Friday, June 24, 2011

Oh My Gods by Tera Lynn Childs -BookReview

3/5 stars

A modern girl's comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.

When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe's plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That's right, they're real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes—supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they're on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.

 My Thoughts:

Greek Mythology, hot guys, strong female protagonists, whats not to like?
Not to mention a warm-fuzzy-feeling ending.
My favorite kind.

Oh My Gods is a wonderful feel good, chick lit novel, and I really enjoyed reading it.
I loved how some parts of it were totally unpredictable and how some of it made me laugh out loud.
I also really liked how Phoebe wasn't a doe eyed damsel in distress, but was a strong female who was so very passionate about sports[running]!
Everything about her was refreshing from how she liked to wear Tees with quirky sayings, how she read SPORTS MAGAZINES to specially how she didn't at all falter from being who she was, even when pressured otherwise.

   A yummy, light young adult romance, with Greek myth talk, godly powers, a few laughs and some sports [track] thrown into the mix, Oh My Gods is perfect for you if you're in the mood of something light, but not completely fluffy.

This book does have a sequel, but is good enough to stand alone, since there isn't a cliff hanger ending, so its good for all those who don't want to get involved in a series. Though I will be checking out the sequel [Goddess Boot Camp]- Tera Lynn Childs hasn't let me down yet!

The most exciting part is, this was AN ACTUAL HARDCOVER BOOK, that I read (and am reviewing)!
I got it from an Old Book Shop, though its brand new, and ONLY for 70 rupees!
I was so ecstatic while buying it, because good hardcover books are so hard to come by cheap, and sometimes price doesn't even matter since they aren't available here at all.

Here is my beautiful copy! :

Read this book man. Come on. You know you want to.



Sunday, June 19, 2011


Its not about the movie.

But you know Jk Rowling and her awesomeness.
She always has to do things with flair and mystery.
Who took the WOMBAT tests when they came out on her website those two times?
Remember how you had to click on a bunch of stuff on her website in a specific sequence to get to them?
And then when she was revealing the name of her books and stuff like that.

So now, if you guys have been watching all JKR and HP news, following awesome fan-sites like Mugglenet you'll know that Jk Rowling has a new project related to Harry Potter on the way!
Its not a book, but they say its 'equally exciting'.


Well, the project is called Pottermore and there are several things up for it, namely a Twitter, a teaser website and also a Youtube channel which will feature a video of JKR announcing Pottermore in four days!

My guess is that I simply do not know. But I trust Jk Rowling. If she says its good? Its most def amazing.
People are going on about the Harry Potter encyclopedia she said she might write once, but who knows at this point?

People at Mugglenet have actually gotten a glimpse at it and this is what they have to say: 'I saw a preview of Pottermore recently and can tell you that it is fantastic.'

Just as you thought it was all going to end, JKRs thrown another treat at us.

I'm so excited, I cant wait!

What about you, what do think its going to be?
Are you excited?



Saturday, June 18, 2011

How can she slap?

Life sucks, then you die.

Here I am, superfuckingmegaovertheFUCKINGTOP excited about going to Karachi. Chilling in the backseat, with my friends both on the right AND the left okay?

One second I'm dreaming of blogger meet ups, awesome Prom parties, sleepovers with my bestestestest friends, experiencing this and other sex-bomb shit and the next?
The ticket is returned [with a 6k fine] and I'm sharpening up that beautiful metaphorical knife to slit his fucking throat.

So possibly you're like, WTF, whos 'He' and why the cussing?

Well. I'm done with tiptoeing around my own blog okay?
But you know.
Don't leave.
Its just a word.

[You can go HERE for a lovely post summarizing my POV {which means 'point of view'}on this.]

Anyway. Back to the situation.

A little back-story first, if you will:

My A levels went shit. I'm retaking everything in November. {No, I'm not a big stupid loser, I used to be V INTELLIGENT ONCE (comparatively) since I had 6 As, 4 Bs in my O levels.}

Back-story over.

'He' is the godforsaken shitty [well, but not really since his he has mad teaching skillz] teacher who is supposed to tutor me in Chem and Physics for November.
He is also a madman with a sharp, pointy and VVVV thorny stick up his ass.
I mean okay, dude, I'm going to Karachi okay? If you want me to stay here and study, fine.
Good for you.

