Tuesday, 15 November 2016

What The Heart Wants


This is the second novella by the author that I have read. The length is approximately 35 pages. And yes, this is different from the first one.

Since it is short, yet again, it becomes difficult for me to actually summarize it since there is an underlying fear that I might give away too many details. The plot revolves around Love. A married man doesn't love his wife. He has found someone else. The who, what next and why can be best answered if you read this.

The language is understandable but yes, this story is meant for people over the age of 18 years. Some relationships are really complex and Layla tries to explore this aspect in this novella of hers. The subject is really sensitive and the narrative does justice to it.

The characters are few but well etched. However, the short length inhibits their parts getting developed completely. The story ends with a cliffhanger, hence, the sequel might bring out their strengths better.

To sum up, if you need a quick read and there is little time, you can read this book at least once. It is a sweet love story that is different from the routine ones.

P.S - I chose to read this book from the recommendations made by Booklover Catlady Publicity and the review is my unbiased opinion.

Tonight Only


Sometimes it is really difficult to rate and review a book that is really short. Yet, I hope to do justice to this story. I read it in one single sitting, it is that short (35 pages in total). Hence, it makes up for a quick read.

The plot is really simple. A girl just out of the Police Academy wanting to have fun before getting serious at work. The contents actually make it suitable for people over 18 years. Remove the profanities and sexual content, you have a really simple story.

Layla writes in a very conversational style. Her descriptions of scenes and places are really vivid. The best part about this story is the twist that is introduced in the end.

There are basically only two main characters out here. If the length of the book had been more, there would have been ample scope to develop them better. The story is way too short for the characters to really shape up.

To sum up, this story is really good because it ends with a cliffhanger. There is more to come as sequels. It makes for a quick read and if you are short of time then try this book out.

P.S - I chose to read this story based on the recommendations by Booklover Catlady Publicity and the views expressed are my unbiased opinions.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Becoming Phoebe

In the process of reading Phoebe becoming herself, I discovered myself. I read it in one session straight.

The story is about determination and self-esteem. It is a journey undertaken by an orphan whose passion for ice hockey makes her chart a path less trodden by girls. The plot revolves around Phoebe and her tryst with ice hockey. For the why, how, when and what, you need to read the story.

Sometimes, life leads us into situations where a stage comes when we feel completely let down. There are moments that draw out the negative emotions of self-pity. Yet, it is during these trying times that strength of character comes to the forefront. It is a strong heart that heals by letting go of a past that haunts and of emotions that hold back. As you read this story, the mind automatically takes you back to those dark moments in your life where many a questions have been left unanswered. 

The game of ice hockey has always been associated with men. In this story, the protagonist wants to break the glass wall by wanting to be a part of a team. By doing so, the author has subtly hinted that life is like a sport and all that one needs to do is play on no matter whatever be the sporting event. The game of hockey played on ice needs lots of concentration, focus, balance and of course, a supportive team. Michael is a master at combining both a game and life so that parallels can be drawn.

The writing is lucid. The language is simple however, there are terms associated with ice hockey that have been liberally used. Some may find this a bit difficult but reading about something new is really interesting. I am not a sports lover yet, the story appealed to me. The imageries that crop up while reading each page are amazing. They make you feel like an invisible friend that the protagonist has. I only wish someday this story gets made into a movie. 

I loved the protagonist. It is Phoebe's story. She makes you laugh, she makes you cry, but above all she re-instills the belief that every cloud has a silver lining. There are other characters as well, but they all lend support to the protagonist so that there is no shift in attention.

To sum up, I simply loved this book. It made me realise that life is worth living and there is hope for better things to come even when surrounded by darkness. It is a must-read. It will pull your heartstrings, force a lump in your throat and at the same time, it will make you shed happy tears. Absolutely awesome.

P.S - I chose to read this book because of the title. This review reflects my unbiased opinion as I re-discovered my strengths while reading it. How about you?

