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Fantastical by Kristen Ashley-Book Review

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Book Details

  • Title: Fantastical
  • Author: Kristen Ashley
  • Genre: Romance (PNR)
  • Theme: Multiverse
  • Series: Fantasy land #3

Summary:

Cora Goode has woken up in a fairytale world where she can understand what birds are saying to her, men ride horses and have fluffy feathers in their hats and furniture zigs, zags and whirls in miracles of construction. 

The problem is, she thinks she’s in a dream but she’s actually taken the place of the parallel universe Cora and without realizing it, our Cora does something that starts a centuries old curse that will sweep the land if she gets captured by the evil Minerva. 

At this point, her dream world becomes a nightmare. 

Luckily, hot guy, fantasyland Noctorno is there to save her from the clutches of the grotesque vickrants sent by Minerva to capture her. Unfortunately, hot guy, fantasyland Noctorno doesn’t like the Cora of his world all that much (to say the least) and he thinks our Cora is her. And no matter what our Cora says or does to try to convince him, he won’t be convinced. 

But Cora needs Tor to keep her safe and guide her through this fantastical world as she hopes one day to wake up in her not-so-great apartment in her not-so-great life in her world. The problem is, the more time she spends with the gorgeous warrior Tor, the faster she falls in love with him.

 

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Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows -Book Review

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Title : Before She Ignites 
Author : Jodi Meadows
Genre : Young Adult Fantasy
Major Theme : Dragons
Pages : 400
Available : E-books and Physical Copies

 

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Reviews · Romance · Uncategorized

2 States by Chetan Bhagat

 

2 States: The Story of My Marriage2 States by Chetan Bhagat

My Rating : 

Genre : Romance / Contemporary fiction

Summary : 

Love marriages around the world are simple: Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. They get married. In India, there are a few more steps: Boy loves Girl. Girl loves Boy. Girl’s family has to love boy. Boy’s family has to love girl. Girl’s Family has to love Boy’s Family. Boy’s family has to love girl’s family. Girl and Boy still love each other. They get married.

Welcome to 2 States, a story about Krish and Ananya. They are from two different states of India, deeply in love and want to get married. Of course, their parents don’t agree. To convert their love story into a love marriage, the couple have a tough battle in front of them. For it is easy to fight and rebel, but it is much harder to convince. Will they make it?


My Thoughts : 

I’m lost for words . I should definitely have known that Chetan Bhagat was not my cup of tea , after my struggle with One night at a call center , but do I ever exhibit common sense when it comes to books ?

Basically, everything that in this book can be summed up as …..oh wait , they already did that in the summary ! YEP . The summary is all that happened in the book .

I think what bothered me most about this book was the characters . They were so shallow , one-dimensional and annoying . Krish , the male protagonist , is a moron and all he is capable of doing is making snarky comments about anyone and everyone . Ananya , the female protagonist , is another spineless girl who falls in love for no reason . There’s their parents , then . They’re the most irritating , racist , intolerable pests in this book .

The way the protagonists handled their parents reaction to their announcement to get married is also appalling . Krish , in one scene , says to his mother ” when she’s married to me , you can control her . She’ll be your daughter in law and under your control ” …oh , wow ! That sounds rather interesting to me .

I think the characters , intentionally or otherwise , came off as immature and rash . The way they fell in love , decided to get married and everything that happened after were so dramatic and unreal.

Tbh , I really should have DNFed this at 40 % but something in me kept hoping that it would get better . It did . All the worst things got better . The book is filled with untrue racist comments that I was itching to tear this book , but alas it is a borrowed book . In fact , the moron / Krish is the one making almost 50% of the comments and I’m supposed feel sorry for him ? Yeah , sure !

I don’t even know why I bothered reading this . I hope my TBR forgives me for picking up this drivel . I don’t recommend this to anyone who knows what good fiction is. 

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Any Chetan Bhagat fans , here ? Why is he so loved when he can’t write anything good ?


 

Indian · Reviews

Review : World hypnotized

Published date : March 22nd 2017
Published by Notion Press, Inc.
The Back cover blurb : 
The protagonist suffers from chronic pancreatitis and has spent months at the hospital.
So-called friends and girlfriends drift away in his time of need. The only ones by his side are his family, giving him strength to fight the pain.
Soon things become even worse. He is rushed into an emergency surgery following an episode of internal bleeding.
He wakes up to the sound of voices. The first thing the voices tell him is, -No one comes back from death empty-handed. We are going to stay with you, either to guide you or to torture you. We will play with your head and thoughts as we feel fit.-
What do these voices want from him?
Will they help him or turn against him?

