Review: Once Upon A Genie

Once upon a Genie is a debut novel by Author Durriya Kapasi. The story revolves around a young girl named Daisy whose granny leaves her with a magical present after her death. Daisy comes across a genie whose trapped in the bottle. She frees the genie from the trap and in return the genie thanks her and asks her for her 3 wishes.

But the daisy, who was sad after her grandma's demise starts feeling lonely and gets depressed. There's when the genie comes to her rescue. The story is a fantasy romance mix where daisy falls for the genie. Someone who can't be her forever.

The book is been well written with absolutely butter smooth language flow. It's a page turner for the readers who enjoy heart warming mild and subtle romances. Personally I feel that there was a lot of scope to be played within the plot which was left unnoticed. But as the writer assures of sequel, I would be eagerly awaiting for what happens next in this cute little love story.

For readers who prefer fast paced books, you might not be as impressed with it but you'll generally like the story for its concept.

Kudos to the Author for some really innovative plot. A heart warming romance saga between a human and a genie surely makes everyone curious. I really enjoyed this because of the plot idea and narration which was buttery. Though you can call it knit-picking but as personally i prefer fast paced novels I didn't fan over it. I wish there was more playing in with the characters and scenes especially when the genie is involved but overall I would love to rate this book as 4/5. The book is released internationally and you can buy it from the links given below.

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Blurb by Author :Daisy had no idea what was in store for her when she uncovered the priceless reward concealed in a miscellaneous bottle; a super sexy genie that would pull the rugs below her feet.
Khalil Muwahid, the genie owed Daisy his gratitude for freeing him from the trap. He generously asked her for three wishes without holding any grudges against her. Gradually there was a strong connection between them, the bond of love.
Also, the rules of Djinn world were amended for their love, where Daisy wasn't supposed to ask for the third wish since they could be together, everlastingly.
BUT on the horns of Dilemma, Darren, Daisy's best friend's life was at threat. Does she use the last wish to save Darren? Or does she save her love?

About the author:

Durriya Kapasi was born and brought up in the East African country, Tanzania, while her ancestors were from Gujarat, India. 

She began writing her first book with the pen name Durriya Zaheer on an online storytelling community in 2014. The first story received reasonable appraisal and received nearly million reads online. Gradually in succession she authored two more books 8which received a great amount of acclamation on social media. 

Durriya serves as a Creative Writing teacher at local Primary School, an editor of a reputed local Magazine and sub editor at online news site She also contributes as a Wattpad Community Ambassador. 

Durriya lives in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Beside her utmost passion for English literature and reading, she loves travelling and cooking. Durriya is a Cancer Survivor (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 3B)

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Hayden Mackay & The Forgotten Kingdom - A Wattpad Book Review

Title: Hayden Mackay  & the Forgotten Kingdom.

Author: Jyothi ( @jyothi89 )

Genre / Style / Subgenre: Fantasy/ 1st & 3rd person mix / Action

Tags Used: Action, Adventure, Fiction, Projectfriendzone, Folk, Friendship, Indian, Suspense, Violence, Young Adult.

Review: Hayden Mackay is a young American teen with Indian roots. His life is normal until he loses his parents in a road mishap.

After which a series of events turn the state of the situations completely as a weird stone starts following him everywhere. Also a boy, quite similar of his age starts stalking him, he observes him from a distance and keeps smiling whenever the protaginst notices him.

The story takes twists and turns when Hayden Mackay accidentally burns a hound with his bare hands which was on a rampage.

This is a story of friendship , adventure and supernatural powers making it an interesting read.

Critique: The concept of the story isn't flaunted very well with the blurbs and cover as both need some serious remakes.

Speaking of writing, the author as ensured to make the least of the writing errands and grammar knick-knacks. The language flows smooth and is very well written.

As coming to the plot, the plot and concept idea of the story is really interesting. But the story is snail paced and you need to have lot of patience to see some real action.

The story doesn't take place in any other world but the events are most of the times taking place away from the most human interventions. It gives away a feel of another world and not being some other world actually.

