Book Blitz: Danika by Varsha Dixit

 

 

Danika 
by Varsha Dixit
 
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2256 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07L331FN1
 
Ranking on amazon.in 
 
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  • #4 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Plays
  • #7 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Romantic Suspense
  • #8 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Plays
 
Dear Life,
 
I get it. You are fond of sending shitstorms my way.
I lost my parents and grew up with one relative after another.
A few months into my marriage, I discovered my husband in my best friend’s bed. 
Well, guess what? You made me one heck of a survivor! The joke’s on you.
Now this ‘hot’ Doctor you sent my way-the one who moved in next door to my stepbrother–don’t think I will be fooled by his charm like everyone else who is eating out of his hand.
His smart quips, teasing words and piercing gazes do not scare me. I see him for the man because of whom I experienced several ‘firsts’–my first accident, my first ride in an ambulance, and not proud to say it, but my first arrest! 
I may not be able to get even with you Life, but I will get even with the Doc! It should be easy for he does have a habit of popping up wherever I go.
Yours insincerely,
Danika
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR


Varsha Dixit, the best selling author of several successful contemporary romance and mystery books. Her debut book, Right Fit Wrong Shoe was a national bestseller for the year 2010. Varsha was a part of the Indian Television Industry and has worked as an assistant director and an online editor. She considers herself a dreamer who thinks deep but writes light. Even though creativity is gender-free, Varsha feels blessed and enriched to be a woman. Currently, with her family, Varsha resides in CA, USA.
 

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Mumbai Here We Come by Sonia Mehta

unnamed.pngI received Mumbai Here We Come by Sonia Mehta as a review copy from the publisher, Puffin, and am thankful to them for the same.

About the series:

Did you know that India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world? There are things about India that never show up in our history and geography books.

Every Indian state has its own colourful history and culture. India’s cities are not far behind. Many of them are the largest in the world.

They have their own special vibe, unique neighborhoods and a lifestyle and culture all their own.

So we decided to take you all on a journey into some of India’s main cities, along with three lovable characters – Daadu Dolma, Mishki and Pushka.

Choc-a-block with fun information and engaging activities, the Discover India series takes you on an incredible journey across India.

About Mumbai Here We Come:

Get set to discover Mumbai!

Daadu Dolma, Mishki and Pushka are off to explore Mumbai. They’ve heard so much about its amazing people, its film industry and itsbuzz of activity. They’re going to have some great adventures in the city that never sleeps, so be sure to join them.

Just get your backpack ready and plunge right in!.

My take:

This series of discover India city wise city is a must read for everyone, old and young.

The three main characters of the book are Mishki, her brother Pushka and Daadu Dolma. In this book, the author talks about how the city got its name and how Seven Islands join together to form the big Metropolis that is called Mumbai. As a reader, I got the feel of the city, its history and important landmarks like Elephanta Caves, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Crawford Market, Kipling bungalow, Saint Andrews Church to name a few. She has described the nature in and around the city and the stories of the buildings which surround the skyscrapers, she has described them all.

She mentions how two neighbourhoods are alike and how Dharavi is a miracle of Living and how some part of Mumbai is like London and some part is like Goa. There is a mention of the cricketers born from the Shivaji Park, various means of transport line the ladies special train, the double decker bus, the kaali peeli and the Museum of buses called the BEST transport museum.

Things that are very Mumbai are also mentioned like tiffin dabbawalas, the Mills, the chawl system and the cricket crazy Mumbaiakars. When we are talking about Mumbai, Bollywood cannot be far behind.

And the special foods of Mumbai the Vada Pav, Bhelpuri, Misal Pav, the Bombay sandwich, Kutchi dabeli, Zunka bhakri and Koliwada fish and also famous food joints like Frankies, Muchhad panwala, Bade Miyan to name a few. And the various festivals of Mumbai like Ganapati, Govinda Aala and the Nariyal Purnima and events like Mumbai Marathon and Kala Ghoda Festival are also described.

The book has been made interactive with mazes, jumbles, quizzes, and even a treasure hunt. There are beautiful illustrations and photographs.

I came to know certain things which I was not aware of before.  If, while travelling around Mumbai, you take this book along, I am sure it would be very helpful. I really enjoyed reading the book and actually made a list of to do things from the book like the monuments I need to visit, the food I need to try.

This series of discover India city wise city is a must read for everyone, old and young.

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

Delhi Here We Come by Sonia Mehta

5c0890e080a3f-267x317I received Delhi Here We Come by Sonia Mehta as a review copy from the publisher, Puffin, and am thankful to them for the same.

About the series:

Did you know that India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world? There are things about India that never show up in our history and geography books.

