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Book review: The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

Title- The Electric Heir
Author- Victoria Lee
Publisher- Skyscape
Format- Ebook ( NetGalley)
Pages- 480
Genre- Fiction
Publication date- 17 March 2020
Ratings- 5/5

Book blurb:

In the sequel to The Fever King, Noam Álvaro seeks to end tyranny before he becomes a tyrant himself.

Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia.

Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer’s crimes, he’s determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control—and that Noam is plotting against him—Noam’s dead. So he must keep playing the role of Lehrer’s protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus.

Meanwhile Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. But Dara’s attempts to ally himself with Noam prove that their methods for defeating Lehrer are violently misaligned. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer’s web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life.

My review:

Trigger Warning- abuse , genocide, parental death, violence, suicide, attempt to rape.

You are expected to stay silent after a worse abuse just by saying that you won’t be believed by anybody. This is not true, speak up, battle and take your stand until and unless you make your points clear.

Cause and effect, action and consequence.

This book hits me to the core, scratches some very deep damages and brings back to reality. I cried, after a very long, cried really hard after reading a book and calling this book just incredible, heart wrenching and heart warming would not be enough.

I want to choose you,

Noam said softly,

Every day, again and again.

The writing style is outstanding in itself. Like its kind that moved lyrically and makes you stop to just collect your thoughts back and read again.

I said I have an ideology, and there is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with fighting for something you believe in.

This is a short review because my gushing out for this book would might bring out some spoilers. So just don’t think twice and pick this one up.

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Book review : The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis.

Title- The Raven and the Dove
Author- Kaitlyn Davis
Publisher- Kaitlyn Davis Mosca
Format- E-book (NetGalley)
Pages- 506
Genre- Fiction
Publication date- 9 March 2020
Ratings- 5/5

Book blurb:

Four fates collide in this avian-inspired, epic fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo!

A princess longing to be free…
On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…
Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…
Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.

Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you’ll never see coming, don’t miss The Raven and the Dove!

My review:

Raven and Dove was a completely unexpected read for me, I saw the books cover in of one of the coming anticipated book of 2020 and I was totally enthralled by the cover which is a typically but beautifully illustrated YA fantasy novel and when FFBC invited for the book tour it was obvious to count myself in.

The world will fracture, splinter in two,

One made of grey, the other blue.

Beasts will emerge, filled with fury and scorn.

Fighting to recover what from their claws we have torn.

So this book needs to get more and more attention, even though I can’t categorize it into a mind-boggling book but yes, the superfluous hype that some of the YA is getting these days is making some of the titles less reachable to the reader.

This title is one such book. I truly want more and more people who love YA to read it. It’s totally worth it.

After a very long time I gave a 5 outta 5 stars to YA because this book accomplished whatever I find in a YA fantasy.

She was more than a princess,

She was a force.

This book has a love triangle, angels, magical realms and everything you can expect from good fantasy. Coming to the characters I found Lyana’s character to be pretty annoying at first but I loved her free spirit and how she was ready to sacrifice things when needed. Xander is the most adorable character. We need more Xander guys. Other supporting characters like Cassie made a strong point in the book in every aspect.

So, yeah I got the book in Net Galley but I’m pretty sure that I’ll add the hardcover in my collection super soon and recommend you guys to pick it up too.

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Book Review: Oscar for Loving, Grammay for Not by Prayadeep Kaur.

Title- Oscar for Loving, Grammay for Not.
Author- Prayadeep Kaur
Publisher- Book Soul Reads
Format- Paperback
Pages- 192
Genre- Fiction
Publication date- 6 Nov 2019
Ratings- 3.5/5

Book blurb:
Sita chose to wait for her Rama for years. Radha chose not to be one of the queens of Krishna. Draupadi chose to be the wife of five. But Meera chose to be the devotee of just One. Life is ruled by our choices. And, these choices hold the ultimate reins to everything our life depends on. These choices twist everybody’s life in this story.
Udi is a force to reckon with. She is a strong and independent young woman who rules her emotions. Then Garv happens… the sweet, innocent and romantic man rocks her by the roots, and she is found treading down the paths that she had never vouched for herself. Her best friends, Rupali and Siddharth, are the only people she ever leans on. Rupali and Siddharth’s love story was a mistake from the start. Siddharth loves her with all his heart, but she has other desire, which leads her to her downfall, dragging Siddharth along.
In this gamble of self-made choices, will Udi be found struggling to control her life? Will Garv stood up and make a choice? Will their choices by worth it? Read Oscar For Loving, Grammy For Not! Delve into the lives of Udi, Garv, Siddharth and Rupali, and find an inspiration to be strong, to find love, to maintain friendship, and to find the strength to live your life again… no matter what happens!

