The One – Book review

Author : John Marrs

Publisher : Random House UK

Pub Date: 25 May 2017

Source : Own copy

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Book Blurb

How far would you go to find THE ONE?
One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.The One
A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…
A psychological thriller with a difference, this is a truly unique novel which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

My Thoughts

I will try hard not to include spoilers in my review.

I really liked this book and to my surprise I was not able to guess many things like i usually do while reading a thriller. Actually there’s a killer in this book, but it is revealed in the beginning so that’s not what I meant about guessing. The story actually follows five different people who in some way or the other have registered with the ‘Match Your DNA’ service that promises to find the person’s soulmate by genetic match.

So there are these 5 different narrations all of them told in third person and almost all the chapter gives you a surprise or shock. And in no way I could outguess them. I did , a very few but those were really obvious ones. Just when you think that like you are able to follow the story and predict how its gonna end, there will come another twist 😛

Out of all the five, I liked the serial killer’s story. I was able to guess that one’s ending 😀

There were some typos here and there but the writing was good. I’m not much into descriptive explanations and this book was crisp and didn’t go much into the details unnecessarily. I don’t want to reveal much about the characters but you will enjoy reading about them.

I highly recommend this book if you are looking for one with so many twists and turns.

My rating 5 stars 🙂

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5 Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would

I normally don’t “hate” books but this week’s topic at Top Ten Tuesdays (A weekly meme created by the The Broke and the Bookish) was Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time). And I couldn’t get 10 books and i have just listed 5.

These are books for which I had great expectations owing to hype created by other bookworms or they were written by favorite authors.

I know some of the books that i didn’t like might be a big shock for a majority of YA lovers. Some of these are bestsellers, but still these are the books that I didn’t finish reading because I wasn’t hooked or simply didn’t like it.

  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating

I’ll admit i picked the book for its pretty covers. And it did seem a bit intriguing with the title but threw me off with all “meets in dream- meets in real life” crap. Hellooo, they made a movie in Tamil in the 90’s where a guy meets the girl who he dreams of in real life and tries to woo her. Atleast that movie wasn’t this bad.

 

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  • Heartless by  Marissa Meyer

Don’t know what the hype is all about in here, i felt like the first half was like watching Merida.

  • Shopaholic to the stars by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors and i was beyond devastated at this 7th book in the shopaholic series. The series should have just ended with book 5.

  • Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries #11)

Another series that i loved, grew up reading with and became a part of my teen years was Princess diaries. And when i heard there was a 11th book after so many years, I did have some doubts and I was right. The book was nothing like the first 10 books. I didn’t like it at all.. 😦 I did manage to read it fully though.

  • The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

I have already rambled enough about how this book was a huge disappointment. Ms.Cass should have just stopped with book 3.

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What were the books that disappointed you recently 🙂 Just to have a fair warning..

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Mother, Can you not? – Book review

How often have you thought that your relationship with your mother couldn’t get any more crazy. We think mothers just don’t understand how it is.. well, let me tell you. She might drive you crazy but there’s nothing in the world that she would want other than you, your happiness and your safety.

Mother, Can you not? is a funny essay collection by Kate Siegel based on her relationship with her Mom Kim. Her mother is an overly protective and drives-you-nuts kinda person who invented “drone parenting”. After showing one of her mom’s text message to her friends and realizing how they all found it crazy n funny, Kate decided to start an Instagram account that has nothing but her everyday messages with her mother. These became hugely popular and to this day she has millions of followers which led to the idea of writing a book based on her relationship with her mother.

The book is downright funny and makes you laugh so hard. Her childhood was definitely not boring or dull. Her mom takes crazy to a next level when she throws a period party for Kate on account of her hitting puberty. Well, guess the party props !!! 😉

The extent her mom goes to get Kate selected for rowing classes at Stanford are hilarious. I mean, no mother tries to get a fake id for her daughter so that she can pass off as a 15 year old, two years older than she actually is, so that she can fall within the age limit imposed for the rowing classes. That too from a creepy Chinatown kinda place.

Or the time when she tries to get a photo-shoot for Kate, because she (Kate) wanted to be a pop star during her early teens.

Or the way her mother cancer-proofs everything and looks out for carcinogens everywhere with the help of her very own EMF detector including the school which her daughter was going to join.

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I do think sometimes her mother takes up a lot of personal space but mothers being mothers can not stop doing that. I mean, that poor boyfriend has enough strangers from the internet asking personal questions like when will he pop the question..

Please do read the book and laugh hard.. And, for daily dose of laughter follow her account @crazyjewishmom on Instagram.

Some gyaan’s from the crazy mom herself…

“No ring on the finger, you must not linger” – A constant reminder about the absence of a wedding in Kate’s near future.

“Even if it might be true, why take the chance” – on hypothetical power lines’s ability to cause cancer to her hypothetical grandchildren in Kate’s hypothetical house.

Ah, you get the drift… 😛

My rating is 5/5, definitely . 😀