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Plum Pudding Bride | Anne Garboczi | Book Review

February 21, 2017

Plum Pudding Bride | Anne Garboczi Evans | Book ReviewBy Rakhi

PLOT – 3.5/5

CHARACTERS – 4/5

WRITING STYLE – 3.5/5

CLIMAX – 2.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT – 3/5

The plot sets rolling when Peter who has been tongue tied for years, when it comes to proposing his beloved Patience, decides to propose her. While he was sure that Pa…

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Stripped to the Bone | Ghada Alatrash | Book Review

February 15, 2017

Stripped to the Bone | Ghada Alatrash | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 4/5

RELEVANCE: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Syrians are probably the most unlucky people in this world. All the war and violence has not left them any peace let alone a normal family life. Ghada Alatrash in this compelling piece of fictio…

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Amulet Book 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse | Kazu Kibuishi | Book Review

December 7, 2016

Amulet 2 Book ReviewBy Ayushman Singh Solanki

STORY: 4/5

BOOK COVER: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

ILLUSTRATIONS: 3/5

ADVENTURE QUOTIENT: 4/5

As in my earlier review I told that a monster takes away the children's mother and the story of book one about how the children saved their mother from the monster. This …

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Coraline | Neil Gaiman | Book Review

December 7, 2016

Coraline | Neil Gaiman | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 4.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 4/5

CLIMAX: 4/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5

I live in the small town of Hosapete near Hampi in Karnataka. They aren’t much choices available to buy books here, and so whenever I get a chance I travel to the nearby Hubli and…

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A Quiet Life In The Country | T E Kinsey | Book Review

November 25, 2016

A Quiet Life In The Country | T E Kinsey | Book ReviewBy Sankalpita

PLOT: 3.5/5

CHARACTERS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

These days I have become a huge fan of the Netgalley platform for that is where I choose majority of my “to read” titles from. This book too is another one of my Netgalley picks a…

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline | Book Review

November 8, 2016

Ready Player One | Ernest Cline | Book Review

By Bhavna Anil

PLOT: 4.5/5 

CHARACTERS: 2.5/5 

WRITING STYLE: 2/5 

CLIMAX: 3.5/5 

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5 

There is nothing quite as irksome as a promising book that fails to deliver. Despite its potential, Ernest Cline’s poorly executed science fiction/fantasy debut…

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Travel is so Broadening | Wasela Hiyate | Book Review

November 8, 2016

Travel is so Broadening | Wasela Hiyate | Book Review

By Sankalpita

STORIES: 3.5/5

THEME: 4/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

Ever since the travel bug bit me back in the early months of 2015, I have always found myself getting attracted to books revolving around travel, food, countries, people a…

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Two Graves | Zoe Kalo | Book Review

October 9, 2016

Two Graves | Zoe Kalo | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3/5

On the first look, it is the cover and the blurb that allures you. The cover looks intriguing and the blurb promises a lot of thrill with something sinister lurking in between…

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Pancakes in Paris | Craig Carlson | Book Review

October 2, 2016

Pancakes in Paris | Craig Carlson | Book Review

By Sankalpita

SUBJECT: 3.5/5

CANDIDNESS: 4/5

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4/5

Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France. The subtitle says it all. This book is every man’s ticket to making the American Dream work in Paris. Personally, I feel the book c…

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Ariel Bradley | Lynda Durant | Book Review

October 2, 2016

Ariel Bradley | Lynda Durant | Book Review

By Sankalpita

AGE: 6-9 years

Ariel Bradley, A Spy for General Washington does a very good job of teaching a little bit of history to the kids while inculcating some good reading habits in them. The book also inspires the children to feel patriotic and serve their motherland (in this case T…

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The Ghost Writer | Damon Norko | Book Review

September 16, 2016

The Ghost Writer | Damon Norko | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 2/5

CHARACTERS: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 2.5/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2.5/5

One look at the book and it is quite easy to dismiss the unappealing cover but when you bother to read the blurb, it sounds rather intriguing and appealing. And that was exact…

