Naliyah – My Review

Book : Naliya

Author: Shauna Kelley

Published: October 1st 2014 by Create Space

Purchased: Received free from the author in exchange for an honest review

I give it ☆☆☆☆/5 stars.


Review: This is the first book I have read by Shauna Kelley. It was an interesting read. After long, I got to read a YA/ Fantasy book that wasn’t just vampires. It was different and definitely full of twists.

Lenora and her father were almost always on a move and shoe could not remember a lot of her childhood and details related. Her father, her only companion, is somehow reluctant to let her know her actual identity. I wasn’t sure if he was protecting her or protecting himself. Lenora is an innocent yet strong girl. She meets a blue eyed man, but was he going to be the best part of her life? The romance is sweet, but uncertain.

The first half of the book was slow for me, and the suspense was too great, and I am a person with shortage of patience, but by the half of it, I was unable to put it down. The plot is intriguing and dark. Lovely thrill. I loved it till the end, and am looking forward to read the next on the series.

This book is absolutely recommended to the lovers of YA, fantasy genre. Check out more from the author at this site:

Thank you to Booktasters on Twitter (@BookTasters) for providing me the introduction to this book. Thank you to author for providing me with a review copy!




Author: Francis J. Flynn

Published: January 1st 2013

Purchased: Received free from the author in exchange for an honest review

I give it ☆☆☆☆/5 stars.


Review: The cover looks scary. Right? But trust me, as you turn the pages, you’ll see that its anything but scary.

This book was funny. Really. I had much fun reading it. Never ever has been exorcism done the way it was done to Billy Wagner. The writer included everyone, the priests, the demon, the mother, the husband(less of a father that he was), the stripper, the husband’s philandering ways, the romance, the thrill and what not. I caught myself chuckling out loud many times.

It was a quick read. The author managed to poke fun at the christian ideology, the age old opinions and processes about exorcism. It would make you question your spiritual beliefs.  Though at times there was unwanted description about various scenarios in the life of the characters, even the room had a two page description to it, but one would eventually get past it to the exciting on-goings in the book. Father Leo was superb, as was Father Kerbs, not forgetting the stripper cum Wicca priestess Eve, or was it Veronica? 😉  The exorcism was intense and the chaos afterwards was detailed just perfectly. Along with the bursts of fun one liners, the book made easy transition to some emotional swerves as well, which was really affecting.

Reading this book was an experience in itself. Mind you, this is not a horror book. I would highly recommend this book to all the book lovers. It’s the attempted expulsion of a supposed evil spirit from a person brought to you in a fresh, fun way. Hoping to read more from Flynn.

Thank you to Booktasters on Twitter (@BookTasters) for providing me the introduction to this book. Thank you to author for providing me with a review copy!


An Empire of Traitors by Serban V.C Enache – My Review

Series: Of Hate and Laughter #Book 1

Author: Serban V.C Enache

Published: August 14, 2014 by Smash words Edition

Purchased: Received free from the author in exchange for an honest review

I give it ☆☆/5 stars.



An Empire of Traitors is the first book of the series titled Of Hate and Laughter. The story is about a place very far away, that is ruled by royal families. Sun Throne is something that everyone wants to possess. There are five empires, some of which are loyal and respectful towards the throne, others are power hungry and willing to do anything to gain it.

To be honest, it started quite good, but as I went on reading, a bevy of characters kept adding up and it got really difficult at one point, to keep a track of all of them. But I wanted to give this book a chance. I normally don’t take more than 3 days to complete a book, but this took me more than 10 days to finish, the plot was good but confusing too. By the end, it got a little hard for me to keep going, but I did finish it, since I received it from the author.

To tell the truth, this book could have been excellent, but I discovered that I got bored. The characters talked a lot, and there was very little action. I could not find the characters connected to each other while they spoke. Somehow, they could not open up to each other and a lot many times they just thought or spoke about stuff, to themselves only.

The writing was very descriptive and it was clear that the author has put in major efforts to bring out what he wanted to, but it could not mix up well. The fights were less of fights and more of description. I read a lot of positive reviews on Goodreads and other forums and was really thrilled to read it but was a little disappointed. I feel this book didn’t hold up to my expectations.

Of course these are my personal thoughts about the book. I would still recommend it to readers who love long descriptions of war, politics and treachery in their books and try it for themselves since they would like it for sure., even if I didn’t as much as I wanted to.

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My Review : 6 Degrees – Game of Blogs

Blogadda came out with a very noteworthy approach with 6 Degrees- Game of Blogs. Its a compendium of 3 exciting stories that have different plots, but same characters and a jus the perfect twists that hold them all together. The stories are written by 30 bloggers, who were chosen after a series of rounds and who then came together to spin these beautiful yarns.


