Friday, January 29, 2016

Review- Forbidden Desires by Madhuri Banerjee

Book Name    - Forbidden Desires
Author            - Madhuri Banerjee
Publisher       - Rupa Publications
Number of Pages - 272
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                    - Paperback

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Rating : 3.5

‘Why do romantic relationships fade away? Does the magic slowly die? Or do lovers simply wake up one morning realizing they are done? Is it a trick that time plays on happy couples or is it something more profound, an evolution perhaps, of our feelings and our needs?’

Imagine there is a person you know nothing about, who is slowly destroying your marriage. Imagine there is a stranger who enters your life and makes you realize you are living a lie. Imagine there is a love so deep that you need to sacrifice everything you have to save it. Imagine you find out your partner is cheating on you. What will you do?

Naina, Ayesha, Kavita and Kaajal are four women who know nothing about each other and live cocooned in their individual worlds. Until one day, they’re forced to reckon with shocking truths they never imagined! Their desires haunt them, provoke them and make them fight to choose a new path in their lives. Will these women survive their stories of passion, betrayal and pain?

Bestselling author and film writer Madhuri Banerjee brings to you a new romantic thriller that interweaves varied stories of women and their passions, to show us how all relationships ultimately crash into each other.

My review

Should I start with the technicalities or story? Well, the book is the story of four women who were stuck between families, commitments and desires forbidden by societal standards. 

Authoress adapted vernacular and simple writing style even if the story line is quite complicated. This is an out and out urban Indian book with full on Indian flavour which is reflected in the Hinglish dialogues. Authoress succeeded in permeating the emotions to the readers. The story moves in a fast pace without any unnecessary lag. Characters are crafted well. Every character possesses individuality and conviction.

The suspense is another highlight. The secret of Kavitha and Kajal could not be guessed at any point till the authoress herself revealed it. 

Notwithstanding the caliber and finesse of the writer, the whole idea of the story was indigestible for me. I don't opine that families should uphold  values or pursue the relations no matter how far they fall apart. But a relation outside marital binding should be pursued only after separation. Hence I could not comprehend the whole idea of quenching the forbidden desires. 

There were too many characters. Hence a character index should have been given in the beginning for the ease of following.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author

Madhuri Banerjee is an Indian bestselling author and writer. She is a blogger at CNN-IBN, a columnist with The Asian Age, an Ad film director, a screenplay writer for Bollywood films, and a mother. Madhuri has won a National Award for her poignant and realistic documentary on the issues that women face, Between Dualities. Madhuri Banerjee is the bestselling author of five books including Advantage Love and Scandalous Housewives.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review-The Nomad Learns Morality by Tomichan Matheikal

Book Name - The Nomad Learns Morality

Author         - Tomichan Matheikal
Publisher     - Online Gatha
Number of Pages - 140
Publishing Year   - 2015
Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 4.0

"Truth is simple, but Dharma is subtle," says Bhishma in one of the thirty-three short stories in this collection. 
Each story throws brilliant light on certain fundamental human dilemmas and paradoxes. Some of the stories are very short, yet capable of stirring deep thoughts and intense emotive experiences in the reader. Many of the stories are taken from great epics and history. Quite a few are carved out of present day life. Whatever the source, the author has transmuted it into a fascinating literary experience. There are moments when the reader may feel being elevated to a higher spiritual plane. The stories probe "the endless human delusions," as one of the stories describes it.

My review

Nomad learns morality is a collection of 33 short stories. For the ease of review, I would review them genre by genre. The stories can be divided into three sections- Mythological fiction, Historical fiction and Contemporary fiction.

Each story proclaims the tenacity of the author. The stories will surely hang on to our mind and haunt our thoughts. The mythological and historical stories are rendered in an interesting way. Instead of blindly reproducing the stories, author presented them as a thought process of a character and forces the readers to see another dimension of the milieu. Needless to say that the language of the author is exemplary.

Since it's difficult to review every story, I would pick a few stories that touched my heart.

1. The autumn of the patriarch

Bhishma is swayed by Draupadi's question if he was a selfless person. He realizes that even after his oath of celibacy or due to the same, he wronged many women. Bhisma's thoughts reach the readers and force them to reconsider their centuries old myth.

