Archive | April 2012

Sleeping Murder

Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home,odd things started to happen.Despite her best efforts to modernise the house,she only succeeded in dredging up its past.Worse,she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs….

In fear,Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts.Between them,they were to solve a ‘perfect’ crime committed many years before.

Sounds creepy,yeah i know but its an amazing novel written by Agatha Christie.Miss Marple is a detective who solves the crime cases in Agatha Christie`s book.Either its Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple.The difference between the two detectives is that Miss Marple`s cases are less complicated than Hercule Poirot.I`ll rate it a 10/10.It`s an amazing novel and a must read.Do read it and tell me your reviews.Happy reading to all the bookaholics. 🙂

Death on the Nile

Crime novels are the second best that i love to read apart from vampires.So this is one of the best crime novel i have ever read written by Agatha Christie.She is the crime queen and hence many of her novels are worth reading.If you are not planning to read this novel,u can watch the movie.Its equally amazing.

The tranquility of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head.She was young,stylish and beautiful.A girl who had everything until she lost her life.This case is solved by one of Agatha Christie`s crime solver/detective Helcule Poirot.

This book is somewhat different and very promising.You`ll love to watch the movie to understand the characters better.I`ll rate it a 10/10 for its contents and the mystery it has.We also have a game based on Death on the Nile, i have played this game and its wonderful.Do try it and tell me ur reviews.Its a must read novel for those who love mystery and crime novels.

(A part of Eclectic Reader Challenge,genre-Crime/Mystery Fiction)

Night World

Night World is a series of ten young adult fantasy novels by American author L.J Smith. The series presents a story in which vampires, witches, werewolves and shape-shifters live among humans without their knowledge. These supernatural races make up a secret society known as the Night World, which enforces two fundamental laws to prevent discovery: 1) Never allow humans to gain knowledge of the Night World’s existence and, 2) Never fall in love with one of them.

Each volume of the series follows a different protagonist (always a teenage girl) who must face various challenges involving love, the “Soulmate principle” and the Night World’s strict code.These are 3 volumes in total,in which 3 different stories are there.Some are okay while others are excellent.Its a must read novel.

The fourth novel Strange Fate would be a conclusion novel,and a very good one too.If u wont u can take the volumes as a standby as it can be read individually also,but its better u shud read all to know about the wild power and about the soulmate principle.I`ll rate it a 9/10.

List of parts of Night World:-

  1. Secret Vampire
  2. Daughters of Darkness
  3. Spellbinder
  4. Dark Angel
  5. The Chosen
  6. Soulmate
  7. Huntress
  8. Black Dawn
  9. Witchlight
  10. Strange Fate

The stories i personally like out of these were:-

  • The Chosen
  • Soulmate
  • Huntress
  • Blackdawn

Out of these four also i recommend u to first read The Chosen and Blackdawn,the rest all the 10 are also very good but these are the best.I dont recommend u to buy the Ultimate Fan Guide of Night World,its waste of money.I have it and i didnt like it as it was not worth,but yes the novels are worth ur time and money,especially the 4 i have recommended.

Do buy them,and enjoy every story and tell me ur reviews.Do comment.Happy reading to all the bookaholics…… 🙂

Blue Bloods

This is one novel which exhausted me in its search.I went to 52 bookstores but couldn`t find it but atlast i did.Again an amazing novel with a completely different concept of blue bloods and silver bloods.Though i haven`t read all,but yes i have read 6 parts to give u a good view.

Schuyler Van Alen has had trouble fitting in at Duchesne, her prestigious New York City private school. She prefers baggy, vintage clothes instead of the Prada and pearls worn by her classmates. Schuyler is an outcast at her school and only survives with the help of her best friend, Oliver Hazard-Perry. Her mother, Allegra, has been in a coma for years and her father, Stephen Chase, is believed to be dead. Schuyler lives with her grandmother, Cordelia, in a rundown mansion located in upper Manhattan. Although they share a home, Schuyler receives little affection from her grandmother.

