#WattpadWednesday – An Interview with Aanchal Budhiraja aka TooHotToBeTrue2

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An Interview with Aanchal Budhiraja aka TooHotToBeTrue2 on Wattpad

(Of the Baking With Boys fame)

Okay, so I’ll start by saying that this is my first interview, ever (where I’ve been the interviewer, of course. There’ve been a shit ton of interviewee interviews in my life. We can thank my need for a job for that one.)

Any how, we’re getting off topic. This is my first interview and Aanchal is a dear friend of mine. So, if we’re absolutely, ridiculously unprofessional or we talk absolute shit, please forgive me. You’ve been warned.

Time to start!

I think this is the part where I introduce the guest for today/tonight/whatever time you’re reading this on.

And that person is Aanchal Budhiraja! A 20 year old college student, pursuing her masters in economics, Aanchal loves to write quirky stories about love, friendship and adventure, always leaving us wanting more with the abhorrent cliffhanger endings for each chapter. She loves to dye her hair in awesome colors and works out at odd hours of the day (seriously. Odd hours. She works out at midnight. So, you can say she is obsessed.)

She’s best known for her stories Baking With Boys and The Demon Babysitter.

Now that we know who we’re meeting today, let’s get started!

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Artifacts, Pete Catalano – Book Review

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25721477 It’s funny how one little letter can change a person’s life. Jax and his friends have been planning the summer of a lifetime at Camp Runamuck. However, when one of them is facing summer at a school desk for failing English, they watch those plans crash and burn!

At the last moment they’re given a way out.

An extra credit assignment to find several fake artifacts for a fairy tale display their teacher is presenting at the local library.

Thinking they’ve hit the easiest-extra-credit-ever jackpot, they begin rummaging through any piles of junk they can find. As they start putting the clues together, they realize that what they’re really searching for is one authentic artifact that can rewrite fairy tales!

Enlisting the aid of the Lost Boys, Jax and his friends battle fairy tale villains to see who can get their hand, or their hook, on it first.

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*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

What can I say about this book? It’s super cute and adorable and funny and witty and just so much fun to read!

This is my first middle grade read, so understandably, I was a little skeptical as to whether I’d like it or not. But, just the first chapter into the book and I knew my worries were for nothing. This book is sooooooo awesome!

It’s about a group of friends who help one of their own for an English credit so that they can all go to camp for the rest of the summer. And, the task is a treasure hunt of sorts. Yeah! Treasure hunt! I absolutely love those things. So, of course, I loved this too!

The characters are young and cute and adorable and awkward and sarcastic and funny. It is so much fun to read each one of them. I love all of them, really. They’re just toooo awesome!

The plot is amazing and the writing is fabulous. There isn’t anything that should really stop you from reading this story because it is soooooo amazing! Trust me. Go read!

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Princess of Tyrone, Katie Hamstead – Book Review

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Young girl with a crystal ballApolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.

All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss. Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable.

Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming—but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms.

But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever.

A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!

 

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So, where am I supposed to begin with? Maybe with the fact that I absolutely, absolutely adore this book! It is a splendid combination of humor, drama, romance and action and I am in love! ❤

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First and foremost, I am an absolute sucker for fairy tales. Yes, I’m that kinda girl. The one who believes in Prince Charming and his white horse and being swept off of their feet. So, yes, the prospect of fairy tales naturally excites me and that just makes this story all the more better.

In this retelling of Sleeping Beauty, there’s elements of Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella and The Red Riding Hood and Snow White, which is, without a doubt, my most favorite part about the story. I love it. I absolutely freakin’ love it! There are no other words.

But, other than that, this is a beautiful story. The way that it has been captured and told is stunning. The plot twists are absolutely awesome, the character development is fantastic and the arc of the story progresses beautifully. This story does not feel forced for even a second. There is a reason for each and every scene, every interaction and every moment. I love how it all comes together in the end and we understand that why that one scene in the beginning was so important for the story to progress. Katie is a truly gifted writer and I am in absolute awe of her story. ❤

Coming of the characters, they’re well written. They’re complex and varied, each one having their own purpose and reason. All characters have their distinct voices which come out strongly through the story and help build their personality. The dialogue flows smoothly and there isn’t anything that is forced or awkward or unnecessary.

My favorite character is without a doubt, Appoline. She’s smart and brave and kind hearted and head strong and I love her. She never backs down from a challenge and she’s always on top when it comes to helping people. She’s totally unafraid and brave. She’s also a kickass huntress which gives her a billion points. She’s cute and adorable and easily embarrassed, but she can dish it out just as well and have you turn into a puddle of goo (not the swoony, I’m – in – love – with – you – kind, but the embarrassing kind) in seconds. So, yeah, she’s like a walking paradox but she’s the most amazing thing ever! ❤

And then, there’s Allard. Sweet, sexy and absolutely delicious Allard. He, as you guessed, is the hero. He’s smart and brave and intelligent. He’s like super intelligent and genius which is what saves his life. Yeah, he’s alive because of his quick thinking and an ability to solve riddles, so that is extremely important. Other than that, he’s funny and determined and doesn’t back down without a fight. He’s the most kind hearted man ever. He loves and loves and loves. And, he’s respectful and duty bound and just the most amazing man ever. I love him. I seriously totally love him.

Together, Appoline and Allard make an awesome pair. They’re completely suited for each other and reading their story has made me feel incredibly happy! 😀

This story is a definite must read for all you romance fans out there! Especially if you believe in fairy tales.

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6585259Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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