The ultimatum, which he delivered in front of my mom and I?

'Either she goes to Karachi and finds a new teacher, or she stays here and studies with me.'

And my lovely mother?

'Either you get tutored by Sir Shahbaz and give the exams or you don't give the exams at all.'

To add to the intense shittiness of the whole thing- Sir S told my mother and I how he would be willing to handle Chem with me from July, but Physics he needed to start 'right away' or we could go to some other teacher for physics.
Well, that seemed okay to me, so I said to him, 'Okay, so I'll do chem with you, starting from July! And for Physics we'll go to another teacher!'
In my opinion I had the problem solved, right?



He went all 'offended' on me saying stuff like 'oooh how could you be so blunt, blah blah blah, too bad fo you, now I've decided , either I'll teach both subjects, or I'll teach NONE.'

Um. WTF?'!?!?!?!?!?!!


Guess what else he did? He proceeded to dig his oily nose more into my business by going all fake-psychiatrist-bitch on me and asking me things/saying things like:

WHAT have you done to deserve this?
Why do you think you should be allowed to go Karachi?
You used to be such a good kid and now...
Just give me ONE reason why I should let you go?
When I was in LUMS, I never went to my farewell! And look how I turned out!

And so on, so freakin' forth.

Okay first of all Sir, YOU don't know SHIT about me. You do not get to decide what I 'deserve' and what I don't. You have no idea about who I am, what I 'used to be' and [insert random bs here].

Secondly? Its not even fucking ABOUT the farewell.

I was born in Lahore. My whole family, [excluding grandmother/father & uncle from my Dad's side, and obv my parents and siblings] lives in Lahore. I love Lahore.

But Karachi? I was raised there. I have/had virtually no family there. All I had were my friends.
Karachi has become a huge part of me.
Some people say friends don't matter, that they wont always be there, and other stuff.
But my friends were like my family.

This past year?
Its been stressful and depressing.
Final A level year, where everyone is counting on you to make them proud-
Alone in a new school with creeps and fluff heads who don't understand the phrase 'reading for fun' and etc-
Struggling and failing at things you know you can do, but you've become so pathetic that you find yourself stumbling over them despite it all-
And etc.

All I wanted, for fifteen days, was to get a little chunk of my old life back.
I just wanted fifteen days.
It didn't matter if it would have been a temporary thing.
I just wanted to forget and experience that familiar joy of gossiping and laughing with the girls I've grown up with. With the girls and friends I've spent so many important moments of my life with.

I wanted to be carefree and not have to worry about the pregnant elephant in the room [my bad grades and uncertain future plans].
I wanted to, after a whole year, go out and have fun with friends, in a place where people knew who I was and liked me genuinely and were happy that I came, instead of being all 'whatever' about it.
For fifteen days, I wanted to forget the bs, and live in the moment.
Visit the beach with my friends, have sleepover with my girls, get ready with all of them, dress up and go out and have FUN, you know?
All of that, is something I can depend on.
Nothing is vague when there are vacations and you're in the same city as your friends.
Specially if its the city all of you have grown up in.
This 15 day trip would have been a solid wall in my not-so-solid life. Something filled with familiarity and excitement and love and possibility and just, good, old fashioned fun with the people you love.

I have been looking forward for this comfort, getaway trip for more than a year.

Thanks to Sir S, and my parents [but mostly/specially Sir S], I am not getting it.

I even cut it down to a week, then, FOUR days! I begged and fought and rebelled and did whatever and you know what?
It still did me no good.

I am not allowed to go :).

I hate Sir S.
After I refused to laugh at his jokes the first day back in class [this Monday] he had the audacity to say the following: 'But CLG, I thought we were friends!'

Fucking seriously?

And, you know, the three days that I've gone to him to study, hes always cracked lame ass jokes, trying to 'friendship' and make me laugh.

I hate him.
I fucking hate him.

How can he just corner me in and act like he owns my life?

Okay, maybe to you it may seem like much ado about nothing, or a mountain-out-of-a-molehill situation.
But honestly? I dont care.
I love you if you understand and if you're read ALLLLL of that hate/hurt above. If you dont... well. I still love you for READING it all.

