29 November, 2015

Larry Saves the Prairie by Matt Bergels - [Book review]

Book Details: 
Title: Larry Saves the Prairie
Author: Matt Bergels
Illlustrated by: Rob Peters
Genre: Children's fiction
Publishers: Merry Dissonance Press (September 1, 2015)

Source: A free e-book copy through Reading addiction virtual tours



Blurb:
Through the voices of Annabelle and Angus, discover what almost happened to wildlife on the Kansas prairie. When Larry receives a letter that says he must destroy the prairie dogs on his land, he and some of his neighbours join together to make certain that all wildlife remain unharmed. Not only were black-tailed prairie dogs at risk of destruction but the already-endangered black-footed ferrets were at risk of becoming extinct. 

In Larry Saves the Prairie, with the help of Annabelle and Angus, you'll discover what it means to be a true hero, and most especially, what it took to save prairie wildlife in Kansas.

Purchase links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1LYtkfg 
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1FytiOw

My Review:

This is my first children's e-book. I have a 5 year old kid and I planned to read this to him by showing illustrations. Story is about Larry, who saved the Prairie and the wild life living there. It talks about the importance of wild life in keeping our eco-system  balanced. 

Two black tailed prairie dogs - Angus and Annabelle narrate the story on how Larry saved the wild life. There was a tradition of poisoning the Prairie to kill wild animals. Larry fights against this killing of animals in Prairie and explains the benefits of wild animals in our ecosystem. This story tells us the importance of preserving wild life. As the author mentions, it's based on the real story of Mr.Larry Haverfield. 


Illustrations are appealing for children and good. But, this is not for year old kid as terms are quite difficult to explain for that age group. It might be good for 7 to 10 years old. 

My Rating: 3/5
I would recommend this to children in the age group of around 6 to 7 years old.

About the Author:

Matt Bergles is a Colorado native who grew up in Pueblo, Colorado. He earned a bachelor's degree in social science from CSU-Pueblo, his master's degree in U.S. history, and a Ph.D. in public affairs at CU Denver, as well as a certificate in alternative dispute resolution. 

Matt currently teaches at a K-8 private school in Denver, where he has witnessed firsthand young, inner-city kids' curiosity and love of animals and nature, observing that every time they are asked what community service project or charitable cause they'd like to be involved with, most K-3 students pick something related to domestic animals or wildlife. This natural love and curiosity led Matt to write Larry Saves the Prairie for young children.

Matt is an independent researcher and advocate for wildlife conservation, especially conservation of prairie habitat. Matt lives in Denver with his wife, Kate, two children, Luke and Mary, and dog Samuel. He is a volunteer coach, a private pilot, and has helped teach his teenage son to fly.


Contact Information Website: http://www.mattbergles.com/



PS: I have received this free review copy from the author through Reading addiction book tours and this is my honest opinion.

Until next time,







Also, linking this to Literacy Musings hosted by Mary here
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26 November, 2015

Gratitude list - Nov 2015

November has been a busy month too like October. Not many ups and downs, but a few things are changing in my personal and professional lives. We celebrated Diwali, one of the most enjoyable festival that I love. I could opt to review many more interesting books this month too. 

Here is my quick Gratitude list for this month:

1. Diya Painting: Oh.. I loved this new found hobby. Me and my kid bought many clay diyas(lamps) and painted different patterns. Read my post on diya painting here.

2. New responsibilities in professional life: It is going to be busy for next few months and I am loving it. I think, I haven't mentioned earlier, software testing is my passion.

3. Books: This is going to be fun! I reviewed 2 books already and 2 more are yet to be reviewed. As I mentioned earlier, I am getting books almost daily that I have won in Tornado Giveaway :-)   Here is one book on #WomensFiction that I loved recently. 

4. Religious Intolerance: I am reading a lot about increasing religious intolerance in India, but I am grateful that I haven't experienced any even though I have many friends and colleagues from different religions.

5. Blog Hop: Hosted my first blog hop about Diwali Celebration! It's good to read about the different traditions around Diwali.

6. Book Roundup: I have started a new feature called Book Roundup in my blog for every month. It is interesting to remember all the nice books that I read/ came across every month and write about them. 

