Giant Men and Violent Woman

November 17, 2017

Book: Giant Men and Violent Women

Author:  Clover Blaire

Rating: 3 /5

Synopsis:

Prisons are closed; inmates are free—well, kind of. They now serve their term through hard labor. Well, what did The Liberals expect to happen when they asked for a reformed prison system?

Presley Ann finds herself in an odd situation where she welcomes three former inmates into her home as part of America’s Prison Work Program. For her, the set-up is strange but, having a cook, a maid, and a driver—for free—isn’t so bad. It takes fiery protests and the murder of a governor for her to discover that not everyone agrees with the Prison Work Program—or the men who created it.

Presley Ann soon notices that some of the other prisoners in the Prison Work Program aren’t treated too kindly by their bosses.

She begins to question the humanity of the program, but finds herself in a peculiar situation, when she falls for one of the men who created it.

Review:

I received a free ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a story of Darling, a town in New Hampshire. Darling is ruled by the House of New Hampshire  :- The Governor, his secretary and Judge. The story is narrated from alternating POV of Ashley and Presley Ann. Ashley is an attorney and the  great-grandson of the Judge. Presley Ann is the daughter of the Secretary. The ancestors of Ashley are called Twenty Four or Giant men and violent women, hence the title.

In Darling there are no jails, the Prisoners are put into the prison work program, where the work in houses as Slaves doing cooking, cleaning, driving  etc for free. This was brought about Judge, Chap Bragg, but not everyone is for this program . There are protests for and against the Prison Work Program (also called Slave Work Program).

The book starts with the assassination of the current governor who is against the Prison Work Program. Then we are introduced to Ashley and Presley Ann’s family. Ashley is engaged to be married to Lousianna, the daughter of the New Governor, but he loves Presley Ann. Presley Ann is mostly a Boston girl, but currently she lives with her mother’s people in Darling. She was dating Date. Currently Date is leading the anti Slavery Protests. The story revolves around the main people of the House of Hampshire and their families. 

Do Ashley and Presley Ann get their happily ever after? Will the protests stop the Prison Work Program? Read to find out 

It was a different kind of story. I had never thought of such a program, I still don’t know whether I’m for or against it. This story tells us both the pros and cons of Prison Work Program. I understand both Ashley and Date’s perspectives. 
On the whole it was a good read 

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Karna’s Celestial Armour

November 14, 2017

Book : Karna’s Celestial Armour

Author:  Surendra Nath

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis:

We all know that in MAHABHARATA, Karna had, on his body, his Kavach-Kundal (set of armor and earrings) which rendered him invincible in battle against any foe. [Those not familiar with the Indian epic, MAHABHARATA: Karna and Arjuna were legendary warriors fighting on opposite sides. Their rivalry is akin to that of Achilles and Hector. Karna (son of Sun God) was born with a set of armor and earrings permanently attached to his body, due to which he could never be killed. God Indra, the father of Arjuna, tricked Karna and took away the divine set. So, in the final battle Arjuna killed Karna.]

That’s the back-story. After that, what did Indra do with the all-powerful Kavach-Kundal? Did he hide it somewhere? What if someone can find it today? That’s what this novel is about. Vasu, from the present time, sets off to find the set. The spirit of Karna guides him through the search.

Indra always knew someone would come looking for it. So he used all his ingenuity to hide it in the most impossible of places. That makes Vasu’s task so much more challenging. And he is not the only one who is interested in this quest. There are others trailing him.

Join Vasu in this thrilling adventure through mysterious locations in India to know why the armor was all that potent, and if it still is.

Review:

Thanks you Book Fever team for the review copy .

I have always been  a fan of Karna , even though he was on the wrong side , i admired him a lot .
This story is narrated by Karna’s spirit , he considers Vasu as his alter ego. To know how they met, reading the first book is required.  Karna urges Vasu on the quest of Kavacha-Kundala as  this would cause havoc, in the hands of the wrong person. The Kavacha-Kundala is scattered in 4 pieces,so Karna and Vasu travel all around India for it.  We come across the  2 chiranjeevis (immortals) during the search.  Will Vasu find the Kavach-Kundal? Read to find out. 

I felt the book had too much description. I’m a fast paced reader, I prefer dialog to description. The quest in itself is pretty interesting and clues and locations of the Kavach – Kundal is well thought of. Since I had not the first book I felt lost at the starting. I would simply say that it was not a book for me.

