Book Review: May I Be Your Better Half

Book Review: May I Be Your Better Half

Title: May I Be Your Better Half

Author: Mahesh R Abhishek 

Publishers: Woven Words Publishers

Edition: First

Publication Date: 9th October 2017

ISBN-13: 9788193409343

Number of Pages: 188

“Braveness is like a cloth on a thorn, it must be torn easily, until if a slight pressure of fear rule over it.”

Is it necessary for a friend’s group to have common characteristics individually? Can two opposites attract? Can love transform a person completely? Life and love are two unpredictable things. They can either make you or break you. True love has the power to transform a person into any form. May I Be Your Better Half describes the journey of four friends- Abhinav, Deepthi, Sumi and John. Sometimes lives bring totally different personalities together and develop a strong bond among them. May I Be Your Better Half was a romantic thriller full of unpredictable twists and turns throughout. The book initiated on a suspenseful note with an emotional message regarding injustice done to women. Then the first chapter initiates the main story that started with Abhinav’s life. As the plot starts developing it increases the curiosity of the reader to reach the climax of the book to finally satisfy the curiosity the reader had since the beginning of the story. The author has done justice to all the four main characters of the story- Abhinav, Deepthi, Sumi and John. The cover of the book could have been better as the cover does not give a romantic touch. The title of the book is well justified through the story. There were a lot of grammatical errors in the book. The story is something that keeps the reader hooked up till the end. The playful words and poetry gives a perfect touch to the book. Overall, it was a worthy read. I recommend this book to all the readers who love to read romantic thrillers.

My Ratings:

Title: 4/5

Cover: 3.5/5

Blurb: 3.5/5

Characterization: 4/5

Plot: 4/5

Writing and Presentation: 3/5

Overall Rating: 3/5

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Book Review: The Aravan Head

Book Review: The Aravan Head

The Aravan Head by Arvind Narisma is a crime thriller bound with suspense and lots of twists and turns. From the start to the end this book has kept me stuck to its story. The book takes the reader on a thrilling roller coaster ride. The story is written in a lucid language and addictive way. The narrative style of the story is very appealing. The cover of the book gives the hint that it’s a crime based mysterious book. The cover creates an atmosphere of suspense. The book was full of surprising twists and turns. The author has done justice to all the characters of the book. The presentation of the book is flawless. Overall, this book is an addictive read. I recommend this book to all those who have a keen interest in thrillers as this is a thriller novel that won’t disappoint you ever.

Book Review: Undelivered Letters

Book Review: Undelivered Letters

Has it ever happened to you that you receive a letter from someone who’s dear to you after 20 years? What would be your reaction in such a case? Undelivered Letters by J. Alchem is a romantic thriller that features the story of a postman Aron. He was about to shift to a new apartment with his wife Sara. As he packs his stuff he enters into a flashback of his love story with Sara. When he gets back to his present life he gets surprised when he finds 9 undelivered letters that were meant to be delivered 20 years back. Those were the last letters that had to be delivered on his last day as a postman.

He takes a firm decision and rushes out in search of the recipients. The story takes the reader into a flashback narrating three sub-stories about the three prominent recipients of the letters. The first story revolves around Cathy and her daughter Kara. Cathy would always give hopes to her daughter that her father will return soon when deep inside she knew he would never be back. The second story highlighted a murder mystery in which Samuel was accused of killing Elizabeth, whom he loved madly. Was he the one who really killed her? The third story highlights the story of a famous detective Carl who was appointed the case of stolen books from libraries. The moment he catches the thief he gets surprised by his past and changes his mind.

As Aron delivers all the letters one by one a few mysteries open up that gives the story an emotional touch over the fate of the senders of the letters. From the start to the end, this book is a complete page-turner. With lucid language, informal tone, and intriguing narration, this book is an inspiring piece of literature. The title of the book ‘Undelivered Letters’ is a big suspense in itself. The sub-lines on the cover of the book ‘What if you never knew about a letter someone had written for you and you receive it after 20 years?’ acts as a cherry on the cake. The cover of the book, however, could have been much better. The playful words polish the story further. The characterization and the dialogues of the book appear natural throughout. Aron stands out as an inspiration to all those who leave their work in the fear of the consequences of their mistakes. Overall, it was a worthy and intriguing read. I recommend this book to all those readers who would like to enjoy an amalgamation of a thriller with suspense, romance and emotions.

