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BOOK REVIEW

         

“Invoked”
           (The Hymns of War)

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                        Written By – Karan Bhatia

Blurb – Krishna is a common man, leading a simple and content life with his wife, daughter and parents. A twisted accident leaves the family shattered and exposed to attacks from the netherworld. The attacks are the small, but integral pieces of the bigger picture.

As the family fights back and Krishna struggles to prove himself as the man of the house, the darkest chapters from his past re-open, unleashing a torrent of pain and desolation. Krishna decides to embark on a spiritual journey to save his family.

Does he succeed?

How does his journey affect the impending war?

Invoked is the first book of the Hymns of War series.

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To be read books

– See more at: https://notionpress.com/read/invoked#… 

My Review – Like always let’s start with a quote –

 

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2″

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BOOK REVIEW

THE FUTURE KING – LOGRES

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LOVE THE COVER

Blurb

Britain, 2052. In a world of war, disease and hunger the UK stands alone as a beacon of prosperity under an all-powerful ruling party. Life at new school Logres seems promising for fifteen-year-old Gwenhwyfar, and quickly she falls for the school’s handsome catch, Arthur. When Arthur’s rival, Lancelot, returns after a suspension, her heart is soon divided. Realising that behind the UK’s prosperity lies unspeakable cruelty, Gwenhwyfar sets off on a path to dismantle everything the government stands for. Suspenseful, raw and awash in a dystopian setting, The Future King: Logres is a story of identity and discovery against this backdrop, the second coming of the Arthurian legend.

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Source - Google

My Review – I had two books in hand when I started reading this week. One of them was “ A Game of thrones (A song of ice and fire Part 1)” and another was “The Future King – Logres”

I am not comparing the books or anything. I am just telling that my instinct went with TFK-L and I started the book. I know nothing about Arthurian legends. I read this book (the first 70 pages) to just READ. After 70 pages, I guess I was in the (Britain of 2052) other world.

I have never been to Britain. I love Jane Austen, Lisa Kleypas, and J.K.Rowling.

Gwen came out as a strong character throughout the book. Arthur was in my eyes a ‘gentleman’ with the way he treated Gwen and Lancelot was a …well he was big “?” Lancelot was the character who looked a little like this guy.

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And Arthur

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Gwen stole the show though. She was fierce, easily trusting and not dumb. Her and Arthur’s story was quite interesting. The book is isn’t dull. I knew since the start that it was the first part so there might be some things unexplained.

Editing

The editing was good, there were some mistakes (like punctuation) in the story but overall the story was meticulously edited.

Story

The story went slowly, it was lingering. There were some things that I think I didn’t need to know, like the conversations between characters. The story is set up in a different time zone and I liked that very much.

The best thing – The love triangle! The jealousy brewing!

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If you have read “All these things I’ve done”, you will see some points similar, for instance, the lack of real chocolates. The author is quite good with creating a new atmosphere, characters and above all plot.

Favourite character – Gwen

It is the first part and I am very excited about the second! Hoping to read it very soon!

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Rating – 4 stars

The book is a little lingering which is why I cut a star.

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Do I recommend this – HELL YEAH!

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Nishtha Singh

 

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW

Book Review

Received this book not long time back and today I felt like reading it. I decided to complete the book by this week but well, this story had its own thinking and I completed it today itself.

And here is my review,

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BLURB–

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The world seemed not enough for free spirited Renuka, when she married the highly educated Shashank hailing from the mightiest Zamindars of Bengal. However, soon her life turned upside down when a neighbor revealed her of their sinister past.

It’s a mysterious supernatural curse cast on their family almost a century back. Generation by generation, Damini’s enraged curse had passed on, declining their family clan from hundreds to a handful few. Who would be Damini’s next victim? And why innocent lives are at a stake for a crime committed by an ancestor a hundred years back? Renuka would not settle until she finds an answer and in her quest she struggles to eradicate all the evils that come in her way. Would she ever win a battle against an unseen enemy? Would the wrong done to Damini be ever avenged?

