Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: Straight from a Lover's Heart by Shivangi Ramsay

Love, it binds two souls and it nurtures two people. There is no set definition to the idea. It just finds its way out in people's lives and then gives them a chance to shine and conquer what's in their sight. Author Shivangi Ramsay in her anthology " Straight from the Lover's Heart" tries to flutter the wings of love and let them astray into the wilds of the world. So has she been able to ignite the passion among the readers? Let's find out. 

A collection celebrating the essence of love. 

First look at the title and the cover and the lone figure across far stretched lands makes a wishful impact. There's not much to talk about the title but love is a certain portion in it. There's no blurb to lend support to the anthology and a single line says it all for the book.

Story No. 1:

A match made in heaven or a match made by the societal norms. It clicks or doesn't is what the story is all about. An age old concept of arranged marriage gets quite a mention but not before the story fizzles out rather awkwardly without any gung-ho's. Something more in the story would have made it look good.

Story No. 2:

It's a simple story about school and assignments and the fun of doing wild things. It rather turns out to be a pale narration and nothing as such can be claimed from the story. It's a fairly average story.

Story No. 3:

A verbal exchange between two passionate lovers. The story starts from somewhere before ending up nowhere. It doesn't justifies it's purpose with the sequence of events. It's a whirlwind affair with no effect at all.

Story No. 4:

It's a mushy-mushy lovey-dovey kind of a story where the prince tries to woo her princess on her birthday. It's a sweet story but then it gives a message of never to underestimate someone's love for the other person. It's the hidden aspect of love that comes out in the story.

Story No. 5:

It's a story about a couple of friends, out of which one who seems to care less about anything or rather everything. The story starts off well but fizzles out by the time it ends. It is rather on a very abrupt side.

Story No. 6:

The story of good old glory days and the infatuation which ultimately turns into revenge. The story blossoms well and then with it's unexpected end manages to catch the reader's attention. A good story.

Story No. 7:

It's a story about two lovers and their good old escapades. Thoroughly thought through and then put together to turn on the numb senses of the reader. The story delivers the final jot with panache. A fair flair of writing.

Story No. 8:

Fantasy is the mother of all imagination. You can fantasize love, relationships and what not and for that dreams are the best means of communication. The story fills up the dream land of readers with fantasy but ends on a very tepid note. A better finish could have made the story look true to it's nature.

Story No. 9:

The story is one hot, steamy getaway in the blues of peace and prosperity. Not languishing under any constraints the story turns on the pitch and notch up the wittiest of the conversations two lovers can ever have. Its a saucy and a spicy affair.

Story No. 10:

It's only about one and only character who is supposedly always present in the college. The nasty, carefree one. The story hums a bitter-sweet opinion about the character and in the end gets nasty. But it substantially fails to rouse any interest.

Story No. 11:

It's a lover's delight. Tailor made lover's tiff, that's what the story is all about. A cute little devil of a story with mixed emotions but love aplenty. A fair read.

Story No. 12:

A heart touching tiff between a wife and a husband and it's repercussions. The story is a whirlwind affair and leaves a reader dazed with it's one after the other jolts. The best one till now.

Story No. 13:

Never challenge someone who has a way with words. This is one way-word story. It's happening, spinning and clear cut in it's approach towards tit-for-tat. A high maintenance yet charming story.

Story No. 14:

For the love of god there is this lust filled romantic season and its a tete-a-tete between the two lovers. No wonder the story is steamy and excruciatingly romantic by the end it tends to look more repetitive like some previous stories in the book and fails to charm a reader.

Story No. 15:

It's a glorifying moment in life when you are in a predicament. Where to go or what to do with your clumsy yet unforgettable past? The story chimes the tunes of old and new rather conventionally then turns on the head with its rampaging finish. It's like adding insult to the injury.

Story No. 16:

A man and a woman meet. Things click, then go awry, then the amends and finally will it work out for both of them? A classic lover's tale with everything feels or goes about in their lives. A simple story which defines the barriers of love and the respect which carves out the perfect relationship between two people. A good story indeed.

Story No. 17:

The tussle of the eager minds and the lengths of sorting it out is what plays party to love. The story is gentle but finds itself on a mushy ground because it clearly lacks the punch to deliver the goods. A fairly average story.

