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Book Review: The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

Hello reader and welcome to another book review, today I will be reviewing The Cactus by Sarah Haywood.

I would like to thank NetGalley and authorfor giving me book in exchange of honest review.

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Synopsis:

People aren’t sure what to make of Susan Green—a prickly independent woman, who has everything just the way she wants it and who certainly has no need for messy emotional relationships.

Family and colleagues find her standoffish and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself, and that’s all she needs.

At forty-five, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward—a safe distance away in Birmingham. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits.

Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control.

When she discovers that her mother’s will inexplicably favours her brother, Susan sets out to prove that Edward and his equally feckless friend Rob somehow coerced this dubious outcome. But when problems closer to home become increasingly hard to ignore, she finds help in the most unlikely of places.

This sparkling debut is a breath of fresh air with real heart and a powerful emotional punch. In Susan we find a character as exasperating and delightful as The Rosie Project‘s Don Tillman. An uncompromising feminist and a fierce fighter, it’s a joy to watch her bloom. (Goodreads)

My thoughts:

First of all I would like to take a moment and appreciate this absolutely stunning cover. The Cactus is a story of Susan, 45 y/o pregnant, independent and successful woman, who by her hard work has managed to buy flat in London and live decent life. She is a quirky woman who do not know the procedure of socializing or fails to understand why people spend money partying. She is a woman who like things organized in a set manner be it her work or relationships. However her life changes when her mother dies.
First I was annoyed with Susan’s character but as story progressed I discovered that this is not one dimensional character but is a multi-layered. It is visible that author has invested so much thought in developing Susan. Susan opened up to world and people around her after her mother’s death and it was satisfying to see. I loved Kate-Susan’s friendship also I loved the moment where Kate asks Susan to stay at her place, it was awkward but crucial moment for this friendship. Similarly I loved how Susan and Rob became friends, I think in moments like these we saw different layer of Susan’s character.
Narration is really good and I liked how flashbacks were coming into a picture and every flashback has its own significance. This book talks about some real stuff like problems in relationships, property issues and stress of raising a child as single parent. Good thing about The Cactus is that every character in this book is real with real problems to deal with but life goes on and so these characters.
I tried to write as much as I could without giving away much. I want everyone to be a part of Susan’s journey.

Verdict:

4/5 Stars

 

 

Book Review: Reap by Merilyn Bennet

Hello and welcome to another book review, this time I will be reviewing Reap by Merilyn Bennet.

I would like to thank Author and NetGalley for sharing this book with me in exchange of honest reviews.

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Synopsis:

When a tragic accident happens Melissa is forced to re-evaluate her life in a way she could never have imagined possible.

Her marriage, career and life choices all come up for unwanted inspection.

Melissa is about to have a life changing experience without altering a single aspect of her life.

She has always been a force of nature, but learns that nature is the only true driving force.

Losing control is never easy, but Melissa will utilise a key strength she didn’t even know she possessed.

Her ability to adapt.

My Thoughts:

Reap is beautifully weird book I have ever read. This book held my attention from very first page but slowly as story progressed it started testing my patience. However what I liked most about this book is its writing style and I am amazed how beautifully author has captured all emotions. Character development of this book is on point and I was feeling sorry for Steve and Melissa both. Author did amazing job with universe building, I am really impressed by creativity of author and all plot twists were good. But still this book left me with confusion.

P.S. cover is extremely beautiful.

Verdict: 

3/5 stars

Book Review: Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Hello readers and welcome to another book review, today I am going to review Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange of honest reviews.

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Synopsis:

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart. . . .

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Cogheart is a story of Lily whose life turns upside down after her father’s disappearance. Cogheart is truly a delightful steampunk novel, it had everything that I love. I have never read any steampunk novel before and it is safe to say, I started with really great novel.
Universe building in this book seems just right, it was interesting to see concept of mechanicals and mecanimals,I really liked Mrs. Rust, she was so warm and kind, Malkin too grabbed my attention, the only character with sass. I loved both Robert and Lily but was expecting to read more about John and Grace. I am specially impressed by the climax of book, though the story was bit predictable still author successfully held my attention all through and I am glad that he wrote detailed climax. At the end I would say this book is an absolute delight.

