Monday, April 25, 2011

I won ' The Time Travelling Fashionista' by Bianca Turetsky

Hi buddies! 

I have got a good news to share. I won an international copy of ' The Time Travelling Fashionista' by Bianca Turetsky- a give away from for YA lovers. I am so glad that I won it.I got acquainted with this genre of fiction very recently. I have not read any of it. I am really excited about this one. I will give its review very soon in my blog and also in goodreads and amazon.

 Thanks a lot. I have received the copy and I will be reading it soon.

Here is the description from Goodreads.

    "When Louise Lambert receives a mysterious invitation to a traveling vintage fashion sale in the mail, her normal life in suburban Connecticut is magically transformed into a time traveling adventure.

    After a brief encounter with two witchy salesladies and donning an evening gown that once belonged to a beautiful silent film star, Louise suddenly finds herself onboard a luxurious cruise ship in 1912. As Alice Baxter, the silent film star, Louise enjoys her access to an extensive closet of gorgeous vintage gowns and begins to get a feel for the challenges and the glamour of life during this decadent era. Until she realizes that she's not just on any ship-- she's on the Titanic!

    Will Louise be able to save herself and change the course of history, or are she and her film star alter ego, destined to go down with a sinking ship in the most infamous sea disaster of the 20th century?"

Monday, April 18, 2011

I want to interview 'YOU'

It's been a year since I started this blog. Usually a year does not appear too long. But for me, it does. I  learnt a lot in this one year. The experience has been great. When I started this blog, little did I know that I would complete one year and that too with love and support in great deal from this blogging fraternity.I had grown a lot. I did not know how to post, in the begnning. I was too ignorant that I would start a new blog for each post. I went on creating blogs.I had about 15 blogs and I deleted them all. Hey! You learn from mistakes, right?

I did not start this blog as ' Passion Drops.' It was ' Shalet's Creative Impressionzz' before. It used to carry my works as a copy writer. You could see my captions and copies in the 'older post.' When I left my job, I had  nothing to flaunt. I liked that blog and I did not want to delete it. I kept it without any updation until I transformed into a blog for books. It was a wonderful experience. I post small reviews of the books I read. To be honest, I was not too greedy for followers for this blog for I knew it would take time. I was like a child who was enchanted with this book world and I was ready to take my own time. Now I have 14 buddies in my 'followers' widget – a pleasant surprise. Debra, me motivated with her comments.Kate, MedeiaSharif, list is endless...A big thank you to everyone. For the  first time in my life, I learned that my cup of tea is mysteries and thrillers and hope that there are lots to come.

As this is my first blogging anniversary, I would like to venture into something new. I want to interview the writers, aspiring writers and bloggers. Though it sounds  a bit clichéd, it is not so. I do not want to put the same questions to each and every one. I would take my own time to go through the blogs and frame questions according to it. It would be a great experience to be a part of the journey undertaken by my fellow bloggers. When I started this blog , I was an utter illiterate about various genres. Gothic Fictions, YA fictions etc. are not known to me before. Hence, I want these interviews to throw light on various features for all those starters like me, who are completely unaware of the meticulous details of this enchanting book world.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie (I plan to read)

Shamsie’s complex fifth novel, spanning the years between August 1945 and September 2001, is a story of two inextricably connected and politically impacted families. Berliner Konrad Weiss and Hiroko Tanaka, his translator, meet in Nagasaki and plan to marry. But after he is incinerated by the bomb and she is left permanently scarred, Hiroko journeys to Delhi, home of Konrad’s half-sister, Elizabeth Burton, and her British husband, James. Hiroko bonds with James’ assistant, Sajjad. With Partition between India and Pakistan looming, the Burtons return to England, where their son Henry is in boarding school. Hiroko and Sajjad marry, but they’re not allowed back into India, since Sajjad is a Muslim who “chose to leave.” Shamsie takes up their story 35 years later in Karachi, where they have one son, Raza, after bomb-related miscarriages. Henry appears, searching for his past, and offers to assist with Raza’s education; by 2001, they’re working together for the CIA in the U.S. Shamsie offers a moving look at the “complicated shared history” of these two families, an increasingly common facet of globalization. --Deborah Donovan(review from

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Nmesis by Agatha Christie

 Agatha Christie has always had her own way of creating a plot. This story starts from nothing and then ensues the real sinister incidents. I loved it all the way. She gives a lot of characters that either you end up judging everyone or you rather stands blinking at them for her characters are not that explicit. That's why I really like reading her.

