I am the 10th: A modern, historical fiction (Navruts Book 1) by D R Downer

51rQpadj83LI am the 10th: A modern, historical fiction (Navruts Book 1) is a book that D R Downer wrote. I picked it up from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

The blurb:

Based in modern times, ‘I Am The 10th’ is the story of one of the oldest, and arguably the mightiest cults that originated in India during the 3rd century BC. It’s a journey that will take you to the Mahabharata era, through 300 BC, and back. Witness the biggest and the deadliest battle ever in the history of mankind that could well spell the end of humanity and the end of this world. Experience the might of the ancient Shastras and Astras, like Naag Pash, Brahma Kavach, and Narayan Astra.

The story:

Sarah lives in Delhi with her husband, Kunal. The couple celebrates their second anniversary and the next morning Sarah finds herself at an unknown place with unknown people.

What happens next? Read on……

My take:

This book is a fast paced thriller that moves from New Delhi to the US and then back to India. The pivot of the story is Sarah, around whom the other characters  revolve. There are good people and there are bad people. There are characters from the 3rd Century BC. Some characters are fictional and some are historical. And some are mythological.

The book is a mixture of time travel, fiction, mythology and history. The characters have been described in detail, the history is well researched and the scenes are described in detail.

The next book, once it is released, would help complete the story.

 

Vanished: A mysterious love story by Esha Pandey

81BDbkHabML._AC_UL436_Vanished: A mysterious love story by Esha Pandey is a fifteen page story. This book is available in the Kindle Unlimited library.

The blurb:

Ram vanishes into thin air one fine night and leaves Sunila gasping for breath. Will she survive? Will she ever find out what happened to Ram? Where has he vanished?

My take:

At the beginning, it looks simple, a story about a woman whose partner had gone missing one day while he had gone to get milk.

The characters are well developed and realistic. The story is fast paced and moves back and forth between the past and the present.

I would really love to read a longer version of this book as to how they met and what next?

 

 

The Arrangement by P G Van

51K26XOpcvLI picked up P G Van’s latest book, The Arrangement from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

The Blurb:

Niha could not deal with the not-so-glamorous side of the movie industry anymore and decides to run away from it all. Where does she end up? In a small town where she crashes her car, causing a lot of damage to the town.

The accident is a blessing in disguise, allowing her to stay out of the limelight. To avoid the media attention and her past life, she needs to make an arrangement with a man who looks at her as if he despises the very sight of her.

Mahen wants to build his ancestral town into the next big economic hub and is upset when a rash driver crashes a car into a newly constructed building, setting it on fire. He wants to cut his losses and wants her out of his town, but she doesn’t want to leave. He agrees to let her stay for a month, only as a temporary arrangement.

An arrangement that was supposed to last a short time turns into something else when sparks fly between Niha and Mahen. Niha may have run away from her past, but she cannot hide from it. When Mahen finds out who she really is, will the new arrangement last?
Note: The Arrangement is a Stand-alone, Passionate, Contemporary romance.

The Story:

Niharika Ratnam, Niha to her family and Harika to the world, is an actress. She is fed up of being manipulated by her mother, who wants Niha to live her dream, the dream which she could not fulfil because Niha was born.

In an attempt to move as far as away as possible from her manipulating mother, and from meeting a prospective producer, Niha runs away from her home. She drives fast and ends up meeting with an accident. Once she regains consciousness, she finds herself in a hospital in an unknown place with strangers around her. There is a lady constable who wants to arrest her because she has burnt down a newly constructed building to ashes.

But she is saved by Mahendra Rayadu, the owner of the building, who had saves her from the crash. And he takes her home, where he stays with his grandmother, Naani, with the intent to send her home after she tells him her who she is and where she lives.

Taking this as an opportunity to stay away from home, Niha hides her reality from them and says that she has nobody that she can go to. Mahen gives her one month to stay in his house and keep Naani happy, as this is what he considers payment for the loss he has incurred. But he gives her a warning, that he would be observing her closely.

