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Saturday, 28 November 2009


My Take On This Movie:
Watched New Moon last weekend and it was a whole lot better than Twilight. Digital cinematography was fantastic and appropriately mixed into the film. The shy Bella act was a bit overdone but I can forgive that. Gave me the impression that Kristin might be beautiful but her acting ability has much to be desired, sort of like, Brooke Shields.

Cherry's Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Genre: urban fantasy

About The Story:
New Moon is a movie adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight novels (Book 2).

The story continues where Twilight left off. In Twilight, Edward Cullen (vampire) and Isabella Swan (human girl) met and fell in love. Ahhh... so where is that third person or guy #2 in the pic fits in? Jacob? That is for you to watch the movie for :)
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning...
Synopsis above was taken from the author's website at http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/newmoon.html on 28/11/09.

ADDENDUM (added: 10/12/09)
There is an interesting rant over Twilight issues over at Teens Read And Write.

Friday, 27 November 2009


* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
*Post a link along with your post back to Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Closest book: The Templar Magician by Paul Doherty
P56, 5th sentence:

The Temple would never have let that rest.

Happy Friday!!

*Day job is currently pretty demanding. I might not be able to visit the blogs today of all of those who commented here at my F56, but I will surely be visiting your blog before the next F56 happens! At least once, if not several times during the week!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


Let me introduce Ryu, he is a "tall dark and handsome" character in the world of Tempest Rising, book one of the selkie series, by Nicole Peeler. Please help me welcome Ryu to Cherry Mischievous!!!!

First of all... please tell us a little more about yourself.
My name is Ryu, pronounced like kanga-roo. It's a family name. And I like lots of things . . . nice cars, nice clothes, nice women . . . *winks at Cherry*

*Cherry blushes* Right.... now..... *clears throat* Are you into reading books? If so, what is your reading list?
I do read, and quite a bit. My favorite books are Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Machiavelli's The Prince, and Lady Murasaki's The Tale of Genji. *arches an eyebrow at Cherry*

Wow, that sounds impressive, even though I have no clue as to what those books are. Still sound impressive. So, who are some of your favourite authors?
I like to read those great men of history who know how to treat a lady . . .*sips from his Tom Collins . . . at Cherry*

Whew *Cherry fans self*, is it hot in here or what? Anyway, please tell us, what is your strangest habit?
I stay up late at night thinking of how best to pleasure women . . . it's a little ridiculous. I mean, how many orgasms can you give a single female? Anything more than five and they start to dehydrate. *sucks on then eats the cherry from his Tom Collins*

Where was I? Ah, yes... if you could have one superpower, what would it be? What kind of power would you choose?
I'd vibrate. *ties up the cherry stem with his tongue and shows it to Cherry*

Vibb-rate, right.. *Cherry stutters* If, if, you were to fall in love who would be your ideal mate?
Um . . . there is somebody. But I'm not sure she feels the same . . . Next question.

What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Waxing. It gets rather . . . involved. When you're a man. Next!

If you suddenly come to have $1M, what would you do?
Hmm . . . I've always wanted one of those circular beds that spin. And to help feed the children, of course. Thanks for your interest, my dear. *kisses Cherry's palm*

Thank you for being with us today, Ryu! It has been an absolute pleasure!!

*Ryu bows with that sinful smile of his and exits the studio*
Above picture of Ryu is only a fan's rendition (or something like that) and is taken from the internet.

My very first foray into the interviewing territory and I get all flustered!! *groan*
Want to read more about Ryu? Curious? Try your chance for a free copy of Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler.
WARNING: Curiosity killed the cat!
How to enter:
You can win this book by registering here: (to view form as webpage, click here.)

To gain extra chances of winning:
+1 entry credit - re-post this interview contest in your blog as an entry and/or on the sidebar, your website, or anyplace in the web where you are allowed (legally and morally), and tell me the url in a comment here, one entry credit for every post made. Remember you must first register before trying to gain extra entry credits.

Open to international readers. You have to be a follower to enter the contest. This contest is for 18s only. If this contest is not in concordance to your local legislations, then it is up to you to abide by your rules. Will mail to any valid address in the world as long as the postman can get to you. No hand deliveries folks! Contest ends on December 18, 2009. Please see the Disclaimer page for further info regarding this blog. Good luck ppl!

About Tempest Rising:

In the tiny village of Rockabill, Maine, Jane True—26-year-old bookstore clerk and secret night swimmer—has no idea that her absent mother’s legacy is entry into a world populated by the origins of human myths and legends. It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: vampires are not quite what we think; dogs sometimes surprise us; and whatever you do, never—ever—rub the genie’s lamp. For Jane, everything kicks off when she comes across a murder victim during her nightly clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean. This grisly discovery leads to the revelation of why she has such freakish abilities in the water: her mother was a Selkie and Jane is only half human. With this knowledge, Jane soon finds herself mingling with supernatural creatures alternately terrifying, beautiful, and deadly—all adjectives that quite handily describe her new friend Ryu. When Ryu is sent to Rockabill to investigate the murder, he and Jane fall hard for each other even as they plummet into a world of intrigue threatening to engulf both supernatural and human societies. For someone is killing half-humans like Jane. The question is, are the murders the work of one rogue individual or part of a greater plot to purge the world of Halflings.

Source: Info in the About Tempest Rising was taken from the author's website at http://www.nicolepeeler.com/the-jane-true-series/tempest-rising on 02/11/09.

Want To Stalk Nicole?

website: http://www.nicolepeeler.com/

twitter: @NicolePeeler


Monday, 23 November 2009


Fallen by Lauren Kate
Book 1 of the Fallen series.

