#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 Henrietta The Dragon Slayer ; The Five Kingdoms #1

 

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Author : Beth Barany

Publisher : Firewolf Books

Publication date: June 2011

Book length : 226 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction/ YA/ Fantasy

Synopsis :

Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of the Kingdom of Bleuve, can’t stomach the thought of one more kill. Yet, in order to save her dying mentor, she must go on one last quest. But will the quest for the healing stone be derailed by misfit companions, seasickness, and an egomaniacal king? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?

Rating : 4/5

 

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Review :

When we come across story books based on bravery, it is always a gallant, invincible, handsome man who is the leading character and the representative of strength and bravery. To come across ass kicking dragon slayer is very rare that also a woman!

The story begins with Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer being almost forced by Sir Franc, knight to the Royal and Mighty King Singfan de Plumare de’Oro, the First, to come out of her life of retirement into dragon slaying once again. She gets mocked by him, is accused of false storytelling yet doesn’t agree to accompany him. However, she is that very night informed of her master’s illness. The solution leading to the same tasked the knight wishes her to assign to. She takes a little witch, Paulette along with her, whom she is supposed to drop to her own village on the way,  and starts for the journey but is joined unwilling to her choice by the knight, Franc and the jester (an old friend of Franc and admirer of Henrietta), Jexter; all towards the way hunt for Dracontias – Franc’s has demanded for it and Henrietta is in need of it to save her dying mentor.

As they travel far and across lands, they face danger, betrayal, killing and misery. But the new found bond between the four is unbreakable. The betrayal makes Henrietta doubts King Singfan’s aims in getting hold of the Dracontias yet she does not back up. She hears the Guardians of the Dracontias to recognise herself, to save all. Though she enters the palace and confirms the deal with the King she senses immense danger and before killing the Dragon she backs off.

What happens next is not my tale to tell but the reader’s curiosity to discover.

This book kept me glued till the end and keep my heart beating fast. I totally am in love with the pairing of Franc and Henrietta cause why should I? It’s so exciting! Thanks to the author for introducing me to such a luscious, exciting, adventurous read. Can’t wait to dig into the next book.

For those who love kick ass female lead characters with great adventure and fights as also some romance to brighten up the mood, I totally recommend it.

Tales Fantastic #bookmail 

And this Bookmail just made my day! It’s  so gorgeous. Starting with the wax seal and brown paper. Then inside is the copy of Victorian Ghosts : 31 days of Gloom and  Malaise. And and…an amazing looking bookmark. 

The Bookmark :

Inside of the book :

Moreover the book is signed. Will soon be posting a review of the book. However, I can tell you now only, the illustrations are mystifying.

#review The Dragon Sleeps

Author : Ellen Read

Publisher : Epic Reads Publishing

Publication date : 30 Oct, 2016

Book length : 252 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction

Synopsis :

A Dragon statue. An ancient sword.

What treasure is worth killing for?

It’s 1927 in Victoria, Australia. A hedonistic time after the Great War when young people knew they could enjoy life without the threat of war hanging over them. A time when women have more options opened to them.

There is a weekend house party at Thronton Park and Alexandra Thronton thinks it will be a good time to break the news to her father that she wants to be an antique dealer, like him, her grandfather and great-grandfather before her.

Only a small number of people are invited. Amongst the guests are Zhang Bio, the Chinese antiques dealer who, with his son, has brought a Ming dragon statue from China for Thomas Thronton.

Benedict Archer, who is manager of Thronton Antiques in Melbourne and who has been secretly helping Alexandra learn more about her family business, is also invited. Alexandra asks Benedict and Edith Blackburn, her friend since childhood, to be with her when she approaches her father. 

When Edith claims that Benedict is in love with her, Alexandra can’t believe it. In all the time they’d been at Thronton Antiques together, he’d never said a word. Now, Alexandra looks at him differently. Can it be true?

Then a body found in the orchard and, before the weekend is over, a priceless artefact is stolen.

