GENRE: Fiction - Romance
NUMBER OF PAGES: 146
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
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Bollywood and that title – Just enough to grab my attention. I had read the previous book by this writer which was a historical fiction - the stories are virtually incomparable that way.
The plot line is more of a realistic glimpse into the life of a typical celebrity. Does being a successful actress mean that she shouldn’t have humane feelings and commit mistakes just like a common man? Piya our protagonist, walked away from her marriage with the brilliant and handsome director Arfaaz. Now she is back – is it for good? Why is she here? – These are the conflicts which the writer has turned into a story – a pretty good story. The story was paced quite evenly but still had my attention. By evenly paced I meant, one high was followed by a low and the same was repeated. Typically this kind of pacing would be boring, but the writer surprised me by keeping both the highs and lows interesting. I really had to finish reading the story in one go.
Characterization and Writing
For some reason I felt a world of a difference between the historical fiction I read by this writer and this book. This story was packed with passion and deep emotions. What started as a light yet passionate banter turned into a heavyset intense emotional dialogue. The sensual scenes were “Sensual” as intended and didn’t seem erotic at all. To me, there is a world of a difference between being sensual and erotic. With crackling chemistry between the protagonists and spot on characterization, the book was a treat. The characters blew hot and cold over each other - this was executed realistically. My only qualm would be the lack of elaboration on Arfaaz’s family and Piya’s extended family from her roots.
MY SAY: Sensual read. Crackling story line with the right fireworks in play.
A Passionate Romance
More Than Just Desire
The Bollywood diva who ran away
Piya walked out of an explosive situation three years ago. She married Arfaaz for security but left him facing chaos she created. Now she's back in Bollywood and searching for the crown she gave up when she ran away. In the competitive world of starry glamour, the only way she can begin her career anew is to trash the past and get a divorce.
The man who wants her atonement
Arfaaz is determined to get his revenge on Piya for making a farce of their marriage and leaving him to face the mudslinging. He forces her to keep up the appearances and stay with him so she can play the loving wife and repent on her sins. But Piya drives him crazy with her antics. On the top of that, the attraction between them sizzles and threatens to make him forget reason.
A passionate conflict
Piya knows she has lessons to learn but she cannot let this man enter her heart. There is too much to risk and she cannot afford to forget the real reason she has come back. Success is her mantra and her worship. She can be faithful to only her goal...
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Summerita Rhayne 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 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, the only way to get peace is write their book!
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 324
SERIES / STANDALONE: Love in Provence #3
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from NetGalley as a part of France Book tours in exchange of an honest review. Thank you.
This review would be from the viewpoint of a reader who has not read the previous books of the series and choose to read this book as standalone
I wasn’t able to follow the story for a while. The characters felt a bit disconnected and disorienting till about half way through the story. This edition of the series follows Katherine’s story back in Canada. Katherine is forced to come back home to Canada when her best friend meets with an accident. Coming back home floods her with memories of her parents and hear failed marriage. Adding to agony are her unstable feelings to Philippe – the man who has made her fall in love again. Would she be able to move on from her heart break and accept a man into her life again? The stories switched back to France with the thread of Katherine’s and Philippe’s relationship.
Once I was comfortable with the characters and their relationship with each other, I found the story to be nothing short of beautiful. With a pacing which was consistent and enough twists thrown in, this book was indeed a pleasurable read. The narration and the setting would be the highlight of the book. The writer had literally brought alive the sights, scenes and food of France! The countryside is so breathtaking and fills the reader with joy. The story line as such was filled with so much positivity and teaches the reader an invaluable lesson – A heart break is never the end of life.
My only qualm with the book would be a lack of that introduction for a reader who hasn’t read the previous books. The writer could have possibly spent a couple of pages giving a gist of what happened earlier so that new readers would also connect with the book and the old readers wouldn’t be bored. Also given that the characters were way lot older than I am, I couldn’t really connect much with them!
The cover deserves a special mention for being breathtakingly beautiful!
MY SAY: A must read for ‘Fracophiles’ and lovers of contemporary romance.