Mimi Force is the “It” girl at Duchesne and believed to be the most beautiful girl in New York’s history. Rich, beautiful, smart and powerful, Mimi and her twin brother Jack are the most popular children at their school. Their father, Charles Force, owns a series of businesses and is influential in New York City.

Bliss Llewellyn is a new girl at Duchesne. Her big, curly red hair and cheerleading moves are not as impressive in New York as they were in Texas. She quickly gets in the popular crowd in befriending Mimi Force, but later becomes good friends with Schuyler. Her father, Forsyth Llewellyn, is a senator.

When Schuyler and Bliss are fifteen years old, their lives change dramatically. They are invited to join “The Committee,” which is made up of a select group of New York’s oldest and most influential families, including Mimi and Jack Force. When Schuyler and Bliss attend their first meeting, they learn that they are vampires (or vampyres as Bliss liked to call herself), fallen angels known as Blue Bloods. They are born again and again, forever cursed to walk the Earth in a series of different lives, or “Cycles.” Their current Cycle turns out to be an exciting one when they discover that their continued existence as Blue Bloods is being threatened by the Silver Bloods, Blue Bloods who have gone bad and are draining the life blood of other Blue Bloods. This is known as “Full Consumption” and allows the Silver Bloods to carry the life and memories of their victim inside them forever.

The series follows the full cast of characters through several exciting adventures throughout the world.I liked all the parts till now,they are all very amazing and interesting.It`s a must read novel,its not so much romantic but yes u`ll definitely enjoy it.It`s a young adult fantasy fiction mystery novel.

Each blue blood lives a normal cycle like a human, but reincarnate every 100 years. They don’t remember their past lives until they start the change to vampire in there teenage years. Then, they remember their past lives and start to develop their abilities. Every blue blood was an angel that has a twin soul they are bonded with. Sometimes the vampires have to find their twin in a cycle. They must also renew their bond every cycle, like a wedding ceremony, this unleashes the full potential of their powers and memories.

Do read these novels to find the truth about blue bloods and silver bloods.These series are written by Melissa De La Cruz.I`ll rate it a 9/10.So go and fetch the series for fun.Yeah i know u`ll definitely find some names very weird but still whats there in a name.Do read it and tell me ur views.

List of all the parts of Blue Bloods novel:-

  1. Blue Bloods
  2. Masquerade
  3. Revelations
  4. The Van Alen Legacy
  5. Misguided Angel
  6. Lost in Time
  7. The Gates of Paradise- will be published in January 2013.

Harry Potter

I never thought i would ever go for these novels,or read any novels apart from vampires.These thick series always kept me away from them,but when i watched the first movie on T.V,i was awestruck by the witchcraft and animation used,and then i ordered them.So here is a brief review/summary of the novels that is on my top list.

Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J.K Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard,Harry Potter and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry . The main story arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aims are to become immortal, to conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter.

I`ll rate it a 10/10(no doubt about that).I too want to become a witch or want to be able to use witchcraft.Yeah i know am confused between vampires and witches.So i`ve decided i`ll become a vampire and i`ll also ask a witch to give some of her powers to me.So a combination of both.Hee hee i hope this dream comes true.So rush to the stores(i know u all must have as i am late for the review,but atleast those who haven`t can go and fetch them),they r amazing.

Waiting for the comments ,pls post some.Thnks and happy reading to all the bookaholics… 🙂

(A part of Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012 genre-Thriller)

Twilight Saga

                                                

Before starting with the main part i wud like to confess that this was my first novel…..yeah first novel without any pics as i did`nt read any book that didnt had any.Now all of us wud be aware of these series as they are very famous and are very good and interesting.I was very fascinated with the summary so i bought the set and as usual i wasn`t disappointment wid it.

Twilight is a series of four vampire themed fantasy romance novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. It charts a period in the life of Isabella or “Bella” Swan, a teenage girl who moves to Forks,Washington, and falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. The series is told primarily from Bella’s point of view, with the epilogue of Eclipse and Part II of Breaking Dawn being told from the viewpoint of character Jacob Black, a werewolf.

