16 February 2017

Review #590: The List by Siobhan Vivian



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.”

----Simone de Beauvoir



Siobhan Vivian, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned an incredibly enlightening and an entrancing contemporary young adult fiction, The List in which the author has woven a story about eight high school teenage girls from various grades who are picked up for a list that labels four of the girls as the ugliest in their high school and rest four as the prettiest, but little did they knew that before the homecoming dance, this list would actually ruin their lives and their relationships, no matter how good or bad they are labelled as.


14 February 2017

Review #589: Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”

----Steve Maraboli


Amy Poeppel, an American author, has penned a terrific and extremely entertaining debut contemporary fiction novel, Small Admissions that revolves around a fresh young graduate, who after a messy breakup goes into the caveman zone on her couch and with her sweatpants, bags a job offer to work as an admission administrator in a posh private school, but little did this young and intelligent graduate knew that the parents and the students who come for the admission procedure would go at any lengths to just to get a mere admission in such a posh school.


10 February 2017

Review #588: Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.”

----Bob Marley



Veronica Roth, the international bestselling author, pens an engrossing and exciting new young adult fantasy series called, Carve the Mark, and the first book in the series with the same name revolves around an intergalactic drama between two galaxy nations trying to overpower one another and caught in between the crossfire is two teenagers with special powers that can be used in this constantly growing war to win it, but these two teenagers, even though they belong from one another's enemy nations, long for the freedom.


9 February 2017

Review #587: The Innocent by Harlan Coben



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”

----Marcus Aurelius



Harlan Coben, an international bestselling author, has penned a hypnotizing crime thriller, The Innocent in which the author has spun a tale about an ex-con whose after prison life has turned out to be surprisingly good, but unfortunately his dream life threatens to come crashing down when a video featuring his wife is sent to his phone by his wife, and parallely, one murder occurs after another and young cop is trying to connecting the dots of these murders while another teenager tries to dig up the past of her murdered mother and must punish her killers.

8 February 2017

Review #586: Stay Close by Harlan Coben



My rating: 3 of 5 stars


“The past is never where you think you left it.”

----Katherine Anne Porter



Harlan Coben, an international bestselling author, has penned a gripping crime thriller, Stay Close that revolves around three characters, one who has hid her past but now it is threatening to wipe out her perfect life, the other laments on his broken heart and the reasons behind it and barely manages to make his ends meet and the last one has become a maniac upon investigating the case of a missing man that happened 17 years ago, and the future looks bleak for these three characters, as the missing person count begins to rise in the same manner, their pasts come undone.


7 February 2017

Review #585: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See



My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”

----William Ewart Gladstone


Lisa See, a Chinese-American NY Times Bestselling author, crafts an unique and heart-touching story, called The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane in which the author introduces her readers yet with another ethnic minority group of China, called the Akha, whose religion lies in their beliefs, taboos and superstitions chalked out by old shamans and ancient relics, and among this group of people, there lies a particular tea-growing family, the youngest daughter of that family, break frees from those old beliefs and maps her own future as a tea seller, but pain always manages to find a way to hurt her.

6 February 2017

Review #584: Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.”

----Kristin Hannah



Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, the best selling, award-winning author, has penned a terrific and heart rending grandmother-mother-daughter relationship drama in her new book, Before We Visit the Goddess that revolves around three woman bound together by blood yet separated by generation gaps. The author has narrated a longing tale of mistakes, misunderstandings spanning through three generations from Indian to USA reflecting how one mistake of one ambitious woman, who wanted to make a name for her family, cost her only daughter's choices that finally impacted her granddaughter's course of life.

31 January 2017

Review #583: Heartless by Marissa Meyer



My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.”

----Lewis Carroll



Marissa Meyer, the American bestselling author, has penned a captivating YA retelling of Carroll's popular book, Alice in Wonderland in her new standalone book, Heartless. This story revolves around one of the most villainous characters from the children's fiction, the Queen of Hearts, who is portrayed as an independent and strong young woman, who wants to open her own bakery and make the people of then Kingdom of Hearts happy, but her parents has chalked out a different plan for her future and this is fight and struggle of that self-dependent woman who only wants what her heart's desire.