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I Promise You This(women’s fiction) Release date: May 17, 2016 at Lake Union Publishing ISBN: 978-1503935723 365 pages Author’s page | Goodreads
SYNOPSISSuddenly single after twenty-two years of marriage, the calm of Katherine Price’s midlife has turned upside down. Seeking to find her true self, she took a chance on starting over. A year later, she is certain of this: she’s in love with Philippe and adores his idyllic French homeland, where he wants her to live with him. But all that feels like a fantasy far removed from Toronto, where she’s helping her friend Molly, hospitalized after a life-threatening accident. Staying in her childhood home full of memories, Katherine wonders: Is she really ready to leave everything behind for an unknown life abroad? And if all her happiness lies with Philippe, will it last? Can she trust in love again? Searching her heart, Katherine finds the pull of the familiar is stronger than she thought. An unexpected meeting with her ex, the first time since his cruel departure, and a stunning declaration of love from an old flame spur her introspection. With sunlit backdrops and plot twists as breathtaking as the beaches of Côte d’Azur, author Patricia Sands brings her trilogy about second chances to a provocative and satisfying close that proves that a new life just might be possible—if you’re willing to let your heart lead you home.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORA confessed travel-addict, best-selling author Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else, and calls the south of France her second home. I Promise You This, is Book 3 in her award-winning Love in Provence series. Find Patricia on Facebook, on Twitter on Instagram at her Amazon Author Page or her website Subscribe to her mailing list and get information about new releases. Buy the book : Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca | Amazon.fr | available on Barnes & Noble on May 17
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A seemingly mundane computer clean-up leads to an electrifying quest for an enigmatic—and deadly—treasure in this gripping techno-thriller.
After selling his dorm-room startup for millions and effectively retiring at the age of twenty-five, Alex Fife is eager for a new challenge. When he agrees to clean up an old PC as a favor, he never expects to find the adventure of a lifetime waiting for him inside the machine. But as he rummages through old emails, Alex stumbles upon a startling discovery: The previous owner, a shady antiques smuggler, had been trying to unload a mysterious object known as the Florentine on the black market. And with the dealer’s untimely passing, the Florentine is now unaccounted for and ripe for the taking. Alex dives headfirst into a hunt for the priceless object.
What starts out as a seemingly innocuous pursuit quickly devolves into a nightmare when Alex discovers the true technological nature of the Florentine. Not just a lost treasure, it’s something far more insidious: a weapon that could bring the developed world to its knees. Alex races through subterranean grottos, freezing morgues, and hidden cellars in the dark underbelly of Los Angeles, desperate to find the Florentine before it falls into the wrong hands. Because if nefarious forces find it first, there’ll be nothing Alex—or anyone else—can do to prevent a catastrophic attack.
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Carey Nachenberg is Symantec Corporation's Chief Engineer and is considered one of the inventors of Norton AntiVirus. As Chief Engineer, Carey drives the technical strategy for all of Symantec's core security technologies and security content. He has led the design and development of Symantec's core antivirus, intrusion prevention and reputation-based security technologies; his work in these areas have garnered over eighty-five United States patents.
In addition to his work in the cyber-security field, Carey has also recently published his first novel, a cyber-security thriller entitled “The Florentine Deception,” and is donating all proceeds from sales of the novel to charities supporting underserved students and veterans. Carey holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from University of California at Los Angeles, where he continues to serve as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science.
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Born in the lush mountains of Dalhousie in 1930, Shakuntala is a pampered child of a wealthy builder. On her wedding night she is gifted a secret to use wisely when the time comes.
From the green valleys of Dalhousie to a village in Punjab reeling under the communal violence of 1947; from the Delhi of 1950s with its intoxicating smell of freedom to the Delhi of 1970s soaked in the hippie culture; from the Delhi of 1984 smelling of burnt tyres to the Delhi of 90s raising its Frankenstein of urbanization, the cancerous secret breathes with her, infects her. It is accidentally passed down, hidden under insecurities and jealousies, locked in its meaninglessness and leaving a trail of ruin.
When her great- grandson accidentally discovers the secret in 2065, he is perplexed by the malice that flowed in his family's blood. Was it just the secret or his family would have destroyed itself even in its absence? Why was their love never greater than their unsaid expectations from each other?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amit Sharma's first fiction book titled False Ceilings has been published by Lifi Publications. The book launch happened on 12 Jan 2016 in the World Book Fair in Delhi.
Amit has been working in a Software Firm since the last ten years. He lives with his family in NCR. His wife is a teacher and they are blessed with a daughter who is in her terrible twos.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travelers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
NUMBER OF PAGES: 320
SERIES / STANDALONE: Series #2
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the publishers as a part of TBC book tours in exchange for an honest review
Wrong Means Right End is the second book in the series featuring Nandhini, Sneha and Aditya. Though the book has recurring characters, this story can be read as standalone. Having read two other books by the writer, I knew what really to expect. So diving right into the review
This installment is the story of Nandini’s best friend Sneha. Sneha is now divorced and is happy being a single mom, but Nandini being the ‘responsible’ best friend she is tries to set her up with eligible bachelors which more often than not ends up in a flop show. Finally in comes Nikhil with his own share of emotional baggage. Would Sneha and Nikhil fall for each other? Would Nandini get what she wished for?
