A Heart So Fierce And Broken – Book Review

Author – Brigid Kemmerer

Genre – Fantasy

Publisher – Bloomsbury India

Year – 2020

Ratings – ⭐⭐⭐⭐🌟/5

Synopsis

Curse is finally broken. But Rhen has more problems than before, with the rumor of one more heir there is a change of loyalty in Emberfall. People and Rhen’s advisories are doubting whether Rhen is the true heir or not?
To make matters worse Karis Luran declares war if Rhen does not agree with her conditions. The only person who knows about the heir is Grey. But where is Grey? Is he dead? Or is he hiding? And why hiding?

Review

I generally don’t like series because of the cliffhanger but I completed this whole series in 2019 only to realize there is going to be a third part also. But I am not complaining at all. Because for the first time in my life I love love love the cliffhanger at the end.

Grey just shines throughout the book. His dilemma, kindness, magic, pain, love and his loyalty will just melt your heart. I was already his fan from ACSDL and this book does whole justice to Grey’s character. It also proves why we actually need this sequel!!!

Second the love story OH MY GOD!!!! I am already freaking and gushing about Lia Mara and Grey. I totally ship them. Lia Mara is timid with no self confidence, a firm believer in peace, and always doubting herself. But she is so much more than she actually think of herself. And only Grey makes her realises her true potential.

I can’t help but compare the two main characters of ACSDL and AHSFB. Both Harper and Lia Mara. In first part you have brave and courageous Harper who despite having no knowledge or experience whatsoever in ruling a kingdom, does a great job in being a queen. Whereas Lia Mara being born and brought up as a princess, have no confidence to be a queen. It is going to be damn interesting when they come face to face in third part.

I am already a fan of Brigid Kemmer’s writing because both the books have so different characters and setup, but her writing is always engaging and gripping. Though I felt this book has more fillers than necessary. It was slightly slow pace because of it. But I like the fact that the author has defined every character’s action and nature to understand why they are, the way they are. This book kind of lays the foundation to understand the characters more deeply for the upcoming third part.

The ending was just shook me to the core. The whole story just turned upside down in one single page. I actually had to read it twice to believe it. Now I just can’t wait for the third part. I am so sure it will have more drama, more magic, more love and finally Rhen and Grey will face each other.

Thank you Bloomsbury India for the ARC in exchange of honest review.

Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society – Book Review

Author – Mary Ann Shaffer/Annie Barrows

Genre – Literary Fiction

Publisher – Bloomsbury India

Year – 2018

Ratings – ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Synopsis

One of the most oddly satisfying book I have ever read!

In the early 1946, Juliet Ashton a British writer and a former war journalist is going through the writer’s block. Suddenly she gets a letter from Dawsey Adams who got her address from a second hand book. He informs Juliet about the Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society and asks her for some books as there are not enough books in Guernsey. Guernsey is the only British Island which was captured by Nazis for five years.

They exchange letters and Juliet asks about the origin of the Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society. Soon all the members of the society are writing to her and sharing the details of the horrifying war and what it did to them. To write a book in this society Juliet decides to go to Guernsey and thus changing her life forever.

Review

The plot of the story is as cheesy and as cliche it gets. But the way the novel is written is just adorable. It is an epistolary novel (one told entirely through letters and telegrams).In this generation of texting it was a pure delight to read a book in the form of letters or telegram that it overpowers the cliche plot of the story.

Am I the only one who thought Juliet Ashton was too good to be true? She is witty, funny, focused, brave, compassionate, a good friend, good with kids and loved by everyone. I couldn’t find a single flaw in her character which doesn’t sit good with me because perfection is not real.

The details of the war is horrifying and unflinching. And I really like that it showed there are good people and bad people on both sides of the war. Sometimes you don’t get to choose which side to be on. But at the end humanity makes you immortal than your victory.

