#review Dangerous Games

IMG_20170603_084859_808.jpgAuthor : Danielle Steel
Publisher : Pan Books
Publication date : 9 Mar, 2017
Book length : 320 pages
Language : English
Genre : Fiction
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Synopsis :
Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world from riots in America to protests on the streets of Tehran. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, a deeply private ex-Navy SEAL, Alix revels in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony Clark.
Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America’s most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin’s bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support from Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin.
As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben’s help as never before. And soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined.
Rating : 4/5
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Review :
This book was provided to me by the publishers for review. But I am hear to shape out my own opinions. The book is absolutely​ exciting​. The story, the characters, the writing everything is perfect.
The story revolves around Alix, a strong willed, independent, fearless, trustworthy television correspondent. In the time when women are reaching unimaginable heights of success in the fields previously dominated by men, she is the ideal representation of women stronghold. She makes us all realise how nothing is impossible for a woman and that she when given a chance can do anything.
Her already dangerously adventurous life, thanks to her profession, becomes more interesting when her senior producer, Felix Winters gives a hunch that the currently popular, soon to be President, Vice- President, Tony Clark is not who he advertises himself to be. Alex knows how clean a record Tony holds and finds it impossible for him to be trying to do anything to make his position come crashing down. But both she and her alongside cameraman, ex-Navy SEAL, Ben Chapman know, the Vice President is too good to be true. Also, Felix’s hunches had never till date turned out to be wrong.
As she digs into Tony, sinister secrets fall apart and she notices how Olympia, widow of America’s most admired senator who was destined to the President before his assassination, had been manipulate by him to stay behind closed doors. But soon every woman will rise for she is too powerful to hold back.
My first read of Danielle Steel and am absolutely in love.
I have been taking a long time gap between posting each reviews. My exams are coming closer. So please put up with this talkative girl a little long till she is back with regular review.
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#review The Village that Banned Science

Author : Sangeeta Mulay

Publisher : Groggy Eyes

Publication date : 17 May, 2017

Book length : 132 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction​

Rating : 3/5

Review :

I was provided a free copy of the book by the author for reviewing.
If asked to rate the book based on the perspective of a child, I would give it a 4/5.

I seldom take up the troubling task of reading an e-book. Troubling why? Because I have issues. Ebooks hurt my eyes and give me frequent headaches. So whenever I do decide to read one, I always hope it is worth all the stress. And have never till date been upset of my decision. Whatever e-book I choose to take in remains short, so as to not cause much headache, and is well written.

This book was exactly the same. Short, precise, interesting and well written. The book is a suitable read for children and is very educative.

The story is about a small village in the forgotten part of India, Rampur where the government had forgotten to introduce science. As a result, it was still under the complete grasp of superstitions and beliefs of magic. It was run by a greedy and power loving Sarpanch and a holy Baba of the similar personality. The villagers believed deeply in the Baba’s speeches and buzzard solutions to whatever problems the villagers brought to his attention. They never questioned nor encountered his solutions but ladened him with gifts, food and other offerings. The Sarpanch saw to it that he also got a part of such mouthwatering offerings. Together the duo ruled over the village. The village doctor was never paid a visit to and was abundant, forgotten. The village doctor was never paid a visit to and was left forgotten. There was just one little girl, Jumbhula, who was always full of unbound curiousity over everything.  But found no one to answer her questions to.

Suddenly, events took turn with the government finally noticing the village and sending a Science teacher, Mr. Harish, to educate the children as well as the adults of the unfamiliar, unknown subject – Science. The villagers were all excited to learn something new. 

With the coming of Mr. Harish and his spending of enlightenment in the village, the villagers soon realised the useless tricks the Baba had played on them. There were still some who blindly believed in the Baba but majority turned against him. They all started questioning Baba hilarious remedies and soon the village doctor was remembered. Jambhula always ran to Mr.Harish who helped her get answers to all curious questions and experiments. The villagers started discussing and experimenting science. However, the altering effect on the Baba and the Sarpanch made then wrathful. Soon, when the village experienced an earthquake, they blamed it on Mr.Harish and the practice on science and announced to chop of the tiny toes of anyone found studying or practicing science. Though they all were angry, the villagers feared of their toes and kept silent. But Jambhula was not a girl to give up. With the help of Mr.Harish, she decided upon participating in an Annual village science competition for children in Seetapur with her solar cooker experiment. In midst of all these, when the village is struck by another natural calamity they decide to protest against the ban of Science. It was decided that the protest would be brought to the government’s notice.