But the point is, I feel like that guy, you know the one?

Standing there, saying 'HOW CAN SHE SLAP!?'




Thursday, June 16, 2011

Queen Of The Dead by Stacey Kade {Review}

Queen of the Dead [The Ghost and The Goth- Part 2]
 by Stacey Kade

Genre: Young Adult, Teens, Romance, Paranormal

Published: Published May 31st 2011
Rating: 3/5 stars

After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare - former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead - finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this - ugh - “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.
Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.
Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is - ahem - willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea. 
Packed with romance, lovable characters, and a killer cliffhanger, Queen of the Dead is the out-of-this-world sequel to The Ghost and the Goth.

This is the sequel to The Ghost and The Goth and you know how sometimes sequels and middle-of-trilogy books suck and aren't up to par?
Queen of the Dead however did not disappoint and was just as good, [if not better,] as the Ghost and The Goth!

(spoilers if you haven't read The Ghost and The Goth)

So last we saw Will and Alona- they were figuring out their adorable love-hate romance and Alona was a newly appointed Spirit Guide for Will.

In QOTD, Alona and Will meet another character- Mina Blackwell and surprisingly, she and Will have something in common- both of them can talk to ghosts! Which obviously for Will is a big deal, since he has always believed that people like him are vvv rare as is the probability of meeting 'em.
So while Will is caught up in Mina (Click here to get to know her character a bit better- trust me its worth the read.)and is on the verge of discovering facts about his father and his past he never knew- Alona as the blurb says- is left to her own devices.
And you see how the 'never' up there is in bold?
Yeah you guys its significant.
The mess Alona gets into? Its REALLY GIGANTIC AND SCARY(For her) and Very Serious! AH I LOVED THAT TWIST!
Wow ok. That little twist in the tale? It can mean SO MUCH!
I cant say more for fear of spoilers- but trust me- the whole Will-and-Alona-cant-be-together-since-shes-dead problem? Yeah there might be a solution to that! [< that's purely a guess though, but wow, Stacey Kade, you are awesome.]
Moving on to The Cliffhanger- OMG THE CLIFFHANGERRRR.
It makes me want to read the 3rd book so bad! I MUST FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT TO THEM! Because Will and Alona?
Are freakin' adorable together.

Queen of the Dead was really good.
-It had awesome characters:
For example- Alona Dare; strong, beautiful, so real in her selfish and unselfish ways, and always ready to prove how she can take care of herself and does NOT need a man, (Will) to help her in anyway but also showing how equally vulnerable she can be not to mention witty and sarcastic and funny!
-A lovely plot with a major twist and a 'killer' cliffhanger.
-And another awesome thing about this book: You can even read, and enjoy it if you haven't read the first book since all the important bits are covered in it!

So peeps, If you love romance, paranormal elements and plucky female protagonists with adorable guys who wear chucks?
You will definitely like this book.




Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer's Crossing - BookReview [and the Iron Knight COVER!]

Summer's Crossing
by Julie Kagawa
-Part 3.5 of The Iron Fey series.

Rating: 4/5 stars

A Midsummer's Nightmare? Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.

Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.


My Thoughts & Stuff:
 This is part 3.5 of The Iron Fey and even as a tiny novella it was absolutely lovely.
Summer's Crossing is a story from Puck's pov and we get to know his nature a bit better here.
Ash is a hot and dreamy as ever- and even though its tiny, the story had its fair share of twists and turns to make it way better than just an inbetween-the-full-novels tale.
I found myself at the edge of my seat a couple of times waiting in anticipation of what would happen next!

Plus, even without the usual romance, there was still a hint of it- and after I was done reading, I had a huge cheesy grin on my face- which was there in equal part love for Ash [*swoon*] and Puck, and equal parts EXCITEMENT FOR THE IRON KNIGHT!
After reading this little gem of a novella, I am even more excited for the very last book in The Iron Fey series, which, according to Goodreads, will be released in October this year!
The cover has finally been revealed, and all I can say is, the boy is SO TOTALLY ASH!

