March 20, 2017

Book Review : Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel


Book Name: Dangerous Games.
Author : Danielle Steel.
No. of Pages: 400.
Release Date: 9 March,2017.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK.
ISBN-10: 1509860665
ISBN-13: 978-1509860661
Price: 400 INR.






About The Book

Danielle Steel tears down the walls of power at the heart of the White House in the thrilling Dangerous Games.
Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, an ex-Navy Seal, Alix exhilarates in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony Clark.
Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America's most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin's bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support in Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin.
As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben's help as never before. Soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined . . .

Book Review:
My very first Danielle Steel book and I must say that it had me hooked after I crossed some 50 odd pages. The book is very slow at first, after some 50-60 odd pages the story takes a strong grip and gets one hooked.

The story is about Alix Philips, who is a top class reporter and my boy! What a fearless character Alix is. She’s a women of steel, always ready to take challenges and fight for what’s right, even when it means that she can lose her life in the process. Alix is a single mother to a 19 year old daughter Faye, who is studying in Duke University.  The main plot is about exposing the Vice President of USA, Tony Clark for his deeds and risking the nation for his own good. In the course of doing so Alix forms a close bond with Olympia Foster, who is the widow of one of USA’s senator Bill Foster, who also happens to be Tony Clark’s best friend. Olympia and Alix are poles apart from each other, but still strike a bond and there kick starts a mission to save the nation and every discovery of the progress is shocking and a an eye-opening truth of how the world has certainly changed from the times when friendship and relationships were a truly important part of one’s life and now everybody wants their own good. Tony Clark’s character is a shade of smartness combined with wickedness, he believes that if you have to achieve something you don’t have to wait for it to happen but rather mend your ways with everything it takes to achieve that one thing.

Every Assignment of Alix is written with utmost perfection that one can actually be there walking with Alix covering the story. The incidents and hot news that she covers are so much similar to what’s happening in real world. The book actually doesn’t seem like a work of fiction but rather seems like a true story.

Except for a few pages at start and some incidents in between the book is absolutely fantastic read and a wonderful contemporary fiction.


Thanks a lot to the publisher for sending me this amazing book and the views expressed above are my own and may differ from others.
Rating: 4.5/5*

March 17, 2017

Book Promo: THE WIDTH OF THE WORLD by David Baldacci (Book 3 of Vega Jane Series)


About the Book:

David Baldacci is back with The Width of the World, the third book in the global bestselling Vega Jane series. Vega Jane's quest to understand her history continues as she travels beyond her known world into a dangerous realm full of magic and mysterious beasts.

David Baldacci is back with The Width of the World, the third book in the Vega Jane series which began with his instant #1 global bestseller and award-winning YA fantasy debut The Finisher.This is it. Vega Jane's time. Lied to her whole life, she has broken away from Wormwood, the only home she's ever known and headed off into the Quag in search of the truth. She battles horrors to fight her way through it, with her best friend, Delph and her mysterious canine, Harry Two, alongside her. Against all odds, they survive - but arrive into a place that's even worse. Not because deadly beasts roam the streets, but because the people there are enslaved and don't even know it. It's up to Vega, Delph, Harry Two and their new comrade, Petra, to take up the fight against savage and cunning new foe - and their triumph or failure will determine the fate of the whole world.

About the Author:


David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published five novels for children. We don't know when he sleeps.

A lifelong Virginian, David graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

David and his wife, Michelle, are the co-founders of the Wish You Well Foundation®, which supports family and adult literacy in the United States. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and used books have been collected and distributed through food banks to families in need.

David and his family live in Virginia.
 

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Book Promo: A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER by Sara Barnard

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About the Book:

Steffi doesn't talk, but she has so much to say.

Rhys can't hear, but he can listen.

Their love isn't a lightning strike, it's the rumbling roll of thunder.
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life - she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk and, as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. 

The stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things is a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout. 

About the Author:

Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the 'on' switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of second-hand book shops at a young age. She is the author of Beautiful Broken Things.

