March (2019) Wrap-up

March is gone and so is Winters here in India. I hate summers, especially because of the sweat and grime and of course, sunburns and skin tan.

March was a pretty easy month for me (didn’t have to write any tests is what I mean :p) and I caught up with a lot of review copies. Let’s take a look:

Don’t forget to click on the name of the book in order to read the full review.

  • Sleep by C. L. Taylor: One person’s obsession for justice and putting people to sleep is what shapes this easy going but thrilling mystery. 4 stars
  • Hijabistan by Sabryn Javeri: ‘Hijabistan’ is a collection of stories that take us to women who fell trapped in their everyday lives, resorting to unnatural fantasies and daydreaming. The story is, however, disjointed and crazy. rating-stars-yellow-brilliant-and-glossy-rating-stars-set-illustration-with-reflection-stock-illustrations_csp9671855 - Copy (6) - Copy
  • Newcomer by Keigo Higashino: ‘Newcomer’ is a murder mystery driven by Kaga’s impressive observational skill and the confused mental and social circumstances of the entire town.3.5 stars
  • Diary of a Malayali Madman by N. Prabhakaran: The Diary of a Malayali Madman’ is a contemporary and abstract collection of otherwise insignificant events and stories, that is looking for its best-fit. The stories are contrasting and its actually fun reading them provided they resonate with you. 3.5 stars
  • When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi: Hashimi’s writing beautifully captures the landscapes (multiple, in this case) and the multifarious emotions that run through a mother desperate to lead her children to safety and a boy who is coming of age among conflicting political and social scenario.4 stars
  • The Familiars by Stacey Halls: The Familiars’ stands for something called ‘familiar spirits’ who are sort of a constant companion, visible only to one particular person. ‘The Familiars’ is mostly deceit, betrayal and murder mystery.3.5 stars
  • In A Violent Land: ‘In A Violent Land’, as the name suggests, is a collection of stories about terrible times in the history of India. Be it the ‘2002 Gujrat riots’, or the other kinds of ‘war’ happening throughout the country, these stories bring us the gruesome details and the mindset of the people who actively participated in these events.4 stars
  • The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty: An incredibly interesting and adventurous adult fantasy, and I enjoyed every bit of the journey. The world building is captivating and atmospheric. A dark and magical world, full of cursed and verboten monsters, mighty Devas the powerful yet unjust Djinns (also Devas but with a twist) and the rebellious shafit (of mixed blood).4 stars
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: ‘The Book Thief’ is all that and so much more. The book takes us to the heart of Germany, where Jews are being marched to concentration camps, where the only religion and the only God if Hitler. The streets are full of violence and the sky full of raids. Children and adults are trying to look for a better future while war keeps ‘death’ busy.
    The story is full of grief and heartache, with a sliver of sunshine here and there.4 stars
  • Madame Du Deffand and The Idiots by Javier Marias: Five stories about 5 great authors, that has been narrated with perfection. Usually a description of sorts of author’s habits, nature and life can get a bit boring, but this book wasn’t. Exceptional writing. 3.5 stars
  • The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown: ‘The Truth About Keeping Secrets’ is a look into the mind of a teenager who had lost her father and a child trying to connect with her mom so that they can share their pain. It is also about finding love in the craziest of situation. While the mystery unfolds very slowly, we get to see Sydney’s dynamics with her friends at school and at the support group she is forced to attend. 3.5 stars
  • Accidental Groom by Dana Mason: Kelly and Mac’s story is a straight outta Vegas kinda story but their chemistry is mesmerizing right from the start. While Mac feels a genuine connection with this ‘green-eyed’ girl, Kelly is all-in, even if its just a phase or a one night stand. This is such a comforting piece of Romance. I anticipated the worst and the best, and this book left me with warm, fuzzy feelings.4 stars
  • The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty: ‘The Kingdom of Copper’ brings to us some ‘very dead’ characters, one of them is via a resurrection. As more mysteries from the world of magic and what the Daevas are capable of reveals itself, the city of Daevabad lies in chaos. The second book in this trilogy is better than the first one, especially because the pace gets a lot better. The author has enough secrets and plot twists up her sleeve and that was evident right from the start. But this book is truly intense, action-packed and spectral.3.5 stars
  • The Passengers by John Marrs: ‘The Passengers’ adds a question mark to one’s morals, sense of judgment under pressure, the basis of artificial intelligence and social media as a whole. Here is a book that has been well planned and executed, a thriller that is thrilling and horrendous at equal measures and a cast that defines the grey zone.3.5 stars
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: ‘Northanger Abbey’ is different from other Austen’s books. The protagonist is a horror book fanatic and has strange taste in friends. She is kindhearted, says what’s on her mind and has a curious side. I enjoyed reading about Catherine because she sees life as black and white. Mr. Tinley, on the other hand, stole my heart with his light-hearted humor, a great perspective about life in general, and his love for Catherine.4 stars
  • Sweet Mercy by Nina West: ‘Sweet Mercy’ is sarcastic, and sometimes ridiculously funny. The banter between Gabriel and Marcy is adorable, and so is their chemistry. The sexual tension that the author built up through words is the highlight of the book.3.5 stars
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: A poignant tale of one woman’s journey through severe depression. The Bell Jar is a slow paced novel that tells us a lot about how people with mental illness look at life and that there is a merciless world who doesn’t consider it to be a valid problem. 4 stars
  • Hollywood Prince by Natasha Madison: A Hollywood playboy, a PR agent and an unexpected romance. While the story caught my attention, the characters were extremely annoying, especially the female protagonist.3 stars

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