Every Indian state has its own colourful history and culture. India’s cities are not far behind. Many of them are the largest in the world.

They have their own special vibe, unique neighborhoods and a lifestyle and culture all their own.

So we decided to take you all on a journey into some of India’s main cities, along with three lovable characters – Daadu Dolma, Mishki and Pushka.

Choc-a-block with fun information and engaging activities, the Discover India series takes you on an incredible journey across India.

About Delhi Here We Come:

Get set to discover Delhi!

Mishki and Pushka are longing to explore Delhi. They have heard about its incredible history, its amazing food, the stunning monuments and the unique Delhi lifestyle. Daadu Dolma is finally taking them for a visit.

Are you going to join them?

Then keep your cameras ready and get set for a wonderful trip!

My take:

The three main characters of the book are Mishki, her brother Pushka and Daadu Dolma. In this book, Mishki and Pushka go around Delhi with Daadu Dolma and as a reader, I got the feel of the city, its history, important landmarks and also why the city was named so. The author has also touched upon the market places, various other landmarks and she has even mentioned the history of the Barakhamba Road.

The book has been made interactive with mazes, jumbles, quizzes, and even a treasure hunt. There are beautiful illustrations and photographs.

The author has described the history of the city in a way that is easily understandable, as also the monuments. I came to know certain things which I was not aware of before.  If, while travelling around Delhi, you take this book along, I am sure it would be very helpful.

She has talked about the Delhi various modes of transport in Delhi, like the Delhi Metro. Delhi is a foodie place and the author has described many joints in Delhi and the famous food they serve, book stores in Delhi, the world Book Fair, some important festivals of Delhi and things that make daily Delhi so unique.

I really enjoyed reading the book and actually made a list of to do things from the book like the monuments I need to visit, the food I need to try and also to travel in the bus number 620.

This series of discover India city wise city is a must read for everyone, old and young.

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

The Hidden Children: The Lost Grimoire by Reshma K Barshikar

13bee-front2bcoverI received the book, The Hidden Children: The Lost Grimoire by Reshma K Barshikar as a review copy from the author. Having read her impressive debut novel- Fade into Red, I was excited to read this book.

The blurb:

‘What price would you pay to be extraordinary?

What would you do to speak to a butterfly?’

Shayamukthy cruises through life: shooting hoops, daydreaming and listening to her favourite books. Even moving from the US to India, to a new school, a new culture, hasn’t really rattled her. But something isn’t right anymore and it begins when a New Girl joins the school.

She pulls Shui into a world of magic and wonderment, a world she has been hidden from all her life. What starts as a quest to look for a lost book, hurtles Shui into a world where people live in trees, talk to the dead and speak to butterflies.
But like all power, magic comes at a steep price and under all things wondrous lie demons waiting to crawl out. The more Shui learns, the more she doubts everything and everyone around her.

Will she be able to master her powers, or will they devour her and everyone she loves?

The story:

Shayamukthy, or Shui, 16 going on 17, had moved from the US to Mumbai, India, three years ago.  Changing schools, countries, continents, even languages and cultures hasn’t perturbed her much. Three years later, she is in eleventh grade, attending St Frances School for the Enlightened, FSE for short,  and has 2 best friends, Jay and Nallini. The only difference between her and other children of the school is that she is dyslexic. She loves daydreaming and listening to books.

Life is seemingly normal until a new girl, Anya Sindesi, joins her class in mid-tem and things begin to change. The seemingly weird “new girl” draws the attention of the entire class, especially Shui. This creates a rift between Shui and her best friends Jai and Nallini. Shui is entranced by her and her magic. Family secrets come out of the closet and new ties are formed, as Anya takes Shui on an adventure of lifetime and one that makes a fun fantasy read.

My take:

The blurb attracted me to the book, and the cover has been beautifully designed. The language is simple and the narration is detailed and keeps the reader involved with the magic, fantasy, adventures, and the Indianisation of the plot makes it relatable. The quotes at the beginning of the chapter are beautiful. The use of Indian words makes the book more relatable to the Indian readers and the glossary at the end of the book is helpful,

The book has been written in first person from the point of view of Shui. The characters are well developed and relatable. The plot is different and there are many subplots woven into the main plot. Though initially the pace of the book is slow, but picks up as the story progresses and the reader gets involved. One request, please don’t get put off seeing the thickness of the book and also while reading the initial pages of the book, because once you cross page no 40, you are sucked in.

At the end, I wanted the second part of the book to be released asap as there is a new adventure that is promised.

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.

 

 

Love and Curses by Sunita Saldhana

51BRGjkB8MLLove and Curses: He could not forget what she could not remember. (Eternal Love Book 1) by Sunita Saldhana is available on Kindle Unlimited. This is the first book of the Series: Eternal Love.

