Book Review | Because Its Love by Kishore Nanda

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Title: Because Its Love
Author: Kishore Nanda
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Notion Press

Publishing date: 14th May, 2019
Pages: 404

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

*Book received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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Synopsis:

Family

Abhiram, a HIV infected old man, is abandoned by his family due to fear of the infection spreading to them. Broken, Abhiram adopts Devika, a prostitute, Adithya, a gay man and Karthik, a mentally retarded child. They become one family, breaking all the rules of society.

Friendship

Karan, a money–chaser and believer of time is money, finds out that he is about to die at any moment due to his intestine cancer. He becomes friends with an 11-year-old blind boy, Aryan. He changes Karan’s life, becomes his wingman to help him find love and teaches him about the real meaning of time.

Romantic

Aarav, a book author, is in the quest of a dying girl to become part of his manipulative marketing strategy. When he finds Ananya, a cancer patient, he learns about the true meaning of happiness.

Canophilia

Rajesh, a hedonist, finds a missing dog and she teaches him the real values of a relationship.

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My Take:

This book follows four different stories that all tie together with the common theme of love albeit different forms of the said emotion. When I read the synopsis, I was intrigued. Each story has so much going on just in the two line description itself, that I figured this book was going to be a complete ride, and it sure was.

When I started the book, I had to put it down for a few days because there were so many errors in the book. It felt like it was never edited. A few days later, I picked it back up and decided to complete it and that was a good decision because all four stories are such beautiful stories that as I read more and more of them, I noticed less and less of the errors – instead all I focused on was, what was happening to the characters.

This rarely happens, even a single mistake bugs me. So, you know a story is good if I can finish reading it through a bad editing job. The way all the stories follow each other and still don’t get muddled up is great. At first, I wasn’t quite sure that the style was a smart choice. All the stories take place simultaneously, you read a chapter from each story then the next chapter from each story, and the cycle goes on. I thought it was going to get confusing, instead it did a good job of holding up the excitement for each story.

My favourite has to be Abhiram’s story which is tagged under Family. Actually the sequence of what story I found best is the exact sequence the synopsis is written in – Family, Friendship, Romantic, and then Canophilia.

The character development is a major factor of the book, and that you can see happening in each of the characters, you can see the development throughout the story. The pace at which the characters learn and grow is well done.

The writing style needs to be worked upon. While the scene behind the character is described which the character can’t even see, someone extending their hand out for a handshake isn’t even mentioned and the next thing you know the characters are shaking hands. It’s the little details that make the scene. No description of the irrelevant building might do no harm to the story but no description of non-verbal cues will. Some of the dialogues seemed a little too unreal at times but then again at places it felt deliberate.

All in all, the message and stories are great. If you can get past the errors (my phone and laptop keep correcting the ‘its’ in the title to ‘it’s’ so you can imagine) then you will definitely enjoy it. There’s a lot happening – every big issue is covered. Every story is based on a big emotional formula that sells and every story has subplots that are again safe and sure to work emotional storylines.

I see potential in Kishore to be a great story teller based on the four stories he has managed to sell me even after the book being filled with what are usually “deal breakers” for me. So, that’s saying something. I am glad I didn’t give up on this book and definitely will encourage people to pick it up. One of my friends has already asked to borrow it despite him being of the same “no errors in the book” kind of a person and us rereading the first 21 pages (first chapter of Aarav’s story and 2 pages from the 1st chapter of Rajesh’s story) I had read and given up after and us going into a bout of frustrated laughter so yay to the author.

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Why would I pick it up?

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Four stories that pull on your heart strings – yes please!

Buy this book- Because Its Love by Kishore Nanda (Amazon)

Get to know Kishore Nanda more – Read an interview with him here.