I know, it will be good to have a list of 5 or 10, but I have to end it at 6. I mentioned, right? It's a quick list.

Happy Thanksgiving day!

Until next time,









Linking this to Laurel's Gratitude linkup for November.



Michael's Mystery by Linze Brandon - Book Spot Light

Are you interested in #fantasy and #mystery? 
Today's spotlight is on Michael's Mystery by Linze Brandon.

*** BOOK  TOUR ***

It was time for the Lords of the High Council to step in when the Grandmaster of Kryane is accused of murdering his own people. They had little choice but to prevent the collapse of the whole magicians order, so they sent Michael to investigate the allegations.

The people of the desert planet were an enigma, but none more than Andesine, the healer assigned to assist Michael. Why did she report the Grandmaster? Was she involved, or was there something more sinister going on?

The more people they interrogated the more they suspected that nothing was as it seemed. Not the murders, nor the Grandmasters' motive as everyone thought.

Unable to resist the growing attraction between them, Michael and Andesine learn that they had to trust each other with their own secrets, and risking any future they might have.

Time and again the High Lords had to step in to prevent chaos on Kryane, but time was running out for Michael and Andesine. They had to get a new Grandmaster in place before the Kryane Order collapsed completely. And they had to find the who the true culprit was.

Fortunate to escape an attack from this monster once, they were risking the lives of many others in the process. Before the High Lords could formulate a plan, Michael and Andesine were captured, leaving the High Lords helpless to prevent it.

Kidnapped and imprisoned, Andesine was confronted with the realisation that if they were to survive their ordeal, it was up to her and her long suppressed powers. But as a healer she saved lives, would she be able to destroy the monster before he forces her to unleash her power to destroy the future of mankind?



About the Author:
Teaching herself to read before she went to school, it was the start of her life long love affair with books. Trained as an engineer, Linzé has worked as an export consultant and is presently a project manager. Although she still loves to read, she also enjoys counted stitch embroidery, archery, tai chi, fly fishing, painting, her husband's medal winning photographs and watching Manchester United play.



She counts both novels and short stories to her publishing credit. Her fourth novel, Waiting for Adrian, is planned for publication early in 2016. Her story, The Vernal Equinox, was a finalist in a sci-fi flash-fiction competition in 2015.



Linzé Brandon lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her engineer husband and German Shepherds who are convinced that the world revolves only around them.



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25 November, 2015

The Thread that binds by Alice Hayes - [Book review]


Book Details:

Title: The Thread that binds
Author: Alice Hayes
Genre: Fiction, Women's fiction, Contemporary fiction
Source: A free review copy from author through iread tours


Blurb:

Sherice is a new mother, a sonographer, quilter, and wife; an overworked young woman whose elderly mother is slipping away from her.

Sylvie is a newlywed and recent immigrant, unemployed and virtually penniless. Her husband’s paycheck can’t even cover prenatal care, let alone a baby, and her due date is only drawing nearer…

Joanne’s unconventional pregnancy turns her world upside down, redefining her career and relationships, and even bringing to the surface long-buried demons from her past.

Payton is seventeen, pregnant, and on the run. She flees to her uncle in Georgia with the hope of making a fresh start, but discovers making it on her own is harder than she could ever have imagined.

 Gloria is trapped in an unhappy marriage; in love with someone else. Her life is falling apart. With a baby on the way, would it be selfish to flee?

 Five women, once strangers, form bonds. Set in modern day Georgia, this is the story of friendship that blossoms in the land of country music, sweet tea, and secrets kept locked tight behind closed doors. Moving, funny, and at times heartbreaking, The Thread That Binds is a lesson in empathy, strength, and the beauty of love.

Buy the book : Amazon

My Review:

I like reading #Womensfiction and that made me choose this book for review. I am glad that I picked up this one. As blurb mentions, the story covers  lives of 5 different women, their problems,  their friendship and how brilliantly the author connects these stories together. 

I liked the way the author has chosen or portrayed each character.
For ex: Payton symbolizes a teenage girl and Sherice represents a matured individual. Joanne's character is very much different, whereas, we empathize Sylvie for her immigration problems. Gloria is a mystery initially and we gradually understand her.

