Giveaway: Seasons of Love – Edited by Heena Priya, Gaurav Mishra andShweta Kesari

About the Book:

Love is only a word until someone comes along and give it a meaning. In our life, love is never planned, nor does it happen for a reason. It is a beautiful feeling, where one starts losing oneself for the other one. It is that moment which involves the passion of someone else in its dream. It is a beautiful feeling but truly felt only by few.

“Seasons of Love…” is an anthology of 20 different love stories by 20 generous writers, with expresses love in its own unique way with a mix blend of love saga. Some of them will teach you the real meaning and essence of love while some of them will make you feel the same way you’re feeling for someone special and in this seasons of love many of them will make you fall in love.

Selected and edited by Heena Priya, Gaurav Mishra and Shweta Kesari, this seasons of love 20 love stories from authors across the country, will be delighting the readers and make them fall in love.

Authors:

Heena Priya (Editor), Gaurav Mishra (Editor), Shweta Kesari (Editor), Vivek Banerjee, Neelam Chandra Saxena, Mihir Shah, Shiv Pratap Mani Tiwari, Shradha Nanchahil , Anshuma Sharma, Saravana Kumar Murugan, Divya Kumar Garg, Aman Jakhar, Raghu Ravi, Indrajit Rai, Supratim Ghosh Dastidar, Shreyasi Phukon, Harsh Hari Ginodia, Surbhi Thukral, Sneha Patra, Subhash Chandra, Sufia Khatoon, Neha Krishna and Paru Rastogi.

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Book Review: Sirens Spell Danger by C Suresh, Radha S, and Karthik L

This is what you call a best-selling book!

Sirens Spell Danger

Sirens Spell Danger is a fantastic collection of three novellas by three wonderful authors under one common theme – crime thriller. Having read them previously on their wonderful blogs, I expected a lot from them, and I must say that they have done a splendiferous job!

I cannot actually call this a review, but then this is my observation and thoughts on the book. The first thing I notice is the cover of the book, and I felt that it could have been done better, but then that doesn’t take away any of the accolades, I have to give to this fantabulous book.

Femme Fatale” by C Suresh, is the story of Vicky, to be an IPS officer, celebrates the special moment of his life in a bar alone, and is lured by a sexy siren, Tanya, which leads him into so much danger. Will he survive and save Bangalore? Or be betrayed again by Tanya who tries to help him to get out of the mess? The plot is very well woven and presented well with subtle humour. I give this story a five-star rating.

Bella Donna” by Radha S, is the story of a serial killer in the city, leaving laminated paper carrying a picture of ‘Atropos’ around the bodies. Inspector Shardul Reham investigates the case using the picture. Will he find the killer? Or the killer succeeds? The story is fast-paced, well-plotted thriller with the best use of the unique term – ‘Atropos’ In fact, this is my personal favourite. I give this story a five-star rating.

Bellary” by Karthik, is the story of Jay, an officer sent to Bellary to investigate a matter of national interest. Will Jay be killed by Raju for Balla? The plot is mythical, slow, and well plotted; with the addition of supernatural elements, that transforms the story to a different level. I give this story a five-star rating.

I liked all the three stories. I am nobody to comment on the writing skills. Overall, all the three has made a fantastic debut, so do check this book out.

Overall Rating:
Plots: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Twists: 5/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: Sirens Spell Danger
Authors: C Suresh, Radha S, Karthik L
Genre: Thriller
Type: Kindle Edition
Pages: 211
ASIN: B00HBJ5TMM
Publisher: Self-published via Amazon
Price: 99

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Giveaway: Uff Ye Emotions 2 – Edited by Vinit K. Bansal

About the Book:

Like the lyrics of an old song, which keeps repeating themselves in our mind or a fever dormant in the blood or an importunate lover impossible to get rid of, the memories of love or ‘love’ itself keeps returning in our lives again and again at the oddest of times and the strangest of places.

Randomly, beautifully, haphazardly or passionately, love lives up again—for it has been waiting for you, waiting for this union, waiting to merge with YOU at last.

So, keeping the trend alive and after the roaring success of our novice, Uff Ye Emotions, we are back once again with Uff Ye Emotions-2.

With Love, comes many emotions—some of them being pain, betrayal, hatred, hope and friendship. We fall IN and OUT of love time and again, but we can never be tired of it—because it is one of the only few aspects of life we can’t keep ourselves away from, isn’t it?

Selected and edited by Vinit K. Bansal, this time again 11 touching stories from authors across the country, will be delighting the readers who swear by love stories. And for those who don’t read love stories much, come and discover why they are so engrossing.

Authors:

Vinit K. Bansal, Mahi Singla, Kunal Marathe, Shalini Katyal, Udita Pal, Himanshu Appie Chhabra, Siddhartha Yadav, Heema Shirvaikar, Ishani Malhotra, Saravana Kumar Murugan, Tarang Singha, Meghant Parmar, and Heena Ahuja

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Book Review: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

This is surely a love story to end all love stories!

“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul and to me, this has always been enough…” – Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook!

What a beautiful quote to start the novel! The Notebook is a romantic novel that tells a story of young love. Noah and Allie, live in the author’s words. Being a fan of Mr Sparks writing, this novel is just a splendiferous piece. It’s just un-put-down-able!

I am a keen observer. The first thing I notice is the cover of the book, and it certainly has an amazing cover that of the movie – splendiferous in all ways!

The Blurb:

Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.

Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever.

My Review:

The Notebook is a story of young love. Noah and Allie, fall for each other one summer, in a most beautiful way, and on one evening they make love to each other in a plantation home that of Noah’s, but then they come from different worlds where their love is forbidden.

Noah, a rural Southerner, joins Gus to fight in Second World War, where Gus passes away. After returning from Second World War, Noah is restoring his plantation home. After a 14-year separation, Allie sees the newspaper ad of a young man (Noah) with a house for sale. She visits him, which surprised Noah and they spend a couple of days together, and the recreated the magic they had between them 14 years ago. Allie decides to leave, as she was engaged to Lon. Standing in the crossroads of life, Allie makes her best choice.

The book is a written in a way that an old man reads The Notebook to a patient who is suffering my Alzheimer’s disease. In a way, the old man tries to defeat the disease by love. Will he succeed? Will Noah and Allie marry?

Read a classic tale of love, love lost and regained after many years, and is a truly romantic story. If you are a person with romantic heart, then this is a must read for you!

Overall Rating:
Plot: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Twists: 5/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Book Details:
Title: The Notebook
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Genre: Romance
Type: Paperback
Pages: 214
ISBN: 0553816713
ISBN13: 9780553816716
Publisher: BANTAM

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This book was purchased by me. This is not a paid review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads as I felt, nothing less than that would be fair.