COVER REVEAL + SYNOPSIS of “Awaken” by Ashok Banker

Hi, very excited to present Book 1 in the AWAKEN: Shakti Trilogy by Ashok Banker. PanMacmillan India has always been my favourite spot for promising reads. And the coming month they are publishing this powerfully gorgeous book.

RELEASING 1ST SEPTEMBER

Present-day avatars of mythic heroes defending the world against an alien invasion

#girlpower  #superhero

#scifi             #fantasy               

#alieninvasion

AWAKEN
Ashok K. Banker

THE SHAKTI TRILOGY BOOK I 

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9789386215161 | Paperback | Rs 299

 

The Haters are coming to destroy all life on Earth. It is not a question of if, but when. 

The Brahmaand has already rung the warning bell and the awakening of the Preservers has begun. Kiara unexpectedly finds her skin covered with golden fur and her sense of smell extraordinarily enhanced; Saumya is suddenly able to go from Ahmedabad to New York in just a step; and Sia’s songs have the power to do things she had never imagined possible.

First in the thrilling Shakti Trilogy set in contemporary India, Ashok Banker’s action-packed and brilliantly imaginedAwaken introduces our unlikely heroes who must discover and harness their superpowers before they can protect and preserve the Earth from the wrath of a menacing alien invasion.

 

Ashok Banker is the internationally acclaimed author of over sixty published books which have sold over three million copies in twenty-one languages and sixty-one countries. He has been credited as the pioneer of Indian crime fiction in English and with launching the genre of mythological retellings, India’s biggest-selling publishing category. As a journalist, he broke front-page news for Times of India, Outlook and The Week. As a screenwriter, he created and wrote India’s first TV series in English, A Mouthful of Sky. Ashok is of Irish-Portuguese-Sri Lankan-Indian parentage, and lived in India for over fifty-one years before migrating permanently to the United States. Awaken is the first book in the Shakti Trilogy.

 

The Shakti Trilogy continues with Book II ASSEMBLE (November 2017) and Book III ARISE (January 2018).

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 The storyline sounds amazing and an absolute in present time. Women power at it’s best. So do not forget to grab this book next month.

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#review Against All Odds

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Author : Danielle Steel

Publisher : Macmillan

Publication date : 19 May, 2017

Language : English

Book length :  400 pages

Genre : Fiction

Synopsis :

Taking chances is part of life, but when you bet your future against the odds, it’s a high-risk game.

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 all 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 who 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 and moves to LA to be at his side. Is all what it seems? Justin is a struggling writer who pushes his partner for children 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? Not often – as her children have to learn for themselves. For Kate, the hardest lesson will be that she can’t protect the children she loves from the choices they make –  but can only love them as they make them.

Rating : 4/5

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Review :

Before I begin my review I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.

Against All Odds is the second book that I have read by Danielle Steel, the first being Dangerous Games. The first book was a thing of great interest and you can head back a few posts to read my full review. Well, since I had enjoyed reading it, I was very much looking forward to the second one and I must say, though Against All Odds has a very different story line than Dangerous Games, the author maintains her skillful art of narration through the beautiful handling of words.

Now, Against All Odds tells us the story of Kate Madison, a successful owner of a retail clothing shop. She is known all over the place because of her keen eyes for exquisite sense of fashion and her store is the favourite spot for well known celebrities. But her being this much successful was not something she had planned or ever imagined from the very beginning of her career. She got herself married at a very young age without the consent of her parents, her husband being a law student still. She soon became a mother of 2 boys and 2 girl, eldest one – Isabelle, the twins – Julie and Justin and the last one Willie. However, Willie sadly didn’t have the luck to meet his father who, though was an amazing husband and caring father, could not live long. With his death, Kate was devastated but was determined to stay strong and work hard for her children. Her mother, Louis was a great help as she took up the responsibility of looking after the children while Kate was out working. Kate with the help of her best friend, Liam, opened her own retail store after working in another store, thus being well informed and equipped with the ways and necessities of fashion. She knew the demand of the market and soon gained name. However, this didn’t stop her from being close to her children. in fact she was very close to them and though the boys sometimes felt the absence and need of a father, she was more than enough for all of them and they were always very caring and involved in each others’ lives.

