Book Review – Rafflesia: The Banished Princess

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TITLE: Rafflesia: The Banished Princess
AUTHOR: Gautam
PUBLISHER: Frog Books ( An Imprint of Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.)
GENRE: Fiction
ISBN: 9789352017164

THE BOOK

TITLE

Now if you go purely by the title and believe it is one of those fantasy stories that children enjoy or one about a beautiful princess then you are in for a surprise. No it is something different, something where a book by the name just forms part of the protagonist Apurva’s life. So don’t be mislead. Look forward to something different, something new.

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The curtains draw up. Lights are dimmed. The musical is about to begin. As the beautiful princess descends on stage, the mythical creatures from her kingdom come alive. Flickers of brilliant colours blaze across as mesmerizing music pulsates from one corner of the theatre to the other. A fairy tale is about to unfold…

As young children, we often come across things that stay in our hearts forever. For Appu, it is a fairy tale about a beautiful princess. He lives with her in a world filled with the magical creatures from her kingdom until the real world beckons. A reluctant Appu steps into it as a striking young man and struggles to find his place.

What follows is an evocative tale of love and loss, friendship and betrayal, as the story travels through the snow-peaked mountains of Arunachal to the golden deserts of Jaisalmer, the tulip gardens of Holland to the lush greens of Kerala. Does Appu find what he had set out for? The answer lies in Rafflesia – The Banished Princess because in her story, lay his!

REVIEW
MY TAKE

PLOT/ STORY-LINE:- ‘Rafflesia: The Banished Princess’ has more to do with the protagonist Apurva’s story than with that of a princess by the name. It is just a key to understanding the protagonist who attracts the attention of all he comes into contact with.

The plot/ story-line is interesting and throws up umpteen possibilities of understanding the protagonist. While to some he may come across as demure and one with a lack of confidence, to another he may come across as an sensitive person, soft and one with a heart of gold who is hesitant to take up challenges not due to lack of confidence but due to circumstances beyond his control. Whichever way you view him, you are sure to be intrigued by him.

As we turn the pages of the book we get an insight into the life of Appu aka Apurva right from childhood to adulthood. In fact the story oscillates back and forth between the two phases of his life i.e. childhood and adulthood his struggles, his friends, his family, the shaping of his personality, career and much more. The book is a sort of a psychological fiction that opens your eyes to certain realities, realities that those lucky not to have gone through the life such as that of Apuva, miss.

The plot holds immense potential and the author has done justice to it. Yes there are some areas that are confusing and one may have to go back and forth once in a while to understand certain things, but overall the story is interesting and engaging especially in the latter half.

The climax if you may say so again leaves room for various interpretations. It is open- ended so you can let your imagination take flight and weave your own story from where the author leaves. 🙂

There are twists that one may not anticipate and there are turns that at times are pleasant and bring a smile to your lips. There are also places that are sure to moisten your eyes. In short, the story of Apurva and those in his life are sure to move you.

Is there romance? No

Is there an element that hints at a thriller? No

Then what is it that appeals to the reader? I can’t put my finger on it, but I just know it is appealing.

CHARACTERIZATION: The main characters are well- developed with their imperfections. The quiet and sombre Apurva compliments the extrovert and boisterous Rahul. At times one comes across an innocent child in the adult Appu.

The characters of Misha, Trina, Sujata and Abair are also well- fleshed out.

Is there any one character with whom I’d like to have got acquainted more? Yes, that of Amala. I feel her character had more potential.

LANGUAGE: – Simple and easy to understand.

EDITING:- Needs to be tightened. A few grammatical errors and typos here and there act as stumbling blocks that need to be cleared before the book goes in for a reprint.

VERDICT

An interesting read but…. before you pick it up, let me warn you it is not a short read. The book is one of around four hundred pages. I’ll give the book 3 on a scale of 5.


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Book Review: The Indus Challenge

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TITLE: The Indus Challenge
AUTHOR: R. Durgadoss
PUBLISHER: Rupa Publications
GENRE: Fiction (Historical / Mythological )

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Bharat is in chaos. While the kingdoms fight each other, Alexander’s forces gather for the assault, their leader lured by tales of supernatural weapons and the elixir of immortality. Only one man can save the subcontinent from domination by the Greeks: the young Chandragupta Maurya, trained under the aegis of the ‘dark brahmin’, Chanakya.