This story was well laid out and more interesting which compared to the previous book in the series. Like the previous book, this story also had a positive ending. Not that I’m complaining, but a little variety could have made things even more interesting.
Characterization & Writing
For starters, this book was proof read well and didn’t have any glaring errors like the previous book. The writer has also toned down the usage of regional language which really helped the flow in reading. Needless to say, the writing was quite simple and brought in that feel of a typical Indian story. The characters were well sketched and elaborate well enough for a reader who hadn’t read the first installment. The writer needs to be lauded for not straying off the track and simply focusing on the character this book was intended for. However, I still had qualms with one character - Gayathri - I felt the writer is simply giving her too many chances for redemption. The romance between Nikhil and Sneha was built slowly thread by thread, making it an overall pleasurable experience for the readers. The writer also threw episodes of romance between Aditya and Nandini for good measure so that the readers don’t feel disconnected as far as those two characters are concerned. Evidently, the writer is also adept in mixing humor with romance. I cracked up all the time Sneha mispronounced swear words so that her kid won’t pick it up!
MY SAY: A complete entertainer
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Wrong Means Right End
Readers fell in love with Sneha and Nandini, two best friends who stuck to each other through heartbreak and joy in the bestselling novel, Right Fit Wrong Shoe. Now they are back in a delightful sequel that follows the two women as they begin the next phase of their lives in Mumbai.
After a failed marriage, Sneha, a single working mom, has no time, or inclination, for love. She resists every matchmaking attempt made by the overzealous Nandini, married to industrialist Aditya. But then the past intrudes in the form of the gorgeous and rich, Nikhil, who brings along Gayatri to break-up her ex-fiance, Aditya's marriage. Sneha enlists Nikhil's help to salvage the situation. But how does she even talk to a man who clearly loathes her? As Nikhil and Sneha try to grapple with their egos and combustible chemistry, love blossoms.
Wrong Means Right End, an exuberant story about love and friendship, is filled with surprises and a wicked twist at every turn.
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GENRE: Fiction – Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 320
SERIES / STANDALONE: Pero Baltazar #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as part of iRead book tours in exchange of an honest review. Thank you :)
The Berlin Package is second book in the series featuring TV producer and clandestine courier, Pero Baltazar and the African guide Mbuno. They embark on yet another journey filled with nothing short of trouble.
All Pero wants is an ordinary life as a TV show producer. However, his part time job as a courier for the US Government won’t let that happen. This time around, he is given a plain package which unfortunately turns out to be “hot” resulting in him being threatened and pursued by powerful bankers. With the story being set in Germany, there is obviously a Nazi connection to it. He calls upon his new friends and old – Mbuno to help him out of this precarious situation where in the very government he works for will go to any lengths to cover up their mistakes. Obviously the plot was well fleshed out and logical. Thankfully the writer didn’t fill in pages with Nazi history. Inadvertently, stories set in Germany and having that Nazi connection end up being nothing short of history books. This writer did bring in the history but it was handled well and was intertwined with the part making it essential. It was not just the Nazi history, the writer wove in subjects like nuclear terrorism into the story very well.
Narration & Characterization
Given that this is the second book in the series, the writer didn’t really have the need to elaborate the characters and their aspirations. However, I felt that he might have as well used it as a chance to add the much needed volume and depth to the recurring characters. The writing in general was smooth, but just like his previous books, the dialogues were choppy and abrupt. I wondered if this was actually his style of writing. If it were so, I’m really not comfortable with it. The writer certainly needs to be lauded for the narration of background and minute details.
MY SAY: The thrill factor just got better!
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NUMBER OF PAGES: 256
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from Writers Melon in exchange for an honest review. Thank you :)
A story set in the beautiful town of Dalhousie spanning across generations – must make for an interesting read I mused before picking it up. The cover and the title both were in contradiction with the blurb a bit. An old radio and an almirah isn’t exactly much to go on is it? This is exactly what attracted me to the book!
The story is set in Dalhousie and Delhi. It traces the lives of four generations of people from a family. The writer weaves history and culture into the story which simply ended up helping the writer building up the story. The story as such focuses much on human emotions, behavior and actions. Each emotion, behavior and action is substantiated either by another emotion or action or incident. In fact, the story was more like a Cause and Effect matrix explained literally (It’s the best I can associate with, programming C&E matrix is my day job you see).