The events takes place in present and kinda reminds me of Harry Potter plot.

The plot sequence is really good until and unless you've the patience to go through it all along as the writer plans a book series. This is the first book in the series and there are a total 3 books uploaded on Wattpad as of now.

Personally I feel it's one of those undiscovered gems which need a Spotlight as this story has some real original plot and might leave you with a happy experience of reading the next book.

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How to Judge a Book - Is It a good pick?

Once you made up your mind that you want to read a book, then you're off on Internet either to check some reviews before buying one or go to some book website to order them. Many of the times the reviews are biased or your thinking doesn't match with the reviewer. Many times you follow reviews and get a book, but after reading you feel 'Ah! It's boring', 'Why did I waste my money on this?',' This is not my type'.

It completely spoils your mood when you're soo into a book or waiting for it to arrive and read as the reviews and even the cover and blurb is great but when you open and read the first few pages cuss words leave your mouth. Ah! Don't deny, we all do that and it's okay. After this many will ask me 'how to choose a book?' for them I am writing this post so that you don't end up choosing something that doesn't suit your taste and end up spoling your moods.

The cover and the blurb has a lot of effect on the readers when they are out for choosing a book. Whether you're buying it from a local bookstore or ordering it online. Online at times you can save your money from buying something that looks so promising but isn't your type at all. As many times, some websites allow preview for a few pages to be read to see if the book is really good or not. Some of you may be old school and follow the book bloggers/vloggers. But there's a difference when you see a review buy a blogger and any normal user.

While reviewing the proffesional bloggers mostly avoid harsh terms or most of them time they don't even point out any cons in the work. As many of them go by the line that its someone's hard work and things like that but for them, I would like to say, why would anyone get what you like?

And then there are times when you'll find people writing really crappy reviews all over but if you just see the amount of copies that the book's been sold is really impressive. So when it comes to end, after seeing reviews by bloggers and comments on social media and stuff, you are actually now not in a mood to buy a book.

You suddenly start feeling that nothing's worth a buy or nothing is worth your money. Even if you're on some website like Wattpad you'll feel like nothing suits your taste. It's all crap.

So I wanna share a few tricks that I use while picking my books to read. If you think they're good you can follow them or else the old school methods awaits you ;)

While searching anywhere for a book, the very first thing I would notice is the cover and blurb. Many times the cover and blurb look so promising that you end up buying them, but what if that's nothing something that book actually contains? We'll discuss this after a few topics. So first check if the book and blurb are in sync.

For example : The cover looks professional with detailed graphics and eye pleasing but when you get to blurb you'll find the same old tetto-tales which you're not at all interested in.

Many times you'll find cliched stories, honestly as much I've read and experienced, I found cliched stories much more interesting and story filled and juicy as along with the cliched plots they added some wonderful creativity along with it which made even cliched reads enjoyable so I won't say a no no to Romance or Cliche works.

When you feel that okay, now this books looks promising. The blurb says a lot in itself, the way of writing blurb tells you itself the how the book might be. Personally I would refrain overly melodramatic stuff. It would be like a big NO NO for me.

When you're done with blurb and cover and have made up your mind for trying that book out. You think to go and check the reviews. Now see if the reviews and what you felt is in sync or not. Personally I would advise to search for full reviews and refrain from considering some random one word or sentence publicities.

While searching for reviews if you know someone whose thinking matches yours then without any doubt check what they think about it. Else first search reviews for a book which you've already read. In this manner it'll be easier to check if the reviews can be trusted or not. As both reviewers and readers are humans and humans are unique there are chances you feel that the popular reviewer is not posting correct views, but well that's his/her POV and it need not be same for all.

Once you find a reviewer that you feel is good for you then you can check if he/she has reviewed the thing you're buying. If not then dude! Stop overthinking and just try it out. WHY SO CONFUSED?

You're not gonna lose or gain the world if you would buy or won't buy a book. As simple as that.
Keep it simple Keep it easy
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