31 May 2016

Review #448: Tremarnock by Emma Burstall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark.”

----J.K. Rowling

Emma Burstall, the English author's, latest book, Tremarnock not only explores the story of lives of the folks of a Cornish village surrounded by the harbor but also weaves a story of a mother and her undying love for her little daughter on the backdrop of this picturesque village.

30 May 2016

Review #447: The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3) by Rick Yancey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“We need to be fit and ready for anything that might come our way.”

----Aaron B. Powell

Rick Yancey, an American author, pens the final book in The 5th Wave series called, The Last Star that unfolds the final battle of a high school teenager along with her companions to take down the criminal and manipulator who led the seven billion people on this planet to believe that the planet has been taken over by some aliens, but now the truth is out, these teenagers must fight to stop it where it all began.

Review #446: Bullet Catcher by Joaquin Lowe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.”

----E.E. Cummings

Joaquin Lowe, an American author, pens a thrilling and heroic western-themed tale in his debut YA book, Bullet Catcher that unfolds the journey of a young teenage girl who escapes her small town into the deadly desert on the footsteps of an unidentified bullet catcher, in memory of her childhood dreams as well as her dead elder brother's wish to become a bullet catcher. But this journey turns out to be challenging so will she make it?

29 May 2016

Review #445: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

----Jane Austen

Curtis Sittenfeld, an American bestselling author, pens an enticing and modern version of Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice in her retelling book, Eligible that weaves the portrait of the upper-class and an affluent family in the society, among whom the mother of the family with the onset of her eldest daughter's fast approaching fortieth birthday decides to play the match maker for the her five unmarried daughters with the most eligible and rich man in Cincinnati.

26 May 2016

Review #444: All These Perfect Strangers by Aoife Clifford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”

----S.E. Hinton

Aoife Clifford, an Australian author, pens her debut psychological thriller, All These Perfect Strangers that traces the story of a teenager who wraps herself up in the world of deadly and strange murders in her uni life. In this book, this young teenager uncovers herself from being a suspect to a key witness to a victim, while enjoying and experimenting the high and wild road of a uni lifestyle.

25 May 2016

Review #443: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A truth that's told with bad intent, beats all the lies you can invent.”

----William Blake

Kara Thomas, an American author, pens a dark psychological thriller in her new book, The Darkest Corners that unfolds the story of two teenagers who drift apart after the night when one of the teenager's cousin was found murdered one summer night. Now years later, both of their past comes knocking at their doors, and willing or unwillingly they must face the past and the lies before they begin their college life.

24 May 2016

Review #442: Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“Assassins take no pride in fighting fairly. We take pride in winning.”

-----Robin Hobb

Lisa Scottoline, the award-winning New York Times bestselling author, pens an enticing and thrilling story of lies, suspense and truth in her new crime-fiction book, Most Wanted that traces the journey of a woman who after long struggle became pregnant, only to find out that the sperm donor is actually a serial killer and now she must travel to the end of the earth to find out the truth on whether the donor is a serial killer or not, with or without her vague-natured sterile husband.

Review #441: Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2) by Katie McGarry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.”

----Theodore Roosevelt

Katie McGarry, an American author, pens her second novel, Walk the Edge from her series, Thunder Road. This book traces the journey of two teenagers when both of them is caught in the fire of cyber-bullying, thereupon bringing them closer but their way to salvation is not an easy one, it has challenges and emotional difficulties, which they need to overcome. Once again Katie has presented a story of young love with deep feels and obviously with a motorcycle club!

23 May 2016

Review #440: Half Boyfriend by Judy Balan and Kishore Manohar

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“We like the wrong sorts of girls, they wrote. They are usually the ones worth writing about.”

----Catherynne M. Valente

Judy Balan and Kishore Manohar, two Indian writers, pen a sarcastic tale in contrast to the popular India writer, Chetan Bhagat's book, Half Girlfriend in their new book, Half Boyfriend. This book, in short, is a parody to Bhagat's book and the authors have diligently portrayed the sarcasm and the criticism of Bhagat's story thereby inventing a hilarious tale of a boy-girl love story.

22 May 2016

Review #439: Dark Horse (Eddy Harkness #2) by Rory Flynn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The trouble with conspiracies is that they rot internally.”

