Trey Sheenan always finds trouble and has earned the reputation of being the local bad boy. But his last stint at the Deer Lodge, a correctional facilTrey Sheenan always finds trouble and has earned the reputation of being the local bad boy. But his last stint at the Deer Lodge, a correctional facility, he is determined to turn his life around. He plans to win back the love of his life and be a part of his son’s life. But as his brother drives him back from the facility he learns that he may be a bit too late as McKenna Douglas is getting married to a local insurance agent. McKenna had been dating Trey since high school and has stood by him through thick and thin. But with the responsibility of a kid, she decides that enough was enough and broke up with Trey while he was still at the correctional facility. Though she never really got over Trey, she tried to move on with Lawrence who holds the promise of a stable life for both mother and son.
Is Trey too late to woo back McKenna? And will McKenna find it in her heart to trust Trey again? Read ‘The Kidnapped Christmas Bride’ to find out.
The thing with the characters in this novel is that every one of them are, well at least the major ones, flawed. That helps the characters feel more human and more relatable. Trey has his heart in the right place, but he seems to get into trouble a bit too often. McKenna has her own faults too… for leaving a man when he is down isn’t really nice. And Lawrence, well what do I say? Little TJ seems more observant about him than anyone else around. But the thing is that the characters remain a bit flat and lacks the amount of growth that I would like to see.
Ofcourse, the plot is very much predictable. But the author has managed to make it her own by setting her own pace of narration. The language is simple and the flow of the story is nicely done.
Fashionably Yours is the story of Maya Kapoor, a small town girl with big dreams. While her contemporaries are dreaming of finding Mr.Right and settliFashionably Yours is the story of Maya Kapoor, a small town girl with big dreams. While her contemporaries are dreaming of finding Mr.Right and settling down, Maya dreams of making it on her own in the big city of Mumbai. As she lands a job there and moves to the city, against the wishes of her ‘well-wishers’, her adventures begin. From forming friendship to having an infatuation to her gritty work schedule, Maya discovers her independence and its cost. Will she be able to live her dreams or will they be shattered?
Maya comes from a middle class family from a small town. As such the author has kept her character true to her roots. As she tries to live her dreams, she discovers the allure of material things, an obnoxious boss, the wonder of friendship and even a man who puts butterflies in her stomach. She was quite relatable and I loved her runaway tongue. Aryan on the other hand is a manifestation of many women’s dreams. Handsome and sexy Aryan can match Maya in her tongue in cheek manner. These two characters balance each other out. I also loved the character of Maya’s colleague, Anu who brightened any scene she was a part of.
The plot is not very unique, but the author has added her personal touches to make it her own. In addition, the author’s simple and pleasing narration style makes the book more appealing. The small details that the author has embedded in certain scenes make them come alive and easy to picture in one’s mind. The cover catches the essence of the book and I think that the red double decker bus on it was a perfect touch.
Overall this is one sassy and romantic story that makes for an entertaining light read.
Come and meet Rajesh Iyer. His aspirations were ha of achieving a MBA degree from US but when that doesn’t happen he gets a job with Oregon Software TCome and meet Rajesh Iyer. His aspirations were ha of achieving a MBA degree from US but when that doesn’t happen he gets a job with Oregon Software Technologies. His experience in the Sales department opens up the state of corporate affairs in India to the reader. With a host of other colourful characters, Rajesh takes on the corporate world. Follow Rajesh as he struggles to make his career. Will he survive the rats’ race?
The blurb of the book indicates that the book is much more than just about a salesperson’s life and it is right. The book focuses a lot on the sales department of Oregon Software technologies and the organizational structure. It also gives us a glimpse into a sales person’s life and how such people struggle on a daily basis to save his job. But at the same the book also focuses on Rajesh’s personal experiences as an individual and his observations. There are a lot of characters included hat bring in a variety of flavours, including Rajesh’s boss and his belief in Vaastu. Then there’s Girish, Rajesh’s best friend whose rants are entertaining. The plot is simple, true to life and yet entertaining. The author’s sense of humour has added to the story well. I particularly enjoyed the way the situations were described and painted out for the readers. And the author has handled the closure very well.
