Monday, July 31, 2017

Book Review: Quarter Life Crisis





Title: Quarter Life Crisis
Author: Anshuk Attri
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 304
Publisher: Maple Press

Rating: 4/5


Quarter Life Crisis by Anshuk Attri is a quick and heart touching tale of  two people in love and how they handle life's challenges and learn from their mistakes. It is a decent rendition of the confusions caused when faced with premature responsibilities and also of the chaos, as a result.

Prachur is a college student in love with Neera since his school days. They both belong to Shimla and the parents are aware of their relationship. Neera has big plans for her future whereas Prachur still lacks clarity, as far his career decision goes. Neera loves Prachur's poems and encourages him to write and make a career out of it. All is hunky dory when suddenly, their lives take a nasty turn when Neera finds that she is pregnant with Prachur's child. Although Prachur is not too sure what to make out of this new development, Neera is certain she wants the child. But would she be able to pursue her dreams of having a brilliant career? And is Prachur ready for such a big responsibility?

Quarter Life Crisis is an engrossing and a quick read. The author has, quite genuinely, portrayed the lives of the two main characters and the events surrounding them in an incredible manner. It is an interesting read, with bits of humor here and there. The pace of the story is smooth and the writing quite impressive. The characters are well written and well described.

There is nothing that I have to say that is negative about the book. I liked the plot and the writing style and I would recommend it to anyone in need of something to kill travel time or for a weekend read. All in all, a heart rendering tale of love.


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

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Book Review: The Concrete Goodbye - Being a Detective in a City of Superheroes can be Hell





Title: The Concrete Goodbye: Being a Detective in a city of Superheroes can be Hell
Author: W. H. Lock
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 216
Publisher: JDK Press

Rating: 3.8/5


The Concrete Goodbye by W. H. Lock is a Crime/Suspense novel that doesn't fail to feed the curious minds. Of course, it is a little different from the others, it has an extra ingredient of superheroes which makes it all the more fun and exciting.

Jack Story is a private detective in Sterling City which also happens to be a city of superheroes. He is called upon to find the perpetrators behind the blackmail of Major Victory, a big shot league boss. His granddaughter is involved in a mess and if Major doesn't agree to their terms, it will be all out in the open. He is also investigating a case where a young emerging actor is blamed for a murder. But with all the superheroes around, Jack's work is not easy, to say the least. As he digs deeper into the case, he finds shocking evidences that could well be leading to the unexpected. The question to be asked is, can the superheroes be trusted after all?

The Concrete Goodbye  is a fast paced and a classic who-dun-it. The narrative is impressive, with to the point references. It has a strong and a well developed protagonist. Jack Story's character keeps rising from its lows no matter how difficult the situation may seem. The book is a quick read with adequate humor and plenty of inquisitiveness.

Overall, I would say that The Concrete Goodbye is a well written suspense that is thoroughly enjoyable and keeps the readers on edge till the true culprit is revealed. Definitely recommended for who-dun-it fans.



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


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Spotlight: The Casanova's Wife

THE CASANOVA'S WIFE
(Marriages Made in India Book #4)
by
Sundari Venkatraman




Blurb

Bharat is the elder of the Maheshwari twins. Being a super model, he travels from Jaipur to Mumbai to Delhi, modelling for high-end brands and playing show stopper during fashion shows. Clothes, jewellery, glares, briefs – you name it and Bharat Maheshwari models for it.

Dia Mathur is a management trainee based in Mumbai. She’s surprised to find herself at an after event party hosted by a major fashion label, thanks to her best friend. That’s where she meets Bharat, completely unaware of his claim to fame.

Sparks sizzle and they get together instantaneously. But things fall apart when Dia realises that Bharat is quite the Casanova and might not make for a life partner. She disappears from his life...

...to surface again two years later, at no place other than his family’s drawing room in Jaipur. Will the Casanova turn a new leaf? Or will Dia have to play second, third or fourth fiddle to every gorgeous model who comes into his life?

Read Book #4 from MARRIAGES MADE IN INDIA series to find out more about The Casanova’s Wife.

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Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 16 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.


