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Book Review: Cascade

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Title: Cascade
Author: Peter Harper
Genre: Fiction, Action, Adventure
Pages: 293

Rating: 3.5/5

Cascadeby Peter Harper is an action packed adventure which successfully enthralls the reader. It has guns, fights, political strategies, and one of the most exciting component - chase! So without any further ado, let's get to the review.

Shani Balcescu, an Oxford student, receives a message that her adopted father has had a heart attack for the second time. Before dying, he apologizes to her and mentions Seroule ( a west African region), but she doesn't think much of it. As she is recovering from her loss, she finds shocking revelations about her origin and about how her real parents got gunned down in Africa amidst a political coup. Along with a French Journalist, Nicholas Dubois, she meets a Seroulese rebel, who tries to convince her of his help, but Shani has her doubts. Together, they help Shani uncover more information when suddenly Nicholas is ki…

Book Mention: Heath, Cliffs and Wandering Hearts

FREEBIE!! GIVEAWAY!!  To celebrate Laura Barnard's birthday week she's put Heath, Cliffs & Wandering Hearts FREE - To win a SIGNED PAPERBACK and £5/$5 Amazon Gift Card just head on over to her facebook page. WINNER of Best Young Adult Book 2016 - Jo & Isa Love Books Reader's Choice Awards
Book Blurb Life for sixteen year old Savannah Franks has just been turned upside down. Her Mum’s business has failed and they’re forced to move into a maisonette in the rough end of town. She doesn’t want anyone to know her dire situation, not even her besties. So when the rest of the money for the school ski trip is due she can’t be seen not to attend. Everyone is going! She just needs to find a job. Add that to the list of getting a boyfriend and losing her pathetic virginity. But working every spare hour in a job she hates on top of school work and mounting secrets doesn’t prove easy. Soon she’s keeping so many she’s not even sure herself what’s true and wh…

Book Review: Excess Baggage

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Title: Excess Baggage
Author: Laura Barnard
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 220

Rating: 4/5

The just released Excess Baggage by Laura Barnard is a breezy, young romance. Nevertheless, it can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age

Erica is enjoying her vacation with friends when she bumps into Jack, her first love. Only now, Jack seems absolutely irresistible and Erica finds herself completely flustered. Similar feelings haunt Jack and he can't seem to keep himself distanced from Erica for long. But with Karl (Erica's current boyfriend) and Amber (who is constantly checking on Jack) in the picture, things aren't going too well for the duo. Not to mention their own history when they were together 15 years ago. Will the planets finally align for the both of them?

The story carries a casual and modern tone mainly due to its language.  The narrative is in the first person that toggles from one character to the next. The writing is …

New Release: Excess Baggage

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Synopsis Stuck in a dead-end relationship, Erica Bennett finds herself daydreaming of her first holiday romance. She was fifteen, it was exciting, new and full of possibilities…and Jack Lawson was hot as hell. That kind of thing leaves a mark.

So when her friends suggest a girls holiday to Luna Island, it’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off things. What she doesn’t expect is to spot Jack – a much older, hotter version of him – across the hotel lobby.

Their attraction is still there and it isn’t long before sparks fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t …

My Top 5 Agatha Christie Books

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Whether you are new to Agatha Christie or have been basking in the intricacies of the said genius, this list will, hopefully, be helpful anyway. It is a list of my personal favorites. If you are a Christie fan and have a different list to this one, then please do share it with me. I'd love to know!

It was a tough task to select only five titles for this lot. I have edited and re-edited the list so many times, yet it feels like something is missing. Sigh! Well, that's how her books are, all equally amazing. She's not known the Queen of Crime for nothing!

Just a little introduction before I begin. I read my first Christie novel when I was 13 I guess, not too sure. Until then I was solving mysteries with Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys but when I read a Christie, I suddenly felt grown up! I didn't even understand all of it at first, but I remember re-reading it only to be captured in this trance of unimaginable plots and human psychology, that is …

Book Review: Condemned - The Richmore Series

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Title: Condemned : The Richmore Series
Author: Hayley Oakes
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 519

Rating: 4/5

Condemend by Hayley Oakes is the first book in the Richmore series. It is a contemporary romance that includes love, heart break, suffering, yearning, basically all the essential elements required to weave a good romance. The book is the latest release among the many other romances by the author.

William Devereux and Jessa Jones are next door neighbours since childhood but were not exactly friends. Will was known for being brash and Jessa would never want to go near him. But things change during their teenage and Jessa falls for the rough, dominant Will and just as she begins​ to trust him, he leaves her, heartbroken. Years later when they meet, something has changed in Will but Jessa doesn't want to take a second chance. But will she be able to resist his charms and forgive him? Would that be a wise thing to do?


New Release: Condemned by Hayley Oakes

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SYNOPSIS For eight years, I’ve lived with the scars left by him.

