23 November 2017

Review #683: Demi-Gods by Eliza K. Robertson



My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“People say teenagers think they're immortal, and I agree with that. But I think there's a difference between thinking you're immortal and knowing you can survive. Thinking you're immortal leads to arrogance, thinking you deserve the best. Surviving means having the worst thrown at you and being able to continue on despite that. It means striving for what you want most, even when it seems our of your reach, even when everything is working against you.”

----Francesca Zappia


Eliza Robertson, a Canadian award winning author, has penned a subtly compelling historical fiction called, Demi-Gods that revolves around two teenage sisters who find themselves caught in the charms of two blue-eyed, slim and terribly handsome teenage brothers who are the sons of their mother's new beau. Together the four patrons discover sexuality, first love, summertime adventures, life and themselves through mistakes and sun-kissed beach side drama. The exploration of teenage-hood is well captured through this sunny story set in the 1950s British Columbia and California.

21 November 2017

Review #682: Empress Orchid (Empress Orchid, #1) by Anchee Min



My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“A man who does not like power will suffer from its cruelty.”

----Shan Sa



Anchee Min, a Chinese author, has penned an enlightening tale about the last empress of China in her book called, Empress Orchid that revolves around a young concubine of the last emperor of the forbidden city where the young lady is caught in the race against an heir to the king in order to rise above her mistress status, but once she becomes the empress, she gets tangled up in the war of jealously, rage, ugly politics, scandals against the kingdom which she wants to desperately save it from the English invaders but the problem is the kingdom doesn't want to be saved, thereby becoming the sole reason for the downfall of the forbidden city.

16 November 2017

Review #681: The Astonishing Thing by Sandi Ward



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”

----Ernest Hemingway



Sandi Ward, an American author, has penned a heart warming debut contemporary fiction called The Astonishing Thing that is centered around a regular family of four and with one pet cat and a pet dog, and this pet cat narrates the story of this family from her perspective and how suddenly the marriage of the husband and wife shakes the ground of each one, including the cat itself, and how the cat makes an effort to repair this family. A truly enlightening and refreshing tale told from the point of view of a pet female cat whose emotions run deeper than the roots.

14 November 2017

Review #680: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1) by Leigh Bardugo



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then, I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them, there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves - something no hero will ever defeat. I've touched the darkness that lives in between the light. Seen the worst of this world, and the best. Seen the terrible things men do to each other in the name of hatred, and the lengths they'll go to for love. Now I know. Only love can save this world. So I stay. I fight, and I give... for the world I know can be. This is my mission, now. Forever.

----Diana Prince, From the movie Wonder Woman by Patty Jenkins




10 November 2017

Review #679: The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“I have now come to know that what one believes often becomes permanent, and what become permanent can be indestructible.”

----Chigozie Obioma



Chigozie Obioma, an ward winning Nigerian writer, has penned a captivating and a spellbinding tale called, The Fishermen that revolves around four brothers living in a small town in Nigeria, who in the absence of their strict father, decide one day to go for fishing in the river that is supposed-to-be-cursed, later to sell their catch for good money, but when their mother comes to know about it, they could not avoid their father's harsh beatings and later the older brothers gets cursed by a local madman that he would be killed by one of his fishermen brothers, leading to a chain of disastrous events in the lives of the four brothers.

9 November 2017

Review #678: Copycat by Alex Lake



My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“He who searches for evil, must first look at his own reflection.”

----Confucius


Alex Lake, a British novelist, has penned a subtly gripping psychological thriller called, Copycat that is centered around a well established doctor, wife and mother of three kids whose life takes a wild turn when one of her college friends moves back to her hometown who informs her about the fake profile that someone has been using under that doctor's name. Not only that, things get more weird, when the Facebook posts on that fake account gets a little too close to the home, leaving her husband dubious of his wife's mental health condition, owing to the fact that postcards, emails, handwritten notes, Amazon account all are being impersonated by someone who knows the doctor a little too well or maybe the doctor is doing it all by herself, who knows? Read the book to find out!

8 November 2017

Review #647: A Hundred Little Flames by Preeti Shenoy



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“To the loyal and to the blood-lovers, in the good families and in the fiery dynasties, life is family and family is life. It is the same people who give advice and their vices to live well who turn out to be the ones who give resource and reason to live long.”