----Robert A. Heinlein

Rory Flynn, a Boston-based mystery writer, is back with yet another edgy and twisted thriller in his new book, Dark Horse that is the second book in the Eddy Harkness series where the stories are revolving around a Boston-based cop, Eddy Harkness, the local hero, commonly known as the "Harvard Cop" and his adventures while serving the Narco-Intel department of his city. This book unfolds the story of a deadly drug wiping clean of any lives, those are found alive despite of a deadly hurricane, of a fictional town in Boston and the few lucky ones are wandering into Eddy's hometown, thus creating more trouble that Eddy can sniff from the very comfort of his own home.

Review #438: Blood Flag (Paul Madriani #14) by Steve Martini

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Anyone can deal with victory. Only the mighty can bear defeat.”

---- Adolf Hitler

Steve Martini, an American best-selling author, pens an exciting yet thrilling new book from his Paul Madriani series, Blood Flag and it is the fourteenth book in the series. This series is centered around a quite renowned Californian attorney, Paul Madriani, flanked by his partner, Harry Hinds and each book in the series unfolds an electrifying chapter and adventure and mystery in Paul's life. Similarly, in Blood Flag too, Paul comes face-to-face yet with a new case and a new challenge to win over until this challenge turns life-threatening and deadly, killing off people, Paul cares about.

20 May 2016

Review #437: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid. You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation at high speed with total clarity.”


Ruth Ware, an English author, pens an engrossing and tensed Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" themed thriller in her new book, The Woman in Cabin 10 that narrates the journey of a female travel writer aboard a cruise ship with a handful of other VIP guests who is certain that a murder has been committed on the very ship and that killer as well as the victim might be one of them among the invited guests. Unfortunately, no one resembles the murder victim's description from the guest list and the guests are certain that the travel writer is a paranoid woman.

Review #436: Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story by Jonathan LaPoma

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don't know it”

----Nicholas Sparks

Jonathan LaPoma, an award winning American author, has penned an heart-wrenching and a thoroughly enlightening story about two teachers in his book, Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story that unfolds the story of two twenty-something men trying their luck in the department of teaching in Miami but their journey to educate young minds turns out to be extremely challenging as sex, drugs and alcohol become their escape. But why would two teachers want to escape the world of teaching and education? What is the challenge that is making them stay back?

19 May 2016

Review #435: The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I want you here. I don't care if it's a hundred degrees and every blade of grass dies. Without you, none of that matters to me.”

----Kami Garcia

Kate Ling, an English author pens a heart-touching and fascinating YA science-fiction in her debut book, The Loneliness of Distant Beings that narrates the story of a young teenager who longs to live life in her own way not by the rules set by the leader of the spaceship that she and her family has been resident of for hundreds of years and will be for the next six hundred years. But the grim and strict orders and rules must be followed by the residents, even though they seem a bit meaningless and disobeying those rules might jeopardize the free existence of the residents.

18 May 2016

Author Q&A Session #77: With Sally Christie

Good day my lovely bookish peeps!

Are you having an awesome day? Yes!? Okay that sounds great! I'm also having a great time I got the opportunity to interview so many lovely and talented authors.

It's time for yet another author Q&A session and in this session, I introduce y'all with the fascinating author, Sally Christie, who is here to talk about her historical fiction series, The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy.

So let's not waste any more minutes and let's get down with this author to know more about her lovely books, her life as an author and other non-bookish stuffs.

Keep scrolling peeps!

Read the review of The Sisters of Versailles

Author Q&A Session #76: With Bonnie Jo Campbell

Good Day my fellow bookworms,

Hope y'all are having a great day! I'm back again with a brand new author Q&A session and in today's session, I present you the award-wining author, Bonnie Jo Campbell. Let's welcome her with a big hug! **hugs**

Let's discuss with her about her new book of short stories, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters and other things which may or may not be bookish. So stay tuned and keep reading!

Read the review of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters

Review #434: Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“We cling to our fairy tales until the price for believing in them becomes too high.”

----Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned a fascinating paranormal-themed story in his YA series, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children and this book, Hollow City is the second book in this exciting series. This story follows the adventure of a sixteen year old rich boy who found his late grandfathers' fantasy and peculiar stories to be true after his death and to rest his grandfather's soul in peace, he embarks on this bone-chilling adventure to an old, creepy island to find out a children's orphanage and the mysteries surrounding those peculiar children. And in the second installment of the book, Jacob finds himself in a difficult situation where he had to escape with the peculiar children along with Miss Peregrine in the bird form after the wights attacked them on the island.

