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~Book Blitz~  Scepters of Empyrea A Journey to the Andromeda Galaxy by Vignesh Ravichandran 
About the Book: Empyrea, an island in the Andromeda galaxy belonging to planet Vathura is serene. Everywhere your eyes turn, you will feast on the lovely birds singing their heart out in the lush green vegetation. Osiris Mysterio ruled the regions of Empyrea with his brother Tyrant Seth and with their children Pitheceus Babi, Kraity Wadjet, and Horus Mysterio.

5000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians were the only humans to receive the invitation to enter Empyrea. They gladly on-boarded into a Pegasus chariot and took their journey to Empyrea. Their journey is indescribable. Empyrea by itself was like a fairy-tale garden, an ocean of flowers and exotic trees.
As the Egyptians went further inside Empyrea, they saw its netherworld. They had mixed feelings when they saw the triangle shaped tombs and the bizarre headhunting people. Empyrea also had the blood-curdling creatures like the deadly dinosaurs, gi…
~ Book Blitz ~ Physical by Mari.Reiza Women's Psychological Fiction
About the Book:

A feminist read that won’t disappoint. 

In a small town in Italy, Kiki feels worthless and angry when her longtime partner finds a new cool girl to ride on another decade of easy existence. Meanwhile in London, F├ítima, the wife of Kiki’s best friend, is losing her selfhood after giving birth to twins and being made redundant. Both heroines are determined to rebuild the passion and impunity of their youth, vitalizing desires that will bring them to risk everything.

Book Links:
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Read an Excerpt:

‘I have some news,’ I try to smile.
I see his mood changes immediately. The wrinkles in his face swap direction, they become menacing. I have the unpleasant impression that he has been through this before.
‘I’m pregnant.’
Eventually, Beppe says the news is surprising. The next thing he says is that he has no money but that he’s okay to be the dad, ‘if your parents can take the pressure financially’…

Review: Ghost on the Ledge

Ghost on the Ledge by Krishnamoorthi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Nothing in this world can torment you as much as your own thoughts.”

Anupama is a 12 year old girl who lives in a group housing society with here family. She starts to see things in her balcony. A albino like ghost comes to her balcony. Her parents think she has epilepsy and started to have hallucinations. She is referred to doctors and psychiatrist who find nothing wrong with her. Her Mausi also had similar problems. Is she having psychological issues or something more sinister at work here?

The book is a teenage investigation story. this is told in a plain straightforward way. The story of her mother and Mausi is over hyped and nothing much is there. Similar is the case of final solution of the ghost issue. Too simplistic and plain book.

3/ 5 stars.

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Review: Fear Is the Key

Fear Is the Key by Juggi Bhasin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Sometimes the worst place you can be at is in your own head.”

Rahul and Suhail are IIT buddies. They start YUMMIMAGE which is a media company. They use every dirty trick in the book to become successful. Simone is there colleague and Rahul’s girlfriend. She has a tiff with Suhail. Rahul keeps a party at his home to cool the matters. Simone goes missing in the party and Rahul starts hallucinating.

The story started well and give a peek into to world of TRP hungry media. There are many steamy sex scenes throughout the book. Then it told about trolls also. But after Simone goes missing it loses direction and wanders aimlessly. I find the book very boring and stretched. So many useless characters were introduced without any rhyme and reason. By climax I lost all interest and it was neither surprising nor ingenious. It was a very long boring psychological thriller. There was no thrill at all.

2/ 5 stars just because of some …

Review: Remember Death: An Arjun Arora Mystery

Remember Death: An Arjun Arora Mystery by Ankush Saikia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never trust a man who doesn't drink.

Winston Churchill

I like an old style thriller cum murder mystery. A private eye is an time tetesed hero for this kind of novel.

Arjun Arora is an ex Indian Army office turned private eye. His personal life is in doldrums but he is good at his job. Vikas, a mysterious man comes to him with a case for which he has to come to Mumbai. He goes there and meets Vishwanath who gives him twice his fee to trace a girl Agnes Pereira who is a murder suspect. What happens next?

