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Book review – All your perfects by Colleen Hoover

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Blurb:

Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

My review:

When I think about Colleen Hoover’s writing, “intense” is the word that comes to my mind. She’ll take everyday things and give the perfect depth by her raw writing. When comes to romance, Coho is the queen. She makes me believe it. Not the happily ever afters, the reality.
In this book she has written about infertility which many of us don’t understand the devastation it brings, many of us don’t even talk about it.
This book hit me like anything and I still remember the night I finished it. I woke my mom and started telling her about the story, about their love, about Graham at 2AM in the morning. And she’s to console (& convince) me to sleep as I’d to go to office the next day.

And now after 2 months, I listened to the audio book and cried again. It’s just perfect every time I read it.

Graham & Quinn’s love is not the perfect one, it’s messy, beautiful and real.
The book is split into 2 parts – now and then. “Now” is fully focused on the infertility and the marriage that’s breaking day by day. And “then” is the story of their love which has ended in marriage. So one part you’ll see them fall in love and in the next you’ll see the turn of events. It’s really broken me to see their relationship falling apart.

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”
“I’m a grammar snob. It should be your perfections.”
“That’s what makes me like it. The one word they misuse is perfects. Kind of ironic.”

In the start, Quinn is just a next door woman who falls in love, gets cheated on and falls for the right guy. But as the story moves forward, she doesn’t talk the situation out and she’s started losing her side of the thread in their relationship. But she isn’t a coward. Her struggle is really written well.
Graham is my favorite though. He tries to be the perfect companion. He fails too. But the things he say now and then will make you smile and the climax makes you fall for him.

“I love you more in this moment than any moment that has come before it”

And my quote fir Graham would be “I love him more in the last part of the book than all the parts before it”

This story completely shattered me and I found myself picking the pieces and put back together as the story ended. A perfect example of “Love conquers all”.

I’ve loved this book and I will read it again and again to fall in love with Graham & Quinn’s relationship. To all the couples those have sailed through Category 5 hurricane!! ❤ ❤

My rating: 5 perfect stars

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Review : Confessions of a Shopaholic

Title: Confessions of a Shopaholic
Series: Yes.The first in the popular Shopaholic series.

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Humor, Chick-lit, Adult
Published by: Black swan
Pages: 319
Format: Paperback
Place: London, England

Cover love:
I’ve the movie tie in edition of the book which looks lovely.

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Story:
The main character Rebecca (Becky) Bloomwood, a financial journalist, loved to shop anything & everything has a job of telling people how to manage their money but not herself, resulted in debt.
She tried cutting back of the expenditures which didn’t work because of the shopping.
She also tried in making more money but didn’t know where to start.
Her only consolation was to buy herself something . . . just a little something.

Characters:
Becky was clueless about saving & came up with some crazy schemes to make extra money which were funny. Her character was portrayed well and I liked her with the flaws.
I didn’t like Derek Smeath(Bank manager) in the movie but he appeared as a good one in the book.
And Luke Brandon in the movie was amazing than the book. I missed their scenes in the book.

My thoughts:
I watched the movie adaptation 5 years back & totally loved it but I didn’t know about the book then.
When I came to know about the book & Sophie kinsella is the author of it, I wanted to read it.I really didn’t want to compare the movie with the book but the movie was definitely better.(there.. I said it) I accept that it was my mistake to watch the movie before the book. So I was kinda expecting the scenes in the movie to appear in the book which disappointed me a little. The movie was like a fan fiction of the book.
When I think about it now after finishing the book, I liked it and very much enjoyed the story.
If you want to read a super fast and light, then this is the book for you. An enjoyable read!

 

Book review: Letters to my soul(mate) by Nihara Hareesh

This book is simple and beautiful. It brings out emotions of love, hurt and hope. It can bring you pain and simultaneously mend it with happiness. The author depicted love both beautifully and ugly.

The book has been split into two parts.

1) Forbidden letters – This part is so intense and super raw and it engulfed me.