When an ancient seal is found, sharing the secrets of the brahmastra, the redoubtable weapon of the Mahabharat, it is up to Rudra, young commander of the Mauryan Nava Yuva Sena and lifelong friend and confidante of Chandragupta, to decode it. Along with his fellow commandos, and with the able guidance of his guru, Rudra embarks on a quest that takes him from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the seas of Rameshwaram, hunting the clues that will lead him to the brahmastra. On the way, he meets the Chiranjivis, ancient beings tasked with divine duties, and learns the secrets behind his own birth and his mysterious powers.

But Rudra must be careful, for not all enemies were dispersed with the death of the mighty Alexander. Treachery lurks in the home, and when Rudra is framed for the attempted murder of his sovereign, he must pull every trick at his disposal to reveal the enemy, and save his kingdom from plunging, once more, into bloodshed and chaos.

A historical, mythological adventure story, The Indus Challenge is sure to appeal to readers interested in the storied past of India and the legends woven into its soil.

MY TAKE

PLOT/ STORY-LINE : Interesting, intriguing and one in which the author’s imaginative side is very much evident. To weave a story combining history with mythology seamlessly is indeed a tough task. However the author has to a considerable extent succeeded in the same. Revolving around the Maurayan Empire lead by Chandragupta Maurya, the story has as its protagonist neither Chandragupta nor Chanakya but someone with special powers, one who holds a key to Brahmastra, a man blessed to meet five of the eight Chiranjivis. He is none other than Rudra a close companion and confidante of Chandragupta Maurya and a dear disciple of Chanakya.

Rudra’s journey from infancy to his untimely death at thirty is filled with adventure. While his mystic powers make him the most powerful man in the empire, they also tend to be the source of his agony given that Chandragupta Maurya’s Greek wife Helen feels jealous and insecure of his close bonds with her husband. What follows is a tale of treachery and deceit.

There are twists and turns, some expected and some unexpected but what held my interest is the mystery shrouding Rudra, his mission and the eight keys or eight commandoes who hold the keys to eight shastras (sciences). What is their mission? Do they accomplish it? If so, how? To get the answers to these one must read this book which I must stress is a piece of historical ficion and not history.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters of Rudra and Helen are well- developed. While Rudra comes across as a true warrior, a man of his words and duty bound, Helen comes across as a vile one, expert in the art of treachery and one jealous to the core.

However I feel that the characters of Chandragupta Maurya and Chanakya leave room for improvement. They somehow seem sidelined. A little more effort on their character and their role in the story would have added value to the book.

LANGUAGE : Simple and easy to understand. There are no jargon that act as stumbling blocks nor long winding sentences to trip upon.

PACE: Slow at first but gradually picks up and when it does, one can’t help spending more time with the book.

NARRATIVE: This is where I felt there is still a lot of scope for improvement. The opening sentences in nearly all the chapters put me off. I wish they were constructed differently. It would have made the transition from one chapter to another smooth and enjoyable.

VERDICT

An engaging read, I’ll rate the book 3 on a scale of 5.

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Book Review: The Rise of the Dawnstar

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TITLE: The Rise of the Dawnstar (The Avalonia Chronicles #2)
AUTHOR: Farah Oomerbhoy
PUBLISHER: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
GENRE: Fiction (Fantasy)

To read my review of ‘The Last of the Firedrakes (The Avalonia Chronicles #2)’ a prequel to ‘The Rise of the Dawnstar’ click HERE

THE BOOK

THE BLURB

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…

MY TAKE

STORY-LINE/ PLOT : I took up ‘The Rise of the Dawnstar’ with lots of hope having loved the prequel to the same i.e. ‘The Last of the Firedrakes’ and I must say Farah has done it once again. ‘Riveting!’ is the word that comes to my mind.

The story is full of twists and turns none that one can forsee and the imagery is something I have no words to describe. The book transports one to the magical world of faes, mages and much more. The events seem to unfold before your eyes and you can’t help but be on the edge looking out for the next bolt that’s sure to hit you from the blue.

The story is a maze of emotions; love, hatred, empathy, deceit, fear and inner strength.

To be able to enjoy the book and appreciate Farah’s flight of imagination and creative skills one must read the book. It is one that I’m sure I’d like to re-visit again and again.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters are well fleshed out with their imperfections. The story does spring some surprises towards the in terms of characterization but then it is best one knows what I mean by reading the book. No clues from my side.

