SUMMER SECRETS BY JANE GREEN 


~Synopsis~

June,  1998. The twenty seven year old,  Cat Coombs is struggling.  She lives in London,  works as a journalist,  and parties hard.  When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes,  that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her.  And nothing is ever the same after that.  

June,  2014. Cat’s  life has come full circle.  She wants to make amends to those she has hurt.  Her quest takes her to Nantucket,  the gorgeous New England island where the women she once called family still live.  What Cat doesn’t realise is that these women,  her real father’s daughters,  have secrets of their own.  As the past collides with the present,  Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.  

~My Review ~

Right from the very first page I was hooked up to the book. Cat is witty,  smart and most of all real. Her character felt so genuine that I had to know what will come out of her life.  And not just Cat,  each and every character is written  with such delicacy that you will relate to them on some level.  

 Cat is an alcohol addict in denial till about the first half of the book and the rest of the story is about how she deals with  her Condition.  However,  being the main theme,  it doesn’t at any point feels like there is too much of it.  

Before picking up this book I thought it will mostly be a chic lit or a very light read but it has a very deeper meaning to it.  

How alcoholism affects her and her loved ones is shown so genuinely that you end up feeling so much for them,  shedding a teardrop or two. 

The Author has written this book at the right pace,  things falling apart and then falling back to places but you’re  still anxious about what will come out of it. 

One thing that I want to talk more about is Cat’s  struggle with alcohol addiction.  It was such a beautiful journey with some definite ups and downs,  I remember myself screaming “Nooooo..!!” while reading a climax scene and had to stop so that I could contemplate what just happened! 

The alcoholic is like a tornado roaring his way through the lives of others.  Hearts are broken.  Sweet relationships are dead.  Affections have been uprooted.  Selfish and inconsiderate habits have kept the home in turmoil.  

I found myself getting attached to her character so much and I will repeat this again that her character and her story altogether felt so believable.  Her character development was so wonderful,  it felt like you know this person and her struggles and watching her growing as a person.  

Although,  I want to point out it had some things which I felt were quite unnecessary  or a bit too cheesy,  but that does not come in the way at all! 

So yes,  you will cry,  laugh,  blush and smile while you’re reading this book.  It’s definitely a whole package giving a lot of insight into alcoholism,  friendship,  parenthood and relationships.  

I gave it 4/5 stars.  

Thankyou so much Pan Macmillan India for providing me with this book to give an honest review.  

I loved it.  :”) 

 

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CORPOKSHETRA BY DEEPAK KAUL 


~Synopsis~

The Pandavas have returned home after 13 years of exile. And they are demanding their stake in Hastinapur Inc. 

But the Kauravas, led by the haughty Duryodhana, aren’t ready to give them a penny. The battle lines are drawn, only this war is in the present-day kurukshetra – the corporate boardroom. 

As the Kauravas and the Pandavas don their sharpest suits, Krishna- the wily Consultant – strategises for peace. 

This is a humorous, modern take on the Mahabharata (with due apologies to Rishi Ved Vyas). 

An epic Story retold for the MBA generation. 

~My Review~ 

This is a retelling of an epic mythology Mahabharata but in the corporate world. 

I thoroughly enjoyed it! I think the characters did justice to the actual ones. 

It doesn’t really matter if you know everything about the epic. It’s easily understandable and builds a world of it’s own. 

The story is so gripping and interesting along with being witty and humorous! 

The book is hardly 150 pages, so It is a Very very quick read. It’s very simple and easy and will definitely help if you’re going through a reading slump! 😉 

I just personally thought that the use of some sanskrit words was unnecessary. Having said that it doesn’t really come in the way while reading. 

Also, the story is quite relatable, since it’s set in the current world, like using WhatsApp for communicating, etc. The whole idea about the book is quite unique. 

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book, giving it a 3.5/ 5 stars. I would definitely recommend it! It’s super witty and interesting and come one its a quick read! 

Thankyou so much writers melon and the author for providing me with this book to give an honest review. 

 

SECOND LIVES BY ANISH SARKAR 


~Synopsis~ 

Three old friends – Sara, Neel and Omar – reunite in Goa after the sudden death of Rachel Fernandes, a member of their group. Discovering that Rachel, a sports journalist, had been doing a story on the brutal killing of a foriegn tourist, they are puzzled by her interest in such a grisly crime. It emerges that Rachel’s investigation went far beyond a single murder, and their lives are soon under threat too.

With a Traumatic event from their teenage years coming back to haunt them, the trio realises that the mystery has its roots in their own past. In the midst of battling their personal demons, they make a desperate plan to flush out a sadistic killer in the sylvan setting of their old boarding school in the Himalayan foothills. With the body count rising and long-buried secrets tumbling out, will they succeed? 

~My Review~ 

Honestly, I didn’t know anything about this book and when I read the blurb, I did not expect it to be thaaat good! 

I enjoyed it so much! It has everything to make it a bestseller (yes!). It’s told from multiple perspectives, i.e. Sarah, Omar and neel. It is a very quick read, since chapters are very small and end at a cliffhanger. A backstory is also going on, which fits perfectly with the present story and keeps up with the pace. 

Literally so many things are going on at the same time, still everything is easily understandable, where I just want to know exactly what is happening or going to happen next. Plus it’s set in Goa (need I say more?) 

The main climax though. I will not say anything BUT. THE. CLIMAX. 

Wow. 

