The girl who knew too much by Vikrant Khanna ~ Book Review

Title– The girl who knew too much

Author– Vikrant Khanna

Publisher-Penguin Random House India

Number of pages– 224 pages

Price– 175 INR

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Can true love bring someone back from the dead?Akshara is left devastated by her mother’s death and spends most of her time in solitude at the local park. One day, as she is sobbing uncontrollably, a young man named Harry approaches her. They become friends and Harry recounts to her a story about the miraculous reunion of a young woman and her dead boyfriend to help ease some of her pain. The story makes Akshara hopeful that she can perhaps see her dead mother again. But she soon realizes that Harry isn’t what he seems to be. Even the characters in his story seem dubious, almost unreal. So what is he hiding? And why? Is there any truth to his story at all?In this darkly suspenseful romance mystery, Akshara is left facing a truth that will make her doubt not just Harry but herself as well . . .

Review

The girl who knew too much is the story of Akshara, a 12 year old girl, who is devastated with her mother’s death. She always comes to this garden/local park where one day she meets Harry (Harvinder Singh) who tries to lessen her grief by telling her his love story, one sided love story.  He narrates her a story about his love, Sahiba and her lover, Siddharth whom he has nicknamed “Ugly nails”.

The book starts off very well with nice description however, as you will read further you will find it being dragged a little bit. 
The first thing that will attract you to buy this book is it’s cover page. It’s attractive indeed but talking about the title of the book, it is something I really disliked. I mean it’s a trend or what to start a book’s title with ” the girl, the boy…” 

Coming up to the blurb of the book, it is something that is misleading and is nowhere close to what the plot is all about.

The narration was good, characterization was good too. Overall, it’s not a type of book that I really loved/liked but giving it a read or not is all up to you.

P.S- This book has been provided by Arudhaa club in exchange of an honest review.

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Karma by Kevin Missal~ Book Review

*KARMA IS WORLD’s FIRST INSTAREAD*

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Title– Karma

Author– Kevin Missal

Publisher – Kalamos Literary Services

Number of pages– 92

Price – 39 INR

Blurb

Karman Malik a lonely man finds his wife standing outside his house. But there are two problems. One, she Karman Malik a lonely man finds his wife standing outside his house. But there are two problems. One, she had died eight years back. Second, she is not human anymore. (Italics) Can he love her again?had died eight years back. Second, she is not human anymore. (Italics) Can he love her again?

Review

Karma by kevin missal is a paranormal psychological thriller that left me amazed, seriously. The story begins with a robbery and murder that took place 8 years back and is followed by how the culprits face the results of their deeds. Karman finds that his wife, Urvi,  has come back after 8 years of her death. How could someone who died long back can come back? What is the purpose behind her come back? And what happens when she come back? Well to get all the answers you need to buy this book because I’m not going to tell you that 😛

The cover and title of the book, both are really appealing and apt also it says lot about what is inside that will surely going to let you instantly buy this book.

It is a very short yet crisp story that would keep you guessing till the end because it is the end that left me amazed. Your prediction about the ending will be proved wrong and I can bet you on that. It is one of kind type of book that will let you hooked on to it from the very beginning till the end. It has the vibe of a horror film indeed.

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37+ Grace Marks by Vishal Anand~Book Review

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Author– Vishal Anand

Publisher– Srishti Publishers and Distributors

Number of pages– 190

Price– 175 INR

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What happens when you fall in love at first sight? That too in college, which is supposed to be the best time of one’s life. But is it the best place to find love too?

Viraj falls head over heels in love with his classmate Nimisha, who could make boys on campus go crazy. While his friends Punit and Sahil just want to have fun – despite poor mark-sheets, grace marks to pass, and other everyday adventures – Viraj wants more from his life and love.

Life has led Viraj to the edge of a cliff. He has a choice to make – to forget everything and jump, or fight.

What brought him here? An unrequited love, encounters with law, or the dilemma of grace marks? Where does Viraj’s story eventually end?

Welcome to 37 + Grace Marks, Viraj’s journey to discover that there is more to life than marks.

Review

37+ Grace Marks is YA Romance fiction novella which revolves around love, college life, and teenage problems. It’s a story about a young guy named Viraj, an engineering student, and his friends. His life was all good when he joined the college but the things change for him as he falls in love, at first sight with a confident, pretty girl named Nimisha. It’s about engineering college and the happenings there, those boring days, the funny moments and pressure of studies.

