28 December 2016

Review #576: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”

----Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Jennifer Niven, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned yet another inspiring and strikingly honest YA contemporary fiction called, Holding Up the Universe is an inspiring story about flawed teenager-hood that youngsters constantly try to sugarcoat it with fake story lines. Mostly the story revolves around two flawed teenagers, among whom, one is trying to hide away his flaws from the world and the other is trying hard to make the world accept her in her flawed way. And the teenagers learn a lot to embrace their shortcomings a lot from one another's journey to self-realization.

25 December 2016

How to be Trendy for a Colleague's Wedding Invitation

Hello my dear readers,

“Fashion changes, but style endures.”
                                               ----Coco Chanel

New Year is already knocking on our doors and New Year means new resolutions, anything and everything that begins with new. So on this New Year, I make a resolution to post about not only reviews and author interviews or sometimes about blog tours but to post about non-bookish things like writing about an event, or anything is beyond the world of literature. You name it, I'll write it.

So here's my very first non-bookish post and that which is mostly about fashion.

Top 10 Best Books of 2016

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas to my dear readers.

Hope yáll are having a happy and lovely Christmas day filled with lots of laughter, love and reading. Its the most perfect day followed by perfect weather to celebrate the day of happiness, kindness, gifts sharing and joy among one another, be it among strangers or your loved ones. And mind it, this is the one such festival that is not celebrated by Christians only but is also celebrated among all the religions around the world. So on this auspicious note and on a wasted, long and boring weekend for me, I'm here to share a lot of stories with you all, from recent ones to the ones I loved all through out this year.

22 December 2016

Review #575: Lost in Terror by Nayeema Mahjoor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.”

----Anne Bradstreet

Nayeema Mahjoor, an Indian writer, pens a terrific and gripping tale of one woman and an Indian state fighting against injustice of the government and the so-called society's norms that oppressed the freedom of both, in her new book, Lost in Terror. Here the author weaves a sad and heart breaking story of a daughter of the valley disrupted by war and this woman gets caught up between the crossfires from both ends, one fighting for freedom and the other oppressing the rebellions.

20 December 2016

Author Q&A Session #87: With Sukanya Venkatraghavan along with a Giveaway

Good Morning, Afternoon and Evening to my world wide readers,

Hope y'all are having a fantastic day or just going to start a lovely morning. The holiday season has kicked in and my mind and soul is yearning for merriment, a short escape to someplace sunny and sandy and for lots of love and kindness. Although the winter's bitter chill and severing cold is yet to set into the systems of the folks of my city, Kolkata.

Okay, enough of chit-chat, now it's time for some good news, meaning I'm giving away Christmas gifts, like, books! Yes you're right my dear reader! One lucky reader and follower of this blog can win him/herself a copy of Dark Things by Sukanya Venkatraghavan.

So what are you waiting for? Keep reading and keep scrolling........

And the author herself is present here today to talk about her debut book, about her journey and many more bookish and exclusive stories about her life, so don't go anywhere, stay tuned.

Read the review of Dark Things

Review #574: The Liberation of Sita by Volga

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ”

----Roseanne Barr

Popuri Lalita Kumari, who writes award-winning Telugu poems and stories under her pen name Volga, has penned yet another terrific and feminist tale revolving around India's most popular mythological tale Ramayana, called, The Liberation of Sita. In this book, the author meticulously weaves a story about the characters from Ramayana with their struggles, hardships and challenges that they underwent through during their life times and how that made them the way we see them now. Mostly revolving around Sita's life after abandonment with her husband and her ordeal with the test of chastity, among with other notable characters like Surpanakha, Ahalya and many more.

15 December 2016

Review #573: Dark Things by Sukanya Venkatraghavan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A pure heart faces the worst kind of evil in this world. But as it sleeps it's blessed, and it wakes up cleansed and a little bit stronger.”

----Gregor Collins

Sukanya Venkatraghavan, an Indian author, has penned a delectable fantasy story, Dark Things that revolves around an immortal maiden without a heart and a thrust to seduce and steal the darkest secrets from her chosen men thereby killing them, in order to serve the queen of her realm, but when one of her mortal victims survives her power, the queen venges to kill the maiden and so the mortal, but the maiden must get answers before she give up her life blindly and not to mention, when the monster-slayer in on her trail, she must protect herself at any cost.

12 December 2016

Review #572: All in Pieces by Suzanne Young

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“There is scarcely any passion without struggle.”

----Albert Camus

Suzanne Young, the New York Times bestselling author, pens a realistic and enticing tale about teenage issues in her new book, All in Pieces that revolves around a young female teenager with anger issues arising from her home front that lands her up in a detention high school, after her violent fight with her ex, and now she holds tightly on to her little mentally challenged brother, even though her aunt is threatening to take him away from her care, therefore she cannot entertain any kind of distraction, even though her heart feels otherwise.

11 December 2016

Review #571: Sirens by Joseph Knox

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“After all, it's one thing to run away when someone's chasing you. It's entirely another to be running all alone.”

----Jennifer E. Smith

Joseph Knox, an English author, pens his debut crime fiction, Sirens in which the author weaves a bone-chilling and terribly horrifying yet honest tale set against the ugliest and grimy backdrop of Manchester where a disgraced police detective is blackmailed to bring back a reputed MP's teenage runaway daughter safely and discreetly from the clutches of a notorious drug seller, but within few days of investigation, the detective finds some ugly clues about another missing girl's whereabouts.

8 December 2016

Review #570: Sultan of Delhi: Ascension by Arnab Ray

Welcome my fellow readers,
This is the blog tour for the book, Sultan of Delhi: Ascension, by the popular Indian writer, Arnab Ray. So guys get your seat belts on and enjoy this super-exciting roller coaster ride that awaits you at the next turn!

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.