Ella is a copywriter in the mad Adland, who is determined to fight her way among her lecherous boss Peter ROriginally reviewed at Musings over nothing
Ella is a copywriter in the mad Adland, who is determined to fight her way among her lecherous boss Peter Richards, too cool and handsome Alan, schmoozing Josh and other weirdos at work and keep her and her mother away from evictions. And her reckless sarcastic behavior doesn't help either. Her boss is horrible and often passing her ideas as his own. Her only solace seems to be eating cake at the right and new places, with her best friend Adam, and the company of Wally their watchman.
But Wally's death puts her into perspective and understands from his life about what is important in life.
I loved that anyone who had(s) a horrible boss could resonate with Ella and her getting caught up into one mess after another would hit quite close to home to few (me included). She wants to better herself but ill luck seems to follow her. But the happy ending was quite expected and appreciated - she deserves it.
The setting did remind me of 'Mad Men' with Ella as Peggy and Jill as Joan. Ella as the one who has it to fight up the corporate ladder while Jill knows to give in and get what she wants, as in take up what she deserves. Jill actually grew up after a while on me.
But why 3 stars only? I couldn't love Ella, though I could justify her actions with reasons of my own but still.. I could not see the integrity and strength that Ella is supposedly portraying. I tried to see her strength but failed.
I also wish I had seen more of Adam for he was the most likeable character in the novel and the part about his relationship with Jan was too short to understand how they survived so long and why they did break up. Maybe I am asking too much. But I simply didn't get enough of Adam.
I liked the writing style and I would look forward to reading more from the writer.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publicist free of cost in return for an honest review....more
I have always liked reading horror and psychological thrillers, but when I read the blurb of Ivy's Envy I was not sure if I would like it. But I was pI have always liked reading horror and psychological thrillers, but when I read the blurb of Ivy's Envy I was not sure if I would like it. But I was proved wrong and I keep the book down till I finished it.
The story opens with Ivy being held by restraint and her love of the life, Thomas being the one who has been holding her. I was hooked to the story right from the opening paragraph. I had to know why Ivy was held by force and what could happen to her.
The protagonist is a severe narcissist and self obsessed person who has fallen for Thomas Miles, one of her superiors. She has a way to get her ways always. Her Grandma Shirley had seen through her and then had to be admitted in hospital. Ivy has had to take care of her mom's cat and her boyfriend Charlie. Now she is obsessed with Thomas and she is convinced he is also in love with her. The only problem between them seems to be his lovely wife, Daena. To Ivy it means just one thing - eliminate her, until the table is turned.
For a book with just 80 pages, the story is as fast and racy as it should be. I just couldn't put it down till I completed the book. I could understand Ivy's mind and fear things she is capable of. I read somewhere, the author's bedtime stories were of Stephen King. I just could see its effects from her description of the horror and paranormal description in the story.
I can't wait for the second book of the trilogy.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publicist free of cost in return for a honest review.
The story starts with Colin, a prodigy being dumped by his 19th girlfriend named Katherine. Yes you heard it right. He dates only girls named KatherinThe story starts with Colin, a prodigy being dumped by his 19th girlfriend named Katherine. Yes you heard it right. He dates only girls named Katherine, with that exact spelling. He is heart broken and decides he is completely useless, ie, he doesn't matter. His superpowers are he could anagram any word, can speak in several languages and socially awkward. His only friend, Hassan takes him on a roadtrip to nowhere specific. And ends up seeing the place where Archduke Franz Ferdiand is buried (yes the guy from WW I) at Gutshot, Tennessee. (view spoiler)[ Ok long story short, he makes friends with Lindsey and Hassan ends up kissing the hot girl Katrina. After 100 pages, Colin finds a theorem that could predict the life span of any relationship and dates Lindsey. End of the story and sorry for the spoiler. Colin learns to narrate a story! (hide spoiler)]
Ok seriously, nothing ever happens in the book at all. I really tired liking it though. I particularly wasn't liking any character at all - neither whiny, self obsessed, self absorbed so called child prodigy Colin nor the self absorbed and nothing to offer to the story female lead Lindsey. Not even the other insufferable smaller characters.
