Book review of Fierce Kingdom by Gin Philips

First of all, I would like to thank Penguin Random House Canada for sending me this beautiful book Fierce Kingdom by Gin Philips along with a surprise gift for the review. When I got this book, I was stuck with my final exams but now I am can’t wait to write about it. I finished this book in two days and it was a great experience reading this book.

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The cover of the book is fantastic and the horses in the picture have unique significance but it reminds us of a circus scenario or some show. The color scheme is black and red which is appreciable.

The title Fierce Kingdom is an appropriate title as it matches the internal theme.

An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him.

The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running.

Joan’s intimate knowledge of her son and of the zoo itself—the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines—is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger

The story revolves around the mother who tries her best to protect her son. A beautiful bond between son and the mother. It reminds us of Oedipus Complex where sons are attracted towards their mothers.

The crisp writing style of the author makes the book worth readeable. The third person narrative and descriptive writing makes it poignant. I really loved the way the author has portrayed the emotions of mother and the son. This book is a must read.

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Spotlight of Doppleganger by Prateeek Yadav

 

THE DOPPELGANGER
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Prateek Yadav
 
 
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The perfect plan for the perfect heist-a team of con-men, foolproof disguise and a painting worth millions, nothing could have gone wrong. But something did… A man fnds himself on a bus to Manali with nothing but some cash and severe memory loss . Embarking on a frantic hunt for his identity, he begins to discover that his presence in Manali isn’t an accident. The closer he gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes. Ghosts from his past haunt him as he finds himself trapped between his doppelganger, the police, a sadistic gangster and his own dwindling sanity. The journey of the search for his identity ends up being a race for survival.
 
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A Heartwarming Session with Sameer Kumar

Hello lovelies,

It is been a while since I updated any interview. So, here it is.. Today I am interviewing Sameer Kumar, the author of The Origin of Martin Krooger. Lets get connected :

When did writing entered your life?

It entered in class 5 when I wrote a small story and showed it to a friend. She said its very bad.That increased my determination to write something worthwhile.

What all struggles you faced while writing The Origin of Martin Krooger?

I was poor at english so I never had faith on my work. Additionally ,  I have never read a novel so did not know what a novel demands. Study was the first priority at home so got very less time to write. People laughed that I thought of becoming an engineer but became a writer. Apparently , Job matters more than these in the social world.

From where you got the idea of Martin Krooger?

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When I used to study in school ,  pogo channel aired children movies . Also cartoon network aired many movies. We as children were given to watch tv only while we ate. So after the food,  I was left to imagine the later phase of cartoon. Then I thought why not to write one and martin Krooger took birth.

It is not a cake walk to find a publisher? How you landed up with Half Baked Beans?

Honestly , I did not expect any publisher liking my work because of the genre. Its fantasy. There are very fewFantasy publishers in India. I sent my piece to all publishers but with failure. Then through Facebook, I came across Their Ad and the rest is history.

How was your experience with Half Baked Beans? What have you learnt from them?

The world is cruel for first time authors. Hbb made my first step very smooth and gave me chance to learn all that was Needed to get into the market.

Is there any genre which you haven’t tried, but want to? Why you want to try that genre?

This novel is a culmination of romance , thrill,  SciFi and fantasy. I would love to write a detective piece because I feel deeply involved in a good detective story.

How did your audience took your book?

So far I am honoured with the response. I still remember my first reviewer was Sarath Babu. I was so scared that day because it was the first time someone was critically examining my piece. When he gave me a 5 star I was like , did he give a 5 star to me. Literally, I celebrated that day with chicken dun biryani and a coke.

Where do you see yourself in next 5 years?

I won’t lie but surely a bench mark maker. I have tried a western fantasy in india. I know it will rock. If 5 years given to me well I will have a name which debutant authors will look up to.

How far you agree to this that role models are important in life? Do you have any role model?

I agree and disagree.  I have no role model in writing. I have never read any piece. Most of my works are like movies because I have watched many . My role models are my life,  my father,  mother, my love, and M. S. DHONI.