17 May 2016

Review #433: The Crown (The Selection, #5) by Kiera Cass

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Perhaps I cannot make my people good, she told herself, but I should at least try to make them a little less bad.”

----George R.R. Martin

Kiera Cass, the best-selling author of The Selection series, pens her (possibly and I badly hope so!) the final and fifth book in this enchanting dystopian series. The Crown traces the journey of America's daughter, Eadlyn, stepping up to be the queen followed by America's illness. And as The Selection has been eliminated from their kingdom, Eadlyn still somehow has to choose a suitor for her marriage.

Review #432: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.”

----Henry Green

Sarah Jude, an American author, pens a captivating psycho-thriller in her debut book, The May Queen Murders that is set across a farming community village where the folks still believe in superstitions and peaceful life with no electricity, among them are two teenage girls, but when one of them goes missing in their community festival, things turn quite worse, as the other teenage believes that there are secrets that she doesn't know about her missing cousin as well as about the place she calls home.

16 May 2016

Review #431: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you're allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.”

----Shannon L. Alder

Ruth Ware, an English author, has penned a gripping pot-boiler in her book, In a Dark, Dark Wood that unfolds the story of two friends meeting a decade after their friendship ended all of a sudden, when one friend decides to invite her estranged friend to her "hen" party before her wedding out of the blue. But why did she invited her after all those years of no communication between them?

15 May 2016

Review #430: My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Mum used to say we were the same soul split in two and walking around on four legs. It seems unnatural being born together and then dying apart.”

----Melodie Ramone

Kit de Waal, an English author, pens her debut poignant, deeply touching story in her new book, My Name is Leon that unfolds the story of a young boy who after his mother's unfit condition to take care him goes into foster care along with his newly born brother, only to be separated from his brother because of adoption. But he needs to find his younger brother and to hold on to him, because he is the only thing that matters to him in a world with no parents or home. Will he be able to find him?

Review #429: The Inn Between by Marina Cohen, Sarah Watts (Illustrations)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” 

----Arthur Conan Doyle

Marina Cohen, a Canadian author, pens an intriguing middle-grade part horror-cum-part-mystery story in her new book, The Inn Between that revolves around two pre-teen girls who take a trip with one of the girl's family and on their way, they all spend the night at a mysterious and a creepy-looking Victorian Inn, which turns out to be quite peculiar as on the very same night the girl's family goes missing. Will the two girls be able to find the parents and the brother who disappeared in the inn without a trace?

Review #428: The Woman Who Ran by Sam Baker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I am living in hell from one day to the next. But there is nothing I can do to escape. I don't know where I would go if I did. I feel utterly powerless, and that feeling is my prison. I entered of my own free will, I locked the door, and I threw away the key.”

----Haruki Murakami

Sam Baker, an English author, pens a thrilling crime fiction in her new book, The Woman Who Ran that unfolds the story of a war photographer who settles in a tiny, forgotten village in Yorkshire after an accident that she only remembers in fragments and hazes of memory glimpses, but what makes her stand out among the friendly and warm villagers is her secretive, non-friendly and indeterminate behavior. What is she hiding? Or rather what/who is she hiding from?

13 May 2016

Author Q&A Session #75: With Sylvain Neuvel

Good evening and Good afternoon to my dearest readers,

Hope you're having a great day and having an awesome read with your current book. It's time for another new author Q&A session where I can bet, you, my readers, are going to have an amazing time, as I present you the debut author, whose first book from the science fiction genre about an alien robot has created a lot of positive noise in the literary world. Yes you're right, today we have, Sylvain Neuvel, who is here to talk about his book, Sleeping Giants and his life beyond books and all.

So let's not waste any time and get down with the interview with this talented new writer in the block!

Read the review of Sleeping Giants

Review #427: Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Love is a wonderful thing, my dear, but it leaves you wide open for blackmail.”

----Jasper Fforde

Laura Tims, an American author, pens her debut YA thriller, Please Don't Tell that narrates the story of a young teenage girl who after probably killing the boy who destroyed her sister's life becomes a victim of blackmailing from a stranger who knows what she did to that boy and that stranger will go at any lengths to use her for his/her own purpose.