Recommended for mythology lovers and slow paced readers. 

When Opposites Meet 

November 12, 2017

Book : When Opposites Meet

Author : Sachin Garg

Rating : 3 /5

Review :

First of all thanks to Harper Collins for sending me the review copy.

The last book I read of Sachin Garg was “First love.. just like the last one” , I didn’t like that one

The title reminded me of the age old saying “Opposites Attract”

This book is a story of Ritwika, Indu and Jayanth. How they meet people who are complete opposites to them, how they fall in love.

Ritwika is in her third year of college, she lives in North Delhi, with her mother Indu and her cousin Jayanth. Ritwika suffers from severe muscle atrophy from childhood, and due to that she is dependent on the wheelchair. Through one of her professors she meets Chetan, a wrestler, who is physically her opposite.

Indu is a single mother, from when Ritwika was  four,as Ritwika’s father chose his singing career over his marriage. Indu had graduated in psychology and now worked for NGOs. At a support group for alcohol addicts she meets Lokesh. Lokesh talks about his daughter and Indu feels drawn to him.

Jayanti’s parents died in a car accident and after he doesn’t talk to people. He has retreated to his own shell. He meets Aditi, who can’t keep her mouth shut for a few seconds.

Can opposites complement each other? Read to find out

It was a short sweet story. It is a pretty predictable story, but it had its unique elements. Good for a one time read. I like the concept of having 3  pairs of totally opposite people falling in love

Favorite quotes

“Sometimes we love too hard and too fast. Sometimes we love too slow and too soft.        Love, like salt in dal, has to be just the right amount.”

“What I believe is that love is not what you say. Love is what you do”

Origin ( Robert Langdon #5)

November 11, 2017

Book: Origin 

Author: Dan Brown

Rating : 5/5

Synopsis:

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

Review:

The first book i read in the Robert Langdon series was “Angels and Demons”. I couldnt put the book down , it was so mesmerizing . Sleep and food were forsaken for the book, this is also kind of like that.

The book starts off with Edmond Kirsch having a meeting with the 3 most prominent religious leaders. He informs the he has proof that there is no God, and shows them a presentation which shocks them. They ask Edmond to rethink his decision to broadcast it worldwide.

Then the scene shifts over to Guggenheim Muesuem where Edmond is all set to air the presentation. Robert Langdon has reached the museum of as Edmond, his former student invites him there. We meet Winston, Edmond ‘s super computer and we are walked through various artifacts of the Muesuem. I’m fast paced reader I don’t like descriptions much, but Dan Brown makes me read them.

The presentation starts up and everyone is waiting for the answers to Man’ s age old questions

Where do we come from?
Where are we going?

There is a murder and we are on a race against time to find answers to the above questions.

Will Robert be able to find answers to these questions? Will Edmond ‘s presentation go live? Read to find out

It was a very fast paced thriller. I’m not a fan of paintings and architecture, but Dan Brown makes me fall in love with them. I actually looked up most of the places mentioned in the book. This time we have Ambra Vidal, the museum curator as Langdon ‘s partner to solve the mystery. As I’m used to suspense thrillers, I knew that the killer wouldn’t be one of the usual suspects, but still I was mindblown by the ending

Recommend for Robert Langdon fans and suspense thriller readers.

Flying Without Wings 

November 9, 2017

Book: Flying Without Wings

Author : Rishabh Puri

Rating : 4 /5

Review :

First of all thanks to Harper Collins for sending me the review copy

I love the cover, it essentially represents the 2 protagonists in the book, Karan and Milli. Karan is from a rich family, but he had his share of suffering due to a rare disease in his childhood. He has been homeschooled mostly because of his surgeries. Milli is from a poor family, she lives with her mother who is an addict. She works at the airport.

Karan and Milli start talking to each other on Clikrr(A Dating App)  and fall in love. I guess people might find it absurd, how can you fall in love just by chatting with each other. I can easily relate to them, as that’s how I fell in love,but that is the story for another day. When they meet in person do they still feel the spark? Do they get a happily ever after ending? Read to find out
“God’s promise of mercy in you, my rainbow… With you, my angel, I learn to fly without wings”

It was a short and sweet love story. I loved Milli and Karan. Recommended for romance readers.

