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The Aryabhata Clan

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Book : The Aryabhata Clan
Author : Sudipto Das
Pages : 476
Price : 444/-
Publication : Niyogi Books

Gripping tale of finding the secret behind 1000 years old carpets.

Story

The story starts a girl named Kubha trapped & rapped in a place called Eight Heaven. Later we find out, three murders have been successfully done and people are collecting information about specific ‘carpets’.

21-year-old Kubha is the daughter of a linguistic paleontologist, Afsar and Kratu. Her maternal grandfather, Faraz Fareedi owned a business of sourcing oriental carpets from Asia and selling them worldwide. Soon the illustration on carpet are being noticed by many, and who ever gets to discover the secret behind are in high danger.
Kubha is the only one who can save the disaster to happen.

Her parents devastated by her kidnap, will ever make it to understand the reason behind all this ?
What is the secret of Khushawari rugs ?
Why the book is named on the great Mathematician Aryabhata ?
How politics in India make it weak and let other religion take India over ?
Is Taj Mahal is really an Indian Shivo Mahalay ?

For all this answers, you need to read and explore through this journey of Kubha, Afsar, Kratu, Fazal, Parush, Shamshur. Together they make one mystery sometimes nail biting thriller.

Writing

Kudos to author Sudipto for choosing such an interesting plot, that works around many topics, the Islamic state taking over , Taj Mahal’s famous myth being a Shiva Temple (Tejo Mahalay), unraveling secret of rugs that were 1000 years old, politician drawbacks of not being unite.

The writing was crisp, and narration was beautiful. The characters are shows and given enough time to build story around them and are uniquely differentiated from each other.
I loved how author have used images/diagram to portray and unravel the mystery of rugs and everything else (saved you from spoiler 😛 ). The amount of research and fact building author has done is overwhelming.
The fact that I don’t like Mathematics and I loved a book named around famous mathematician Aryabhata, clearly shows that the book has an impact that will linger.
I loved the variety of encryption/cryptic things where used in story. The rugs were obvious but then there were cryptic song, cryptic watch timings. This kept me glued to learn about them. But then I am sure a person with great music background will be able to understand them well.

Even though I loved it all most every point, few things that didn’t worked for me was when Afsar and Kratu abruptly came to decision of decrypting certain things in certain manner. The amount of background for so many different languages are given was difficult to keep in mind. The diagrams/illustration were very handy for such things. Moving places and topics made me confused sometimes, like when Fazal story came up I was confused in the starting later when it was connected I felt ok so that was that.
First chapter one was difficult for me, it was unsettling to read a rape scene in just few pages down, and the apt-Nance of it happened in Eight Heaven made my mind link it so much with recent Asifa’s case. It was strange for me to calm down after I ended first chapter, the similarity was so much. I almost stopped book at that point for a day, and came back later when I was ready to read ahead.

This review will be incomplete if I don’t talk about characters.
Kubha our protagonist, a girl that is gang raped and still has the urge to save India. In all the midst of what has happened with her, she definitely is shown strong to stand up again and do what she wants to do. In such cases, a regular person will surely be out of mind, but Kubha shows her intelligence when she delivers a secret message to her parents when she sings.

Afsar Fareedi, mother of Kubha . We have seen Robert Landon in so many movies doing and solving difficult symbols, decryption hidden motives. And we will surely appreciate what Afsar did. She is a way ahead of this century, she has knowledge and the way she uses it is amazing. I loved how Afsar had kept it all together even after seeing her daughter in such a state. May be Kubha got this trait from her mother.

Kratu Sen, father of Kubha. I loved him more than Afsar, he was the one with clear head more times and connected the dots that Afsar abruptly left. His ability to come up with different programs that helped Afsar to decode the hidden message is what I became a fan of.

Parush is another person whose age I am still confused of. May be he his like dad-age to Kubha , but the relationship they share is pure, and a bit weird because that can’t happen in our ‘society’. Moreover, he is the cop that always saves the day, he has his trusted men, and multi tasks and thinks ahead of the villain of any century.

