Book Review: Lemon Girl by Jyoti Arora

This book is a bold read!

The Blurb:

‘It’s all your fault.’

Mere words these are.

“But words can possess a shadow invincible enough to rob even a soul of its eternity.”

In a society that finds it easier to mark sins of a victim than the culprit, Nirvi is a young girl punishing herself for the faults she did not do and avenging her hurts by defeating her own truth.

She is scared of her future, and ashamed of her past. She is failing herself, and knows it. She has had a long line of boyfriends, and hated them all. She detests the guy she is living with, runs away from the one she loves , and seduces the one who can never love her.

When Arsh first sees Nirvi, she’s a free and frank girl in whose eyes sparkle the lemony zest of life. The next time he sees her, she is a voiceless doll draped in clothes that cover her body less and shroud her soul more. And Arsh can’t rest till he finds out what made Nirvi give up her own real self.

Nirvi knows she is dragging herself on a path from which there can be no recovery. Can her spirit survive the treacherous downfall? Or is the pull of fear and push of desperation just too strong to withstand for a girl who believes she has “nowhere else to go” but down.

“When it’s time for you to fall in love, even a lemon can become the cause of it,” says Arsh.

But can love survive, when even the self love dies?

Can love survive when respect is no more?

Does true love have the power to revive a dying soul?

Find out in the pages of this brilliantly woven, intense, heart-warming and thought-provoking saga of RISING IN LOVE…

Excerpt:

Though I do believe that target was Kusum, yet the alarm that I rang out was,’Hey, Lemon Girl, watch out!’

The cyclist came up on them just as she swung around towards me. As she swung, her bag of lemons swung along as well and banged into the cyclist. His grin turned into a cry and he sped down to taste dirt. That was good. Fit place for him.
But down too went the lemons as the bag burst and spilled its contents on the road.

For a moment, I was worried about the cyclist, fearing she might get in her head to stamp her foot on his face for trying to collide into her friend. But instead, she whirled up to me.

‘What did you call me?’ she asked.
‘Lemon Girl.’ I should not have grinned as I said that, but some things just can’t be helped.
‘Do I look like a lemon to you?’ she asked.
I looked at her bright lemony tunic and grinned again. Yes, I can go totally out of my head sometimes, grinning at most inappropriate times. That happened to be one of the worst of them.

Her eyes opened wide and glared at me. She probably wanted me to cower down with fear at that glaring look. But that is never my way of dealing with a glare, stare, frown or scowl. Besides, I had lost myself in marvelling at her eyes. I still
wonder if that was because they were big, beautiful and had long eye lashes, or because of the laughter that twinkled in them even when they frowned. Whatever it was, I only know that as they stared at me, I stared back.

‘How dare you stare at me and grin like that?’ she asked.

About the Author:

Jyoti Arora is a Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology. Her writing achievements include two novels, three blogs, several wins in national level blog competitions, over five years of freelance writing experience, developing books for kids and abridging 24 famous English novels like Jane Eyre, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn etc.

Jyoti started her professional life as an English tutor. After that, she worked for several years as a freelance writer and content developer. Her work as a freelance writer ranged from beginning level books for kids to re-writing Bollywood based non-fiction and spiritual non-fiction. During her years as a freelance writer, she was engaged with two publishers on long-term projects to abridge English classics. In all, she has abridged more than 30 books.

Jyoti feels that working with English classics has influenced her own writing too. In fact, some reviewers of her first novel also noted the impact of English classics in her tone of writing and mastery of language.

Jyoti’s first novel, Dream’s Sake, was published in 2011 by V&S Publishers. It received great reviews and much appreciation from readers.

She chose to self publish her second novel Lemon Girl as the theme of the book gave her an urgency to see the book published as soon as possible. And also, the advancing reach of the ebooks and retail websites gave her the confidence to take this bold step.

Besides, Jyoti loves technology and couldn’t help but try out this new road of publishing where writers were intended to use wheels of technology to propel themselves forward.

Books have always been Jyoti’s best friends. In fact, books so fascinated her from early childhood that she learnt reading, by herself, even before she started going to school. And she considers herself most fortunate that she is able to pursue her dream of being a novelist and work at what she loves best.

However, if books are Jyoti’s first love, and she’s still very devoted to them, the thrilling and steadily advancing world of technology also fascinates her. As a result, one of Jyoti’s blogs is a technological blog called Techn0Treats. In 2011, a post in this blog won her the title of Samsung Mobiler when Samsung made her a part of the team of twenty bloggers chosen from all over India through a blogging competition. In this team of twenty bloggers, she was the only woman and perhaps the only one who had studied literature instead of science. As a Samsung Mobiler, Jyoti acted as the promoter and ambassador of Samsung through her blog.

Jyoti is a patient of Thalassemia Major which forced her to stop going to school after class seventh. After that, she continued her studies on her own through correspondence courses. She completed her Board level examination from the Patrachaar Vidyalaya, CBSE. After that she did English (Hons.) from Delhi University. Post that, she went on to do post-graduation in English Literature, and also in Applied Psychology from Annamalai University.

Jyoti Arora is currently living in Ghaziabad, India.

Her zest to overcome her medical problems and zeal to achieve success keeps her striving on with her endeavors to make her dreams come true.

My Review:

How can I start this review without praising the author for voicing out against rape and penning down a book that portrays the various faces of society?

Congratulations Jyoti Arora! You have a done a good job! Stay blessed!

The reader’s heart…
The author started the book sinking into the past of the “Lemon Girl”. It sounded so good, to be true. The conversations between Arsh and Nirvi was cute. I loved it so much, but what followed was an unexpected twist at the beginning. Seriously, I was not ready for the twist at such an early stage. It excited me within to read further. I made my mind that it was not going to be a triangular love story, but it turn out to be something else. The image of the “Lemon Girl” got tarnished when I came to know about her relationships. It got me hooked up to the story to know what exactly happened to the “Lemon Girl”. At the start the turn of events sounded okay, but as I progressed, I felt the story was dragged without any reason, and at times, I felt the “six months later” tag was unacceptable. Practically impossible, at least for me, if I was put into such situations. Then came an unexpected twist, most awaited answer from Nirvi, which ignited the reader inside me and made the story glow better. The second set back in the story was unwanted abusing of characters, improper settings and a twist for good at Chapter No. 27. That’s the point I fell in love with the story and “Lemon Girl”. And what followed, was an awesome read!

What I liked?
“Lemon Girl”, the characterisation of Giri, the settings, the final twist.

What I disliked?
Did you feel that I used “Lemon Girl” more than any other words in this review? I felt the same while reading the book.

The chapters between 17 and 27. It could had been better than just bitter experience.

Why should one read this book?
This book, for sure, will tempt the readers and will keep you hooked till the end except for a few chapters in the middle. I must also say the author will make you say “Well, it’s a good read!”, when you reach the last page.

Stars…
It could have been done better, but then that does not take away any of the accolades, I have to give to this awesome book. I give this book a four-star rating.

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

Book Details:
Title: Lemon Girl
Author: Jyoti Arora
Genre: Feminist Fiction
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Self
Language: English
Pages: 170
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 255 Rs.

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“Lemon Girl” is a bold attempt by the author. This book, is full of twist and turns, and at the end, will make you say, “That’s a good read!” A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, A Bold Attempt by the Author, Highly Recommended for all, No Second Thoughts!

This eBook was given to me in exchange for an honest 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 FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

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.