Book Review- Twenty- Twenty: A Race Against Time by Anuraag Srivastava

Book Name- Twenty Twenty: A Race Against Time
Genre- Thriller Fiction
Publisher- Srishti Publications
Pages- 220
Price- ₹195

Blurb

Life is a fast-paced Twenty20 game and you need to keep playing to win. Abhi and Aditi are siblings who want to realise their dreams in the ever upgrading world. In the midst of all the struggle and success, they get entangled in a strange web. If they are not able to resolve the crisis in twenty days, their very existence can come under threat. In short, they have to hit sixes on every bouncer thrown at them. Not just with the world outside, this ordeal is also a fight with one’s own character and principles. Unwanted situations, unexpected turns, money and sex push them deeper into the web. Manipulations and treachery become the order. The hunter becomes the hunted. A vicious circle of betrayal and debauchery is created. ‘Twenty Twenty’ is a story of betrayal, deceit and relationships, where a master planner devises games, to get to his own ambitions.
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Review

Enthralling, Engaging and Interesting. Three words are best to describe Twenty-Twenty: A race against time.
It’s fast paced and serves us one of the gripping book in thriller genre coming out of India.
Book Title is interesting and catches attention of readers. It is appropriate with the book but Book Cover needs major work. It’s unreal and although it goes with the content, it does not fit.
Blurb is short, interesting.
Language used in the book is easy to comprehend. I loved the short inputs by author between the paragraphs.
Writing Style of author is simple and for a first-time-author, it is decent.
Characterization is done well and I loved how author tried to portray real characters and he succeeded doing so.
Author has good storytelling skills and engages us with the book. Pace of the book is fast, goes well with the thriller.
Author has tried to add Suspense, Romance, Thriller and everything a reader would ask for in his debut novel.
It was an interesting read and I enjoyed my time reading this book.
I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
It was a perfect read except for the cover of the book.
I would recommend this book to thriller readers out there.

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Book Review- The Day before… I Died (Matryoshka in East) by Ashi Kalim

Review-

The Day Before I…..Died  is Historical Romance Fiction which revolves around Svetlana, daughter of Stalin. She falls in love with an Indian Prince Brajesh.

The short love story, history and international politics is handled well and book serves us something more than regular love story.

Book Title and Cover– Book Title is interesting and appropriate with the book and catches attention of readers. Cover is beautiful and suggests us about the genre and content.

Both Title and Cover catches attention of readers.

Language and Narration- Language used in the book is simple and easy to comprehend.
Narration is done well but could be improved in next book for better reading experience. However, The poems and poetic writing style of Ashi glued me with this book.

Characters- Author has well portrayed the character of Svetlana and Brajesh. I loved Svetlana. She has depth, understanding and her own opinion about his father’s decision.

On the other side, Brajesh is calm and decent however author could have portrayed him well.

Storyline and Plot- Plot of this book is unique and interesting. Although, this book is only 100 pages long, it well highlights history, world politics.

Storytelling is what binds you with the book. Scenes are written well and they flow smoothly.

You can read this book if you like history and love stories.

Review-

Book Title and Cover- 4/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Characterization- 4.5/5
Storyline and Plot- 4.5/5
Final Rating- 4.5/5

All in all, The Day Before I….Died is an interesting read and could be enjoyed by readers who love Historical Romance.

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Book Review- Treacherous Desires by Kritika Sharma

Book Name- Treacherous Desires 
Author- Kritika Sharma 
Genre- Romance Fiction
Publisher- StoryMirror 
Pages- 160
Price- 175

Blurb

They say everything has an expiration date. Kaya didn’t know her marriage had one too. Suffering silently in her marriage she finds herself attracted to a stranger. Things get worse as he, too, feels the same way.
His smile wreaks havoc and touch causes chaos. Kaya doesn’t know what to do, as her ‘treacherous desires’ take hold. However there is an invisible barrier of ‘marriage’ that Kaya cannot break.
Torn between her failing marriage and the man who is irresistible, Kaya now has the hardest choice to make.
Whom will she choose? Will she be able to reignite the spark in her marriage or will she initiate a completely new relationship?
Find out more in this roller coaster ride of love, seduction, desires, passion and epic romance – which neither lets you ignore nor lets you endure.
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Review-