Its an amazing novel, with good content.For better understanding you can watch the movie,though u`ll always not find all d content of the book in the movie,but sure it will be a great medium for better understanding of the story,place and ofcourse the characters.I`ll rate it a 10/10.

Do read the novel and tell me how u liked it.Happy reading to all the bookaholics…….. 🙂

List of all the parts of Twilight Saga:-

1) Twilight

2) New Moon

3) Eclipse

4) Breaking Dawn

(A part Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012,genre-Romantic Fiction)

Blood Coven

The Blood Coven series consists of eight fantasy/romance novels by Mari Mancusi. It follows the lives of the twins Sunshine McDonald and Rayne McDonald. “Sunny” is a blond beautiful girl who is popular in school, while Rayne is a rebellious girl with few friends. The series starts when Rayne should become a vampire but instead Sunny is bitten.Yeah Sunny is bitten instead of Rayne as i mentioned above that they both are twins,so even vampires can`t distinguish them in their first meet.

In the first one u`ll find that:-

When Sunny McDonald gets dragged to Club Fang by her twin sister Rayne, she doesn’t expect to find anything besides a bunch of Goth kids playing at being vampires. But when some guy mistakes Sunny for her dark-side-loving sister and bites her on the neck, she finds out that his fangs are real—and deadly.

Now, Sunny has less than a week to figure out how to reverse the bite, or else she’s going to end up as the perpetually undead. And not only will she be a vampire, she’ll also be bonded to Magnus—the bloodsucker who bit her—forever.

With such a coincidental mistake how the events take place,u need to see that.With Magnus being a good-looking vampire and with Sunny and Rayne the series again like all my others becomes a must read.

Its not a complicated story with heavy contents,and many characters,it is a simple and yet beautifully explained vampire novel that everyone wud enjoy.It took a lot of time for me to search up a novel and when i caught hold of its summary i wasn`t able to hold back,and i can say that i didn’t regret it.The first book is Boys that bite,and it`s a very familiar and a famous one.

I`ll rate it a 9.5/10 .With such a good rating nobody can resist this novel any further.The coverpage of the novels are so interesting and beautiful.I hope u`ll read the novels and do comment.

List of all the parts of Blood Coven:-

1) Boys that Bite

2) Stake That

3) Girls that Growl

4) Bad Blood

5) Night School

6) Blood Ties

7) Soul Bound

8) Blood Forever

(A part of Eclectic Readers Challenge,your favourite genre-Vampire fiction fantasy.)

 

10 ways to make sure you’re safe while driving

Car maintenance is must
Always check if you have enough fuel in your car before leaving home. You don’t want to be stuck up in the middle of nowhere with an empty tank and bad guys on the prowl. Check the car batteries and coolant routinely. Check your wheels regularly and practice changing tyres at home — the faster you do it, the less chances you have of being harassed on the road. Also, subscribe to an emergency car breakdown repair service and call them in case your motor’s giving trouble — waste no time in dilly-dallying or seeking help from strangers.

Doors locked, windows up
The first step to being safe at the wheels is to make sure your
windows are rolled up and your doors are locked. You wouldn’t leave your front door unlocked and your windows open at home, so get in the habit of securing your car the same way before you set out. Do this as soon as you step inside the vehicle — you can touch up on the makeup and check your phone later. Often, women lock their own doors, but forget to check the passenger doors and windows. They prove to be more of a risk, so make sure other doors and windows are safely locked and rolled up too.

Avoid distractions
Keep your music system at a reasonable volume when driving, and don’t space out or check your text messages or make calls to chat up at every traffic signal. Carjackers and harassers rely on the element of surprise, so if you’re keeping eyes and ears alert to what’s going on outside your vehicle, they don’t have a chance to sneak up on you. Drivers should be scanning the road constantly, both ahead and in the rear-view mirror.

Don’t take the same route
It becomes much easier for a stalker to plan an attack if you’ve been using the same road everyday. Make sure you change your route to office, work and your gym or the mall as frequently as you can, especially if you commute during late hours. If there’s no alternative route to your place, pick a friend and bring him/her along with you one day, stop over at another friend’s or family member’s place the next time — the idea is to break the pattern and be unpredictable.

