Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Meant to be Together by Faraaz Kazi

Meant To Be TogetherMeant To Be Together by Faraaz Kazi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have been away from books, reading and everything in between for quite a long time, I'd pick up something but I just couldn't finish them. So when Sarika from The Readdicts messaged me and asked if I'd be willing to review this book I grabbed the chance because if I commit to someone then it will definitely make me read at least one book till the end. And it sure made me read from cover to cover though I may be late to post my review but I sure did read it as soon as I got the book. What made me really pick up this book was the "Inspired by True Story" tag with the dramatic synopsis.This was a quick read and I finished it in a single sitting.

The story of a sad little girl sucked me in right from the start and I was so engrossed that when things kept getting tougher for little Preeti I kept praying for her to find her good time. I was able to relate to the little girl since I was trapped in some difficult time last year and all through that time I kept assuring myself that "don't worry good times are not far away".

Even with all the difficulties Preeti successfully enters adulthood and that just warms our hearts. But, then we keep on getting one twist after the other and life keeps throwing curveballs. As a reader you find yourself cheering for Preeti because somehow this all reminds us how difficult life can in reality as well.

Enters Sameer, the best friend that I wish everyone had. He's the 2 AM friend who will not leave you alone in your pit of darkness. Seeing the friendship grow between Preeti and Sameer you understand why we need others in our life to multiply the happy times and reduce the sad times. Their friendship shows us why we should not hesitate and just grab the shoulder that we need to cry.
My favorite quote that came from Sameer:
"Why wish for something that will never be? That ends in nothing but heartbreak. We wish, then we think about how things would be if our wished come true. And we feel happy thinking about those things. But then we wake up and realize that our wishes don't have wings. And it hurts because all the happiness that we thought of was never real. Hold on to what you have, try to find your happiness is what is, rather than what should or could have been,"
"Since we can't envision the future, why even attempt to? And if we must, why should we think of bad things? Life is beautiful. Let's stay positive... don't hold yourself back, Preeti. Why be a caterpillar when you have the wings to be a butterfly?"
There are other characters too but Abhinav stole the second place. Though his was a very small portion in the story he played a crucial role of being a true friend while keeping aside his feelings and letting them cloud over his judgment. He showed what a selfless friend should be like. There are very fewer people like him but they are out there and they are precious.
My favorite nugget of wisdom from Abhinav:
" should never live with any regrets."
"So often in life, we come across people who are very, very special. If we are lucky, we forge beautiful connections with them. But life can be a real bitch at times and force us to destroy what we created. The important thing is to believe in what we created, to believe in the magic of the moment when we found those people in our lives, keep fighting until life bows down to ur wishes and lets them be a part of our existence."
The story ends with Preeti going on a crazy journey (both figuratively and literally) of realization to understand what she has and what she is on the verge of losing if she doesn't hold on tight. Her story is filled with perfect drama, sadness, moments of happiness and many other gems that our life has to offer. I think because the book is based on a true story it is easy to relate to every curve and turn. Faraz has weaved the real story with the tassels of fiction so beautifully that they merge with each other seamlessly.

The only reason I am not giving it the full stars is that I was disappointed with the end. Here we are on a very sad and crazy journey of this girl Preeti and all through the 211 pages wish for her happiness. Finally, when she finds her happy we are cut and taken to the happy ending straightaway. I like communications and clarifications of doubts because that is what I feel is most important in human relations COMMUNICATION. So I was really looking forward to the end talk but it never happened.

All in all its pretty decent story and a relateable quick read.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Review: The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1) by Tarryn Fisher

Publication Date: 14th November 2011
Pages: 278
Source: e-book


Olivia Kaspen is a sharp tongued manipulator used to always getting what she wants. With just one exception-Caleb Drake, the one she foolishly let slip away. After a chance encounter brings Caleb back into her life, Olivia finds herself wanting a second chance with her first love, and asking herself how far she is willing to go to get him back. Her only problem is a red head named Leah, Caleb's new love. Olivia must fight for what was once hers, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.


