10 August 2022

#BookLove The Story of My Life by Helen Keller


About The Book

Helen Keller's autobiography takes us through the childhood and early life of a woman who was to become one of the United States' most celebrated activists and lecturers.

The Story of My Life demonstrates that no person need to be left behind. Helen Keller's parents are praised in the book for their steely determination to secure their daughter a life to be proud of; through sheer grit and persistence.

Detailing her experiences from childhood till the age of twenty-one and the beautiful relationship she shared with Anne Sullivan, her governess, and companion. The Story of My Life is an engaging account of Helen Keller’s growing-up years.

A timeless chronicle, it continues to inspire its readers for more than a century.

My Thoughts

#WomensEqualityDay "Men are never so absurd as when they urge the inferiority of women." -Helen Keller.

I am literally nobody to review this book. Hence all I am going to do is show my love for it and tell you how this book makes me feel.

The struggle Helen Keller can be compared with nothing. She is fighting from the moment she was born. She learned around 60 signals to communicate with her love once.

Alexander Graham Bell suggested hiring a trainer for Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan was sent. Anne Sullivan became the new hope for Helen Keller. Anne was also visually challenged and started training Helen Keller. And this was the time Helen got to know about a world she was unaware of, language and everything has a name associated with it.

Later Helen Keller became the first visually and auditory challenged woman to clear B.A. exam in America.

The only word to describe this book is “INSPIRATION”.

Please do read this book.

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About the Author

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.  Her birthplace in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, is now a museum[1] and sponsors an annual "Helen Keller Day". 

Her June 27 birthday is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in Pennsylvania and, in the centenary year of her birth, was recognized by a presidential proclamation from Jimmy Carter. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1971 and was one of twelve inaugural inductees to the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on June 8, 2015.

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04 August 2022

Once Upon a Scandal by Shilpa Suraj --- @ShilpaAuthor @BookReviewTours

 

 


A moment of passion, a devastating scandal and a marriage between sworn enemies...



Aakash Thakkar knows his path. Family, duty, responsibility, tradition. His path does not lead to madness, chaos, wild passionate steamy nights, and her. Or so he tells himself.
Kanak Shourie lives for the present. Friends, fun, work, life. Her present does not include the weight of other people's judgement, stuffy societal mores, discovering desire with uptight businessmen, and him. She refuses to believe otherwise.
What happens when the one you hate is the only one you want? What happens when you try to right a wrong but end up in something that feels more right than anything ever has?
Can Aakash and Kanak bury a lifetime of distrust and forge a life together? Or will the reasons that had them battling each other for years bury their tentative new beginning?




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Read an Excerpt from Once Upon a Scandal


She blinked at him. 

A sharp pang of amusement sliced through him at the sight of her stunned expression. It wasn’t often that Kanak was rendered speechless, and he meant to enjoy the moment for as long as it lasted. 

“Are you insane?” 

Five seconds. Well, it was five priceless seconds. He grinned. 

“What are you smiling about, you lunatic?” Kanak gaped at him. 

Her auburn hair glinted in the evening sunlight filtering through the window behind her. It made her look sophisticated, chic and poised. Strangely, he missed the purple and blue punk rocker look she usually sported. 

“Can we sit down?” he asked, gesturing to the lumpy sofa in the corner. It looked well worn, well loved, and rather well manhandled. 

Kanak didn’t move. She just continued to gawk at him like he’d grown a pair of horns. So, Aakash walked past her and sat down, hoping she’d follow. Something sharp and hard jabbed him in the butt. He sprang up again, pulling a metal back scratcher out of the depths of the brown monstrosity. 

“Oh,” Kanak mumbled. “That’s where that was.” 

“Of course,” Aakash replied, drily. “That’s where everyone stores their sharp objects. Under the cushions of their sofa.” 

Kanak just stared blankly at the back scratcher he handed her. And then…

“I need some wine,” she said, abruptly. 

“It’s only six in the evening.” 

Kanak stopped midstride and looked at him over her shoulder. “You just asked me to marry you.” 

Aakash considered that. “Bring two glasses.”

“I’m bringing the whole fucking bottle,” she informed him before marching over to the fridge. 


About the Author:


Shilpa Suraj wears many hats - corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.

An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.


