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Book Review: Retrograde

Title: Retrograde
Author: Peter Cawdron
Genre: Fiction, Sci Fi
Pages: 259
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Rating: 4/5

Retrogradeby Peter Cawdron is a science fiction based on the lives and events surrounding the scientists in Mars. It is unlike what I have ever read before (because I usually don't go for science fiction), but after the movie/book The Martian, I guess interest levels have piqued regarding the subject and that's exactly the reason why I agreed to review this book. So, here goes.

The story is set in the future. A hundred and twenty experts, from various fields and countries, have been deployed on Mars by NASA. When there is an attack on Earth, discrepancies arise among them, not knowing whom to trust. Everyone thinks they are safe in their respective modules but when information is found tampered, all hell breaks loose.

The summary seems very short than what I would normally give out but I am doing that on purpose. There is suspense to the story and I, for one, wo…

Book Review: Origin (Robert Langdon #5)

Title: Origin
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 544
Publisher: Bantam Press (Penguin Random House)

Rating: 4/5

Although I wasn't the first ones to pre order this book, I hadOriginon the top of my TBR since I knew of its publishing date. I got it on time and the sight of the large hardcover stirred up my reader's appetite and before I knew it, I was head on into its exciting, deep labyrinth.

Robert Langdon is back to what he does best. Solving a mystery. Only this time, it doesn't involve religious symbols or codes. Langdon is invited to an event in Bilbao by Edmond Kirsch, a friend and former student, where shocking discoveries would be revealed by him. Edmond claims that these discoveries would change the course of mankind and especially affect the religious institutions all over the world. People from all over the world watch as the presentation goes live, when Edmond is shot dead just before he reveals his discoveries. Shocked and enraged, Langdon alon…

Author Interview: Alistair Cross

Hello readers! 

Today I have with me Alistair Cross, the author of the recently released Mystery/thriller book, Sleep Savannah Sleep. The book is a well narrated and equally well written mystery which touches the horror/occult genre, sure to give you the goosebumps! 

Here is Alistair Cross, talking about his new book.

Book Vue: Congratulations on the release of Sleep Savannah Sleep. From where did the idea for the book originate? Alistair Cross:Thank you. The idea for this book came to me late one night when I couldn’t sleep. I’d just finished my previous novel, The Angel Alejandro, and I knew it was time to start thinking about the next book. I began asking myself about the worst possible thing I could put my next main character through … and from those terrible imaginings, Sleep Savannah Sleep was born.

BV: Is there anything new that you have incorporated in this book? AC: Yes, there are a couple of things. For one, this is the first book I’ve ever written that takes place entirely from o…

Guest Post by author De.B. Dubois

Hello all! 
Today, I have a guest post by De.B. Dubois, the author of OTHERNESS: SOULS OF BROWN WOMEN. The recently released book touches a prominent social issue and I do hope it encourages to change our point of views towards brown women. I sincerely thank the author for providing such an in depth opinion with her book and her guest post here.

How can thoughts and beliefs be changed for the brown woman to be accepted equally with others?
The main issue that brown women face in todays society is the structured structure of the Indian& other “brown” societies, where patriarchy and fanaticism being the structuring structure has prepared the non-brown to generalise against the brown-women: breeding, docile, submissive, honour of the family, deity – basically the brown woman is that creature who has been put up on a pedestal;a pedestal that is completely of the society’s making, only to benefit men and to guard their position within our society. A pedestal, – much like a prison – has al…

Cover Reveal: 25 Days of Christmas


25 Days of Christmas; a Holiday Romance Anthology

In the run up to Christmas instead of opening your advent calendar each day,
Why not read a short holiday themed story?

25 short romances from a variety of romance authors,
all set on making your holiday season sassy, sweet and saucy.

Author's included:

Hanleigh Bradley
Anna Edwards
Serena Kearney
Aleisha Maree
Skye McKinnon
Shelly Strickler
Ines Vieira
Grace Risata
Lisette Kristensen
Sheritta Bitikofer
Sarah Stein
Gloria Herrmann
Meg Anne
Chrissy Shafanda
Lashanta Charles
Cathy Johns
Janet Mota
Jeannette Keats
Amy Allen Hallmark
Rae B. Lake

Book Review: The Miseries of Mr. Sparrows

Title: The Miseries of Mr. Sparrows
Author: Matthew A.J. Timmins
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Mystery
Pages: 332
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 

Rating: 3.8/5

The Miseries of Mr. Sparrowsby Matthew Timminsis a Victorian style, humorous tale of Mr. Robin Sparrows. Fans of old English style writing and that of Dickens would really enjoy this book.
Mr. Robin Sparrows is a law clerk in old Victorian London and is haplessly going about his quiet life when he is handed an assignment to deliver a package to the notorious, Kermit J. Tarnish. As if his miseries weren't enough, Mr. Sparrows now embarks on journey filled with murder, lots of craziness and empathizing events but can our simple law clerk manage to deliver the parcel? Or will his new found misfortune overpower him?

