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Wednesday, 17 May 2017
It Ain't College, It's War! (Book 1 of 'It Ain't' Trilogy) by  Subhodeep Mukherjee

Publication Year- 2017
Publication- Notion Press
Genre- Fiction
Pages- 386
Format- Paperback/Kindle




                                                               Blurb              

What happens when an engineering college fresher: 

• confronts his violent seniors on the first day of ragging? 

• tries to woo a beautiful senior who has a nasty boyfriend? 

• is heart-broken when his past causes his break-up with the girl he loves? 

• goes boozing for the first time? 

• is involved in a bloody inter-hostel rivalry with dire consequences? 

In his debut novel, It Ain't College, It's War! (Book 1 of the It Ain't trilogy), Subhodeep Mukherjee tells the story of Rahul Arora, an outspoken Delhi boy with a devil-may-care attitude that always gets him in trouble. 

Amidst the politically charged atmosphere of his college and his many adventures, Rahul seeks true love, friendship and a job. Will he manage to find balance in his life? Will he make peace with his teachers, classmates, seniors and father and find what he is looking for or will his attitude get the better of him? 

Loosely based on true events and also touching on various social issues, this book explores the meaning of love, friendship and career as seen through the eyes of the narrator and protagonist, Rahul Arora.



                                                               My Review


Listening to engineering college spicy stories is one of my favorite topics maybe because I am very keen to know what actually happens. Does what’s shown in the movies are true? Or really the colleges are haunted? And how can we skip the main tagline attached- ragging. One of my friends mentioned me about this very book and I couldn’t say no to it. I’m really thankful to author for sending me a copy of this book.

It’s Ain’t a College, It’s a war is a story of a boy named Rahul Arora who gets through into a government medical college in New Delhi. Rahul who has set of doldrums roommates and later face encounter with the college hostel head and faced the worst in his first ragging tasks.  Book is actually a story which reflects a pure engineering college story which includes ragging, love, rejection, hating the plot against rival hostlers and much more. Rahul who’s the protagonist has tried to entertains his readers in many way, succeed in few and got monotonous at times.

 Rahul who was one sour eye for everyone in the college but later turn to be favorite of many. I’m many youngsters can relate to Rahul. I like his character building. I really like hostel names which were kept after great scientists and then I really enjoyed part struggled faced by fresher’s to their fresher party where they were treated  nicely. 

Friendship, love, betrayal, college life and war within students all these elements will be found in this book. Characters will entertain you but somewhere they will disappoint you. Plot was interesting but gets boring in some places.  Another drawback of the book was editing flaws. Whereas book title and cover did a great job and goes very well with the story-line.

Overall book is one time read, you can read  it in free time.

I would rate the first installment of the book 3/5 stars, expecting to read the sequel who would be really amazing.


Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava
Les Just Not Be Only Friendz(1) by Vikash Sharma

Publication Year- 2017
Publication- Creative Keeda Publications
Genre- Fiction
Pages- 275
Format- Paperback/Kindle


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                                                                     Blurb              

Les jus not be only friendz (1) is based on relationships and various phases of a graduate student’s life. The novel is set in Noida (NCR) in the time-period of 2009 - 2011. 
The novel tells the story of a young, average performer and simple middle-class guy, who in desperate bid to not join his father's profession of selling mechanical spare parts in a small town, comes to Delhi after graduation to study in a Film school, hoping to make it big and become successful in a short time span. 

Aakash opts to stay with his old school friend Dhiru and his trouble making friends, who were perusing engineering from Noida. Before he could sink with the feel of Delhi NCR, he falls for a girl named Neha and finds him swept away by love and varied emotions. Dhiru does not like the progress in Aakash and Neha's blooming relationship and consistently tries to act as second fiddle.
In order to save his friendship with Dhiru and in seeking Neha’s love, Aakash goes through various troublesome phases, which test him over time and eventually changes him from a shy and simple person to a completely different kind. 

Towards the end, in order to prove his true love to Neha, Aakash accidentally ends up doing something that he had never dreamed of. The incident terribly jeopardizes their relationship. Will they ever get back to each other?

No, It’s not entirely a romantic story of panic stricken Aakash and confusedly demanding Neha,
But,

Yes. It’s an amalgamation of intricate relationships, set in modern times, focusing towards the trials and tribulations of average, but true lovers. It’s an endearing tale of veritable friendship and love in its ever changing colors.


                                                            My Review


Les Just Not Be Only Friendz is a story of a boy named Akash, who's depressed with his graduation results decided to opt Mass Communication in Noida city just in hope that he would not screw his parents money and his own life. He moved to his old school friend place and from there the real story beings. Delhi lifestyles, people and how everyone among his friend circle is carefree and cool with their current state whereas he got to double check himself again and again just to make sure he won't run into troubles this time. Everything was perfect in his life and then Neha walked into light. He fall for her in the first place and secretly planned a future with her. Will things work out? For that you got to the first installment and waits for second.


