21 September 2017

Review #640: An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The gods made our bodies as well as our souls, is it not so? They give us voices, so we might worship them with song. They give us hands, so we might build them temples. And they give us desire, so we might mate and worship them in that way.”

----George R.R. Martin

Wray Delaney, pen name for Sally Gardner, an award-winning British children's author, has penned an intriguing and a very sizzling historical fiction called, An Almond for a Parrot that revolves around a young woman in London locked up in a prison as she is accused of killing her husband, whom she got married to at the age of 12 by her father to pay off his neck-deep debts, and from the prison cell, the woman narrates the story of her life, of how she discovered her sexuality at a tender age, of how she became a prostitute, of her godly gifts of seeing dead people's ghosts from parrots in a cage, of falling in love, of her other talents of pleasing men, and mostly of her erotic exploration through ages.

15 September 2017

Review #639: Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.”

----Tennessee Williams

Heather Maclean, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned a compelling YA fantasy book called, Toward a Secret Sky that centers around a teenage girl, who just lost her mother in an accident, turning her into an orphan girl, as a result she travels to the Scottish Highlands to her paternal grandparents' house, where she meets a strange yet very attractive young man, who unravels the mystery behind her deceased parents' true and real profession of helping the good and fighting darkness in the world, all the while opening a new dimension of universe for the young girl to make her believe.

30 August 2017

Review #638: The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad, Ingrid Christophersen (Translator)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“She couldn't survey the wreck of the world with an air of casual unconcern.”

----Margaret Mitchell

Åsne Seierstad, an Award winning journalist-turned-Norwegian-author, has penned a delectable and slightly captivating account of her stay with an Afghan family, who owned a bookshop in a terror-stricken and on-the-verge-of-a-civil-war type Kabul in the year 2002, in the book called, The Bookseller of Kabul. This is the personal story of almost every human being, mainly women of the household, from the bookseller family, with two wives and tons of children and an equally great number of siblings, the bookseller is a subtly liberal man of his times, that only demanded women of each and every household to stay indoors and keep giving birth until their last dying breath.

25 August 2017

Review #637: Charlatans by Robin Cook

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“We can't possibly have a summer love. So many people have tried that the name's become proverbial. Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It's a sad season of life without growth...It has no day.”

----F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dr. Robin Cook, the international best-selling author, is back with a bang and this time with an intriguing and pot-boiling medical thriller called, Charlatans that no-doubt, revolves around the cutting edge technology and advancements in the field of medicine and medical practices, but mainly centers around the educational backgrounds of the doctors, where the two protagonists, one, a chief medical resident and the other, a star anesthesiologist of the Boston Memorial Hospital who get tangled up in the OR deaths of three patients, and the investigation behind the death puts doubt in the minds of the chief medical resident about the star anesthesiologist's training and the fancy educational background, even though they get emotionally and sexually involved with one another beyond the premises of the hospital.

22 August 2017

Review #636: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.”

----Malcolm X

Karin Slaughter, the No. 1 bestselling author, has penned a hair-raisingly chilly and terrifying family thriller, The Good Daughter that centers around two crimes in a small American town, occurring in a time gap of 28 years, one the murder of a popular defense attorney's wife, that left the two daughters mentally and physically paralyzed for life, and the other, is a mass shooting at a local school, to which the younger daughter becomes a sole witness. And after the second crime, the daughters are pretty sure, that the memories of past crime that ripped their family apart won't stay buried under and that there is more mystery and buried lies behind both the crimes, and are they willing to explore all those mysteries, now that they have walked on the career footsteps of their father?

10 August 2017

Review #635: Final Girls by Riley Sager

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again ... we are survivors. If you are here today... you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.”

----Lori Goodwin

Riley Sager, a pen name for an American author, pens her debut horror-cum-thriller book, Final Girls that revolves around three female mass murders survivors, whom the media coined them as the Final Girls, yet the last final girl, never wanted to live her life as a final girl, instead she pretended to live a normal life in Manhattan with her handsome boyfriend, while she blogged about cakes, but soon her pretentious perfect life crumbles to ground, when the first final girl is found dead at her home, followed by the surfacing up of the second MIA survivor at her doorstep, making her wonder, even after so many years later, are they still safe?