Treacherous Desires is a well written, quick, light and equally engaging novel by Kritika Sharma.
Book Cover and Title– Book Cover is mysteriously seducing and catches the attention of readers. It goes well with the plot and theme. Title is totally appreciate and adds mystery to it and catches the attention of readers.
Language and Writing Style- Language of the author is lucid. Writing style of author is fresh and binds readers with the book. Narration is decent and compliments the storyline.
Characterization– I loved characterization of the book. Kritika has managed to put the real emotions of protagonist in story. The dilemma and the guilt of consequences is brilliantly written.
Even the side characters are well portrayed.
Storyline and Plot– Storyline of the book is fresh and provides us unique yet realistic plot.
From the first page only story starts taking pace and scenes are given one after other. However the pace of the story was fast and slow in between few pages, apart from that, it was interesting read.
Ratings-
Book Cover and Title- 4/5
Language and Writing Style- 3.5/5
Characterization- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 3.5/5
Final Rating- 4/5
All in all, Treacherous Desires is fast, gripping tale of dilemma, Desires and human emotions. I would recommend this book to Romance Fiction lovers.

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Book Review- Broken Radio by NIshant Nishit

Book Name- Broken Radio 
Author- Nishant Nishit
Genre- Fiction 
Publisher- Notion Press Publications 
Pages- 184 
Price- ₹190

Blurb

This book is not for those who believe in happily ever after tales. It’s brilliantly creepy, violent and extremely offensive in nature. It preaches a cult philosophy against an emasculating consumerist culture.
The story is a brilliant mix of transgressed elements held together by dirty realism. It focuses on characters who feel confined by the norms and expectations of society and who break free of those confines in unusual or illicit ways. Because they are rebelling against the basic norms of society, protagonists may seem mentally ill, anti-social, or nihilistic. The book deals extensively with taboo subject matters such as drugs, sexual activity, violence, pedophilia and crime.
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Review

Before starting my review, I want to congratulate Mr. Nishit for choosing and writing this genre in the time when Indian Authors are going after Romance Genre only.
To start my review, This book is quite an gore and talks about “realistic” and “dark” things about our society which exists and still are called as “Taboo”.
Author serves us story of Nik and  Aditya, how they met, their parallel stories interconnected with Violence and Gore content. It was interesting to read about all this stuff but over the time it felt like author is off the track from the main plot.
Plot is interesting and new one. Storyline goes well with the picture perfect characterization of Modern Youth.
I also liked the way author was putting his thoughts through the characters.
Language of the book is repetitive and however it goes well with the theme, a little more of vocabulary would have satisfied my literary thirst.
Narration is decent and complements the storyline.
Book Cover is beautiful with the broken radio and some blood. It gives us hint about the possible content in the book. Title is interesting and catchy. Blurb is straightforward and that’s why it catches attention of readers.
Overall, Broken Radio is one the unique book written by an Indian Author and though, story seemed little blurred, it was still an enjoyable read.
I would rate this book 4/5 stars and recommend this book to the fans of gore.

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Book Review- Stranger With Known Faces by Gautam Dutta

Book Name- Stranges With Known Faces 
Author- Gautam Datta
Genre- Fiction
Publisher- Invincible Publishers
Pages- 257 pages
Price- ₹185

