F for Fate


Prompt – Every evening, when she goes to the parking garage of her office building, your character finds a new love note tucked under the windshield wipers of her car.  These love notes are very beautiful and fill your character with powerful emotions.  But they are all addressed to “Caroline”.  Your character’s name is Melissa…

Everyone likes when someone appreciates them. That is human quality and we cannot hide from it. But what if someone appreciates you but names someone else? You know your qualities are being appreciated but why is someone else’s name being taken to address you? Are those appreciations really for you? Or is it a case of mistaken identity? What would you do? What did Melissa do?

Read on at F for Fate to figure out what happened next.

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Book Review of “The Beginning (Crime Solver’s Detective Agency #1)” by Victoria Schwimley


Blurb:

Meet Karrine, a clever, witty twelve-year-old with her own detective agency. “No job is too big” is her motto. In Dognapped, Karrine scours the city to find the beloved stolen pet of a kind older woman. In the Magical Disappearing Act, a magician’s assistant disappears, and it’s up to Karrine to solve the mystery. In The Painted Ponies, Karrine, along with her quirky cousin, Jayden, who has come for a summer visit, must discover who would want to paint all the ponies in Mr. Jackson’s stable. I our final story, The Body, Karrine will face her biggest challenge yet as she mishandles a murder investigation. Can she recover her dignity and solve the crime, before all the clues go cold.

 Genre: Mystery / Detective / Amateur Detective / Crime / Short Stories / Series / Girl Detective

My Review:

Karrine is a 12 year old, very inquisitive girl, who has a knack of solving puzzles, and therefore, local mysteries. Teamed with her 8 year old cousin Jayden, Karrine goes around her neighbourhood solving all kinds of mysteries, whether she is hired to do it or not. The book is a compilation of number of stories. All the stories are light hearted and fun. However, the helpful mind of Karrine is something to be appreciated. Irrespective of whether someone asks her help or not, she is always ready to help and also to complete the task taken irrespective of the difficulty involved.

The book is for Young Adults. It is on the similar lines of Famous Five or Secret Seven by Enid Blyton, except those stories were a little bit more intense than this one. Crime Solver’s Detective Agency is a light hearted novel with ample humour to keep the audience entertained. It should be read by all.

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Book Review of “There IS a Santa! There’s Gotta Be…” by Cat Blount


Blurb:

BEWARE! THIS STORY IS ONLY FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE HAD THE “SANTA TALK!”

Well, according to the children in this story, OF COURSE there’s a Santa! There has to be! Right? Who else would do so much, so perfectly, during that special time?

“Well of course there’s a Santa! Where do you think all of my letters go?
I write a letter each year to the one and only North Pole.
And last year there was a HUGE snowstorm the night I mailed my letter.
Who would go out, but Santa, in that horrible stormy weather?”

Awareness and the appreciation of loved ones and all that they do are themes behind this story that is perfect for any season of the year!

My Review:

This is one interesting story with a very different concept taken to narrate. Santa Clause is always a difficult topic for kids. In childhood, they are encouraged to believe in Santa and are given ample proof to state that Santa Clause exists. They are then made to behave properly throughout the year by giving the scare of naughty kids. Then later on, they are said that it is all a lie and Santa Clause never existed. It is always a huge shock when the reality hits and that turns out to be a very disheartening experience.

Cat Blount has handled the issue very beautifully. The way she has explained how Santa Clause does not exist but there is still something better to look out for, gives a very encouraging message out to the younger generation. The fact, although is painful in itself, still gives hope to the kids that, even though the person they had believed to be true does not exist, the love that person was said to be giving is still there. And not only that, instead of having that love and affection only once a year, the kids know that now they can get it all the time, anytime they want.

The story really brought me to tears with the way it was handled. I am proud of having gotten a chance to read such a beautiful book. This book must be read by every kid who is old enough to accept the truth of Santa Clause. No one can break the truth better than “There IS a Santa! There’s Gotta Be…”

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Book Review of ” Marie and Reilly Go to the Beach!” by Crystal M. Morgan


Blurb:

Marie and Reilly sure know how to make a trip to the beach an adventure. They learn there are so many things to see, find and do at the beach.

My Review:

“Marie and Reilly goes on a beach” is a beautiful illustrated Children’s book, which gives a sweet story of two sisters out on a beach on a beautiful summer day.

The story itself is very sweet and simple. The trip to beach is explained with all the enthusiasm and joy which children feel for such trips. The focal point which I felt for this book is the illustrations. The illustrations are not like the usual ones which are graphically prepared using technology (at least, that is what I felt). These drawings are manually prepared using regular crayons on paper. Those drawings create a beautiful authenticity to the story and makes it so much more endearing than it would have been if it was a graphical picture.

The story is really short but very sweet. I absolutely loved the family, the sisters, their curiosity and their love for each other. But I loved the drawings best. That was unparalleled.

