Book Review: Treacherous Desires by Kritika Sharma

I just read ‘Treacherous Desires’ by Kritika Sharma which turned out to be quite entertaining. Here is what I thought.

BOOK COVER:

There are three elements I look for in a book cover of which I take two very seriously. The first is the connection to the plot and the second is the attraction factor. The third element, which is as important as the two but is difficult to create is mystery.

The cover of ‘Treacherous Desires’ perfectly nailed the first two.

Cover Rating – 4 / 5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

There is a lilting melody in the way the title just dances off the cover. It’s seductive, it’s catchy and it sounds quite interesting. My only comment, if any, would have to be that the lack of mystery was what made it slightly less than perfect.

However, great job!

Title Rating – 4 / 5

PLOT

I will be honest when I say that romance isn’t always my first choice. However, when it came to this book, an apprehensive start turned into a wonderful burst of vibrancy across the pages.

The protagonist Kaya is a married woman who finds that trouble comes across her way in the form of another man – One whom she desires far more than she ever has her husband. In a series of heated moments, passionate circumstances and romantic sessions, Kaya finds herself thoroughly trapped… with no surrender.

Starting with the negative aspects of the book, which aren’t many, I felt that the writing didn’t travel at an even pace. What seemed strong and forthright in one scene was slow, pedantic and weak in another. Other than that, I wished that the writing style could be slightly more polished. It seemed like an amazing story lost among diluted dialogues and ill-constructed scenes.

What appealed to me in this story line was the high level of possibility of a similar situation occurring in reality. The author was able to perfectly capture the essence of an unhappy marriage, the innocence of a stranger’s attraction and the suffering of guilty consequences. The reader is automatically transported into a likewise situation and is left wondering – what would I do in a situation like this?

The best part about the writing style is how conversational it is and how it makes the story bounce off the pages without a moment of boredom.

Rating – 4.5 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

It has been ages since I read a book this light, breezy and engaging. The author is bold, her story has the right amount of intimacy it requires and balances off very well.

Final Rating: 4.5 / 5

Verdict: Most Definitely Recommended

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Book Review: The Krishna-Christ Connexion by Oswald Pereira

I just read The Krishna-Christ Connexion by Oswald Pereira and found it quite fascinating. Here is what I thought.

BOOK COVER:

This was one of the cutest things about the book. I know it’s available in Kindle format only but even then, since the cover does play a major role, I will say it was quite attractive, fitted the title perfectly and did a great job at connecting to me.

Cover Rating – 4.5 / 5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

I haven’t seen many titles like this one. In fact, it’s one of a kind. it’s very intriguing. The first time I read it, I was perplexed and it made me automatically want to read more. This, I will say, is a very strong point about the book. Not to forget, the misspelled word ‘Connexion’ fit in quite well too!

Title Rating – 5 / 5

PLOT

Centered around the main prophecies of God and religion, the true yet selfish purpose of prayer as well as the political scenario revolving around religion, the author takes us through the journey of his pen to an alternate dimension. It is witty, loaded with satirical comedy and is great in its narrative, but what sticks out is the heavily loaded conversational style of writing. This, in my opinion, is the reason this book stands out.

Had it been a pedantic novel revolving God, it probably would not be garnering much appreciation. The length of the book is just 55 pages, which is perfectly suited to the central theme (Though I did wish it could have been longer!) and as the pages went by (or swiped by, in this case!) I was more and more involved.

The language was good, the devotional verses were quite aptly placed and the flow was electric.  A lovely read and you will probably catch me reading it a second time pretty soon!

Rating – 5 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

It is very interesting that the author chose a topic that is controversial but added his own personal touch to it, thereby making it seem more perceptional than judgmental. I am glad I stumbled upon this book.  I didn’t expect to read it so quickly but it was pleasantly surprising.

Final Rating: 5 / 5
Verdict: Definitely Recommended

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Book Review: It Ain’t College, It’s War! by Subhodeep Mukherjee

I just read ‘It Ain’t College, It’s War!’ by Subhodeep Mukherjee. Here is what I thought.

 

BOOK COVER:

This isn’t the most fascinating part of the book. I didn’t find the cover very appealing though it is symbolic to the plot.
Then again, this is purely based on perception.

Cover Rating – 3/ 5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

I haven’t seen many titles like this one. My only complaint is that I found it a bit too long. Other than that, it is a catchy title especially for those who are in the age surrounding college and its multiple experiences it teaches us in life.

Title Rating – 3.5/5

PLOT

To be honest, when I first picked this book up, I was apprehensive. Would this be the right choice for me to read? Being one who has never experienced college life, I wasn’t sure if it would catch my interest. But rest aside, I will definitely say that the author has the gift of converting a normal situation / scene into an interesting narration. That, I will say, is the strongest point of this book. It goes a long way in keeping a reader engaged.

