FUN WITH ENGLISH SERIES: Wondrous words by Sonia Mehta

81-Lwx3EflL._AC_UL320_SR248,320_.jpgI received the book Wondrous words by Sonia Mehta as a review copy from the publisher. This is the fifth book of the six book Fun With English Series. It is a series of workbooks that focus on teaching English language concepts through fun and challenging activities. Each book is 46 pages long and the cover mentions that it is for children seven and above.

About the FUN WITH ENGLISH SERIES:

Do idioms intimidate you? Do you find proverbs problematic?

Do you look at words and go, what on earth does that mean?

Is punctuation a pain? Fear not, English can be funny language, but it is actually pretty fun to learn too! The Fun with ENGLISH series focuses on all the strange, silly, unusual and fun things that are part of the English language – you’ll never think of words, proverbs, figures of speech, idioms and punctuation as boring again.

The blurb:

Words, words, words. Words that sound the same and mean different things or mean the same thing but sound different; words that are noises and words that have silent letters…there are just so many different kinds of words in English! This book is jam-packed with fun activities for you to learn and practice using new and interesting words.

My take:

At the beginning of the book, the author has a note for the parents and teachers. In the note to the kids, the author has explained about synonyms, homophones and homographs.

This book has 22 synonyms, 14 homophones and 12 homographs.

And there are activities like matching, choosing the correct answer, crossword, cracking the code, jumbled words, maze, searching for synonyms. finding mistakes, using the correct homophone, word grid, meanings, matching homographs to pictures.

My favourite was homographs.

I would recommend this book to young and old alike.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tied to you by P G Van

51EHCwJcMLL.jpgTied to you is author P G Van’s latest book. I borrowed it from the Kindle Unlimited Library the day it was released, but have taken such a long time reviewing it.

The blurb:

She never expected to be kidnapped in broad daylight and held against her will.

Deepika Varma is a fashion designer who is better known as DeeVa and well known for her women’s designer clothing line. She is shocked at how easily she was taken away from her life and held captive. What was even more shocking was that her captor is a well-known business magnate, Rudra Shanghi.

What could one of the most successful CEOs in the country want from her? Why is he convinced she has the answers to all his questions?

Tied To You is a stand-alone, passionate romance with a happy ending.

The story:

Twenty six year old Deepika Varma, known as DeeVa in her line of work, is a fashion designer, although she does not like it when people called her Diva. An accomplished designer who works only on high profile jobs, she is arrogant on the outside which drives away good employees and men. An only child of her parents, she was very close to her father who had brought up after her mother’s death. Just before he died six months ago, he wanted her to find someone who loved her for what she was.

One day, on the way back from a wedding, she is kidnapped and even her good friend cum client Sana, the daughter of the home minister and even she cannot save her and she is at the mercy of the kidnapper till he deems it fit to release her. The kidnapper is

Rudra of Shanghi Corporation, one of the most successful CEOs to make it to the cover of the Forbes magazine a few years back. Rudra is looking for his brother Rana, who was working with her father when he died and since then Rana is missing. Rudra think that she knows where Rana is, thus the kidnapping. And to ward off suspicion, Rudra makes it look as if she is on a secret project and she is kept at his house so that he can protect her as his house is the safest place.

And then, ……..

My take:

I loved the book and the characters. Though Rudra first appeared to be a villain, but as the story proceeded, I started liking him. Even the secondary characters have important roles to play in the story. The scenes have been described in detail and it was very easy for me to visualise many of them. The language is simple and the story is fast paced.

I loved the book and am looking forward to Sanahita’s story next.

Head over heels: Hearts and Hots #1 by Ruchi Singh

41frWYvX2nLI picked up Head over heels from the Hearts and Hots Series by Ruchi Singh from the Kindle Unlimited Library.

The blurb:

A romantic short story from ‘Hearts & Hots’ story collection.

