Sunday, December 10, 2017

Can a Geek ever find Love? Check out Book Review of Finding Juliet by Toffee

What made me pick up this book was its interesting cover and the name "Finding Juliet". Those who have missed our interaction with the author can check here. Interview Link

Book Blurb
Arjun is a sweet, simple guy who is so unlucky in love that he almost lets go of life. Enter his saviour Krish, who turns him into an irresistible flirt, making his life more colourful. But will he find true happiness or has he lost that opportunity?

Join Arjun as he tries to figure out women and discovers the meaning of love, lust and life.. all in his journey of Finding Juliet.
This book is about guy Arjun who knew nothing about girls. He was a guy who believed in true love. In the journey to find true love he broke his heart thrice after that he moved to another city. He met Krish who was deliberately good with women and enlighten Arjun about female behavior and desires. From a nice guy, Arjun became flirt and started having intimate relationships with two-three women at a time but was feeling emotionally void. He realized he needed a true love. 

I liked the story in this book but the narration was quite poor. What I didn't like about this book that in the beginning of the book females were portrait like a devil creatures who don't give a damn about others feeling but the author makes up for that when Krish was enlightening Arjun about female behavior. But there he made it sound like women only fall for bad guys and flirts and don't care about good guys. I like Anjali's character.

From the cover, I have had high expectations but this book was not able to fulfill it. Talking about ratings
  1. Cover : - 4/5
  2. Content : - 2/5
  3. Character : - 2/5
  4. Concept : - 3/5
  5. Overall : - 3/5
Book can be found at Amazon
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

BookReview Deceived by Heena Rathore

I have started reading Deceived by Heena Rathore 3 days back and I couldn't put it down. Out of curiosity, I have completely devoured all 350 pages in 3 days to know what would happen next. Most of the books get boring in the mid part but this book has kept me on my toes throughout.

Before we get into the story I just want to take a minute to appreciate the cover because that is what made me pick the book in the first place and a line written on the cover "How well do you really know your loved ones?" Made me curious about this book.

The story is about Allison stone whose mother and a 5-year old brother was brutally murdered when she was young. She was getting blank calls from someone but she didn't tell anyone about that. The book has another story thread about a girl who has killed her parents at the age of thirteen. The book is filled with psychopaths, sociopaths, and unusual thing.

The overall writing is good though in starting it gets little confusing, as the story evolved everything comes in Pace. I am not a fan of a thriller but this psychological thriller has changed my opinion.

Talking about ratings
  1. Title & Cover - 4/5
  2. Characters - 4/5
  3. Concept - 4.5/5
  4. Overall - 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mystery Thriller- The Celeritas File by Ishan Majumdar

The Celeritas File by Ishan Majumdar is a book that I could call "a damn good thriller". I fall into the category of readers who don't like thriller much, but this book is clearly an exception for me. While reading the book I literally felt being there experiencing all the events in front of my eyes. And that experience was mind-boggling. This book held me from the first page to the last page. I have completed this book in merely two days in 3-4 sittings.

Book Blurb
Experience the story of Shaina Desai, who finds herself in the middle of a sinister plot to steal her prized invention, which happens to be the principal subject of valuation for a multi-million dollar cross-border investment in what could be termed as one of the most brutal attempts at intellectual property theft in the history of corporate India.
Will she be forced to give up her dream to save her son’s life? Or will she lose him to the ruthless kidnappers?
A tale of professional pride and the heart-breaking choices forced upon the individual, of love and betrayal, and the dark games ruthlessly played in the corporate world, under the veneer of professional ethics.
The story started with four friends Ravi, Nandini, Aaman and, Shaina with her son Rajiv meeting at the nightclub. They all worked at an electronic technology firm, Bilksem technologies. The party ended with the murder of Ravi and kidnapping of Rajiv. The reason for the murder and kidnapping was an impossible invention in the field of technology by Bilksem firm. The kidnappers wanted only one thing as ransom the invitation known as the Celeritas file. What are the twist and turns? And will Shaina save her son's life or the greatest invention?

I enjoyed this book throughout. What I didn't like was the amount of information dumped in the beginning, it would have been much better if that had developed with the story flow. Anyways, I enjoyed the suspense of the book. I also enjoyed the climax where antagonist explain how he had done all the things. His letter to Shaina was something that I didn't expect.