----Criss Jami


Preeti Shenoy, an Indian bestselling, pens a heart warming family drama in her new book called, A Hundred Little Flames that centers around the bond of friendship between a young man, who has recently lost his job in the city, and his aging yet humble grandfather, living in his ancestral home in a small village in Kerala. When the paths of the two collide through trust, love, and through a beautiful story, of two friends whose fates never let them to tie the knot in a holy matrimony, the young man and the grandfather learn a lot about life from one another and also learn to live for themselves.

6 November 2017

Review #646: Victoria & Abdul by Shrabani Basu



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.”

----Alfred Tennyson



Shrabani Basu, an Indian author has penned an honest memoir about a forgotten man who mattered the most in the life of Queen Victoria in her book called, Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant. Abdul Karim was just a young man when he first met the British monarch, Queen Victoria and since that day, till the day, the queen died, their friendship stayed invaluable and that reached beyond the walls of Osborne House to Buckingham Palace to India thereby creating an uproar amongst the royals and the British Empire. Very predictably, after the death of the Queen, her family erased every single proof of the Queen and her munshi's friendship, yet somehow and mostly through hard work, dedication and by miracle, author, Shrabani Basu, has successfully resurrected the forgotten Indian Muslim man who became an integral part of Queen Victoria's life through this memoir.

2 November 2017

Review #645: Red Maize by Danesh Rana



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Terrorism has nothing to do with religion, Islam or otherwise. Terrorism is born of fundamentalism not of religion.”

----Abhijit Naskar



Danesh Rana, an Indian Police Service officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, has penned a vividly compelling tale about Jammu and not Kashmir, the metaphor of this heavenly paradise and its ever growing militants, which we rarely hear of from the hills of Jammu, in his debut book called, Red Maize. This book narrates the tale of three Muslim brothers and their headstrong and brave mother set across the idyllic mountainous landscape of Jammu, where the middle brother joins his hands with the militants to free his land from the Indian Armed Forces, caught between the crossfires of the jihads and the Indian Armed Forces are the innocent people of the land.

29 October 2017

Books N Beyond: Unboxing the October Wonder Box


Only a true book lover can fell the joy behind the book subcription boxes. As for me, book subscription boxes deliver ultimate happiness and ample of surprises in the form books and bookish goodies. By now, I've tried almost every other major book subscription boxes avaliable currently in India. So I can, pretty much, rate which one is the best right now in the country and which you must definitely stick to, no matter what.

Also today I'm going to unbox such a book subscription box, that is popular for including best selling, award-winning and highly recommended books, besides the goodies that are of best quality. So save up, and keep reading.






25 October 2017

Review #644: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith



My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

----Dalai Lama XIV


Jennifer E. Smith, am American author, has penned an entertaining and light hearted young adult contemporary story called, Windfall that centers around an orphan teenage girl randomly buying a lottery ticket, but later giving it to the guy, on whom she has a huge crush on, as a gift, who also surprisingly wins the ticket, followed by the winning money drama between the two. But what they together discover is that, money's power is beyond friendships and love, and that it certainly can change things.



12 October 2017

Review #643: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”

----Suzanne Collins



Kaira Rouda, a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author, has penned a gripping psychological thriller called, Best Day Ever that is centered around a perfect married couple, where the caring husband plans a perfect weekend getaway for his darling wife at their lake house somewhere away from their two young boys and the bustling noise of their urban life style. Although the husband has planned everything meticulously to surprise his stupid wife, but gradually, the true colors of the husband's intention behind this trip comes out, but can the wife sniff that out or will it be too late before she figure things out. A crazy, psychotic marital tale of a perfect couple.

10 October 2017

Review #642: My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“She is still a prisoner of her childhood; attempting to create a new life, she re-encounters the trauma.”

----Judith Lewis Herman



Gabriel Tallent, a Mexican author, has penned an extremely heart wrenching and horrifying, debut young adult contemporary fiction called, My Absolute Darling that centers around a young teenage girl, living with her crack head father, who teaches her about guns and shooting targets in the morning after her school and rapes her almost every other night, although the young protagonist, is clever and brave enough to get out of this terrifying life of hers, yet her emotions don't let her to, but her life drastically changes, when her grandfather dies suspiciously, her father pulls her out of school, where her teachers are worried about her lifestyle, and her father brings home another young girl.

