Thursday, 23 February 2012

Tiny Break!

I guess this is funny, considering we just started our blog but like the title says, we're taking a tiny break. Ananda and I have some personal stuff going on in both our lives - work,family and other commitments that make it hard to manage this blog right now. Believe me when I say that this we wouldn't be saying this unless it really is impossible for us to maintain the blog.

But hopefully, it's a tiny break and we'll be back soon with a lot of posts & giveaways!

Sorry about this again and thank you so much for all your support!

Monday, 6 February 2012

In Our Mailbox #2

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme started by The Story Siren. It's a way to share the books that we've received each week. These books are either bought,borrowed,gifted or review copies, doesn't matter which, its just a way to feature them.

Welcome to Chick Lit Advocates' Second Mailbox! We received a few paperbacks as well as well as e-books this week :)


Manhattan by Ronni Cooper.
Something from Tiffany's by Melissa Cooper.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.
Just Friends by Robyn Sisman.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.


Bunny Hills and Bikinis by Heather Thurmeier


That's all we got this week! What did you get? :)

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis

Breaking rules and breaking hearts

Free-spirited Chloe lives life on the edge. Unlike her soon-to-be married sisters, she isn't ready to settle into a quiet life running their family's newly renovated inn. But soon her love of trouble--and trouble with love-draws the attention of the very stern, very sexy sheriff who'd like nothing better than to tame her wild ways.

Suddenly Chloe can't take a misstep without the sheriff hot on her heels. His rugged swagger and his enigmatic smile are enough to make a girl beg to be handcuffed. For the first time, instead of avoiding the law, Chloe dreams of surrender. Can this rebel find a way to keep the peace with the straitlaced sheriff? Or will Chloe's colorful past keep her from a love that lasts . . . and the safe haven she truly wants in a town called Lucky Harbor?

I've heard quite a bit about Jill Shalvis and her Lucky Harbor series from others but never managed to read any of her books till now. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers there for giving me a copy of my first Jill Shalvis book.

Romance always makes my heart flutter. *sigh* Head Over Heels did just that. Chloe's someone I could relate to. She's a feisty and free spirited woman who hasn't had the best luck in her love life - that's mostly because she always picks the wrong guys. One day she gets a visit from Sawyer, the unfriendly local sheriff, for a cup of coffee and she feels an instant attraction but pushes it away assuming that they weren't right for each other.

I don't know where to begin. Chloe is a character I really liked from the start and could even relate to. She's got asthma but instead of letting it get to her, she's always making jokes about it - even in relation to her love life by trying to decide if the guy is 'inhaler-worthy'. Ha ha.

Chloe and Sawyer were perfect for each other. They balance each other out. Like I said, there were moments when my heart fluttered while reading this book. Sawyer's so so different from Chloe.
He's got his ways and he sticks to them. He's not very impulsive or flexible and yet, Chloe and him match like two pieces of a jig-saw puzzle. For someone who thinks he's incapable of love, he sure does fall head over heels for Chloe.

“I’d be worth the inhaler,” he said, then forced himself to walk away into the night.

I'm a sucker for good lines and I've found a treasure trove of quotes that I love in Head Over Heels. This alone is enough for me to add Jill Shalvis to my 'favorite-authors' list. I'm so excited that this is my first Lucky Harbor book and I have more of Jill Shalvis to last till May, when her next book releases!


Friday, 3 February 2012

Valentine's Day Giveaway!

Hey Guys!

Since Valentine's day is around the corner, it's no surprise that we're having a Valentine's Day Giveaway! :)
So Happy Valentine's Day to all the Chick Lit lovers out there! :)

Prize : One Chick Lit from the list below!

From Notting Hill with love..actuallyA girl like youvery valentine

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

She Tells All by Judah Lee Davis

After finding a pair of magic stilettos that transform her into the ultimate hot goddess, Madison Miller is certain she will get lucky tonight. But in her quest to find the ultimate hottie, she finds something so unexpected.

Now, as she takes a good, hard look at her life, she relives the past that transformed her into a vainglory vixen and realizes an important lesson about why she should NEVER sleep with strangers.

I got She Tells All from the author more than a month ago to review..I wish I had gotten to it sooner!

"Sometimes to get to heaven you need to go through hell."

