Why did I pick this book: I absolutely love Anya Wylde’s writing style with a touch of Wodehouse, RK Narayan, HFirst reviewed on my blog Life as Freya
Why did I pick this book: I absolutely love Anya Wylde’s writing style with a touch of Wodehouse, RK Narayan, Heyer, and her very own sense of humour that has me rolling with laughter. Her books are the perfect ‘pick-me-up’. Now, on to Goodness Gracious Gracie.
Like Indian food, it’s like nothing else Gracie, runs away from her family vacation to join the crew of a documentary film being shot on an Indian business tycoon. Her best friend is getting engaged; she had presumed they would have a happily ever after and now she’s heart broken. She’s running away from it all to India, only the tycoon youngest son is smoulderingly handsome and nothing goes according to Gracie’s plans.
An alliterative title, Goodness Gracious Gracie rolls of the tongue nicely and suits the heroine and theme perfectly. The cover though nice, didn’t please me over much. I’ve loved Wylde’s previous covers and this one I feel lacks the oomph.
Goodness Gracious Gracie is a cliched romance plot thrown into the pan with Indian spices and served with a tadka. From the moment the heroine meets the hero at the start of the book, I knew what was coming, the heated chemistry, the stolen moments, the denial, the resistance, the final submission… it’s all there, and yet like Indian food, it’s like nothing else.
An ‘Indianess’ not seen often Like her previous book in the Monsoon Series, Love Muffin and Chai Latte, Goodness Gracious Gracie is also set in India, in Mumbai and Goa during the peak of the Monsoon. Anya Wylde uses Indian people, our culture, the climate & weather, the cities and all that’s Indian to further her story. Her grasp of India and it’s nuances has me impressed.
There is an ‘Indianess’ to her writing, an understanding of India not seen often in non-Indian writers and it shows in her Indian characters. Gracie Dixie is a Texan gal, and half the crew is a Irish but everyone else in Indian. The hero Veer is a tall, dark and handsome millionaire, kind, thoughtful and family oriented, the man of many an Indian girl's dreams.
His family seems perfectly cut out of an Ekta Kapoor serial - Paramjeet, a patriarchal father who’ll do anything to further his business, Ranjeet, a good-for-nothing son who doles out profound wisdom, a second son Cuckoo, who’s happy with a simple life, Natasha, a rebellious self-made daughter fighting the patriarchy and Veer, the dutiful youngest son, poised to take over the empire.
A romantic comedy with a strong feminist streak The heroine, Gracie Dixie, has all the aplomb and niceness of a Texan girl. She embraces and experiences India with a naivety that Anya Wylde uses to hilarious effect. I’m still laughing about her first experience of a Mumbai flood and her fear of drowning in knee-deep water.
Goodness Gracious Gracie is a romantic comedy with a strong feminist streak. All the women in the story have strong characters and issues they must battle. Paramjeet’s Irish second wife, Liz who will forever be a foreigner in the land she has adopted, ice queen Mia, who has little soft spots in her hard exterior, fiery Natasha, who’s rebellion on a matter of prickle may cost her everything and Smita, who loves Ranjeet but cannot tell him.
Parting thoughts Anya Wylde has drawn out an engaging tale, a feel good romance with the right amount of steaminess, adventure, drama and excitement. I couldn’t put the book down once I started. The book sets a good pace until climax with relevant sub-plots and intrigues that add to the story.
Why are you still here? Go get Goodness Gracious Gracie and get started. And while your at it, buy Anya Wylde’s other books too, you’re not going to be stopping at one. :D...more
It was the title that enticed me; as I wondered what story could be spun around a beard?
The Bearded Prince by Rajesh Talwar is a children’s story ofIt was the title that enticed me; as I wondered what story could be spun around a beard?
The Bearded Prince by Rajesh Talwar is a children’s story of Princess Roopali who has come of age and must choose her prince in a swayamvar. Princes from all over the land come to meet her and woo her. Some of them are tall, others short, some good looking and and some fat, one of them even has a beard (Roopali doesn’t like beards). As the story progresses Roopali meets with each prince and then makes her choice.
