Book Review – The Friend by Teresa Driscoll

Synopsis – This book is a story mainly revolving around 2 characters I.e. Sophie and Emma. They both have partners and a kid each. One day Sophie leaves her child Ben with Emma and her kid Theo. Sophie is with her husband in the train when mid journey she gets a call that something has happened to two kids. They both are severely injured but they cannot make out who is who as both look identical. Sophie is shaken and wonders how could she trust Emma so blindly and leave her son. 
What I liked – The backdrop of this story leads to North London. I’ve watched a lot of shows and I’m in awe with how the architecture is. Teresa has done a fantastic job describing each area so well that when I’m reading, I can imagine being a part of each scene. 
What I didn’t like – I understand that this book did need to have mystery to it as we have to uncover what happened to the kids and why Sophie did have her doubts on Emma but every once a while the story did get too slow. The feeling of reading it gets lost during the middle after 100 pages. It does pick up well later. Maybe if the book would be a little bit fast paced, it would have been even better! 
What you can expect – For those who love mystery, there’s nothing better than this. If you like a village in of an atmosphere with a mystery then boy you are in for a treat. My best suggestion to you is patience. Give it time. Every mystery takes some time to unravel and so does this one. 
My rating – 4/5
You can find this book on Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35906836-the-friend
Ebook writing review 2020

Thoughts of a Newbie Author

Before I could mention my journey of writing my first eBook writing experience, I’d like you to read a blurb from another budding author who himself has written one heck of a story! You ought to read it!

eBook 1: I take on the Baton of Blog-chatter eBook Carnival from Sitharaam whose eBook ‘Eighty Hours to Save Karen’ is also part of the mix. About Sitharaam’s eBook: What is it that ails little Karen? Does it have something to do with the supernatural? Join a grandfather’s journey as he sets out to unravel a web of deceit, treachery, and obsession in a bid to save the life of the only human being he can call his own… 

My Ebook writing story:

If I had to list one decision of my life which I’ve followed and reaped benefits from, it would be the New Year’s Resolution on 31st of December 2014. I had decided to “stop regretting any of the missed opportunities”. At the back of my mind I knew that I couldn’t always utilize every opportunity life threw at me, but what I could do was take some action on it. I would either choose to capitalize on the situation or would choose to do nothing. The fact remains; I would choose and not regret my choice.

This resolution has worked wonders for me since 2015.

I feel calmer and have begun noticing changes in the way I speak, perceive and think on every topic. Sure, I did lose many people on the way of life but there are few who stuck by me and appreciated for who I am. One such opportunity knocked on my door in April 2017. I saw Blogchatter giving bloggers an opportunity of a lifetime by being an author of their own e-book. Yes, a dream most of us writers do have. I saw this opportunity and rejected the thought of it. 2 reasons for this; I was lazy and I didn’t have the content I felt fit for my first book. I missed the bus and made a promise to only climb aboard when I have a good story to share with the world.

Then April 2018 arrived quicker than expected (God I tell you time is running like Flash). The bus arrived again and this time I had a theme which would be fruitful and fit for my first book. In all honesty, my theme revealed itself on the 4th post when I realized all I wrote was not just weird and unusual words but these words also mentioned how you could make your life better by handling situations in a sane way. I have done some messed up things in life and wish that people don’t follow me in the pit. What they can do is opt for a better solution by always giving the other person a benefit of doubt.

My 26 posts got over and I felt that rush when on May 19th, I saw my book listed on Blogchatter’s EBook writing carnival.

The joy I felt is something I will never forget. Not even in my dream did I think of being an author. Not once! (Okay, just once when someone commented on a post that I should write a book. After giving it a thought and it scared me out).

I thank Blogchatter with all my heart for giving me this Ebook writing opportunity. Like me, many can call this an opportunity of a lifetime. For once, I feel like I’ve achieved something more in life. I can proudly point out this book and tell everyone… “Hey, I wrote this book”. This eBook carnival also showcased so many new authors whose stories mesmerized me. I am thankful for these people to have taken this step with me. All of those 55 authors have shown their top game in the books and it’s a treasure of stories. Don’t miss them out.

Here’s the link for you to find all my posts from the eBooks free of cost – A to Z Challenge

eBook 2: I pass on the Baton of Blog-chatter eBook Carnival to Meghana whose eBook, ‘Ria’s Diary’ is also part of the mix. About Meghana’s eBook: Ria’s Diary is an episodic tale of a brave girl who fought the most gruesome battles, wavered pain, and heartbreaks that life presented to her with grit, determination and a smile. Inspired by a real story.

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Book Review of Karen 2020

Book Review – “Eighty Hours To Save Karen” by Sitharaam Jayakumar

Name of the book – Eighty Hours To Save Karen

Author – Sitharaam Jayakumar

Genre – Mystery/Thriller

About the book:

A little girl who is unconscious cannot be woken as the doctors are clueless about what ails her. Will she wake up or will she die? This is a question her Grandfather Matt wants to unravel. Is it something to do with supernatural causes?

My review:

There are 2 styles of me reading a story full of suspense; I’ll either read it till I’m done with 100 pages of reading OR I just finish reading the entire book. Here, I finished reading the book in one go.