2. And quiet flowed the beas

An interwoven tale of Alexander, Diogenes and Coenus tells us the invariable truth of life in simple words.

3. The saga of warrior 

This is the retelling of love, hatred, treachery and sabotage in the Mughal Dynasty.

4. The devil has a religion

The story haunted me so much. I had to take a break before reading the rest of the stories. Philip's pain and the priest's cruel practices are not fictional. We can see similar real life characters. 

5. Sacrifice

The story is a lesson to every Indian who thinks that all Muslims are terrorists.No, they are not. A few black sheep spoiled the name of the whole flock.

6. Twinkle twinkle little star

The story brought tears in my eyes. Being a mother, it's painful to see that there is another side of the reality. Watch out before sending your kids away from your eyes.

7. The queen of spades

Author kept the best to the last. A simple mystery that a reader could not decipher.

There were one or two stories that didn't excite me much but that should not be counted. What disappointed me most is the quality of the book. On seeing the book cover, readers would not be compelled to try it. For such a compelling book, the cover and the general layout is a huge let down. 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

നിരൂപണം- വീണ്ടും യാത്ര. (ലക്ഷ്മി മേനോൻ)

Book Name           - വീണ്ടും യാത്ര (Veendum Yathra)
Author                  - ലക്ഷ്മി മേനോൻ (Lakshmi Menon)
Publisher              - ബുക്ക്‌ സോല്യുഷൻസ് (Book Solutions)
Number of Pages -  112 
Publishing Year   - 2016 
Edition                  - പേപ്പർബാക്ക് (Paperback)

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Rating : 4.0

പ്രസാധകക്കുറിപ്പ്‌ (Blurb)

വീണ്ടും യാത്ര ഒരു പ്രണയകഥയാണ്. ഈ കഥയിൽക്കൂടി ലക്ഷ്‌മി മേനോൻ 28 വർഷങ്ങൾക്കു മുമ്പുള്ള ഒരു കാലഘട്ടത്തിലേക്ക് വായനക്കാരെ കൂട്ടിക്കൊണ്ടുപോവുകയാണ്. മൊബൈൽ ഫോണോ ഇന്റർനെറ്റോ ഇല്ലാതിരുന്ന കാലത്ത് ഇതൾവിരിഞ്ഞ പ്രണയകഥ. ജനയുഗം വാരികയിൽ 1989-ൽ തുടർക്കഥയായി പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിച്ചുവന്ന വീണ്ടും യാത്ര ആദ്യമായി പുസ്തകരൂപത്തിൽ.

നിരൂപണം (My review)

വീണ്ടും യാത്ര 28 വര്ഷം മുൻപുള്ള ഒരു കാലഘട്ടത്തിലേക്ക് നമ്മെ എത്തിക്കുന്നു. സൗഹൃദവും പ്രണയവും എല്ലാം മറ്റൊരു തലത്തിൽ കാണാനും മനസിലാക്കാനും ഇന്നത്തെ തലമുറയ്ക്ക് ഒരു അവസരമാണ് പ്രസ്തുത നോവൽ. ബന്ധങ്ങളുടെ ശിഥിലതയും  പ്രണയത്തിലെ മറ്റൊരു തലവും നമുക്ക് മനസിലാക്കിത്തരുന്നു. കേവലം ശരീരം മാത്രമല്ല സ്ത്രീ എന്നൊരു ഓർമ്മപ്പെടുത്തൽ കൂടിയാണ് ഈ നോവൽ.

മനോഹരമായ ഭാഷ കൊണ്ട് സമ്പുഷ്ടമാണ് ഓരോ വരിയും. കഥാപാത്രങ്ങളെ വാർത്തെടുക്കുന്നതിൽ വളരെ അധികം ശ്രദ്ധ ചെലുത്തിയിരിക്കുന്നു. എൺപതുകളിൽ എഴുതിയ കഥ വർഷങ്ങൾക്കിപ്പുറവും പ്രസക്തമാണെന്നത്  സ്തുത്യർഹമായ വസ്തുതയാണ്. 

