The Jasmine Throne (Book Tour)

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour.

BOOK COVER

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SYNOPSIS

Author of Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne, beginning a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess’s traitor brother.

Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.

But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire. 

MY THOUGHTS

MY RATING- ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

“There are other versions of you that I don’t know. But this one…” Her fingers were against Malini’s lips. “This one is mine.”

The story of “The Jasmine Throne” starts with a religious sacrificial burning where three women were burned alive. But one of those three women, refused to be burnt alive. The Jasmine Throne tells a story about Priya, a servant who takes care of Malini, the princess who refused to sacrifice herself. The story revolves around Malini. This is the main story line and without revealing much, I would ask you to read the book. 

It took me a couple of days to completely get into the novel but once I did, I ended up loving this book. The author crafted amazing characters and especially the relationship between Mlaina and Priya. I felt that the relationship was so realistic and I could totally connect with them. I do not read fantasy genre but when I read the blurb I felt that the story line is way too intriguing and that I would definitely love the book. I ended up loving this book very much and I recommend it to each and every reader. 

I felt that it was more of a character driven novel rather than plot driven. I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by this author because I loved every single thing about this book.

Trigger Warning: violence, murder,  immolation (women burned on pyres), death of loved ones, elephants are used to execute people, arson, colorism, self-sacrifice, sexism.

Ghosts in Our Backyard (Book Review)

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SYNOPSIS

The Ramsays, India’s first family of horror, are synonymous with the supernatural and gore. Through their films and series they introduced India to churails that floated across the screen, ghouls that woke up from eerie graveyards, and houses that buzzed with ghosts.

But few knew that behind the production drama, elaborate sets, and haunting showtunes, there was a more sinister story. For the Ramsays, the supernatural wasn’t just stuck to the screens and camera – it creeped into their lives, too.

Alisha Kirpalani, the granddaughter of FU Ramsay, has grown up on stories that question reality and bring a chill to the bone. In time, she, too, followed her family’s footsteps and saw through the veil that separates this world and the Other.

From the woman on the highway that Shyam Ramsay met to an eerie and persistent knocking that came from every house that Tanuja Ramsay lived in to Amit Ramsay’s unwelcome dead visitor at Lamington House, the original home of the Ramsays, this book has the improbable, bizarre and spine-chilling all parading through its chapters.

MY THOUGHTS

Rating- 4.5/5

For the Ramsays, the supernatural wasn’t just stuck to the screens and camera – it creeped into their lives, too. The book includes stories which are told from different perspectives and I felt that each and every story is vividly portrayed and it was an amazing read. No doubt, I could not put it down. Ths was the first horror book I read which is based on true life events. The moment I read the blurb, I was sure that I would end up loving this book. The story was definitely bizarre and spine chilling and the fact that it was based on real life events, it made the stories even more spooky.

I really liked the wonderful concept behind the book and it gave us an insight about what happened with the members of The Ramsays, India’s first family of horror. It took me just a couple of days to finish the book and ever since then I have been thinking about the stories.

The Tragic Tale of Teddy Woven [BOOK REVIEW]

SYNOPSIS

Sela is assigned to be a private gardener for Theodore “Teddy” Woven’s ancestral home. The young gardener soon finds her presence unwelcome as she slowly uncovers the truth about his family’s past. The greatest mystery of all lies not in the house, but with its owner. 

MY THOUGHTS

In the story, we follow Teddy who owns a beautiful house which also has a garden. Daphne used to look after Teddy’s garden but due to some reason, she asked Sela to take care of the garden instead. I appreciate that the author did not include a whole lot of paranormal stuff. For me it was an ultimate page tuner and I would suggest this book to all the readers but especially the ones who love to read paranormal romance and suspense. Teddy is a kind of character who isnt social. I absolutely loved the paranormal vibes though.

I have never read any paranormal romance but this book was amazing. It took me a couple of days to finish this book. It was difficult to get into the story in the beginning but I loved the entire story. I also felt that the ending was a bit simple as compared to the story but nonetheless, it was an amazing read. The thing I liked the most about this book was that there were just two characters in the book and I was very well able to connect with the two characters. It was definitely an amazing novel and I highly recommend this. This was my first book by this author but I would love to read more of his work.

Let’s fight Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an irresistible sickness that brought about by a newfound coronavirus.

A great many people tainted with the COVID-19 infection will encounter gentle to direct respiratory sickness and recoup without requiring uncommon treatment. More seasoned individuals, and those with hidden clinical issues like cardiovascular sickness, diabetes, interminable respiratory malady, and disease are bound to create genuine ailment. 

The most ideal approach to forestall and hinder transmission is be very much educated about the COVID-19 infection, the sickness it causes and how it spreads. Shield yourself as well as other people from contamination by washing your hands or utilizing a liquor based rub every now and again and not contacting your face. 

