Book Review of “Fighting for Keeps (A Brookhollow Story #5)” by Jennifer Snow


Blurb:

He’s kryptonite. And she needs all her strength…

Noah Parks is the ridiculously gorgeous, motorcycle-riding, cage-match-fighting equivalent of kryptonite for Lindsay Harper. And she’s going to need every last ounce of her strength now that she’s the legal guardian of her brother’s five orphaned children. For the sake of her new family, it’s time to give up her carefree single ways. Stop being the cool aunt and become a parent. And fight this crazy attraction to Noah. Sure, there’s a side of him she can’t help falling for…the one who volunteers as a firefighter and helps at-risk youth. The irresistibly kind and caring side. But she is a nurse, after all. She can’t love an MMA fighter, a man she regularly has to scan for physical trauma… Can she?

My Review:

I started this series right at the end of it. However, being a stand alone, it did nothing to hamper my interest in the story. The story does not require any background for the reader to understand, no matter which part you are starting from. But this story does make you want to read the remaining stories as well. Contemporary Romance has a way of having repetitive stories. However, “Fighting for Keeps” manages to keep you entertained and hooked on to the book even though you know where the story is headed.

The 5th part of the book focuses on Noah and Lindsay. The romance is sweet and innocent. The determination of Lindsay to keep her brother’s kids with her irrespective of what her own family thinks about her capability for that is admirable. The strength of the lady makes her very much unlike the damsels in distress we normally see in Romance novels. It becomes very easy to relate to such a lady and easier to still to appreciate a man who accepts and appreciates such a woman. It is truly a dream come true.

Fighting for Keeps is an amazing novel. With this one being so good, I really have to wonder how the other 4 would be.

Star Rating : 5 Stars
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Book Review of “Red” by Belinda Missen


Blurb:

Emmy Sumner is sure she’s met her match in William Scott, graduate doctor, when their paths cross during Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations. So much so that, when she returns to Australia and William returns to England, she trusts his promise that they’ll be together again.

Contact is precious, and is kept up with the help of technology interspersed with the tradition of handwritten letters. That is, until one day Emmy receives a final postcard from William before he disappears. Completely. What went wrong? Where did he go? Why?

An opportunity to work in London sends Emmy back in William’s direction, a crumpled photo the only thing that remains of them. Should she look for him? Will he remember her? Will they still share the same connection they once had?

My Review:

A love story with a twist so different, it will take some time to wrap the concept around the head. The characters Emmy and William meet during a vacation where Emmy had gone to Edinburgh. It was love at first sight for them and they promised to keep in touch over the years till they unite again. However, very soon the contact reduces to none and the relationship becomes a thing of the past. Then Emmy gets a chance to go back to London to work and William comes back in picture. The story then takes us on their relationship ride by filling the gaps and facing their challenges with them.

The story is a bit childish and immature. The situation where the lovers meet and what happens hence is not something that should ideally happen. However there is no denying that such people do exist and such situations can be believable with a stretch of an imagination. The flow of the story is predictable and typecast. Right in the middle of the story, most of the suspense gets revealed, which makes the further story too much typical.

The language is a bit on the repetitive side. Certain phrases does so much rounds in the book that it becomes predictive. The characters are given good depth, which gives some base to the story. Only for the characters can you manage to continue reading the book. Otherwise there is nothing exciting or fascinating about the entire concept.

Star Rating : 2 Stars
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Book Review of “On the Other Hand: The Little Anthology of Big Questions” by Renee Paule


Blurb:

A straight from the shoulder look at life in which the author asks some awkward questions we might prefer to swat away like an annoying fly. Questions like: Who am I? What is this life about? What is the mind? Why do we resist change? These are the questions we lock away in a tall tower like some inconvenient relative whose ‘lost her marbles’ and become an embarrassment to the family. Perhaps you’ve been asking ‘comfortable’ questions and avoiding the hard-hitting ones, preferring to hide away from them and pretend they don’t exist. We hope someone, somewhere, will put it all right for us. They won’t!