6 October 2017

Review #641: You Don't Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Anyone who ever wondered how much they could love a child who did not spring from their own loins, know this: it is the same. The feeling of love is so profound, it's incredible and surprising.”

----Nia Vardalos


Rebecca Barrow, an English author, has penned a heart warming and extremely compelling debut teen fiction called, You Don't Know Me but I Know You that is centered around a young high school teenager, who has a loving adoptive family, great friends and a charming and kind musician boyfriend and both are looking forward to their future excitedly, but then this young teenage girl's life changes when she has to make difficult decision that her birth mother made for her a decade ago. This story is all about families, love, friendships, choices, motherhood and ultimately about honesty above everything.

4 October 2017

Festive Wear Look Book #1: Be Casual in a Saree


Canon 1200D 18-55mm Zoom lens

Durga Puja, for us Bengalis, it is not just a festival, it is an emotion that can't be shrugged off or ignored. For 10 days, Devi Durga along with her four children, embark from their heaven abode to the lands of the mortal to shower her immense blessings upon all of us and to curb darkness and evil from the face of the Earth. This puja is all about worshiping female power, her indomitable strength and her love and ultimately it is more about the fight of goodness over evil.


During this very time of the year, the Bengali women channel an exceptional beauty through them, that is mainly because of their attire and big-eyed-kohl looks. Even I too, who rarely wear any traditional attire, was decked up in an authentic traditional Bengali look, complete with a saree and kajal.

Since I've never been much of a fan of sarees, so I found myself being rescued by none other than Triveni Ethnics with their wide, unique and elegant collection of sarees and other traditional Indian wear for both men and women.

Canon 1200D 50mm Canon Prime Lens



On the sixth day of Durga Puja, i.e. Sosthi, we call it in Bengali, I wrapped myself in a dual tone red-and-blue contrast jacquard and georgette saree, that stuck to me for so many hours like a kind and understanding friend and not for once made me felt alien in it.

**PS: My last feeling is relatable to those women who are afraid to or rarely/never wear any saree in their life for any occasion, be it a wedding or a festival**
 
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Ears & Wrist: Junk Jewelry

On my lips: Maybelline New York Color Show Matte Lipstick

On my eyes: Eye liner

Blouse Style: Boat-necked, and back hook

Shoes: Wedge heels from SSS

Location: My office @ Sector V, Kolkata, India


If you like this saree, then I'm afraid you can't get your hands on it, since it has gone out of stock from the website. Not to worry, there are other fantastic and eye-catchy dual tone colored and myriad sarees that are worth a buy and are incredibly beautiful.


Wrap yourself up in a Triveni Ethnics saree this festive season, and make all the heads turn.
Happy shopping guys!



Take Care xx

21 September 2017

Review #640: An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“The gods made our bodies as well as our souls, is it not so? They give us voices, so we might worship them with song. They give us hands, so we might build them temples. And they give us desire, so we might mate and worship them in that way.”

----George R.R. Martin



Wray Delaney, pen name for Sally Gardner, an award-winning British children's author, has penned an intriguing and a very sizzling historical fiction called, An Almond for a Parrot that revolves around a young woman in London locked up in a prison as she is accused of killing her husband, whom she got married to at the age of 12 by her father to pay off his neck-deep debts, and from the prison cell, the woman narrates the story of her life, of how she discovered her sexuality at a tender age, of how she became a prostitute, of her godly gifts of seeing dead people's ghosts from parrots in a cage, of falling in love, of her other talents of pleasing men, and mostly of her erotic exploration through ages.

15 September 2017

Review #639: Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.”

----Tennessee Williams


Heather Maclean, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned a compelling YA fantasy book called, Toward a Secret Sky that centers around a teenage girl, who just lost her mother in an accident, turning her into an orphan girl, as a result she travels to the Scottish Highlands to her paternal grandparents' house, where she meets a strange yet very attractive young man, who unravels the mystery behind her deceased parents' true and real profession of helping the good and fighting darkness in the world, all the while opening a new dimension of universe for the young girl to make her believe.