This was my first read of author Sudipto Das, but I surely willing to read Ekkos Clan for such a journey.

Things that worked out for me :

> Character building and helping each other to solve this mystery.
> Amount of research author has done to write this, has definitely paid off in this novel.
> Multiple issues were given equal importance.
> The ways to encrypt message is what I felt like learning after this.
> Taking a real event like Taj Mahal named as Tejo Mahalay and building story around it. is Commendable.
> Women in book are shown so much strong head and heart wise.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> The story sometimes when into to much depth, & descriptive. I was unable to follow it.
> Starting a book with uneventful scene make me leave this book for a day until I was all prep for it.
> Sometimes there were places and time traveling which confused me.

 

Final Note :

If you are looking for a novel which has base on 1000 years old contents. This is for you.
If you love reading in descriptive form, and amount of information gives you kicks. This is for you.

Cover: 3.5/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3.5/5
Theme: 4/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Overall: 3.9/5

**Book was provided by Author, in return of an honest review.**

 

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For a Girl in a Star

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Book : For a Girl in a Star
Author : Ratna Chandu
Pages : 216
Price : 195/-
Publication : Srishti Publishers Distributors

Story

Story starts with a gruesome murder, yet the person who died knew what was about to happen. And with this author takes us few months back to Avinash & Sahas born and brought up in a tiny village near Bangalore. Avinash moves in Banglore leaving back home the old mundane life of his farmer parents to pursue his God-gift talent of being an artist.It took 2 yrs for him to settle down a balanced life and now he was soon to be joined in by his best friend Sahas. Sahas came to Banglore for pursing his studies and both of them stayed at Avinash’s apartment which was a mess due to his work and schedule. Sahas tried to make it like home, with keeping things clean and place. Everything was going good, as Avinash helps a girl and falls in love the very moment. As the time passes, girl also starts feeling same towards Avinash.
On the other side, Sahas being a shy person finds that Aarti his batch mate making him more comfortable to talk to girls. How it was easy for Sahas to be around her and not feel weird. He starts falling for her.
The time goes on and one day Sahas tells Avinash that his mother is not feeling good now-a-days and asking him to get married. And Sahas open ups with Avinash for her love towards her batchmate. One fine day, Sahas takes Avinash to meet the girl. And the GIRL is common between friends.

Which one will give away her love for his friend ?
Will they be friends with each other ?
Who was the person killed in the starting ?

For all these you need to read book 😛

Writing

The story and the Blurb looks like another love triangle. As it simply gives out two friends falling in love with same girl. But what blurb doesn’t tell us is, this romantic fiction takes much twist and turns before it is ended. There are relationships that the blurb doesn’t talk about. There are deaths before everything gets settle.
The language is easy to understand, and characters are given enough time to settle themselves in your mind. Like you know how Sahas would react to a certain situation, or like how Avinash will still care of his best friend even after differences occur.
But we don’t know that there is a murder involved and people die in the book.
For 80% of the book, I couldn’t relate to the title of book UNTIL *I don’t want to give out the spoiler* 😛
I could make out some of grammatical mistakes as well, it errked me out. Would have been better with a round or two of editing of book.
The middle part was something which was not predicted, and things happened. There came in too many relationships/character that you will think of no use. But some of them make the core plot of novel. *believe me*

Things that worked out for me :

> Narrative of story worked for me.
> How authoress has complexed a simple plot of love triangle.
> Characters were given time to get explored, and their emotions were depicted well.
> I loved Cover.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> Grammatical and spelling mistakes.
> Story looked dragged sometimes.
> Too many relationships catered, mother-son, friendship, love triangle, father-son, husband-wife.
> Tittle of book, looked like not so much intervened with the story.

Final Note :

If you are looking for a love triangle, but it also has some action attached to it. If you can ignore grammatical and spelling mistakes, with lots of melodrama, this book is for you.