Virdict:

4/5 stars.

Book Review: Just Missed by Himanshu Bhatia

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Hello readers and welcome to another book review, today I will be reviewing Just Missed by Himanshu Bhatia

I would like to thanks author for review copy in exchange of honest review.

Synopsis:

While we try to arrange marriages by matching horoscopes and compatibilities, we forget at times that “marriages are made in heaven”. We all love to say that Bollywood romantic movies are silly, and that they go overboard in their depiction of love, we actually secretly fantasize to be characters in them. Siddharth Gupta (lovingly called Sid) is an ISB alumnus, who is an ambitious perfectionist. He wants to go up the corporate ladder at a faster pace than his age, and is doing pretty well. In his matrimonial search, Sid meets Shreya Malhotra, who herself is an IIM graduate and very career oriented. He finds Shreya the epitome of the “Beauty with Brains” tag and develops a crush on her almost instantly. Shreya and Sid are going steady towards what looks like a ‘soon to be married’ state, but when has life been that simple! On her way to Bangkok for her friend’s bachelorette party, Shreya meets Shivam Malhotra, an IITian, with a living flirting tiger inside him. While Shivam’s cheesy lines ignite hatred in Shreya, it’s only the beginning of a story that doesn’t end in Thailand. “Just Married Missed!” is the journey of a practical arranged crush, chased by crazy filmy love. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Just Missed is story of Siddhart, Shreya and Shivam. Siddhart who is ambitious falls for Shreya in the first meeting, Shreya too likes Sid, but then Shivam enters Shreya’s life.

First of all this book pleasantly surprised me and what worked for me is the narration. Narration is intelligent and story is carefully crafted so that it doesn’t give a feel of cliched romance, although author did give some bollywood touch to story. I really liked the story of the novel and language is pretty simple.

Character of Shivam is my favorite as it is the only character with different layers. I liked how Shivam’s perspective is narrated. I really enjoyed Shreya and Shivam’s chat but sometimes I felt they were going overboard in terms of drama.

I wanted to see more of Sid. So in the end I will say I enjoyed this book .

Verdict: 

3.9/5 Stars

 

Book Review: Mewranters- Attack of the Sea Monster

Hello readers and welcome to another book review which is Mewranters-Attack of the Sea Monster by Kachi Ugo.

I got this book via Net Galley in exchange of honest review.

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Synopsis:

Every Mew in the country is out to kill Perry, and the sea monster is calling him out to the sea. Therefore, he must quickly learn why every Mew is threatened by the existence of an eagle Mew if he is to stand a chance at saving his parents and killing the monster. On the day of his initiation, he shifts into a huge Golden Eagle. However, this is a bad thing since no eagle Mew makes it past the age of twelve. To complicate his life, his shifting into an eagle Mew has reawakened the sea monster. A tentative partnership is formed between the different clans. But when Perry Johnson realizes that this partnership could mean the death of his parents, he has a decision to make.

With every Mew in the country out to kill him, and the sea monster calling him out to the sea, Perry must quickly learn why every Mew is threatened by the existence of an eagle Mew if he is to stand a chance at saving his parents and killing the monster. If he fails, it may very well be the end of his family… and the rest of the world. This fast-paced story, with its intriguing plot and original fantastical world, keeps every zoo-going, animal-loving kid wanting more as they follow Perry’s adventure. (via Goodreads)

Thoughts:

Mewranter is a story of Perry Johnson, who when wakes up on his 11th birthday knows something is going to happen, a ritual to be precise. A ritual about which he knows nothing but knows his siblings totally nailed whatever the ritual is. Being average for most of life Perry desperately wants to give his best in ritual. However, after ritual his life turns upside down.

I absolutely loved Mewranters. In terms of story, book was quite predictable but what made this book awesome was the universe building, it is not difficult to notice that author put great efforts in building this universe and his efforts were evident and flawless. I as a reader I need proper reasoning for everything that results in some kind of twist or turn and here I got perfect reasoning for every incident.

Perry Johnson is very relatable character, who is fedup being average. I particularly like the fact that here protagonist is a timid kid. He is scared and confused. He wanted to save the world but his life is in threat too. James is the only other character which I like.