Set against the nostalgic era of 1940s, the story narrates the arduous journey of Renuka Pal, the protagonist, from a rash teen age freedom fighter to the seasoned writer of the 21st century India. In this thrilling saga of death, betrayal and power plays the narrative would cover a large chunk of twentieth century history. The passing of time, historical events and the changing country is so well-woven to the story that one would hardly differentiate between fact and fiction. 

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3rd and 4th February

3rd and 4th February

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REVIEW —

The Strive – An Endeavour to Change the World

by Saurish Hegde

 3.50  ·   Rating Details  ·  6 Ratings  ·  1 Review

Blurb

Nishanth Hegde, is an upcoming Oncologist in the city of Mangaluru. His father and his business partners own a successful hospital chain. Nishanth, whose ultimate aim in life of changing the world, gets the opportunity when his scientist friend Ramdas offers him an Experiment, an experiment which could potentially save the world from the deadliest viruses and give mind reading powers. This experiment was their path to greatness. Nishanth even finds true love in his girlfriend, Navya but things suddenly start going wrong when he receives a phone call from an unknown person who seeks to do the same experiment and needs Nishanth’s precious blood for it. Thus the events unfold. This makes Nishanth and Ramdas search for the person, their arch rivals Adishakthi and Dhanush being their prime suspects but this search leads to a mysterious turn of events with an epic conclusion which will shock you to the core.

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MY REVIEW –

Not the best, not bad.

This story is written by a twenty year old medical student and I guess whoever reads this book will figure that out by the second chapter.

The novel started with various promises, one of them being ‘a suspenseful read’. I didn’t find anything unpredictable in the book. I regret to say that the story really lacked thrill.

Let’s see the positive side of the story and the characters.

Nishanth (delete the n and you can form my name) Hegde (also the author’s Sir name) is a wonderful and benevolent human being. He is a 32 year old doctor who is always helping others whenever and however he could. I liked Nishanth, he really comes as a good and strong protagonist. He wants to help the cancer patients who can’t pay their medical bills and simultaneously, he is working with his scientist friend, Ramdas on an experiment that can save many human lives.

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So you understand, why I really like the lead in this story.

Freely we serve

Because we freely love, as in our will

To love or not; in this we stand

or fall.

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Then comes his love life. The author failed here. Navya, a clothing designer, loves him and he loves her just as much as the world loves water. What I didn’t get was why the first breakup happened? It was completely unnecessary and lingering. The novel was going fine till that part. The love scenes were awkward and fast. Instead of concentrating on Navya, knowing more about Dhanush and Kashyap would have been better.

Long story short, the protagonist is a doctor who is experimenting with Ramdas to make a medicine that can cure the deadliest diseases. Side by side, the protagonist falls in love with Navya. The experiment is done on him as his blood is immune. The bad guys want him. We don’t know who the bad guys are. He gets threat calls and he with his friend, Kashyap makes a plan which brings us slowly towards the end.

Rating3.5 stars. I know you people are thinking that why am I giving it a almost 4 star if the book is not up to the mark.

– I really read this book in one go, so yeah it is quite irresistible.

– The writing style is neither flat nor difficult.

– The lead of the story is very likeable. A specimen of a good caring human being.

– The story till 60% was definitely good.
– The problems with editing is not author’s fault. I will ask the author (through my review) to get the book proofread again (if he can). There are many spelling mistakes (which is again the editor’s fault)

– For a debut, it was applaudworthy.

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And its my brother's birthday. Love you bhai.

It’s our (reviewers) duty to write honest reviews and I definitely recommend it.

Happy Birthday to my Loving Brother! Bless you. Wish you healthy and peaceful years ahead.

Whenever I am upset, he tells me, ” Life isn’t over. What if you couldn’t do ‘that’? There is always something you can do, don’t ever let your past master your future.”

     

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God, Bless him with a really long and healthy life.

Till next blog, CIAO.

Nishtha Singh

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in 2016, 3.5 stars, debut, Giveaway