Book Review: Soulless by M.V. Kasi

11_8_soullessWriting 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!


Blurb


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. 

So now? 


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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About the author



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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What if at the end of one’s life, one realises that one has lived out a lie?


Mrs. McNally, a retired school teacher, living alone in a cottage at the foothills of the Himalayas, has secrets that if revealed could shatter the two people she cares about the most, her daughter Millie and her grand daughter Nina.


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I went from full time journalist to full time mommy to blogger to author. My blogs, http://www.thirtysixandcounting.wordpress.com and http://www.karmickids.blogspot.com, are both in Labnol’s list of India’s top blogs, but are sadly languishing neglected now. I was a blogger columnist with Tehelka Blogs on gender issues. 

I was also, professionally, India Cultural Lead and Trendspotter with CEB Iconoculture US and am currently Senior consultant with Vector Insights LLP. 
Because I spend more time than is healthy on twitter, I got listed a non celebrity ‘social media star’ on twitter by the Times of India and IBN Live named me as among the 30 interesting Indian women to follow on twitter and among the top 10 Indian moms to follow on twitter for 2013. Sheroes also listed me as among the top 20 women influencers on twitter in 2014. (http://sheroes.in/articles/must-follo…) I am on the Planning Board of the Kumaon Literary Festival, Chair of the Women Unlimited Series of the Taj Colloquium, Mentor with Sheroes.in and Qween and on the Advisory Board of Literature Studio.
My debut novel, The Reluctant Detective, was published by Westland in 2011. My second novel, Once Upon A Crush,published by Leadstart, was released in May 2014. My third book, All Aboard, was published by Penguin in 2015, as was Karmic Kids, my first non fiction book, published by Hay House in 2015 as well. My fourth fiction work, The Face At the Window, was published by Amaryllis in March 2016. 
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Book Review:”The Face At The Window” by Kiran Manral

“The Face At The Window” by Kiran Manral.

Synopsis:

download ftwThe 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.

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Book Review: “Voyagers into the Unknown “ by Ruchira Khanna

 

Voyagers Into The Unknown by Ruchira Khanna

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Synopsis

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.

The Author

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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”

 

 

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