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For once, Ziva could use her ‘gift’ for herself. Throughout her life, her talent had been freely given to those desperate for a glimpse into destiny’s promise - love, loss, life and death - and everything else along the way. Perceptive and young, Ziva revels in the semiotic arts and their ability to bring joy and comfort to those she meets. But with the blessing of enlight ...more
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Published January 26th 2016 by Edward Vukovic
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J. Schlenker
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cover drew me in – so well designed. I’m not a coffee drinker, yet reading this book could almost make me become one. I was mesmerized by the poetic flow and rich descriptions in the book, so much so, that I almost lost track of the story. However, midway through, I was very much engrossed into the characters and found the book hard to put down. The reader is enriched by the subtle ritual of the coffee drinker, not much unlike a Japanese tea ceremony. The descriptions were so defined that at ...more
Dianne
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five strangers in a world full of strangers cross paths and each has somehow affected the others’ lives, all because of the magic of coffee. Grind by Edward Vukovic is a tale of mystery, rituals and the power of fate in the world.

Do you have a coffee ritual? If so, you are one of millions, but Ziva’s ritual including reading the grinds, a power passed down by her grandmother to be used for helping others discover their futures. What if she read her own future? Dare she try it? What will she dis
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K.J. Simmill
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grind by Edward Vukovic is a fiction novel touching on aspects of romance, mystery, and occult. However the main focus of Grind is the effect people unknowingly have on other people's lives. It follows Ziva, Michel, Simon, Isaac, and Danielle. Five strangers whose paths cross and alter the course of another's future.

Ziva was raised to read coffee, her skills taught to her by her baba (Grandmother.) whose skills were sought far and wide by those wishing to learn of the future. Ziva understands al
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Rebecca
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great characters, a story that keeps you turning the pages and great insight into the small details of life and our interconnectedness.

Most of the coffee references went right over my head as a non-drinker but the rest of the story was good enough to make up for that ;)
Lani
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Considering the fact that I do not like the taste at all, this book has really got me hanging out for a hot cup of coffee.

The writing style is richly detailed. Edward Vukovic writes descriptively to the point where you can smell the brewing coffee on the stove and your tastebuds are tingling with anticipation. Each sentence is well thought out and packed with sensory detail. Vukovic has a way of weaving words together to create realistic descriptions that make you view the world around you in a
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Nalini Warriar
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Grind as in coffee is an engrossing book. Ziva, of Macedonian heritage with ties to Bosnia and Serbo-Croatia and the horrors those names conjure, living in Australia with her brother Ivan and his wife, start off this wonderful creation from the mind of Edward Vokovic. Simon, the realtor, Isaac the bar-owner and secret poet, Michel the ‘homeless’ smoker who has a dark secret or two and Danielle, the school girl, complete the cast of principal characters.

I was immediately drawn into Ziva’s myster
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Ella (The Story Collector)
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Told from the perspective of five different characters, this story explores the impact people can have on each other through chance meetings. Ziva, Isaac, Simon, Michel and Danielle are five strangers who's paths cross and have a significant impact on each other's lives. We follow the mini-story of each character, leading up to a shocking climax (which I won't spoil).

The main focus is on Ziva, an immigrant with a gift for predicting the future. Her story - and Danielle's - really is what kept me
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gj indieBRAG
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that GRIND by Edward Vukovic is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Jessie Stevens
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is it cliche to compare a book that features coffee with a coffee shop? I hope not...

This book is told from a variety of view points and as they are introduced, the characters swirl through the plot like the steam and scent of coffee in eddies of breezes, mingling and changing as they meet. Just as if you were to follow your nose walking through your favorite local coffee shop, the scent of some of the characters drew me in. I wanted to know more about the woman who reads the future in coffee cu
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Joy Corkery
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
First published here: https://joyfulantidotes.com/2016/08/2...

Every so often, I get the chance to read a book I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen if I was placed in the middle of a bookshop. Such occurrences help me to open my mind to new genres/story types and discover more about what I like and don’t like in a book. Grind by Edward Vukovic was one such book.

For the most part, Grind tells the story of Ziva, an Eastern European immigrant currently living in Australia with her brother and his wife
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Kirsty Noah-whitlock
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Grind is a novel which shows the effects one person can have on another without realising it. Written from the different characters perspectives you find yourself turning page after page to find out what happens next. Very good reading especially as it's the authors first book. Lots of coffee references for the coffee lovers out there!! Make yourself a cuppa, put your feet up and read Grind, you won't be disappointed xx ...more
Sara Pack
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edited
This intriguing story takes the reader into the lives of several characters in the first person. Each character has a well developed individual voice and very different story. Yet each one of them crosses paths with another along the way, eventually leading to intensely emotional events.

