Review and spotlight: Knitted Tales by Rubina Ramesh #TheBookClub

 

 

KNITTED TALES:

A Collection of Emotions

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Blurb
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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 About the author
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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My Review: 

Rubina Ramesh’s Knitted Tales is a promising collection of stories. They reflect lateral thinking on the author’s part and are woven together to depict the changing face of Indian society, sometimes towards a darker side and at others, leaning towards a lighter, more hopeful angle. But whether it’s paranormal, romantic or horri-fic (pun intended), each story is written from the heart and leave you musing. The language is simple and the focus is on the flow of ideas. I look forward to reading more from the author.

 

#Review No Safe Zone by Adite Banerjie #TheBookClub 

​Blurb:Qiara Rana will do anything to save her mentor and their non-government organization from ruin. Even if it means visiting the city she had vowed never to return to. But within a few hours of landing in New Delhi, she is being chased by a gunman and is a potential suspect in the murder of a high-profile businessman. The only person she can turn to for help is Kabir Shorey, the man who stood her up ten years ago. Past and present collide in a deadly plot of crime and greed that moves from the cosmopolitan streets of Delhi to the bazaars and villages of Rajasthan.


My review:

No Safe Zone is Adite Banerjie’s third book and probably her most entertaining. The suspense cum romance story focuses on Qaira and Kabir who have to zip from New Delhi to Jaipur while fleeing from danger and nosing out the goons. A lot of colorful setting, some sizzling love scenes and a fast pace defines this book. The villians could have been more three dimensional, but all in all, it is an engaging and fast read.

Available at: http://www.amazon.in/No-Safe-Zone-Adite-Banerjie/dp/9351777758

#Review Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns is a piece of fiction by John Green. It can be called as a suspense. I would even call it an emotional suspense.

When you read something moving, you can no longer elaborate on it dispassionately. So I’m not really reviewing but actually going into a discussion about the book. As far as the review portion is concerned, my verdict is, it should be read. Though it might make you feel as frustrated as I felt when I finally put it down. But the whole aura of emotional thriller and the underlying quest of finding the physical person and the person will stimulate your mind. The ending was a bit of a letdown.

**Spoilers alert.**

That is why, I say this is not a review. I can’t opine on things without mentioning what those things are. So, go read the book and then come back here and agree/disagree with me.
There are many things to criticize in this book. Some people behave very unnaturally. There’s much of what teens ‘should’ consider cool. For instance, I saw nothing bad in Q’s parents. They were devoted to him. So why should the author applaud him for lying to them? It seems he wasn’t quite sure if teens can be honest to their parents.

The whole vandalism thing in the beginning was also nothing to write home about.

He overdid the infatuation thing. He could ‘smell’ her in spite of algae and all the romanticism…I realize it was put there to look like it, but still!

And the overriding question. Was the end natural? He loved her enough to chase after her and do everything, not feel angry at her when he finds her (his reaction was way too cool, he was an angel about it all!) and then – when it came to it, he didn’t love her enough to go with her? Mighty unbelievable to me.

Why couldn’t he just ask his parents to help him fly out to the place? Again moot question in the story but valid if you think logically about it after shutting the book.

The character of Margo isn’t justified. That’s the only word I can use. It isn’t justified and so that’s why Q isn’t justified in loving her. Even though that is the point. Still, in the end, he does love her. Or they would have parted with not too many regrets. The waters are muddy here.

However, the ideas in the book are like emotional tantalizers. You do get immersed in the story. Into the book. Brilliant, clever writing. Convincing, clearly depicted characters. It leaves you with more questions than answers. Maybe that’s the point. But in the end, just like it is said in the book…the planning is more fun than reaching…so was the reading more fun than the ending. Q becomes somewhat of a paper boy because he did what a real person wouldn’t and in exalting him, the story was defeated.

going back to Margo, I couldn’t forgive her for her behavior. Were her parents so nasty that she had to be like that? What did I miss? I had the idea that the author went too much into child mind…real and imagined hurts. A teen is more capable of reasoning and evaluation or so I think. She was just a girl. That’s the protagonist’s discovery. But doesn’t he live in the real world? Girls are not like that. So, just a girl wasn’t her either.
Well, it’s a mystery isn’t it? However, I have read whodunits tying up plots more tidily than it did. It manages to hold interest for 300 odd pages. It has some very good quotes and observations. I wish there could have been a big revelation at the end tying everything together. Even with the downsized twist and some overdone moments, it makes to the recommended category.
I give it four stars.

