Review | Tania’s Costume Party by Kanika G.



Title: Tania’s Costume Party
Author: Kanika G.
Genre: Short Story
Publishing date: 15th September , 2014
Published by: Smashwords Edition

My Rating: 4/5 stars  





Tania is invited to a costume party. Mama tells her she can go as whatever she likes. There are so many choices. Tania can’t decide. Read on to find out what amazing costume Tania chooses.

My Take:

I am sure that the kids are going to enjoy this book. Tania is very excited for the costume party she is invited to.It’s her best friend Karishma’s birthday party. Her mom tells her that she can go as whatever she likes. That’s the point of a costume party, right?

She meets with her friends. They tell her that they are going as a doctor and a bookworm respectively. She is confused between being an eagle and a lion. Her mother tells her to decide so she could put a costume together for Tania.

Tanisha’s mother works on her costume as a bookworm. There’s a cute picture of a bookworm hairband. I loved it. ❤

Tania keeps thinking about what she wants to be. Her little mind gets confused having so many options. Her mother gives her a book about the mystical creatures. Tania decides on being something that will help her be a lion and an eagle at the same time. To know what that is, you got to read the book. 😛 😛

Why would I pick it up?

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This book is very well written and has cool illustrations and pictures to keep the kids engaged. 😀 😀

Guest Post | “You Mean We Get to Read a Fun Book?” By A.J. Cattapan

“You Mean We Get to Read a Fun Book?”

Young Adult Literature in the Middle School and High School Classroom

By A.J. Cattapan

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As a young adult author and an English teacher, the use of young adult literature in the classroom has always fascinated me. When I was in junior high, young adult books were just starting to become popular. Judy Blume, Lois Duncan, and R.L. Stine were all the rage, but we saw those books in the library—not in the classroom.

By the late 1990s, however, things had changed. Teachers were starting to see the value of incorporating young adult literature into their actual curriculum and not just as “fun books” to read during independent reading time. Why?

Teachers realized the potential young adult books had to pull in even reluctant readers. Since young adult books focus on teenage characters dealing with problems and situations that many teens can relate to, middle school and high school students find them very appealing and accessible, much more so than the traditional “canon” of classical books.

So over the last twenty years, more and more teachers have found ways to use young adult books in their rooms. Even more importantly, this doesn’t have to happen at the expense of the classics. In fact, many reading teachers will often pair a young adult novel with a classical novel on a similar theme in order to compare and contrast them. The young adult novel often acts as a “hook” to get the students interested in the theme. The YA novel is usually easier to read than the classic book, so that students can kind of “warm up” to the topic before diving into the more difficult text.

For example, in my own sixth grade gifted reading class, my students are required to read at least two contemporary mystery novels over the summer. Since the books are modern-day YA or upper middle grade mysteries, the students can read them easily on their own over the summer. Then when the school year starts up, we talk about how deception played a role in these mysteries. How were the criminals deceptive? Did their deception help them or hinder them? How did the detectives use deception to help them capture the criminals? Then we move into our classical texts, Murder on the Orient Express and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Having already explored deception through young adult literature, the students are primed to explore the same theme in increasingly more challenging texts.

Social studies teachers are also making use of young adult literature in the classroom. They will use a historical young adult novel from the time period they are discussing in class in order to make that era come to life for their students.

So we won’t tell the classics that they need to go bye-bye. Just move on down the shelf a bit, and make a little room for some YA.


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About A.J. Cattapan

A.J. Cattapan is a writer, teacher, and theater lover living in the Chicago area. Her love of the theater began in the sixth grade when her mother took her to see a production of Guys and Dolls at the local high school.  That same year, her reading teacher introduced her to Anne of Green Gables, and the dream to become a writer began.

All things come full circle, and now she’s a sixth grade reading and language arts teacher who hopes to inspire the next generation of writers. You can follow her writing adventures at



Review | Never The Same by Bess Richards

Never the Same


Title: Never the same
Author: Bess Richards
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Romance
Publishing date: 11th September, 2014
My Rating: 5/5 stars  



*Ebook received from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review*


The differences between all-American midwest farm kid, Briggs Sullivan, and silver-spooned city slicker, Lucy Cartwright, are undeniable, but when they meet in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, the attraction between them is instantaneous. As they delve into a long-distance romance, Lucy’s haunted past underscored by a depressed, absent mother and a workaholic father with a huge secret, seems, for the first time, alleviated. But, just nine months after their first meeting, September 11, 2001 comes along, derailing in every way Briggs and Lucy’s plan for happily ever after.