Any special message for the readers?

My message is simple and clear. 90%of people will laugh at you. They have been sent on earth to laugh at others and they are doing their job with utmost respect. You have been sent o earth to live ur dreams. Are you following ur dream with Utmost respect ?

Author’s Bio

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My name is Sameer Kumar. I am manager at Tata Steel from 8 am to 6 pm and then I am an author. I have done Mechanical engineering from Bit Sindri. I did my schooling at The Pentecostal Assembly School. My hobbies are to watch movies,  eat and make new friends. My favorite films are The wolf of wall street and YES man. These movies Have really shaped my life. I love to appreciate live. Its just one but we don’t understand it.My aim to be famous so that when I walk on street people ask me for selfies. Well,  I know that’s premature for a writer But it’s the child inside me that wants this and I want to keep him alive. I love spending time with my family because That’s a God gift.Last but not the least I love living.

P.S – Review of The Origin of Martin Krooger- https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/book-review-of-the-origin-of-martin-krooger/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review of State V/S Amrit Kumar

State vs Amrit Kumar by Dr. Govind Sharma is a story of a police officer Amrit Kumar who is held responsible for a crime. He has been honest throughout the years of his service. He has been framed by the corrupt people. Will lawyer Sukumar be successful in helping Amrit Kumar win this battle that life has thrown against him?
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The cover and the title seems perfect and complimentary to each other. The title perfectly justifies the story whereas the ouer appearance of a police officer and a lawyer adds soul to it.
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Amrit is an honest and aggressive police officer who is driven by a desire to rid society of criminals. His virtuous campaign is impeded when he is charged with the murder of a man he tried to arrest. Harvard-educated lawyer Sukumar pleads Amrit’s bail, and learns interesting details about Amrit’s family and friends. He also contests Amrit’s friend Ajay’s case, and here an abundance of wealth works like a poison in the absence of values. 
Set in the fictional town of Rajapur, the novel tells the story of two generations from 1990 to 2016. There are situations where villains disguise themselves as innocent individuals to take advantage of the unsuspecting nature of credulous people. Advocate Sukumar frequently quotes from Hitopadesh to emphasize the importance of being careful to avoid being deceived by the wolves in sheep’s clothing. Will he be able to swing a verdict in Amrit’s favor? 
The novel also raises an important issue on the accountability of the police. Are honest police officers justified in overstepping the boundaries of the law for good reasons? 
The plot is neatly woven. The story revolves around a police officer Amrit Kumar who is held reponsible for a crime. He has been loyal throughout the year. Will Lawyer Sukumar save him?
The author has taken the risk of multiple point of views and multiple characters. If any of these fails to touch the hearts of the readers, it is a flop show for the author but luckily, both these risks have been proven right. The characters help in the plot construction. Further, The multiple views can be seen in different set of stories. It is amazing to see that all these separate stories look incompletely complete. This is because when they all get merged and meet together it sounds as if a territory is meeting the main river. It is quite relatable.
The themes of love, relationships, friendships, corruption can be noticed. It aches my heart to see how can corruption and greed  of a person can change him so much.
The style of writing of the author is languid. it has alacarity in it. The way the quotes from Hitopadesh have been quoted makes it stand out. The fictional town makes it a regional novel. Further, the multiple point of views, apt mystery and suspense makes it loveable. It you are looking for a crime related novel then grab this book surely.

Book Review of The Origin of Martin Krooger

The Origin of Martin Krooger by Sameer Kumar is a fantasy. When it comes these type of genres, everything happens in an imaginary form. It is far away from reality. The way the author has imbibed the vibes of curiosity is remarkable.

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The cover of the book gives us a vibe of game where God versus Evil is there or a ghost story but when you flip the pages, the story is different. Thats the magic of the cover.

The title is intriguing and quickly draws our attention. We want to know more about this Origin of Martin Krooger. And the question arises, Whose this Mr. Krooger? When the word origin comes, it means it is the beginning of something or a beginning of a new ideology.

