Review: Letters to My Ex

2:30:00 PM

Letters to My Ex Letters to My Ex by Nikita Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was so stressed out with work when I started this book late one night. And I finished it in a single sitting. This was so real , so heartfelt and so intimate. I thought of all the sent and unsent emails I wrote in love , after a fight or sometimes even now out of so much overwhelming love that only makes sense with words.This book has no end and no beginning and it doesn't even feel like a story. It is just a whole bundle of letters , texts and emails that together take the reader on this adventure called love and loss. It might be cliched , or cheesy at places. But that's how romance is , that's how it feels comfortable with some one you love.  Brilliant feels to this.

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Harlan Coben

Home By Harlan Coben

7:52:00 AM



Home is the latest title in Coben's Myron Bolitar series and re unites Myron,Win,Big Cyndi,Esperanza once again for a brand new adventure.Also Joining them in the adventure are Mickey,Ema and Spoon.

Two boys go missing and twelve years later,Win and Myron stumbles upon one of them in London and manage to bring him home ,but not everyone is combine that he is the real person.This is the basic premise of 'Home'.Myron and Win ,in their trademark style try to solve this mystery but I must confess that 'Home' is one of the weakest works to have come out in Bolitar series.The book is not at all racy and nothing much really happens in the first two hundred +pages of this tale.The twists are far and few in between and not of them are indeed convincing.Too much time is spent in unnecessary detailing and by the time the actual mystery is revealed,the reader loses interest in the whole proceedings.The good thing about the climax is that though the twist is predictable,it manages to move you emotionally (the tail-end twist including Brooke and 'the gun' could have been avoided though).The epilogue reveals a positive event in Bolitar's personal life and I am definitely looking forward to the next one in the series.

On the whole,I am giving this one a 2.75 out of 5.

-nikhimenon

Drama

#Review: Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble

3:09:00 PM

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started this book with some expectations based on the Goodreads review.  And they were all met but in a way I had not expected. I expected the secrets to be really more sinister and maybe directly hurting the narrator.  But in bargain , the way the secrets impact the people close to them and the everyone's life is so amazingly captured in the book. I hated some characters ,empathized with some and in the end , I fell in love with each one of them. That's how this book hooks the reader and make you feel concerned. This was a beautiful story. Tragic ,but so full of real wise words. I had a hard time letting this one go.

About the Author: 
KaelaCoble lives in Burlington, Vermont, and is a member of the League of Vermont Writers and a graduate of the WoMentoring Project. This is her first novel.

Website: https://kaelacoble.com/


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Ben Tripp

Rise Again - Ben Tripp

11:08:00 AM


Rise Again
Book 1 of "Rise Again'

ISBN - 9781439165164
FIRST PUBLISHED - 2010
PAGES - 371
GENRE - Dystopian Thriller
PUBLISHERS - Gallery Books

AUTHOR - Ben Tripp

SYNOPSIS - A MYSTERIOUS CONTAGION. MASS HYSTERIA. SUDDEN DEATH. 

And a warning that would come all too late . . . 

Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun - starting with what might very well be the end of the world. 

Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny's epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit . . . and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself. . . . 

Filled with adventurous human drama - and shocking inhuman horror - Rise Again marks a vivid and powerful fiction debut.

FL Speak - If there is a specific dystopian fiction I love, it is zombie apocalypse. 

Who doesn't love Resident Evil or World War Z? The immensely famous "The walking dead" or my favourite "warm bodies"? There's nothing better end of the world stories than humankind rising up from the dead to terrorise those who survived. If you've played the game "last of us", I bet you've wished to be a part of such an world one time or the another. 

I wanted to read The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp and ended up with this one. Boy, I was glad I got this. After a slow, sluggish start the pace skyrockets to an astounding speed. It's like being trapped in an underground Umbrella facility which is full of zombies and you've got a pistol and ten folks to save. 

ALICE MODE : GOD

What started as a personal crusade turned into a sense of duty and obligation. Danielle as the heroine of this book is a character worth loving in this mash of gore and brain parts. Of course she is flawed. No one would send a Lancelot to a zombie story. It's her flaws that is endearing to readers and makes her unpredictable. 

The book ends with a vicious twist. Both personally to Danny as well as to the story for the next book. I've this feeling it wouldn't bode well. Not at all. You see, they're evolving. That's not good. Oh crap.

RATING - 4/5 stars

author interview

CONVERSATION WITH BRITISH AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN, JAMES BARR-PART TWO

12:31:00 PM

In the second part of the conversation,James Barr reveals his softer side and his experiences in the Indian sub continent.


Q:Have you ever got frustrated for having chosen to be a professional writer?
(smiles)yes,you have days when you are researching and you find nothing and there are also times when you are trying to write and get nowhere. But it’s true for every other author as writing is not at all an ‘easy job’. But if you ask me would you be doing anything else,I would say No!

Q:How do you deal with criticism and have you ever been accused of distorting history for selling a couple of more copies?

It depends on what kind of criticism it is. For my last book, some people thought it was hard to follow while some others were of the opinion that it did distort events.At the end of the day,it’s about your conviction in what you have done.As far as You are confident that you have done a pretty honest and balanced version of events without taking sides, you can deal with the criticism in a mature way.

Q:So far,You have written mostly about the Middle-East.Do you plan to do something else with your future works?
Yes,definitely! I am also interested in the relationship between ‘allied countries’ and the ‘tensions’ between them.

Q:Have you ever been to India?
I was invited to the Jaipur Literature Festival last year and I was astonished by the sheer number of people who turned up to hear Shashi Tharoor speak in the festival.You will never see something like that in England.India is an amazing Country.

Q:About Piracy?                           
Piracy in U.K is mostly about the digital copies that get illegally uploaded.But I think ‘hard copy’ piracy is not much of a problem in the U.K.

Q:How easy it is to be a full time-writer in the U.K.?
It’s not at all easy.Very few writers earn decent amount of money by writing full-time.In that sense,I have been fortunate enough.

((Nikhimenon is an Infectious Disease doctor by profession and a freelance book blogger by passion.He has been trained in India and in the U.K.The first part of this conversation can be read here.)