The story is narrated in the perspective of each woman in every chapter. So this seems interesting to read, as we understand how each character feels or what go throughs in her mind while facing the difficult situation. 

I loved Payton. She is a teenage girl, gets pregnant and her parents send her out of the house. I loved the way she understands the situation, tries to maintain a good relationship with Joanne, works in her uncle Marty's office, makes friends and finds happiness in her own way. 

The Narration is gripping. I didn't like to pause in the middle while reading, enjoyed the flow and was guessing on how these characters will be connected and help each other. I would recommend this to every woman who loves to read a story which is nearer to reality and covers a range of emotions. 

Few lines from the book about the true love and missing the loved one :

IF YOU WANT TO know whether someone is the love of your life, you only needlook at the way that they make you feel when they are not around. Anyone can come along and make sparks fly; any handsome face can make your heart flutter for a few seconds or a few minutes or even a few hours. When a man loves you, the time you spend together will feel all too short, and you would rather spend a minute with him than live another hour without. If a man is the love of your life, you will know it by what happens to you when he is not around: when he is on a business trip; or at work; or visiting family somewhere.

First, of course, there is the pain. The pain that comes with loving someone whoisn’t there is unlike anything else. At times, it is almost a sweet, enticing kind ofpain: when you feel the pang of their absence, it only reminds you of what you have, of how deep and beautiful and powerful your love is. You might even smile. Other times, it is the worst thing you have ever felt. You may find yourself cuddling close to a pillow at night, wishing it were him. You may take out their photograph and just stop to stare for a little while. You will be reminded of them at every turn. A song on the radio, a show on television, a special place where you once made memories: all of these things will bring them back to the front of your mind. In everything that you do, the love of your life follows you, reminding you not only that he exists, but of your love. After all, who but the love of your life could spring to your mind just by hearing a certain song? If they are not the love of your life, why do you see them everywhere that you turn?

My Rating: 5/5
I couldn't see any reason to give a lesser rating than this :-)

About the Author:

Originally from Winchester, England, Alice’s plans to read law at a British university were disrupted when she fell deeply in love with Georgia, USA, while studying abroad. After moving all over Georgia, Alice has finally settled in Athens and has no plans to go anywhere else.

She is a single mother to a three-year-old girl and a 65 lb hound dog. She likes coffee, wine, and anything edible with the words ‘salted caramel’ in its description.

 At the time of publication, Alice is a 24-year-old history student working full time in a law office, and writing fiction at every stolen moment. She hasn’t slept in approximately two years. Her first published novel, The Thread That Binds won third place in World's Best Story contest.

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PS: Received this book for free through iread tours in exchange of an honest review. This is my unbiased opinion.

Until next time,

24 November, 2015

Seeking Redemption by Madhu Vajpayee - [Book review]

Book Details:
Title: Seeking Redemption
Author: Madhu Vajpayee
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Publishers: Half Baked Beans
No. of pages: 176
Source: Free Advanced review copy from book r3vi3 tours

Blurb:
The story of a girl Meera, who is unwittingly drawn into a conflict from where she finds it difficult to emerge unscathed. It's her journey from being a simple, medical graduate belonging to a middle-class family to the uncharted territories of corruption and caste based politics. Her path is crossed by the two men, both compelling yet completely contrasting characters, who are forever going to change her life. If it is Aman who can challenge her ideals and defy her resolves, and makes her the person she finally becomes, it is Abhay's sublime love which enables her to go through the vicissitudes of life. It's also the story of her loss as well as the triumph against her own demons to find her true self.

My review:
This is the story of Meera, an aspiring doctor and her turbulences in life because of poverty, corruption, caste reservation and politics around her.

People who grew up in India can easily relate to this story. I feel pity for Meera and many students like her who couldn't do higher studies in spite of their intellect because of the reservation system that prevailed in our country for so many years. I have even personally seen/ met many friends who tried to crack MBBS/ PG entrance exams, but couldn't get a seat even with a higher score as their seat is reserved for someone with a caste reservation with a very low score. The story also talks about moral values through different characters. It depicts human emotions effectively.