Madison is a mess. Although she's really smart and talented, her life is a mess.
For as long as she can remember, Madison has been sleeping around (ALWAYS with the wrong guys) and doing everything possible to fuck up her life. She Tells All is the story of one woman, a compilation of her her various sexcapades over the years, which eventually ends with her getting her act together.

Madison's funny, strong and I love that she doesn't care what others think about her. She's happy being herself and no one could make her feel otherwise. I loved the way the book was written, like each chapter's a new story. Madison is fun. Really, she may be a little crazy but she's also laid back, independent and a survivor. She deals with any shit that gets thrown her way.

"Did you...?"

"No," I interrupted. I felt it noble enough that I'd just performed a pity fuck. There was no way I was going to lie about an orgasm, too."

I was laughing a lot of times, Judah Lee Davis has a wicked sense of humor - if Madison is a real person, I'd wanna meet her. She's unique and her attitude is one that a lot of women can relate to at least a little bit, at some point.

I was a little skeptical at first to read this book because I thought it might be some kind of Christian Fiction (which I tried but realized the genre wasn't for me) but it wasn't, not really. I have to say that this story has not one but various subtle messages that come along with it which was the best part of the book. A woman who has made every mistake possible could still get her happy ending. This book is hope. Realizing she deserves better than she's settled for her entire life - now, that's a message I approve of. It's nice to know that no matter how much you screw up in life, there's a higher power that has your back.

The story was short,mostly light and fun. Although She Tells All wasn't exceptional, I really enjoyed it. I would definitely check out Davis' next book, expecting more humor & entertainment!


Monday, 30 January 2012

In Our Mailbox #1

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme started by The Story Siren. It's a way to share the books that we've received each week. These books are either bought,borrowed,gifted or review copies, doesn't matter which, its just a way to feature them.

This is Chick Lit Advocates' first mailbox =)

We've got a few physical books and a lot of e-books but we're not mentioning the e-books here.

So here's our mailbox!

150 Pounds by Kate Rockland.
Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon.
Baby Be Mine by Paige Toon.
Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon.
Fake Perfect Me by Cari Kamm.
The Night Before Christmas by Scarlett Bailey.
Strings Attached by Mandy Baggot.
It Started With a Kiss by Miranda Dickinson.
Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland.
One Pink Line by Dina Silver.
Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James.
Rock Star's Girl by J.F.Kristin.


So that's our Chick Lit Mailbox! What did you get?

Sunday, 29 January 2012

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I've lost it. The only thing in the world I wasn't supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It's been in Magnus's family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I've lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate Poppy. Stay positive!!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry the ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her 'happy ever after' begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring but in the panic that followed, she has now lost her phone. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton doesn't agree. He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other's lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents... she soon realises that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

Yet another amazing book by Sophie Kinsella! Honestly, there's nothing not to like. I've Got Your Number is hands down my favorite book by Sophie Kinsella and now one of my favorite chick lits too! Kinsella's books introduced me to the Chick Lit genre so when I received an ARC of this book, I was literally jumping in joy!

Poppy Wyatt has lost the one thing she shouldn't have - her engagement ring. It's her fiance's family heirloom passed down for generations and it would be a very bad thing to have lost it, especially since her in-laws already don't like her very much.
To make matters worse, while she's looking for the ring, she gets mugged! Now she's ringless and phoneless and has basically given up all hope when by chance, she finds a phone (not hers) thrown in the trash. Obviously, unable to resist she picks up it up..and that's when the story begins.

After Rebecca Bloomwood, I think Poppy's the funniest among all of Kinsella's characters. The frequent references to Poirot had me laughing to myself so many times! This one is a little different from Kinsella's other books, she focuses a bit more on the romance than she usually does. Poppy Wyatt's strong but she doesn't realize it. She's special but she doesn't see it. Her fiance (His name is Magnus) belongs to family of brainiacs and Poppy doesn't fit in, she feels like she can't keep up with them and lies to feel like an equal. She's got a lot of insecurities and a compulsive need to be nice so people like her.

Ah seriously, Poppy's a character you'll appreciate and learn to love ladies!There's one scene in the woods.. God, I got butterflies in my stomach!

