26 April 2017

Review #599: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“There are all kinds of ways for a relationship to be tested, even broken, some, irrevocably; it’s the endings we’re unprepared for.”

----Katherine Owen

Paula Hawkins, the British international best-selling author, is back with her new psychological thriller, Into the Water that revolves around a small British town and on its ugly history of women drowning themselves into a pool, followed by the consequences and the mysteries they leave behind for their family and the townsfolk to live with it. Unfortunately, this book fails to live up to readers' expectation yet I think this story is going to survive for a pretty long time because this book is going to release while basking in the glory of the author's debut globally best-selling thriller, The Girl on the Train.

20 April 2017

Review #598: Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn”

----O. Ivar Lovaas

Claire LaZebnik, an American author, pens an enlightening and heart touching young adult contemporary novel Things I Should Have Known that revolves around a female high school teenager who sets up her autistic elder sister with another autistic boy on a date, but little did she had any idea that the boy's younger brother is her classmate and whom she despises to her heart's content and that they both share the same grief and challenges, despite of their social indifferences.

17 April 2017

Review #597: Perfect (Flawed, #2) by Cecelia Ahern

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Who are you to judge the life I live?
I know I'm not perfect
-and I don't live to be-
but before you start pointing fingers...
make sure you hands are clean!”

----Bob Marley

Cecelia Ahern, the international best-selling author, pens the sequel to the Flawed, an YA dystopian series, called, Perfect that opens with the protagonist on the run as a fugitive from the society that labelled and branded her as the most Flawed, despite of her kind and perfect heart, and time is running short and that she must help, protect and rescue all those who are just like her before the judge gets his hands on her, despite of a dangerous secret this girl knows about that could destroy the world of the Flawed.

13 April 2017

Review #596: The Freedom Broker (Thea Paris #1) by K.J. Howe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I was amazed as people must be who are seized and kidnapped, and who realize that in the strange world of their captors they have a value absolutely unconnected with anything they know about themselves.”

----Alice Munro

K.J. Howe, the Executive Director of ThrillerFest, pens her debut crime fiction, The Freedom Broker which is the first book in her new thrilling series, Thea Paris. The story revolves around the kidnapping of a Greek oil tycoon, whose daughter, who is a part of a company that rescues kidnapped hostages from the mobs either by negotiation or often through violent means, jumps into the investigation along with her team to bring her father back so that history does not repeat yet one more time.

11 April 2017

Review #595: South Haven by Hirsh Sawhney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

----Jalaluddin Rumi

Hirsh Sawhney, an Indian-American author, has penned a heart touching family drama in his debut contemporary fiction, South Haven that revolves around a fictional town about an Indian-American young boy trying to cope with the loss of his mother in a household that is going to hit the rock bottom pretty soon, if he doesn't take up the responsibilities, all the while keeping his feelings about growing up, religious extremism, teenage angst, friendships, peer pressure and relationships under control.

10 April 2017

Review #594: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

----Friedrich Nietzsche

Danielle Steel, the #1 bestselling author, is back with a bang with her new political thriller, Dangerous Games that revolves around a senior journalist cum single mother who would risk her everything to feed the world with the latest and the honest scoop of the happening news but when she is assigned to keep track of the vice president's money flow and recent activities, she had no idea that she was going to stumble upon a dangerous track that would jeopardize not only the security of her life but also her daughter's life.

7 April 2017

Review #593: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.”

----George Bernard Shaw

Sarah Pinborough, an English-born horror writer, has penned a creepy psychological and domestic thriller, Behind Her Eyes that revolves around the lives of three individuals, one single mother and a married couple, whose paths cross in the most unusual way possible. The single mother gets tangled up into that couple's life in the worst possible way when she falls for the husband and at the same time, she befriends the wife and she can't betray any one of them. Gradually the couple's complex past surfaces up and that threatens to destroy the single mother and the life around her.

6 April 2017

Review #592: The Hidden Child (Patrik Hedström, #5) by Camilla Läckberg, Tiina Nunnally (Translator)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family.”

----Jonathan Safran Foer

Camilla Läckberg, the international bestselling author, is back with her new Nordic noir, The Hidden Child which is the fifth book in her popular crime thriller series, Fjällbacka. This book welcomes the well admired protagonist, Patrik Hedström, who is on a four month paternity leave for his 1 year old daughter whereas his popular crime writer wife, Erica is back to writing novels but she is distracted by sight of her mother's journals and lingering mystery behind a Nazi medal found among the belongings of her mother, soon followed by the murder of the historian whom Erica had sought help for that medal's history right before his tragic death.

23 February 2017

Review #591: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.”