William Devereux consumed me until I didn’t know where I ended and he began ... I tried to forget but I was forever changed.

And now he’s back.

Gone is the aggressive hothead who hurt me and set my body on fire in equal measure, replaced with a responsible, doting, single father.

I’m trying my best to remain unaffected.

He’s trying his best to make amends.

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Author Interview: Rahul Mitra

Today we have Rahul Mitra, the author of The Boy From Pataliputra, with us for a casual interview. Love the cheeky photograph he sent! So, without further ado, let's get started.

Book Vue: Welcome to Book Vue, Rahul and congratulations on your book. Please tell us a little something about The  Boy From Pataliputra. Rahul Mitra: Thank you. The Boy from Pataliputra is the story of Aditya Vikram, a young boy from an aristocratic family of Pataliputra  who is forced to escape from Magadha under dramatic circumstances. It’s basically about his life in exile, his  journey and experiences, the friends he makes and his gradual transformation from a brash, selfish spoilt  brat into a balanced and mature person. At least, that’s the story on the surface. Underneath this basic narrative, it’s also a powerful story about India and the formation of a nation. You  must remember that the Mauryan empire, which came into being under Chandragupta Maurya and  Chanakya, was the first ‘All India empire’.…

Book Review: Warjuna (Book 1: Mrithasu Rising)

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Title: Warjuna (Book 1 : Mrithsau Rising)
Author: Krishnaraj
Genre: Fiction, Mythology
Pages: 314
Publisher: Notion Press

Rating: 4/5

Warjuna is the first book in a series of a mythological tale set in an alternate universe called The Age of Atulya. The author, Krishnaraj, has borrowed some characters from the epic Mahabharata and used it in his book to create, what definitely is, a sophisticated series in the making.

The earth and it's inhabitants are recovering from Pralaya but peace is far within reach. The Hayacrees, a ruthless army of unimaginable power, have been spotted marching towards Bharata. As one by one the kingdoms succumb to their atrocities, there seems no hope until a prince from the kingdom of Wagharr seems to appear out of nowhere to provide complete support to these kingdoms. Arjuna was sent by his father, the king of Wagharr, to safely provide passage to their women and children to avoid the Hayacrees. When he encounters magical powers and divinely …

Author Interview : Priyanka Sharma Kaintura

Meet Priyanka Sharma Kaintura, author of My Jiffies, a beautiful collection of experiences and bite-sized narrations that I very recently reviewed on this blog. Here's a little tete-a-tete with her.

BookVue: Priyanka, welcome to Book Vue. Your book, My Jiffies, is very unique. What gave you the idea for such a book?

Priyanka Sharma Kaintura: Thank you Chitra, but I didn’t know that I was making something unique! What I did know is that a good structure is the backbone of a good book, or shall I say the ‘spine’ of a book. So my challenge was either to divide the writings by the format of rendering or by the emotions they recite. I chose a mix of both. Orations, Monologues & Dialogues, Stories, Life Aphorisms and Eclogues are the five formats, while Pathos & Satire express two different emotions.

Also I haven’t come across very many books carrying sections such as Monologues and Dialogues or Orations. So that was done to add a unique and delectable flavor
for the reader.


Cover Reveal : Excess Baggage by Laura Barnard


How beautiful is this cover of Laura's latest romantic comedy, Excess Baggage?  It's out on the 23rd and you can pre-order now
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Stuck in a dead-end relationship, Erica Bennett finds herself daydreaming of her first holiday romance. She was fifteen, it was exciting, new and full of possibilities…and Jack Lawson was hot as hell. That kind of thing leaves a mark.
So when her friends suggest a girls holiday to Luna Island, it’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off things. What she doesn’t expect is to spot Jack – a much older, hotter version of him – across the hotel lobby.
Their attraction is still there and it isn’t long before sparks fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t the same people they were back then and besides, it’s only a week, right?
Is it a second chance at something real or will their excess baggage ruin their shot at love after they leave Luna …

Book Review: My Jiffies

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Title: MyJiffies - Narration of Moments, Unadulterated and Unpackaged
Author: Priyanka Sharma Kaintura
Genre: Fiction, Memoirs
Pages: 252
Publisher: Notion Press

Rating: 4.2/5

My Jiffies is not your regular book or novel. It is a collection of random experiences and thoughts, and some 'bite-sized' narrations. The book is divided into sections like Orations, Eclogues, Stories, Monologues and Dialogues, each topic conveying a warm, touching message.

Just to give you an idea, the Eclogues section, for example, is a collection of short poems reflecting the emotions of love, sometimes despair. The Dialogue section are short anecdotes with dialogues, of course. The Stories section are little takes in different stages of life and other narratives out of which The Nine Shades of Durga is my favorite. Women of different caliber are explained in these stories in a short but distinct way. Basically, the entire book is based on human emotions, not too deep or sentimental but ma…