Alexandra is determined to discover how these things are connected to the Ming dragon and the antiques her great-grandfather brought with him from Hong Kong so many years ago.

What secret has remained hidden at Thronton Park for the last eight years?

Rating :  4½/5

Review :

Ellen Read is one of the first authors I came to know after joining the book community on Instagram. I say she has a heart of gold. And I find myself rather lucky to have got the chance to read her book.

The first word I  would like to provide as the very first compliment for this book – thrilling! 

The story revolves around Alexandra Thronton, the daughter of Mr. Thronton, who like her father and forefathers shares the deep interest in artifacts.

Then comes the importance of another man, Benedict Archer, the manager of Thronton Antiques in Melbourne who is secretly helping Alexandra learn more about the family business.

Edith Blackburn is Alexandra’s sister, who after her parents’death has been adopted into the family. She as well is the culprit behind pointing out Benedict’s love for Alexandra to her.

Zhang Hou, the Chinese antiques dealer and his son Zhang Lei are throughout the book can be found to be the least favourite characters. They try to force Mr. Thronton into giving up his possession on Ming artifacts and hand them over to the father-son pair. However, their proposal or forceful act, whatever way one wishes to express it, aren’t successful as Mr.Thronton doesn’t give them up.

Mr. & Mrs. Buckley, the ignorant couple, who always seem unnaturally interested in everyone else’s business, here specifically that of the Ming artifacts. Mr. Thronton not having the habit of telling upon anyone always tries not to notice  Buckley couples aukward behaviour.

And last but not the least, Mr. & Mrs. Campbell, who love Alexandra and Edith too much to not being loved back by the girls as well.

These characters as described had been present in the weekend house party at Thronton Park where Zhang Hou had walked in caring an expensive artifact – the Dragon statue. The party leads to all being shown the Ming artifact collection of the Throntons. Which mostly attracts Zhang Boy’s eyes if the ancient sword his he urged into being put in to display. All was well until the day a body is found in the orchard. All hells break loose when every soul in the house is in fear of being the next to be killed.

The story tells the tale of how, standing in the time where women are not expected to take the lead, Alexandra plays the most important role in solving the mystery of the murder and the reason of the murder.

What attracted me very much about the book is the character of Mr.Thronton, a father with absolute faith in his daughter. The time in which the story is set, to agree in letting your girl choose her love and as well allow her to start working in the family business, is the sign of a wide-minded, caring heart. A man who though objects at first, doesn’t cruelty point out the difference of men and women in the society.

Another thing that touched my heart is Alexandra and Benedict’s love story. It is too pure and beautiful to not be dreamt of. 

Now, to the main point, the story line has been deeply thought of and the details provided on Ming artifacts makes me certainly think that the author has done a large part of her work in researching about it all. The plot and the situation arrangements are clearly described and the whole of it has the beautiful skill of providing a visualisation of the happenings in front a reader’s eyes. 

I hope more and more people get the chance to read these book. It’s very much informative and interesting.

#review Come This Way

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Author : Michelle Schlicher

Publisher : Michelle Schlicher

Publication date : 20 Oct, 2016

Book length : 255 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction

Synopsis :

A hiking and outdoor enthusiast, fifty-year-old Fern Conrad can’t imagine spending her time doing anything else, much to the dismay of her daughter, Colby.

Kara Dawson, a twenty-five-year-old student therapist, has shut life out to focus on her sister’s illness. That is, until a chance meeting pushes her to confront the possibilities – by letting go and moving forward.

Eighty-three-year-old Nettie Campbell heals in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. Can she repair relationships and forge new bonds as she comes to terms with the truth?

Come This Way is an emotional, honest look into the lives of women who are discovering their own strength. It is a story about difficult choices and the people around us who help us find our way.