Centered around a refreshing college atmosphere with student groups, peer pressure, ego-driven fights and steady infatuation, this book leads us through nostalgia. It is a conglomeration of new experiences, bad decisions, sudden consequences and life’s mysterious obstacles.

The author has a lovely style of writing and can weave imaginations with ease. The conversational, first person style of narration is a definite positive.

 

Rating – 4 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

An enjoyable read, a pleasant experience and a good impression. Will read more from the author.

Final Rating: 4 / 5
Verdict: Recommended.

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Book Review: Dying to Live by Monisha K. Gumber

I just read ‘Dying to Live’ by Monisha K. Gumber and it was a joyous experience. Here is what I thought.

 

BOOK COVER:

I wasn’t very happy with the book cover for the sole reason that I found it too be overwhelming. So much was going on and it became difficult to concentrate on the central purpose of the cover design. That being said, it definitely sticks out as a catchy and interesting cover because of its blast of cover

Cover Rating – 3.5 / 5

 

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

The title was one of the most interesting things about the novel. It had everything that I was looking for as a reader and something more. Catchy, Interesting and Short. But to add to that, the contrast within the title itself was fascinating. ‘Death’ and ‘Life’ in one sentence. I googled this author and found that this is something she’s done with her other book as well.

Please continue this title trend. It’s amazing.

Title Rating – 5/5

PLOT

The author was able to beautifully capture teenage experiences in a way that made me relive them. It is a stress buster but also comes with so many lessons that one can learn while reading the book. I loved the way the author made the language simple and intriguing at the same time.

This is one forte the author seems to master splendidly. At one point, I was really frightened that the story would take a negative turn and end tragically. However, with great relief, I can say that did not happen. Megha’s character fits beautifully into the plot and thankfully, she lives through.

A special mention to the illustrations! They were wonderful.

Rating – 5 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

Given that this book is for teenagers and about teenagers, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a one-of-a-kind book I have seen by an Indian author. Overall, a splendid effort.

Final Rating: 5 / 5
Verdict: Recommended for Teens!

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Book Review: Broken Radio by Nishant Nishit

I just read ‘Broken Radio’ by Nishant Nishit. Here is what I thought.

BOOK COVER:

This wasn’t very appealing to me. It was too straightforward and lacked the element of surprise that I was looking for. The cover symbolizes the title and vice versa. That is all there is to it.

Cover Rating – 2.5 / 5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

The title was one of the most interesting things about the novel. I loved the symbolism of it to a misinterpreted and wrongly directed ‘frequency’ which is the main subject of the book – The treatment of the outcast, the shoddy and the anti-social elements.

Good job on the title!

Title Rating – 4/5

PLOT

If it hadn’t been for the blurb at the back, I would have gotten quite annoyed with the novel. I am giving extra points to the book and the author for being to the point and boldly stating that this novel is NOT for everyone. That part is true. It really isn’t. It deals with some of the least spoken and most taboo subjects of the Indian mentality. It is harsh, it is brutal and it gets gritty in places. Which is why it doesn’t make for a calm and peaceful read. But that isn’t a complaint. It’s just a fact.

I, for one, am not into such gore or any gore for that matter. But I was interested to see the depiction more than the story line. Most often, it isn’t about what is said but the way it is said. I have to say that I am neither impressed nor disappointed. Because while the author focused on the ‘realistic’ elements of society that people often don’t like to think about, he lost track of the way it was portrayed.

The writing style was good. It was written clearly and in a sophisticated manner. However, the editing was not on point. There were too many repetitions of words and the vocabulary seemed quite restricted. If I had to suggest one thing to the author, I would say that I will be waiting to see something more mellowed down from him. He has true potential. While I am not going to expect for him to follow the herd, I would certainly love to see different dimensions of writing without having him lose his identity along the way. Something along the lines of – erotica, drama or a thriller, perhaps.

Rating – 3.5 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

I was really looking forward to seeing how the story would end. But it traveled at an even pace with a couple of dull moments here and there. A salute to the author for staying true to himself and standing out in a commercial crowd. Congratulations for a valiant move.

Final Rating: 3.25 / 5
Verdict: A Brave Attempt!

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Book Review: UNNS – The Captivation by Sapan Saxena

I just read ‘UNNS – The Captivation’ by Sapan Saxena and enjoyed myself.
Here is what I thought.

BOOK COVER:

I personally felt very neutral about the cover. It neither had the mystery nor the attraction factor, which for me, are quite essential when I first look at a book. It felt bland, plain and simple. These things could all be very good, but as a personal opinion, I wasn’t very impressed.

