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10th and 11th February

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Finch writes: Also the world’s largest man. I’m worried that our nutritional resources are actually damaged. Maybe this is one reason I’m so tall. What if I don’t stop growing? Will you want me just as much when I’m fifteen feet nine inches?

Me: How can I want you then when I don’t want you now?

Finch: Give it time. The thing I’m most concerned with is how I’m going to ride a bike. I don’t think they make them that big.

“There was this famous British astronomer named Sir Patrick Moore. He hosted a BBC television program called Sky at Night, which ran for something like fifty-five years. Anyway, on April 1, 1976, Sir Patrick Moore announced on his show that something extraordinary was getting ready to happen in the skies. At exactly 9:47 a.m., Pluto would pass directly behind Jupiter, in relation to the earth. This was a rare alignment that meant the combined gravitational force of those two planets would exert a stronger tidal pull, which would temporarily counteract gravity here on earth and make people weigh less. He called this the Jovian-Plutonian gravitational effect.”

Violet is heavy against my arm, and for a minute I wonder if she’s asleep.

“Patrick Moore told viewers that they could experience the phenomenon by jumping in the air at the exact moment the alignment occurred. If they did, they would feel weightless, like they were floating.”

She shifts a little.

“At 9:47 a.m., he told everyone, ‘Jump now!’ Then he waited. One minute passed, and the BBC switchboard lit up with hundreds of people calling in to say they’d felt it. One woman phoned from Holland to say she and her husband had swum around the room together. A man called from Italy to say he and his friends had been seated at a table, and all of them—including the table—rose into the air. Another man called from the States to say he and his children had flown like kites in their backyard.”

Violet is propped up now, looking at me. “Did those things actually happen?”

“Of course not. It was an April Fool’s joke.”

She smacks my arm and lies back down. “You had me believing.”

“But I bring it up to let you know that this is the way I feel right now. Like Pluto and Jupiter are aligned with the earth and I’m floating.”

In a minute, she says, “You’re so weird, Finch. But that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.

All the Bright Places

by Jennifer Niven (Goodreads Author)

 4.20  ·   Rating Details  ·  64,822 Ratings  ·  11,222Reviews

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
 
This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

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My Review —- This book was recommended to me by Annie James, a friend on Goodreads.

I am at a complete loss of words. I am at contradiction here.

There is hopefully no spoilers so you can read the complete review.

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”
Ernest Hemingway

The story started with two teens from two different worlds and different lives standing on the ledge of a bell tower. There is Finch who is always thinking of divergent ways to commit suicide (so not what you are looking for in a book) and there is Violet who is counting the days until graduation so that she can finally leave the town.

         When Violet suddenly realises she is standing in a dangerous place (ledge of a bell tower), she starts fretting. Finch helps her and saves her from falling. This is how they meet and this meeting leads to another followed by many more. 

Today morning (9:45 AM) – Lol! This book is so good. Funny and with the best jokes.
WHY I WROTE THAT —

—-Because I’ve got a date with your mother later, I think but don’t say because, let’s face it, it’s lame, and also he will come up here and beat my face in and then throw me off, and this defeats the point of just doing it myself.

—— He says, “They’re serving pizza today,” as if I wasn’t standing on a ledge six stories above the ground, my arms outstretched, a girl wrapped around my knees

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Theodore Finch is smart, funny, cute and very likeable. His life isn’t so great and he does what he can to make it better. When Violet comes to his life, his life changes. With just one real smile, she makes various changes in his life. Finch is so not your boy next door. He has problems, huge ones. He is dealing with them, in his own way, the easy way, the coward’s way. 

Violet on the other hand, seems like a girl who needs constant care but she doesn’t. We come to know about it after 70% of the novel is done.

After 75%, I lost the urge to read it, I lost the urge to do anything. It got so depressing. Suddenly, I couldn’t understand why I even started it and why the f– certain things were happening!

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This was my view on finch in the 203rd page —

There are guys you like for one reason, two reasons and some for multiple. Finch was one of latter guys. He has plenty of positive things in his character certificate. I can’t tell a definite reason for liking him so much. I love him for his jokes, attitude, thoughts, looks, nature, and so many other things that I can’t write in a single paragraph.

This was a novel difficult to hate and difficult to love. I love the novel till Finch “Day 75″

After day 75 — This isn’t happening. Oh God…

After that, things started going bad, something unanticipated happened and then, I felt my heart crumble to pieces. I didn’t cry, nope, you cry when you actually feel something for the poor protagonist but I think the person was a coward. People suffer from worse and still live, they are heroes not people who never share things with friends, loved ones, and think ‘suicide’ is the only option. I can’t lie and yell that I didn’t like the book. I loved it, I love finch and I love Violet but I find the ending inappropriate and misleading. I wish I could understand the reason why it ended like that.

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Rating – 5.1 till 75% and .5 after it.
Hence, Four stars

Let’s clear some doubts.

—- Was it heart wrenching?

Hell yeah! I don’t ever want to read any book like “All the bright places” again. I wanted a positive ending. Fudge! I am sure everyone wanted it.

—- Is it for “The Fault in our stars” and “Eleanor and Park” readers?

Nope. I don’t think so. Augustus will always remain my hero. Hazel, the best protagonist and the most courageous girl I have had the privilege to read about.

Violet was also a strong girl but Finch was a lost soul. 

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Will come with more!
Till then, Peace.

And yeah “Suicide is never an option, if you want help, there is, you just haven’t found the right person. Life is too precious, don’t think about dying, think about living.” 