Don’t lock horns
If someone is trying to overtake from the wrong side or honking constantly in order to attract attention, let them go without engaging in road rage. Don’t even look at someone who’s trying to play Smart Alec on the road. Just drive on, or turn away. The worst thing you can do is get into a fight — such drivers are aggressive and can resort to harm in order to feel more powerful than you. It’s not worth it, really.

What to do when chased
Make sure you have emergency numbers on the first few keys of your phone; dial the police or their women’s helpline at the first inkling of being followed, and tell them exactly where you are and which way you’re headed. Drive to the nearest police station (you need to know this beforehand), hospital emergency room entrance (there are usually armed guards there) or any crowded market place where you can get help immediately. Do not stop, even if it means carefully blowing stop signs or a light or turn away into a crowded road.

Keep someone posted
When driving at night, let someone know when you are leaving, what time you expect to arrive at your destination (or checkpoints for longer journeys) and check in with a trusted person every hour. Agree that at check-ins you will give your exact location and if you miss a check-in, your trusted person will notify the police of your last whereabouts and intended destination. Make sure the trusted person has written identification details such as the make, models and year of your car, your license plate number, and a physical description of you including what clothing you have on.

Avoid playing a saviour
If anyone approaches your window asking for directions in slow or stopped traffic, leave the help to someone else — they have a hundred other cars to go to. Do not stop for a lone man or even a couple or family, even if you see their car broken down. In case you do decide to speak to a stranger, crack the window an inch or two instead of opening it all the way. Don’t pull over if someone stops you, and never, ever give a ride to a stranger even if he or she looks ‘genuine’.

Be careful while parking
If you’re parking on a street or inside a mall, find a spot that is well-lit. Avoid parking in areas where very few vehicles are parked. Always look out for crowded areas. Also, make sure you take out the key well before reaching the parking lot and clench it in your fist such that the metal part juts out of your fingers to turn into a weapon if you need to throw a punch at a troublemaker. Don’t park next to large vehicles, windowless vans, vehicles with tinted windows, or trucks with caps.

Don’t fall for old tricks
Not switching on the wipers when faced with an egg smash on your windshield or not reaching out for a pamphlet placed on the glass is important. Another common trick is that while one member of a group of attackers distracts you by making a sound, the other lies low to grab you the moment you step out to check if all is well. In such cases, ignore and drive away; you can always check later.

 

Top 10 safety websites that women must know about

1)  womens-self-defense-instruction-online.com
Self-defence Instruction for women online aims is to acquaint girls with basic self-defence moves that will help them when in trouble. The goal is to help them develop a successful plan before something happens. Basic self defence

moves given on the website have been designed by professionals who have years of experience in creating self-defence programs. The practical self-defence moves are specifically crafted for women/girls, who have no previous training in combatives, or martial arts. Log on to this site to learn these easy moves and stay safe.

2)  kevincoffee.com
On this website detective Kevin Coffey, an expert in travel safety and other crime avoidance advice, lists important safety measures that women should take in their daily lives. From smart safety travel tips on how to avoid date rape drugs, tips to prevent rape and escape from the rapist to a host of other safety tips from experts including women cops, the website has a comprehensive coverage of various safety issues surrounding women. The detailed presentation of these topics with subheads makes it easier for one to implement the instructions. For instance, safety tips for women travellers has sub-topics such as how to choose a hotel, how to have a safe flight, how to take care of your luggage, money and etc.

3)  self-defense-mind-body-spirit.com
The safety tips given on this website provide you with common day to day measures that you can take to protect yourself against criminal activity. Each of the articles listing safety tips give information on real life threatening scenarios and how you can prepare yourself to ensure your safety. Having the knowledge and a pre-planned set of actions to take for as many scenarios of danger as you may face, can improve your chances of not getting victimised. Some of the articles on this website are on ATM safety, driving safety, home safety, parking lot safety, transportation safety, travel safety, vacation safety, and walking safety.