Blurb- 
RajatMeenakshiSadaafAmol, and Shanaya are five University students with nothing in common- who should never have met in the first place. They meet after winning a lucky draw- the prize of which was to take part in a puzzle game. Though the game was engrossing, they were unable to solve the puzzle in the stipulated time. However, this lead to the beginning of a deep friendship between them. Their friendship blossomed. But ego and misunderstanding led to an acrimonious break up. They meet again- two decades later- when Shanaya is murdered, and the other four are suspects. The four soon realize that in spite of being estranged for so many years, there were unknown ties that bound them- ties of treachery, deceit, and subterfuge. Ties that have led them to come together in circumstances that no one could have foreseen. And the game that they had left incomplete two decades back has to be played yet again – on a much bigger canvas. Now they have to trust each other, clear their names, and get to the bottom of the mystery, which threatens not only their lives and relationships, but also the fabric of democratic India. As their travels and travails continue, they discover hitherto unknown facets of the people around them, as well as their own selves. Can they succeed in resolving the puzzle this time? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? As hidden aspects of the human personality are revealed, they realize that no one is what he or she appears to be. For the world comprises of ‘Strangers With Known Faces’.

Review-

Strangers With Known Faces is one of the finest crime thriller book written by an Indian author. Gautam Datta with his book ensures bright future of Indian Literature in crime thriller genre.
Book title is interesting. It creates curiosity about the book and gives a hint about the story. Cover is it could be made more appealing and appropriate with the theme and cover.
The language used is easy to connect with and rich in vocabulary. Writing style of author is easy to follow.
Book is well edited and it is free from any grammatical errors.
The author has done a wonderful job of sketching  his characters. As story flows, the characters grow and have a unique impact on the readers. The back story about the characters was very interesting and glued me to the book.
 Storyline is interesting. Author has artistically raised some question about the story in the prologue which are answered at the end of the book.
The blend of intriguing characters and interesting plot. Twists and turns are given throughout the book which binds the readers with the book. The dash of thriller in the plot ensures entertainment.
 Rating-
Book Title and Cover- 3/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Characterization- 4/5
Storyline and Plot- 3.5/5
Final Rating- 4/5
All in all, Strangers With Known Faces is brilliant book which serves us one of the finest crime thriller written by an Indian author.

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Book Review- No Matter What I Do by Devanshi Sharma

Book Name- No Matter What I Do, I End Up Falling For You
Author- Devanshi Sharma
Genre- Romantic Fiction
Pages- 200
Price- 175

Blurb-

Kabir, Amaira, Kushank and Suhani – four very different people bound together by love and friendship – struggling to find the motto of their lives. Four individuals striving to find themselves. Four threads entangled together and four lives recuperating each other – No Matter What I Do is the story of these four youngsters, on a journey to find themselves.
The love story narrates tales of reversing stereotypes and finding individuality. But will they really find their reason to live
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Review-

No Matter What I Do: I End Up Falling For You  is the second novel by the  Devanshi Sharma. After her first novel, expectations were high from Devanshi and she succeeded to fulfill our expectations with her new book.
I received a free copy of this book from Kalamos Literary Services in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Book Cover and Title- The book Cover is eye-pleasing, plain and simple. However, it could have been made more attractive. The title is appropriate for the content and creates a curiousity about the book. The blurb is okay and further discloses about the content of the book.
Language and Narration- The language of the book is lucid. Narration is done in first person. It is simple and binds readers with the book. The descriptions are perfect and the editing is done well.
Characterization- All the characters are justified properly. I loved the way characters undergo a change in the latter half. It was good to read that apart from protagonist, supporting characters are artistically portrayed.
All in all, Characterization was near to perfect.
Theme- The theme of the book is unconditional love, it also shows the way a woman can change a man and what a man can do for the love of his life. The author has merged emotions with his word which makes you feel the pain and happiness of characters.
Storyline and Plot- Storyline of the book is unique and it serves a fresh story. Plot construction is gripping and forces you to read the book. Story is fast paced and scenes are penned beautifully and placed rightly. You can read this book in 3-4 hours.
Ratings-
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 3.5/5
Characterization- 4/5
Storyline and Plot-  4/5
Final Rating- 4/5
 All in all, No Matter What I Do: I. End Up Falling For You is an emotional story which will surely touch your heart. I would recommend this book to the romance fiction readers out there.

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Interview Session- Aparna Sinha, Author of Ashvamedha

Aparna Sinha wrote her first poem when she was seven, which she recited on All India Radio. Since then, her literary work and industry specific articles have been published in various media, including reputed business magazines across Asia.

