Life II – Scott Spotson (Review)

I had downloaded this book by mistake but do not regret it.
Life II by Scott Spotson is different from other time travel books as it focuses on the emotional aspect rather than scientific part. The story is good but it is too long
Max travels back in time to undo a tragedy that he caused and that changed his life but is not prepared for the price he has to pay. “What if ” is a question that plagues everyone “What if I had done this / not done this” would the result and lifehave been different.What if one could get second chance to undo the mistakes of past life. And if so what would be the consequences. Would it change the future for better or worse. It is a interesting concept. The story begins well but loses track somewhere between and begins a sort of a repeat and a drag.
Maybe if it would have been shorter it would have been better. Maybe I am not finding it great because I am not a very big fan of science fiction but I would still recommend this book as it has a great plot and potential if you can ignore the length
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

The Exorcism of Billy Wagner -Francis J Flynn (Review)

I received this book courtesy of the author and @BookTasters The name and the genre it is put under is suggestive of a horror book but it is not so. In fact it is a satirical and some what funny account of today’s church, clergy and shows a glimpse of what it was and what it should have been. Kudos to the author who brings out subtle humour in such a tale that too in a tactful manner
The book doesn’t any way poke fun but brings out the humour through the situations. The Exorcism part is the best in the book and the way it goes horribly wrong is just unexpected. The ending is again a plot twister and leaves room for interpretation and probably and hopefully a sequel. The story also shows any incompetent and not up to date superior in the hierarchy harms the ideology and efficiency of those who are competent and capable to bring change and those are the most sufferers.
The only shortcoming of this book the confluence of too many characters and incidents, backstories which creates a little confusion and also jumps from scene to scene thus losing continuity in some places but still it is a very good read one of the best parodies that I’ve read35433958

The Rohingya Crisis -Muhammad Abdul Bari (Review)

The book is researched, documented essay on the Rohingya Crisis that is reaching epic proportions in these times.That this book is a essay is the strength and also a weakness. This short book brings to highlight the origin, rise and then fall of the ethnic group known as Rohingyas, their systematic ethnic cleansing, the political moves to even erase their identity
The book also brings to highlight the lack of any serious attempt by the international community to put pressure on the Myanmar government to put a stop to this genocide especially by those in power to do so. Only some lone voices are bringing to light this issue lone but powerful voices.
Though this is a very good attempt at the issue, the essay type of writing lacks the punch that hits straight in the eye.
I received this book as part of the review program through @BookTasters

Blind Justice – Nathan Burrows (Book Review)

I received an advance review copy for free through Booksirens and I thank them and the author for the chance to review it. I have been a fan of John Grisham and Medical and Legal thrillers are my Fav. Though the book reminded me of John Grisham because of its gripping tale, I wouldn’t call the author another Grisham but Unique Nathan Burrows because of the emotions in the tale. I really loved the book.
The story was taut, fast paced never a dull moment in the entire tale. The description of the characters their emotions and their inter relationships is the beautiful and unique aspect of this thriller.
There are two murders in this story and each murder justifies the title. While you feel angry the first time, the second time you feel angst and relieved
This is a must read for all fans of legal thrillers.


Listening in & Other Stories – Shauna Kelley (Book Review)

I would recommend this book as a must read for 2 short stories that if not read would be a loss for short story lovers.
I received this copy for an honest review through @BookTasters. Short stories are always my favourite genre, hence I was interested in reading this book.
The stories are all about dark emotions like guilt, love, depression, alcoholism, illness, agoraphobia etc. But I felt some of the stories lacked connect, empathy and were too hazy but the last story is the one for which the book must be read “Angelfish” The best story of the collection with a great end. This story lifts the writing of the author to a very scale and makes he book a very great read. This story deserves the highest rating, The second story worth mention is the title story about a girl for whom leaving her room in itself is a huge task.
Despite the shortcomings, other stories are also good , the characters are human prone to mistakes and illnesses and not superhumans. They go through all the emotions good and bad, like feeling disgusted at a scarred face and then feel guilty about it or have suicidal thoughts but are still just human.

Review of Goodbye Rudy Kazoody – A A Freda

I am so confused as to what to give this book ** (2 stars) or ***** (5 stars)
Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody by A A Freda I received this copy from the author through @BookTasters. In terms of narration, character building, not a single boring moment, this book deserves a 5 star rating but piquing our curiosity and leaving us unsatisfied and not fulfilling it by solving the mystery of Rudy Kazoody I am tempted to give 2 stars
The book is a beautiful coming of age story of a typical boy in the in the not so called high neighbourhood of Bronx amidst sexual freedom, drugs , relationships, struggles emotional and financial leading to a tragic end but still holds out hope that something good will still come out of all the chaos of teenage angst
This story deals with almost all facets and choices of teenagers- first crush / love, drugs, sexuality, friendship, loss, small lies and betrayals, good and bad choices, ways to make money, struggle to come out of one’s bindings and so many other things – you have to read to find out

Another high point of this book is that neither rival groups/gangs of teenagers are truly evil or good but just typical teenagers boastful, bashful but helpful when needed like Spike helping the aged or Cooks and the Disciples running over to find out why Betty was upset and if they could help (Her
biggest tormenters coming to her aid) or Spike making the mistakes that lead to tragic results. There are so many such instances in the book. there is no central theme or plot line but still it is a complete story it is a story of stories of every teenager
But I am upset with Mr Freda for not solving the mystery of the central character whose name appears throughout the book at most important events It has set me thinking who it might be. May be thats what Mr Freda Wishes