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Victims For Sale by Nish Amarnath

Book: Victims for Sale

Author: Nish Amarnath

Publisher: Harper Collins India

Book Length: 336 pages

Format: Paperback

Price: Rs 299

My Rating: 4.5/5

Book Blurb:

Sandy Raman, stringer for the BBC, lives as a paying guest with the Sawants, a regular, quiet, Indian family. Or so she thought. Until she woke up to a woman with a knife … and a dark secret. It is only after she runs a sting operation on a home for the differently abled that Sandy makes a connection between an institute acting as a front for something sinister and the strange family she lives with. Chasing the truth up a trail of brutal murders, Sandy must evade the grasping clutches of a thriving sex racket and expose the predators before her time runs out.

Book Review:

I am a big fan of Romance genre but now I wanted to read books based on different genre. I thought to give a try to thriller book now. So, “Victims for Sale” by Nish Amarnath caught my attention on Amazon. It is a twisted thriller about a young journalist Sandy Raman. Sandy was covering the Mumbai Bomb blast in June. She had also lost her boyfriend Saahil in the same blast. After her boyfriend’s death, she wanted to go to London to do Master’s programme in media governance.

She somehow convinced her family to allow her to go to London. She lived with a traditional Indian family Sawants in Britain. She lived there as a paying guest. As she was living there, she found something strange about the Sawants family. So, she decided to run a sting operation at Sawants home. Through sting operation, the author has very well introduced us with the world of human trafficking and murder. The Sawants were involved in human trafficking.

While reading this novel, I got chills. This book is fast-paced and a perfect treat to boost my brain. It is unputdownable. Really loved the overall story. So much mystery is there in it. I really loved the character of Sandy. She is a bold girl. This book has introduced me to many new words. So, this is a good book to enrich your vocabulary. This is a perfect book for those who love to solve mysteries.

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5 Minutes by Vrinda Singh

BOOK: 5 Minutes

Author: Vrinda Singh

Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers

Format: Kindle

Type: Fiction

My Rating: 4.7/5

BOOK BLURB:

Pooja was a girl, but also the wildest of all animals, and was very precious to her mother. Her mistakes were kept in check by her father, who taught her the tough lessons of life in just 5 minutes. She was born with glitter in her veins, which would attract anyone in 5 minutes. Her innocence was killing, her beauty was enchanting, and her brains were bewitching; still, she was hated and ignored. Digging in the dirt, she got trapped in love with a man 18 years elder to her. Meetings of 5 minutes cost her decades of life. This book is a short journey of the most independent, most adventurous and most responsible girl of the 21st century, struggling with the old beliefs of Indian society and her commitments to be an ideal daughter, an ideal lover, and an ideal friend. It contains the most thrilling and adrenaline pumping narrative based on true events.

5 minutes

BOOK REVIEW:

“5 Minutes” by Vrinda Singh is a fiction story about a girl named Pooja. It is about the journey of this intelligent, independent, adventurous, responsible and beautiful girl. Pooja is adored a lot by her mother. But she has a strict father. Her father often behaves hardly with her. He keeps on teaching her different lessons of life. Pooja was not an ordinary girl. She has innocent looks. She is a beauty with brains which is rare. She can do magic with her looks on anyone. She fell in love with an elderly guy who was 18 years elder to her. But our society still has their old beliefs. Will their love be accepted by Pooja’s parents? Will society be able to digest their love story? Read the story to know the suspense yourself. My favorite line from the book was when Pooja’s mother started to talk about her marriage saying “You are turning 25 now. It’s high time to get married. So, what kind of guy is my daughter looking for?”.

To this, Pooja blushed and replied, “I am not gonna leave you by any chance. Anyone who has to get married to me will have to accept you too. I will take you in forced dowry.

I got thrills while reading it. The plot of the story was amazing. I was able to finish this book in two sittings. The language of the book is easy to understand. I find the cover of the book really pretty and attractive. The pace of the book was fine for me. I could relate my circumstances to some of the chapters of the story. This story is perfect for all those who love to read fictional thrillers.

