30 June 2016

Author Q&A Session #81: With Scott Stambach

Hello My Fellow Bookworms,

Hope you're having a lovely day, although I'm having a hectic day, packed with project deadlines and rehearsal for our upcoming Company's Annual Day. Anyhow, I've managed to gather and find some time to do this author Q&A session.

So without wasting a moment, let's welcome our author of the day on our blog.

Ladies and Gentlemen, put your hands and hearts filled with good cheers up for Scott Stambach, the debut author, who has penned an incredibly heart touching young adult story in his upcoming book, The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko. He is here to discuss about this new book, his career, his life, and anything beyond bookish.

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Read the review of The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko

Review #473: Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende Llona

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”


Isabel Allende Llona, a Chilean-American novelist, has penned an intriguing yet edgy novel, Maya's Notebook that unfolds the story of a teenage girl who after the death of her grandfather, the only supporting figure of her life, she surrounds herself with negative influences like drugs, alcohol and selling her body, which makes her lose herself as she escapes from the authorities as well as from hit man and lands into a quiet and secluded island off the coast of Chile, where she learns a lot not only about her roots but also rinses her soul with the purity that the community of the island has to offer all the while learning about the deadly family secrets.

29 June 2016

Review #472: Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.”

----Milan Kundera

Sara Baume, an English author, has penned a life-altering and extremely encouraging story about a man and his pet dog in her debut book, Spill Simmer Falter Wither that unfolds an unusual cord of friendship between a lonely aged man and a badger-baiting trained dog set against the quaint backdrop of an almost secluded island somewhere in the Irish Midlands near the sea. And I will suggest, right at the beginning of my review, to grab a copy of this book which is so much rich in detail and the story that is so much fulfilling. In our everyday daily busy lives, we definitely need a book that will not only be an escape to somewhere exotic or somewhere peaceful but also to be something that can enlighten us with the meaning of life and its importance and as this book fulfills the above criteria, so each and every human soul must READ this book.

28 June 2016

Review #471: The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

----Dr. Seuss

Scott Stambach, an American author, pens his debut young adult novel, The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko that is centered around a teenage born physically deformed boy living in a church-funded hospital in Belarus along side with other sick and handicapped children. The author weaves a sweet love story of this boy who is frustrated with the people and the limited world around him.

27 June 2016

Review #470: The Scatter Here Is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Just above our terror, the stars painted this story in perfect silver calligraphy. And our souls, too often
abused by ignorance, covered our eyes with mercy.”


Bilal Tanweer, a Pakistani author, has penned a poignant tale of five different characters whose lives are devastated after a sudden bomb blast in Karachi and how terrorism fails to bring the peace that these characters are desperately looking for in a city tormented by violence, defected and biased political agendas and terrorism in his award-winning book, The Scatter Here Is Too Great.

Review #469: Insidious (FBI Thriller #20) by Catherine Coulter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“There’s a fine line between support and stalking and let’s all stay on the right side of that.”

----Joss Whedon

Catherine Coulter, #1 New York Times bestselling author, pens a gripping pot-boiler in her twentieth FBI Thriller series, called Insidious that unfolds two mysteries surrounding an attempt to murder an aged social icon and owner of a group of million-dollar industries in Washington which is investigated by the married FBI duo and another surrounding the serial killings of five actresses in LA that is investigated by a female FBI special agent.

26 June 2016

Review #468: The Trap by Melanie Raabe

My rating:
4 of 5 stars

A sister is both your mirror - and your opposite.

----Elizabeth Fishel

Melanie Raabe, a German author, has penned a heart-stopping and extremely mind-boggling psychological thriller in her debut book, The Trap in which the author weaves the story of an elder sister who lives her life in isolation after her younger sister's death, who was murdered and she knows about her sister's killer, but back at time, no one believed her story, and so, eleven years later, when she sees the killer's face on TV, she sets The Trap.

24 June 2016

Review #467: Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Everyone is a potential murderer-in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill-though not the will to kill.”

----Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot is back again with another new adventure and mystery in Sophie Hannah, an internationally bestselling writer's new book, Closed Casket where the Belgian detective Poirot along with the help of Scotland Yard inspector, Edward Catchpool, solve the mystery surrounding an old rich, aristocrat lady's lavish party at a forgotten Irish countryside where among the guests, there is a killer lurking around and they must try to stop him/her before he/she strikes his weapon to commit a crime.

23 June 2016

Review #466: Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir by Basharat Peer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.”

----Robin Hobb

Basharat Peer, an Indian author, has penned his poignant memoir, Curfewed Night where he flawlessly captures the conflicted as well as forgotten pain of the pastoral state of India through his childhood days till adulthood and the author has also captivated the strong sense of one's own "home" be it idyllic or broken or tortured. Through this memoir, the author has walked down into the memory lane of his childhood days in Kashmir.

22 June 2016

Review #465: False Hearts (False Hearts, #1) by Laura Lam

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she's the reason you wish you were an only child.”