Narration & Characterization
With non-linear narration and an abstract theme, this book wasn’t definitely one easy read. The transition between time lines and characters were a bit too abrupt for my taste. The story was simply too slowly paced with characters being killed off at regular intervals. The characterization however was simply too good. In fact, I felt the writer focused too much on the characters and their aspirations and ended up losing focus on pacing. The detailing of historical events, emotions associated with them, their impact on characters and the characterization prevented me from putting down the book. It was evident that the writer researched a lot about various topics including the partition and the local history of Dalhousie. ‘Exquisite’ would be the apt word to describe the writing in general. If only the story had more proper twists and turns! The secret which the writer reveals in the end was something quite wicked in an aesthetic sense. Sadly, thanks to extremely slow pace to reach that big reveal, the secret lost that bang factor. Thankfully though, the secret wasn’t predictable. In fact, I kept waiting for a supernatural element to come into to play, which obviously didn’t happen.
MY SAY: A good literary read.
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GENRE: Fiction - Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 352
SERIES / STANDALONE: Pero Baltazar #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you guys!
Having read the first installment in the Sci-Fi series, I quite knew what to expect. I really didn’t enjoy that book due to various reasons, but as a reviewer, I knew better not to be prejudiced. After all, this book belongs to a different genre – a genre which I’m most comfortable with and love reading.
A regular safari shoot by two people who are pros at it –Mbuno – The guide and Pero Baltazar – the producer – what is the possibly of things going wrong? Especially when you are shooting at open plains with no civilization in play! Everything is bound to go wrong when there is an imminent threat from a terrorist cell. Reason – the show is being hosted by Mary, the daughter of world’s top television evangelist who has a mass gather planned in Nairobi, Kenya. They must combine forces to thwart the attack. However, that isn’t simple, thanks to Pero’s moonlighting job as clandestine courier to the US State Department. Do they escape? Read the book, I’m not letting out spoilers, certainly not for this book.
The writing as such felt a bit different when compared his other book. The sentences were less choppy and plot was quite logical, tight and flawless. The characterization, however, was a wee bit superfluous. I really couldn’t relate with the motivations and aspirations of the characters as far as major characters are concerned. However, there were few minor characters, who did a way better job and for which the writer is to be lauded. The plot as I mentioned earlier was quite flawless in terms of logic, but the layering was even better. Pacing on the other hand was uneven – the story started off being a bit slow for my taste but thankfully picked up much needed momentum. With rich detailing on the scenes of Africa and its culture, the book was is a treat to read for people like me who love detailing.
MY SAY: Thriller good enough!
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GENRE: Fiction - Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 372
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from Pump Up Your Books in exchange for an honest review! Thank you guys!
Dan brown and Steve Berry have used and abused topic like god, holy grail, the fight between good and evil, the fight between science and religion. Every other book that I pick belonging with the same type of setting, I hope the writer does come up with something original. This writer did bring in a refreshing change but not where I expected.
Nina, our protagonist, is a university professor who accepts an assignment to authenticate a long lost table which would be the gateway to heaven. Things take a nasty turn when she realizes she has been betrayed and is being chased by a mad man billionaire – Van Der Venn, with expansive resources at disposal. Joining hands with her is the charming hotelier, Alessandro, who has his own motivations with regards to the Venn. They end up travelling to India to cut the chase and unlock the mystery.
I couldn’t help but draw parallels to Dan brown’s books – The character of Nina and Robert Langdon were similar in a way that they had their fair share of a tormented past. They are both professors who end up getting involved in dangerous things. They travel to other county to solve mystery. So to me, initially the book was a bit boring – that is until the writer established his premise. Once he moved on to the actual chase, the sequence of events got interesting. Being from India, I wasn’t really amused with writer’s description of Jaipur and it railway station. Having visited both, I can vouch that they aren’t as bad as the writer has projected. People writing about my country seem to be of opinion that we have dusty roads, poor infrastructure and a horrible traffic – Judging the entire country by visiting one place isn’t exactly a wise thing to do. And no, not all of us gawk at foreigners or pull their hair. I wasn’t really amused by that part of the story, though I won’t deny it is not known to happen.
The writing as such was good with smooth narration. However, the characters and their motivation seemed to fall flat a bit due to uncanny similarities with other books.
MY SAY: It’s an okay read!
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GENRE: Fiction – Paranormal Short Stories
NUMBER OF PAGES: 155
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of TBC book tours sent by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
I seem to be on a short story reading spree. I don’t regret it one bit. When I like what I’m reading, there isn’t a need to complain at all. So diving straight in,
There were 5 stories in the collection with all stories being paranormal in nature.
