Vanished – Positively Devilish

Hey all! Pretty soon, eh? I know.

This time I managed to read ‘Vanished’ by Kate Brian (given to me by Srish as a birthday gift). I usually don’t happen to read novels given to me as birthday gifts, because most of them are too strange for my liking, and others are just plain dumb. But since Srishti knows me so well, she got something she knew I was going to like.

Vanished is the 12th installment in the Private series by Kate Brian — and let me tell you, I haven’t read the predecessors.                                                                                   But as is the duty of every author, Kate Brian also managed to make the story understandable to the first-time reader. Being one, I didn’t feel the need to read through the other eleven books before reading Vanished.

After the initiation ceremony of Reed’s newly created secret society, Noelle has disappeared and the only clue is a mysterious note. Is Reed’s behavior the cause or is there something more sinister happening? With the kidnapper warning of worse things to come if Reed tells anyone of Noelle’s abduction, Reed realizes it’s up to her discover who has taken Noelle and  try to rescue her — before she becomes the next target.

I have a lot to say about Vanished. Many plus points, and a few flaws. So here goes :

Positive Aspects: The book is full of suspense, and really gets your adrenaline pumping. The language is clean (except for the use of  certain abusive words in certain livid moments) and pretty comprehensible. The major plus is that you don’t feel uninformed because you didn’t read the predecessors. The story is powerful, and keeps your eyes glued to the pages.

Negative Points: With the book’s end, you have a smile on your face, and you are content — which also means that you don’t feel like wanting to go to the bookstore and buying its next part (at least I don’t). But also I won’t mind reading it if I do get my hands on it. Reed Brennan – the main lead – is quite under confident and unsure of herself, but still manages to emerge as brave and fearless 🙂

Remember: I have read Vanished without reading its predecessors, and had I read them, the review might have been a bit different. But nevertheless, the book is quite enjoyable.


The Cast

Reed, Noelle, Josh, Ivy — who will they be in Vanished- the movie? Let’s see. 😉

1. Reed Brennan – Ashley Tisdale

Beautiful. Fearless. Outgoing. What else do you want?! Ashley Tisdale is the perfect choice to be Reed Brennan.


2. Josh Hollis – Chace Crawford

Josh is Reed’s perfect boyfriend who is supportive, caring and the only one she can completely trust. Hence, Chace is my pick for the role.


3. Noelle Lange – Katerina Graham

Katernia would be nice Noelle Lange, in my opinion. Reed’s sassy half-sister (sharing the same dad) needs to be intriguing too. 😉


Okay! The rest is for the Directors to do ;).

Vanished will (and is) an instant hit among the fans of Gossip Girl and like storylines, as it offers the same intricate web of conspiracies, lies and positively devilish charm that appeals to a reader.

For me, I would rate Vanished as a 3.5 on 5.

Right now, I’m reading ‘Grave Doubts’  and ‘Heaven Sent’ by Meg Cabot. So my next review would be on The Mediator Series.

Until then, keep reading, keep smiling!

Au revoir, loves.

– Snigdha


Shiver – Love Knows No Boundaries

By Muskaan (a great girl who loves reading, writing and having fun). 🙂

When Grace was a young girl, she was the victim of a freak wolf attack in the woods surrounding her home. Although she survived the attack, she still sensed feeling of being a wolf and still has sensations of being capable of doing something only wolves can do. She was saved from changing by a wolf called Sam, who, later falls in love with this pretty girl and watches her everyday from the forest. His yellow eyes gleam in the dark and are filled with care and kindness towards Grace. Grace watches him back and watches herself being more and more attached to the wolf.

Can I just say this book is amazing? Okay? Good. Because I don’t know of any other way to describe it.

Well, frankly speaking the book gave me chills and it didn’t let me sleep throughout the night. I made sure I got up early in the morning only to read this! Shiver is a book full of wit, romance and excitement. You will find all these elements in only a few books and Shiver will actually make you ‘shiver’ at many of its instances.

Positive Aspects: The story flowed in perfect smoothness – and as a reader, I couldn’t really pick out any prominent faults in the storyline. I also loved how simple things, like a cup of hot chocolate are described. Also, the weather. While reading this on a hot summer day, I actually felt cold. Hats off to an author like Maggie Stiefvater to come up with something so unique and brilliant. The characters are intriguing, and the storyline is fairly realistic (as far as supernatural literature is concerned.)

Not-so-positive Aspects: Shiver missed out on a dangerous undercurrent, and Sam’s whining starts to annoy after a while. Grace isn’t exactly exciting, but works well with the character required, nonetheless. But regardless of these teeny-weeny flaws, the book manages to leave the sensation of want behind. 🙂

The Cast of Shiver

Yes, of course I have a fair idea how this wonderful book should be transformed into a movie, and since Snigdha (the freak who came up with the idea of this blog) practically begged me to do it, I present to you my version of Shiver.

1. Grace – Leighton Meester

Grace needs to be brave, and fascinating enough to charm a werewolf. Hence, this beautiful actress fits in perfectly.