Have you read the book? What are your thoughts on it?

#Review A dog eat dog-food world by Suresh Chandrasekaran #TheBookClub

A dog eat dog-food world by Suresh Chandrasekaran is, as claimed by the blurb, a hilarious pseudo-history of marketing management. That’s an apt summing-up of the book. In fact, the tagline could be made better by adding the word ‘satire’. From tearing down self-aggrandizement of the corporate realm to scoring some bull’s eye hits with humor, this book does it all.

The beginning of the book was rather non-traditional, but in time, you learn to appreciate the italicized introduction to the episodic narration. The story follows a build-up and the final curtain is provided by the allusion which leaves things on an accelerated path. Thus, the pace of the tale as well as that of the narrative is well maintained to the end.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The mockery, the home truths interspersed in the between and the uncanny accurate characterization enrolls you into the humor and makes you appreciate the writing acumen of the author. Underlying it all, is the running theme of what money making means and how businesses are made, not by the utility of their product, but by playing on the psyche of the consumers. In today’s world, that is a fact we have to grasp and maybe even to fight in this money dominated society. It answers the uncomfortable questions like why you consume foods you know are harmful to your health. Why you buy clothes you don’t need. Why you push your children so their achievements can become status symbols for you.

The ultimate line for me in the book was, when the lady asks her husband to buy the Persian cat: “We absolutely have to, James! We will manage somehow. Economise on something less important – like our food, maybe.”

Can our sense of importance grow to such an extent that it overcomes the basic needs? I think it’s a very legit question from the author for today’s times. Let’s hope consumerism doesn’t grow to such an extent in reality as it is shown in pseudohistory!

I give this book five stars. In the initial pages you will find some comparisons rather literary but these are not less enjoyable for being that.

Read it for a witty, well grounded look at the reality of marketing management.

I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

#review Seduced in Spain by Devika Fernando #romance

Seduced in Spain is second book in the Romance round the world series by Devika Fernando, but it’s a standalone read and complete in itself. I must say the cover is fabulous and the author is to be congratulated for it. The story is full of ups and downs for the lead couple. The hallmark of the book is that it is set in exotic locales. The setting rings true and you  get detailed view of the region. The author takes you to Spanish festivals, acquaints you with traditions and whisks you off to vineyards and museums. The food and flavour of the region is beautifully explored. The Alpha hero has his vulnerable moments and the heroine, though shy, is determined and staunch. A series of misconceptions keeps them apart, but everything is finally resolved to provide a lovely happy ever after.

Read it for an exploratory romantic journey to Spain.

#review Dealing Her Final Card by Jennie Lucas

Dealing Her Final Card by Jennie Lucas is a Harlequin Presents/Modern romance. True to the genre, it follows a conflict generating beginning, followed by the hero sweeping the heroine off her feet and finally, him being redeemed by love.

It was an engrossing read. The credit goes to the author who has great writing flair. I found the initial premise quite medieval but once you get over that, and a bewildering middle, it settles back into the brisk pace the beginning promises. Lots of twists and dark shades keep you riveted.
*a bit of a spoiler here*
The end was quite creditable to the hero but didn’t favor the heroine. I found my opinion of her plummeting. The set up for the next book also made the ending a bit weaker than it should be.
I give it four stars because it didn’t take long to finish and provided an entertaining read.

#BookReview: Sands of Time by Neelam Saxena Chandra #TheBookClub

Sands of Time is a collection of short stories by Neelam Saxena Chandra.

The stories are short and readable. The prose is simple and directed to convey the story to the reader. Most of the stories are centered around issues faced by women especially the discrimination faced by women and the derogatory condition of women in the Indian society and sadly, most of them are highly accurate. The author has attempted to highlight the incoming change by giving most of them a happy ending. Though the language is very simple and the editing very lax, the stories do not fail to make their impact. Kudos to the author for bringing those issues to the center stage which often get ignored and therefore have been taking root in the society. It is only by being conscious that people can be active and reactive to the changes that need to be brought about

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I am not awarding any rating to the book, but do appreciate the work of the author.

Read it for easy prose and the social message the book conveys.

Know more about the author by reading her guest post on this blog here.