Book title and cover matches with the plot but somewhere story didn't make up to the level. Book could have been completed within 100 pages or more but it stretched to 276 which makes it monotonous. Narration of the book was even slow and curiosity pushed me to read further to find out where Akash love story would lead. Apart from that few errors like grammatical and editing mistakes could have be rectified. Another part which I dislike was the Hindi conversation used in the books and slags language hidden between 'beep'. 


Author has tried to entertain the readers while opening up his life to everyone and makes me laugh while reading. Pinch of romance added was okay while I don't get along with some characters. 


Overall the book is one time read. 


I would rate 2.5/5 stars. I hope to see improvements in the next installments.


Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

UNNS The Captivation by Sapan Saxena

Published Year-  2017
Publication- Inspire India Publishers
Genre- Fiction/ Romance Thriller
Pages- 244
Format- Paperback/Kindle




                                                             Blurb
"Of course you know about the seven stages of love, but have you ever lived them?"

Atharva Rathod and Meher Qasim. 

Lovebirds since adolescence. Bonded by love, separated by circumstances. They part ways only to meet again. But this time, he is on a secret mission...

Are they in control of their own destiny, or its their destiny which is making them dance to its tunes? Only time would answer, as Atharva and Meher unwillingly and unknowingly transcend the seven stages of love. 

A quintessential tale of love and romance marked beautifully by its own rustic old school charm.

                                                       
                                                            My Review

Few weeks ago I was looking for some good books to read and this very book caught my attention, first because of it’s title and later I loved the book cover and positive feedback from the customers and I would really thanks Bookpiper for sending me a review of copy of the book.

UNNS is a story of Arthrav and Meher who fall in love for each other, everything between them was going good until one unfortunate day and they separated before the school ends.  Was it love or infatuation? Confused with the feelings both moved ahead in lives. Arthrav became a RAW and Meher took up her aunt business. Separated for years from each other, they met in Germany but everything between wasn’t alright. Book starts from a teen romance to thriller ride which will entertain it’s readers.

Book talks about seven stages of love, Hub, Unns, Ishq,  Aqeedat, Ibadat, Junoon and Maut which explains various emotions of human. First the stage of attraction-Hub, stage of infatuation- Unns, stage when people actually fall in love- Ishq,  stage of reverence-  Aqeedat, stage when you worship your lover like a God- Ibadaat, stage of obsession- Junoon and last stage of death- Maut.  The book begins with three season- Basant, Herbst and Winter and reflects all seven stages of love into the three segments.

Book title which itself compel reader to read the book describes the third stage of love that is stage of infatuation and the title justifies the book. Story do rotate around it’s title. Talking about the cover picture, which is again beautiful work delivered by Ajitabha Bose. Two people under an umbrella, facing sea and a blue flower atop which says all.

Book is written in fast paced and readers will enjoy it but somewhere I felt author could have worked more on the few chapters. Book language is readable and easy to understand. Readers won’t be pushed into dictionary. I actually completed book in single sitting only problem I found was few editing errors which hinders my path while reading. Characterization was good and I enjoyed reading Atharav, Dev and Meher part. I enjoyed the school portion and such school stories are really relatable and then I enjoyed the ending chapters which actually tighten my grip and I was restless to know more.

Anyone who enjoys reading romance thriller can go ahead with this book.  Book really proves to be satisfying to you.

Overall I would rate UNNS 3/5 stars. Keep up the good work author. Keen to read more from you.


Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava
Sunday, 14 May 2017
Book Review – DeAttached Shades of Time by Ram Joshi

Published Year-  2017
Publication- Notionpress.com
Genre- Fiction
Pages- 209
Format- Paperback/Kindle



                                                                  Blurb


""Not everyone is meant to walk together, but true love always leads to the path of freedom and timeless bliss." 

Olivia, a traveler blog writer, left shaken when she returned back from her Europe trip. 

Olivia's mother, Meera claimed she lied all these years about the death of Olivia's father, Rahil. 

Dazed with all the new information Meera revealed, Olivia failed to distinguish if it was true or just an illusion of Meera's ill mind - as doctors indicated the possibility that a person with Alzheimer's might have hallucinations. 

To find out the truth was as crucial for Olivia as for Meera's treatment. 

DeAttached - Two tales at the same point in time unfolds the story of a woman who failed in her relations, happiness in marriage that last long, eternal freedom of a man who never did fly out of his cage, and a journey to live a life of purpose."  

                                                             My Review
DeAttached is a heartwarming story of a family, who got separated due to many reasons, first a daughter who travel across the sea and explore the parts of the world and nestled them into her articles, a loving and caring mother who suffered loss of losing her beloved husband and then she lost memory due to Alzheimer and a father, who never got sufficient time to be with them. Does the people from dead returns or remain alive in the pages of a diary. To find more you gotta get a copy of this book. 