One thing that I didn't like about this book is that it becomes very preachy at some points. I understand, that building a story with this kind of concept is not easy. But, the reader might lose interest in the middle and may want to flip through the pages.The narration could have been made more interesting.

Few lines from the book I felt, worth sharing:

“Our birth might not ensure to which class we belong, but our deeds certainly do.”
"A poor person is just a poor person. He doesnt need to be categorized to any caste or religion or race or gender to be designated as poor. Sir, hunger, pain and suffering transcend any of these manmade divisions of the society. Just because someone is born in a particular class, religion or caste doesnt make him anything more or less than a human being. He is a human being first, after which any other label follows."
Overall, it is a good read.

My Rating: 3/5

Buy book here: Flipkart

About the Author:
Dr. Madhu Vajpayee - the writer was born somewhere in those hospital corridors where she has spent the last two decades of her life. Witnessing life at such close quarters pushed her to capture its enigma in her words and slowly it became her passion. After writing several scientific papers and chapters in books, this book is the beginning of her journey into the literary world.
Having done her graduation, MBBS from King Georges Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow she went ahead to pursue her post graduation, MD from AIIMS, New Delhi. She was a consultant at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and was associated with management of patients living with HIV/AIDS. She is now settled in Melbourne, Australia with her family, where she is devoting most of her time to writing, the passion that she couldn't pursue earlier because of the demands of the medical profession and commitment it requires.

When not creating stories, Madhu enjoys reading and traveling.
http://www.amazon.in/dp/938431515X

Contact the Author:

Reviews for the Book:

It was a perfect book and can motivate one. ~ Nidhi Author on Goodreads

Wonderful book. Clearly highlights the current problems faced in India as a result of reservation! ~ Nikhil Dave on Goodreads

It is one of the amazing fiction I have read in the near past. Highly recommended. Cocktail of Corruption, politics and love. ~ Akshay_Tripathi on Amazon


What Madhu does well with this story is to highlight many factors that need change. She brings out facets like reservation. She talks about the more rigid mindset of an Indian family ~ Vinay Leo @ Bookworm's Musings

Until next time,






PS: Received a free review copy from author through book r3vi3w tours and this is my honest opinion.









20 November, 2015

Shanthi & the Magic Mandala by F T Camargo - Author Interview

I am very excited to interview the author of the book 'Shanthi & the magic Mandala' in my blog post today. 

About the Book

Shanti and the Magic Mandala is an adventure in which fantasy and reality are mingled. The book tells the story of six teenagers, from different religious and cultural origins and different parts of the world, who are mystically recruited to form two groups - one in the Northern Hemisphere, and one in the Southern. They eventually gather in Peru, and through a single alliance, begin a frantic chase for the sacred object that can stop the black magician's final plan.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shanti-and-the-magic-mandala-f-t-camargo/1119968611?ean=9781782795001

About the author

F. T. Camargo is an Italian Brazilian living in Sao Paulo, Brazil. An award winning architect and author, he also studied Arts and Media and has a post degree in Economics and MBA in e-commerce. He is a vegetarian because of his love for all animals and has been deeply involved in causes for their protection and freedom. He is a world traveler adventurer, outdoor sports lover, speaks 4 languages and has published a travel book “Rio, Maravilha!”
For many years he has been practicing yoga and meditation and studying the Kabbalah. His exploration of spiritual teachings motivated a commitment to self-development which in turn created a new path and goal in life. Shanti and the Magic Mandala was born from his inner journey.


Here is the Author interview:

1.Fantasy+religion is a great combination. Why did you select this genre? Any inspiration behind it?

I have always dreamed of becoming a writer. Over the past 4 years while doing meditation I have asked for a new direction in my life and I had an insight during meditation that I could share my experiences through writing.  

As a young boy up till now I've always enjoyed reading fantasy and adventure books and I was a fan of Tintin, the French adventurer boy. Also a fan of Julius Verne, and mysteries and thrillers like Agatha Christie. Bringing all these memories to the present, I wanted to write an exciting adventure and fantasy book for young readers, which could also bring important concepts into the story, such as spirituality, compassion, human rights, animal protection. All these things mean a great deal to me. I was an architect and that also helped me write my book, for example, the way I can see and analyze the environment around the world.