4)  suite101.com
This is yet another website that should feature in a woman’s must-check list. There are a wide range of topics on women safety that are covered here. Beginning with safe dating tips, night-outs, returning home late from work, solo boating safety practices, to tips on how to be safe in unfamiliar countries, use the cell phone safely and more, there’re a host of useful tips for women. It also has a special section for single pregnant travellers. Most of these tips are handy and can help avert awkward and uncomfortable situations. Also it tells you what to do if you are being followed, if you are walking alone to your home at night, if you are out on your first date with a person you don’t know well, and more.

5)  women-in-charge.net
This website by a woman called Sera is meant for women. Though on the outset it may look like any regular website offering beauty, shopping, health and fitness tips and easy recipes but delve a little further in the tips section, and you come across interesting tips on how to stay safe at night. The website suggests you take your dog along with you, carry a weapon like pepper spray or a knife, tell someone where you are heading to, be confident etc. It also provides you with tactics to deal with burglars.

6 ) Safetyforwomen.com
A comprehensive women safety website that gives out self-defence tips and tricks for women. The USP of the website is one new safety tip that pops up on the top right side, prompting what to do when caught in a life-threatening situation. It also has a section on domestic violence and how to deal with it. The category titled common threats enumerates all possible threats that a woman is likely to face, and ways to avoid them. It encourages readers to share their stories and ways through which they got out of a dangerous situation. It also has pictures showing self-defence methods when one is attacked.

7 ) crime-safety-security.com
The website has put up life-saving lessons taken from real life interactions with children’s groups, college students, civic groups, corporations, rape survivors, and veteran cops at police academies. There is also a special section on home security that creates awareness about home invasions and burglaries and also gives safety tips on how to avoid them. You will also find the inputs on safe driving, parking lot safety, and street crime tips quite useful. The real-life stories throughout this website show you how to stack the odds in your favour. You’ll also find tips on how to avoid a face-to-face encounter, control fear, and most importantly, how to outsmart them.

8 ) lawisgreek.com
Women-related laws and women-centric issues are tackled in detail in this resourceful website. The online portal simplifies laws and makes women aware of their legal and safety rights. Many real life stories and legal cases with the verdict are available on the website for women to refer to and learn from them. Some interesting must-reads here are Legal Rights: Problems Faced by Working Women in India; Indian Laws: Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill. So, if you have any doubts regarding your rights and don’t know what to do, try logging into this website, and know about the your laws in details, without having to worry about tough language or incomprehensible jargon. The cases in example act as good reference points for women.

9) autos.aol.com
All motorists need to be careful on the highway, but female drivers of all ages, unfortunately, have to be doubly vigilant to avoid becoming victims of crimes while driving, including carjacking, sexual assault, robbery and worse. Articles on this website give tips to women on such issues so that such unwarranted incidents of carjacking, robbery, sexual assault by a passenger etc can be avoided. This website has everything that you need to know about safe commuting. Read up before you take to the roads, and be safe.

10)  myproperty.ph
This website gives practical and helpful tips to women who are living alone or are planning to live alone for the first time. Right from choosing an accommodation to installing alarm systems, and getting to know the neighbours, the site tells you everything that you need to know about safety and security when you are on your own. You can also find information about your legal rights when it comes to taking a place on rent, dealing with the landlord and other issues related to accommodation. Detailed and simplified explanations make this website quite
user-friendly too.

10 things women must keep in mind while travelling alone

This article was printed by the Hindustan Times newspaper for the safety of women under the Safe in the city campaign.So do read these tips as they are very useful.There are several such articles,i`ll definitely post it for u all.

Look out for danger
Be aware of your surroundings, watch out for the people around you. This doesn’t mean being unnecessarily paranoid. But if you find somebody taking extra interest in you, or if you see the same guy turning up at the market or near your hotel again and again, take note. Bring it to the notice of the cops in the area. Don’t ignore it; he may be a stalker. Since it’s an unfamiliar place, do not try to resolve the matter by speaking to the person. It’s always better to stay safe and be proactive. Also, while in an unknown territory, keep important helpline and emergency numbers with you. When you feel the situation is beyond your control, call up for help without a second thought.