Laugh, cry, and fall in love with these characters as they tell a powerful story about love and family amidst the all too real, yet unimaginable circumstances of terrorism, war, illness, and separation. By novel’s end, you’ll see the mess within the picture perfect, high-values Sullivan family, and the love you weren’t sure existed among the dysfunctional, despondent Cartwrights.

My Take:

Where do I even start with this book? Once in a while there comes a book that just blows your mind, shakes all your emotions and leaves you feeling helpless and thankful for the life you have. No matter how many problems you are facing right now, no matter how much miserable you think your life is but we got to admit whatever it is, it is better than millions of people out there.

This book was just beautiful. ❤ There are no words that can define the beauty of books like this. Books that take real issues and spin it in the most intricate pattern of truth within fictional stories, books that touch your heart and make it weep for the people’s losses – both fictional and real, books that make all your worries look small, books that just shows what we have and how much thankful we should be. 😀

“Never the same”, I wanted to complete reading this book because there was a deadline for reviewing and I wanted to meet the deadline but as soon as I started out with this book, it just drew me in. The writing style is so practically simple that you don’t even have to try to remember all the people in the book. The story presents itself in a way that is difficult not to capture your attention.

My usual problem with books is remembering the number of characters and their stories but with this book there was no such struggle. Even as I type this review, which is less of a review and more of my uncontrollable emotions flowing out, I perfectly remember each and every character from the book and their personalities which doesn’t happen often with me. (I have a bad memory. 😛 )

Every character’s point to view is as clear as a crystal and gives you an insight in everybody’s thought and presents the main characters in a fresh light. The pain, the heartbreak, the love, every emotion as alive as it could be. It started out as a sweet romantic novel which hinted a mystery in Lucy’s life but unexpectedly turned into an emotional book. As it first mentioned 9/11 my heart broke, I felt a lump rise in my throat and silently wished for the characters to be okay.

As the story started progressing, the process of searching for the loved one’s, the deaths, the lucky escapes everything started setting my tear glands to work. I felt tears pricking at my back of my eye as Lucy cried over the death of her father and Brigg’s stood there in support.

This is a story of incredible strength a person can show for their loved ones, the sacrifices our soldiers make for us, the reasons men and women choose to risk their lives for others and the struggles of the soldier’s families. Love and hope is what gets people through, in times like these.

My heart went out to each and every character in the book, the little insights in their lives made you feel like you have known them forever and made you understand their motives behind things you might not have understood otherwise.

The prologue and epilogue is the tale recited by the family home and the epilogue finally made my tears fall, that have been threatening to, since the middle of the book. I finally cried for the characters and with the characters.

The writing is so simple, so beautiful and so heart warming that I couldn’t help writing this emotions filled post rather than what is considered a typical review. The only thing I regret is using another reader than I usually use. Because there were so many beautiful quotes in the book that was worth sharing with you guys and I highlighted it all but my stupid reader lost all of them and I am left with only two, this made me puff with anger and sadness that I couldn’t share something so beautiful with you guys. I hope you all read it at some point of your life and understand where I am coming from when I say this book is nothing short of a masterpiece for me.


Screenshot_2015-09-08-09-17-30-1This quote is something I completely agree with. I have always been excited of the scars on my body, which are nowhere near the people who have got them doing something meaningful but the scars give you story to tell, they are the memories etched onto your body, good or bad they thought you something and gave you something to smile about.

I don’t usually pay so much attention to the author’s note but this time I did and the note was as simple as the whole book but somewhere answered the question I had for the author. When I cried, I decided that if I ever get a chance I will ask the author, for sure, where she got the inspiration to write this book and voila, here, she answered it.

Like working on this project was emotionally draining and satisfying in a way for her, it was the same with reading the book for me. I hope she can give me and many of her readers more meaningful stories like this one. The one that touches your heart and stays with you for a long time. I haven’t read a book like this in a long time and I am happy with my decision of trying out this book. 😀

Laugh, cry, and fall in love with these characters as they tell a powerful story about love and family amidst the all too real, yet unimaginable circumstances of terrorism, war, illness, and separation. By novel’s end, you’ll see the mess within the picture perfect, high-values Sullivan family, and the love you weren’t sure existed among the dysfunctional, despondent Cartwrights.