I am in love with Guernsey. I love how author has described the place, its serenity, peace, calm and most important the people of Guernsey. They are simple yet interesting.

Even the love story is too cute to resist. I personally like the character of Dawsy Adams the one who doesn’t speak much but all are irresistibly dependent on him. He is the one who connects Juliet Ashton and Guernsey and is a side hero who doesn’t get much appreciation.

The plot is cliche and the protagonist is too perfect but the format of the book is really heart warming and plus it is a book about books what more you want?! I know my review contains some of negative pointers from logical point of view. But the truth is I adored this book even through all of its flaws because it has a certain charming effect to it. And one of the rare books I am going to reread!

The Girl Who Lived Twice – Book Review

Author – David Lagercrantz

Genre – Thriller/Suspense/Fiction

Publisher – Hachette India

Year – 2019

Ratings – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟/5

Synopsis

Lisbeth Salander’s past still haunts her. After loosing her protector Holmer Palmgren she has one final score to settle. But will it be easy to end that part of her life?
Mikael Blomkvist is worried about Lisbeth and is struggling with life and career after she vanishes completely. But with a death of a beggar from Stockholm, Mikael will find himself in the middle of a big controversy which has its roots from Everest to Russia.
Will Mikael solve it on his own? Will Lisbeth come back not for her enemy but for her friend?

Review

This is the sixth installment in the Millennium series. There are references and connection to the past series but still you can read it as a standalone. For character understanding their reference is given in the starting of the book.

Why I didn’t read this series before? Why I didn’t know about it before? For a thriller and mystery fan like me it was a pure treat. Plus a kickass female character is what I live for.

A murder mystery which has a long past and a connection to the Russia’s underworld crime and alongside Lisbeth is trying to avenge her enemies. I love how intricately the plot was planned. The characters are layered which makes it not so predictable. Every twist & turns just makes you want for more. My only complain is I need more of Lisbeth.

It is definitely a fast paced book so you have to be committed to it. There are many characters and many revelations which makes it more complex and intriguing. This is the prefect cosy book with a cup of coffee and get immense inn the world of Lisbeth.

You Beneath Your Skin – Book Review

Author – Damyanti Biswas

Genre – Thriller/Fiction

Publisher – Simon and Schuster India

Ratings – 🌟🌟🌟🌟⭐️/5

Synopsis

Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan has a lot on her plate an acoustic son, her clinic, an illicit affair with an ambitious police commissioner Jatin Bhatt and social service at slum areas. Jatin comes across a serial killer who rapes women from slum areas, then kill them by throwing acid on their faces and bodies. Jatin has to crack this case because it can help him in his promotion.

But the case is not as simple as it seems and Anjali is at the centre of all. To solve this case he has to risk everything he has gained till yet. But in the end what will Jatin choose his falling marriage, his notorious son, his only love Anjali or his job for which he sacrificed so many things?

Review-

Ordinary characters but an extra ordinary story. All the events, places and characters feels very real which gives it almost a non fiction vibe. Even the main theme of the story which is about acid attack sadly it is also not uncommon this days. We hear so many cases on TV and news about acid being thrown on women or girls faces just to seek revenge.

In the starting I feel the pace of the story was quite slow but as it gradually proceeds it picks up the pace and you realize the importance the small details in the beginning.

There are many major aspects to the story. Corruption and management in police department, acoustic child, post acid attack treatment, poverty and survival in slum areas. All these were minutely detailed and thoroughly researched. Author has left no stone unturned in presenting this story as real as it could be.

This will definitely hit home to many readers especially to Indians who are seeing this crime happening in their daily lives. The story and characters will remain with you for a long time.

Thank you Simon and Schuster India for the review copy.