----George R.R. Martin

Lauren Oliver, the New York Times bestselling author, has composed a heart wrenching young adult fantasy fiction in her novel, Before I Fall which is soon going to release as a major motion picture, starring, Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller and so many incredible stars. The story revolves around four teenage female high school besties among whom the central character has a perfect life with a perfect boyfriend, perfect set of best friends, perfect looks and all, but her perfect life comes to an end on the Cupid Day when she along with her friends die, little did the girl knew that she would get to wake up for the next seven days to relive the Cupid Day all over again.

16 February 2017

Review #590: The List by Siobhan Vivian

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.”

----Simone de Beauvoir

Siobhan Vivian, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned an incredibly enlightening and an entrancing contemporary young adult fiction, The List in which the author has woven a story about eight high school teenage girls from various grades who are picked up for a list that labels four of the girls as the ugliest in their high school and rest four as the prettiest, but little did they knew that before the homecoming dance, this list would actually ruin their lives and their relationships, no matter how good or bad they are labelled as.

14 February 2017

Review #589: Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”

----Steve Maraboli

Amy Poeppel, an American author, has penned a terrific and extremely entertaining debut contemporary fiction novel, Small Admissions that revolves around a fresh young graduate, who after a messy breakup goes into the caveman zone on her couch and with her sweatpants, bags a job offer to work as an admission administrator in a posh private school, but little did this young and intelligent graduate knew that the parents and the students who come for the admission procedure would go at any lengths to just to get a mere admission in such a posh school.

10 February 2017

Review #588: Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”

----Bob Marley

Veronica Roth, the international bestselling author, pens an engrossing and exciting new young adult fantasy series called, Carve the Mark, and the first book in the series with the same name revolves around an intergalactic drama between two galaxy nations trying to overpower one another and caught in between the crossfire is two teenagers with special powers that can be used in this constantly growing war to win it, but these two teenagers, even though they belong from one another's enemy nations, long for the freedom.

9 February 2017

Review #587: The Innocent by Harlan Coben

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

----Marcus Aurelius

Harlan Coben, an international bestselling author, has penned a hypnotizing crime thriller, The Innocent in which the author has spun a tale about an ex-con whose after prison life has turned out to be surprisingly good, but unfortunately his dream life threatens to come crashing down when a video featuring his wife is sent to his phone by his wife, and parallely, one murder occurs after another and young cop is trying to connecting the dots of these murders while another teenager tries to dig up the past of her murdered mother and must punish her killers.

8 February 2017

Review #586: Stay Close by Harlan Coben

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The past is never where you think you left it.”

----Katherine Anne Porter

Harlan Coben, an international bestselling author, has penned a gripping crime thriller, Stay Close that revolves around three characters, one who has hid her past but now it is threatening to wipe out her perfect life, the other laments on his broken heart and the reasons behind it and barely manages to make his ends meet and the last one has become a maniac upon investigating the case of a missing man that happened 17 years ago, and the future looks bleak for these three characters, as the missing person count begins to rise in the same manner, their pasts come undone.

7 February 2017

Review #585: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”

----William Ewart Gladstone

Lisa See, a Chinese-American NY Times Bestselling author, crafts an unique and heart-touching story, called The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane in which the author introduces her readers yet with another ethnic minority group of China, called the Akha, whose religion lies in their beliefs, taboos and superstitions chalked out by old shamans and ancient relics, and among this group of people, there lies a particular tea-growing family, the youngest daughter of that family, break frees from those old beliefs and maps her own future as a tea seller, but pain always manages to find a way to hurt her.

6 February 2017

Review #584: Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.”

----Kristin Hannah

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, the best selling, award-winning author, has penned a terrific and heart rending grandmother-mother-daughter relationship drama in her new book, Before We Visit the Goddess that revolves around three woman bound together by blood yet separated by generation gaps. The author has narrated a longing tale of mistakes, misunderstandings spanning through three generations from Indian to USA reflecting how one mistake of one ambitious woman, who wanted to make a name for her family, cost her only daughter's choices that finally impacted her granddaughter's course of life.

31 January 2017

Review #583: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”

----Lewis Carroll

Marissa Meyer, the American bestselling author, has penned a captivating YA retelling of Carroll's popular book, Alice in Wonderland in her new standalone book, Heartless. This story revolves around one of the most villainous characters from the children's fiction, the Queen of Hearts, who is portrayed as an independent and strong young woman, who wants to open her own bakery and make the people of then Kingdom of Hearts happy, but her parents has chalked out a different plan for her future and this is fight and struggle of that self-dependent woman who only wants what her heart's desire.

