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The Protagonist, Dhruv, is a hot shot advertising executive who falls for his subordinate Anuradha. Though she doesn't work for him directly, yet the end up interacting and falling for each other in spite of the fact that Dhruv is married and has kids. However, Anuradha has a murky past which threatens their relationship. Things escalate quickly and Dhruv is forced to choose between his life and Anuradha.
Cliche story line, gaping plot-holes, lack of proper motive - That's just the complaints I have with the story line as such. The thriller part of the story needed a bit more of care and attention. Th
All the characters were sketched out rather well barring one - that of Dhruv's. I can't really comprehend his motives to cheat. He is neither portrayed to be bored nor is he desperate. It fails to strike me as to how a fully grown adult falls for that heat of the moment thing and goes on to cheat. This would probably suit a Young Adult with raging hormones, but does really not make sense for an adult. Anuradha's character was perfect but was typical of that of some one with a bad past. Kind of reminds me of all those typical Bollywood characters who end up falling for the married guy because of their own past.
I went on to finish the book solely because of the writing and clean editing! Perfect phrasing, no fancy vocabulary!
Verdict : Apart from the slightly misleading title and a predictable story, that book was an okay read.
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I've known the writer for quite a while now and have interacted with her over social media. Having not read her previous works, this book came as a complete surprise for me. The book turned out to be an interesting and un-put-downable read.
The story revolves around an alleged theft and an intense royal love affair. The story begins with an antique piece being stolen. Shefali, the art curator is accused of stealing the beautiful piece of art, the fabarge from the Ranaut royals. Prince Aryan, the heir of the family is after Shefali to retrieve it back. However, as expected, Shefali isn't the actual culprit. What unfolds is a high speed story with a dash of romance.
The main characters - Shefali and Aryan, along with the other sub characters were sketched out very clearly with enough information being given about each of them. Done to perfection would be the apt phrase to describe it.
The plot as such was well thought of with critical elements like romance and suspense incorporated in correct amount into the story. However, the dynamism is what I found a little unsettling. Aryan was the typical hot headed prince who didn't bother to check his facts thoroughly before trying to accuse someone of theft, but the moment he finds out the truth he simply melts and changes his stand. Barring this slight hitch, this book was perfect read.
Brownie points to the author for the perfect cover!
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FINDING THE ANGEL
All She wanted was love...
Shefali is a die-hard romantic. Having lost her parents at a very tender age, she is in search of a place which she can call home. Her passion for Art lands her a job as an art curator to the famous artifacts of the Ranaut Dynasty. When she meets the scion, Aryan Ranaut, she feels that her dream might come true until…
All He wanted was to trust…
Living the life of a modern day Prince is no easy task for the young and dashing Aryan Ranaut. Having lost his father to a rapacious woman, Aryan has severe trust issues. But upon meeting Shefali, he feels he could let down his guard. Until…
All They need is to find The Angel…
Just as Aryan realizes his love for Shefali, one of the most precious artifacts, The Angel, goes missing from the Ranaut collection. All fingers point towards Shefali—more so because she leaves the palace without telling anyone on the very night of the theft.
Finding the Angel is a story where duty clashes with love and lack of trust overrides passion. Under these circumstances, can The Angel bring the star-crossed lovers together?
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About the author
Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer, and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.
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Ponni's Beloved - An English Translation Of Kalki Krishnamurthy's Ponniyin Selvan by Sumeetha Manikandan : Review
It is a dream of every Tamilian to read this masterpiece of Tamil literature at least once in their lifetime. The original narration, the description and plot in general have captivated millions of people, young and old alike. Revered by a whole generation of people, this book is a bench mark of sorts of a perfect historical fact based fiction. The very idea of translating such a magnificent work of fiction by itself is terrifying. To take up such a task and trying and retaining the essence of the story is simply herculean.
Having heard people rave about the visual imagery the book presented, I was curious if the writer could actually come up with a translation which could render the same effect. To my utter surprise, the writer has a done a rather commendable job of bringing about the visual imagery. The setting of the story could be visualized perfectly. The writer has also painstakingly written a glossary of about 170 words which were in Tamil. It is evident from this that the writer has retained much of the original phrases verbatim. Thankfully, the book is in the digital format, thus making it easier for the reader to switch between pages. This attention to detail for words is commendable.
The original story is famous for it's diverse subjects primarily focusing on politics and betrayal. Focusing on the story in this review is not possible as the book is a work of translation. Moreover, one has to savor this story instead of reading about it.
To settle into this story, one needs quite some time. Such is the story line as such. I had already attempted to read this very book's translated version by a different writer. I couldn't get past the initial few pages. The narration seemed too dry for my taste. It was almost the same case with this book too, but I was resolved to finish it off. One added advantage was that, I was already acquainted with this writer's style of writing. That made things a bit easier.