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Book Review | Lovely Revolution by Saras Singh

Title: Lovely Revolution
Author: Saras Singh
Genre: Fiction, Romance
Publisher: K S Designers

Publishing date: 2018
Pages: 218

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

*Book received from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

This was the beginning of the 21st century. A boy lived in a culture rich district called Unnao in the states of Uttar Pradesh. He fought for justice, honour and rights—not only his but others too. And he loved a girl who is the daughter of a corrupt politician from his town. The boy wanted to marry the girl and proposed to her many times, but the girl was not sure and she reserved her reply for future. In the course of time, the boy became a powerful campaigner and developed associations with a political party led by some honest people in the country. Then there came the assembly elections in their state. Now the girl put a proposal before the boy. She could marry him if he supported her father, campaigned for him and won him the elections. Now the boy got stuck between his love and principles. Which way he went?


My Take:

This book is an easy read for beginners. It gives out great wisdom for the youth. Encouraging them to be the change if they want the change, fighting for what is right even if that means going against people who are close to you, choosing happiness over social construct, etc.

It also touches the subject of making a career in what makes you happy rather than what’s expected of you. Even though there are lots of good teachings in this book, it also portrays a toxic relationship.

The two leads, Rajeev and Neha, are frustrating at times. Neha is basic, manipulative, has no depth as a character, and uses Rajeev as if he is a commodity while on the other hand, Rajeev bases his entire life around Neha. Rajeev does not take no for an answer, in fact, despite Neha being clear multiple times that she wasn’t interested, he keeps calling her my girl, girlfriend, and them stopping communication is breaking up to him.

Both of them are toxic but both towards Rajeev. Rajeev manipulates himself to do what Neha wants thinking about love and Neha manipulates Rajeev to do what she wants.

Despite this, whenever there were major things on the line, whenever there was a question of his principles, Rajeev chose his principles, that made me respect him.

The writing had some issues as well, such as articles being used where not required, wrong use of articles, hindi to english direct translations, switching of words, wrong words, etc.

There are a lot of scenes that will remind you of Bollywood, Neha asking him to uproot his life for her, asking him to support her father if he wanted to marry her, her cousin and his men beating up Rajeev, his dramatic proposal, the scene at Neha’s wedding, etc.

So, if you are someone who enjoys Bollywood movies or wants to read something light that also teaches something then this is the book for you!

This book needs a few revisions and a thorough edit. Despite this fact, it is an enjoyable read.

Watch more of what I think in my review video- 


Why would I pick it up?

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To read something light that at the same time preaches something useful!


Buy this book- https://amzn.to/2KBZ6qA

10 Book Recommendations for Beginners

I have been asked to recommend books for beginners on various occassions by people who wish to start reading. There are so many good and easy reads to begin with that I was confused what books to suggest.

Here’s a few that I think many can sit through as a starting book. 😀 😀

1. Any book from the famous five series by Enid Blyton

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Childrens’ Fiction, Middle Grade, Mystery

I have only read one and it was literally the first novel that I ever read. It is a series of children’s adventure novels. It features a group of 4 young children- Julian, Dick, Anne, and Georgina aka George and their dog, Timmy.

Why read? There are 21 books in the series to choose from, you can have your pick based on the setting, as they aren’t dependent on each other you can read any book from the 21 books. The books fall roughly between 200-300 pages so they are not too much or too less for a beginner.

 

2. Chocolate Guitar Momos by Kenny Deori Basumatary

choc gui momosContemporary Romance

This book starts with Joseph who is a young aspiring musician, getting kicked out of a relationship by his third girlfriend. He believes that relationships won’t work unless they are destined to be. So, he decides to track down a girl who smiled at him from across a bus stop eight years ago. The only thing that he remembers is that she was wearing a grey skirt. He knows nothing, not her name, not her address, he doesn’t even remember her face.

Why read? There are so many funny moments in this book, the writing style is raw, it will keep you hooked in, the ending is sad which perfectly balances the light-heartedness going on. It has some really creative insults that will leave you giggling like a kid saying a curse word for the first time. 😛

3. Diary of a young girl- Anne Frank

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Non- Fiction

Most of us either had a chapter based on this book or on Anne’s father Otto Frank in our English books. In the back of our minds we already have our interests sparked because we are a little familiar with this book, thanks to our academics. It shows a simplistic, individualistic account of a part of the Nazi period of history, not the political, public view but a glimpse in lives of humans who were the most affected by it.

Why read? Because it is in the form of a diary (addressed as Dear Kitty) it is much easier to read as beginners than other books and much meaningful to experience.