The First story – First Love - For someone sailing on the same boat, I could relate with the story a lot. The climax though was predictable, nevertheless it was heart breaking.
The Second story – The Story Teller–Having seen what Tsunami was capable of, this story hit home. Emotions of loss hit home for me.
The Third Story – Reminiscence – Mundane tasks couldn’t have been narrated possibly in a better manner.
The Fourth story – Happiness Clinic - Aptly titled. The story was just more than a tale of a man finding his way out from depression, it was the tale of how the life of a woman is impacted post marriage.
The Last Story – Best Friends Forever – My personal favourite. Hallucinations and supernatural elements, when mixed, result in something explosively thrilling. This story was just that – it was simply too good. The played her strength here – psychology.
Writing and Characterization
With a fabulous vocabulary and brilliant narration, this book was one treat to read. The phrasing was perfect and conveyed all the right emotions. However, the characterization is debate worthy. Raghavan’s character in third story seemed so well developed with Prerna’s character in the last story lacked finesse. In sense, I felt the writer focused more on Alice’s character instead of that of Prerna’s. This might be justified due to the very story line of that story.
MY SAY: Neatly packaged book. Must read for paranormal fiction lovers.
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Someone's Always Waiting
ENCOUNTERS is a potpourri of five sumptuous stories involving a motley crew of protagonists. Skating along the borders of fantasy and paranormal themes, the stories track incredible and poignant journeys of self-discovery, tracing the cathartic aftermath of fleeting encounters.
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Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyesâs, Me Before You, My Last Love Story is a heartbreakingly romantic tale about the complexities of trauma and whether love can right a wrong.
I, Simeen Desai, am tired of making lemonade with the lemons life has handed me.
Love is meant to heal wounds.
Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin.
Love has ripped my life apart and shattered my soul.
I love my husband, and he loves me.
But Nirvaan is dying.
I love my husband. I want to make him happy.
But he is asking for the impossible.
I donât want a baby.
I donât want to make nice with Zayaan.
I donât want another chance at another love story.
Conversation with Zayaan Khan from My Last Love Story.
Introduce yourself to our readers.
Hey! Iâm Zayaan KhanâZai to my friends. I have two younger sisters and a mother, and we live in London. Iâve come to Carmel-by-the-Sea to be with Nirvaan and also to finish my dissertation in Islamic studies.
Youâre a nerd, huh. Then, this question is perfect for you: If you could do something dangerous just once with no risk, what would you do?
Zai: Nirvaan and I have pretty much covered all the risky and dangerous things men can do. As of this moment, Iâd try any risky experimental medical procedure on Nirvaan to rid his head of tumors once and for all.
Whatâs the biggest lie you told in childhood?
Zai: That I love my brother. That he was redeemable in Allahâs eyes.
Which of your ancestors would you most like to meet?
Zai: My eight-times great grandfather who was a Sufi saint. Iâd love to meet him and discuss philosophy.
Is it more essential to develop beliefs or gain knowledge?
Zai: Gain knowledge, of course. Belief without knowledge is a waste and an error. Knowledge is reason. Belief can be unreasonable.
Heavy. Letâs end on a fun note, shall we? Whatâs the most fun party you ever attended?
Zai: Myâourâfifteenth birthday party. It was at Dandi Beach back home in Gujarat. Itâs where weâNirvaan and Iâmet Simi.
And thatâs our five questions done. Thanks for being a sport. And I wish you find that experimental procedure for Nirvaan too.
At once heartbreaking, delightful and completely unexpected. A must read!
~ Sonali Dev, author of The Bollywood Affair
In My Last Love Story, Kothari examines love and loss, desire and desolation, with a deft, wry touch that kept me reading late into the night and moved me to tears.
~ Julia Tagan, author of Stages of Desire
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Falguni Kothari is an internationally bestselling hybrid author and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. When not writing or dancing, she fools around on all manner of social media, and loves to connect with her readers. My Last Love Story is her fourth novel.
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First look at The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 2)
Guardians of the Halahala (Vikramaditya Veergatha # 1) has a new look as well!
The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the White Lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction.
But was the Halahala truly destroyed?
A small portion still remains â a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.
As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his Council of Nine to quell the supernatural hordes â and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos!
A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, The Guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.
