Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Ask EL James? I would rather not!

So, El James, the author of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey (no shit, it is actually a series) and its counterpart Grey which was recently released did a Q&A on twitter.
Maybe, she didn't know or remember what happened when she had announced the release of Grey, which was essentially the same sadistic story from Christian Grey's point of view. Twitter was literally overflowing with sarcastic-at-another-level comments and derogatory, scornful comments had inundated all social media.

This was a repeat of the deluge of tweets, but this one was an epic fail. Scratch that, epic doesn;t even begin to describe it.


That damned moment:


This is how it ended:













It seemed trolls had taken over the internet, ot at least twitter.
So, we bring you the best tweets that BASICALLY sum up the disaster!








But the hashtag did give us something out of it.



It as bitter, and hit where it hurts...



Too much sarcastic bitterness




This guy seemed real pissed. But with valid points






People were creative in how they attacked, fifty shades style




The guys are thoroughly confused. 




She did respond to some of these:


And then some actual humor, no sarcasm 



Lets just enjoy











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Monday, 29 June 2015

Tips, Tools & Tactics: For Getting Your Book Reviewed by Kellie Sheridan

About the book:
Title: Tips, Tools & Tactics: For Getting Your Book Reviewed
Published byWeapenry (June 22, 2015)
Published onWeapenry (June 22, 2015)
Pages:  33
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: 4/5
Blurb: Book reviews. They have the power to bring in new readers, increase your sales, grow your brand, and make an author’s career. But how do you go about not only getting your book reviewed, but getting thoughtful and worthwhile reviews that potential readers are likely to see? This guide will go over fifteen strategies to do just that!

About the author
Kellie has been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as she can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been her true love.

Kellie spent part of her twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but is now back home in Ontario, Canada. Her family includes two Glen of Imaal Terriers and an Australian Labradoodle.

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This book aims to apprise a budding author, or an author at any step in the publishing process for that matter, with some useful tips while getting reviews of the book.

The structure of the book is well laid-out, it starts by establishing the significance of reviews, good or bad for a book.
For someone who has a brilliant idea, and a great manuscript which is about to be published, this book will help ensure they do not lag behind on the marketing front.Getting reviews is a tricky job, and the plight of book bloggers is also brought to life. Brownie points for that.
Somethings might seem very obvious to us, while these may be things others often overlook, so I think going through the pages of this book will be worth the time when it pays back returns upon the sale of the book.

For someone who is a beginner in the industry, this appears insightful, for others like us, who have either been spectators, or active authors, editors, participants in the publishing scene, these are just confirmations of our observations.
Further, as the book claims itself that with the changing trends in the industry, the strategies too shall need to change.
So, if you are a writer, and plan to leave no stone unturned to ensue your book's success, do take tips from the book!

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

About the book:
Title: Everything, Everything
Published by:  Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Published on: September 1st, 2015
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Young-adult
Rating: 5/5
Book Blurb: This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster

About the author
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

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Everything, Everything is the kind of young-adult book which you will hate and love in equal measures, and you certainly wouldn't be able to leave it once you start it. Touching upon themes like love, relationships (and not just romantic ones), rare disease, coping with grief, this book is certainly one of the best you'll read this year, and certainly one of the best in the genre.

It is a fictional account of Maddy who suffers from an illness called SCID, and she'll endear herself to you in practically no time.
The opening lines go like this, "I’VE READ MANY more books than you. It doesn’t matter how
many you’ve read. I’ve read more. Believe me. I’ve had the time"
These lines are like a trailer to the rest of the book. It has a warmth, an innocence, a humor, a playfulness and a certain poignant feel of tragedy, which is so unknown of books in this genre.
If I've ever read a book which encompassed so many human emotions in gloriously heart-warming paragraphs, I'd say it was in John Green's Paper Towns.

"My birthday is the one day of the year that we’re both most
acutely aware of my illness. It’s the acknowledging of the passage
of time that does it. Another whole year of being sick, no
hope for a cure on the horizon. Another year of missing all
the normal teenagery things—learner’s permit, first kiss, prom,
first heartbreak, first fender bender. Another year of my mom
doing nothing but working and taking care of me. Every other
day these omissions are easy, easier at least, to ignore.
This year is a little harder than the previous. Maybe it’s because
I’m eighteen now. Technically, I’m an adult. I should be
leaving home, going off to college. My mom should be dreading
empty-nest syndrome. But because of SCID, I’m not going
anywhere."
For many of us, this book has been resting on our to-read shelves for half as long as it took for this book to transform from a manuscript into a published masterpiece. Because, this is the kind of book that stays with you long after you've deserted it.

I use the adjective heart-warming. But I do believe that the plot is both heart-warming and heart-shattering at the same time. The brilliance with which the plot has been etched is so sheer, and so well-executed that I cannot even talk about the author's creative prowess without giving it all away.
To say that the story line is well thought out, would be an understatement- it is far too perfect for a debut.
The protagonist of our story, Madeline Whittier is doctored by her mother, who puts her medical skills to the best use. But her skills cannot help much, for when you are allergic to the whole world, so vulnerable and so fragile, life doesn't appear very exciting no matter what. This is when her neighbours move in, and it changes everything. What the story has in store of you is humor, warmth, romance, defiance, revelations, and tests of relationships unlike ever before, and in abundance.

The characters are equally well thought-out, what with their quirks and eccentricities.
The book, through its unforgettable characters unfailingly brings out human foibles  and the oddities and frailties of life. It is an absolute intriguing read. It will make you stare in disbelief at the twists of fate, it will choke your heart with a fullness that only certain actions can provoke. You'll cry. But not once will you think of leaving the book- this is how strong the charm is.

What also makes this book a fast read, is the use of vignettes, diary entries, charts, illustrations, images.
Carla, Madaline's nurse, Olly and his family- all characters are so important to the plot, and so unforgettable. Never once do you feel like skimming through the pages, rather you re-read the paragraphs, devour them and let them ruin your peace or make you erupt in laughter.

Olly's and maddy's romance will have you gleaming in childish delight, and you'll ship them in no time.
If this book doesn't give you the feels, you perhaps haven't read it right.
Just a warning, though: You might throw this book after reading because it will hurt too much when reality and truth strike.

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