The mark of any good work of translation is to open up the story and culture of the original version to diverse readers. This book has achieved that goal to a major extent! Looking forward for the next edition.
One book ought not to be missed!
The book is a collection of photographs by Debra Schoenberger taken in various places across India in various states including Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh. Most of the photographs are in color while a few of them are in black and white.
The subject includes both humans and things. The introduction to the book is short and crisp, almost poetic in a way, but that's all it is. The photographer has let her pictures do the talking rather than giving an introduction to each picture. The pictures are predominantly candid, while there are some photographs where the subject pose beautifully. The photographer has managed to capture the diverse culture of northern part of India. The color, the vividness and the clarity is remarkable. A picture speaks a thousand words, but there are times when a word amplifies the context. That lack of context made a vast difference with this book. Had there been a couple of lines about the picture in terms of where it was taken etc, it would made a lot of difference.
Commenting on the technical aspect of the photos does not really make sense. All that matters is that if the photos actually bring out the emotion or the reality of the subject in question. There were few photographs which hit home, while some failed to make an impact. For example, the photograph with a man dying colors on a thread hit home in terms of the richness and depth, while there are silhouette pictures which were a tad too dark to be appreciated fully.
India is a land of colours and diversity. The photographer has made a rather conscious attempt to capture the richness of the colors and culture. However, given that she traveled only the northern part of the country, the diversity part of the culture isn't reflected in the photographs. Moreover, to the west, the very word "India" conjures up and abstract image of snake charmers and crowded streets, which also seems to be a theme of sorts of this book. There are places in the country where modernization and "Westernization" has dug its claws into. This book fails to capture that part of the country which has now become an integral part of the country. Not all roads are crowded and dingy. Not all buildings are old and dilapidated!
Rating : 3/5
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Millionaire scion Aradhaya has just lost his parents and is cheated by the woman he marries. On a rebound he falls for Sambhavi, renowned writer and professor. She lays her terms, driving him to give up too soon. To recoup from dejection, he leaves his house and starts to live in a recluse, working with complete strangers to bring about a positive change in their area. Does Sambhavi accept Aradhaya now?
A simple and neat cover which depicts the protagonists against a simple backdrop. The cover does give subtle hints about the story.
Having read the writer's previous works, I had very high expectations with respect to characterization. His previous work was spot on in this department. However, this book disappointment me a wee bit. Aradhaya's characterization was perfect with enough flaws and strengths exposed, but Sambhavi's character seemed way too superficial. Her core character of being strong lacked that conviction for me. In fact, her character paled out in comparison with Aradhaya's character. I would have preferred a bit more depth for Sambhavi's character
The unusual story, the philosophical conversations and the love triangle. The first half of the story which involved all characters was quite captivating to read. The writer seems to have evolved a lot from his first book. The language and general writing seems to be much better with this book which made it a tolerable read.
What could have been better
The pacing slacked mid way. The initial setting did leave the writer with enough scope to steer the story with a much faster pace and a different direction, but the writer choose not to. Also, the whole love angle between a teacher and a student seemed way too cliche to me. The part where Aradhaya goes into recluse, but ends up building an entertainment park seemed a tad unrealistic and not conforming to the plot setting the writer initially put up. He ends up doing good using his surname and father's money. It's not his own money. Agreed that he had the intention to do good in first place, but the means of doing it does confirm to the ideals the writer set in the first part of the story. The climax seemed a tad too hurried and could have been structured better.
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Bossypants by Tina Fey is my first ever full fledged Audio book. My first experience with an audio-book was a short story narrated by my favorite British Actor - Benedict Cumberbatch. After a large serving of perfect Indian home-cooked traditional meal, it's hard not to doze over post lunch. When your work is mind boggling and requires you to pay rapt attention, one can't help but resort to various means of staying awake - Cups of coffee, metal/rock music blaring or for people like me, sneak reading/audio books. This book was such fun to listen to that I ended up chuckling loudly only to end up earning weird looks from people sitting around me.
The voice, the narration, the pauses, the tone - every single element of the audio book was perfect. Having grown up in another part of the world, this book was an eye opener when it came to the media culture in the America - the country which still remains to be a dream for many people. With self effacing humor and intelligent storytelling, this audio-book is such a pleasure to listen to. The narrator/writer in question is a complete stranger to me. I've not watched her shows and haven't even heard of her until now. I'm not sure if I would have liked this book had I read it in it's original paper format. The narration by the writer herself made this audio book a great read. As a matter of fact, this audio book would be a great place to start for people who aren't familiar with the format. Speaking from personal experience, the voice of the narrator and the narration in itself, most often drives away people from this format owing to monotony. Imagine having to hear an interesting story in your ears being narrated by some person with deadpan narration. Most of the narrator often do a good job, but there are exceptions too. However, this book wasn't a part of that exception category!