LANGUAGE: ‘Smooth sailing!’ The language is simple, crisp and lucid. No jargon to act as barriers. This is another thing that endeared to me as a reader. The author definitely has a way with words. She is I’ll say a magician when it comes to weaving magic with the letters and knows how to keep her readers hungry even after the story ends. Can’t help but wish I could lay my hands on the next to the series immediately.

PACE & STYLE: Perfect. Has the ability to engage the reader right from the word ‘go’ till the last word.

EDITING: Two to three typos that need to be taken care of.

VERDICT

A must read for the ‘young at heart.’ Will transport you to another world. The book scores a 5 on a scale of 5 from me.


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MEET

FARAH OOMERBHOY

Farah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained over two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.

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My lucky number is 16

The giveaway opens at the end of the tour and closes on May 21st, 11:59pm Eastern US time.


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BOOK REVIEW : The Tree with a Thousand Apples

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TITLE: The Tree with a Thousand Apples
AUTHOR: Sanchit Gupta
PUBLISHER: Niyogi Books
GENRE: Fiction

THE BOOK

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‘If a criminal was once a saint and a saint was once a criminal, then who is a criminal and who is a saint?’

Inspired by true events, this riveting narrative traces the lives of Safeena Malik, Deewan Bhat and Bilal Ahanagar, three childhood friends who grow up in an atmosphere of peace and amity in Srinagar, Kashmir, until the night of 20 January 1990 changes it all.

While Deewan is forced to flee from his home, Safeena’s mother becomes ‘collateral damage’ and Bilal has to embrace a wretched life of poverty and fear. The place they called paradise becomes a battleground and their friendship struggles when fate forces them to choose sides against their will. Twenty years later destiny brings them to a crossroads again, when they no longer know what is right and what is wrong. While both compassion and injustice have the power to transform lives, will the three friends now choose to become sinful criminals or pacifist saints?

The Tree with a Thousand Apples is a universal story of cultures, belongingness, revenge and atonement. The stylised layered format, fast-paced narration and suspenseful storytelling make for a powerful, gripping read.

MY TAKE

WOWs !!

STORY-LINE:- Gripping & insightful!

The story takes one on a journey of life in the valley albeit a short one yet enough to make one ponder. Within the 279 pages one comes across the feeling of brotherhood shared by the Kashmiri Pandits and Kashmiri Muslims, the sudden souring of relationships and the communal flare-ups, the birth of terror and terrorists, the loss of innocence ……. But what stays with the reader at the end of the read is the strong bond of camaraderie shared by the protagonists i.e. the three childhood friends Bilal, Saifeena Malik and Deewan Bhat.

The sufferings, the embitterment as well as the good times are portrayed beautifully in the book. Finally on closing it one can’t help but ask a few questions such as –

“Have we as a Nation failed in integrating the youth of the valley into the mainstream?”

“Where did we go wrong?”

“Why is there so much hatred among people of different communities?”

“Who or what is the root cause for the crisis that saw Hindu Pandits leave their homeland and why are we still not able to instill a sense of security in them to return to their homes?”

The book reveals some distasteful and disturbing facts; things one wishes are not true.

CHARACTERIZATION :- Perfect. The characters are well fleshed out with all their imperfections. One can’t help but empathize with Bilal and Safeena.

LANGUAGE :- Simple, crisp and lucid, one that has the power to take the reader on a smooth and engaging journey.

PACE & STYLE :- The pace is even and perfect while the style of narration leaves no room for complaint.

OOPs!!

I’m confused. Know why? Somehow I can’t understand how one General can continue to hold command/ call the shots in one place/ command area continuously for more than 20 years like General Choudhary.

VERDICT

An engaging read, one that is not only interesting but insightful too. I’ll give the book a 4 on a scale of 5.


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MEET THE AUTHOR

SANCHIT GUPTA

Started off as a part-time copywriter and then went on to co-found his own theatre group this young man worked as a freelance film screenwriter and as executive producer–fiction for a leading television network too.

