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- It Ain’t College It’s War by Subhodeep Mukherjee

Book Name- It Ain’t College, It’s War! 
Author- Subhodeep Mukherjee
Genre- YA-College/Fiction
Pages- 370
Price- ₹350

Blurb-

What happens when an engineering college fresher:
• confronts his violent seniors on the first day of ragging?
• tries to woo a beautiful senior who has a nasty boyfriend?
• is heart-broken when his past causes his break-up with the girl he loves?
• goes boozing for the first time?
• is involved in a bloody inter-hostel rivalry with dire consequences?
In his debut novel, It Ain’t College, It’s War! (Book 1 of the It Ain’t trilogy), Subhodeep Mukherjee tells the story of Rahul Arora, an outspoken Delhi boy with a devil-may-care attitude that always gets him in trouble.
Amidst the politically charged atmosphere of his college and his many adventures, Rahul seeks true love, friendship and a job. Will he manage to find balance in his life? Will he make peace with his teachers, classmates, seniors and father and find what he is looking for or will his attitude get the better of him?
Loosely based on true events and also touching on various social issues, this book explores the meaning of love, friendship and career as seen through the eyes of the narrator and protagonist, Rahul Arora.
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Review-

It Ain’t College, It’s War is a YA-College Fiction where Subhodeep Mukherjee serves us College Life of Rahul Arora. It was fun to read this novel.
It’s the first book of It Ain’t Trilogy.
Book Title and Cover- Book Title suits to the storyline and plot and is appealing. Book Cover too attracts the attention of the readers. Blurb is short, crisp and interesting.
Narration- Author has good narrative skills, author binds readers with the book with his narrative style. As the story progressed i found myself enjoying the slightly different narration of this book.
Characters- Author has given each character enough time and amount of attention. I loved how characters evolved as story progressed.
Storyline and Plot- Both Storyline and Plot of the book are amazing. I enjoyed every page of the book, the story was running smoothly till the very end. The humour in the book was fun to read.
Author has tried to put Ragging, Infatuation, Hostel Rivalry, Hilarious Hostel Stories and he succeeded to bring smile on my face while reading this book.
However, it could have been cut shorted by removing boring, monotonous scenes.
All in all, reading this book was an interesting experience.
Rating-
Book Title and Cover- 4/5
Narration and Language – 3.5/5
Character Justification- 4/5
Storyline and Plot – 3/5
Overall Rating – 3.5/5
All in all, It Ain’t College, It’s War is average read and could be enjoyed by people who want to relive hostel/college life.

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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- 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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Author Interview- Nitin Kumar

Today we have Nitin Kumar, author of The Way She Loved with us.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

I am student of Journalism and mass communication, pursuing my graduation from National institute of mass communication, New Delhi. Being a bonhomie, I am pretty cool creature living under my own conditions. If I talk more about myself, I see myself as a dream chaser. Nevertheless I am not so called ‘ambitious’, however all matters for me, are my dreams.

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  1. What brought you in this writing world?

To be very honest, I was always fascinated about writing and literature. I used to write poetries and short fiction stories since childhood. Moreover, I had a dream of writing my own novel from the schooldays. That’s why certainly, I am here today giving you my interview.

  1. What after writing?

See, I have several dreams that I always keep following. So, my next step would probably be the masters in business administration and after that others goals too. (Of course, keeping my writing parallel with further steps)

  1. What made you write The Way She Loved?

Clearly, there was two genuine reason behind writing down ‘The way she loved’. One is to fulfil my dreams of be an author. Second one is to avoid or can say compensate, the bad happenings of my life. I believe that everything happens for a reason, all we need is to convert it for a good one. So, this one also played very important role. Once you read the novel, you can easily get the reason behind writing ‘The way she loved’.

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

Life keeps moving on and people too. So, I won’t like to consider any character as me because everyone has some own unbeatable originality and prospective. However, I see myself in a person (better not to mention the name) to whom I concord at various parameter. So, let the people guess.

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

I think, “Literature” is very ambiguous concept that one can define it either in one line or nevertheless in a book.  If I give you one liner answer, literature is somewhat penning down morality.

  1. Names of authors you follow. And why?

Though I am not bookworm but I usually prefer to read Indian authors like Chetan Bhagat, Sudeep Nagarkar, Durjoy Dutta and Ravinder Singh. Needless to mention here that they mostly write about love, romance and relationship which work in real life sometimes. So, one can get the better understanding of love and can have various phases of love through their novels.

  1. Anything about your upcoming work?

Ah, yes! I am currently working on the plot of my second novel jointly with my closest one. Probably, readers will able to get it into hands by the end of this year.

  1. What else after writing?

Besides writing, I love to give priority to my close people and doing crazy things for them. Rather than that, I love to paint as well my mood allows to do so or else interacting with the masses.