The blurb:

When Amber meets Shardul, her heart starts doing somersaults and it seems as if her body has forgotten how to breathe. She has never been so strongly attracted to anyone before. But beneath the physical attraction, there is something else that she struggles with. Why does he seem so familiar when she is sure she has never met him before?

And why has she suddenly started waking up each morning with tears running down her cheeks, haunted by the same dream every night?

Shardul has been waiting for Amber forever. But fate conspired to keep them apart. He could not forget what she could not remember. Now that he had finally found her, would she open her heart to love or would he lose her forever?

The story:

Amber, 22, loses her mother to cancer at her ancestral village, Madkhol. She wants to go away for some time to study or maybe work in Mumbai. She goes to Mumbai, stays with Amanda, her friend and does an event management course there. Then she and Amanda start working at Confetti, wedding planning company.

For one of the programmes, Shardul comes for the role of the Master of Ceremonies. She sees him and has a sense of dejavu.

But she cannot recall. Or will she?

My take:

A book differently written, it kept me guessing.I loved the characters and the detailed descriptions of the people and places.The author has written the book in simple English that is easy to understand.

I loved the book and finished it in one sitting.

Waiting for the next one, which would hopefully give us an insight into this one as well.

A Night Out With Royals: A Novella (Royals of Stellangård Book 0) by Aarti V Raman

51tfi3o7-wlI borrowed A Night Out With Royals: A Novella (Royals of Stellangård Book 0) by Aarti V Raman from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

The blurb:

They might be European royalty, but their lives are all too real!

June 3, 1990. Princess Margaret is getting ready to have her third baby, getting ready for a ball, and getting ready to defy the love of her life.

Prince Wilhelm, the ruler of Stellangård, is adamant that his heir and Crown Prince will attend boarding school, just like generations of Heinricksons have done.

He is having serious doubts about the American he’s married to, the woman he can’t live without.

The woman who flouts tradition and family honor openly for love of her children.

Brothers Michael and Xander are hoping for a miracle that will keep them from being separated. Even though their father’s word is ironclad.

Tensions rise as champagne bubbles on this most important night for Stellangard’s monarchy.

Will Wilhelm and Margaret make up before the first dance of the Summer Ball? Can Michael and Xander’s prayers be answered?

A Night Out With Royals is a blast from the past Royals of Stellangård novella, that visits beloved characters and gives new insights into their lives.

The story:

Princess Margaret Marlena Heinrickson, an American shipping magnate’s daughter, had met Prince Wilhem when she had come down to Stellangard for a skiing holiday a decade ago. And she had ended up getting engaged to Crown Prince Wilhem.

Now, in her mid-thirties and a mother of two, she is still a woman of taste and does not shirk from making bold decisions.

But, she does not interfere in the upbringing of her elder son, Michael, which is Wihem’s forte. And her favourite is Xander, the younger one.

And after eleven years of marriage, she tries to talk Wilhem into not sending Michael to boarding school when he is ten. And that too just before the Summer Ball…..

My take:

I loved reading about the older Royals especially after reading Xander’s story. A bonus book, and now I can’t wait to read about Michael and Lena.

 

 

Spotlight: Love & Curses by Sunita Saldhana

 

Love & Curses 

by 

Sunita Saldhana

 
 
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When Amber meets Shardul, her heart starts doing somersaults and it seems as if her body has forgotten how to breathe. She has never been so strongly attracted to anyone before. But beneath the physical attraction, there is something else that she struggles with. Why does he seem so familiar when she is sure she has never met him before? And why has she suddenly started waking up each morning with tears running down her cheeks, haunted by the same dream every night?
 
Shardul has been waiting for Amber forever. But fate conspired to keep them apart. He could not forget what she could not remember. Now that he had finally found her, would she open her heart to love or would he lose her forever?
 
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About the author
 
 
Sunita Saldhana is a blogger, a poet, an author and a life coach.
 
She has been writing since the age of 13. She is now a “retired mom” with both her kids having flown from the nest and is now concentrating on her writing. She is happiest when she is writing with her dog curled up at her feet.
She loves reading romance and fantasy and binge watches Crime series like Criminal Minds and Elementary.
 
She blogs about things she cares for and things that drive her mad. She loves to review books by other authors and share good books with the world.
 
She has worked as a corporate trainer. She believes that every human being has seeds of greatness within them and she loves to help people find that tipping point in their lives as they discover themselves. This is why she started The Know & Grow Learning Centre where she conducts various courses for kids and adults on communication and life skills.
 
 She is happiest when she is writing fiction with her dog curled up at her feet.
 

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