But, was Jambhula able to attend the competition despite the heavy guard of the Sarpanch and his goons? Could she successfully present the experiment? Did she win? What happened of the protest? Could they bring back Science to the village? Did the government help? 

To get answers to all these questions all you have to pick up this short read and enjoy each and every aspect of it.

The book is simply written yet packed with great lessons. In India there are many villages which despite the country prospering daily, are very much behind. They remain deprived of proper education and enlightenment. Superstition and belief in magic hovers around those villages. The powerful people take complete control of everything and often the people face hard times. The book is an eye opener of how, when given proper notice and education to a village, numerous lives and dreams are saved from those greedy, powerful, superstitious clutches. Every human must have the right to get proper education. A country wide prosper only when no corner of it is left unnoticed. As the saying goes –

Diamonds are found only in the black, dirty depths of coal mines.

Who knows what precious talents lay hidden and wasted due to the lack of proper education. 

Another interesting fact about the book is the insertion of little experiments absolutely interest grabbing for children. This book is an educational book with humour, curiousity, struggle, understanding, enlightenment and Science.

An adult should read this book as well. For it’s never too old to be young.

#review The Fray Theory : The Harbinger (Book 1.1)

IMG_20170508_155731_302Author : Nelou Keramati

Publisher : Finch Hill

Publication date : 1 March, 2017

Book length : 160 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction

IMG_20170401_201426_577Synopsis :

~What happened three years ago?~

Dylan Sterling is an anomaly who dreams of events before they happen. But over the years, this peculiar gift has transformed into a curse. A dark curse in the form of a strange man who haunts him. Hunts him. Kills him.

But unlike other people, even once Dylan has awakened from a nightmare, the agony of torture clings to his skin. The horror of his own brutal murder continues to resonate with him. Pain, it seems, has long become the status quo. That is until a recurring nightmare reveals a clue that might help him unveil the truth of his ‘condition’.

The race against time has begun, and with each passing day, the boundaries between dream and reality are becoming more and more muddled. And unless he can solve this mystery, he’ll stand to lose even more than he thought possible.

Rating : 4/5

IMG_20170402_163715_419Review :

The next book of The Fray Theory series by Nelou Keramati, The Harbinger is indeed well written, which is very much expected from such a talented author. I had read the book a week or two back but had been unable to post a review. Well, the reason being, I have a huge to-be-reviewed list and I am confused most of the times which book’s review to post first. (*Laughing like a nervous wreck)

Before I present any opinion on this book, I would request every viewer of this post to go back towards the beginning of my reviews and look into my review of The Resonance, first book of this series. It is very essential to know about the first book before reading the opinion of the second.

Now, starting with this book, the author never fails to prove how fascinating her writing is. The theories she puts forward, the incidents she arranges, the characters she brings out are beautiful and attention grabbing. This book, to be put into simple words, is a flashback to the past lives and what had happened in the first book.

As found in the previous book, Dylan, his best friend, Romer and his girlfriend, Neve are stuck in a life and death situation. All through the book, they struggle through threats and disasters building up their long broken bond. But what caused this situations? Why had their bond been broken? What was the beginning?

This book answers it all. It takes back to the time when Dylan was a child, when the incidents and nightmares began. Though the book, Dylan travels from childhood to adulthood, his closest people being Romer and Neve always. But a situation arises that forces him to leave his two favourite people and go into hiding. Neve feels betrayed and hurt.

I would say, I had a tough time trying to read the book at some points because it was making me confused. The continuous alteration of time and place made it sometimes hard to locate the story’s current situation. Though I loved the book, the first book was far more interesting, if you ask me. Maybe I have had a huge gap between reading the two books. I suggest you all to read the two books simultaneously without a large gap. That way it will help one to complete understand the story and it will turn out to be far more interesting and addictive.

