Thursday, 23 June 2016

Going Back

Who doesn't love a story that has drama, emotions, romance, suspense all rolled into it? Well, being a fan of Bollywood movies I surely do.

The plot is like 'Going Back' into the roots of conflicts between two feuding families. The first book had all the tidbits and this being the second in a series, takes off from where it was left. Not that I have read the first book, but the way the story progresses that is how it appears.

Jennifer's writing is easy to comprehend, and aptly brings out the emotions that is intended. Be it the bickering between a couple or sense of loss, the author weaves a simple story that has lots of twists and turns. It was like watching a movie as far as I was concerned. The language is simple and the story is a light read.

All the characters, be it the protagonists, the antagonist, the supporting casts, had a definite role to play in the story. The interactions between them, their conversations, added up to making the book a likeable one.

To sum up, the book is a light read but definitely worth reading. I loved the twist and its ending the best.

P.S- Jennifer, I would love to read the first part and the next one if any!

Gospel Prism

The fact that this book has kept me pondering over it since the time that it was recommended is proof enough of the power that this book has over a reader's mind.

The story cannot be described, it has to be experienced. Simply put, there are twelve different facets of emotions depicted by the protagonist. The story is like its title; you get to see a new perspective with every reading. The perceptions differ from people to people and moods and feelings. It is not easy to categorize the book, and yet, is a must-read.

Gerald has been awesome. His writing style and narration have the power to linger on in your mind long after you have kept the book aside. The imageries are brilliant and the language, especially the words, have a different connotation every time.

The protagonist has been aptly named as Christian. However, it can be a person from any religion. This does not mean that the book is a scripture, instead, the author has weaved a beautiful story with narrations that have a deeper meaning.

To sum up, this book is not an easy read but once you do finish you can't stop yourself from thinking about it.

P.S- Thank you Jennifer and Legit Lit Book Tours for giving an awesome book to read in exchange of an honest opinion.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Founding Father

There are some books which cannot be proved to be historically correct, thereby leading to lot of 'May be' or 'May not be'. Founding Father is one such story.

The story revolves around Thomas Jefferson's first law professor. But how much of it is true and how close it is to reality is something I am not in a position to judge nor have I researched upon. Hence, I have taken the story at face value, reading it like the author has said, a novel.

Kenneth has tried to depict 19th century America through descriptions and conversations between his characters. While at some places the description is as real as it can get, there are other places where a subtle doubt creeps in. The reason for me to think so was a change of names. I personally feel that History is something which is best understood when real characters, people from real life, are depicted as they are without tweaking. That's the reason for two stars less.  

The story of love between an aging man and his housekeeper does depict "Opposites attract". The fact that the difference in the colour of their skins was not taken kindly by people around George Walker is understandable. It goes without saying that an interesting plot lost is lusture somewhere down the line.

As far as the writing style is concerned, Kenneth does manage to evoke visualizations. In fact, if the aberrations are sorted out, this story has the potential to be a TV Series or a historical movie or even a play. The language is not very difficult. But the content is for a mature audience only.

The characters are convincing in their respective roles. But how close to real-life existence, is a question I need to research upon.

To sum up, the book started off with a bang but lost steam midway. But since this is the first book by the author I am sure, his next book will take care of all the nuances.

P.S - Kenneth, I do hope you have another book up your sleeve.

Spirit Raiders

I have never been a fan of the sci-fi genre but this book kept me hooked on till the very end.

The plot revolves around aliens, or simply put, anything and everything about aliens. Reading the story line made me question "Do aliens really exist?"

The story is weaved around a real-life happening. And it is not an easy task to fictionalize a real incident. Hats off to Savio for a brilliant narrative which compels you believe that the story line may be true reality. The author manages to help conjure mental imageries through his narrative. The writing cannot be referred to as simple because it has used a few terms that may not be understood easily. However, the fact that an unsolvable mystery has been referred to is an added attraction to this story.

All the characters play an integral part. Therefore, luckily for me, I never found even one of them out of place or unnecessary to the story line. The best part is that Savio has tried to bring out a very relevant issue. Through his characters he has subtly hinted that the very fabric of our existence is slowly under threat. The aliens can be taken literally or figuratively. But yes, you need to read it to believe it. I wish I could disclose more but that would be a real spoiler.

To sum up, the book does make for an interesting read. Even if you are not a sci-fi buff, you must try reading this once. There are a few questions you will be forced to ask yourself.

P.S- When is your next story coming up Savio? Is there a sequel?

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Bring Me The Head Of Turlington Jones

This book surprised me. In fact, after reading it I realized that I should never have pre-conceived notions about any storyline.

Though the plot revolves around the eternal battle of goodness versus evil, it is the way it has been narrated that has made all the difference. 

The storyline has been expressed through a simple language with a tinge of humour. Gavin has meshed philosophy with fiction and fantasy. The narrative creates powerful imageries, so much so that I could feel myself witnessing the entire story just like a movie. Descriptions are not over the top. Concept is easy to understand and the ending promises yet another beginning. What more could a reader want?

The protagonists and the antagonists were perfect representatives of all that is good and bad. The best part about this story and its characters is that it has a universal appeal. Even young children can read it. Also, the protagonists have a message for parents. One needs to read it to understand  the downside of the saying "whats in a name?" 

To sum up, I really loved the way the story shaped up and finished the book in a single session. This book should be read when you are tensed up. It is a stress buster. Also, it has a few food for thought elements in it.

P.S - When is the next adventure coming up Gavin?

The Question

This book is not one of those that can hold your attention with a single reading. It kind of grows on you. With every new reading the interpretations change.

The plot revolves around one single question. And trust me, as you keep reading, chapter by chapter, the storyline keeps popping up a question in your mind.

The narrative may not be free flowing for every reader. Stearns uses lot of terms and statements that are technical in nature. Only those who have come across these concepts would be able to really appreciate. This is probably the reason why the narrative appears to be slow in some places. But notwithstanding that, even when some new concept was being described my mind kept asking a lot of questions.

The characters try playing their parts. There are few whose roles are crystal clear and others whose part is best understood when the story is read once again.

To sum up, this is one book which I am going to read again because of the unique storyline it has. Though a fiction, the theory proposed by the protagonist is something that has got me interested. There are a lot of why, how, who, where, what and when questions popping up in my mind. It is definitely not an easy read but at the same time, if you want to discover an entirely new concept or want to keep questioning yourself as you read, this book is a must-read then.

P.S- Thank you Laura and iRead Books for an interesting book in exchange of an honest opinion.