7 August 2017

Review #634: Bite of the Black Dogs by Sanjay Bahadur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”

----Mark Twain

Sanjay Bahadur, an India author, pens a terrific, nail biting and gripping real-life special operations of Indian Special Forces book based on a true story, and it is called, Bite of the Black Dogs that is set across the idyllic yet challenging landscape of Kashmir, India, where an Indian special force group is assigned to eradicate and extract the terrorists and the alleged killers of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus settled in Kashmir) belonging from the infamous militant group of Hizbul Mujahideen ("Party of Muslim Holy Warriors") who are funded and supported by various countries and various states of India. This real life account of the militants as well as the special task force men, who would do anything for their countrymen.

3 August 2017

Review #633: The Rome Affair by Karen Swan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.”

----Giotto di Bondone

Karen Swan, an English author, has penned a compelling, stirring and riveting contemporary romance novel, The Rome Affair that revolves around a former British barrister who after escaping a not-so-sweet-past into the Rome and works as a tour guide besides writing a blog, but one day she chances upon a stolen handbag in a dust bin that belongs to an Italian socialite and aristocrat old lady living in a grand mansion, with her own past demons and when these two women's paths are crossed, history is bound to get unraveled amidst of lies and secrets, and taking the tour guide to places, where she could never imagine to be, until she comes across the mystery of the old lady's not so grand life.

1 August 2017

Review #632: The Crunch Factor by Andaleeb Wajid

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.”

----Jodi Picoult

Andaleeb Wajid, an Indian author, has penned a mildly heart warming, Bollywood-ish and spicy contemporary romance called, The Crunch Factor packed with a finger-licking delicious love triangle between a female food photographer, whose parents ask her to marry a filthy, rich restaurant owner, but unfortunately her heart is torn apart between the choices and the duties towards her middle class family and the choices of her heart's desire that wants to be wooed by that very restaurant's hunky and handsome head chef. Will it all be roses for the food photographer? Or will it cost her a lot of challenges to walk on the right path which she actually deserves?

31 July 2017

Review #631: Here Falls The Shadow by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you're allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.”

----Shannon L. Alder

Bhaskar Chattopadhyay, an Indian author, has penned a terrific and nail biting thriller, Here Falls The Shadow that surrounds around the death threat of a notable author and the killings of his family estate's dogs, as a result of which, the infamous and ingenious PI, Janardan Maity jumps to the rescue with an old acquaintance of his, into this sleepy little town covered by forests, to uncover the author's family curses, old traditions, nemesis, and many untold family secrets.

28 July 2017

Review #630: Wishbones by Virginia Macgregor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”

----Laurell K. Hamilton

Virginia Macgregor, an English author, has penned an extremely encouraging and soul stirring young adult contemporary fiction called, Wishbones that explores the life of a teenage girl, who wants to fix her mom and dad's relationship, by helping her obese and depressed mom to feel and get better, but fate have other plans for her, when after a night out, her mother falls sick, and her family is pushed to the edge off the limits. And not to mention, there are lots of things that she doesn't know yet, knowing which will forever change her life. An uplifting YA story about sexuality, eating disorder, depression, relationships and encouragement that is a must read.

26 July 2017

Review #629: True Liars by Isha Inamdar

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“We have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter. Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don't even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us have to stand on the sidewalk and watch us beg in the streets! It's time to put an end to this. It's time for us to let ourselves be loved.”

----C. JoyBell C

Isha Inamdar, an Indian writer, has penned her debut contemporary romance story called, True Liars that revolves around the life of a young and aspiring female deejay artist caught between the worlds of her best gay friend and that friend's brother interspersed with wedding vows, typical big-fat Indian wedding, lies, friendships, love and passion in a serene landscape of a small heritage town in Jodhpur. This novel is perfect for the fans of Colleen Hoover, Sylvia Day, Jojo Moyes.

24 July 2017

Review #628: Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”


Mur Lafferty, an American author, has penned an intriguing science fiction thriller called, Six Wakes that centers around a spaceship carrying six crew members, where each one wakes up as a clone with no memory or record of what happened or who killed them, but only with the memory of dying. And as their bloody bodies floated around the space ship under zero gravity and with the ship's controlling AI being offline, the six crew members are pretty sure that someone amongst them must have killed them, but why? Set in the 25th century, this story is going to thrill the readers in a subtle manner.

