Book Review – The dilemma

Book Title – The Dilemma.
Author – Danielle Holian.
Rating – 5 out of 5 stars.

The Dilemma is a collection of contemporary poetry that broadly speaks on a person’s emotions and thoughts when it comes to love. What drew me in was the engaging, soul stirring writing. I think readers such as myself always look for poetry that not resonates with us but also gives a sense of belongingness, like within the pages of the book I found this unfathomable solace.

The book is sectioned into three parts -The Loving, The Breaking and The Healing.


The author speaks about falling and being in love, how cherished each moment becomes as everything feels exciting and positive.
Then she talks about the good and bad times, further describing that being in toxic relationship is not worth it, diminishing your self-esteem and remaining silent to save something that has reached its expiration will only prolong the misery. It is up to you to realize you are worthy of love and affection that isn’t diluted with venomous motives. And the third and final section The Healing is my favorite because it described as something a journey, and as more days passes by, you realize that it is a process, one cannot just snap their fingers and magically get over your feelings, map out those small details to get one step at a time; closer to finding yourself.

I have read a good deal of poetry collection, but rarely, and I do mean it, I would come across a collection which would just make me immense content, a feeling of peace even if it’s sad and heartbreaking. The Dilemma is definitely a good poetry book and I’d recommend all the poetry readers to give it a try.

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Book Review – To You, With Love.

Book title – To you, with love.
Author – Shravya Bhinder.
Format – Paperback.
Page count – 224 pages.
Rating – 4 out of 5 stars.

The story follows Sahil and Arya. They both meet as friends in their childhood but get separated after a while. After a long time, Sahil sees Arya in a random situation and soon enough they begin talking to each other. Little did they know that their talks were conversation starter….for something that would change their lives forever.

This is a tale of love and understanding between two people who are deeply and incredibly in love. But fate and time will test them, will their love rise against all odds or is it destined to collapse? Rekindling a friendship and maybe their feelings as well, follow Sahil’s journey where he finds love and acknowledges the significance of the same as he and Arya begin their romance together.

Both the protagonists are like Ying yang. They have different personalities. The author has fleshed out the characters truly well. And plotwise, I’d say, it is engaging because the story starts quite smoothly and as it gravitated deeper the storyline gets clearer and shows the tremulous ups and downs in their lives.
However, it is worth mentioning that this isn’t a cliché book. Comparatively speaking, Shravya Bhinder’s To You, With Love is exceptional and a plethora of unconditional emotions. I didn’t realize how emotionally invested I was in the story until the end. Worth reading and I’d recommend this every contemporary genre loving readers.

PS : Grab a box of tissues… trust me you’ll need it!

Buying links :

Amazon – To You, With Love https://www.amazon.in/dp/0143450204/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_aacpFbC4D6M5M

Book Blog Tour – Roaring by Lindsey Duga.

Book title – Roaring.

Author – Lindsey Duga.

Pages count – 314 pages.

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Teen)

Release Date: August 3rd 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Paranormal

Rating – 5 out of 5 stars.

Synopsis :

Colt Clemmons is an agent in a specialized division within the Bureau of Investigation—one that hunts down not just mobsters, but also monsters.

For reasons that are kept top secret, Colt is the only person who can resist a siren’s voice. But he’s never had a chance to test this ability. The last siren left in the world mysteriously disappeared years ago.

Then one night, with a single word, she reveals herself. It seems too good to be true.

And it is. Because nothing about this siren—her past, her powers, or her purpose—is what it seems…

My Review :

The story follows Colt Clemmons, an agent whose job is to hunt mobsters and monsters. Yes, monsters! Its 1920 and through a dispute, the long lost siren is found. Her voice while singing can capture the attention of the audience like no other. It can be rightfully termed as ‘extra-ordinary’ and ‘hypnotic’.

Despite all these, Colt has never been affected remotely but you can never be too sure of anything in a job such as this. Working in a specialized division, he has been through all sorts of crazies.

However, this felt different. Colt Clemmons knows about monsters and their working and this siren seem to have a different story. And inevitably gets draws to her. 

What happens when Colt is ambushed and all of a sudden everything is spiraling out of hand. 

Can Colt trust a monster, who is everything that he has been taught against off? Read and find out.

Roaring was an amazing book. The opening scene, itself was glorious. As a reader, I felt the 1920’s jazz and this era’s vibe and classic styles. The writing style is immensely captivating and I was completely living in the story. It was vibrant and atmospheric. A whirlpool of adventure and passion. As the story progresses there is a fast-paced escapade that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Honestly, I enjoyed every bit of this book, the whole plot, the characters, and engaging narration everything is spot on!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR.

Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, andbasically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in collegewhile she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on thelatest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.

AUTHOR LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15853318.Lindsey_Duga

Website: https://lindseyduga.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindseyDuga

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/linzduga/

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TOUR SCHEDULE

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Book Review – IF IT BLEEDS.

