June 25, 2017

Book Review: Simon Vs . the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Book Name: Simon Vs . the Homo sapiens Agenda.
Author : Becky Albertalli.
Publisher: Penguin Books.
No. of  Pages : 303 Pages.
ISBN No: 104135609X.
ISBN-13: 9780141356099.
Price: 550 INR.


About the Book:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


Book Review(mini review):


I LOVE this book so much and Simon is a darling, finished reading this in a day.

This book was a gift from a friend during Christmas.
The praise that the book had received and the overwhelming love that was being showered on the book actually made me read the book.

After finishing it i did the much obvious thing, Thanked Becky Albertalli for writing the book and introducing us to the very charming person that Simon is. This book is now officially into the list of one of my favorite novels.
During the parts where Simon tries to guess the actual identity of Blue, I was also googling from the clues that Simon had gathered. :D

The Book is hilarious and all other great things, Also i love Simon's Parents. ;)

They are just adorable, and i love his friends and Simon as well.


Okay rant over!!

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!
Eagerly waiting for the movie.

Rating: 4.5/5*

June 2, 2017

Book Review : Mindstormer By A J Steiger

About the Book



Book Name: Mindstormer.
Author : A J Steiger.
No. of Pages : 432 Pages.
ISBN-10 : 1780749260.
ISBN-13 : 978-1780749266.
Price : 972 INR

When Lain Fisher wakes up in a hospital bed she can't remember anything of the last few months. As a mindwalker herself she knows about erasing peoples memories. She just never thought it would happen to her. Before she can get any answers to her questions she is rescued by two young men. Ian she remembers, but Steven is a complete stranger. Through accessing her memories, Lain realizes that IFEN isn't at all what she believed and that before her memories were erased she had fallen violently in love with Steven. 

Soon the battle for survival is personal. Lain and Steven join a group of rebel fighters to take on IFEN. But does she love or mistrust Steven? And are the rebel group as bad as IFEN? A twisting, intelligent, enthralling adventure about a future world that might just be on our own horizon.





Book Review :

This book is the second book in the “Mindwalker” Series by A J Steiger, but can be read as a standalone novel as well.

The book starts with Lain Fisher, who is a young Mindwalker 
waking up in hospital bed in IFEN, without remembering any events of the past few months. Lain is confused and suspicious of her surrounding finding herself in the IFEN center with no answers from Dr. Swan, her mentor who also happens to be her Guardian. 
When all of a sudden she is kidnapped from IFEN by Steven and other Blackcoats who terrorize the IFEN building. With no memories of the past few months she is unable to understand the situations around her and when she Finds Ian, her best friend she is relieved and is notified that this is in fact her rescue mission. When she lands in Canada and tries to regain her memories, she discovers her true identity and thus begins the actual journey of freedom and her mission to help make the United Republic of America an equal country for all individuals with no type.

Loved the concept and the take on Type system of differentiating people from one another.  The book is based in a very developed technological era and the concepts of mind walking and memory erasing are mind-blowing. 

The advance technology described in the book had me hooked and Ian and Lain’s friendship and dedication to change the world facing all odds is like a ray of hope when someday in the real world someone like Lain would demolish the discrimination of caste and class and type.


Rating: 4/5 *

About the Author :

A. J. Steiger graduated from Columbia College in Chicago, where she majored in fiction writing. She has lived her whole life in the Chicago suburbs, though she enjoys regular visits to other galaxies and dimensions in her mind. 
She's a freelance writer and transcriptionist with an enthusiasm for anime and pancake houses.
Mindwalker is her first book for young adults.


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Note: I received the proof copy of the book in exchange of an honest review from my side.

May 2, 2017

Book Review : The Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain.






Name: The Escape Artist
Author: Diane Chamberlain
No. of Pages: 464
Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK
ISBN-10: 1447256735
ISBN-13: 978-1447256731
Price: 400 INR










About the Book:

When Susanna Miller loses custody of her eleven-month-old son, Tyler, she goes on the run instead of turning her little boy over to her ex-husband and his new wife. She dyes her hair, changes her name and escapes from Boulder, Colorado, leaving behind everyone she knows including Linc Sebastian, the man who has been her best friend since childhood and who knows her better than anyone.
Susanna lands in Annapolis, Maryland, lonely, frightened, and always looking over her shoulder for someone who might recognize her. Just as she's beginning to feel safe in her new surroundings, she stumbles across information that could save the lives of many people . . . if she's willing to take it to the police. But going to the authorities means revealing her identity, admitting her guilt and, worst of all, losing her son.