She stole his Christmas dinner and left him with a kiss.
Dan Tollinger is having a bad Christmas. His wife lost her battle with cancer and he’s finding it hard to manage his two sons. Busy with his shop he has little time left foe them, so having a woman around to keep an eye on them seems like an ideal solution.
She hopes he won’t recognize her
Tonya needs premises to run her business after her bakery got damaged in a fire. With a son to bring up on her own, the sensible option is to accept Dan’s job offer to housekeep while putting her business back on the track.
Getting drunk together obviously isn’t the answer
Neither counted on the unexpected warmth and awareness that sprang up between them. Would it be wise to let it kindle to desire and then something more?
Especially when his sons are not ready to accept her in his life.
About The Author
SummeritaRhayne writes contemporary and historical romance with lots of emotional conflict. She first got published in 2013 and has won contests with prestigious publishers such as Harlequin and Harper Collins India. She’s a bestselling romance author at Amazon, butloves her teaching job as much as writing. Juggling two careers with home can be difficult but she firmly believes if the inspiration is strong enough, the story characters will find a way to make the writer pen them down, even when writing time is in short supply. When cerebrally confronted with the sizzling interaction of two Alpha characters – yes, both the hero and heroine in her stories are strong- minded in their own way - the only way to get peace is write their book!
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His Christmas Delight
Excerpt from His Christmas Surprise
She hovered a moment, her eyes going wide in astonishment – the only feature visible in her face which she’d cloaked with a wraparound on the lower and another on the upper part of her face. She sensed his reserve, partly turned away as he was, attempting to give her space. To his surprise, she put the chicken on the counter and then came forward. Towards him. Upto him. Then she reached out slender arms and pulled him down to put her mouth on his.
A shockwave ran through his body. It was a quick kiss, yet not a peck. Her mouth moved as though learning the imprint of his, her body moved a fraction closer. Dan felt her breasts, soft yet firm, press against his chest. His breath caught, blood roared in his veins and he felt the unmistakable distinct flare of desire. Whether it was the forbidden nature of the caress, or the length of time since he’d been this close to a woman, he was caught in the temptation. It shocked him, exhilarated him and suspended him in the moment, as time and space receded. He might have reacted more, he didn’t know. She stepped back and he was left, grappling with the reality.
She picked up the package.
‘Wait!’ He spoke almost too late. She had nearly reached the door. She stopped but didn’t turn back. He could read fear in the tense lines of her body.
Night manager and ordinary islander Marie doesn't need a knight in shining armour to rescue her from her misery. Not that she is miserable, just that having a loving companion doesn't hurt. In comes waltzing the handsome and smart Prince Christian of Taragonia. Sparks fly right from the start and she ends up accepting an invite to stay with Prince Christian's sister and her friend, Princess Olivia. Things go from bad to worse, thanks to the media and a fact that Marie is a commoner. Does this fairy tale involving royalty have a happy ending?
Kind of looks a bit too ordinary for this extraordinary and well written tale. I would have preferred something a bit exquisite!
Well-balanced would be the word to describe the characterization. In the initial part of the story, the writer focused on Olivia's character and then gradually progressed to Marie's and Christian's character. She weaved little sub stories to bring in the human side of a character which was touted to be a stoic royal. However, one such sub story (where Christian flies over to Africa with Marie to find her parents but ends up saving people caught in floods) seemed little deliberately written to give depth to the character. Nevertheless, this didn't hamper the plot's flow.
The characterization, the plot line and the writing in general were flawless. The romance between a commoner and a royal was written with a good sense of reality. Immaterial of the times we are in, a relationship between a person from the lower rung of the society in terms of income and stature with that of some one from the upper crust of the society doesn't not sit well. Civilization is yet to progress to a state where two people can love each other without having to think about their stature in the society. It is evident that the writer has researched well to sketch the characters and relationships between modern day royals and commoners.Thankfully she didn't portray the royals as people with way too much money which they flaunted meaninglessly.
What could have been better
The writer chose the traditional method of scaring off a character to abandon the relationship - The case when media wrecks havoc in the relationship of a celebrity. I would have rather preferred an actual fight or argument between the protagonists. Just my perspective!
Recommendation : For romance lovers! Clean, neat and well written book!
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Double murder in a remote forest area. One victim shot at close range, other while escaping. The victims are rumored to have been in an affair while one of them was married. Seems like a classic case of revenge murder. Surprisingly, all markers point other wise. Investigative officer Daniele Harper chases all lead patiently only to hit a roadblock in spite of the mammoth amount clue markers. In comes blazing Scott black, the ballistics expert who helps Daniele crack the case. Sparks fly and they end up cracking the case just a tad too wide open!