Coming up to the title of the book it is interesting but for me, the book could have been better with some other title. The subtitle is what I loved more than the title. The cover is catchy, apt and suggests us about the genre and content. The language used in the book is simple but there was something I didn’t like about that..I mean though the language was simple and easy to comprehend still I didn’t connect well with it. There were few errors too. The narration is done in First Person and is done well but could be improved in next book for better reading experience. The Author has tried well to portray the characters. However, Characters of the book lack depth and that’s the reason why I was unable to relate to them.

This book is simple and has nothing new to give in the plates of the readers. However, the storytelling is something that can bind you with the book. Scenes are written well and they flow smoothly while the story goes off sync in the mid pages.

Overall it’s a light read and is ideal for all those people who likes YA with a common story and easy language.

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P.S.- The book has been provided by Arudhaa club in exchange for an honest review.

Les just not be only friendz by Vikash Sharma~ Book Review

Title– Les just not be only friendz

Author– Vikash Sharma

Publisher– Creative Keeda Publications

No. of pages– 276

Price-160 INR

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Les just not be only friendz (1) is based on relationships and various phases of a graduate student’s life. The novel is set in Noida (NCR) in the time-period of 2009 – 2011.
The novel tells the story of a young, average performer and simple middle-class guy, who in desperate bid to not join his father’s profession of selling mechanical spare parts in a small town, comes to Delhi after graduation to study in a Film school, hoping to make it big and become successful in a short time span.

Aakash opts to stay with his old school friend Dhiru and his trouble making friends, who were perusing engineering from Noida. Before he could sink with the feel of Delhi NCR, he falls for a girl named Neha and finds him swept away by love and varied emotions. Dhiru does not like the progress in Aakash and Neha’s blooming relationship and consistently tries to act as second fiddle.
In order to save his friendship with Dhiru and in seeking Neha’s love, Aakash goes through various troublesome phases, which test him over time and eventually changes him from a shy and simple person to a completely different kind.
Towards the end, in order to prove his true love to Neha, Aakash accidentally ends up doing something that he had never dreamed of. The incident terribly jeopardizes their relationship. Will they ever get back to each other?

No, It’s not entirely a romantic story of panic stricken Aakash and confusedly demanding Neha,
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Yes. It’s an amalgamation of intricate relationships, set in modern times, focusing towards the trials and tribulations of average, but true lovers. It’s an endearing tale of veritable friendship and love in its ever changing colors.

Review

Les just not be only friendz (1) is the first book of its trilogy with the succeeding two books pending to be written and/or published. This book is just another youth romance, nothing unusual but hey, this is what our world is…. usual stuffs :).

The title of the book has altered spelled words, I don’t understand the point, maybe the point is to point at those youths who write everything on social media with altered words and billions of stupid #hashtags. So, it’s clear now but I didn’t like this alteration. But the title conveys what the book is about, so that’s “thumbs up”. The subtitle is good too.

Now the cover. It’s catchy but doesn’t mean its good, it’s really not. Moreover, the warm color dominates over the subtitle and blurb (at back) making it quite hard to be read.

The story is itself as thin as a 10 rupees dairy milk and should not have exceeded 100 pages but somehow the author made it in 270 pages **coughs**. The book is really really lengthy with repetitiveness, challenging my patience to the extreme. Also, there were so many slang words beeped in the book which was a bit irritating to me. There were conversations written in Hindi language keeping the originalness of the book but they were too many and may cause disturbance to non-hindi speakers. There were also some grammatical mistakes but those didn’t cause any disruption. The protagonist, Akash, I think, portrays the mindset of the author himself as there were some moral philosophical statements throughout the novel which who else can give other than the person bearing it. One of those statements begs us to change the way we look at prostitutes. I’ll say that its really good of him (the author) to include such things, so a thumb up here too :).

Now I think I have only been covering the negatives of the book and I beg pardon for this. This book also has many positives, like the story itself, the college life and the portrayal of modern love stories and friendship in the midst. The book is interesting enough to make me turn pages and with all the negatives, I am waiting for the sequels, curiously.

The first half of the novel introduces Akash, covers his family background and other things, nicely where the second half is a bit less repetitive which is a good thing.