Cover: 3.5/5
Title: 2/5
Blurb: 2/5
Theme: 2.5/5
Story: 3/5
Characters: 2.5/5
Overall: 2.5/5

**Book was provided by Author, in return of an honest review.**
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65 Colours of Rainbow

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Book : 65 Colours of Rainbow
Author : Smit Kapila
Pages : 130
Price : 175/-
Publication : Srishti Publishers & Distributors

A book you can relate more if you are working. The book is a short read and with equally short stories. Just a page to tickle
your funny bones.

Book consists of 65 such stories, that revolve around the jokes we hear or are part of in our regular work environment. I being a engineer could relate to more that what other usual readers can.
The stories that are so good to be true are
> The Feedback : It talks about the times we employee go under pressure of being appraised by our seniors. How a very intelligent person gives ‘good’ feedback about his boss, until the second mail is sent.
> The Pantry : Gives a real life experience of how new interns can surely misinterpret a person and consider them not so valuable. But in real it turn outs to be THE BOSS himself *spoiler* ehh!! 😛
> The VNC : As a software engineer I know VNC is difficult to work on due to security reason that anyone with a correct software in same network can access and view whatever I am doing. This story gives a happy ending though, but not enough in real life.
> The Compilation : people might laugh out loud at this one, but it was not so fun for me. I just considered the person as dumb :-/
> The Lock : this totally happened with one of my colleague, though his phone was working called is maid, and joined office a little late. I totally related to this one.
> The Pronunciation : It’s not always necessary to laugh on other’s pain or any such condition. This one left me with, why did the author needed to do this.

The writing is easy to understand as it is spoken from day-to-day office life perspectives. No hard words, no complex situations, just some tickles in your funny bone.

Things that worked out for me :

> Loved how every chapter had a related illustration with it.
> As an engineer myself I could relate to some of the stories.
> This was so refreshing in between different reads, as this took away the seriousness of my current reads at that time.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> Stories were short (which is kinda advantage and a disadvantage too)
> Many stories were ‘this can’t happen’ . Stories about how easily people are getting ‘INCREMENT’, is not true at all. I wish it was, but it isn’t (I am hurt :-/ )
> People who don’t have much knowledge about work culture or related to it, won’t enjoy it. As much as people having background.

 

Final Note :

Pick it up if you are looking for a light read, to refresh after a heavy read. If you are a working person, this will make more sense to you in a way that this seems similar, or I wish it was like this. Both cases will surely make you smile in between those hour of work.

Cover: 3/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 3.5/5
Story: 3/5
Overall: 3.2/5

**Book was provided by HalfBakedBeans, in return of an honest review.**
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Saudade

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Book : Saudade
Author : Husna Mohammad
Pages : 149
Price : 250/-
Publication : The Write Place

I picked this book in crossword Mumbai, when I went to meet my booksta kid reader_Vidh .
And this was TOTALLY a Cover BUY at first. But then I read it’s blurb, and it was short stories. I knew it, this will be a great read. Because RECENTLY I love reading short stories compilation (yesh yesh, I have told this too many time)

Saudade : (n.) A deep emotional state of nostalgic longing.

And I clearly remember 2 of the stories gave me a nostalgic feel. Also other stories were written in old times I liked them too

The setting of all stories are in Kerala, and as Authoress herself is from same location. There was detailing for places, people. And I loved it.
The characters were special, short stories don’t have much time to grow their characters. But I LOVE when author in just few pages describe the aspects, the habit, and much more about the character and Husna has surely captured this very well in her stories.

Stories

Che Guevera’s Legacy
Is story of a 22-year-old boy Krishnan aka Kitu. Who believes in Che Guevera’s words and can do anything to bring justice to Che Guevera’s legacy of removing individualism.