Story No. 18:

It's an old fashioned tale fancied on the virtuous encounters of a man and a woman and their falling apart gradually to be resurrected again. It's a fair story but pretty straightforward, fancily set in olden times but predictable till the very end making it look pale.

Story No. 19:

Another honeymoon, another love story, another escapade and it all ends in a beautiful manner. The story is again a repeat of what had been a sincere affair in almost most of the narratives till now. It ends up on a high but feels monotonous in terms of a story line.

Story No. 20:

It's a ravaging part of life i.e death. It solely has the capacity to steal away the pleasures away at any instant. The story manages to stir up emotions but the love and care are blown away by some awkward turn in the story and it's suddenness making it look more like a mess than a blessing.

Story No. 21:

This one's all about one being stranded when it comes to love matters. Sometimes it's a bit late but most of the times it's luck that works out the basics. The story is cute in a way that it caters to ardent romance lovers or secret admirer or crush types. It is stereotypical in nature but it brings a flush of ease on the face of a reader. 

Story No. 22: 

Best friends forever or rather BFF nowadays. It's a term that bind two people together for eternity. That's what the story is all about. A story with not much to talk about, it's a sort of a push to let the book drift from lovers to best friends. But nothing makes the story look starry. 

Story No. 23: 

It's a fair deal in a relationship to tumble out with your inner desires in front of your partner. The story seems similar where desires, the hidden and burning ones find their way out and sound innate. But it only stirs the soul towards the end apart from that it's like an arrow out to find it's target; a bit too rushed.

First things first. The book reeks of exuberance,mills and boons type heroes, hot heroes, flushed heroines, top notch and witty conversations, fluent language and dollops of love an romance. It all sets the book into motion as the title suggests. The lover's paradise envelops readers with open arms and let them sway into the motions of being languid and sometimes being rushed into thick of things. Rather it reeks every bit of what modern day romance is all about. There's no dearth of being pleasured with set ideas and wildly imagined sequences. Love and passion are heartfelt in the book throughout all the stories. 

The downfall of the book is in it's monotonous touch with the environment often found similar in a lot of stories. The stories some half finished and some pale is another issue to be addressed thoroughly. The abrupt endings in few of the stories making them look unwanted in the book. The number of stories and their lengths often making them look incomplete. The book required 10 good stories to put pen to paper rather than expanding the quantity and allowing it run wildly into the horizons of sameness. 

All in all the book with it's love and romance factors certainly charms the readers but on a solid front it fails to offer a lot of variety, rather banking on similar experiences now and again. The vanity of stories could have been done with a much more tight-knit concept rather than letting it loose and foray into the world of uncertainty. Very few of them hit the mark, which is not a very sound idea for an anthology to blossom as the number is quite unexpectedly huge. A tremendous stroke with the wordplay but a big letdown with the content. 


2 OUT OF 5 


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)

Suspense thriller is a genre which rings quite a bell as soon as a reader settles down to read one. It never fails to strike the hidden agenda or purpose of either parties and keeps the readers busy and all the more interested. Stephen King in his book "Mr. Mercedes" keeps things tight and let the readers be on a prowl for the hunter and the hunted. So has he given it all? Let's find out. 

In a Midwestern city, a man climbs into a Mercedes-Benz fueled by a dark agenda. He drives to a job fair, where thousands of unemployed hopefuls vie for a chance at a career. They have no idea that a killer is coming towards them. The driver strikes before dawn, and leaves eight dead and fifteen injured in his wake. Just as mysteriously as he appeared, the killer vanishes into the fog, never to be seen again. Or so the retired detective Bill Hodges thinks. Streetwise and battle-hardened, he had worked on the case when it was still fresh, and gave up on it thinking that it led nowhere. However, an unnerving letter arrives at his door and claims to be from the killer. Bill can’t resist the pull of the Mercedes killer, for more lives are at stake. The killer will strike again, and only Bill and his allies stand in his way.

First look at the title and the cover and a reader cannot decipher what exactly the title or the cover wants to convey. The tagline of suspense thriller ups the excitement. But all things aside cover is pretty mysterious and dark. The blurb talks about a psychopath and a retired Detective whose paths are set to cross. The blurb pretty much keeps it simple and let the readers take a deep plunge into the land of Mr. Mercedes. 