I will give nothing away, but I love the connections in the story, especially the coffee!
Clota Santa
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An engrossing read!

A wonderful read full of well-written characters. A play on words for the title and the book itself.

My favorite character would obviously be Ziva!

Highly recommended!
Kurt Chambers
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Positive points

This story is written in first person perspective with multiple POVs. First person perspective is very common these days, but not all authors can pull it off. Vukovic, on the other hand, has used this perspective to the max to create a deep POV for each of the characters. I enjoyed becoming each character as the story unfolded. I became emotionally connected to each one of them and am not ashamed to admit I shed a tear or two. Hats off to the author for that.

The story is not actio
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Taha Shehab
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mr Vukovic is a wordsmith that relies not on elongated words or complicated sentences but instead on memorising flow and subtle poetry. I was slightly hesitant to get into this book as I much prefer sci fi, however upon nearing the end I found myself exceptionally saddened that the stories of all the characters I had begun to develop a connection with, was about to end. The author does such an exquisite job of painting characters and scenes that I often find myself recalling vivid imagery and wo ...more
Stephanie Doran
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Grind explores the everyday lives of its characters and the intricate and unexpected ways their lives are connected. It has been beautifully written and the pace of the plot is generally very well done.

By delving into the history, lives and motives of its characters the author has created a gripping and intriguing tale of how we can find and develop connections with others out of even the smallest of shared interests (in this case, coffee!). Highly recommend this book. It is a really is an enjo
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Antonella Gramola-Sands
Interesting read. Great characters. A bit disjoint at times but this is probably due to the variety of stories than will come together at the end.
Rosie Amber
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Grind is a contemporary piece of literature set in Melbourne, Australia and follows five different characters towards an end when it is revealed how they are all connected. Throughout the story coffee is a common thread linking them all. The book is primarily written in first person from multiple points of view.

Ziva is Eastern European, with a gift of sight, she reads the signs left by the dregs in strong Turkish cups of coffee. She has come to Australia, following her brother and his wife, but
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Diplomacy76
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I didn't really know what to expect when I grabbed this book on a recent Kindle sale. However, it exceeded all of them.

While the book focuses on a number of characters, each from their own perspective, it is really about Ziva, an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia. Ziva has the ability to foretell the future by reading coffee grinds - an ability passed on from her grandmother - and is forced to make a number of life-changing decisions because of what she has seen in the grinds. I
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Fiona  Cooke Hogan
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The title Grind is important - coffee plays a central role in the main characters lives. For Ziva, a young immigrant fleeing war torn Eastern Europe- it is a link to her past and the way to foretell the future.
For Simon, a failed property salesman - his love of good coffee is the only good thing in his life. Isaac's offer of coffee brings him and Ziva together.
But Grind also tells of the struggle of these characters - Ziva's daily toil and efforts to adjust to life in a new country and against p
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Harry R
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I don’t read a lot of fiction, but I really enjoyed what was a memorable story. The writing style was very fluid and easy to read and I was completely immersed in the skilfully written narrative. But most of all, I was really taken in by the descriptive way of looking at the world.

My personal yardstick is thinking what someone from the US might get from the story, having never visited Melbourne. The writer truly laboured over painting the mental pictures, which I appreciated, as I
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T. Phelps
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange and inviting story

First off, there are plenty of typos and errors in this story but not enough to distract or detract from the story itself.

The main characters are well developed and the authors ability to describe a scene and setting are powerfully honed.

I won't say this is the type of story I usually read but it certainly had enough of a grip to hold my scattered attention for the duration.

If the author had another editor take a look at the story and if he tightened up some loose s
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Patricia Gordon
I won this book on Goodreads Giveaway's.
Fascinating read about Ziva, Michel, Isaac, Simon and Danielle five strangers where coffee is their common denominator. This is a romantic mystery with dashes of occult thrown in, it shows what one person does can have an effect on other people they have never met.
Great cover art as well.
Highly recommend
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Fermentum
I REALLY, REALLY wanted to like this book, but the only part I liked was the parts with Ziva and the coffee. When i got to each new chapter, It took me a little while to figure who the person was.
Peta
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Hmmm didn't love this one. In fact couldn't wait to be rid of it.... ...more
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Edward Vukovic is a Melbourne-based writer and novelist. He has work published across numerous publications including The Journal, The Adviser, The Roar and Shoot Farken. When he's not writing about his poor parenting skills or fantasy football you will most likely find him hurling instructions at the television, steadfast in his belief that the players of whatever sport he's watching at the time ...more

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