----Barbara Alpert

Laura Lam, an American author, pens a gripping and a mind-blowing psychological thriller centered around two twin sisters in her book, False Hearts where the author weaves a story where the two twin sisters who are so much similar in looks yet harbor secrets of their own, which are extremely dark. Born as conjoined twins, this story is unravels so much beyond their relationship, where escape is written in bold letters.

21 June 2016

Review #464: Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”

----Benjamin Franklin

Teresa Toten, a Canadian author, pens an intriguing young adult thriller about two teenage high school girls in her new book, Beware That Girl that narrates the story of a manipulative high school girl with a painful past who weaves her way through the social ladder just to reach Yale with her good nature, fake poshness and charm, thereby using a pill-survivor, moody rich girl, but their bond of friendship changes once this rich girl falls under the charms of an older man, who can open up past secrets that both the girls are running away from.

Review #463: The Half Mother: A Novel by Shahnaz Bashir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“God know that a mother need fortitude and courage and tolerance and flexibility and patience and firmness and nearly every other brave aspect of the human soul.”

----Phyllis McGinley

Shahnaz Bashir, an India author, has penned a tragic story about a mother's love in his book, The Half Mother: A Novel where the author weaves the story of a Kashmiri mother looking for her son who has been arrested by the army in a raid following an attack by the militants in their locality. Thus begins the journey of a desperate mother looking for her son from one army camp to another to one minster's home to another police station to finally approaching the media, but with time, her health deteriorates and it seems no one is aware that a boy is missing.

20 June 2016

Review #462: The Book of Gold Leaves by Mirza Waheed

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

----Stephen Chbosky

Mirza Waheed, an India author, has penned an enthralling tale of forbidden love in a state which is disrupted by war, blood and politics in his book, The Book of Gold Leaves where the author weaves a painful yet enlightening love story where two young souls meet and fall for the very first time in a war-torn Kashmir. But the politics and the blood-thirsty agenda of then Kashmir threatens to strip away the happiness of these two souls found in each other.

Review #461: Cruel Heart Broken by Emma Haughton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Lies require commitment.”

----Veronica Roth

Emma Haughton, an English author, pens a gripping and heart breaking story about a teenager in her new book, Cruel Heart Broken that centers around the life of a high school teenage girl whose life turns upside down when she acts out of line for the very first time in her life and how she is devastated and torn apart because of such incident that made her a murderer.

19 June 2016

Review #460: Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Better a serpent than a stepmother!"


Donna Jo Napoli, an American author, has penned a retelling of Snow White in her entertaining and charming book called, Dark Shimmer which narrates the life story of the evil queen, where she is born as a giant and is looked upon as a disgrace or rather as a monster among her island of dwarfs but only loved and accepted by her own mother, until tragedy strikes.

17 June 2016

Rview #459: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“You can figure out what the villain fears by his choice of weapons.”

----Connie Brockway

April Genevieve Tucholke, an American author, pens a chilling and mystical young adult thriller in her new book, Wink Poppy Midnight that unfolds the friendship and the enmity between three high school teenagers and the readers need to figure out who is the hero and who is the villain in this story through their dialogues and their evolving demeanor.

16 June 2016

Review #458: Tears of Jhelum by Anita Krishan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Onnai je kore ar onnai je sohe, tobo ghrina jeno tare trino somo dohe."

Translated version: "Those who commit injustice and those who forbear it, Let them blaze like hay in the fire of your indignation."

----Rabindranath Tagore

Anita Krishan, an Indian author, has penned a gripping yet emotional bookTears of Jhelum that narrates the story of a Kashmiri man who tries to protect his family as well as himself while turning a blind eye to the crime happening around him, but when his act of turning a blind eye comes haunting to him, he realizes that he has committed a grave mistake in order to save himself from the inevitable death.

Review #457: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”

----Albert Camus

Jennifer Niven, an American author, has penned a heart-breaking love story about two teenagers in her book, All the Bright Places that weaves a beautiful yet devastating tale of young love where both the primary characters are suffering from their own trauma yet their strange encounter brings them closer in a weird way but destiny has other and sad plans for these two innocent souls.

7 June 2016

Review #456: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“People think dreams aren't real just because they aren't made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.”

----Neil Gaiman

Jeff Zentner, an American author, pens an engrossing young adult fiction in his debut book, The Serpent King narrates the story of three imperfect high school senior year teenagers who have ended up in a dead end town, and wants desperately to give wings to their dreams except the two boys, who want their friend, with big dreams to live in a big city, to stay in that part of the town and maintain their friendship.

6 June 2016

Review #455: The Secret Language of Stones: A Novel (The Daughters of La Lune, #2) by M.J. Rose

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”

----Pablo Neruda

M.J. Rose, a New York Times bestselling novelist, weaves an enchanting and romantic tale called, The Secret Language of Stones: A Novel that is the second book in The Daughters of La Lune series, that traces the life of young woman with powers to encrypt the messages of those beyond the grave to their loves ones with the help of rare gems that is filled with magic, love, betrayal, war and politics.

