Love Comes Later: A review

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The story is an immersive experience in Qatar culture. The rituals, settings and lavishness of the Qatar households is apparent in the writing.
Hind and Abdullah are forced in an arranged marriage.
Abdullah hasn’t gotten over the sudden death of his first wife and is not ready to tie the knot again. However, his family traditions require him to get married and increase the family line.
Hind is not the typical Qatari women. Her vision of life includes independence, a career and living life on her own terms. But she is bound by her society to get married to suitable man and spend the rest of her life shopping and taking care of children.

So when the time comes for engagement, in a bid for a little bit of freedom, Hind sets a condition for going to london for a year to complete her studies. Abdulla seizes this as an opportunity for another year of solitude and agrees readily.

And it’s in London, that Hind discovers herself, finds a friend and knows what she wants. And its not only her, when Abdullah comes to visit her, his life takes an unexpected turn too.

What happens in London, will they find love?

My opinion: Even though its a good enough cultural read, it felt a bit melancholic for some reason. In case of Hind and Sangita, their friendship was forgotten in a moment over a guy. And I couldn’t understand why all of a sudden Hind was willing to accept her fate.
Also her trip with Gita’s brother should have been explored more in depth.

My Rating: 7 out of 10
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ecommended for: Cultural Novels fans, Romance fans.
I received this ARC from netgalley for review purposes.

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Consoling Angel: Audiobook Review

 

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Review:

This is a small but sweet book.
This the first time I decided to review an audio book. I actually enjoyed listening to the book after a few tries of getting used to listening to a story instead of reading it.

The story is about a young fan of James Dean, who finds that her wishes have come true in a twisted way.
Mira misses her father and in a way to remember him, she has taken to spend her time looking at his collections of James Dean’s pictures and books.
She used to watch his movies with her father and he was the one who turned her into a James Dean fan.
Now she is obsessed and wishes she could meet her celebrity favorite.
Her wishes just might come true, in a weird and inexplicable way.

My Opinion:
Enjoyable read, or should I say, listen, as it is an audio book.
It is pretty short but still manages to be entertaining.

My Rating: 7 out of 10
Recommended for: Fans of books about time travel and James Deans.

 

I received this RC from the publisher to provide an honest review.

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Mechanical Hearts: Review

What a good start!
The story starts when the protagonist decides to leave her mean aunts house. She goes to the dock, where her fathers old ship is docked. Exhausted she lays down to sleep in the boat only to wake up in the middle of the ocean in another world. Her rescue comes in the form of a formidable captain.

To get back to earth, she agrees to work for Ezra, the captain, who is on a mission to retrieve a mechanical heart of a whale, to power their underwater city.

Will they find the heart or will they be have to suffer from heartbreak?

The mettalic city, the description of the environment are what set the mood for the book.

My opinion
I felt the book was really short.

The transition of relationship between Ezra and Caroline from awkward and rude acquaintances to becoming attracted to each other was really quick and unsatisfactory.
But a good storyline , likeable characters and attention grabbing setting make this a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Looking forward to read more.

My Rating: 8 out of 10
Recommended for: Adventure/fantasy fans.

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Smash and Grab

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Genre: YA, Mystery
Author:Amy Christine Parker
Publisher:Random House Books for Young Readers
Source:ARC from netgalley
Expected Publication:19-07-2016

Cover:

Catchy cover with nice color palette.

Review:

Its a story about Lexi, a rich adventure loving high schooler and about Christian , a poor high schooler, who also happens to be a petty robber.
Both of them love the adrenaline rush that adventure brings.
Circumstances throw them together and even though they are opposites in every way but their love for thrill is a constant.
And they need each other to pull off the biggest and dangerous stunt they have ever performed.
Christian wants to escape his criminal lifestyle but his family’s welfare and safety is forcing him to be a part of the dangerous crime of his life. He may not like it, but to protect his sister, he has no choice but to do it.
Lexi is battling her own problems. After her father is accused of fraud and her life turns upside down, she takes it upon herself to make matters better for her family by exposing the real mastermind of the fraud.
Little does she know that along with battling for her family, she will have to battle with her heart too.

Flow of the plot is good. It doesn’t have that immersive pull at first but when things start to happen, the book proves to be entertaining.
The chemistry between Lexi and Christian is adequately depicted.
The workings of a bank is clearly well researched.
Its an interesting and fun read for sure.

My Rating: 7 out of 10

Mood Recommendation:

Read this one if you like to read books about adventurous teens and elaborate but light mystery/thrillers.

I received this ARC from netgalley for review purposes.

