I would rate this book a four and a half stars. It has been a long time since I have read a book that was both entertaining and thought provoking at the same time.
The book takes a look at the fairy tales from a refreshingly new perspective. By the time I got to the third story, I started trying to guess what spin the author would put on the next story. He has really put in a lot of thought into writing the book and I think every parent should read this book themselves, before reading out fairy tales to their kids. It might make you rethink what you are really teaching your kids through the age old tales.
A damsel in distress. An evil dragon. A concerned father seeking a savior to rescue his daughter. A hero galloping off to the rescue – a knight in shining armor. Now THAT is stuff of fairy tales.
But what if the father’s real concern is for the dragon’s hoard; What if the damsel’s reason of distress is the marriage proposal by her pompous and vicious savior; and what if the story is told by the horse who bears not only the overweight knight but also his heavy, shining armor all the way to the dragon’s lair and back, facing certain death in the process? What if there was more – much more – to all your favourite fairy tales than met the eye? This book chronicles not one but seven such unfairy tales – tales told by undead horsemen and living cities. Tales of mistreated hobgoblins and misunderstood magicians. Tales of disagreeable frogs and distressed rats and bears baring their souls. Once you read these stories, you will never be able to look at a fairy tale the same way ever again.
About the author
T F Carthick is a Bangalore-based writer and blogger who has been blogging since 2008. He is an avid reader of Children’s Fiction, Science-fiction and Fantasy. Enid Blyton, J K Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams are some of his favorite authors. His paranormal thriller ‘Bellary’ was one of the three stories in the book Sirens Spell Danger, published in 2013. Six of his stories have featured in multi-author anthologies and literary magazines. He has written over 50 short stories, many of which can be read for free on www.karthikl.com.
He is an Engineer and MBA from India’s premier institutes IIT, Madras and IIM, Ahmedabad and currently works as an Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Consultant at one of the world’s leading Consulting Firms.
I became a fan of Sunanda Chatterjee when I read her book “Fighting for Tara”, which is a super awesome book. So it was but natural for me to wonder how “Sins of the Father” would compare. And though “Fighting for Tara” will always remain one of my favourite books, this one did not disappoint.
None of her books are just romance. And this one with its suspense and psychological tinge makes for a very interesting read.
Society can be very unforgiving and often children are made to pay for the sins of their parents. But isn’t it also true that the children themselves feel the need to pay for their parents crimes? What happens when as a young child you are exposed to the fact that your father is not the hero you think he is? How do you react when his actions have caused you tremendous pain? A lot of times the children feel that in some way it is their fault as well. They carry the burden of what their parents did for a long time indeed.
Sunanda brings this out beautifully in the way the characters interact with each other in the book. I firmly believe that no book is based on just one person. Every good story is a blend of all the characters, the main ones and the supporting ones. Sunanda has managed to weave in all her characters into the fabric of her story and that is what makes it such a delight to read.
“Sins of the Father” is the first book in the Wellington Estates series. I am really impatient to read the next in the series, “Old money”
Police Officer Harrison McNamara grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. The former Wellington Estates heir has dedicated his life to taking criminals off the streets. But when he goes undercover to expose a blackmailing scheme, he meets a freelance model who may hold a key to his past.
For psychologist Laura Carson, freelancing as a model is the perfect bridge until she can set up her practice. But her modeling agency isn’t what she expected. Encountering the enigmatic undercover cop might be everything she’s ever wanted—and everything she must avoid.
As Laura and Harrison grow closer, their past threatens to destroy them. Trapped in an unending cycle of guilt and blame, can they find a way to bury the sins of the past for a future of redemption and love?
Book 1 of the Wellington Estates Series, Sins of the Father is a stand-alone romantic saga.
Sunanda J. Chatterjee writes romantic sagas and family dramas, with empowered heroines and noble heroes, and all manner of family relationships. She loves extraordinary love stories and heartwarming tales of duty and passion. Her themes include the immigrant experience, women’s issues, and medicine.
Her books have consistently been the Top 100 bestsellers on Amazon USA and Amazon India in Asian Literature, Indian Writing, and Asian Drama categories. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies, short-story.net and induswomanwriting.com.