The book could have been a lot better, especially by precise words and excluding some irrelevant things. At the end, I’ll say it’s a worth read and rate it 2 stars out of 5.

I recommend it to people who are looking for a novel on college life, youth romance, and friendship. It really sums up all these three nicely.

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A Symphony of Chance Encounters by Sayujya Sankar~Book Review

Title – A Symphony of Chance Encounters

Author– Sayujya Sankar

Publisher– Notion Press

No. of pages– 152

Price– 210 INR

Blurb

The world sways to an invisible music. We are the orchestra and our stories its symphony. And our loneliness is a song, which leads us through pasts and presents, towards new friends, and acquaintances…

That girl on the road swaying to an invisible rhythm…

That lady at the next table reading a book…

What’s their music?

A Symphony of Chance Encounters has suspense, love, rage, passion, contemplation and myriad human emotions sung into its stories.

A murderess. A child’s relationship with her father. An indifferent author. An unusual friendship. A couple in love. Writers exploring their creations. The fragrance of a new life; a new hope. A woman trapped in a life she does not want – will the rhythm be hers?

Their tunes merge. Their songs intertwine to create a symphony.

But, which tune do you sway to? Which melody lingers on your lips? Which story is yours?

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Review

It’s basically an anthology of short stories and poems. There are 10 poems and 10 short stories where each poem is followed by a short story. Each story has a different genre, but despite that, I found the stories bit boring and not well crafted.

The title of the book is the unique one, but the cover is the biggest turn off for me. The cover seemed a bit chaotic to me and it could have been better.

Poor plot.

The book could have been better if the Author had given a little more attention to the plot of each story. The stories are very simple and plain. Poems are better than the stories.

Coming to the language of the book, honestly, I don’t find it good. The 1st two stories are written in a very poor language while the 3rd one is written way better than the previous two which seemed as if someone else has written that.

What did I like?

Honestly, the thing I liked about the book is some poems and the title.

What didn’t I like?

Cover page, the language used and the plot of the stories.

Overall, all I would say is, the book is a big “NO” for me and I would like to give it 1 star out of five.

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Hey Dad! Meet my Mom by Sandeep Sharma and Leepi Agrawal~Book Review

Title–  Hey Dad! Meet my Mom

Authors– Sandeep Sharma and Leepi Agrawal

Publisher– Gargi Publishers

Number of Pages-160

Price-150 INR

Blurb

Right since 51WFYIIUUwL._SS300_childhood, the world in which we live teaches us to bury our ‘bad’ past somewhere deep inside us and just move on. So deep, that even we can’t possibly dig it back out. What happens when a 10 year old child, who claims to be your future son, comes to you to help you find his mother, who’s your perfect match? What happens when you eventually start doubting his intentions? What happens when a girl starts turning your dreams into nightmares? What happens when your ‘future son’ starts haunting you? What happens when your FUTURE starts bleeding into your PRESENT through your PAST? ‘Hey Dad! Meet My Mom!!!’ is nothing less than a roller coaster ride of mystery, love, comedy, fear and suspense. So make sure you don’t forget to expect the unexpected!!

Review

The cover is something that attracts readers the most. I mean before reading the blurb the cover is what any reader looks at and the cover of this book is really simple but it didn’t stand on to my expectations as it could have been better. The title is something that attracts more than the cover page indeed. It’s catchy and to be honest the title is what made me pick up this book.

So this book is about this guy named Puneet, a banker who falls in love with Myra, a customer to the bank he works in but being an introvert he couldn’t gather enough courage to approach her. Then comes this 10-year-old kid named Rishi who claims to be his future son which is totally astonishing thing for Puneet as he is unmarried. So here Rishi is someone who helps his dad to meet his mom and that’s why the title goes like hey dad! meet my mom.

Puneet is stunned by the dreams that turned into nightmares and that too about another woman whom he doesn’t know and that woman haunts him every day. It is like a puzzle between his dreams and reality. Well, that’s not the end.

When Puneet get to know that there’s something that his mother is hiding from him and that’s when the turn in the story comes and then enters a new character named Roshini. Who is Roshini and what was Puneet’s mother hiding from him?

Well, I’m not gonna reveal everything here, you have to buy yourself a copy to know more about what happened next.

