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.

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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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Newly engaged couple’s story

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies”.
– Aristotle

After meeting many suitable prospects, Rahul met Pooja. A pair made in heaven. Leaving apart a few speculations, both the parties had a mutual liking for each other. Date and venue was decided, guests were invited, gifts were packed and all other tasks were taken care off.

Then the day came, Rahul and Pooja got engaged with the blessings of their elders. Love was born in their hearts and there began their long phone calls. They started dreaming and planning about their life ahead. Love was in the air and it was blossoming day and night. But what they desired was, to spend some quality time together.

And one fine day, Rahul and Pooja got the golden opportunity to meet. Still living in an Indian society, the to-be married couples usually never get the chance to meet alone especially in arranged marriages. Continue reading

Broken by Susanne Valenti: Book Review

Book: Broken
Author: Susanne Valenti
Publication date: 31st January 2016
Number of pages: EBook, 261

About the Book:-

Since all of her hopes were dashed, Maya is struggling to adapt to her new life. Where dreams and wishes once kept her going, now there is only the burning desire for revenge. She’s changing, hardening into the person she needs to be to hold it together but sometimes the cracks still show. She wants nothing more than to go back and become the person she used to be but sometimes she can’t even remember who that was. Nothing will be right again until she resets the balance. Blood will pay for blood and she won’t give up until the final drop has been spilled. Some say she’s taking it too far, others say it isn’t far enough.

My Review:-

The story begins on an emotional front, and it made my heart-break to see Maya in such an emotional turmoil. At the same time, it was commendable to look at Maya in a never seen before avatar as a very strong and determined individual. The whole story is full of action, which any action loving individual would enjoy reading.

I loved reading the starting part, but the end part of the book just stole away the show. I felt very happy reading the last part of the book and now I have high expectations of the next series. The mid portion of the book is full of action sequences, but at a time it gets a little boring reading only about fights.

In this series, the character of Alicia has gotten much to do. I hope that she gets a better part to play in the next series. The only bone of contention in the book was, Maya getting closer to Taylor in her desperation to forget her pain. But, all in all, the book was quite enjoyable with its action, revenge, love and pain.

My Rating:- 3.75/5

Buy here:-

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My Verdict:-

If you like reading action and adventure, then go for this book.

Read my review of the first two books ‘Chained’ and ‘Linked’ here.

Linked by Susanne Valenti: Book Review

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Book: Linked
Author: Susanne Valenti
Published: October 2015
Number of pages: EBook, 242

About the book:

In a world she never knew existed, Maya is coming to terms with how much her life has changed. Danger lurks around every corner, nothing is as she expects and she’s never felt so alive. But the choices she makes could change everything and jeopardise the things she cherishes most. There is so much to learn and so much to love but her heart is pulling her back. The Guardians are hiding in the shadow cast by their Wall, concealing the truth from the people inside. It’s a shadow that darkens her happiness and she can’t stop fighting until the truth comes to light. It would be easier to walk away but Maya has never run from anything and she’s not about to start now.

My Review:

Maya, Laurie and Taylor undergo rigorous training under Hunter and it was commendable seeing them adapting so well in the real outside world. Maya always proves her worth in almost every difficult situation. I really admire Maya as a strong and confident person. And her romance and chemistry with Coal is just enviable. But Taylor proves to be a roadblock in all their romantic encounters, which was a bit frustrating for me. I wish, Taylor finds his true love in the next series.

The first book ‘Chained’ kept me hooked to it and the second in the series ‘Linked’, had a hypnotizing effect on me. It made me love Maya, Coal and Alicia, even more. But the last few pages made me cry and when I read it the second time, I cried again. It was a devastating end and now I am hoping that something good will come in the next series. A book written in a simple way, which is full of adventures, twists and turns, and it will never let you feel bored even a little.

I loved this book and I am hoping that all the other books in the series are also similarly enjoyable. Hats off to the author, you have reignited the reading passion in me.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Buy here

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My Verdict:

If you like reading adventure books, then just go for this book. Read my review of the first book ‘Chained’.

The Second Coming by Shubha Menon: Book Review

Book – The Second Coming
Author – Shubha Menon
ISBN – 978-93-5136-370-5
Type – Fiction/Humour
Published – 2014
Publisher – HarperCollins Publishers India
Number of pages – Paperback, 202
Price – ₹250/-

About the Book

A wedding planner who believes in fairytale weddings, Mini yearns for romance in her own marriage. The magic of the initial years has vanished, leaving behind a hunger that she tries to assuage with chocolates. Mini would love to change her situation, but she is over the hill, overweight and under confident. The chances of having a hot affair with a happening man are dim, if not non-existent.

An erstwhile royal scion decides to wed a Bollywood starlet and Mini is sent to Mumbai to plan the celebrations. The manager of the Mumbai office is young Rustom, the answer to Mini’s secret dreams. Goaded by Continue reading

Milan (A Wedding Story) – Book Review

Book – Milan (A wedding story)
Author – Simi K Rao
ISBN – 1517142865
Type – Mainstream Fiction/Romance
Publisher – Kando Books
Published – August 2015
Number of pages – EBook, 162 pages

About the Book :-

When a daughter turns marriageable age, what should a responsible father do? Easy – wed her to the most suitable boy who comes knocking on the door. Jai Bhardwaj, Mili’s father and owner of The Serenity Tea Estate in the idyllic Nilgiris would’ve probably liked to do the same, but being who he was, he had to ask her first. What would she say?

My Review:-

As the title of the book is “Milan – a wedding story”, it is a story of union of two very different Continue reading