Book Review:

Seems like I am reading all the heart-wrenching books this summer. This book is the journey of Susanna Miller and her son Tyler. The book begins with Susanna Miller losing custody of eleven month old Tyler to her ex-husband Jim and his wife Peggy. Instead of handing over Tyler to Jim & Peggy, she runs away from Boulder as the thought of not being around Tyler every day scares her and she cannot go through the pain of losing her only family, her child Tyler. Thus starts the journey of a mother who wants nothing but to be with her son all her life.

Susanna has everything planned; she leaves behind her old life and starts her new life in a completely new city and as a completely different. While in Boulder everyone is in shock with Susanna’s move and her friends are initially disappointed as she leaves without informing anyone, but on the other hand support her decision. Peggy and Jim are determined to get Tyler back and leave no stone unturned to find Susanna; they register with the Missing Children Association and declare a cash reward for the person who would get them to Susanna. On the other side Susanna start’s her new life, making some new friends, and working and makes sure that she is around Tyler all the time. When she purchases a new computer for herself, she finds some files that the owner might have forgotten to delete; initialing ignoring the connection of the information has with her surroundings. But once she cracks the information down, she knows she has to come out of her secondary identity in order to save many lives around her. She is in dilemma, whether to save the lives of the innocent people or save herself and stay with Tyler her whole life.

The writing is terrific and the plot becomes more and more intense with every page turned. Up until the last page the author is able to hold the suspense of what comes next. Definitely one of my best reads of 2017.



Rating: 4/5/*

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May 1, 2017

Book Review : The Circus by Olivia Levez


Book Name: The Circus.
Author: Olivia Levez.
No. of Pages: 288.
Publisher: Rock the Boat.
ISBN-10: 1786070944
ISBN-13: 978-1786070944
Release date: 4 May 2017.

About the Book:

Willow has staged runaways ever since she was a little girl. She has everything a young person should want: a rich daddy, clothes, money, a pony and a place at a prestigious boarding school. In reality, she has everything except the thing she really wants: a father who cares enough to find her.

Aged sixteen, on the eve of her father’s wedding, she ruins the bride’s dress and escapes through a window, determined never to return. Her missing mother was a circus performer, and Willow wants to follow in her footsteps. But the performers she meets don’t want her. When her last bit of money is stolen by Suze, another runaway girl she thought she could trust, Willow becomes really homeless. Then Suze comes tumbling back into her life and a desperate Willow has to decide whether to trust her all over again . . .

So begins their frightening, exhilarating odyssey though hunger, performance, desperation and dreams. Will they both survive and will Willow make it to the circus of her imagining?

Book Review:

Circus is about a teenage runaway named Willow. Apparently Willow has been running away ever since she was a little, she has everything a teenager can ask for a rich dad, a pony and she lives a prestigious boarding school. All she wants is a father who cares enough to come and find her.

Willow has planned everything this time and she runs away on her father’s wedding day. She hitchhikes rides to reach Hastings; she has a year’s savings and her Kit of Happiness with her. Willow wants to become a circus performer just like her mother. Once in Hastings she discovers that the pier got burnt down few years ago, but seems like there are circus auditions in the Art CafĂ© in Hastings.

Willow participates in the auditions but fails to qualify. Disappointed while roaming around the street she meets Suze, a street artist who performs tricks with fire. Willow is determined to learn those tricks and asks Suze to teach her thus starts her journey to become a successful circus performer. Suze agrees and they go to celebrate their new beginning to a restaurant, where Suze steals all of the money that was left with Willow. Willow now distressed and without a roof to sleep with no money is homeless and has to sleep on the streets of Hastings. After two days Suze returns just in time to save Willow from the drunkards who are trying to molest her. There and then Willow has to decide if she can trust Suze once again or can choose her own path. Their journey to make Willow a successful circus performer begins, Suze teaches willow the tricks that she knows and as Willow becomes better with every passing day. The journey of their survival and the determination to achieve the sole goal to make Willow a star is heartwarming and the relationship the girls share is commendable.