A self-proclaimed tomboy, Sanaa had never understood the motivation behind the girls, around her, trying to impress the guys until she meets Aaryan. He invokes emotions which are uncomfortable and alien to her. Nothing interests her anymore except him.

Was it time for Sanaa to discover herself and go all out?

Note: This is a standalone story from the previously published ‘Hearts & Hots’ collection.

The story:

Sanaa, the youngest of three sisters, is tomboy, is in the final year of college. She plays cricket with the local kids whenever she finds time after college. And it is during one of these matches that they break the window glass of the khadoos family house with the cricket ball.

Aaryan is sleeping after being hungover and gets up with shreds of glass on him and finds a girl in his bedroom. He asks her for money to repair the window and she refuses. So, he asks her to spend an evening with him as payment.

My take:

I loved the story and how the author has developed the characters in the few pages. I loved the characters and the scenes.

Would love it of the author can write a longer version of this story.

 

 

It’s All About Giving Chances by R K Tejaswi

51mZHbhdc5L.jpgI borrowed It’s All About Giving Chances by R K Tejaswi from the Kindle Unlimited library.

The blurb:

It’s All About Giving Chances is a novelette about two individuals, Riya, and Sam who are bound by their parents in an arranged marriage. Their lives and views are different, and there are lots of misunderstanding and misjudgment in their newly married life until they realize that they are best for each other.

This is a sweet romance appropriate for children over the age of 13, parental advise may needed.

The story:

Ria had always had a protective upbringing courtesy her parents. She had dreamed of becoming a journalist but ended up being an online freelance content writer and transcriber due to her parents’ so called protective nature.

She even agreed to marry twenty eight year old Samyukth, Sam, the vice president of a world famous gaming company based at Los Angeles because of her parents. And Sam had agreed to marry her because of his, even though he thinks that she is not his type.

They live like flatmates with no conversation between them. And two months after their marriage, their first conversation with each other ends in a fight with Sam telling her that she is not his type and she decides to show him what she is.

My take:

A simple short story that talks about misunderstandings due to no communication between two people who have had an arranged marriage.

The author has written the book from the point of view of both the protagonists. I loved the real Riya who was forced to come out of the cocoon.

The language is simple and the book is fast paced. I finished it in one sitting.

 

FUN WITH ENGLISH SERIES: Popular Proverbs by Sonia Mehta

51LSyfQ4MML._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI received the book Popular Proverbs by Sonia Mehta as a review copy from the publisher. This is the fourth book of the six book Fun With English Series. It is a series of workbooks that focus on teaching English language concepts through fun and challenging activities. Each book is 46 pages long and the cover mentions that it is for children seven and above.

About the FUN WITH ENGLISH SERIES:

Do idioms intimidate you? Do you find proverbs problematic?

Do you look at words and go, what on earth does that mean?

Is punctuation a pain? Fear not, English can be funny language, but it is actually pretty fun to learn too! The Fun with ENGLISH series focuses on all the strange, silly, unusual and fun things that are part of the English language – you’ll never think of words, proverbs, figures of speech, idioms and punctuation as boring again.

The blurb:

A proverb a day keeps you healthy, wealthy and wise, or so they say. Proverbs are full of wisdom, but they can sometimes be a bit odd and funny too! This book is jam-packed with fun activities for you to learn and practice using proverbs.

My take:

At the beginning of the book, the author has a note for the parents and teachers. In the note to the kids, the author has explained what proverbs are. Then she has mentioned 18 proverbs and their meanings.

Then start the activities like choosing the correct answer, crossword, matching, writing proverbs, word grid, completing the proverbs, cracking the code, picture search, jumbled words, maze. ​I loved this workbook and enjoyed solving the puzzles.

​The best part of each book is that the solutions are there at the end of the book.

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.