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Chaos: In Romance, Sexuality and Fidelity by Raksha Bharadia

Chaos by Raksha Bharadia discusses the problems faced in relationships and love life by many urban couples.

Book: Chaos

Author: Raksha Bharadia

Publisher: Rupa Publications India

Book Length: 232 pages

My Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: 20 Oct 2019

BOOK REVIEW:

I just finished reading the non-fiction book “Chaos” written by the author Raksha Bharadia. This book discusses the problems faced in relationships and love life. This book describes problems that many urban couples are facing. Many couples face chaos in their relationship. They don’t feel the spark anymore by seeing each other, they get bored of each other or they aren’t able to properly manage the intimacy and personal space. Nowadays due to gender equality, many partners face issues in their relationship. They are not ready to divide domestic work at all because they want to excel in their professional career.

chaos by raksha bharadia

The focus of this book is on the long term relationship. Author has very well described the steps that couples should follow to avoid chaos between their relationships. Also, one has to understand the difference between sex, love and intimacy to go a long way to solve relationship problems. One of the reasons for Chaos in our relationship can be Jealousy. It sears us enough and sometimes makes us to behave like criminals. Raksha has very well covered questions like why does boredom set in, in most long term relationships. Why do affairs begin? There are many other questions that have been answered in this book. The use of pictures in the comic format makes this book an interesting read. I really loved the below line from book that has been taken from an Irish headstone (Richard Puz, The Carolinian):

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

This book makes us realize that how we take things for granted in our relationship. This book is a light read and you will fall in love with it. It will surely help you to go a long way in your relationship. It’s a must read. You will surely gonna love this book.

About The Author:

Raksha Bharadia graduated from Loreto College, Calcutta University, in Arts, with History, Political Science and Economics. Raksha has authored three books which are published by Rupa: Me: A Handbook For Life (2006) Roots and Wings: A Handbook for Parents (2008) All and Nothing (2010), and Ten on Ten (2016).

She has also edited thirteen titles in the Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul Series; has worked for the show Lakhon Main Ek; and has been a communist for Femina, Ahmedabad Mirror and with DNA Ahmedabad.

Who Could Have Imagined

𝑻𝒊𝒕𝒍𝒆: Who Could Have Imagined
𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓: Dr. Aliette St. Hilaire

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘:
I love reading memoirs. Recently I got my hands on Aliette’s book ‘Who Could Have Imagined’. In this book, through her own story Aliette has explained how the change in our perspective could change our destiny.

At a very young age, Aliette had gone through many things- parents’ separation, child abuse, getting pregnant before marriage, marrying in her teen years. All these events of her life shaped her. Many times in life, Aliette felt that God is with her. She didn’t need to crave for love from anyone as God was there to give her all.

Read her story to find out how with our choices, we can determine our own future. I appreciate Aliette’s courage in sharing her story with everyone. Her life journey is an inspiration. Those who are having a difficult time should read this book. They would be inspired to turn their life around with their choices, right education, faith in God and self-belief. A well written book that I strongly recommend to my fellow readers.

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈: 5/5

The Curious Spell of Madam Genova

𝑻𝒊𝒕𝒍𝒆: The Curious Spell of Madam Genova
𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓: J.G. Schwartz

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘:
Recently I got my hands on J G Schwartz’s ‘The Curious Spell of Madam Genova’. It is an entertaining read. The story begins with a fortune teller, Madam Genova. She uses the back bedroom of her apartment to see clients.

Howard T. James is one of the finest watchmakers in New York. He created two pocket watches. One watch is for his son who is a Boy Scout. Howard’s wife believes in a fortune teller. She insisted on taking those pocket watches to get blessed but things went wrong. Madam Genova who cast a spell on a watch knew that the spell went wrong. She told Howard’s wife that if the true owners of these watches abandon or lose it, bad luck would follow.

