You came like hope by Jyoti Arora: Book Review

Book: You came like hope

Author: Jyoti Arora

Book type: Fiction

Price: ₹235/-, paperback

Number of pages: EBook, 228

About the book:

Peehu:

“I heard them mourn my death. I lay in the next room. Motionless, silent, and staring at the ceiling.”

Adih:

“When it comes to a broken person, some of them are expert at blinding you. Spend an entire evening with such a person, but you may still not know how he is crushing inside.”

Uday:

“Who would say no to him? He is smart, intelligent, super handsome, rich, suave and sophisticated. He’s perfect!”

Pooja:

“Pooja gave no explanation. She asked no forgiveness. She just arrived in his home, resenting him for being her husband.”

Arunav:

“He had smiled as if nothing was wrong.

He had behaved as if he still had his dreams and hopes.

He had pretended as if it didn’t hurt.

But it did.”

Does Destiny hold the key to our happiness?

Is it always the feeble that is the victim?

Love can be the embrace of heaven. But what happens when it unleashes hellfire?

Lose yourself in the intense narrative of You Came Like Hope as it unleashes a rollercoaster of emotions, uncovers some bitter truths, challenges widespread prejudices, and forces you to reconsider your beliefs.

My Review:

I feel that the story line is quite interesting with twin sisters in the lead. The character of Adih is adorable and every girl would love to have a partner like him. I feel the book conveys a very strong message.

“Circumstances can bring out the best and the worst in a person.”

Blaming the circumstances, luck and the Almighty is very easy and convenient, but, taking charge of the situation and fighting against the odds, is what makes a winner. Peehu always kept on cribbing about her luck and the circumstances. The same unfortunate circumstances lead her to transform into a confident person.

True love always triumphs and everyone loves that. Adjustments in love don’t work and cannot thrive for long. Same happened with Peehu and Uday. I really like happy endings and here also everything fell into its right place at the end. Everything in the book is good, the story, the flow and the characters. Still, I disliked two things in the book. Firstly, in the beginning I was very confused about what is going on in the story and felt lost. But, slowly things clear out. Secondly, the story abruptly comes to an end. The relationship between Peehu and Uday could have been a little more elaborate in the end.

About the Author:

Jyoti Arora is a novelist and blogger from Ghaziabad. You Came Like Hope is her third novel, coming after Dream’s Sake and Lemon Girl. She is Post Graduate in English Literature and Applied Psychology.

Jyoti has over five years of experience working as a freelance writer. This experience includes abridging over 24 famous English classics like Jane Eyre, Moby Dick etc.

Jyoti Arora is a patient of Thalassemia Major. But she does not let this stop or discourage her. For her determination and achievements, Jyoti has received appreciation from Ms Sheila Dixit, Ms Maneka Gandhi and the Ghaziabad wing of BJP. Her life story has been covered in various local and national TV shows, radio programs, newspapers, magazines and websites like YourStory and Inspire India. She was also one of the ‘100 Women Achievers of India’ that were invited to witness the Republic Day parade of India (2016) as special guests.

Besides reading and writing novels, Jyoti also enjoys blogging and has won several blogging competitions. She loves checking out latest technological innovations, watching movies, and listening to old Bollywood songs. Reach her at jyotiarora.com.

Get your copy here:
You Came Like Hope is available at:
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Ebooks:

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My Rating: 3.5/5

My Verdict:

A soft and subtle love story, if you believe in love then this book is for you. If you feel that destiny is always conspiring against you then read this book to come out of your self pity.

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Breathing two worlds by Ruchira Khanna: Book Review

Book: Breathing two worlds
Author: Ruchira Khanna
Published: 24th April, 2017
Number of pages: EBook, 181

About the book:

Neena Arya, a Delhi-born goes abroad for further studies and decides to settle down there. Determined to be a ‘somebody’ from a ‘nobody’ she blends with the Americans via the accent and their mannerisms while having a live-in relationship with her European boyfriend, Adan Somoza.

When illness hits home, Neena rushes to meet her ailing dad. Tragedy strikes and amidst the mingling with relatives and friends, she finds herself suffocated with the two different cultures that she has been breathing since she moved to the United States. How will she strike Continue reading

Optimal Exposure by Dan Rogel: Book Review

Book: Optimal Exposure
Author: Dan Rogel
ISBN: 978-1539103905
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: 1st November, 2016
Book type: Mystery
Number of Pages: E-book, 276
Price: $13.45 (for paperback)

About the Book:

A visit to an Indian festival by a photographers’ expedition turns into a riveting murder case.

A group of world-travelled photographers losses two of its members in unexplained circumstances. When the son of one of the victims decides to investigate on his own, he retrieves disturbing discoveries revealing unknown information about his late father. A bright police investigators and his talented team join the investigation in attempt to solve a mystery, in the context of photography commerce and international travel.

Travel the world with this realistically written tale while solving a gripping murder mystery.

Optimal Exposure is a memorable novel that skilfully weaves personal experience and rare writing talent to bring about an enthralling and pleasurable read. It is a gripping thriller with a rapidly unfolding plot and nuanced characters that will grab your attention from beginning to end.

My Review:

A murder mystery where you get to see the photographic world through the words of the author. Quite a gripping which you won’t feel like putting down once you start reading the book. The starting of the book is good and in the beginning only the book hypnotizes the reader.

The story doesn’t have too many characters to confuse the reader and also all the characters are well developed. The story unfolds in a very interesting way. Almost all the members of the ‘Photographer’s Group’ are under suspicion especially Bar and Shuky. Also I liked the way the mystery is resolved at the end. I really liked the photographic world and a photographer’s work explained in the book.