I have to say that I hated some of the very sexist discussions included in the book. Being a girl, it was sometimes a bit insulting even though I am very aware that men do have conversations like that. Yes, the author has on reflected the reality of our society and while I see that fact, I didn’t really like some of the comments. We live in such a society that really needs to change its outlook towards women and situations described in books don’t really help as it just gives out a validation that men will always be like that. I just hope that the men who read this book will see it from a perspective of an outsider and realise that it is simply cheap talk.
Overall, this book did make for an entertaining read that had lots of moments that would make a reader smile.
I picked up this book for two reasons... First being that this is a YA Thriller in Mumbai. Secondly, I have already read the author’s debut novel, The I picked up this book for two reasons... First being that this is a YA Thriller in Mumbai. Secondly, I have already read the author’s debut novel, The Destiny of Shaitan, and I had thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer, as the name suggests, follows the life of a tea drinking, very independent and sometimes immature Ruby Iyer. She is determined to make her life on her own in the fast paced and overcrowded city. When her best friend gets kidnapped, Ruby has only Vikram to depend upon to see her through the challenges and threats posed by Dr. Kamini Braganza. But is Ruby ready for what’s to come her way and will her bond with Pankaj and Vikram stand the test of time?
Ruby Iyer is ‘The Girl’ now. She is smart, sassy and stubborn. She is not your run-of-the-mill runaway teenager. I loved her for all her flaws and strengths. It was a real refreshing change to read about this ‘bindaas’ girl whose strength of character and very strong sense of right and wrong will have the reader cheering for her in no time. Pankaj, Vikram and even Braganza bring a variety of flavor to the novel. All the characters are very well developed and vibrant.
Mumbai, the tinsel town of India, promises glamour, success and money to anyone who is interested. Laxmi Hariharan breaks down that charm and shows us the real face of the city. From breathtaking scenery to the crowded streets to the polluted air to the poverty stricken slums to the elite strata of the society – the author has covered it all. The detailed description of the setting transports you immediately to this world of Ruby Iyer.
Fast paced and full of twists and turns, this novel is a complete page turner that keeps you hooked till the very end.
In the time of Mythology retellings, most authors are going back to retell us the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana over and over again and I have toIn the time of Mythology retellings, most authors are going back to retell us the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana over and over again and I have to admit, I quite enjoy them. Anuja Chandramouli has previously told us the story of Arjuna, which was a well researched and well narrated story. So, when I was approached to review this book, my first instinct was to accept - afterall, I had already read and enjoyed this aythors work. Secondly, I have never read much about Kamadeva other than the very brief guest appearances in other novels. So, I was quite curious about the subject as well. Kamadeva - the God of Desire, was born to Lord Brahma. He plays his part in the world of Lords as a friend to Indra, husband to Rati and a tutor to the Apsaras. But because of a preordained curse, he faces the wrath of Lord Shiva, the destroyer. Rati and Kamadeva are then reborn on Earth. Kamadevas destiny unfold in the pages as the readers are taken on a ride. Everything seems to be a part of a much larger plan. The best part of the book is that Anuja Chandramouli makes her characters very human. Yes, she is telling the story of the Gods, whom we hold with such reverance, yet she humanizes them in such a way that a reader can actually relate to the character and situations. The dialogue delivery in our everyday language adds to the allure of it. The book also discusses some topics that are very relevant in our society. It is very apparent that that the author has put in some quality research time while developing the plot and apllaud the author for that. The language and the narration compliments each other by maintaining a certain balance. The author has a very refined language and it is a pleasure to read her prose. The only drawback of the book is its pace. While the plot and the language makes up for part of it, I think there were sections in the book that I could do without. Overall, this book makes for a really interesting read. It will surely attract the Mythology lovers as it portrays a little known character
After reading Taming Romeo, Evie Sanchez’s story, I was left craving for more. And Rachelle Ayala returns with Choco’s story in Claiming Carlos.
We hav After reading Taming Romeo, Evie Sanchez’s story, I was left craving for more. And Rachelle Ayala returns with Choco’s story in Claiming Carlos.