The Calling
Is story of Mullah Masood, an Imam at mosque who got a higher calling for his life. I loved how the author has shown Aysha (Masood’s wife) thoughts of what happen to women behind the veil, how they feel and how they sometimes react that outside people can never think about

Beevitha
Is one of a kind supernatural/paranormal story of Beevitha (Beevi), how she found her child after 3 months with no memory of her.

The Commodore’s Daughter
story that touches your heart, how a daughter guards his fathers secret for her lifetime. Even though the thought of such can hurt someone badly, still she accepts it and keep with her and not letting anyone know about it.

The Inscrutable Case of a Lilac Saree
is another story with paranormal touch. The end left me in a state of fear, what alone people go under.

A Walk in the Rain
This one was one of my favorites, as this one had a poetic touch in it. The protagonist Naaz married to a man who kept her well, loved her, gave her everything a women wants yet she couldn’t love her back. Her heart belonged to something else, and then came a night and an old friend and the walk in the rain. Believe me this is not a love story.

The Dairy of an Insomniac
MY FAVORITE, as I could relate so much from this one. No not the heart-break, or anything. But a DAIRY, and an Insomniac well that’s me. Story of Ashiana who finally gets over insomnia after writing all her thoughts in dairy, and finds the beauty of life in the end.

The Empty Canvas
Story how an artist feel connected to a place, that when she is brought away from the place and lost people she loved. She goes into depression. And how once again, she finds the will to fill that Empty canvas with her thoughts. Another favorite.

My Name is Arif Mushtaq and I am Gay
This story is so gross in a way, and yet so touching in another way. A child, who doesn’t know about sexuality loses virginity to another 18 yrs old child/man. And then in future Arif marries a girl, just because she loved him too much. But will this unison be for long time ?

Writing

Each story takes you to different state of emotion, and some takes you under many emotions in one story. It’s commendable on author’s part that the roughness of characters are kept in it. Characters are flawed, and yet their stories will make you like them. The language is simple and no extra heavy words are put in to show off. As the stories are based on Kerala, the culture, places are well researched off.
The only thing that didn’t worked for me was Grammatical errors. The book need more editing.

Words that touched

That strange sense of being different stays with you. You long to be with people who are more like you. Similarities are what bonds humans than differences, Beevitha.

– that no matter how unconditional a love may seem between two people, there could still be instances in time when that love pales in significance before far more powerful forces of emotion, or perhaps temptation.

As children we see everything in hues of white, in harmonious balance. look deeper and there would be parallel narratives – A Pandora’s box just waiting to be opened.

So much has changed and yet everything remained the same.

Between the thin red line
Of words restrained and controlled
Where thoughts are veiled
And emotions guarded
Time lies witness to all that’s unsaid
Mired in the dichotomy of You

That a love as intense between two people who thought themselves to be unbreakable, could just vanish was simply another learning curve.

I guess that is what wounded souls do. They carefully annihilate the essence and self-worth of another, embedding seeds of their sinister darkness into them, so that with time, they create prototypes of themselves.

 

Final Note :

If you can ignore grammatical mistakes, like I did many-a-times. This book is perfect coffee-read on any evening and you should read if given a chance. Author Husna has tried so much to convey in these compilation of short stories.

 Rating: 4/5

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Men and Dreams: In the Dhauladhar

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Book : Men and Dreams: In the Dhauladhar
Author : Kochery C. Shibu
Pages : 284
Price : 395/-
Publication : Niyogi Books

DNF-ed
I don’t DNF books so easily, specially those which I get as review books and I have agreed upon them.

A request from author about book, I agreed on seeing Blurb & 4+ ratings on goodreads. Here is my Honest review in return of the review copy.

After putting in lots of efforts I couldn’t get through this book.
I have kept this book, may be when I become more older I will go back to this book and read it full.

My problem while reading book :

There were too many characters involved. I don’t like those books that can’t justify who the main character in 20-30 pages. And for this, I had read 110+  pages. But it was hard to pin point on the main character, there were people moving in & out of the book.

