Monday, December 31, 2018

Review Diaries (The Code Of Manavas by Arpit Bakshi)

The Code Of Manavas by Arpit Bakshi

About the book-
Book one of the Maha Vishnu Trilogy, The Code of Manavas, is set some two million years past ad 2050, when earth as we know it ceased to exist and so did mankind. A new race, the Manavas, now exists on Bhoomi, the erstwhile Earth, which is divided into two cities—Madhavpur and Ayudhpur. In the quiet and peaceful city of Madhavpur, a reclusive Krishna is busy with an immense task. He has to prepare a new abode for the Manavas before an impending apocalypse destroys them. He knows something that nobody else does—the Manavas are running out of time faster than they can imagine and there are no inhabitable planets to escape to. To make matters worse, there is someone in Madhavpur who wants to destroy Krishna and subjugate each Manava. The Manavas, it seems, are doomed. Yet Krishna knows there is a slim chance of survival for the Manavas, although there is a huge price to be paid for it. Will the various factions of the Manavas unite for the greater good? Will Krishna, who saved them during the turn of the last Yuga, be able to save them now? What will be the price to pay? Enter the mythical world of Maha Vishnu and get swept up in a fast-paced suspenseful narrative.

We have all heard about global warming and how it's effecting our earth and how in the long run it will do us all in. Right?
We have also read the conspiracy theories and the 'conspiracy theories'. But this book is very different, it tells the story of the world that comes after world we now know is no more. It's long after our earth is no more and this new earth called Bhoomi has come into existence. If one has to give a rough estimation it will come around 2 million years past 2050. Man, the most modern one at that has been replaced by Manavas but his problems remain the same. At least if one concentrates at the very basic points.
We have a smart and interesting and very intuitive chap, Krishna. And take my word for it, you would love to have a chat with him but given he is not busy with his work or thinking about Radhika.
I enjoyed this book alot. Technically it marks the end of 2018 for me, which is incidentally a big coincidence. Not saying anything more, cause otherwise I will start giving spoilers.
In short, me a not so big lover of Lord Krishna, really loved him here and that deserves a big 5 on 5 stars.
Would also love to thank @arpitbakshi  @rupa_publications and @readersarcadia for this wonderful book

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Review Diaries (The Werewolf Prince And I By: Marian Tee)

The Werewolf Prince And I By: Marian Tee

Ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I am a romantic, a big, fat, idiotic rom-com loving moron who loves living in her dream world. They will be absolutely true in their deduction. I am a silly willy romantic fool and will want to be no one else.
And that my friends is my new year resolution for next year, to be myself and indulge in decadent narssissim all year round.
Now coming back to the book, Marian Tee is love. I have read a lot of her books but honestly I love Domenico Moretti most. I know, I know, I am not supposed to have favorites and say they are all good but nopes not gonna happen. I love Domenico, he is the kind of person who I see myself falling in love with, scratch that I am in love with him. Not cause he is perfect, but cause of all his imperfections. He is too arrogant, too stubborn, too ruthless, too pretty (yeaps you heard it right, my Dom Dom is a pretty boy), but I will accept him with all his warts and boils and drool-worthy abs and riches.
Today I read
1. The Werewolf Prince And I - Book 1.
2.A ROYAL HEARTBREAK-The Werewolf Prince and I, Book 2
Given a chance I will collect all the books in this series, my Domenico has lots of siblings you see and so does Misty(his darling wife), and read them again and again cause they will make you fall in love and raise your standards incredibly high, cause if someone doesn't love you with everything they are then is it even love?
Ps books like this are the reason I think I will die single but happily in love.
QOTD - What's your new year's resolution?
AOTD - As I mentioned before I am gonna put my best foot forward and love myself like I love chocolates.
#paranormalromances #werewolflove #MorettiPrince #lovestory #booksarelove #newyearresolution #selflove #narssissim #chocolate

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Review Diaries (Two Leaves And A Bud by M A Chacko)

Growing up, I have had always heard of a lot about the then political scenarios and how it would effect the future. I had no clue what they meant and found it very easy to ignore them. But reading Two Leaves And A Bud by M. A. Chacko has helped me join the dots.
About the book-
In Two Leaves And A Bud, M. A. Chacko shares his rich insights into the lives of the Syrian Christian community of India. Three distinct stories weave their magic in this novel: The first, The Faithful Husband, stars Seby, a true Sunday Christian, who has acquired land from the Malabar Namboodiris and contrives to retain the land for his family, using any means.

The protagonist of the second book is a young Catholic boy from Kerala, who sets off for greener pastures to earn a living as a construction worker. Chacko fluently discusses the interplay of family, values, society, marriage, dowry, and property on the day-to-day life of the community.

The Holiday, the final book in this trilogy, is a day in the life of Raymond, who wanders through old haunts in Goa on his day off. With its leisurely pace and graceful style, The Holiday gently touches ethics, culture, politics and religion in this multi-cultural tourist hotspot.