4. The fault in our stars by John Green

tfiosYoung Adult, Fiction

The story is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old girl with cancer. Her parents force her to attend a cancer patient support group where she meets and falls in love with 17 year old Augustus Waters, who lost his right leg to cancer and wears a prosthetic. There is an emphasis on metaphors in this book that became a representing feature of the book.

Why read? This book is a beautiful journey, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, The ending is totally unexpected, it took a really sad turn. (Ofcourse) The first book that made me cry. 😛 😛

5. A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini

1000 splendid sunsFiction

This, despite being fiction, feels real when you read it, maybe because it was somewhere inspired by reality. This book focuses on 2 female characters- Mariam and Laila and their lives and struggles in Afghanistan when taliban was in power.

Why read? This again is an individualistic take on a mass affecting circumstance and event. This book touches various aspects of reality and dynamics of various relations written in a way that keeps a reader reading.

6. Between the lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

between the linesFairy Tale, Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

A 15 year old teenager, Delilah finds this fairy tale in a library and becomes obsessed with it. She is a bookworm and kind of an introvert. The fairy tale is called “Between the lines” and is about Prince Oliver. She has a punky, rock bff who is fun to read about.

Her dad divorced her mom when she was a baby, being lonely she confides her worries to Prince Oliver and guess what… he talks back. To cut a long story short, they fall in love.

Why read? A fairy tale inside a fairy tale. A fresh concept, it is an interesting read and fairy tales are fairly easy to read, most of us have read or been read to.

7. What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen

what happened to goodbyeFiction, Young Adult, Contemporary

This book is about the self discovery of a 17 year old girl, named Mclean Sweet. She hates the fact that her parents divorced and her mom married her dad’s favorite basketball team’s new coach, Peter Hamilton. Her dad’s job makes them move a lot, she decides to take on a different persona each time, creating a new name for herself, a new personality, a new Ume page. (similar to a Facebook profile)
On the 4th move, she somehow ends up being herself, she makes a lot of friends and is truly happy but then her secret is revealed and everything starts going downhill.

Why read?  It’s a journey of self discovery written in a very engaging manner. The flow of the story is good, the stories of the supporting characters make Mclean’s story more enjoyable.

8. P.S. I love you by Cecelia Ahern

ps i love youFiction, Romance

This story revolves around Holly and Gerry, a married couple. They are deeply in love but they fight occassionally. Gerry dies suddenly of a brain tumor and Holly realizes how much he means to her and how insignificant their arguments were.
Holly is grief stricken and she withdraws from her friends and family. She loses herself. Then the letters start to arrive. They are from Gerry, each signed at the end with p.s. I love you.

Why read? This is a touching story about love and the strength of true love. This is about being there for the people you love even when the circumstances are not favorable. The curiosity of what each letter contains will keep you reading. You will feel the emotions that Holly goes through and even though this book is 500 pages, I think it is an easy read.
Romances are generally easy reads and the anticipation of Gerry’s next letter will keep you going.

9. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

amy rogerFiction, Young Adult, Contemporary

The story is about Amy Curry, who is not happy with her life. Her dad died in a car accident and now she has to take a cross-country drive, because her mom decided to move from California to amy roger playlistConnecticut, with Roger who is her mom’s friend’s son. Amy hasn’t seem him in years but the road trip develops a bond between them.

Why read? The story is written in a very nice and visually pleasing format, the narrative is accompanied with scraps from the road such as bills, tickets, playlists, etc.
The book is not just filled with words but as relative visuals too so it will hold a beginner’s attention.

10. Asylum- 13 tales of terror by Matt Drabble

asylumHorror, Fiction

This is a collection of 13 short stories about the residents of Blackwater Heights, a mental health hospital. These 13 tales tie into a single main story regarding Martin Parcell, who is an ex-journalist and wanted to be an author, after a car crash’s injury he is forced to take a custodian’s position is Blackwater Heights.
Martin is deeply troubled as the tales unfold before him and is worried about his own sanity.