The story is about a certain Mr. Mercedes who due to his nefarious and notorious actions kills 8 innocent people in a job fair. On the other hand Bill Hodges has retired now but he rues the fact Mr. Mercedes managed to give him a slip while he was fit and active. But Mr. Mercedes in on a prowl again and this time it's going to be huge. So will it set the tone for another action packed chain of events? Who will strike first, Mr. Mercedes or Detective Bill Hodges? Will Hodges ever be able to uncover the sinister motives of the Mercedes man? Who will lose all or who will gain from the tussle between a psycho mind and an old, yet agile brain? That's what the story is all about. 

The name doesn't rings a bill. Sound like a car but it looks more devious from inside than the outside. Mr. Mercedes even the name sends shivers down the spine and the way he functions in the entire book, is enough to spark a calamity in a calm mind. The cat and mouse game between Hodges & Mr. Mercedes is the glowing aspect of the story. One ahead of the other all the time. The moralizing factor that it continues to tumble out old skeletons out of the closet and puts the future at stake becomes more exploding and riveting. The suspense element is there and as it turns out a different kind of a finish to the story sets it apart from other thrillers in the genre. 

The book loses out on the suspense element pretty much. There's not much suspense and it is predictable but the motives are always under a shady eye so that keeps a little but of suspense element going. More of darker twists and turns could have justified the tagline of the book. It fails to capitalize on some crucial elements of the story and rather delves into personal spaces. 

All in all the story is not half bad but it's not great either. The book has all the meat to be a thriller but not enough to tag it as a suspense thriller. The wild goose chase is certainly an uncertainty and let readers stay off course for most of the length of the book but on the other hand the delusions seem simple and don't catch the mind off guard or spin a rather vivacious account about the gore or the murder or the murderer. It's a mixed bag of tricks and with it readers get to see some unrealistic yet notable fiction characters in the end. A curious story. 


3 OUT OF 5 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Review: Mine for Tonight by Shivangi Ramsay

Romance in modern times has assumed a completely different outlook. Be it the wild aspect of it or the softer side authors don't hold it back, rather unveil the ferocious as well as the mellowed instincts of two passionate lovers. Author Shivangi Ramsay in her latest book "Mine for Tonight" certainly unleashes the power of pen and let readers experience a book with all love exploits. Has she managed it well? Let's find out. 

Ramya Oberoi had a one night stand with a stranger on New Year's Eve. Deeply ashamed the morning after, she runs away. Education becomes her sole escape as she struggles hard to forget those sinful memories of soul-stirring passion. Sameer Razdan has not been able to forget the loving warmth of the woman who'd surrendered herself so sweetly to him. Years later, their paths clash when they meet at the Law Council dinner. Will love give them a second chance?

First look at the title and the cover a reader can easily be lured into reading a romance story. The cover image is mesmerizing and it looks no less than a fairy tale. The title oozes romance and it foretells about what to expect from the story. The blurb talks about a girl and her tryst with life and nuances of love. The blurb pretty much tries to hide the gyst of the story but it reveals a thing too many. 

The story is about two sisters namely Ramya & Sonia Oberoi. Sonia an outgoing girl with dreams about falling in love and being drooled at whereas Ramya a shy one whose yet to taste the fruits of love. But everything will change when her sister's constant belligerence will turn Ramya into someone which she never expected to be. Will love knock at the doors of Ramya? Will Sameer Razdan be the knight in the shining armor? Under what circumstances will love blossom or fade away? That's what the story is all about. 

When there's love, there's romance. When there's both it's two for tango. The tango in the story is spicy, steamy,guilty and rickety. Be it commitment or confession or naughty escapades the story  brings out every aspect of the love in a full blown avatar. It rather never misses a point when it comes to expressing love be it physically or emotionally. The heat is up for the readers to manage. The devouring passion and the craziness of the story in the first half is certainly a hit idea to take it forward. Language keeps the story juicy and under thorough control. 

The downside of the story is it's weak second half where it pales and rather unceremoniously finishes too soon. It needed more meat and could have utilized more ideas and pumped into an already ravishing tale. The characters were not given their dues as some of them fizzle out with a promising start. The aces could have been held back and then played on with some pomp which surely is missing in the story. 