18 July 2017

Review #627: Secrets of Nanreath Hall by Alix Rickloff

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

----Søren Kierkegaard

Alix Rickloff, a critically acclaimed author of historical and paranormal romance, has penned a heart touching historical fiction called, Secrets of Nanreath Hall that revolves around two women, in two different timelines, searching for their own identities, one is looking for her biological mother's family and her forgotten background, while the other leaves everything behind for love. Both the stories, narrated in alternative chapters, are not only endearing but are also intriguing enough to keep the readers on their edges.

13 July 2017

Review #626: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. ”

----Christian Dior

Patrick Süskind, a late German writer and screenwriter's internationally, critically acclaimed and an award-winning novel Das Parfum: Die Geschichte eines Mörders translated into English with the title, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer The German novel set in the backdrop of 18th century France that rocked the whole world with its intensity, level of fantasy and surrealism, historical realism, sensuality and scents surrounding around a young man, with a god-gifted talented to identify the subtle and underlying scents of worldly things as well as of human beings.

12 July 2017

Review #625: One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”

----Friedrich Nietzsche

Emma Curtis, a British writer, pens her debut psychological thriller called, One Little Mistake that revolves around a woman, who is a mother of three beautiful children, wife to a husband who loves her a lot and with a job she loves, but her perfect life has cracks and those cracks make her slip, as she commits one tiny little mistake, which she later confides to her beat friend, who in turn, asks her to keep lying in order to save her kids from child protection services and little did this woman knew that a terrible calamity was waiting at her front door, the moment she confided in her best friend. A story about two best friends and a little girl, who just lost her mother and is forced to go to foster care.

10 July 2017

Review #624: Against All Odds by Danielle Steel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.”

----Karl Lagerfeld

Danielle Steel, the #1 bestselling author, is back with her new adult fiction book called, Against All Odds that unravels the story of a widowed mother and her four children, who are now adults, and whose terrible life's choices land them up in a mucky situation, yet the mother, who already warned them against their decisions, stands strongly by their side, and fights for them against all odds, even though her own personal life goes haywire. A story that vividly portrays the parent's undying support for their children, no matter what.

9 July 2017

Whispering Flames: Bookish Candles Review

Hola my readers and my followers,

Wassup, guys?! I hope it is going great. As you all know that, just a week ago, i.e. on 26th June, 2017, we celeberated 20 magical years of  Harry Potter, the day when author, J.K. Rowling's iconic and ground breaking children's fantasy book called "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was first published.

And so today I shall unravel some exclusive and the best Harry Potter merchandise that I recently came across through Instagram. Gear up guys, as the pictures below are bound to make you click on that "Buy Now" button. And if you're a true potterhead, then you must grab some of these bookish goodies from the one & only and an all-exclusive scented bookish candle store in India. And it's called........

6 July 2017

Review #623: Blue Light Yokohama (Inspector Iwata, #1) by Nicolás Obregón

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The rain that fell on the city runs down the dark gutters and empties into the sea without even soaking the ground”

----Haruki Murakami

Nicolás Obregón, a British-Spanish author, has penned his debut nail-biting and page-turning thriller, Blue Light Yokohama which is the first book in a brilliantly epic crime fiction series, Inspector Iwata . A tough Tokyo cop is assigned on a second hand case, of the brutal murder of a family of four in their own home with only one clue of a painting of a black sun, alongside an assistant lady detective, together who unravel lots of mysteries surrounding the Japanese culture, the in house corruption in the police department and their broken pasts, the ghosts of which are now coming alive. So despite of the resistance from his seniors, the tough cop is hard bend to catch the killer before the killer strikes again or before he is kicked out of the force.

4 July 2017

Review #622: Everybody's Son: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I feel bare. I didn't realize I wore my secrets as armor until they were gone and now everyone sees me as I really am.”

----Veronica Roth

Thrity Umrigar, the bestselling, critically acclaimed author, has penned a terrific and extremely heart breaking literary fiction in her new book called, Everybody's Son: A Novel that centers around a biracial, abandoned kid, who is adopted by a rich and powerful white family while his crackpot mother rotted away in jail, and later he grows up to carry forward his adopted family's name by himself becoming someone important, but he can never shake off the strong relationship he had with his own mother and now after so many years, he is going to learn lots of dirty secrets about his past as well as about his adopted family, that will threaten his whole sanity as well as his existence.