Book was fast paced and author has successfully created a tension and suspense in story which will keep reader on edge wanting more. Although, there were few aspects of the story which according to me were not needed. I just hope there is a sequel as I really want to be a part of Perry Johnson’s journey.

Verdict:

4/5 stars.

Life in London #7

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Hello readers I hope you guys are doing well, today finally after a long time I am back with this installment. These days I am focusing on inculcating some new habits for being my better self. Sometime back I realized that I have lost my appetite to do something new and hence it made my life very monotonous and I was kind of depressed by this fact, so as a resort to save myself I turned to podcasts. One day accidentally in search of motivation I started listening to podcasts and now I am obsessed with it. Particularly I love Joe Rogan and listening to this man actually boosts my confidence level. He talks about ambitions, life, fitness, anxiety and what not and this man makes me realize that I am the only person who can make things better for myself and no one else. If I am in a misery it may be not my fault but if I am living in those miserable situations that would be my fault. This an brutally realizes me about my shortcoming but also guides me how can I make things good for myself.

Not looking at mobile in the morning is one of my achievements and controlling my cravings is also giving new character to my personality. Maybe people are right when they say its never too late to get started with anything. So that is all from my side now, I will share more with you guys soon.

 

 

Wrap up *August 2018*

Hello readers and welcome to my blog, today I am here with wrap up for the month of August. I have been irregular with wrap up posts but now on I am gonna try to be regular. So without further ado lets see what is on my list.

  1. Psychology of time travel:

I have received this book as ARC via Net Galley in exchange of an honest review. You can read full review here.

2. Seductive Affairs:

This book again was a review copy from author in exchange of honest review. You can find , my review here.

3. Witch Born:

A book set in 1800 England which involves her highness Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Mary of Scots with  a little girl and witch crafty.  You can read full review here.

4. The Last Seychelles Flames:

This is a romantic short read, I have received this book as ARC from author in exchange of  honest review. You can find full review here.

5. A cage of Desire:

This book is a tale of woman who struggles but ends up making her place in this world, this book too is review copy from author. You can find full review here.

6. Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix:

I love this series and so I end up re-reading every now and then and I do not review this series.

That’s all from me, do tell me how many books you guys have read.

Book Review: A Cage of Desire

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Hello readers and welcome to my blog, today I will be reviewing book A cage of Desire by Shuchi Singh Kalra. 

Note: Author shared review copy in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

There’s a kind of love that makes you go down on one knee, and there’s the kind that brings you down on both. You don’t need the latter, because no matter what you do, you cannot make anyone love you back.’
Renu had always craved for love and security, and her boring marriage, mundane existence somehow leads her to believe that, maybe, this is what love is all about. Maya, on the other hand, is a successful author who is infamous for her bold, erotic books.
What do these two women have in common? How are their lives intertwined?
Renu’s thirst for love and longing takes her on a poignant journey of self-exploration. The answers come to her when she finds the courage to stand up for herself, to fight her inner demons and free herself from the cage of desires . . .
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My Thoughts:

This is a tale of a middle age woman Renu, who is a housewife and is managing family, she is a woman who has build a world for herself and her family like and ideal Indian woman but she lives a parallel life where she is Maya, a woman who talks about her desires by writing books and her books are massive success but she cannot reveal her identity as it is against the values and sentiments of her family and moreover how a mother of two will look in society if she reveals herself as a writer of erotica.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I liked how beautifully author has penned down a poignant tale of Renu. Character of Renu is real, she is perfect example of a woman who is living her life for her family and making every possible effort to make them happy but is not perfect herself, sometimes she is fire and sometimes she is ice. Consumed by her desires.. Bauji is example of typical male in middle class families who wants food and their medicines on time irrespective of what happens in world. Character of Dev is husband of Renu but was not emotionally attached to his family, his only role was to give financial support and that’s it. For me characterization in this book is on point.

I liked the plot of this book and also I admire the wits of author to carefully arrange events in the book and their consequences. Language is easy and pace was fine but I did feel that sometimes that narration was exaggerated which was turning things bit boring for me. However, I did have some issues with the story, I was constantly coming across questions like no one can have affair as easily as Renu had specially when you have 16 y/o daughter and nosy father-in-law.  Also, I don’t buy the conspiracy of Arjun.

