Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Review Diaries (Killing Time In Delhi by Ravi Shankar Etteth)

Name of the book - Killing Time in Delhi by Ravi Shankar Etteth
Stars given - 5 on 5 with some gold biscuits and tea served on platinum plates.
My take on the book -
If anyone had told me before that I would read, let alone like reading about the rich and famous, I would have said - Hell to the freaking no!
Call me mean, but all those 'rich problems' don't seem like problems to me. Had I been rich I would have been like, I am upset - Let's buy a few hundred books and gets lots of puppies and eat some bubble gum pizza and alls happy. But this book made me see my mistake, just cause the rich cry in their ten thousand count handkerchiefs and then sniff some white powder (wink wink) or have some 'grown up' juice with an high alcohol content don't mean they aren't human beings who deserve my sympathy. The sharp wit and sparkling sarcasm of the writer made my day. The cover is gorgeous and catches the eye but the narrative doesn't let you take bathroom breaks. It's needless to say I liked this book, cause I really did. But the question is how will the tea taste in those platinum cups I wonder. I wish I could be friends with the author and get pointers for sharpening my talons and making my work the ultimate thing in sarcasm.
QOTD - What is the most extravagant thing you own?

Review Diaries (Something I Never Told You by Shravya Bhinder)

Name of the book - Something I Never Told You by Shravya Bhinder
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book -
I have always believed that it's always better to ask questions, no matter how stupid it might seem or how silly you feel asking it you should always ask questions. I have always believed that and I stick to it. More often than not. Yeah I get into trouble and end up embarrassing myself at times but at least I know the truth. And that's what is more important for me. This book is something that I will remember for some time. You see I too had once written a letter to someone in high school and my then 'so-called' friend took it upon herself to make it all about herself. They didn't work out but so didn't my friendship with that boy. So I feel Ronnie's pain when his note to his crush gets appreciated but someone else takes credit for it all. It's not fair. But life gave them a second chance and all was hunky-dorry for sometime but then life again threw them a curve ball. So what happens next, do they end up being together? Does love win the day? Can love win the day?
Reas the book and get the answers cause I won't give any spoilers. *wink*wink*
The story is fast paced and there's not a single dull moment in the book. But there are times when you wanna go inside the book and talk some sense into the characters. All in all, me likey!
QOTD - Tea or Coffee, Ice-cream or soft drink, Demins or Sweats.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Review Diaries (The Heist Artist By Vish Dhamija)

Name of the book - The Heist Artist by Vish Dhamija
Stars given - Something that rhymes with beehive. That's 5 on 5.
My take on the book-
Do you like thrillers?
Do you like smart protagonists who make you like even after they are doing not so honest dealings?
Do you like it when an author takes not only the protagonist but also the reader on a roller-coaster ride?
If you said yes to all the above then you should definitely give this book a try. Actually I would suggest get it, pronto. This is the first book I am reading by the author and boy oh boy am I thankful to @writersmelon for this one.
Ps another reason for me liking this book as much as I did was cause the nickname the protagonist has. It's Captain and for those of you who don't know this my Dad's nickname is Captain but that's where their similarities end. Thank the lord!
So back to the book the author will make you run, hop, jump and what not throughout the book but guess what even with your lungs screaming out for help and your legs loaded up with lactic acid you will still wanna ask the author how fast to run or how many times to hop or how high to jump. Don't believe me? Try it out for yourself.
Note - Turns out the painting Poppy Flowers by Vincent van Gogh really did get stolen twice and it's current location is unknown.
QOTD - If given a chance to know any one secret and mind you when I say any I mean any secret, what will you ask if honest answer is promised to be given?
AOTD - I would wanna know where can I find a Vampire or may be if I could get a T-rex as a pet in the near future. My question will depend on my mood to be honest. 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Review Diaries (You can't draw my destiny by Manya Nigam)