All four of the siblings, though well off on their own, never forgot to contact each and meet up with Kate and Louis. Julie shares Kate’s passion for fashion and was a fashion designer herself with an excellent taste. She often visited her mother’s shop because she believed it was a great place for inspiration and new ideas. Justin, a struggling writer, lived with his boyfriend Richard and Kate was very kind and loving to both of the boys. Isabelle was the serious one in the family and a successful lawyer. Willie was the “child” of the family and was pampered a lot. He was a tech expert and never was into a serious relationship.

All was well but, as is obvious, children do not remain children for ever and once established they find it hard to agree more with parents than accepting their own mistakes and mishaps. The cool of the family went upside down with each child of the family taking a strange, jaw dropping decision one after the other and Kate becomes worried for their future and is sure they can’t win against all odds. It starts with Isabelle. After a broken engagement, she had sworn to never marry again. Well, that’s what she kept on telling everyone but deep inside she was just an wounded soul. Her family was surprised, rather shocked when she brought Zach, her previous client & supposed boyfriend, to meet them and Kate could clearly see the hell and heaven difference between the two. She was certain that it was a bad match and tried her best to pour some sense into Isabelle, but as persistent as she was, she dismissed her mother’s worries. She moves ahead marrying him while Kate could not help but bless her though she was still uncertain of their commitment. Justin and Richard decide on becoming parents and inform the family of their plan of using a surrogate mother of which Kate and Isabelle strongly disapprove of. Kate feels the young couple are not yet ready for parenthood and Isabelle doesn’t believe in surrogacy. this highly disappoints Justin but he decides to go along with their plan without interruption. If that was not enough, Julie, the shy little girl of the huge loving family falls in love with Peter, a man with a character quite opposite of Zach. While the whole family warms up to him, Kate has this unnerving feeling of something odd about this too-good-to-be-true man.

In all these events, one can clearly see how Kate always treats her children as teenage kids, never letting go of them and never wanting them to get even a little bit hurt. While her children become irritated by that, they themselves have this feeling of their mother being right to some extent. As story moves forward, it is clearly seen how right Kate had been in all the cases.

This book is quite a teacher on it’s own. It gives an insight to the mental struggles of a mother, the regretful events of life, the mistaken decisions of humans. What I find odd about the book is how easily people fall in love here, if not easily then within a very short period of time. All the love affair seem to be rather fast pacing and wrong. The book shows how the six sense of a mother is too strong.

It is a tale of love, desire, pain, trust, effects of a sociopath, mother’s never ending love and anxiety. It a tale of never giving up what it worthy of fighting and of giving up what isn’t worth the pain.

#review Deceived

Author : Heena Rathore P

Publisher : Citrus Publishers

Publication Date : 1 Jan, 2017

Language : English

Book Length : 350 pages

Genre : Fiction/ Psychological Thriller

Synopsis :

How well do you know your loved ones? A girl struggling to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother. A journalist chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer. A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughtered her parents. And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life. After 9 years, a young writer is still coping with the brutal murders of her mother and five-year-old brother, as she moves into a house of horrors, to start a new life with her lover. Will friends and family be able to redeem Ally out of the impending doom in time? Will her infallible love become the key to the destruction of her already fragile world? Will madness prevail over love; true love over revenge? Deceived is a gripping psychological thriller that mazes through the deepest, darkest emotions of human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the mist of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.

Rating : 4/5

Review :

I would firstly like to thank the publisher for providing me with an ARC of the book for review.

I have always held a special place in my heart for the never ending love for Psychological thrillers. It thrills the core of my entire being how much this little mind of us, humans have such immense amount of complex ideas, some stored for a long time, some manufacturing with time while some still in the making. Psychological thrillers, I find, are the perfect mediums to look into this various sides of the human mind.

