Sunday, February 26, 2017

Book Review: Fatal Destiny (Grace deHaviland Bounty Hunter Book 1)

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Title: Fatal Destiny (Grace deHaviland Bounty Hunter Book 1)
Author: David DeLee
Publisher: Dark Road Publishing
Pages: 360
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Rating: 4/5

Fatal Destiny by David DeLee is the first book in the Grace deHaviland bounty hunter series. An action oriented book right from the start, it is sure to satisfy the thirst of every thriller enthusiast. Without any delay, let's get down to my take on the book, shall we?

Grace deHaviland, an ex cop, is now a bounty hunter whose case is to find a Barry Keegan, who has jumped bail and is absconding. That's what  Grace does, that too with confidence but when a co-defendant of the case is found murdered, things take a nasty turn. Grace, along with her close friend, Suzie (a cop), realize the situation is not as simple as it seems. Barry Keegan, on the other hand, has a sole motive. Leave the city with his wife and child, leaving behind the false charges he is being accused of and also, his past demons. Grace's job was to hand Keegan over but when he brutally attacks Suzie, she is hell bent on finding him, even at the risk of being arrested. 

Grace deHailand is the main character and she is a strong one. A female bounty hunter who does her job with ease and kick ass style. I loved her! The character is so real because she also displays her weaknesses, her emotional side. Barry Keegan comes off as a bold and stubborn character who can't have his family at risk. He wants to save them by all means. Along with the other supporting characters, the story takes a complete shape.

Fatal Destiny is a fast, action packed thriller. With Grace, the reader is taken along an intriguing ride of strange happenings. It is an absorbing story with never a dull moment. The narrative is excellent, fast paced and gripping. With the inclusion of some twists and turns, it is a good thriller that will not allow you to put the book down.

A recommended read for mystery/thriller lovers.

*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

Monday, February 20, 2017

Graveyards of the Banks - Slaughterhouse Mornings: Seven Seasons of Midnights at the Most Successful Bank in the Universe

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Title: Graveyards of the Banks - Slaughterhouse Mornings: Seven Seasons of Midnights at the Most Successful Banks in the Universe

Author: Nyla Nox
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Banking

Rating: 3/5

Slaughterhouse Mornings is the third and final book in the Graveyards of the Banks series by Nyla Nox. It is due to release in the month of March, 2017. The entire series is about the turbulent experience of the author when she started off working in the Most Successful Bank in the Universe, as she likes to call the bank in her books.

The book starts off with Nyla, working in the graveyard shift. She is hoping to find a break from the night shifts and the grueling schedule but nothing seems to work in her favor. One by one, all her team members are let go and she begins to wonder about her very survival in the bank. The Bagman (he is always seen with a travel bag, hence the name), is a top notch, rich and successful businessman, who flies all over the world imparting his precious financial advice. He is romantically interested in Nyla. Most of the times, she ends up leaving Bagman content with his point of view and suppresses what she thinks/feels about the global situation and the working class. But Nyla is content with the attention she receives from him. Then the financial crash occurs. Things get pretty bleak in the bank with one privilege removed after the other, including one's job. Nyla finds that she is the only one left out of her original team as she waits for the dreadful. As Nyla and the Bagman come closer, she has to make a decision about maintaining her sincerity or to go with the flow.

That is just a summary. But there are many faces to the book. Firstly, it is written in a great technical detail about the goings on inside a successful bank. Now if you are/were a banker, you'd probably be able to completely relate to the same and absolutely love the book. But for someone who is not a banker, like myself, I would say that the book comes off as being too specific. It could be because I haven't read the previous books in the series and have got nothing to relate to. Of course, this is a standalone book but there are some mentions of previous situations and characters that you wished you'd had some reference to. Hence, I found it to be a little confusing in the beginning, to be frank.

Now, on to the narrative. Wow, the narrative is something like I have never come across! Such extravagance in relaying feelings and emotions. It is a pleasure to just read and keep reading. Amateur writers can definitely take some pointers! Narrative is a big plus - a bit abstract, but brilliant!