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03 August 2022

#BookLove Maitreya Jatak by Bani Basu

About The Book

The book describes a complex story of passion, intellect, love, religion, and politics in the ancient Indian kingdom of Magadha 600 BCE – 413 BCE during the time of King Bimbisara.

The storyline opens with a prince with immense power and intellect who was about to change mankind with the help of Bimbisara. His name is Gautama Buddha.

The book depicts a remarkable time of history in the Indian subcontinent. The culture, wealth, power, and administration of Magadha were probably among the best in the world.

The Indian Magadha confederacy is one of the world’s oldest democracies. The King was powerful but the council was even more! And begins a historical power struggle.

My Thoughts

This book is my love affair with literature and history (I never liked history and the book made me fall in love with the time period when the book was written).

God, I can’t express my love for this, book, its narration, its pace, its language, its character development, and everything.

This book is the perfect example of the hidden gems written in regional language. This book is a painting.

If this book was in English – it could have easily won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and many more.

Book Links

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About the Author

Bani Basu (born 11 March 193 is a prolific Bengali Indian author, essayist, critic, poet, translator, and professor.

She received her formal education from the well-known Lady Brabourne College, Scottish Church College and at the University of Calcutta where she received M.A. in English.

She was awarded the Tarashankar Award for Antarghāt (Treason), and the Ananda Purashkar for Maitreya Jātak. She is also the recipient of the Sushila Devi Birla Award and the Sahitya Setu Puraskar. In 2010 she was awarded Sahitya Academy for her contributions to Bengali literature.

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27 July 2022

#BookReview Love Stories That Touched My Heart edited by Ravinder Singh



About The Book

We’ve all experienced the first flush of love and remember the lingering fragrance of it.

For all ages Love has remained one of the most cherished experiences that everyone wishes to live through at least once.

Humanity, time and again, has coined many definitions to describe this beautiful emotion, but this small word is a feeling that can't simply be defined. It has to be narrated . . . in the form of stories—love stories.

Love Stories That Touched My Heart is a collection of such stories from readers who have a tale to tell, shortlisted from over 2000 entries that were submitted in a competition conducted by Penguin India.

My Thoughts

I got this book as a wedding gift from my brother. The book is really special for me.

I do like to read anthology series a lot, on top of it, it is a romantic book, and hence, I was in for a treat.

The stories that I touched my heart are:

The Girl Behind the Counter – Omkar Khandekar (Love this)

May God Bless You, Dear – Yamini Vijendran (❤)

Bittersweet Symphony – Jennifer Ashraf Kashmi (❤)

Heartstrings – Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan (❤)

Book Links

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About the Author

Ravinder Singh is a bestselling author. I Too Had a Love Story, his debut novel, is his own story that has touched millions of hearts. Can Love Happen Twice? is Ravinders second novel. After spending most of his life in Burla, a very small town in western Orissa, Ravinder has finally settled down in Chandigarh. He is an MBA from the renowned India School of Business and is presently working with a prominent multinational company. Ravinder loves playing snooker in his free time. He is crazy about Punjabi music and loves dancing to its beat.

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20 July 2022

#BookLove Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie


About The Book

Evidence that clears the name of a boy sentenced for killing his adopted mother arrives too late to save his life – so who did kill her?

According to the courts, Jacko Argyle bludgeoned his mother to death with a poker. The sentence was life imprisonment.

But when Dr Arthur Calgary turns up a year later with the proof that confirms Jacko’s innocence, he is too late – Jacko died behind bars from a bout of pneumonia.

Worse still, the doctor’s revelations re-open old wounds in the family, increasing the likelihood that the real murderer will strike again…

My Thoughts

I am really ashamed to say, I haven’t read any books written by Agatha Christie. In my defense, I primarily read Bengali books.

The best part of the book is the pace of the story. It’s really fast and I just wanted to know what happened, who is the killer. I was not able to spot myself from finishing it in one go. How the murder is planned and executed is very good.

However, the main issue I felt is that the culprit's identity seems too obvious towards the climax. Hence the revelation seems to lose the thrill.

Overall it is a good book, and I will definitely read more books written by AC.

Book Links

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About the Author

Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all.

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13 July 2022

#BookLove The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri


About The Book

Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, often mistaken for the one in the other, in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up.

But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan—charismatic and impulsive—finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement: he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.

But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he comes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind—including those seared in the heart of his brother’s wife.