What was said in the closing paragraph of the synopsis is what summarizes the feels with this book. 😉

 Why would I pick it up?

Why wouldn’t I? I don’t think you would need a reason after reading about me going ballistic over the book. 😛 Such beautiful heartwarming stories don’t need a reason to be shared. 😀 ❤



ARC Review | Untouchable Things by Tara Guha

Untouchable Things



Title: Untouchable Things
Author: Tara Guha
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Literature/ Fiction
Publisher: Legend Press/ Legend Times Group

Publishing date: 1st September, 2015
My Rating: 4/5 stars  



*ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


For the third time this week he is watching her scream. Watching, not listening.

Rebecca Laurence is centre stage and shining in her role as Ophelia. She pivots, rotating like a ballerina impaled in a musical box, red hair cascading down her back. Amidst the thundering applause, one man is watching.

Rebecca meets the charismatic Seth Gardner, and as attraction grows between them, he invites her to join his Friday Folly, a group of artistic friends. But as Rebecca is drawn into the web of tangled relationships all is not as it appears. The scene is set for the night that will rip the group apart.

Consumed by loss and surrounded by secrets, Rebecca must escape the grip of the Folly to have any chance of saving herself. Meanwhile, one man continues to watch.

My Take:

This book is as suspense-laden as it could get. Seth Gardner is a real charmer and the most mysterious person. He knows all the dark stories of every one in the group and nobody knows a thing about him.

The beginning is what is difficult, the vocabulary isn’t for average readers. But once you are patient and get on with the story, it will give you one of the best psychological dramas you might have ever read. 😉 This surely isn’t an easy read, you need concentration for it but you don’t have to work hard to concentrate, the story pulls you right in. 🙂

It gave me a feel of reading multiple books at a time. All the 8 characters: Seth, Rebecca, Jose, Michael, Jake, Charles, Catherine, Anna; had their back stories plus more side characters from each one’s story; this really makes you feel like you picked up a different book every time the character in focus changes. The main focus is on Rebecca but you know as much about everyone else as you know about her. Screenshot_2015-09-05-13-58-05-1

This is Seth’s line which I liked very much because I kind of believe in it. What’s the point to running when you can be brave, deal with every situation and have fun while you are at it.

Screenshot_2015-09-05-13-58-29-1 This paragraph made me think about how sometimes strangers are more reliable than the people we know. How it is easy to share our darkest secrets with an unknown person yet find solace in their understanding.


Screenshot_2015-09-05-13-58-49-1-1These are Catherine’s words which I very well relate to. 😛 Every character in this book, has had a hard time and has pretty interesting and intelligent things to say.

Michael says some really intense things with his bluntness and rudeness but including that would be revealing what the book has in store for you, better read it to understand it. 😉 It took me a whole day to read this book and it was worth it. I was tore in between giving it a 3.5 or 4 stars because to get a hold of what was going on, I had to be dedicated for the first 15% and that was what made me think about the rating but then I shunned the technical elements and went with my feeling for it. 😀

It is an intense story dealing with a lot of dark emotions, demons of the past and life struggles yet it tells you how little things bring happiness in life. Their life might me a mess but their weekly meetings somehow keep them on their toes although that’s not as simple as it might seem. There’s a huge mystery lurking in the corners for the group to find.

The group they are all a part of, “Friday Folly”, is the way they all meet and the group somehow shapes everyone’s lives. This book deals with the emotions of people, how, if not controlled, emotions can ruin relations as well as it can build it. One such group meeting, with Childhood as theme, really touched my heart. I got emotional for all the experiences they had as a child, good or bad, it was really moving.

The writing style is a smooth switch between present interrogations, play, and the past re- tellings. The interrogations work as a summary before each part of the past re- telling and the play gives it a light element. There are a lot of references to Hamlet, dark emotions depicted in poems, and even Greek mythology which helps in the guess work for solving the mystery.

This is an intelligent book, to summarize it but the beginning and the ending are a little hard to get. There are too many ends left loose in this story, I think it will easily provide something for a sequel. There are a lot of personal mysteries yet to be revealed and the mystery that is solved is also a guesswork of the characters, so I hope there is a sequel to it. To tie-off the loose ends and smooth out the edges and obviously, to provide some mental stimulation.

 Why would I pick it up?


It is for the days when you want to read something heavy, challenge your mind and get an intelligent story. 😉 Definitely not for passing time. 😛

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