The book takes you to different parts of India: Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Himachal, Lucknow .. the journey is defined in details and the suspense is uncovered slowly. He has vey few clues to work on: a photos and pair of earrings.

The story spans a long time from British India to modern period. It covers Bollywood, politics, cricket betting, fake swamis, tawaifs and much more. The descriptions are viv…

Review: Ganga: The Constant Goddess

Ganga: The Constant Goddess by Anuja Chandramouli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.”
― Plato, The Symposium

This quote is obviously an allegory which is about how man and woman are incomplete without each other. Or how humans are incomplete no matter what we do? Mythology is an interesting way to know not only about our past but also about our present and future. Anuja always does a great job in mythology with her sharp new insights and impeccable language. “Ganga the constant Goddess” is another one of these.

Ganga and Parvati both daughters of Mena and Himvan are unlike each other. Where Parvati just wants to get married to Shiva, Ganga can not be domesticated. She is a wild force of nature which cannot be still or be tamed. There is rivalr…

Review: The Retreat

The Retreat by mari reiza
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Money is a necessary evil,” Marie’s mother would say, “and to earn much, unfortunately, one has to devote an excessive amount of time to it, more than reasonable.

These words struck a chord with me. How true is that? Money is necessary but its pursuit takes away a lot from us. Mari Reiza’s Retreat is story of Marie (Mari??? Or I am just wondering).

Marie is a young girl who is feeling suffocated by all the rules by her family and society. She wants to break free, but will she?

The struggles of Marie will feel familiar to every girl. This is a story of grit and determination. The book is a bit long and could have be edited tightly.

3/5 stars.

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Review: Opera

Opera by mari reiza
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Death is a certainty. Our death is as inevitable as our birth but that doesn’t matter. Real thing is how we live before dying. Mari Reiza’s Opera is tribute to the triumph of human spirit.

Ivanka is a rich lady who is dying, then she received a letter. This introduces her to Maria and they start work on opera again. Will she be able to live again before dying?

The story is moving and inspiring. The way Ivanka fight with her illness is gratifying and a lesson for all who are defeated by life. The story becomes somewhat boring and stretched at places and you need patience to finish.

3/5 stars.

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Review: Crime Patrol: The Most Thrilling Stories

Crime Patrol: The Most Thrilling Stories by Annup Sonii and Oswald Pereira
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Criminals should be punished, not fed pastries.”
― Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

Crime never pays. Or does it? This is most intriguing and gruesome aspect of humanity. Why does people turn to crime? Is it greed, poverty, lust, laziness, sloth or pure evil? This book tries to throw light on these through some real-life crime stories.

Anup Soni is a veteran actor and host of popular serial “Crime Patrol” on Sony network. Oswald Pereira is a seasoned journalist and author. These two collaborated to bring to readers some real time crimes.

These are eight criminal stories in all. The reasons for committing the crime are varied but the end is similar. In the end they were caught and imprisoned. The stories are told in a rapid flowing way so that you don’t have time to feel bogged down or get bored.

In some stories police investigation is shown which is liked. Some stories are told …

Innovative swearing

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Instead Of: "She's a fucking power-crazy bitch."3.Try Saying: "Per…

Review: Ashwatthama's Redemption: The Rise of Dandak

Ashwatthama's Redemption: The Rise of Dandak by Gunjan Porwal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Anything except romance is welcome from Indian writer. Romance writing is lazy. After success of Amish’s Shiva trilogy mythological genre is revived. It has unlimited potential and can be a most interesting. Gunjan tried to t=doo that in “Ashwatthama’s Redemption”.

Vikram, Rana and Urmila come to know a sinister secret wherein the mankind is threatened. Ashwatthama, the cursed son of Guru Dronacharya is the only one which can avert this. They have to find the Kodnada, bow of Lord Rama which is hidden in great Himalaya. They travel though Gangetic plain to find Kodanda. Will they be successful?

This book is different and it takes a detour from that done to death genre of Romance. The mythological fantasy is light and free flowing. The language is first rate and interest is kept throughout. This is first part of the story and more can be said after reading next instalments. There are some…

Review: The Hidden Children: The Lost Grimoire

The Hidden Children: The Lost Grimoire by Reshma K. Barshikar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter opened up a new world to be explored. It is not that this genre was not written before but it broken new ground. Reshma’s brainchild “The Hidden Children” is a very good book in fantasy genre.