#Review #Cotillion by Georgette Heyer #regency #historicals

Imagine reading a book of one of your favourite authors and absolutely loving it and then somehow losing it and even forgetting what the title is. Then few years later feeling like reading a book from the same author (Georgette Heyer) and just absently ordering That book! I was delightfully surprised at the end of second chapter when I realised this was the book I had often wanted to re-read but not been able to find.
Don’t want to spoil the surprise so I won’t comment on the story. I puzzled over who was the hero for quite some time because Heyer carried it off in her superb style, so if you want to really enjoy, Don’t read the reviews! Just get your nose into the book 🙂 If you love Heyer, you have to read this one!
Without giving away the story, I will share what I loved. All the characters stay true to their nature. That’s a difficult one to pull but I have seen Heyer do it in so many of her books. I especially note the minor characters in her stories and marvel that she pays such minute attention to even those! You don’t get a chance of an eye roll moment because the motivations are rooted firmly in the character portrayed.
I can’t help dissecting the book from an author’s point of view. From the reader’s, you might find yourself a bit lost in the first chapter but soon the characters shape up and you’re right in the story. No need to expound on the details of her research because if you have read one of her books, it is a matter of fact.
Have you rediscovered an old favourite book by chance? Share your experience. Have you read Cotillion? What was your impression? Please label spoilers if you put them in.

Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1402210086

#Review Take2 by Ruchi Singh #TheBookClub

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Blurb
Priya’s idyllic world turns upside down when she realizes her husband considers her dead weight after stripping her off her inheritance for his ambitions and lavish lifestyle.
Instantly attracted to Priya, Abhimanyu knows getting involved with a married woman is inviting trouble. But despite common sense, cautions and hesitations, he is drawn to help her. 
Happily ever after has become a myth for Priya and trying to keep the relationship platonic is becoming more and more difficult for Abhimanyu. 
In the tussle between ethics, fears and desires… will Priya embrace a second chance at happiness?
Review:

I am happy to review this book which is written by dear friend and a lovely person, Ruchi Singh
She has taken the sensitive topic of abuse in marital relationship and spun a story around it that combines romance with a dramatic twist at the end.
While physical and mental harassment causing a failed relationship is a topic that has been dealt before, her book is different for her lovely prose and her vulnerable heroine.
I usually expect dominant and confident heroes in romance. Abhimanyu was different but still managed to be captivating because of his sensitivity towards Priya. I did feel like shaking her on occasion to get some sense in her because she was so blind to her husband and his flaws but here Ruchi has stuck to the reality of the character she portrays. Her character represents women who become emotionally dependent and because of inherent mental make-up and social shackles find it difficult to end a bad marriage going worse.
The twist in the end felt a little off course but managed to hold interest and got relevant towards the end.

Read this for realistic portrayal of a traditional woman in an abusive relationship and for the very tender loving hero.
Four stars.

#review #TheEligiblePrincess by #writersezine

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The Kamboj Princesses Saga continues with Rukmani’s sister Lakshaya. Although the setting and the family is the same, this is a standalone story separate from Book 1 titled Hidden Passion. It can be called a prequel since this story is earlier in timeline than Hidden Passion which features the youngest sister Rukmani. This is a complete work. There are no unfinished threads in either book.

King Kartikeya must marry a princess. He’s determined to do anything to keep the kingdom that he has taken with strategy and sheer guts. If that involves charming a princess into marriage, then so be it.
Princess Lakshaya infinitely prefers the study of her scientific experiments to the learning of the arts of impressing a suitor. In fact, she would rather have no more proposals at all. But refusing a king as opulent as Kartik is out of question. Drawn against her will by the force of his attraction, she begins to accept him, only to discover hidden secrets along the way.

Can she bring herself to go ahead with this marriage?

Set in the Early Middle Ages in India, Book 2 in the Kamboj Princesses Saga follows Lakshaya in her journey to discover desire, passion, intrigue and love. 

1. Cover: The cover of the book is very attractive that makes one want to grab the book and read it.

 The presentation of the book is very well narrated backed with superb research.

  The narrative of the story is very intriguing as it has history and romance mixed with it in liberal doses. The author has done a detailed research which reflects in her story as has the power to transport you back in that time and make you live the love story as you witness it unfolding before your eyes.

 The characters are nicely created, connectable and beautiful.  

 The plot of the story which is like a historical romance and leaves the reader feeling mesmerized with the sheer detailing involved in it. 
6. Storyline: The story line is gripping, one that makes you gasp, sigh and feel romantic.
7. Story Flow:  The flow of the story is absolutely flawless, one that makes you just flow with the story and bask in its magical narration.

 The language is very artistic as it brings together romance and history.

 The pro has to be the sheer plot, historical romance as a genre is very exciting and at the same time mystic.

 The only con would be few typos here and there.

Read the full at:
http://www.writersezine.com/2015/08/book-review-ii.html