20 January 2017

Review #582: What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible by Ross Welford

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I don't need a cloak to become invisible.”

----J.K. Rowling

Ross Welford, an English author, has penned a thoroughly entertaining and extremely exciting middle grade fiction, What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible that revolves around a 12 year old girl who in order to cure her severe acne problem and to save herself from bullying in her school, she discreetly purchases an untested and unknown Chinese medicine that she tries it on her with the strong UV rays of a sunbed, resulting in invisibility. In the beginning being invisible from her peers and family was fun for her, but gradually her invisibility makes her a victim of lies and dishonesty among her peers and family.

18 January 2017

Review #581: Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1) by Sophie Jordan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Real love ought to be more like a tree and less like a flower”

----Mya Robarts

Sophie Jordan, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned a young adult fantasy series called, Reign of Shadows and the first book in the series with the same name is a modern-retelling of the most popular childhood fairy tale, Rapunzel. This story revolves around a teenage heroine who is an orphan royal princess, protected and sheltered by two caring and loyal couple in an abandoned and hidden tower, but this teenage princess longs to be free from the mundane life of the tower and roam freely into the darkness ruled by some dangerous blood thirsty creatures. And not long into the story her dream actually comes true but nothing good comes into life without paying a hefty price for it.

11 January 2017

Review #580: The Parcel by Anosh Irani

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Nature chooses who will be transgender; individuals don't choose this."

----Mercedes Ruehl

Anosh Irani, an Indo-Canadian novelist, has penned a heart touching and extremely enlightening story about an Indian transgender and a very young "virgin" prostitute, where the transgender is given a job to groom the virgin girl for first time consensual sex with a customer, but through the girl's grooming journey, the transgender shares the story of her life from the struggling days of transformation to the rejection by her parents to the insults she hears on a daily basis to the red-light district in Mumbai where her soul belongs to.

9 January 2017

Review #579: Rebound by Aga Lesiewicz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Like some wines our love could neither mature nor travel.”

----Graham Greene

Aga Lesiewicz, a British author, has penned a terrific and gripping debut psychological thriller, Rebound that revolves around a young career-oriented woman who has a perfect life with perfect boyfriend and a cute pet dog, but not long before she calls it off with her boyfriend, and one day she meets a total random stranger in the park while walking her dog but an encounter with the man makes the woman pay heavily for her perfect life and career. An obsession she can't let go, yet the obsession is eating her up like a slow poison along with the gradual increase in the body count of random women in that very same park.

Review #578: After You (Me Before You #2) by Jojo Moyes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“You don't have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.”

----Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes, the international bestselling author, has penned the much-awaited novel to her best selling book, and now a major motion pictureMe Before You called, After You that opens right after the death of Will surrounding Lou's life which has changed drastically, and she is struggling hard to keep up with Will's dying promise to "Just Live!" instead the suicidal thoughts are crowding her mind, but when a tragic accident shakes Lou up, she meets an unexpected person who finally gives her a purpose to follow Will's dying words.

2 January 2017

Author Q&A Session #89: With Ben Cheetham

Welcome my dear followers and readers of the blog,
Yep on this new year I'm absolutely on a roll to catch up with as many pending author interviews as possible.

So let's get on with it. On this brand new author interview session, I present you the author whose books are thrilling and engrossing beyond your imagination. Yes that's right..I'm talking about Ben Cheetham, who is here to talk about his brand new book, The Lost Ones and about his life as an author.

So let's welcome Ben with a big and warm hug **hugs** and you guys stay tuned!

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Author Q&A Session #88: With Rae Meadows

Wish y'all a very Happy New Year.

Hope you all have a blissful year filled with joy, success and lots of books! As for me, I already have a good start to 2017 and hope it goes well for me through out without monotony.

On that note, let's welcome a beautiful and extremely talented, award-winning writer to this literary space. Welcome Rae Meadows. And she is here to talk about her latest book, I Will Send Rain.
So without wasting a moment, let's discuss with the lovely author about fiction writing, books, her life as an author and many such exclusive stuffs.

Guys keep scrolling to get all the exclusive scoop about this author.

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Review #577: The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

----Pablo Picasso

Sarah Dunant, the British bestselling novelist, has penned a delectable and extremely tempting historical fiction, The Birth of Venus that is set against the backdrop of the Renaissance Florence and that which revolves around a young 14 year old girl who is not beautiful or skilled like her elder sister, yet her talent and eye for art and mind for translating languages is extraordinary but with the changing times, she is forced into matrimony at a tender age, and little did she knew what fight she is put up for, in the name of honor, respect and womanhood during the Dominican rule in the 15th century Florence.