All I can say is, Chick Lit lovers and Kinsella fans, you won't be disappointed! I've Got Your Number is utterly charming, keeps you laughing and entertained while making you feel all warm and gooey inside! In my opinion, this book is made for Hollywood!


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Our First Giveaway!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Chick Lit Advocates, our baby! This blog's started by Ananda & Anjana (book sisters & chick lit lovers!) and as you can see, is solely dedicated to the awesomeness of  chick lit!We hope to bring you great chick lits, authors and a zillion giveaways in the future.

To show our appreciation for your support, we're starting the blog with a giveaway and we're including all the famous chick lit authors whose books we've all read and loved. Hope you enter, good luck and VIVA CHICK LIT! =)

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Sleeping with Paris - Juliette Sobanet

Charlotte Summers is a sassy, young French teacher who is two days away from moving to Paris with the love of her life and from fulfilling her dream of studying at the prestigious Sorbonne University in France. But when she discovers her fiancĂ©’s online dating profile and has a little chat with the busty red-head he’s been sleeping with on the side, she gives up on committed relationships altogether and decides to navigate Paris on her own.

Determined to stop other women from finding themselves in her shoes, Charlotte creates an anonymous blog on how to date like a man in the City of Love—that is, how to jump from bed to bed without ever falling in love. But, with a slew of Parisian men beating down her door, a hot new neighbor who feeds her chocolate in bed, and an appearance by her sleazy ex-fiancĂ©, she isn’t so sure she can keep her promise to remain commitment-free.

And, when Charlotte agrees to write an article for a popular women’s magazine about her Parisian dating adventures—or disasters, rather—will she risk losing the one man who’s swept her off her feet and her dream job in one fell swoop?

Sleeping with Paris won first place in the Women’s Fiction category of the 2010 Washington Romance Writers Marlene Awards and was a finalist in the 2010 Valley Forge Romance Writers Sheila Contest.

Ok, before writing down my review of this AMAZINGLY FUN book I want to have your attention and just briefly tell you what this book focuses on.
1. Paris a.k.a city of Light and Love
2. Chocolate
3. Hot Parisian guy (but this is the most important part, right?;)

So, if you mix all these three you get a sweet romance story, placed in one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris! Of course I have your attention now, but trust me..the story just gets better and better.

All her life, Charlotte Summers has been dreaming about two things - moving to Paris and having a faithful, loving, romantic partner. Finally, looks like her dream is about to come true, she is engaged to be married to Jeff Dillon, hot and successful lawyer and they are about to move to their own apartment to Paris! What else could a girl want?
Could life become THAT perfect?
Just two days before leaving, she finds out her loving Jeff has been cheating her for months, and even planned on continuing this "double" life once they settle in Paris!
So, charming Jeff turn out to be lowlife Jeff! Oh well, he sure isn't the only bastard she dated over the years. Actually, every guy she dated was cheating on her! Wow, now this is what I call epidemic!
'So, with a plane ticket, an acceptance letter, $15,000 and a broken heart, she is on her way to Paris.'
Sweet and reasonable Charlotte becomes single, wild, adventurous Charlotte writing down her RULES on her blog, sharing her dreadful experience, reaching out to all the women in the world that have been hurt by men.
And so the rules are set - How to date like a man in the city of Love!
While trying to heal and pick up the pieces of her broken heart, Charlotte is going to find out what true love is and is about to have her "walls" down.
What a fun book! I absolutely love everything about it, from the colorful cover to the characters and charming French phrases! Charlotte is really sweet, and though after the Jeff situation she may seem to you like a man-hater (I say this to warn the male population that is going to read the book) she will grow on you from the first minute. Some say chick lit is predictable to some extent, but on few occasions I really couldn't see some things coming. Charlotte's friends are also very likeable characters, different but well developed and you can certainly feel the girly-bonding between them. As for the romance part, oh I am trying not to reveal much about the hot, sexy, charming Luc..the man every woman dreams about. Sweet Luc is going to melt your heart ladies! Ah, if only there were more man like him out there!
Seat yourself comfortably, grab some chocolate and enjoy this lovely modern romance story. Finally, I would like to thank Juliette for giving me a copy of this wonderful book! I am really looking forward to reading the sequel 'Kissed in Paris' and I hope the author won't let us wait on it for too long. Je t'aime Juliette et merci beaucoup pour le livre :)