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March 9, 2017

Cover Reveal: Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel




Blurb:

Danielle Steel tears down the walls of power at the heart of the White House in the thrilling Dangerous Games.
Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, an ex-Navy Seal, Alix exhilarates in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony Clark.
Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America's most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin's bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support in Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin.
As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben's help as never before. Soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined . . .
Book Details:
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK (9 March 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1509860665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509860661
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm

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February 6, 2017

Book Review: Selfienomics: A Seriously Funny Guide To Living The Good Life by Revant

Book Name : Selfienomics: A Seriously Funny Guide to Living the Good Life
Author Name: Revant Himatsingka
Genre: Personal Development & Self-Help
No of. Pages: 196
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
ISBN-13:978-9386141675
ISBN-10:9386141671



About the Book:

"Original version of a #selfie: Taking a photo of yourself rather than having someone else take it for you. You try out various filters and select the one that makes you look your best. #Selfienomics version of a #selfie: reflecting on different aspects of your life and taking the initiative to improve so that you can be the best version of yourself." 

And so begins Selfienomics, the first Indian self-help book written for young people by a young entrepreneur who speaks their language. Offering workable, practical advise on how to manage finances, start a business, complete creative projects and how to be a better citizen, Selfienomics is so funny, upbeat and entertaining, it's not just a must-read but also a mast-read.

Review:

This book is my first attempt at reading non-fiction and I am not at all disappointed with it. Before reading the book I thought non-fiction was so not my genre to read, things have definitely taken a U –turn after finishing ‘Selfienomics’. The book is a complete package of humour, life lessons and small aspects in life that we unknowingly ignore.
This book is for everyone and anyone who reads and that’s the best part about ‘Selfienomics’. It’s not for a specific target audience; it has something for everyone out there. The lessons that I learned from this book are definitely worth sharing. The author at one point says if something is too big, it loses its importance. This is so true, everyone has experienced at some point in their life that the one thing that was too big for them was not important the moment it became yours. There was a point in my life when money was my top priority now that has been permanently replaced by happiness. Money definitely holds some place, but more than a anything I prefer happiness and now I tend to do the things that keep me happy. Earlier when I started working my whole routine was work-sleep-eat-sleep-work, now I tend to spend time reading books in between the breaks in office and when I travel I read on my phone. When back from office I play with my dog, and then Sleep! (I like sleeping OK! :D)
This book has helped me in so many ways and I know it would help you as well, it’s worth a try isn’t it?
Read this when you are down or confused or in any mood and you won’t be disappointed as it would in some way present you the answers that you are looking for.
Thanks to the publisher for sending the review copy. All the opinions in this review are my own and that may differ from your point of view.

Rating: 4/5 *

December 30, 2016

Book Review: The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Book Name : The Thing About Jellyfish.
Author Name: Ali Benjamin.
Genre: Children's &  Young Adult.
No of. Pages:  352.
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447291251
  • ISBN-10: 1447291255

About the Book:

It's peculiar how no-words can be better than words. How silence can say more than noise, or a person's absence can occupy even more space than their presence did.
Suzy is twelve when her best friend, Franny, drowns one summer at the beach. It takes two days for the news to reach Suzy, and it's not something that she can accept: Franny has always been a strong swimmer, from the day they met in swim class when they were just five. How can someone all of a sudden, just no longer be there?
Suzy realizes that they must have got it wrong: Franny didn't just drown - she was stung by a poisonous jellyfish. This makes a lot more sense to Suzy's logical mind than a random drowning - cause: a jellyfish sting; effect: death.
Suzy's journey to acceptance is quiet - she resolves to either say something important, or say nothing at all. But it's also bursting with bittersweet humour, heart-breaking honesty, big ideas and small details.
The Thing About Jellyfish is an astonishing debut novel from Ali Benjamin, and is perfect for fans of Wonder, Counting By 7s and My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.



Book Review:

The book is about the struggle of a twelve year Suzy, who is determined to prove that her best friend Franny wasn’t drowned but must have been stung by a deadly jellyfish. As Franny was an excellent swimmer. By the start of her seventh grade starts her quest to prove that the jellyfish are the reason for the loss of Franny from their lives. But Suzy has turned into the person she never was, she has become insanely quiet from the person that she was. This has every person around her worried as they are unable to make Suzy speak her mind like she always used to. The book describes all the research that Suzy does when she stumbles upon an article on a fish tank about how numbers of people are killed every year when stung by a jellyfish during a Science visit to an aquarium. That’s when Suzy decides that she will tell everyone what killed Franny through her Science paper presentation for seventh grade. 
The book has so much to offer apart from the beautiful story that Ali Benjamin woven, the story about how middle school changes everything for someone like Suzy who loses her best friend Franny way before she drowned while on a vacation. This book is about discovering the meaning of care and love when you have no hope left in yourself. It’s about how your family is always there to support you no matter what stupid decision you take to prove something you are determined about. This book is about the beautiful journey of Suzy in the middle school when she has no hopes and no friends and the transformation that happens further. Ali Benjamin has done a fabulous job in writing this book, so well researched about such a different topic like jellyfish. This book kept me engrossed till the end in every part of it. 