If I am not wrong, ' Nemesis' is the last of her Marple series. 

Marple is surprised when she gets a letter from Mr. Rafiel, who is dead  a few days back. He is talking about something very vaguely which became rather a nerve racking job for her.Besides it, he has kept a handful amount of money for Jane Marple to undertake this task. What is the task? That is the mystery. Mr. Rafiel's letter does not give her much clue. She is quite certain that something sinister has happened and Mr. Rafiel, who is a just man wants the justice to be done, at the earliest The story really gains momentum when she sets on an expedition that has been arranged by the late Mr. Rafiel. The mystery gets unravelled slowly.

 Robert Weaver in the Toronto Daily Star of December 4, 1971 said, "Christie richly deserves the loyalty offered up to her by devotees of the traditional mystery. She is readable and ingenious, and in Nemesis she has going for her the amateur lady sleuth Miss Jane Marple deep in a murder case as she tries to carry out a request that comes in effect from beyond the grave. Beyond 80 Miss Christie remains unflagging."

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Madman's diary by Thom Racina

" Pulse - Pounding excitement winner."
                                                               - Harriet Klausner
" Harrowing...a suspense lover's dream."
                                                      - Romantic Times

 My thought

Judy never thought she could be one of the reason for all the killings that was happening around her. When she realized it, it was too late. She thought that the deaths of her close friends were just a coincidence until she learned the death of her mentor and boss, Norman Lempke,, which made not only Judy apprehensive, but also her dear friends Skeet and Anne. The way he was murdered  offered
enough proof that a lunatic was lurking in the darkness. When it should rear its ugly head was not known to anybody. 
Judy was an architect who lives with her room-mate Skeet. The relationship started when they were quite young, but soon it gave way to a relationship beyond that. They ceased being lovers and became soul mates and their balanced atmosphere takes a twist when Judy's boss was murdered brutally. Death has also occurred to her other friends, but she dismissed it as natural deaths. It was her friend Anne, who was a mystery writer got a hunch for the first time that it was nothing but cold blooded murders.

It is a diary that takes the story and gives us the creeps. There was a Shaman, who believed himself as an Indian was killing people. Who was he ?

  Dear Diary:

Dead, the man who desired her for his own. I will grieve for him, for what I have done, for what I had to do. But this is my duty...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

" Forensic archaeology has become a fashionable sub- section of crime fiction. Elly Griffiths has produced a particularly good variation on this theme....this is a cleverly plotted and extremely interesting first crime novel, highly recommended" Literary Review 

Forensic expert Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate, when a skeleton was unearthed in Norwich. Some builders while demolishing a large house dug out a skeleton underneath its doorway.It was of a child and had no skull. Dr. Ruth Galloway plunged into action. She was a forensic archaeologist.
DCI Harry Nelson had to find out whether it was a cold blooded murder or something that happened many years ago as a part of some ritual as the mansion's history could be traced to the remote past.
The house was once a children's home and while investigating, Harry Nelson found out that there were two children missing who were siblings. The investigation got intense as somebody was also trying to scare Ruth out of her wits. 

My thought

I do not call it a chilling suspense that could send shivers down your spine. But it was a good read and gave a good suspense as I keep on guessing ' Who done it.' I  pinned my hopes on each character that he or she did it. But all my efforts were in vain, which definitely was one feature that made it a good read. The other highlight of the story is the baby of Ruth and Nelson who is yet to be born. It was just an accident and Nelson is a married man and Ruth did not like to be in a relationship. I kept on guessing that a chemistry would soon develop between them. I just kept on guessing and nothing happened. 
This book is the third one in the Ruth Galloway series, the others being ' The Crossing Palace,' 'The house at Seas End.'

I would give 6/4

Saturday, April 2, 2011



India beat Srilanka by 6 wickets.

We won the World Cup, 2011.

Three Cheers for India.

Hip, hip......Hurrah,
Hip, hip......Hurrah,
Hip, hip......Hurrah.

India bagged the Cricket World Cup after long 28 years.

Friday, April 1, 2011

'Parippuvada and Tea'

I have read from blogs that, most of the avid readers prefer a coffee cup filled with brewing coffee alongside a wonderful book. I tried to sip coffee while reading. But it was not that easy. I do not mind the big cup but not with brewing coffee, but South Indian tea where we mix milk with the decoction. My day begins with it, so why am I going for a coffee.

This is what I really liked to have while reading books ' Parippuvada' and Chaaya(tea). Though Parippuvada(s) do not look that attractive, it's crispy and it is readily available anywhere in Kerala.