But one thing I wanted was that there was a little more of Shemesh’s and Hagit’s personal life and their story.

About the Author:

Dan Rogel is a senior scientist, who worked for many years in the Israeli defense industry, where significant achievements bear his name. He has twice received (an exceptional phenomenon) the most prestigious award in the country – the Israeli Defense Award. He also spent many years initiating start-up ventures in the development of technologically advanced medical devices. Throughout his life, he has dedicated much of his time to photography and has acquired considerable expertise in this field.

Since his retirement, several years ago, he writes thrillers and also travels around the world to places suited to photographing nature (Africa, the Amazon Forests, the North Pole).

He bases the content and the background of the stories in his books on his professional experience in these fields. Until now, his books have only been published and distributed in Israel, in Hebrew and online for reading on computers and the like.

His books have won acclaim from a steadfast audience that faithfully follows his stories and his photographs.

My Rating: 4/5

My Verdict:

Do you like suspense, thriller or murder mystery books? Then you will enjoy reading this book. Add it to your reading list.

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World Full of Needles by Bhawna Monga: Book Review

Book – World Full of Needles
Author – Bhawna Monga
ISBN – 978-81-7511-077-9
Publisher – Notionpress.com
Published – 2016
Number of pages – Paperback, 118 pages
Price – ₹199/-

About the Book :-

Needles, they hurt, don’t they? Imagine going around with a needle poking into the sole of your foot for years. The bitter truth is that most of us are doing that, not realizing how. These needles exist in our relationships, within ourselves, or in the people around us.

This book brings to you fifteen short stories on beautiful people and how they managed to pick the needles off from the bottom of their feet and learned to walk again, to love again and to live their lives again.

My Review:

I am a die-hard fan of fiction books and would never prefer a non-fiction. Still I went out of the league and thought of giving this book a try. For me it was quite difficult to read the book, as it was not of my type.

But! But! But! It doesn’t mean that the book was not good. People who like reading such books should definitely give it a try. The book has many short stories which cover different facets of relationship issues. Whether it is a husband-wife problem or issues between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, problems between neighbours, misunderstandings between father and son, friction with colleagues; most of the day-to-day relationships are discussed in the book. Are you going through any relationship crisis? May be you can give this book a try, may be after reading the book, you will develop a new way of looking at your relationship issues. It will help you in self introspection so as to improve your relationships and find a way to come out of your relationship problems. Pick out the needle from your relationships and let them bloom is what the book about.

The only problem which I had with the book was that, it would have been very good if the solution to the relationship issues were a bit more elaborate. Leave back the past and live in the present.

About the author:

Bhawna holds an MBA in HR, a master’s in Sociology, a post-graduate diploma in education planning and management and a post-graduate diploma in psychological counselling. She works in the domain of Emotional Wellness and has touched many lives. Bhawna has settled in New Delhi with her husband and two kids.

My Rating: 3.15/5

My Verdict:

Want to improve your relationships? Love reading books on psychology? Go for this book.

Visit the author at http://www.bhawnamonga.com

Daughter of the Sun by Zoe Kalo: Book Review

 

Book: Daughter of the Sun (Cult of the Cat series, Book 1)
Author: Zoe Kalo
Genre: YA mythological fantasy
Word count: 93,000 words
Release date: May 1, 2016
Cult of the Cat series blurb

According to ancient Egyptian prophecy, three feline goddesses—Bastet, Sekhmet, and Mafdet—would one day be reborn as triplets during a solar eclipse.

But someone—or something—separated them at birth. Because if ever they were reunited, they would unleash a blistering power that could destroy the world.

In an adventure where the past confronts the present, and blood, betrayal and secrets abound, the triplets face each other for the first time. Continue reading

Bound by Susanne Valenti :- Book Review

Book – Bound (Cage of lies series – book 4)
Author – Susanne Valenti
Number of pages – ebook, 275
Published – 17th March, 2016
Price – ₹235/-

About the Book -:

Locked in the darkness all hope should be lost but Maya has never felt so alive. She will have to fight for her survival even harder than before but she’s never had so much to live for. Everything has changed again and there are many obstacles in her way but she can’t give up now. Fate keeps conspiring against her but she is determined to get back to the city which owes her so much. They took her family, her home and the truth from her and she won’t stop until she’s paid them back.

My Review -:

Like the other three books in the series, this book is also full of action and adventure. This is not a standalone book, if you want to read it, then first read the previous books in the series. Believe me, if you like reading adventure books, it will not disappoint you and you will just fall for all the books.

I felt happy reading this book because Maya and Coal are together here. Maya is as strong and brave as ever and also it was good to see that she was clear about her emotional feelings for Coal and Taylor. I always felt that Taylor should be with someone and it was good to see that there was some initial spark between Taylor and Alicia. I hope there is some chemistry between them in the next series.

Their encounter with the creepers was quite adventurous but there was one thing which I didn’t like. I always had a feeling that there was some secret behind the creeper king and that he might have been a human in the disguise of a creeper. But nothing much was written about him. Now I am eagerly waiting for the last book, so all things get sorted and Maya could unite with her parents.

My Rating -: 4/5

My Verdict -:

If you are an adventure loving person, then just grab the book but first read the previous three books.

Buy at -:

Amazon.in | Amazon.com

Other books in the series -:

Chained book review (Book 1 in series)
Linked book review (Book 2 in series)
Broken book review (Book 3 in series)