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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.

Β 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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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 πŸ™‚
Go Grab it. 23 Author (including me) will be grateful to you.

Link To Buy : VANYA

Β 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.

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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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Pimp in the Pulpit

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Book : Pimp in the Pulpit
Author : Thomas McRae
Publisher : Eber & Wein Publishing
Pages : 35
Price : 335/-
Format : Paperback

Story of a dysfunctional family, where each one is having issues with one or another person.

Story

Story is narrated keeping Edward Jones as the main character. Story starts with Edwards mother calls him and jokes about how his grandmother called and asked about if Jones family was going to attend her 95th birthday.
Well the story revolves around that birthday, and characters come in and go to make story going. There are unsorted things between family.

Does Jones family goes to the birthday party?
Did the birthday party happened?

Writing

The book is not for people, who are easily offended. There are words that come around as harsh sometimes.
The story kept on going, it was a constant graph and not a dull moment. As there was something or the other thing happened in family, with relatives, or with each other.

The narration of story went a bit of haywire, because it regularly shifted tenses, from past to present. Leaving reader a bit in haze what was happening, when.

Final Note :

Perfect short read, if you like to know how a dysfunctional family is. Some readers would definitely identify with some characters in the story, while some will be like ‘Does such people exist’?

Overall: 2.5/5

I would like to thank Author Thomas McRae, for providing a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Then The Doorbell Rang

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Book : Then The Doorbell Rang
Author : Capri Jalota
Publisher : Leadstart Publishing
Pages : 395
Price : 206/-(discounted)

The title and the blurb of Then The Doorbell Rang is very intriguing, as it made me feel like it’s a thriller or mystery read. Instead it’s emotional and touching story of Jane’s life and her different relationship. The story revolves in different country and state Dubai, Delhi, Mumbai.

Story Line

Story revolves around a single child, Jane. Her mother is British and father is Indian. How her parents fell in love, and her years growing showed different side of her parents. Her strict mother always wanted her to be an Independent women, and she didn’t like it because reading took her whole life and she couldn’t enjoy being a child. Until on her birthday 31 Dec 2005, she woke up and found her mother’s letter revealing many truths she never knew existed in their life. Was she wrong through out her childhood about her mother? Will she became an Independent women, that her mother wanted her to become?

Years apart…
One not so fine day, Jane finds diary written by his husband Uday. The diary contains secrets, Uday has never shared with Jane in their married life. She is confused and takes off to find the truth. Will she be able to find truth? Was their marriage a lie?

The story is moved to Mumbai, as Jane travels to India for first time to unravel the truth about Uday and meet his best friend Rahul. In the path of finding truth she meets Mahesh a broker who helps her to find Rahul. Will she be able to find him ? What will the meeting would be like ?

As the stories goes, there are comes multiple stories intervened with Jane’s life. Steve and Leena, her relationship with her in-laws (in Delhi), Rahul and his social services, who are Pinky and Shallu?

New Year’s Eve, 31 Dec also Jane’s birthday holds a very special/horrifying place in Jane’s life. This date has many a times mingled with her fortune. All things that we think shouldn’t happen on one’s birthday happens to Jane. To find about what events I am referring to, you need to read the book.

Writing

This book is a debut novel by the author, writing was simple and the pace was good. Though there were parts where story felt like too descriptive and could have cut it short. Uday’s dairy, felt it can be made into a separate story of a book. A background of Jane’s life, and her life as a whole is shown beautifully. It’s like How can someone not fall in love with her, she has her own flaws still she own it beautifully.

I loved how Author has shown Jane, a beauty with brains girl. An independent women, going through rough phases of life yet not feeling dishearten. Until …. (let me leave it open end) πŸ˜‰

Sometimes, the sentences where too short, and there were few grammatical errors.

The first chapter gives us a LOT of information, and I felt like what author wanted to write. Until the very end, IT all made sense. And I was like WOOW, that’s what I am talking about. I love this kind of writing, writing some and leaving it till almost end to weave back those words into beautiful memories.

Author has played very well with human emotions and relationships. Feeling happy, sad, anxious for a character in book is what Author makes us do.

Some quotes and poems are really heart touching

Instincts work better than plans, You have to keep your eyes and ears open!

