Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.
Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she’s in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home…to the man she left behind?
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Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one.
When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them. She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!
Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it.
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Writing a review for every book is a different experience. With some books, the words just flow. The thoughts and feelings are simple and are right there to be put down on paper. Some take a little mulling over. But till date no book has put me in such a quandary as “Soulless”. No…no…no… don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t because I didn’t know what to say. It was because I didn’t know where to start and how to say it all. I was so scared of not being able to do justice to the book.
The first chapter itself had me hooked. I was like. “OMG! Can one really be that unfeeling?” And from there on till the end, it just pulled me in.
The book is a vortex of emotions: love, lust, fear, hate, anger, distrust, betrayal.
When I review a book, I normally give it a quick read just to gauge how interesting it is, to get the overall feel of it and then I read it again for the finer details, before I sit down to pen a review.
With “Soulless” every time I read the book, I got pulled in so deeply, I got lost in the emotions of Sia, the protagonist. I wondered at her cold blooded pursuit of revenge, I cried with her as she relived her nightmares, I felt the heat when she was in bed with Ajay. I just kept going back to the book again and again, forgetting that I had to write about it.
When I came to the end, I was like, “No…no..no… I want more. What’s going to happen next?” I must say, I am really waiting for the sequel “Ruthless” but M.V.Kasi will have her work cut out to keep it as gripping as this one.
I am very ‘kanjoos’ (stingy) when it comes to giving 5 stars to any book, but I definitely think “Soulless” deserves it! This is one book you will read over and over again!
They say when you take revenge you lose a part of your soul.
But Sia hadn’t felt her soul in a very long time. She only knew the soul-crushing fear and helplessness. Especially during the nights, when she fought an invisible enemy that terrorized her during the nightmares.
Her days weren’t any better either. She spent most of them trying to desperately gain control of her life while battling her various fears and addictions.
She was only twenty three, but she had resigned herself to live the rest of her life that way. Fearing the unknown.
Until it all changed one day.
Now she knew. She knew that the monster from her nightmares was real. And also that her soul had been ripped apart from her.
The memories had brought in fear, rage and pain, along with a strong craving for a swift payback.
But revenge was a dish best served cold. And it required a complete absence of emotion.
Now she plotted. And she schemed. She prepared herself in every possible way to hunt and destroy her enemy.
But every mission, however well planned can go awry. Sometimes it’s because even though one can be soulless, there is always the heart. A very weak and desperate heart that was being stolen by a man.
A man who was like a bright spark of vivid colors in her otherwise dark and dreary life.
A man…who was only supposed to be collateral damage.
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By day, MV Kasi works for a software company. She currently lives in Hyderabad, India with her husband and son.
By night, she gives in to her fascination to explore the human psychology and the various facets of life in her writing. She has particular fascination with successful people who are not considered ‘normal’ by society’s standards.
Her love for reading has led her to start writing on her own. She likes to add depth to her characters and explore their psychological motivations. Due to the nature of topics and plots, she does not shy away from writing about sexuality or violence. Despite covering some heavy topics, she likes to infuse humor into her writing.
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|Name of the book: God & His Girlfriend
‘The HINDU’ calls Priyank’s books, which has stories inspired from real life to be perfect in portraying the power of love.
Bollywood film maker Imtiyaz Ali conveyed his words to Priyank at a literary event in Delhi that he could see Priyank emerging out as a potential story writer from his city Jamshedpur.
Priyank is an author, a start up lover cum aspiring entrepreneur, a story teller and a motivational speaker. He is a gold medal winner in creative writing at the National level. He was named as the Best Debut Author of 2014 by Aagman Literary Organization, a Delhi based literary and cultural house for his novel ” I am dead but my heart beats. ”
He completed his Engineering from BIT Sindri, Dhanbad in 2015. He has delivered story telling sessions and motivational talks across many organizations in a short span of one and half year. He is the founder of Embellish India, a start-up he kicked off while in college. Currently, he works for a Delhi based funded start up after resigning from his first MNC job at TCS.
Born in Amethi (Uttar Pradesh) on 29th October, in a Maithil Brahmin family and brought up in Ghatsila (a small town near Steel city Jamshedpur in Jharkhand), Priyank’s dream is to bring changes in the country and make it a better place to live in. Writing was never his passion nor his goal. It happened to him by chance, by destiny, in an attempt to fulfill someone’s dream. He loves cricket, travelling, sleeping and trying out new delicacies.