2. Sam – Ashton Kutcher

Ashton! Why? No reason. And since it is supposed to be my version, none needed. 😉  He suits Sam quite well, and I can’t think of anyone as charming as him to fit the slot.


The Rest of the Story for the curious minds

Believe me, I know how it feels not knowing the end of a story so captivating and to make sure you don’t go through that state of mind, here goes the rest of it :-

Suddenly, another freak occurs in town and the wolves kill a teenage boy and a hunting party is launched to kill the wolves. Grace stops this party just to protect her wolf. She succeeds in doing so and Sam reveals himself to her in his human form.  Each year, Sam changes during the summers and his summers become shorter and shorter – soon, Sam fears he will turn into a wolf, never to be a human again. Together, Grace and Sam fight to keep him as human, no matter the cost.

Jack, a freak catches hold of Grace and threatens her to tell him the way to stay human always without changing into a wolf. His sister, Isabel desperately wants this too. So, she figures out a way to do so by injecting a bottle of blood infected with meningitis bacteria. It does not work on her brother Jack but at the end it works on Sam and he is for the eternity a human again.

So, the book ends with a happy ending for Grace as she gets all she wanted in her life back and no one now as far as the horizon stretches can take away her Sam from her.

Take my word for it and do read this book. You’ll never in your life regret reading it. I promise 🙂

P.S.- If you do, you can always settle scores with us (though it is a faint possibility).

Until next time, keep reading, keep smiling! See ya folks! 😀

– Muskaan

Waiting For You

Hey! Welcome to ‘The Smoldering Stars’. I know this is the first post on this blog, but everything’s got to begin sometime, right? Yes. I know 😉


To begin with, I want to check Waiting For You‘ by Susane Colasanti. Srish (my best friend, and the co-owner of this blog) gave it to me last month when I was really bored, and needed something good to read and relax myself. ‘Waiting For You’, to some extent, succeeded in soothing my nerves.

Waiting For You

Derek is clearly the boy Marisa has been waiting for, but there’s just one problem. He has a girlfriend. Nash, Marisa’s neighbor and childhood friend, is totally geeked out, with zero boyfriend potential. So of course Nash wants to take his friendship with Marisa to the next level.

Beyond her boy drama, Marisa is also dealing with overcoming a major problem from her past, a family that’s falling apart, and Sterling – a best friend who won’t stop talking to sketchy guys online. Only the anonymous DJ, who has the school hooked on his underground podcasts, seems to get what Marisa’s going through. But she has no idea who he is. Or does she?

Positive Side: Colasanti’s characters are immensely likable, and due to her ability of creating the multi-layered life of a teenager in simple and easy-to-read language, the plot is definitely textured and credible.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Marisa, Nash, Derek, Sterling– each character has been written with utmost carefulness, and in such a way that they don’t get mixed up with each other, and the reader doesn’t forget who is who. They are realistic, and convey how strange and convoluted a teen’s life can get (especially if he/she is in love). This book will bring laughs, tears, and awkward moments that will be sure to please everyone who reads it

Negative Points: Like every other thing, this lovely book also has certain flaws. There is a certain level of predictability about most of the novel’s events from Marisa’s romantic life and her parents’ marital meltdown. Marisa’s depressed rantings tend to annoy after sometime.

And that’s it! ‘Waiting For You’ is definitely a book that reinforces every aspect of a teen’s life. It depicts how complicated things get when you are a teenager, and it’s a great little tale about friendship, love and redefining what you want in the “one”. 🙂

Come on people! It’s time to play Casting Director! – If ‘Waiting For You’ is made into a movie, I think I have a fair idea of who will play who. Let’s see.


1. Marisa –  Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts with her charming smile and expressive eyes, would be the perfect Marisa. Marisa is shy, indecisive and has the girl-next-door attitude; and I think Emma would do wonders with the character. 🙂


2. Nash – Landon Liboiron

Isn’t he handsome? Yes? I know. Landon, in my opinion, is capable of playing both the ‘geeky’ Nash as well as the ‘cool’ Nash that we come across towards the end of the book. Plus, his chestnut hair is perfect! 😉


3. Sterling – Naomi Scott

Naomi would be the perfect Sterling – Marisa’s hyper, crazy romantic and supportive best friend. Sterling’s character requires an outgoing actor, and Naomi would be the perfect pick.


4. Derek – Alex Pettyfer

Derek’s supposed to be the bad boy, but also impossibly dreamy and fascinating. Hence, I chose Alex Pettyfer. He’s unbelievably gorgeous, his eyes are blue (like Derek’s) and he’s one of my favorites. Need I say more? 😉


Okay, the rest of the casting the Director can do for himself/herself. I only decide the important leads. 🙂                                                                                                                        There’s one thing that this book taught me: if there’s any such thing as ‘the One’, we need not ignore other important things in life searching for him/her. If we are meant to be together, we will wind up like that. Every person has their own fate, their own destiny, which they eventually meet during their life. We just have to play along!

Until next time, hopefully with one of Srish’s takes on her favorite novels. Keep reading, keep smiling!