I wake up everyday

Burying my past

Only to go back to bed

To dig everything up again

– The exhausted cycle

2) Forever letters – This part has hope and joy overflowing and I felt happy while reading it.

Meet cute

grand romantic gestures

Pillow talk

Cuddles

Will never be over-rated

– I am old school

I enjoyed the book and the author’s writing style which appears simple but conveys deep meanings.

Book review : Lost and found by Rubina Kochar

Blurb:

Small town girl, Shefali Tiwari had all the ingredients for success in the corporate world – intelligence, talent, attitude and good looks. Except one. Patience. She wanted to get there NOW!
So she stashed her moral values in a drawer and climbed the corporate ladder leaps and bounds. Life was a dream come true until one eventful night. Now, she’s hated by all and doomed to a social and professional death.
But, in the no-moon night of her life, there is a twinkling star, a secret admirer.
Who is this guy?
Why does he stand by her?
Will his faith help her discover a life free from past, a life full of happiness and most importantly, love?

Review:

Every now and then, I come across a cute fiction which leaves me happy and ths time it is “Lost and found” by Rubina.

The story starts with Shefali being drunk and blurts out bad things not only about her best friend Ritu but also about her colleagues and her boss. That’s it, her life takes a bad turn and she’s become a troll all around. But there’s a secret admirer/stalker in place to make her smile when she’s low.

The writing is simple and the characters are adorable. The story itself brimming over with positivism. Shefali’s story teaches us how one should face life even when there is no undo button but still we can do our best, face the problems, accept our faults and move on.

“GET UP, DRESS UP and NEVER GIVE UP.”

How can I not talk about the amazing hero a.k.a stalker. At some point I kinda want one person to be the stalker and was super happy when it was him. And I didn’t expect that back story. It added perfectly.

The author also touches the negative effects of social media and there is a trigger warning of child abuse.
Overall it’s a beautiful and heart warming story.

Rating : 4⭐

Book review : Call Me Al: The Hero’s Ha-Ha Journey by Sheheryar B. Sheikh

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Blurb:

Altamaash the entertainer misstepped on to history s stage to become a politician and created a lifetime s worth of chaos and destruction in Pakistan.

Now exiled to a London mansion, abandoned even by sycophants, Al yearns to relive the glory days of his rise to power. But the old guard has passed, and the colonial hangover in his home country has almost disappeared. Democracy is taking root, and with it is coming a fragile stability to the Third World. In these times, Al s desire for doing his best — what s worst for the rest of us — flows into two acts of massive evil: one double-murder that shakes his own complacent party back to full attention; and a countrywide riot — the biggest the world has ever witnessed.

All this Al orchestrates while perched luxuriously in exile in the UK. Woe to the day when he returns to claim the bloodstained crown. But cometh the hour, cometh the man!

Sheheryar B. Sheikh s new novel is a ripping rollercoaster ride through shenanigans of subcontinental politics that will keep you riveted.

Review:

Altamaash always looks for a chance to return to Pakistan since he has been exiled from his own country nearly two and half decades ago. Now that he can wait no longer, he plans to return as a savior by setting out a countrywide riot.

The story starts with a double murder of George gary Gregory Jaffer(GGGJ), a reporter and Edwin Ned Steinbery(Ned), Al’s bodyguard to be; by Al himself.

The story is told in an unique way where we get to know about Al’s past in GGGJ’s afterlife process, his present life by Al himself and his future in Ned’s afterlife process. So there are 3 PoVs and we get to know their insights. It took me sometime to grasp everything but once you complete the book, you will understand how it’s executed perfectly.

When I started this book, I have no idea that the story would turn this way and explores about afterlife process. I liked the idea and the way the topic is covered in the book.

Al’s life path from being the savior to his fellow immigrants to his exile days in London and his constant need of coming back to his own country is written in a engaging way. Al’s dark humor, want of power, politics, manipulation, revenge plan and execution, everything is perfectly drawn.

This kind of fiction is new to me. So it took time for me to invest into the story. The narration and plot are amazingly done. Read this one if you wanna give a try on a gripping political fiction.