Olivia, a travel blogger, who was having everything perfect in her life; a loving mother and a successful blog which makes her appreciate herself but then one day she finds herself in a situation from which she could neither move ahead nor she could accept more. Olivia lost her father when wasn’t born and then fear of losing the only person of her life make her feel more sick. Degrading health of her mother makes her more conscious until her mother handed her two diaries. Baffled and frightened to accept what lies for her in future she went ahead with the tales scribbled on those pages.

Deattached, the title itself suggest something which is not attached or let’s say some strings are still missing to make a perfect story to come alive. The title of the book goes really well with the book and I really do not want to reveal even a single ounce about the story. Coming to the book cover, which is simple yet elegant. Book cover does a lot for the story and it proved to be fruitful for this one also. I can’t find any flaw to reconsider the book cover.

The story is fast paced and once you starts reading you won’t be able to put it down, I myself completed the book in a single sitting and I’m in tears right now. Thrilling and really very beautifully presented book. The language of the book was so far good but there were few editing mistakes and they can be skipped.

I do not know whom to call my favorite character because every character were perfectly characterized and do justify their roles. Characters makes the book a crisp read and would live up to your expectations. Book really won’t confuse you because book will be dealing with past and present. There would be many portions which make readers go hooked to the seat while other would make you go through memory lane of various folds of human emotions.

I would really recommend this book if you want to sit and relax for some time, book is refreshing. I would rate 3.5/5 stars. Keep up the good work Ram Joshi Ji.


Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava
Wednesday, 10 May 2017

 Money Man 21st Century Super Hero by Abhijeet Singh

Published Year- 2017
Publication Year- Notion Press India
Genre- Fiction
Pages- 237
Format- Paperback/Kindle


                                                         Book Synopsis


"I want a helicopter on the roof; will you get that for me?" she said. 

"Which chopper?" the stranger queried without an ounce of doubt. 

Bhavna was on an 'accidental date', with a stranger she just met. She embarked on a journey with this stranger, around the world and to its baffling reality, hidden behind the facade of cosmetic speeches scripted for International Forums. 

Their journey is marred with experiences that leave them with questions like, "Is there any space on this planet where money doesn't have control? What really helps to run this world, Hope or Greed?"


                                                         My Review

Money man 21st century super Hero by Abhijeet Singh is a fiction novel which revolves around a girl named Bhavna and her experiences realizing the hideous truth of this cruel world. Book talks about how money acts like a key to every doorways to see and how it makes everything runs without a single break. Bhavna enters the world of money and untold theories reveals one by one regarding  monetary system. She succeeds accepting the truths or just let it go? For that you got to grab the book and read it.

Before starting detailed review of the book I would love to thanks Goodreads for choosing me as one of their Goodreads Giveaway Winner(I still feel butterflies in my stomach remembering the mail I received form you people).
When the book arrived I couldn’t stop myself admiring the book because the cover was just amazing. After reading the blurb I have had four assumptions:
1.       Being a management student I thought book will be based on various economic tools without which world won’t runs.
2.      Bhavna must be someone who is very precious to the stranger in accomplishing some mission
3.      There may be a love story which will be disclosed at the end of the book.
4.      The book might deals with the world we see in  movies.

But all my assumptions were turned down.

Story begins with when Bhavna went on a blind date with a stranger named Arav and went to exploring the various parts of the world which she has not even imagined. Bhavna who hails from a small town of Uttar Predesh moves to Delhi for her higher studies but fate has already decided something different and unusual for her. Whereas Arav on the other side, a boy which every girl demand’s, a charismatic person who changed Bhanva perception about everything about how the world operates.

When I read the acknowledgement I really thought the book will live up my expectation levels but that did not happen because author could have worked hard in shaping the plot of the story. After few pages I found the plot was very loose and needed much attention rather than an intention of just finishing the book.

Narration of the book was slow but I got confused and hurt with every chapter. First the character building of a small town girl was totally wrong, no girl can be so dumb as it was described  in the book. Like, come on everyone knows what’s the reason behind China market growth in spite of low quality product they deliver. Such things doesn’t need to be mentioned because it is understood. Second, I was very hurt when author mentioned about heinous crime that happened in capital in 2012, author actually changed the year. Whenever you mention any facts don’t dilute the information because it hurts the author. Rest, in the book author talks about various part of the history which every Indian knows and is known to a school going student and the one who is illiterate. I really don’t find the dots drawn to bring the reality closer.

All these things can be skipped when language of the book is beautiful but again the book was not at all edited and full of grammatical errors which again makes me feel worse.

Overall the book is just one time read and I would just give 1/5 star. Author need to work hard very hard.

Reviewed by Aditi srivastava