59#REVIEW

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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COVER REVEAL OF “TELL TALE”

JEFFREY ARCHER RETURNS

WITH A RIVETING COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES!

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Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Jeffrey Archer returns with his eagerly awaited collection of short stories, Tell Tale, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.

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Find out what happens to the hapless young detective from Naples who travels to an Italian hillside town to find out ‘Who Killed the Mayor?’ and the pretentious schoolboy in ‘The Road to Damascus’, whose discovery of the origins of his father’s wealth changes his life in the most profound way.

Revel in the stories of the woman who dares to challenge the men at her Ivy League university during the 1930s in ‘A Gentleman and a Scholar’, and another young woman who thumbs a lift and gets more than she bargained for in ‘A Wasted Hour’.

These wonderfully engaging and always refreshingly original tales prove not only why Archer has been compared to Dahl and Maugham, but why he was described by The Timesas ‘probably the greatest storyteller of our age’.

PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR

‘If there was a Nobel prize for storytelling, Archer would win’ Daily Telegraph

‘The short story has always been Jeffrey Archer’s strong suit and here he grips you quickly, puts you on the scent of a mystery, and moves you towards a charming moment of revelation’ The Scotsman

‘Stylish, witty and constantly entertaining . . . Jeffrey Archer has a natural aptitude for short stories’ The Times

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeffrey Archer, whose novels and short stories include Kane and Abel,A Prisoner of Birth and Cat O’ Nine Tales, has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 275 million copies.

He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

The author is married to Dame Mary Archer, and they have two sons, William and James, two grandsons and a granddaughter, and divide their time between homes in London, Cambridge and Mallorca.

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BOOK TITLE: REMNANTS OF  A SEPARATION

AUTHOR: ANCHAL MALHOTRA

GENRE: HISTORICAL NON FICTION

STARS: ****

First of all I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this book and giving me an opportunity to read a book of such a different genre. I don’t read much of Historical non fictions but this book gave so much idea about my country’s past from a different perspective.
This is not just a book, this is a treasure of memories.
We who are enjoying our lives in the free India know very less about the struggle of freedom moreover the struggle to thrive during partition. This book has real stories which touches heart and bring tears.
This book has a collection of eighteen short incidents, some of them are related to author herself. She on behalf of her research work has been to several families who has experienced the partition.
The stories are told keeping either some artifacts in point of view as in kitchenware, photographs, heirlooms, books, poems, many more or past memories that have seen and lived through the partition.
It was a great experience reading this book. We hardly get to know the stories of people who have seen the partition and the small incidents that may have no historical significance but has drawn a deep line in their memories.

I would recomend this book to all history lovers, readers who want to know about people and their past.
I won’t consider this book to be fast paced one since I rarely read non fiction but I was able to finish it within 10 days in my busy schedule of university. The stories are definitely intriguing and are very distinct from one another.

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BOOK TITLE: FLAME IN THE MIST

AUTHOR: RENEE AHDIEH

GENRE: YOUNG ADULT FANTASY, RETELLING

STARS: ****

I finished this book last week and it was a different kind of read for me. This book is a retellingbof the disney movie Mulan. Since I haven’t seen Mulan, I could do any comparison. At the beginning the story went with a fast pace but later it was lagging so overall it was a medium paced read for me. It was filpee with action scenes and a female character as the only protagonist, her name was Mariko Hattori.
This story is about Mariko and her choices, her freedom. When she’ll join the Black clan at first without her agreement disguised as a boy she never knew that she’ll be a part of them one day.
I felt like this story could have been more gripping and it lacked some charm and suspense but otherwise was a fine retelling and gave a lot of Samurai and Japan vibes

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BOOK TITLE: THE RAVEN GOD

AUTHOR: ALANE ADAMS

GENRE: MIDDLE GRADE FANTASY

STARS: ****

I’ve read the forst 2 books from the Legend of Orkney series and loved them. Thanks to the author for sending me an arc of her 3rd book.
Like the previous 2 books, this book is also fast paced. Readers who loved Percy Jackson or love middle grade fantasy will enjoy this book.
Sam who was taken by the witches and was forced to kill Odin against his will is now on a mission to bring Odin back. Frigga who is Odin’s wife has requested Sam to make everything right by bringing him back. On the other hand now that Odin is gone, the giants are plotting to attack the nineth realm. On his new mission, Sam had to let some evils out that were caged by Odin to protect the realm. But Sam has to let this bad happen in order to keep Figga’s promise.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was full of adventure, action and magic. The author’s writing style is what keeps the whole story exciting. I loved the way she told both the past and presnt stories simultaneously. There was some really good plot twists and Ivwoupd totally recommend this series to anyone who loves reading fantasy and wants to imagine it happening.

