29 June 2017

Review #620: The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If you don't like Cinderella because she seems so "naive" and "weak," listen to this quote from the Walt himself: "She believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn't come along, she went over to the palace and got him.”

----Walt Disney Company

Bridget Hodder, an American author, pens a delectable and compelling retelling of our favorite fairy tale, Cinderella in her new book, The Rat Prince that revolves around those rats who turned into Cinderella's coach drivers after fairy god mother's magic and also centers around Cinderella herself. The rat prince, who was one of those rats from that magical night, has forever been in love with Cinderella, but the night has a different twist that the fans of Cinderella never knew about, so if you want to know about it, simply grab this book.

27 June 2017

Review #619: Don't Let Go by Michel Bussi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

----Heinrich Heine

Michel Bussi, a French award-winning author, pens his latest crime thriller, Ne lâche pas ma main translated into English with the title, Don't Let Go. The story revolves around a happy married couple and their young daughter, while holidaying at a French island, the wife goes missing without a trace but leaving behind a trail of clues and eye-witnesses that make the husband a sure shot suspect, and when the local female detective reaches the crime scene, she is sure that the husband is hiding something from them and not too long her hunch comes true, as the husband runs away from the police and the ongoing investigation, and so the body count which skyrockets like anything.

23 June 2017

Review #618: Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”

----Bob Marley

Susan Dennard, an American bestselling author, has penned a slightly gripping young adult fantasy story, Truthwitch that marks as the series opener for The Witchlands , laced with magic and heroic adventure, teenage friendship goals and cliched and steamy love drama, this book fits the bill for those looking for a thrilling teenage fantasy story, that is high on drama. This book revolves around two teenagers destined to fight with their powers to protect their empire against those who have waged a war upon them, but predictably, these young girls want nothing but freedom and for that, they would go at any lengths to break their ties with their duties and responsibilities and not to mention, they are powerful witches with some magical gifts in their bones.

20 June 2017

Review #617: The Child by Fiona Barton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Childhood trauma does not come in one single package.”

----Asa Don Brown

Fiona Barton, the British bestselling author, is back with another page-turning and chilling psychological thriller called, The Child that revolves around three women, one our favorite journalist from Barton's previous book, Kate, and two different women, each grieving upon the news of an infant's skeletons recovered from a building site, as one strongly believes that it is her baby stolen the day she gave birth to her baby while the other is terrified about her long buried past has finally come to haunt her, can Kate uncover the mystery behind two women's grief?

12 June 2017

Cover Reveal: Against All Odds by Danielle Steel

After the highly successful novel, Dangerous Games, the New York Times bestselling author, Danielle Steel is back with yet another riveting and page turning thriller, Against All Odds.

Read the synopsis below to know about the book:

PS: It is quite addictive, so read it at your own risk!

Danielle Steel proves she is the world's favorite storyteller in this powerful story of love conquering all in Against All Odds.

Review #616: Pyre by Perumal Murugan, Aniruddhan Vasudevan (Translator)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“We are united by our common fears and divided by our individual freedom!”

----Ramana Pemmaraju

Perumal Murugan, the idol of Tamil literature in India, who has been shunned by a court of law because of the fact that his books have erupted fires of scandal amongst its people, thus bringing an end to the glowing career of a talented writer in the country, whose another Tamil book named, Pookkuzi has been translated from the original version of Kongu rural dialect into English by the author's dedicated translator named, Aniruddhan Vasudevan and in English its called, Pyre.

9 June 2017

Review #615: The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The thing about families was that there was always some question nobody wanted to answer for you, and it was like a stray thread pulling loose in a sweater. You could tug at it all you wanted, but in the end, all you'd have was a pile of twisted yarn.”

----Sarah Sullivan

Jamie Brenner, an American author, has penned a compelling family drama in her new contemporary fiction, The Forever Summer that centers around three generations of women, all tied up together in a web of long buried family secrets, that unravel this summer to bring them closer to the summer house in order to reunite and find one another about their past and the untold secrets and stories, the two half sisters and the mother and the grandfather, all connected with one single link, so read this book to find out now.

8 June 2017

Review #614: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

““I believe in the magic and authority of words.” ”

----René Char

Cath Crowley, an Australian author, pens a terrific and heart touching young adult contemporary fiction, Words in Deep Blue that centers around an Australian high school teenager who before moving away from her hometown, professed her love to the her best friend, whose family owned a second hand traditional bookshop, in a letter tucked away inside a book from that shop, but years later, this teenager is back and now she does not want to face her lost love, not to mention, she has already suffered enough grief in her lifetime when she lost her dear brother.

7 June 2017

Review #613: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.”

----Jeanette Winterson

Francesca Zappia, an American bestselling author, has penned an extremely soul stirring, debut young adult contemporary fiction, Made You Up that revolves around a female high school teenager, suffering from acute mental illness, who manages to hide her hallucinations real well despite of the fact that she is reeling towards a bunch of teenagers who too are facing the wrath of their past and among that group, one boy surprisingly steals the heart of this mentally wrecked teenager, but she is anxious to lead a normal life, as crazy has been her middle name since her own inception.

6 June 2017

Review #612: The Doll's House (Helen Grace, #3) by M.J. Arlidge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“If I want to get out of here, I have to be the one to save myself.”

----Cheryl Rainfield

M.J. Arlidge, the bestselling English author, has penned an engrossing and chilling thriller in his DI Helen Grace series, The Doll's House that is the third book in the series. This story opens with a young woman's abduction in a cold cellar with a cold captor, whereas on the other hand, one body of a young woman who looks very similar to the abducted girl has been discovered and the infamous detective Helen has reached the spot, only to find stark connection with the abducted girl's case, little did she knew that besides hunting for a serial killer, her job as a detective in he force would turn out to be so challenging.

2 June 2017

Review #611: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.”

----Dylan Thomas

Fredrik Backman, the Swedish international bestselling author, has penned a terrific and extremely enduring story about an old man and his struggles to adjust to the constantly changing universe and also with his life after his wife's death, in his book named, A Man Called Ove. A grouchy old man who is cynical about the modern world is turning out to be, especially after his darlings wife's death, only to be peeled away those shades of irritation to display his affectionate side by his neighbor woman, who finally saves him.

1 June 2017

Review #610: The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

----F. Scott Fitzgerald

Doris Lessing's, the Nobel Prize winning debut book, The Grass is Singing revolves around a youngish woman who after marrying a South African white farmer, and within a few years, looses herself and becomes a victim to immense loneliness as she realizes her husband's constant failure both in his farm as well as in their shared marital life, and that's how her remorse grabs her soul and makes her extremely critical towards her black servants treating them with distaste and hatred, ultimately paying a heavy price for her racial discrimination towards her servants.