She grew up in Bhilai, India and now lives in Arcadia, California with her husband and two wonderful children. When she is not by the microscope or creating imaginary worlds, she reads, sings, goes on long walks, and binge-watches old TV dramas.
This is the first book by Neil D’silva that I have read. It’s been a really long time since I have read a horror story. But everyone in the book club was talking about it and I decided it was high time I expanded my reading experiences.
The beginning of the book got me hooked. I was like, okay, I really want to know what is going to happen. The romantic in me loved the idea of a love through the centuries specially when one is a demon and the other human.
Would he succeed? Would he win her? What about the man she is in love with? Why have they been separated? As I was reading, the questions kept playing in my mind.
I must admit I got a bit impatient with the pace of the book initially. I wanted it to go faster. I wanted answers to all my questions. And then suddenly the pace picked up and I couldn’t put it down.
The book was good no doubt, though there were a few grammatical errors scattered through it. It could have been edited a bit more carefully.
But all in all I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading his other book, “Maya’s New Husband”.
Here is the my amazon associate link if you would like to buy the book
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.
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.
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.
The story takes us back in time, to the life of Mrs. McNally, who is at the fag end of her life. Her life has held many secrets and she is wondering whether she should document her life story for her daughter and granddaughter to know the truth after her death. However, she is visited not only by the ghosts of her past but also a very real ghost who brings a twist in the story of her life, one that she never expected.
What I liked:
The story is gripping and pretty scary. It keeps you wondering till the end. Mrs. Mcnally’s character is absolutely real life and you can actually visualise her as an old Anglo-Indian teacher.
Ms. Manral has a way with words and uses them well. One of my favourite parts of the book is the way she describes love, “Was she grown enough to know of the love that tore you apart and patched you together so that you were never quite yourself again, to know that hearts got broken and mended and broken again, to feel the gaps between successive loves rattle with the hollowness that comes from pieces of the heart being scooped out.”
What I didn’t like:
Too many people die. Some of the deaths could have been avoided. Also her ending is a bit abrupt like her other books . You are left with wanting to know more. There are a lot of unanswered questions.
All in all:
A good book. It will keep you gripped till the end and may even scare the faint hearted. Please do not read this book if you are alone at home at night. Ms. Manral has come a long way from her first book, “The Reluctant Detective” There is a marked improvement both in her style of writing and the strength of her characters.
You can read about my interview with Kiran Manral on my blog here.
You can buy the book on Amazon.in through my affiliate link here .
The story is about Raj, the owner of a tourist firm who believes he can change the lives of his clients for the better. So he only takes on those clients who have suffered some personal loss or trauma and need emotional healing. It is the story of six people’s journey from pain to living life again. The group is a motley bunch. We have Carl who is a divorced workaholic who realises that money is a cold bed fellow, Ira who is suicidal after her husband leaves her, Darci and Lennard who love each other but can’t get past the trauma in their lives, and Asha who still mourns her dead husband. As the story unfurls, Raj realises that he too is in need of healing.
While the plot is not new, the story is told well enough to hold your attention till the end.
What I liked
The way the characters come alive. Each one of them is different and the author’s understanding of human nature is pretty good. The book talks of the frailty of human nature and deals with the mistakes we make without being judgemental. It speaks of hope and redemption; of finding strength within oneself without talking on a lecturing tone.
What I didn’t like
The book seems to cater to western readers. Things like puri bhaji are described as “spicy potato with gravy and puffed whole wheat bread” and “flowy tunic and pants also known as salwar khameez”. I mean, there are a lot of Indian readers who read in English don’t you think so?
Also, the solutions she offers are very simplistic, very fairy tale like, a sort of “And they all live happily ever after”.
All in all
An enjoyable and comfortable read with a cup of chai. Something you can relate to and mull over for a while.
Ruchira Khanna is a Reiki Master who passes out information about channeling universal energy and conducts sessions . She says she is just another soul trying to make a difference in this life time. Her two other books are, “Choices” and “The adventures of Alex and Angelo”
Disclaimer: I received this book in PDF form from The Book Club in return for an honest and unbiased review.