My ratings:

Title: 5/5

Cover: 4/5

Blurb: 4/5

Characterization: 4.5/5

Plot: 5/5

Presentation: 5/5

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Guest Post: How To Maintain Your Concentration While Writing A Book

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How to maintain concentration: it’s hard!

A book can take years to write, and during those years there are two key stages of writing. For me, each requires it own techniques for concentrating.

The first – and most enjoyable – stage of writing a book, is the first draft. Here, the writer can disappear into pure creativity and follow their thoughts and feelings wherever they desire. To maintain concentration at this stage is for me dependent on writing in the early mornings, before real life has slipped in through the door. I call this the “dream state”. It’s the precious few hours after I wake up when my mind has not yet engaged with the routine tasks of my external life. It is full of ideas and possibilities. Hopes are alive. Dreams are near. This is when I write my first drafts. It’s critically important not to be disturbed by the outside world during these hours. No children knocking on the door. No phone calls. No internet.

The second – and far harder – stage of writing a book is the editing. This can happen over 2 – 10 drafts of a novel over a period of months and even years. I approach this stage far more like a day job, and it does not require such early mornings. If I have an entire day of editing ahead of me, then I time myself in slots of minutes. If my mind is working well, then I work for 31 minutes. If I am distractible, then I set a timer for 11 minutes. I take a strict 5 minute break and then set the timer again. This is similar to the Pomodoro technique, which stipulates 25 minute work bursts, and where I originally learned the skill from.

In summary, the creative writing of the book demands total focus in the early mornings; whereas the long editing months require a disciplined job-like approach, best achieved with short bursts of work and regular breaks.

I used these techniques to write both my novels, The Woman Behind the Waterfall (2016) and The Unity Game (2017), each of which took between 3 and 5 years to complete.

-Leonora Meriel

Book Review: I Wear The Smile You Gave

Book Review: I Wear The Smile You Gave

Title: I Wear The Smile You Gave

Author: Shweta Shah

Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers

Edition: First

Publication Date: 4th September 2017

ISBN-13: 9789386673930

Number of Pages: 204

‘I Wear The Smile You Gave’ by Shweta Shah is a romantic thriller filled with suspense. This book has been dedicated to the author’s parents and the readers. The book starts on a very pessimistic note in which the main protagonist of the story, Ajeet’s wife Sumi is admitted in a hospital. She dealt with an accident during pregnancy that risked her life as days passed by. While Ajeet was filled with pain due to his wife’s condition the story enters into a flashback in which he introduces us to Aditi whom he considered as the person who changed her life. In his college days, he got attracted towards her but changed his mind when she invited problems for him. He got irritated by her infatuation towards him. Later he falls for Sumi whom he meets during his coaching classes. He decides to mend his life after Aditi send him a harsh letter and he realizes that he must make his own identity. By and by he becomes a part of an army. One day he receives a call from Sumi in which she informs him that she is stuck in a serious problem. What was the problem that was bothering her? Will Ajeet confess his love for Sumi? Will Sumi’s operation be successful? The author has built a lot of suspense throughout the book that makes this romantic fiction an extraordinary work. The story flows like a movie and takes the reader on a journey of true love. The language of the book is lucid and informal. The reader can easily connect with the events that take place in the story. The title and the cover are very appealing and match well with the theme of the book. Love and emotions rein throughout the story. Overall, it was an extraordinary romantic story. I recommend this book to all those who love to read romantic books.

My ratings:

Title: 5/5

Cover: 5/5

Blurb: 4/5

Characterization: 4/5

Story: 4/5

Writing and Presentation: 4/5

Overall Rating: 4.2/5

Book Review: Harappa

Book Review: Harappa

Title: Harappa

Subtitle: Curse Of The Blood River

Author: Vineet Bajpai

Publishers: VB Performance LLP

Publication Date: 9th June 2017

ISBN-13: 9789352685486

Number of Pages: 316

“Listen you who are already dead. Listen you congregation of corpses. Listen you fools. I am half-human, half-God!”