Rating: 4 stars

Book review – Very nice by Marcy Dermansky

Rachel has a crush on Zahid, an author from Pakistan who is also her professor. Before he goes to Pakistan to see his dying granny, he gives his poodle, Princess to Rachel to look after. He has sublet his apartment to a fellow writer’s sister, a black lesbian analyst, Khloe. Before he leaves, he sleeps with Rachel. Becca, Rachel’s recently separated Mom, has already lost her own poodle. After Zahid’s grandmother dies, he leaves Pakistan sooner than expected and started staying with this mom and daughter as he has no place to stay. Zahid wants someone to take care of him. Zahid and Becca started liking each other. Rachel also likes him. The love triangle! .
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Crazy story with crazy characters. Every character is somehow interconnected with each other. I liked how it turned out. .
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The writing is different and the story is told from many perspectives. You get to know the thoughts of all the main characters. There are many story plots with diverse characters. The author also boldly talks about Politics. .
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I have found all the characters somehow thoughtless & selfish. They are frustrating at times. They are flawed and that’s made them real but I didn’t get connected with anyone. Self discovery of some characters made it an okayish read.
If you are into dry comedy and simple yet dramatic writing, you can choose this one.
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3⭐ reading for me.

Book review(A letter to readers) – The Guernsey literary & Potato peel pie society

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From one reader to fellow readers

20th July, 2019

Dear fellow readers,

I’m writing this letter to pursue you all into reading this amazing book. Read further to know why.

1. If you aren’t intrigued by the title of the book(Book club) already, this book captures the readers feeling perfectly and the characters relate around books and literature and the people in the book recommend & gift books to each other.

“That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive – all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.” 

2. This historical fiction written in epistolary format will steal your heart from the very first page. Even though it’s told in letters, the character development is amazingly done.

3. The characters are the best part of the story. You get to meet some quirky, warm-hearted, kind and caring souls.
-Elizabeth is like the needle point of a compass, the story revolves around her. She is brave, caring, extra caring and super caring.
– Our own Juliet Ashton who is so determined and fascinating and is also fun to be around.
-There are many amazing characters, nice Dawsey Adams(I wanted more of him.. He came throughout the movie but not in the book), lively and high spirited Isola, sweetie pie Kit, cute Sidney, wonderful Amelia and many more. Each of them is unique in their own way. You don’t have any other options other than falling in love with them all except 2 people who you’ll know why when you read the book(Read, read, read!!!)

4. This book will make you laugh and cry. It’s the personal touch and you get to meet bits and pieces of people who survived through World War 2. You will feel the pain but it’s not a depressing book. You’ll know how brave the people were and how compassionate they were even in their low points.

5. You will also find it educational like me as you get to know about pieces of history, Nazis and Channel islands.

Warning: It’ll make you want to write letters, to plan for a trip to Guernsey and also to read Charles lamb.

Yours ever,
Sabi

 

Blurb:

“To give them hope she must tell their story”

The war is over. Juliet Ashton is grappling with writer’s block when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – a total stranger living halfway across the Channel, who has come across her name written in a second-hand book.

Juliet begins writing to Dawsey, and in time to everyone in the extraordinary Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The society tell Juliet about life on the island – and the dark years spent under the shadow of German occupation. Drawn into their irresistible world, Juliet sets sail for Guernsey, changing her life – and theirs – forever.