The COVID-19 infection spreads essentially through beads of salivation or release from the nose when a tainted individual hacks or wheezes, so it’s significant that you likewise practice respiratory decorum (for instance, by hacking into a flexed elbow). 

As of now, there are no particular immunizations or medications for COVID-19. Be that as it may, there are numerous progressing clinical preliminaries assessing potential medicines. WHO will keep on giving refreshed data when clinical discoveries become accessible?

We are collectively facing a Pandemic threat that is sweeping across the humanity beyond oceans and borders. Considering the seriousness of COVID-19, it’s time for all of us and not for an individual to step up against this deadly disease. For the sake of lives lost and the rest of humanity, let us all pledge to fight against Corona. For that everyone need to follow these simple and easy precautionary measures and help yourself and those around you stay unaffected and healthy.

  • Maintain social distancing
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene
  • Heed to precautionary measures
  • Stay informed
  • Get vaccinated

Only if proper measure will be taken, then it would be much easier for all of us to overcome and fight against this deadly virus.

The Librarian of Saint-Malo by Mario Escobar

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SYNOPSIS

Through letters with a famous author, one French librarian tells her love story and describes the brutal Nazi occupation of her small coastal village.

Saint-Malo, France: August 1938. Jocelyn and Antoine are childhood sweethearts, but just after they marry and are hoping for a child, Antoine is called up to fight against Germany. As the war rages, Jocelyn focuses on comforting and encouraging the local population by recommending books from her beloved library in Saint-Malo. She herself finds hope in her letters to a famous author.

After the French capitulation, the Nazis occupy the town and turn it into a fortress to control the north of French Brittany. Residents try passive resistance, but the German commander ruthlessly purges part of the city’s libraries to destroy any potentially subversive writings. At great risk to herself, Jocelyn manages to hide some of the books while waiting to receive news from Antoine, who has been taken to a German prison camp.

What unfolds in her letters is Jocelyn’s description of her mission: to protect the people of Saint-Malo and the books they hold so dear. With prose both sweeping and romantic, Mario Escobar brings to life the occupied city and re-creates the history of those who sacrificed all to care for the people they loved.

MY THOUGHTS

MY RATING- ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“𝐌𝐲 𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐬 𝐦𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬.”
Saint-Malo is a small village in France. It was a heart-wrenching story which revolves around Jocelyn Ferrac who is a librarian in Saint-Malo. She describes various events that took place during WWII in the form of letters to her favourite author. The day she got married to Antoine, the Germans attacked Poland and plunged the world into a merciless war. The characters in the story felt so real and I could feel as if all the characters are a part of my life. After their marriage, Jocelyn comes to know that she has tuberculosis and due to war, Antoine is called up to go for the war.

“𝐌𝐲 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐲 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞: 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬, 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲, 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐞𝐬. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐧𝐨 𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐛𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐝.”
I could relate with Jocelyn to a great extent because she stood strong throughout the novel. Her husband, Antoine ws called up to fight but she was no less because when Germans were destroying French literature completely while on the other hand we have Jocelyn who tries her level best to preserve the French literature. She is one of those strong female protagonists who will never give up.

I was never into historical fiction but recently I have fallen in love with historical fiction and I would love to read more books from this genre. It took me a couple of days to finish this book and without any doubt this is one of the best books set during the time of WWII. It was definitely a thought provoking novel and I highly recommend this.

15 Best Psychological Thrillers

Who doesn’t want a shocking plot twist in a thriller? I know you do and that is the only reason you have decided to read this article. I absolutely love reading psychological thrillers and I though of sharing this list with you. These are some of the best thrillers I have read and all these titles have mindflowing pot twists.

1. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

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Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father—Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney—devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, Charlotte has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself—the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized, Charlotte is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress–because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever. Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

2. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

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On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.

3. I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan

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From author Gilly Macmillan comes this original, chilling and twisty mystery about two shocking murder cases twenty years apart, and the threads that bind them.

Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger.

For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands.

When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopard.

4. Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

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Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane’s academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them.

More than a decade later, Kit thinks she’s put Diane behind her forever and she’s begun to fulfill the scientific dreams Diane awakened in her. But the past comes roaring back when she discovers that Diane is her competition for a position both women covet, taking part in groundbreaking new research led by their idol. Soon enough, the two former friends find themselves locked in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to destroy them both.

5. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

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All she wants…is everything you have!

How far would you go to make all your dreams come true?

Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure.