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Rating : 4 / 5

Review :

(Spoiler alert *though it’s not that much)

This book has given me lots to think about. A free river of raw emotions flows through it. To be very truthful though I had not absolutely disliked the synopsis of the book, I didn’t really like it. I thought the book is going to turn out to be a free advising medium and a feminism advertisement. i myself am not very clear about this particular concept because all I do everyday is go to college, return home, study, do something productive and then have a not-so-fulfilling sleep. I would really like to known about this concept more but through someone’s mouth, not through a book. However, all my worries were false. It did not present itself as any of the two I had feared it would turn out to be.

The book narrate 3 different stories of 3 different people and the people around them.

  • Fern and her daughter Colby
  • Kara
  • Nettie

First, about Fern, she is fifty-year-old. She loves hiking and finds peace and excitement in doing that. She is a divorcee with her husband having moved on in his life, married a girl named Chelsea. However, she has never stopped loving her and still unsure of where it all went so much wrong that their love wore off and divorce came in. Their daughter Colby, claims of not being much outdoor enthusiastic as her mother. Even though her parents have divorced and she is planning to move out to New York with her boyfriend, she loves her mother too much to go away without spending a proper day with her. So she plans of going on a small hike with he mother where they would sort it all out and they can have some mother-daughter time. However< the plans goes wrong with Fern having not taken a map with her leading to them getting lost deep into the forest. How will they find their way out? Will they be able to survive?

Next comes Kara who though is physically twenty-year-old, the illness of her twin sister, her other half, Kate has made her look and feel much older. She has forgotten how to enjoy life, how to spend time with herself, the thought holding absolute importance is that of her sister. Kate has always been a free spirited girl, she loves socializing and knowing new people, she is adventurous and full of life. To see such a person down on bed while she herself is well & good is what Kara couldn’t agree with. Her life has stopped somewhere with her learning about the fact the Kate is going to die sooner or later. BUT, suddenly her quiet life stumbles upon Erik Ford and she finds herself rapidly getting soaked into the stream of romance. No sooner had she started feeling a bit normal than Kate is moved out from the hospital into their home sweet home which is a clear sign of her reaching the end of it and never family’s for the last few days or months.Kara doesn’t know what to do and what not to. She has never thought of living along, without Kate by her side. Will she be able to overcome this pain? Will she learn to live her own life?

Last but not the least comes Nettie, eighty-year-old lady who is healing in the hospital while facing the consequences of her actions. She loves her only son Nat with all her heart. She still feels pain of the fact that her beloved with not with her anymore. She recalls all those days they had spent together, the never ending love they had for each other, the care her love had for her. Now, while staying there lying all day in bed she slowly understands what a terrible mistake she had done, how she had almost given up on life. Now having realized her mistake, will she turn around? Will she give a meaning to her life from now on?

How this three completely different stories come all together as the end of the book slowly approaches is something that a reader has to find out himself/herself. It’s an experience that cannot be jotted down just in words, it needs the feels.

I learnt many things from the book. First thing I have learnt is to never just to merely lead a life because you are still alive, make it worth living at every moment. Never give up on yourself when someone dear and near you goes away or passes away. If he/she was so dear to you, they won’t ever want to see you in such a mess. One ting I personally took in was to never make yourself feel down. I am among those kind of people who love to feel pain flowing through their veins, hurting every time, passing into the body in the form of a jet of raw emotions, making me believe – yes, I’m alive. But that cannot be the only possible way to feel alive. All you have to do is live in the moment, not leaving any space for regret, like, what if I had not given up? What if I had just tried a little more? What if, I had done that then and not thought all these now?

THAT’S MY POINT, and the book’s as well to some extent, LEARN TO LIVE THE LIFE AND NOT JUST SURVIVE. LEARN TO FEEL ALIVE THROUGH ENJOYMENT AND NOT THROUGH PAIN. Because when it comes to tears, remember, while people pour down tears in pain, there exists something known as “the tears of joy”.

However, I found the ending a little dissatisfying. Somewhere I felt the absence of something. Which, being unknown to me, cannot be discuss about. The story having created such a beautiful impact on me , I would rather not take much notice to this till dissatisfaction.

