#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.

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#review Henrietta and TheDragon Stone; The Five Kingdoms #2

DSC01632 Author : Beth Barany

Publisher​ : Firewolf Books
Publication date : January 2014

Book length : 304 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction/ YA/ Fantasy

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Synopsis :

Henrietta the legendary ass kicking dragon slayer wants to return to her village with a heroes’ welcome. But an unknown sorcerer is after her and her Dragon Stone, and everyone she cares about. Can she claim her newfound powers sparked by the Dragon Stone and keep her loved ones safe, especially her more-than-friend, and her stalwart bodyguard, before the sorcerer destroys her and everything in his path?

Rating :  4½/5

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Review :

The next book in the Five Kingdoms trilogy, Henrietta and  The Dragon Stone is based on the aftermath of Henrietta’s adventure when she brought to the knowledge of the people of Oro Islands the sorcery of their false king, King Singfan’s  and Jexter turned out to be their true king. She is appointed as the ambassador of King Renaldo for the Oro Islands. And her first task is to go to King Mattias’ Solscite Opening (King Mattias is the king of Bleuve, Henrietta’s home and they at the moment were not in good terms) to deliver to the king an important, delicate message. No matter how much she is unwilling to face King Mattias, her faithfulness to Jexter and the call of duty forces her to set out for her task, as also the fact that she has to return to her master in time to cure him.

Now she has her old companion, Franc to come along with her in the journey. No sooner does she reach her master’s village that she finds that the village is on fire and people being killed by the Varangians. She couldn’t save her master. She kept running from one hiding to other along with Franc, Nanette (her mother) and Antoine (her master’s apprentice) to protect themselves. But attacks increase and her mother falls cold as well.

In the book, one can see the constant fear Henrietta has to go through for the life of her loved ones. However, Henrietta is not a woman to back down and give up. She fights her way and takes her message to King Mattias. But he seems not to give much importance to that and is rather obsessed with Henrietta presenting him a fight-till-you-drop-dead fight. She senses sorcery and as she slowly gets close to uncovering the dark secrets, both Franc and she are imprisoned, separately. What happens next gives such a thrill that just a review can not convey.

To know more, pick up the series and enjoy the thrilling journey.

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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. 

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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 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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#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…
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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.