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Wednesday, 22 August 2018


                 NOT WORTH LIVNG FOR BY SHREYAN LAHA


Published Year- 2018
Published by- Half Baked Beans Publishing
Pages- 128
Genre- Fiction
Format- Paperback/Kindle



Synopsis

Ishita Singh, a student of an esteemed college in Mumbai was living a normal life along with her group of friends, a caring senior and scarily enough, a creep who stalked her.

Shweta wakes up in an unknown planet with an advanced civilisation and sets out with Alexander Ishutin, a former spy of the RSV to discover about the far future.

Underlying the lives of these two girls in different worlds, there lies a dark secret. Will they ever come across this dark secret or will it be so chilling that it won't be worth living for? Prepare yourselves for a psyched, dystopian adventure. Not for the faint hearted.


My Review


Not Worth Living For is novel which is set in two different universe, first the earth and other in Isthenope. Isthenope is a place far away from the earth, a place which technologically so advance and upgraded, the atmosphere is so different from the earth that migrants from the earth have to take special kind of herbs which help them survive.

We follow two parallel stories here, one life on Isthenope and other mischievous happenings/ assault on the earth. Having being already a big fan of fantasy genre the book didn’t disappoints me either. It was enthralling and full of hidden layers of truth and mystery.

Story begins with how Shweta find herself on an alienated land of Isthenope and really have no idea about how and why she was brought up. Sooner for her everything starts making sense and she started liking her new habitat but she was overwhelmed with various emotions when she thinks of the earth.  On contrary, a different story runs on the Earth, students getting knocked down by some strange sickness and sleep but as soon as they gain consciousness another line of crime build up.

The plot has various twists and turns and they would leave readers flabbergasted whereas for me the most amazing thing to read about was the life at Isthenope, their culture, their natural habitat and the sky of the region.

Talking about the book title and the cover that at the first place they do become a reason to read this book. Storyline was decent and minimum grammatical/editing errors makes it more smooth the book and its pace. I would like to recommend it to any fiction/fantasy lover to pick this book.

Rating-🌟🌟🌟🌟


Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava


                                Heart Quake by Ishita Deshmukh 


Published Year- 2018
Published by- LiFi Publications Pvt. Ltd.
Pages- 255
Genre- Fiction/Romance
Format- Paperback/Kindle




                                                                Synopsis
Bhuj. Circa, 2001.


 A city wrecked by a massive earthquake. They met after ten long years.


 Their hearts wrecked by the promise of togetherness that could never be. 

As love tries to bloom again in the unlikeliest of places, intrigue sets in. Fleeting shadows… Hidden eyes… Mysterious deaths. 

What will happen when the tremors of love collide? 

Will he make it to the epicentre of love? Will her heart quake? 

Only Heart Quake will tell…

                                                                My Review

Heart Quake is a debutant work by Ishita Deshmukh and she has done the tremendous job as a newbie author. The story is sets in the year 2001 when the massive and disastrous earthquake has drifted the city into the two parts and has changed the geography of the region.  

Sonal Patel, our protagonist is a medical intern who have come to the city for two reasons one to find her friend, who is somewhere between these miseries and second being a doctor it’s her duty to come forward with a helping hand. Always serving at decent hospitals this destruction was way more devastated and heart wrecking, howling’s from the survivor family, pool of blood and dead bodies around were all new for her but there was something which she was not aware of her meeting her lost love.

The best part about the book was the way author has described the causalities caused due to earthquake and how it has affected the lives of people of both survivor and those who have left their body. Reading those parts were so credibly written that I almost felt that I am witnessing right in front of me. Author has successfully weaves about the plight at the health centers at the Bhuj and how the team of doctors across the country has come to help the needy.  

But later a parallel story run where Sonal get to meet her past and it started effecting her life and sooner the things changed.

The story was fast paced and engaging and can be completed within two sittings. There was minor editing errors in book but can be skipped. The title and the cover was catchy. Overall the book is a good read.

Rating-🌟🌟🌟🌟

Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava


                             THE BLUE MOON DAY BY SANTHOSH SIVARAJ


Published Year- 2018
Published by- Invincible Publishers
Pages- 213
Genre- Fiction
Format- Paperback/Kindle


                                                          

                                                           Synopsis

Things were never the same for five ordinary individuals who got struck at cross roads and there was no way they can run back. They had no other choice but to take a plunge into their deepest fear and leave the rest to destiny. Their characters was tested out of their comfort zone and it witnessed abstruse results; a PhD scholar fights to win a pizza making contest and a tennis prodigy running for his life in a war torn, bloodied Island. Extreme circumstances and their consequences made these ordinary individuals extraordinary . Was the test imposed on them by someone? Or did they invite it on themselves. The Blue Moon Day is that Once in a Blue Moon day story which questions an individual's priorities, ridicules the worldly routines and finally redefines happiness.

                                                          My Review


The Blue Moon Day by Santhosh Shivraj is a collection for short stories which will leave you enthralled and amazed, the stories will not only connect you but will give you so many beautiful lessons for life. When I picked the book I didn’t realize it’s a collection of short stories but soon made paced with the few pages I realized how amazing this has been turned out to me. As the name suggest “something happened on a rare occasions “thus book is set into five different stories set in different era of life and phases. Each story will give you a ride into their life and you will be compelled to read further.   

Beginning with the first story(which happened to be my most favorite story of the book), we follow a lad who is very studious and have achieved every heights in academics but then somewhere he felt that he is not able to cope with his life and felt that he has lost his essence in the corporate world. But, then he meets his savior, and that fellow helped him to pass through the difficult situations and he was able to learn so much for him. Someone has rightly said that old persons are and will be more experienced than us and the vale and their life experience will surly guide us on the path of darkness.
Similarly we follow other stories as well and all stories are so connected with someone’s life and will give you another lesson and how any rare occasions turn out to be the most strange and futile for someone. Author has successfully pulled various lives together and put them down beautifully in the book. 

