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BOOK TITLE: THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTANGEL

AUTHOR: KATHERINE ARDEN

GENRE: RUSSIAN FAIRYTALE, FANTASY

STARS: ****½

Finally got some time to write the review. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. This is a Russian fairytale and is mostly based during winter. It’s a story about a girl named Vasilisa and her family. She was not like any other common village maiden. She could see spirits, she was brave and craved for freedom. She was special. On the other hand the two brothers Death and Fear want this girl. But Death here is not the devil, Fear is. He wants to break free so he’s growing fear among the village through a priest to grow his strength. The winter is becoming ruthless that never happened before. Now it’s upto Vasilisa to protect her family frim this monstrous cold and the Fear.
What I love about this book is firstly its cover, next is the storytelling. The way the author has portrayed every scene it’s clear to imagine them. This story is dark and revolves around various spirits that are in Russian folklore. I not for a single moment felt that the story was lagging. The character Vasilisa is definitely my favourite. The story has described her growing up into a young woman since her birth. If you’re looking for a fantasy and well gripped winter read, this book can be a good choice.

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BOOK TITLE: THE SONG RISING (3#THE BONE SEASON)

AUTHOR: SAMANTHA SHANNON

GENRE: DYSTOPIAN FANTASY

STARS: *****

So, finally I read this book and it amazed me. Samantha Shannon didn’t fail to imoress with her strong imaginative skills again. There are quite a few series who has got sequels equally intriguing abd entertaining as the its 1st book and The Bone Season series is one of them.

Paige Mahoney, a 19 year old clairvoyant, the dreamwalker/the dark moth became the Underqueen of the criminal world of Scion London. She’s been cobtrolling all the activities and working with other mime lords. But Scion is devising new technologies to bring the Voyant world down. On the other hand Jaxon, Paige’s previous mime lord joined Nashira. Scion implemented Senshields, a secret scanner in every possible public places like atm,taxi,phone booth. lives of voyants are at stake. Tenkerbell who is sponsporing the activities of mime lord wants Paige to follow her instruction. But Paige don’t want to get instructed by some non humans. Even she’s having difficulty in freely interacting with Warden after becoming the Underqueen. With Scion’s increased anti-voyant security system it’s upto Paige and her associates to save the criminal world.

Well, if possible, I could give 50000……/5 stars to this book. I love the plot sooooo much. Since Paige is my favourite female fictional character, I expect a lot from her and she didn’t dishearten me. The adventures, plot twists, action everyrhing was on point. In this book, Paige travels different parts of Great Britain in order find clues to destroy the core of the Senshield, which I really liked. The ending iept me want for more. Now that Paige and Warden are sailing to Paris, things are going to be more intense in book 4. I highly recommend this book to any dystopia lover.

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BOOK TITLE: DANGEROUS GAMES

AUTHOR: DANIELLE STEEL

GENRE: POLITICAL FICTION

STARS: ***1/2

First of all I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a review copy of the book. This was my first Danielle Steel read, so I had no idea about her writing style or genre style. I started this book expecting a lot since I heard so many good things about the author.
Here’s a short synopsis: Alix Phillips was a single mother and a television reporter. She was dedicated to her job and didn’t think twice before taking up any assignment. Her boss was satisfied with her hard work and most of the news she covered was award- winning. She had her old mother Isabelle and her teenage daughter Faye. Faye was studying in college was much like her mother. Alix was brave and passionate. She worked mostly on riots and war related events and featured them in the most fearless way. Her co-worker Ben who was an ex Navy seal officer. He was a photographer who travelled with Alix while they reported the news.
Now that Alix risks her life everytime she goes to a sensitive war prone zone is not easily accepted by her daughter. Alix lost her husband at an early age and became a young widow-mothet. Faye didn’t want to lose the most important person in her life, her mother. But Alix never listened, she thought she would get away with her working work give her best in reporting those news even if they brought grave danger. Now her boss Felix gave her an assignment on the senator, Tony who is running fir the US election. Felix thinks there’s something fishy about Tony who might be into s9me bad business with lobbies. Now it’s up to Alix to find out the truth on her own. While working on it, she also came across the CIA. As she went further to dig deep into the truth, things became more sinister.
The things I liked about this book is it’s female protagonist. The way her character was described was absolutely amazing. Next thing was the portraying of the war zones and political situations and conspiracy. I also liked the way the author implemented this random travelling from one country to another and importance of Alix in her job.
The things I did not like was repetition. The sane thing about Alix and Ben’s past as well as few conversations were described more than once. It made the story boring and broad. My opinion is that it could have done mire briefly then the story would have been more gripping.

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BOOK TITLE: HERE BE DRAGONS

AUTHOR: MOHIT UPPAL

GENRE: FICTION

STARS: ****

First of all I want to thank the author for sending me a review copy of his debut novel. As the back cover suggests that fans of The Hangover and Zindagi namilegi dobara will like it. I myself have seen the first movie but this story is not totally like that. Rather this story has more depth and defines friendship in a different way.
This book tells the event of Ayaan’s life where he suddenly meets his two old best friends. Then starts there purely European adventure. Ayaan has reached Spain where he meets Siden and Kwan who were his college life best buddies. Kwan is in search for his girlfriend who was once a prostitute. These three friends will experience life in a new way in search of Kwan’s girl.
About the book, firstly, I would say that I have never read any story like this before. It was a really fun read. The friendship described between these three once upon a time best friends was truly unique and deep. From the very first page, there was fun in every page. The writing was modern and easy to read rather a fast-paced read. Stories like this really helps one lighten their mood. If you’re a fan of friendship and fun-light readings, you should definitely read this book. The author has depicted a great and rare bond of friendship in his debut novel and a happy ending with positive vibe made it more intriguing.

