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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation:  Another eye candy kind-of plot that not only pleases the primary senses of the readers, but also touches the romantic hearts who want a happy ending, despite the dark under currents.

Cherish Hard is the first book in the Hard Play Series by Nalini Singh published in November of 2017. The primary plot revolves around Sailor Bishop - the second son in the Bishop-Esera Clan - and Isalind "Isa" Magdalena Rain-Stefansdottir - an English school teacher who works at the school where Sailor has his landscaping job.

This series focuses on the Bishop-Esera clan that we met in the second book, Rock Hard, in the Rock Kiss Series. A family that totally revolves around Rugby, love, friendship and above all deep emotional family bonds. We had seen Gabriel "Gabe" Bishop's, the oldest son of the clan, story in that book where he falls in love with Charlotte "Charlie" Baird. However, in Rock Wedding, Nalini Singh mentions that since she hadn't given a proper wedding for Gabe and Charlie, she would create a spin-off on the Bishop-Esera clan leading upto their wedding. Which means we will have more books coming up soon, and perhaps we will see the Schoolboy Choir Band members again. This is the first story of the remaining members of the clan.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation:  Fantasy romance that brings the glitzy world of fame and the ordinary pleasures a perfect mate can give, along with the darker undersides of both worlds. Easy read for those sunny warm days, or cuddly cool days.

Rock Wedding is the fourth and final book in the Rock Kiss Series by Nalini Singh published in July of 2016. The central plot revolves around Abraham "Abe" Bellamy - the keyboardist for the Schoolboy Choir Band - and Sarah Smith - his ex-wife.

The series revolves around the four members of the Schoolboy Choir rock band who met as school mates but form a family within themselves with music. Readers will share their personal and professional lives, their hard pasts making them the media's best bad wolves; and the leading ladies who capture the eyes of these bad wolves and like to get tamed; above all a sense of strong family, strength and support in every walk of life.

In Rock Redemption, we see that Sarah Smith, Abraham "Abe" Bellamy's ex-wife (the guitarist of the Schoolboy Choir Band) is physically hurt by her fiancée Jeremy Vance from whom the members of the band and their better halves rescue her and give her shelter. Just as expected, Nalini begins her plot in this book two weeks after that incident focusing on Abe and Sarah.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation:  Fantasy romance that brings the glitzy world of fame and the ordinary pleasures a perfect mate can give, along with the darker undersides of both worlds. Easy read for those sunny warm days, or cuddly cool days.

Rock Redemption is the third book in the Rock Kiss Series by Nalini Singh published in October of 2015. The central plot revolves around Noah St. John - the Guitarist of the Schoolboy Choir Band - and Kathleen "Kit" Devingy - up and coming actress and a close friend of the band members.

The series revolves around the four members of the Schoolboy Choir rock band who met as school mates but form a family within themselves with music. Readers will share their personal and professional lives, their hard pasts making them the media's best bad wolves; and the leading ladies who capture the eyes of these bad wolves and like to get tamed; above all a sense of strong family, strength and support in every walk of life.

Although I had read this book in January itself, hadn't posted the review until I read the novella, Rock Courtship. Now that I have completed reading that and posted its review, here is my take on the next book in the series.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation:  Fantasy romance that brings the glitzy world of fame and the ordinary pleasures a perfect mate can give, along with the darker undersides of both worlds. Easy read for those sunny warm days, or cuddly cool days.

Rock Hard is the second book in the Rock Kiss Series by Nalini Singh originally published in March of 2015. The central plot revolves around Charlotte "Charlie" Baird - Molly Webster's best friend - and Gabriel Bishop - her new boss. The plot is set in Auckland, New Zealand.

The series revolves around the four members of the Schoolboy Choir rock band who met as school mates but form a family within themselves with music. Readers will share their personal and professional lives, their hard pasts making them the media's best bad wolves; and the leading ladies who capture the eyes of these bad wolves and like to get tamed; above all a sense of strong family, strength and support in every walk of life.

Although I had read this book in January itself, hadn't posted the review until I read the novella, Rock Courtship. Now that I have completed reading that and posting its review, here is my take on the next book in the series.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation:  Fantasy erotic romance that brings the glitzy world of fame and the ordinary pleasures a perfect mate can give, along with the darker undersides of both worlds. Easy read for those sunny warm days, or cuddly cool days. 

