Faith and the Beloved

Author :   Kochery C. Shibu

Publisher : Amazon

Genre : Thriller

Pages : 185

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Naithy Cherokil is a rich and successful business woman from Mumbai who marries the young and handsome model Tony D’Souza after the death of her husband. Little does she know that the ideal sex slave of her husband is the sleeper cell of a terror outfit. Events in her life take unforeseen turns as the male Mata Hari is activated.
Prem Rollands is a kalari exponent and brilliant student whose world revolves around his brother Arun. Things go awry when the police kills Arun under mysterious circumstances. Prem kills the inspector in retribution and is on the run. He is on the lookout for Alice to find out the dark secrets leading to the killing of his brother. Prem must avenge those who have plotted to kill his brother, even at the cost of his own life.
Eighteen year old Alice Cherokil knows more about computers and mystery games than a girl of her age. Alice’s life falls apart when her mother is hospitalised and in a coma. Alice is playing the ultimate mystery game of her life as the web of secrets surrounding two precious diamonds and her stepfather threaten to destroy her family. Alice overcomes moral dilemma to kill her stepfather and she is on the run. Alice must outwit the underworld and stay ahead of all to save her mother’s life or the guilt of her failure will haunt her forever.
As the lives of Naithy, Prem and Alice cross each other they must retain their faith and protect their beloved ones even at the cost of their own lives.
A saga of love, lust, betrayal, intrigue and revenge.

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“we must see other human beings in our own self, then only there will be no sufferings since you are seeing the lord in every creation”

This is the second book by the author and just like his first book the plot has parallel stories running which gets unified eventually. But I was a bit disappointed in this book.

The story revolves around three people – Naithy, Alice and Prem Rollands who are brought together by fate or maybe a terror group. Each character has his own story of love, betrayal and revenge. The chapters are divided by the number of characters and each one narrated from their point of view.

Naithy was a rich and successful businesswomen who lost her husband in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. She later found love in Tony D’Souza, a handsome model working for her company. But her life turned upside down when she got to know about Tony’s real motive. Will she be able to solve the mystery around Tony?

Alice was Naithy’s daughter who was on the run after killing her stepdad. She was not like other girls of her age but more smart and was outwitting the cops by keeping her identity a secret. Why did she killed her stepfather?

Prem Rollands, a St. Stephen’s genius and a computer geek who was hell bent on taking revenge of his brother Arun’s death. He was on the lookout for Alice to find out the dark secrets leading to the killing of his brother. Will he be able to avenge his brother’s death?

“When your trusted ones betray you, you must learn to turn betrayal in to trust”

The paths of the three characters were entwined to form a thriller story. Will they be able to complete their individual stories?

Overall the plot was interesting with inclusion of people from different regions and origins. Some parts and stories were interesting but the detailing and information was too much boring and unnecessary. I liked how the author was able to describe each and every character so deeply but there were too many characters and so many information which made it a bit boring. There are too many grammatical errors and this book needs to be edited. The writing style of the author is complex but understandable. It was a satisfactory read for me.

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Pandemic 2020

Author : Yash Tiwari

Publisher : Notion Press

Genre : Fiction

Pages : 316

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An impoverished boy in China, a helpless doctor in the U.S., a stranded traveler in Italy, and a blooming journalist in India – Pandemic 2020, World’s First Fictional Novel On The Novel Corona Virus Outbreak, provides a harrowing look at how the pandemic turned the lives of everyone around the world upside down. The story is a globally-interconnecting tale, intriguingly blending majorly affected regions around the world through characters facing the severity of one common pandemic, the Corona Virus outbreak. The story is narrated from four regions following the mishaps and the rife of the contagion in four majorly affected parts of the world and brings an immersive perspective on the atrocities, privation, loss of life, and most significantly, the uncertainty of life and death that the COVID-19 flu brought about.

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“We do not cherish the normality of our lives. The normality to see clearly, to walk unsupported, to breathe without pipes stuck down our throats and lungs to pump oxygen in our system.”

The book follows the journey of different people from different countries and how they dealt with the sudden spreading of coronavirus in their respective countries. The author has written stories of sufferings dealt by the world because of the pandemic caused by Covid-19.

The book contains 4 stories, of 4 different people living in 4 different countries. The first story was of a Journalist from Mumbai, who had a new opportunity to cover all the happenings around the city of Mumbai during the lockdown phase. He taught us the meaning of what real journalism is all about.

The second story was about Huiqing, A kid living in China who was lost when all of a sudden everything around him closed down. He and most of the people weren’t aware of what was going on. Belonging to a small village with meager resources, He and his grandfather had nothing to munch on because there was no way to earn money. Virus did really hit hard on Chinese people too. He taught us the essence of life.