At the surface The Bearded Prince is a simple story but there are layers Rajesh Talwar has woven to give the tale depth. Through the story he touches upon independence, individualism, prejudice, superstition, creative freedom, and not being judgemental. There is a lot to take away from Roopali’s story.
The language is simple and easy with a good pace that kept me reading right to the end. I would have preferred a tighter story, with less sub-plots, (I lost track of some of them). This is an Indian fairytale that I recommend you read, for this one has an empowered princess, an unconventional prince and a story with depth (and morals).
PS - The relevance of beards runs deeper then just one prince sporting a beard and Roopali not liking them. That one surprised me too :D
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
I’ve read graphic novels before, but that was ages ago as a kid, in the time of Chacha Chaudhri and Tinkle. So, when Sarah of YMore at ~ Life as Freya
I’ve read graphic novels before, but that was ages ago as a kid, in the time of Chacha Chaudhri and Tinkle. So, when Sarah of YA Bound Book Tours reached out with Finding Molly, I grabbed the chance to correct that lapse, plus it’s an Indie comic by an author of colour, has a mixed race female protagonist and has cats! That’s a lot of bonus points! ...more
Detailed Review on Life as Freya I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Apart from being the name of Shea’s bike shop, Iron Goddess theDetailed Review on Life as Freya I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Apart from being the name of Shea’s bike shop, Iron Goddess the title is also a metaphor for the strength she must find in herself. I quite liked the cover with its rugged colour tones and graphic. The blurb is a good test of what to expect in the book.
I found the plot new and different, I haven’t read a story like Iron Goddess before. Dharma Kelleher surprised me constantly, I kept guessing what would come next but she always had an ace up her sleeve. I like books that keep me on my toes.
I’ve never been to America or Arizona where this story plays out but the descriptions of the mountains, valleys, city roads, traffic, sudden rains and more, made it all very real for me.
Shea’s strength and will to fight was something I admired but her stubbornness to not stay out of trouble got to me a few times. And then there was her sister and the chauvinistic men who really got my goat. Iron Goddess has a varied cast of characters and I enjoyed the diversity in the book. The characters of Iron Goddess feel real, their emotions and reactions easy to associate with.
Dharma Kelleher uses simple language that makes for fast reading and the story is fast paced too. The climax is good but unexpected and took me a while to accept.
Overall, Iron Goddess was an enjoyable read and I recommend it if you are looking for a fun, action-packed diverse book. I learned a thing or two about American Bike Culture too!...more
I took a long time to finish this book, between life and the trappings of a play it was slow progtess, but, I'm glad to have read it.
After the last boI took a long time to finish this book, between life and the trappings of a play it was slow progtess, but, I'm glad to have read it.
After the last book and especially the sappy ending, I had felt it would be best if no more was written on HP but the play has made me rethink.
This installment of the story explores some very adult issues - the shadow of a celebrity father, the pressure to performance because of your name, love and it's abuse, friendships and the unlikely places you find them, and more.
Over all, it's a good book, it kinda saves face for the last book's sappy end but the play format takes some getting used to and for a play, the book was whoa expensive Rs.899 hardcover/Rs.799 ebook....more
Detailed Review on Life as Freya I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Read as part of Penguin First to Read Program
I loved the coverDetailed Review on Life as Freya I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Read as part of Penguin First to Read Program
I loved the cover, it’s simple and clean. The title’s appropriate and the blurb sets the stage quite well.
I’ve read stories of siblings reuniting before so the plot isn’t all new but it still was different. All the layers and twists involved in Daniel’s accident created a world that was easy for me to associate with. All that was happening felt real.
The sisters, Josie and Meredith feel real and believable; I found myself liking them and disliking them based on the situation. Pain of the loss of a loved one is easier to deal-with with family, but loss can also easily make a wedge between them. I’ve experienced this, so I found myself sympathising with Josie and Meredith as they dealth with their individual loss, and found strength in each other again.