Coming to the title of the book is really apt I could not think of any other title. The cover was so fascinating and soothing that you just cannot yourself reading the book. Besides the interior design of the book is really very creative. It adds more value to the book. The stories in spite being lengthy but then they happen to be the indulging and gripping.

At last I would like to thank author for sending me a copy of this book and trust me the book didn’t disappoints me.

Rating:🌟🌟🌟🌟

Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava



                                       Kalki by Kevin Missal


Published Year- 2018
Published by- Fingerprints
Pages- 463
Genre- Mythological Fiction
Format- Paperback/Kindle




                                                          Synopsis

Born in the quiet village of Shambala, Kalki Hari, son of Vishnuyath and Sumati, has no idea about his heritage until he is pitted against tragedies and battles.

Whisked into the province of Keekatpur, which is under the fist of Lord Kali, Kalki sees the ignominy of death trumping life all around him. He learns that he has been born to cleanse the world he lives in, for which he must journey to the North and learn the ways of Lord Vishnu’s Avatar; from an immortal who wields an axe.

But trapped in the midst of betrayals, political intrigue and forces that seek to decimate him, will he be able to follow his destiny before the Kaliyug begins?


                                                          My Review


Before penning down this review  I have a guilty confession to make and that is it took two weeks to finish reading book but took months to share with you all my views with you. Less than a week was left for my exams when this book arrived at my door and for me it was the most euphoric moment to read it and I finished it somewhere between the exams. And I really loved it. I have been following author since he first wrote his book “Yama” and I just can’t find myself reading his books published after them.

Kevin has notch in mythological fantasy and drama that he create something out of the box every time. He highlights some of rare mythological characters and presents them so beautifully that they leave impact on its readers. The same case is with me also, look it took so long for me to share my views on Kakli.

It is belived that every human life moves from kaal charkara  and this chakara consists of four yugs. In every yug a lord is born to vanish the wrongdoers and helped the humanity sail to different yugs. With every passing yug the world gets polluted more so does the lord appeared. So considering the yugas, we are on the last phase of kaal charkra which is Kalyug. This yug is misery driven and when the world is on verge of brinking Lord Kalki is born and we will punish the evil. Here in book also we follow Lord Kalki but from a whole new perspective.

Kalki who is an ordinary boy who is no naΓ―ve that he in unknown to his hidden abilities of performing extraordinary. A boy who when born believe to be a farmer’s son and never ponder about his existence and why he was born. He is loved child not only of his parents but his brother loved and his childhood friend they too loved him like anything. On a stranger encounter with mysterious hidden chaos and crime in his state he walked to find the truth and eventually end up losing many loved one and discovering his inner powers and intellect.

Book talk about so many clans which were present in ancient time and how they were at loggerhead with each other in order to attain optimum powers, soma. The book has so many action packed fights and strategies that will make its reader hook till the end. Story is fast paced and indeed gripping. The cover is so magnificent and stunning. Author has perfectly blended so much hard work in this that it really makes it worth reading for.

I would not recommend it particularly but to everyone. Truly an amazing read.

Rating-🌟🌟🌟🌟

Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava


                           The Store of Stories by Asim Jafferi


Published Year- 2017
Published by- Notionpress
Pages- 65
Genre- Fiction/Short Stories
Format- Paperback/Kindle





                                                              Synopsis

“A Collection of 5 Engaging Short Stories” 

Alok falls for Alka as she opens her heart to him, they are in deep love but her mother is strictly against the affair….Alka finds herself torn between family and love…will Alok stand by her? Will they ever get married? 

Ameen wants to break free from tradition. He longs to live a life in the fast lane but meets a fatal accident….will he ever be able to fulfill his dreams…can he dodge death? 

Dipu runs across the lanes of Kanpur selling readymade tea….an unusual day changes his purpose of life forever….he becomes a savior….the media calls him a Superhero! 

The little Keto lives in a fascinating land like no other, he is amazed by a daily phenomenon that no one is able to explain…what is this place?…or is it any place at all? 

Identical twins Jim and Tim were living a life full of joy. A sudden misadventure turns their fate around and causes their father to disown them…


                                                             My Review


The Store of Stories as the name suggests is a collection of short stories in which author has successfully pulled various human emotions in the book. The book has a total of 5 short stories, which are so gripping and intense that you will finish it within half an hour. The five stories are more like a call to humanity, love and feelings that one nestled deep in our hearts.

Starting with the first story of the book, “The Local Superhero” we follow a boy who is struck with poverty and find his days hard to meet the daily bread. The little boy once encounter an incident and learned what courage his and this triggered so deep in him and he ended up being a savior. A heartwarming tale of poverty and bravery.

Whereas story like “The Quarter’s Review”, is a story which is extremely emotionally driven and gives us the most valuable lessons in life i.e. always value what others has done for you especially what your parents have done throughout their life just to secure and makes your life easier.
Story like “Alok and Alka”, they helped us teaching us that love is beyond all and if love finds you, it will find its way to stay with you no matter from where you come from.  These three stories were really amazing and I felt so content after reading them, they have actually hit my favorite story category.

If you are looking for something to read- short, then you much pick this book or if you are short story lovers or loves to recite fables to someone then this is the right book. Overall the book was decent read, the cover was catchy and editing fine and would not hinder reading pace but somewhere I felt title could have been worked in a better way.

Rating-🌟🌟🌟🌟

Reviewed by Aditi Srivastava