They keep crossing each other’s paths and are attracted to each other. But what will happen after she reveals her identity to him?

My take:

A simple sweet story about two people who meet and are slowly drawn to each other. The characters are realistic and relatable and I loved the way the relationships between them have been depicted. The book has friendship, love, romance, and above all grandchild- grandparent love.

The narration is simple and fast paced and the language is simple. I finished the book in two sittings.

The secondary characters also have been given a lot of space in the story. I am hoping that the author actually writes three more books in the series, the stories of other characters like Radha, Urmila and Deepa.

 

Skill Builder Maths Level 2 by Sonia Mehta

51+Alt1qeDL._SX419_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book Skill Builder maths 2 as a review copy from the publisher and am thankful to them for the same. This book is the second in the series of four books and is meant for 7 year olds.

About the series:

With over 50 activities in each book, The Maths Skill Builders series aims to foster in children the subject skills and twenty-first century skills that are essential for success. These books enable the acquisition of numerical, logical and thinking skills, with kids learning and practicing key skills through play.

The books are broadly aligned to children’s learning levels at school and available at four different levels of complexity, so you can choose the level that best suits your child’s learning stage. The most striking about this series is – Children learn while playing, with skills being practiced through fun activities.

About the book:

This book contains mathematics activities, puzzles and problems to help young learners practise basic arithmetic and hone their logic, reasoning, creative and critical thinking skills. Through fun and challenging scenarios, your child will learn and master mathematics skills that are also applicable in a widerange of everyday contexts. Level 2 is suitable for children aged 7+.

My take:

This book is the second in the series and is meant for children who are 7 years and older. The author has used puzzles, games and other activities, this book is an interesting way for the child to revise the concepts of basic mathematical operations, number names, expanded form, odd-even, ascending- descending order, logical reasoning, time, fractions, geometry and basic statistics like tally marking.

A must read book for all.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

20 Year School Reunion by Alka Dimri Saklani

51Lu3Dk6MAL.jpg20 Year School Reunion by Alka Dimri Saklani is a short read that I had borrowed from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

The blurb:

A trip to the past cannot change the memories. But it can change the way we look at those memories.

At the threshold of her thirties, Neerja is still struggling with self-acceptance issues. The roots of her insecurities lay in her school days, so she is in dilemma whether to attend her 20-year school reunion or not.

Against her better judgement Neerja braces herself to face the past and visits her school. But all her strength fades away the moment she sees Vraj; the single source of her best and worst memories.

Will this reunion give Neerja the closure she seeks or will it push her deeper into the layers of past?

Poignant and nostalgic, 20 Year School Reunion, is a story of love, friendship, forgiveness but over and above all, self-acceptance.

My take:

We never had a school reunion, but have met friends off and on after school. And what with WhatsApp, we have started keeping in touch with each other. But I am sure, if we have such a reunion, there would be many revelations. The author has narrated the story beautifully making me want to ask my school friends, “How about a reunion?”

The characters are realistic and their feelings are relatable. There are certain things that brought out memories. School friendships are real and they are the best and that is what the author tells us.

So how about calling up our school friends and planning a reunion.

 

Her protector by Pooja Gupta

41cweMpoIOL.jpgI was in between books, so I picked up Her protector by Pooja Gupta from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

The blurb:

When Vikram Maheshwari’s eyes met with hers for the first time, he realized Nitara Sharma was special. Innocent, broken, and in need of protection, he took her under his wings vowing to protect her from the man who had killed her mother and was now thirsty for her blood. She stirred a protective streak inside of him, but he hadn’t counted on falling for the little beauty.

As his best friend’s cousin, she was forbidden to Vikram. It was wrong, but he had never been a man to play by the rules. He wanted her, and he was going to have her, and nothing would stop him from making her his wife, not the man after her life nor his contract marriage to the daughter one of his business associates.