This book is not for the ‘faint of heart’ as it brings you face to face with yourself … but not the one you see when you look in the mirror. If you’ve locked yourself up in protective custody and thrown away the key, this book could well pick the lock and let you out again – if you’re ready to be let out. There’s something wonderful to discover if we care to take a look. If you’re prepared to be brutally honest when thinking about the questions raised in this book and to be your own harshest critic, then pop over to the cash desk or place it in ‘your basket’ online and, go for it. You’re not alone and help is always available … far closer than you can imagine.

My Review:

Books which give something to think are always something which I enjoy reading. After reading “Just around the bend”, although it was the second book, I was sure “On the other hand” would be amazing. And the book not only kept up with the expectations, but it also surpassed it.

Renee challenges the way you think about daily activities. It is a fresh outlook to various things happening around us which we ignore most of the times. Right from the catchy titles of the chapters to the absorbing matter written in all the chapters, The book goes from very light subjects like Open mindedness and interaction to very heavy topics like Fear of Dying and Who am I? in a very smooth flow.

The language is kept very simple for anyone to understand. The words touch your mind in a spark kind of way. The struggles

Renee has yet again created a brilliant book filled with creative thoughts about our lives. I hope for everyone to read it and enjoy the thought process that happen with the book. 5 stars for the complete package

Star Rating : 5 Stars
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Book Review of “Tristan (A Kendall Family Novel, #1)” by Randi Everheart


Blurb:

Five years ago, Tristan Kendall left home and the woman he loved to prove himself on the sport bike racing circuit. With his career briefly on hold, he’s come to realize everything – and everyone – he ever wanted was right at home all along. Now he’s determined to win back her heart no matter the cost.

But Victoria Lane’s been through more than Tristan knows since he broke her heart. No longer the girl he once knew, she has a life to live, and a heart to give, but only to someone who’s planning to stick around. And she’s sure that isn’t him. Can he convince her that she’s the only victory lane he wants to be in?

My Review:

Watch out, Bella Andre, Randi Everheart is in the field now. Ever since I read Bella Andre, I had loved this kind of series where every book describes the love story of every sibling in a large family of 5 or more siblings. In the books that follow, some part of the previous love story is also shared which makes the reader feel so much in the family. Tristan so much fulfills the expectations and over shoots it too. I totally loved the first book of the series and absolutely waiting for the next ones (5 more siblings) to come.

Tristan is the youngest in the Kendall family and the most notorious too. Everyone else in the family followed their family business but Tristan wanted to race and had his fondness for high power bikes.Then there is Victoria, Tristan’s soul mate who got away. The chemistry they have is really interesting. Although at times, the concept of true love seems to be taken a bit too far, over all, you can ignore and enjoy the whole story.

Tristan really caught me fully. I am looking forward to Connor being out 🙂

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Book Review of ” Snuffy and Vroom-Vroom: (Preschool Books for Kids age 3-5 and older)” by Elizabeth Lavine, Sheila McGraw (Illustrator)


Blurb:

An adorable little vacuum cleaner’s life is turned upside down when his beloved brother is purchased–and he’s left behind at the store.
Just when his heartbreak seems too much to bear, a magical friend arrives. She breaks the spell of sadness and sets in motion a chain

of events that cause a surprising serendipity!

This book is beautifully illustrated with 16 full-color illustrations by award-winning artist Sheila McGraw, illustrator of the children’s

classic Love You Forever. Suitable for boys and girls, age 3-7, bedtime stories, reading aloud and beginner readers.

A book your child will love with a great story, characters and masterful illustrations!

My Review:

Snuffy and Vroom Vroom are two vacuum cleaners and brothers. They had been together for more than a year. So when Vroom Vroom gets sold off one day, Snuffy cannot bear the parting. Although he also gets sold off to a wonderful family, he cannot forget his brother and cries everyday. His plight is resolved when one day, a fairy comes and tells him how he can be re-united with his brother.