We have already met the Sanchez family in Taming Romeo. For those who have not yet had a chance to pick it up – the Sanchez family owns a Filipino Restaurant. Choco has huge responsibilities as there are high expectations from her. She is in college with hopes of achieving a management degree someday. She helps out in the family restaurant as the chief hostess and assistant manager. She is also expected to set the right examples for her younger siblings. Choco, lost in this daily grind, feels unsatisfied with her life even though she cannot really pinpoint the source of her discontent. Enter Johnny, a consultant hired to help with the expansion of the restaurant business. He sweeps off her feet and before she knows, she has had a complete makeover. Carlos has always been in the background of Choco’s life as her friend and as the head chef of the restaurant. When Johnny tries another makeover on the menu, Carlos had enough and he sets about throwing Johnny out of their lives and claim Choco for himself.
The food in the first instalment had left me feeling hungry and so this time I made sure to have lots of snacks on the stand by while I read this book. I wasn’t disappointed. Claiming Carlos also gives its reader a fill of Filipino culture. The family dynamics work differently there and we see a lot of familial influence in the story too. While I had a love-hate relationship with a couple of characters, I really felt connected to Choco and liked her. If Evie and Romeo were a sizzling couple, Choco and Carlos surely set off all fire alarms around them. I actually like the fact that Choco and Carlos were such good friends for so long, that when they finally took things to the next level, it only seemed natural.
Rachelle Ayala has her own style of narrating a story and it never fails to suck you in the world of whatever story she tells and this book wasn’t an exception.
This book had the potential to be something beautiful. But the author failed to live upto the world she created. The narration dragged and felt repetiThis book had the potential to be something beautiful. But the author failed to live upto the world she created. The narration dragged and felt repetitive. It turned out to be very predictable. The worst part of the book is its protagonist Nyx – I have never read about a character more flaky than her. Her fascination with upholstery is irritating as she describes every room in great detail. She is always confused and oscillates between two extreme feelings most of the time. She thinks something and does just the opposite of that.
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares I have previously read and enjoyed My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. As such I was really eager to pick this book uThe Here and Now by Ann Brashares I have previously read and enjoyed My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. As such I was really eager to pick this book up. Prenna James comes from a time where a horrible plague has killed millions and has left the world in ruins. She was sent back in time with a strict set of rules that must be followed at all times... She had believed that she could help prevent the plague from ever happening and felt that the set of rules were quite reasonable and easy to follow until she meets Ethan Jarves. Both Prenna and Ethan are very loveable characters. Prenna has a lot on her plate as she has to maintain her cover, blend in and keep her secret. At the same time , she is naturally curious. Her faults and drawbacks only made her more relatable. Ethan on the other hand is a carefree person. Together they are adorable and just perfect. The concept of the colony was interesting. The Elders of the colony came across as an interesting lot whom I loved and hated. The plot on the other hand is simply something else. At first it seemed to me that it was a straight forward time travelling story. But the author has blended in an amazing number of plot twists that give a whole new dimension to the story. The concept of time travel has been explored and explained well. I also liked the fact that Prenna and Ethan do not fall in the love at first sight category. They met and became friends before falling for each other. It made the story so much more interesting. Overall, this book makes for an interesting read and a good recommendation to YA & Dyatopian lovers.
When Callan Carrigan’s father leaves the ranch to Court McAllister, Callan is shocked to say the least. For years she had worked alongside her fatherWhen Callan Carrigan’s father leaves the ranch to Court McAllister, Callan is shocked to say the least. For years she had worked alongside her father to keep the ranch running smoothly and it has been her home and her life. She also discovers letters to her and her sisters from her late mother that bring news that change their worlds. While Callan fights to regain some amount of control over her life, Court lends his not only his supportive hands but also makes a proposal that could give Callan some resemblance of her old life.
I absolutely loved the characters, especially that of Callan and her sisters. They share such a cool bond and are really close and understanding. Callan emerges as this strong girl who is used to running a ranch and confident that she can continue to do so on her own after her father’s death. At the same time she has this feminine quality about her that is really attractive. Court on the other hand, at first at least, feels a little bit of an outsider. He is handsome and sexy and understanding. However, I really did not get their relationship. There wasn’t much interaction between them, let alone courtship… yet they end up in each other’s arm. For me it was like two strangers professing their love for each other.
