COVER REVEAL + SYNOPSIS of Against All Odds by Danielle Steel

Taking chances is part of life,

 but when you bet your future against the odds, it’s a high-risk game …


  AGAINST ALL ODDS by Danielle Steel

 

Featuring an exclusive foreword by the author.

Kate Madison’s stylish second-hand clothing shop has been a big success in New York, supporting her and her four kids since her husband’s untimely death. Now her children have grown up and are ready to forge lives of their own. They all choose to play against the odds, much to their mother’s dismay . . .

 

Isabelle, a dedicated attorney, is in line to make partner at her Wall Street firm, when she falls for a client she represents in a criminal case. She tells herself she can make a life with him – but can she? Julie, a young designer, meets a man who seems too good to be true and falls under his spell. She marries him quickly, gives up her job, moves to LA to be at his side, ignoring the danger signs. Is all what it seems? Justin is a struggling writer who pushes for children with his partner before they’re financially or emotionally ready. Will the strain on the relationship take too high a toll? Willie, the youngest, a tech expert, makes a choice that shocks them all, with a woman fifteen years older . . .

 

Kate – loving, supportive and outspoken – can’t keep her children from playing against the odds. Can the odds be beaten? No matter how much she loves him, in the end, the risks are their own and the hardest lesson as a mother is that she can’t protect them from the choices they make.

 

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with nearly a billion copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Property of a Noblewoman, Blue, Precious Gifts,Undercover, Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, A Perfect Life, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless;and the children’s books Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.

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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 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

IMG_20170409_234927_741[1].jpgSynopsis :

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.

#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.

COVER REVEAL + Synopsis of Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

SHARING AN EXCITING NEWS!

 

Pan Macmillan has acquired Danielle Steeland they will be publishing 6 new titles from her every year, starting 2017.

 

 Danielle Steel is the biggest selling living fiction author in the world

Global sales approaching 1 billion copies

80 titles across 69 countries in 45 languages

No. 1 International bestseller in all formats

 

‘DANGEROUS GAMES’ has released on 9thMarch. 


Dangerous Games

Danielle Steel

 Danielle Steel tears down the walls of power at the heart of the White House in the thrilling Dangerous Games.

Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, an ex-Navy Seal, Alix exhilarates 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 in 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. Soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined . . .

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 Secret of Tomorrow

Author : Jahnavi Chaudhary

Publisher : Notion Press

Publication date : 1 Jan, 2016

Book length : 144 pages

Genre : Fiction/ Romance / Thriller 

Synopsis :

Neethu is a typical dad’s princess, who would never settle for something less. She couldn’t help being drawn to Siddharth, a charming guy. While she thinks everything was going good, she faces various twists and turns that come unannounced and shatters her.

This is a test to love and friendship when their beloved one’s life is threatened. The story depicts how Kunal, her enduring friend, stood by her side through all odds, enters the sweet Tanvi who refuses to back off.

A journey of emotions, offering ingenious suspense with exquisite breakthrough that reveals The Secret of Tomorrow.

Rating: 3/5

Review :

To write a debut novel is to present to the world your perspective and thought stream. It should be such which can be acknowledged by the people and arouse their interest. To write a debut novel, one has to go through immense struggle. Starting with the skeleton of a novel – the plot, which is to be prepared over quite a long course of time. With the plot changes colours, addition and disposal of characters and many more. Then comes the format of writing, the grammer, the word choice, the author’s unique taste.

Jahnavi Chowdary’s The Secret of Tomorrow is her debut novel which may sound like another cheesy love story while reading the synopsis. However I can guarantee you that it is dominated by the main character Neethu and her struggle to get together her father’s business after his death. 

Siddharth is Neethu’s boyfriend whom she had met in between a cluster of foreign people, someone of her country, someone to call her own. Her life goes well and good but suddenly thunder strikes with her father being murdered and the company being handed over to her. She doesn’t let Siddharth know about it to let him not get stressed over her. No sooner had she got a little chance to grieve for her father than she is burdened with responsibilities. Men seem uncomfortable with the fact that a girl will run the company but she is ready to fight and make her mark. With her getting deeply involved in the company, she finds a loop hole in the financial condition and decides to find the source of the problem and solve it. The more she tries, the more dark secrets open up. And once the dark secrets are out her life is in danger. 

Will she be able to solve the problem while fighting to get out of the danger? Will the world of men accept her as their boss?

The book points out a very interesting fact of present society. Men consider themselves worthy of working under a male boss then a female. This is one of the problems working women still have to face. With all the preaching going on and on about gender equality to be existing, women still​ have to fight hard to make a mark.

The plot is very interesting and inspiring. The writing pattern and choice of words need improvement. However, let me tell you this – the author has published an unedited​ novel. Yes!