The story is about doing good for others and thereby helping yourself. Being selfless helped Snuffy and therefore, will help you too. The book is best read with the audio book being played in the background. The sound effect and the voice modulation of the narrators are really endearing and cute. It can also serve as an idea for you to enact out to your children or encourage them to enact the story. The simple language and colourful drawings will make the read a very interesting one.

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Book Review of ” Granny Smith Investigates” by G.M. Dobbs


Blurb:

A brutal murder in a small Welsh village and the police are stuck without a clue. With no motive and no real suspect the investigation soon grinds to a halt. Enter Mary Alice Smith, otherwise known as Granny Smith, the rock music loving, pipe smoking, chaos causing amateur sleuth with a difference.

Granny has a talent for mayhem and soon those talents are put to good use as our intrepid pensioner starts the unravel the case, which finds her provoking Chief Inspector Miskin as she comes up against a full scale police investigation, proving that you’re never too old to make a nuisance of yourself and that sixty three is actually the new twenty three.

Murder’s never been so much fun.

My Review:

It had been a while since I have read the likes of the character Miss Marple from Agatha Christie works. Now Granny Smith has fulfilled that void in my reading life. Granny Smith is not exactly old to be a Granny by heart but irrespective of that, everyone has been calling her Granny. She is a young at heart woman who has a trait to be curious about everything that is happening around her. So when her friend Sheila gets engaged to Nigel, who is younger than her, Granny Smith gets suspicious. The following murder in the town makes Granny even more curious and on she follows the clues of the murder, much to the chagrin of Detective Inspector Miskins.

The story then follows Granny Alice Mary Smith into various stages of the mystery in a humorous but intense way. The book is beautifully written and is a pleasure to read. The Miss Marple references are not only in our mind but the author has given in the book too, calling Granny Smith as “Miss Marple on steroids”

It is a cozy and wonderful murder mystery, the likes of which, I have not read for a long time. Agatha Christie story lovers must catch this book. It brings back many memories of age old murder mystery classics.

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Book Review of “The Baby Sea Turtle” by S.A. Mahan


Blurb:

The baby sea turtle hatches late after all of his brothers and sisters have already crawled to the ocean. He accidentally turns the wrong way and heads for trouble. Will anybody help him find his way home? This preschool reader is richly illustrated by Deborah Mahan, acclaimed artist. It will be enjoyed children and parents as an excellent bedtime or anytime story. Hardcover and softcover available on Amazon.com.

My Review:

The Baby Sea Turtle is a small story about how a turtle loses his way but still manages to learn. The story tells us that it is not as much important to find the right path as it is to keep walking on the path we find. It is a given that we will find our path soon but that should not stop us from exploring and learning as much as possible from the path we are on currently. Everything that comes our way is there to teach us something in life, to give us some invaluable experience and developing us in ways unimaginable.

The Baby Sea Turtle hatches late from the egg. In the meanwhile all his siblings has already gone towards the sea. Because there was no one to guide our Baby Sea Turtle, he takes the wrong path and ends up going in the opposite direction as the sea. However, that does not stop the Small Turtle to explore and be curious about everything that comes his way. He learns about flowers and bees and city and traffic before finally finding his way back with the help of a kind stranger.

The story is really small but with good moral. The book is perfect for small kids because of the very simple language and beautiful and colourful illustrations. A perfect night-time read for the kids and imaginative exercise for the parents, this book is a true catch.

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Book Review of “Never Spoken” by M.J. Owens


Blurb:
I’m Peter Day. I do not stand out in the crowd, I don’t impress teachers or kiss up to bosses, but I’m not a slacker. Just another cog in the machine.

I may be ordinary, yet, this is no ordinary love story. Because even an ordinary life is never that clear or straightforward. It is messy, filled with hope and regret, successes and failures.