Thanks to the lovely author for sending me the book for review. You are always amazing and I am ready to take in more of the trio.

#review Rhysand candle by @whisperingflames

IMG_20170512_180759_412So, this time I am not here to post a book’s review but that of a candle. Because this is the first time I have bought myself a bookish candle and I must say it was worth the buy.

Living in India, where you do not find much of bookish merchandise, specially soycandles, forces one, absolutely dying to get hands on that, to buy it online from foreign contries. US possibly has the highest no.of bookish merchandise production but I may also be wrong, correct me for that.

For us Indians, the prices seem too high and adding along the shipping charges makes it impossible for a majority to buy all those, me being one of them.

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So, here comes the solution to that problem. Afia has opened a bookish soy candle on Instagram for all Indians eager to buy.

The instagram handle is –

https://www.instagram.com/whisperingflames/

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She makes 4oz candles, each for ₹200 excluding shipping charges, which is added after you give the address, she will send you a detailed information of your order. Each candle is made with 100% soy wax, handpoured and smell amazing. The payment is to be done through PayTM and within when, that you can just learn from her. Moreover she added in two beautiful bookish matchboxes, each for ₹20, based on the month’s theme which was the amazing series of The Court of Thorns and Roses & Throne of Glass. Maybe next time when she adds more candles to her shop, more matchboxes will be added as well. This month being her first selling month, she had posted a list of candles available on Instagram. They were –

  • Rhysand
  • Feyre
  • Velaris
  • The Spring Court
  • Amelia
  • Rowan

Well, since this was the first ever time that I had decided to buy myself bookish merchandise, I took up the courage to order a single one – Rhysand and bought along with it a matchbox based on A Court of Mist and Fury. 

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Rhysand candle – 4oz; A Court of Mist and Fury Matchbox with quote

And now having both of them in my hand, I believe they are perfect.

The moment I opened the candle jar, the first thing I saw was smooth clean purple candle with little dots of a darker shade. And I came up with the though that in less light it would look like slight representation of night sky, the High Lord of Night Court, Rhysand’s favourite view. Then the wave on scent hit me.

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She also added a cute note with it and am really thankful.

I smelled many thing. I do not know specifically what scents she added but I have come up with my version of it.

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The first thing that came into my mind was, this one smells like Rhysand, sexy, flirty High Lord, powerful yet king. The scent is strong yet so soothing. It smells like the wind – free and light, rain – earthly, clean and mistifying, salt and something citrus – a little ting of it. As also it smells like foam. It smells like the Night.

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Don’t know how much justification I have really done to the candle but I have tried explaining it in my own way. I can’t wait to buy more from her.

To all Indian bookworms out there who would love to buy amazing bookish soy candles, don’t miss this dear lady and visit her Instagram account soon.

I wish you all the luck @whisperingflames and hope your hard work pays off well and good.

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#review Graveyard Shift

IMG_20170514_071030_219.jpgAuthor : Manish Mahajan

Publisher : Half Baked Beans

Publication date : 13 April, 2017

Book length : 182 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction/ Horror

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Synopsis :

At around midnight, I woke up suddenly. A strange sound was coming from somewhere outside in the passage. I sat up dazed. The curtains were a little ajar letting the moonlight to streak in. I got up to investigate where that noise was coming from. The passageway was almost dark, just a single lamp was left switched on for the night. The sound seemed to be coming from one of the rooms. That was strange, I thought, as there was no one else staying on this floor. All of a sudden, something moved behind me. Turning around I got the shock of my life. Some distance away, in that dreary passageway, stood a figure dressed in flowing white robes, staring hard at me.

Rating : 3/5

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Review :

The book consists of 7 short stories and a poem, all based on ghosts and paranormal activities. I have mixed feelings about this book. Some stories I found very interesting and some I didn’t like much. So I found out a way to express it all. I will be writing about each story in the book separately. So first thing first. Let me put down the list first.