The characters are woven really well and I loved the character of Rishi but there is something which is really not practical like how can a ten-year-old kid be this helpful. The intimate scene was irrelevant. I don’t really understand is it necessary to include that portion in every book? I mean every other book I read has some irrelevant sex scenes which really piss me off and it’s the biggest turn off for me as a reader.  The narration was good but the editing and the language could have been better to make the book little bit more engaging.

Overall this book is a light read and you can read it in one go.

I would like to give it 2 stars out of 5.

H-A-P-P-Y  R-E-A-D-I-N-G. 🙂

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The Bogus Read by Divyamaan~Book Review

Title– The Bogus Read

Author– Divyamaan

Publisher– Frog Books

Number of pages– 290

Price– 295 INR

Blurb

512u0qSUn6L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_“In a galaxy far, far away from Earth there were two countries. India and Pakistan. Both countries somehow remained in a perennial state of conflict since their independence. After badly losing thrice to India, Pakistan has now come up with the ultimate conspiracy – attack the minds of the Indian masses and capture the nation. In a partially successful attempt, it captures some portion of India. The Indian Government, led by its highly patriotic PM, Narendar Mody and His Royal Highness, Arnub Gooswamy, takes charge of the situation and comes up with a master plan of defeating Pakistan, using some of India’s most potent weapons – corruption, political-hooliganism and annoying celebrities. They are supported by five engineering students who, inspite of their otherwise mundane lives, get embroiled in the mess. They set themselves on a perilous journey only to discover how deep the whole conspiracy is and how dangerous are the brains behind it. Will they succeed in revealing the conspiracy to the Army? Will the lost territories be recaptured by India? To find out read ‘The Bogus Read’, an illogically-logical take on Indian politics, mainstream media, cinema and the television industry.”

Review

Starting with the title “The Bogus Read”, it represents comic nature of the book and indeed the book really stood very well on its humor level. And then the cover, it’s attractive and unique to be found in a novel. Cartoon sketches of politicians and celebrities, similar to what we see in newspapers sometimes, and those news type quotes, those are really humorous and illogical, of course.

The book is comedy themed and as I said before too, it stood very well on it. Its humor level is insane actually. It also has a chill of patriotism along with humor theme. The book made me laugh my ass off from the prologue till the end but I would say that the last chapter was not up to my expectation, maybe because I had expected a little way too much. I did not like the hulking form of Arnub Gooswamy, else everything was great. Covered in humor, it also shows the current (bad) scenario of Indian politics, mainstream media, cinema, and TV serials. This book shows how blindly a person worships a politician, how news channels instead of covering news, cover saas-bahu jhamela and that how silly and stupid our television industry has become (or it was like this since always).

The story goes as that all these media, cinema, serials and even politics being ruined was a decade length conspiracy of Pakistan. And now Pakistan is ready to attack India. It succeeds in capturing parts of India, beginning from J&K and proceeding further down to Shimla and Chandigarh. In return, India makes a master plan to use its most potent weapons – corruption, political hooliganism and annoying celebrities, against Pakistan.

The writing style is really good and editing also. The book has been well divided into eight chapters with 3-5 sub-chapters in each. Changing of the scene was also good with an end mark at the end of a scene. The book also has an index page which is helpful. The story goes with dates succeeding which is again good and it also hasn’t any irrelevant love story (no love story at all) unlike last few books I have read which was like a cherry on top.

So at the conclusion, I liked almost everything about this book (e.g., cover, title, humor, editing, etc), I enjoyed reading it since beginning till last and the author deserves appreciations for his work on his well written first book.

I rate it 5 stars out of 5 and strongly recommend it to everyone.

About the Author

Divyamaan aka D-MAN is an aspiring poet, actor, writer, director, guitarist, astrologer, entrepreneur, cook and gardener who works as a Business Development Manager at an IT MNC. A nationalist at heart and a lover of cinema, he wishes to someday contribute to good cinema in particular and nation building at large. As a step to that, he indulges in several Facebook comment fights, trolling useless celebrities on Twitter and leaving attention seeking comments on YouTube. Besides aspiring for so many things, he also happens to be an aspiring Engineer, with a degree from JIIT Noida and an MBA from Great Lakes Chennai. Currently he blogs and writes soulful articles for TheUnrealtimes.com under the moniker D-MAN.

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H-A-P-P-Y–R-E-A-D-I-N-G 🙂