Last time I liked any thriller as much as the Celeritas file was Dan Brown's books, so if you are Dan Brown fan then you'll definitely love this book. It is the first book of Ishan and he has done paise worthy job. I am looking forward to reading his second book.

Talking about ratings
  1. Cover - 3.5/5 (Could be better)
  2. Title - 4/5
  3. Characters - 4/5
  4. Concept - 4/5
  5. Overall - 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

Sunday, December 3, 2017

THe KOOL-5 Mystery Series - The Phantom of Raymond Villa By Sonu Dabral

No matter how old you become there are few things that you would love to do that love in your childhood. For me, that would be watching some good cartoon or animation, reading comics and young adult or middle-grade storybooks. The Phantom of Raymond Villa is one such wonderfull story. I would like to apologize Sonu Dabral for delaying the review of this book.

Book Blurb
The Kool-5 mystery hunters are a bunch of five spunky youngsters Maya, Munch, Jinx, Nano and Dodo, who live in an urban residential complex. The adventure seekers love to chillax and play pranks on The Gabbar , the security guard. They also hold secret meetings in their Headquarters an old, abandoned garage where they coin Kool new words tank up from the car pantry and brainstorm over baffling and sometimes dangerous mysteries... The K-5 stumble upon their very first mystery when strange hauntings are reported from Raymond Villa, a deserted, old mansion in their neighbourhood. Strange voices, dancing lights, a claw, and crashing chandeliers, greet those who dare to venture into the house. But most scary and eerie of all is the Phantom of Raymond Villa, who auto-magically materialises at different places at the same time and scares the daylights out of people. There are so many puzzling questions: Who is the mysterious sender of the threatening letters? How does the paint inside the villa change colour? What secret is old Grandma Gomes hiding? Who is the mysterious tramp? How does water turn to blood? Who scribbled the deadly warning and ransacked the H.Q? Is it the spirit of the young boy Mark, who met a tragic end in the villa decades ago, or some sinister human conspiracy? The podgy property dealer Mr.Bansal, the buyer Mr. Ahuja, Sharkface the mad scientist, Raju the head painter, and even The Gabbar, are all prime suspects in the challenging mystery before the K-5. There is never a lull as they embark on a roller-coaster adventure to unravel the clues and solve the baffling case of The Phantom Of Raymond Villa 

Our story started with a gang of 5 kids, each with different characteristic and skill (not supernatural skills though). The Gang loved to read mystery stories. They had given multiple names to various place, people & events to match their interest. Their dream was to solve a real mystery case. Their dream came true when suddenly they hear rumors of a ghost in neighborhood Raymond Villa. Intelligent Maya found something fishie as they have ventured into villa earlier but never felt any presence. They took the case unofficially and started tracking clues. They started visiting Raymond Villa, related places, and personalities. Everywhere they went one or other guy following or watching them. Read the book to know more.

I personally liked the way characters with their traits and sketched were introduced in introcution. The language of the book is easy enough for 4th or 5th grade. Kids in today's generation hardly connect with books. Especially in India where finding proper books for kids is difficult these type of books can help them cultivate reading habits. Book has everything that they love - fun, kids hokes, style of using their own words, mystery & suspense.

Talking about writing style, as I mentioned it is a middle-grade book so the author has written fast-paced fun filled content with the young audience in mind. Having said that any age group can read this book. It would help English learners to start reading. The book is having the sequel and it is already published. I am having high hopes for the sequel.

Talking about ratings
  1. Cover - 4/5
  2. Concept - 4/5
  3. Title - 4/5
  4. Characters - 5/5
  5. Overall - 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

We would like to thank Leadstart Publishers (Frog Books) for providing this opportunity to review book. Readers can check their wonderful collection of books by going through this link - Leadstart Books

Friday, December 1, 2017

Incredibly Incorrect Impression by Aarthi Srinivasan

It was hard to guess from the cover what lies inside this book. But I took the chance and ventured into the world of "Incredibly Incorrect Impression" It is a love story, but not a hardcore and intense one.