  • The Appointment
  • Honey, ‘m Back!
  • Tales in the Train
  • A Night in the Hastings House
  • A Doll named Wendy
  • The Last Wish 
  • The Apartment on the Tenth Floor
  • Betal Pachisi

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The Appointment –

Well this is the first chapter of the book and the only poem.  The poem narrates the tale of a promised appointment.  A promise between dear friends are meant to be kept no matter what. But on what circumstances? Does he have to fulfil his promise even after death? Read through the poem to know it all.

About the poem, I found the tale interesting. But it seemed as if the poet was trying hard to bring the poet into a rhyme form and pushed it to the limits. However, the poet is well equipped with a good stock of words and thus makes the poem enjoyable.

Honey, ‘m Back! –

Bow this tale was quite interesting. But not very striking. I found the story very common one. The same – young, ambitious, beautiful, man hunter seducing an olg rich man; marrying him and after that slowly planing for his murder so that she becomes the direct owner of it all.

Here, the woman’s name is Riya, who has succeeded in making her husband agree to go for a short trip. So there they were, away from locality and into the arms of nature. There she tried and fails twothree times before successfully killing her husband on the night when the resort was completely empty expect the two of them.

However, things turn upside down with him coming back….. How is not upto me  to reveal to the ones who haven’t read it yet. What caught my attention was the ending of the story. It ended with a ting of sexuality in a kind of vulgar, intense and spooky way.

Next up is

Tales in the Train –

Now about this one, the story revolves around a train compartment where 5 people sit down to tell tales of ghosts and ghostly activities. To reveal names the characters and their relations each other is something I am willing holding. The reason being, giving away the maximum details of a short story. The story being short, to talk in details will leave nothing more of interest to look up to reading on your own.

Back on track, each person goes around sharing their own paranormal experiences and ghost stories they have across. The stories are interesting but not well “staged“. The used that particular word because I felt that the manner in which the stories have been narrated does not arouse much of the reader’s interest. But that doesn’t mean the stories are boring. You know what I mean right?

However, similar to the previous short story, I found the ending eye catching but bizzard to a great extent. But ghost stories are supposed to be bizzard right? Yet, somehow the entire thing sounded off and not quite ..let’s say “intimidating for the readers to feel awestruck”.

A Night in the Hastings House –

I have often heard of groups, gangs, societies or anything a wuite handful of people researching on paranormal activities. It maybe be officially approved or sponsored or something they themselves built up. They are well equipped with instruments for tracking and summoning spirits.

Here, the story is about one of these so mentioned groups on one of their missions, which is visiting Hastings House, known for it being haunted by Hastings’ spirit and look into it.

The story gives a detailed look inside the world of these researchers and how they work it all out. The hunt turns out to be very thrilling and interesting. But once again, the representation of the story had almost chalked out any enthusiasm in continuing till the end.

A Doll named Wendy –

Nowadays, almost everyday we encounter deaths happening as a result of mechanical failure in car while speed driving. Such a heartbreaking accident took place in the story where a young couple losses their only child, apple of their eyes, little Tara.

However, she had a little doll Wendy which was very dear to her and after her tragic death, her mother one day found inside the room, a thin almost transparent figure, playing with the doll. It seemed as if even after dying she couldn’t give up on Wendy and thus came to play with it.

Uptil this point the story was fine but after that there certain turns of events which made me lose interest on the story.

The Last Wish –

The story is about a man who under official work had to visit Chauhans’ Palace. There he is kept well and enjoys care and hospitality. However, at night while resting in the room provided for him to stay, he hears wears noises and when out for investigation over it, encounters a ghost. The story continues with Chauhan explaining him the causes of the incidents.

So this story is absolutely bizzard. I didn’t the story much . The conclusion drawn dis not please me at all.

The Apartment on the Tenth Floor –

This story is rather interesting.

The story revolves around a particular apartment and the spectator of that, a little boy, from the balcony of him room on a different building. The boy saw every midnight certain spine chilling death scenes in that peculiar apartment on the tenth floor which kept on displaying each night till the day the deaths took place somewhere else. When gone to enquire about that apartment with his best friend, they found that room unfinished and thus deserted.