Now my take on it-
As I said before, I was noy very politically inclined nor well informed about any thing politics. But that completely changed when I was in Grad School, big culture shock and all that bling. I then took it upon myself to know about the past and then decided whom to support and whom to reject. The reason I am saying all this is very simple, this book is real. I mean the stories that we are told might even not be fictitious, they are that real and relatable. The stories are about love and greed and intelligence bordering cunningness. It's about society and values and the stark truth of every day life. It's about what goes on in one's mind and how different things are on the 'other side'.
My only problem with the stories where the sudden endings. Otherwise I would have gladly given this wonderful, 'wholesome' book a big 5 on 5 stars. The endings, came too soon at least that's what it was for me. I guess my love hate relationship with short stories continues on.
QOTD - If given a chance to go back in time, what's that one political decision that you would love to change and make it better?
AOTD - How much time you got? I have a long list!
Ps thank you M. A. Chacko and @writersmelon for this amazing book

Monday, December 24, 2018

Review Diaries (Snipers Eye by Mainak Dhar)

QOTD - Do you enjoy watching action movies like The A-Team or The Expandables or are you a rom-com buff?
Me? I love a bit of both. So this book made my day!
It had thrills and chills on one hand annnnnd romance and love and devotion on the other.
Trust me it was like watching a movie but in words!

About the book-
I was out on a date. Everything was perfect… Till that shot… a high-calibre one, no apparent sound. And, the man in front of me fell. A rifle with a suppressor? A sniper in the middle of a Mumbai mall? As the body count mounted, I was soon sucked deeper into the chaos unleashed by that shot. To survive and save those whom I care about, I have to become the man I left behind. I have no choice but to tap into a bloody past that has put me on the terror kill list. I may also have no option but to join hands with the sniper terrorising Mumbai. The problem is that the man has sworn to kill me. In a world where the young and poor kill and die in conflicts started by the old and rich, I and my unlikely companion finally discover the thin line that separates a mere killer from a hero. This is our story…

My take-
I really really really liked it. The cover, for one, looks superb! Gives you a small preview of what comes next! A smart hero with a brave soul but tortured past. An intelligent heroine with a heart of gold. And one hell of a super villain who is not what he seems!
So yeah, I loved it.
Trust me you would too.
Ps mine was a signed copy from the author, cause I won #SnipersEye giveaway by @writersmelon
Thank you!!!
And this book is a big 5 on 5 star.
Ps @mainakdhar Sir, does  actually exist?
If he does can I have his number?
I have a friend (read me) who will be prefect for him.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Review Diaries (Tea Time For The Jilted Lover by Prachi Sharma)

Tea Time For The Jilted Lover by Prachi Sharma
Who likes thrillers???
I do.
Who likes an unputdownable book???
Who likes some serious twists and turns???
Again Me.
And if you are saying yes to all these questions, guess which book you would love???
Tea Time For The Jilted Lover by Prachi Sharma.

About the book-
Homi Palsetia is a bestselling and acclaimed thriller writer. Living in a posh bungalow in Pali Hill, he's also single, debonair and charming male, believing only in no-strings attached relationships for fun.

Having just released his seventh book, he feels he's being stalked by a woman who claims to be madly in love with him. He gets blackmailed on the phone, and feels someone is visiting him at night, spying on him.

The media says he's faking it to promote his book. He himself can't be sure.Things get more complicated when Czech-Spanish acclaimed author Alyna Escobar, from Castilla in Spain, comes into his life. Intelligent, bold and beautiful, she challenges his ways & makes him think about love and commitment. However, their camaraderie is threatened by the stalker, who claims to want Homi all for themselves.

Is Homi actually being stalked by an obsessed fan? Or it is part of his imagination? Will he change his Casanova-like ways for Alyna? Will Alyna accept him despite his history with women? If the stalker is real, what do they want? Will the police ever catch them? Will Homi learn their identity?

Now my take on it-
I had real fun with this book. Homi kept reminding me of this twin of mine, who I have recently adopted. I mean who doesn't like a charming guy, who oozes with confidence, is easy on the eye and writes like a Champ. Homi is likeable, may be a little too much. He is one of those broken bad boys who very girl dreams of fixing, without being bad. He drinks tea, (me likey), can cook (me likey even more) and has a chip on his shoulder (me likey way too much). He is someone you really wanna be friends with. Now I loved the narrative and the easy flow of the story. Be it bringing a new character in or exploring their interests, the author has done a good job. The crimes are well executed, opps, I mean explained and the descriptions are very vivid. Inshort I loved it.
So I, Manali Dey, would love to give Tea Time For The Jilted Lover by Prachi Sharma a big hopping 4 out of 5 stars and a big pat on the back. Grear Job!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Review Diaries (Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer by Ryan Suvaal)

QOTD - Do you ever decide to read a book by seeing it's cover or reading the name?
AOTD - Actually this is my answer for as long as I live, hell to the yeah... So when I was asked if I would be interested in this book, I nodded. You might fell like what's so strange about it, you see I was over a mail and I went on nodding cause that's how excited I was. And it was one wild ride!!! It was amazingly beautiful and nerve wreckingly exciting.
About the Book-
Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer: A psychological thriller with a female protagonist by Ryan Suvaal. This psychological thriller with a female protagonist is a short story, 7000 words long. The book is currently available as pre-order on Amazon, and is going live on 21st December this year, across all marketplaces. You can pre book it at  -

