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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Review: Those Small Lil' Things In Life And Love by Rahul Saini

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Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Shrishti Publishers & Distributors
Pages: 264
Source: Borrowed from a friend.


Synopsis

Have you ever known a guy who would gift his girlfriend soap? Well, say hello to Raj, a young architect, who is a huge film buff and believes that life, is full of filmy angles . He hates his job and has an almost evil boss. He has a shoddy love life, is heart broken and feels that he is the loneliest person on the face of this earth. It s a story connecting all those small little incidents in one s life that one never forgets. It s a journey through growing up. A journey from love, to out of it. Through joy, sadness and anger. About childhood friendship blooming into love. About the one you love not loving you back. About friends making each other happy, and about friends making each other sad about friends fighting. It s about being completely sure about things, and at the same time, being utterly unsure about them. It s about school, college and professional life. It s a lot about the heart, and its desires. It s a story about finding it tough to adjust at times, and then missing it later when they are over.
(source: goodreads)



My Thoughts


After reading I wasn't able to write a review of the book for a week. I was confused how I should begin, (this happens when either I like the book very much or I don't like it much) so I decided I'll start by how i ended up with this one.

While buying some books with a friend at a local bookstore when we saw the cover we were instantly attracted towards the book (I know we should never judge a book by its cover but I couldn't help it) and then the title caught our attention we read the synopsis and we brought it. And it was a National Bestseller, we had to read it. 

But it was nothing extraordinary. The writing was simple no much adventure or thrill. This story is nothing special infact its the most simple one. 

Plot The story revolves around a boy named Raj, his love interests throughout his life and his life at his workplace. Raj tells his story by taking us alternatively back and forth in his past and present. 
In past we get to know his flings, love interests, how he had his 'heart broken' first time in kindergarten and how it had broken many times the following years until finishing college. At some instances it consist few of funny incidents too.
In present we are introduced to his workplace with bully boss who is a total jerk n lifeless colleagues. I had pity for his drab and torchering  work life. I liked meeting Manisha (his senior at his workplace) and his intern juniors Raina, J.J and Deep, who somewhat make the job less torchering.

Characters Raj the main character is a total movie buff and had a tendency (or talent) of making only females as his best friends, this made his life in boys school a miserable one. I had mixed feeling for him initially I was like ok so he had a crush at the age of 4 and then when I read further I was all the way saying he is such a big JERK hitting on every girl, and then at the end he was not that bad.
In other characters i liked his mom very much, Pragya and Manisha, JJ, Raina and Deep they were awesome and 'normal'. I also loved his best friends Aksha, Shalini and Guneet, they were sensible and fun friends; I liked Guneet very much because she was just like me crazy.

Overall Overall i had mixed views its kinda 50-50 for my I wont say I hate it I like it but not loved it also, what kept me going was the curiosity to know what happens at the end, does he finally gives his boss an answer or does he go on enduring the torcher and does he get the love of his life or again a rejection from the same girl.  The end was somewhat satisfying I liked it. But we do not get to know about his love, instead we are given the option to choose whatever ending we like thats up to us, and I kind of liked it that way.

Recommendation If you can not tolerate grammar mistakes and are looking for some serious and proper read then this is not for you. But, if you are looking for simple not too serious and somewhat funny light read go for it.

I give this 2.5 out of 5.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: Her Sweetest Downfall (Forever Girl #1.5) by Rebecca Hamilton

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Publication Date: 1s
t March 2012
Published by: Immortal Ink Publishing
Pages: 94, e-book 
Source: e-ARC from the author.


Synopsis

Ophelia's been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored.

When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her concerns. She’s destined to do a new task—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet.

What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man who’s captured her heart.
(from Goodreads)

My Thoughts


Before reading: The day I finished reading ‘The Forever Girl’ I had many questions in my mind about the queen-being pure breed, about Ophelia- why is she helping Sophia and many such questions. And when Rebecca told me that some of these questions will be answered in this novella I couldn't wait for it. Finally Her Sweetest Downfall arrived in my mail and I was so excited to read it to know more about the world that Becca created in the forever girl.

After Reading: WOW!!! It was Fantastic, Amazing and Awesome. I am glad I waited for it and too happy that I was lucky to get the e-ARC thank you very much Rebecca. It was a perfect page turner for me from the beginning and it was able to keep me awake from my night sleep till I read the last word. Even after completing the book I was deep in thoughts making connections to the incidents and characters in The Forever Girl #1 (my review).

The world, the setting of Forever Girl is now much clear to me. The mission towards which Sophia took her first few steps in forever girl, for which she was selected has been in making for many years. 
The only minus point for me was that it was short, but that is how novellas are meant to be.

STORY: Beginning depicts Ophelia like any ordinary girl who works for Lady Karina. But everything changes when the mark of an ouroboros—serpent eating its own tail appears on her neck. And then she is been kidnapped by Ethan who has taken her miles away from Great Paxton (where she lives). Ethan reveals she is ‘the chosen one’ because she has the ouroboros mark same as Ethan. She comes to know her mother is dead while she was making plans to meet her. At this point of story both Ophelia and I had many questions like why she has this mark and what does it means? Why Ethan has kidnapped her? Who Ethan really is and what does ‘the chosen one’ means?