Book Blurb
Aishwarya Narayan, with her sarcastic and unintentionally humorous disposition, has got the typical life with her Always-ready-with-a-short-joke friends and her annoyingly accomplished family. Successful, stoic, stubborn, and sardonic, Dhruv Singhania was kind of the person her parents would generally give a good look at and then say 'Learn' When the two stumble upon each other, it gives rise to a series of awkward humour, intense sarcasm, usage of 'fandoms' as leverage, and a whole lot of acute weirdness. With her dream of making it as a writer on its way to become a reality, the 19 year old girl has to deal with the usual effects of ambition, fear of failure and everything else that occupies the mind of a girl who is determined to do well. Doubts arise, conversations are misinterpreted, feelings are confessed and then taken back, all in the backdrop of one thing a person always wants to do; live up to expectations while creating kick ass history.
Talking about the story, our main protagonist is Aishwarya Narayan. Aishwarya is a sarcastic and humorous personality. She is a writer and YouTuber. She fell in love with Dhruv Singhania who is successful, amazingly good looking and sardonic. There is not much to the story but the way this book has written is just spellbound. All that sarcasm and sassiness could just cheer your mood up and the bond that she shares with her best friend Krish literally reminds me of my best friend.

If you're having a bad day and you are someone who enjoys humor and sarcasm than this book can lighten your mood. The author Aarthi Sreenivasan has done a good job in this book.

This book is a casual and enjoyable read that can be taken by any age group. Talking about ratings
  1. Cover : - 3.5/5
  2. Content : - 4/5
  3. Character : - 4.5/5
  4. Concept : - 4/5
  5. Overall : - 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

We would like to thank Leadstart Publishers (Frog Books) for providing this opportunity to review book. Readers can check their wonderful collection of books by going through this link - Leadstart Books

Meet Young & Energetic Vineet Pandeyic Author of The End of Ketu's Era

"The End of Kate's Era" - I was flat the moment I checked the cover page of this book. And Leadstart Publishing has provided me opportunity to interview the author Vineet Pandey.

Can you brief our readers about your educational and professional background?
I did my +2 schooling in Kanpur and Allahabad. Then finished my Engineering, like everyone else in this country, from VIT Vellore. Have a Diploma in creative writing from IGNOU, New Delhi.

Post graduation, I did a small stint in a local company called Telelinks in Allahabad, where I was a door to door photocopy machine salesman. Then worked in Tata Technologies, Pune, before finally getting into a Nomadic life, with its off base location as Mumbai. Now I do Theatre, write and trying to create videos which can bring smile and light (hopefully) in people’s life.   
When did you start writing?
I wrote my first piece in school for my summer vacations project, back in mid 90’s. Though the major intention was to fill in the pages, but then, I remember I was in my village and fortunately happen to read Poos ki Ek Raat by Munshi Premchand. And that story, clubbed with the scenic impressions of my village, tuned my sub-conscious in such a way that I didn’t realize when I started describing the scenery of the village to fill pages for a Social study project. Later when I was appreciated by my teacher for the piece, I read and re-read it to understand what I have done.
When did you decide to become a writer?
Frankly, till now I haven’t decided to be a Full-time writer. I know for sure that I have so many emotions and stories which are unique yet commonly relatable. I knew this long back and all I needed was to vent out these stories, experiences, understandings etc. Initially it was just gatherings of guys with me sitting in the center, then to me being on stage and then eventually using print as a medium for now.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I have no genuine ambitions for my Writing career, because I don’t treat this as one. May be because am new, immature and more idealistic now.  All I want from my stories is to have that transportive power which made me write those. All my ambitions revolve around me trying to get out my inner self, and writing is one of the mediums. And if in this process if am able to make a living out of it(writing), I would consider my life to be a bliss.