Despite some flaws author’s I enjoyed tale of Maya.

Verdict:

4/5 Stars

 

 

Book Review: The Last Seychelles Flames

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Hello readers and welcome to blog, today I will be reviewing The Last Seychelles Flames By Medha Nagur. A special thanks to Medha who shared review copy with me in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis:

A short girl with short hair, 32 years old and unmarried; Adrija has all the makings of being an unsuitable girl in an Indian middle-class family. And to top it all, she is feverishly keen on following her passion to become a top-ranked fashion photographer in the country!

With unsupportive parents bent on crushing all her dreams and wanting her to get married, she dares to say “Yes” to a golden opportunity and lands up in the city of dreams- without much in her pockets but stars in her eyes and a camera in her hand!

But as they say, destiny favours none! Just when she thinks that she is starting her dream journey as a Fashion Photographer, her ex-boyfriend returns with horrendous motives and tries to flip her life upside down.

And amidst all the drama that unfolds, “Jabber Jackson”, the funny guy whom she meets on her official trip to Seychelles, gets strangely entwined with her life and its chaos.

Will she give up or fight for her desires or does destiny has its own plan in store for her? (Goodreads)

Thoughts:

This is a story of Adrija, a 32 y/o passionate and ambitious fashion photographer who wants to do something in her life but she belongs to typical Indian conservative family where her parent’s expectation from her is to get married, but Adrija is fighter and knows her dreams have costs so when she gets her big shot she knows things will not be easy for her.

Story is relatable and so is Adrija, Character of Adrija for me is epitome of rebellion. She is short and have short hair and on the top of it she is fashion photographer who loves her work, every thing which is not so common in Indian society. I liked characterization of Ronnie, which was good enough to send chills down the spine.

For me plot was very predictable but author’s effort to bring freshness cannot be neglected. I liked different dynamics and different layers of the story. World building in this book is real which worked for me. Easy language and fast pace was plus point of the book, and at no point I was bored.

On the other hand what not worked for me was basic plot, for me it was too cliched, I thought everything in story was happening very fast which kind of seemed not practical, the guy who is rich and so good is falling in love at first sight and they spending night together and om barging in her room, I mean better situations can be pulled off.

At the end I will conclude by saying, I liked this light romantic book which told us following dreams is not easy but they are definitely worth.

Verditct:

3/5 stars

 

Books that changed me for good

Hi beautiful bookish people and welcome to my blog, today I am here to share the books that changed me as a person for good and helped me in getting better insights of life. So without further ado lets get started.

  1. The Alchemist: 

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I remember I read this book very randomly but it made a great impact on my personality. Even today when somebody asks me which book made me a reader I would probably say this book. I have a clear memory how much I was into it and I had a book hangover for so many days. I have re-read this book and soon I started googling for similar book recommendations. This book is about a boy who was on his journey to achieve his dreams and this story filled my soul with hope.

2. The Kite Runner:

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For me The Kite Runner is an absolute gem in literary world, a book is a journey of a man who did some cowardly things in life and betrayed his best friend but life is not unfair, life gives him chance to be good again and this story is a story of being oneself . This is a story of man who struggles with his inner self all along his life and then finally taking brave decisions. I love this book.

3. Eleanor and Park:

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The story of Eleanor and Park is very heart touching, a book that will make you understand what love is and love can find you in very unconventional ways. I cannot how much this book has changed my perception on love and attachments. This book told me feelings have nothing to do with how person looks, it is something that you feel somewhere deep inside your heart.

4. Harry Potter series:

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Harry Potter series is my all time favorite and I love this book, every part and every bit of it. This is a story of boy who survived attack of the darkest wizard of time but lost his parents. Harry’s entire life has been a series of struggle. He is a person who is born with responsibility to make everything alright which is very much for a boy. This book has so many characters and each one of them is like us in one way or the other, they are scared, they are vulnerable, they are warriors. This is a story which will always remain with me.

5. An Ember in the Ashes:

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An Ember in the ashes is again a book I love, This is a story of girl who’s brother is taken by cruel empire and her struggle to find his brother at any cost. This story showcases no matter how weak you are but to save your family you can go to any limit. Laia, who was timid small girl faces every ordeal bravely to save her brother.