Trust your instincts
Traveling to foreign lands does not mean that a woman puts her instincts on a holiday too. You may not know the language of the land, but listen to your gut feeling to gauge whether a person trying to be friendly means harm or not. If a person is making you uncomfortable, or a situation is suddenly going from friendly to overfriendly, get out of there as fast as possible. Also, don’t get into arguments with strangers, be polite but firm. Always remember they would have more friends than you do in their city, and just in case they decide to teach you a lesson, you’d be outnumbered. It’s better to take precautions and be on your guard.

A guidebook can Help
A guide book is the most helpful companion on a trip to an unknown land. It can help you get familiar with the streets and culture of the place. It also provides information about the hotels to stay at, their location and shopping places. The guidebook also gives you information about the eating joints around. It’s better not to ask strangers for information on such things as they can mislead you or get you into trouble. Try not to be adventurous and take off to unfamiliar suburbs or faraway restaurants as it would be difficult to get help in such places. Plan visits to places mentioned in the guidebook as these books suggest things only after doing proper research.

Busy places are safe
This is an old advice, but often ignored. Don’t walk alone on deserted stretches, especially in the dark. Think about things you wouldn’t do in your home country, like walking down isolated roads or taking off without telling someone. Going to a popular and crowded place can actually make a woman less of a target, as it helps her to blend in with the surroundings and get help when needed. Moreover, in a crowd, a person would think twice before harassing you as he would not want to draw attention to himself. So, always remember, when on foreign shores, stick around only in crowded places and leave a note at the hotel, saying where you are going.

Guard your belongings
Use covered luggage tags. Instead of your home address, write that of your office. Don’t let people know where you stay. Lock all suitcases and secure documents that reveal your identity. Keep your passport safe; carry a copy of it and leave the original in the hotel safe. When out, keep a close track of your handbag; don’t leave it on the floor or a chair. A good idea is to put your valuables in a security waist pack and wear it while sleeping. When you go to the lavatory, take your purse/valuables with you. For your safety, carry important self-defence tools such as pocket knives, pepper spray, torch, etc. For the entire list, refer to yesterday’s Safe In The City page.

Pick your hotel with care
If you are going to a country for the first time, it is wise to get a room booked in advance after thorough research. It saves you from being lost in a new place. After the first night, you can always find another hotel that suits you better. When choosing a hotel, aim for a busy street (neighbourhood restaurants and late-night stores mean traffic). Avoid corporate office areas which get deserted at night. Affluent residential areas tend to have more reliable transportation and fewer threatening people. A reception and concierge desk near the entrance or elevators is more likely to deter miscreants from entering the hotel. Check if your hotel has a safe; avoid carrying valuables around.

Dress appropriately
It’s important to dress according to the culture of the place you are visiting. Even though it’s your right to dress the way you want, understanding a country’s culture and dress code will save a woman from unwanted attention and would allow her to interact more comfortably with the local population. Avoid wearing something too revealing as that draws unnecessary attention.  Also, avoid wearing jewellery or expensive items as that would make you an easy target for thieves. Always dress comfortably, so that in time of danger you can easily get away and make a run for your safety. Tightly-fitted clothing will restrict your movement.

Sightseeing Tips
Study a map before going out; once on the street, use a pocket-size guidebook to avoid looking like a tourist. Your hotel’s concierge or a female employee can mark all those areas on your map that can pose danger and should be avoided. While walking from your hotel towards the town, register landmarks and remember street names so you can find your way back. If you must ask for directions, approach families or women with children. To be extra safe, say, “Where is the XYZ place? I’m meeting my husband there.” If possible, also try to carry a GPS-enabled phone with you so that you don’t get lost.

Watch your drinks
Nightlife is one of the great perks of travel. If you are travelling alone, enjoy yourself, but bear in mind that being tipsy in your own neighbourhood is a lot different from being tipsy in a bar in an unknown place. For one, your instincts are short and any potential danger goes unnoticed. Secondly, getting home isn’t easy, especially in foreign cabs on unknown streets. But that doesn’t mean you turn into a teetotaller on your trips abroad, just know your limit and don’t go overboard. No matter how stressed you are, alcohol shouldn’t act as a stress-buster in a new land. If you have to beat stress, try something more safe like listening to music or watching a movie.