The Language used, was mix of Hindi, Malayalam and English. And MANY curse hindi words. Also words like *chakke* , I mean really ? You want to indulge readers into such language to make your point ?
I couldn’t take such language where people are degraded by their sexuality or race.
This book does both.

The hydro dam, details kept pouring in about this project. I felt like I was reading ‘How to build a Dam’ kind of book.

I may be a little less known in History, but calling a Punjabi as Pakistani. Isn’t that justifies my History. There is time and again this is done, by mistake or really an unknown history act. I am not sure yet.

The Title of chapters were in different languages, and I couldn’t understand what a non hindi reader will understand of this?

Unnecessary italics came in and went out. Not sure WHY?

For now this book, wasn’t meant for me. I seriously wish to give this another try, when I am less full of thoughts, because people have given it as 3-5 stars.

I would like to thanks Author for providing me the book in return of an honest review.
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Letters to My Ex

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Book : Letters to My Ex
Author : Nikita Singh
Pages : 138
Price : 135/-
Publication : HarperCollins India

Story

Story revolves around Nidhi and Abhay who are in love with each other since five long years. They can’t think about anyone else other than themselves. And the sudden announcement of their engagement and involvement of their parents. Put’s Nidhi in a disturbed place, where she can’t find what and why is this happening. Until the very end on the day of engagement, she runs off without giving any reasons to Abhay.
This is where the Letter’s comes in. Nidhi starts writing letters. Letters that are kept with her, but she write it for Abhay and herself to understand why this happened.
Then the emails starts.
Will Nidhi and Abhay ever be together again ?
Will Nidhi realize the reason she left Abhay ?
Who is Simran ?

 

Writing

This was probably my first reading in terms of letter/emails structure. I quiet liked it. The narration was easy, but sometime got me confused from whose eyes are we looking into the scene.
The first half of book, where Nidhi just wrote a LOT about her feelings and fears and her apprehensions why she left from engagement was the most things I could relate. Being a person who keeps a personal diary for big things, the letters made much more sense than the other scenes.
The book has a okaish kind of pace, and end is just KNEW THIS WAS COMING. And while I applied for this book, I thought it will be different that other love stories, but umm *spoiler* it’s not.

 

Things that worked out for me :

> Being a female writer, Nikita has made sure to bring that emotional and sensitive touch in Letters by Nidhi
> Pages from 63-74 , are PURE BLISS. That conversation shows how deeply they knew each other.
> Loved the cover, how those letters are wrapped in and kept with flowers. LOVED IT.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> The narration sometimes confused me, like from whose point of view am I seeing/reading this?
> I wish the book was Big, so that there could have been more characteristics attached to the characters.
> After first half, I guess I knew what the end was. And it’s kinda disappointment because it turns out to be same Lovy dovy story.

Words that touched

My head is foggy, my heart is sore, it hurts everywhere, all the time.

And then,today, my autopilot took me to you, and I was jolted back to reality. After the initial shock of coming face to face with you. When my eyes met yours, and we stopped dead in our tracks. All my thoughts halted. The entire world came to a pause. It was just your eyes holding mine. There was no sound, no movement, no air. And then I was flooded with feelings all at once.

That’s the problem with following a gut feeling, instead of your brain, or reason. Because these gut feelings can abandon you at any given moment and switch sides.

You were my anchor in the little storms I seem to face constantly in my life. You grounded me when I was all over the place….
I wish you were here.

Final Note :

If you are looking for a light, romantic novel. This novel is for you.
If you like to see how people feel for each other, when they are not together. This novel is for you.

 Cover: 4/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 3/5
Story: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Overall: 3.2/5

**Book was provided by Writersmelon, in return of an honest review.**
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Murder on the Orient Express

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Book : Murder on the Orient Express
Author : Agatha Christie
Pages : 274
Price : 299/-
Publication : HarperCollins Publishers

My first ever Agatha Christie’s !! and WHAT A BOOK. Convincing my broken wallet, I need to read/own more of AC’s work.
One down, 44 to go for Hercule Poirot series.

