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Book Review: Vesela and the Vervum World by Mostyn Heilmannovsky

Vampire novels totally depend on captivating premises. If it’s something interesting, well then the rest of the novel is all about action and adventure and fun to read. This novel by Mostyn: Vesela and the Vervum World holds a beautiful premises initially, but later on it’s more of action and war sort of a fantasy novel.

It’s a long novel which promises a lot of adventure and action. The novel kicks off with a girl about to being born. She would be named as Vesela. She would be a special child for vampires, and other enigmatic creatures except humans. She is born in Europe. As she grows up, she befriends her goat.

One day she goes to the market with her father, there she gets attracted by colours of life in the form of commodities and toys and so on. Next day, she goes there once again but alone. She is being fooled by one lady and then kidnapped by merchants.

Here after, there is a constant buzz to acquire her. Vervum vampires are superior to others. They get air of the kidnapping. At any cost they head to the town to save the girl from the dark forces like Order of Blood and Order of Shadow. If the girl is taken by any of the Orders, then they not only capture human world but also pose a big threat to vampires as well.

The novel is about different and mysterious forces and creatures and worlds. At the middle of all worlds lie Vesela and her illuminating powers. She is the only person who could facilitate the empire to all worlds, Orders, Shadows, Vampires, and Humans. In fact vampires are superior ones, they have the power to teleport from one world to another…but again it depends on their clan. Higher the clan, more the powers!

But in the novel as it moves ahead and vampires try to save themselves from other forces, it’s depicted them not united. They have to unite each other to fight the dark forces. Rest of the novel is about saving that girl from dark forces and making preparations for the war in which the major obstacle is to get united everyone.

It’s a charming novel filled with a lot of vampire literature. The author has succeeded in creating a powerful yet riveting plot. I loved the classification of vampires and their clashes and idiosyncrasies. At times, I felt the things are repetitive; otherwise a good novel with unpredictable twists and turns. I liked it for its adventure and unique backdrops and creatures.

Book Review: Jean Angel by Atul Mohite

Fantasy with a touch of mythology and history is my favourite genre. When I browsed the bestseller fantasy books in Amazon, I found it featuring in top ten books consistently. Also it was just 49 bucks and 75 pages, so I had to pick it up. Jean Angel is a different fantasy as it had neither mythological nor historical India as a backdrop. I mean to say that the story is of India but the setting of kingdom and people was all work of imagination. Anyways, the author didn’t scratch much the canvas of landscape and ethos; he was more focused on the main story.

Since it is a short book, so I would not be routing much around the main plot. The scaffold of the story is built around a boy named Jean. At the time of action and adventure, he is 15-year-old, still growing. But this boy has a secret legacy which he discovers when other auxiliary characters like Angel, Tara, and Radha get in touch with him. Why is so special and how did he was born? I mean much of the story is about his growing and the past that is buried for his safety.  

The semblance of the story features antagonist: the King Robert of the kingdom Zesia. He is afraid when one saint foretold his ominous future. According to it someone will replace the King Robert and that guy will be different in senses, i.e. he could talk to invisible figures. This premonition scares the hell out of him. As a result, he augments his dose of torture and kills innocent people of his kingdom who found talking in the air.

The story also has a healthy share of Tara – the original mother of Jean. Her part is part romantic, part catalytic to the overall plot. She, when finds out about Jean, collaborates with him so that he could be proved as that prophecy child. In all senses, Jean is that magical personality that we often see in movies, right after the birth, he is seen into action and other things that children his age find impossible to do.

It is a lovely read, short one, much like any short Netflix TV serial. I enjoyed it and hoping its sequel will be full of adventure and credibility that the author, in snatches, missed. All in all, a good try in fantasy genre.

Book Review: Based on Lies – The Whole Story by Debarshi Kanjilal

I read tons of books. Probably 2 to 3 books per week. I have read every genre, most authors, but I always look out of new ones, especially in the psychological thriller genre. I like to experience new styles, give new writers a chance, but also for new ways of writing and ideas.

I don’t give shining reviews lightly but this is by far one of the best books I’ve read in a long time by an Indian author. It just sort of grabs you at the start and never lets you go.

The story concerns a highly mentally unstable person Anurag Sanyal. In the second part a smart doctor who also flirts with Aditi tries to find out the exact mental condition of Anurag but he fails or gets into something else. The book is segmented into two parts, diary and investigation. As the title itself claims, it is based on lies. Thus, don’t be surprised if you are dragged out of your fantasy world to some other reality.