The plot had some twists which were a welcome change from the usual romance novels. Court’s background and Callan’s mother’s letters provided some additional depth to the book. However, the letters written by Callan’s mother felt too clinical in nature and lacked the warmth of a mother. The letters read like appointment letters rather than a letter from a mother to her children, especially with the news it delivers, one would expect some emotional words.
C.J Carmichael is one of my favourite romance authors, but this book disappointed me a lot.
Ellie Lancaster has always lived by the mysterious site of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. She has never been far from the place as she physically cannotEllie Lancaster has always lived by the mysterious site of the Lost Colony of Roanoke. She has never been far from the place as she physically cannot leave the place. Something pulls her to her hometown. Being one of the Curse keepers, Ellie’s father taught her all about the curse from her childhood. However, Ellie only ever took it as a fairytale and after the loss of her mother, she blocked out everything. The arrival of Collin Dailey ignites something within Ellie and when they touch, the curse is broken. Ellie and Collin have seven days to close back the gates or else hell will rule the earth.
First of all, the characters in the story failed to make an impression on me, except maybe Ellie’s dad. Ellie seemed to be a constant state of denial at the beginning even though everything seemed to be pointing in one direction. Her stubbornness was another aspect of her personality that irked me a lot. Collin on the other hand turned out to be an arrogant jerk. Their characters remained flat and lacked any growth in the story. And their growing relationship, if one can call that so, seemed downright absurd.
The plot on the other had had great potential. I mean the notion of two men banishing a whole village of people from the material world, then its sudden reappearance and two curse breakers in control of the fate of the earth – it is intriguing. Actually it was the idea of it that made me pick up this book by reading the blurb. But the author let us down in the follow through. The seven days’ time that they had to close the gate could have actually shown us a lot of action. But most of it was spent at Ellie’s work, her house, her time with her friend and in whether or not Ellie and Collin would actually work together. Also, information was provided to us at really awkward situations.
I was thoroughly disappointed with this book and had almost abandoned it in 2/3rd of the way. I struggled to finish and it was certainly not my cup of coffee. I will not be picking up the next book in the series. ...more
I usually do not read non-fiction, but this short travelogue captured my attention and I decided to give it a chance.
Douglas Misquita travelled Egypt I usually do not read non-fiction, but this short travelogue captured my attention and I decided to give it a chance.
Douglas Misquita travelled Egypt for a week and this is his way of sharing the beauty, culture and his personal experiences of the place. I have never been to Egypt myself and my notions about the place is built up based on what I have seen in movies or read in form of backdrop of fictions. Thus, I am not an expert on the place. The book manages to capture Egypt in its true essence, or shall I say what feels like its true essence. The author has managed to put in a lot of details and facts about the place. The detailed descriptions helped create an image in my mind while reading. It was so easy to get lost in Egypt through this book. To the author’s credit, he has kept his language and narration style simple. It almost feels like the author is telling you about his experiences first hand instead of you reading about it in a book. As a result, it feels too short of a book and leaves you craving for more. The only fault I can pick on is its cover. Its Egypt – the author could have made a better and more attractive cover.
An interesting and captivating read for anybody who loves travelogues and/or are curious about Egypt.
Welcome to Snow Valley… a small town with a tight knit community that shows the world how to celebrate Christmas in style. From Polar Express to Christmas day ball to the unconventional winter carnival – Snow Valley is the place to be during Christmas.
In An Unexpected Kiss by Cindy Roland Anderson, Lucy takes a risk by kissing a complete stranger only to get her ex-boyfriend to back off. But as fate would have it, their path crossed each other again and Cole isn’t the one to give easily. I loved the fact that Lucy and Cole, along with other members of the town, help make a family’s Christmas special even though they do not know them well enough.
Feels Like Love by Jeanette Lewis tells us the Story of April, who brings her city boyfriend to her small town home. While there’s existing friction between the two, things start to fall apart when April’s ranch life is not something her fiancé can handle. Then there’s Wade… who has always loved April and has no intention of letting her slip through once again. I liked this story but wished that the author would have showed us more differences between Scott and April. It felt like he just up and left to make things convenient for Wade.