My Thoughts

The book depicts the lives of 4 people in their thick and thin times spanning almost 70 years.

The book starts with a controversial and one of the most bloodshed times of Indian history, Naxalite movement. The depiction of the Naxalite movement is good. There are many other books that depict this time period with much more depth, however as this book is not totally based on this time frame, hence I am not complaining.

The best part of the book is its characters. Not just in this book, I have read other books written by Jhumpa Lahiri, and she really put her heart into every character. Without giving any spoilers, just want to mention that there is one character who is going to surprise the readers in the end.

Now, this book is not for everyone, one needs a mature mind to understand the characters and their circumstances.

Overall, I enjoyed reading it.

Book Links

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About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London and raised in Rhode Island. Her debut, internationally-bestselling collection, Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the PEN/Hemingway Award, The New Yorker Debut of the Year award, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Addison Metcalf Award, and a nomination for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was translated into twenty-nine languages. 

Her first novel, The Namesake, was a New York Times Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications.

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06 July 2022

#BookReview You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas


About The Book

Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is in a long-standing affair with ambitious Police Commissioner Jatin Bhatt - an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives.

Jatin's home life is falling apart: his handsome and charming son is not all he appears to be, and his wife has too much on her plate to pay attention to either husband or son.

Across the city, there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags, faces and bodies disfigured by acid.

In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the iceberg.

My Thoughts

I am a sucker for anything thriller, mystery suspense and psychological thrillers. However, to my disappointment, most of the books are below average.

For this book, I heard rave reviews and decided to buy it (I bought a paperback, but I rarely buy paperbacks nowadays, primarily because they are pricey). I am Very GLAD that I brought the book.

As the book is a psychological thriller, I will not discuss the storyline in detail. However mark my word, the story is brilliant. After a long time, I read a book where all the characters are well written.

We all love the hero, here I love the villain. The only reason for it is how his character is developed. Every motive of his to commit the crimes is clear. There was a chapter where the antagonist is talking with his father, his emotions, the raw rage, the anger, feeling of being abandoned is brilliantly portrayed. I loved that part.

This is a must-read book for thriller lovers.

Book Links

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About the Author

Damyanti Biswas lives in Singapore and works with Delhi's underprivileged children as part of Project Why, a charity that promotes education and social enhancement in underprivileged communities. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the US, UK, and Asia, and she helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine. Her debut crime novel You Beneath Your Skin has been optioned for the screen by Endemol Shine, and her next, The Blue Bar, will be published in October 2022 by Thomas & Mercer.

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29 June 2022

#BookLove Looking for Alaska by John Green

 


About The Book

BEFORE: Miles Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event until he starts at anything-but-boring Culver Creek Boarding School and meets Alaska Young.

Gorgeous, clever, funny and utterly fascinating she pulls Miles into her world, launches him into a new life, and steals his heart. But when tragedy strikes, and Miles comes face-to-face with death he discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

AFTER: Nothing will ever be the same.

My Thoughts

Well, it started with “The Fault in our Stars” and it is going well. While reading The Fault in our Stars, all I did is cry, and this book is no different.

Before I talk about the book and what I felt about it, I want to mention one that is common in all of Green’s books, the writing is so raw and real.

The book started with Miles Halter. He is a teenage boy who is obsessed with last words. He moved to Alabama to attend a new school and there he met Martin, Takumi Hikohito, and Alaska Young. They become friends and started an epic journey of their teenage life. The story is written beautifully and young readers will love it.

The main issue with many readers in respect of this book is the ending. Many readers were not sure about what to make of the ending. For me, I love the ending, It is like every reader has to find the answer for themselves and there are no right or wrong answers.

Overall, this is an awesome book and one must give it a go.

"If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."

Book Links

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About the Author

John Michael Green is an American author, YouTube content creator, and podcaster. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, and has had several of his subsequent books debut at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list, including his most popular novel, The Fault in Our Stars.

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22 June 2022

#BookReview Breaking Free by Neha Nayak

About The Book

The book, ‘Breaking Free’ is a contemporary novel that revolves around a young girl who faces the bitter truths of life and accepts it as her fate, whilst still mustering the courage to fall in love once again.

Standing at the crossroads again, she takes another bold decision to marry Ranbir. Will this finally bring happiness in her life? Noya doesn’t know much about his past of Ranbir as they've just recently met. Will this come back to haunt her later on? Is this another trap? A gripping tale of love, respect, and hope, the novel answers all these questions.

