Sunday, 17 June 2018

Review: Burn One Down



Burn One Down by Jeffrey A. Cooper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from GoodReads:

Retiring thief Jack Apple is offered a low-­risk, six-­figure payout to heist a medical marijuana dispensary from the feisty and impetuous Diane Thomas after Diane steals the robbery plans from her shady ex-­husband Alvin, hoping to beat him to the score.

Diane promises to stay out of Jack’s way but she can’t help interfering, forcing them to take hostages inside the dispensary when the robbery is interrupted by law enforcement, inciting a media circus that deteriorates into a full-­on urban riot.

To escape, Jack and Diane must negotiate the hostages, their agendas, an army of Sheriff’s deputies, the tenacious local news media, crooked deals, corrupt politicians, rioters, Diane’s shady ex-­husband Alvin, and their growing attraction to each other.

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It was a one totally unexpected book. Post blurb reading it felt like this is gonna be some kickass crime series novel where there's a theif, robbery and some awesome badass action but it turned out to be something I had not expected. It was good and bad in their own ways but well It was totally readable.

Let me tell you something, If you pickup this book after going through the blurb and think its gonna be a serious mood super action styled story then lemme tell you my friend you are wrong. This one was weird in that sense and by that I mean it was weirdly funny. A inept thief is on his robbery adventures with a lady who is kind of attracted to him and asks him to rob his ex-husband's marijuana dispensary. I know that sounds damn serious but actually it ends up goofily and funny.

There was constant eye rolling through out my reading time and well there was a lot of goofy humorous things happening in an expected to be a serious situation. I felt there was a lot of scope where it could've been better. If it had been a humor genre book then I could've given it a 4 star but well this one appeared to be something else and ended up something else hence the disappointment.

It is actually quite readable and not bad at all. All the thing is that if you are up for some light read which might make you facepalm and roll some eyes at the character's actions then this on is probably for you. I wished the story could've been more serious in respect to the blurb or the blurb could've made it clear about what to expect in a book. The first few chapters actually had me curious and impressed but as I reached half the book I was actually more of like "what am I reading?" It was funny and weird as the serious thing ends up in a goofy way, something unexpected as I might have ranted a million times by now.

I won't actually recommend this to someone who is up for some serious reads. This one is better suited at someone who is expecting a light read with some silly humor.

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Friday, 15 June 2018

How to increase your Instagram/Facebook/Twitter engagement.

Every other day there's this huge debate around the world in terms to what is the best to get more engagement on social media. Social media these days has become a kind of social status symbol as well as a good business opportunity who are looking forward to become something called as Social media influencer. But sadly many miss the major points here and then end up doing all the circus to get more followers, more comments and engagement and heck even end up paying for them!

Just wait a second, think for a while and look at it like this. Followers, Engagements, Comments, basically are nothing but things that people do normally. No amount of #hashtags or money expenditure on posts would help you to achieve that. Although I agree that Paid posts get more boost on social platforms because that's the common sense, social media companies aren't running for free and they will surely need to eat and spend some money on all the equipment and features they're getting to you so that you can start your influencer business right?

But without paying for promo posts and even if you are paying its not necessary you get all the expected comments or likes right? so here are a few researched and combined tips which are tried and tested by myself. Although everything is based on algorithm these days and is more rewarding to the genuine humans more then the so called made up and curated instagram feeds.

  1. Use the least amount of hashtags as possible. If possible don't use them at all.
  2. Write creative captions and something that would make people read that. Something that is surely related with your post. It won't be good if you have a funeral pic above and a party kinda quote caption down below. It should make some sense.
  3. Don't be mechanical with posts. Be irregular with posting times or days. I know it's absurd with respect to what other posts might tell you but a normal average human won't make his social media posts according to some schedule unless they're a time bound freaks.
  4. Be as genuine and real as possible. Don't make your account look like its been run by a robot. People love real people and that reflects in engagements.
  5. Stop robot-perfected social media pages. I know some Instagram and Facebook-s which look like they're either run by some supernatural deity or robot. So much perfection isn't quite normal to humans. Its okay to have some changes in the style or edits that you make. Too much curated feeds start looking like fake and then results in less following and less engagements.
  6. Don't be a person who smashes ad on people's faces. Like I have seen people whose each and every post/story is either a link, some ad, some paid promo and then they justify by making wide range of excuses. It might be good for you in short term but in long run it'll get your page/account dead soon.
  7. Keep a healthy gap between paid posts and random/genuine posts. If you are posting 5 ads and then 1 personal post it'd be bringing death of your socials soon.
  8. Relax and stop getting paranoid and just give out as much quality content and engagement as possible.
  9. Reply to DMs, comments etc it makes them , your followers feel good that you do care and tend to reply.
  10. Last but not the least, at the end of the day its just a social media page. Don't rely on it so much that if one fine day something happens to your account/social media itself and you lose your following or business as whole.
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Review: Awaken: Melody's Song Book 1




Awaken: Melody's Song Book 1
by Tanya Schofield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Amazon:

They want her dead, but she may be the only one strong enough to save them.