COVER REVEAL of “SKYFIRE”

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May 2012. India is hit by a series of freak weather disturbances and startling epidemics

that threaten to bring the country to its knees.

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COVER of “SKYFIRE” by AROON RAMAN

 

At the same time, children are disappearing from the slums in the capital and nobody seems to care. Stumbling upon these strange and seemingly unrelated incidents, journalist Chandrasekhar, historian Meenakshi Pirzada and intelligence operative Syed Ali Hassan start upon a trail that leads them into the drawing rooms of Delhi’s glittering high society before reaching a terrifying climax in Bhutan, where they come face-to-face with a force of unspeakable power and evil.

 

Bestselling author Aroon Raman’s third novel, Skyfire, is a heart-stopping thriller that will chill you to the bone.

“SKYFIRE” will be out in OCTOBER 

Watch the book video trailer here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y2Qt1lMe2M 

Preview YouTube video Skyfire Trailer – HD Video 

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Aroon Raman is a Bengaluru-based serial entrepreneur and author. He ran his family companies for many years, winning critical acclaim for developing scientific talent at the grassroots. After successfully divesting both ventures, he now divides his time between consulting for corporates, non-profits, writing and travel. He is the author of the national bestsellers The Shadow Throne (2012) and The Treasure of Kafur (2013). He regularly contributes columns to Outlook magazine and other publications. He can be reached at www.aroonraman.com

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A special thanks to the ‘Queen of Crime’ on her BIRTHDAY

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It is the birthday of my most favorite author AGATHA CHRISTIE, so I decided to write my feelings about her and her writing.

First of all, I would like to thank her for gifting us with this treasure, her books. They are the example of the most inventive faculties of human brain, the grey cells. I am so grateful to her. She is the reason I’m such a book lover and avid reader. Her books have helped me feel that I literally can spend hours after hours on my own without getting bored or lonely. Being an introvert I basically keep things to myself and prefer to spend most of the time in my solitude. But it would have been impossible for me if I had not been introduced to her writings. For that I would love to thank my mathematics teacher who gifted me her book ‘And then there were none’. My first Christie read was ‘Halloween Party’. I was first introduced to her writing when I was about 15 years old. Since then till date I have read about 30 novels and 5 short stories written by her. I try to include any book by her in my monthly reading list. I totally admire her skills because she knows exactly how to win a reader’s heart and mind.

Why do a cover change?

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Every weekend when I return to my home I try to spend most of the time with my books, rearranging the shelves, rereading the favorite ones or taking photos of the books. ✌😄

      Recently, @bloomsburypublishing announced that there is going to be a cover change of😐😕 #theboneseasonseries …. Well, it’s really disappointing when the new cover doesn’t seem to be as much gorgeous as the previous ones. I won’t say that the new covers are that bad but I also can’t deny, the previous ones were more stunning and I really love them😍. To me it is more important what is inside than what the outside looks like for a book and I’m pretty sure that #thesongrising won’t be a less intriguing compared to the previous two books. #samanthashannon has described the character of Paige Mahoney in such a beautiful✨ way that Paige has become my most favorite💕 female fictional character. I’m eagerly waiting for the 3rd book of the series. It’s too bad that I’ve to wait till March, 2017 😞.

Favorite Indian Author

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I decided to do an author appreciation post. Before saying why Amish is my favorite Indian author I would like to talk about my liking on mythology.

Indian Mythology is somehow related to Indian epics. The two most famous Indian epics are Mahabharata and Ramayana. I came to know the stories of these epics when I was a kid of about three years. I was very fond of my grandmother and she used to tell me these stories all the time. Every night a bed time story was a must listen from her. Since then I got acquainted to the plots and various characters of Indian mythology. As we all know the Hindus do not believe in a single God but millions. So, the number of stories describing the Gods’ origin and their greatness are also more than hundreds. Each origin has a different plot based on the culture of India. I started to like Indian Mythology more when I read The Gita. Anyone who has read it must know the slokas and the writings are so much valuable.

Recently a few years back Amish Tripathy wrote his debut novel The Immortals of MELUHA. It was beginning of the modern myth and the Amish magic. I read his first book when I was in my high school. The plot was different. The story was set on the ancient Northern part of India. Then also there was discrimination in  the society. There were various classes of people. The Nagas were considered to be the most impure ones. Shiva before he became the Lord Shiva was the leader of his tribe. This story mainly surrounds how he met Parvati and got married with her, how his greatness started to grow and how he became superior. After a few months of the first release and an instant hit, the second book was published. There, certain new characters were introduced like Ganesh, Kali (both were Nagas), Parashuram. Kali was Naga sister of Durga/Parvati. But Parvati only came to know about this when there was conflict of the Nagas and Khastryas. In the last book as it was in the legend Parvati’s end was described in the most  challenging way. Needless to say I was more addicted to mythology after reading his books. So, last year when his first book of The Ramachandra Series was published I bought the book and read it. It was not that intriguing like The Shiva Trilogy but I’m hoping the next books will be surely more interesting. If we keep in mind the old Ramyana and then read this book, then it will be not justified. This book is revisiting mythology in a different path so we have to be ready for new views and keep an open mind to accept the imagination and creativity of the author.