BOOK REVIEW: IT’S GOT TO BE LOVE

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Author: Prashant Kaul

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 254 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “It’s Got To Be Love” by Prashant Kaul in exchange for an honest review.

This story has all the elements of a romance, unrequited love, fights, serious accidents, misunderstandings and heroic stunts!

Dev Sharma lives in Chandigarh and becomes the best of friends with Vikram in school. The two of them also join the same college. At first, Dev is bullied in college but he manages to transform his physique through exercise and martial arts. Dev has this strange ability of having some of his dreams come true!

Dev falls for Carol in college. She appears to reciprocate his feelings but she also does not appear to be entirely committed to him. In the meantime, Dev connects with Vaani on Facebook, who lives in Delhi and two of them become good friends.

Dev meets Vaani in person when he moves to Delhi to pursue his post-graduation. As his relationship with Carol is going nowhere, Dev gets more and more close to Vaani and eventually falls in love with her.

However, Vaani and her family mysteriously disappear one day. Dev, aided by his group of friends, frantically tries to track her down. Whether he succeeds in doing so and whether the story has a happy ending, is obviously part of the suspense of the story and should not be revealed by me!

“It’s Got To Be Love” is a romance that will certainly appeal to readers who love that particular genre.

BOOK REVIEW: AGNIPUTR

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Author: Vadhan

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Bloomsbury

Number of pages: 354 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Vadhan kindly provided me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

It was extremely difficult to review the book without giving away the story!

The beginning of the story itself is extremely interesting with a necromancer conducting a black magic ritual. There is a mysterious energy in the castle in Gudem, a village in Andhra Pradesh.

This energy and its source is of extreme interest to crooked politicians and government agencies which then involuntarily involves Raghuram Surya, the descendent of the Surya family who owns the castle.

There is a Parch that attacks at night and a benefactor called P. Eshwar who shows up to help Raghu whenever needed. There are a lot of explanations involving quantum physics about the source of the dark energy.

There is a heart-warming romance between Raghu and Sheila Pitambar, the upright scientist who is trying to find answers to the mystery.

The story just races along until there is a confrontation between good and evil. Who or what is the “Agniputr” is one of the many plot twists in the book.

The end of the story, is extremely unexpected and was surely nothing that I anticipated!

I highly recommend “Agniputr”, as an engrossing and intriguing thriller! I am eagerly awaiting the sequel to this story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Vadhan is a lawyer by training. He also aspires to be a politician and a reformist one day.

BOOK REVIEW: THE FICTITIOUS DREAM

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Author: Ravish T. Ram

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 158 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: The author Ravish T. Ram kindly sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is fiction but the author has conveyed a motivational message by way of the story.

Rakvendra or Rak is a young man who suddenly finds himself in a dessert. He meets an old man there who leads him on a strange journey. At various stages in the story, Rak finds himself in a sanatorium, in a palace and in a forest.

He plays various roles, that of a husband, prisoner, guard and soldier. Is all this really happening to Rak or is this just a dream? What is the reason his life is taking so many twists and turns?

The story is worth reading in order to understand the underlying message the author wishes to convey.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ravish T. Ram is a freestyle thinker and dreamer who wanted to become an author since early childhood.

BOOK REVIEW: LIFE IS WHAT MATTERS

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Author: Alka Dixit

Genre: Non-Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 148 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The author Alka Dixit kindly sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This book can be deemed as a “self-help” or a “self-improvement” book. But what I really liked about the book is that the author doesn’t preach to the reader. Instead certain pearls of wisdom are imparted very simply and clearly to the reader.

There are many things in the book that the reader may already know. But when we struggle with certain situations in life, we tend to forget these things. Reading the book certainly helped me to get a fresh perspective on how to approach my life and problems.

I will certainly recommend this book to readers as motivating and inspiring. People of all ages can understand and relate to the book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alka Dixit is a practising doctor and faculty in a medical college in Delhi NCR. She has been guiding people to live a better life by drawing inspiration from her as well as others’ life experiences.

BOOK REVIEW: MY LOVE IS AWAY FROM MORTALITY

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Author: Vansh Arora

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Kalamos Literary Services

Number of pages: 245 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: The author Vansh Arora provided me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about two people, Manav and Aditi who meet when they are in school. They are totally opposite personality wise but still they become good friends and eventually fall in love.

But college takes them apart from each other. Manav and Aditi try to maintain their friendship but circumstances and new friends keep them apart.

There is also a supernatural element in the book. Apart from circumstances, these other forces are also keeping Manav and Aditi apart.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading romance fiction especially those who like a bit of the supernatural thrown into the story.

BOOK REVIEW: SEDUCTIVE AFFAIR

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Author: Rishabh Puri

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Srishti Publishers

Number of pages: 173 pages

My Rating: 4/5

This is a charming and totally believable love story.

Prisha is a young girl who has landed her first job at an established news publication, The New Delhi Chronicle. She has just broken up with her fiancé and is determined to be successful in her career. She meets a handsome colleague Rajesh whom she feels drawn to but he appears to be extremely uncomfortable around her.

An opportunity comes Prisha’s way when her boss Priya sends her to Bengaluru to cover a business conference with none other than Rajesh.

While covering the business conference, Rajesh is on the inside track on a scoop. While helping him get the scoop, Prisha and Rajesh not only become friends but they also find themselves being drawn to each other.

Will Prisha and Rajesh find true love in each other? Will they be successful in getting their exciting news story? Do read the book to find out.

I recommend this book to all readers of romance fiction.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rishabh Puri is an entrepreneur who finds time to indulge in his passion for writing fiction. He can be followed on Facebook as AuthorRishabhPuri and on Instagram @officialrishabhpuri

BOOK REVIEW: THE BLUE MOON DAY

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Author: Santhosh Sivaraj

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Invincible Publishers

Number of pages: 213 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: The author Santhosh Sivaraj sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

It is very difficult for me to review this book without giving away the plot, but I will try to do so.

The book is divided into six separate stories with a common theme. A young man’s quest to make a perfect pizza, a love story that goes sour, a young husband and father who is too busy to give time to his family, an old man who has a talent for storytelling and a promising young tennis player, are skilfully brought together in the final story in the book.

What is the message conveyed by the book? The reader needs to read the book to find out.  I recommend this book as interesting and inspiring. A simple message has been beautifully conveyed by the author through the stories in the book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Santhosh Sivaraj is a banker who has also been a sailor, teacher, trainer and entrepreneur.