And hope you will forgive my generalizing of John Green's books (I have read three now), but I still have to find any person, let alone teens, being so nerdy (again forgive me using the most over used word in the past few years). Seriously I am yet to meet even one single person who actually speaks like any of these characters
And if you knew where ever they were hiding, please please let me know - I really need to make friends with them. But these characters in all of his stories seem to have the best of friends - equally nerdy ones. Come on, it is killing me. Be it Hazel and Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars, or Alaska and Sam from Looking for Alaska, or every one (Collin, Hassan and Lindsey) from AOK. If I hate him creating too good to be true, 'unique' characters and making my normal life miserable, I wish him hell for making socially dysfunctional to be cool. We have had enough off the same churn. Dear Mr Green show us real life characters, I understand it is a book of fiction but I am not interested in old wine in new bottle, even if we had liked the old wine.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author free of cost in return for a honest review.
Now that we got rid of that simple formality, we can get iDisclaimer: I received this book from the author free of cost in return for a honest review.
Now that we got rid of that simple formality, we can get into our usual mode of fun review. I generally don't review books that I don't feel like reviewing and there are books from the other extreme - those that I can not wait to push my thoughts out to the world about - be it good or bad. Now this is one of those books. I will do my best not to give out any spoilers along the review.
Book: A Minute to Death Author: Ganga Bharani Genre: Fiction - Thriller, Whodunit Main Characters: Rohan, Riya, Avanthika, Setting: Chennai Rating : 3.5 / 5 (kinda frustrating having to choose a 0.5 here)
The story revolves around the investigation of suicide (or is it murder?) of a college student by Inspector Rohan. His girlfriend Riya, a wannabe writer tags along with him so as to write her book and decides to help him to solve the case through her crazy ideas. She does help him at few instances. But the story takes a turn when they find another girl committing suicide at a different part of the city though there are no apparent similarities or relationship between the girls. If you need to know the climax, here it is: Rohan solves with the case with a great help of Riya and accepts that she is a good writer.
The narration is fast and racy, and the story-line is worth to kill for (if you know what I mean). I picked the book around 2230 hours last night and I couldn't put the book down until I finished. I could have cheated and turned to the last chapter, (of course I wouldn't do it to a thriller) - but you get the point. If at all I had a say about it, the book should have been a little more longer (says the girl who couldn't wait for the last chapter).
The opening of the story is well written, though a little clichéd. I decided am going to like the book once I read that first chapter and I liked Riya enough. I could like her even though she was that stereotypical high strung, dramatic college chick when she tries so hard not to be. I wish I could have known her a little better. Rohan is the typical masala film hero - self righteous, confident yet romantic and sensitive kind. The skeptic in me didn't buy him. But well this is a thriller not a romance - so I gulp the cynicism down.
The climax is unexpected and appreciated yet I wished it were a little more plausible.'A Minute to Death' is a no nonsense whodunit with a narrative that sags almost at no place and twists and turns that are sorta roller coaster ride for the reader - without wearing out the reader by trying too much. I am looking forward to other books of the author for another thriller.
I always have wondered what would be the male version of chic-lit or ultimate male guilty pleasure (pun intended). This book would be a perfect choiceI always have wondered what would be the male version of chic-lit or ultimate male guilty pleasure (pun intended). This book would be a perfect choice for male trash read, judging by the stars in GR rating. I had to skim through the book after 50%.
The first part is about the protagonist rescuing about 50 naked girls from the bad guys (terrorists which included Osama) by flying into Syria and single handedly wiped out about 600 men before USA could send out troops (yes you read it right). So the American president funds 30 billion dollars for 'extravagant' life style and a new identity.