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Book Review of “Damage Control” by Renee Benzaim


Blurb:

Detectives Annie Avants and Tom Weston tackle one of the most perplexing murder mysteries since they began working together.
The crime victim is a local, well-respected attorney who has gone missing.
There’s not much criminal evidence to go on. His car was found an hours drive out of Bakersfield with blood on the passenger seat.
No body has been found.
His staff is in a quandary. He had a new trial scheduled to begin the next morning. Everything was set to go.
And then, he just disappeared.
A mysterious package left in the restroom of the Kern County Courthouse leads our detectives to believe that the attorney is dead.
And now. . . another person has gone missing!
Will our detectives find the answers before a media frenzy erupts in the Kern County/Bakersfield area? Will the FBI be called in to help? Will they come to understand the kinds of criminal minds that lead someone to be a serial killer and narrow the list of suspects?
This fast-paced crime fiction detective thriller will keep you reading well into the night to find out ‘who dun it?”

My Review:

Annie Avants is slowly becoming my favorite now. I started with her 4th book, then I went back and started with #1. Damage control is the #3 in the series of Det. Annie Avants mysteries. Every book sees her getting evolved from a new Detective, slowly gaining experience and developing character. The supporting characters in the series like her boyfriend, Jesse, her partner, Tom, and other people in her team.

Damage Control is about a missing and presumed dead attorney, and murders that follow. The thing with this book is that the clues are always right in front. Throughout the book, you could always feel “Maybe this character is the killer. But maybe, this is too easy and someone else just might be the killer” and it turns out you are right. That gives an amazing feeling because after so many years of reading murder mysteries, you have finally come and realized for a change, who the murderer is. Or maybe Renee is just letting you go easy on this one and will give a killer on the next one…

I thoroughly enjoyed the journey with Annie Avants yet again. It is always fun going on an adventure with her. She feels like the next Nancy Drew going on. I am going on to the next book pretty soon

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Book Review of “Wiggly Slider” by Patsy Whittle


Blurb:

Wiggly Slider was born with two front teeth. Now, worms don’t have teeth, but Wiggly’s parents told him he was special. While Wiggly was chewing on a leaf, one of his teeth fell out and got lost. Wiggly searched for it but couldn’t find his tooth. He desperately wanted to find it so he could leave it under his rock for the Tooth Fairy. Then, maybe she would bring Wiggly something nice. Wiggly sets out to find his tooth. He gets help from his new friends along the way. Will Wiggly and his friends find the lost tooth? Will the Tooth Fairy make a trip to Wiggly’s home?

My Review:

Wiggly Slider is a very amusing children’s book. Just by looking at the cover, you will get that urge to read the book. A worm with teeth? How is that possible? How would that worm be? Will he be different? Arrogant? Or sweet?

Reading the book is an equally warm feeling. The more you get to know about Wiggly, the more you adore him. His fixation on Tooth Fairy is obvious as worms can never hope for the Tooth Fairy otherwise. His dedication to the work at hand and his loyalty to those who helped him in the end is very endearing.

Wiggly Slider is a wonderful book to be read out to children or let them read on their own. The importance of doing the task at hand diligently and giving due credit to those who helped are very important lessons to be taught to children. The illustrations and colour makes the appearance of the book very appealing to adults too, so naturally to kids as well. The language is simple and easy to understand and to read as well as a self assignment.

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Book Review of “A Sallamong’s Story” by Mona Roper


Blurb:

Santos, an endearing Sallamong, goes through turmoil when drought strikes the island and his parents turn against each other. With the help of wise and loving counsel from his grandmother, playing with his friends and supportive Sallamong tradition, Santos finds happiness and confidence again. However, when faced with a difficult decision – whether or not to shed his skin – his insecurity returns and he is tempted to stay in his old skin and forfeit the benefits of growing up. He makes a life-affirming decision when he comes to the wonderful realization that, regardless of what skin he’s in, he will never stop being himself.

My Review:

Children’s stories are always endearing, even if it is a soft copy to be read on an e-book reader. But when it is in hard-copy and you can see the cartoons and drawings on high-definition and the spacing of the words, clarity, smoothness of the page, colourful cover page, it is just an experience unlike anything else. The reading experience heightens and the pleasure of it, even for an adult, is so amazing. So, before anything, a special thanks to Mona Roper for agreeing to provide a hard copy for review and sending it all the way to India. I finished the book half an hour after receiving it. That is how much the book cover and a glance inside made me love the book.

Santos is a 10-year-old Sallamong, and is how a normal 10-year-old Sallamong is expected to be – cute, naughty, adorable and thinks the world of his parents and grand parents. Now at the age of 10, Sallamongs shed their skin. Santos has mixed feelings of shedding. The story is about how a child handles a conflicting matter and how the adults around children should handle such conflicts efficiently.

The story is beautifully illustrated with a colourful, wonderful drawing at every page. These drawings help imagine and picture the happenings of the story very nicely. The words are really easy to understand, which kids can try to read themselves too. The family bonding shown in the story is really cute. “Green glow” of pride of the grandparents in the end is just beautiful.

Since everything is mentioned, I have to mention that the printing quality of the book is unparalleled. The cover page drawing is very catchy. The paper quality is beautiful. The shine of the pages and smoothness is another thing that drove me to read it so soon. Very light yet very nicely done. The book is a complete package. 5 stars

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