Cover Rating – 2.5 / 5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

This is where my review picks up. The title is fabulous. I love the sound, the essence and the meaning of it. Before starting the book, I actually googled it and learnt that it meant love in Arabic. Upon reading, I realized that it is one of the seven stages of love that is mentioned by the author in the novel.

The by-line ‘The Captivation’ is so captivating in itself.

Title Rating – 5/5

PLOT

At first, the book seemed ordinary and the plot felt quite run of the mill. But it would be an understatement to say that the story line picked up midway. The author has done a fantastic job in creating various twists along the way and placing them intelligently between the chapters.

What starts of as love between two teens blows out of proportion when they are separated due to forced circumstances and are united years later. I won’t say more for fear of revealing something. But be rest assured that you will be getting more than you expect.

The writing style is good. The grammar is on point and the style is easy to read. However, it seemed prolonged and elongated in a few parts and very little is left to the readers’ assumptions and understanding as everything is explained in detail. While I understand that the author would have wanted for there to be no confusion, it did seem a bit much considering that the new age readers are all well equipped to draw out and follow twists very well.

Kudos to the author for trying something out of the box with a predictable romance.

Rating – 4 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

It was a great read and I particularly enjoyed understanding the seven stages of love through the book. It seemed realistic and quite engaging. The combination of a thriller within the romance was wonderful though predictable in a few places. However, that being said, a definite recommendation from me!

Final Rating: 4.25 / 5
Verdict: Recommended!

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Book Review: Rafflesia, The Banished Princess by Gautam

I just read ‘Rafflesia, The Banished Princess’ by Gautam.
Here is what I thought.

BOOK COVER:

The cover wasn’t the highlight of the book for me. It was drab, it was dull and definitely not something I would call ‘catchy’. Perhaps it is the grey factor that made it seem that way.

But it is a good accompaniment to the title and, obviously, the story. However, my suggestion to the author is to try something discrete for his next work, something that makes the cover intriguing and mysterious.

Cover Rating – 3 / 5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

The title is pretty straightforward and it does mention one of the key characters of the novel. The byline ‘The Banished Princess’ is apt and gives a wonderful peak into the plot as well.

I love the name Rafflesia.

Title Rating – 4/5

PLOT

When I first saw the immense size of the book, I was quite terrified. It is probably one of the longest books I’ve read in the recent past. However, I will say that for the length of the novel,  the author was able to keep up the story line and stretch it across without making it seem dull, repetitive or dragged.

The plot revolves around ‘Appu’ who is the protagonist. His life is dependent on the situations that his closest ones face or the obstacles that they incur. Each character is deep, has a history of its own and is presented very well. My favourite character was ‘Misha’, a sibling-like friend to ‘Appu’.

The drawback would definitely have to be the length. I did find, in a few places, that the narration was either slow or unnecessary. There was no steadiness to the writing, but instead went like wave after wave with a bunch of highs and lows.

The writing style is good, however, I felt that in many places, it could have been better. The main issue I had was the repetition of words in the same sentence. That was distracting. But then again, perhaps I am being nit-picky. I would love to see the author pick a more vibrant topic and see how he deals with a different theme.

Though there are pros and cons to the book, I definitely liked reading it and found it to be quite enjoyable.

Rating – 4 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

I don’t regret reading this book at all. It was a great read, and though it took me two weeks to complete with my hectic schedule and frantic deadlines, it was a calm and peaceful journey for me. However, I will have to add, that this book isn’t for all audiences – especially those who enjoy quicker reads.

Final Rating: 4 / 5
Verdict: Recommended as a Long Read!

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Book Review: The Flame of Anahata by Saranya Umakanthan

I just read ‘The Flame of Anahata’ by Saranya Umakanthan and I found it to be a different kind of reading experience.
Here is what I thought.

 

BOOK COVER:

I thought the cover was excellently done. It is meaningful, catchy and is portrayed picturesquely.
The elements are all there and they are well thought out. The title is written in a beautiful font which is only superseded by the way the author’s name is written. Wonderful choice of fonts.

However, one tiny drawback, something that really did nag at me was that I did not see the depth of the woman on the cover when I read the book. Looking at that woman filled me with multiple expectations of the protagonist.
For some reason, that did not manifest within the plot.

That being said, I still stick by the quality of the cover.

Cover Rating – 4.5 / 5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

To be honest, when I first read the title, it failed to impress me. It didn’t seem as something I either fully understood or even liked. But then again, that is just my opinion. To each his own.

I will however mention that the title is perfect for the plot and it fits the story-line very well. It represents infinity in emotion which is what the tale is all about. That is the most important thing to consider.