Name of the book - You Can't Draw My Destiny by Manya Nigam
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars and a Atta girl!!!
My take on the book -
Read the title, what does it say!!! You can't make my destiny and guess what it gives you that in the form of a story that you will surely not forget any time soon.
This is a story of a girl, it's one of those every girl story that can happen to anybody. But that's what makes this story so incredible. That and the stories of friendship. We have seen way too much bad blood between girls both in and out of the fictional world, so when you see girls having each other's back you cheer like there's no tomorrow. The simplicity of the language and story made sure that the message came out loud and clear. And it's simple, if you want something go for it. Cause no one can stop you, they can try but in the end you will get your dream only you need to keep at it. It's the same if you get someone else does it for you then you will never get a chance to enjoy the victory.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Review Diaries (To Naddiyaa by Kavya Sharma)

Name of the book - To Naddiyaa by Kavya Sharma
Stars given- 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book-
Do you have a heart? Does hearing something painful make you cry? Then you will cry when you read this book, cause I sure did. It's a very emotional read. Lots of missed out communications and silence and fear of not being heard or appreciated. There are 33 letters, letters that were written but not given voice to. Personally I believe that many problems can be avoided or solved and put to bed if we would just talk it out. We often don't do it cause we are afraid that we will be misunderstood or not heard as we think we want to be heard but I think we should take the chance.
QOTD - What's love for you? Is it selfless like dove you will help fly away after you fix it's broken wings or is your love like hogging the ring from lord of the ring, all my precious and mine only!!!

Review Diaries (The Hidden Children by Reshma K Barshikar)

QOTD - Who believes that books are magic?
AOTD - Meeeeeee.
And if you think the same you havta havta havta read this book. Like OMG! Gossip Girl meets Supernatural !
I adore the friendship that's portrayed in the book. They might call the 'plastics' of the book 'The Three Musketeers' but for me they were the iconic trio.
This 407 pages book would have been a daunting task and sorta impossible had this one not been as interesting as it is.
The book cover is beautiful and tells a story that you would love to read. This wonderful book will make you miss your friends and call them back. Trust me, I did too. The way things are described in the book makes you see it in your mind, visualize the entire thing. It's like watching a movie in your mind.
I really enjoyed it.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Review Diaries (Dharmendra by Rajiv Vijayakar)

Name of the book - Dharmendra by Rajiv Vijayakar
Stars- More than a five, cause I am still seeing stars so bright shining all around.
My take on the book -
My family is very filmy, I mean I am nicknamed after a Jaya Bachchan movie (Guddi). So you can imagine how exciting reading this book was.
I have adored the Dream Girl's He-Man cause of many of his roles. But hearing stuff about his personal life kinda made him more of a hu-man than some superheros who didn't seem to real.
But what made me even more happy was knowing the fact that he too dabbled in poetry.
QOTD - Given a chance which celebrity dead or alive would you like follow through out the day, with their permission and get to know them better?
AOTD - Me? That's gonna be one big list.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Review Diaries (The Panchatheertha by Rajiv Mittal)

Name of the book - The Panchatheertha Part 1 by Rajiv Mittal
Stars- 5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book -
This is the first time I have read a book by the author but a friend of mine is a fan. So I asked her if she wanted to buddy read and discuss the book after we are done. So later in the evening there's a knock on the door and here's my friend is standing there with a creepy looking smile. She glides into my house and gleefully declares that she has come to discuss the book. But even with my friend watching me read and asking every 3 minutes if I am done, I loved this book.
5 short stories, one cool satire filled book and a crazy friend perched on my head(not literally just felt like she was) this book charms like a dream. And the language, oh wow! Don't get me wrong I am all in for reading books that has simple English but this was for lack of a better word 'classy'. So if you like poking fun at people and sarcasm is your weapon of choice this one deserves to be on your reading list soon, like yesterday soon.
Ps I didn't like the cover much, but let's never again judge a book by its cover shall we.
QOTD - Does anyone understand your sarcasm?
AOTD - Only the ones I don't use it on ;)