  1. How can our readers connect with you?

Readers can contact me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, mentioning the user ids; nknitin567567, nitin567567 and nknitin567567 respectively. One can mail me either on: nitin567567@gmail.com

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Book Review- The Golden Temple Raj Kiran Atagaraha

Book Name- The Golden Temple

Author- Raj Kiran Atagaraha
Genre- Mukti Genre/Romance Fiction
Publisher- Zobra Publishers
Pages- 164
Price- ₹169

Blurb-

Raj is excited to visit the Golden Temple for the first time. But it’s not just the Guru Granth Sahib whom he meets in Amritsar, there’s someone else waiting for him on the way‒Geet.
A day spent together under the watchful eyes of Waheguru and Geet becomes a teacher for Raj. Neither of them realizes when the discussions on Sikhism end up teaching them secret lessons of love.
It takes Raj a lot of time and courage to profess his love for Geet. But there’s a wall standing in front of his ‘I love you’‒a wall that was built way back in 1984. Desperate to break that wall, Raj returns to the Golden Temple again. Does the Golden Temple really hold any answers for him? Is Waheguru really watching over the two hearts that he had brought together?
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Review-

The Golden Temple is a simple story of love which serves us unique plot and easy going storyline. I loved how Raj revolves his characters and story around Sikhism. This book not only serves good story but also tells us about Sikhism and it’s history and culture. Kudos to the author for this amazing debut.
Book Cover and Title- Book Title is appropriate and gives us hint about the story. Cover is beautiful and further discloses about the story.
Language and Narration- Language is lucid and easy to comprehend. Narration is simple and graceful. Story flows beautifully with the amazing one liners and simple narration. Few one liners in the movie are worth quoting.
Characterization- All the characters in the story are relatable and thus readers will find them connecting to the story. Other Characters are also given importance and they add flavour to the story. All the characters merge well with the plot and sub-plot and makes this book an interesting read.
Also author beautifully uses spirituality to connect with the readers.
Theme- Main theme of the story is Love and different perspective of love. It also covers spirituality and religion which was fun and interesting to read.
Storyline and Plot- This book serves us unusual plot with pinch of spirituality. I loved the way Raj kept the characters and scenes realistic enough to connect with the readers. Story is not so fast and not too slow and flows smoothly with few twists and turns to keep readers bind with the book. Climax was quiet predictable but given storyline and characters it’s still an enjoyable read.
Also this book shows spirituality with other perspective. It also teaches us a thing or two about Sikhism, it’s culture and history.
Likes-
1. Love factor and the simple take of love with much melodrama.
2. Spirituality in the book.
3. Connecting characters.
Dislikes-
1. Few editing errors, apart from that this book is perfect read for romance lovers.
Ratings-
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/5
Language and Narration- 4/5
Characterization- 3/5
Storyline and Plot- 4.5/5
Final Rating- 4/5
Overall, The Golden Temple is simple yet beautiful story of love meshed with spirituality and teaches us about Sikhism and few important morals.

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Book Review- The Way She Loved by Nitin Kumar

Book Name- The Way She Loved
Author- Nitin Kumar
Genre- Romantic Fiction
Publisher- Notion Press Publishing
Pages- 194
Price- ₹190

Blurb-

Every relationship has ups and downs. But, only those relationships that sustain separation and pain will stand the test of time.

Ayush, a small town boy, falls in love with Arpita who is older than him and already has a boyfriend. After much struggle, he succeeds in getting into a relationship with her. They fall in love but end up going their separate ways.

Ayush is deeply affected by the breakup and is plagued by unanswered questions.
What were the reasons behind Arpita’s change in behavior? Did she really love him? Would he learn to live with the pain?

Does Ayush come to understand The Way She Loved?

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Review-

This is debut novel by Nitin Kumar and it could not be better. The way she loved is wonderful book of True Love and pain where author shows us different perspective of love.

Book Title and Cover- Book Title is apt with the content. It attracts readers. Cover is beautiful and  reminds us of the setting sun.

Language and Narration- Language of the book is simple and easy to comprehend. Narration is okayish and being the debue book of Mr. Kumar, he had done a good job with narration.

There are some editing errors which should be corrected in the second edition of the book.

Characterization- There are two characters in focus, Ayush who is a boy from small town loves Arpita who is elder to her. Author beautifully sketches the small town boy and the love he feels for Arpita. Arpita is complex character and wins our heart in the end of the book.

Storyline and Plot- Storyline is simple with twists and turns to glue the readers. Author artistically shows the human emotions. Plot is not so unique but interesting characters amd lively narration makes this book an interesting one.

Ratings-

Book Cover and Title- 4/5
Language and Narration- 3/5 
Characterization- 3.5/5
Storyline and Plot- 3.5/5

Overall Rating- 3.5/5

All in all The Way She Loved is beautiful story of love, pain and sacrifices. I would recommend this book to all romance fiction lovers.

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