Reviews for Guardians of the Halahala
The story is interknitted with action, brilliant storytelling, and insightful of mythological and legendary elements that get under your skin and challenge the way you perceive history, as only few of the talented authors can. ~ Shreya Ganguly @ The Notepad Reviews
I am intoxicated, drugged, and floating in a world that has come to conquer my senses since the last few days. The world of Vikramaditya. The world carved by author Shatrujeet Nath. ~ Amrit Sinha on Goodreads
The quality of writing is powerful and beautiful, almost surreal. ~ By Manish Mahajan on Amazon
In fact the only disappointing thing about this book was that the second part isn't ready yet. ~ Srikanth Sarathy on Amazon
About the Author
Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.
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GENRE: Fiction – Sci-Fi
NUMBER OF PAGES: 224
SERIES / STANDALONE: Tag #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead book tours in exchange for an honest review. Thanks guys!
Imagining how life would be in years gives a vast playground for a writer to experiment and let loose their imagination. Peter Riva, the writer of this book has turned to the most predictable school of thought – what if at one point of time computers try to kill his very own creator.
Our protagonist Simon’s job is to ensure that the artificial intelligence system runs in top notch condition to help the smooth functioning of the county administration. Things take a violent turn when they very system threatens the existence of his life as well as other fellow human being's life. He is short on time and has to rely on his instincts to save the world.
Being an ardent fan of artificial intelligence and having worked on a project relating to AI, I found the story line relatable but a little far fetched. Of course, given that the book is a work of fiction, such an imagination is acceptable. Having said that, readers in general who aren’t acquainted with his concept of science would simply not see beyond lines of code. The writer could have avoided elaborating on that front. I felt the characterization was a bit superficial and lacked that conviction of a man on a mission. “Tempestuous” would be the right word to describe the writing. Few parts of the writing were really good while in few parts of the book the sentences were a bit abrupt. The writer certainly needs to be lauded for his brilliant sense of imagination. The plot line as such was riveting with enough sensible twists and turns.
MY SAY: For people who love pure Sci-Fi, this book is a treat.
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GENRE: Fiction - Mystery
NUMBER OF PAGES: 209
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer in exchange for an honest review. Thanks a lot Sharath :)
A proper mystery should be savored slowly like the famous South Indian filter coffee – The first sip will hit you like a tornado and simply would keep getting intense. The last sip would leave you intoxicated and floating in heaven – this story to me was just like that. From a true-blue filter coffee lover, this is the maximum compliment that can be doled out.
The village hostess is found murdered and body is sprawled in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. An inexperienced constable is tasked to investigate the case. Given her profession, the villagers are secretly happy that she is gone for good. This simply adds every other villager a suspect. With the help of the temple priest, the constable tries to solve the case.
With a plot which was simple yet well-developed and airtight logical, the book was an absolute utopic read for a hard core mystery lover like me. However, the writer followed the tried and tested method in solving a crime – Periodically add and delete every other character to the suspicion list and end with the most unsuspecting character. The characterization was equally good and matched the caliber of the plot. The writer gave equal importance for all the characters leaving no room for me to complain about the lack of focus on specific characters. The writing, needless to say is flawless and hugely reminds me of RK Narayan’s books. I’ve mentioned the same in the review of this other book – Donoor’s curse and I still stick to it. There was this debate in an online forum as to how writers fill the narration with transliteration of the local language to bring in authenticity. Sharath’s writing is the perfect example of how to bring in that Indian feel with minimal usage of transliterated local language. The highlight of the narration would be the visual imagery. Visualizing the quaint little village, the temple and the characters were no trouble at all
I really couldn’t find a single flaw. Been ages since I enjoyed a good mystery like this.
MY SAY: A must read book.
AUTHOR LINKS: Goodreads
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads, Amazon
PS. There was a strong accusation from a certain reader of my blog that I’ve been generous with the ratings as I receive books for free. I take this chance to reiterate my stand on being honest – My reviews are honest to point. I have no qualms in calling a rotten apple rotten. As far as the rating is concerned, I am no Shakespeare to rate writers. I ensure that the ratings are in accordance with the review I write. Amazon/Goodreads forces me to put out a rating, I wouldn’t really if given a choice. Using abusive language or giving out a one star rating doesn’t really solve the purpose of a review. A review is meant to be a critical criticism and not a mere rating.
In fact, I have a large collection of "To-Read" books which I purchased from my own hard earned money. Don't really have the need to write a stellar review to keep the supply of free books coming. Been book blogging for three plus years now, I've turned down more requests than I've accepted.