Book title – If it bleeds.

Author – Stephen King.

Format – Hardcover.

Page count – 384 pages.

Rating – 5 out of 5 stars.

Mr. Harringan’s phone :

This is the first novella in this collection that follows Craig who is a young fellow with great oratory skill. Therefore when wealthy Mr. Harrigan asks him to read him books as he is too old to do so, Craig’s father agrees. It was a sweet story as Mr. Harringan was a good influence on him. Consequently by the middle of the story comes an unexpected supernatural twist which is creepy as hell.

The life of Chuck :

I was completely astounded by the formatting of this. The life of Chuck unravels in three acts with Act 3 as the beginning. A simplistic yet classic touch of the unpredictableness. Reading about Chuck’s life was an emotional rollercoaster ride. But you also get to see other characters and their final moments just as the lights go out.

If it bleeds:

Coming to the titular novella, this follows Holly Gibney who previously appeared in the Bill Hodges trilogy and The outsider. So my advice read these aforementioned books first before devouring this because “ If it bleeds” will majorly spoil everything.

Rat:

What starts as a normal story about a writer who is struggling to write a full-length novel turns somewhat supernaturalistic. Drew moves to his deceased dad’s cabin to better articulate his words for the inspiration of a full-fledged novel, despite his wife’s disapproval. His track record of getting enraged if unable to express his words, has his wife worried. However, Drew is adamant hence off he goes. A few days in and with the terrible flu and to top that the worst storm tearing through the area something ominous happens. You can almost deem this novella as “making a deal with the devil.”

I loved this book. It was indeed everything that I needed it to be and more so. Stephen King has a way of writing a story where plot twists happen when you least expect them. It is just about perfect which I always regard King’s Effect. He makes the reader forget their surroundings and become more a part of the prodigious narration. I mean if that’s not a talent then I don’t know what is. I was thoroughly invested in each one of them and these novellas are not short, they pretty lengthy but not long-drawn-out. If I had to pick my favorite among the four it would be Rat, the final novella of the book. 

I truly had an amazing time reading “If it bleeds” and if you love Stephen King’s novels then you must pick this up. Recommend it!

Book Review – The Austen Girls.

Book title – The Austen Girls.
Author – Lucy Worsley.
Rating – 5 out of 5 stars.
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A wonderful novel set in 1806 in Georgian England that follows Fanny and Anna Austen. Their aunt Jane love them both equally and as they come of age, they are asked to attain formal dance parties to find themselves a suitable life partner or according to Fanny’s mother find a wealthy and respectable gentleman who can take care of everything. As they are introduced in various parties, these Austen girls are about to discover life and love for the first time and it’s going to change everything.

What follows is a beautiful narration of finding your place, placing your opinions unbashed like their Aunt and an unexpected mystery.

I adore this book. I have read Jane Austen’s books and reading this just reminded me how much I loved stories from this era. Fanny and Anna are different in their personalities and yet their sisterly relationship is just as strong as any other. I love how Aunt Jane’s character was always encouraging the girls to do right and never bow down to distress and the societal prejudices. As the story moves forward you’ll meet new characters who may or may not fall in love with. A cosy book that i enjoyed with all my heart.

If I had to describe this book in one sentence it would be – going on an adventure with wonderful characters. And with an unpredictable mystery and Fanny’s kind-hearted personality, The Austen Girls was one of my most captivating read of this year.

Book blog tour – Christmas in Bayberry.

Blurb :

She’s trying to save the family candle company.
He’s trying not to fall for Bayberry—and her—again.

Kate Taylor knows what she wants in life: to one day run her family’s candle business, which is at the heart of the close-knit community of Bayberry, Vermont. But the company isn’t doing well.

Wesley Adams is on the fast track to be an assistant vice president at his financial firm in Manhattan. Before the promotion is announced, he’s sent to this small town from his past to do an analysis of the candle company.

He doesn’t expect to bump into his childhood crush, Kate, and when he does, sparks fly. As he spends time in Bayberry, he falls for the town’s Christmas traditions—and for her. But he has a responsibility to submit an honest report. Will it extinguish Kate’s dreams…along with any chance they have for a future together?

This heart-warming romance contains a free Hallmark original recipe for Cast Iron Beef Stew.

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My Review :

When Wes Adams is offered to work on a project in Bayberry, he immediately accepts it. Then we meet Kate, a kind-hearted and strong willed woman who wants to save the Bayberry candle company which has been their family business since many generations. Wes and Kate did know each other but now when they finally meet after so many years, sparks are definitely about fly. As the story goes on, a sweet relationship unravels between both of them. And as hope and love makes way, will they accept this as a miracle?

I absolutely fell in love with this book. It has such great festivity vibe with all the happy, jolly moments. Bayberry, as a place not only sounds amazing but at the same time it seems magical. Our protagonists Kate and Wes were beautifully written. The plot is engaging right from the beginning. A heartwarming story for everyone who believes in unexpected miracles.