He was a sleepwalker and that brought in an incident that left all his dear ones broken forever. What was the incident? What was the secret of that ghastly apartment? To know, all you have to do is pick up the book.

What I found disturbing the lack of justified closure to the story. I find it unfinished. As also, the last scene shown in the apartment is quite impossible to imagine. It’s out of place.

Betal Pachisi –

All who have read Vikram & Betal already know that story. It is a shortened version of the whole tale. I do not understand quite, the need to add a shortened story of a pre existing work in between a book of a writer’s own works. I found it out the place and very disturbing.

So here ends my thoughts on each story of the book. And having said so much already I don’t think I need to add anything more to it.  

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#review The Mother

IMG_20170421_073823_357Author : Yvvette Edwards
Publisher : Pan Macmillan UK
Publication date : 22 Feb, 2017
Book length : 256 pages
Language : English
Genre : Fiction
Synopsis :

Today, Marcia is heading to the Old Bailey. She’s going there to do something no mother should ever have to do: attend the trial of the boy accused of her son’s murder.

She’s not meant to be that woman; Ryan, her son, wasn’t that kind of boy. But Tyson Manley is that kind of a boy and, as his trial unfolds, it becomes clear that Marcia’s greatest hope for closure lies with Manley’s girlfriend, Sweetie. But can Sweetie be trusted?

Rating : 4/5
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Review :
I have been taking so many breaks in between posting reviews that I turn out to be detached from it for a long time. But I have picked myself up again because I have read some great books which I believe have the right to be reviewed. SO HERE IT IS…The first book I read in the middle of last month – The Mother.This book had me all emotional.
The story is about a mother, Marcia, whose child, Ryan has been snatced away from her cruely. As a result, her calm, polite husband has become frail and weak, his self confidence lowering gradually, their marriage collapsing. She desperately wants to know the reason that forced her dear son to get mudered. He was a sweetheart, who couldn’t imagine even hurting anyone. Then why? Where did it all go wrong?
The story captured her journey towards the truth. As time passes and secrets unravel, the girl, Sweetie, whom she never approvedfor her boy, turns out to be not that rough, spoilt, cheap one she used to seem but someone for whom Marcia develops a liking. And moreover, Sweetie mother’s a child whose father could possibly be Ryan’s and this little speck of hope.
They all fight their way through the rough path and face the murderer, Tyson. A story that will break the reader’s heart but will again pick up the pieces and give a new meaning to become stronger.
The story is one which teaches lessons worth remembering. Have you ever felt you emotions going numb? Feeling nothing? This book breaks that wall, makes the heart ache, makes one want to cry. A journey of hope, pain, numbness, wrath, love and new beginnings.
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#review No Plain Rebel (No Ordinary Star #2)

Author : M.C.Frank
Publisher :  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication date : 16 July, 2016

Book length : 204 pages

Language :  English

Genre : Fiction/ Sci-fi

Synopsis :

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.

A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.

A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.

The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.

The year is 2525.

Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.
Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.
Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.
In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth.
Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow-soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate. The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head.

Because she’s no longer there.

The Stadium is looming in the distance.

It’s ten heartbeats to midnight.

 Rating : 4½/5

Review :
The moment the finished reading NOS, the thrill and excitement of what is going to happen next urged me to not waste a moment and dig into NPB. And,yes! I was so very pleased at the time to start reading No Plain Rebel.

After having realised how inhumane the system is, Felix decided to bring about a change and save the earthling from their terrible fate. However, as the relationship between him and Astra seem to develop on a sweet note, things crumble down with Astra leaving without any notice. But, she seems to have left a clue for Felix and he knows what to do next. He gathers up this subordinates and plans to bring an end to destruction. It all depends on Felix and The Clock.

Will he be able to save them all? What clue had Astra left for Felix? What purpose does the Clock serve in saving them all? Will his subordinates break the laws and stand by his side?

The series is very promising and interesting. It keeps one glued till the end. The chemistry that slowly develops between Astra and Felix, between a girl fucked of emotions and a boy devoid of it all, is beautiful. At some point it does as though the book is an awakening of feeling, a rebirth of the happiness and love.

