Sunday, April 13, 2014

Read Review: State Of The Heart

State Of The Heart by
Paperback, 146 pages
Published August 2013

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Blurb: Relationships, love and life are like the three legs of a tripod. Without any one, there is no balance. The same hold true for every human being. State of the Heart, through its collection of short stories on these key aspects, cuts across the social spectrum to present to you the lives of people whom you didn't think could be so interesting, but actually are. In short, it could be a story about you or someone like you.

From ‘Addiction’ – the dark desire to ‘My Encounter with the Berlyn Wall’ – where your best friend becomes your worst fear to ‘The Love Letter’ – which reminds us of love and its various dimensions and forms to ‘The Chief Ministers Independence Day Speech’ – where we realize how we and the CM see the state of affairs in our state to ‘The Greatest of the All’ – where love, boldness and intelligence get personified to ‘It’s not Easy’ – which speaks of bondage and the inability to break free from a bad relationship to 'My Best Friend' - which talks about the relationship between God and a human and many more, every story strikes a chord and delivers a punch while making every character relatable to the reader.


Well, I didn't like or enjoy the book at all. I feel as if I wasted my time and money on it. Not one of the stories touched my heart in any way. They lacked emotion and creativity. The story called "The second chance" seemed to be a direct inspiration from the movie "If Only". The only story I felt was better was the last one titled "A Rainy Day" and that is authored by someone else and not by the author. Only this story had a decent setting, flow and style. In short, I was highly disappointed by the book.


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Read Review: Look Again

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2009)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb: When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops—the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won’t be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can’t shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up? She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life—and that of the son she loves. 

Lisa Scottoline breaks new ground in Look Again, a thriller that’s both heart-stopping and heart-breaking, and sure to have new fans and book clubs buzzing.

I bought this book in a bookstore sale. I was atttacted by the look of the book, red cover and hard-bound. The blurb seemed interesting and  I told myself, "Let's try this one". And I am happy I made a good choice.

The story is about a journalist who adopts a baby boy. A couple of years later she sees a picture of a missing boy who looks like her kid. And she starts digging.

The book is fast-paced and I felt as if I am watching a well-written and well directed hollywood movie. It has drama, thrill, romance and action. The story is well paced out and is on track. The short chapters kept my interest alive at all times. I really enjoyed the book.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Book Review #6: The Sour Faced Moon

Name:          The Sour Faced Moon
Author:         Rohini Lall
No. of Pages: 251
Genre:           Fiction
Publisher:      Frog Books (An imprint of Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.)
Price:            Rs. 195/-
Published in:  2014

The blurb of the book says: Oscillating between the families of Imroz Agha Khan, who resents his prosperous Afghan forefathers and his perennial outsider status in his own homeland and Danielle Anderson, who returns to seek refuge in the truth and dreams she had so abruptly fled from twelve years ago. A story spanning three generations with malleability of rules as people try to break the bondage they have created all on their own. Rohini Lall’s debut novel, THE SOUR FACED MOON is the saga of intertwining cultures and generations.

About the author: Rohini Lall was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar and lives in Delhi. She has been an avid reader since a very early age and has a keen interest in classic literature, modern fiction, and poetry. She is interested in art, travelling and is a movie buff. The Sour Faced Moon is her first book. She can be reached at rohininlall@outlook.com

WHAT I FEEL ABOUT THE BOOK:
First of all, the cover did not appeal to me at all. The storyline had much potential and I felt that the author was lazy in giving out the details. Also, I found the sequence of the novel was quite haphazard and confusing. As a reader, I was hooked on the story, waiting that may be towards the end, all my questions would be answered. Like what was Danielle's mother, Emma's story; what exactly happened between Nicholas and Joshua; why did Danielle left twelve years ago; how was Bryan born and what is Deborah's story. Mystery is a good thing in novels as it keeps the curiosity alive, but leaving the readers hanging in between is no good.

I also felt that each character should have been elaborated more. The story started with Zaamir Agha Khan who is understood to have traveled to and settled in India as a young man. What happened to him, what did he do on reaching the land he dreamed of living in, what were his struggles, nothing was given about his life. Then what happened with Nicholas, why did he leave his home, no answers here also. Same with Joshua. I felt the story of the two families, Khans and Andersons should have been parallel and more detailed.

As a first timer, the author has surely done a good job. I would give the "The Sour Faced Moon" 3 stars on a scale of 5. And this is for the potential plot of the book.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WWW Wednesday #8 (2nd April 2014)


WWW Wednesday is a weekly reading event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, you just have to answer the following three (3) questions…
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
My answers to the above questions are:
What are you currently reading? I am still reading "The Sound of Paper" by Julia Cameron. The book is a  collection of short  essays on writing. I am also reading "The Sour Faced Moon" by Rohini Lall. The publishers (Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.) sent me this book last week. I shall be done with the book today.

  What did you recently finish reading? I have just finished reading is "Look Again" by  Lisa Scottoline. The review of the same is Read Review: Look Again

  What do you think you'll read next? I am going to read "State of the Heart" by  Nelton D' Souza.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!