The main character is the author herself. She explains the life of bankers who had endured the toughest of the tough times during the depression, the layoffs. It is not a pretty picture. The writing is something that I kept coming back to. The author reveals each and every event in a great detail. I, honestly, found the book boring at a few places because of the lengthy descriptions. Of course, I can understand that the author took the opportunity to bare it all and empty her heart out with the story that she had been holding in herself all these years. Nevertheless, a little too lengthy for my liking. But that didn't stop me from putting the book down. The author treats the readers with some dark humor and witty one liners which made their presence on almost every page.

Overall, Slaughterhouse Mornings is a dark humored, intense tale of the bankers during the time of the crash. I would highly suggest this book to current or ex bankers as I feel they would truly relate to it and find it absolutely brilliant.

*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Book Mention : Palm Beach Deadly (Charlie Crawford Mystery Book 3)

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Title: Palm Beach Deadly (Charlie Crawford Mystery Book 3)
Author: Tom Turner
Genre: Mystery, Murder, Fiction

Book Blurb

Catch up on Charlie Crawford and Mort Ott as they try to solve their new murder case. Knight Mulcahy makes 40 million a year on his top-rated radio show trashing people. Until the night he’s found down at his pool house tryst pad with his skivvies around his ankles, a bullet in his heart. Enter Palm Beaches finest homicide cops Charlie Crawford and Mort Ott, who proceed to go in circles as the suspect list ramps up close to double digits.

Sin, scandal, murder… if you’ve read Nasty and Poison, you know the drill!

Kirkus Reviews said,“Readers who enjoyed the previous two installments [of the Palm Beach series] will welcome the return of Charlie Crawford, still cynically charming and dashing,” and went on to say, “Deadly delivers an entertaining, and amusing, ride.”

About The Author

A native New Englander, Tom Turner dropped out of college and ran a Vermont bar ... into the ground. Among other ill-advised gambits was hiring Bennington College girls as go-go dancers. After limping back to college to get his diploma, Tom became an advertising copywriter, first in Boston then New York. After ten years of post-Mad Men life, he made a radical change and got a job in commercial real estate. Not long after that he ended up in Palm Beach, buying, renovating and selling houses along with collecting a lot of raw material for his novels. On the side, he wrote Palm Beach Nasty, its sequel, Palm Beach Poison, and a screenplay called Blood Red Sea. While at a wedding a few years later, he fell for the charm of Charleston, South Carolina, and moved there. Recently, wandering Tom moved again. This time, just down the road to Skidaway Island, outside of Savannah, where he just completed a novel which is set there.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Book Mention - My Journey In Tennis: How I Learnt To Excel (And You Can Too)

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Title: My Journey In Tennis : How I Learnt To Excel (And You Can Too)
Author: Sana Shehabi
Genre: Children, Life Experience

Book Blurb

A personal story of learning to triumph, this concise account explains what it takes to follow your dreams. From first learning to play tennis to developing the commitment and motivation to become a top player, author Sana Shehabi relates her experiences with this fascinating sport.

Thirteen-year-old Sana has developed a work ethic to be proud of, including all her efforts off the court, her constantly improving technical skills, and her understanding of what it means to sacrifice for your goals. Hers is a two-part experience: she relates the specifics that every tennis player needs to excel as well as how she’s been shaped as a person by pursuing her passion. Anyone can play the game, but whether you win or lose, only your attitude determines the true outcome. Someday soon, Sana plans to play tennis professionally. She credits her amazing first coach, her family’s support, and the camaraderie of the team with helping her enjoy the sport for so many years.

For the aspiring young athlete, this inspiring and informative work gets at the heart of what it means to follow your dreams. It takes hard work, but every step of the way will be worth it.

About The Author

Sana Shehabi began playing tennis when she was eight years old, and she started playing more seriously when she was ten. At thirteen, she plays at a higher level than most of her peers. She works hard every day, practicing for hours before and after school and competing every weekend, to achieve her goal of playing professionally. Tennis is such a unique sport, and her time playing has shaped the person Sana has become. She is her parents’ only child and lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Book Review : The Old Man and The Princess

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Title: The Old Man and The Princess
Author: Sean-Paul Thomas
Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Rating: 4/5

The Old Man and The Princess by Sean-Paul Thomas is a mysterious and emotional story, all of which that takes place against the backdrop of the Scottish landscape. It is a touching story about the relationship between a girl and an old man.