സങ്കീ൪ണമായ കഥാസന്ദ൪ഭങ്ങൾ കൂടാതെ തന്നെ വായനക്കാരെ പിടിച്ചിരുത്താൻ കഥാകാരിക്കു സാധിച്ചു. ഒരുപക്ഷേ സമാനമായ കഥകൾ ഇന്നു നാം വായിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ടാകാം. എന്നാൽ കഥ ്റപസിദ്ധീകരിച്ച കാലഘട്ടത്തിൽ ഇതൊരു പുതുമയേറിയ അനുഭവമായരുന്നു എന്ന കാരൃത്തിൽ സംശയമില്ല. അതു തന്നെയാണ് കഥയുടെ ്റപസക്തിയും

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author

I have been writing since my teenage days. The Second Choice is my debut novel. It is available in both paperback and in ebook formats. Prior to this, many of my short stories, articles and children's stories have been published.

Apart from writing and reading, I also enjoy travel and explore new places, as and when time permits. 

Presently, I'm engaged in writing my second novel. I love meeting other writers and getting connected. 

All my book details are here on this blog. When you find time please browse through it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review of Soul Warrior by Falguni Kothari

Book Name           - Soul Warrior
Author                  - Falguni Kothari
Publisher              - 
Number of Pages - 404
Publishing Year   - 2015
Edition                  - Kindle

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Rating : 4.0

Twisted myths. Discretion advised.

Fight fate, or succumb to destiny?
In the dark Age of Kali, the Soul Warrior alone stands guard over the Human Realm, protecting its denizens from evil-willed asuras or demons. When a trick of fate appoints him guru to a motley crew of godlings, he agrees to train them as demon hunters against his better judgment. Suddenly, Lord Karna is not only battling the usual asuras with sinister agendas, but also rebellious students and a fault-ridden past.

Spanning the cosmic realms of mythic India, here is a tale of a band of supernatural warriors who come together over a singular purpose: the salvation of Karna’s secret child.

My review

When I started reading the book, I was expecting a mythological fiction like many similar books. The story of Karna and Draupati with a twist in the Mahabharata background. I did not expect anything novel or extraordinary. But, authoress surprised me with her imaginations. Karna and Draupati in the present scenario is a fresh experience of reading. 

The highlight of the book is the language. Falguni has set a benchmark for the Indian authors. The book is mythological, fantasy, and science fiction: all in one. 

When everything is new, the book forces the readers to cling to it. Character craft is another plausible factor. Karma's temper and temperature connection is interesting imagery.

We have heard and read Srishti, Sthiti, Samhara in relation to Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar. But, have you thought of the anagram Generator, Operator and Destroyer for GOD? FALGUNI did, which proves her talent.

While surprising the readers with the imagery, there were some areas which stood out like a carbuncle. Addressing gods as stooges, calling Goddess Parvati babe etc were like an eyesore for me at least. I personally think that 2015 or 2115, image of gods should not be changed.

One Liner

The story of Karna and Draupati in 2015

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About the author

Falguni Kothari is a New York-based hybrid author, and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful and cultural threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. She is published in India in contemporary fiction with global e-book availability, and launches her mythic fantasy series, the Age of Kali, with SOUL WARRIOR. When not writing, dancing or being a domestic goddess, she fools around on all manner of social media, and loves to connect with readers.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Review- Kashmir House by Vikram Dhawan

Book Name           - Kashmir House

Author                  - Vikram Dhawan
Publisher              - Frog Books
Number of Pages - 216
Publishing Year   - 2015
Edition                  - Paperback

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Rating : 5.0


"A society is judged by how they treat their women and, a country is judged by how they treat their brave." An ego tussle between a politician and a bureaucrat perils Deep Assets inside the enemy territory. A holocaust survivor borrows knowhow from slayers of his family for profit. An honourable leader challenges the Witches & Wizards of the system. An atheist adversary who strikes in the name of god. Kashmir, a playground for settling scores.

My review

When I was a teenager, I used to grab classic books to show that I am a serious reader. If I had gotten Kashmir House at that time, I would have grabbed it then not only to show others but for myself as well. I would like to add a disclaimer that my review might be biased because of my Nationality. 