Seventeen gruesome killings across the United States, within a span of six months and there was one clear connection among victims. They were all book authors.
While media was decorating the murders with sensationalist stories, and law enforcement was playing catch-up, the homicidal maniac remained elusive and secretive.
Things got very interesting, however, when one day she decided to appear on an internet talk show for an honest fireside chat. Her reason for being on this show was not a quest for fame, but something much more disturbing.
Now my take on it-
I didn't like it or love it, I simply adored it. A female serial killer, who has style and class and sass all working for her... What more can I ask to make it worth my while? Oh I know I know. It's gotta have an amazing story line and good flow and some interesting twists. And guess which boxes this book ticks on... All of them.
I loved it.
Don't believe me? Here's an excerpt from the book-

So, one evening, when we were all in our rooms, my foster mom sent a WhatsApp message to my foster grandpa that read, “Let’s eat, Grandpa,” an innocuous message to call Grandpa downstairs for dinner. He liked to have dinner early. Except she made two mistakes. First, instead of sending this to Grandpa, she sent it to our internal family group. And, second, she forgot the comma in the message. She sent, “Let’s eat Grandpa.”
Can you see where this is going? Each one of us gets the message, “Let’s eat Grandpa,” just before dinner time. And we were a family of cannibals. You can imagine what happened after that. A small grammatical mistake can lead to disastrous outcomes.

This was an awesome read that gets 7 out of 5 stars!!! I heart you, girl (from the book of course).

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Review Diaries (The Slut Chronicles by Kritika Sharma)

Book - The Slut Chronicles by Kritika Sharma
I am loud, brash and opinionated but rarely judgemental,cause I believe no one has the right to judge any other human being if they haven't walked in the former's shoes and led their life. And slut shaming, oh wow! Those creepy people have their very special spot booked right next to Satan when time comes. *deep breath in and out *
I was very intrigued by the title and ended up giving it a read. I had to stop quite a number of times to drink water and cool myself but the girl from the book did me proud.

About the book- “What is love, if not a passionate heartbreak?” Nothing makes Ishana lose her facade except for the word ‘slut’. When someone slut shames her, she smashes his head and becomes headlines again.
She is at the apex of her career but people are not ready to accept her boldness. Her strengths force them to dwell on their own weaknesses. However what no one knows is that her road to success is full of treachery and emotional hell.
Join Ishana as she narrates her story to an oblivious journalist. It is a roller coaster ride full of love, passion, emotions, betrayal and ‘slut shame’. Are you ready to endure the truth of her life?

My take on the book-
Book 1 has raised my expectations to a level where I am waiting for the next one to come out like my life depends on it. Ishana can be any girl we know, hell it can even be one of us who have trusted our teenage crushes with our tender hearts and they all but trampled on it cause they weren't capable enough to handle precious heart cargo in the first place. I have also been in her friends' place and defended my friend's honor but honestly one thing I have learnt after seeing my friends' relationships and it's that if you don't wanna see the truth - no one can make you.
So needless to say I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next one.
This book deserves a big 5 on 5 star and a pat on the back. You go girl!!!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Review Diaries (An Autumn Turmoil by Sourabh Mukherjee)

An Autumn Turmoil by Sourabh Mukherjee.
Status - 5 on 5 stars.
I am a Bengali, born and brought up in Calcutta. So this story is something I can relate to, on more than a 100 levels.
Synopsis -

Durga Puja is two weeks away and Kolkata is ready to burst into festivities. Abhishek arrives in Kolkata from Australia, along with his wife Atreyee. Shubho, an Engineering student, is his cousin. Atreyee is in desperate search of the passion that is missing in her marriage. Shubho loves his childhood sweetheart Jhimli, but finds the thrill missing in their relationship of years.
When Shubho and Atreyee meet, sparks fly. But what starts off as a secret festival romance soon gives way to jealousy and possessiveness. Will their passionate autumn romance change the lives of Shubho and Atreyee forever?

My take on it-
As I said before this story is something that talks about something very close to my heart. The rest of the world talks about Summer Time Love, while we Bengalis have our festive love times, like Durga Puja and Swaraswati Puja. Growing up I had seen many such festive love stories bloom, some made their way to a happily ever after, while others choose the never ever option. And the curious cat that I am always wanted to know what really happened. Many a times I got the story, while at others I was told I was too little to understand which is just a polite way of saying 'mind your own business'. But this story out here gives me closure, for all those times I didn't know what went wrong.
This is story about love, the one's we love, the one's who love us and finally the one's we would love to love. Give it read, trust me you will love it too.
So, I, Manali Dey will gladly give An Autumn Turmoil by Sourabh Mukherjee a big 5 on 5 stars and some much sort after rosogolla, read the book you will know what I mean.

Here’s tge link... 

An Autumn Turmoil