God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian : A review

An excellent, unparalleled plot coupled with amazing story-telling!

To be honest, I did not expect this from an Indian author. It was a pleasant surprise.

God is a GamerGod is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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A thriller that managed to make Sidney Sheldon and Dan Brown look like kiddos scribbling random stuff.

I’m not going to give anything away in the name of spoilers. Everybody who reads this book deserves to go into it without having any preconceived notions. If you think that Indian authors don’t cut it as Thriller authors – then take this! In your face ! (Yep, that’s my experience literally. I am sorry Ravi Subramanian, I should have picked up your book earlier. I was judgmental and wrong.)

The author clearly knew what he was doing. He has done his research and his home work perfectly. He is an exemplary, masterful, superlative story crafter in the Thriller genre. Continue reading

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The Golden Compass [His Dark Materials #1] by Philip Pullman : A review

 

Ah! That feeling of reading a fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping adventure. 

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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Here’s a gist -> In Lyra’s world, Daemons are the soul-projections,in animal forms, of any human being.They are companions of the soul and the separation from their Daemon could even be fatal for that human.Lyra and her Daemon, Pan, are brought up and cared for by the Scholars in Oxford, just as any other child. But she has a bigger destiny to fulfill. Unaware of this, Lyra sets out on a journey, to look for her missing friend, who is one among the many children who were kidnapped by a secret society.The rumor is that the society intends to do horrible things to children, even murder them. Lyra is intent on bringing her friend back. Her adventure takes her to the deep North, where she meets many Supernatural and powerful beings, human and non-human. In her course, Lyra learns about bigger threats her world faces and ends up in the middle of it all. How she escapes danger and fights off evil forces is the story of The Golden Compass.

What splendid narration! Philip Pullman has a way with words, it just draws the reader in. I was instantly connected to the story from the first line. The story has a beautiful flow to it; and I wondered how it would be to hear a vocal rendition of this novel, narrated in a deep baritone. Such was the enchanting narrative of the book.

I liked the premise of the book. It’s complicated but it works as a good baseline to build on. A Destiny that Lyra has to fulfill for the saving the world-as-she-knows it, but, and here’s the complicated part, she has to do it without her own knowing. Nobody can help her, and she can’t know that she is the destined savior of the world. As for the story arc, keeping us readers in the dark for more than a hundred pages was a little unfair. Until then the story only wavers about without any ‘purpose’. The direction of the plot isn’t revealed. But not to worry, it picks up fast from there and slowly the big picture is revealed.

Each of the characters were designed so well. Lyra – what a lyrical name. I loved it! Lyra – like the mythical musical instrument lyre. Lyra is a non-fussy, mature, pragmatic child. She is sensitive to others while being equally outgoing and adventure-seeking.Lord Asriel and Mrs.Coulter and Iorek and John Faa…every character was unique.

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The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella : A review


The Undomestic GoddessThe Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 5 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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What a wonderful book!
For those of you who don’t know what the book is, here is the gist – The Undomestic Goddess is about this high-flying big town London based Lawyer, Samantha, who slips into a much laid back job. The changeover is like moving from Violet to Red, literally from one end to the other end of the spectrum.  How Samantha manages this sudden shift is the hilarious content of The Undomestic Goddess.

This novel could top the charts if it were made into a movie. It is easily the material for a Romcom. It is wonderfully thought out, and told with excellence. I did like Sophie Kinsella’s story-telling. It is a tried and tested formula – take up simple theme and story and make it work wonders just by using witty, intelligent story-telling. In this story, we all know how it is going to end, but that didn’t stop me from reading upto the end with frenzied interest. Yep, the momentum was up till the very end. That’s why it would make such a superb movie.