What will happen the day when you are merry with your life and you receive a call suddenly from someone who reminds you of a past that needs you to be present? I’m sure the experinece will astonish you. Harappa is a mytho-fantasy historical thriller that takes the reader back to 18th century. This book has been dedicated to Munisha by the author. The story has been set in three different places or I must say generations (Rome, Banaras and Harappa). The author has given a very brief introduction of the inicidents that are related to the story in the beginning that makes the reader feel connected to the story and also make the reader curious to know what will happen and how the story will start and end. The story starts on a huge note of suspense in which Vidyut receives a call from Purohit Ji while he was sleeping at his home next to his wife Damini. The sudden call at such a peculiar time scares Damini and she gets more afraid due to the weird behaviour of Vidyut after he receives the call. After a lot of suspense he finally reveals that he is half-man and half-god. After the first chapter the story takes the reader to Rome in which Reg is welcomed by Maschera at the airport and he gets a surprise note from Maschera in which he is told to kill a boy Aryan. The story then shifts to the ancient times of 1700 BC when the city of Harappa existed and where activities like exorcism, black magic and many more evil acts took place to kill the last Devta. The story takes a very smooth shift from modern period to ancient period making the reader experience both the generations simultaneously. What was Vidyut’s secret that he hid from everyone? Why did he go to Banaras? What was the link between the incidents that took place in Harappa, Rome and Banaras? The book takes the reader to a thrilling historical roller coaster journey in which the curiosity of the reader triumphs and does not allow the reader to leave the book without completing the last chapter of the book. It is very hard to create an ancient atmosphere while narrating the story but the author did it brilliantly. Not only was the cover appealing but the interior layout of the book is appealing as well. There are little images above very chapter like a logo of the chapter that makes it look attractive. Honestly speaking I don’t have much interest in reading historical fictions but this book developed my interest in history as it not narrated the historical stories in a boring way but mixed the elements of fiction, mythology and suspense throughout the story which grabs readers attention to the story. The author has done justice to all the characters of the book. There is a perfect balance of characterization throughtout the book. The title befits the theme of the book. I’m very much eager to read the second part of this book. I recommend this book to all the readers who have huge interest in history or mythology and even if the reader has never read any of the two genred before this book is the best one to start with as a beginner. Overall, this book is a chilling and gripping read.

My Ratings:

Title: 4/5

Cover: 5/5

Blurb: 3.5/5

Characterization: 4/5

Plot: 4.5/5

Writing and Presentation: 4/5

Overall Rating: 4/5

 

Buying Link: https://www.amazon.in/Harappa-Curse-Blood-Vineet-Bajpai/dp/9352685482/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508315920&sr=8-1&keywords=harappa

Book Review: One Last Time

This book has been provided by ArudhhaClub in exchange for a genuine review. 

Title: One Last Time

Author: Anubhav Shrivastava and Shreehari H

Publishers: Write India Publishers

Publication Date: 15th September 2017

ISBN-13: 9788193298879

Number of Pages: 143

Blurb:

Nakul, a fifteen-year- old boy from Delhi who has been raised with a silver spoon, visits a quaint little village in Madhya Pradesh. The crudeness and modesty of the village changes how he perceives different aspects of life. There he comes across Prakash, the son of a paddy farmer, who is the yin to his yang – their contrasting ideas on life fail to stunt the growth of their nascent friendship as ultimately it is their exuberance and a taste for adventure that bring them together. In the midst of their tale is the charming and talented Aakanksha who lives in the shadow of a spotlight. She goes through the motions of life according to the perceived ideals of society, consistently feeling a void, for she lacks a genuine friend. One Last Time is an eclectic and delectable fusion of Nakul’s superficial urbane sensibilities, Aakanksha’s confounded solitude and Prakash’s rustic but sagely naiveties – one that will change their destinies forever.

Review: 

One Last Time is a thriller that revolves around a 15 year-old boy Nakul who was sent to village by his father. At first he was not able to adjust to the surroundings of a village but later when he meets Prakash who dwelled in the village he starts liking it. Right from the beginning till the end the book grabs the reader’s attention. This book is an erotic and inspirational thriller. It is written from the perspective of a child. While I was reading it I felt as if I’m myself dwelling in the village. The author has very well described the beauty of the village with his words and exceptionally highlighted the village life. The language is simple and informal. The characterization was perfect. My favourite character of the book is Nakul who very well adapts to the village life. The narrative style was very well addictive. The title of the book is very catchy but it had no significance to the story. Even the cover could not depict the theme or story of the book. The plot was excellent. The writing and presentation style of the book was commendable as it was a debut book of the author. Overall, it was a worthy read. I recommend this book to all those who have keen love for thrillers.