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Book Review: The Wise Man Said




Title: The Wise Man Said
Author: Priya Kumar
Genre: Fiction, Literature
Pages: 180
Publisher: Books That Inspire

Rating: 4.5/5

Finally! A review that I was eager to give to my readers. The Wise Man Said, by Priya Kumar, was one book that I had desperately wanted to read and when Priya Kumar's office asked me for a review of the same, I was thrilled, to say the least! After reading The Calling by the same author I was sure that this book, too, would help people achieve what they thought was unachievable. A lengthy bit of an introduction but well deserved nonetheless. Let's get to the review before I get carried away with my ramblings.

The book is about the many journeys made by Sammy, a billionaire, who travels the world eleven months a year. He goes from one place to the other, gathering knowledge and experiences, that he writes about in his diary. A wanderer, Sammy lets his intuition take lead to experience any adventure/obstacle, willing to even die in the process. His aim is to learn and by not fearing anything, he is able to do so freely. The book is a collection of twelve gems that are his experiences, and the lessons that he learns, he jots down at the end of each one of them. When Naina, a troubled and confused writer is left with Sammy's diary, little does she imagine that this will be her life's greatest lesson, a solution to all her problems, as was the case with Sammy himself. 

My thoughts? I almost teared up at the end of the book, it was so heart touching. The Wise Man Said, like other books from the author, fills you up with all the positivity in the world. The twelve stories and the lessons learnt (so conveniently pointed down for us readers) are a treasure trove of wisdom. They open the heart and mind to the treasure that is YOU - something that we not only fail to notice but also underestimate. 

"The answers are within, O' Dear One." - This quote says it all. YOU are so much more than you think. It holds so much meaning. It might be a plain phrase but when the true meaning is revealed, it has the power to change oneself like no other. It is amazing how the author succeeds in motivating us over and over again through her writing. Here are some other quotes that I found interesting from the book.

"And as you emerge as you, the questions dissolve and the answers become unnecessary, for when you rise as the God Force that you are, you create as you will. Find your space, where you can be you."

"I like the theory of Man God. It makes him more human and it makes me more God."


"The path may come to an end but that doesn't have to be the end of the journey."


"I will keep doing what makes me happy and I will make others happy as I do."


And my favorite of them all: "As I say, so it is."

How powerful are these affirmations! I feel utterly inspired after having read the book and would definitely recommend it to each and every one of you, it is truly a treasure of a book!


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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Book Mention: A Well Placed Wish



By Allysa Hart

Blurb

I lost everything, was shipped off to live with an aunt I barely knew, and was put
to work cleaning her dilapidated antique shop.
And then, I met Callum.
Or should I say I released him?
I was a socialite with a strong sense of entitlement and a lot of anger.
He was a Dominant genie with a hard body and an even harder hand.
It could never work.
Could it?


About Allysa Hart

I am a full-time mom to a sassy, strong-willed, lovable little girl. Okay, so she is all me. I am on the wrong side of 30, and I have been married to my best friend for over eight years. Like most couples, we have our ups and downs, but I could not imagine doing life with anyone else by my side. We are Southern California transplants, currently residing in a very rural part of the east coast. I have two crazy dogs that I adore, even though they drive me out of my ever-loving mind, most days.

I have recently rediscovered my love of words and decided to become a writer. My first story is my heart and soul, and it reaches into the depths of all that is me. I also create covers, promos, and logos for authors. I have met some amazing friends on this journey that I now happily call family. Without my family members, whether biological or chosen, I would not be half the person I am today. Their constant love and support keep me afloat.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Review: The Sweet Oil Of Vitriol - A Tom Glaze Hit (The Tom Glaze Series Book 1)




Title: The Sweet Oil Of Vitriol - A Tom Glaze Hit (The Tom Glaze Series Book 1)
Author: Daniel Eagleton
Genre: Fiction, Crime, Thriller
Pages: 221

Rating: 2.5/5

The Sweet Oil Of Vitriol is the first in the Tom Glaze series. Published in February this year, the book is an action/crime thriller which, sadly, didn't thrill me at all.

Thomas is a Mossad agent and when a sanctioned mission fails terribly, he is ousted by his own organisation even after having risked his life. When Thomas realizes that not only is he the prime suspect in the case but is also blamed for the failure, he is desperate for a comeback. His handler Yakov, thus, provides him another chance. The head of the African Union, Jacob Okonjo, is the target this time and Thomas prepares months before by working undercover as a waiter at the hotel in London, where the Union head would be staying. But would months of doing repeated odd jobs and serving people waver his dedication to the mission? Would he lose his focus where the beautiful Nadine is concerned? 