Yes, I am a proud Indian. I love my nation notwithstanding all the drawbacks we ourselves tag to her. Same with the book. It might be having negatives but my eyes were blinded due to the surge of patriotism stirred inside. 
The book deals with several dimensions of Geo political scenario. 

The story is highly inflammable. Author touched the right cords in the heart of every reader especially if the reader is an Indian. The title is very catchy. 

Author adapted a narrative style of a screenplay. An unputdownable book. I would dare to say that this is one of the best books released in 2015?

I could not comprehend the climax though. I presume author is planning to come up with a sequel. If that was the case, it could have been mentioned in the book. The book cover is another let down. The illustration was good but the white background gave the impression of an ARC. 

I am stuck between 4.5 and 5. Well, for my India and Kashmir, I would go for a five star. Hopefully author will come up with a sequel

One Liner

I love this book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author

Born in the seventies, to parents whose families fled to india from Pakistan in 1947 after the Partition, Vikram Dhawan grew up in northern India in the eventful 70s and 80s. Playing in the trenches still around many years after the 1971 war, garish sterilisation campaigns, and silent Emergency days, are some of his earliest childhood memories. Vikram is well-travelled, well-read and passionate about world history and is inspired by personal experiences of soldiers, spies and survivors of wars across the globe.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Review- Dual Lives by Gourab Mitra

Book Name -Dual Lives

Author        - Gourab Mitra
Publisher    - Patridge India
Number of Pages - 306
Publishing Year   - 2015
Edition                  - Kindle

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Rating : 3.0


We are a part of a male dominating society where some people still keep women below their shoes and nose. Kiran, a young woman has overcome these hurdles and has fulfilled her dream as a Radio Jockey. 
Today it’s her first day to work at Radio Rocks, a leading radio channel in Pune. She is exhilarated about it! Last night her boy friend proposed her for marriage, and her true love for Omkar overwhelmed her decision. She didn’t reply to him! 
In early 2004, her brother worked at a tea stall at the age of 10. Ajinkya, a BPO employee and a biggest loser in life, gets inspired by the kid. Ajinkya plans to adopt him, unaware of his past. Will the kid’s past bother Ajinkya’s personal and love life? 
Omkar is Kiran’s first crush. But for past few years they haven’t heard about each other! 
Will she compromise her first love & marry Ashish? Or will she wait for Omkar?

My review

The review of the book is a tug of war between positives and negatives. Both are equally strong.

The storyline is the highlight of the book. Author addressed child abuse with the deserved importance but he did not drag it unnecessarily. Every event was properly chained and the plot is close knit. Every character has its individuality. 
Kiran's gave me chill down my spines. Yes,there would be a lot of children with a similar plight. Being a mother myself, even reading about it was difficult, so what would be the feeling in reality. A great attempt there. 
There is a back story of romance but what impressed me is that author did not squeeze unwanted erotica to prove the depth of the love. Feels good to see that platonic relationship still exists.

Editing is the major flaw in the book. I would not say editing was poor since I could not see any effort into the same. There was no editing at all. The whole book was like a draft. With lot of mistakes in every other sentence.
Another glitch was that in spite of being a victim of exploitation, Kiran was exploiting Prashanth by keeping him as a back up till Omkar responded. Will Omkar respond or not is to be seen from the book. I assume that Ashish in the blurb is Prashant. This again proves the fact that no effort was taken in editing.


  • Plot
  • Character craft
  • Steady Pace
  • Relevant subject


  • Lack of focus
  • Lack of editing

One Liner

Grab it if you are looking for a sincere story.

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About the author

Gourab Mitra, twenty-five, is working as senior customer service representative with Serco BPO. He is pursuing his SYBSc. At thirteen, he wrote unpublished scripts in Hindi. His started off as a cybercafe operator and then as a freelance website designer. He worked as second assistant director of Miley Jab Hum Tum.

Review- Love and Self Discovery by Samantha Fischer

Book Name -Love and Self Discovery

Author        - Samantha Fischer
Publisher    - Self-Published
Number of Pages - 
Publishing Year   - 2015
Edition                  - Kindle

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Rating : 3.5


Adamina is a senior in high school who is discovering that she may not be the perfect Christian girl her parents want her to be.