Rock Courtship is the first novella in the Rock Kiss Series by Nalini Singh originally published in September of 2014, right after the release of the first book Rock Addiction. The central plot revolves around David Rivera - Drummer of the famous band Schoolboy Choir - and Thea Alice Arsana - Publicist for the band. The plot is set in Auckland, New Zealand.

The series revolves around the four members of the Schoolboy Choir rock band who met as school mates but form a family within themselves with music. Readers will share their personal and professional lives, their hard pasts making them the media's best bad wolves; and the leading ladies who capture the eyes of these bad wolves and like to get tamed; above all a sense of strong family, strength and support in every walk of life.

Having read the first book, Rock Addiction, way back in January, although it was filled with a lot more of erotic scenes than the actual plot that is woven around; I did like the story line up though so wanted to continue with the series. However, her next book is a novella, which unfortunately doesn’t come in paper format anymore, just as an e-book.

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Book Critique - Under Currents

Stars: 3.5 / 5

Recommendation: Certainly a morbid topic, yet Nora weaves a charming tale that shines a positive light despite the darker shades hidden under. 

Under Currents is the 80th stand-alone novel by Nora Roberts published in July of 2019. The central plot revolves around Zane Bigelow - an attorney in the town of High Country - and Darby McCray - a Landscape Artist who is settling her roots in the same town.

Zane Bigelow grew up in a perfectly kept house in the Blue Ridges of North Carolina with his sister, Britt. Only the house isn't as perfect as it seems from outside. Appearances are not what they seem to be in reality fooling everyone around them until one fateful night when Zane and Britt are finally freed from the clutches of terror. Years later, now that Zane and his sister are comfortable settled on the other side of the lake. But his constant fear of the past coming back lurks at the corner.

Nora has explored a very sensitive topic that is often not addressed or even looked at until it is too late - child abuse. How abused as children they might be, the main characters turn their world around with proper family and friends support and a will to be different. And she also touches on other kinds of abuse that are sometimes by products of child abuse. The entire plot was filled undercurrents at every turn, yet they all see a shining light despite the circumstances.

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

Recommendation: You believe in super powers, abilities and the good that one can do with it, then this is the series you should read. Of course it comes with loads of eroticism, strong women, and brave men.

Shadow Warrior is the fourth book in The Shadow Series by Christine Feehan published in June of 2019. The plot is again set in Chicago where the Ferraros have marked their territory and begins a few weeks after the previous book, Shadow Keeper.

This time the story is of the fourth sibling and brother - Vittorio Ferraro - and Grace Murphy - whom Giovanni saves from a botched kidnapping attempt. It was awarded Amazon Best of the Month Romance.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A dystopian magical romantic novel from the queen of romance with hints of myths and shades of evil vs good. A fitting sequel filled with suspense, perils, love, friendship and above all a goal to find a peaceful place to live in harmony; the plot definitely keeps you gripped till the end.

Of Blood And Bone is the second book in the Chronicles of The One series by Nora Roberts published in December of 2018. The plot revolves around Fallon Swift, her upbringing and training that she undergoes before she is accepted as The One.

After the Doom, the world has been left in chaos and into an age where most essential needs of man - Gas, Electricity, Water, Medicine - become scarce or non-functioning; where magic rises over science in both Dark and Light shades; where survivors are striving to live at one end while various organizations - The Raiders; Purity Warriors; Groups of Dark Uncanny - take root to exploit everyone around. And everyone look forward to the rise of The One - be it supporters or adversaries.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: If you are into period setting novels with romance and mystery along-side, this book is one to try for sure.

A Devil Of A Duke is the second book in the trilogy Decadent Dukes Society by Madeline Hunter published in April of 2018. Decadent Dukes Society involves three sinfully handsome dukes who have three different scores to settle but they meet their match along the way. This time the plot is set between Gabriel St. James - Duke of Langford - and Amanda Waverly - a temptation disguised as an angel. And it is set in early 1800s England.

We followed Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton, meet his match in Clara Cheswick while settling his scores in The Most Dangerous Duke in London. Now Madeline takes the reader on to the second duke in the Decadent Dukes Society, Gabriel St. James, Duke of Langford, exploiting his debauchery all the while finding his right match.

Amanda Waverly is employed as a secretary to Lady Farnsworth, an unusual choice for both of them. But she has hidden secret that she guards by being the secretary. Little does she know that she would come up against a decadent duke in her efforts to keep her secret a secret.