My review:

A rom-com, woman-centric novel with clear narration. The story revolves around Udi Bose, who admires the meaning of her name. Udi is strong and puts her self-respect above all. For her success matters the most.

With fewer complex words and fair storyline, this book is about the lives of Udi-Garv and Rupali-Siddharth and their choices in life that hold the ultimate reins to everything their life depends on.

Even though I pretty much liked the narration but it could have been more lively. There were few grammatical errors that could have been easily rectified with adequate editing. Also, I wasn’t much elated with the climax. So, read it if you want a typical Indian bollywood romance and a very light read.

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Book review: Invisible Ties by Nadya A.R.

Title- Invisible Ties
Author- Nadya A.R.
Publisher- Rupa Publications
Format- Paperback
Pages- 272
Genre- Fiction
Publication date- 23 Aug 2017
Ratings- 5/5

Book blurb:
As Karachi burned in the 1990s, the painfully shy Noor Kamal found refuge in an antique jade mirror stolen from Daisy, her social butterfly mother. One fateful day, the violence hits home as a motley crew of burglars storm the Kamal residence, killing Joseph, the faithful driver who tried to shield Noor and kidnapping Daisy in the process.
Traumatized by the turn of events and succumbing to familial pressure, Noor reluctantly agrees to start life afresh in Singapore as the wife of Meekaal Kalim, an investment banker. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Noor finds succour in studying psychotherapy.
Her attempt to heal others brings her close to Ella, her neighbour and Jake, a handsome American who is struggling to deal with his emotional breakdown. As she tries to exorcise ghosts from the past and break free from the shackles, where will Noor’s longing for love take her? Would she be able to liberate herself from her strong cultural values and ties?
A saga of love and trials, against a rich contrasting background, Invisible Ties is sure to appeal to the readers.

My review:

Noor Kamal, an ordinary girl with yet an extraordinary mystery who has spent most of her life with caretakers. She finds refuge in her mother’s jade mirror. And later, reluctantly agrees to start life afresh in Singapore as the wife of Meekaal Kalim, an investment banker. .

Some stories even though being predictable from the very beginning leaves an incredible impact in the end and that’s what this book did to me. I loved it. From the cover to narration, use of imagery and sculpting out the characters. I simply loved it all. The blurb had no indication that the plot would be this impactful. And that renders this book to be more compelling.

Elucidation of South Asian culture felt like relishing the tapestry of colors into a few pages. The vibrancy of their food, places and the arena is profoundly portrayed. Also, the ending has my heart. You know a kind of book that haunts you to speculate the character’s tragic life yet the satisfaction you have that you actually read the book. Got that exact feeling! This book is about loss, death, abuse, and love. Love of every kind. Dwelling without parents and continuing the existence.

This book is for the people who would love to read the sheer writing infused with emotions.

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Book review: Legitimacy of Power

Title- Legitimacy of Power
Author- Dilip Sinha
Publisher- Half Baked Beans
Format- Paperback
Pages- 332
Genre- Non-Fiction
Publication date- 1st Jan 2019
Ratings- 5/5

Book blurb:
The Security Council, the all-powerful UN body for maintaining world peace, remains mired in its World War II origins. The victors, the US, Russia, China, Britain, and France, continue to control it with their permanent membership and the veto. Their confrontations emasculated the Council during the Cold War and their cooperation spawned questionable military actions thereafter. The book traces the origins of international security cooperation and scrutinizes the moorings of the Security Council’s powers in international law. It critiques the permanent five’s manipulation of the Council to aggressively strengthen their global dominance and legitimise their exercise of power. Their doctrines and actions in countries like Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Libya have hindered the Council’s evolution as a responsible body which has the trust of a globalising world. This book is an essential read for practitioners and scholars to understand the Security Council and the failure to reform it.

My review:

‘The Legitimacy of Power gives perceptive insights into how the powerful UN initially came into existence.
The author has elucidated the five major powerful organs of the UN that was formed in 1945 after the failure of LEAGUE OF NATION that eventually resulted in WORLD WAR ll.