 

Someone Exactly like you by Esha Pandey

51hb4rHeHhL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_ (1).jpgI received the book Someone Exactly like you by Esha Pandey as a review copy from the publisher Rupa Publications and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

A beautiful young girl, drenched in rain, is being chased by a couple of goons along the narrow meandering roads of Landour, Mussoorie, when a swashbuckling stranger comes to her rescue. She faints and on waking up, realizes she is in the company of the ‘bad boy’ of Bollywood—Veer Singh Tomar.

Natasha falls for Veer, who, incidentally, is married and dealing with a messy divorce. By some cruel twist of fate, Veer’s estranged wife Amyra comes back to his life. But by then, Veer is already drawn to Natasha.

Will Veer ever find his way back to Natasha?

The story:

Natasha Kapoor lives with her Naani in Delhi and is studying Cinema Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She was two when she lost her parents and her Naani has brought her up. Her best friend is Yayu who is also pursuing the same course. Yayu has been in love with her but she considers him her friend and he is aware of that.

As a student, Natasha is excited to be selected for internship under a famous director and for that she convinces Naani and Yayu to allow her to go to Landour, Mussorie, but once she reaches there, she finds that the internship has been called off due to some personal problem of the director. To make matters worse, the taxi that had dropped her has left and there is no place for her to stay nor any means of transport for her to go back. And then it starts to rain and she decides to walk back to Mussorie. Chased by a truck driver and his helper, Natasha finds help in the form of Veer Singh Tomar, a cinema director.

Veer gives her a place to stay in the storm, gives her his satellite phone to contact Naani and even allows her to intern under him. Though Veer is in the process of a messy divorce from Amyra, his wife of five years, and has been labelled as the big bad boy of Bollywood, this does not stop Natasha from falling for him. He too is attracted to her, but then his wife, Amyra decides to make a comeback.

My take:

Though the plot is not new, the author has put it in a different light, what with Urdu poetry and lots of beautiful scenes. The story has all types of love, from crush to infatuation to love between friends to maternal/ grandparental love and most important of all, the story also talks about commitment. The characters have been developed well and the dialogues between the characters have been well written. The feelings of both the characters has been described in detail. The research on various aspects of movie making and also some books referred to in the story is visible with the details provided by the author.

I loved the book especially how the author has dealt with love.

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.

 

FUN WITH ENGLISH SERIES: Fantastic Figures Of Speech by Sonia Mehta

51fFDdDPrNL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_I received the book Fantastic Figures Of Speech by Sonia Mehta as a review copy from the publisher. This is the third book of the six book Fun With English Series. It is a series of workbooks that focus on teaching English language concepts through fun and challenging activities. Each book is 46 pages long and the cover mentions that it is for children seven and above.

About the FUN WITH ENGLISH SERIES:

Do idioms intimidate you? Do you find proverbs problematic?

Do you look at words and go, what on earth does that mean?

Is punctuation a pain? Fear not, English can be funny language, but it is actually pretty fun to learn too! The Fun with ENGLISH series focuses on all the strange, silly, unusual and fun things that are part of the English language – you’ll never think of words, proverbs, figures of speech, idioms and punctuation as boring again.

The blurb:

Do you find figures of speech somewhat flummoxing? Don’t worry, alliteration, metaphor, simile, personification and all the rest are just different ways of making language entertaining to read and write. This book is jam-packed with fun activities for you to learn and practice using figures of speech.

My take:

At the beginning of the book, the author has a note for the parents and teachers. In the note to the kids, the author has explained what a figure of speech is and what they mean. She has also mentioned about the five types of figures of speech that she would be discussing in the workbook. They are alliteration, metaphor onomatopoeia personification and simile.

And then there are exercises like filling up the blanks with alliterative words, alliteration maze, choosing the right word, the best word, rhyming words, unscramble the words, and alliterative phases. Similar exercises are there for others like picture clues choosing the right word, crossword, word grid, matching, solving the clue, sound grid, maze, track, puzzles.

The best part is that the author has provided solutions at the end of the book.

This book is a must, must read for everyone.

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.