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

My Recommendation: A very intriguing plot to continue the series, keeping readers on the edge of the journey that Nalini Singh is taking them with her plot in this futuristic location filled with three different species trying to live in balance

Ocean Light is the second book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity Series (17th book in the Psy-Changeling Series) by Nalini Singh published in June of 2018. The central plot revolves around Bowen "Bo" Adrian Knight - Security Chief of Human Alliance - and Kaia Luna - a BlackSea changeling. It is set in a BlackSea installation in 2083, two months after the events in the previous book, Silver Silence.

In the previous book, Silver Silence, we were introduced to Bowen "Bo" Knight as the Security Chief of Human Alliance. Having not read the parent series, Psy-Changeling Series, I presume this is the first time we meet Bo. He had been portrayed as a very strong-minded, iron-willed and fair in his ruling as a Security Chief.

That is why I was surprised, when Nalini Singh had expunged his character mid-way through that plot. I was very disappointed and wanted to see more of Bo. What do you know! When I picked the next book in the series, it was indeed centered around Bo. Glad Nalini Singh got back to her senses and brought Bo back. Phew!

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

My Recommendation: A fitting beginning to a spin-off from the original series, making the readers wonder where else will Nalini Singh take her plot in this futuristic location filled with three different species - Psy, Changeling and Human - trying to live in balance.

August 9th was National Book Lovers Day. Had been a busy day for me to post a review honoring that day. Here is one about a book from one of my favorite authors, a day late.

Silver Silence is the first book in the Psy-Changeling Trinity Series (16th book in Psy-Changeling Series) by Nalini Singh published in June of 2017. The central plot revolves around Silver Mercant - Director of the worldwide Emergency Response Network "EmNet" - and Valentin Mikhailovich "Mishka" Nikolaev - Alpha of the StoneWater Bears. The plot is set in Moscow in the year 2082.

After the fallout of the Psy Council, the three species - Psy, Changeling and Humans - work towards creating balanced world for all of them through the foundations of The Trinity Accord. Silver Mercant plays a very key role by taking up the directorship of EmNet and striving to keep all three species on same plane. However, someone tries an attempt on her life.

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

My Recommendation: With forbidden love and lurking consequences of their decisions, Julian and Emma's next journey takes readers through more twists and turns, shocking revelations, heart breaking outcomes and as well as involving the political games surrounding the shadowhunters and downworlders; an interesting sequel.

Lord of Shadows is the second book in The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare published in May of 2017. This is the third set of books in The Shadowhunter Chronicles, the second set being The Infernal Devices, which I am yet to read.

The plot in this particular book is set in modern day Los Angeles in an alternate world where humans, vampires, werewolves, magical fey, demons and shadow hunters co-exist. It begins two weeks after the events in the previous book, Lady Midnight. 

Emma Carstairs, Julian Blackthorn and his siblings are adjusting to the changes at the Los Angeles Institute - Emma dating Mark Antony Blackthorn who is now back from the Wild Hunt; Christopher "Kit" Jonathan Herondale - previously Kit Rook - living at the institute. Just as things seem to settle into a lull, the Centurions arrive to search for the body of Malcolm Fade and the Black Volume of the Dead from the ocean where he got washed off when Emma kills him.

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

My Recommendation: Another series in the Shadowhunter Chronicles revolving around the Carstairs and Blackthorns, still keeping in with the theme of twists and turns involving angels and demons, shadowhunters and downworlders and above all budding romances and eternal love. A very good opening to the series.

Lady Midnight is the first book in The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare published in March of 2016. This is the third set of books in The Shadowhunter Chronicles, the second set being The Infernal Devices, which I am yet to read.

The plot in this particular book is set in modern day Los Angeles in an alternate world where humans, vampires, werewolves, magical fey, demons and shadow hunters co-exist. It begins in 2012, five years after the events of the final book, City of Heavenly Fire, from the first set of The Shadowhunter Chronicles. It revolves around Emma Cordelia Carstairs and Julian "Jules" Blackthorn.

At the end of the final book, City of Heavenly Fire, in The Mortal Instruments Series, Cassandra Clare made it very clear that her next plot would begin in Los Angeles revolving around the Blackthorn kids and Carstairs girl. As expected she begins her series with Emma Carstairs and her life as a shadowhunter living in the Los Angeles Institute along with the Blackthorn kids.