All in all it's steamy experience as kink and love gets in and hits the nerves and sensory organs of a reader. The book picks up on the tingling points and let the reader go with the flow. The length is certainly pretty short and more engagement, argument, some past, present and a mushy or a murky future would have been a perfect spice for the story. But for now whatever it contains it doesn't fails to heights the pleasure and keep it subtle at the same time. It's a teasing camaraderie with a tinge of spice and a tinge of sugar. 


3 OUT OF 5

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review: Naked in Death by J.D Robb (In Death, #1)

Brutality of crime is always a very challenging notion. Even investigators cannot decipher the notion behind a sick mind. Generalizations are many but it always takes a killer to change the notion of the crime altogether. Author J.D Robb in his book "Naked in Death" takes a paradoxical journey of a crime scene where your guts will be challenged to the wit's end. So will it be the wit and grit of the readers or the brains of the author or both will come out as a winner? Let's find out. 

In a world of danger and deception, she walks the line--between seductive passion and scandalous murder...Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she's seen it all--and knows her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire--and a suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about--except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

First look at the title and a reader can smell a murder mystery cooking. The cover is nothing to talk about. It's a pretty pale offering as compared to the title. The blurb talks about a cop and her life as a dutiful protector until recently. The blurb manages to put a lid on the circumstances and the story which is a big thumbs up. 

The story is of Eve Dallas, a hard beat down cop whose life circles around victims and criminals. But the recent disturbing high profile death of Sharon DeBlass snatches away the peace of her life as her life as a primary tears apart her privacy and vulnerability. The killer at large, the pressure from the Senator and others, the eluding crime scene and a hazy motive with a long list of suspects puts her life on a back burner. So what will it take to catch the killer? Who among them wears a facade of innocence and who out of the least turns out to be a devil? The fingers point to many but there is only one who is going to be a grave nemesis. That's what the story is all about. 

The story has everything to talk about. A boiling crime thriller, brutality, edge of the seat action, personal involvement, exasperation and in the end a moral victory of sorts. But it all comes at a cost of conflicting emotions and interests. The personal as well as professional mix up is a huge difference maker to the story. Not to forget the crime committed which is nothing less than barbarism and clinical. Methodical approach is what the story acquires to deduct the purpose of the killer and the characters manage to spin off an intriguing tale and a wobbling journey. There are times of tough decisions and some indecision but it all gels together to let the reader soar sky high in an unnaturally natural crime thriller. 

The possible downside of the book is not shedding appropriate light on the exploits of the villain and turning his role into a guest appearance. Giving him more leverage in the story would have toyed with the minds of the eager readers. Also possibly more involvement was required from few other characters which is found short, rather left out in this diverse environment. 

All in all the book from page one turns on the heat and let the readers be at the driver seat. Often or not they find themselves embracing disappointment in not being able to put finger on a single person as a killer but that's what keep the story up and running. There are only few hiccups but by the time it folds the story has a lot to offer and even the naked truth takes some amount of grit to be uncovered. But by and large the book gloriously defines death and it's outcome and let others be the bearers of the torch of sufferers and go getters. A tough nut to crack. 


4 OUT OF 5

Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: Six Teen Mistakes by Nikhil Kushwaha

For romance books to work in the present scenario a different feel to it is required. It's a genre which is explored to the brim and sometimes fails to enliven the experience even from the best of the writers. Author Nikhil Kushwaha in his book "Six Teen Mistakes" tries to enhance the workings of love and relationships through the eyes of two teenagers. So has he been able to pull off the miracle? Let's find out. 

Six Teen Mistakes is the story of a boy who has just come to a world which he has never seen before - a world which looks so good initially, but becomes an infected chalice eventually. He is compelled to do those things which he has not done before. He soon comes to know that he is doing nothing but digging his own grave. He also falls in love with a beautiful girl, but it does not end quite well. But he still manages to move on as he discovers something unique. The novel depicts those things which are common in any teenager’s life - a common story of most of us, but with an unanticipated climax.

First look at the title and the cover and a reader can easily be lured into a romance setup. But the cover is a paler version of romance. It neither shines nor blossoms. The title is a generic standard working title which is not a perfect description of a book. It throws in teenage on the forefront. The blurb talks about a boy and his foray into the world of love. The blurb manages to keep the facts concealed from the readers. 