The language of the book is simple and easy but the pace was a little slow for me and that spoilt the climax for me. That said, I enjoyed reading Love Comes First right to the end.
A good read if you are into family drama. A story anyone with siblings can associate with. Go ahead read it, it does stand up to the hype....more
Detailed Review on Life as Freya. I was given the first edition of this book in exchange for an honest review.
30 Days of Daal is what the title says,Detailed Review on Life as Freya. I was given the first edition of this book in exchange for an honest review.
30 Days of Daal is what the title says, 30 different types of daal from across India, in all it’s various styles and varieties. It covers daals from the simple Yellow Moong Daal to the Parsi Dhansak and Oriya Dalma.
The layout of the book needs work and as ebook I would have liked to see more navigation options. I used the books on a variety of eReader apps on the phone and on my Kindle. The Kindle offered the best experience but there were issues there too.
Another thing that stands out is the lack of serving sizes. This made for quantity goof-ups in the recipes I tried. Each recipe has an image of what the daal looks like, the set of ingredients needed and the method of preparation. The instructions are simple to follow and Pragati Bidkar has also added notes to make it easier for the first timer.
There is also a chapter at the end with details about lentils, rice, spices, oil, and cookware used and where you can get them. This section is specially helpful for Non-Indians or Indians who live in the US.
Over all, a good book to have in the kitchen. I recommend it for all who love the Indian cuisine, especially if you like cooking it....more
I quite enjoyed the book. The story of Sam overcoming his fears and judgements to become a better person is a feel good story that runs a good pace wiI quite enjoyed the book. The story of Sam overcoming his fears and judgements to become a better person is a feel good story that runs a good pace with a simple concept.
A lot of ideas are explored, growing up, dealing with fears, overcoming bad experiences, working hard, understanding animals,... There is a lot to this book.
My only complaint would be how childish the parent child banter is. It felt odd and just didn't sit right. But then again, that might be a grownup talking, children might enjoy it. I'd recommend this book for kids 5 to maybe 16?...more
Full Review on Life as Freya | I got this book through YA Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
I love watching Che play story based video gamesFull Review on Life as Freya | I got this book through YA Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
I love watching Che play story based video games, so a book based on getting sucked into a game just had to be read!
I’ve never come across a plot like this before so it was a refreshing find. I really like the idea of falling into a video game and becoming an actual part of the game. The plot is clear, as in Michelle has to save the Starrs World but the whole thing about the Cycle of the Six Moons was complicated and I’m still confused about it.
The world of Starrs has been created well and I found it very believable. Yeung’s descriptions of the terrain made it easy to visualise the world as I read the book. It almost felt like watching someone play a story-based video game.
The main character is Michelle but she is supported by a bunch of primary, secondary and tertiary characters. The characters are well fleshed out and described rather in detail too.
The flow of the story is good and so is the pace, I found myself wanting to read constantly to know what would happen next. But the pace is also constant and there is no build up to climax, it doesn’t feel like a climax, but that might be because it is to be a series?
Overall I enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it if you are a Young Adult and into video games and that kind of fantasy....more
I received this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
This is the first time I'm reading steampunk. And I'm unable to make up my mind if I like it.I received this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
This is the first time I'm reading steampunk. And I'm unable to make up my mind if I like it. I enjoyed the book but also felt it was lacking at many points.
There were many instances when my attention wavered and I found myself working hard at making progress. The story loosened and slipped away a lot of times. And some of the romantic scenes felt terribly cheesy and hence fake.
But the actual core of the story is interesting and some of the characters endearing. I found myself falling in love with Chaff.
I'm looking forward to book two and hoping the story will get tighter there....more
I enjoyed reading It’s a Wonderful Death and would recommend it for anyone over the age of 14-15. Even if you are in your 30’s like me,Detailed Review
I enjoyed reading It’s a Wonderful Death and would recommend it for anyone over the age of 14-15. Even if you are in your 30’s like me, this book will be entertaining and will transport you back to school (well, some what). :)
The title had me intrigued and curious at the start and by the end of the book the title made perfect sense. The blurb piqued my interest and got me wanting to read the book. As for the cover, I really liked it, its simple and somber and yet resonates.
