[Book Review] The Betrothed

Title: The Betrothed

 Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Published: May 5th 2020 by HarperCollins Children’s Books

 Series: The Betrothed #1

 My rating: ★★

Synopsis

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.

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Top Ten Bookish Gifts (That Aren’t Books)

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It’s Tuesday! And what does that mean? Top Ten Tuesday, of course! TTT is a weekly feature hosted at The Artsy Reader Girl in which on every TuesdayJana assigns a topic and we get to compile a list of ten things that go with that topic.

This week’s topic is a freebie, which means that we get to come up with our own topics!

All bookworms LOVE getting books. It’s an easy gift to give as well. And as much as I don’t mind getting books from everyone on every occasion, it’s still sometimes exciting to receive something a little different once in a while.  I decided to go with Top Ten Bookish Gifts (That Aren’t Books) for people who want to mix it up and gift their bookish friends something other than a book, but are all out of ideas!

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And If you are that bookish friend who wants something a little different, feel free to send this to your friends as a (not so subtle) hint as to what you want this year!

Let’s get started!

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Interview With Preeti Rajput

Preeti RajputPreeti Rajput is an India native and lives in the Noida city. An IT expert by profession and a storyteller by heart, she is a travel enthusiast and a voracious reader. When she is not reading, travelling, writing or coding, you can find her spending time with her doting husband and vivacious baby girl. She balances her busy work schedule with efforts to be a mother, wife, writer and a travel blogger. Preferably all at once.

She’s recently published her debut novel, a collection of short stories, Clean Slate.

Clean Slate refers to a “fresh beginning”. Characters of this collection of clean slatestories are stuck in the dilemma of their ordeals looking to start afresh. Some succeed and some don’t.

All of them made some choices in their lives that sooner or later came face to face at an unexpected time – A common man who considered his honesty as his biggest asset, a woman who aborted her unborn girl child knowingly, A father who encashed an unexpected opportunity at the cost of his only daughter’s injury, A professor who got insulted by a wealthy and unruly student openly.

Some stories are light-hearted like “my tech-savvy father” where a son wants his father to be upgraded with emerging technologies. In “Unfaithful partner” two friends are preparing for their revenge from a single person but with different motives. “Reincarnation” brings out a hidden face of society. Also, there is a horror story “Haunted house” running in the background of a broken love story.

These stories will open your mind to strange things that could happen. Although not all of them are true, some are lies as well. For instance when “Raghu” finds out why the stuff from his apartment was getting disappeared day by day. A few characters and their stories are relatable like “Hari” who got graduated with flying colours but could not grab a decent job no matter how hard he tried. On top of that, he struggles with a nagging father.

This collection of fictional stories shows distinct shades of lives and situations. While reading it, you live a dozen times. Its aroma will linger in your conscious long after you close the book. You will yearn to know a bit more. Continue reading

[Book Review] The Rip

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Title: The Rip

 Author: Mark Brandi

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime Fiction

 Published: February 26th 2019 by Hachette Australia

 Series: Standalone

 My rating: ★

 

Synopsis

‘It’s funny how quick it happens and without you really noticing. Anton said once that it’s like walking out into the sea, and you think everything’s fine and the water’s warm, but when you turn back you’re suddenly miles from shore. I’ve never been much of a swimmer, but I get what he means. Like, being caught in a current or something. A rip.’ Continue reading