Review Diaries (Done with Her by Chirasree Bose)

Name of the book -Done With Her...: A revelation that stabs at your Chirasree Bose
Stars given- 8 out of 5 stars and a big YOU GO GIRL.
My take on the book-
I really liked it, like me really likey. I mean what's there not to love, a very secretive back story that you will never guess even after reading 80% of the story. A plot that's not your typical 'once upon a time...' to 'and then Prince Charming defeated everything evil and saved the Princess'. It was in a word aw-freaking-some.... and some more.
The writing style is smooth which is a job well done for a first time writer. Another reason I really liked it was cause of the protagonist, she was so fierce that I am very close to sending her a friend request on her fictional Facebook account.
Trust me when I say it, this one needs to be read by anyone who admire strong women and enjoy some good old tit for tat. I finished it in half an hour, sorry my bad. I devoured this one in half an hour. And you would too, first line and you will be hooked for sure.
QOTD - What are your thoughts about 'Karma'?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Review Diaries(Ping by Rashi Dubey)

Name of the book - Ping by Rashi Dubey.
Status - 5 on 5 stars with a big hug on the side
QOTD - What is the worst thing you ever said to anyone?
AOTD - I just told a writer that I hated the protagonist's other half just one page into the book. Now I think I adore the other half.
My take on the book -
There was time when I believed that life was very black and white and grey was just a lie told by people who didn't want to not responsible for their actions. Now I am old and wise, and I know better. No one is bad over all, they have their creepy bad times and sparkling good times. Ping is about these two strangers who met on the web and over the span of getting to know each other chats they became more. They faced lots of different problems, some with family other was due to their long distance but what actually matters is that they found their way back to each other.
I really liked this one and at the risk of giving out any spoilers I will just end my take by saying give this cute book a read, you will love it for sure.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Review Diaries- (The Field by Tracy Richardson)

Name of the book- The Field by Tracy Richardson
Status - Read and enjoyed
Stars given - 5 +/5 stars
My take on the book -
I really liked it. Imagine reliving your childhood and taking over the world together. But sometimes life throws curveballs at you and the best thing one can do is be yourself and hold on tight for the ride.
There's another important and special thing about the protagonist, he is very intuitive. He can literally give his thoughts wings. That part of the story really caught my attention, many a times I guess how a story ends. So color me very happy, I am uber cool special. Now all I need to do is tap in my mind and make things happen.
Another important thing about the story is that the guy is very much like a true superhero. He knows that with great powers come great responsibilities. I mean what's there not to like here. A cute love story, a good friend with power to do well. It was amazing and awesome.
So I, Manali Dey will love to give 5+ stars on 5 stars.
Wonder if there will be a second part?
QOTD - Who is your favorite Superhero?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Review Diaries (The Dark Side Of The Moon by Shubham Arora)

QOTD - Choose between - Romance or Horror, Flowers or Chocolates, Pizza or Pasta, Fruit Cake or Pastry.
Name of the book - The Dark Side Of The Moon by Subham Arora.
Stars given - 5 on 5 stars and a bag full of questions.
My take on the book-
This book has essentially 3 short stories. None of them connected, other than being together - immortalized in a book forever. Ohkay, feel free to ignore my cheesy self. Valentines Day has me walking on air. So coming back to the book, three stories are called
1. The Last Skype.
2. In My Head.
3. The Ritual.
Every story is unique and amazing in it's own way. The first one is about a couple who have been together for a long time. One of them had to move for work and that's when things got sketchy. What happens next isn't something anyone could have guessed.
The second story is about a doctor and his patient. Many of us have passed judgments on others, without putting ourselves in their shoes. Well it's about time someone or something takes over.
 And the third one will make you read it twice, not cause you will not understand the language, which is simple and classy but the story will get you in the feels.
For me the second story was an absolute favorite. Wonder which one is the author's favorite? Or is he even allowed to have favorites?
:) ;)
#blametheday #Iamhappy #Iamlovingit