Daphne Parrish is golden girl of the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her modelesque looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber has ever wanted.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive—if she didn’t have a plan. Gradually, Amber insinuates herself into the Parrish family’s life. Before long, she has become Daphne’s closest confidante, and is catching the eye of Jackson. But a skeleton from her past could undermine everything Amber has worked for, and if discovered, her well-laid plan may end in disaster…

6. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

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THEN
She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

NOW
It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter.

And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet.

Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter.

Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.

What happened to Ellie? Where did she go?

Who still has secrets to hide?

8. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong. 

9. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother and their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

10. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

11. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

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In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room….

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

12. Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

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Andrea Oliver’s mother, Laura, is the perfect small-town mum. Laura lives a quiet but happy life in sleepy beachside Belle Isle. She’s a pillar of the community: a speech therapist, business owner and everybody’s friend. And she’s never kept a secret from anyone. Or so Andrea thinks.

When Andrea is caught in a random violent attack at a shopping mall, Laura intervenes and acts in a way that is unrecognisable to her daughter. It’s like Laura is a completely different person – and that’s because she was. Thirty years ago. Before Andrea. Before Belle Isle.

Laura is hailed as a hero for her actions at the mall but 24 hours later she is in hospital, shot by an intruder, who’s spent decades trying to track her down.

What is Andrea’s mother trying to hide? As elements of the past return and put them both in danger, Andrea is left to piece together Laura’s former identity and discover the truth – for better or worse – about her mother. Is the gentle, loving woman who raised her also a violent killer?

13. In the Woods by Tara French

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As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children. He is gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox (his partner and closest friend) find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

A gorgeously written novel that marks the debut of an astonishing new voice in psychological suspense.

14. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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A murder…A tragic accident…Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal. 

15. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

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Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

After Happily Ever After by Leslie A. Rasmussen (Book Review)

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SYNOPSIS

Maggie Dolan finds herself at forty-five at a crossroads in her life. Once a high-level executive, she’s chosen to be a stay-at-home mom for the last seventeen years. But now with her daughter, Gia, soon leaving for college, and her husband, disconnected and with secrets he hasn’t shared, Maggie decides it’s time to figure out what she wants for the rest of her life. As she begins her journey, she has to deal with a narcissistic mother, a brother who doesn’t like her and most damaging of all, the news that her father, her rock, has medical issues that may take him from her. Overwhelmed by all these issues, she’s led in a direction that could destroy what she’s built and make her question the choices she’s made. She’s torn between the life she’s always known and something more exciting that she never expected.

MY THOUGHTS

The story of After Happily Ever After revolves around Maggie who is 45 year-old. She gave up on her job as an editor so that she could raise her daughter. Now that her daughter has turned 17 and is preparing to go to a college, Maggie wonders how her life would be and who she will become once her daughter will leave.

On the whole I enjoyed the story line and as far as the characters are concerned, I could totally relate to Maggie. It’s hard to believe that it’s a debut novel because I could not put it down. This book was a complete rollercoaster ride full of emotions.

This is my absolute favourite kind of book, where the characters are so realistic that you feel they have always been a part of your life as if you know them, as if they’re out there in the world somewhere going about their everyday lives. I could completely relate to each and every character.

Sunkissed by Kasie West [Book Tour]

SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK

After being betrayed by her best friend, Avery is hoping for a picture-perfect summer. Too bad her parents have dragged her and her sister to a remote family camp for the entire summer. And that’s not even the worst part. Avery also has to deal with no internet, a cute but off-limits staff member, and an always-in-her-face sister.

But what starts as a disaster turns into a whirlwind summer romance as Avery embarks on an unexpected journey to figure out what she truly wants and who she wants to be.

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About the author

Kasie West is the author of many YA novels, includingThe Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, Lucky inLove, andListen to Your Heart. Her books have been named ALA-YALSA Quick Picks, JLG selections,and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. When she’s not writing, she’s binge-watchingtelevision, devouring books, or bury-ing her toes in the sand of the Central Coast. Kasie lives inFresno, California, with her family.

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MY THOUGHTS

My Rating- 4.5/5

The story revolves around Avery Young who spends her summer at an activity camp with her family. She had recently broken up with her boyfriend “Tent” because her best friend “Shay” kissed her boyfriend and she never expected this from her best friend.
The story starts when Avery meets Brooks at the activity camp. He was a sort of member of the staff and works as a lead guitarist. His band plays every night at the dinner. At the camp, Avery made a lot of friends and had a lot of fun.