Story (can’t write this without spoilers)

A train with 22 passengers, each different from one another. Yet they become part of an investigation, when one of the passengers is found murdered in his compartment.
Hercule Poirot takes matter in hand, and starts with investigation. Making assumptions and getting clues as he moved forward with the investigation. Interviewing each passenger and train staff for knowledge of any unknown or known clue.

12 wounds, surely means murder.
But Who Did It ?
Everyone has a strong alibi.
Was it someone from the Train ?
Or Someone from outside did this ?

Writing

As my first Agatha Christie’s novel, I enjoyed the writing style. I now know, why she is the best-selling author of all time.
I feel great, when reading crime/mystery novel I am so much involved it in that I continue to make guess who did it. And this was no different, the book started in a different place all together. And I kept wondering when is the Orient Express coming in limelight. And the way it came in, and the pace book took was good enough even though it sometimes got bored. As I can feel the time characters took to open up.

For writers writing a book on one single character sometimes is different, yet here it is Agatha amazingly playing with 16-17 characters and that too pretty well. Every character had its uniqueness to them, and most of all our Investigator Hercule stole the show always. His mannerism and his way of deducting absolute absurd(well I thought them absurd at that time) until all made the sense.

I loved how their were pretty funny dialogues in starting like

‘Ugly as sin, but she makes herself felt. You agree?’

‘If you will forgive me for being personal- I do not like your face, M. Ratchett’

Not that it was completely fool-proof, I still have some doubts like, why did Poirot ever thought that the murdered couldn’t go out from window ? I mean he can go up the roof of train right ? Not that he will stay there, but for making fool of someone, a murderer can do that right ?
Also there were some absolutely ABSURD deductions by him, I mean how he said a person was THAT person just by fluke ? You might say he was a SUPER GOOD Detective, but then it’s hard to believe that his absurdest deductions made a strong case and investigation forward.

Final Note :

From very few books, that I haven’t seen movies of before hand. Murder On The Orient Express is one of them, and I am eagerly waiting to see the movie now. Having the book of movie cover gives a clue who is who, still I want to make sure who is who. Also Johnny Deep as a victim, well that definitely is a MUST TO SEE ❤

Rating a writer like Agatha Christie is not my cup of tea, as she is the BEST.
Yet for this one, I will like to

Overall: 4/5

**I won the book in a contest by HarperCollins Publishers, when movie was about to release.**
Read this as part of #femmeMarchFest, in March 2018 where we devoted our reading to Female writers only.
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This was my entry for the contest.
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VANYA – Collection of stories and poems

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Book : VANYA
Author : Multiple Authors
Pages : 66
Price : 199/-
Publication : Artson Publishing House

Compilation of poetry & stories on theme grace, courage and strength of women.

Poetry are not very easy to read and understand. Some are simple, some are deep.
This book contains both in equal mixture.

The book is contains words from 23 writers who understand a woman in their own ways. Yet all the poetry and story can show case one common thing, the Courage woman has shown.

Poems

There are 21 poems by multiple writers. And I being one of them, are so amazed how we all think so differently and all have a unique way of writing. But the theme of book is not lost in any of the poem.
Apart from my own poems (2 poems are written by me), some of my favorites are (Rhapsody of a woman, a journey from childhood to adulthood, and SHE)

Poems having simple language, but the effects go in deep.

Stories

There are 9 stories in total written by multiple writers. While some stories gave me chills, because I was terrified when I read ‘The Night Not Less Than A Nightmare’ . It is the very first story, and I had to take time off after this one. Woman go under so much and we are thought to keep silent and be patient MORE.
Another story to mention is ‘The Men Of A Woman’, as the name suggest the story revolves around a lady and men in her life. A husband, a son, after marriage they are her life.
Last but not the least, ‘Colour’ showed how easily colour in a women’s life can be taken away. It’s sad that society and emotions of a woman never give justice to her life. And that’s exactly what is shown in this story.