The cover isn't really visually appealing, but it has been designed very tactfully in order to ensure that the reader doesn't end up judging the book by it's cover. The book back summary however, entices a reader enough to pick up the book!
It is very hard to concentrate on characterisation when the plot line requires action rather than the characterisation. A romantic mystery, however, does provide that little space to manoeuvre and bring out various shades of characters, predominantly of the protagonists. The writer evidently has made maximum use of this gap to show various shade of Dani's and Scott's character. Dani grows up crushing on her brother's friend, Scott and finally when they find each other, the connection is explosive. This connect doesn't occur immediately, but after the typical struggle between being in love and lusting. The writer has perfectly portrayed that period of trying to find each other. It was surprising to notice that other minor characters were also given their appropriate space balanced perfectly.
The suspense element was kick-ass. The final twist was nothing short of being mind blowing. The writer evidently knows her way around crafting a perfect plot with enough markers to maintain that suspense element.The chemistry between Dani and Scott blended perfectly well into the story instead of sticking out. The story line line was well thought of and logically balanced. There weren't any glaring logical errors in the plot. The writing was well balanced. The perfect mix of both worlds - Romance and a good mystery. The writer beautifully slipped between both worlds, doing equal justice to them. That balance is what made this book a perfect romantic thriller.
What could have been better
The story begins with two murders. Both the victims aren't given much characters. They sounded so cold and impersonal in a way. Had this been a wee bit different, the climax could have been better justified and would have also packed an emotional punch. Though the plot line was unpredictable, the motive to kill was justified flimsily. This is also the direct consequence of not elaborating on the victim's personality as such. That's my only qualm with the book!
Recommendation : For mystery and romance lovers. Well balanced and perfect read!
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When her investigation brings them together,
the sparks between them quickly get out of control.
AT CLOSE RANGE
A Tracers Novel
Releasing Jan 31st, 2017
New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin âdelivers the goodsâ (Publishers Weekly) again with the eleventh title in the gritty, heart-pounding Tracers series.
When a lakeside tryst ends in a double murder, police detective Daniele Harper arrives on the scene determined to get answers. Clues are everywhere, but nothing adds up. Dani turns to the Delphi Center crime lab for help, but soon regrets it when her secret attraction to their chief firearms examiner threatens to distract her from the most important case of her career.
As a ballistics expert and former Navy SEAL, Scott Black knows firearms, and he knows he can help Dani unravel her case. Scott has managed to hide his interest in his best friendâs younger sister for years, but when her investigation brings them together, the sparks between them quickly get out of control. Scott resolves to keep his hands off Dani and his eyes on the goalâidentifying a killer. But when that killer zeroes in on Dani, all bets are off. There isnât a line Scott wonât cross to convince Dani to trust him so that he can help her take down a ruthless murderer who has her in his sights.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.
The Plot - Summary
A cold blooded murder is on the loose in the busy streets of Mumbai haunting and preying on young woman. All his victims have one thing in common, they work for Mia Santos, the head strong feminist who is the editor of a successful magazine. Mia has a past, a very gruesome past which returns to haunt her in the form of these murders. But, who is the killer? How does he know her well guarded secret? In comes investigating office Damien. Will he crack the crime and catch the killer?
It's simple and well illustrated, but the choice of color is a bit of cliche given that the protagonist is a feminist.
It is evident that Mia's character has been crafted with utmost care to ensure that she is hardened due to her past yet has a soft humane side. Damien's character however seemed to be a hit hazy and inconsistent. He started out being a proper cop and ended up becoming an almost puppet which didn't help the plot line as such. The killer's character was perfectly justified with proper motives, but all of it felt superficial. The negative character in Mia's past seemed more convincing than that of in the present. Other supporting characters were also crafted with perfection such that they fit into the story in a very ideal manner.
The book started off really well. The writer carried out alternate point of view narration in a perfect manner alternating between that of Mia's and the killers. The suspense element was kept alive till about mid way of the book. There we no logical loopholes or inconsistencies in the plot. The editing was air tight till about three fourth of the book. The story started out to be a thriller lover's delight totally.
What could have been better
The climax could have been twisted a bit. It was way too straightforward and predictable. I felt the editing and plot as such slacked a lot after such a good beginning. May be the first half of the book raised the bar and set my expectations high that the climax paled out in comparison. Damien's relationship with Mia though seemed realistic, it kind of ended up altering Damien's character as such. He didn't seem like a tough cop at all. That part of the story could have done with more tough emotions!
Recommendation - For thriller lovers. Brownie points for originality of plot and clean writing!