I just could not believe that Anurag could be that guy with so much crime in his mind. I didn’t find him depressive but there was something eerie about him i.e. socially recluse or claustrophobic. There was some problem with him or he was in a Utopian society, whatever he liked, he did it, sex and rape and revenge.

With characters like Niharika, Aditi, Shubho, and Sindhu – I can certainly say that he got too much into with them. He lied or imagined whatever came to his thoughts, while reading I was twisting with mixed feelings like hate and shock and much more. This is one murky psychological book that creaks with menace at every new chapter.

That part of accident where I think Anurag dies upended all my reading tenure, I had to read that part thrice and still I am doubtful about any conclusion.

The diary felt very real and believable. It’s not cluttered with pointless side stories; it doesn’t have tons of descriptive nonsense. It can blow up your mind and impossible to put down, the characters are intoxicating, and the story compulsively addictive, keeps moving at a fast pace holding suspense and delivering twist after twist.

The author is a unique talent and I literally am counting down the days until his next is available.

Book Review: Heart Strings by Dr. Sushma Rani Sangam

There comes thousands of romance books in India every year, one by one, they all sound cliché in the genre. Finding a different yet likeable story for an ardent romance fan like me is indeed a tough proposition. But today I am going to expose a new self-published romance novel. The story is not regular; rather it narrates a powerful story of three hearts in simple language that conveys intense emotions, the strong lead character, ravishing unexpected twists and turns, overwhelming but a thrilling romance brewing in all hearts.

Heart Strings by Dr. Sushma Rani Sangam uses simple and fluid language; hence, it can be easily picked up by beginners as well as profound readers.

As a solo reader, I loved the confounding chaos and mystery it creates around its characters like father of Nitisha and her hero Pradyumna. I sighed in appreciation how suddenly the plot takes a completely different twist right in the middle of the book. A good part of the book creates this certain idea of the story and tricks the reader into complacency (the-I-have-already-figured-this-out-kind-of-confidence). And right in the middle of the book everything changes and the reader is left stunned and shocked at the brilliance of it. This was all possible because of the deep sense of love that Dr. Nitisha has had in her heart and later she smells rat and begins her action. I am in awe with her temerity and no-stupid attitude, she fights and bully people, because she was high in love with herself first.

Despite putting great efforts, I got to see a few random editing errors in snatches; otherwise the book is so perfect without any glaring or awkward errors. I can’t say much about a keen eye.

In the end, Heart Strings is a book that never fails to impress. It’s a power-packed story told in beautiful words that will make you want to believe in the power of love that will make you want to experience love first hand. With every single page managing to hold the reader’s attention, for sure it’s an amazing read.

The final verdict: yes, definitely go for it! Pick it up if you are looking for subtle and an unconventional romance. You don’t need to be a Durjoy Datta or Preeti Shenoy fan, to pick up this simple, effective, and yet a powerful story.

This novel has all the charms to restore your faith in love. The only person who could ignore this book is someone who averts romance read, else it’s book worth every penny.

Book Review: The Burning School by Sandesh Raj

I didn’t know much before picking up the book as why Kashmir is considered a hot bed of terrorism-oriented activities in India. There, as I gathered from news, stone-pelting, locals killed by terrorists, Pakistani militant infiltration, and life-crippling curfews are common. Probably, there each morning for the local residents bring fresh news for the people that lead to even more dreadful events.

But the question is, how the children will make their future bright on the back of education if it’s war-torn zone or terrorism is prevalent? Yeah…to answer the question, there is this novel ‘The Burning School: the untold story of Kashmir’ by Sandeesh Raj.

It features a story of Naved Baig, a young man from Lucknow, with army family background, turning his back to the five-star corporate job, comes to Kashmir to support the students aiming to crack the IIT exams.

Once he reaches to Kashmir, his life’s main aim is not only to guide the IIT exams students but also to win the trust of local Kashmiris so that they can send back their children to the schools which have been burnt down by terrorists.

As Naved’s preparation soars high and his popularity increases among the locals, at the same time the tension in the environment grips and threatens to put everything of him at stake, even his life.

The book is surely one of the classics on Kashmir related books. There are other events too described in the book which are related to daily lives of Kashmiris. However, students and education are two prominent parts. I liked the overall narration and fast-paced accounts of the events happening in the valley.

There are many characters and all sound good to their assigned roles. It’s a good book that one can be read in leisure with an intention of getting more raw knowledge about the ground realities of the state Kashmir.