Postscript – Book Review

Author – Cecelia Ahern

Genre – Romance/Fiction

Publisher -Harper Colllins

Ratings – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Synopsis

After the seven years since Gerry died, Holly has moved on in life. She is a relationship with tree man Gabriel and even planning to move in with him. She works with her sister Ciara at Magpie where they sell vintage items. But a single podcast changes everything in Holly’s life. On request of Ciara, Holly speaks about the letters of Gerry, how those letters helped her find a new Holly and shone the light in the darkest phase of her life. Podcast goes viral and getting inspired by it some terminally ill people form the P.S. I Love You club where they plan on how to write their goodbye letters. But they couldn’t do it on their own they need Holly’s help.


But will Holly risk everything that she has fought? Will she be again drawn back to Gerry’s grief? Will she choose her past and not her present?

Review

I am a huge huge fan of Cecelia Ahern and this book doesn’t disappoint me at all. Many a times I have wondered what happened to Holly after the Gerry’s last letter? How will she cope up without those letters? Did she found love? Did she forget Gerry completely? This book answers all these questions and that too in such a perfect way.

I won’t deny I was thoroughly crying in the whole book. Whether there were some snippets of Gerry letters from the past or their memory before the brain tumor was known or the way Brent, Ginika, Paul or Joy were writing their goodbye letters, the emotion was high all the time. So many times I had to stop reading because of the overwhelming emotions.

Cecelia Ahern has shown how you can have both death and hope, past and present, goodbye and hello both at the same time. This book will emotionally shatter you but at the end gives you so much inspiration and closure in life.

And a special mention for my favorite character among all the old and new ones that is Ginika. Her story was so touching, being just at the age of seventeen she is very brave and mature. She stole my heart with her little Jewel and her way of goodbye.

From the P.S. I Love You to Postscript there is a great transformation in characterization of Holly too. She seems more mature, strong, independent and emotionally open. She knows and understands her emotions better and even knows how to express or control it.

This is definitely going to be the best sequel I have ever read and frankly speaking the sequel Holly and we deserve. She is not just Gerry’s Holly but so much more and I love this new Holly.

A Man Called Ove – Book Review

Author – Fredrik Backman

Genre – Fiction

Publisher – Spectre/Hachette India

Year – 2015

Ratings – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis

Only one word can define Ove that is ‘Grumpy’. He is the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He has a fix schedule, certain principles and he drives Saab. Any person who doesn’t follow any one of these things is dumb and stupid. Ove’s world is divided into black and white and there is no scope for even an ounce of a shade of gray.

But still when it comes to loving and caring he does it best. In the end you will just crave more and more of this grumpy man.

Review

Some books make you realize why reading is your passion. This book made me so much thankful for my passion of reading and this page gave me an opportunity to make people read this brilliant piece of work.

I bet Ove will remain always and forever with me. I just can’t get enough of him. He does not express his emotions rather shows them. He is not the one who will compliment you but getting an insult which is less insulting is itself a compliment.

I fell in love with the writing of Fredrik Backman. This is my second book from the author and I guess he is already one of my favorites. The emotions are so raw and pure that it just tears your heart apart. Sonja and Ove’s love story is one of the best I have ever read.

I strongly advise you to carry tissue while reading this book as you will be constantly wiping your tears either because of laughing or crying or at times both at the same time. I never felt so many emotions at the same time. It shatters you completely.

It is one of those rare book that makes you a little more human.

The Phoenix – Book Review

Author – Tilly Bagshawe

Genre – Murder Mystery/Thriller/Fiction

Publisher – Harper Collins

Ratings – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟/5

Synopsis

Ella Praegar is not your normal ordinary girl. She doesn’t understands the social ethics as we do because of that she always felt like an outsider in this world. But when her grandmother died she discovered some secrets about her life and her parents. And one day The Group approached her who have all the answers related to her past life, her present life and even about her parents.

In Greece, a child washed up on a beach with a mysterious symbol tattooed on its heel. But only few knows what does the symbol means. One of the most dangerous and beautiful criminal is back to regain her Empire. This time she is returning from the dead, Athena Petridis.