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After an extended sabbatical, I'm back with a bang, devouring books like there is no tomorrow. However, it's been ages since I've written a proper review. In fact, it feels like I've long forgotten the art of critiquing a book. I intend to amend that shortly. For the next month I have about half a dozen reviews planned till now. After writing about books for 3 plus years, I've witnessed the struggles a writer endures first hand. I've also experienced happiness when a reader reads my review and discovers their next favourite book. To strike a balance of sorts, I've decided to start a feature which would connect writers with readers and in turn promote the writers books as well. This feature would be live from February 1 positively!
Given that my career is leaving me no time for other activities, I have resolved to make the best of the time I can spare. That's politely telling, you won't witness me devouring books and spinning reviews like mad. Moreover, I've decided to read more of classics and politics this year. I've started reading a brilliant book about the Israeli intelligence - Mossad. Hoping to finish it soon!
I also intend to finish off the book I started writing last year. I attacked NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) with gusto initially. I managed to complete 5K words before life decided to turn crazy. With my impending marriage and hectic work, I couldn't reach the target of 50K words. Now that I'm settled into a routine, I intend to find that rhythm to write.
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My love for Italian culture stemmed from reading plenty of fiction which was based in that country. This book is the epitome of my Italian fantasy. The story line is quite simple and doesn’t have much to go on so to say, but the narration and characterization is way too good.
Our protagonist Sophia succumbs to the sorrow of losing her parents. Having raised by a mother who loved the Italian culture, Sophia connects with her mother’s Italian muses and heads on a path of self-recovery. She goes to Italy to study art and connects with every important historical moment her mother had told her about when she grew up.
My want to visit that beautiful place filled with such rich history increased leaps and bounds after reading this book. The crux of the story is rather simple – a girl on a road to recovery with memories of her mother which intertwine with Italy’s rich history. The story contains major chunks of interesting history of Italy’s famous persona like actress Sophia Loren, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Garibaldi, Dante Alighieri and Casanova. Then there are the others whom I hadn’t know of – Marcello Mastroianni, Simonetta Vespucci, Eleonora De Medicim Lucrezia Borgia, Lorenzo de Medici, Filippo Brunelleschi and Giuletta Capuleti. The story itself is divided into 8 parts featuring various states of Sophia’s life featuring each of the above mentioned persona who help her out in times of trouble. It is apparent that the writer knows her history well and is familiar with even the most vivid detail of all the sights mentioned in the book. With such lush narration and vivid description, this book is dream come true for me. In fact, Sophia is such an inspiration for me to step up and work towards my dream of learning Italian and visiting the country. In spite of being so beautiful, the writer hasn’t described the real ugly face of the city. However, this can be overlooked. After all, some positivity doesn’t hurt.
The cover and the section covers deserve a special mention. While the cover it was just perfect, the short comment mentioned by another writer it spoiled it for me a bit. The section art work in black and white, with write ups, were brilliant. Given that this is an ebook, the writer had provided links for songs and other tidbits of information. I made a colossal mistake of reading this book on my kindle and couldn’t visit the links. Planning to re-read this book on my tab so that I can go check out all songs and other interesting information she has linked up.
MY SAY: One beautiful book.
About the book
Gabriel Valjan is back with another book featuring Bianca and Dante. Yet another book filled with dangerous drug dealers, corrupt agents, and scheming doctors. Having read the previous books in the series, I felt comfortable enough with the story. Though the book can be read as a standalone, I feel that it would be wise to read the entire series to understand each character well, which would eventually ensure that the reader is hooked to the story.
After the showdown in Naples, Bianca is on a time out with Dante. However, a call from an old friend leads her back to Boston. The team goes with her too. What follows is a Bianca traversing an intricate web woven with designer drugs, a talented hacker who goes by the name Magician, and of course, Bianca’s ex-employer Rendition.
Though this installment of the story is eerily similar to the other books in the series, in terms of character and plot development, there was one marked difference. This book showed the vulnerable side of all the characters in depth. That vulnerability set off the path for a different feel for the story. Bianca at one point seemed all strong and blasting off, but with Dante and Nick around she seems so vulnerable. The writer has established himself as a master story weaver. Just like his previous books, no heart pounding or smoldering hot scenes in this book. This book was like water bubbling away slowly to the boiling point and converting into steam slowly.
MY SAY: A perfect, well woven thriller.
About the book
NUMBER OF PAGES: 388
SERIES / STANDALONE: Roma Series #5
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from iRead Book tours in exchange for an honest review.
“I Controlled, I manoeuvred
I turned reality into illusion
I morphed good into evil
I made rules for you to follow
I scripted your destiny
I defined you”
The book begins with a chilling poem about manipulation, control and power. The narration paces back and forth between timelines and that of various characters, but all roads points to one character, Aswin Jamwal, the protagonist of the story. An honest and simple IAS officer is forced to quit his job when he is cheated by local politicians of Rajasthan for playing his role sincerely. He joins politics and eventually climbs the ladder too quickly, making a lot of enemies in the process.