The story revolves around a boy and a girl. The boy being absolutely clueless about love till he sees her for the first time and the girl a complete rookie and a fearful teenager. Together they want to live a dream which is looks far from easy. But then the odds always let you do things which don't seem smart at first. So what will it take for them to be together? Who will put the best foot forward in this unforgiving journey of love? Will it be a memorable experience or a sticky ground to stand on? That's what the story is all about. 

First things first it's a teenage romance saga with an age old working concept of love at first sight. The readers who still believe in this overtime working formula in the books might be in for a treat. The sweet nothings will keep a romance facade on for the entire length of the book. A mix of emotions too will throw it's weight behind almost all the known facets of love and relationship. 

The downside of the book is it's failure to excite the readers. The narration pales and the age old concept of romance stutters barely making it to the end. The story doesn't brings to table any fresh perspectives of love rather sticking to the teenage mushy romances which might turn out to be a monotonous affair. Some weight should have been thrown around while bringing out the best out of the romantic tale but it certainly gives up and continues to move in circles which is sorely predictable. 

All in all the book is nowhere close to offering a new tale of romance. Rather it's an old wine in a new bottle. But this wine doesn't has the power to give the readers a taste to savor on to. It's a classical old tale of see saw romance with the only notable spark flying off towards the end. Other than that it turns out to be another one of the love stories in a long lost crowd of love stories. For it to work something spectacular was needed but instead its an old man's tale with nothing to brag about. 


2 OUT OF 5

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review: Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer (The Clifton Chronicles, #3)

There is sometimes no end to a living legacy. Be it a book or it's character we all summarize them with equal fervor and give them their parting due as a token of love. Jeffrey Archer in his book "Best Kept Secret" keeps the war cries alive and let the characters and the story do the talking. So will it be a win-win situation for him? Let's find out.  

Best Kept Secret is a thrilling novel by Jeffery Archer that promises to keep its readers glued, right till the very last page. The story is set in the year 1945, and starts with highlighting a very important decision concerning the fortune of the Barrington family. This decision must be made on the basis of a vote in the House of Lords, affecting Harry Clifton, and Giles Barrington, who are vying for that fortune. Through the course of this book, Harry, and Emma decide to adopt a girl named Jessica, who is the love child of Emma’s dad. 
As the story advances, we are introduced to Sebastian Clifton, who is the son of Harry Clifton, and Emma. As time passes, the General Election approaches, and Giles Barrington is called to defend his seat in the House of Commons. However, he soon learns that he has been pitted against Sebastian, and this comes as a rude shock to him. 
In the year 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge. However, things turn ugly when he finds himself involved in an international art fraud, due to which he gets thrown out of his university. The fraud revolves around a Rodin statue, whose value is much more than it could ever raise at an auction. However, this scam raises a lot of questions about Sebastian’s own fate, in terms of his safety, and future.

First look at the title and the cover and a reader can sense something fishy. Keeping up with the tradition the book manages to have a realistic cover and a title that will keep a lot of people guessing. The blurb speaks a little about what is going to transpire in the Barrington & Clifton drama. It keeps the story under the wraps and leaves nothing to the fancy of the readers. 

The story is set back in Bristol, where politics and friendship and relationships are on the line. The young blood too, is going to be a part of the drama and conspiracy. The Barrington & Clifton tussle continues with few things settled yet a lot of questions unanswered and some guests from the past revisited. So how will the present and future holdup for the legacy? Who will take all and who will lose or sacrifice a lot? What has the young blood to do in this epic struggle? That's what the story is all about. 

Keeping up with the old narratives, the story promises a lot of drama and conspiracy, struggle for power and happiness and some settled and unsettled scores but the young blood is the one that takes the center stage. The effused combination of the two creates some magical moments for the readers. There are times when you get to see a war of words or a brandishing tussle between the elders but the niceties are extended to the younger ones more. The old dark past is also an added factor in the illustrious story line. Fair amount of youth gets the setting right for the author to proceed in to the right direction but it's still the elders who play a pivotal part in shaping up the legacy. 

The downside of the story is its slimmer hope of giving something crumbling and preposterous to the readers. Scandalized more would be the word. But it fails to inspire a story. The dull first half becomes a grueling and dragging affair as politics and other one odd incident doesn't reproduces the magic from the past. There are glaring differences in the narration as this one just seems unsettled and out of it's favorite line of work. 