11 May 2016

Review #426: Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”

----T.S. Eliot

Sylvain Neuvel, a Canadian author, pens his debut sci-fi thriller, Sleeping Giants that is the first book in his new series, Themis Files, that narrates the story in one of the most unique way ever possible in the world of telling stories, i.e., through interviews, transcripts, journal entries, conversations, newspaper articles, etc and the readers are bound to carve their way out through this challenging and intelligent story of a girl stumbling upon a giant robotic hand when she was little and later when she grew up, she helped her country's government to help find the other pieces of this giant alien robot, but what purpose does this alien robot serve, and who kept it scattered across this planet?

9 May 2016

Review #425: A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House, #1) by Kathleen Baldwin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“And if we burn, you burn with us.”

----Suzanne Collins

Kathleen Baldwin, an American author, has penned a powerful and riveting historical regency-themed story in her book, A School for Unusual Girls that unfolds the story of a young rebellious and an exceptional girl who is a science-freak and loves to experiment with chemicals, irrespective of the polite girls in her society who are not allowed to meddle with chemicals, and that is when her parents decide to send her off to a boarding school, more like a correctional facility, so that she is transformed into a decent marriageable lady.

8 May 2016

Review #424: What I Couldn't Tell You by Faye Bird

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.”

----Margaret Atwood

Faye Bird, an English author, pens her intriguing young adult thriller story in her new book, What I Couldn't Tell You that narrates the story of a young teenage girl suffering from Selective Mutism, whose elder sister is under coma after an attack on her head when she was with her boyfriend, and following her attack, the boyfriend goes missing but it is only the selectively mute sister who listens to those who are spilling their secrets about her sister's attack.

Review #423: Little Boy Blue (DI Helen Grace #5) by M.J. Arlidge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged”

----Heinrich Heine

M.J. Arlidge, the bestselling English author, pens an exciting new thriller in his DI Helen Grace series, Little Boy Blue that is the fifth book in the series as it revolves around the life of DI Helen Grace getting sucked into yet another mind-boggling murder mystery and this time the killer preys on someone who is close to Helen Grace. But it is difficult for Helen to confess the fact that she knew the victim personally as that might open the door to her other life that she has kept hidden from the public eyes for so long.

6 May 2016

Review #422: Adultery by Paulo Coelho

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.”

----T.F. Hodge

Paulo Coelho, the international bestselling author, has penned a compelling tale of love and infidelity mixed with the good ol' Coelho style of philosophy in his book, Adultery. This story is centered around a married woman who is lucky enough to have a good, rich and loving husband and two beautiful kids and a grand house, yet she still longs for some drama in her marriage to be specific, she needs excitement in her life as well as in her marriage.

5 May 2016

Review #421: Saving Jason by Michael Sears

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”

----Marcus Aurelius

Michael Sears, the New York Times bestselling author, pens a heart-wrenching and thrilling crime fiction in his new book, Saving Jason which is the fourth book in the Jason Stafford series that is centered around a financial investigator who saves a firm from tumbling down and losing its shares and stocks as he investigates his way through the glitch, but little did he knew that he would get into life-threatening trouble with his autistic kid.

4 May 2016

Author Q&A Session #74: With Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

Hello and welcome my dear readers,

Hope you all are having a great day. And as for me, I'm having a really pleasant and charming day as today on author Q&A session, Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, the sassy and talented Indian author, is here to enlighten us with her life, her books, and everything in between books and drama. 

So let's not waste any more time and get down to chat with this beautiful and amazing author.

Keep scrolling folks!

Read the review of You've Got the Wrong Girl

Review #420: Persuasion by Jane Austen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope...I have loved none but you.”

----Jane Austen

Our most beloved author as well as one of the most widely read author of all times, Jane Austen's, last notable piece of literature, Persuasion, unfolds the story of a twenty-something woman in the early 19th century England who is caught between the choices of her heart as well as her family to decide on whether she will honor her heart's choices that once loved a man so dearly or or will she pay heed to her family's wishes who once persuaded her not to marry the one whom she loved because of his status or poor finances.

Review #419: The House on Bellevue Gardens by Rachel Hore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The whole value of solitude depends upon oneself; it may be a sanctuary or a prison, a haven of repose or a place of punishment, a heaven or a hell, as we ourselves make it.”