Stories are written in a way, that show struggle of a woman in everyday life. The sacrifice, the fear, the little things that bring her happiness, all are spread across wonderfully in these 9 stories.

Final Note :

If you haven’t read any poetry, this one is perfect to start with. As it is simple, but it also has depth. If you like mini-short stories, well this one has 9 🙂
Go Grab it. 23 Author (including me) will be grateful to you.

Link To Buy : VANYA

 Overall: 5/5

Huge Thank to Artson Publishing House for trusting these budding authors, 
and giving them chance in this amazing collection.

This book was read for a readathon #femmeMarchFest
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Journey Through Darkness

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Book : Journey Through Darkness
Author : Salloni Mehta
Pages : 240
Price : 299/-
Publication : Notion Press

A lyrical.

Story

It’s a story about Sazel, a girl with single parent. Her mother Ibona after her husband’s death, open a bakery and take care of her daughter. Ibona who loved to sing, had always wanted to be a singer when she sees her daughter Sazel to be more talented that her she makes sure to put the seed of Singer opportunity into Sazel’s mind.

Sazel all grown up, with dreams of becoming a singer. Mother Daughter moved to Cechern, a bigger town for bigger opportunities. Sazel breaks into the music world by, performing lead role in a musical by Melody Mist. The show became the biggest hit for Melody Mist, and Sazel became the star performer. Her life was going on highway when she met Rofised, a freshly recruit performed with him in an Act.

Ibona, Sazel’s mother don’t like the likeness of her daughter with a Junior artist and tells her to beware of which road she is taking.

Things don’t turn out good with Sazel’s musical journey and she asks her mother to return to her home town Merville.

What were the reasons Sazel came back ?
What about her singing career?
Will she ever sing again ?

Writing

The book is a lyrical, that means you can expect the song’s in between the story. The songs make the story more interesting, as we get a feel to sing them in our own tunes. The book is writen in simple language, and author has tried to give characters a good amount of space for their developement.
In starting only, I had a feeling that Ibona and Sazel gave me a vibe of Rapunzel and Gothel(step mother).
There are parts that were too much elaborated, and at times I felt like the story was stretched as it included more and more characters.
Also the end, it just happened. A sense of hope was shown in end, but I thought it was rather abrupt how the book ended.

 

Things that worked out for me :

> Being my first lyrical, I enjoyed reading it.
> There are definitely many one/two liners that I enjoyed reading.
> The cover is amazingly done.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> Certain parts were stretched too much.
> Character building in whole book is given very much importance, that didn’t worked for me after a time.
> Being a lyrical, there were many parts where the novel without lyrical touch looked boring.
> There should have been MORE grievance shown for a certain misshapen. It was just ignored on completely. I didn’t like this 😦

Words that touched

; she slept with a vivid imagination of her mother’s depiction, not as a vision, but as an image that meant ‘Life’.

Understand me, and my conflicts.

Mysterious changes within me
Cause an inexplicable melancholy,
Something is certainly missing,
Something is certainly awry,
I wonder what it could be.

This is not love, Keltra. This is attachment, the cause of bonding. Love sets you free, I have felt love, pure unadulterated love. And I have felt it with another woman. All we have been attraction and attachment. And I don’t blame you. Most people mistake it for love. But you haven’t felt pure love yet, Keltra. It is uplifting. It is freeing. It is expansive. It is an awakening.

Set yourself free! Release the grips of attachment and liberate yourself from the bondage of misery.

 

Final Note :

You can definitely give it a try, if you are looking for your first lyrical read.

 

Cover: 3.5/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 3.5/5
Story: 3.5/5
Characters: 2.5/5
Overall: 3.2/5

**Book was provided by author, in return of an honest review.**

 

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The Devil’s Prayer

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Book : The Devil’s Prayer
Author : Luke Gracias
Pages : 369
Price : 350/-
Publication : Bee Books

A Horror fictional that give a lot about 13th century history and facts.

