Read

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Amethyst’s Picks

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Fireborn by Keri Arthur

Keri Arthur has made her name, but I haven’t read any of her works yet. The synopsis for this book sounds interesting and I have always been curious about Phoenixes as such. I am hesitant to pick up this novel though, because of my expectations (with both the author and the concept).

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Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer

A book highly recommended by a fellow reader. But I remember another work I read by the author, which left me slightly confused regarding my emotions at the end. So I hesitate to read another one.

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The Winter King  by C.L. Wilson

The previous series was really good but a few negative events just sunk in deep. So while I would love to read another fantastic story from the author, I almost dread the ride she might take me on.

dracula

Dracula by Bram Stoker

After reading so much on vampires through fantasy novels, reading this classic is an obvious wish. But, I am currently sporting a big aversion from reading anything vampire related. Therefore, I am not sure if I should pick it up or not.

Garnet’s Picks

 

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Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Even though I’ve read Dark Witch, I’m not so sure about Shadow Spell. There were a lot of similarities in Dark Witch with Nora Roberts’ other works, which has me hesitant to pick up Shadow Spell.

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Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland

I’ve been recommended this book numerous times and I’ve tried reading it once or twice too, but I could never get into it. Now I’m not sure if I want to try to read it again.

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Reaper’s Legacy by Joanna Wylde

I didn’t much like the first book, Reaper’s Property, so I’m not sure if I want to give this series another try.

Sapphire’s Picks

 

 moby dick

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

gone with the wind

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

All three have been sitting in my shelf for the past few years and I’m not even sure why I bought Moby-Dick. I’ve picked up Gone With The Wind about 3-4 times, and have never gone beyond the first 20 pages. Notre-Dame has always fascinated me, but the French and the heavy writing means I haven’t moved beyond a few pages. Though I do hope I can finish it someday. As you may have noticed, all three have also been picked because of their sizes!


Top Ten Tuesday #1: Books We Recommend to People Who Haven’t Read Fantasy

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hp1 A top favourite and an unanimous choice, Harry Potter is a must read for all ages.

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Another hot favourite, Percy Jackson is also a must read for those who are delving into fantasy.

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Kate Daniels series is set in an amazing world and thoroughly enjoyable.

Sapphire’s Picks

his dark materials

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

coraline

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Amethyst’s Picks

written in red

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

iron king

The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

Garnet’s Picks

on the edge

The Edge series by Ilona Andrews

mercy thompson

Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

splintered

Splintered series by A.G. Howard. A take on Alice in Wonderland.