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Jinns and Masters

Stifled: A review

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Author: Rainy Kaye
Publisher : Bastei Entertainment
Genre: Fiction, Paranormal Fantasy
Series: Summoned
Source: ARC from netgalley
Published: 7 May 2016

Cover:
Its okayish. Doesn’t do justice to the book.

Review:

Dimitri is a free jinn, as far as broken genie bond is concerned, but he is still unable to digest this fact. He can’t bring himself to say no.
He is content living in Italy, but Syd isn’t. She has tracked down a jinn in California and wants to free the said jinn.
But once in L.A, they soon find out that its not a straight forward case of finding the jinn and figuring out how to free her.
There are more people involved, someone is after Dimitri and it seems California is home to more than one jinn.

A whole network of masters and jinns have complicated their mission, and Dimitri has to figure out a way to help the jinns without putting his freedom to risk.

My opinion:

This is as much, or even more action packed than the first book.
Dimitri has evolved as a character and has started to gain more confidence in himself and his abilities.
Plot line is cool and again there are enough twists, turns and surprises to keep you entertained.

My rating: 8 out of 10
Recommended for: Mythological creature fans and paranormal fans

I received this ARC from netgalley for review purposes

Interview : Stacy Harshman

Yesterday,I reviewed Stacy Harshman’s book ‘ Crowning Glory’.

I interviewed Stacy and asked some questions about her book.

Here they are:

Interview questions.
1. Wow! This book is obviously something very personal. How did you bring yourself to open up to the world?
Stacy: It was more painful being separated from the world. My desire to be a part of life and open up was stronger than my fears. It took a long time for me to write the book and get it out there. I went through a time of doubting myself and revealing the “me” in the book. I’ve done a lot of work on myself since then, and I’m still working.

2. Why wigs? It could have been any other change in appearance, like wardrobe change or makeup change. Why did you decide to go with wigs?
Stacy: Well, I bought the wig on ebay on a whim and when I wore it I felt dramatically transformed. I wasn’t planning on that happening. It took me by surprise, and I went with it.

3. You did not sugarcoat your words while describing your family, what was their reaction after reading this?
Stacy: My Mom read the book and she is a huge advocate for it. She is proud of me. After she read it, she said that parts of the book were painful for her to read in terms of what I went through, and I imagine how I described/experienced the family scene, but she never said that specifically. I’m grateful to have her read it and still love me.
Recently, after getting a review that upset me, my Mom said, “the book is so good because it is so honest. You were honest about what you were going through. It was a messy time. That’s the beauty of the book.”
2. Is Tim still your friend?

Stacy: Tim and I were friends after the experiment. He meant a lot to me. Unfortunately, his girlfriend did not want him to see me. I haven’t seen him since then.
4 You never mentioned having a job. How were you able to finance your project?
Stacy: I was lucky at the time to have income from dividends in stock from companies I and my family were involved in.

4. I noticed that the time frame of the experiment is around 2006. Why did you publish this book so late?
Stacy: It took a long time for me to write the book. First, I had to learn how to write by writing, a lot. I was a song-writer before this. I also wrote a lot of emotional back story, enough for a second book. I needed to get that material out of my system so I could really see what this book was about. That was a long process. Then, it sat for a while and when I was actually ready to move forward, I realized I needed a professional editor who helped guide me on structural editing. That process took a long time too, but not as long as the first parts.
5. What are you doing with your life in the present?
Stacy: I live in Vermont. I’m working on my art and about to start Vet Tech school. I volunteer at a therapeutic community ranch nearby. I just started working at a small town, historic and very cute general store. I continue to do healing work on myself. I’m also working on my adult coloring book based on my paintings, which will be coming out soon. I’m also looking into starting a care farm.

Thank you Stacy, for taking the time to answer.

 

 

Crowning Glory: A review

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Author: Stacy Harshman
Publisher: Andarina Publishing
Genre: Memoir
Publication date: June 26, 2016
Source ARC from publisher
Cover: The cover is okayish.
Review: Stacy Harshmann documents an experiment that she undertook to see how changing appearances can affect the amount of attention one gets.
She changed 4 different colored wigs and went to pre planned locations to gauge peoples reactions.
She started with a red wig and named herself Kali. The red wig changed her both internally and from the outside. She felt more confident.
Her assistant, whom she playfully named Agent Thorn, was there to record the number of looks she received. The experiment went on for a week. And everyday they went to different restaurants, streets and locations.
The same was repeated for a blond wigged Raya, a black wigged Nada and a brunette. On the last week of the experiment, Stacy went out as herself.
But what started as an experiment to measure peoples reaction to looks turned into so much more.
It was a study of revelations for Stacy herself. She got to know herself, got out of her reservations and learned to enjoy life.