Company can be helpful
Travelling as a woman alone can be brilliant, but in case you want to go somewhere remote and would like company, having other fellow travellers accompanying you is a great idea. Travellers often watch out for each other, and sometimes, this is the best safety bet. There are many advantages of having someone along with you because if you do get into trouble then there will be at least two of you to tackle it.

House of Night

House of Night is a series of vampire themed fantasy novels by American author P.C Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast. It follows the adventures of Zoey Redbird, a sixteen-year-old girl who has just become a “fledgling vampyre” and is required to attend the House of Night boarding school in Tulsa,Oklahoma.

After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them).

Warning: It’s addictive.

So the author spells the word vampire as “vampyre” but we know both r same except for the replacement of “i” with a “y”. :-)Let me warn you beforehand that you might not like the first 2 novels so much but it is an excellent one.You`ll definitely love it.Actually we have a little slow beginning but it paces up with events following it further.There are currently 9 parts and the tenth part would be released soon.I`ll rate it a 10/10.Its an awesome book with a concept of fledgling and u`ll enjoy it as it`s every fold is having a deadly secret within.Her romantic life with many twists and turns,mysteries,family problems,friends and much more will really make u engrossed in it.

This series follows with Zoey finding the truth,fighting the evil,love life,family,friends,school life etc.All elelments in a single series will take for a ride to otherwordly experiences.

House Rules:-

Rule #1:

If you’ve been Marked by a Tracker, night has chosen thee. You will go through the Change and turn into a vampyre. However, if your body rejects the Change, you die.

Rule #2:

If you are Marked, you must leave your home and move into the House of Night school, where you will take your place as a fledgling and live for four years.

Rule #3:

At the House of Night School, classes begin at 8pm and end at 3am. The gym is open until dawn.

Rule #4:

You can never be far from an adult Vampyre for long. And it’s not like you’ll turn into a pumpkin. It’s a much bigger deal than that.

Rule #5:

Formal rituals are held at Nyx’s Temple twice a week. At the ceremony’s commencement, turn to the east, south, west and north to summon (in order) air, fire, water and earth.

Rule #6:

If one of the cats at the school chooses you, you will belong to him or her. Not the other way around.

Rule #7:

Every High Priestess is given an affinity, or special powers, by the Goddess.

Rule #8:

If you ever leave school grounds, you cannot wear any part of your uniform (which is primarily basic black) and must conceal all tattoo markings.

Rule #9:

Here at the House of Night school, there are no lockers. You will have cabinets in your homeroom. If someone steals something, the vamps will know it. As will Nyx.

Before buying every novel i search for it for about 2-3 months and then when i am 100% sure that it is worth buying,i write it down in my diary and order it accordingly.So all the novels i`ll mention in my blog related to vampires wud be one of the best ones.Shortly u`ll get all their reviews here.And when u`ll search for the best vampire novels most of them u`ll find here.

As i write in my every column people may or may not like it but its a must read for vampire fans.Its a very nice novel and everything is very well blended in it.U`ll definitely like it.So what r u thinking about go and rush to a nearby bookstore and buy ur copy.Do read and u can ask various questions about this novel to be sure whether it`s really a good one or not before setting ur foot in a bookstore.So i am open for all comments,and any questions.Happy reading.

List of all parts of HoN novels:-

  1. Marked
  2. Betrayed
  3. Chosen
  4. Untamed
  5. Hunted
  6. Tempted
  7. Burned
  8. Awakened
  9. Destined
  10. Hidden-yet to be released

Digital Fortress-by Dan Brown

When the United States National Security Agency‘s code-breaking supercomputer (TRANSLTR)-(u pronounce it as translator) encounters a new and complex code—Digital Fortress—that it cannot break, Commander Trevor Strathmore calls in Susan Fletcher, their head cryptographer, to crack it. She discovers that it was written by Ensei Tankado, a former NSA employee who became displeased with the NSA’s intrusion into people’s private lives. Tankado intends to auction the code’s algorithm on his website and have his partner, “NDAKOTA”, release it for free if he dies. Essentially holding the NSA hostage, the agency is determined to stop Digital Fortress from becoming a threat to national security.It`s a science-fiction,techno thriller novel.