#review No Ordinary Star (No Ordinary Star #1)

Author : M.C. Frank

Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication date : 7 Nov, 2015

Book length : 168 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction​/ Sci-fi

Synopsis :

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty. The year is 2524. Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rating : 4/5

Review :

 

 

 

 

 

So you say there is no Father Christmas You say there is no Santa Claus Reindeer cannot fly, it’s all a grown-up lie…


 

It’s a song older than time itself -older even than him; what made it suddenly pop into his head?

The story speaks of the time when man had evolved far beyond his own expectations, where a perfect human can be formed in tubes and not through being born – a child is not given birth to; it is created. The child’s IQ, abilities, intelligence all are inputted into it, thus a desired body and mind are formed. To maintain health, energy, stress-free all that was needed was pill – different colours of pills, each carrying a significant characteristic.

Felix was one of those boys who came out alive from the Box, the punishment zone formed by the Chairman where he was to be executed at the age of 18 but was somehow saved, all thanks to the Clockmaster. After getting another chance to live, Felix decided upon obeying the system to every word and soon after joining Military School he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Everyone was proud of his results and obedience.

However, when he got the message from the Clockmaster, he couldn’t help but travel all the way to a place where he was not to be only to find the old man’s home empty. More trouble poured down on him when the person he saved from dying was actually a real woman. He has never seen one before, the one who took care of him and some other boys when they were children was a machine just helping them out with remembering daily schedules.

Moreover when the girl tells him her name, everything stops making sense to him, starting with the Clockmaster telling him an amusing secret, something that has never before been heard of. And then there was the red haired girl who knew how to use old timer tools and was accustomed to a little of their lifestyle while he knew nothing of them. They look through the old man’s home to look for the clock he had asked Felix to fix before the beginning the new year – 2525. Soon, they discover a library in the basement of what Felix called ice shack (the old man’s home). But what do they find there? And why are there book here still? They were meant to be destroyed by now then why? What secrets do they hold?

When I first received the e-book from M.C.Frank I found it very hard to read it through. Well, I get headaches when trying to read long digital writing. I had put down the idea of reading it at that time. And I feel so angry for having wasted such long time and not reading it cause, this book is so very interesting. Like, I don’t even know why I didn’t give it another time then. Last night I picked up the book and started reading it afresh. And though I am having a headache at the moment, the book was worth it all. To know the answers to the above mentioned questions and to know who the girl is, pick up the series and enjoy. It’s a mixture of science, romance, thrill, excitement and survival tactics.

#review Article Three

PSX_20170416_212700[1].jpgAuthor : Anna Jakobsson Lund

Publisher : Annorlunda förlag

Publication date : 12 Dec 2016

Book length : 352 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction / trilogy/ Dystropia

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Trust will get you killed – and trust will keep you alive.

In a world where the System governs everything, Ava’s a rebel – one who can control other people’s thoughts with her mind. As part of a resistance movement preparing for war, this is a useful skill.

Levi stopped believing in the struggle for freedom when it snatched his parents from him. Now he’s just trying to live a quiet life and control the voices that threaten his sanity.

One night Levi’s sister is arrested. To free her, he has to break old promises and get involved with people he swore he’d never associate with. Ava’s ordered to help him and, together, they leave on a rescue mission. She says he has to trust the rebels. But should they.

Rating : 4/5

IMG_20170416_213654_152[1].jpgReview :

And I am here now listening to Armor by Landon Austin, getting all emotional and then rub off those invisible tears to write down the review book I have read almost more than a week ago and was too busy with another storybook to care to write it down. (it’s probably just because am lazy). But the book – Article Three was an “interesting” read. Interesting starting from the curious cover then the synopsis. a good book cover, a curious synopsis, what more does one need to trigger the reader’s interest? Writing patter and the art of story telling. An author’s doesn’t end with composing the solid story line but also the format in which the author writes, the way she/he presents the story to the readers. Article Three triggered that interest from the very beginning and yes, to want to read it I can never define it as a waste of time. It was worth it.