The Hate U Give

November 7, 2017

Book : The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life

Review:

This is the story of Starr who lives in a black neighborhood and studies in a white school. She keeps both parts of her life separate,this is the story of how they collide. The book starts with Starr at a party,  which she leaves early with Khalil her childhood friend when they hear gunshots. On the way home they are stopped by a police officer, who assumes they are upto no good, as they are black. 

Eventhough Khalil is unarmed, the officer kills him thinking he is reaching for his gun. Will Starr speak up? Will Khalil get Justice? Read to find out

This   reminded me of Philandro Castille murder earlier this year and of the movie Crash. The book was so beautiful and sad at the same time. I love Starr’s character. It is easy to connect with her, we feel how afraid she is, but still does the right thing 

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right ”

I feel that is a very relevant issue going on now, everyone should read it 

The Wedding Tamasha

November 6, 2017

Book: The Wedding Tamasha

Author : Sudha Nair

Rating :3/5

Synopsis:

A sweet romantic tale about love, family, values and traditions.

Twenty-eight-year-old Shweta Menon finds refuge from an abusive husband by working at a Mexican café in the US. She doesn’t know how to tell her parents the truth about her marriage and return to India. But then her brother’s wedding leaves her no choice.

Entrepreneur Chef Niraj (Niru) Karthik is in charge of catering for his best friend’s wedding. He isn’t looking forward to meeting his childhood crush—the one that got away—but he finds himself drawn to her again.

Shweta has only thought of Niru as her older brother’s best friend, but now she’s falling head over heels in love with him. As both try to come to terms with their true feelings, they realize that a lot more than friendship is at stake.

And then, there’s Shweta’s family, mixed up in a dilemma: an overbearing father, an over-anxious mother, and three very disparate yet close siblings.

Will Shweta get the love and acceptance she yearns for? Or will upholding the family honour be more important?

Review :

I came across this book in Kindle Unlimited, the blurb looked interesting so thought of giving it a try. It is a short fun read. The story starts off Shweta who has escape from her abusive husband and is now working in a cafe. She has not told her parents about Raj, but is forced to as her brother wedding gets fixed. To know if her parents accept Shweta and  what happens at the wedding please read the book.

When you have read too many romance novels, all plots look same to you. Girl and Boy are in love, but they are afraid to tell each other, then girl gets married. Girl’s marriage is a disaster, she comes back and then girl and boy gets married. I loved reading about a Keralite wedding in bollywood style. Being a Keralite myself I enjoyed that part.

Recommended for romance readers

The Pursuit of Zillow Stone

November 4, 2017

Book :  The Pursuit of Zillow Stone

Author : Brindi Quinn

Rating : 4 /5

Synopsis:

In Eastern City, metropolis of wind and rain, a deadly game is about to begin . . .

Beneath the boy’s thumb, my blood bubbled in reaction to the implant. Hot stinging moved through my flesh for a helping of seconds before subsiding. The boy felt it too, for when it was done, he removed his thumb and inspected my hand. Beneath my skin was a green glow, roughly the size of a coin.
It was done.
Their people were born with extreme lust for ours, and just as my grandfather had warned all those years ago, one of them had come for me.
I, Zillow Stone, had been marked by an unholy one.
While I digested the truth of it, the boy leaned over, placing his lips nearly to my ear, and whispered, “Run.”

. . . . . . . . . .

At the end of time, the world is divided. In the west reside the Markers, in the east, the Marked.

On a massive gameboard, scattered with discotheques and giant mechbeasts, Zillow Stone’s sole purpose is to serve as prey. But she is fastest, strongest, smartest . . . and she won’t go down without a fight.

Who will win in a death game to survive? And when it’s every player for herself, who can Zillow trust?

In the wasteland, where the Markers play with their prey like it’s food, not everything is as it seems.

Includes all four thrilling acts for the first time in one volume.
Recommended for ages 16+

Review

Thanks Brindi for the review copy.