A part of the character portrayal in the book is well done. Thomas has been given a detailed description and as a well trained agent, he is always prepared. But the majority of the book focuses on his sluggishness. With him being the protagonist, the readers follow him intently. But when he continuously gets distracted and loses focus, so do the readers. The book begins well with being to-the-point and some great action but it soon fizzles out. The momentum is lost once Thomas begins working undercover as a waiter. I wish there was more action happening than failures.

The narrative, again, is slow and hence slows the pace of the story too. If only the character of Thomas would have been tweaked a little, I honestly think this would have made for a good read.

Not to say it isn't a good book, but the story just didn't click with me. I expected a lot more action and thrilling moments, it does claim to be a thriller after all. All in all, a disappointment.




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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Truth About Love Vol.3



☆.•°Anna Bloom Cover Reveal - The Truth About Love Volume III•°☆




Synopsis

When Eve Harris agrees to give billionaire playboy Cameron Wallis another chance, she didn’t anticipate finding herself in Paris living the dream. The chance to spend time with Cam away from gossip columns and the media is too tempting. But Paris isn’t the fairy-tale she envisaged and all too quickly, Eve realizes just how different her and Cam’s lives really are. 

Will Eve be able to overcome her own insecurities and wade through the Truth About Love to get the man and her happily ever after?


This beauty is being released 2nd August so if you'd like to read the first two books links are below:

The Truth About Love Book Ibooks2read.com/TAL1

The Truth About Love Volume IIbooks2read.com/TAL2 


Pre-order will be set up in the next few days.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Author Interview: Sudesna Ghosh







Meet Sudesna Ghosh, author of the newly released Just Me, The Sink and The Pot. The book is a humorous but touching experience of an overweight girl and her struggles thereof.

Book Vue: Hi Sudesna and welcome to Book Vue. Please tell us a little something about your book.
Sudesna Ghosh: Just Me, The Sink and The Pot is about one girl's battle with negative body image. She hates her body and deals with body shaming and this in turn makes her hate life and be miserable all the time. She wants what any teen girl wants like boyfriends and Valentine Day cards but her weight ruins it all for her.

BV: What prompted you to write on such a topic?
SG: I wanted to purge myself of my own negative experiences by writing about them and then I realized that I wasn't the only girl who faced these things while growing up.

BV: What is the best quality you like about the protagonist of your book?
SG: My protagonist can be sarcastically funny or just plain funny at times, even in the middle of being unhappy. I like that.

BV: What inspires you to write?
SG: Readers who tell me my words touched them.

BV: What's next in store for your readers?
SG: A romance novella and a book for children. There will be cocktails and cheesecake between the two.😉


Thank you so much for your time, Sudesna. Book Vue wishes you the very best for your future endeavours.


Read my review of Just Me, The Sink and The Pot here.

Book Review: Bhrigu Mahesh, PhD - The Return Of Damayanti


























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Title: Bhrigu Mahesh, PhD - The Return Of Damayanti
Author: Nisha Singh
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 450
Publisher: Partridge India

Rating: 3/5


Bhrigu Mahesh, PhD: The Return of Damayanti by Nisha Singh is the second book featuring the detective, Bhrigu Mahesh. I received the book from Blogadda as part of their Book Reviewer's program. Let me summarize the story for you and then we'll get to my thoughts on this one.

Bhrigu Mahesh, an ex policeman but now a private detective, is visited by one Nataraj Bhakti who hails from a village, Krishna Dwar. Bhakti fears that he is being haunted by the spirit of his dead wife, Damayanti. Hence he is at Bhrigu's door for help. Bhrigu and his confidant, Sutte, travel to the village known for its temples and are accommodated at Bhakti's large ancestral home, which is in a pitiable state. The haunting continue but soon a tragedy takes its place. A woman from Bhakti's family is murdered and as Bhrigu and Sutte, along with the help of the local police, track the killer, many shocking revelations come to light. As the case progresses, Bhrigu is not certain if he will be successful in intercepting the perpetrator after all.