----John Lubbock

Rachel Hore, an English best-selling author, pens her latest contemporary story in her new book, The House on Bellevue Gardens, that narrates the story of four central characters among whom three are trying to find their way in life as they are lost and heart-broken, and the fourth person is a god-send who is here to give them shelter in her sanctuary, the house which is centered around all the four characters and holds them together tightly with an invisible string.

3 May 2016

Review #418: Dietland by Sarai Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I am a better person when I have less on my plate.”

----Elizabeth Gilbert

Sarai Walker, an American best-selling author, has penned her debut entertaining diet-obsessing book, Dietland that is a powerhouse of fun, food and diets that will make the readers roar with laughter over the protagonists the story to lose weight and live her life as a normal human being. So buckle up your seat belts for this hilarious ride that can at times throw you off the edges off your seats.

Review #417: House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A house with old furniture has no need of ghosts to be haunted.”

----Hope Mirrlees

Nicola Cornick, an English international best-selling writer, pens her new deeply touching yet intriguing historical fiction, House of Shadows, that unfolds two stories layered over one another centered around an old house with three women from three different timeline connected by an antique mirror, an old diary and with their same-pattern of love stories. This is the perfect kind of tale which demands a readers to get lost into its elegance, beauty and evocative history on a sunny afternoon.

2 May 2016

Author Q&A Session #73: With Deborah Lawrenson

AL 'right I'm once again officially on a roll and so many talented and amazing authors are here to share their stories with me.

And this time, it's Deborah Lawrenson who is here to talk about her book, 300 Days of Sun.
Let's discuss with her about this new book, her writing and her life beyond books and all.

Keep reading!

Read the review of 300 Days of Sun

Author Q&A Session #72: With Margaret Leroy

Welcome friends and followers,

It's time for yet another new author Q&A session with another talented and best-selling author, Margaret Leroy, whose sensational new book, A Brief Affair, is an enthralling love story set during the WWII.

So without wasting a moment, let's chat with this fantastic author to know more about her book, her life and everything in between.

Stay tuned peeps!

Read the review of A Brief Affair

Author Q&A Session #71: With Jan Stites

Good Afternoon, Good Morning and Good Evening to my fellow readers,

Hope you are having a wonderful day. The day before yesterday, I went to vote for my favorable candidate for the state elections and it was the last phase of it, hence the air was bit tensed. Although I was quite surprised by the silence near the polling booths unlike in general, the polling booths are surrounded by ruling party followers/workers.

So it's time for an Author Q&A session and today we have an amazing contemporary author, Jan Stites, whose latest book, Reading the Sweet Oak is a compelling story about the lives of five women and their struggles.

So let's welcome her with a big hug and then talk with her about her new book, and also about her life as an author and beyond it.

Let's not waste anymore time and ask this talented author our first question.

Read the review of Reading the Sweet Oak

Review #416: Alight (The Generations Trilogy, #2) by Scott Sigler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.”

----Cassandra Clare

Scott Sigler, the New York Times best-selling author, pens the next book from his The Generations Trilogy called, Alight that unfolds the story of Em and other survivors who woke up from a closed coffin in a strange and horrifying place, later finding out that they were going to land on a strange planet called, Omeyocan. But this planet turns out to be challenging and deathly as a new nemesis threatens the whole group in this new land. Once again Em's group is caught in a race against time, but will they survive this time as the challenges become more life-threatening both on the outside as well as in the inside?

Review #415: Liberty Silk by Kate Beaufoy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

----George Orwell

Kate Beaufoy, an Irish award winning and a bestselling author, has penned a captivating tale in her book, Liberty Silk that unfolds the story of three women across three generations tied together by the glittery world of the Hollywood industry with a tang of Parisian landscape, centered around a remarkable dress passed down from one generation to another until it becomes a piece of the missing puzzle.

1 May 2016

Review #414: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Ends are not bad things, they just mean that something else is about to begin. And there are many things that don't really end, anyway, they just begin again in a new way. Ends are not bad and many ends aren't really an ending; some things are never-ending.”

----C. JoyBell C.

Rainbow Rowell, an American best-selling author, has penned a tear-jerking yet heart-warming tale about young, first love in her book, Eleanor & Park that narrates the story of two teenagers- a red-headed girl and an Asian boy slowly, silently falling for one another everyday on their way to school but this story is so much more than just a teenage love story, it harbors the insecurities and fear of losing one another, especially the limitless option to unconditional first love without any judgement.