Born and brought up in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, Sanchit Gupta’s short stories have been published in several publications and lit festivals, viz Muse India, Indian Ruminations, Contemporary Literary Review India and Tata Lit Live to name a few. He has worked with All India Radio as a talk show host and regularly features in poetry recitals at Prithvi Café, Mumbai. ‘The Tree with a Thousand Apples’ is his debut novel, the screenplay based on which has been long-listed in Sundance screenwriters’ International lab- US.

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Book Review – Key to My Soul

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TITLE: Key to My Soul
AUTHOR: Probal Mazumdar
PUBLISHER: Maple Press
GENRE: Fiction

THE BOOK

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When Siddharth, a lonely young man with a failed marriage gets a sudden phone-call from a mysterious person about his lost childhood lover, Hazel, and learns that she is battling for life, he is shaken to the core. He also learns that she had left certain letters for him fifteen years back that never reached him.

It disturbs him so much that he rushes to the hospital in his old hometown. There he discovers an eclipsed past buried in time that is riddled with dangerous surprises, trauma, twists of fate, sacrifices that exemplify true love and the real reasons for the tragic end of their childhood love story.

But will Hazel ever open her eyes to see him…

MY TAKE

STORY-LINE/ PLOT: Like sweet-salty ‘nimbu pani,’ there is a touch of romance and a touch of suspense but the end result is something cool and refreshing and heart-warming.

There is subtle romance as well as some fist-fight. There is treachery as well as love and care.The book takes us on a journey of amateur love that is caught up in a storm that takes years to settle down. The storm plays havoc in the lives of the protagonists only to see them especially Hazel, emerge strong. The author has been able to bring out the suffering and feeling of remorse experienced by Hazel and Siddharth respectively, well.

The strong bonds between the Father- son duo of Mr Banerjee and Siddharth as well as mother- daughter duo of Mary and Hazel is something one can’t miss. It is deep and one of understanding. However, one thing that I found wanting was more details on Sidharth and Kiran’s divorce.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters of all including that of the least important ones are fleshed out well.

LANGUAGE: Language is simple and free-flowing. It reminded me of the water rushing in an irrigation canal in rains, cool and crystal clear.

PACE: Perfect. At no point did I feel my interest wane which would not have been so if the book was unevenly paced.

VERDICT

A wonderful read, one that has the capacity to hold the reader till the last word, ‘Key to My Soul’ scores 4 on a scale of 5 from me.


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PROBAL MAZUMDAR

An IT Manager by profession, Probal Mazumdar is into fiction and poetry writing. Winner of the Al India Poetry Competition 2014, conducted by Poetry Society of India, Probal is a well- published poet having many of his poems make it to various national and international journals.

Book Blitz: Ponni’s Beloved by Sumeetha Manikandan

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Blurb

Kalki Krishnamurthy’s Ponniyin Selvan is a masterpiece that has enthralled generations of Tamil readers. Many authors have written phenomenal books in Tamil literature after Kalki Krishnamurthy, but Ponniyin Selvan remains the most popular, widely-read novel. It has just the right mixture of all things that makes an epic – political intrigue, conspiracy, betrayal, huge dollops of romance, infidelity, seduction, passion, alluring women, unrequited love, sacrifice and pure love.

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“I have brought important information for all of you. That’s why I asked the noble Sambuverayar to invite us all here. Maharaja Sundara Chola’s health has been steadily deteriorating. I secretly asked our royal physician, and he says that there is absolutely no chance of his health improving. His days are numbered. And it is up to us, to think about the future of the royal throne.”

“What do the astrologers say?” asked one of the noble men.

“Why ask the astrologers? Haven’t you seen the comet that has been appearing in the sky, for the past few weeks? They say whenever a comet appears, there will be death in the royal family,” said another.

“I have asked the astrologers as well, and they say that the king might live for some more time. Anyway, we will have to decide who should ascend the throne next,” said Pazhuvetarayar.

“What is the use of discussing that now? Aditya Karikalan was made the Crown Prince two years ago,” said one of the noblemen.