In the land of Gods, the arrival of a vigilante stormed the silence. He was brutally used and harassed by Gods. His emotions and sentiments were toyed with. The most powerful god, Agusthus, feels crippled before him. He targets everyone responsible for his state. He drains Agusthus by slaughtering his son. He exhausts Moira, daughter of Agusthus, by killing her brother before her eyes. He breaks Castle Gray, the only one capable of stopping him, by cursing his love into a cold bloodless stone. He weakens the powerful Queen Iris, Gray’s mother, and enslaves her husband. He certainly has no opponent. However, no one targets him. He is so silent and precise that no one buys the fact that the vigilante, who was cursed and killed long ago, is somehow back. Hence, the time waits for the birth of the last hope left to save the world from the wrath of the demon. Time waits for ‘Martin Krooger.’

The plot is beautifully woven and one can feel that the author has tried his best to fanatsize about the scenario. This is a roller coaster ride of events and the author keeps you hooked till the end. It seems as if you are watching a thriller movie. I am reminded of Harry Potter movies and some more thrillers. It seems as if its a game sometimes. So, a reader is full of pictorial representations in his head which is an achievement for the author.

The characterisation is the key role of a novel. Sameer’s characters surely do justice to his plot construction. The way the tension is built, the events take place and the characters being the mouthpieces of the author makes it lovable. Even the villain sound realistic though its a fantasy. My favourites were Martin Krooger, Agusthus, and the female characters too. Some were flat while some were round and it maintained a balance.

The style of writing is simple. I loved the philosophical element in the book the most. Further, the descriptions were just apt while the narratives were impressive. The poetic element has been phenomenal. Some found it a hinderance but it was an icing on the cake for me. A few days back I was asking for suggestions but I didn’t knew I would end up reading a fantasy and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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About the AUthor

Sameer Kumar is a mechanical engineer from B.I.T Sindri.He works at Tata Steel as a management trainee .It took him nearly nine years to research and complete this book .Being a motivational speaker ,he works silently for the betterment of the society .He is a tech savvy and loves to make gadgets with his friends

 

Book Review of Riots of Love

Riots of Love or Mohabbat Ke Dange by Shikha Kaul is a revolutionary thriller. This is her third book and those who have read her other two books can make out the difference. The author sees to experiment alot with the genres and concepts. This book is exceptional and with such type of stories, you are at loss of words.

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The cover of the book surely grabs your attention and it makes you think that it is related to border as we see a line and this reminds us of Hindustan Pakistan Border line. But the story has something else in store for us but this cover arise the hunger to read the book soon.

The title is just marvalous and it is related to a campaign. The author seems to have been inspired by that. The story revolves around the title and it justifies the theme of the story. The interesting fact about the title is its hindi title. Mohabbat Ke Dange has its own essence and it turned out to be a blessing for the book.

Avi Shandilya claims to have killed the young children of four very influential men of India belonging to four different religions and bearing the extremist ideologies. Aatif Khan, one of the top Film stars in Bollywood Saahitya Nath, a strong politician and the leader of a Hindu group Andrew James, a renowned anchor on a leading news channel Jaswant Singh, a top politician in Punjab standing for next elections The world is shocked to see such ghastly and cowardly act by the man who founded ‘Mohabbat Ke Dange (Riots of Love)’, a campaign that stands for unity, peace, communal harmony and humanity. Will the fathers of the dead children take revenge or are there more mysteries left to be unfolded? Will Avi’s supporters stand by him after his inhumane crime? A gripping tale of patriotism and thrill that will give you chills and force you to think and discover the concealed version of everything that goes around. 

The plot is neatly woven and this book shows a thorough research. It might look controversial but it is not. It is just a simple thought which is delineated beautifully through various characters.

The characters are lively and fantastic. Avi Shandilya is a motivational character who not only motivates the other characters but also the readers. Aatif Khan, Andrew James, Jaswant Singh, Saahitya Nath plays a significant role and their children brings a ray of hope and revolution.