Love the cover, love these books, love Julie Kagawa for creating such a magical series and getting me out of the same-old-story rut and into something new and completely awesome.

If you're a fan of the Iron Fey, I would definitely not miss Summer's Crossing out!




Of Winners and Freedom

Well, not completely- but NO MORE EXAMS FOR A LONG, LONG TIME!
You know how awesome a feeling that is?
Its super awesome.

With this freedom comes a vicious attack on my reading pile- cant wait to read 'em all!
ALSO, the end of my first ever giveaway!

So without further ado, lemme announce the winner [through] of The Royal Wedding giveaway!

*drum roll plzzzzzzzzzzzz*

Yameen Ansari!

I have sent your details to the people at Mills&Boon and you'll probably get the stuff in a few weeks.

 I have to go right now, but from now onwards, I'm back to blogging regularly, stay tuned for book reviews and more!



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Last Day to Enter My GIVEAWAY!

Hey Guys!
Today- 8th June 2011 is the LAST DAY to enter my Royal Wedding Giveaway!
Click HERE to enter- if you have not done so already.

What in the world are you waiting for?

Win a BOOK and really delicious candy-and-berry TEA and a MUG!



And good luck to you all :).

Sunday, June 5, 2011

That awkward moment when your brother refuses to acknowledge your name.

..And calls you by your sister's.

Meet my brother Iboo. [You might remember I tried to give him away once. My mom didn't let me :C]
Aka Ibrahim, but I like to mess up his name as much as I can, and so we have Ibzoo, Bibeen, Been Been, and my Mom's fav, Iboo Shani, which seriously doesn't even make sense [well, neither do the others but this one takes the cake, k?], but moms *shakes head*, what can ya do right?

So Iboo just came from Karachi, two weeks ago, where my Mom and Dad live. My sisters and I live in Lahore with my grandmother. Its a long story, and no, no ones divorced or had a fight... YET... ;)
But yeah, thats how it is.
So my mom visits us here pretty regularly , like once in every two/three months and it is on those one to two week visits do we get to see our two year old baby brother.

Its kind of sad you know, because I'm missing out on all the major things in his life.
Last time I saw him, he could only say 'baby' and 'Amna' and 'Peacock' [Thankyou, Katy Perry.] But this time? WOOOWWW.
His vocab has like TRIPLED!
He can say all sorts of things now which is great and shit except, HE REFUSES TO SAY MY NAME!
The sister who has done the most for him, the sister who has taken care of him like her OWN GODAMN CHILD. AAARRGH.
Its so frustrating since hes picking up millions of new words, for example, he knows he has to call our grandmother 'Nano' and hes learned my little five year old cousins name- Rabi- well he calls her Yabi, but still okay?
AND THE WORST PART- He knows my other sisters' names PERFECTLY! Which is a fact they obviously take great pleasure in.

Sister1: Ibrahim! Say 'Amna'!
Ibrahim: Amna!
Me: Ibrahim?! Say 'Sadi'!
Ibrahim: AMNA!
Me: No baby, Sadi! Sa- Di! Say Sadi?
Ibrahim: AMNA!
Ibrahim: *giggles* Amna.

Sister2: Ibrahim, say 'Mina'?
Ibrahim: Mina!
Me: Ibrahiiiim SAY SADII?
Ibrahim: AMNA!

Usually at that point I just give up.


I tried to bribe him with a Sprite from my Happy Meal and then some Jelly O's. But although I got him to say 'TA' and 'DI' [breakup of 'Sa' and 'Di'] he just would NOT put them together.

Then the Summer Scene is totally meeeaaan babay.

I have a ton of things planned- first of all, be expecting a LOT of book reviews. I've written quite a few and I'll be posting them up periodically.
My to-be-read pile is GINORMOUS and filled with a number of really, really awesome books, which I will def be telling you all about, so stay tuned for that!
And then there is my trip to Karachi!
I have not been there since January and I cannot wait to hit Sunday Bazar, meet all my friends and attend the Farewell/Prom, just like last year.


Before I go... guys? You have LESS THAN A WEEK TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY, if you have not done so already. So what in the world are you waiting for? Win a BOOK and really delicious candy-and-berry TEA and a MUG! Click here.

Until next time,



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