Friday, April 17, 2015

Post Reading: The Liar - Nora Roberts

The Liar Nora Roberts Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Liar
Author: Nora Roberts
Published:  April 16th 2015 by Piatkus 
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When her husband Richard dies in a freak accident, Shelby Pomeroy is devastated. But his death reveals a horrible truth - Richard was a liar and a cheat. Now Shelby is left with the consequences - huge, terrifying debts and mounting proof that her late husband betrayed her in every conceivable way.

Heart-broken but unbowed, Shelby is determined to fix her problems - if only for the sake of her gorgeous little daughter Callie. Returning home to Tennessee and the family she thought she'd lost for ever, she discovers a new sense of strength and freedom. And hope, too, in the handsome form of carpenter Griffin Lott - a straight-dealing man who couldn't lie to her if he tried.

But not everyone is thrilled to see Shelby Pomeroy back in town. And when a shocking act of violence is traced back to Richard's shady business, it becomes clear that she is not safe from him, even in death. With her life in danger, Shelby must face the lies of the past - or lose everything.
THE REVIEW

The Liar follows the story of a pretty and talented lead singer,Shelby Anne Pomeroy in a small town band. When Shelby meets the charming Richard Foxworth, she falls hard and fast in love with him. Smitten Shelby leaves Rendezvous Ridge, TN for Richard and his promises of love. 


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Post Reading: Clash of Iron - Angus Watson

Book Review - Clash of Iron - Angus Watson

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Clash of Iron 
Author: Angus Watson
Series: Iron Age #2
Published: April 14th 2015 by Orbit
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LEADERS ARE FORGED IN THE FIRES OF WAR

Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they must defend it.

A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to defend their home, the British tribes go to battle with each other -- and see Maidun as an easy target.

Meanwhile, Lowa's spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited British druids. And Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome's charismatic general, Julius Caesar.

War is coming. Who will pay its price?
THE REVIEW

Stating that Britain in the Iron Ages was not quite the best place to be would be a gross understatement. The threat of the fast growing Roman empire and the brutally legendary Caesar was imminent and worried even the greatest of warriors.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Currently: Chapter 3 of 12


WHAT I DID

Aside from some much awaited changes in my shift/job role at work and the #GuiltFreeReads collaboration with Jules, Sydney & Mishma, the other thing that took over my life was my project proposal. Crazy does not begin to describe it.

4 times. That's how many times I changed by project topic. I kid you not.

Have I ever told you that I can be quite indecisive? I detest the finality of making decisions and settling on one topic was damned near impossible. HOW DO PEOPLE EVEN DO IT. After WEEKS of indecisiveness and hesitation, I had pull an all-nighter to write the actual project. And I even made it on time for the submission. ;)

After that like every other normal 20 something, I reveled in the taste of that sweet liberation. And by reveled of course, I meant that I marathon-ed the heck out of my favorite TV shows in bed. I also watched Cinderella and I did love it but mostly I think it was the nostalgia and the dress-envy (So MANY gorgeous dresses) speaking. 

Post-Project-Proposal celebration also included ordering myself some EPIC books for my upcoming birthday (BEST PART OF BIRTHDAYS - ALL THE BOOKS). I will be saying goodbye to 21 and that makes me not-so-happy. But as I've been reminded multiple times I get to finally sing Taylor Swift's 22 and eat LOTS of cheesecake.


It's miserable and magical. 
Oh, yeah. 
Tonight's the night when we forget about the deadlines.

Here's to hoping that my 22 will be magical (I'm going to conveniently ignore that miserable part) because I've already gotten the forget about the deadlines part down to perfection!

WHAT I BLOGGED

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Taking the guilty out of guilty pleasure reads

Taking the guilty out of guilty pleasure reads Discussion
Melissa Cassera at Tiny Buddha re-defines a “guilty pleasure” as something that ignites and electrifies you in a way that should be totally illegal, but isn’t. She thinks it's should be something you should enjoy every day, with wild abandon. 

I could not agree more.

Today I have three wonderful readers, bloggers and fellow champions of guilty pleasure reads on the blog. Say hello to Jules from Jules Bookshelf, Mishma from Chasing Faerytales and Sydney from A Daring Adventure!
Taking the guilty out of guilty pleasure reads DiscussionNUZAIFA: The notion that somehow certain books are more worthy than others is utterly ridiculous. The idea that one should be ashamed of reading mainstream books that entertain/amuse readers is silly. If the book that you choose to read is one that teaches you a life lesson, takes a position on social issues or if it is an award winning one, that's all well and good.

However, the snobbery about what constitutes literature and what doesn't needs to end. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Post Reading: Hero - Samantha Young


ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Hero
Author: Samantha Young
Published: March 5th 2015 by Piatkus
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Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets,. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again…  
THE REVIEW

The general consensus among the readers of Samantha Young's On Dublin Street series seems to be highly positive. I haven't had the opportunity to find out what the winning formula of this Goodreads Choice Award winning author is so I was pretty excited for Hero.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Currently: Chapter 2 of 12



Dear February,

Chaos. That's what I would use to describe you. 

I'm happy to see you go and yet I'm grateful for you. Does that make sense? It's been a tough month in every aspect and while I'm glad it's over, I'm incredibly grateful for the clarity that you have brought me. I started off this year hoping to live my life intentionally and be completely present in every moment. But a month later and I seem to have forgotten everything that I had hoped to be. But that is alright. 

Lets hope that this new month brings new opportunities and new beginnings that I so badly crave. 

Here's to change, faith and happiness.

Much Love,
Nuzaifa

Currently I'm...

Reading Samantha Young's Hero.
February was all about Celaena Sardothien. I read Sarah J Maas's The Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight and The Assassin's Blade at a stretch and damn, I'm DYING to get my hands on Heir of Fire. Since that is not happening anytime soon, March is going to be about tackling my huge to-read-and-review pile.