Thursday, October 27, 2016

All chennai readers and bloggers are invited

Bestselling author Shatrujeet Nath will lead an interactive session on what makes great fictional characters great. Shatrujeet will deconstruct great characters to explain why they are so striking & memorable. Ideal for both aspiring writers and avid readers. 


The event will happen in Odyssey at Adyar, Chennai. Everything you need to know about the much awaited event can be found by clicking this facebook link

Just follow the above link and click interested if you wish to go to the event but not sure whether you can go to the event because of the timing.  All those who want to go to the event, click going.

If you have read all books written by the author or at least two books or even one book and you currently live in Chennai, then you are the person we are looking for and do you know a deep reader who is not a blogger but just a friend of yours, go ahead and bring them along with you. Do not forget the date of the event. Kindly, note it down in your diary. It is November 2nd, on Wednesday approximately at 7 PM.

Books written by the author in chronological order


About the author

Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Poet of the wrong generation by Lonnie Ostrow

31675691No.of pages : 462
Publisher: Harmony River Press
Publishing date :10th November 2016
Genre: Romance
Book links:  Goodreads Facebook  Amazon
Author links: Goodreads  Website

My review

I have read plenty of foreign books but this novel is the best of them all because of the attachment I had with the characters. They felt very real. Even though to me New York is a country that I haven’t visited yet, through this novel I was able to arm chair travel while reading the book. As this is a 462 pages long book, without my knowledge, I was fully absorbed by the sentiments of the main protagonists.This book came as a breath of fresh air to me. I have read so many novels written by foreign authors, but I was rarely attached to any of the characters displayed in the novel. Poet of the wrong generation is such a unique book that left me flabbergasted in each and every chapter. It was a thrilling experience for me to find out what is going to happen next.

There was never a dull moment in the book. I kept on turning pages and pages. It made me like every chapter of the novel. But the main put off for me was how did both Johny and Megan fell madly in love with each other in the first place. But still I loved the book as the book was very fast moving making me forget this flaw and all. The book is a great entertainer. I haven’t read this kind of novel by a foreign author ever if I have to recall when I was studying my bachelor’s degree, I read one novel by Deborah Smith, but this novel is the best . Hence, I thank author Lonnie Ostrow for generously providing me a copy of this wonderful book for me to review. It was an absolute joy reading this book.

The novel is set in 90’s. It is a betrayal love story. What if your lover one day turned you down. It will hurt you badly if you loved them honestly. This novel is about the source which made Megan Price daughter of New York’s most powerful PR woman to ditch her faithful and loyal partner, Johny and the reasons why she did it..

People who have read this novel before me may dislike Megan’s villainous mom but I didn’t because she wanted to make her daughter’s life much easier. This doesn’t make her villainous at all. She thought the best life she can gift her daughter is by separating her from Johny. I firmly agree with her. As a mother she wanted to give the best to her children. It doesn’t make her bad. Not only mothers, even the fathers are like that. Every parent not only in foreign countries, even in India, parents are like that. Above all, which parent wants their daughter to divorce her husband at a young age and marry multiple partners or be proud of her children living a lonely , melancholy life..All parents wish is that their children to enjoy a blissful married life. Who knew Katherine price's perceived notion will backfire? 

Please do not think it is my hate for Johny that makes me like Katherine Price. He is a nice guy.It is just that he didn’t have a decent job ( he was just a college student) to support Megan in the beginning. This triggered Katherine’s egoistic nature. Thus I enjoyed Johny’s success as a songwriter and singer. If Megan didn’t ditch him he wouldn’t have become a rock star. So thank God for that.

The sudden twists and turns of events in the novel made me sad, angry,  happy and shocking. The ending part was very romantic. I didn’t expect such an ending. Money doesn’t buy happiness is a strong message that the readers will learn via this novel because of this reason, it deserves a place in everyone’s household.  We learn about Johny’s success and failure and everything in the book especially the readers after reading the book may start pitying the celebrities. We learn the true meaning of life through Megan and Johny’s love story. Be prepared to find out spookily accurate meaning of life. 