Sunday, 13 November 2016

When The Dragon Roars


When I read the first book in this series, I was intrigued. There were a lot of questions that were left unanswered. So when I did get a chance to read this book, I did not let it go. And to be honest, I was not at all disappointed. This book is even better than the first one. I couldn't help but finish reading it in one sitting. It is unputdownable.

This story is about Starks but also about human struggles. In fact, the most difficult thing to come to terms with is the mistakes we make in our lives. This story is about Stark's journey inwards through introspection and self-realization.

Introspection is not easy, especially when you know that the fault is yours too. The process of acceptance, of understanding the truth, is a personal one. This has been so beautifully brought out in this story. Also, there is a limit to submission and being on the receiving end. Through Starks, the author has subtly hinted that there is a dragon within every person. The onus is on the individual to accept the presence of this dragon and give it the freedom to roar.

Nesly has a way with words. He can make you squirm and feel really uncomfortable with his writing. He will make you empathise yet feel happily sadistic, hate yet love the character of Starks. And the way he narrates this story, you will end up feeling that there a mental movie that is continuously going on in your mind. Lovely imageries that appeal to all senses (though they are all not very pleasant).

As stated earlier, this is Stark's story, yet there are many other characters. Each one has a role to play and that makes their presence vital to the plot. The emotions are raw yet realistic. The characters are as real as can be.

To sum up, if you do not have a weak heart and are ok with violence, then this book is meant for you. It is an awesome read because along with action there is a strong storyline that keeps you engrossed throughout. A definite must-read.

P.S - I chose to read this book based on the recommendations by Booklover Catlady Publicity and the review is an unbiased opinion. The Dragon Roared after the Serpent Bit. What next??? 

Open Home Closed Heart

Libby Cole has been one author whose writings I have been following. I have read all the three books in her Hawaiian Heartbreak Series and this is the last one in the series. While the first three books revolve around Kayla, this gives a peek into the life of Tess, her best friend.

This story too deals with love. It is about how the initial hatred for and anger against a person slowly gets replaced with love. There is attraction, there is passion, but in the end, it is the mutual feelings for each other that matters. This story is about relationships and romance in the true sense of the term.

The story is very simple, in fact, if need be, it can be narrated as a short flash fiction. Yet, what sets it apart is the manner in which it has been narrated. Libby has a distinct writing style and that is what had compelled me to read all her stories. Her stories are not complex but the emotions depicted are. Reading it would make to want to run to the protagonist and give her a hug. It kind of generates empathy, making you want to be a part of the happenings that are going on. The story is for a mature audience yet, Libby has given more emphasis to emotions like love, pain, sorrow. Her writing makes you live through emotions as you keep reading.

There are not many characters and that complicates a writer's task. Yet, Libby has done complete justice to portraying the vulnerabilities, the strengths and weaknesses of all the characters. The complexities in human relations, emotions, drama, are all elements that have been brought out in intricate details.

To sum, I loved the series and there is a tinge of disappointment that it has ended. This story, though a part of the series, runs parallel and that sets it apart from the other three. It is a must-read for all those who believe in the magic of love. It is a key to all the others who have an open home but closed heart. On the whole, an awesome piece of writing.

P.S - I chose to read this book for the writing style of the author and the review is an unbiased opinion. I hope there are more stories to come from this upcoming author.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Bumbling Bea


When it comes to books where children are the protagonists, I make it a point to share the story with my daughters. If they loved listening to it, then it means the story is really awesome.

Bumbling Bea is a story about a little girl and her trials and tribulations in the world of drama. The plot revolves around the emotions and thoughts that occupy a child. I wish I could elaborate further but that would lead to loads of spoilers and that would be like doing injustice to the author. You need to read it to actually experience it.

The writing style is simple and appealing. It is easily understood by children except for a few words that exposes them to a different culture like Kabuki. However, besides being a great read, Deborah ensures that her story constantly generates mental images and tugs at heartstrings. The choice of words used reflect the effort that she must have put in to make this story both child-friendly and adult-friendly.