My opinion

From the start, you realize that this book is going to guarantee a good read.
The author is funny, realistic and is not afraid to laugh at herself.
But soon what starts as a light read develops into an emotional roller coaster. Her pain, what she experienced, how she learned to move forward all make for a thought provoking read.
One thing though, it seemed that some of the romantic scenes were way too explained. They should have been toned down a bit, as during those moments it felt you are reading a romance novel and not a moving non -fiction book.

My Rating:
7 out of 10

I received this ARC from the author for review purposes.

The Other Place: A review

Author:Elizabeth Roderick
Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary
Series: Other Place#2
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Expected Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Source: ARC from publisher
Cover:
The cover manages to capture the complexity of Justin’s thought processes. It may seem he is broken and scattered, but underneath is a kind- hearted, soft person.
Review:
Justin is a misunderstood, but sensitive 18 year old who lives with his mother. He is diagnosed as a schizophrenic and his mother considers him a huge burden whose only benefit is the social security that he brings in the house.
When her boyfriend tries to get him committed to a mental institution and his daughter falsely accuses him of attacking her, Justin is forced to leave his town with the help of his girlfriend Mina.
Justin is a deep and talented artist. He claims that a dark energy controls his life and it wants to teach him lessons. The energy takes him to another place where he experiences strange situations and scenes. Justin, being a talented artist, sketches the scenes in physical world.
Mina, realizing his talent, takes him to an art gallery owner, who offers him a deal to showcase his art.
Life has taken a turn for Justin, but every time he starts to get comfortable, something happens to break his peace.
And something else is waiting for him in the city. He will meet someone who will support him like no one has ever done, it seems.
My opinion
The way Justin’s thoughts and feelings are portrayed is really powerful. He comes across as a kind, thoughtful and sensitive person. The reader can’t help but feel sympathy for him and get angry on his behalf when he is subjected to injustice.
His kindness and talents are taken advantage of, and he constantly feels the energy’s anger .
But as the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that he is not useless or helpless as everyone thinks. He is capable of taking care, and when situation arises, he is fully up to the challenge for providing care when needed.

The book sheds light on the thinkings of those whom society rejects. There is more than appears on the surface.
A touching, moving book. You can’t help but like the artist.
Using art to articulate his feelings, the author has very beautifully conveyed Justin’s emotions.
Very very good book.
Recommended for:
Read this if you don’t mind heart pulling and moving books that are not afraid to explore the emotions and workings of the mind.

My Rating: 10 out of 10
I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis
Living in Justin Flaherty’s mind has never been easy. Unfortunately, things are about to get much worse…

At eighteen years old, most guys are chasing girls or dreams. Justin, on the other hand, wants to draw and be left alone. He’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia, but it’s more than that. He’s in tune with the Dark Energy that surrounds us all, and can see how it controls people’s actions. Sometimes, the Dark Energy will give him visions, to help him on the road to enlightenment.

When his mother hooks up with a Baptist preacher named David who believes Justin’s schizophrenia can be cured with prayer, Justin knows he has to get out—or risk involuntary commitment in a religious facility.

After a brush with incarceration, Justin takes off to San Francisco, where his drawings are not just noticed, but admired…

Justin’s bizarre and beautiful drawings create a stir in the art world. Meanwhile, he’s homeless, couch surfing, and trapped in a continuous battle with his mental illness. His salvation is a girl named Liria Czetski with a shady past. They’d met a year ago, and she’s appeared in his visions ever since. It turns out Liria has been sharing those visions, something that is a surprise to everyone but Justin…

When secrets surface, Justin is forced to realize that being a genius has a downside. Surrounded by people who want to exploit his talent, he must fight not only for his career and freedom, but perhaps for his life…

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Author Bio:

ELIZABETH RODERICK grew up as a barefoot ruffian on a fruit orchard near Yakima, in the eastern part of Washington State. After weathering the grunge revolution and devolution in Olympia, Washington, Portland, Oregon and Seattle, she recently moved to a small cluster of houses amidst the vineyards of California’s Central Coast.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and worked for many years as a paralegal and translator. She is a musician and songwriter, and has played in many bands, rocking some instruments she doesn’t even know the real names for, but mostly guitar, bass and keyboards.

Elizabeth writes novels for young adults and adults; short stories; and memoir which is way more interesting than it should be. Her stories are about love, death, gang warfare, and madness; her characters tend to be of the type that society generally shuns: addicts, convicts, and the mentally ill. She believes if people get to know these characters in stories and in real life, they’ll find them more likeable than they originally thought.

She applies Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo method to fiction writing. It often gets a little heavier than what she had in mind, but she chalks it up to forced consciousness expansion.

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