Knitted Tales by Rubina Ramesh #BookReview and a Giveaway

Knitted Tales

Rubina Ramesh – the lady behind TBC or The Book Club is a multi talented lady! I knew her as someone very capable going by the efficient way in which she runs the all the Blog Tours. I was pleasantly surprised to know she is a writer too and that her book was born out of the NaNoWriMo effort. Of course I had to read Knitted Tales: A Collection of Emotions.

Plot of Knitted Tales

The book is an anthology of short tales, each with a different emotion. As per Goodreads blurb…

What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate? Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you? Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving? Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them? Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?

In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.

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Dancing with Demons by Nidhie Sharma #BookReview

Dancing with Demons by Nidhie Sharma

Plot of Dancing with Demons

Dancing with Demons is a love story set in India. The protagonists are a brooding angst driven boxer Karan Pratap Singh and the mysterious and brave Sonia Kapoor. According to the GoodReads Book Blurb

Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.

Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.

When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?

Dancing with Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection

What I Liked about Dancing with Demons

Dancing with Demons is a Indian romance that is surprisingly devoid of mush. While many would call this a negative, it is a big plus in my book. For some strange reason, we have mixed romance and mush with each other so that the two have blended to form a homogeneous product and one seems inseparable from the other. Personally I have developed an aversion to too much mush. For that reason alone, Dancing with Demons was so enjoyable. It is a serious romance. Of course it has the moments of uncertainty, the conflicted feelings and the clashes of personality that are the essential ingredients of a romance. To be able to add all that without a dash of pink tinted rainbows is a feat Nidhie Sharma has achieved with finesse. While an amateur boxer with childhood issues and a gutsy lady whose past is shrouded in mystery are not everyday characters, a reader is still able to relate with the two people trying to make the most of their lives after the set backs that would have broken a weaker person. The writing itself was first rate – the descriptions of settings and situations was just apt to conjure a broad image and then fill it up with details using the reader’s own imagination.

What I Did not Like about Dancing with Demons

The protagonist is a boxer. Naturally, one expects boxing and the fights to be a huge part of the narrative. In several places though, the fights completely takes over and begins to over power the story. The fights are explained in such deep detail that after a while, it starts to snag. I was sorely tempted to skip a few pages!

Final Thoughts on Dancing with Demons

I would like to applaud Nidhie for this book. It is a fantastic debut indeed. I am certainly looking forward to reading more from her. If you like a good drama with strong well etched out characters, this is for you. If you like reading sports related stories, this book is for you.

 


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Twists of Fate by Priyanka Naik

twists of fate

I was recently introduced to The Book Club and I will be forever thankful to Nilima for having done so. I instantly connected with the like minded individuals who loved books and the wonderful community is a motley collection of book lovers, bloggers and authors. They go a long way to promote new authors and Indie authors. Since I see myself in that space soon, I am all for supporting them. Hence ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Twists of Fate by Priyanka Naik.

Twists of Fate
Priyanka Naik

 

Priyanka who is from the land of sun and sand aka Goa is a doctor by profession and a writer at heart. She runs her own clinic where she consults as General Physician and Diabetologist. Priyanka is a perfectionist by nature and a gypsy by habit. She is a realist by design and a dreamer by default. She is sometimes jaded and sometimes overtly optimistic. All this makes her quite a paradox trying to figure out her role in the grand scheme of things. Priyanka has won several elocution competitions during her school days and has had her poems and articles published in newspapers and magazines. Like me, she has been a blogger for a long time.. twelve years now and it is the love of her readers and friends that has inspired her to publish Twists of Fate. She believes everybody who has a story to tell deserves a chance to be heard. Priyanka has faith in the power of words and celebrates the magic of bonds (like the one already formed between you and her) that exist despite time, space and lack of physical proximity. Winner of the ‘Literary Diva 2015’ Award, she owes her success to the love of her readers and an undying passion to express her thoughts. Besides reading and writing, her other interests include travelling and music. Doesn’t she sound like an interesting person?

You can follow Priyanka at

Twists of Fate

Here is the blurb of her book –

As kids, we thought grown-ups had so much fun. How we wished we could grow up fast. If only we knew what we were wishing for. Three pieces of a soul, they’d call themselves soul sisters and this is their journey, a journey through the lives of three best friends who accidentally reunite after a decade long disconnection. A round of startling revelations later, the three realize that life is indeed unpredictable. However, in this world of uncertainty, there is just one thing they can still be sure of their friendship! With secrets confessed, pain shared, tears shed and troubles discussed, they help find answers to each other’s problems, just like old times. Each has a lesson to learn from the other, a story to tell, a reason to say ‘I’m sorry’ and a reason to say ‘Thank you’. Has destiny brought them together to complete the picture? Will they succeed in finding the missing pieces? Can every twist of fate be interpreted in just one way? Join Sharvari Joshi, Parizaad Sethna and Nandini Mazumdar in a nostalgic journey from girlhood to womanhood. ‘Twists of Fate’ promises to be a roller coaster ride of emotions that will captivate the reader’s heart and leave him pondering on life, fate and all its conspiracies.

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