3 July 2017

Review #621: Release by Patrick Ness

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“It might be possible that the world itself is without meaning.”

----Virginia Woolf

Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, pens a touching yet enlightening young adult contemporary novel, Release with a touch of magical realism. This book is about a regular gay teenage boy having a very, very bad day one can possibly imagine, from confronting his sexuality to heart breaks to realization to losing someone , whereas on the other hand, it is also about the recent death of a drug addict from the very same town as that of the gay teenager, who has become a ghost and wants revenge on her killer.

2 July 2017

The Big Book Box: Unboxing the June Book Box

Hello folks,
How have all been doing?! I've been busy lately with work (**boring alert**), some travelling with bae, reading as usual and photography (**my new found love, although it has been a year though**).

So, I think book subscription boxes, in general, are such great ideas, but I've never been able to find one that I actually really thought I would enjoy - until now.

The Big Book Box is an Indian based book subscription service that features some amazing and unique bookish goodies, fandom swag, art, food, exclusive author content (**that I bet you will not find anywhere in the world, if you wish to, nope I'm not exaggerating!**) in their boxes, besides the latest, up and coming books and pocket friendly subscription plans! They’ve been doing these monthly themed book boxes besides some regular themes like Harry Potter, Tiny Tots and Travel, and this was my first book box from them. And not to mention, their customer service is extremely helpful, warm and very friendly, replies almost within a moment.

Book-o-Box: Unboxing the June Book Box

Hey guys! So a little while ago, I found out that there was a couple of bibliophiles in Chennai who have decided that they, like the rest of us in this country, were tired of seeing other countries having amazing book subscription boxes while we had to either pay exorbitant shipping prices or simply have no way of getting it because international shipping wasn’t an option.

Moreover, also tired of all those upcoming YA subscription boxes in the country and nothing to ease the hunger of the die-hard fans of literary fiction.

29 June 2017

Review #620: The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If you don't like Cinderella because she seems so "naive" and "weak," listen to this quote from the Walt himself: "She believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn't come along, she went over to the palace and got him.”

----Walt Disney Company

Bridget Hodder, an American author, pens a delectable and compelling retelling of our favorite fairy tale, Cinderella in her new book, The Rat Prince that revolves around those rats who turned into Cinderella's coach drivers after fairy god mother's magic and also centers around Cinderella herself. The rat prince, who was one of those rats from that magical night, has forever been in love with Cinderella, but the night has a different twist that the fans of Cinderella never knew about, so if you want to know about it, simply grab this book.

27 June 2017

Review #619: Don't Let Go by Michel Bussi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.”

----Heinrich Heine

Michel Bussi, a French award-winning author, pens his latest crime thriller, Ne lâche pas ma main translated into English with the title, Don't Let Go. The story revolves around a happy married couple and their young daughter, while holidaying at a French island, the wife goes missing without a trace but leaving behind a trail of clues and eye-witnesses that make the husband a sure shot suspect, and when the local female detective reaches the crime scene, she is sure that the husband is hiding something from them and not too long her hunch comes true, as the husband runs away from the police and the ongoing investigation, and so the body count which skyrockets like anything.

23 June 2017

Review #618: Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”

----Bob Marley

Susan Dennard, an American bestselling author, has penned a slightly gripping young adult fantasy story, Truthwitch that marks as the series opener for The Witchlands , laced with magic and heroic adventure, teenage friendship goals and cliched and steamy love drama, this book fits the bill for those looking for a thrilling teenage fantasy story, that is high on drama. This book revolves around two teenagers destined to fight with their powers to protect their empire against those who have waged a war upon them, but predictably, these young girls want nothing but freedom and for that, they would go at any lengths to break their ties with their duties and responsibilities and not to mention, they are powerful witches with some magical gifts in their bones.

20 June 2017

Review #617: The Child by Fiona Barton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Childhood trauma does not come in one single package.”

----Asa Don Brown

Fiona Barton, the British bestselling author, is back with another page-turning and chilling psychological thriller called, The Child that revolves around three women, one our favorite journalist from Barton's previous book, Kate, and two different women, each grieving upon the news of an infant's skeletons recovered from a building site, as one strongly believes that it is her baby stolen the day she gave birth to her baby while the other is terrified about her long buried past has finally come to haunt her, can Kate uncover the mystery behind two women's grief?