Melody has always lived a peaceful life, sheltered and protected by the few who know the truth about her past-- and about the danger that exists because of her growing magical abilities. Everything changes when an old friend arrives, and she is forced to flee a deadly attack. All she has ever known is thrown into turmoil, and she finds herself alone in a world she does not understand.

Two brothers, Jovan and Kaeliph, are in the wrong place at the wrong time. They're framed for a crime they did not commit, and they only seal their fate as they make their escape. Believing the brothers murdered his son, a powerful Lord tasks his soldiers with hunting them. They are one step ahead of a death sentence when they meet Melody.

The three young adults realize they are running from the same man, and only by sticking together do they have a chance. As they struggle to evade the Lord's minions, they learn of an ancient evil that is a threat to more than just them. It is a threat to the entire world.

The Lord's hold over the land grows. There is no horror he and his men are unwilling to commit to achieve power. The long dead Lich King's shadow looms. The world teeters on the verge of terrible darkness, and the only thing that can save it is Melody's Song.

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This book is certainly has a unique story-line than you'd find in most fantasy books around these days. Certainly the characters are well placed and they also feel lively enough. It took me a while to get into the book but later on it turned out to be good. It's quite a long read, my kindle was showing 6+hrs considering I am a fast paced reader.

The was a whole new world buildup and everything seemed to be placed nicely. Considering it as a 1st book in the series, it can surely be read as a stand alone as it has its own buildup, story, drama and other happenings. This is a good things as most of the time when the books are in the series they lack the actual story and merely end up creating the world which rather leaves you unsatisfied as a reader. But certainly this one had a lot of things happening and I really enjoyed throughout the book.

As I mentioned before it had quite a unique story line from the on going trend of vampires, werewolves and sudden fantasy powers coming into people. It had a nice descriptions and though felt over at times and minor in some places but overall it was really good. I also liked the narration and the flow of story. The story telling was nice and also editing was good. I seldom comment on the book's way of formatting and editing but this one is something I liked. I hate the fact that book ended with a cliff hanger but you seriously can't help it if there's a sequel coming up. Well I'd be definitely eager to read the second part when it is released.

I'd surely recommend this book to people who are looking for something unique to read. You need not be a fantasy lover to have this book. It has a fine balance overall and a nice story.

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Review: Legends over Generations




Legends over Generations by Ashraf Haggag
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

Since the beginning of human settlement, a lot of people came up with ideas, philosophies, beliefs, experiments, research, redesigning of thoughts, talents, and surveys to bring myths to reality.
People contributed to various life aspects science, politics, literature, arts, social activities and so many other fields. These genius minds put a keen interest in every phenomenon right from when they were young. The zeal, passion, dedication, hard work and efforts they put into their work helped them discover something new about the world we live in.



In these Legends, we’ve seen inexplicable abilities that helped us define our existence and human life. Their names are engraved in the sands of time for their work in the welfare of mankind with different inventions that have made our lives easy, enjoyable and successful. The following chapters commemorate the greatest personalities we’ve ever seen who changed the world.

They are among the most influential people of today’s world. With practical advantages in various aspects, they have helped us to grow a better understanding of the world and different working phenomenon’s that governs us. Their way of shaping modern day culture is completely unrivaled.

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This book tells us information about most legends that you might have heard or know of. Its a very nice collection of information that tells us about them in brief. At times you might not be able to read biographies of all these legends but this can be a nice collection. I liked the writing and the format. I also liked the way it was categorised with respect to their fields of work or contribution. Since its a non-fiction there's nothing much to say about as it collects information about most legends of the world which are very well known. Its a nice piece of work I'd like to keep in the library. It can also be a good book for kids where they can learn more about these legends. Also there's a great conclusion at the end where there are sort of tips learning from these legends over generations.

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Ashraf Haggag is a senior executive with nearly three decades of experience in close proximity to the corporate market. His more recent experience has also taken him to every facet of the hospitality industry.