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This is the second book of Sunanda Chatterjee that I have read. I picked it up because I loved her book “Fighting for Tara”. This book too follows the same flow where the protagonist runs away from her troubles in India, hoping for a better life in the USA, yet the secrets of her past follow her.
In this book the author has taken up the issue that I am sure a lot of Indian girls face, that of being blamed for all the misfortune and tragedy that occurs around them, and being called ‘Noshter goda” or the root of destruction.
As the story takes us through Moyna’s journey to the point where she realises she is not to blame for all the misfortune in the world, it also highlights our desperate need for parental approval. This need makes us so ready to believe everything they say and colours everything we do, including our relationships.
The riots that occurred after the demolition of the Babri Masjid were described very realistically and brought back memories. One sentence really made sense. The author asks, ‘Who among them (the rioters) had visited or planned to visited the Babri masjid ? How many Hindus would go if the Ram mandir was built on the site?” She beautifully brings out how human emotions can be manipulated so that best of friends can become the worst of enemies in a jiffy.
Coming back to the story, the plot was good though there was no real suspense in it. The variety of characters in the story added to its charm and each character was well defined. The smaller stories within the main one make for an interesting read.
However, I did get a bit irritated with the constant talk of the protagonist being a source of bad luck. It got to be a tad too much and I was really relieved when she realised she wasn’t. There were some parts of the book which have been repeated in dialogues and arguments and the book could have done without that. But all in all it was quite a good book and I easily read it a second time.
This is the first time I’m reviewing a book of short stories. It’s so different from reviewing a novel or even a novella. You don’t get the time to develop a relationship with the characters. In a book of short stories like this, the characters are like people you pass by on the street, people who are part of your life for just a short while. Yet Rubina Ramesh has written the stories so well that you actually feel you know the people in each story.
My mom has a knitted rug, made up of small squares. Each square depicts a different pattern. This is exactly what the book Knitted Tales is like with eleven stories, each different. Though I initially thought that they were horror stories, I realised that they were of a mixed genre. Some were scary, some were sweet and some made me ponder long after I had finished reading the book. One even made me go “Whaaat?”
A few of the stories have a blend of the supernatural and real life horror. It is not the ghosts that are terrifying, but the horror in real life which is worse because you can attribute the ghosts to the author’s imagination, but the incidents she writes about can very well happen in real life.
All the stories deal with social problems and issues and the fear, the anger, the frustration and helplessness comes through in the dialogues of the characters.
What I could really relate to is the way she has taken horrifying situations, where you know there is no good end, and twisted the story to make you want to say, “Yes! Take that you ****”. And even though you know it’s just fiction, it gives you that moment of satisfaction that justice has been served, unconventional as it may be. But that is what stories are meant to do, right?
What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate?
Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you?
Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?
Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?
Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?
In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.
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Rubina Ramesh is an avid reader, writer, blogger, book reviewer and marketer. She is the founder of The Book Club, an online book publicity group. Her first literary work was published in her school magazine. It gave her immense pride to see her own name at the bottom of the article. She was about 8 years old at that time. She then went to complete her MBA and after her marriage to her childhood friend, her travel saga started. From The Netherlands to the British Isles she lived her life like an adventure. After a short stint in Malaysia, she finally settled down in the desert state of USA, Arizona. Living with her DH and two human kids and one doggie kid, Rubina has finally started living the life she had always dreamed about – that of a writer.
Her other published works include:
‘Home is where Love is’ a short story in the anthology Writings from the Heart. Ed. by Beth Ann Masarik.
‘You Stole My Heart’ and ‘Let me Go’. Short stories as a part of the anthology Long and Short of It by Indireads.
‘Wake Me Up’ as a part of the anthology Marijuana Diaries by Fablery Publishers.
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|Name of the book: Fighting for Tara
Author: Sunanda J. Chatterjee
Freelance author, blogger, and ex-Indian Air Force physician Sunanda Joshi Chatterjee completed her graduate studies in Los Angeles, where she is a practicing pathologist. While medicine is her profession, writing is her passion. When she’s not at the microscope making diagnoses, she loves to write fiction. Her life experiences have taught her that no matter how different people are, their desires, fears, and challenges remain the same.
Her themes include romantic sagas, family dramas, immigrant experience, women’s issues, medicine, and spirituality. She loves extraordinary love stories and heartwarming tales of duty and passion. Her short stories have appeared in short-story.net and induswomanwriting.com.
She grew up in Bhilai, India, and lives in Arcadia, California with her husband and two wonderful children. In her free time, she paints, reads, sings, goes on long walks, and binge-watches TV crime dramas.