The story revolves around a time centuries ahead of present time. Here, all people abide by the rules and regulations of the System. And though it has turned to maintain peace among all, it limits people’s desires and actions. This resulted in the formation of the REBELS who are secretly penetrating the System by different identities and protesting against it. One such rebel was Lo, Levi’s sister. The story begins with her sneaking into the system to collect evidence against a big massacre and getting caught in the process. Levi, who hates getting involved in the rebellion and anything which might trouble his already troubled life, is thrown into a bunch of them in order to save his sister.

Ava, a rebel, though amateur when it came to accomplishing missions like such, is asked to direct the rescue mission and to add up another member, Leymah and together the three set off. At first Levi finds it hard to fit but as time goes on wit he three of them surviving together, a mutual understanding is developed. However, the mission all of them about some rebels conspiring  the rebellion and they know it better than to trust anyone else than themselves and a few people.

“No. They’d done something to ‘er, she was completely apathetic. She got ‘it when we tried to drag ‘er out of there. Levi wouldn’t come wiv us, he stayed wiv ‘er, and the guardists caught them up. We ‘ad to go so I didn’t see when it happened, but . . . No one can’ve survived that.”

What? Who is the speaker here? Who is referred to as she? Is it Lo? Did they really die? Is this how the story is supposed to end? Do you really believe they are dead? Well, pick up the book, if you haven’t already and find out for yourself.

If you are a lover of Science fiction, dystopia with  promising adventure, friendship and trust, this one is a must read.

#review UNNS The Captivation

IMG_20170319_201516_791Author : Sapan Saxena

Publisher : Inspire India Publishers

Publication date : 1 Jan, 2017

Book length : 244 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction/ Romance/ Thriller

Synopsis : 

“Of course you know the seven stages of love, but have you ever lived them?”

Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim.

Lovebirds since adolescence. Bonded by love, separated by circumstances. They part ways only to meet again. But this time, he is on a secret mission…

Are they in control of their own destiny, or is it their destiny which is making them dance to it’s tunes? Only time would answer, as Atharva and Meher unwillingly and unknowingly transcend the seven stages of love.

A quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm.

Rating : 3½/5

DSC01627Review :

So, I found the story line quite interesting. To be very honest, at first when I saw the cover I didn’t really look forward much. I started reading the book and the story at that point was kind of cute but not that very interesting. So I was like, just let me check what happens at the end and turned to the last page. When I read the last page, I was like “what dude? What’s happening? Where did all this come from? Why? Who? When? What?” And now that I am typing I am laughing my lungs out at the remembrance of the expression my face wore at that time.

Well, then I took up the book seriously and despite my exams (my college never seizes a chance to hold exams, I tell you!), I finished the book. And now, I have mixed feelings about the book. Before all that the story line.

The story begins with Atharva opening up a diary and reading through memories starting from school. There are the memories of how came to meet Meher, how they fell deeply in love with each other. With each entry in the diary, the love seems to sweeten up more.

The seven stages of love as said in the book are :

Hub – the stage of attraction.

Unns – the stage of infatuation.

Ishq – when people actually fall in love.

Aqeedat – stage of reverence.

Ibadat – worshipping of lover.

Junoon – the sixth stage of obsession for your lover.

Maut – the final stage means death. There is nothing more auspicious for someone who loves a soul to die for him or her.

Then something terrible happens. It tears the love birds apart and the next time they find themselves together, Atharva has with him a little child, Arya and lives outside India. Now you might ask, did he marry someone else? No. Then? Well, somethings need to be kept secret in reviews or else from where would the interest to get to know the secrets come? Right?

What had happened between them so wrong that this time, Atharva does not pour down love to Meher but pure hatred? Where did their love go? Who is the little boy? Why was Atharva living outside India? Why was Atharva given security in his house? Who was after them? And with what purpose had Meher gone back to him?

To know it all, grab hold on “UNNS The Captivation” and get along with a journey of love, trust, betrayal, loyalty, hatred, blood, massacre, pain and suffering.

P.S. : It would make a very good movie. The plot is interesting for a movie. And I would love to see in on screen some day.