Song of the Current #1 – Book Review

Author : Sarah Tolcser

Publisher : Bloomsbury Children’s

Pub Date: June 2017

Source : Own copy

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You can find my review in Goodreads page as well.

Book Blurb

Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.31450960

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

My thoughts

Ever since I read ‘Daughter of the Pirate King, I seemed to develop a love for pirates and sea monsters and mermaids. So I had high hopes when I started reading this book, which is first of the series that is to come. I received this book as part of a book box so I didn’t read the blurb beforehand.

The day your fate comes for you, you’ll know….

The book follows the story of Caroline Oresteia who is from the riverlands and isn’t favored by the river God yet and is forever waiting for a small sign from the God to captain her own wherry. The story is about the adventures of Caroline where she is supposed to take the journey of her life time for delivering something important which would otherwise negatively impact her father’s life.

Caro and Tarquin

The book gives the sort of feeling that Caro is spirited and strong and brave, which she is. And the male love interest of the book, Tarquin, is exactly the male version of damsel in distress and that sort of thing really annoyed me. I mean, he is a prince after all! There was zero chemistry between the two and the budding romance felt like too much effort. Also can I say one more time how I HATE that tomboyish girls when MADE to wear a skirt or dress look absolutely beautiful to the guys! A girl is beautiful in every way!!

World Building

Did y’all see the map at the beginning of the book? There isn’t a book map which was as difficult as this, atleast for me. The river and lands were hard to distinguish 😛 There was too much sailor and sea jargon which I knew nothing of, and which became the main reasons for me losing interest in the book. I mean c’mon how many times do I have to google the different terms used. It was difficult, period!

This is supposed to be a fantasy, so cue the dragons and shadowmen. It was a little hard to keep up with the other characters – Nereus, the wherry folk, Caro’s mother’s family and the supposedly villainous pirate gangs. A lot of sub-plots started and left in midway cause you need some to fill in the next books.

Like I said this book is supposed to be a series, and I’m not sure whether I will be getting the next one, That’s for the blurb to entice me into buying it.

If you love reading about female badass characters and their adventures, you will love this book.

I give See the source imagestars.

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Without merit – Book Review |Complicated!

Author : Colleen Hoover

Publisher : Atria Paperback

Pub Date: October 2017

Source : Own copy

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You can find my review in Goodreads page as well.

Book Blurb

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness. IMG_5433

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

CoHo’s writing usually leaves you heart broken or shattered. This book didn’t leave me with anything of that sort. Let me explain why.

It’s like we don’t even have parents. We have a mother living in our basement and a father living in his own world.

Like the blurb says, the Voss family is anything but normal. A teenage daughter skips school for days, the only active parent never cares. She has this weird habit of collecting trophies and even the father buys one when she is upset, but never asks her about this strange addiction or why she is upset enough to buy old trophies.  All of a sudden a stranger kisses you in public and you respond in equal passion? Okay, lets just ignore this one, cos CoHo’s books usually have something of this sort, something strong and something passionate and something unexpected.

Characters

Merit Voss is nothing but judgmental.

I’m nothing like my identical twin sister, who prefers cadaver hearts to fully functioning ones. I am nothing like my father, Barnaby, who has turned our entire lives upside down, simply out of spite for a canine. I am certainly nothing like my brother Utah who spends every waking moment living an externally precise, perfect, and punctual present to make up for all the internal imperfections that live in his past.

And then there’s a lot of slut shaming too.

Utah doesn’t like spontaneity, Utah does not expect the unexpected.

Well, he sure gave me an unexpected shock! And Luck fits like a charm to this already messed up family.

With all of its imperfectness, the family still continues to have dinner as though everything is normal and the father only tries to avoid any situation rather takes action on them. At least until 3/4th of the book.

Repetitive

Things that were repeated throughout the book – Merit and Honor are different persons and they have nothing in common. And four year old children are fairly liked across the board.

Redundant

There’s a lot that the author has tried to fit inside one book – depression, suicide, mental illness, homosexuality, Syrian refugee crisis (I’m not kidding!!). Like too many cooks spoiled the soup or something..  These are topics to be discussed but one issue at a time would have sufficed.

The Likeable part

There were some bits and pieces of Sagan that I liked and the way he ‘handles’ Merit.  The way he asks her not to pursue the relationship unless n until she learns to love herself.  That Merit kisses him even though she says she would slap him if he tries to kiss her  shows how much confused and deranged she is. And he is the only one to bring some sense into her. And weirdly, Luck sometimes gives a little perspective too. When all the secrets are out, and the family tries to work itself through it, you cannot stop thinking why didn’t they do it sooner.