“It made us all realize how very helpless we all were against it. Even though we had the skills as medics to save lives. Even if we had some resources…”

The third story was of a doctor named Alana, residing in New York City. Her story began when Coronavirus was new to US. She worked in a small hospital and according to her, she was prepared for the deadly virus. But when Covid-19 hit them hard, the hospitals ran out of resources and patients were piling over. Even the doctors weren’t spared from the virus. Doctors, our real warriors were the most affected. She taught us how important is safety.

The fourth story was of Terrell, a stranded traveler trapped in Italy with his pregnant girlfriend. Stuck in a hotel, he tried to go back to his country but due to the virus spreading in Italy too quick, he never had a chance to leave the city of Milan. He faced some tough times with her wife being pregnant and no food or money with them. The virus made him suffer too. He taught us that even during tough times one has to stay strong for their loved ones.

I loved reading this book. The story felt so real and it may have happened with a lot many people but the characters were just a representation of the different situations one faced during the pandemic. The characters were very well portrayed and this book sort of got me emotional too. The language used by the author is simple and understandable. The narration is smooth and the book is well paced.

Recommended to readers who wish to read about the different stories happening in this pandemic.

“It is not just the body that we leave behind when we die. It is also the love that we have within, that we leave behind. We leave this love in the creatures, in the people around us.’”

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If We Ever Meet

Author : Mohit Kumar

Publisher : Amazon

Genre : Romance

Pages : 149

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Once in a lifetime journey, we all meet someone with whom we share and cherish some of the most ecstatic moments of love and camaraderie together.

This is a heartfelt yet delightful tale of an eleventh-grade Bihari boy, his charming crush and his mischievous friends. Do read to find out how from being an introvert, he developed a tremendous sense of camaraderie, how his infatuation coloured his life’s last two years of schooling and gave him a new lease of life and how the destiny entangled his life at the end to teach him the most unforgettable yet valuable lesson of life. 

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Every Romance story has a guy and a girl falling in love and then conquering every obstacle in their journey to eventually marry each other. But the climax of this book will leave you shocked.

The story follows the journey of Mohit, a Bihari boy who was an introvert and a nerd. But when he entered 11th grade, his life changed for good. He met new people, and eventually made a lot of loyal friends. His life turned upside down when he developed a crush on Ashli. His friends encouraged him to talk to her and he after collecting all his courage walked to her. That was just the beginning of their love story. The story further explores the relationship of Mohit & Ashli and how cute they were as a couple.

Will they be together forever?

The story is not a unique one and a bit too cheesy for me. Though it did make me nostalgic and I was carried back to my old school days. The part that held me to read till the end was the climax. It was not at all expected. The characters were well developed. In my opinion, the author portrayed school love a bit exaggeratedly . I liked the concept of quick facts and adding some hindi lines to give a more realistic feel, but it may act as a hindrance to non hindi speaking people. The language used by the author is easy and understandable . The narration was slow and I found the story to be a bit dragged at some points. The book is a short and a quick read and would not bore you.

Recommended for all the romance lovers who love cheesy romance.

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Curse of Suspicion

Author : Sujay Kantawala

Publisher : Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd

Genre : Murder Mystery , Fiction

Pages : 203

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Duryodhan, a middle aged lawyer, suspects his wife of cheating and wants to kill her. So he employs a snake handler to place a venomous snake in his wife’s bed. But the cops arrest his teenaged son who can speak with snakes. Will the son carry the blame for his father’s crime or go scot free?

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The book follows the journey of Duryodhan, a renowned lawyer who had a good name in the society. But not everyone who appears to be good from outside is good from inside. He had his own flaws and often suspected of his wife of having an affair. When it was revealed to him that his son Satyajeet wasn’t really his one as the DNA didn’t matched, he decided on killing his wife.

The story further follows how Duryodhan plans to kill his wife and how his relationship with his son cracks up.

I found the story not too intriguing. The element of fantasy ( the son was able to talk to the snakes ) was a bit out of context. The plot wasn’t developed properly and the climax was flat. The language is easy & understandable. The narration is a bit too slow & boring at some parts.

This book is good for the beginners who want to experiment with this genre

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Reflection Of A Soul

Author : Amrita Sinha 

Publisher : Raindrops Publisher

Genre : Poetry

Pages : 105

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The words are mean’t to ignite your inner most feeling. It is a poetry book with number of 99 poems about life,love,hope and the truth of universe, where a soul reflects those all in a beautiful way.. 

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This book is a collection of 99 poems focusing on the spiritual side of a soul and how it connects itself with the universe and God. The poems reflects the inner thoughts and conflicts of a soul and how it’s connecting with God to get itself at peace. The poems will help the reader connect with himself/herself on spiritual level and help them motivate them if feeling low during the quarantine period.