GENRE: Fiction – Short Stories
NUMBER OF PAGES: 260
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of The Book Club book tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Rubina and Sujit
There is a general misconception that Short stories are difficult to read. In Fact, Publishers and writers believe that marketing a collection of short stories is simply grueling. However, there are enough people around like this writer Sujit Banerjee, who have gone on to prove that short stories can be as marketable as a full length novel. Accomplishing this however is no easy feat unless the writer is can adeptly handle characterization. Reviewing a collection of short stories is difficult, especially if there are 26 stories which are equally good. So here is my humble attempt in telling you about why I absolutely loved this book.
There were 26 stories, each named after a character alphabetically. Few stories had cliffhanger endings, while few were interlinked – as in they were narrated from multiple point of views. I’ve never read such stories. It was rather heart warming to reach such narrations. Most of the stories dealt with dark emotions – heart wrenching, soul stirring types.
Projecting various shades for a single character in a short story is simply impossible and would probably be imprudent. So this writer went to do it in a different way – but using multiple point of views. However, the writer more often than not ending up just showing the darker shades of the character. All the characters could either be classified as dark,darker and darkest. I was a bit disappointed that the writer didn’t capitalize on light hearted emotions which would have simply added variety. In spite of the characters being simply dark all the way, they made a lasting impression. My personal favourites being that of Farzhana, Manu and Siraj. The writer certainly needs to be lauded for one type of variety that he brought in – the characters – Unborn child, man on deathbed, Married woman, a lover. It was as if the writer observed people in a crowd and decided to write stories guessing about their lives and aspirations.
The language, the narration – the writing in short obviously was pretty clean and good. The writer used simple but effective sentence structuring to make his stories effective and convey fierce emotions. Just that all stories seemed a bit similar thanks to the gloomy theme, so phrasing may seem to be a bit repetitive while it is actually not.
Cover and Title
The cover was actually stark opposite of the stories from the book – it was bright and beautiful. The title however, didn’t make sense until I read about 3 stories. The book was indeed a ‘departure’ from your normal collection of short stories.
MY SAY: A great read.
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RUKHSAT THE DEPARTURE
Where a story stops, another one begins. The thing with them is, they never walk alone. They always walk with a group of friends. Each reaches its own climax. Then with a final gasp of mortality and despair, fade away. No, they never die, they multiply. To the extent that the original gets lost and new ones are born. Over and over again. Yes, they get lost. No, they never die. They live on, permanently etched in the book of time. And from there, we borrow them and bring them alive. Again. And again. Here are twenty six of them, some standing alone and some chatting up with their long lost friends. When they depart, they leave a lingering fragrance of nostalgia and curiosity. What happened then?
Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six names, and twenty-six short stories. Each exploring one unique emotion, taking you into the dark recess of the mind. Some frothy and most of them dark. Most standing alone and some facing a mirror, where the same story comes alive in two different ways, through two different protagonist . Meet myriad characters - from the single-minded prostitute to the man on the railways station bereft of any memory; a woman desperate for a biological child to a dead man's trial. Meet a jealous lover with a twisted brain and a gay man's memory of a one-night encounter. Meet twenty-six such characters arrested and sentenced for life inside the pages of a book. Each one leaving an indelible mark on your soul.
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Abhimanyu – In the Beginning
I felt the poison of anger raging around me, inside me, pulsating like an entity; anger at the one who betrayed and the one who took advantage of this betrayal. The anger of not being able to stop both. Then the flash of knife and the flowing blood, shimmering in the flames of the torches inside the chamber. Screams followed by hushed voices; bodies being dragged down a flight of stairs. The sound of digging and burying. Later, ruins all around as empires fell and one intrigue chased another through time while swords sliced and arrows whiz past, seeking hearts. Who was I and what was all this about? Why were most of the images that flitted through my head always dark and tinged with red? Rarely, very rarely were they warm and loving. So rarely were they, ever like the sun shining on a cold and shivering memory.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, I grew up in Patna where I finished my post-graduation in Psychology and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist! Which was
good since a Bengali born in UP and reared in Bihar does not make a great Psychologist! Am I now glad to be in tourism? It has taken me all over the world including places you would have never heard of. Eh? How about Tlacotalpan? It’s in Mexico.
Destiny had other plans as well so I became a reluctant healer. A crazy Shaman in Mexico set the ball rolling and it has rolled all the way to Delhi. Today I both heal as well as read Tarot cards. My wife thinks I am mad. My friends think I am weird. I guess I am both.
My first story was published in a magazine when I was seventeen. The Editor made such a hash of it that I stopped sending out my stories but I continued writing. Then I broke my heart and started writing poems; first in Hindi and then in English. All personal collection. They still remain personal. I do shudder when I read some of them! Then the short stories came back and written over two years - now is a collection.