If you still are interested,this is where the story started turning bat shit crazy (I have extraordinary tolerance). The next entire part is all about him teaching two barely legal aged girls fishing, snorkeling and BDSM - mostly the latter. Believe it or not, he gets parental consent for his masochistic activities. Oh did I mention we get loads of lectures on antifeminism, objectification of women and of course lots and lots of untasteful erotica. I don't even want to talk about the weak minded, barbie doll and poorly characterized females and their absolute awe and love towards the "alpha male" or the so called witty repartee, which was supposed to be a foreplay.
I skimmed right from the middle of the chapter two and stopped hoping it was going to become any good further - it didn't.
When someone asked me to look up the series, I just read the blurb and found it interesting. I didn't realize the whole story was more or less in the blurb and it ends even before the end of chapter one. I really need a good senseless chicklit now to wash off the after taste of this senseless trash....more
I just realized there are few authors that I fall in love right from their first book that I can lay my hands on, and then they go on to make me stayI just realized there are few authors that I fall in love right from their first book that I can lay my hands on, and then they go on to make me stay in love (unlike the people in real life, but that is a story for another time), with every one of their other books. I am all praise about Gillian Flynn (of the Gone Girl fame) and her book Dark Places, and I can't stop myself raving about it to everyone who would listen and who wouldn't even. Gillian Flynn, you are my newest favorite author!
Twenty five years ago, 7 years old Libby Day testifies against her 15 years old brother Ben, for the massacre of their family - their mother and two younger sisters. Ben is convicted for life, partially on Libby's testimony and partially on the evidences related to his practices of ritualistic Satanic worship and substance abuse. Libby is still mentally stunted and plainly selfish and broke, after living these many years on the donations and trust fund for survivors of such murders. Libby blocks away, mentally and physically, anything to do with 'those' days - until she was contacted by an odd club obsessed with solving mysteries, called Kill Club.
I have always been partial to stories with flawed characters and guess what, this book is so ridden with them that I can't help loving the book and the writing - not the Characters. And that's there, that I didn't love or even like any of the characters. The plot is gory, dark and depressing and yet poignant enough to like it and hold my attention. Each character is etched to perfection and the flaws are quite real. Be it Patty who hated her miserable life so much that she could see only the easy way out or Ben who wanted only a sign of approval from his girlfriend and friend that he could not even stop her from killing his sister. Or Libby who did not want to take a step to recount her past until she found it as a lucrative business. Yes, these are the kinds of people I look forward to in books. (Yes, I am creepy and weird)
Many might have a problem with the ending being abrupt but that is how life is. The twisted and vile nature of people and circumstances do play a lot of role in everyone's life. Of course, the book is not for everybody. Perhaps, Satanic worship, substance abuse, underage sex, teen pregnancy as well as the vivid description of the bloody massacre would be too much. But on the whole I loved, and I am looking forward to reading her award winning book "Sharp Objects'' as well.
The story is about two childhood best friends Laksha and Pallavi who have different aspirations in life, and their respective love lives. The story isThe story is about two childhood best friends Laksha and Pallavi who have different aspirations in life, and their respective love lives. The story is just not about friendship, love and career dreams - it tries to shows a life of a typical girl from Chennai, which makes it easier for the reader to feel related to.
The story is extremely fast paced and kept me wanting me not to stop reading till I reached the epilogue. Yeah, that led to few burnt and blackened dosas, but of course who could blame me - I was making them while I was reading - not the other way around.
For such a short book, it does have quite a pack of characters - and most of them interesting too. In about eleven chapters, the book tries to takes through too many stories, which may or may not work for the other readers. Personally, I would like to be prodded by the characters, their flaws, eccentricities even after I have finished the book. So on that perspective, I would like to have had more than just a glimpse of the Laksha's parents or even Priyanka.
Exactly are not stories, but anecdotes - no! smaller than anecdotes - more of collection of random thoughts.
There were few stories that created excitExactly are not stories, but anecdotes - no! smaller than anecdotes - more of collection of random thoughts.
There were few stories that created excitement and others were more or less MEH! I get the satire tone of the entire book, but most of them ended just before I could gear my interest into the characters....more