Laugh and laugh,

And the world laughs with you;

Cry and Cry,

And you cry alone.”

Live.

Nishtha Singh

 

CONTRADICTION

Is it possible to love a book by an author and equally hate another book by the same author?

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No? Well anything is feasible in this world.

Let’s just start with my review of four different novel/series by this beautiful Author.

1) HOLLYWOOD DIRT

            

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Enrapturing cover

What I think about the book?

Let’s just say there is this new author in TOWN who writes the best stories.

I LOVED THIS BOOK!
It wasn’t boring.
It was Exciting.
It has a kickass Heroine.
An actual hero.
A wonderful story.
And a romance.

FIVE FANTASTIC STARS!!!! 

Excerpt –

Cole Masten Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there’s a new bad boy in town. 

Summer Jenkins That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year. 

We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him. 

From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me. 

Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract. 

Why this book?

What I really loved about this story was that Summer wasn’t a huge doormat. She was friendly, vivacious and very independent. She knew how to deal with Cole. There was a wild chemistry brewing between Cole and Summer and the author narrated it phenomenally.

2) Tight –

        

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My Review –

Oh…My BAD LUCK! 

THIS IS NOT A NOVEL I WANT TO RECOMMEND OR REREAD AGAIN. 
What I fail to understand is how I can love a work by the same author and equally hate ( yeah I hate the damn story) the other novel.
Where ‘Hollywood Dirt’ and ‘The Dumont Diaries’ made me expect more and more, this book stuck a dagger through all my hopes !

0.5 stars, just because I like Alessandra Torre’s writing!

Excerpt –

I was happy in my small town. In my life as a single, thirty-two year old woman. I had a good job, wonderful friends, my independence.

I also hadn’t got laid in three years. Hadn’t been on a date in two. Had stopped counting calories and wearing makeup… a while ago.

Then Brett Jacobs waltzed in. Caressed my thigh, dug rough fingers into my hair, lowered his soft mouth to my skin, took sexual control of my mind and stirred it all around with what he packed in his pants. He flipped my quiet life upside down and crawled into a place in my heart I thought was dead.

The issue is his secret.
The issue is her.
The issue is that I don’t even know she exists, and he thinks she is dead.
The issue is that shit is about to hit the fan and I can’t hold on to him tight enough.

3) The Dumont Series –

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Review –

It was a short series, I wish I could do an audio review coz I seriously don’t want to write, type or think. But I really liked this book so a review is a must.

YOU REMEMBER FIFTY SHADES?

NO, it’s nothing like that (I love Fifty shades, don’t judge me) What I really liked about this series was its protagonist, the girl. I freaking adored her. She was brave, means I would have killed the hero by the sequel but she? She tolerated him. I hated the hero at first, but I was also intrigued. Like WHY IS HE DOING THAT!
  
It was all for a reason though. 

A story of a girl who is trying to live by stripping and stuff (she wasn’t exactly a whore) but money is something she doesn’t have and needs very much as her father is suffering. 

The hero is another matter, he loves a girl (still does) who cheated him, deceived him, played with his trust and ran with his money. He can’t forget her but he does know how to bring her back (by making her jealous, seriously? I loved it) So, from there the main story starts….

This story had me hooked for a whole night, it isn’t long but it is very exciting and different from others. Its not fifty kinda dirty but its also not 16+. It’s adult so kids and teens stay away. 

4) Innocence Series

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The first part of the series was interesting and exciting. The second was too lingering and third was a bit dull. All in all, I am not going to pick this one up anytime soon.

Excerpt

“I’m not sure what you have been told about me, but I’m not nearly as bad as they make me out to be.” His deliciously deep voice carried a little bit of ego. 

I’m sure you are exactly as bad as they make you out to be…. 

Brad De Luca is used to getting whatever and whomever he wants. The premier divorce attorney in town, he’s a playboy who’s bedded half the city—including his own clients. And when the newest intern at his firm poses a challenge, his seductive prowess goes into overdrive. 

Pre-law student Julia Campbell is fresh off a failed engagement and happy with her new independence. Even if she weren’t warned away from Brad at every turn, she’d know he was bad news. The last thing she needs is a man who could destroy her job prospects, not to mention her innocence. But before she knows it, the incorrigible charmer has her under his spell. His deviant tastes plunge her deep into a forbidden world of sexual exploration…but her heart may not survive the fall. 

Why I didn’t like this book?

Brad De Luca is not my definition of an ideal hero. What I really didn’t like about him was his extreme dominance. It was like the man was facing some mental disorder, he was bipolar. Julia Campbell on the other hand is warned by almost everyone to not go near him because he is a playboy. Even after a failed engagement, she hasn’t learned about the difference between Gentleman and an overweening stubborn

stalker. The first part was really good, I enjoyed it very much (no lies there) and I tried to like the second one but I couldn’t. I continued and read the whole series, I found it dull and extremely lingering

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It is just so incredible that I loved Hollywood dirt and Dumont series so much (5 stars much) and disliked tight (0.5 star) and Innocence Series (2.5 stars)

I can’t believe the contradiction myself but its true.

At the end, I will conclude by saying

“Everyone has different views, likes and dislikes so do not be surprised if you like the books I didn’t. It’s natural, even one of my favourite bloggers loved ‘Tight’.”

Till then, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

IT HAS FINALLY COME – Hurrah!

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Christmas, Santa Claus coming by train...:)

God Bless you all. Wish you a wonderful Christmas, an awesome holiday and prosperous weekend.

Nishtha Singh

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2015 in .5 to 5 stars, 2015, Emotional, Five Stars, Love, Series