12 June 2017

Cover Reveal: Against All Odds by Danielle Steel

After the highly successful novel, Dangerous Games, the New York Times bestselling author, Danielle Steel is back with yet another riveting and page turning thriller, Against All Odds.

Read the synopsis below to know about the book:

PS: It is quite addictive, so read it at your own risk!

Danielle Steel proves she is the world's favorite storyteller in this powerful story of love conquering all in Against All Odds.

Review #616: Pyre by Perumal Murugan, Aniruddhan Vasudevan (Translator)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“We are united by our common fears and divided by our individual freedom!”

----Ramana Pemmaraju

Perumal Murugan, the idol of Tamil literature in India, who has been shunned by a court of law because of the fact that his books have erupted fires of scandal amongst its people, thus bringing an end to the glowing career of a talented writer in the country, whose another Tamil book named, Pookkuzi has been translated from the original version of Kongu rural dialect into English by the author's dedicated translator named, Aniruddhan Vasudevan and in English its called, Pyre.

9 June 2017

Review #615: The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The thing about families was that there was always some question nobody wanted to answer for you, and it was like a stray thread pulling loose in a sweater. You could tug at it all you wanted, but in the end, all you'd have was a pile of twisted yarn.”

----Sarah Sullivan

Jamie Brenner, an American author, has penned a compelling family drama in her new contemporary fiction, The Forever Summer that centers around three generations of women, all tied up together in a web of long buried family secrets, that unravel this summer to bring them closer to the summer house in order to reunite and find one another about their past and the untold secrets and stories, the two half sisters and the mother and the grandfather, all connected with one single link, so read this book to find out now.

8 June 2017

Review #614: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

““I believe in the magic and authority of words.” ”

----René Char

Cath Crowley, an Australian author, pens a terrific and heart touching young adult contemporary fiction, Words in Deep Blue that centers around an Australian high school teenager who before moving away from her hometown, professed her love to the her best friend, whose family owned a second hand traditional bookshop, in a letter tucked away inside a book from that shop, but years later, this teenager is back and now she does not want to face her lost love, not to mention, she has already suffered enough grief in her lifetime when she lost her dear brother.

7 June 2017

Review #613: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.”

----Jeanette Winterson

Francesca Zappia, an American bestselling author, has penned an extremely soul stirring, debut young adult contemporary fiction, Made You Up that revolves around a female high school teenager, suffering from acute mental illness, who manages to hide her hallucinations real well despite of the fact that she is reeling towards a bunch of teenagers who too are facing the wrath of their past and among that group, one boy surprisingly steals the heart of this mentally wrecked teenager, but she is anxious to lead a normal life, as crazy has been her middle name since her own inception.

6 June 2017

Review #612: The Doll's House (Helen Grace, #3) by M.J. Arlidge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“If I want to get out of here, I have to be the one to save myself.”

----Cheryl Rainfield

M.J. Arlidge, the bestselling English author, has penned an engrossing and chilling thriller in his DI Helen Grace series, The Doll's House that is the third book in the series. This story opens with a young woman's abduction in a cold cellar with a cold captor, whereas on the other hand, one body of a young woman who looks very similar to the abducted girl has been discovered and the infamous detective Helen has reached the spot, only to find stark connection with the abducted girl's case, little did she knew that besides hunting for a serial killer, her job as a detective in he force would turn out to be so challenging.

2 June 2017

Review #611: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.”

----Dylan Thomas

Fredrik Backman, the Swedish international bestselling author, has penned a terrific and extremely enduring story about an old man and his struggles to adjust to the constantly changing universe and also with his life after his wife's death, in his book named, A Man Called Ove. A grouchy old man who is cynical about the modern world is turning out to be, especially after his darlings wife's death, only to be peeled away those shades of irritation to display his affectionate side by his neighbor woman, who finally saves him.