It was a beautiful night,
the lights were bright,
walls were shinning white,
yet, no one could see my plight.

“90 centimeters below the ground,
Is all that I long for now,
To be born again,
And restart our story one more time.”

My heart won’t stop beating until it has you in it.

Final NOTE :

I would surely recommend this book to anyone who want to experience Life’s journey through Janes hardships. She was a successful Independent women, yet there were MANY things that were missing in life. ‘Everything at the end will make sense’, is what book has taught me.

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

The book was provided by Leadstart Publishing, in exchange of chocolates, money, ice creams (NOTHING LIKE THAT) only honest review.

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Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar Of Vishnu

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Book : Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar Of Vishnu
Author : Kevin Missal
Publisher : Kalamos Literary Services
Pages : 482
Price : 209 (discounted)

My mythological world craving heart, couldn’t resist this book. Once I read my fellow bookstagrammer @Tavleen’s review about this.
I love mythological retelling, that’s because born in Indian family we all have heard so much of Indian stories about God & Goddess. And it won’t matter, how much I age I will still love hearing every other interpretation of this stories
*But there are cases in my past, that I haven’t liked such interpretations*

But Kevin Missal author of Dharmayoddha Kalki has definitely given us great story on the warrior of Kalyug, Kalki with power pact action.

Story Line

Story revolves around two main characters, Kali & Kalki and is divided in two parts – The Battle of Shambala & Rise of Kali.
Starting with a scene of war zone, where Kali is leading all Tribal heads opposing King Vedanta.
Winning/Triumphing over King Vedanta’s army and war tactics with his cleverness and sharpness proved a great deal to Kali. He rose to become Lord Kali to Keekatpur after winning. Politics takes a roll, and all the leaders are questioning and making alliance with each other to remove others. Kali’s health detonates, and his sister Durukti goes out to Shambhala for a known-unknown solution.

In parallel book narrates the story of Kalki, living in a small village named Shambhala with his family. Knowing his extraordinary powers, but still questioning his abilities and why he got them. First fighting Mleechas (bandits) who kidnapped Kalki’s father. And then stood as a leader to his village, when news came ‘Commander of Indragarh wanted to excavate Lord Indra temple’.

The fighting/war scenes are described at a length, that we think we are amid of those plains.

Second part, Rise of Kali is about Kali’s regained strength and his mean ways to be the LORD of Indragarh. Kalki fighting for his freedom from prison of Indragarh. And the first meeting of Kali & Kalki was one of most anticipated scenes.

Many more people joined in second part of the book. Every character had a certain role, and each one impacted the story.

Everything ended with leaving readers a bit curious about WHO THAT WAS.
*Don’t question me, but I am still trying to figure out. If you are also thinking about someone, I am open to discuss it further*

Writing

The story had a good pace. As the story is in third person narration, it gives time for each character to create its significance and lasting effect. But also at the same time, second part of book had too many new characters coming which got me confused sometimes.
I loved how Women in the story are shown as strong as Men in the story.

As a mythological genre, I NEVER have liked those characters speaking of cheap kind of language.Some might argue with me, that characters are created for modern people. But its my personal believe, and I know I will never like when such characters say things like ‘Horse shit’ or scenes like ‘grabbing hips and squeezing’. But thank God these were few in the book.

There were multiple events to surprise me but some of them turned out predictable. Also there were many grammatical and typos. Looked like, book needed a good editing. But then its just first release, and first book by Author.

One last thing, that disturbed me was I kept on confusing Kali & Kalki and kept reading paragraphs until suddenly remembering it was other one instead 😦
Also Vasuki and Vedanta too…

Final NOTE :
I would surely recommend this book to anyone who loved Mythological genre, and is ready to wait quiet some time for another part. Also this is great start to people who haven’t read any Mythological retelling book. It’s action packed, with a Hero and a Villain ( or many Villain’s), politics
*I didn’t knew about its part, else may be I wouldn’t have read it*

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“I know it sounds abysmal…” he chuckled at the mere thought of it, “but I just want to be happy and content”

“Do you not dream big? Do you not want to travel?”