There are no antagonists in this story. In fact, through this story, Deborah manages to portray human emotions through children. Children are both expressive and innocent. Hence, through their characters Deborah gives a peek into their world and how everything turns out just fine in the end. She brings out subtly that there is a Bumbling Bea in all of us irrespective of our ages. Yet, if the inner child is still alive and kicking, the negativity can be taken care of.

To sum up, this book is an absolute must read if your inner child loves to read. And if you have children, this is an awesome read for them as well. It helps connect you with the kid residing within you.

P.S - Deborah you have a wonderful narrative style and I chose to read your book because of this reason. My review is unbiased and I hope there are more adventures in the life of Bumbling Bea!!!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Murder And More


This book promises to deliver exactly as its title. Yes, there is murder and more in the story. It is a mystery novel that is worth reading. I read it in one session straight.

The plot deals with a murder, the trials associated with it, the investigations behind it and of course oodles of suspense. On the other hand, this book deals with human greed, disgruntled yet calculative spouses, infidelity and more. The issues that the story touches upon truly reflects the title in an apt manner.

Gerald has the writing style that is capable of keeping you captivated and hooked on to your seats. The kind of suspense and aura that is trademark for mystery novels has been woven like magic. His narration makes visual imageries pop up in one's head. The only little hitch is a bit of repetition in dialogues that adds a tinge of monotony to an otherwise wonderful book.Instead of following the cliched route, Gerald has taken pains to describe an era gone by. The architectural descriptions, the detailed narration about people living in the sixties are something worth appreciating. It makes a reader feel as if he or she has been exported to the days of the past.

The characters are truly interesting. Each one has a distinct personality that has been well-etched. No where in the story did I feel the irrelevance of a character. The best part is that Gerald recreates the world as it was in the sixties and the people accordingly. This includes habits, food, fashion and the like.

To sum up, this book is fast paced and doesn't bore you at any given point. In fact, you will want to read 'more' after you read about the 'murder'. It is one of those mystery books you would love to have in your collection unless you are a stickler for a perfect book. But then, murder mysteries can never be perfect right?

P.S - I chose to read this book and my opinion is unbiased. Gerald is an awesome writer and the wee bit of glitches would be removed in his next book.

The Homebirth Baby


This is the second book I am reading that has been written by Anita. The best thing about her is that she has neither claimed to be an authority on this subject nor has rejected the role of doctors in childbirth. I have never come across books on homebirth and this is my first one on the subject.

In this book Anita has brought out the importance of homebirth and how a baby can be naturally delivered by a mother in the confines of her home. There is no doubt that all parents want their babies to be born safely. In fact, the examples that have been quoted also help promote homebirth. However, the author has also stated the relevance of a doctor for cases that have complications.

The author is not a doctor, hence, all her efforts had been towards bringing out as much information on the subject as possible. Hence, there are places where the information given may not be enough and the reader would have to research more. Yet, this book is comprehensive, as in, Anita has tried to ensure that all aspects associated with homebirth (which includes handling panicky husbands!) are listed out for the ease of those women who wish to opt for homebirths.

Anita's writing style is simple. She has lucidly explained the hows and whys. She has also not used any technical terms or words that cannot be understood by a layman. Believe you me, it is difficult to write on a subject like this without using high-sounding medical terms.

This book is a handy guide for mothers who are otherwise having no difficulties in their pregnancy. As far as the absence of a star in the rating is concerned. Well, in case of developing and underdeveloped countries, this concept is yet to be exercised by couples. Those who live in certain areas do opt for homebirth but there are a few social evils still prevalent that are associated with it such as female infanticide, infant killing etc. Hence, in such countries, the positive effects of accepting the practice of homebirth is yet to catch up.

To sum up, the book is informative. However, as the author states, she is not an expert and hence there may be a few missing links. Inspite of it, the book is a must read for all would-be mothers because it gives an insight into another option that is available for the birth of their precious bundle of joy.

P.S - Anita, its a great piece of work. I chose to read your book because it appeared interesting and this is my unbiased opinion.