 

The summary : 

A man who has always been treated unfairly -by life itself and the people around him . He has gone through a lot of pain , mentally and physically and is still unwilling to give up on his life . He suffers from chronic pancreatitis and has spent months at the hospital. But the hospitals are cheating and so , it seems , every one around him are . His friends slowly disappear and his girl also throws in his face his inability to shower money and expensive gifts on her .

He is seeking revenge now . He won’t let anyone who hurt him and his family off the hook , and there is now a large list of those people . But striking one person in that list -the person against whom he wants revenge very badly -seems nearly impossible . How can one ever speak against someone so powerful ? Someone who holds a esteemed position in the nation ?

The voices in his head tell him what he should do to attain success in his life , to fulfill his purpose . These voices have been there since when he came back to life after a near death experience , for ,

No one nears death and comes back empty handed ” 

But can he believe them ? He doesn’t have a choice expect to do so . These voices are so powerful they can even take over his body without his permission . Will they help him get even with all those people who played in his life ? Or will they let him down ? You’ll find out as you read .

My thoughts : 

*  The protagonist looked like a hypocrite . He did a lot of crazy stuff himself and wanted to be forgiven , but isn’t ready to forgive others . But that can be excused , I guess , because most of those people he holds a grudge against have bad intent and don’t really change .

Some scenes seemed so unrealistic , or more like , not something I can see happening in real life .

* Some spots could use polishing and refining .

Unique :

* Is outright . Doesn’t sweeten the facts it throws in our faces like the other books

* We’re all manipulated by powerful people (indirectly ) from our birth to do things we actually don’t want to do and the author brings that to our notice .

* The most important , he brings down the veil of some well know people . One person is very obvious to the readers (Italian stripper , strikes something ? ) , but another , it seems we’ll have to wait to be revealed in the next book of the series .

* The characters are nameless ( Unique , right ? And no , not the ‘nameless ‘ ToG fans will think of lol )

I liked the book as a out-looker . The book definitely brings out a lot of facts I think is very important knowing . I think the book might also be called a sci-fi , in a way , because the protagonist creates a new software which works in a new , odd way ( that’s creepy . You’ll find out )

I received a review copy of the book in return for a honest review . 

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Reviews · Romance

Review : Sweets and Sin

Expected publication: July 2017

Genre : Contemporary romance

Summary : 

What started out as a bad decision, spending one night with a stranger ends up being the beginning of Serena’s adventurous and chaotic trip across Europe. It sure does help that the bad decision comes packaged as the sinfully delicious and tempting Jimmy Nixon – Jimmy the criminal, the thief and all round sweet and alluring guy. His humour and flirtatious demeanor certainly helps her through the chaos that follows him, but will it be enough to get her out of the mess he dragged her in and back on her way without him? Or does she want to stay?

Jimmy Nixon, the man with many talents, one of which is not being a normal law-abiding citizen.
Constantly pulling his half-sister out of trouble he’s pretty much used to the disarray of his life, that is until the wild-eyed, beautiful girl named Serena stumbles into his life and drags him under all with a simple laugh. He can’t help but want to spend more time with her, even among the problems that surround them they manage to comfort one another in ways more than just physical.

The connection that sizzles between them grows every step of their journey, and the more time they spend together, the harder it starts to become for either to say goodbye and move on with their life.

My thoughts 

This is the second book of the sinner series by Aneta Quinn .  The book starts off with introducing us to the male protagonist -who , I might add , is very handsome -and then the female protagonist , and then the story itself .

Serena swears , drinks , calls fake sickness at work-but for all that , she had never once tampered with rules . But here she was , arrested because of one stupid thing she did . She was Serena Adams , the girl who didn’t do ‘adventures ‘ . She was supposed to be on a holiday trip , but now she’s missed her train and is sitting in front of policemen , answering questions .

But when the guy responsible for her arrest turns up in front of her hotel , she isn’t able to resist running off with him , evading ‘police ‘ . As it turns out , she soon realizes she gets more than she bargained for . Serena tries to convince herself she isn’t doing something crazy , going places with a total stranger , but she isn’t so sure .

