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Book Review: Wants and Desires - A Psychological Thriller

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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)

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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

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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

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



Rating: 3/5


Jane of Manchesterby J G 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…

Spotlight: Texas Banker/Oklahoma Hunter by Ken Mixon

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ISBN-10: 0692760989 ISBN-13: 978-0692760987 Publisher: Ken Mixon Trade paper, $20.27 September 2, 2016 Genre: Humor
Who do you think of when you think of a banker? Perhaps you think of the bankers trying to foreclose on Kevin Costner's farm in Field of Dreams? Bankers are usually portrayed as jerks who are trying to foreclose on widows and orphans. I have been a banker for nearly forty years and I want to show you some different sides to one banker - me. I come from a family of story tellers, from my father's mother's family, the Gillhams. When a Gillham told a story at the campfire, you could feel the heat of the sun beating down and hear the calling of an owl just as if you were there. The stories in this book are half from banking and half from my hunting, my dogs, and my childhood. Some of the stories are humorous, some are serious, and some are a little of both. As you read, you will hopefully share my puzzlement as I listen to a loan request, feel the pounding of a buck'…

Book Review: The Mahabharata Code - Yet Another Retelling of the Mahabharata, or is it?

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Title: The Mahabharata Code: Yet Another Retelling of the Mahabharata, or is it? Author: Karthik K B Rao
Genre: Fiction, Mythological, Fantasy
Pages: 234
Publisher: Notion Press

Rating: 3.5/5


Wow! I have just finished this book and, honestly, I have mixed feelings.The Mahabharata Code by Karthik K B Rao is a retelling of the Indian epic Mahabharata, in a very unusual way, to say the least!
Narayan Rao (NR), who works with NASA, is assigned a project, along with some others,  to travel to a mysterious planet that has sent an invite in the form of a code - Atithi Devo Bhava (meaning, Guest is like God). Since, the message is in Sanskrit, the team familiar with Indian mythologies is sent. NR, his wife Srishti and his team reach the planet, Prithvilok, and are in for a surprise. They meet the saint Vyasa who needs the team's help to restage the Mahabharata here. They agree but as the epic is carried out, NR realizes that his own son, Krishna, is a pawn in Vyasa's plan. He wants to quit a…

Spotlight: If You Never Try, You Will Never Know

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IF YOU NEVER TRY, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW by Sahil Mehta


Blurb

Robin, who gets inspired by his mother to become a musician, is forced by his father to pursue the education needed to join their family business. This compels him to leave home at the age of eighteen to follow his dreams. In few months of independent living, his over-ambitious dreams turn into an obsession, which gets even more intense when he falls into a drug addiction, and mysteriously unleashes a new side to his life.
During this journey, he meets Aisha. They talk, play and fall in love. Her exquisite beauty defines the melody of his musical journey as they both fall deep in love with each other. But Robin's obsession with his dream and a struggling career become an obstacle in their relationship. Is their love strong enough to overcome complexities?
During these tumultuous times, Robin's flat mate Jordan begins to motivate him to follow his heart. Jordan becomes his philosopher and guru but not for very long-what makes…

Book Vue nominated for IndiBlogger Awards 2017!

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Hello Readers,

My blog, Book Vue, has been nominated for the IndiBlogger Awards 2017! I am so excited and it would mean so much if you could post a testimonial about the blog and share the same wit your friends. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog, as always!


Book review: Sweet Reality - Reality Star Book 2

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Title: Sweet Reality - Reality Star Book 2
Author: Laura Heffernan
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 236
Publisher: Lyrical Shine

Rating: 3.8/5


Sweet Realityby Laura Heffernan is the second book in the Reality Star series. If you haven't read the first one, no worries, this book can be read as a standalone. A fun, romantic comedy, the newly released Sweet Realityis sure to make your day if you are a lover of the said genre.

Jen and Justin are back together on another reality show. They met in their last show and have been a loved couple since they quit together. This time, they have been invited, along with other stars of various reality shows, to a free cruise to the Caribbean. Jen and Sarah, Justin's sister, are all set to open a cake shop called Sweet Reality when they realize that they have unexpected competition. While Sarah is back home figuring out new recipes to make Sweet Reality unique, Jen and Justin are off to the paid vacation they have been looking forward to and to also …

Cover Reveal: Carbon Run - Tales From A Warming Planet By J.G. Follansbee

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Title:Carbon Run - Tales From A Warming Planet Author: J G Follansbee Pages: 327 Genre: Distopian Release Date: October 21, 2017

Synopsis
What if your father had to run for his life? CarbonRun is an exciting thriller set in a dystopian world ravaged by climate change. Fossil fuels are banned, pirates smuggle oil, and governments erase citizens’ identities. Anne Penn dreamed of saving an endangered species of birds. When a fire destroys the birds’ last home, her beloved father Bill is accused of starting the blaze. Fanatic officer Janine Kilel comes to arrest Anne’s father, but Bill escapes, because in the 22nd century, destroying a species means execution. How will Anne find her father in a Russian city where the difference between good and evil is as murky as the choking smog?



Book Blitz: The Untold Story

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Print Length: 109 pages Publication Date: June 26, 2017 Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC Language: English Genre: Romance 

Blurb
Love comes in different forms. But in all its forms, it comes with various challenges. Only those who can combat those challenges are true lovers.

The Untold Story is the tale of Vihaan and Riaa. Vihaan falls for Riaa’s charms at first sight and brings to her life crazy adventures and madness. They soon emerge as two hearts with one soul and their intimate fantasies begin to unravel in exotic places.

Their bond experience more downs than ups. These unexpected twists and turns bring Vihaan and Riaa closer and their romantic tale turn into one of lifetime bonding.

The story takes a drastic turn after the lovely couple is blessed with a baby boy. It should be a joyous moment, but instead, haunting memories of Vihaan’s own childhood break out as a fresh wound in his mind.

Read the novel to know what could make a father unhappy in the happiest moment of his life a…

Spotlight: Nisei by JJ White

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SBN-10:1535010975 ISBN-13:978-1535010979 Black Opal Books Trade paper, 292 pgs. June 28, 2016 $12.49
Also available for Kindle
·First Place in the Columbus Creative Cooperative Great American Novel competition. (Ohio) ·Second Place in the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Awards. (Florida) ·Second Place in the Southwest Writers 31st Annual Novel Competition.  (New Mexico)
Local award winning author brings history to life on the pages of Nisei, a passionate tale of life after a pearl Harbor for a Japanese American man.


Blurb
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States government encouraged all eligible young men to enlist immediately in the fight against its enemies overseas. All eligible young men except Japanese-Americans. Nisei is the story of Hideo Bobby Takahashi, a Hawaiian-born Japanese-American who must overcome prejudice, internment, and the policies of his own government to prove his loyalty to his country. Narrated by Bobby Takahashi and read by his son, Robert, 4…