The story kicks off at an alarmingly fast pace and is laced with twists in regular intervals to keep the reader engaged. Somewhere midway amidst all the subplots which made sense eventually the pace of the story slackened only to pick up pace again towards the end. On the retrospect, it did look like the writer was in a bit of a dilemma as to how to pave way for the climax. The characterization was good in spite of common flaws. Few characters were sculpted to emote well, while the others were mere eye candy! One part of the story, where Aswin rises to immense power reminded me of our own Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. I’m not sure if the writer intended that, but to me it seems to have been inspired by our PM’s style of administration. Also, the climax part which essentially deals with human psychology eerily reminded me of the movie Anniyan where in one character arises out of the desperation of inaction by fair means. The similarity stops just with the conflict, the resolution to the conflict has been dealt differently when compared to that movie.
MY SAY: Perfect Political Thriller.
About the Book
NUMBER OF PAGES: 224
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Author’s paradise review program
“We shall overcome, we shall overcome,
We shall overcome someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.”
These lines remind me of my moral sciences classes in class 5 when we sung this song with all notes out of sync. Our teacher, who tried her best to make us all sing in tone, gave up at one point eventually. Nevertheless, it was so much fun. One character in the book kept up the self-motivation by singing these very lines. Thus the nostalgia!
Amar, Akbar, Antony – our three monkeys, aka the protagonists, are honest chartered accountants. They had passed their CA exams with much difficulty and eventually had set up their own practice. They struggle to find clients. They finally see the light in the end of the tunnel in the form of auditing for three clients. Slowly, the tunnel falls apart piece by piece and they are caught in a web of money laundering and other illegal activities.
It is apparent that the writer is a chartered accountant as he has perfectly illustrated the process of setting up an off shore account and a company to launder money. The title, the narration and general writing style implies that the humor is a stronghold for this writer. However, characterization and too many sub plots marred the joyous experience of reading a humorous story. There were simply too many characters and at one point I lost track of who was want and why they were there in the book. The sub plot involving secondary characters like Suma and Ruma were given way too much importance and veered off from the central story. At the outset, it seemed like the book really didn’t have a proper plot in place. In fact, there were times when the book reminded me of the famous song Bhaag DK bose form the movie Delhi Belly – Fast moving story sans an actual story! Nonetheless, the intended plot became after the cops got involved into the chase. The detailing could have used some good edits.
MY SAY: The book is worth a read for its humorous dialog and fantastic detailing on as to how to set up an off shore account and launder money.
Reading a work of historical fiction is joyous experience provided the story and the narration is perfect. The term ‘perfect’ though varies from person to person.
Gabrielle (Gabbi) is quintessential modern women in the age where women are branded only fit for child bearing. She aspires to become a painter and strives hard for it. Fate plays the villain in her life when a rich baron chooses her over her sister as his to be wife. She is utterly devastated and devises a scheme to flee to Paris from her hometown, Laval to find her grandmother and live with her. Fate plays villain and she fails to find her grandmother. What follows is the story of young girl’s fight to freedom.
The story was quite outstanding in many aspects. First, the narration was spot on. Old age Paris – the description of sights, the fashion and the culture seemed so realistic through the writer’s eyes. It is evident that the writer has done a fair bit of research. Given that gender of the writer, it does seem easy to assume that she mustn’t have found it difficult to step into the shoes of Gabbi and elaborate her character. In contrary to popular belief, the times have changed. Women are allowed to vote and are way better off today than they were during the 1900s. Agreed we still have a long way to go, but imagining such oppression is quite a difficult task. Needless to say, the writer has executed that task with such perfection. Other primary and supporting characters were also etched out perfectly. The plot has enough twists to keep the reader engaged. Brownie points to the writer for describing Paris and its culture so vividly.
The cover art deserves a special mention. Its simply exquisite.
MY SAY: An Engaging read!
About the book
NUMBER OF PAGES: 254
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The Art of Rebellion(YA historical) Release date: June 15, 2016 at Rebelight Publishing ISBN: 978-0994839985 252 pages Website Goodreads
Released June 15, 2016, by Rebelight Publishing, this beautifully written, lush piece drops you into tumultuous and breathtaking late 19th century Paris. Sixteen year old Gabrielle dreams of becoming an artist but her ambitious parents agree to an arranged marriage to an aging Baron. In protest, she runs away from her provincial home of Laval to Paris, the City of Light, intending to live with her grandmother and pursue her passion for art. Her bold plan disintegrates as she arrives in Paris to discover her grandmother has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Alone in the capital, Gabrielle wonders who to trust: her new artist friends or the handsome but irritating stranger she met on the train, who just might be stalking her. Gabrielle’s pride, ambition and impulsive nature thrust her into Paris’ underbelly of betrayal and abuse. Will she find the courage to begin a new life on her own terms?