” You are a tale, beautifully written by god.”

The poetess makes us believe in god and it’s existence. Letting us know how important one’s life is and how to make good of it. Though I found the poems good but they were a bit repetitive and some were lacking poetry element. some had grammar issues. But the poems will definitely help you feel calm and cope up from this difficult phase . The poems are short and with easy language.

It’s good for beginners!

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Ghost Hunters: Bones in the Wall

Author : Susan McCauley

Publisher : Celtic Sea Publishing

Genre : Horror

Pages : 240

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Twelve-year-old Alex may have lost his ability to play sports, but he gained the ability to see ghosts. Now he must figure out how to put a malevolent spirit to rest — or die trying.

Once an athlete and popular kid, Alex is in a terrible car accident that severely injures his hip and leaves him with a rare power: he can hear and see ghosts. All Alex wants is to be normal. But when a vicious spirit beings haunting him, Alex must accept his unwanted psychic powers and work with his best friend and his paranormal investigator cousin to solve the mystery of bones in the wall and put the ghosts in the house to rest. If he fails, he’ll lose his family and friends to a gruesome fate. 

Ghost Hunters: Bones in the Wall is the first novel in the heart-pounding Ghost Hunters middle-grade horror series.

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To be honest this was my first horror read and I absolutely loved it. And now I’m eager to read more of her works.

The story revolves around Alex, a 12 year old who lived in the a city where living among ghosts was a normal thing. He was a champion in playing ghostball for his school team until he had a car accident, which changed his life forever. After the accident he suffered severe hip injuries but gained a rare power of seeing & hearing ghosts. Not believing in his new ability , he tried to ignore them. But after a malevolent ghost tried to hurt him, he had to accept his psychic powers. In order to get himself rid of the evil spirit, he with the help of his best friend, his cousin and his paranormal investigator Aunt went on the eerie path of solving the mystery behind the bones in the walls.

Will he be able to free the evil spirit?

” No matter what you’ve done or what you fear, spirit your place to stay is no longer here. Your life & time is now complete.Move into the light that shines before you, then in time you’ll be cleansed.”

I loved reading this book. Some of the parts were scary and gave me chills but the humour element was what I adored the most. The setup was amazing and I loved how the author explained all the symbols & words she used which pertains to the ghostly world. The characters were well developed and my favourite was Alex’s best friend- Jason. He is the person everyone needs as a friend in life. The book is well paced and the narration is good too. The language is easy and understandable.

Definitely Recommended!

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Mangoes in the Rain: No one can take away your Imaginations

Author : Chinaemelum Menakaya

Publisher : Amazon

Genre : Non Fiction

Pages : 108

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In 2002, fifteen-year-old Chinaemelum leaves America, to go to Nigeria for summer break. Months later, she fights for her life against malaria. Summer is over and her father refuses to give her back her passport to return to America with her mother. She is kept in Nigeria against her will, he puts her in a all girls boarding school, where she struggles to adapt to life, in a 3rd world country. Two and a half years later, she and her siblings escape out of their fathers house to the American Embassy in Lagos for hopes of leaving Nigeria. She is adamant about expressing her trauma of abandonment, abuse, and her survival mechanism then and now. Out of this tragedy, she’s able to overcome and be of a success today.
She voices the portrayals of her childhood and teen years growing up Nigerian American in America to Nigerian parents.
Raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, by a Christian Pastor and wife, life is portrayed in public as a God fearing couple, but behind close doors chinaemelum witness her father often beating her mother. He eventually begins to abuse Chinaemelum, by calling her a hoar and a prostitute at age 13. Chinaemelum had high hopes when she heard she was going to Nigeria for the summer. She had no idea the gravity of the horrific adventure about to take place.
Chinaemelum has been writing for more than 12 years. She is the author of her first book called “Mangoes in the Rain”.

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I don’t know where to start from. I’m devastated, shook and disgusted after reading the author’s life story.

” Unhealthy people cause pain in your life regardless of who they are, you have the power to decide who you surround yourself with.”

The book follows the journey of Chinaemelum-the author and how she dealt with the tortures her life gave her. Beginning from her childhood she was being treated badly by her parents. Her father was strict and used to beat her for every thing he didn’t like about her. Her father was a two faced man- he was a kind person for the society but for his own family he was a devil in disguise. But China used to feel secure in America because of 911 but when her father took his family to Nigeria, their lives changed for the worst. China & her siblings were trapped in Nigeria but after a few years they were able to escape the cruelty of their father. And now she’s an author and have come out strong after all the abuse she had faced. I’m so proud of her.

” Children are to be loved, supported and told to dream big. Anyone who is in pain from past and/or current abuse- understand that you are loved. We all all in this together.”