Haggag has direct experience in many different aspects of business, including sales, marketing, revenue management, and administration. Having worked in Germany, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, his global experiences have helped him realize that companies must target new market zones in order to grow and prosper in the international marketplace. He is eager to bring enhanced cross-cultural awareness to today’s business leaders.  
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Monday, 4 June 2018

Review: Becoming the Dragon



Becoming the Dragon by Alex Sapegin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

From now on he’s got two hearts beating in his scale-clad chest, and two mighty wings on his back. In the faraway planet of two moons, he was born again as a dragon… but would it make him any less human?

The Dragon Inside, a bestselling series by Alex Sapegin, is comprised of a total of four books:
– Becoming the Dragon
– Taking Wing
– A Tale of Violence
– Three Wars

It is a saga of portal traveling, bodily transformations, reincarnation and epic combat, but first and foremost a story of discovering and reclaiming one’s true self.
Having unwittingly stumbled into the site of a scientific experiment, Andy gets teleported to the faraway planet of Ilanta, inhabited by both human and supernatural beings. In this new world, he will encounter all kinds of exciting adventures and grim challenges, mastering his newly developed magic skills, befriending orcs, elves, and dragons, fighting the good fight, and eventually continuing on his quest for justice reincarnated as a dragon.

It was obvious right from the get-go that destiny has something unique in store for Andy Kerimov, a small-town teenager who survives a direct strike from lightning which leaves him with immunity to electronic devices and extraordinary magic powers just waiting to be released.

Teleported to the fairytale world of Ilanta, Andy gets no cordial welcome: he is captured, chained up and sold into slavery — but not before he accidentally activates an ancient artifact and sets Karegar the Dragon free, who would later become his mentor and foster father. When fatally wounded, Andy chooses to undergo an ancient ritual to be reborn as a dragon, a.k.a. a Master of Heaven.

He will have to go a long way before settling into his new body and mastering his newly acquired powers. On his way, he will make loyal friends and bitter enemies, going through fire and ice, defending the right and taking the weak under his wing. Little does he know that he is destined to play a central part in an epic conflict soon to break out where the future of the two planets, as well as his now-faraway homeland, would be at stake…

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While I was going through a bunch of books to choose from this one caught my eye. The book cover is awesome if this had been a graphic design rating I'd definitely give it a 5/5 star. The blurb was also telling that there was a lot happening inside the book and indeed it was a lot.

It is a fairly long read, my kindle showed 6hrs + approx while reading and it took almost the same for me being a fast paced reader. Since its a first book in the series it was more about the plot buildup. There was a lot of base building up in a first few chapters about the series. It was interesting and overwhelming at the same time since there was TMI at times. I wish there was a smooth flow in story and information giving out. Like at times I felt like reading back a few things again because I felt I missed out a few things but nah it was something new. Though the glossary turned out quite of a help.

Story wise there was a mixed reaction because it had like 75% of a buildup for the actual story that begins almost in the climax. Also I would need to say that if things like kidnapping and selling for slavery triggers you then you should rather avoid or skip those chapters. Since the blurb mentions about it, there's already a chance you have some idea of what is about to happen in the book. Since I am a hardcore sci fi and fantasy lover it was rather okayish  for me.

I really liked the part where the character first turns into a werewolf (sort of) and then later a Dragon? It was quite weird the journey from the beginning since you'd feel there's no connection between that and the guy becoming a dragon but when you finish the book you'd realise that its a buildup. There were a lot of terms unexplained and just expected to know by the reader. Again I would say there's a glossary but it could've been much more interesting if the author could've included all that info inside the story telling itself.

The concept is nice, I liked the cover but the story-telling and narration needs a work on it. Apart from that lets hope there's something exciting in the next book in this series. I'd surely read the next part to know what happens to the boy-turned dragon also the book ended with a cliff hanger which left me curious. Overall if you are someone who loves scifi and fantasy blends and can hold out for reading one more book after this in the series then its good to go for you. If you are someone expecting it to be a stand-alone story it'd leave you half way, expecting and hungry for something more ahead. Hence its not a stand-alone read for sure.

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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Review: Hot Target



Hot Target by April Hunt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads: 

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS . . .

How did a nice girl like Rachel Kline end up in a jail cell in Vegas? Don't even ask. She came to Sin City to find her missing friend and accidentally got swept up in a police raid. Even worse, she's being bailed out by the last man she wants to see right now: the irresistibly sexy, infuriatingly cocky Alpha op who rescued her a year ago. What are the odds?