Why read? It’s a really well written book, the author knows how to make you feel his words. This book gave me real chills. Being written as short stories, it mentally prepares a beginner to read one more and one more and when all the stories tie into a single story you get the sense of reading a complete novel without the pressure of reading a full fledged novel. I feel like rereading it right now. 😛


These are my recommendations as of now. If you would life to watch it in video format click on the pictures. ( I divided it in 2 parts because I explained it all a bit more aka going on rambling. 😛 )

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Review | Boyfriend for Hire by Gail Chianese

Boyfriend for Hire (West Side Romance, #2)

 

Title: Boyfriend for Hire
Series: West Side Romance (Book 2)
Author: Gail Chianese
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Shine

Publishing date: 24th November, 2015
Pages: 278

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

In this sexy new series, author Gail Chianese celebrates the heart—and the heat—of modern dating. This time, a temporary boyfriend may be the right man for a permanent position…
 
The only girl in a family of five brothers, Tawny Torres has had enough of waiting on men. She has her life and her career all mapped out, and neither includes an apron, an iron, or a husband—yet. But when a new job emphasizes a healthy balance of work and play, she needs a guy to stand in as her love interest at a company picnic. Gorgeous charmer David “King of Pleasure” Farber fits the bill perfectly—so well that Tawny is shocked to realize she’s having a hard time letting him go…

David’s a confirmed bachelor, but he can’t get enough of Tawny’s firecracker combination of tough and tender. Unfortunately, he’s overloaded with work at his construction firm and now definitely isn’t the time for distraction—he struggles enough with that already. Still, he can’t ignore his feelings for Tawny. He’ll just have to convince her that he’s more than a
boyfriend-for-hire. And she’ll have to prove he can trust her with his biggest secret…


My Take:

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What an enjoyable book! ❤

I loved reading it. The writing is good and engaging. Although the concept of the book isn’t something fresh, the writing gives it its own essence. 😀 😀

The title “Boyfriend for Hire” might be a stretch because our lead pair are already friends and David already is hot for Tawny, the title gives off the strangers-falling-in-love vibe.

I am not a fan of the cover. :/ I have already read many fake-boyfriend-for-the-sake-of-job-or-family kind of books so the plotline wasn’t that intruiguing to me but the writing, the relationship growth, the character development made up for what the plotline lacked in originality.

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It sure was an entertaining read with sass and smartass… 😛 😛

The conversations between the pair are funny and highly entertaining, I liked Tawny’s no- nonsense attitude and Dave obviously is very likable. This is the second book in the series which I didn’t know at the time of reading but it can be read as a stand-alone. The main characters of this book act as supporting characters in the first book. I think that’s how the series is going to continue. This book makes me want to read the other books in the series.

A real entertaining read. 😀 😀


Why would I pick it up?

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For a fun and light read. 😀 😀

Review | The Worse for Were by Abigail Owen

The Worse for Were: In Love With Her Werewolf Husband of Convenience (Legendary Consultants)

 

Title: The Worse for Were
Series: Legendary Consultants (Book 2)
Author: Abigail Owen
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publishing date: 24th June, 2016
Pages: 141

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

*ARC received from the author/publisher via Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

The Canis and Banes packs of werewolves have been feuding for centuries. The Hatfields and McCoys were a tea party in comparison. Until Marrok Banes, the Alpha of his pack, decides to end the fighting with a marriage of convenience. Never mind that he can’t keep his hands off his gorgeous new mate.

Tala Canis is the new Alpha of the Canis clan, the first female to claim that right, a position hard fought and won. For the sake of her people she agrees to wed Marrok. Never mind that the Alpha, once her enemy, makes her body flash heat with a single look.

But after the mating ceremony, Marrok only seems interested in one thing…taking over their combined pack while leaving Tala out of the loop. If her Alpha mate can’t learn to share, then it’s time to show him exactly why she’s an Alpha herself.


My Take:

It follows the same timeline as it’s preceding book. The first half is the repeat of the near end or a quarter of the first book of the series sans for the additional scenes with the current leads point of view or perception.