The Art of Rebellion was on the Calgary Bestselling Fiction list in August 2016
ABOUT THE AUTHORBrenda Joyce Leahy loves historical fiction and thinks she was born a century too late but can’t imagine her life without computers or cell phones. So, perhaps, she arrived in the world at just the right moment to tell this story. She grew up on a farm near Taber, Alberta but now lives with her family near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta. After over 20 years practising law, she has returned to her first love of writing fiction. She is a member of several writing organizations, including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) The Art of Rebellion is also profiled on the Humber School of Writers’ website Brenda is also a member of the Historical Novel Society and leads a YA/MG writers’ critique group in Calgary. Visit Brenda’s website Follow her on Facebook | on Twitter Follow Rebelight Publishing on Twitter Buy the book: Amazon | Indigo | Barnes & Noble
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A romantic thriller with the backdrop of human trafficking should really make for an interesting read. Given that I had read Adite’s previous book, I quite knew what to expect as far as the romance part of the book is concerned. As a matter of fact, Adite’s previous books certainly qualify as being the perfect Indian Mills and Boons kind of books. Piqued by the curiosity of such a writer venturing into romance, I picked up the book.
Qiara, our protagonist, works for a Non-Profit organization which works for the welfare of underprivileged girls. The chief patron of her organization is wanted for money laundering. Eventually, their office is raided for abetting the laundering as the patron disappears and one of the girls funded by them disappears too. To save her mentor and the organization Qiara is forced to travel back to Delhi to get to the bottom of this and to find him. What follows is a harrowing tale of illegal adoptions.
The writing was spot on. Given that the writer has proved her mettle as far as romance is concerned, that part of the book was absolutely perfect. The thriller part of the book, for a seasoned thriller reader would be normal and nothing out of the box. Nevertheless, the plot was well paced and kept me engaged in spite of some predictable sequences. The characterization was done perfectly with each character being depicted in a realistic manner. I do have a couple of peeve points. The first being the characterization of negative characters – there is a bunch of them varying from pure evil to mildly bad. Their characters kind of lacked that punch packing motive. The second was the climax in itself, it was perfect and had a lot of potential to be made even more thrilling, but the writer chose to tone it down which took away that slam-bam effect a typical thriller would provide.
The cover certainly could have been better illustrated.
MY SAY: Perfect romantic suspense.
About the Book
NUMBER OF PAGES: 200
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the publisher – Harlequin.
BOOK LINKS : Amazon
RELEASING ON THE 10TH OF OCTOBER
Knitted Tales: A Collection of Emotions
Every tale has a path to follow to reach its destination.. but it may not exactly be the one we should follow.
WHAT IS THE ANTHOLOGY ALL ABOUT?
What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate?
Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you?
Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?
Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?
Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?
In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.
WHAT INSPIRED ME TO WRITE THIS ANTHOLOGY...
Dear Friends and Aspiring Writers,
My journey as a writer started after I joined Wrimo India. It’s a group of aspiring authors where all members are challenged to write, by the NaNoWriMo ML for India region and the Founder/Admin of Wrimo India, Sonia Rao. Along with the other admins, Neel Ina and Dola Basu Singh, she made our lives pretty tough if we did not submit on time.
Our work was critiqued, broken to pieces and then mended again by all the Wrimo members. I laugh now, whenever I reminisce about those days. We writers are so passionate about our work that even a little bit of criticism makes us want to hide our baby. But in this group, we trained ourselves to accept all types of honest criticism. We sculpted our stories and life continued. This happened around 2 years ago.
Then, one fine day I found that I had gathered around 17 stories and forgotten all about them. As I dusted away the layers of neglect, I fell in love with my own stories. I am a narcissist. :) But then, all writers are, aren’t they? I do hope what I have written from my heart, touches you. Here are the stories of a writer who aspires to always write from her heart. With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, here’s raising a toast to inspiration!
Releasing on 10th of October 2016
Edited by Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
Proofread by Nikita Jhanglani
Cover Designed by Sachin Venkatesh
About Rubina Ramesh
Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.
Her other published works include
'Home is where Love is’ a short story in the anthology Writings from the Heart. Ed. by Beth Ann Masarik.
‘You Stole My Heart’ and ‘Let me Go’. Short stories as a part of the anthology ‘Long and Short of It’ by Indireads.
'Wake Me Up' as a part of the anthology ‘Marijuana Diaries’ by Fablery Publishers.
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Glitter cover, interesting blurb and a story about a makeup artist – The book has “pick me up” written all over it. Misha, our protagonist, is a Make-up artist and has a penchant for picking up wrong guys. She is a proverbial blabber mouth and is fun to be around. She falls heads over heels for the smoldering hot jewelry business man Akshay. Things suddenly go for a toss when their families meet. Opposites attract, but can opposites live with each other?