So,before last October i never expected to read any of Dan Brown`s novels.This was gifted to me on my birthday by one of my friends who know`s i love novels.So i started reading it.I don`t know why but i had this impression in my mind that Dan Brown writes mystery novels.And i have read some novels by Agatha Christie so i found them very interesting but at the same time very complicated to keep a track.So i thought maybe this will turn out to be the same.But wait till u start reading it,its an amazing,min-blowing,wonderful,brilliant(forgot more words) novel.

And wait till u get a hold over the cracked code.It`s far from anyone to judge,and that makes it a brilliant cum balanced novel.I appreciate Dan Brown who was able to hold the readers with the mystery till the end.

I`ll give it a 10/10,and its a must read novel even if u dont like such genres.Do rush to the stores and read it and tell me how u liked it.Agree with my view or not?

(A part of Eclectic Reader Challenge 2012,genre-Science Fiction)

Magic cures by Cinnamon & Honey

Something that will be useful for most of you.(I hope):-)

 Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time itwill do what I rather call “crystallizing” When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water, turn off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.

Cinnamon and Honey
Bet the drug companies won’t like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon: It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a ‘Ram Ban’ (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.

Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada , in its issue dated 17 January,1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES:
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack.. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada , various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.

ARTHRITIS:
Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS:
Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder..

CHOLESTEROL:
Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS:
Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

UPSET STOMACH:
Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

GAS:
According to the studies done in India and Japan , it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM:
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION:
Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

INFLUENZA:
A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘ Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY:
Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20-year-old..

PIMPLES:
Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:
Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:
Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER:
Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.

FATIGUE:
Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

BAD BREATH:
People of South America , first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS:
Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it! It used to be yummmmm.:-)

Quotes-Will surely give you a message

  • Our worries should be like migrating birds.We should allow them to fly over,instead of letting them build a nest.
  • Be soft and cool like water so that you can adjust anywhere.Be tough and attractive like diamond so that no one can play with your emotions.
  • Whenever you are depresses,confused or hurt-stand in front of the mirror.You`ll see the best person who can solve all your problems.
  • Problems are like trees seen from a running train.As you approach them they grow bigger but once you pass them they become smaller.
  • For every minute your are angry,you lose 60 seconds of happiness.
  • Every person carries a pain within.Some hide it in their eyes while some hide it in their smiles.
  • Success may or may not give happiness,but a happy mind can surely lead to mighty success.
  • All the water of ocean cannot sink a ship unless it gets into the ship.All the pressure of life cannot hurt you unless you let it in.
  • The quickest way to acquire self confidence is to do exactly what you are afraid of doing.
  • When you rise,your friends know who you are.When you fall,you know who your friends are.
  • What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
  • Remember the words of Einstein-I`m thankful to those who said NO.It`s because of them i did it myself.

So always be positive it life,don`t take and give tensions,and be hopeful always.

Quotes-To coat your life with magic

  • Life is a book of mystery.You never know which page will bring a good twist in your life.So keep on reading because happiness comes when it is most unexpected.
  • Don`t keep your dreams in your eyes as they may fall as tears.Keep them in your heart so that every heartbeat can remind you about that.
  • The alphabet “A” does not come in the spellings of 1-999.It comes only once in 1000(thousAnd) and then continues.Success comes with patience.
  • The difference between dream and aim is that dream needs soundless sleeps to see but whereas an aim needs sleepless nights to achieve.
  • A well-wisher is not the one who talks to you everyday.A well-wisher is the one who may or may not talk to you but always think about your happiness.
  • Everyday sun rises to give us a message that darkness will always be beaten by light.
  • The richest person is not the one who has the most,but the one who needs the least.

More quotes to come your way shortly………..