The Circus where Willow performs is my absolutely favorite part and the writing is brilliant and I felt like I was actually watching Willow right in front of my eyes. Her costumes designed by Suze have apparently become my favorite. I couldn’t keep the book down once I started it and throughout the book I was concerned for Willow when she was in trouble and was happy for her when she got into the circus. It was like I was living my life with Willow and Suze. The circus is a very much different read than the usual YA books and thus stands out.

Note: Thanks to the Publisher for sending me an ARC of the Book. 

Rating: 4/5*

About the Author:

Olivia Levez divides her time between teaching English and binge-writing in her caravan by the sea. Olivia likes hula-hooping, yoga and real ale, but not at the same time. She lives in Worcestershire with her husband, two sons and her real life Dog, Basil.


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April 19, 2017

Book Review : The Mother by Yvvette Edwards



Book: The Mother.
Author : Yvvette Edwards
No. of Pages: 400
Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK
ISBN-10:1447294548
ISBN-13: 978-1447294542
Price: 450 INR.

About the Book:

Today, Marcia is heading to the Old Bailey. She's going there to do something no mother should ever have to do: attend the trial of the boy accused of her son's murder.
She's not meant to be that woman; Ryan, her son, wasn't that kind of boy. But Tyson Manley is that kind of a boy and, as his trial unfolds, it becomes clear that Marcia's greatest hope for closure lies with Manley's girlfriend, Sweetie. But can Sweetie be trusted?
'Skilfully plotted and heart-wrenching' ~Stylist
'Thrilling, tense and poignant'~ Heat
'Wonderfully vivid and arresting' ~Scotsman
'A powerful book that will cut you to the quick' ~Sun


Book Review

From the moment I started reading this book, I was sure that I would be cherishing this book for a life time.  This book holds a really special place in my heart, the characters, the story; everything about this book is so much more than just a piece of fiction.

The book begins with Marcia delving in grief of losing her only son Ryan, Marcia is a strong and brave woman who wants justice for her dead son, who is killed by Tyson Manley. Her Courage to punish the murderer of her son leads her into attending the trial of Tyson Manley. Though she seeks support in her sister and police officer Nipa, as the trial proceeds she knows that it’s way more difficult to go through this than she had initially thought. With every page turned I was hooked to the story more than the previous page. The writing is brilliant, loved the unfolding of events and the different angles in which the same incident is provided by the witness of the murder. The motive of murder and the motive of the murderer for doing so and being in jail is itself a “Collateral Damage” as stated by the convicts mother.

The story is so much more than a mere trial of a juvenile boy and the unfolding of all the events in between the on-going trial are so written that I couldn’t keep the book down. This novel is written brilliantly and the story itself is devastating and heartwarming at the same time. 

After reading this novel I thanked my parents for the way I am raised and that too in such a safe environment, this actually made me Google some similar cases in which the novel is based and the results are heart breaking.


P.S:  This novel made me realize that I love reading courtroom dramas more than anything.


Thanks a lot to the publisher for providing me with the review copy.

Rating: 5/5 *

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March 27, 2017

Book Release : THE ESCAPE ARTIST by Diane Chamberlain








Name: The Escape Artist
Author: Diane Chamberlain
No. of Pages: 464
Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK
ISBN-10: 1447256735
ISBN-13: 978-1447256731
Price: 400 INR


About The Book:

When Susanna Miller loses custody of her eleven-month-old son, Tyler, she goes on the run instead of turning her little boy over to her ex-husband and his new wife. She dyes her hair, changes her name and escapes from Boulder, Colorado, leaving behind everyone she knows including Linc Sebastian, the man who has been her best friend since childhood and who knows her better than anyone.
Susanna lands in Annapolis, Maryland, lonely, frightened, and always looking over her shoulder for someone who might recognize her. Just as she's beginning to feel safe in her new surroundings, she stumbles across information that could save the lives of many people . . . if she's willing to take it to the police. But going to the authorities means revealing her identity, admitting her guilt and, worst of all, losing her son.

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Book Release: THE MOTHER by Yvvette Edwards

 


Book: The Mother.
Author : Yvvette Edwards
No. of Pages: 400
Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK
ISBN-10:1447294548
ISBN-13: 978-1447294542
Price: 450 INR.