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Ellen Read (4/01/2017) #bookmail

This bookmail came in yesterday. But by the time I returned home it was too dark outside to click any pictures. So here I am running behind the uploading schedule, trying to make up to it.

What I received in the bookmail is the new book of author Ellen Read : The Dragon Sleeps. Along with it came a beautiful bookmark, a postcard and synopsis print out.

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Synopsis :

A Dragon statue. An ancient sword.

What treasure is worth killing for?

It’s 1927 in Victoria, Australia. A hedonistic time after the Great War when young people knew they could enjoy life without the threat of war hanging over them. A time when women have more options opened to them.

There is a weekend house party at Thornton Park and Alexandra Thornton thinks it will be a good time to break the news to her father that she wants to be an antiques dealer, like him, her grandfather and great-grandfather before her.

Only a small number of people are invited. Amongst the guests are Zhang Huo, the Chinese antiques dealer who, with his son, has brought a Ming dragon statue from China for Thomas Thornton.

Benedict Archer, who is manager of Thornton Antiques in Melbourne and who has been secretly helping Alexandra learn more about her family business, is also invited. Alexandra asks Benedict and Edith Blackburn, her friend since childhood, to be with her when she approaches her father.

When Edith claims that Benedict is in love with her, Alexandra can’t believe it. In all the time they’d been at Thornton Antiques together, he’d never said a word. Now, Alexandra looks at him differently. Can it be true?

Then a body found in the orchard and, before the weekend is over, a priceless artefact is stolen.

 

 

 

Michelle Schlicher (30/12/2016) #bookmail

And when I was wondering where my bookmail are……….

Living in India while most authors who are looking forward to sending review copies mostly being from US, it takes a lot of time for the mail’s to reach me. Sometimes it can be days, weeks or even months *sobs. But I never give up hope cause a bookworm should never give up on bookmails. 

Come this Way by Michelle Schlicher. Thanls to the author for sending the book. I find the cover very soothing.

Synopsis come along with the review after I finish reading it. 

#review Reigntime (The Reigntime Series Book One)

Author: S K Levy

Publiser: Australian eBook Publisher

Publication date: 14 Sep 2016

Paperback: 410 pages

Language: English

Genre:


Rating: 5/5


Synopsis:

Lexie Taylor, a seventeen-year-old student nurse in tropical North Queensland, has been assigned a new patient and she’s baffled by his odd and uncooperative behaviour. But she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Myall, who, for the first time since the death of her older brother, reminds Lexie of what it is to be happy.

As Lexie begins to trust him, Myall reveals he is a Reigntime creature—a magical and immortal being from the Awakening—who will die if he remains in hospital. Risking everything, Lexie smuggles him out, and together they travel deep into the dangerous tropics of Kakadu on a mission to locate the key to his survival. 

But the dangers that await them will give Lexie a death sentence of her own…
Bookmark:

Review:

(Spoiler Alert!!!!!!! Couldn’t help myself from mentioning some points)😋

This tale is like no other..A tale so unique and wondrous, it will make it impossible for the reader to keep the book down. 

Lexie Taylor, a seventeen-year-old student nurse in tropical North Queensland finds working there hard having been assigned under the hospital’s infamous “The Huntsman”. However things start to turn rather interesting with the admission of a new “weird” so-to-speak patient. Lexie’s baffled by his odd and uncooperative behaviour towards everyone. But she finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Myall, who, though does not cooperate with anyone else in the hospital somehow opens himself up to her and pours down such secrets which Lexie finds fantastic but believes him anyway.

As Lexie begins to trust him, Myall reveals he is a Reigntime creature – a magical and immortal being from the Awakening – who will die if he is kept in the hospital. Lexie is sure about 3 facts.