The story:

Vikram Maheshwari is married to Kriya for four years and they are surviving the marriage because both of them mind their own business.  She is carefree, a social butterfly who was spoilt but had a good heart and he is an introvert who barely lost control over anything.

One day, his best friend, Samrat, asks him for a favour: to take care of his cousin and protect her from her step-father. Samrat cannot leave her at her home, nor can he take her with him to London, as she cannot leave till her mother’s death investigation is over.

Nitara’s world has turned upside down, because her stepfather, the person who she considered her guide, her hero had killed her mother for her property. And now her brother wants her to stay protected at his best friend’s house till he can come back to take her with him.

My take:

The story is simple and has been written well. The characters are well developed and the relations between them have been described well. Even the relationship between Samrat and his wife has been portrayed very well. The language is simple and the story is fast paced.

Looking forward to reading more books from the author.

 

Spotlight: THE CLOCKMAKER  by PAROMITA GOSWAMI

 

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THE CLOCKMAKER 

by 

PAROMITA GOSWAMI

 
 
BLURB
 
Can you change destiny? What if you can?
 
Ashish, a passionate clockmaker is frustrated with his life – financial insecurity, his ongoing nightmares and his family, wife Lata and son Vicky, are driving him crazy.
 
Lata is having a tough time in life with her arch-rival, Rashmi. Vicky wants to be a biker than rather join the family legacy of the clockmaker. He also has a crush on Kavya who is more interested in supporting her family than romancing around.
 
Lately, Ashish starts hallucinating things. The black hooded man, who traumatizes him in the nightmares, warns him of dire consequences if he doesn’t return the timepiece that was given to Ashish by his father at his deathbed. Burdened with despair, Ashish wishes he could change his destiny and end all his miseries. By sheer chance, he discovers the power of the timepiece. Ashish was still figuring out what to do with it when an incident shatters his life completely. Without second thoughts he uses the power of the timepiece to change his destiny. But, can he really change it?
 
Amid the chaos of the busy by-lanes of the East Delhi unfolds a paranormal, supernatural, Indian drama that will leave you thrilled.
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About the author

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Paromita Goswami is a writer and storyteller by passion and a rebel by choice. She says the world is full of stories and as a writer, she loves to pen them down. Her work is not genre specific. From literary fiction to children book to paranormal thriller and women fiction, Paromita Goswami‘s books offer a variety of life to her readers. Besides writing, she is also the founder of a reading club that enhances book reading habit in children. She lives in central India with her family. 
 

 

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The Laundry Girl 2.0 by Yamini Pustake Bhalerao

LAUNDARY-2.0_72_RGB- (1).jpgI received The Laundry Girl 2.0 by Yamini Pustake Bhalerao as a review copy from the author. This an ebook exclusive to Juggernaut App and website. I have read the first book in the Laundry Girl Series and was expecting twists and turns and she did not disappoint me.

The Blurb:

Since last two years, the Laundry Girl has been living an inconspicuous life. But when the man she loves comes calling for help, Indira Sanyal agrees to come out of her retirement. Little does she know that this comeback is going to drag her into the sinister world of sex slavery… Whether she is ready to wade through this morally deprived and ominous realm is not the question now, it is whether she will make it out alive or not.

The story:

The book begins with Jatin waiting for Indira in Vienna to help in a case concerning the organisation he is working for. And as soon as she arrives, the reader is a roller-coaster.

My take:

The story is interesting and has a lot of twists and turns. Some characters from the previous book are there and then there are new characters relating to the case in this book. Indira takes us to Europe where she has been assigned the case. The scenes have been described in detail and could be picturised easily. Some scenes were hair-raising and could feel the goose bumps.

The book has been written in simple english and the characters have been created with a lot of effort. The book is fast paced and has been beautifully written.

I enjoyed the book immensely.

And am eagerly awaiting the next one in the series…..

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.