My Thoughts

Though the premise of the book looks pretty intense, it is rather a fairly simple book. What is really mean by this is to make you understand the true nature of life in a subtle way.

This is the first book by Neha Nayak and it is definitely is a genuine effort from the author. She tried to capture a wide range of emotions and did it in a sincere manner.

The language is simple and the writing style is lucid. This is a really good book for readers who like to read romantic stories. The book is definitely, a one-time read.

Book Links

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About the Author

Neha Nayak, is a dreamer, storyteller, writer, speaker, and also an engineer. Currently, she works as a senior quality assurance manager in a prominent organization. She loves to engage her time in reading, travelling, watching movies, working for social causes and dreaming. She believes when you dream and do what you love, the best follows.

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15 June 2022

#BookLove The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


About The Book

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time.

Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies.

Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

My Thoughts

This book is a slow burn. The book is about Esther and her struggle with mental disorders.

Unfortunately, mental disorder is still taboo in our society, think about how difficult it is in 1963, to come out and say “I need help”.

Esther is all of us, our insecure, our darkest, and most definitely all those gloomy days when all we want are to hide. She is obsessive and very difficult to deal with at times.

At times it is difficult to read, as it is so real, that it will shake you to the core.

This is a book everyone must read. This book will not disappoint a single soul.

Book Links

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About the Author

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts. Her books include the poetry collections The Colossus, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Ariel, and The Collected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Plath is credited with being a pioneer of the 20th-century style of writing called confessional poetry. Her poem "Daddy" is one of the best-known examples of this genre.

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08 June 2022

#BookReview Colourful Notions: The Roadtrippers by Mohit Goyal


About The Book

Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometres across India? Just for fun! Three twenty-something dares to do just that! While the two boys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their entire journey on a handy cam.

I doubted if I'd ever have the gumption to create such experiences. So I did the next best thing - I penned a book about them and their road trip.

Colourful Notions is a journey of three young hearts on the Indian terrain and into the inner recesses of their souls, giving a new perspective to relationships, love and life.

My Thoughts

This is a simple, light-hearted book written with love. The story is simple. It will resonate with most young people.

The writing style of the author is simple. The language is perfect for anyone to understand. This book is not sole about travelling rather it also portrayed friendship and trust.

The narration and pace of the story are good.

I highly recommend this book to every person, especially to those who love to travel.

This is a perfect book to read in this trying time, especially when we can't go out.

Book Links

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About the Author

Mohit Goyal holds his Master's degree from Cranfield University, England. A successful entrepreneur for the past 11-years; he is currently heading an international logistics conglomerate with a presence in several Asian countries. He resides in New Delhi. Been acknowledged and awarded for many of his short stories in past; he conceived the idea of 'The Road Trippers Series' to combine his love for travel, food and philosophy.



01 June 2022

#BookLove One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan


About The Book

Kali and Ponna's efforts to conceive a child have been in vain. Hounded by the taunts and insinuations of others, all their hopes come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of Ardhanareeswara, the half-female god. Everything hinges on the one night when rules are relaxed and consensual union between any man and woman is sanctioned. This night could end the couple's suffering and humiliation. But it will also put their marriage to the ultimate test.

My Thoughts

This book is brilliant, to say the least. The author's work is remarkable. The book holds a mirror to society. It also depicts how human value is calculated especially for women, like, are you married, do you have a child.

These two are the basic parameter for a women's worth.

Ponna and Kali are two people who are trapped in a world where there is either black or white and no gray. Ponna manages to express her freedom, self-esteem, and individuality. But fighting with society comes with its consequences.

The main pillar of the book is its strong writing and depiction of its main #characters. Both Poona and Kali are crafted really well. They have their flaws and their virtues, which make them believable in the eyes of the readers.

Ponna is portrayed as an independent woman who loves her freedom, and sensuality which is not limited to her body, it reaches her soul. Kali is a loyal husband who exists within her shadow. Kali doesn’t have the courage to fight the regressive customs of society and blindly obeys all the social and religious customs to remove his curses from the gods.