Now, to the technicalities of it all. Firstly, the plot of the story is good, commendable in fact. Thoroughly detailed and manages to keep the reader intrigued. There is a 'Flash File' included by the author right at the end which is a bite sized case solved by Bhrigu. A pleasant touch, I must say. Although the story is full of suspense, the pace of it is something that I, personally, am not too happy about. In my opinion, it definitely needs some tweaking as it tends to get a bit slow.

As mentioned before, this is the second book featuring the detective, Bhrigu Mahesh, but it is a standalone and the characters of both Mahesh and Sutte are given enough detailing for first time readers. The prologue makes more sense when you finish the book, so I highly recommend going back to it afterwards. There is a curious ending to the story which indicates there might be a sequel or referred to at some point in future books featuring Bhrigu. Readers can definitely hope for it.

The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 gives you the introduction of the case but it is only in Part 2 that the actual action begins, as one might put it. Part 3 might just end up giving you goosebumps. It dwells into the killer's psychology and the how's and the why's of it all, leading the story to a questionable closure. Curious much? Read the book to find out. All in all, a well executed book.

Personally, I like mysteries/thrillers with Indian settings, they somehow add to the mystique. The duo of Bhrigu and Mahesh compliment each other, much like your Holmes and Watson or Poirot and Hastings combination, if you will. Bhrigu reminded me more of Poirot as he, too, uses the deduction of human psychology to solve his cases.

Although I haven't read the previous book, I can safely say that Bhrigu Mahesh, PhD: The Return of Damayanti is a decent read. Recommended for mystery/thriller lovers.



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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Book Review: In The Name Of God





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Title: In The Name Of God
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Genre: Fiction, Crime, Thriller
Pages: 405
Publisher: Penguin Random House India


Rating: 4/5


A new release, In The Name of God by Ravi Subramanian, had my attention when the Anantha Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvanathapuram was mentioned in the blurb. Being my husband's hometown, I visit the city and the temple every year and have been updated about the "treasure" and "vaults" since the very beginning. But when you mix culture with a fictitious murder story, my curiosity just piqued and I ordered the book immediately. Couldn't resist!

The book begins with a jewelry heist in one of the prominent malls in Dubai. The perpetrators escape but leave behind a clue, leading the investigation to India. While in Delhi, the investigation is being followed, down south in Thiruvanathapuram, the wealth in the vaults inside the Anantha Padmanabhaswamy temple is ordered to be audited by the Supreme Court and a team of 12 experts arrive for the purpose. But as soon as they begin their work, a body is found in the Padma Teertham kulam, the temple pond, and the current Travancore king blames it as a result of blasphemy in the form of the ongoing audit. Kabir Khan, additional director of the CBI, is following the Dubai heist case but when he finds himself in Thiruvanathapuram, he cannot but help think if these two incidents are related. When another murder takes place, the audit team along with Kabir, begin to wonder if these episodes are indeed a result of the wrath of God.

Oh boy! What a read! I have so many things to say about the book but I don't know where to begin. Let's start from the beginning then. The flow of the story is what seals the deal for this book. Right from the start with the Dubai heist, all the way to Thiruvanathapuram, it is a continuous flow of suspense and intrigue. The narrative must be mentioned, it is superbly engrossing. I am no writer but as a reader I can definitely say that in a mystery/suspense book, the detailing behind the characters is crucial. It shouldn't be overwhelmingly long, lest it takes the inquisitiveness from the plot. But it also shouldn't be deficient of it. The author, here, has done a fantastic job of maintaining that balance with enough details. The characters are well rounded and the story maintains the intensity, which I loved.

As mentioned earlier, I am very familiar with Thiruvanathapuram, and the temple. And I must applaud the efforts taken by the author to make sure that all the facts were as close to reality as one could possibly get. Every description of the temple and the city of Thiruvanathapuram has been described accurately which is a huge relief. It can be really off putting when something close to your heart is just taken for granted for the sake of a story. Thankfully, this book left me beaming with pride!

I have read only two other books by Ravi Subramanian, The Bankster and The Bestseller She Wrote so I cannot give a clear verdict but according to my opinion, In The Name of God is his best work so far. His last book was of a totally different genre but this one is a pleasant surprise! I cannot recommend it more!

A must read for thriller/suspense fans!


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