Story

Story starts with a nun(Denise) committing suicide after a chace of long period while Semana santa(Eastern week) procession took place in Spain.
What are her reasons to commit suicide ?

The news reaches Denise family, 23-year-old Siobhan, 17-year-old Jess and Nanna Edith. All took news in their personal manner, Siobham who was the most closest to her mother even after Denise abandoned them both 8 years ago cried and missed her. Jess who was very little when Denise left them, felt hatred towards her mother and Nanna was in tears for losing her only daughter after everything she has gone through.
On the day of service, when all left Siobham meets a priest whom she doesn’t remember but he knows her. Father Jackub as he introduces himself to Siobham tells her that he knew her mother as Sister Benedictine. Siobham had lots of questions on her mind, but Father Jackub told he knew nothing and gave her bible which belonged to her mother. And said in secret, you mother wanted no one to know about this.
Arriving back from service, Siobham left to her room and opened the bible. A handwritten notes awaits her on front page, that called her to visit Zamora and tell nobody.

Will Siobham leave her Nanna and her 17 years old baby Sister ?
What is it Denise wants to tell Siobham ?
Was Father Jackub a trustworthy person ?

Writing

After completion of book, I sat in AMAZEMENT of what just finished, why it finished.. Well where is second part ???
Because, I didn’t knew it had a part. Else I would have never read it, because I HATE CLIFFHANGERS !!!! And this was craziest!!!!

I appreciate author Luke Gracias’s writing skills, that made me think of Dan Brown a LOT. The movement of places, the history behind things, well that’s what Dan brown does right ? But Luke Gracias did a better Dan Brown, because story is SO CAPTIVATED.

I have to agree, that first few pages, totally lost me and I had no interest in beginning. But the more Siobham came to know about her mother, the more it intrigued me.. What WAS IT ??

Book is written in 3 parts
> Unfinished Business
It talks about Siobham journey to know her mother past as nun, Sister Benedictine. With different revelations on the way, she gets to know about what her mother did for those 8 years when she abandoned them all.
> Like A Bull To The Slaughter
This part is the BEST of all three, I mean this had kept me on my toes. To know what will happen next ? What now ? It’s the part where a DEAL is made (well you need to read book to know about WHAT deal I am talking about 😉 )
> The Quest
This was another interesting part, which started with a good story narrations. But then the facts and history drew me in my cocoon. I don’t know much about God or Devil, but this part had all those Catholic faith, discussing saints, secrets, devil’s manuscripts, prophecies. I was overwhelmed by so much information, which definitely author had done a quiet research of.

 

Things that worked out for me :

> Character building is done AMAZINGLY. The book is length and it is the exact thing that needs characters to get the depth.
> How the story written has from first person and sometimes in third person format is what I loved next. Because there are very few writers that can do that amazingly and Luke achieved it nicely.
> The parts of books are very well divided.
> The way author has done the research and wrote about history is GREAT.
> The cover and blurb gave me creep and I wanted to read it asap.

Things that didn’t worked for me :

> The VIOLENCE was a bit more, even thought I haven’t written about it in my review. But *spoiler* there are some highly violent scene including a rape. That made me sad, and frightened at the same time.
> I wish there was NOT THAT much of historical discussions and catholic faith talks. Coming from an Indian background, it just made me a loser while I was reading because I knew NOTHING about it.
> The title could have been a little more not so creepy, because it looks like a worshipers of Devil’s book. Well it is *in a kind* about that, but then you never can relate to it until you REACH THERE. 😛

Final Note :

GO GRAB IT if you horror & supernatural things are your thing ! Just don’t give up while you read details of history, prophecies, catholic faith. The book is much more than that.

** Also I AM WAITING FOR ITS 2nd PART TO RELEASE**

Cover: 4/5
Title: 3/5
Blurb: 3.5/5
Theme: 3/5
Story: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Overall: 3.4/5

**Won this book in a giveaway by readercosmos.**