1 June 2017

Review #610: The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

----F. Scott Fitzgerald

Doris Lessing's, the Nobel Prize winning debut book, The Grass is Singing revolves around a youngish woman who after marrying a South African white farmer, and within a few years, looses herself and becomes a victim to immense loneliness as she realizes her husband's constant failure both in his farm as well as in their shared marital life, and that's how her remorse grabs her soul and makes her extremely critical towards her black servants treating them with distaste and hatred, ultimately paying a heavy price for her racial discrimination towards her servants.

26 May 2017

Review #609: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“I feel bare. I didn't realize I wore my secrets as armor until they were gone and now everyone sees me as I really am.”

----Veronica Roth

Megan Miranda, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned a mildly gripping psychological thriller, The Perfect Stranger that revolves around a former journalist, whose career tanked after a story went wrong, and runs away to a rural town away from the bustling city along with her college friend to start fresh, little did the journalist knew that her teaching job and life in a small town would cost heavy upon her when this friend goes missing while the body count begins to rise up and so her ugly secrets that are threatening to unravel right before her.

25 May 2017

Review #608: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”

----Maya Angelou

Eric Lindstrom, an American author, has penned a terrific debut young adult contemporary fiction called, Not If I See You First that revolves around a blind teenage girl, who recently lost her father and since then she hasn't cried at all, and she loves to play by her strict rule book, and if anyone breaks those rules, then there is no second chance for that person, but lately, this girl is finding it real hard to stop herself from falling in love with someone who once broke her heart and all her emotions are welling up on the inside upon learning some secrets from the past that she has buried.

24 May 2017

Review #607: Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1) by Renee Ahdieh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”

----Abraham Lincoln

Renee Ahdieh, an American bestselling author, is back with another enthralling young adult dystopian-cum-fantasy series called, Flame in the Mist and the first book in the series with the same title opens with the life and challenges of a rebellious Japanese teenage heroine, who, when attempted to murder by a group of Robin Hood-styled bandits, escapes both her fate of getting married to her betrothed and her fate of getting slaughtered by a group of men, instead she breaks in into that group of bandits by cross-dressing as a man.

23 May 2017

Review #606: The Deviants by C.J. Skuse

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“You save yourself or you remain unsaved.”

----Alice Sebold

C.J. Skuse, an English author, has penned a tragic yet extremely riveting young adult thriller called, The Deviants that revolves around five high school teenagers whose friendship blossoms up when one of them is bullied badly, also gradually, the secrets of their lives begin spilling up, when one bad event after another challenges them to keep a hold on their friendships or their dark secrets, especially, it becomes a challenge for the couple from this group of teenagers, who seem to be drifting apart in a gradual motion.

22 May 2017

Review #605: Cold Earth (Shetland #7) by Ann Cleeves

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”

----Cormac McCarthy

Ann Cleeves, the award-winning British crime author, is back with yet another intriguing thriller in her popular Shetland Island crime series called, Cold Earth, where the infamous protagonist, DI Jimmy Perez, is challenged with the landslides of Shetland that destroys an abandoned house on the island, revealing the body of an unidentified woman, whose death strikes Perez with the tragic death of the love of his life, but this nerve wracking mystery of an unidentified woman's death is taking the toll out of Perez and out of all the islanders who have no clue about this woman.

Review #604: As I Descended by Robin Talley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it.”

----Criss Jami

Robin Talley, an American author, has penned an enthralling and chilling young adult fantasy book, As I Descended that is based on Shakespeare's popular play, Macbeth and revolves around two teenage girls fighting for a prestigious scholarship in their posh private boarding school and to get their hands on that scholarship, they are willing to go at any lengths, even to conspire with the residential ghosts of their school, to get rid of the topper of their class.

16 May 2017

Review #603: Good as Gone by Amy Gentry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I thought about how there are two types of secrets: the kind you want to keep in, and the kind you don't dare to let out.”

----Ally Carter

Amy Gentry, an American author, pens her debut psychological thriller called, Good as Gone which is nothing close to Flynn's Gone Girl instead it has a killer plot that revolves around a daughter and a mother, whose elder daughter gets abducted from her home at the age of 13 without a trace and with an eye witness of her younger sister, but eight years later, on the homecoming day of the younger sister from her summer break in her college, someone rings the doorbell of that home, where the elder girl was abducted from.