1. She needs to find a way to break Myall out of the hospital.

2. She is completely in love with him.

3. She won’t ever lose anyone else (after the death of her older brother) again.

Lexie comes across another Reigntime creature who, she later understands from Myall, is extremely dangerous and is after them. They figure out their escape plan and soon transform it into action in which, they though had almost messed it up, was successful and they travel deep into the dangerous tropics of Kakadu. 

Though they reach their destination after passing numerous obstacles and heal Myall, they both face the biggest threat of their lives – never to meet one another again after Myall’s task is complete.

This book is very much captivating and the plots is fresh. It is like one always keep looking forward for something new, stories of vampires, ghosts and many more have been a constant topic for stories for years making reader guess whatever the events might turn out to be. But not in this tale. I am absolutely adding it to my favourite series and am waiting to read the next part of the series.

#review The Accidental life of Greg Millar

Author: Aimee Alexander (Denise Deegan)

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Publication date: 26 April 2016

Language: English

Paperback: 390

Genre: Fiction / Romance

Synopsis:

How well do we really know the people we love?

Lucy Airgho’s first encounter with Greg Millar is far from promising, but she soon realises he possesses a charm that is impossible to resist. Just eight whirlwind weeks after their first meeting, level-headed career girl Lucy is seriously considering his pleas to marry him and asking herself if she could really be stepmother material.

But before Lucy can make a final decision about becoming a part of Greg’s world, events plunge her right into it. On holiday in the South of France, things start to unravel. Her future stepchildren won’t accept her, the interfering nanny resents her, and they’re stuck in a heat wave that won’t let up.

And then there’s Greg. His behaviour becomes increasingly bizarre and Lucy begins to wonder whether his larger-than-life personality hides something darker – and whether she knows him at all.

Review:

I completely fell in love with all the characters. 

Lucy – My, my! She is such strong yet weak in some sense. She felt weak having lost her fiance right before marriage yet she was strong enough to fight through it becoming successful in life. She fell deeply in love with Greg yet hesitated in some point feeling she might be doing injustice to her dead fiance. She felt weak. Yet she was strong enough to be at last with Greg taking in all the hatred of Greg’s daughter and unknown treachery of Hilary.

Greg – lost his father at a tender age and took over all responsibilities on his own shoulders becoming a hero in his lil brother, Rob’s eye. He become also a famous author & a good father.

 It’s amazing how in each character whether he/she turns out to be bad, always turns out to have a reason to behave like that.

First, Hilary – she used to be the nanny of Rachael and Tony for a long time. Having a bad past with no child and broken marriage she falls in love with the children thinking of them as her own and with Greg. When she finds Lucy entering into the family she becomes jealous of her. It is a completely normal human nature. She finds all these years of care and love being wasted upon the arrival of Lucy and turns Rachel against her telling lies. She turns the family’s life inside down. When I read the book at some point I hated Hilary very much yet at some point felt sorry for her.

Ben & Ruth – Catherine ( Greg’s dead wife)’s parents. They love their grandchildren. In no possible way can it be denied but the way they treated Greg was something that made me hate them. Though they were very much expected to behave that way upon the lose of their only daughter. 

This constant contrast between being good & bad, being reasonable & unreasonable was something really thrilling. 

I left out Rachel, Tony & Rob cause they should be found while reading the book.

Aimee Alexander  is without doubt an absolutely awesome author. In no way can I imagine the story being any more perfect.

Book signing (Revant Himatsingka)

Can’t believe my luck. I have always wished to meet an author and discuss views over that particular book face to face. Never thought this wish would come true one. But it actually happened last day (14/12/2016). Finally met Revant Himatsingka the author of Selfienomics : A Seriously Funny Guide to Living The Good Life. This is his debut novel (Non fiction) and he has turned out to be my favourite author of that category cause though I need find interest in reading Non fictions, his book attracted me like a delicious flower attracts a bee.

This golden words have become a motivation for my writing. I have always wanted to become an author and still want to be so. So when I told the author so he was kind enough to write down lines of encouragement for me. Really brightened my day.