BOOK REVIEW: JUST MISSED!

Book: Just Missed

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Author: Himanshu Bhatia

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Petals Publishers

Number of pages: 230 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “Just Missed” by Himanshu Bhatia in exchange for an honest review.

This story is told by Siddharth Gupta. He meets Shreya for the purpose of an arranged marriage and falls in love with her intelligence and beauty. Shreya also, appears to be interested in meeting and talking to Siddharth or Sid, as he is known as.

When Shreya goes on a vacation to Thailand, she meets Shivam, whom she first dismisses as a no-good flirt. However, she slowly sees that Shivam is actually a good person.

As Shreya and Shivam grow closer to each other, Sid’s importance in Shreya’s life starts to decrease. However, Sid is unaware of this and starts planning his engagement and wedding to Shreya. Their respective families are also in favour of this.

After many romantic moments and gestures, Shreya and Shivam realise that they have fallen in love with each other. But is it too late for them? What about Sid’s feelings for Shreya? Can love overcome the practicalities of an arranged marriage?

“Just Missed” is a romance that will certainly appeal to readers who love that particular genre.

BOOK REVIEW: THE DAUGHTER

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Author: Sara Onnebo

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Brown Dog Books

Number of pages: 296 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Sara Onnebo kindly provided me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. I was especially touched to see the author’s handwritten note in the book, hoping that I would enjoy my vist to Tulisaari.

The story begins with the death of Emilia Bjorklund’s mother. Emilia’s mother had raised her as a single parent and Emilia has never known her father’s identity.

Emilia sinks into a deep depression after her mother’s accidental death. She attempts to overcome this by looking into her mother’s mysterious past. While doing so, she learns that she has inherited a house in Finland and that her uncle is probably still living there.

Emilia decides to go to Tulisaari in Finland to find out more about her mother. She starts living in the house that belonged to her maternal grandmother and now belongs to her. She makes the acquaintance of her maternal uncle Jussi. She also strikes up a growing friendship with Hampus, a young man who also lives in Tulisaari.

It appears that Emilia’s mother was connected to the murder of a woman that took place many years ago. The suspense keeps building as Emilia tries to find clues about her mother’s past and the identity of her father.

Strange events keep happening to Emilia which lead her to think that someone intends her harm. It also appears that there is someone who visits her grandmother’s house secretly but does not reveal himself to Emilia.

The story is told in an extremely interesting manner in the form of a diary that Emilia is writing to her dead mother. The story is also partly told in flashbacks from her mother Annika’s point of view. The author has brought the story to an end in an extremely nail-biting finish!

I highly recommend “The Daughter”, as a highly enthralling and intriguing suspense thriller that will keep the reader guessing till the very end!

BOOK REVIEW: SNIPER’S EYE

Book: Sniper’s Eye

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Author: Mainak Dhar

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: 4 Hour Books

Number of pages: 224 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of “Sniper’s Eye” by Mainak Dhar from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with the shooting of a man in a Mumbai mall on a Sunday. Aaditya Ghosh, the central character of the story, who is actually in the mall to enjoy a movie with his girlfriend Zoya, gets involved in trying to catch the shooter and discovers that the shooting is part of an elaborate plot.

Aaditya, though currently employed in a corporate office, is actually an armed forces veteran who had to resign under dubious circumstances. Unfortunately, his role in trying to catch the sniper brings him into the limelight and his past is exposed by the media.

The tension builds up as senior police and army officers are being targeted by what appears to be a team of terrorists, headed by an expert sniper Aman Karzai.

In order to protect Zoya and clear his Army record, Aaditya agrees to collaborate with the Intelligence Bureau and the police. He lets himself be used as “bait” in order to draw out the sniper.

But the plan goes haywire and Aaditya is taken by the terrorists. When taken captive, he discovers that nothing is as it appears and that both he and the sniper Aman Karzai are both being manipulated by an evil mastermind.

The tension in the story is built up wonderfully. The action scenes are extremely well depicted and keep the reader turning the pages for more. I recommend this book to readers as it is an engrossing, interesting and taut thriller that will keep you guessing till the end.

BOOK REVIEW: AVATAR OF PROTECTOR ANDTHE SECRET OF SUDARSHANA

Book: Avatar of Protector and the Secret of Sudarshana

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Author: Chetan B. Thakkar

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 154 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with Kalki, a college student, celebrating his 18th birthday. Several mysterious events take place on that day and Kalki learns from his parents, the next day that he is not really their child. He is also told of a pouch containing a secret that has been placed in his bank locker.