About the Book:

Today, Marcia is heading to the Old Bailey. She's going there to do something no mother should ever have to do: attend the trial of the boy accused of her son's murder.
She's not meant to be that woman; Ryan, her son, wasn't that kind of boy. But Tyson Manley is that kind of a boy and, as his trial unfolds, it becomes clear that Marcia's greatest hope for closure lies with Manley's girlfriend, Sweetie. But can Sweetie be trusted?
'Skilfully plotted and heart-wrenching' ~Stylist
'Thrilling, tense and poignant'~ Heat
'Wonderfully vivid and arresting' ~Scotsman
'A powerful book that will cut you to the quick' ~Sun

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March 20, 2017

Book Review : Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel


Book Name: Dangerous Games.
Author : Danielle Steel.
No. of Pages: 400.
Release Date: 9 March,2017.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK.
ISBN-10: 1509860665
ISBN-13: 978-1509860661
Price: 400 INR.






About The Book

Danielle Steel tears down the walls of power at the heart of the White House in the thrilling Dangerous Games.
Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, an ex-Navy Seal, Alix exhilarates in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony Clark.
Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America's most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin's bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support in Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin.
As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben's help as never before. Soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined . . .

Book Review:
My very first Danielle Steel book and I must say that it had me hooked after I crossed some 50 odd pages. The book is very slow at first, after some 50-60 odd pages the story takes a strong grip and gets one hooked.

The story is about Alix Philips, who is a top class reporter and my boy! What a fearless character Alix is. She’s a women of steel, always ready to take challenges and fight for what’s right, even when it means that she can lose her life in the process. Alix is a single mother to a 19 year old daughter Faye, who is studying in Duke University.  The main plot is about exposing the Vice President of USA, Tony Clark for his deeds and risking the nation for his own good. In the course of doing so Alix forms a close bond with Olympia Foster, who is the widow of one of USA’s senator Bill Foster, who also happens to be Tony Clark’s best friend. Olympia and Alix are poles apart from each other, but still strike a bond and there kick starts a mission to save the nation and every discovery of the progress is shocking and a an eye-opening truth of how the world has certainly changed from the times when friendship and relationships were a truly important part of one’s life and now everybody wants their own good. Tony Clark’s character is a shade of smartness combined with wickedness, he believes that if you have to achieve something you don’t have to wait for it to happen but rather mend your ways with everything it takes to achieve that one thing.

Every Assignment of Alix is written with utmost perfection that one can actually be there walking with Alix covering the story. The incidents and hot news that she covers are so much similar to what’s happening in real world. The book actually doesn’t seem like a work of fiction but rather seems like a true story.

Except for a few pages at start and some incidents in between the book is absolutely fantastic read and a wonderful contemporary fiction.


Thanks a lot to the publisher for sending me this amazing book and the views expressed above are my own and may differ from others.
Rating: 4.5/5*

March 17, 2017

Book Promo: THE WIDTH OF THE WORLD by David Baldacci (Book 3 of Vega Jane Series)


About the Book:

David Baldacci is back with The Width of the World, the third book in the global bestselling Vega Jane series. Vega Jane's quest to understand her history continues as she travels beyond her known world into a dangerous realm full of magic and mysterious beasts.

David Baldacci is back with The Width of the World, the third book in the Vega Jane series which began with his instant #1 global bestseller and award-winning YA fantasy debut The Finisher.This is it. Vega Jane's time. Lied to her whole life, she has broken away from Wormwood, the only home she's ever known and headed off into the Quag in search of the truth. She battles horrors to fight her way through it, with her best friend, Delph and her mysterious canine, Harry Two, alongside her. Against all odds, they survive - but arrive into a place that's even worse. Not because deadly beasts roam the streets, but because the people there are enslaved and don't even know it. It's up to Vega, Delph, Harry Two and their new comrade, Petra, to take up the fight against savage and cunning new foe - and their triumph or failure will determine the fate of the whole world.

About the Author:


David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published five novels for children. We don't know when he sleeps.

A lifelong Virginian, David graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

David and his wife, Michelle, are the co-founders of the Wish You Well Foundation®, which supports family and adult literacy in the United States. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.

David and his family live in Virginia.
 

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Book Promo: A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER by Sara Barnard

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About the Book:

Steffi doesn't talk, but she has so much to say.

Rhys can't hear, but he can listen.

Their love isn't a lightning strike, it's the rumbling roll of thunder.
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life - she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk and, as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. 

The stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things is a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout. 

About the Author:

Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the 'on' switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of second-hand book shops at a young age. She is the author of Beautiful Broken Things.

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