My rating 5/5

My verdict  

After a long time I am giving a fiction book 5/5 rating so that says it. The highlight of the book is all the poems found in it. So hats off to author Lonnie Ostrow for all the hard work put into publishing this marvelous novel. 

Excerpts from the book

" You trust me, Meg?" Seeing her nod , he pressed on, "Have I ever given reason to doubt me?"-Johny

What do ya mean?I trust you more than anyone. You know that. Why'd you ask?

"If you're asking if men intimidate me, no. Except for my soon-to-be-ex-husband, I get on fine with every guy I've ever known. As long as we mesh musically, I'm cool."-Lauren

"Get up, you spoiled princess!" He moved around her in a raging semi-circle." Quit being damn' useless!"-Gerry

She took a volunteer job working part-time with battered woman. Other people's problems 
were surely easier to solve than her own- Megan

Disclaimer  An advance review copy was provided to me by the publisher and I thank them.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Taken by Laxmi Hariharan

31575143No.of pages :222
Publisher  : Juggernaut
Pubished on : August 192016
Genre : Dystopian, Paranormal fiction
Book links : Goodreads Amazon
Author links : Goodreads Twitter Website

My review

This book took me by surprise. Although I enjoyed reading the first book in Many lives series, 'Feral' failed to impress me in spite of having all the right elements. It was a pleasant read but logic was missing in the novella according to my view or it was too difficult to believe the goodness of the story. But I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book set in a futuristic world call it Utopian after tsunami cleansed the whole world and where many people died leaving only few to survive the attack by tsunami.

I have read and reviewed the 'Many lives of Ruby Iyer' and quite liked it. Though this novel is a part of the many lives series , it’s a standalone novel. Ruby Iyer’s one silly mistake ended up in a massive loss where many people lost their lives not only in the city Bombay but the whole world. Jai has promised his mother on her death bed that he will protect his country and all the survivors of tsunami where even temples are washed out and destroyed. So the novel is set in the near future where hybrids pose a great threat to the humans but enough reasons not given to justify this fact in the book.

Jai is the son of the Mayor Vikram, Ruby Iyer’s husband and in this period only people with high positions have phones. There are refugees settled in the city Bombay now called as Indostan.These refugees are from all over the world. Ariana alias Aria is one of the refugees. She comes from a foreign land. Jai is attracted to her immediately when she came to his house as an unwelcome guest.

She offers herself to him so that her sister and her mother can be saved from the iron hands of the people with bad intentions especially the hybrids. Her mother was raped in place of her and her sister, and therefore she does not trust anyone. She simply goes by what her gut feeling says. She is very daring in nature.

Jai’s mother has given him a sword before she died that belonged to Charles II once(it was the main reason that triggered tsunami), which can kill all the hybrids.As I have read the novella 'Feral' I am not too shocked to know about Jai’s sibling. There arises a situation where Aria has to kill Jai but will she do it because she loves him so much. The love is mutual but they don’t say it.

What I liked in the novel was that Bombay had become more economically powerful nation after tsunami hit the world. I liked what Vishal had said. It gave the city and its survivors a fresh start to a more cleaner and pollution free nation even though the cost of life cannot be replaced. Bombay 2 is ready to be occupied by the refugees but the hybrids have grown large in number and they pose a menace to the world.

I liked all good characters in the book starting from Gilbert, the right hand of Jai. They all speak volumes apart from the main protagonist Jaidon and Ariana. I liked the theory behind the red moon day and Jai harnessing the power of the sword. I liked the ending part and it was quite filmy. If this book was a movie I am sure all teenagers would like it to the core. 

Rating :3.5/5

My verdict 

I read this book in one go. If you like the genre dystopian , this is a must read otherwise never bother to read this book. The initial pages are boring and the second half is much more interesting than the first half. I would recommend this novel to all teenagers.