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GENRE: Non- Fiction
NUMBER OF PAGES: 180
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Smart, sharp, bold and a bootlegger is a description that most women can’t imagine being known has. The exception to it being Kathryn Kelly aka Machine gun Kelly.
The first line of the summary had me hooked totally – a career in crime. Being from the other part of the world and from a different generation, I was simply awestruck by this biography. Kathryn Kelly, born into a poor family went on to being a bootlegger and moved on to commit serious crimes like kidnapping. She also “motivated” her husband to orchestrate these heinous crimes. She manipulates the media which simply ends up blowing up her husband’s flagrant image. She is always one step ahead of the law, but eventually it catches up with her. However, she is confident of not being convicted. Eventually they are convicted.
The excerpts and the photographs were the highlight of the book. The writer focused appropriately on the traits and character of Kelly. It was an absolute pleasure reading what made Kelly tick – her motivation and intelligence. I’m not really a history buff, but the life of a woman who was so daring simply is irresistible. Kathryn’s life was nothing short of being a Mario Puzo-ish story.
MY SAY: A must read book even if you are not a history buff.
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GENRE: Fiction – Historical Fiction
NUMBER OF PAGES: 408
SERIES / STANDALONE: Series #1
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of RABT book tours in exchange for an honest review. Thanks guys!
Reading a historical fiction set in America was a difference experience. The culture, the dress, the behavior, and etiquette – every minute tiny detail was described in detail making the story a pleasurable read.
Our protagonist, Thomas, falls in love with a married woman – bad idea when the woman in question is not your typical meek housewife but a sharp business woman who charms her way into making money and cuts ruthless deals. The writer traces the history of Pittsburgh – from the Railroad strikes to the assassination of President Garfield and the Johnstown flood while narrating Thomas’s story. Though the story was narrated from Thomas’s point of view, it was not a first person narration.
The story on the outset seemed much like a chronicle of Thomas’s life on the outset but eventually turned into an interesting tale of love and tolerance. The characterization was simply spot on but at times bordered on being a bit unrealistic. Both Thomas’s and Meredith’s character were unconvincing and a bit too good to be true. Particularly, Thomas was too much of a gentleman and I wondered if there are still such species like him around. The narration was bliss to read. Having read enough historical fiction set in the Victorian era or in Britain, this story was an interesting read. The narration brought out the beautiful similarities as well as the stark differences between the American and British cultures. The writer seems to have researched well and also excelled in presenting her research. In fact, at one point, when there were hardly any twists in the story, the research and facts came to rescue. The pacing of the story evidently was uneven. I do understand that a person’s life in 180o would have been a bit mellow and slow due to the absence of modern technology, but that doesn’t mean there would have been other scandals. It’s fiction afterall, there sure was immense scope to make the story a bit more evenly paced.
MY SAY: Perfect read for that lazy summer day.
OVERALL RATING: 4/5
AUTHOR LINKS : www.JeanetteWatts.com
BUY LINKS : CreateSpace
GENRE: Fiction - Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 350
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Sharath.
Donoor’s Curse by Sharath Komarraju is a true- blue thriller set in a quaint little village in Andhra Pradesh.
Dev (Devdutt Pathak) is a debarred doctor who lives in his own world accompanied by bottles of liquor. The sudden death of his godfather Jahangir Khan forces jolts him out of it. Jahangir leaves behind figurines of twins which leads him to the mysterious village of twins – Donoor. The village is filled with twins. It is a belief that women drinking water from the well are blessed with twins. What does this village have to do with Jahangir’s death? Dev embarks on a chase which involves demons, both inner and outer.
The story was nothing short one big roller coaster ride. I hated reading the first few pages of the book and simply wanted the story to move on, but as the story progressed, I was quite engrossed. The story is actually inspired by a news article that the writer came across. He seems to have done his research quite well. With such research and a convincing sense of imagination, the story was one absolutely thrilling read. The characterization was perfect. The writer needs to be particularly lauded for breathing life into even the supporting characters.
The USP of this particular writer I belive is his writing - reminds me of RK Narayan’s writing - Simple narratives with the right amount of importance to background setting and characterization. In an age where writers use plenty of local language to bring that “Indianized” feel, this writer has done that effortlessly with minimal usage of non-english words. The story, though in English, gave me the sense of reading a story in my native language.
MY SAY: Nail Biting Thriller
CHARACTERISATION : 4/5
OVERALL RATING: 4.5/5
AUTHOR LINKS : https://sharathkomarraju.com/
BOOK LINKS : http://www.amazon.in/Donoors-Curse-Sharath-Komarraju-ebook/dp/B01BWM2N6I/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8