My Thoughts

Just After Reading
It was 4 am in the morning and I have just finished reading about this fucked up crazy bitch Olivia. And after that ending, I don't know that I should feel sad and cry or I should just feel a little satisfied that the ending was at the very least not as fucked up as I was expecting it to be.

It's almost 3 pm now and I still don't know what I should be feeling. Normally I am able to write downs a detailed review after a read this good. But, this time I am not able to form a structure around which I could write my Review. So I am just going to write down what I am feeling.

I have not been in a good place reading wise. So when I started this one I just wanted to finish it in one sitting like old times. And I did it.

Now on to the story. Olivia Kaspen is not your regular new adult. She is scarred, has built walls around her and over analyze every good thing that happens to her. She is cautious and can't easily expect that good thing can happen to her because if they do she is confident she will ruin it with her own hands. She is so much cautious that she has become a sort of manipulative and a lying bitch. I won't say she is hard hearted but I think she is a victim of her own actions which she undertakes without stopping to process the situation and hurting herself and the people around her.

Caleb is her driving force. She is obsessed with him and in the process to getting him she crosses all her boundaries while being fully aware that what she is doing is very wrong. They had a very complicated relationship and things were not easy because of Olivia's inability to express her feeling at right time and in right way. I find her to be a vengeful woman.

But even after all their own complications and those added by this other Redhead Bitch, I had hopes for them. Hope that Olivia will come back to her senses that they'll work through this. My hope rose when I discovered the truth about Caleb's amnesia. But then Tarryn goes and makes Time the biggest villain for me the very next page. As soon as I saw the Time Leap I knew all is gone. I stopped hoping and was bracing myself for an ominous thundering end. I stopped guessing because it was fruitless, you really can't guess what is going to happen next.

The only consolation is that there are still two books in the series and I may get a somewhat better view of their lives.
I am not completely dissatisfied with the ending because the realist in me think that at least it was a realistic, bit relatable ending. There were parts where I could able to relate to Olivia, to her cautious thinking and what happened with her made me a bit scared for me :P

Can't wait to see what more craziness lies ahead for these people.

My  Rating 4 out of 5

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

Publication Date: 1st January 1998
Pages: 430
Source: Own Copy


When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant and beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage...not by guns or bombs, but by a code so ingeniously complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.
Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Susan Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves.
From the underground hallways of power to the skyscrapers of Tokyo to the towering cathedrals of Spain, a desperate race unfolds. It is a battle for survival--a crucial bid to destroy a creation of inconceivable impregnable code-writing formula that threatens to obliterate the post-cold war balance of power. Forever.

My Thoughts

This is my first ever Dan Brown book. I have only seen a few movies based on his works and so I had high expectations of a fast paced thriller which would make me sit on the edge on my seat until I get to the end, as normally books are far far better than books.

I have been in kind of a very bad reading slump and only very few books are easy and quick read for me. This was not one of those easy ones. I had to push myself to finish it, as it that been months since I finished an entire book so I really wanted to read this one till the end. It took me almost a month to finish this one. I am happy that I was able to reach the end and the end was not so bad. But, the story was really boring in middle and I had to really drag myself to keep reading.

The start was good. It began with the fancy talks of computers and crypto, a big secret government organization and its enemy, all was set up pretty good. For someone who studied crypto basics just to pass her exams, reading it here was exciting, being able to identify what the characters were talking about and seeing crypto being used in an amazing way (not as just another subject) made me curious about what will happen. For me, crypto was a living character in the book. This book has raised a bit of my interest in crypto.

Once when the basic plot was set and almost everything was introduced things started to get real slow. I really had to push myself every day to read just a few paragraphs if not few pages. I really wished that the next twist or reveal happen already. This was the downer for me. This almost had me leave this book in the middle.

The ending was good. The big reveal was a bit unexpected and a shocker for me.

It was an OK read. Did not live up to my expectation. Was not at all fast-paced thriller which could have got my heart pumping double time or did not made me sit at the edge of my seat even by the end of the book. I did not have even the slightest connection with the characters. Initially, a little bit of connection did begin to form which eventually died because of the dragging.

The only consolation was that I was able to get to the end of a book after so many days and that I finally read something by Dan Brown.

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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