There are three stories which complete the book. They are:

  1. The Awakening – A science fiction
  2. Entangled Life – A murder mystery
  3. Missing – A Journey Within – A thriller

I would not reveal much about the stories as I suppose the genre says a lot as to what the tales are all about.

The characters remain the same throughout the book. They comprise of:

Shekhar Dutta – Stay at home dad and freelance writer

Tara Dutta – Shekhar’s wife and works in media company

Roohi Dutta – Shekhar and Tara’s daughter

Jennifer – A laid back person who loves to click pictures

Cyrus – Law student

Aryan Ahuja – Shekhar and Tara’s neighbour

Location of all the stories : Mumbai and Delhi

As far as my opinion is concerned, I loved the book. The characters don’t mix up at all. Out of all the stories, the first one became my favorite, which was a marvelous blend of mythology and science fiction, even though sci-fi is not something that I usually read. This tale was very gripping and interesting.

The second story is murder mystery which remains unsolved till the end, but its plot is very strong and all the untold action makes Mr.Java work like hell 😉

The third tale is thriller, but involves a lot of sentiments and acknowledges one the most important social issues. In spite of the happy ending, it left me thinking about a lot many points like where we are leading our lives, individually as well as socially.

I enjoyed the book. It’s a very commendable effort on the part of Blogadda, that brought together so many bloggers to weave such an intricate book. So many creative minds jointly presented a single idea into three story-lines that were well crafted, developed and written. Language of the book is easy to read and keeps the reader glued to the plot. All the stories are steady paced with just the right amount of drama and thrill in them. The book is not age or gender specific, which is another plus point, and I am sure anyone would enjoy it.

Its not easy to come by such books, but when you get a chance to read them, you mustn’t let them go. I would definitely recommend this book to people out there as its a very unique concept that they must experience and be a part of. I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I am looking forward to more such initiatives with more people getting added, and kudos to all those who were a part of this immensely innovative endeavor.

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The secret convenience.

I feel men want women to work, not because they think women would be independent and earn for themselves as well as for the household(helping their partner n all), not because they are proud of their women folk, but because they think women would remain engaged somewhere, anywhere and won’t disturb them(men) or interfere in their life or wont want to invade their life since they would be busy in their own life. I don’t think they really respect that a woman works. I don’t think they are thoughtful about the fact that women can really work, grow and prosper for their own selves.

Women are usually vocal, men aren’t. I feel this is the secret convenience they seek, but don’t voice it, for obvious reasons(feminism on high rise..ya?), besides all the other conveniences.

Nevertheless, its a point of comfort, for both the genders.

So, exams are over!


A big Yayy for completing my Masters and at the same time getting done with the exams (I loved studying the subject but I hate the examination part. So.) For everyone’s info, I was pursuing Masters in English Literature.

With regards to education, I have one big Q in mind, Why exams? I do know the reason though, but still, are they the only criterion to judge one’s skills? Heavy stuff apart, I hate exams! they are annoying and exhausting. But when they get over, along with freedom, there’s also a sense of emptiness within. A little of it is explained in this post. I don’t know if ya’ll feel it or not, but to be true, this emptiness is what led me to write about it.

You see, with exams, a lot of things got over.

-The delay in marriage. My chances of getting married soon have increased. 😐

-End of completion of one subject of interest. I love languages and now will have to look for a new course/hobby to pursue.

-The time when I could be with myself came to an end. Its time to get back to reality now. Books take you to another world, where you can be you. Its really tough to get out of them, to get out of that fantasy world!

-End of dictatorship. As happy as my sister was with me buried under books, and she being free, it wasnt exactly fun time for her since she had to work on my behalf too. Reason : I had exams on, I had to study! 😀 All that came to an end now. I’ll have to do my work on my own now 😐

I’ll kind of miss all this.

But now that exams are finished, a great deal of good has also happened. Let me share that too:

-Freeeeeedom! :D. So much time on hands.

-Catching up on all the books that I couldn’t during this one month. I hope you guys understand the agony of a book lover who isn’t able to read when they want to. You see, course book will always be course books, they can never become real books! May Lord grant strength to all bibliomanics at a such a time.

-Catching up on all the horror movies that I couldn’t watch during this period. Yes, I love horror!

-Scope for learning something new.

-Good sleep. Finally.

-Stress gone.

-Feel good factor of completing subject of interest. A sense of accomplishment.

With completion of this chapter of my life, I feel good and realize that one should always do what they want while they still have time.

Also, acknowledging stuff that goes on in your mind and life is a great way to remain de-stressed. Mind is cleared and you are a lot more aware of where you stand and where you want to be next. Writing this post did the same to me.

End of exams is the best thing that can happen to someone and not to mention, but life is a subject too, where usually exam season is on almost all the time. But don’t worry, and give your best. I am sure you’ll be rewarded with the best fruits! 🙂

Well, time to get some work done. Tc people. Have a great week ahead.