As the story progress all these questions were answered and I met new characters who play an important part in the story building.

CHARACTERS: I was already introduced to the main character Ophelia in the forever girl. But there I didn't knew much about her and her reasons to help Sophia but in Her Sweetest Downfall it was all clear I was able to connect to the story and her character easily. She is like any ordinary girl but with special gifts.

Next lead to whom I was introduced was Ethan-the perfect male lead. Ethan is a strong character who is fully dedicated towards his mission that was given to him by Universe. He didn't let his feelings for Ophelia sabotage his mission. He is perfect Guardian and lover. (Ophelia and Ethan have superb chemistry) 

Other important characters include Robert, Queen Callista and Lenore.


Sum-Up: This story has a nice pack of budding romance and action. The story flows smoothly and again I have to say Rebecca has amazing writing talent.
Now I am sure this series will be one of my favorites. Eagerly waiting for next installment.

Anyone (15+) can read this book even if you have not read The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey (Forever Girl, #1). In-fact it's a perfect option if you want to experience a sample of Rebecca's talent.

I give this story 4.5 out of 5

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: The Forever Girl (Forever Girl #1) by Rebecca Hamilton

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Publication Date: 26th January 2012
Published by: Immortal Ink Publishing
Pages: 262
Source: Kindle copy won in a twitter giveaway. 



Synopsis

"Whatever you do, fight."

Sophia's family has skeletons, but they aren't in their graves.

At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she'd settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor's hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him. 

Survival in his world, she learns, means not asking questions and staying out of the immortal council's way. It's a line she crossed long ago. If Sophia wants to survive the council and save the people she loves, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.

The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampire fiction, ghost stories, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.
(from goodreads)

My Thoughts


What a fantabulous novel with new and amazing creatures/characters, most importantly with a superb plot/story.
Book full of easily imaginable scenes and was not able to stop myself from reading it even though my exams were going on. :)

STORY- Is about a 'simple' girl who is on a mission to find a better job and get rid of the voices in her head. Her life was already difficult with a problematic mother and a psycho neighbor Mrs. Franklin, but more life threatening difficulties awaits her.
Hoping to meet Adrian who she thought can help her to get rid of the voices, went to Club Flesh with Ivory. This single visit to a 'dancing' club was her biggest mistake. Even though she found her Love Charles there, a new world with dangerous creatures found her, turning her world upside down increasing her life's difficulties.
As the story proceeds curtain of unidentified dark world and truth about her friends, ancestors and the voices starts to unveil in front of her.
How will she react to the facts? Will she be able to accept the new found powers and dark world? Or will she run away from it? How will she face the dark forces which are after her life?

CHARACTERS- The characters and the bond that they shared was nice to read about. I liked the friendship between Adrian and Charles, how Adrian was with Charles when he needed him the most on a life threatening mission.
Sophia's weak bond with her problematic and god fearing mother and her hate bond with her neighbor Mrs. Franklin- a paranoid who nearly killed Sophia.
Sophia's little world around her two friends- Ivory whom she considered best friend is the one with biggest secret. And as for Lauren, well she is the only one who adds some normalcy to her abnormal life. 
Love bond between Sophia and Charles, which starts with Sophia's distrust towards her new -attractively handsome- love interest.
You'll love them. :)

WRITING- The flow of the story is lyrical and descriptive. Rebecca wrote it so nicely that it felt as if I was a part of Sophia's journey, like everything happened in front of my eyes. I could imagine most of the scenes.

My Views- Starting seemed a bit slow but from mid chap-2 where Sophia performs her 'ritual for positive energy' the story gets you. And after few chapters it proves to be a page turner.
Sophia's journey is interesting to follow consisting all the romance, drama, suspense... and much more. It's not only Vampires and shape-shifters but also witches (it's first time that I got to read about witches in a novel). It's a world Rebecca created consisting of five elementals- air, water, earth (Vampires), fire and spirit (witches)
I liked it alot  Proof I was so much engrossed in reading it that I skipped my full night sleep to finish it. It was like a 'Super Glue' which kept my eyes and my whole attention fasten to the events in the book till I read the last word. Even after closing it my heart was and is still struck around Sophia's world asking to know more about her. How she handles her newly found powers, her life with Charles and with the two little guests in a new place away from world around them? And some questions revolving around the Queen?

I would recommend Forever Girl who loves to read paranormal, supernatural fantasy filled with romance & suspense. It contains a part of history surrounding the 1690's Salem Witch Trials taking you to Sophia's past. Don't worry you won't find even a bit of it off track in fact it takes the story towards the 'Real' part.

Thanks Rebecca for this wonderful new world. :)

I give this book 5 out of 5.

P.S.- I won its kindle copy on twitter giveaway but it does not affect my views in anyform.

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