Logan Callahan is six-and-a-half feet of solid muscle and Texas charm, a hard-fighting ex-Marine with a soft spot for Rachel. He's more than obliged to hang up his cowboy hat and help her out. But when someone takes a shot at her, he knows there's a good chance what happens in Vegas won't stay there. With targets on their backs and killers on their tails, it's one high-risk game they're playing. And it's not just their hearts that are on the line . . .

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Honestly speaking I had selected this book by just for the cover. Judge me all you want for this but bleh by the title and blurb it felt like there would be intense action and drama inside and it was really good. By the first impressions without reading I felt it would be another Alpha Male / Bad Boy or some mafia turned lover boy stuff inside but to my surprise it wasn't as expected. I liked the narration, the plot twists, the drama and action that was going on inside. This is a 4th part in the series but it can also be read as a stand alone and I must say, I really wish I could review first 3 books over the blog as well.

I loved the character of the Alpha operative aka the ex-marines sniper. To be frank I didn't expect the lead to be a commando turned agent at all. But well this turned out to be a real good one. Well you'll say Goodreads blurb really says all about Logan. But here's the catch, while reading I just pickup the book and let it surprise me with the contents inside. Apart from that it was up in the TBR list for a long time now. Despite the naming being done as 'ALPHA' he wasn't douchy, sex hungry or rude character at all. It was really enjoyable character since the traits were funny, caring and loveable types. Usually I don't talk much about the characters because for most stories if you talk about characters you can give away the whole story, here I can talk about them without giving much of the story.

Rachel's character was pretty much as I had expected no surprises here but when they combined together it was a really fun combo. The bonding with the characters was awesome and you just can easily dive into the story and imagine it happening inside your brain.

I like how the story had turn and twists and sudden mood changes like from hectic and fast running tension phase to cocky and sensual romance to sudden and unexpected comedy. It was overall a really fun and entertaining read with deep serious moments and funny light moments. I'd surely recommend this to all who like romances or are sucker for Alpha male style of books. Even if you are not into the Alpha trend like me, its totally worth reading. It is also a quick read so if you are someone who can't really stand to read and finish super lengthy books this can fit you totally. There wasn't any drag and story felt properly paced, not too fast not too draggy.

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Review: Brutal Terminations


Brutal Terminations by Cherith Baldry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

When a female skeleton is unearthed by workmen digging the foundations for a library extension at St Clement’s College, Gawaine St Clair, a reluctant amateur detective and former undergraduate of the college, is called in to investigate. Arriving in Oxford, Gawaine is informed that the body had been buried for 30 years, and the woman had been pregnant at the time of her death. Gawaine also discovers that a don, Richard Templeman, is missing, to be later found dead.

Gawaine’s suspicions fall on men who were in college thirty years before, and are still there: Stephen Verner, who was then about to marry a socially advantageous woman; Father Gerard, the celibate college chaplain; Heatherington, the creepy head porter; Colonel Morrison, the Bursar, who appears to have no motive; Dr Porteus, whose Fellowship depended on his unmarried status.

A letter gives Gawaine clues to the identity of the woman and her lover, and he finally finds the killer. But is he right? And will he survive long enough to prove it?


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This book had got me interested from the blurb but as I started reading it, it wasn't as I had expected. The cover is nice and mysterious and goes with the theme. The book uses quotes at beginning of chapters which was nice if you are a quote person, overall gives a nice theme to it. The mystery was sort of building, but at the same time I had a hard time getting into the story.

If you are someone who cherishes reading old English then this book might suit your taste. But I didn't find story gripping as such. I had to take a few minutes here and there in midst to get back to book. Being a mystery lover it was weird for me, personally I don't like when I need to check dictionary often while reading, it hampers the whole experience. That's just me though, if you are someone who loves old world references along with quoting then you might enjoy the writing style.

A few things that I liked about the book were the narration and writing style. If you are an old school English lover and like reading that kind of writing style then you'd surely love it. But if you are someone who is adapted to YA and modern writing style then you might not like it. Apart from that as much as old world references are interesting but they start getting annoying when you have to look up into a dictionary several times while reading. But that's totally personal opinion. I had a hard time getting into the story though.

The characters didn't feel compelling enough, like the story gave me a feel like something is going on that's all. I didn't know what and why? Since I keep my reviews spoiler free I am not gonna give out the story. You'd need to check out the book yourself if this this book has got your curious. On my part the story could've been much better. but I'd keep it at 3 stars for nice narration and interesting cover. I feel this book can be a good assignment read for literature class. This book can be a hit or miss for you.