The book is a good read, especially for someone who loves Dickens's style of character description. The story line is good, but a little abrupt at times. The narrative was smooth, mirroring the wri…

Spotlight: Otherness - Souls of Brown Women by De.B. Dubois

Who is the brown woman? How does she live defined almost solely by her skin colour and all the history it carries? How do we carry racism deep within us even when we think we don't? These are questions that require deep thought and reflection, and that's whatOtherness encourages us to do. In a world increasingly divided along the lines of colour, despite its apparent modernity, here's a hard look at the realities that lurk within us, both as individuals and as a society.
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Who is the brown woman? How does she live defined almost solely by her skin colour and all the history it carries? How do we carry racism deep within us even when we think we don't? These are questions that require deep thought and reflection, and that's whatOtherness encourages us to do. In a world increasingly divided along the lines of colour, despite its apparent modernity, here's a hard look at the realities that lurk within us, both as individuals and as a society…

Book Review: Wants and Desires - A Psychological Thriller

Title: Wants and Desires - A Psychological Thriller
Author: Chitrangada Mukherjee
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Murder
Pages: 134
Publisher: Chitrangada Mukherjee

Rating: 4/5

A classic who-dun-it with a subtle but admirably mysterious background, Wants and Desires
by Chitrangada Mukherjee is a good psychological thriller, perfect for a rainy weekend.

Sukanto Bhattacharjee dies suddenly soon after his 35th birthday in his house. He is found in his study, with his head on the desk and arms wrapped around it, as if sleeping peacefully. He leaves behind his mother, his wife and friends and they are all suspects, according to the police. A letter is found hidden under a crystal jug in the study, which doesn't seem quite like a suicide note but definitely hints towards it. The suspects, each with their own vice, talk kindly of the deceased but one of them is the murderer. If it was a murder after all.

I was so proud reading this book. Our country is filled with so many talented story tellers, I stro…

Book Review: Unchained Melody (Love Song Standards Book 1)

Title: Unchained Melody (Love Song Standards Book 1)
Author: Cynthia Roberts
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 278
Publisher: Cynthia Roberts

Rating: 3.8/5

Unchained Melodyby Cynthia Robertsis the first book in the Love Song Standards series. The book is a cozy, warm romance so beautifully woven that it is sure to melt hearts.

Pamela Landers is a highly successful partner in a law firm. But what she possesses materialistically, she lacks emotionally. She is more than ready to find someone and settle down. Pamela is on her way to a well deserved weekend getaway at the Sugar Run when she runs into Gavin Templeton, the owner of the resort. Both are instantly drawn to each other and feel a connection going on and that multiplies many folds when Pamela is the one who saves Gavin's life after an accident. They get involved and Pamela discovers that Gavin has got it all, the loving family that she always craved for. Everything seems to be working for them when an ugly accident veers their lives of…

Book Review: Sleep Savannah Sleep

Title: Sleep Savannah Sleep
Author: Alistair Cross
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Horror, Occult
Pages: 288
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Rating: 4/5

Sleep Savannah Sleepby Alistair Cross is a book in the horror/occult genre which I don't usually prefer. But since reading the blurb, I have been curious and let's just say I overlooked my preference and was I glad!
Jason Crandall, a recent widower, moves into an old Victorian house in Shadow Springs with his teenage son, Brent and younger daughter, Amber. While Amber begins adapting to this new environment, Brent, a recluse, finds it difficult to do so. Jason starts his massage therapy business and finds a client or two immediately. But when he meets the sensual Savannah Sturgess, he realizes it isn't going to be easy to avoid her. Among friendly neighbors, new friends and temper tantrums by Brent, Jason begins to settle down when one day, Savannah is reported missing. And thus begins the nightmare that drags Ja…

Book Review: Jane Of Manchester

Title: Jane Of Manchester
Author: J D Dow
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Comedy
Pages: 206
Publisher: Dow Books

Rating: 3/5

Jane of Manchesterby J D Dowis a light-hearted chick lit with some, supposedly humor and romance, which somehow I didn't seem to find.
Jane lives in Manchester, working at a florist's. She has her petty issues with her employer Will, who drops in that taunt every now and then. Jane has a group of friends, some like her, some mothers and one just about to be married. Her elder sister, Kate, is a doctor and she certainly doesn't fail to establish her success in front of Jane. Jane has the big question lurking behind her mind, when will she meet the right guy? But when she does, she can't seem to find the courage to even talk to him. Will Jane take this forward? Or will she remain in the background watching as her friends and sister get on with their lives?

Straight off the bat, I was floored by the British informal talk like 'cheesed off' and 'knacke…