In Full Court Devotion by Cami Checketts, we meet Kazlyn and Tyrese as they meet on campus. From sassy retorts to confident proposals, this couple lights up the story with their unconventional names and a heart touching journey. I absolutely loved Tyrese for the way he handled Kazlyn’s brothers.
The Christmas Eve Kiss by Taylor Hart is the story of Molly, a girl who has great ambitions and feels that Snow Valley is not enough for them. When an unfortunate incident forces her to come back to town during Christmas, she faces the chance of heartbreak, all over again. But Christmas may work its miracle on Molly and Kevin and there may be hope for them yet.
Risking it all for Love by Kimberley Montpetit is probably my favourite story in the lot. Jessica never really got over the death of her high school boyfriend – the reason she left Snow Valley in the first place. When she is back, she visits Michael’s grave and is in for a surprise when she meets James, the pastor in training. I loved the way the author has woven in Jessica’s guilt over Michael’s death and the way she unravels the real reason behind her guilt.
In Blue Christmas by Lucy McConnell, Paisley not only has huge responsibilities of organizing the different events for Christmas, she also has to fight off her attraction towards Clay Jett. Clay Jett is just as determined to worm his way into Paisley’s heart. With her expertise in planning, Paisley helps Clay to set up his new recording studio. The chemistry and history between the two is just too strong to ignore for long.
I have never read a box set of Novellas that complement each other so well. Each story overlaps the other at some point and it was fun to pin the moments that reflect in two different novellas. I also absolutely loved the character of Pastor John who appears in almost all the stories. He plays an important role in the lives of the people of Snow Valley. I also loved the way the people of Snow Valley has been portrayed – a large family of sorts instead of a just a town full of people.
Overall this box set is filled with feel good moments and amazing romance. These are a set of clean romances that will leave you wanting for more. ...more
When Vishal leaves the corporate world and takes up his seat in a one room office, that formerly belonged to an uncle, he aspires to become a good detWhen Vishal leaves the corporate world and takes up his seat in a one room office, that formerly belonged to an uncle, he aspires to become a good detective. Dealing with small time cases, mostly that of cheating spouses, he gets a real break when Aditi, an old flame, gives him a call to help her with the murder in her family. As Vishal gears up to solve the case with the help of Pranay, his side-kick, and Babu, a police officer, the clues and hints take him up close and personal with the whole family…
The backbone of any mystery or thriller is its protagonist and the core of the plot. Vishal is a character we can believe in. He is smart and intelligent. His corporate background gives him an edge to work against the tide of time, the ability to handle large amount of information and the building pressure of solving the case. At the same time we also see a vulnerable side of him in the story. I, personally, liked Pranay more though and wished the author had included him more often and given him a bigger role to play.
He plot is neither very dramatic nor ingenious. However, it contains all the elements of a thriller – from questionable motives to dark secrets to multiple viable suspects, the book has it all. The author has dealt us a reasonable amount of twists and action to keep the storyline moving forward. This book is also just perfect to play a game of whodunnit as the author leaves around considerable amount of hints for the readers to pick up. With his beautiful narration and simplistic language complimenting the story, this book was practically unputdownable from the beginning.
This is really a wonderful and thought provoking book.
This book is necessarily the story of Manbha, a freedom fighter. He wants independence for his land and is ready to lay down his life for it. What he is not prepared to do is stake the lives of the innocents of the state as a cost for that freedom. He did start off as a freedom fighter but takes on a path that leads him to be labeled as a terrorist. Will he be able to attain freedom the right way or would he cost the lives of hundreds of innocents along the way? Is he a true hero or just another terrorist?
The book is set in the North-East of India and the author introduces us to one of the North-Eastern state and takes us on an amazing journey of the beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage. She also includes the terrorism factor in the book - in fact it is the front runner. The life and needs of the people of the region is portrayed in a manner that would appeal to everyone who reads this book.
Manbha is a very powerful character and he made his own space in my heart in no time. He is a freedom fighter and has his own limits. He may have deviated from his original path, yet he holds on to his morals and never crosses certain boundaries. His ideas for his state and his plight are very clear in his heart. The other characters like Emika, Kydiah and Janet have made their presence known with their individual personas.
The author has done an incredible job of blending together many facets into creating this Novella. Her writing style in refreshing and I do applaud her efforts to bring forward the story of so many lives to the mass.