The story is a short read but you definitely need some time to digest the heart wrenching journey of China. I’m really so proud of her for coming out and speaking for herself and educating people about the abuse. I related her on her first flight experiences and felt how uncomfortable she was feeling all this while. The title was so apt since the author found solace in eating mangoes while staying in Nigeria. I was triggered at some of the chapters, they made me cringe to all the abuse. Overall It’s a must read because I believe it took China a lot of courage to come out and speak of this on a public platform.

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Ignited Emotions

Author : Devanshi Sanghani 

Publisher : Amazon

Genre : Poetry

Pages : 62

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This book is a compilation of quotes and poetry which I have written over the years. This book is a journey of heartbreak from people leaving but also is a journey where we find ourselves in difficulty to pursue what we truly want to achieve. It is about accepting who you truly are, accepting life in it’s best form and accepting the struggles that will take you to a better place.
The words are mean’t to ignite your inner most feelings. 

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This book is a very short read focusing on the emotions of love, betrayal and heartbreak. The book is illustrated and the author is trying to show the emotion and feeling of love & separation in form of pictures. The idea of the book is no way to define what emotions are but to illustrate the feeling of being in love or having a heartbreak, as an experience, what it is like, to be in it, to be around it or without it. Each page tells a different story and meaning related to love. Each one is independent and reflect s pain. ‘Ignited Emotions’ is an attempt to understand the emotions, with it’s nuances and complexities, from a single perspective since there could be so many ways to look at it. The poetry beautifully reflects how important it is to love ourselves and move on with life. Overall I liked the new concept of  portraying the emotion of love through illustrations and I absolutely adored the pictures.

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The Story Begins At The End

Author : Sujay

Publisher : StoryMirror

Genre : Short Stories

Pages : 156

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The Story Begins At The End by Sujay, is a collection of short love stories. All stories are packed with varied set of emotions across intrigue, drama, humor, heartache, charm and delight; and all stories written to guarantee an escape into a world of love, loss, hope and longing. A nice read in these gloomy times of a lockdown.

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I have always loved reading short stories and I picked this up because I had heard a lot about this book. It did met my expectations and was a good read.

It is a collection of 16 short stories brimming with emotions. Each story depicts Love but in a different way- from childhood love to sacrifice, from passionate to innocent love. The stories are warm and refreshing and keeps you hooked till the end. Some stories will leave you with a heartache and some with solace. I loved how the author has intricated his words into a beautiful story. My favourite story was – The final leap of faith. Absolutely loved the story of two women and how they coped up with their lives after their biggest lose.

The author has given detailed account of everything in the stories making it more interesting. A few details were unnecessary though. The title is very apt to the stories.The emotions of characters are so very well portrayed, that nothing felt unreal. The writing style kept me hooked. The language used by the author is easy and understandable . The narration is smooth and the book is well paced.

Definitely recommended to all the short stories lovers.

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Erika: A Thriller

Author : Mansi Narula Kashyap

Publisher : Let Us Write Publishing

Genre : Thriller

Pages : 84

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The driver’s voice became muffled after I saw the lady from my window. She looked exactly like me; a mirror image. I shook my head. “Jesus!”

After her parents died in a tragic car crash, Erika moves to London from Dublin to get rid of the bad memories, her frantic nightmares, and
disturbing hallucinations. In time, her life settles into a new routine with Lara, with whom she shares an apartment. They become the best of friends, enjoying London and meeting new people. Life is good.

A few months later, Erika meets Ethan who is suave, professional and
dependable. A whirlwind romance follows and within a week they are
married. Soon, Erika starts noticing some unusual incidents; the
mysterious girl Maya, some cryptic books about secret societies and even
a murder.

Will she be able to figure out these new mystical events in her life or will they overwhelm her, making her go insane? 

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The book was all over the Bookstagram and I really wanted to give it a try. Had high expectations after reading people’s reviews but after reading it myself I do find it to be incomplete a bit.

‘There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.’

The story is about Erika and her life which is not so happening. She has lost her parents during her childhood and was stuck with her toxic boyfriend Jimmy. But there was one good thing about her life- her best friend Lara. Lara helps Erika find the love of her life – Ethan. They both get married and start living happily until she discovers mysterious things about Lara and Ethan.

‘Sometimes we have to lose a lot, to be able to win in love and you never know this win was just the one you have been looking for, all your life!’

What were they both hiding? Was something more to them that Erika didn’t knew about?

I enjoyed reading this short & simple read until I stumbled upon the end. The end seemed incomplete to me and I had to read 2-3 times to understand the ending. The story is well paced and will definitely keep you hooked till the very last page. Though the ending seemed a bit vague but the story line was good. The language is easy & understandable.

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