Frankly, I was never even bothered to read about jellyfishes and their various species, Thanks to the author now that even I am engrossed to know more and more about jellyfishes just like Suzy.

Certainly one of the very finest children’s book about a knowledgeable topic that should be read for the knowledge and the story that it has to offer.

Rating: 4/5 *

Note: Thanks to the Publisher for providing the review copy of the book in exchange of an honest review from my side. 

December 4, 2016

Book Review: Ten Years Later By Lisa Marie Latino


  • About the book

  • Title: Ten Years Later
  • Author:Lisa Marie Latino
  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Long Shot Publishing (October 4, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 099735240X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0997352405



Carla D'Agostino is not your typical heroine. Stuck in a seemingly dead-end job, single, and still living with her overbearing Italian-American parents, Carla is thrown for a loop when she realizes her ten-year high school reunion is fast approaching. True love, a career as a sports radio talk show host, the perfect body--every dream remains frustratingly out of reach no matter how Carla strives and schemes. Out of reach, that is, until unexpected events lead her right back to where she started, and Carla discovers that all she ever wanted was right in front of her the whole time. "Ten Years Later" is a witty, unpredictable tale of one ordinary young woman's race for the top as she throws caution to the wind and decides to go for her dreams.







Book Review

This book is about a woman in her late twenties, who is stuck in her dead-end job and still living with her parents when everyone else has moved out and found their perfect path in life.  Meet Carla, an ordinary woman who thrives to complete her dreams and is always there to help other by going out of the way.
Carla’s journey from the low self confidence to the person who is the top celebrity in the sports broadcasting world is immensely funny, adorable and entertaining. This book is about how she discovers her true self while stuck in the middle of some egoistic and self proclaimed stars in the radio station she works. This journey gets a kick start when she receives a invitation for her school reunion and this is her motivation to achieve everything that she ever wanted, coz all her friends and school mates are either settled with their life or are at better end than her. Thus journey leads to numerous changes in her life and the life of her three best friends Dante, Katie and Andrea. Katie is a successful Baker, while Andrea is married to a rich doctor; Dante is the only option who Carla sees when she thinks she is doing worst in life.


 Her journey is one hell of a roller coaster ride. The story is simple and yet wonderful.


Rating : 3/5 *

Thank You to the author for the review copy.

November 13, 2016

Book Promo :Nest by Terry Goodkind

NEST
A Thriller
By Terry Goodkind
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available as an ebook
On Sale: November 15, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5107-2287-3
Price: $29.99

 Kate Bishop thought she was an ordinary woman living and working in Chicago. But when she unexpectedly finds herself in the middle of a police investigation into a brutal murder, Kate makes a shocking discovery: she has the ability to identify killers just by looking into their eyes.

Trying to grasp the implications of this revelation, Kate is drawn deep into a world of terror. She is tracked down by Jack Raines, a mysterious author with shadowy connections to those who share her ability. He tells Kate that her unique vision also makes her a target, and only he can help her.

Now, hot on Jack and Kate’s heels are a force of super-predators, vicious and bloodthirsty killers who will stop at nothing until Kate is dead. But even as she fights for her life, Kate still isn’t sure if 
Jack is really her salvation, or another killer coming to slaughter her.





An explosive mix of action and suspense, Nest is a landmark new novel from worldwide bestselling author Terry Goodkind, and a complete reinvention of the contemporary thriller. Travel with Goodkind on a dangerous journey replete with super-predators and gifted humans through the back alleys of the darknet, to the darkest corners of our minds, and to the very origins of what it is to be human—a place few have ventured and fewer still have survived.






October 22, 2016

Title: The Paris Secret
Author: Karen Swan
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1447280695
No. of Pages: 480
Price: 399 INR

About the Book

Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of priceless artworks hidden away for decades. 

High-flying fine art agent Flora from London, more comfortable with the tension of a million-pound auction than a cosy candlelit dinner for two, is called in to assess these suddenly discovered treasures. As an expert in her field, she must trace the history of each painting and discover who has concealed them for so long. 