Kalki’s parents are killed in a fire and there are some monsters after him as well. Kalki is aided by the beautiful Indrayani, Indra’s daughter and is taken away by her to Planet Paradise. Planet Paradise has been very well depicted by the author.

There Kalki learns more about his responsibilities and powers as an avatar. He learns that his parents are still alive and embarks on a mission to save them accompanied by Indrayani, his friend and a couple of others.

Of course the question remains as to whether they are able to save his parents. The reader needs to read the book to find out. The author has ended the story on such a note, that it appears that he has already planned a sequel!

I recommend this book to readers as fairly engaging and interesting.

 

BOOK REVIEW: HOPE AND SUNSHINE

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Author: Debasmita Nath Ghoesh

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Power Publishers

Number of pages: 170 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: The author Debasmita Nath Ghosh provided me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about Naina Grover, who hails from Delhi but is working in Kolkata. She enjoys her work as Marketing Manager and is in a long distance relationship with Ved. Naina has a wonderful friend in the form of her cousin Arjun.

Arjun’s best friend is Aditya, the new HR Manager in the company where Naina works. Naina, Arjun and Aditya, soon become a trio enjoying their time hanging out together while Naina struggles in her long distance romance with Ved.

There is also a traumatic secret about Naina’s family that Naina has difficulty coping with. In the meantime, she grows close to Aditya and his family, to the extent that he becomes her ‘hope’ and she becomes his ‘sunshine.”

Who will Naina eventually choose: Aditya or Ved and will she ever be able to recover from the tragedy that happened in the past? The reader needs to read the book, to find the answers.

BOOK REVIEW: DAREDREAMERS

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Author: Kartik Sharma & Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma

Genre: Adventure Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 286 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with Rasiq starting his first day as an investment banker in Mumbai. Though the work is extremely high pressure and the working hours are long, Rasiq sticks on with his job as his remuneration is very generous. He is just starting to enjoy the perks of his job such as a spacious apartment and a designer motorbike, when circumstances lead him to question the validity of such a stressful existence. Rasiq ends up resigning and moves back home to Delhi.

An accident on his motorbike leads Rasiq to having the idea of a start-up that provides safety to their clients, i.e. he starts DareDreamers with a multitude of talented individuals.

Slowly but surely, the talented team of DareDreamers starts to achieve success and fame until they are targeted by a rival company, G-Force, whose Chairman Rakeysh Aurora conspires with the evil Narad Money to discredit and to ultimately bring down the DareDreamers.

All the characters and the incidents described in the story are worth reading and so I will not spoil the suspense for the reader by narrating them. However, it remains to be seen if Aurora and Narad Money succeed in their conspiracy and crush Rasiq’s dream.

I definitely recommend “DareDreamers” to readers as it is a frothy, interesting and extremely enjoyable read. The story is full of exciting stunts and keeps the reader hooked! I think that the story has great potential to be turned into a Bollywood potboiler!

BOOK REVIEW: HEART QUAKE

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Author: Ishita Deshmukh

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Lifi Publications

Number of pages: 255 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of “Heart Quake” by Ishita Deshmukh in exchange for an honest review.

The story was particularly interesting to me as it is set in the aftermath of the earthquake that occurred in Gujarat in the year 2001. As I am a resident of Ahmedabad, our city too was badly affected by the earthquake and I can certainly relate to many of the scenes described in the book.

The main character in the story is Sonal Patel, a nurse. She arrives in Bhuj, Kutch, i.e. the city that was the epicentre of the earthquake, in order to volunteer at a medical camp that has been set up to help the victims of the quake. Sonal also has a personal agenda, she is looking for her best friend, who resided in Bhuj and whose fate is not known.

Sonal faces a difficult set of conditions in the medical camp but she certainly doesn’t expect to meet her old love, Dr. Tejas Desai, with whom she parted ways with bitterly, ten years ago.

Sonal is thinking about moving on in life with another man, when she meets Tejas again and discovers that she still has feelings for him.

At the same time, there is another plot going on in the story regarding adulterated medicines and patients dying mysteriously. This only serves to make the story more interesting!

All the characters in the story are portrayed very well and the reader will keep turning the pages to find out if Sonal and Tejas are able to rekindle their love.

“Heart Quake” is a very interesting romance. I definitely recommend it to everyone!