This book could be another favorite for some, a little too much for some (like me!) but its worth a read!. Unless you read it, you cannot simply judge whether or not you like it.

The book was maddening and not my usual cup of CoHo!

I give 3 stars. ✪ ✪ ✪

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When Dimple Met Rishi – Book review

Author : Sandhya Menon

Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton, an imprint of Hachette

Pub Date: May 2017

Source : Part of August book box

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Book Blurb

Meet Dimple.

Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination. 28458598

Meet Rishi.

He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans…

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

As joyfully refreshing as Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi is a frothy, funny contemporary romance told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists. While Dimple is fighting her family traditions, Rishi couldn’t be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents – could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?

My Thoughts:

One line review – Cute YA contemporary romance that is sure to keep you busy for the day.

Let me just say I had too many eye-rolls at the beginning of the book where I felt few Indian traditions were overdone. I thought I was not going to like it, and I started judging too much. But after a few pages in, the book was mushy and cute and I started liking it.

I still cant accept the fact that 18 year olds are asked to choose life partners. Yeah, in some village in India, you can believe it is still happening. But not in the US of A. That one gave me a hard time believing it. And that too Rishi was the one who was kinda interested in that approach was even more unbelievable. Trust me, guys that young, do not have marriage in their mind.

But I was glad that the story was not completely about how Rishi is throwing himself at Dimple’s feet and instead about how she falls for him. I loved how Dimple was portrayed as bold and passionate. And how she urges Rishi to give in to his passion. And yes, parents decide your career path in India (mostly!) and Rishi’s life was a perfect example of how some parents steer you towards their unfinished dreams.

Apart from certain clichés, the book is certainly likeable. My rating 3 stars 🙂

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The Return of Damayanti – Book Review

On his second adventure, Bhrigu Mahesh is called to help by a hapless, retired clerk named Nataraj Bhakti, who thinks he is being haunted by the spirit of his dead wife. As he investigates, the mystery deepens and takes a sinister turn. A woman gets brutally murdered, and the great detective faces the challenge to either catch the killer or risk the destruction of many innocent lives.

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Bhrigu Mahesh Phd series and I have not read the first book in the series. As i was provided a paperback copy for review, I was given an option to download the first book in the series using a book stub that was provided along with the review package. I was already in short of time, due to a mishap with the Postal 34630759services and I had only a day for reviewing this book so I couldn’t check the first one.

I believe this can be read as a standalone novel, but there is little background story offered for the two main characters of the book.

Bhrigu Mahesh and his friend Sutte are portrayed like Sherlock and Watson, and to a degree Bhrigu is more like Hercule Poirot. While reading the book, my mind went to these fictional heroes because of several similarities in character especially the one I most hate – belittling the companion. When Sutte doesn’t understand Bhrigu’s perception, he never clears it out for his friend and gets irritated at his superficial knowledge.

In this book, the duo are approached by a retired government clerk as he fears that his dead wife’s ghost has returned to haunt him. Bhrigu takes upon the offer of visiting Nataraj Bhakti’s ancestral home to investigate further on the case. Whilst Sutte isn’t happy with the arrangement, as the house in itself looks haunted and basic necessities are a big problem, he settles in after meeting Nataraj’s widowed sister, Savita. Bhrigu keeps observing thinks and when the paranormal activities subsides after his stay, he doesn’t immediately offer his client the cause of the problem but rather returns home. The detective and his friend are rushed back to the village of Krishna Dwar after hearing the news of Savita’s murder. They investigate the murder with the help of local police and identify the murderer by page 300 itself. The rest 140+ pages go on about the person behind the scenes and his influence on the murderer.

Personally I felt the book dragged at places. Instead of introducing the main characters and a little background story on them, there goes a chapter long discussion with Bhrigu’s friend Daisy. Big descriptions that were not needed or repeated could have been edited.

As it is a thriller, readers are bound to be intrigued on the happenings of the story and when a murder is involved, we need a lot of action. Be it the phantom part or the murder investigation, the detective kept most things to himself until the final reveal. So naturally, I started getting bored. After the murderer is revealed, I pretty much got an idea about why he/she was influenced and who had influenced.

The writing was okay but there were too many mistakes like “there parents/her wife/there profile pictures etc. The common mistake was there instead of there.

The book talks about the alpha-male, how women are mistreated still in some rural areas and asking them to fight for their rights, but playing around with the minds of the weaker sex isn’t what I expected.

My rating would be 3/5.

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