Genova kept one of the watches with her and she assured Doroles to return it after receiving the pending $100 payment. Read the story to know where the watches will end up. This is a refreshing story and it kept me engaged throughout the book. The narration is smooth and I was able to follow the story easily. The characters are written well and this story would stay in my head for a long time.

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈: 5/5

Virtually Lost

𝑻𝒊𝒕𝒍𝒆: Virtually Lost
𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓: Shreyan Laha

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘:
Virtually Lost penned by the author Shreyan Laha is a good book for light reading. The story begins with the main character Manisha at a bus stop of Pathabhrashta city. She doesn’t remember much about her. She doesn’t remember where she has come from. When she met a man named Dhaval, she found out that this city is like social media.

Everyone has a profile with the government. People wear wristbands and they aren’t supposed to take it out. The government even tracks the thoughts and dreams of people. There is not much privacy for the people of this city. One policeman handed over a wristband to Manisha.

Read this book to know what will happen with her in this city. I appreciate the vivid imagination of the author. The backdrop setting is nice and the story is easy to follow. I binge read this book and enjoyed every bit of it.

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈: 5/5

The 2nd Fugitive

𝑻𝒊𝒕𝒍𝒆: The 2nd Fugitive
𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓: Mainak Dhar

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘:
After finishing “The 1st Assassin”, I was eager to get my hands on the second book “The 2nd Fugitive” in the series. In this book, the main character is Major Aaditya Sen. He is in the Indian Army and works for the government in the home ministry. He was posted to Dubai to babysit a gangster that is wanted by many nations.

The story involves Aaditya’s fears as he works on his different assignments. ISIS gunmen, Pakistani commandos, Saudi assassins and Russian mobsters all are looking for this gangster. Read this book to know about the rollercoaster ride of Aaditya on the assigned mission.

The storyline is gripping and made this an unputdownable book. The author has used simple language in the book. Those who want to give a try to reading a thriller should pick this book. The characters are written well. This story would stay in my head for a long time. Fantastic plot!

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈: 5/5

The 1st Assassin

𝑻𝒊𝒕𝒍𝒆: The 1st Assassin
𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓: Mainak Dhar

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘:
I love reading thrillers. Recently I got my hands on Mainak Dhar’s ‘The 1st Assassin: A Unit 22 Thriller’. It is a captivating story that will keep you hooked till the last page. The story is set in India. Sen is guilty of a few things from his soldier life. He has seen his friends being killed. Many times, when Sen gave orders, his subordinates lives were the cost. Now, he is leading the investigation about a potential terrorism plot. The President of the US is visiting India and Major Sen is given the responsibility to eliminate the threat. The story gets really gripping from this point.

The backdrop setting is done well by the author. The narration is smooth and strong. The descriptions are so clear that I was pulled into the story and forgot about the real world around me for some time. Overall, this is a good read. Go ahead with this without any second thoughts. It’s worth reading.

Those who love reading stories involving conspiracy, terrorism, spies, assassin, hope, threat, trauma should pick this book. Great work by Mainak in this book.

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈: 5/5

Sticks and Stones

𝑻𝒊𝒕𝒍𝒆: Sticks and Stones
𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓: Cassie Brooks

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘:
I love reading Children’s books to my nephew. Recently I read “STICKS and STONES” to him. It’s a must read Children’s book written by Cassie Brooks. The story features a little boy named Elijah. After coming home, Elijah was upset. His mom asked him why he was upset.

Elijah told his mom that he collects rocks and sticks and uses them like magic. Does that make him weird? Elijah’s mom has a secret to share with him. Find out what that secret is by reading the book yourself.

By reading this book, I learnt about being myself and respecting my choices. No matter what others think, I will do what I love. The illustrations are eye-catching and would attract kids’ attention in the first look. Go with this book. I am sure your kid would love it.