My review

Love and self discovery is the story of Adamina, an eighteen year old girl, who discovers the truth about her sexual orientation. Homosexuality is still a taboo in the society, irrespective of the demographics. Families fail to understand that it is not a handicap or deliberate impertinence. 

Authoress showed the courage to address an issue that many refuses to even acknowledge. The plight of Adamina is conveyed well. She is the representative of many young girls and boys who are confused about their sexuality and don't get proper guidance. 

A wave of anti-family emotion could be seen in the book. The story could have been moulded in such a way that the kids get the confidence in convincing their parents. Adamina's friend Kenna is a good person in the book but it gives a wrong message to the youth. Everyone they meet randomly need not necessarily be of a good intention. A mention about the same was necessary.

I appreciate the effort from authoress. The book is an easy read with a message.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author

Samantha Fischer is a 25 year old mother who is trying to get her writing career started. She has one ebook novella that has been published and is available on various websites. She is currently working on her second book in between giving reviews for other upcoming authors she meets through Goodreads.

Samantha has her BA in English from American Public University, but does not know what her plans are for the future. Right now she is concentrating on raising her 3 year old daughter and making ends meet.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Russian Tattoos

Book Name           - Russian Tattoos Obsession

Author                  - Kat Shehata
Publisher              - Limitless Publishing
Number of Pages - 300
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Kindle

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Rating : 3.0


Falling in love isn’t a crime—but falling in love with a Russian mafia boss could be deadly.

Competitive tennis player Carter Cook wants a taste of freedom. Her overprotective father monitors every aspect of her life, so when he becomes employed by Vladimir Ivanov—a sexy Russian with an array of tattoos and an accent that weakens her knees—a bit of danger is within Carter’s grasp. Behind her father's back, she enjoys spending time with Vladimir at his lavish estate. But is he really the upstanding businessman she believes him to be?

Vladimir Ivanov reigns as godfather of a Russian mafia crime ring.

Vladimir spent five years of his life in a Siberian prison camp and has earned every tattoo inked into his skin. He is a powerful man who gets what he wants, and after stalking the gorgeous tennis player for years—he wants Carter. A little charm melts her heart, and behind the scenes, he orders his henchman to track her every move.

He’s a tattooed stick of dynamite ready to blow at the slightest spark.

As their romance reaches deadly levels, Carter senses something’s not right. When she’s lured into a compromising position at the hands of a shady European drug dealer, she calls in Boris, Vladimir’s right hand man, to rescue her—without telling Vladimir. With his authority questioned, he sets out to teach Carter a lesson about loyalty she’ll never forget.

When Carter realizes she's in too deep, she must fight for her freedom before the attraction turns fatal.

But the Russian bratva plays for keeps, and Vladimir’s fierce lust to possess her spirals their romance out of control.

My review

Russian tattoos is a dark romance between a mafia kind and a college going girl. As with many love stories of am influential male and an unknown gorgeous female, the story also tells the story of a dominant trait overpowering a helpless lamb in human form. I used to wonder why is there so much of love for stories where in women are mistreated in the name of love, care, possessiveness and protection. The love redefined is beyond my comprehension it seems. I don't like it when women are helpless creatures.

About the story, I think I need not say much since the blurb itself tells a lot about it. The writing style is good. Language is good. But it failed to excite me. Mainly because the predicament of the female protagonist is unacceptable for me.
Those who love dark romance will love this also

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About the author

Kat Shehata's first career involved caring for exotic, dangerous, and adorable animals as a zookeeper. As an author, Kat weaves her love of animals into her work. She is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling children's book Animals on the Other Side written with Sylvia Browne.

She is an avid tennis player and spends her free time playing matches in a recreational league in Cincinnati, Ohio. She holds a bachelor's degree in theatre from Wilmington College, a professional writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati, and a master's degree in creative writing from Spalding University.