Jai and Nallini (shoudn’t it be Nalini? Never mind) wants to be extraordinary. Shayamukthy is just a wanderer. The story takes a turn when some strange things start happening around them. Will they be able to deal with it?

The fantasy genre is being explored in India right now. The main market is of romance and those writers are dime a dozen. Everyone is writing romance. This book is different and it takes a detour from that done to death genre. The teenage fantasy is light and free flowing. The language is first rate and interest…

Review: An Indian Loser

An Indian Loser by Uzma Hameed
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Indian education system badly needs overhaul. It relies too much importance on marks and academic achievement. Average middle-class family has no other means to succeed and hence they push their children into rat race.

Peeyush (should it not be Piyush?) is from and average middle-class family who is under tremendous pressure to crack IIT joint entrance exam. He fails and has to run away. Will he succeed in the end or will simply give up?

The story is coming of age of Piyush. How he overcome all the odds and beats the moribund education system. This is a must red for parents also. Some tight editing is needed. Overall a great effort by Uzma. 3/ 5 stars.

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Review: A Flight of Broken Wings

A Flight of Broken Wings by Nupur Chowdhury
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The fantasy genre is being explored in India right now. The main market is of romance and those writers are dime a dozen. Everyone is writing romance. This book is different and it takes a detour from that done to death genre.

Aeriels are very strong and they have energy shells which makes it difficult to take them on. Even without shell they are powerful. Ruban and Simani take on the mighty aeriels. Will they be take on to them with the help from friends?

The book is fast paced and well written. Nupur has guts to write fantasy in India. It is a good effort and should be appreciated and promoted. 3/ 5 stars.

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Review: After Annihilation: Would you want to survive?

After Annihilation: Would you want to survive? by Gauri Mittal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What happens if there is nuclear war and everything is destroyed? We have seen many apocalypse movies which imagine this scenario. The book also deals with this.

Madhavi meets Shunya after the annihilation and the torture begins. The story is dark and depressing. It is not for faint hearted. Read it if you like apocalypse movies and books. 3/5 stars.

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Review: Corporate Monk

Corporate Monk by Anju Sharma
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The life in corporates is high speed. The rewards are handsome but the price to be paid is also high. You are under pressure 24x7 and there is no time for health and family. Is there a way out of this conundrum? Anju Sharma answers these questions in this fiction book “Corporate Monk”.

Sayani and Aman were batchmates. Now she is a mentor of professionals and Aman has become a hot shot corporate Manager. He has all the material pleasures in the world but no peace at home and office. When he is bypassed for president’s post, he becomes depressed. He turns to Sayani for help and she takes him to Rahul. How will Rahul help Aman?

There are many techniques and steps given in the book which is highly practical and time tested. The seven bridges are Awareness, Light enters, Objectivity, Equanimity, Compassion, Joy, Transcendence and Purpose.

In each chapter the story is told through interaction and development of Aman. There are short gi…

Review: KAALKOOT The Lost Himalayan Secret

KAALKOOT The Lost Himalayan Secret by S. Venkatesh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from Outset.

Kaalkoot is a high-octane thriller. The readers who likes reading thrillers with chase. twists and turns will like it. The chase is fast and furious. This is a mythological cum historical thriller which starts in 1940s in Uttarakhand.

The story starts in Uttarakhand where Manohar Rai a soldier is killed by Britishers. He has found a deadly secret. Then the story comes to present day. Steve Watson came from Himalayan hills and found out a secret. He is tracked by goons and almost killed but saved by a Goan. The goan tells his friend Bani in Kolkata and ask him to come to Goa. Damini is an Indian agent who is high on chase of a North Korean agent. She also loses him and goes to Goa. Sam aka Sameer girlfriend Ananya goes missing and he gets a hint that she might be in Goa. All these people reach goa and then the story moves forward at a rapid pace.

The story is about Kaalkoot whi…