This story was one fun and light hearted read, almost along the lines of a coming of age story. The story is realistic and captures the practical problems which arise when two people from different culture decide to get married. What would initially seem like a fairy tale would obviously morph into a nightmare when it comes to choice of habits. The writing was good enough for a book of this genre. The writer either knows a lot about make up or has done her research well as a lot of MAC products were mentioned in the book. For someone who knows nothing about makeup this irked me a bit. I do understand that the character is a makeup artist but then, I couldn’t help but feel a bit lost. The characterization was balanced and each character had the right depth. I felt there were too many secondary characters though.
MY SAY: Light hearted and fun read.
About the Book
NUMBER OF PAGES: 184
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Grotesque cover, gory summary, what an enticing book I mused on before picking it up for review. Narrated in the form of diary entries, this story is about a mother and her fight to prove the innocence of one of her twin daughters. A mother always believes the best of her progeny. Joanne, the mother, is on a mission to prove the innocence of her twin daughters who have been accused of killing their own father in a gruesome matter. She strongly believes it was an accident but as enough evidence surfaces it is hard to be convinced. Moreover, it is difficult to identify the killer as they are twins.
I found initial few pages unsettling as the narration was a bit un-conventional with alternating view point and diary entries. For a seasoned thriller reader like me, this book was an absolute treat. The characterization was perfect and each character was well fleshed out. With a strong characterization I pretty much had an idea as to who might be the culprit. In spite of that, the story kept me tenterhooks. The writer skillfully tried to veer the readers away from the secret behind the trick. There is no such thing as coincidence when it comes to psychopaths at play. The writer exploited that fact to maximum. It was interesting to read about how psychopaths are built and how they go about destroying their lives and the lives of others piece by piece. The writing as such is perfect. My only qualm would be with the number of characters. At one point it became difficult to keep track.
MY SAY: Not for the faint hearted.
About the Book
NUMBER OF PAGES: 294
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book tours. Thank you :)
BOOK LINK : Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Friesen Press
About the Author
Award Winning Author, JW Lawson is already gaining recognition for her writing talents in the US and world-wide. The second of a trilogy of sensational thrillers,Mummy's Little Angel is the winner of the highly acclaimed Worlds Best Story competition and has also received some outstanding reviews from the professional team of judges in the competition. She is currently writing her third thriller, Crossroads which will be available in 2017 and the final book of the current series, Hush Little Baby will be available in 2018.
Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook
Me : What or who inspired you to write this book?
My love for diary writings brought me to this world. I had a strange habit of writing fictional scenes in my diaries since my school days. One fine day, my husband got one of those diaries and he encouraged me to write a story. That’s how the journey of Adhira started. Now, that strange habit turned into a full-fledged story writing.
Me: Tell us about your writing process?
I am not afraid to call myself an amateur writer. Neither I have done any writing course nor do I hold any specific literature degree. Writing comes naturally to me. I never ever dreamt of becoming an author during my schooling days, college or Job days. It just happens suddenly. So, I don’t have any method or process of writing. But, yes, if you want to ask how I start writing Adhira. Then I can tell you. I wrote the very first draft of my story in Hindi – the language I am comfortable to portray emotions in, then I translate my script into English and then the process of 1st editing by myself and 2nd editing by my editor follows.
Me: The character is a woman - How much of her character is autobiographical?
Adhira & Aditti are totally two different people. Adhira inspire us to be like her in many ways, she is reflecting a part of everything a woman could be, if she wished to. She is young independent, successful individual who selflessly loves and cares about everyone. She is a walking inspiration which I am not.
Me: Tell us about the choice of your title - It's obviously named after the protagonist, but why so?
This name is very close to my heart not just because it is my first protagonist’s name but I have some personal feelings attached with this name. Adhira means restless. This name justifies her character itself. Her restless life, her carefree careless attitude towards herself adds more meanings to her name.
Me : Some one liners!
Tea or Coffee: Coffee
If you were invisible for a day: Would love to visit as many places as I can.
Dancing or sword fighting (Given a chance to learn): Dancing
Favourite writer: Many, depending upon the genre.
About the Book!
What will you choose between your life and death?
Who would you give preference, yourself, your family or your friends?
She achieved everything she wanted. She gave way to who wandered away from their path or had no opportunity by founding a music studio and exploring her own love for music. Her life was perfect until the day her world went upside down. She quietly surrendered to the situations and stood brave for rest of her world. Her friends also wanted her to move on. But then HE arrived. HE was her admirer and the only one, she was comfortable with. Still, she pulled her feet back when love bloomed in her life again instead of indulging into HIS life. So, what troubled her?
That was not the end of her story, but was it the beginning or she just had a pit-stop? Come let’s discover the destination of her story