CSN Review

25 February 2011

I know that this review is much delayed, as is a lot of stuff I was supposed to post, but hey, I'm catching up! ^_^
 Remember that I reviewed yoga stuff? Apparently I haven't stopped. CSN has SO much yoga stuff, it's pretty much settled that all I'll review will be yoga related.

 Recently, my parents started going to yoga classes at my temple so I asked them to help me review toga mats for them. Theirs seemed so old and worn (they wanted to start a long time ago but hadn't started) And so I bought them these.

  The quality was kind of lacking, because when it was unrolled, it had this deformed shape for a while that later straightened out (way later). The size is larger than I expected and it's great.
Mom: It's so big and comfy........wow! Thanks, I love it!
Dad: Hmm......(examining it critically).....it'll do.

   And if my dad approves, than it's OK.


15 February 2011

I apologize for not posting my Romance in YA Posts as I scheduled, I've encountered some family issues and I won't be able to post for a few days. I'll post all the posts I haven't been posting pronto! I'm soooo sorry!!!!

Review: The Iron Witch

13 February 2011

title: The Iron Witch
author: Karen Mahoney
stars: 3.999
review: by kirthi
summary: goodreads
pages: 289
ages: 13 and up

Freak. That's what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna's own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.

My thoughts:

    First off: INDIAN CHARACTER!!! Woooooooo! I was so surprised when I noticed that: Navin Sharma. See, it's always Caucasians and then maybe an African or Asian, but never an Indian! Ohmygosh, I'm grateful for that part ^_^
  And so now to the story. I still don't understand what's going on, but maybe that's because The Iron Witch is the first book in a series (trilogy?). The whole book seemed kind of slow to me, but the topic was very interesting (thus the good rating) I was really curious about the tattoo part, the alchemists and machinery. It's a curious combination.
   What I did notice that was lacking, and seemingly insignificant, was a character description, based on physical appearance. There were a few tidbits, but not so much to get a clear image. You know, something like, "And his dark tumbling hair flew like a hurricane in the treacherous winds, and his dark lean body tossed like a rag doll" (yes, I made that up purely from my artistic talent ^_^) Basically, The Iron Witch was a bone with small bits of meat on it, a whimsy skeleton. The topic was one that made me keep reading. The Iron Witch is a promising, if somewhat lacking, start to what I hope will be an amazing series (trilogy?)

RiYA: YA Romance Cliches

11 February 2011

Lately, I've been dissatisfied with the YA novels I read. You probably noticed all my reviews reflect that! So I'm here to discuss (list) the common cliches on YA!

  • Teens who are vegetarian
  • Parents you are teachers, writers, or historians
  • the words "coffee" "cafe" "cappuccino" pop up
  • shy, withdraw characters taking refuge with kind compassionate teachers in the art room
  • Fingernail biting
  • Characters who chew on their lip or tongue in times of stress – usually until they taste blood
  • The popular boy dating the dorky heroine
  • the heroine describes her looks by examining herself in the mirror
  • Younger siblings who are geniuses, adored by everyone
  • The mean-spirited cheerleader (and her gang) as the story’s antagonist
  • The best friend who gets all the guys but doesn't want them
  • hero or heroine is a tortured artist, usually plays guitars
  • Vampires
  • the mean hot guy who's never been interested in a girl until he meets the heroine
  • The girl moves to a new school and finds a crush on the first day
  • he saves her life once, and she's forever obliged to love him
  • insecure heroines who tell themselves they're not good enough
  • tortured bad boys who don't think they're good enough
  • heroine falling in love with her older sister's boyfriend or older brother's best friend
  • a dead mother or father or sibling
I could keep compiling to the list, but I feel it's unnecessary. I looked up some of these from other blogs that I thank very much (unfortunately, I closed the tabs with their URL's so I can't link them for credit)

  I really hate those books that are focused on just romance. A girl's life doesn't revolve around a guy. And stories like that bug me.
 And what do you think? What are some cliches you hate?

Opposites Attract or Similiars Mesh

 Ah! I was supposed to post this yesterday, but I had family matters to resolve. So I apologize for the wait! Today's question issss:

Opposites Attract or Similars Mesh?

Opposites attract definitely. Being the same as someone else in anything that I do personally is just boring. My boyfriend tells me that I disagree with him just to disagree and although I usually would disagree with that - it's probably true (please don't tell him that though ;) ). I can't stand to read about two people that love reading all about cars and playing car video games and who also both love mint and cherry ice cream...its boring. Like some of the same stuff but how are you ever going to expand your horizons if you hang around with carbon copies of yourself?

The Golden Eagle:
Both. It really depends on the people. It's always kind of romantic when someone finds a soul mate in their opposite or something like that, but I do think, for example, that two quiet people can fit together and that two outspoken people can have a good relationship.

Both? answer a question with a question. People and characters are so complex.

RiYA :Giveaway: Swoon at your Own Risk

09 February 2011

Today, I'm giving away an ARC of Swoon At Your Own Risk by Sydney Salter.