The book was light and not emotional . It was predictable for most part and the characters were unbelievably stupid at times , you might feel like throwing the book straight at their faces . The final part of the book was stratched and boring and unreal . I wasn’t able to feel what was going on , I was told and I listened .

I enjoyed reading the book , though , leaving out certain parts . Jimmy isn’t a jerk and that’s a refreshing break from all those typical over-bearing heroes of romances . I personally think Aneta has potential in her and she’ll be able to write better books in the future . This book is probably average-ish , because the plot wasn’t incredible .

Aneta Quinn has made something out of a pretty common plot and I hope she will grow further in her career as an author .

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Reviews · YA

Review :Serenity

Written with a consistent hand , India R. Adams brings to us the story of girl who was abused and had to deal with an unpleasant childhood . The writing was powerful and tells the reader in a raw voice , the pain and uncertainty of a girl who is none like the others around her . She was once loved , as a child , and now she is not so certain . Her parents are rude to her , they don’t care and the pain of being faced with rejection cuts through her and the words in the book capture her pain .

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Reviews · Thriller

Review : Unravelling

The Unravelling by Sarah Northwood :

The book was a bundle of papers with surprises full of it . I used to pride myself with being able to predict a lot of plots , but in the case of this book , I got most of them wrong . But I think that’s what makes a reader turn pages , unpredictability . The book sure offered a lot of twists and I was being twisted along lol . While the book wasn’t as unpredictable as certain others might be , this was just predictable enough to make me cocky and then let me down . As my first read into Miss Northwood’s , this book did enough to me to get me hooked up to the author’s other books .

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Review : A knotty Affair .

Published date : August 1st 2016

Published by Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd, Mumbai

The summary 

‘A Knotty Affair’ is a story about a thirty-year-old software engineer, Viraj Sargaokar.

Born into a middle-class family that lives in the suburbs, he joins a south Bombay college, where he encounters a culture divide between him and his rich classmates.

Viraj is fascinated by a classmate Ruhi, a beautiful good-natured girl, who befriends him and treats him well, unlike the rest of his classmates.

Will Viraj be able to prove his father’s innocence?

Will Viraj survive the rigours of college life and overcome his shortcomings?

What will happen to the relationship between Ruhi and Viraj?

My thoughts 

A thirty year old unmarried Man with a not so pleasant past . His past had been so full of insecurities and now we are left to see how he much he has improved his personality . The story is a typical one-the sort that one can always watch turned into a movie .

Viraj , who has stammering problems , a sort of speaking disorder , struggles to express himself . He is so shy that he can’t speak to strangers at all , nor acquaintances who make him uncomfortable . His mother is the only one he is able to communicate to properly . The story starts with showing us what Viraj has made of himself . He is now a well earning , respected person in the society . That’s all he seems to be until we are transported back to Viraj’s past . There we are shown of the boy he once was . The man Viraj now is so different from the boy he was and we are able to see it rather clearly .

Viraj has always been shy , never going out to make friends , make quite fitting in . His father makes him join one of the  flashiest elite colleges around . There it seems to him as though he never was gonna belong there . The students language , dresses , accent …it wasn’t his comfy zone . Being odd and stuck with his obvious stammering problems , he isn’t able to make friends . That is when she comes , Ruhi . The only girl who talks to him , who makes him get lost in her . Feelings grow , but were they nurtured by both parties ?

While he starts enjoying his college days because of Ruhi , an other trouble brews up . His father is accused of a certain crime . And now it seems to Viraj that his family is falling to pieces . He starts improving , tries to rid himself of stammering , tries to go out and be normal . He succeeds . He then joins a job and takes the burden of earning for the household .

14 years later , it is still Viraj’s quest to prove his father innocent . One day when he is at his work , he receives a mysterious call from a girl . She starts screaming his ears off with curses . He tells her it must have been a wrong number . The next day he receives another call from the same number , this time , too , the same cursing starts . The next day too , another call from the same number . Only this time , it wasn’t the girl . (I won’t tell what the call was about and from whom , since it would be a potential spoiler .)

But soon after he and the girl decide to meet up ,  Viraj is met with a shock. Past comes swimming in front of him . He is scared . He doesn’t want to meet people from his past . But here she was , in front of him . And soon they become friends , without her knowing who he was .