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I thought it would be the same old “marriage of convenience” cliche kind of story. Considering the first book had lots of cliches. This book came as a surprise. It might also be the fact that I love it when there is a clash of dominance, as here was, between the alphas, so that can make me biased with this book over the first. ❤

But this one is still a lot more innovative and well described than the first one. I felt like the author really increased her efforts with this book. 😀 😀

Though a lit bored by the start, I loved how the story evolved the further it went. If Castor was something in the previous book. Marrok is a hundred steps ahead. I just loved his character and Tala, oh my, we need such badass female characters.

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This book was a combination of all the things I love, may it be werewolves, good guy- hot, good looking , mature, understanding, the girl being a badass, the one who can fend for herself, had to be strong for her whole life and now the right person comes along and has her relax.

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The fight for dominance was cherry on the cake. 😀

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When Tala worries about their future because of them both being alphas and her personal issues…

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How can you not fall for Marrok? Just read this! ❤

This is what Marrock says…

 

 

Honestly, it was so much fun watching these characters coming to terms with their alpha selves, dealing with the need to  dominate, overcoming their insecurities (especially Tala), protecting their pack and falling in love. ❤

 

 

 

 


Why would I pick it up?

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A werewolf story with a twist. 😀

Review | Her Demigod Complex by Abigail Owen

Her Demigod Complex: In Love With Her Demigod Billionaire Boss (Legendary Consultants)

 

Title: Her Demigod Complex
Series: Legendary Consultants (Book 1)
Author: Abigail Owen
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publishing date: 19th February, 2016
Pages: 145

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

*ARC received from the author/publisher via Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

When Legendary Consultants placed Lyleia Naiad in her job as Executive Assistant to a high-powered billionaire, she was given one directive–do NOT fall in love with him. Given that he’s a demigod, a successful businessman, and handsome as sin, makes that a tall order for anyone. But as an ex-nymph, she has the unique ability to resist his god-like charms.

Or does she? More than a year later, Castor Dioskouri has managed to capture her heart, a feat no man, demigod, or god has ever managed. Given the reason she was hired, she’s kept her feelings to herself. Besides, Cas is still in love with his deceased wife from over a millennium ago, and Leia is a failed nymph who couldn’t protect her own spring.

But now, they must attend a werewolf mating ceremony together. An event where the pheromones fly, and so do clothes, inhibitions, and common sense.

Can Leia resist her heart and her boss? Or will she lose her pride, her job, and her mind trying?


My Take:

Can Leia resist her heart and her boss?

Let me answer this first. NO, obviously NOT. How could she? How could anyone?  Here’s why-

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As you can see Castor isn’t just sexy, that Leia can handle very well. He is sexy on the inside too. The type of person who is perfect to be a novel’s hero and can somethings feel like a fictional character. (Though here, he surely is. 😛 )

It’s a funny read in places where Leia’s interactions with Castor was involved before they both found out about each other’s feelings. It was sassy and hilarious. Like, kiss already man! 😛 😛

Now, Leia agrees to accompany Castor for a business purpose which actually is a personal event for Castor. (How convenient!)

screenshot_2016-11-30-16-14-13-1Now you gotta make them stay together to let their love bloom. Voila! No rooms available. Our soon-to-be couple has to share a room. (How inconvenient!) This part was the generic go-to when you have to put the leads in the same room. A little imagination here would’ve been better. This was the only part the had me like- Not again. -_-

 

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No main characters are without problems or issues so why should Leia be the exception? She sure has her own set of problems to deal with, which she might have left in the past but as is the rule of cliches the problems had to arrive exactly at the time of the leads’ budding romance so that their bond could get stronger before it got more romantic.

Kaios is the reason of her miserable past and the destroyer of her identity of her as a nymph. Some guys can not take rejection like a man. They have to be whiny about it, bring their ego into it, and torture the poor girl. Kaios is the perfect ambassador for such kind of idiots.

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After getting through with the convenient wedding, falling in love, attracting the enemy’s attention; Leia goes into hidding. Castor being a demigod obviously finds her.

 

 

 

 

You obviously will have to spell it out for Leia, Castor. She will still need words despite your actions showing how much you love her.

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There you have it 😛 – Happy Ending! ❤ ❤


Why would I pick it up?

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This book is a quick and light read. Perfect for when you are bored and want a little no-brainer. 😉