Review #454: Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself.”

----Jodi Picoult

Sharon J Bolton, an American bestselling author, pens an incredibly brain-twisting and captivating psycho thriller in her new book, Daisy in Chains that narrates the story of a serial killer who took the lives of four women and is now serving a life time imprisonment in a prison but surprisingly outside the prison world, he has thousands of lady followers even a fan club where people support him and believes that he is not the killer and justice has not been properly served to him, whereas there is a popular lawyer who thinks otherwise and will never ever take up his case since according to her he is guilty but things are changing fast...

5 June 2016

Review #453: Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“You will never find the real truth among people that are insecure or have egos to protect. Truth over time becomes either guarded or twisted as their perspective changes; it changes with the seasons of their shame, love, hope or pride.” 

----Shannon L. Alder

Mary Kubica, the national best-selling American author, pens her new psychological thriller, Don't You Cry that unfolds a gripping and mystifying story about two women among whom one of them goes missing all of a sudden leaving that woman's roommate baffled and curious about the fact whether she really knows her as she used to think, and the other woman reaches a small dead-end town, leaving especially an eighteen year old boy suspicious as well as infatuated not only with her beauty but also with her innocence.

3 June 2016

Review #452: The Good Neighbour by Beth Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Good neighbors always spy on you to make sure you are doing well.”

----Pawan Mishra

Beth Miller, an English author, has penned a heart-touching yet intriguing part-thriller-part-contemporary fiction in her latest book, The Good Neighbour that unfolds the story of two women who are neighbors to one another and each have children of their own, and their bond of trust grew with each passing day, but did they know everything about each other's secrets that can destroy the lives of both these women?

Book Subscription Box (May) Review: Litbundle

 Good Morning folks,

Hope you're having a lovely and fulfilling day and managing to read as much as possible in between your hectic schedules. My day is going pretty much boring as there are not much pending work or any newly assigned work, hence I've ample of time to blog about an amazing and new thing, well, its not that new, since the blogosphere consisting of book bloggers have already done this kinda blog post.

Review #451: The Turning Point by Freya North

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I know we loved each other, but distance can do strange things to people and before I was willing to tell you about it, I wanted to be certain that it would last”

----Nicholas Sparks

Freya North, an English bestselling author, has penned a heartbreaking tale about love in her book, The Turning Point that narrates the evocative yet challenging love story between two lost souls who meet each other purely by their fate and from their begins their struggling yet romantic journey towards their salvation, while taking care of the responsibilities of their own lives.

2 June 2016

Author Q&A Session #80: With Emily Benet

Hello dear readers,

Yes I know I'm so lucky to chat with so many talented authors in a single. Don't you worry, I'm also sharing each and every exclusive part of these discussions with you. So all you need to do is keep scrolling and keep reading about these author interviews.

C'mon readers, let's welcome another skilled and brilliant author, Emily Benet, on my blog with a big warm hug. So without wasting any more second, let's chat with her about her new book, #PleaseRetweet, and about many other such great bookish stuffs.

Don't go anywhere, keep reading!

Read the review of #PleaseRetweet

Author Q&A Session #79: With Louise Douglas

Welcome once again my fellow bibliophiles,

I'm hoping that you all are having a great day. Without wasting any more second, let's welcome another new amazing author, Louise Douglas, who is here to discuss about her book, The Secret by the Lake, about her life and many such exclusive stuffs.

Keep reading!

Read the review of The Secret by the Lake

Author Q&A Session #78: With Kit de Waal

Hello and welcome my fellow bookworms and followers,

Hope you're all having an amazing day and reading great books.
Well, folks, it's time for presenting y'all with another new author, yes, that's correct, it's time for Author Q&A Session, please put your hands together with a big round of applause for the award-winning debut author, Kit de Waal, whose book, My Name is Leon has already arrested the hearts and minds of so many readers across the globe.

So keep scrolling and keep reading as I discuss with this talent new author about her life as an author and about her books and many more exclusive stuffs.

Read the review of My Name is Leon

Review #450: Just Haven't Met You Yet by Cate Woods

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Having perfected our disguise, we spend our lives searching for someone we don’t fool.”

----Robert Brault

Cate Woods, an English author, pens a hilarious and compelling story in her debut book, Just Haven't Met You Yet that weaves the journey of a woman finding the soulmate for her life, despite the fact that she has a caring and adorable boyfriend, supportive friends and an amazing job. so does she really need to embark on this soulmate-searching journey where the match is computer-generated?

1 June 2016

Review #449: Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

At hotels, you are an actress. Absolutely. You can do what you want. Go where you want. I love my home too. But I love to arrive in a hotel. They have books, chocolate, food. I put things in the little refrigerator.

----Sonia Rykiel

Tommy Wallach, a Brooklyn-based writer and musician, pens his next entertaining and captivating young adult novel, Thanks for the Trouble that explores the friendship shared between two young souls, although one of the souls claim to be older than the looks, in a hotel on a Halloween night, over a journal filled with funny and thought-provoking stories written by one of the souls.