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Stars: 4 / 5

My Recommendation: The adventure and thrill that Cassandra gives us through Jace and Clary gets more and more interesting as the series progresses, with twists and turns, angels and demons, shadowhunters and downworlders and above all budding romances and eternal love. A fitting finale to the first set of books.

City of Heavenly Fire is the sixth and final installment in The Mortal Instrument series, an urban fantasy by Cassandra Clare, published in May of 2014. These were the first set of books that were published in The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. 

This novel is set in modern day New York but in an alternate world where humans, vampires, werewolves, magical fey, demons and shadow hunters co-exist. The plot begins six months after the previous book, City of Lost Souls.

Sebastian Morgenstern escapes the Shadowhunters and Jace Lightwood is still working on controlling the angel fire inside his body and avoid turning someone similar to Marvel's character Hulk. However, when Sebastian goes on a rampage all over the world to all the Shadowhunter Institutes turning the shadowhunters forcibly into a dark army that would do his bidding, all of the Shadowhunters pool themselves to Idris trying to understand Sebastian's next step. However, Clary Fray, Jace and their friends Alec And Isabelle Lightwood, Simon Lewis and Magnus Bane, again join hands to find the ultimate goal of Sebastian and thwart his plans.

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

My Recommendation: The adventure and thrill that Cassandra gives us through Jace and Clary gets more and more interesting as the series progresses, with twists and turns, angels and demons, shadowhunters and downworlders and above all budding romances and eternal love.  

City of Lost Souls is the fifth installment in The Mortal Instruments series, an urban fantasy by Cassandra Clare published in May of 2012. These were the first set of books that were published in The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. 

This novel is set in modern day New York but in an alternate world where humans, vampires, werewolves, magical fey, demons and shadow hunters co-exist. The plot begins right after the events of the previous book City of Fallen Angels ends.

At the end of City of Fallen Angels, we see that Jace Lightwood, Clary Fray's boyfriend, is somehow tied to Sebastian Morgenstern - Clary's brother - even though at the end of the battle, Sebastian was killed. And Jace and Sebastian disappear. Now Clary along with her best friend Simon Lewis - a Daylighter Vampire, the Lightwood siblings of Jace - Isabelle "Izzy" Sophia, Alexander "Alec" Gideon - and Magnus Bane - High Warlock of New York; go on a hunt for Jace and find hopefully a way to sever the connection between him and Sebastian and ultimately save him.

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Book Critique - Heat Storm (Nikki Heat #9)

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: If you like crime plots and follow closely how day-in and day-out law enforcement personnel solve a case along with tinge of romance and a boat load of twists that spin the plot like a top, then this is a perfect series to read through.

Heat Storm is the ninth book in the series of Castle Books written by fictional author Richard Castle from the TV series Castle (portrayed by Nathan Fillion) (My review of the TV series here) published in May of 2017. The plot is set immediately after the events of the previous book High Heat, with introduction of Derrick Storm in Nikki Heat series.

Typically as the TV series progressed, one book per season was released. However the series ended after eight seasons in May 2016. Yet, Hyperion Books went on to publish two more books in this series, which were going to be the end of the series in books. The first of which was High Heat, the eighth book in the series. And this book. But, I see that a tenth book Crashing Heat was released this past March. Looks like the popularity of the books hasn’t faded, just like the series whose reruns are still watched hugely. Anyways, back to my review of this current book Heat Storm.

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Book Critique - Shelter in Place

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: Nora Roberts in her original self again, with a thriller that has all shades of human mind giving chills, at the same time tinged with colors of romance and psychology.

Shelter in Place is the 79th stand-alone book by Nora Roberts, published in May of 2018. The central plot revolves around three people who had gone through a shooting massacre and how that life-threatening experience changed their lives and paths.

For some reason whenever I looked at the title of this book it reminded me of Shutter Island title. And made me worried that this might be closer to horror theme plot which I don’t read often. Finally I overcame the fear and read it a year after it was published. 

But again I should have realized that the title "Shelter in Place" means finding a safe location indoors in a crisis situation until "all clear" signal is given and that the central plot would be around a crime that is occurring way to common now in the western world. Well, anyways, finally here is my review.

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Book Critique - Come Sundown

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: Finally Nora Roberts is back with her strong women and men with powerful story-line that takes the reader into the shades of light and dark of human mind, all along stringing them with romance, love and family dynamics.

