Month: August 2017

Book Review | Lanka’s Princess by Kavita Kané | A victim or a perpetrator?

Lanka's Princess by Kavita Kane | Book Review

This was my first read from the author Kavita Kane. I had heard great things about her work and how she chooses different female characters from Indian mythology and present them with a new angle. People suggested that I should start with her first book, but rather I picked this one as I already had its copy. And I would say, I loved Kavita Kané and her unusual story about Surpanakha.
Ramayana is the epic tale which I believe every Indian have heard while growing up. All the main characters are household names – Ram, Laxman, Sita, Ravan. But the character of Surpanakha is something that we grew up hating. We have been taught that how Laxman cut her nose and in turn, Ravan abducted Sita and then it started the epic war between Ram and Ravan. But do we know more than this about Surpanakha? Do we know who was Surpanakha other than a girl having a cut nose and sister of Ravan? I surely hadn’t known. This story is a fresh take on Surpanakha’s life and lets you go to the details of why she did what she did.

eARC Review | Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards

Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards

I hadn’t read a romance novel for a long time and when I saw this book on NetGalley I instantly requested for it because of its cover and the synopsis looked good too. But I have to say I was little disappointed. The story could have been turned out better.
The main protagonists of the story are Ted Spencer and Olivia de la Vega. The story follows their lives over decades of time, narrated by Ted. Ted is a violinist and wants to pursue his career in this. He met Olivia in his senior year of High School in the 1960s and instantly fell in love with her. Ted was from a wealthy background while Olivia was the daughter of a cleaning lady at the school. Despite their background differences, they planned to spend their lives together. But the fate was not with them and they got separated because of the family issues and Ted’s compassion for music.

Quotes Friday #2 : Wonder

Quotes Friday #2: Wonder

I am back with my second installment of Quotes Friday. This time I have selected one of my favourite books of the year Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Wonder is a beautiful book which I think everyone should read. Read my full review here. Not just the story is beautiful, but it also has some beautiful quotes. Since this book is not only from one person’s PoV but from multiple, so I am going to divide the quotes accordingly. So here we begin.

eARC Review | She Be Damned by M.J. Tjia | A Victorian era mystery

Book Review: She Be Damned by M.J. Tjia

I don’t usually read mystery or thrillers. This is the one that I read after a long time. This is a debut novel of the author M.J. Tjia. She Be Damned is a historical mystery set in the Victorian era in London. The main protagonist of the story is Mrs. Heloise Chancey who is a courtesan and lives in Mayfair with her Chinese Maid Amah Li Leen. She got an assignment by Mr. Thomas Avery to find a missing girl named Eleanor, who was from a good family and was missing in London’s dark side, Waterloo. On the other hand, pregnant prostitutes in Waterloo area were being murdered and their sexual organs being mutilated and removed. They get the news of another girl getting murdered and they suspect that it may be Eleanor. Heloise decided to live in Waterloo, where her roots were, for investigating the case further.

Tag Monday | Awesome Blogger Award

Awesome Blogger Award

Wow, this is exciting! I have been nominated for my very first award “Awesome Blogger Award” by the lovely Nuala Charlie @ Engrossed in a Good Book. Thank you so much, Charlie, for nominating me. I am feeling wonderful 🙂

The award was created by Maggie at Dreaming of Guatemala who stated: This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

Classic of the Month | To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee | Book Review

Book review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I don’t think that anyone in the book community doesn’t know about this book. This is a classic – a must read classic which everyone is supposed to read. I mean that’s the point of including it in the list of must read classics in a lifetime. I couldn’t agree more. This is an epic tale of family love, racism before world war and the existential circumstances way back then. I know this is one of the favourite books of most of the people and I can understand the reasons, but for me, it was not a perfect 5-star read. I had some issues with this book which explains a star less rating. Let’s go into the details.

eARC Review | Wives of War by Soraya Lane

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Why I picked this book? Because I am a sucker for beautiful covers 😀 When I saw this book on NetGalley I instantly requested for it just because of the cover. I had no idea what this book will turn into. I am glad that I picked it up as it proved to be a great read.

This is a story about three nurses during World War 2. The story starts with Scarlet, who volunteers for joining the battlefield hospital, but her main aim was to find her fiancé Thomas who was missing from past few months.

Happy Rakshabandhan | Celebrating the love of siblings (5 Literary siblings worth mentioning)

Celebrating Rakshabandhan with literary siblings

Happy Rakshabandhan to all of you 🙂 So those who don’t know what is this festival, let me give you a brief about it (probably you can Google the details). It is an Indian festival, basically in Hindu religion, which celebrates the bond of love, care, and duty between brothers and sisters. Rakshabandhan means “bond of protection”. In this festival, a sister ties a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist and prays for his prosperity and happiness, to show her love and in return, the brother gives her a token gift and a promise to protect her. Though it is a special day for both of them, surely sisters often get fancy gifts and convert it to their day 😀