I’m growing Old

Yeah, another year passed by. From Yippeee I’m turning 18 to today.. Fuck, where’d the year go?

I know it’s too soon to worry about the creaking joints and all but the whole trap of adulthood is falling on me.

I’m 3% excited, 80% indifferent and 7% nostalgic. But well, the world makes up for it when for the first time your crush texts you first (if only to wish happy birthday) and you complete one year anniversary with one special friend.

Our conversation was just deep man. I really effing appreciate you being in my life. Thanks.

Another thanks and I’m sorry to the people I avoided because I was listening to good music on the radio. I chose music over you.. It’ll always be like that but if you stick with me even after all that, well then I guess you really are good friends.

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Look what I found

Have you ever wished that there was one platform for all bookish updates and news? I found one. The website keeps me updated about authors, new book releases, book reviews and publishing insight in a very entertaining way. And it is called … drumroll please

 

Word Pinnacle!

 

Yep, nice name, right? And it fits too. So now you are wondering, what’s so special about this place and why am I so excited about sharing it. Let me start from the beginning. I found this website on Facebook during a giveaway, an amazing giveaway. Then I got curious about them. And this is what I found.

 

So it is started by two guys Pranav Shree and Satmeet Singh. And it is just the perfect place for bookworms to speak their mind and everyone knows there is an aspiring writer in every reader, so they also help you with writing skills and there are competitions, which are exciting and fun. The best thing that I like about Word pinnacle is the transparency. If you read a good review about a book on the site, it probably IS good. Because those reviews come from readers like us and they are thoroughly analytical. So you can pick which book works for you.

 

I have found so many platforms where people just write fake good reviews and cheat the readers into buying something that’s not even worth their time. And that is why I like the transparency that this site brings. Actual professional reviewers talk about all aspects of a book adding their own opinions.

 

Lately, their book “Pocket Culture” has been raving in the market and they do publish books, in case anyone has a manuscript lying around. Self-publishing is so time consuming and you need to do a lot of hard work and as for traditional publishing houses, that is a lucky shot. So this gives you the perfect opportunity.

 

One of the other main things that Word Pinnacle helps out with is internet marketing and trust me this is the best option for marketing you can choose because their page views are flying and they have a huge audience. They can really make a book discoverable among readers. If you think of promotion, this should be the platform that comes to mind.

 

I started working with them just lately, since I love discussing books and I  wanted to be a part of something amazing like that. I share book reviews and my own bookish knowledge with them and they are so much fun to work with. I adore how they don’t pressurize you with anything and don’t ask you to edit out the things that you feel strongly about.

 

If I don’t like something, I can just say it out loud and there’s no barrier or uncomfortable feelings. Plus, did I mention about their store for bookish merchandise? They have adorable stuff there! And I have a weakness for bookish goodies.

 

If you want to check them out, go to the link, here.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

Genre: Mythology, Fantasy Fiction, Urban Fiction

635 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by William Morrow


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Now a TV Series produced by FremantleMedia North America available internationally on Amazon, exclusively through Prime Video and starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber.
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies…and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing – an epic war for the very soul of America – and that he is standing squarely in its path. Continue reading

The Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

Genre: Magical Realism, Fiction, fantasy

181 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by William Morrow Books


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Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what. Continue reading

Karma by Kevin Missal

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My Rating: 2.5 stars

Genre: Thriller, Horror

Publisher Kalamos Literary services- InstaRead

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Karman Malik a lonely man finds his wife standing outside his house.

But there are two problems.

One, she had died eight years back.

Second, she is not human anymore.

Can he love her again? Continue reading

ARC Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

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Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction, retelling

496 pages
Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Delacorte Press
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The quotes I have used may be edited in the final published version. 
DON’T READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK. SPOILER! (A review link for the first book is added below. check that out instead)


About this Book:
Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

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Secrets, Sins and Struggles by Kamini Kusum

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My Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Paperback, 224 pages

Published November 10th 2016 by Zorba books


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A collection of five tales,Secrets,Sins & Struggles is about the lives and loves of five women, tracing their long, eventful journeys that are anything but linear.

Meet Pooja, a teenager forced into the flesh trade but determined to escape and get justice. Shrawani who dreams of becoming a bureaucrat despite all the trials life throws her way. Avni who is torn between her childhood friend and her brand-new boyfriend. Harsha who is trapped in a loveless arranged marriage while still being haunted by thoughts of her forsaken lover. Geshna who falls head over heels for a high school sweetheart only to find her own life shrinking to accommodate his.

These stories are about the odds stacked against women in their path to love and success.They are also about hope that the next turn will lead to the happiness and success they all long for. Continue reading