Review of Big Shoes by Jack Getze

Book Name       -  Big Shoes
Author              -   Jack Getze
Publisher          -   Down & Out Books 
No.of Pages      -    198
Publishing Year -   2015
Edition                -   Paperback
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Rating : 3.0

My review

Big shoes is the story of a stock broker who is dragged into a mafia war. A thriller with fast pace action will definitely persuade the reader to cling onto the book. 

Austin Carr who is a stockbroker is chasing a chance to get away from violence but circumstances and conscience drags him back to the mafia war. The book opens the raw wound in the hearts of every dutiful citizen who wants to fight child trafficking. Instead of plainly traversing through action, sex and violence, author addressed a consequential issue.

The writing style is not very complex. The story is a mix of first person narrative of Austin and third person narrative. Sudden switch in narrative style in some areas confuses the reader. 
Seventy year old Mamma bones pouncing into a shootout scenario seemed exaggerated.

One Liner

A fast paced but funny and serious run through the underground stories

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Former newsman Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony-nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet's oldest websites for noir, crime and horror short stories. His screwball mysteries -- BIG NUMBERS, BIG MONEY, BIG MOJO and the short story BIG MOUTH -- were published in 2013 and 2014 by Down and Out Books. Number five in the Austin Carr series, BIG SHOES, is scheduled for 2015. His short stories have appeared online at A Twist of Noir, Beat to a Pulp, The Big Adios, and in two anthologies, Down, Out and Dead and the newly released LAST WORDS.
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Blitz- The Stone Legacy Series by Theresa DaLayne


Their empires have fallen, but their mythology lives on…
Zanya Coreandero is a seventeen-year-old orphan with only a single friend and no hope for a normal life. Diagnosed with anxiety and night terrors, no one believes her cuts and bruises are a result of an evil entity, and not a brutal case of self-harm. With the only home she’s ever known being the isolated institution—where breakfast is a handful of medications, the psychiatry sessions are mandatory, and her every move is watched—the only relief is her red-haired roommate named Tara, who’s more like a little sister than her best friend. Free will is strong, but destiny is stronger… When Zanya is kidnapped, she meets a group of gifted Mayan descendants, each with a unique ability. Gone from a nameless castaway to the only hope of mankind, Zanya is forced to make a grueling decision: bond with an enchanted stone and save humanity from rising underworld forces, or watch helplessly as Earth falls victim to a familiar dark deity from her dreams. This time, he’s playing for keeps. A wicked secret hides behind a handsome face… When Arwan, a dark-eyed timebender, takes interest in Zanya's mission, it's unclear if his intention is to help, or if he's on a hell-bent mission for revenge. Wary of falling for another guy with major secrets and a tainted past, Zanya fights to keep her distance. If only her heart gave her a choice.
Tara may have spent years in an asylum, but that doesn’t make her crazy–just fearless.
Dropped in Moscow with a the group of enchanted Mayan descendants, seventeen-year-old Tara is forced to wait on the sideline while her best friend—the Stone Guardian— battles to reclaim a friend’s soul trapped in the underworld. It sucks being ordinary when everyone else is superhuman… A mortal girl with a tainted past, Tara is left to deal with an overwhelming sense of inadequacy. Her boyfriend, Peter, is a healer. Her best friend is The Guardian, and everyone else is a powerhouse of awesome strengths. Meanwhile, she struggles to leave her childhood of abuse in the past, and while Peter picks her up every time she falls, it becomes clear he deserves better. When they opened Pandora’s Box, hell came pouring out… When she’s given a chance to aid in the group’s mission, Tara is eager to pull her own weight, even if it means uncovering buried memories of being held prisoner by the underworld general. Now haunted with flashbacks of torture, Tara wanders from the safety of Peter’s arms into a city of depravity and corruption. And amidst all this evil is a young man with an agenda of his own, who leads her down a road that will either prove she is a hero at heart, or drag her into a world she’s always feared. He wants revenge, she wants redemption. And in an underground ring of missing girls and bloody sacrifices, only the fearless can survive…