You see, my best friends, Evan and Kylie, are getting married. Evan has a kind soul and an athlete’s heart, whom everyone loves. Kylie’s brutal honesty is both refreshing and terrifying. They bring out the best in each other.

I could not be happier for them both, but I also couldn’t be more frustrated with them both for the long and winding road it took to get them here. And if I survive the day without ruining their wedding, I’ll count myself lucky.

After all, there will be an open bar at the reception. Right?

My Review:
Never judge a book by its cover. And never judge a story until you have finished the last word in it. This suits perfectly to this story. It is not until the very end that you realize what is happening and the realization shocks you to the core and you are left wondering … “What Just Happened!!!!”

The story is about Peter, Evan and Kylie. Yes it is a love story. Yes it is a love triangle. But the triangle is not one bit like the conventional triangle. It is a triangle in a completely different version. Now, before I get carried away and give out the ending, I will shift my focus on the writing style.

The writing style is impeccable. MJ keeps us guessing till the very end about what might be happening and just where the story might go from here. From my perspective, I could not find a single flaw in the entire story, story line, writing or even the concept. For that matter, I want to go back and read it again to figure out if there were any clues given out through the story for the ending.

It is an absolute awesome read. Must Go For It!!

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Book Review of “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories” by Alex Shvartsman


Blurb:
40 short stories by Alex Shvartsman, winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction.

* An elder god trapped in a pocket dimension turns up in the world’s oldest magic pawn shop.

* A cybernetically-enhanced assassin who can’t feel pain faces a dangerous adversary.

* A computer hacker and a mystic team up to break into the Book of Fate and change their futures.

* Vatican investigators are called to examine a miracle on another planet.

and much, much more!

The e-book includes 23 bonus stories not featured in the printed edition, for a total of 63 stories! Each story includes author notes, written for this collection.

My Review:
The book contains 40 different stories of different Genre. Some are sci-fi, some psychological but all have some punch in it. The book is compiled of the works of the author at various events. All these short stories are examples of how just a few words can pack a punch. The talent is clearly visible throughout all the stories in the book.

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Book Review of “Wanderlust” by Thea Dawson


Synopsis:
“So much for destiny. This was more like fate’s idea of a practical joke.”

Monica Prescott, writer and world traveler, has everything she wants … except a man who’s free-spirited enough to join her for a life on the road. But when she bumps into Jason, the guy who broke her heart in college, she lets him think she’s engaged. It wouldn’t take much to fall for him again—and that’s one road she doesn’t want to go down.

Jason Moretti has a job he hates, and he’d like nothing better than to tell his boss to shove it. Then he runs into Monica, the girl he never got over. Thinking she’s settling down with a wealthy fiancé, he reinvents himself as an ambitious career man in a desperate bid to impress her.

Old feelings start to resurface, but Monica has trust issues and Jason doesn’t like risks. To top it off, Monica is leaving for Bangkok in two weeks—and she won’t be back anytime soon. Time is running out for them to come to terms with the past and embrace their wanderlust.

My Review:
There is an amazing feel-good factor that comes after you finish reading the book. It is like having chocolate – you feel great for a long time after eating. I got the exact same feeling after finishing the book. I was smiling for a long time.

WanderLust is a typical romantic story. There is nothing new with the concept of the story line. A boy meets girl – they fall in love – first heart-break – they meet again – fall in love again – has doubts – but end up together nonetheless. So what is new with this book? Why should anyone read it?

This book is different because of the freshness in writing style. This book is different because although the story line is age-old, the feelings that the protagonists go through is something anyone can relate to in their lives. Many instances in this book are so much common in our lives that we feel the story can very well happen to us too.

It is a sweet and cute romantic novel. The characters have their flaws in totally relatable manner. The way they react to situations are very much like anyone would do. That gives the story authenticity. It is a beautiful read and something which should be tried when someone is feeling low during the day. Totally beautiful.

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