Highly informative, constructive and edifying the validities of international security in a very comprehensible language this book is for the ones who want to gain more proficiency about UNSC. The book commences with the prominence of the UNSC in International relations and how it is contemplated as a substantial organization for the worldwide alliance.

I don’t think that I disliked any part of this profound volume and I totally appreciate the author for the amount of information and research he has put into this book. If you’re a non-fiction enthusiast and wish to know more about foreign relations and international security organs then go for this book.

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Book review: We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Title- We Hunt The Flame

Author- Hafsah Faizal
Publisher- Pan Macmillan India
Format- Paperback
Pages- 496
Genre- Fantasy
Publication date- 27th August 2019
Ratings- 3.8/5

Book blurb:
Nobody knows that Zafira is the Hunter. Forced to disguise herself as a man, she braves the cursed forest to feed her people. If she is exposed as a girl, all of her achievements will be rejected. Nasir is the infamous Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If he refuses he will be punished in the most brutal of ways. Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya – but neither wants to be. And when Zafira embarks on a quest to restore magic to her suffering world, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve magic and kill the hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds, and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine . . . Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, Hafsah Faizal’s We Hunt the Flame – first in the Sands of Arawiya duology – is a breathtaking debut about discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

My review:

𝓦𝓮 𝓱𝓾𝓷𝓽 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓯𝓵𝓪𝓶𝓮, 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓵𝓲𝓰𝓱𝓽 𝓲𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓭𝓪𝓻𝓴𝓷𝓮𝓼𝓼, 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓰𝓸𝓸𝓭 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝔀𝓸𝓻𝓵𝓭 𝓭𝓮𝓼𝓮𝓻𝓿𝓮𝓼.

This was book had every element to be a great read but still couldn’t satisfy me. Also, I hate when books with pretty awesome covers doesn’t meets my expectations.

I loved the writing style of author and being a debut book this totally deserves appreciation. The descriptions of arena and sceneries are intensely portrayed and world built by Hafza Faizal was strong and vibrant. It’s infused with beautiful poetic and rich literal quotes. Around first 150 pages I was absolutely loving the pace and then it was slow, very, very slow! And it almost got back to the pace in the last 80 pages. Perhaps it was more of a thought-driven plot.

This book was somewhere between Lord of the rings and The Hunger Games. There were many elements in this book that I’ve already read previously and I’m saying that it’s copied but I was indeed expecting to read few more fresh aspects as it was one of most anticipated book of this year.

I liked the secondary characters of Benyamin and Altair more than Zafira and Nasir. I especially loved Altair. He is a true gem. The enemies to lover relationship between Nasir and Zafira was definitely interesting. Also, the complex father-son relationship between Sultan and Nasir was something that caught my attention.

Despite being slow paced I quite liked the book because of its entrancing narrations and descriptive quotes. It was intence, character- driven and pretty much dark read and I’m kind of looking forward to the next book. Recommending it to read without having high hopes, you’ll love it more.

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Book review: Soliloquy of a Small Town Uncivil Servant by K.K. Srivastava

Title- Soliloquy of a Small Town Uncivil Servant.
Author- K.K. Srivastava
Publisher- Rupa Publication
Format- Paperback
Pages- 208
Genre- Non-Fiction
Publication date- 20th March 2019
Ratings- 3.8/5

Book blurb:
Soliloquy of a Small-town Uncivil Servant is an attempt at a memoir that begins with the realization that the narrator has forgotten much of his past. Hence, the acute need to retrieve it. What comes to light is an arduous journey into his past—the circumstances of his birth, his growing up in a small city like Gorakhpur and his rendezvous with life outside of that inhibited milieu as he joins the civil services and moves to other places. Fact and fantasy meld as he recreates his experiences with bureaucracy and bureaucrats—his perception of them and theirs of him as an ‘outsider’—and recounts his many associations with men, women, his teachers and even strangers.

My review:

‘Soliloquy of a Small Town Uncivil Servant’ is a semi-autobiographical account of Mr Srivastava who belongs to Gorakhpur. It is a collection of author’s memoir from his childhood to adulthood, his experiences and struggles. The book shows the facts about the life in small towns and the beliefs of the people dwelling there.With engaging enacdotes and poetic narrrative style the book is raw and engaging. The use of superfluous big words towards the end became pretty tedious for me but it could be a good read for non-fiction and autobiography lovers. Overall, it was a decent read for me.

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