Book Review: And… They Fell In Love! by Vikas Singal

This is a perfect read to get rid of Monday Blues or Frustrating Fridays.

The Blurb:

These are three short stories or rather scenes where two people meet, know each other a bit and then start a journey together. These short stories do not end; they are the beginning of their love life.

Several times, you wonder, why two people meet for the first time and they feel that their soul search has ended. These stories are written for the people who believe in “someone somewhere is made for you.

Excerpt:

Rajveer was, above all else, a man of tradition. That was how he’d been raised by his orthodox parents. And tradition dictated that his parents would arrange his marriage now that he had reached twenty-nine. Everything had been set up for some time, now all there was left to do; was meet with his future bride.

Her name was Priya and, from what his mother had told him, she was supposedly a nice young woman of twenty-five. While he trusted his mother’s judgment, he couldn’t help but have his doubts born from lack of knowledge. Other than a photo he’d been shown and his parents’ approval, he didn’t know anything else about her.

My Review:

After reading a lot of short stories in the recent past, the thought of reviewing a short story book pushed me back foot in picking up this book for reading. And when I did, very soon, the view changed. The characters started living with me, and within 4000 words Vikas Singal managed to impress me. So here is a confession to make. I fell in love with your writing to an extent to ask you: why did you write very little – only three short stories – not at all fair. Next time, write a book of more than 40,000 words as a gift to me.

For sure, the blurb says what is the book about, so I’m not going to add more. Instead I suggest reading the book and enjoying his work.

The negative points are: paragraph alignment, improper formatting, very less stories (only three). I felt that it could have been done better.

To me, Vikas has done a decent job, and I would like to give the book a three-star rating. (For the book, not for the stories… For the stories, I’ll give FIVE STARS).

Rating:
Blurb: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Excerpts: 3/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3.4/5

Book Details:
Title: And… They Fell In Love!
Author: Vikas Singal
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Type: eBook
Publisher: Amazon
Language: English
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 61 Rs.

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Three scenes that you will remember forever! This book, And they fell in love, is a decent collection of three short stories rather three scenes that will live with you forever. A ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, A Decent Attempt by a Debut Author, Recommended for all the Romantic Hearts!

This book was given to me for review by Vikas Singal. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a three-star rating on Goodreads and Amazon, as I felt, nothing less than that would be fair.

Book Preview: And… They Fell In Love! by Vikas Singal

Presenting And… They fell in LOVE! by Vikas Singal.

The Blurb:

These are three short stories or rather scenes where two people meet, know each other a bit and then start a journey together. These short stories do not end; they are the beginning of their love life.

Several times, you wonder, why two people meet for the first time and they feel that their soul search has ended. These stories are written for the people who believe in “someone somewhere is made for you.

Excerpt:

Rajveer was, above all else, a man of tradition. That was how he’d been raised by his orthodox parents. And tradition dictated that his parents would arrange his marriage now that he had reached twenty-nine. Everything had been set up for some time, now all there was left to do; was meet with his future bride.

Her name was Priya and, from what his mother had told him, she was supposedly a nice young woman of twenty-five. While he trusted his mother’s judgment, he couldn’t help but have his doubts born from lack of knowledge. Other than a photo he’d been shown and his parents’ approval, he didn’t know anything else about her.

About the Author:

Vikas Singal is the Co-Founder Director of Ribbun Software Pvt Ltd (www.ribbun.com). He is a Mechanical Engineer working in a software company. He has been writing various short stories in various ways and an active blogger at http://blog.ribbun.com.

Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vikassingalreal and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vikassingal

Rating Preview:
Blurb: 4.5/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Excerpts: 4.5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Preview Rating: 4.7/5

Book Details:
Title: And… They Fell In Love!
Author: Vikas Singal
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Type: eBook
Publisher: Amazon
Language: English
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 61 Rs.

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Vikas Singal is a wonderful blogger. This is the first time, I’m going to read his published work. I’m pretty much excited about it. I wish this book touches my heart!

This is a book preview. The opinions expressed here are my own and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have received the review copy. I will post my review in fifteen days. Stay glued.

Book Review: Sorry… Again? by Amit Singh

This is a fantastic evening read!

I believe, there are only a few things in this universe which God creates himself, for everything else he recruited management trainees. While I was an abhorrent work of an inexperienced yet overburdened trainee, I was watching at one of the God’s own creation, even God must have felt proud of her beauty after creating her.’ – Amit Singh, Sorry…Again?

Can you beat this phrase while appreciating a woman’s beauty? Sorry…Again? is a romantic thriller written by Amit Singh with a gripping story-line.

The Blurb:

Sid is the inevitable effect of what a small town upbringing brings to the city life. A self-confessed “unromantic”, somewhere in his simple exterior lies a weak preacher, whose yardsticks of life change radically when the unpredictability of life starts experimenting with him. Anushka, armed with her unselfconscious beauty and poisons imbued into her life, has declared war on the world of men from a young age.

Their romance, even after her protest, is ignited by a train robbery that becomes unforgettable for reasons other than the robbery, catches the warmth because of an adolescent romance that reaches consummation, but remains within the periphery because of a live-in relationship that is on the verge of break-up.

They fall in love, but somebody is not happy with their relationship. Sid is threatened. Will he rise above his fear this time?

My Review:

Having read Amit Singh’s interesting tales on his blog, I read this book with a lot of expectation, and I must say that he did a wonderful job in this book. The story opens at an unearthly hour of 3 a.m. Sid locks the main door of his flat in Kolkata, where he spent most of the part of his life, moves to Bangalore. For a moment he looks at the opposite door hoping she (Madhumita) would open the door and come rushing him, but she did not. He gets into the cab. His transfer to Bangalore means, his designation “Sales Manager” gets added with a new word “Area”, he could meet his best friend Aakash, and above all, he can bring out the “Old Sid”. Sid and Aakash, like before, they had fun in Aakash’s apartment, at the cost of his live-in relationship with Neha. Sid meets the mystery girl Mallika again in a food court. The story then moves into Sid’s past, on how he met the most beautiful God’s creation in a train journey, the haunting memories of the journey to Delhi, and the eyes that always puzzled him. Sid also realises the hindrance he brought in his friend love life, and does the repair work, which brought him close to the mystery girl Mallika. Nope. Anushka. Will he express his love to her, despite threatens he received from an unknown retired army man. Or his visit to Kolkata in search of the army man at the cost of his career helped him to settle the scores? What happened to Madhumita? Did he purge his sins?

Unfold the answers by reading this book. My verdict is…It was a great read! Unlike other fiction novels, this had a real life touch to it, which kept me engrossed. The plot is very well woven and presented well. The only negative point, which I felt while reading the book, was too many sub-plots to decipher. And at a point of time, I felt when this is going to end, but then the author brought back Madhumita’s episode again and did justice to it. Overall, I liked the book except for the cover. 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. I give this book a four-star rating.

Overall Rating:
Plots: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Twists: 4/5
Book Cover: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5

Book Details:
Title: Sorry…Again?
Author: Amit Singh
Genre: Romance
Type: Kindle Edition
Pages: 202
ASIN: B00JJH6Z9K
Publisher: Self-published via Amazon
Price: 69 Rs.

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

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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This book was given to me for review by C Suresh and 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 and Amazon as I felt, nothing less than that would be fair.