30 August 2017

Review #638: The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad, Ingrid Christophersen (Translator)



My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“She couldn't survey the wreck of the world with an air of casual unconcern.”

----Margaret Mitchell


Åsne Seierstad, an Award winning journalist-turned-Norwegian-author, has penned a delectable and slightly captivating account of her stay with an Afghan family, who owned a bookshop in a terror-stricken and on-the-verge-of-a-civil-war type Kabul in the year 2002, in the book called, The Bookseller of Kabul. This is the personal story of almost every human being, mainly women of the household, from the bookseller family, with two wives and tons of children and an equally great number of siblings, the bookseller is a subtly liberal man of his times, that only demanded women of each and every household to stay indoors and keep giving birth until their last dying breath.

25 August 2017

Review #637: Charlatans by Robin Cook



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“We can't possibly have a summer love. So many people have tried that the name's become proverbial. Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It's a sad season of life without growth...It has no day.”

----F. Scott Fitzgerald


Dr. Robin Cook, the international best-selling author, is back with a bang and this time with an intriguing and pot-boiling medical thriller called, Charlatans that no-doubt, revolves around the cutting edge technology and advancements in the field of medicine and medical practices, but mainly centers around the educational backgrounds of the doctors, where the two protagonists, one, a chief medical resident and the other, a star anesthesiologist of the Boston Memorial Hospital who get tangled up in the OR deaths of three patients, and the investigation behind the death puts doubt in the minds of the chief medical resident about the star anesthesiologist's training and the fancy educational background, even though they get emotionally and sexually involved with one another beyond the premises of the hospital.

22 August 2017

Review #636: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.”

----Malcolm X



Karin Slaughter, the No. 1 bestselling author, has penned a hair-raisingly chilly and terrifying family thriller, The Good Daughter that centers around two crimes in a small American town, occurring in a time gap of 28 years, one the murder of a popular defense attorney's wife, that left the two daughters mentally and physically paralyzed for life, and the other, is a mass shooting at a local school, to which the younger daughter becomes a sole witness. And after the second crime, the daughters are pretty sure, that the memories of past crime that ripped their family apart won't stay buried under and that there is more mystery and buried lies behind both the crimes, and are they willing to explore all those mysteries, now that they have walked on the career footsteps of their father?

10 August 2017

Review #635: Final Girls by Riley Sager



My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again ... we are survivors. If you are here today... you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.”

----Lori Goodwin



Riley Sager, a pen name for an American author, pens her debut horror-cum-thriller book, Final Girls that revolves around three female mass murders survivors, whom the media coined them as the Final Girls, yet the last final girl, never wanted to live her life as a final girl, instead she pretended to live a normal life in Manhattan with her handsome boyfriend, while she blogged about cakes, but soon her pretentious perfect life crumbles to ground, when the first final girl is found dead at her home, followed by the surfacing up of the second MIA survivor at her doorstep, making her wonder, even after so many years later, are they still safe?

7 August 2017

Review #634: Bite of the Black Dogs by Sanjay Bahadur



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”

----Mark Twain


Sanjay Bahadur, an India author, pens a terrific, nail biting and gripping real-life special operations of Indian Special Forces book based on a true story, and it is called, Bite of the Black Dogs that is set across the idyllic yet challenging landscape of Kashmir, India, where an Indian special force group is assigned to eradicate and extract the terrorists and the alleged killers of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus settled in Kashmir) belonging from the infamous militant group of Hizbul Mujahideen ("Party of Muslim Holy Warriors") who are funded and supported by various countries and various states of India. This real life account of the militants as well as the special task force men, who would do anything for their countrymen.

3 August 2017

Review #633: The Rome Affair by Karen Swan



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.”

----Giotto di Bondone



Karen Swan, an English author, has penned a compelling, stirring and riveting contemporary romance novel, The Rome Affair that revolves around a former British barrister who after escaping a not-so-sweet-past into the Rome and works as a tour guide besides writing a blog, but one day she chances upon a stolen handbag in a dust bin that belongs to an Italian socialite and aristocrat old lady living in a grand mansion, with her own past demons and when these two women's paths are crossed, history is bound to get unraveled amidst of lies and secrets, and taking the tour guide to places, where she could never imagine to be, until she comes across the mystery of the old lady's not so grand life.