This book is amazing and I highly, highly recommend it. Please you will miss out on something AWESOME. 

I think this is the best crime thriller I have ever read by an Indian author. There. I said it. Please check it out! 

So my rating is (which is quite obvious I guess) 5/5 stars. 

Thankyou so much Westland Publishers for providing me with a copy to give an honest opinion about the book. 

Everyone has a Story by Savi Sharma 


~Synopsis~ 

Meera, a fledgling writer who is in search of a story that can touch millions of lives. 

Vivaan, an assistant branch manager at Citibank who dreams of travelling the world. 

Kabir, a cafe manager who desires something of his own. 

Nisha, the despondent cafe costumer who keeps secrets of her own. 

Everyone has their own story, but what happens when these four lives are woven together? Pull up a chair at Kafe Kabir and watch them explore friendship and love, writing their own pages of life from the cosy cafe to the ends of the world. 

~My Review~ 

I kept seeing this book on social media a lot and the blurb was quite interesting. So when the publisher contacted me about this book I was very excited! 

At first, I thought that this book will be a love story with a hint of friendship in it, which it was but definitely more.  This is a story about Meera, who wants to be a writer, Vivaan who wants to travel the world, along with Kabir and Nisha who have desires of their own. The story is revolved around Meera and Vivaan’s love story but both of them are caught up in their own insecurities and are scared to take that first step in life. Maybe that’s why, I could connect to the characters especially Meera on a different level. 

I’ve always been afraid of ‘what could be’ than investing my energy on the present and do something about it. 

Similarly, Vivaan is hesitant to take that first step to fulfill his dream of travelling the world. 

This book is about how everyone has a story of their own which they are struggling to complete or deal with but I think for me, it’s about taking that much wanted initiative in life, for that dream we all desire, and I’m sure for those of us who have ever been scared of failure, will relate to the characters and the story a lot. 

The friendship in this story was the main highlight for me. It was realistic and believable. I was interested in the book throughout and the climax added to the fun. 

All in all, I think the story is simple but very moving. However, I thought that the writing style was a bit too simple for me, but it didn’t come in the way. 

I really enjoyed it and had a great time reading this book. I would definitely recommend it, since it’s a light read which has a lot of impact and thus, I ended up giving this book 4/5 stars.

Thankyou so much Westland Publishers for providing me with a copy to give an honest opinion. 

 

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Quick thoughts on The Name Of the Wind

So recently I read the Name Of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and while I was reading it I found myself a bit uncomfortable with the way it was written and about the story.
For those of you who have read the book will understand what I’m talking about, But for those who haven’t yet, the name of the wind is an adult fantasy book Which is the first in the Kingkiller chronicles and it revolves around our main character kvothe who is really awesome. I don’t want to tell anything further about this book Because first, it’s hard to explain and second, I feel its better to get into this world without knowing much about it.

So when I picked up this book, I knew nothing but yes I expected some things as I am a Huge Fantasy lover.
The first thing I was expecting was a really dark world with a lot of magic and awesomeness where there is a villain and kvothe will kill him and blah blah blah. But when I was around 70 pages into this book I got nothing of the sort. I thought maybe it’s a big book it’ll take time but what I was reaally pumped about never happened.
However I’m not saying it’s bad or boring, this book is actually quiet amazing. You don’t get to read this sort of story and that too in a Fantasy series at all or at least I haven’t!! I love how the book is written and I HATE MY SELF FOR EXPECTING SO MUCH FROM THIS BOOK!! I am sorry but I really don’t want to tell anything about the story I just wanted this out of my head and wanted you all to know that this book is really amazing. I want to re-read it. Really. Then I want to read the wise man’s fear soon. This is a beautiful book which will leave you amazed.

If you have read or are planning to read please do let me know your thoughts. If you guys are interested I want to organise a Readathon where we all can read or re-read this series. If not no problem I’ll still do it and some of us can do a buddy read! Please please let me know in the comments if you will be interested. Thankyou so much!
Happy reading! ❤

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AN EMBER IN THE ASHES |SPOILER FREE BOOK REVIEW

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Author: Saba Tahir
Pages: 446
Genre: Fantasy
Published on: 28th April, 2015
Goodreads Rating: 4.31
My Rating: 5/5

~synopsis~

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
 
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
 
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
 
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

~My Review~

This is a fantasy series, set in Rome,  revolving around two societies, scholars and martials. Scholars and martials had a war with each other, in which martials won and hence they took their lands and made scholars their slaves.
The book is told from two perspectives, Laia who is a scholar and Elias who is a martial. So we get to see the lives of these two characters in their respective situations and how they are affected by it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it’s very fast paced and each chapter ends at a cliffhanger (making it even more interesting!).
The world building is one of the important aspect, it just takes you so many places, so many emotions and feelings.. ;_; 
Honestly, it was so fascinating to know about the world and the history,  everything felt so real!
The Romance in this book is not the main focus in the story which I liked. It’s definitely there but it’s not on the face.
The character building is also phenomenal. I absolutely loved how Laia’s character emerges from a scared, weak girl to this revolutionary courageous character who is determined to get her brother back from the prison. I like how Elias Hates that martials are brutal and ruthless, and he doesn’t like the whole system.
Also the villain in this story, is so well portrayed that anyone will definitely HATE this person.
otherwise the friendship is amazing and the fight scenes and basically EVERYTHING IN THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!
I absolutely love this book and I cannot wait to read the sequel! I highly highly recommend it!