2. Did you have to do a lot of research for this book?

I did a huge research and I have personally visited all the places I have mentioned in the book, and also I studied about all the esoteric, religious and spiritual aspects which are in the book.

3.Shanthi & The magic Mandala won many awards and accolades? How does it feel to be a successful author?

I’m very glad to be able to inspire the readers’ lives, bringing tolerance, compassion and freedom for their lives.

Thanks for your time Camargo :-)








Until next time,

18 November, 2015

My writing process

This week's prompt in 'Write or Die Wednesdays' hosted by Mia and Shelly is The writing process. 

An interesting prompt, isn't it? I have written around 270 posts in my blog so far and this post make me remember the process or ritual that I follow whenever I publish something in my blog.

I have to begin with how I get an idea/ topic for the post. I get ideas from random ways - an inspiration from a book, an article in a news paper, some social issue, Discussion with friends/ colleagues, lesson learnt from parenting, inspired by some blog post of lovely bloggers in the blogging communities I am member of or simply the itch to write :-) After deciding on the topic, I will think whether this benefits or interests any of my readers. Few posts, I write just because I want to share something about the topic, whereas, few posts, I mention my opinion and want to know my reader's thoughts on the topic.

I don't spend much time on writing my post. I quickly write as my thoughts flow. I prefer to complete my post without stopping in the middle. I at most take 10 to 15 mins to complete writing. Time is precious and I don't get more time daily to spend on my blog. So, if I have to write regularly, I have to be quick. I read my entire post at least twice to correct my spelling and grammar mistakes. I think on making the narration interesting and friendly and change my post accordingly. I am yet to learn more on making my narration interesting.

Then, I search for the images that suit my post. Sometimes, I use the pictures taken from my camera and sometimes, I add pictures from Google/ Flickr which are labelled for non-commercial reuse. If I have to prepare my own design, I design it in pic monkey / Canva and get the pictures from there. I will re-check if my post title is fine or misleading.

I add proper tags/ labels, proper search description and verify preview once for formatting changes. If everything is fine, I publish it immediately or schedule it for later.

So, that's about my writing process. I am very eager to learn about my other blogger friends' writing process. Please share your points too..


Linking this to #Mondaymusings hosted by Corinne from everydaygyaan and Writetribe.


Until next time,







16 November, 2015

Book round up - Oct 2015

October was a busy month with lot of reading, reviewing and posting some spot lights in my blog. So, it's always good to remember and reminisce the good times. Right?

Here is a round up on books that I came across in October 2015:

Book Spot lights:

Only wheat not white by Varsha Dixit
Genre: #ContemporaryRomance
What if following your heart means failing your family? It's about Eila's  humorous and steamy love story. You can buy the book here.

Coke by Barun Chanda
Genre: #Thriller
This new release is an amazing thriller by advertising guru, writer and actor - Barun Chanda, who is also an acclaimed Bengali author. Coke is his first book in English.You can buy the book here.

First Brush on the Canvas - Anthology
Genre: #Shortstories #fiction
I am so much in love with anthologies. You can read anywhere, quick and need not worry about the continuity, unlike novels. These are from Melonade authors, so obviously amazing. You can buy the book here.


My Book Reviews:

The Cypress Trap by J C Gatlin
Genre: #Suspense, #Thriller
This thriller is about a couple's vacation going bad due to some reason. I would recommend this to lovers of on-the-edge thrillers. You can buy the book here.

Ever Faithful to his lead by Kathleen Pooler
Genre: #Non-fiction, #Biography
This is the story of a courageous woman who came out of abusive relationships and proven her mettle. An inspiring book! You can buy the book here.

Pupil's President Kalam 
Genre: #Collection
Another inspiring book which shows how a poor and ambitious man can achieve greater heights with passion and hard work. It's about none other than our beloved Ex-President Abdul Kalam. This is a collection of articles, speech, and memoirs of Kalam. You can buy the book here.