You’d think Polly Martin would have all the answers when it comes to love—after all, her grandmother is the famous syndicated advice columnist Miss Swoon. But after a junior year full of dating disasters, Polly has sworn off boys. This summer, she’s going to focus on herself for once. So Polly is happy when she finds out Grandma is moving in—think of all the great advice she’ll get.
            But Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy sexagenarian! How can Polly stop herself from falling for Xander Cooper, the suddenly-hot skateboarder who keeps showing up while she’s working at Wild Waves water park, when Grandma is picking up guys at the bookstore and flirting with the dishwasher repairman?           
No advice column can prepare Polly for what happens when she goes on a group camping trip with three too many ex-boyfriends and the tempting Xander. Polly is forced to face her feelings and figure out if she can be in love—and still be herself.

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RiYA: Ideal YA Couple Relationship (bloggers responses)

08 February 2011

As part of the Romance in YA Blog Event, I've asked bloggers to respond to this question:

For you, what is the ideal YA couple relationship?
And so, my blogger friends have responded thus:


YA relationships for me are a tricky combination. Most of the time a young girl seems to believe she is in love with her soul mate and would die if he ever left her...although this may be true in most cases of teenage girls in real life, reading about it constantly starts to really grate on my nerves because of the obvious lack of maturity. For me a YA relationship has to based around a friendship first an foremost. Yeah if they fall in love thats really sweet but sixteen year olds finding their soul mates is a bit too far-fetched for me.

The Golden Eagle from The Eagle's Aerial Perspective

A couple who understands each other. One person shouldn't be overprotective, the other shouldn't need to hang on to the other desperately to survive, and they should be able to have a lot of fun when they're around each other. The occasional argument is fine, too, since it's pretty impossible for two people to get along all the time.

Liz from Cleverly Inked

I have not read one yet. One Day I am sure I will. That doesn't mean I don't fall in love with the characters. As for what I think is Ideal well I'm not a writer so I couldn't even imagine. I do have my own Ideal romance. :) It's my hubby
And you, what is your ideal YA relationship?

RiYA: Review of Mad Love

07 February 2011

My affiliate, Precious and I, are hosting the Romance in YA Blog Event full of giveaways, blogger and author interviews and reviews and fun discussions. I hope you all enjoy participating!

title: Mad Love
author: Suzanne Seflors
stars: 4.5
review by kirthi
summary from goodreads
pages: 323
recommended: 12 +

When you're the daughter of the bestselling Queen of Romance, life should be pretty good. But 16-year-old Alice Amorous has been living a lie ever since her mother was secretly hospitalized for mental illness. After putting on a brave front for months, time is running out. The next book is overdue, and the Queen can't write it. Alice needs a story for her mother—and she needs one fast.
That's when she meets Errol, a strange boy who claims to be Cupid, who insists that Alice write about the greatest love story in history: his tragic relationship with Psyche. As Alice begins to hear Errol's voice in her head and see things she can't explain, she must face the truth—that she's either inherited her mother's madness, or Errol is for real.
My thoughts:
  The beginning was a little slow and...ordinary. But as I read deeper, I was just like Alice, who wanted more than anything to hear (in my case, read) more of the story. If, at first, it was lacking, then Suzanne made up for it in the unforgettable ending. Really, I'm glad that I could read such a good book after the disappointments I've encountered. My hero SUZANNE SELFORS!!! Her other two books, Coffeehouse Angel and Saving Juliet were amazing as well and they're all very unique, picking topics that are far from being cliche.

  • gripping story (the one that Errol tells)
  • the feeling of "what's going to happen?" and the feeling of wonder
  • distinct characters that leave an impact
  • not the boring, same romance story
  • so sad while staying...childishly good
  • Slow beggening
  • a sort of hanging ending that makes me wish for a sequel even though the book would be ideal as a singular book without a sequel.
 I highly recommend this book ^_^

Review: Fallen Grace

06 February 2011

title: Fallen Grace
author: Mary Hooper
stars: 3
review by kirthi (ARC)
summary from Goodreads
pages: 320

Grace Parkes has just had to do a terrible thing. Having given birth to an illegitimate child, she has travelled to the famed Brookwood Cemetery to place her small infant's body in a rich lady's coffin. Following the advice of a kindly midwife, this is the only way that Grace can think of to give something at least to the little baby who died at birth, and to avoid the ignominy of a pauper's grave. Distraught and weeping, Grace meets two people at the cemetery: Mrs Emmeline Unwin and Mr James Solent. These two characters will have a profound affect upon Grace's life. But Grace doesn't know that yet. For now, she has to suppress her grief and get on with the business of living: scraping together enough pennies selling watercress for rent and food; looking after her older sister, who is incapable of caring for herself; thwarting the manipulative and conscience-free Unwin family, who are as capable of running a lucrative funeral business as they are of defrauding a young woman of her fortune. A stunning evocation of life in Victorian London, with vivid and accurate depictions, ranging from the deprivation that the truly poor suffered to the unthinking luxuries enjoyed by the rich: all bound up with a pacy and thrilling plot, as Grace races to unravel the fraud about to be perpetrated against her and her sister
My thoughts:
 This book was...a good past-time read. I didn't find it as entertaining as I had hoped. The story could've been more developed and the characters were obscure and disappointing. In the end, I didn't really enjoy this book.

  • very evil fraud that kept me reading
  • undeveloped characters
  • novel is overall short and lacking in details
  • a little confusing in the order of events.

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