1 August 2017

Review #632: The Crunch Factor by Andaleeb Wajid



My rating: 2 of 5 stars


“You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.”

----Jodi Picoult


Andaleeb Wajid, an Indian author, has penned a mildly heart warming, Bollywood-ish and spicy contemporary romance called, The Crunch Factor packed with a finger-licking delicious love triangle between a female food photographer, whose parents ask her to marry a filthy, rich restaurant owner, but unfortunately her heart is torn apart between the choices and the duties towards her middle class family and the choices of her heart's desire that wants to be wooed by that very restaurant's hunky and handsome head chef. Will it all be roses for the food photographer? Or will it cost her a lot of challenges to walk on the right path which she actually deserves?

31 July 2017

Review #631: Here Falls The Shadow by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you're allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.”

----Shannon L. Alder



Bhaskar Chattopadhyay, an Indian author, has penned a terrific and nail biting thriller, Here Falls The Shadow that surrounds around the death threat of a notable author and the killings of his family estate's dogs, as a result of which, the infamous and ingenious PI, Janardan Maity jumps to the rescue with an old acquaintance of his, into this sleepy little town covered by forests, to uncover the author's family curses, old traditions, nemesis, and many untold family secrets.


28 July 2017

Review #630: Wishbones by Virginia Macgregor



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”

----Laurell K. Hamilton


Virginia Macgregor, an English author, has penned an extremely encouraging and soul stirring young adult contemporary fiction called, Wishbones that explores the life of a teenage girl, who wants to fix her mom and dad's relationship, by helping her obese and depressed mom to feel and get better, but fate have other plans for her, when after a night out, her mother falls sick, and her family is pushed to the edge off the limits. And not to mention, there are lots of things that she doesn't know yet, knowing which will forever change her life. An uplifting YA story about sexuality, eating disorder, depression, relationships and encouragement that is a must read.

26 July 2017

Review #629: True Liars by Isha Inamdar



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“We have to allow ourselves to be loved by the people who really love us, the people who really matter. Too much of the time, we are blinded by our own pursuits of people to love us, people that don't even matter, while all that time we waste and the people who do love us have to stand on the sidewalk and watch us beg in the streets! It's time to put an end to this. It's time for us to let ourselves be loved.”

----C. JoyBell C



Isha Inamdar, an Indian writer, has penned her debut contemporary romance story called, True Liars that revolves around the life of a young and aspiring female deejay artist caught between the worlds of her best gay friend and that friend's brother interspersed with wedding vows, typical big-fat Indian wedding, lies, friendships, love and passion in a serene landscape of a small heritage town in Jodhpur. This novel is perfect for the fans of Colleen Hoover, Sylvia Day, Jojo Moyes.

24 July 2017

Review #628: Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”

----Voltaire



Mur Lafferty, an American author, has penned an intriguing science fiction thriller called, Six Wakes that centers around a spaceship carrying six crew members, where each one wakes up as a clone with no memory or record of what happened or who killed them, but only with the memory of dying. And as their bloody bodies floated around the space ship under zero gravity and with the ship's controlling AI being offline, the six crew members are pretty sure that someone amongst them must have killed them, but why? Set in the 25th century, this story is going to thrill the readers in a subtle manner.

18 July 2017

Review #627: Secrets of Nanreath Hall by Alix Rickloff



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

----Søren Kierkegaard



Alix Rickloff, a critically acclaimed author of historical and paranormal romance, has penned a heart touching historical fiction called, Secrets of Nanreath Hall that revolves around two women, in two different timelines, searching for their own identities, one is looking for her biological mother's family and her forgotten background, while the other leaves everything behind for love. Both the stories, narrated in alternative chapters, are not only endearing but are also intriguing enough to keep the readers on their edges.


13 July 2017

Review #626: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind



My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. ”

----Christian Dior


Patrick Süskind, a late German writer and screenwriter's internationally, critically acclaimed and an award-winning novel Das Parfum: Die Geschichte eines Mörders translated into English with the title, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer The German novel set in the backdrop of 18th century France that rocked the whole world with its intensity, level of fantasy and surrealism, historical realism, sensuality and scents surrounding around a young man, with a god-gifted talented to identify the subtle and underlying scents of worldly things as well as of human beings.

