Friday, February 24, 2017

Spinning Pages (4) All Fall Down/Masayume Chasing

Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 

I am really excited about this week's Spinning Pages as I was struck by inspiration at eleven pm last night. I won't keep y'all in the dark for long, today's book is by one of my favorite authors and the song is from one of my favorite shows.

Until late last night, I had no idea what book or song would be featured this week. *enter lack of sleep inspiration* If you've watched some of the latter seasons of Fairy Tail, or maybe listened to some of BoA's music, then you may be familiar with the song Masayume Chasing. The moment the song popped into my head, I immediately thought of Grace from Ally Carter's All Fall Down. So many of the lyrics spoke to me of Grace's troubled past and her struggles to find the truth.

Masayume Chasing by BoA
As I chase my dream, I got lost deep in the forest of my heart.
Clearer than a mirror,the spring reflected a warped smile.

These tears that I have shed (Don't Cry), were neither gold nor silver.
Those commonly seen tears (Fall From My Eyes), but the goddess won't even notice.
When I close your eyes, and cleared up my ears, I can hear a faint voice.
At a forest where there should be nobody around, I look up towards the blue sky.

I shall never return (Good Bye) to the poison named loneliness.
The sweetly scented flowers (Fill up the sky) shall bloom in this world.
(translated lyrics taken from Anime Lyrics dot Com)

If you have been reading Embassy Row, then you are familiar with Grace's story. Especially if you have finished it; I'm reading the third one right now, which might explain why this series is running through my brain right now. I really don't want to spoil the books for y'all, but these lyrics really, at least to me, speak so much to Grace's story and all that she is dealing with. So much so that I need to find some extra time to finish Take the Key and Lock Her Up to see how it all plays out! 

Need further convincing on why you should read Embassy Row, then check out my review of All Fall Down.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I Want to Read It (45): When Dimple Met Rishi

I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, May 30, 2017. Published by Simon Pulse. Source: Wishlist.
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not? 

Even though my last "contemporary" read was, well, a dud, I'm contemplating giving When Dimple Met Rishi a chance! 

I may not read contemporary books all that often, but between the cover, which is darling, and the synopsis I admit that my curiosity is indeed piqued. It looks and sounds like a lighthearted, yet not vapid, read...besides, I'm really curious as to how things will play out between the two since they both have different goals, in regards to arranged marriages. It just sounds like a fun read!!

I'll definitely be stalking my library's newly acquired list to see, and if need be suggest, if they purchase a copy.

Are you planning on reading When Dimple Met Rishi?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Ronit and Jamil

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, February 20, 2017

YA Review: Ronit and Jamil

Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin, February 21, 2017. 192 pages. Published by Katherine Tegen Books. Source: Publisher.
This beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.

Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the barrier fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred. Ronit and Jamil fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can be kept secret for only so long. Soon, the teenage lovers must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both. 

First Sentence

I go with him to work, my Abba
it's summer
a leech
an ulcer.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Spinning Pages (3): The Hound of the Baskervilles/Growl

Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 

After reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, I just knew that it would have to be paired with a song. The only question that remained was which song fit the book. A question that was answered quicker than I imagined possible. 

If you have read the book, then you might see the connection between the lyrics from EXO's Growl and my reasoning for pairing them with the fifth Sherlock Holmes novel.

Growl by EXO
I’m warning you just in case (listen carefully)
It’s dangerous now (so dangerous)
Stop provoking me (there’s going to be trouble)
I don’t even know myself

My breath keeps on stopping
You walk towards me
You smile at me
Maybe you’re attracted to me too

My sights become dark
When you stare at me
The sound of your breathing
You’re the one that makes me crazy
(translated lyrics from Kpop Lyrics)

To me, it fits the atmosphere of the The Hound of the Baskervilles as well as some of the hints that were laid out as to who or what was behind the deaths of the Baskervilles. It also makes me think of the final showdown that will either save Henry Baskerville or lead to the final heirs death. 

If you need another reason to read The Hound of the Baskervilles, then look no further as I reviewed it earlier this week. Trust me, between the witty banter between Sherlock and Watson, the atmospheric setting, and the mystery, you do NOT want to miss out on reading this one. 

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