Monday, February 11, 2019

Review Diaries (The Last Skype by Subham Arora)

Name of the book - The Last Skype by Subham Arora
Status- Read (in under thirty minutes). That's a new score for me. High 5!!!
Stars- 5.5 on 5 stars.
My take on the book -
This is book 1 in what will without question be one of those books that leave a mark. I will be honest I was kinda worried about the book, I mean it's so short, I thought I will be left hanging :(
But that wasn't the case, I adored it. I mean come on, a narrative that makes you feel emotions, like every freaking laughter to tear drop to heart stopping fear. Isn't that why we read books im the first place? To feel.
So the book ends with a big cliffhanger but this time around I don't feel like writing a big letter to the writer and voicing my pain for the abovementioned cliffhanger. Nopes, not gonna do it. Cause I am sure the writer will soon bring us the book 2. Right?
QOTD - What are your feelings about cliffhangers?
(ps don't ya use any un-parliamentary words)

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Review Diaries (The Forbidden Kingdom Musical Festival Tale: The Clash of Two Worlds by Joshua Dean Perry)

Name of the book - The Forbidden Kingdom Musical Festival Tale: The Clash of Two Worlds by Joshua Dean Perry
Status- Oh my Dragon!!! 5 on 5.
QOTD - How big a fan are you of short stories?
AOTD - I wasn't before but now I am a true believer!
My take on the book-
For a book that's less than even a hundred pages this book packs a mean punch. It's a story about friends and family, it's one about greed and mindless destruction, it's about good finding it's way back on top. A young and curious girl is seen roaming around in the woods searching for her next adventure and this little girl is special, for she has a heart so big that the only thing that can compete with it is her courage. Reading this wonderful tale also made me dream a little bit, it was almost like Lord of the Ring meets Braveheart. Once I was slowly reaching the end I was worried that the author will keep me hanging with some cruel cliffhanger cause no way this story can be finished this soon. But I am happy to announce that it isn't the case. The story was amazing, it had emotions of love and hate, of friendship and enmity, of greed and sacrifice, of revenge and defense.
I personally loved it and am looking forward to the next b

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Review Diaries (Black Rainbow by J.J.McAvoy)

Name - Black Rainbow by J.J.McAvoy
Status- Read, Loved, Rinse and Repeat!
Stars- 500 on 5
About the book -
A sweet and steamy New Adult Romance from Amazon bestselling author of the Ruthless People series, J.J. McAvoy…

After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he’s also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts.

With everyone in class vying to be one of the twelve disciples—a group of twelve students that Professor Black takes under his wing—tensions run high. Thea considers dropping his class, given their passionate week together and their undeniable chemistry. After all, there are other (less infuriatingly sexy) law professors on campus.

But to accomplish her goal and get her father out of prison, Thea knows she needs to learn under the best of the best—and that’s Levi Black.

But can she learn under the best, without being under the best?

My take-
Ever read a book that made you wanna jump in and be part of the action?
Ever been in a situation where the book you are reading makes you wanna be that girl, not only cause you get to date an amazing book-boyfriend who is the total package (he sings, plays the guitar and looks like a dream but is also a pro in adulting), for that's only half the reason, the other one being a female protagonist /lead who is a true blue flesh and blood human being. She makes mistakes and tries her best to learn from it, she has had a very traumatic childhood but isn't a victim any more, she is a tad bit of a wild child but takes care of her loved ones. She is aaaaahhhhmazing! Don't get me wrong you will wanna be her, for her character and strength and brain and also be tempted by her enemy turned friends and future in laws. Trust me when I say this once you take the J.J.McAvoy route there's no going back. She gets you, hook-line-and-sinker. Ps I love this girl like she is my bestie from a different life.