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane | Neil Gaiman | Book Review

September 11, 2016

The Ocean at the End of the Lane | Neil Gaiman | Book Review

By Bhavna Anil

PLOT: 4/5 

CHARACTERS: 5/5  

WRITING STYLE: 5/5  

CLIMAX: 4/5  

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 4.5/5  

A little boy. An unnamed monster. Birds from an unnamed realm which feed on said unnamed monster. A woman so old that she witnessed the Big Bang. A…

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A Midsummer's Equation | Keigo Higashino | Book Review

September 10, 2016

By Bhavna Anil

PLOT: 4/5 

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5 

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5 

CLIMAX: 4/5 

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5 

From the author behind the worldwide sensation The Devotion of Suspect X comes another action-packed murder mystery. The third installment in the Detectiv…

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A Tale of Two Daddies | Vanita Oelschlager | Book Review

September 1, 2016

A Tale of Two Daddies | Vanita Oelschlager | Book Review

By Sankalpita

AGE: 4-6 years

This book is meant for children who have just started reading and are trying to hone their reading skills. The language is simple and easy to understand. There are maximum two lines per page and all of the text is written in a rhyming way. For example a page re…

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A Tale of Two Mommies | Vanita Oelschlager | Book Review

August 31, 2016

A Tale of Two Mommies | Vanita Oelschlager | Book Review

By Sankalpita

AGE: 4-6 years

A tale of two mommies is a sweet little book meant for children who have just started reading. There are maximum one or two lines per page. The language is also simple and easy to understand.

PAGES: 24

The book is really small with just about 24 pages. I …

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Welcome To Your Afterlife | Stephanie Rabig | Book Review

August 31, 2016

Welcome To Your Afterlife | Stephanie Rabig | Book Review

By Sankalpita

PLOT: 2.5/5

CHARACTERS: 1.5/5

WRITING STYLE: 2/5

CLIMAX: 2/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 2/5

In my 4.5 years as a book reviewer I have read a very few books on afterlife. The Memory Game by Sharon Shant being one of them. I came across the book “Welcome to your Afterl…

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Julia Jones : Teenage Years Box Set | Katrina Kahler | Book Review

August 29, 2016

By Sankalpita

Julia Jones: The Teenage Years Box Set | Katrina Kahler | Book Review

PLOT: 3/5

WRITING STYLE: 3/5

CHARACTERS: 3.5/5

CLIMAX: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

After having read so many intellectually heavy books recently, I wanted to browse through some breezy teenage books. Julia Jones: The Teenage Years box set is what I came ac…

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Running with Scissors | Augusten Burroughs | Book Review

August 29, 2016

Running with Scissors | Augusten Burroughs | Book ReviewBy Bhavna Anil

PLOT: 4/5 

CHARACTERS: 4/5 

WRITING STYLE: 4/5 

CLIMAX: 3.5/5 

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5 

Running with Scissors is a memoir recounting American author Burroughs’s outrageous adolescent life. As a child, Burroughs was a neat-freak, obsessive about keeping hi…

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Sing Freedom | Vanita Oelschlager | Book Review

August 27, 2016

Sing Freedom | Vanita Oelschlager | Book Review

By Sankalpita

AGE: 7-10 years

This book is meant for children between the ages 7 to 10 years.

PAGES: 36

The book has a total of 36 pages. Most of these pages contain 4 to 6 lines of text each. The language is kept simple and understandable. All the pages are accompanied by beautiful …

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Eat Pray Love | Elizabeth Gilbert | Book Review

August 26, 2016

Eat Pray Love | Elizabeth Gilbert | Book Review

By Sankalpita

WRITING STYLE: 3.5/5

SUBJECT: 4/5

CANDIDNESS: 4.5/5

RELEVANCE: 3.5/5

ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 3.5/5

This book is so popular that it is almost impossible to not read it. Having felt ashamed many times on my not having read this book, I quietly ordered the book (befo…

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