The pace of the book:

The pace, in the beginning, is slow as the author wants us to understand the characters. Till the climax, the book maintains a normal pace. The ending was quicker than I expected. It could have been stretched for a bit longer.

The writing style:

I liked the basic and simple to read language style of writing. It’s good for any reader when he/she can read it without use of jargons tough to understand for many.

Character development for Karen and the rest:

The character development is decent enough. The antagonist (enemy) and the protagonists (Matt and Vikram) have better character development as the story progresses.

The Plot revolving around Karen:

I felt that the plot was amazing right from the blurb. You kind of start assuming the moment you read that a little girl is unwell. What ails her? That’s something on the back of your mind the entire time you read the book. You put on your detective hat and start finding those hidden easter eggs the author has left somewhere in the book.

My final assessment:

I liked the book and the story. It’s a no-brainer to state that those who like mystery and suspense stories would like it for sure. One point I would definitely want the author to know is for the climax. The climax could have been stretched for a while as the whole plot went at a normal pace and in the end, it just jumped the wagon. Maybe it’s the reader in me hoping the book never ended so early!

You can download the eBook by CLICKING HERE

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Book Review – The Cockatiel Confessions and Other Collected Works by Lavanya Srinivasan

Name of the book – The Cockatiel Confessions and Other Collected Works

Author – Lavanya Srinivasan

Genre – Collection of Short Stories

About the book:

The author Lavanya has opened the doors to her mind full of humor, sci-fi, fantasy and adventurous stories. This book is a collection of such stories.

My review:

Short stories have one good and one bad aspect. But both these points lead to one point – They are small stories and end soon. Some like it short. I don’t. I like it when a story is long and I can understand about each character. Hence it was new to me to review such a book. The stories range between different styles and hence as a writer I appreciate the effort put in. It takes a lot of time as a writer to switch between different genres and write every day for one whole month.

The pace of the book:

The pace is super fast. Yes, every story can be finished within a 5-10 minute reading for an average reader. Some stories do take more time as genres keep changing and you may not know much about that genre.

The writing style:

The writing style is very good. It takes a lot of effort to portray your message to the crowd through a whole book, Imagine doing it in a few pages. Yes, that’s a lot of effort. Also, I liked the variety and humour. There’s a lot of it in the entirety of the book.

Few Stories that I loved:

The Blue Moon – A story set in the future always enthralls me.

Orient Express – The best story in this book. A MUST READ !

Sunrise and Shadows – Again, a story set in the future gets my attention. The second best story!

Confessions of a Cockatiel – This is very humorous and funny!

The Switch –  A basic concept with a twist. A pleasant twist and will definitely relate with couples living together.

Ganpati Bappa Morya – A surprising twist to a religious tale.

 

My final assessment:

There are many stories which I loved. There are few like The Darkest Hour of the Night and Hulohot which I didn’t kind of like. This is because the level of the other stories were so high that these two stories didn’t live up to the mark according to me.

Overall, with such a variety, it’s a book which everyone will love to read. You’ll surely find one story that will stick to your heart.

You can download the eBook by CLICKING HERE

Book Review – “Live Laugh Love” by Venice Rowe

Name of the book – Live Laugh Love – bytes

Author – Venice Rowe

Genre – Collection of Short Stories

About the book:

A book with 15 short stories that are written about love, life and laughter. As a person, at some point of time, you definitely went through a string of emotions. The author has mentioned such moments and shown the beauty of growing in life.

My review:

Stories where you wander off in your mind palace thinking of moments is my kind of a book. Here, the author has mentioned events, emotions and situations where you need to define if it’s worth an attempt, if it’s worth being your true self or fake it out or to try or give up. These situations are what almost everyone goes through at some point of time. Hence this brings in a lot of introspection for the reader.

The pace of the book:

The pace is slow. Yes, every story has a message and a deep meaning. As a reader, after almost every chapter, I used to introspect about what I have done in life at that moment and what could have been done to be better. Hence every chapter takes some time where the reader deep dives into his/her mind and relives those moments.

The writing style:

The writing style is very basic. I liked the simple use of words and also how the author has displayed her messages to the audience. Mind you, when you talk about situations in life, you need to be careful as you cannot direct anyone to do something. All you can do is show the way and it’s up to them if they want to walk on that path or keep following what they were doing initially.

What I liked in the Plot:

Live: The author mentions chapters on failing first in order to succeed and also to understand and accept your own self. I loved them the most.

Laugh: The author mentioned different types of walkers which is hilarious and also about the inheritance from her grandfather which has never stopped troubling her and finally her version of the famous song by Phoebe (from F.R.I.E.N.D.S) i.e. Smelly Cat.

Love: The emotions we go through in love is not just limited with our partner. It can also be with friends and every other relationship. How letting go is important and how friendship changes over the course of time.

My final assessment:

I loved the author’s way of segregating these emotions we go through in life. One only improvement I really wish in this book would be if she could have mentioned more instances about herself in the Life section. Every other story had something which the author shared from her life and it really brought a lot of perspective. Overall, a fantastic read.

You can download the eBook by CLICKING HERE