Showing posts from October, 2017

Book Review: From Yesterday

Title: From Yesterday
Author: Anupam Dasgupta
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 224
Publisher: Frog Books

Rating: 3.5/5

From Yesterday by Anupam Dasgupta is a tale about romance, heartbreak and sacrifice. Although I wouldn't say I am excited about the book, but it does have instances which capture the melancholy of love lives in a subtle manner.
Adi falls in love with Anita almost immediately after they meet for the first time. What started off as a casual online chat, develops into a sweet, caring relationship. But Anita comes with a lot of baggage from her past. Having suffered with relationships and the fact that she is much older than Adi, doesn't make it easy for her to commit wholeheartedly to a fulfilling relationship. When she breaks up with Adi for the very same reason, he is torn apart. Years later, he is in Chicago and meets Christina who seems to have fallen in love with him. But when he sees a reflection of Anita on The Bean, he is confused as to what life has in store for …

Spotlight: Beyond Secrets by Alka Dimri Saklani

BEYOND SECRETS by Alka Dimri Saklani

Noel is a counsellor, risking his career for volunteering in an orphanage.
Nidhi is an engineering student on the surface, but deep down a broken girl in search of some unanswered questions.
Appu is a sweet little orphan, unaware of the cruelties of the world.
Despite being miles apart their stories interweave in “Aashiyana”, the orphanage. Their little journey together changes their lives in ways they never imagined.
One recurring nightmare, one unexpected phone call, one stolen diary, many lies and secrets, and a calling from the past are just the highlights. And when they depart, they are not the same anymore.
They didn’t hurt each other, it was a game of destiny. Will they ever be able to rediscover themselves and more importantly, will their paths ever cross again?
Beyond Secrets is a novel with layers of suspense and different nuances of relationships. And one question that can’t have just one answer - How long does it take for a scar to heal?


Book Review: Kaash Kashmir - A Play on Love and Loss in the Valley of Fear

Title: Kaash Kashmir: A Play on Love and Loss in the Valley of Fear
Author: Rajesh Talwar
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Pages: 218

Rating: 3.2/5

KAASH KASHMIRbyRajesh Talwaris basically a retelling of the purging of the Hindu Kashmiri Pundits in the year 1990. The book is set in Srinagar and is in the form of a play. It has been long since I read one but I love reading plays as, in my opinion, they get straight to the point and also work up one's imagination in a different, albeit interesting way.

The play begins as Rohan, the son of a Hindu Pundit expresses his love for Ayesha, the daughter of a Muslim, on the sprawling lawn of Rohan's ancestral Kashmiri house. Rohan's and Ayesha's families are close friends and have been neighbors for many years. As the play progresses, the setting shifts from Srinagar to Pakistan where a plot is being hatched to remove all Kashmiri Pundits from the area so that Pakistan can claim Kashmir as their own. It is the year 1990 and suddenly…

Book Review: The Haunting of Barry's Lodge

Title: The Haunting of Barry's Lodge
Author: Annie Walters
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Thriller
Pages: 218
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Rating: 3.5/5

The Haunting of Barry's LodgebyAnnie Waltersis a quick, engaging horror/thriller with settings that are very typical and anticipated. A quintessential ghost story to curl up with would rather describe it perfectly.
Alfred is an aspiring author who has been trying to write a book since years. But due to his familial responsibilities, he ends up doing odd jobs without making any real progress with his book. When his father in law suggests that Alfred spend a week at the isolated motel, Barry's Lodge, he jumps at the opportunity. A week without disturbances should be enough to come up with a draft. But little does Alfred know that Barry's Lodge has a disturbing past and he realizes it soon as it doesn't allow him a moment's peace. Amidst zero connectivity, strange noises and even stranger sightings, Al…

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