Book review: The good thieves by Katherine Rundell

From time to time, I read a middle grade book and my book choice this time has been “The good thieves”. This is my first book by Katherine Rundell and her writing is absolutely beautiful.Vita’s grandfather, Jack has been cheated by a gang and they have taken his home. Vita seeing his granddad sad and broken, wants to do something to make him happy again. With the help of 3 people, she plans to get his home back.Vita is fierce, brave and strong. Her planning and aiming skills are amazing. She’s determined too. She’s one of the strongest female characters. The gang of friends are unique in their own way. There are 2 guys, Arkady (being kind to birds & animals) & Samuel(gymnastic) and a girl named Silk (lockpicker). I love the way their friendship started and traveled.How can there be no bad guy? There comes Sorrotore. He is a suitable evil-villain candidate. Being the opportunistic sick person, he makes the life of people difficult and also doesn’t give a damn about other people.The author even described about the circus, castle and places in the setting which has added more charm to the story. I love the relationship between the grandfather and the grandkid.The book setting is brilliant and the story is perfectly paced. It holds the suspense element till the end. It’s been a wonderful adventure ride for me. Highly recommended.P.S. One of the prettiest ARCs I’ve seen. It’s so shiny.

Cold-hearted boss by R.S.Grey – book review

R.S. Grey’s next romantic comedy, COLDHEARTED BOSS, is available now – be sure to grab your copy today!

About COLDHEARTED BOSS

I’m desperate and destitute when Lockwood Construction rolls into my small town with an offer too good to pass up: high wages to any able-bodied man willing to join their crew.

Say no more. I throw on baggy clothes, tuck my long hair under a baseball hat, and apply for a job. Unfortunately, my half-baked idea of disguising myself as a guy is flawed from the beginning. As Shakira says, these hips don’t lie.

Still, I like to think I might have pulled the whole thing off save for one thing:

I know my boss.

Last month, we met at a bar, and after a fiery first encounter, it seems we’re destined to be sworn enemies.

Ethan Stone is ruthless and arrogant, a man I never would have crossed had I known how much he likes to toy with his prey.

He should just fire me and be done with it. Instead, he decides to make me his personal slave. Oh right, I think they’re calling it personal “assistant” these days.

It’s torture, all of it—his bad attitude, his ruggedly chiseled face, his desire to grind me into dust.

Every one of our friction-filled battles burns hotter than the last.

A girl can only hold out for so long. Soon, I’m bound to go up in flames.

My objective? Survive the heat long enough to send home a paycheck.

My real objective? Stop having X-rated fantasies about my coldhearted boss.

My review:

When @authorrsgrey releases a book, you are in a treat for sweet romance. Thanks for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

The book will keep you entertained with a (not-so)cold hearted hero, a lively heroine, a beautiful plot and a wonderful chemistry.

❤️Plot❤️

Taylor has a huge financial problem. When she’s drinking in a bar, she sees a handsome man in a suit and ended up making out in a bathroom. In desperate for money, she steals his wallet. She’s quite sure about not seeing him anymore, thinking him as a traveler. Little does she know that Ethan is going to be her boss in the new construction site she’s going to work. He recognizes her even when she has disguised herself as a man. So he hires her in order to punish her for what she’s done.

❤️ Characters ❤️
Taylor’s is a damsel in distress but she doesn’t want to be saved by a prince. She saves herself. She is bold and determined. Sometimes she has acted lame but that comes in a package.
Even though Ethan has appeared as a difficult, coldhearted person, once he has come to know about her more, he has become more swoon-worthy. I liked Ethan’s twin sister Isla very much. She is like a catalyst that’s needed in the story for the angst to end in a sweet way.
Ethan and Taylor don’t have a good start but the attraction is crystal clear. I’ve found the story’s pace getting slow in some parts but it’s a good one overall. This one has angst, work place romance, enemies to lovers trope and a happy ending. Perfect summer reading.

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About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Book review – The beauty of the moment by Tanaz Bhathena

I love when an author gives us dual POV. We get to see(read) the emotions the characters go through. Bathena balanced it well in this story.

Story : 4.5⭐

Susan Thomas is a new girl in a new school in a new country. She moves out from Jeddah to Canada with her Mom. There is something going wrong with her parents’ marriage life and there is zero chance for her to get her parents’ approval to get into an art college instead of becoming an Engineer/Doctor like they want.

Malcolm Wakil has a lot going in his life. He considers his sister, Mahtab to be his only family, after his mom’s death. He hates his dad as he’s left his mom for another woman and also for abusing him in the past. He also has a recent breakup with Afrin. His life hasn’t been good before he meets Susan.