15 May 2017

Review #602: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite”

----Cassandra Clare

Brigid Kemmerer, an American author, pens a heart breaking young adult contemporary story, Letters to the Lost that revolves around a high school female teenager writing letters and leaving them by the graveside of her dead mother, but one fine day and months after her mother's tragic death, she finds reply to one of her letters, instantly she realized, someone must have played a bad prank on her. Little did the brooding high school teenage boy ever knew that his grief would find a way to connect with another's through writing replies to an unknown girl's letters to her dead mother.

10 May 2017

Review #601: The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”


B.A. Paris, an English bestselling author, pens a mind blowing psychological thriller in her new book, The Breakdown that revolves around a female recently married teacher returning back from a party, one rainy night, through a short cut road, when she suddenly stops her car to help another woman sitting motionlessly inside her car parked by the lane of the road, but she decides against helping that woman and drives by, and the next morning, she is shocked to find that particular woman has been found murdered, followed by her dementia and her immense guilt and fear about the murder of someone she could have saved.

8 May 2017

Review #600: What Alice Knew by T. A. Cotterell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

----Leo Tolstoy

T.A. Cotterell, the British author, pens a mind blowing and extremely gripping psychological debut thriller, What Alice Knew that revolves around a portrait artist whose husband goes missing one night out of the blue, but when he comes back, their perfectly happy family life threatens to come apart and the portrait artist is left with no other choice but to protect her family at any cost.

PS: This is not like any other traditional pot-boiling thriller, instead it follows what happens after a crime is committed and how you need to cover that crime at any cost.

26 April 2017

Review #599: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“There are all kinds of ways for a relationship to be tested, even broken, some, irrevocably; it’s the endings we’re unprepared for.”

----Katherine Owen

Paula Hawkins, the British international best-selling author, is back with her new psychological thriller, Into the Water that revolves around a small British town and on its ugly history of women drowning themselves into a pool, followed by the consequences and the mysteries they leave behind for their family and the townsfolk to live with it. Unfortunately, this book fails to live up to readers' expectation yet I think this story is going to survive for a pretty long time because this book is going to release while basking in the glory of the author's debut globally best-selling thriller, The Girl on the Train.

20 April 2017

Review #598: Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn”

----O. Ivar Lovaas

Claire LaZebnik, an American author, pens an enlightening and heart touching young adult contemporary novel Things I Should Have Known that revolves around a female high school teenager who sets up her autistic elder sister with another autistic boy on a date, but little did she had any idea that the boy's younger brother is her classmate and whom she despises to her heart's content and that they both share the same grief and challenges, despite of their social indifferences.

17 April 2017

Review #597: Perfect (Flawed, #2) by Cecelia Ahern

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Who are you to judge the life I live?
I know I'm not perfect
-and I don't live to be-
but before you start pointing fingers...
make sure you hands are clean!”

----Bob Marley

Cecelia Ahern, the international best-selling author, pens the sequel to the Flawed, an YA dystopian series, called, Perfect that opens with the protagonist on the run as a fugitive from the society that labelled and branded her as the most Flawed, despite of her kind and perfect heart, and time is running short and that she must help, protect and rescue all those who are just like her before the judge gets his hands on her, despite of a dangerous secret this girl knows about that could destroy the world of the Flawed.

13 April 2017

Review #596: The Freedom Broker (Thea Paris #1) by K.J. Howe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I was amazed as people must be who are seized and kidnapped, and who realize that in the strange world of their captors they have a value absolutely unconnected with anything they know about themselves.”

----Alice Munro

K.J. Howe, the Executive Director of ThrillerFest, pens her debut crime fiction, The Freedom Broker which is the first book in her new thrilling series, Thea Paris. The story revolves around the kidnapping of a Greek oil tycoon, whose daughter, who is a part of a company that rescues kidnapped hostages from the mobs either by negotiation or often through violent means, jumps into the investigation along with her team to bring her father back so that history does not repeat yet one more time.

11 April 2017

Review #595: South Haven by Hirsh Sawhney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

----Jalaluddin Rumi

Hirsh Sawhney, an Indian-American author, has penned a heart touching family drama in his debut contemporary fiction, South Haven that revolves around a fictional town about an Indian-American young boy trying to cope with the loss of his mother in a household that is going to hit the rock bottom pretty soon, if he doesn't take up the responsibilities, all the while keeping his feelings about growing up, religious extremism, teenage angst, friendships, peer pressure and relationships under control.