This is not only a patriotic thriller but has traces of social novel in it which further has elements of suspense, mystery in it. The concept of flashbacks, stream of consciousness, point of views makes it enteratining. We can also notice wit, humour in it. This book also focus on real life events which have brought a tremendous change in the society.

I am much familiar to the style of writing of Shikha Kaul. She uses simple yet powerful language and can lure you with her thoughts. For a moment you can even picturise the whol novel in your mind. At the same time, it keeps you in deep thoughts and when your guesses are proved wrong, thats the time where the author wins our hearts. As mentioned, this book is in process of movie making and no doubt, it surely deserves it. The twist and turns are the key features along with the sarcasm and witty dialogues used in it. This book is a must read book and I am glad that I picked up this book.

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About the Author

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There are a few authors in India who do not fear to take the upstream path and experiment with genres rarely touched by the regular writers. Shikha Khanduja Kaul has carved a niche for herself in a span of less than two years since she entered the world of literature. Dedicated to her passion for writing and exploring fresh ideas in fiction with every new work, she has already penned down four books that cover a romantic fiction – ‘Hidden Husband’, a murder mystery – ‘DNA-Dad’s Not Adopted’, a patriotic thriller – ‘Riots of Love (Mohabbat Ke Dange)’, and a yet to be published psychological romantic thriller.

P.S Also read book review of DNA- https://captivatingmode.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/book-review-of-dna-dads-not-adopted/

 

 

Pre release Review of The Alphabet Killer

The Alphabet Killer by Prachi Sharma is a psychological crime thriller. This book can be classified under some more genres like feminist piece of writing, social novel, crime thriller, detective novel.The book is a page turner and it binds you till the end. One can fall in the love with the way the author has played with the minds of the readers.

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The cover is simple and I feel the author focussed more in telling the story but the people who judge the cover might not love it. Still, I wanted to read the book and I didn’t judge the cover at all.

The Alphabet Killer is the title which surely grabs our attention. A feeling of curiosity arises in our minds as we  want to know whether its some serial killer series or something else.

The city of Mumbai goes past, cold, impersonal, self-absorbed. A killer waits in the shadows, anticipating his prey. Mia Santos is a successful author, feminist and Chief Editor of the Mumbai chapter an international feminist magazine. Someone is raping and killing the women she works with, one by one, and carving out the initials A.B onto their foreheads. The media gives him the moniker ‘The Alphabet Killer’ Mia’s getting taunted and tormented by someone who claims to be the killer. She’s the only one who knows what the initials mean, and the killer’s end game. The same is suspected by CID Inspector Damien De Silva, who’s investigating the killings. Even as he tries to work with Mia, he starts getting attached to her. What is that horrible past which Mia’s worked so hard to bury? Why is the killer so adamant to unravel this past? Will Mia reciprocate Damien’s feelings? Will they be able to work together and find the killer before he executes his horrifying climax?

The plot construction is the strongest section I came across and it kept me glued till the end. The author has concocted her story around Mia Santos, who happens to be a renowned author, feminist and Chief Editor of an International Feminist Magazine. Life takes a turn when her collegues are murdered. There comes CID Inspector Damien De Silva who investigates the case. This is a story of past which was buried but came into being through mysterious murders. Along with this we get to see a love hate relationship between Mia and Damien De Silva.

The characters are simply amazing. Mia and Damien are my all time favourites. Mia is beautiful and a hard core feminist who knows how to handle the things even in worst scenarios. She doesn’t lose her patience easily and is a stable person. But the situations that happen infront of her can make anyone unstable and heart broken.

Damien De Silva is a true officer who could go to any extend to solve the case. He is handsome, intelligent, witty and smart at the same time. He feels attracted towards Mia and tries hard to control his attraction towards her but fails to do so.

The writing style is the second best element in the book. The author uses present as well as flashbacks in the end book. The book is written from Mia and Damien’s point of view. The narrative style is exceptional while the descriptions and criminological terms used adds flavour to it. We also come across philosophical elements and stream of consciousness techniques. One can instantly fall in the love with story. So, I would suggest the thriller lovers to grab this book if you want more of drama, suspense and mystery.

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