Come Sundown is the 78th stand-alone book by Nora Roberts, published in May of 2017. The central plot revolves around Bodine "Bo" Longbow - manager of her family resort - and Callen "Cal" Skinner - her childhood crush.

I had bought this book while I was traveling to CA to meet one of my brothers and his family in June of 2017, when I had realized I didn’t carry a book with me on the plane, they were tucked in the luggage that I wouldn’t retrieve until I reach my destination. A quick survey at the book stores in the airport got my attention to the then newest book by Nora Roberts.

Lo! And behold, it was in my hand and I had voraciously read through it during the flight, although had only finished 25% of the book.  But after I returned back from my trip, I never picked the book again until now - Partly may be because I was into 25% of the book and had already guessed who the killer was and partly because the flashback in the plot reminded me so much of her book, The Obsession, which was published a year earlier to this book. 

Anyways, I finally gave the book another shot and thus my review this late. 

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Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: Bone-chilling thriller with the touches of romance, lust and twisted minds - a perfect medley to enjoy the read despite the shivers it leaves in the reader's spine.

Never Die Alone is the eighth book in the New Orleans series by Lisa Jackson with Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya published in August of 2015. The plot is set immediately after the events that occur in the previous book, Devious.

After going through a lot of hard work, Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya, although apprehend the killer of the novice nuns, they fail to get any closer to Father John, the one person who had been eluding them since the events in the first book, Hot Blooded. And now Brianna Hayward wants to prove that her cousin was wrongly convicted of a crime he hadn't committed, a case that Rick Bentz had left 12 years ago in Los Angeles and moved to New Orleans, a case that had haunted him ever since. Was Brianna true? What of Father John? With twisted and mind-numbing killings, Bentz and Montoya are once again on the trail of a serial killer, trying to capture him once and for all.

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Book Critique - Devious (New Orleans # 7)

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Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: Bone-chilling thriller with the touches of romance, lust and twisted minds - a perfect medley to enjoy the read, despite the shivers it leaves in the reader's spine.

Devious is the seventh book in the New Orleans series by Lisa Jackson with Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya published in April of 2011. This time around the author sets her plot revealing shades of Montoya's past, in essential centering around him, even though Bentz and Montoya are working on solving a string of murders.

It is a routine call about an accident for Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya, only this time, the victim, Camille Renard, happens to be someone Montoya knew in the past. And suddenly everyone around him, and all the suspects somehow are connected to his past life. To top it a string of murders are happening that Montoya needs to investigate and keep his head in the game, despite the past. Question is, will he or will he not?

The plot is set approx a year and half after the events in Malice. However, Lisa Jackson has several references to plots from books in distant past in the series thus continuing the story-lines. And some characters from those books, along with the families of the lead detectives, also surface in here - Dr. Samantha Leeds Wheeler, a late-night radio psychologist whom we met in the very first book Hot Blooded - which made me wonder if the antagonist(s) will also return. 

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Book Critique - Malice (New Orleans # 6)

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Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: Bone-chilling thriller with the touches of romance, lust and twisted minds - a perfect medley to enjoy the read despite the shivers it leaves in the reader's spine.

Malice is the sixth book in the New Orleans series by Lisa Jackson with Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya published in January of 2009. This plot is set three months after the events in Lost Souls and the author brings back her focus on Rick Bentz with Rueben Montoya at his side, who aids him at every step.

At the end of Lost Souls, Detective Rick Bentz is hit by lightning and injured, leaving him in a coma for two weeks from which he awakens with his own visions coming to life, especially around Jennifer Bentz, Rick's ex-wife, being alive, at least in the form of spirit. The current story in Malice picks up three months after this incident. 

Detective Rick Bentz keep seeing visions of Jennifer while he is recuperating from his accident, despite the fact that she was killed in an accident twelve years ago. And now he goes back to Los Angeles, where he had lost his ex-wife, his career and to the unsolved cases. Now once for all Rick is bent on solving two and redeeming one. But, will it come at the ultimate cost for him?

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Definitely gorier and grittier than the previous series by Christine, yet with strong social elements that will make the reader plow through the plot.

Vengeance Road the second book in the Torpedo Ink Series by Christine Feehan published in January of 2019. The central plot is around Lyov Russak aka Steele - Vice President of Torpedo Ink Motorcycle Club - and Breezy Summers - daughter of a rival Motorcycle Club Swords leader. The plot is set the day after the previous book Judgment Road ends.