All in all the book promises a lot, but delivers a few goods. Living up to the expectations is not what it inspires into, but nonetheless the exploding second half turns around a lot many bloopers from the first. Surely the new line of story is up to something but this one is a bit start and stop scooter. The scope of reading another one just gives one great push towards the uncertain and unpredictable future. The book won't generate curiosity but won't fail you as a reader completely either. 


3 OUT OF 5   

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Review: The Guardians of Halahala by Shatrujeet Nath (The Vikramaditya Trilogy, #1)

Myth is a part and parcel of human anatomy. By and large it calls for some unsavory narrations and some with legible proofs. But the sections of society continue to be divided on the idea. Author Shatrujeet Nath in his book "The Guardians of Halahala" tears away from the tradition and inculcates some wild untamed tales to be retold to the readers with some popular faces of the past. So how does he fare in this test of history and myth? Let's find out. 

The deadly Halahala, the all-devouring poison churned from the depths of the white lake by the devas and asuras, was swallowed by Shiva to save the universe from extinction. But was the Halahala truly destroyed? A small portion still remains-a weapon powerful enough to guarantee victory to whoever possesses it. And both asuras and devas, locked in battle for supremacy, will stop at nothing to claim it.
As the forces of Devaloka and Patala, led by Indra and Shukracharya, plot to possess the Halahala, Shiva turns to mankind to guard it from their murderous clutches. It is now up to Samrat Vikramaditya and his council of nine to quell the supernatural hordes-and prevent the universe from tumbling into chaos
A sweeping tale of honour and courage in the face of infinite danger, greed and deceit, the guardians of the Halahala is a fantastical journey into a time of myth and legend.

First look at the title and the cover and a reader feels an invisible force behind the story. The name Vikramaditya and the title are more than enough to incite an interest in the book. The blurb talks about a deadly poison and the repercussions attached to it. One can say the blurb just leaves a peek-a-boo moment and gives few more reasons to pick up and read the book. 

The story is set in the lands of Avanti and it's allies, where King Vikramaditya is the Samrat. With everything under the control of his kingdom and the enemies at bay, the kingdom is prospering. But when Shiva hands over a deadly task, Avanti's peace is disturbed and fear looms large in the form of Devas & Asuras. So will Vikramaditya be able to stand tall in the wake of adversity? Will the allies be allies or someone will turn their back? What does Asuras & Devas have to do lay their hands on Avanti and the prized possession? Will it be a cakewalk for them? That's what the story is all about. 

There's every nook and corner of the story to be loved and savored. First and foremost for the idea which merely feels simple but bears a far more concerting and discomforting horizons and secondly for the exhilarating pace at which the story happens to progress. There are greater comforts to be find in an untapped time of history. With the ethical blend of myth and fiction the story turns to be a thriller with humans finding it hard to defend themselves against ungodly and unimaginable powers. The vivid scenario and upright and uptight action sequences bringing spice to the mix. The "halalala" from an obscure entity turns into a center of attraction with a fair bit of history. The great lengths of research and experimentation is reflected in the writing and the story, leaving a positive impact. 

The story has some strange downsides. It rather tamely concedes to a lot of facts and leaves a lot out in open and making it less predictable. Some hidden agendas, some mysterious side tracks could have been given more emphasis rather than opening all the cards in one go. Also the Hunas & Shakas have passing by mentions and from the sights it is rather disappointing to see them in a very ineffective guest appearance. Also the Magadha & Vanga combo needs to be fine tuned to let it gel with the story line as it could have been given a more sinister outlook. 

All in all with a story of this magnum intensity, the readers can expect an all out effort to woo them into believing the unseen and more heard of in bedtime stories. The intense action and purpose filled idea is a brighter spot in the entire book. Also the narration is lively and the characters even livelier. The story most of the times keep up with the great demands but falters at some crucial junctures. The book and the story has to offer more and one can always expect more epic glory and drama at the behest of humans, gods and asuras in the follow up's. For now it is a book to be savored till the last drop, with a subtle anticipation as what might shape up next. A glowing and growing story. For now the bragging rights lies with the author as the story is a certain difference maker in the league with a long way to go. 


3 OUT OF 5