Equipped with a Master’s in management, when she was forced to quit her lucrative job because of a chronic disease, she focused on her sole passion – writing.

1. Tell us about yourself.

Born and raised in city of Allahabad, by academician father (his book has won the national award) and writer mother; I was always a dreamer and always a story teller. I was a marketing communication professional and have worked in different geographies across SEAsia. I am a stay at home, mother of one year old boy and I love every bit of motherhood.

I love to read, travel and play electronic games (video/mobile). I have done Social service in field of women and child education.

I dislike watching movies or TV.

Aparna

2. What brought you in this writing world?

I started writing very young and recited a self composed poem at All India Radio when I was seven. I have been writing since. Professionally, I have written many industry-related and thought leadership articles (published in various magazines across globe) I have also written Poetries, prose and plays- many are published in various media.

The book happened when I was hit by chronic autoimmune disorder, which forced me to quit my job; while the world/society felt sorry for me for losing my perfect skin to a disease, which may or may not cure, I used the time to write the novel.  I recuperated as the book finished. Even though my body still carries marks of that illness, but it doesn’t remind me of pain and sleepless nights; it has made me strong and I thank god for that!

3. What after writing?

Writing is more like part of my life and it will remain so. I am so accustomed to penning my thoughts that a life after that in unimaginable.

4. Tell us about your work?

Ashvamedha- The Game of power, is a political thriller. The book is at #6 among “top 50 favorite books by a female author, 2016” (done by The Ladies Finger). Hindu (News paper) called it one of the best thrillers of recent times and is also among the top reads of Juggernaut APP.

Blurb

“You have to dethrone a powerful man to become the most powerful. I was itching to defeat the single most powerful person, but there wasn’t any. I was left with only one choice — to create one.”

Little does Ashwin Jamwal know that the last twenty-five years of his life have been controlled by a master manipulator, who wanted to make him the most powerful man on earth, though for a reason! Ashwin steps up to take oath as the youngest Prime Minister of India and is unknowingly thrown into a vortex of power and authority as the entire world is threatened by a faceless enemy — Hades.

The world starts to look up to Ashwin as the savior, but he was just a pawn, reared only to be sacrificed in the end.

A story of greed, lies, deceptions, manipulations and corruption, Ashvamedha is a thriller revolving around the infamous game of power in a maddening bid to seek absolute control.

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5. Tells us a name of the character that resembles you?

Adya, female lead, resemblances with me in many ways- she is independent, focused and very professional, dislikes wearing formal attire and loves to eat (very similar).

6. According to you what is the real meaning of literature?

Literature is the mirror of the people and society (and their sentiments), in words; it has various forms and styles, many languages and different views, but in the end it represents us; hence like us, it has gone through changes, it evolved. Like us, it is complex and simple at the same time.

To me a Haiku is as much a literature as limerick and Shakespeare is as eminent writer as E.L James.

7. Names of authors you follow. And why?

I am voracious reader and I read a lot. I am inspired by many authors and I quote them often- Besides John Keats. Oscar Wile, Charles Dickens… (Classic)

Kahlil Gibran: Easy parables with deep meanings. His writing goes deep within your soul and stirs it.  So beautifully written so simple and yet hard hitting is how I will define his writing skills

Michael Crichton: One of the best brains with very lucid story telling style; from quantum mechanics to DNA restructuring, he made complex subject looks like a child’s play.

Robert Ludlum: A thriller fanatic would always quote his name (if not intimidated by number of pages of his books) Detailed narration and great story has capacity to glue the readers till the end

Contemporary

John Grisham: Purely for his narrative style and drama

Khaleed Hosseni: is Charles Dickens of modern era; when he writes you could actually smell the fear and feel the pain!

Dan Brown: For the mystery on once an unexplored genre (symbology) and the narrative style.

8. Anything about your upcoming work?

I am working on a crime fiction.

9. How can our readers connect with you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ashvamedha/

Twitter: aparna@326

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