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BOOK TITLE: TRUTHWITCH

AUTHOR: SUSAN DENNARD

GENRE: FANTASY

STARS: ****

This story is about witches with different powers and when powerful witches start fighting among themselves, a huge war is inevitable.
First of all thanks to the publisher for giving a review copy of this book. The cover is so stunning and with velvet finish, I simply love touching it.
Next is the concept of thread. It is important to understand what the author actually tried to mean by it but of course it’s up to the reader how they interprate. I personally imagined that thread was some sort of connection that looks like glowing fibre. They are visible to other witches but not to other normal people. Their colour may vary according to the category of the witch. That’s my concept.
Now, let’s come to the story. This story is set on the Witchland and it’s mainly based on two young witches named Safiya and Iseult. Safiya is a rare kind of Truthwitch. They got in trouble with a powerful Guildmaster and his bloodwitch named Aeduan. He is after Safiya to capture her. Iseult and Safi were thread sisters who wants to be free. Both Safi and Iseult have different and difficult childhood. On the other hand, the various clans of Witchland are clashing against each other for breaking treaties, so a war is coming. It’s upto Safi and Iseult to save each other from this both trouble.
There are a few things about this book that I would like to say in points-
1. Too many characters and it’s sometimes hard to remember with so many things happenings.
2. This plot is full of actions, magic and plot twists. So if you love them, you may pick this book and give it a try.
3. The author has built the characters and story of these two individual young witches very discretely which I loved. But it also felt a bit lagged.
4. The concept of witch and magic and war is nothing new, so it is not unique.
5. There is also romance other than action and magic but it was nicely mixed with the flow of this story.

According to me, it was a good fantasy novel, may be gripping for someone but not that much for me. Overall it’s pretty well elaborately written plot.

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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: A COURT OF MIST AND FURY(2#A COURT OF THORNES AND ROSES)

AUTHOR: SARAH J. MAAS

GENRE: SUPPOSED TO BE FANTASY BUT IS ROMANCE

STARS: ****

This book is soooo hyped among bookstagrammers. It’s actually hard to avoid this book and it’s spoilers. I liked the first book though many people didn’t much have high positive thoughts.

The first thing I want to say is the more I read about Feyre, the more I dislike her and the more I read about Lucien,Rhys, Cassian, Mor, Azriel I love them. The book was huge but the plot was really captivating. Most interesting part started from the second part. Another thing, many people hate Tamlin, I don’t hate him like that. I dislike that he’s possessive and prevented Feyre to be free and roam around the spring Court. There were some adult scenes too. This book can be a fantasy novel but it’s more concentrated on romance(which to some extent was disgusting), things between Feyre and Tamlin or Feyre and Rhysand was intense(let me not tell in what way).
If this book is to be described to be two sentences it will be- “Tamlin wants to marry Feyre but Feyre wants to be free while Rhys realises Feyre to be his mate and brought her to Night Court. He trained(banged) her to fight in a war lead by the king of Hybern(there was no wae, btw) and then Feyre comes back to Tamlin ro save her sisters.

So basically, Feyre is being thrown and caught by Tamlin and Rhysand in turn. LOL

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BOOK TITLE: HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE (HP #6)

AUTHOR: J. K. ROWLING

GENRE: YOUNG ADULT FANTASY

STARS: ****1/2

There’s no way denying the fact that this is a great book. 6th book in the series where the Dark Lord is rising again. Hogwarts as well as the magical world is in grave danger. It’s up to Harry how he’ll save whatever that was in the prophecy. With Sirius’s death, Harry inherited all his property. But it left him in despair and he has never been this sad. Dumbledore comes to his uncle’s house to take him to complete a task where Harry had to persuade Slughorn to return to Hogwarts.
Back in Hogwarts, students are in danger. Parents are worried to leave their kids. There have been several attacks which were done by the death eaters by various curses.
This is the book where a detail of Voldemort’s past is given – who were his parents, how he became the dark lord. This book also introduced the reader to horcruxes.
My personal feeling after reading the book is that
1. I hate Snape and Malfoy
2. I will never ship Harry and Ginny and I also dislike Ginny
3. I simply couldn’t stand Dumbledore’s death

51#REVIEW

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.