There is a deep and personal connection between Athena and Ella and to find out that, Ella has to go through the world of treachery, corruption and some very dangerous criminals.

Review
I am a huge huge fan of Sidney Sheldon. So when Harper Collins gave this to me as a review copy I was beyond ecstatic. Sidney Sheldon has always made me feel content with her writing. Tilly does full justice to Sidney style of writing. Story revolving around wealthy and dangerous criminals, some gruesome killings, one female antagonist and one female protagonist and chasing the villain in some exotic countries.


The chase, different location and the most deadly situations always kept me on edge. The pace of the story is quite slow as compared to her other books. Characters are as always over the top in terms of style and being dangerous or ruthless.


There are tons of characters and many parallel stories are being narrated but at no point it overlaps with each other. The chase and the suspense was nail biting. I deliberately took a long time to finish this book because I never wanted the chase to end and continue with my normal boring life. And now I am so eagerly waiting for the sequel.

Dear People with Love & Care – Review

Author – Debraj Shome/Aparna Gohil Bhasker

Genre – Non Fiction

Publisher – Bloomsbury India

Year – 2019

Ratings – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Review –

Dear People have stories of different doctors and their patients and some of their most special cases in life. It has stories of doctors from various fields like Cancer Specialist, Surgeon, Psychiatrist, Cosmetic Surgeon and so on. But one thing is common in all of them that each doctor treats their patient with utmost care and passion.

No doctor claims to be the best in their field nor no one claims to be GOD. Some stories trace back when there was no technology but still doctors tried their best to cure the patient. In some cases even in the modern times where every technology is available in a snap of a finger they couldn’t save their patients. It just shows that doctors do their best but we have to realize that ultimately doctors are only humans.

Each story is so heart warming and emotional that you will be totally invested in the book. After reading this my respect for doctors just grew tremendously. There are some doctors who do not ether to their profession but don’t you see such examples in every field. Then why do only doctors have to pay the high price?

The goal of the book is to make people aware and inform about the doctor patient relationship. That patient has to trust the doctors with their methods and procedure and that their ultimate goal is the betterment of their patient. Even doctor has to trust the patient that he/she will fight back and follow all the medication suggested by the doctors.

One more important in the book is it throws light on the mental health of the doctors. Doctors deal with the death, loss and grief on daily basis which have a great impact on their mental health too. So next time instead of shouting or insulting a doctor remember they go through a lot worse than you.

The only thing which bothered me was the repetition of the doctor patient relationship definition. I understand that was the ultimate goal of the book but still repeating same thing again and again makes it quite tedious to read.

Heart Quake – Book Review

Author – K. Vijayakarthikeyan

Genre – Thriller/Murder Mystery/Fiction

Publisher – Rupa Publications

Ratings – ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟/5

Synopsis

IAS officer Vikram Kapoor during his training at the academy decides to expose a powerful minister, Rudra Pratap Rana, in one of his visits to the academy. He asks some very controversial questions to the ministers and a video of this gets viral. But instead of suspending Vikaram, Rudra Pratap Rana makes him posted in his own region Lakshmipur to take his revenge by insulting him. But soon after the posting a lot of people starts dying from heart attack. What is the cause of this sudden deaths in Lakshmipur? Will he able to solve the case in time before it gets too late?

Review

From the blurb it all sounds like a action drama bollywood movie script and it is to an extent but it is definitely much more than that. Also there is no physical action as such in the book.

The book is quite short so there is not much scope for the characters development. But each character is justified and given their due importance. The romance angle was totally unnecessary because I don’t think it added any value to the story.

There is no emotional connect as such but the twists & turns and the suspense is great. The ending is very quick and fast. I felt some more twists could be added to make it a little bit longer and then it would be more interesting to read

Overall the story line is good, there is a hero and a villain, pace of the story is slightly up and down but it is quite gripping and intriguing to read. So if you are into short stories don’t miss out on this one.