This is a dystopian fantasy  novel , the world is divided in  9 cities  : East , West, North,South, Central, NorthEast, NorthWest, SouthEast and SouthWest. Only East, West remained now. In the East lives the Marked and in the West Markers. In exchange for the solar energy from West, the East provide them their young.  When someone from the east turns 20 either they are lucky and get skipped being marked or they get hunted by their Marker. This is the story of Zillow Stone who gets marked, the story entails what happens later. Will Zillow get killed at the hand of her Marker or will she be able to kill. Read to find out

I couldn’t stop reading this one, a very fast paced novel. I loved the world and the characters. The book cover is beautiful, and the character name are unique. I love female badass characters and Zillow Stone was right up my alley.  A must read for Hunger Games fans. I have just joined Brindi ‘s review team and this was the first book I got to read, looking forward to read more of her works

Cleaving Souls 

October 31, 2017

Book : Cleaving Souls

Author: Chauncey Rogers

Rating :3/5

 

Synopsis:

Some dangers you cannot outrun. Some nightmares do not end when you wake.

Something is watching Katherine Harris. She can feel it when she goes out. She can feel it inside her home. She feels it in her bed. Her husband, Alex, wants to blame her anxiety on her pregnancy, but he’s often away for work. He doesn’t know what it’s like to be stuck in a small town, to be trapped in a tiny house on a run-down street, to be alone. Kat does, and the feeling only grows worse.

Whatever is going on, Kat’s certain that it’s far more serious than pregnancy jitters. When Alex takes Kat on a second honeymoon to get her mind off things, it becomes far more dangerous as well

Review :

The title, I felt it was strange at first, as i have finished the book, I understand that it is perfectly relevant .

I have always felt scary books don’t scare me enough. This one would come in the list of a scary book that kept me interested. Felt it was a little dragging at the starting, but later finished it one go.

This is about Alex and Katherine, the usual scary premise, they move into a new  house. The wife hears noises and stuff, the husband doesn’t believe them. Up to this point I was like should I continue reading, but then as it is Halloween today I thought I finish it. So take Kat’s mind off things Alex takes her to a second honeymoon .I would say I was  pleasantly surprised by the turn of events after this . I liked it. As I don’t usually read horror books, this was a refreshing read.

I would recommend it for horror book fans , definitely a good read

 

Watching Glass Shatter

October 30, 2017

Book Name : Watching Glass Shatter

Author : James  J Cudney

Rating : 5/5

 

Synopsis

The wealthy Glass family lost its patriarch, Benjamin Glass, sooner than expected. Benjamin’s widow, Olivia, and her 5 sons each react to his death in their own way while preparing for the reading of his will. Olivia receives a very unexpected confession from her late husband about one of their sons that could shatter the whole family.

Prior to revealing the secret to her children, Olivia must figure out which boy Ben refers to in the confession he left her in his will. While the family attorney searches for the mysterious Rowena Hector whom Ben says holds the answers, Olivia asks her sons to each spend a week with her as she isn’t ready to let go of the past. When Olivia visits her sons, she quickly learns that each one has been keeping his own secret from her. Olivia never expected her remaining years would be so complex and life-altering, but she will not rest until her family is reunited after Ben’s untimely death.

We all need family. We all want to fit in. We’re all a mix of quirky personalities. Will Olivia be able to fix them or will the whole family implode? What will she do when she discovers the son behind Ben’s secret? Check out this ensemble cast where each family member’s perspective is center stage, discovering along the way who might feel the biggest impact from all the secrets. Welcome to being an honorary member of the Glass family.

 

Review :

Thanks James for the review copy

I came across this book when going through the posts of a GoodReads group. As the blurb sounded interesting, i messaged James asking for a copy .

I love the cover of this book, and as you perhaps know i like to connect the title with the story . This title for perfect for the story.

The story starts off with Ben Glass preparing his will with his lawyer Ira, he also entrusts Ira with a letter that needs to be given to his wife upon   the event of his death. It contains a secret which Ben is afraid to tell Olivia , his wife , face to face, it is about one of their sons.

Ben and Olivia have 5 sons :- Theodore (Teddy), Matthew, Caleb, Zachary and Ethan. Unexpectedly Ben dies in a car accident and Olivia is left with the letter. The story tells us how  Olivia deals with loss of her husband as well the heartbreaking secret which has been  revealed.  As the story progresses we get to see see each of the son’s relationships as well their relationship with their parents.

To find out what the secret is do read the book.I loved it, it made me teary eyed at the end. It is a story of Relationships, loss, family, secrets and hope