Thrown in amongst the glamorous Vermeil family as they move between Paris and Antibes, Flora begins to discover that things aren't all that they seem, while back at home her own family is recoiling from a seismic shock. The terse and brooding Xavier Vermeil seems intent on forcing Flora out of his family's affairs - but just what is he hiding?




Review

The book opens up in Paris where two men try to break-in an old abandoned building and discover something which leaves them awestruck. The scene further shifts to fine art agent Flora Sykes, where she lives wither family that includes her father an ace Auctioneer, her mother and her elder brother. Flora is then called to investigate the abandoned Paris apartment which apparently is full of artworks from the Nazi period. The Renoirs, the Faucheux and many more artworks that the world lost track about. She then meets the owners of this abandoned property, a very big name in the social circle all over Paris “The Vermeil’s”. As she discovers some secrets associated with the paintings from the time of World War II, during her course of discovering and uncovering the secrets with each passing day she somehow crosses her paths with Xavier and Natasha Vermeil. With very less time to reconnect with the paintings history and pressure from her boss Angus, to take the painting in the highly awaited Art Auction.

Flora in the middle of her own family problems hiding the secret of her brother’s trail and being delved into finding out the history of the Vermeil’s and their association with the painting’s shuffling between 4 cities and getting to know roots of the work that she loves doing. Being attracted to the people she should not be and getting herself involved into the ‘Paris Secret’ and being  trying to heal from the betrayal from her friend. Not knowing if she is making her future or destroying it.
This book is a must read for every person who loves Mystery with hints of romance in it. The book has everything one can ask for, social life of young high class kid’s and the bond that they share with their family, the romance and mystery happening in the most beautiful city in the world ‘PARIS’.

Karen Swan has done a stellar job in writing this book that has so much about art and her research is fantastic. This book actually made me know art even more. The book has giving me a chance to know art history and I guess I am in love with artwork from the times of WWII now. I wouldn’t have made any effort to have knowledge of the artwork if I hadn’t read this book. I am glad that I got a chance to review this book and fall in love art just the way Flora does.


Thank You to the publisher for the review copy. All views expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it all up to raise her three children and a puppy and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her books include Christmas at Tiffany's, Summer at Tiffany's, the Perfect Present, Christmas in the Snow and Christmas on Primrose Hill.

October 15, 2016

Cover Reveal: A Column of Fire by Ken Follett



About the book:

Opening in Christmas 1558, A Column of Fire will take readers back to Kingsbridge once more.

Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher of Macmillan Adult Books said: ‘Publication of a new Ken Follett novel is always a major event, but a new Ken Follett Kingsbridge novel, set in the fictional town that readers first encountered in The Pillars of the Earth, is hugely exciting. We’re all delighted at Pan Macmillan to be helping to bring this wonderful novel to readers in 2017.’

Ken Follett announced the title while on a research trip to Seville, Spain:

‘It is a spy story set in the sixteenth century, during the reign of Elizabeth I of England. There were many assassination plots against the Queen, so the people around her set up an espionage system to foil those sixteenth century terrorists. This was the beginning of the British secret service that eventually gave us James Bond.’

As in Ken Follett’s other bestselling novels, readers follow a cast of characters across their lives, allowing insight through their eyes into the most fascinating and tumultuous historical events of the period: in A Column of Fire, we follow the story of young Ned Willard. When Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen, all of Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country’s first secret service, to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions and invasion plans. Ned finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald.

Over a turbulent half-century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed, as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.



About the Author:

Ken Follett’s first Kingsbridge novel, the masterful epic The Pillars of the Earth, enchanted millions of readers with its compelling drama of war, passion and family conflict set around the building of a cathedral. The sequel, World Without End, was a number one bestseller in the UK, US and Europe, taking readers back to medieval Kingsbridge two centuries later, as the men, women and children of the city once again grappled with the devastating sweep of historical change. 


Ken Follett was twenty-seven when he wrote Eye of the Needle, an award-winning thriller that became an international bestseller. Recently, he has written the bestselling Century trilogy, which comprises of Fall of Giants, Winter of the World and Edge of Eternity.

Ken Follett’s 30 novels have sold over 160 million copies to date, published in 30 languages, and the latest novel Edge of Eternity (published in September 2014) went to No. 1 in the UK hardback chart.