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈: 5/5

Hope Knocking

𝑻𝒊𝒕𝒍𝒆: Hope Knocking
𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓: Nova Mann

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘:
Hope Knocking is the debut novel of the author Nova Mann. There are three main characters in the story: Amantha, her husband Matthew and her mom Nancy Mae. Amantha grew up in the foothills of Appalachia in north Georgia. When she started her teaching career, she moved up to the ancient mountains on the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

Amantha and her husband Matthew married each other on the banks of the Diamond River. Now, Amantha’s mother Nancy has also moved back to Tennessee and lives next door. While living in Mavie, the three of them had to go through hardships because of the coronavirus.

I loved the songs that describe Amantha’s story. The story is told from different perspectives and the author has knitted everything well. Those who live in Appalachia would be able to connect more to the story. It’s a riveting tale and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I am looking forward to reading the sequel of this novel.

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈: 5/5

Interview with author Michelle Segrest

Q1. Hello, can you please introduce yourself? Readers would love to know more about you.

Hello! I’m Michelle Segrest from Sweet Home Alabama, and I’ve been a professional journalist for 34 years. Writing and reporting is my passion and I’ve published more than 30 nonfiction books. I also love sailing, tennis, world travel, reading, and adventure of all kinds! I’m 55 and have two adult children, one grand baby, and two beagles (Cap’n Jack & Scout) who are the stars of my children’s book series! In 2018, I departed on a journey to sail the world in a tiny sailboat, and yes, that included a three-week Atlantic Ocean crossing!

Q2 Tell us about the process of coming up with the book cover and the title ‘Life on a 20-degree tilt’?

Life on a 20-Degree Tilt is the first book in my Living Life Sideways series. When you live on a sailboat, you are almost always on a heavy tilt. You walk on a tilt, you cook on a tilt, you pee on a tilt. You are just sideways—all the time! That little fact made coming up with the name of the series and Book 1 pretty easy. The cover image shows me looking at the horizon during a sunset. It represents the “calm after the storm” which is the big reward for all the challenges that sailing heavy offshore waters represent. This book series is most definitely “stormy” but I wanted to try and also share the reasons I continue to sail even when the seasickness, storms, and a dangerous skipper sometimes made me want to stop the journey and go home.

Q3. What were the key challenges you faced while writing your book “Blinded by Love & Loyalty’’?

Writing the second book in my memoir series was challenging because this part of the story introduces some of the heavy relationship challenges that began to surface between the skipper and myself. It was a toxic relationship, but I had a hard time understanding that I was being manipulated at the time. I was very dedicated and loyal to the man and the relationship, and that caused me to ignore a lot of the red flags that in hindsight I can now clearly see. Throughout the second book, I wrestled between the intrigue of the escape from the ordinary, the thrill of the adventure, exploring some awesome exotic locations and trying to balance all those great experiences with the personal battles. I truly was blinded by love and loyalty and could not see the signs that were telling me to get away. I believe a lot of women in abusive relationships experience this at times and that’s why it’s so hard to get out.

Q4. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Cheryl Strayed’s Wild influenced me greatly. Her testament of courage about walking 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail while battling personal demons was very similar to my own journey of sailing the world while battling personal challenges. She didn’t always love it, but she kept going. And I was determined to do the same thing. I also love all of Lin Pardey’s books as well as Edna Buchanan. I recently began reading some of Jodi Picoult’s books, and I’m finding a lot of inspiration in her work, as well.

Q5. What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

There are so many cool places to visit in the U.S. At the moment, Boston is my favorite—mainly because my 24-year-old son, Bo, lives there. Boston is full of interesting American history and it’s also just a very friendly town. The people are amazing! I always say it’s the smallest big city in the world! It has everything a big city has to offer but it feels like a small town.

Q6. Is there lots to do before you dive in and start writing a book?