Torpedo Ink is the third series in the Sea Haven Novels – first set was The Drake Sisters series and the second set was the Sisters of the Heart series - with stories revolving around the members of Torpedo Ink Motorcycle Club. The club consists of 18 men and women who had survived the most brutal training schools in Russia. They formed a family of sort under the leadership of Victor "Czar" Prakenskii and, finally finding freedom on the road belonging to their club. After years of doing undercover work to hunt the most cruel criminals, they find the town of Sea Haven where they settle and build for the first time a home for themselves, despite the enemies they still have to fight.

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Book Critique - Sacred Games

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: Readers travel through a web of murder, mystery, politics, cops and dons and above all national security. Despite it's lengthy read, it does keep the reader gripped to it in every chapter.

Sacred Games is the third novel by Vikram Chandra published in January of 2006. The primary plot-line revolves around a Sikh police inspector, Sartaj Singh, who was introduced first in the 1997 book Love and Longing in Bombay: Stories, and the local don Ganesh Gaitonde.

I bought my book at a book sale, and the only reason I had bought it was because it's written by an Indian author - my birth country - some two years ago. But, I hadn't got around to read it since then, considering the 900+ pages in there. However in 2018, Netflix made the first original web series based on this novel. 

Although the book was a mediocre success, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kahsyap, with a star cast of talented actors the likes of Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte, it definitely had garnered a lot of attention and audience. And I like to read the book first before watching the TV show or play or movie that it is based on. So, finally here's my review.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A young adult fantasy novel involving Gods, Demi-Gods, Prophecies, Quests and Ragnarok - thoroughly entertaining and very enchanting. A few flaws here and there yet a decent read for those young adults.

The Ship of the Dead is the third and final book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy by Rick Riordan based on Norse Mythology, published in October of 2017. The story continues six weeks after the events in the second book, The Hammer of Thor, with more adventures around demi-god Magnus Chase, and again written in first-person narration form. In this sequel, Magnus Chase and his friends set about to re-capture Loki before he wreaks more havoc on the world.

At the end of the previous book, I realized that Annabeth Chase is in fact the same one whom we met in Percy Jackson series and the spin-off The Heroes of Olympus series (which totally eluded me until then). And we also see that Annabeth Chase was going to bring Percy Jackson and meet with Magnus Chase so he can get trained better for his next adventure. That is where this plot begins.

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

Recommendation: A world of computers, love and family - what can go wrong, except an evil eye following these brave GhostWalker Men and Women who once again face it and come out winning.

Covert Game is the fourteenth book in the GhostWalker Series by Christine Feehan published in March of 2018. The central plot revolves around Gino "Phantom" Mazza - member of GhostWalker Team Four - and Zara Hightower - one of the orphan girls from Dr. Whitney's Group Four. This book also marked the 75th book by Christine Feehan, a remarkable achievement by Christine.

GhostWalkers are a group of women and men who are sent on special missions. They have enhanced psychic and physical abilities along with genetic modifications, using in some cases not just human genes but all kinds of animal and plant genes. However every GhostWalker would need an "anchor" to draw back the psychic backlash. They are complex characters trying to live with their enhanced abilities and at the same time fight against the corrupt people around them, executing their missions successfully. There are a total of four teams of GhostWalker Men serving in various areas of law enforcement and armed forces and four groups of Orphan Girls on whom Dr. Peter Whitney had experimented. He has paired each of his GhostWalker men with the women in the hopes to breed the next generation of GhostWalkers.

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A young adult fantasy novel involving Gods, Demi-Gods, Prophecies, Quests and Ragnarok - a good sequel, but felt a little bit dragging at some places.

The Hammer of Thor is the second book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan based on Norse Mythology, published in October of 2016. The story continues six weeks after the events in the first book, The Sword of Summer, with more adventures around demi-god Magnus Chase, and again written in first-person narration form. In this sequel, Magnus Chase is now on a hunt to find the Hammer of Thor that has gone missing.

Similar to the first book, Riordan has a diverse variety of characters, some carried forward from the first book and some added new. The book won the 2017 Stonewall Book Award for Children's literature.