Metro Diaries by Namrata
Genre: #Romance
Love is in the air! A collection of short stories with lovely quotes and beautiful poems on Love. You can buy the book here.

Prismatic by Sarah Elle Emm
Genre: #Sci-fi, #YoungAdult, #Dystopian
This genre is very new for me. Enter the amazing fantasy world which is set in future. This is the story of the youth who doesn't want to live in oppression but plan intelligently and fight for their freedom.You can buy the book here.

Until next round up for November,



14 November, 2015

Temperance by Chrissie Parker - Book Blitz

Today's book spot light is on a #thriller.

Temperance by Chrissie Parker.

About the Book:

Gabriel is weary, hunting for a murderer.

Patience is adrift, her life a complete lie.

Nate is scared, hiding from his worst fears.

Juliet is frantic, her time is running out.

As four fragile lives collide, the truth is finally revealed.

And betrayal and death become inevitable.

Book Links:

GoodreadsAmazon KDP * Amazon Paperback * Barnes & Noble * KoboiTunes

Read an Excerpt: 

Lake Tranquil was vast.  So much so that Patience couldn’t see where it ended or began.  Despite its
size, it was deserted.  She was the only human in sight and she loved the thought of being so alone, immersed in the beauty of nature.  An occasional bird flitted in and out of the trees, or swooped down to land at the water’s edge.  In the distance, a rabbit ran through the trees, its tail bobbed, flashing white as it ran for cover.



Trees lined craggy mountains that surrounded the lake.  They were thick, green and tall, and reached to the shoreline; only a small wavering line of pebble-covered beach sat
between the shimmering waters and the forest.

It was heavenly. 

It wasn’t the first time Patience had been to Lake Tranquil.  Once, as a child, she had visited it with her mother and enjoyed a week of blissful freedom away from the chaos of life.  Now here, fleeting memories flooded back.  Swimming in the lake as her mother sat on the deck and read.
Running through the trees playing hide and seek, and sitting on the shore as the sun set.  Watching the stars appear overhead as her mother cooked fish over a smoky fire.  It was a time in her life that stuck in her mind, when her mother had been truly happy and content. 

It was why Patience was here.

For her mother.To try to be closer to her, to try to understand her.To try to find some peace.
 
About the Author:

Chrissie lives in Devon, UK, with her husband and is a freelance Production Coordinator working in the TV, documentary and film industry.

Chrissie is also an Author.  Her thriller Integrate was released in October 2013 and her historical fiction Among the Olive Groves was released in July 2014.

Other written work includes factual articles for the Bristolian newspaper and guest articles for the charities Epilepsy Awareness Squad and Epilepsy Literary Heritage Foundation.  Chrissie has also written a book of short stories and poems, one of which was performed at the 100 poems by 100 women event at the Bath International Literary Festival in 2013.

Chrissie is passionate about Ancient History, Archaeology and Travel, and has completed two six-month Archaeology and Egyptology courses with Exeter University.   She is learning to play the Ukulele and likes to read, collect books, listen to music. To find out more about Chrissie visit her WEBSITE



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Until next time,

11 November, 2015

Murder on Safari by Peter Riva - Book Spot Light

Today's book spot light is on 'Murder on Safari' by Peter Riva.

#Adventure #terrorism #thriller #mystery #Safari





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Book Details:

Book Title:  Murder on Safari:  A Thriller by Peter Riva
Category:  Adult fiction, 352 pages
Genre:  Thriller
Publisher:  Yucca / Skyhorse
Release date:  April 28, 2015
Available for review in:  Print, ebook (PDF), audiobook (Audible)
Will send print books:  Internationally
Tour dates:  Nov 2 to 27, 2015
Content Rating:  PG-13 (for moderate violence)

Book blurb:

Only a reality TV producer and an expert safari guide can stop a terrorist attack.

Every adventure starts at the fringes of civilization. For expert safari guide Mbuno and wildlife television producer Pero Baltazar, filming in the wild of East Africa should have been a return to the adventure they always loved. This time, they’d be filming soaring vultures in northern Kenya and giant sea crocodiles in Tanzania with Mary, the daughter of the world’s top television evangelist, the very reverend Jimmy Threte.