Narrated by RJ, It’s a Wonderful Death is written in simple language. I haven’t read something like this ever before and found it fascinating. The story is well paced with a climax I just didn’t see coming and didn’t like, yet it seemed the most appropriate ending. There aren’t too many subplots and the story sticks together well with no loose ends left behind.
I don’t usually review Children’s Books and I’m most probably not the best judge of them since I don’t have children oDetailed review on Life as Freya
I don’t usually review Children’s Books and I’m most probably not the best judge of them since I don’t have children of my own. However, though it’s been years since I’ve been a child, children’s books still transport me to my childhood. It is from this forever child that the review comes. :)
The plot is a simple one about the bridge of friendship and yet it has a lot of depth and learnings to take away. There are multiple morals to the story but the message is put across gently and subtly, so as to get the child to think and reflect.
Kommuru has chosen his main characters well. The friendship of a tiger and donkey is so unreal that you want to believe in it. It also makes for an excellent example of opposites can attract and be friends. The author has sketched out and introduced the characters well so they feel familiar and real.
The story is narrated well with simple language and a constant pace. The story also has a lot of sounds build in to make it a good bedtime story. The illustrations of Arul Anugragh Ross, add to the story and give it a vibrance that I think will interest children.
If you have kids aged 10 and below, I would recommend ‘The Magic of Friendship’, especially if your read them bedtime stories....more
It took me a while to warm up to the story; I read over 30% before I started to feel the interest. But after that I enjoyed it. There wDetailed review
It took me a while to warm up to the story; I read over 30% before I started to feel the interest. But after that I enjoyed it. There were no loose ends and unneeded subplots. It’s a rather straight forward story that gains momentum as it nears the climax. The climax though left me wanting action, it felt too decent (for want of a better word). It would have been nice to have a few punches thrown in. The end though is a sweet surprise and a nice twist to the happily-ever-after ending.
The language is simple and easy, it makes for fast reading but the pace of the book is slow at the start and starts to pick up only towards mid-point in the book. The book attempts to be humorous but I found very few instances when I laughed.
I enjoyed The Seven Steps to Closure. There were a couple of times in the beginning when I almost gave up, but I am glad read to the end. Usher’s writing has promise and I look forward to her other books. A good read if you can stick it through the first half. This book has sex in it so – above 16-18 only....more
This is a collection of short love stories as diverse as it gets, from WhatsApp to dental clinics, this is a coming together of a variety of writing styles, storytellers and stories.
The title is bang on in terms of description as a collection of 10 Love stories created by Indiblogger. The cover is simple and pleasing with limited colours and basic illustrations. The blurb doesn’t say much about the stories, rather it talks more about the Indiblogger-HarperCollins collaboration.
The book is edited and formatted well, and the reading experience is good with a comfortable font and feel-good paper. The layout of the stories and their order also make of pleasant reading.
All the stories were engaging and enjoyable but three stories stood out for me as my favourites. Crystal Cacophony by Jenny Sarto, At The End of The Parade by Nilanjana Bose and Speechlessly In Love by Varsha Dutta.
I enjoyed the book and would recommend you read it. It’s suitable for all ages. And of course in reading, buying and sharing this book you’d be supporting fellow bloggers. :)...more
I took longer than expected to complete reading The Mom Test but that was because the content was very helpful and I wanted to take time to absorb it.I took longer than expected to complete reading The Mom Test but that was because the content was very helpful and I wanted to take time to absorb it.
Fitzpatrick has written the book well and the content is laid out well with examples and thoughts. It gets you thinking deeper into having conversations and understanding them. There is also a cheatsheet at the end.
An excellent book if you are someone who conducts a lot of conversations and interviews. I think it's excellent in theory, now have to see how it works in practice. :)...more