“True. But before he took that decision, did Sundara Chola consult any of us? We all have stood by the Chola Kingdom with loyalty and have sacrificed our sons and grandsons in the battlefield. Even now warriors from each of our clans have gone to Elangai to fight for the Chola Kingdom. Don’t you think we deserve the right to be consulted about who should be the next heir to the throne? Even King Dasaratha asked his council of ministers, before deciding to crown Rama. But our Sundara Chola didn’t think it necessary to consult anyone…”
About the author


“Sumeetha Manikandan is a top bestselling romance author whose novellas ‘Perfect Groom’ and ‘These Lines of Mehendi’ (which was published as a paperback novel called ‘Love Again’) have been on the top of Amazon India charts ever since its publication. A bookaholic, thinker, feminist and a daydreamer, she reads across genres and is a crazy fan of history, romance and science fiction novels.
An avid reader of historical novels, she has been translating Kalki Krishnamurthy’s classic Tamil novel Ponniyin Selvan for the past ten years and hopes to translate more of his novels to English.
Sumeetha is married to filmmaker K.S. Manikandan and lives with her nine-year-old daughter in Chennai.”

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Book Review : Jim Morgan and the Seven Sins

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TITLE: Jim Morgan and the Seven Sins
AUTHOR: Bharat Madan
PUBLISHER: Notion Press
GENRE: Fiction (Thriller)
ISBN: 9781946714435

THE BOOK

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A quest to identify seven deadly sins
A mystery behind seven keys that were passed to seven men
A deadly race against time to seek atonement

On the outskirts of New York City, Jim Morgan, an international bestselling author learns through God that he had committed seven sins in his previous life. Clues lie in the six novels he has written, that would lead him to the mystery. But the novels won’t reveal everything to him. With seven days on hand, he must walk in the direction that faith leads him in, to reach the lost chamber of Seven Planets. Unless Morgan understands the secret behind his past life and the sins he committed, his chance to live will be lost forever.

MY TAKE

STORY-LINE/ PLOT: Intriguing. A suspense with a lot of twists and turns and a lot of surprise elements ‘Jim Morgan and the Seven Sins’ is the story of Jim Morgan’s quest to unravel the sins committed by him in his previous birth with an aim to atone for them.

Time is short and the task at hand is not an easy one. Racing against time, Jim embarks on what is known as time travel moving through portals that open up via his books.

Packed with action, drama and suspense the book takes us on an introductory journey of sorts, of the world of astrology and is in fact an insight into the seven common sins committed by man. To know the connection between the sins, human behaviour and astrology you will have to go through the book.

In short ‘Jim Morgan and the Seven Sins’ is a thriller that leaves you guessing only to make you realize that all your guesses are mere guesses. The truth is something else. The climax I must admit is the ‘icing in the cake.’ It is fresh and will catch you unawares.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters of the protagonist Jim and the main players are well- developed with all their imperfections. But yes, I’d have loved to get to know Kathyrn better.

LANGUAGE: Simple, crisp and lucid.

PACE: The initial chapters tend to be slow and bumpy making you want to put down the book often. But once it picks up you can’t help but get hooked to it. It is smooth sailing thereafter. The reason for the slow pace in the initial chapters I believe is because it is a bit confusing. One takes time to come to grips with the story.

VERDICT

A gripping action packed thriller this one scores a 4 on a scale of 5 from me.


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Book Blitz: Finding Anya by Sundari Venkatraman

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Dear Book Lovers, 

This is the Book Blitz of Finding Anya by Sundari Venkatraman.  This is my stop and we have many bloggers who are sharing the love for this book. This tour is organized by The Book Club.

Name of the book: Finding Anya

Author: Sundari Venkatraman

Format Available: Kindle / Paperback

Also available on Kindle Unlimited 

No. Of Pages: 182 Pages

Genre: Romance

 

Blurb

Anya Chhabria wakes up in a hospital room with no recognition of who she is and where she belongs. In her troubled times, Anya finds her anchor in a handsome stranger. But is he really unknown to her? 

Dev Wadhwa’s past finds him when he sees Anya lying unconscious in the middle of the road. Not willing to let go of her one more time, Dev takes her to the hospital and later to his farmhouse, where he helps her recuperate. 

Sparks fly and Dev and Anya fall for each other! But the feisty Anya refuses to commit herself to marriage as her loss of memory looms larger than life. 

Things aren’t easy with an ex-husband, not-so-understanding parents, and a jealous neighbour thrown into the mix. What if Anya’s memory never comes back? 

Will Dev and Anya get a second chance? 

Or will circumstances force them apart, yet again?

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About the author
Sundari Venkatraman is an indie author who has 15 titles to her name, all Top 100 Bestsellers on Amazon India, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia in both romance as well as Asian Drama categories. Her latest hot romances have all been on #1Bestseller slot in Amazon India for over a month.

