Fear doesn’t devastate; it stirs the inner pot. It is a tender love story that triumphs heartbreaks and sets the foundation for a deep lasting future relationship – a delightful emancipation from social intrigues and cultural constraints.
Truly inspirational builds upon the basis of not second guessing everything, and taking risks instead of regretting not taking them. A must-read for anyone. 5 Stars. – Bill McManus, Author, and creator of the Storytime Pup
The last Santa Claus had triplets who each inherited a portion of his father’s power, and that split is now tearing apart the soul of Christmas.”
That’s how the blurb of the book starts. I was intrigued. Three possible Santa Clauses? It certainly looked interesting. And the book absolutely lives up to the promise.
Olivier Lafont’s book is fast paced, yet I had to read it slowly, because I did not want to miss any of the action packed adventures of Adam and Zach as they try to save Christmas.
Lafont has an amazing way of telling a story and instead of Snowbound the title should have been spell bound. His way of describing things and people made the writer in me bow down in awe.
Can you imagine a creature like this?
“The constantly flowing face, forty feet high, swelled and dipped like a shifting waterfall, and a harmonious cacophony of sounds emerged from within it. It had the muted roar of the deep ocean trenches, interlaced with the longing calls of whales, the playful squeals of darling dolphins, the focussed silence of sharks, the percussion of a million million clam shells opening and closing in rhythm. It was the music of the Mediterranean sea condensed into the singular voice of this blue-gray monster.”
The book is also laced with pearls of wisdom as the boys find themselves as they figure out what needs to be done.
Things like this will resonate with every reader I am sure:
“He didn’t explore it further, because he feared he would find the logical loopholes and convince himself that bravery was really only a fancy synonym for socially admired insanity.”
“What happens happens. If we make mistakes, we try to correct them. That’s all there is to it. Don’t beat yourself up for mistakes you may or may not make, yes?”
The timing of the book couldn’t be better. With Christmas a few months away, it will make a great gift for pre and young teenagers.
Do pick up a copy and become part of the quest to find the true Santa.
Their bond experience more downs than ups. These unexpected twists and turns bring Vihaan and Riaa closer and their romantic tale turn into one of lifetime bonding.
The story takes a drastic turn after the lovely couple is blessed with a baby boy. It should be a joyous moment, but instead, haunting memories of Vihaan’s own childhood break out as a fresh wound in his mind.
Read the novel to know what could make a father unhappy in the happiest moment of his life and how he combats his fear.
Christmas is dying.The last Santa Claus had triplets who each inherited a portion of his father’s power, and that split is now tearing apart the soul of Christmas.
Niccolo Vecchio, the eldest, has fortified the North Pole into a citadel of ice and metal.
Santini, the middle brother, is in hiding somewhere in the Mediterranean.
The youngest brother, Niccolo Piccolo, is raising legions to reclaim his inheritance.
Two of the triplets will have to renounce their claim in the next forty-eight hours, or this Christmas will be the last one ever.
And it’s up to Adam, underachieving teenager sub-ordinaire, and his brand new jock bully Zach to make that happen…
Paromita Goswami’s book, “Grow up, Messy!”is about a precocious five year old, Misry.
Misry is a little moppet who captures your heart with her jest for life and falling into trouble.
The book is set not in the world of today’s kids but at a time when owning a television was a huge event; a time when it was safe for a five year old girl to roam around the village by herself. It brought back all the memories of a childhood spent decades ago.
However, though the book is meant for kids, there are parts especially where the parents talk to each other which are too grown up for a 5 or 6 year old kid to understand.
You can pick up the book using my Amazon affiliate link here.
Marie doesn’t believe in fairytales and needs no handsome prince to rescue her from misery – but everything changes when she falls in love with Crown Prince Christian of Taragonia. When his sister invites Marie to the palace, their lives collide and leave them both fighting their forbidden attraction.
Prince Christian has no place in his life for love or for a woman who doesn’t fit into the royal scheme of things. But vivacious Marie steals his heart and puts all he has lived for at stake. When the media gets wind of their affair, he has to make a difficult decision.
Will the unlikely couple have a chance at a happy ending?
This is the first time I am reviewing a book by Devika Fernando. I have always been intrigued by her books, especially the Royal Romance series.
I suppose at heart and we are all looking for our Prince Charming, even as we fight for equality.
Devika has created a perfect blend where this longing for the prince is matched with an equally strong independent streak in the heroine.
Devika has a very easy style of writing that makes it easy to slip into the story. Her characters are human rather than perfect. She has a knack for putting things in a way you would like to quote.
“A drawn out concert of colours, the sky flirting with the ocean until it was suffused in its glow.”
“It’s like there is this sword hanging over my head and nobody is willing to acknowledge it much less help me escape from it.”
“Maybe I fooled myself that if I’d do what nobody would expect from me, they’d stop being so sure that I’d do what they did expect from me.”
All in all, I enjoyed reading it, though the book could have been edited better.
You can pick up your copy here using my Amazon afiliate link. It will go well with the rains and a nice cup of tea.
I thought I’d take a nap. Then I remembered that I had this new book, “Finding the Angel” by Rubina Ramesh. I thought I’d read a bit till I dozed off. One hour later, nap time was over and so was the book.
What struck me was that those of us who love reading romance, always look to the west for our princes. Mills & Boons are packed with princes from mysterious countries. And here finally we have our Prince Charming or should I say Uncharming, right here in India.
Whenever I review a book, I don’t just look at the story and so though the title, “Finding the Angel” felt like more of a mystery, the book is an all and all out love story.
It’s a really quick read and had me gripped because the author has a way of writing that pulls you into the story. Every scene unfolds very realistically. The emotions, the actions of the characters all make you feel as if you were right there in the book itself.
There were places in the book where I really wanted to whack both Prince Aryan and Shefali, one on their heads. Him for being so mean and irritating and her for not whacking him herself.
I am definitely looking forward to more books from Rubina Ramesh.
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.
The Princess of a Whore House by Mayank Sharma
I was intrigued by the title and wanted to see how the author dealt with it.
The book is a quick read. Events flow one into the other. It is very obvious that the social issue of how children of sex workers are treated was what Mayank Sharma wanted to focus on and the story does that. It focuses on the life of Aparajita from her childhood to her happily ever after. It documents the problems she has first getting admission to a good school to colleagues accepting her. She is as the synopsis says a go getter and she is not ashamed of the fact that her mother has been forced into prostitution.
The story feels like a mixture of Cinderella and Pretty woman, but the characters are a tad unbelievable. It is difficult to imagine a 12 or 13 year old kid, who has been born in a remote tribal area and then spends a couple years being tutored with other children from the brothels, saying things like, “Life sucks when the stereotypes like you look at a million year old yardstick to decide what we deserved. Again and again you position us in your hierarchy based on prejudiced notions of a restrained society”
As far as the story goes, it is pretty good till the end. Then it disappoints. It could have definitely been handled much better. As they say, it not just the end of the story that is important, it is the settling down that comes after that that gives your reader true satisfaction.
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