If there is one point I could criticize, it would be the editing. There were huge chunks of prose – could’ve divided that up. That’s about it. I’ve got nothing more to criticize. Continue reading

I too had a Love Story by Ravinder Singh : A review

I Too Had A Love Story..I Too Had A Love Story.. by Ravinder Singh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐
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one word-Rubbish.
I can’t imagine a romance that is sappier. The crappy writing made this worse. I can’t imagine people actually sucking up such an immature author and his scribbling. Sure , I feel pity on his part , but to have lost a loved one is like losing a part of oneself. I didn’t find pathos in any part of the book except the last chapter. If he had intended to keep her death a secret, he did a very bad job of naming his book so.

I personally feel that when one talks about a loved one, one would glorify them and that their account would carry a certain pathos. This expectation is especially more when the survivor is an author(or artist).It was a pathetic ground to describe your ‘life’s love’ in such scarce and erroneous writing.

Ravinder, if you were my friend I would have not sympathized , because you told me of a girl you met online, and within days you tell me she is no more!! Am I to sympathize with a complete stranger ? If you intended to keep it  very personal write a diary. If you want to write a book about your exalted love , then the least you can do is make us also fall in love with her.

Hunted (House of Night #5) by P.C.Cast : A review

Hunted (House of Night, #5)Hunted by P.C. Cast
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
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I could hardly tolerate this book. First of all calling the Raven mockers , bad bir- boys was utter nonsense. Second every female being attracted to the fallen angel was lecherous. The fact that Zoey even discusses the origins of this through her Grandma is disturbing. Finally after making such a big deal about how Zoeg is the one who can eliminate this Kalona immortal , the brandish him with poems of love ?! I mean how did the cynical Aphrodite even agree to this? This book is stupid.

The Best of Roald Dahl –  Perfect bedtime stories for those who relish sleepless nights : A review

The Best of Roald Dahl: Perfect Bedtime Stories for Those Who Relish Sleepless NightsThe Best of Roald Dahl: Perfect Bedtime Stories for Those Who Relish Sleepless Nights by Roald Dahl
My rating: 4 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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This is an anthology that I very much enjoyed in the recent past. I loved Roald Dahl’s story-telling. Every story had a grip and a strong baseline. I enjoyed the crispness in the stories, the slight macabre touch , and the plot twists in the end.
Some stories were funny and lighthearted, others had some gore and left me thinking way into the night. But there wasn’t one that didn’t interest me. Every story was a different kind , there wasn’t any repetitive plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and everyone must give it a read at least once.

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Tempted (House of Night #6) by P.C.Cast : A review

Tempted (House of Night, #6)Tempted by P.C. Cast
My rating: 2 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐
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I liked how the story ends in this completely unexpected cliffhanger. It was a nice change to see Zoey-girl-who-can-move-mountains become almost normal again. I loved the part with Darius and Aphrodite. Rephaim and Stark added reality and groundedness to the story that none of the other ‘nerd-herd’ of Zoey’s could do in the previous five books.
I hope the story moves a little faster in the future books . I can’t deal with the boyfriend drama.

The Giver (The Giver #1) by Lois Lowry : A review

The Giver (The Giver, #1)The Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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I can’t seem to make up my mind about this book. It is not an altogether crazy notion to have an utopian world of ‘Sameness’ ; yet the book gives me a fear of being stripped of all feelings. There are parts that get under your skin , like the Father releasing a new born twin without blinking twice and then there are parts that you wanna just skim through. I would have enjoyed a movie made of this book much better(a one time feeling I hope)

Tea for two and a piece of cake by Preeti Shenoy : A review

Tea for two and a piece of cakeTea for two and a piece of cake by Preeti Shenoy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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The first half of the book droned on like it was never gonna end. The frivolous plain-plump-Nisha with not a drop of self-respect did nothing to me as a protogonist. But this changed in the second half where she showed some sensibility by thinking on her feet. The children in the book were adorable and I felt my heart give a jolt of shock when baby Rohit hurt himself. Preethi Shenoy made the characters lovable towards the end. Happily ever after , eventhough cliched was well penned .

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard : A review

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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It was Scandalous & I love it

This book was better than I expected !! That element of suspense kept me going. And hey! A girlll needs her bestiessss…
I can’t wait to watch the series and read the other books too 🙂 🙂 🙂

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