Characters: 5⭐

I really love Susan. She’s an artist, a topper, a good girl who obeys her parents. She is struggling in a new environment with an entirely different culture. She is trying to fit and also tries to maintain a secret relationship with Malcolm.

Malcolm is a tough character who has been once self destructive. Eventhough he appears as a bad boy in the start, his character development is the best. He’s a good potential which he doesn’t use until he meets Susan. You’ll fall in love with him.

I also love Mahtab, Malcolm’s sister and Alisha, Susan’s friend in Saudi. Mahtab is very supportive and takes care of Malcolm eventhough he is the elder one. The distance has somewhat affected Susan and Alisha’s friendship but they have found their way back. Malcolm’s uncle, Mancher is a super funny and much needed character.

When the story started they are just teen characters but as the story evolves, you can see how they become mature.

I adore the romance between them. They both are good for each other, the way they both are connected that makes you root for their HEA.

This book has all the things I love – friends to lovers, diverse characters, second chances, a little forbidden, cute teen love, book-character-references, literature, drawing, relatable characters.

It also gives immigrant’s experience and addresses Syria’s war.

I loved this amazing coming-of-age story. It’s been sometime since I’ve read an adorable YA story and that too by an Indian born author. I’d a great time reading this book. Highly recommend this one.

My rating: 4.5⭐

Book review – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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My review:

Persepolis is the depiction of Marjane Satrapi growing up in Iran and the revolution that’s taken place from time to time. It’s a heartbreaking story and I’ve felt so many emotions throughout the story. It’s a great plus to the story as it’s told through a woman’s perceptive from her childhood till her early adulthood.
Satrapi is such a rebel and I love her ideas and flaws. Hats off to her character potrayal. Her parents are very supportive and also has maintained normalcy even though everything has went downhill in Iran’s regime.
It’s an enlightening story. And I recommend it to everyone.

Blurb:

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

My review: 4 stars

Book review: The Queen of Jasmine country by Sharanya Manivannan

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My review:

I got this book for this beautiful cover. Look at that cover.. It’s gorgeous.. isn’t it?? It’s a hardcover too.

As a child I’ve heard about the story of Andal, her love of God and loved it. Her father is a priest who weaves garland which he’ll offer to God. Andal wears the garland prior without her father’s knowledge. One day he has come to know about this and becomes very angry with her daughter, makes a new one but the god doesn’t take that and asks for the one Andal’s worn before. God accepts true love and as a child i
have been very excited about this.

In this book, the author makes us fall in love with Kodhai(aka Andal) by her poetic writing. The book gives us details about kodhai discovering her parents, the society norms she faces and get to know, overall her life as a girl, teenager and woman before she’s tied knot with the God. Her love for God is written beautifully. The author has given more details about the Paavai nombu, the area of Malli nadu and the different customs during the same period.

This story is the combo of literature and spirituality in the perception of a devotional poetess.
I’d suggest this to people who wants to try fiction with a poetic touch.

Blurb:

Tonight, under this arena of starlight, I take up my stylus and press it by the glow of a clay lantern into dry palmyra leaves. It is on this night that I dedicate myself – to my self, to who I truly am, to what is invincible and without bondage of time, that predates me, that will outlive me.

Ninth century. In Puduvai, a small town in what we now know as Tamil Nadu, young Kodhai is taught to read and to write by her adoptive father, a garland-weaving poet. As she discovers the power of words, she also realizes that the undying longing for a great love that she has been nursing within her – one that does not suppress her desire for freedom – is likely to remain unfulfilled. Then, she hears of a vow that she can undertake that might summon it to her.

In deepest winter, the sixteen-year-old begins praying for a divinely sensual love – not knowing that her words will themselves become prayers, and echo through the centuries to come.

Rich with the echoes of classical poetry, in The Queen of Jasmine Country, Sharanya Manivannan imagines the life of the devotional poet Andal, whose sublime and erotic verses remain beloved and controversial to this day.