Even as a kid, Sundari absolutely loved the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome as she grew up reading all the fairy tales she could lay her hands on, Phantom comics, Mandrake comics and the like. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end. 

Soon, into her teens, Sundari switched her attention from fairy tales to Mills & Boon. While she loved reading both of these, she kept visualising what would have happened if there were similar situations happening in India; to a local hero and heroine. Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years. 

Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! And Sundari Venkatraman has never looked back.

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Book Review : Finding the Angel

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TITLE: Finding the Angel
AUTHOR : Rubina Ramesh
GENRE: Fiction (Suspense/ Romance)

THE BOOK

COVER DESIGN : “Breathtaking!”

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All She wanted was love…

Shefali is a die-hard romantic. Having lost her parents at a very tender age, she is in search of a place which she can call home. Her passion for Art lands her a job as an art curator to the famous artifacts of the Ranaut Dynasty. When she meets the scion, Aryan Ranaut, she feels that her dream might come true until…

All He wanted was to trust…

Living the life of a modern day Prince is no easy task for the young and dashing Aryan Ranaut. Having lost his father to a rapacious woman, Aryan has severe trust issues. But upon meeting Shefali, he feels he could let down his guard. Until…

All They need is to find The Angel…

Just as Aryan realizes his love for Shefali, one of the most precious artifacts, The Angel, goes missing from the Ranaut collection. All fingers point towards Shefali—more so because she leaves the palace without telling anyone on the very night of the theft.

Finding the Angel is a story where duty clashes with love and lack of trust overrides passion. Under these circumstances, can The Angel bring the star-crossed lovers together?

MY TAKE

STORY-LINE :- Interesting, intriguing and riveting. The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it. There is subtle romance as well as suspense.

There are some twists that will leave you guessing and when the suspense breaks you can’t help say, ‘Oh!My God, was …. the main culprit….’ The author has not only been able to get across the brewing romance between Shefali and Aryan Ranaut well, but has also managed to keep the mystery surrounding the loss of ‘The Angel’ well under wraps till the end.

CHARACTERIZATION :- All the characters are well developed. Speaking of the main protagonists Shefali and Aryan Ranaut to me Shefali came across as a strong girl, one not easily cowed down by threats. Aryan Ranaut comes across as an arrogant and confused man. He is one who is hell-bent on thinking in just one direction regarding the loss of the artifact but is at the same time in two minds when it comes to his feelings for Shefali.

LANGUAGE :- Simple and crisp. Word power is the author’s strong point and I must admit that she has taken full advantage of it in ‘Finding the Angel.’ This makes the book a truly enjoyable read.

PACE: – Fast and even paced. Hence one is able to finish it in just one sitting without wanting to put it down.

VERDICT

An easy yet, thrilling one. In the first instance itself the cover design and blurb are sure to tempt you to pick it up. Don’t hesitate. The inside is as good as the outside.

‘Finding the Angel’ scores 4 on a scale of 5 from me.


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RUBINA RAMESH

An avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer, Rubina is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. ‘Knitted Tales : A Collection of Emotions’ is her first Anthology and ‘Finding the Angel’ her debut novel.

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THE DIAMOND HEIST: A SEVEN AGENT ADVENTURE 

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Sai Daksh


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Life was all fun and play, with a few small adventures and mishaps, for Daksh, Arsh, Garv, Om, Swarit, Aditi and Simran till… 

They are recruited by the Indian Detective Agency. 

They are summoned to the headquarters and given a mission – to recover a lost diamond. 

With all the plans and props in place, they set forth to hunt down the diamond. 

By chance, they stumble upon a conspiracy that is connected to the theft. 

Do they succeed in foiling the conspiracy? What happened to the lost diamond?

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About the author

Sai Daksh Shetty, at the age of eleven, completed the book 7 Agents: The Diamond Heist. At the age of six, he had started writing short stories. At the age of eight, he used to draw comic strips and share it with his friends. Although this is his first book, he plans to write a whole series on the 7 Agents. Since early childhood, he has had a very creative mind and uses his imagination in all his activities. He is very interested in all forms of creative arts. He is very open-minded. The main characters of the book have been inspired by his real life friends. Om, Garv, Arsh and Swarit are his best friends and are in the book, while Aditi and Simran are fictional.     
                          

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