7 December 2016

Review #569: The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin by Stephanie Knipper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“You may be as different as the sun and the moon, but the same blood flows through both your hearts. You need her, as she needs you...”

----George R.R. Martin

Stephanie Knipper, an American author, pens her debut contemporary fiction, The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin the revolves around the story of two estranged sisters and the daughter of the elder sister, who is a special child with peculiar powers to heal the diseases and ailments of humans just by touching them, but this girl's mother is dying and if the girl tries to save her mother, she would die too, as every time she uses her power, she dies little from the inside. And now all it requires for the elder sister to reconcile with her little sister but the past is hard to bring back to the present.

6 December 2016

Review #568: Show Me A Mountain by Kerry Young

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.”

----Rick Warren

Kerry Young, a Chinese African author, pens an incredibly heart breaking historical fiction, Show Me A Mountain that is set across the tropical Jamaican backdrop and it revolves around the life story of a half Chinese and half African woman growing up in an affluent household with a loving but non-caring father with ugly businesses and a mother with a terribly impulsive rage and that she deliberately ushered upon her little daughter. A story of losing love and again finding it through an exotic country and learning to forgive the past.

Review #567: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Intuition is like reading a word without having to spell it out. A child can't do that because it has had so little experience. A grown-up person knows the word because they've seen it often before.”

----Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, the queen of crime fiction, has penned a tremendously spellbinding and constantly challenging thriller called, And Then There Were None. Originally published with the title Ten Little Niggers in the UK, is a mystery revolving around a group of eight strangers lured to a lavish house for a paid holiday by the owner located on an abandoned island followed by the unpredictable death one after another. This novel is based on a nursery rhyme named Ten Little Soldiers and it sold over 100 million copies world wide and is listed among the world's top-ten bestselling books.

2 December 2016

Review #566: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I am a fool with a heart but no brains, and you are a fool with brains but no heart; and we’re both unhappy, and we both suffer.”

----Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Harlan Coben, an international bestselling author, has penned yet another engrossing and riveting thriller, Fool Me Once that revolves around a former female Army soldier who sees her dead husband on their two year old daughter's room's nanny cam, two days after the funeral of her husband who has been shot dead by the robbers in front of his wife's eyes. But trust if the big thing that is nagging at the back of the female soldier's mind, unraveling the truth might lead her to a dark, ugly path.

1 December 2016

Review #565: The Front Page Murders by Puja Changoiwala

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Try to touch the past. Try to deal with the past. It's not real. It's just a dream.”

----Ted Bundy

Puja Changoiwala, An Indian senior journalist-turned-crime-writer, pens a true crime story in her new book, The Front Page Murders in which the author weaves a bone-chilling account about one of India's most sophisticated serial killers, Vijay Palande, who preferred a glamorous Bollywood-themed life style and on the other hand, chose his victims with his victims through their bank balance, property, cars and other lavish and worthy material possessions. The account begins from Tikku Murder case until the last hidden pieces of human bone found in the Western Ghats and ends with the confession of the flamboyant serial killer's associates' confessions.

29 November 2016

Author Q&A Session #86: With John Lansing

Hello friends and readers,

We meet after a long while. Hope you all are doing fine and having a great day. And with the holidays just around the corner, I also hope that you all are getting your shopping done to your heart's fullest content. May the never-ending Christmas and Thanksgiving wishlist keeps growing!

Well about me, I'm great, just got back from a short weekend trip from the beachside where I went with my office colleagues and it was fun!

Okay, so let's get back to the literary world now. You know why I'm here! Yes, that's right, it's time for a brand new author interview session and today I present you with a talented and amazing author named, John Lansing whose books are exceelnt and intriguing enough to make make the readers fall for him and his stories.

His latest book, Dead is Dead is widely loved by readers from all over the world. So let's chat with this author to know more abouyt him, about the book and many other things that are both bookish and non-bookish.

So stay glued and don't miss this exclusive content!

Read the review of Dead is Dead

Review #564: A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art.”

----Louisa May Alcott

First let's just wish this talented and brilliant author, Louisa May Alcott, a very, very Happy 184th Birthday and we will only hope that her stories be loved, read and adored by all ages of readers from around the world. And on this special occasion, I'd like to pen a review piece about one of her not so popular book, A Long Fatal Love Chase which is targeted for mature audience and was written before her literary success for the books like Little Women, Little Men, Eight Cousins etc.. Although this particular book has not been widely read or loved by the readers, but I would like to notify such readers to not to judge the book harshly as this when she wrote this book, this young writer was on the road to financially support her family and did not even begin her writing career professionally at that time.

28 November 2016

Review #563: The High Priestess Never Marries by Sharanya Manivannan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”

----Robert A. Heinlein

Sharanya Manivannan, an Indian author, pens a heart touching, extremely gratifying and thoroughly thought provoking book of short stories, The High Priestess Never Marries, about love and marriage, Sharanya Manivannan where the author weaves stories, ranging from half a page length to almost 50 pages long, of independent women of today's century and also those who are not fearless to break free from the rules, all the while letting the readers to give wings to their hearts' desires over the values of the society.