About This Book:
Seventeen year old Luce is sent to a reform school, Sword & Cross, following a terrible tragedy involving her ex-boyfriend Trevor. The details of what happened that night are hazy and Luce is struggling to come to terms with the idea that she might have been responsible.

On her first day at Sword & Cross Luce meets Cam, a good-looking, edgy guy with piercing green eyes and dark hair and she feels strangely attracted to him despite the fact he is not usually her type. However Cam is not the only guy to have attracted her attention. Daniel is captivatingly handsome, almost too perfect, Luce feels instantly drawn to him, as if she already knows him, but she would never forget someone who looked like that, would she?

An epic battle between Heaven and Hell, with echoes of Paradise Lost, Fallen is a story of a love doomed to fail over and over again.
Source: Info in the About This Book was taken from the publisher's promotional material template for Fallen which accompanied the ARC received.

Cherry's Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

Genre: YA, urban fantasy, chicklit

My Take On This Book:
The story telling quality is good but not that compelling. I give it a 4 out of 5. The story itself is quite insubstantial in my opinion. A young girl running around in school with her guilt, insecurity and boys. And that's it! I think that earned a 2 out of 5. The book ends with a cliffhanger which is never good in my book. Though it kind of closes the story, it is also a beginning of the next book. I give it another 2 out of 5. However it made the second book in the series look like a very good read indeed. And I wouldn't presume to judge the entire series by this book alone. In my experience, the first book in a series is usually not the best one. Take the Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) and the Dark Hunter (DH) series(es) for example, both Dark Lover (BDB) and Fantasy Lover (DH) are mediocre books. The best aspect of both books is that they are the start of a very good series. So hopefully this series would be one of them good ones. I look forward to the next book, Torment. Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5.

A BIG thank you to Doubleday for providing this ARC copy.

Other reviews on this book:
Fantasy Book by Ecarodiaz (added: April 2010)
The Moonlight To Twilight Blog (added: 10/06/10)


Saturday, 21 November 2009


Witch & Wizard by James Patterson 

About This Book:
Caption From The Cover Sleeve:
Your books, music and art - banned by the New Order.

You are holding an urgent and vital narrative that reveals the forbidden truth about these perilous times.

This is the astonishing testimonial of Whit and Wisty Allgood, brother and sister who were torn from their family in the middle of the night, slammed into prison, and accused of being a witch and wizard.

They are not alone in their terrifying predicament. Thousands of young people have been kidnapped; some have been accused; many others remain missing. Their fate is unknown, and the worst is feared - for the ruling regime will stop at nothing to suppress life and liberty, music and books, art and magic ... and the pursuit of being a normal teenager.

Most copies of this story have already been seized, shredded, or burned. Read this rare surviving edition and pass it along with care - before it's too late.
Cherry's Rating: 1 out of 5 cherries

Genre: YA fantasy

Verdict: Insubstantial + cliffhanger ending.

My Take On This Book:
The book is actually short enough to qualify as a pseudo-novella. The fonts are big and there are a lot of advertisement pages after the end. The entire book is just about the two main protagonists realizing that they are a witch and a wizard. Other than that, nothing else much. That is why I call this book insubstantial. The beginning and the end does not even connect to the whole story! It did not say how they got there and how the story resolved, i.e., cliffhanger ending. The story telling quality though is very good. I would give it a 5 out of 5. James Patterson can spin a story out of thin air, i.e., no inspiration and no material to work with. And I think that is exactly what happened to this book.

I posted the contest before I've read this book, now, I hope Icejewel is a more forgiving reader than me. I hope she'll enjoy this book more than I did!
Cherry Mischievous

Friday, 20 November 2009


* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
*Post a link along with your post back to Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Closest book: Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
P56, 5th sentence:

My mind flashed back to the lethal eyes behind the ski mask.


Thursday, 19 November 2009


This is what I got from my santa at the Book Bloggers Holiday Book Swap which arrived in the mail today:

Thank you santa for the wonderful books!!!

Advance Happy Holidays to all!!!


Monday, 16 November 2009


2012 The Movie

Verdict: Recommended movie to watch.

Mike took me to the movies lastnight. I had a blast watching 2012. I like the way the story gave credibility to the delimma by tying it up with science which is plausable in our present scientific advancement. A credible futuristic movie. I know, a contradiction of terms, but I like that in a science fiction. So as far as "suspension of disbelief" goes, I give it a 4 out of 5. I also like the way they play out the emotional dynamics of a regular divorced family. A bit sugar-coated, but I like it none the less. There are so many divorced families now-a-days that it has almost become the "norm", I'm pretty sure a lot of people can connect with that. Over all, I give this film a 4 out of 5.

Cherry's Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. '2012' is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.
Source: Info in the Synopsis was taken from the movie's official website at http://www.whowillsurvive2012.com/ on 16/11/09.

Saturday, 14 November 2009


The winner of the Win Witch & Wizard  (WWW) is..... (((drum roll here)))

Congratulations to our winner!! And please contact me for your mailing address so that I could post your book to you on Monday.

And a big THANK YOU to all who participated in the contest!!

Notice: Postal strike continues (I think). So please expect delays.


Friday, 13 November 2009


* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
*Post a link along with your post back to Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Closest book: Fallen by Lauren Kate
P56, 5th sentence:

This girl was probably playing dumb so Luce would relive the whole mortifying scene.


Monday, 9 November 2009


For December 2009, we will be having a Christmas Bonanza where you get to win Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and The Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan among other prizes!

In January 2010, there will be an Awakening giveaway in the spirit of January where we awaken to a brand spanking new year ahead... we would have Servant The Awakening by LL Foster and The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong, among other prizes, up for grabs!

In February, of course is a Valentine contest...

Watch this space!!!

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