The Unexpected Son by Shobhan Bantwal

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The Unexpected son was unexpectedly well. I was surprised how well-woven the story was. It is an Indian-American tale and so that contrast in cultures was quite visible in the premise. What I liked about the book was its realism even when the plot bordered on being unrealistic. The characters have normal behaviourism and they weren’t idealistic. I loved how the protagonist could be irrational and super-emotional at times, unlike the usual female characters in books. The old lies and past history that turned up to make the story intriguing is really what saved the book from being boring. The story revolves around a middle-class family living in Jersey but one day, Vinita, our protagonist gets a letter that her son is dying. The interesting part is that she only has her husband and daughter in her family. As for the prose, I didn’t find anything too magnificent but it was a good enough book for some light reading. The book is fast-paced and not too big so it can easily be finished in one sitting. The cover, I believe could have been better but that is because I am generally against having models in book covers. I would much rather imagine what the characters look like.

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Designing Destiny by Daaji Kamlesh Patel

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: Non-fic, inspirational


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What does destiny mean in the course of our lives?

What is fixed and what can change?

How can we design our own destiny?

These are questions that some of the world’s greatest philosophers have asked since time immemorial. In this groundbreaking book, Daaji addresses such questions with simple solutions and practical wisdom. He leads us on to the next stage of the journey after The Heartfulness Way, guiding us on how to use the Heartfulness practices to refine our lifestyle and design our destiny, including our destiny in the afterlife. He elaborates on the subject of consciousness, the role of evolution, and explains what happens to us at the time of birth and death—and how we can act in those pivotal moments when life takes a turn. Continue reading

Pledge of the Winter Wolf by S.M Gilbert

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My Rating: 4/5 stars


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A story of a future people of Earth. A place with hope, prospects, and a tenuous but foreseeable future. A system of governance and law binds the future together. A place of single-party politics, rationed resources, and community. The varied people of the capital join together to tell the composite story of their lives.
Beyond the Ash and Dust brought by the eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera and the broken world a new world has risen. This is the story of that world. As told by those who live in it. Continue reading

The Epiphany Club by Andrew Knighton

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My Rating: 4.5/5 stars


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Dirk Dynamo is used to adventure. He’s chased villainous masterminds across the mountains of Europe, stalked gangsters through the streets of Chicago, and faced the terrible battlefields of the Civil War. But now he’s on a mission that will really shake his world.
For centuries, the Great Library of Alexandria was thought lost. Now a set of clues has been discovered that could lead to its hiding place. With the learned adventurers of the Epiphany Club, Dirk sets out to gather the clues, track down the Library, and reveal its secrets to the world.
But Dirk and his colleagues aren’t the only ones following the trail. Faced with strange machines, deadly assassins, and shocking betrayal, can they survive the perils confronting them? And what will they find when they finally reach their destination?
Roaming from the jungles of West Africa to the sewers beneath London, The Epiphany Club is a modern pulp adventure, a story of action, adventure, and romance set against the dark underbelly of the Victorian age.
This book contains all five novellas in the Epiphany Club series.
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It’s all about the click by Priyanka Mathur

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It’s all about the click is as realistic as it is fantastical. Lost in her imaginary worlds, Mitali is searching for someone she will just click with. But finding a perfect partner on the web is never a good choice. With people and their insane expectations, downright demeaning stereotypes and absurd behaviour, Mitali thinks she will never find the someone she is looking for. Until she does. That’s where the realistic part of the story ends and the romantic surrealism begins. Her life is thrown in the whirl wind and she does not know what choices are right anymore. Well, I must say that I don’t like romance very much which is why I was quite disappointed with the second half of this book but the beginning was intriguing and I was surprised to notice that the writing wasn’t that bad. It is a fast-paced book so the story does not drag on for long. Yet, I didn’t quite like Mitali’s character much. Guess I am just over characters who are way in over their heads.

But I appreciate the kind of subtle social message the author has tried to give in the first half of the book showcasing the different stereotypes that exist in the society.