I would recommend every reader to give this book a chance....more
Fire Under Ash introduces us to the lives of Ashwin, Mallika, Lallan, Meera and Vinny. Ashwin is a spoilt brat born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth. He was getting ready to go to Columbia University when he meets Mallika and instead goes to Azad College. Lallan is basically from Patna who comes to Azad College to pursue his Masters and fall for Mallika too. Then there is Meera, Ashwin’s sister, who is engaged to New York based Vinny. The book revolves around the lives of these people, their struggles and decisions.
The highlight of the book is its flawed characters. None of the characters have the larger than life persona that fictitious characters usually seem to have. Instead they are your regular next door people who have their flaws. The author has done a commendable job of building up each character individually with their own sets of qualities and yet keeping them relatable. I particularly liked the character of Meera.
The plot is simple and kind of predictable yet the author has managed to make it interesting by infusing doses of our very own reality into it. She has also done a great job of portraying a variety of situations in different settings. It was almost too easy to imagine the people and their stories in my mind. The language is polished yet easy to get into. The dialogue delivery could do with some work as a couple of times they seemed unreal coming from the mouths of the characters that the author has built up for us. Another drawback of the book is the very clichéd moments in the book that were a bit of a turn-off.
Overall, this made for an entertaining read. ...more
‘An Isolated Incident’ follows the life of Zari Zoon, a Kashmiri girl. She could the girl next door, with a typical life and typical problems even while living under the threat of terrorism at all times. That is until an incident changes her life forever and she is sent abroad for a new beginning. But the new life and the journey towards it could tangle up Zari’s life yet again.
First and most important element of this book is the character of Zari. She belongs to Kashmir – a state under the constant threat of terrorism. Even with everything going on around her, she manages to build a somewhat normal life for herself only for it to be snatched away from her. She then embarks upon a new life in a new place, yet the threat never really goes away. Zari is such a character that you cannot help but feel for. The author has done an admirable job in building her up and portraying her life. Then there is Billy with his own fair share of baggage. Billy’s character could do with a bit of polish and fine tuning. I failed to connect with this character and his decisions.
The plot in itself is another fantastic element that includes a lot of issues. For instance, it gives us a look into the lives of the Kashmiris in general. It also includes a glimpse into the world of a girl who is sequestered by a, sadly enough, a very common incident and it makes you wonder about our society that is such an expert at victimizing the victims. The author has done an incredible job of portraying the situations without pointing fingers or sounding preachy. There were twists and turns in the novel that were easy to spot and though the ending was quite predictable too, it was really interesting to take this journey with Zari.
This is a well written novel with crisp language and detailed narratives. The author has set the book in multiple locations and each come with enough description so as to help the readers’ imagination. It was also a refreshing change from reading the commercial love stories that flood the Indian markets constantly.
Overall this was one hell of an emotional roller-coaster ride that wrenches your heart.
Masterji by Puja Borkar tells us the story of Hari. Hari is a common man, one who never stands out in a crowd and yet is a part of the backbone of our society. After losing his father at an early age, he witnessed his widowed mother’s struggle to bring up her children alone. When the pressure becomes too much, his mother decides to move in with her family in a completely different part of the country. The story covers a number of years of Hari’s life and the different stages of his life.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It transports you to a whole different era and setting. The author has handled the setting very well by keeping it true to the whole timeline. It was easy to transport back in time with the vivid descriptions that the author has presented us with. The characters are also very well fleshed out, especially that of our protagonist Hari. It was a pleasant journey to take with Hari as we explored different places, people, cultures and generations. Then there was Hari’s dilemma of whether to do what he aspired for or to do what was expected of him – something everyone would identify to.
It was difficult to believe that this is a work of a debut author. Puja Borkar has certain finesse in her writing style that is both endearing and inviting to the readers. She has fleshed out her characters well and has just enough descriptions of the settings to help a readers’ imagination. Also, I applaud the fact that the author did not go the way most of today’s mainstream authors go - the typical in your face sex fest to portray love or the overly glamorized campus stories. Instead the author has taken a less trodden path and has produced a beautiful book.
Loved it and it is certainly worth your time....more