I generally create an outline and have an idea of where to go with the story. But generally, the finished result doesn’t look much like the outline. In the case of the Living Life Sideways series, I worked from very detailed journals and told the story chronologically. It was a little easier because it’s a true story. I got some help from my content editor to weave in some background stories to bring it all together.

Q7. How long did it take you to write your book ‘Captain of my soul’?

Writing The Captain of My Soul took about two weeks. It was difficult because this, the third book in my memoir series, is the darkest part of my story. Reliving some of those dark and dangerous times was difficult, but it was also a big help in my healing. I always encourage victims of domestic violence and narcissistic abuse to at the very least journal their story and all their feelings. Even if they don’t publish their story or share it with others, writing it all down is a very healing process. But we warned, Captain of My Soul is dark — it is very unsettling and disturbing in places.

Q8. On what platforms can readers buy your book set of “Living Life Sideways”?

All my books are available exclusively on Amazon. The individual books are available on Kindle Unlimited, hardcover, paperback and audio. The boxed set launches as an ebook and on KU on Jan. 24 and is available for preorder until launch for just 99 cents. After that it will be $6.99. The boxed set audio is also available on Amazon, Audible and ACX.

Q9. When writing a book how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I mostly write nonfiction, but I’ve been told my books read like fiction. Especially when writing a memoir, I think it’s important to really open yourself up and share intimate details that others can relate to deeply and personally. Sometimes this is difficult because you have to expose all your vulnerabilities and often even your own character flaws. However, I think that’s what makes memoir’s special. Even though the story is personal and unique to you, it’s amazing to see how other people can relate it to their own experiences.

Q10. Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?

The book includes the good, the bad, and the ugly about my journey. There are some amazing experiences as well as deep, dark and often disturbing times. Some of the abuse is subtle, but some is revealed in vivid and terrifying detail. So I guess I would just want readers to know that if you are a victim of domestic violence or narcissistic abuse, then the book may be triggering. But I also believe that if you can get through those parts, you’ll also find the book healing and maybe even inspiring!

Buy the box set of Living Life Sideways on Amazon

Confessions of a Side N*gga

𝑻𝒊𝒕𝒍𝒆: Confessions of a Side N*gga
𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓: Travon Edwards

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘:
Confessions of a Side N*gga is the first book that I have read written by the author Travon Edwards. It is a captivating story that would hook readers’ attention from the first page itself. Tyrone is from a family who believes in church. When he was jailed for 6 years, his family disowned him. Tyrone only had his sister by his side. When he was working as a personal trainer at a gym, he started putting effort in his clients because he wanted the clients to come to the gym everyday.

His first client Pauline has been cheated by her husband. She felt happy to vent out everything in front of Tyrone. Will Pauline just stay a client to Tyrone or will they cross their limits with each other?

Tyrone’s involvement with multiple women in the story brought many sub stories to the readers that one would enjoy. The pace of the story is fast and readers won’t feel bored anytime while reading it. If you are looking for an escape from reality for some time, then grab a copy of this book.

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈: 5/5

DEATH and Human Resources

𝑻𝒊𝒕𝒍𝒆: DEATH and Human Resources
𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓: Mark Andrew Swan

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘:
Mark Andrew Swan has created a gripping tale of fantasy in his book ‘DEATH and Human Resources’. Azrael is an innocent and sensitive angel. He started being a part of Father’s Plan by being an Angel of Name. Others see him as dutiful and were quite impressed with his work. Azrael was promoted and was assigned to take notes in his book as a note taker.

As Azrael kept on working dutifully, one day it was revealed to him that he had to collect human souls. It is not easy as Azrael is sensitive. What will happen when he finds him in the middle of a sinister conspiracy?

The story kept me on the edge of my seat. Azrael is my favorite character from the story. This is a refreshing read and a different work from other novels.

Mark has done great work in his debut book. I enjoyed reading his novel. The cover of the book is nice and the title is suitable for the story. I am interested in reading more of Mark’s work in the near future.

𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈: 5/5