This is a must-read book, for everyone, even non-readers should put little effort and read the book. I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

Book Links

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About the Author

Perumal Murugan is the star of contemporary Tamil literature. He has written six novels and four collections each of short stories and poetry. His best-known novel One Part Woman won the prestigious ILF Samanvay Bhasha Samman for writing in Indian languages and, for this translation, the Translation Prize from India's National Academy of Letters.

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27 May 2022

Vive La Résistance (Donovan Trait #3) by @SeelieKay #Paranormal #Romance #Thriller


Things are gonna get messy…

An illegal union, a banned birth, a Great Lie, and now, genocide. Vampire lawyer Donovan Trait and his wife, chemically-turned Judge Shirley Magnusen, are battling for their lives and the lives of their children. The Vampire Coalition wants them dead, but now the despots have also decided to expand their net, targeting any vampire whose blood is mixed with human or Were. Half-bloods are already treated like dirt by the Vampire Nation. They have been subjected to centuries of discrimination and cruelty at their hands. As the Coalition embarks on a campaign of terror, destruction, and slaughter, millions of half-bloods emerge from the shadows, ready and willing to reclaim their place in the Vampire Nation. The problem is, war cannot be unleashed out in the open in the human world, battles must be fought in other ways. Even with an island of highly-skilled vampire nuns and a few Weres and humans at that their side, it appears the Traits may be fighting an unwinnable war. Their only option may be to sacrifice their own lives in the hopes of setting all other half-bloods free.


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Read an Excerpt from Vive La Résistance


Donovan shifted on the lounger and muttered incomprehensively, then he emitted a rumbling snore.

“Hey, y’all. So yeah, vampires are real and they’re not above doing the dirty to those who share their blood. Take a look at this.” The Tik-Tokker grinned. “You are not gonna believe it. It’s so shady.”
Video of the Coalition camps rolled across the screen. Occasionally, the camera zeroed in a dirty or bruised Millennial, or a guard pushing a group of people into a building, their ankles locked together with some sort of rope. They were seen eating off of metal plates and lined up to fill a metal cup with something from a barrel. It wasn’t water. The liquid was rust-colored and thick, like blood.

“And the dudes running the place have a Marie Antoinette fetish. You know—” The woman mimicked a knife across her throat. “Off with their heads?” She giggled.

A guillotine appeared on camera. About ten people were in line, each with a black hood over their heads and their arms bound behind them. One at a time, they were pushed onto a stage and forced to their knees, their necks positioned directly under the blade. With manic efficiency, a guard released the blade. Most heads flew into a barrel in front of the platform. The ones that rolled off onto the stage were kicked to their final destination. The headless bodies were tossed onto a pile on the ground.

“Oh, grosss,” the woman complained. She leaned toward the camera. “Kind of like a bad zombie movie, isn’t it?” She sat back in her chair and made a face. “Whatever. I mean, like, are we supposed to believe that’s really happening? Isn’t that against the law or something?” She cackled. “As if.” She leisurely stretched her body, her crop top exposing a belly button ring. “I’m so shook.”

The woman tossed her hair over her shoulder and smiled. “Now, I’m not sharing this for the views. It is kind of sus. But if this shit is real, someone needs to get off the pot and do something about it. Aren’t there any woke cops out there who can play the James Bond card? Before anymore—” She swiped her finger across her throat and giggled. Then the screen went black.

Donovan shot up in his chair and blinked. Once. Twice. He shook his head and attempted to gather himself. What the hell? Sure, he had needed the sleep, even if it was only a thirty-minute nap, but the dreams he could do without. It had been less than forty-eight hours since the worldwide kidnappings. Donovan knew preparations for rescue were underway. But he also knew Bengotten and Hannigan were capable of even greater cruelty. He could only imagine the terror and the torture the victims were being subjected to. 

It was difficult to understand how the vampire world was capable of this. He had long prided himself on their natural superiority, their ability to rise up above the petty politics and unjustified violence in the human and Were worlds. Yet overnight, vampires had become the monsters, the tyrants capable of such evil. That astonished him. For the first time in his long existence, Donovan was ashamed of being a vampire. If it was possible, he might very well submit to being turned into a human or a Were. He buried his face in his hands. Yes, he could live as a human. Perhaps he could ask Dr. Alvarez to find a way to turn off his vampirism, maybe using the gene-editing Marilyn could not stop talking about.

 About Seelie Kay:

Award-winning author Seelie Kay writes about lawyers in love, sometimes with a dash of kink.