After healing from his wounds from his war with Fenris Wolf, Magnus Chase is again on a new adventure. He and his friends - Samirah "Sam" al-Abbas, a Valkyrie; Hearthstone, a light elf and Blitzen, a dwarf - set about to find the missing Hammer of Thor. An adventure that takes them across the Nine Worlds again, having them fight some giants and evil gods, all along trying to stay safe and alive.

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Book Critique - The Unnamed

Stars: 2.5/ 5

Recommendation: The existential journey is evoking, but the other parts that come with it become insignificant at times or make the reader lost in the ramblings of the author and his characters. Yet it managed to leave a lingering taste at the back of my tongue. Pick it up at your own risk, but I neither enjoyed it nor felt satisfied with it despite the lingering feeling. 

The Unnamed is the second book by American writer Joshua Ferris, published in January of 2010. The plot basically revolves around the lives of Tim Farnsworth, his wife Jane and daughter Becka. It is set in New York City.

Tim Farnsworth is a successful lawyer living in New York City with his wife Jane and teenaged daughter Rebecca "Becka". His life is in blissful mode only for one little thing, his urge to keep walking and keep on going. Despite the numerous treatments and advices he takes from various doctors, modes of medicines and psychiatrists, his urges don’t reduce. Joshua continues the rest of the book in showing how someone with a disease with no cure and name copes, how their family faces the challenges and how ultimately in the end everyone are affected.

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Book Critique - The Alchemist

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A book that gives one to look within themselves as well as their own goals; understand their true self, while learning the world around that has been made by an unseen hand; and giving the reader his or her own Personal Legend. You want to find yours, pick this book to find a way.

The Alchemist is a 1988 novel by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, originally published in Portuguese and later translated internationally into various languages. The plot follows a young shepherd who is on his journey to the Pyramids of Egypt in search of a treasure that he keeps seeing in his dreams.

A very dear friend of mine gifted me for Christmas in 2017. I had read this book a few months thereafter, but couldn't put my pen to paper (in this case typing on my keyboard into the computer) to write a review about it. There is so much in it, and it means different for every person, depends on what the reader is seeking from it. 

Again this is another kind of fiction I don't normally read. However, this was on my list to read for a while. So well, finally I penned the review and here you go.

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For review of all books in this series: Go here.

Stars: 4.5 / 5

Recommendation: Mythology, History and the everlasting theme of good vs evil between Super powers and Gods / Demi-Gods - all packaged into this clever little plot with teenagers again at the helm of saving the worlds.

Gatefather is the third and final book in the Mithermages trilogy written by Orson Scott Card and published in October of 2015. The story picks up where the previous book, The Gate Thief, ended, revolving around Danny North, the Gatefather and Wad, The Gate Thief.

Thinking he had outsmarted the Gate Thief aka Wad, Danny North, the demi-god, hadn't known what he was opening up the worlds - both Earth and Westil - to. Yet in his naivety he ends up inviting the biggest and strongest evil into his life, literally and figuratively, despite Wad's efforts to thwart Danny's plans. Arrogance on both of their parts has now put Earth and Westil on peril. That is where the third book in the series picks up.

With friends turned to foes while family ready to chop off his head; Danny North is in a situation that as a reader I couldn’t fathom a teenager to be in. Being a Gatefather doesn’t necessarily absolve Danny of his mistakes. So now Danny North along with his few drowther friends - humans on earth - starts his next adventure in the series which sends them across a path that just might cause war between worlds; and Danny might just be in the center of everything.

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

Recommendation: A thriller with gorier, girttier parts, but metes justice at the end to the monsters causing crimes all over; definitely for a strong heart and mind who can wade through the story-line.

Deliver Us From Evil is the second book in the A. Shaw Series by David Baldacci published in April of 2010. The plot is centered around Shaw and Regina "Reggie" Campion - two covert operatives working for two different independent organizations whose sole purpose is to weed out and hunt down the most notorious criminals and monsters, sometimes hiding under sheep's skins.

A friend of mine loaned me another of David Baldacci book to read; she is the same one who had originally introduced me to Will Robie series by Baldacci. Since I had liked Will Robie series, trusting my friend's judgment on the book again, I picked this one to read as well.

The target is a multi-millionaire Evan Waller who is considered monster, but there was not a thing to prove for any government to take action on him. Both Shaw and Reggie are independently assigned to the case of accosting Evan and making that day his last day on earth. Neither are aware of each other's missions, and yet they strive to achieve their goals.

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