Later , the story becomes more centered about the proving innocence part . The book also , in quite lengthy lines , tells the truth about how justice is not easy gained in India . How cases are not given enough attention that justice is never swift . Finally , his quest ends and his father is proven innocent . And as a fitting end to a man who can been ridiculed for so much of his life , he gets a HEA and marries and settles down , just as he had promised his mom he would .

 

 

 

I didn’t see the characters growing . Yes , Viraj had changed and has grown , but I wasn’t able to really see the why and how of it . But it was okay . The pace was definitely slow for me . The plotting was average.

The story was consistent . Which is a very good thing considering many books out there are inconsistent and jumpy .

I would recommend it to those I call the fans of soap opera  . That is , Bollywood . This is , as I have mentioned above , one of the stories that might catch the attention of the Bollywood .

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Regency · Reviews · Romance

Review : Not so Sweet Maria

34517177Publication date : June 1st 2017

Genre : Clean regency romance

Source :  ARC provided

 

LOVE UNDER MISTAKEN IDENTITY.

The ton calls her Sweet Maria and, even in her fourth Season, eligibles continue to offer her marriage. They do not know Lady Maria despises the hypocritical ways of Polite Society and is trying to sail away to America!

Though the granddaughter of a duke, Lady Maria is a Child of Scandal because her mother was an American commoner. She blames the duke and the duchess for her parents’ death. Had they not disowned them, they would not have died of a virulent fever in America, leaving her an orphan at the age of five.

She has not forgotten the coldness she had met with as a child, and how there were those who examined her features for tainted blood, and disparaged her mother to her face.

She agrees to an arranged match to ward off her persistent suitors, treating the engagement as a sham one to be ended at her convenience.

Then, most unexpectedly, she finds love with a commoner. Only he isn’t a commoner but the Earl of Daventon.

Gareth, Earl of Daventon is no stranger to Scandal. Rumour has it that his father had banished his mother for adulterous behavior. He remembers his mother as a sweet, gentle woman and knows the late earl yearned until his last breath to have her back.

Love is a quagmire and I shall not be caught in it, he decides. But love finds him. The object of his ardour is a mysterious young woman who dresses like a shop girl and behaves like a lady.

Lord Daventon remedies the situation by accepting an arranged match, his betrothed being Lady Maria whom he hasn’t met.

All of which leads to a delightful tangle of affairs

My thoughts : 

The book starts with introducing us to the life of Maria  . She has lost both her parents and blames it all on the ton people , which is stupid . But then it goes without saying . I absolutely hate characters that hate on people as a bunch , but Jessica added a prologue which worked to make us understand .

Maria has had a rough childhood . Ever since her parents died , life has turned upside down for her . There was no one to love her . No one to hold her if she cried and she hates it . She has seen the love between her parents and wants it fiercely . Maria has developed a strong dislike for for the polite society and and is trying to get back to America where she had lived until the bitter death of her parents . She disguises her identity and catches the eye of a very pleasant man . Their oh-so-sweet moments are so limited to a few eye contacts and are very few …and I wanted more .

Garenth was besotted the moment he laid eyes on the girl but only refuses to do anything about the feelings they obviously have for each because he doesn’t know she’s a member of ton . He , too , has had a rough childhood , and knows that loving someone without having the feeling returned is worse than anything . His family had been subject to a scandal a little back and he doesn’t want to cause another scandal by marrying a common girl . I hated the last part .

He decides not to act on their obvious feelings for each other . What would strike the reader most would probably be how if the truth was laid out directly , all it would’ve taken was a simple : “I love you ” and a reply : “I love you , too ”

LESSON : Just go out and freaking tell what you feel . Concealing only makes the circle wider .

I didn’t like or understand why some unsavory characters didn’t receive their due .
And then there’s the matter of matter of Maria’s intelligence . I felt like she didn’t even have brain cells .She believes everyone and everything . And oh , I can’t believe the thing about her being everyone’s darling . That’s unrealistic. There are also scenes that serve no purpose . Like , are they fillers ?

At the end , Maria goes all “You didn’t tell me your real identity and all ” .Yeah , pot meets kettle .

But I did like it . The book managed to make me smile like an idiot .

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