Writing under a nom de plume, the former lawyer and journalist draws her stories from more than 30 years in the legal world. Seelie’s wicked pen has resulted in nineteen works of fiction, including the new paranormal romance series Donovan Trait, as well the erotic romance Kinky Briefs series and The Feisty Lawyers romantic suspense series. She also authored The Last Christmas, The Garage Dweller, A Touchdown to Remember, The President’s Wife, The President’s Daughter, Seizing Hope, The White House Wedding, and participated in the romance anthology Pieces of Us.

When not spinning romantic tales, Seelie ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. Currently, she resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, WI, where she enjoys opera, the Green Bay Packers, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine. 

Seelie is an MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!

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25 May 2022

#BookReview Half Girlfriend by Chetan Bhagat

About The Book

Let’s start with the story of the book. It goes like this….

Once upon a time, there was a Bihari boy called Madhav. He fell in love with a girl called Riya.

• Madhav didn’t speak English well. Riya did.

• Madhav wanted a relationship. Riya didn’t.

• Riya just wanted friendship. Madhav didn’t.

• Riya suggested a compromise. She agreed to be his half girlfriend.

Story Over and out.

My Thoughts

My first thought was that Mr Bhagat misunderstood me as some big Bollywood movie director and gave me a script to read, obviously to make a movie. But to my disappointment, it’s a book.

I seriously don’t know what to write in this review. The book is the definition of half baked story with quarter bake characters.

The only good thing in the book is the language is super simple, so anybody can read it. Apart from that, I really didn’t like the book.

Book Links

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About the Author

Chetan Bhagat published his first novel 'Five Point Someone' in 2004 and this very first venture took him to the peaks of fame and popularity. The book depicted the story of an IIT student who considers himself to be below average than all the other students in IIT. 

His second book was 'One Night At A Call Center' and this too was a great success.

 His next novel has cricket as the major theme. It is named 'Three Mistakes of My Life'. His fourth book is named 'Two States'.

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23 May 2022

Imagine the Kiss (Crystal Creek Series #7) by Laura Haley-McNeil @laurarmcneil #Romance #Suspense #99Cents Deal

 

Available for 99 cents from 23rd till 29th May!


Two people open themselves to the truth and open themselves to each other.

Her marriage in ruins, violinist Teagan Whitloch Munroe escapes into her music and the solace she finds at the Crystal Creek Ranch. Practicing in the woods helps her piece together her life, but she isn’t alone. When she hears someone hiking nearby, she demands he reveal himself, but the only revelation she gets is a soothing voice that heals the pain in her heart.
Maimed by a crushing accident, the once famous architect Phineas St. Cyr protects the world from his disfigurement by sequestering himself in the woods on the Crystal Creek Ranch. When he hears the intoxicating strains from Teagan’s violin, he can’t resist the beauty that quiets his aching soul, and he yearns to know the woman who creates such beauty.
Teagan finds sanctuary in her friendship with this connoisseur of music, but soon realizes Phin’s hiding more than his hideous scars. As they become entangled with each other, Teagan is stunned to learn they share more than a love of music. They are caught in a web of deceit by someone threatening to reveal Phin’s secrets. His exposed past endangers Teagan, and he can no longer walk away. This time he must face the enemy determined to defeat him. He’ll fight to the finish to protect the woman he can never love. No price is too high to keep buried the secret that will mark Teagan for destruction.

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Read an Excerpt from Imagine the Kiss


Chapter One

Teagan Whitloch Munroe was trembling. She was trembling, and she couldn’t stop. She’d been trembling for more than two hours—since she’d left the downtown Denver condominium she shared with her husband, Dr. Wilbert Munroe. What she’d seen inside the condo—in their bedroom—made her want to vomit. A cold knot of disgust and revulsion gripped her stomach.

When she’d walked into the master bedroom, she must’ve gasped. Will was lying on the bed, but he wasn’t alone. He’d lifted his head from the pillow. He looked right at her.

And swore.

He didn’t look surprised. He looked annoyed.

She’d pressed a hand over her mouth.

Blinded by tears, she’d backed into the doorjamb and stumbled into the hallway. She didn’t remember running out of the condo, but she must have. Her legs throbbed, and her chest ached. The only thing she remembered was her husband calling her name. What had he said? Let’s talk? She didn’t know if she should laugh or sob.