After living her entire life in an orphan asylum, Zanya fears she may actually be losing her mind.
Following the discovery of her ancient Maya bloodlines, eighteen-year-old Zanya Coreandero is faced with a daunting responsibility. She must protect the relic stone while Sarian, the underworld general, ceaselessly drives her to the brink of insanity. With the approach of an ancient bonding ceremony, Zanya struggles to control her abilities—and her desires… As the winter solstice approaches, it brings an onslaught of unexpected side effects. While Zanya struggles to seize control over her supercharged powers, she must also face an overwhelming suspicion that her boyfriend, Arwan, is hiding a secret so dark it could destroy them both. And with her powers finally taking root, the struggle to pace their relationship takes on a life of its own. Just when she thought life couldn’t get more complicated… With the arrival of a surprise houseguest, Zanya’s deepest fears about Arwan are confirmed. And when middleworld deities intercede, the group of gifted Maya descendants are confronted with hardships they never saw coming—including an enemy more deadly than they have ever faced. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And when that woman has no soul and a taste for revenge, they will need the powers of every surviving ancestor simply to stay alive.

A long-time enthusiast of things that go bump in the night, Theresa began her writing career as a journalism intern—possibly the least creative writing field out there. After her first semester at a local newspaper, she washed her hands of press releases and feature articles to delve into the whimsical world of fiction.
Since then, Theresa has been married, had three terrific kids, moved to central Ohio, and has been repeatedly guilt-tripped into adopting a menagerie of animals that are now members of the family. But don’t be fooled by her domesticated appearance. Her greatest love is travel. Having traveled to over a dozen countries—not to mention an extended seven-year stay in Kodiak, Alaska—she is anything but settled down. Wherever life brings her, Theresa will continue to weave tales of adventure and love with the hope her stories will bring joy and inspiration to her readers.

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Review- Divine command by Saranya Umakanthan

Book Name         -  The Divine Command
Author                -   Saranya Umakanthan
Publisher            -   General Press
No.of Pages        -   183
Publishing Year-   2015   
Edition               -   Kindle
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Rating : 3.5


The divine command was from Lord Shiva. So Shaktipurians would do anything to safeguard the 'Taal-Patras' -- the ultimate secrets compiled onto palm-leaves by the yogis that contained everything! Yes, all the do's and don'ts from making of the elixir to reviving the dead! 
This task was headed by their beloved warrior Indrajith. But destiny brutally destroyed their plans! Their toughest braveheart was to perish in a bloody dual. This ill-fated episode prompted the rise of the nefarious king of Narakdesh -- Asurshasak! 
Desperate, Shaktipurians recited the revival slokas on the dead grave of their only hope… 
Would Indrajith emerge and come back stronger than before? And if he comes back, who is waiting for him now with a pole arm in her hands and protruding teeth? 
With black-magic obstacles barring his way, the comeback warrior -- Suraj Sena is shaken when the conspirator rips off the mask! But traitors never go unpunished!

My review

Divine command is an Indian Fantasy Novel. The book has got every flavor that a fantasy lover asks for. The story of Suraj Sena, the comeback warrior and  his friends Varun and Diya, will definitely entice the readers. The characters are crafted punctiliously. The magic swirl, tooth rakshasi, Saptanshu, Lachak etc added to the flavor of the book.
The first part where the story happens in 1815, Authoress pulled off the events with authenticity giving an impression of a historic event. After three hundred years, the main story happens in 2115. Authoress tried to give a futuristic impression but it was not convincing enough. 
The suspense behind the tooth rakshasi was quite obvious, which in turn served as a spoiler. Some events reminded me of the serials in kids channels.
But, Overall the book is a decent attempt by a debut author.
The book has several refreshing scenarios. Hence, I would recommend the book to the fantasy lovers to have a divergent experience 


  • Character craft
  • Imagination
  • Action


  • Lack of suspense
  • Cliché climax

One Liner

A refreshing Indian fantasy

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author

Saranya Umakanthan, a Software Engineer by profession, she exhibits her creativity in coding as well as writing. An avid reader all her life, she has a way with her words. She has taken up Indian fantasy genre for her first novel and it is quite a refreshing change to the readers. She believed that being a University topper two times in her life was her success until she held her first novel in her hands. The fragrance of books inspires her and she haunts the book stores too often. She would love to hear your feedback. Do send out a mail to