Deceived by Heena Rathore P. is a psychological thriller revolving around the life of Allison, a young writer desperately struggling to get over the gruesome murders of her Mother and five-year-old brother. Though she still has terrifying nightmares every night ever since their murders, she finds her peace of mind in her little, faithful companion dog, Max and her best friend n roommate Samantha, in short Sam. But also, she didn’t force herself not to fall in love and was deeply, immensely in love with one hell of a Greek God ( i.e., according to Ally), Danny as in Daniel. She believes him to be a perfect match for her. Well, the book contains a lot many characters let us take a look at each of them for a better understanding.

  • Allison (Ally) : Some parts of her life have already been mentioned before. Adding to the fact is that, despite of the fact that she and Danny had been dating for not more then 4-5 months, she seems to be blindly and certainly in love with him. She doesn’t hesitate to say YES, when Danny ask hers to go live with him in his house. What I feel of the character is that having so less people in her life and such a frightening past, she doesn’t want to loos anyone else dear and near to her. She sense and fear of loss has nurtured her mind to think this way. To her, Danny is the home she desperately needed in order to bring an end to her nightmares.
  • Max : Well, Max is Ally’s beloved pet dog who has always been by her side as long as she remembers. She loves and takes care of him like her own baby. Max is very protective of Ally. However, a surprising fact is that Max holds a very noticeable dislike towards Danny from the very first time they have met and turns extra protective of Ally when he is around. Now I had once read somewhere that dogs are very sensitive animals. They can sense the situation and mood AND then react according to it. So him hating Danny  makes one think twice about the perfectly flawless human.
  • Samantha (Sam) : Ally’s best friend and roommate has always been at her side when no one else was. She and Max are always there to protect Ally. And their similarity lies also in their mutual dislike for Danny. Sam always has this uncanny, troubling feeling about Danny being with Ally and though she tries to be friends with him for Ally’s sake, she always ends up disliking him. 
  • Stephen Stone : Ally’s father, Stephen is a well known lawyer and also is loyal & kind. His wife’s and son’s deaths have made him perhaps more emotional and sentimental with passing time. Both he and Ally share the common love for books. 
  • Steve : Steve Thompson, Ally’s cousin, is back in town after long years of being apart from the Stone family. He has however come with a purpose, the crime journalist has come back to investive the murders of the Stones.
  • Danny : Daniel is Ally’s boyfriend whose appearance, according to her, is like a Greek  God. He is a man of few words, just the type she likes. Danny seems to be peculiarly hated by Max, felt to be oddly dissatisfying to Sam and Steve as well thought something to be off about that guy on their very meet. 

Okay. So these people are the main characters of the present situation. But every present is the outcome of past. When Ally’s starts getting strange phone calls and starts seeing a man very alike Danny after having moved to his house, she geta terrified to the very core of her heart but she had no clue what was happening and what it was going to follow to. 

    The story takes place in two sections. One talking all about Ally’s present and the other, about a strange girl named Elizabeth from a date of the past. It tells the story of how that little 13 years old girl slaughtered both of her parents and ran away in the deep forest where all other people thought she had died. But did she really die? Then again how is she related to Ally’s present? What purpose does Elizabeth’s story have in Ally’s troublesome, chaotic life? 

    Deceived points out the most important questions that we all humans face almost every passing time in our lives but are always afraid to find out the answers. The simple questions of – Whom to trust? How much do we know our loved ones? How much are we aware of the past?

    A cruel, cold-blooded killer with a past one can’t help but feel pity for. An imvident that one might wish to have never happened thus avoiding the birth of a murderer. The ending of the book is frightening, horrifying and utterly curious.

    A spine chilling, heart wrenching tale of endless suffering and pain. A story of deep love, cruelty, unforgivable betrayal, obsession, friendship, nightmares and rebondings. A tale so gripping and fast pacing that one cannot help but not put down the book till the very end. 

    To have been able to put down such an amazing story is an achievement worth applauding for a debut novelist. I look forward to reading more of her works in future. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I urge you, rather responsibly force you to get hold of it. 

    #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 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

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    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 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 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

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    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 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.

    #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!