As far as the writing style is concerned, I loved it and I could totally relate with the characters and I felt as if I am a part of their life. I have never read any book that takes place at a camping resort and I think that is why I loved the plot. I really liked how the character of Avery progresses in the story. We see her as a teenager who was betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend. Avery is a kind of girl who doesn’t perform tasks by stepping out of her comfort zone but at the camping resort she made a lot of friends and she was successful in achieving what she thought was out of her reach. (I am not gonna give any spoilers but you should def read this book. It was very cute)

𝐓𝐨𝐩 𝟓 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝
– The book was soooo fast paced and the characters felt so real to me.
– It is perfect for those who are into Romance and Young adults.
– This will definitely help you overcome your reading slump.
– It is a perfect summer read and I felt that the storyline was really cute.
– The chapters were short and that is the reason why it took me just a couple of days to finish the book

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He [Book Tour]

SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK

Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years without any recollection of how she arrived, or memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay. Determined to find her, Cee devotes her days to building a boat from junk parts scavenged inland, doing everything in her power to survive until the day she gets off the island and reunites with her sister.

In a world apart, 16-year-old STEM prodigy Kasey Mizuhara is also living a life of isolation. The eco-city she calls home is one of eight levitating around the world, built for people who protected the planet―and now need protecting from it. With natural disasters on the rise due to climate change, eco-cities provide clean air, water, and shelter. Their residents, in exchange, must spend at least a third of their time in stasis pods, conducting business virtually whenever possible to reduce their environmental footprint. While Kasey, an introvert and loner, doesn’t mind the lifestyle, her sister Celia hated it. Popular and lovable, Celia much preferred the outside world. But no one could have predicted that Celia would take a boat out to sea, never to return.

Now it’s been three months since Celia’s disappearance, and Kasey has given up hope. Logic says that her sister must be dead. But as the public decries her stance, she starts to second guess herself and decides to retrace Celia’s last steps. Where they’ll lead her, she does not know. Her sister was full of secrets. But Kasey has a secret of her own.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. At a young age,she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that storytelling was her favorite form of expression. She studied Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the Delaware River. Descendant of the Crane is her debut young adult fantasy.

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MY THOUGHTS

𝐌𝐲 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞- Science Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery & Thriller, Fantasy

🌟𝘽𝙊𝙊𝙆 𝙍𝙀𝙑𝙄𝙀𝙒🌟

The story is told from two perspectives. Cee, who wakes up as an inhabitant three years ago and she has no idea why she ended up being there and how she got there. All she knows is that she has to find her sister Kasey. On the other hand, we have Kasey who lives in a city called “eco city” which is a floating city. The description of each and every thing was amazing.

I felt that the initial chapters were a bit confusing and for a moment I thought of DNFing this book but I am glad I did not because without any doubt, it was one of the best novels I have ever read. IT LITERALLY BLEW ME AWAY. The mysterious aspects associated with this book was just mind blowing and the twist was… I do not have enough words to express my feelings for this book. This book kept me on the edge of the seat throughout. I highly recommend this book not just to sci-fi readers but to everyone in general. While reading the book, I felt as if I am on a journey with both the characters and the description felt so real. I am definitely going to re-read it very soon. Another thing I loved the most about this book was that it was fast paced. I was able to finish more than 50% of the book in one sitting and to be honest, I could not sleep for days. I wish I could give this book all the stars in this world.

𝘛𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘞𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨- suicide, death, violence, parental death (off page), drowning, terminal illness,

𝐅𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐐𝐮𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬
➖The problem with oceans? They always seem smaller from the shore.
➖It was the perfect place for hiding secrets.
➖When I linger in the memory, though, the water around us trembles.

Sita: Now You Know Me by Sini

SYNOPSIS

Set in the vedic times of ancient India, Sita narrates the story of her terbulent life intimately, detailing her deepest despair, grief and horrors and her profound love for Ram. This is a spirited and and enduring Sita calmly recollecting her transformation at various stages of her life, from an abondant infant to a cherished princess, a delightful bride to a dissolute hermit in exile, a captive of an enemy, to a queen and culminating as a poor, homeless woman of twin boys in an ashram, ancient India’s geographical, social, Intellectual and cultural portraits accompany Sita gracefully, throughout her journey.

MY REVIEW

My Rating- ⭐⭐⭐

The story is told from the perspective of Sita and from the very first page she takes us to a journey that includes all the significant events that happened in her life. For me it started out as an amazing read but as the story was progressing, I felt as if I wanted the protagonist (Sita) to be portrayed more powerful and self-righteous. As a child, my mother used to narrate a lot of stories from Ramayana but the storyline wasn’t as powerful in my opinion. No doubt, I got to know a lot of things that I didn’t know earlier.

I really appreciate that the author has done enough research before writing the story. But a couple of times I felt that the direction in which the author is taking the story is not going hand in hand with what actually happened in reality according to Ramayana.

As far as the writing style is concerned, it was easy to understand but I could not connect with the character. To some extent, I did but I think that’s entirely because I have already heard stories from Ramayana.

Thanks to Rupa Publications for the review copy.