And she remembered the dulcet laughter of the naked woman who was servicing him in bed. Teagan’s and Will’s bed. Teagan had thought Ginny Andrews was her friend.

Some friend. Ginny who was svelte and toned. A contrast to Teagan who’d struggled with her weight since she was seven years old.

A shuddering breath rocked through Teagan’s lungs. Tears streamed down her cheeks. She wiped them away.

She barely remembered driving to the Crystal Creek Ranch, throwing a saddle on her favorite horse, Champagne, and racing through the meadows until she reached the aspen forest covering Crystal Peak.

Fighting against the despair that filled her, she wrapped shaky fingers around the reins and urged the Arabian horse through the trees bursting with spring green leaves. Her vision blurred, and she tried to focus on the pink wild roses and purple elephant’s head mingling with the green undergrowth. The splashes of Crystal Creek tumbling over rocks sounded next to the trail. It was happy and musical and far from the darkness that crowded her heart. Her stomach roiled and begged to be emptied of the half sandwich she’d eaten during the orchestral rehearsal that afternoon.

She ran her hand over the horse’s neck damp from perspiration.





About the Author:
A native of California, Laura Haley-McNeil spent her youth studying ballet and piano, though her favorite pastime was curling up with a good book. Without a clue as to how to write a book, she knew one day she would.
After college, she segued into the corporate world, but she never forgot her love for the arts and served on the board of two community orchestras. Finally realizing that the book she’d dreamt of writing wouldn’t write itself, she planted herself in front of her computer. She now immerses herself in the lives and loves of her characters in her romantic suspense and her contemporary romance novels. Many years later, she lived her own romantic novel when she married her piano teacher, the love of her life.
Though she and her husband have left warm California for cooler Colorado, they enjoy the outdoor life of hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and snow skiing. They satisfy their love of music by attending concerts and hanging out with their musician friends, but Laura still catches a few free moments when she can sneak off and read. 

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19 May 2022

Upon a Mistake (Il Cuore #1) by Shilpa Suraj - @shilpaauthor @BookReviewTours #SecondChanceRomance #Contemporary

 

 


There are no second chances, only missed ones...


Five years ago, an accident changed Maya's life forever. From an engaged, MBA graduate with her entire life in front of her, she'd ended up dumped, bedridden, and in enough debt to drown her and her family.
Five years ago, Yash had been looking forward to marrying the woman of his dreams. Then his father died, he lost his job and his fiancee dumped him over a text.
Neither have forgiven each other and neither has forgotten the other. When their paths cross at Il Couer, a vineyard owned by common friends, sparks fly, past hurts are stoked and present dreams are destroyed.
And that is just the beginning. As their lives get entangled, both professionally and personally, they find themselves fighting familial disapproval, professional jealousy, and a mutual attraction that threatens to burn them down.
Can Maya and Yash ever unravel their tangled past? And will the truth of their past define or destroy them? Can you build a future on a posioned past? They're about to find out...

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Maya didn’t stop walking. Nor did she turn or give him any indication that she’d heard him. She just kept moving, as fast as she could, away from him. 

“Maya.” Irritated, Yash caught her arm at the elbow, halting her headlong rush just as they turned a corner of the house and out of sight of the bonfire crowd. 

The sudden jerk of his hand caused her weak leg to give out under her and she stumbled, hissing in pain. 

Shit! Yash pulled his hand back immediately, feeling like the ass he’d behaved like. 

“I am so sorry,” he said, leaning forward to help her regain her balance. 

Maya swatted his hand away and got to her feet on her own steam. Her cheeks flushed, her chest heaving with the force of her emotions, she tossed her hair away from her face and looked at him. 

All these years later, her beauty still took his breath away. Yash rubbed his chest, a silent gesture to try and soothe his aching heart. 

“What do you want?” she asked, crossing her arms in front of her. If he knew her, she was probably suppressing the urge to flip him off again. 

“I want to talk to you,” he said, leaning against the wall of the house behind him. From the distance, muted laughter floated back to them but here, in this moment, they were in a secluded bubble of their own. 

“We don’t have anything to say to each other,” she tossed back, her angry eyes spitting darts at him. 

Yash wasn’t so sure about that. He thought they had a lot to say to each other. She especially had a lot to answer for. She’d called off their engagement without even an explanation! 

He shook it off. This wasn’t about them. This was about his friend. This was about Yash being a good friend. 