Sersha is an orphan, living with her foster parents, when she is kidnapped by an old man, Derek. Sersha expects the worst but when Derek tells her that he will be reuniting her with her parents, she is surprised. Derek keeps referring to Sersha  as Princess and upon questioning reveals that she actually is a princess from Mars and that she was sent to Earth as a baby for her own safety. But now that she is needed back home, Derek would do his duty and safely take her back.

While Sersha isn't convinced of this story, Derek's behavior and his protective attitude towards her alters her perspective about him. They set out on road trip all the way to the tip of Scotland, to find a portal to Mars. With bounty hunters at their heels, they manage to escape attacks. Racing against time and the enemy, Derek and Sersha are about to reach the cave where the supposed portal is situated. And then, the unthinkable happens.

Firstly, what an amazing story! It is an interesting blend of adventure, emotions and action. At the beginning of the story I was rapt, my curiosity being at a high and then began the adventure. It is not a lengthy book but unputdownable, nevertheless. The narrative is excellent and the readers get to enjoy the Irish/Scottish English throughout. There is a twist at the end and, might I add, what a perfect climax to the story!

The main characters in the story are Sersha and Derek. Sersha is this strong, street smart girl who longs for her real parents. Derek, on the other hand, is an old guy, looking out for Sersha and protecting her like a princess from every possible danger. There are many lovely emotional moments between them that forms the crux of the book. Last but definitely not the least, I could literally feel the wind in my hair while Sersha was driving through the Scottish mountains and the sand under my feet when they both were running towards the cave. Such is the beauty of the narrative!

I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend reading it. Truly enjoyable.

*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

Monday, February 6, 2017

Book Review : Legacy (Andalucian Nights #3)

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Title: Legacy (Andalucian Nights #3)
Author: Hannah Fielding
Genre: Fiction, Romance

Rating: 4/5

Legacy by Hannah Fielding is the third book in the Andalucian series. The book is an intense and intriguing romance, which does not allow the reader to put it down. Not even for a moment!

Luna Ward, a medical journalist, is sent to Spain to conduct a research on an institute that preaches the use of herbalism and hypnotherapy as an alternate cure for cancer patients. Her organised and proper life tumbles down when she lays eyes on Ruy, the handsome gypsy musician and also the institute's head. While Ruy doesn't shy from expressing his feelings for her, Luna finds herself in a tug of war. Her primitive emotions on one side and the fact that she is secretly spying on him, on the other. 

Ruy, on the other hand, is mesmerized by Luna but he has some demons of his own too. The past creeps up to him from time to time and puts him in a tangled spot as Ruy thinks of finding the right time to tell Luna everything. With their love for each other so obvious and fierce, both wonder if it will all be lost as soon as the other is aware of each's past.

As stated earlier, this is the third book of the series but is a standalone book, which is great. I personally love romantic books and this one had me at the edge! The author has done a wonderful job of rendering a story so powerful that it feels realistic. Even after the book is done, one goes back to the characters, revisiting their emotions and circumstances. 

The lead characters of Luna and Ruy are very strong. Luna is portrayed as the organised one, who has always had her head in research. But her emotions go wild when she sees Ruy. The feeling is mutual as Ruy finds that he, too, cannot keep his hands off her. All these feelings and train of thoughts for both the characters are quite amplified which adds a realistic feel. Both are shown to be physically drawn to each other but not in a sickening sort of way, which is a relief!

Legacy gives the reader a glimpse of the ever romantic and beautiful country of Spain. The culture, the people, the streets, the food - one can experience all these things through the book. It also throws some light on the way of life of the Spanish gypsies and is quite enjoyable.

As a final word, I would say that I definitely recommend this and the others in the series(although I haven't read the others but I'm sure they would be no less interesting!) to all romantics out there. A refreshing read, indeed!

*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

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