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.
Book Title and Cover- 4/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
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.
Book Name- Treacherous Desires
Author- Kritika Sharma
Genre- Romance Fiction
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.
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.
“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.
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
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?
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Book Name- Secrets, Sins & Struggles: The Journey of Five Women
Author- Kamini Kusum
Genre- Anthology/ Fiction
Publisher- Zobra Books
A collection of five tales,Secrets,Sins & Struggles is about the lives and loves of five women, tracing their long, eventful journeys that are anything but linear.
Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice. Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way.
Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand-new boyfriend.
Harsha who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage while still being haunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover.
Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his.
These stories are about the odds stacked against women in their path to love and success.
They are also about hope that the next turn will lead to the happiness and success they all long for.
Secrets, Sins, and Struggles by Kamini Kusum is a kind of anthology where author serves us 5 short stories of 5 different women which are going through their sins, struggles and many other elements. This book is perfect feminist book of a kind and inspiring too.
Book Cover shows five different women with different emotions. The cover is appropriate with the book and catches attention of the readers.
Title discloses about the content and is complements well the cover of book. Blurb is short and interesting enough for readers to pick up the book.
Language of this book is simple and easy to comprehend. Narration is done well and makes story reading smooth. Few quotes in the book are worth quoting.
All the five characters are different from each other with different struggles but one thing common in them is, all of them try to change their fate. I loved the way author focuses on the main protagonist in few pages and makes readers involve in the character building.
My sister picked up this book before I could and as I saw her reading this, so engrossed in the pages, I knew it was going to be a fantastic book.
What I didn’t know was that it was also going to be an emotional and a memorable book.
Well since Women’s day is coming soon, I thought I’d pick this book up myself.
What started with a thought provoking intense tale of Pooja, a girl who runs away from her detestable family and gets raped and sold into flesh trade.. Just reading about those incidents made me skin crawl and my stomach turn.
Continuing ahead, I got to experience one poignant story after the other which led to a whirlwind of emotions and thoughts.
Every woman with a unique character, different qualities and flaws was portrayed so beautifully.
The story and their struggle was weaved in such a wonderful way making this book a real page turner.
No it is not a straight on book. It is a bunch of short stories. So even if you don’t like a single one, don’t worry, there are others which could be more to your liking.
For me, the tale of Avni was an incredible one.
I will not lie and say that I finished it in one sitting. Instead I savoured each story every day, mainly because I didn’t want this to end.
What makes me commend the writer is the fact that she brought diversification in the characters. Not every girl was a single independent feminist, nor they were all uneducated, just looking to get married. There was variety, in stories and in the characterization.
The name ‘Secret, Sins and Struggles’ is totally apt for this roller coaster book and I recommend it to any person looking for a deep, thought-provoking and marvelous book.
Book Name- Should I… Fall In Love
Author – Shradha khanna
Genre – Romantic Fiction
Publisher – RIGI PUBLICATIONS
A story of Fear….. of not finding forever after and questioning your heart. Naina has always been a strong headed, lively and carefree person. She always felt that there was a reason for everything. She believed in love, commitment and sacrifice, but when her three year old relationship crumble down in front of her she lost all the hope in love and marriage forever. With time and help of her friend, Naina starts afresh in a new city with a new job and people around. For the first time in her life she was not looking for love but a deep urge to stand on her own feet made its way in her life. Little did Naina know her life was going to change? Nothing could prepare her for the storm of love in the shape of Nihal, the confident, persistent and handsome guy she met at her boss housewarming party. Read on to know, will Nihal be able to penetrate the cold walls covered around Naina’s heart or her insecurities are more than enough to lead them on different paths in life. A story where thinking that questioning your heart with “Should I”, can stop you from “Falling In Love”
Should I Fall In Love is a debut novel by Shraddha Khanna and author has done amazing done with keeping the book close to reality with simple yet intriguing plot and connecting storyline.
Book Title and Cover- Title is appropriate with the book and creates curiosity about the book. Cover however, is not much attractive and should be improved in the next edition of the book.
Blurb is short and up to mark and gives us hint about the content.
Narration and Editing- Language used in the book is lucid and engages readers with the book. Narration is done in third person and makes a wonderful reading experience.
There are few editing errors in the book which should be corrected in the next edition. Apart from them, book is pretty interesting to read.
Characterization- Main characters, Naina and Nihal are portrayed beautifully with keeping everything close to reality. I liked Naina’s character the most. She is workaholic with dark past and wants to move forward but misses “Love” in her life.
Nihal on the other hand, is a free living, charming, flirtatious guy. The book is about Naina and Nihal and whether they end up together or not.
Plot and Storyline- Plot is simple and realistic and thus predictable most of the times. But the way series of events flow with happy and bumpy ride, readers are bind with the story. It is a perfect romantic book with happy ending.
The plus point about the storyline is Shraddha kept it simple and realistic and thus story is connecting.
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/4
Language and Narration- 3/4
Storyline and Plot- 3/5
Overall Rating- 3/5
All in all, Should I Fall In Love is a sweet engaging tale of love and makes you smile throughout the book. Don’t miss this book if you’re into romantic genre.