“I don’t know what the hell you and your friends are planning but please let the Thakkar family mourn in peace. For the duration of this weekend, just keep your heads down, don’t create any scenes and leave peacefully the minute this is over.” 

Maya stared at him, an inscrutable look on her face. And then she started to laugh. She clutched her stomach, tears streaming down her face as she laughed and laughed. Yash’s confusion grew as he watched, as did his anger. 

“What’s so funny?” he asked. “I’m not joking. Aakash told me all about you lot and the kind of shit you get up to. Keep all of that out of this weekend and away from any member of their family. They don’t need it, alright? You’ve already taken one family member from them. Let’s not ruin another.” 
Even before the last word escaped his lips, shame swamped Yash in a tidal wave. What had he said? Shit! 

Vikram’s death had been an accident. Everyone knew that. The car’s tyre had burst. A freak accident that no one could have predicted. And no matter what their group had gotten up to earlier that night, there was no doubt that Vikram had been a full and willing participant. Aakash may find it hard to think beyond his grief but surely Yash was better than that? 

Maya’s laughter stopped like he’d slapped her. And in some ways, he supposed he had. He opened his mouth to apologise but nothing came out. 

They stared at each other in the enveloping darkness of the night. The only light, a dim yellow glow from the rear verandah of the house. 

“So no orgies then?” she asked, huskily. 

The word sent a jolt of desire through him as he stared at her lovely profile encased in that soft, faded yellow light.

“Not funny,” he said, his voice hoarse. 

“Who’s joking?” She lifted her delicate shoulders in a tiny shrug. “We weren’t planning to invite any of you fuddy duddies of course.” She wrinkled her nose at him. “It’s not like you lot would be any fun in bed.” 

His eyes dipped to her lips as she spoke, her words painting painfully arousing images in his head. 

“Stop it, Maya.” 

She pouted, one long finger reaching up to trace the low v neck of his soft, white kurta. Her nail scraped through the hair peeking out, sending arrows of heat shooting through him. 

She brought her mouth close to his ear and whispered, “What if we promise to be very, very quiet?” 

The hair on the back of Yash’s neck stood up even as his eyes fluttered close without volition. 

“So quiet, that you wouldn’t even know that in my head I would be screaming as I came, as orgasm after orgasm rolled through me…” 

About the Author:


Shilpa Suraj wears many hats - corporate drone, homemaker, mother to a fabulous toddler and author.

An avid reader with an overactive imagination, Shilpa has weaved stories in her head since she was a child. Her previous stints at Google, in an ad agency and as an entrepreneur provide colour to her present day stories, both fiction and non-fiction.


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18 May 2022

#BookReview The Sinister Silence by Moitrayee Bhaduri

 

About The Book

When ace software engineer Saahil is found battling for his life on a rainy morning, it looks like a case of attempted suicide. However, Saahil's family strongly denies that possibility and calls in ex-super cop-turned-detective Mili Ray to investigate.

Ray and her team – Advocate Gatha and ex-army officer Anubhav – dive into this case, which is turning murkier by the hour.

Set in Mumbai, The Sinister Silence is an edge-of-the-seat thriller that traces detective Mili Ray's journey through a mysterious case that poses new threats every time she inches closer to her goal.

My Thoughts

I love detective stories. I am a sucker for them. I grew up reading Feluda, Bomkesh, and many more. Anything which is detective-related, be it a book, movie, or TV show, I am in. This makes me rarely surprised now a day with who the villain is. Primarily because of two things, I have read a lot, can navigate through clues, and the story is poorly written.

The Sinister Silence started off with a good note. It is fast, characters seem relatable. But the ending is just so so flat. Too many twists end up confusing the plot. I just can’t make any sense of the ending.

Another thing I felt really overcooked is the unnecessary glorifying of the lady cop turned detective.

As a detective story, it is not bad, though it was not too difficult to identify the villain. The description of the detective shows her more like a super-human. This was totally undesirable.

This book is good for new and young readers, definitely not for seasoned readers.

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Moitrayee  Bhaduri is a Master of Arts in History from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and has done a course in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. She loves writing crime thrillers as much as she enjoys reading them. A content specialist, Moitrayee is passionate about observing people and listening to their stories. Some of her fictional characters are inspired by her chance encounters with strangers in real-life.

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