Additionally, the byline ‘Love Conquers All’ is quite attractive to an otherwise serious cover and provides the right kind of balance.

Title Rating – 3.5/5

PLOT

There is strength in the author’s narration. She knows how to frame her sentences to capture the reader. That, I believe, forms a base for any author. One suggestion from my side would be to see  continuity in her dialogues. They seemed abrupt at a few places, especially the way they started.

The story holds nothing brand new and is quite predictable. But it has been written well, it sticks out in the era of romance storytelling and it definitely is worth the time spent reading it. There isn’t a dull moment anywhere and the style of writing definitely is crisp.

There is freshness in the story, more in the way it is written than in anything else. That is the major attraction factor of the book. It is rare to come by a story that grips you till the very end in a subtly expressive way. The Flame of Anahata does just that.

Rating – 4 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

I don’t regret reading this book at all. It was a great read, one I am happy to have on my shelf. With the exception of passable cons, it has the elements most readers would be happy to indulge in. The primary reason for my recommendation is that this book blends a thriller with romance which is one genre-breed that I love to read.

Final Rating: 4 / 5
Verdict: Recommended!

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Book Review: The Day Before… I Died by Ashi Kalim

I just read ‘The day before I DIED’ by Ashi Kalim and it was an interesting read.
So, here is what I thought.

 

BOOK COVER:

The cover is meaningful once you get to read the entire story. However, I found it low on the attraction factor. It’s a bit bland for my liking. Other than that, there is nothing wrong with it and this is entirely perception based. So.

Cover Rating – 3/5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

To be honest, in the beginning, the title seemed a little weird, almost as though it made no sense, but in a way that was intriguing and captivating. For that, I will give it marks because I like the appeal. The plus point is that it stands up for what it means … which is something a reader will find out once he’s through with the novel. I particularly liked the three dots before the words ‘I died’.

Title Rating – 4/5

PLOT

It started slowly, the introductory part doing its bit to get the reader engaged.  I loved the poem in the beginning. It was captivating. As the characters became known and well into the plot, the romance began to build. The novel also portrays some historical facts wonderfully – taking us back to the time of the World War. It especially focuses on the essence of women, their significance and male dominance over them.

I felt that the language could have been improvised, right from the sentence construction to the situations and scenes. Secondly, I wish the love element was more drawn out. It seemed to be passing way too quickly for the reader to connect. But I loved how the author chose to portray an opinionated side to the historical setting and make a piece of writing over it.

Rating – 3.5 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

It was a decent read though not something that I will call memorable. I applaud the author for trying to choose a factual topic and drawing out fiction from it. That was commendable. Recommended for those who are interested in history, romance and a combination of both. You won’t get bored.

 

Final Rating: 3.5/5
Verdict: An interesting read!

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Book Review: Her Resurrection by Soumyadeep Koley

I just read ‘Her Resurrection’ by Soumyadeep Koley and I am SO happy that I did.
So, here is what I thought.

 

BOOK COVER:

I won’t even get into details. There is no necessity. The cover was stellar. It’s one of the best I’ve seen. Attractive? Check. Deep and Meaningful? Check. Connects to the Plot? Check.

Cover Rating – 5/5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

Such power and magnificence in the title. I love how strong it sounds but what I love even more is how the whole plot and story justified with with utmost priority. Again, the rating isn’t difficult to give.

Title Rating – 5/5

PLOT

This is the main part of any book. There are hardly any negative aspects to the book, which is why I will start with those first. I found two issues, though minor and highly based on perception, I will add.

The first was that a few parts of the story dipped, making the reading a bit boring. I wished that the book could have been engaging throughout. However, considering the depth of the concept, I can let this pass.

The second was that a few sentences seemed off in terms of construction. I felt that if they could be worded differently, they would have made stunning one-liners. Again – Every author goes through this. We are all human and it happens.

Coming to the positives, definitely the first will have to be the subject. It is highly engaging and very complex, for which I applaud the author. But I applaud Gargi Publishers more for bringing something like this into limelight.

My debut novel was by Gargi Publishers as well, and not to sound biased, but I have immense respect for their choice of publication. The second main aspect was the writing style.

Soumyadeep aced this and managed to make such a deep and motivating subject sound highly enthralling and read-worthy. I loved it. More positives arise from the narrative, the conversational style adopted and the inclusion of a ‘prologue’ as well as an ‘epilogue’ which I personally LOVE in any novel. Kudos to the author.  This was a fascinating read.

Rating – 4.5 / 5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

I am glad to have this book on my shelf and wish to read more by this author. I love his writing style and that he chose such a different, bold topic to display.

 

Final Rating: 4.5/5
Verdict: Definitely Recommended!

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