Kalki rounded his arms around his little brother. “Perhaps I chose not to. Perhaps big doesn’t always matter. It’s also the little things, specks of happiness that we go through in a day that we should look out for. It’s funny how grief makes you realize the good things you have overlooked in life”

Cover: 4/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 4.5/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Overall: 3.7/5

I may be a bit partial, but whenever I read any Mythological read. I compare it with Shiva Triology, which I TRULY LOVE….

The Book was signed by Author Kevin Missal himself with lovely note ❀ I love signed books πŸ™‚

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…all five… a true story

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Book : …all five… a true story
Author : Karolina Robinson

Publisher : Michael Terence Publishing
Pages : 144

Story Line

Story revolves around life of Dorian living with his mother,step-dad and little sister. Always waiting for her elder sister, Iva to visit home. Their twisted relationship more that brother-sister is what I couldn’t digest. *Indian’s are very conserved in this type of things (not all)*
My stomach got a twist, when I first read they kissed each other *on lips* , I thought it’s their way of showing how much they care, how much they missed each other. Until few pages down, Iva gets pregnant, and then is detected with terminal illness. While living at home for illness, Dorian’s step-dad and mother finds out the bond Dorian-Iva share and are not so happy. Sending Iva away to her Grandmother, and asked Dorian for special camp for thinking such a relation could exist between a brother & sister. Dorian wasn’t happy to hear about these things, so he took STEP towards it. The blurb tells so much about the story, for that only I got intrigued about WHY would someone do this.

Writing

It was a fast read, I read it in one sitting *which like very less happens in my case*. The writing is easy and simple to read. English not being author’s first language, a reader can see it through out the book. I so wish the author had an editor, or some solid proofreading before publishing it.

I also wish, this could be a bit lengthy, because it doesn’t give us insight about Dorian mental state. He looks like a cold-blooded person after so much has gone happened in the family.
But everything is well concluded by the letter Granny wrote to the public press. This one just made me in tears, a letter 80 years writing about how her Happy family, got her to No family at all. The title also isn’t concluded until the last words of granny’s letter.

 

Cover: 4/5
Title: 3.5/5
Blurb: 3/5 *it revealed almost everything*
Theme: 4/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Overall: 3.9/5

Before I enter any giveaway, I check the Blurb. And …all five… I knew what has happened, but was intrigued to know WHY it has happened.
I won the giveaway.. **YAYYY** This was my first giveaway winning at goodreads *I know I am a bit late in posting this review 😦 *
The Book was signed by Author Karolina Robinson herself with lovely note ❀ I love signed books πŸ™‚

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YOU NEVER KNOW

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Book : YOU NEVER KNOW: Sometimes love can drag you through hell…
Author : Akash Verma
Paperback price(discounted) : 122.00/-
Pages : 240

Story Line

Story revolves around life of Dhruv, a happily married man with children’s until Anuradha is recruited in the his advertisement company. She leaves impression on Dhruv on first day itself. Dhruv fells attracted towards her. They work together on a product’s advertisement, for which various company are competing. On the D-day of presentation, International team asks questions that whole of advertising team isn’t able to answer. At that right moment Anuradha with her confident attitude, and sticking to the campaign presented brings the project to her company.
Everyone is impresses, and Dhruv is more attracted to her. He knew its wrong to have feelings for someone else for a married man, still he can’t control his feelings.

As time goes, Anuradha reciprocate the same feelings. Like new love birds, they start seeing each other under eyes of everyone. Dhruv feels, he has started spending more time with Anuradha than her wife and kids. But Anuradha has a past, her ex Sid died few months back. And she is coping with the past. Till the past, comes and threaten her new life, & Dhruv. Dhruv’s marriage, his work is under threat. Will Dhruv be able to cope with everything? Will Anuradha make peace with her past? Sometimes Love Can Drag You Through Hell, what Hell is author talking about ?

Writing

Author has narrated with perspective of Dhruv & Sid, which keeps on binding the readers to know the characters personally. The series of event are weaved in an interesting way, that keeps readers on edge sometimes, and sometimes readers can look through what next is to happen. Language used is easy and nothing much to add up in my vocabulary.

What I liked most is the Cover & Title of book that keeps readers wondering about the HELL that is referred. And it isn’t exposed to readers until the very end, in last 20 pages.

Cover: 4.5/5
Title: 4.5/5
Blurb: 3/5
Theme: 3/5
Story: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Overall: 3.6/5

I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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