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Saturday, 19 May 2018

My Experience with Udacity in Google India Challenge Scholarship


A few months back you could've found me jumping and excited sharing the news with my best friends. Well yep It was our lunch break in college and I was going through my notifications as I usually do to check up on what's happening around. There was this one email that caught my attention and left me with a blast of happiness. I had been chosen for Phase I of the Google India Challenge Scholarship ( Android Developer Track).

I don't exactly remember when and where I had filled this form up, but I remember about getting a email from Udacity about some scholarship course which was about to begin. I had studied the basics in Android Development from the Udacity itself and now wanted to learn it much more professionally and in detail. I had filled up that form and then had forgotten totally about it.

The course began on 14th feb 2018. Pretty much pumped up for whats coming ahead, I began the course on the first day itself. The course was filled with a lot of information where some of the topics were already familiar enough while others where deep down filled with details. There was extensive use of Github with the Android studio to pull the source codes and push the finished ones. It was quite fun working out in all these months.

Apart from super informative video tutorials, there was a slack workspace dedicated for the members in this course. The community feeling and the feeling of teamwork was awesome. Even after each one of us was working on our own courses the team work feeling while being on slack was overwhelming. For any difficulty or doubt you could just go on to the workspace channel and post your questions. There were dedicated forums for this course along with that.

It was a wonderful time learning new things and some older known things in much detail by the people who had much more experience in this regard. The workspace mods and admins were super responsive to all queries and thing that you might need help with.


It was such a wonderful experience that I felt I wasn't able to give and dedicate enough time for it, since I was doing it along with my college schedule which notoriously ate upto 12hrs of my day. I so wanted to talk and discuss thing around more. Hope I get another chance for it. Right now the course is over and we all are awaiting the results. Only selected ones will get chance to get in phase II. So here I am awaiting for the Phase II joining email.

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Discounted Deal - The Mystic Soul at 82% off


A few months back I had reviewed a Book by Jyoti Patel which you can read by clicking here.
Recently she sent me a message stating that the book is available for 9 Rs under promotional offer on Amazon.in till June 1, 2018. So if you are someone who loves romantic poems and don't wanna miss a good deal, then follow the links below and grab your copy!

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Review: Defiant Souls


Defiant Souls by Kathleen Chadwick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

When Kyle Chase accepted his Aunt Cindy’s invitation to spend his summer vacation with her, he thought they would be exploring old caves, looking for arrow heads, and honing his skills as a young Archeologist. He never dreamed the fate of the world would rest on his small shoulders. Kyle, his aunt and a small group of travelers have been imprisoned by a mad-man.

Man’s arrogance has opened a doorway of evil and it’s up to Kyle to close it. He will need to trust in his sixth sense, strength, and intellect to escape and find the one man who can help him destroy the evil that holds them captive.

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I had this book on my TBR list for a long time so finally I decided to grab a read. Genre wise I'd say its more of a Dark Fantasy mixed with Science fiction as a sub genre. Though it gave me more of the mytho-fiction vibes. Both being my favourites, I was expecting something from this book already. The cover and title didn't grab much of my attention as the blurb did. Like imagine you being going on an adventure and stuck with something totally unexpected? Surely would be lot of fun right?

I had expected it to be more of like the Jurassic park style beginning from the blurb but well it turned out to be different? I'd say if you have read the bible or have faint idea about it then it won't be confusing for you as many of the things in the plot hint towards that. You'd just probably miss on those hints and might not be that interesting for you as it might get you confused. There was magical, angel devil and sci fi styled stuff.

I kinda liked the way story began but on reaching the middle it went on just being predictable. Like it was enjoyable but just nothing wow that I wouldn't have expected it to be. The book has 75+ chaps excluding the prologue and epilogue so yeah its quite a long read. I am more into reads which are quite apt, not too long and not too short. The build up was nice, plot and characters felt like placed nicely. I enjoyed the sci-fi influence over the mythological stuff that was happening. Then the rescue adventure at the end.

I'd recommend this if you like long reads, or like fantasy/sci-fi that's somewhere has connections with history or mythology. It needs some prior knowledge to enjoy it fully, not for the ones who want's to try a sci-fi or fantasy for the first time.

I also enjoyed the writing and language flow. Apart from that the choice of words was quite impressive throughout the text. Overall if it had that wow factor it could've been a 5 star but for now I feel its a good one at 4 star ranking.

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