12 July 2017

Review #625: One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”

----Friedrich Nietzsche



Emma Curtis, a British writer, pens her debut psychological thriller called, One Little Mistake that revolves around a woman, who is a mother of three beautiful children, wife to a husband who loves her a lot and with a job she loves, but her perfect life has cracks and those cracks make her slip, as she commits one tiny little mistake, which she later confides to her beat friend, who in turn, asks her to keep lying in order to save her kids from child protection services and little did this woman knew that a terrible calamity was waiting at her front door, the moment she confided in her best friend. A story about two best friends and a little girl, who just lost her mother and is forced to go to foster care.

10 July 2017

Review #624: Against All Odds by Danielle Steel



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.”

----Karl Lagerfeld



Danielle Steel, the #1 bestselling author, is back with her new adult fiction book called, Against All Odds that unravels the story of a widowed mother and her four children, who are now adults, and whose terrible life's choices land them up in a mucky situation, yet the mother, who already warned them against their decisions, stands strongly by their side, and fights for them against all odds, even though her own personal life goes haywire. A story that vividly portrays the parent's undying support for their children, no matter what.


9 July 2017

Whispering Flames: Bookish Candles Review


Hola my readers and my followers,


Wassup, guys?! I hope it is going great. As you all know that, just a week ago, i.e. on 26th June, 2017, we celeberated 20 magical years of  Harry Potter, the day when author, J.K. Rowling's iconic and ground breaking children's fantasy book called "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was first published.

And so today I shall unravel some exclusive and the best Harry Potter merchandise that I recently came across through Instagram. Gear up guys, as the pictures below are bound to make you click on that "Buy Now" button. And if you're a true potterhead, then you must grab some of these bookish goodies from the one & only and an all-exclusive scented bookish candle store in India. And it's called........

6 July 2017

Review #623: Blue Light Yokohama (Inspector Iwata, #1) by Nicolás Obregón



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“The rain that fell on the city runs down the dark gutters and empties into the sea without even soaking the ground”

----Haruki Murakami



Nicolás Obregón, a British-Spanish author, has penned his debut nail-biting and page-turning thriller, Blue Light Yokohama which is the first book in a brilliantly epic crime fiction series, Inspector Iwata . A tough Tokyo cop is assigned on a second hand case, of the brutal murder of a family of four in their own home with only one clue of a painting of a black sun, alongside an assistant lady detective, together who unravel lots of mysteries surrounding the Japanese culture, the in house corruption in the police department and their broken pasts, the ghosts of which are now coming alive. So despite of the resistance from his seniors, the tough cop is hard bend to catch the killer before the killer strikes again or before he is kicked out of the force.

4 July 2017

Review #622: Everybody's Son: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“I feel bare. I didn't realize I wore my secrets as armor until they were gone and now everyone sees me as I really am.”

----Veronica Roth



Thrity Umrigar, the bestselling, critically acclaimed author, has penned a terrific and extremely heart breaking literary fiction in her new book called, Everybody's Son: A Novel that centers around a biracial, abandoned kid, who is adopted by a rich and powerful white family while his crackpot mother rotted away in jail, and later he grows up to carry forward his adopted family's name by himself becoming someone important, but he can never shake off the strong relationship he had with his own mother and now after so many years, he is going to learn lots of dirty secrets about his past as well as about his adopted family, that will threaten his whole sanity as well as his existence.

3 July 2017

Review #621: Release by Patrick Ness



My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“It might be possible that the world itself is without meaning.”

----Virginia Woolf




Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, pens a touching yet enlightening young adult contemporary novel, Release with a touch of magical realism. This book is about a regular gay teenage boy having a very, very bad day one can possibly imagine, from confronting his sexuality to heart breaks to realization to losing someone , whereas on the other hand, it is also about the recent death of a drug addict from the very same town as that of the gay teenager, who has become a ghost and wants revenge on her killer.


2 July 2017

The Big Book Box: Unboxing the June Book Box


Hello folks,
How have all been doing?! I've been busy lately with work (**boring alert**), some travelling with bae, reading as usual and photography (**my new found love, although it has been a year though**).