But when a terrorist cell places them in the crosshairs, there is suddenly no escape and they must put their filming aside and combine all their talents to thwart an all-out al-Shabaab terrorist attack on Jimmy Threte’s Christian gathering of hundreds of thousands in Nairobi, Kenya.

Buy the book:     Amazon    Barnes & Noble     Chapters/Indigo


Author's Bio:

Peter Riva spent many months over thirty years in Africa, many of them with the legendary guides for East African white hunters and adventurers. He created a TV series (seventy-eight 1-hour episodes) in 1995 called WildThings for Paramount TV. Passing on the fables, true tales and insider knowledge of these last reserves of true wildlife is a passion.



Connect with the author:     Website  ~   Twitter  ~   Facebook

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Until next time,



10 November, 2015

The Curse of Brahma by Jagmohan Bhanver- Book Review

Book Details:
Title: The curse of Brahma
Author: Jagmohan Bhanver
Genre: Mythology
No of pages: 378 pages
Publishers: Rupa Publications
Source: Free review copy from book r3viw tours

Book Blurb:
The man who became a Brahmarishi...
The curse that banished him to the hell of hells...
And the revenge that threatens to destroy the three worlds...

When Lord Brahma, the God of Creation, banishes his star pupil from Swarglok in a fit of rage, he does not foresee that his decision will alter the fate of the three worlds. Mortally wounded, and anguished at Brahma's unfair punishment, his pupil struggles to survive in Tamastamah Prabha, the hell of hells. In time, he becomes the Dark Lord, the most feared figure in Pataal Lok, who swears to destroy Brahma.

The power of the Dark Lord soon begins to make its presence felt in the mortal world. Vasudev, the brave prince of Bateshwar, becomes the hunter of Asura assassins; his closest friend, Kansa, almost dies while trying to save his sister from a group of deadly monsters; and the most valiant kings in Mrityulok turn over to the dark side, driven by forces beyond their control.

Only one person threatens the Dark Lord's well-laid plans - Devki, the beautiful princess of Madhuvan, who is destined to give birth to the warrior Krishna.

Will the Dark Lord allow Krishna - the person who has been prophesied to destroy him - to be born?

My Review:
I have been reading a lot of Mythology books recently and so, i was wondering if this book interests me or not before taking this up. I was hesitant to read another mythology, especially first part of a trilogy series. I am fond of Mythology from childhood and heard many stories on Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavatham from my father. So, obviously, my expectation is high as I want to know something which I didn't hear in my childhood stories.

As blurb mentions, this is the story of incidents and circumstances before Lord Krishna is born. The story is very interesting. We all know Kansa as an evil king, but I was surprised to know that he was a noble person and changed by the evil power of the so-called 'Dark Lord'.

The writing style is very simple (like Chetan Bhagat's novels) and flow is easy to follow. But, there are many grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes in the book. Characterization is very good, especially I liked the way the author shows the dual behavior of Kansa with his mortal and asura natures. The author portrays Jarasandha as very cruel and we, as a reader actually hate him for his cunning plans and betrayal. Devki is shown as a powerful, brave, intelligent and beautiful woman. The portrayal of the Dark Lord 'Amartya' is excellent. Amartya is very clear on what he want to do and on whom he want to take a revenge and the purpose of  everything that he plans.

Few points that I learned more about the scenario before Krishna's birth:
1. Kansa, Jaraasandha, Chanur and Banasura are great warriors of that time and except Jarasandha, others are very good and were changed due to the evil power of Amartya
2. Story about Amartya, the Brahmarshi  is all new
3. Never heard that Vasudev was also a skilled warrior and king of Bateshwar
4. Childhood friendship between Devki and Vasudev and Vasudev's relationship with Rohini
5. Details about Patal lok and its 7 levels,  Prominent countries coming under Mrityalok, the geographical information etc.,

My rating: 4/5
I would recommend this to readers who love mythology and also to young readers who don't have the habit of book reading(since the language is very  simple to follow, it will be easy for them to get into the habit of reading).

Until next time,







PS: Received this book free from the author through book r3vi3 tours for review and this is my unbiased opinion on this book.
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