I’d recommend this book.

Rating – 5 out of 5 stars.

About the Author:

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

Website – https://jenniferfaye.com/

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Tour Giveaway:

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Thank you Prism Book Tour for giving me the opportunity to read this wonderful book.

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Book Review – How to kill a billionaire.

Rating – 5 out of 5 stars.

How to kill a billionaire is a legal thriller with a well-done courtroom drama. When a famous billionaire’s son goes missing the immediate suspicion falls on the lawyer who threatened him previously. A case is registered against him but somehow it’s more than just a missing case. A conspiracy and an act of vengeance takes root and goes deep under than what it seemed.

This book doesn’t follow the usual format where you have a clear guess of the plot and other details instead it’s completely ambiguous. And as the story is told in first person narrative, you see the story unveiled in a series of events with ample focus on character arc. By the middle of the novel everything gets ramped up; the real motive, clever manipulations and a plan devised specifically to trap the people who wronged an innocent.

A thrilling and sensational book which will keep you on the edge of your seat. This isn’t like any other suspense book that I have read, yes there is a mystery presented to us but the way how the author handled the execution of the plot is simply amazing. Masterful and to be fair this book has all the great potential to become an tv series. You can do your best to find out the next move but trust me the outcome is going to be totally different. Thriller such as this can only make the reader crave for more and I’m hoping the author continues to bring forth more books such as this.
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TW : Sexual assault, strong language.

Book Review – Short stories.

Rating – 4 out of 5 stars.

Short stories by Ashwini Malhotra consists of eight short stories. Each story differs in theme while thoroughly fleshing out the characters and their narration. The writing style is easy to understand and I appreciated the author’s work from the very beginning of the first story.

To briefly summarize I would say that there are stories you’ll deeply connect with and understand them to a level of reality, the titles of these short stories are apt, following a curiosity to see how the story progresses. This collection can definitely be categorized under emotional and thoughtful read. The length of the book is short but the stories inside have a great pull as it can keep the reader glued to its pages.

A history lesson, Keshav and Dawat are few of my favorites among the collection. All the stories are weaved as simplistic interpretation of some of the daily situations and thoughts. I’d recommend this book to readers who love to read thought-provoking short stories collection.

Book Review – Fabulous Four Battle ZooZoo, the Wizard.

Book title – Fabulous Four Battle ZooZoo, the Wizard.

Author – Rajesh Talwar.

Format – Ebook.

Page count – 242 pages.

Rating – 5 out of 5 stars.

In the kingdom of Nonamia, when the king and queen are kidnapped, princess Samara will stop at nothing to get them back, safe and sound from the evil wizard. This is evil mastermind is cunning and manipulative therefore to make her rescue mission a success, she needs help.

Follow Samara as she embarks on a journey to different realms with her friends who have unique magical talents.

This book was amazing. It caught my attention from the very first page. I loved that the author while writing while writing an epic adventure kept a focus on other things such as friendship and family. It truly teaches us the importance of friendship and more importantly finding good friends who will stick with you through thick and thin. Every chapter brought out the wonderful characters with their amazing roles and it’s quite impossible not to fall in love with the story. The writing style is absolutely engaging and I don’t think any Indian fairy tale has given such an in-depth details to the story as this one. It has thoroughly explored every bit of the plot line, making it a magnificent and exciting read. Besides that, as the story progresses and The princess starts to travel to other places, each realm is absolutely grandeur with impressive detailing.

This is a must read for the adventure seekers and especially the readers who like get immersed in a world of fantasy and magic.

Book Review – Westcott High 2

Book title – Westcott High 2.
Author – Sarah Mello.
Rating – 5 out of 5 stars.

The story begins as Sonny and others waiting for the arrival of their ultimate competition. The Bella View High students are just as competitive as them and with their arrival, there are new problems for each one of them.

Sonny’s complicated life was about to get more messy. Now more than ever trust will have a crucial role to play in their lives.

With every step of the way comes a new secret. How far are all of them willing to go before someone says or does something that could jeopardize everything?

The first book was captivating and the second book is well…… magnetic, that’s the perfect word to describe it. I really enjoyed reading it. One of my favorite thing about the author is her engaging writing style. Although this is the second book, I didn’t feel any of those “sequel lacking the excitement like the previous ones or so” feelings, infact Westcott High 2 really showed us a better picture into the lives of our favorite Violets and Cobalts.

With the introduction of brand new twists and turns and a well done cliffhanger, this book has definitely me anxious to know what happens next. It should come as surprise when I say I read the whole book in just one sitting because like I said before Sarah’s writing style is a blend of perfection and anticipation.

Get ready for some pretty crazy revelations. Westcott High 2 will take your breath away and leave you speechless!