Can you describe your current book in few lines? What’s it about?
It’s a story of a future world, when the Earth and the Universe is about to experience its ‘Sonic Boom’. The story starts immediately after the War between Man and Machine. The Planets are the lowest most Gods in the hierarchy of Gods, responsible to take care of Life on Planet Earth. But this sonic Boom had divided the group of planets in two sects. One segment wants the life to end before the Sonic Boom and the other wants a natural End, without interfering anything. In fact the Man-Machine War was the first failed attempt from the other group with the intent to wipe out Life from Planet Earth. Hence Ketu, the devil lord has arrived on the planet again to attain the so called Perfect End for the Planet.
Give us an insight into your main characters
  • Ketu: The Headless devil Lord, who has arrived on the planet. He has human body and Head here on the planet. He is stern, brutal and focused yet confused and curious at times because of his Human head.
  • Euleen: The most ferocious warrior from the life side. She has been involved with a lot of processes to protect the planet, under the guidance Guru’s.
  • Guru Aumrauth Theven: He runs the Ashram in one part of the planet Earth and is the key character in gathering and preparing the army of warriors against the raging war against Life from the Ketu side.
  • Shadeepsi: She is the queen of the cursed souls of Shapits. She helps Ketu gather his army of Zodiacs and helps him guide through the planet, which is relatively new to Ketu.
Where did you get idea for this book?
While working in Pune, one of my school Friend Jay Chakraborty, wrote a book on Numerology. That was when my interest grew in the occult sciences. I, being a science student, started making tangible conclusions from the foundations of occult and my understandings and observations of science and the real world. I started reading, exploring and experimenting. And that was when I started looking at the planets in astrology from a third person point of view, as characters, fascinated by their nature, characteristics, powers and effect stories. And those observations made me realize the potential of the story of the world of these characters.
In last 7 years, we have seen gigantic wave of books on mythological history. Did this wave help you to get your book selected by publisher? Would you like to tell us how the initial response of publishers for this book was?
To be truthful, I don’t know whether this wave helped me or my work to get through the scrutiny. But yes, I do am aware of the fact that in a country like ours, where readers are so scarce, it definitely cheers me up when I see that the genre of my first book has a relatively better audience base. As far as my publisher’s first response is considered, I think it was all good and overwhelming for me. I went through their submission page on Leadstart’s website. And with a step by step process going from synopsis to submitting first few chapters and then to meeting the group, all went smooth.
How much research did you do for this book?
Like mentioned before, Astrology came easy to me and was a little fun, relatively. If we go by time, it took almost a year to understand the basics of astrology and its characters. And by the time I got the idea to write my first few chapters, I already was doing astrological readings for people. All my books, channels and people which helped me during the process are mentioned in the acknowledgement.
What was the most difficult thing about writing your latest book?
The most difficult part of writing a fantasy fiction is to create uniqueness in your self-created dystopian world and not get influenced by any pre-existing work which already had portrayed such thing, consciously or sub consciously. Once the set is ready, rest all is easy as rest all is story.
Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?

What are you working on at the minute?
Right now I am working on two different projects. One is a collection of short stories which I am trying to release in form of a coloring book. Second is a video series which aims at registering the metamorphosis moments of people, which will be out very soon.
What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
This is the first book in my The End series. I hope it goes out well. Except having an advantage of an already existing Book name I think every new book faces the same amount of effort and time.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
The only piece of advice I think I have for aspiring writers, primarily the story tellers, is to try to write in that point of the day, when you are the most YOU, when you are closest to your real self. Fix that hour, maintain a strict discipline and keep experimenting with life, stories will flow automatically.
Links for your book readers
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BookReview - The Mask Diaries by Abhinav Goel

I would like to thank Goodreads for arranging wonderful giveaways. Otherwise, I would have missed this wonderful book. Though Vishnu won "The Masked Diaries" by Abhinav Goel,  I asked him to let me review this book after checking its cover and blurb.

Book Blub
Struggling through a troubled and painful childhood, Sohrab is cursed with an enormous gift: the ability to read and influence the minds of those around him. Armed with this powerful knowledge, he embarks on a remarkable journey that takes him across the world. Though he finds immense success, he is forever torn between good and evil. Unable to find peace with his alter ego, Sohrab is destined to destroy all that he has created in his tumultuous life - fame, love and adulation. In a fascinating story that spans five decades and takes us from the foothills of the Himalayas to the dubious by-lanes of Paris and the mysterious yet hauntingly beautiful countryside in the Hungarian Urals, The Mask Diaries will make you confront your own masks, the ones that remain hidden beneath your smiles and tears.
In short words, if I talk about the story, the protagonist of the book Shohrab has a tortuous past. Troubles of his past had made him acquire the alter ego - the mask. In this book, the author has shown mask as a different entity living inside him. The letters between the mask and the protagonist were mind awakening. These letters were pretty interesting. The book made me think of myself, my personality, my alter ego.

If you're fishing for something interesting to read than this book will leave you dumbstruck and leave a thousand thoughts in your mind. If you like to read Paulo Cohelo books than you'll definitely love this one.

Taking about rating
  1. Cover – 3.5/5
  2. Title – 4/5
  3. Concept – 4/5
  4. Characters – 4/5
  5. Overall – 4/5
Book can be found at Amazon & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads


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