So, I think book subscription boxes, in general, are such great ideas, but I've never been able to find one that I actually really thought I would enjoy - until now.


The Big Book Box is an Indian based book subscription service that features some amazing and unique bookish goodies, fandom swag, art, food, exclusive author content (**that I bet you will not find anywhere in the world, if you wish to, nope I'm not exaggerating!**) in their boxes, besides the latest, up and coming books and pocket friendly subscription plans! They’ve been doing these monthly themed book boxes besides some regular themes like Harry Potter, Tiny Tots and Travel, and this was my first book box from them. And not to mention, their customer service is extremely helpful, warm and very friendly, replies almost within a moment.

Book-o-Box: Unboxing the June Book Box


Hey guys! So a little while ago, I found out that there was a couple of bibliophiles in Chennai who have decided that they, like the rest of us in this country, were tired of seeing other countries having amazing book subscription boxes while we had to either pay exorbitant shipping prices or simply have no way of getting it because international shipping wasn’t an option.

Moreover, also tired of all those upcoming YA subscription boxes in the country and nothing to ease the hunger of the die-hard fans of literary fiction.



29 June 2017

Review #620: The Rat Prince by Bridget Hodder



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“If you don't like Cinderella because she seems so "naive" and "weak," listen to this quote from the Walt himself: "She believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn't come along, she went over to the palace and got him.”

----Walt Disney Company



Bridget Hodder, an American author, pens a delectable and compelling retelling of our favorite fairy tale, Cinderella in her new book, The Rat Prince that revolves around those rats who turned into Cinderella's coach drivers after fairy god mother's magic and also centers around Cinderella herself. The rat prince, who was one of those rats from that magical night, has forever been in love with Cinderella, but the night has a different twist that the fans of Cinderella never knew about, so if you want to know about it, simply grab this book.

27 June 2017

Review #619: Don't Let Go by Michel Bussi



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.”

----Heinrich Heine



Michel Bussi, a French award-winning author, pens his latest crime thriller, Ne lâche pas ma main translated into English with the title, Don't Let Go. The story revolves around a happy married couple and their young daughter, while holidaying at a French island, the wife goes missing without a trace but leaving behind a trail of clues and eye-witnesses that make the husband a sure shot suspect, and when the local female detective reaches the crime scene, she is sure that the husband is hiding something from them and not too long her hunch comes true, as the husband runs away from the police and the ongoing investigation, and so the body count which skyrockets like anything.

23 June 2017

Review #618: Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard



My rating: 2 of 5 stars


“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.”

----Bob Marley



Susan Dennard, an American bestselling author, has penned a slightly gripping young adult fantasy story, Truthwitch that marks as the series opener for The Witchlands , laced with magic and heroic adventure, teenage friendship goals and cliched and steamy love drama, this book fits the bill for those looking for a thrilling teenage fantasy story, that is high on drama. This book revolves around two teenagers destined to fight with their powers to protect their empire against those who have waged a war upon them, but predictably, these young girls want nothing but freedom and for that, they would go at any lengths to break their ties with their duties and responsibilities and not to mention, they are powerful witches with some magical gifts in their bones.

20 June 2017

Review #617: The Child by Fiona Barton



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“Childhood trauma does not come in one single package.”

----Asa Don Brown



Fiona Barton, the British bestselling author, is back with another page-turning and chilling psychological thriller called, The Child that revolves around three women, one our favorite journalist from Barton's previous book, Kate, and two different women, each grieving upon the news of an infant's skeletons recovered from a building site, as one strongly believes that it is her baby stolen the day she gave birth to her baby while the other is terrified about her long buried past has finally come to haunt her, can Kate uncover the mystery behind two women's grief?


12 June 2017

Cover Reveal: Against All Odds by Danielle Steel



After the highly successful novel, Dangerous Games, the New York Times bestselling author, Danielle Steel is back with yet another riveting and page turning thriller, Against All Odds.

Read the synopsis below to know about the book:


PS: It is quite addictive, so read it at your own risk!


Danielle Steel proves she is the world's favorite storyteller in this powerful story of love conquering all in Against All Odds.